“It’s a football season. Football seasons are always tough.”

You know, the mea culpas issued during James Coley’s presser didn’t interest me in the slightest.  If you’ve watched the season unfold, or looked at the stats, it’s clear that Georgia’s offense regressed during 2019.  Taking responsibility for that only matters in an exit review.

What I’m far more interested in hearing about is the why.  Does the offensive coordinator have an idea what’s happened?  What about the starting quarterback?  It may sound stupidly obvious, but if you can’t identify the problem, you sure can’t fix it.

Surprisingly enough in this day and age of coachspeak, both Coley and Fromm managed to shed some light on what’s gone wrong.

Before I get to that, let me mention what I don’t think is wrong.  Jake Fromm is a damned good quarterback.  He hasn’t lost his ability to play the position.  Someone who has the awareness to make a play like this as a true freshman on a big stage isn’t mediocre.

Listen to the way Herbstreit describes Fromm’s work on that play as it unfolds.  Jake hasn’t forgotten how to play the position.

As for all the other stuff we’ve seen some insist Fromm can’t do — lack of arm strength, patience, inability to throw in tight spaces, etc. — it’s BS.  He’s shown he can do all those things.

But tape don’t lie, either.  This year has seen a downturn in his game.  Here’s how Fromm describes what’s happened to him:

“It’s tough. Throughout the season you work less on fundamentals and more on scheme. That’s part of the battle of what you put the time into,” Fromm said. “For us, I know for me, I got away from the fundamentals and worked a little too much on scheme, and it hurt my progress with my feet later throughout the year.”

In my humble opinion, that’s a coaching failure.  Sure, execution is on the player, but if you see a decline in fundamentals, you should be there to help turn that around, especially with someone as coachable as Fromm is.  Like they’re apparently taking the time to do now.

“For us, we’ve been working throughout these last two weeks, a lot on feet, how can we get quicker, how can we develop a better base, how can we get better feet through progressions three and four,” he said. “We’re really working on that.”

Coley, in defending his quarterback’s season, doesn’t mention any of that.  Instead, he pointed fingers at Fromm’s surrounding cast.

“It looks like you’re not accurate when guys are running a bender across the middle of the field and he keeps it vertical. You think he’s bending, and the ball ends up being short, and you end up saying, ‘Man, this guy threw a terrible ball.’ Or the guy is running a 10-yard stop route, and he runs it at 12, and it’s a low throw,” Coley said. “That’s not all the time, but it happens when you get injuries; it happens when you’ve got guys who haven’t played in a while, or if it’s their first chance, they’re a little nervous and take their routes a little deeper than they should, and it ends up looking like (Fromm)’s not playing as good as he was a year ago.”

Hey, I get all that.  It’s not as if it’s any surprise that the receiving corps’ route running has been inconsistent all season.  But it’s also not as if it’s any surprise that there are some receivers who have failed to improve over the course of 12 or 13 games that are still getting playing time.  The question, again, is why they are.  Remember, Coley is the guy who famously said in the preseason that his job is about “players, not plays”.

Instead of finding the core group of receivers who work best with Fromm, an admittedly harder task when Cager went down for good, Coley seems to have fallen back on relying on the running game even in the face of defenses gearing up ever more to stop it ($$).

“We’re still a pro-style offense, and that just gives us the flexibility to do a bunch of things. And again, it’s who you have out there and who you’re trying to feature. So what gives you the best chance: Giving the ball to the tailback who’s a really good player, or throwing the ball to a young guy who may not be ready for that moment yet? You know what I mean?”

Problem there is you’re hamstringing your quarterback, who also happens to be a really good player.  And you’ll have to excuse me if I think this is some weak spin:

“I don’t really see it as the system that Kirby wants to run, or we’re forced to run this certain system,” Coley said. “As a staff, we sat down and we said, What gives us the best chance to beat certain teams with the players we have? And that’s the plays we’ve called to put our players in place.

Do I think Kirby is whispering in Coley’s ears what specific plays he wants run?  Nah.  Do I think the head coach sets a specific direction for the scheme he wants for his offense?  Of course he does; that’s part of being the head coach.

