Forget The Noise, Georgia Coaches Are Confident QB Stetson Bennett Can Finish The Job

Over the past few months, the burning question surrounding the Georgia football team has been the quarterback situation and whether Stetson Bennett can lead them to a championship. Unfortunately for Bennett, it's a question that will linger until the Bulldogs play their final game. But if you ask the coaching staff, they are willing to make a change if needed, but right now it's not warranted for the Orange Bowl against Michigan on Friday night, New Year's Eve.

Let's be clear, this team is playing for a National Championship spot, so if this staff thought JT Daniels could do better, he'd be starting. That's not a knock on Daniels, as he is capable enough of leading this team, but this staff is confident in Bennett and they've made that crystal clear over the last few days. To think that the coaching staff is just sticking with a guy because he's led them to 12 wins this season is ludicrous. Does anybody remember Alabama switching out quarterbacks to win an SEC and National Championship?

The problem is that Bennett isn't a flashy quarterback. He doesn't scream Heisman Trophy candidate and he sure doesn't look the part with his frame. But make no mistake, nobody on the Georgia coaching staff is worried about any of that, as we've seen throughout this season. There have been opportunities to make the switch and throw in Daniels, even during the SEC Championship, but the staff stuck with Bennett to finish the game.

On Wednesday, Georgia offensive coordinator Todd Monken expressed these same thoughts on Bennett, agreeing with Kirby Smart that he gives them the best chance at winning.

“If you look at the plays he’s made, he’s made national championship-winning plays,” Monken said of Bennett. “He has, you just turn on the film and look at some of the throws he makes. Some of the decisions he makes, the things he does with his feet. There’s no doubt in my mind we can win the national championship and there’s no doubt we can win it with Stetson Bennett. We went into the (SEC) championship game as a favorite, as a favorite, over a team that hasn’t been an underdog in five years. That ought to tell you a lot about our quarterback and how he played.”

Also, it wasn't as if JT Daniels has done anything wrong during the season. He'll be ready to go, after arriving in Miami earlier this week after coming off Covid protocols. He's been right behind Bennett during his injury and when he was healed up, making sure he was doing everything he could to help the quarterback room. The Bulldogs OC made it clear that this was about the way Bennett was playing, not anything about Daniels. Sometimes you just stick with the hot hand, even if the team had a bad game.

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