Observations from the armchair, silent Admiral edition

This is going to be a truncated Observation, because, let’s face it, a chunk of Bulldog Nation switched this bad boy off after the first quarter.  And, really, by taking Daniels and Davis out then, too, Kirby was sort of doing that as well.

Anyway, bullet points:

  • There may be work left to be done on the o-line with regard to run blocking, but pass pro Saturday was otherworldly.  The amount of time Stetson had on some places was beyond ridiculous.  I’m glad they got Jones extended time at left tackle, some with Salyer moving to left guard, but Jones still has a ways to go in the consistency department.  Mims played pretty well at right tackle.  Guard play, especially Shaffer’s, was improved.
  • I don’t think enough has been said (which, I admit, is saying something) about how big it’s been for the three freshman receivers, Bowers, McConkey and Mitchell, to step up and fill in for a decimated receiving corps.  It’s not just that they’ve filled the breach; their improvement week over week has been outstanding.  (Between youth and Daniels’ injury, it’s getting easier to understand why the offense was so constipated in the Clemson game.)  All three of them are ahead of expectations — at least mine — going into the season, which is a tribute to their talent and their coaching.
  • This offense is going to be hell on wheels when all the skill position talent gets back.
  • Running back play was dependable and efficient, rather than explosive.  There was only one running play of more than 20 yards, and that was McConkey’s end around.  But Georgia managed almost 250 rushing yards when the dust settled.
  • The next time Georgia runs a short yardage play, may I suggest they run it with Daijun Edwards?
  • Speaking of efficient, that was some quarter of work from JT Daniels:  9 of 10 throwing (and the one incompletion was a drop), 12.9 ypa, 2 TDs.  More than that (if that’s even possible), he was in complete command of his game.  He knew where he was going from the snap, his throws were perfectly placed — again, that TD pass to McConkey was unbelievable — and his mechanics are so much better than they were last year, it’s not even funny.
  • If Stetson could get over that one annoying tendency to force at least one pass per game, he’d be the perfect backup.  Outside of the pick, he played a good game.  That being said, it’s clear he’s the number two, as Beck wasn’t given much of an opportunity to run the playbook
  • Defensively, Jalen Carter had himself a game, didn’t he?  Total beast.
  • It’s kind of hard to show out when Vandy only ran 46 plays and the bench was emptied early, so I can’t say there were a lot of individual players who stood out, but when you also hold an opponent to 77 yards of offense, the work was being put in.  The one defender I do want to mention is Kelee Ringo, who played well in his first start, with a couple of nice passes defended.
  • If there’s one tiny nitpick to make about the defense, it’s that it took a little time for them to adjust to a running quarterback, but adjust they did.  Overall, Vandy only managed four first downs and was an abysmal 2-13 on their third down conversions.
  • Okay, a second tiny nitpick:  this was the first game of the season without a defensive score.  But, with the shutout, the defense is still outscoring opposing offenses on the year.
  • Special teams didn’t screw anything up and forced a key fumble on a kickoff that led to a short field touchdown.  I’ll take it.
  • It’s kind of fun to watch Monken screw with opposing defensive coordinators.  Did you catch the shift that emptied the backfield and put everyone on the line of scrimmage, forcing Vandy to call a timeout because they couldn’t figure out how to line up on defense?
  • Nothing much exotic from Lanning, because sometimes it really is all about the Jimmies and Joes.
  • Kirby did a good job getting the troops ready.  Not always an easy thing when you’ve got a noon kickoff against a bad opponent.

Really, there’s not a lot more to be said.  Onward and upward to an Arkansas team that’s feeling awfully good about itself right now.

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46 responses to “Observations from the armchair, silent Admiral edition

  1. David D

    To your last point about getting the troops ready: I believe this is where senior and team leadership has really stepped up. Part of me was expecting a sleep-walking first quarter/half of football. Obviously, these guys came to take care of business. No worries about this week.

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    • akascuba

      TCB does seem to be there focus this season.