Here’s a question I’ve got after reading all of that — what’s the hierarchy of skills Georgia looks for in its pass catchers?  Is it more important to block downfield, or to run routes correctly?  If you don’t trust a young guy to make a catch and that affects your playcalling, what do you (or your head coach, for that matter) see in him to put him out on the field in the first place?

In the end, it’s fine to shift blame away from Fromm, but if this is all you have as a defense,

“It’s a difficult thing to scheme around. But it’s what we do, and it’s what we get paid to do,” Coley said. “And we’ve got to do the best we can.”

… you’re not really offering much there as a concrete solution.  I mean, even Fromm has a suggestion.

Fromm did let it be known that he’s ready to run, something he’s not been asked to do very much in Georgia’s offensive scheme.

“That’s where the game is going, and with my feet, I’m ready to go,” Fromm said. “Let’s go play football and be a football player.”

All in all, that doesn’t lead me to expect much in the way of new against Baylor, although I hope that a renewed emphasis on Fromm’s mechanics will pay some short-term dividends.  But doing the best you can as the basis for a renewed offensive approach in 2020 is a pretty thin reed on which to rest your hopes.



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72 responses to ““It’s a football season. Football seasons are always tough.”

  1. Heyberto

    So will Any coaches be getting fired after the bowl game? Seems like the QB and WR coaches could use some shaking up.


  2. Redeye Dawg

    Very good assessment. Makes one wonder why our high-priced coaches didn’t pick up on this earlier in the season.


    • The other Doug

      It’s more likely they did pick it up after the USC game. The second half of this season is a lot like the second half of Richt’s last season. There are glaring issues, but by playing ultra conservative on offense they grind out Ws.


  3. Greg

    perfect scheme, play calling and execution may have given us 1 more win….who knows whether that would have been good enough to make the final 4.

    Not having the horses at WR was the biggest issue in the falloff (offense) imo. Who knows if it would have been good enough to beat LSU, that was a good ass kicking. Considering everything, we were lucky to win 11.

    Everything is magnified in losses, the cure…..“more better” WR. We also need to restock on RB…..and that is on Kirby.

    Still wishing we were sitting at home, another loss would just do more damage. My hope is, our backups are better than their starters….and the way we have been recruiting…we have a chance at (win).


  4. Macallanlover

    Amen, Senator. JF hasn’t forgotten how to play QB, he has made all the throws, he has 3 years of experience and performed in the big games, on the biggest stages and he shows up prepared every time. Fromm isn’t our problem, and this should not be the question, nor questioned by any knowledgeable fan. Now if you wish to run the OU, or Navy offense, there are many better options. All I know is there are some fans who have mouthed off most of the season, for whatever reasons or agendas, and they have been sickening. Guess we shouldn’t be surprised, it is soooo Georgia to eat our own.

    I don’t think any of us know what an autopsy of this year’s offensive showing would show, probably some mixture of all that has been discussed at various times. And I don’t think the Sugar Bowl can look that different with all the missing pieces to be effective enough to give us great confidence going into 2020. But Kirby better have a plan to hit the ground this Spring with some answers or he may find the ship has sailed. UGA clearly isn’t the shiny new toy we were going into 2018 and 2019, and the momentum we have enjoyed in recruiting is at risk if we don’t have a different vibe this coming season.


    • Greg

      agree, nice post.


    • Tony Barnfart

      I feel like I’ve been screaming that we need to push the ball down the field more for like 15 months. You could feel this whole thing coming to a head for a while. Then Ridley leaving early was a disaster. (and Hollomon situation obviously).

      Still, we’ve gotta be better prepared for transition like we are at every other position. I think many things in sports are like the proverbial “practicing free throws” analogy. You can’t cram for the test. If these youngster WRs spent all of August getting downfield blocking techniques and assignments drilled into their brains, then by basic math they probably didn’t spend the necessary time getting into that mind-reading rhythm between QB-WR that the best offenses have. So it’s like a basketball player shooting free throws— he knows about the nail on the floor and what his personal pre-shot sequence is gonna be. But he’s ultimately not as good as he can be because he only shot 200 free throws pre-season instead of 1,000.


  5. TN Dawg

    Why would they fire anyone?

    They are SECe champs and went 11-2 with a loss to the likely NC.

    That’s plenty good.


