Intensity reigns in Georgia’s spring practices

It’s only spring practice, I know, but there’s so much going on in Georgia’s football camp that we can’t really fit all the information into our daily football reports, such as the one I wrote Friday. So depending on what you guys think (hint: give me some feedback), I’m going to use the UGA blog as a sort of supplementary space for all things football while we follow spring ball. I’m also going to try to provide daily practice updates when possible.

Friday was somewhat of a rarity in that Georgia coach Mark Richt opened the entire practice to the media. AJC photographer Brant Sanderlin has a nice photo gallery up from the proceedings. Now I didn’t sit out there and watch every minute. But I made sure to watch all of the best part, which is always the 11-on-11 toward the end of practice.

INTENSE DAY: Again, it’s only spring practice, but it didn’t seem like the Bulldogs realized it. They really got after it Friday, especially during the makeshift scrimmage. The defense was especially fired up and that had a lot to do with senior defensive tackle Jeff Owens. Even though he’s still out with a knee injury, he was on the sideline with the other defensive reserves jumping up and down and getting them to yell and chant every time the quarterbacks — especially freshmen Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger — got under center.

“That’s what he can do, and even when he’s not playing,” Richt said. “That’s his personality. He likes to get things riled up.”

TEMPERS FLARE: Of course, as is common in such competitive practices, tempers flared. At one point flanker A.J. Green and defensive end Justin Houston locked up at the end of a play. Neither would turn loose and that created a giant scrum on the sidelines between offensive and defensive players. Green’s helmet eventually flew off before the melee was finally broken up. Later in the practice defensive end Kiante Tripp and Ben Jones got into it. In each case the incidents ended with the players patting each other on the back.

The coaches didn’t mind the occasional dust-up. “The competition right now is between the offense and the defense,” Richt said. “I really like the way it’s heating up right now. I think that’s what we need.”

It will likely get more intense Saturday, the first day in full pads. “Tension is already building,” Richt said, grinning. “It’s going to be hot.”

DEFENSE WINS, OFFENSE HANGS: The defense dominated the scrimmage, with safety Bryan Evans and cornerback Prince Miller snagging interceptions and linebacker Rennie Curran returning a fumble for a touchdown. But the offense had it’s moments, too.

Wide recievers Vernon Spellman and Tavarres King hauled in long TD passes, both from Mettenberger (I think). And redshirt freshman Carlton Thomas had a long TD run against the No. 1 defense that featured four or five sharp cut backs. That kid’s going to be exciting to watch.

RECRUITING TALK: CMR answered a couple of questions about recruiting Friday. He was asked if he was concerned about players holding out past signing day — like Bryce Brown and Orson Charles — becoming a growing trend. “I’d rather it not go past,” Richt said. “I’d rather a guy commit in the summer, cancel all his other visits and signing day is boring.” For the record, Richt prefers an early signing period.

On that note, Richt was asked if he was concerned that Georgia has no commitments at this point. The Dogs had about five this time last year. Texas reportedly already has 20. “I’m not concerned one way or another. I just hope in the end we get who we need. We want to be real meticulous about who we offer.”

Georgia will likely come away with at least one or two after Junior Day on Saturday.

FUNNY MOMENT: The funniest moment of the day came when the back of Coach Richt’s chair broke right in the middle of him answering a question during the post-practice interviews. He managed to catch his balance without falling backward onto the floor. “A lesser athlete would have been down,” Richt deadpanned. “A lighter athlete might not have had that happen.”

IN OTHER NEWS:

The second-largest, regular-season crowd in Georgia baseball history watched the No. 4 Diamond Dogs defeat No. 25 Mississippi State 5-3 Friday night. They meet again Saturday and Sunday in Athens. . . .

Andy Landers’ 11th-seeded Lady Bulldogs take on No. 6 seed Arizona State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday afternoon at Gwinnett Arena. . . .

And the top-ranked and undefeated Gym Dogs begin defense of their SEC title in Nashville today. They’ll start on the beam.

47 comments Add your comment

Tim

March 21st, 2009
7:21 am

I wish Richard Samuel was out there. I think he can take #1 tail back spot.

Cuz

March 21st, 2009
9:25 am

Glad to see that intensity by the defense. Thanks for the update Chip.

bank walker

March 21st, 2009
10:30 am

GATA DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Lame Kitten

March 21st, 2009
10:40 am

Did anyone take their shirts off during the practice?
If they did, that would have been cool.

