Fan talk: Dawgs’ air game, fourth-quarter offensive doldrums, spotty defense and more!

How will the loss of Michael Bennett affect Georgia's passing attack? (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

How will the loss of Michael Bennett affect Georgia's passing attack? (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Let’s get straight to some Junkyard Mail and open up with some letters concerning Georgia’s passing attack. …

A Horrible Dawg in Savannah writes: Bill, No one could be happy to lose [Michael] Bennett. He has the surest hands of all the receivers and plays with a chip on his shoulder that produces in the run game with blocks that may go unnoticed. However, if there is a silver lining, it may be that Murray will not have the safety net of Bennett and will have to throw the ball where the coverage dictates. It seemed to me that Murray was absolutely forcing the ball to Bennett at the end of the Tennessee game that (along with the predictable run calls) resulted in a couple of stalled drives.

When you’ve got a receiver as sure-handed and tough as Bennett, who can blame a quarterback for looking his way a little too often? But overall Murray has done a fine job this season spreading the wealth among his receiver corps. Against Mizzou, he completed passes to seven different receivers. In the Vandy game, Murray thew to nine different Bulldogs. And this past week against the Vols he completed passes to eight different players, including the two tailbacks. Also, in addition to Bennett having a 100-yard receiving game, Tavarres King has done the same and Marlon Brown has broken the century mark twice. So Murray is making full use of his options.

Paula B. writes: Love your column, Bill! What a game last Saturday night. I had a great time whopping it up with my Dad and our friends in section 133. Someone said that Aaron Murray is close to breaking David Greene’s record for UGA career touchdown passes (72). How close is Aaron to 72, and will there be any recognition of him breaking the record when/if that happens?

Murray has 71 touchdown passes, so he needs one more to tie Greenie and two to pass him. Hopefully, that’ll happen in Columbia and, no, I doubt they’ll stop the game to make note of the achievement. (Just kidding.) As for the SEC touchdown record, Greene’s 72 has him tied with Tennessee’s Erik Ainge for 12th place. The conference record is held by Danny Wuerffel of Florida with 114.

JimDog85 writes: Love your blog Bill. My concern about the Tennessee game was that except for the 2-point conversion on Saturday, Aaron Murray never looked in Marlon Brown’s direction the entire game. There were several plays where he appeared to be open. Sometimes it seems that he gets so focused on Bennett that he doesn’t look for his other receivers. Right now, Bennett has 50 percent more receptions than King or Brown. My guess is that when Murray gets in the film room this week, he will see Brown open a lot more than he saw him on Saturday.

Thanks. You’re right, it was strange that Brown didn’t get more attention last week, considering how strong he’s been playing this season, but Bennett didn’t completely dominate the receptions. While he had five, Artie Lynch had three and Jay Rome had one, which is a change from previous games where sometimes the tight ends didn’t get thrown to at all. Brown did get to run the ball once, making eight yards. With the loss of Bennett, I’m betting Marlon gets the ball a lot more from here on.

Ken Park writes: Howdy Bill, I know the kicking game is young, to say the least, but is there reason for concern? Don’t get me wrong: the 50+ yarders are great, but over the years I can’t recall PATs looking so shaky this far into the season. Any thoughts? Really enjoy the Blawg!

Thanks, Ken. Yeah, like most fans (and, I believe, the coaching staff) I have plenty of concerns about Georgia’s problems with PATs, which should be almost automatic. So far it hasn’t cost the Dawgs a game, but against a South Carolina or Florida it could come down to a point here and there. I’ve heard two suggestions about what should be done. The lighthearted one is that the Dawgs should jump offsides several times on PATs to push the ball back so Marshall Morgan feels like he’s kicking a field goal (which he hasn’t really had a problem with so far). The more serious observation was by kicking legend Kevin Butler, who noted that Morgan needs to make a slight adjustment in that he’s letting his head get in front of the ball on PATs, which is bad form. Butler also suggested that Morgan relax and quit overthinking the kicking of extra points.

