Showing up “not showing up”

I see from the comments to my in-game post that some of you took exception to my use of “not showing up” to describe Georgia’s face plant yesterday.  That’s cool; it’s merely an expression and not a specific term of art.

But it seems to me that if you’re going to insist that a four-touchdown loss wasn’t evidence of another Mark Richt team not being ready to play, then you’re either arguing that this year’s Alabama team ranks among the greatest college football teams of all time, or this Georgia team is much worse than we thought.

Because yesterday’s whipping wasn’t just any whipping.  It was a whipping of historic proportion.

So if you think the Dawgs came out fully prepared to handle the Tide, let me know what that says about the two teams.

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  1. TennesseeDawg

    At least we do things the right way. We can always hang out hat on our superior attitude while we are getting the snot beat out us

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  2. Yeah it’s total splitting of hairs, but from my view, it’s not that we don’t show up ready to play – it’s that we don’t show up ready to deal with any adversity. Like I said last night, whenever a game starts to slip away, we have no mental fortitude in those scenarios. One of the great things about college football is you always see these games where one team has total control, then out of nowhere the other team comes to life and comes roaring back – except when it’s us who is down. We don’t come roaring back. We go into a shell. Pretty much every time.

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    • The Reverend hits the nail on the head. We came out ready to play. When we took the ball, I didn’t expect us to roar down the field and score. I hoped for a 1st down or 2 and punt. Instead, we went three and out. The defense comes out, gets a stop on 3rd and short, and recovers a fumble. The offense proceeds to spit the bit with a 3 and out and punt. The game didn’t really change until the blocked punt (damned special teams again). At 10-3, the game wasn’t over. At 17-3, it was slipping away. We get a penalty on the kickoff, go 3 and out again and punt. We miss an assignment, and it’s 24-3. At that point, it was over.

      Lambert was clearly UVA Lambert yesterday where he was almost looking at a check down or scrambling immediately. I’m worried that’s a Schottenheimer thing …

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      • SAtownDawg

        it is…see last two years of STL Rams offense

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      • Debby Balcer

        And the fan base is a part of that when you get behind and the crowd gets louder in support it strengthens you but that does not happen in Sanford. The crowds in Sanford boos they pile on and deflate the team further. They hurt recruiting with their boos. The fans that need to do that need to realize they are a part of the problem. They are the 12th man in a bad way.

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        • Athens Townie

          Good grief, blaming that on the fans? Geez.

          This fanbase is remarkably supportive given all the circumstances.

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    • Exactly. Once the game begins to slip…Georgia has already lost.

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      • Olddawg/notricks

        You could see it on their faces when they went down 17-3.. They knew it was over. But at least they still played hard. They were outmatched and knew it once they got down. Barber has to be the slowest pu ter I’ve ever seen. The guy was unblocked but he looks like he takes the snap standing in concrete. I’m surprised every time he doesn’t have a punt blocked. Special teams has to get better. Every now and then ST can win you a game but they have lost too many games because of poor ST play. Wouldn’t have mattered yesterday but many too many to it absolutely has.I dont know if a dedicated coach is the answer. Maybe it is. But its not like ST can have dedicated practice during practice like offense/defense do other than kicking because so many ST starters would be practicing at their normal positions. Maybe more practice time allotted specifically for STs or better players (more starters) playing instead of walk ons and freshman. I dont know what the answer is but what’s going on now ain’t working.

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    • heyberto

      i think you’ve articulated my feelings very well, just in your first sentence. But I don’t think we just beat ourselves here. Alabama was better. Is it closer and do we have a chance if it’s not the flood rain conditions? I don’t know.. but I don’t think we’ve got a QB that can be serviceable when the offensive line is truly challenged. Could make for a long season, or maybe Alabama’s D line is just that good. Conditions can’t really be ignored when considering that.. size seems to overtake speed in such conditions, but either way.. it’s hard to say whether the weather was a contributing factor to Alabama’s success or if they were just better.. perhaps it’s both.

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  3. We got our asses whipped by a better team. Life’s a bitch.

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    • Oyster Roaster

      Exactly. UGA didn’t blow out South Carolina simply because they “failed to show up.”

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    • We got beat by four touchdowns and it wasn’t worse because the Tide wound down early because of the rain. You’re a damn fool if you think we lost like that because Alabama is just that good. There are mid majors who play Alabama tougher than we did yesterday.

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      • gastr1

        Yes, that’s true, but if you look at this team objectively, the great strengths are in the RBs, ostensibly the OL, and the outside LBs. Almost everywhere else we are playing new or untested players, most notably at QB.

        I think the OL got worked over by what everyone knows is one of the best DL/LB combinations in college football. I think the QB doesn’t make reads or throws quickly enough, very possibly in part because he is new. I think Brice Ramsey just slings the ball. I think those three items cost us the game. Even the blocked punt could have been overcome had the offense done anything in the meltdown period of the second quarter.

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        • We were unprepared to play them. Bottom line. I don’t care about the semantics. The only thing that matters is that in his 15th year, Richt still doesn’t have a team that can play against a top team.

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          • gastr1

            I won’t argue that point.

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          • Olddawg/notricks

            He’s had several that could play with and beat top teams. He’s had three teams that I think at the end of thos e years could have played and beaten anyone. Twice the bcs screwed UGa completely. The problem is that for about the past five or six years save for the 2012 team that lost to Alabama in what was the true NC game he hasn’t had one. I think had UGa not had the unbelievable rash of injuries in 2013 that started in with Gurley going down against LSU and 4 starters going down in Knoxville a week later, that season had the makings of a great one. Instead the entire offense other than Murray goes down and we lose to vandy and Mizzou in consecutive weeks. Has UGa wet the bed more than a few times under Richt, hell yes. But there been quite a few times when bad luck and timing derailed seasons to. Great teams always have a couple of moments in a season when the cards fall their way and are just pure lucky. UGa has had moments when the opposite has happened under Richt and its no ones fault. They are not talented enough right now to play with bama, Ohio state. Especially when the opponent plays mistake free and we do the exact opposite. We needed the bama from the ole Miss game to have a chance and UGa still needed to play mistake free. Not good enough to overcome 21 points given up by offense and special teams to beat a good team

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            • Jack Klompus

              Sorry. BCS didn’t screw us. We screwed ourselves. Richt had never controlled his destiny, we’ve always had to hope for other teams to lose

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              • Dave

                To be fair, most one loss BCS champs, were in that boat. They got the chance, Richt didn’t (twice). Maybe not all of them, but most…..

