I wasn’t going to post anything else tonight, in the hopes that my aggravation would dissipate by the morning, but listening to a couple of morons on 790 during my ride home changed my mind.
It was one of those something’s-wrong-with-Georgia discussions, which was fine, but the two proceeded to get into an argument started by moron #1′s assertion that teams aren’t afraid to play Georgia. With all due respect to the intellectual power on display, that ain’t Georgia’s problem right now. Georgia’s problem is the exact opposite, in fact. Georgia’s afraid of taking risks.
I’m not trying to be overly dramatic here, but how else do you explain Logan Gray, punt returner extraordinaire? No offense to Logan, who did some good work on offense today, but as well as this program has recruited over the past decade, there’s no way he should be the team’s second best option returning punts. (Or even third, if you want to argue that A.J. would have been second.) He’s basically a concession that Georgia doesn’t intend to mount a threat fielding punts. And it’s not like anyone who watched Georgia football last season lacks an understanding of what Gray brings to the table.
The reaction to the Arkansas punter picking up the first down on the fumbled snap was simply icing on the cake.
I’m not asking the Georgia coaches to turn themselves into a bunch of riverboat gamblers, but there’s nothing wrong with being occasionally aggressive. The ultimate message you send when you make timid choices like this one is that you don’t trust your talent. Which is weird, when you think about it, since you picked the talent in the first place.