If somebody can explain this team to me…

I’d love to hear it.

Great, crazy game.

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41 responses to “If somebody can explain this team to me…

  1. RedCrake

    Just go with it.

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  2. Brandon

    It is always nice to beat Auburn, I will leave it at that

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  3. Ausdawg85

    A win in spite of ourselves. Defense played soft, but the front 4 got some rush going and we got the INT’s. (Wonder if we learned to blitz what would happen…hmmmmm). Joe is terrible, but made just enough big plays with young receivers to get ‘er done. Oline gave King and Ealy some room to shine. Kicking was great…coverage suspect…returns…ehh. Kept penalties under 10 I believe…huge for us. So those things we are SOOOO capable of doing, we occasionally did and did well. And for the bone-headed stuff we normally do, we kept it to a minimum. And Auburn sucks…that helps.

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    • For a guy with a noodle arm, I wish we’d take more down field shots. I mean, the worst that happens is his INT is essentially a punt. And with AJ and the other WRs being pretty fast, we have a shot every time.

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  4. Prosticutor

    Anyone else DVR the game and watch (over and over) Rennie shove Willie Martinez? I missed it live, but a friend saw and we backed it up to see for sure. Jaw dropping?

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    • Farsider

      What was the context of the apparent “shove”? I noticed that Curran was out of the game a decent amount in the 2nd half. Was Rennie upset about that, maybe? Under normal conditions, this would be inexcusable. But Rennie’s been a model citizen.

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      • rbubp

        I saw that and kind of thought it was a love-tap get excited kind of thing. Was after a good play, no?

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      • Prosticutor

        Don’t recall the exact time of game now (was at a friend’s place watching…early 3rd?), but it was right after Jones missed an easy pick. As the Dawgs’ receiving punt team came on the field after it, Martinez got in Jones’ face. During that, Rennie came off the field and went straight to Martinez and shoved him bak and off of Jones.

        Wish I could go back and watch it now that I’m home, but even a few hours later, it was very telling.

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      • brad

        There were a couple of instances I saw like that. What I remember (w/o checking the tape) was Willie was exhorting somebody on the defense in a positive way and Rennie pushed Willie in a “That’s what I’m talking about” kind of way.

        The other thing I saw was Willie dropping some F bombs on Reshad after the first (?) TD pass. May have been the second one. But the gist was, “Where the EFF where you?” Or, “Why the EFF weren’t you there?”

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        • Prosticutor

          ok, maybe I’m overreacting (but not that I’m going to stand up for WM). Anyway, I just pulled it up on espn360.com. It happens around the 2hr, 30sec’d mark. Also, it was Evans on the drop, not Jones.

          Really, no one will know what happened except for the guys on the sideline.

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          • rbubp

            I just watched it again.
            9:55 of the third, right after a Houston sack; the play before, EVANS had dropped an easy pick.

            CWM was yapping at Jones but it was hard to tell if it was positive or not. Curran came up behind Jones and kind of pushed CWM away from Jones.

            Could have been completely innocent–hard to tell.

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            • Prosticutor

              Agreed. All in all, I can’t complain with the outcome. Dawg D gave up two scores so fast in the 1st, I was afraid of another UT blowout (not to mention the dumb penalties out of the gate). Give everyone some credit for standing up after that.

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              • brad

                Just watched it again. Looked like no big deal. Rennie was kind of like, “Yeah, yeah. He knows he should have done better.”

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  5. Bourbon Dawgwalker

    I think this team has taken on the personality of Jon Fabris. They enjoy a challenge. Why kick it through the endzone when we can directional kick and ask our backup QB to tackle a real athlete? Why watch film when we can start out the game going down by 14? Why run the ball in the first few drives when we can run gimmick plays for 3 and outs? I think that if this team decided to play smart football for 4 quarters they could put a beatdown on most teams in this country, but they like to make things hard for themselves. On the bright side, after starting out slow, the team woke up and played lights out. Ealey and King are turning into a great 1-2 and the oline is opening holes for them. Joe Cox made plays when he needed to and didn’t throw an INT (that thing he threw to Auburn that bounced into Orson’s arms was just karma). The D tightened up and made big plays. I also saw a lot of big plays made by young Dawgs, which is encouraging.

