Hitman’s confession doesn’t inspire great confidence

Bacarri Rambo's injury aside, safety remains a big concern. (Associated Press)

Bacarri Rambo's injury aside, safety remains a big concern. (Associated Press)

There are two ways to look at Bacarri Rambo being out for the rest of spring practice with a sprained MCL.

On the one hand, Rambo has been a solid if inconsistent presence in the secondary and missing all those drills and the G-Day game certainly won’t help him, but it probably won’t hamper him much in the long term. And it does mean the three players battling for the other safety position will get more badly needed reps, which is a good thing.

Overall, safety is the position that concerns me the most, since Alec Ogletree moving to linebacker means the top choices to play opposite Rambo are Jakar Hamilton and Shawn Williams, both of whom were eventually beaten out for the starting spot last year by a true freshman.

Hamilton, a JUCO transfer, looked awfully shaky in his five starts last year and after seeing what he had to say in the Athens Banner-Herald, it’s no wonder.

“Last year, I came out here and I didn’t really know what I was doing,” the player formerly known as the “Hitman” said. “This year, I’m into the film more. I’m studying the playbook even more. Now I know what I’m doing. I know the concept of the defense. I get to play faster. I don’t have to think as much and I get to make plays. … Last year around this time, I would say I couldn’t even tell you a cover 4 from a blitz. Now I’m on it.”

Wow. The fact that he was initially considered our best alternative at safety under those circumstances tells you a lot about Georgia’s defensive personnel problems last season.

The worry is that at safety we’re still talking about the same players this season.

SPEAKING OF BULLDOG TALK …

Buck Belue wants to talk more Dogs. (File)

Buck Belue wants to talk more Dogs. (File)

Those who like talking Dogs should be pleased with Friday’s announcement that Atlanta’s WCNN-AM 680 the Fan signed a five-year deal to be “the official sports talk radio station of the Georgia Bulldogs,” supplementing the coverage UGA already receives through the Bulldogs radio network headed up by WSB-AM.

Not only will Mark Richt’s weekly press conferences now be broadcast in Atlanta, the station (which is also heard on the FM dial at 93.7) will air a 30-minute UGA roundtable-type show three times a week and its sister station, 1230 AM the Fan 2 (WFOM-AM in Marietta), will broadcast the Diamond Dogs games starting in May.

UGA legend Buck Belue, who is half of the Buck and Kincade team on 680 the Fan weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m., notes that the deal between UGA and the station is all about access — for the school, which gets another outlet in the state’s major media market, and for the fans, who get more Bulldog-oriented programming.

As Belue said, it “looks like a good fit. Both partners benefit. The Georgia fans should love the coverage. Sure hope they saved me a spot on a Roundtable Show, or let me anchor some of the coverage from Athens. Put in a good word for me, if you can.”

OK, Buck, consider this a good word on your behalf. I know some readers of this blog have made it clear they are not particularly enamored of Buck as a radio-TV personality, but most Georgia fans I’ve heard from over the years still have a great deal of fondness for Belue and his place in UGA sports history. And I’ve always appreciated both his in-depth knowledge of and his devotion to the UGA athletic programs.

Keep barking, Buck!

GOING BACK TO ATHENS TOWN

I’ll be on spring break and away from the Blawg next week, spending at least a couple of days in my favorite place in the world. There’s nothing finer than Athens in springtime!

Go Dogs!

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152 comments Add your comment

bgdawg

April 2nd, 2011
11:47 am

bgdawg

April 2nd, 2011
11:48 am

im gonna go ahead and take second too.

bgdawg

April 2nd, 2011
11:51 am

wow our coaches last year started a player at safety who didn’t even know the coverages he was supposed to run? that’s dangerous, even more so because he’s our safety.

bgdawg

April 2nd, 2011
11:54 am

“Last year around this time, I would say I couldn’t even tell you a cover 4 from a blitz.”SMH

Dawg89

April 2nd, 2011
11:55 am

Buck Belue – A damn fine dawg.

Dawg89

April 2nd, 2011
11:56 am

Jakar Hamilton’s ignorance of collegiate defensive schemes is one of the reasons why coaches are generally reluctant to sign JUCO players. He really shouldn’t be so candid with his comments. He needs a PR person.

Morris

April 2nd, 2011
12:04 pm

Buck knows his stuff and you need announcers with genuine passion for UGA. Love to listen to the guy on TV or radio. One of my favs.

On the safety thing, this is a low priority. Auburn, South Carolina both proved you can win the SEC without a great pass defense, but you have to focus on stopping the run to win the SEC.

I don’t care if teams try to beat us throwing the ball, that’s the plan, just don’t want anyone to run the ball down our throats again. I’d like to see the defense hold RANKED opponents under 100 yards rushing average.

jrmdvm1

April 2nd, 2011
12:05 pm

Think of it this way. His athletic ability was so good that he was chosen to play. Only can get better if he now understands the defense ( where to go and what to do ).

bgdawg

April 2nd, 2011
12:06 pm

morris- you wouldn’t care if we gave 275+ passing yards a game??

K-Town Dawg

April 2nd, 2011
12:33 pm

I would like to see the defense do better, but if the dawgs win and gave up 300 yds passing in the process I would still be happy for the win.

It’s all about the W!

How things really are...

April 2nd, 2011
12:53 pm

Jakar…you make honesty and stupidity strange bedfellows. I have a new found appreciation for the coaches jobs now. Now wonder they get paid so much. Look what they have to put up with. You didn’t know the difference (probably the play calling & terminology) between blitz and cover 4? Super. I’m glad that is all taken care of now.
Please, at least get some duct tape on some mouths to hide the problem. I would rather just not know these things.

For the record

April 2nd, 2011
12:55 pm

The guy was exaggerating to make a point. Don’t blow a gasket!!

Felix Millan

April 2nd, 2011
12:58 pm

love all Buck has done as a bulldawg, but Lord. don’t let him do play by play on the baseball games.

