Observations from the armchair, SECCG edition

It sucked.  The end.

…………………………………………………………….. Oh, not enough?  Welp, go back and look at my preview post for a sec.

I’m still convinced the SECCG comes down to the play on the line of scrimmage. If Georgia’s o-line can create space for its backs to run and the d-line can hold its own without requiring additional help, we’ll have ourselves a game. If not…

Put it this way: if the score stays in the twenties, I like Georgia’s chances, but if it climbs into the thirties, definitely not so much…

One other big deal — Georgia simply cannot turn the ball over against LSU. It’s going to be hard enough keeping up with that dynamic offense; giving away a couple of possessions will be deadly for its chances…

The Dawgs went oh for four on that list.  The lines didn’t control what they needed to, the score climbed into the thirties (not that that really mattered) and Jake threw two bad picks.  Add to that a poor showing from special teams, some remarkable breaks that went LSU’s way — Burrow not only caught a batted pass, but managed a big gain in the bargain; how often do you see that? — and injuries that added to an already significant cast unavailable for action and it was all a game that was never gonna be for Georgia.

Really, each team’s first series was all you needed to see to know which way the wind was going to blow.  Coley came out calling aggressive pass plays, only to see Simmons drop one placed right in his bread basket, Landers run a poor route that ended in making a catch out of bounds and Fromm short-hopping a throw to a wide open Robertson.  Absolutely soul crushing.

Compare that complete mess to LSU’s calm, controlled march down the field against a defense that played a three-man front with a spy behind that didn’t cause Burrow to break a sweat as he went 4-5, with a touchdown.  The contrast between Burrow’s confidence and Fromm’s shakiness was palpable and lasted all game long.

You want a few bullet points?  Really?  Gluttons for punishment, we are.

  • Scream at Coley all you want, but I’m not sure what else he could do, working with a Swift who was far from 100%.  Georgia came out wanting to establish the pass to set up the run, which was certainly a defensible strategy, only to see Fromm and his receivers provide a dysfunctional performance.  When you can’t pass and don’t want to rely on the run overly much, there ain’t much left to call after that.  That isn’t to say Coley had a great game as it went on, but the offense had much bigger problems than the plays he called.
  • The biggest problem for Georgia on offense is its predictability.  The offensive line hasn’t been as dominant as we expected, but a lot of that can be chalked up to opposing defensive coordinators flooding the line of scrimmage with extra men because they’re not worried about an anemic passing game.  Beyond that, the safety blitz that came when Fromm went under center and led to a sack was obviously coming as soon as you saw the alignment.
  • The final stats looked bad, but I thought Lanning and Smart did about as much as they could to slow down LSU’s offensive juggernaut.  The wholesale borrowing of Auburn’s defensive strategy against LSU was a mistake on the first series, but they began tweaking immediately after that and slowed the Tigers down enough that if Georgia’s offense and special teams could have managed contributions of their own, the game might have been more of a fight.  That never happened, and you could sense the dam was fixing to burst at any time.
  • If there’s one positive to take away from the debacle, it’s how many newbies on defense made plays.  Smith, Johnson, Stevenson, Daniels all had their moments.  Next year’s defense is gonna be hell on wheels.
  • Burrow’s Heisman moment, 71-yard touchdown pass was the most brutal thing I’ve seen a Georgia defense give up since that 2013 touchdown pass at Auburn.
  • It was a bad time for Inconsistent Camarda to show up.
  • I sure hope George Pickens can get his head straight, because he’s the most talented receiver to wear red and black since A.J. Green.

Fuck it, I really don’t want to wallow in any more details.

It’s a shame the regular season ended on such a sour note.  Eleven-win seasons and SECCG appearances don’t grow on trees in Athens, especially doing each three times in a row.  Then again, even without the breaks and the injuries, Georgia — more specifically, Kirby’s coaching philosophy — got exposed.  Kirby Smart has a sharp football mind.  Kirby Smart is also somewhat stubborn.  The story this offseason will be which side of Kirby Smart makes the big decisions this program faces.

Mercifully, that’s all I got.

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115 responses to “Observations from the armchair, SECCG edition

  1. Biggus Rickus

    Camarda? He shanked one punt that didn’t really matter that much (LSU started at their own 25). Otherwise, he hit two boomers that netted 46 yards even with touchbacks and put one inside the 20. Blanekship was awful, but Camarda was fine. He certainly didn’t deserve to be singled out.

    On another note, I thought the first possession pass to Landers pulled him out of bounds. He had no chance to catch it in the field of play regardless of his route. Not that Landers deserves any credit for anything, but I don’t think that particular play was his fault.

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    • Alkaline

      AFAIK, all of his other punts went into the endzone, though. Not a disastrous night, but not one for the highlight reel, either.

