Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Mixed Signals Regarding Status of John Brantley

The big question this week is who we will see trot out at QB for the Gators this weekend. On Monday, Muschamp said Brantley was "probable" for the Georgia game, barring any setbacks. This seems strange considering he did not even practice the week before and, in fact, was limited in practice Monday. The Georgia coaches aren't so sure. Here is what Grantham and Richt said (from 247Sports.com):

Grantham:
“I don’t think we’ll know until they run them out there,” Grantham said Tuesday, “and there’s nothing wrong with that. I think that’s smart on their part.”

Richt:
“As far as quarterback, I don’t know. You’ll have to tell me. It sounds like Brantley is going to play.”

So, the UGA coaches think that UF could be playing mind games. Yesterday, Charlie Weis said they (UF) were "cautiously optimistic" that Brantley could go, and that the psychological impact on the team would be an important aspect of his return.

Personally, I think this could be Muschamp's way of getting his team excited for the game and thinking they have a decent chance to win. Last week, he did not announce who his starting QB was until the day of the game. Why would be tip his hand this early in the week? And I haven't even mentioned that a re-aggravation could be devastating to his ankle long-term. I am NOT sold that Brantley will play any snaps this weekend, but I think the Dawgs' coaching staff feels the same way (and heck...it might not matter one way or the other...good or bad).

2 comments:

  1. What's the big deal? Just prepare for the worst case scenario(he plays) and you've pretty much got your bases covered. BTW, First?

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  2. He wasn't good enough to even play last year, now they can't win without him? Go figure

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