Third and… ?

I know this is likely nothing more than talk to the hand type stuff, but, damn, Georgia, you’re up against Todd Grantham this week.  You need more cowbell… er, tempo ($$).

As Hutson Mason, Georgia’s quarterback that year, remembered it, they knew Grantham liked to make the “perfect play call,” by matching defensive personnel to the offense and then getting signals in late once he got the best idea what the offense was doing. Georgia’s answer: Go up-tempo.

“We felt like if we went fast that he wouldn’t be able to get his calls in and guys would either be misaligned or not aligned already,” Mason said. “So we felt tempo really hurt him as a play-caller and was one of his deficiencies. Instead of just calling the play and letting his players do the job in execution, he almost tries to get the perfect play. So that’s why teams with tempo would kill him.”

Remember, Bobo was gone for that Belk Bowl.  The game plan was so obvious, it didn’t matter.  And, by the way, they ran the crap out of the ball.

You know the guy.  You know what he likes to do.  There’s certainly a time for manball, but there’s also a time to avoid letting yourself get played like this:

Screenshot_2019-10-28 Florida vs Georgia - Game Summary - October 27, 2018 - ESPN

Don’t be that dude, James Coley.  Do more, as your head coach likes to say.


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17 responses to “Third and… ?

  1. gastr1

    That formation on the 4th and 1 vs Kentucky was the most absurd manball BS I may have ever yet seen. I have not seen any team in the last 15 years, that I can recall, try to get short-yardage by bunching everyone up like that and have no wideouts at all.

    In short, I have zero confidence that we can avoid the same stupid crap as that sequence last year, should it come up.


    • D as in Dawg

      If you can’t resist the urge to manball on 4th and short, just punt it… Please! We can’t afford the momentum swing from failing to convert against UF in these situations.


  2. ugafidelis

    That’s the most depressing play by play I’ve ever read. But there it is in black and white for posterity. Gawd that’s awful.


    • Russ

      Not only was it awful/stupid/stubborn, we saw it two weeks later against Auburn, twice. We saw it last week against Kentucky. At least Kirby avoided it against ND and kicked the field goal.

      I have very little confidence that Kirby/Coley will change their spots (mid-season), but I guess we can always hope.

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  3. JCDawg83

    Coley has the potential to make Grantham look like the greatest defensive coordinator in the history of the game.

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  4. Spike

    Sigh.. I miss Erk Russell.


  5. Bulldog Joe

    Franks won’t be on the field to bail us out this time. Do more.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Charlottedawg

    Why does it take so long to get the play in from the sidelines when we run the same plays over and over again? Asking for a friend.

    #Coley sucks #2019=2015withhigherratedrecruits


    • Macallanlover

      I think this issue of getting the play in late is not getting enough attention. Not only does it risk mistakes with timing, motion, and alignment, it minimizes Jake Fromm’s ability to read the defensive alignment in order to check us into a better play or move players around. Change “it just means more” to “it makes zero sense”. Now add CTG to the equation, we are looking at you Coley.


  7. SpellDawg

    I remember none of this, what happened again?!??
    Honestly, that stand has come up nearly every time I’ve spoken to a UF fan in the last year. I am fine with that, let them have their moral victories, just win.


  8. Go fast, shred Grantham. If Coley does anything else, he really does suck.


  9. 123fakest

    I’ve been screaming at my tv the past two games. Go hunh and spread the defense out. Quit with the bunch formations!


  10. DawgPhan

    Coley v Grantham sounds like a rock fight.


  11. FlyingPeakDawg

    Grantham’s D is going to stuff our runs on 1st and 2nd down. Fortunately, we’ll score on every 3rd down we choose to pass so game should be a blow-out in our favor. #hoorayfortowelboy #3rd&Granthamlives


  12. 4th & Kirby

    Lets hope I don’t show up Saturday.


  13. I wonder which player will be the designated floppier to stop the hurryup. It has gotten so bad that this weekend players were falling down only after they looked to the bench for the call.