    • The other Doug

      I agree that we had a great season, but the offense was atrocious. UGA won’t return to Atlanta if there aren’t changes/improvements.

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      • Gaskilldawg

        The reality is that we DID win the SEC east with the offense and along the way beat the college football playoff rankings number 9 team, number 12 team on its home field and number 15 team. To categorically say, with certitude, that we will not win the SEC east in 2020 if our offense plays the same way assumes that someone else in the SEC east will be better than we were in 2019. Who will be better? Are you on the Mullen train? It lost a lot of talent an has not recruited as well as us and other SEC teams. UT? it will be better but it isn’t that good and it plays us in Athens. UK? Really?


        • Gaskilldawg

          Forgot to add before I hit “post comment” I agree that we will not do better than 2nd place in the SEC CG unless we improve, but we aren’t going to be Missouri, either.

          That said, we will underachieve relative to our talent if we are 11-2, SEC CG losers, and number 5 at this point in 2020. We do need to improve our offense to be a realistic nc contender.


          • Nate Dawg

            Count the bammer game as a loss…screw up like you did this year vs the chickens…say you “Georgia-Up” the 10rcee game – also how historically hard is it to win your division 4 years in a row? I can easily see fla making it to Atl even if we do beat em.

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        • The other Doug

          We are losing a lot of talent on the offensive side plus I think the schedule is tougher with Bama added and TAMU coming off. There are no certitudes. It’s just an opinion.

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          • Gaskilldawg

            Sure, Doug. No argument as to what you said. The premise I responded to, though, was if our offensive results are identical to 2019 we guaranteed won’t win the SEC East.
            Absolutely our performance on either side of the ball could be worse in 2020 than in 2019, especially if Fromm does not return. If recruiting rankings mean anything we will have a better level of talent in 2020 than we have in 2019, meaning that we have the meas to be better in 2020, if Fromm returns.


    • CB

      Because a basic overview shows what we’re doing it’s clearly not sustainable. Diminishing returns.


  6. Bwahaha. Man, Kirby and now Coley have both publicly shit all over the WRs.

    Anyone want to wager that Hankton is looking for a new job 5 minutes after the clock hits 0:00?


    • TN Dawg

      So true.

      It’s almost surreal hearing “the receivers didn’t run to where the ball was thrown”.

      It’s like the parent in the stand insisting everyone in the marching band turned the wrong way except for their darling child.


      • I’m sorry… you think route running hasn’t been a deficiency this season?


        • TN Dawg

          To some extent.

          But the dumping on receivers explicitly seems odd.

          Generally these types of issues are described as “receiver and quarterback weren’t on the same page”.

          I get that the coaches are trying to lure JF to return for his senior season, but the “11 is above reproach” is a bit much.

          IMO, there was a lot of believing the press clippings going on this year.

          Let’s hope that if JF returns, most of the off season is spent with private workouts between 11 and his receivers.


    • dawgman3000

      Yeah man, that’s some wild stuff there. If the coaches were focusing more on scheme than fundamentals as Fromm says, then that not only effects him, it effects the WR’s as well. That tells me that the WR’s were probably more worried about WHAT route to run rather than HOW to run a route properly.


      • MGW

        The 2019 offense really reminds me of the Grantham defenses. Awesome in spurts; disastrous other times. The problem was basically it was an amazing scheme, if you could pull it off… but college players just can’t consistently do it; too complex. Or taught that way.

        Either way we consistently had issues with players being out of position, even if it was the right call for the situation. Even the press conferences go about the same; coach knows he made the right call and the system works, but can’t for the life of him figure out what the problem is. Sound familiar?


  7. Sides

    Maybe Cheney was worth the money….


  8. Paul

    Well here’s what our experience with Kirby tells us. In season one he stubbornly insisted the team execute his system, his way even when it did not fit the players skillset and cost us games. We chalked it up to a new coach implementing a new system. This year down the stretch he stubbornly insisted the team run the same plays over and over even as defenders loaded the box with more players than could possibly be blocked. I’m thinking Kirby is a stubborn man. So I’ll be shocked if we see anything different next year. Pleasantly shocked, but shocked none the less.