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    • J-J-Jimmy, Very Much

      No doubt. Watching us run it down their throats had me screaming “why the eff did we run 6 gimmick plays to start the game?!”

      Defense? I’m sure we’ll all hear about the 17 points they gave up against a great Obburn offense. But check Obburn’s stats on the road vs SEC competition. Then get back to me.

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  6. rbubp

    Aubrun (sic) 2 TOs, UGA 0. That’s all she wrote.

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  7. rbubp

    “Why kick it through the endzone when we can directional kick and ask our backup QB to tackle a real athlete?”

    Yeah–What in the holy hell is the backup QB going on the kick coverage team?

    It just doesn’t make ANY SENSE AT ALL.

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  8. Joe Cox Has Alopecia

    When we don’t turn the ball over, we don’t put as much stress on our mediocre defense. It’s really that simple. This season could have been manageable, if it weren’t for the unfortunate turnovers and miscues/penalties.

    That’s what it boils down to, at least for me. There’s not a whole lot I like about this team, except for the G on the helmets. But, tonight, they played a competent game with no turnovers and few penalties. And against a rival that’s lost to us 3 times in a row. Can’t complain much about that.

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  9. the Coondawg

    Sure, I’ll take a shot in one word…..

    “Cattywhompus”

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  10. Chuck

    Regarding the O-line, I think what we have seen in the last couple of weeks is a decision by the staff that we can’t get the line to pass block and run block consistently in the same game. So, they pick what they plan to do, and set the line up for that. If they hope to pass successfully, they have one set of personnel (no Vince Vance, e.g.) and they run only to keep the D honest. And vice versa.

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  11. travis fain

    pretty sure Georgia is fucking awesome.

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  12. I wish Willie Martinez would stop with the “fake juice” where he gets all stupidly physical with his players after a good play. Jumping up on them like he’s dry humping them, or hitting Boykin in the face… its just bad and stupid.

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    • Dan A.

      that’s not “fake juice.” That’s your typical defensive coordinator. Who is the last D-coordinator that you’ve seen who has the temperament of CMR during ball games?

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  13. Aligator

    good game, now Martinez and Bobo will merit another season.

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    • Brandon

      Exactly what I’m afraid of, I’m okay with Bobo, but if we allow any of these games to save Willie we are just letting Richt post-pone the inevitable, waste good seasons and players, and get himself in trouble. Maybe Bob Davies will hire Willie away though if he ever goes back in to coaching.

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  14. NebraskaDawg

    Let’s not forget. This Auburn team also lost to Kentucky. Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane. Good win for a struggling team. We needed that in front of so many recruits. Dawgs slide by Kensucky and get blasted by the Nerds, we beat another patsy in a toliet bowl and Richt declares the season a success and sign Bobo and Martinez to multi-year extensions with raises to keep them from going to another team. LOL

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  15. Hogbody Spradlin

    Defense played well after the first quarter. Mixed emotions.

    Bear in mind when evaluating our offense that Auburn’s defense is porous.

    I didn’t see Rennie Curran shove Martinez, but I did see Martinez get way over excited after the first interception.

    Blutarsky:

    To your question I offer the following answer: The Georgia/Auburn game always brings out the best in somebody. Sometimes it’s something unexpected, sometimes it’s according to form, but the history of this series is a player or team stepping up to the plate.

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  16. Scorpio Jones, III

    Here’s an explanation, Senator.

    WE ARE YOUNG!!!!!!!!!!

    Some of you experts have wanted Willie to have smoke coming out of his ears all season, yet when it does, you find something negative.

    What I saw was a coach working his ass off and having a good time with kids who worked their butts off.

    But here’s the real question.

    Do we want a head coach who bows to popular sentiment?

