“We’re gonna let everybody know that it’s kind of like a mini-spring ball this week…”

Richt tells listeners on his call in show last night that Georgia is going to use this week to get back to some of the basics.  Fundamentals are an obvious area on which to focus, but he also hinted at further talent evaluation.

“Our goal as coaches is to put the best players in the game, and the ones that give us the best shot at winning, in our opinion,” Richt said. “Sometimes we’re right and sometimes we’re wrong. But the goal is to get the right ones in the game and the more opportunities we give these guys the more chances they have to prove that they can do it. So we’ll be open-minded to all those types of things. But the bottom line is we’ve gotta get ready.”

That came in response to a specific question about Turman and Bauta not seeing the field, but I suspect Richt’s comment there is likely to turn out to be more about the defense.

The more interesting stuff was health-related.

Another caller asked Richt about the offensive line, which he said “seems to be getting pushed around,” leaving “our backs scrapping for every yard.” Georgia’s tailbacks were held to 3.4 yards per carry by Missouri.

“You know what, Don, that was a big part of our discussion as an offensive staff,” Richt said. “You’re 100 percent right. We did not play as well up front as we had earlier in the season.”

He pointed to two mitigating factors: Left guard Isaiah Wynn was sick, requiring a couple IVs before the game. Center Brandon Kublanow played through a hurt ankle. Wynn’s nausea hadn’t been publicized…

… Something else that could help the blocking: Fullback Christian Payne, who blocked well when available earlier in the season, could return for the Florida game, Richt said. Payne has been dealing with an injury to his fibula.

The tackles weren’t ailing, so health issues can only explain so much.  (To his credit, Richt acknowledged that.)  Still, getting Kublanow’s ankle healthy and Payne’s return would be welcome for the Florida game.

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  1. While Richt may have acknowledged that the tackles were healthy, what I saw was domination at that position by both sides of missouri’s front, multiple penalties on Theus (A Key hold and a key procedure penalty), and a disrespectful Theus on the sideline when coach Sale(I think;bald headed coach) when Sale chewed him out. Theus is supposed to be a leader. SENATOR, I think you have it when you talked about “Leaders”

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  2. Macallanlover

    If either Theus or Mauger did fire back at the coaches, as has been reported, I hope they both sit for a while. Even if they are the best at their positions, it isn’t by enough to tolerate this crap.

    A good, dramatic shake up on the offense could not hurt but I am afraid you are right, there will be more changes on the defense. Unfortunately, the defense seems to be the one unit that got an idea of what they need to do last Saturday. Fingers crossed that Richt can conjure up some offensive magic in the next week+ because there have been about two games where I felt we had no answer for what the defense was doing to us (primarily because of the OL getting beat.)

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    • So, IL Dawg

      the announcers were commenting during the second half about how the guy Theus was blocking had not done a thing all night. they talked about Theus doing a great job on a really good edge rusher. then, he had a couple penalties. I hate to see him get penalties; but he played very well most of the game. I didn’t see him lash out at a coach either as maybe the TV missed it. he shouldn’t disrespect a coach; but he really didn’t play that bad of a game. we only dwell on the penalties and never the nice runs or times when the QB has some time to throw. Lambert wasn’t under fire the entire night. give the O-line some credit. they’re facing 9 in the box most of the time.
      this is also why the TE’s aren’t getting any passes. they have stay in to block the 9 defenders at the line of scrimmage. Florida will play tight coverage on our receivers and put 8 or 9 in the box and dare us to throw it. Lambert and the WR’s have to find a way to make them pay. then the run game will open up.

      We actually don’t control our own destiny until UT loses to Bama this week.

      GO DAWGS!!

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      • Aladawg

        Since I have heard so much about Theus and the O-line, I chose to specifically watch him on about 70% of our offensive snaps. I really don’t care what the announcers had to say; I saw the errors he made on many plays. I also saw what happened when he came off after a whiff and one of those 2 penalties when Sale met him at the sideline. He threw his helmet down and threw his gloves down and walked away from Sale and the group of linemen that huddle when the D is in. I’m not saying he didn’t make some blocks, but every block he misses on a pass play leads to an openly exposed QB. His misses and penalties were also at some very key times. In all of the QB hoopla which is fair, the O-line is only now beginning to get scrutiny.

        As a positive aside, I also watch the D-line closely. Trenton Thompson is almost unblockable and aside from knowing what his assignments are, he is penetrating and whipping linemen opposite him every week.

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    • Sitting Mauger could be suicide against UF. Remember, Sanders is out for the 1st Half of that game.

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  3. Scorpio Jones, III

    “We’re gonna let everybody know that it’s kind of like a mini-spring ball this week…”

    When you hear a football coach saying things like this in the middle of the season it is probably not a great thing, there.

    There may well be some changes on defense, but the offense seems to be the worse for wear. This record is still broken….Sony is a good back, maybe even a great back at some point, but he is not the answer to replacing Nick Chubb. Replacing Nick probably will have to be by committee and involve more than one position.

    Has anybody noticed how much worse the offensive line got run blocking when Nick went down?

    Maybe the difference is in the ball carrier, not the blockers. Maybe Sony does not see the hole, hit the hole the way Nick did…at least all the time.

    If this sounds like an excuse it is not meant to be…more of an observation.

