Things that make you go hmmm…, continued

I’ll no doubt be accused of beating the proverbial dead horse, but I’ve read and re-read this post of David Hale’s and all I can do is scratch my head.

Specifically, compare this passage…

Freshman Washaun Ealey got the starting nod at tailback for two straight weeks, but a missed block against Florida will likely cost him that role this week. While Ealey continues to run the ball well, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said pass protection remains a concern that’s too big to ignore.

“It’s always a big concern with young backs,” Bobo said. “I do know he knows what to do, he just did not execute the proper techniques of how to block. It was costly in (the last) game … but I think he’ll improve. He’s just got to trust his technique and execute it properly.”

Bobo said Ealey has gotten plenty of advice this week from the Bulldogs’ expected starter, Caleb King.

Last year, King missed a key block against Florida as well and then-running backs coach Tony Ball benched him for the next few games. The punishment was tough, but the lesson was learned, and King improved dramatically during the offseason.

Ealey won’t be benched, he just won’t start. Unlike last season, Georgia’s need for a strong runner outweighs any benefit a stint on the sideline might offer…

… with this one.

Baccari Rambo has earned more playing time each week, too, but has so far been unable to push senior Bryan Evans from the starting lineup at safety. While Rambo said he would love the starting job, he said he respects his coaches for giving the veterans a chance to turn things around.

“I think by Coach Richt supporting the veterans, when I get my time, that’ll happen to me,” Rambo said. “When they make mistakes, I try to learn from them. I think it’s a great thing how Coach Richt supports the veterans and lets them try to get better and correct their mistakes.”

So to recap – if you’re a young running back who screws up handling a secondary function in a game against the toughest opponent you face all season (a game in which you’ve got plenty of company in terms of teammates making mistakes), you’ll suffer the immediate consequences of a benching or a demotion, but if you’re Bryan Evans and you, well… play like Bryan Evans all season, you’ll serve as an inspiration to your backup.

I really want to think I’m missing something here, that it’s not some glaring double standard smacking me in the face, but for the life of me, I can’t figure out what that is.

The truly weird thing is that there isn’t even a hint in Hale’s post that any player or coach has a problem with this.  Maybe that’s one reason why this season has been such a disappointment.

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22 responses to “Things that make you go hmmm…, continued

  1. NebraskaDawg

    There is too many types of these incidents that go on in the program. It sends a confusing message not only to us the fans but more importantly to the players who begin to lose confidence in the staff. Richt & staff have shown a lack of discipline not only in their coaching but also in decisions such as these. Richt has allowed too many decisions to be left to the staff and has left a power vacuum for leadership.

  2. dean

    Well I guess as long as Bryan Evans is using good technique to miss tackles and blow assignments then it’s not as big a deal. On the bright side if Rambo is learning from Evans’ mistakes he will be the most knowledgeable DB in the country next year.

  3. Yeh, I’m just (well) past scratching my head. Tuesday CMR was once again pointing to the lack of plays being made on defense, ie. fumbles being caused but not recovered, the lack of INTs… Yet Rambo is one player who’s doing that consistently.

    You know…when he’s afforded the opportunity.

  4. Technique lover

    Dean has it right above. Obviously, Senator, you’re missing the simple logical step that Bryan Evans is using incredibly valuable, well practiced technique on his tackles. It explains so much. Instincts and natural playmaking ability be damned (go find Rambo’s HS film, btw…..kid doesn’t know how NOT to make a play), we need to use the kids who execute the techniques properly. Hell, I bet there are plenty of walk-ons who do that.

    The conflicting view you illustrate here is really interesting, and potentially a huge problem. Are some positions exempt from the “get your best players on the field” mantra that we preach to recruits (as does everyone else)? Didn’t we learn our lesson on this with Knowshon? Thank goodness AJ Green showed up being an apparent jedi master in technique (kidding aside, his technique is damn near flawless).

    Either play your best players or don’t. Play Matt Stafford and go through his growing pains because it pays dividends for his experience and chemistry. Don’t play Knowshon who was a game changer the FIRST TIME HE TOUCHED THE BALL IN A GAME, AND THE ENTIRE STAFF ALREADY KNEW IT. Play true freshmen OL because they are simply better than guys that have been in the program for 3 years (still inexplicable). Play Marlon Brown for a total of maybe 10 plays this year, burning his RS.

    I honestly think it comes down to the position coaches all having their own philosophies injected into the game TOO much. I know they need to inject some as that is their value add proposition, but at some (early) point, Richt has to step in and just say “We are going to do it this way across the board” to make sure the kids understand exactly what we expect from them.