Should Ken Malcome be getting more carries? (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Should Ken Malcome be getting more carries? (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Travis Hill from Section 325 in Sanford writes: Hey Bill, I enjoy your blog as always. In both the Vandy and the Tennessee games Bobo has chose to use Keith Marshall twice when we had the ball behind our own 10 yard line. In my mind Marshall is more of an open field type runner and not a bruiser you want to use that can push the pile ahead of him. Would our offense not be better served with using Ken “Boo” Malcome in this type of yardage situation?

And Daniel Smith writes: Hey Bill, always enjoy your commonsensical/pragmatic input and I have a question regarding last Saturday’s game. What’s the deal with Boo Malcome? Did he get a carry vs. UT? Was he given a disciplinary suspension that no one knew about? I know both Gurley and Marshall were running phenomenally but in the final minutes of the 4th when we could not pick up a first down we still had Gurley in there and you could tell he was exhausted. Maybe Malcome’s fresh legs could have provided a better chance for a first and essentially make that game’s final minutes not as dramatic as they were.

As far as I can tell, Malcome could have played, but he had no carries in the Tennessee game. Still, when you’ve got Gurshall ahead of you on the depth chart and those guys are both having a 100-plus-yards game, that’s not really surprising. While Malcome might well have pushed the pile on some of those fourth-quarter running plays that ended up going nowhere, there’s no guarantee. Tennessee had the box loaded because they knew what was coming. If there’s any criticism warranted in those instances, it’s the play selection. Perhaps a toss sweep or unexpectedly giving it to the fullback would have been more effective.

Keith McCants writes: With the UGA-South Carolina Game being in prime time, I think we will finally see the REAL Georgia defense show up? I expect the run defense to be more stout against the run and the offense to continue to move the ball with ease. What do you think?

I certainly hope you’re right, Keith. Georgia’s run defense wasn’t at its best against Tennessee, but part of that may have been due to shifting the linebackers around to accommodate the return of Alec Ogletree. Defending the run will certainly be a top priority against the Gamecocks, what with Marcus Lattimore and Connor Shaw, but Tree is the Dawgs’ best defender against the rush, so that’s a plus. As for the offense, if the OL can keep South Carolina’s terrific pass rush from getting to Murray too often, Georgia’s mix of run and pass should be effective.

Has Georgia's offense been scoring too quickly? (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Has Georgia's offense been scoring too quickly? (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Glenn Goldstein writes: Bill, Don’t you think three downs and score is the same as three downs and punt? Either way, the defense doesn’t get much time to rest, and a tired defense will open the door for your opponent, especially a worthy one like Tennessee. In the first quarter of the Tennessee game we scored quickly, and in the second quarter the Dogs suffered a lot of quick turnovers. By the fourth quarter our defense really looked gassed. So, it seems to me, with our quick-score offense, we need a better sense of game pace in our play-calling, and, maybe, if we get a big early lead like the Tennessee game, slow down the pace with Malcome and Samuel grinding out some yardage, as crazy as that may sound.

And on a similar theme, Bigddawg writes: Hi Bill, I’m impressed with the Dawgs offense this season … kudos to Bobo and the rest of the O staff and of course our young players. One thing still concerns me though. It seems that when the Dawgs have fought hard to have the lead late in the 4th and we need a first down or two run out the clock and seal the win, we get ultra conservative.  Run it up the middle for no gain 3 times then punt. It seems that the plan is to make the opponent use up their remaining time outs then give the ball back and let our defense hold them. We give the ball back with enough time for a miracle drive, see Michigan State in last year’s bowl game, and risk losing at the last second. Saturday I do give Bobo credit for trying a pass on 3rd down which should have been completed for a first down.  And thankfully our defense came up with another turnover to end it.

Having grown up in the Dooley years, I love a ball-control offense, but I’m never going to complain about a quick score. Still, I get Glenn’s point. Steve Spurrier even noted this week that the Georgia defense’s performance might have been impacted by the fact that “they’re scoring so fast. You score fast, your defense has to play a lot more than what we do. It usually takes us a while to get it down the field and score. Our defense is hopefully only out there 58 to 62 players something like that. I think Georgia’s been scoring so fast and there’s been so many turnovers maybe in their games that their defense is just playing a lot more plays than a lot of others.” I’m not sure going to your third- and fourth-string tailbacks in a big game is really the answer, but I would like to see Mike Bobo figure out a better way of grinding out some first downs when the Dawgs need to eat some clock. There must be some happy medium between airing it out and one yard and a cloud of dust in those situations.