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    • Has anybody noticed how much worse the offensive line got run blocking when Nick went down?

      Worse than the Alabama game? No.

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      • TennesseeDawg

        They just looked good against bad competition

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      • @gatriguy

        The run blocking looks a lot worse since our undrafted center played his way into the starting lineup of the Super Bowl champs. Remember what it looked like after Andrews’ injury in Jax last year? It looks a lot like that now.

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          • Irwin R. Fletcher

            At the same time, Tennessee’s talent up front isn’t dog meat and they did a fine job against them. The 5.69 YPC were the best against UT all year (including better than Arky, Oklahoma, and Florida.)

            Mizzou and Bama are both in the top 10 nationally against the run based on YPC. I don’t disagree that the line play isn’t as good as last year, but I’m also not ready to concede that Theus ‘should have gone pro’ or that our line is ‘40% worse’ because UGA couldn’t run against those two.

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        • Sh3rl0ck

          ^This. It isn’t just the quality of the blocking either. The center also designates the central point of the defense, makes the blocking calls / adjustments, etc.

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          • adam

            I don’t think Wynn is as good in run blocking as Kublanow and Kublanow is definitely not as good as Andrews, so we’re worse at run blocking on 40% of the line.

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      • Granthams replacement

        Gurley and Chubb have made the last 3 seasons OLs look good.

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    • Russ

      Sony certainly has the capability to replace Chubb. Yes, he’s a different kind of back, but he’s still powerful. Did you notice how he has the knack for getting 4-6 yards on those runs between the tackles when Douglas and Marshall get 2-4 yards?

      I think the issue with Michel last week was he was sick and slightly injured. I think Richt was (rightly) trying to limit his exposure while still maximizing his contributions. Mixing Douglas and Marshall was a good way to do it, but Schotty has to use the backs to their best advantage, i.e. not try a sweep with Douglas.

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  4. @gatriguy

    I kinda read this as “This is Ramsey’s last and best chance. We’re open and if he can show us something, we’ll pull the trigger.” YMMV of course.

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  5. Will Trane

    Just finish the drill coach.
    Actually just finish this season.
    Nothing ever changes at UGA with regard to the men’s football, basketball, and baseball.
    It would be nice to have an athletic program like Florida. More so when our former alum was schooled in their AD.
    They can go back to last season, spring, summer, or fall, it does not matter with this offense.

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    • Agreed…I have reached an all new level of indifference. I don’t come here as often as I did earlier in the season (lo siento, senador). A 9-6 win going into an off week doesn’t really fuel the fire of excitement (the offense is zero fun to watch–I think Schottenheimer is not just a step but a flight of stairs, maybe two, below Bobo.) I am usually fired up about the looming Cocktail party. Today–I am not sure I want to ruin Halloween for my kids by watching.

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      • Russ

        How did you feel in 2007 after we barely beat Vandy and nearly had a brawl after the game, going to FL?

        Just sayin….

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        • I felt 8 years younger…and had 2 fewer humans for whom I am now responsible. Its harder to carve out that time these days anyway. Throw in an offense that is incredibly boring the times they are successful…and it is easy to find something else of value to do.

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  6. paul

    Unfortunately, when you’re going back to basics and having mini spring ball in the middle of the season, it isn’t normally because the team has been playing to its potential.

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    • adam

      We supposedly “go back to basics” every year during the bye week. It’s just how we handle the bye week. Rest, heal, work on fundamentals, then the regular routine for the game the next week.

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  7. Garbage Man

    Mini Spring Ball? How about summer drills? High dives . . . ?

    Just beat Florida

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    • If they don’t do some Mat Drills this week…I don’t see how they can possibly beat Florida. Mat Drills Forever!

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      • Garbage Man

        When I drive by the practice fields this week I want to see the entire team rolling those big tractor tires over like I see in the commercials. Then come out against Florida in . . . wait for it . . . . BLACK JERSEYS!

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        • Come on Garbage–you and I both know those Grambling helmets wire THE tits that one year!!

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          • Garbage Man

            I was thinking black jerseys and those 1940’s leather helmets.

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            • Macallanlover

              On the plus side, I do think we blew that “Black Jersey jinx” meme right out of the water on October 3. Nutso to not use such good looking unis occasionally since they are a primary color nd pump the players up. No need to bring the fans into it though, just come out of the locker room wearing them once a year, or so. Keeping players happy and enthused is a piece of the puzzle. Wouldn’t be a requirement for me in their shoes but I am not a teenager any more, takes different things these days.

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  8. Dog in Fla

    Richt and Young Schotty prepare for bye-week launch of mini-Spring ball to make WInter for Florida and McElwain

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  9. W Cobb Dawg

    “We’re gonna let everybody know that it’s kind of like a mini-spring ball this week…”

    Will this lead Lambert to believe he gets to wear a green no-contact jersey in the upcoming ‘spring’ game? And is a trip to the pool on the agenda?

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  10. Debby Balcer

    I am glad we have time to get healthy. Kublamow’s ankles was taped up to his mid calf which means his quickness is affected. I saw Wynn slow to get up after the play ended; now we know why. Injuries have affected our D too. They have not been reporting injuries as much this year. I know Sony did not seem to be himself knowing about his health they way he played is amazing. I hope we are healthy in two weeks. We will miss Danders during the first half.

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