Meow…

Cuz

March 21st, 2009
11:36 am

It is only cool when female soccer players rip their shirts off, middleaged men, not so much.

AltamahaDawg

March 21st, 2009
11:38 am

Is the broken chair on E-Bay yet?

nola dawg

March 21st, 2009
12:02 pm

Chip – Thanks for the Saturday post and yes, I think it’s safe to say at this point of the year, us regular readers of your board would love any and all updates. Esp b/c this spring practice does pose so many uncertainties, new players, etc…

Question for you – is Q. Banks practicing this spring? Can’t seem to remember if he is in that huge gaggle of green jersey guys this spring (IMO, he is a key guy this fall, CWM defense needs a run fitting safety)

Thanks Chipster.

Boses

March 21st, 2009
12:05 pm

How does Joe Cox look? How is he doing at moving the offense?

shane#1

March 21st, 2009
12:36 pm

Someone please tell A J to stop picking on our DEs. The training staff had a hard enough time keeping the poor babys healthy last year without wide recievers slapping them around. Of course, let him jump on Tripp anytime he feels froggy. Man, Jones and Tripp mixing it up! I would like to put that one in the ring and sell tickets! Talk about some ultimate fighting!

Cuz

March 21st, 2009
12:46 pm

Chip think my hometowner Sanders Commings can take on the role of DB headhunter? At 6-2 210 he has the size. I believe he was redshirted last year because of an injury. I hope he is up and raring to go, we need a big hitter. I know we are supposed to say wrap up and tackle. But I want someone to put the “Greg Blue fear-factor” into opposing wide recievers.

athensdawg

March 21st, 2009
12:52 pm

nice to hear that they are actually hitting and fighting and displaying emotion during practice…….things that football teams are supposed to do..and which was a big reason why we got our a** handed to us last year.

Maybe the Deion Sanders tackling techniques have fallen out of favor.

Back in the day, Dooley’s teams used to have these mid-week scrimmages that were bloodbaths. You have to belive that carried over on Saturday.

Maybe this will continue….but the real test will be when the injuries start occuring….and CMR has to choose between playing hard and altering his beloved GAMEPLAN.

I wouldn’t want to be trapped in a burning building with Georgia’s coaching staff…if they didn’t have a gameplan, we would all die.

shane#1

March 21st, 2009
1:48 pm

Cuz, watch out for Bacarri Rambo. Not only does he have a really cool name, that Dawg can hunt! Why is it that every time I talk about that kid I get the urge to mix some Mai-Tais? The defense seems to be ahead of the offense, and it should be at this time of the year. We won’t know untill September if the D has made real strides.

Chip Towers

March 21st, 2009
1:50 pm

Cuz: Sanders is probably your leader-in-the-clubhouse to man Georgia’s nickelback position. He’s the right size, kind of a hybrid corner/safety, that the Bulldogs covet for that position. I think Brandon Boykin might have Asher’s boundary corner locked down, at least until freshman Branden Smith arrives on the scene.

gotta love those third quarters,

March 21st, 2009
1:51 pm

dog “O” looks good because they are playing dog “D”! LOL

AltamahaDawg

March 21st, 2009
2:22 pm

Well yea, if you are literally “trapped” that’s not going to turn out well. Does it ever? But history proves that we could count on this staff to lead us out of that burning building about 8 out of 10 times.

Cuz

March 21st, 2009
2:35 pm

Is that burning building located outside Athens? If so I like Coach Richt’s chances.

ChicagoDawg

March 21st, 2009
2:57 pm

Excellent updates Chip….keep them coming….also, your Pro Day efforts were outstanding!

Cuz

March 21st, 2009
9:50 pm

Fire Willie Martinez! Carlton Thomas got his second long touchdown in two days. How bout the little guy! Little guy, big playmaker.

Ray

March 21st, 2009
10:54 pm

You said:
“Now I didn’t sit out there and watch every minute”
and:
“hint: give me some feedback”
so here you go. sit out there, watch every minute and report it.

