It's entirely possible that Tate Martell is the better option over Justin Fields

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It's entirely possible that Tate Martell is the better option over Justin Fields

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It's entirely possible that Tate Martell is the better option over Justin Fields

 

Former backup Georgia quarterback Justin Fields is on his way to central Ohio, and many believe that will precipitate either a transfer by Ohio State’s presumed starter in waiting, Tate Martell, or the end of his chances to start for the Buckeyes.

Pump the brakes.

Does everyone forget who we’re talking about here? Have you seen the film on Martell, watched the documentary QB1, or seen what he did when given the chance to play in games at Ohio State? The kid is no slouch and is the former National Gatorade Player of the Year out of high school. He went a ridiculous 43-0 at Bishop-Gorman in Las Vegas.

Look, there’s no denying the fact that Justin Fields is an unbelievable talent, but to think that he’ll just come in, pick up the offense immediately and take over the starting spot at Ohio State is shortsighted — and frankly, a disservice to the potential of what Tate Martell could in Columbus.

Martell himself said as much when we talked to him after the Rose Bowl.  Experience plus talent might give the 5-11 sophomore-to-be a huge advantage.

If Justin wants to come, by all means come. I’m just telling him it’s not as easy as it sounds because, I mean, the offense is just really difficult to pick up. And I know that it’s literally taken me to this point now, where I am right now, to feel comfortable going out there knowing that I’ll be really successful. That’s just how long it really takes to learn this offense and get really comfortable with it. … I’m just saying, it’s going to be a lot more difficult than it seems like, just walking in and there’s the job.

Martell has a point. He lost out on the three-man quarterback battle with Joe Burrow and Dwayne Haskins in the spring and fall, but the coaches were very clear that it wasn’t because of his inabilities. Both were ahead of the learning curve that he had to still go through, and it made a huge difference. So, don’t forget that.

Maybe Fields comes in and lights the world on fire, and takes the starting job from Martell. But … maybe he doesn’t get a waiver from the NCAA to play immediately, and has to sit while Martell takes the offense and becomes a star. Maybe, just maybe, they both are eligible next year and Fields simply loses out to a better quarterback.

Don’t discount it, and don’t count out Tate Martell.

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