If you take a look, you’ll find Throwaway Season added to the list, as well as a related entry, Dantzlering, inspired by this tour de force. The man’s a master; you have to give him that.
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I can not read that, Georgia may not have Alabama talent, but who the hell does. But it does have talent. No amount of whitewashing is going to make me believe otherwise.
Here is a little taste:
“Those three brutal losses between the hedges hurt, but to arrive at the mountaintop, often a journey through the valley is required. The hard and painful days are seeking “never again” lessons that can, one day, fuel a rise to glory.”
See, Kirby knows that in order to win tomorrow we must get our ass kicked today, because it is impossible to win today AND tomorrow.
James, it’s one of those pieces that doesn’t require reading past the header to get the complete flavor of the rest.
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This should be interesting.
The “fourth down” lexicon always make me laugh.
Gosh, with as bad as the talent gap is at Georgia and how we’re lucky to field players that can actually compete with Nichols, it’s hard to believe Richt won 10 games last season. He should’ve won coach of the year.
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Richt was able to utilize zone blocking 😉 schemes with an undersized front line to beat the more talent laden D fronts like Nichols.
If only CMR had invested in a “special teams” coach he could have won more than 10 games. Still….he Never loss to Vandy,uT, and Tech at home and gators on that neutral field in the same season. I think that must be a new record. If there is a dirth of talent I’m thinking it’s the coaches running into 9 man box all day and forgetting that TE can block And catch a football.
He lost to Kentucky and Vandy in the same season with a future #1 draft pick at QB. UT put up a fiftyburger in Sanford. Were you equally snarky then?
Also finished 9-4 with a nice run of wins at the end of the season showing improvement and development.
My point still stands. He’s cherry picking to find an argument.
You’re not happy with the season or Kirby? Fine. That’s fair. But to act as if the previous guy never had bad seasons when he lost to inferior talent is absurd.
THIS! Pretending we are new to losing games we should win is just blind denial. And on the other side of the coin, we should all be able to critique Kirby without hearing how much we loved CMR. It was time for a change! Now, we just have to determine, with time, if the right change was made. In the meantime, fans are going to critique Smart’s every move. We will criticize him when we lose and praise him when we win…it’s the way of sports and fans.
Probably not, because in 06 CMR was coming off his second SECC in five years and had a little leeway
So he took a defending SEC Champions and THEN managed to lose to Vandy and Kentucky? Hey AHD, has that ever been done before?
Easy G. It’s Wednesday over the hump day. And Richt never lost to all 4 in the same season. And the whole “talent” thing seems ridiculous to me.
My point is it’s an arbitrary 4 loses. There’s no evidence to me that those are 4 worse teams than say MSU, Colorado, UCF, and USC in 2010. Or the 06 losses.
Again, I’m fine with being critical of Kirby. But every criticism can’t devolve into why Richt was thisclose to putting it all together in year 16 and how he never lost to teams he shouldn’t have. I simply don it believe there is any evidence to support that.
I love that you are committed to this today. Just putting in the work.
Also, losing to tech is worse than losing to any other school.
He’s Attacking The Day, indeed
I am just glad that some folks have moved on…you should try it.
Losing to GT will get you fired at UGA further the losses were not unprecedented for the prior coach but Smart is getting roast by many for these losses which is he proof his hiring has raised the standard the program is held to.
But CMR isn’t to blame for Smart’s season either.
Haven’t you ever worked at a job where some guy who had been there forever retired? The remaining employees were allowed to blame said employee for damn near everything for at least a year.
In 4 years it won’t matter who is blamed for the situation uness UGA turns blue in 4 years.
Nor can every criticism of Kirby be an indictment on Richt.
If CKS wins the SEC next year then we’ll all happily eat a crow sammich. Heck he can even win the East and I’ll shut up, but until then, buckle up bud. It’s gonna be a long year waiting to see if Kirby can recruit himself out of a hole in a way that has really never been done before. Good luck and god speed
Vandy, UT, Tech, and Florida are the 4 losses that CKS had against annual opponents that Richt also played every year for 15 seasons. Literally, the opposite of arbitrary.
You’re rolling over dead a lot lately. If you can’t defend it then why say it in the first place?
Nothing I say could possibly change anyone’s mind.
I’m not defending Kirby. I think he had some very shaky moments this first year. But this revisionist history that Richt never lost to bad teams or to teams he should have beaten given the talent differential is bullshit.
I’m perfectly fine judging Kirby without ever bringing up his predecessor if you are.
