Whew

The ugly wins count just as much as the pretty ones do.

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  1. Joshua Garrett

    My goodness
    Feels like we used to live through those all the time

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  2. Anon

    Richt era win

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  3. I don’t think it was any worse than Bama’s near-loss to Texas.

    I’ll be interested to see if we smoke Auburn (in the manner we should) next week.

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  4. I hope we understand how they shut down Bowers, became can’t let that happen again.

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    • He still made the biggest play of the game on that little hitch in the red zone. We need AD Mitchell back in a big way.

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      • thelifeofthemind

        He’s also the reason they scored before half after that unfortunately-timed hands to the face penalty. Brock’s the most important player on the team, and they have to figure out a way to get him more touches if they want to win the tough games this season.

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  5. Illini84

    How big of a favorite was Pitt?

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  6. Coaching wasn’t great for most of the game but everyone pulled it together when it mattered. On both sides of the ball.

    I’m most surprised to see a Kirby Smart team get absolutely bullied. Bennett gets drilled and then takes a forearm to the head and his OL did nothing. Not one guy!

    Just win and try and sort out the problems in practice.
    Go Dawgs!

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  7. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

    Stacy Searels needs to fucking go. Fire his fucking ass TONIGHT.

    When Monkey ran Milton out there for the first play of the final drive, I lost my shit. Thank God Edwards came in after Milton predictably got one yard after going down to an arm tackle.

    This is a good football team, but it’s not a great football team. I’m worried that without Carter in the middle of the defense, Tennessee is going to beat the brakes off us because we can’t get a rush at all without him pushing the pocket.

    Also, why the fuck isn’t Monken running 12 or 13 personnel down in the red zone??? Get Washington AND Bowers out there on the field at the same fucking time in the red zone? Why is this so difficult???

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    • Illini84

      And this fucking team will NEVER win the National Championship with that weenie at quarterback!

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      • Morris Day

        Your shtick is tired.

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        • Gaskilldawg

          I get your point, but the heat of the emotions posts about how Kirby Smart, who has a higher career winning percentage than Nick Saban, and a National Championship Trophy, not only doesn’t know what he is doing but is also a dumb shit is a shtick that gets tired, too.

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          • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

            Did I say Kirby is stupid? No.

            But Kirby can and has made mistakes. Hiring Searels was a mistake. If you don’t think so, or Illini doesn’t think so, y’all are crazy.

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          • Morris Day

            My reply was to Illini84’s constant beratement of Corch about his criticisms of Bennett last year. Which Corch has mea culpa’d for. It’s childish and worn out.

            Y’all wanna debate the Searels hire? Go ahead. But, we will battle with what we got this season. Onward.

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            • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

              He has nothing else to bring to the argument. What do you expect? Dude chose to go to a Big-Ten school.

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      • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

        You’re right Illini, Stacy Searels is an amazing offensive line coach and his unit isn’t underperforming to their talent, and they don’t look confused and discombobulated and undisciplined at all.

        You’re absolutely right. How could I have been so wrong.

        And you’re right, orange is not a bad color for a football team, either.

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      • Salty Dawg

        Illi – shouldn’t you be somewhere else?

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        • Illini84

          Fuck all ya’ll. I have two degrees from UGA and have lived in Athens for 35 goddamn years. I came home from Vietnam and went to school in my home sate, just like my old man did after WWII. You don’t like my “shtick” tough fucking shit. As for “Corch” and his constant whining and bitching Xin Loi douche.

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          • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

            No need to apologize. Just dude, you don’t like me? Fine. I can be a bit much. But defending Stacy Searels or Kirby’s hire of Stacy Searels because you don’t like me? That’s a bit like cutting off your nose to spite your face.

            You can not like me but also admit Stacy Searels is awful and it was a mistake to hire him. It’s possible for all those things to be true.

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            • Illini84

              Apologize my dying ass. Don’t like you, you know damn well I don’t know you and you don’t know me. You railed against Bennett all year last year and you’ve been on this low hanging fruit of Searles from the jump this year. I’m sure your reading level is high enough to see that I never “defended” him. I just think your constant bitching is annoying and I don’t care who likes it when I reply to your posts with an occasional tweak. Like I said Xin Loi.

