Observations from the 35, who needs touchdowns? edition

For those of us who suffered through the Alabama game, the weather was payback, a perfect fall night.  Wish I could say the same about the offense.

But let’s start the bullet points off on the happy side, okay?

  • Any question you might have had about whether Pruitt was satisfied with the play of the defense in Knoxville was answered in the pre-game announcement of the starting lineup.  The secondary coming out of the gate would be manned by one sophomore and three true freshmen.  Gulp.
  • Any question you might have had about whether the team would spend more time on basic fundamentals – you know, like tackling – after the poor play against Tennessee was answered on the first series of the game, when the defense kept Missouri out of the end zone despite defending from inside the one. You can argue all you want about how sorry the Tigers are on offense this season, but Russell Hansbrough doesn’t go to the ground by himself.
  • Any question you might have had about whether we’d see a more aggressive pass rush was answered throughout the game.  Four sacks and numerous hurries.  Leonard Floyd announced his presence.
  • Yes, that’s a bad Missouri offense.  But you can’t explain the Tigers’ complete inability to move the ball in the second half just on that.  Every second half series of theirs ended in a punt, except the last, and that resulted in a turnover on downs.  The defense came to play.
  • When you’re that dominant, it’s hard to find anything to criticize.  About the only thing Missouri was successful with was exploiting the middle of the field with the pass, and even that wasn’t too often.  Unfortunately, it’s a structural flaw that Georgia is going to have to live with until Pruitt can find an ILB who can play in pass coverage.
  • Ganus played a terrific game.  So did Bellamy.
  • It’s fun to see how much Trent Thompson is improving on a game to game basis.  He’s not Georgia’s best defensive player (at least not yet), but he may already be its most important one.
  • The offense may not have been able to do much on the scoreboard by dominating time of possession, but it sure helped the defense’s stamina.  So did all of Pruitt’s substituting.
  • Hate to say it, but if you’re going by the letter of the law, the targeting call on Sanders was correct.  I know it didn’t look like the intent was there (it was more a matter of the receiver lowering his head than anything), but the contact was definitely what’s described in the rule.  Sucks he’s gone for the first half of the Florida game… shades of Shawn Williams.
  • Is it just me, or were there a ridiculous number of TV timeouts?  The second half seemed to drag on interminably.
  • I miss Michael Adams being booed during the halftime homecoming ceremony.
  • Don’t look now, but there was some coaching going on with special teams last week, too.  Coverage was noticeably improved, especially on kickoffs.
  • Barber wasn’t overwhelming, but he did manage to put three punts inside the Missouri 20.  With the way the game was going, that was big.  (Which isn’t to say I wasn’t drooling with envy over the Missouri punter’s kicks.)
  • Ah, Marshall Morgan.  For all the angst over the unsuccessful onside kick and the one field goal whiff, let’s not forget he scored all of Georgia’s points Saturday night.  And the last one was under a little pressure. Speaking of the last one, those of you who have a problem with Richt’s words of encouragement really need to get a life.
  • And then, there was the offense.  I’ve already babbled about how the stats and the results don’t match up too well.  Some of the disparity came from the first half, when Georgia would gain 30 yards on a series, then break down, and then 30 or 40 yards on another, only to turn the ball over on downs because the offensive line couldn’t get enough push to convert a third-and-one and the subsequent fourth-and-one.
  • Which brings us to one of Georgia’s two big problems on offense.  Blocking has seriously regressed this season from last.  No doubt some of it can be blamed on defenses loading the box with impunity.  But that was going on last season, too, and it didn’t seem like the o-line struggled as much with it then.  The other sore spot, as we saw most obviously on those friggin’ bubble screens, is that the receivers are struggling with their downfield blocking.  Combine the two, and it makes it very hard to call running plays designed to go outside, especially against speedier defenses.
  • Note to self:  Kolton Houston still can’t handle speed rushers.  Theus was a little better in that department, but no great shakes, either.
  • Mitchell, Godwin and Michel played their guts out.
  • I’m not sure why we didn’t see more of Keith Marshall.  Then, again, I haven’t understood why we haven’t seen more of the tight ends, so there’s obviously a lot I don’t get this season.
  • As for Lambert, it’s hard to find the word to use to describe his lack of field awareness.  Frustrating?  Mind-boggling?  Depressing?  Maddening?  The first pick was due to him not seeing a defender in the line of his throw who tipped it downfield; I can only attribute that to his being locked on the receiver.  There was a similar occurrence in a later series that fortunately didn’t result in an interception.  “Fortunately didn’t result in an interception” was a recurring theme on the night.  The throw that resulted in the interception call that was reversed on review never should have been made; Lambert held the ball way too long and should have simply thrown it away instead of forcing it into double coverage.  (I’ll have to watch the replay on his long throw to two Missouri defenders, because it looked like nobody covered Malcolm Mitchell on the other side of the field.) Add in his struggles with his mechanics – he mixed some beautiful throws into tight windows, but hung what should have been a long pass completion to Mitchell that allowed the defenders to close easily – and that’s how you get a quarterback who lost the confidence of his coaches in the second half while completing more than 70% of his pass attempts.  It’s a problem.
  • I can’t figure out what to say about Schottenheimer, either.  Sure, there were a couple of questionable play calls.  I’ve already hashed over the mistake of giving Lambert a run-pass option play on the Mizzou five-yard line.  There was also a weird decision to run Brendan Douglas outside on a third and long play that left me scratching my head.  But I’ve long abandoned the idea that anyone calling plays for Georgia is going to have anything close to a perfect game doing so.  Besides, let’s face it.  When you don’t know what to expect your quarterback to do from play to play, when your line struggles with its blocking and your receivers can’t block the edges, it kind of limits your options.  When Schottenheimer chose to get aggressive occasionally, it usually didn’t pay off.  In the end, when it was obvious that it was the defense’s night, Schottenheimer stayed conservative trying to avoid a game changing turnover and it’s hard to argue he was wrong to do so.
  • That being said, as I’ve already mentioned, it’s hard to understand why the tight ends have almost totally disappeared in the passing game.  There was no effort made to design a few plays to get Michel in open space, which is his strong suit.  And what’s happened to the running back screen, which was one of Georgia’s most effective play calls last season?  I can’t give Schottenheimer a complete pass here.  Not even close.
  • I do give Richt a little credit, though, for having his team prepared mentally and emotionally, despite the losing streak.  It would have been easy to fall apart after the game’s first play.  Instead, the defense made a stand and set the tone for the night.  The onside kick was a well-thought out call that should have worked; when it didn’t, it’s not hard to understand why Richt was willing to let the game be left in the hands of Pruitt and the defense.  Richt made an early career out of winning ugly games.  This, then, was kind of a return to basics.

No, it wasn’t pretty.  But it was compelling.  The crowd was as loud as I’ve heard when Missouri got the ball back for the last time.  The defense felt the love, too.  And a win sure makes the bye week stretch a lot more tolerable.  Georgia’s going to have its hands full in Jacksonville.  Between getting players like McKenzie healthy and having more time to work on things, the team will need every one of those extra days to have a decent chance to compete.

