Fan talk: Dawgs in the playoff system, defensive struggles, black jerseys and more!

Where would Mark Richt's Buildogs rank in a four-team playoff system? (Jason Getz / AJC)

Where would Mark Richt's Buildogs rank in a four-team playoff system? (Jason Getz / AJC)

With a trip to Knoxville at hand, it’s a subject some skittish fans don’t even want to talk about, but thanks to the big win over LSU, the Dawgs still find themselves in BCS contention despite the opening loss to Clemson. Could a one-loss SEC champion not called Alabama jump over an undefeated team (say, Ohio State) that’s played a lesser schedule? No way to know yet, but it’s nice to at least still be in the conversation.

However, what if we already were in the four-team playoff system to be introduced next season, where would Georgia stand?

According to USA Today’s weekly mock Football Four Playoff Projections, the win over LSU pushed Georgia up to the No. 5 spot and the Bulldogs even got one first-place vote for the first time.

“Georgia moves into my top-four this week based on the strength of its wins against LSU and South Carolina, and the fact the one loss was on the road (and by three points) to the No. 3 team,” said panelist Hugh Kellenberger of the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger. “That’s a worthy résumé, especially for this early in the year.”

“Nobody else in the country has two wins the quality of Georgia, and nobody else has played as tough a schedule,” said panelist Dan Wolken (USA Today’s national college football writer). “So even though the Bulldogs have a loss, I think they are playoff-worthy at this moment in time ahead of undefeated teams that haven’t played anyone.”

Based on the votes of the paper’s 16-person panel, the semi-final teams at this point of the season would be No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Ohio State and No. 2 Oregon against No. 3 Clemson. USA Today says the projection is intended to show what the College Football Playoff pairings might be if they were to be set today. This is purely a mock selection with no bearing on any official polls, rankings or standings.

Still, it’s a good sign that folks outside the SEC are paying attention. Looks like maybe Georgia, which was the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl national team of the week, can awaken the nation, as last week’s hype video put it, if they continue to win.

Now, let’s get to some of this week’s Junkyard Mail. …

Is Todd Grantham earning his big salary this season? (Curtis Compton / AJC)

Is Todd Grantham earning his big salary this season? (Curtis Compton / AJC)

Lamar Westbrook writes: Hey Bill, hope all is well. Once again we’ve seen Georgia’s defense play poorly! What concerns me is if you go back the last 2 years, they have underperformed. What is so bad is, even last year, they had a NFL defense because they were drafted, yet they played at times like my high school team! Todd Grantham is making way too much money for the way they are playing! The person that should make his money is Mike Bobo, he makes half of the money that Grantham does, yet he performs twice as good! Do you think he is overpaid? I sure do, he needs to step it up!! Go Dawgs!!

Well, with Georgia ranking at the bottom of the conference in third-down defense and pass defense, it’s certainly not the kind of season so far that Grantham would want to highlight on his resume. Actually, the run defense has improved dramatically since the first game and against LSU the Dogs got a lot of pressure up front. And as Mark Richt noted this week, the defense is basically winning on first and second downs but can’t get off the field on third down. A major reason for that is the secondary still is looking pretty young and inexperienced. However, this week there were a few too many excuses flying around in Athens to suit me, whether it was the players’ supposed hesitation over the new targeting rule or the problems communicating Grantham’s defensive signals. If the younger players really don’t know the hand signals or the calls associated with them, that’s on the coaching staff, I think. On the other hand, Richt thinks in some cases it’s a matter of overthinking things. In the LSU game, he said, “There were two plays, quite frankly, where two young safeties weren’t sure what to do at the moment of truth. Should I hit him or should I go for the ball? If I hit him, should I hit him high and get kicked out of the game? I think we were probably thinking too much. I think we overcoached the targeting stuff. I said that you’re allowed to hit them as hard as you want, just don’t hit them in the head and don’t launch at them. Hopefully that will help.” The bottom line is, as Brendan Langley said, “we can’t expect to go on the rest of the season giving up 41 points. Somewhere down the line it’s going to catch up to us.”