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              • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

                Dude, you may have fought in Vietnam, but Google translate is telling me that you’re “apologizing, excusing yourself.” I’m guessing you’re meaning to tell me to fuck off or some variation of that, but it’s not coming across.

                Either way, hilarious. Go wear an orange sweater, Illini.

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                • Illini84

                  XIN LOI :
                  (sin loy / sin loyee) a polite Vietnamese phrase literally meaning “excuse me” or “pardon me”, but used sardonically by GIs to mean “sorry about that”, “too damn bad”, or “tough shit”; sometimes misspelled “sin loi” or “xoine loi”

                  And I didn’t “fight” anywhere, I was a remf.

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                • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

                  Ah, okay. You’re doing Steve Martin, but in Vietnamese.

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      • jhickey894

        Sarcasm? We won a natty last year with him. These comments are hilarious by some of y’all.

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    • I’ll be stunned if he’s around 4 days after the season is over. But we have to fight with the army we have right now, not the one we want. Including the bad OL coach.

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      • gastr1

        I’m glad to see that there are others who recognize his mediocrity. I thought he was awful his first time through here too.

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        • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

          Absolutely awful hire.

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        • His lines get worse every single year at every place he’s ever been. He damn near got Richt fired once, burned up all of Mack’s goodwill in Austin, damn near got Richt fired again before he quit, shit the bed for Beamer, etc, etc, etc.

          Maybe I’m missing something, but I DO NOT get it with this guy. He has sucked everywhere he’s been.

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          • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

            Awful. But be careful gatriguy, by stating the obvious you might be accused of “knowing more about football and coaching” then you actually do. 😉

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            • Honestly, that’s fair. I’m admittedly not an expert. I just know what I “feel” when watching the games. I remember how ass his 08-10 lines were the first time around.

              Kirby and he were around at LSU back in the day with Saban, so he knew what he was getting.

              I just don’t see it. And the fact that we still can’t settle on 5 is damning to me.

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    • charlottedawg

      I do not understand why Kirby hired searals he can’t recruit (has never signed a 5 star lineman) and he can’t develop (I wanna say two draft picks in his career). He’s literally sucked at every stop, why bring him back???

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    • Got Cowdog

      Monkey?

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    • Decided to come on here to see how people felt. I read this comment and Immediately realized I’d made a terrible mistake.

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    • lincolndawg

      Seems like you’ve got it all figured out, man. We could save a lot of money and just make you the coach.

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      • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

        You and Illini, you guys tight?

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        • lincolndawg

          No, I just don’t pretend to know more about the ins and outs of coaching a game than I actually do.

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          • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

            If you can’t see that Stacy Searels is an awful coach based on the performance of his o-line, or you know, because he was awful the first time he was here, or that Milton has been a pretty poor runner so far this season… if you think that is “pretending” to know anything about coaching or football… then dude, you must know absolutely nothing.

            Including about what a football blog is and the fact that we’re supposed to share our opinions, even ones you may not like or want to hear.

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    • Anon

      I’ll take the credit/blame for pointing this out first. Caught blowback from the proprietor of this blog. But I’ve know him 40 years. So I didn’t need to see the first few games this year. Soft as baby shit and a coaster from team to team picking up a nice paycheck.

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  8. -2 turnover margin … slow start on both sides of the ball to allow the overmatched opponent to think they have a chance. Where have I seen this before?

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

      So many times during the Richt Era. Man… I was having PTSD flashbacks to like, 2008 and 2009 and 2010 tonight. Jesus.

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      • I was talking about last Saturday.

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        • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

          ee, last Saturday there was no doubt we were going to win, though. The feeling was not the same as this game. We didn’t score a TD until the fourth quarter in this game. We spent 3 quarters putting up four field goals. This game was dangerous.

          Besides a lot of the those games that were too close for comfort during the Richt Era, this felt a lot like the 2019 Coley Error game against Sakerlina.

          To me, it didn’t feel like last week at all. Last week felt like a bear playing with their food. Like, smacking the salmon out of the air and onto the shore, and then smacking it around a little more. That fish is still gonna get eaten. Tonight did not feel like that.

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          • 69Dawg

            The Missouri DC watched the films of the Kent game and adopted every single thing Kent did to screw up our offensive line. Clog the middle nose on center and bring it off the edge, rise and repeat.