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  1. Uglydawg

    Some of Missouri’s success throwing the ball over the middle..and throwing success in general, came from an amazing arm on their QB. That kid will be something else if he gets a line that will give him some time. He can wing it.
    As far as the onside kick goes..I have no problem with it. I enjoy the occasional suprise play..it’s the failure to go for a fouth in one deep in Mizzo’s territory that got to me. If you’re going to gamble, it was a much better bet..and with the same basis; that your defense can hold their offense. The two things just don’t match up to me. But I could be wrong.
    And Douglas’ outside run on third down? I’ve got to wonder if that was a trick play that never developed because the took Douglas down so quickly. Could it have supposed to been a reverse or something else?

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    • Russ

      My take on the fourth and 1 in Mizzou territory is that we had already tried (a couple of times?) to convert and couldn’t do it. To miss there was to give up tying points, which as it turns out, we needed. I get that missing there pins Mizzou deep, but their punter would just flip the field again, and it was no certainty that our offense was going to get back down there anytime soon.

      9 points in a win. When is the last time Georgia did that?

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  2. Aunt Edna

    The TE situation still blows my mind. If you’re looking for short passing opportunities for GL it seems like a no brainer. Blazevich has proven he has some damn good hands. I can’t wrap my tiny brain around that one.

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    • Russ

      Jay Rome is no slouch either. The tight ends are weapons that Schotty is choosing not to use. It doesn’t make sense.

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      • All I can surmise is that the TE is an option on most plays (sometimes a first option in the read) but Lambert is not choosing that option for whatever reason. TE passes are usually over the middle and there is a lot going on that Lambert is just not picking up on. Perhaps he is tentative to go there and the sideline passes are the safer bet? Hell I don’t know, my small Aunt Edna sized brain can’t wrap itself around that one either.

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        • Short passes scare the hell out of him. Most of his interceptions and I think all the pick 6s last year were close to the line.

          I wish Schotty had the guts to pull the plug. Get Ramsey or Faton in there as a starter.

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          • BowlDawg

            Dear Lord!!….NOT Ramsey!!!!
            I have said for 2 seasons that kid is just not going to develop.

            Preseason Jacob Park was our best QB…but we see how that went.
            #2 on my list would have been Bauta! For 2 seasons in the spring games, and in mop-up duty he has been lights out on accuracy in the 5-15 yd range… and his read-option choices have been well above par. I know Lambert isn’t the greatest with his legs…but he has been giving the ball to running backs and sending them into thunderdome time and again…when he had 10-15 yards of daylight to take it himself.

            I know we don’t want to have to rely on Lambert to run it…but he could have kept numerous drives going if he did. No defense we face has ANY respect for our QB to keep it….because we NEVER do. so the entire box crashes on the running back….and we punt.

            Bauta is the only hope we have of winning-out and saving this season….otherwise let’s get a head start and overbuild our expectations for Eason next year.

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            • Uglydawg

              Bowl..I agree, he should at least get a look….he can’t really do any worse, can he? It would throw FL a curve if he started.

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    • I expected the Tight Ends to offset the lack of experience & depth at WR.
      The lack of use of Marshall & of the TEs remain a mystery to me..

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  3. blands

    The soft coverage in the middle of the field is a problem.

    I just have to shake my head at the people who blame the players instead of the coaches.

    Our ILBs are good enough for defending the pass, if they weren’t they wouldn’t be an ILB. You keep on saying this idiotic argument about ‘talent’, that it’s all about body type and ‘fluid hips’ and all that nonsense, as if the players out there right now are cinder blocks and there’s no way to just develop those sort of attributes. In the end, it’s coaching. It’s coaching players to recognize coverages, it’s coaching players on how to run with receivers, it’s calling plays that put the players in the right positions to succeed. That’s why they’re paid, that’s why they spend so much time breaking down film. For some reason, Pruitt just can’t do that. Talent is just some biological reductionism that completely absolves the coaching staff of any responsibility.

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    • Our ILBs are good enough for defending the pass, if they weren’t they wouldn’t be an ILB.

      Yeah, that’ll work.

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      • blands

        When Roquan Smith struggles in pass coverage, despite everyone praising his ability to do so when he was in high school, and when Natrez Patrick, ‘a fluid athlete’ according to just about all observers, also struggles, people here will be saying “When are we gonna get an ILB who can cover! We need more five stars, amirite?”

        It’s just stupid. Do you think one of the qualities they look for in an inside backer is the inability to cover? Do you think Ekeler says, “Move Johnny O’Neal over to the OLBs because that kid can play in pass coverage and I don’t want that!”? Or did Grantham and Olivadotti say to themselves, “Wow, this Kimbrough kid can’t cover any receivers, let’s put him at position that would require him to!”.

        The problem is Pruitt, and he needs to figure out what he’s doing wrong. You can’t just say we’ve got to wait for the right players.

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        • Roquan Smith is a true freshman. So is Natrez Patrick. You honestly expect one of them to step in and play flawlessly from the get go?

          Something sure is stupid here. But it’s not coming from me.

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          • blands

            I’m not talking about now you fool. I’m talking about two years from now, when we’ll be seeing the same mistakes, and you’ll be doubtlessly lamenting the inability of Pruitt to find that elusive unicorn inside backer that can cover.

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            • Ah, foretelling the future. How can I rebut that?

              While you’re at it, could you let me in on who’s gonna win the national title this season? I could use a few extra bucks.

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              • blands

                Man, you’re really bad at responding to arguments. Why are our inside backers at the position if they can’t cover?

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                • Because they’re the best options available. Why does any player start?

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                • blands

                  You’re missing the point. Why are certain players put at certain positions? The different positions require different skill sets and duties. If you’re regularly playing at a position, it’s because you’ve demonstrated the ability to fulfill its required duties with those skills. Saying our backers can’t cover and that we have to find one that can doesn’t make sense. Kimbrough, Carter, Herrera, and Ganus were recruited as inside guys because they can cover and stop the run and rush the passer, not in spite of these things. If they could only rush the passer and stop the run, they’d be an OLB.

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                • Saying our backers can’t cover and that we have to find one that can doesn’t make sense.

                  You seem to be the only one struggling with the concept.

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                • blands

                  I think you’re wrong about this. I don’t know you so I shouldn’t attack your character or intelligence based on a single poorly thought out opinion. But your inability to respond to me, beyond attacks on my character and not allowing me to reply to your latest comments, just demonstrates how indefensible your position really is.

                  Let’s just hope the dawgs win in JAX.

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                • I haven’t attacked your character, nor have I stopped you from replying. No idea what you’re complaining about here.

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          • Tlkdawg

            Can’t wait for the excuses to the exact same problem next year, and the next year, and the next year, ad nauseum. This is an ongoing problem through multiple defensive coordinators and it is not going to go away. You can call names all you want, but the fact is, the same thing happens again and again and apparently you believe there is nothing the coaches can do because they just don’t have the players. There are freshman playing outstanding football at every position all over the country. Their coaches somehow, through wizardry or soul-selling deals or bribery or something, can occasionally get those players in the right place at the right time. I don’t think it is too much to ask of our coaches to do the same thing concerning one position that is not covering the exact same thing over and over again. Sorry, just seems like you’ve dug in on the position that the coaches have no say in this matter.

