Observations from the 35, Kentucky edition

It was a dark and stormy night, my friends. Er, the weather, you say? Well, yeah, there was rain, but I was referring to the psyche of our fan base.

Boos rained out (see what I did there?) as the teams walked off the field at halftime to a scoreless tie. The frustration was understandable, but the reaction was both tacky and useless. After all, the person it was directed towards was up in a booth unlikely to hear it and those who did hear it didn’t deserve to.

In the end, it worked out. Georgia’s offense was waiting for an invitation to play in Kentucky territory before it cranked up and midway through the third quarter, UK’s punter obliged with a shanked punt that led to a one-play Swift scoring drive.

Given how anemic Kentucky’s offense was, that was likely enough to carry the evening, but the Dawgs tacked on two more touchdowns, the latter by way of a soul-crushimg 13-play, 92-yard drive that ate up over eight minutes of game time and thoroughly warmed the cockles of Kirby Smart’s heart.

Yeah, the game plan was conservative and difficult to watch for much of the game, but after the South Carolina debacle, it’s hard to blame Smart for that. After all, he had to watch his team lose to a team that played a converted receiver as its third- string quarterback and didn’t score in the last thirty minutes of regulation.

No doubt he told himself he’d be damned if he’d watch history repeat itself. Georgia’s game plan was designed to insure that didn’t happen. If it wasn’t pretty, who cares in the vast scheme of things?

Another embarrassing loss would have been devastating. A 21-0 win will look fine if Georgia handles the meat of its schedule successfully. Smart got the result he was looking for and ultimately, that’s all that mattered.

On to the bullet points…

  • When you’re playing a field position game, the role of special teams play is magnified. That turned out to be a very mixed bag Saturday night. Far and away, the big positive was the best game of Camarda’s career. For once, he wasn’t the punter who blinked. And give the complete lack of offense in the first half, his good work was essential.
  • The rest of the special teams work was poor, to say the least. Cook’s inability to field a squib kick cleanly put his team in a field position hole from which it never escaped in the first half.
  • As bad as that was, Georgia’s punt return game was worse, because the entire first half of the game was a battle of dueling punters. Blaylock got no support from his blockers; several times it looked like Kentucky’s coverage team were on complete jailbreaks. The one return he managed was called back for what looked like not one, but two, blocks in the back.
  • Kickoff coverage was another area of weakness. Blankenship managed a fair catch and a touchback on two of his kicks, but the other two yielded significant return yardage.
  • Still, none of that hurt the Dawgs, because the defense clamped down on UK’s offense. They were ready for Bowden’s game and for the most part did a solid job of contain.
  • Smith and Johnson seem to bring a little more every week. Both made solid tackles for loss and seem to be contributing as run defenders, too.
  • Monty Rice just keeps having good game after good game.
  • Safety play was also good. Reed forced a fumble and LeCounte played well in run support.
  • Eric Stokes had a helluva game. I may be wrong, but I think that was the first time in Ahmad Wagner’s career that he was completely shut out — no catches or PI calls. Stokes really battled with a guy who has a significant size advantage.
  • How bad did Kirby want the shutout? Bad enough to bring back most of the first string defense when the ‘Cats moved the ball on their last drive against Georgia’s backups.
  • The story on Georgia’s offense was basically the game plan and Swift, who wound up with what seemed like about two-thirds of the night’s yardage. Kudos to whoever decided the offense had spent enough time and effort running straight up the middle into a stacked box.
  • Someone needs to explain why Georgia even bothers to deploy tight ends anymore. Wolf can’t block and is an inconsistent receiver, while Woerner is an inconsistent blocker who is never targeted over the middle. (Yes, I know this has become an evergreen complaint.)
  • Somebody needs to show George Pickens where the yard marker is. On the other hand, that one big catch he went up for was athletic as hell. Once he figures it out, he’s gonna be an all-SEC fixture.
  • I’ll take Fromm’s word that the weather was a crucial factor in his reluctance to throw the ball down the field, so I just hope they don’t need him to do more on a rainy day.
  • My favorite play of the night was the pick up on fourth-and-medium on the long clinching drive. Maybe they should start taking delay of game penalties on those fourth-and-ones they can’t seem to convert.

