First thought on G-Day

I intended to post a full-blown Observations post for you at this point, but between my home Internet crashing last night and me heading out the door to Augusta this morning, I’m a little pressed for time.

There’s one thing I’d thought I’d share with you to get the ball rolling this morning, though.  Yesterday was the third G-Day game I watched when a Richt team ushered in a major change at one of the coordinator positions (I don’t count the transition from Richt to Bobo as one of those).  And what was unusual about yesterday was how utterly ordinary it seemed compared to the other two occasions.

Grantham’s first spring was noteworthy because he wasn’t Willie Martinez, of course, but there was also excitement at G-Day because you could tell the defensive players were buying into what he was pitching.  Last year, there was the shock of seeing how bare the secondary’s cabinet really was and wondering if Jeremy Pruitt really knew what he was in for.

This year, though, was… well, almost boring in that regard.  I mean, there’s a certain amount of drama in the quarterback contest and there isn’t much depth at wide receiver with the injuries and all, but really, when you got down to it, the day boiled down to Georgia’s offense being Georgia’s offense.

The weirdest part of that for me is that feeling didn’t really sink in until the game was almost over.  Whether that’s good or bad depends, I guess, on how much you blame Bobo.

Anyway, that’s just a start.  I’ll have a lengthier G-Day post to share with you after I get back from the Masters.

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125 responses to “First thought on G-Day

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    G-Day on Saturday. Masters on Sunday. Are you flying your Lear Jet up to Nova Scotia to see the total eclipse of the sun?

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  2. SouthGaDawg

    ….uh….that would be a Gulfstream…and pardon me, but do you have some Grey Poupon?

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  3. Scorpio Jones, III

    I watched parts of three spring games yesterday. It may have been a little boring, but we looked way more organized and crisp than the other two teams…Florida and Ole Miss.

    A few thoughts…Nick Chubb is pretty good. I am scared breathless about the kicking game, and nothing happened yesterday to make me feel any better, yeah I know, new holder and all that.

    I’m in no position to argue with Pruitt about big bodies on the defensive line, but I hope South Carolina, Bama and Tennessee don’t make me miss Geathers.

    One of the bad things about revolving quarterbacks is the difficulty establishing communications between three very different quarterbacks and the receiver corps. We have along way to go. I hope more than one of the incoming freshman receivers are ready to play pretty quickly. Scott-Wesley does not look ready for prime time, to me.

    I see a wealth of talent on defense, an interesting mixture of old faces and new. The conventional wisdom is the Jeremy Pruitt kicked defensive recruiting up a notch or three, I bow to conventional wisdom.

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    • GreenHornets

      Everything should be viewed through the SEC. I was surprised how good the Qb’s did at Florida, they brought some showtime to UF. The UF secondary is usually tough, so all the more surpising. And Spurrier said he was happy with the way his Qb’s played in his Spring game.

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    • Howl&Woof

      You have a keen eye for talent, sj3…I think that Chubb guy is going to contribute. I also share your concern for Scott-Wesley. He clearly pulled up short on one pass. Hopefully, he just did not want to get drilled for nothing as opposed to being chronically timid. He looked pretty damn good to me before getting hurt and we sure need him to return to form.

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    • GreenHornets

      Agree. Pruitt doesn’t know how to stop the run. His defensive scheme gave up 400+ vs UF, and a whale of rush yards vs GT. It’s not body types though, it’s just scheme. He’s clueless, can’t even stop the 4th string RB.

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    • PWilly

      Scorpio, were you referring to 2014? Because the Florida quarterbacks put on a clinic at their Spring game, or maybe you just don’t follow the sport like some of us fanatics do, Grier connected on 7 of 9, 77% of his passes, and Harris went 6 for 9, 67% like Bauta. None of their top 2 Qb’s were as inaccurate as UGA’s #1 starting Qb Ramsey who struggled to complete 55%. Scorpio is one uneducated football fan.

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  4. 3rdandGrantham

    Apologies for my absence as of late, as I’ve been, ahem, preoccupied with Kate Upton (she dumped that washed up Verlander for me). Not to mention my gloriously successful IPO the other day, in which I rang the opening bell for the NASDAQ as part of week long celebration for me and my soon to be billion dollar company.

    Today I have an appointment with a Saville Row tailor for some new suits, and he is having a rather difficult time matching my 48 inch chest with my 32 inch waist. Hes repeatedly said only Schwarzenegger in his prime proved to be a more difficult client to property fit.

    As soon as the new retractable roof for my oasis pool is completed, I’ll be back to share with you my infinite wisdom along with my latest acquired trappings of success.