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        • JN

          If only Richard Samuel had had a better running backs coach. Oh wait, my bad. McLendon just developed himself that much as a position coach between 09 & 12.

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          • blands

            Who knows why some players fail? Succeeding on a football field, though, is generally followed by the same ingredients: an inhuman work ethic, dedication in the weight room, the intelligence to manage your body and emotions, and a coaching staff that calls the right plays.

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            • JN

              So, UGA’s ILB’s can’t cover because of coaching, but Samuel wasn’t as good go because “who knows why?” That argument is as clear as mud.

              Also of note, you know why? You clearly stated as much when you said, “The problem is Pruitt.” You’re actually contradicting yourself at this point.

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              • blands

                “Fail” as in not have success at a position where other players have had a lot of success with the same coaches.

                But with Pruitt and this defensive staff, we’ve seen the same problem for the past year and a half. The way people counter that is by saying “more time please! he needs his own players! people who can cover duh!”. But that’s not the problem. Kimbrough and Ganus are having the same trouble as Herrera and Wilson. That’s on coaching.

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              • Bright Idea

                I see Tight Ends running wide open over the middle in the NFL being chased by All-Pro ILBers. My question is why can’t ours get open in the middle of the field.

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    • I don’t recall Senator bringing up “fluid hips”, but his arguments are correct when it comes to ILB who can cover.

      That which you wave away is not “biological reductionism”, but a real part of sports at all levels. Some guys lack the balance/fluidness to be cover guys, despite having all the other attributes. Coaching up technique only goes so far. Or else any one of us could be star cover corners.

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      • blands

        If any one of us started working out constantly before even our puberty, and then spent 4 years in a serious high school weight room, and played football year round, and then went to a major athletic institution where we are told and given the right things to eat, and during all that time have been tackling and shedding blocks, and running with other guys and catching balls, and throwing them, etc, etc, we’d be really athletic and ready to compete at a collegiate level. Fluid movement means being lean and flexible, things that are learned through exercise. Balance means having a strong core and the means to lower your center of gravity with flexible knees, things that are learned through athletic activity and exercise.

        It’s just ridiculous to say that none of this can be gained, and it’s used a lot of the time to give leeway to millionaire coaches who clearly aren’t that good.

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        • Normaltown Mike

          Congratulations! This is one of the stupidest explanations of athleticism I’ve ever encountered.

          Not sure if you have “fluid” synapses naturally from birth or through coaching…but those things are FLUID!

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          • blands

            Then what is athleticism then?

            Moving with grace and ease is having awareness of your body relative to other objects, shedding cumbersome weight, and being flexible. That’s fluid movement. When people say “he’s a fluid athlete” or “he moves well”, that’s what that means. I’m not sure how you can play (or even watch) any sport and not know that.

            And of course balance comes from a strong core. That’s why you tighten your abdominal muscles when you’re trying to keep your balance. And having a lower center of gravity also helps you keep your balance: it’s a reason why shorter soccer players tend to be harder to knock off the ball.

            And, more importantly, all of this can be developed. Most of these kids develop it by playing football their whole lives. Most people don’t have the drive to lift and run consistently from middle school until they’re 22-23. That’s the barrier to entry most people can’t cross.

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            • Biggus Rickus

              I can’t believe someone has to explain this to you, but everyone has limits. No matter how much I work out and exercise and practice, I will never be able to play basketball like Michael Jordan. You have to have a maximum potential high enough to play at the collegiate level and work your ass off on top of that to reach that potential. Most people don’t have the natural athleticism necessary to play college football at the highest levels. Even fewer have the natural ability to be extremely good at the highest levels.

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              • blands

                Pop science that has filtered down to the lowest levels of our society.

                This is far outside the scope of our discussion, but your ‘common sense’ is actually just drivel. The interaction between genes and the environment is still up for debate, and recent research suggests that genes have a negligible impact on the expression of a person’s characteristics. Researchers still do not even understand how to correctly define the concept of heritability, which is the amount your genes contribute to your personal characteristics (phenotype). Most studies exclaiming a gene for a certain human attribute tend to just find a gene statistically over represented in a handpicked population that is often not representative. Shit, we barely understand how height is impacted by a person’s genetics, but, apparently, we’re all supposed to believe that athleticism is just innate!

                It’s crazy how diluted these concepts become, and also how it becomes doggerel justifying people’s laziness.

                Arguing that your simplistic and poorly understood notions of genetics and ‘innate ability’ is the reason why you and your favorite team aren’t very good is a cop out of the highest order.

                Why are things this way? Well, science! But how? Um, well, uh, you know, limits, duh! Hur hur, let me go on with my day! I can’t be Jerry Rice because of genetics! Hur hur, not because he’s worked harder than me everyday of his life, hur hur!

                It’s just a way for people to excuse their laziness and mediocrity. Suddenly, it is a natural limit that has made them failures, just like the peasants were ordained by God to live as subjects for the ruinous king. Questions are not asked, the claim itself is not investigated, but authority is bowed to and believed to hold the Truth, no matter how implausible.

                I can’t believe I had to explain that to you.

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            • WHB209

              Strength, balance and quickness can be improved. Top end speed? Not .

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      • For someone who likes to claim other people are “not responding to arguments” you sure do like to play the “I will now assign arguments to other people even though I am not making them” card. I never said things couldn’t be gained. Neither did anyone else here. I said there were limits to what could be coached up/taught.

        The thing is, no amount of athletic training would make me into a division 1 player, and any suggestion otherwise is simply wrong. Heavy/intense athletic training only goes so far, just as innate athletic ability only goes so far. The attributes you dismiss are both innate and honable; these things are not mutually exclusive.

        There is no chance I become as gifted a WR as Jerry Rice or as incredible a martial artist as Bruce Lee. That’s true if I put in 10k hours or 100k.

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    • JN

      This just in! The high school position coaches for Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb have just been offered jobs as rb’s coach by every NFL team.

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      • blands

        They succeeded because of their work ethic. They developed a way of responding to their emotions that included the weight room and the football field. Other people manage themselves in other ways, video games for most kids its seems, but these kids had the drive and the intelligence to manage their efforts to avoid injury and continuously increase their strength and athleticism.

        But even then, if the Oline coach is telling the lineman to block in ineffective ways, than that sort of work ethic and dedication isn’t going to shine through on the football field.

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      • Normaltown Mike

        Jerry Glanville drafted Brett Favre from Southern Miss…he’s the greatest NFL mind EVER!

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  4. Schotty is getting blasted pretty much everywhere, yet I can’t understand why. It is crystal clear the QB is a mess and there is no fix. Lambert could have thrown 7 INTs, yet Ramsey didn’t sniff a snap. No players are coming out saying Ramsey should be given more time. No leaks from “sources close to the program” saying Ramsey should be playing more. It’s clear everyone is buying in that Lambert is the best option, and that’s horrifying.

    Blaming Schotty for Lambert screwing up a run-pass option doesn’t add up to me. That’s like blaming yourself as a parent when your kid gets a speeding ticket. At a certain point it’s his fault, not yours. But if Lambert can’t make the right call on a RPO, it’s going to be a long final 5 weeks of the season.