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        • G. Marmalarde

          That’s college football. Everybody is breaking in new guys at lots of positions every year. Including bama.

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          • mwo

            Bama just about always gets the cream of the crop at every position. Since 2008, Rivals has rated Bama’s recruiting classes 1,1,5,1,1,1,1 and 2. During that same period, UGA’s classes have been ranked 7,6,15,5,12, 12, 7,and 6. So their worst rated class ranks the same as our best rated class. Just on class strength alone that sounds about like 38-10, no?

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            • Dave

              No….it doesn’t. If that were true Bama would never lose. UGA is consistently a great recruiter and the difference between class 1 and 7 isn’t as great as you would think. Plus there is variation in every ranking….nick and Todd were 4 stars for example…..when clearly they should have been tops in RB (maybe excepting fournette). Talent differential is not what happened yesterday.

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              • godawgs

                Bama pretty much never loses…the difference between class 1 and 7 is that big. our classes are built around 4 stars and generally have more 3 stars than 5 stars. Bama’s classes are built around 5 stars and they fill in the gaps with 4 stars. There is absolutely a big difference between a 3 star and a 5 star. Sure you can find some examples of 3 stars that make it and 5 stars that don’t, but those are exceptions. Essentially their backups would be vying for, if not winning, starting jobs for UGA.

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                • Olddawg/notricks

                  Im not a huge recruiting rankings guy. I have seen too many 5 stars never play a down and too many 2 stars playing on Sunday. Shit, Lambert was a 5 star rated qb by some services. I know its what you do with them when they get there as well. Like you said we have like six to ten unanimous 5 stars on the roster. Bama has god knows how many. They recruit a “dream team” every damn year. We have a roster loaded with 4 and 3 stars. As do most programs. But anyone who thinks that it’s 100% coaching and not about getting the best players every year just watch what happened yesterday. When Bama has a 5 star guy that doesn’t make it and they have had several, it doesn’t matter because two more are waiting their turn. Yes coaching is huge. But we have to get better players…period. We have had top 10 classes every year. Bama has top 2 and it showed

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              • mwo

                I disagree that UGA is consistently a great recruiter. A good recruiter yes, but not great recruiter. I know this is all conjecture but I believe that if you swapped UGA’s and Bama’s classes over the last 8 years Saban would not have achieved the same success. I’m not saying Richt would have won multiple MNCs but the press loves to skewer UGA about great recruiting classes producing little results. Compare apples to apples!

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                • Dave

                  Guys….seriously, do some homework. It’s not ALL conjecture if you go by the sites. Go look at the classes on the sites. Bama does not “start with five stars”. There are only 25 or so of those each year, with several busts. Is Bama the best recruiter? Yes. Would I trade? You bet. But seriously, the disparity is not that big. We both sign 10-15 four stars or so, a few 5 stars, and then some threes. Yes, Bama generally gets some more fours and a five or two…..That is not going to make a 28 point difference. The talent we put on the field is better this year than anyone in the SEC but Bama, period. To say we’re not a great recruiter is to deny THAT reality. Hell its the one thing people generally think Richt does well other than being a great guy. We’re consistently near the top. What Bama has done in recruiting is freak show insane, I agree. Look at any other school and we are right there. Even with Bama, it’s not the gulf everyone is making it out to be. Four years ago, I would sing a different tune due to under signing. So looking at the last eight years, you probably have some beef in the early part. Plus, our philosophy has changed at UGA, we are more aggressive, and we are seeing that pay off. Some of those teen class were due to the under signing. We have a chance to close very strong this year and be at or very near the top this year. Last year, was awesome. This year will be awesome. We have the best QB prospect in nearly a decade coming here next year (hey, the last guy this hyped came here too!)…..we are still a little talent shy at DB true, but Pruitt snagged Rico from Bama, and hopefully he will have a few more fours/fives this year…..

                  Would Nick win with our recruits? i would venture to say yes. Maybe not as much as he has over there, but pretty damn well, I would think. Not sure about your view on coaching, but the one thing I like about Saban (and Carroll) is focusing on the “now”. What are you doing to get better right now? You saw Saban was pissed at the jawing before the game because he just wanted to focus on execution…..that produces more consistency……now I’m biased because I think we would all agree consistency has, not, ummmmm, been a hallmark of Richt.

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        • Olddawg/notricks

          Almost exactly what I said last night. Proven commodities are @ rb, olb, te & olb. The o-line replaced 40% of its starters with one of those being the center, which can be argued is the most vital position within the line. Not to mention a coaching change at the position. I think they are a very serviceable group but are essentially or were unproven as a unit. I am not an I told you so person but my concern started game one when the line had moments that it was getting pushed around by a d-line they outweighed by something like 76 #’s per person. They opened holes and did their a good job for the most part but they did not “dominate” inferior competition down after down the way they should have. Mitchell is the only top flight receiver they have right now. Youngsters have loads of talent but other than Godwin probably none are ready to contribute. QB is a problem. Hell I said three weeks ago that it may be THE problem but after what I saw yesterday I m not so sure its the biggest. Lambert couldn’t win the UVA job and has anyone seen the guy who beat him out? Not good. I know it was another loss in a big game by Richt. I’m no Richt apologist. But I really just don’t believe yesterday can be laid solely at his feet. The players have to play the game and UGa has too many either young, inexperienced players at key positions. Add the questions at QB and I really just do t see where this team even had the expectations of even an SEC championship. Chubb, Micheal, Jenkins and maybe Blazevich might be the only players on our team that would start for Bama. Floyd is a stud but physical he ain’t. I guess although I am pretty damn butt hurt about yesterday because I love the dawgs, I kinda saw it coming. And not because I have totally given up on Richt or think we will never win with him. He is more of a Bowden type CEO of the program at this stage and doesnt do nearly as much hands on coaching as in previous years. I will say again, I think after ’13 he realized what he was doing wasn’t going to work with the competition in the conference. The last two years I believe he has made good choices in the changes that have been made so far. I do wish Bobo was still here. Not 100% on board with schotty yet. But not sure how much of the struggles were his fault as he doesn’t have a lot to work with at QB. I think privately that those within the program are planning on 2016-17 being their shot and are building towards that. Although no one would say that. I usually keep it short & sweet but am in a hotel room alone in the middle of nowhere. So I have lots of time to cry in my beer. Apologies for rambling.

