- Strange play calling on the first series. I guess had they worked, I would call Bobo a genius.
- What is with the review official. I get missing the spot on the field, but when Vern and Gary are shocked, I feel ok with my position that the replay official just blew it.
- Re: Florida’s first touchdown drive, you cannot just hand a team as good as Florida two first downs.
- Nice series of play calls. Great counter punches and great catches.
- Come on Blair!
- Why do you call a timeout at the end of the half, don’t put on a rush, chance a muffed punt, then take a knee?
- This feels like 2003 all over again.
- Quote of the day (from Gary Danielson, who, to his credit, was incredulous) regarding Louis Murphy’s TD catch: “He used the leverage from grabbing the jersey to break free.”
- What a great interception. Very nice athletic play.
- Look, I get the Celebration was a very controversial play. I get Florida people think it showed them up. Does it really make sense to rub it in by the crap pulled on the last kick off with the fake knee? Classless in a degree I never thought possible by Florida.
- To Urban Meyer: Nice job with the freeze of CMR after the game. He is everything you suppose yourself to be. Ooooh. Burn!1!
Ok, I decided to give myself a couple of hours to digest what I saw today. Obviously, there were a multitude of things that went wrong. I personally anticipated a close game, which the box score bore out. IF you had told me that the Dawgs out gains Florida by nearly 50 yards, that Georgia only punts twice, that Stafford throws for over 250 yards, and that Tebow only averages 3 yrds per carry, I would have felt pretty good about the outcome. Regretfully, those stats hide the 200+yards the Gators got off of turnovers, the missed opportunities in the red zone and the few key officiating whiffs that either kept drives moving for Florida or allowed Florida recievers to be open at key times.
Look, I don’t for a second think Florida didn’t earn the win. They clearly did. But, with the exception of about five plays, Georgia played with Florida. You can disagree with me, but that’s my view.
On the down side, the offensive line looked every bit like the freshmen and sophomores they are at times. The play calling was suspect. I’m not talking about the onside kick. I loved that call because of the highly positive expected value. The UF player made a heck of a play on the ball that really saved that going to Georgia. The defense continued the trend of dicey tackling in the red zone. Upon reflection, it seemed Florida was in the red zone all day, so maybe I can just leave it at dicey tackling and call it a day. We continued to commit (or at least get called for) penalties at the very worst times.
There are still goals to obtain. First and foremost, another 10 win season, meaning continued dominance of Georgia Tech. Second, regroup and rebound, showing those that care to pay attention that this Dawg team isn’t defined by this game, as much as the national media will try do that. Third, learn/utilize the emotions of feeling this way about this game and never forget it. Use this feeling as motivation, especialy the youngest guys that have two and three more years to play may be the most important thing to take away from this game.
I have been practically ignoring the ‘will he-won’t he’ talk about Matt Stafford and Knowshon Moreno, as has nearly everyone else that is a Dawg fan. I know there is a ton at stake for them beyond Georgia football, especially for Matt. I know they will have tremendously hard decisions to make in about 12 weeks. Selfishly, I hope they will both take this game, internalize it, and think about it in the way the Gators did The Celebration and decide that the NFL can wait.
I made a note during the game that this felt like 2003. We had superior talent and didn’t finish the drill in 2003. We dropped passes and let Florida win with difficult to conceive coaching calls. The only difference this year is the consistently short field given the Gators by the Dawgs with turnovers.
Finally, a quick note on Florida’s coach. He is a great coach. He is a great motivator. I saw a quote on the boards from Florida fans that said in effect that they were happy Urban Meyer is their coach and that Georgia fans were jealous that he wasn’t our coach. Not in a million years. After the time outs at the end and watching him give Coach Richt the frost after the game, I have to say that I’ll take Mark Richt all day. Coach Richt’s response to that told the whole story about the difference in the two coaches, one given to refering to himself in third person, one refusing to make a big deal out of a situation that have made lesser men mad. I have noted the coaching issues in this game above. Even with those issues, Urban Meyer didn’t out coach Mark Richt today, unless Meyer somehow coached the Florida players on turnovers. It wasn’t an affirmative coaching job that won the game. However, Urban Meyer showed himself to be the pompous jackhole that he is.
The most damaging part of this game is the media will now view the Dawgs as Florida’s little brother again. All the street cred the Dawgs had is gone. Vanished. All the collective football world will see is 49-10. No matter who we beat or how badly we beat them for the rest of the season, the 2008 season will be defined by a half in Athens and a game in Jacksonville. I don’t wish to go to the bad place where hyperbole overtakes common sense, but 2008 is a disappointment, that much is sure. While trip to Orlando or Dallas is in the offing, it just feels like not going to Atlanta and at least New Orleans is somehow a waste. I know that isn’t the case, but it feels that way right now.