“Whatever he has planned for us, we’ll be ready.”

Georgia’s players sound like they’re ready to adapt to life after Richt.

Several Bulldogs openly expressed their disappointment with McGarity’s decision, but their mood was softened when Richt found employment so soon.

“Once the team saw how Coach Richt was able to go back to his alma mater, we were happy for him and able to move on,” outside linebacker Davin Bellamy said. “We knew then that he was happy, and once we moved on from that, we knew we had to embrace the next coach that was coming in.

“We made a great hire in Coach Smart. He was the best coach available, and we’re excited.”

They sound realistic about the short term, too.

“As a quarterback, you want to know who the OC is and what we’re going to do on offense,” Greyson Lambert said, “but Coach Smart is having to be the head coach and the defensive coordinator right now for two different teams. He’s having to recruit for us right now and coach his guys, so when it comes it comes.

“I don’t think much will change as far as the offensive scheme, because every offense today has to be multiple and be able to do every little detail.”

Of course, if there’s one guy who’s got experience with a change at offensive coordinator, it’s Greyson Lambert.

 

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50 responses to ““Whatever he has planned for us, we’ll be ready.”

  1. DawgPhan

    I can’t wait for everyone to start breaking weight room records, have 100% participation in the voluntary workouts, and talk about how the guys on last years team didn’t give 100% but this year everyone is really buying in and giving 100% everyday.

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  2. Senator, why do you think Lambert regressed so badly through the season? I chalk it up to a lack of confidence in his line and his inability to trust a consistent 2nd option (although Godwin certainly became that).

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    • Uglydawg

      I won’t be rude enough to answer for the good Senator, but I’m tempted.

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    • DawgPhan

      I wont speak for the Senator, but I think that not focusing all the reps on 1 QB killed any chance we had last year.

      I think that UGA did a good job of coaching Lambert up but the kid could have really improved more by getting all of the reps during practice and not constantly splitting them with 2-5 other guys when you consider any wild dawg practice reps.

      His stats improved from his VA stats, TDs up, completion % up, yards up % and Ints way down.

      I think a lot of people if told that UGA would have 4 upperclassmen on the line, Chubb and Sony in the backfield and a top 10 defense, we only need a “game manager” at QB. And Lambert was that. 1800 yards, 11tds, 2 ints, and 65% of his passes. Lambert did a great job of taking care of the ball(yeah but all those shouldnt been ints)

      CMR should have never hired CBS and then they doubled down on that mistake by not picking a QB until it was too late.

      I think that given a year of work, Lambert could be a decent QB next season so we dont start the year with a true freshman.

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      • Lambert is an interesting case study, and I mean that seriously. I’ve never seen a QB who could look so bad in a game, then when you looked at his stats afterwards, they really weren’t that bad. Like, there was this huge disconnect between my eyes were telling, then what the stats would tell me afterwards.

        I do hope your last sentence is true. Even if we still land Eason, running a true frosh out there against UNC, coming off the season they just had, doesn’t strike me as ideal. Would be nice if Lambert could take one or two steps forward. However, Bluto has been pretty steadfast with Lambert that what you see is what you get, so may not be reasonable to expect much more.

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        • DawgPhan

          If Lambert works hard all off season, gets some good coaching up, and they get him the reps, then I think we have a shot. I think that the same is true for Ramsey. But if either of them loaf, dont get coached up, and we do the same rep splitting wishy-washy stuff when Eason gets to campus we will be looking at the same level of QB next season, without the experienced line, Chubb off an injury and lord knows who at WR.

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      • PTC DAWG

        Schooty cost this staff their jobs, IF Richt did it, no wonder they fired his ass. Terrible hire in hindsight.

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    • Let’s just say I hope he gets a better position coach to work with next season.

