Is Herschel right about the key to winning in the SEC?

Herschel Walker is still on top. (MMA)

Herschel Walker is still on top. (MMA)

UGA legend and current MMA fighter Herschel Walker talked with the press while in Chattanooga for the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America. While his comments dissing Lane Kiffin and praising Derek Dooley have drawn most of the attention, the quote from No. 34 that caught my eye was this one in the Times-Free Press in which he explained why he thinks the SEC is the ultimate college football conference:

“You can’t do the Run and Shoot or California offense in the SEC,” Walker said. “The SEC is about blocking and tackling and running the football. Line it up and go get it.”

And, you know, despite all the variations on the spread and some pretty gaudy passing numbers that have been showing up in recent seasons, I think Herschel is right on the money. As Bama showed last season with Mark Ingram, there’s nothing like a terrific tailback to elevate what otherwise would be just a good offense.

The Dogs certainly will be counting big-time on their running game this coming season, especially until Aaron Murray gets some games under his belt.

What do you think, is the running game still the key to winning in the SEC?

BRUTAL BUT HONEST … THE BEST APPROACH?

Here’s another quote that jumped out at me. After his Diamond Dogs flat-lined in a 25-5 loss to the Vols at Foley Field, UGA baseball coach David Perno pegged his team’s problem this season as a lack of pride.

“It obviously doesn’t affect our pride enough. Because we keep putting ourselves in these situations and that’s what’s frustrating. At some point, they’ve got to have a look at [the College World Series plaques] on this wall out here and realize what the standard is and what the expectations are. We’re not doing our part. Even if you can’t get some wins down the stretch here, at least you’ve got to learn how to play competitively and try to get some momentum for next year. We took a huge, huge step back today and it’s the first time I’ve been this disappointed and down on them.”

What do you think of a head coach talking about his team that way? Perno, who has a history of being a bit blunt, probably sees that approach as the only way to get his team fired up enough to at least compete. Even with all the talent the Dogs lost to MLB last year, the Dogs were expected to make a better showing than they have this year.

Still, if your own head coach has given up on you, are you likely to play harder? Tough situation.

CHALLENGING THE GATORS IN THE EAST

One last quote I liked. Asked in an ESPN.com chat who he believes will give Florida a run for the East this season, SEC blogger Chris Low picked Mark Richt’s Dogs.

“As we get closer to the season, I’m leaning more toward Georgia,” Low said. “I would have told you South Carolina a couple of months ago, but I’m not sure how the whole Spurrier/Garcia deal will play out. And with 10 offensive starters back, Georgia has a chance to be one of the most improved offensive teams in the league if redshirt freshman QB Aaron Murray can just be steady. I also think the defense will take on more of an attacking approach under Todd Grantham.

I don’t see anything to argue with there, do you?

150 comments Add your comment

snotbubble

May 11th, 2010
11:11 am

You hit the nail on the head Hershel……run, run, run.

Bradley G

May 11th, 2010
11:18 am

Ball ain’t heavy! Run the damn ball!

Big L

May 11th, 2010
11:25 am

That’s right baby. Line up and punch somebody in the mouth. GATA!!!!!!!!

Blue Fox

May 11th, 2010
11:26 am

Hershel looks fit enough in the picture to line up today, doesn’t he still have a year of college eligibility left?

Iraq Dawg

May 11th, 2010
11:32 am

run and lets play defense… HOOAH!

ARdawg

May 11th, 2010
11:40 am

Wow! I actually agree with Chris Low. Bill I also agree with Hershel. The SEC is the premier conference and the SEC knows what it takes to win. The run and shoot was a gimmick that enjoyed some attention. It’s been proven again and again that it doesn’t hold up against a solid defense with a running game that eats up a clock which most SEC teams are expertly capable of.

I don;t know what to think of Perno’s latest remarks. Perhaps he’s at the end of his rope. Usually, when the team lacks motivation the finger pointing needs to be focused at the coach. One or two unmotivated players perhaps but not the majority of the team. Thats generally a coaching problem

guy

May 11th, 2010
11:41 am

yeah the spread, or run and shoot will never win an SEC title…

florida has about 8 or nine trophies and a few crystal footballs in their case that will beg to differ.

of course herschel thinks you need an awesome running back to win. he is the only reason uga won. but absent a once in a generation talent like his, you can pursue other options that can be successful.

RxDawg

May 11th, 2010
11:41 am

I want to believe.

Watching some of these knuckleheads make such bad decisions has been demoralizing though.

Hopefully it was just the wrong mixture of events and players the past couple of years. I think they can certainly improve to be competitive in the SEC again.

BurningRedBleedingBlack

May 11th, 2010
11:46 am

Thats right smash mouth football gotta love it GO DAWGS!!!!

Jimmy

May 11th, 2010
11:48 am

Guy,

Quiet man! Next thing you’ll know you’ll have that Patrick loon on here talking about how much better of a football team UGA has over Florida or how much better of a coach Richt is than Myer. Of course it’s still the morning. The asylum probably doesn’t give him his computer time untill after dinner!

jack bull

May 11th, 2010
11:51 am

now i typically don’t question CMR’s decisions, i fully trust him to do what is right for UGA, and i actually respect that he gives his coaches and players every oppurtunity to be productive before he puts them on the shelf, BUT, i sure do wish there was some way that Murray could’ve gotten some playing time last year.. with that said, i still believe we just got rid of our best QB, unfortunately. it is kinda funny how other teams look at that situation and say “we don’t care what you did, as long as you can play some football”

ARdawg

May 11th, 2010
11:53 am

guy

There is a clear and distinct difference in a well planned passing attack/passing game as Spurrier’s teams in the 90’s and a run and shoot. If I were Spurrier I would be highly offended at your reference but, I never liked him anyway. Excellent case in point was the “highly regarded” Hawaii team June Jones brought to the Sugar bowl. That was a run and shoot. Run and shoot is what a team does when they have no defense and no running game. Ask Hal Mumme

jack bull

May 11th, 2010
11:53 am

oh yeah, one of those ‘Crystal Footballs’ that UF has is in about a million pieces,,,,thank you Orson Charles..

guy

May 11th, 2010
11:57 am

run and shoot, fun and gun, whatever. semantics aside, spurrier was pretty damn successful with a pass oriented offense in the SEC. hawaii was a joke, and doesnt have the athletes to match up with the big time college football schools. a school like texas tech has had decent success with it because they can at least recruit better talent.

