Daily Archives: December 4, 2013

It’s not just how you play. It’s who you play, too.

I can’t take credit for the work – I found it at the Dawg Post message board – but I thought it was worth passing on in a post here.  It’s a list ranking Georgia’s SEC opponents’ offensive yards per game over the last ten seasons:

1. 2013 – 409.7  (Grantham year 4)
2. 2010 – 402.1  (Grantham year 1)
3. 2007 – 394.5  (Martinez year 3)
4. 2004 – 391.0  (Van Gorder final year)
5. 2012 – 378.9  (Grantham year 3)
6. 2009 – 373.9  (Martinez year 5)
7. 2005 – 366.1  (Martinez year 1)
8. 2006 – 359  (Martinez year 2)
9. 2011 – 329.5  (Grantham year 2)
10. 2008 – 326.6  (Martinez year 4)

Couple of things about that list.  First of all, whatever else you might say about him, Grantham’s been dealt a tougher hand than either of his predecessors.  Second, it’s weird, but for the most part you’d have to say that Martinez’ defenses got worse in the face of weaker opponents’ offenses.  That’s generally not going to be a good combination.

How ’bout that VanGorder outlier, though?  Georgia finished an impressive eighth nationally in total defense in 2004.  The sick thing is that was only good for fourth-best in the conference.

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The year of woulda, coulda, shoulda

I’m starting to see stories about how close and crazy Georgia’s season’s been cropping up.  And those stories certainly have their share of validity to them.  The Dawgs played in seven games that were decided by a touchdown or less, six of those by no more than five points.

When you play in that many games that are nailbiters, it’s not hard to find a key play here or there that would have dramatically changed the season in one form or fashion, and that’s no exception with the 2013 edition of Georgia football.  From the horse collar tackle that saved Clemson seven points (that was the drive that culminated in the bad snap for the field goal) through Pig Howard’s fumble in overtime that saved Georgia’s bacon (see what I did there?) in Knoxville to the unforgettable Hail Mary that killed the Dawgs against Auburn, you can point to a number of them.  2013 was definitely dramatic.

But it’s not unique.  In fact, it reminds me a lot of the 2006 season in that regard.  Georgia played eight games that year in which the final margin was seven points or fewer, including six of the last seven games played.  The regular season record was even 8-4.  As for crucial injuries, 2006 was the year that Andy Bailey had to step in to cover Brandon Coutu, something you could easily argue cost the Dawgs two games, as Georgia missed two field goals and an extra point in the loss to Kentucky and a late field goal against Vanderbilt.

Bottom line is that there are those seasons where the line between great and okay is pretty fine.  Some years the luck doesn’t bounce your way and some years it does.

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Wednesday morning buffet

Hungry?

  • There is a Chris Conley-Georgia Tech-Dragon*Con joke lurking somewhere in this story, but I’ll be damned if I’m gonna be the one to make it.
  • On the other hand, I think we all know this is something else Mark Richt has lost control of.
  • Another tale of amateurism“To be honest,” he said, “I didn’t feel like I was doing nothing wrong.”
  • Can you guess the only SEC head coach who wasn’t employed when he was hired for his current gig?
  • How smarmy is Urban Meyer?  Smarmy enough that I can’t mock a John Feinstein column related to college football.
  • Now this is some world-class trolling.
  • Shilling for himself in South Carolina, Rick Perry makes a funny about TAMU failing to beat Missouri.  Well, I’m sure somebody thought it was funny.
  • And here’s Athlon’s list of college football’s 20 worst coaches at great programs.  Georgia has fewer on the list than Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame or Southern Cal.
  • Loran Smith has a nice write-up of the Georgia Tech game.

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“There’s no reason for that. Every coach all the way down to Little League knows that…”

No, that’s not some random blog commenter chastising the Georgia coaching staff for failing to remind Josh Harvey-Clemons to bat a Hail Mary pass down at the end of the Auburn game.

It’s Howard Schnellenberger referring to the end of another Auburn game.

In an interview with WDRB in Louisville, retired coach Howard Schnellenberger said Chris Davis’ 109-yard, game-winning field goal return for a touchdown was “the greatest thing in the world” to happen to Alabama coach Nick Saban because “he needed a big serving of humility.”

“He’s been Mr. Perfect. He’s been Mr. Arrogant,” Schnellenberger said in an interview with WDRB’s Rick Bozich. “There’s no reason for that. Every coach all the way down to Little League knows that you cover that field goal.”

I actually think that’s something Richt would have done under similar circumstances, but no matter.  The real point is that no coach is always perfect under pressure.

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