What is this, a remake of ‘Clueless’?

That's Bryan Evans giving chase as a South Carolina player scores earlier this season. Just imagine if he didn't spend all that time in the film room. (Associated Press)

That's Bryan Evans giving chase as a South Carolina player scores earlier this season. Just imagine if he didn't spend all that time in the film room. (Associated Press)

One of the most frequently used expressions in college football is everyone needing to be “on the same page.” Rennie Curran says it all the time about Georgia’s struggling defense.

But when it comes to the Dogs’ secondary, I’m beginning to wonder if some of them are in the wrong book. And don’t even know it.

It happens. I remember one day in seventh grade when the math teacher noted that quite a few folks in the class were having problems with the unit we were studying and she was going to ask several of the better students to help their struggling classmates.

Since I was generally an A student and had been tapped to tutor folks in other classes, I was eager to get on board. I raised my hand and asked, “Who am I going to help?”

“Oh no,” said the teacher. “You’re one of the ones who needs help.”

Oooof! I didn’t see that one coming.

That memory came to mind when I was reading some quotes David Hale of Bulldogs Blog collected from members of the Georgia defense talking about why they’re struggling and looked so awful against Tennessee.

It figured that Curran, the Dogs’ most productive tackler, would have a fix on the problem, and he zeroed in on players needing to spend more time in the film room so that they recognize things like a play-action pass.

So far, so good.

Then came a totally unexpected quote from cornerback Bryan Evans.

“We’ve been trying to do that all season, but times like this, you can only get better by looking at film more,” Evans said. “We try to get the younger players to watch film with us more, but a player is only going to do as much as they can do with the class schedule and stuff like that. But that comes with maturity. If you’re mature, you’re going to go in and watch film. If you’re not mature, you’re just going to do what you have to do and be done with it.”

Uh, do you think maybe Bryan needs to watch some film of himself from this season? Particularly the Tennessee game?

I mean, can he really not know how badly he was out of position much of the time against the Vols? How many times he’s been burned on pass plays this season? How poor his tackling was on key plays last Saturday?

If Evans is really that clueless, do you think it’s even possible that Prince Miller and Reshad Jones actually bought Mark Richt’s spare-the-rod spin this week that he wants a couple of the younger players, Branden Smith and Bacarri Rambo, to get more playing time in the secondary just because the veterans are “getting too many reps”?

This reminds me of schools where they don’t use red pens to correct students’ work because seeing a paper all marked up in red might scar them psychologically. Perhaps one of the problems with Georgia’s defense is that their coaches haven’t told them directly just how badly they’re playing.

Or maybe Evans is just in denial.

Sounds like his teacher needs to pull out the red pen and tell him he’s one of the ones who needs help, don’t you think?

198 comments Add your comment

Jon P

October 15th, 2009
7:13 am

Well said Bill!

Jon P

October 15th, 2009
7:14 am

I guess the coaches don’t want to damage Evans’ self-esteem. How sad.

Burdell

October 15th, 2009
7:31 am

Nice piece of writing, Bill. Funny the things you remember from childhood.

Good luck to the Bulldogs this weekend in Nashville…time to get your season turned around. See y’all after Thanksgiving! (and thankfully not in September, any year)

Go Jackets! Beat the Hokies!

Mikey

October 15th, 2009
7:32 am

The “correction” for Evans is sitting him down.
Put the freshmen in. We could not do any worse.

Coach Mark Richt

October 15th, 2009
7:36 am

LOL, your best work yet.

Evans sucks but its the young guys fault because they dont watch film. bwahahaha

Coach Mark Richt

October 15th, 2009
7:38 am

Evans better get a degree because the NFL wont be calling.

# 9 and #23...

October 15th, 2009
7:44 am

…have no business trying to tell anyone that they “need to be better”, so yes, it is absolutely probable that both of them had no clue as to what CMR was saying!!!!

