Upon further review, Notre Dame edition

A few observations after watching the replay in all its glory:

  • My Gawd, did Tucker call a great game.  If you drew up a defensive game plan, it would have to have been jam the run, contain the edges to keep Wimbush in the pocket and force third-and-longs.  Sounds easy, right?  Amazingly, that’s exactly what the defense did.  If you watch, you’ll see all kinds of stuff going on with the defensive fronts and most of it had the desired effect.
  • Between that and the ridiculous level of talent out there, this defense sure is going to be fun to watch this season.
  • The only offensive lineman who had a game anywhere near consistent was Wynn.  Thomas looks like a gifted freshman, which is exactly what he is, for better or worse.
  • Call it composure, call it moxie, call it whatever you’d like — Fromm’s got it.  His first half mistakes cost his team, but he didn’t make any in the second half.  And that throw to Wims on the winning scoring drive was clutch.
  • Now I understand why I was so puzzled about Miles McGinty playing.
  • It made for great theater, but the mistakes and near misses prevented what could have been a fairly easy win.  If Hardman holds on to that throw, and Baker makes that interception…
  • Wimbush is a pretty good quarterback, people.  He’s got a live arm and some legs.  He just didn’t have a lot of room to maneuver because of Georgia’s defense.
  • I’ll stand by my call about Chaney.  He looked like a man who knew what he was doing at times and at others, frustrating.  I got some of those early Bobo vibes.  But he’s also burdened with a quarterback who limits the playbook and adjustments, which was something that Notre Dame took advantage of at key times on defense.
  • The Georgia crowd’s enthusiasm came through on the broadcast.  We did good.
  • I thought Tirico and Flutie did a good job calling the game.

Plus, more second thoughts from Jason Butt and Seth Emerson, if you’re interested.

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51 responses to “Upon further review, Notre Dame edition

  1. 81Dog

    on a first half drive, Fromm tried to hit Wims in the endzone, and the DB broke it up. The pass was coming right at Wims sternum. After the breakup, I saw Wims motion towards Fromm with his thumb up, like “Dude. Throw it higher, I will go get it.” Exactly what happened on the TD play. Wims is the big, physical WR we’ve been looking for the last few years, seems like.

    Fromm didn’t play a perfect game, but for a true freshman in his first start, I’d say he was pretty solid. That said, I’d like to be a fly on the wall in the film room when Chili Cheese Cheney asks him, “Uh, Jake, on the INT….what were you seeing and thinking here when you decided to throw it?” And yet, Fromm didn’t let the mistake rattle him. Kid’s got heart, and also a road win over a ranked team. Not too shabby.

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    • Hillbilly Dawg

      Hit em in the numbers …gotta catch it. Yeah it lacked some touch, but he’s a WR. I love Wims, but he dropped that one.

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      • Jack Burton

        Sorry but the DB made a great play. His hand was in there and his arm was across Wims chest and didn’t allow him to extend his arms. Not a drop but a good play by the DB.

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        • 81Dog

          That’s how I saw it, too. I felt like Wims motioned for the jump ball precisely because the DB wouldn’t be able to reach in on him like that. Seems Wims was right, too.

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    • Russ

      I agree, Fromm is going to make freshman mistakes but the team recovered from them and Fromm didn’t let it rattle him. That’s key, and anything he does beyond that is a bonus in my book.

      The Fromm INT was downright Coxian, though.

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  2. Derek

    Game plans are easy when you’ve got the players to make it work. Even when our guys got out of position they closed down so fast they didn’t play much of a price. Add sure tackling to that and you’ve got something. Looking forward to seeing how nick Fitzgerald plays vs. Lsu. If he lights them up that would be frightening.

    Need the offense to get going. If we can get leads and make teams one dimensional we can be special. I think Sony and Chubb are trying to score on every touch instead of just finishing their runs. There was one run to the right by Chubb on the last drive that was what we need to see: downhill, no cuts, 12 yards. He doesn’t need to avoid tacklers, he needs to punish them.

