I don’t think you have to go too far out on a limb to suggest that when your offensive coordinator has to defend his starting quarterback’s performance after a mere two games with a declaration that “We’re not panicking”, things are probably not progressing the way you envisioned before the season’s start.
Still, by all appearances, Greyson Lambert remains Georgia’s starting quarterback. And I get that. Georgia is 2-0. Lambert – okay, with a little luck involved – hasn’t turned the ball over yet. You’ve invested time, effort and energy into him and recognize correctly that he’s something of a project.
But it’s hard to look at this Saturday’s game and not think it’s time for Lambert to show he belongs in the slot. For one thing, he’s got a lot of talent in the skill positions to work with. For another, he’s working behind an experienced offensive line that’s done a pretty good job protecting him.
And finally, it sounds like he’s got an inviting opportunity Saturday night.
If they stack the box to thwart the Bulldogs’ run game, how capable to you believe the South Carolina secondary to be at defending Georgia’s passing game, such as it is?
Kendall: South Carolina’s secondary is nothing to be scared of at the moment, but neither is Georgia’s passing game. I would say if the Bulldogs can’t make any plays downfield through the air against the Gamecocks it’s a big red flag for them. I say that for a couple reasons. No. 1, South Carolina is going to stop Chubb first, second and third and that means there will be opportunities in the passing game. No. 2, the Gamecocks are without starting cornerback Chris Lammons (knee) and clearly not very happy with what they have seen from backup cornerback Chaz Elder, who has barely played this year. Safety Jordan Diggs is coming off a tough first half against Kentucky.
So, yeah, I’d say if we get anything close to a repeat of what we saw in the first half against Vanderbilt… well, it may not be panic time, but it’ll sure as hell be time to start asking some serious questions about how things are panning out.