Nothing will change this week at the quarterback position. Greyson Lambert will start and Brice Ramsey will play. That’s been the standard of every game this season, outside of Lambert’s historic 24-of-25 performance against South Carolina.
But there is a different feel, simply because last Saturday’s 38-10 loss to Alabama marked the first time Lambert was replaced due to performance-related reasons. After the game, head coach Mark Richt said he put Ramsey in the game with hopes of giving the Bulldogs a spark.
It didn’t work as Ramsey went 1-of-6 for 20 yards and two interceptions.
Even so, Georgia offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer didn’t commit one way or the other depending on how Lambert performs after he starts against Tennessee. But for now, what’s happened in the past will happen again.
“Greyson doesn’t need to look over his shoulder because Brice is going to play,” Schottenheimer said. “When we decide to put him in depends on situations. We always want them to be meaningful snaps. That plan doesn’t really change. … Performance is a big part of it and it’s getting those guys some exposure. We don’t really change the way we look at things and the script hasn’t changed.”
Schottenheimer said a lot of Lambert’s troubles in the passing game were caused by Alabama’s tight coverage. But one area the coaching staff is working with Lambert on is being able to make throws to receivers that may not be wide open.
There could be a defender matching a receiver, but the receiver has an open shoulder to throw the ball on. While the windows to throw the ball in might be tight, the coaching staff needs Lambert to trust himself to deliver the ball.
“He’s got very good arm talent,” Schottenheimer said. “Very first play of the game he misses the ball by about three, four inches. Malcolm (Mitchell) can’t quite bring it in. It wasn’t the easiest day to go out there and throw the football but certainly we should have thrown and caught it better than we did. Greyson just needs to read his keys. He can make all the throws that are out there. He just has to do it consistently.”
Richt said this past Sunday that Lambert will start and Schottenheimer said Tuesday Ramsey will continue to play.
But given what transpired last Saturday, it no longer seems as simple as getting Ramsey a series with Lambert receiving the majority of the snaps.
“We didn’t play that well. It wasn’t just the quarterbacks, it was all of us,” Schottenheimer said. “We didn’t coach very well. I didn’t call a very good game. But the thing we have to do, and what we have done, is put it behind us.”