1999 Grad writes: I know you get this all the time, but seriously, when is Richt going to get his stubborn head out of his backside and realize the special teams are going to cost UGA a game at some point? His refusal to have a dedicated special teams coach is simply stubbornness at this point and it has really moved beyond just being frustrating.

You’re preaching to the choir, but there’s not really much that can be done in that regard midseason, is there? While NCAA limitations on the number of coaches means you’re never likely to see a full-time special teams coach at Georgia, I think having one person in charge overall would be preferable to Mark Richt’s current piecemeal approach.

Bubba King (no relation) writes: Bill, Love the Blawg. I look forward to every post. I’m a homer, like you, but I’m not completely blind and I am very concerned about a few things I have seen on the defensive side of the ball. Grantham needs to realize that this is not the NFL, especially in home games. I understand that you want your best 11 on the field at all times, but an Abry Jones at 75 percent is not doing the job that Garrison Smith at 100 percent can … it is not possible! Garrison has not only stepped up when his number has been called, but he’s excelled. Abry has not recovered enough from his high-ankle sprain, and it was evident in the way he played against Tennessee, when he played high all day and was a non-factor in rush and passing defense. We have 85 scholarship athletes (sort of), and we should not limit ourselves to playing 65 like Grantham has been accustomed to.

And on a related note, Steve Segrest writes: Our run defense is really puzzlesome. What do you think is going on here? Is it x’s & o’s (scheme) or are some players having a sub-par year so far? Never thought I’d see Big John or Kwame get overpowered on running plays up the middle. Have teams figured out our schemes? Not seeing much from of DEs. LBs seem to be making a lot of tackles in space (after 5 or 6 yard gains), where our front 3 have not stuffed the line. Are LBs not filling as fast? Think back to the 1st half of the LSU game and compare that to now.

Well, after years of certain defenders playing because of seniority, whether they were any good or not, I’m certainly not going to complain about Grantham’s approach of mixing and matching to get the best 11 on the field. But considering how the defense has underperformed so far this season I think Bubba may have a point. And, yes, I think Georgia’s defensive front hasn’t played up to its potential. Overall, the Dawgs haven’t completely gelled as a defense, probably because people haven’t been playing at their regular position. I think this affected the linebackers against Tennessee’s running game. Overall, the suspensions may have been a lot more disruptive in that regard than we thought. Let’s hope this week the defense finally lives up to expectations.

Lamar Westbrook writes: Hey Bill, love your coverage of the dogs! Did Georgia not use Branden Smith last year in the return game? I remember him and Boykin doing the returns. Anyways, Georgia has a huge problem in the return game and if they don’t straighten it out, it is going to cost them. Way too many mistakes!

After Malcolm Mitchell’s recent misadventures fielding punts, Richt was asked why Branden Smith hasn’t been used, as he was some of the time last year, and he said that Smith had some of the same issues as Mitchell in terms of decision-making and holding on to the ball. Apparently Richt now has decided to go with Rhett McGowan as the safest option, and I have no problem with that. He might not have the breakaway potential of Mitchell or Smith, but he seems more confident back there and he’s had one decent return so far.

A. Holland writes: Hey Bill. I keep finding myself frustrated with the tackling fundamentals of our defensive players, and the hole in the middle of our defense that subpar RBs keep taking advantage of. I feel like our huge nose guards should be eating up at least two blockers every play, which should make it easy four our linebackers to make a play. Also, It’s nice that Jones can come off the edge and put pressure on the QB with ease, but maybe we need him to help sure up the middle. Now, about the tackling. I keep seeing our guys diving at the feet of an on coming ball carrier instead of breaking down, wrapping the guy up, and driving him back, or just arm tackling in general. The other thing is the “shoulder bump” tackle I see a lot of guys doing. The problem with this is that it give the ball carrier a couple more positive yards 99% of the time. I feel like Grantham needs to take some time and address the basics. Hit the guy with the ball, wrap him up, and drive your legs. Could it be that our guys are just scared to hit? What are your thoughts?

