Observations from the armchair, burnt Urnge edition

The game actually felt close for a quarter, even as Georgia crept out to a ten-point lead.  Tennessee’s defense played hard and did its best to keep things in check.  Unfortunately for them, the Vol offense looked completely ineffective, allowing the Dawgs to shut down John Kelly.  A one-dimensional offense and minus-3 in turnover margin is a good way to get your ass beat, and you could see the UT defense slowly have the heart squeezed out of it as the second half progressed.

You know what’s next.

  • If I didn’t start the bullet points in praise of Nick Chubb, that would be wrong.  It’s the most Chubb-like he’s looked all season — hitting creases, making cuts, bulling his way through people.  Revenge is a dish best served in a blowout.
  • Is Georgia deeper at running back or defensive line?  Discuss.
  • We can argue over whether Fromm’s day should be characterized as “good enough” or just plain good, but it does seem like quibbling in the aftermath of a 41-point blowout.  The better way to look at his day is that he turned in his fifth straight job of doing what the coaches needed from him.  For a true freshman quarterback, that’s more than alright.
  • That being said, if you take a peek at Bill Connelly’s advanced box score for the game, check out the difference in Fromm’s performance on standard downs versus passing downs.  He stepped up when they really needed him to.
  • This is the second straight game they’ve broken my heart by ignoring a wide open wheel route, this one by Michel on the game’s first series that would have been an easy touchdown.  Quit teasing me, fellas.
  • On the other hand, who needs the Wild Dawg when you decide to let your quarterback keep the ball on the read option?
  • Roquan Smith.
  • One thing I really like about Hardman’s return game is that he knows the importance of going north-south instead of trying to juke the defenders.
  • I can’t figure out what Wynn was doing on Tennessee’s first sack, but I’m guessing that Danielson was right about a busted assignment.  There went the perfect season.
  • Man, if Thomas had only blocked his man on the Swift pass play, that would have been one sweet TD.
  • Did you like Wims beating Shaq Wiggins for the first touchdown?  I liked Wims beating Shaq Wiggins for the first touchdown.
  • You hate to see a key player get hurt, but how encouraging was it to see the defensive line not miss a beat after Thompson went down?
  • The butt fumble was amusing, but it was also the turning point of the game.  After Fromm’s bad pick, the hope was that the defense could keep Tennessee out of the end zone and at least hang on to a seven-point lead.  Instead, the offense got the ball back and while it didn’t do anything immediately, Nizialek flipped the field and one series later, the offense launched an 87-yard drive that put the team up 17-0 and basically put the game out of reach.
  • Tyler Clark had one helluva game.
  • Another game, another perfect day for the offense in the red zone.  Ho-hum.
  • Danielson’s line about there being a “contractual demand” to show the Hobnail Boot play was great.  His best moment of the day was late in the first half, as Georgia was driving to go up 24-0, when he said Shoop had no idea what was coming because Chaney’s entire playbook was open.  Then came Fromm keeping the ball on the read option for the score.
  • The improvement in the secondary since Malkom Parrish’s return is no coincidence.  There is a ton of confidence out there, as we saw a second week of almost every pass physically challenged by a defensive back.
  • And is there a more improved player over the past two games than Tyrique McGhee?  Monster game.
  • Offensive line play continues to give me hope.  Both sacks came from the left side on what appear to have been busts, but other than that, the line got its footing and mashed hard on run blocking in the second half.  Thomas is coming along nicely and the run blocking is noticeably improved when Kindley is in there.  I thought Gaillard turned in his best game of the season.
  • If you don’t think this team has bought in to playing hard for a full sixty minutes, check out the effort shown on the last touchdown drive, when the game was already far out of reach.  Herrien ran with everything he had and Blazevich at one point blocked his defender so well he goaded him into an ejection for fighting.
  • If you were disappointed in special teams play, that’s probably because it wasn’t perfect.  Blankenship had a kick or two returned (!).  And Nizialek shanked a couple of punts.  Even with that, though, the Vols didn’t manage a punt return.  And how often will you see a punt blocked by somebody’s helmet?
  • Chaney turned in another capable week of play calling.  He’s comfortable with Fromm and the offensive line, and to that he got to add having Eason healthy enough to insert into the game, which meant he was comfortable letting Fromm run on occasion.  Don’t think that won’t keep paying a few dividends down the road.
  • Tucker is doing a brilliant job this season.  I would expect to hear his name in the mix for the Broyles Award if things stay on course.
  • Smart was ready for this game and had his team ready.  If you needed any proof that it was a job well done, check out the man celebrating with his players when the game went into victory formation mode.

