It’s August, so it’s time to hear the shit anonymous coaches say to preseason magazines about other programs.
As I’ve said before, this isn’t nearly as enjoyable an exercise as it used to be when Tommy Tuberville coached in the SEC, but there’s not much you can do about that.
Here’s what Athlon shared about impressions of Georgia:
“They’re the most talented, best team in the East without question.”
“The quarterback situation is a big unknown. Who’s the guy? How will they use him? Will he be a guy who has to make plays or a guy they ask to just not get them beat? I’m sure Brice Ramsey is the guy they’re counting on, but he hasn’t played a lot of meaningful snaps. Is there a Plan B if he can’t get the job done? I’m not sure.”
“I don’t understand why people there gave Mike Bobo a hard time. Look at the numbers. Offense wasn’t their problem.”
“Nick Chubb is phenomenal, and he’s a great young man, by the way. Brian Schottenheimer will come in and build it around him. I don’t expect they’ll change much philosophically.”
“I think Jeremy Pruitt does a great job with their defense. They were a little bit inconsistent, but they were significantly better than the year before. You could see his DNA starting to impact the way they played.”
“Lorenzo Carter has a big-time future. I thought he was a very impactful linebacker as a freshman, and I expect him to have a breakout year. He could be a difference-maker for their entire defense.”
“I was surprised Leonard Floyd came back. He should be an All-SEC guy without question.”
“They lost some solid linebackers, and they finally got Damian Swann to play to his potential at cornerback last year. That’s a lot of experience to lose at key positions, so how they replace them will go a long way in determining how dominant they are.”
Meanwhile, over at Sports Illustrated, which pegged Georgia as its number eleven team in the preseason, here’s what they coaxed out of somebody:
Brian Schottenheimer is going to be great for them. There’s no substitute for coaching pro football and having to deal with young quarterbacks, and they have to find and develop a quarterback this season … They’re going to have two of the top five running backs [Chubb and Michel] when they both come out in the draft. I’m not sure Chubb has the same home run speed that Todd Gurley had, but he’s so hard to wrap up and tackle … They play two-back or three-wide, so they’re pretty vanilla. They just rely on the talent to make plays … They’re going to miss David Andrews at center. In fact, they’re probably concerned about their depth at offensive line. But Chubb makes them a good line anyway, because he doesn’t force them to hold their blocks that long.
See what I mean? This is fairly bland stuff. Tubs would have had some advice to serve up, or at least used the “u” word.
You shouldn’t be afraid to tell a magazine the same kind of stuff you’d dollop out on the recruiting trail, guys.