BobDog

May 11th, 2010
11:58 am

Guy,

The Florida spread was centered around Tebow running the ball. It wasn’t a wide open passing offense, even though you can call it a spread. I think Herschel is still right.

My gosh! How old is Herschel? He is still built incredibly and has to be getting close to 50 years old.

ARdawg

May 11th, 2010
12:04 pm

guy

Spurrier’s team had a balanced offense and a darn good running game at the same time. He also kept a strong defense. FL teams in the 90’s were loaded with talent on both sides of the ball. Run and shoot is a gimmick for gimmick coaches. Did you fail to notice where it landed Tuberville? Attempting to try it in the SEC eventually cost him his job. Good analogy TT, if they played anything related to a competitive schedule such as FL did in the 90’s you’d have noticed the clear difference in the two

bigdawg

May 11th, 2010
12:06 pm

DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIP

guy

May 11th, 2010
12:10 pm

true. Auburn never had a good running game. no good RBs out of that school…

To win championships you need a balance of offense and a stout defense. thats the way its always been. smashmouth football is well and good, but its not all you need to win in the SEC, and its only the ‘key’ to winning if you have an athlete like Herschel. Its not often you can just hand the ball off to your RB and expect to gain big chunks of yardage over and over again.

bigdawg

May 11th, 2010
12:11 pm

@guy

the TTech situation is sheerly because they play in a conference with no DEFENSE. DEFENSE is what seperates conferences not offenses. The reason SEC teams have been winning championships is because of DEFENSE

2006 Florida :great DEFENSE, 2007 LSU: great DEFENSE, 2008 Florida: great DEFENSE, 2009 Alabama: great DEFENSE

see a common denomenator, DEFENSE

also you will notice that the only teams with decent DEFENSES in the Big XII the last 4 years: Nebraska last year, Texas last year, and Oklahoma the three years before, all won or went to the conference title game, only to be shown in bowl games (with the exception of Nebraska) that they just don’t have the level of DEFENSE that the SEC does.

that should answer the that issue

which answers

bigdawg

May 11th, 2010
12:13 pm

my comment got a little screwed up at the end, sorry I got sidetracked and wasnt thinking as I was typing, but you get the gist of the last two lines… :)

robert

May 11th, 2010
12:14 pm

Your statement about Perno is not only inaccurate, it’s idiotic. In the paragraph you cited, Perno never even came close to saying he has given up on the team. He is mad and disappointed in their performance. Heck, as a huge UGA baseball fan, I am too. Coach Perno says what he thinks whether you like it or not. It appears to me, you’re either taking a shot at Perno for some reason or your choice of word use is so poor you probably should not be writing for any paper. But, the AJC may not qualify as a real paper.

guy

May 11th, 2010
12:16 pm

agreed on the defense. its tough to win (at least consistently) without it (see GT last season). my main point is that smash-mouthed football is not the ‘key’ to winning the SEC. you need to be able to score points, and stop the other guy from scoring points. there are many ways to do that.

Jimmy

May 11th, 2010
12:17 pm

Look at the picture above. That is why UGA won the national championship in 1980. Florida, Auburn, Tennessee and especially Georgia Tech had their hands over their eyes as they waited for the impact. Not much of that happening at UGA the last couple of years. Let’s hope it starts again this year.

Shreveport Sam

May 11th, 2010
12:28 pm

Of course Herschel would tout running the ball, and if UGA could find another Herschel they’d be glad to. As it is. it appears that Florida has demonstrated a bit more success than Georgia utilizing said “gimmicks.”

For edification, are “black outs” gimmicks?

bigdawg

May 11th, 2010
12:29 pm

@guy

do you need to score points, yes, but as the Ravens proved in (I believe it was) 2000 (maybe 02?, someone please clarify) you can have one of the worst offenses around and still win with DEFENSE. That Ravens D won Trent Dilford a ring for cryin out loud…

bigdawg

May 11th, 2010
12:31 pm

@Shreveport Sam

no, i’d consider navy and GA southern high school offenses and AFL passing games gimmicks, what UF does is sheerly smart usage of the best player in college football. give him blockers and a running start and give him a run-pass option and let him do what he does best… smart by Meyer but without Tebow, Cooper, Pouncey, Spikes, Haden, Pierre-Louis, Wright, Dunlap, well… you get where i’m goin

ARdawg

May 11th, 2010
12:39 pm

Shreveport Sam

Are you actually alive or is a corpse posting for you? Did you not read what I wrote about Florida/Spurrier teams of the 90’s? They were not gimmicks. Well balanced attack offenses. Spurrier was/is a master of exploiting weaknesses. His offenses were referred to many times as run and shoot or fun and gun but they were not.

Were Blackouts a gimmick. Absolutely without a doubt they were. Did it rain in China a week ago last Tuesday? I don’t know either but what has that got to do with Run and Gun offenses?

bigdawg

May 11th, 2010
12:42 pm

Blackouts werent gimmicks we just shouldnt have used them as much, the players got extremely emotional and ready to play the first couple of times we used them, but by the time of the bama game it was like they were used to it and it didnt mean anything to them, musberger said it best during the broadcast, “they the hit the hight of emotion before the game rather than during it”

Beeeeg Boy

May 11th, 2010
12:48 pm

Perno might want to take a good hard look in the mirror.

SSIgator

May 11th, 2010
12:52 pm

Which Herschel was speaking in Chattanooga?

The Real SugarHillDawg

May 11th, 2010
12:58 pm

Running the rock is all well and good BUT if you got more guys in the box than you have blockers it ain’t gonna work. Murray is gonna have to be able to throw over the pile and complete some if we want to get back to where we were.

yeah whatever!

May 11th, 2010
12:59 pm

last 9 years under Richt against SEC teams
Pay attention ALA fans:
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Alabama: 3-1
Auburn: 6-3
Arkansas: 5-0
Florida: 2-7
South Carolina: 7-2
Tennessee: 5-4
Kentucky: 7-2
Vanderbilt: 8-1
Ole Miss: 4-0
Mississippi St: 2-0
LSU: 3-3

Gillislee

May 11th, 2010
1:05 pm

It must hurt to put Richt’s record against Florida up there….Wow! Embarrassing. Although that loss against Vandy could be worse then the 7 Florida losses combined.

Jimmy

May 11th, 2010
1:06 pm

Oh great, it looks like Patrick has finished lunch and they gave him some computer time to post his delusional posts.

Jimmy

May 11th, 2010
1:08 pm

Patrick, to reiterate: Georgia has consistently been a top 25 program over Richt’s tenure. He’s been very good, no doubt.