I said a while back that I thought the Tennessee game looked like the key to Georgia’s season and I stand by that.  That doesn’t mean Georgia is a lock for postseason glory; what it does mean is that this team is finding an identity and staying centered in the process.  Given the state of the SEC East, you have to like Georgia’s chances in the division.  (Let’s not talk about Alabama, though, okay?)

It’s not winning by 41 that was so convincing for me.  Georgia is a better team than Tennessee, and any game where it runs up that kind of turnover margin should turn in to a rout, or at least a near rout.  What was convincing was that this was the kind of game where an emotional lapse after a big unexpected win would have been totally in character for this program, given the last quarter century, and this team avoided that.  One game excellence might be a fluke, but you get the sense that Smart is building something more sustained.  That’s exciting.

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  1. Spike

    Christian Payne is doing solid work blocking out of the I formation. And kudos to Rodrigo for booting the kick offs out of the end zone.

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  2. All good points. I said yesterday Roquan was quietly excellent. He ate up one particular 3rd down drag route that in days gone by would have been a big conversion. Now you just expect that play to do nothing. I thought Natrez Patrick played his best game. After all the talk about Nick’s words to the team on Friday night, can they go ahead and name him permanent team captain? Even Kirby called Nick the team’s E.F. Hutton because of the way the team looks up and listens to him.

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  3. Dawg1

    Yeah.😁

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  4. gastr1

    Seems to me the “playing hard for 60 minutes” thing is one of the best imports from Alabama and one of the hardest things to get under-22-year-olds to do (or more teams would do it). I think the most obvious factor in Alabama’s destruction of Vandy and Ole Miss is that those teams threw in the towel very early and Alabama kept their foot on the gas. Probably a correction after they gave up two late TDs to Bobo & Colorado State.

    Good for Kirby and the team on developing that kind of toughness and maturity.

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  5. Granthams replacement

    The D line is scary. Other teams shouldn’t pick a fight with Clark, it won’t end well for them.

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  6. paul

    During the summer many of us, myself included, opined that we probably couldn’t make an informed assessment of the Dawgs until after the Tennessee game. I think we might have a decent team this year.

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    • DoubleDawg1318

      I felt the same way. Now that I’ve seen UT, I’m ready to say we have a pretty good football team this year. A pleasant change from the past 2 years.

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    • Mayor

      Better than decent Bro.

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    • Cojones

      Agreed. My milepost was the outcome of the second SEC game. Good enough. You have me past the first loss of the season because there won’t be any fault-finding with this team and coaches. Shit happens and sometimes you get outplayed, but these Bulldog Hearts will always be the same.

      Sic’em, Dawgs. Nice roll you have going.

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  7. Biggus Rickus

    This is the first game the backups have stoned a team in the waning minutes the way the starters (or two/three deep in the case of the front seven) did the rest of the game. Is it weird that I’ve been paying attention to that? I’m not used to being able to clear the bench in the fourth quarter of every game.

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    • DoubleDawg1318

      I’ve been paying attention too and am thrilled at the results. I’m thrilled the young pups are getting real action because that means they will be more seasoned when they have to step into the starting role, it’s a great selling point for recruiting, and it means we’re demolishing people.

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    • Cojones

      Did you see the stuffs that the 3rd string put on MSU to keep them out of the end zone on the last two plays of the game? That was a D attitude that they all seem to have: keep them out of the end zone. What would those stats look like except for the interceptions thrown by Ramsey early in the season? That’s not a shot at Ramsey, btw. How could anyone not appreciate his DGD unselfish attitude on the bench and work on the sideline lately?

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      • Biggus Rickus

        Yes, and I loved it, but they still gave up yards against MSU. Not even letting Tennessee move the ball was beautiful.

