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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Mailbag time

Here’s one sign that it’s Week 10 of the football season: You get an apologetic call from a radio producer, saying a segment has gone long and wondering if it would be terrible to ask if you could come on a day later? You say yes, because you completely forgot you had committed to go on their show in the first place.

Hey, sportswriters need bye weeks too.

This being Idaho State week, we were figuring on a light week. Then that screen-shot of Todd Grantham hit the web and … well you know the rest.

Before I hit the mailbag, I’d like to impart a couple random thoughts because, hey, it’s my blog and as Bobby Brown would say: "Every Little Step."

- I miss “Mad Men.” But I have now reached the end of season two of “Breaking Bad,” and I must say I now see what Dave and others were talking about.

- Does anybody watch “Eastbound and Down”? I know a lot of other sportswriters who swear by it, but sometimes the uncomfortable humor doesn’t quite grab me. And while Kenny Powers is a great character, I don’t know about building a show around a guy you can’t root for.

- Random note as I was driving around Athens this afternoon: Martin Luther King Jr. was a great man. Is it so much to ask to name some decent streets after him?

- Anybody else ready for basketball season? I am ... or at least will be after I get a football bye week.

On to the questions:

What is the status of Jarvis Jones’ health? He could really be something next year.
- Robert Burnham


He's been practicing. In fact on Wednesday night Mark Richt, when asked about the redshirting Richard Samuel, said that this may be the best scout team defense he’s seen, adding that he didn’t want to name anybody else. “Jarvis Jones?” I suggested. Richt smiled and said, “You said it, not me.”

Florida really exploited the weaknesses in our strength and conditioning program with the no-huddle offense, and several of Florida’s players bragged about it and mocked us for being out of shape. Will CMR have the guts to fire his Sunday school pal Dave Van Halanager and get himself a real strength and conditioning coach?
- Robert Burnhamm again


This is a question that I’m sure will be addressed at the end of the season. Those comments you linked certainly don’t speak well to the Bulldogs. But two points of fairness: 1) the fault of someone being out of shape often is in the player himself, and 2) in some eyes, those comments by themselves wouldn't serve as an indictment of the entire S&C program.

Why did anyone care about Todd Grantham taunting Chas Henry? If Henry didn’t mind, then I shouldn’t.
- Lucas Puente


That opinion was shared by many. One problem, however, is that Henry’s comments didn’t come out until Wednesday, three days after the choke-sign made its way to the Interwebs. It wasn’t really the taunting that got people riled up, it was the choking sign. Grantham, a 44-year-old coach earning $750,000 a year, probably didn’t need to be getting into it with a 21-year-old. But it wasn’t the end of the world, and I think the story has pretty much died out.

I’m not happy with the record, but I don’t see reason for all the end of the world talk. Objectively, are we not 10 or so plays from being a top 10 team?
- Wes Hutchison


Eh, I don’t know about that. A good team wins close games, and Georgia has lost all of them this year. And in the first three losses – to South Carolina, Arkansas and Mississippi State – the Bulldogs were simply not the best team on the field.

Here’s what I think you can say: If A.J. Green doesn’t sell that jersey, Georgia may win two, or possibly all, of those first three games. And if he doesn’t get cramps at Colorado, the Dogs probably win that too.

Your take on McGarity’s honest view of UGA future under Richt? Particularly having observed UGA from the UF side, and 18 of 21.
- Clark Milner


I don’t want to climb into his head too much. But based on what McGarity said last week before the Florida game, I think he – and the administration in general – want to keep Richt around. And barring a collapse, and another off-field issue, that will probably be the case.

As for the vantage point from Florida, keep in mind that the Gators have defeated a lot of people the last two decades under Steve Spurrier and then Urban Meyer. The problem, as Gainesville Sun writer Pat Dooley pointed out last week, is Ron Zook didn’t beat as many people, but he had a winning record against the Bulldogs.

What do Grantham and Rodney Garner think has caused the play of the D-line to improve the past few weeks? It’s been great in my opinion.
- BulldogBrock


It may not be so much the front three as the front seven. Especially with the Bulldogs employing a lot of nickel and dime packages with only two down-linemen. But from speaking to DeAngelo Tyson and Demarcus Dobbs, they do seem more comfortable in their roles, so I’m sure that helped.

