Silence as a compliment

Hey, remember the day when there was a ton of bitching about Coach Eason not getting the most out of Georgia’s receiving corps?

Funny how you don’t hear much about that anymore.  Coach Ball’s done a fine job of developing talent, largely under the radar.

Bobo pointed to Ball, the media-shy assistant coach whom Georgia gave a raise this offseason to prevent him from leaving for Tennessee. Ball excels in preparing players and getting them to improve continuously, according to Bobo.

I used to complain in Richt’s early years in Athens that he lacked the depth at the position needed to run much of the five-wide stuff he called at FSU.  That doesn’t look it’s a problem anymore.

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UPDATE:  This 2010 post of mine about something David Hale wrote is worth a look in light of the above, particularly this observation of Hale’s:

“…Because if Tony Ball and Todd Grantham and Warren Belin can each take one guy per season who might have been a “failure” under the old regime and turn him into a success, that’ll mean 12 more productive players four years from now. And that’s a significant difference.”

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17 responses to “Silence as a compliment

  1. I think Ball has become the best position coach on the staff. You could also make that case with Bobo as QB coach. He did an unbelievable job last year dealing with 2 ACL injuries in the middle of the year. He turned Tavarres King into a blazing deep threat as a senior from a wiry, skinny kid as a freshman.

    • IveyLeaguer

      Agree. Eason and Ball are like night and day. Ball is certainly one of our best coaches, and WR’s are his thing. I don’t think our WR recruiting has improved that much, it could be better. But it’s a lot easier to have some depth when your success rate with your players approaches 100%.
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  2. It is those quite humble men who make the best Coaches. In fact, it is the quite humble men who rule. Praise GOD!

  3. Matt b.

    I’ve never been more confident than with this current staff. Coach O, Ball, Lakatos, BMac and the rest stay out of the spotlight and actually coach up the players.

  4. AthensHomerDawg

    I remember the grumbling about why was a WR coaching RBs and a RB coaching WRs. Don’t hear that anymore.

    • Dog in Fla

      I don’t know which one is tilting at Windmill but the Anatomy of a Catch from yesterday shows that it’s working

  5. W Cobb Dawg

    CMR learned the hard way hiring ole buddies can cause plenty of problems, particularly if you distaste firing assistants who don’t perform. Eason’s lucky CMR has given him employment through all these years.

  6. hailtogeorgia

    His talent development has been second to none on the team. The fact that I don’t shit my pants every time Rhett McGowan sees the field is a testament to Ball’s abilities. Consider that guys like Michael Bennett, Chris Conley, and Justin Scott-Wesley all showed continuous improvement under Ball (and even Marlon Brown, for that matter, though it took a little longer) and there’s no question that he is one of the most valuable coaches we have.

    In all honesty, it’s hard for me to think of a player under Eason who developed beyond what one would’ve expected out of standard progression with experience and talent alone, and I can’t really think of any off the top of my head who overperformed.

    • And while I’m not remembering any names, I wanna say his WR units at Virginia Tech were always solid. Never highly rated guys, but always productive and extremely effective in their system.

      • hailtogeorgia

        I remember Eddie Royal and Josh Morgan played for him at VT. Neither guy is a standout in the NFL, but both are serviceable players, as you’ve described.

      • The Lone Stranger

        You could say the Gobblers have been spiraling down the drain since about the time Ball left. Not that there is a literal connection.

    • Normaltown Mike

      Marlon Brown is a great example of a player with all the tools but was completely raw when he came to UGA.

      After 4 seasons, and If not for the injury, he’d have been a 2nd or 3rd rounder. Even with the injury, I would bet he could get 4 or 5 years in the league and contribute about as much as Reggie Brown did in his NFL career. Not bad for a kid that played against midgets in the Memphis church league before coming to UGA.

      • hailtogeorgia

        You’re right. The most unfortunate thing about Marlon Brown was that he came in as a five star guy the year after AJ Green came in as a five star guy. Everyone expected him to produce equally, when, as you said, his competition in high school left a ton to be desired. It was nice to see him come into his own last year, and that’s certainly a credit to Ball for not giving up on him.

  7. Dog in Fla

    Speaking of Belin’s beeline, I guess were still looking for answers:

    “On filling Warren Belin’s position on the coaching staff:

    Obviously we can go a couple of different ways, but we’re in the process of looking at it right now and we’re gonna hire the best person for Georgia, and that’s the best fit for Georgia.”

    http://blutarsky.wordpress.com/2011/02/06/georgias-next-defensive-coach-international-man-of-mystery/