Smart went into the game with three goals in mind, not to let turnovers beat Georgia, not to let the weather beat Georgia and not to let Kentucky beat Georgia. He succeeded on all three.

Sure, it was a drudge at times — okay, a lot of times — but the game was won on Kirby’s terms. If that bothers you, if you want to deny the results were by design, the alternative is that this team really isn’t that good. I’m not prepared to accept that.

It won’t take long to test that, either. The Dawgs now prepare for what is easily the biggest game of the season. Win and everything has meaning again. Lose and we’ll be reduced to arguing over which second-tier bowl game in Florida they’ll be headed to.

Beyond even that, it’s against your heated rival. If this bunch can’t get their collective heads on straight against the Gators, then it’s time to start questioning what this staff is up to.

Make it happen, Kirby.

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  1. PDawg30577

    The boos were clearly audible on the broadcast, and the announcers commented on it several times. (I know it must have been shitty out there, but at least you missed the broadcast. It was below-average, at best, even for a game like that one.)

    I never have understood people booing their own side, in their own stadium. If anyone who comments here is someone who boos our own people, I’d appreciate them explaining it. Not saying that in any kind of picking-a-fight way, but as someone who genuinely wants to understand it.

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    • Bright Idea

      I’m with you. Booing a team that you refer to as “we” when things are going well. Crappy.

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    • Ben

      Oh, man, Gilmore was terrible that night. And then Levy on the Alabama game later was annoying as hell, too.

      Re booing, I don’t know. It’s like a horn on a car. I wish there were other ways to use it or to make it sound because no matter what, you seem like an ass when you honk it. But how else do fans express their frustration with what they’re seeing? On the flip side of that, though, you could also hear how loud our people were, so there’s also that.

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    • Normaltown Mike

      I was not there but I don’t know what other way the fans let the coaches know that we think the playcalling is shit.

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  2. PDawg30577

    Also, I’m with you on Stokes. He absolutely balled out all night.

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  3. Good post, Senator. I saw a lot of that as well.

    The booing is not a good look for our fan base. I was frustrated as hell watching the team go in at halftime, but no way was I going to boo the team (that’s for the NFL). I did want to boo the coaches on the concourse as they headed down to the locker room.

    Offense – it was clear from the 2nd quarter on that Kirby had decided, “First, do no harm.” Of course, that removed the margin for error on both sides of the ball. Thanks to Kentucky for giving it back to us with the mistakes in the 2nd half.

    Defense – while the defense played well, any time you shut out a conference opponent is a good thing. They did get the benefit of some untimely penalties that helped to stop UK drives. Stokes played well like Stokes. See above … do no harm.

    Special teams – once again, Kirby went punt safe a lot especially in the first half with 4th and less than 5. Kirby must have been trying to get Rod to tempt them to attempt a kick return with the wet ball and get coverage or a mistake.

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  4. Paul

    After three lousy performances against three lousy teams I’m beginning to wonder if the team really isn’t that good. That’s a scary thought. I guess we’ll find out in a couple of weeks.

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    • The last two games have been bad. What was the other lousy performance? UGA handled Tennessee with ease (it was 26-14 at halftime and 43-14 at the end).

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      • PW, didn’t you know? According to some fans, we were supposed to beat them 51-0. Therefore, the performance was lousy. 😉

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      • Paul

        Parrish, while we did wake up against Tennessee I sill consider it a poor performance. Tennessee is a dumpster fire of a program and it took us an entire half to realize we were going to have to do more than simply walk out on the field. Much of what I’m wondering about is the coaching quite frankly. We seem to have a talented group of players that are having some trouble coming together as a team. Perhaps that’s not the correct characterization.We do seem to struggle to put our play makers in situations where they can do the most damage. Kirby loves to talk about havoc and explosive plays but I don’t think you can expect too many explosive plays when 90% of what you do on offense is two plays up the gut followed by a back shoulder pass to the sideline at or near the sticks. I’m not the kind of person who believes we’re ‘holding back’ to keep better opponents from knowing what we have in our playbook. This year, however, I find myself hoping that might be true. If it isn’t, we could be in for a rough ride.

