Here, a couple of days late perhaps (deal with it) are my thoughts on the Tennessee game this past weekend:
This was a textbook example of what happens when a team with a bad record and good talent meets a team with a bad record and bad talent: Usually the team with the bad record and good talent wins.
If you have seen any of the games this year, you know that whatever Georgia’s problems may be, they certainly do not stem from a lack of talent. Our players are just as big, just as fast, just as athletic as their opponents. The problems Georgia has faced are strictly the result of coaching: offensive playcalling that fails to maximize the available resources, a new defensive system that is not a good fit for the personnel currently on hand (Didn’t Ray Goof have this problem with one of his defensive coordinators?), and the overarching problem: a head coach who is not setting the right tone for his program.
But even the worst coaching on the face of the earth cannot keep good talent down forever. Sooner or later, all that talent is bound to shine through and have its way. You do not want to be on the opposing team when that happens.
Now, some positives that Georgia has going for it as we look ahead to the remainder of the season:
–Aaron Murray. He’s a gamer. Though his offensive line has not blocked a lick for him, he has been anything but overwhelmed. In four games without A. J. Green, he managed five touchdowns to two interceptions and a 61 percent completion rate. Not bad for a freshman quarterback with no game experience prior to this year.
–A. J. Green. Having your best player in the lineup always helps. We saw that this week, and during the brief time that he played at Colorado.
–The defense is improving, all the blown coverages notwithstanding. Don’t look now, but after six games Todd Grantham’s defense has surrendered a full 51 fewer points than Willie Martinez’s defense at this point in the season last year. What’s more: Only once has anyone scored 30 or more points on Todd Grantham’s defense (Arkansas scored 31). After six games in 2009, Willie Martinez’s defense had given up 30-plus points three times and 40-plus points twice.