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        • JWG

          Why do we feel like the outside linebackers are a strength? I mean, they SHOULD be a strength based on recruiting rankings, but damn. JJ has never had more than 5 sacks in a season, Floyd never more than 6, and this season they have what, 5 between them all? In five games? We keep saying our OLBs are great, but where’s the production?

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          • Dave

            This may be a weak reply, buy I’ll go with eyeball test on Jenkins and Floyd. Floyd was the best player on the field first week. Jenkins the second. I think Lorenzo is still a year away from awesomeness. He is solid right now. When I watch, it’s pretty clear they are the best two on the D though….and our defense has been pretty good. That said, we didn’t get dominance against the best team, so the end all be all they are not. I’m honestly not sure how much teams scheme to them to know whether our inside guys should be freeing up, but someone else can weigh in…..

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    • Olddawg55

      Good summation, Raven. It was fairly obvious from about five minutes in that we were outcoached and outplayed. We have the people (talent) but the directing of that talent is far from effective. Superior coaching and the execution of the Bama players made the difference. Lee and Jackson against Meade…except in this case Lee had the players to work with!

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  4. Granthams replacement

    Lack of mental toughness displayed as not showing up or quitting. Teams are a direct reflection of their coach. 2008 game and the 2015 bama game are mirror images.

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    • JKT

      I do think we were handed a pretty convincing whipping… but everyone has such a short memory- how many games over the past four years did we in fact “hang in there” and win? All I hear is “the sky is fall” – maybe it was a combination of Alabama in fact being that good- and UGA not being as good as we think… considering South Carolina lost again. Tennessee will be a good litmus test for the remainder of the season- and watch out for Florida… I am sure you all are aware that they won yet again.

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      • Biggus Rickus

        Yeah, they changed coaches and improved. Weird.

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        • Dawgfan Will

          I’ll be sold on McElwain when UF has more than one game they don’t win by the skin of their teeth. Prior to last night, they looked like crap. That doesn’t mean I’m looking forward to playing them though.

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  5. charlottedawg

    I think what’s so frustrating is how entirely predictable this has become.
    https://blutarsky.wordpress.com/2015/10/02/a-sign-the-apocalypse-may-be-nigh/#comment-392668

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    • Athens Townie

      Agree.

      It’s not something that even merits much analysis or explanation at this point.

      It’s just who we are.

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  6. Rampdawg

    We shit the bed, the floor, the hallway, the kitchen, the patio, the drivers and passengers seat. So again, where’s my vodka?

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  7. D as in Dawg

    It’s times like these that it sucks living in the heart of Gator Country. Actually, it’s 90% of the time that it sucks living in Gator Country. Raise your hand if you will not be going to the WLOCP for the second time year (last year was the first)… Wait… How do I raise my hand on here??

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  8. Derek

    Missing a wide open 26 on the first play. Missing the fb in the flat in the second drive. Failing to move the ball after a turnover. Yes the blocked punt was ugly. Should have called a to there given the overloaded alignment. But it’s not like we didn’t know we need to score points to be in that game. I knew that. We also knew that running at that defense would be tough. We needed to get plays out of the qb position or it would be a long day. It was obvious early that we weren’t going to get enough out of our qb to stay in that game or even make an attempt to catch up. It’s sad that you have a roster that can compete at that level save the most important position. Alabama will make your qb beat them. We were found desperately wanting there.

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    • Chadwick

      Right. When your team can win both lines of scrimmage with better size, talent and depth it forces the Qb to be other worldly for your team to wind. Lambert was awful, doing exactly what Saban’s squad wanted him to do. When out staff can start putting together multiple classes with talent, size and depth on the lines of scrimmage we will have the ability to compete against Bama without having a Qb play the game of his life.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      Agree Derek. More than any other factor, it was QB play that did us in. If there’s one thing ALL Dawg fans have come to expect, it’s that CMR recruit a capable QB. Looks like CMR and CMB failed miserably, and Schotty is left to patch together the situation as best he can.

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    • Olddawg/notricks

      I agree bro. He couldn’t win the job at UVA. For a reason. I mean I purposefully watched most of two UVa games and my thought was simply…well shit.I hate criticizing kids and I k ow at UVa he didn’t have anything to work with but I watched him wet the bed and just flat out miss receivers in game after game at UVa. It’s my uncles alma mater and when he heard Lambert was coming to Ga he said if he plays this year other than in mop up duty you guys are in trouble. The day they announced he won the job he called me laughing. Literally laughing. He said the rbs better be the best in the history of the game because you they wont win 5 games if they depend on Lambert. Ramsey has all the talent in the world. An arm like Stafford. But the brain of Mettenburger and apparently zero desire or heart. My best friend and college roommate has worked for the athletic department for the past 3 years and told me word was Richt/Schotty never planned on Lambert being the starter. They have tried for two years to light a fire under Ramsey’s ass knowing his day was coming but it never has taken hold. He enjoys the “college” life to much. Instead of getting pissed about them thinking they needed to bring in Lambert or about the talk of Eason automatically being thought of as a starter from day one he just has a whatever non chalant attitude. I know I watched the elite 11 with my son the past few years and when Ramsey was there I remember Trent Dilfer and Jordan Palmer saying that Ramsey could make every throw, throws some qbs in the NFL couldn’t make. Said he’s a good kid but needed to have desire to match that talent. Apparently it never took. I’m afraid we are stuck with Lambert for now. And that’s a bad sign.

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  9. Ncdawg

    If you told me before the game that Georgia’s defense would give up 24 points to a very good Alabama team, I would say that sounds about right. If you consider the turnovers by the offense, I would say 24 points was damn good. The offense (and punt team) did an absolute face plant. Even worse, the bloom completely came off of Ramsey’s rose.

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    • NC, that’s good stuff right there. I thought the defense held their own for most of the game. They gave up too many big plays yesterday. Alabama couldn’t line up and drive the length of the field like they did in the ’12 championship game, but they hit big plays when they needed to.

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      • Russ

        Rush defense was decent. Pass defense was Willie-esque. I saw a TD play where there were so many receivers open Bama had to run it again just so they could hit the other wide open guy.

        Offense was killed by terrible QB play and bad play calling.

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        • Chuck

          Pass rush is supposed to be undisputed strength of our team. Epic, total fail. Can’t give any QB that much time. Had one of our best rushers out in coverage way too much. D probably played the run better than expected. Stoning Henry on 3d and short was probably highlight of the game for the Dawgs.

