A few random, three-days-after notes and observations –
Year2 had this to say about Georgia’s offensive game plan:
2. Should Georgia have gone to the pass earlier?
Well, hindsight is 20/20. It certainly looks that way now. But hold on for a sec.
The film of South Carolina’s opener indicated that Georgia should have use the run to set up the pass (exactly as Richt did) even before you get to the fact that the quarterback was a freshman going without his best receiver. Plus, Ealey did well on the first sustained Bulldog drive as I described above.
Giving Murray some more leash to toss it around was a great halftime adjustment, though given how things looked I wouldn’t be surprised if Richt decided before the game to make that change at that time. No one had seen Murray play in a real college football game yet. The Georgia staff made the right call this week, but they shouldn’t wait so long to air it out with Murray in the future.
It shouldn’t have come as any big surprise to us that Richt was going to be conservative with his inexperienced quarterback going into his first SEC contest. Although I can’t help but wonder how many of the Georgia fans who were ready to anoint Mettenberger as the starter after the G-Day game were complaining about Bobo not calling Murray’s number enough on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Bacarri Rambo is upset about his play.
“I was loafing a lot,” the sophomore said. “I’ve just gotta do better, because I’ve got a lot of guys looking at me as a leader. I’ve gotta fix myself with that.”
Rambo didn’t stop there.
“From now on I’m going all-out,” Rambo said. “I’ve gotta give it all I got. I feel like I was holding something back. I left a lot of what I had in the locker room instead of taking it out there with me.”
Emerson notes that Rambo wanted to get that off his chest, so it sounds like he really was bothered by his effort. The attitude’s a good place to start, of course, but that’s all it is until he takes it on the field for a whole game.
More importantly, the coaches found attitudes lacking as well. And it sounds like we may be looking at some accountability and consequences:
… A caller on coach Mark Richt’s call-in show Monday night asked Richt about players being “timid” and “afraid to hit.”
“There were a couple of times where you’re right, I think timid is a very kind description of what happened,” Richt said. “There were a couple of times when we turned it down quite frankly.”
Gamble said defensive coordinator Todd Grantham told “all the younger guys in the two-deep that there’s still spots open (to replace) guys who are messing up.”
Richt said there indeed will be competition for positions this week and there will likely be more physical practices with the scout team.
“Just to work hard on the fundamentals of stepping on a guy’s toes and putting your face on him and wrapping up,” Richt said. “There’s going to be no diving on the ground at a guy, no going low on a guy. When I mean low, I’m talking about just diving at the knees and ankles and that kind of thing.”
I thought the disappointments we saw on the field the previous two seasons were more the fault of the coaches than the players. It’s too early to be making any final judgments about this season, but I’m inclined to say that so far I’m not willing to draw the same conclusion. The Arkansas game will tell us a lot about where this team is headed this year.