Today, in bidness decisions

He’s right, you know.  We’ve entered the era of the empowered player and that gives Jermaine Burton the freedom to decide what’s best for him and Nick Saban the option to provide that.

But that’s not so much the point to this post.  I really wanted to respond to a comment last night and didn’t want to bury it in a comment thread.

First of all, I’ve got to say I’ve been waiting 15 years or so to find out whether it would be possible for a GTP reader to be irritated with a head coach after winning a national championship.  It seems it is, so I appreciate getting that question answered.  But I digress.

As for the meat of his criticism, well, Mark Richt cured me of being emotionally invested in a Georgia coach.  Kirby isn’t infallible.  He had a piss poor game plan on defense for the SECCG and I said so at the time.  I’m sure there will be mistakes made in the future.  He’s human and that’s how it works.

Further, if Burton stays healthy this season, he may produce at the level suggested in the comment.  If he does, more power to him.  He will have made the proverbial business decision and it will have paid off for him.

To all of which I can only say, so what?  I only care about statistics and coaching decisions to the extent they pay off in wins and losses and, in this particular case, whether it ultimately pays off with a national title.  So, for me this only matters if Jermaine Burton turns out to be the difference between Alabama winning a natty and Georgia winning one.  Color me skeptical 2022 turns on that.

But, more importantly, think about what an attitude like this is really saying about the season that just took place.  Should Kirby Smart have changed the offense to suit the desires of Burton, such that he would have found it in his best interest to stay in Athens for another season?  What if he’d instructed Monken to do so and the change had cost Georgia the natty?  Would it have been worth it?

There’s also something Graham brought up that I’d thought about when Burton announced he was entering the portal:

No, not the Saban quote, the fact that Burton’s led a nomadic football life.  (Don’t forget he switched late in his recruiting from LSU to Georgia.)  Some people can’t settle down.  How much should a head coach cater to that?

Part of Burton’s frustration stems from him being injured.  Part of it stems from seeing production that would have gone his way shifted to others who stepped up when he was injured.  And part, no doubt, stems from Kirby Smart’s philosophy on how to build a championship contender.  Last season, Alabama attempted eleven more passes a game than did Georgia.  Jermaine Burton may not have liked that.  Some of you may not have liked that.  Me, I didn’t care because in the end Georgia was the team that got to hoist the trophy.

Smart’s won a natty.  But for a busted coverage, he’d have two right now.  Jermaine Burton or no Jermaine Burton, that’s gonna earn the benefit of the doubt from me.  I said after the SECCG that Smart’s first decision wasn’t whether to bench Bennett in favor of Daniels, but whether he believed his defense would bounce back such that Bennett’s play wouldn’t crack under the pressure of playing chase to an opponent’s dynamic offense.

Kirby got that right.  Who’s to say right now that after the preseason he won’t have as good a handle on what it will take for Georgia to succeed in 2022, even if Burton racks up big numbers at ‘Bama?  Not me.

If Burton’s departure affects your perception of what this program has accomplished and will accomplish, that’s your problem.  As I suggested to someone in the comments the other day, maybe you’d be happier playing fantasy college football than following Georgia football.

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  1. Ran A

    Well written and perfectly stated. Hold no ill will toward the kid leaving. Wish him well. At the same time, I’m not fretting over the kid leaving. People are under-estimating the talent in that WR room.

    I’ve questioned Bennett over JTD from the jump. Even stated on this blog that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a better/different result. Well Kirby proved me wrong. I still think JTD is a better QB than Stetson Bennett. My guess is that Kirby does too. But for whatever reason, he felt that Bennett was the guy that would get them to the promise land. And guess what? In that 4th quarter with everything riding – the kid did just that.

    So where do we go from here? It’s simple. You trust the coach that since coming to Georgia has won the East 4 times. Won aa SEC Championship, took Alabama to overtime in a Natty and then beat Alabama in a Natty. While going to two Sugar’s, a Rose, A Orange and the much upgraded Peach/CFA Bowl.

    All this and your going to complain about players leaving the program? I don’t get it.