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        • junkyardawg41

          We have regressed back to the mean on turnovers. And even with that, we still ran 26 more plays than they did. Pretty it was not but TOs made it closer than the scoreboard showed — not to mention the Mule of a kicker they had.

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  9. Turnovers. Turnovers. Turnovers.

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  10. charlottedawg

    I’m done being really confident heading into a game, this game, the seccg last year, whenever i think we should play really well before a game, we look like shit.

    My bad guys, won’t happen again

    But seriously, we got more issues than the New York Times

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  11. biggusrickus

    Well, the inevitable breakdowns on defense happened, and with the offense’s second straight bad start, it nearly got them beat. Still, it could be worse. Everything went almost exactly as Missouri needed it to, and they still escaped. Let’s hope this is the doldrums and the team can fix whatever is going on with the offense.

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  12. Hobnail_Boot

    Is Searels allowed on the plane?

    What about Milton?

    Yeeeeeesh.

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    • JoeDashDawg

      I’ll stick up for Milton since he seems to be the guy many are starting to hate on here. The fumble to start the game wasn’t ideal, but he seems to be on par with what Zeus was last year. Things like shoestring tackles don’t mean he’s awful, they just show that he’s just sooo close to breaking those big runs. Everyone wants our guys to be TG3 or Chubb, but those guys were pretty special. Kenny Mc seems to be the better players (much like Cook last year) but we will need Milton this year. Edwards runs hard as hell but he doesn’t see the lanes. (just my opinion). He had an easy TD if he had cut up behind Bowers/Washington on his run that was downed at the 1. Still love the kid he runs hard as hell.

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      • thelifeofthemind

        Milton isn’t half the back Zeus was. I’m sorry, but that’s crazy. Zeus was drafted. That’s just not in the cards for Milton right now. He has good vision, but his agility and elusiveness are not where they need to be. He’s playing very poorly right now. I agree that we’re all used to the likes of Gurley, Chubb and Swift, and maybe that’s unfair to expect that to continue, but that’s a sentiment best applied to last year’s less awesome, but still incredible group of backs. This year’s stable (including a banged up McIntosh), combined with a severely underperforming OL, is a different beast, one we haven’t seen since the early Aughts under Richt.

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      • gastr1

        I felt like Edwards saw the lanes pretty damn well in the 4th quarter. I also felt like there was a reason he was in there then…
        He likely hasn’t passed Milton on the depth chart yet because he’s not as good in the passing game, I suspect.

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  13. debbybalcer

    Amen!! GO DAWGS!!

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  14. originaluglydawg

    Ugly wins can get you pushed out of the top four…Esp when Dawgrading is in season..which it always is from Micky’s crew.

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    • pansythedawg

      If we win every game like this, we’ll be in the top four when it matters.

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      • Gaskilldawg

        Exactly.

        Shit, our 1980 national championship team won 6 of its 12 wins by 7 points or less, another by 10. It beat Clemson by just 4 and had virtually no offense

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        • Dawglicious

          “Do you realize we’ve hardly seen the ball? We’re leading 13-0 because of Scott Woerner!”

          One of my favorite Munson calls was that ’80 Clemson game

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    • charlottedawg

      Who the fuck cares about staying the top 4 we’re lucky to escape with a W

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    • Remember the Quincy

      Shockingly, ESPN still has us #1 in their power pill this morning. Couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

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    • jhickey894

      Road wins vs a conference opponent will not get you pushed out the of top 4. Damn I’m bout to stop reading these silly ass comments and just stick to the Senator. Did y’all listen to Kirby post game……

      Defense played their heart out

      We need some receivers back healthy. (AD Mitchell)

      We have to figure out wtf is going on offensively.

      We got the ball to our playmakers when we had to just, just was a little too stressful. Also instead of just bashing The OL coach how bout we just watch the tape of our o line getting worked ?

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      • originaluglydawg

        There seems to be a consensus that I’m wrong about that.
        I’m happy to be wrong sometimes.

