Overreaction Monday: Would Richt give Ramsey another look?

Georgia quarterback Greyson Lambert has struggled in the last three games, including Saturday’s 9-6 win over Missouri. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

 

Georgia quarterback Greyson Lambert has struggled in the last three games, including Saturday's 9-6 win over Missouri. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

Georgia quarterback Greyson Lambert has struggled in the last three games, including Saturday’s 9-6 win over Missouri. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

GEORGIA (5-2, 3-2. Defeated Missouri 9-6. Next game vs. Florida in Jacksonville, Oct. 31).

Overreaction narrative: “We won’t go anywhere with Greyson Lambert at quarterback.”

Reality check: If Georgia’s defense can be as effective against Florida and the rest of the season as it was against Missouri, the Bulldogs have a chance to win every game. But let’s not use that game as a barometer. Missouri woke up this morning ranked 125th out of 127 in total offense and 124th in scoring offense. The biggest issue remains quarterback. Nick Chubb’s season-ending injury put greater emphasis on a need for impact plays from the quarterback. Lambert hasn’t done that. His greatest moments came against a weak South Carolina team. (Lambert’s first four games vs. Louisiana-Monroe, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Southern: 76.5 percent passing, 7 touchdowns, 0 interceptions. Last three vs. Alabama, Tennessee, Missouri: 54.5 percent, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions.) So here’s the question: Do you dare make a change to Brice Ramsey or even Faton Bauta before the Florida game in two weeks. I don’t know that either is the answer. Ramsey was horrible (1-for-6 with two interceptions) in the second half against Alabama. But that was an unfair situation  to put him in, with Lambert getting the majority of the snaps during the week and then Mark Richt deciding to make a change with his team trailing by three touchdowns against the best team in the nation. Florida is strong defensively and Georgia will need the quarterback to make a play to win. I don’t believe there’s any way Richt takes a risk, unless Lambert just falls on his face against Florida, but I think of Ramsey starting needs to be explored. And is Bauta that bad that he hasn’t deserved any snaps to this point?

Here’s what Richt said about Lambert on his Sunday night conference call, via Seth Emerson:

“It’s been up and down. No doubt. It’s pretty obvious to see that there’s been some really spectacular moments and some not-so-spectacular. It’s kind of part of the process sometimes. Even though he’s a veteran quarterback he’s brand new to this system, brand new to Georgia, and brand new to the SEC. A lot of firsts for him. … But overall, he’s worked hard for us. He’s put himself in a position to play. It’s been a little bit up and down but I’d say that’s pretty much true of most everybody on the team.”

True. But nobody else on the team plays the most important position on the field.

Georgia Tech running back Marcus Marshall (34) celebrates after a 7-yard touchdown run against Pittsburgh in the second half at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. Pitt won, 31-28. (Hyosub Shin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

Georgia Tech running back Marcus Marshall with the lone bright spot for the Yellow Jackets in Saturday’s loss to Pitt. The freshman rushed for 159 yards and two touchdowns. (Hyosub Shin / hshin@ajc.com)

GEORGIA TECH (2-5, 0-4. Lost to Pitt 31-28. Next game vs. Florida State.)

Overreaction narrative: “We’re dead.”

Reality check: They’re dead. This isn’t to say the Jackets can’t improve. But with five straight losses, including to Duke, North Carolina and Pitt, I don’t see them giving Florida State much of a game and it’s possible they will not win a game the rest of the season. The remaining opponents: Florida State, Virginia (road), Virginia Tech, Miami (road), Georgia. Quarterback Justin Thomas hasn’t had a great season but that’s largely a product of him trying to do too much to compensate for: 1) Dreadful offensive line play; 2) Few weapons to work with, partly because of injuries; 3) A terrible defense. As I wrote Saturday, I understand Tech is playing a number of young players and has had injuries. But there’s really no excuse for Paul Johnson’s team to become unraveled like this. Expectations were high coming off last year’s 11-3 season and Tech should be in the midst of another run to the ACC championship game instead of playing out the season. The one bright spot in Saturday’s loss was the play of freshman running back Marcus Marshall (159 yards, two touchdowns). So that could be one problem fixed.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn, here with defensive tackle Ra'Sheed Hageman, has struggled to create a consistent pass rush with his defense. (Chris Graythen / Getty Images)

Falcons coach Dan Quinn, here with defensive tackle Ra’Sheed Hageman, has struggled to create a consistent pass rush with his defense. (Chris Graythen / Getty Images)

FALCONS (5-1. Lost at New Orleans 31-21. Next game: at Tennessee).