Wendy O’Keefe writes: I love reading your Blawg, which is obviously, unashamedly biased, but balanced and honest at the same time. While watching the game against LSU, I never really got nervous as I thought that our offense could do whatever it wanted whenever it wanted.  I saw some great sparks on “D,” especially with our front 7 (I loved Leonard Floyd’s continued awesome play, and Jordan Jenkins was stellar) but the youthful mistakes are still coming through in the secondary. That being said, I feel that the defense will continue to improve and gain consistency with experience. I loved everything about the offense against LSU except for one thing … WHERE WAS QUAYVON HICKS?!? I didn’t see him involved in any blocking, much less rushing or receiving. I really think that he is an awesome weapon regardless, but especially in the rushing game with Todd Gurley hurt. Was he tweaked somehow, or suspended, or did he just not get his number called? What gives?

Will fullback Quayvon Hicks get back on track? (Associated Press)

Will fullback Quayvon Hicks get back on track? (Associated Press)

Thanks, Wendy. Mike Bobo said after the game that Hicks, who electrified fans in the first two games of the season, didn’t play as much against LSU because the coaches weren’t pleased with his play the previous week against North Texas. And Hicks admitted that his fundamentals had fallen off against North Texas and his blocking wasn’t up to par. Hopefully this was just a hiccup and the dynamic fullback will be back on track now that the coaching staff has gotten his attention.

A couple of readers wondered this week about Mark Richt’s uncharacteristically emotional demeanor after the LSU game. Susan Jordan writes: Bill, what was with the coach this week? He was fighting back tears after the game when he talked with CBS and he also made reference in his postgame press conference to the team having had to “pick him up” during the week. Whassup?

An educated guess would be that Richt was affected last week by the shocking suicide of one of his former players, Paul Oliver. Richt, who attended Oliver’s funeral this week, described his former player’s death as “heartbreaking” when talking with reporters on a conference call before the LSU game. “I was crushed this morning when I heard it, quite frankly,” Richt said. “I haven’t been able to keep it off my mind, to be honest with you.” So it’s not surprising the coach was more emotional than usual after the big win.

Some Georgia players would like a chance to wear the black jerseys. (AJC file)

Some Georgia players would like a chance to wear the black jerseys. (AJC file)

Tommy Gentry Jr. writes: As a UGA fan who absolutely loves the look of our black jerseys, as most people do, but also despises the calls for a Blackout every time we have a big game, I have an idea I would like to throw out there. It is already a tradition for the students to wear black to the last home game of the season. I would like to see us wear the black jerseys every year for the last home game. The players love them, the fans love them, and it would give all the players an opportunity to wear them every year. It would also stop the fans from calling for the jersey every time we have a big game. I think people would love it. Just an idea of mine that I wanted to share.

The subject of uniform colors was brought up again this week thanks to Tennessee breaking out its Smokey Grays for Georgia. Overall, I think the Dogs’ Jay Rome was right when he said at this week’s press conference, “You’re going to play the same way you’re going to play. What you’re wearing ain’t going to matter how you’re going to play. It’s all about preparation and playing football, practicing.” Still, as I said last week, I’d like to see the black jerseys worn again sometime, and I agree that a big game is not the right venue, so your idea of wearing them for the final home game seems a good way for the program to get back in touch with its other primary team color. And it appears the back-in-black movement might be gaining traction among the players. Josh Harvey-Clemons said this week that a lot of guys on the team talk about wearing the black jersey. And Aaron Murray said that he’d love to wear the black jerseys once more before his college career is done. “I need to talk to Coach Richt about that somehow,” Murray said. “Maybe for whatever our last (home) game is — Kentucky.”

Steve writes: Bill, A great day all around Saturday in Athens. Beautiful campus, great weather and a thrilling win over LSU. I was hoping the PA system wasn’t as bad as you earlier described, but if anything it was worse. I couldn’t hear Brook Whitmire, even when he was just reading advertisements. And Heaven help anyone in distress trying to text for assistance. Just no way it will reach the authorities. But I couldn’t be happier for Coach Richt and Aaron Murray in particular. Go Dogs!! Thanks for your Blawg.