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    • kdawg05

      I agree with both of you. I said it yesterday, Burton is not Jerry Rice or John Metchie or Jameson Williams. He’s probably in the same position on the Alabama roster as he was at UGA. Saban doesn’t guarantee playing time.

      I wish the kid no ill will and I hope all of his dreams come true but I do not think UGA football success is dependent on this one kid.

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      • 81Dog

        Burton is a talented kid, but maybe he’s more Andre rison than Jerry Rice. I don’t hate him if he wants to chase stats at Alabama, or anywhere else. I don’t wish him ill, I don’t wish him anything but good health. But I don’t care what he does, except that I wish him losses v UGA. Being a me first guy? Totally his right. I’m sure Nick will accommodate all his demands happily.

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    • siskey

      I trust Kirby but agree that he is not without faults. As for Burton he is obviously a talent or Saban wouldn’t take him. That doesn’t mean he wouldn’t have a great year here this year if healthy. I don’t think he’s an AJ Green type player but he’s going to get drafted. Plugging in to the Bama system for a year may be the difference in being a first round or fourth round pick. The difference is a lot of money so I don’t blame him. That being said Burton didn’t look like Jameyson or Smith when he played here.
      The transfer portal will help UGA more than it hurts us that’s because we have a big name program fresh of a national championship and a relentless coach.
      I thought that Mitchell played better at WR last season than I would have ever anticipated. Both he and McConkey did a great job of staying on the field so that we could run our offense which is not necessarily predicated on throwing the ball 30x a game. This is of course because Bennett sucks and not due to this being an effective strategy that leads to winning football games.
      What are what are y’all’s feelings regarding a potential crack in Bamas latest iteration along the line of scrimmage aided perhaps by their over reliance on running lots of plays in particular passes and is this due to their team being young or can more be gleaned from their “struggles” this year and if that shows that maybe just maybe Kirby’s way can be successful?

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  2. RangerRuss

    That’s a well thought out and cogent response, Senator. A bit of a contrast to my perfunctory response to his post which would have been preceded by a punch to his fuckn mouth in person. I’m in no frame of mind to take any more shit from trolls and know-it-all Dawg fans. Best I stay cloistered I reckon.

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  3. Amen, Senator!

    I’m not saying he will be a cancer at Bama, but I’m thinking Georgia will be better off without Burton from a team chemistry standpoint. Burton choosing Alabama as his destination still bothers me, but obviously he and I have much different emotional attachments to UGA.

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    • boz864

      This^^^

      If a kid wants to move on, so be it. This is a team sport and if you’re crew isn’t rowing in the same direction, there will be problems with chemistry, which generally impacts performance and outcomes.

      Hate on Dabo all you want but he is the GOAT of team chemistry. Sure, he brings in elite talent but he’s never been close to what Saban has acquired. Dabo was able to bring home a couple of Championships somehow some way..

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  4. Hogbody Spradlin

    I don’t recall seeing that Sashko1943 handle around here before. And it’s blue, so it’s a hyperlink. Methinks somebody is trolling to drive traffic?

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  5. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    they just need to come to the understanding that a big bad motherfucker dressed in red and black has looked them in the eye and is not blinking but growing stronger. to me this move by bama smells of desperation. can’t wait to see how all this plays out.
    Go Dawgs – we are the National champs.

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  6. Granthams Replacement

    I heard a well respected man say “if you want to know what direction you are going turn around and look at the path you have taken”. I sincerely believe Kirby values “buy-in” much more than he did 3 years ago and won this year because of that change.

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    • If Kirby didn’t value buy in after the 2017 season, I don’t know when he ever would.

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      • Russ

        I think Kirby got a taste of “lack of buy in” with the Sugar Bowl vs Texas. That was when we had all the opt outs that still travelled to the game. The team played like a bunch of opt outs (except for Herrien) and Kirby changed his tune after that. You’re either fully part of the team, or you’re not associated at all with the team.

