What’s the verdict on Stafford?

David Hale of the Bulldogs Blog makes a good point about the way UGA fans feel about departed QB Matthew Stafford: “I’d be willing to wager there isn’t a player in recent history Georgia fans are more split on than Stafford … People either love him or hate him.”

Hale thinks that comes from Stafford’s inconsistency throughout much of his career. That’s certainly a factor,  but I believe the level of hype that accompanied Stafford’s arrival in Athens guaranteed that anything less than an SEC and even national championship during his time behind center would be viewed as disappointing.

As I’ve said here before, Stafford and Knowshon Moreno might have been the most talented quarterback-tailback tandem UGA has ever had, but they’ll probably never enter the pantheon of Bulldog immortals because they left school early without achieving what the Bulldog Nation expected of them.

What’s your take on Stafford? The most talented Georgia QB ever? An overrated player with a cannon for an arm but not much else? A potentially great quarterback who never quite fulfilled his promise before heading off to a lucrative pro career?

I wonder if those who dismiss Stafford’s UGA career now will feel differently about him if he wins a Super Bowl down the road.

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Mark

June 25th, 2009
9:23 am

Can’t say Stafford wasn’t talented don’t think there is a question about his talent. He was drafted #1 based off the talent. THe bottom line is that never even won the EAST let alone the SEC…will I follow his pro career…yes…was he one of the most talented…yes….was he one of the best QB at GA….not by a long shot for me….believe Cox would have gotten just as many wins over that periord…if not more

Hey Ramble On

June 25th, 2009
9:35 am

I guess you and all of those recruits that are coming over there to the Trade School better start carrying their Glocks with them.

Yeah, that is just where I want to go if I am big time recruit! Oh, wait that’s right you guys don’t get many big time recruits.

By the way, one win does not a rivalry make. We OWN TECH and ALWAYS WILL!

33-12 in last 45 games DB! 14 out of last 18! WE OWN TECH!! That is why RAMBLE OWN has such ENVY OF UGA!

And that is why he posts on EVERY SINGLE UGA ARTICLE! Loser! But hey, we actually enjoy it, because you are the typical Tech fan, you have a chip on your shoulder about UGA. I call it pen!s envy.

What is funny is that I have heard more crap from Tech fans over the last 8 months than we gave them over the last 8 years!! That goes to show what kind of program we are dealing with!

But hey, I get it, you guys live to beat UGA while we live to win the SEC and go to BCS games and compete for NC’s, 10 win seasons, and Top 10 finishes.

Meanwhile Tech fans could care less what they do the rest of the year as long as they beat UGA. HILLARIOUS!!!

Best all time -- Not

June 25th, 2009
9:39 am

My vote goes to the QBs who actually won the championships and big games.

Fran Tarkenton, Buck Belew, and David Green all had less talent and hype, but they won when they weren’t supposed to win.

MattDawg

June 25th, 2009
9:39 am

Here is the thing about Stafford. Yes, he is very talented and will probably be an amazing pro player. Although, he never rallied the troops to win a big game like I have seen Tebow do. Joe Cox had an amazing comeback win against Colorado. David Greene did it against UT in 2001. Yes I like Stafford’s throw against Alabama to win in OT but it was one play, not a series. Stafford would get a deer-in-headlights look if we got down by more than one score. Instead of rallying the troops he would go sit on the bench by himself and then look lost on the field. I appreciate what he did at UGA, but he doesnt have the leadership skills of DJ Shockley, David Greene, or Joe Cox. I honestly believe we will look a lot like Alabama did last year. Strong O-line, Strong Defense, good receivers and running backs with just a little bit better QB than Sarah Jessica Parker Wilson. Thanks.

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Go Gators

June 25th, 2009
10:01 am

To Hey Ramble on

Matt “pic six” Staffod never cared about UGA and by the way THE GATORS OWN YOU MUTTS

Herman Archie

June 25th, 2009
10:20 am

David Dukes was undefeated as UGA’s starting QB. Fact.

austindog

June 25th, 2009
10:20 am

Last year GT football proved “Georgia can’t beat us EVERY year.” Bravo.

But best of all is GT’s bravery to schedule two additional SEC opponents this year. Vandy and Miss St. These aren’t two teams which happen to be in down years, these are perennial doormats. GT specifically chose the two worst teams just so they could claim SEC wins in some later statistic.