Thanks, Steve. The problem with phones and texting during games inside Sanford Stadium continues to be a sore point with a lot of fans. I texted my daughter at one point during the LSU game when I spotted her on the big video screen, and she got my text in the student section but wasn’t able to text a reply. As for the sound, I’m not sure I’d want the PA system to be cranked up high enough to top the sustained roar of the crowd at the LSU game! And I thought the amplification of the Redcoat Band was a big improvement.

Matt Cafaro writes: Bill, Are you as dismayed as I am that UGA has foolishly stopped using the brilliant REM Chapel Bell commercial during game telecasts and have returned to a horribly generic, forgettable commercial that finishes with pictures of celebrities who went to UGA flying across the screen? Ryan Seacrest? Really? Who cares?!?! The REM Chapel Bell commercial is perfect. Listening to REM echoing through my mind, seeing the softly-focused edifices of the MLC, the stairs to North Campus, The Georgia Theater, and finally, Sanford stadium and the Hedges, and the faces of my fellow Dawgs lined up to ring the Chapel Bell gave me goosebumps. Every time! The ending line, “You may leave… but it never leaves you,” actually brought a tear to my eye the first time I saw it. It spoke to my heart, to all of our hearts, about what it means to be a Georgia Bulldog. So why in the world would UGA replace something with such an obvious emotional impact as that with something so generic that it could be ANY SCHOOL???

I have to admit that this year’s “Together — Making a Difference” national promo spot for UGA doesn’t tug at the heartstrings quite like the previous chapel bell spot, but that one had a good two-year run and the school understandably felt it was time to freshen the message. And, really, I think the concept of the new spot is good: It shows the diversity of UGA, ranging from the football team to the Peabody Awards and such figures as former Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Pulitizer Prize winner and U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey (a former UGA cheerleader), artist Lamar Dodd, country music star Bill Anderson, Olympic swimmer Allison Schmitt and, yes, ubiquitous TV host Seacrest, winding up with Scott Howard intoning, “How ’bout them Dawgs!” It’s not as accomplished a production as last week’s “Awaken the Nation” spot, but I think it reflects well on the university.

Go Dogs!

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172 comments Add your comment

elevenoftwelve

October 4th, 2013
9:58 am

Go DAWGS! Make it 4 in a row over the Vols!

ARdawg

October 4th, 2013
9:59 am

It’s GREAT to be a Georgia Bulldawg!!

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 4th, 2013
10:02 am

Enter your comments here

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 4th, 2013
10:03 am

Bill King

Can we ever bring back the Red pants on some away games?

Would love to see those again

dudemankind

October 4th, 2013
10:03 am

How long is Grantham’s contract again? I would think that at the end of this year it would be a good time for Richt to start over and find someone else to run the defense. It should be much easier now to attract a quality DC to come to UGA than it was after Martinez was fired. Isn’t it obvious to everyone by now that Grantham is not going to be able to deliver a top ranked defense?

Strange Murphy

October 4th, 2013
10:03 am

Blackouts are for high school and 1-AA teams.

ARdawg

October 4th, 2013
10:07 am

I can understand the frustration with the defense but, I don’t understand the impatience of some fans. Either they do not know football or their comprehension skills are really lacking.

WHO among you thought for a second that a defense with 8 first year starters would be leading any defensive category? It just doens’t happen people. Give these guys some time and experience. They are showing great strides week over week. Quit yer belly aching. This Georgia defense is the best collection of freshmen athletes we have seen in a very very long time. Get to the end of the year before you start the b!tching on their performance

ARdawg

October 4th, 2013
10:14 am

Actually, the white and red jerseys are associated with many more bad memories than the black ones, if the truth be known

Sam Robards, Dawg Fan

October 4th, 2013
10:19 am

I actually think the defense is playing a bit better: certainly better than they were against Clemson. The secondary still has issues, but they’re correctable. Despite all the confusion there seemed to be back there during the LSU game, there were some big completions Mett made where our guys were in position: he just placed the ball perfectly. I’m not going to say every throw was that way, but I saw our guys in position more often than I saw LSU’s.

I missed seeing Hicks out there last week, too, but it makes sense to not play him if he slacked a bit during North Texas. Looking forward to seeing him this week!