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  7. voxdawg

    While I agree with those who have said that there’s no guarantee of playtime at Bama, I have to wonder if Saban might target Burton more this season if but to make the case that kids should consider the Tide to quell their malcontent. If but only to make a point.

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    • fisheriesdawg

      Just keep beating them on the field. And if stats are the pitch that Saban is going to use, Kirby should get a stack of Mike Leach’s business cards and hand them to the kids that are getting that pitch, saying “if stats are what you’re after in college, here’s your guy.”

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    • Russ

      Saban has never seemed like a coach that caters to a player. Burton has talent as a WR. Bama had some openings. I think that’s all there is to it from Bama’s side. Who knows what Burton’s motivation is?

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    • DawgFlan

      Let Saban cater to transfer portal malcontents. Kirby and everyone else would make sure every high school recruit sees how going to Bama just means a transfer portal WR will eventually take their starting spot.

      For Kirby the pitch is more like “Come to UGA where you can work and earn a chance to contribute early. Why? Because we are intentional about our substitution patterns and using every player that earns snaps. Our approach will keep you fresh, give you an opportunity to put only your max effort on film, get on the field sooner, allow us to be diligent about proper rehab if you get injured, and prepare you in every way (routes, concepts, blocking) for the next level.”

      Does that mean a few less of the 5-star talents at WR? Likely. Does that harm UGA’s goals in any way? Not so far. We’ll see.

      As for Burton, I wish him no ill will.

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  8. D as in Dawg

    Fantasy sucks!

    We won because the offense was good and the defense was great. The formula to win in 2022 will very likely involve a defense that’s good, meaning we will need an offense trending in the great direction. People don’t believe the 2021 model will work in 2022. Like Stetson staying, they see Burton leaving as a sign we’ve embraced last year’s offense. What say I? I say I was wrong a lot in 2021 so I’m going with Kirby in 2022.

    Burton wants bigger stats and he won’t get them with SBIV. That’s no secret. Maybe Stetson won’t even be our QB next year. Burton didn’t want to take that chance. Good luck but I don’t think Kirby wants a kid that wants to leave. That kind of attitude can spread like Omicron in a cone of silence.

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    • Russ

      I think our offense was very good/great. Any perceived “limitations” on our offense come from the fact that every game we won was by at least 15 points, and often much more. We had one close game to open the season and that was it.

      As I pointed out yesterday, basically half the games Bama played were tight games into the fourth quarter. Sure, they have a different offensive philosophy that we do, but they also HAD to keep their foot on the gas to actually win many of those games.

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    • People didn’t believe the 2021 model would work in 2021. Screw people. They’re dumb.

      Go Dawgs.

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      • D as in Dawg

        I was one of them. As a result, I’ve had to return my full college football analyst salary earned last year. Fortunately, we’ve survived on my day job salary. 😂

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  9. 79dawg

    The sentiment was running through a number of threads and comments yesterday, but I don’t think it was quite as explicit as it needed to be.
    I think the fear/insecurity many of these people have is that – at some point – the “manball” (or some derivation thereof) talking point begins to actively discourage recruits from considering or coming to Georgia (or causes them to transfer), at which point the talent level begins to decline.
    I think we’re pretty far away from that point (Jermaine may disagree!), and don’t think anyone on the O is currently worth catering to from a “use me this way or I’m leaving” context, particularly given the potential for damaging side-effects to the other players (it is, after all, a team game, something that was alluded to in a number of the comments yesterday as well)….

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    • If throwing for 250 plus running for 190 and scoring 38 points per game is manball, I’ll take more of that, please.

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    • kevinsauer

      If I may build on this…

      The insecurity with Bama specifically. Even after all we’ve accomplished this season, and beating Bama to do it, it seems as though Saban can still snag a key skill posistion player from us.

      Now, I agree that a. kids can do what they want and b. it’s easier now than ever to make bidness decisions and c. burton is not the lynchpin in our offense/team as to topple the entire system

      But, for people who just want to get past Bama, it seems like they’ve still found a way to poke our buttons even after we’ve silenced them.

      and i know the retort is, “if you can’t be happy with a natty you can’t be happy” and i totally agree. the above does not describe me but i do think that’s what a lot of ppl feel deep down about burton going to bama. we’re not spilling this much ink on the 6 other guys leaving, nor will we once JT lands.

