It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.

Bill Connelly, master of the silver lining.

Let’s be honest for a second here.  If somebody had told you when they fired Richt and hired Smart that we’d get the ’09-’13 version of Alabama, you’d have been thrilled.

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24 responses to “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.

  1. Gaskilldawg

    What matters are the numbers on the scoreboard at “00:00.”

    Oklahoma had a much more dynamic and imaginative offense in Pasadena on January 1, 2018 than its opponent. Sooner fans left the Rose Bowl despondent and the fans of the team with the old style offense still talk about what a great win it was.

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    • DawgPhan

      Bama from 09-13 was typically not as bad on offense as this Georgia team. 15-16-17 is a much better comparison for Bama. They won the title is 15 with a much worse offense that still needed 45 points to beat Clemson for the title.

      18 was really the first season that bama decided to play offense, but most years they were significantly better on offense, according to OFEI, than this UGA team.

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      • Otto

        Agreed on Bama offense being better than this year. However they were more under center than ’15-17 UGA. Bama was also more consistent. I have said for a while Smart believes Lane’s quick strike offense cost his D and Bama a title.

        Smart wants long drives, shortened games. and to defend fewer possessions not just win time of possession. In a somewhat related note, I don’t believe LSU’s D has fallen off as much as stats indicate but rather they have to defend more possessions now.

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  2. saildawg

    “Let’s be honest for a second here. If somebody had told you when they fired Richt and hired Smart that we’d get the ’09-’13 version of Alabama, you’d have been thrilled.”

    Bingo, and yes I am. We have been in the “playoffs” the last 3 years now. I consider the SEC championship basically a quarterfinal. As a fan how awesome is it to play extremely meaningful games in December? I’ll take boring winning football any day. The frustrating part this season is seeing glimpses of completeness only to be bewildered by offensive ineptitude.

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    • Russ

      “The frustrating part this season is seeing glimpses of completeness only to be bewildered by offensive ineptitude.”

      Well said, and it sums up how I feel as well. I love watching our defense, and I know our offense is capable of so much more, so it’s frustrating to see them struggle all season long.

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  3. This defense is terrifying in the way that a python is. You know if it gets itself wrapped around you, you have no chance to free yourself as it suffocates the life out of you. To see teams just give up trying to run the ball in the 1st half of games warms this guy’s heart.

    This offense is maddening. Kirby’s offensive instinct is “First, do no harm.” That makes it so hard in today’s game to create mismatches. Maybe manball isn’t designed that way, but you have to force teams to defend the width and length of the field.

    I love what we have become … a consistent contender. The question is whether we can take the next step to finish the job (don’t take that as a “natty or bust” comment).

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  4. ASEF

    Alabama ‘09-‘13 averaged 32 (21st nationally), 36 (18th), 35 (20th), 39 (12th), and 38 (17th).

    Georgia is currently 54th.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      Yep. Bama’s offense executed better and was better coached in comparison to the 2019 Dawgs offense. Although I would say we have just as much talent as any of those bama offenses.

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    • DawgPhan

      “We are just like Alabama was”, is a balm for all college football fans.

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  5. Sanford222view

    To be honest, I thought/hoped Kirby was going to bring the new Bama offensive mindset with him. I realized Bama had not completely changed yet but when Kirby landed Fields I thought he wanted to combine a dominant defense with a more dynamic offense. Looks like i was off slightly on that one.

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  6. Macallanlover

    I don’t disagree but didn’t realize I had been stultified until now. Currently scouring the interwebs looking for cure so I can feel better, more upbeat.

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    • 6claude

      I think Kirby would like to change the offense with a mobile QB and more spread concepts. But, last year was a tough situation and combined with Chaney moving on and no back up QB this is where we are. I don’t think Fields was ready to be the starter last year but he chose to transfer instead of compete again this year and with Fromm as the QB you just can’t snap your fingers and have a new offense.

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  7. HamDawg11

    We need points from our D and ST, plain and simple. Think 00 Ravens.

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  8. Hobnail_Boot

    I am thrilled.

    If the O stopped tripping over it’s own wang, if be over the top.

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  9. 69Dawg

    We are what we are. Get used to it. Until Kirby has an epiphany like Coach O we will be seeing 60’s-80’s Dooley like teams. Remember when Dooley had a two QB system of Ray Goff and Matt Robinson. Goff could run but Matt actually was a great passer and had a Pro career with the Jets. Dooley would only use Matt as a last resort when we were behind and the other team knew we had to pass. He would have started at any other school but Dooley was 3 yards and a cloud of dust. It worked once with a generational RB but the rest of the time it was never boring to see if Erk could save Dooley’s bacon. We need a mobile QB that can throw and not a statue that for some strange reason known only to Coley only run RPO’s

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  10. Cojones

    This will be the fourth time we face LSU for the SECCG and the record stands at 2-1. Wonder how powerful we thought they were when we faced them in the two games we won?

    Kirby is up for this shit and he has already staked his claim to a flag-wavin’ , Dawg-cheerin’ victory over the bugs to take the team and us into that CG with the proper mind set. I hope revenge for last year fits in there pretty tightly. Onwards for two games in ATL and then to the NC games.

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    • Sanford222view

      I think LSU holds the advantage 1-2. Georgia won in 2005 but LSU won 2003 and 2011.

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    • Cojones, they beat us in 2003 and 2011. We beat them in 2005.

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    • Mayor

      To answer your question in 2005 LSU was heavily favored and we beat ’em anyway. also, maybe you just misspoke but the SECCG record between LSU and UGA is 2-1 in LSU’s favor. The team Georgia beat in the 2002 SECCG was Arkansas. Georgia beat LSU in the 2005 SECCG and lost to them in 2003 and 2011.

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