AC

June 25th, 2009
10:33 am

I think Stafford’s legacy is more defined by the inconsistency in the play calling via Mike Bobo. You cannot try to through the ball down field 50 percent of the time and hope that your QB will be consistent. Stafford did well dumping the ball and we always seemed to move down field. Then we would get to the goal line and run some stupid play like Stafford running the ball. I also feel that we abandoned the running game way to early and often in games.

dawgfan1911

June 25th, 2009
10:43 am

Let this guy GO! I know there is not a lot to talk about but D**. Who Cares about Stafford. He never won anything at Georgia he was like a college basketbnall player staying for one year to build his pro status. He never cared about winning anything at Georgia. Look at Tebow two national championships and he still comes back to florida, Stafford won nuthing for Georgia. David Greene is the best qb Georgia had for everything he gave to the university and all the big games he won.

Lew Hege

June 25th, 2009
10:50 am

Matthew will be remembered as a great QB with a great arm and talent.
His record back up that assessment!

bamadawg

June 25th, 2009
11:17 am

best raw talent ever at UGA…games are won and lost in the trenches…can’t win championships with freshmen linemen…we are loaded and if Stafford and Moreno came back, it would be championship time in Athens for sure, however, we will win the SEC and push for the MNC this year if the linemen stay healthy…it is won and lost in the trenches my man, you all know that…good times are ahead for UGA, we are loaded!!!

BMDPD

June 25th, 2009
11:49 am

I don’t feel nearly as enamored with Stafford as many fans. The truth is that he was not a good leader and made poor decisions! I don’t think you can continually blame the line or the Defense. Stafford personally (in the 2008 season) gave opposing teams the ball on our side of the 50 several times. (See GT and UF). He was highly over-rated. If he makes as many poor decisions in the NFL, then his career may be really short. He may be the next Ryan Leaf! He seems to excel on the practice field, but not so much in the game. Thus, he has a ton of raw talent, but he doesn’t have the HEART or decision making capability to lead and NFL team to the promise land.

BMDPD

June 25th, 2009
11:50 am

Sorry, I meant promised land.

dawgfanatic24-7

June 25th, 2009
2:49 pm

Stafford had his flaws at UGA but the biggest flaw was the BCS in 2007. Our lack of popularity screwed us out of the national championship game. Also during Stafford’s three years at UGA it was an SEC team that won the NC all three years.A tough schedule follows UGA every year.

chazzo

June 25th, 2009
5:17 pm

Look at the numbers. They certainly tell a story. My take is real darn good but not necessarily great. He had a rocket arm, but couldn’t seem to connect on the bomb. The team just didn’t seem to gel around him either, but then again, the team just didn’t gel. He certainly worked hard and improved, but seems to me it was always just a stepping stone for him. I think Cox will prove to be a better leader. Everyone is absolutely correct in that had he and Moreno stuck around, they would have been legendary. What is with the Tech fans on these blogs? Did they finally tear themselves away from dungeons and dragons and realize they had a team over there? Perhaps they should get a blog, too.

chazzo

June 25th, 2009
5:25 pm

Reading over the thread here, I am reminded why I love college football so much. It is all timing and chemistry. Sometimes having the best players doesn’t always when it if the best players don’t mesh. The right mix of coaches and players, the right schedule, and some dumb luck gets the championship. Sure, there are those stacked super teams, UF being one of them and USC a few years back, UGA in 1980-83… they happen once in a while, and they all had some squeakers and/or setbacks.

Hey Ramble On

June 26th, 2009
11:39 am

To Go Gators…It is obvious that you are indeed Ramble On. The only comeback the Nerd Nation ever has is to say something about UF.

Dan

June 26th, 2009
2:12 pm

Talented kid, great arm. However not best ever, no east, SEC titles. When he got frustrated, the wheels came off 2008 Florida? South Carolina 2007?

yellow fuzz

June 26th, 2009
9:49 pm

“What’s the verdict on Stafford?” he can buy the AJC I know that. But he can’t buy a defense that can stop Tech’s option offense.

Red Dawg

June 28th, 2009
9:04 am

throwing the ball sooooo hard has a bad side. You can’t catch the damn thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!