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        • Bulldog Joe

          Watching the replay, it was hard to figure out if Jarrett Guarantano wanted no part of Georgia’s second team defense, or wanted no part of Butch.

          Either way, he was not a happy camper.

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  8. Jack Burton

    Seeing our DBs play through the ball is one of the most satisfying developments yet. Man coverage – play through the ball, zone coverage – play for the ball. It’s a beautiful site to behold. Add in how well they tackle when a pass is completed, especially in front of them and the first down marker, and you have a secondary that is now a strength.

    This D-Line is nasty. At one point Danielson makes a comment about us being 9 deep with an under his breath chuckle of amazing and pleasure.

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    • Jack Burton

      *amazement

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    • Badm

      Remember “Third and Willie”? Give the receivers a twenty yard cushion on third and ten…and then start back peddling. “Keep everything in front of you.” WAY in front of you.

      Every pass break-up gets me excited for the culture change.

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  9. Mayor

    Great post Senator.

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  10. Red Cup

    I especially enjoyed Kirby forcing Booch to burn a time out on our first second half possession when he ran the O back on the field on 4th down as if we were going for it and UT had its punt return team out there. That kind of attention to detail to gain every advantage is a beautiful thing.

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    • paul

      That willingness to make the other guy look bad can sometimes come back to bite you. Like the end zone celebration in Jacksonville. But it was fun to watch and subtle enough not to earn us five years of ill will from SEC officiating crews.

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      • Sanford222view

        That was nothing like the end zone celebration. Kirby running the O back out there was just good strategy and coaching.

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      • Biggen

        Meh. Butch looking bad on that play was his fault. They ran their punt team on before UGA did. I think Kirby and Co. just took advantage of it…

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      • tbia

        But there is a difference in making them look bad from a strategical position like Saturday vs just showing them up, which turned out to be what the Jville celebration did.

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      • Russ

        While Booch certainly looked bad there, I can’t believe that was Kirby’s motivation. It could have been just a happy accident, or it could have been a way to get Tennessee to burn a TO they possibly would have needed.

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    • 3rdandGrantham

      Absolutely, thanks for bringing this up. Butch must have felt like a total DA; and to work him like that while up 24-0 made it even better.

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  11. bulldogbry

    I need to ask a technical question because I don’t completely understand pass interference. Why was Baker’s pass break up (which led to Reed’s INT) not considered pass interference? It seemed like he wrapped up the receiver before the ball got there. Gary kept saying it was underthrown so I thought that had something to do with it, but Deandre’s head was not turned around when he hit the WR.

    Also, there is no more need to say Roquan’s last name. He’s like Prince now.

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  12. Rp

    Senator, my only quibble with the excelent game summary is the Roquan Smith analysis. The “Smith” is superfluous and verbose. “Roquan” would be sufficient.

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  13. We Will Get Fooled Again

    He’ll never be confused for Don Coryell, but Chaney is starting to no longer feel like a liability. The level of talent and playmaking ability on the offensive side of the ball is finally starting to express itself and doesn’t look like it’s being held back. If the offensive line continues to improve, there’s no reason this can’t continue to be a 30-point-a-game offense in the SEC.

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  14. Excellent analysis. Really nothing more to be said.

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  15. 3rdandGrantham

    Not sure about the rest of you, but when it was 10-0 and our O was struggling, I was nervous…almost as if we were down 10-0 (probably due to UGA coughing up big leads against them previously). I finally convinced myself once and for all that this is a new staff and totally different program, and I sat back and relaxed.

    As soon as we went up 17-0, I knew it was over and just a matter of how large the blowout would be.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      The only time I was mildly concerned that Tennessee would make it a game after it went to 10-0 was immediately after the interception. When they fumbled on the very next play, I knew it was over.

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  16. Saltwater Dawg

    Great job and a great read Senator. I state this with a wince of pain, but the best thing Tannersee had going for it was the crowd. That crowed kept us out of the end zone on the first possession after the interception, and was a big part of the 3 and out on the next possession.

    Early in the game, every audible Fromm attempted required going to each lineman and back, and I can’t recall any of those audibles getting positive yardage.

    The butt fumble was the turning point of the game, that was the play that killed the crowd. And credit should go to the D-line for it. From the replay, it looked like the center was coming out of his stance before completing the snap, trying to get a jump on that D-line that was just eating them up.

