Monthly Archives: June 2015
The big news over the weekend (this is still dead season) is that Alabama got its whole OFFENSE from one particular play in 2012 into the NFL. I’m sure the same could be done with a Saban era defensive package at some point, but this is just insane.
It got me thinking: what would Georgia’s current NFL roster look like? Could it compete for the playoffs?
Probably not, but maybe. Let’s have a debate in the comments.
QB: Matt Stafford, Lions. Starting with a top-1o QB is always promising. With Aaron Murray as what I’d consider a competent backup, and Hutson Mason holding clipboards, we’re off to a good start.
RB: Todd Gurley, Rams. Without a snap under his belt in the league, Gurley’s stock may never be higher than it is now behind a porous OL and a punchless passing game. The depth chart here gets tricky without Isaiah Crowell as the backup, and with Nick Chubb/Sony Michel/Keith Marshall etc. still in college, and Garrison Hearst/Terrell Davis/numerous others long retired. Not great, but maybe we just spread it out.
WR: A.J. Green, Bengals; Kris Durham, Lions; Marlon Brown, Ravens; Chris Conley, Chiefs. Hell, this is at least as good 1 through 4 as what Stafford has in Detroit. A.J. more or less replicates Megatron and Kris Durham = Kris Durham.
TE: Ben Watson and Orson Charles, Saints. They’re being called on to replace Jimmy Graham (they won’t replace Jimmy Graham). Give me Jeb Blaze in three years and we’re cooking.
OL: Cordy Glenn, LT, Bills; Clint Boling, LG, Bengals, Ben Jones, C, Texans; to be named later: the right side: Alright, we found a major flaw. Glenn is a good-to-potentially-elite anchor, Bossman Andrews could very well be perfect for the Patriots…but we’re missing some pieces here.
Stafford/Gurley/Green is a hellacious combo at the skill positions. Some depth at RB and some competent line play outside of Glenn and Jones and you could put together a competent NFL offense. I’m willing to bet Georgia is MUCH closer than most schools in this regard. One would have to grade it out as an incomplete by default, but a couple 300-pound stiffs and you have a line better than what TG3 will be running behind in 2015.
DL: Geno Atkins, Bengals; Charles Johnson, Panthers; Jarius Wynn, Bills; and a whole lot of depth of run-stuffing. Atkins is an All-Pro, Johnson and Wynn are excellent DE’s, and the depth would be the envy of any NFL team– DeAngelo Tyson and Abry Jones have both been solid rotation players in their careers, John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers would serve as the three-technique rotation on a decent 4-3 lines with the names in bold, and guys like DeMarcus Dobbs, Garrison Smith, and Cornelius Washington are as decent of depth fillers as you can have in a salary cap-less hypothetical.
LB: Justin Houston, Chiefs; Thomas Davis, Panthers; Dannell Ellerbe, Saints; Alec Ogletree, Rams. In this hypothetical 4-3, Houston is probably not the NFL sack leader. In the middle, either Ellerbe should bounce back or Tree continues to do Tree things, and Davis has been a great WILL for the Panthers when healthy. If switched to a 3-4, Houston goes nuts but you lose some of Atkins’ effectiveness. Depth is not an issue here– Akeem Dent has hung around for a while, Jarvis Jones could still break out with the retirement of Jason Worilds in Pittsburgh, and ‘Marlo and ‘Mik are solid depth/special teams.
CB: Tim Jennings, Bears; Brandon Boykin, Eagles. The NFL is a passing league, and you have two #1 corners to start, so that’s good. Depth, however, is a major concern: Sanders Commings and Damian Swann, and that’s about it.
S: Bacarri Rambo, Bills; Shawn Williams, Bengals. The Grantham Gang is back together, and I love that. However, neither has been able to crack an NFL starting lineup to this point (Rambo will have a chance with Da’Norris Searcy’s departure). There is literally zero depth behind them, so Swann will be pulling double duty.
The defense, like the offense, has some ridiculous talent. Give me Atkins, Houston, Johnson, Tree, Davis, Jennings, and Boykin, and I have the makings of a crazy-good D. However, like the O-line, the secondary is the fatal flaw (although there are at least bodies this time!)
K: Blair Walsh, Vikings. Another top-10 NFL talent. Nice.
P: Drew Butler, Cardinals. And again!
