The quarterback battle and the mindset

What’s intriguing to me about the contest to see who becomes Georgia’s next starting quarterback is the mental approach taken by the three candidates.  They really couldn’t be more different.

Park is confident, almost to the point of being devil-may-care about it.

“People tend to follow people that get excited and want to play. I just came to scout team and told them, ‘We’re playing back-yard football, why not have fun over here?’ ” Park said. “So we came out every day and had fun.”

Park, who moved to South Carolina in middle school, brought his fun attitude to the media room earlier this week.

“I don’t think anybody talks about the competition but you guys,” Park said Tuesday, during a media session in which the 20-year-old also referred to a 38-year-old reporter as “bro.”

Ramsey feels the pressure of being the anointed leader, whether he is or not at this point.

“Obviously I know I’ve got two or three other guys gunning for my position,” Ramsey said. “Everybody’s trying to get it. You’ve just gotta come to work every day, you’ve just gotta prepare, and just try to win the day.”

And Bauta?  Perhaps he’s the most interesting, because he’s the philosophical one.

Bauta was asked this week how he keeps from letting the competition consume him. He took a deep breath.

“The way I go about it personally is understanding that this job is not for everybody, and this kind of job that we have open here, a quarterback’s job disturbs his mind, body and soul and disturbs his peace all the time. And how you handle that is up to the quarterback as an individual,” he said. “So I don’t care who you are, this is your life, this is what you do. If you want to live the quarterback life then you’ll live the quarterback life.

“It keeps you uneasy at all times. If you show it, I don’t think it’s good for you. But the guys who don’t show it, more power to you.”

I don’t know who eventually comes out ahead.  I don’t even have a personal favorite at this point.  But whoever it winds up being, I hope a little of Bauta’s uneasiness rubs off on him.  Because I think that’ll help keep the winner grounded in the job.

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44 responses to “The quarterback battle and the mindset

  1. pete

    It’s hard not to start forming opinions and pick your favorite but I’m trying to keep an open mind. I know in the end I will be pulling for who ever wins the job.
    I was surprised with Bauta’s passing yards. I know he can throw but the few times I saw him play it appeared his mind-set was to run first. Hopefully he is developing into a pocket passer…and will run only when it is productive.
    By Ramsey’s comment it does seem he feels the pressure of “expected-starter-being-unseated by less experienced players.
    In any case, this will be a fun battle to watch and I don’t think it will be settled until late fall.

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    • EdDawg

      Last Spring game, Bauta really surprised me, he went live, ran it rarely, maybe 2 or 3 times, all positive gains, very accurate, threw for about 230-240 yards if I remember correctly and connected on some bombs too dispelling any lurking myths regarding arm strength. Seems to me, he’s one of those guys that plays well the brighter the lights. Really excited about him. In my opinion, he’s the most deserving based on scrimmage stats, and I’ve read articles that say he’s the best leader and hardest worker among the Qb’s, but Richt might think Ramsey is the more Pro Style fit so that clouds it a bit.

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  2. Bluto, do you think there’s any justifiable tea-leaf reading based on the number of attempts each had in the scrimmage? Bauta and Ramsey had significantly more pass attempts (though that almost makes Park’s final stats more impressive). Do you think that’s an indication Park is a clear #3 right now, or just not enough snaps to go around and he’ll likely get more in the next scrimmage while one of the other guys gets less?

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    • No. Way too early for that, IMO.

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      • Yeah and I guess it’s entirely possible that all 3 had a similar number of snaps, and just through luck of the draw the other two ended up with more pass plays.

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        • Dawgoholic

          Also possible that Park had less plays than expected due to the length of his passes. I’m guessing each QB had a predetermined number of drives.

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          • I Wanna Red Cup

            Ed knows everything about each QB, who should start, and how CMR will obviously screw it up by simply reading the stats from the first scrimmage. Ask him.

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            • Scorpio Jones, III

              Ed just wants to help the team, Cup. They read GTP, ya know?”

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            • Macallanlover

              And that is the key point, Red Cup. How can us poor mortals dare to challenge the wisdom “ET” (Ed the troll) has already provided us. And why should we even venture an observation? He is obviously in a better position than CMR and CBS to evaluate quarterback talent, and can do so without even seeing a single snap. Those INTS? He knows which were thrown into triple coverage and which were deflections unrelated to a QB’s talent or quality of throw. Genius, pure genius. Wonder which rival he is a fan of? Certainly one who has produced better QBs than UGA in the last 15 years….oh, wait…..

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            • EdDawg

              Thanks, very kind words, but anyone could be more accurate than Richt.

              Let’s go back to 2003, since Greene won the conference Championship, Richt has a 1-10 track record. 9% success rate. He could flip a coin and do much better 🙂 Very hard to be wrong 91% of the time. Hopefully, Richt will improve in this area quickly and stop the downward slide–we need an SEC Championship trophy man, that 2002 one is dusty and the even the 2005 one has lost it’s shine. I suggest Richt goes to the coinflip to make his decisions at Qb over the next 4 years.

              Hey, the coin flip worked for Herschel picking Georgia.

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              • I Wanna Red Cup

                Because clearly, the only position on the field is QB, and defense and special team play has nothing to do with winning and losing.

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                • EdDawg

                  Right on, Qb is the most important position on the field. No one can find another position that averages more pay than Qb so all high level experts agree with me I’ve never seen any salary data to contradict it.

                  Money talks, crap walks Bro.

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              • PTC DAWG

                Do you headline yet, or just open? Your act is a riot.

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                • EdDawg

                  Thanks Bro. There is a more biblical approach to decision making Richt could take to increase his odds: casting lots. I know Richt’s a big bible guy and all.

