I’m not sure this is quite as specific a thing as Marc Weiszer interprets it to be, but it is a thing nonetheless.
Meanwhile, Georgia coach Kirby Smart signaled Thursday that it could be deep into August before the Bulldogs sort out their quarterback pecking order, but he did lay out a timetable of sorts to determine a starter.
Fifth-year senior Greyson Lambert, redshirt junior Brice Ramsey and freshman early enrollee Jacob Eason are competing for the job.
“Each one of them can throw it,” Smart said Thursday on SiriusXM. “Some throw it better than others. Some make better decisions than others and some handle the huddle better than others. We’ve got to sit down and figure this thing out in the first 20 or so practices (in the preseason) to start dissecting who the guy’s going to be.”
I suppose that boils down to what he means by “dissecting”. That could be anything from an established pecking order to more time in the film room trying to get a handle on things.
What’s perhaps of more interest is that as much as Smart harped on quarterback mobility in an earlier discussion with Stewart Mandel, the immediate dilemma appears to turn on a different factor.
Smart said each of three candidates’ ability to communicate “is probably the No. 1 thing,” a quarterback needs.
“If you have one guy that can fix a guy on the line of scrimmage, can say it right, it just takes so many errors and self-inflicted wounds out of the problem if you can just communicate,” he said. “Some guys do that better than others. There’s a lot of value in that.”
Smart said recently that Lambert’s ability to “fix” things on offense is one of his stronger attributes. He said on G-Day coaches didn’t have a lot of shifts and motions and “crazy stuff” but kept it simple.
I don’t know if that’s a way of keeping all three in the mix as long as possible to ensure the greatest amount of competition or if it’s simply a heads up to us not to be surprised if Number 11 steps out in the Dome to take the first snap from center in the opener.
Or it could simply be that the coaches right now aren’t any more certain of who winds up being the guy as we are.