Overreaction narrative: “I TOLD you this team stinks. They’re not making the playoffs.”

Reality check: Shut up. They’re making the playoffs. After starting 5-0, it would mean they would have to go 4-7 or worse over the final 11 to possibly not get at least an NFC wild card berth. With their relatively easy schedule, I don’t see that happening. It took five fumbles (three lost) for the Falcons to lose to the Saints, and that’s not going to become the norm. However, the defense’s lack of a pass rush is major concern. The Falcons have only seven sacks in six games, half as many as their opponents. Team leaders: Vic Beasley and Adrian Clayborn with two each. That’s tied for last in the NFL. Without pressure on the quarterback, it follows that the teams ranks 29th in pass defense (290.7 yards per game) and 24th in completion percentage against (67.1). Coach Dan Quinn and defensive coordinator Richard Smith rotate a number of bodies on the defensive front but to this point have failed to come up with a consistent combination that affects the quarterback. The pass rush ultimately will determine how far the Falcons go this season.

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TideDawg
TideDawg

The Dawgs will be ready for Florida. How ready, I can only guess, but I do believe they will play the best game they have played this year. Will it be good enough to beat a tough Gator team........Maybe!!


Not impressed with Schottenheimer's play calling. If you're good you don't have to be fancy, or try to trick someone, just line up head to head and see who wins. Forget about that wide receiver screen play unless you can get some one that can execute the play. About 1 second slow on timing and that play is worthless against quick DBs.

dawg fan
dawg fan

@TideDawg  Florida went in to Baton Rouge at night and took an undefeated LSU to the wire.  I'm not big on moral victories but the reality is very few teams can do something like that.  There is nothing we can throw at Florida that they won't be ready for.  We have no offense and our defense is soft. I know what everyone is thinking but there is no magic switch for Richt to turn on over the off week.  We are what we are at this point.  We're toast.   


I'm sorry but this game has beat down written all over it.  If they could clobber us last year with a 7-6 team they can certainly do it this year.  It's the same players. They've just got a better coach.    

Eric_C
Eric_C

@dawg fan @TideDawg  dawg fan, I'm the first to say when the Dawgs looked over-matched, but this is not one of those cases.  UF needed a punt return TD and a fumbled punt to even be in that game vs LSU....and don't forget they gave up 28 pts in one quarter.  As long as the Dawgs are no worse than neutral in the TO battle and play decent special teams, they will have a good shot.

dawg fan
dawg fan

@TideDawg LOL.  Okay.  Maybe if Mark Richt were coaching the Gators you might have a point.  McElwain is the real deal and he'll have his guys ready. 



dawg fan
dawg fan

@Eric_C We needed a punt return TD (with a questionable no call on what appeared to be a block in the back) and a fluke fumble ran back 96 yards for a TD to even be in the game with TENNESSEE, a 3-3 team.  Nice try at pretending to be objective. 


We are toast.  We are not a very good team.  Good teams don't get blown out by 4 touchdowns in their own stadium.  Good teams don't lose to Tennessee and squeak by the worst offense in all of the Power 5 conferences.  Once again, I know you Disneys think Richt has magical fairy dust in his pocket to sprinkle all over the team but that is not the case. You need to get a grip and live in reality. 


We are very mediocre this year and it will show in Jacksonville against a tough and battle tested team. 

TideDawg
TideDawg

@dawg fan @TideDawg  Dawg fan, that kind of thinking and attitude is exactly what I'm counting on the Gators to be thinking. That appears to be what the Dawgs were thinking when that 7-6 Fl. team beat them. I've said this before, you don't have to be the best you just have to play your best at the right time. That's what upsets are made of.

