This is both painful to read and a microcosm of the season. Sigh.
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Jay Rome is the perfect example of a player under Mark Richt. A highly touted HS player who has a solid freshman year and regresses every year thereafter.
I guess that’s not Mark RIcht’s fault either.
Cool story, bro.
Your article is irrelevant, bro.
How was Justin Houston at UGA? How about Geno Atkins? The fact that they are talented guys who get coached up better in the NFL and are able to stick around precisely proves the point. Under Richt they don’t get better, in the NFL they do under good coaching.
Seriously? Justin Houston was a beast at UGA.
Clearly it is easier to focus on football in the NFL. Plus, they get better steroids, more hours of coaching, and more practice time in the NFL. Also–there is no time wasted jumping through hoops to appear to be a student.
Your statements of “fact” are of no consequence here. After all Houston was just an All-American at UGA its not like he made the Pro Bowl while at UGA or anything. Geno? Only first team All-SEC. These are just facts. Less valuable than half-assed opinions and and they really don’t matter while the group has a horrible, smelly, itchy, burning case of… well I’ll just stop there.
Can we identify guys who played BETTER in the NFL than UGA under CMR? Yep. Can we find guys that played WORSE in the NFL than UGA? Of course. But these would be FACTS and it would not be in line with the whiny, fact-free, sans analysis, bitch fest that is currently under way. Either scream bloody murder like an 4 year old girl who just had their doll stolen or STFU! This is the order of the day!
This is damn funny though. He was an All-American but he under achieved. Do you know how hard it is to be first team ALL-SEC at DT? The conference is kinda deep at that spot ya know. Stupid knows no bounds!
Marvin Lewis, who actually does this for a living, is just one of many who disagree with you:
“Well, I think the coaching staff there under Coach Mark Richt has done a great job teaching them to play aggressive, attacking football. Whether it be offense, defense, they’re all no-nonsense guys, so we really like their work ethic, how they handle and carry themselves as people and that says a lot about the program.”
Are you seriously trying to tell us that Marvin Lewis who has only coached for 25 years in the NFL and is currently 7-0 knows more about football than fans on a blog?
He’s a witch! Burn him!!! Burn him!!!!
Sorry I can’t remember who. But wasn’t there an NFL coach or GM that said UGA players are great athletes, but lack fundamentals? or something of that nature.
Of course how many of the coaches from 2013 are still around now? None on defense, and only McClendon (now at a different position) and Lily on offense. But yes, the 2012 was very, very good.
I’m worrying the same fate for Trenton Thompson. Looks like a raw badass this year. We’ll never hear much from him again under Richt, until he becomes a superstar in the League.
The concept is correct. He has to focus on UK, not UF. Sports psychologists also recommend focusing on success.
That said, his messaging and timing were terrible. Maybe even worse than terrible.
Guys should just shut up and practice.
The first pass was behind him, but Rome was too busy running his route to realize how wide open he was. I knew he was open at the snap when he got a clean break off the line. His route was actually taking him back into coverage, so Bauta threw it up the seam instead of the corner, but Rome’s lack of field awareness/lack of imagination/lack of something had him running with his head down, counting his steps, making his break, not turning his head around until he’s already moving back into coverage.
It is a totally unfair comparison, but could you imagine Gronk running that wide open and just casually doing his route instead of sticking his arm up immediately when he realized there was nobody covering him? To Bauta’s credit, he at least threw it away from coverage to the wide open guy on that play. It’s too bad there was no rapport between the receiver and the quarterback to change the route when the coverage was non-existent.
It’s too bad there was no rapport between the receiver and the quarterback to change the route when the coverage was non-existent.
That’s what spreading the practice reps around aimlessly gets you.
This^. On some level Bauta didn’t do a horrible job given the position he was put in. His tipped ball INTs were about timing, the kind of issues you work out with adequate reps.
As I said, Bauta was set up to fail in Jax. That’s not on him.
