DudeYouPodcast 135: UGA Week Five Recap

Turns out, being on the receiving end of a mollywopping? Not nearly as much fun as handing them out. Three man weave as we figure out what went wrong in Athens and around the country.

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Georgia Football: After Bama Loss, You Aren’t Crazy if You Decide to Panic and Fire Everyone


The two groups that always seem to emerge after a loss like the one we endured last weekend have emerged in full force.

There are those who want to panic and burn everything to the ground. This includes some form of firing either head coaches, coordinators, athletic directors, ball boys, janitors, etc.

Then there is the other group that tends to come out in response to this former group. They preach patience. Their cause is usually helped by the fact that they seem to be more poised, collected, and calm. They’re also typically more sober than the Panics and are certainly better spoken.

We’ve already heard the preaching of patience from the Dude this weekend. And by all counts that post has very little you could or should object to in it.

But if you find yourself still panicking on this Monday Morning I want to tell you that it is ok. You have a point. And the Patience crowd is being far too dismissive of your argument.

Let’s take a look at this tweet from Logan Booker, a very good writer who I have no intentions of denigrating in this article:

It’s not that I don’t understand the logic behind this tweet. It is Patience logic 101. Sleep on it and you’ll see that the result is not as backbreaking as you think it is but follows logically from a number of mitigating factors. You can’t beat teams you don’t out-coach, out-recruit, and out-class. Well, that last one may not be true…

Either way what Booker has written here is a perfectly valid argument, temper your expectations to meet reality, otherwise you join the foolish rabble who find a woman they don’t like and immediately “discover” she’s a witch.

That’s one way to look at it.

There is another way, however. The other way has a very big problem with that *supposed to* and other clauses like it.

You see, that clause is exactly why you fire people. 

If you reach a statement game like the one this past weekend and you find yourself not just getting beat, but getting run out of your own stadium then realizing that you were “supposed to” lose to a team like Bama is exactly the problem.

Bama is an elite, college football dynasty. UGA wants to become one of those. If you want to become one of those you have to beat one of those. UGA was shown in clearest possible terms on Saturday that they do not belong anywhere near that sort of team. Not that they won’t “one day” be there, but the Panics don’t handle “one day” very well nor should they.

UGA has elite recruits. UGA might have elite coaching. But UGA does not pass the eyeball test by any standard imaginable.

This means that, for the Panics, something must change and coaching is the natural first step.

So look, the Panic crowd doesn’t want to fire Mark Richt because he is too nice or too Christian or has lost control of something. The Panic crowd — at least the Panic crowd that have an actual argument — want to fire Richt (or someone) because that’s the only way you make a real qualitative change.


Now, the easy objection to the Panic crowd has always been that Panicking can have dire dire dire dire dire consequences. We’re talking Derek Dooley level consequences, a nightmarish limbo of “.com bowls,” two-star recruits, and fighting for a record above .500.

This is perfectly reasonable.

But if you look at the past decade of National Champions only two coaches have won National Championships after their 5th year as head coach. Nick Saban and Mack Brown. Other than that everyone else have been doing so by year 4 or less.

in short, college football is not an enterprise where playing the long-game is encouraged or rewarded. There are no points for career winning percentage, save in the Hall of Fame. College Football has become, like it or not, a win right now business. New coaches win championships, as much as we like to think they don’t.

As an aside, the last time a college coach with ten or more years in at his current institution won a National Title? Bobby Bowden in 1999. Mark Richt was that team’s offensive coordinator.


Let me make one final thing very clear: I’m not saying we fire Mark Richt.

I’m just saying that those proud few who are panicking right now have a point. And we need to listen to them.

Because as we speak Georgia has become the most fertile recruiting ground in the country and UGA has become, by most pundits, the highest ranked coaching job in the country. If you have a guy in that seat who can’t get it done then you have to move on. Mainly because there are significant factors that mitigate some of the risk involved in hiring a new coach. Money is no object. Homegrown recruits are no object. Fan patience is clearly also no object — the Fire Richt crowd has had no effect for over ten years.

I hope Richt stays and wins a National Title.

But we should all listen to the Panic crowd this week.

Because scared money has never ever made money.



Georgia Football Knee Jerk Reactions: Alabama Edition

We’re just under 48 hours removed from the events of October 3rd, and I’m pleased to announced that the patented DPalm Spinzone © is in full effect. The work is not done, but by tonight’s recording of the not-yet-award winning DudeYouPodcast, I’m confident that I’ll be able to find every imaginable positive from the mollywopping received Saturday. Hell, Andrew already did a good bit of the heavy lifting with his blog from yesterday morning (HERE!), but I can’t do that yet. I made a promise (?) to an impartial viewing of the facts of the matter, giving an honest account of what happeend. But let’s be clear, this is less an accounting, more an autopsy.