Jeff

March 22nd, 2009
12:14 am

I had the honor of being on the “inside” of the program when Richt took over in spring of 2001. It sounds like the coaches are working like they did that spring. I remember “board” drills and at least 3 fights a practice(mainly with D line and O line). Good to hear that the D is dominating. It was also good to see Jeff Schultz’s article where Richt admitted backing off of last year’s team. Richt stood up and took the heat off of his assistants. Class act and a great leader. Leaders have resolve and consistency. Richt became inconsistent for the first time in his career last year when he backed off last year. GATA!!!

This year’s team reminds me a lot of 05. Lots of good backs. Senior QB. Good D with seniors at EVERY level of the D (line, linebackers, and secondary). An explosive(hopefully Thomas) return man. Challenging schedule.

Go Dawgs! GATA! Keep hittin’ we have the depth to sustain us.

heeldawg

March 22nd, 2009
4:59 am

Last season, Georgia saw a once-in-a-decade rash of injuries that hampered practice intensity and drained the depth pool down to zero. There were problems with team morale and effort. The 10-3 record last season against the third-toughest schedule in the country with 19 season-ending injuries was, quite frankly, unbelievable. This season, the attitude is different and the team seems fired up and ready to play some ball. I agree with Jeff. Look out, SEC. And Tech, we can’t wait to play you guys and restore the rightful order of the universe.

Thomas Brown

March 22nd, 2009
7:28 am

Chip Towers, Dannell Ellerbe had a lot more issues than DUI. Don’t forget he was nearly kicked out of UGA for cheating on a test, having his cell phone open and turned on.

Then, of course, he bodily abused the Professor at UGA, by some accounts very physically demanded it back and snatched the cell phone from the Prof. Armed with the ammunition for Academic Fraud, of what is in the cell phone he had turned on during the Exam and sitting there reading it, he likely would have been Expelled from UGA.

We ?

You want to know who WE is when I discuss my alma mater ? It is the WE who wrote in response to who is WE, for example :

QUOTE :

Phoneguy

March 20th, 2009
9:05 am

QUOTE :

“To say that Stafford was sperratic is an understatement. He’s missing whats necessary between the ears. Physically- all world potential. Mentally- Can’t cut it. He disappears in tough games. WE WILL be better without him.”

End QUOTE by Phoneguy, for example.

Michelle said he was a great passing quarterback in 2007 (And, admitted he is without mechanics and possesses poor footwork.)

Excuse me, in 2007, UGA had the Number 83 NCAA Official Passing Offense.

83.

THAT is NOT a great passing offense, excuse me.

Why you are unable to discuss the facts that his Quarterback Rating at UGA for his entire career was a measly 129, is hard to imagine.

Phoneguy and a slew of us like Phoneguy honestly know that UGA will be better without Matthew Stafford.

We were better BEFORE he got here and we will be better without him, again, now.

TED STRIKER :

Why can’t you say either that Matthew Stafford is NOT A LEADER ?

Why is it that you cannot admit as well that he had 18 fumbles on 142 carries for 1.3 yards a carry and 6 TD rushing and another 33 Interceptions for 51 total in 39 games with the same number, 51, TD passes.

Why can’t you admit that in his FINAL YEAR, Stafford had UGA ranked Preseason Consensus Number 1 (on HYPE) and were it not for starting out that high, UGA would not have been ranked AT ALL in the Final Polls. He played exactly 3 games against teams who beat other teams in the Final AP Poll who were ranked in the Final AP Poll and in ALL 3 disappeared for LONG STRETCHES OF THE GAMES, allowing runs of 29, 31 and 49-3 points against us.

Ted Striker.

That is who WE is.

Any other questions ?

Got it Michelle ?

He took a Football Program who was Number 3, Number 7, Number 10, Number 7 every year and promptly should NOT have been ranked AT ALL two of his 3-year NFL interview here on our campus.

What is so great about beating Kentucky ? He LOST to Kentucky, now that IS noteworthy. He ALSO LOST to VANDERBILT. He beat Hawaii, Good Lord, that is not noteworthy either. HE LOST to ALABAMA and GEORGIA TECH, neither of which should he have LOST to. (He should NOT have LOST to Kentucky and Vanderbilt, either.) As for a dropped pass, you say turned into an interception costing him the Florida game this year, excuse me, it was 49-3 when he was benched, yanked in favor of JOE COX. He disappeared. He LOST to South Carolina last season, and shouldn’t have. He was blown out by Tennessee last year and shouldn’t have been either. Of course, he SHOULD HAVE LOST TO COLORADO the year before, but was saved by JOE COX, and he did LOSE to Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida and Kentucky. His body of work here, speaks for itself, as do you 2.

