Daily Archives: February 2, 2016

Yeah, but he had a cool towel.

Interesting story, bro.

Kirby Smart shared some of the finer points and intricate details of what went into Alabama’s defensive success with high school coaches at a clinic in Atlanta last week.

When the new Georgia football coach opened the floor to some questions after speaking for more than 50 minutes, one coach asked him a question: “Kirby, how long did it take those guys you have to learn all that stuff?”

Smart, the former Crimson Tide defensive coordinator, said it was a great question because the complexity of the defense is something he said had been used against him in recruiting.

“Everybody negative recruits really against Alabama, but they did the same thing to (coach) Jeremy Pruitt when he was at Georgia, ‘You can’t learn all of it. You can’t play as a freshman,’” Smart said.

One can only imagine what other coaches had to say about Todd Grantham in that regard.  Actually, I’d prefer not to think about that.


Filed under Georgia Football, Recruiting, Strategery And Mechanics

What’s the one thing that might keep me from attending this year’s G-Day game?

Having another 99,999 fans show up.

By the way, anybody buying McGarity’s confidence the school can handle that kind of crowd?


Filed under Georgia Football

Name that caption, feel the love edition

If this isn’t a picture crying out for a series of smart ass responses, I don’t know what is.

I’ll hang up and listen now.


Filed under Name That Caption

Dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria…

The real question about the uptick in graduate transfers at quarterback isn’t about the chaos it creates – that’s just shorthand bullshit for coaches who don’t like losing control over their players.  It’s this:

But the biggest question posed at the successes of the Adams’ and Coker’s and Rudock’s of the world is why did those schools — schools that have historically (or quite recently) been so successful — need to turn to an outsider for the most important position on the field? What went wrong in their own development and quarterback depth building that there wasn’t a player to step in after Mariota left? After Sims left? After Jameis Winston left?

“I think it’s an issue with developing,” one high school coach said. “I think it definitely looks negative as far as a program’s ability to develop a young man.”

Bingo.  It takes two to tango, and those kids wouldn’t be jumping if there weren’t landing spots out there for them.  So, quit complaining, coaches.  Do a better job of developing your quarterbacks, and there’s the end of chaos.


Filed under College Football

“I don’t blame the 17-year-olds for having trouble with the process. The blame should go to multimillionaires.”

Jeez, this must have been dizzying:

Travaris Robinson began recruiting Bruce for Florida when Bruce was a freshman at University School (Fort Lauderdale). Last fall, Robinson, then the defensive backs coach at Auburn after following new Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp from Florida, was pushing hard for Bruce to go to Auburn. When Robinson became the defensive coordinator at South Carolina for new Gamecocks coach Muschamp, Bruce took an official visit to Columbia, S.C.

Bruce is sticking with Miami, which, as we all know, had a coaching change of its own, so there’s one for the “commit to the school, not the coach” camp.  But what I’m really wondering, along those same lines, is what the hell Robinson’s sales pitch in Columbia must have sounded like.  I mean, how convincing is “just forget what I told you last month”, anyway?


Filed under Recruiting

How many quarterbacks do you need?

Patrick Garbin comes up with a stat that’s curious, but ultimately not that enlightening.

…why did Coach Richt sign so few quarterbacks? (the annual average number of QB signees followed by the Georgia head coach):

3.33 (40 QB signees in 12 seasons)—Dooley
1.86 (13 QB signees in 7 seasons)—Goff
1.80 (9 QB signees in 5 seasons)—Donnan
0.87 (13 QB signees in 15 seasons)—Richt

To answer his question, the reason that jumps to mind for me is that Richt wound up coaching two four-year starting quarterbacks in Greene (who wasn’t even a Richt signee) and Murray and another three-year starter in Stafford.  That accounts for eleven of the fifteen years of his time in Athens.  When you add in Shockley’s year as a starter – there was no way anyone was going to take that away – the overall effect was to cut down pretty dramatically on the number of years that the program under Richt was attractive to quarterback recruits.

Garbin goes on to point out that the rate Richt signed quarterbacks isn’t really that far out of the norm.

Knowing Georgia had ranked sixth among current big-5 conference schools in overall winning percentage during the Richt era, for a sampling, I looked up the number of quarterback signees from 2001 through 2015 of the five schools which ranked ahead of the Bulldogs in winning percentage: 1) Ohio State, 2) Oklahoma, 3) LSU, 4) TCU, and 5) Oregon.

Compared to Georgia’s total of 13 QB signees the previous 15 years, or 0.87 annually, the five other programs averaged exactly 17 QB signees from 2001 to 2015, or 1.21 annually. The difference isn’t necessarily significant like when compared to Georgia’s previous coaching regimes; still, it’s inconsistent enough to mention.

So, some ado about not much.

The more interesting question for me is what explains the signing rate under Dooley, who signed five more quarterbacks in his last twelve years than his three successors did in the twenty-seven seasons that followed.  I’m guessing there were more than a few position changes involved, but, still, that’s a huge difference.  Thoughts, anyone?


Filed under Georgia Football, Recruiting, Stats Geek!

(Re)allocation of resources?

Interesting note from the folks at FootballScoop yesterday:

Georgia: Mississippi State offensive quality control James Vollono has agreed to join the staff at Georgia as assistant special teams coordinator source tells FootballScoop.

I’ll be the first to admit I’ve sort of lost track of all the quality control hires that have been made since Kirby Smart took charge, but if I’m not mistaken, I think that the second one for special teams.  Anyone know for sure about that?

In any event, it’s pretty obvious that beefing up support staff is a part of the process Smart has imported from Tuscaloosa.  At the rate it’s going, the half million a year that’s been saved in coaching salaries will be spent on support staff increase.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

I just hope they spend a few bucks on someone whose sole job is to count the number of players going in after a time out or a possession change.


Filed under Georgia Football

Supply and demand

Why do so many college football players leave early for the NFL in the face of poor odds for many of them?  Here’s one theory.

Gil Brandt, a longtime N.F.L. personnel expert who writes for NFL.com, attributed the trend partly to the yawning gap between the number of draft spots — 256, spanning seven rounds — and the more than 800 agents registered by the N.F.L. Players Association.

Referring to agents, Brandt said, “They go to these younger guys and they explain they’ve ‘seen the draft’ — that’s the words they use — and, ‘You’re going to be picked in the second round.’ ” (N.C.A.A. rules technically bar agents from contacting players who are not in the draft; Brandt suggested agents sometimes find ways to communicate.)

Brandt added, “I wish someone would show me the draft, so that I wouldn’t have to spend all this time working on it.”

Logic would suggest that instead of advocating the withholding of information from kids and restricting access to agents, schools and the NCAA might think about coming up with a process that would give student-athletes the opportunity to make a realistic assessment of their future.  Then again, I’m not the guy who just got a three-year contract extension from the NCAA’s board of governors, so what do I know?


Filed under It's Just Bidness, The NCAA

Tuesday morning buffet

The chef still has a lot of recruiting seasoning to use up.


Filed under College Football, Crime and Punishment, Georgia Football, Recruiting, Stats Geek!