Sunday, April 3, 2011

Going Back to the Well?

Like many around the bloggosphere, I have been....wary of putting too much into the recent increase in sunshine around the football program. 

I am trying to decide if my normally optimistic nature is overtaking the rational part of my thinking or if, like President Bush, I don't want to get fooled again.

Honestly, I don't know which one it is.  One one hand there are different ways you can approach spring.  Coach Richt isn't one to Spurrier a player or a group of players.  That isn't his style.  On the other, he has talked about rooting out cancers and how recent departures have made team cohesiveness stronger.  Those are substantive issues this year, as opposed to presumed issues from years past.

I discussed with many, many people last year that very issue.  It seemed to me there were several times where the team just fell apart instead of leaning on each other.  Illustrative for me was the lack of talk about a team only meeting after Arkansas or Mississippi State or Colorado.  Part of the issue was that the most natural people to call a team meeting were either Freshmen or on suspension.  However, it now makes more sense that no one did or didn't have the locker room to do it in.

Not to get ahead of myself, but giving a few players the eyeball test, it sure seems the S&C program might be yielding dividends.  Also, it is illustrative that players people in the program are openly talking about the ways they are improving team morale and cohesion, instead of just giving stock answers about leaders and such. 

Regretfully, there are several issues from last year that we won't know are fixed until much later.   Will we finally figure how to to enforce with players what schemes are called and if they are to be on the field?  Will we have our crap together at the end of halves?  Will the defense figure how to stop any single WR or RB on a late developing pattern on the weak side of the field?  Can the defense figure out misdirection? Will Bobo call anything but a quick draw on 3rd and 6?

And that is just the non-personnel issues I am thinking about this morning.

The rest of spring practice bears watching, but let us all remember that it is just spring practice.  At least three potential impact players, as well as several other potential regular contributors, are not in Athens yet.  It remains to be seen if they are what we hope they are.  Much rests on them  being so.


  1. Can't you see the stands erupting in "Harton! Harton! Harton!" when the 5'6"er goes into the game? His yards-afters look great on Leather Helmet video. This surprise kid could be a great kick-in-the-pants for our worshipful trio of running backs. Don't know whether he ran against 1st or 2nd string, but to get noticed this early in the year must be a dream come true for this guy.

    We should get ready for bad news in the injury and happenstance departments for this year before we get too gooey eyed at the prospects. All teams get them, but us Dawg fans seem to get giddy and then crash and burn at the first signs of distress. We have to be more accepting and even-handed in our worshipfulness this year. We have no control over what happens on the field or the private lives of these individuals.

  2. Oh, wert we all so level headed and clear eyed.

    Great point about Harton, though. Even if it is spring, getting on the field is very cool for him.

  3. I know this post is a few days old, but I just wanted to jump on something.

    I agree that we've heard it all before and I'm not one to get excited at this point in the year.

    There are two things I've heard this year, however, that I don't remember hearing before... 1) Ben Jones going psycho on the offense for stinking it up. 2) Christian Robinson promising the defense (or part of the defense) lunch at Weaver D's for a great scrimmage. From everything I can tell we just might have true leaders on both sides of the ball this year. (and not just a "I lead by example" kind of leader). Still have tons of unanswered questions, but I'm willing to say that bodes well.