I’m glad to see him gone. As to him being the BEST COLLEGIATE FOOTBALL PLAYER 2009 in even this horrid NFL Draft this year of rejects and nobodies, he wasn’t All America, All-SEC, or even the best quarterback on his own team.

WONDERLIC Test the NFL gives them all before the NFL Draft will expose Matthew J. Stafford for what he is. A guy who cares about himself, and NOT THE TEAM, who is NOT A LEADER, who thinks he did well ONLY THROWING 2 INTERCEPTIONS overthrown as usual and maybe 1 TD if he decided to play for one play, whose footwork is the worst of any QB I have seen in a long time, whose concentration is how he can call his own number either in the huddle or checked off to himself at the line of scrimmage, who likes to show off his rifle of an arm, most off-target and who makes excuses with his followers that it was locusts, a flood, famine, the taxi showed up late, it wasn’t my fault…

Pile up your excuses for Matthew J. Stafford and move along. I am a Georgia Bulldog Football Program Fan, and NOT Matthew Stafford fan.

We were on the brink of being an Elite Football Program when he got here. We are not Top 10, or even Better Elite Football Program now that he has left.

He accomplished NOTHING.

He was NOT All America. He was NOT even ALL-SEC.

He Won NOTHING.

He Won no SEC Championship. Played in NO Sugar Bowls.

And, he wasn’t even SEC East Champions.

I wonder how many passes not able to be caught throw to open receivers, without ANY defenders, any other QB would throw on 50 scripted passes ? 10 percent is what he in fact threw.

129 Quarterback Rating in College.

“I missed a few I should have hit, other than that, I put the ball in good spots.”

For 3 years, he overthrew the football, and doesn’t care as long as he threw 51 touchdown passes in 39 games with 51 interceptions and fumbles.

We are a better football program without him.

BILLY JACK

March 22nd, 2009
9:22 am

Thomas Brown-Stafford played in the sugar bowl last year and played a great game against Hawaii.I do believe he underachieved yet he did win some big games for UGA.

SugarHillDawg

March 22nd, 2009
9:53 am

Heeldawg, you encapsulated everything that needs to be said on this page. I can’t wait until EVERY player plays to his ability next year and doesn’t wait for a “superstar” to make a play!

Cuz

March 22nd, 2009
11:28 am

Thomas Brown is wrong. Thomas Brown wore number 20. This is number 39. He should rightfully change his name to Dustin Banks. He would gain at least a one per cent more credibility with me. My sunrise today was at 7:28, the exact time of the post. I guess the TB bloodsucker had a deadline to make and made it just in time. There are things that go bump in the night and number 39 is one of them. Lord preserve us and protect us. I am waiting for the post where he tears apart UGA, that one should be good.

Cuz

March 22nd, 2009
11:31 am

Isn’t the wonderlic test the thing that Peyton and Eli Manning were doing with Oreo cookies? I think Stafford will pass that one.

AltamahaDawg

March 22nd, 2009
11:55 am

Isn’t 7:30 in the morning a little late for that kind of a rant. Must have had some ISP problems at 4:00 am.

Scott

March 22nd, 2009
1:09 pm

Poser Thomas Brown – Get your facts straight. The story you are telling of the player who was caught cheating by using his cell phone and then physically taking the phone back was not Dannell Ellerbe. It was Tavares Kearney, who was dismissed from the team immediately and ultimately left the school.

With friends like BuLL...

March 22nd, 2009
1:16 pm

who needs enemies?

Cuz

March 22nd, 2009
5:40 pm

A BuLLDawg by any other name would(insert line here).

Cuz

March 22nd, 2009
5:41 pm

be just as big a pain.

Fools Gold

March 22nd, 2009
5:43 pm

Ha… a little freshman running back already tearing the mutts defense into shreds…. Poor ole Wille must be rubbin that ole bald head of his… visions of Georgia Tech, Alabama,LSU and Florida huh….SOS… the excuses and injury bug will take over after the praise of intensity vanquish

Cuz

March 22nd, 2009
7:07 pm

Hey Dustin Banks, #39, guess you were wrong on two counts, Ellerbe and Stafford’s wonderlic score. Now go back to delivering pizzas. This should be a big night for you with the brackets going on. Oh and don’t forget to post before the sun comes up.