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    • 79Dawg

      Agree, we were sitting in the upper deck and had your view of those plays.
      Camarda was short on the first punt, but it looked to us like he got it inside the 20, think he got a bad spot by 7-8 yards (it actually looked like the linesmen came back and spotted the ball, rather than the backjudge). The other punts all seemed to get the job done.
      On the Landers catch, we were sitting pretty much above it, and it looked like he reached/extended to catch it and still caught it OOB, which led me to believe the pass was (sign) overthrown…. May have looked different on TV though…

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    • Outside of the 55-yd. bomb to end the 1st Half of the Rose Bowl, Blankenship has generally tanked in the important games….

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  2. gastr1

    It’s all that’s needed, Senator. Thanks for doing what you do. Here’s to Kirby learning from and becoming a better coach from this.

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  3. TN DWg

    I think I read that with Blaylock out, we lose around 55% of our receiving productivity and over 70% of our rushing to graduation, injury and players leaving early (presuming Swift turns pro).

    Gonna have to be a major reboot on offense next year.

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    • 30904Dawg

      Which means Kirby needs to take a long hard look in the mirror. A wholesale change in offensive philosophy might be needed to be successful offensively with the personnel in place next year. A great defense is awesome and something I want more than anything. But continuing on with the plodding offensive mindset we have, especially with the new set of skills players we have to work with next year, just won’t gonna cut it. Defense keeps you in games these days, and even wins some. But in the elite games, your offense has to be more than competent to compete for the victory. And that’s what Kirby and staff are going to have to decide. Keep on stubbornly hacking away at opposing teams with the hatchet of defense, or take it to them with a reciprocating saw of defense and offense.

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      • The other Doug

        What would you suggest he change given the personnel we have? Fromm is not Burrows. We have giant slow OL guys. We have maybe 2 (Pickens and Robertson) great WRs next year.

        I’m genuinely curious what people think we can do next season because I agree that it’s likely we do the same thing again next season and it won’t work again.

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        • Jeff Sanchez

          There was a great side-by-side stat somewhere in this blog yesterday – Burrow’s 2018 and Fromm’s 2019 are almost completely identical.

          LSU changed their scheme and look what it got them. Will UGA?

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        • J-Dawg

          What can we do? Motivate!!!!!!!!! Ever since the cocktail party it seems that the team was sleep-walking. Especially this game. The entire team seemed to be sluggish. Defense tired of holding up the offense. Kirby lost this team this year. If we can’t breath some life into the offense, Bobo will kill us in our own house next season. If Saban can adapt, why can’t Kirby.
          Just my opinion.

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          • “Ever since the cocktail party it seems that the team was sleep-walking.”

            You’re kidding, right. The team that came out for the first 3+ quarters and built a 21-0 lead in Auburn was sleepwalking? Until we went into the soft zone shell on defense, it was arguably the best we played in all 3 facets of the game all year.

            “Kirby lost this team this year.”

            Coaches that lose their teams don’t go 11-1 pretty much playing playoff football from the middle of October on.

            “Bobo will kill us in our own house next season.”

            With what? I’ll take our defense against them right now … Boom may be a dead man walking by November next year when they play Georgia, LSU, and Clemson in a 4-week period. That’s why I think it’s incredibly dumb for Bobo to take that job. By the way, we play USCjr in Columbia next year. The Gamecocks are going to be fighting like crazy to just to get bowl-eligible (@FU, Tennessee, TAMU, Georgia, @LSU, @Clemson).

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      • Derek

        What are the new set of skills we have to work with next year?

        We got a qb with zero confidence and a potential, but immature, star at wr. That’s our proven offense at this point.

        We have no te’s at all.

        The LT is gone.

        Zeus has not done shit yet. Cook hasn’t shown that he can be a no. 1 back. We do have a 5 star rb signee coming.

        I look at the personnel we have and the strength on offense will remain at RB and OL. You have to hope Pickens becomes the security blanket and that opens up opportunities for other guys to step up.

        We do need to throw and catch better. About 20 times. Not 30.

        Get ready for more of the same because that’s what the roster dictates.

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        • gastr1

          Woah. Derek is suddenly down with throwing and catching.
          It’s like he watches football after all.

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          • Derek

            And, unlike you, I actually understand what I’m watching.

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            • gastr1

              Obviously! Look how you’ve decided already that the 1/2 of a roster returning can only play a certain style. Impressively clairvoyant!

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              • Derek

                And you’ve said nothing of substance!! At all! Because you don’t have anything except conventional wisdom bullshit!!!

                You know what the scoreboard says and you track back to an assumption that this is chess. It’s white pieces vs black pieces and it’s Gary Kasparov vs Bobby Fischer. The one deploys his pieces better than the other wins.