Ron Roberts

April 2nd, 2011
1:04 pm

Living in Louisiana for five years, it’s weird not having EVERY Georgia baseball game on every UGA radio affiliate. Just goes to show you why LSU’s baseball program is at the level it is and why it’s hit-or-miss at UGA. Kids don’t grow up wanting to play baseball at Georgia like they do in Louisiana.

Tech Buzz

April 2nd, 2011
1:16 pm

another biased uga homer on the radio—spewing all the love for the dogs and building them up for another annual flop! Mark this down: tech beats Ga this year by 10!

Dawg 39

April 2nd, 2011
1:17 pm

Last year at this time, before spring practice, he did not know the difference. He learned a little during spring & fall practices. This year the entire D hopefully knows a lot more.
The OL , not the DBs & not the WRs remain my biggest concern. Also, Belue remains 1 of my favorite alltime Dawgs.GATA.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

April 2nd, 2011
1:21 pm

Hamilton says “This year Im into the film room more”

Let me guess the coaches are finally taking their jobs a little more seriously

Once again people wonder why this program has been on a decline and cannot beat FL

Well just read Hamiltons comments above and when you consider the 11 arrests last year 30+ arrests in the last 4 yrs and someone with any sense will tell you

This is a run away program with no sense of urgency to win, nor discipline when it comes to looking at film from these players, tackling as we have seen, running the wrong routes, being out of position, blown coverages, etc.

No wonder why we have to find such things as new uniforms to motivate these kids to play for UGA

And people think we are going somewhere with the DREAM TEAM, give me a break

Yea we might do good this year we might not but this will be replayed again just watch and see

Lost in Space

April 2nd, 2011
1:56 pm

Jakar Hamilton is a perfect example of the dummies that Richt recruits. If he was lost on the field last year, how much chance is there that he could find his way to a classroom?

Can you say M-O-R-O-N.

7576DAWG

April 2nd, 2011
2:13 pm

When our coaches recruit their players wouldn’t finding out how much knowledge the recruit had about football be important. Some high school programs teach their players in every detail of each players responsibilities and why it is important that each player do their job so they will be a cohesive unit . Other coaches just tell their players to” GO LONG” , meaning they run their programs like you would a pick up game from most neighborhood games.
It’s ok if the recruit doesn’t have any knowledge of football if you are going to have them for four years because you have plenty of time to teach them why they do what they are told to do so everything that they do on the field will be a natural reaction. But why would you even recruit someone like Hamilton that only has two years left of eligibility after you talked to him and it was obvious he had never been taught anything as to why he does anything on the field. He has good enough natural talent that he will not be red shirted but the coaches don’t find out how little he knows about football until it is to late to red shirt him. Then he only has one year left to help the program.
The only team that really wins is the pro team that gets him after you teach him why he does what he is suppose to do on the field. That’s the kind of thing that proves Garner should not be recruiting coordinator. I’m sure he would be great for a small school but a big time program like Georgia needs someone better.

ES

April 2nd, 2011
2:23 pm

I just hope Belue and Kin allows people to disagree.They cut people off way to much!

AltamahaDawg

April 2nd, 2011
2:46 pm

Sooo… you don’t like that he is better prepared now?

dawg48

April 2nd, 2011
3:12 pm

what about sanders commings at safty he looks to be a big corner any reps from him at safty

Dawg in Malta

April 2nd, 2011
3:37 pm

@techbuzz
Last time I checked it was 42-34 and 9 out of 10.Dawgs!!!!
Looks like you’ve been skipping your math class?
Dawgs rule the State of GA!!

bigdsel

April 2nd, 2011
3:39 pm

at least he is honest, And at least he is willing to learn. hope he finally lives up to his name

peepants

April 2nd, 2011
3:50 pm

He’ll be fine.If not we have other guys that will step up. I personally think he will make big strides this year

No Richt Lover

April 2nd, 2011
4:48 pm

With Richt and Grantham coaching, it’s a wonder that any player knows where to be or what to do on the field.

And obviously, few of them know how to behave off the field.

Why is Richt still here?

AltamahaDawg

April 2nd, 2011
6:33 pm

If by few, you mean the vast majority, then you would be correct.

Dixie Redcoat Band

April 2nd, 2011
7:17 pm

Enter your comments here

Dixie Redcoat Band

April 2nd, 2011
7:18 pm

Please don’t make us play UCF or any Florida school again.

ugab

April 2nd, 2011
7:22 pm

Rambo missed the scrimage cause of injury? He went to his sisters wedding and MR let him. That was a straight cover up by the mighty MR. Boise is coming and they have smart coaches with smart players. Boise players know their defense backwards and forwards.

ugab

April 2nd, 2011
7:23 pm

When I was at FSU this is how we did it!!!!

Randall "Pink" Floyd

April 2nd, 2011
9:45 pm

It really doesn’t matter if he’s exaggerating with this statement or not. He can’t play.

DawgVoiceofReason

April 2nd, 2011
9:48 pm

Bill,

Buck Belue is fine and will do a good job on any Bulldog programming. John Kincaid is a disaster, and I have never understood why he is on the air in Atlanta, much less allowed to appear on ESPN radio. He is completely unable to consider a different opinion than his own. He shuts down any attempt at conversation before it begins. And on top of that he is a smart-aleck and obnoxious. And those are the positive things I can say about him.

DangGoodDawg

April 2nd, 2011
10:03 pm

These dog gone dawgs better wake up and smell the hedges before d end up wid another losing record! “Hitman”… sounds like a hitless witless sucker… Heck, all you gots to do to learn defense is play a few games of NCAA football on playstation…. what a moron! Way to go dawgs.

GT is a 4th rate high school team

April 2nd, 2011
10:17 pm

I hope I never hear a word or even a letter mentioning anything good about GT from that station.

Musical Chairs

April 2nd, 2011
11:35 pm

Jury still out on Grantham. I think he looks clueless at times. I thinks he is gonna be another choke artist. Saban must be laughing just like he laughed under his breath at Tommy Bowden a few years ago when Bowden asked Saban how his team whipped Clemson so bad.