I would LOVE for the black jerseys to come back, but only for night games. As for it always being the last home game of the year, it’d be against Auburn, Kentucky or Tech almost every year. I’d kinda like it to be against some other teams, too. Of course, since it’d have to be a night game, that might limit things a little bit. Either way, we need to quit running away from the black jerseys because we lost one game in them.

I’m not terribly enthused about our new commercial, but it could be worse, honestly. The ones where they had that Saved By The Bell-esque transformation effect was embarrassingly bad.

Sam Robards, Dawg Fan

October 4th, 2013
10:23 am

dudemankind, Grantham’s defense in 2011 was a top-5 ranked defense. That’s what made our performance last year all the more underwhelming.

I wonder why everyone forgets that?

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 4th, 2013
10:24 am

ARDawg

so why did the defense under perform last year

Flo-Ri-Duh

October 4th, 2013
10:28 am

The Dawg’s secondary went straight out of high school to playing two of the nations best offenses and there are 8 new starters on the defense.

The DL and LB’s are playing against the run and the pass rush is picking up.

Special teams were great against LSU.

So now you only have one thing to whine about – the pass defense.

Experience is what freshmen need and they are better now than they were 3 weeks ago.

Soon you will just have to SHUT UP!

Classic

October 4th, 2013
10:41 am

Last time I checked the db coach’s name was Scott not Todd….The front seven is improving while the db’s, well you’ve seen the games. I know that Todd is the DC, but Lakatos is in charge of preparing the db’s so stop putting the blame solely on TG.

not a dawg fan but...

October 4th, 2013
10:48 am

Classic

Isn’t it ultimately CTG’s responsibility to make changes to the defensive coaching staff if said coaches are underperforming?

7576DAWG

October 4th, 2013
10:48 am

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T-Town Dawg

October 4th, 2013
10:51 am

Everybody keeps getting on the young kids in our secondary for their poor performance. How about placing the blame where it belongs….squarely on Todd Grantham. You cannot rush 3 guys on 3rd and 23 and play that soft zone. No secondary can cover receivers for 6-8 seconds, which is what Mett had to throw on 3rd and long all day. I would rather see our corners on an island while we bring 6-7 man pressure on opposing qb’s.

McDawg

October 4th, 2013
10:59 am

Langley had a good game against LSU and Mettenberger has a great game-stood in the pocket and delivered some great throws

i think the corners particularly Swann need to get more physical

NCDawg

October 4th, 2013
11:12 am

The defense underperformed because they thought they had arrived. They thought they had learned everything that CTG could teach them and that their “greatness” would take care of the rest. They played with an eye on getting hurt. Then when it came time to turn it up they did, against UF. Then they thought they could coast the rest of the way

The injuries along the D-line killed whatever depth we had and Bama’s line was able to manhandle ours after the mid point of the 2nd quarter. They were having trouble before that. But there was no one else to put in. Yes, the depth is a roster management issue and that is the HC’s responsibility but the purge was necessary. We had talent that lacked work ethic. They had attitude issues and were not coachable. We would not have gone to the SEC CG 2 years in a row without the purge. That is just the facts.

Why it came to that, I do not know. Did CMR leave the recruiting in Coach Garner’s hands too fully. Probably. He did what had to be done to correct the mistake. And now we are looking at a group of young pups that have faced trial by fire and really did not crumble. They bled but they did not crumble.

And all things given… LSU has new faces everywhere and we came out of it better than they have. That is with what many consider a defensive guru running the show. Let them face Clemson and SC and see where they are in the stats game. Has anybody thought about that?

I look for improvement. It may be more noticeable against less formidable competition. But I expect that we will not be so down on our D in a few games. Then we will see where we really are.

BigDawg

October 4th, 2013
11:13 am

Yes I would like to see different uniform schemes such as Black Jerseys with the silver pants, White Jerseys with black pants, Red Jerseys with the Silver pants, White Jerseys with Red Pants or Red Jerseys and Black pants. These are our colors and even White Jerseys and White Pants which were worn at the the 1967 Cotton Bowl that we wore when the Dawgs beat SMU pretty handily. But the Red Helmet should always be worn, No Black or other color helmet.

