Today, in lazy narratives

I see the crack research team at ESPN is at it again.  Here’s what Mickey has to say about Georgia’s biggest question mark:

4. Georgia: Linebacker

It will be a bunch of fresh, unproven faces at linebacker this season in Athens. Replacing Roquan Smith in the middle of the defense is the top priority, of course, but don’t forget about outside linebacker, where Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy are both gone.

Er, outside linebacker, maybe the deepest position group on the defensive roster?  Really?  Did anyone bother to look up D’Andre Walker’s stats last season.  Or watch a couple of minutes of Walter Grant’s work?

Should have stopped at replacing Roquan, fellas.

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13 responses to “Today, in lazy narratives

  1. Hill Billy Dawg

    I have a feeling Walter Grant is going to be a freak in the Leonard Floyd/Alec Ogletree mold. I know Ogletree was a safety, but maybe he should have been an olb

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    • Thorn Dawg

      Ogletree played Safety his Freshman year. He blew up in the weight room that off season and was moved to ILB for the remaining two years at UGA. I believe Jarvis Jones and Jordan Jenkins dominated at OLB during that time.

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  2. 3rdandGrantham

    LB’s would literally have been the 4th biggest question mark on my list, behind Secondary, DL, and RB’s. But alas, casual at best observers see that Roquan is gone and immediately assume the entire group has gone to hell.

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    • Macallanlover

      RBs? That would be in my strength area. Can buy Secondary, and Punter, with a mention of DL depth. Really think the Secondary and Punter will be fine, but lack of proven film results says put it at the top of the list.

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  3. Got Cowdog

    If Lorenzo, R, and Davin can be replaced with little drop off in production, somebody has done some major ass kicking with recruiting and talent. I can’t wait to see ………..

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  4. St. Johns Dawg

    ESPN/others said the same thing about Clemson’s D after their loss to Bama in the title game in 2016 … All Clemson did was reload on D to support a terrific returning offense. Sounds familiar …

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  5. Thorn Dawg

    Georgia’s biggest question mark is D-Line. The first five guys are really good, then it gets very thin.

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  6. siskey

    According to either Lindy’s or Street & Smith a rival coach said that he thought there would be little to no drop off at OLB because while Bellamy and Carter were good they were not irreplaceable. I tend to hold this same opinion. I think that the young guys at OLB will pick up the slack but we will not have an ILB who covers the entire field and makes the right decision almost every play.

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    • Macallanlover

      Rare breed, we aren’t the only team doesn’t have a guy that matches that last hombre you described.

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  7. Jared S.

    I thought conventional wisdom was DB, not LB.

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  8. AceDawg

    ESPN also recently listed that the secondary was the strength of the team, which is absurd since we have lots of new starters outside of Reed and Baker and don’t know how they’ll look. Clearly OL is a better example of UGA’s strength. Honestly though, on the flipside either the secondary or the LB group ARE the biggest question marks. I don’t have a problem with LB being picked as the biggest question mark at all. Walker was a pass rushing specialist that needs to become better overall. Natrez returns (probably), and after that it is a young bunch that has some major experience and leadership shoes to fill.

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  9. W Cobb Dawg

    For the 3 years he’s been on the team Walker has shown he can get in the opponent’s backfield faster than anyone on the team. Grant contributed A LOT as a true freshman. Seniors Natrez and Juwan Taylor are solid. Monty Rice is a tackling machine and hits as hard as anyone I’ve seen since Thomas Davis. There’s a boatload of talent that’s gonna be tough to keep off the field in Beal, McBride, Cox, Anderson, Q. Walker, Tindall, et. al. Name a team that has this much talent and depth.

    LB is going to be a strength on this defense for years!

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