However, when Saban and Myer started coaching in the SEC the bar has been raised. Richt doesn’t compare to either of those coaches. Both have multiple NC’s. Richt doesn’t. End o story, pal.

Dr. Phil

May 11th, 2010
1:10 pm

Which of Hershels personalities was interviewed?

Dr. Phil

May 11th, 2010
1:13 pm

Patrick is actually one of my patients. I let him blog for therapy but he doesn’t appear to be getting any better. When he was kicked out of the Marine Corps, his papers said it had something to do with his chihuaha.

Gillislee

May 11th, 2010
1:16 pm

With that being said, I really think we (UF) are going to start a downhill trend. This year is a rebuilding year, and I don’t think Meyer will be coaching more than 2 years due to his health. Plus, we’re even worse than UGA when it comes to student-athletes and the law. It’s been a fun ride and I hope I’m wrong..

Sogadawg

May 11th, 2010
1:16 pm

Jimmy, I wouldn’t say the run lindsay run play was UF holding their hands over their eyes. It was a lucky beyond belief play in which Buck is still capitalizing on to this day. That being said, I would rather be lucky than good.

Dr. Phil

May 11th, 2010
1:17 pm

With that being said, I really think we (UF) are going to start a downhill trend. This year is a rebuilding year, and I don’t think Meyer will be coaching more than 2 years due to his health. Plus, we’re even worse than UGA when it comes to student-athletes and the law. It’s been a fun ride and I hope I’m wrong..

That appears to be Patrick’s imposter mode.

Dr. Phil

May 11th, 2010
1:19 pm

Beware of Patrick:http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1158327737&ref=name

1eyedJack

May 11th, 2010
1:19 pm

I have always believed that to win on a consistent basis you must be able to run the ball on offense and stop the run on defense.

Oh for the good ol’ days under Dooley when he would win football games throwing less than ten times a game. Everybody knew the Dawgs were going to run it and still had trouble stopping it. Even before Herschel.

Dr. Phil

May 11th, 2010
1:19 pm

Jimmy

May 11th, 2010
1:20 pm

Dr. Phil. Patrick reminds me of Bruce Wilis from that movie in the mid 90s, “11 Monkeys” or something?? Some pyschotic who lived in his own reality, seperate from everyone elses. Of course at the end of the movie it turned out he was right and everyone else was wrong, so what do I really know?? lol

Of course I still know that CMR is still not a better coach TODAY than Saban or Myer. Richt has lost his players, and the guys he has either aren’t happy about playing time(Grey) or use his program to get to the NFL. I dont understand recruiting all of these top QBs. They all can’t start and once the dust settles, one ore more will transfer leaving the program where it is today–with no real starting experienced QBs in SEC play.

Patrick, and all of you UGA homers, do you really think Murray, Mason and LeMay will all be on the UGA roster come next fall??? When all Richt does is promise you that you can become an NFL starting QB and make tons of money, this is what happens. When the dust clears and the 2nd and 3rd string QB’s realize he sold them fools gold, they transfer, or will.

Unlike Florida, where Myer promises no NFL riches. Just the shot to compete for a starting spot on a team that will compete for an SEC and NC EVERY season!

#1 BAMA FAN

May 11th, 2010
1:22 pm

Yeah Whatever….play us two more times and that number will be even. You forgot how many Championships (SEC, NATL, etc.) or maybe you did list them, I just couldn’t see them.RTR

AceDawg

May 11th, 2010
1:24 pm

The Dawgs should (”should”) be solid next year. Only significant injuries, such as at the QB spot, would warrant much of an excuse to not be better. If Grantham is a strong coach, there should be enough talent to improve their success on defense over the Martinez regime’s final year, and for sure, the offense is deep, comes into the season with an established running game unlike last year, and will have a QB that on paper should be more effective than Joe Cox. We as fans should hold this team to a high standard this year and expect to be very competitive against anyone.

ThreeSheets

May 11th, 2010
1:27 pm

Yeah buddy, but the dogs cannot tackle.

Jimmy

May 11th, 2010
1:27 pm

….and Patrick will now start reeling off the stats of Richt, BEFORE Saban and Myer became HC’s in the SEC, once again living in his own fantasy world and proving absolutley nothing. In 3, 2, 1 . . . . .

Jimmy

May 11th, 2010
1:29 pm

Oh, and then he’ll claim he’s won the arguement, when in reality he’s made to look a fool again, by spouting Richt’s numbers before the SEC became a real juggernaught. Hurry up Patrick i’ve got to leave soon to take my boys to a tball game! I don’t have all day to wait for you to prove me right!

LOL

May 11th, 2010
1:33 pm

“Oh, and then he’ll claim he’s won the arguement, when in reality he’s made to look a fool again, by spouting Richt’s numbers before the SEC became a real juggernaught.”

Not siding with Patrick or anything, but that is not an accurate statement. The SEC was already a well established juggernaught when Richt became the head coach at UGA.

Jimmy

May 11th, 2010
1:40 pm

LOL, valid point.

But it’s been since Saban and Myer entered the SEC that it’s REALLY taken off. Since those two have started coaching SEC teams the conference has won five of the past seven. Before then the conf was still very darn good, i’ll give you. So i’m not trying to take too much away from Richt. I just disagree with delusional homers like Patrick.

Jimmy

May 11th, 2010
1:41 pm

Five of the past seven national titles I mean, w/ Saban, Myer and Les Miles. While Richt hasn’t really come close to even appearing in one, despite what homers like Patrick will tell you.

Jimmy

May 11th, 2010
2:03 pm

Darn, i’ve got to take my boys to tball practice. I was really hoping to have some fun egging on Patrick(sad that I enjoy it I know). Alas, I must go. I guess the guards at the “asylum” found him and took him back to his room. Maybe he’ll get computer time later tonight.

Remember kids, when he’s spouting off his stats of CMR’s tenure at UGA, always remember, statistics can lie and liars use statistics!

HanDAWG

May 11th, 2010
2:14 pm

http://www.bighairyblawg.com is the real truth…and Herschel is the greatest

DCJohn

May 11th, 2010
2:29 pm

What I’ve heard since I was born, and Herschel played at Georgia. To win in the SEC, you have to run the ball and stop the run.

Dorsey Hill

May 11th, 2010
3:15 pm

Guy,

The point Herschel makes is that finesse doesn’t work in the SEC anymore. It did work for a short period in the early 1990’s under SOS at Florida. The reason for that was a combination of Spurrier’s playcalling and the other SEC teams and staffs trying to play catch up with schemes and personnel. I remember vividly watching Georgia stay in a base defense vs. 3 WR sets and lining a OLB over a slot. I think we all remember how that worked out. After the 1995 thrashing by Nebraska SOS emphasized defense and running the ball the more and were a lot less of a finesse football team.