                It ain’t chess.

                It’s about personnel match ups and execution. The team with the best players almost always wins.

                Burrows vs. Fromm was a mismatch. That’s the unfortunate reality.

                And he didn’t have to be to be great to be competitive. But he had to be better that Greyson Lambert or joe Cox. He wasn’t.

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                • gastr1

                  It;s nice you’re comparing Burrow and Fromm. And yet, you don’t note what has already been noted by many in these parts, that Burrow’s stats last year look like Fromm’s this year. And what changed for Burrow was the offense.

                  My agenda is not to say anything of substance–it’s to contradict your own Trump-like self-perception. Dunning-Kruger away, buddy!

                  I look forward to your next screed in my general direction, along with your brilliant Paul Johnson-esque insights.

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                • Derek

                  What the fuck do I know? Maybe I just listen to the guy with a bunch of natties and the best winning percentage of any coach since wwii. You know, a damned fool!

                  MEYER: “If you know me, you know I think any offense can work if you have the right personnel back. Offenses are overrated. People are not. The NFL will take a quarterback and put him on a very bad team and call him a bust. Never mind that the defense ranks last in the league and there’s no offensive line. Chris Leak [in 2005] had about as bad a three-game [stretch] as we’ve had at Florida that I’ve ever had as a coach and it just so happened that Bubba Caldwell broke his leg, Jermaine Cornelius sprained his ankle, Chad Jackson had a bad hamstring and Dallas Baker broke his ribs. And so Chris Leak struggled the next three games when we’re playing LSU, Georgia. It doesn’t matter what you run. It’s personnel based.”

                  187 W’s vs. 32 L’s and three natties. What does he know as compared to you? Its ALL about the offense, not the players. I was wrong. Mea culpa.

                  What’s you record again?

                  You picked the correct phenomenon, you’re just too dumb to know it applies to you.

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                • gastr1

                  Truth comes out! Mostly you sound like Paul Johnson, actually, but the Corch! Arrogance & Gators for the win, eh?! You DO know more than everyone else! But wait, there’s more: Corch’s Ohio State teams all averaged over 30 passes per game in his last three years. 40 in 2018, even. Keep on carrying the flame for the past even Corch left behind, jortsboy. Dunning Kruger, thy name is Derek.

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                • Derek

                  Stupid.

                  None of Meyer’s national title teams averaged over 30 passes a game.

                  The 2008 team averaged 23 passes.

                  This years team is also under 30 passes.

                  Stupid.

                  Name every national champion to average more than passes per game than rushes.

                  Stupid.

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                • gastr1

                  Well, now, more passes than runs isn’t what i was talking about. YOU said “20 passes, not 30.”

                  You think you know I’m saying while at the same time claiming I haven’t said anything. I’m not arguing for more passing then running. I just think the offense needs to be more creative, period. But you, you’re a Woody Hayes extremist who says stupid things and then tries to claim he was right even when the evidence is right there in front of you (comparing Fromm and Burrow, too, for example). You talk so much you can’t keep track of your own idiocy. Trump away, buddy.

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                • Will (the other one)

                  Corch was BSing in this quote. I know this because I remember UF taking the bye week before playing UGA to change their offense (went from smashmouth spread to featuring a fullback). Was that scheme change the result of player injury? Maybe, but he didn’t keep doing what wasn’t working

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                • Derek

                  Will,

                  He adjusted the offense to suit his personnel.

                  You realize that you said exactly the opposite of what you meant right?

                  That’s what I’ve been saying: scheme doesn’t matter. Your players matter. Fit the scheme to their strengths.

                  You can have the best scheme in the world but if your players can’t execute it, it does not work.

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        • Erskine

          Our offense lived on 3 down with 6+ yard most of the year. We were too predictable on first down which put the offense behind the chains. Incomplete first down pass typically leads to a 2nd down run. With Coley that 2nd down run was mostly between the guards for a 2- 4 yard gain. That puts to much pressure on 3rd down consistent down field passing/catching which was not our strength. Looking back at the SECCG, a large majority of 1st down passing routes all were come back or routes parallel to the LOS so the receivers had no momentum to run up field. The swing passes to the RB were our third down safety net. Would be great to utilize that play on 1st down. 2020 will need better 1st down play calling and route design to get WR/RB going upfield. The good part is pass protection was typically good, so the opportunity to develop a better pass game is available.

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        • California dawg

          We have no OC. It’s remarkable what Coley’s done to Jake’s confidence in a season. Your stubborn refusal to admit this, and to instead label anyone who disagrees with your assessment as no-nothing armchair coaches, is lame. And the injuries in Atlanta aren’t an excuse. Our offense has been regressing for months now. You can trace early signs of its dysfunction from the second half of the Vandy game onward.

