All in on “OR”

Behold the ambiguous wonder that is Georgia’s depth chart going into its opener:

That is amusing.  By my count, that’s nine “OR”s for the starters on offense — including all three of the quarterbacks — and four for the defense.  Makes you wonder if Kirby wants to play the opener without numbers on the jerseys and veils on the players’ helmets.

Seriously, I suppose I get some of this.  The offensive line, for example, is a series of dominoes based on whether Catalina is ready to start at left tackle. The tie at wide receiver is probably their way of showing who plays in three-wide sets.  And I understand what they’re trying to do at Mike and Will linebacker.  But the coaches sure don’t want to tip their hands before Saturday on a lot of spots.  How much of that is motivational, how much is bet hedging and how much is smoke being blown North Carolina’s way I’ll leave to you to allocate.

Of greater interest to me is that despite all the talk we were hearing about how many members of the 2016 class were cracking the two-deep, the depth charts aren’t showing it.  There are only two true freshman, Eason and Ridley, among the offensive players and four on the defensive side, with three of those being on the d-line, where they really have little choice.

Given Smart’s comments previously, I’m not sure if that says more about the upperclassmen buying into the new coaching staff’s approach better than we thought, or this year’s signing class turning out to be not as precocious as we hoped.

Then again, if there’s one thing to be said about the charts, it’s that they’re not exactly etched in stone.

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UPDATE:  Damn it, I hate when coaches come up with better headers than I do.

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36 responses to “All in on “OR”

  1. PTC DAWG

    Just listened to his PC…I like the guy more and more.

  2. 202dawg

    That Reggie Carter dude is gonna be busy…

  3. Chris

    I’m expecting a big year from Thompson, but damn if that DL depth ain’t scary. Something about seeing it in writing makes it look even worse than I thought.

    Here’s hoping Ledbetter gets his act together and can rejoin the team midseason.

  4. AusDawg85

    WE’RE NOT READY…WE DON’T HAVE A DEDICATED ST COACH!!!!

  5. Cousin Eddie

    It just depends on the play call, that’s the reason for covering all the bases on the Offense and Linebackers.

    BTW, Smith knows depth charts are written in pencils and pencils have erasers, ask Saban.

  6. I bleed red & black, y’all. But I am not gonna lie, I’m getting tired of this bullshit game that Kirby’s playing. I had absolutely no problems personally with his hiring, as I believe he brings a new, more demanding way of coaching and a fresher, and much needed attitude change in Athens.
    He will build a championship program here in time.
    But…I admit it may take me a while to get used to this General Patton-like and yet VERY
    Saban-esque way of seizing total control over everything and refusing to cede anything!
    For Pete’s sake, Eason has been taking all the snaps with the 1’s…he’s the guy.
    I’m willing to suffer some lumps to get him the experience he needs to ultimately become highly successful, because I truly believe his potential upside is tremendous and that we can build a champion around him and other youngsters on this team.
    We ain’t really trying to fool anybody with withholding this “secret”, are we?
    If one of our QB’s was a Deshaun Watson type, then maybe the Tarheels might have to game-plan a bit differently, but we don’t and they don’t…so…
    Tell us who the starter is, Kirby!!!

    • DawgPhan

      meh…we will see…but it does seem like Smart thinks that this nonsense about not answering questions was the secret to Alabama winning tittles.

    • Scott

      But why, though? Why does he owe us that? Maybe he doesn’t want Jacob to get too comfortable or lose focus. Maybe he wants Greyson to stay engaged and not get his head down. Who knows? And who cares? Whomever the QB is on Saturday, I’m going to be pulling for him.

    • Juan

      Is this a serious post? Lol

      Fuck the media. Kirby doesn’t owe them (or the fans) anything. I love this approach. Could you imagine having to deal with these hacks like Seth Emerson?

      Don’t worry losers – after wins / losses Kirby will answer questions but he will never be happy about it.

    • sUGArdaddy

      Dude, his job is to lead young men and win games. The press thought Richt was too nice, now Kirby is too mean. You can’t win with the press because they get the last word…so don’t give them a word. At the end of the day, you’re going to be judged on following the rules and winning games. And if you can’t do both simultaneously, you’re out.

      Kirby is under no obligation to share any info with the media.

      I. Love. It.

      And I loved Coach Richt, but if you listen to the last few years, he was way ‘over’ the local media.

    • PTC DAWG

      You’re too uptight for sure. You have no reason to know who the starter is…..nor does our opponent.

    • hailtogeorgia

      This comes off sounding like a child who’s upset that his mom won’t tell him what’s in his Christmas present. You’ll know on Saturday. Why does it matter before then?

  7. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    The Jeff Schultz column about the PC was hilarious. I don’t see why any of us as fans should care. Just win, Kirby!!

  8. DankJankins

    Why do people really care. As long as the Dawgs put 11 out on the field on offense, defense and special teams, I really don’t care if I know a head of time who they are. If they win on Saturday I will care even less which is about 1% to start with.

    I am just glad we get to kick this season off Thursday night. The Cal/Hawaii didn’t count in my eyes.

  9. Strikes me as some serious competition going on for those starting spots. I don’t feel the need for resolution and confirmation at this point. Just make sure those kids are hungry for a win Kirby.

  10. Gravidy

    Senator (or anyone who knows), is there a rule which requires teams to publish depth charts every week before a game? If so, whose rule is it? And what does it require, exactly?

  11. CM Drinkwater

    Gotta be honest with the rest of the Dawg fans here – I can’t say I am too familiar with the game of DaQuan Hawkins-Muckle.

    Let’s see whatchu got young man.

    • Debby Balcer

      It is DaQuan Hawkins who has taken his stepfather’s name. His father is deceased and he was raised by his stepfather. He wanted to honor him.

  12. stoopnagle

    A depth chart for public consumption may not reflect the one in the coach’s brain.

  13. 69Dawg

    Pray for the defensive line nightly. We have one viable upper classman. Freshman David Marshall was moved to the DL from the Oline. IF we have any injuries to these guys we are toast. Munson would have had a field day with this. How the hell are we even practicing we have like two walk-ons. We could find ourselves having to use linebackers on the interior line. Oh the humanity.

    • Marshall was never on the o-line if I remember correctly. He was recruited as a defensive lineman.

    • No, David Marshall is, and always has been a defensive lineman. He was recruited as a DT but has been getting snaps at DE during both the spring and fall camp. Right now he’s 2nd team DT with Hawkins-Muckle.

  14. So we don’t know who the starting tailback is? Yea, right coach.

  15. Oh, and I love the low tech scanner.

  16. Cojones

    Don’t know what the problem is here. QBs: Lambert starts followed by either Ramsey or Eason and before it’s over with , all three will play. Otherwise they would have listed them in alphabetical order. Problem solved.

    Oh, and Douglas will start with Chubb filling in.

    You guys!

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