Next time, pay attention.

A couple of interesting tweets from Hutson Mason today…

I know some blamed the coaches for not taking the time to review coverage dos and don’ts in that situation with the two knuckleheads who ruined what should have been one of the greatest comebacks in Georgia football history, because their play was so dumb it had to be chalked up to faulty coaching.

It turns out you can lead a horse to water, but…

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47 responses to “Next time, pay attention.

  1. Absolutely correct, sir. Which is why I tend to blame coaches a little less when things go bad, and give them a little less credit when things go well.

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  2. Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

    Does this change the fact that Dan Quinn needs to be fired, and should’ve been fired at the end of the previous season (along with Dimitroff)? No? Okay then.

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    • KornDawg

      It does not change that fact. I was all for giving the guy another year last before last season, but not anymore. Cut him loose. He was hired because he coached a great defense in Seattle. The Falcons D still sucks, and pretty much always has.

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      • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

        Do you know why Arthur Blank keeps on hiring mediocre defensive coaches?

        Because every single defensive coach Arthur Blank hired to be head coach of the Falcons had NOTHING to do with building or making better the defense he coached at his previous stop.

        Little Jimmy Mora didn’t build the 49ers defense. It was Pete Carroll and John Marshall who served as Mooch’s DC’s before they left for other opportunities.

        Marvin Lewis built Baltimore’s dominant defenses. Mike Smith was nothing more than the caretaker who would’ve had to work hard to screw up a defense with all that talent.

        Pete Carroll and Gus Bradley built and designed Seattle’s Cover-3 Defense and drafted all the right players to fit into it. Dan Quinn had absolutely nothing to do with it. He came in and was the benefactor of their work, and Carroll was right there to make sure he didn’t screw it up.

        Arthur Blank is 100% of the problem with the Atlanta Falcons. I can’t even be mad at Quinn and Dimitroff anymore. I mean, I am, because they suck at their jobs, but Blank sucks far more. He’s the worst owner in professional sports.

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        • KornDawg

          I can’t argue with any of that,except the part about Blank being the worst owner. Knick fans would like a word, and probably a great deal of the Washington Football Team’s fans. At least Blank isn’t an asshole. But you make an excellent point about the coaching hires.

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          • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

            No, Blank is an asshole, he’s just a dapper asshole with the right connections and proclivities, so some people really like him. He’s been an absolutely terrible owner for the Falcons. I shudder to think who he’ll hire next.

            Kevin Stefanski, the new coach of the Browns, would’ve been the perfect guy to take over this team had Blank done what he should’ve done and fired Quinn and Dimitroff last season.

            Stefanski actually runs Shanahan’s system and does it well. Runs the ball a ton using the one-cut zone blocking schemes. Sets up plays with other plays. Uses the rollouts and the play action.

            But no, Blank bought into all the useless wins at the end of the season after the Falcons had no chance of making the playoffs for the second year in a row.

            Terrible owner. He coddled Dogkilla and gave him $100M when he wasn’t even remotely interested in being a good football player outside of on gamedays. He fired Dan Reeves to appease Dogkilla and his hanger-ons who convinced him Reeves was holding back Dogkilla. He approved not one, but two of the worst uniform sets in NFL history. He chose the design of a stadium that looks like a butthole instead of the Solarium design which would have created the first truly removable roof stadium in the history of the world that would’ve allowed a real grass field, and he keeps hiring shit coaches that have absolutely wasted Matt Ryan and Julio Jones’s HOF careers.

            Fuck Arthur Blank.

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        • stoopnagle

          Makes you wonder how he got Atlanta United so right.

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        • Um. Did Kirby build Bama’s D?

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          • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

            In essence, yes. With Nick Saban. In college, with recruiting, the defense is being constantly rebuilt over and over and over again, every season. Being that he was Saban’s DC for 8 seasons and 4 titles, he had more to do with Bama’s success on defense than Little Jimmy Mora did for the 49ers, Mike Smith did for the Ravens, and Coach Bro did for the Seahawks.

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      • Yeah, I was in the “give him one more chance” camp after last season too, but in hindsight it’s pretty clear that last year’s 6-2 finish was a dead-cat bounce against teams that sucked, didn’t care/have anything to play for, or both.

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  3. HirsuteDawg

    knucklehead is too mild a description for that lapse

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  4. KornDawg

    I get the point, but I’m a Falcons fan.That debacle Sunday had me ready to burn all my gear. I even have a Falcons golf bag, I hesitated to go to the range after that game. I wanted Quinn fired before they left the stadium not because of the onside kick, but because this shit KEEPS ON HAPPENING!. I mean, the Falcons have taken losing to a entirely new level. Every loss has some kind of historical significance. It’s embarrassing, and Quinn is the leader. Rant over.

    As far as the Auburn game, I have little doubt that the players were reminded what to do. The Falcons game? Plenty of doubt.

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  5. MagnusDawgus

    The only thing I can figure is that the hands team had only practiced against normal, high bounce type onside kicks. The Dallas kicker didn’t put it on a tee, and it just took forever to cover the distance. I thought at first when he kicked it that there was no way it would travel 10 yards. There is a higher risk of diving on a loose ball and having it squirt out versus catching a ball in the air.

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  6. 79dawg

    Anyone claiming that Richt and Grantham did not take major heat for the Prayer is engaging in some serious revisionist history….

