An early look at the new direction

Phil Steele’s 2017 mag is available on iTunes, if you’re so inclined (I wait for the old school mag, myself).  Patrick Garbin has a rundown on Steele’s unit rankings for Georgia.

That is about as reserved as I’ve seen Steele project Georgia in the preseason, which is probably why I don’t have much of an objection to those rankings.  Given the quality of the last two recruiting classes, it’s a lot more important to see where the rankings wind up, rather than where they started, anyway.

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31 responses to “An early look at the new direction

  1. CVegas Dawg

    How is it that year in and year out we don’t improve our Special Teams?

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  2. Greg

    yEiGh!!!!!……”Mediocrity” again?

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  3. Keese

    What team is ahead of Georgia at the running back position?

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  4. DawgByte

    QB -24. Seems a bit low. I’d have us in the Top 15 at that position.

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    • Greg

      I thought it seemed high…I believe there were 8 freshmen that had a season than Eason last year. Maybe the signing of Fromm brought it up from a year ago (90 something?).

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    • Macallanlover

      I think we are high at 24th, but I hope he is at least close. Also feel we seem high at LB and WR. The units I feel are underrated are DL and STs (of course RB but he is only off by one.) 🙂 I have no clue about the OL but that ranking wouldn’t be the worst thing for us, we are used to being mediocre at OL.

      Like the Senator, I await the actual magazine, the comparisons of our units to the opposites of our scheduled opponents is the most significant information in the entire book for me. I expect the ranking of our DL to the OL of Notre Dame to predict a trench war on September 9, and I think it will be a low scoring affair. Not sure what the match-ups will show for the Dawgs versus AU and FU, depends on how much he loves the newest, first year Auburn QB’s Heisman chances. Will be surprised if he doesn’t have the Dawgs winning the East.

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  5. Vidaliaway

    Take the average (excluding ST) and it puts us at 18th in the country which sounds about right. Better OL and WR play and who knows what kind of season we could have.

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  6. Spike

    Phil isn’t wearing Jorts is he?

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  7. Hard to argue with any of those save the WR group. Seems a bit high to me unless you’re factoring in a LOT of potential and ignoring actual performance to date. On the other hand if TE’s are being folded into the WR group, the ranking would be about right since the TE group is easily a top 5 group.

    The good news is that the OL group and the QBs have the best chance at well over performing these rankings. If they do, and the WRs are where Steele says they are, we could make some noise.

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    • 69Dawg

      I am still amazed that the WR coach can’t get the WR’s to catch the damn ball. In the old days those WR’s would have had to live with a ball in their hands, day and night. Hell get AJ to recommend a juggling coach to teach them to juggle footballs, You can coach them to catch the ball or you can make DB’s out of them.

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      • Greg

        More than that imo……most anyone that has played as a receiver can catch, it is just a little tougher in a game coming across the middle where a LB may be waiting to tag your ass…..or hearing the footsteps of a DB that wants to light you up. Add to it the crowd and what jitters the receiver may have and it makes it more difficult. It is more mental imo, everyone can’t do it….there are probably some things you just can’t coach…..

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        • Fear is a reasonable reason for alligator arms. There is no reason to have your head turned downfield as the ball hits your hands as I’ve seen from Lynch, Chigbu and most recently from #3 (I think) in the spring game. If you can’t look it in and secure it FIRST you shouldn’t be getting passes your way.

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  8. Hillbilly Dawg

    A brides maid yet again?

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  9. I would say WR should be where the OL is and the OL should not be ranked. Way generous on those 2. QB had better be higher and the end of the season, 24 may be about right

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  10. Bright Idea

    The consensus seems to be that if Eason improves even a scintilla that it won’t be just a surprise, but an absolute shock. I hope if the kid is sensitive he ain’t reading how bad he is.

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  11. Dawg Vegas

    Just watched A Hard Day’s Night last week…

    And not to nitpick, but isn’t it an early ‘clue,’ rather than ‘look?’

    Of course, you may not have been making a Beatles reference at all.

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  12. Dawg Vegas

    Just watched A Hard Day’s Night last week…

    And not to nitpick, but isn’t it an early ‘clue,’ rather than ‘look?’

    Of course, you may not have been making a Beatles reference at all.

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  14. I respect Steele and enjoy reading people talk about Steele’s rankings….but I stopped buying his stuff a few years ago…..as he seemed to miss as much as every other person trying to tell the future in college football

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    • Macallanlover

      I don’t think anyone buys him thinking he is Nostradomas, he provides a wealth of information with a historical backdrop in one convernient place. You can certainly find all of it on the internet but more difficult to get all the relevant info in a format where it is easy to compare. Cheap price for what he provides, imo. Plus, it a token nod to the print industry, only magazine I pay for all year.

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