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        • tbia

          Now do Alabama vs Tennessee.

          Very similar games.

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          • Macallanlover

            Agree, and our game was in their home stadium in Knoxville. After a week off TN had to be working all out to make a stand on their home turf against UGA. To their credit, they pulled off an upset the next week against MSU, then took a determined fight to Tusky. They are not a good team, but only missing a couple of pieces from middle of the pack. Honest assessment says they are getting their act together should they land some key players. It was shit, or get off the pot time for the Vols and looks like they are trying to get to their feet. We will see as they get a stern test at home against SC next, and still don’t have a QB available as it looks now.

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          • Paul

            tbia, I didn’t see or hear about Alabama vs Tennessee so I went and looked it up. You are correct to point out the similarities, though Alabama did lose their starting quarterback. Nevertheless, how Alabama fared against Tennessee doesn’t change how I feel about Georgia’s performance against them. I thought we played a lousy game against a seriously flawed opponent.

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          • Brandon M

            Actually, they weren’t very similar at all. UT was within a score of Bama (might have even had the lead if not for some typical crimson colored officiating) in the 4th quarter. And Bama was at home no less while we were on the road. USCe gave Bama hell too (Main difference being Bama didn’t turn the damn ball over 4 times). I don’t get how people can honestly say that “we don’t have any chance against Bama” when they have largely struggled with the same teams we have. USCe was one of those fluke Murphy’s law games that happen every once in a while. Do we have warts? Of course. Everybody does. But all this chicken little nonsense is tiresome. The players are going to fight like hell to win every game left on the schedule and they should have our unwavering support. Coaching malpractice/shortcomings/changes can be discussed in the off-season when the final results are in.

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            • Tony Barnfart

              I’m inclined to agree with this. Then look at Mizzou, who was quickly becoming a bit of a darling, shitting the bed and losing to Vandy. Honestly, I think the SEC is closer to the old cliché “everybody beats everybody up” as it has been in a while. LSU even has problems with defense.

              Nobody in the SEC looks unbeatable. We’ve just seen about 8 different ways to skin a cat.

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            • Will (the other one)

              SCar put up more yards and 1st downs vs Bama than most thought they would, but it was 24-10 at halftime and the chickens didn’t really threaten after the 1st quarter. I’d love for the Dawgs to get to that level of “struggling with” lesser teams again.

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        • Gaskilldawg

          Our offense in the first half against UT scored at a 52 points per game clip. That is better than a “dumpster fire” performance on the road at night against a SEC team. :

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    • PTC DAWG

      A 21-0 win is lousy? Gimme a break.

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  5. NoAxe

    “it’s time to start questioning what this staff is up to” ,or, ” to start questioning this staff” ?

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  6. Timphd

    If I had been there, I might have booed too. Not the players, no blame on them, but on the offensive coaching staff and Kirby. Even if you don’t want to throw too much, please god do something different than run the ball up the middle into a stacked box. Once they ran a few outside the tackles, things seemed to open up a bit. Hoping that they use the off week to figure out two things: how to run outside the tackles and how to beat one on one press coverages. Does Hankton deserve some of the criticism? Isn’t he the wide receivers coach who should be getting his guys up to SEC route running?

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    • PDawg30577

      Do you think the players understand that your boos are just for the coaches?

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      • Russ

        As the announcers said, Kirby doesn’t try to limit social media exposure for the players. So yeah, I’m betting they know the fans aren’t happy with the play calling. I’ll bet they’re frustrated with it as well.

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        • Normaltown Mike

          This.

          Didn’t Swift say something about “we need to push the ball downfield” last week?