  9. Jim

    I watched the Coley presser on YouTube yesterday. He does not inspire confidence. And I agree 100pct with the poster who noted above that Hankton will be looking for a job. It does make me wonder how we signed those 4 WRa though


  10. The other Doug

    First, what was the scheme that Fromm was focusing on instead of fundamentals? We run the same basic offense, so I have to think it was a defensive scheme. Which brings me to…

    In the video from his freshman year he is against zone coverage, and most of his struggles this year are against man. Especially tight man.

    Also, if it was/is a coaching problem then the coach will be gone after the bowl game. Kirby isn’t the kind of coach to keep dead weight to be nice. If a coach can’t get his WRs to run a decent route then he is gone. Same for an OC that can’t make decent play calls. If there are no big changes it is likely they were coaching hard but nothing was working. Blaylock and Pickens looked good by the end of the season, but others not so much.


    • If there are no big changes it is likely they were coaching hard but nothing was working.

      That’s what Mark Richt told himself about Willie Martinez.


      • The other Doug

        Do you think Smart would keep a coach like Sweet Willie? I don’t.

        It looks like Coley is safe because if he wasn’t Bobo would be in Athens. Hankerton on the other hand might be sprucing the house up to get it ready fort he spring market.


    • AlphaDawg

      “what was the scheme that Fromm was focusing on instead of fundamentals?” This explains the increase in the RPO plays and the marked decrease in Play Action, this along with the new receivers explains a lot about the decline in Fromm’s performance this year.


  11. more spinners

    Outstanding post Senator!!
    Had to stop half way thru.
    But just got called back to work. Even with a broken foot.
    When you are good, you’re good.
    Fun to work.
    KS has to be on top of this.
    Personally, I think Chaney and Pittman hurt the offense culture. Coley is not good enough to move it forward.
    Time to recruit and hire a 5* OC and QB coach.


  12. I hope Coley is gone on Jan 2, but If Kirby does keep him he had better at least go out and hire some additional help for this stiff. If no changes are made, it is going to be a miserable off season around here, that is for certain. In my opinion, this is a career make or break moment for our coach. Personally, I think he should clean house on the offensive side of the ball, other than Luke obviously.


    • 2675miller

      Did anyone else notice how great Clempson’s wrs held their blocks on their long td plays? What UGA’s offense was missing is better blocking wrs and breakaway playmakers like both Clempson and Ohio State had. Fix that and the coaches will look like geniuses again.


    • You think he should fire Dell McGee? I don’t.


      • McGee gets a pass but Coley, Hankton, and Fountain can all hit the road IMHO.


          • California dawg

            Harley needs to be gone. How much to blame Coley for our offensive woes (I’d say a lot) is a matter of debate, but I think most of us can agree we can certainly do much better at OC. Coley had a middling at best career in the ACC. He can recruit well but that doesn’t mean he deserves an OC position at an elite SEC school.

            All that being said, I think we’re stuck with Coley in 2020. It’s hard to imagine Kirby firing him even if we have another constipated offense showing in 2 days. As far as additional help a la Joe Brady to LSU, I wonder if Kirby feels that’s he’s already solved that with Luke?


  13. NCDawg

    I constantly hear from Coley that players not executing and are not ready to play and execute the schemed plays. Isn’t it the coaches job to get them ready? We have plenty of coachable talent, they just aren’t being coached up enough. I also believe that the coaches have not instilled confidence in the WR’s. Players play well and make plays when they play confident. Our RB’s play confident, our defense plays confident, our WR’s play hesitant. That’s on the coaches. LSU has almost the same players as last year and they have improved immensely under Brady and Ensminger(God bless his family). The articles on the drills their WR’s go through to be confident show us the blueprint for what it takes. Our WR’s are good, our coaching could be better, whether it’s the same coaches or new.


  14. Didntgotheredawg

    There’s no silver bullet. Coley’s point about the receivers running the wrong routes and not doing the mental things right is part of it. Receivers catching with their chest instead of hands is part of it. Fromm loses confidence and can’t throw his receivers open as a result is also a part of it. However there is no question that Fromm’s mechanics have regressed. When I saw him step into his throw for a long td pass against App St his freshman year while getting drilled in the mouth I thought this kid is special. Then he Wally Pipped Eason. I’m not sure if it is all of the above or for fear of getting drilled by 300 lbs linemen running a 4.6 forty but it seems to me he’s all too often not stepping into throws like he used to, and throwing off your backfoot too often leads to poor accuracy.