Gravy Train

April 2nd, 2011
11:54 pm

More of “the sky is falling” mentality from the spokesman of the Old Poot Brigade. Hey Bill, here’s your clue: Hamilton was running a 34 defensive scheme for the first time in his life. That’s the same level of experience as a true freshman. Cut him some slack. If he feels like he’s progressing, why are you knocking him? Why do you keep showing how obsolete your way of thinking is becoming. Don’t be the grumpy Old Poot! Would you want someone trashing your son on a football blog?

UGA '05

April 3rd, 2011
12:35 am

It’s funny how a lot of these canccerous dawg fans criticize Richt when they haaven’t seen his intensity at a practice. The players compete and get after each other. I’ve never seen anything like it before. Richt is a great coach. It’s cancerous attitudes like these from the fans that can discourage our dawgs. Let support our dawgs no matter what, you fair weathered pathetic fans.

RED DOG 77

April 3rd, 2011
1:25 am

Jakar Hamilton is trying his best to be truthful and apparently some folks just can’t handle the truth! I persoally appreciate his candor, and consider him more of a man for it. I love the University of Georgia…….always have, always will……..but these fringe BULLDOG fans make my ass burn………and that goes for you too Bill King……..you are no different from the AJC writers who love to write doom and gloom stories about DOG football simply when a kid is trying to be honest……and then to cap it off with talk of PR help!……..hell, Bill you if anyone needs PR help, and you are an adult…….and he is a kid trying his best…….and reporting that his game has improved from last year………Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Bill…………Regards, RED

Gravy Train

April 3rd, 2011
1:44 am

Fire Bill King!

StatesBurr

April 3rd, 2011
2:44 am

Bill King: Gotta report something negative huh? How about how Geathers is doing in his second year? How about Jarvis Jones? How about Washington off the edge? How about the S&C program…not “quotes”..can’t you profile anything?

I say that you are a little lazy and becoming more like the “Atlanta” sports blog hosts…

underdog

April 3rd, 2011
7:02 am

BILL YOU NEED TO STOP SMOKEING THAT S**T WHY ALL THE NEGATIVE

Gabe

April 3rd, 2011
8:18 am

Richt’s incompetant.

7 out of last 8 seasons Richt’s teams lose more games than the previous season.

Richt can’t figure out how to fix this.

Curb your enthusiasm.

Ed

April 3rd, 2011
8:19 am

14-0. I feel lucky this year!!!

StatesBurr

April 3rd, 2011
8:22 am

And replace the picture…

StatesBurr

April 3rd, 2011
8:26 am

Gabe April 3rd, 2011 8:18 am : Richt’s incompetant

Learn how to spell you “incompetent” blogger…

McDawg

April 3rd, 2011
9:11 am

and your point–everyone said he doesn’t look like he knows what he is doing–and then he says it and everyone flips out-the question i had is who had been evaluating the recruits the past 4 yrs if we were so thin at this position

StatesBurr

April 3rd, 2011
9:43 am

Bill: Your last 3 blogs… Can you think of something positive to say?

“Hitman’s confession doesn’t inspire great confidence”
“Timing couldn’t have been worse for UGA’s online meltdown”
“UGA nightmares”

Or is your first thought negative?

Coach Hewitt...

April 3rd, 2011
9:51 am

Enter your comments here

Tom T.

April 3rd, 2011
10:11 am

I appreciate all Buck does for the Dawgs, he does his homework, unlike others. He is not just a ” rant and rave ” guy, he knows what he is talking about. Give him more exposure.

GOB BLEUTH

April 3rd, 2011
10:24 am

What time does the G Day game start?

Go Dawgs

GOB BLEUTH

April 3rd, 2011
10:27 am

I have said this time and again. The D is still suffering from the recruiting of Willie “Nillie” Martinez. It is shocking how he is still hurting the program two years after his departure.

1eyedJack

April 3rd, 2011
10:49 am

Western Carolina 67 GT 10.

DAWGS forever

April 3rd, 2011
11:56 am

Belue loves the DAWGS and what is wrong with that? Glad to have someone with passion and bleeds Red and Black. Go DAWGS! Dream Season!

jaxdawgfan

April 3rd, 2011
12:14 pm

I don’t see why anyone is jumping on Hamilton for stating the obvious. By that, I mean it was painfully obvious last season that several players on defense didn’t know what they were doing or where they were supposed to be. I lost track of how many times an opposing offense threw passes to areas that were wide open holes in our coverage. Frankly, I admire the fact that someone is honest enough to admit the problem. I’d have more respect if the admission had been made last year and that it had come from the coaching staff.

Fixing the problems is and always will be the responsibility of coaches. Even if you have mediocre players who don’t respond to coaching, it was still the coaching staff that recruited them.

AltamahaDawg

April 3rd, 2011
12:57 pm

I’ve wondered the same. Did Hamilton really need to tell anyone they weren’t sure of thier assignments, especially earlier in the season? And was anyone not already expecting that was going to be the case going in? This doesnt really seem like a story here. Not even sure why his stating the obvious deserved a reaction.

AltamahaDawg

April 3rd, 2011
1:00 pm

Not sure why we would have wanted, or expected, the staff to have brought this up in public during the battle of the season though. Fixing it takes another go around, and then another, again obvious to everyone. Don’t need to “admit” anything, they never claimed otherwise.

Ron O

April 3rd, 2011
1:11 pm

The new radio deal sucks. While Buck is a reliable homer his personality is aweful. He is condesending and lacks depth. Let’s just hope that Kinkeade is not involvled in this.

1eyedJack

April 3rd, 2011
2:32 pm

Jakar was obviously never one to pass the time doing homework (JUCO), but he’s got talent, and you can train a cat to do what you want if you give it enough reps.

UGAfan

April 3rd, 2011
4:19 pm

Jakar’s honesty is refreshing. If he didn’t know the defensive scheme, why not? It is the coaches responsibility to educate the players on the coverage schemes. It is also their responsibilty to recognize when a player has not grasped the ideas. This is not as poor a reflection on Jakar as it is on UGA’s coaching staff. With this particular insight, one probably could be pleased that UGA won even 6 of 13 last year. This is a far greater knock on Coach Richt than on Jakar Hamilton. He is ultimately responsible for any lapses in coaching and this obviously is quite a serious one. Coach Richt has never been one for details and this is proof in the pudding. This is a perplexing revelation, one which suggests a failure with coaching, not playing. If this was true with Jakar, it was probably so with other players as well. The game results indicate this must be so. It is very good to hear that this matter seems to be resolved. Congratulations to the UGA coaching staff for correcting the problems! Other coaches scouting UGA would certainly be able to discern this weakness and expolit it with great benefit.