Go Dawgs

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 4th, 2013
11:19 am

NCDawg

that was a paragraph loaded with excuses

if the players werent coachable then put someone else out there in their place

as for slamming Chavis’ defense; I think the guy has earned the title defensive guru;

TG has yet to earn the same respect Chavis gets

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 4th, 2013
11:21 am

BigDawg

Those are great ideas; and yes please leave the red helmet alone;

7576DAWG

October 4th, 2013
11:23 am

Grantham is responsible for just the OLB’s and Coordinating the Defense. He was brought in to change from the 4-3 to the 3-4. He has actually found that the 4-2-5 works the best but Grantham set’s the Defensive scheme we are in . He also helps closing out recruit’s . He delegates the other Coaching jobs on Defense to the Coaches that are there. This year will be the first year that all the Defensive recruit’s on the team are Grantham’s recruit’s. Let’s wait and see how our Defense plays the last 8 games before asking for Grantham’s head. If everybody can’t see a huge improvement from the Defensive line then you are just blind. All Richt and the rest of us can ask is to see improvement every game and I think we have seen that. Remember we lost all but two starters from the Defense to the draft. Give these young kids time to bring it all together.

Classic

October 4th, 2013
11:25 am

not a dawg…..I thought that was CMR’s job. I must have missed something did CTG hire Lakatos? Can he hire and fire at will or is that the head coaches job. Not saying CSL should be fired for having young players I’m just saying if people are pointing fingers make sure they point at the right person.

RJ

October 4th, 2013
11:25 am

This game will say a lot about our team as a whole. Will they come out smokin or fall into the big let down many teams have following a big game. Both the offense and defense will be tested if they are not ready to play with the passion and urgency needed to win in the SEC. Yes the VOLs are down but they have plenty of talent and they having nothing to lose by going all out. Dawgs need to get ahead early and put the pressure on the VOLs.
The Dawgs should win so the question will be how they look in doing so.

NCDawg

October 4th, 2013
11:33 am

Many people on these blogs ripped Aaron Murray for putting up great stats against lesser competition and struggling against stronger teams. But we now see that he has been able to move PAST that. It’s called experience. So why wouldn’t we think that a bunch of inexperienced players struggle on defense against top flight offenses?

SC is a good offense people. They don’t aim to run up and down the field on you. They aim to grind you into dust. Their passing game is not as potent as Clemson’s or LSU’s ( damn who’d ever thought we’d say that ) but their running game is nothing to sneeze at. Our young’uns faced some really potent offenses, experienced offenses, and while they didn’t look good doing it allowed us to navigate 3 Top 10 teams and come out 2-1. They easily could have hemorrhaged 7 or 8TDs like some defenses do. I for one am thankful that they held LSU to 5 TDs.

If you are going to say it matter who you do it against on one hand, why not on the other?

dawgfan

October 4th, 2013
11:36 am

The Grantham apologists have been pleading with us all to be patient from day one. Everyone’s patience is running thin. This is the dude’s 4th season on the job and he has yet to come close to earning is bloated salary. It’s inconceivable to me that this guy could still be our defensive coordinator next year.

old dog

October 4th, 2013
11:38 am

Pretty bad d- calls on 3rd and long. And I have a theory: PLEASE beloved Red-Coat band; stop playing that WAILING stuff when the other team has 3rd down! It sounds awful. Try something else, andd maybe our luck will change.

Never, ever...

October 4th, 2013
11:39 am

…EVER, wear black jerseys again – NEVER, EVER…

TechRon

October 4th, 2013
11:42 am

Though I am a Tech man for all my life, I must admit that the traditional UGA uniform is among the best looking in all of college football. I do mean silver pants, red helmets, red jerseys with white numbers, or white jerseys with red numbers. I know that black is one of UGA’s basic colors but it does not look right. Stick with the traditional. It looks much better.