Absolutely 1000% AGREE. Look play calling and scheme are always up for debate with anyone who carries the title offensive coordinator. It’s been the handling of the quarterback position that now in hindsight seems to be the most troubling. We witnessed some major departures from the previous 14 years of the Richt-Bobo approach. What would’ve happened had Bobo remained that would’ve made any difference, you ask? Well beyond the obvious Ramsey-would’ve-started rant, this year’s approach probably would have been similar to 2006’s. I know that while watching the debacle down in the Gator Bowl, I said to myself more than once, ‘Man the offense seems to have more fluidity in it’s overall movement’. That’s years of timing and chemistry built up between Bauta and the offense. And before you go all ‘He Threw Four Interceptions!!!’ consider Bauta hadn’t taken a live snap in a game all season. What am I getting at? While Lambert and Ramsey have obvious talent, quarterbacking success has as much to do with leadership and trust among your teammates as talent, especially at the high school or college level. Taking a kid off waivers from Virginia and in a month’s time expecting him to be comfortable enough to manage, from what we’ve been led to believe the past 14 years, one of college football’s most complex systems, was asking a lot. Another month of spot duty and practice reps would’ve made a big difference in Lambert’s effectiveness this year. Giving Bauta the reins to start the season and ADAPTING the game plane to HIS STRENGTHS would’ve allowed Lambert more time to settle in. The offense could have relied upon a trusted team leader for the first month of games, while the coaches prepared Lambert or Ramsey for a potential stretch run. With two games providing perfect windows for change, at home vs Missouri or at home vs Kentucky. Where on the schedule are the worst games for any new arms…on the road in Knoxville or on the road in Jacksonville. Which begs the question? Is Coach Schotty that clueless? And two, can he even adapt his approach enough to coach quarterbacks in college who are Never Going Pro???
Amended to above: This also begs the question of where is Richt in all these decisions? I mean this sort of logic should be expected from a guy whose spent the past decade in the NFL, so this isn’t all on Schotty. Richt on the other hand…I dunno…feel free to step in any time now Coach…please.
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“Is Coach Schotty that clueless?”
Spot on Trey. If I remember correctly, had the ball been thrown in front of him it could of been batted down or even picked. I’m not blaming Bauta on that. Players just need to step up and make big plays during big games.
I think Seth is being a little generous with the “didn’t appear to be Rome’s fault,” but, it seems Rome has no trouble deflecting the blame towards Bauta on that play…
“I came out of my break, I looked for the ball and it was behind me.” … “Definitely would have been a really tough catch seeing how I couldn’t get two hands on it.”
Maybe that’s just me not giving a kid a break. Maybe I’m reading a little too much “wasn’t my fault, the ball was poorly thrown” into his statements. I don’t know. I guess “it is what it is” right Jay?
I wouldn’t jump on Jay too much. I guess the appropriate answer would be “Me and Bauta need to get on the same page”. That response would then point the finger to the real culprit — coaching (aka whatever the hell the coaches are doing during practice when they are splitting reps and getting everyone equally unprepared).
When he dropped that first pass, I texted my buddy “Is Martrez Milner playing for us again?” Little did I know he would go on to do even more Martrez Milner vs UF thing later in the game.
Poor Martrez… He was one of the few UGA players to be drafted by the Falcons. The Falcons are not good at drafting, obviously.
