Change of plans

Honestly, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry over this.

Georgia’s starting quarterback for Saturday wasn’t known publicly as of Monday morning, but it won’t be Brice Ramsey, if the official depth chart is to be believed.

That depth chart, which was put online Monday, lists the first-team quarterback as Faton Bauta OR Greyson Lambert.

Ramsey is listed third team. He’s the only Georgia scholarship quarterback who has yet to start a game this season. Bauta started against Florida on Saturday, after Lambert started the first seven games.

The official depth chart isn’t always a good guide for what will happen the following game. But the change is noteworthy because it’s a change from last week, when Lambert was first team, followed in order by Ramsey and Bauta.

Got that?  The third string guy started the last game.  Now he’s listed as a co-number one, with the same guy who was benched for him.  Consistency would suggest that makes it Ramsey’s turn this week – assuming, I guess, that his punting duties don’t interfere with his prep time.

I’d say we’re being trolled, but I don’t think the coaches are organized enough for that right now.

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  1. Castleberry

    Hopefully Zevon is up in heaven working hard on Bulldog Boogie II.

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    • No Country 4 Old Dawgs

      It’s always darkest before the light. Go Dawgs!

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    • Why won’t they give Ramsey a shot ? I mean, the kid has only been given a series at most in all of four games this year. He can’t possibly be that bad or incapable, can he? He certainly can’t do any worse than any of his predecessors to this point, right? Bauta played more like a walk-on than a scholarship QB on Saturday and they left him in the whole freaking game! Maybe, if our guru/genius OC would let him play and allow him to develop a little game-speed timing with the receivers and get into somewhat of a rhythm, they might just realize he CAN play! If he throws a pick, so what? That’s 75% better than the debacle we witnessed last week…and at least he can scramble a little bit, unlike the 6’5″ statue Lambert…and he probably won’t piss down his leg every time a LB or S gets in his grill a little.
      What do we, really, have to lose at this point?
      Give Ramsey the start, let him play, and see what happens.
      Anybody else feel the same about this subject, or am I alone in this rubber room?

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  2. sniffer

    I don’t know whether to ask rhetorically or literally….what the hell is going on?

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    • Athens Townie

      I remember fondly the days when we used to call other programs “dumpster fires” with an air of disdain and superiority.

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  3. JKTomberlin

    Surely someone has suggested on this blog that for Ramesy not to start- and for UGA to have brought in someone from UVA- that he MUST have really done something terrible to be in the position he is currently filling – NOT starting QB.

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    • Chuck

      It may be the ultimate case of cutting off your nose to spite your face — except his play in limited time suggests he can’t cut it any more than the other two — but I’ve been told by someone who usually has good info that the staff is bound and determined not to let Ramsey start because he has not done “what they want and expect him to do” to be the starting QB. Not a hard worker in practice, not a diligent student of the game, etc. I guess they feel like they’d like to go down in flames with their principles if they’re going down in flames.

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  4. Is Derek Mason handling our quarterback situation?

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  5. Uglydawg

    I’d run the wildcat with Bauta also in the backfield so you could pitch it to him to run/pass…but that would be playing to his strength so it probably won’t happen.

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  6. kevinsauer

    grabs popcorn

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  7. Chadwick

    Yeah, that “Free Ramsey” writing makes me wonder what the fuck is going on behind the scenes. Seriously, it’s pitiful. I’ve seen bad times like Goff playing Hines versus Bama, but I can’t remember a time where the Georgia HC looked like such an utter and thorough dumbass.

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    • Derek

      Do you remember what the other option was? Do you remember how well Hines played vs. auburn, tech and Virginia? Hines was bad vs. Alabama, but it’s not like they had a bunch of good choices after Bobo broke his leg. The second option didn’t exactly light it up after Bobo broke his femur in Oxford either.

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      • Chadwick

        Yeah, that sucked and the current troubles remind me a lot of the Goff years. Hines was a great player, but he wasn’t about to beat Alabama as rusty as he was. Might have been a great Qb for Nebraska.

