About damned time

Georgia’s first spring practice under Kirby Smart kicks off tomorrow afternoon – at a temporary site, which is kind of a reminder of things to come.

In that light, what, if anything are you hoping to hear about the Dawgs this week?

A few things on my list:

  • Jacob Eason’s ability to function under center.  It’s a new world for him there, one he’ll have to get the hang of if he expects to take the starting job.
  • Which offensive linemen meet Coach Pittman’s eye test?  I don’t expect anything near a rotation to emerge in the spring.  (For one thing, Tyler Catalina, who’s being counted on, won’t show up until the summer.)  But I will be curious to hear which linemen are being viewed as potential contributors by their new position coach.
  • Who steps up on the defensive line?  Gawd knows there’s opportunity there.
  • Any word on the strength and conditioning front?  It seems to be a question we have every year, but with a total break from the previous S&C staff, it’s of even greater interest.
  • What’s gonna replace pool day?  I keed, I keed.

And you?

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44 responses to “About damned time

  1. pumblechook114

    Is this the year we finally dispense with the off season happy talk? I’m sure the temptation with an all new staff will be strong, but man I hope Kirby stamps that out.

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  2. I hope they keep pool day just to stir up the ‘I Hate Mark Richt’ contingent–wait–What am I saying? They are already stirred up anyway.

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  3. 69Dawg

    If Kirby adopts the media style of his mentor you can expect to hear only from him and only what he thinks. None of the assistants get to say jack. I’m not sure what Saban’s media availability for the players will be but I wait for all the media guys pining for the good ole days of Mark letting them talk to everybody.

    As a side note I hear Mark has lost his taste for the maximum secrecy of his practices. He is opening the second scrimmage to the public. Of course Miami being Miami that does not mean a lot, maybe a couple of hundred die hard fans.

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    • Go Dawgs!

      At Miami, a “die hard fan” is not someone who cheers for the team through thick and thin and pays close attention to every development regarding the team. At Miami, it just means a fan who has survived multiple gunshot wounds.

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    • Plus a handful or so of his left over Georgia groupies taking a side trip from ’em beaches.

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    • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

      I hope he follows the style of his mentor, and for the most part, I believe the assistants hope that as well. Aside from Pruitt the last two years, I don’t think any assistant cared about speaking about practice, facilities, etc. Bobo got in the PCs during the season, but I don’t think he ever felt really comfortable with it.

      Even better than squelching the coaches would be to keep the players away from the media (fat chance:Twitter, etc.) because that’s where most of the happy talk comes from.

      Listen to coaches, boys, learn the system, stay healthy, and we’ll see you on a glorious day in April!

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  4. Jared S.

    Proof’s in the pudding. I am prepared for many fans freaking out about this or that during the Spring/Summer. There will be much over-reacting to perceived insufficiencies of apparent starting players/groups or perceived bone-headed decisions/strategies/emphases of coaches. I will be watching the off-season with great interest, but totally reserving judgment until September 3rd when we play a quite-good UNC program at a neutral location. I think it will be one of the toughest games of the year for us – maybe second-only to playing the Rebels in Oxford? (Who would ever have guessed.)

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    • If we consider the Georgia Dome a neutral location, then shame on us. We should fill that place up with red and black against a school that has as much football tradition as we do basketball tradition.

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      • Jared S.

        Eh…. I get what you’re saying, but (unfortunately) UNC has had a respectable (and vastly improved) football program over the last decade. I mean, UNC Football did compete in (and come close to beating Clemson for) the ACC Championship last year.

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        • I’m making the point that needs to be a big time home field advantage for us. Just as if we played UNC in Charlotte in basketball, I would expect the same for them.

          They gave up 645 yards rushing to Baylor … When this game was announced, the Carolina people were already chalking it up as a loss and probably a curb stomping loss.

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  5. Granthams replacement

    Will they tackle or just “butt up” in practice.