NOBODYYOUKNOW

April 3rd, 2011
5:13 pm

Ole Buckie Baby was a great UGA player, however he bores the hell out of me on radio.

cantondawg

April 3rd, 2011
6:05 pm

Very unfair article about a comment made by a player. What most fans don’t understand is the complexity of some of the coverages. These players have to make split second decision about what they are supposed to do. Of course when they are first exposed it will be confusing to them. With experience the game slows down and they are able to do better.

Can't fix stupid

April 3rd, 2011
6:08 pm

Buck Fan

April 3rd, 2011
6:29 pm

Does this mean that for a change Kincaid will be forced to gain some level of actual sports knowledege at least where the Bulldogs are concerned?

ugaclassof2004

April 3rd, 2011
8:29 pm

Tech Buzz:
I don’t understand how you can even possibly think your school is still a rivalry to us. Your team is 1-9 vs. UGA in the last 10 years. To give you some perspective, that is the same record Vanderbilt has against us . Even if you do beat UGA this year( which isn’t likely considering the talent you currently lack), it still won’t dismiss the fact that Richt even in his worst years has owned you guys.

Now in regards to my team: time for a change! Trying to get excited about the Dawgs is equivalent to how it used to be trying to get excited about the Falcons under June Jones or Jerry Glanville. Those teams were so far from being a championship caliber team, it wasn’t even funny, and the same is true for the current state of UGA football. The last 3 years have proven to me that Richt & Co. are absolutely clueless. Why should year 4 be any different? Newsflash people: when a DC, 2 assistants, and a strength and conditioning coach are fired within a 2 year period, the problem is THE HEAD COACH!

little dog

April 3rd, 2011
11:35 pm

WHO CARES,lets go play some golf!!!!!!!!!!!

RED DOG 77

April 4th, 2011
12:55 am

@Gravy Train…….@UGA”05…….@cantondawg………You three gentlemen have my respect, yes indeed…….you sirs are Damn Good DOGS……….GO DOGS! GATA!…….Regards, RED

AltamahaDawg

April 4th, 2011
7:37 am

2004, we still have you down for the “will lose 6 games at least” this season sounds like.

Hummon

April 4th, 2011
8:22 am

The next insightful thing Buck Belue says will be the first one.

DawginLex

April 4th, 2011
8:44 am

Jakar at least is honest. Probably should have kept his mouth shut but he was being honest.

Don’t be surprised to see 2 true freshmen starting on defense. One at linebacker and one in the defensive backfield.

The UGA unifoms

April 4th, 2011
8:49 am

Even the UGA uniforms with those fabulous red jerses and helmets bring out the haters.

UGA grads know that it is great to be a UGA Bulldog and to read and hear the jelousy directed toward our school simply amuses us. We love them Dogs ……….. 6-7 or 10-2.

We love Buck too as a SEC legend AND a broadcaster.

Gooooooooooooooo Dogs.

DawginLex

April 4th, 2011
9:16 am

Think Francis Tarkenton would agree to be on the show and accept a phone call from me?

It wouldn’t be pretty

PMC

April 4th, 2011
9:24 am

A solid presence? As in….he was occupying space on the field? Ever since he knocked himself out against Auburn he hasn’t been the same player in coverage.

ALL Georgia safeties in the past 5+ years have been preoccupied with hitting someone and completely lax in their coverage responsibilities if they were even in the right place. They are desperate for even a Tre Battle at this point.

PMC

April 4th, 2011
9:26 am

Personally I think Buck does a great job because he maintains perspective. He tries to keep optimistic and look at the big picture.

RxDawg

April 4th, 2011
9:33 am

I’ve always felt Buck did a fine job in the booth and on the radio. He even dose well giving the impresion that he’s unbiased… even though we all know he’s rooting for them Dawgs!

I completely gave up on Hamilton last year. I got angry when I saw him take the field because of how poorly he was performing. I do not have any confidence in him at all. That said, I hope I’m eating crow on this. Hamilton go out there and convince me that you are for real.

dawgfan

April 4th, 2011
9:37 am

Remember how Richt was hyping Hamilton as the next Thomas Davis? As it turns out, the guy didn’t even know his arse from a hole in the ground when it came to the playbook. I’m already thinking about who our next head coach will be.

Thanks.

The Orginal WDE

April 4th, 2011
10:17 am

“There’s nothing finer than Athens in springtime”

Couldn’t be more true. We know the falls aren’t any better.

RxDawg

April 4th, 2011
10:20 am

“Remember how Richt was hyping Hamilton as the next Thomas Davis?”

Nope. I sure don’t remember that in the slightest. Try again.

Dawg Gone

April 4th, 2011
10:28 am

The Orginal WDE…anybody else come forth admitting to being payed to play at the Barn this weekend? And Buck is a DGD..and folks watching the Dogs D last year face it..the “Hitman” wasn’t the only player confused and out of position..that’s what happens when you change D’s.

dawgfan

April 4th, 2011
11:11 am

RxDawg, go back and look at Richt’s comments before the Mississippi State game last year. According to Richt, “Hitman” was lighting it up in PRACTICE that week only to go MIA in that game and the rest. As it turns out, he had no idea what the hell he was doing. Didn’t stop Richt from flapping those jaws though.

I was criticized yesterday for not getting all giddy over Richt’s glowing review of Saturday’s scrimmage. Richt is now better at public relations than he is at running an SEC football program. He says all the right things and you people are still falling for it. I choose to do otherwise and this makes me a bad fan. I’ll see you in December when we’re talking about who our next head coach will be.

Thanks.

