In the wake of Saturday’s scrimmage, there is a lot of scuttlebutt out there regarding Georgia’s quarterbacks that I would summarize as follows:
- Greyson Lambert has performed as the coaches expected, given his experience.
- Brice Ramsey has been the pleasant surprise of the three, and has legitimately inserted himself into the starting quarterback battle.
- Jacob Eason has the best arm of the three, but has not performed as well as the other two this month.
None of the three, let me add, has been what you might call a home run to this point, which is why Smart was still holding off on announcing that anyone had emerged sufficiently to deserve a greater share of practice reps after Saturday.
What I’m curious about isn’t who you think ought to start, but rather what you think the current status of the group says about both them as well as Smart and Chaney. For example, that Eason remains in the pack despite a lesser showing to date might indicate that the coaches would prefer to go his way, all other things being equal, when the season starts. (What that in turn says about Kirby’s expectations for 2016 is a line of inquiry for another post.)
I doubt Lambert as Mr. What You’d Expect is a surprise to anyone, but I wonder if his status is an indication of faith in Chaney’s ability to coax a competent performance out of previously inconsistent quarterbacks. Whatever else you want to say about Chaney, he does enjoy a good track record in that regard.
And then there’s Ramsey, who, let’s be honest, was basically written off by a large portion of Dawgnation and the pundit class. If Chaney has indeed turned him into a functional SEC quarterback who earns the starting gig — and, yes, we’re a long way from knowing that — what are the ramifications for Georgia’s chances this season, for what that says about Schottenheimer’s ability as a position coach and Eason’s future?
Let’s hear your answers and any other thoughts you might have on the subject in the comments.