    Lots of weapons on offense. Eliminate the drops. Getting some interference calls would help too. There we’re at least 2 td passes that weren’t bc of pass interference.

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  3. junkyardawg41

    First off, excellent observations—-especially about the Oline. Wynn really impressed me. There were soooo many plays where one guy misses a block or has a mental error on an assignment that leads to incompletion, short or no gain. Not limited to o line either. Harris and Blaze got beat up, Holyfield missed a block on the edge. I actually feel better about the play calling and realize when everybody gets their assignment on a play, great things happen. Total misses put you behind the chains. I think a lot of these things can be addressed through reps, practice and experience. If these things start falling into place, we could have a very good offense by the end of the year…. If.

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    • Just Chuck (The Other One)

      Agree with all the comments about the O line. Got to remember we’ve got the talent to play the style Kirby wants but they don’t have a lot of experience playing together. Think we will see them improve over the next few games.

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  4. Athens Dog

    I thought Saturday night that we should have won big……in fact I was pretty confident we would win, even when we continually trailed. (I also thought at the time that it might have been excess alcohol)

    Watching it again yesterday confirmed my suspicions. If they can continue to grow up, we might have something. Will be interesting to see if they can dismantle Samford quickly Saturday.

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  5. Jared S.

    Heard Paul Finebaum ask yesterday basically, “Why are people excited about this Georgia win over a failing ND program?” I understand where he’s coming from. But I assume he didn’t see the game. He didn’t see that defense.

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    • Hillbilly Dawg

      Finebaum doesn’t realize that this is a game that in recent years we typically would have lost 20-19

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    • F-bum is a Saban-loving @$$. Saban knows a strong Georgia program is very bad for Alabama.

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    • Charles

      A guy at the Appalachian State game had a t-shirt with Finebaum’s face on it. The words below Finebaum’s said “Nick Sucker.”

      That’s basically all you need to know.

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    • Derek

      He’s right from a national relevance perspective. We should beat Notre Dame. Winning a squeaker isn’t impressive. I will say that any win of any magnitude by any means is HUGE in South Bend…for us. For people around the country? Sigh…

      Have we shown we’re ready for Bama or LSU? Have we shown we can even get the east handled? No.

      What excites me though is the potential of this team IF we can get a passing game going. If we can get a credible passing attack things will start to click and we can make a statement about being a top 5 team again. That did not happen last Saturday night. Lots of business to handle.

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      • We should beat Notre Dame.

        Sure. That’s exactly what Vegas and many of the advanced stats gurus thought.

        I’m not pretending Georgia just beat the best team in the country, but, c’mon, ND isn’t exactly supposed to be chopped liver this season.

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        • The swallows return to Capistrano … Georgia victories get Dawgraded from fans and media alike whether warranted or not. I thought we had better talent and we would beat ND. I definitely didn’t see it as a foregone conclusion.

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        • Derek

          Let me rephrase: If we’re happy to be third in the east we should struggle to beat Notre Dame. We know what a legit SEC champ looks like vs. the best ND has had to offer since Lou Holtz left town. We didn’t do that. My point isn’t that I wasn’t ecstatic to win. I was. Tears of fucking joy.

          What I’m saying is that it doesn’t mean we’ve reached to place we want to be or where we need to be if we want to have national relevance again.

          My measuring stick resides in Tuscaloosa. You can put yours in Knoxville or Gainesville or Auburn or Atlanta or south bend. Mine is in Tuscaloosa and I want a team that can go into the new dome, Bryant Denny or Sanford vs. sab(t?)an and get a win. Are we getting there? Yes. Have we arrived? No.

          My goal is a win in Atlanta and then get 2 more. Saturday was great. Most fun I’ve had in an opponent’s place since P44 Haynes. Couldn’t have lived with a loss. But we’re 0-0 in SEC play. Lots of work to do.

