Lack of focus

This probably isn’t sitting well with the head guy.

How much of that is new players and how much of that is new coaches?  “Lowest in CKS era” suggests some of both.

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33 responses to “Lack of focus

  1. Salty Dawg

    I’m just going to leave this here…

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    • ugafidelis

      I just watched that this morning. The only thing that would have made it better would have been if he had dropped the ball as he walked out the door.

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    • Harold Miller

      Lesson. Quit acting like a bunch of punk ass mofos. DYFJ in a professional manner. Then you can just point at the score board and laugh.

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  2. MGW

    Stetson Bennett was 1/1.

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  3. Ran A

    This is the first stat that I have seen that actually caused me to have concern. You have to fix this – before getting into the 2nd half of the season – period.

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    • californiadawg

      Yeah it’s a concern. Sound tackling has been the one constant in the Kirby era. It’s often the first thing opposing coaches commend us on. This isn’t Kirby’s first young team, so hard to blame it solely on youth. Hope it gets fixed, quick. Miss State + UT won’t be easy outs otherwise.

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      • JoeDashDawg

        We have been spoiled by Roquan and Nakobe playing with rockets up their ass at MLB. Those guys rarely took bad angles or missed tackles. Jamon could be really really good and still a step back from what we are used to.

        D-Line is still getting their feet under them too (Particularly glaring since 88 has been out a lot). Just hope we figure it out by end of month.

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  4. gobblinglawyer

    Hey now, y’all know Searles’ OL tackles great!

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

    Maybe we do miss Lanning more than we thought we would.

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  6. realitycheckhere

    No question we have played badly the last 2 games including missed tackles.

    The thing that continues to jump out at me after watching the replays is the offensive line play and running game. I do not understand how it can be so mediocre given the talent level.

    Maybe this week we will put it together. Auburn is not that good, but we need to respect them. They played LSU tough and were lucky to beat Missouri, both games at home. But our game at Missouri was in doubt until we stopped them with 4 minutes to go and ran out the clock.

    Hopefully we will reverse the recent turnover trend. Auburn is beat up without our depth, so on paper we should beat them soundly at home. Monken should be ready for pressure that will likely be the template going forward. But two disappointing efforts in a row is concerning. Normally I take the position that I am satisfied with a 1 point victory. We need a sound win.

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    • Because we have an OL coach who runs a blocking scheme that is different from every other OL coach Smart has had. That and the two guards don’t seem to be nearly as good as what we had last year. To everyone’s credit, we mostly went away from that blocking late in the game. Some of that is because we were running the ball.

      McClendon and van Pran really struggled with the zone blocking last Saturday.

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      • Harold Miller

        I think that was Van Pran’s worst game. Correct me if I’m wrong.

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        • Imo, a big thing that hurt those two guys was we looked to be in much wider splits and then there would be huge gaps down the line. They seemed to have poor lateral movement and the DL and LB would just run around them. There was a considerable difference in splits for most of the game versus our last possessions.

          We ran tighter splits and had TE help in previous seasons and the OL didn’t have to worry about lateral movement quite as much.

          I can see zone blocking being Monken’s preference but they better get coached up before Bennett gets hurt and we lose.

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          • realitycheckhere

            Not sure it is Monken. He was here last year. The new face is Searles. All I know is this year is different in terms of results, but not talent

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  7. whb209

    Bloody Tuesday. Live tackle football all day..
    Learn the correct technique.

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  8. back9k9

    I agree with the young players part but I’d go with more lack of focus than new coaches for the 2nd ingredient.

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  9. Skeptic Dawg

    We are 5 games into the season and I think it is fair to say that there are troubling trends on this squad. 1). O-line performance…there is a reason that the offense has operated horizontally vs vertically since game #1. This O-line is unable to provide time for the QB, nor open holes for the run game. We have seen this group struggle to run the ball successfully vs Samford, Kent State and Mizzou. I am not sure that this can be fixed during the season. It is possible that this group continues have issues in the red zone all season. 2). Running game…see above. Without quality O-line play we will continue to struggle to run the ball. This will lead to more of what we saw Saturday night from the Mizzou defense. 3). Youth and inexperience on defense…the D has played pretty well as whole. The blown assignments and missed tackles will be cleaned up as the young players grown and learn. Until they all mature, we are stuck with the mistakes they will make. 4). I think that this D-line is good, but they are not great. As a unit, they seem to lack the ability to get to the QB. They can pressure the QB, but failing to get the QB on the ground will wreck havoc on our young secondary.

    Can this issues be corrected week over week? I don’t believe #1 can be fixed which will lead to big issues. This team has talent, but it is rough when you lose so many studs to the NFL.

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    • thelifeofthemind

      All good points, but as to 1): I refuse to believe an offensive line filled with players plenty of other SEC teams wanted is this untalented. It has to be some combination of talent, scheme and coaching.

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    • Darin Cochran

      The stats don’t exactly support your argument about the OLine. We are second in the SEC in overall yards, total points, points per game and yards per game, only to Alabama who is first. In overall yardage they are only ahead of us by 18 whooping yards, so it’s basically a tie at this point. Their yards per game is 525 and ours is 521. So, they are barely ahead of us. As for the Oline not giving Bennett time to pass, he is second in the SEC in yardage, only to the kid from Miss St. The rushing game could improve, but we are still ranked 6th in the SEC, only getting edged out by LSU by less than 100 yards. So, it isn’t too bad. Anyway, just saying, they have looked shaky a few times, but we’re still putting up yards and points…and that’s what good O’s do, right?