What’s your opinion of the walk-on from Fayetteville, Matthew Sweat?
- Chris Sudduth


Well … I’m sure he’s a fine guy and player, but I’ve never seen him play. I do know that Matthew Sweet, who got his start in the 1980s Athens music scene, had a hit with the song “Girlfriend.” And I also dug Keith Sweat and his high-top fade back in the day.

Understand there was a player injured, when will we find out?
- Jason Arnold


Yeah, Richt mentioned this after Wednesday’s practice, but said he didn’t want to name the player because he didn’t want his mom finding out via the web. Now I don’t know if that means it’s serious, or they’re just going to be cautious with a player because it’s just Idaho State week. We shall see.

Since (Clint) Bolilng and both Davis’s will be leaving this year, can you ask about how (Brent) Benedict, (Austin) Long and (Chris) Burnette are rehabbing?
- Andrew Hamilton


By the way Andrew, great name. You could design the U.S. financial system and then win the War of 1812. Or at least win the last battle and mark the war down as a draw. (Sorry, History minor in college nerd-ness.)

We’ll ask about those linemen after the season. I do think next year’s front five will be interesting to watch: Sturdivant, Ben Jones and Cordy Glenn should form the veteran core, Kenarious Gates will be a sophomore and the coaches also like Tanner Strickland, Dallas Lee and A.J. Harmon. The line may not be that much of a worry next year.

Of course, it wasn't supposed to be this year either.

When are we gonna start seeing more of the younger Dawgs playing, especially on D. I’ve seen Ogletree but what about Garrison Smith?
- Ernie Zuckercorn


The Idaho State game should be a good chance for those guys to get extended playing time. Ogletree has been brought along rather slowly, but it’s no secret that tools-wise he may be the best they have at safety. Garrison Smith’s redshirt was burned relatively late (the fifth game, against Colorado), so there’s no reason not to use him. Another guy who would have played a lot, had he not gotten hurt at Colorado, was T.J. Stripling.

Do we have a kickoff time for UGA-Ga. Tech?
- Stephen Jackson


Nope. Should be announced the Monday after the Auburn game. Because the Iron Bowl is on Friday this year, there isn’t a surefire CBS pick on Saturday: LSU at Arkansas, South Carolina at Clemson, Florida at Florida State, Mississippi State at Ole Miss, Kentucky at Tennessee … So frankly, it’s anyone’s guess.

What’s your favorite color?
- Jacob Massee


Blue … no green! (Monty Python and the Holy Grail reference).
I’m a big fan of magenta. Also honey-dew, or sienna. Basically, any color that sounds like a stripper name.

Have you had the McRib and is it worth trying?
- Ginny Sanderlin


No, but I may soon. Another sign of being worn down by the season: On Wednesday I went to the gym, knowing I badly needed a workout. After a mile on the treadmill (I usually do four), I gave up. And on the way home I stopped at Burger King and got a Whopper.

Some days, ya just gotta do what you gotta do.

45 comments:

Justin said...

ON the GT Kickoff time.

Its basicly a tossup between UGA vs Tech and Miss St vs Ole Miss

One will get the night game, the other will get the noon game.

The Florida and USCe games are part of the ACC package this year

Anonymous said...

rumor going around that the injury was sturdivant again with his knee

Anonymous said...

Can you please ask about the substitution issues during the UF game for the defense? Seems related to the out-of-shape complaints.

Anonymous said...

alexander hamilton?

Anonymous said...

If our defense was tired,I guess Florida's defense was dead since they gave up 24 points in the second half and we only gave up 13.

John Rocker said...

Kenny Powers is awesome!

Anon 4:47, any source for your rumor?

CSA said...

I've been saying it, S&C could be a huge problem for us! The comments from the Florida players should open our eyes a bit.

I don't think Mark Richt will have much of a choice, some of the staff will not be back in 2011.

Anonymous said...

I understand the winners get to brag but since Florida got outplayed in the second half ,I got to take their comments about us being out of shape,don't fit the facts.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I don't know of a famous Andrew Hamilton. Did he mean Alexander? I could be wrong though.

TrboDawg said...

Designed Monetary system - Alexander Hamilton
Won Battle of New Orleans - Andrew Jackson

Poster was Andrew Hamilton so he did BOTH.... geez... what's happened to our educational system...