  15. Let’s just all hope that the very highly rated and talented group of receivers we just signed will provide a much needed infusion of pass-catching ability that Fromm, or whomever winds up behind center next season, can take full advantage of.

    I say this because unfortunately, ours receiver corps needs help…a lot of it.

    As much as I hate to say it, Kearis Jackson has been a major disappointment.

    Matt Landers it seems, with all of his physical attributes, absolutely refuses to exert any additional effort to make catches in any situation, tight or otherwise. He’s dropped a few this year, but he probably could have made several more catches if he had only jumped or dove, or otherwise fought even a little to catch some of those passes that weren’t perfectly thrown at him.

    Tommy Bush hasn’t been able to break into the rotation due to injury or other reasons.

    What about Trey Blount? Is he just a special teamer, or what?

    With all of the receivers we have at this moment, are Landers and Jackson the only viable options we have other than Pickens and Roberson?

    Offensive skill position coaching. Poor. Ineffective. In need of immediate upgrade.

    With regard to my opening statement, we shouldn’t overlook the fact that we also have a couple of outstanding RB’s coming in this year, so we should be set in that area. Both Mathis, when finally cleared to return to full duty, and the new kid Beck have strong lively arms and can run as well.

    On second thought, maybe we better try and sign one or two more WR’s before this class is done.

    Go Dawgs-


  16. W Cobb Dawg

    I’m hoping Matt Luke will take/have a lot more responsibility for the offensive performance than Pittman did. I could be completely wrong, but I got the impression Pittman handled the OL and anything else about the O was someone else’s job.

    In Coley’s defense, I’m not sure he’s getting all the help he needs from the offensive staff. If Hankton is the ‘passing game coordinator’, he’s got a helluva lot of splainin to do.

    Another question is whether the ‘Associate Head Coach’ title makes Luke the higher authority over the offense, or whether it’s essentially a meaningless title.


    • Go Dawgs!

      I’m not sure what else you would have liked Coach Pittman to take responsibility for. Sam Pittman was the offensive line coach. He’s responsible for the play of the offensive linemen. None of the assistants get interviewed during the season anyway, but did you want to see him go rogue and start talking to reporters about how the receivers weren’t performing and it was somehow his fault?

      Pittman had a title of associate head coach, but that’s an honorarium. He wasn’t doing anything else besides coaching the line, he wasn’t a co-coordinator. Same for Luke. It’s a title that lets them pay the guys more money and get their egos stroked. It’s what it took to keep Pittman at Georgia when his buddy Chaney when home to Knoxville, and it softens the blow for Luke of becoming a position coach again after being the head man at Ole Miss.


      • Tony Barnfart

        I agree, but from a Wish-List standpoint, I’m with WCobb on hoping Matt Luke can infuse some new ideas about both scheme and guys out there we could bring in to help coach and change what we’re doing. In his time at ole miss going back to freeze, he’s been part of some damn good and innovative offenses that operated on a take no prisoners approach. I want to do to people what they did to us in the downfield passing game in 2016. Chad Kelly looked like Joe Burrow that day.


        • W Cobb Dawg

          I’d add that Luke has worked with Cutcliffe, RichRod, Freeze, and Werner – any of whom have more experience than our returning offensive staff. Luke brings a lot of experience to the offensive staff, which I think we are sorely lacking.

          When Kirby became HC he loaded up on experienced assistants. As they’ve moved on he’s replaced them with much younger, far less experienced people -guys who can do some coaching, but handle a bigger share of the recruiting grind. Hopefully, he realizes there’s a need for a more balanced staff. He needs assistants that have more coaching credentials.


  17. CEPH

    I quote Spurrier again, ” POOR ASSISTANTS COACHES WILL GET YOU FIRED” Obviously Kirby never read that memo. But if this trend continues he may wish he had. If UGA’s recruiting drops off Kirby is in deep s—t because they win a lot of games on sheer talent.


