Did anybody catch FSU converting a third-and-28 with a 56-yard TD pass – from the backup quarterback into triple coverage, no less – to tie last night’s game at 13-all?
For some reason, I find that strangely reassuring.
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I told my OU friends they were screwed when Martinez landed there. Shocker.
Am I missing something? They allowed 219 passing yards to what’s supposed to be a good FSU passing game and had three picks. Seems like he’s doing okay in general.
Fair enough but you have to admit the irony of that 3rd and Willie.
There is definitely some irony there.
I like Willie as a DB coach though.
People at OU love him, fwiw.
Well, there’s two thoughts that I think of on that. One, he does like to recruit those small CBs. He may be getting overruled on that at OU there.. who knows. Two, what I would worry about is not that he can’t coach a competent defense.. It’s that he seemed to have these monumental breakdowns at certain games (twice vs. UT). How that scenario figures into what he does at OU, I don’t know, what the cause and effect of that scenario I don’t know. at any rate, since he’s not the D coord at OU, it would seem that wouldn’t necessarily be an issue. The Third and Willie that we saw was more funny than an indication of something wrong… but if it becomes a pattern this season and costs OU a shot at a title, it’ll be hilarious.
Trickett is not a very good back up QB frankly.
He looked good for a red shirt freshman, but he can’t do it all by himself. FSU needs a running game.
Very impressed overall with OU’s defense last night, but FSU needs a tailback in the worst way.
I would consider moving Manuel there.
I think they need to move a LB to running back and see how that works
Or run their smaller backs between the tackles more. Maybe out of the spread too!
All I kept thinking watching that game was how far away UGA is from that level.
Both teams had playmakers all over the field. The team speed and sheer brutal physicality was something I haven’t seen in our team in years. There were devastating hits laid almost every other play.
FSU was beat to shit after that game. Still, their receivers seemed to catch everything thrown at them and the freshman QB that came in was fantastic considering the circumstances.
I can remember watching the FSU-Miami games that usually opened the season on Labor Day in the Donnan years and thinking exactly that. And then about 2003, not thinking that any more.
We still have the athletes, but we’ve bottomed out in terms of aggression and purpose. Have we started back up? Maybe.
Aggression and Purpose.
I had the same thought. The Dawgs are nowhere near that level right now. It is very sad.
He’s linebackers coach, right? Hilarious.
I agree with Joe above, OK’s D looked like it was on a professional level.
Are their players that much better than ours?
Willie Martinez has been showing the Sooners D-backs film from the end of the ’05 Auburn-UGA game to help them understand the type of coverage they are supposed to use in that situation.
In fairness to Willie on that one, Greg Blue blew the coverage, and Battle missed the tackle. That one is definitely on the players. Now, the decision to not let Auburn score right once they got down there is squarely on Richt and his total inability to manage a game.
In fairness to Battle, he was in lala land playing with a concussion. I remember readind he doesn’t recall the end of the game.
What the hell was he doing in the game then? Which coach let him keep playing with a concussion?
No one knew he had a concussion until afterwards. But Blue had no excuse, he totally busted the coverage. And then Richt screwed the pooch by not letting them score.
I don’t miss Willie, but I’m still not sold on Grantham. If you watched LSU/MSU and FSU/OK this weekend, then you saw hard hitting defensive teams.
Willie was/is a good defensive secondary coach who was totally in over his head as a defensive coordinator. The Oklahoma D gave up one TD on the fluke play that you mentioned. 3 guys were in position to make the play so no one other than a bitter Georgia fan would blame that one on Willie. Just trying to be objective here. Every UGA fan should be bitter about Willie’s reign as DC and Richt made it that much worse by keeping him around as long as he did. He is back in his element now.
While I agree with your assessment re: Willie as DB coach versus DC, I am scarred for life from watching Georgia defensive backs attempt to defend passes by facing the receiver and putting their hands up, never turning toward the ball.
I have not seen that since Willie left, and frankly we could give up ten more ppg for all I care as long as I don’t see stupid shit like that and directional kickoffs ever again. My brain and my eyes will never recover as it is.
"I don't know if we were awake to start. You know, it was a noon kick.” -- Stetson Bennett, Dawgs247, 9/25/22
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