I get the fury being thrown in Todd Grantham’s direction. What I don’t understand is why Will Friend doesn’t seem to be a lightning rod for a similar amount of anger. Unlike Grantham’s defense, the offensive line is experienced. It’s also the only unit on the team that hasn’t suffered from injuries and suspensions this season. And yet it has been as maddeningly inconsistent over the course of the season as the defense has. The one thing the line has going for it is that Georgia’s skill position players, at least when healthy, make the line look far better.
But this is what really gets me this morning.
… The turnover was costly, but tackle John Theus said the offensive struggles started long before the pick.
“We came out a little sluggish the first half,” Theus said. “I think they kind of caught us by surprise. They came out with a lot of energy and they were playing really hard.”
Georgia’s first few offensive series presented some changes to the offensive line’s rotation, including the substitution of junior offensive tackle Kolton Houston for Theus. Houston played a few series as a result of Theus’ costly mistakes early in the game.
“I realized it the first drive. I don’t know about everybody else,” Theus said. “I got beat off the edge and I realized they ain’t no joke. No. 30 (Dee Ford) was a great rusher and had a lot of speed. I realized then I had to pick it up and as the game went on I thought I did better and better.”
Jesus H. Christ on a bicycle… you come out in a big game on the road against a team that’s 9-1, in the hunt for the SEC title game, fourth in the conference in sacks and you’re surprised they’re playing hard? Honestly, words fail me.
Well, except for this: why doesn’t Will Friend have his linemen better prepared?