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    • bcdawg97

      I agree. Watching the team on the sideline, celebrating plays with each other, it really looks like good team chemistry, that intangible championship feel that you don’t really know until the season starts. And then we’ll have to see how they face adversity, challenge and manage expectations. Fingers crossed for the long haul this season, but definitely looks like a promising start on the chemistry front. Go Dawgs!

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  2. D as in Dawg

    The next time Georgia runs a short yardage play, may I suggest they run it with Daijun Edwards?

    Please and thank you.

    Here’s a guy that can use his arms and legs at the same time.

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    • tenesseewasnevergreat

      I was really impressed with that dude. Maybe Vandy had taken their starters out at that point too, but he looked much more like a UGA running back than anyone else on the field Sat.

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      • ericstrattonrushchairmandamngladtomeetyou

        ^^This. He and Zeus are the only UGA RBs that run hard. The others have speed and quickness, great moves and can catch the ball but they go down at first contact.

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  3. This team is methodically destroying opponents with shock and awe on offense and as an anaconda on defense. Arkansas is much improved, and the Pitt Boss is the early favorite for CotY. But … they haven’t seen athleticism and depth this season like they will see on Saturday afternoon on both sides of the ball. I’m hoping our fans show up for that last hour of GameDay ready to be a 12th man.

    18 is a big number … I’m not sure I would touch that. If Georgia gets to 30, we haven’t lost since 2016. I don’t think Arkansas can hold us under that number. Dawgs win 34-17.

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    • Biggen

      I agree. Arky looks like a really good team, but our Jimmys and Joes are better.

      Even though its a nooner, its still going to be electric with Gameday there.

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    • rigger92

      I haven’t really watched Arky that much but from what I can tell they are a power run team. I would expect them to settle for more than a couple field goals which kind of makes the line tempting. Will be an interesting game.

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      • akascuba

        If healthy they have a big QB that loves to run. Something this defense needs game experience with getting ready for FU.

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      • biggusrickus

        I hadn’t seen them until the A&M game. Take away Burks, and it doesn’t look like they have much else in the passing game. If Jefferson’s 100%, their running game will have some success against even Georgia’s front, I think. Not enough to win unless Georgia’s offense really plays poorly, but enough that people will be bitching up a storm in the comments here for a little while. If Jefferson isn’t 100%, it’s going to be a long day for them.

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      • Russ

        They can hit the long ball. Just ask Texas and A&M. They pound, pound, pound, and then go over the top. We’ll need to be ready.

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    • originaluglydawg

      “This team is methodically destroying opponents with shock and awe on offense and as an anaconda on defense”
      That’s just sexy, ee.

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  4. akascuba

    Another excellent wrap up of last weeks SEC practice game.
    In a clean pocket JT is deadly for the opposition. His QBR was something like 98.7 out of 100.

    My concern is still the O line pass protection they haven’t been tested. Opposing DC’s will attempt to destroy that clean pocket. Can JT make them pay is for me the big unknown.

    It’s ’great getting two big time players back this week. Love to hear Coach Beamer’s thoughts on Georgia getting more weapons on mass destruction.

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    • Scuba, Clemson tested them. That front 4 is as good as advertised. The problem most teams have against our passing attack is they won’t be able to get pressure without blitzing and be able to drop 7. If you blitz and don’t get home or lose gap discipline, our guys can take it to the house either catching or running.

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      • akascuba

        ee,
        Clemson started the game down their best D lineman. After watching them play lately I don’t think they are that good up front anymore. Venables hung his hat on dropping into coverage not blitzing and it worked zero touchdowns. That is the same style Barry Odum has used so well this season. It maybe FU before we see send the house pressure often. I’m sure it’s coming at come point. I Sincerely hope your right.

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    • gastr1

      I feel as though the O line pass protect was tested pretty strenuously vs. Clemson, and did pretty well. I’m worried about the secondary when we finally face a team with a really good passing offense, and we might not play anyone like that until the SECCG.

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    • Terry McCullers

      Got to get Slayer back at left tackle. That#55 for them is the real deal.