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      • Bulldog Joe

        After the wishbone debacle, we won three in a row going back to our base offense with Brian Smith at QB.

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        • Bulldog Joe

          Someone must have found the starter’s crayons.

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          • Dog in Fla

            They found out what happened to the red crayon

            but the strawberries, that’s where I had them, they laughed at me and made jokes, but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt, with geometric logic, that a duplicate key to the locker room icebox did exist, and I would have produced that key if they hadn’t pulled me out of action. If I left anything out, why, just ask me specific questions and I’ll be glad to answer them

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        • Derek

          I didn’t think there was any “wishbone.” So I checked. There was no “wishbone.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIKxy3q2BEg

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          • Bulldog Joe

            You’re right. Installed an option package out of the I formation (not the wishbone) the week of the game. Blocked that game out of my mind since leaving the stadium.

            Looking at it now, Hines gave a good effort but the timing wasn’t there as you would expect. Plus Alabama played it well.

            Thanks for the link. Fun to see Kirby Smart and Will Muschamp again as players.

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      • 81Dog

        Hines (and the rest of the team) was awful against Alabama, but there were about zero other options. Hines got back in the swing quickly, though. Didn’t he hold the Peach Bowl passing record for his performance against UVA until pretty recently? The guy was a DGD and the ultimate team first guy.

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    • Normaltown Mike

      To be fair to H-Dawg, he was playing with a stress fracture in his wrist.

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  8. Jeff Sanchez

    What did you expect? Serious question, not being a smartass.

    If anyone thought Bauta was the biggest problem Saturday, well, I disagree

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    • Why even bother to publish a depth chart in the first place?

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    • Derek

      The biggest problem is that Bauta may be our best option. He has very little feel for the position or for the game, but at least he has courage. He doesn’t play scared. He’s competitive. I’d just as soon see him grind away and fail than watch someone who is too scared to play the position. I think we probably have a better chance to rep Bauta into a decent qb than lambert. They do need to get him to tuck it a little more. He had some running room he passed up on Saturday.

      Ramsay? Who knows what’s up with Ramsey? Wasn’t he getting meaningful snaps just a few weeks ago? Wtf happened?

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  9. Russ

    Well, Ramsey is a helluva punter, better than Barber so far. And with the way our offense has looked, he should get lots of snaps.

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    • AusDawg85

      Putting the best person in the most important position right now. Who says CMR can’t still coach.

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        • Scorpio Jones, III

          For the first time this season, our punting game was almost as good as the other team, in fact, better than that.

          They found something for Ramsey to do, a way for him to contribute…how can there be anything bad about that. Judging from his kicking, Ramsey did not seem to mind being in the game.

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  10. Will Trane

    Jeff Schultz asked CMR about this situation prior to the UF game. CMR rebuffed him.
    Brandon Sudge at Sicemdawgs says this about the QB situation and Bauta. Bauta is an immense talent and will improve with time.
    Good grief people! Are the writers and coaches kidding about this. Been at UGA 4 years in a pro style offense, and now he needs a few more reps to push completely into the second half of a season. He did not even come in the Bowl game last year.
    What I saw. Saw those two deep sideline passes to Mitchell. I know someone on the Gator defense took out a watch and checked the hangtime on them. I could have covered those two deep ball before they got there. Bet those throws had more air under them than Ramsey’s kicks.
    Don’t matter to me who they start. It is beyond belief.
    But you can rest assure many fans have had enough of this program now.
    Seen Eason twice. He plays out of a spread offense. Not sure what CMR and Shotty could and would do with him. But if I was him I would give them further thought about playing for them. Why? Saw CMR and staff have done lately. Second saw what he did with Stafford. One of the best arms in the SEC in many years. Saw his record and CMR against Florida.
    SEC title goes thru Florida. 5-15 does not get you there very often. And now they have a very solid coach who can recruit. Plus their coach can build an oline and system.
    Somebody had better start putting some thoughts into where this program goes after this year. Past few years are not good indicators. Probably why many QBs have not dialed in CMR lately.
    I’d be hard press to play on the other side of the country so far from home when there are teams out there and in the Midwest who are doing better than CMR lately.