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    • Bulldawg Bill

      It’s people like you for whom the evil eye was invented!!!!:-)

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      • Seems like we have a fair number of Occupy Wall Street types commenting on the Senator going to the Masters,If you are the Senator,a celebrity ,attended the State’s flagship University and grew up in Georgia it seems logical to assume you have friends who have Masters tix,. Haters gotta hate. Besides you don’t use the GulfStream for short hops like going to Augusta, I think he’ll use the KingAir turboprop..

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  5. Saxondawg

    My favorite televised spring games moment was Steve Spurrier’s Celebration of Himself, Hosted by Himself at halftime in Columbia. Instead of going to the locker room with his players, he limped over to midfield, took the mike, and shouted out the names of some of his players from his self-proclaimed “Ten Years of excellence, 2005-2015,” as the sparse attendance applauded them. “Blake MItchell, my first Gamecock quarterback! Stephen Garcia, who played the game of his life against Alabama!” Connor Shaw, winnin’est Gamecock quarterback ever!” I guess the athletic department had forgotten to put together this celebration themselves, so Steve had to take it upon himself. We cannot, no, cannot let this guy enjoy another victory at our expense before he limps off to the final golf course.

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    • GreenHornets

      Steve knows what he’s doing, he’s beaten us 4 out of the last 5 times. And won the SEC more times than I can remember. And a National Championship. Champs do different stuff than chumps.

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      • Macallanlover

        If folks didn’t know you were stupid, this comment proves it again. Yeah, SOS is brilliant as a HC, and succeeding wildly. His time at SC has exposed him for what he is, a great game day play caller…that’s it.

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        • PWilly

          There is no debate who is the better coach whether you measure by conference titles, national championships, or the recent 4-1 head to head record.

          4-1. All you need to know.

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  6. GreenHornets

    A few thoughts about the 2015 GDay.

    1- The defense continues to struggle, gave up 38 points, 480 passing yards, and a 100 yard rusher. They did force 2 turnovers and got after the Qb with what seemed like 10 sacks. Sadly, this was their best scrimmage.

    2- The 2 WR injuries were about worst case scenario. now the Qb’s will be working with the 5-14 best WR’s. Bad for the defense facing such weak talent, and bad for the Qb’s and 1-4 best WR’s all missing invaluable reps.

    3- I watched the Qb’s closer than any position. I even got out the play by play over at the UGA website. What did I learn? Play by play is here:
    http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/041214aab.html

    a- Ramsey went 6 for 11 for 194 yards, Bauta 16 for 24 for 176 yards.
    So Ramsey had a 17.6 yard average pass due to throwing exclusively long balls but only hit on 55%. Bauta’s was 7 yards a pass but he hit on 67%.
    b- Ramsey didn’t complete 1 pass to a non WR. All 6 completions were to WR’s. He didn’t seem to know his progressions, seemed to lock onto a WR and chunk it long. Forgot about tight ends and RB’s.
    c- Bauta hit 43% of his completions to WR’s, 43% to RB’s, and the other throws were to the TE’s. He seemed to know his progressions much better. Didn’t lock in on any one receiver position. This made him harder to defend for the defense, thus his much higher accuracy.
    d- Bauta’s team won the game, had more drives that led to scores, and scored more points than Ramsey’s. But Ramsey didn’t play much in the 2nd half, only 2 passes.

    So what do ya’ll think?

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  7. I think g – day is meaningless when it concerns on how the team will perform during the season…the defense doesn’t use all of their blitzes and etc…you can’t even tackle the qb for crying out loud. No way yall can say the defense is going to be horrible just because of a scrimmage amongst teammates.lol.

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    • PTC DAWG

      This…

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    • GreenHornets

      In 2014 GDay, the defense gave up 51 points and over 700 yards. We knew it was weak and it turned out to be true in the SC, GT, and UF games.

      In 2014 GDay, Mason was 67% accurate. That was exactly where he ended up in 2014.

      I don’t think the rush defense will be worse than last year where the defense finished 63rd in rush defense. Then again, they gave up 11 ypc vs Chubb and didn’t face No 2 and No 3 RB’s Michel & Marshall.

      The 2014 GDay turned out to be accurate in gauging how the team would perform on defense and pass accuracy.

      It’s as close to a game condition as it gets.

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    • GreenHornets

      If you’re right that G-Day is meaningless, then why are you blogging about it? Why does CMR have G-Day if it’s meaningless? Why report stats if they are meaningless?

      You make no sense boy.

