Category Archives: Georgia Football

Is Kirby Smart protesting too much about Jacob Eason?

I realize it’s got to be hard handling the number of times he’s been grilled about Eason’s starting chances, but it seems like Smart spends more time talking about what his talented freshman brings to the table than he does about Eason’s upperclassmen rivals.

On “Russillo & Kanell,” Smart was asked by former Florida State quarterback Danny Kanell how special Eason has to be to start week one against North Carolina.

“Well, he’s got to give us the best opportunity to win the game,” Smart said. “I just know he’s got a talented arm and he’s got to be smart enough and be a good decision-maker to play within the system and not think that it’s all on him in order to be that guy. Greyson has proven that he can play within the system and be disciplined, the system that he was in. Brice has got to prove that as well. All three will get that opportunity in fall camp. Jacob does a special arm talent, but Jacob has not been anointed or appointed that job.”

Of far more interest to me is Smart’s statement that he intends to follow a timetable in setting up the depth chart at the quarterback position.

Georgia will hold two scrimmages this preseason and Kirby Smart would like to narrow down the quarterback race after the second to name his No. 1 guy.

“Obviously, that’s guessing right now,” Smart said about the timetable Monday on ESPN’s “First Take.”

Sure, it may not work out if none of the three steps up, but I like what the coaches are trying to do here.  I’m not a big fan of spreading the reps out until the last minute in August, especially with yet another offensive system being installed.  Getting to an established pecking order with more time to spare before the opener will allow Chaney to manage the reps better.  As a bonus, it should help the three quarterback candidates maintain focus from the get-go.  Early on especially, this offense is going to need all the help it can get.

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Kirby, if you’ve got a spare scholarship lying around…

… may I suggest you spend it here?  Seniors who are on the Lou Groza Award watch list and available don’t grow on trees.

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Kirby Smart understands offseason angst.

He’s up in Bristol, doing the annual ESPN ass kiss all coaches have to do, and that meant he got some face-to-face time with Mike Greenberg, who laid into Smart a few months ago over his transfer restriction policy.

Things were a little mellower this time, mainly because Smart was gracious.

After about 10 minutes discussing other matters, Greenberg brought up his criticism of Smart, and offered him an open-ended chance to respond.

“I appreciate that, Mike, first of all,” Smart said. “And I think in the down time of college football, when there’s not a lot going on, it’s easy to reach and grab straws to yell and scream about something, and I certainly think that issue is a sensitive issue to a lot of people…”

Bloviators gotta bloviate, y’all.  Take it from one who knows.

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Catch the damned ball, Godwin.

Interesting post about SEC superlatives at Pro Football Focus based on analytics of conference players, with one Georgia player making the list:

Best hands: Terry Godwin, Georgia

Seven players in the SEC had a perfect drop rate last year, but none saw more targets than the 35 catchable passes thrown Godwin’s way in 2015. The Bulldogs will be hoping he can follow that up with another solid season in 2016.

A perfect drop rate?  Gotta admit I don’t remember Godwin being that accomplished last season.  But I bet Greyson Lambert does.

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Never could win the big one.

Bill Connelly updates his look at how coaches did in actual wins versus expected wins…

Last offseason, I tinkered with a measure called second-order wins. It is basically my version of the Pythagorean Wins concept, where you look at a certain component (usually points or runs scored and allowed) and determine what a team’s record probably should be as opposed to what it actually is. If you’re losing a ton of close games but winning a bunch of blowouts, that’s probably a sign that, on average, you would be faring better than you are.

My second-order wins concept looks at the single-game win expectancy figures you see in the 2015 Schedule & Results chart below. The idea behind win expectancy is simple: It takes the key stats from a given game (success rates, explosiveness, field position factors, and other factors that end up going into the S&P+ ratings), mashes them together, and says, “With these stats, you probably could have expected to win this game X percent of the time.” Add those figures up over the course of a season, and you get a glimpse of what a given team probably could have expected its record to be.

… and finds that Mark Richt finished right about in the middle, along with the likes of Steve Spurrier.  Surprised, or not?

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“I guess I fit the stereotype…”

One downside to driving Mudcat’s car is that the cops draw conclusions from driving Mudcat’s car.

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“Program coordinator II.”

The Georgia athletic department wants Bryant Gantt on that line.  It needs Bryant Gantt on that line.

Something that may help Georgia’s football program is the presence of Gantt, a former Bulldog player who has worked for the team since 2011. Prior to that he spent 19 years at the law firm Cook, Noell, Tolley and Bates, where he worked as a legal assistant, investigator and process server.

“He’s close with some of the cops,” former Georgia linebacker Reuben Faloughi said. “You would see Gantt talking with the cops. I think that kind of bridged the gap between the team and the police.”

Gantt has long acted as a liaison between the program and law enforcement, from organizing law enforcement days at practice, and showing up as players are being arrested and advising them before court cases.

It doesn’t stop players from being arrested, but it helps avoid situations getting worse.

“He’s just a guy who does everything with the program,” Faloughi said. “He was just well-connected in Athens with law enforcement, and he kept us accountable, and also made sure we were protected.”

Which makes you wonder how much worse things might be if nobody were out there bridging that gap…

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