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  17. Hosayf

    Kirby is building a religion: https://youtu.be/taNCL5tXFPE

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  18. DawgFlan

    Like 3rd & G, I was nervous until we got up 2+ TDs, but I was never worried about our D. I was worried because we had a freshman QB playing shaky, and feared a pick six or bad turnover was coming. I never want to see our QB get hit, but he seemed to settle down after he got popped on the scramble. Once the O calmed down, so did I.

    This was the most unspectacular blowout by a UGA team that I have ever witnessed, and I mean that as a compliment. No heroes, no SportsCenter highlights, no video game offensive numbers. Just total team effort, with a D that makes the opponent wet themselves and to stupid things. I like it.

    Theoretically, I do think UGA will need to throw it more than 15 times a game to get to elite status, and also continue to recruit 5* QBs long-term, but given where we are now, I have zero concerns with how Smart and Chaney are handling the offense.

    Finally, to address the Senator’s discussion point – we are deeper at RB than DL, given how many can play at the same time. And as a sidenote, I hope the “practice” light comes on for Holyfield, or whatever is keeping him buried, because every touch of his in live action is impressive. He has that Gurley “angry” running style that I adore.

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    • Biggen

      I agree with most of what you said. But as far as throwing it more, we haven’t faced a team that requires it yet. With the way the D is playing, I don’t think it matters much who plays QB at this point.

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  19. Got Cowdog

    Arrrgh! Mrs. Cowdog is traveling, the puppies and I met her at the airport for a dinner out during her layover. (Atlanta Fish Market: Try the skate wing Hong Kong style, with a Hefeweizen. THE BOMB!) which happened to coincide with the game. I got to listen to the first quarter, then the end of the 4th. It was CBS(?) so I cant find the replay. I hope she appreciates the sacrifices I’m making.This is by far the most exciting season for the Dawgs in many years, and I will be in Germany for the Vandy game this weekend. Do they have sports bars in Germany?
    My takeaways from the 1st quarter broadcast: Scott Howard needs to stop trying to sound like Larry Munson and Vince Dooley’s love child. Other than that, Go Dawgs!

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  20. Anyone heard on Thompson? Didn’t even realize he went out until we got in last night and watched the replay. Also, what is going on with Ridley? He looked like our best receiver last year but seems to be behind Wims, Godwin and Hardman? I have to think he’s still in the dog house for some reason.

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    • Otto

      He and Holyfield appear to be in the doghouse. Granted Holyfield is facing stiffer competition but he has been very quiet. Is this the Bama mentality of screw up and you get moved to the bottom of the stack?

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      • Nauta, too. Nauta and Ridley were both the best at their position last year and now they’re played sparingly. It’s likely me being a conspiracy theorist but I wonder if it’s somehow related to the new QB. We probably wouldn’t have gotten Nauta without Eason and they obviously had a connection last year. That and Smart saying Nauta hasn’t exactly practiced like he should makes me wonder about this. Not sure about Ridley. I’m thinking Ridley is still being punished for whatever Got him suspended the first game.

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    • The Truth

      I don’t think he’s in the doghouse. Kirby has singled him out for his blocking, which is normally what gets you in the doghouse before catching or route running. He may just be drawing the most coverage when he’s in because of his talent.

      Mecole needs to stand in front of the jugs machine for 2 hours everyday in the offseason. He’s dropped some balls that could have been back-breakers.

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      • W Cobb Dawg

        Yep. When Hardman starts catching the ball he’ll be one helluva receiver. (Is that a Berra-ism?). Odd thing is he doesn’t seem to have any problems with punt receiving – thankful for that.

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  21. Otto

    What gets me about this team is all 3 phases have been good for 60 minutes. You may chuckle at the who should be starting at QB discussions but while the D is getting the spotlight the offense is doing their part. The offense can be explosive but what I like most is in the MSU game, UGA opens with a quick TD which may or may not have took the wind out of MSU’s sails but then the offense follows up with a 3:58 drive allowing the D to stay fresh. UGA had multiple 3 minute possessions against UT.

