Saturday, October 4, 2014

Well, yeh. There is that.

Two keys to avenging Ramik

It's so simple, it's complicated.

  1. Frankie says Relax.
  2. Tackle the ball carrier.
Vandy is done. They were beat before they crossed through Chattanooga last night. This is a get right game. Go Dawgs!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday Misery - Lionel, Robbie and Penn walk into a Starbucks...

This Saturday, on the SECN, live from Sanford Stadium in beautiful Athens GA....your Georgia Bulldogs play host to the Half-Caff-Venti-Non-Fat-Soy-Two Vanilla Pumps-Extra Whip-Caramel Drizzle-Hashtag-AnchorDown-Lattes!!

Anchor Done.
Yes, Vanderbilt is the Starbucks of the SEC - overvalued; a presumptive superior product surrounded by bigger, bolder blends.

When you lose to Vandy... give shirtless, hatless vandy fan a reason to try rooting for tackle football again.'ve probably also lost your virginity to Penn Wagers' and his sorority sisters of Yella Omega Flagga. bring shame upon your house. A hunnerd fold. have woken up from a nightmare into an even more nightmarish reality whose best possible ending is the Autozone Liberty Bowl.
...your pants are around your ankles. And not in a good way.
...what? Are you f---in' kidding me? You had ONE job asshole!
...your punter must've missed the tackle.'ve pissed all over Homecoming like that drunk guy that's about to be face down in your neighbor's flower bed. think you lost the road map for getting to Atlanta in December when in fact you never really had it to begin with.'ve dropped your brand new iPhone7.6.1 into a bloody pool of piranhas. Way to go, Shitbreath.
...their mascot's unibrow lawyers up, thereby ending its interview with Dateline's Chris Hansen.
...God, you're pathetic. force me to have forgetful New Years Eve parties. couldn't out-transition James Franklin's two-star transition lenses.'ve been surpassed as relevant by a team with a stadium the size of Ralphie May's garden tub. couldn't possibly suck any worse than you suck at that particular moment of sucktastic suckitude.'ve been outscored by a team that is overseen by something called a "vice-chancellor".
...the 1890s called and they want their outhouses back.
...and all the pretty girls would rather dance with the Dallas Ebola victim than your sorry, worthless, pathetic ass.

Homecoming. Awaygoing. Anchors down.
So long Sanford. Tomorrow is our last hurrah for awhile. When we meet again I'll be the happy drunk wearing Pinkel's visor with a pocketful of gnawed off razorback bones, dragging Muschamp's dignity by the scruff of his neck with one hand and pulling a Radio Flyer wagon full of all of Kentucky's finest bourbon with the other.

Or I'll be poor bastard looking for his drunk loser pants.
Their 40 times are irrelevant. #AnchorDerp

Either way, it's too long. Why didn't we talk about this over the summer in all those posts about the schedule? And why do we have to spend our last evening together with that creepy ass midshipman traipsing on our lawn? Speaking of our hallowed sod, please don't let these overly precocious, Ivy League rejected, snobby, wannabe Southern assholes anywhere near our Hedges, mascot mausoleum, or our midfield Power G.

Hate's a strong word Vandy. But I just can't trust you. For instance, Robbie Caldwell was the best thing to accidentally happen to Vanderbilt Football. And you ran him off like a big ole lovable dog that everyone in the neighborhood enjoys the company of...except you. You drop that anchor in your yard, misuse five dollar words while discussing a basketball season that is a month away, and kick that dog to the curb when he drops that old, dirty tennis ball at your feet.

That. Yes, that is the reason you can't have nice things Vanderpbilt. Your rallying cry calls for you to not just slow down, but to stop altogether. You think you're better than Robbie Caldwell, but in reality he's better than you. You don't deserve his charm and relaxed wit. You don't deserve random shirtless, hatless, angst-ridden fan. You don't deserve to be named after a classic American funk band. And you sure as shit don't deserve the sympathy of SEC officiating.

But don't get me started on the clusterf--k that was last year in Nashvegas. Enough. Let us bow our heads...Dear Lord, please let Malcolm Mitchell catch a 238 yards pass from Houston Madsun, despite the fact that he's wrapped in bubble wrap as a very cautious precaution. And also our family dentist asks that you keep the cotton candy guy away from our section. Thanks. Amen.

Week by week

When you're a young, inexperienced unit, and guys around you are dropping like flies, you really have no choice but to live in the moment.
"Everybody is going to go off this one game, just like they did when we beat Clemson," Green said following the 35-32 victory over the Vols. "They thought we were the best team in the country. We don't pay any attention to it. We go week by week, and we know what we've got to do.
"We've improved a lot since the spring, and we've improved a lot since the first game. When you're in that first game, you don't really know what's going on until after you watch the film. The more film you watch, the more you've got to do to correct it, and that's what we're doing."