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  10. I don’t wish Burton ill from a personal and health standpoint. I also hope he gets beaten out by the other WRs on the Alabama campus and rides the pine for the next 2 years in T-town. I’ll hope he’ll get a chance to play against Austin Peay.

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  11. sundiatagaines

    Amen.

    Snitker did a great job last year. But if he can’t win it all next year and get Fried the Cy Young as well, then he’s clearly not up to the task. Friend wants to be a HOF’er and we need him.

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  12. psyopdawg

    Had Pickens and others been healthy this season, Burton would likely have gotten fewer looks and transferred anyway given his past decisions. That’s pure speculation on my part because I’m (and we here) are not part of the team. He was obviously good enough to get playing time in Kirby’s system and that also means he was a good teammate. So he’s a DGD for his hard work and dedication to the team up to this point and I wish him all the best. But hope he fails when facing Georgia.

    Honestly, this is my first post since the Natty and I’m still gushing like a school girl and wearing my 2021 CFP National Championship shirt and hat that came in the mail yesterday. The only way I get emotional about something like this at this point would be some type of NCAA violation that takes it all away.

    Love you guys, mean it!

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    • otto1980

      Possibly, or UGA may have lined up with fewer 2 and 3 TE sets and more 3 and 4 WR sets in a more pass oriented scheme which even if Burton was targeted less often than Pickens may have much more than WRs were targeted this year.

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  13. ben

    Maybe if he has a late round pick he will have the same professional and postseason success that Hardman has had. It would not hurt to have a guy like Mahomes throwing him passes, either. And I don’t really think Young is Mahomes.

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  14. beatarmy92

    I don’t give two shits about Burton’s transfer, and I don’t understand why any other UGA fan would. Best of luck to him, but Bye, Felicia. Snaps for someone else.

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  15. MGW

    Some people just need someone to strongly disagree with.

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  16. The crowd that still resents Kirby over the Justin Fields situation really had the wind taken out of their sails by the national championship win, so they’ve got to find a different player to accuse him of mishandling. Some people just aren’t happy unless they’re unhappy.

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    • TEXBaller

      The crowd that still resents Kirby over the Mark Richt situation……
      You get my point.

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      • Sorry, but that has nothing to do with this. I’m as big of a supporter of what Richt did while he was here as anyone. I questioned whether Kirby was the right guy in 2016 over an experienced head coach. I have been as big of a supporter of Kirby … he won me over in 2017.

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        • Russ

          Same here, ee. I’ve been all in on Kirby since 2017. This fan dissention is coming from Fields decision and bleeding over into the JT/Stet decision. The fact that Georgia won it all doesn’t negate their opinion in the least. I’ve seen many “Georgia” commenters basically say how lucky we were to win the NC this year. Their opinion must be validated, even if it means discrediting a national championship.

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          • 79dawg

            Well, if “luck” is how we won it this year, I will just blame the lack of it for how we didn’t win it in ’02, ’05, ’07, ’12 or ’17, cause all we needed any of those years was one more break…..

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          • I think the doom-and-gloom syndrome we suffered from for so many years has metastasized in a certain segment of the Georgia fanbase, to the point where they can’t even enjoy a CFP title without waiting for the other shoe to drop.

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    • thenewandimprovedtronan

      I believe you commented recently with concerns that some of our fans were letting their inner Bammer show in the wake of the championship. A lot of fans like to bitch but some of the bitching I’ve seen since 1/10 has convinced me that a lot of people aren’t comfortable unless they’re miserable. They complain if things aren’t exactly how they imagine perfection to be (“I cain’t believe Saban punted on 4th & 8 – against Vandy!”), but even if they got perfection, they’d move the goalposts (so to speak) just to remain miserable. Win a natty for the first time in 41 years over your arch-nemesis? Kirby ain’t perfect and you’re a fool for thinking so! Yeesh.