          But go ahead, tell me I’m a fucking moron who just doesn’t understand the game unlike experts like you.

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      • TN Dawg

        I agree.

        There is a potential to use Cook the way EO used 22 in his offense, though Cook doesn’t have as much grind as 22. White is unproven at this point, but year two after knee surgery is purportedly when range of motion returns.

        Pickens and Robertson are solid. There is no TE production returning and the line doesn’t appear to be the built for trap blocking, pulling or the screen game, due to lack of mobility.

        I’m no football guru, but to me the talent looks set up for a 4 wide or empty set dink and dunk game. If Blaylock were back, it would look a lot better with Cook, Blaylock and Robertson running little dart routes and combo routes with Pickens running like a gazelle.

        The problem is, as I see it, with Blaylock gone the remaining receiving corp after 1 and 16 are a bunch of exterior jump ball receivers that are unfit for that style. I think the recruiting of these guys was with the idea of manball plus play action shots down the field, but it never materialized.
        Additionally JF doesn’t appear to see the middle of the field well.

        We didn’t get to see a lot of Jackson due to injury. Maybe he emerges as a viable target in the slot? I dunno.

        From where I’m sitting though, it doesn’t appear that a repeat performance this year’s offensive game plan will work. It seems counterintuitive to say it, but I think actually revolving the offense around the passing game might be the best course of action. Hell, I think the OL faired better pass blocking then run blocking for that matter.

        We shall see.

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        • Derek

          So your scheme is to put Zeus and Milton on the bench?

          Why play the 5 star backs when you have unproven receivers?

          And Pickens is definitely a “dink and dunk” threat. Take away his size and speed advantages and have him be a possession receiver.

          Good thoughts.

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          • TN Dawg

            Derek, I appreciate your thoughts on it and perhaps my wording was a bit unclear.

            A 4 wide set obviously still uses a running back, which allows the use of perhaps Cook and another back because Cook has versatility to flex out as well as set up behind 11.

            The problem with the current offensive philosophy is it basically relegated our pass patterns to “possession” or “home run”.

            A four and five wide set hits short passes with receivers on the run. Look what LSU did. Because you hit Pickens 8-10 yards down the field does not mean you limit his athletic ability as long as you are hitting him on the run.

            So much of our existing game plan (back shoulder, out patterns, bitches) have done more to limit our receivers using their athletic ability than anything else.

            That’s what I was alluding to when so said “Pickens running like a gazelle”. I apologize if I did not get that point across as succinctly as I might have.

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            • Derek

              You can or cannot like it but here is the plain truth of what Kirby wants in an offense:

              We don’t have any particular philosophy. We want as many good players at as many positions as we can. Play to their strengths. Once you see where your strengths are you are going to land somewhere between OSU and 2019 Alabama. Simple relying on a qbs physical abilities or complex relying on a pocket passing.

              Jake can’t run well. Jake can’t make every throw.

              He can beat one on one match ups when our wr is a better player than their corner.

              We have to have lbs and safeties thinking run and make them pay for it. When we do they have to play base and we take what they give us. They play safeties back we’d better be able to run and stay ahead of schedule. They cheat the safeties up, we’d better win a match up outside and stay ahead of schedule.

              If we get another justin fields we’ll see a different offense. If we get a Tua and four gazelles, we’ll see a different offense.

              We’re going to be whatever our personnel gives us the best chance to win the game. What else could we want?

              The idea that these guys are dumb is belied by how well we played when cager was healthy and how poorly we played when he was hurt. Coley was not smart when cager was healthy and dumb contemporaneous with cager’s injuries.

              Track the success rate of the offense. Our problem was that we had no one to replicate what cager gave the offense.

              Pickens has a higher ceiling but he has some growing up to do.

              Hopefully, he’ll develop and stay healthy.

              We want better results and better execution and better players.

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        • DawgnTN

          I’m confused on why you think Blaylock won’t be back next year. He tore his ACL. It’s a 6 mo rehab. He will be back.

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  4. RangerRuss

    That’s about as reasonable of an assessment of that game as possible. There were no surprises except that maybe most bad tendency from each squad was displayed.
    I’m scratching my head trying to figure out how execution could be that poor.

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  5. Very disappointing loss. Not only for the result of the game itself and the fact that it squashed our playoff chances, but also it seemed to confirm all our worse fears about the offense.

    What’s to blame? Personnel, scheme or execution? It’s a little bit of all three.

    Oh well. I hope LSU wins it all now.

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  6. Bright Idea

    I’m interested to see LSU without Burrow next year. That dude is head and shoulders above any college QB I’ve seen in a while.

