Okay, removing my tongue from my cheek, here’s a nice piece from Seth Emerson weaving together the thoughts of Chubb, Eason and Wynn on the prospects for the offense this season.
The most interesting insights are about the offensive linemen. Here’s something Eason said that I hadn’t thought about:
Eason also spent much of this offseason working at taking snaps under center, after struggling with that aspect of it as a freshman. He was used to a shot-gun offense in high school.
EASON: “Oh yeah, that was a big area I needed to improve on. I think through spring and through this fall camp, I’ve gotten a lot more comfortable now. It’s second nature, going under there, spotting the Mike (linebacker) and all that deal. … It was pretty difficult, because you’re trying to read a defense, but your biggest concern is getting a snap from center. So that was a big transition, and it took me awhile to get me fully comfortable with it. And having (Brandon) Kublanow last year, he was a real low guy, and I was a real tall guy, so that was another thing that went into it. But now with Lamont (Gaillard) and whoever else we’ve got under center, I feel comfortable with it.” [Emphasis added.]
Sounds trivial, but it’s just one more adjustment Eason had to make out of several. I think it was pretty obvious that he was more comfortable working out of the shotgun last season than under center.
Wynn said something that makes me think Pittman is in the process of sorting out the talent on the line in the way he prefers.
Georgia brought its man-blocking scheme last year, but it wasn’t as successful with a smaller group of linemen. This year they’re going to be bigger up the middle, which should help the inside running game, while getting more athletic lineman at tackle.
WYNN: “Definitely. As far as me, my weight was pretty small last year at guard, but now we have a lot more anchor at that guard position, and the tackles, I’m good on the outside, Andrew Thomas he’s been very good, Dyshon Sims has been good. Not to say that the inside guys aren’t athletic, but we’ve put outside the guys who are better able to kick out there in space.”
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to welcome the era of not playing guards at offensive tackle with open arms.