WaltonDawg

October 15th, 2009
7:52 am

the younger guys are 10 times better than Evans without watching any film. He’s no better now than he was as a freshman. It’s no coincidence that every game we’ve player they go after. They did it when he was corner and again at saftey. Spurrier has been all over him for years. OKST reciever ran right by him for td. Ark reciever went right by him for TD. LSU reciever ran right down sideline with Evans trailing. Tenn first 2 pass plays went right at Evans. Is there a pattern here. Not to say others haven’t been burned but he is terrible. He’s a huge liability and we’ve been trying to hide him at safety why?? Because he’s a senior???? Get him off the field!!!! Play Rambo, Cuff, Cummings, Pugh, Williams, etc. all these guys we hear about how well they’ve been practicing but never see.

dtdawg09

October 15th, 2009
7:58 am

Well said Walton Dawg. I have never and I mean never seen Evans be able to cover anybody, ever!!! He couldn’t cover my grandmother, and bless her heart she’s in a wheelchair!!

Sautee Dawg

October 15th, 2009
8:04 am

Bill,
You should get off Evan’s back, not his fault he’s been in the program for 4 years and has never been coached. Same with Miller and Jones, Rambo has a nose for the ball along with Boykin.
Rambo has learned some very good tackling skills from somewhere, that’s something we’ve lacked under Martinez. 1 tackle away from winning the Ga. Tech game last year in Athens, and as our secondary knows by now an arm tackle will not bring down Dwyer from Tech. It might bring down runningbacks in pratice, that seems to be how our players get playing time is according to pratice results.
Bill what would be wrong with players getting playing time according to game results instead?

rhynster

October 15th, 2009
8:04 am

Anyone consider the possibility that a few of these guys are throwing games?

Excessive penalties? Check!

Stopping short on tackles? Check!

Swatting down obvious interceptions? Check!

Repeatedly allowing WRs to get wide open? Check!

Uh, how about never covering the bet spreads? Check! Check! Check!

Floater

October 15th, 2009
8:07 am

Clueless also applies when talking about the coaches and talent evaluation in recruiting. Donnan was right on this year when he mentioned talent level was down in Athens.

secondguesser

October 15th, 2009
8:09 am

The irony of this latest masterpiece is so heavy it about fell out of my screen!! Another never was wanna be trying to tell a gifted athlete with numerous athletic accolades in life how poorly he is at a game most don’t play after middle school! Ya think the other teams might have some pretty good players also? Could it be that the player’s support from other members of the defense might not have done their jobs? For the most part, players win games and coaches lose games when the talent level is as close as it is in the upper echelon of the SEC. Now whose decision is it to put this player on the field instead of his backups? Did this guy with this athletic bio suddenly forget how to play the game or physically lose his athletic prowess?

2009: Appeared in six games with six starts
*Recorded six tackles at Tennessee
*Had two tackles vs. No. 4 LSU
*Registered four tackles vs. Arizona State
*Had two tackles at Arkansas
*Had a career-high eight tackles and a pass break-up vs. South Carolina
*Two tackles and a pass break-up at No. 9 Oklahoma State
*Moved to free safety in spring drills and recorded three tackles and an interception in spring G-Day game
*Earned Coffee County Hustle Award at conclusion of spring drills
*Named to Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and Dean’s List for summer semester
*Earned Certificate for Academic Excellence at UGA Academic Round Table
*Recipient of Joseph F. Espy Football Scholarship

2008: Appeared in 12 games making five starts recording 24 tackles
*Tied career-high with seven tackles and a pass break-up at No. 24 Arizona State
*Three tackle performances at No. 11 LSU and vs. Central Michigan
*Two tackle games vs. No. 22 Vanderbilt, vs. No. 8 Alabama and at S. Carolina

2007: Appeared in 11 games making two starts with 17 tackles
*Made three tackles and an interception vs. No. 18 Auburn
*Listed as number one WC at conclusion of spring drills
*Recipient of the Joseph F. Espy Football Scholarship

