Daily Archives: June 3, 2015

Our long quarterbacking nightmare is over/just getting started.

Here comes number four.

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UPDATE:  And the reviews are already rolling in!

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Schottenheimer speaks.

And there ain’t gonna be no stinking quarterback competition by the time the season opener rolls around.

Who dat?  Beats them, at least for the moment.

“You’re talking to someone who was in the NFC West the past two years playing with just two or three quarterbacks, unfortunately,” Schottenheimer said. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s quarterback, whether it’s offensive line, we’re trying to create competition. That leads to guys raising their level of play.”

When asked what he’s looking for from the quarterbacks, the first thing Schottenheimer said was leadership. He wants to see them around the building, he added, and has been “pleasantly surprised” at their work ethic.

“If those guys continue to make the strides that they made over the spring and the summer … I feel like we’ll have a quarterback that can help us win at Georgia,” Schottenheimer said. “Somebody will grab the reins. That’s what we expect to happen from the group.”

I don’t know if I’d call that a plan, but at least it’s an idea.  It also goes back to what I said after G-Day:  between the three, there’s somebody who’s at least capable of being a functional SEC quarterback. Schottenheimer’s being paid the big bucks to figure out who that is.

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UPDATE:  If you’re so inclined, you can watch video from the presser here.

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One last time: Aaron Murray was a pretty good quarterback.

David Wunderlich:

Simply hitting a passing efficiency of 160 is a difficult thing that most quarterbacks never accomplish. Doing it more than once is truly remarkable.

Georgia had someone who came oh, so close.

Meanwhile we got to see some great examples of why it’s so tough to hit 160 multiple times. Aaron Murray got there in 2012 with a 174.82, but an injury plague around him in the offensive unit helped limit him to 158.82 in 2013. That he still almost got there is impressive, but things outside his control hampered him.

If you look at Murray’s game log from the 2013 season, you can see exactly what David’s describing.  His three lowest numbers came against Tennessee (129.61), Missouri (122.80) and Vanderbilt (84.20), when his supporting cast dwindled to what seemed like nothing but walk-ons and true freshmen.  Give him his full allotment of skill position talent for even one of those games – hell, just give him Todd Gurley –  and he would have crossed the 160 threshold with ease.

Admittedly, that’s not as revealing as G-Day QBR numbers, but it’s not nothing, either.

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Committed to committing

If you’re looking for the perfect story evidencing the lack of self-awareness in the media over what the recruiting process has morphed into today, this is it.

I mean, how hard is it to grok that the reason so many kids go through all the machinations of “heavy lean, soft commit, silent commit and solid to school X” is because you’ve given them the outlet to do so?

Thus endeth my bitch of the day.

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The quintessential Mark Richt

Georgia leads the charge for an unprecedented conference-wide ban on transfers related to certain behavior… and Mark Richt is out there urging some tapping of the brakes.

Richt said on Tuesday that there is “certainly wisdom” in the rule, which was passed at the SEC’s spring meetings on Friday in Destin, Florida. He said he believes there will be room in the rule to consider special circumstances.

“I think there’s some wisdom in that but you’ve also got to have some discretion to make sure we’re not keeping guys from having a chance that deserve a chance,” Richt said. “I think it’s set up to work that out.”

The quality of mercy is never strained with the man.  I gotta give him credit for that.  But I don’t think I’d really worry about the end to giving guys second chances.  Not in the SEC, anyway.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson scoffed when asked if the Atlantic Coast Conference should adopt a policy similar to the SEC’s new transfer rule.

“We don’t have that problem, I don’t think,” Johnson said. “We can’t get them in school anyway. I’ve never had that problem accepting kids with serious misconduct problems.”

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Wednesday morning buffet

Get you some.

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