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    • The other Doug

      I agree. Our defense is getting better, and I can live with what I saw last night. The offense? It’s really the QB play that’s killing us. 3 picks, 2 fumbles as he tried to throw, and throwing at shoe laces. What could Schottenheimer have done differently? I was all for giving Ramsey a shot, but obviously we saw why he is not the starter. Maybe throw in Bauta on a rainy afternoon?

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      • mikebozo

        Happy that you can live with Kiffen out coaching Pruitt.

        I can’t

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        • Dave

          I think their point is they don’t think that happened….most of the problems yesterday were not on D. Our secondary was the weakest part, but that’s where out recruiting has been lagging the most…..

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          • mikebozo

            Pruitt is still an unproven DC. All he has shown over his short career is he can win with other coaches players. Kiffen out coached him and McCilwain will do the same. As bad as FU is they sure looked good last night and will only get better before Halloween night.

            If yesterday’s game was any indication of the so called “Pruitt effect” or change I just don’t see that much improvement to take us to the next level.

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            • Cosmic Dawg

              Whose players should he use when he takes a new job? The players from his old school? Sheesh.

              We had three turnovers, a blocked punt, and something like 7 three-and-outs in the first half. The defense was not lights out, but they were definitely not the problem yesterday.

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              • mikebozo

                Not the whole problem but letting a mediocre QB beat you and put up almost 400 yards in a downpour is piss poor. Pruitt has not proven jack as a DC but all we hear about as how he has changed this program for the better. Coaching on both sides of the ball sucked and yes the problem is a lot deeper than the D. We have huge problems and so far Pruitt has shown he is not the answer.

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                • Dave

                  Once again, pretty much everyone here doesn’t think Coker beat us…..last I checked defense was only 1/3 of the game. While I wouldn’t say yesterday our D was great, it was easily better than our offense or special teams. You can refute that if you want or continue to moan away…..

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      • eldred

        Ramsey did look like crap, no doubt. And maybe he is wholly incompetent at reading what the D might give him. It is all academic now, of course, but I can’t help but wonder how the other scenario might have played. Had Ramsey started the game with the 4-0 game experience that Lambert had. Had Ramsey had those 4 starts, all those real-time snaps…… But, he is inserted in a deteriorating situation, with a mandate to make something happen.

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        • Cosmic Dawg

          I hope he has a terrific life doing something interesting and engaging, but it would be terrific if Ramsey never takes another snap for the Dawgs.

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  10. D as in Dawg

    I don’t know how they pick up the pieces at this point. I am so defeated. Is it sad that I’m that defeated over a bunch of college kids? Absolutely. But these players have to be demoralized and lack confidence in CMR. They have to know this is par for the course. Don’t they? I guess that’s why they play the game and I don’t. That and a slight age and talent gap.

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    • First off, they’ve picked up the pieces before. Look at last year after Florida.

      Second, it’s not Mark Richt out there blocking and tackling. At some point, these kids have to look in the mirror and do a little soul searching.

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      • IAmAChubbyMan

        When many hundreds of different kids with different personalities have to do soul searching over a 15-year period, perhaps it isn’t as much about the kids’ soul searching as it is about the soul searching for the one constant during those 15 years.

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      • D as in Dawg

        After UF, we whipped a bad AU team and lost to GT in heartbreaking fashion after some admittedly bad coaching decisions. I’m not buying they picked up the pieces, but I’m not an expert at this stuff.

        The kids need to do some soul searching. Looks like McElwain showed the Gators how it’s done.

        It’s just disappointing and I’m trying to be reasonable, but I can’t help wanting to go to the local Walmart and get on the ground and throw a temper tantrum like only Walmart kids can.

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      • Hogbody Spradlin

        Senator, I’m gonna have to stop the buck at Mark Richt. These games happen often. The head coach is the top of the organization and ultimately responsible. At the same time I know the conundrum: he’s an almost top coach, and if we get rid of him we could do a lot worse.

        Therefore I’ll let other people, like you, make these judgments. 😉

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        • Tronan

          This. I reconciled myself to UGA never getting over the hump after the meltdown against Colorado a few years back. But I remember the Goff years and other programs’ years in the wilderness and realize 9-10 wins a year beats 6-7. I guess that’s the definition of cold comfort.

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          • There’s no reason we can’t do better. If your belief is that there’s no point in trying then we might as well not have a football program.

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            • Hogbody Spradlin

              I know I repeat myself, but do you want to get rid of Mark Richt for the unknown? The chances of getting a Saban or Pete Carroll are small.

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              • Yes. Absolutely. I am perfectly willing to take that chance. If in four years we aren’t seeing results, go get someone else. Because that’s what you do. You keep trying. You don’t keep somebody around 10 years without anything to show for it.

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                • Warthen

                  By my count, the defensive staff has been fired or run off twice during that period. Who would you rather be making those changes, a winning head coach with a great reputation among his peers, or McGarity and company? Do you think UGA gets Pruitt without Richt? Of course, you probably think Pruitt’s not getting it done fast enough in the season and a quarter that he’s been in Athens or that Pruitt’s not good because Richt hired him.

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                • Richt has been here 15 years. He’s had enough time. I don’t give a fuck how long Pruitt has been here and I do not intend to be willing to wait four years even time CMR changes an assistant. That’s what you ignorant apologists do.

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                • RocketDawg

                  You are a fucking idiot. Seriously. Someone needs to take away your internet and send you to bed with no dinner for acting like a petulant child over anything and everything that happens with UGA football. If it makes you that fucking miserable then go sling yourself off of a cliff and end the misery.

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                • … and I do not intend to be willing to wait four years even time CMR changes an assistant.

                  Meaning what, exactly? Planning on taking matters into your own hands?

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                • @gatriguy

                  Lol. Senator illustrates a good point: were ultimately powerless in all this. Love the team and school and the players and support them all you can. That’s really all we can do. The powers that be will decide when/if it gets bad enough.

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          • IAmAChubbyMan

            I wish Florida had felt the same way in 1990 about their mediocre existence before deciding to swing for the fences and hiring Steve Spurrier. 25 years and 3 NC later, no one is talking about how bad they used to be.

            It’s really a crazy concept. It’s called making the right hire, something Vince and his minions have been unable to do. Richt looks good only in comparison to Donnan and, of course, Goff. In absolute, he is a joke. But everyone accepts it because “things could always be worse.” Pathetic.

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      • Athens Townie

        Wrong.

        The coaches, who make literally millions of dollars every year, need to do the soul searching. The buck stops with the coaching staff.