I have been as surprised as any that Meyer’s offense has worked in the SEC, but it really hasn’t been tested in the SEC with a “normal” qb. With Leak and Brantley, Meyer doesn’t run a pure spread. I think the verdict is still out on whether the spread is a viable offense in the SEC. Auburn and MSU are going to try to see if they can obtain success with pansy offenses. So we will see soon whether they will work or not.

BTW: I never understood why SEC teams in the 1990’s sought to emulate UF rather than Nebraska. After seeing Nebraska demolish Florida in every way, why teams decided to try to be like SOS rather than the team that beat UF half to death will always be a mystery to me. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, IMHO, had Erk been hired in 1989, bringing in Paul Johnson as OC, we’d all have long forgotten about Steve Spurrier.

Gillislee

May 11th, 2010
3:18 pm

“Gillislee
May 11th, 2010
1:16 pm”

Ha Ha, an imposter using my name…….no doubt a scared Dawg fan who has gone a little crazy over the past 20 years.

Katie

May 11th, 2010
3:20 pm

Come on Dawgs, I am a UGA freshman this year and I notice we haven’t beaten the Gators two times in a row since before I was born. Get with it, Go Dawgs!

Delbert D.

May 11th, 2010
3:21 pm

Jim Donnan was the skipper of that juggernaught. Did he retire, or what? He’s still alive, I hear him on the radio sometimes.

Delbert D.

May 11th, 2010
3:26 pm

A real skipper would have been in charge of a juggernaut. The other spelling would mean like, “zero jugger.”

Delbert D.

May 11th, 2010
3:30 pm

Gillislee – I looked for a pattern that would expose the perp that lifted your handle, but all I could find was the use of 2 periods at the end.

Top Dawg

May 11th, 2010
3:34 pm

I think Perno should be fired today, not after we go through another year like this next year, especially after he made those comments about the team. How hard will they play for him next year?

Will

May 11th, 2010
4:03 pm

SSHHHHHH! I wish Chris Lowe would keep in down a bit. I don’t want the secret out that we are absolutely loaded on offense and defense this year! I also want to keep our awesome new coaching staff who teaches fundamentals and proper technique on the down low as well. Fans will not get to see many wrinkles in game 1 but in Columbia SC, fans will be shocked by the actual team speed & aggressiveness this defense has. We will be coming from everywhere and I think we will blow out USC and be on our way to a 11-1 season.

guy

May 11th, 2010
4:09 pm

next year is totally the year…

DawgByte

May 11th, 2010
4:31 pm

Offensively, we’re more of a finesse team, because our OL is not comprised of 5 road graders and as good as our backs are, neither one is a Mark Ingram. Ealey may grow into an Ingram, but he’s not there yet.

Overall, I agree with Hershel. The power game with a splash of speed is hard to beat.

Scott

May 11th, 2010
4:34 pm

Richt is 40-3 when he gets a 100 yard rusher. UGA had 2 games in 2009 where that happened, and won both.

Fla and Bama run about 66% of the time, pass 34%. Georgia has been almost the reverse of that.

When you have Washaun Ealey back there, who’s getting 5.7 ypc, and when you consider how many interceptions Georgia keeps throwing year after year, it’s stunning why Georgia passes so much.

I agree, you cannot win the SEC passing the ball.

Scott

May 11th, 2010
4:38 pm

If you look back at the 12-1 and 13-0 teams, they both averaged @225 yards rushing a game, Georgia’s was way lower.

But over the last 3 games, Richt SEEMED to adjust, and got 247 a game, good for 5th in NCAA.

Bobo and Richt love to throw the ball, both are ex-QB’s, but passing leads to poor possession time, and higher risk of turnovers.

Scott

May 11th, 2010
4:41 pm

UGA ran for 377 against Tech and almost lost at the end of the game, so it’s not that simple, you have to be able to pass enough, like Alabama does, maybe 20 passes a game. You have to be good on defense.

MSU runs the ball better than anyone in the SEC lately, but went 5-7, so it isn’t that simple.

Bottom line, a run-heavy offense AND a good defense, gives you the best chance to win in the SEC.

AltamahaDawg

May 11th, 2010
4:50 pm

Scott, or a more simple answer would be that with an excellent O-line and trophy winners in the backfield, (we had neither) they were a lot BETTER at running the ball. I have a feeling that this sudden adjustment in the later part of the season had something to do with the fact that they could. Hell Washaun wasnt even physically ready to play till halfway through the year.

And you are absolutely wrong about the stats.Bama and FL ran just over 60% of the time, and UGA did so right around 56% last year. I’d say those attempts are even skewed a bit considering that FL had a runing QB, and thier long pitch out were considered rushing attempts while our short screen passes were not.

Small Johnson

May 11th, 2010
4:51 pm

You have to have a coaching staff that believes that they can win.

That believes they can win with the right players on the field.

That believes they have the playbook to do it.

Not one that believes they have the right uniform to win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

savannadawg

May 11th, 2010
5:00 pm

Damn, we used too run the damn ball down UF’s throwt every year, just like Bama did’m in the seccg. 2 bad we can’t runthe ball like that anymore. I like ealey and king but I feel they still need to turn it up a notch.

savannadawg

May 11th, 2010
5:08 pm

Does anyone know if CMR goes back in time looking at what has worked for team success and what has not? I ask this because either he has short term memory loss or he doesn’t care about the past. I don’t know but I think it would be my # 1 priority. Us dawg fans have to admit we have had fantastic talent at the school. We cannot put it together and it is frustrating as hell. I do believe that coach Grantham can see what coaches Meyer and Saban are trying to accomplish offensively better than CWM could ever dream of..

Small Johnson

May 11th, 2010
5:18 pm

Savannadawg

I would like to know did Richt coach the FSU offense when they played FL in the 90’s

Seems like he didn’t judging by what I have seen the last 9 years

Dawgonnit

May 11th, 2010
5:19 pm

Herschel had it right and so did Bama. Get physical, line up, and punch em in the mouth the way Bama punched Florida in the mouth in the seccg. We don’t have the 2 big physical backs that Bama has with Ingram and Richardson but now we know what the formula is to beat the gators and now we gotta go out and get the big power backs to get it done. Isiah Crowell are you listening?

yeah whatever!

May 11th, 2010
5:32 pm

Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy

You are about as sharp as a bowling ball.

