Georgia Football Knee Jerk Reactions: UNC Edition


No more pretending to care about swimming, no more faking like USA basketball isn’t going to win gold, no more being the only person on the internet convinced Jordan Burroughs got robbed.

And I swear, if you mention baseball to me, you must be new.

Hope springs eternal going into Labor Day weekend in college football, and whether that hope was ill-advised (LSU), an open reach (Auburn) or a lie we tell ourselves to help us sleep at night (Notre Dame!!!), it’s nice to see hope rewarded even for one week.

For the DYC faithful, what’s next will feel earily similar to Week 1’s in the past since I’ve been here. For the newcomers, WELCOME. What took you so long to find us?

The Good:

– We’re BAAAAAAACK! And by that, I mean Tailback U, a name coined in years past, but brought to full fruition over the past 15 years. From Musa to Thomas Brown, to Knowshon to Gurley, the man dotting the I for Georgia has been able to run hard, run fast and run a lot. There were questions coming into the season about how the man they call Chubb would bounce back from his catastrophic knee explosion in Knoxville. The answer is WELL.

Hell, even discounting that BEAUTIFUL run (seriously, I want to commission a 30 for 30 series on how Nick Chubb laughs at your arm tackles), this was a performance that a healthy back would kill for, not just one coming off a knee explosion. Also, Friend of the Site Sam Franco has a very good question for an ESPN personality.

Journalism y’all.

– And Chubb wasn’t alone! In the truest spirit of Tailback U, Georgia unleashed a freshman named Brian Herrian who clocked in at over 8 yards per carry, AND he’s going to be behind Sony Michel whenever he gets cleared. WATTBA.

– Did not love the pass pro in drop back or play action protection writ large this week, but let’s give some room for first game jitters (in the Good at least), and tip the cap to the two men under center. I think that Lambert get’s Joe Tereshinski’d sooner than later, but good job by the staff making both guys feel like THE GUY when the time was right.

– I’ve only got so much space, but let it be known that Elijah Hood is a VERY good running back who got eaten alive by this Georgia defense. Damn good Dawgs, all night.

The Bad:

– Our o-line may kill me. And not because I’ll be under center, though I worry for those young men. No, for the (checks watch) one BILLIONTH season, we enter with not 5 guys we love up front, but 7-10 guys we feel OKAY about. I get you need to find your best unit, but what was training camp for? Giving up pressure early may work against the sisters of the poor in the ACC, but it won’t be good in league play.

– Speaking of patterns carried over from previous regimes, HELLO SOFT EDGES AGAINST THE RUN. I get that we have a young front, and a new defensive scheme (AGAIN on both counts), but you can be stout up front, and soft edges will result in Florida some undetermined team beating the hell out of a defense, and maybe cost a head coach his job.

– Can’t make a living on PI calls. I loved the creative ways this staff was getting the ball in playmakers’ hands, but the youth and arm talent of Eason makes me wonder just what we have in our receiving corps going forward.

The Ugly:

– I do NOT understand UNC’s gameplan; even if you’re as high on your first time starter as all the puff pieces say you are, there’s no reason to go into a hostile environment (the Georgia Dome is about as neutral as…oh, name somewhere) and let your first time starter throw it 40 times. It’s almost like they forgot they had Elijah Hood.

– Coach Smart said there were numerous missed opportunities on the field from Saturday, but none rang truer in the hearts of Georgia fans than the returned kickoff to start the second half. Sure, maybe you didn’t burst into tears and curl into the fetal position, but then again I have a soul. Sue me.

Without resorting to my favorite coach-speak cliches (it is only week 1!), this was exactly what UGA fans needed to usher in the Smart era: a big win over an established program on the rise that gave you something to cheer about in all three phases of the game, while setting the foundation of things to come. And while many said Richt’s last year was devoid a big win, I would like to remind you that he kicked off the year basically retiring Steve Spurrier at the 50 yard line. This wasn’t that, but Coach Smart DID get to kick off his era by perhaps retiring our fence-sitting editor in chief. Which is nice.

Go Dawgs.

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Posted on September 6, 2016, in Blog. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hood wasn’t “eaten alive” by our defense. He had 100 yards on 16 touches (10 carries for 72 yards and 6 catches for 28 yards). He would have had a huge game if UNC had gotten him the ball more often.

    I’m not saying he’s a better back than Chubb, but he’s pretty darn good and we caught a break with him not getting more chances.

    • I sure did miss college football season.

      They took Hood out of the game by eliminating the edge by rotating down the corners and safeties (we flipped coverage more than we used to) to offer cloud support on outside run. This emboldened the UNC OC to call more pass plays, and I think that our secondary is physical enough to match up with their receivers. So, while not a traditional bottling, strategically speaking, they never had the freedom to open things back up for Hood, which would have come if the safeties were needed away from the edge on run/pass downs.

      So, what you call a break is more a reaction to the response to our staff’s addressing the outside run. Which shouldn’t still be an issue anyway, but I digress.

      Also, why you don’t even let him try is a question for the UNC staff, but thanks for the comment!

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