If you’re a glutton for punishment, I’ve got more blather for you. There are a couple of posts up that gave me some food for thought. Also, I sat down and watched a replay of the first half last night (I think I’ve finally OD’d on political punditry).
Start with these two posts from my favorite Florida blogs (hey, sometimes it’s good to get the enemy’s perspective):
- Over at Orange and Blue Hue, Gatorpilot responded to my comment that I still find the Florida secondary somewhat suspect, although what he wrote was too kind to me to be labelled a retort (flattery always works at GTP, folks). He makes some good points there, but I think he’s confused Strong’s gameplan, which in addition to being sound had the added benefit of being successful, with the quality of play of the defensive backs. I like Jenkins a lot, although he’s a freshman, and Haden’s come on, but those safeties are still a weak spot in pass coverage.
- Meanwhile, over at Saurian Sagacity, Mergz has a post up on why Strong’s gameplan was the obvious course of action and why Georgia couldn’t key on anything Florida did on offense in a similar manner.
As for what I saw in the replay…
- My overall impression was that we saw a continuation of what been occurring in the past few weeks, particularly in the Vandy and Tennessee games – lots of yardage that didn’t translate into sufficient scoring, inefficiency in the red zone (which follows), a freshman place kicker who’s playing like a freshman, untimely penalties, lack of an adequate pass rush from the d-line, the occasional misalignment of a defensive player, etc. The only difference on Saturday was that the opponent was a serious step up in class.
- That being said, the score should have been much closer than it was at the half. The spot on the Tebow run was a travesty – man, was Richt pissed about that – and Walsh’s misses looked even worse on TV than they did live.
- It’s a shame that Geno Atkins couldn’t have timed that rush a split second better.
- Bobo really struggled with his playcalling in the red zone. He’s got enough experience under his belt at this point in time for that to be puzzling. On the other hand, his single best call of the day was undone by a tight end who wasn’t on the same page with his quarterback. That one hurt.
- I truly don’t understand our fans’ criticism of Stafford’s and Moreno’s effort. They both got the crap beat out of them and kept going back for more. Stafford’s problem wasn’t that he didn’t care; it was that he was trying to do too much.
- Kenneth Harris, when your quarterback throws that beautiful a pass, the least you can do is catch it.
- I thought the run defense played Demps and Rainey well. But how hard was it to figure out when Tebow was going to keep the ball?
- Prince Miller played a fine first half.
- The linebackers didn’t play badly so much as quietly.
- Massaquoi played brilliantly. Again.