Georgia fans give thanks, even if they don’t prefer Stetson Bennett, or pass on the cranberry sauce

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Stetson Bennett IV answers a question from ESPN's Rece Davis atop the championship podium at Lucas Oil Stadium after Georgia won its first national title since 1980. (Jeff Sentell / DawgNation)

ATHENS — If there’s one thing all Georgia football fans can agree on, it’s that this is a time to give thanks.

Bulldogs fans are thankful for their first national championship in 41 years, appreciative of Kirby Smart’s first win over Nick Saban in five meetings, and grateful to have a football program overflowing with talent.

No doubt, it was Smart who famously said two summers ago, “if it ain’t broke, find a way to make it better.”

The Bulldogs’ football program is certainly not broken, and it’s a given Smart is looking for ways to make things better and repeat as national champion even with a program-record NFL draft on tap.

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Georgia is pursuing high-profile quarterback transfers in the portal, most notably Caleb Williams, in an attempt to jump-start the offense into the 2022 season.

Smart is also looking to the future, going all-in on 2023 wish-list quarterback Arch Manning, investing valuable manpower hours by attending his basketball game with OC Todd Monken and offensive line coach Matt Luke by his side.

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Such things not only leave room for speculation, but they spark it, particularly when one considers the riches UGA already has in the quarterbacks’ room with Stetson Bennett returning along with Carson Beck, Brock Vandagriff and incoming freshman Gunner Stockton.

How many times did Smart say he has confidence in all four of his quarterbacks, and especially Bennett?

So then, why is Georgia determined to land Williams through the portal?

And there is the problem: Fans are confused because the recent history and management of the Georgia quarterback position is confusing.

To the point, Bennett’s standing with the team.

Bennett was good enough to win national title game MVP, and good enough for former player turned UGA player marketing agent Aaron Murray to claim he’s considered the best Georga QB in history.

But not so good that Smart and his staff aren’t trying to land a 2022 starter in the portal.

There’s a lot to unpack there, and there’s a lot many are still trying to sort out from the past.

Bennett played well enough to beat Alabama in the CFP Championship Game and was named offensive MVP.

But Bennett also played bad enough to lose that game had the Bulldogs’ defense not held the Tide’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback to just one touchdown — at that, after a Bennett fumble at the 16-yard line.

Bennett suffered 5 sacks and was ineffective most of the game, with Georgia held out of the end zone until late in the third score after trailing 9-6.

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