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      • JWG

        No, but it is him punting from the ALA 38 after a turnover, and weirdly putting Ramsey in every game (making Lambert nervous), and then playing him to start the second half. I actually think Richt is a pretty good motivator, contrary to popular opinion. There are a lot of games in the past I was expecting to lose when the team actually came out gangbusters – Auburn, last year, springs to mind. And I think he’s an excellent QB developer, which makes the shit with Lambert/Ramsey hard to understand. I always think things are good and we’re headed in the right direction, almost every year. And then almost every year…you know.

        If I was a player I suspect I would love Richt, and feel defensive/protective of him, but also not completely trust him, and sometimes wonder why I didn’t take that offer to play at Alabama.

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  11. Being “ready” wasn’t going to change our QB situation that was masked by a couple bad teams. Being “ready” wasn’t going to mask the fact that our D isn’t any better this season and is only marginally better than it was under Grantham. Whether or not we were ready had nothing to do with the outcome. They were the better team. I know it’s convenient to blame the HC for “not being ready” instead of giving due credit, and it’s also convenient for those with an agenda, but our level of readiness wasn’t the problem yesterday.

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  12. 69Dawg

    I really think that it is a case of our not being as good as we thought we were and Bama being a lot better than anybody thought they were. We got kicked in the butt and we rolled over. With the exception of Sony, Chubb and Malcolm the offense was as bad as I have seen in years. The offensive. line was whipped early and often. Lambert was off but was doing not too much harm. Ramsey came in as the designated turnover machine. The defense put up a good fight but the DBs were exposed. All in all it was an ass whipping of biblical proportions.

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  13. wetdawg

    We beat 4 inferior opponents. Lambert simply isn’t that good and neither is Ramsey or Bauta; Alabama is really good especially when up against the ropes like they were; we showed up but were exposed for what we really are!

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  14. BrightOwl

    It’s the second; the team is worse than we thought. The clues were there for us so see but we didn’t want to. I’d add a side of Bama is better than some were giving it credit for. Ole Miss got lucky; that wasn’t gonna happen twice in such a short span of time.

    My opinion of this team: we have a serviceable but unexceptional starting QB and a big-armed turnover prone backup. Our o-line is very good but a truly elite defensive front can whip them. Our wideouts are small (except for #26) and will struggle to get open; maybe they are fast enough to run past most DBs but we’ll never know because we don’t have a QB with both strength and accuracy to hit a throw like that. (We saw that very clearly on our first offensive snap; I applaud the guts to call that play but we now know it’s beyond the ability of QB11.) Our running backs are outstanding but without a passing game a great defense will be able to slow them down.

    On defense, our OLBs are very good and will make it tough for opponents to get to the edge on us. The DL is undersized and is gonna get pushed around some; the MLBs are also not particularly big. So, we will have some trouble with downhill power run teams. The secondary is much better coached than they were two years ago but I don’t see any NFL talent there. (Talentwise, they’re nowhere near the level we had in 2012 for example, with Rambo and Commings et al.)

    So in the end, we got a good team but not a great team. Definitely not championship caliber. Florida will be a tough game and I’ll wait until it’s over before I decide what I think about Richt’s season. All other remaining games we should win, unless and until we get to Atlanta.

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  15. peacedogattack

    I think it’s because too often people throw around “not showing up” as a catch all for “things didn’t go the way I [the editorial I] assumed they would, in my completely non expert and oversimplified opinion”. Which doesn’t mean that every use of the phrase qualifies as such.

    We of course showed up ready to play, in the emotional sense.

    Gameplan did not hold up for long though, did it? Though I’m not 100% clear what we could have done differently. What I saw was an OL that was overmatched, a WR group that didn’t do much to distinguish itself (Mitchell and Godwin were ok), TEs missing from the gameplan (or were they? So hard to tell on TV sometimes, especially when the QB play is. . .), a QB that’s who we feared he was (which is to say, he’s decent but not great when dealing with tight, disguied coverages and he’s still skittish in the pocket, thanks to UVA PTSD) and a defense that wasn’t going to do anything to help us out because it’s not where we hoped it would be. Yes, a special teams blunder as well (new punt formation aside it’s not clear to me what Josh Dawson was doing ole-ing the outside rush on his side like that, but then regardless of the cause of the block it is what it is isn’t it?).

    So we’re not as good as we thought we were. There are worrying problems in familiar areas, which is what’s the most painful. The least we could have done was have Bama whip us entirely on their own mertis (which were considerable), but we just had to help them out.

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  16. IAmAChubbyMan

    For all of you brain-dead people out there, when the Senator says they did not show up, that does not necessarily mean that they came out flat. Let’s not turn this into a discussion on semantics. It can mean any number of things such as they weren’t prepared for in-game turns-of-events, they didn’t scheme properly, etc… In any number of ways, this team was not ready to play because they were wholly unprepared given that there is not a 4-TD talent disparity between the two teams. That is not showing up.

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  17. kevinsauer

    I know you don’t like the rotation, senator, but all I can say is thank fucking Christ they don’t come back to Athens until 2027

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  18. Wolfman

    We are not as good as we hoped we were. I think that became pretty clear. In fact, I wanted to get upset with the coaching staff, until they made the adjustments we were clamoring for, and things ended up worse. I almost have more respect for naming Ramsey 2nd string after seeing the absolute disaster that was his time at QB. I think CBS was a bit predictable – how many failed 2nd down passes did we need to put us in the 3rd and long? – but we were dominated on the line. And we have a QB problem.

    Not showing up? It’s possible. But it’s hard to build a house when all you have in your tool box is a hammer and a level.

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  19. @gatriguy

    It is what it is. Richt gets taken apart by elite coaches because the demand focus and discipline and attitude and obsessive attention to detail. Richt is cut from the Miami/FSU mold of just have better athletes. The problem is he doesn’t.

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  20. 69Dawg

    Let’s give credit where credit is due our distinguished alum Kirby Smart shut us down. He took advantage of our pro OC and embarrassed us on national TV. Lame Kitten is now 2-0 against us hopefully he won’t get an SEC HC offer. All in all it harkened back to the bad old days of the Ole Ball Sack taking us to the woodshed.

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  21. Can some of you apologists please explain to me how “we just aren’t as good as we thought we were” absolves the coach in your mind? Because last I checked, it’s his job to get players, to coach them up and the get them ready to play on a high level. It’s been 10 years since we “were as good as we thought we were.” At what point do you start to hold the coach accountable for the work he’s doing in the off-season?