    Further Punting is vastly improved. It is awesome to see the punt team putting the other team inside the 20, kick offs going out the back of the end zone. Kevin Butler was giving some good stats on the punt game on his Sunday call in show. A D is going to looking better if the other team has to go 55+ yards to get to the red zone. UGA fans complained about past Defenses while letting the offense off the hook and then grumbling about kick coverage, it takes all 3 phases.

    However, do not take this as an argument that Fromm should start over Eason. I have not witnessed enough play from Eason to say he should be the starter but if the coaches stick with Fromm he has done everything asked of him to keep the job. If Eason does get the job back Fromm has set the bar high. If Ramsey became the start I fear turnovers would have a major impact on the team’s performance.

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  22. Scorpio Jones, III

    See, here’s the deal…all us little guys huddled around our radios were taught that Georgia fans are only allowed hope, never expectations.

    Expectations, those things the Kharmic Bitchez do love so, are reserved for Bama fans, aight?

    I actually, no shit, EXPECTED to beat Tennessee. (Don’t get me wrong, I hoped for a sound thrashing of the classless bums, but never expected a woodshed of biblical proportions.

    I am engaged with a Bama buddy who is doing some cyber counseling about dealing with expectations, rather than hope.

    My God this is dangerous ground. There.

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    • Otto

      I have gone back and forth with the Senator on this, UGA fans should expect more that we have. UGA nor the SEC is what it was 30 or even 20 years ago.

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  23. Otto

    One other thought, I have to sit back and think what is Justin Fields looking at now? Fromm runs for 2 TDs, and FSU’s OL looks terrible costing another QB a season. I know we don’t get caught up in recruiting much here (and I usually don’t get into it until signing day) but….. UGA needs to sign a QB with Fromm looking to take the job from Eason who will likely transfer if that happens.

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    • 69Dawg

      Good point. Hopefully there is another QB to fall back on. I’m sure Fields will look long and hard at FSU but if the injured QB gets a medical redshirt it would be a wash.

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  24. Vidaliaway

    Great Monday am read Senator. I do have one question though. Anyone have a connection at Nike to see how much it would take for Quan to come back for his Sr. season? Oh wait……

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  25. 3rdandGrantham

    By the way, as predicted rival fans are already making excuses for Kirby’s success, saying he’s simply winning thanks to CMR’s recruits. These are the same fans that last year were laughing at us and calling Smart a disaster. This year, we are playing better than we have since the ’02 season, yet it looks like they are buying their heads in the sand and hoping Kirby doesn’t turn out to be a successful hire after all.

    A few rival fans have acknowledged that they are impressed with Smart, in which they were almost immediately greeted with hostility from their peers. SCU fans in particular are having a hard time with the notion that perhaps Smart is a good coach after all…perhaps even as good as Muschamp.

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    • Mayor

      Who gives a sh!t about what rival fans say?

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      • Biggen

        I peruse the opponent message boards quite a bit through the week leading up to a game and then even after the win. What I’ve noticed is that even going back to the Notre Dame game, rival fans still aren’t giving much credit to UGA. Notre Dame fans said they lost the game themselves with poor offensive play, MSU fans said it was MSUs worst game ever and the play calling on O was terrible, and finally, UT fans are saying that UT gave the game to UGA more than UGA actually won it.

        The theme I’m seeing is that when three team fan bases say “its not you, its me”, well it probably is you…

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        • 3rdandGrantham

          Just doing cursory look, it looks like ND fans are finally coming around and are impressed; SCU and UT fans, not so much. ND basically are stoked that they lost to a top 5 opponent on a neutral field by 1 point.

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          • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

            Neutral field? I don’t think that means what you think it means. Yes, we showed up strong as a fan base, but… TD Jesus and all.

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      • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

        Bingo

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      • The Dawg abides

        Exactly. I didn’t even give a shit when some of our own fans questioned the staff and assumed Chaney was an unmitigated disaster based on one year of a new system with major OL problems. I preferred to reserve judgement and let things play out. I’m feeling a little better about him as the season progresses, but I still need a bigger sample size.

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    • lakedawg

      The cupboard was well stocked (10 of 11 starters) and staff is doing an excellent job with what they inherited.

