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Georgia Football Knee Jerk Reactions: Missouri Edition


28 is more than 27.

As I had my (really, the number is unimportant)th vodka drink and the clock in Columbia, Missouri hit triple zeroes, the audio recording of my reaction would make one think we lost by 30. In a vacuum, any night where the defense forces 5 turnovers, we start a true freshman at quarterback on the road against a very good defense, and that freshman also throws a BEAUTIFUL touchdown on a 4th down to win the game should be a good night.

It. Was. Not.

Offensively, the problems of the last three weeks years still dominated the conversation, as this was about as uneven a performance you have ever seen out of a Georgia team. But, they stayed the course, they kept their collective heads about them, and they pulled out a win in hostile territory. For the first time this season, I have to go to the coaching cliche well and remind us all: Winning hides the problems, losing magnifies the problems, but there are always problems.

This was never truer Saturday night.

The Good:

– That last drive was a thing of beauty. Sure, there were some errant balls and ill advised forced throws, but it’s amazing what a blitz beating toss against the best corner Mizzou had on 4th down can do for the spirits. Eason showed steel in his spine and ice water in his veins during that last march, and there isn’t more you can ask for out of a kid on the road for the first time.

– Offensive line is better at pass blocking than run blocking; I know that sounds like I’m damning them with faint praise, but I actually mean this one! Mizzou ALWAYS has monsters on the defensive line even amidst recent changes, and the 2016 edition looks to be no different. Great job by the big fellas up front buying the kid time, and good job by Eason to use that time to carve up the secondary.

– Isaiah McKenzie is going to keep me from drowning myself in whiskey this season. Maybe.

– We forced 5 turnovers. FIVE. The defense hit hard all day, and made plays where they were able. I was especially happy with holding the Tigers to fewer than 100 yards on the ground all day.

The Bad:

– The aforementioned five turnovers? Yeah, we turned those into zero points. None. Zilch. Nada. Goose egg. No way you win football games, particularly in conference, without exploiting the mistakes you force your opponent into. Quick scores after sudden change are a great way to engender confidence in your team, and make the opposing sideline hurry to change their scheme to reply. But hey, 28 is more than 27.

– 55 passes. I know Chubb and Michel are coming off of injury and the offensive line isn’t exactly the best unit in the world (I said this with considerably more expletives this weekend), but we need to establish a running game, if only not to overload Eason 4 games into his career. Teams always load the box against our power attack, but it’s time to integrate more edge rushing to loosen up the inside, since we don’t want to be passing 55 times. But, again, 28 is more than 27.

– Giving up almost 400 yards through the air is NOT a good day, I don’t care how many turnovers you force.

The Ugly:

– Stupid, stupid penalty on the punt coverage late that could have been costly to the team. We joke about UGA Special Teams, but we finally got a coach, so can our Special Teams please be less…special?

– COLLEGE KICKERS.

Look, I’ve been accused (here and elsewhere) of a tendency to lose the trees for the forest, that I get so preoccupied with the bigger picture that I have trouble enjoying victories. Informal poll UGA fans: when that game ended, did it feel like a win? Or were you lost in the euphoria of the last drive and final takeaway by our defense? Because I went back, rewatched, and tried to be as objective as possible, and I still have no idea how we left with a W. And I just don’t think that’s a sustainable way to play football.

Go Dawgs.

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Georgia Football Knee Jerk Reactions: Nicholls State Edition


After moving back to the great city of Atlanta a year and a half ago, it’s been interesting to find how I fit back in my city and my state after two years away. Atlanta has changed dramatically from the city I grew up in, but there are some constants. The Dungeon Family will remain a galvanizing force in the city, evidenced by the amazing performance this Saturday night at Lakewood (it’ll always be Lakewood, renamings be damned). The Falcons will always find a way to go full Falcon, either in week 1 or later in a season, usually causing the maximum amount of pain to the Falcon fans. And finally, Georgia will follow-up a big win that engenders actual, real, tangible hope, and then squander it by laying an egg at the least opportune time.

In a lot of ways, I had a very Atlanta weekend.

The Good:

– Go ahead. Lie to yourself. Squint at those numbers on your smart phone or your laptop and tell me what a growing experience it was to let the true freshman get the first home start, that this was the right move by a first year head coach, that he in no way jeopardized the future of Jacob Eason by throwing him out there with a deplorable offensive line against a team hungry to get famous off this game.

The Bad:

– Offensively, this team has a big undeniable problem that doesn’t start with who is taking snaps under center. I am a firm believer in “if your line can’t block it,  you can’t run it,” and right now, there isn’t much this offense can run consistently. Against North Carolina, the running success was more a factor of the talent in the backfield than solid blocking up front, and it showed against Nicholls this weekend. Linemen getting pushed back, straight up missing blocks, and all in all looking slow off the ball. Could this be getting used to a new cadence? Sure, but they weren’t exactly world beaters with Lambert under center.

“We can’t change the guys out, we have no free agency, we can’t make cuts so we have to take what we got and we have to make those guys better,” – Coach Smart

– The quarterback play was poor, at best. Eason’s numbers ended up fine, I guess, going 11/20 for 204 yards and a touchdown, but film doesn’t lie.  A good number of passes were thrown in bad locations for the receiver to make a play, or just flat-out thrown too hard for the distance traveled. Arm talent is one thing, but all that ability needs to be tempered with experience that he just doesn’t have yet.

– Defense wasn’t TERRIBLE, but there is a tacit understanding that with a young quarterback you will occasionally find yourselves in bad position, and need to fight out of it. This is a defense that gave up no runs or passes over 20 yards, and still found themselves in a dog fight. Gotta be more secure as a unit while the offense finds itself.

The Ugly:

– Turnover bug is back. Sure, we HAVE a special teams coach now on paper, but do we? REALLY? Shouldn’t be depending on the returner to provide a spark against Nicholls State anyway.

– Not only did the Freshman throw a bad pick, Chubb fumbled because this weekend went full Atlanta.

Survive and advance.

That has become the mantra of college football these days, stolen from the inferior product that is college basketball. And, to be fair, this is a team that survived a scare from an over matched opponent. Also being fair, this was not the only notable team that had to hold on to the bitter end to put away a team who showed up for a check. But, we can’t look outside of ourselves for a gauge on our program. We can only look within, and games like this are why rookie head coaches and freshmen quarterbacks exemplify the phrase “growing pains”. Let’s aim for a little more growth and a lot less pain this weekend.

Go Dawgs.

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Georgia Football Knee Jerk Reactions: UNC Edition


IT’S SO GOOD TO BE BACK!

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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DYP 170: Thankful


So, this is the hardest 8 minutes of podcasting I’ve ever done. Way harder than I thought it would be, and it took me four takes to get through it. Thank you to everyone who has ever let me be a part of their day via Dude You Podcast, and if you want to know more about my next venture, give this week’s Insanity Check Podcast a listen.

Goodbye, and thanks for all the fish.

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DYP 169: Summerslam Preview


The offseason rambles on all the way to the third of the big four pay per view events on the WWE calendar, and we’re lucky enough to have Sam Franco of 960 The Ref’s morning show on to break it down. *cue DX music*

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