Monday, September 14, 2015

QB Situation May Not Be That Bad

OK, first, note the word "may."

Here's the deal. Greyson Lambert did not look sharp on Saturday. He looked downright horrible in the first half, and improved to "serviceable" in the second half.

But, before declaring the season a loss, consider a few things to bring yourselves away from the ledge.

First, I think we can all agree that, had Lambert been throwing one-hoppers and the like throughout fall camp, he wouldn't have won the job.

Second, every player is going to have a "worst" game of the season. Was Saturday Lambert's worst game? We won't know until a few months from now, but Vanderbilt did field a nice defense, and some other things didn't quite go Georgia/Lambert's way, so it went beyond just bad throws.

Third, and this is the thing I'm most concerned with, but hopefully can be fixed...Lambert was not put in a position to be successful early on.

Without having re-watched the game (so please excuse any mis-remembrances), it appeared that just about every offensive series was run-run-pass. Basically, you're giving your QB (who needs reps) one opportunity to throw the ball before sitting back down and waiting for his offense to get back on the field. In other words, complete this one pass...or else.

No, Georgia should not get too far away from its bread and butter on offense; Chubb, Michel, et. al. However, Schottenheimer needs to give Lambert some easy throws on first and second downs from time to time. It's a lot easier to get into a rhythm if you know you can check down for a 3 or 4 yard gain without having to punt on the next down. It's a lot more of a confidence-saver to know that missing a throw doesn't mean having to sit back down and look at formation/game photos for the next 5-10 minutes.

Ultimately, Saturday's game was never truly in doubt. Perhaps very briefly, but only as much as a 17 point victory can really be. And, although one pass "should" have been picked off, Lambert (and Ramsey) are not turning the ball over.

So, before you ready the nooses, planks, cyanide capsules, etc., keep in mind that it's early, and things can definitely be fixed.

Let's hope they are.

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