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      • 69Dawg

        Watch why the Oline was getting worked, the Mizzu DC did and he used it and it worked again. Unless we play a team with a brain dead DC who is going to stay with his Defensive scheme come hell or high water, they are all going to use the Kent and now Mizzou defense to stop our Oline until we just wear their butts out late. Mizzou just didn’t have enough horses to play 4 quarters.

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  15. charlottedawg

    Man, not gonna be fun getting straight roasted by sec shorts and coach 30

    Kendall Milton, son! You go down at the first sign of contact, just like your momma!!!

    Kelee ringo, I’m scared, not really an athlete, piss down my leg, I do what my momma would do and let him inside me, 50 yard completion

    I mean guys, these dudes lost to auburn, on an unforced fumble,,, at the goal line.

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  16. Might be an early reaction but I don’t think anyone has gotten after Georgia like that in a while. They even brought the wood to Darnell Washington.

    I bitched too much tonight but it’s awesome when you win after being punched in the mouth most of the game.

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  17. ZeroPOINTzero

    The Oregon win inflated our egos a little. I think in the back of your mind you knew we weren’t as good as last year with all those draft picks going at once. But the Kool-aid tasted so good. We’re good. Can’t make the early mistakes this year and win comfortably. The dumb turnovers need to end.

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    • D as in Dawg

      And the FGs. Need to drastically improve the red zone TD %.

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      • JoeDashDawg

        I’ve been saying this for several weeks. We have a 6’7 freak at TE that at worst is a decoy. 0* red zone targets. He bllocked his ass off this season too, give him some rewards.

        *I’m drunk and didn’t count, but it feels that way. Actually I think he had one tonight but it felt like a throwaway. Recall thinking its hard to overthrow Washington.

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        • gastr1

          It wasn’t a throwaway. One of those where the pass was a little earlier than it might have been because Bennett may have been rushing just a little (can’t imagine why).

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      • PeachPit

        Let us hope Podlesny does not decide to make field goals irrelevant. In ancient history the Washington Redskins made it to, and won the Super Bowl on Mark Mosley’s toe (yes, old fashioned toe kicking). Better to hit the field goal than to come away with nothing.

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  18. Sweet D

    And just like that the rest of our schedule just got a whole lot more interesting. I was starting to think blow outs were boring but I may need to re-evaluate my thinking on that.

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  19. Hobnail_Boot

    Anyone know how bad Mondon was hurt?

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  20. Doggoned

    Criticize the OL coach all you want, but Milton busted his rear every time he was in. He had a big run on the last drive, and the fumble came after a breakthrough run in the first quarter. DGD.

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    • JoeDashDawg

      100%. Haven’t loved the Milton hate.

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      • moe pritchett

        I don’t like the Milton hate either. Seems like he’s been the beneficiary of some poor blocking and good tackling. Not to say he hasn’t been a little off his game because he has. I say he always seems on the edge of a breakout.

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  21. D as in Dawg

    OL and Milton are liabilities right now. We need RBs that can make people miss and hit a hole fast. I think Edwards and Robinson need more carries. OL whiffed time and time again. Stetson was below average for 3 quarters but OL and RB are where we are hurting the most. At least with Milton in the top 2. We ran outside with Edwards and got the ball out fast to Bowers. That’s how our O has to live right now.

    Cannot believe we won this game but we did. We will drop from #1 and that is a good thing. Next up… Auburn. Let’s get another coach fired!!

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  22. Odontodawg

    “Whew” is right.

    Never seen my wife yell so much at our offensive line.

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  23. dawgsaregods

    Some thoughts after this one:

    After the Kent State game, I was a little worried that this year’s iteration of the Dawgs, lacking in the exceptional veteran leadership of last year’s team, was starting to make a habit of playing with its food against inferior competition. While that was never going to cost us a game against Samford or Kent State because the talent disparity was so profound, it could get us beat against a lower-tier SEC team. Tonight, my worst fears almost came true. Hopefully, after very nearly getting burned tonight, this team will start taking these supposedly “gimme” games more seriously.
    Props to the offensive line for finally stepping up late and imposing its will on Mizzou, but Searles is looking like a Coley-level bad hire. Everyone, including the usually rock-solid Van Pran, seems to have to taken a step back this year. SS needs to be one and done in Athens this time around.
    It feels a lot better to say, “We have a lot of things to work on” after a win instead of a loss. Had we lost to Mizzou tonight, we would have almost certainly had to run the table the rest of the way to make the CFP. Pulling this one out and remaining undefeated allows us to maintain a little margin for error the rest of the way.
    We need that aforementioned margin for error because UF, Tennessee, Mississippi State, and UK all look like much more loseable games after tonight. It’s probably a good idea at this point to dial back the expectations a bit and just hope for week-to-week improvement.

