Occam wasn’t a quarterbacks coach.

It turns out that Smart and Chaney decided to scuttle a few butts yesterday.

Over the weekend, it looked like Jacob Eason was the favorite to win Georgia’s starting quarterback job. But head coach Kirby Smart declined to name a starter on Monday, and the picture was muddled even further a few hours later.

Greyson Lambert appeared to be first in the pecking order at Monday’s practice, at least during the media viewing period.

During a passing drill, where quarterbacks threw to receivers, Lambert was clearly first, followed by Eason. Brice Ramsey was interspersed for a few throws, but it was mostly Lambert and Eason, in that order.

The feeling from those around the team lately has been that Eason was the clear leader. He received the majority of the first-team snaps in Saturday’s scrimmage in the Georgia Dome, according to someone who was there. But neither Eason or Lambert have been told anything, multiple people close to the program said. The team hasn’t been told anything officially either.

So much for last week’s whispers about Eason winning the job.

Honestly, isn’t it logical at this point to expect Lambert to hit the field Saturday in the Dome?  After all, what coach in his right mind would let a quarterback start his first collegiate game against a D-1 opponent without getting all the first team reps in the practices leading up to the game… oh, wait.

Then again, considering the state of Georgia’s offensive depth chart, who’s to say Eason wasn’t getting reps with the eventual starters?  (I keed, I keed… I think.)

With the shuffling going on, I think I’m more intrigued as to how the quarterbacks will look against North Carolina than who winds up taking that initial snap.  I just hope the coaches aren’t being too clever for their own good with this.

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Process 2, Georgia Way 0

In case you were wondering about one other thing in the defensive depth chart…

Spoken like a man who hasn’t followed the Georgia football program for years.

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Georgia’s chances in the opener just got better.

Six months ago, if you had told me I would be posting this news this week, I would have called you a crazy optimist.  Yet he we are:

If Chubb gets 20 carries Saturday night, I have a hard time seeing how Georgia loses.  Call me a crazy optimist.

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UPDATE:  You want irony?  How about this for irony?

The drama now revolves around the tailbacks behind Chubb. Fellow junior Sony Michel remains a game-time decision with his arm injury. Freshman Elijah Holyfield is day-to-day with an ankle he sprained over a week ago.

“He’s still gimpy on the ankle, but we’re gonna get all we can out of him,” Smart said.

Yep.  Nick Chubb is now the rock that Georgia’s running backs are resting on.

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All in on “OR”

Behold the ambiguous wonder that is Georgia’s depth chart going into its opener:

That is amusing.  By my count, that’s nine “OR”s for the starters on offense — including all three of the quarterbacks — and four for the defense.  Makes you wonder if Kirby wants to play the opener without numbers on the jerseys and veils on the players’ helmets.

Seriously, I suppose I get some of this.  The offensive line, for example, is a series of dominoes based on whether Catalina is ready to start at left tackle. The tie at wide receiver is probably their way of showing who plays in three-wide sets.  And I understand what they’re trying to do at Mike and Will linebacker.  But the coaches sure don’t want to tip their hands before Saturday on a lot of spots.  How much of that is motivational, how much is bet hedging and how much is smoke being blown North Carolina’s way I’ll leave to you to allocate.

Of greater interest to me is that despite all the talk we were hearing about how many members of the 2016 class were cracking the two-deep, the depth charts aren’t showing it.  There are only two true freshman, Eason and Ridley, among the offensive players and four on the defensive side, with three of those being on the d-line, where they really have little choice.

Given Smart’s comments previously, I’m not sure if that says more about the upperclassmen buying into the new coaching staff’s approach better than we thought, or this year’s signing class turning out to be not as precocious as we hoped.

Then again, if there’s one thing to be said about the charts, it’s that they’re not exactly etched in stone.

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UPDATE:  Damn it, I hate when coaches come up with better headers than I do.

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Culture clash

As we all know, it’s a big weekend in Atlanta for Georgia football.

Just remember, if you’re a Georgia Tech fan, it’s a big weekend in Atlanta for you, too.

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THE PROCESS® 2.0

If you’re interested in an outsider’s look at what Kirby Smart brings to the table, check out this Roll Bama Roll post, entitled “How dangerous is new Georgia Bulldogs football coach Kirby Smart?”.  Sure, it’s a little condescending, but if anyone’s entitled to that kind of attitude, it’s Alabama’s fan base.

Overall, other than the casual dismissals of Chaney’s and Pittman’s backgrounds and the characterization of the recent outcome of the series with Auburn as a toss up, it’s a fair cop.  Hard to argue with much of this:

Experiencing The Process® is one thing. Imitating it is another. Jimbo Fisher took Florida State to the top of the mountain with his version. Jim McElwain has shown great promise in his short career as a head coach. But heed the warnings that are Will Muschamp and Derek Dooley.

Implementing The Process® is a delicate process. The first step is having that presence of a totalitarian leader. Saban is not a big man but he can bring a grown man to tears. He takes control of every aspect of his program. He is a calculated man and everything he does and everything he says, has a purpose towards helping his team succeed. Can Smart inspire his team to play an FCS cupcake the way Saban does? Can he get his team to buy in every day, every rep, every study hall, every second of every day for the span of each player’s college career at Georgia?

We shall see.

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“Being connected through their device is their expectation whether it’s music or sports.”

The NFL embraces Wi-Fi connectivity at stadiums.  Of course, when you’re shaking down the taxpayers for new stadiums every few years, it’s a lot easier to integrate the newest technology into your infrastructure.  So it’s not clear if this is a trend that will trickle down to the next level quickly.

But don’t tell me this won’t resonate with colleges sooner or later.

More teams are monetizing their apps by selling merchandise, food and drinks to fans, as well as tickets for future games. This is another reason it’s important to have a strong Wi-Fi connection and plenty of beacons in place. The beacons pinpoint where a fan is located within the stadium. By knowing this, the team can send messages about discounts, whether on merchandise or hot dogs at that moment in the stadium. The beacons also allow the stadium to give helpful information to fans such as how long the nearest bathroom wait is going to be.

VenueNext and YinzCam are two mobile platform developers used by many professional teams and arenas to boost profits through additional sales and advertising. All of these options make it easier for fans to spend money, and for stadiums and teams to make money.

It would be so Georgia to charge fans for an app to let them know which bathrooms had the shortest wait.  Greg McGarity’s probably already on that mother.

(h/t Raleighwood Dawg)

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