The easy fix

Ah, the things people say after giving up another 270+ yards on the ground…

… Steven Montac pointed out the easy fix, making the Gamecocks’ inability to do so even more frustrating.

“They’re a good team and they have good players, so missed tackles are definitely gonna hurt. But that can be fixed by just running to the ball,” he said.

Junior linebacker T.J. Brunson, a leader of the defensive unit, said the problem was that some of his teammates lost their edge after the halftime break.

“I think during the second half a lot of guys just didn’t understand the grind of the game,” Brunson said. “It’s hard to win, especially playing against those guys. It’s always going to be a dog fight, but it’s the second game of the season. We got a long way to go.

“We just didn’t line fast enough, weren’t urgent. That’s all it boiled down to — urgency, being vocal, getting the calls every down.”

The issues with tackling came with that lack of urgency, Brunson said, as poor focus led to poor execution.

“I don’t mean to sound like a broken record, but I just want those guys to understand that it’s a long game,” he said. “It’s always a long game. We battled, we fought the first half and made it to where it was manageable, and you just gotta keep that same energy throughout the whole game.”

Montac was just as blunt in his assessment.

“We just gotta tackle better. That’s it,” he said. “What happened today was … lack of execution. We just gotta focus way better, play better.”

Bless your heart, Steven.  I don’t think you’re grasping what happened yesterday.

Kirby Smart knows.

Said Smart: “You’ve got to be able to take the crowd out of the game. You do that by being physical, dominating the line of scrimmage. When you do that, the stands will be empty in the fourth quarter.”

Even with Thomas out, Georgia (2-0, 1-0 SEC) scored on its first three offensive possessions of the second half, rushing the ball 15 times for 111 yards, averaging 7.4 yards per carry behind its mammoth offensive line.

“We thought if we were able to run the ball early and pound away that it would take its toll in the second half and I think that showed through,” said Smart whose team finished with 271 rushing yards on 52 carries.

It’s not that Georgia was clearly the more talented bunch yesterday.  The Dawgs were just as clearly the more physical, and that took its obvious toll on South Carolina as the day progressed.

Speaking of fourth quarters, how about these apples?

Ain’t no easy fix to that.

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44 responses to “The easy fix

  1. Kirby said to Chuck Dowdle after the game (something to the effect of):

    “If you can’t run the ball, you can’t win.”

    Line of scrimmage, line of scrimmage, line of scrimmage.

    Speaking of which, D’Andre Walker and Tyler Clark (Ledbetter was good, too) played a hell of a game yesterday. Walker was unblockable for most of the game, and Clark disrupted a number of plays between the tackles.

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  2. sliceshs

    I loved the last 10 minutes of the game even though no score. Just slow drum roll over them to end the game…chewing them up

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    • Bulldog Joe

      …with players deep in the travel roster. Fresh legs vs. tired legs in 90+ degrees.

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    • dawgtired

      …and most significantly, we were able to do that with players off the bench. 2, 3 and even 4 deep at some positions. If you can finish a game like that while giving your starters a rest for the next game, you’re in really good shape. Speaking of ‘good shape’, I think the effects of our S&C staff may only be second to our recruiting. Our players are strong and conditioned! We recruit them good and make them better.

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      • James Mercer

        Great to see a walk-on, Praether Hudson, get a significant number of carries in the last two games…
        What is he..number five in the running back stable?? Couldn’t hurt recruitment when kids watch this on TV. Plus we have the luxury of caring a number five RB on the travel squad?? Go Dawgs!

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    • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

      I really liked that, too. We did that to Clemson a few years ago. Basically chewed up the 4th quarter; if they don’t have the ball, they cannot score unless you turn it over.

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      • Russ

        We did it to the ol’ Ball Sack a few years ago as well. Brendan Douglas ran down their throat the last 8+ minutes. Spurrier left time outside on the board to end it. It was glorious.

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  3. Normaltown Mike

    Mecole Hardman and Co. manufacture “bad angles” for opponents

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  4. Hogbody Spradlin

    I can’t blame Steven for being shocked. Everybody said his team was a sure winner. Kinda feel sad for him being used for clickbait all week.

    Nah.

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  5. Sanford222view

    Sounds like the USCjr fan base has indoctrinated the players well. They will make role model fans when they become alumni. #delusional

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  6. No Axe to Grind

    Well, I guess this game proves what a good, solid, deep ,well coached offensive line can do. I cannot imagine how some overpaid head coaches have never figured that out.

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  7. Spike

    “..take the crowd out of the game..” music to these old Dawgs ears..

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  8. Ellis

    Dominance is when Prather Hudson starts getting big yards. That last drive had to be the most demoralizing. Georgia didn’t score out of pity and respect between the coaches.

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  9. Russ

    The chickens were RIGHT THERE! They had the game in their grasp!

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  10. ChiliDawg

    We just did to them what Alabama did to us in 2015.

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    • sniffer

      Yeah, nah. We were ranked higher than Bama at game time and they weren’t sure they could or would beat us. They had better players that day than we did and they had a better coach.

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      • ChiliDawg

        …in 2015? Methinks you are confused.

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        • sniffer

          Confused, yes I was. Mistaken, too. We were “picked” to win, not ranked higher. I stand by the rest, though

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          • ChiliDawg

            Plenty of people were picking SCU. The similarity is that they and their fans were deceived into thinking they were “close” to us and could beat us. But by the time it was over it was only more evident than ever that they were not anywhere close. That’s a feeling we all know well, and I’m glad to put it on someone else for once.

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  11. Athens Townie

    I remember when, just a few years ago, we would say similar things playing (and getting blown out by) elite teams that were more physical, athletic, and disciplined than we were.

    “Shucks. If we had just executed better…”

    Funny, when your players and coaches are better, execution seems to improve dramatically.

    We smashed South Carolina and it could have been a lot worse. Feels good to be on the other side of the “execution” lamentations.

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  12. DoubleDawg1318

    Missed tackles, lining up slow, and a lack of focus can be translated into one word: fatigue. The real answer to what ailed SC was they got worn out going against our monsters and the dam broke after the 1st string got tired. It was glorious!

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    • JCDawg83

      Someone should point out the irony to the chicken fans and players that they were counting on the heat to be their ally yesterday. They were certain Georgia would wilt in the heat.

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      • I never understood the heat as an advantage. Typically the team with better quality of depth wins in the heat. Sure our guys were baking on the sun side of the Dead Cockroach, but when you’re winning and dominating, the heat doesn’t break that. I don’t think I saw a single Georgia player leave the game with leg cramps. It was certainly a sight to behold.

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  13. 69Dawg

    I’m not sure about this, how many guys can the home team dress in an SEC game. I know that the visitor can only take 70. The reason I asked was We played 66 players Saturday and USCjr only played 56. That had to add to the fatigue factor for the Cocks.

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  14. Remember the Quincy

    If I’m not mistaken, the one drive that took up more time without a score was a home game against Ole Miss sometime during Richt’s tenure. I remember being there and watching in amazement as we drove well over 10 minutes to finish the game without scoring.

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    • Macallanlover

      And in both cases, it was because we chose not to score, not that we couldn’t score. Doesn’t get much better than that, especiqlly with backups doing it. I also remember that SOS didn’t even use his TOs at the end in Sanford, in essence, he said “no mas” and surrendered.

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    • Bulldog Joe

      Kept Eli Manning on the sideline, as I recall.

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  15. James Mercer

    What happened with Richt at Saturday’s beatdown of Savanah State. Did Mr Conservative/Sportsmanship get pissed the the LSU beatdown and try to gain some national PR?

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