The Good:

– Ah, brevity. My old friend. Nick Chubb took down a UGA record that I thought I would never see fall. As Georgia secured it’s legacy as tailback U (shout out to the domination by Todd Gurley yesterday), I thought that the sheer number of great backs would keep one from breaking this mark. Hell, even if one stood out from the pack, injury bugs seem to congregate in the Georgia running back meeting room, but Nick Chubb laughed at my doubts and reeled off a record number of 100 yard rushing games. Good for him, good for Georgia, good for the line.

The Bad:

– HOPE YOU BROUGHT A LUNCH. Look, we knew coming into the season that the quarterback situation was…less than ideal. Anytime you have to bring in a transfer, that means that things have gone sideways in recruiting. For Georgia, it’s was a good problem, as established starters did not look to be disrupted from under center, but bad because it is harder to bring guys in just to sit behind a Stafford or a Murray. The offense did a great job the past two weeks of accentuating the strengths of Lambert, but those were for naught in a rainy, windy day. Weak arm exposed and the best way to attack Bama rendered moot (stretch the safeties, challenge downfield; see the two early throws to Mitchell), the wheels came of the passing attack, and the foundation for our entire offensive gameplan Saturday.

– My biggest quarterbacking issue? Feeding the controversy by ever turning to Ramsey. There’s a very good reason that this young man has not succeeded in taking this job the past two summers. Now it’s on film. I’m as anti-recruiting news as you get, but the quarterback play across the board was so bad, I looked to see how Eason did in the rain. He did awesome, since I know you’re wondering.

– Passing game wasn’t working, but neither was the running game. We established that this was the best front 7 that UGA will play all year, and hoped that a balanced attack would open things up. While there were some good runs (no defense can be right 100% of the time), I would have liked to see more consistency and variety in the play calling. It has to be more than “Chubb inside, Michel outside” to catch a defense that good off guard.


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– I know intellectually he’s not wrong, but man oh man was that hard to watch. In conditions like that, Bama played the PERFECT game against this defense, taking advantage of tendencies and knowing this signal caller inside and out. Kiffin (who should have TWO jobs in Miami to choose from) did a masterful job of exploiting the cover 3 behind the zone blitzes, and making the secondary pay when they started to cheat based on those throws.

– Derrick Henry had the exact game that Alabama needed him to; own the clock, no negative plays and keep the pressure off Jacob Coker. Check, check, and by god check. Henry’s running from the second quarter on set the tempo, and the offensive line was MASTERFUL in handling the youth up front for Georgia.

The Ugly:

– I’m legitimately not emotionally ready to talk about it. Special teams play is LITERALLY a weekly punchline on the podcast, and the turning point from Saturday was the blocked punt. Turning point on AND off the field, to be honest. Please note the misspelling of PUNT.

– I mean, can we lump from the 2nd quarter on into the ugly column? It’s my blog and I get to choose? TO THE UGLY COLUMN YOU GO GAME.

I’m not as sky as falling as Jason, but I’m certainly not as confident as Andrew. The line I’ve quoted ad nauseam since coming here rings true: winning hides the problems, losing magnifies them, but the problems are always there.

And boy, does this team have problems. Am I glad we had them exposed in October and not November? Sure, I guess. All the goals for this team are still on the table, and there’s a lot of football to play and blah blah blah. I know these things, I know this sport. I know that these players and coaches will keep fighting just as I know the other shoe is going to drop on my Falcons some time soon. But there’s a wide gulf between what I know and how I feel, and I can think of just one way to bridge the two.

Go Dawgs.

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NFL Football: No Preamble + Week 4 Picks

I don’t have it in me for a ranty start to this week’s picks. I usually write this after the UGA game, but whiskey had other ideas, and I’m still emotionally compromised. Don’t worry, you won’t be hearing sad DPalm on tomorrow’s DudeYouPodcast, and for good reason:

Home teams in bold.

Steelers (+3) over Ravens

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THIS is from last week, when the Ravens lost to the Bengals, but from it you should learn three things: 1. Steve Smith is retiring because he wants to, not because of anything anyone else has done. 2. The undersized professional athlete remains the person you want these problems with least in the world. 3. You CAN sustain a career based solely on hate.

Jets (-2.5) over Dolphins

Yeah, after the events of yesterday, there was no way I was going to get up in time to pick this game early. That said, this is where I annually remind England that us sending sub-par football across the pond is our extended FU for taxation without representation, and play Real American real loud. But, Hulk Hogan ruined that for all of us, and this tweet captures the actuality of the export game better than I could.


Colts (-3.5)  over Jaguars

Yeah, the Colts beat the hell out of the AFC South with Curtis Painter under center, so Hasselbeck should be fine. Remember Curtis Painter? That was a weird year.

Bills (-6) over Giants

I’ll regret this pick. I already know it.

Panthers (-3) over Buccaneers

Look to your left. Now look to your right. Congratulations, the three of you are more talented than the receiving corps on Carolina. And they’re STILL gonna run Tampa Bay out of their own building. Cam’s performance so far has been the most impressive thing to me this young NFL season.