Fools Gold, beat you to that one. Get some original material.

Chip I have an idea for Monday’s blog. With the battle going on between Murray, Metenberger and Gray for second string quarterback, ask them for their final four picks. Tie breaker being the ultimate winner and final score. The winner gets to back up Joe Cox. Whaddaya think?

Chip Towers

March 22nd, 2009
9:00 pm

BuLLdawg, er, I mean, Thomas Brown: You had so many facts wrong I’m not sure where to begin. Let’s start with Dannell Ellerbe. It was not Ellerbe who was accused of cheating with this cell phone, as you claim. That was freshman Tavares Kearney, who was never proved to have been cheating but was suspended for disorderly conduct because of his reaction to the young female teacher that accused him of the act. He left school and never played a down for the Bulldogs. I know because I reported the story. . . .

As for Stafford, your numbers are just wrong. Georgia wasn’t 89th in passing, or whatever it is you were claiming. The Bulldogs were 16th in NCAA Division I in passing and first in the SEC. Individually Stafford was 14th and led the SEC. If you go by the NCAA’s passer rating formula Stafford was 47th, which is exactly twice as good as Tim Tebow’s 84th. And Stafford is smart, as his No. 1 wonderlic score indicates. . . .

Whether you like Stafford personally or not I don’t know. Certainly all Bulldog fans would have liked for Georgia to do more while he was in Athens. But you don’t have to stand out there on the practice fields and watch him complete 45 of 50 passes in 10 minutes in front of 70 NFL personnel experts and a couple of hundred other people to know that Stafford has a special gift and will be richly rewarded for it. You can bash him all you want — there are things I think he could have done better at Georgia — but he’s very likely going to be the first guy drafted in 2009 and at least will be an early- to -mid first-round selection, which should earn him about $75 million. Let’s just kick back and see how it turns out for someone who will be a lifelong Georgia Bulldog. . . .

In case y’all haven’t noticed, the Georgia baseball team continues a roll. The Diamond Dogs (19-2) beat Mississippi State 10-6 Sunday to complete the SEC sweep and move to first in the SEC East. They had record attendance at Foley Field for the weekend and are now 14-0 at home this season.

ALMOST FORGOT TO INFORM YOU GUYS, I’m going to take some time off this week before I head into an intense working stretch at the end of March and first two weeks of April. The very talented Tim Tucker will be manning the blog for the next week and will keep it hopping every day. I’ll try to tune in as a bystanding commentator if my schedule will allow. Otherwise, please be kind to each other and keep coming back here for Georgia information and discussion.

SamoanDawg

March 22nd, 2009
9:10 pm

Thomas Brown, I believed that Tavarres Kearney that demanded his cell phone from a professor, not Dannell Ellerbe. Tavarres “TKO” Kearney no longer with the program, of course. He quit and walked out on his own.. not sure if we went to another school to play.

shane#1

March 22nd, 2009
9:31 pm

Chip, enjoy your time off, we long timers, or lifers as it were, appreciate your efforts. I have always respected your efforts though I don’t always agree with your blogs. Thomas, why don’t you take a break from the blogs and gain a little perspective. I did that last year, I stayed away for several months. Stafford is gone, there is no point in bashing him. Stafford will be a millionair next year and will not be wearing red and black. Let him go and start enjoying life. I wish you the best, Thomas.

SamoanDawg

March 22nd, 2009
9:36 pm

Great to hear the guys are heating up already. I’m so glad we have Jeff Owen for one more season. We definitely missed his leadership last year.

Chip, let us know more about Brandon Wheeler-walkon. Geno Atkins spoke very highly of him. I heard he has a non stop motor and hard worker. We need all the help we can get on D-line.

JustCallMeChamp

March 22nd, 2009
9:44 pm

Tim Tebow got a 40 on the wonderlic test for just signing his name!

SamoanDawg

March 22nd, 2009
10:00 pm

I think our backfield could be better than last year. We have 3 capable TBs to depend on.. Caleb King, Richard Samuel and Carlton Thomas. Joe Cox/Logan Gray will work out just fine, b/c I have trust in Searels and his linemen.