No, I don’t think anyone is scared. Most of those guys love to hit. But you’re right that the tackling in the Tennessee game left much to be desired, and I’m sure the defensive coaches noticed that when they watched the film. Hopefully some of that work on fundamentals was taken care of this week in practice.

Ted Pennel writes: Bill, don’t get me wrong. I am enjoying this year immensely and haven’t missed a home game yet and really think we could go all the way. Having said that I have been trying to get an idea of 2013 schedule so I can schedule my off weekends from work. I’ve gotten nowhere. Any ideas when SEC will decide on schedule? I suspect there are more than a few trying to sort this out for hotel reservations etc. Thanks for your help and always look forward to your Blawg.

Thanks, Ted. While the SEC has decided on a scheduling approach in which teams will play their six divisional opponents, one permanent opponent from the other division and another cross-division opponent that will rotate among the other six teams, they haven’t announced yet when the 2013 schedule will be released. I asked UGA sports information chief Claude Felton about that this week and he replied: “From what I hear out of the SEC office, it’s getting closer for 2013. Hopefully soon but that’s about all I know. I know it’s been in the works for months trying to get it worked out.”

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64 comments Add your comment

beanster

October 5th, 2012
11:21 am

Protect the football guys!

Leroy

October 5th, 2012
11:30 am

SSIgator

October 5th, 2012
11:41 am

“Georgia’s run defense wasn’t at its best against Tennessee”

Or Buffalo to start the season, or any other game for that matter. UGA better hope Lattimore has the flu tomorrow.

ATLNative

October 5th, 2012
11:46 am

Let’s do it on Sat! Block, tackle, focus, execute, control the ball, mix it up, blitz, GATA and just win baby!

Thomas Bennett

October 5th, 2012
11:47 am

Hopefully that Junkyard D will be back this week!!!

SSIgator

October 5th, 2012
11:47 am

“Hopefully some of that work on fundamentals was taken care of”
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Almost at the halfway point of the season? A top ten team? What?

CHDawg

October 5th, 2012
12:18 pm

I agree with Travis. I think they should put Malcome or Gurley in when we need to pound the rock. Malcome is also a good blocker, so the other team can’t key on a run. I love Marshall, but I think he is more dangerous when he can use his speed. Nothing wrong with running him between the tackles, but I’m not sure that is his strongest suit–and he showed his ability against our friends from the Smokeys.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 5th, 2012
12:21 pm

If the D doesnt show up this game against a Sub par SC offense then Grantham is not a decent D coordinator

OldSkoolDawg

October 5th, 2012
12:28 pm

I, too, feel UGA ‘D’ looked gassed during 2nd half of UT game, but i didn’t see much substitution. We’ve developed depth at every position (especially w the suspensions having given more game reps to the second-stringers). Being at least two deep at every position is certainly an ‘edge,’ so I feel we could be taking more advantage of it.

Daytona Dawg

October 5th, 2012
12:28 pm

After looking at South Carolina’s schedule so far (I already know ours has been soft), it’s obvious that UGA will be the best team they’ve faced so far. Which will be exposed as a pretender—-UGA offense or SC defense?
Nobody knows. That’s why they play the game….

ARdawg

October 5th, 2012
12:29 pm

A mediocre performance by the OL will allow Murray to light up that secondary coupled with a steady diet of Gurshall likely will expose some weaknesses in that SC D. If Murray doesn’t make it happen, it won’t

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 5th, 2012
12:32 pm

Wake Forrest is 4-3 against FSU their last 7 meetings

Wake Forrest LOL

Now thats a Fun Fact Man

P-Man

October 5th, 2012
12:34 pm

SSIgator,

Though I rarely agree with you, you at least usually say something somewhat intelligent. I’m sure you know that a team NEVER stops working on fundamentals. I’m sure you know that…

joe jenkins

October 5th, 2012
12:37 pm

The jury is still out on grantham….If he can’t get the job done with 9 of 11 starters returning he never will…we will lose more than half of our defense to the nfl after this year…whats grantham going to do then? anyways even if our defense plays well our offense will play bad…i mean when is the last time we played well in all three phases….and vandy dont count…they moved the ball up and down the field. It will take a miracle to win in crack town…I’m praying the dawgs will drop 40 on them…if we lose this game…their is no telling where our season will be headed for