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    • IAmAChubbyMan

      This times 1,000

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    • Who the fuck are you to hold anybody accountable? It’s a blog.

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      • IAmAChubbyMan

        “You” is a general term. He didn’t actually mean the commenter. Perhaps he should have used passive voice or actually said “the AD.” But you already knew that, of course, and just wanted to bring up a red herring since presumably you love the job Mark Richt is doing.

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      • Me? I’m just a humble UGA alum, and a fan. The “you” in my post is referring to you, to the Senator, to every alum and fan out there, the AD, etc etc. We have a culture of making excuses and it’s the reason Mark Richt still has his job.

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        • gastr1

          chilidawgnv, your posts represent a calm rationalism against the typical trolling and screaming (anger, really) by visitors here who want Richt gone or improved. I appreciate the way you present your opinions and hope you’ll do more of it.

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          • I try. Sometimes I do still get upset, because I do care, but I realized some time ago we were never going to be better than this with Richt, but until we can get the majority of the bulldog nation on board, we’re stuck with him. So rational criticism is the only way to do that. That’s not to say I’ll never make an exasperated comment lol.

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        • Turd Ferguson

          Oh yeah?! Well who the hell are all those people to expect football coaches to do their jobs well?!!!?11?!

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        • Dawgfan Will

          In all seriousness, how do fans hold the coach accountable? I don’t have money to donate, so I can’t stop my donations. I don’t have money for tickets, so I can’t stop buying tickets. I’m certain no one in the athletic department actually gives two shits what is said in blog comments, so changing the tenor of my comments won’t help. If I do happen to get tickets as a gift every few years, l sure as hell am not going to boo like the classless jackasses last night did.

          So what can I do to hold Coach Richt accountable?

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    • charlottedawg

      Boom

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    • Warthen

      Yeah, we were not ready against Florida or Alabama, in 2012. We were not ready against South Carolina, LSU or Auburn in 2013. We were not ready against Clemson, Missouri, Auburn, or Louisville in 2014. I’m no apologist, just an alum that understands that yesterday’s game was not an apples to apples comparison of teams that the media and many of our fans wished it would be. What I will admit is that Richt has no excuses if he cannot win a championship – SEC or MNC – in the next four years. The program is focused, the recruits are coming, and the coaching talent is as good as Richt can get it.

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  22. National TV, the horror!

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  23. Parent

    At least we can stop blaming it on uniform color.

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  24. Bulldog Joe

    Alabama took advantage of the team’s weaknesses.

    We’ve struggled against press coverage, defending the middle-third of the passing game, getting a strong pass rush, and containing the QB.

    They loaded up on the run and trusted their DBs to stay with our receivers on a wet field. We don’t have a lot of success when we run against numbers.

    Defensively, Alabama was only 1-14 on 3rd and 4th downs, but we went “beyond Coker” on the pass rush on 1st and 2nd. We didn’t get the QB’s jersey dirty even on a muddy day.

    Overall, it is very disappointing when you know where you have to improve but you don’t.

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  25. This game was an utter embarassment. It took what? 6 or 7 years to almost change the perception of Georgia after the last huge embarrassing failure against Alabama…only to show up and prove beyond any doubt that the perception is reality. Georgia is absolutely the Clemson of the SEC. Georgia does not win big games. Why do we chuckle and call Stoops Big Game Bob…when we have our own Big Game Richt? I don’t think there is a better guy for the job. I also don’t think we should ever expect to beat great teams. “We are who they think we are! (Denny Green voice)”

    At least only every good recruit was on hand to witness the debacle.

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    • How can you POSSIBLY come to the conclusion that there is no one better for the job when you readily admit that we shut the bed against top competition? I am just mind blown by people like you. What a defeatist attitude.

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      • I think he is the right man for the job. And we should just expect this. We are stupid for expecting different. I dont want a Corch or Saban that would set their mother on fire for an extra win or two a year. I like Richt…even if he comes with these horrific losses now and again. We are who they think we are.

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      • Turd Ferguson

        I’m with you. But you’re better off just not barking up that particular tree around these parts.

        Here’s how the argument always goes: If you dare suggest that Richt might not be the guy for the job, you’ll immediate be asked to decide — right here, right now — who is the guy for the job. If you refuse to name someone, you lose. Because obviously, there’s no point in even talking about it unless you’ve got the next 10 years of the program mapped out already. But then, if you do name someone, no matter who it is, they’ll Google the person, find an embarrassing loss in that coach’s past, and throw it back in your face like it’s a trump card (“Oh, okay, you think we should replace Richt with someone who even lost to [insert name of team worse than Alabama]? You think that’d be better? Show’s how much you know!”).

        Classic lose-lose. Lather, rinse, repeat.

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  26. Dave

    Alright, I will bite. If before the game, someone said our D line will hold up very well minus one let down on a thirty yard TD run, I would haven taken that and really liked our odds. So what else happened, then?…..

    Yes, this Bama team is very, very good. Not sure about the best of all time, but the defense could definitely be by the end of the year. Again, no one is running on that front seven. No one. If anyone watches the replay, it seems like every damn Bama defender wins each battle.

    So take that, and then add in that Bama had the more explosive playmakers. I did not expect that at all. Malcolm had two drops, we missed a tackle early, etc.

    Taken all of the above, we still have a chance. However, add in Lambert’s play and then Coker’s best game of the year, and you have what we saw yesterday. I won’t even talk about Brice.

    Then pile on a free TD on special teams for good measure….and yeah…38-10.

    So to me it was a combination of Bama’s D, differential in QB play, a free ST TD, and a busted play or two…..add all that up, and it’s a killer.

    We didn’t play particularly well, but this was not Florida last year either, where an inferior team smashed us. Bama was better by a pretty good margin given QB play. The other things I mentioned didn’t help the score.

    How we do this week will determine our season. Are we 11-1/10-2 or 7-5/8-4. Yes, we should represent the east, no bones about it (same last year and we didn’t). However, we may face a team we can’t beat in Atlanta. Alabama isn’t losing another game in my opinion, so here’s to hoping ole miss runs the table. Of course, that assumes we do too, and we have a TON of work to do to make that a reality.

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    • 69Dawg

      Uh don’t look now but UF beat the team that beat Bama by a score of 38-10 yet another sign that the end of our dreams is near.