AltamahaDawg

April 4th, 2011
11:52 am

WEll no dawgfan. That is exactly opposite of what happened. NOBODY critisized you for not falling for Richt’s sounbites. NOBODY called you less of a fan for being a bad fan. YOU Keep bringing that up in defense of what we can only guess is your own guilt. Those are YOUR words. If your not a bad fan, great, Why do oyu feel the need to defend it so much?

What folks DID correct you on yesterday was you claiming that when somebody chooses to discuss the upcoong football season in terms other than purely negative, they somehow are hurting the team. YOU said others were the “bad fan”. That’s a stupid point, you got called on it, now you are trying to make it seem like it was something different.

BTW, all Richt has to do is improve the team noticeably, and be in the middle of another good recruiting class and he WILL be the coach next year too. You may as well get used to it.

DawginLex

April 4th, 2011
12:09 pm

We will start at least 3 true freshmen next year, 2 on defense and one or maybe two on offense.

Temper the enthusiasm.

The old adage is “for every true freshman you start, each one equals a loss”. If one is the QB, could be even more than one. See why we lost 7 last year?

9-3 will be GREAT improvement for this program in 2011
10-2 would be amazing

Anything more is miracle land.

DawginLex

April 4th, 2011
12:29 pm

Anybody else notice the depth chart at QB for LSU?

1.)Jefferson
2.)Lee
3.)Mettenberger

So much for that. LOL

AltamahaDawg

April 4th, 2011
1:35 pm

LSU powers must not have watched that controlled scrimmage 2 years ago from their couch.

AltamahaDawg

April 4th, 2011
1:37 pm

or I guess that was just last year. Maybe they DID see the one 2 years ago.

dawgfan

April 4th, 2011
1:43 pm

That’s not what I said either Altamaha. Some guy was trashing Boise and I simply pointed out that we just lost to Central Florida and were in no position to trash anyone. I went on to state that his kind of arrogance and delusion does the team no good. I think the team is in tune with the mood of the fans. They have the internet and television. They go to class and ride the bus with the rest of the students. They don’t live in a bubble. They know what people are saying in the world around them. If people are blowing smoke up their butts about how wonderful they are it has an effect on them. In my opinion, that’s been a problem for this program in the past few years. In my opinion, I’m seeing alot of optimism about the 2011 season but I have no idea on what it is based. You would never know we just went 6-7 the way some people are talking.

Thanks.

Dawg Gone

April 4th, 2011
2:04 pm

dawgfan by all means lets just doom and gloom them to death…really your think anyone who was a part of last years team will NOT remember what happened? I think we have a lot to look forward to as far as progressing as a program, 8-4 , 9-3 however is about as good as we should realistically think that will convert to wins.Injuries will be key here we just don’t have enough seasoned depth to take a lot of injuries at a lot of positions..and as for Boise..remember the hype we had prior to our last meeting? The Dogs didn’t have a chance if you listened to the talking heads..we won’t this year either they will again be media darlings…so yeah some folks will be upset about the whole sale love fest with Boise going in..that’s not delusional that’s human nature.

AltamahaDawg

April 4th, 2011
2:51 pm

Optimism? I can answer that. It’s because most football fans do this for fun.

AltamahaDawg

April 4th, 2011
3:03 pm

And I hate to deflate your theory, but some characters blowing smoke in an internet blog will not remove the prefrontal cortex from the players. They can probably remember a few month back. I’m sure real people can remind them if need be.

AltamahaDawg

April 4th, 2011
3:16 pm

But lets test that theory:

Its helpfull to tell the players that nothing is there fault in the past , and nothing is in thier control in the future? It’s all the stupid coach and he will be fired next year. You are sure that not a single player knows deep down it was him that missed an assigment to blow the play up. Non of them remember fumbling or dropping an int. Its all thier dumb coach, and there is no need for them to even talk opimistically about anything in March? That is inspiring to them to work even harder, in your opinion.

On behalf of the entire Bulldawg nation, let me be the first to say , thank you for all you are doing to help.

dawgfan

April 4th, 2011
3:43 pm

10-4 Altamaha. We’ll see how fun it is after we lose to Florida again and get blown out of the building by an elite SEC team like we’ve been doing the last few years. But hey, if that’s your idea of a good time more power to you.

Dawg Gone, I’m sorry but I don’t get excited about 9-3 seasons. I’m not a Georgia Tech fan. My fear is that it would be enough to keep Richt around another year. 8-4 and he should get canned.

As for Boise, it will be 6 years since we last played them. I could care less about 2005. Let it go. Again, this may be part of our problem.

Thanks.

AltamahaDawg

April 4th, 2011
4:15 pm

Well, if we lose to Florida, I will only live it that day. You get to live it every single day till then, and THEN then. And if we win, you won’t get to be any happier than I am.

Sounds like you are getting the worst end of this deal.

AltamahaDawg

April 4th, 2011
4:19 pm

BTW, I went to the UF game last year, as I have for most every game the past 3 decades. I had fun, a lot of fun, so did everyone around me. Hated the final score.

AltamahaDawg

April 4th, 2011
4:48 pm

I’m guessing nobody around you had any fun last year?

dawgfan

April 4th, 2011
5:05 pm

Plenty of fun to be had BEFORE the game. Optimism abounds. Afterwards? No, I don’t have any fun. Guilty as charged. I’m tired of losing to them. I’m tired of getting blown out in big games. In 2008 Alabama was the #1 team in the land for much of the season. They humiliated us. Florida won the national title that year. They humilated us. In 2009 Florida was the #1 team in the nation for most of the year. They humilated us. Last year Auburn won the national title. They humiliated us. See a pattern here big guy? For three years we haven’t even been able to stay on the same field with the best teams in the SEC. We can’t even compete. THREE YEARS. Have fan AltamahaDawg. Party on bro.

Good grief.

AltamahaDawg

April 4th, 2011
5:33 pm

Yes, I see the pattern. And it has nothing to do with football at its core.

John

April 4th, 2011
5:42 pm

Why are UGA fans blaming Hamilton’s confession on him, and not his coach? Watching Rambo play, I would conclude that he was the same situation as Hamilton, because there was always a receiver running wide open in UGA secondary…I blame the coaches not the kids.

