Observations from the arm chair, Sacking of Troy edition

While the loss to FCS Abilene Christian gave me a hint that this year’s Troy team wasn’t very good, I wasn’t prepared for exactly how bad Troy is.  Even a mediocre squad manages to put something on the board with a first offensive series like we saw yesterday.  Instead, it wound up being nothing more than a third of Troy’s offensive yardage on the day wasted.  When that’s the high point of your game, it’s been a long day.

So just presume that the phrase “Yeah, I know it was against Troy, but…” prefaces every bullet point.

  • So much for working out the kinks in the passing game.  Georgia’s first drive of the game was all runs.  Mason only threw eleven passes before calling it a day.  Given how wretched Troy’s run defense is, can you blame Bobo for doing so?  I can’t.
  • Sony Michel for Heisman!
  • Does Greg Pyke get credit for a fat guy touchdown?
  • J.J. Green, we hardly knew ye’.
  • The secondary still has plenty of kinks to work out, although play seemed to tighten up as the game went along.  They did get timely stops when they needed them.  If Tennessee had a stout offensive line, I’d be really depressed about next week.
  • Nice pick, Tramel Terry.
  • Loved the Wildcat with Sony Michel and Isaiah McKenzie.  Kudos to Bobo for creating ways to get his speed players involved.  And that will give the Vols something to think about.
  • I am willing to concede at this point that true progress is being made with Georgia’s special teams.  ‘Bout damned time.
  • I’m sure Pruitt wanted the shut out, but he didn’t pull a Grantham and leave the starters in until the bitter end to get it.  I got lost trying to keep up with all the substituting taking place.
  • ‘Atta boy with the strip, Rico Johnson.  Good to see the renewed emphasis on creating turnovers on defense paying off.
  • Quarterbacks:  Hutson was his usual efficient self.  He threw a good ball to Shakenneth Williams for a big gain, along with a couple of touchdown passes (very nice one to Towns).  Oh, and no picks for the third straight game.  As long as he’s got a killer running game going, that’s good enough.  Ramsey’s got an arm, doesn’t he?  Although he still doesn’t always look like he knows what to do with it.  But that long completion to Conley was flat-out gorgeous.  Bauta looks comfortable running the offense, had some nice runs, but clearly doesn’t have Ramsey’s upside.  Overall, it was encouraging.
  • It was almost unfair to unleash Brendan Douglas against Troy’s backups.  But it was nice of Richt to keep Gurley on the sidelines for three and a half quarters.
  • Keith Marshall isn’t 100%.  I get that.  But would it kill the offensive linemen to block a little better for him?

Bottom line, they washed some of the bad taste out of their mouths from last week’s disappointing loss.  Yesterday was a good place to start beginning preparations for the Tennessee game.  Even though it was only Troy.

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57 responses to “Observations from the arm chair, Sacking of Troy edition

  1. Scorpio Jones, III

    Tennesee can throw the football a little bit.

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  2. eldred

    I know #4 hasn’t gotten many carries this year, but have they tried even once to toss him out on a sweep? I’ve always thought him misused between the tackles.

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    • Irishdawg

      No, they haven’t done poor Keith any favors with his carries.

      From the scoreboard replay, the targeting call was bullshit. Anybody see any different at home? Is simply laying a solid hit on a reciever targeting now?

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      • Macallanlover

        I think it fits the definition of the rule so it was probably the right call but that rule still needs tweaking. Incidental contact of helmets is possible on a high percentage of plays and should be exempt from this penalty. Green led with his shoulder and the helmets met as he drove through the player. There was “targeting” visible at all, just contact. Sometimes that occurs with the ball carrier changing their head position (not the case here), I just feel the enforcement should be limited to times when a helmet is lowered to where the top of the helmet is parallel to the ground and precedes a shoulder or forearm.

        We all know what “spearing” is, and it should be eliminated but ejecting players for making a football play is wrong, and using the current interpretation results in very inconsistent application while eliminating very little. The word “targeting” should give them guidance of how to use the rule, that was not targeting, or headhunting by JJ, just incidental contact of two helmets. Much more serious head contact occurs with inside running plays a dozen times, or more, each game with no flag.

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        • Mayor

          +1. Exactly.

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        • 81Dog

          the replay angle I saw didn’t look head to head, it looked more like a false perspective (like standing with your hand up to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. You aren’t holding it up, but the perspective of the camera makes it look like you are).

          JJ CLEARLY led with his shoulder to the ball carrier’s shoulder. It wasn’t as ridiculous as the Ray Drew call last year, but it was a bad call.

          The Rico Johnson fumble recovery was bad, too. I thought it wasn’t “forward progress stopped” until someone blew a whistle. Curles hasn’t lost his touch from the bullshit call on AJ Green in the 09 LSU game.