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    • junkyardawg41

      Props to the offensive line for finally stepping up late and imposing its will on Mizzou, but Searles is looking like a Coley-level bad hire. Truer words could not have been spoken.

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    • gastr1

      The thing is, this wasn’t all on the players. MU’s DC dialed up a great plan to shut us down. We did figure it out late, with a switch in backs and in scheme, but talk about your road maps: If you bring pressure off the edges it makes it hard on a team that lives on the edges. Makes us play to our weakness: run/throw up the middle.

      This is what everyone will be doing going forward…maybe not as creatively as MU did, and their D does appear to be good in general, but Monken and Searels will have to be working on plays that counter edge blitzing. Certainly in the 4th tonight they did and it was successful enough to win the game.

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      • 69Dawg

        As I said above the MU DC just watched the Kent tapes and adopted that scheme. If every DC on our schedule isn’t crazy they will do the same. It’s up to Coach SS to figure it out. Last night the MU Defense just got killed in the 4th because we wore them down late. I’ve seen on other blogs Kirby being criticized for rotating too much on the Oline at guard, well that probably won us the game late since MU’s defense was sucking wind in the 4th and the Oline and Edwards got to do the Kirby Death March yet again.

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  24. Stetson legit played his ass off in the second half. Tough as nails and great leadership.

    Not his best game, but he deserves some props.

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  25. gurkhadawg

    I’m actually proud of my boy Stet. He got his dick knocked in the dirt all night, threw some shitty passes, but guess what? When he had to move the team and score and then run out the clock, he threw some nice passes and got the job done. Ya gotta just when games like this sometimes.

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  26. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    Ugly wins might count the same, but two in a row is a sign that something’s wrong. Maybe Searles is a problem, but some of the criticism of him seems misguided. He isn’t designing plays where linemen are pulling and you think they shouldn’t be, and I’m pretty sure he isn’t changing the blocking schemes in secret. And the line men didn’t overthrow receivers or fumble handoffs and any number of other things that tell me that we didn’t have our heads in the game.

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    • junkyardawg41

      Take a look at Bobo’s success as an OC with Stacy Searels and without. There was a ton of confusion on calling out the blocking schemes. There were few effective offensive line adjustments made. I didn’t see a lot of changes in splits. I didn’t see a lot of personnel movement. Those are coaching issues.

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      • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

        Maybe, but my main point is that we have multiple problems, not just the line play. If you think that if we fired Searles everything would be fine, you’re wrong. Plus it can’t happen mid-season anyway. I want us to focus on things we can solve.

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        • originaluglydawg

          For the offense, I think focus (or lack of it) is the most obvious problem here.
          Just look at the first few series. Dropped passes, missed blocks, confusion on the los and a fumble during a long run. Those things caused the Dawgs’ confidence to wane while boosting the energy and confidence of an SEC foe, at night, on their own turf. I also think Mizzo had and used a LOT of bulletin board material during the week. “They’re finished”, “They had an inexcusable loss to a terrible Auburn team”, “They don’t belong in the SEC”, “Georgia will cover the four touchdown spread”, etc.
          For the Defense, They played well. Except for a few big plays, Mizzo did very little. They do have an all world place kicker and Nick Farley jr.

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    • thelifeofthemind

      UGA is not going to play as poorly as they have the last two games, at least I hope. But, I agree, the problems were widespread tonight. Searels is an easy scapegoat, but he doesn’t explain the sloppy play. Frankly, the most concerning thing is after all the talk during the week about how this team would benefit from a wake-up call against an inferior opponent, this is the kind of performance we get. Hopefully, they get a little healthier, some of the younger guys start to gel, and this team can pick up steam again for the back half of the schedule.

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      • We are almost halfway through the season, and we still can’t settle on the best 5 on the OL. If that isn’t an indictment of Searles, I don’t know what is.

