As if our lack of preparation wasn't obvious enough, the following gem appeared in the Athens Banner-Herald Dawgbytes section on September 7. Am I the only one who believes this is just another indication of our coaching ineptitude?
Crowd noise hurt communication
Part of Georgia’s problems in pass protection Saturday were communication issues.
Georgia gave up six sacked sacks — including a couple of times when its tackles didn’t get off on the snap well — and had several false start penalties.
"There were a lot of times we couldn’t hear the snap count," said guard Chris Burnette, who took every snap on offense in his first college game. "We don’t like to make excuses, but there were a lot of times we weren’t in the right position to do what we do. The crowd was surprisingly loud. We weren’t really expecting it to be that loud. There were a couple of times when people were late off the snap."
Boise State’s fans were vastly outnumbered by Georgia fans in the Georgia Dome, but the Bulldogs still had trouble as they tried to operate the no-huddle offense near where the Broncos’ supporters were sitting.
Richt discovered that going to a silent cadence would help the Bulldogs’ offense.
"We did start out the game with the cadence and then we had to change to a non-verbal cadence," Richt said. "Then we weren’t jumping offsides but we were late off of the ball. That was part of our issue with the protection."
Just so I understand the complaint...Our players and coaches asked the fans to be loud. Then, they claim they were not prepared when the fans were...wait for it...loud. This was a sold-out game at 8 pm in a dome. In the words of Lewis Grizzard, "I don't believe I'd have told that."