NWGeorgia Dawg

April 4th, 2011
8:14 pm

Disappointed that 680 is now the flagship station. Before, when I was out of the area, I could count on picking up WSB to hear the Dawgs at night. I’ve listened after dark in Memphis and Mississippi. I can barely pick up 680 an hour north of Atlanta in the middle of clear day. I’m not sure the Georgia brand is well-served with having such a weak-signaled station carrying the ball.

athdog

April 4th, 2011
8:42 pm

Over in Athens, we don’t care much what Bill King has to say.
GTBuzz…we whipped your can last year with the worst team we’ve had since Clinton was disgracing the office of President. Do you really think you’re gonna win this year? Seriously? Dude, don’t you know that crack is whack?

Dawg Squeeze

April 4th, 2011
8:59 pm

UGA Football…..31 years and counting.

RED DOG 77

April 5th, 2011
12:32 am

DawginLex……..Thanks for the comment regarding Sir Francis…….Personally, I don’t give a rats ass if the dude did play for Georgia…….I know the jackass, have done business with him, and wouldn’t pee on him if he was on fire. DawginLex……..you sir, are my kind of BULLDOG. Keep telling it like it is. Regards, RED

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 5th, 2011
9:57 am

With a new defense, I would bet there were a lot of folks confused last year. It is easy to go negative if you do not have the heart to be a loyal fan. CMR and the coaching staff, I am sure are working hard to cure the problems they had last year and I think UGA will be a vastly improved team this year. It amazes me how many fair weather fans there are for UGA. What is even more amazing is how some people think that playing the game is so easy, like a kid learns a new defensive scheme overnight, and since he was in a learning curve last year, he will never, can’t possibly be any good. Come on folks, give them a chance and quit being so negative. As for the sorry fans of other teams that come on here just to incite true fans of UGA; Go back to your own teams blogs. Tech. fans for sure need to stay away from UGA blogs. Lord, your schools major sports teams are in full disaray right now. When you can consistently beat UGA in football and lately even basketball, then you can come on here with something of importance to say. Until then, anybody with half a brain knows you are just trying to show your lower posterior area and you seem to do a good job of it.

DaWG

April 5th, 2011
11:31 am

Not that big of a deal. We will see over the next couple of years that Grantham’s scheme relies less on the safety position than on fast, quick OLB’s.

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 5th, 2011
11:33 am

I kind of wonder why Bill King is wasting his time in Athens, next week, if he can’t find a lot good to write about the DAWGS. He seems to be more critical of the DAWGS, than the regular beat writers of the AJC are. The blog say’s “Junkyard DAWGS”, but the writing says, “Critical of everything associated with the DAWGS”. Come on Bill, write something positive about your Alma Mater every once in a while.

Charlie Hayes

April 5th, 2011
11:40 am

I read this as a very good thing. Why is everyone being so negative about a player admitting he was lost in a new system and informing the media that he has got it now? This kid has never played in a 3-4 defense with the pass coverage schemes that Grantham brought in last year. I also don’t think this is any reflection on Richt recruiting a kid that doesn’t have the knowledge to play the game. Most of you started your first job as a greenhorn at your company. I am sure you were inefficient the first six months or so at your job. Why? Most likely, you didn’t understand the ins-and-outs of the job, Meaning, you didn’t understand the job duties and were just trying to stay above water. The same is the case with Jakar Hamilton. He was trying to learn the new system and keeping his head above the water.

Now, Jakar Hamilton is confident and has the system down. This means he can fly around the field and play instinct football instead of guessing and playing reaction football. He will show you this year why he was coined the name “Hitman” and all of you bandwagon fans should write him an apology letter for your negativity.

The Defense will be solid this year compared to the past three seasons. With Jarvis Jones in the fold we will not miss Justin Houston. Since Jenkins and Gathers will play nose this allows the Dawgs to move Jones and Tyson out to the tackle spots. The LB corps is going to trick you this year. Richard Samuels was a 5-star LB or RB from Cass. Since he played scout team all year while being RSed he will step in and be a very big impact player. The fact that Ogletree moved into ILB is a huge boost to even further solidify the LB Corps. We have two star corners that have speed and experience. The Defense returns more starters and players with experience this year than we have had in five seasons when things started to slide. You will also see Malcom and Drew playing this year as Frosh just like Ogletree played last year.

If you guys want something to worry about then you better worry about a receiver stepping up and the O-Line gelling so the running game is useful. My prediction is that UGA beats South Carolina, Florida and Auburn to win the SEC East. Watch for UGA to play Alabama in the SEC Championship game in the dome. GO DAWGS!

SOUTHGADAWG88

April 5th, 2011
12:57 pm

The comment about not knowing the packages is not all that bad considering he was speaking in reference to his first spring practice.Hamilton had more of problem making tackles than blown assignments IMO.Film study should be mandatory for all the kids..just like participating in S&C training.

You gotta be kidding

April 5th, 2011
2:47 pm

Dawgs have a defensive player called the “hitman”? Serious? I don’t think the Georgia D inspires fear in anybody. The Alabama or LSU defenses? That’s a different story.

And he played all year and didn’t have a clue what he was doing? Doesn’t inspire much faith in Todd Grantham now does it? There is a reason why this guy failed so miserably in the pros. He’s not very good at his job. That’s why.

jarvis

April 5th, 2011
3:26 pm

Misleading headline….was hoping for a Thomas Hearns story, or Brett Hart at least.

TTOUGH44

April 5th, 2011
4:18 pm

Buck should be on the game day team, taking Munsons place!

Paddy

April 5th, 2011
6:40 pm

How in the world do you start five games in the SEC and not know where to go on the field at any given moment. Unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AltamahaDawg

April 5th, 2011
8:54 pm

Paddy, a better question is: How does one start 5 SEC games on the first day of practice last year? Very unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that you even read what he said.

Douglas

April 6th, 2011
6:49 am

Buck Belue does his homework? Give me a break. As a UGA alum, I appreciate him as a player and supporter of UGA. But when it comes to broadcasting, he does not add anything to the program other than stating the obvious. I never have found him to do any insightful research…bring up issues..etc. Nor does he deal with the tough issues — he is a homer.