2006: Appeared in 12 games with four starts coming versus Miss. State, No. 5 Auburn, No. 16 Ga. Tech and No. 14 Va. Tech
*Five tackles, two PBUs in Chick-fil-A Bowl win over No. 14 Va. Tech
*First-career sack came against Georgia Tech
*Career-high seven tackles in first-career start vs. Miss. State
*Made four solo tackles and one pass breakup versus UAB
*Team went 9-4 including a Chick-fil-A Bowl win
*Recipient of Joseph F. Espy Football Scholarship

2005: Redshirted
*Part of SEC Championship team that went 10-3

High School: Edward H. White High School, coached by Terry Gilliam, USA Today second team All-USA, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100…SuperPrep All-America and All-Dixie teams…Scout.com National Hot 100, Rivals.com Top 100…Rivals.com No.8-ranked CB in the nation and postseason Florida Top 100 (No. 7)…Tallied five interceptions, two returned for touchdowns, caused one fumble and recovered two more…Offensively he rushed for 427 yards and three TDs and had 343 yards receiving for two more TDs…As a junior he rushed for 732 yards and 15 TDs on 66 carries; Also five INTs and returned one for a score; Four kickoff returns for TDs…Starter for the East squad in the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

joe

October 15th, 2009
8:16 am

Does it make you feel good about yourself to call out this kid? To single him out when nobody, your beloved Rennie Curran included, has played well this season. What a loser Bill King. You are the epitome of every a$$hole Georgia fan. Real big of you.

Time for Change

October 15th, 2009
8:17 am

Bill….This type of Blog validates why we need a coaching change. Think about it…..When Evans, Jones, and Miller were Freshman…they were pretty good. Evans did a good job as a freshman and has gotten worse each year since then. How does a player play better as a freshman than when he’s a senior? I think it goes to the COACHING. How else can it be explained. I’m scared to death that the samething will happen to Rambo, Smith and Boykin and Cuff if Willie stays here. And by the way, who is our secondary coach???? WILLIE!!!!

Rob

October 15th, 2009
8:20 am

Rivals.com No.8-ranked CB in the nation and postseason Florida Top 100 (No. 7) LOL!!!! Love those recruitin’ services.

Time for Change

October 15th, 2009
8:21 am

Joe….you are right. Bill shouldnt be calling out this kid. He should continously be calling out Willie and Richt for allowing this kid to keep playing every play. Sit him on the bench and there you go, a step in the right direction. But hell no, we dont do that. Time in the program and seniority means more to these guys than putting the better player on the field. And until we have a change in that philosophy…those ass whippins like we took last saturday are going to keep on coming. Have a good day

Villa Rica DAWG

October 15th, 2009
8:24 am

Bill, while I agree with what you said, I’m not sure chastising a kid publicly on the AJC is the way to go about saying it.

I feel your pain with the DAWGS. However, you shouldn’t be singling out these kids like that. Leave that to the coaches…

Scott

October 15th, 2009
8:25 am

Great piece….pretty funny. Evans needs to sit. I truly don’t think I have ever seen a player out of position so many times. Rambo needs to play most of the snaps. I bet Kirby Smart would not be playing Evans a whole lot. Let Commings and Pugh take some of his reps. If Evans is not significantly better than the others than we need to get the younger guys some reps for next year. It will help Kirby get a head start when he gets here next year.

coachdawg 2000

October 15th, 2009
8:32 am

I’ve got to tell you our safety play has absolutely killed us for 2 years. If you look at the all of the games this year and last you see alot of guys out of position and of course very poor tackling. Our linnebackers haven’t set the world on fire either. If you look at the run charles scott made rennie curran had him at the line of scrimmage but didn’t wrap-up and last week’s twirl(instead of driving through tackle) looked pathetic. So maybe rennine needs to quit reading his press clippings and start focusing on tackling fundamentals.