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      • That’s what I was afraid of … It also seemed he missed on some potential big plays

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        • Biggus Rickus

          Based on observations during games, he made a variety of mistakes, and none of them were consistent. Sometimes he’d lock onto receivers and miss open guys further down the progression. Sometimes he panicked in the face of any kind of pressure and didn’t see open receivers because of it. Sometimes he checked down too quickly. Sometimes he just made bad reads and threw what he thought would be there. Sometimes his mechanics would be off and he’d throw a terrible pass. Then sometimes he’d do everything right, and you could see that there is some real talent there if he can just limit all of those mistakes.

          Of course, that’s just all quick analysis based on what I saw on TV. It’s not like I broke down film.

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          • I think that’s a fair assessment. The only thing I’d add to it is he never seemed to develop that sense for when to just throw it away either. He ate the ball and took some sacks he just didn’t have to.

            Though in his defense, he was playing in an offense that he had like 7 weeks to learn, and most of those weeks were spent splitting reps with other QB’s. You know how they say that once you get comfortable in a system, the game starts to slow down for you? I’m not sure Lambert ever had enough time for that to happen.

            At least next year he will have had a full spring practice in the new offense, and like Bluto said, hopefully a better position coach.

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            • TopDawg

              Lambert was just as bad, or worse, at the end of the season than the beginning. I don’t think it was lack of reps or not knowing the offense. It was just that he was the best we had, and that wasn’t very good.

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          • BR, I saw a lot of the same things. The tendency to check down quickly was one of the things I would see. I chalked that up to the lack of trust in his protection rather than waiting for a receiver or tight end to clear on a downfield route.

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          • AthensHomerDawg

            I don’t think after all this time you will fix his mechanics. He is just not an SEC qb. They thought they could fix Timmy. Didnt happen. Seems like a good kid. Great story

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            • Biggus Rickus

              Oh, I’m not optimistic that he can be fixed, especially with a new staff coming in with another offense, but stranger things have happened.

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          • After watching UVA get run over a few times in 14 , think he was a lost cause coming into 15. Hell I would have been shell shocked playing QB at UVA. Maybe some great coaching will help in 16 and ease in anyone else at QB.

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      • Bulldog Joe

        I liked what Kiffin did with Coker. Jus’ sayin’.

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  3. PTC DAWG

    Good leadership being shown by Lambert…

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  4. TennesseeDawg

    Lambert need not concern himself with who the OC is.

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  5. Uglydawg

    I suspect that Lambert is a very intelligent man and can play the game very well in a protected setting..but under pressure he just doesn’t remain calm. I don’t believe he is afraid of personally taking a hit..but doesn’t want to take a sack. This causes him to dump the ball too quickly, and too often for a very short gain…less productive than the average run play might have gotten. These short completions are what, as the Rev. Whitewall mentioned above, cause conflict between what our eyes were telling us and what the statistics show. Lambert may very well be as good as he is going to get.
    There should be a great effort to develop the offensive line..to increase his comfort level…and develop his patience so that he trusts the pocket and stays long enough to hit the open reciever that he so often didn’t see. If Lambert is to be the QB, he needs to know it’s ok if he takes off and runs it a little more often.
    Another huge need is to develop Bryce Ramsey..and if CKS brings the kind of demanding work ethic that Saban requires at Alabama with him..Ramsey is in for a rude awakening. The kid has talent that he is letting go to waste. That needs to change and that may be our best hope for a better offense next year.
    Then there’s Eason…we pray.

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    • The Truth

      If Ramsey ain’t awake after this past season he never will be. The only thing that Kirby and the new staff can do that the old staff didn’t is kick him off the team. Ramsey didn’t get to play because he didn’t do what was asked and expected. Richt may have cut his own throat upholding that principle.

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      • DawgPhan

        I think that we can expect that Kirby is going to clean house. It’s what happens. Ramsey may be a casualty of that. All signs point to the kid doesnt work hard enough. CMR tried loving him up, lets see how Smart handles it.

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        • Jared S.

          Lol. Yeah. Something tells me that CKS isn’t going to be doing much “loving up” of kids who don’t work hard enough.

