Seth Emerson is out in St. Louis this week, checking out the Rams camp, which makes sense when you consider the comings and goings between there and Athens.
I wish Todd Gurley the best, but it’s the latter that of interest to me. So it’s interesting to me that Schottenheimer seems to be better though of in St. Louis than much of the grumbling after Richt hired him would lead you to believe.
There was quarterback Austin Davis, who started nine games for the Rams last year.
“He’s one of the most knowledgeable football coaches I’ve ever been exposed to,” said Davis, who was a rookie out of Southern Miss when he encountered Schottenheimer two years ago. “His understanding of all facets of the game, protection, pass game, run game, was really good for me because I got to learn everything that he knew. He brings a lot of experience. He’s an NFL caliber coach going to the college ranks.”
And there was Jared Cook, the All-Pro tight end for the Rams, who played at South Carolina, one of Georgia’s rivals.
“He’s a good, quality play-caller, in my opinion,” Cook said. “He’s not gonna take too many risks. He’s gonna call it simple, it’s up to you to go out there and make the play happen. … I think he’ll do a good job at UGA.”
Sure, as Emerson notes, that could be nothing more than people not wishing to speak ill of the recently departed. But Schottenheimer’s former general manager does cite one mitigating factor in his apparent lack of success with the Rams offense:
But Snead, a new-breed G.M. who believes in analytics, scoffs at those traditional numbers. He has others, like this one: NFL teams who lose their starting quarterback only win 26 percent of their games.
“We won 40 percent,” Snead said. “We’re not writing home, saying we’re successful. (But) we did it with a young team. Schotty did it with the youngest team in the NFL three years in a row.”
Schottenheimer, as you probably know, was without his for the last season and a half.
None of which is to say that he’s destined for greatness at Georgia. It’s just to say that it’s probably wise to keep an open mind about what may be coming down the turnpike this season.