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        • Bazooka Joe

          The problem is – he didn’t even attempt to wrap him up, he just hit him. That is why the targeting call. If he had also tried to wrap him up it may not have been called….

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          • Dawgfan Will

            This is exactly what I thought at the time. Just stick your arms out like you’re trying to wrap up. Don’t make it easy for the refs to call targeting.

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        • I thought it was the right call. JJ could’ve struck a little lower, IMO. But Richt nailed it pretty good with his take.
          ~~~

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    • merk

      Sadly, Keith is a damn good dawg. Top rated, made great plays as a freshman, never gets into trouble, etc. However, he got screwed last year with his injury, as that was really his last opportunity to prove himself. Michel is him with a bit more power and Chubb is pretty much Gurley jr, so he is going to find it hard to press into the top 2, unless both chubb and michel cannot get passblocking down.

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      • Macallanlover

        He is such a fine young man in so many ways, including his work ethic to attempt being ready to contribute this season. Something is just not yet from him and it seems pulling the plug on this season and applying to get a medical RS from the NCAA would be best for him and UGA. Maybe he doesn’t want it, IDK, but we are deep enough to allow it this year and having him come back with possibly two more years would be a plus. He deserves to get his choice but this is twice he has been dinged up on minimal play and the results don’t look “marshallish”. I know Courson knows what he is doing but sometimes the athlete doesn’t level totally with the medical experts in their rush to get back to it. With the stretch we are heading to, I just don’t see a big role for him to play this season based on what he seems capable of right now. Hope for the best to KM, he is one of the good guys and DGD!

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        • Olddawg 55

          Agree completely with your assessment of KM. He seems a little reluctant to “get back on the bicycle” and thats sad. He will, IMO, stay the full four years with the team…he’s a good student and wants his degree and will put it to full use when football fades. Time for Richt to use his counseling skills and help restore a DGD!!

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      • Bulldog Joe

        Give Keith another year to get to full speed.

        Many thought Kregg Lumpkin was done too. He needed a full redshirt season to get back to 100%. Kregg came back and was our leading rusher in 2006 in a crowded backfield with Thomas Brown, Danny Ware, and Knowshon Moreno.

        You can never have enough good running backs in this league.

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        • TuckerDawg

          I was really hoping they would just start feeding it to him once the score got up around 31-0. Just to let him build some confidence. But his carries seemed a bit spotty. Sorry to see he may have reaggravated the knee.

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        • Carlton Thomas

          Man, Moreno had some great runs in ’06. Unforgettable year…

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          • Bulldog Joe

            Certainly a decision Richt would love to have back.

            Imagine how well 2008 would have gone for us if he hadn’t redshirted you too, Carlton. 😉

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        • 81Dog

          some freaks of nature, like Adrian Peterson or Thomas Brown, can bounce back to 100% in 8 or 9 months after an ACL tear, but normal humans often need 12 to 18 months to get strong and to feel strong. I think we need to be patient with Keith Marshall, and hope that he keeps working and healing.

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          • Cojones

            Keith dropped an out pass when he was open. He is the epitome of this team’s “Snakebit”. He is the poster boy for that meme. We all are cheering for him, but he has to snap out of a little funk as well. He’ll make it.

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            • S.E. Dawg

              That little out pass appeared to be the same play he was injured in last season against the vols. Might be the reason he dropped it.

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      • SoccerDawg

        I was rooting for Keith Marshall. My thought also was that he needed the toss sweep with a lead blocking full back to help him get his confidence back

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        • Bazooka Joe

          I mentioned to my nephew at the game yesterday that we should start feeding Keith the ball and let him get a little confidence back, knock some rust off and get back in the groove.

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      • SpaceStation

        merk,

        power doesn’t seem to be that big a problem. His issue seems to be balance and lateral agility / ability to gain yards after contact. Give him and open lane and it goes to the house but he doesn’t get you the 2-3 yards after contact. That ability is what makes a high level RB, IMO.

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    • BrightOwl

      I hear this complaint a lot, but go back and watch his big runs as a Freshman. They were all up the middle. I don’t think he has great lateral movement, just outstanding straight-ahead speed. He needs good blocking.

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      • I would argue that bobo doesn’t do KM any favors by treating him as if he is interchangeable with Gurley. But yeah. DGD but he seems to run right into piles and fall down.

        Honestly I have to agree that he is the 4th if not 5th RB on this team I want to see get the ball. Sad about that.

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  3. “I wasn’t prepared for exactly how bad Troy is”

    Honestly, they didn’t look much worse than Tampa Bay did Thursday night.

