Sorry if I’m on a roll with this kind of stuff today, but this is such a perfect rebuttal to the “execution is a bullshit excuse, it’s always the coaches’ fault” crowd that I can’t resist sharing.
After Georgia’s first score of the game against Missouri to knot the game up at 3-3, The Bulldogs decided to force the issue with an onside attempt on the ensuing kick.
The decision to do that wasn’t one that was hatched on the spot, however. According to UGA Head Coach Mark Richt, he and his staff knew that was coming well before kickoff against The Tigers.
“We talked about that before the game even started…,” Richt said. “I talked to the defense about it last night. I told them, I said, ‘After the first score, we’re gonna bunt it. Just get ready. If we get it, we still have possession. If not, we’re gonna bow our neck and play defense.’ It’s the risk that you take but we had decided that a couple of days ago.”
The play ended up being unsuccessful. Whether it was Marshall Morgan’s fault for not getting enough on the kick or a situation where the ball took a bad bounce as the oblong football sometimes does, the kick came up short of 10 yards and the Bulldogs couldn’t recover it.
But Richt says that it was a situation where the coaching staff had Mizzou scouted well.
“We really liked what we saw on film…,” Richt said. “Then I’m watching them (Missouri) and they did exactly what we hoped they’d do and I didn’t realize that the kick came short of the 10. It was there. We all knew it was there and we wanted to be aggressive in that way. When you think you’ve got it, it’s a calculated risk.”
From where I sat, which was right along where the ball was kicked, it didn’t look like Morgan hit the ball quite right. Maybe Richt forgot to remind him how to kick it during the TV timeout.