TechRon

October 4th, 2013
11:43 am

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old dog

October 4th, 2013
11:47 am

I was serious in my last post: What is that wailing crud that the band plays when the other team has third down??? Sounds like a broken-down version of Elton John’s “Funeral for a Friend” song but does not do it justice. I love our band. My roomate when I was at UGA played in the band. But that wailing on 3rd for the opponent is awful. They have done it long enough!! The worst riff ever…….
New 3rd down sound with the band + new D-coordinator if this mess keeps up = better D than we have now!!

dawgfan

October 4th, 2013
11:51 am

Did it maybe ever occur to anyone that LSU didin’t put up great rushing stats because they really didn’t have to run the ball? Mett threw for almost 400 freaking yards. My grandmother could get open on our secondary. It’s embarassing. We have no pass rush. We have a secondary that is completely clueless 70-80% of the time. You don’t have to run the ball well against a defense like that.

But let’s just be patient. Maybe in another 4 freaking years Grantham will finally figure this out.

ARdawg

October 4th, 2013
11:51 am

Flat Tire

Last year has nothing to do with this year. That team is long gone never to return. We now have the 2013 Dawgs. Under perform? They were 12-2 last year guy and a few yards from a NC. Your expectations are unrealistic. I know you need to have a defense that doesn’t allow any yards passing or rushing but, wish in one hand and shat in the other. Which one fills up the fastest?

DoubleDawg

October 4th, 2013
11:53 am

If we are going to keep the black jersey’s in the rotation I like the idea of it being pre-determined (like the last game of the year) vs. it being some sort of surprise or last minute decision. I think people will always criticize it when it seems like a motivational ploy rather than just one of the colors we happen to wear.

My issue with the defense is more about the last couple of years than it is about this year. I am a supporter of UGA and all the coaches. I just wish we could/would play solid defense more regularly. All criticism of Aaron Murray really stems from the fact that as a freshman and sophomore he needed to score 30-40 points a game to win. Too much pressure on the offense…

BossDog

October 4th, 2013
11:56 am

TechRon hit the nail on the head. Our regular uniforms are among football’s best. Stop with the black jerseys. It looks like a practice squad uniform or something.

old dog

October 4th, 2013
12:01 pm

DoubleDawg;
Well said. Folks gotta get off Bobo and Murray. Our D has fallen from grace since VanGorder left. Now we just hope they can hold the opponent ro under 35 or so. Erk was there when I was. There woulda been some tail-kickin’ goin’ on if the D played like that for him!

NCDawg

October 4th, 2013
12:03 pm

Yep… more doom and gloom. Nothing will be right until heads roll. Crucify Grantham NOW! We want him to pay in BLOOD!

Just damn…

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 4th, 2013
12:04 pm

ARdawg

Giving up 30+ to 10 out of 11 teams that we have faced ranked inside the top 20 since TG has been here

I didnt realize wanting to keep the score under 25 was being unrealistic

I guess I need a refreshing glass of kool-aid to see a different perspective

ARdawg

October 4th, 2013
12:07 pm

NCDawg

And murder his first born. There is no reason why he would permit a defense to perform in such a manner and not pay dearly.

old dog

October 4th, 2013
12:13 pm

ARDawg,
The point is this: our O is good enough to get us that elusive N.C. Our D is bad enough that the Sisters of Mercy could put 35 on us. You have to have balance. I am proud of our record. However, when a couple of years come along that you can really have the big chance (even though everybody thinks they have it every year) it is not good to have a D that couldn’t stop a 3 year old in a Barbie car! We would have to put up 65+ to beat Oregon……..

MoMo98

October 4th, 2013
12:13 pm

Why not go throw back to when we wore red pants with white jerseys on the road and White pants with red jerseys at home. Have not won a national championship for 32 years! What could it hurt? Same with Falcons. Lets go back to the red helmets, just keep the new bird logo. Do something! Mix it up. Getting kind of stale around here! Hell Denver did it Elway’s last 2 years and they won 2 straight Super Bowls!

dawgfacedboy

October 4th, 2013
12:41 pm

Why does it have to be such a big deal with our uniforms?? Do Oregon fans go through this every week??? I mean, with Red, Black, and White we really could wear a different combination every week. Black jerseys with red pants, Red jerseys with black pants, etc. It would be super sweet. Let the captains that week pick the uniforms.

