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After UGA Loss, It Is Time to Stop Blaming Jarrett Guarantano


Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano (2) warms up before a game between Tennessee and Missouri at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020.

Well, here we are.

Another day after a disappointing Tennessee Football loss, a feeling way too familiar. I am not here to recap the game. We all watched it, and we all know what happened. However, I am here to tell you to stop blaming Jarrett Guarantano.

Now hear me out, Guarantano was not good against Georgia. Hell, he wasn’t even serviceable in the second half. The issue is deeper than that, though. Sure, the offense line was awful. The running game was non-existent. But, this is an issue that begins at the top. This conversation has to begin with Jeremy Pruitt.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. If this is true, then Pruitt fits this definition to a T. Guarantano isn’t changing, he is who he is. He has been here for five years, three of which he has been starting. Everybody knows what we are getting with Jarrett. He is a guy that is good enough to beat the average teams in the conference, but that is it.

Pruitt has been here for three years now and still has been unable to field a worthy quarterback. At some point you have to hold the coach accountable. As I have said, we know what we are getting with Guarantano, so how can we be mad at him when he performs the way we all expect?

Pruitt has done well to get us back to being a middle-of-the-pack team. In order to take that next step, the Guarantano era needs to come to an end. Whether or not this happens this season, I don’t know. Regardless, we are all insane if we think we are beating Alabama or Florida this year.

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