Curry pleased with practices, but “talk is cheap”

Note: before we get into today’s posts:

Though it dominates most of the comments, I think it’s time to curb the arguments between Georgia State fans and Georgia Southern fans. I welcome discussion about the Panthers football team. Anything that strays away from that will result in me either turning the comments off, or temporarily banning the offending poster.


Georgia State has had two “surprisingly” good weeks of practice following its three-game losing streak, according to coach Bill Curry.

“What we’ve done to ourselves three weeks ago is not easy to recover from and we’ve recovered well,” he said. “Of course, it doesn’t count for anything unless it happens on the field.”

The Panthers will host Murray State at the Georgia Dome on Saturday with a chance to win just their second game this season and start what the players are hoping will be a seven-game win streak.

The Panthers have been outscored 133-38 during the losing streak. Predictably, the team has worked on discipline and improving its run defense and running game in an effort to stop the skid.

That has included working on things as simple as how to slow down an opponent when running by beside him so that it’s not penalized for blocking in the back. The Panthers have been penalized 29 times for 256 yards this season, with numerous penalties resulting from a lack of discipline, and not because of too much aggression.

The defense, in particular, is taken the losing streak to heart and has re-committed itself to trying to save the season.

“We had a lot of opportunities to really think about what this season has meant to us and what we want to get,” linebacker Michael Hall said. “This isn’t something we are going to lie down and take.”

Hall said there’s a difference between showing up for practice and showing up for practice, putting an emphasis on the second showing up.

“We must take the next big step in our program,” Curry said. “We have to play a balanced football game offensively, mount long drives, keep our defense off the field as much as possible.”

Toward the end of Curry’s weekly press conference, he added this caveat: “Talk is cheap.”

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

16 comments Add your comment

The Dome Is Our Home

October 5th, 2011
8:39 am

First! Go Georgia State!


October 5th, 2011
9:02 am

Agreed, talk is cheap, looking forward to a very strong remainder of the season. I believe in CBC and I believe in what we are doing. I know a lot of folks are disappointed however the W-L outcomes so far were not totally unexpected. I think what was unexpected was the way in which we seem to have come unglued during games. From the stands it looks as though we have lost the spark we had last year, that hunger to go out and attack. I hope the coaching staff can get that back because so far it feels like the other teams have had an extra man on the field. We’re not flying to the ball, or aggressively trying to score like we did last year. By this time last year we had a couple successful trick plays, an onside kick recovery and two solid block punt attempts. After listening to the coaches show on Monday someone mentioned ODU’s aggressiveness and I went back and looked at the drive chart and this guy was correct. After settling for a FG on their first possession, ODU had the nerve to go for and recover an onside kick, go down and score, and then had the nerve to go for 2 and make it. Within a flash they were up 11-0. I realize that stuff can backfire but you got to love the mentality of a coaching staff that decides from the get go that win or lose they are going to go down swinging. I hope we can start thinking outside the hash marks ourselves soon.


October 5th, 2011
9:09 am

One other thing I have noticed repeatedly is that for our receivers many times when we are in a 3rd and say 8, they are running routes for 3 and 5 yards or we are throwing quick short outs. I’m not sure we understand where the sticks are but it seems to me the passing plays being called are not giving us the opportunities for the first down yardage. Maybe those are the “trick plays” for this year but so far no one has been fooled. Additionally if I’m not mistaken I don’t think I’ve see a screen play yet…..


October 5th, 2011
9:59 am

Doug, thanks for trying to curb the GSU v. GSoU talk. It’s been a tough first four games but I think many of us thought it was a very real possibility we’d be 1-3 to start the season. I think it’s possible we could have been 3-1, but it never seemed like we were able to finish games completely. The ODU game was a great first half and then nothing after. The JSU game was a great first 3 quarters, and a really bad 4th. If we can play consistently we’ll see results.


October 5th, 2011
10:38 am

Hopefully, we get back on track this week!!! #GoPanthers


October 5th, 2011
10:44 am

Well, fundamental things must be enforced into the Panthers such basic as do your job, and zero mistake. It’s not the rocket science.
If they all don’t get the basic, it would be a long and hard tearful time to overcome for those who get it.
It’s easy said than done, but don’t get it, no chance.
All guys are physically capable of winning anybody, just the heads, if screwed on correctly or not.

Do the best you can, don’t worry others, do your assignment perfectly. The bad players will disappear.

See you guys in the Ga Dorm.

October 5th, 2011
11:16 am

Talk IS cheap….time to “show up” and beat Murray State!!


October 5th, 2011
12:00 pm

We are where most of thought we would be after four games. Most of us even as far back as July thought games 2-4 were “Murderer’s Row”. 2 teams are ranked in the FCS Top 30 and the other is ranked just outside the FBS Top 25. But talk is cheap. None of this will mean anything if we lay an egg against Murray State.

GSU Alum

October 5th, 2011
2:04 pm

CBC doesn’t look very pleased @ Press conference. Glad to see his determination hope the kids can turn this around this week. Would love to rally for the remainder of the year.

Lyle Coleman

October 5th, 2011
2:18 pm

You Guys better win this week because the USA JAGS are coming in a few weeks and a new losing streak will begin.


October 5th, 2011
2:56 pm

Crickets……….. This is a troll free road son.


October 5th, 2011
2:59 pm

CBC is back on the tweets, hot’n it up for the ATL. Welcome to Atlanta where the playa’s play……


October 5th, 2011
3:52 pm

LOL, Doug, is South Alabama bashing ok? J/K…


October 7th, 2011
2:21 am

I’m expecting a much better showing on the field this week. Coach Curry looked thoroughly pissed during halftime of the Houston game and I’m hoping that some of that anger he displayed has lit a fire under the team.

Doug Roberson

October 7th, 2011
7:39 am

Guys, I told you I was going to ban repeat offenders…segway…
Parole officer: REPEAT OFFENDER.
Parole officer 2: That ain’t a pretty word is it, HI?
Hi: No sir, that’s one bonehead word, but that ain’t me anymore.
PO: Boy, are you just telling us what we want to hear?
Hi: Well sir, yes, I guess I am.
PO: Boy, didn’t we just tell you not to do that?
Hi: Yeah.
PO: Well, OK then.

…back to my comment:
So, I’ve banned one person for a while. Three guesses what movie the above was from….


October 7th, 2011
8:10 pm

Let’s see the guys as determined as they were in 2010. I know you all still have it. Maybe the QB situation is now worked out and the special teams will get their groove on! Offense give the Defense a break and drive the ball. Cut down on the mistakes and penalties. Will be at the DOME and looking forward to seeing the CBC attitude adjustment of the team against Murray State. YOU CAN DO IT! GO GSU PANTHERS!!!