Friday, December 10, 2010

Team Mentality

It's a team game. You don't have to have been in the arena to get that. At the Liberty media primer yesterday, Coach Richt made reference to a level of play becoming more Georgia-esque in the last seven games.
Richt pointed out that Georgia’s 5-2 finish included an overtime loss to Florida and a loss to an Auburn team that’s pretty good.
“We have in the last seven ball games played Georgia football the way it’s supposed to be played,” said Richt, who again talked about the tougher practices as the key.
Added O’Leary: “What Mark said is right. They’re playing Georgia football now.”
Well, not quite.
“We’re still not playing championship level defense right now,” Richt said.
I try not to read too much into quotes, and I've been critical of the defense as well despite some statistical gains. But the truth of the matter is we're no closer to Georgia football than we were a year ago. That's a mindset that the entire team has, an attitude that allows our silver britches to be more proactive and less reactive. We set the tone, you try and keep up...we dare you.

Tougher practices are a step towards something good. But Richt's clarifier at the end there begs the assumption that things are fixed in the rest of the phases of the game. But until we can smash opponents in the mouth with our run game and our defense, I'll still be waiting.

1 comment:

AthensHomerDawg said...

That versatile and experienced Offensive line went AWL in 2010. The biggest reason we lost was the disappearance of the O line. IMHO.