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  5. Anyone know offhand when that shift was on O that made Vandy take a timeout?

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    • gastr1

      It was after the kickoff fumble recovery by Edwards in the first quarter.

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    • First play after the special teams fumble recovery

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    • Derek

      Empty backfield and under center was somewhat unusual…. I’m guessing it was another end around. Would have liked to have seen what we had in mind.

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      • gastr1

        Me too. I was disappointed to not see what we were going to do there…though on the other hand, the play stays in the box for a future moment.

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    • SlobberKnocker

      I posted this way down on another thread yesterday.

      “The play from about the 5 in Q1 (I think) when we forced Vandy to take a TO was a great representation of this and the options/players we have. We had James and Kenny in the backfield then shifted to a 5 wide set forcing Vandy to call the TO. We have those same options with Bowers (really, a jet sweep to a TE?) and will with Washington too. A D’s ability to personnel match is really limited because of the multiple talents of these skill players and Monken’s use of them.”

      Monken has shown the ability to use the talents of his players, putting them in situations to succeed and giving DC’s headaches. That shift, the jet sweep to Bowers, the end around to McConkey (it was off a sweep motion that we had already run) are great examples.

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  6. sundiatagaines

    I don’t think Stet throws that ball if we’re not up 35-0 and he’s in “screw it, I’m Keith Hernandez” mode.
    But still, Stet, don’t throw that ball.

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    • originaluglydawg

      One thing he does well is take off and run for yards. SB’s been good for a few first downs and even TD’s with his legs. Remember against South Carolina when everyone couldn’t understand why Kirby put him in? His first play was to take of and run (if I recall correctly). He’s also done that a couple of more times. Almost everything done is to set up something else in the future. If Stetson goes in against UF, we’re going to see a very unique play off of that set-up.

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  7. Harold Miller

    I’m looking forward to firm and regular movement for the offense in the future.

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  8. Texas Dawg

    Camarda was way below his usual punting average against Vandy. Was it just an off day or was he working on some directional kicking or were they working on coverage schemes? More than likely he was still asleep from after someone having to wake him up on the sideline. He probably figured he was never going to have to go in the game and was catching up on his sleep.

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  9. The only question I has bout special teams was the kickoffs. Were the short kicks intentional? Seemed odd we weren’t kicking into the end zone for the touchback.

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    • Texas Dawg

      Punting and kickoffs were not what we are used to seeing. They must have been working on something knowing they were at no real risk. You probably are not going to get real game time to work on stuff in the future like you had Saturday. After the 1st quarter, Kirby and staff had the unusual luxury of being able to test out pretty much anything they wanted to w/o any fear. Hell, they had the point spread covered before the 1st quarter was over.

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      • miltondawg

        I said to someone I was watching the game with that it is almost like we are daring the opponent to try to run it back from the 4 or 5 yard line knowing the ridiculous speed we have on coverage.

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        • siskey

          I thought the same thing. Maybe our special team’s guys have gotten to Camarda and they want a chance to shine. As long as it isn’t a directional kick at the end of the game I am ok with the returner giving up yards and risking a miscue.

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  10. Morris Day

    “short yardage play, may I suggest they run it with Daijun Edwards”

    My crew watching on the dock Saturday were yelling the same thing! We may be a little biased, being we’re from South GA and all…

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  11. Russ

    I guess I was in the majority that enjoyed the entirety of that game. I was hoping for 69. Nice.

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    • Russ

      I meant to say “..in the MINORITY…”

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      • Bulldawg Bill

        Hey, I’m with you, Russ. I was there and I gotta tell ya’ there are few things I like better than a good old bloodbath on the field.

        Dontcha just love the smell of napalm first thing in the mornin’?!?!

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  12. Munsoning

    Jermaine Burton needs a breakout game. That dude is special. We haven’t seen it this season. Got to get him going. Burton and Pickens, Bowers and Washington should be unbeatable combinations.

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  13. bigjohnson1992

    From where I’m sitting, Daijun Edwards is our best back.

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