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  7. Paul

    It will be an interesting off season. Will Kirby attempt to transform or simply reboot? If the answer is reboot I think we may see continued regression. Let’s hope his brains overrule his stubbornness.

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  8. David K

    Not sure I’d classify that Burrow scramble 71 yard completion as brutal. Apathy was setting in at that point.

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  9. Starbreaker

    This is another game where I really can’t bust on Coley too much…he made some great calls that the offense could not execute in the first half. Whether it was Fromm missing the mark or the receivers not hauling it in. I’m just hoping we don’t lay another egg this year in the bowl game…Baylor will be coming in motivated to make a statement. Not going to bash a dead horse on the offense, other than to say Kirby needs to take a step back and look at the world he’s living in and make some decisions. I’m not 100% sure it’s all on the talent of the WRs (although that is a huge reason for the poor performance).

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    • 79Dawg

      The first half was a microcosm of the offensive season it seemed – when Fromm was on, the receivers were off, when the receivers got some separation, Fromm was off. Get something going, try to build a little momentum before the half, lay an easy pick in there…

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    • Ruteger

      “This is another game where I really can’t bust on Coley too much…he made some great calls that the offense could not execute in the first half.”

      I can get on board with that line of thinking, but at the time I was thinking “Our pass offense has sucked for weeks, why are we leading with it?”. I get the logic of needing the pass to set up the run given that LSU would be stacked to stop the run, but I wonder about blaming the players for not executing the plays that were called while knowing they were unlikely (<50%) to execute them. It’s probably a rock and a hard place thing.

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    • Charlottedawg

      Honestly, the in game play calls have gotten better as the season progressed, I’ll give coley that but player development which includes teaching them to execute said scheme and feel confident in their ability to do so has been an absolute failure and that is 100% coaching issue.

      These things have been undeniably true this season:

      Every defense since the south Carolina game has been successful defending our offense.

      The only wide receiver capable of doing his job consistently was a grad transfer. Every other reciever is a 4 or 5 star recruit who either stayed the same or in Simmons and Landers case regressed to the point of being a total and I mean total liability on the field. The receivers can’t block to support the running game and can’t run routes and catch passes. Which means as a group they suck at everything we need them to do.

      We had a QB who went from the fifth best passer in the nation in 2018 to 55. 5th to 55th. Complain about the receivers all you want but Fromm has missed reads (for TDS, cook in the seccg, wolf against Florida) all year and throws all year. He has also usually had all day to throw too.

      The offense and the rushing attack got steadily worse every game throughout the year.

      These are all coaching issues, unless you think we just have a roster full of 4 and 5 star busts (although that would be horrible talent evaluation which would still be a coaching issue). Now that Pittman got a promotion (good for him) I don’t see why anyone on the offensive coaching staff should come back next year. Not being able to score 30 points against any defense with a pulse, complete more than 50% of our passes or run for more than 5yards a carry with this roster is flat out unacceptable.

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      • 123fakest

        Don’t forget that Coley was the WR coach the last three years. I’m blown away at how bad the WRs run routes. That’s coaching. It’s maddening and makes Jake look like a backup QB. Oh, and catch the damn ball or go play defense. I hope we sign 7 receivers this cycle.

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      • Will (the other one)

        I’d say McGee is good to return, but Hankton and Hartley really should update their resumes.
        As long as we’re day dreaming I’d love to see fewer offensive substitutions on a per drive basis. Take advantage of Cook’s versatility, have him line up at slot, motion to an I-formation with Zeus shifting to HB/FB, have Zeus motion out wide and catch passes, etc.

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        • Bat City Dawg

          next year i would love to see that grouping with Cook and Zeus in there.. it would be neat if.. gasp.. the defense wasn’t sure which guy was getting the ball. that is an interesting concept we have never really embraced.

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  10. ZRAMZ

    One of the most troubling things from Kirby this season has been the lying. To say they didn’t change scheme against Auburn is just blatantly false. And then to come to the post-game presser and say that Swift was just fine after rushing twice — 2 carries.
    So either (1) the offensive game plan was shit because you only let the best player on your team carry the ball twice, or (2) Kirby feels the need to protect Swift (generous) or Kirby thinks we don’t deserve that level of candor (more likely).

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    • 3rdandGrantham

      Yea, I’m not sure why he did that either, especially when telling the truth in either case wouldn’t have caused an issue at all. I think that’s unfortunately common when someone like Kirby has extreme power and nobody to check him on occasion. This is also why coaches become more stubborn and rigid over the years as well. Hopefully Kirby can break that trend.

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    • Agree.

      Some boosters need to get to Kirby and say stop the fucking lying. Just be a Bellichik if you have to and ignore questions. But don’t insult everyone with the stupid, obvious lies.

