Some final, random Cap One thoughts

Just a few things bouncing around in my head on the morning after:

  • One thing you could always count on with a Mark Richt team would be that one game every year when everything just clicked.  Even in 2006, there was the Auburn game.  The team never found that groove this season.
  • I kidded a friend during halftime that Richt was trying to lull MSU into a false sense of complacency with the questionable playcalling on the last drive of the first half.  The reality of the situation, though, was pretty dreary – he didn’t have much faith in the offense to do more than burn clock to keep the defense off the field.
  • Bobo called a weird game.  Very little imagination in the first half, at least after the first scoring drive, although part of it was no doubt driven by Stafford’s poor play.  On the other hand, the 96-yard drive in the third quarter was capped by one of the sweetest plays he drew up all season, a perfectly designed, perfectly executed pass to Mike Moore off of a play fake and a fake screen (start at the 9:17 mark on this clip):
  • If you want to talk about slippage, think about this.  In the eyes of many, Georgia and Southern Cal finished last season on fairly equal footing.  The team that Georgia beat yesterday by 12 points lost to Ohio State by 38 and to Penn State by 31.  Both of those teams were waxed by the Trojans.  There’s definitely some ground that needs to be made up here.
  • C’mon, admit it.  You knew the kick after the score that put the Dawgs up 17-6 was going out of bounds, didn’t you?
  • The textbook definition of “bittersweet” begins at the 9:24 mark on this clip:
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15 responses to “Some final, random Cap One thoughts

  1. baltimore dawg

    more than putting together one game in which everything works, i’d say the signature of richt’s disappointing years (which, comparatively speaking, could hardly be considered disappointing by most standards) is an overall upward trajectory in the last half or third of the season. that’s what i don’t see this year, yesterday’s defensive performance notwithstanding. i think the general indifference this team has shown made for a basically flat trend line in 2008.

    i’m always depressed at the prospect of 8 months without uga football no matter what kind of season we’ve had. but i have to say that i’m a bit eager to turn the page on this edition of ga. football because i can’t escape the conclusion that a bit of new blood and a team led by jeff owens will make a difference in attitude, even if these things don’t translate to a better w-l result. and by “make a difference in attitude” i mean “compete relentlessly in every game.”

  2. NebraskaDawg

    +1 BD

    Is it just me or did the whole season seem like the Dawgs were just “going thru the motions.” Not a lot of fire this year especially after the Bama game and very disappointing in the Nerd game. Tech won not because they were better but because they wanted it and we acted indifferent.

  3. +1 Senator

    There was no doubt in my mind about that kick going out of bounds. The more surprising thing was the nice boot Blair put into it on the opening kick. Where was that all year? And all game?

  4. SCDawg

    There was just a one step forward, two steps back feel to the whole season. We would do something brilliant followed up by something incredibly boneheaded. Like causing a fumble and being called for roughing the passer, or coming up with a big interception and having it negated by a hands to the face penalty. Or trying to punt and missing the freaking ball. Mimbs is a good punter-I have no idea how that happened.

    We had some similar problems yesteraday, with one key difference; earlier in the year, we gave up big plays after turnovers or after we committed some boneheaded penalty to extend a drive. Yesterday we didn’t give up any of those big plays; in fact, we made a great goal line stand after the INT.

    And CJ Byrd tackled like his hair was on fire most of the day.

  5. The Realist

    1) If I were Willie Martinez, at the half, I would have walked over to Mike Bobo and punched him in the ear.

    2) At the end of the game, I said, “This team didn’t play an entire game all year.” It’s reaffirming in a bad sense to see the Senator echo my sentiment as random thought number 1.

    3) On more than one occasion this season, I’ve felt like the game was scripted like a Wrestlemania Main Event:

    Some crazy special teams miscue like a fumbled kickoff return or muffed punt or (an original, I must say… caught me completely off guard) the punter not punting the ball because he screwed up his drop: check.

    Kickoff out-of-bounds: check.

    Running many, many plays to the short side of the field and allowing the defense to totally ignore about one third of the available in-bounds playing surface (even an end-around to the short side… really? A play designed to get outside into open space is run to the short side of the field?): check.

    Riding Knowshon down to the red zone and then trying to find a way to score that does not include Knowshon only to settle for a momentum, and in my case, soul-crushing field goal attempt: check.

    Defensive stop, either by third down hold or turnover, that is overturned by an ill-timed, and often questionably-called, personal foul penalty: check.

    And, finally, a third or fourth down and long… like you-should-never-make-this long… in which the quarterback finds a wide-open receiver right at the sticks: check.

    Am I wrong, or am I wrong? Did it not seem like these things happened on a weekly basis? Or, are these things common to all football teams in all football games, and I just keyed in on these because they make me feel stabby?

    4) I wish I could bottle Knowshon’s intensity and competitiveness. WADA would ban it.

    5) The biggest upset of the year would be if either Stafford or Knowshon came back. I don’t see it happening, as much as I wish it were so.

  6. Irishdawg

    “One thing you could always count on with a Mark Richt team would be that one game every year when everything just clicked. Even in 2006, there was the Auburn game. The team never found that groove this season. ”

    On target. But is this because of all the injuries? There were so many that it had to have screwed any chance of team chemistry this year. Any thoughts?

  7. Irishdawg

    “Defensive stop, either by third down hold or turnover, that is overturned by an ill-timed, and often questionably-called, personal foul penalty: check.”

    This trend makes me want to set something on fire. I’m wondering if it’s homerism or because I’ve seen all of Georgia’s games as opposed to others, but I still think UGA got hit with fuzzy calls no other team gets flagged for. The one yesterday was not even the most egregious one.

  8. The Realist

    Yesterday, I was asked which penalty this year was the worst. I went with the tripping call in the Arizona State game. It wasn’t the most impactful bad call, but I thought it was the worst… or at least the call that was most egregiously wrong in my opinion. For poor penalty enforcement, see “Wagers, Penn and defensive holding.”

  9. SCDawg

    Left tackle hurt: check.

    Anybody else think playing left tackle for GA this year is kind of like being the drummer for Spinal Tap?

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  11. JasonC

    Great list by The Realist.

    Re: Senator’s 2nd point. That whole debacle pissed me off. If Richt didn’t have any confidence in the offense and wanted to rest the defense, then do what they did on the first 3 plays- short, ball control runs and passes to get first downs and kill the clock. Chucking up the haphazard bombs after the first down just screamed Keystone Kops.

    In our wins early in the season, especially when we shut down other teams’ running games, I think hindsight shows those teams weren’t really good running teams anyway. However, we did shut down a decent running team yesterday. It helped that they didn’t have a legit WR threat and were using a mediocre QB, but eliminating Ringer and pounding Hoyer was impressive.

  12. dean

    If you want to talk about slippage, think about this. In the eyes of many, Georgia and Southern Cal finished last season on fairly equal footing. The team that Georgia beat yesterday by 12 points lost to Ohio State by 38 and to Penn State by 31. Both of those teams were waxed by the Trojans. There’s definitely some ground that needs to be made up here.
    That’s weird ’cause I was thinking the same thing watching the Rose Bowl yesterday. I actually got online to see how bad Penn St. had beat MSU. I was kinda glad we weren’t playing USC or Penn St.

  13. Carruthers

    Love the Spinal Tap Reference. No Doubt the Left Tackles for the Bulldogs this year were left with two words; Shit Sandwich.

  14. What about LSU this year – that was pretty close to everything clicking.