Friday, December 19, 2014

Jordan Jenkins is gonna let you finish...

Any questions as to whether these dudes ready to play?

A consistently healthy offensive line is like a blue moon

Nice write up by Weiszer on this year's unit up front. This shouldn't have caught me by surprise, but it did.
Unless offensive line coach Will Friend makes a change or an injury pops up in practice before the game against Louisville, this will be the first time Georgia will have gone through an entire season with the same starting offensive line since 2000 in Jim Donnan’s final season as coach.
Also, much is made about the running attack this year, and rightly so. But this offensive line also did a good job keeping Mason's jersey clean. Granted we didn't throw the ball as much this season, but they've only allowed 15 sacks thus far. That's the lowest total since Will Friend arrived in Athens.

Bowl season requires no decoration

But it does require your entry into the pool. So if you've been distracted by the tinsel or if you've been busy carrying a picket sign outside H&H, you're down to your last day to get those picks in.

That's right! The bowls start tomorrow with a full slate!

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Mike Bobo saga - day three, a coach and his AD converse (in my head)

Just some conversations I like to think Coach Bobo and McDaddy G have had the last couple days.

The Mike Bobo saga - day three, McGarity and Teddy KGB

Fletcher Page preaches. I don't believe McGarity is in this particular choir. But I hope he's not dozing off in the back pew.
Because Bobo has been penalized for staying loyal, for not jumping jobs. His longevity — as a former Bulldogs quarterback and longtime second-hand man to Mark Richt — is being used against him. 
Think about this — Bobo was given a $240,00 raise in the spring of 2013 just to get him to the ridiculously underpaid point that he’s at now. 
In the coaching field, you'd be hard pressed to find someone as loyal to their program as Mike Bobo. Unless I'm mistaken, Frank Beamer is the longest tenured head coach in the nation. But it's clear he's hanging on and potentially causing more long-term problems now than he's solving short-term.

That's not Mike Bobo. He's taken his paycheck and gone to work each and every day to make the team better. As Page points out, the fact that a peer to Bobo like Cam Cameron at LSU can make more than twice what the Georgia offensive coordinator does and only score 19 points a game against conference opponents, good for 13th in the league, is absurd. Georgia scored 38.8 points a game against the SEC. That's good for first by the way, and is four more points a game than Lane Kiffin at Alabama who is making a hundred grand a year more in his first year in Tuscaloosa than Bobo is making in his 14th season in Athens.

Speaking of longevity, here's a closing thought - when is the last time Georgia didn't have one of the best offenses in the SEC? It certainly hasn't come under Bobo's watch. Since he took over play calling full time, the Dawgs have finished 3rd, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 3rd, 4th and now 1st in the SEC against conference defenses, which are the fastest, most talented, and best coached defenses in the nation.

And that's why McGarity should've met that jet on the runway yesterday and told Mike Bobo to get on off the plane. Like I said yesterday, I doubt Mike Bobo is the next coach at Colorado State. But, to borrow from both Page and "Teddy KGB", I do know its past time to pay the man his money.

Belk Bowl - Grantham, Chubb and motivation

For what it's worth, here's Schlabach's preview for Georgia's upcoming bowl matchup. It follows the popular script I think.

Belk Bowl

No. 13 Georgia vs. No. 21 Louisville, Dec. 30 (ESPN, 6:30 p.m. ET)
Why to watch: There's some lingering bad blood between the coaching staffs. Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham left Georgia last season, and then took some veiled shots at his former colleagues on his way out the door. Plus, Louisville's Bobby Petrino, a former Atlanta Falcons coach, still isn't the most popular guy in Georgia.
Who to watch: Georgia freshman Nick Chubb ran for 1,281 yards with 12 touchdowns, with much of his damage coming after UGA star Todd Gurley was suspended for accepting money for autographs. Chubb ran for more than 100 yards in each of the last seven games, averaging 151 yards during the stretch.
Motivation for Georgia: After losing to rival Georgia Tech 30-24 in overtime in the regular-season finale, the Bulldogs will be trying to avoid a two-game losing streak to ACC foes. Georgia also hasn't played well in the postseason recently, losing three of its past four bowl games.
Motivation for Louisville: By beating Georgia, the Cardinals would win 10 games and their third straight bowl game, which would put the icing on their first season in the ACC.
Prediction: Georgia 31, Louisville 27

Sure, Grantham is the sexy thread that will easily feed the storyline. And Chubb's production his freshman season is worth every word it can garner. But the motivation of the two teams is what is key, for any bowl really.

