“We throw to the open guy.”

Kirby doesn’t have time for this tight end shit.

But the tight ends make up a talented group – Nauta was the team’s third-leading receiver last year – so why do they comprise a collective 14 percent of the team’s catches?

Kirby Smart has a simple explanation. Defenses are playing man-to-man against Georgia, because they’re worried about UGA’s run game, and it’s easier for tight ends to get open against a zone.

“Trust me, I know about coaching defense and I know how people are playing us. So it’s easy to see why tight ends aren’t catching as many passes for us: Because they’re not open,” Smart said. “We throw to the open guy.”

Smart sounded bemused at all the fuss about the subject.

“I’m so engulfed in what we’re doing that I don’t know what people are so enamored with about the tight ends catching the ball. If the tight ends get open, they’ll get thrown the ball,” Smart said. “When people play you to stop the run, they play man a lot. When they play man, they cover the tight ends. I dare you to show me where there’s a tight end that’s open in man-to-man. …

“We’ve got plays designed to go to the tight ends, but they’ve been covered. It’s not a matter of we don’t want to throw to our tight ends. We have no mutiny against them. We just have to keep working at it and try to get some spots where they’ll be open. If some teams will play zone we could throw the ball to the tight end.”

Kirby’s bemused.  I wonder if his tight ends are, too.



Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

The wit, it burns.

As a graduate of the Universities of Virginia and Georgia, what I most love about smarm like this (h/t Calder) is how Tech fans in one breath try to pass themselves off as intellectually superior to Georgia fans (Look, ma — u(sic)!  It’s funny!) while in the next, sneering at Virginia folks for their intellectual snobbery.

If I had this guy’s brainpower, I’d get whiplash from trying to hold both thoughts in my head simultaneously, but since I’m a dumbass, I’ll settle for the simple pleasure of the two schools kicking Tech’s ass in football this season.  Sic, indeed.


Filed under Georgia Tech Football

The evolution of Lorenzo Carter

He leads the team in sacks and is second in tackles for loss, but I’ve noticed more than a few comments directed towards Carter, expressing disappointment that he hasn’t been a more disruptive player this season.  The problem with that observation is that it’s hard to disrupt the line of scrimmage when you’re being asked to play more in coverage.

“The biggest thing is that he’s become an every-down player,” Smart said. “He’s gotten a little bigger and more physical, and he’s been able to play some in nickel packages. We have moved him around so that he could play field boundary. He can do different things. He can stand up and match patterns. He’s improved that part of his game, and that’s the part that he probably needed to improve the most. I’m glad he came back to do it.”

If Kirby’s happy with him, we probably ought to be, too.


Filed under Georgia Football

Very pretty, Colonel. But can they focus?

In case you’re worrying about Georgia taking Tech lightly because the Dawgs are looking past the Jackets towards an SECCG they’ve already clinched an appearance in, consider that particular scenario has occurred five times, in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2011 and 2012.

Average score of those five meetings?  Georgia 34.4 – Georgia Tech 11.6.


Filed under Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football

Smaller fish to fry

This is what a genius sounds like when his team plays Georgia for nothing more than a shot at bowl eligibility:

“This should be why you come to play college football, games like this,” Johnson said. “If somebody has to fire you up for this one then you probably ought to quit. You shouldn’t be playing.”


Filed under Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football

I heard it through the Internet, so it must be true… er, shitty.

Stay classy, Texas A&M.


Filed under SEC Football

The players may be amateurs, but the government ain’t.

This sounds like a real kick in the nuts.

Ordinarily, nonprofits don’t pay federal taxes on their income – and that includes most colleges. But under the Senate’s tax bill, royalties generated by nonprofits based on their names and logos will be taxed. It could be a large hit to universities with popular athletic departments that generate lots of money through merchandise sales…

The government expects to collect $2 billion over 10 years with the provision.

Damn it, schools work hard to keep that money all to themselves.  Doesn’t the Senate realize Uncle Sam’s name isn’t on the front of the jersey, either?


Filed under It's Just Bidness, Political Wankery