Give it a rest, Chip.

Dial this clip up to the five-minute mark to hear Chip Towers ask Elijah Holyfield, “Should running backs cover punts?”.

Kirby, you have my permission to lose your shit a little at the next presser.

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54 responses to “Give it a rest, Chip.

  1. atlasshrugged55

    Players want to play. Period. At the college level you just want to get on the field & hit someone. Most everyone is jumping at any chance the coaches offer.

    Chip’s clearly trying to generate interest in his site, or he just doesn’t understand how much fun it is to play the games.

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    • Greg

      Yes they do, even at the HS level (get on field). It’s football, been played that way as far back as I can remember. As far as Chip goes, it is my guess is, he is just making this thing personal (Zamir)….he didn’t like the way Smart answered him. I noticed in his comment section when someone asked him if he ever played… he said he played football up until he was 16 years old, so he should have some sort of idea of how it works. He said he quit when he realized he was not going to get any bigger. I’m guessing he quit because he got tired of getting his azz kicked, lost interest or didn’t want to work enough. Maybe all three…..

      I wish he would just go away, he is making this more about him than what he should be covering. But I guess we have a choice, quit reading/clicking …I’ve quit.

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      • Uglydawg

        Who quits growing at 16? And how would Chip know he wasn’t going to get any bigger? That’s just an excuse for quitting.

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  2. Salty Dawg

    I cannot stand Chip Towers. That is all.

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    • Cojones

      I kinda like him in a Cojones kind of way. He’s establishing that he can ask this over and over and people can decide whether to reply or not according to his espoused journalistic right to have information and his First Amendment rights. I think that since Seth is gone, he’s gonna wanna be a pot stirrer to bolster his career and to be taken seriously by Dawg fans. Otherwise, he now is in a cantankerous stage and we all should make him know that a vengeful Chip will trip the ire of Dawg Nation in that a public row may concern our coach needlessly at this time (9 days to kickoff).

      Yep, Kirby was wrong and only Chip can understand the vengeful thoughts and let it pass as if he’s in the right instead of becoming the “tit” in a tit-for tat public spectacle that makes them both appear stupid.

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  3. dawgxian

    If Zamir’s knee went out just running down the field, why does everyone think he would have been fine running between the tackles? You know where there is a tremendous amount of force being placed on the knee? It was probably just worn down from years of exertion

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    • Brandon M

      ^^^ This. If he blew out his HEALTHY ACL covering a punt in a “thud” portion of practice, it was only a matter of time or carries before it would’ve gone out on the field. If I was Kirby at the next presser I would ask Chip his suggestion… bubble wrap everybody or just do away with fall camp altogether so that nobody gets hurt?

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      • Will Adams

        Exactly. If you think about it, it’s probably a good thing that it happened when it did. Think if it happened when White was toting the ball in a game and had a couple 300 lb DL and a 230 lb LB hitting and pulling him down. Chances are that he would have done a lot more damage to the knee and surrounding ligaments that were healthy before the main ligament gave way. White would have been looking at a Nick Chubb type of injury which is much more difficult to come back from than solely an ACL injury. So maybe Chip should be thankful that Kirby had White out the on ST. Oh wait, that’d mean Chip was actually a Dawg fan. Fuck you chip.

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  4. Bright Idea

    At least Chip is proving that he knows that he’s not trying to win a popularity contest by picking that scab of a question.

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  5. barneydawg

    Chip jumped the shark by doing his best “Chuck Oliver vs Mark Richt 2012” routine. Hard to defend him on this one.

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  6. Vidaliaway

    I could see it being a problem if fields or fromm were on coverage but damn, aren’t you supposed to have your best 11 on the field at all times? I will have “how to never get called on in a presser again for 1000 alex.”

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    • Dawg1

      Right, and who covers fast punt returners 45 yards downfield better than your fast WRs or RBs? Maybe we should have our lineman do it like Saban on the kick six!

      In all seriousness, when is the last major injury to occur to a player in coverage? Boss Bailey on kick-off. (And like White, he never got hit.)

      And if your currently frosh, 4th or 5th string RB isn’t going to cover kicks, who is!

      I am sorry, I am having a hard time getting any condemnation going against Kirby on this one.