          I personally don’t care what Herbie, Finebaum or any of the rest of them think of us, ever. If someone is asking me whether I think they’d be talking us up over that game in South Bend I’d say “probably not.”

          Wait until we’re leaving Jax 8-0 then maybe we’ll get some love. But even then espn can kiss my ass and ESAFD.

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    • Reinmart

      I think ND will be a pretty decent team this year. We’ll see. .

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  6. Jt (the other one)

    Outside of the win…two things…I got to watch the game as here in Tampa it was wall to wall Hurricane coverage (I get it, but how many times do I need to see two guys point at a computer screen of where the Hurricane is…) and two…the broadcast itself was good, Tirico and Flutie are a WELCOMED after Tubbs and Patrick…

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  7. There is some serious speed on the defense. Now to see what happens when Eason returns. AJC here we come, QB controversy.

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    • Russ

      Need to get Eason healthy and back early enough so that he can get into a groove. I think/hope his long passes will help open up the run, but he’ll need to get more touch on the short passes. I’d hate to go through another year of a freshman QB.

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  8. Timphd

    Got home from Chicago and watched the tape immediately on arrival home, much to my wife’s chagrin. First reaction was the crowd, we did do good! Otherwise, it could have been a much more comfortable win if a couple of plays get made and/or penalties didn’t occur. Mecole’s drop happened right in front of me. He had to slow down on the ball which gave the defender just enough time to distract him. Should have been caught, but a better throw by Fromm and it is a walk in. Same with the Godwin overthrow, should have been a walk in he was so open. The kick off return by Holyfield would have placed the Dawgs at about the 4 or 5. Two interceptions should have been made. Of course, Notre Dame probably has their “shoulda/coulda” too, but we had many more in my opinion. I am not blaming Chaney for the sluggish offense. I think he called a pretty aggressive game given Fromm’s status, several long passes which should have worked. Several running plays that should have been blocked better. Just shelve the Wild Dawg though, unless you put in Hardman to throw from it. Still basking in the glow of a great weekend experience overall.

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  9. BWD

    My biggest beef with Chaney is his apparent refusal to give Chubb or Michel the ball on short distance downs when we need a first down. It’s like he has a chip in his brain that does not allow it. I have no problem with the Payne handoff on occassion, but was there anyone in the stadium that did not know Payne was getting the ball on that last third down? Maybe it has more to do with Chaney not trusting the O-line, but it would be nice on our next big 3rd or 4th and short to see our best player get the chance to convert.

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    • AusDawg85

      I really looked at all 3 of those dive plays closely and think the first time was pure brilliance in play calling. It was a staple of the early Richt years and glad to see it back. The second time was even better execution. The 3rd time was pure missed opportunity. Chubb could easily follow Payne as the ND defenders are having to crash down on him, but better still is if Blazevich releases from the line and Fromm simple spins around and hits him in the seam. Only a safety cheating up on the run would be in position to stop him, and Chubb would need to be sure to protect Fromm from a crashing LB on the outside.

      BTW…that #23 for ND is a great LB and reminds me of Sean Lee who now plays for Dallas. Every bit as involved as Roquan Smith was for us.

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    • The other Doug

      I think the box is stacked, the defense is keying on the RBs, and our OL can’t make a hole. Chaney is stuck trying some trickeration / misdirection.

      Giving it to Payne was great the first two times, and I can’t blame him for trying one more time. How often do I hear people say “the OC needs to keep running it until they prove they can stop it!!!!1!!!”? Well, he did!

      I think he needs to have Chubb, Michel, Swift, and maybe Nauta on the field at the same time, and then a lot of shifts and motion. This might have to wait for Eason and his experience, but we should see some better opportunities. Heck, have Swift motion out and if you like the match up take the chance on a pass. I like him one on one with everyone else in the box. 🙂

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  10. Hillbilly Dawg

    Did round two myself last night.
    Pretty much agree, except on Chaney; Chubb, Michel, Swift needed more touches.
    Scrap that wild dog crap.
    The OL ain’t there but ain’t as bad as we think.
    Roquan is a breed apart.
    Reed is good.
    Walter Grant is special.
    Godwin and Hardman are going to make some special plays for us.

