What the Tape Says About UGA QBs

ATHENS - People usually ask me after the game what I think about what happened. In many ways this Saturday was no different.

But this time folks were much more active, and seemed to ask me questions with them wanting me to give them a specific answer back to them. 

I don’t know what’s going on with Georgia’s quarterback situation. I’ve said that for weeks now since this odyssey began when Greyson Lambert arrived in Athens in middle July. 

As I have said for some time - it is as perplexing a situation as I have seen in Athens in my 15 years of covering this program. After watching CBS’s production of the game Sunday night I think I’m not too different than other folks: Why isn’t Brice Ramsey, at a minimum, playing more? That he is not starting is something that should be in question right now - but that he is not playing given the amount of production from Lambert in the pervious two games (specifically against Vanderbilt) is hard to understand. 

Still, when you watch a game and have the ability to rewind and hit the pause button you have the ability to see what is reality rather than something that is thought to be true. 

It doesn’t take long to review Ramsey’s day because he had one drive. Ramsey’s two completions were dead on the money - those plays were fine and what should be expected from a quarterback. His incomplete pass to Reggie Davis was high, but not dangerous. Davis had a difficult time coming out of his break, but the throw was not accurate, so that’s on Ramsey. 

Quarterbacks can make that mistake.

But it was Ramsey’s throw to Malcolm Mitchell separates him and current starter Greyson Lambert from one another. If Mitchell gets a slightly better hold of that ball at the start of the fight he would have come down with it. The would have set up Georgia first and goal from the ten.

Could you make the argument that Ramsey could have made a slightly better throw on that pass? Not really. That’s an SEC-level throw. That’s a ball you take a shot with in this league. If Mitchell comes down with the ball, and Georgia scores a touchdown right there the game is totally different heading into the half at with the worst case scenario at 17-6… and you get the ball to start the half. 21-6 would have probably ended any real threat of the game being competitive in the second half. 

Lambert’s first half was pretty bad - I’ve gone back to see the last time a signal caller from Georgia failed to complete a ball in the first half, and all I can tell you is that the records I have from the Mark Richt era yield a completion in every first half of Richt’s 186 games as head coach.

One has to say that Lambert didn't get any help from Nick Chubb, who dropped the first attempt near the line of scrimmage. But Chubb is pretty good, so that he had a drop was more than made up for the rest of the game when he was carrying the offense on his back. 

Nick Chubb’s mistake not withstanding, there were three specific plays from Lambert during the Vandy game that likely frustrated onlookers more than anything else. 

1. In the third quarter facing a 2&10 situation at midfield Lambert didn’t stay firm in the pocket, and that is becoming an issue two games into this season.

On that play Vandy rushed four, and Georgia kept a TE in to block. The Dawgs were in a three-wide set with a RB. Lambert had zero pressure around him - Georgia’s offensive line was totally whipping Vandy’s defensive line. No player from Vanderbilt was within five yards of Lambert. Instead of surveying the field and waiting for a player to get open, Lambert decided to roll to the right and try to make a running throw to the sideline for Reggie Davis. The throw was inaccurate and out of bounds. 

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Quarterbacks can make that mistake.

2. Two plays after Chubb ripped a long run in the first half, the Bulldogs seemed to have momentum. But two less-than-fruitful run plays set up a passing situation. On third and six, and with the Dawgs in a four-wide set, Lambert locked onto Terry Godwin for an incompletion that may or may not have gotten the first down. Thankfully for Lambert, his throw was missed on the outside - a missed throw on the inside would have resulted in an interception - and perhaps a pick six considering where the ball was on the field. 

All of that said, it would have been much easier for Lambert to just check down to a very open Malcolm Mitchell. The Valdosta native would have caught the ball in space about two yards shy of the first down. An accurate pass gives Georgia’s top playmaker at receiver the ball in space with someone chasing him. But Lambert never looked his way. 

Quarterbacks can make that mistake. That happens. 

3. The popup throw on first and 15 from the Vandy 31 in the first half was horrible. 

CBS’s Gary Danielson: “You are a (4th-year player). I don’t care if this is your first game at Georgia. This is the first thing they teach you when you have one-high safety. That (is) inexcusable for a high school quarterback.”

Ouch. 

Quarterbacks can make that mistake. It happens, but not for long if you want to be the starting quarterback. 

Looking back on the game as it stood live - I thought it was pretty bad. After seeing it on TV some parts were much worse than I thought. Some were a little better. Lambert made two solid throws in the second half. And to be fair, Lambert settled down in the second half. 

But that’s sort of like saying he improved is passing yardage by 116%. He did do that, but the baseline was zero. I see why folks are so alarmed. I really don’t no another, nicer way to put it.


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