… won’t tell you much you didn’t already know from watching the game – namely, Georgia’s run defense wasn’t bad and every thing else was putrid.
David does add one thing that’s a pretty good summary of this team’s structural flaw.
Georgia just seems to be out of sync with itself since winning the conference in 2005. Matthew Stafford, Knowshon Moreno, and A.J. Green made the offense great, but that coincided with a great defensive decline. Then came the Aaron Murray era, which was great and had an improving defense but only had 2012 as a pinnacle year thanks to 2013’s injury plague. The defense seems to be in good hands with Jeremy Pruitt, but as he works on it the best he can—the secondary is a bit young, and it showed on Saturday—the offense suddenly is out of playmakers at quarterback and receiver. UGA has had the whole package together at once twice in the last decade, in 2007 and 2012.
That is not excuse making for Mark Richt. Quite the contrary, it’s a mild condemnation of his roster management practices before Pruitt’s arrival. As good as the last recruiting class appears to be and as fast as they’re shoveling true freshmen into games, you don’t fix roster problems overnight. Especially when you have quarterback issues.
I’ve mentioned the balancing act Richt is trying to pull off this season, between getting a ton of green players game experience while still trying to win the East. It ain’t easy, as we’re seeing.