          These guys aren’t stupid. The controlling factor from last year to this is Cheney vs Coley.

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      • Russ

        BTW, I rarely boo college games and if I was there last week, not sure I would have boo’d then either. But I damned sure get it.

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    • dawgman3000

      If the receivers are running wide open and the qb fails to see them, how is that the fault of the receivers coach. Look, the receivers has had their share of problems this season, but some of y’all are going to have accept the fact that Fromm is part of the problem as well.

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      • Macallanlover

        Or, he is the solution, if allowed to be. All QBs miss seeing open receivers when seen from 150 feet above the playing field, or after he has already passed that receiver by on his check progression. No one questions his knowledge of where every player on the offense will be, or his pre-snap reads indicating where the most likely open receiver will be. What has changed is the ability to get separation against press man coverage.

        He is very accurate, and very smart, I doubt he went stupid two weeks ago. He has had one, maybe two, games in his entire career (LSU and SC) where he seemed out of sync. For our offensive scheme, I don’t another college QB who is better suited for us. Let him run the up tempo more often, get our 2 missing WRs healthy again, and give all the WRs a better chance to get off the LOS via motion or formation. If you want us to have another QB that is better at running/escaping, we don’t have that player, or offensive at this time. What has changed in the last 2 1/2 years is a new play caller who seems to lack creativity to deal with what has been exposed. He has a little less than 2 weeks to fix this recent problem before we hit 2-3 defenses capable of shutting us down…again.

        Saturday,, in addition to the torrential rain issue, we face really bad field position the entire first half, and a stubborn resolve to run up the middle. Once we began to venture all the way outside the offensive guards, our stud running back began to have success. When our running game works, the passing gets better. This isn’t a huge mystery, but it seems to have baffled our crack offensive staff. How they deal with that, and solve the up the gut blocking issue will determine how successful we will be. Out issue isn’t at QB and it is strange some want to make that an issue. Fromm isn’t perfect, but he has been damned goo against better defenses, and on bigger stages. His 3rd down performance last year in JAX is why we won that game.

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        • dawgman3000

          I understand all of that. My point is that he isn’t above criticism. It annoys me to no end that some want to blame the other players when things go wrong, while giving Fromm all of the credit when things go right. Its a team sport, they win and lose as a team.This offense is sputtering right now and he is the triggerman therefore, he SHARES some of blame is all I’m saying. IMO, for all of the criticism directed at Cheney, I think his loss has left a void a little larger than we would like to believe.

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  7. Bob

    After we teach George Pickens where the 1st Down Marker is, can we ask him to stop the antics? That throat cut stuff is going to cost us dearly at the wrong time. I thought a couple of his teammates were going to drown him after that first down.

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    • Argondawg

      I agree and Charlie Woerner grabbing him around the neck to keep us from getting a personal foul for the throat slit move might have been his best block all night

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      • Russ

        “…might have been his only block all night.”

        FIFY

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      • Macallanlover

        Very true, that is an automatic PF call. Couldn’t believe SEC refs missed that one as he was the center of attention at that time with at least 2 refs around to get the ball spotted normally. Hope the staff pointed out a better wy to be excited. 15 yards was a lot to give up in those conditions.

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    • PDawg30577

      Yeah, I had a friend over here, an NC State fan with no dog in the fight, watching it with me, and he was pretty appalled at that “slit throat” business. I was embarrassed as hell. Just not cool at all, and I hope he’s made to be very sorry about it between now and Jacksonville. If you can’t coach that shit out of your players, you don’t have control of your team.

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  8. The Truth

    I don’t think booing your own team is beneficial, but Kirby deserved them. HE IS COLEY’S PUPPET MASTER! Why can’t people bring themselves to give equal blame to Kirby for the offensive mess? It’s not only the person “up in the booth” who needed to hear the boos. Not that Kirby cares. I think a couple of those 3-run “drives” were a giant middle finger from Kirby to everyone who thinks they know better than him how to run his team.

    And I also fear we’re just not that good. I talked with a guy who plays college ball at a lower level who was home for the SC game, and that was his diagnosis BEFORE the game.

