I’m not a Jarrett Guarantano hater. In fact, most people know I held out hope longer than anyone else on JG turning the corner. The hard truth is, it’s just not going to happen. He doesn’t have what it takes to be a good SEC quarterback.
I love stats. Most of the time, the stats I love tell the 100% truth. Some people hate stats because they only tell you what you want to hear.
The stats and history I discovered told me JG would improve in another year under Jim Chaney. Chaney has a lengthy list of quarterbacks who raised their level of play under him in Year 2.
I was anticipating the same for Guarantano. I wanted to see the dude have massive success, especially after some fans gave him and his sister death threats.
However, as we’ve seen through five games, he doesn’t have it.
I don’t blame Guarantano for his less than mediocre play. I can’t even blame the 2-3 start on the guy. However, his awful performance against Kentucky certainly didn’t help.
Jeremy Pruitt continues to say, “JG gives the Vols the best chance to win.” Honestly, I don’t doubt that. There is more wrong with this team than just quarterback play. However, it starts with JG.
I assume by now we all want to see a different quarterback. We all want to see for ourselves that Guarantano is indeed the best quarterback on the roster.
What if Pruitt is right and Guarantano is the best quarterback on the team? Couldn’t Pruitt have an “I told you” moment? Wouldn’t that shut fans up for a minute?
At this point, I don’t even care if he is the best quarterback on the roster. I want to watch another quarterback taking snaps, and here’s why.
- Trey Wallace has indicated multiple times on The Drive that he doesn’t believe Guarantano will return to Tennessee next season.
- This season is over — ZERO percent chance to win the SEC East, SEC, or National Championship.
- JG limits the playbook.
- Fans won’t travel to a bowl game with JG at quarterback.
- Give fans hope for the future.
All five points go hand in hand, but let’s break them down a little more in detail.
JG Might Not Return
Why are we playing a guy that isn’t playing well and possibly not returning next season?
Trey Wallace has hinted multiple times that JG won’t be back next season. What’s the point?
If he was playing at a high level and the Vols were 4-1 or heck even 3-2 with hope the next five games, I would understand. But, Guarantano is playing like a freshman.
So, why not play Harrison Bailey? Most people would rather ride with Bailey the rest of the way, even if that means only one more win.
The Season Is Over
There is a zero percent chance the Vols win the SEC East. Obviously, if they don’t win the SEC East, they aren’t winning the SEC or a National Championship. Why don’t we try another quarterback and see what can happen?
What’s the worst that can happen? Kentucky beat the Vols 34-7; I’d say that’s close to rock bottom.
Jarrett Guarantano Limits The Playbook
You could tell Chaney was very frustrated during the Alabama game. The coaching staff clearly didn’t trust Guarantano to make the right reads or even the right throws, especially on third down.
Right now, the Tennessee offense is playing not to lose instead of playing to win. I’m not a fan of that way of thinking. You play to win the game.
Fans Won’t Travel To A Bowl Game For JG
The NCAA announced end of the season records wouldn’t matter when it comes to bowl game invitations. Imagine a 3-7 or 4-6 Tennessee team playing in the Music City Bowl with Guarantano as the starting quarterback.
Tennessee fans have a nice reputation for traveling to away games, but you can’t tell me that bowl game sounds appealing for anyone.
Give Fans Hope For The Future
Finally, playing another quarterback would give fans optimism for the future. As I mentioned early, this season is over. Even if the Vols go 5-0 the rest of the way, it doesn’t matter.
Give Bailey those much-needed reps and get him ready for next season. The Vols have four tough opponents left, the experience Bailey could get would go a long way for next season.
Again, I don’t hate Jarrett Guarantano. I admire his hard work ethic and determination. But, it’s time for a change.