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?