Once again there were the passes that showed why Greyson Lambert was able to walk into Georgia in July and win the starting quarterback job in less than two months. And once again there were the throws that reminded you why he lost the starting job at Virginia.
It was that kind of game, once again, for Lambert on Saturday against Missouri. And it’s been that kind of season for Lambert, who said being a Bulldog has “been amazing,” and a “huge blessing.”
Then he frankly addressed his own play.
“My performance has been rollercoaster,” Lambert said. “Hopefully this bye week will help me gain some consistency in that. But we’re 5-2 and we’ve got a shot still.”
But can Lambert do much in the bye week to correct the inconsistency, or does it just come in games?
“A little bit of both,” Lambert said. “I’m still kinda focusing, like I did this past week, in what coach Schotty was saying with streaks of completions, and check-downs, getting the ball – whether it’s down the field or short – allowing them to have a shot to make a play. Continuing to get that mindset that it’s not all-or-nothing on each pass.”
I can’t help but shake my head over the vehemence some of you showed me back in August when I suggested that Lambert’s game would need a lot of work if he were to be the type of starting quarterback Georgia needed to succeed this season.
Nonsense, I was assured. Lambert’s past was irrelevant. The coaching, the program, the surrounding talent, the lack of all those things when Lambert was fighting through the 2014 season – none of that would matter now, because Lambert was simply in a better place where smarter coaches realized he wasn’t the kid who lost his starting job at Virginia.
It seems, instead, that the Greyson Lambert who suits up in red and black is exactly the kid who lost his starting job at Virginia. That should sober some of you up. And what should really scare you a little bit is that it was clear last night when the game was on the line and Georgia had to pull out a late scoring drive to win, the playcalling showed the coaches had completely lost confidence in Lambert’s ability to make plays consistently.
My point here isn’t to slam Lambert, who’s a good kid trying to do his best. Regardless of how skilled you think Richt is at developing quarterbacks, though (and he is), he’s not a miracle worker. Neither is Schottenheimer. The point is that this program had warts coming into the season and the coaches can only do so much to mask some of those. To the extent that you brush off real issues like how quickly a quarterback who lost a starting job in the spring at one school can be transformed into a competent SEC starting quarterback in the fall… well, that’s how you leave yourself open for mockery by people who don’t have such a rosy outlook on things.