NCs you say? Let examine Fla’s record and circumstances that led to a NC and UGA record and circumstances that didnt.

BCS championships? Well thats interesting.

How legit can that be?

Not very

in 2002 UGA was 12-1 and had a SEC title.
in 2006 FLA was 12-1 and had a SEC title
UGA merely needed OSU to lose to get in
FLA needed USC and Mich to lose to get in…that 2 teams on the last week of the season that Fla NEEDED to lose and Fla had no control over either.
One happened the other didnt.

Name another single difference in the two teams.

AGAIN………..Fla needing TWO teams to lose their last game MERELY to BACK into a NC is not better than UGA NEEDING a SINGLE team to lose ANY GAME to get in. Face it chief
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THAT IS THE ONLY DIFFERENCE.

Now let us discuss beating Miami had OSU lost to any team they barely beat in 2002

OSU beat Miami and OSU barely squeaked by the likes of 6 losses Wisconsin by 5 points,
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4 points over a lowly 6 losses Purdue,
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needed overtime to beat freakin SEVEN losses Illinois
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and beat a 3 losses Michigan (who barely beat a mid major UTAH by 3 points) 14-9 with a miracle touchdown with less than five minutes remaining.
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Yeah Miami was real convincing on what they would have done to a 12-1 UGA when they could not beat OSU LOL
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Once again, had Mich won its last game Fla wold not have played. Had USC won its last game Fla would not have played
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Only OSU needed to lose for UGA to play and playing a team that lost to a pathetic OSU (see above) would NOT have beaten UGA. You know it…I know it…the world knows it.
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So in recap:
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a 12-1 SEC champ needng 2 teams to lose their last game is not better than a 12-1 champ needing only one to lose
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That my misinformed friend is the only difference in Meyer and Richt as far as NCs go

now lets discuss Saban shall we?

Richt is 3-3 against Saban

Nick Saban went 6-5, 6-6, 6-6, 7-5 at Mich St.

He went 8-5 at LSU 2x

He went 7-6 at Alabama.

Saban has gone 5-3 or worse in conference 8 times.

Richt has only gone 5-3 or worse in conference 3 times in his first 9 years.

Compare that to Saban’s record and consistency in his 1st 9 years.

Richt has NEVER had a 7-6 or 6-6 season, Saban’s done it 5 times, including once at Alabama

Yep clearly Meyer and Saban is better than Richt…..LOL!!

Small Johnson

May 11th, 2010
5:37 pm

yeah whatever

Let me say this

Get a Saban or a Meyer type of coach at UGA with the talent we have and had the results would be phenomenal.

Again I hope Richt has a new found plan after learning that UGA has had enough of the Willie Martinez mentality

yeah whatever!

May 11th, 2010
5:42 pm

Richt has not come close Jimmy? Really Jimmy?

12-1 in 2002 and needing only one team (OSU) to lose is closer than 12-1 and needing 2 of 3 teams to lose (Miaim or USC or Mich) all of which were ahead of Fla in 2006.

Not only was Fla NOT IN CONTROL of their own destiny (same as UGA) but NEEDED 2 teams to lose where as UGA merely needed one to lose.

Actually at the end of 2002 UGA was in a better situtation to get in than Fla as UGA merely needed 1 team to lose its last game….Fla needed two teams to lose and both did (number 2 USC lost to unranked UCLA and unbeaten Mich lost to OSU)

Clearly UGA had a better statistical chance at getting a bid in 2002 than Fla in 2006 but Mich collapsed and USC completely came unglued against a team that could not beat them 9 out of ten times.

When you learn some football Jimmy…get back in touch.

yeah whatever!

May 11th, 2010
5:45 pm

Meyer needed circumstances out of his control on both NCs….2006 he needed Mich and USC to lose. In 2008 he needed USC to lose. Thats not to his credit no matter how you spin it. I will give you Saban has stood up to the plate after his first few years as HC in a FBS school. But his over all record does not match Richts. Richt needed only one break (Meyer got 3) to have a NC. It just didnt happen. PERIOD

yeah whatever!

May 11th, 2010
5:48 pm

Small Johnson…You simply cant see past the hyperbole of this mythical opinion based NC garbage. Richt has 90 wins in nine years and 2 SEC titles. Meyer has 97 but a majority of his came against mid majors as Utahs head coach

here is a fair comparison to Meyer and Richt (a bit dated as it does not count UGAs worse year 2009)

http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/756/meyer-vs-richt-a-closer-look

Small Johnson

May 11th, 2010
5:57 pm

yeah whatever

I don’t need to see anything

Bottom line Richt needs to learn to beat FL

He has not and what you fail to realize Meyer may have been given some luck with his NC’s but so has Richt with his SEC championships

Richt can thank luck or whoever too because had not FL lost out Richt would not have gotten to the SEC championship games (NONE OF THEM)!!!

Richt has had some luck too or as you say circumstances out of his control.

So again success begins with beating FL, until then I guess will continue to throw our pennies in the wishing well for the hope of true success or,

like you be satisfied with 10 win seasons that no one outside of UGA cares about anyway!!!!!!!!!!!!

GT Dog

May 11th, 2010
6:04 pm

As my ol’ coach used to tell us…there is one BIG secret to winning football games. Score more points than the other team.

That gets easier the better your defense is…lol

patrick

May 11th, 2010
6:55 pm

Small johnson or small mind? I have laid out the facts…either dispute them indivually (and you can’t) or accept them.

patrick

May 11th, 2010
6:56 pm

“Individually”

Jerry

May 11th, 2010
6:58 pm

Miss St. led the SEC in rushing at 224 a game.

they went 5-7.

so much for Herschel’s theory.

patrick

May 11th, 2010
7:00 pm

12 and 1 and a SEC title is no better or worse than 12 and 1 and a SEC title when both needed a team to to lose to get an invite to the BCSNC….MEYER did not make USC or Mich lose in 2006 now did he. That’s the only difference…PERIOD

O Time

May 11th, 2010
7:04 pm

Here’s the SEC & Natl Champ formula if you study what Florida & Bama did last year and how the SEC turnoed out in wins & losses:

Defense holds to under 16 pts a game
+7 to +16 turnover margin
+20 point scoring margin
run for 220 a game

Small Johnson

May 11th, 2010
7:07 pm

Patrick or should I say yeah whatever

Ive disputed the facts

And the fact is, you beat FL and you have opportunities to play the big games

I rather have a SEC title outright won than having to wait for someone else to lose out instead of beating them head to head you small minded dork!!!!!!!!!

