With what I wrote about Brian Schottenheimer in today’s Observations post, you might want to take a look at Trevor Sikkema’s film review of Lambert. Particularly this:
… One-read, quick throw plays on third down are a place Lambert really struggles. There’s no deception in the routes, and you can see Lambert will force a throw because the timing calls for it rather than be given the freedom to think. Extra time in the pocket isn’t a guarantee he’ll make a good decision — UGA fans know that — but they seem to be more effective.
On this play action, Lambert has layers to his reads because the play has more options. He looks much more comfortable when delivering the ball after he’s the one who gets to chose where it goes. I’m not saying Lambert’s decision making is perfect by any means, but Schottenheimer needs to realize a choke hold on Lambert isn’t making the offense any simpler. UGA has much better success on third down when they call plays with simple reads. Not giving Lambert reads at all is what’s causing the panic.
You could see Lambert settle down when Georgia got a little traction running out of the I and it became easier to sell the play action pass. Some of that was due to not having to force a throw.
I’ll say it again. When you consider it’s his first season in Athens and that he’s working with a quarterback who’s had maybe two months in this offense, Schottenheimer hasn’t had a tremendous amount of time to figure out how all the moving parts fit together.