  5. Joe B.

    Hmmmm, so Rambo has to bust his ass to get on the field, but in 2 years he can be wretched and still get to start?

    What?

    Every aspect of this program is in shambles right now, and it all needs to be reevaluated at the end of the season.

    What would happen if one of the players on the team finally stepped up and said what I am sure some of the guys are thinking?

    Why do we not hear one kid say, that this is unacceptable for UGA. We are not a mediocre program, and we are embarrassed to be on this team?

    At this point, I am sort of rooting for some dissension among the players, so that I know that some of them actually give a damn.

  6. anonymous

    Some of our position coaches and coordinators are absolutely clueless. This is B S drivel of the highest magnitude.

    These coaches sound like they’re just making quotes up as they go along just to get thru the rest of the interview.

    Our players aren’t on the same page, our coaches aren’t on the same page, and our coaches aren’t on the same page with our players. That’s a coaching problem of the highest order.

    If a head coach is truly the CEO of the team, Richt better dang well start getting his upper management team in order, otherwise, we’ll be in the market for a new one.

  7. Richt-Flair

    Maybe Willie keeps forgetting to put Rambo in, ala our WR Coach forgetting about his players.

  8. Brandon

    Offensive Coordinator = Mike Bobo
    Defensive Coordinator = Willie “Bryan Evans was the best man at my wedding” Martinez

  9. D.N. Nation

    Here’s a question…which Dawg do you/will you miss the least?

    Jeremy Thomas
    Daniel Inman
    Bryan Evans

    Show your work.

  10. Do you think Bryan Evans ever wonders why he’s still playing?

  11. Left to Right

    There is no rhyme or reason to this program any more. Richt is confused about all aspects of this team. We don’t just have defensive problems, folks.

  12. Dawg N Suds

    Our staff prefers the Rambo sequels over the original.

  13. Meatloaf

    Guys -

    This isn’t that confusing. Mark Richt has a certain philosophy as a head coach that includes rewarding veterans, playing hard working walk-ons on special teams and being blindly loyal to assistants. This approach will give you many years of 8-10 wins, a potential championship and some years of crap. He is not going to change this philosophy for a bunch of bloggers, pissed off fans or the AD. Either the program is happy with his approach and corresponding win/loss record, or each goes their separate way. Its that simple.

  14. Chuck

    The truly weird thing is that there isn’t even a hint in Hale’s post that any player or coach has a problem with this.

    I am not sure that is all bad. Yes, I know that coaches and players ignoring problems is not good, but public dissension among coaches and players is a sign of problems that can never be corrected. If they work together, we have a chance they will figure it out.

  15. 69Dawg

    The answer to why the different rules for different players is really just a question of who the position coach is. Mark is and always has been an O coach. Mark does not mess with Willie just like Diddy Bowden didn’t mess with Mickey or for that matter Dooley didn’t mess with Erk. So Willie picks the D rules and they are seniors rule. On the O side Mark sets the rules. Rules numbered 1-10 are protect the QB. There are no further rules so we are left with our best RB on the bench because he did not follow the only rule this team apparently has that will get you benched.

    • Rbubp

      Right. But don’t you think that the Head Program manager has a responsibility to look at things like this? I noted this inconsistency myself from Hale’s article. Certainly Mark Richt knows that there have to be consistent programmatic policies regarding playing time–the only actual leverage the coaches have to get the players to do anything at all????

      • Dog in Fla

        “consistent programmatic policies”?

        Wait a minute, Rbubp, let’s don’t make this into some kind of quadratic equation and put too much responsibility on Mark. On our staff the only thing consistent is that it’s every swinging d!ck for himself because it’s a true democracy among the assistants…now, it’s time to dance…

  16. Ben Rockwell

    Anyone think any of this might be a “give ‘em enough rope” scenario? Richt knows his job is secure, and after his first full staff dissolved he had to promote from within.

    Now, though, this staff is not showing that it can win consistently with great talent, and Richt is not stepping in to fix it.

    It’s inexplicable why Bryan Evans still sees the field over Rambo, but it makes sense that King would get the nod over Ealey since, at this point, King is a more complete player in both blocking and running. So, kudos to Bobo for making that move and making sure that guys get to play based on what they know and how they do instead of seniority.

    Now, I’m willing to strike all of this and act like I don’t know who wrote if this same staff is in the football offices next February, but we’ll get to that when we have to.