Small Johnson

May 11th, 2010
7:09 pm

Oh

Patrick what happened to AL this past season and the previous season when it came to FL?

Jim

May 11th, 2010
7:10 pm

The only stat that matters, specifically for richt, is richt is 40-3 when richt gets a 100 yards rusher.

so Herschel is right.

I don’t know why georgia wins so many games when this happens, buy they do.

Dr. Phil

May 11th, 2010
7:32 pm

Patrick it’s ok to give “facts” as you call them, but really they are stats and stats are for ……….
Pat you need to go back on your lithium or your chihuaha will appear bigger than he actually is.

Patrick

May 11th, 2010
7:34 pm

Leave willie the chihuaha out of this, he is an only child and my only link to the Marine Corps I have left.

Delbert D.

May 11th, 2010
7:41 pm

patrick – Mind-numbing, but it makes for better reading than most stuff on these blogs.

Let’s see…last year Saban needed Alabama not to lose to Florida to get to the BCS game with Texas. Lucky for him, Florida did not upset Alabama, so Saban was able to get to the game with Texas. Then, he needed Texas not to beat Alabama, and they did not either. Lucky 2 times in a row, what are the odds on that.

Sorry, got to run. My wife called just 911 because she said I was looking crosseyed and slapping at my ears with my hands.

Katie

May 11th, 2010
8:04 pm

Good God…..Yeah Whatever is a total loser. Go Dawgs!

Scott

May 11th, 2010
8:40 pm

In 2009, there were 2 games where a Georgia running ran for over 100 yards. The winning % was 100% in those 2 games. In games where Georgia did not have a 100 yards rusher, the winning % dropped to 50%.

patrick

May 11th, 2010
8:46 pm

Saying u dispted something without actually doing it does not count

patrick

May 11th, 2010
8:49 pm

Delbert…saban had a hand in beating fla and texas……so u r saying meyer had something to do with USC and Mich losing? Talk abou totally skewing what was said.

patrick

May 11th, 2010
8:55 pm

Oh I see Delbert….Fla flew out to UCLA and changed uniforms with them and meyer coached them to victory over USC like saban ACTUALLY coaching ALA to victory over FLA and TEX…..I GET IT NOW….HOW STUPID OF ME. Here this whole time I was thinking saban had something to do with ALAs wins and Meyer had nothing to do with USC losing…thanks for setting me straight.

Small Johnson

May 11th, 2010
9:01 pm

Patrick

Its simple Saban has two Meyer has two

Richt has none and everyone knows that

Again people remember champions not 10 win seasons

patrick

May 11th, 2010
9:01 pm

Saban controlled his destiny to a NC since he was at the helm of the teams beating fla and tezx…….Meyer didn’t control his as he counted on USC or MICH losing since he had no control over them losing.

patrick

May 11th, 2010
9:04 pm

Small johnson….and as explained in detail….meyer did no more or less than richt….needing someone elses help to get in

AltamahaDawg

May 11th, 2010
9:06 pm

Yes Scott, nobody disputes that Georgia is a better team on the days that they play better. But I can assure you the success of the running game is not solely resting on how much the coaches aren’t “in love” with passing the ball randomly during the season. Richt offense has alway been run first and then pass. Thats what it is. By definition. The title of the playbook is Run First Then Pass, aka Playaction. There is a picture on the cover of a guy doing that . There is a poem by unknown author on the back cover called “First we run, then venture to pass…..”

Small Johnson

May 11th, 2010
9:23 pm

Patrick

Just tell Richt to beat FL and I will shut up. Its that simple

I don’t care about 10 win seasons against mediocre opponents or circumstances landing us in the Outback Bowl!

patrick

May 11th, 2010
9:37 pm

Simply put

12 and 1 and a SEC title and needing a team to lose on last week of season is no better than 12 and. 1 and a SEC title needing a team to lose on the last week of the season….richt and meyer needed it. No difference

Small Johnson

May 11th, 2010
9:40 pm

Patrick

You still miss the point (WHO WAS THAT ONE LOSS TOO) FLORIDA, FLORIDA, FLORIDA,

BEAT FL

Jimmy

May 11th, 2010
9:42 pm

You can’t argue against someone who is delusional about their team. Hey Patrick, what is the color of the sky in your world??? In mine, you know this thing we call REALITY, it’s blue.

In reality, Florida has a better program than UGA because they are 17 – 3 against them over the past twenty years and have three national championships to ZERO for UGA.

Good God boy, only losers make excuses as to why their programs simply don’t get the job done, year after year after year.

Beat Florida, then talk. Until then, shutup!

Jimmy

May 11th, 2010
9:43 pm

And believe it or not, i’m not even a Florida homer. I’m just someone who respects greatness. Even if Myer is a total jack a$$.

patrick

May 11th, 2010
9:48 pm

In reality both were 12 and 1 and bothneded a team (fla needed two) to lose. That’s the only difference

Jimmy

May 11th, 2010
9:56 pm

…and if a frog had wings it wouldn’t bump it’s arse. Who cares. Bottom line is both Myer and Saban have two NC’s each, and Richt hasn’t even played in a NC game.

I’m sitting here watching a rerun of the “A-Team.” This show was popular the last time the UGA football program won a championship. Hilarious.

yeah whatever!

May 11th, 2010
10:07 pm

Again………UGA was 12-1 and needed OSU to lose
.
Fla was 12-1 and needed USC and Mich to lose.

that is the only difference between Richt and Meyer as far as BCSNCs go.

Meyer didnt make Mich lose…Meyer didnt make USC lose

PERIOD

Jimmy

May 11th, 2010
10:08 pm

In all seriousness, if UGA can get past SC in the second game, it sets up for a great season. If they are to win the SEC East this is the year to do it.

Florida will be great again, but they’ll come into the game in Jville w/ one loss(to Bammer). If the Dogs can pull it out and get to the SECCG against Bammer undefeated or maybe one loss(Aubarn or Tech?) they will finally have a legit shot at a NC. Then i’ll put Richt in the same stratosphere w/ Myer and Saban.

It will be a great year though. I’m just a big SEC guy in particular, even though I don’t have a favorite team. Hell i’m from Texas.

yeah whatever!

May 11th, 2010
10:11 pm

2002…UGA SEC title at 12-1 and needing OSU to lose to get in.

2006 …FLA SEC title at 12-1 and needing USC AND Mich to lose to get in

Neither controlled what happened next. Meyer is no better because USC and Mich lost than Richt merely because OSU didnt lose.

