I get the angst and overreaction to Saturday. I really do. But in response to the deeply analytical suggestions of “Schottenheimer is pathetic!!!” and “why not play Bauta?” many of you have offered, you might want to consider something.
Lambert has started five games at Georgia. In three of those, he has generated passer ratings of 220.37, 245.48 and 278.64. The technical term for that level of performance is effing great.
I know that the opposition in those three games was anything but stellar. But if it’s so easy to pull that off against crappy defenses and Lambert is hopeless, then we should expect his predecessors to have done better. To the stat cave, Batman!
- Hutson Mason, 2014: three games with 200+ passer ratings
- Aaron Murray, 2013: two games with 200+ passer ratings
- Aaron Murray, 2012: five games with 200+ passer ratings
- Aaron Murray, 2011: two games with 200+ passer ratings
- Aaron Murray, 2010: one game with 200+ passer rating
- Joe Cox, 2009: two games with 200+ passer ratings
- Matthew Stafford, 2008: two games with 200+ passer ratings.
Gosh, maybe clearing 200 isn’t as easy as we thought. And remember, Lambert’s done what he’s done in only five total starts, after showing up less than two months before the beginning of the season. (Also remember that Lambert’s best showing as Virginia’s starter was a 165.79 he posted against Richmond.)
Yes, he wilted under the bright lights Saturday. True, it wasn’t Schottenheimer’s finest hour. However, it’s amazing to see so many people write both of them off after one poor day. Bobo and Murray – note that 2012 performance there, peeps – got years to build resumes much of the fan base came to dislike.
I don’t know if resurrection is in the future of either, but it’s a little early to bring out the tar and feathers.