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      • whb209

        Mr. Darin Cochran,
        The stats are correct but, the eye test fails. I know that sounds dumb but, things don’t look as good as the stats say.

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        • Darin Cochran

          We had some shaky moments in the first half, but outrushed them 300-100 in the second. So, they looked pretty good when it mattered. I wouldn’t say it sounds dumb, I see your point, but it’s hard to argue with mathematics. When you are 5-0 and second in the conference only to Bama in O and your QB is second in the conference as well, there is only one logical conclusion…they didn’t get that way by NOT putting up some numbers. And no one can say we’re just fattening our numbers on cream puffs. In case anyone hasn’t noticed, Oregon is now 4-1 and ranked #12 in the nation.

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      • Skeptic Dawg

        Darin, thanks for the stats. Solid points. I would argue that our O-line is indeed poor, and I believe that is being kind. Our inability to run the ball between the tackles and red zone issues are a direct result of below average O-line play. We have made a living on the outside attacking the perimeter. Kent State showed that option can be taken away, and Mizzou improved upon that. The reason we have been attacked horizontally all season is to take pressure away from the O-line. Our coaches know what they have and who can do what. I hope that we see an improved o-line, but I am not sure it can be fixed during the season. I fear that we see a continued decline in ypp.

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        • Darin Cochran

          I regress…I’m a chaplain in a hospice agency…lol, so I’m the first to admit, I’m anything BUT an expert.
          You certainly know more than me, so let me ask you…is Ratledge just not back to his old self? I mean, last season before the Clemson game, everyone was singing his praises and saying he was the best OG we’d had in a while. It’s funny he’s taken back over ahead of Willock who has tremendous size and another year in the S&C program while Ratledge was busy rehabing and getting over his injury. We heard all sorts of good talk about Willock, Truss, Fairchild and Wilson, but Tate just waltzed back in and took his spot back over, yet it looked to my untrained eye that he has struggled a bit. I don’t like arguing against the coach’s who do it for a living, but even last season (pre-Searles) they made that move right smack in the middle of the NC game when they moved Sayler to OG and put Jones in at OT and we started moving the ball. So, I dunno, it seems like there has been some indecision and eyebrow raising moments when it’s come to our OLine.
          Anyway, what’s your take on that?

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          • Skeptic Dawg

            First of, what an incredible job! My church operates a hospice (Southwest Christian Care) and I tip my cap you sir…I could not do what you on a daily basis. I serve communion to the patients from time to time and it truly is humbling.

            We are in the same boat. My knowledge of the OL is limited at best. I enjoy listening to Matt Stinchcomb break down their play and he points out mistakes that I would not notice if I watched the game 100 times. I am as bewildered by Ratledge as you are. While sitting in the stands during the Samford game I noticed that he was getting beat often. He appears to be a tad slow at times. And yes, I do recall the hype surrounding him heading into the season last year. My guess is that the unit is struggling under new coaching and possibly a new blocking scheme. What I see is an OL unable to open holes against Samford and Kent State, only to the be tortured by Mizzou for the first 3 quarters. As I said earlier, a lot of our success vs Oregon and SC occurred on the perimeter to lighten the load of the OL.

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            • Darin Cochran

              Thank you for those kind words. Yeah, working in Hospice is definitely not for everyone. It really is a calling more than a career. I pastored for over 25 years and became a chaplain about a year ago. So, I went from ministering at deathbeds occasionally to all the time now. But it’s Spiritually rewarding in it’s own way. And as you said, it is very humbling and a great honor to help people at the end of their journey.

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  10. 3rdandGrantham

    To me, it’s very clear that at least some of the players are still living off last year. Multiple videos of the pregame scuffle showed several UGA players pointing to their fingers (i.e. ‘we got rings’) while trash-talking with lowly Mizzou. To make matters worse, these same players were not major contributors last year. Not a good sign IMO.

    As a result, it’s no wonder why Kirby is so grumpy this year. Last year at this time he was far more relaxed and at ease with things. Now we know why.

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  11. thelifeofthemind

    I’m less worried about a young, super-talented D facing growing pains throughout the year than an experienced offensive line that seems to regress each game.

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  12. It was his worst that I recall. Same for McClendon. Mizzou came after us for sure but I saw those two absolutely whiff some one-on-one situations. Maybe more in one game than I’ve seen in their careers.

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    • Harold Miller

      So, Saturday afternoon look for the Barners to bring till we stop it. Great news is there we be folks breaking open bigtime if we get an extra second picking up the blitz.

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  13. akascuba

    Worst tackling in the KS era is the biggest surprise for me. There is definitely something missing on both sides of the ball. The pregame pointing at the ring finger crap shows me this team has not bought in like past KS teams. Good news there is an opportunity this Saturday to get those attitude and effort problems fixed at Auburn’s expense.

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  14. TripleB

    Sure this tackling issue is not news to CKS. If it can be fixed, surely he’s the guy to see that it is dealt with.

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