Dawgfan17 said...

Rumors on ESPN and other sites that Cam Newton is being investigated for taking money coming out of junior college. Seth not sure how often you check these but that would be story of the year.

David said...

""By the way Andrew, great name. You could design the U.S. financial system and then win the War of 1812. Or at least win the last battle and mark the war down as a draw. (Sorry, History minor in college nerd-ness.)""


It's Alexander Hamilton (History major at UGA)

Seth Emerson said...

Thanks TrBo Dawg.

The rest of you, I guess I'll have to be a little more obvious in my futile attempts at humor.

Louis said...

I am shocked--shocked!--to find that so few people got the Andrew Jackson/Alexander Hamilton bit.

UGA69Dawg said...

It's no wonder Richt never showed the "Matt Drills" before this year. My wife's aerobics class looks harder. They make the poor babies get up early and exercise, what a bunch of whooshes. Lets hire a Marine Drill instructor to exercise them and see how many of them puke. There was a Dawg player that went to ROTC training last summer and commented on the fact that the Army training was harder than any thing he had ever done. He was a junior line backer I believe.

Anonymous said...

@UGA69Dawg

I believe the player you're thinking of was one of the tight ends. I think it was Aron White, and people b****ed about how he should be lifting weights instead of running with the ROTC...

Word Verification: bencl

King Jericho said...

Pretty sure it was Orson Charles, but I could be wrong.

Anonymous said...

"If our team was tired, I guess Florida's was dead since they gave up 24 points in the second half and we only gave up 13."

So, what you are saying is that it is not the strength and conditioning, but the coaching and substitution that left us on the last possessions of the game, totally futile ?

After the score was 31 to 31, Florida drove the field and punted us into getting the ball back, backed-up at the 4-yard line when our punt returner was no where to be found and Florida sprinted down there and caught the ball fair catch themselves of their own punt. Our guy could not even stand anywhere near the ball to force them to not be able to camp underneath the ball at the 4-yard line. Pretty futile.

So, we have the ball in Jacksonville, score tied 31-31 and need a field goal to win, us with our time-outs and us with the ball.

We hand the ball to Caleb King, and he gets us nothing. Arron Murray throws a pass to Aron White, who dropped it right in his hands to end his night with 5 yards of offense. Caleb King then "rushes" the football again; again for nothing. Critical drive; total abject futility.

So, we punt the football, the score tied 31-31 still; and we get the ball back after that punt still 31-31 and do nothing. We didn't even try to do anything.

Over-Time : Now we get the ball first and Aaron Murray throws the football all the way to the end zone to Kris Durham. Not AJ Green, not Orson Charles; but, to Kris Durham. Obviously, now on 2nd and long that you try to prevent at the end of games, especially in over-time, we hand the football off to Caleb King. 1 yard; 1 damn whole yard. Then, Aaron Murray, after being sacked several times earlier in the game and 1 of those sacks for minus 34 yards, he also fumbles the ball, throws his 3rd of 4 interceptions of the game and Florida returns the ball all the way to the 1-foot line. 90-Yard Interception Return.

Then, Florida gets the ball, gets taunted by Georgia players and coaches, and wins.

Excuse me, this is an example of our Strength and Conditioning is BETTER than Florida's ?

Huh ?

So, then this is another example, then of what ?

That our coaches don't have a clue what plays to call ?

That our coaches don't have a clue which players to get the ball to ?

At the end of the game I watched, we lost the game.

I just want to make sure I understand your point Anonymous 5:46 pm ?

Anonymous said...

Yeah I watched the game,we got beat.We drilled Tenn, Does that mean they need to fire their Strength coach?Didn't move the ball at the end of regulation because there was like 40 second left in the game. Strategy decision.Don't agree with it.NOT A strength or conditioning issue.

Anonymous said...

After 2008 the armchair coaches said we needed more leadership.Stafford didn't lead,we would be better with Cox.Then last year we needed to replace Martinez(and he was bad) and it would solve the problem.Now it's our S&C is lacking and on and on.The 'problem' is players.Look how average Meyer is without Tebow and downright bad without Rainey AND Tebow.Why do you think teams are willing to pay for players like Newton?Georgia just needs a few more big time players and bad mouthing the program doesn't help that

Anonymous said...

