Aaron Murray Fits in Kansas City

aaron_murrayAaron Murray’s NFL Career Begins
The Kansas City Chiefs selected former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.  Murray’s new football home will afford him the opportunity to work with an experienced head coach in Andy Reid, and learn from former #1 overall draft pick, Alex Smith.

The Pressure on Aaron Murray to Succeed Will be Minimal
The Chiefs won 11 games in 2013.  Kansas City features arguably the most explosive running game in the National Football League, led by Jamaal Charles, and the KC defense was dominant for much of last season.  Aaron Murray needs time to grow as a professional, which is why going to a storied NFL franchise is the best thing for the former Georgia quarterback.

As reported by ESPN, KC coach Andy Reid, and general manager John Dorsey have a successful history of drafting and developing quarterbacks at the professional level.  Both Reid and Dorsey are entering their second year as head Chiefs, and they helped the team improve its win total by nine games in their first season.

#11 Feels KC’s Selection is Mutually Beneficial
Assuming Kansas City continues to trend upward, there is hardly a better situation for Aaron Murray to properly cultivate his skill set.  According to the aforementioned ESPN article, Murray is excited about where he ended up following last weekend’s draft.  “It’s a great fit, I’m not complaining one bit…They do a heck of a job preparing quarterbacks”.

Important Information On Andy Reid and John Dorsey
Andy Reid is best known for his time as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.  As the head coach in Philly from 1999-2012, Reid guided the Eagles to four NFC Championship appearances.  The Eagles only appeared in one Super Bowl though, losing to the Patriots 24-21 in the 2006 Super Bowl.

Donovan McNabb was the starting quarterback for the bulk of the time Andy Reid led the Eagles.  While Philadelphia never quite grabbed that elusive championship ring, Reid’s belief in McNabb as his QB propelled Donovan to heights that not many saw coming out of college.

John Dorsey was the director of college scouting for the Green Bay Packers when the team last won a world championship in 2011.  He is credited with drafting players such as Green Bay starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and standout linebacker Clay Matthews.  When asked what led the Chiefs to pick Aaron Murray, Dorsey said, ““He’s a winner. He’s been a winner at every stage that he’s played between high school and college”.

There is no doubt that the beloved Bulldog alum is facing an uphill battle, but he possesses all the tools necessary to get to the top of the NFL mountain.

National Signing Day 2012 – Georgia lands #1 OLB Josh Harvey-Clemons

The Georgia Bulldogs kicked off national signing day 2012 with a bang. Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that top rated outside linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons has decided to play football for the University of Georgia. In an interview which aired on ESPNU, Georgia head coach Mark Richt said that he thought Harvey-Clemons had “fallen in love” with the Georgia program. Richt did not feel that his recent trip to the Clemons’ family’s co-owned bail bondsman’s service in Valdosta played a significant role in Josh’s decision to play college football in Athens.

The Georgia Bulldogs currently have the number five ranked recruiting class in the country according to ESPNU. The Dawgs have six players rated in the ESPNU top 150. Georgia commits featured on that list include: Keith Marshall, the number two overall running back, along with the previously mentioned Josh Harvey Clemons, as well as John Theus, the fifth ranked offensive tackle. Rounding out the list are the number six rated defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor, the eighth ranked defensive end Jordan Jenkins, and the #11 rated defensive tackle John Atkins.

The 2012 UGA recruiting class will join an already loaded Bulldog team that is returning 15 starters. Georgia welcomes back nine defensive standouts from one of the nation’s best defenses, coupled with six returning contributors on the offensive side. Mark Richt and his staff must guide Bulldog Nation through a productive off-season to ensure that the Georgia Bulldogs have plenty of bite this fall.

National signing day can be an exciting time for college football fans everywhere. However, it is important to remember that these recruits are 17 and 18 year old kids who are being placed under a mass media microscope. As a result, they need to be given time to mature and adjust to expectations at the college level. These brand new Bulldogs will make their way between the hedges with high hopes. Now that they are apart of Bulldog Nation, they must do all that they can to be good Dawgs on and off of the football field.