TideDawg
TideDawg

@dawg fan @TideDawg  That magic switch you referred to is in the heart of the players They either have it or they don't have it. I think they will be up for this one. However, I thought they would be up for the game with Alabama......they weren't!!! I'm not going to put it all on Richt....Pruitt had no answers for Alabama. I think Ga. has talented players equal to Al.

dawg fan
dawg fan

@TideDawg "I'm not going to put it all on Richt...."


I am.  He's the head coach and he's the one making the big bucks.  Whenever someone brings up what a choke artist he is you Disneys always point out his career win total.  So we can put all the wins on him but the losses are on the players?  That's mighty convenient. 


The magic switch I was referring to does not exist.  There is no magic to anything in football.  That's what you Disneys cannot wrap your heads around and that is, in fact, why I call you Disneys.  You think Richt is Cinderella who just needs a fairy godmother to whisk him away to the big dance.  It's all about luck and bounces going our way to you.  No, it's about hard work, determination and perseverance, all which we are sorely lacking under Mark Richt.  We don't need a fairy godmother, we need a head coach who will get up off his arse and coach to the best of his ability instead of just being satisfied with the status quo. 


When you see the same kind of lackluster performances over and over and over again and the one and only constant is the head coach it doesn't take a freaking rocket scientist to figure out what the problem is.  Wake up.   



TideDawg
TideDawg

@dawg fan @TideDawg  Not so effective play calling, defense can't tackle, DC doesn't appear to make corrections. Granted, stopping Alabama is not easy, but not having any answers when you have talented players, is on the DC. Yes, Richt oversees everything. If he's accepting less than his assistants best then he is the problem. It could be that Richt has just gotten tired and doesn't push players and assistants to their best. If that's the case then he should step down the way Spurrier did.


I can't argue with what you say. When your favorite team is losing every excuse/problem offered by fans could be the correct solution but they are only opinions. I want the Dawgs to win, I want them to be in the top ten, but losing and winning are contagious  in any sport. I don't want Georgia to "accept" losing. Look at Georgia Tech....that's what they do.

TideDawg
TideDawg

I wonder if Richt has considered giving Bauta a try at WR or TE? The kid's got talent and they should find a way to use it.

TideDawg
TideDawg

Parties, Sex, dancing, good food, royal treatment.........Must be great to be a 5 star recruit nowadays. It's not known how much money is slipped into the pockets of those recruits.


These are kids out of high school......temptation is like dessert......they can't turn it down.

TideDawg
TideDawg

Tide/Dawg.....tired of hearing about it. Tide fan for life.....Dawg fan since 1960. If you can chew gum and walk at the same time you can support two teams. Nowadays chewing gum is easy....walking not so!

welcometotheclub
welcometotheclub

Dawg fan since 1970. Mark, your QB philosophy, white boy pocket passer, is old and tired in the present SEC. Please resign,

WhatExcuseNow
WhatExcuseNow

Shooting for 500 comments on this 2 day old format.


Come on dawg fan.  You gots 14 in ya.  Cut and paste.  You can do it.

WhatExcuseNow
WhatExcuseNow

Just not gonna get there.  Tell Schultz we tried.  This one has petered out.

dawg fan
dawg fan

@WhatExcuseNow  The reason I cut and paste is because we continue to see the same results over and over again out of your hero Mark Richt.  I could cut and paste comments from 2008 and they would still be relevant today.  That's how stale and predictable we have become under our joke head coach Mark Richt. 


So yeah, expect a lot more cut and pasting as long as your lover Mark Richt is the coach.  Sure.  Fair enough. 

WhatExcuseNow
WhatExcuseNow

@OH:IO


Agreed.  The last two Monday Overreaction blogs, about 500 hits each.  Last week's stayed up until Thursday, I do believe.  


But DawgNation, gets maybe 50 hits if lucky.  So either, there are only 50 Dawg fans comprising the whole of DawgNation or 50 fans total with access to Facebook willing to post there.


Either way, that format is an EPIC FAILURE for fans in general who read the AJC.


I wonder if we signed, dawg fan up for a Facebook account, would he drift over there never to return?  That is a WIN-WIN situation for me.  No more Debbie Downer Dawg here to constantly read his cut and pasted comments that take up about 10% of the comments.  And he has a new site to deliver his message of Bulldawg bashing for a program he claims amore' for, but so enthusiastically implores on every D@mn Dawg article.


