Sunday, November 29, 2009

Back To Normal

Last week, I ripped Coach Richt and his staff for not taking accountability for the things gone wrong. Well, after the GT game, CMR was back to his normal self as he took responsibility and I wanted to pass this quote along...

“I think that as I look back I’ve never had a season where the turnover ration was just so poor,” Richt said. “I think if you just take that one thing and make it just break even, we’d probably win two or three more games without changing one thing. But you can’t do that, and there’s definitely some things we need to correct. But I think everything is correctable. I think it’s a season of self-inflicted wounds, and that’s my responsibility to make sure we do better.”

That is quite a refreshing quote coming after last night's victory. Now it is time to wait and see what Richt plans to do to correct our problems. The program is in good hands with lots of young talent all over the place - I have confidence in Richt to make the necessary adjustments to get us back in contention for championships in the very near future. It's gonna be an interesting off-season.


ACC Championship Shirts on Sale

h/t: dallasga6

Russ comes off bench to lead Georgia.

Tip of the hat to Russ, like his predecessor Otto, coming off the bench and leading the Dawgs to victory. You made VII proud.

Russ courtesy of georgiadogs.com

Georgia is now 8-1 versus tech in the Richt era and 60-36-5 overall against tech.

Georgia dominates tech...again.

Player of the game: Center Ben Jones

Ealey and King combined for 38 carries for 349 yards. An average of 9.1 yards per carry behind Jones and the rest of the oline. We continuously gashed them right up the middle.

Honorable Mention: Clint Boling, Cordy Glenn, Chris Davis, Josh Davis and Shaun Chapas. And throw in Washaun Ealey and Caleb King.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Rumors Flying...


Rumors are flying that Willie is stepping down after tonight's game. My guess is he informed the team of this before the game and delivered some sort of a "Win 1 for the Gipper" speech. At least that would explain the inspired effort the Dawgs are showing so far tonight.

The big rumor flying around the world wide web is Tuberville as our next DC. I have seen it a few times now. And, I heard it as a serious possibility last week from a source very close to the Athletic Board. I was told that it was far from a done deal, but that it was a very real possibility for a few reasons... Tuberville and Richt are close friends, TT is content to cash his big check from the AU buyout, his wife has connections to Athens, etc.

It sounds too good to be true. But, if we can hire TT as our DC... We can turn things around quickly - there is certainly no shortage of young talent in Athens right now...


Friday, November 27, 2009

Baby Headhunter

Everyone grew up playing with that kid who you would count down the line during tackling drills to make sure you didn't have to run against him. Remember how after counting, some people would conveniently have to tie their shoes and somehow wouldn't end up having to be matched up against him. Our guy was always Brent McEwen. He's also the former walk-on LB who started the fight in '93 in the JV game against Tech. This kid is the second coming...


video: BEEMASSP

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Mark Richt Then and Now

Some quotes from Mark Richt regarding the controversial running play on the goal line at the end of the game...

"I knew it was the wrong call. I took away 1 or more opportunities for us to score"

"It was just the wrong thing to do, period"

"I did not help the team get into position to win the game. If someone doesn't make a block or drops a throw, that's easier to take"

"Once it jumped out of my mouth, there was no turning back. It jumped out a little quick. I knew it was the wrong thing to do, but it was too late"

"I was just praying we would knock it in so we wouldn't look so dumb"

"I definitely made a mistake at the end of the game. It was a foolish call"

"I blew it"


The problem is all of those quotes are from November 2001 after we let the clock run out following a Jasper Sanks run (with 0 timeouts left) as we lost to Auburn in Richt's 1st year as coach. I am sure everyone that is reading this blog remembers that game - I sure as hell do. In fact, believe it or not, that is when I became such a fan of CMR. Obviously, I didn't like the play-call and poor clock management that resulted in a loss. But, it was refreshing to hear our new Head Coach man-up and accept the blame for the loss. In contrast, here is what we heard after the loss to Kentucky in reference to the controversial toss sweep on the goal line in the closing minutes....

When explaining the failure of the play, Richt said it was because Ealey started going downhill too fast and went on to say, "Why? I don't know. I'm sure it had to something with the guy being a true freshman"

"It's part of our offense. Toss sweep all year long. … I'd have to look at the film but the back certainly looked too close to the quarterback on the pitch. I don't know if it was by alignment or the track he took. It looked like he was downhill more than he should have. But the toss sweep is a pretty fundamental play. We've run it many times, so I'm not going to sit here and try to second guess that."