Paddy

April 6th, 2011
6:51 am

AltamahaDawg……after reading your last post, it is clear you don’t read or write very well. WOW

No King

April 6th, 2011
12:05 pm

“I’ll be on spring break and away from the Blawg next week”. Music to my ears. Please take the rest of the century off.

DuluthDawg

April 6th, 2011
12:34 pm

Let’s face it, Belue is a blind homer and everyone that listens to him knows that, including Kincade, who is a blind Philadelphia homer also. Belue is definitely not objective by any means but he doesn’t pretend to be most of the time, so I don’t see any harm in that. Belue is best suited to be doing UGA play-by-play versus the talk show gig.

Timbodog

April 6th, 2011
2:33 pm

Once again, everyone is jumping on the player rather than the coach. If “The Hitman” didn’t know what he was doing on the field last year, he shouldn’t have been playing.

That’s on the coaches.

But very few of my fellow Bulldog fans will say a cross word about Richt, despite the fact that he is running our program into the ground.

There is no reason we shouldn’t be on the same level as Auburn, Alabama, and Florida. We should be head and shoulders above USCe and Tennessee.

As for Buck, I obviously revere his legacy (although I was barely alive when he played); however, he is just BRUTAL to listen to. Almost as bad as Skip Caray. Why do we always have such bad announcers in Atlanta?

benedawg

April 6th, 2011
5:09 pm

The local radio station here in Summerville wanted to carry the games, they were told it was a 10,000 fee, in a small town that might as well be 1,000,000,000…If you want to reach the state lower prices…

Bodda Getta

April 6th, 2011
11:46 pm

Wow,

You Georgia fans turn on your own like no other fan base in the nation.

Brutal.

RED DOG 77

April 7th, 2011
1:17 am

Bill King………Isn’t it about time to take down this negative article…….and replace it with another one of your BULLDOG bummer stories?………Mabe this time you can write something about Aaron Murray……..er….a….is too short……or….a….is not a leader……or……a…….he just can’t get it done without AJ Green?………..whatdayasay………..er…..a……..Bill?………Regards, RED

Mr. Dawg

April 7th, 2011
9:18 am

I am the official fan of the Georgia Bulldogs. What gives me that distinction? I’m having a 30 minute round table discussion in my office at work once a week during lunch and I went to two or three Bulldog Baseball games during my four year stint as a student at UGA. Plus, I occasionally listen to Mark Richt’s press conference on CSS.

AltamahaDawg

April 7th, 2011
12:50 pm

So the kid says he didn’t know what he was going when he first got here, but now he does. He didn’t know the terminology during his first few practices, but after a year in the Georgia program he is more of a student of the game, watches more film.

And Timbo says that we aren’t blaming enough of that on Richt.

clifdog

April 8th, 2011
12:09 am

Buck Belue is an egotistical fruit basket. Tries to give the impression that he cares and is a man of the people. He’s a joke and a hypocryte. He try’s to play the whole “I’m not that smart card” with being frm South Ga. Insulting and geniunely a terrible radio voice. Atlanta would be better if he was working for the trash complay driving a garbage truck rather than what he’s currently doing, which is making me want to listn to PBR as opposed to intelligent radio conversaitons which he cannot deliver one. Moron.. thatd about sum up Buck in one word.

NCbulldawg86

April 8th, 2011
1:27 am

Who is the dumb ass that keeps talking about Richt losing more games 7 out of 8 years, or whatever BS he keeps spewing? Just ask him(this poster) how many times GT has won double digit victories in a season over their history. I know CMR has won double digit victories in 6 of his 10 seasons, GT, eight in their entire history. Get out of here with that crap.

WeallbleedRed

April 8th, 2011
8:06 am

We all want one important thing. “JUST WIN BABY” and no excuses.

Timbodog

April 8th, 2011
10:44 am

Altamaha,
You really obsess over me…pretty creepy.

And you totally misconstrued what I said. The fact that he knows more now is a good thing, obviously. I would HOPE that after a year he would be a bit more knowledgeable.

My point was that if he didn’t know what he was doing last year, he shouldn’t have been on the field.

That’s on the coach. Am I wrong here? I’m sure you’ll come up with some excuse for your little boy toy who you exalt higher than the very program you claim to support.

AltamahaDawg

April 8th, 2011
10:49 am

Ask one of those guys if they make that point to predict that Georgia will lose more game this year than last and how much they are willing to bet on it.

AltamahaDawg

April 8th, 2011
11:14 am

Except sport, he NEVER said he didn’t or never know what he was doing on the field last year. He said “compared to this time last year”. And clearly he was exagerating a bit to make a positive point. (one lost on you appearantly)

Lets break that down:

“Compared to this time last year”. That was his first days wearing red short with a G on em. Ok?

“now I know what I am doing” he didn’t just suddenly figure that out over Christmas holidays. I suspect he learned a great deal of that during last spring, summer, fall, meaning he had some varying degree of knowing what to do while actually playing the position.

If you are asking me why we have players out there that are not 100% as good as they will every be, I would say, if you knew how that happens ANYWHERE, you would be in very high demand.

BUT thats not what this particular issue was about. This is not even about not recruiting better players (which I have often said was all on Richt) THIS is about a first year player in a brand new system. Taking that a bit further, Richt’s decision to replace his DC with one that had a completely different scheme, meant that even our best players were going to be lost early on.

OK? feel better?

AltamahaDawg

April 8th, 2011
11:17 am

and…..”shouldn’t have been out there” means that you beleive there was somebody that was a better option. If so, obviously he would have been out there instead.

Timbodog

April 8th, 2011
11:26 am

Whether or not he was serious is not the issue…

I observed that everyone was taking his comment at face value and bashing the kid for it

Timbodog

April 8th, 2011
11:27 am

IF we are to believe his statement, then would YOU as the coach put him out there knowing he doesn’t know the very basic fundamentals of defensive playcalling?

And if there are no better options than a guy who doesn’t know the difference between a cover 4 and a blitz, then that is also on the coach.