    All that, and I still think we should beat the Gators.

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  9. Matt Brooks

    I think we have a much better chance of beating the trash from Gainesville if Tyson Campbell returns. Their WR corp is fairly prolific, and we’re gonna need to slow them down as much as possible considering the state of our offense.

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    • dawgman3000

      Either Campbell or Stevenson. DJ Daniels needs more seasoning IMO.

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    • Russ

      You misspelled “Cager”.

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      • Macallanlover

        He is right, we need Campbell back because their run game/OL is weak and they will have to rely on passing to drive the ball. You are also correct, Cager’s absence coincides with when our passing game began to stall. Add getting Jackson back in the slot will make me feel like we can move the ball through the air again.

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  10. Russ

    Probably the greatest assembly of talent I’ve seen in Athens in 40+ years and we can’t cross midfield against Kentucky? Yeah, I’m going to voice my displeasure over that. I put it all on the coaches, and it starts with Kirby.

    And while it was good to see Camarda not shank his punts, a little finesse would be nice to try to drop one inside the 20 every once and a while. If he’s standing on his own 35, you can almost guarantee it’s going into the endzone.

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  11. GruvenDawg

    Looks like it’s going to be a long two weeks. Seems like the UK win didn’t wash the bad taste of the USCe loss out of our mouth.

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    • PDawg30577

      That’s fine. Let the sons of bitches have two weeks to talk themselves into invincibility. Win or lose, I doubt the game plan we see in Jacksonville is anything we’ve seen before this season, much less anything we’ve seen the past two weeks. We’ve been playing possum all season just for the Gators. Mark it.

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      • Jim

        If we had beaten SC I might be able to be convinced of this. But at this point I think that’s wishful thinking

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        • Uglydawg

          Exactly. That’s saying that Kirby willingly absorbed a loss to South Carolina in order to protect his secret plan. I wish it were true (except for the loss) but I do think the Dawgs will beat Florida and do it largely with the running game.

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          • Brandon M

            I don’t know that I buy into this whole playing possum thing… makes no sense… but I wouldn’t say Kirby willingly absorbed a loss to South Carolina playing the way we did though. We turned the ball over 4 times to 0, outgained the Cocks by 200 yards, gave up a Defensive TD. Missed 2 FGs and still should’ve won the damn game. That’s a lot of leeway to play with. We just played the worst game imaginable and ultimately paid for it.

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      • MDDawg

        I’d expect the gameplan to be at least a little bit different because they tailor it to each opponent, but I don’t buy for a second this theory that we’ve been keeping some cards up our sleeves through 7 games just to catch UF by surprise.

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      • Paul

        PDawg30577 the problem with that theory is what if the SEC had us double secret probation? That’s every bit as likely as UGA ‘playing possum’ all season just for the Gators. Kirby and company don’t get paid millions of dollars to act like they’re in middle school. Having said that, if you’re right not only will I be very happy, I will be the first to apologize right here on this blog.

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    • Normaltown Mike

      There’s a really bad innuendo about feasting on UK to get the bad taste of USCe out of our mouth there that I just won’t make

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  12. Tatum

    I was thankful for some off tackle and outside runs. To me Swift has always seemed to be a one cut running back and letting him run lateral and use his vision to make that cut paid dividends Saturday.

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  13. tbia

    No one was booing…they just wanted Zeus to play.

    Secondly, their Australian punter was kicking to space, you see it in Australian Rules Football all the time. I honestly think we screwed with his head when we put two receivers in. Probably should do that more often.

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  14. Biggus Rickus

    I’ll admit to some extreme griping during the game. I was in a shitty mood for unrelated reasons, and that first half was frustrating. In hindsight, I don’t think it’s that big a deal. Either they’ll look better in the passing game against Florida or they won’t. In the meantime, I think I’ll step away from the constant bitching and analysis for the next two weeks.