Vince Dully

October 15th, 2009
8:33 am

CMR needs to take a lesson from the head coach at New Mexico and physically beat some of the assistant coaches

Mr Reality

October 15th, 2009
8:40 am

These are not kids. They are young men. When they chose to play college ball they did so understanding the exposure to the public eye and the scrutiny that comes with it. If Bill did anything it is constructive criticism. He needs to be called out. He needs to be held accountable. He needs to man up and play better football or sit his rump on the bench. If you jackasses think otherwise then why don’t you see if you can buy him an ice cream cone and tell him it will be alright. The point is, football is tough physically, mentally, and emotionally. If a player on this level can’t be all of these, they need to be in the band.

Big EC

October 15th, 2009
8:41 am

I’ve got an idea. Since none of you true Dawg fans can come up with any real change in Georgia this year because nobody on the team or the coaches will listen to you, why don’t y’all go pull for another team? In fact Mr. King, why don’t you go coach a high school team or junior college team and the Georgia job will be ready for you in a couple of years? Then you can see how it is when you and your players get called out on a weekly basis. Mr. King and all of the other venters on here that are so upset with the Georgia program and the kids that play for Georgia, find you another team to pull for, you front runners. Jump on another bandwagon and have more fun gambling. As for me, Go Dawgs, Beat Vandy!

Phoneguy71

October 15th, 2009
8:42 am

I dont think Bill’s calling out Evans in particular. He’s just using him as an example of the state of the defense, and their mindset. Get a grip everyone and see the light!!

“Our defense SUCKS and will continue to do so until something is changed”

Robert Fields

October 15th, 2009
8:45 am

Bryan Evans improving? Huh!!! In 4 years he hasn’t proved that he could cover me, and I’m 61 and run a flat 1 minute 40!!!!! Maybe Willie Martinez is dating his mother, and could Evans be Martinez’ “love child?”

Bill King

October 15th, 2009
8:45 am

Joe, etc.:

No, it doesn’t make me feel good to single out Bryan Evans. I thought about that before deciding to write the piece. But his comments were so disconnected from the reality of his play that it flabbergasted me. Plus in his comments he seemed to be laying the blame on the “younger” players. And they’re the most encouraging thing about this defense!

GradyGrad96

October 15th, 2009
8:50 am

Bill, I also am a little disappointed. You always seem to take the high ground when it comes to singling out players This reeks of nothing more than placing blame.

If I’m not mistaken, Curran had a missed tackle on someone that wound up going all the way. And Evans was the only guy who was close enough to attempt to stop him. I think that was the play where the guy seemed to sail along for five yards hanging the ball in the air with his right hand, eventually to be called a TD. If you are going to single out players, you should do it fairly.

That includes Curran and Dowtin. And my personal thought is Dowtin injured nothing more than his pride when he bounced off Scott in what would lead to the go-ahead TD.

barneyb

October 15th, 2009
8:51 am

Bill,
Don’t let those who criticise you for calling out individual players (i.e. Evans). It’s time to call ‘em like we see ‘em. and it’s a dreadfully bad team with dreadfully bad coaching. I fear nothing will substantially change until a wholesale change transpires- meaning most of the players and coaching staff- from CMR on down. Sad, but true.

Chris

October 15th, 2009
8:51 am

Anyone who says Evans hasn’t been coached properly just doesn’t get it. Granted Willie sucks and better be fired but Evans demise is the fact that he is terrible.

I can’t believe he’s trying to give advise to the younger players. Are you kidding me? If they were going to make a tape for young players to learn “What not to do”, Evans would be the star of the film.

I’ve played defense. I can cover better than this fool. His lack of talent isn’t coaching, it’s all him. The coaching is terrible because Willie actually keeps playing this guy. I mean seriously, how bad do you have to be to get sidelined???? I think it’s time for Evans.

Boy, I sure am gald he’s a senior…only 6 more games for Evans and hopefully Willie as well.