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        • californiadawg

          Admittedly naive question but if Searles is fumbling here why can’t Monken and Kirby lean in and settle the oline.

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          • Dunno. But I hope they settle this soon.

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          • junkyardawg41

            I think if you look at Monken’s play calling early in the year, it was to mask our offensive run blocking. Speed sweeps and running back patterns were designed to scheme our offensive line a little better. Problem is that teams started figuring that out. I am sure that Smart and the entire offensive staff (to include analysts) are working on fixing it — I just don’t know how effective that will be with the current guy coaching them up.

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  27. Ran A

    Showed some grit though. After going punt, fumble, punt, punt, fumble – they went FG,FG,FG,FG,TD,TD – run the clock out (all on the ground).

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  28. Odontodawg

    “Night games, we love them,” junior offensive tackle Warren McClendon said. “The atmosphere there is going to be good, and shoot, I’m ready for it. After back-to-back 12-o’clock games, 7:30 is going to be nice.”

    This did not age well.

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  29. D.N. Nation

    Two thoughts.

    oh no we’re becoming 2014 FSU
    Searles was a baffling hire at the time and, well

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  30. cbinpc

    Too many times this season I’ve seen our offensive lineman turned around chasing defenders … not a good look. We’re supposed to see the back of their jerseys as they are bashing guys and opening up holes. Just ain’t happening this year.

    And even Milton looked surprised that he broke that tackle on his first down run on the last drive

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  31. RangerRuss

    Mizzou came out like they were playing the #1 team and gave their best shot. Laser focused. The Dawgs played as if they could go through the motions and win. In the end superior talent and conditioning won. Yeah, Stet looked bad early. He was under duress from a fired up D with momentum.
    It was nice to see them physically beat a team in the fourth quarter. It wasn’t nice that they made this game look eerily similar to the NC game.
    It’s a team personality trait. If they don’t get their shit together the Dawgs ain’t gonna win a damn thing this year.

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    • originaluglydawg

      Ranger, you touched on something in an earlier post that we are overlooking some. We need to give Mizzo some credit. They were a pissed off mob looking to prove that all the negative bullshit that they were hearing about how they didn’t belong in the SEC, they were finished after AU beat them, Georgia will cover 28 points on their homefield at night…etc…had them motivated. I think our team was in a little shock at the intensity of the Tiger defense.

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  32. Skeptic Dawg

    This team has issues, and big issues at that. Both lines of scrimmage appear to be lacking. Our WR room is awfully thin. Our DBs are young and inexperienced. Our top 2 RBs seem to be a step slow and are easily tackled. We have 1 playmaker on offense and that is Bowers. Our QB is not an SEC caliber talent. Our DL lacks the ability to get home rushing 4. This group has a loss or 3 coming their way. My expectations heading into the season were win the East and hope for the best. Not sure that is an attainable goal at this point. I fear that our 5-0 may be smoke and mirrors.

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  33. ASEF

    OL definitely gets the Dunce Cap, but the corners are looking really shaky

    Bad combination of deficiencies

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  34. uga97

    That win was better looking than bamas 19-20 barn squabble vs texas, just sayin.

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  35. I keep seeing top-level dumbshit like “both of our lines looked terrible.”

    Did they? Did they really?

    The defensive line was in the backfield ALL NIGHT. They pushed Cook off his mark, forced bad throws, sacked him a couple times. Mizzou’s offense ran 21 running plays. On 2 of them, they gained 91 yards. On the other 19? 11.

    Most of their success (both the big runs) came when Mizzou was running out of heavy (6OL). But all in all, Mizzou wasn’t pushing our DL around and doing whatever they wanted.

    Sounds good as a sound bite, but I hope y’all know it’s horseshit.

    The OL? I can not say the same…it was an abysmal performance for much of the night. They weren’t getting to the second level. They were getting blown backwards. They faltered in pressure pickups. But also, I saw Brock whiff multiple times on his blocks. That’s uncharacteristic of him. Some of those stops on sweeps and screens came from him not sealing the end of the line, but allowing a backer to play across his face and cut off the Back.

    The offense was sloppy as hell tonight. Some of it was very creative pressures and games, some of it was just poor play – but the defense forced kick after kick after fat-boy kick, and allowed the offense time to come around. In the end, they did.