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        • Russ

          I seriously hope Ramsey stays as the punter if nothing else.

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          • Debby Balcer

            Yes he did a great job. Not sure who are recruiting to fill his or Morgan’s shoes. Barber and Morgan are seniors, right?

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            • Silver Creek Doug

              We got Rodrigo Blankenship from one of the Cobb County schools as a walk-on this season. I believe he turned down several scholarship offers to walk-on at UGA and many think he’ll be the guy next year to replace Morgan. Absolute cannon for a leg.

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              • GaskillDawg

                The word last spring was that Blankenship would walk-on for the 2015 season then get Morgan’s scholarship for the 2016 season.

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        • “All signs point to he doesn’t work hard enough.”

          Is that how he managed to be the best punter in the conference? By not working hard? Sorry, but I just don’t see the logic behind the speculation that he’s not a hard worker when he’s clearly trying to do everything he can to help the team. Most Elite 11 QBs would transfer before resigning themselves to punting duty.

          I think it’s a lot more likely that the coaches just didn’t do their job when you’ve got four different QBS you recruited (Ramsey, Bauta, Park and then Lambert) on your roster and supposedly none of them are capable of running the offense. That’s either a massive failure in evaluation or a massive failure in development. But given that none of them have exactly worked out, I don’t see how you can single him out and say “he’s not a hard worker.”

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          • GaskillDawg

            Since Kirby Smart’s Alabama team offered Ramsey a scholarship I expect that now you will retreat from the “massive failure in evaluation” criticism. Park left before Lambert arrived, so we never had “four different QBS [some nameless coach] recruited on [our] roster” at the same time to choose from.
            Some nameless staff did an excellent job coaching up Hutson Mason.

            Your obsession with some guy who isn’t coaching at UGA causes you to reflexively reject any suggestion that someone other than some former coach did not perform well.

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            • Good job completely misinterpreting my post. I said “either we failed in evaluation or we failed in development.” I made it pretty clear in that and other posts that I think we didn’t develop ANY of the four QBS we’ve had on roster recently. And I’m including Park because he left after the Lambert news, so we didn’t think he could do it, but apparently thought Lambert could. This is all to say that it seems more likely that we simply didn’t do a good job of developing who we had and adjusting the system to make it work for them, rather than we just completely whiffed on four consecutive guys and/or they were just all lazy.

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          • DawgPhan

            I wasnt there so I can’t judge if he is a hard worker or not. What I can judge are the words and actions of a coach I have watched pretty closely for 15 years and I got every indication that CMR didnt think that Ramsey worked hard enough.

            Quotes from players supported that thesis. I also tied in my opinion of the tweets that ramsey sent our of the summer. There was nothing to indicate that he was working hard, except for south georgia people who just “know” he would succeed because of something.

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      • I don’t buy that. I think a pitfall of Richt and his offense was that instead of having a philosophy of putting your best players on the field and getting them the ball, if you didn’t know the whole playbook, you didn’t play. Ramsey came from a wing T. I think the failure is on the coaches for not adjusting the offense to his strengths and making it work with what we had.

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        • 69Dawg

          I usually skip your comments but this one is right on. To me a sign of great coaching is the ability to adapt to your talent. We are limiting our offensive recruiting because of the pro-style. I would estimate that less than 10% of the high school run anything approaching a pro-style. We recruited two projects in Ramsey and Bauta and then were surprised when they didn’t get it. At no time did we consider changing anything about the offense to fit the QB’s. The best we could do was the Wild Dawg. This year just showed that we were getting more dysfunctional at offense.

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  6. AthensHomerDawg

    “Hope and Change” . That usually works well. Sometimes.

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  7. With all the comments above no wonder Eason seem comfortable with the 2 coaches he knows at FU……and another probably at Miami?

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  8. Bulldog Joe

    I like Bellamy and the way he improved during the season.

    I expect him to be one of the leaders on our defense, regardless of who is the coordinator with Kirby.

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