Daily Archives: August 26, 2020

Your Daily Gator gets a little dramatic.

“It’s now or never” — promises, promises.



Filed under Gators, Gators..., Georgia Football

My work here really *is* done.

In explaining why Todd Monken is the best new offensive coordinator hire of the offseason in today’s Mailbag ($$), Stewart Mandel used the term “man ball”.

As a college football blogger, all I can say is if I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere.


Filed under Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles


Stats of hope, courtesy of Mr. Emerson ($$):

Another factor that Monken will probably be evaluating is which quarterback can help the team create more explosive plays. That’s an emphasis for Georgia after struggling in that category last year. And it’s always been an emphasis for Monken.

Mullens, in Monken’s last year at Southern Miss in 2015, was first in the nation in explosive plays. (He had 75 passes of 20-plus yards, tied with the quarterback at Western Kentucky, and had 36 passes of 30 yards or more, fifth most in the nation.)

Weeden, in his one year with Monken, was second in the nation in long passing plays (20 yards or more), with 63, behind only Houston’s Case Keenum.

Ooh, baby.

I know he said yesterday it’s an open competition, but Newman’s big arm has to be making Monken drool about the possibilities just a little.


Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

Almost a meme



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My work here is just about done.


Filed under Georgia Football

Your 8.26.20 Playpen

I don’t normally do requests, but it turned out I had already found the perfect fodder for this week’s post.  And I do mean perfect.

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I’m still laughing.

Your time in the comments starts now.


Filed under GTP Stuff

Nailing the interview

Here’s the Monken presser from yesterday:

There’s a guy who’s answered a whole lot of questions during his career and is no longer fazed by anything he gets tossed his way in his area of expertise.

Which makes me wonder again what his initial job interview with Smart was like, not just in terms of how he presented himself to his prospective employer, but also what he was told Smart was looking for.

Kirby Smart’s expectations …

“Scoring points and not turning it over. I know that’s really simple, but … when we spoke about his vision of the offense, it was certainly what every coach wants. It’s taking advantage of your personnel and the players that you can recruit here at the University of Georgia and doing a great job of utilizing those people and putting them in the best position to be successful. As coaches, we’re paid to maximize our players’ measurable skill sets. That’s probably first and foremost. The talent that we get here, finding a way every day to develop those players and then utilize their skill set to the best of their ability. Obviously the most important part is moving the football and scoring points, whether that’s running the football or throwing the ball. Be explosive and don’t turn the ball over. It’s a pretty simple game.

Left unsaid, but clearly implied, was knowing what the hell you’re doing.  Monken exudes that.  I’ve got a feeling that Smart was as impressed by that as I am.


Filed under Georgia Football

“He said the word ‘Explosive’ anywhere from 10 – 500,000 times.”

In Athens, apparently, Explosive is the new Black.

And Todd Monken came here to paint.  (I’ve been waiting for years to abuse that Bobby Petrino quote.)

Damn, I surely do hope we get a 2020 football season.


Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics


You know, I think Georgia’s secondary is gonna be alright this season.


Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!


So, David Hale looks at which college programs do the best job of producing NFL-level talent in the BCS era by position group here.  Georgia pops up here and there, but absolutely dominates one.

Linebacker U

1. Georgia
2. Alabama
3. Ohio State
4. USC
5. Penn State
6. Oklahoma
7. Michigan
8. Miami
9. Clemson
10. Florida

No team comes close to producing the NFL talent at linebacker that Georgia has since 1998. In our weighted scale of NFL value, Georgia leads No. 4 USC by a margin that’s as big as the difference between USC and No. 11 Florida State. The litany of stars, including six All-America nods, is impressive: Roquan Smith, Leonard Floyd, Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree were all first-round selections, but the roll call also includes Will Witherspoon, Kendrell Bell, Boss Bailey, Odell Thurman, Rennie Curran and Lorenzo Carter.

Judging from the 2020 roster, that ain’t slowing down any time soon, either.


Filed under Georgia Football