TFW it’s not always about havoc

Just a reminder that Georgia’s defense did okay last Saturday night:

On Saturday, the Commodores hope their new starter can rekindle his old magic when he returns to his home state to face Purdue.

“He’s got to go into this ball game knowing and understanding that his team needs him,” Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said. “So let’s get to work. He’s a guy who’s mature enough to understand that.”

Perhaps a change of scenery will help the 6-foot-6, 225-pound fifth-year senior jump start a career some believe could lead to an NFL job.

He needs to perform better than he did in his Vanderbilt debut last week, going 14 of 25 for 83 yards, no touchdowns, no interceptions and no completions longer than 12 yards in a 30-6 loss to No. 3 Georgia.

That translates to a passer rating of 84.56, good buddy.  And it’s not like Neal didn’t have some talent to throw the ball to, either.

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14 responses to “TFW it’s not always about havoc

  1. Bulldog Joe

    Weird that Vanderbilt didn’t try to throw downfield until it was too late.

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    • Dawg1

      There was no where (nowhere in Tennessean) to throw it or enough time.

      I’ll take that D anyday.

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    • willypmd

      Fear the havoc! We were breathing down his neck with three step drops, I don’t think they wanted to see what would happen if he held the ball for more than a second or two.

      Going to be interesting to see what happens when we face a team that is going to stand in there and take a downfield shot… Our safeties are the backbone of this defense, so it makes me think we will see a lot of attacking the flats/outs on short to intermediate passes and maybe go after the mlb’s in coverage a bit as well although probably not a lot of time to wait on crosses/drag routes. I think this defense is going to be one of our best by year end as long as Jordan Davis stays on the field…

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  2. DC Weez

    It didn’t help that the Vandy center constantly hiked the ball very high. That tended to throw the timing off on all of those plays.

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    • This, 100%. I lost count of the times I saw their QB have to catch the ball before it sailed over his head.

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    • Go Dawgs!

      Definitely. It was only a matter of time until that came back to bite them, and it finally did result in a turnover.

      I don’t know that standing behind that Vanderbilt line for too long is going to be a lot of fun for anyone trying to throw downfield. They played pretty darn well against Georgia all things considered, but I think a big part of that was the game plan’s focus on quick hitters and receiver screens to get the ball out of a QB’s hands quickly and not allow UGA to get into the havoc game.

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      • Cojones

        Think you just nailed why our havoc rate was disguised as great play. Their QB didn’t permit the time for the D to get there. Here’s hoping our lack of demonstrative havoc plays continues in this manner – great D football play that stymies the opponent’s O. Those havoc showboat plays will take care of themselves.

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    • Dawgflan

      My eight year old asked me why Vanderbilt was hiking the ball so high… I laughed. What made it especially funny is that we were sitting a row in front of the Vandy family section, and the grandparents of #78, their starting gaurd, heard the question and sighed.

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    • Derek

      If Jordan Davis was across from me I’d probably be off a bit too.

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  3. Macallanlover

    Seems they had committed to very quick, short passes coming in and saw nothing to change that during the game. Not worried too much about the sacks in a situation like that. I am curious why hurries, and forcing a QB out of the pocket, shouldn’t be included in the havoc stat. I realize that may be too subjective for some but, like porn, I know it when I see it. I am sure they can come up with some way to define it; Kirby himself said it wasn’t just about the sack total and TFL.

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  4. W Cobb Dawg

    “Seems they had committed to very quick, short passes coming in and saw nothing to change that during the game.”

    I was hoping Miami would use that same approach against fu to neutralize the blitzes.

    Even in a 24 point loss I thought Vandy looked better prepared and better coached than most, if not all, of the other sec east teams vying for 2nd place.

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    • Russ

      I agree with how Vandy looked. They will give plenty of other east teams trouble. When do they play Florida?

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      • siskey

        I am famously not the best at determining what each year holds for the Dawgs as I am both a pessimist and an optimist simultaneously. For example, leaving Knoxville in 2007, I thought that it was all over and that we’d (still said that then when I was young and did not know any better:)) not win another game all year. I also kept thinking in 2000 that we’d get it together in time to beat Florida and despite what the team did not do against Tech felt that a play or two and we’d win. This aside, I think that Georgia is a lot better this year than they have been the past two years and I think that Vandy maybe the 2d or 3d best team in the DIvision.

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