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  8. Also golf stinks!!! I’ve only watched about 5 mins of golf my whole life. Golf is boring and stupid. I don’t mind people who like golf but please don’t try to pressure me into following the sport….because it is way to boring to watch. I would rather be at G- day any day of the week than the masters. G-day>masters

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  9. Spence

    Are you going to the Masters today? Couldn’t tell from your post.

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  10. HVL Dawg

    I hate reading the comments on this site after a loss. I should have known better. I guess we are 0-1 already for 2015.

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  11. GreenHornets

    What I’ll remember from the 2015 GDay:

    Ramsey didn’t complete 1 pass to a non WR. All 6 completions were to WR’s. He didn’t seem to know his progressions, seemed to lock onto a WR and chunk it long. Forgot about tight ends and RB’s.

    Bauta hit 43% of his completions to WR’s, 43% to RB’s, and the other throws were to the TE’s. He seemed to know his progressions much better. Didn’t lock in on any one receiver position. This made him harder to defend for the defense, thus his much higher accuracy.

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  12. GreenHornets

    I like when this blog isn’t as full of propaganda. The guy should go to the Master’s every year. Better for us when he’s not here we get to hear all points of view instead of his propaganda bullshit 1 sided b.s. garbage.

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  13. Scorpio Jones, III

    I don’t know what “doomed” means, but we got a lotta work to do in some key spots, especially center and in the kicking game. For the 333rd time, a starting punter with disc problems is pretty damn scarey…you twist your back just kicking the ball, folks. I seem to remember we are bringing in a kicker (from Sprayberry High in Marietta?) as a preferred walk on. I hope that’s true.

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  14. GreenHornets

    doomed means likely to have an unfortunate and inescapable outcome; ill-fated.

    Everything CMR has tried since 2005 has failed to win a Championship. 0 for 9.

    That’s what doomed means.

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    • HVL Dawg

      Green Hornet, have you been diagnosed? Are the meds making your life easier?

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      • BudMud

        We got ourselves a poor debater right here in HVL.

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      • BudMud

        So HVL, you think his point about 0-9 is wrong, and 0-9 is an excellent record, awesome, defend your case that Richt’s 0-9 record since 05′ is great, remember, 0 SEC Championships in that timespan. This I have t hear, why is it so wonderful?

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  15. GreenHornets

    I have been diagnosed:

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    • Dawg19

      Einstein definitely would have diagnosed you as a boring coward.

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    • Uglydawg

      Albert was all grown up in this pic. Try another..of say…Mr. Hankey.

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      • TLDawgin

        Great, prove the guy wrong, why are you satisfied with 0 championships since 2005? How do you fix it? Einstein said it requires a new way, a different way of thinking than the original way of thinking.

        Originally, CMR thought that passing and a Pro Style pass heavy offense would win a Championship, and defense outside of the national top 10, would work, but it didn’t.

        So, what’s the new plan since all the things CMR has tired since 2005 have failed to win a Championship?

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      • TLDawgin

        You a Cubs fan?

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  16. Mike Cooley

    Is this the same guy over and over using different names or is there a tribe of these people somewhere? Green hornet I guess you can just forego the 2015 season since you have analylized everything from a scrimmage and concluded that we suck. That’s the price of having such a superior mind I guess. Never any suspense because you can always see four steps ahead.

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    • GreenHornets

      Thank you Mike for recognizing a superior mind. For the record, I was the first to call out Tebow’s issues and predict his failure in the league. The first to project Murray would never win a Championship at UGA in back in 2010. The first to identify the reasons for CMR’s only 2 SEC Championships.

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    • Normaltown Mike

      He’s the same guy that claimed Mett won the QB contest in 2010 but CMR “ran him off” because CMR doesn’t want to win.

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      • BudMud

        Speaking of Murray, how’s he doing in the NFL? I know Mettenberger started 6 games as a rookie, anyone know if AM has even thrown a pass yet? Dang, maybe AM’s coach better call CMR to find out what’s so great about AM. too funny.

        Did AM beat a team with a winning record in his first 2 years at UGA?

        It was pretty neat seeing Hutson Mason get his chance and go 4-1 against ranked teams and the new school record for offensive points scored. Can’t wait to see his NFL career, bet he turns into the next Tom Brady.

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  17. Mike Cooley

    Congratulations. That won you what? I always know when to stop listening and that I’m dealing with a troll when they start talking about a qb “locking on to the receivers.” I havent seen a UGA internet troll yet that doesn’t use that as a main pillar of their talking points in their flaming bitchfests like yours above. And it never matters who the qb is as the years go by. They say that about all of them. They say that cursing and name calling is for people who are too stupid to know what words to use to make their point. it seems that bitching about the qb locking on to receivers and not “going through progressions” is the crutch of those who don’t know what they are talking about but want to sound like they do while they are complaining.

