You Can’t Spell “Losing Season” Without “Eason” and Other G-Day Observations
On Saturday afternoon Kirby Smart assessed the situation at Sanford Stadium with one word: Wow.
He was understandably blown away that 93,000 people showed up. So was I. Or was I?
Smart acknowledged the haters in his post-game press conference. “You know there were a lot of doubters out there. A lot of doubters that said it couldn’t be done.”
I could see how I might be falsely lumped into that group of naysayers. After all, on Thursday morning I stated simply, “There’s not going to be 93,000 people at G-Day. You could talk me into #50kDay (maybe) but not #93kDay.”
But was I hating or was I motivating? In that same post I chastised that administration’s inability to secure a musical act. A few hours later, motivated most likely by my post, a musical act was announced. Hating or motivating? You be the judge.
But while you’re judging I’m going to drop down some more observations from the spring game. In no particular order, let’s dive in:
Kirby Smart’s Defense Sucks
A few months ago, a Kirby Smart defense from Alabama allowed 478 yards of offense to Clemson’s quarterback. I wanted to put the blame of that performance on Alabama’s general lack of talent, but having seen Smart coach one scrimmage at Georgia it’s clear that the players aren’t the problem. Kirby Smart is the problem. Georgia’s quarterbacks—only one of which will start any given game in the fall—combined to complete 51 of 83 attempts for 687 yards and two touchdowns.
It’s going to be a long season if Smart doesn’t figure out a way to replace himself as head coach.
You Can’t Spell “Losing Season” Without “Eason”
Jacob Eason did a lot of things right on Saturday. He showed poise in the pocket, he showed touch through the air, he showed how tall he is. But poise plus touch plus height does not automatically equate to victories.
Two things really concerned me about Eason’s effort on Saturday.
- No Desire To Score: Eason threw the ball 29 times and only tossed one touchdown pass. To paraphrase Kenny Powers, I want a quarterback who can play a real sports not just one who’s the best at exercising. 96.552% of his pass attempts were meaningless. To put this into context, if Eason wants to throw as many TD passes as Greyson Lambert threw for last year (an unacceptable total of 12), he’s going to need to attempt 348 passes. That’s almost 100 more than Lambert attempted in 2015. Sure, this is a small sample size but it also came against a typically atrocious Kirby Smart defense.
- Not A Team Player: If you have two quarterbacks, you don’t really have one. Ever heard that? Well, if you play for two teams, you really don’t play for one, either. Eason played for both the red and the black teams on Saturday. He’s not a team player. Team players aren’t teams players. Further, Eason was completely unwilling to play the field position game by punting. Brice Ramsey, who’s selfless, punted several times.
Remember When Nick Chubb Was Good?
Yeah me too…but barely. I mean, what a fall from glory. It’s almost embarrassing to even talk about. Just think about the last 15 times Chubb dressed out:
- 2014 Missouri: 38 carries, 143 yards, 1 TD
- 2014 Arkansas: 30 carries, 202 yards, 2 TDs
- 2014 Florida: 21 carries, 156 yards, 1 TD
- 2014: Kentucky: 13 carries, 170 yards, 1 TD
- 2014 Auburn: 19 carries, 144 yards, 2 TDs
- 2014 Charleston Southern: 9 carries, 113 yards, 2 TDs
- 2014 Georgia Tech: 25 carries, 129 yards, 1 TD
- 2014 Louisville: 33 carries, 266 yards, 2 TDs
- 2015 Louisiana Monroe: 16 carries, 120 yards, 2 TDs
- 2015 Vanderbilt: 19 carries, 189 yards, 0 TDs
- 2015 South Carolina: 21 carries, 159 yards, 2 TDs
- 2015 Southern U: 15 carries, 131 yards, 2 TDs
- 2015 Alabama: 20 carries, 146 yards, 1 TD
- 2015 Tennessee: 1 carry, 2 yards, 0 TDs
- 2016 G-Day: 0 carries, 0 yards, 0 TDs
Obviously, he missed some time in there with a knee injury or whatever, but he was fully dressed out on Saturday. Just couldn’t find a spot on the field.
Probably because Brendan Douglas was playing so well. Not sure if anyone noticed, but nobody on the field could tackle Douglas. Pretty solid performance.
That’s all I got/