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    • mwo

      I remember a lot of discussion like this when Boss Bailey hurt a knee on kickoff team. Maybe during G Day?

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  7. PTC DAWG

    Chip is awful, please refrain from referencing anything he does. TIA.

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  8. ASEF

    Demonstrated special teams experience is often a difference maker in a guy landing on a NFL roster or getting cut. Especially at a position like running back, where positional value is decreased.

    Demonstrated special teams experience is often a difference maker in which round a guy gets drafted. Especially at a position like running back, where positional value is decreased.

    Once you get past the top 2 or 3 guys at a skill position in a draft, it’s to the player’s benefit to have that tape. And when everyone on a team is contributing to special teams, including the “stars,” you get a better result and far more buy-in.

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  9. Biggus Rickus

    He may as well just ask, “Should people play football?”

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  10. Alabama_Dawg

    Chip towers sucks. I hate everything about the AJC besides Jeff Sentell.

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    • DoubleDawg1318

      Sentell is awesome! Now that Emerson is gone, I am realizing there’s not much great writing going on at Dawgnation. It is good for breaking news and reports but the analysis is pretty superficial.

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  11. Gurkha Dawg

    I don’t know what Chip is thinking. He’s starting a fight he can’t possibly win.

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  12. Hal Welch

    Chip tried to make a point, good for EH to not bite. What an asshole…

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  13. Drew

    I listened to the BA podcast Monday and Chip stated he would ask the question (should rb’s be on punt coverage) at the next press conference. Looks like he asked Holy. I sure hope he goes to that well one more time with Kirby….

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  14. Brandon M

    He posted the longest article he’s ever written on Dawgnation the day after that presser. Worst journalism I’ve ever read. Went on and on sounding like a butthurt teenager becasue Kirby yelled at him.

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    • california_dawg

      Yeah it was so needlessly defensive it came off childish. The Red and Black has better writers, editors and more credibility than DawgNation.

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    • 202dawg

      Was it Chip who got yelled at? I thought it was Dasher.

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      • ChiliDawg

        It was Dasher, and Kirby took him aside afterward just to make sure they were good. Chip is just taking offense because he’s a bitch.

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  15. DoubleDawg1318

    This line of questioning is exactly why Kirby shuts the media off so tightly. If Chip is going to complain about the lack of access (A complaint I agree with) then you need to ask good questions when you do get access rather than being a pot stirrer.

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  16. Harold Miller

    Shut up, Chip, or I’ll go ape-shit on your ass!

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  17. Chip wil be Chip. Nothing to wonder.

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  18. Russ

    Man, I’m really looking forward to seeing Holyfield out there. I think he’s going to shine. He and Swift might be another Chubb and Michel.

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    • Macallanlover

      I agree. I really hate what happened to Zeus last weekend, but in 2018 he was not going to move next to Holyfield, not after the ACL injury last December. Holyfield would probably have held him off even if Zeus had never been injured. I am a big Zamir White fan, but Holyfield could be really special this year if he stays happy. 3rd year in the program and maybe our best between the tackles runner with the speed to return kicks. Stud!

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  19. ApalachDawg

    Should football players play football

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  20. Helow's Heroes

    Towers thinks he’s the next Brett McMurphy by probing in on the issue of RBs covering punts. give it a break

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  21. steve

    The right question hasn’t been asked yet in a public venue, and I am not sure why. Why was a player participating in a full action (non-contact) drill when he had previously stated he felt uncomfortable (presumably running) with the brace on his surgically repaired right knee? In all likelihood the right knee brace did change the mechanics of his stop and start motion which may have resulted in the left knee injury. Especially considering his speed, muscle mass and based on reports, he was trying to stop at the time of the injury.The thing is, Zamir had medical clearance which confirmed tissue healing in the right knee. But if a guy says he isn’t comfortable with a distal extremity brace (even though many athletes may be) then either wait until the brace is off (trust your surgical repair) or don’t be surprised when altered mechanics result in a different problem. It’s nobody’s fault. It’s sad. It’s tragic for Zamir. And everyone has an opinion…and mine is as likely to be as wrong as the next guy’s, but think back to the time you sprained your ankle and were limping around for a couple of weeks. What hurt in addition to your ankle? Your back and probably thigh of the contra-lateral leg. Why? Splinting from the first injury…mechanics……Cheating Mother Nature is risky. Even for 5 stars, who, by all accounts are wonderful human beings. Hope he has a speedy recovery and starts next year with no brace.