Alas, Rome was not built in a day
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4 November 2015
“Our Long National Nightmare is Just Beginning”
This episode of ‘Who’s the Dead Man Walking Today’ is based on the soon to be published bestselling memoir by Head Coach Mark Richt. This opera tells the powerful story of his difficult journey providing guidance to a Five Star class of stray cat recruits including but not limited to his wacky and unpredictable DEFCON 5 staff of Assistant Coaches with the exception of the Missing Man Special Team Coach who never shows for muster together with various and sundry players/inmates at Jimmy Williamson’s Athens Clarke County Central Lockup facing imminent execution for things that somebody thinks they saw them do and other bullshit ‘crimes against humanity.’ In addition to the important stuff, the opera also deals with the troubling impact on the families of the targeted victims and the issue of accountability penalties in our society such as whether buy-out amounts are to be paid lump sum or periodically, or both. With a brilliant libretto by OC Life of Brian Schottenheimer and a dramatic and incredibly lyrical musical setting by DC Jeremy Sweet Home Alabama Pruitt, this opera is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
We may have been 10 years without an SEC Championship, but we do have posts like these…
Thank you! This opera would not be possible without Death Row Records at Angola
It is amazing what a bad coach hire can do to a program. Who would have thought we would drop from averaging 40 points a game to this in a year?
It isn’t just 1 OL, and RBs are new and the WRs was a lateral move. If the receivers caught the balls that were catchable in Jax, we wouldn’t be talking about Richt’s future (well any more than normal). I’m also not saying keep Schott or fire him but rather the problem is deeper than just a move at OC.
Hit post by accident…. It is not just 1 coach, but position coaches changed as well.
Then Florida coaches must be dispensing, uncontrollably four leaf clovers out of their backside…
Why is that when a side of the staff collectively fails, it is one mans fault and not Richt’s. However when a staff for another team does their job, they’re lucky?
Coaches do not matter?
Call down to Gainesville ask those Gatos.
Sure they dropped balls, missed blocks, missed assignments, did not execute technique consistently, and etc. But their record this year under a first year staff and head coach has them going to the SECCG. Would you think their play is better under Muschamp or McElwain? No need to answer that. Take a poll among Gator alums. And you could check in with their AD.
CMR mentions work all the time. Well, where is it.
Good coaches put their teams on the field to win games and be there to take advantage of mistakes. All teams and players have mistakes, some more than other [like 4 ints in one game], but a coach has to have a system and personnel to get by it in a 60 minute game.
You are not going to win them all and all the time.
But there is no excuse for not being competitive, and October was not a competitive month, and they have had prior seasons, and since January to get it going. After all many thought this was a top 10 team.
So what happened. Throw in those two arrests this morning after 2:30am…guess they were practicing.
May Jay Rome live to have much more important failures on his road to success.
If you take away the grey shirting, forced medicals, over signing and the blatant breaking of NCAA rules on the number of coaches a football team can have then Nick Saban might also lose 3 games a year.
I much prefer the Clint Eastwood approach over seeing a guy turn purple like the Tennessee football coach (he reminds me of the fellow in the movie “Big Trouble From Little China” who gets so fired up he blows himself up) or the gas bag at Oklahoma State who wants everyone to know he is really a man.
The problem as I see it with Richt is he lacks the Eastwood keel. Instead of Dirty Harry we have Tom Corbett and maybe that’s the problem….
Ed. Zachary. It’s a competitive dynamics thing, really.
When you’ve built a program with THAT many advantages, you don’t have many close calls and in-game tough decisions. In those situations, Saban seems about as human as anyone else.
I seriously doubt any of us here have been in Jay Rome’s position with football…famous daddy, heavy recruiting pressure, hype that’s hard to deal with, let alone live up to.
And Jay is kinda, as Bluto says, a microcosm of the way this season has gone.
We got four games left…maybe even five…maybe, me and this much-maligned football team
I can jump off the bus, whine, bitch, moan, grumble on and on and on.
Or I can understand winning the next four, or five is way more important to this football team then to me.
This football team deserves my unabashed support… By God..I am not a summer soldier or a fairweather patriot… Go Dawgs. GATA. Saturday is the biggest game in the history of Georgia football.
You’re making the right contrast here: “I can jump off the bus, whine, bitch, moan, grumble on and on and on. Or I can understand winning the next four, or five is way more important to this football team then to me.”
And way more grueling.
Sure, y’all, keep telling us (ad nauseam) in blog comments how this season is over, there’s nothing left to play for yadda yadda. The guys are still going to suit up and play a brutal and complex sport.