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  4. Rp

    Best surprise of the day was the play of backup QB’s. I thought Ramsey and Bauta both looked comfortable and confident. The prospect of them being forced into action does not terrify me as much as two weeks ago.

    I would prefer Bauta at this point because his skill set compliments our current offensive strategy better than Ramsey.

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    • It’s a good point. Though I’d probably go with Ramsey as he’s more of a threat to the defense. But some of that would depend on the game. If you need a lot of points, I like Ramsey.

      The prospect of them being forced into action does not terrify me as much as two weeks ago.

      That’s the feeling I came out with. The last we saw of them (Spring) left me with the idea that we had little to no chance if one of them had to play. So that was the main thing. And I think they both gained some much needed confidence.
      ~~~

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  5. Will Trane

    Weird game.
    Show UT nothing but a wildcat formation with a jet sweep.
    Does Bobo have a passing game under wraps. Or is he only trying to persuade fans there is one by not showing one.
    Perhaps UT will not buy into the shutout. Better pressure by defense, but I think UT plans to throw alot.
    Boundary. 2 weeks in a row. Just push him with your hands. Boundary is the biggest defender on the field.
    Mitchell and Marshall. If you do not play at all or only a few plays, words like “not real serious” or “so far good tnew” re injury or injuries don’t really mean much.
    For a team who struggled with points even a Vandy put up points and plays on Spurrier and Ward.
    Pruitt waiting for a reasonable roster and more play by his line.
    2 SEC games in a row. Carolina already has 2 wins in the East.

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  6. Will Trane

    SEC West owns the polls so far. Those teams to have solid offenses and defenses.
    What are the odds those teams go to the champsionship rounds. Many think those are the core even at 4 weeks in.
    66-0 is a score. But where is this current edition of the Dawgs really at on both sides of the ball. Run game. Linebacker play.
    Time to start making a statement Dawgs even with short comings re vertical passing game or a passing game. And a tighter defense and stronger D line .Not physcial enought for SEC or SEC West.

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    • LSU’s defense did not look particularly stout yesterday

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      • Cojones

        We have a good chance vs everyone I saw yesterday.

        Glad they limited Gurley (nothing to prove) and his body of work will continue towards the Heisman. We have backups to backups producing and healing players returning. Looks like we may enjoy most of this season after all.

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  7. Russ

    I guess I’m the only one who thought Bauta looked better than Ramsey. I thought he was more confident and the 1 or 2 passes he threw looked fine to me. Ramsey seemed tentative to me.

    Loved having Davis and Mackenzie both back on punts. Looked like that was a direct result if Richt’s direction from the sideline conversation I saw on TV.

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    • Bulldog Joe

      Good to have two guys back on the rugby punt if there is little to no threat of a fake.

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    • Slaw Dawg

      Russ: I’m one of the others re: Bauta v Ramsey. It’s hard to draw firm conclusions with limited evidence, but I thought I detected a more confident, aggressive attitude, or maybe just better chemistry, with Bauta. A sort of indefinable “I’m gonna win, somehow” mentality a la Shockley, Green, Belue. But, like I said, limited evidence.

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    • Sh3rl0ck

      You aren’t the only one who would have Bauta as the backup. I agree that he looks more confident, and I believe that comes from him having a better understanding of the playbook. Ramsey looks a little unsure of his progressions, but he sure does have a nice arm.

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      • … that comes from (Bauta) having a better understanding of the playbook. Ramsey looks a little unsure of his progressions, but he sure does have a nice arm.

        That’s a fair take, IMO. And Bauta should be ahead of Ramsey in that regard, he’s got another year in the system.

        But if Ramsey continues to get game reps, it’s gonna start to come a lot faster. That’s what I hope happens. That, for maybe the first time under Richt, the heir apparent gets game reps with the 1’s at every opportunity.
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  8. Cojones

    Doesn’t Green have to sit out the first half vs Tenn? That’s what I don’t like about that call.

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  9. Who else kinda hopes they try to get a medical redshirt for Keith Marshall so he can come back next year full strength, 100% healed, with a lot more confidence in his health?

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  10. hot12dog

    Man would i like to see Ramsey pass a few in a big game!

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  11. On the QB question, I thought the 2-minute drive Ramsey had at the end of the half was beautifully done. He clearly has the most upside of the two right now given how we want to play on offense. Bauta could become a short yardage/goal line specialist even this year. I would like to see him run some zone read or straight QB off-tackle like the GPOOE did as a freshman.

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  12. I’m late to the commenting party on this one, but when we came out and ran it all the way down the field on that first drive, I texted all my buddies and said “Bobo gonna call nothing but run plays the entire game just to troll the entire fan base”. 🙂

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