Terrence Edwards vs. Bama 2002 (Image: Dawgbone.net)
Yesterday, we swapped questions with the folks at RollBamaRoll.com. My take on the game is here and Doug from HeyJennySlater talks about the game here.
Below you'll find my questions and their answers:
- PWD: Are you concerned about a psychological let down after the ARK win?
RollBamaRoll (RBR): Not really. That's something that would have happened the last four years, but this team seems like it's bought into the "24 Hour Rule" and have focused on nothing but Georgia since Monday. I'm really more concerned with a physical let down. The Arkansas game was a very physical one, and the defense's lack of depth was really exposed in the second half while the offense struggled to stay on the field, so it's kind of up in the air on how long it will take our guys to recover physically. Emotionally and psychologically, though, I think the circumstances of the win (getting that last stop and driving the field to win with :08 left) was probably a boon for this team.
After four years of second half collapses, this is exactly what this team needed to exorcise those demons, and what the staff really needed to show illustrate their point that, if you go out and put every ounce of effort into every down and play 60 minutes of solid football, you're going to come out on top.
PWD: What are you most worried about Georgia doing to Bama?
RollBamaRoll (RBR): The Dawgs are the first team we've face with a truly balanced offensive attack. Even though we gave up a lot of yardage in the second half last week, it's really likely that most of it came because our defense was on the field repeatedly because of two turnovers and a three and out that had them tired and unable to keep up physically with that massive o-line of Arkansas. So containing the run is something we'll be decent at, so long as the offense will give the D a little rest between drives.
We've seen some busted coverage in the secondary every week, though, and my biggest fear would be Stafford picking us apart in the passing game. Our best bet there is to really blitz the living daylights out of him and force him to make bad throws and hopefully get some turnovers.
PWD: What are the keys to a Bama win?
RollBamaRoll (RBR): Controlling the game like we did in the second half against Vandy will be big for us. The ground game never really got going against Arkansas, so if Grant, Coffee, and Johns can get going and shorten the game while keeping the defense fresh I think we have a better than average chance for the win. If they can't, though, the burden falls square on the shoulders of John Parker Wilson. He's shown improvement week to week, but he's still making some boneheaded mistakes (costly turnovers and taking sacks), and if he can't get hot then we might find ourselves in too deep of a hole this week.
-- My Comments on the Game for the Wizard of Odds - Wiz
-- Bama Smack Talk List - DawgBone.net