    As a play caller if you call a pass play and two guys are open and your QB throws it to a guy who’s covered, that’s not on you. Saying, “well, he needs to put Lambert in a position to play well” doesn’t hold water when you do just that and Lambert declines success.

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    • Schotty is getting blasted pretty much everywhere, yet I can’t understand why.

      Perhaps the offense only scoring three touchdowns in the last three games has something to do with that.

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      • What could he do differently with Lambert? I know there’s a long standing deal where we don’t criticize CFB players, but does that mean we should ignore the fact he’s terrible? And in ignoring that, we have to be mad at someone so we blame the guy who called a play that had two guys wide open? Call a spade a spade. We don’t have a QB. It’s that simple. And now we don’t have the elite RB we were banking on.

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        • I think if you read my comments, I’m not arguing that Schottenheimer doesn’t have some serious roadblocks to drive around. I also don’t understand why you think I’m defending Lambert – you may the only commenter here who does. 😉

          But I stand by my criticisms. What’s with the TEs? What’s happened to Georgia’s screen game? Can they not make better use of Michel’s talent than running him up the middle into loaded boxes constantly? That’s not all Lambert’s fault.

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          • I don’t think you’re defending him at all. I do think many in the media surrounding UGA are focusing on Schotty as that’s the general MO when covering college athletics. It’s never the kid, it’s always the coach.

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            • Athens Townie

              Yes, it is always the coach. Why? Because coaches make millions of dollars a year to recruit and develop talent with the goal of running a program that wins (or wins championships, depending on the program).

              When that goal is not achieved, it’s on the coach. If your players don’t play well and execute, you coach them up. If they can’t be coached up, you should have been recruiting other talented players to compete for their starting jobs.

              So, yes, the buck stops with the coaches.

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              • Then this buck should stop with the head coach, not the guy who got here in Jan.

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                • Athens Townie

                  Totally agree. Also, Richt hired Shotty in the first place and it’s his job to manage him. He also hired Martinez (fail), Grantham (fail), and Pruitt…

                  The buck stops with the man in charge. Heavy responsibilities, but that’s why he makes a cool $4+ million/year.

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          • Schotty has a clear history of using TEs more than almost anyone. You really think it’s on him that they’re not using them now? And they were using Michel very well before Chubb got hurt. Michel is not a 30+ touch/game RB. He’s a 20 touch back. I don’t think they were that far off, and that’s with a QB who can’t get them past third down very often.

            Is Gary Pinkel a good coach? Does he know offense? Of course he does. But his offense is historically bad right now. Why is that? Either he went dumb over night or his team lacks talent at QB to move the ball. If I were a betting man I’d argue it has less to do with Pinkel’s coaching and more to do with the talent he has at his disposal.

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          • MurphDawg

            I think it also begs the question of how bad must Faton Bauta be that he hasn’t had any meaningful game opportunity despite the issues with Lambert and Ramsey?

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    • Mr. Tu

      Can you imagine if Bobo had called that bubble screen that lost 5 yards after we succesfully ran the ball to that point? Or, if he had failed to score an offensive TD in a game? Schotty deserves every criticism he is getting, and more. He has two weeks to change things up for Florida. If he tries to get by on “better execution” by the players, UGA will get killed

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      • SCHOTTY DIDN’T CALL IT. It was a run-pass-option and Lambert made the call. You can argue that Schotty shouldn’t give Lambert the option, but that limits what the offense can do. You have to understand time and place and Lambert didn’t do that. That’s on him, not Schotty or Richt.

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        • Mr. Tu

          Why have a screen pass option in that situation? What evidence had Lambert given to that point that would suggest he was capable of choosing the correct option? Why does he stubbornly stick with a QB that, if Missouri could catch a ball, could have had no less than 5 INTs in the game. If Bobo was directing this offense, this place would be on fire calling for his head.

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          • So at this point it’s on the OC when the QB makes the wrong read. That’s great. If that’s the precedent we’re setting then UGA fans need to have a buy-an-OC program in place like people do for new iPhone’s. UGA fans wanted to run Bobo out on a rail nearly every year, too.

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            • Mr. Tu

              Are you related to Schotty? Yes, it is his fault when he gives a run/pass option to a QB that has demonstrated multiple times that he cannot make good decisions in the heat of the moment. Lambert must look like Joe Montana in practice whilst wearing that no-contact green jersey, and i bet he is a whiz in the film room. On the field, he cannot be trusted to make decisions on his own. Schotty is not getting near the heat that Bobo would be hearing right now if he was still here

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        • But he did call it. I agree, CBS did not call “bubble screen left”. He called “run-pass option play #3” or whatever (obviously the name/terminology is not germaine to the discussion), and then Lambert made the wrong read. Which he had already done several times. If he continues to incorrectly make the read – for whatever reason – you stop forcing him to do it.

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    • Spence

      Schotty went out and recruited Lambert
      Schotty gave Lambert the starting job.
      Schotty is the quarterbacks coach responsible for coaching quarterbacks and helping them improve.

      Yeah, no clue why people are made at him about Lambert

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      • You think this all happened without Richt’s approval? Do you really think that the head coach said, “yeah, go get someone. Anyone. All your call.” No one honestly believes that, right?

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        • Athens Townie

          Also, Richt was responsible for hiring Schotty…

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        • You think Richt didn’t listen to Schotty?

          I don’t understand your point. I thought you were saying you can’t blame coaches when players fuck up. But now you’re saying you can blame the coach as long as you don’t blame the position coach who recruited him and blame the head coach instead. Got it.

          Schotty is a dumpster fire and Lambert is the garbage burning inside. Richt owns the property which the dumpster may burn down.

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          • I’m saying blaming Schotty when Lambert misses open WRs is nonsensical. Saying the playcalling is vanilla, or boring, or conservative on plays where Lambert opts to throw the ball into double coverage doesn’t hold water. The issues UGA has right now is a talent issue, not a coaching issue. Richt screwed up and missed on QBs. It happens. But it still sucks.

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            • It’s not “missing” when you recruit 2 qbs in 3 years, then replace one of them with Greyson Lambert. It’s shitty, horrible, crap roster management at the most important position. We have a lack of talent at QB not because of bad luck, but because Richt is trying to get through this year to get to Jacob Eason.

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          • You need to ask yourself why Lambert was brought in. You then need to ask yourself why Ramsey was beaten out. Then take a trip down the road leading to the inevitable conclusion that Ramsey is not good. That Lambert, as bad as he is, is the best option. Richt isn’t going to play a worse option just because they brought him in. Richt isn’t going to let Schotty play a QB he feels isn’t as good as Ramsey, either. That’s not how college coaching works. This is the best we have, and it is incredibly flawed. And when you call plays that have open WRs and the QB never looks, you end up looking bad and have people calling for your head.

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            • If Lambert was the best recruit we could get this year, we’re fucked as a program. Somebody thought he’d be a good fit here and that he could compete for the job.

              I’m not blaming Schotty for Ramsey apparently being an invalid. But he’s responsible for bringing this post-lobotomy qb in.

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              • Seriously, WTF? Did you happen to notice the pool of available transfer talent this offseason? Pickings were slim.

                Schottenheimer’s done his part to keep Eason on board. Plus, he’s got a 2017 stud verballed. No guarantees in life, of course, but at least the guy seems to know he needs a talented QB to succeed.