    Leave anything out?

    I leave anything out?

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  11. He had a great game but there were a few possessions where Roquan Smith looked like the best LB we’ve ever had. At least back to the 90s. Yeah Yeah….we’ve had good ones but that dude was in on every play.

    The secondary needs to improve some but this is definitely a championship caliber defense. ND’s offense did us favors but that defensive performance was an all- timer for me

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  12. I’ll never be convinced that regularly having 2 of the best running backs in the game on the sideline for 3rd is the best choice. I’m all about mixing it up to keep a defense honest but we go too far. I know people will run to his defense but I regularly feel we’re having to overcome our own play calling.

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    • Russ

      Agree. I like that Chaney mixed it up, but I think he got too cute (IMO) giving a freshman QB more throws than our two best backs had touches. I’d say run them out of the pistol more if that’s what it takes.

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  13. My last point: Eason is still our QB, imo. I think he wins the job back. Fromm has all the [insert nice adjectives here] but I think Eason is still the better prepared.

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    • Russ

      Agree with this as well. I’m very happy we have Fromm, but you don’t throw away a year’s growth with last year’s 5* after three series, and because of an injury. I hope when Eason is physically able, he’s back and the starter. I believe that’s Kirby’s stance.

      Also, on the game overall, if we cut out the defensive penalties, we take 90 yards off the ND offensive production, and the game isn’t even close. Forget our struggling offense, we would’ve won 20-6.

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    • MGW

      Fromm is clearly going to be great, but so is Eason and Eason is further along at this point. Thats my best guess and I’d be surprised if Smart saw it any differently at this point. Fromm has held his own and deserves a lot of credit for keeping this team rolling, but this is still Eason’s team when he comes back.

      Fromm has done enough to take back over if Eason struggles when he comes back, but its still Eason until further notice.

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    • Reinmart

      I don’t think he even has to win the job back. Fromm has got moxy which is great but still a true FR. We will not get to where we want to go this season with a true FR QB period.

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    • True, but one thing I could not help thinking is that Eason probably would have gotten sacked on a couple of those O-line breakdowns Saturday. Fromm was able to avoid the big loss with his mobility, although he is not what I would call mobile in QB terms. This team wants to win with Defense and field position.

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      • Russ

        Good point on the sacks/mobility. On the flipside, the (almost) TD pass to Mecole would have been out in front and probably an easier catch, though Fromm’s pass was certainly catchable.

        Point being, both have their plusses and minuses but the coaches had all spring, summer and fall felt Eason was the clear #1. Three series on the opening game shouldn’t have changed any of that.

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  14. Normaltown Mike

    Watched the replay last night and had one other small gripe: Natrez Patrick out of position and tackling poorly a couple times.

    I was also thrilled when Miles McGinty had his first reception, but was disappointed to find out it wasn’t Miles.

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  15. Bright Idea

    After watching the replay I further realized the coaches don’t care who is in the game, they expect them all to execute. Lots of guys got in that game on both sides of the ball.

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  16. AceDawg

    Tirico and Flutie did a “good job on the game?” Don’t tell me you like them more than Tuberville! Yeah, I wish Tirico could call just about every game I watched. As for UGA, the defense looks nasty, but it remains susceptible to a well-tuned passing attack. Miss St. will be an offensive test. Maybe Tennessee as well. UGA could indeed have won this game more easily minus some penalties and missed opportunities, but ND did still cancel out about half of UGA’s with its own penalties and missed opportunities. In the end, we deserved the narrow win. It was a narrow win to build on, however, not just one to keep a false sense of hope alive like the Mizzou win was last year.

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