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    • Uglydawg

      Me too, Biggus. Bitching and moaning is bad for the soul. I’m going to swear off of it until the first bad moment in the WLOCP. Then my true nature will return.
      I’ve considered changing my moniker to “Bi-Polar Dawg Fan”.
      I think the struggles against SC and KY will pay off in the WLOCP.
      While I too think CKS has been overly focused on manball, I also think the Gators will get the wrath of the O line and running backs…and Fromm will be on his game after so much adversity.
      Without the cheating SEC refs, Florida has an “L” from South Carolina.
      Dawgs are going to punch Florida in the mouth with power, depth, and talent…and a good game plan.
      CKS, believe it or not..(I do)..has been looking ahead to JAX and that is part of the unimaginative offensive performances. He really believed handling South Carolina with bland manball would work. He expected to slide by SC like he did TN and KY without doing anything sexy. When it didn’t work, he wasn’t prepared.
      This won’t be the case with Florida.
      Dawgs and CKS have Florida on their minds. Manball will be on full display and likely working. The question will be can the Dawgs avoid the drive killing penalties that the SEC refs are surely planning on giving them.
      If Georgia can pull the East out, then they’ll probably get LSU in the SECCG…If Tua is hurt then Bama is done for. I’d love to get ‘Bama in the CG, esp. if Tua is a little lame. But that’s looking too far ahead.
      For now, it’s one at a time.
      Beat the Turds in Jax.

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  15. “alternative is that this team really isn’t that good.” Isn’t it possible that the change between Chaney and Coley has led to some of this.? I mean except for some of the receivers the offense is virtually unchanged.

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  16. Robert Dale Jones

    I am amazed at how many Dawg fans immediately get down on the coaches and team. South Carolina was a debacle for sure and hopefully we learned a little something from that. Play calling in the first half had a lot to do with the pouring rain, wet field, Field position, and especially the wet and slippery football. Better to come away with a zero to zero score at halftime than risk fumbling a wet ball in our own end of the field. How many of you have ever tried to throw a wet and heavy football. Very few I am sure. Very difficult to do. Support the Dawgs as you did the last two years. Yes, we are loaded with talent, and yes we need to be more creative on offense. All I can say is Go Dawgs and have fun beating the Gators in Jacksonville.

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  17. I’ve been going to games since the Dooley era and have never booed the team. Not the players or the coaches! It’s also what’s kinda amazing about expressing frustrations here and being called fair weather. It’s actually hilarious.

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  18. The Quincy Carter of Accountants

    “The story on Georgia’s offense was basically the game plan and Swift, who wound up with what seemed like about two-thirds of the night’s yardage.”

    Swift ran for 179 yards. We gained a total of 270. As it turns out, he got one yard shy of exactly two thirds of the nights yardage.

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  19. more spinners.

    13 plays, 92 yards, and plus 8 minutes of clock possession.
    Raining.
    What do you call that? 11 players focused and executing.
    Coach Stoops called it a very, very talented team that could end up in the top 5, and Swift should go ahead and turn pro.
    Time will tell.
    What does it say to those fans booing. You probably do not know a damn thing about football and hard work.
    What it says to me, “that is putting a blister on tthe opposing team’s ass”.
    Now Florida in JAX.

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  20. heathbar09

    I wasn’t there, so I’m not a boo-er (and FTR I probably wouldn’t have booed), but I’m here to defend them.

    They paid money for the ticket, they have a right to boo. You have NFL caliber players littered throughout this offense and they could only muster 17 points in the last 6 quarters against two significantly inferior opponents. That alone warrants criticism. And since most of this ticket holders aren’t sports writers, they showed their criticism in the only way it could be heard.

    While it does seem weird to boo a man who’s in a press-box can’t hear them, I guarantee you Coley and Co. got word of it shortly after. No way in hell guys like Swift on commenting publicly on something that Coley didn’t have word about.