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              • So it’s Schotty’s fault Ramsey is so bad we had to look elsewhere? You realize going on the assumption that the better player is playing, Richt/Schotty improved the team with Lambert, right? If Ramsey is so bad he can’t get on the field now, the team is better because of Lambert.

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                • PatinDC

                  Also would have been nice if Jacob park had not turned out to be a head case. He is not even playing football at all this year as near as I can tell.

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                • UGA simply screwed up in recruiting. Ramsey was supposed to be a competent starter. Truth be told, he still might be, but when the coaching change happened it put him at a big disadvantage and he hasn’t recovered from it.

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                • If at this point you think the coaching staff is going to ever trust Ramsey, then we’re watching different football programs.

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                • I’m not saying he will be good. I’m saying we don’t know as he never plays. I tend to believe the better player is in fact playing, which is actually more depressing.

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            • BowlDawg

              …does everyone remember 10 days before the season when CMR and Schotty said it was a 3-way tie…no wrong choice…flip a coin….QB situation…now, IF, that is a true statement….Why hasn’t Bauta played a single down??….and with what Ramsey and Lambert were doing against Bama….why was he not even tried???

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  5. If Lambert is getting the read wrong you stop asking him to make the read. Hence Richt’s “just run a play to run” or whatever comment. CBS deserves some of the flack he is getting. But I also agree he doesn’t have a lot of options right now.

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  6. Your bullet points are right on, Senator. For all of the wailing and gnashing about the energy in the stadium on Saturday morning, NONE of that was evident on Saturday night. The DawgWalk was well attended, and the crowd into it. Sanford was loud and energetic throughout the night. I wish the UGA administration would get the message that DawgNation wants night/late afternoon games rather than noon starts.

    I also understand that TV dictates start times. We almost seem to volunteer for the noon starting time.

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    • DawgOnIt

      Both of your last 2 sentences are exactly what happened. McGarity mentioned on the pregame radio show that UGA requested a noon kick for homecoming.South Carolina did the same for their homecoming, and ultimately UGA/Mizzou was just more attractive for the 7:30 slot.

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      • I don’t understand why any school requests the noon slot unless it’s a baby seal clubbing type of game. Sanford probably would have been a mausoleum if we had played at noon and would have played right in Missouri’s hands. Instead, we get the 7:30 game with an reasonably amped crowd. God forbid we maximize the home field by playing under the lights.

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  7. HahiraDawg

    Regarding your point about the excessive tv time outs, maybe that is all the explanation necessary I only know the games are loooonng. I believe all the 3:30 tv games were well over 3.5 hours. Too long.

    Yes, the DS call was technically correct, but can we really not get a protection measure that can distinguish between malicious intent with recklessness and incidental head-to-head from normal a normal football action? Really?

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    • Chuck

      Great comment on the targeting. Especially when the incidental contact is created by an action on the offensive player’s part.

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      • HahiraDawg

        I say instead of merely giving the replay official the option to uphold the call with ejection or not, give him the option of saying it was in fact illegal contact – 10 yard foul without ejection or illegal contact with intent – 20 yards and ejection or negate the call altogether if wrongly called on the field. The official needs a third option, these ejections are frequently too harsh for what has actually occurred.

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        • Rp

          Totally agree. Ejection is way over the top for that hit. Reserve the player ejections for the guys who are trying to kill the other player on blind peel-back blocks on punt returns or INT’s.

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  8. Russ

    BTW I thought Morgan missing that field goal was justice for the blown Mizzou interception call. I think the guy had the ball and can’t believe it was overturned.

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    • I thought the ball was on the ground and the Missouri player was using the ground to control the ball. I think that’s why it was overturned.

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      • GaskillDawg

        That is what I thought I saw, too.

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        • HahiraDawg

          Yes.

          I know what the Mizzou D should work on this week. They are a strong D but they couldn’t catch a cold swimming butt naked in Alaska in January. But they play the position so they should be able to catch right? They coaches just haven’t taught that or stressed it enough evidently. Can’t be the fault of any one of the five that should’ve been intercepted.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      The ball rolled up his arm and touched the ground. If he had managed to keep it gripped in his hand, I would agree with you.

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  9. DankJankins

    You are dead on about Bellamy. He plays hard and is physical. The coaches have been quoted as saying that when he finally learns exactly what his responsibilities are he will be hell on wheels….I think they are right on there.

    Enough can’t be said about Trent Thompson. His first step is cat like quick for a guy his size. He lowered the boom on the QB just after he released the ball in the first half. I was certain that the kid would not get up afterwards. Speaking of the Mizzou QB…he looks about 15 yrs old but the kid has moxy and a very nice arm.

    The freshman DB Brisco looks the part. Tall and physical. I like how he played tight man at the LOS on the Mizzou WRs.

    Shotty needs to throw the short passes to Godwin and let MM block for him instead of the other way around. Godwin is uber talented but it was obvious that he is not strong enough to hold blocks on physical corners.

    Enough can’t be said about the Mizzou DL coach. It is unbelievable how that guy just reloads every year.

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  10. mikebozo

    The 0 is a mess. Marshall is not being utilized along with the TE’s. Hard for a 0 line to block 8-9 defenders. That is where the quick slant or TE over the middle will work better then that horrendous bubble screen.

    D did play well but the jury is still out and having the extra week should work in Pruitt’s favor to get them ready for the gaytors. That game will define where this D is going in the future.

    Not much to say about the 0. The play speaks for itself.

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  11. Go Dawgs!

    I’m disappointed that Keith Marshall hasn’t managed to get to number two on the RB depth chart. The fact that Brenden Douglas is the second man into the game at that position is confusing to me. Keith has looked great when he has been on the field. He clearly has some gifts that Douglas lacks. So I’m wondering what it is in practice that he’s not getting done in order to earn the faith of his coaches. Is it an issue with preparation? Pass protection? Are the coaches still concerned about his health? Whatever it is, it seems to me that we’re a better football team when he’s in the game than when Douglas is in the game. No disrespect to #22. I respect his heart and his effort. The guy wants it for sure. But we’re looking at the last 5 games of #4’s career. I expected to see a stronger finish.

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    • Russ

      I can handle either one of them in the game, but call plays to their strengths. Douglas needs to line up deep and run straight at the hole, nothing wide. Marshall is pretty much the same, except he can also work outside. Marshall seems to have picked up the Samuels disease, where the first contact trips him up. Maybe we need to get him wide more often.

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      • 69Dawg

        Excellent point. The problem with the running backs we have left is they don’t have the vision of Todd or Nick. They run to the hole and if the hole is not there they are tackled. They don’t run to daylight. At least Sony is quicker to the hole. This Offensive line has regressed from last year. Maybe the new coach or maybe he changed schemes but they are the biggest disappointment besides the QBs. We can expect the Gator defensive line to totally stop our offensive line from opening holes. They are a great defensive line with depth so we will not wear them down. I thought last year was ugly but this year shapes up to be another Alabama like blow out.

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        • Michel does not have a vision problem.

