The first half was nearly perfect but the second half gave me palpitations. And who made the call for an on side kick with less than five minutes gone in the first quarter. What a stupid decision !! Some may blame Bobo but I have a storng suspicion that it was CMR. I hpoe the coaches and team remember that there are no "gimmies" in the SEC. Anybody can beat anybody on any given Saturday. Ky is stornger than many might suspect and FL with fight harder than AK did in the second half. A week off might be good but IT MIGHT BE BAD. CMR's teams are always slow off the mark after a week off--- usually.posted @ Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 11:29
When one considers what happened in the SEC yesterday I think that UGA will need to buckle-up their chin straps and be prepared to get down cheek by jowl and be ready for some really tough games. MO, AK, and KY showed that our down linemen had better have their game face on. And who do we hold responsible for the poor kicking game and blocked PAT?posted @ Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 12:45
The team and coaching staff had best remember that there are NO GIMMIES in the SEC. Just look at what is happening in the State of Mississippi tomorrow!! Who would have ever "thunk it".posted @ Friday, October 3, 2014 - 11:41
INTs are going to happen and that is why the Offensive team MUST go through tackling drills because if they have not been properly prepared for disaster they will not know what to do to stop the bleeding.posted @ Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 11:16
Without any doubt Gurley is the best RB in the country and the best at UGA since Walker. He won the game with that last desperate effort to secure a first down by inches. He really plays with the old Bulldog heart. A great player and a great leader and a great man. I had hoped that the DB's that CJP inherited would have grown up by now but if Gurley had not made that first down I think we would have lost the game. I have never gotten use to these "basketball scores".posted @ Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 10:59
Well two of my good friends from Knoxville country want to bet me a steak dinner on the game. Considering that they are both Tennessee "tightwads" that is a very bad sign. One said," I just hope "them dawgs" give us the same chance that they gave Troy in the first five minutes. Forewrned is forearmed!!! It is time for the DBs to grow up. --Quick.posted @ Monday, September 22, 2014 - 12:01
I am tired of hearing that it was a "bad call". If the OL had not been beaten on the line of scrimmage there is an excellent chance that it would have been a TD. It was not a bad call !!! It was poor execution. To have tried to "pound the ball in" would not have been good play calling and may have resulted in Gurley being injuried.posted @ Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 12:04
Spurrier as an excellent coach, put his finger on USC's offensive success.
He said that USC's down OL "blocked pretty well". If the UGA down OL and DL win the line of scrimmage, UGA wins. It is really elementary, but of course, it requires a head coach who understand that fact. Usually really good coaches start off their coaching career in HS but not always. Some are smart enough to "learn on the job".
"It ain't over 'til it is over! " if I might borrow a famous quote. There are a couple of things that I do wish that we would do. Go out and find the best OL & recruiter in the country and hire him; Get Bobo out of the sky box and down on the field where he can coach his offense on the sidelines like CJP is doing.posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 - 20:08
Sorry wp32dive it was not a bad call. Poor execution by the OL allowed the USC defender to break through and pressure Mason. In all likelyhood he would have blown-up a hand off to Gurley. Not a bad call -- poor OL execution.
This is our real problem for the last decade.
Last night showed that Gurley is without question the best RB in the nation and the best at UGA since Walker. It also showed that we had ample opportunities to win but the weak performance of our down linemen -- OL and DL -- against a well prepared and highly motivated USC team was just too much. Many may be critical of the play called at first and goal at the four yard line but that was not the problem. It seem to me that the USC defense was expecting Gurley and it is the fault of the OL that resulted in Mason being hurried.
Of course, it was also the blown ref's call of grounding too. Also the defensive backs need to grow up fast. I for one have not lost confidence in DCJP.
I am greatly encouraged by the first game special teams play. Just keep the focus on the prize that is at the end of the season. Also, in the second half, the defensive play was brilliant. I could not be any happier.posted @ Monday, September 8, 2014 - 12:44
If Mason does not see the opening he should not put the ball in the air.
We don't need turn-over INTs.
I could not agree more with Oistrakh,Manurestopper and tgb as I have every confidence it Mason's judgment. Considering the play selection in the last 45 seconds of the first half all I can say is Hutson YOU run the team; if you don't see it open then don't put it in the air.posted @ Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 11:42
The first half was a bit ragged but the second half was as good as I have seen since the great Coach Erk was pacing the sidelines. The entire defensive staff did a fine job. The down linemen looked especially good to me. I am so happy that we did not get into a "basketball score shoot-out" like we have had for the last 1 1/2 decades. I just hope and pray that we can keep ALL of you for awhile and we might be able to win a championship.posted @ Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 13:57
The first half was a bit ragged but the second half was as good as I have seen since the great Coach Erk was pacing the sidelines. The entire defensive staff did a fine job. The down linemen looked especially good to me. I am so happy that we did not get into a "basketball score shoot-out" like we have had for the last 1 1/2 decades. I just hope and pray that we can keep ALL of you for awhile and we might be able to win a championship.posted @ Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 13:56
Thank you Jordan; you, CJP and his staff showed UGA's pedigree. Coach Erk in the sky is smiling.posted @ Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 13:05
Todd Gurley's analysis is exactly correct. For a decade we have been stumbling around like a blind man on defense. The defensive staff made brilliant adjustments which gave us a chance to wear them down and win without being in a shoot-out basketball score. Also the special teams are much improved. It appears that the staff that CJP has brought to Athens has the right stuff and I pray that we can keep them for awhile.posted @ Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 12:44
I think that Keith is "showing his Bulldog pedigree". We are all happy for him.posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 11:27
John's analysis of last year's Clemson defense is very acurate. "(Beasley) he is very quick ...[and] they were well prepared. (and) they played harder than we did..." In all of the above three, the fault can be laid at the feet of the coaching staff and the physical training staff.posted @ Monday, August 25, 2014 - 11:13
I am very pleased that CJP will be on the field during the game. In my opinion there are three persons who must always be on the field: The HC, the OC and the DC. There is simply no substitute for looking into the eyes of your players; listening to their voices; judging their body language and countenance and giving them that reassuring squeeze by being on the sideline. This allows one to make a valid assessment. Oh well, I'm not being paid big six figure salary am I.posted @ Friday, August 22, 2014 - 13:17
Thanks Loran for a great column. I am as happy with CJP and his staff as a Bulldog snoozing in the sun lying on an ice bag.posted @ Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 10:10
I am happy for Stanley, but can he block down field when when another WR or back has the ball; can he play a DB in case there is an INT?posted @ Monday, August 18, 2014 - 11:28
INTs for touchdowns tells me that the Offense has not been taught "catastrophe drills" which include proper tackling technique. INTs will occur and the WRs must learn that they MUST become defensive backs whenever they can't make the catch or an INT happens; they must knock out the ball or make a sure tackle. Proper coaching prepares the team for the unexpected so that the are not dismayed and lose their poise. WRs should be practicing some to be DBs by CJP and DR's should be practicing some as WRs; they should be interchangable players.posted @ Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 11:23
Good news all the way around. The back-ups must stay focused because they are but one injury away from starting. Just remember last year !!! We must be in the mode of not rebuild but just reload.posted @ Friday, August 15, 2014 - 12:21
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