Jeff Owen will anchor the front line.. Kiante should provide big plays from DE we lacked last season. Roderick must stay healthy. Justin Houston needs to take his game to another level. Need more big contributions from Dobbs, Neland Ball, Jeremy Longo, Cornleus Washington…

Gen Neyland

March 22nd, 2009
10:31 pm

For the last time, Quit feeding #39 gunpowder..!

Thomas Brown

March 23rd, 2009
6:07 am

38 on the Wonderlic test. Wonderful. That’s a great score. It has tripped up many would-be NFL high draft picks.

Of course, Quarterbacks in this NFL draft up-coming now, are in short supply. Comparing him to Mark Sanchez, is not much of a comparison. He came in here with much hype about being the 2nd best QB in the nation, rifle for an arm, would bring UGA Sugar Bowl berths based upon SEC Championships, and would bring us great wins and no poor losses.

He leaves having accomplished in fact, none of that. He is a great talent. He looks like John Elway and throws with the best of the Quarterbacks ever seen.

He is not much a Leader on the field or off. He writes off forcing the ball in there. And, he has done a lot of that here. He does have a problem holding onto the football, as evidenced by 18 fumbles on 142 carries here, which he averaged 1 and a third yards a carry on here. 6 Touchdowns rushing. Of course, he did call his own number 4 times a game running the football. Take the Georgia Tech loss for example, Stafford had 4 rushes. He had 4 rushes every game, for 39 games 142 in total for 3 years. (He handed the ball off to Knowshon Moreno only 17 times in the Tech Loss.)

Certainly, 33 Interceptions in 39 games here, is a clear problem of forcing the ball in there. And, for all the 33 Interceptions in 39 games plus 18 fumbles in 39 games, you have 51 adding them both together – the exact number of passing touchdowns, 51.

129 Quarterback Rating for his entire UGA career.

I never knew which QB was going to show up. And, for how long in any game.

He is a wonderful talent, with lots of upside. He just needs to value the football. In the League, they will not put up with 51 touchdown passes and 51 fumbles and interceptions.

DJ Shockley and David Greene were much better for us, than he was.

I figure that Joe Cox will be too.

I figure that Matthew Stafford will end up the least effective Quarterback that Coach Richt has had.

If he goes on and has an NFL career that is a top one after say 4 years or so, that would be great for him and us. I hope that he does. But, if he does, it will be something there he does that he did not do here.

He needs to go to an NFL team that doesn’t have a running game.

He squandered Knowshon Moreno here.

2 worst seasons in the Coach Richt 8-Year Era ?

Matthew Stafford’s first year and his last year here. In between those 2 years, UGA finished Number 2 in the Final AP Poll in 2007; and, yet, Matthew Stafford was the Number 83 NCAA Official Passing Offense in 2007.

At some point, the media will have to get off the hype about Matthew Stafford and measure him on what he accomplishes.

We certainly suffered 2 of his 3 years here, and frankly did not deserve to be ranked in the Final AP Poll either of his first or last season here.

That’s hard to take for me, personally. We were going to be an Elite Football Program. Not Top 10 program, but better than that : Elite Football Program.

Now, when he leaves we find ourselves not considered the Elite Football Program we were certainly on the cusp of being when he got here.

He is an enigma, for his years here.

For 3 years now, we have been told by the media that he is the pro-typical NFL Quarterback.

I would have liked to not have Lost to Georgia Tech and Alabama this season; both of which I consider huge Losses that we should not have Lost. I would have liked to not be down 49-3 when he was finally yanked. That was disappointing. Almost as disappointing as 29 unanswered to Tech and 31 to nothing at half by a very beatable Alabama squad. I would have liked to not have Lost to South Carolina last year, who went on to Lose 6 games but not against us. Tennessee Lost 4 games last year, but not against us; against us, the vols slaughtered us 35-14. Stafford was no where to be found in either of those puzzling Losses that kept us from even an SEC East Championship once again. More Losses which I consider huge Losses that we should not have Lost. And, had we not replaced him with Joe Cox against Colorado, we Lose that game too; and Colorado Lost 6 games that year as well. Vanderbilt and Kentucky Losses that year as well, were just hard to take again with Matthew Stafford accomplishing nothing. Huge Losses we should not have Lost.

Matthew Stafford is a big-time talent. He was not in the same ballpark as an effective team leader and winning quarterback as every other Coach Richt Quarterback, David Greene and DJ Shockley.