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    • dawgman3000

      Wrong. The Justin Fields saga was a symptom of a PERCEIVED problem by some of the fan base who wanted a more wide open offense. That ship has sailed my man. Kirby is a national championship winning coach and Justin Fields is a millionaire who could care less about this fan base.

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    • originaluglydawg

      You just nailed it, DG.

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    • back9k9

      Bingo!
      How many of this crowd complaining about not throwing to WR enough are the same ones for the last 10 years that were complaining that we underutilized our TEs?

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      • Russ

        I certainly complained about not throwing to the TEs. I wasn’t really looking for a wide open air-raid attack though. This 2021 offense was perfect to me. We could score in many different ways, and I loved the running drives at the end of the game when Zeus just stole the other team’s soul.

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  17. Geezus

    Some of the comments/perspectives I’ve seen from Georgia fans on other sites/blogs regarding Burton are bonkers. The kid did a great job for us and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s now doing what he thinks is best for him – I wish him nothing but the best. Football players have such a small window of opportunity, I think they should all take advantage when they can.

    “Where’s the loyalty …..” thank god we aren’t playing the “loyalty” drinking game – we’d all be hammered.

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  18. gotthepicture

    One thing I think we all are going to have to get used to is the reality that players and fans have very different perspectives on things. Back when I was at school, the workout shirts for the Georgia football players said “TEAM me”. Those days are 95% gone. It’s “ME team” now. If you look at what’s going on in the portal, it’s pretty crazy. The reality is, if you get 3 years from a commitment, you are “winning”.

    I didn’t know Burton’s history before Georgia, but even before that, I was thinking, “if Kirby gets 2 years from Bear Alexander, I will be surprised.” I hope they prove me wrong, but I mean, dang, look at the movement of QBs before the portal and it was already pretty fluid, but now, it’s a joke.

    As for Burton, he’s gonna make his decision. I don’t care for it. I think it’s pretty weak sauce. And while I don’t wish him any ill will, I don’t give a flying F if he has any success at Bama.

    And pretty much what the Senator said about Kirby is spot on. If he can win titles, I don’t care if he runs an inverted veer with a dime defense, as long as it beats the piss out of our opponents.

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    • Geezus

      I don’t know, if he trots out the triple-option, I might take exception …

      (Friggin Tracy Hamm and the flexbone)

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  19. jdawg108

    Love Mecole. Love that it’s still “we” for him.

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  20. Clayton Joiner

    Amen…some people are never happy and will find something to bitch about every day.

    It’s comical to me how every armchair coach has ALL the right moves over the actual HC….even coming off a fn Natty!

    In the words of Sgt. Hulks….”lighten up Francis!”

    Go Dawgs!

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  21. This Burton-to-Bama development hasn’t ruffled my feathers at all. I am really struggling to understand why some people seem so upset over Kirby about it —- leads me to believe maybe they are just looking for excuses to be mad at Kirby?

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    • Derek

      My assumption is that they think it represents a long-term offensive passing game issue that will cost us long term.

      I’d like to think that Kirby’s view is that being a physical los team, that scores via play action and having qbs who represent a threat to run is a better plan than being a finesse, pass first program. We’ll see if he’s right, but I sincerely believe that God intended football games to be won and lost in the trenches with big uglies and not in space with skinny track stars.

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      • I think you’re on to something here. But I guess it means they view the Natty as a win “in spite of” instead of “because of” Kirby’s coaching….

        Ha. Goobers.

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  22. dawgman3000

    Since 2011, Bama has had 7 WR’s drafted in the 1st round. Out of those 7, 4 have been taken as recently as 2020. It’s not that hard to understand why Burton wanted to go and play for Bama. UGA hasn’t had a WR drafted in the 1rst round since AJ Green. The guy wants to maximize his earnings potential by playing in an offense that showcases his skill set and that’s all to it.

