“He will run the **** ball.”

Seth Emerson asks the Schottenheimer question we want to hear – what’s he likely to do?

At quarterback…

Running game?

Nick Chubb need not worry. Schottenheimer has coached under defensive, ball-control head coaches (Jeff Fisher and Rex Ryan), and will not come to Georgia trying to light it up.

“He’s well aware that Chubb’s probably his bread and butter,” Rams general manager Les Snead said, adding: “He’ll do some play-action pass.”

Tweaks?  Not much.

All in all, it sounds a lot like the playbook Georgia ran out of last season.  Not that I’m complaining, mind you.


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11 responses to ““He will run the **** ball.”

  1. It matters not who really starts @ QB; the decision is not ours to make but CBS and CMRs’…The article seems to, without saying, make a lean to a Bauta/Lambert decision. Only time will tell. I do find it interesting that Seths’ descrtiption of Schottys laid back demeanor, makes me think of Richt some.


    • Macallanlover

      I much prefer high emotion in my DC, but not with my OC or Head Coach. The idea of a Boom or Sgt. Carter on the sideline for UGA makes me shudder. I think the biggest difference we will see with Schotty is more passes to TEs and RBs, and I am good with that. Find the mismatches and make high percentage throws when you are not handing it to your stable of stud running backs. Only takes a couple of deep tosses a game to keep the defenses honest and we have some speed on hand to do that. We may not score as much ast he past few years but this offense should be enough to get the job done regardless of which QB is chosen.


      • AusDawg85

        Watch a few of 3rd and 7+ yard plays fail because we throw short passes in the flats and the QB experts around here will be screaming for ol’ “first & bomb” to return.


        • Macallanlover

          Definitely a no-win situation when compared to what the hindsight geniuses will know on Saturday night. A pretty damned good play call on 1st and 4 in Columbia last year will forever be lambasted because it backfired.


          • Mayor

            Mac, putting aside the question of whether or not any pass was an appropriate call at all under the circumstances (I personally think they should have handed the ball to Gurley–the best back in college football–and if he didn’t score he would have on the next play and they would have used up some clock), that particular pass play was a terrible call in that situation. That play left the onside DE unblocked and depended on him going for a fake, which the DE ignored. It was a naked bootleg and when the DE didn’t take the fake he had a clear, unimpeded path to the QB. Mason was dead meat at that point and had no choice but to throw the ball away, throwing the ball at the feet of the receiver as he had been taught. Likely that play was going to be a waste of a down even if grounding isn’t called. If Bobo had called a fade or some quick hitter with all the South Carolina DLs being blocked I probably wouldn’t have a problem with that, but the exact pass play called is the problem. All that said, the grounding penalty called by the ref was a bad call. Mason was out of the tackle box and there was a receiver in the area where the ball was thrown, the ball was just deflected by the DE away from the receiver. That play wasn’t grounding.


    • mdcgtp

      the narrative around sports is often about a couple of things: who won/lost and who is the superstar and who is the bust/flop? Taken a step further, teams that are doing great capture attention as well as the team that unexpectedly implodes. That said, building franchises, organizations, and teams are often about a lot of what “goes on in between”. For every Laremy Tunsil/Cyrus K/DJ Fluker elite OT, teams need to succeed with a 3 or 4 star guy without can’t miss potential. At the NFL level, that means finding mid-level free agents that can be more productive on your team than their former team.

      Schottenheimer is a perfect example of such. He has simply not had the privlige of coaching any rosters with super star talent, and as a result, his results reflect that. Certainly, while one could argue that “gurus” like Chip Kelly or Art Briles or Leach or Malzahn are able to make productive pace/spread offenses out of lesser parts. No doubt that they generate optically better results, but I would argue that all of their offenses cut corners of one form or another that leave them vulnerable. For all the NFL “pass happy” talk, look at the last super bowl winners since that happened.

      06 – Indy
      07 – Giants
      08 – Steelers
      09 – Saints
      10 – Packers
      11 – Giants
      12 – Ravens
      13 – Seahawks
      14 – Pats

      Certainly, the Pats, Packers, Saints, and Colts were QB/WR driven, but they were not complete spread teams.

      My point is that Schotty is a conventional coach who will take a conventional approach to play calling, scheming, etc. He is well liked, well respected, and well schooled. Thus, the point that he will look at our 2014 offense and determine that “not turning the ball over” was a huge positive is valid. That said, I think he will also realize that not having a vertical passing game was suboptimal. The question becomes how does he weigh those two factors in picking a QB. My guess is that it is easier to tell a guy like Ramsey “don’t make dumb decisions” than it is to try to ask a guy to make accurate vertical throws or back shoulder fades that arrive on time.

      Thus, I think the notion that Ramsey is higher risk, and the others are safer might be a fair one, but it’s also Schotty’s job to manage around that risk by giving Ramsey the tools to know the difference between smart chances and dumb throws.


  2. @gatriguy

    Honestly, if he can blend what Bobo was doing with some of the “exploit the linebackers in coverage” passing game he had to learn under Spurrier, then consider me happy as can be.


    • Will (The Other One)

      Especially given the depth at TE this season relative to WR (or heck, just look what Arky in the 2nd half and USC for most of the first half did to our LBs and secondary last season.)


  3. Bulldog Joe

    “You won’t put an NFL playbook into a college playbook, obviously.”

    Reading this, I find myself frantically waving my arms with glee.


  4. doofusdawg

    In his three years at Florida they averaged over fifty points against us… including the 95 debacle in Athens… which I sat through till the last reverse.

    Sprint draws, seam routes and post corners all day long. I;m excited that maybe he still has a little bit of sos in him. We could very well have two Broyles finalists this year… in my dreams.