Truly a team effort

I’ve already acknowledged that Stetson didn’t have the greatest game in the SECCG, but he didn’t always get a lot of help from his teammates, as this clip demonstrates:

It wasn’t just the defense that was mechanically unsound.

The question is, why did a team that had their collective shit together all season unravel like what we saw?  Overconfidence coming in?  I honestly don’t know, but I have to hope that Kirby’s wake up call comment was more than just coachspeak after a disappointing loss.

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  1. Salty Dawg

    I can’t keep picking this scab. It’s got to heal and the only way that’s going to happen is for me not to think about that game anymore. That’s just me, though.

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  2. Biggen

    It sounds like we tried different shit on D that we hadn’t all year (Poole) and the players didn’t buy into it. Also, I wonder if they knew about Lanning to Oregon and that caused some issues.

    No idea about the offense. Bennett didn’t throw many balls that had the ability to gain YAC. Everything our guys caught was a wrapped up in a damn fist fight save for McConkey’s TD catch.

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  3. ASEF

    Clemson opened the season as a tire fire. They slowly corrected their mistakes, but they were Gawd-awful on offense, literally one of the worst offenses in college football through their first 5 games. And so…

    Alabama was just a huge step up in competition, and these sorts of mistakes just didn’t matter against the rest of the schedule. Combine that with Georgia (in retrospect) suffering some Rat Poison exposure, add Alabama looking like absolute crap down the stretch, and voila: a standard college football result. If you’re watching an opponent scrape by 3 teams you absolutely crushed, game over by halftime, it’s human nature – a bit of complacency starts to seep in. Probably infected the staff a bit as well, in retrospect.

    Won’t happen twice. Doesn’t mean a sure W, but I’m guessing a rematch with Alabama sees a much different level of execution and more aggressive tactics.

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  4. classiccitycanine

    A few things stick out to me after watching some film reviews:
    1. Bama punched us and we lost our composure on both sides. I’m as shocked as anyone that we lost our composure, but I think it shows up in a lot of mental mistakes.

    Bama makes you execute to perfection to beat them and they feast on your mistakes. The play above is a good example.
    Kirby’s gameplan plays right into Alabama’s hands (see point 2) because he leaves us with no margin for error. If the defense doesn’t control the game, the offense doesn’t have enough firepower to rally. Brooks Austin pointed out multiple plays where Bama’s receivers busted and Bryce still made big plays. Stetson and the Georgia offense aren’t good enough to do that because Kirby chooses not to develop that capacity.

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    • Remember the Quincy

      Truer words never uttered. All year I’ve read writers and heard commentators say Georgia’s offense doesn’t have to be high flying because defense. We are the damned outlier among our peers when it comes to QB. Bama has a generational QB every year but somehow we can’t figure out how to blow that position out of the water.

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      • Granthams Replacement

        Saban’s last 4 starting QBs we’re all Heisman finalists. Kirby’s last 4 starting QBs – Fromm, Mathis, Stetson and Bennet. That gap is larger than the Grand Canyon.

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        • Granthams Replacement

          Daniels – not Stetson twice.

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        • I get your point, but it’s still kind of funny that he had to bench two of those guys against UGA.

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        • miltondawg

          The three no longer in college are also all starters in the NFL with two of the four being top 15 draft picks (one projected to be rookie of the year in 2021) and the other being a second round draft pick. And no reason to think that the current starter at Bama won’t also be a first round draft pick. The disparity in talent at the most important position in football, as you pointed out, is glaring.

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          • JoeDashDawg

            Methinks Micah Parsons might have a bit to say about that rookie of the year award…

            It is pretty amazing that our QBs have not developed like theirs have. At least one of them…

            Lots of noise about JT following Lanning to the west coast. No idea if there is any fire behind that smoke.

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            • Remember the Quincy

              Hell, why would he stay? Again, we don’t know exactly why he isn’t starting, but it doesn’t matter because our staff is going with someone else.

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            • miltondawg

              Sorry. Meant offensive rookie of the year since we were talking about QBs. Jones’ odds are currently at -500. No other offensive rookie is even in minus territory. And yes, Parsons is basically a shoe-in for defensive rookie of the year at this point and probably overall ROY.