BJohnDawg

October 15th, 2009
8:57 am

Accurate Statement. Evans unfortunately is our of position on almost every play. Receivers blow by him on pass plays for TDs on a ever frequent basis. His tackling is terrible. I call it fire hydrant defense.

Yet the guy has very good speed.Good size. So what is the issue?
Clearly it is coaching.

Dawg Man

October 15th, 2009
9:03 am

The coaches cannot go out there and hold their hand during the game. At some point some of these defensive guys have to have a lil instinct about themselves. Be a “football player”

Beakerdawg

October 15th, 2009
9:06 am

Master of the obvious. Nice job on calling out a player. Please keep your remarks focused on the teacher not the student. I don’t think this type of article helps at all.

wtf

October 15th, 2009
9:06 am

Wow, nice blog there Bill. Way to call out young players who are playing hard so that you can bark in somebody’s face when they win. They are students and have a pretty tough schedule even at UGA. Unbelievable. Do you put in the hours they do?

BG

October 15th, 2009
9:07 am

I don’t know the answer. Maybe, if our guys didn’t actually have to go to class like most other SEC schools they could spend more time in the film room.

mikie g.

October 15th, 2009
9:07 am

the Georgia players and coaches this year are the most arrogant bunch of losers that have ever been in Athens. the only person that has been given more money than Georgia recruits is the “satchel man”. college football is to the point that it is, and has been, out of control financially for many years and needs to get back to being a school sport. the players of today recognize this and play it for all it’s worth. that being said, i personally resent it when they conveniently become “only young men” or “highly skilled semi-professional athletes” whenever it suites them to be one or the other. the FUNDAMENTALS on this team is below poor. we were told to expect better fundamental performances this year after last year’s embarrassments. we were lied to. and by the way, no recruiter is any better than his satchel man.

Slick Willie

October 15th, 2009
9:09 am

It’s not my fault hes all hair and no brains. You can’t coach stupid. By the way, I’m still here so Bite Me!!

William

October 15th, 2009
9:10 am

Players not performing up to their potential or were believed to have that potential is a coaching problem. There is a place on the bench for players like that to include losing a scholarship. However, that takes a coach who wants to win games over being etiquette like Vince Dooley. I will not watch the dogs nor will I support UGA in anyway until things change. That is my position and I am going to stick to it.

MDG

October 15th, 2009
9:13 am

I believe that we should credit Evans for Rambo’s pick 6 last week. Without him on the bench for that play, UT would have been going the other way for 6 of their own.

old dawg

October 15th, 2009
9:14 am

Bench the seniors. All of them. Tell them they have earned the right to sit and watch the game without having to get all sweaty and dirty. Besides from the sideline it is easier to see the whole game better.
Start Murray at QB. So what if he is a freshman. Michigan, Alabama, USC all seem to be doing fine with freshman who haven’t been in the “system” long. If Logan Gray is one of the best athletes on the team, put him in as a slot receiver (hines ward style) and use him.
Burn all the redshirts. Play them all.
Seniors watch.
Juniors subs.
Freshman and sophomores get experience. Show the recruits that they too can play early if they perform.
Coaches hire a performance evaluation consultant to come in and show you what you are doing compared to Meyer, Saban, and Miles. Then listen and implement changes immediately. If you don’t get it, consider applying for a job as an ESPN analyst. They don’t usually get it either. You can sit around and get paid to talk about it with holtz and gang.
Effective management and coaching is about recognizing the talent of your team, modifying your approach to maximize their talent and effectiveness and leading them.
Jamming everyone into the “system” regardless of talent ensures complacency and an attitude that it does not matter how I perfom now cause I will not get to play until later. It kills competitiveness and continuous improvement.
What say you coaches?