Macclenny_dawg

October 5th, 2012
12:42 pm

As long as Bobo has talked to Buck Belue or read his blog we got this. If not we are in trouble. Coservative play calling in this game and the ole ball coach will out coach us again. We have to GTA every play. Ole ball coach will have a few tricks for sure!!! GTA!!! Go Dawgs!!!

Sam

October 5th, 2012
1:00 pm

Chris Spielman has an interesting take on tackling. He thinks that the reduced practice time and reduced amount of contact has led to poor tackling. Makes sense to me. As defenses try to get more complex and fight the spread, practice time has to be split between scheme and fundamentals. It looks like the former is winning out. Also I wonder if the fear of injuries and concussions has led to a decrease in tackling. In a way, it might be counterproductive in that lack of practice leads to poor form that leads to injuries.

Cuz

October 5th, 2012
1:22 pm

Just put the foot on the gas Dawgs and don’t let up til the clock says 0:00.

NCDawg

October 5th, 2012
1:35 pm

I have heard the scoring too quickly thing for years and I think it is bunk. Putting points on the board is never a bad thing. When you move the ball quickly and can’t score or have to settle for 3 points then you are asking for trouble. You can’t ask running backs to fall down when they have a open field ahead of them. You can’t ask a QB to pass up a bomb when it is there. The offense’s job is to score points. Period. Think about it. The best defense is a good offense. Nobody complained when Herschel was ripping off 80 yard runs.
Special teams has been ok so far… it’s just the punt returner decisions and the PATs. Everything else has been pretty solid. Carping about the whole unit is uncalled for. Like CMR said, they are getting a bad rap.

ARdawg

October 5th, 2012
1:57 pm

NCDAWG

It is bunk. Score as fast and as often as possible. Most any coach will tell you that. Take points where you can get them because at any moment tables can turn and points may not be available

SSIhater

October 5th, 2012
2:02 pm

SSIgator

October 5th, 2012
11:47 am
“Hopefully some of that work on fundamentals was taken care of”
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Almost at the halfway point of the season? A top ten team? What?

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And this is different than people blowing smoke up your offense’s cracks because they’re finally putting together some decent drives against an opponent not named Bowling Green? A top ten team? What?

beanster

October 5th, 2012
2:08 pm

@ Sam — I remember a few missed tackles versus Tennerssee but more often I think I saw guys losing the execution contest, unable to get off their blocks.

Much different OL tomorrow. If Jarvis gets double-teamed all night, it’s time for Big John or C Washington to step up and make some plays.

NCDawg

October 5th, 2012
2:13 pm

I’d like to also add that no one is saying that WVU and Oregon score too quickly. They put up touchdowns in bunches. If the Dawgs had not basically given TN 20 points then that 4th qtr doesn’t happen because they are behind by 4 TD’s and are one dimensional and having to sling the ball around in a frantic comeback bid. The score ends up 51 – 20 or something like that and no one is thinking the defense is soft. TN will put points up on Bama if they don’t have significant injuries between now and then. Mark it down.

beanster

October 5th, 2012
2:16 pm

AR/NC – Last comment on scoring too fast from me because it’s been run into the ground. I was convinced Sunday that our quick possessions were hurting our D, however, after watching a DVR of the game, I have come around to your way of thinking, especially for this UGA team.

I will say, time of possession has been a key strategy of many successful teams/coaches and something that our coaches should not dismiss as unimportant.

Gary

October 5th, 2012
2:16 pm

Those complaining about Grantham and our “D” have not been watching the games very closely. While I agree there was some sloppy tackling in the Tennessee game, most of Tennessee’s scoring was the result of turnovers by the offense giving the Dawg’s D a very short field to defend. I agree with Richt when he says the big difference this year is that when we need to stop the other guys at the end of the game, our D steps up and gets them off the field. By the end of the year, I feel pretty confident that Georgia’s defense will take its rightful place near the top of the conference.