From offensive coordinator Mike Bobo: "That's our bread-and-butter play, the toss sweep. Earlier we were on the goalline and they had kind of crammed everybody inside on a third-and-1 when we had to settle for the field goal, and we talked about next time in that situation we were going to run the toss sweep outside. It looked like he was a little tight."

Doesn't sound like the coaches are exactly taking any responsibility for the failures of the play. If you ask me, they are throwing Washaun Ealey under the bus. And, yes - from what I saw, #24 was not in a good position to receive a pitch. But, this defensive "us against the world" stance has been a recurring theme from CMR all season long. Earlier in the season, CMR began feeling the heat and lashed out with the infamous "in the arena" quote.....

“If you’re a leader or a player and you are brave enough to be in the arena, there’s going to be people outside the arena that want to throw things at you and say things about you. But there’s honor in being in the arena, and a lot of people don’t understand it because they’ve never been in there.”

Compare that to another 2001 quote when he was catching heat after the Jasper Sanks play-call vs. Auburn...

"I don't care if people get upset. That just means they care enough about the program to get upset. Now, if someone wants to get nasty, they just need to realize they're just bringing down the thing they love. Prospects don't want to get into all that"


Say what you want about Coach Richt - everyone has their opinions. I love him as our HC and I don't want to see him leave Athens anytime soon - he has earned the right to have a chance to fix the current problems. But, something has changed over the last few seasons and he needs to go back to the drawing board. Our staff needs a major overhaul/shakeup as soon as the Tech-Geek game is over. I don't know if it is discipline, scheme, work ethic, strength and conditioning, lack of accountability, evaluation of talent or all of the above. But, something has got to change.

While I was looking up the quotes from the 2001 Auburn game, I found an interesting quote from one of the players. This is from Terrance Edwards after Richt took all the responsibility for the Auburn loss...

"Right now, he's taking all the blame. That's the type of person Coach Richt is. That's what everyone in the Georgia family likes about him. He'll take responsibility for his mistakes"

For all I know, today's players would agree with Edwards and I hope that they feel the same way towards our staff. But, as a fan, it seems like Richt is more concerned with staying loyal to his veteran senior players and to his coaching staff than he is to the entire UGA football program right now.


Monday, November 23, 2009

Random monday

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Uga VII ... rest in peace.




See also:
R.I.P Uga VII ... Pitchfork Nation
Uga VII Has Died ... GSB
Uga VII dies ... AJC

Monday, November 16, 2009

Willie in 2010


For the 1st time all year long, I think that Willie might be back as our DC next year. Check out this quote from Coach Richt when asked about the defense after the AU game......


"I think the thing that I really would have liked to have seen was what kind of defense would we have played all year long if we weren't constantly turning the ball over deep in our territory or throwing the pick six or having the kickoff returned for a touchdown. All of those things can deflate the energy of a team. So I think if we could magically take away all the very, very short fields we put them in, it would have been interesting to see how it all stacked up. But right this minute, they're playing very well."

As a good friend pointed out to me, it would have been nice to hear Richt say something along the lines of "I would like to see how different this season would have been if we had played with this discipline all year long." Instead, what I hear is a HC that is laying the groundwork for his talking points for the press conference in which he announces that there will not be any staff changes for 2010. I hope I am wrong and I hope I am reading into this too much - this is just a bad feeling that I have right now.

But, just for argument's sake, let's follow Richt's logic for a minute. If it isn't the fault of the defense, then the blame lies on the offense or special teams.... Who will be held accountable for those 2 phases of the game???? Someone is not doing their job somewhere. Either the D is not performing because they run bad schemes or because they are not being coached up OR the offense is screwing the defense over and over with turnovers and terrible time of possession OR our special teams continually give up huge momentum-killing returns OR A COMBINATION OF ALL OF THE ABOVE. Regardless, something needs to change somewhere - we are giving up way too many points right now to contend for any type of championship.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Georgia 31, Auburn 24

Player of the Game: Bacarri Rambo

3 tackles, 2 pass break-ups, including the game-saving hit

Honorable Mention: RB Washaun Ealey, RB Caleb King, WR Israel Troupe

Photo Credit: ugasports.com

Rambo Injury Update

Friday, November 13, 2009

Bigs shine in Fox debut.

Georgia - 67 New Orleans - 59
The game was decided by our post players. Howard Thompkins III was dominant .... 25 pts 12 rebs 3 blocks 1 asst 1 steal. Chris Barnes was active all night on the glass .... 8 pts 11 rebs 2 blocks. Jeremy Price was 5-5 from the field and ended up with a dozen points. All of our post players looked stronger and Trey was noticeably quicker.