PERIOD

yeah whatever!

May 11th, 2010
10:14 pm

Small Jonhnson

In 2002 even if UGA beat Fla OSU still needed to lose as OSU WAS AHEAD OF UGA in the polls and after the Fla game OSU played top ten Penn State and another top 25 team while UGA didnt play a single top 25 team the remainder of the game….THE UGA/FLA game had no bearing on UGA getting in or staying out in 2002. OSU still needed to lose based on poll position and SOS the remainder of the season.

LEARN some football history and get back to me.

Jimmy

May 11th, 2010
10:22 pm

Patrick,

All of your facts are correct. You are forgetting one important factor, my dimwitted friend- once Florida got into the NC game, they won! So a Richt coached team can’t beat a Myer or Saban coached team(for the mostpart-I know they are one and one against Saban’s Bammer team) and you still say he’s a better coach??

C’mon man, youre grasping now. Just concede and call it a night. Get your ritalin from the nurse, let them tie you up to your bed, get a good nights rest, and we’ll have some more fun tomorrow.

Deal my little delusional buddy??

patrick

May 11th, 2010
10:47 pm

and UGA would not have beaten MIAMI? Puhleesee

You base ur idea that Meyer is better because UCLA beat USC? COME ON MAN. Get real.

patrick

May 11th, 2010
10:49 pm

Richt can’t beat a saban coached team?….he is 3 and 3 against him

Jimmy

May 11th, 2010
10:53 pm

My last comment didn’t make it through so this is a test.

Jimmy

May 11th, 2010
10:55 pm

Freaking AJC didn’t post my previous post!

So Patrick,

My believe that Saban and Myer are better coaches than Richt is something we call the “look test.” Can you HONESTLY say that over the past few years that UGA is a better coached team than Florida and Bammer?? I mean how many thirty point games can UGA allow before you start to get PO’d at Richt and his staff??

In the meantime Florida and Bammer both continue to look like disciplined well oiled machines who DOMINATE their opponents.

So you use your stats. I’ll use common sense.

Bill King is a..............

May 11th, 2010
11:09 pm

Bill,

Is this the best you could come up with to blog about?? Geez…..what kind of assinine question is that? you are a complete tard. and i was starting to let up on you a little bit.

One, two, free, fo, fi, dem der Gator don't take no jive!

May 11th, 2010
11:12 pm

Factrick! Keep sending those “facts”. They look sweet in the trpohy case over there in Athens!! Rigth next to the (ladies) Gym Dawgs trophies.

Hutson Mason

May 11th, 2010
11:36 pm

Enter your comments here

Hutson Mason

May 11th, 2010
11:39 pm

What Herschel meant to say to win in the SEC you find a great athlete buy him a TRANS AM among other things and ride his coat tails. Where is my TRANS AM?? BABY!!!!

Snoopy

May 11th, 2010
11:39 pm

Believe you me, Herschel knows SEC football and how to win in the SEC. He said you win in the SEC by blocking, tackling, and running the ball.

BLOCKING:
The run blocking was absolutely horrendous. When you have a great set of running backS and they arn’t productive, UGA’s getting beat in the trenches. When your qb is getting people in his face so much that he throws 15 int’s, a lot of that’s on the protection of the o-line. these guys need to step it up.

Tackling:
The long plays UGA’s defense have yielded were dumbfounding. Yards after contact was atrocious. The amount of yards and points yielded by the defense is absurd. I think a lot of it comes from poor reads—the better you read the D, the better position you’ll be in to make the tackle. We also need to see more tackles for loss.

Rushing ATTACK:
First, you gotta call more running plays, UGA’s one of the lowest in the NCAA there. You’ve got to live and die with your running game–if the backs can’t do it alone, pull a Percy Harvin and get an assist from somebody else. If the blocking is fundamentally sound, and the qb’s make the right audibles, and the rb’s make the right reads, the yards will be there. My guess is the QB has been failing in the checkdown to make the right call. Too many times we saw a checkdown, and then a stonewall 2 yard loss running play. The qb’s don’t look prepared. O-Line needs more cross-training, so if injuries hit, UGA’s ready. The rb’s need to improve in yards after contact, like Alabama emphasizes. Ingram got over 50% of his yards, AFTER contact. The qb needs to pass well enough to keep 8 out of the box.

North Avenue Pimp

May 11th, 2010
11:43 pm

If GaTech was in the SEC we would be competing for the Championship every year! You can’t get much more powerful than the triple option! The SEC is no where near as strong as the ACC and it is a myth that the SEC is the best conference! THWG!

AltamahaDawg

May 11th, 2010
11:53 pm

Jimmy, I think the issue patrick took with you is that you claim Richt “hasnt even come close” to getting to a NC game, which is completeely false as he points out. He came exactly as close (twice)as most coaches come, including Meyer to getting into one. The rest was out of thier hands. As far as winning them, as you point out, Richt didnt coach in the NC game so that comparison is worthless. Head to head, sure (but that was not the point you were making then).

UK THOROUGHBRED

May 11th, 2010
11:57 pm

UGA might want to first just worry about beating UK this year.

North Avenue Pimp

May 12th, 2010
12:02 am

UK THOROUGHBRED: UGA losing to Kentucky was a fluke! UK is one of the most irrelevant college football programs in the country and the second best team in your state. UGA should however, worry about betting GT!

North Avenue Pimp

May 12th, 2010
12:06 am

I love everything about GT! We have so many hot, smart, middle eastern and asian boy toys to chose from. It is a gay mans paradise and unlike UGA we don’t have all of those blonde bimbos to distract us from our studies!

UGA Alumn

May 12th, 2010
12:08 am

You know what you call a hot girl at Georgia Tech?……….A myth!

AltamahaDawg

May 12th, 2010
12:16 am

Snoopy, I was with till you declared that UGA was one of the lowest rushing attempt team in the NCAA. You do realize that not ever remotely true, right?

UGA ran the ball 56% of the time last year which might the lowest % in the Mark Richt era. In case anybody forgets, we started the year with yet again a patched up o-line and a Linebacker as the starting tailback. Florida ran the ball 4% of the time more.

I’d say it was execution, not attempts, that was the problem.

You just said the run-blocking was horrible (which I agree) but followed up with the yards should have been there somehow if the blocking was sound.

I don’t think its really as simple as put a Percy Harvin back there either. Percy Harvin still had 2 years of an outstanding and mature O-line.

