Instead of a musical act this year, we get a mic-ed up Steve Shaw as the head referee wearing a camera for the TV broadcast… um, wait a minute. Wouldn’t that be a reason to stay home and watch the game on TV?
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I have to admit I’m getting a certain amount of satisfaction out of the buyer’s remorse I’m seeing in certain quarters after Todd Grantham’s departure from Louisville. I mean, who could have ever guessed this?
University of Louisville senior starting linebacker Stacy Thomas said that the terminology related of new coordinator Peter Sirmon’s defense are such that the Cardinals are getting play calls in faster than the defense did last season.
“The play-calling, the vocabulary is brought down so we can get the plays quicker,” Thomas said after Wednesday’s spring practice. “That’s a good thing from last year about it.
“,,, We had a couple games where they would run hurry-up (offenses) and then we would have trouble getting the call and then echoing it to everybody else, so that was an issue last year. But it doesn’t seem to be an issue right now.”
Well, besides anybody who watched Grantham fail to get an eleventh defender on the field in time to stop a Chubb touchdown run in the Belk Bowl (see the 2:18 mark in the clip below for that), that is.
If the Dawgs don’t run some hurry-up against Mississippi State this year, Jim Chaney will be guilty of some serious coaching malpractice.
I hope like hell this coaching staff is too smart to Tripp Mecole Hardman.
You guys probably have as little a desire to revisit Georgia’s 2016 season as I do, but I would still suggest you take a look at this excellent breakdown of film from the opener against North Carolina.
It’s a mix of the good, like the great blocking that set up Herrien’s touchdown run…
… as well as Isaiah McKenzie’s balance and quickness.
And the bad, which is, to no great surprise, an inconsistent offensive line…
… issues setting the perimeter on defense…
… and Lambert’s lack of improvement from 2015.
There’s also Nick Freakin’ Chubb.
In short, it’s what you’d expect from a team with more than a little talent (much of it green, though) and a new coaching staff playing in its first game. Weirdly enough, I came away watching that getting excited about what Georgia is capable of in 2017 if it can polish enough of the rough edges. If this team can play more consistently at the level it’s capable of, there’s a lot it can accomplish. Stay tuned.
Do you think that as of today, Jacob Eason is the 21st-best quarterback in the country? Athlon does.
As expected with any true freshman quarterback, Eason had his share of ups and downs last fall. However, the five-star recruit showed flashes of his potential by throwing for 2,430 yards and 16 scores. Georgia’s supporting cast is a work in progress around Eason, as the offensive line and receiving corps are two preseason question marks. Eason has all of the arm talent to rank among the best in the SEC. Will he take a step forward in 2017?
It would sure be nice if he does, but who the hell knows for sure right now?
Say what you will about Jim Harbaugh, the man is a master at salesmanship. Check out the header to this ESPN puff piece.
Kirby gets asked about his defense’s potential and expresses concern in his response.
This is where the rubber meets the road for me. An upgrade in recruiting is great, but if the plan is to elevate the program above Richt’s level, the comfort level attitude that plagued Georgia football before, particularly during the Martinez years, has to be completely eradicated.
You’d like to think Kirby’s background at Alabama gives him the framework to accomplish that, and I’m certainly hopeful in that regard. But it’s still got to get beyond the talking stage for that to payoff.