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  21. Texas Dawg

    I love my Dawgs. Always will, no matter the record. Unfortunately this version is making it hard to watch and stay semi sober. It seems that a team that should be crushing their opponents is struggling to just get by. That is on the coaches. As someone a few days noted, Kirby was given a Ferrari and has chosen to put bald tires on it and bad gas in it. If this continues my alcohol budget on game day is going to have to go up. At some point this is going to have to change or it is going to begin to adversely affect recruiting. Why would a star receiver or top notch QB come here is that are not going to be utilized. The fact that Fields is lighting it up at OSU does not help the narrative. While our offense is never going to allow Fromm to have those gaudy numbers, he is certainly capable of MUCH MORE than he is allowed to do.

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  22. Charlottedawg

    Let me preface this by saying that I believe the following narratives are delusional fantasy.

    Kirby lost the south Carolina game on purpose
    we’re keeping play calling close to the vest in order to “surprise” people
    this team doesn’t have serious fucking issues ESPECIALLY on offense. With the exception of Swift, herrien and cager every starter on offense has sucked ass and under achieved big time. Actually I take that back for Simmons and woerner, they haven’t underachieved, they just suck. I wouldn’t be opposed to giving every snap Simmons had to cook, then for the good of the team revoking his badge access to butts mehre and leaving his stuff on the curb because everything he touches turns to shit. He is the new Bryan Evans on offense, if we made him the water boy, he’d fuck that up and give the team food poisoning…..from water.

    Now that we’ve cleared that up, Kentucky may be just what the doctor ordered because the team is going to hear for the next two weeks how much they suck and how Florida is going to beat them. So either 1) we’re not that good and we were going to lose anyway or 2) (what I hope is the case) we’re a collection of a bunch of talent that needs to play angry and as a unit and getting shit on by outside noise is exactly what they need to stop fucking around. If 2 happens then you will see an immediate sense of physicality and hostility from the opening snap in Jacksonville. I also could see us man balling the shit out of the gator defense.

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    • TXBaller

      I love this post. You guys are finally starting to come around.

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    • Cojones

      Thought the same last year until we couldn’t punch it in after 6 tries from the one-yard line. That gave Grantham life all the way to this upcoming game.

      We asked why we didn’t try for the one-yard gain on 4th down in the SC game and then saw why when we couldn’t make a half-yard 4th down gain in the Ken game.

      Throughout the last two games, it’s apparent that the opponent can play our o-line even up until they get tired later in the game, but it became apparent to me in the Ken game that their D was smokin’. How could so many defenders in the box be held off while Fromme went through up to five targets before firing without getting dumped ? He had all the time in the world, his receivers were covered: this means that our line was holding up for the passing game. Kentucky’s D was all over that field when you noticed that, as they were getting past our line after their bum’s rush was held off, there still had plenty of D downfield to tackle any receiver getting the ball.

      The boo-birds need to look at the opponent’s play objectively before pulling that trigger that translates we are not playing well in their eyes. I have found that paying close attention during the game video replay will net a large part of objective understanding of what was going on and how our underplay many times plays to a more respectful effort by the entire team than was first thought.

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    • FlyingPeakDawg

      Kirby lost to Auburn Part I in 2017. We played vanilla. Crushed them in the SECCG and pulled out all the stops.

      Kirby lost to LSU in 2018, giving the Tigers a shot at knocking out Bama while we rolled through the rest of our schedule. Everyone remarked how unusual the game plan was for us and Jake underperformed.

      Both losses were strategic, did not cost us our SECCG appearance, and we played nowhere near our capabilities.

      Now examine the USCe loss.

      Kirby throws one game a year to get his team’s attention. Something’s going on with the 2019 squad and he wanted to nip it in the bud ASAP and not wait for TAMU, the most logical loss to take at the beginning of the season.

      I rest my case.

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  23. 123fakest

    That’s a low bar if that’s Camarda’s best game. How many times did he kick it into the endzone? The guy needs to be more consistent.

    On top of that, UK’s punter kicked into space, and Blaylock refused to catch the ball, easily giving them an extra ten yards on each punt.

