Category Archives: Georgia Football

Steele, Georgia and returns

Agree with his premise or not, you’re aware that Phil Steele puts a fair amount on emphasis on returning experience and production in his college football projections.  He’s posted data on three specific areas, listed here, along with Georgia’s ranking:

I don’t there’s much of a surprise in any of that.  Other than the o-line, here’s a lot of production returning.  Whether that amounts to more than a hill of beans is dependent on — guess what? — the offensive line establishing itself at least as a competent unit and just as a general principal, some coaching up.  It’s the second year for the staff, so that’s not an unreasonable expectation… which isn’t the same thing as a guarantee.

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Today’s quandary

Does the news that the Georgia-Notre Dame ticket is currently college football’s most steeply priced in the secondary market mean (1) the fan base is hungry for games with quality opponents; (2) Butts-Mehre has confirmation that the fan base is willing to pay through the nose for access to Georgia football games; or (3) both?

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Been there, seen that.

Since a lot of you claim not to read anything published at the AJ-C, I thought I would give Bill King’s latest post a mention, since it’s a fun read.

Whenever Georgia Bulldogs fans gather, it’s not unusual for the conversation to end up in a discussion of the greatest or most memorable football games they’ve seen in person.

Having gone to UGA games regularly for more than five decades now, I have my own list of games for the ages.

Bill goes on to list his top thirteen Georgia games he’s witnessed in person.  While he started earlier than I did, there’s a fair amount of overlap between his list and what I can come up with.

Taking out his first four, I have these as replacements:  the 1980 Georgia-Florida game (still the greatest); the national title game against Notre Dame that season (yes, Virginia, the Dawgs won a national championship game in my lifetime); the 2002 game at Auburn (cold as hell until Greene and Johnson hooked up in the end zone, at which point nobody noticed the weather anymore); the 2012 SECCG (best game I’ve ever witnessed that Georgia didn’t win).

From here, I’ll turn the discussion over to you guys.  What’s on your personal list?

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It won’t be a thing until Montana says so.

Interesting lede, to say the least…

As its coaches work to build a national brand, it’s no surprise to see the Georgia Bulldogs taking shots at landing top prospects from the West Coast.

Building a national brand?  Has anyone told Stewart Mandel?

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Golf with Kirby

Eighteen holes must bring out the optimism in Kirby Smart, based on this ESPN clip.

  • Eason’s “gotten a lot better”.
  • Offensive line is bigger and moving the defense.
  • Chaney is opening the offense up a little.
  • Fromm is competing with Eason “in the meeting room”.

I don’t know about Kirby’s golf game, but his preseason happy talk game is strong.

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“Red zone defense can be one of many things and, hoo, we’re we bad.”

Understatement, Mr. Smart.

“We tried to target that this year. We really emphasized going back to basics.”

Georgia ranked tied for 113th nationally last year in red zone defense, with opponents scoring 90.7 percent of trips from the 20-yard line and in, second worst in the SEC.

“The sad thing is I’ve been a part of defenses that called all the same defenses and were top five in the country,” Smart said.

From 2009-2013 with Smart as defensive coordinator, Alabama ranked second, fourth, first, fourth and fourth in red zone defense before slipping to 72nd in 2014 and 62nd in 2015.

Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker was on staff for that last year in Tuscaloosa as defensive backs coach.

“It’s really more about executing what you call not necessarily changing what you call,” Smart said. “You might need to have a new twist in there or a new wrinkle.”

Georgia ranked third in the nation in red zone defense in 2015 and 29th in 2014 under coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.

“That’s definitely been a focus this spring,” inside linebacker Natrez Patrick said. “When it’s down there, it’s basically mano a mano. Your playbook shortens. There’s only a few plays you can run. You’re not tricking nobody. You’ve just got to win.”

Easier said than done, apparently.

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m glad there’s a big focus on this in the offseason.  Given the enormity of the drop off that occurred in one season from Pruitt to Tucker, it’s obviously necessary.  But I have this nagging feeling, no doubt a hangover from the Richt era, that they’ll work hard enough on this problem to make a major fix, only to let something else slide.  For once, can we have nice things with no strings attached?

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If Steele is bearish on Georgia’s season…

… Pete Fiutak’s an all-in bull.  He’s got the Dawgs second overall in the conference.

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Can Kirby Smart get the job done in his second year at the helm? It’ll all come down to the offensive line that has to be better and rebuilt – at least a little bit – but if that’s in place, look out. The defense has all the pieces to be the star of the East, the 1-2 rushing punch of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel should be in the NFL, and the quarterbacks are going to be excellent – if they get time to work.

Somewhat surprisingly, he’s got Georgia and Florida ahead of every time in the West, except ‘Bama, of course.

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