Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Riddle Me This.

I am really struggling with something here. 

Two highly rated QBs.  Both led their respective high school teams to state championships.  One in 2B, one in 4A.  One broke high school records for TD passes, the other for TD passes per game.  One is an accomplished runner, running for nearly 1000 yards in his only full season.  One passed for over 4000 yards in his one full season, one for just under 3000 in his best season.  One is a bit taller, one has a quicker release.  Both were rated in the top three at the QB position coming out of high school.

So, other than the fact that John Brantley is playing for Florida and is older than Aaron Murray, why is Brantley being lauded as the next coming and Murray is a big question mark?

As for me, they both are question marks.  Murray because he has no game experience.  Brantley because what game experience he has is in mop up duty, and Brantley is being asked to run an offense that he isn't necessarily built to run.  By run, I mean run the football. Brantley played at a smaller school, in his senior season he led his team to a loss in the championship game and broke Tim Tebow's TD record with 98 TD passes.  Murray played in the larger classification, lead his team to a championship in his injury shortened senior season, ranks 8th on the TD passes list, despite only starting 19 games, and has more overall athletic ability than Brantley. For comparison sake, Murray threw for 84 TD passes in those 19 games.  Brantley had over 30 games to get to 98.  Throw in his 12 rushing TD and over 1100 yards gained in those 19 games (keeping in mind, he didn't run at all in the state championship game his senior season, since he was five weeks removed from an ankle dislocation and broken leg), it isn't hard to make the argument that Murray has much more upside than Brantley.

Hey, the sports writers are the experts.  I just can't figure out why Brantley is so worshiped, and Murray is a question mark.  I am not writing this to dis Brantley.  I have no doubt he will do a good job for Florida and could be much, much better than just good.  Now, if the answer lies in the system each are playing in, then I guess I'll have to live with that. If the answer is the fans' disappointment with an 8 win season or the media's continued hot seat thing with Richt, then someone is going to have to explain what Joe Cox's season last year has to do with Aaron Murray's potential in this season.

Couple that with Murray being the only thing different from an offense that was really hitting its stride at the end of last season versus a Florida offense that lost two of its biggest play makers beyond TGCPE, I have to wonder what the deal is.  Anyone help me here?


  1. Maybe it's the coaches. One is being trained by a crew that coached a #1 over-all draft pick, and the other by a crew that built a Heisman on third-and-short runs.

    Wait, what?

  2. LOL. Someone just wanted me to tell them the joke I just read, I was laughing so hard.

  3. You make a good point, but I remember saying that Tim Tebow wouldn't be successful in the SEC. That the league was too fast for Urban Meyer's offensive concepts to fly. That, without Chris Leak, the Gators would take a step back.

    So some of the difference may just be a reticence to bet against the Gators.

    You know, the suns comes up every morning for 34 years, you start to trust it.

  4. Actually, my above observation is flawed, because the crew that coached the Heisman-winner is no longer intact.

  5. It's also flawed due to the fact that Urban Meyer has also coached a number one draft choice QB. It would also suggest that Mark Richt is a better coach than Urban Meyer, which, even for a Georgia blog, is a disingenuous folly.

  6. Annon 11:48,

    Is Mark Richt that much less good than Meyer that Brantley is being heralded as a can't miss, lead the team to the Sugar Bowl type of QB, but Murray is only good enough to only hope he won't lose games, as opposed to win them?

    I am not saying Meyer is or isn't a better coach, but surely he isn't so much better that Florida is going to be ranked in the top 5 by media/coaches and Georgia may not be ranked at all. I know the QBs are only part of that equation, but I have to say that Florida circa 2010 looks a lot like Georgia circa 2009, especially considering the talent losses on the offensive side of the ball (taking into account the differences in scheduling, of course).