Eagles (-3) over Washington Professional Football Team

I’m not sure how much I believe in Chip Kelly, beause even in the win last week, the offense remained underwhelming. But I know I believe in Kirk Cousins less.

Raiders (-3) over Bears

John Fox can’t win for losing. He got run out of Carolina for losing with Jimmy Clausen under center, endured a year of Tebow only to be rewarded with Peyton Manning, and made his way to coach Chicago, with the aim to rescue Jay Culter’s career. Now Cutler went down, who’s under center? JIMMY. BLEEPING. CLAUSEN.


(I do not care that Cutler is playing today, I’ve had that joke in my head for a week. Chicago is still going to lose, and the joke was fun and funny.)

Falcons (-5) over Texans

BRING IT ON YOU TRY HARD WANNA BE! You can hear more of my completely rational JJ Watt hate HERE.

You can’t be 16-0 without being 4-0.

Bengals (-3.5) over Chiefs

Can we all agree that Kansas City and Detroit don’t need to be on prime time anymore this year? Excellent.

Browns (+6) over Chargers

*whispers* I think Phillip Rivers might be done. Don’t tell anyone.

Green Bay (-9) over Niners

Remember when these two teams were evenly matched, but Kaep would go nuts and end up blowing out Green Bay? Seems like a long time ago right? Not to Rodgers. He’s going to crucify San Fran today.

Cardinals (-8) over Rams

God, I have to keep picking the Cards until Carson Palmer explodes and blows a pick for me, don’t I?

Broncos (-7) over Vikings

IT’S FUNNY BECAUSE BOTH QUARTERBACKS HAVE LAUGHABLE ARM STRENGTH! But, one of them is Peyton Manning, putting in some of the most impressive work of his career with a passing arm weaker than the average seventh grade back up quarterback.

Cowboys (+3) over Saints

Serious advice: Vegas overrating the Saints is an annual tradition, but make money while you can, because soon even Vegas will realize they suck.

Seahawks (-9.5) over Lions


Whatever. I bounced back from a horrific Week 2 to go above .500 for the season. Let’s win some fake money together. Enjoy the games.

Last Week: 12-4-0

This Week: 0-0-1

Season: 24-23-1

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Georgia Football: Don’t Act Like It’s All Over and Don’t Act Like You Know It Is

Don’t act like that wasn’t a near-perfect game out of Alabama in sloppy conditions.

And don’t act like that’s not about as poorly as we should expect Georgia to play.

And don’t act like Georgia doesn’t lay an egg every season.

And don’t act like an egg-laying against Tennessee, Missouri, Florida, Kentucky, Auburn or Georgia Tech wouldn’t have also yielded a loss.

And don’t act like a non-egg-laying effort guaranteed a win against Alabama.

And don’t act like Alabama isn’t now the favorite in the SEC West.

And don’t act like Georgia can’t still beat a Tennessee team that can’t hold a lead.

And don’t act like Georgia can’t beat Missouri at home.

And don’t act like Florida went from dumpster fire to NFL-caliber team in just five weeks.

And don’t act like Kentucky and Auburn have shown any sustainable threat to anything other than Georgia’s worst.

So don’t act like Georgia can’t win the division despite an embarrassing loss in the first weekend of October.

And don’t act like we didn’t see that as recently as 2012.

And don’t act like we have any idea what this team will be capable of in December.

And don’t act like Georgia didn’t do itself proud on its last SEC Championship Game appearance.

And don’t act like this team can’t have the same ceiling.

Don’t act like the ass-whooping Bama dished out wasn’t disappointing.

And don’t act like we, as fans, are fine with it.

But don’t act like you care more than Georgia’s coaching staff or its players.

And don’t act like a loss means the end of the season.

And don’t act like one of the lessons to be learned from a loss to Alabama is something other than the notion that teams can lose and come back—just like Bama did after a loss to Ole Miss.

And don’t act like Georgia can’t come back.

And please, for the love of all things good, don’t act like Georgia fans deserve better.

And don’t act like another coach in school history has won so many games in his first 15 seasons.

And don’t act like part of why Georgia has lost to so many great teams doesn’t have to do with Georgia playing a lot more great teams lately.

And don’t act like Georgia used to win national titles all the time.

And don’t act like Mark Richt’s character negates his ability to win football games.

And don’t act like he’s not going to win more.

And don’t act like Alabama was ever really supposed to be a win.

And don’t act like when this schedule was announced you fully anticipated a 5-0 start.

And don’t act like Georgia “came out flat” like it did in 2008 against Bama or in 2012 against South Carolina, because the Dawgs held tight for the first 20+ minutes of the game.

And don’t act like the loss yesterday, ugly as it may have been, means anything more than just that—a loss.

And don’t act like there can’t be a shot at a rematch.

And don’t act like a rematch won’t be more competitive.

And don’t act like Tennessee doesn’t matter.


And don’t act like you’re still reading this.



That’s all I got/



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