  18. Go Dawgs!

    I’m more than willing to place the blame on Coley, but I have to say that I think he did a pretty good job of calling plays whenever he had the apparently green light from the head coach to open her up, so to speak. I didn’t have a problem with the playcalling in the SEC Championship Game. I didn’t have a problem with the playcalling in the first half of the season. It’s frustrating when the play doesn’t work out, but I think it’s pretty obvious that part of that situation was the receivers simply didn’t pull their weight this year. He’s right, a lot of the struggles we’re pinning on Fromm are more than Fromm knows how the passing game is supposed to work and seemingly very few other players on the receiving end of his pass attempts did.

    I’ve been surprised, frankly, not to see more criticism among Dawg fans of Coach Hankton this year. You can make the argument that Cager arrived as more or less a finished product. Beyond Cager, who was the guy that looked like a polished route runner this year? Pickens and Blaylock got by on talent (Pickens especially… I would pay money just to come to practice and watch him work on sideline passes for an hour). But neither of them really seemed to develop into route runners who could beat an elite SEC DB in man coverage. This comment thread is the first time I’ve really seen more than one or two comments about Hankton. Ultimately, it’s on Coley because it’s his job to coordinate the whole thing and the receivers never really looked all that coordinated this year. And, it’s obviously very bad luck that injuries struck the more experienced players in the receiving group this year. Next year, though, we’re looking at even less experience in the receivers room, and some of that experience will be players like Matt Landers who, to put it charitably, have yet to make a real impact on the program. We have signed some top-flight talent at the position already and we may have more coming, who knows? But do we think that Coach Hankton is the man to develop that talent? So far I haven’t seen it.

    The problem is, if you’re planning to make a change, when do you do it? We couldn’t do it on the tarmac after Georgia Tech because of the early signing day. And we can’t do it in the Superdome locker room because we’ve got guys ready to make commitments the next day and we’re pushing for actual signing day. So do you fire the coaches on National Signing Boxing Day? I guess you could, but haven’t the competent coaches found new homes by then? I’m worried that we’ve already married these coaches for another year based on the fact that they’re still here on December 30th. Maybe you can dump Hankton if you’re not really hoping to add another receiver, but Coley? I think we’re stuck.


  19. Well thanks for making me have to change my clothes because I spewed my coffee when you said “my humble opinion”. Damn that was a good one!!
    FWIW-I type this from NOLA


  20. ASEF

    So maybe Fromm should grad transfer to LSU?

    After 4 years of elite recruiting and a WR position group that boasts just as many recruiting stars as LSU and more stars than Clemson, I think we can stop hoping that Kirby just recruits his way out of this

    Let me put it another way: if LSU and Georgia traded WRs, do we really think this offense suddenly hangs 49 on Oklahoma in a half? Not me.

    Go back and watch the LSU Oklahoma game. A lot of Brady’s throws were over the head of a DB chasing a WR. It’s not like there was a ton of separation there – the DB has his hands on the receiver. But the WR could see the ball and catch it despite the contact. They weren’t 50/50 jump balls. Just a well practiced pitch and catch.

    We don’t do those routes or scramble drills.

    Both Clemson and LSU pass to set up the run. Both of them will gladly let their QB run for 100 yards until the defense adjusts to stop it, which opens up some space for the passing game.

    I am not saying Georgia should suddenly try to run Clemson’s or LSU’s offense. But we have to acknowledge their receiver production is directly a product of schemes and practiced skill sets that prioritize the passing game.

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  21. Kalamazoodawg

    I watched the second half of that Rose Bowl on a replay over the break. You see receivers making contested catches, coming back for the football, and using their hands (Wims TD catch in the 4Q is a thing of beauty). You also see WRs blocking downfield on long runs (Wims was blocking his man out of bounds on a TD run by Michel). These were all rarities in 2019. The WR group may have been more talented and was definitely more experienced in 2017, but ultimately you have to lay blame at the feet of the coaches.

    Certainly Fromm could have been better this year, and perhaps his footwork led to some accuracy issues. But this year’s offensive offense ain’t his fault. I also have to wonder how all of the above affected his confidence and ultimately his play. If you aren’t confident the right route is being run, not confident the guy is going to fight for the ball and catch it, it has to mess with his head.

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  22. 69Dawg

    Kirby is a DC in HC position. At least. coach O had the sense and self confidence to change. The jury is still out on Kirby.


