After originally committing to Georgia and playing for the Bulldogs, Justin Fields made the decision to transfer and head north to join Ohio State.

That decision loomed large on Saturday. While the Bulldogs had issues at quarterback in their loss to Florida, Fields was once again carving up an opposing defense in Rutgers. That ultimately led to some referring to Fields’ departure from Athens.

ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum acknowledged what could have been this year for Georgia if Fields had hung around.

“Rightly or wrongly this question will come up early and often,” Finebaum said on SportsCenter on Sunday. “How do you let Justin Fields get out of your program, Kirby Smart?”

This is a valid question from Finebaum, but it is important to look at the context. At the time of Fields’ departure, Georgia was thriving with Jake Fromm at quarterback.

Fromm is long gone and so is Fields. Smart is going to be questioned for a lot as the Bulldogs struggle. That questioning will most certainly include Fields.