First and Final Thoughts on Clemson

Well, I just want to say a few things.

We can say whatever about this and that. The Clemson game was both exciting and excruciatingly frustrating.

The offense and Murray had their problems, but Murray still threw over 300 yards on a 68% completion percentage. Still scored 35 points.

I thought the defense played OK. Missed tackles and a few big plays but we knew Clemson was going to get theirs and they did. What was concerning was not the secondary but the continued inability to stop the run. That has got to improve. The ability to stop the run game going forward will be the difference if we want to contend for a SEC Championship or a 9 win season.

Bottom line is this: between turnovers and injuries and other things, a lot of things went wrong. If one of those things goes our way then Clemson people are saying the same things UGA fans are saying today.

Georgia lost to a top 10 team on the road by 3, in what amounts as a glorified exhibition game. It would’ve been great to win but the Carolina game is the focus. South Carolina is paramount. I’m going to stop dwelling on this and move my focus to the next big game.



9 Responses to “First and Final Thoughts on Clemson”

  1. 1 eethomaswfnc September 2, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Good thought – the only problem is that this exhibition likely has us on the outside looking in on the national picture because I believe there are going to be at least 2 unbeatens (and one of them may not be Alabama). I completely agree with your analysis about run defense – the same issues as last year without the two 350-pound nose tackles.

    • 2 Terror 'Tween The Hedges September 2, 2013 at 10:37 am

      The only scenario I think that could play out that would not leave once-beaten Georgia outside looking in would be this: Clemson remains unbeaten until they play a once-beaten South Carolina squad (the one loss being a handy whipping between the hedges), and Georgia goes into the Dome for the third time in a row and avenges the Alabama heart-breaker last year. I think in that scenario, experts will look at that and say, it was the first game of the year, they were missing vital parts of their team and that crowd was deafening: Also, which game is going to draw better ratings? Louisville vs Ohio State or Ohio State vs Georgia? I think the latter. Think of the story-line in an Ohio State vs Georgia game: only the second time the teams will have ever met, and Georgia has a chance to avenge the last two beat-downs they received from Urban.

  2. 3 Fat Elvis September 2, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I am not ready to cry……..But the guy is right, Ga is not going to take “the next step” with Richt as head coach.

    And then people say, “well, who are you going to replace him with?” Lets start out with the following list below. And yes,some may not be interested. But we have to at least try! Offer them the ind of money that they at least have to think REALLY HARD about turning it down. Don’t go in there an offer them $100k more a year than they are currently making! And don’t go in with some 50 year contract! 4-6 years – TOPS! If they are good, and believe they can win, they wont baulk. Beause they believe they will win, and that the contract extention (with a pay increase) will come! And Ga has to change their thinking (as we have seen over the past 30 years) on what they are wlling to pay! We have had the attitude that, if a Nick Saban level coach is going to cost $6mm, Ga is not going to pay any more than $3mm-$3.5mm for a coach. This kind of thinking has to stop – NOW!! Go out and pay the money for a top coach!

    Then the next question is always, “what are those first 2-3 years going to look like after a coaching change?” Sure, there might be a down period. But we cant cont to say we cant get a new coach because we might go 7-5 or 6-6 a year or two. How about 2009 and 2010? CMR changed coaches,we had these types of seasons, and we lived through it.

    Mark Richt is a VERY fine man. As a person, he is 2nd to none. And at a school that has been languishing at the 6-6 or 7-5 level for years, he would be the answer to their prayers. He was great for us after living through Ray Golff and Jim Donnan. But I think it should be clear at this point, he can’t not win the “Big Games.” Look at his record the past 6-7 years against ranked opponents. That is all you need to know as a reason why this should not cont. Yes, we came “close” in the Bama game (and last Sat night). But last time I checked, “close” only counted in horseshoes and hand grenades.

    Gary Patterson
    Kirby Smart
    Charlie Strong
    Chris Petersen

  3. 4 disgusted Dawg September 2, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Unfortunately, I feel like Georgia football with Richt/Bobo is like watching “Groundhog Day”. Every year we’re bringing in loads of talent, it’s “our year”…. Then we choke against top 10 teams. This staff CANNOT win the big games, and anyone who sits back and thinks this is going to change under Richt and Bobo needs to take a deep look at the statistics. Why should we REALISTICALLY think we’ll beat two quality SEC teams ( SC, LSU) and beat Alabama, and even have the problem of “being on the outside looking in”? We have LOTS more problems to realistically worry about. Let’s wake up guys, I’m tired of watching and hearing the same garbage. We just lost to an ACC team, one who historically parallels us as an “underachiever”, but looks like THEY might be on the right track. We’ll know much more by Saturday night I guess. Just disgusted personally.

  4. 5 Tsdawg September 2, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Amen brother to your final thoughts, this game is history.

    And fat man and disgusted quit acting like you are Dawg fans.

  5. 6 Larry September 3, 2013 at 3:48 am

    If we beat South Carolina all will be forgiven. But until we do, being Richt and Bobo is not going to be fun.

  6. 8 paul September 3, 2013 at 9:15 am

    I do believe we got out coached and out played by an inferior team. It’s disheartening. Which leaves me less than optimistic about our chances this weekend. I hope our Dawgs can prove me wrong. Mark Richt is still our man in my opinion though. I don’t believe any of the men Fat Elvis’ list are better coaches than Richt. I don’t believe there IS a better coach out there. If Nick Saban offered to come coach at Georgia for free I wouldn’t want him.

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