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  11. 3rdandGrantham

    With three young kids under the age of 6, it’s almost impossible to fully watch a game these days regardless, but when Rod missed his second FG with a 20-3 score, I turned the game off and gave my full attention to them. I peaked at my phone a short time later just in case a miracle occured, but alas it was something like 30-3 by then, and I never bothered checking in again.

    Very interesting off-season coming up, and I think the program is at a bit of a crossroads of sort. Hopefully Kirby adapts and makes a few necessary changes coupled with finding key replacements for assistants who will leave or already have. Overall, however, the program is in extremely good shape, thus our gripes should be minimal.

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    • Charlottedawg

      You’re better than me, I had the game on the tablet as I was getting my toddler ready for bed even though I knew the game was over. Part of me wishes I could just stop caring when it comes to Georgia sports teams.

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      • 3rdandGrantham

        Been there – raising kids is tough, aint it? But it’s all worth it and I wouldn’t change a thing. For me personally, really getting into my career, hobbies, and starting a family was all it took for me to stop caring so much. That, and the fact that it finally got through my thick head that its rather pointless to get all that wrapped up into something (UGA football) that you have absolutely input or control over. Also, getting to know a lot of smart, successful, and generally happy people over the years, and none of them seemed to spend much time worrying br fretting over things outside of their control – like sports, politics, etc.

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    • JC

      Same here – two kids under six and I also turned the game off but earlier. As soon as Fromm threw the pick before halftime, the game was over. Score was 17-3 but we were treading water at that point.

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  12. I’m not going to say I saw it coming (I had the Dawgs by two scores, ‘member?) but I’m not surprised either. There’s no need to make excuses and I don’t think UGA was “exposed”. The issues we saw Saturday were certainly magnified thanks to LSU being that good, but they certainly weren’t hidden or new. I am disappointed in our Coach. His antics when in a bind through the season and especially Saturday were pretty silly, and IMO not a good way to lead. I think that is a big part of the problem, actually. It’s been my experience that guys who keep their shit together and stay focused during crisis mode get a hell of a lot better performance out of a team of any sort. YMMV.
    I know my old man used to blow gaskets like that. I learned to tune the fucker out and figured it out on my own, and got the hell out of there as fast as I could….

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    • TXBaller

      See Jason Garrett

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    • Normaltown Mike

      What antics?

      The question is if KS sees the problem and wishes to address it.

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      • Mayor

        Kirby becomes Boom during certain games. Those antics. Remember how we used to make fun of Boom when he did those things? What do you think the Geaux Tigers crowd did on Saturday?

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        • Normaltown Mike

          Ok, but that’s not why we lost. We lost b/c JB, the LSU WR’s and Brady are awesome. Fromm, Coley and our WR’s are (collectively) mediocre at best.

          Whining about Kirby’s demeanor is just searching for reasons to dislike your own coach. I remember when Donnan were here, people bitched cuz he would look down at his shoes when he paced the sidelines. Give me a fucking break.

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          • I’m not looking for a reason to dislike our coach and I’m certainly not whining. I’m saying throwing tantrums when shit doesn’t go your way is poor leadership and returns poor results. No it isn’t why we lost. I should have separated the thoughts.
            It’s an “observations” post. That was one of my observations. But as always, I don’t make 7 million a year to coach D-1 football so WTFDIK. 🙂

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  13. Bill Glennon

    I’m sure Tyler Simmons is a nice kid and a good student athlete, but a dark cloud of bad things seem to follow him onto the field. He is like Jasper Sanks from 20 years ago.

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  14. MGW

    All I know is Fromm was flat out awesome for two seasons; now he’s not. The receivers, in spite of the injuries, were all highly recruited and are very talented. They’re playing like garbage.

    Is it the position coaches? The OC? Smart? Over-complicated scheme/calls like Grantham’s D was? A huge coincidence?

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    • Bill Glennon

      Looking at the coaching staff, Cortez Hankton is WR coach and “passing game coordinator.” I guess that would make him in charge of recruiting and developing the receivers.

      If I were him, I would be avoiding Kirby in the Butts Mehre hallways.

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    • Mayor

      When you are the QB and your receivers drop ball after ball it messes up your mind. You start trying to not throw to the open guy because you don’t think he’ll catch it. You start holding the ball too long because you look for someone else to come open and you get sacked. You start trying to be too precise with your throws because if you don’t put it exactly THERE the guy will have the ball bounce off his hands and a DB will intercept it. That’s what happened to Fromm.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      He was fine through five games this year, and two of those were against teams that weren’t any worse than most everyone in the back half of the schedule. So why did he and the offense fall apart? That’s the mystery, and I find it hard to believe that one receiver going down accounts for it.