Fox

Man, am I glad to have Coach Mark Fox in Athens. He just seems to get it. Whatever 'it' is, he gets 'it' and he has 'it'. He's done everything this program needed since his arrival.

We will definitely struggle scoring at times this year. We just don't have many true weapons on the offensive end outside of Howard Thompkins III. Of course, Leslie only played briefly after early foul trouble, so the baby Josh Smith was not a factor tonight.

Our strength is undoubtedly our front court. We should not be out rebounded in many games this year. Trey is a special player and Fox is going to showcase him. Reminds me of when Shareef Abdur-Rahim was at Cal. The big difference is we don't have an Ed Gray on our roster.

HT3

Boy, were we spoiled for 8 straight years with good point guards in Gaines and Wright. I was surprised at how much time Vincent Williams got at pg tonight. He and Ware pretty much split the time equally. Mayfield is a good looking specimen. Anyaorah looked better than I expected and was really active when he was in there.

Should be a fun season. We will win games that people expect us to lose. 16 wins is what I'm thinking. We are young and have a coach that the players seem to enjoy playing for. I fully expect Fox to take this program to another level and win big in Athens.

Basketball season!!!!

Not only does the Mark Fox era begin tonight at Stegeman Coliseum (7:00 PM, vs New Orleans, tickets), but the 6-2 (and 1st place) Atlanta Hawks travel up to Beantown take on the hated Celtics. This is simply a game that the Hawks need to find a way to win. If they can pull it off, this is a legit Eastern Conference contender. If not, then maybe its just the same old Hawks.



Daugman's Chronicles - outlook on the Dawgs' upcoming season.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Top 25: Week of November 8-15

1. Texas Longhorns (9-0): as much as an undefeated SEC team might have rights to this slot, Texas has simply been more impressive this season, regardless of the opponent.

2. Alabama Crimson Tide (9-0): the Tide's season has been full of those "moments" that every National Champion seems to have.

3. Florida Gators (9-0): good to see that the offensive resurgence was simply limited to the Cocktail Party. Vandy seemed to bring the world back to its normal rotation.

4. TCU Horned Frogs (9-0): if TCU (or Cincy) manages to go undefeated and 2 of the Texas/Bama/Florida trio slip up, I firmly believe they should be playing for the National Title.

5. Cincinnati Bearcats (9-0): see above.

6. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (9-1): most impressive 1-loss team by far in my opinion.

7. Pittsburgh Panthers (8-1): seems like any team that loses to NC State shouldn't be in the Top 10, but it is hard to find 7 teams that should be ahead of them.

8. Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-2): with the exception of 2 games, they've been impressive all year long. I'm sure they'd like to play Houston again.

9. Southern Cal Trojans (7-2): no team on Earth gets more benefit out of teams losing ahead of them in the polls. And it happens every year.

10. Boise State Broncos (9-0): move along, nothing to see here.

11. Louisiana State Tigers (7-2): nobody has 2 "better" losses.

12. Houston Cougars (8-1): appears to have completely abandoned the idea of playing defense.

13. Utah Runnin' Utes (8-1): 7 point loss at Oregon is the only thing keeping this weekend's showdown with TCU from being one of the games of the year in college football.

14. Miami Hurricanes (7-2): people seem to be writing the Canes off after the quick start to the season, but they are still in position to for their best season in years.

15. Ohio State Buckeyes (8-2): see #9 Southern Cal.

16. Penn State Nittany Lions (8-2): really should be dropped further after that debacle last week. And at home no less.

17. Oregon Ducks (7-2): the defense simply took the week off last week. No other way to explain it.

18. Oregon State Beavers (6-3): they aren't really beating anybody up, just finding ways to win. 3 losses were to pretty good teams.

19. Clemson Tigers (6-3): having a nice year, but this is really a testament to how average college football teams are after the Top 13 or so.

20. California Golden Bears (6-3): I'll hand it to them, when this team decides to lose, it makes sure it really does the job.

21. Iowa Hawkeyes (8-1): they probably should have been dropping all along while they were barely winning.

22. Wisconsin Badgers (7-2): the Badgers' program should just reside in the 20-25 range of the polls in perpetuity for eternity.

23. Arizona Wildcats (6-2): tough slate for the Wildcats to make it to Pasadena. 3 of the final 4 on the road (Cal, ASU and USC among them.)

