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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

From Strong to Weak

So we know the whole Urban Meyer situation turned out to be a whole lot of nothing, but I figured it was worth passing along some other information about a coach who really is leaving Florida that might make nearly as big an impact.

Our pal Chris sent me an email last week summing up Charlie Strong's success against Georgia, and the numbers really are pretty staggering, both at South Carolina and Florida.

Strong's first year with the Gamecocks was 1999. Here's how Georgia fared against his defense in each season:

vs. Strong
vs. rest of SEC
24 31
2000 10 23
2001 9 26
2002 13 35
2003 13 29
2004 31 29
2005 10 28
2006 14 24
2007 42 27
2008 10 29
2009 17 31

So for the past 11 years, Strong's defenses have essentially held Georgia to 11 points below their average against other SEC foes, and only twice in that span have the Bulldogs topped their season average against a Strong-led defense.

Add to that the huge losses in personnel on defense at Florida this season, and there's definitely some room for optimism.


Anonymous said...

Those are some pitiful scores spanning an entire decade that was otherwise a pretty good one for the dogs. I'm sure early season games against USC and our complete mental block against UF didn't help those numbers any, but in any case, good riddance.

The Watch Dawg said...

So do you think I should bet my life savings on the Dawgs in the cocktail party NOW, or wait till closer to October?

David Hale said...

I say do it now... the line is only going to swing further in UGA's direction and, economically speaking, life only becomes less valuable the older you get.

Anonymous said...

Our coach is 2 and 7 against the Gators. Even if the defense is improved, we still have played poorly on offense against the better teams. So, we should not expect any different outcome this fall.

JaxDawg said...

F Charlie Strong and F the Florida Gators. As long as we have this collective attitude of "why should we expect anything different", the results will be the same.

I whole-heartedly expect UGA to tip the scales in Jacksonville in our favor and the fact that Tebow and half their team is gone, along with Charlie Strong.

Our entire athletic dept, from Damon on down, should adopt a "rip their MF'ing throats out" attitude against Florida and it should start tonight in Gainesville.

Do ever tell me that we can't be superior to Florida in every way, shape, or form.

The Watch Dawg said...

You're right anonymous,

I'm going to go ahead and burn my UGA gear in a big pile of piss and hate, just like those Tennessee fans.

We are doomed. Doomed!

The Watch Dawg said...

You know people used to say that Mack Brown would never be able to beat the Sooners consistently.

Anonymous said...

It might bode well for us vs UF(could it get any worse?), but we do have to play Louisville in September of 2011 in Athens and in Sept of 2012 at Louisville. Strong will be in the 2nd and 3rd years of his tenure when those games are, we'll likely have our hands full.

Anonymous said...


Tommy said...

I think that '02 number is inflated. 7 of those points came off of Pollack's pick in the end zone.