Again, I am not (and was not) necessarily taking this kid’s statement at face value. I’m just trying to defend the kid from all these idiots saying “Well, he’s got to study the playbook harder.”

Timbodog

April 8th, 2011
11:32 am

And yet again, I want to point out to you…I’m just trying to point out the fallacy of this culture that has been breeding among our fanbase where we blame the kids for everything.

The coaches have the ultimate responsibility.

I’m just sick of reading articles about kids getting arrested, or “locker room cancers,” or guys not knowing the defense…there is a common thread here, guys, and most people won’t call him out on it.

Richt needs to step up. Contrary to popular belief, I don’t hate him. I used to really like and admire him…I want him to succeed, but more importantly, I want UGA to rise back up to the ELITE of the SEC. If he is incapable of doing so, then we need to find someone else. This is his last shot, in my opinion. He’s gotta show us something this year.

No more excuses…no more blaming the kids. Just win!

AltamahaDawg

April 8th, 2011
11:54 am

No, I wouldnt put him a live game without knowing the basics. Nor did they. That’s not even close to what he was saying.

AltamahaDawg

April 8th, 2011
11:58 am

And don’t pretend you were just stepping up to defend this poor kid from “all those idiots” blaming him. Who exactly was even saying that? You agenda was pretty clear.

AltamahaDawg

April 8th, 2011
11:59 am

Culture of blaming the kids for everything, And not the coaches. GAWDALMIGHTY. What planet are you from?

Timbodog

April 8th, 2011
12:48 pm

“No, I wouldnt put him a live game without knowing the basics. Nor did they. That’s not even close to what he was saying.”

It’s actually what he said, verbatim.

You are choosing to interpret his words, I’m choosing to read them.

AltamahaDawg

April 8th, 2011
1:09 pm

Ok, my bad. I didn’t realize that we actually played live football games in March of 2010.

Bottom line: if you, me. and Hamilton were sitting in a room having this debate, I think I’d feel pretty confident he’d be ok with my interpretation.

Timbodog

April 8th, 2011
1:13 pm

I feel pretty confident that every bit of what you have posted is PURE CONJECTURE, including your most recent smug post.

But that’s par for the course for you.

And yet again, my whole point was that IF his quote was accurate (which was how many on here were perceiving it), you shouldn’t blast the player; you should be angry for the coach for putting him on the field.

AltamahaDawg

April 8th, 2011
1:14 pm

Pretty damn sure he would laugh at your assertion that everything always gets blamed on the player, and nobody ever considers holding the coaching staff responsible for the football program. Yea, I would Love to see you toss that one out there for him.

Timbodog

April 8th, 2011
1:15 pm

And what the hell is the “March of 2010″ comment supposed to mean?

You do nothing but dodge the issue, cuz you’ve got NOTHING but sarcasm and conjecture to back up your points.

Timbodog

April 8th, 2011
1:17 pm

More conjecture…what a surprise!

AltamahaDawg

April 8th, 2011
1:20 pm

Blame him for what, coming over from a Jr. college not know Grantham’s termanology day one? We agree on that.

Nobody blasted the kid for anything. That’s a complete straw man made up by you, so that you had a place for your “he running our program into the dirt” talking point.

Timbodog

April 8th, 2011
1:20 pm

More delusions from Altamaha:
“I’m pretty sure Jakar would not like you, but he would shake my hand and thank me for standing up for his beloved coach. Then he would ask me to take him out to lunch and we would go for a picnic and talk about our mutual admiration for Mark Richt. We would talk so much we’d not even notice that it’s past midnight. During the ride back, he’d fall asleep. I’d be careful not to wake him as I took him back to Mark’s house, and help Mark tuck him in. Then I’d share a cup of coffee with Mark and discuss what a fine young man he’s raised and Mark would ask me to help him coach next year.”

Timbodog

April 8th, 2011
1:21 pm

Read back over the comments, numbnutz…plenty of people calling him stupid for not knowing the defense.

And “cover 4″ and “blitz” are not 3-4-specific terms…

AltamahaDawg

April 8th, 2011
1:22 pm

“Last year around this time, I would say I couldn’t even tell you a cover 4 from a blitz.”

When exactly do you think that was?

Timbodog

April 8th, 2011
1:25 pm

Fair enough. My bad on that.

My point still remains on the guys blasting him for “sucking” in the games that if he didn’t know any better, he shouldn’t have been in.

AltamahaDawg

April 8th, 2011
1:38 pm

Got it, so your point had nothing to do with his actually “words”, as you have been arguing with me about for an hour.

You just don’t like the guys pointing out that they didn’t like his performance in the games.

You know, that’s just going to happen from time to time.

These Dawgs are Back!

April 8th, 2011
2:34 pm

Mark it down–this Ga team is loaded on both sides of the ball and will win the SEC east! UGA upsets usc to win the division. Florida’s way down and will not be good for years—richt will own muschamp.

ca dawg

April 8th, 2011
3:02 pm

if anything, hitman’s confession DOES inspire confidence, at least for people who want to talk about next year rather than dwell on last. it indicates that he’s learning, improving, getting comfortable in a new defense, and figuring out what it takes to succeed at a high level.

can’t wait to hear you grouse about injuries. find something — ANYTHING — positive to say about the program you claim to love.

AltamahaDawg

April 8th, 2011
4:54 pm

I agree. Players learning. Not sure why thats a bad thing.

RMikel58

April 9th, 2011
7:00 am

Maybe Todd Grantham should re-evaluate those defensive players and see where they’re at on knowing how to line up on Defense before he puts them out there on the field.
If these kids arent doing theyre homework then they have no business on the field at all and possibly giving up a big play because they dont know what a Cover 4 is.
Infact other players on the team should step up and help those players that dont quite understand the play calls on defense.
Maybe this would explain why last year it seemed like players were confused or were out of position.

No Rambo

April 9th, 2011
8:54 am

Why is Rambo even on the team? He’s absolutely worthless.

AltamahaDawg

April 9th, 2011
12:58 pm

I think on on his first day of practise in March last year he was pretty much expected to be out on the field..