Bulldawg

October 15th, 2009
9:15 am

THANK YOU! I’m NOT the only one whose seen it. I wish they would pull him and sit him 5 feet from the screen in the film room and tell him to call out the number of the DB who blew coverage on those plays against TENN, SC, OK ST, LSU. 75% of the time it was HIM!

Bring on the young men! At least they are humble and will stick to their assignments and not think “they know how to read the QB”!

GO DAWGS!

cmac

October 15th, 2009
9:15 am

This student-athlete(?) can’t use up his eligibility fast enough. If you watch him during the games, he is cluless about 90% of the time. His buddy jones is about the same. If I can see this from the stands, what does that tell you about the defensive coordinator?

Step up or Sit Down

October 15th, 2009
9:22 am

Saw all I needed to see when I went and watched a Georgia practice. Evans screwed up on a tackling drill and took off his helmet and started walking back to the line. Martinez told him to put his helmet back on and run to the line. Evans did neither of the two. Enough said!

Shane

October 15th, 2009
9:22 am

Bill I would like to thank you for saving my sanity! I have been looking for that one word to some it all up and CLUELESS is right on! From Evans to the 4th string punter this is a mess!

Grandad

October 15th, 2009
9:23 am

Bill: coaches are grown-ups. College kids are not. Please don’t single them out. It puts you @ the same level as us.

Mark Richt

October 15th, 2009
9:23 am

You fans need to leave Jones, Evans, and Cox alone. They are seniors and are my guys. They come to my house every week for prayer meeting.

Slick Willie

October 15th, 2009
9:23 am

cmac, It tells me that you are not a D.C., that’s for sure. Next time you get ready to go to a game try and remember to put your trifocals on when you put your teeth in.

JaxDawg

October 15th, 2009
9:24 am

Go back and look at the film of some of Bryan’s plays that he was “burned” on. Some of them are not his fault. The Ark TD of the receiver he was “burned” on, wasn’t his responsibilty. M.Dowtin was supposed to drop back in coverage and stay with him, but didn’t and when Evans saw this he tried to recover and help his teammate out. When you look at it on TV all you see is him trailing the receiver. I thought the same when watching it on ESPN, but go back and look at the replay on CSS and they show a reverse angle, and you can see clear as day Dowtin getting blown by and Evans trying to recover.
I’m not saying that he hasn’t been burned or made some poor plays, but sometimes what you see on tv in limited field coverage, doesn’t always tell the complete story.
Secondguesser- laying out his bio does make you wonder is it the players or the coaching. It’s easy to pick on Bryan or any number of players on the defense but the reality is much of the problem is the schemes/play calling. There are a LOT of holes in Willie’s soft zone defense.
And BTW- while you’re praising Rambo for his play-which has been very good for the most part- the only reason he made that interception is because he was beat and out of position- go back and look at it and freeze frame his position just before the ball is knocked in the air to him.

rayfield brown

October 15th, 2009
9:24 am

you know there has been one issue that has not been discussed. the disipline on this team is not good at all. You have kids getting arrested, drinking accessively, even recruiting kids with suspended licences and such. When players play inconsistantly as Bulldogs have done this season, maybe some drug checks are in order. I think coach Richt has an underlying problem that he is either denying or doesnt want to know about. I realise these kids are college students, but they are scholarship athletes, being given the chance to go to school with money endowed to the univercity. These kids owe the univericity the common curtesy of not getting involved in wild acts and drug use.

If the coaches want to find out what their underlying problem is; such as just getting by in practice,film room and classrooms; poor performance and inconsistant play on the field, lack of disipline off and on campus, … they need to check the bars, and do some drug tests , its obvious to some folks !

Joe Cox

October 15th, 2009
9:24 am

You fans need to leave my coaches alone. If y’all didnt play college football, you don’t know what you’re talking about.

uuughh...

October 15th, 2009
9:28 am

Why does this suprise you Bill? The players are merely a reflection of their Head Coach right? Evans sounds exactly like Richt…blaming everyone but himself for what ails us.

Kudos Coach