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
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.