Yes, it fixes the program without the talent of the opponents - who came into this state and out-recruited us here for the talent - for us to make up EXCUSES why we lost, tell everyone that everything is fine and IGNORE the issues on and off the field causing all these loses such as 13-12 vs SEC East over the last 5 years now and counting. The sky is not falling and everything is just great.

No, it's not.

Which is why the recruits don't come here anyway.

Now, it is that we lost to Florida because you disagree with the coaches' decisions to play it safe and not try to win by getting the ball to our best football players - which we did not do on 1 single play at the end of the game.

Anonymous said...

Sure the play calling was bad in overtime,but a few big time players cure a lot of that.Spurrier is a genius again with Lattimore and can't beat Kentucky when he got hurt.All these other issues are just noise.Talent beats all that stuff.Rainey is Fla.'s best player.Did his off the field issues cause him to not play well?

Anonymous said...

I just do not understand these comments that it fixes all our problems by making up Lies and Excuses.

Anonymous said...

CMR's "coaching staff" are not considered good coaches of their positions by anyone.

You included, especially.

Therefore the recruits will not come here and have them coach them.

Therefore, we don't have the talent.

And, oh by the way, they keep playing favorites, willy-nilly yanking players from Redshirt six games into the seasons, season after season, don't call plays to get the ball to the best players we do have, and remain 13-12 vs SEC East teams over the entire last 5 years now.

And, we fix all this by us shutting up and not saying anything.

Chad said...

Eastbound and Down is one of the best shows on television. I have no problem rooting for a guy like KP. He shares the same insecurities many of us do and the way they come out is classic. I'd also recommend "The League" which comes on after "It's Always Sunny" on FX. Great stuff.

Anonymous said...

Chad,

That is what we should do, right there.

Talk about TV shows I have never even heard of, instead of discussing football on a Bulldogs Football Blog.

That fixes it, too quite obviously.

Anonymous said...

I have a question :

What time does this TV show come on ?

Is it on every day ?

How long has it been on ?

(I feel much better now about the Bulldogs.)

Chad said...

Don't read the comment if you don't like it. And don't waste everyone's time commenting on how the comment doesn't belong. Neither does your rant! Seth finds current events and TV shows noteworthy for a sports blog so I comment on his posts. Get a life losers. Don't take all of your UGA frustrations out on someone for a comment on the BLOGGER'S post. I'd understand the bickering if I just brought it up out of the blue but that's not he case at all. Trolls.

Anonymous said...

Anon@9:04.What's the lies?

Anonymous said...

Seth also wrote in his blog about this, for example :

"Will CMR have the guts to fire his Sunday school pal Dave Van Halanager and get himself a real strength and conditioning coach?" asked of him by one of us posters you resent talking football on a football blog.

Another example :

"Grantham, a 44-year-old coach earning $750,000 a year, probably didn’t need to be getting into it with a 21-year-old." And, that comment was made by Seth in this blog.

Another Seth comment :

"Eh, I don’t know about that. A good team wins close games, and Georgia has lost all of them this year. And in the first three losses – to South Carolina, Arkansas and Mississippi State – the Bulldogs were simply not the best team on the field."

IT SEEMS IT IS OK FOR SETH EMERSON TO SAY IT ABOUT THIS TEAM, BUT NO ONE ELSE ON THE SAME BLOG CAN.

RIGHT ?

Seth also said :

"The problem, as Gainesville Sun writer Pat Dooley pointed out last week, is Ron Zook didn’t beat as many people, but he had a winning record against the Bulldogs."

Again, he can bring up point after point made in general about the state of this football program, and it is OK. But Heaven Forbid any poster actually

AGREE WITH SETH EMERSON

on the SAME DAMN BLOG about his points he brings up that EVERYONE IS SAYING ABOUT US.

Except, of course, ourselves on our own blog amongst ourselves in DIRECT REPLY TO SETH EMERSON.

More Seth Emerson statements in this blog to which I direct myself directly :

"Of course, the offensive line wasn't supposed to be a worry this year"

"Garrison Smith’s redshirt was burned relatively late (the fifth game, against Colorado)"

As for what are the lies, you ask ?