Facebook sign-up is free dawg fan Doofus.  Try it.  You may add some Non Disney Dawg homers to your Posse.  Round'em up, TOOL.  



WhatExcuseNow
WhatExcuseNow

34 of 467 and still counting; roughly 7.3% of comments belong to this lone Debbie Downer of the Dawgs known simply as 'dawg fan.'


NON DISNEY DAWG POSSE careful of that Jim Jones' Kool-aid he's pouring.

dawg fan
dawg fan

@WhatExcuseNow  The Golden Era is near!!!  Mark Richt just made $4,536.67 to send an email to his wife.  He's my hero and I love him. 



LMAO.  OWNED. 



Ron Mexico
Ron Mexico

@WhatExcuseNow Enough with the hyprocrisy! I'm sure AL fans sounded totally different from dawg fan when Shula was your coach. AL lucked up by having Saban drop in their lap and GA is still dealing with this lame fool. 

dawg fan
dawg fan

@Ron Mexico He's not a Bama fan.  It's none other than Mark Richt Super Fan #1 DawgsofWar.  In the summer this clown was talking up some Mark Richt "Golden Era" that was supposed to be here soon.  Now that the games have started and, shock of all shocks, Mark Richt has been exposed he's posing as a Bama fan.


This is by far and away one of the most pathetic things I have ever seen in my life. 

WhatExcuseNow
WhatExcuseNow

@dawg fan


"...one of the most pathetic things I have ever seen in my life" Definitely need to get out the basement more TOOL.


As far as OWNED, seems Richt truly does OWN you by your OWN definition.  Hilarious.


I know not this DogsofWar Dude, and if he is an UGA backer, don't care to, but I am for sure 100% Tide backing.  


So what's that % up to now with all those comments CRYBABY???? Increasing exponentially with your every Prep H doctored, butt-hurt post....along with those triglycerides.  Enjoy the everlasting pain.

dawg fan
dawg fan

@WhatExcuseNow Hmm....let's see here.  Paragraph breaks after every sentence.  Every other word in bold.  Rambling nonsense.  Taking criticism of Richt way too personally.  Yep, this is DawgsofWar alright.  I feel like an idiot for not seeing this earlier.  It's so obvious. 


Is the Golden Era still near or will you be saving that type of BS Disney nonsense for next summer when it's time to talk up your hero Mark Richt again?   

WhatExcuseNow
WhatExcuseNow

@Ron Mexico


Yup...Nick took a wrong turn at Albuquerque and ran out of gas in Tuscaloosa next to that Help Wanted sign in the door entrance at UA.  I suppose the $8,000,000 per salary was just a bi-product of that terrible luck.  And I didn't mind Shula, relative to what Bama had leading up to him.  Price and Franchione were not worthy to assume the helm at UA.  And it showed.  Shula did the best he could with injuries, penalties, and expectations for the 2d youngest (38) first time coach to try and meet.  Unfortunately, it didn't work to his advantage at that time.  He did have a 10-3 season that was negated by the textbook penalties levied by the NCAA.  4-9, 6-7, 10-3, 6-6 record is not lighting it up.  Thankfully, that wrong turn, empty gas tank, and Help Wanted sign (damned his Bad luck) garnered a bit of good luck for BamaNation.  Noted.

dawg fan
dawg fan

@WhatExcuseNow Alabama was not 6-7 in 2004.  They were 6-6.  Alabama wasn't 10-3 in 2005.  They were 10-2.  Any fan would know the correct record of their team.  You are a fraud.  Exposed. 


Once again, this is the most pathetic thing I have ever seen in my life.  Posing as a fan of another team because you're too chicken---- to accept responsibility for your absolutely moronic predictions of a "Golden Era" in the summer.  Posing as a fan of another team to somehow lend credibility to your hatred of me because I dare criticize your hero and mancrush Mark Richt. 


Mark Richt is a joke football coach.  I suggest you stop hiding from it like a scared child and accept it.  As long as he's here we will continue to choke and people will continue to call for a change.  Be a freaking man about it and deal with it.  This is embarrassing what you're doing. 

Ron Mexico
Ron Mexico

@WhatExcuseNow @Ron Mexico My point was without Saban's foolish move to the NFL he'd still be at LSU beating AL every year and you'd be no better than any other of the SEC teams. You have to be an ignorant fool to not understand that. 