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          • 69Dawg

            Sony is the best we have left but his vision is not as good as Nicks. Ask any running back coach and vision is the most important thing. In great running backs it is almost a sixth sense of where the openings are. Sony can cut and juke with the best. Heck his top-end speed is better than Nick but Nick has the vision.

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  12. HahiraDawg

    Did CBS lose ‘confidence in GL’? Probably so. But I also believe that CBS believed he could win this game with vanilla offense.

    Shotty has shown a willingness (up to the USC (can I write that?)), to have his game plans have layers to them from one game to the next. I believe we have shown the slant against the crowded box so frequently the past three games that it wasn’t really in the game plan. Instead we tried the receiver bubble screens, quick outs and 4 yard timing spot passes (for example see MM’s two first down completions on the same late drive, first to the left side line, next to the right side line).

    I still am left to wonder about the TE’s but I believe by Jax, they, the receiver slants against a crowded box, as well as screens to FB’s will be in the inventory. But I’m ever the optimist.

    Will they work? I have no idea, that ‘e’ word be damned.

    Execution’s a bitch ain’t she?

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    • mikebozo

      Schotty is coaching scared is what is seems like. Scared of his QB. If so then change is needed now not 3 weeks from now.

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      • Dawgwalker07

        You’re assuming that he’s less scared of his alternative options than he is of GL. I think the problem is he’s more scared of Ramsey and Bauta, which is why GL is still starting.

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        • mikebozo

          If he is coaching scared then what is to stop him from being scared shitless and make the changes. The current situation is causing the shit the pants scared play so why not try the scared shitless approach.

          To shit or not to shit?

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  13. GaskillDawg

    I gave Pruitt hell on this board after the Tennessee game. I give him a ton of credit for the Missouri game. I know that Missouri has struggled to score points while Hansbrough was out injured, but he is a very good back and we tackled him well.

    As far as the offense is concerned, it was apparent in the second half Missouri could not sustain a drive and that we could win with two field goals. We seemed to call plays conservatively to avoid losi9ng yards on penalties or committing turn overs.

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  14. DankJankins

    I have a question for you guys. I am member of 247 and I have heard several posters make reference to UGA changing from a man blocking scheme to a zone blocking scheme similar to what UGA did when Callaway was coaching the OL. Do you guys think this is true? If so could this be why the OL has not looked as good as it should have.

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    • Spence

      The play we ran over and over again against Bama for no gain was a zone blocking scheme.

      We also run lots of power and that’s a man concept.

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      • 69Dawg

        The truth is Alabama’s defensive front was just to big and strong for our guys to handle. The scheme would have made little difference. Florida’s defensive lines are not as big and powerful but they are quick so maybe we can get a few holes open up the middle.

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  15. dudemankind

    What we are seeing on defense leads me to believe that Pruitt has a locker room problem….as in, some guys can’t stand his ass and their play reflects that mentality at times.

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  16. Brandon (Version One)

    6 games in it’s evident that we don’t have a consistently servicable quarterback on the roster and that is the most fundamental of fundamental flaws a team can have. Unless that magically changes 8-4 will be a good record under such circumstances. The two worst stretches we have had offensively under Richt was 2006 when we were breaking in Stafford and 2010 when we were breaking in Murray and in both of those situations we were actually better off then than now because Stafford and Murray were both great talents they were just inexperienced. It’s possible that the light may come on for Lambert between this season and next season but if not we aren’t likely to be anything special on offense until Eason is seasoned in 2017.

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    • Connor

      This is my biggest fear right now. There are still games to be played this season but the biggest prize is probably already off the table, and a loss in Jacksonville ends hopes of even an East title. But what does next year promise? Will the offense be any better with Mitchell and 2-3 starting o-linemen gone and Lambert back? I just don’t see it. Hope I’m wrong, but Schotty and Richt will have their work cut out.

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  17. UGA85

    A good read and assessment. CJP did a good job. CBS is still a mystery. You know he would love to pound the ball, use the tight ends, control the LOS, etc., but we can’t seem to play that kind of game with any consistency. Both of our lines will be sorely tested against UF; I wish I were more confident that they will hold up.

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  18. Athens Dog

    Everything is trending against us in Jax. That’s why the boogers will fall (i hope)

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  19. Irwin R. Fletcher

    Good points here. A couple of more..
    -The INT that wasn’t in the red zone…I was sitting in the SW corner and that was a play that was supposed to go to the corner. Lambert was staring us in the face from the snap. What I don’t understand is why he didn’t throw the ball. You run that play so that the QB has the option of throwing it to the back corner…you have a chance at your guy catching it or you throw it out of bounds. Instead, he holds the ball for what seemed like an eternity then tried to force a throw into double coverage as the linebacker put his helmet in his chest. Three step drop and throw it…instead he takes three…bounces and tries to make a last minute read to the center of the field without ever having looked that direction the entire play. The QB problem in a nutshell.

    -Pruitt and Mauger got into it at one point in the game. I lost track of the timing. Pruitt got in his ear (might have even grabbed the facemask) …Mauger said something back…and then Pruitt kicked him out of the game with Mauger jawing as he walked off with his helmet removed. I think he came back in…but it wasn’t after the message had been sent. I didn’t see anything about that in anyone’s write up.

    -Shout out to the Emmanuel Baseball team running the concessions under the West End Zone. I waited about 15 minutes for food from what looked like full time staff and was still 7 deep and another 20 minutes at least. I switched to their booth and got my nachos in under 5 minutes.

    -For all the talk about running back depth…I just didn’t understand why they didn’t try more pitches to Marshall. Maybe he’s back to full strength…but I’m worried he doesn’t have the same burst. And what in the world was that pitch play that Michel ran inside?

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    • Bright Idea

      The first point of emphasis to any QB can never be, “whatever you do, don’t throw an interception.” That’s when you get more picks than TDs. That clearly is what Lambert has drilled into his head or the ball is super glued to his hand.

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  20. DawgPhan

    I believe that the TV timeouts in the second half were a result of a 1 hour first half. Got to pay the bills.

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    • Debby Balcer

      In the stands it seemed like they had a tv time out every time we got momentum in the first half too. I actually posted it on my Facebook. We were talking about during the game.

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  21. I fear Schotty is Grantham 2.0. The offense is struggling for all of the reasons you mentioned: o-line with no push, WR’s that can’t block on the edge, a QB that is manic depressive. What is disconcerting, though, is that the offense looks like Schotty’s offenses in New York and St. Louis. Sluggish, ineffective, yet talented offenses that struggle moving the ball and scoring points. He can’t figure out how to isolate his best players and get them the ball where they can make a difference.

    If Mitchell is being single-covered, he is open. Get Michel isolated on a LB in coverage, and that is a sure-fire advantage. Run some misdirection, jet sweeps, find a pass that Lambert can complete besides a WR screen… or at least be willing to fake that damn screen for a deep pass once in a while to keep the defense honest. Mix in a toss sweep to balance out the off-tackle stuff. RB screens are MIA and the tight ends are pseudo-OL with no part in the passing game. I understand that there are shortcomings at the QB position, but the coach has to scheme around that. There are shortcomings at the QB position at lots of places in the SEC. Bobo squeezed out a hell of a lot of offense out of some not so hot QB’s. Schotty has been a giant leap backwards from Bobo in that department.