How about that everything is going great, that we are only 10 plays away from being # 1 in the nation this season, that Aaron Murray has been the better quarterback on the field in his 4-5 record as the starter for us this season, that Caleb King is going to be great, that we will go undefeated against the East this year despite our 13-12 record over all 5 of the last 5 years now, that we would beat Florida this year since they are so sorry, that Florida's offense is a lot worse than our own with as many completions in fewer attemps, more rushing yards, more total yards and oh yeah with more points.

Want some more ? Or their direct quotes here ?

Anonymous said...

I said lies and EXCUSES.

I notice you didn't ask, what EXCUSES too ?

Do you want them as well ?

Our players are injured; otherwise we beat Colorado who has a losing record like The Georgia Bulldogs only WORSE than our own record. And, they beat us.

Our players are unduly suspended inordinate amount of games, otherwise, we never lose any of the 5 losses.

Our receivers drop the balls; if they didn't we would never lose.

If our running backs didn't fumble the ball on the goal line, we beat 5 of the teams that beat us this year.

If 1 of our players had not sold all his teammates down the tubes selling a $29 T-Shirt for $1000 and then telling lies that he was never in Miami when that is not what it was all about anyway.

If the OL could block, Caleb King would be the best running back in the nation.

If the secondary were not all 5 feet 9 inches tall, we could have blocked some of the bombs against us on 3rd downs.

If the defense could tackle, we would have won all the games we lost.

If we make just 10 plays we are SEC Champions and playing for the NC.

It's a first year defense, so this is to be expected that the defense is the problem.

Never mind it is the offense that fails to convert 3rd downs at the worst rate in The SEC, settles for field goals in the Red Zone at the worst rate in the nation, and is the group that has the penalties called on them with more penalties for more yards against us than against our Opponents AGAIN this year as it has been EVERY YEAR of the last 5 years in a row now and counting.

The Officials are out to get us.

The Police pick on our boys.

This goes on everywhere that college football players for UGA are # 2 in the nation over the last entire 5 years after the 2005 season.

Coach Richt recruits the best in the nation, it is their fault for all our losses, not the coaching staff he prays with who cannot teach them a damn thing on or off the field.

Georgia is the better team. We are better than South Carolina, better than Florida, better than Missy State, better than Alabama, better than Auburn, better than LSU. It's just bad luck that we lose.

33 losses in 10 years now of the CMR Era is great; please don't talk about 10 of those losses coming against 10 teams who after that season were not even ranked in the Top 25 AP Polls.

And, please oh please don't point out we can't be the great teams either with our 3 wins in 11 games against Top 10 AP Poll teams when those seasons were over too. We will fix all this by just ignoring it, telling lies about it, and making EXCUSES for it all.

Then, the recruits will NEVER notice (They are such D.A.) Just don't discuss it (Leave it to Seth Emerson only to say these truths about our football program nowadays.)

It is, you know after all, only Seth Emerson who ever does point out that well, maybe he is not so sure about us only being 10 plays away from beating all 5 teams we lost to this season

already

Anonymous said...

My memory of the McRib was better than the actual McRib. Don't bother.

Vladdy said...

Anon 10:18 & 10:28...

Two great rants. Obviously a frustrated UGA fan (like me)...and non-Richt loyalist.

Kudos my friend.

Dog44 said...

First off... always think twice before you offer "kudos" to Anon. (ie "Don't feed the wildlife.")

Secondly, am I the only one who thinks the McRib looks like the grossest thing on a fast food menu? The fact that it keeps "coming back" must mean something, but still...

Keese said...

The crazy anon is back!

Willb said...

I still don't agree with the idea of us not being a good recruiting team. We have been known for our recruiting and talent for at least the last ten years finishing in the top ten all but last year. Even last year we pulled in a recruiting class a lot of teams would love to get.

It is not easy to consistently be a top ten recruiting team. I might be wrong but when the top ten streak ended I believe we had the longest streak in the top ten in the nation.

Ga doesn't lack for talent. Even this year. How many teams have we played where you think we had less talent? I would say Fla, and after that I'm not sure if we have played another team with better talent. They might of been the better team but that doesn't make them more talented.

From our offensive line, qb, wr's, and the tight ends on offense. look at all the talent we have on offense. Bad play calling on the offensive side of the ball have held our offense back for a few years now.

