.NET: With Trent Dilfer off to Cleveland and Seneca Wallace still learning the intricacies of the West Coast Offense, how do you think David Greene will fit in a timing-based offense?
Legge: Greene’s experience in Athens dealt a lot with timing patters like those in a West Coast offense. The knock on Greene coming into the NFL was his arm strength, but too much has been made of that. He gets the ball where it needs to go – timing is not an issue for Greene.
.NET: What can you tell us about Georgia's style of offense with Greene at the helm?
Legge: Georgia built its offense around Greene and Pittsburgh's Fred Gibson and Philadelphia's Reggie Brown. Those three made for a potent offense for four seasons under Head Coach Mark Richt. Georgia was balanced, but never had long touchdowns scored by their running backs. The Bulldogs will change their philosophy this season, relying primarily on the run, because of the loss of Greene and company.
.NET: The WCO is known to take even the most intelligent quarterback at least two years to learn. We know that Greene was honored as a 2004 National Scholar-Athlete by The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame last December – interesting, in that context, that he only scored a 19 on the Wonderlic. How do you think his “book-smarts” will transfer when learning a complex playbook? Is he known to grasp reams of sophisticated football information fairly quickly?
Legge: I am not aware of a smarter football player at Georgia. He can learn and be taught everything needed to play in the NFL.
.NET: We know that Greene comes from a winning program, becoming the winningest quarterback in NCAA Division 1-A history with 42 victories, topping the previous mark of 39 by Peyton Manning in Manning’s Tennessee days. He’s classified as a “gunslinger” on the field. What can you tell us about his competitive makeup?
Legge: David is very competitive. He and former roommate David Pollack often had competitions between one another at their home ranging from video games to golf. Greene got visibly fired up about winning a throwing competition against former Tampa Bay quarterback Brad Johnson during Capital One Bowl practice in 2003. Johnson is married to Richt’s sister. People see Greene and they don’t think he’s very fiery, which is true most of the time. However, those that know him best can run down a list of things Greene has competed for and won.
.NET: How did Greene’s Combine and Pro Day go? Was his stock raised or diminished by the NFL’s audition phase?
Legge: His stock rose as a result of a good 40 time at the combine, but mainly, in my opinion, because of his stellar Pro Day workout in Athens. Greene’s “questionable arm” did quite well in heavy winds.
.NET: One knock on Greene is that his arm strength is not great – the Georgia coaching staff apparently refined their playbook to a short-to-intermediate attack in his senior season, which greatly helped his productivity. Do you think his arm will be a concern at the next level?
Legge: Only by people like Mel Kiper. The arm strength argument is being quite picky. He’s tall, he’s big, he wins – scouts have to find something to complain about – it’s their nature.
.NET: Regarding his sheer tools – how is his mobility? Is he deft in the pocket? Is he good at going through his reads? Does he bend under pressure? How quick is his release?
Legge: His mobility is better than people think because it’s been downplayed so much. He often hits his third and fourth option. He is one of the best quarterbacks under pressure in Georgia history – see games against Auburn in 2003, Alabama in 2002, and Tennessee in 2001.
.NET: How is he as a leader and a teammate? Do his offensive teammates have faith in his toughness on the field?
Legge: No question, Greene has been the leader for the Bulldogs for the last three seasons. He has never been knocked out of a game even though he started every game of his college career (often in front of a mediocre offensive line and at times with no running game to help him). He survived LSU’s beating in 2003 – twice – and never missed a game. The only time he missed during a game, vs. Georgia Tech in 2004, he came back in to lead the game-clinching drive on the final drive of the day.
.NET: How are his decision-making abilities? His interception ratio?
Legge: He twice broke the SEC record of consecutive passes without an interception (214 breaking his own old mark of 176). He also holds the SEC record for the ratio of attempts to interceptions in a career (1:45.0l, 32 in 1,440) – his interception ratio is not a concern.
.NET: Seeing David Greene as much as you have, what do you think Seattle can expect from him right off the bat as a backup to Matt Hasselbeck?
Legge: When I saw Greene was going to Seattle, I could not have thought of any better place for him to play. He’ll be the backup right now, and could work his way up after a few years.
Dean Legge is the Publisher of Dawgpost.com (Scout.com's excellent Georgia Bulldogs site), and FalconInsider.com, Scout's portal for Atlanta Falcons news. Seahawks.NET would like to thank Dean for taking the time to give us an insider's view of David Greene's talent and potential. You can e-mail Dean here.
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