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Rico Johnson latest victim of the "secondary curse"

Who "favorites" a tweet like that anyway?

Gentry Estes is reporting that Johnson is dealing with a "recently discovered long-term medical issue." Georgia will likely place him on a medical redshirt, thereby allowing him to stay on scholarship while not counting against the 85 man limit.
Losing Johnson would be another blow for a thin and inexperienced Georgia secondary that has dealt with attrition for various reasons for much of the past year.
A former standout at Swainsboro (Ga.) High School, Johnson signed with UGA as a wide receiver earlier this year after a season of prep school. He switched to cornerback prior to the start of preseason practices. He earned a spot with the second-string and has played in each of Georgia's four games to this point, either on defense or special teams, totalling five tackles.

Just another day at the office for Azubike

Stopping Todd Gurley is no different than any other SEC Saturday.
"Todd Gurley is just another running back in the SEC we're going to have to tackle," Vanderbilt linebacker Caleb Azubike said. "I feel like given the strength and given the size of our defense we are going to be able to handle that quite properly."
Maybe he can use his cool contacts to see him better.

Looking over the SEC East

Even though all six teams are four or five games in (except Florida who paid for an extra bye week....), the waters seem even muddier than they were to start the season. Remember when Sakerlina was the trendy pick and the Gators seemed so sexy to the tv suits? Now the only team without a legitimate shot is Vanderbilt.

So seems a good time to look at each team, their record, and their remaining schedule.

Missouri (1-0)
Remaining games in order - BYE, Georgia, @Florida, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, BYE, @A&M, @Tenn, Arkansas

Outlook - Control their own destiny and get a week before their two toughest tests, Georgia next week at home and in College Station on 11/15. Was the Indiana loss just a blip? Have they truly replaced the playmakers on both sides of the ball that they had in their division winning 2013 season?
via AJ Reynolds

South Carolina (2-2)
Remaining games - @Kentucky, BYE, Furman, @Auburn, Tennessee, BYE, @Florida, South Alabama, @Clemson

Outlook - Essentially have two weeks to work on that trip to Auburn, which could make or break their season. Privately, the OBC is hoping Georgia beats Missouri and then loses Todd Gurley to an alien abduction.

Georgia (1-1)
Remaining games - Vanderbilt, @Missouri, @Arkansas, BYE, Florida, @Kentucky, Auburn, Charleston Southern, Georgia Tech

Outlook - Once again control our own destiny. If Pruitt can find a way for the secondary to balance out his pass rush some, Georgia could cruise. Especially if Tennessee continues to trend upwards.

Florida (1-1)
Remaining games - @Tennessee, LSU, Missouri, BYE, Georgia, @Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Eastern Kentucky, @FSU

Outlook - Only way they stay in the race is if Muschamp can convince his team to play for him not to lose his job. And also, only if Danny Wuerffel walks back through that door.

Kentucky (1-1)
Remaining games - South Carolina, Louisiana Monroe, @LSU, Miss State, @Missouri, Georgia, @Tennessee, BYE, Louisville

Outlook - Playing better under Stoops. But in October and November is when a team's quality of depth really comes into play.

Tennessee (0-1)
Remaining games - Florida, Chattanooga, @Ole Miss, Alabama, @South Carolina, BYE, Kentucky, Missouri, @Vanderbilt

Outlook - Still looking for that signature win, but it seems now a matter of when and not if. A difficult schedule and a young offensive line will make it hard to win the division this season.

Vanderbilt (0-3)
Remaining games - @Georgia, Charleston Southern, BYE, @Missouri, Old Dominion, Florida, BYE, @Miss State, Tennessee

Outlook - When does basketball season start?

"He's got more blitzes than I can count."

Nice piece by Emerson here on the marriage of Coach Pruitt's scheme and the load of talent Coach Sherrer has at outside linebacker.
Georgia has 11 sacks this year, tied for 30th nationally for sacks per game and tied for fourth in the SEC. But that’s only part of the story. The NCAA doesn’t track quarterback pressures, but Georgia credits itself with 52 this season, easily on pace to eclipse last year’s total of 109.
Jenkins (nine) and Floyd (seven) lead the way, but perhaps most tantalizing is that Carter has six in more limited playing time.
That's quite a wrecking crew, and it's no wonder Pruitt tries to get them on the field at the same time. Speed rushers with long arms and bad intentions.
Those pressures are almost as good as a sack. Jenkins opined that defenders need to be about a yard away from the quarterback to effect the throw.
“Getting him to where he’s not able to step through his throws. That’s a minimum thing we want to accomplish,” Jenkins said. “But really affecting the quarterback, we want to mess with his head, is getting him on the ground. Because if I were a quarterback, I know I’d hate getting up play after play after play.”
Against Tennessee, Jenkins was credited with six pressures but just one sack.
“I think I counted five hits on the quarterback where he threw the ball at the last second,” Jenkins said. “And really after the first time that’s when I said, ‘All right I’m gonna punish him for throwing that ball.’ ”
And they're all licking their chops thinking about getting after Vandy's young quarterback this Saturday.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Why Sony Michel will be missed

On one hand he's just a freshman at a deep position that includes a Heisman candidate.

