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Chaz Chambliss a ‘whole different player,’ leading youngest Georgia football position group

SystemSystem Posts: 7,416 admin
edited March 30 in Article commenting
imageChaz Chambliss a ‘whole different player,’ leading youngest Georgia football position group

It’s fortunate for Georgia that Chaz Chambliss feels like a ‘whole different player’ than he was a year ago because his role certainly will be.

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  • thadecthadec Posts: 611 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Even if UGA's front 7 play takes a step back, this will be the best secondary that UGA will have had in the Kirby Smart era. And I say this without even considering what Tykee Smith and Smoke Bouie may contribute, or the possibility that a newcomer makes the sort of impact that Starks did last year;

  • MobileDawgMobileDawg Posts: 307 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    This isn't intended to be a reflection on coaches of the past but I'm impressed as hell with the "culture" CKS and his assistants have instilled in this program. It's truly a great time to enjoy being a Dawg....

  • GoodOlDawgGoodOlDawg Posts: 363 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    “Nobody runs the ball on us,” Chambliss said. “Nobody gets past third downs on us. Nobody gets in our end zone. … Anything else is not good enough.”

    This is exactly what you want to hear from your leaders on defense. He's not talking about winning; winning is the result of being successful at these specific goals in this quote from Chambliss. This sounds a lot like what you would hear from last year's leader Nolan Smith, or Nakobe Dean before him. The culture of success is being passed down from one class of leaders to the next, and this spells trouble for any team who has UGA on their schedule for years to come.


  • khummelkhummel Posts: 676 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
    edited March 31

    Chambliss has always had the physical tools and desire. Glad to hear he's settling in, and perhaps the game is slowing down for him. Like plenty of young guys before him, he got baited into being out of position some last year, and doesn't have the freak closing speed of a Roquan Smith or Nakobe Dean or Nolan Smith to cover those mistakes ... that's less likely to happen now, and he can have an even greater impact at the point of attack (literally and figuratively). Go Dawgs!

  • CandlerParkCandlerPark Posts: 579 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    "doesn't have the freak closing speed of a Roquan Smith or Nakobe Dean or Nolan Smith to cover those mistakes"

    You nailed it @khummel, in my opinion. Between Smael, Mykel and whomever plays the other OLB spot, there will be exceptional speed in the front seven. Chambliss doesn't have that, which means he has less of a margin for error. Therefore, experience matters.

    I'll tell you what he does have though: That young man can hit!

  • BigDawg61BigDawg61 Posts: 1,943 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Smith and Dean were "Mike" or Inside Linebackers. Reaction time and Football IQ are as important to that position as speed. Players run at a different speed, in full pads, than they do in shorts and helmets. That's why coaches started tracking a player's game speed, using GPS.

    So....IMO...Chambliss finds a way to get there using speed, reaction and recognition. That is the important thing and what scouts are most concerned with.

    While sports media Experts and Commentators are focused solely on the "athleticism" of an individual player...a coach looks at far more than that. Even with that assertion...I can't explain Anthony Richardson being projected by "Media Experts" as a top 5 Draft pick. Lol. Unless, of course, He's willing to play another position.

    IMO...The main questions that we should ask ourselves...is...[Can he play his position at an "elite level" (athleticism)?...and...Does he play within his team's system (discipline)?...and...Is he capable of playing "dime or nickle", if required (versatility)?...and...Is he healthy (durability)?] There are other questions that would further define a player's potential...but, if the answers to the 4 questions above, aren't to your standard, then additional data, is unnecessary.

    Chambliss gave Smart, Muschamp, and Schumann reason to make him a backup to Smith, last year. Considering the talent level and difficulty obtaining a Football Scholarship at UGA...that's saying a lot, "laser time" or "no laser time".

    Personally...I like the way Chambliss plays. He leaves it all on the field. But, then again...under Kirby Smart and Will Muschamp...all 11 guys on defense, leave it all on the field, everytime they play.

    Except during the 2021 SECCG. Lol...that one is still a "head-scratcher". I still think half those boys were either sick or recovering, before and during that game.

    Go Dawgs. Git er done...again!

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