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  15. ASEF

    Isaac Nauta and Riley Ridley: 7 NFL snaps and 0 targets between the two of them. Terry Godwin: on his 2nd team, practice squad.

    Hardman is flourishing, averaging 21 yards per on 24 catches.

    So why did these guys go pro? What sort of advice did they get? Did they ignore it? Because 3 of them are already hanging on for dear life.

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    • Merk

      Godwin was a senior, Nauta was tired of getting 10 catches a year and just blocking, Riley had a big bro in the NFL and prob thought his last year was enough to get him on a team. Of all of the players Riley was the most NFL ready, but I guess not so much.

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      • Bulldog Joe

        The shift to a passing game in the NFL happened a long time ago. Aside from the Patriots, the top NFL’s offenses have evolved to west coast, spread concepts. Quarterbacks are increasingly being allowed to improvise. Baltimore, Houston, Seattle, Buffalo, and Kansas City use the quarterback as an additional rushing threat.

        Looking at that landscape, one can see how Georgia’s current offense no longer prepares ‘skill’ players well for the NFL. That recruiting pitch is increasingly falling on deaf ears. Many current players are choosing to leave early for the same reasons.

        Adapt or die.

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    • Brandon M

      Didn’t Godwin graduate?

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    • Mayor

      “The lure of easy money has a very strong appeal.” Glenn Frey

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  16. Bulldog Joe

    No “what ifs” in this game. Give LSU credit for making necessary changes in the offseason and improvising when a play was well-defended.

    Learn from it.

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  17. Merk

    We need to bring in someone to fix the WR and the QB. Coley going or staying really does not matter as much as fixing both of those areas.(Yes I know Coley does the QB) The best play caller in football can’t do crap if the QB can;t hit open guys and the WR can’t catch when they do get the ball.

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  18. more spinners

    Im still trying to figure out what Fisher saw in Coley. Or what Smart sees in Hankton. The latter, most definitely!. He came out of Vandy.
    Now that Pittman is the new HC at Arkansas, will we be treated in the Sugar Bowl to what we saw last year in the Cotton against another Big 12 fast paced team.
    Defense maybe okay against some SEC teams, but coupled with the coaching abilities of the OC and the passing game coordinator, plus the long gone O line coach, well, it could get ugly in the Sugar Bowl quickly just like against LSU.
    Smart is in the same briar patch as he was last year at this time. Unfortunately his young roster with numerous injuries is going to be a coaching test re bowl game. Baylor like Texas will come in ready to play.
    Two losses in 2019. Prior to the SC kickoff Smart said the team was not ready to play.
    Well, it looked like that Saturday. Way the O line play you had to wonder now if the Pittman situation was a factor.
    Definitely not a Mark Bradley fan, but he is spot on about Fromm. The regression of Fromm is a huge issue for this team. You would think he would get it together with his coaches.
    The manball team has left the BM building, Smart has the opportunity to change his offensive strategy and coaches. Will he do it?

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  19. Ugajeff91

    It was a dominant performance by the hottest team in CFB at end of the year. Still, coaching philosophy exposed? I’m not sure anyone was beating LSU Sat night, but you tell me…with a healthy Swift that runs for 100-150, a healthy Cager, and Pickens an entire game, what is the likely final score? I think LSU wins a close one, but that’s just a difference in personnel and using what you have. Or what if Fromm just makes the missed throws on target and WRs catch the ones he does make? I’m not ready to throw out the philosophy altogether yet…in fact, I’d argue this may have been Kirby’s best coaching job yet considering what he realized he had to work with. 11-2, and a dominant loss to a national title contender in 3rd straight SECC ain’t bad for a down year. I’m not happy with the result, of course. But this team never did come together offensively. Put that on Kirby, Coley, the personnel losses, whatever. But the Dawgs are still moving in the right direction. This next year or 2 will tell us more about Kirby’s stubbornness and ultimate success level. But to me, he squeezed about all you could expect out of this group.

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  20. Macallanlover

    Said in a post yesterday, I am thinking this was enough of a wake up call to make Kirby change his spots. If he doesn’t get it after 5-6 weeks of everyone telling him “Kirby, you have/are a problem”, he was destined to fail due to a fatal flaw. Just as it was the December decisions last year on two coordinators that sealed our fate for 2019, the next few days/weeks might well determine Kirby’s fate at UGA. I don’t know if he will make the right decisions, but I feel he will be more open in the evaluation process this year. I also feel he will explore versatility on offense, he couldn’t be that blind and reached this level of success.

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    • Bill Glennon

      I think the next 5-6 days could decide UGA’s fate next season, but it won’t decide Kirby’s fate at UGA. If he stood pat and chalked it up to a personnel problem, and UGA failed next year, Kirby would still be safe. He would just fire Coley after next year and bring someone else in.