I’m with you on that, and I will rarely if ever be the first to make that comparison unless prompted. The more troubling comparisons to me are like every program ever that has taken a step backward in a new coaches first year. Of those schools only won has ever won a title.
Kirby’s going to have to buck history, no doubt. We’ll have a much better picture this time next year.
Talk about cherry picking. Defending champion is almost as worthless a title as conference champion (after a CCG win). Remember defending national champion Auburn went 4-4 in the SEC in 2011.
Read better, bro
I think you’ve confused yourself
Richt had two SEC championships and another SEC East championship on his resume when that happened. Everyone knew he was capable of getting better results.
We do not know yet with our Coach at this point.
Dude, u should be in the HOF along with Lombardi
We heard this crap from Danzler driving home those Saturdays and then again if one happened to listen to Bulldog Brunch on Sundays. It really gets old blaming your predecessor for all your failings. I am supportive of Kirby and demand he be given the opportunity to succeed. But please…enough of the whining about talent stuff. As stated above, we don’t have Alabama talent. As for the rest of a very mediocre SEC, spare me this nonsense.
“It really gets old blaming your predecessor for all your failings. ” Bush was blamed for 8 years. But I digress. Nice post. 🙂
We don’t have Alabama talent … last time I looked no one else in the league did either. Did we have enough talent to score a TD against Auburn, finish against tech, be competitive against Florida, beat Vandy like a rented mule, and do more than squeak by Nicholls? Yes.
Liberty Bowl – A game that seniors will just mess around in and younger players will be too busy working on fundamentals for next season to be preoccupied with a game plan.
Is this a prediction or a recap of the last time we were there?
You’d better watch out, Senator, or you’ll be delisted at BI. And you know what that means!
Greg’s a good dude. I like that site. But just like any place (including here), not every post works.
What surprised me was the fact that most of the ensuing comments were like “great analysis” or “well said.”
What do you call consecutive Throwaway Seasons? Here’s hoping we don’t find out.
If you get enough of them, you call it a throwaway career.
If you get enough of them, you call it “career defensive coordinator”
I nominate “national search” and “impose our will” for lexicon consideration.
You can’t nominate…you’ve never been in the arena.
Nobody in the SEC is close to Bama talent…that should be obvious when you see an 8-4 AU in the Sugar Bowl who lost to its two biggest rivals at years end.
What? Richtite and Kirbyfile haven’t made the Lexicon yet? I sure see them used around here.
Somehow, that just doesn’t fit either.
I prefer Kirby enabler, myself.
Kirby-enabling Richtophile= Senator Blutarsky who is the WordPress blogging alter ego of one Katherine Richt aka “the water girl.”
You don’t know how hard it is to balance that. 😉
You walk the line well. Usually “you’re right. A little psychotic but right.”
Dantzler’s article is cherry picking at its best (or worst). He refused to put any blame for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory or the absolute failure to show up in multiple games on the staff. Kirby pi$$ed away every bit of goodwill from his hiring with his OJT failures and his selection of Jim Chaney.
I read the article because I respect Greg and most of the guys at BI a lot, but I felt dumber after I read that drivel.
BI seems like a quality blog. But its awkward to navigate ( for me) . Sometimes it has the feel of a HS Yearbook with all the pics taking forever to load.
I guess instead of cherry picking … he’s really steamrolling his point of view about the roster in the absence of everything else. I can almost hear him yelling, “Keep calm! All is well!” like Kevin Bacon in Animal House. I don’t know Dantzler, but he has never appeared to be the brightest bulb in the Georgia sports media.
Question is, will 2017 be ‘Throwaway Season II’?
It was for the last alum to be head coach in Athens.
Yes, more than likely. Main reason, a first year starter at quarterback again, yes I am betting and hoping Eason is benched.
I would be very surprised and disappointed if we have a 1st year starter at QB. For that reason alone, I would tell Jim Chaney to take his fat pencil right out of Athens.
I couldn’t read the article because I couldn’t get past the superfluous comma in the title.
It’s a sickness.
I thought Dantzler was right about the talent shortage being a problem at line, also highlighting Smart’s best skill, recruiting, and I kind of agree with his prediction that we win more games than 7-5 in 2017, but big year sets up in 2018 after the oline has beefed up and is talented and deep. Comparing the current Smart to Saban or Dabo is Pollyanna right now, we just don’t know enough. Love the Lexicon, though, nice work.
“Yeah. We just need to get back, and approach every game like it’s our last,” Swift said. “Because it is.” — The Athletic, 10/14/19
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