It looks like the Georgia quarterbacks have been unleashed on the media this week. There are all sorts of quotes from Cox, Mettenberger and Murray (where’s Logan Gray?) popping up.
The stunner – unfortunately, in a negative way – comes from Mettenberger, who, though a freshman, spent a considerable amount of time around the team last year and had this to say comparing the mindset of last year’s squad to his current teammates:
Mettenberger on what has surprised him so far…
“Last year I was around a lot, and the leadership wasn’t too great last year. I’ve been here three weeks and I can already tell that the leadership and the seniors, they want to win a championship again. They want an SEC championship. They want a spot to play for the national title. So far, the leadership has been outstanding in my opinion.”
Wow. Add to that David Hale’s editorial comment…
(NOTE #2: For those of you who are on the “We’re better off with guys who aren’t overly concerned with their NFL futures” bandwagon, pay close attention to the last quote from Mettenberger. It’s extremely telling. And so you know the context, Mettenberger said he was on campus at least 25 times last season, showing up as early as 5 a.m. to be around for practices, etc.)
… and I’m simply floored. And curious as to how much of this the coaches observed. And if the coaches were aware of it, what, if anything, they tried to do to right the ship. And how frustrated they became over it. And… well, you get the idea.
I’m not really sure there’s much you can do about something like this, especially once you’re into the season. Nor is it fair to say this is a problem unique to Georgia. Hearken back to the quote from Urban Meyer prior to last season, in which he claimed to know that his ’07 team wasn’t going to be as successful because of selfishness and a lack of maturity, for evidence of that.
On the other side of the coin, maybe there is something to that old saw about addition by subtraction. One thing’s for sure, if Joe Cox doesn’t succeed this year, it won’t be because he isn’t prepared.
… The two freshmen and sophomore quarterback Logan Gray bring their thick playbooks to position meetings and have pen and paper at the ready, trying to learn the numerous intricacies of the Bulldogs’ offense.
Cox needs no such materials.
“Joe just walks in with nothing. He knows everything like the back of his hand,” Mettenberger said.
“He doesn’t need anything,” Murray laughed. “He’s telling us what to write in our notebooks.”