Daily Archives: August 29, 2018

Today, in just STFU

This guy really doesn’t know when to quit.

At least his momma loves him.

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UPDATE:  Chutzpah.

Now he’s worried about his kids?

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Going down the Georgia Way with Kirby Smart

In the AB-H, Ryne Dennis interviewed me about the changing of the Georgia Way.  In my very humble opinion, it’s all about Kirby.

The Georgia Way’ has been ingrained in the Georgia program since Kirby Smart’s arrival in 2016.

But before he stepped on campus, “the Georgia way” was just a saying, often accompanied with an eye roll by boosters who weren’t pleased with the direction in which their money was heading.

“I think that’s been the issue at Butts-Mehre for years and years and years,” said Michael Brochstein, who runs Get the Picture, a blog about Georgia athletics. “There’s a group that has a vague idea about how they want to go about winning but really don’t have any idea about how to go about accomplishing that.”

… ‘The Georgia way,’ at least in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek sense among donors, was more of a derogatory term that was accompanied with a sigh and a groan.

When Smart came in from Alabama, he came from a program that wasn’t afraid to spend money, a program that built the best facilities, and a program that had four national titles in a seven-year span.

It was the level that Georgia wanted to become, but didn’t quite know how to reach.

“Basically, most of these guys, and when I say that I’m not including Kirby because I feel like that’s been the major change for what we talk about as the Georgia way, basically these are the folks that want everything but don’t know how to go about getting it,” Brochstein said. “They said, ‘we want to be the winning program but we want to do it the right way.’”

Problem was, of course, nobody in Butts-Mehre had the first clue about how to go about making that happen.

The more money that is spent, the more success will likely follow, and Smart, a Georgia graduate with a Finance degree from Terry College, knew that from the time he arrived.

“That’s what’s changed dramatically,” Brochstein said. “I don’t think people up at the top have any kind of better clue about how to go about doing things, but they trust Kirby, and Kirby certainly does have a clue about how to go about doing things better.”

If he ever gets tired of coaching football, Smart would make an excellent athletic director.

“I think Kirby had a blueprint and I think he knew what he wanted to do when he walked through the door,” Brochstein said. “To everybody’s credit at Butts-Mehre, I think they’ve let him do what he’s wanted to do.”

Works for me.

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Your 8.29.18 Playpen

Last week’s maiden voyage open comment thread worked well.  Keep it up in the comments.

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The SEC, where TV timeouts just mean more

Be still, my heart.

Leave it to Greg Sankey to be excited about not reducing the amount of time his broadcast partners spend pushing Buicks and shitty beer, but letting the fans keep track of the time in the stands so we can better organize our bathroom breaks.

That’s an SEC win-win for ‘ya.

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Your friendly Fabris Pool reminder

191 of your closest GTP friends have signed up for this year’s pick ’em and if you haven’t already done so, it’s not too late for you to join them.

Click here, follow directions and you’ll be good to go.

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It’s a weak game, but it’s Game Week.

Georgia hasn’t lost a home opener since that dreadful Southern Mississippi game in 1996, and it’s a virtual lock that streak will be extended come Saturday.  (Sorry if I spoiled that for you.)

Still, I wouldn’t be doing my blogging duty here if I didn’t post something about Austin Peay.  So let’s run a few data points out there to see if we can paint something of a portrait of the team rolling into Athens for the opener.

If you’ve heard anything about the Governors to this point, it’s probably to note their remarkable turnaround last season.

Austin Peay was one of the best stories of FCS Football in 2017 as the Governors snapped a 29 game losing streak and narrowly missed the FCS playoffs after wining eight games. Coach Will Healy and his staff bounced back from a bumpy 2016 season when Austin Peay went 0-11 and got the team to buy in to their culture. After a 69-13 win over Morehead State in week three last season, the Governors took off…

They didn’t make the FCS playoffs last year, but are generally considered to have a decent shot of doing so in 2018.  Some of the rise can be attributed to an improved talent base.  This season’s prospects are buoyed by much of that talent returning.

Talent, of course, is relative.  Nobody is going to mistake being more talented in the Ohio Valley Conference with being a loaded SEC team.  That’s why Saturday’s game is going to be a mismatch[NOTE:  Insert Nicholls caveat here.]

Schematically, AP runs an offense that incorporates “…a run-heavy offense with elements of the option and two dual-threat quarterbacks.”  As you might expect, it runs the ball well.  Last season, the team averaged 258.8 rushing yards per game and over 5 yards per carry.

Kirby knows what he’s getting into defensively.

“The number one thing is that they have a lot of elements of the option,” Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said. “Both quarterbacks do a great job of running the ball … They have a plethora of offensive sets and motions, and they do a very good job offensively of trying to keep you off balance. I think we have a good physical front. I’m not saying they’re going to come in and dominate and be able to run the ball every down on us, but I think what they can do is get explosive plays.”

It’ll be a game that will require his defense to focus on playing gaps properly and doing the fundamentals of reading keys correctly.

“It’ll teach us how to be focused, teach us to play within the framework of the defense that we are preparing for this week,” junior defensive lineman Julian Rochester said. “I feel like it’s going to be a challenge for us to just stay in our gaps and do what we are are supposed to do this week, so it’s going to be really good.”

Ideal prep for a defense working in new parts, in other words.

While AP may run the ball well, its passing game has a significant issue to overcome.

Kyran Moore had 56 catches and 918 receiving yards over the last two seasons after moving from defensive back. He was quarterback Jeremiah Oatsvall’s favorite target.

Replacing Moore and establishing a go-to receiver will be a challenge. Candidates include D.J. Montgomery, who was the Governors’ second-leading receiver (19 catches, 228 yards, 3 TDs) last season; Kadeem Goulbourne, who has seven career starts; and Gorel Soumare, a 6-3 sophomore who had 13 catches for 177 yards last season.

Challenges are definitely something you’d prefer not to work out against an SEC defense.

Defensively for Austin Peay, they’re about what you’d expect:  a well-coached but undersized squad that gives good effort.  Case in point is their star defensive player.

The bigger problem for Georgia will be undersized pass rusher extraordinaire Jaison Williams. He’s built like a Dawg running back size-wise, but he’s every bit as quick off the ball and a terror in the backfield.

Williams is 6’1, 225.  Todd Gurley was bigger.  In other words, this is a bunch that’s gonna get mauled by Georgia’s huge offensive line for four quarters.

That being said, there is one guy on the Governors’ defense I plan on keeping an eye out for.

Austin Maloata, who started six of his last seven games before being dismissed from the Oregon football team, transferred to Austin Peay in 2016 and redshirted last season.

He left Oregon after being sentenced to probation and 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree assault and a misdemeanor count of DUI.

The 6-foot-2, 283 pound, Corona, Calif., native, will be a key for the defense, which only lost three starters. At Oregon, Maloata recorded a career-high eight tackles against Nebraska in 2016 and a total of 20 over a four-game streak.

He’s got size, South Pacific heritage, P5 experience and a criminal sentence all going for him.  Sounds like a potent combination.

Saturday can’t get here fast enough for me.

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Regression to the mean gets ‘Cocky.

Just sayin’.

Narrator’s voice:  Not unless Boom is a wizard.

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