And does not this football team deserve the support of the people who say they are fans?
Even Blutarsky, for all his analytical ire, will, I suspect, show up in Athens at the mid-morning and yell his guts out for Georgia or sit, with me, in Section HD and suffer every flinch, every snap like his life and mine depends on that suffering.
Yep. That’s what makes the Senator so credible/reasonable.
I sat in the rain for the entire Alabama game from start to finish. Is it because I’m a better fan that all those who left? Nope. Did I enjoy watching us get curb stomped? Nope.
I just figured, “As much as this sucks, the team is getting it worse.”
I plan on getting rained on the 35 from start to finish this Saturday.
I hope the rain you speak of is the weather-related kind, not the metaphysical.
For the first time in a long time I wish I was going to be there…God Almighty I love to be an underdog, fighting for my metaphorical life.
God knows we should be able to sing the blues, eh Bro?
And we will all be wearing black.
It will be surreal, like November 25, 2000.
I can only hope Greg loads up a Halloween soundtrack for us and the Big Ass Fans®.
Sir Mix-A-Lot’s going to be there?
If we’re doin’ a throwback Saturday, I say we load up some Snoop Dogg and honor the 2000 team.
The weather this season has been like the football. We will be there but luckily our seats are lower club and undercover. I got sunburnt last week.
I don’t understand how I had a conflict with you, I agree with everything you said even of I’m in the upper deck.
Hey man, there was no real conflict, just mouthing. I no longer have time for that stuff, neither should you. We gotta damn game to win.
Roger your Roger and Go Dawgs…. 🙂
Jay’s also been plagued with injuries: http://onlineathens.com/mobile/2015-08-07/jay-rome-carries-no-resent-final-season-uga-career
He’s one of the kids I follow on Twitter, in part because he’s a history major and loves to tweet stuff during Black History Month and make references to the classes he’s taking. (He’ll also remind Arthur Lynch when there’s a Harry Potter marathon on ABCFamily.)
He’s an all-around good kid. Breaks my heart this season has gone the way it has for kids like him. That’s why, cold or not, I will be in the rain on row 6 for 4 hours on Saturday, from 11:30am to whenever the Redcoats do their cheer. (At least the cold front isn’t due until Sunday.)
Someone needs to get angry and kick some Kentucky ass. I don’t care who it is – the players would be fine, Mark would be fine, Pruitt would be fine, Schotty is clueless so I can’t expect him to do anything. But, anyway, anger is OK on the football field guys. Take out your frustration this week and make somebody sorry they came to Sanford Stadium. And make them want to never come again. Ever. I will be there, rain suit on, flask of Buffalo Trace hidden from notice but available for duty. Show up please and make the day and the trip worth it. Out.
Wouldn’t the perfect insult to this injurious season be all 22,000 of us sitting through a 76-minute lightning delay to watch UGA win 3-2 (intentional grounding call on Bauta from the end zone) to keep “hope” alive.
Its over with. Didn’t Yogi Berra once say it ain’t over ’til its over.
I know he said “I never blame myself when I’m not hitting. I just blame the bat, and if it keeps up, I change the bats”.
That is where the program is now. Time to change the bats.
Yogi once said luck is when preparation meets opportunity.
Oh…glad you clarified, I thought Jeff Schultz said that. 🙂
I think we are focusing in on the wrong receiver because an article was written about him. Reggie Davis has killed the team now in multiple games. He gets a vary valuable a=scholarship to catch the football. In both the Tennessee and Florida games he has let us down on game tying passes and punts. Maybe this Ohio State process of giving back a semester of a scholarship is not such a bad thing.
You are equating dropping a ball with being popped for a DUI?
It’s amazing more of you aren’t being offered head coaching jobs.
“I’m just going to come in, put it the work and get the respect from my teammates and help them do anything I can do to help the team win.” — Tykee Smith, UGASports.com, 4/4/21
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