When you look at the Georgia quarterback situation, it’s a tale of two players. Greyson Lambert is the rhythm passer who seems most comfortable throwing short-to-medium range passes. He doesn’t improvise very well in the pocket, the ball doesn’t zip off his hands all that well, and his arm strength is still a question mark. But, if he can get his feet set, his receivers run good routes, and he’s placed in situations where not too much is going to be asked of him, he can deliver the goods.
He showed that against South Carolina and, to an extent, against an overmatched Southern University team. He’s hardly the train wreck he appeared to be against both Alabama and Vanderbilt.
Brice Ramsey is not much different, but he shows better zip, and isn’t afraid to take a little pressure in the pocket. He’s the type of player who has all the ability in the world, but is probably still a solid year away (with good coaching) from being the player Georgia needs him to be from under center. And that last point, more than anything,is likely the philosophy behind offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer’s insistence that he continue to receive meaningful snaps—no matter what.
“It’s been no secret that we plan on playing Brice every game,” Schottenheimer said. “The only game he didn’t play (in the first half) was the game that Greyson was lights out. The plan was to play him in that game. Greyson doesn’t need to look over his shoulder because Brice is gonna play. When we decide to put him in depends on situations. We always want it to be meaningful snaps. That plan doesn’t really change.” (Jake Rowe, Dawgs247)
If Saturday’s game against Alabama was the first time you’ve ever seen Ramsey in action, then you didn’t leave with a very good impression. He didn’t exactly light up the scoreboard and, on several occasions, he looked like he was trying too hard to make something happen as opposed to letting the game come to him.
That said, it was unfair of the coaching staff, in my opinion, to put him in a position where his chance for success was significantly less than the probability for failure. The game, at that point, was decidedly in Alabama’s favor and it was obvious that Schottenheimer wasn’t digging deep into his play-cal sheet to bring Georgia back.
Keep in mind, when Ramsey played his high school ball, he was at his best when he could roll out of the pocket on a play-action and get the ball vertical. Georgia is steadily progressing him towards becoming a more reliable, and confident, pocket passer, but he’s not there yet.
He’s still getting familiar with playing in a pro-style offense, and he’s doing that while having to adjust to a new coordinator/QB coach.
Even so, because of the possibilities he was signed under, folks are looking for him to come in and be a dominant force. And because he’s not, he’s already being overlooked in favor of the future—Jacob Eason.
The best Georgia can ask of either player, right now, is to be more consistent. Neither is going to set the world on fire from week to week, but they don’t have to do that in order to win games. It would also help if the offensive line was a touch more reliable.
If that can happen, and the running game can find a groove, there is no reason either quarterback can’t do enough to win games. Both are good enough to do that for Georgia…of that I’m sure.