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      • Dave

        THAT is an example of not showing up to play……another sign of the freakiest game of the year being that ole miss win in Tuscaloosa. Bama wins by 20+ if they play again. That said, UF looked really good, as painful as that is to type. But Grier throwing off his back foot for TDs probably won’t fly against us or Bama or even Vandy. I have no idea why a good rebel defense collapsed like that.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      You’re not wrong, but I suspect our gameplan was terrible on top of Lambert playing like crap. It may have even been partially responsible for his play. Good coaching is about putting your players in the best situation to succeed. I don’t think Schottenheimer did that.

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      • Dave

        Well….about the game plan, maybe…..look we had to see if our run game and quick passing game would work. When it didn’t, I personally would have liked to have seen adjustments by the offense a little bit quicker….say on the third or fourth series, when it was clear that front seven was going to dominate. Instead of adjusting we went with Brice and continued the same plan (someone can correct this if they disagree), which seems strange if Brice was not the best option to start with. I know they were probably thinking at that point we have to sling it to have any chance, but damn son, I wouldn’t have done that.

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  27. They had to be impressed with the home crowd booing ……….

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    • I am tired of people bitching about that. You want buy in from the crowd? Earn it.

      That said i think the booing at the end of the first half when the coaches chose to let the clock run out rather than running a play was totally justified. The coaches gave up on the drive, the players, and the crowd. They quit.

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      • Charles

        “That said i think the booing at the end of the first half when the coaches chose to let the clock run out rather than running a play was totally justified.”

        I was there. It was precisely that. You could feel the air go out of the stadium after that.

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      • Q

        Agreed. Every paying fan base boos embarrassing performances.

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    • Bulldog Joe

      Our crowd noise helped our defense on 3rd and 4th downs. Alabama was 1-14 with a number of procedure penalties.

      The crowd also let our offense know we were not happy with our QB and OC not getting our team lined up near the end of the half with decent field position.

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  28. Turd Ferguson

    What do you get when you combine a mediocre football program with a fanbase that keeps getting fooled into think it’s elite? This.

    Thankfully, due to the fact that I grew up in a military family that moved around a lot, I’ve got a few other teams to which I have some allegiance. And as it turns out, one of them now has a relatively new head coach that knows how to fucking coach a team up to compete in big games.

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  29. Skeptic Dawg

    After sitting in the rain for 4 miserable quarters, a two hour long drive home, and now Sunday morning coffee, I am ready to speak about this game. The Dawgs did in fact show up to play yesterday. Unfortunately, this team is not a top flight college football team yet. There are issues with the OL, the WR’s, QB and ST’s. Our defense is solid. They only gave up 24 points yesterday. Entering the games yesterday I viewed this matchup as a measuring stick game. Well, the Dawgs have been weighed and measured and this team has been found wanting. The Dawgs are simply not as good as I thought they were. Yet again. What I am now worried about is winning the East. I now believe that this team is not capable of reaching the SECCG and that concerns me. The Pruitt Effect does not run as deep as I once thought. Another opportunity to shine awaits un Knoxville next weekend.

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    • Good comment, Skeptic – well done

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    • RocketDawg

      This might be the best comment you have ever written Skeptic. I agree with what you are saying. I still think we will win the East simply because that Florida team that beat Ole Miss last night is a mirage. Ole Miss flat out didn’t show up (I think they got cocky after beating Bama). If things hold to form we should wallop UT next weekend and Mizzou the next week and then go into the bye. Florida is really the lynchpin for the season since UK and Auburn are train wrecks. The Nerds are beatable as well so 11-1 is very possible.

      Of course we could let Bama beat us twice and lose to UT next week, lose to UF and maybe the Nerds and finish 8-4.

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      • @gatriguy

        We’ve “walloped” all the teams we’re going to this year. We might beat UT and Mizzou, but it will be tough.
        I’m not convinced UK isn’t the 2nd toughest game we have left. And might be tougher than UF.
        For those of us that wouldn’t mind a change in leadership, bear in mind this: probably the only sure fire way that happens is losing to Tech.

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  30. DawgByte

    Blutarsky – You’re using the wrong term. The team was in fact “prepared”. We’re prepared to play every week. What you fail to realize is that sometimes Georgia faces superior teams. It matters not whether this is a historically great Bama squad. What is relevant is whether they’re better than Georgia. They’re clearly better than UGA and if Bama were to play Ole Miss 10 more times they’d win at least 9 of those games, so their one loss was a misnomer. The fact is Georgia ran straight into a wall and our lack of experience (youthful Georgia team) showed against an opponent that was bigger, stronger and more experienced.

    If you want to panic – do so next week, if we can’t beat the woefully pathetic Vols.

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    • Dawgfan Will

      This is where I am as well. We definitely convinced ourselves that we were better than we are, but many also convinced themselves that Bama actually deserved that #13 ranking. All this talk that we’re going to lose to UT and UF and whoever the hell else we play ignores the reality that they’ve all looked like wamed-over shit as well for most of the season, only they didn’t do it against the class of the conference. Insist on Richt’s ouster all you want; I’m tired of fighting against it. But quit the damn bellyaching like the entire season just went down the toilet.

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    • Dude, I’m not panicking. Yesterday wasn’t some surprise indication that the end is near – just another occasion when some parts of the team simply weren’t mentally prepared to handle a big game.

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  31. I got your appropriate diagnosis right here: Big E.D.
    Big Event Dysfunction. Big E.D. is disappointing, frustrating and humiliating. You get all worked up for the event, but then nothing seems to work. Its also not the kind of thing that the victim likes to admit openly or even talk about. However, we are all fooling ourselves if we don’t think CMR is more aware of it than anyone. After all, its his unit that is suffering from the Big E.D. He knows that it has become the hallmark of his program, and it is guaranteed he has done some serious soul searching and probably consulted outside experts to find the little blue pill anecdote. My instincts tell me that everything will be rigid and throbbing in Knoxville next weekend and we will get back to doing it Dawg Style!

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  32. The Old Jeffster

    IMO people need to temper their expectations of this program. That’s it in a nutshell. Georgia is what it is. A better than average program that’s gonna get you 8 to 10 wins a year like clockwork along with a bowl win more often than not. When Richt came to Georgia, he talked about breaking through the ceiling that had settled over the program. Ironic, since that ceiling is back and more firmly in place than ever. I understand people’s frustration with what they believe what UGA could be vs. what it is. Few states enjoy a mammoth talent base as Georgia does. But this regime isn’t going to be another 80’s vintage Miami or today’s ‘Bama. It would have already happened by now if it were going to happen.

