Category Archives: Georgia Football

Run the damn ball, Schotty.

Nick Chubb for offensive coordinator!

“I know I wanted to run the ball more ‘cause our passing game just wasn’t in rhythm,” said Chubb, who ran for 146 yards to tie Herschel Walker’s streak of 13 consecutive 100-yard game. “It would’ve been great to run the ball because things were actually starting to open up. If we could have threw the ball off running the ball we could’ve had a better passing game.”

Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer did not disagree. He said the game plan was to test Bama’s beefy defense on the edges rather than run straight into its four-man front of 300-pound defensive linemen. But Georgia’s backs could never get turned up field as linebacker Reggie Ragland and defensive back Geno Smith racked up tackles on the perimeter.

“We wanted to test the edges,” Schottenheimer said after the Bulldogs practiced Tuesday. “They’re big, strong physical guys. But we probably did it a few times too often, to tell you the truth. A couple of times they ran through from the back side. I think we probably could’ve got to it a little bit earlier. That’s obviously on me. … They did a good job defending it.”

I guess we shouldn’t expect them to make the same mistake twice.  And judging from the stats, that makes complete sense.  Tennessee is eleventh in the conference in rushing defense.  Establishing the run to set up the pass, Georgia’s modus operandi, should be the rule of the day, as the Vols are an even worse thirteenth in passing defense.


Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

Let’s give them a fair trial, then hang ’em.

I get the angst and overreaction to Saturday.  I really do.  But in response to the deeply analytical suggestions of “Schottenheimer is pathetic!!!” and “why not play Bauta?” many of you have offered, you might want to consider something.

Greyson Lambert’s 2015 game log.

Lambert has started five games at Georgia.  In three of those, he has generated passer ratings of 220.37, 245.48 and 278.64.  The technical term for that level of performance is effing great.

I know that the opposition in those three games was anything but stellar.  But if it’s so easy to pull that off against crappy defenses and Lambert is hopeless, then we should expect his predecessors to have done better.  To the stat cave, Batman!

Gosh, maybe clearing 200 isn’t as easy as we thought.  And remember, Lambert’s done what he’s done in only five total starts, after showing up less than two months before the beginning of the season.  (Also remember that Lambert’s best showing as Virginia’s starter was a 165.79 he posted against Richmond.)

Yes, he wilted under the bright lights Saturday.  True, it wasn’t Schottenheimer’s finest hour.  However, it’s amazing to see so many people write both of them off after one poor day.  Bobo and Murray – note that 2012 performance there, peeps – got years to build resumes much of the fan base came to dislike.

I don’t know if resurrection is in the future of either, but it’s a little early to bring out the tar and feathers.


Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

And in the best Georgia defensive tradition…

Congratulations to Alabama’s Calvin Ridley, whose performance Saturday netted him SEC freshman of the week honors.

Ridley’s stats in the four games before Georgia:  17 catches, 125 yards, 1 TD.  His stats on October 3:  5 catches, 120 yards, 1 TD.



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“You have to let the bad make you better, any way possible.”

Boy, is this familiar territory.

Having been beaten soundly by Alabama 38-10 on Saturday, Georgia knows the margin of error is awfully thin. Another loss sets it back in the race for the SEC East, especially considering Florida is still unbeaten with four more conference games on the schedule remaining.

Therefore, this week’s game against Tennessee is much more important all of a sudden.

“That’s something we’ve talked about; that’s true,” sophomore running back Sony Michel said. “We really have no room for another loss. We’re not looking for another loss. I don’t think we’ll have another loss this season.”

The only difference this time is it’s not the usual South Carolina loss the team is having to work around.


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As the old saying goes…

… when you have two quarterbacks, you don’t really have a quarterback.

And I’m not sure Brian Schottenheimer has a quarterback right now.

“Our whole thing has been Greyson starts all the games. We did not really talk seriously about Faton. Those other two guys had had the majority of work (in practice),” Schottenheimer said. “But we know one thing about Faton, if we call upon him I’m certainly very, very confident that he’ll go out there and play very well. But we expect the other two guys, starting with Greyson, to perform better. That’s their job, that’s their role, and I think they’ll bounce back this week and do that for us.”

It was already known that Lambert would start his sixth straight game. Ramsey has also appeared in every game, including in the first half for all but one game. The idea, Schottenheimer sad, is to give Ramsey “meaningful snaps.” That shouldn’t affect Lambert’s psyche, he added, because he’s been through a snap-sharing arrangement before, last year at Virginia.

“We believe in competition. But like I said Greyson doesn’t need to look over his shoulder in terms of who’s starting the game,” Schottenheimer said. “Greyson needs to worry about going out there, moving the team. He knows Brice is gonna come in at some point. And a guy like Faton has just gotta be ready. … Nothing’s changed. That’s the thing that we believe in. That rotation is what it is, and that’s the way it looks moving forward.”

Or as Schottenheimer put it at another point: “It’s not just about his performance. There’s a plan for Brice to play.”

Ramsey went 1-for-6 with two interceptions against Alabama, though Schottenheimer said one of those picks – the one returned for a touchdown – was a good throw. Head coach Mark Richt has described the play as a “miscommunication.”

“The thing about Brice when he goes in there is, Hey make good decisions. The talent’s there obviously,” Schottenheimer said. “Brice’s deal is whenever he gets inserted he just wants to go in there and move the team. There’s no special secret or way of moving the ball. … He’s done that for the most part this season.”

Jeez, what a roller coaster ride we’re on this season.


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“You really have to wonder what the hell Butch Jones was thinking.”

That’s from Brian Cook, who takes a look at what a former Michigan coach is doing as Tennessee’s offensive coordinator and isn’t impressed.

The Vols are 108th in Bill Connelly’s “explosiveness” metric. They’ve scored a total of 13 points in the second half of games against Oklahoma, Florida, and Arkansas.

The optics here are really bad. Tennessee essentially does not have a quarterbacks coach. That task has fallen to Nick Sheridan (yes, that Nick Sheridan), who is a grad assistant after a couple of years as Willie Taggart’s QB coach at WKU and then USF. No offense to Sheridan, but that’s an incredibly thin resume for the only guy a major college has with any claim to be a QB coach. Dobbs has seen his completion percentage drop six points and lost 0.6 YPA this year. You want those numbers to go the other way when your QB hits his upperclass years.

It’s one thing to get shown up by Alabama’s coaching staff.  If Pruitt’s secondary can’t defend the pass better this coming Saturday, it’s time to start screaming.


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Georgia Football

One less “OR” on the roster

Um… this is going to be disappointing news for some of you.

That tells me the coaches have doubled down on making sure the QB practice reps aren’t spread as much as they once were.


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