That will be fixed in this offseason. Richt has no other choice. If this was the NFL Bobo would of been fired in the middle of the season but in college it doesn't work like that. As much as I love Richt as our head coach he has had problems with hiring the right coordinators and firing the wrong coordinators. I think Grantham was the right choice on Defense and he will make a good hire on offense now.

Anonymous said...

by Willb,

"They might of been the better team but that doesn't make them more talented."

Ok, I'll bite Willb, sir. Just what the blazes does that mean ?

Willb said...

Its simple the better team is not always the most talented team. Kinda like where Boise St beat Va Tech to start the season. I doubt they have more talent than Tech but they are a better team. Or look at Miss St beating Ga this year. By no means do they have the talent that Ga has but this year they are a better team.

As much as I don't like to get down on the coaches they are the only explanation I have for this year. We should be better. That doesn't mean everyone should be fired but I think some changes have to be made. This team is so much more talented then there record shows.

Anonymous said...

Vladdy said...

"Anon 10:18 & 10:28...Two great rants. Obviously a frustrated UGA fan (like me)...and non-Richt loyalist. Kudos my friend."

Thank you Vladdy

It has come to the point now when I don't want to go to the game tomorrow and don't want to know if it is on TV. Maybe it will come and go and no one will tell me game time even. Like the Georgia tek game last night, maybe it will just come and go and I won't even know about it until I open the paper on Sunday. Damn is all I can say. Damn. All this time, been a huge supporter and now we get is Bad Press, BullCrap, and Excuses.

Anonymous said...

So ranting anon. I get your agenda,you want Richt replaced.Who would you hire?

Anonymous said...

Anon 4:10 are you only a dawg "fan" when there winning? Do you or any other "fan" think they should be applauded for thinking like this?

You can complain all you want and not agree with what's going on at uga but I don't agree with what your saying. True dawg fans will be there for seasons like this and for the ones that go great. You cannot just be a fan for seasons like 02 and 07. Many "diehard dawg fans" have really shown there true colors this year.

You cannot pick and choose when to be a fan. This weekends game might be one of the most meaningless games in our history but it is a dawg game nonetheless and I am a dawg fan.

CSA said...

I am a fan of this team, regardless of the record. But I'm not so blinded by my passion for the Bulldogs that I don't see there are obvious problems. We can speculate all we want about what the problems are exactly, but there are problems. One just needs to look at Mississippi State, a team with less talent, a new defensive scheme, and a record much more impressive than ours. We should be winning these games, and we're not. There is something wrong with this team. None of us are close enough to the program to say what that really is, but I have faith in McGarity.

Seth, Eastbound and Down has a very crass and offensive style, but it fits my twisted sense of humor pretty well. Danny McBride was born for a character like Kenny Powers, you just need to be ready for the juvenile jokes.

Willb said...

CSA I'm just wondering do you have anyone In mind for a new offensive coordinator? It's looking like Richt will stay but I doubt there is any chance Bobo will still be here.

It's easy for me and everyone else to say Bobo should either be demoted back to QB coach or fired but who is his replacement? I have been thinking of it a lot lately. I could think of tons of Defensive Coordinators last year that I wanted but I can't come up with that many offensive coordinators that could be at Ga next year.

Do we switch to more of a spread offense or do we stay with this pro style offense? Aaron Murray could play either way i think. If we move to a spread offense we might lose Lemay as a recruit. I could be wrong but I think he's more pro style. Also if we go spread there might be an adjustment period similar to what's going on with the 3-4.

CSA said...

WillB,

I've heard good suggestions from other much more knowledgeable folks in the Georgia blogs, but it's all circumstance. I could pick a few offensive coordinators who have had success at their respective universities, but what good does it really do? I'll leave the speculation to somebody else. I don't even really want to say what role Bobo will have in 2011, if any at all. It just depends on how much Richt is willing to change, and how much pressure he receives from McGarity, in my humble opinion.

Regardless, I say Georgia does what it has done best: run the ball well and design some plays that take advantage of Murray's quick feet. We should maintain the pro-offense style Richt has been known for. I really don't think a spread offense would work at UGA. After these past two seasons though, I will welcome just about any change.

BuLLdawg said...

CSA

Willb

Here is my reply :

http://grittree.wordpress.com/2010/11/04/cam-newton-is-in-deep-doo-doo/#comment-2058