What’s Georgia’s running game gonna look like this season? Your guess is as good as Seth Emerson’s.
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Kinda hard to run “downhill” when you do not have the players to do it. You need to play the style of play that fit your players….be who you are, not what you want to be. Going from a zone blocking scheme to man to man was a big issue last year imo. Man to man may make more sense now (new players), gonna be interesting to see.
You’re right. Pittman should have definitely changed his philosophy last year to fit Richt’s old recruits and what they were taught by the last guy. Then maybe in a couple years once he has all his guys in there, he can start all over and teach them his way of doing things. That’s for sure the best way to achieve long term success
Hard to make the players you have into something they are not….a power blocking, man to man OL. They did not have the size for it, a good coach adapts to what he has, not the other way around. You get those kind of players, then you teach it. MAN, I certainly hope you are not a stalker….it is just football dude. Quit taking exception to everything I post, not a good look for you…. relax.
Don’t flatter yourself. I don’t post much. Only when I REALLY agree with something or REALLY disagree with something. I’m just here to talk football. You’ve just happened to fall in the latter category the last couple days. I just want to know why you think you know more about how the team should be run and coached than the guys who get paid millions to do so? How would it have been beneficial to anyone for Pittman to teach a strategy that he doesn’t agree with, just because it fit some of last year’s players, then have to start all over again this year? That is a recipe for disaster. Any coach worth his weight (which is alot for Sam) is going to stick to his guns and teach his way. There isn’t a successful position coach in the world who is going to change his strategy and mentality year 1 at a new job based on the players he inherited. A good coach gets the players to fit his strategy and teaches it from DAY 1. That is the only way to change the culture of a stagnant program and build for long term success.
For starters, it didn’t work…..see results. The offense got worse from even the year before, so did the W & L record. I never said it was Pittman’s idea to do this, you did.
As far as I know, it could have been philosophical differences between the HC and whoever. Maybe Kirby wanted to be just like Bama w/o the players to do it (who knows). Bottom line is, you do not make a player into something that they are not imo. Play with the cards that you are dealt. Besides, if my memory serves me correct, they went back to some zone blocking towards the end of the season.
I also thought Kirby got off on the wrong foot by publicly saying that he did not have the players he needed….”not big enough, not strong enough” etc. How do you think that would make some of the players feel. I certainly hope he has changed and grown into the job. He needs to show it (results).
I think he will. Having a full class of very talented high school kids coming in to provide depth, and the Frosh, Sophs, and Juniors from last year with a year in the system coming back I think is going to pay huge dividends this year.
Most importantly, I think having the same staff (save Rocker) from last year is going to be huge. We’ve played musical chairs with all of our coaches the last few years which makes it near impossible to develop young players when they’re getting taught something different year in and year out.
IMO, while watching last year’s team was painful at times, with the new coaches trying to fit a square peg in a round hole, I truly believe it was necessary pains for real change and real improvement towards long term success. Of course only time will tell. But I’m optimistic in the future of the program right now, and I’ll be the first to eat crow if I’m wrong.
I’m pretty sure we both want more success than last year. We just have some differing opinions. I just need to see it on the field. Last year did not give me confidence (staff), I have never felt this way before….both sides of the ball got worse…:and the W/L record. I will be a believer when I see it. Kickoff can’t get here soon enough.
FWIW, you are right about what should have been done last year. Not sure where we are this year, may be good enough to go man but I doubt it. You don’t have to make millions to see the disaster that last year was for the OL, and coaches and chefs have to adjust to the ingredients they have to work with to get the best results that day…not where you want to be when everything is at your fingertips. Hope he learned that lesson. When Chubb and Sony get held to under 100 total yards rushing for eight consecutive quarters, it is on the coaches getting paid, not earning the millions. Everyone wants to see something much better in 2017, and none of us know what that is yet, they will make the decision, as they should. Let’s just hope they don’t try the square peg/round hole approach this time. I feel we will see better results game one, better talent for one thing, and a whole off season to see the mistakes and learn from them.
It makes more sense to switch to power/man to man (versus zone) this year, we have the personnel for it. But WTF do I know….I definitely think there were some philosophical differences a year ago….I hope they are on the same page now, just ain’t confident until I see it. It looked to be a train wreck a year ago & the results reflected that.
I just want to see an offense that scores 35++ points per game. I want Kirby to bring us that suffocating Bama D he’s supposed to be able to manage.
And a pony.
It’s Bobo’s fault
I may stress this too often, but having better success on defense will help this offense a lot. With a stout defense, you get the ball more often and in better position. This alone will mean more points. And there is less pressure on the skilled players to be perfect, because punting can be a much better thing (when you have a stout D).
Also, a very good defense will get you some turnovers and will score some points on it’s own.
A lot of times, poor offensive stats can be traced back to what it’s defense didn’t do.
This is why it has often been said, “You win first with defense”.
So Chubb, Eason, Sony and Co. can say, “get it back for us in good position” every time they come off the field and have the confidence it will happen.
That’s where I am too. The offense doesn’t have to be great to look a lot better when the defense gets them the ball back more quickly, and in better position. We will struggle against the better defenses, everyone will, but our scoring average should go up noticeably.
“We’re always looking for the aggregate of marginal gains.” — Kirby Smart, The Athletic, 7/16/19
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