Phil Steele is high (on Georgia).

Allen Kenney snags a podcast interview with Steele.

The bulk of it (understandably) concerns Oklahoma, but at around the 20:00 mark, the conversation turns to Georgia.  Go listen for the details, but Steele thinks the story for the Dawgs this season is that talent (“they’re one of those four teams that rank in my top units in all eight position categories”) and schedule will outweigh coaching (Richt is Steele’s #1 hot seat candidate).

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17 responses to “Phil Steele is high (on Georgia).

  1. JasonC

    Wasn’t he high on the Dogs last year?

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    • kckd

      Yes, and also the year before that. Higher than most others had us picked anyway. Which in both cases was higher than we actually finished.

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    • He picked them to finish second in the SEC East.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      Yes, but he wasn’t really wrong to be somewhat high on Georgia. They lost the seven games by 11, 7, 12, 2, 3, 17 and 4, with chances to win all but MSU in the 4th quarter.

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      • Greg

        Chances to win all but MSU? We were losing 7-6 going to the 4th quarter in Starkville and 10-6 with less than 5 minutes to go. Utter ineptitude by Bobo kept us from winning that game…Ealey’s fumble at the goal line didn’t help either.

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        • Ben

          Funny how great Bobo might have looked sometimes if Ealey could block or hold on to the football. Well, let’s lump Caleb King in there, also.

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        • Biggus Rickus

          Oops. I was thinking the difference was double figures prior to the fourth.

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    • D.N. Nation

      Couldn’t really predict what happened to AJ.

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    • Stoopnagle

      Yes, he reasoned that there was no way Georgia wasn’t going to improve on -14 TO ratio (pretty sure that’s right) from 2009 and, you know, AJ Green was there to soften the breaking in of Murray. I think he liked our OL too.

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  2. Krautdawg

    “Talent and schedule will outweigh coaching.” I’ll take a win however it comes. But yeesh — is this really how our coaching pool is viewed by neutral observers? I.e., thank goodness those guys can recruit b/c someone’s got to compensate for their game calling?

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    • Macallanlover

      I love Steele’s work and refer to it all season long but he is a strong personality with a huge ego. His belief in the system he developed, and his own player evaluations require him to put blame somewhere if a team doesn’t finish as well as he projects. Someone has to be the fall guy for UGA not achieving as he predicted the last three years. He did a lot of crowing when the Dawgs made him look good in 2005 and 2007. The weakest part of his magazine is the self-promoting.

      Sorry to see him jump on Richt as the cause, and I don’t think the seat is very hot at all. I am thankful every week we have CMR at the helm. He certainly isn’t perfect on every issue, but there is no one who has a higher overall score to me.

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  3. The quants like Steele generally say Georgia underperforms its talent by a game or two every year. They attribute that to subpar coaching.

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  4. AthensHomerDawg

    I’m neither a Disney Dog or an Eeyore Dog. New coaches on the D side. A year in their system. New O line coach. New approach to strength and conditioning/nutrition, and a pretty good AD. I don’t mind telling ya! Yeah, I am looking forward to this season.
    Go Dawgs!

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  5. I’m not feeling the Phil Steele vibe, I guess.

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  6. 69Dawg

    If we truly have the “talent” then what else can it be but the coaches. Bobo just can’t stand success, once he finds something that works he feels it his duty to not do it any more. The only exception to that I can remember lately was the GT game when we were running them into the ground, at least Bobo had enough sense to keep it on the ground.

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