Daily Archives: August 12, 2009

Kiffin watch: send in the clowns.

Not much else you can say in response to this Q & A with Gator lineman Matt Patchan:

What would you say to Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin if you passed him on the street?

I probably wouldn’t say anything to him. I’ve got nothing to say to that guy. He’s a bozo.

(h/t Chris Low)

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What are tight ends good for these days, anyway?

In the age of the spread, Mark Richt has an answer to that question.

“If the tight end is in the game and people understand that we are serious about running the football, most defenses are going to have to play base,” Richt said. “If you have a tight end who is a legitimate blocker but can catch the ball pretty well, you can get some matchups with linebackers and safeties.”

If you want that fleshed out some more, Chris Brown is ready to help.

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Now he tells us.

It sounds as if Corch Meyers is scrambling to find ways to motivate his preseason all-everything squad.

Such as telling everyone that no GPOOE™ is an island.

QB Tim Tebow is “nothing” without five blockers up front, Meyer said.

“What gets lost in the media and fans is Tim Tebow — it’s not Tim Tebow,” Meyer said “It’s everybody else, five guys playing like maniacs out front. … When Tim’s on every magazine, there should be five guys right behind him standing there.”

Quit rolling your eyes, people.  It’s not like the Corch had anything to do with that.

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Premature preseason observation #2

Feel free to mock me at season’s end over this call, but barring injury, this kid will have the biggest impact of any Georgia freshman this season.

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Premature preseason observation #1

It’s early, which no doubt means I’m reading way too much into David Hale’s notes from yesterday’s practice, but still, I can’t help the way this feeds into my sense of optimism:

… Last week, Bobo was concerned about the offensive line’s ability to gel as a unit, but after a few more practices, he’s been impressed with how well the group has played together.

Trinton Sturdivant, Chris Davis, Ben Jones, Cordy Glenn and Clint Boling are currently projected as Georgia’s starting five, and Bobo said they’ve taken nearly all the reps with the first team since practice began last week.

Vince Vance and Justin Anderson are backing up and really pushing those guys for playing time, but right there, that’s the five,” Bobo said. “You can kind of see us coming together. The more those guys play together, the more they get used to each other, the better they become as a group.”

Yeah, I know he’s goes on to temper that with his “If we could stay together and stay healthy, in a couple years we might be great…” comment, but for me, how the offensive line will rank in the vast scheme of things isn’t the issue.  It’s how much confidence a stable offensive line will give Bobo in his playcalling and offensive philosophy.

It’s not just a matter of providing Cox with enough time to throw (and wouldn’t it have been interesting to see how a mature Stafford’s mechanics would have been behind a stable offensive line this year?) or King a good hole to run through.  It’s giving Bobo the flexibility to scheme more with the receivers and tight ends.

… Bobo said a key for wide receiver A.J. Green‘s success this season will be moving him around the field to create confusion on the defense. Whether a lot of motion will become a widespread part of the offensive attack, however, will depend a lot on who else lines up alongside Green.

“It really depends what the other guys that are in there, what they can handle,” Bobo said. “If we end up with Orson Charles and a couple other freshmen receivers, I don’t know how much they can handle movement. You want them to go out there and be able to play fast and execute using their athletic ability.”

The offensive line’s ability to reduce the need to rely on the tight end position for additional blocking support is going to be huge this year, I expect.

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Wednesday morning buffet

Grab your plates and silverware.

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