Hank Hill

October 5th, 2012
2:29 pm

Thanks for a good column, Bill.

Go Dawgs!

ARdawg

October 5th, 2012
2:39 pm

beanster
IMHO, in a perfect world the O scores every possession. The D being on the field as a result is a good thing. When a defense is on the field too long it is because they couldn’t shut down the opposition offense. That makes it a defensive problem.

That said, an offense that is repeatedly 3 and out with out scoring is a defense killer. Good defenses don’t require extended breaks just something longer than 3 downs.

I’m with you. Our defensive problem against Tenn was poor, specifically “slow” execution. That wasn’t fatigue, that was out of position. Either the coaches didn’t coach or the players didn’t execute

1999 grad

October 5th, 2012
2:51 pm

Someone actually asked “Don’t you think 3 downs and a score is the same as 3 downs and a punt?” Was this meant to be a serious question? Let’s see, what’s different between running 3 plays and scoring and running 3 plays and punting? Hmm. Surely, there’s a difference.

Ed

October 5th, 2012
3:05 pm

Not sure if Morgan has even heard of Kevin Butler, but I’d be inclined to listen to any advice he could give about kicking. The man knows a thing or two about the subject.

Ed

October 5th, 2012
3:09 pm

We have to win tomorrow. Georgia football just doesn’t lose three years in a row to South Carolina. South-freakin’-Carolina, a team that can’t win a conference championship even when coached by the likes of Holtz and Spurrier (how does this coaching graveyard land guys like that, anyway?). Let’s man up and take care of business tomorrow.

chilidawg

October 5th, 2012
3:22 pm

I have never understood the complaint of “our offense scores too quickly, and that gasses our defense.” Force more three and outs to keep our offense on the field more.

DR. Lou predicts

October 5th, 2012
3:41 pm

Dawg D is poorly ranked and can’t tackle Lattimore. SC D too tough for Georgia. SC wins.

ARdawg

October 5th, 2012
4:06 pm

Well I was pleased that Phil Steele picked SC to win. He’s cursed UGA picking us for the last 5-6 years

ARdawg

October 5th, 2012
4:09 pm

Ed

I’m digging it. I don’t now nor have I ever viewed SC as any type rival or SEC power. We always have a better team and beating SC was never an issue until The Old Bawl Sack showed up and has a mental whammy on Richt. Hopefully, one day Richt will realize he is in his prime and Spurrier is well past his.

do-do

October 5th, 2012
4:42 pm

Line up in a two tight-end set, and pound the rock! This should help slow down their defensive ends.

Nashville4UGA

October 5th, 2012
4:48 pm

The UGA Defense has been on the field this year 367 plays. That ranks 13th out of 14 teams in the SEC and 101st in the nation. Conversely, the offense has been on the field 336 plays which is 7th in the SEC and 57th in the nation. The Offense is scoring a little faster however, if you look at a team like Alabama which is giving up a third of the points that UGA is they are on the field for 290 plays which is about 9 plays a game less or about 2 less drives for the opposing offense each game.

I’m not one to complain about averaging 48 points a game on offense, however, when your opposition has 2 extra chances to score per game odds are your D is going to give up more points. I love defense, but I also like it when the Dawgs outscore opponents by 26 per game which is the average so far.

I hear all of the time that Bobo is too conservative, doesn’ keep his foot on the gas enough….then when he does, it’s “oh no…we are scoring too fast” Geez, people…we aren’t going to outscore opponents by 41 per game. Enjoy the points and wins regardless of how the score “looks”.

Swami Sez

October 5th, 2012
5:01 pm

Dawg fans will need massive quantities of Rolaids this weekend.

joe jenkins

October 5th, 2012
5:12 pm

I would feel better about this game if ray drew and corey more were contributing this year. also if justin-scott-wesley would step up..i mean richt must of seen something in jsw…i’m starting to wonder what that is….it’s going to come down to who is better in the trenches…..i hope like hell it will be the dawgs

AugustaDawg

October 5th, 2012
5:47 pm

Score early. Score often and don’t let Murray turn the ball over and the Dawgs roll. Dawgs seem to have good leadershio and focus from the seniors with “Our team, our time, no regrets.” Also the young pups are playing great. D had to split reps between suspended players and fill ins, they should gel and dominate.

