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Monday
Sep202010

Things could get rough for the Dawgs Coaches

We are approaching the 4th game of the season and you can hear the rumbles. Before we look at the rumbles, lets look at what we have and are seeing. This is just on the field observations. Any talk of the off the field issues and the Fulmer Cup is to be left to others to post.  

  • New DC and Defensive Staff except Rodney Garner
  • New Defensive Scheme
  • Redshirt Freshman QB
  • Ineligible wideout in AJ Green (4 Games)
  • Questionable play calling by Mike Bobo
  • Where is this great O-Line we heard about
  • Conditioning issues

So where do we go from here. Lets take a look on defense first

  • New DC staff - After years of having to deal with the terrible defenses under good ole Willie, CMR mad the change to bring in Todd Grantham and a new staff. And I always feel that a coach or a coordinator needs 2 years at a minimum. So I'm not going to harp to much on the coaches on this side of the ball. But they better start earning those checks by fixing some of the issues that were left over from last year. Such as the fundamentals of coverage and tackling. So lets check with this staff after the season. Remember, they are learning the players, just as the players are learning the coaches.
  • The 3-4 Scheme - This will take some time. I'm not totally on the 3-4 band wagon as we have built and recruited for a 4-3 defense. Until we get some mass in the middle. Do I think we can run the 3-4 without the bulk, yes. But we would need some outstanding LB play to counter the size issue. Currently our OLBs are playing pretty good, but the middle guys need to step up to cover this lack of size in the middle. 
  • Redshirt Freshman QB - Aaron Murray has play great. He has an arm and he is getting better at reading the coverage. My one gripe is he holds the ball to long and for his health he needs to speed up that clock on when to dump the ball. This is especially important since the line and RBs are having issues protecting him. Also impacting his growth is the play calling by CMB (Mike Bobo). I have said over and over that I think the talent we have had in the years past overcame the piss poor play calling by Bobo. I have never been a fan of his, dating back to when he played at Georgia. Nothing personal, but he just bugs me. 
  • Life without AJ  - This has been discussed to no end, and I will not say anymore on this. If you want my thoughts, here is my post on it. 
  • Play calling by Coach Bobo - As I said earlier, I'm not a fan and never have been. But what is going on now is just mind numbing. Why run a 20 yard route when you need 3 yards at the end of a game. His plays leave no outs for this young QB. Aaron is trying, but Bobo isn't helping matters. Also, we heard about the use of the TEs and how great they would be in the offense. So far, they are a forgotten breed. I remember in past games, Bobo saying he forgot about players. So someone please go slap Bobo with a TE so that he knows we have them. So if you run 20 yard routes, have the TE come across the middle about 5 yards out. At least then you have an out for Aaron. Remember, we have some blocking issues and no way we can wait for the wideouts to get open.
  • O-Line issues - This year we heard about how great the O-Line will be. How it would be a great asset in helping Aaron grow and develop. Well so far, I see some massive issues. We can't block, we are not opening holes for our RBs, and basically all we are getting is a QB on the run for his life on a good number of plays. If I'm MSU this week, I send the house on nearly every play. 
  • Conditioning Issues - I heard it after the South Carolina game, but not so much after the Arkansas game, but it's still out there. Our guys looked beat. I know these noon games are brutal, I know it's hot, but there are a good number of the 120 schools out there that play noon games and we just look tired and slow at the end of games. What fundamentals we have on defense fall apart as we get tired. Now I never played college ball or HS ball, but eyes don't lie. 

So where do we go from here. First step away from the ledge. We don't need to carve up the staff after 3 games. We loved CMR for years. But I do believe that he has used up his 2 mulligans (2 SEC rings). If the ship is not righted this year, you can kiss the offensive side of the ball good bye and that will be the last straw. Next step is a new coach. 

I'm not calling for heads at this point, but CMR needs to do something now. The first and foremost is teaching his coaches not to toss the kids under the bus. If Aaron is holding the ball to long, then that is a coaches problem. Maybe the reason he is holding it too long is the plays take too long to develop behind a O-line that looks more like a strainer than a dam. Same goes for the defensive side. If a kid blows the coverage, address it to the player not the media. It's okay to say some assignments were missed, but there is a way to do this. If the kid continues to miss reads, then either the kid needs less playing time or better coaching.

I'm not at practice, so I'm not sure how things are handled. But I can tell you this, if the coaches continue to call out players in the media, the fan support for those coaches will dry up quickly. We are talking about 18-22 year old kids, they need to learn how to handle them. I know fans, and I have been guilty of this, call out players for bone headed moves, but we are not being heard by thousands. 

This was not intended to be an "Off with their heads" post, although it started to sound like it. Maybe we need a change and maybe not. You can read some of my thoughts on this here via the Dawg Gone Blog. 

I will continue to pull for the dawgs and the kids who play, forgive me if I cuss you from time to time. But I may lose the support I have given the coaches. 