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  11. Bulldog Joe

    Well, this rules out punting on first down.

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  12. TennesseeDawg

    A front runner is emerging!

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  13. Merk

    All I know is 3 things changed since last season:
    1) We lost our OC/QB coach
    2) We lost our WR coach
    3) We lost our OL coach

    Of all 3 changes, which of them has not been a complete and total crap fest this season?

    Literally, none of the WR can progress because they cannot gain enough reasonable time with the QB to work on things like timing and touch. The only 2 WR who are any good are MM (who was already good when not injured) and Godwin (who I think is also just good, but could still use some coaching up).

    Think about this:
    Godwin has not been in the proper route several times this season (see Ramey’s pick six and the lucky drop vs Missouri where no receiver was within 15 yards of the ball). So I think our WR coach might not be up to par on teaching those WR. Also last year I recall Towns being at least average. Then add on having WR screens where you throw to your only receiver who seems to be able to block.

    Our OL who was supposed to be experienced and good, absolutely sucks. They spent all of last season blocking for backs to run 25-30 times a game, so not like we went from pass happy to run happy this year. Why have they regressed, even Chubb could not muster yards vs Southern until he made a statement to the OL. Even then, I am not really sure if there was that much of an improvement in the OL or if Chubb just go so pissed off he willed himself to make yards.

    Our new OC, who loves RBs and TEs, seems to not like one of our better options at RB (KM) and do we even have 10 TE catches this season? I was pretty sure we were freaking 3 deep at TE with guys who can catch the damn ball.

    Add all three together and you get 12 points in the last 2 games. Hell even vs UT the D and ST scored 14 of our points. Vs Bama, we might not have even gotten past 3 points if Chubb did not break the long run, as we literally had 1 sustained drive the entire game that resulted in 3 points.

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    • Will (the other one)

      Not to mention that whole “how CBS is keeping it vanilla vs ULM” talk? I think in hindsight that was wrong. That is the offense he wants to run. As SBNation had it yesterday, we hired a bad NFL OC and we got a bad offense.

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    • Irwin R. Fletcher

      Well…you’re without your starting QB, your top two Heisman caliber RBs and your two two WRs from 2014 along with your 4 year starter at Center who is now starting for the NE Patriots.

      We came into the year with personnel questions, too. Who will replace Mason? Who will fill the void from Conely/Bennett and can we expect IMac, Reggie Davis and some freshmen to do so? Will Mitchel stay healthy? Will the O-Line be able to replace Andrews or will they look like 2014 Florida without him? How effective can Chubb and Michel and Marshall be?

      The answers are…no one; Mitchel is the only WR who isn’t hurt or playing like a freshman, so at least he’s healthy; No…they look like 2014 Florida on too many possessions; Chubb is hurt, Michel is hurt, and Marshall’s burst isn’t back.

      To ignore the personnel changes from last season is folly. It’s all part of the same big, bag of stink.

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    • Your post is dead on accurate and makes me want to find and kick my dog.

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    • Scorpio Jones, III

      Merk, about those catches by the ah…tight end…I believe you have to count opportunities.

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  14. @gatriguy

    If Ramsey went into Richt’s kitchen and took a squat on this table, he wouldn’t be anymore in the doghouse than he seemingly is. It is stunning.

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    • Chadwick

      No shit. I’d love to know what turned Ramsey into a punter instead of a Qb.

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    • Silver Creek Doug

      Ramsey was a very good P/PK in high school. Kicked a 57 yard FG if I remember correctly.

      Many of us who saw him do it at the HS level thought he had a shot as a P if he was given a fair look.

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  15. Biggus Rickus

    Are we ruling out the possibility that they’re going to run that two quarterback offense I read about a while back?

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    • Go Dawgs!

      It’s not impossible, but if that was in the works I would have thought it would have been employed sometime around the 3rd or 4th interception in Jacksonville.

