Daily Archives: August 24, 2017

Dayum, Gary.

This seems harsh.

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UPDATE:  Another compliment!

… Danielson and Nessler may not come close to seeing Geogia’s Sanford Stadium this season.

That’s the way Danielson saw it when he took a look at Georgia’s home schedule during a media teleconference on Thursday afternoon.

“I mean they’re going to have to be really good for us to be making a trip to Athens,” said Danielson, lead analyst for CBS since 2006. “I mean, holy cow, Appalachian State, Samford, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina and Kentucky. That’s tough choosing right there.”

You don’t have to tell us.

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A Huntley Johnson’s work is never done.

I’ve reached the point where football player weed busts are frequent enough that it’s not worth the bandwidth to blog about them, ordinarily.  However, I’m gonna make an exception in this case, because I really love this side note:

Robinson has previously had issues with marijuana. He was cited for possession while on an official visit to Ohio State earlier this year.

Coach Jim McElwain went to bat for him, defending the player and saying he deserved a second chance with the right people around him to help him learn and grow.

Who knew Antonio Callaway was mentoring freshmen?

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“I’ve talked to people. It’s the only way to grow.”

This Kirby Smart Q&A with Jeff Schultz is surprisingly revealing, particularly with regard to Smart enunciating his vision for making the program elite.  I know we keep saying it, but the dude is laser-focused on Job One.

Q: What will it take to get Georgia to an elite level?

A: No. 1, recruiting. We don’t have four solid classes here. The first class lacked offensive linemen. The junior class has absolutely no DBs because there was a mass exodus because a lot of them didn’t think they were being treated well. There’s a hole in each class. Beyond that, there’s some culture things, some toughness, having the right belief system and structure.

And in much the same way as David Greene described his first year with Mark Richt, Smart’s biggest regret about how he handled last season was perhaps pushing his players too hard physically during the season.  The good news is two-fold:  one, he’s learned from the experience and two, his talent base has broadened.

Our roster probably had 50 guys who really played. There’ll probably be 70 guys this year. The cumulative burden of playing is heavier when it’s 50 than when it’s 70. So you have to decide, ‘Are you going to back off or are you going to try to push them through?’ I think it will pay off more this year that we pushed them last year. But the regret looking back is: Were we tired? Did we not finish against Georgia Tech because of that?’ Those are all things that are introspective for me.

Maybe it’s just more happy talk, but, yeah, it’s making my optimism level perk up a bit.

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“Why monkey with a good thing?”

I’d like to believe you, Bill Hancock, so why do I feel like…

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Make play action great again.

Take a little journey with me.  Mike Bobo’s last three years at the helm saw Georgia’s offense produce the best scoring numbers of Mark Richt’s Athens tenure:  37.8 points per game in 2012; 36.7 points per game in an injury-riddled 2013; and 41.3 points per game in 2014.

That level of production was maintained despite a decline in yards per passing attempt:  an impressive 10.0 in 2012 fell over a yard per attempt to 8.9 in 2013 and fell again to 8.1 in 2014, despite Hutson Mason setting a school record for completion percentage.  The deep ball was falling out of favor, in other words.

The reason the offense didn’t miss a beat was because of the production of the running backs.  In 2012, Gurley and Marshall both averaged more than six yards a carry.  The injuries in 2013 certainly took a toll, but Gurley still managed essentially six yards a crack and J.J. Green showed well at 5.65 ypc.  2014 was amazing, though.  Gurley and Chubb both averaged better than seven yards for every rush and Michel chipped in with almost six and a half yards per carry.

As we all know, the bottom fell out of Georgia’s offense in 2015 and 2016.  The precipitous drop in scoring was fueled by both a decline in yards per passing attempt — 7.4 ypa in 2015 and 6.5 ypa in 2016 (opponents were actually better than Georgia in that regard last season, which is pretty stunning) — as well as a similar story for rush production.  Chubb was performing at a higher level in 2015 before his injury, but Georgia finished that year without a running back besides Chubb averaging more than 5.3 ypc and last season Chubb and Michel produced 5.04 and 5.53 ypc, respectively.

It’s only a minute long, so it’s not a deep dive, but Aaron Murray still manages to identify what Georgia has to recapture on offense if it hopes to improve its offensive scoring.

Play action has been and is still Georgia’s bread and butter.  They can tap dance around with the occasional foray into the Wildcat, speed sweep and five-wide sets to take advantage of defenses, but things work best when the backs are doing enough damage to make safeties commit to the run game and open up the play action pass.  Eason doesn’t have to approach Mason’s completion percentage record to be successful, because he has the arm strength to be more of a legitimate deep threat than Mason was.  Georgia needs that threat this season to make its offense go as much as it needs running backs who can cover more than six yards when they touch the ball.

Yes, Eason’s got to show improvement to take advantage when the opportunity presents itself, but for the umpteenth time, this offense needs better line play to click.  That’s what Pittman’s being paid the big bucks for.

If the play action game returns in 2017, you’ll know the coaches are doing their jobs.  If it doesn’t…

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“We feel good about the first five we’ve got.”

Color me a little surprised that 80% of the offensive line appears set with more than a week to go before the season starts.

The remaining battle for a starting spot appears to be at right tackle, where freshman Andrew Thomas has been going with the first team the past two weeks. But redshirt freshman Ben Cleveland is also getting some first-team snaps.

Smart termed the right tackle competition as “neck and neck.”

“Ben’s competing hard. I think Andrew’s competing hard,” Smart said. “They both go there and compete and have done a good job. So time will tell. A couple more practices will hone things in.”

The two spots that were basically set entering the preseason were senior Isaiah Wynn at left tackle and junior Lamont Gaillard at center. Redshirt freshman Solomon Kindley appeared to cement the right guard spot early on in camp, and sophomore Pat Allen seems to have nailed down left guard, at least to start the season.

Surprised in a good way, that is.

Given what came in with this year’s signing class and Smart’s competition mantra, we should certainly be mindful of Seth’s last six words there, but the more time in August the o-linemen have to work with each other as a group, especially when you consider how much turnover has taken place since last season, the better for the running backs and Jacob Eason against Appalachian State.

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Hot and not-so-hot

The Las Vegas Sun looks at six college teams to bet on and six to bet against.  With regard to the latter,

Georgia Tech

The Yellow Jackets return an ACC Coastal division-high 16 starters off a team that finished last season with four straight wins including upsets over Virginia Tech and Georgia. That means they should be great, right? Not quite. Georgia Tech was extremely fortunate to go 9-4 last year. It went 3-1 in games decided by less than a touchdown, and ranked sixth in the nation in recovering 66 percent of fumbles. Those are both red flags where some regression should be expected. Odds-wise, Georgia Tech starts the season behind divisional rivals Miami and Virginia Tech but ahead of North Carolina and Pittsburgh. It’s debatable at best that the Yellow Jackets are better than the Tar Heels and Panthers.

Hopefully, it’s not debatable that the Jackets aren’t better than Georgia.

On a related note, this seems like a good time for my weekly reminder to those of you who still haven’t signed up for the Fabris Pool to do so now.  The invite link is right here.

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