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  7. charlottedawg

    I didn’t blame richt or grantham for JHC and trigga making a boneheaded play at the absolute worst possible moment. I blamed them for the fact that all of their players consistently had a penchant for making the boneheaded play and for the fact that those two retards were the best safety combo on our depleted roster with the knowledge that no matter how many times they fucked up nobody on the roster had enough talent to take their jobs. A player makes a bad play that might be on the player, players plural consistently make bad plays and consistently look unprepared, that’s on the coaches.

    Oh…..and fuck penn wagers.

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  8. If it’s hammered home in practice, then in the game, you don’t have to remind them. Mason is a knob.

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  9. Granthams Replacement

    Mark Richt was quoted in the AJC saying no coach instructed the players to bat the ball down. Not him, Grantham or the DB coach. After I read his quote I was done with Richt.

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  10. I have confidence that the two Georgia DBs involved in “the prayer at Jordan-Hare” knew what they were supposed to do, but in the heat of the moment, it’s easy for a 19- or 20-year-old kid to think “Oooh! I’m gonna grab the interception that ices the game!” Not that that excuses it, but I can at least see the thought process behind it, such as it is.

    The Falcons’ on-side kick team, though . . . that was professional players, five of them, all on the same (incorrect) page of “We can’t touch this until it goes 10 yards.” When one or two players don’t know the rules, they weren’t paying attention—but when five don’t know the rules, that’s crap coaching, pure and simple.

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    • And yet, I was complete unfazed and unsurprised.

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    • Granthams Replacement

      If the DBs were trying to intercept the ball one of them did not high point the ball, one did. If both high point probably a different outcome. Another “coaching” issue.

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    • Down Island Way

      “what should have been one of the greatest comebacks in Georgia football history”…this finish hurt almost as bad as 2005 at Sanford Stadium (they’re 1-a/1-b for my discontent)….

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  11. Biggen

    So never watching a minute of the NFL with all their kneeling bullshit has me in the dark on his Falcons reference. And I’m perfectly ok with that…

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  12. Isn’t it Clemons that bats the ball (I believe it was under thrown but no way am I going back to watch to confirm)? Trigga has no chance to deflect the ball as it goes over his head just to land in the Auburn player’s arms at full speed. I don’t remember if Matthews ever touched the ball. I thought Trigga was in perfect position to intercept or harmlessly let the ball hit the ground until JHC pulls his stunt.

    If someone has the stomach to go back and watch it and respond, I would appreciate it.

    That play singlehandedly ruined Aaron Murray’s (and arguably, Todd Gurley’s) finest hour.

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  13. siskey

    I was living in Birmingham and my superstitions had devolved to the point by this time in the Richt era that I had to turn the tv off and then in minute increments I would turn it back on to see what happened. When I heard my upstairs neighbor screaming I figured it was not good for the Bulldogs.
    With Kirby, I don’t have as many superstitions. I listen to one episode of the Dawgnation podcast during the week (as an act of perdition) and drink a 16oz Natural Light as fast as I can within 2-3 minutes of the game starting. Its not the best but its the best that I can do.

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  14. Please lets never cross streams of the Falcons and the Dawgs again. The Miracle was in 2013 and under a different regime. Don’t speak that kind of shit into existence for the 2020 Dawgs.

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  15. uga97

    Wrong context & comparison by Hutson. it’s not the onsides kick that anyone G.A.S. about at this point, nor that the players couldn’t stop Dallas from getting into Field Goal position nor block the FG afterwards. It’s the coaches allowing leads to evaporate and playing not to lose, after thinking a game is in the bag, then returning our city back to “The National Laughing Stock/Poster Child Joke of Football City Organization that keeps happening under Quinn” reputation. Definition of insanity applies here. Besides if you are coaching, & the professional millionaires are not approaching the rules as their pay demands, in businesslike manner, well then you are either highly disrespected, have lost the ears of your locker, or incapable. Next coach up.

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  16. FlyingPeakDawg

    Tee hee…. Cowboys fan

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  17. I can’t believe some of you still think the NFL is not completely corrupt and each game not fixed. Lol…Hoo boy….let me sell you guys some miracle elixirs while we are at it.

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  18. 87 is a freaking Yale grad and I know he’s practiced special teams since high school. I don’t fault coaching and it’s almost difficult for me to fault the players. This just seems like another episode in Atlanta/Georgia sports.

    You can bet your ass the first thing I thought about was the Dawgs when that play happened. It’s gonna take more Rose Bowls to overcome a lifetime of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory for me to stop doing that.

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  19. Faltering Memory

    The Falcons are the same organization they were on day 1. Rankin Smith didn’t want to buy the team but his college roommate was the Governor and tapped him for ownership. Smith didn’t want to pay the price for hiring Vince Lombardi so he hired his third or fourth coach. TDimi is the same second rate GM they have always had. Quinn is not even the fifth or 30th best coach they have had. The best coach was L Bennett who was fired because he had reached a plateau but he did win consistently when compared to what followed him. AB thinks you can win football games like you sell hammers at the world’s largest hardware store. Pro football in Atlanta needs a complete redo.

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  20. CB

    When you recruit the horse, train them and put them on the field it’s on you… Grantham was the d coordinator.

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