Category Archives: Georgia Football

Get ready.

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post about the bye week before the South Carolina game, you wanna know something else that’s important about Georgia’s two 2014 bye weeks?  As a general rule, Mark Richt teams are quite good coming out of bye weeks.

Mark Richt is 24-9 (73%) off bye weeks in 13 years at Georgia, a number that may not seem impressive until you remember that he’s played SEC teams after the majority of his open dates.

Richt’s most recent post-bye defeat came last season when the Bulldogs lost 24-19 to Nebraska in the Gator Bowl after a month off between the postseason and their thrilling 41-34 over Georgia Tech in the regular season finale.

In 2014, Georgia, like Florida State, will need to take advantage of their favorable bye-week placements before divisional games with South Carolina (Saturday, Sept. 13) and Florida(Saturday, Nov. 1).

To be sure, it’s no guarantee of success.  But it suggests Georgia tends to do well with an extra degree of preparation.

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Some random d-line thoughts

Two things about this Gentry Estes piece on the defensive line:  (1) as nervous as we are about the state of the line in the wake of Taylor’s dismissal, can you imagine how much worse it would be if Garner had still been the position coach last season and he and Grantham had stuck with their “play the starters until they drop” approach?; and (2)  is there a picture of Tracy Rocker at work that isn’t intimidating as shit?

(Photo by John Kelley/UGA Sports Communications)

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To everything, there is a season.

I’m not sure how big a deal it’ll turn out to be in the vast scheme of things, but one thing about Georgia’s schedule I like is the week off between the Clemson and South Carolina games.  Ordinarily, early bye weeks strike me as kind of a waste, but in this case, it’ll give the staff the chance to prepare thoroughly for each opponent.  With a new quarterback and the total overhaul on defense, that seems useful.

Meanwhile, South Carolina faces two potent offenses in Texas A&M and East Carolina before hosting Georgia, and its defensive coordinator still expects to have his game plan for Georgia prepared before the start of preseason camp. Knowing Spurrier, the ‘Cocks won’t wait until game week to start implementing it, either.

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Georgia’s underappreciated oasis?

Oh, Seth, you’re such a tease.

Yes, three starters departed Georgia’s offensive line after last season. And yet as preseason practice begins, there’s a sense of stability and clarity on what has been in recent years the biggest question mark on the offense.

You have a three-year starter at center. You have three other players basically guaranteed a starting spot. There is probably more depth on this year’s offensive line than there has been in years. For all the chaos of Georgia’s offseason, none of it touched the offensive line, and it’s reflected on the depth chart.

Spring practice was very productive for offensive line coach Will Friend, making it a less daunting task for this preseason. If all goes well, he can pick his starting five and top backups by mid-August and then ratchet up the planning for Clemson and South Carolina.

I can think of few better developments for Georgia’s chances this season than a stabilized offensive line.  And there’s no question the progress of Greg Pyke has been a big deal.  But, man… I watched these guys last year, you know?

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The perception of Mark Richt, in charts

Marc Weiszer Chris White has an informative piece up comparing aspects of the career of Mark Richt versus those of Vince Dooley, Paul “Bear” Bryant, Nick Saban, Les Miles and Steve Spurrier.  And you know what?  For the most part, Richt comes off respectably in comparison.

He does look bad in record against top rival, but even in that area, he shows signs of turning that around, riding a three-game winning streak and playing the Gators even over the last eight games.

Then, there’s this:

Talk all you want about winning percentage and bowl games, but most fans will tell you all that matters at the end of the day is the ability to finish atop the heap. Bryant earned six tiles in this time, a feat matched only by Michigan’s Fielding H. Yost. Saban is the only other coach listed with more than one title, and Richt is the lone coach in this sample who doesn’t yet have a national championship on his record.

The difference between zero and one may not seem like much, but when it comes to winning national championships, it’s a big gap.

Bonus note – this doesn’t come from the AB-H piece, but it’s worth pointing out that Georgia remains in enviable company when it comes to road records.

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The hardest working man in Athens, Georgia

Mike Bobo racked himself up some major frequent flyer miles recruiting recent QB commit Jacob Eason.

“They’ve always been the school,” Eason said. “The coaches have been the most involved. Coach Bobo came all the way up to Washington to watch me throw twice. That’s more than any other school and that’s a four-and-a-half-hour flight. That’s a lot of commitment.”

I guess Eason felt the love.

(h/t Bulldog Illustrated)

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Gone, gone, gone.

In case you were wondering…

And just so we’re clear, a dismissal means Taylor is free to go anywhere his heart desires.

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Conflict of interests

Weiszer is reporting that the 2015 G-Day game is once again scheduled for Masters Saturday.

It didn’t seem to hurt attendance last year, as Georgia set a record with this year’s attendance mark.

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Wednesday morning buffet

Buffet away.

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The art of the troll

The impressive thing about Mark Bradley’s reaction piece on the Taylor arrest wasn’t that he trolled Richt for another example of losing control (I guess it was Schultz’ turn for that), but that he trolled us with the idea that at some point Richt’s gonna come to a Saban-esque “don’t have time for this shit” moment.

No coach can be with 120 players 24 hours a day. (Even if he could, that wouldn’t really be imparting discipline, would it? Discipline involves the astute application of free will.) That said, the coach is the guy who brought these players to campus, and he has to live with their choices. Yes, coaches get paid a ton of money, but they’re also the ones whose phones ring in the middle of the night.

I’m reminded of what a big-time basketball coach once told me about being intrigued by coaching in the NBA. I said I thought any successful college coach who would put himself in the position of coaching guys who made more money than he did was crazy. He smiled and said, “Yeah, but when one of those guys gets in trouble, that phone call doesn’t come to you. It goes to the agent.”

Sometimes you just have to tip your cap to a master.

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