Monthly Archives: February 2016

Georgia Football News: Kirby and Coachspeak, Electric Boogaloo


This one probably won’t make former DC Jeremy Pruitt too happy. 

Kirby Smart is a man on a mission to go absolutely scorched Earth on Georgia fans’ expectations for the 2015 season. Not since Sherman’s March have Georgians so soundly had dreams shattered (bad example and exaggeration, I know, easily-offended-internet) in such a short period of time.

Just three hours ago I wrote about some of Smart’s attempts to slow expectations, including doubt that Nick Chubb would be ready by the season opener and speculation that Georgia may play without a quarterback.

Well…he’s attacking the defense now, too. And this time I think he’s wrong.

“They didn’t put their secondary in tough situations very often,” he said. “They protected those guys. There weren’t a lot of cover guys back there. So we need to get it to where we have a lot of cover guys and we can pressure more. If we can’t then we’ve gotta be careful on third down.”

This is probably the most scathing indictment of Smart’s coachspeak rampage yet, folks. Although one can’t make an apples-to-apples comparison of pass defenses in a given year, well…

2015 pass D rank

So is Kirby outright lying to us? Not necessarily. Alabama’s 64th-ranked pass O was the BEST Georgia faced all year. The Dawgs, despite a purportedly aggressive defensive scheme, were 94th in the country with only 21 sacks. So maybe the Dawgs played more coverage to hide a limited secondary, but more numbers disprove that.

Georgia ranked in the top 10 in the nation in completion percentage at 51.7%. Meaning, they were very good at forcing passes to miss their targets with pressure, schematics, or good plays by the secondary (shoutout Dominick Sanders). They also find themselves in the top 15 in yards per attempt, which, in conjunction with completion percentage, means the ball was not going far when the Dawgs DID allow a completion.

With the whole secondary slated to return, the fact that Smart is setting such a successful unit up for failure is disappointing. It also serves as more evidence that he has a scapegoat in Miami he’s ready to use to launch nerve gas into the Southeastern skies at a moment’s notice.

As a good coach should.

Georgia Football News: Kirby the Coachspeak King, Georgia Most Miserable Fanbase?


I’d be remiss to call it “Daily Dose of Dawg”, because we’re at the point in the college football news cycle where there is ABSOLUTELY nothing happening. I’d be better off writing about Braves Spring Training, but that’s going to be a disaster in and of itself.

Fortunately, we have enough happenings over the past 36 hours to fabricate a little bit of news!

Kirby THE COACHSPEAK GAWD

On the heels of last week’s comments that Georgia’s ones were SEC-caliber, but that they didn’t have the depth to compete, Kirby gave us a little bit more to scratch our heads at last night:

This was in reference to the quarterback battle. I’m guessing his earlier quote of open competition means it is truly OPEN. Trent Thompson, show me your three-step drop. Jeb Blazevich, can you read a zone D from under center as well as you do running routes?

Truthfully, I have no idea what this quote means. And I also get the overwhelming hunch that Smart refers to social media as “email”, putting him slightly behind my father in the world’s internet user competence rankings.

This is on the heels of last week’s comments that Nick Chubb’s prognosis was “anyone’s guess” as Chubb released a video of treadmill sprints, and the aforementioned depth quote. Basically, Smart is doing what any new coach should do: underpromise with a chance of overdelivering. He’s pushing 7-5 so anything better will be considered momentum going into 2017.

Georgia Fans: the Most Miserable in America?

This article is absurd clickbait, but FoxSports’ Chris Chase has decided to use tens of moving criteria and shoddy logic to come up with a list of every major American sport’s most miserable fanbases. For college football, the Dawgs:

Why Georgia? Plenty of college teams are way worse — take two schools mentioned above, Kansas and Wake Forest — but no one really cares about football at those schools, except in the odd year where they’re good or when Charlie Weis is getting run out of town. So, our list has to be hardcore football schools that haven’t been playing very good football or, in the case of our No. 1 team, have been playing fine football but just can’t put it together for one season to win the dominant SEC. Mark Richt had 10-plus wins in nine of 15 seasons in Athens and got canned, which should tell you something about expectations at Georgia.

His rationale is that expectations equal misery, but the expectations aren’t unrealistic and recent results go to show that. When I think miserable fanbase over the past 10 years at football-centric schools, I can come up with a lot of better examples: Notre Dame, Penn State, Washington, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, USC…all fit his criteria better than Georgia does.

Who do you think is the most miserable fanbase? And how do you define miserable? This may be a question to be addressed on another day…

 

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DudeYouPodcast 156: All Starring


Dpalm and Chad are joined by fellow podcaster, unabashed fan of the Gators and the Spurs, and friend of the pod Justin to break down the boring trade deadline, the anti-boring NBA All-Star game, and the outlook for the rest of the year. Follow Justin on twitter, and check out his podcast.

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DudeYouPodcast 155: Super Bowl Hangover


Super Bowl Hangover? Me too. Join Run The Pod as they run back the big stories from the big game.

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Daily (Nightly?) Dose of Dawg: On Jacob Eason


Got to admit, this gives me a little bit more optimism for the QB.

All of my praise of Georgia’s stud freshman QB has been somewhat backhanded, as I still believe Tony Eason is going to make Kirby Smart’s first three years in Athens a living hell as a helicopter dad.

Assuming I’m wrong on that, SBNation’s Ian Boyd did a great job breaking down what could be an easier transition to the college game for Eason than most:

http://www.sbnation.com/college-football-recruiting/2016/2/9/10893986/jacob-eason-georgia-jim-chaney-kirby-smart

Go Dawgs.

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