I have been a UGA fan for a long time. I graduated from UGA with a degree in Accounting and being poor during the early years watched games from the bridge and/or the old railroad tracks. The last game I witnessed from the railroad tracks was the Bear's last season (1979 I think). UGA won 26-0. My dad, a UGA grad, and Mom too, had compassion on me and started giving me 2 tickets each year for Christmas. He even had a good friend who was a UGA alum who got me great tickets for the Sugar Bowl games of 1981 & 1982.
I am a very disappointed and frustrated alumnus and fan. UGA has had some good years but a lot more bad years than good. We used to be the hated lizards nemesis. Now we can’t beat them even when we have the better team. Football used to be something that brought out the Bulldog pride. The past few years football efforts remind me of the basketball program where you expected to lose and when luck up and win it's a surprise. I played high school football and was on a team that won two back-to-back GA state championships. One thing that I've noticed for years is the offensive line doesn't seem to know how to block. The defensive line doesn't know how to shed the block & then look for the ball. Tackling is not hard. One prime example was the GT debacle 2 years ago. You would think that the UGA secondary was playing ping ball. I would think that since these young men are the cream of the crop, they played on good or great high school programs. Their run blocking has been atrocious for years. The defensive line gets beat on most plays. We were taught that you beat the man in front of you. It's a team sport but it's also an individual effort. Our high school coach who passed away about a month ago in his dry sense of humor would ask the fullback who was supposed to be lead blocking whether he was taking pictures when he didn't fire out to knock the linebacker on his butt.
I know that Aaron Murray was probably thrown into the position before he was ready because of Stafford's departure. Having said this, Stafford only beat Hawaii and they were way overrated. We've also had some of the worst officiating in the SE Conference. Of note was the despicable celebration call that was called last year that gave the game to the hated thugs from Louisiana. Other notable pathetic UGA efforts include the first half against Alabama 3 years ago and the second half against KY 2 years ago. The team plays flat most of the time and doesn't seem to want to be on the field. We have been told for years that we're getting all of these blue chip players. Are they being locked up in the dungeon? Further, in prior years, the team seemed to be what used to be referred to for Florida State, the Crimonoles. This seems to have improved but their play just isn't getting it.
Kevin Butler responded to a caller last weekend that the team is very young. Have they been “very young” for the past 6 years? Why is Alabama perennially in the top 5 and UGA can only beat Division 1-AA schools and having trouble doing that too?
UGA used to be one of the best teams to make in-game and half-time adjustments and usually winning the game. Today, they seem to just get worse. I have to admit they didn't give up but it is so disconcerting to lose game after game after game. We are 0-3 in our last 3 games. Each game seems like a continuation of the debacle in Memphis. In fact, the last 2 Liberty Bowl games were virtually a carbon copy of each other. The team played like they didn’t want to be in the bowl game. If you don’t’ want to go a bowl, decline. Don’t embarrass yourselves and the Bulldog Nation.
Question for all of you Aaron Murray fans. His record as of today is 6-9. Of the 6 wins, most were very weak schools. Is there another QB that can be given a chance? He can’t seem to find the right color jersey to throw to and he doesn’t look off so the defense knows where he’s throwing to Can’t the coaches point this out and correct it? Also, when he’s attempting a pass, is it possible for the blocking back to actually block?
Bottom line: with 300+ pound linemen, you ought to be able to run block & defend. The defense must begin to cause turnovers and stop the opposition. Giving up touchdowns isn’t stopping. Stop the turnovers. We used to be the most penalized team in Division 1-A. Now I think we have the most turnovers for immediate touchdowns. Let’s go back to the stupid penalties. The bleeding is slower.