      Richt got 10 years to drift in neutral after his initial success. UGA has had 5 coaches in almost 60 years. With 3 SEC championship appearances in 3 years, Kirby would have to suffer a multi-year malaise to get fired. I don’t see that happening, but I can see the offense not getting fixed next year because Kirby is stubborn.

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  21. Geezus

    “Scream at Coley all you want, but I’m not sure what else he could do, working with a Swift who was far from 100%. Georgia came out wanting to establish the pass to set up the run, which was certainly a defensible strategy, only to see Fromm and his receivers provide a dysfunctional performance. When you can’t pass and don’t want to rely on the run overly much, there ain’t much left to call after that. That isn’t to say Coley had a great game as it went on, but the offense had much bigger problems than the plays he called.”

    Wholeheartedly disagree. Coley is on the hook as he is the quarterback coach. He’s a shitty, predictable play caller and is responsible for the gross regression of a pretty good QB.

    I’m not clamoring for Bobo (though I didn’t have as big a problem with him as others), but Coley as got … to … go!

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  22. Texas Dawg

    We don’t need Kirby to go out and get us the Lamborghini of offenses, but we would like to get rid of the 88 4 door Crown Vic offense. Maybe a nice sporty but yet still family friendly number would do.

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  23. Gurkha Dawg

    What happened on Saturday is so obvious, I can’t believe you guys can’t see it. Kirby is probably the greatest strategist in football history. He knew that the dawgs were close this year, but not quite ready to win the NC. So rather than show the football world his hand, he only used about 30% of the playbook. Why waste all those awesome plays, only to lose in the semifinal or final. So in a stroke of genius Kirby kept the offense very vanilla the whole year even telling Jake to miss a few guys and the receivers to drop a few balls in order to keep the rest of college football completely clueless as to our greatness. This whole year was a setup for next year! Kirby has played all of college football for complete chumps! So to all of you Dawgs with heavy hearts, I say to you: “Wait until next year!”

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  24. mroe spinners

    Have not seen a replay of the LSU game, but while watching it and listening to the Dawgs’ broadcast crew, and maybe I’ll change my mind, but I thought the Dawgs were the quicker team.
    Except the O line. They do not come off quick enough. Alot is said about the lack of a passing offense, but did anyone tthink Swift would have the season he did? He is not mentioned much
    Coley always wanted to bunch the players rather than spreading them out. You have to like how he wanted to get Swift some scored and yards in that Tech game by putting him in that wild dawg. Have him run to the outside and get busted. Play of the year for me. You would think with this all world Pittman line he could have strolled thru the A gap against Tech. And did Pittman really fit with Coley. Other than to be a HC with perks, why would you want to go back to Arkansas. See Richt and Miami.
    So will Arkansas run manball?
    Pittman should have talked to Paul.
    Cause today Paul threw a lot of shade over Smart and Saban.
    Worth noting, neither are in the playoffs with their offenses, and Dabo took down Saban 2 times.

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  25. 69Dawg

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Kirby is more concerned with how his coaches recruit than in how they coach the position. Coley is his south Florida connection, he sucked at the U as an OC but he was a good recruiter. Don’t we have Jonahs Jennings on staff, don’t you think a Pro offensive Lineman could coach them up so they can at least pull. Cortez Hankston has got to be a great WR coach because our guys block so well, they can’t caught a cold but they sure can block. Damn I wish Kirby knew an all-pro WR that could teach the WR both.Hell Hines offered but he was not a great recruiter. These Jimmy’s and Joe’s we speak of are in fact high school kids and they are two years away from being great but we play them anyway. Pickens is another AJ Green type but the rest of them need time, and radical thought Derek, coaching.

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  26. Ldawg

    I was watching the NFL channel pregame show yesterday. They did a segment on Tom Brady, GOAT. Tom has not been his usual self this year. He’s missing open guys, throwing behind, completion percentage down. Sound familiar? The experts concluded that the primary culprit was the significant turnover NE has had in the receiver room. They stressed how difficult it is to develop timing & chemistry in the passing game. A number of college analysts basically said the same thing about Fromm and our offense. Both teams have had to deal with this in the middle of the season.

    So who do I believe, you bunch of Weinberg’s?!?! or well known successful ex-college & professional players who have won a bunch of championships?

    I’m with the experts that this is the primary determinative factor in Fromm’s regression and it forced our hand on offensive strategy. There are other factors, ignoring the HUNH for example is a head scratcher, but the primary reason was the WR turnover/attrition and having to develop new talent mid-season.

    I would love to see us open it up more but I don’t think we had the horses. That said, all it takes is a few key additions and we can have a very different look offensively next year.

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