So, does Georgia or Louisville want a ten win season more? Who is more vested in that outcome?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Mike Bobo saga - day two, in moving Holiday pictures

December always brings coaching rumors and news in college football. Actually, November brings it and then December douses it in lighter fluid and then flicks its cigarette casually in its general direction. And things have certainly escalated quickly in terms of Colorado State's head coach search and specifically how that relates to Georgia's offensive coordinator. With the help of Christmas Spirit as well as YouTube, let's take a peek at where things stand currently.

Feeling overlooked and underappreciated for his particular skillset, Mike Bobo strikes out on his own towards Fort Collins, Colorado.

Given the news, many fans react with raw and honest emotions. For reasonable fans that dwell in facts, they're pretty pissed at getting a low rent Barbie doll, or a can of soup, or entertaining the possibility of playing with a used dish sponge on Christmas Day. 

The lunatic fringe however, absolutely LOVES their new Mr. Literal Potato Head!!!1

Meanwhile, back at Butts-Mehre, Greg McGarity is just way too excited to operate in reality.

Now, how will these distinct subsets of persons find happiness and joy this Holiday Season, and especially just 13 days before the season finale? Stay tuned.

Leonard Floyd OUT for Belk Bowl

This certainly helped his decision to stay in Athens I'm sure.

In this episode: Bobo, the Rams, and McGarity's checkbook

First off, Mike Bobo is definitely not probably not most likely not going to Fort Collins CO to coach tackle football. He's one of several names on a list that has emerged. In terms of where he ranks on said list, I'd say probably third at worst.

Personally, I would have him first. I think Mike Bobo is a better offensive coordinator than Scott Frost, and I know he's a better recruiter than Pat Narduzzi. I also think this would be a good move for Mike Bobo. With the right assistants that have some regional ties, he would certainly do better than Florida's new coach did out yonder.

Here's Emerson's summarization of Bobo's skills:
Georgia ranks eighth in the nation and first in the SEC in scoring offense this year. Georgia's offense, a pro-style system, has nonetheless put up big numbers the past few years. Two years ago the team set school records for total yards in a season (6,547) and touchdowns (72), and last year a new school record was set in average yards per game (484.2.) 

Last year he was named the offensive coordinator of the year by, and two years ago he was a finalist for the Broyles Award, given to the nation's top assistant coach.
Bobo is also one of the Bulldogs' top recruiters, credited this year with being the main recruiter for defensive lineman Trent Thompson, one of the nation's top prospects.
First and foremost, Bobo consistently has an offense that produces yards and points whether he loses top talent to injuries and suspensions or not. And he's a relentless recruiter that recognizes today's high school talent as tomorrow's college team that can get him more yards and more points as well as help his fellow defensive coaches.

Yes, to me Mike Bobo is the perfect candidate for a program looking to pay a current assistant coach to be their head guy.

But I think Mike Bobo wants to be Georgia's next head coach. I didn't have the pleasure of talking to him on the phone last night, so this is just speculation, but I don't think he wants to pick the family up and move out west.

And although he may not admit it publicly or even among close friends, but I would imagine somewhere deep inside Mike Bobo is ready to be compensated commensurate with his regional and national peers. And that's why Blutarsky hits on the key question in my mind - Is Greg McGarity ready to take the blinders off and be proactive in dealing with his coaches' contracts?

There are many Dawg fans that are really busy scoffing at the news and possibility of Mike Bobo leaving Athens. They look down their noses and welcome any and all changes on staff. And that's fine. I would caution them to be careful what they wish for and all that, but they're entitled to their opinion. For me, I just trust Mike Bobo's numbers and production a lot more than I trust Greg McGarity's willingness to recognize and appreciate it.

That's my opinion.

Humpday Hilarity - I'm spinnin' dreidels...

