If you can’t fit Greyson Lambert to your offense, you only have one choice: fit your offense to Greyson Lambert.
Georgia’s commitment to Lambert goes beyond the playing time. Methodically, the Bulldogs have adapted their strategy to fit him. No longer are they trying to play a fast-paced, up-tempo on offense. For the last two games they’ve been huddling up and playing a more deliberate brand of ball.
Not only has that helped the defense, which is spending less time on the field, but it suits Lambert’s style while also improving overall communication.
“The last two games we’ve huddled,” Richt said. “If you’re no-huddling and you’re scoring, it’s good stuff. But if you’re no-huddling and you’re not getting first downs and you’re not putting points on the board, you probably should huddle. Not only to slow that down a little bit but also there were times where we were missing signals or whatever. We just had enough little things here and there where we were like, ‘you know what, we’re going to get in t he huddle, make sure we hear the play, make sure we know the cadence, make sure everybody knows what to do.’”
Lambert prefers it.
“I loved the tempo,” he said. “It was new to me. Huddling was what we did at Virginia actually. So moving back and shifting back to that is a pretty easy transition. … It kind of allows us to communicate a little bit better, whether it’s the play or shifts and motions. There is nobody who can’t not see a signal and blame something on that. We’re all in the huddle and communicating that way. It also allows us to change the cadence a little bit so the defense can’t time it up.”
Virginia ball. That explains a lot about the last two weeks.
Between the questions about what the staff looks like next season and whether Eason winds up setting foot on campus in January, you wonder what happens with this approach in the spring and fall next season.
In the meantime, we’d best hope the defense hangs on. They’re gonna need to.