    Or do we want a head coach who mans up and does what HE thinks needs to be done?

    You better be happy with the latter, cause that’s what you are going to get.

    And that’s what we should get.

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    • rbubp

      How about a defense that can keep mediocre offenses to less than 35 points?

      Or have you already forgotten 41-30, 49-10, 42-38, 45-42, 45-17, 41-37, and 41-17?

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    • Nobody said they wanted Willie to have smoke coming out of his ears. He’s always been a retarded spaz in need of ritalin.

      We wanted Willie to coach a defense that averaged less than 20 points a game. We wanted Willie to stop giving up 30+ points a game multiple times per season.

      Having Willie dry hump players and stupidly miss a high 5 and hit them in the head is not something anyone asked for.

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    • Brandon

      How some people can continue to get Willie’s back is beyond me.

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  17. keith

    As long as what we should get is Willie being fired, I will be alright with that. You people that think last night solves anything on defense must not have been watching for the last 2 years while we were giving up +30 so many times.

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  18. Turd Ferguson

    I certainly don’t want to downplay the coaching problems, but …

    I’m wondering more and more these days how much of the story this year is REALLY just about a bunch of really young guys adjusting to SEC football. That doesn’t excuse guys like Joe Cox and Bryan Evans. And I think Richt will still have to make some coaching changes. But there is A LOT of raw youth on that roster, and it’s certainly not out of the ordinary that it would take many of them several games to adjust to the college level. Especially in this league.

    Like I said, I still think some coaching changes ought to be made. But I won’t be surprised if we end up looking back at this season as a relatively typical “down” year, during which a whole bunch of young studs had to learn how to play SEC-style football … only to come out in 2010 ready to do battle for the East.

    Oh, and get well Rambo. As far as I’m concerned, if this turns out to be Rennie’s last season as a Dawg, you’re next in line to be the face of this Georgia defense.

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    • rbubp

      Turd, that may be true, but the same was said last year about Alabama. “They’re a year away, too young,” with a mediocre fifth-year starter at QB.

      If we can’t compare ourselves to what happens in the top programs even in an off year, we can’t compare ourselves to them at all, because they all count.

      Low expectations benefit no one. I don’t think we all have to scream “get rid of ’em” as quick as they have at, say, Michigan, but there’s a track record of getting our asses kicked by good teams recently that wasn’t there before. It needs reversed.

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  19. I don’t see where beating this Awbun team has changed anything…….but,

    1) The improvement in penalties was a nice improvement.
    2) Being on the plus side of the turnover margin was a nice improvement.
    3) Winning a game with defense was a really nice improvement.

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    • saildawg

      I agree 100%, what I have been so disappointed in this season is not necessarily that we have played terrible, but there had not been any improvement in any area this season (a sign of bad coaching). This game was refreshing because we did see some improvement with the defense, penalties and turnovers. But one area we continue to be terrible in is kickoff coverage. When you watch some of the best coached teams in the nation (FLA and Alabama) take a look at their execution on kickoff coverage. They pin guys down within the 20-23 most times, within the 15 some, and rarely give up kicks past the 30. Our philosophy is that we will gladly give you the 30 at least. This kind of execution does not help the defense at all, and makes for momentum changes that are hard to overcome. I dont get it, we used to have great special teams play and the last 2-3 seasons we have been poor. We are lucky we have the 2 best special teams players in the country (Butler and Walsh) to make up for the rest of the special teams shortcomings.

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  20. Nice win – congrats!

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  21. Dan A.

    Who gives a flying f***. Last night kicked ass. What a great night. And to quote a random dawg fan who I heard utter the line of the night in front of Flangan’s… “f*** these Auburn douchebags.”

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  22. hodgie

    We won. I thought we played great outside of first qtr. We won. Defense only gave up two tds. We won. We had no turnovers. We won. We overcame adversity to win. We won. We don’t have a numer one nfl qtrback. We won. We don’t have a first rd nfl running back. We won.

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