GOOOOOOO DAWGS

Friday
Sep172010

Dawgs vs Hawgs - What's it going to take

The Dawgs enter the game at home versus the Hawgs with some unknowns still to answer. This is a game that i feel is going to be the difference between the Independence Bowl and a Citrus bowl. Yes, I know it's early, but win or lose, this game will set the table. 

If the Dawgs don't show some improvement in stopping the run and the screen pass, we will be in for a long season. It could be that we just don't have the players to fill the needs of our new 3-4 defense. As I heard earlier today, Bama had issues in the 3-4 until it got Mount Cody in the middle. Now I don't think we need a Mount Cody to make the 3-4 work, but we do need the fundamentals to win.

The Defense left too many tackles on the field against South Carolina and if we see the same thing happen Saturday against the Hawgs, we will be in for a world of hurt. Worse is the fact that the Hawgs will be without their primary RB. So the Dawgs MUST tackle and stop the run on Saturday. 

So lets say the Dawgs step up and stop and tackle. Will the secondary be able to stop Mallett. I'm hoping that when the Dawgs stop the run, that it means our D-Line and LBs are in the backfield. This alone should slow Mallett down. If he does get the ball out, it falls to our secondary. The game against South Carolina didn't really expose anything as we were too missing missing tackles that they didn't have to throw the ball that often. 

So you noticed that I didn't get into any offensive issues. Those I'm hoping have been worked out. It's up to Bobo to open things up. We have great TEs and WRs that can make the catch and get some yards. I know we have been without AJ Green, but one player does not make a team. So here's hoping we can get some points. Because I fear a shootout with Arkansas this year will not end well. So it comes back to the defense. 

What I need to see Saturday

 

  • Tackles, Tackles and more Tackles
  • The Dawgs need 150 yds from our running backs
  • No Turnovers
  • Limit to 2-3 penalties for the game. (So far this year, not too bad in this area)
  • Keep Mallett off the field. See bullet number 1
  • Spread the ball around. I have faith in Murray to handle this pressure.

 

I feel if we can do those bullets and finish the drill, the dawgs can come out with a win. If not, I would not want to be on the other side of the ton of posts about a hot seat. 

NOTE : No word on AJ Green's status as of this post, other than the NCAA has heard the appeal.

Saturday
Sep042010

Dawgs win, Yawn 55-7

Well we had the outcome we were all expecting. We all felt this would be a blowout and it was. But did we see what we wanted. I thought the Cajuns would get a few more points, but I'm glad I was wrong. 

Yes Yes and Yes.

Aaron Murray played better than I thought in his first game. Throwing for three scores and running in another with only a single pick, that wasn't really his fault. He threw for 160 and added another 42 on the ground. Not a bad start young man. Hudson Mason also got into the game (bye bye redshirt) and went into the record books as one of only 8 to have a touchdown on their first pass attempt in Div-1A. If and this is a big IF, If Mason plays against SC and has some good numbers and game management, look for the DawgVenter out there to start a QB controversy. It was also great to see Kris Durham come back after missing 700+ days between plays after a few injuries. He will be a great option at 6-5 when the 6-4 Green is doubled up. 

Our Defense looked great and the fire in Coach Todd Grantham was something that has been sorely missed on the Georgia Sidelines. This is looking like a great hire for the Dawgs. The way the defense played today with 3 picks and one for a touchdown, We also netted 3 official sacks. I would have loved the sack number to be higher, but having 3 picks will offset any issues I have currently with our rush. And with the one totally blown coverage, our D looked like a D we can all love. And on the one blown play, CTG blew up and blew up hard. Man I'm going to love watching him if this keeps up. Note to the Networks, DON'T mic up CTG else all we will hear is bleep, bleep, bleep. 

Another improvement, minus the first coverage of the game was kick off coverage. No more in the corner crap, or I didn't see any. I also didn't see a lot of return yards on Punts (0) and Kick Returns (16 yds AVG). So this is also a good sign. Maybe some of the VT special teams is rubbing off on the dawgs. 

So what do we know now with a week before a true test against South Carolina. 

  • Our Defense looks like something that can cause problems for other teams going forward.
  • Our RFr QB Aaron Murray, makes some good reads, although he needs to learn to dump it and when to slide. Linebackers and the Secondary in the SEC will eat him up and knock him out. This is what I heard on the radio and from CMR after the game. We'll she if this improves next week.
  • With AJ Green out (Thanks NCAA for sitting on your ass on this one), we know we have a nice group of wideouts. We spread it around to 10 guys today. 
  • Our kickers Butler and Walsh are where they were last year, at the top of the crop. I'm going to miss them when they leave. 

So Dawg Fans, take this win and have a good time, but remember this was a preseason game. This was a get the nerves taken care of game. Next week is when it starts for real. But I like the sound of 1-0 over the other option. 

GOOOOOOOO Dawgs. 

Sunday
Apr252010

It's Sunday and UGA QB news

Well it's Sunday and I was looking at twitter when I see this tweet from John Kincade. After discussing with the Dawg Nation on twitter, it doesn't appear to have come from the standard message boards. So is it about Logan, Aaron or just total BS. Who knows at this point. So take a poll after the twitter.