Category Archives: Georgia Football

“It was just one of those plays that was meant to be.”

Great, great piece from Mark Schlabach about Herschel introducing himself to the world in Knoxville 35 years ago.  Bill Bates describes that moment thusly:

Bill Bates: We started blitzing, because we didn’t think (Walker) would be able to pick them up. We had a blitz from one of the sides. He cut back to the left, and our coaches always told us to break down for a tackle. So I broke down.

I looked into Herschel’s eyes and realized he wasn’t going to make a move. The next thing I knew, I had footprints on my chest and turned around and saw No. 34 running into the end zone for a touchdown. It was a big deal and something I’ll always remember.

“I looked into Herschel’s eyes and realized he wasn’t going to make a move.”  Talk about your “oh, shit” moment.

Best one-sentence summary you’ll ever read:

Donnie McMickens: That was the end of my running back career.

By the way, Bates’ son is a reserve linebacker for the Vols this season.


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Georgia and defending running quarterbacks

I don’t think this was said to make me feel any better about Saturday.  In any event, it doesn’t.

But it’s Dobbs who is the big wrinkle in the offense. As senior linebacker Jake Ganus pointed out, the only quarterback Georgia has played this season who can compare to Dobbs is South Carolina quarterback Lorenzo Nunez, who only played a fraction of Georgia’s matchup with the Gamecocks earlier in the season.

Because a defense has to account for the threat of him rushing as well as throwing the ball, it changes the dynamic of the way Georgia approaches its defensive gameplan.

It all comes back to that lesson of discipline that Jenkins learned three years ago.

“Any time you have a running quarterback, it makes everything a little tougher because you have to respect him in that aspect,” Ganus said. “Even in passes, you’ve got to be aware of where he’s at and if he’s outside of the pocket or not. We’ve just got to do a great of trying to keep him contained and just focusing, locking in on him.”

Nunez, in a blowout, still managed 10 rushes for 76 yards.

Dobbs showed his running skills against a very good Florida defense with this sweet move:

Add in a wet field Saturday, and, yeah, I’m a little nervous.


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So, how did we get here, anyway?

Seth Emerson takes a look at what went into 2015:  Georgia’s Year of the Quarterback.  I don’t think you’ll find anything there we haven’t hashed over already, but I was amused by one thing.

Through all this debate, and amid all this angst about Georgia’s quarterback situation, one keeps coming back to a few prophetic words uttered two years ago. They were spoken by Mike Bobo, who was referencing Aaron Murray.

“Personally I think he’s taken for granted,” Bobo said after another game in which Murray threw for more than 400 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for another. “Georgia needs to realize it’s a blessing to have Aaron Murray and how much he means.”

It’s pretty safe to say Georgia realizes it now.

Crap on ’em while they’re here and then yearn for the good ol’ days when they’re gone.  That’s us.  We’re Georgia.


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Slippin’ and slidin’

Damn those pesky raindrops.

But Wynn also brought up the weather and the sloppy field conditions as a factor in Georgia’s ground game struggles as well. Against both Alabama and Southern, the field has been in less than ideal conditions given the rain that fell before and during each game the last two Saturdays.

“It kind of played an important part in it,” Wynn said. “It’s hard to get your second step in the ground and move a d-lineman when the ground is wet and you’re slipping and sliding.”

Didn’t seem to slow Alabama’s offensive line down too much, but, okay.  Anyway, I’m sure you can guess what’s coming.

The weather forecast for Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday calls for a 60 percent chance of showers.

I will say nobody else in Riley’s piece is blaming the weather.  The coaches are blaming themselves and the running backs acknowledge the need for more consistency in their play.  At least those are things Georgia can try to control


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“This game starts with me,” he said. He added: “The head coach has the responsibility to own up to it.”

It’s about time, Richt… er, no.

Southern Cal, a program with a history and accomplishments at least as impressive as Georgia’s – I’m being generous with the phrasing there – has had these gentlemen as its last four head football coaches:  Paul Hackett, Pete Carroll, Junior and Steve Sarkisian.  Before you go running off proclaiming what a home run hire Carroll was, remember that his arrival was largely yawned over, coming in as a NFL coach with a mediocre record.  And then remember he’s largely the reason USC got stuck hiring the Laner as its seventh choice.

The point here isn’t that you can’t make a great coaching hire.  Of course you can; it happens now and then.  The point is it’s more of a crapshoot than some of you are willing to concede, and the odds get even longer when the folks doing the hiring don’t know their asses from a hole in the ground.  That, sadly, is reality.

Feel free to carry on with your axe grinding now.  I’m done.


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The real case for keeping Richt

In a world in which six head coaches making more than $3 million a year sport losing records, do you really want to be the guy who fires a nine- or ten-win Mark Richt?  Or, more accurately, spend the kind of money it would take to get a replacement for Richt who would unify the fan base?


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The case for Richt

Via Barnhart:

* Georgia has been playing football since 1892. In 123 years, the Bulldogs have had 21 seasons with 10 wins. Richt has 10 of those seasons.
* Richt has won 140 games in his 14-plus seasons at Georgia, an average of about 10 wins per year. With his next win, Richt will stand alone in second place on the school’s career list behind Vince Dooley (201 in 25 years), who averaged eight wins per year.
* Richt’s winning percentage, which is right at .740, is the highest of any coach in Georgia history. Dooley won 72.3 percent of his games.
* Richt currently has the fifth-highest winning percentage of all active FBS coaches, behind only Urban Meyer, Bob Stoops, Saban and Gary Patterson. That’s good company.
* The guy graduates a lot of his players (292 to be exact) and has run a scandal-free program. He had a stretch where too many players were getting into trouble, but Richt has effectively tightened up that part of the organization. Georgia has the toughest drug-testing policy in the SEC. Ever heard him complain about it? Me neither.
* Since Richt arrived in Athens in 2001, only one school (LSU) has had more players drafted than Georgia’s 79. Some see that as evidence that he should have accomplished more. I see it as evidence that good players want to play for him.

Mr. CW says the whole thing comes down to this:

Before the season, I had a conversation with a friend who is a huge Georgia fan. The subject was Mark Richt. My friend was not happy with the Bulldogs’ coach.

Predictably, he started pulling out the numbers and the well-worn narratives about Richt:

* He hasn’t won an SEC championship since 2005.
* He’s never played for a national championship, while Florida, Tennessee, LSU, Alabama and Auburn have won titles since 1998.
* His teams are good for at least one explicable loss per year (See Florida, 2014).
* He’s too nice.
* And the always crowd-pleasing, “He can’t win the big one.”

I stopped my friend in mid-rant and asked him this: What if Georgia had gotten the final 5 yards against Alabama in the SEC championship game in 2012? What if Georgia had beaten Alabama and moved on to the BCS championship game with Notre Dame, where it very likely would have won?

“Oh, then we’d be OK because we would have a championship.”

All righty then. So you’re telling me that if a coach gets 5 additional yards three years ago against the No. 1 team in the nation, then he’s a good coach? But since he didn’t get those 5 yards he’s not a very good coach? Is that what you’re trying to tell me?

I would phrase it “not good enough” as opposed to “not very good” coach, but that’s quibbling over semantics.  You guys – agree or disagree?


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