Dawg-Gawn

October 5th, 2012
6:14 pm

Don’t really need a kicking coach on the practice field per say but would be nice to have an analyst/specialist with some expertise in the fundamentals of kicking with the psycho needed to develop the short memory to survive the life of a kicker. Someone like a kicking psychologist if there is such a thing? This could be done in the film room once or twice a week possibility even via phone conferencing?

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Mark (another one)

October 5th, 2012
6:17 pm

If the defense does more three and outs, it doesn’t matter how quick we score. The real issue for the defense is keeping the offensive line from getting hold of them.

Just Sayin

October 5th, 2012
6:31 pm

Hey Guys,
CMR is 4-4 against the “Ole Ball Coach” (and should have been 5-3 after last season). Don’t panic…..we have a great coach! I believe we will win….and win big!

rhbDAWG1

October 6th, 2012
6:43 am

Don’t you think three downs and score is the same as three downs and punt?

No – the difference is 6 or 7 points for us.

Coarch Ric

October 6th, 2012
7:08 am

RE: Scoring Too Quickly

One should not generalize. Different teams use different strategies. Playing a plodding, clock consuming run offense is a fine strategy if…

IF you can consistently move the chains with your run game, and IF your defense is practically impenetrable. Few football teams actually meet these qualifications. Smart coaches will adapt their strategy to take advantage of the strengths of their particular team. For some teams, this means running a fast-paced, high scoring offense and playing good enough defense to wind up with the most points on the board.

Winning is the bottom line. A 65-55 win is just as good as is a 7-3 win.

53½ arrests in four years

October 6th, 2012
7:15 am

Will the UGA players’ probation officers be on the field, or will they be in the stands?

Elmer's Fudge

October 6th, 2012
8:18 am

Grantham needs to earn his paycheck this game.

NCDawg

October 6th, 2012
8:26 am

53 1/2 arrests… what in the bleep is a 1/2 arrest? Just wonderin…
Again… the Dawgs win if they run it right at those ends. Our backs are quick enough on the edge to make them pay for just 1 misstep. By misstep I mean taking the outside shoulder and getting trapped while the back cuts inside them. Speed rushers use quickness to get that step around the tackle making it hard to stop them rushing the passer without holding. SC’s DE’s have to beware of thinking pass on every play or it will be ugly. You beat speed by running right at it.

NCDawg

October 6th, 2012
8:32 am

Oh and incidentally, that is what make Jarvis Jones so special… he is powerful as well. He can bull rush as well. Both of those ends are lanky… tall and relatively thin. I’d have thought that SC would have packed some pounds on Clowney in the off season. 6-6″ and 256lbs is minimal for a DE. I’d think that him playing at around 275 would be optimal. Maybe he is one of those guys that can’t pack on muscle mass…

GA Wins

October 6th, 2012
11:16 am

C’mon guys the guy to this game is turnovers. We don’t turnover the ball WE WIN.

Can’t be simpler.

Seriously?

October 6th, 2012
11:23 am

Snake Plisskin

October 6th, 2012
1:26 pm

Concerning Marlon Brown, or for that matter any wide-out, the QB has roughly 3 seconds to take the snap find an open receiver and deliver the ball…questions would be was Brown the primary receiver, when was he open, did he run a good route, did he execute the route properly, did he break off his route too early/too late, well you get the picture…now for Bennett, this boy owns his space, or he takes it…he is a physical route runner, if he is supposed to be somewhere he fights thru the defenders to get that space, if he is to run a 7 yard out back shoulder throw, then it’s 7 yards exactly …so, this may be why Bennett was so successful…3 seconds: 1st read/not open, 2nd read/not open, 3rd read/ball out…tic, tic, tic-deliver the ball to the open guy…what’s the beef???? wasn’t Murray something like 19 for 24 with 2 drops from #17…some of you guys are never satisfied