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  26. Greg

    Red Zone Conversation: #1 in the country….last year, #64. Biggest improvement, TD conversions (%). Don’t see too much talk around about that, so I will :>) :

    http://www.cfbstats.com/2017/leader/national/team/offense/split01/category27/sort01.html

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  27. Russ

    Senator, your last two sentences sum up my feelings. This team has great focus and the defense in particular should keep us in every game. We may get beat, but I don’t see this team beating itself. And I certainly don’t see any face plants.

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  28. Silver Britches

    One minor quibble:

    Danielson’s best moment wasn’t the Hobnail Boot quote. It was when Fromm took a knee to end the 1st half (up 24-0). As UGA ran for the locker room, he just went “Uggggghhhhh.”

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  29. ChiliDawg

    We won, in a blowout, but i think we also saw that Fromm is not quite all world yet, and the window is there for Eason to take the job back. I don’t care who starts if we win, but I think people who assume the job is Fromm’s to lose may be ahead of themselves. He made a lot of mistakes that could have really hurt us if we were playing, say… Alabama. Or Florida even. Will be interesting to see who starts next week.

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    • 81Dog

      Fromm played fine overall, but he did seem a little shaky in the first quarter. Not to quibble, he’s a true freshman in his first SEC road start in front of nearly100,000 hostiles. As seems to be his custom, he shook off any mistakes and managed to put forth another workmanlike job. As for Eason, who seems like a good kid and no doubt is talented, he missed seeing a wide open guy up the sideline to throw it to a short route guy who was covered. I’m sure he has some rust, but he’s going to have to do better than that to take the job back.

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      • ChiliDawg

        Fromm also threw a bad pick early in the 1st. Eason didnt get time to settle in. Fromm did.

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        • Dawg19

          Chili…Eason threw a bad pick in the fourth against Tech that basically lost us the game. At least Fromm corrected his mistakes. Geez.

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          • I mentioned this yesterday, but CBS posted a stat during the broadcast that Eason tied all D-1 QBs for the national lead in fourth quarter comebacks, with four.

            I really don’t get this insistence by part of the fan base on Eason’s suckitude. Just like Fromm, he’s no more than an injury away from starting.

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            • Russ

              Yeah, but those were the wrong 4th quarter comebacks.

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            • Dawg19

              I was pointing out the fallacy in Chili’s logic. I’m not saying Eason sucks. I just don’t get the insistence by part of the fanbase on Fromm’s sucktitude. These same people weren’t clamoring for the year of experience Grayson Lambert had over the freshman Eason.

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    • Dawg19

      I will bet you any amount of money that Eason does not start next week.

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    • Jack Burton

      Fromm had two massive runs – one for a TD and one for a first down. Both were 3rd and 5+ yards. We aren’t going to get that from Eason. You can talk about the freshman mistakes but let’s not forget the other aspects of Fromm’s game that the 6’5 Washington private school kid lacks.

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      • ChiliDawg

        The favoritism for the home state guy is showing through in your “washington State private school kid” condescending remark.

        I don’t give a shit if Fromm is from Georgia. Stanford was from Texas. Knowshon was from New Jersey. Gurley was from North Carolina.

        You people that favor the home state kid just because they’re from Georgia are stupid.

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  30. Elmo Lewis

    Kudos to Mo for coming over from Bama last year and showing our guys how db’s should be practicing and playing.

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  31. Snoop Dawgy Dawg

    The defense is playing like I thought we should this year given the talent. The D coaching is definitely living up to what our sky high expectations were. I was nervous and dawg-grading our coaching pre-season. Thrilled to see the talent play at this high level through 5 games.

    Also, not to make this about me, but playing in atlanta at 12-0 or 11-1 was my expectation coming into the season. we have the talent and depth to compete at that level, and a schedule to help if we have an off night. Given a likely match up with Bama in December, it’s the Munson in me, but I think we need Eason playing like the player we want him to be in order to beat Bama.

    I just don’t think Fromm has the tools AS OF TODAY to beat Alabama. Fromm keyed in on his 1st read all night. Tennessee couldn’t capitalize on what should have been 3 interceptions. Alabama will put their corners on an island and force Fromm to make the throw or our RBs to beat their front 7/8.

    Yes I am looking too far into the future, but the only way you beat Alabama is with a quarterback that can throw the wide receivers open and get that ball into tiny windows. Fromm may be that person in December, but he isn’t that today.

