Daily Archives: December 13, 2022

Grading the graders

Georgia’s offensive line group is one of two finalists for the Joe Moore Award.  If you’re interested, here’s the criteria they use to evaluate:

Honestly, that looks like something coaches ought to post on bulletin boards.  I’d say the Dawgs grade out pretty well by those standards.



Filed under Georgia Football

The Pirate passes.

Mike Leach


Mississippi State University Head Football Coach Michael Charles “Mike” Leach passed away last night (Monday, Dec. 12) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, following complications from a heart condition. He was 61.

In a statement, the Leach family said: “Mike was a giving and attentive husband, father and grandfather. He was able to participate in organ donation at UMMC as a final act of charity. We are supported and uplifted by the outpouring of love and prayers from family, friends, Mississippi State University, the hospital staff, and football fans around the world. Thank you for sharing in the joy of our beloved husband and father’s life.”

Such a sad loss for the sport.




Filed under Mike Leach. Yar!

A. Jalen Carter

Q.  “What makes Georgia’s defense so difficult for opposing offenses to break down?”

Okay, I’m being a wee bit facetious, but not by much.

On the year, they have over 200 quarterback pressures and the per game numbers have increased since Carter’s return from injury. Georgia relies on their four man rush on most passing situations, choosing to keep the players behind in coverage. When they do blitz, they come fast and hard, giving the quarterback little time to throw.

… The main reason Georgia does not rely on bringing additional pressure from the second level is the interior pass rush. Interior pressure has been a common theme for Smart’s Georgia defenses, and this is one of the hardest things for a quarterback to face. With dominant edge rushers, players are able to step up and maneuver around, but when the pressure comes from the inside, the defender ends up in the quarterbacks lap before he can do anything about it.

Since Carter’s return against Tennessee, Georgia has notched sixteen sacks in their last five games.  (The season total is 26.)

The piece goes on to note a marked tendency of Ryan Day’s game planning.

Georgia’s has the No. 1 ranked rush defense in yards per game, and is No. 5 overall in yards per rush. Ryan Day’s goal will be to remain balanced, but teams have struggled to find any semblance of a run game against this team…

Ohio State has the talent on offense to challenge Georgia’s defense, but they will need to get out of their comfort zone at times. Ryan Day has routinely forced being balanced, running the ball when teams expect it and doing the same in throwing situations. Avoiding tendencies and attacking Georgia with intent in both the run game and passing game will not be easy, but the effort has to be there.

This has been the thing I’ve been most curious about since I began researching Ohio State:  will Day change things up from his usual conservative approach?  That’s served him well through the regular season, since OSU routinely has more talent than the teams they face.  But that won’t be the case in the Peach Bowl.


Filed under Big Ten Football, Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

Number four, perhaps with a bullet

Bill Connelly ($$) ranks all 36 teams that have made the CFP.  This year’s Georgia team checks in at number four, the highest rated of all of Smart’s teams.  (If you’re wondering, last year’s national champs are fifth.)

Not too shabby, at all.

By the way, this year’s Ohio State team is 23rd on Bill’s list.


Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

Georgia comin’

Herbie has questions.



Filed under Big Ten Football, Georgia Football

Bowl Pick ‘Em

You guys should have received an email overnight inviting you to join this season’s bowl pool.  If you didn’t, don’t fret — here’s an invite link.

Games start on Friday, so don’t sleep on making picks!


Filed under GTP Stuff