Just gonna have to be a different man...
This is just my second spring as a blogger, but I've weathered plenty as a fan. And as fans we've been subjected to much of the same off-season talk as in years past re: off-season workouts, attitude, great position changes, coaches with renewed enthusiasm, players up for the competition.
So on and so on....rinse, repeat.
But the true Dawg fan recognizes something different this spring. Hale outlined several yesterday.
I won't regurgitate them all. I hope you've already read them. But I will give a shout-out to the one that most excited me: the emphasis on reducing penalties.
Being one of the most penalized teams in college football is embarrassing to me. Winning in the SEC takes a lot of things, and one of them is mental discipline. Careless penalties in every game of the season shows a serious lack of any discipline. If we want to gain any of those hidden yards, we've got to get rid of the unnecessary roughness, the false starts, offsides....the overall WTFs...???
And I'll end with this thought: perhaps the biggest change this off-season is one within the head coach himself. From recent readings I gather he's not micro-managing, yet he still has that finger on the pulse. From hearing certain quotes and observing certain changes, my take is that some of the coaches who were let go indeed had more than a negative impact on production.
Case in point -new LBs Coach Belin wants better tackling and is obviously taking a hands on role there, but he also has taken the muzzle off of the Georgia place kickers. It seems to me like the right emphasis is being placed in the right places. If Fabris spent a moment concerning himself about what the Dawgs' kickers were saying in front of a microphone it was a moment too much.
And if CMR felt any need to oversee what was going on defensively, it was bordering on a waste of time for the head guy. I like the idea of him keeping his coaches and players accountable much more than tending to several different fires around Woodruff....and Sanford.