“Tell your Georgia fans that they should be happy.”

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.

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28 responses to ““Tell your Georgia fans that they should be happy.”

  1. much better than the “woe is me, I just got another NFL coordinator” rhetoric I have heard.

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  2. I gotta admit, his NFL track record (purely wins and losses) does stick in the back of my head as a concern. But I think it’s a valid point that I’ve seen a number of people here make that this is going to be the first time in a long time that every game, he’s going to be working with equal or superior talent compared to the opponent. He was at a personnel disadvantage quite often in the NFL, and in theory that should almost never be the case at UGA unless our recruiting falls off the deep end. At most one game a year should we ever see a team truly superior to us purely from a Jimmy’s and Joe’s standpoint. So I’m excited to see what he can do.

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    • Macallanlover

      Exactly, the man was an OC for nine years and was not fired when we grabbed him. You don’t do that in the NFL if you are a “pretender”. I think we should be pinching ourselves about getting him on board. Is there is a better staff around. We have the talent to win titles the next few years both on the field, and in charge of that talent. Minimum of two SEC titles in the next five years. Book it, Dano!

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      • RugbyDawg79

        Turnpike ? I think it is whats that coming down the track-that big machine of RED & BLACK, time to start getting excited

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  3. @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.

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  4. I guess I understand the hand-wringing over a new OC (known vs unknown) but I kind of laugh at it. Jerry Glanville jokingly said the NFL stands for “Not For Long” and even with his parental lineage. David Shula hasn’t had a sniff from the NFL since he was fired in Cincinnati and runs a chain of steakhouses. His brother is currently the OC in Carolina and has been in the league since losing the Alabama job. Why? Probably because the consensus is that David couldn’t coach at the level and Mike can.

    Brian Schottenheimer was at the pro level as a QB coach or OC for 13 years because the GM’s and HC who run NFL franchises think he his pretty good at what he does. They were not keeping him around because of his Dad’s legacy in the NFL.

    Will Brian Schottenheimer work at UGA successfully for a long time? I hope he does but I doubt he is here 3 years from now. If things work out with injuries, player development, and our offense continues or improves on the pace set by Mike Bobo, then Schottenheimer will have a choice head coaching jobs and he probably will take one. If a QB or two gets injured or these/future QB’s don’t develop and the offense regresses, then I expect both Schottenheimer and maybe even the HC will be replaced.

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  5. Scorpio Jones, III

    “Tell your Georgia fans that they should be happy.” Yeah, right, uh huh, sure.

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  6. steve

    So far there is only one thing I have seen that confuses me about Brian Schottenheimer. And it’s not his history. Why doesn’t he just shave? Or grow a beard? IMO, the shaved-head loser-at-the-singles-bar cheek-shadow is the social equivalent of a Doug Flutie Hail Mary last second dodge and heave. It signals desperation so deep he is willing to copy insecure Hollywood wanna-bees.
    He is married so he doesn’t need a visual pheromone. Is he ‘connecting’ with recruits? Does he have acne scars? I think he can afford a Gillette.

    I know the only thing that matters is winning and not needing a defense attorney on speed dial, but after being raised be a WW2 army infantry vet with 20+yrs active duty who hated facial hair and spending the required 2 yrs in mandatory ROTC in the mid 60s, I was ‘programmed’ to be a boring ‘bot’.

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  7. Cojones

    Seth should have our thanks for delving into rumors before they get started and for placing the true shininess back on our plum of a coach. He has done us a favor before we overanalyze our hires to death prior to the season even starting.

    And thank you, Bluto, for nipping our naysaying before we chew ourselves to death prior to ever getting on the field. The timing is great and we should be appreciative. This and your posting above serve the fans well just as the old Bobo Juggernaut begins to unwind onto our opponent’s next month. It will be Schotty’s soon and we are more than anxious to welcome him solidly into the Georgia fold after watching his Offense display some of his shiny new plays.

    Don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m joining Scorp in jumping out of my skin waiting for our guys to hit the field and then hit somebody. May our summer luck hold thru their entire season.

    Gotta’ go. Those cookies aren’t getting made by themselves. Gonna’ mix some alcohol powder into a batch to see what happens. Of course, I’m going to test it on the ‘Nesian’s free-range chickens, especially on the one-legged rooster. He has developed a turndown on one side of his mouth that reminds me of someone, but can’t quite put my finger on it. Maybe a new cookie can straighten him out…uh…the rooster, not whomever he resembles.

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    • AthensHomerDawg

      Have you bounced anything off Mr. Roosters head lately. Sometimes that will cause a droopy lip. 😉 Your alcohol if it does evaporate might help with the rooster Atherosclerosis. 😉

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      • Cojones

        That’s not atherosclerosis. He’s missing a drumstick. Any rooster that great; you shouldn’t eat him all at once.

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  8. Uglydawg

    Alcohol might evaporate in oven…I saw on the news where some Chinese company was mixing viagra into their liquor and advertising it as an aphrodiesiac….get your roo a shot of that…He’ll chase those hens all day and might even get after the cat..BTW..if you mix viagra with potted meat you’ll get vieanna sausages.

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    • AthensHomerDawg

      I got a chuckle outta that.

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    • Macallanlover

      But…but,,,, aren’t viennas usually soft? Those must some expensive drinks, friend told me that Viagras are up to $40+ per pill now. I think they were in the $5-8 range when they came out, with their patent protection they began gouging. Now Big Brother extended (see what I did there?) granted the an extension for no apparent reason.

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      • Cojones

        You guys! Helping with the cookies, eh?

        Mac, Big Brother can’t extend the pharmaceutical patent. Anything proven to be significantly better can outcompete thru another patent, but if generics want to copy the same medication, they have to submit as the Viagra patent runs out before Viagra gets the patent extended. Looks like Viagra got there first. You should try the one that your wife won’t let you go to the hospital for it’s “complications”. Forty bucks sounds like black market. By the way, old farts keep away from comparisons to Vienna sausage.

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  9. HamDawg11

    Ok, someone please talk me off the ledge….

    I’m having trouble recalling any NFL coordinators having success at the college level. The scary names that keep popping into my head are Weiss and Capers, hardly “successful”.

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  10. Dog in Fla

    @HamDawg11 August 4, 2015 at 2:27 PM
    “Ok, someone please talk me off the ledge….”

    @Scorpio Jones, III August 4, 2015 at 9:27 AM
    ‘“Tell your Georgia fans that they should be happy.’ Yeah, right, uh huh, sure.”

    WWDD?

    https://mobile.twitter.com/TheFix/status/628358664399814656

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