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  16. Spike

    “The greatest motivator is the bench.” John Wooden. Bench these unmotivated, uninspired players such as the ones on the O line and Reggie Davis. I’m for giving Bauta one more look against Kentucky. Then try Robinson and Vaughn at QB. Go nuclear. If that doesn’t motivate these guys, nothing will.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      If they bench everyone who looks unmotivated on offense, there will be like 4 players out there. “That’s my team.”

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    • I don’t question our kids motivation, just the way they are being prepared. They bust their ass in a physical game, and they deserve better than this.

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      • sniffer

        The only squad that looks focused AND motivated to me are the D Line. Rocker gets after their a$$e$.

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        • I’ve never really took much stock in the “Mark Richt ain’t mean enough” but if the D line is focused because Rocker GATA, then maybe time for me to reconsider that notion.

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      • Athens Townie

        Spot on.

        Players deserve better, the institution deserves better, and the fans deserve better.

        But will Richt catch that feeling and do what’s best for the program?

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    • dont forget quayvon who has a critical mistake for every 10 yards he ever earned and is the worst special teams player in cfb history though reggie is closing in.

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  17. Go Dawgs!

    I agree with your sentiments above, Senator, why even publish a depth chart at this point? Claude Felton is one of the best public relations managers in the business, and at this point he really needs to go into Coach Richt’s office or whoever’s office and say, “OK, I’ll send this out if you insist, but you’re making it worse.”

    I have only been part of the Bulldog family since arriving on campus as a freshman in 1998. Before that I was a casual observer and not really anybody’s fan. In all that time… even in the darkest days of the team being booed off of its own field in 1999 or Quincy Carter playing so bad against South Carolina that people still question if he was on the take with gamblers… in all that time, I have never looked at the news coming out of Butts-Mehre and thought that the organization itself looked like a dumpster fire. The “Free Ramsey” stuff hints at discord among the players and a possible disconnect with the coaching staff. What little detail we have of how the team spent the 14 days between Missouri and Florida suggests that a lot of time was wasted that could have been spent getting a third string quarterback ready to go and develop a plan for him. Coach Pruitt’s comments about only losing 7-3 if his defense had made a few more plays suggests that he’s not really sitting in the kumbaya circle with the offensive staffers. The only real innovation that appears to have taken place during the bye week was putting the guy who once was the heir apparent quarterback on top of the punting depth chart which led to the most predictable fake punt of all time (the play design itself wasn’t predictable, but the fact that we were going to fake one at some point during the game was painfully obvious because of who the punter was).

    So, yeah. That’s a long post to say that for the first time since he’s shown up in Athens, my confidence in the coaching staff under Mark Richt has been severely shaken. I have no idea what’s going on over there.

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  18. Go Dawgs!

    I wonder what ol’ Jacob Park thinks about all this. I wonder if he’s still at peace with his decision to leave or if he wishes he’d stayed around and tried to get his crack at it during the season.

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    • Well–Park had to know they were out shopping for transfer QBs. In that case, I don’t blame him for splitting. If I was Ramsey and didn’t get a start as bad as things have gone this season, I would transfer too…like now.

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      • Debby Balcer

        Why should he leave if the job was up for grabs? If you believe in yourself you go out and win it. Park is not even enrolled anywhere now. Having four QBs on scholarship is not a big deal.

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  19. FarmerDawg

    CMR needs to own the offense and take his fate into his own hands.

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  20. I was hoping they would give Ramsey a chance Since we do not have a
    QB, period. I miss Bobo & I miss Chubb even more. Right now i do not
    think the Dawgs can beat Ky.or Aubarn. No Qb & no running attack.
    Actually Bauta, Ramsey, & Park were highly recriuited coming out of HS.
    Come on coaches, Nothing to lose letting Ramsey have a turn.

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  21. Cousin Eddie

    Is Schitty sandbagging for a higher draft pick? Somebody please tell him this College he doesn’t have to do that.

