Vanderbilt Game Review

Quick recap of the details…then big picture stuff to come later.

Offense

My biggest qualm was not with Grayson Lambert’s performance, although that was still something to be concerned about.  Sure, he went 0-7 to start the game.  He did have a fumble and pass that should’ve been picked off.  But in the second half, he went 13-15.

The biggest qualm was the approach to the game.  Vanderbilt was sold out to stop the run, and we couldn’t open the passing game up to ease pressure.  Chubb got his, but it wasn’t enough.

My wife had to work most of the game, and I was chasing my 2 year old around, so admittedly didn’t watch the first half as close as I normally would.  I didn’t see any screen passes, short passes to the tail backs, etc.  to help open it up.  It seemed the offense was more vanilla against Vanderbilt than Louisiana-Monroe.

My biggest complaint on offense was player utilization.  Again.  I understand Chubb shouldn’t carry it 30 times a game, especially against Vanderbilt.  I also understand, and adamantly believe, that Sony Michel is a special player.  When you get the ball back at midfield to try and put the game away, Chubb wasn’t there.  When we were backed up inside the 10 yard line, and everyone knew you were going to run it, Chubb wasn’t there.

Defense

Yes, I know it was just Vanderbilt.  But this defense is something amazing, and will only get better.  Considering that the officials were trying their damnedest to get Vandy in it, I think that this would have been a lot closer had the defense not carried the load for us.

Special Teams

Yes, McKenzie’s touchdown is a valuable weapon, especially with an offense that is struggling.

(CUTS AND PASTES FROM POST IN 2013)  SPECIAL TEAMS CONTINUE TO BE A MIXED BAG.

BUT HOW MANY TIMES WILL WE NOT RECOVER A SQUIBB KICKOFF.

WHY DO OUR KICKERS HAVE THE SHANKS?

IF WE DON’T GET THIS STRAIGHTENED OUT, WE ARE GOING TO LOSE A GAME WE SHOULDN’T.

Final thoughts

I said the Vanderbilt game will be very telling to what kind of season we are going to have.  I said that if we go in and stream roll them, as we should, then we could have a chance at being a pretty special team.  If we go in and struggle, it would be hard to imagine anything other than a Florida New Year’s Day Bowl game.

I believe the exact quote was “If we want to consider Georgia an elite team, they should handle Vanderbilt with the ease of a hot knife going through butter.”

We got a great defensive performance, a struggling offense, and a mixed bag on special teams.  And poor coaching.  It wasn’t a complete disaster to the level where you are ready to fire every coach on the staff, but it surely wasn’t a performance that inspires confidence either.

So I guess we’ll see what happens Saturday.

Corbindawg

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