Georgia football: Stop the Stetson Bennett isn’t good enough discussion

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - JANUARY 10: Stetson Bennett #13 of the the Georgia Bulldogs against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 10, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - JANUARY 10: Stetson Bennett #13 of the the Georgia Bulldogs against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 10, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

We’re halfway through Georgia football’s offseason, and I’m here to ask the hard-hitting question that everyone’s been waiting for.

The question has been vaguely floating in the back of almost everyone’s mind since midway through the 2020 season.

A question that since January 10th is no longer an apparition but fully formed and present in almost everyone’s mind and becoming more and more prominent, growing ever harder to ignore.

Is it time for sports reporters to get a life and stop obsessing over Georgia football starting quarterback Stetson Bennett?

You know you’ve seen it on various Georgia sites since that fateful day in January. All the headlines saying, “Should Georgia Star Stetson Bennett? Can Bennett Win Starting Job? Which QB is the Best for Georgia’s QB Room Moving Forward?” They’ve been everywhere the last six months.

One of the latest articles insinuates that Bennett’s success is only due to protection from the offensive line. So no other quarterback in the country benefits from this as well?

Even when you click on an article that appears to be innocuous from its headline, somewhere buried within the text, it’s there in black and white: the subtle jab and question about Bennett and the quarterback situation.

You know the guy that helped lead Georgia to its first national championship in 41 years? Threw a dime to Adonai Mitchell and was MVP of the national title and the Orange Bowl? One of the most accurate deep ball passers all year and ran the offense that was top 10 in efficiency and explosive plays all season? That guy?

And yet people can’t stop writing about him. Which begs the question, do these guys have a life? Families, hobbies, something. I mean, at this point, it’s summer. I’m sure there’s a beach or lake or some body of water nearby with plenty of fish biting. But here we are still telling the same old story.

And let me just say, that story died long ago.

Personally, I was over it last year. And the biggest argument, could Bennett win the big game and take the Dawgs all the way, was laid to rest on January 10th in Indianapolis. So why the obsession with him?

Is it because he’s defied all odds and proved everyone wrong? Do they need him to fail so they can be finally proven right?

Or maybe it’s a bad case of “you hate him because you ain’t him.” They can’t stand that a former walk-on who starts at the University of Georgia has enough swagger to throw a touchdown pass and then shoot finger guns at the sideline. They didn’t get their fairytale ending, so they can’t stand that Bennett received his, with a ring to boot.

Maybe it’s a cover for their secret crush. Maybe, deep down, in places they don’t talk about at parties, they want him on that line. They need him on that line. So they write articles against him to disguise the fact that they’re secretly Disney Georgia fans.

Newsflash: I’m a Disney Georgia fan and am currently living the happily ever after ending everyone said wasn’t possible, especially with Bennett.

Regardless of the reason, it’s clear they have a problem with Bennett. Call it an obsession, fixation, lack of originality, or a case of good old fashioned jealousy.

But don’t call it the story that needs to be written. If they wanted to write about drama, Jimbo and Saban was a thing and they just had to share a room at SEC meetings. And what about those white uniforms the recruits are wearing?

There’s plenty of drama out there on the internet without having to fabricate any about Georgia’s quarterback room.

In my opinion, there’s probably a grain of truth to all of the above mentioned reasons, but most likely, what’s really the issue, is that their guy didn’t make the cut and they were proven wrong.

So now they’ve picked a new horse in the race, arguing about why this quarterback or that quarterback should be starting over Bennett.

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And me? I say just let it go and let the coaches coach. It worked well last year. At least that’s what this gold national championship trophy says.