AltamahaDawg

May 12th, 2010
12:27 am

To correct myself, 56% is a bit higher than 2008, (when I have always thought our inability to run the ball in short yardage was overlooked in favor of more trendy complaints). But 56% rushing attempt is in line with the rest of the year, and right up there with the other SEC teams on average.

AltamahaDawg

May 12th, 2010
12:29 am

…in line with the rest of the year(s), the other years under CMR

BuLLdawg

May 12th, 2010
3:05 am

If you are not any good, why in the hell would you want to defend that and say that you in fact are ?

yeah whatever!

May 12th, 2010
5:35 am

Jimmy…….Richt is 3-1 against BAMMER (as you call them) so yes his team is obviously better coached

yeah whatever!

May 12th, 2010
5:40 am

BuLLdawg…………..12-1 and a SEC title is bad?

2 SEC titles in 9 years (same as Fla) is bad?

90 wins (second only to LSU at 91) in 9 years is bad?

7-2 in bowl games (no one in the SEC has been better) is bad?

finishing top ten 6 times in last 9 years (twice as many as Fla and 3 times as many as ALA) is bad?

Well what the hell do you consider good?

yeah whatever!

May 12th, 2010
5:41 am

AltamahaDawg

May 12th, 2010
7:15 am

That’s an easy answer. Mettenberger.

FBR

May 12th, 2010
8:13 am

Bill— Time and time again over the years it has been shown that these three things win in the SEC—1-Good special teams play–2–A good running game–3–A dominating defense–you can talk all you want to about all the other facets, but these are what wins ballgames in the SEC.

JB

May 12th, 2010
8:28 am

You control the clock with a good running game, thus you control the entire tempo of the game. Ask Tech last year as that great offense of theirs sat on the bench and watched us and they ” stoved up” I really like just to sit and watch that game again. The expression on Johnson’s face is priceless.

fishtales

May 12th, 2010
8:43 am

yeah whatever – You’re right, Richt is a far batter coach than Saban. You guys need to do whatever you can to hang onto him for the next ten years. Lock him down…pay him whatever he wants…get him all the Toucan Tan memberships you can. Meanwhile, while you’re crunching every stat you can to convince yourself Richt is better, we’ll be in Tuscaloosa quietly adding crystal footballs to the trophy case.

Fillin' up @ Juniors

May 12th, 2010
9:59 am

There is nothing “new” in football strategy, everything we are doing today is in essence something that has been done and retooled. There are counter strategies to every offense strategy accept one. Blocking and running. Block superior and run superior and simply put, there is nothing, absolutly nothing that can be done to stop you. Its simple math, 11 on 11, if your running back only needs to worry about breaking 1-2 tackles to spring a big run, you both control the clock, the tempo, you keep the other offense off the field, you limit turnovers, and you have the ability to spring a big play every play. Styles will come and go and come again, but blocking and running will ALWAYS be king over the long haul. H-Walker is right on.

Gatorbait 17-3

May 12th, 2010
10:37 am

I guess Walker has missed the last 20 years, where the Gators have blasted the dawgs
with Spurrier’s “Fun and Gun” and Urban Meyer’s spread. I think durning that period the Gators have won three National Championships and its about 30 years since the dawgs
have won the crystal football.

Bride of Chucky Knapp

May 12th, 2010
11:23 am

Run the ball! It’s not heavy.

Mike

May 12th, 2010
11:29 am

I got a question – how many strength and conditioning coaches/assistants does Georgia have? Jimbo Fisher at FSU has 7 and he is planning to hire 2 more. Georgia was outclassed last year by more physical teams. I’ll say again, Georgia has 2 specific requirements this year – beat Florida AND play for the conference championship in December.

Crazy like a Fox

May 12th, 2010
12:28 pm

Just tired of amateurs such as Jimmy saying Mark Richt hasn’t been close to playing for the Championship. I would say in 2007n when it came down to LSU or GA that’s pretty close. GA ended up #2. Pretty close but maybe not for Jimmy. Ended up #3 in 2002 still seems close.

GaDawg

May 12th, 2010
2:23 pm

LIKE HERSCHEL SAID:

RRRRRRRUUUUUUNNNN The DAWG GAWN BALL,
AN’ PLAY “JUNKYARD DAWG” – “HUNKER DOWN” – DEFENSE!!!!

James T. Kirk

May 13th, 2010
8:36 am

Winning the SEC is like being the fastest turtle. Everyone knows the SEC is overrated and so yesterday. They have been exposed and will continue being exposed. Book it.

Key is a new attitude

May 13th, 2010
8:46 am

Whether running a business, a house framing crew, or a sales organization, manufacturing company, or a football team, POSITIVE attitude is the key. With now departed D coaches and the guys that left for the NFL, I do hope that that “missing” ingredient returns to UGA. No, I am not blaming the kids that just left ………… all were at fault over several years in this one, simple assessment.

Too often, after a big play for UGA, we would simply continue to high five and dance ( mentally and overtly) and then see it spin through our fingers ………..see LSU in 2009 and tech in 2008.

If the GATA attitude returns with some swagger ( not late hits or cheap shots) and we also display a smartness about our play, UGA will be fine.

Aaron Murray can well manage the running attack and accent it with short, roll out stuff, we should be fine. My worry is that Mike Bobo loves the homerun ball. That has historically put UGA behind the 8 ball on key drives. Hit or miss or drops. like the easy TD pass in middle of Tech 2009, when Cox hit Woooten fill stride n his hands. THAT DROP was more important than Thomas’ was with seconds left in the game.

D will be THE KEY to the 2010 team and how and where we end up.

Go Dogs.

guy

May 13th, 2010
3:48 pm

patrick, you forgot about florida in 2008, where they earned the right to play in the NC game by beating #1 bama, and then beating #1 ok in the title game. no backing in there. and that was the third of florida’s titles since uga’s won one. id point out how uga backed into the 1980 title game, but i wasn’t alive then and dont remember. as has been said, its tough to say youre as good as a team that has beaten you 85% of the time in the past two decades. beat florida, and then you can talk. its like tech fans claiming that tech is as good as uga over the past decade. at least most of the uga/tech games have been close…

James T. Kirk

May 14th, 2010
7:51 am

There you go. Listen to the most overrated player in foot ball history. That will get you somewhere.

oconeedawg

May 18th, 2010
5:39 pm

It’s not the offense that’s been a problem that last few years. Improvement should be forthcoming, after the players learn to play the new ‘D’ at game speed, probably two or three games in.
The way Perno jerks the partial scholly’s away from players after they make mistakes, and makes them earn them back, I’m surprised he has any recruits from the state of Ga.
Good coach, needs work on his people skills.