“… you ask me what’s the difference in last year and this year? We blocked better.”

Say what you will about Jim Chaney, one thing he’s not is pretentious.

“Last year didn’t meet anyone’s expectations,” Chaney said. “It was a difficult year for everybody, particularly me, because I have a lot of pride in what I do, and I hate putting products out that don’t meet the expectations. But nobody does.”

Chaney said he only had one choice: Get his butt back to work (he didn’t say butt) and try to do a  better job. The result: Chaney was giving his annual bowl press conference at the Rose Bowl, as Georgia prepares for a national semifinal match-up against Oklahoma.

“I was lucky enough that the pieces I had to work with all just kind of fell into a beautiful puzzle this year,” Chaney said. “It’s been a pleasure to be a part of it.”

So, what’s made the difference?  Wizardry calling the plays?  A fancy new scheme?  Nah.

“People think: Let’s change, let’s put a wideout over here, a tight end over here. Hell I want to block better! I just want to block better,” Chaney said.

Okay, so what, then?  Turns out to be our old friend, the second year effect.

“They understand our plays, they understand our temperments. We all know who we are,” Chaney said. “We all know one another a lot better right now. We know the objectives. We know there’s no false pretense, we’re all after the same thing. …

“At the end of the day we believe in what we’re doing and we’re playing super hard. Are we the most talented offense out there in the history of the world. I would argue probably not. But I would argue we would turn on the tape and we’d play as hard as most people.”

Bottom line:  from here on out, this offense is gonna go as far as the offensive line — and Sam Pittman — will take it.


UPDATE:  This may be the best quote of all.

“You can’t look at our success and say, ‘Oh, Chaney went to the RPO. The dumbass didn’t do it a year ago, now he is,'” Chaney said, drawing laughs.

If I didn’t know any better, I’d say he was reading the GTP comments section.


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13 responses to ““… you ask me what’s the difference in last year and this year? We blocked better.”

  1. Hill Billy Dawg

    I read about Sam Pittman once…I think it was in the New Testament


  2. Dave

    Two things: First, no offense is good what has sub-par O-line play. Second, as solid as the O-Line has been this year, it seems clear that, in Pittman’s eyes, it’s not what he envisions yet. That’s a scary proposition for the rest of the SEC if our defense maintains or even improves over the next few years.

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  3. Granthams replacement

    Most plays don’t work with at least one defensive lineman in the backfield. The flip side is most running plays work when the DL is pushed back into the LBs. Georgia is only going to get better and better on the OL.

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  4. Jared S.

    Dear Jim,
    I’m sorry for calling for your firing last year.


  5. Really? Blocking matters?

    I bet he thinks, like Kirby, that we got beat at Auburn b/c they whipped us up front. Fools!


  6. Mayor

    We tackled better this season too. Just sayin.’


  7. W Cobb Dawg

    And STs were far, far better too.


  8. Hal Welch

    I will say this, and i won’t change my mind… It’s not up for debate. There were too many times last year where we appeared hard headed in game. This year’s Auburn game did as well. It was obvious to 4 billion people that runs in three middle weren’t going to work, but we kept trying. Almost like we didn’t even have the outside runs that wired in the championship game in the damn playbook. No doubt he performed much better this year. And kudos to having the backup QB ready. But auburn was embarrassing, and something i thought was behind us.


    • Biggus Rickus

      In a season when they dominated 11 of 13 games, won the SEC and made the playoff, one bad game is hardly worth focusing on. However, inside or out, they didn’t block worth a damn in the game, but it’s not like the offense was the only problem. It was a team-wide meltdown.


  9. WarD Eagle

    90% of plays are designed to score touchdowns. If only every block is made.