Folks out there are tiptoeing around the issue, but I’m going to just say it.
Hutson Mason no longer needs to be the quarterback of the Georgia Bulldogs.
Look, Mason seems to be a good kid. He is loyal. I hope he proves this Monday Morning armchair quarterback wrong.
But if he stays starting quarterback, then this team is going to lose another couple of games-at least.
He can’t make the throws needed to win SEC games. For as good as Todd Gurley is, at some point in the very near future, the quarterback is going to have to take a game over and win a game for you in this league. Even the great Alabama has needed it in the past. This quarterback can’t get it done.
It won’t make a damn if we get Justin Scott-Wesley or Malcolm Mitchell back. If you can’t get them the ball, what does it matter? Sure, their presence may give opposing teams something to think about, but Georgia has got to be the easiest team in America to game plan for. Our offensive strategy revolves around Todd Gurley breaking big runs and holding him back until the 4th quarter. This is risky, and it is not sustainable.
I’m a big believer in running the ball, especially when you have the horses that we have in the backfield. We should be a run first team for sure. But there are times when you need to throw, and there is no way we can throw the ball right now. Nothing I have seen makes me think we can improve in this area?
I posed the question before the season-Will Hutson Mason be the next Joe Cox? I said no, because he had more talent around him than Joe did.
I was wrong. Hutson Mason is not the next Joe Cox. He is worse. Joe’s problem wasn’t his ability. He was talented. He threw a bunch of touchdowns and a bunch of yards. He was even part of the Elite 11 QB camp the same time Stafford was. Cox’s problem was I think he tried to do too much and make too many big plays.
I don’t want to sit here and say I know more about quarterbacks than Coach Bobo and Coach Richt. But I also know that Coach Richt is loyal. Loyal to a fault. How long do we have to sacrifice the betterment of our program for loyalty? We did it with John Eason, Dave Van Hallanger, Willie Martinez, Joe T. III, etc.
I would love to be wrong. I hope Mason leads us to an 11-1 regular season. I would be tickled pink if that happens. I’ll eat my words. But I don’t think that will happen. I don’t know what is going on with Brice Ramsey or Faton Bauta in practice and behind the scenes. But I can clearly see what is going on with Hutson Mason. If we are going to be no better off with a Redshirt Freshman at quarterback, we might as well try.
We aren’t going to win the SEC East in our current situation. Forget about the quarterback situation. This defense that gives up 30+ points to SEC opponents is a liability. We knew that going into the season, so that shouldn’t be surprising. We can do something about the quarterback situation. How many more games are we going to lose before a change is made? If you are being honest with yourself, what kind of chance do we have against Missouri? Against Auburn? We might as well start preparing for next season and the future.
There is always next season. That is the motto of a Georgia fan.
NOTE: I look at recruiting rankings not for the number of stars, but for who else has been recruiting that kid. Mason had offers from UGA, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, FSU, Indiana, Mississippi State, UAB, Virginia and Western Michigan. Brice Ramsey had offers from UGA, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, FSU, and Ohio State.