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    • paul

      I haven’t watched pro football for a number of years. I do have a few friends that are familiar with Shotty’s work in the pros and they were dumbfounded that we actually hired him. Another good friend is a UVA alum. He couldn’t believe Lambert would ever rise above third string. Sorry to say it looks like my friends were correct on both accounts. I know not every kid pans out. But I’m still wondering why we didn’t realize neither Ramsey nor Bauta were any good until this spring. They’ve been around long enough. Seems like we should have known for a while.

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      • Brandon (Version One)

        Bauta I think is physically limited. He was signed originally for depth. Ramsey is more of an enigma but it sounds like a mental/effort issue. If that’s the case he’ll probably wake up one day with a lot of regrets but there are kid’s like that. I don’t blame the coaches. There are few program’s out there that have recruited and developed playmakers at the QB position in the last 15 years as Georgia. You inevitably have some misses and growing pains at that position we’ve dodged them more than most. We were due.

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    • Brandon (Version One)

      And the same crowd who didn’t realize we had a good thing in Bobo is the same crowd who wants to throw caution to the wind and fire Richt.

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      • dudemankind

        Keep trolling. You will get one yet.

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      • charlottedawg

        I thought Mike Bobo was awesome both as a position coach and coordinator way before he left. I want Richt gone. Where do I fit?

        That be said, one question I’d have for Bobo now would be wtf happened to our qbs dude?

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        • Brandon (Version One)

          I think Bobo probably knew the cupboard was empty and considering the hell he caught when we were scoring 40 points a game he probably figured he’d get drawn and quartered if he stuck around.

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          • He left for a promotion and raise in one of the few college towns that rival Athens because there wasn’t a qb on the roster he could coach. Makes perfect sense. Clearly he got out before the truth was revealed.

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            • Brandon (Version One)

              Sure he left for a promotion and a raise but not leaving a great QB behind I am sure made it easier. I’m not hating on Bobo I’ve defended him for years but Bobo couldn’t win with a lot of fans. If anybody thinks Schotty is catching hell this week Bobo would be catching it a lot worse.

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            • PatinDC

              What ever happened to Sam Vaughn? 😉

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      • Biggus Rickus

        I liked Bobo as an OC, so no.

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  22. There’s no doubt the D looked better – but the fact is that Mizzou has been held to 13 points or less in 4 of their seven games. So I’m not ready to say they’ve turned a corner or anything. No doubt there was some improvement, but is it a mirage of actually tackling better, or possibly the guys they were tackling just weren’t as good at breaking tackles/making people miss as the guys from the last couple of games? My guess is the truth lies somewhere in the middle there.

    What is reason for optimism though is just the physical specimens in this year’s freshman class. McGraw, Briscoe, Thompson, Patrick, Smith, Abram, they’re all some combination of bigger/stronger/faster (sometimes all 3) than the guys who started the season ahead of them. This D is gonna be something special in a couple of years.

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  23. Jeff

    Speaking of inside LBs who can cover, maybe the future is nearer than previously thought….

    http://www.iyhsports.com/uga/football/blogs/2015/10/18/roquan-smith-natrez-patrick-show-glimpses

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  24. Snoop Dawgy Dawg

    To add to accolades, Malcom Mitchell had one heck of a night and showed amazing leadership. I haven’t seen anyone mention it, but when Mizzou muffed the punt, it looked to me like MM26 pulled the gunner out himself and subbed in for the role, took off down the field and dislodged the ball from the Mizzou punt returner, then quietly walked off the field. It was such a big play at the time to get the ball back.

    Also, it looks like we’ve decided to just play all the freshmen and build for next year, even more so than already, while still trying to win this year. Grantham left our defense as depleted of talent as I think I’ve seen a UGA defense in my lifetime.

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  25. Jeff

    Let me just say, and I know this won’t be popular in some circles, these guys are still just kids playing a game. You can give a hundred reasons why they aren’t or why they shouldn’t be, but they are. Cut them a little slack. If you can’t stand to spend all the money you’re spending on season tix and travel to see them lose a couple or three games a year, maybe you should find a different way to spend your time and money.

    College football is and will always be made up of teams of 18-23 year-old kids in big, athletic bodies. You want to know why some of the frosh have a hard time “picking up the playbook”? I’ll give you one example. My son has his freshman odyssey class with one very highly ranked freshman who is roommates with another highly ranked freshman. I won’t mention names or initials because I wouldn’t want anyone doing that to my son. If you don’t believe me, fine. Anyway, these two players have been criticized for not coming along fast enough.

    One reason is, according to my son, they both really like girls and talk about them all the time. Imagine that. Appalling, isn’t it? And another reason is that they both just got new Segway hoverboards with their stipends (you know, COA and all that) and they are trying to master them. They’re kids.

    I used to get worked up over losing a game we thought we were going to win, but then my son started college and it hit me like a ton of bricks that I wouldn’t want a bunch of jerks criticizing him when he screws up. He’s still just a kid, and so are these players. Just a UGA Dad’s two cents.

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  26. Jeff

    My comments above are aimed more at the comments up at the top of this thread. There are some really good, level-headed comments in this thread as well.

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    • I Wanna Red Cup

      Thanks for your comments Jeff. I don’t have a son who plays but if given the choice between someone like CMR, who positively motivated Morgan and picked him up after he failed, and Harbaugh, who publicly thru his punter under the bus, resulting in death threats for gods sake, it is an easy choice.
      Now, lets whup some gator ass.

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  27. Dawgwood

    From a Rams fan last season “Brian Schottenheimer is our OC. He’s basically the chastity device of offensive coaches. He keeps us from doing anything dangerously stupid, but also ensures we do absolutely nothing of remote interest”. There are plenty more like this, and I know it’s still early in his UGA career, but hard not to see some similarities in the criticism.

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    • Normaltown Mike

      Yeah, good thing the Rams got rid of that clown Schottenheimer…

      from ESPN

      http://espn.go.com/blog/st-louis-rams/post/_/id/22593/lack-of-complete-offense-reason-for-pessimism-at-rams-bye

      “The offense hasn’t put it all together: So far, the Rams offense has been as many suspected it would be. That’s not a good thing. Entering Sunday’s games, the Rams are last in the league in total offense and the only team averaging less than 300 yards per game (297). They’re last in first downs with 72 and 29th in offensive points scored per game at 15.4. It hasn’t been all bad as Todd Gurley and the running game have revved up the past couple of weeks. But with that progress has come some regression. The Rams are 30th in passing yards per game behind a leaky offensive line that’s had quarterback Nick Foles under more pressure than any signal-caller in the league except Seattle’s Russell Wilson. Compounding matters is a group of pass-catchers that’s struggled to consistently gain separation or actually catch the ball. There are signs of a breakthrough, but still too many pieces that haven’t come together. If and when they do, one has to wonder if it will be too late.”

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      • Irwin R. Fletcher

        Let’s see…bad offense. When they got Gurley, it helped. Almost like talent matters? NOOOOOOOO…that can’t be true.