24. Arkansas Razorbacks (5-4): I deserve it if I get some heat for this one, but what the hell....

25. South Florida Bulls (6-2): 2 losses were to my #5 and #7 teams.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Assumption: Willie Gets Fired



Let's assume that Willie is not our defensive coordinator next year. Who do you want to see as the replacement? Here are a few names I have come up with (some of the candidates are only going to be available if they get fired from their current head coaching positions)...

Kirby Smart (current DC @ Bama)- he seems to get the most talk on this issue among UGA fans. He played in Athens in the mid 90s, was on CMR's staff for 1 year, and has had the opportunity to learn from one of the best defensive minds in football while coaching under Nick Saban with the Dolphins and at Alabama. (Downside: Is the Bama defense really his? Or is it Nick's)?

Ron Zook (current HC @ Illinois) - Don't laugh - He certainly isn't head coaching material, but he can recruit like hell and has a pretty impressive resume as a Defensive Coach. (Downside: The guy is a laughingstock as a HC).

Al Groh (current HC @ Virginia) - He's no spring chicken (65 years old), but he brings an impressive knowledge of the defensive side of the ball. (Downside: His age)

Jon Tenuta (current DC @ Notre Dame) - If Weis gets fired from ND, Tenuta will be looking for work. ND's defense is terrible, but I always hated it when UGA played against his defense while he was at GT. And, his aggressive, blitzing style would be a welcome change from Willie's soft zones. (Downside: ND's defense sucks right n0w).

Tommy West (just fired as HC @ Memphis - will remain HC thru end of season)- Would he make a better D-coordinator than he makes a Head Coach? (Downside: He is probably best-known for his inability as a HC @ Clemson).

Dick Bumpas (current DC @ TCU) - The TCU defense has been nasty with Bumpas as coordinator. Would he take the same title with a traditional football school in a real conference? (Downside: Can he produce similar results in the SEC vs. a real schedule?)

These are just a few names. But, if we are going call for Willie's job (and rightfully so), we need to have an idea of who we are going to put in his place. If I had to pick one of the above, I would probably go with Ron Zook (I can't believe that I just typed that). Obviously, there are some candidates out there that I am missing. Who do you think we should hire? One of the above or someone that slipped my mind???




Sunday, November 8, 2009

A picture says a thousand words...

Falcons head coach Mike Smith in the middle of a scuffle after a late hit by the 'Skins on Falcon QB Matt Ryan. The players must want to run through walls for him. Falcons are up 31-17 at the time of this post.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Georgia - 38 Tenn Tech -0

Player of the game: Freshman DE Montez Robinson

Georgia held Tenn Tech to 55 total yards (-13 rushing). Montez chipped in with 2 sacks.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Accountability


Earlier this week, we heard from CMR that Washaun Ealey won't start Saturday because he missed a block against FL that led to one of our 4 interceptions on the day. Richt wants to hold #24 accountable for his missed assignment and give Caleb King the start this Saturday. That sounds great and I like the players dealing with consequences for their actions on and off the field.....

But, where the hell is the accountability for the rest of the team??? How many times have we seen our senior safety and senior CB get burned for TDs this year? How about holding our 5th year senior QB accountable for flinging 2 passes towards the sidelines and not getting the ball out of bounds when he could have just eaten the sack (once against UT and then against FL on Ealey's missed block)? How about sitting our whole offensive line for not opening up a single hole all year long (minus Samuel's long run vs. ARK)? How bout firing Willie's ass for letting our defense become progressively worse every single year since he took over the defense 5 damn years ago? If we are going to start holding everyone accountable for mistakes, we can't start and stop with Ealey.

Our starting QB has thrown at least 1 pick every single game! Is our bench really so bad that no other QB has gotten a single meaningful snap through 8 games for a team that is 4-4??? Give someone else a chance in a real situation and let's see how they handle it.

Our pass defense has been as bad as we've seen in Athens in a long, long time - how many lineup changes have we seen there??? ZERO!!!

I would love to see what someone else could do at a few positions on our team. I am all for Richt holding players accountable. But do it across the board - this is ridiculous.






Monday, November 2, 2009

Back to Football


In no way do I think CMR will be fired and in now way does he deserve to be fired.
But a little hypothetical might be fun.. Starting the day after the Tech game, Would you want CMR with the unknown of what staff changes he might make or would you want Brian Kelly out of Cincinnati and a whole new staff except for Garner and Searles?????

Just an interesting fact that has no relation to this question... But Cinci has ZERO lost fumbles (only team in country) and 4 interceptions on the YEAR !!!!!

Get your skis shined up...


UPDATE 11/5 10:00 AM - at request of Schlitz: