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What I Was Thinking

The Senator posted something that I had been thinking also.

In 2011, Florida was still in Muschamp’s first year, and Coach Richt was presumably coaching for his job.  He went for it on 4th down twice that led to touchdowns, and threw it to Chris Conley on 3rd and medium.  As Gary Danielson pointed out in the TV broadcast, those decisions are ones you make when you have to win.  It was a gutsy call that basically iced the game.  Had the pass gone incomplete-and Murray had something like 9 straight incompletions, you have stopped the clock for Florida.

Richt is at his best when he is either coaching with aggression and a chip on his shoulder-think Evil Richt-or has a shut down defense that can’t be scored upon.

In Jacksonville, one coach who was coaching for his job threw all caution to the wind, attempted a risky play, and it galvanized his team and completely turned momentum.  Another coach was playing too conservatively, and trying not to lose.  When it was all said and done, playing not to lose was what made the team lose.

No lofty goals are in place.  To even make it back to Atlanta, Georgia needs to beat Auburn and Kentucky AND have Missouri lose to mediocre Tennessee, Arkansas or Texas A&M.

I hope Coach Richt finds the aggression needed to get us 10 regular season wins, and not the conservative nature that will get us to 7 or 8.

Corbindawg

The Best Case Scenario Is The Big Picture

It appears Georgia wasn’t as good as we all thought we were after blanking Missouri and pasting Arkansas.  I’m convinced we aren’t as bad as it looked against Florida.  So where do we go from here?

Of course, the best case scenario would be to have crazy 2007-type things continue to happen, and Georgia somehow backdoor its way not only to the SEC Championship but the Playoff.  I’m not going to kid myself to think that is a possibility, but if we are going to talk best case scenarios, then I guess that is it.

The most realistic best case situation would be to find a way to beat Kentucky and Tech, keep it close against Auburn, and win the Bowl game to go something like 9-4 or 10-3.

I guess, considering that UGA had to replace a legend at QB with someone who can’t consistently make the SEC throws, had its receiving and running back corps depleted due to injury and other “issues”, and were trying to break in a new defense without a secondary…I guess you couldn’t be all that upset.

If this scenario plays out, when I am soul searching in April and May, I can take an honest look and not be too disappointed after the emotional reaction wanes. At least that is what I’m hoping.

But don’t get me wrong.  I’m upset.  Coach Richt and I aren’t on good terms right now, and I might be his biggest fan.  I’m as close to hopping onboard the “Fire Mark Richt” bandwagon as I’ve ever been.  When you’ve lost Corbindawg, you’ve lost the Bulldawg Nation.

I’m at a fragile state right now, and after a couple of nights sleep on the game I’m trying to reconcile everything and look at the big picture.  I’m a big picture guy, but it is hard.

I’m in a dark place.

The worst possible situation would be for the team to faceplant and to have to make a change at head coach.

Many of you out there would probably love for that to happen, but let’s use our noggins.  We have two excellent coordinators, and most importantly, an outstanding recruiting class lined up.  Defense is the biggest problem area on the team, and while Pruitt is a great coordinator, he doesn’t have the horses.  This class should address that.  Of the 23 commitments, 12 are defensive players, and 7 are defensive linemen.   The Dawgs have also have commitments from some VHT WR, OL, and the star of the class is big boy Trenton Thompson from Albany.

If things go south, I can’t say right now where I’d be at.  But I do know this.  There is about to be an infusion of talent.  Talent that can come in and help right away and be major contributors for the next couple of years.  There is an investment here, and there might be a payoff soon.

Maybe.

Corbindawg

 

 

 

Time To Move…Oh, Who Cares Anymore

Saturday, Georgia got its ass whipped.  I am perplexed about what happened.  The things that Georgia has been typically good at this season were all detriments on Saturday.

Georgia had been good at special teams, and specifically, returning kicks.

Georgia special teams were awful, and as a result had terrible field position while giving the Gators great starting field position all afternoon.

Georgia had been good at stopping the run.

Georgia gave up 418 yards on the ground.

Georgia only had one lost fumble all season, and none by a tail back.

Chubb fumbled at a time when there seemed to be a little hope for the comeback.

Addition: Georgia had not allowed a play of 40+ yards this season.

Georgia allowed three plays of 40+ yards.

The Georgia coaches have done a good job this season.

The Georgia coaches stunk it up Saturday.

In the first quarter, Georgia appeared ready to rout the Gators.  Chubb was running good, we had a 7-0 lead, and recovered a fumble at midfield.  Marshall Morgan missed a field goal to go up 10-0, and then the Gator offense stalled after driving down the field.  The faked the field goal for a touchdown, then scored 24 more unanswered points.  When they faked the field goal, I looked up at the score board and noticed that they had managed to run off almost half the 2nd quarter.  I knew then it was not going to be good.

It was a complete epic fail by the coaching staff.  Every single coach and unit.  And it starts with Richt.  I’m not going to defend him, but I do want to say that it is intellectually dishonest for people to be praising his work against Missouri and Arkansas for the past three weeks, then be ready to send him out-of-town now.  But the blame starts and ends with Coach Richt for Saturday.

What is even more disheartening is not the fact Georgia lost Saturday, or they got their ass kicked.  It’s not even that they got upset by their inferior rival.  Really, it’s not that they laid a giant turd.

It’s that we see this every year.

2005-West Virginia

2006-Tennessee

2007-Tennessee

2008-Alabama, Florida

2009-Tennessee

2010-UCF

2011-Boise State

2012-South Carolina

2013-Vanderbilt

2014-Florida

These above games, the Bulldogs either came out flat, were way too conservative, messed up on special teams, or all of the above.

The frustrating thing about Saturday isn’t how we lost. It is we’ve all seen it again and again. And by my count, of the 11 games I’ve listed, a quick count without much thought tells me that 7 came against inferior teams.

This team better not feel sorry for themselves long, because Kentucky won’t show them any sympathy.  And if Georgia goes into Lexington and thinks they wan can just because of the name on their jersey or because the players have more stars on Rivals, you can add Kentucky next to Florida on the above list.

Corbindawg

 

 

 

Lewis Grizzard Wednesday: Lewis On The NCAA

Lewis was ahead of this time when it came to his hatred of the NCAA…

Georgia On Probation 

My alma mater, the University of Georgia, has been placed on probation by the National Collegiate Athletic Association for recruiting violations within its basketball program.

Georgia gave a prospect a T-shirt. It is against the NCAA rules to give a prospect anything, even a T-shirt.

Georgia gave a friend of another prospect a ride to a restaurant and then to his hotel.

It is also against NCAA rules to give a friend of a prospect anything, even a four-mile ride.

A T-shirt here, a pair of shoes there, a ride for a prospect’s friend and Georgia’s Athletic Department and the enitre school suffers the embarrassment of probation.

“I know the charges were minor,” a member of the Athletic Department told me. “But nobody outside the inner circle really pays attention to the details and so people think we are buying and selling kids like we were slave holders.”

What was the Georgia coach supposed to do when the prospect’s friend asked for a ride? Tell him to walk and probably lose the prospect because he turned his friend out on the street?

We’re talking big-time college basketball here, where millions of dollars and extended contracts are on the line. If a tall kid who can dunk with both hands asks for a T-shirt, you give him a T-shirt.

I’m not defending my school, here. Georgia knows the rules, yet Georgia broke the rules, as silly as they might be, and they got caught and they got punished and that’s the name of that tune.

But the NCAA is like the IRS. They go after you, they get you, with even some help from college coaches who turn each other in, some standing on their pedestals claiming piously “We will bring these cheaters to their knees.”

Horse dung. They turn each other in for strictly selfish reasons. You get you r rival in trouble with the NCAA and the NCAA takes away a few of its scholarships, and all of a sudden you’re beating his brains out and you become a genius with a fat raise.

College basketball players are shaving points for gamblers and are going to jail for it. Millions are being handed out for television contracts, big-time coaches are getting rich and the NCAA is worrying about a high school kid getting a free T-shirt?

I don’t have a solution for all this idiocy, but I know how I wish college basketball and footall worked.

Whack Hyder, who coached basketball at Georgia Tech before he got sick of recruiting and quit, had the idea years ago.

“What I would like to be able to do,” said Whack, “is to put a sign on the bulletin board in the PE department that said, `Any student desiring to try out for the men’s basketball team, report to the gym at 4 o’clock.’

“I play with the kids who happen to come to my school. You play with the kids who happen to come to yours.”

Thus, recruiting becomes a thing of the past. The sport purifies itself and all the athletes get are a pair of shoes, socks, a jock, and an opportunity to have a little good clean fun.

What Todd Gurley’s Response Should Be

 

Corbindawg

Taking The Show On The Road

I’m excited about getting down to the Cocktail Party.  My wife has been under the weather, but she is healed now and we are ready to go.  We are dropping the baby off with Grandma, and we are looking forward to a fun grown up weekend.

Anytime you can see the Dawgs play is a glorious thing, but the trip of Georgia-Florida weekend is extra special.

Since my freshman year in 2003, I’ve been to every game except 2009 and 2011, when I was so pissed off at the previous years’ results I refused to go back down.

The games are fun.  The atmosphere in the stadium is so unique.  There ain’t nothing better than walking out of there victors.  And there is nothing worse than walking out a loser.

The tailgates are fun.  Sometimes, a little too fun.

Ok, most times.

Ok, every time.

Everyone has their own traditions and things they do every year.  Things you look forward to.

This year, our normal crowd has been whittled down.  Many of the regulars and friends you might only see at the GA/FL tailgate aren’t going down this year.  New jobs out of state, babies, and other obligations are keeping many of our crew off the banks fo the St. John’s River.

Don’t worry.  Granite and I will do our part.  What seems like we do every year, Granite and I will leave SSI early Saturday monring, meet up with everyone in our caravan at the gas station on the Jekyll exit, and then caravan together to our tailgate spot in one of the sketchiest places in the state of Florida.

And I wouldn’t want it any other way.

I’m traveling around the state with work the rest of the week, and heading out early Friday morning to SSI.

I’m going to go ahead and pack my bags tonight.  I’m ready to get down there.

Are you?

Go Dawgs!

Corbindawg

All About The Florida Buy In

Fans of Georgia SHOULD be concerned with the game this weekend.  As I’ve said all week, I’m hoping for blood, but I’m expecting a battle.  The last few seasons have been full of hatred and hard-hitting games.

In 2011, Florida had 14 penalties for 106 yards. Georgia had 4/22.   In 2012, Florida was 10/92 and Georgia was 14/132.  Last year, Florida had 7/70 and Georgia was 6/45.  There have been a lot of penalties in recent games, so expect intensity.

I was watching the end of the last three games on YouTube yesterday, and something stuck out to me.  Georgia had the ball last to milk the clock in all three victories.  And in each of the final drives from the last three games, when the game was on the line, Florida had penalties to help move the chains.  Undisciplined play and bad offense.  The hallmark of a Will Muschamp team.

People say that past performance does not necessarily predict future results.  But I think looking at the past and trends give you an idea of what to expect.

These games are always tough.  When Georgia had a superior team, as has been the case many times in recent years, Florida has won more often than not.  When Florida had a superior team, Georgia has kept it close.  The 2001, 2007, 2008, and 2009 games are the only games in the Richt era the Cocktail Party has been decided by more than a touchdown.

In 2002, Florida won by 7.  2003, Florida by 3.  2004, UGA by 7.  2005, Florida by 4.  2006, Florida by 7.  2010, Florida by 3 (OT).  2011, UGA by 4.  2012, UGA by 8.  2013, UGA by 3.  In these 10 games, the average margin of victory by either team has been 5 points.

I can tell you a couple of reasons to be afraid of this game, and I just have to look back to previous Florida games as to why we should be concerned.

Think back to the 2005 game.  Georgia’s best offensive weapon was hurt and unable to play in the game.  Georgia would have won that game had D.J. Shockley played.  But, he didn’t, and Georgia’s offense only managed 10 points.

In 2005, Florida used their bye week to incorporate new wrinkles in their offense.  Urban Meyer and Dan Mullen came out with a fullback and tight end, and completely caught our defense off-guard.  What happened?  Florida scored two touchdowns and held on to win.

This year, Florida will bring a new starting QB in and you have got to think Treon Harris will be armed with some wrinkles and tricks up his sleeve. Florida’s defense is legit and will make it difficult to score on them.  If their offense gets a spark with a new QB…

After the heartbreak of 2005, it was expected that Georgia would take a step back and be in rebuilding mode in 2006.  The 5-0 start and top 10 ranking was deceiving, and Tennessee exploited the Dawgs on prime time TV.  The next two weeks after the humiliation of getting hammered by Tennessee, Georgia lost to Vanderbilt and barely hung on to Mississippi State.  The Dawgs entered Jacksonville humiliated, wounded, and starting a true freshman QB.  Though darker days would be in the future, at the time this was the most adversity Coach Richt had faced while he was in Athens.

The Gators on the other hand were a top 10 team looking to bigger aspirations.

Georgia played an inspired game, and lost by a touchdown.

Of course in 2009, a superior Gator team had their way with a hapless Georgia team.

So this game really is Will Muschamp’s Waterloo, much like it was for Coach Richt in 2011.

If the Gators buy in to their coaching staff and circle the wagons for Muschamp, The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party will go as we have seen many times in the past.  If the players quit, then we should see a similar game to what happened last time Georgia played a beleaguered coach while they were marching on to higher goals.

Corbindawg

 


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