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            • bcdawg97

              Lots of fire behind that smoke.

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              • gastr1

                I’m going to say something crazy.

                If Daniels does go to Oregon because he was benched for that fucking walk-on, after going 7-0 as a starter, I’m going to be all in for him kicking our ass all over the field in the first game next year, because I would really, really like to see a lesson firmly hammered home in Kirby Smart’s very hard head.

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            • junkyardawg41

              I am not sure how a second transfer works. JT started as a Frosh, injured his second year (RS), transferred to UGA – played his RS soph year, this year is his RS Jr year. If he transfers, I don’t think he would have immediate eligibility and would be required to sit a year and then get a 6th COVID year?

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              • bcdawg97

                I think that is correct about normally having to sit, but I’m hearing things are being worked on to get an exemption.

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        • Until the South Carolina game in 2019, Jake Fromm was looked at as an excellent college QB who could be a good pro (just like Mac Jones). He outplayed Hurts in the national championship game and Tua in the SEC championship game. While he didn’t have the stats of Baker Mayfield in the Rose Bowl, he led the most consequential single drive in the last 40 years of Georgia football. The guy played his tail off for Georgia. It’s really too bad he had Chaney and Coley for OCs.

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          • classiccitycanine

            This is overstating Jake’s contributions although I agree that the Kirby’s offense did him no favors.

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            • I don’t think so. Classic Dawgrading.

              That drive in the Rose Bowl that sent the game to overtime was Jake Fromm. Yes, Fromm outplayed the Bama starting QB in both of those games.

              Something Jake had no control over – the failure to use Justin Fields the right way – has affected most people’s perception of Fromm.

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              • classiccitycanine

                That drive was good, but the comeback was led by Nick and Sony. Fromm outplayed the Bama QBs for 30 minutes. The game lasts 60 minutes. When we needed one–just one–scoring drive to clinch those games in the second half, Jake was nowhere to be found.

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                • The 2nd half of the SEC championship game in 2018 plays out totally differently if Hot Rod makes a chip shot field goal to put us ahead by 3 scores.

                  You can give Sony and Nick the credit for the comeback, but the scoring drive to tie the game after the scoop-and-score was all on Fromm until Nick ran it in from the 1. One of Sony’s scores was purely the result of a sight check Fromm made to switch the play to take advantage of OU’s alignment.

                  The historic revisionism on Jake Fromm’s career at Georgia is breath-taking.

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                • classiccitycanine

                  The 2017 National Title game goes differently if Jake doesn’t throw a dumb INT off the helmet of a Bama D-Lineman. He didn’t get the job done. Jake was 0-6 when he threw 30+ times a game, but sure, I’m the one with the revisionist history. He wasn’t bad. He made some nice plays (like avoiding a sack on the final drive to tie the Rose Bowl), but he was still just a game manager who couldn’t put the team on his back when we needed it most. A lot of guys could have put up his numbers if placed in his situation.

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    • Tony BarnFart

      Bama has embraced go routes and deep posts in a way I long for. Even in a year with O-line struggles. Seems like Saban has done the calculation that massive chunk plays circumvent the 8 or 9 plays your offense has to screw up and/or get bogged down. It’s really not that hard in 2021 to get that dialed in if you have the receiver speed and your QB can throw on a mark because of a good O-line. And it’s probably less risky turnover wise than about 50%+ of passes. You may see incompletions on those bomb plays but they’re pretty hard to pick off.

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  5. RangerRuss

    It was the damndest thing. Still shaking my head.

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    • Down Island Way

      That game vs the barn fed a ton of rat poison to UGA football, now playing a team with time to scheme for, plus meeshigun got an ass load of rat poison thrown their way (who they think they are vs who they think UGA football is now), reality is a bitch ya’ll, two weeks and counting…GO DAWGS!

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  6. Remember the Quincy

    All season long I had this thought that we weren’t as elite as we looked. Early in games we had difficulty running between the tackles, even against teams that give up ground yards by the bushel. Stetson had a lot of throws that average WRs wouldn’t catch. Our OL had issues, and our secondary was the beneficiary of a front seven that didn’t give QBs a ton of time to throw deep (but when they did, there were some concerning gaffes). It all came to a head against a team of (at worst( equal talent and the best coach of all time.