On the other....well, Coach Ekeler sums it up.

So, is Gurley an option at QB?

Either the star tailback's reputation is growing beyond actual statistics, or Pinkel is giving Bobo a suggestion.

Hey, Missouri is another team getting an extra week to prepare for Georgia. I say let them spend as much energy on Gurley under center as possible.

About Vandy's Darrius Sims

He doesn't play offense. But he's led the Commodores in scoring for two consecutive games. He's largely the reason Spurrier famously took over special teams duties in Columbia after Sims ran two kick returns back against the Gamecocks. And last Saturday, in the form of an interception return, he accounted for Vanderbilt's only touchdown.

With the Commodores desperate for yards and scoring, Coach Mason's turning to rarely if ever used weapons to touch the ball on offense.
He gone.
"Believe me, and I said it (Monday) night on the radio show, and I'm saying to the TV: Just so you understand, Darrius Sims and Trent Sherfield will get the ball," Mason said. "They are going to touch the ball. I don't know how many times, but they are going to get the ball in their hands. One thing I know about those guys is that they're dynamic."
Sims was a three-star athlete out of Memphis. He's small, but obviously very quick. Although he had no significant stats against us last season as a freshman, he's certainly on the Georgia coaches' radar this week. Especially since the Dawgs gave up over 25 yards per return against Tennessee, and allowed 28 per return against South Carolina.

Now they'll also have to keep a lookout for Sims on offense, as well as freshman wide receiver/speedster Trent Sherfield. Pruitt's front likes to play aggressively and quickly to the ball. So look for Vanderbilt to attack that with end-arounds, mis-direction and draw plays. The latter was especially effective for Tennessee this past Saturday.

If Vandy can take away Georgia's aggressiveness up front, it will allow their very young quarterback a little more time to work their passing game. Coach Mason knows who his playmakers are. Georgia would do themselves some good if they got to know Sims, on a very personal basis, too.

Now, why didn't we think of that?

Not that Prez Adams was ever involved in something as malicious and litigious as player safety like Michigan's administration, but a rally would've been a good opportunity to tailgate at the feet of UGA's greatest dictator.
Students and fans flooded the front lawn of University of Michigan president Mark Schlissel's on-campus house Tuesday night, demanding the school get rid of athletic director Dave Brandon.
A few hundred protesters gathered at the school's nearby Diag -- a popular outdoor meeting place on campus -- at 6 p.m. and marched the short distance to the president's house a half-hour later. Craig Kaplan, an undergraduate senior, stood on the home's front steps and led chants with a bullhorn as the rally wound down shortly before 7 p.m.
Come to think of it, seems like there was a time when Adam's home was marched upon. Though I can't remember the reason...?? (The specific reason that is. I can think of plenty.)

"Schlissel's house is that way!"

"We're going to have to pass the ball."

And you've been worried about Georgia's passing game. Be glad you ain't a 'Dore.
Vanderbilt has been devoid of perimeter pizazz this season to help the quarterback situation, with junior tight end Steven Scheu serving as his team's leading receiver with 13 catches for 188 yards. The Commodores rank 108th nationally in rushing offense with 107.2 yards a game and 115th in passing with 148.4 per contest.
The most consistent offensive weapon has been redshirt freshman tailback Ralph Webb, who has 90 carries for 427 yards (4.7 per carry).
"We've just got to execute the passing game," a frustrated Webb said after the loss in Lexington. "Defenders take notice and start loading the box with eight or nine guys, so it's going to be hard to run the ball against anybody. We've got to spread the ball out and execute the passing game better.
"Georgia is going to load the box and make us pass the ball. We're going to have to pass the ball."
Saturday the 'Dores will go with Freebeck, the true freshman who has tried to hold things together while Patton Robinette has been out due to injury. You can see it's been a kind of trial by fire for the kid:

So this could be the kind of game where Pruitt's secondary can gain some confidence before setting off on the road.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

"I'm just going to let it rip."

As a dude who's been forced to watch Frozen more than a few times, I admit I thought "rip" was going to read "go".

Either way, just show me Hutson. GATA!

The SEC's top recruiters, and moms, and wives, and...

I don't get to watch Gameday much, and when I do I usually wish I wouldn't've. But this was a nice little feature from Saturday's telecast in case you missed it.