Ret: Boykin. Have you seen him returning picks for the Eagles lately? Good problem to have.
Georgia cannot make the claim that it put 11 NFL players on the field on any one play in the recent past. But when one runs quickly (as I just have) through the list of adequate NFL QB’s, Stafford is the only one who one could conceivably put a decent team around. A.J. McCarron ain’t getting it done.
On the defensive side of the ball, Atkins and Houston are elite (think 90+ Madden rating) talents, Davis, Ogletree, Johnson, Jennings, and Boykin are all above-average, and the depth is enviable on the front seven.
I hate to sound like a homer, but with a competent offensive line this is, at worst, a slightly below average NFL team.
It’s been a slow couple of weeks for news by SEC standards since we last spoke. I mean hell, I
wrote paraphrased a whole article about imaginary rivalries in the AAC this week. We have some honest-to-goodness news finally, and I’m going to take a hot-takey stance on at least a couple of them.
The big one came from our Georgia Bulldogs, as redshirt freshman QB Jacob Park is leaving for Greyson Lambert-less pastures.
Florida bolstered its STELLAR offense by adding a grad transfer from Fordham. At 6’8 I’m sure he’s very nimble on his feet. He was previously committed to Old Dominion, so either way he was finishing his career playing D-1 ball!
Baseball? Sure, Let’s Get It Out of the Way
The SEC definitely proved its might in baseball in last week’s Super Regionals and this week’s MLB Draft. (Remember, we still have the defending champs in at least one sport!)
LSU, Florida, Arkansas, and aforementioned-defending-champ Vanderbilt will be heading to Omaha for the College World Series, and seven SEC players were drafted in the first round. This includes each of the top two, and four of the top eight. Making that number even MORE impressive is the fact that high school players are eligible for the draft and made up half the picks.
And Now, the Heavier Stuff- the Good
Mississippi State is doing something that every high school in America should do– required financial literacy for its athletes. The classes are being developed by financial superman Dave Ramsey, and this is just awesome.
On the other hand, our students are EXTRAORDINARILY prepared for the real world by our schools…
The Heavier Stuff- the Bad
Nick Saban is on his annual siege for bending the rules in his favor, and today we get to point and laugh at the Pandora’s Box little Nicky opened.
Saban’s argument can be summed up in the following way: he wants to see uniform rules amongst the Power Five conferences, following the NFL model.
So if those players were not allowed to play in the SEC they’d be playing someplace else. What I’m most concerned about, I just think that we should have the same rules in the SEC as all the other Big 5 schools have because now we’re not just talking about the SEC. We’re talking about having a playoff — no different than the NFL. One division in the NFL doesn’t have different rules, different salary caps, different anything because the league knows that parity is the best competitive balance that you can create.
So when we pass rules that other people that we have to compete against — and if that is really what’s best for the young people that we’re dealing with here, the student-athletes that we’re dealing with – then it should be best for everyone, or otherwise we shouldn’t do it. So I’m hopeful that some kind of way we’ll be able to get the Big 5 together — under the NCAA’s supervision — to try to create rules that we all see in the best interest of student-athletes, which I think we need to be thinking about here: Why do we do this? It is to benefit the student-athletes, to promote opportunities for the student-athletes.
This is in response to another great measure taken by the SEC: not allowing domestic abusers to transfer to its schools. Obviously, Saban was burned by former Georgia DT Jonathan Taylor on this rule. And he mad.
But let’s dig into what I put in bold face in that quote: Nick, do you REALLY want equality among the Power Five? Do you want…
– Revenue Sharing: that $31 million per school sure would be a nice coup for the ACC, Big XII, and Pac-12, who are lagging behind the SEC and Big 10 Networks.
– Uniform Academic Standards: This is more school-by-school than a conference matter, but does Alabama want to be on a level academic playing field with the likes of Stanford, Vanderbilt, Duke, and Cal? Methinks not. I’m sure his JuCo transfers would love that.
– (This one is admittedly a stretch, one posited by Buck Sanders on Inside Carolina)- Spending Caps: Last I checked, the NFL operates under a salary cap. Seven of the top 20 and nine of the top 30 spenders in college football last year were SEC schools– should we make that uniform as well?
My biggest beef here is Saban’s continued insistence that he’s doing what’s right for the game. And he’s using the SEC’s rules to not allow graduate transfers with academic issues (see: Everett Golson) and now domestic abusers to do so. Last year, it was an attempt to eliminate the no-huddle that his defenses have struggled, at times, to defend.