    I’m glad we are in the playoff and will be as big a fan as ever, but I don’t give us much of a shot to win two more games. Prove me wrong, Dawgs.

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    • vectordawg

      I started worrying when we could only score 3 points in 28 football minutes against FL. Those last two minutes before halftime were the most glorious two minutes of GA football that I can remember! I wonder how that game would’ve gone if Mullen had just tried to get out of the half down 3. He only needed one first down.

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  7. Kirby got out-coached. On the College Gameday set he looked tight sitting next to Saban who looked relaxed. That’s how the teams looked and played. Michigan will not be a pushover. We get caught looking ahead and we might get knocked out. Focusing on UM and not leaving much time to over-think Bama could help.

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  8. I like Dayne young but it’s kinda crazy how much he goes up to bat for Stetson. These are all good things to point out but even if you clean up those details you’re still left with a short QB who’s limited in his role. Dayne thinks the mailman should scramble more. Maybe we should instead play a qb who’s more capable throwing it 30+ times a game without throwing it to the other team but what do I know.

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    • RangerRuss

      JPat, it seems there has been some discussion on this blog in regard to your last sentence…

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    • TEXBaller

      I see the vid totally different. A reasonable QB doesn’t throw in congestion. He realizes there is “no play” and burns it. SB is incomparable to 4/5 star QBs. Bottom line.

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    • Tony BarnFart

      The problem I have with Stetson are the plays we DON’T see because he doesn’t find the open receiver or the best option. Those don’t really find their way into the stat sheet. I appreciate his maturation away from recklessness, but there are times where I feel like an elite QB could whip it in to what is not even the tightest coverage, but he doesn’t make the throw.

      We need a QB for whom those types of throws would not be characterized as reckless because he has the ability to connect.

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    • jarviscrowell

      Hes beyond ridiculous, might be stets cousin or something. He has lost all credibility on the vent thats for sure. Hes a laughing stock there

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  9. mg4life0331

    To answer your question probably cause we didn’t play anybody. I’m sure that’s a real pain to some of you here, since all them metrics that were posted all season really meant something.

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  10. Every defensive(and offensive) scheme has weaknesses and, imo, Bama’s offense is the worst possible match up for our D. We couldn’t get pressure which really got our secondary exposed. Dan Jackson and Kelee Ringo in 1v1 coverage against Bama WRs and a QB with all day to pass?? Yikes!

    I don’t see much changing should we face them again. Maybe win the turnover battle. Still gonna have to score a lot of points and our offense has been MIA on the big stage the last couple years. Bama and LSU have made it seem like we’re playing with 10 on D. We get caught with LBs covering backs and WRs and a secondary that can’t cover in man.

    I’ll admit- the regular season really fooled me this year. SC and UT torching our secondary only a couple times wasn’t enough of a sign I guess.

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  11. Previously Paul

    I think Georgia loses to Alabama before they ever walk on the field. Neither the players nor the coach actually believes they can win. Personally, I genuinely hope we don’t play them again. Three loses to Alabama in 15 months is more than I can take.

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    • Russ

      Yeah, they totally mailed it in during the 2018 NC game and the 2018 SECCG, which we lead for the majority of both games.

      Last year, Bama was a better team even though we held the lead into the 3rd quarter. This year was an abomination by the coaching staff for some reason.

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    • Previously Paul

      I think the first two games you mention are the reason why we lost the last two.

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  12. Anybody watch the LA Rams get absolutely destroyed by the Arizona Cardinals a couple months ago?

    Anybody watch them soundly whip the Cardinals last night?

    Same two teams, two different days, two WILDLY different outcomes.

    The main difference? Last night, the Rams, who had (both in that initial Cards game, and in their recent 3-game losing streak) been whipped up and down both LOS decided they were going to OUT-PHYSICAL the guys across the line. The first play of the game was a huge sack by Aaron Donald, who walked his OL back to Kyler Murray’s lap, and then made the stop. The last play of the game was a huge sack by Aaron Donald, who evaded a blocker and was there to sack a seemingly lost Kyler Murray on a desperation play. All night long, the Rams Defense was the more physical one, and though the game was within 7 at the end, it felt much more dominant than that.