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  22. Will Trane

    Chippy Towers, here are a questions to ask at the next presser.
    “Coach, who will replace White on kick off coverage?”
    “Coach, did you read my followup on Dawgnation?”
    Responses.
    Look Chip I understand your anger and frustration.
    Guess in your eyes I made a mistake. Consider this. I am a young, second year head coach. In my second year I, the staff, and players took this program to a SEC Championship, a Rose Bowl victory over a great OU team, an East title, a high national ranking, a trip to Atlanta to play for a national championship against one of the premier programs in the nation and SEC, and as a reminder I was a DC in that program.
    Now Chip can you tell me what experience you have in the game as a player and coach and what you would do to handle kickoff coverage and personnel.
    And while you are at it, tell my coaches who you think should be on coverage and the travel team.

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  23. Kevin

    Damn good answer by Elijah…

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  24. 202dawg

    I called him out about clickbait on a live social media broadcast once. He wasn’t happy. That’s when I knew I was correct.

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  25. DawgFlan

    Put Chip out to pasture, already. And the new guy writes more about himself (the way he evaluates players, the way he ranks teams, the things he thinks are important) than actual reporting.

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  26. Fetch

    I’d actually like to thank chip for asking that question. There are a lot of idiot armchair coaches out there asking this. At least this allowed Holyfield a chance to respond to all those idiots and he did it very well. I’m impressed with EH, he gives a mature, well-spoken interview.

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    • Boz

      ^^^ this all day long. Watched the clip to hear the dumb question but finished with a new fav dawg.. really like the way he answered every question. Hope he has a breakout year

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  27. Isn’t every player we could conceivably have on punt coverage a “star” of some sort ? Our roster is basically nothing but blue chip athletes. Would the situation be any different if the injured player was Monty Rice or Richard Lecounte ? (yes, it would actually be worse)

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    • Macallanlover

      Well, if they aren’t blue chip players filling those roles, are we leaving something on the field that we could do better? No matter how you state it, the difference between winning the prize and falling just short can be very minute. The guy had a clearance to play full contact, and he didn’t even injure the same knee. I understand Steve’s point above, but White wanted to contribute, and STs is/was best chance. Champion athletes want to be on the field, sometimes it goes horribly wrong.

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      • 92 grad

        Yes. I tore an ACL just running in basic training. Sometimes your leg just plants awkwardly and snap. Life. Just have to recover and it can happen to anyone.

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    • Uglydawg

      Maybe Chip thinks Kirby should just wave people to come out of the stands and cover kicks so that no stars risk injury.

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  28. W Cobb Dawg

    Towers has always badmouthed UGA. This is nothing new. I have absolutely no use for anything he has to say about the Dawgs.

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  29. Derek

    Who really cares?

    Members of sports media are almost universally a bunch of idiots.

    I also don’t know why we need “state sponsored journalism” to be contented.

    There is a mutuality in press coverage that is occasionally messy. They are given access because its free advertising. The risk is that they say stupid shit or ask dumb questions.

    One day you’ve got Mark May saying Hawaii is going to beat UGA and Herbie is saying “forget what I said 12 months ago about conf. championships not being a prerequisite for eligibility in the big dance” and the next you’ve got the same sports media taking down Urban.

    We’ll survive members of the press not being UGA homers. They shouldn’t be. They don’t work for the university after all.

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  30. Milledge Hall

    Look Chippie,
    Remember before 2017, UGA LOST games because of special teams (especially on kickoff and punt teams). We put the best personnel on the field to do the job, and hired coaches to coach special teams. In 2018, we WON games because of special teams (starters Michell on punt team, and Lorenzo Carter on kick off and kick block teams).

    So Chippie……
    What’s your next question????

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  31. Mg4life0331

    I remember Trent Richardson making a tackle in game before he started on a punt. Tell chip to go ask Saban.

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