Your self-serving isn’t fooling anyone, Nick.
Satellite Camps Be Damned: SEC Still ‘Crootin Strong
It’s like when they used to play those Florida v. USA high school all star games. Pure, unadulterated, SEC dominance (or as the cynic suggests, pandering to the most invested fanbases).
So maybe Jim Harbaugh invading SEC country with his ghastly whiteness isn’t such a big deal.*
*’jim harbaugh shirtless’ is now a thing that is on my Google search history.
Finally, Au Revoir, Mike Slive
Mike Slive’s retirement became official on June 1, and let’s take a second to appreciate the best conference commissioner of all time. Greg Sankey is in position to do great things with the league going forward, but Slive made the SEC the envy of all other conferences, made shrewd additions to the league, and of course secured its financial future with the SEC Network.
Enjoy that retirement, Mike.
Well, that makes more sense.
— AJC UGA (@ChipTowersAJC) June 10, 2015
After last week’s confusing acceptance of former UVA QB Greyson Lambert’s transfer, very shady rumors led us to believe that one of the incumbent Georgia quarterbacks was on his way out.
We have confirmed that man it is redshirt freshman Jacob Park. Despite his pedigree (U.S. Army All-American, consensus top-1oo player and 4-star recruit), it was made evident in the spring that he was running well behind presumptive starter Brice Ramsey and even Wildcat QB Faton Bauta (whom I can’t believe hasn’t moved to tight end).
Given Lambert’s experience (and the lack thereof on the rest of the depth chart), it is pretty evident that Park was going into fall camp running fourth on the quarterback depth chart. Add 5-star mega recruit Jacob Eason in the class of 2016, and one could reach the conclusion that he was never going to see the field.
And therein lies the plus side for Georgia:
1) Park’s transfer frees up a scholarship tied to Lambert, Lambert is gone in two years, when redshirt senior Brice Ramsey and (hopefully redshirt freshman) Jacob Eason battle it out.
2) Georgia has one less player rocking the skinny headband AND a g.d. New York Yankees tattoo.
It’s a good problem to recruit over extremely talented players such as Park, and we at DudeYouCrazy wish him the best of luck.*
(* – we have the right to rescind such well wishes if he transfers within the SEC, to Louisville, or trashes Georgia.)
In the slow cycle for college football news, one is always thankful for the ‘silly season’, where just enough happens in the sport to give fans a little taste of the upcoming season (86 days, y’all!)
Bob Diaco, UConn head football coach, has taken the silly season to a severe and bizarre extreme.
— UConn Football (@UConnFootball) June 1, 2015
Seen here is a rivalry trophy, commissioned by Diaco, a rivalry name (also commissioned by Diaco), and…wait, UCF doesn’t know about or acknowledge it.
To hear Diaco tell it, it’s not up to the other school to determine who their rivals are. Translation: Central Florida is UConn’s new primary rival, but the Knights don’t recognize the Huskies as such. At all.
As he explained himself to the Hartford Courant yesterday, he made himself sound even more delusional and goofy.
I think it’s definitely going to add a layer of energy and excitement to our contest on [Oct. 10]. I don’t think there’s any way you can argue that even if it’s just a small, little amount. Whether the trophy is honored, it’s honored by us, so you don’t have control over that, so who cares? They don’t get to say whether they’re our rival or not. We might not be their rival, but they don’t get to say whether they’re our rival. That’s for us to decide, so for us it’s plain and clear, because those are things we have control over.
“I think it’s fun. If you embrace it, you embrace it. If you don’t, you don’t. There was nothing before, so if you don’t embrace it, there would still be nothing, and if you do even a little bit, it’s more energetic and exciting. And to me that’s what college football is. College football is intercollegiate and rivalries and challenges and fun storylines.”
Alright then, coach.
The funniest part of this that is not mentioned anywhere: not only was the UCF game Connecticut’s lone FBS win last year (the Huskies finished 2-10 in Diaco’s first season), the trophy doesn’t acknowledge UCF’s 62-17 Blake Bortles-infused win in 2013, the ONLY OTHER MEETING between these schools.
Only 122 more days to go until the next (first?) Civil Conflict.
Thanks for giving me something to riff about, Coach. #GoHuskies, #GoAAC.