We're undefeated and scoring enough points to win. Nothing wrong with this team is terminal. Everything right should be enjoyed and cherished. This is a fun season. With a little luck and some improvement we're going to have a huge season.
-- Few injuries -- Anderson will probably be fine in time for UT.
-- Emphasis on Creating Turnovers -- We now have 8 interceptions for the year on defense. We have also recovered 6 fumbles. This is the biggest change in the Martinez era. Emphasis on this area is paying HUGE dividends.
-- Paul Oliver -- Continues to improve. Very encouraging.
Areas for Improvement:
In today's AJC, Richt addressed this saying:
"On the offensive side, the focus will be on holding blocks a little longer, getting lower and better leverage, and making the right decisions.Well thank heavens. The centers need an extra helping of this class because this was also a problem versus SC. It would also help if our OL played smarter, and blocked the right guy man.
For pete's sake every single starting Offensive lineman has at least 25 starts under his belt. Some have almost 30 starts. With 125 total starts under their belt we shouldn't still be whiffing on assignments.
It's one thing when the Defense sends 7+ guys at a time. 5 can't block 7. It's another when 4 whip 5. And it isn't talent at 4 of the 5 positions. When all of them had a hat on a man, we looked pretty good.
-- Penalties -- I offered my suggestion of fining the coaches $100 for every holding or offsides. Dave Johnson, TE coach, would've been out $300 for this game. Pope tackled a guy for his first hold. His second one was pretty ticky tacky. Penalties are 1/2 of our redzone and 3rd down conversion problems. Penalties don't just add yards and complexity to a drive. They wipe out plays. We had about 40 yards of rushing wiped out by penalties and another 20+ yards of receiving wiped out. These mental mistakes make fluid play calling and execution so much harder. It's maddening.
-- Play Calling -- It isn't just that we need to call more runs. We need to call more power runs out of the I formation when we need 2 yards. The finesse running out of the gun is really inconsistent right now because of the center blowback issue.
-- Fade route in the endzone -- for the love of all that is decent and holy please don't let DJ throw this route anymore. His attempt at this throw vs. MSU was worse than the debacle vs. SC before the half.
OVERALL -- I saw almost nothing that can't be fixed with practice. My only concerns going into the UT game are:
1. How will our interior OL handle Mahalona. We're going to have to double him. That will limit what we do offensively.
2. Will we beat the penalty bug. Or will it beat us.
3. Will we stay healthy the next 2 weeks in practice.
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