Monday, October 31, 2011
Things Bad Teams Don't Do
1) Come back from down 17-3 in a stadium where they've won three out of the last 19 games.
2) Score touchdowns on 4th and long - twice - to climb back into the game
3) Hold Florida to 32 yards of offense in a half of play.
4) Ice the game with a run up the gut on 4th and 4
5) Have a top 10 defense
Look, this Florida team isn't the best we've faced in recent years...but once again, I think it's worth noting that our Georgia team was down by two scores and came back to WIN. We didn't come back to make it close...we came back and WON THE GAME. Richt showed some serious balls on fourth-down calls - two for touchdowns, and one for a game-icing run down to the one.
Last year's team would not have done this.
2009's team would not have done this.
I dare say 2008's team would not have done this.
Others can harp on Bobo all they want...but his scheme was sound in this game. The play of the quarterback was not. I said it numerous times (much to Gary Danielson's dismay, I'm sure) - Aaron Murray is the best in the nation at missing wide open receivers. The playcall of a play-action reverse fake to Orson Charles was a thing of beauty - the execution was excrement. Calling routes into the endzone instead of to the first down marker (or a yard or two short of it) on fourth was inspired. People who don't get that, don't get football.
So many people were calling for Richt's head early this year....now we're 6-2 and tied for the East lead. We'll be 7-2 when we face an Auburn team which isn't as good as the team we should have beat in 2010 - when we weren't as good. 10-2 is a very real possibility.
Oh, and 10-2? That's another thing bad teams don't do.