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  6. Aladawg

    What other position will we hear bellyaching about our lack of talent?

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  7. Go Dawgs!

    All I’m hoping to hear is a lot of talk about what great shape the new temporary practice fields are in and how vastly superior the new turf is to the pasture at Neyland Stadium…

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  8. doofusdawg

    I think it’s the wide receivers again. Who can beat the press and stretch the field. As an aside I wonder how much our route concepts will change. Most sec defenses knew where the receiver and ball were going to be before the game started… for years.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      Agreed. I’m wondering who’s going to step up at WR. We’ve got Godwin, then a step down to IMac, then another step down to all the other WRs. Glad Ridley is on campus. Eager to see Wims in August. Question is whether Davis, Chigbu, and others make a case for playing time.

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  9. 1) Line of scrimmage
    2) Line of scrimmage
    3) Line of scrimmage
    Distant 4) QB development
    Even more distant 5) S&C

    No matter what we all hope about young Mr. Eason, the SEC is a line of scrimmage league. Teams that can’t dominate up front will get exposed at some point during the season. It happened to us in all 3 losses. Alabama, in particular, exposed our offensive line as soft (our defensive line held up pretty well given the fact that the offense couldn’t move). Tennessee exposed our defensive line with Dobbs and Jalen Hurd. Florida just beat up our offensive line, and the defensive line finally just gave out from being sent out there in poor field position and lack of rest.

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    • Hardas

      which is why # 5 should be #1

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      • We’re not going to learn anything about S&C at G-Day since it’s Georgia vs Georgia. We won’t know whether the changes are making a difference until Labor Day Saturday in the Dome against a team with different colored jerseys. That’s the reason I have it at #5.

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  10. AusDawg85

    Senator, we thank you in advance for your posting of daily QBR scores.

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    • Jared S.

      The funny thing is that Eason could (and maybe will) post worse overall QBR scores than Lambert did last year, but be a better overall quarterback. I hate QBR scores. Bleah.

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  11. DawgPhan

    I can’t wait to hear how everyone is buying in 110%. How they are coming together as a team and not waiting for the superstars to make a play.

    what i really want is for no one to get hurt.

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  12. Athens Dog

    No cool aid…………….

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  13. On Eason: who says he has to go under center? I’m probably totally wrong, but my impression of the new OC is that he works with his talent and the strengths of his personnel. It’s a new day, indeed.

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    • CJC loves his qbs under center. Doesn’t mean they don’t go shotgun, but watch tape of Arky 2014 and you’ll see tons of under center.

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    • 92 grad

      True, and I’m no authority, but, with a potential heisman running back, there simply has to be under center/play action most of the time, no?

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      • Watch Alabama last year. They ran Henry a ton from the pistol (I think the TD run he had against us was from the pistol). We NEVER saw the pistol in the offense last year after Bobo had a lot of success with it the prior 3 years.

        A lot of high school teams now use the pistol as their base formation. It’s a great set to create balance and gets the ball in the running back’s hands quickly to allow him to use his vision to pick the hole while at the same time allowing the QB to get set in the pocket quickly.

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    • Trbodawg

      Playing more ‘under center’ is one of the reasons Eason chose UGA. Better prepared him for the NFL. I think it will be one of the clues we’ll have as to our focus. Win now or develop players for the NFL. ( or a healthy mixture of both )

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  14. Athens Dog

    By the way, I expressed the collective skepticism of GTP readers about BM ability to handle 93,000 at GDay to an insider at BM. He attributed the comments to people on “message boards” which they don’t follow…….they continue to “improve the product and game day experience.”

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  15. I only care about staying healthy and making the OL tougher, better. I don’t care about inspirational talk or stats.

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  16. Bright Idea

    I would like to see Kirby not talk at all during spring practice. A brief comment in a press release each day would be enough. Maybe that will cut out all of the happy and sad talk which drives everybody crazy.

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