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  18. Russ

    Yay! The Senator’s away and Ed/Green Hornet/Thomas Brown gets free reign for the day!

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  19. Cojones

    Se while you are enjoying the Masters, the troll has returned and needs to have his e-mail address turned off.

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    • Cojones

      Glad you didn’t post any particulars. That gives you time to monitor the sob before he ruins your report blog. Note: comparing plays and players ain’t necessary. A realistic evaluation of a practice game can be parsed with a realistic evaluation of a publicly watched (and scouted) game. If anyone expected trick plays or a player used to try to impress the fans, that would be idiotic, don’t you think? We know the players and their capabilities so the “Meh.” news doesn’t need to be seriously discussed. Some of us were disturbed by a couple of good-to-great players not showing up mentally. The take on that resides with the coaching staff and I really would be interested in what they have to say about what we witnessed and what the true situation is or isn’t.

      Giving a clue to what I saw: Park is still in the mix and no one QB lacks the talent or athleticism necessary to carry this team this season. They all have what we have been led to believe is that ability. And they will improve on that between now and Fall Kickoff.

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  20. ERW

    I love golf.

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  21. TMC dawg

    We had better find a punter and kicker quick!!!!!!!!!

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  22. aristoggle

    The sock puppet’s comments make me think I’m rereading A Confederacy of Dunces. Ignatius Reilly lives!

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  23. Truck

    And I thought the Senator’s work was done after he composed his articles. #reneweedrespect #wouldntwantyourjob

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  24. PWilly

    Hopefully, the Senatory will learn his lesson from this thread and stop censoring people. Maybe he will learn to debate instead of censor.

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    • Uglydawg

      I don’t think you know what “REALITY” means.

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      • TLDawgin

        reality is AM went winless against any team with a winning record in his first 2 years, yet CMR kept starting him.

        Reality is, CMR is winless in championships since 2005 and failed 9x in a row..

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  25. Dolly Llama

    Jesus fucking Christ. Let the Senator go watch a golf game for an afternoon and the God damn trolls take it over.

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  26. Mg4life0331

    I don’t think the Senator censors anyone except sock-puppets and those who make jew jokes. I don’t have a problem with either. Seems like his trolls would ban him for far more, like having a contrary opinion. I suppose since he said he was “leaving” the knuckleheads felt like trolling in the comment section like some juveniles.

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    • BudMud

      Not true, if he’s losing a debate or it goes against his view, he stops free speech and then censors the person.

      He allows his sock puppets to talk to each other as long as it fits his agenda.

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      • Uglydawg

        Things will be better on here next week…middle school is back in session and the adults can have an intelligent conversation.

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        • TLDawgin

          Sure, next week you can go back to sock puppets agreeing with each other’s 1 sided view that this year will be different.

          Well, something isn’t working. No championships since 2005. 0-9.

          It will not be different in 2015.

          Never is.

          How has blogging about how great the team is worked out since 2005?

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  27. Lotta kids trying to sit in Bluto’s chair here today. It won’t last.

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    • TLDawgin

      Please, no one wants his chair. But I agree, he’ll censor people who disagree with him. And the team won’t win a Championship either by blogging about how great they are all off season when they’re winless in Championships since 2005.

      This program has some serious direction and strategic challenges.

      Glad the admin gave Coach Richt EVERYTHING he needs to win a Championship.

      If he doesn’t in 2015, he’s gone.

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      • You’re being silly. And I posted nothing that you agree with. lol. And regardless of what you post… Bluto gives everyone here plenty of rope. You’re about at the end of yours. But you know that. Goodness, what a shame Bluto can’t enjoy a day without coming back to this foolisness.

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      • Class A

        I am pretty sure my contribution level is a lot higher than yours and guess what, i say Richt stays. You are wasting your time on this blog, go back to the AJC

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  28. TLDawgin

    Magical Thinking:

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  29. Mike Cooley

    Oh for the love of Pete. He censors based people not agreeing with him? Really? I’ve butted heads with Blutarsky more than once. Never been censored. I went so far as to call him a dick one time and he didn’t censor it. I’m not one of his cheerleaders but I do think he runs a great blog and I am living proof that he doesn’t censor on the basis of having an opinion different from his. And for future reference, he’s not interfering with your freedom of speech. It’s not a violation of freedom of speech unless the government tries to do it.

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  30. aristoggle

    Bet he’s gonna be pissed when he sees how trashed the place is. Like the scene in Cannery Row when Mac and the Boys threw a party for Doc, but he didn’t get there and the drunken fiasco trashed his lab. Ugh!

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