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    • Richt is the only ceiling here. You people need to realize that

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      • The Old Jeffster

        That’s sort of what I said. Richt is virtually unfireable because of that 8 to 10 W’s a year plus an almost guaranteed win over Tech. That’s about the best you’ll get with the Richt approach. It meets the expectations of his employers & an influential chunk of Dawg Nation. Richt may break through one year and catch the proverbial lightning in a bottle. But if past performance predicates future accomplishment, don’t count on it (shrug).

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        • Dave

          So you guys both think Adams and McGarity gave him everything he needed a la Bama and Auburn? I mean, if Richt is the ONLY ceiling…….

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  33. ASEF

    Bama lost to Ole Miss courtesy of 5 unforced turnovers and 2 fluky TDs – well, one tricky and one super-fluky. And Bama still had the ball with a chance to win at the end. That game had the unfortunate effect of focusing a tremendous amount of talent, To that end…

    Their 2015 front 7/16 on D reminds me of their 2012 offensive line – capable of dominating anyone they line up against. It’s a unit with “all-time top 10” potential. The 2 deep features 9 quality guys in the front 4 alone with 7 quality LBs behind them. I think we’re going to look back and see a lot of very high draft picks out of that group – maybe 4 1st rounders plus 6 2nd-3rd rounders plus some later picks. They missed some assignments against Ole Miss. They only missed 1 yesterday.

    Finally, Alabama is designed to beat the ever-loving *&^% out of offenses like Georgia’s. They struggle against schemes that can overload their secondary’s decision tree and spend most of the game walking a run-pass option tightrope – hence the mobile QB thing.

    Florida, meanwhile, is going to have to prove it won’t fall into the trap pretty much all college teams do after a win like Ole Miss: reading its press clippings and losing focus.

    Georgia better get it together because Butch is coaching for his job the rest of the way. UGA is capable of winning out. I’ll be interested to see how they handle this.

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    • Dave

      I think we see it similarly. I could not believe what our run game looked like given the confidence I had in our O line. They were winning the majority of the battles with just seven. I think Nick’s second best run he had to truck the best linebacker in America.

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  34. DawgTyme

    The defense played a solid game, holding Bama to 24 points.

    Special teams and offense did not show up.

    Punt block TD inexcusable.

    3 int’s and a QBR average of 1? Inexcusable. Worst Qb performance I’ve ever seen at UGA.

    Chubb did nothing besides the 1 run. in the 4th quarter.

    Michel was not used.

    Tight ends not used.

    Bauta in wildcat not used.

    McKenzie’s speed not used.

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  35. PatinDC

    “or this Georgia team is much worse than we thought.”

    This is my belief. That UGA team on the field was overmatched at every position. Every AL player looked larger and quicker across the board.

    Another week that proves you can’t beat AL at its own game.

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  36. Charles

    Same thing I’ve been saying in the weeks leading up to this game:

    Bama gave Ole Miss 5 turnovers and two fluke touchdowns and still almost won. They’re much better than they have seemed, at least at their ceiling.

    We have beaten nobody. South Carolina is awful. Vandy is Vandy. And I don’t need to mention the other wins. We still don’t really know much about this team except that we’re worse than Bama.

    We played well in the first quarter on defense. But we’re not as deep as Alabama, and it showed. Our secondary is not a strength, and it showed. Our offensive line is very good but not so much at run blocking.

    Bama shut us down with their very good and very deep defense and their offense eventually wore down our defense. That’s the whole story of the game.

    This wasn’t about players not showing up. This was what happens when you try to go strength vs strength and give out first because the other guy’s stronger.

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    • Lambert didn’t show up.

      Georgia’s secondary didn’t show up.

      Special teams didn’t show up.

      And the offensive line didn’t show up on Georgia’s first scoring drive when it was first and goal at the nine.

      Look, based on what I saw on both lines of scrimmage, Alabama was going to win yesterday no matter what. But that was a game in which neither team should have scored in the twenties, let alone 38.

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  37. South FL Dawg

    Why the score – when the game was starting to get away with Lambert, we put in Ramsey and put the nail in our own coffin.

    I guess if not having an answer equates to not being ready then we weren’t ready. Sure wasn’t lack of effort though. That’s why your post was a bit curt.

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  38. Cousin Eddie

    UGA met a slightly more talented, well coached, and highly motivated team designed to stop what they do on offense and lost it happens.

    The disapointing part is mentally this team looked out of it after the blocked punt. I understand becuase as a fan i was too. Things happen move along nothing yo see here.

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  39. A10Penny

    I believe a lot of folks got too high on Lambert after the USCe game and are too low on the program now. Yeah, that sucked HARD. But the DL stoned Alabama’s run game a lot better than we could have expected. And it took an awesome throw from Coker to put the game away…something he’s not shown he’s any good at. Take away the blocked punt and that one throw and the game is a lot closer.

    The offensive game plan is what I found most lacking (other than Lambert’s performance). Ole Miss provided a blue print to move the ball on Bama, and we have playmakers that can match up with the Rebels in Malcolm Mitchell and Sony Michel. I know it was a rainy day, but I hoped we’d air it out a lot more…you know, attack the enemy’s weakness.

    On the bright side, Trent Thompson has gone from garbage time two weeks ago to a legit player. Tim Kimbrough was AWESOME, and had his best game as a Dawg by far. Imagine if they keep coming on and Godwin improves, etc.

    Think back to last year: did any of us know who Ezekiel Elliot was? Or Cardale Jones? I don’t think we should get our hopes too high as UGA fans…but the season isn’t over yet.

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    • A10Penny

      Oh, I forgot to mention more good news. The verdict is in on Ramsey. And although it’s a bad verdict, it’s still good to move on from it like we did with LeMay. No point in wasting any more time & snaps there.

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  40. SWGAdAWG

    Well I read down a ways and saw probably the most offensive curse words I’ve ever seen. Never heard it anywhere but here so…..I’m done with the blog. Been reading comments for years. But I’m done.

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  41. Macallanlover

    What that means: one was a for real Top 10 team at their best (who didn’t know that ranking was BS?), the other was an unknown, masked by a weak schedule, who turned out to have more significant flaws than expected, and those weaknesses played right into the bully’s sweet spot. Result: a mismatch.

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  43. floating through Monday

    You can bet your ass that Saban spent every second of the 2 weeks he had preparing for this. It showed.

    Unfortunately I have a mental picture of our first half against Southern. That was one horrid half of football, and we weren’t trying to look bad. It came naturally.

    To work around or deficiencies, we needed a game plan that rolled two sixes along with out of the shoes adrenaline. Got neither of those.

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