Again, why does it have to be such a big deal??? OH NO, THE DAWGS ARE WEARING THERE CURSED BLACK JERSEYS!!!!!!!!!! Gimme a break. Block, tackle, and hold on to the ball and we’ll be fine.

UGA Insider

October 4th, 2013
12:47 pm

I kind of like our defense personally, they hustle and have guts. They are going to be alright.

UGA 52
UT 10

ARdawg

October 4th, 2013
1:05 pm

old dog
I get your point really, I do. But no, Sisters of Mercy can’t put 35 on us but, good offenses can, for now. Eight of these defensive starters were playing high school football last year or one year removed with no significant playing time last year. They have to learn and experience in order to grow and develop. Ideally, a coach doesn’t want to have that much or that many positions at one time. In this instance it was unavoidable. P!ssing, moaning and blog complaining about it ad nasuea everyday on the blogs doesn’t change or help a thing in that regard.

At the end of the day a defense job is done if they keep you in the game and don’t give up one point more than the opposition. This defense has done that against some of the best offenses in the country. They should be applauded but, these Hemlock drunks wish to do nothing but condemn. If you are going to call yourself a supporter of the program, support them all year long

AltamahaDawg

October 4th, 2013
1:09 pm

Even some of our better defense(s) were going to give up 20-25 points to the type of teams we played so far. That would be pretty hard to dispute, I think. 8 new starters and 3 Frosh in the backfield giving up a TD and FG more, is probably fairly realistic. They have also had to own a few points not of their making. Frankly, they have looked a lot uglier than their actual scoring stats have actually been, IMO.

We’ll see how/if the numbers start to level out going forward. Grantham’s “value” to us, will work itself out. I doubt he is here many more years, either way.

Glad to see Coach Bobo, a guy some said couldn’t even GET a job anywhere, be talked about as deserving his $$$ now. I think the guy is a great asset, now that we have paid the price for the learning curve.

NCDawg

October 4th, 2013
1:13 pm

We played Sisters of Mercy’s big brother Mean Green and he scored 7 on our defense and our special teams gave them 14. Good offenses put up big numbers nowadays. A&M hung 42 and 600+ yards on BAMA. BAMA! Just because that is the way it is doesn’t mean I like it… it just means that I am reasonable enough to know that what our offense does to other teams, they can also do to ours.

Again what I’m looking for is improvement and I’ve seen it. And no LSU desperately wanted to run the ball and COULD NOT get it going. They wanted to keep our offense off the field. They are still more comfortable playing ball control. Only a hate blinded idiot could not see that they failed running the ball. They threw it out of desperation.

But those types of observations elude nut jobs that spew only negativity. Hate filled complainers.

ARdawg

October 4th, 2013
1:15 pm

Flat tire

I want to the Dawgs to pitch a shut out every game. Where do you get your 25 points from? Why 25, why not 5 or 45? What is the difference as long as we win? Is your frail ego wounded because the opposition amassed 500 yards, 40 points and still lost? The real yardstick Flat is the win/loss column. Yeah I want to see pretty impressive wins every game but, there’s the opponent every game that doesn’t want it to be that way. Live with it and drink another swallow of the Hemlock

dawgfan

October 4th, 2013
1:15 pm

NCdawg is clearly 14 years old and has never had a job. Here’s how it works NCdawg. When people are paying you money to do a job they expect you to do it and do it well. If you don’t then there will be consequences. They don’t have to keep paying you that money if you are not doing the job they are paying you to do. That’s capitalism. Look it up in the dictionary. This is just the way the world works pal. I’m sorry you don’t like it. Todd Grantham is one of the best paid coordinators in the nation but he doesn’t do his job very well. Therefore, at some point there are going to have to be consequences. If it means firing him then so be it. People get fired everyday for not doing their jobs well. Football coaches are not exempt from this.

Tomorrow we’ll teach NCdawg how to open up a checking account and parrallell park.

AltamahaDawg

October 4th, 2013
1:17 pm

The Sisters of Mercy put up….. 7. And they were not really bad sisters.

ARdawg

October 4th, 2013
1:21 pm

North Texas’s offense actaully had a pretty impressive senior laden offense.