Georgia Bulldogs Need to Go More Spread For Lambert


The Georgia Bulldogs are not winning a National Championship in 2015. With RB Nick Chubb out for the year, it’s time the offense caters to QB Greyson Lambert.

At 4-2 (2-2) entering Week 7’s matchup Between the Hedges against SEC East foe in the Missouri Tigers, Georgia obviously needs to win to stay in contention for an SEC East Division Championship. With a 6-2 mark in SEC Play, should UGA win out and #9 Florida drops their road game this week to #6 LSU, the Georgia Bulldogs would end up winning the SEC East.

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While that set of circumstances is not improbable in the slightest, the Georgia Bulldogs need to use their remaining 7 games (yes, they are making a bowl game) to get ready for next season. How should UGA go about doing that, particularly on offense?

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With RB Nick Chubb out indefinitely with multiple torn ligaments in his knee, the Georgia Bulldogs should alter their offensive attack in the coming weeks to improve depth and establish some form of continuity for next year. I’m talking about emphasizing more of a spread offensive attack, centered around QB Greyson Lambert.

If the graduate transfer from the University of Virginia can learn new OC Brian Schottenheimer‘s playbook well enough to become the new starting quarterback of the Georgia Bulldogs in a month, then I think he has the mental fortitude and the work ethic to master an offense catered around his skills.

Even in his sub-50 completion percentage performance against the Tennessee Volunteers last week, I saw something out of Greyson Lambert that proved to me that he has to stand as the focal point in Georgia’s offense going forward.

The running game sans Chubb couldn’t run when UT stacked the tackle box. Lambert had to complete many 3rd and long situations to receivers that routinely dropped catchable balls. We even saw Greyson air it out surprisingly well on Saturday.

Essentially, Greyson Lambert has the arm talent and the best decision making at quarterback on the roster to have Schottenheimer build a spread offensive attack around the UVA transfer. The reason for this is that starting RB Sony Michel plays his best football out in open space and that UGA needs to establish some rapport between Lambert and other pass catchers besides RS Senior WR Malcolm Mitchell. TE corps, where are you?

When I say spread, I’m not talking about the Art Briles‘ offense at Baylor or any other Big 12 video game-like offense. I want the Georgia Bulldogs offense to run in a similar fashion like it did when Aaron Murray was the starting quarterback. Murray and Lambert have comparable skills as passers, albeit Murray is more precise and Lambert is about half a foot taller than Murray.

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I’m saying that it would serve the Georgia Bulldogs to build up their aerial attack for next season, as I would assume that Lambert starts his senior year Between the Hedges. Expect incoming freshman QB phenom Jacob Eason to redshirt so that he can hit the ground running at as RS Freshman starter Day One of 2017.

Perhaps the play calling against the Volunteers on Saturday had more to do with the Nick Chubb injury than we initially thought. Though I expect RB Sony Michel to have a more suitable designed game to fit his style against Missouri, this is a great opportunity for HC Mark Richt and the UGA program to see how good Greyson Lambert can get in this UGA offense.

It is imperative for some other receiving target not named Malcolm Mitchell to emerge as a dependable pass catcher in the second half of 2015 and into 2016. We saw glimpses of WRs Reggie Davis and Terry Godwin, so maybe they’re the next big UGA receivers. Go Dawgs! Beat Mizzou!

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