I really didn’t need to see that.
I really didn’t need to see that.
Somehow, I don’t think that’s what he’ll be wearing in that game.
For those of you who find it suitable to blame Georgia’s offensive coordinator for the problem that his quarterbacks can’t seem to hit the broad side of a barn, allow me to retort with the completion percentages of Monken’s college offenses:
So, with the exception of his first year as a head coach trying to rebuild a program severely lacking in talent (USM was coming off its first 0-12 season ever) using a true freshman starting quarterback, every college passing attack Todd Monken has directed has managed better completion rates than this year’s Georgia team.
Clearly that’s proof he’s lost a couple ticks off his fast ball.
Auburn-Mississippi State (22) was postponed due to an outbreak with the Bulldogs. The Athletic reported that the Bulldogs were down to the mid-40s in terms of available players, after barely having enough to play Vanderbilt Saturday. (Teams are allowed 85 scholarship players.) But some of the attrition is due to factors beyond the virus—injuries and players who have left the program, which always happens during a coaching change. Mike Leach is in his first season at Mississippi State.
(That game has been rescheduled for the SEC’s “COVID Weekend” of Dec. 12, alongside LSU-Florida and Vanderbilt-Missouri. If you want to give players a great reason to opt out en masse and not play, tell the Commodores — who are currently winless and might still be at that point — that they must travel to the coldest town in the SEC in mid-December to play at the tail end of finals week. The Dash would vote Hell No to that assignment.)
The LSU-Alabama game (23) is in jeopardy due to the Tigers’ COVID numbers. While that may save the Tigers from a trip to the wood chipper, it also makes coach Ed Orgeron’s preseason boast about his team’s virus situation look all the more silly. “Not all of our players, but most of our players have caught it,” Orgeron said in mid-September. “I think that hopefully they won’t catch it again, and hopefully they’re not out for games.” The Athletic reported that LSU currently has one available scholarship quarterback, no tight ends and no long snappers. The Crimson Tide would like to play the game for the chance to smash a rival, but also to further integrate its young receivers into the offense in the absence of injured star Jaylen Waddle.
… Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman (26), the landslide leading candidate for SEC Coach of the Year, is out Saturday after testing positive. He will turn over leadership of the team against No. 6 Florida to defensive coordinator and former Missouri head coach Barry Odom. Other head coaches who have missed games this year include Mike Norvell (Florida State), Jeff Brohm (Purdue) and Les Miles (Kansas).
Texas A&M (27) has paused its football workouts after a player and a staffer tested positive in the wake of the Aggies’ game against South Carolina. They are scheduled to play at Tennessee Saturday.
If LSU-‘Bama gets postponed, there’s no place to move it, since the LSU-Florida game has already been switched to 12/12, so either the conference extends the season to accommodate the teams (which would mean the first round of the CFP would take place six days after the SECCG, something that would cause Nick Saban’s head to explode), the division winners are allowed to play an unequal number of games or LSU’s season is cut mercifully short to keep things in balance.
My guess is that Sankey will choose whichever option loses the least amount of money. It just means more, after all.
Hey, remember those heady days when Kirby Smart was laser-focused on explosive plays? Now, he’d just be happy seeing his quarterbacks throw passes in places where guys can actually catch them.
Bennett and Mathis have combined to throw 9 interceptions and complete 52.4 percent of their passes. Only nine FBS teams have thrown more interceptions out of 122 teams, according to CFBstats.com. Bennett and Mathis also fumbled snaps on Saturday.
Georgia’s completion percentage is the worst in the SEC and ranks 111th nationally.
“We always say you’ve got to make your layups,” Smart said. “That’s the most disappointing things the last couple of games, really, is just the accuracy and the ability to hit the open guys.”
Bennett was 5 of 16 for 78 yards with a touchdown and interception against the Gators. Mathis was 4 of 13 for 34 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.
“Accuracy comes with experience,” Smart said. “Accuracy comes with timing. Accuracy comes with consistency in who’s out there. If it’s one receiver, he might be running 21 miles an hour, and another receiver might be running 22. …You’ve got to be accurate. That’s probably the number one when you define the quarterback position, accuracy ranks right up there with managing it and not turning it over. Accuracy is probably the defining factor of that position.”
Now he tells us.
“The quarterbacks were a little bit off,” redshirt sophomore wide receiver Kearis Jackson said on Monday. “I don’t know what to say. It was just one of those days where we weren’t completing many balls through the air. It’s something that we have to work on. Has this been a problem all season? No. In practice, we do our things. We just have to translate it over to the game.”
If only practices counted in the standings. Unfortunately, the Florida game counted ($$).
• A little too far for running back Kendall Milton, who was covered, in the first quarter.
• Missed receiver Jaylen Johnson on a sideline pass in the first quarter.
• Overthrew receiver Matt Landers on a deep pass in the second quarter.
• Overthrew receiver Jermaine Burton near the sideline in the second quarter. Bennett threw on the run rather than setting his feet and firing.
• Overthrew receiver Kearis Jackson on a deep pass downfield in the second quarter. Just a step ahead of him.
• Threw slightly behind Washington over the middle near the end of the second quarter. The freshman tight end could have caught it.
• Overthrew Landers on a sideline pattern late in the second quarter. Would’ve had to be a nice fit.
• Overthrow tight end Tre’ McKitty over the middle.
• Threw behind Jaylen Johnson, resulting in an interception.
• Overthrew Robertson on a deep pass.
• Overthrew McKitty on a sideline pass that would have gone for a long gain.
• Underthrew Landers on a deep sideline pass.
• Threw the ball into double coverage on third down, incomplete.
• Pressured and threw a duck downfield (because he couldn’t take a sack on fourth down) that was intercepted.
• Again on fourth down, threw the ball downfield into coverage and was picked off.
You know what “a little bit off” reminds me of?
Of course, Kirby’s not remorseful about this just for the sake of the passing game. Nah, he’s got his eyes on the real prize.
“We missed out on some opportunities there, and a lot of that can help a good run game. We have shown the ability at times to run the ball on some hard boxes, and Missouri gives you hard boxes almost every single snap. It’s one of those challenges that we have to improve on.”
Hells, yeah — in the end, it’s always about running into a loaded box successfully.
Honestly, I’m not sure whom that reflects more poorly upon.
So much for one unsubstantiated rumor…