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Honest Question - Why was murphy not the starter from day 1??

Discussion in 'RayGator's Swamp Gas' started by traubgator, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. philnotfil
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    I don't think it is that the coaches don't want to play the best players, more that they are not as good at identifying (or maybe just utilizing) the best players on offense as they are on defense.
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    JD rated higher, TM only two stars. Basically perception imo. JD looked the part, height, speed, arm strength, he has all the tools, but is not a natural leader nor has pocket presence. I'm sure TM has surprised the staff at how well he is. Sometimes things like this just happen.
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    your right, tom brady is the perfect example. you never know what your going to get until you throw him out there!
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    it really has to be really hard to coaches, you really never know what you are going to get. i like what someone said about JD being good in practice with the red jersey on, i bet that is true. the problems with jeff have always been what happens when the pocket breaks down and he has to scramble. in the pocket jeff really wasn't too bad but boy i got scared when he tried to escape a pass rush, i feared a fumble or a forced throw way to often. i love how TM keeps his head up when scrambling and is able to feel pressure and know where to go. but those are things that are really hard to tell in practice and i can't find it in me to blame the coaches for keeping JD in the game.
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    Players mature at different times but fans dont want to believe that
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    I am hoping that Jeff learns a lot this year, while watching.
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    His talent was 2 star and commitments to higher rated qb were played?
    You think he ever displayed his talent in practice?
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    Fans mature at different times, as well ... what are ya gonna do?
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    I wonder if JD is/was gun shy after multiple injuries & being hit a lot. He may very well be the better QB under conditions when he's not at risk.
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    It is well documented on why Newton left (or was kicked out) and whatever smear campaign ensued during his Heisman year. But when he was still on campus there were whispers that Brantley was beating him out in practice regularly. I don't trust anything coaches say anymore, ever
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    Driskel was rated more highly and is bigger, has a stronger arm and from what I've read is faster. At the very least he is very unusually fast for a guy his size. Which one of them has the measurables to be a future NFL QB? Driskel, no question.

    The only thing is.....Murphy is the better football player. Sometimes you just don't know until you see a guy in the game.
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    Also, nobody ran Cam off. In fact, we wanted him to stay and were distressed that he wanted to leave....the coaching staff tried to talk Cam into staying. Brissett? Yeah he was pushed out the door and the story as to why that is varies depending on who you hear it from.

    Murph was a 2 star guy who was a last minute throw-in because we had an extra scholly laying around and wanted another QB for depth purposes. He probably wasn't looked at as seriously as the other guys right from the start....and of course we don't know if he was always this good or if it really started clicking for him recently.

    Remember when Spurrier foolishly went with Terry Dean over Danny Wuerffel in 1994 and only FINALLY made the change once Dean had completely melted down committing 5 turnovers and losing us the game against and Auburn team that was clearly inferior?

    Remember when Spurrier foolishly went with Doug Johnson over Jesse Palmer in 1999 and Doug continued to have games where he would melt down and lock in on one receiver exclusively and/or start telegraphing every pass? Jesse meanwhile played very well for us in 2000 when he finally got a chance and enabled us to win the SEC title for the first time in 4 years.

    and Spurrier was considered a QB guru and he didn't always get it right wrt which one to start....
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    Yeah, but spurrier was never accused of playing a guy because of his high school accolades. He would bench someone solely based on their performance and not think twice about it. If spurrier was in charge of our offense, someone other than Jeff would have gotten a chance a long time ago. Plus kelvin taylor or Herndon would be getting carries with the production that we are currently getting from our backs.
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    This. The anointed one sometimes is not the best one.
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    +1 BTW, speaking of Driskell I've haven't seen a camera shot of him on the sideline since he has been out. He's still in the hospital? Can't stand on crutches? What's up with that?
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    Absolutely. Thanks for saving me the trouble. Tebow '07 is the perfect comparison.
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    He was on the sidelines on crutches along with Easley.
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    I was at the game, saw him on the sidelines.
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    Thanks!!
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    Well, more conjecture than truth...

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