When attitude trumps continuity

One thing about that seemingly eternal mantra that this will be the year Georgia throws more to its tight ends is, as Seth Emerson points out ($$), it’s been something of a revolving door at the position.  Not with players, so much.

Todd Hartley, after three years away, is settling back in at Georgia as the tight ends coach. (He had an off-field role during his first turn at Georgia.) But while Hartley earned high early marks for his intensity from senior Charlie Woerner, there has also been an adjustment.

This is three position coaches in three years for Woerner, who admits that is less than ideal.

“Yeah, it’s tough. That’s what I was talking to somebody about the other day. Because they all teach tight end a little differently,” Woerner said. “That’s the hardest thing for me right now — breaking the old habits of my old coach, and learning what coach Hartley wants me to do. And I love learning new things, but it’s hard to break the old tendencies.”

And, yeah, that includes blocking, according to Woerner.  But Hartley’s intense, so at least he’s got that going for him.

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10 responses to “When attitude trumps continuity

  1. artful codger

    Well, of all the position coaches, TE coach is prob the one you would pick to deal with excessive change if you had to pick one.

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  2. sniffer

    But Hartley’s intense, so at least he’s got that going for him.

    He probably brings it every day, too.
    Pulls himself up by his bootstraps.
    First on in and last to leave.

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  3. Paul

    I am not delusional enough to believe we’re going to throw more often to the tight ends. What I don’t understand though is how we continue to recruit blue chip tight ends. We’ve had some outstanding young men in that position despite the fact that they almost never see the ball.

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    • The Black Irish

      I wonder about that myself. It definitely feels like we have been very spoiled at the tight end position the last few years. I’m sure Woerner will adjust just fine to the new situation. I really am very interested to see what happens with the rest of the group, though. There is a ton of potential, but this seems like the first time in a couple of years where we aren’t returning multiple guys with a lot of experience.

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    • Macallanlover

      It’s not just TE that makes you wonder how we get solid, to outstanding, recruits when you consider how little we drive stats up with our passing, it is all receivers. We have two 5 star receivers yet to hit campus this year, and then you add DRob sitting on go for this season. That is pretty danged impressive for a school that has had one receiver go for over a thousand yards in one year, and that was about 15 years ago. We all know what we have done with the running game, but we do need to scatter the ball a little more, imo.

      Not a 50/50 idealist at all, just thinking we get a little too stuck in a rut with our insistence on the run game. To be honest, we have been way ahead going into the 4th quarters the past two seasons, so that tilts the analysis somewhat, but we have dependable QB to trust a little more than we have. I want us to “hit ’em where they ain’t”, but let’s not think the WR position isn’t loaded with prima donnas and we need to move the passing needle up a little, not just for them, but both Bama and Clemson seem to have stepped up their passing attack up with some “decent” success.

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    • J.G.

      As of now, with signing day an eternity away, we’re favored to land two 5* TE’s–Arik Gilbert (6′ 5″, 240) and Darnell Washington (6′ 7″, 255). If we get both those guys, we’d better throw them the damn ball, particularly on the goal line.

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  4. MDDawg

    Just don’t let Hartley anywhere near special teams…

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  5. stoopnagle

    I honestly don’t care who we throw to if we win.

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  6. Russ

    Not optimal, for sure. Not sure how Kirby gets that stability at all the assistant positions. When the team is successful, other teams will come calling.

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