Riot at Toys-R-Us when the new blow up Princess Leia doll went on sale or Tech win? You decide.
Ok, so now that is off my chest, on to my thoughts on the Vandy game.
- Coaching. As poorly coached as the team looked last week, they looked that well coached this week. Before you say 'but it was Vandy,' remember that Vandy has been a team, especially in the past couple of years, Georgia has looked quite poorly coached up for. With the exception of sending Logan Gray to field punts and the inexplicable blocking assignment breakdowns, players were put in positions to excel using their talent. Coaching to win, instead of coaching to not lose will always put superior talent ahead. We saw that Saturday.
- Defensive line play. Great upfront push, good pressure on a mobile QB, good containment.
- AJ Green. That is all.
- Getting TEs involved in the passing game. Not sure if it was Joe Cox making the check down or Mike Bobo calling the play, it was good to see either way.
- Joe Cox coming back from Tennessee. I was worried the performance would hurt him, especially considering how many times he got hit last week. After the int and the three dropped passes, I was worried he'd melt down. After that point, he was workmanlike. See Green, AJ above.
- Until I am proven wrong: Blair Walsh and Drew Butler=money.
- Running the ball. I don't care if it had been at practice, I was happy to see the ball run well (see below for my thoughts on the toss sweep). Nice to change the formation around a bit and still get some yards. Also, with five tailbacks getting touches, can we put the whole notion that we have to have The Guy as tailback to be successful? Yeah, Washaun got the most touches, but King was easily the more aggressive runner. I think it creates problems for defenses with the changes of pace different running backs bring. I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
- Joe Cox. Two terrible throws. Beyond that he was sharp while under pressure. Now if he will only throw it to the receivers that will catch the ball....
- Receivers not catching the ball.
- Blocking. The offensive line isn't getting better. Too many times inferior talent is just schooling them, resulting in people blaming Joe Cox or one of the running backs for something...or worse yet one of them holding, chop blocking or going down field to catch a pass (sarcasm intended). I can't even talk about the TE/running back situation in blocking. Anyone else think we are just that close if we can get the blocking sorted out, even just a little?
- Taking what you are given by running backs. Someone mentioned to me that they thought our tailbacks were trying to get too cute earlier in the season. They were trying to make every run a 25 yarder, instead of hitting a hole they know will only result in five yards. At some point, that isn't a coaching issue, that is a smart football issue. It is like watching Andruw Jones swing for the fences the first 20 at bats after a home run. Maddening.
- The toss sweep. Put it on the shelf, please.
- Fake punt. Really? Do they allow community coaches in college, because someone has to be in charge of punts and kickoffs. That is one committee that isn't working, at all.
I do have a comment about the officiating: How is throwing a football down after a huge pick up on third down and long unsportsmanlike conduct, but ripping a towel off a QB on a sack, throwing said towel in the air and doing a dance not unsportsmanlike conduct? Anyone?
Bye week, boys. In a lot of ways, I hope we treat this as a two week training camp, figure out what has worked right in the first seven games, ditch what hasn't and bring our A+ game to Jacksonville in two weeks. We'll need to.