Daily Archives: October 2, 2018

Er’rybody’s blockin’

I know the purpose of this tweet is to highlight Mays’ downfield work, but take a look at what Ridley Woerner does on this play.

You want to play in this offense, you’d better block.



Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

Deandre Baker has bad intentions.

Did Tennessee throw his way more than once?  If so, I’d characterize that as playcalling malpractice.


Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

This week in advanced stats

Georgia is still fourth in Bill Connelly’s S&P+ rankings.  In terms of percentile performance, the Tennessee game marked the Dawgs’ worst showing of the season.

Bill also does a resume ranking, where he filters the S&P+ numbers through strength of schedule.  Georgia is fourth there, too.  (Check out the gap between Alabama and everybody else.  Gulp.)

Georgia is still tops in Brian Fremeau’s FEI ratings.  That, despite a very mediocre 63rd-best showing in net starting field position.  One reason for that:

Bill and Brian combine their data into what they call their F/+ ratings.  Georgia is second.

Bottom line is that Georgia is a very good team with room for improvement.  But you knew that already, right?


Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

We have been warned.

Take it away, Mr. Conventional Wisdom.


Filed under Mr. Conventional Wisdom, SEC Football

Today, in “unintended consequences”

LOL at this.  How quick do you think we’ll see a proposal to tighten up the new redshirt rule after season’s end?

Of course, we all know it’ll be sold as something good for the kids.


Filed under The NCAA

“If it’s a toxic culture, you can sniff it out pretty quickly.”

Whoa, baby.  Maryland booster reacts to Jordan McNair’s death… by blaming McNair.

“As much as we hate to say this, Jordan didn’t do what Jordan was supposed to do,” Jaklitsch said. “A trainer like Wes Robinson thinks a kid’s properly hydrated and runs a drill set up for kids that are properly hydrated, and when the kid didn’t drink the gallon he knew he had to drink, that’s going to send the wrong signal to the person running the drill.”

If the folks conducting the investigation are looking for signs of a toxic culture at Maryland, I think I know where they can start.


Filed under Big Ten Football, The Body Is A Temple

The Kirby Effect

According to this, Georgia now ranks first in the SEC in men’s recruiting expenses (h/t).  The amount totaled $2,783,010 during the 2016-17 season, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Department of Education.

More significantly, that figure represents a whopping 54.65% increase over what Georgia spent in 2014-5.

At the time of Richt’s firing, I posted this.

If you manage an SEC football program, there’s a difference between being committed to winning and being financially committed to winning. Everybody wants to win. The hard part is figuring out how to allocate resources to make sure that happens. And, no, that doesn’t mean spending money like a drunken sailor. (We’re looking at you, Tennessee.) It simply means that if you think your rightful place is among the Alabamas, Floridas and LSUs of the world, you’d better take a hard look at what they’re doing and make sure you’re giving your coaching staff the opportunity to keep up with them.

I’d say they’re doing that, and doing it well.


Filed under Georgia Football, Recruiting

“The plan is … there is no plan.”

Kirby, in the immortal words of Mike Tyson, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”


Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

“This is Georgia Tech; it’s not Alabama.”

Leave it to Georgia Tech to use its 1-3 start, including a road loss to Central South Florida and a home blow out by Clemson, as a fund-raising tool.

Like many of you, I’m frustrated and disappointed in how this year’s football season has started. I was in that locker room after Saturday’s game and can tell you this with 100-percent certainty – NO ONE is more frustrated with our 1-3 start than the men who coach our team and the young men on the team.

First, let me say that I remain in total support of our student-athletes and coaching staff and believe that they are fully committed and capable of success this season.

Secondly, let me acknowledge that no one associated with our program – coaches, players, athletics staff, students, alumni or fans – is satisfied with being 1-3 or with the prospect of not going to postseason.

However, with all due respect, I truly feel that many of the emails and social media posts that I’ve seen as of late are counterproductive to meeting the high expectations that we all have for our program. To meet those expectations, there are no shortcuts and it is not going to be cheap.

To consistently meet those expectations, we must acknowledge that we have slowly fallen behind our competition in terms of the resources needed to assist our student-athletes and coaches when they line up week-in and week-out against programs that have those resources. We are located in the toughest neighborhood in the country for college football – three of last year’s four College Football Playoff participants are within a three-hour drive of our campus and eight of the last nine national champions are within a 250-mile radius.

With your help, we have begun to address those needs. Recent investments (new locker room, upgraded nutrition center and training table, partnership with adidas, addition of three quality-control analysts, doubling our recruiting staff and creation of a recruiting-focused lobby to our football headquarters) show that Georgia Tech is serious about our football program.

Those investments have paid some immediate dividends and will continue to do so as time goes on, but there is still more to do. The $125 million that we’re in the process of raising as part of Athletics Initiative 2020 is the price of admission to give our student-athletes and coaches the same resources that others in our neighborhood enjoy.

Yes, “Okay, we suck, so give us $125 million to suck less” is certainly a different approach.  The cynic in me might even acknowledge it’s probably the best the athletic director could come up with on short notice.

So, how’s it selling?  Judging from this, a mixed bag at best.

“It would be disingenuous, or I would be less than honest with you if I said that there isn’t pressure and pressure hasn’t been built significantly over the past couple weeks on the coaches and players and so forth,” said Gregg Garrett, a major donor to the athletic department. “With all that being said, I think we’re a long ways away from any decisions being made about anything.”

Other significant contributors and Tech staff familiar with Stansbury’s thinking contacted by the AJC shared Garrett’s perspective. First, Stansbury has repeatedly made his support of Johnson clear. Also, he is not seen as someone who would move quickly on a decision of this magnitude.

“I don’t think this team is as bad as it has maybe looked at times, not to confuse them with the New England Patriots or anything,” Garrett said prior to the Bowling Green game. “Let this thing play out. I’m not sure they’re not going to get back to a bowl game this year.”

Gregg, you don’t have to worry that anybody is confusing Tech with the Patriots.  You guys shouldn’t make a hasty decision about the genius’ fate.  Please, take all the time in the world.


Filed under Georgia Tech Football

Mike Leach and the Blutarsky Effect

I don’t know if you caught this among the rest of last weekend’s craziness, but Washington State managed to beat Utah with this unusual stat line:  13 rushing attempts, zero rushing yards.

I’ll let Dean Wormer do the math for you.

As you might expect, Leach was unconcerned about that, to the point of dismissal, using it to make a point he’s offered before.

“There’s nothing balanced about 50% run-50% pass, ’cause that’s 50% stupid. What is balance is when you have five skill positions and all five of them are contributing to the effort in somewhat equal fashion — that’s balance. This notion that if you hand one guy 50% of the time and then you throw it to a combination of two guys the other 50% that you’re really balanced. You probably pat yourself on the back and tell yourself that. People have been doing that for decades. Well, then you’re delusional.”

That sound you hear is the 2010 Mike Bobo throwing his crayon box.


Filed under Mike Leach. Yar!, Strategery And Mechanics