ATHENS — When Bryan McClendon moved over to receivers coach this offseason he was given the title of passing game coordinator. So of course that means he’s intimately involved in the quarterback decision, right?
“That’s a lot more on Schotty,” McClendon said of offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who along with head coach Mark Richt will make the decision. “I mean I get asked my input, but that comes down to those guys. Those guys have done it a long time, a lot longer than me.”
McClendon was asked if that was a good thing for him, considering the weight and interest in the quarterback decision.
“I’ll say this: My group has so much to work on, to be honest with you, that it wouldn’t be very wise of me or smart of me to stick my head in that business, to be honest with you,” McClendon said. “Every time we come up here I’m just gonna make sure my guys are ready to play and as ready as can be on Saturday. You’ve gotta trust those guys that are here that are paid to make those decisions to make those decisions.”
Rocker on Schottenheimer’s adjustment
A big curiosity for Georgia’s season is how Schottenheimer will handle the move from the NFL, where he was the past 14 seasons, to college. The only Georgia staffer who knows a little bit about that is defensive line coach Tracy Rocker, who spent three seasons as an NFL assistant before coming back to college last year.
But Rocker had been a longtime college assistant prior to the NFL stint, so he at least was familiar with the grind of recruiting. That’s the area he thinks Schottenheimer will have the most adjustment.
“I was in college so I understood the recruiting. For him, he’s probably like, ‘Man you guys this recruiting is something,'” Rocker said.
But as far as schematics and play-calling, Rocker thinks that adjustment is no big deal.
“Football is football is football,” he said, adding: “He’s got some pretty good tools over there (on offense). So good luck.”