    If you’re wondering why it was tied at half time, look above. That, and they atrocious play calling. I don’t care if we catch a fly route, but we have to at least attempt them to keep the safety out of the box. And yes, those Boos were absolutely deserved and only directed to the coaches. Our fans didn’t boo our defense.

    Go Dawgs! Gators eat Boogers. Jort Nation.

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  24. CannonDawg

    “At some point this is going to have to change or it is going to begin to adversely affect recruiting.”

    I’m more concerned about recruits hearing Georgia fans booing their own than in the team failing to crush their opponents. I get that fans pay their money and are therewith entitled to voice their frustration. All I’m suggesting is that it might be worthwhile to remember the kid whose first (or perhaps even lasting) impression of being a potential Georgia Bulldog is one of hearing the team being loudly booed in Sanford Stadium.

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    • Russ

      I’m more concerned with a 5 star kid watching this stone-age offense and thinking he wants to be a part of it.

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      • Texas Dawg

        EXCACTLY!! Players are all over social media. They know why the fans are frustrated. They know it is not directed at them. I don’t condone the boos, but the kids know who they are directed at.

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  25. BuffaloSpringfield

    The obvious perception is the Dawgs seem to play up or down to the level of competition they are playing with. I thought this year the ideals of elevation to a championship level were close at hand. I know there is gonna be one or two games that it’s just hard to get up for. I just have no clue where the Dawgs are, what’s their motivation and what in the world is going on. My inner Muson has me torn …..

    We have never really got up and jacked for USCjr and they have a one game schedule and it is the DAWGS. Mean while it might be pouring rain but I did and still would run my ass off the field at half time. The team acted like they threw a picnic, it rained and nobody came.

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  26. The Truth

    For the life of me I can’t understand anyone still using talent level as a crutch for our perceived underperforming.

    In 2017, Jerry Jeudy was a 5-star, number 21 in the 247 Composite. In 2019, George Pickens was a 5-star, number 24. It’s amazing how everybody forgot how to evaluate talent in 2 years.

    I’m willing to take those ratings and suggest there’s something else going on keeping Pickens from being more “Jeudy-like”.

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  27. Macallanlover

    Some have noted the “poor field position” in the first half. It wasn’t “poor” or even just bad, it was historically bad, imo. I don’t believe we ever started one drive beyond the twenty fricking yard line, or ever ran one single play on Kentucky’s side of the field until a 15 yard punt gifted us that. We punted at least 3 times with our kicker inside the 10 yard line after drives. I never recall, even in the dark days, that happening to a UGA team, in any game. Some had to be close in the Dooley years, but others will have to tell me when.

    That said, it did not approach the SC game as a concern to me. And we had almost 500 yards of offense against the Cocks. But in this KY game we didn’t have a turnover, our kickers did well, we had even more players banged up/out and there was certainly some bad weather impact to overcome. There are some issues to deal with, but we have two weeks to tweak a few things and our staff/players have had their wake up call. I will optimistically expect to see a rejuvenated UGA team in JAX

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  28. CB

    “the alternative is that this team really isn’t that good”

    Nobody is indicting Georgia’s offense based on the Kentucky game alone, but add the first half against the Cats to the previous game against SC and the only ones not sounding alarms are elite optimists and liars (and Kirby). 6 straight quarters and two overtime periods of offensive ineptitude against less talented opponents means we likely have a problem.

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  29. Harold Miller

    I was there and did not boo, but I understand why people did. With $200+ million invested and what we a paying this coaching staff, yeah the frustration has boiled over.
    The other frustration is the seeming ineptitude of the “Great Wall of Georgia”:to get enough surge to get 1 foot a midfield. Yeah, that is one problem that absolutely will haunt us.
    Watching Fromm throwing behind receivers for 2 straight games is getting old as well.
    That said, it makes the list but still isn’t the most miserable game I have ever attended. The honor goes to the 2015 Alabama game. Watch the Dawgs get whipped in a driving rain storm just sucks.

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  30. Hobnail_Boot

    Whoever equated booing to a horn on a car nailed it.

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