This is harsh, man.
“I don’t want to put any pressure on them, but losing that guy may have been the best thing to happen to them,” said Dooley, who coached the Bulldogs to six SEC championships and one national title in 25 seasons. “It was a bad-apple type thing, if you ask me.”
“Bad apple” was the second term Dooley used to describe Crowell’s effect on the team. The first was more effective but he asked me not to use it.
Two observations that emerged from Dooley’s great football mind, as Towers refers to it, beg for counterpoints. First off, I find it interesting that the factual support Dooley cites for his supposition that early player departures can have a positive effect on a Georgia team – “Historically when things like this have happened in the past, they tend to have a unifying effect on teams. They go on to have an even better season than they were predicted to have.” – was from the Butts era. Funny how Dooley forgot about this more recent exit from Athens. Or, maybe not.
Second, comparing any Georgia back to Herschel Walker is a disservice, but as far as Dooley’s point about Crowell getting weaker in the fourth quarter, what other options does he think Richt had? The only player on the team who averaged more than Crowell’s 4.03 yards per fourth quarter carry was Ken Malcome, and his sample size is a little suspect. Only two Georgia backs managed to rush the ball more than twenty times in a game last year. Brandon Harton did it against Kentucky. Weak, “had enough” Isaiah Crowell accomplished that three times.