    • California dawg

      Lol Kirby had us in the natty in year 2. Coach O’s first HC job was a trainwreck. Point being – Orgeron is older and has had a lot more time and multiple stops to develop into a HC. I might argue the jury is still out on him to replicate this year’s success without a generational talent in Burrow.

      Kirby’s still learning to be an HC, sure. But he’s way ahead of his contemporaries when you compare their track-records as first-time head coaches.


  23. WNCDawg

    I spoke of Jake’s footwork and lack of tendencies in earlier post. Yes he has in fact regressed, talent wise not so much. Timing is everything in the passing game and the proof is in the Fields interception to end the OSU championship aspirations. The receiver thought Fields was gonna scramble so he broke off the post and went to the corner slipping on his way. If Fields fevers out the WR would have been correct. It basically cost the ball game.
    So in retrospect our WR’s are not exactly trash. See drills ( catch percentage rose over 30% from last years ) LSU players did for hand eyes coordination while repeating their route responsibilities and catching tennis balls at the same time.
    I am not sure why Fromm’s fundamentals have suffered because of focus on schemes. Basic high school practice 101 ( individual fundamentals both offense and defense, group fundamentals both offense and defense, 7 on 7 best against best while OL works against game plan with DL schemes of opponent, Then team O, team D and then special teams. In 4 years of high school, four years of college and 32 years coaching I never saw this vary but on pre game days. On the outside looking in their was little change to schemes other than having a basic plan to attack opponents defenses where they show weakness.
    The plays certainly didn’t seem to change, ask the TE room. The inability of WR’s to get off the LOS due to rolled coverage was the other timing issue. I do not think LSU’s receivers are any more physical or faster than UGA’s.
    The QB keep has been the least of any play that was run all year. Jake may not have Burrows power, or Fields agility. Fromm might come in 2nd to Aaron Murray’s magical slight of hand fakes.
    He was committed to Alabama you know. Just sayin’ there a lot more madness to the means besides laying it all on the WR room.


  24. McTyre

    Again, coaches who recruit well don’t always coach well …. which IMHO dictates to a large extent what Kirby needs to fix leading into 2020. WRs (route running and catch technique) and OLB (can’t pressure the QB and not so good in the run game) don’t appear to be developing and, particularly in a deep 5*-laden OLB room, that’s particularly glaring. Maybe Lanning is a great DC, but I’ve yet to see his assigned position group 2016-19 produce anywhere near their talent level.


  25. Do we really expect the coaching staff to identify our problems for our opponents BEFORE the game?


    • After 13 games, I’m pretty sure Baylor’s coaching staff can identify Georgia’s problems on offense without any help.


      • It’s a little bit more difficult for them because they are not nearly as familiar
        with our player and our opponents players. Their not completely ignorant obviously but to give them any help before the game makes no sense. I’d
        rather the coaches correct the problems rather than spend time telling us about it.


      • Junkyardawg41

        “Everybody in this room, we could put a game on and all figure out what plays would be great against that defense, (but) who’s going to make those plays, right?” Coley said.


  26. Whiskey Dawg

    I watched Coley’s press conference. I was not impressed by him. In fact, I came away less confident in this game and next season when it comes to the offense.

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  27. UGA '97

    This post nails it. At the end of the day, we are only asking for more progress & production from younger talented players over the course of a 12 game season. A few bad routes/drops & missed assignments will always happen, but when they are chronic, it all comes down to the coaches. For some odd reason, Vegas didn’t expose this disfunction when they set the line for LSU.


  28. The Old Jeffster

    I understand all Dawg fans angst about our offense and the Senator’s post does a brilliant job burying our O/C. But red meat for the masses aside—- its obvious to all our QB didn’t get enough help in real time to fix whatever the hell was going on. For me it boils down to not understanding how a small army of offensive coaches/analysts/coordinators/GA’s not only couldn’t get Fromm on the same page as his talented but inexperienced receiving cast but they got worse, instead of better as the season progressed. To me that doesn’t make sense. Unfortunately how deep the rot goes in our offensive structure is beyond our knowledge; is it just one guy or does Kirby need to clean house on the offensive side? If the coaching is as bad as so many suggest, it’s difficult to see Kirby stand pat after the season.


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