Why? I am glad you asked. Georgia's coaches are recognizing three important things:
- Softness begets softness. I don't mean this as a direct slam on Georgia's strength and conditioning program, but I agree with Paul Westerdawg's assessment that Georgia is getting their assess whupped at the point of attack. If it is coaching, then coach these guys to be maniacs. I don't mean the jump off sides maniac (but if you do, you better put someone on their ass. Hard. And insult that high school boy they call their girlfriend). I do mean that if you are wearing a number that starts with 5,6,7 or 8 and you are in a blocking situation, that person touches the QB or hits a ball carrier behind the line of scrimmage only after you are on the ground, bleeding from someone pulling a hidden shiv on you. If it is the other stuff, like having Izzy Mandelbaum designing the S&C regimen, well, at least you will have boxed the kangaroo.
- Our fundamentals suck. After watching the Colorado game on TV, I noticed something I had noticed during Mississippi State: we don't do the little things well. I know you are as shocked as I am. We don't finish blocks, we barely start them, we don't jam the line of scrimmage, we take very bad pursuit angles on pass rush and we don't cover our man on passing and rushing downs. Repetition will help.
- Whatever it is they are doing, ain't working. I don't know if Romeo needs to metaphorically tell the team to turn their hats around backwards and put their change in the other pocket, but the coaches have to do something different. If I am Coach Richt, I pull Ben Jones or AJ (although he has lost a bit of moral authority to do so) or Rambo or even Aaron aside and tell them to run the coaches out, close the door and start kicking ass. I would prefer it be Ben, but that is just me. For now, any change over 'we just doing what we normally do' is good.
We are to the point in the season that the 3-4 should put guys in their proper positions. It hasn't. We have played in the neighborhood of 300 plays (not counting punts and kicks) and approximately 4 hours of game time on defense this season. We have faced a terrible offense, a top notch passing offense, a mobile QB, two good running backs and a serviceable multiple-look offense. That is plenty of time to learn the basics. It is time to move on to putting guys in the position to make plays. That is on players and coaches.
On offense, stop being cute, make sensible play calls and let the guys play and play hard every play. That is on the coaches and players, as well.
Finally, I loved the 'spring practice' mentality. If Georgia plays football hard all 60 minutes the rest of their games, I feel good about the way the season goes from here forward. Playing football hard and doing so soundly and we likely win out. In the times during this season we have done so, we have blown folks off the field during that time. Regretfully, we have done both for 60 minutes total this season yet.
We fans have a responsibility too. Show up, yell loud, boo those wearing orange and support our team. If we expect the team not to give up on us, we
Again, it might be reaching or just the already fragile state I am in, but this one change has me