If you defend Shula, you can't be an AL fan. That guy was a joke as a head coach.

WhatExcuseNow
WhatExcuseNow

@dawg fan

Thank you Wikipedia, eh dawg fan.  My memory may not be as good at recalling the 2 losses as your skill at surfing Wiki, but as you, me, and DawgNole know, facts and truth can get a bit fuzzy when dealing with you:


DawgNole 4 hours ago

@dawg fan: "I expect Florida to run all over us."

_______________________

And we should believe this, right--coming from the guy who said UGA would beat Tennessee, the same the guy who said Ohio St beat Bama by two touchdowns.


dawg fan 3 hours ago

@DawgNole You should believe if you aren't on drugs or mentally handicapped.  We gave up 69 points to Bama and Tennessee so it's not too much of a stretch to think Florida will do the same.  Yes, I was wrong about the Tennessee game.  Richt is an even bigger joke of a choke artist coach than I thought.  Fair enough.  Touche.


DawgNole 39 minutes ago

@dawg fan Irrelevant whether you give a flying crap about what I think--and it certainly doesn't change the fact that you're a lying, hypocritical fraud who poses as a UGA fan but who actually hopes the team loses under Richt.



All this and it still doesn't change the fact, that you're a pseudo dawg wannabe who relishes the negativity like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in Ghostbusters.  This is your sole enjoyment.  Maybe soon, with those elevated triglycerides, you, too, will go the way of Stay Puft or channel him over on the DawgNation forum amongst your friends.

WhatExcuseNow
WhatExcuseNow

@Ron Mexico


Check Bama's all-time record against LSU.


Check Shula's record all time at Bama as head coach without penalties imposed.  He wasn't great, but he was no Charlie Weis.


And Saban did not beat Bama every year he was at LSU.  Check that as well.


Finally, swill that Jim Jones' Kool-aid dawg fan just poured you prior to swallowing.  It will go down harsh.

WhatExcuseNow
WhatExcuseNow

@dawg fan


That feeling of IDIOCY you're experiencing right now has nothing to do with DoW. 


That's everyday REALITY, Massengill.


Comment count - Up - Check

Triglycerides - Up - Check

Richt Owned - 100% - Check and Check

Tears shed each Dawg article - INFINITE

Butt and/or VaJJ pain -  INFINITE +1


CRY, CRYBABY, CRY like you did when the tire patch kit did not save Ms. Dolly from all those pin pricks you bestowed on her after the last Georgia loss.




slydawg
slydawg

Isn't it possible for the Falcons to go 12-4 or 11-5 and not make the playoffs with a losing division record of 2-4? All I.mean is it is still a mathematical possibility to have a good season but not necessarily make the post season.

MikeS777
MikeS777

Honestly, I get the frustration and I've defended Richt because really his tenure has been the best at UGA since 1983 when the rest of Herschel Walker's freshman class had a one loss season and beat Texas in the Cotton Bowl.  There were a lot of 6-8 win seasons or worse in between 1983 and Richt's 2002 SEC champion team.  He's had 9 10+ win seasons in 14 years.  The only way to get better than that is Urban Meyer or Nick Saban.

Course everyone thought Bobo was the problem for years, despite the fact the defense was giving up 35+ pts on a regular basis.  Now he's gone and the offense clearly is not as good.  Bobo's offense might have still won that UT game, and would have put up more than 9 pts on Missouri.  They put up 26 on a top 10 Missouri team with a D led by Michael Sam two years ago.  That was a game where all UGA's WRs and RBs were out.  Murray was handing off to Green and Douglas and throwing to freshman and walk ons.

Sometimes I think, maybe it would be best if the Richt bashers got their wish.   Let's see if there's another Urban Meyer or Nick Saban type out there ready to take UGA to the championship.  Course there are a lot of UT fans who would say "be careful what you wish for" after what they've endured since firing Phil Fulmer.  haha

slydawg
slydawg

The problem my friend is that Richt has the same exact players, talents, and resources at his disposal that Meyer and Saban has. Hugh Freize and Breton Bieliema, etc. do not. The key is to find a competent enough coach who fits this conference, the school, and competes consistently with less resources than they currently have. Less Miles, to me, is not a better or more able coach than Richt, but he seems to get it done with more job pressure.