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  22. Seattle Dawg

    I had this dream of Richt giving a press conference today…

    “For the past decade, I’ve earned my reputation on the basis of three kinds of decisions: Those made by Jim Donnan, those made by Brian Van Gorder, and those made by Mike Bobo. The fruits of their efforts earned me enough recruits to maintain a reasonable talent base that masked all of my deficiencies. What you see now is what I look like on my own. I have fooled my supporters: You have mistaken luck for skill. You have mistaken the effects of a daily and massive ingestion of Valium for a stable temperament. You have mistaken total apathy for delegation. If I could remember a single moment of the past decade, I’d tell you how this happened. You see…and this is what I want you to understand…I haven’t really done much from the beginning. Was my play-calling predictable? Maybe. But my dose of benzodiazepines was so large that I could only remember a few plays, and I had no idea if they had even worked, which is why I’ve been told I ran the same unsuccessful runs up the middle for two yards over and over. I was so loaded, I didn’t know what down it was, what the defensive scheme was, or who our quarterback was. Finish the Pill was my secret mantra.

    There has been a lot of criticism about promoting from within and rewarding seniority rather than performance, and I can explain that in one word: Blackmail. You see, the longer a player or coach has been around, the more likely it is that they’ve discovered me face-down in my office with an empty bottle of pills in my hand. “Moving up the depth chart” was largely a function of finding me in a compromised position. I refused to enforce team discipline for one simple reason: I was very, very high on Valium. Very high. That’s it, honestly.

    Because I was not responsible for the past successes, I cannot be responsible for any future successes. Because of the great talent and two coordinators, I honestly thought that the head coach could spend most of his time in tanning beds and still succeed.”

     I have refrained from writing what has been painfully obvious for years now:  The man does not appear to be very smart.  Perhaps, however, the issue isn’t below-average intelligence or a closed head injury as I’ve often thought, but a severe and disabling addiction to sedatives.  Nearly every decision he makes is poor.   His sensorium is clouded, his level of consciousness is bordering on comatose, and he has severe retrograde amnesia.   He is unaware of his surroundings and has difficulty organizing his thoughts.  His speech monotone and lifeless.  The events of the external world have not been processed in over a decade.  Floating in his narcotic-induced dream-world, he now delegates the delegation.  
    

    Please Catherine, administer the smelling salts, so that Richt can be aroused enough to come clean about his addiction and admit to his Higher Power the exact nature of his wrongs

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  23. DawgPhan

    They must hate Ramsey. Like really really hate him.

    Consider that we have a 4* QB recruited by Bama, Florida, Clemson, FSU, and tOSU. Sure he didnt get the starting nod but has been demoted to punter?

    Everyone wanted this guy, we got him. We turned him into an average punter. Which is nice because the other punter was not very good.

    so weird.

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    • Spike

      Or maybe is he just not as good as everybody thought and they didn’t evaluate him or Park or Bauta properly.

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      • Chadwick

        Maybe he’s not, but who knows with the number of plays he’s run. This reeks of an “I’ll show you” agenda. Lambert is not even average, neither is Bauta. They seem to be punishing Ramsey….at their own expense. Maybe not giving Ramsey a shot has hurt morale. At this point it’s clear as mud.

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        • Dog in Fla

          “They seem to be punishing Ramsey”

          Tintype photo from Depth Chart/Magic 8-Ball Symposium says,
          “Yes, definitely”

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        • Is Ramsey being punished? My other question Is # 4 in the Dawghouse?
          The TV cameras keep showing him sitting on the bench not hanging out with the coaches waiting to get in. He should be starting at RB.

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        • This is Ramsey’s third season in the program, getting his shot in practice for three years, and in game action for two years. I respect that you may evaluate his readiness to succeed differently than the coaches but I disagree with the assertion that he has not had a chance to show what he could do. Indeed, he began spring practice as the heir apparent and squandered his chance.

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    • Athens Townie

      I almost wish Ramsey could get a game so folks could quit wondering if he’s better than our other bad options. He would do just as badly, or worse, than Lambert and Bauta.