If the media tells us that a guy is that great a quarterback, that he is the Number 1 Draft Pick Overall in the First Round, I expect to find not Inexplicable Losses where he was a No Show, but All America and Conference Championships, or at the very least All-SEC.

I’d rather Joe Cox.

It’s like Caleb King. We are told he is so great too. Not for my money.

I’d rather see us give Carlton Thomas a chance.

Bottom Line is that I like to Win Our Games. I certainly hope that Joe Cox does a better job of Being a Team Leader and not Losing All these games that stick in my craw – all the Losses the Last 3 Years.

It’s not been any fun Losing to Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Florida in a big blow-out game. These inexplicable Losses the Last 3 Years and then we are opening up the newspaper to read that Matthew Stafford is the Number 1 Pick in the First Round of the NFL. Matthew Stafford is NOT the Number 1 Draft Pick in the First Round. He is NOT.

He’s gone and we have Joe Cox. I’d like to put these years behind us and get back to Valuing the Football at the Team Leadership Position, Quarterback, and Winning the games we are supposed to Win, instead.

I can even take a Loss to Florida.

But, not 49-3.

Too Easy

March 23rd, 2009
8:25 am

Chip: Math much? Stafford’s ranking at 47 is exactly twice as good as Tebow’s 84th? I’ll give you a break and assume you mistyped “94th”. And maybe 47th is really just half as bad instead of twice as good.

Cuz

March 23rd, 2009
10:37 am

It’s the new Math they are teaching in school these days, Easy. The same math that gives you 2+2=5 because it feels good.

So, BuLL

March 23rd, 2009
12:32 pm

You and Staff play golf much lately?

Thomas Brown-er

March 23rd, 2009
1:12 pm

“In the League, they will not put up with 51 touchdown passes and 51 fumbles and interceptions.”

I don’t know T-Bag…it seems like the Green Bay Packers ‘put up’ with a large number of INT’s by soon to be Hall of Fame Quarterback named Brett Favre.

If I recall correctly he won a Superbowl and a couple of League MVP awards while throwing more interceptions than anyone in history.

I am not comparing Stafford to Favre…I merely try to point out that interceptions alone may not be a good indication of the quality of a quarterback. I also hope to point out that you should be in no position (as evidenced by your inane rants) to comment on what any NFL team will put up with. Personally, I don’t think you are in any position to post on this blog…although idiots are welcome.

Let it go brother–you’ll live longer.

Ben

March 23rd, 2009
3:01 pm

Oh lord….

Thomas Brown, you have a real way with words. By the way, you can write something once on here in order for it to be read. Pease no more

“He had a passer rating of 129

He turned the ball over too many times

He had a bad passer rating.”

Please, dude, learn the sport if you are going to talk smack about someone. You know what? I think I even agree with you that UGA might be better now that he’s not quaterback, but your justification and senseless tirade is just dumb.

Fact is, Stafford statistically got better every year. He has had different situations to work with, as far as the team is concerned. This year’s QB will face a different scenario as well. Stafford didn’t lose 1/10 of as many games as he won for us. So continue to sit on your high-horse and talk bad about him, but I hope he goes on to be one of the most prolific QBs in the NFL, because it’s good for UGA.

dan

March 24th, 2009
5:13 pm

I agree with Thomas Brown. I won’t blame everyone one of those losses on Stafford( the Georgia Tech and Alabama losses are solely on the defense), but he certainly wasn’t worth the hype. Don’t get me wrong, Stafford has more athletic ability in his pinky than I do in my entire body. But something is missing with him, I don’t know. Green and Shockley were better in my opinion but then again they benefited from having senior offensive lines and great players on defense during their time at UGA. It’s really a shame that the recruits the last few years really haven’t panned out. I also think Richt got a little soft with this team last year allowing Stafford and Knowshon to coast a little too much on their athletic abilities. I also think Stafford could benefit from a good offensive coordinator because Bobo is awful. I never got the sense that Stafford felt comfortable with the offense, like Green and Shockley did when Richt was calling the plays. With that being said, if Stafford is willing to accept the perks that go along with being a stud QB for UGA, then he has the accept the responsibility when things go wrong. Personally I think it would be better if he weren’t the 1# QB overall. I could really see him landing in Chicago. The Bears fans would be tough on him, but they’ve had to endure Grossman and Orton for so long, they’ll happly take Stafford, especially with that killer D they have.