Partly for my kids that absolutely hate it when I "dance" to Shake it Off!. But mostly for everyone that loves a good parody, especially during the Holiday Season.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

"Miracle on the Plains" to air tomorrow morning

You've been warned:

Bauerle and UGA breathe sighs of relief

The gist is Bauerle found to have operated beyond his realm as a coach in providing and attempting to provide academic benefits for a student athlete and not "promoting an atmosphere of compliance". But the university doesn't suffer any probation as a result of the findings. Overall, that's a win-win as Bauerle keeps his job and UGA Swimming and Diving can continue to compete freely.

Although they will do so without Bauerle for the next nine meets during his suspension. Here's the link to the ruling and here's the ABH writeup by Fletcher Page.

Grantham. Tremendous.

I've decided to piggy back on Estes' work in combining all of the thought provoking quotes and summarize yesterday's UGA Media teleconference with Louisville's defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

Put your thesaurus down folks. This should only take a sec.

Leaving Athens
"Tremendous decision on my part. Tremendous chance to unite with my brother, coach with a tremendous offensive mind, and pursue an ACC/National Title. Both of which we were tremendously close to this year. Well, at least one of them."

Facing Bobo
"Tremendous opportunity. Bobo is a tremendous offensive mind. Petrino, of course, is tremendouser. But still, Bobo is real good at doing what he's trying to do." 
"(whispers to himself)...carry the one, add the 2...Hey Mike, we winning?"
"Yeh Todd. We're winning."

Facing Bobo's players
"Houston Madsun is tremendously patient, waited his turn behind the other guy. Andrew Davidson is a tremendously tough center. Georgia is a tough, physical team. It's tough, really."

The Georgia players he stole took in
"Did a tremendous job for our scout team, which in turn helped them avoid pesky appointments to give urine samples to Coach Richt. Those things were a tremendous hindrance on my depth chart while at Georgia."

Stopping Chubb
"We won't. Not completely. He's real good at running the football, which is also something he wants to do when he gets the football. Have to avoid the long gains. It presents as a tremendous challenge."

On facing old faces
"I don't really give a shit about that. We had a tremendous season here. Other than Omarlo Wilson and Quincy Swann I don't even remember those guys' names."

On Pruitt
"He's a very good coach in what he's trying to do. I have no clue what the hell that means. And you probably don't either. But it sounds like I'm saying something nice when really it makes no sense whatsoever."

On possibility of giving the Georgia sideline the choke sign
"Nah. I knew I'm awesome. No reason to rub it in. I mean, my defense was tremendous in our time there. 8-1 against some rival teams I'm going to try and list for you in a second. I mean, nevermind it had more to do with the offense outscoring Florida, Auburn, Tennessee and Georgia Tech and Auburn and also Vanderbilt..oh wait... Again, Mike (Bobo) is a very tremendous coach in what he's trying to do."

Anything else?
"I like Belk belts. And also tater tots. You're welcome for the time this morning. You're welcome."

Monday, December 15, 2014

Chubb v Holliman, advantage #27

After leading the nation in interceptions this season and winning the Jim Thorpe Award last week, Louisville safety Gerod Holliman has declared for the 2015 NFL draft (h/t Macon Dawg). So sometime on the evening of December 30th, Nick Chubb breaks free into the Cardinals' second level with one man in his path...

Holliman has a split second to get into position, ready his body for impact, and secure the ball carrier to the ground.

Or, see the dollar signs, make a half-hearted effort, and protect his livelihood.

At the center of the matter

For kicks and giggles, heading into bowl practice Emerson takes an early look at the 2015 depth chart. Probably the biggest question of the off season for the offense will be replacing Boss Andrews. Center is such a key position, and Andrews was a legitimate Rimington Trophy candidate this season. Not to mention the offensive MVP.

Sure, the new starting quarterback battle will get plenty of ink and page hits between now and next August. But we know Ramsey is the heir apparent. Who snaps the ball to him is truly up in the air.

Emerson lists Isaiah Wynn, Josh Cardiello, Hunter Long, and Kolton Houston as the candidates. I would add Brandon Kublanow in there as well. Much will depend on how some of those newer faces develop and where the key pieces fit.

The good news is that regardless, Will Friend is looking at four returning starters. That makes a lot of Dawg fans smile.

"Where's your Christmas spirit? An eye for an eye!"

Don't let the tinsel distract you. Only five more days to get your entry into the bowl pool.

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And another fake charity was born onto this day...