      He’s not secretly good. He just hasn’t developed enough since he’s been at UGA.

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  24. DawgPhan

    How good is Eason at Long Snappah? Cuz we need a good one.

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  25. Bobby Bowden Syndrome

    “Dad” ?.
    “Yes Son”?
    “What’s a touchdown”?
    “I’m not sure Son, ……we’re UGA fans”

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    • Athens Townie

      October 2015: THREE offensive touchdowns in FOUR games.

      We could have the ’85 Bears defense and it would barely make a difference.

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  26. Is it “The Georgia Way” to release depth charts even if NOT releasing them would better serve the programs’ goals? Is the football team required to do this? (Looking for any ray of hope that this doesn’t mean the coaching staff has lots their collective minds and that maybe it’s Butts-Mehre to blame).

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  27. Argondawg

    I truly believe Bobo would have picked what he thought was the best option in the spring and built him through the summer until he was competent. Probably not great but at least could move the ball and would have the vast majority of no 1 reps. There would have been some rhythm and some leadership and maybe even some confidence. Right now we have none of that 2/3 of the way through the season.

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    • The other Doug

      Bobo would have had Bauta, Ramsey, and Park in the spring. Which do you think he would have built the offense around? I ask because none of these guys could beat out Mason.

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  28. What did I miss about the “Free Ramsey” stuff?

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  29. wetdawg

    why not try Barber at QB?

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  30. Bobby Bowden Syndrome

    Change?…here ya go…..fire this bad boy up!

    https://www.change.org/p/fire-brian-schottenheimer

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  31. Bulldog Joe

    If four interceptions earns you the co-starter position in this offense, I have to ask how many more interceptions does it take to win the job outright?

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  32. shane#1

    did not watch game, sat in garage with case of beer. watched rain, listened to sad music. less depressing than game. girlfriend was watching game, gave it up and sat with me. we both drank more beer. did not grill steaks. lost appetite. drank more beer. brain cells almost gone.

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  33. AthensHomerDawg

    Sooooo…this whole “Offensive house of cards” was …propped up by Bobo’s Crayons?” Thaz some real irony Hijo de Sancho.
    Just sayin’

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  34. Dog in Fla

    @No Country 4 Old Dawgs November 2, 2015 at 4:58 PM
    “It’s always darkest before the light. Go Dawgs!”

    What happens in the abyss stays in the abyss…sometimes

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  35. Im starting to think Richt wants to get fired. If he is I wish he’d go out with a bang. No punts. No FGs. If the team ever scored go for two every time. At least it would be entertaining. But the guy I saw in the halftime interview Saturday looked shot.

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  36. AusDawg85

    Opportunity is NOWHERE.

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  37. Juan

    LAUGH

    It’s what I’ve been doing ever since Richt thought it was a good idea to trot out Ramsey to start the 2nd half against Bama.

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  38. ugawalt

    The AJC articles trollbait was as illogical as it gets.

    “Richt cannot turn the program around.”

    Thing is, he’s already been there, done that, in 2010 and 2011.

    He certainly can. He has already proven that. No debate.

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  39. South FL Dawg

    It feels like the doors and windows of the arena have been slammed shut and had the blinds drawn.

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  40. CannonDawg

    If someone had told me at the end of the last season that there would be no clear QB1 coming out of spring practice, no clear QB1 through fall camp until days before the season opener and then settling on a transfer from UVA, then back to no clear QB1 for the ninth game of the season, with no injuries to any of the QBs, I would have laughed at what I thought was a bad joke.

    Well, I’m not laughing, it’s not a joke, but it is bad.

    This season has been as bracing as a slap in the face and just about as pleasant. And it ain’t over yet.

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  41. The Bruce

    Am I the only one who feels like the decision to bring in Lambert was mainly motivated by a desire to light a fire under Ramsey’s ass, but the ploy didn’t work, and the coaches were then stuck having to start Lambert in order to avoid admitting that they were bluffing?

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