Saturday, September 13, 2014
We didn't lose that game on 4th down.
Not on the 4th down when they didn't get the 1st (but the refs said he did)
Not on the 4th down when Morgan missed that kick (that hooked late, and looked good but wasn't)
We lost that game on 1st down. We lost that game when our coaches (I'm guessing, but it could have been fearless leader himself, Hutson Mason) decided to throw the ball on a 1st and goal at the 4.
If you've been reading my blog for years, you know me. I don't question our coaches all that often. I defer to them in nearly every single situation because they are good at what they do, and get millions of dollars to do it. I'm a simple country singer (www.bendukes.com) and blogger (this site) ... oh, and I tweet, too (@bendukes) ... but at this moment, I gotta say -
The decision NOT to run the ball with Gurley, OR Chubb, OR Hicks, OR Michel on 1st and goal at the FRIKKIN 4 YARD LINE after a HUGE interception and penalty is just stupefying. I can not imagine what goes through the mind of an offensive coordinator who calls that, or a quarterback who audibles into it. I mean, it's this moment where i want Johnny Moxon in the huddle so that he can say, "Screw That." and then call a play that puts it in Gurley's hands.
I just can't fathom it. Run the ball. If you don't score, it's second down....and seconds are ticking away. If you score, you're ahead and your D (who is feeling AMPED) comes back out to shut South Carolina down.
What the hell, man? What the hell?
I don't know if Bobo called the pass, or Mason audible into it... but it certainly seems like the whole offensive unit was eating dumbshit sandwiches on the sideline before running onto the field for what could have been the go-ahead "drive" of 4 yards.
I've been watching UGA football for a while now, and I'm not sure I've ever seen a better display of ineptitude than I did on that series.
Ugh. Ok, I've vented. Suck it up, dawgnation. We have a playoff run to make. Go Dawgs.