My three takeaways: 1) [insert joke about hogs and how much lipstick Bielema's wife uses], 2) Kathryn Richt comes across as the most down to Earth, doesn't she?, and 3) I'd lock Kristi Malzahn in a room with security too if I were Auburn. That lady is nuts.

Targeting calls "still haunts us today"

New coordinator. A lot of new starters/faces, especially in the secondary. New season. But Georgia's linebackers remember last year in Nashville.
"That still haunts us today, because we know the rule they made at the end of last year," outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins said. "We call it the 'Ramik Wilson rule' or the 'Georgia rule,' because that was a direct relation of that. We knew that it shouldn't have come down to that, but it's something that will always be in the backs of our minds."

In Hutson we trust

If we're being perfectly honest, we don't need a world beater under center this season. Mason would be the first to admit this, but if Georgia is to make a serious run towards Atlanta then we need better play from our quarterback than we had Saturday. Plain and simple.

Which is why we're all perplexed. I had been convinced that something was wrong with Mason's arm. He cut back on his throwing between spring practices and summer camp. I guess I read too much into that, but word out of practices is that he has plenty of zip on his deep throws. We're just not seeing it in games.

The Hutson Mason of 2014 hasn't been the guy we were introduced to at the end of 2013. And if it's not something physical, then it's between the ears. The guy is smart and confident. You tell that from the way he speaks. But he's playing not to lose instead of to win. Maybe that means it was drilled into his head that he just needs to manage the game and avoid the costly mistake. Against Clemson and Troy that worked. Against South Carolina and Tennessee, there were times when more was needed.

I think we might see more of Bauta against the Commodores - nothing much, but he's made for that zone read that worked so well against Tennessee. Mason even scored on a quick zone read. And depending on how that goes maybe even more of Bauta going forward. (For more on that, check out Seth and Gentry's comments in yesterday's podcast.)

But barring a package here and there, or even some mop up duty (*crosses fingers*), we're not going to see the change at quarterback that some fans would like to see. And if Mason can just go out there and play like the guy that was down 20-0 on North Avenue, we don't need Ramsey, Bauta, Stafford or DJ Shockley's shadow to win games.

We just need Hutson Mason. Now.

Monday, September 29, 2014

A day in the life of the B3AST

Just some of the pics floating around the internet after Todd Gurley's latest episode of illustrating superhuman abilities.

From @ugakerri, TG3 taps into his energy source at the DawgWalk.
From @sonnykenn, TG3 saves America by out-elevating Orange.
From @WardPhoto1, TG3 reminds 92,000 of his superhumaness.
From @BassinDawg, TG3 visits a forehead in the HillBilly locker room.

"Who the hell is Vince Dooley?"

Great tribute. If you weren't able to be there Saturday, set aside several minutes to soak this one in.

1964 from Georgia Football on Vimeo.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Spurrier getting Mauk'd

Insult to injury for the OBC.

h/t AHD

Todd Gurley just doing Todd Gurley type things

via Jon-Michael Sullivan
I'll admit that as he came around the edge I thought he was going to go stiff arm at the second level. Should've know he had a new trick under his helmet.

Sunday Thoughts on another HillBilly nail biter

Look, Tennessee was (alot?....somehwat???...) better than I thought they'd be. But....
  • We made it as easy on them as we could. Turnovers. Penalties. Prevent defense.
  • Defense showed its flaws. Sure. But to be perfectly honest, they worked their ass off. How awful was it for the defense to force a punt on 4th and three, just to have to go right back on the field after the illegal substitution? And then we came out with only 10! Jeebus.
  • Judging a young secondary for its glaring mistakes is one thing. But for my money, the coaches nor the offense did them many favors. Especially the second half.
  • Great job by the pass rush to put Worley on his ass. Lorenzo Carter is a young man with really bad intentions.
  • Great job by the front seven to even the turnover margin.
  • And how bout that punt! Great job by the punt coverage to give the defense that opportunity.
  • I don't know that we need a backup quarterback, but we need one that can stretch the field and make a play on third and long.
  • Mason isn't the same. Something is off. I don't know if he's having issues with his arm or if it's something else.
  • And it's not all his arm either. What the hell was with that roll out/ his left? I think it was Conley that broke wide open, and it was a beautiful play call. But there was no way Mason was going to be able to make that throw rolling to his left.
  • It's going to be an interesting week. A lot to work to do during Vandy week, with difficult road tests looming.

We need...

I'll be back with my overall thoughts on the Tennessee game later.

For now, I'd like to officially admit that we need a quarterback that can make a play on third and long. Otherwise, somewhat decent teams are going to be able to beat us.

Tennessee is a somewhat decent team. We're lucky they made enough mistakes for us to win.

Very lucky.