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  28. JAX

    Somewhere, some RAM fans are saying I told you so………

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  29. dawgnutz

    Convenient the way you guys give the defense a pass for how they played against the only 2 good offenses they faced (I think both teams scored 38). let’s not use a double standard, if we’re only judging the offense by how it’s done against top 25 defenses like Mizzou, Alabama, Vandy, then we have to only judge the defense by how it’s only done against top 35 offenses. Fair is fair.

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  30. dawgnutz

    bad Pruitt usually shows up against good offenses like UF.

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  31. AusDawg85

    RE: TE’s missing in action. That’s on Lambert. Look at the tipped balls, low throws and dropped INT’s and you’ll see the intended target is often one of the TE’s. My guess…under pressure, GL gets tunnel vision and can’t see the field. In more confident / relaxed situations, he has very good awareness. So why stay with him? The Richt philosophy…do no harm. While a ton of near INT’s, GL has only thrown a few in many passes while Ramsey has a higher frequency. With all of these deficiencies, yes…Richt has to play not to lose and GL is the better choice.

    How to beat the gators? I got nuthin….They are going to have the most backfield pressure we’ve seen yet, and can shutdown Mitchell. How Schotty finds some plays and rhythm that are new and work will be a hell of a challenge. Our D can probably slow the gators, but if the O consistently goes 3 & out and we lose the turnover and field position game, we got no chance. This needs to be a low scoring affair, and let’s keep Morgan on the right hashmark this time.

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    • Normaltown Mike

      That’s crazy talk Aus….the reason GL hits his lineman’s helmet and throws a one-hopper once a game is cuz CBS doesn’t know how to coach.

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    • In my early appraisal of the Cocktail Game I’m thinking the Defense will need to be called upon to shoulder the burden. To the tune of 2 or 3 forced turnovers, preferably in the Gator half.

      And you have to believe that the UF CBs will not be dropping those ill thrown passes from GL.

      And you have to believe that FG kicking will loom large, as it traditionally has in these games. The fact the UF is casting around for a competent placekicker gives hope.

      Maybe Schott has simply been playing possum these first seven games, waiting to unleash something original for this one :). You know, like UF pulled last season.

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  32. PTC DAWG

    On a side note, anyone noticing the season that Fish Fry is putting together?

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  33. roswelldawg

    I scratched my head when I heard about the Schottenheimer hire. That head itch has been confirmed. See: bubble screen being blown up and calling the play when you needed yards but you saw it get destroyed the previous 2 times. Hey, just like the Bobo days. Stupid. Just Stupid.
    Rushing: Our O-line is asleep half the time or just scared.
    Lambert: No one believes in this guy. No one. And with good reason. And if the guy could not start for UVA, why did we think he could or should start for us? Not new to this comment. I have been consistent on this one.
    Bauta: How much worse can he be than Lambert?
    Marshall: Doesn’t seem to get past the first tackler. I am puzzled. He used to run with more ferocity.
    Douglas: Showed well.
    Defense: Well done, particularly with Lambert throwing up on his shoes and repeatedly getting us in 3 and outs. I know we converted more third downs than usual, but the conversions did not come at the times needed.
    Kicking: Given the fact that we are apparently, well short on scholarships issued, why the HECK would Richt not give rides to 3 kickers and 3 punters, or anyone who could fog a mirror, as long as they could kick the freakin’ ball into the end zone for a TOUCHBACK occasionally? Best return defense in the world is a touchback. It never fails.
    Florida is going to beat us by 30 points.

    I’m out…..

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    • You do realize Marshall had the longest run from scrimmage Saturday, right?

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      • roswelldawg

        I do, but I also reallze that he is having a tough time getting to the second level on a lot of plays. I am a huge Marshall fan, and all that he has fought through…..hence, why I am “puzzled”. Hoping he gets more touches and that he kicks A when he does.

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      • roswelldawg

        And, pray tell, Senator, your thoughts about the scholarship limit and the need for a kicker who can kick it into the stands?

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  34. UGA85

    I wanted to make a comment about our schedule. We play in the East. We have beaten the three worst teams in the SEC. Our record would almost certainly be worse than 5 and 2 if we played in the West. Beating Florida would be a huge step up for us in terms of level of play. I think that more than some minor tweaking and a few healthy players will be required. I am talking major changes in schemes and players, like even giving up on Lambert and passing, and just letting Bauta run a zone read option. Personally, it would be very satisfying to put it down their throats, leaving their cornerbacks basically obsolete.

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    • Normaltown Mike

      “We have beaten the three worst teams in the SEC”

      Wrong!

      We’ve beaten the FOUR worst teams in the SEC cuz when we lost to UT…we beat ourselves. 😦

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    • baitstand

      I don’t think Schottenheimer has any experience designing a read option offense. And that may be one reason why we haven’t seen Bauta on the field.

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  35. JT (the other one)

    IF we had an average QB who could at least “manage” the game…I would have confidence heading to JAX in two weeks…IF

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  36. Bobby Bowden Syndrome

    Well now, seems like someone has some ‘plaining to do

    https://www.facebook.com/Fire-Brian-Schottenheimer-153985007953106/

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  37. PatinDC

    I just hope GL doesn’t get hurt. There are some questions I do not want to see answered. Like why don’t we play Ramset or Bauta.

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  38. roswelldawg

    In other positive news………….Auburn is still a haven for criminals, dishonesty and arrogant piss ants as fans.

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  39. 83dawg

    I finally watched the replay, and the tv commercials, erm, coverage, just didn’t convey the level of support from a bunch of rowdy UGA fans. It was a very loud stadium from start to finish.

    25% of the ‘boos’ on the night were directed at tv timeouts, which seemed to happen any time the game was getting interesting, and lasted for (what seemed like) the entire length of the Cretaceous Period.

    And, yes, a lot of the ‘big dogs’ weren’t there. I went to tailgate hosted by friends of my son’s. Their spot is in the East Campus lot right across from the P-J parking lot by the trestle, and that lot only got to about 60% filled.

    We were worried about the crowd, but the tickets must have gone to friends because the stadium was packed and the game was a lot of fun (for a game without a touchdown–still better than the AU v State 3-2 game a few years back).

    Didn’t hurt that students were dressed for the game and starting to fill up the bars at noon for a 7:30 kick 😎

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  40. RyanH

    Do some people really have a problem with Richt’s words of encouragement to Morgan?

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    • Evidently. It’s been a popular message board topic over the last couple of days.

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      • roswelldawg

        Well yeah, regardless of what he thinks of Morgan long term – (“I can’t wait to find a replacement for this bum”) – he was doing the right thing. Giving him encouragement so he would make the next kick which might actually help the team win the game. Cmon people get your heads out of your rear ends. That was just good coaching. You don’t motivate a kicker by telling him. ‘you miss one more kick, you are sitting down when’ – wait for it – YOU HAVE NO OTHER OPTIONS.

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      • 69Dawg

        Those are the same people that yell at their elementary school kids playing football or baseball like the kid is a moron. If you bet on a game please stay at home and lose. If you are troubled by a college coach trying to insure that his kicker doesn’t think his entire future is based on the next 10 seconds you are a sick bastard. College football is just a damn game.

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        • I Wanna Red Cup

          yep. Just see how Harbaugh handled his punter making a mistake. And I would never call a DAWG play just 22 or 23 yoa a “bum”. I have seen and read the ranting of bum fans though.

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