    I couldn’t have been more wrong about the way it was gonna go…

    But the Dawgs won.

    Championships are built off such games. When Malaki hawked that kid down at the 1? Championship Play. When Big O bounced that safety 5 yards backwards off his helmet? Championship Play. When Edwards just kept churning and churning, to get that last TD? Championship play.

    That’s not even to mention Ladd and Brock breaking through BIG on screens when we needed em… nor Stackhouse eating the center’s lunch all night.

    If you need everything handed to you, you aren’t championship material. These kids didn’t have it handed to them. They struggled, they fought, they floundered… but in the end, they went out and took that victory.

    Some of y’all need to quit crying. You’ve got a damn Natty. Act like it.

    Go Dawgs.

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  36. Derek

    1st Downs: 28 to 14
    Total Yards: 481 to 294
    Off. plays: 79 to 53
    Possession: 34:48 to 25:12

    Those look like numbers in a comfortable win, but:

    Turnovers: 2 to 0

    Its turnovers and rz td% that are killing us.

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  37. joereynard25

    I’ll never understand why Monken’s didn’t counter that pressure with quick passes over the middle to our all-world tight ends. I’ll also note that the reds let Missouri get away with a lot of dirty play. I counted 2 helmet to helmet hits on Bennett. And on the play where Darnell knocked that DB 10 yards back, both of those players were guilty of helmet to helmet targeting on him. Throw in dirty blocks like the one that injured Carter, they were throwing those on every other play. When film is reviewed I have to think that entire crew might be in line for suspension, if the league office had the balls to do it.

    All that said, the last 2 weeks the O Line looked completely incompetent in the first half and dominant in the second. That needs to get fixed. Other teams are just going to keep exploiting that until we work it out.

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  38. Hogbody Spradlin

    I was beginning to lose interest in some Georgia games because they got boring shortly after halftime. Last night cured it. Now I want boredom back.

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    • mg4life0331

      LMAO I was fully intent on finding something else to do at half. The problem was the first half didnt work out the way I planned.

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  39. jim1886

    Am I the only one or was Monken off his fame in the first half?
    Seems we did not adjust to Missouri defensive plan

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  40. MudCat's Mechanic

    Classic Searles O-Line. Exactly what I feared when the hire was made.

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  41. Just want to add that Drink is a pretty good coach.

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  42. originaluglydawg

    CMR once made the statement that he didn’t put too much stock in playing with emotion (or something close to that). So many times we saw games where lesser teams came out and hit us in the mouth and we didn’t know how to respond. Eventually (usually) CMR’s teams’ would settle in and catch-up and go on to win the game with execution and superior talent.
    Just like last night.
    I think the offense was a little bit in shock at how amped up and on fire the Tiger defense was. Took a while to overcome it.
    Poise and class have their place, but Kirby needs to fire this team up before a game. Erks not around to do it. I think Luke was pretty good at it but he’s not here either. Need an emotional charger.

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    • 69Dawg

      I noticed that Kirby was not his fire eating self when the guys came to the sideline. He seemed to just be coaching them up. I think he has started to mix the good cop bad cop thing.

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  43. Agree with a lot of the disgusted comments on here, particularly about the Stacy Searels hire looking just as misbegotten as many of us were afraid it would be. But perhaps this game can serve as the wake-up call that the Kent State game wasn’t. Against the Flashes, we played sloppy but were never in any real danger of losing, so I imagine it was easy to write it off as “eh, everyone has off days” and move on. Against Mizzou, though, we had to spend 56 minutes grappling with the prospect of actual humiliation, a loss that would have damaged not only our CFP prospects but our chances of so much as making it back to Atlanta.

    Hopefully that kind of existential dread can get the team focused up for Auburn this week. We better not need another scare like last night to remind us that nobody’s going to be lying down for us just because we hoisted the big trophy in January.

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  44. Anon

    We need to lay off Milton. He’ll get it together. I get the feeling the dude is busting his ass every time out there and wants it more then we do. He will save a bacon at least a couple of times this year I think. He’s a DGD in my book. He really hasn’t had a lot of reps with the injuries and being buried on the depth chart. He may not be Chubb but he’s giving us all he’s got I think.

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