    I wish him the best until he plays UGA. I don’t know why some of these so-call “fans” are expressing so much vitriol at Burton, especially considering how offended they get over any critique of Stetson Bennett.
    #hypocrisyatitsfinest

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  23. Harold Miller

    I swear the Dawgs could go 15 – 0 win every game 49 – 0 and people would still be bitchin’ about something.

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    • DawgFlan

      Well yeah, if all 49 points are TDs our FG kicker recruiting would suffer. Why come to Georgia if you’re only going to kick PATs? It would hamper our ability to settle for a FG if we ever needed to… And without the other team scoring, we won’t give 5-star athletes the chance to return kickoffs for TD… And don’t get me started on all the reduced offensive yardage that comes from a defense constantly giving us too good of field position, that will definitely hurt stats. It would be a freaking disaster.

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  24. benco04

    Here’s some advanced stats that I’d love to know for rhetorical purposes. In games that Burton was healthy, how many times did we line up in 12 or 13 personnel. Going further, in those sets where we only have one or two WRs on field, what percentage was Burton on the field? Conversely, how often were we in 00, 10, or 11 personnel? And lastly, out of those sets with 3, 4, or even 5 WRs, how often did we throw it?

    Now do the same analysis for Bama.

    Georgia’s base offense is significantly more reliant on TEs and backs catching the ball, splitting out, blocking, etc. My guess is this sort of thing grates on a player like Burton. When he sees the opportunity to go somewhere that throws more, out of sets with more WRs, by a future NFL QB, I can understand his decision.

    That some dumbass reactionary fans don’t understand the massive differences in offensive philosophy between us and other teams isn’t my, or your, problem.

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  25. TripleB

    I think you can appreciate a player like Mecole Hardman, who always wore his emotions for his team on his sleeve, while at the same time agree that a player like Burton can leave if he thinks he’ll be better off. Personally, I like college football players, like Nakobe Dean and Jordan Davis, who get emotionally involved in their schools while all the while profiting from their God given talents and personalities. Don’t dislike Burton, I just now realize he’s just not the kind of player I get attached to as a fan. Hence, I get what Mecole means.

    I totally agree that Smart should not change his philosophy to keep “me first” receivers attracted to his team. It seems to be working so far. Also, the Senator made a really good point previously that setting your offense to key on one or two dynamic players has a big downside when they get hurt (think Williamson and Metchie).

    We have a lot to look forward to with this coach, even if we always have a fairly conservative offensive identity. Plus, just imagine how a versatile offense will be with a Smart team when one of these “five star” quarterbacks sticks. We’ll have the best of all worlds. In the meantime, its pretty clear we can win it all with dominant D and a well-coordinated offense.

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  26. RangerRuss

    I’ve held off on stating my opinion on Burton as most folks here have treated his transfer with at least a modicum of class. My feelings toward him can best be described with a boring anecdote.
    I was quarrying the granite blocks that would be used to build the Atlantic portion and flooring of the WW2 Memorial in addition to reopening a difficult quarry on another site that had shut down thirty years prior. I needed some quality help as I was driving a lot of miles with long hours. Reliable and intelligent assistance. Hired my retired E-8 Marine buddy who previously kept F-18’s flying. Paid him as much with overtime as I made on salary.
    Upon completion of the WW2 contract and successful opening of the old quarry the hours diminished as well as my Jarhead buddy’s pay. He asked for a raise and I told him I’d consider it. Hell, everyone involved earned a raise. A few days later the boss made a rare appearance to hand out bonuses and negotiate pay increases. I was on the loader when he arrived and finished my task before greeting him. My Devil Dog pal bent his ear in the meantime.
    Now you have to picture my boss here. He looks and sounds like he’s direct from central casting for a Scorsese flick.
    “Your buddy says he wants a raise or he’s gonna walk. How much we gonna give him?”
    “Give him shit. He’s fired. He was in the Corps for over twenty years and knows how the chain of command works.”
    “What are you gonna do?”
    “I’ll hire someone else.”
    My buddy moved on to KBR as quality control installing anti-ballistic missiles in Alaska and I hired a damn fine man as his replacement. No lasting ill will, but our relationship will never be as before. That’s as much because of physical distance as circumstances.
    There are similarities with Burton’s transfer. In both instances after a long, hard, physically and mentally taxing undertaking that culminated in a successful completion that should have ended blissfully, some silly, selfish, self-centered, sumbitch had to fuck it up for everybody. In my case it was not only finishing a contract on time and under budget; but also playing an anonymous part in a long overdue and well earned memorial for “The Greatest Generation” while some were still alive to appreciate it. I take great pride in my part of the largest granite job in modern history.
    This is similar, but of course, vastly different from Kirby’s situation. We all know the travails of Georgia Football since 1980. After hip tossing that elephant off our back and stomping a mudhole in its ass, during the height of the celebration he has to deal with an individual(s) who feel as if they’re entitled to more. Yeah, I get it. Everybody has to look after number one. I admire his wishing them well as they moved on to different ventures while being adamant that no person is bigger than the Team and not begging anyone to stay, no matter their talent. No one is irreplaceable.
    Being a barking, foaming-at-the-mouth, rabid Dawg fan it’s difficult for me to reconcile that some of the players view the Dawgs as just another job opportunity. Seeing players transfer on their own to arch rivals and comparing it to my job experience provides perspective. Definitely makes me appreciate young men such as SBIV and easier to dismiss those like Burton. Unlike the men who moved on to other jobs forsaking my employment I don’t wish Burton well. And that’s all I have to say about them.

