I know this is coming from Barrett Sallee, who’s made it clear he’s not a fan of Georgia’s new offensive coordinator, but there are a couple of things from his post I’d like to focus on, both through the words of Malcolm Mitchell.
It should come as no surprise that Schottenheimer is bringing an NFL mentality to the Bulldogs offense since making the jump to Athens.
“Coach Bobo had been a college coach for so long, and coach ‘Schotty’ is just getting back into that flow,” wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell said after Georgia’s spring game. “When he’s teaching, he’s rolling through. He’s not taking five minutes to teach one play. It’s like 10 seconds, and you better know it by tomorrow.
“He’s brought that in. Every time we install, it’s quick. A 30-play install might take five minutes.”
Mitchell said the change of pace in preparation isn’t a problem, though, because everybody wants to get where Schottenheimer’s been.
“We love it,” he said. “Everybody in the room wants to go to the NFL, and that’s where he came from. If he’s doing that, he’s showing us how to prepare at the next level.”
That being said, Mitchell’s other comment-worthy observation is
“We need a lot more chemistry,” he said. “That’s not bashing the chemistry we have now because we do have flow and you saw a little bit of that [in the spring game]. But we have a long way to go and everybody needs to be on the same page. That will be straightened out when we get that quarterback position solidified.”
Now while I’m more than willing to accept Mitchell’s conviction that the chemistry problem isn’t due to the change in coordinators, isn’t it likely that some of the reason none of the quarterback candidates have stepped forward to claim the starter’s job is the result of the change in style? Perhaps Ramsey not taking easily to Schottenheimer’s approach, or, maybe more accurately, Bauta adapting to the change better than the other two have so far, is what’s closed last season’s gap between Bauta and Ramsey.
In the end, you figure they’ll go with the one of the three Schottenheimer is most comfortable with running the show. But what will it say if the coaches still can’t pick a clear number one going into the opener?