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    • The Truth

      Eason keyed in on his first read on the incomplete at the goal line. Someone, sorry I forget who, broke free to the back of the end zone on the right and he was totally locked in on the crossing pattern the other way.

      Along with missing the wide open wheel routes I’d call it cause for concern for both — stipulating that Eason’s sample size is practically non-existent. Any QB gurus out there: How does the light come on for a young QB? How do they learn to “see” the entire field?

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      • Snoop Dawgy Dawg

        I thought Stanley was the 3rd check on that play. I haven’t watched it since the live snap, but I thought he was looking middle to right first, then reset back to stanley to the left.

        he also hit him in the hands. Stanley has to catch that.

        For whatever reason, Eason gets absolutely no credit for when he did play well last year, and people only remember his errant throws or late reads. He should be better today than we saw last year.

        Fromm is what he is, and is playing well for being a true freshman. The thing is, we have played 4 terrible teams and one good one.

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        • The Truth

          I went back and watched the replay and Danielson did comment that Eason looked right first. Don’t know why he didn’t pull the trigger. And, upon further review, Stanley could have caught the ball, although that doesn’t completely absolve Eason of a poor decision.

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          • Uglydawg

            except that Eason may feel much better throwing to his left than his right. If both are open, a qb will instinctively throw to the side he’s most comfortable with. It’s easier to square up to the right for a righty. That’s probably why he threw it to Stanley.

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            • Uglydawg

              meant it’s easier to square up to the left for a righty and maybe feel safer cocking the ball arm with it on the los side of the pocket instead of the open field side.

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    • Just my opinion, but I don’t think we can beat Bama unless our QB can cut loose and run a few times a game the way Fromm did Saturday. Eason can’t do that. He isn’t a statue, but I don’t think he makes that first guy behind the LOS whiff like Fromm did. That said, we got a long, tough row to hoe before we even worry about the possibility of Atlanta.

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    • Jack Burton

      And Eason has yet to show that he is that guy as well.

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      • Snoop Dawgy Dawg

        absolutely agree. he’s also thrown the ball 4 times this year. My presupposition is that the Eason that was picked to start Day 1 was greatly improved from the one who played last year.

        Teams that can beat Alabama by relying on a strong running game from running backs only is likely limited to the 32 teams in the NFL. Fromm or Eason will have to beat Alabama with their arms if have a hope of beating them in Atlanta.

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  32. tbia

    Senator,

    What do you see Tucker doing long term? Is he here 5 more years? NFL?

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  33. Mr. Roquan is worth every oz. of angst during his recruitment. Another Pruit legacy. Just saying.

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  34. Mr. Jake just seem to have the “IT” to redeem himself after a misteke.

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  35. Win or lose, you know this team will fight to the end on every game.

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  36. So after all, it is true that if the other team does not score the offense does not have to do much.

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  37. This team does not put themselves often in an endless hole by making mistakes one after another on both sides of the ball. Very refreshing, and I’m putting that on the shoulders of Mr. Kirby.

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  38. “That doesn’t mean Georgia is a lock for postseason glory; what it does mean is that this team is finding an identity and staying centered in the process.” I see what you did there Senator with “The Process.”.

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  39. 69Dawg

    D is great. Offense is still a work in progress. As to the QB’s Fromm is a gamer. The last rushing TD by Fromm was called. The first one was Fromm being a gamer. Eason is a Pro Style QB and he is a perfect type for it. He has been injured running out of bounds and if you look at the replay of the injury, it was more about him being awkward than the push. He is almost too tall for the position. Matt Stafford could run if he had to and not look too bad doing it, Eason looks like a mad stork running. We need a passer for sure and if Eason can get comfortable now that the line is not a bunch of matadors he should be the guy. We know that if the current D had played last year like they are this year he would have won us more games. I trust the coaches to make the right decision and I trust Jake to be the DGD he is and accept it if it is Eason. Not sure it will work out that way if Fromm keeps the job. Eason is just too physically talented to not start for some team, and my guess is it would be the U.

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  40. Scott

    Senator, I’ve been especially enjoying your “observations” articles. Always some of your best work.

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