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    • back9k9

      Thanks for sharing and I agree.
      From listening to Kirby and the team leaders, this season was all about “the work (grind)” and “connection with teammates”. I’m not sure how committed Burton was at either.

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    • thenewandimprovedtronan

      Good (and interesting) anecdote, RR. I’ll sum up my own feelings by saying I don’t wish Burton harm or well.

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  27. On the contrary, I’m not irritated with Kirby. I’m irritated with this fan base.

    I think Kirby did an exceptional job winning a national title with walk-ons, true freshmen and a generational defense. It’s his best coaching job of his career and it should be celebrated.

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  28. otto1980

    I posted before the Bama game that UGA’s offense this year relied on many of the same things as an option team, clock killing drives, ahead of the chains, not getting behind, etc. A problem with the option is attracting WRs, which if you could attract Pickens, Magatron it makes for a dangerous offense but kids want to go to the NFL, the NFL doesn’t run the option.

    We kept hearing stats about how SB4 didn’t have to throw in the second half. WRs these days want catches for stats to get drafted. My fear is that recruiting WRs becomes more difficult if UGA isn’t throwing more often. If you expect top talent and to win at the highest level sometimes you have to give the people you’re signing up things that they want.

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    • PTC DAWG

      Our WR’s looked a lot better than Bama’s in Indy…

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      • otto1980

        Bama’s Top 2 WRs were out which is not excuse for them getting a national title but it combines with UGA having the better defense. I think most would agree Bama has better WRs over all.

        Also Bama’s weakness since Pruitt and Smart moved on has been miscommunication in the secondary. Bama is very good up front but the secondary isn’t what it was and UGA benefitted.

        Whatever the case in Indy, it will be interesting to see how the position group does going forward.

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    • The last 2 games I saw I saw a Georgia offense that was bombs away. I don’t want us to have to throw 50 times to win.

      We threw for more yards for the season than we ran for. We run a pro-style spread where we can run and pass with equal efficiency.

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  29. PTC DAWG

    I agree with Mecole.

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    • girderbender

      I do too. Mecole’s a DGD.
      I don’t wish Burton injury or other harm but I sure don’t “wish him the best”- he’s going to play for one of our arch rivals, THE arch rival currently. I want them to lose, and I hope Burton helps them to do that.

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  30. Scotty King

    Why it matter on who agree ?

    Maybe Alabama can help him with grammar lessons……

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  31. otto1980

    It would be interesting to compare the posters who are posting UGA doesn’t need selfish receivers with the posters who were posting “why do these spoiled kids need a new IPF, locker room or other new facilities?” The same facilities which helped UGA consistently recruit at the top of the pack.

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