    The first time up, it seemed like the Rams were feeling themselves a little too much. They had won some games, Stafford was the golden child, they had LA Swagger and then got absolutely punched in the mouth. Stafford threw picks he hadn’t been throwing, the defense couldn’t stop anybody. The same held true over their losing streak. But with playoff positioning on the line last night, Stafford had a great game, and the defense dismantled AZ’s high-flying unit.

    Now, that’s the NFL.. and I understand that the Parity in the NFL lends itself to these types of results, something that doesn’t often happen in college. But, it’s very very hard to beat a good team twice. UGA and AL are very similar from an overall talent-level aspect. AL has some edges, UGA has some edges, but overall they are quite similar. UGA made too many dumb mistakes and was off its game. Bama wasn’t.

    Fix that, and it’s a whoooooole different ballgame.

    Go Dawgs.

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  13. How? Maybe our coaches threw the game on purpose. Another plausible theory is that the entire team pulled a strip club all nighter on Friday…a la Varsity Blues. That’s all I got. If anyone else has a better explanation I am all ears.

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  14. PTC DAWG

    Granted, I was drinking, but if Bowers can come up with that ball in the EZ in the 3rd quarter…game on.

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    • JoeDashDawg

      The non Pick six interception was definition of brutal – In the redzone, middle of a dogfight – the momentum swing we never really could come back from.

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    • Texas Dawg

      That along with the failed fumble recovery and the blind pitch were the 3 pivotal plays in that game. Each was a huge momentum killer for the DAWGS

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  15. Godawg

    Dawgs played two soft opponents prior, dominated and cruised to easy wins. That, combined with the rat poison of the Auburn game mentioned above, left them feeling, “we got this.” Then they walked into a buzz saw.

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    • JoeDashDawg

      I think there is something to this in that the Dawgs feasted on the east – and had UF on the downward spiral where Bama played them when they still believed. But we still beat the shit out of a good Arkansas team that gave Bama everything it could handle. That’s the one I keep coming back to in my mind that tells me we played our worst game in Atlanta while they played their best.

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      • Russ

        Also went into Auburn when they were flying high, first packed crowd our team had seen in a couple of years and just smoked them. Meanwhile, Bama was lucky to beat Auburn playing with a one-legged QB.

        Coaches got cute, players gobbled up the rat poison, and disaster ensued. We need to wash that from our minds and pay full attention to Michigan. If we get by them, then go full bore on Bama. But Michigan first!

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  16. Texas Dawg

    Maybe there were others, but Brock Bowers was the only player that really stands out as playing like he did all season. The tentative nature of the defense was mind numbing. What happened to the balls to the wall attacking pack of wild dawgs we had seen all season? No one else other the Bowers could get open on a regular basis? Did not recognize that team on the field in the SECCG at all. Rat poison, nerves, overmatched? Who the hell knows.

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    • Russ

      This was the key. We should have attacked Young the entire game, just like Auburn did. Kirby mentioned that we brought pressure but didn’t get home. Well, then bring more pressure the next time until you get to Young. That is the key. Otherwise, it’s open season for Bryce Young and Williamson.

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  17. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    In ‘97, Steve Spurrier smoke-checked Bobby Bowden in the rematch at the Sugar Bowl.
    We just have to beat the yanks first.

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  18. waltergeiger

    i still say they all, players and coaches, choked. once bama hit them in the mouth, they were done.

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    • gurkhadawg

      I think there is some truth to that. I think not having been tested the entire year made us somewhat soft when we got shoved up against the wall. Even though the Clemson game was close score wise, while watching I felt we were in control the entire game. We never HAD to drive or stop a drive. Bama on the other hand had been in several do or die games. They were ready for a street fight and we weren’t.

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  19. Ran A

    Saban may have done us a huge favor. Safe today say that the team will no be over-confident with Michigan and that’s aa good thing.

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