Your real issue is not that Georgia can find a better mix with a different coach, but your belief this program is not special and cannot compete on a National Championship level. By regurgitating Georgia''s mediocre record before Richt came along, you stated that yourself.

dawg fan
dawg fan

@MikeS777  It's difficult to talk to someone who thinks Saban and Meyer are the only coaches out there better than Richt.  That is simply ridiculous and asinine.  You do not live in reality my friend.


I'm so sick and tired of hearing about the big hair days and what happened in 1985.  Who cares?  Let's talk about what's happening NOW.  Right now Richt is coaching in one of the most fertile recruiting states in the nation and doing absolutely ZILCH with it.  Nobody at LSU, Auburn or Florida is sitting around talking about knee high tube socks and 1982.  They weren't doing much on the championship front either until very recently.  Why can they do it but we can't? 


That is such an unbelievable lame excuse.

OH:IO
OH:IO

A bet dog in lex is behind the Louisville Basketball scandal. 

TOJacket
TOJacket

@OH:IO Does he know how to dance on those tiny tables?

DawginLex
DawginLex

@OH:IO  Sorry moron


I never go to that craphole of a town


Reminded me of Columbus Ohio when I did venture over there many years ago

OH:IO
OH:IO

@DawginLex


Must have had to stay in the cheap hotels section with nothing but Hardees nearby

DawginLex
DawginLex

@OH:IO @DawginLex  No


Both towns stink


They smell like horse crap


Urban hiding out any serial killers?  He is an expert at it you know.

MikeS777
MikeS777

Tech is almost certainly in for a losing season.  Honestly, this isn't just a case of missing players either.  Johnson's team in 2010 dropped off significantly after most of his good players went to the NFL, but they still were able to execute against the weaker defenses they faced.  Pitt, UNC, and Duke really aren't good defensive ball clubs and neither is Notre Dame for that matter.

Tech fans will make excuses for it, but I think it points to the fact these teams have gotten serious about playing the option.  You don't have to be a good defense to adequately play the option.  UGA is proof of that as they've played the option better than most even with a generally mediocre defense during the Paul Johnson years.

As for the D, its never been good for Johnson.  It was opportunistic last year, but you never can count on that being a consistent theme.  I don't know how it ever will be good when all they have is option recruits on a practice squad to prepare the defense.  Every QB that is any good gives them fits.

juvenal
juvenal

@MikeS777 hard to figure all the optimists before the season...........D may as well just attack the ball..........couple of mediocre recruiting seasons 2-3 years ago, as well..........

MikeS777
MikeS777

@juvenal @MikeS777 I suppose you have to be optimistic after a good year.  I always thought this year was going to be a struggle because of the schedule.  Paul Johnson's teams have never done well when you string together 3 or 4 tough games in a row.  He's always maybe won the first then his team runs out of gas for the rest of the stretch.  This year, there's two such stretches.  He just ended one and has Va Tech, Miami, and UGA in consecutive weeks to end the season.

Still I never figured he'd lose to UNC, and especially Pitt.  ND was a toss up in my mind as well, but then they are no stranger to the option playing Navy every year.

TOJacket
TOJacket

@MikeS777 @juvenal Heck Mike......your average dawgs would probably lose to 2 of 3 of those teams........and you guys have great recruiting classes......but don't forget, We run this State!

MikeS777
MikeS777

@TOJacket @MikeS777 @juvenal South Carolina beat UNC.  Youngstown St. hung 37 pts on Pitt.  No UGA would not lose to those teams.  Nor would they lose to Duke.  Clemson?  Yeah I think so, especially if Chubb was out.  Not sure about Notre Dame.


And you don't "run this State" with only 2 wins in the last 14 tries vs UGA.

MikeS777
MikeS777

@juvenal @MikeS777 @TOJacket yeah they lost everyone at WR and RB from last year.  Maybe next year they will be better, but then that's Thomas' last year so they'd be starting over at QB in 2017.  Thomas seems to be the best QB Johnson has had in overall talent, although I would say Nesbitt's size and ability to run inside still makes him the best.