                  Casting lots causes contentions to cease, and keeps the mighty apart. Proverbs 18:18

                  Poor ole Richt, nice guy, who has no clue about statistics or probability.

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                • PTC DAWG

                  Hopefully just open…weak sauce there.

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                • EdDawg

                  Not as weak sauce as it sounds for a Christian guy like Richt, after all it was decision making technique thought to reveal God’s will used by Biblical guys like Joshua and the 11 guys Jesus trained:
                  Acts of the Apostles 1:23-26 where the eleven remaining apostles cast lots to determine whether Matthias or Barsabbas would be chosen to replace Judas.

                  And hey, spin a new penny and it comes up tails 80% of the time.

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                • EdDawg

                  Still can’t believe Richt figured out a way to lose the GT game, at one point, the odds of GT winning were less than 99.8. But leave it up to Richt, to have the season long achievement as being the team that lost a game after having the highest odds of winning. Like I said, he has absolutely no idea what probability is all about.

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              • The Quincy Carter of Accountants

                I think that calculation only applies when you have exactly two quarterbacks on your roster, one with a 100% chance of winning the conference championship and one with a 0% chance of winning it. It’s a good thing that’s how rosters work so we can quantify success and failure so cleanly!

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            • PTC DAWG

              This, nothing else to know.

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    • EdDawg

      Rev, I think clearly it’s Ramsey 1, Bauta 2, and Park 3 right now by reps and who went with the 1/2/3 offense, I don’t think anyone’s surprised by that order, I’ve been saying all off-season it was Ramsey 1, Bauta 2, and was right on with my prediction based on Richt’s choices with scrimmage 1.

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  3. Scorpio Jones, III

    Language usage is a interesting thing, there. “the 20-year-old also referred to a 38-year-old reporter as “bro.”

    I guess some reporters expect kids to answer questions on bended knee…or do they have to prostrate theyselves?

    Maybe the media have too much access.

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    • Reservoir Dawg

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      • Scorpio Jones, III

        I once, in a work situation, addressed the guy who was hollering at me as “man”..(as in “whoa, man.”) He took offense to being called “man.”

        I said…OK, stop hollering, girl.” He did not like that, either.

        I shudda said “Bro.”

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        • Reservoir Dawg

          As an undergraduate, I was fond of calling all young ladies “Sugar”, as in “Can I fill up that red cup for you, Sugar?” One day, I opened the door at PJ for a girl and said “Let me get that door for you, Sugar” She snapped “I am nobody’s Sugar!” to which I replied “Well, don’t let it hitcha in the ass, bitch.” Maybe, I shoulda said “Bro.”

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        • I Wanna Red Cup

          That’s funny Srorp. Almost had tea come out my nose!

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  4. Scorpio Jones, III

    It is hard to get real serious about football till, like, August, but what I read from the stats that were shared is that there is not a whole lot of difference among the three guys, which is how it should be, proly.

    I just don’t see how any of these guys can get much separation till its really game time. I’m glad I don’t have much input into the process, easier to bitch about somebody else’s decision.

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  5. EdDawg

    “What’s intriguing to me about the contest to see who becomes Georgia’s next starting quarterback is the mental approach taken by the three candidates”
    I see their mental approaches as Brett Favre (Ramsey), Russel Wilson (Bauta), Colin Kaepernick (Park). All 3 have a place, and strengths, but it is who does Richt feel fits his Pro Style offense best.

    “I don’t know who eventually comes out ahead.”
    Ramsey has the edge right now because he’s more prototypical Pro Style Qb, you could tell that by his rep count, and his starting order in the rotation. Until another guy starts getting more reps, or goes with the 1’s, Ramsey is Richt’s guy.

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    • I Wanna Red Cup

      Amazin, you also know all about the mental approach of Favre, Wilson, and Kaepernick ! I dare say without even meeting them or observing them at practice, meetings, etc. Does this mean you have seen or heard of Ramsey staying out partying on the town like Favre was rumored to do in Atlanta before he was traded to Green Bay?

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      • EdDawg

        No, I did not say or imply anything partying behavior, I said the mental approach “I see”, didn’t say “I know”. I see their mental approaches as follows:
        Ramsey as a gunslinger gambler, Bauta as a cool headed thinker, Park as a showman.

        All have strengths, NFL successful prototypes, and a place for their strengths.

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        • Scorpio Jones, III

          Ed, you bring being full of shit to an art form. Such insight is awesome.

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          • EdDawg

            thanks Scorpio, i guess you ascribe to the science of astrology? My insight was similar to the Senator’s mental descriptions with a variance, the way I see Ramsey is different, I see Ramsey excited by risk and likes to show off his arm. I think other have compared Ramsey to the gunslinger risk reward guy, and some have associated Park to Kaepernick due to his style, so my originality and insight was comparing Bauta to Wilson, I am the first to say that.

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            • Cojones

              As our quote of Voltaire moves on this blog: I may not agree with a word that you say, but I will fight to your death your right to say it.

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            • The Quincy Carter of Accountants

              None of this seems unreasonable….might change after we see more of them of course,

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              • Scorpio Jones, III

                Folks, FYI…Park was quoted as saying his fav QB in the NFL Binness is Kaepernick. That may have something to do with the comparison.

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  6. Can’t we just go by stats via scrimmages? Seems like the best way to go IMHO.

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  7. I’m taking a WAG(wild ass guess)Park wins the competition because of what the 1st string defense said about him last season as scout QB.
    Their comments remind me,a little anyway, of what the first string D kept saying about Knowshow Moreno a few years back. When a scout qb gets praised by the first team D they must see something…..and everyone keeps commenting that he has a cannon. This prediction will self- destruct if Park is not named the starter and I will disavow having ever made this prediction.

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