SEC football: Questions every championship contender needs to answer in 2020

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Georgia Bulldogs

Despite losing several starters and contributors at all areas on defense, the Georgia Bulldogs are expected to not skip a beat on that side of the ball. In fact, Georgia’s defense might be even better with an improved pass rush and a defensive backfield that might be the best in the entire country. For Georgia, it’s the offense that needs work.

Is the offense good enough to compliment the defense?

After the offense frustrated fans, onlookers and coaches with its incompetency, head coach Kirby Smart hired Todd Monken from the Cleveland Browns to coordinate the offense and coach quarterbacks. A pair of quarterbacks Jamie Newman (graduate transfer from Wake Forest) and JT Daniels (transfer from Southern California) have arrived in Athens as well.

Talent is not an issue on this Georgia offense. There isn’t a wrong answer between Newman and Daniels, though Daniels may not even be eligible for 2020. Zamir White and James Cook headline a deep running back stable. George Pickens, Dominick Blaylock and Demetris Robertson lead a much more talented and skilled group of receivers. The offensive line, despite losses, has recruited well enough recently to plug young players into new openings.

The real question is how will those pieces work together. Georgia had plenty of talent on offense last season as well, but it didn’t amount to anything. Can Monken create an offensive scheme that utilizes that talent better than the one creates by James Coley?

If so, with a defense as dominant as Georgia’s, go ahead and pencil them in for a fourth-straight SEC Championship. If not, it’ll be “maybe next year” once again for the Georgia Bulldogs.