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@SDZwald041599 | What major offseason moves do you think the Falcons make?
The Falcons absolutely must shore up both the offensive and defensive lines. They also need to take a look at restructuring some contracts in order to get some cap relief. Fortunately, Atlanta is very talented on both sides of the ball and if healthy there’s no reason this team shouldn’t be a contender next year.
@Bret_A27 | Is Vic Beasley a Falcon next season?
Yes. He will have to take a substantial pay cut however. This will be his last chance though.
@BowlinBob | Do you think the recruiting game has changed in the state of Georgia now that Tech has rid itself of the Triple Option offense? Does Georgia have to work double time to get these recruits?
The recruiting game has changed definitely but there’s a huge BUT in my opinion. While Georgia Tech has one of the nicest campuses in the nation, they have a significant recruiting disadvantage. Most four and five star recruits go to school strictly for football and could care less about the actual education. Despite what the media may try to portray, these players at big schools such as Alabama, UGA etc aren’t really doing much “school”. But at Georgia Tech, you’re there for school too. And it pays off for your future. So it’s a give and take. You can really set your future up well going to play for Coach Collins at Tech. All in all, Tech will get some better recruits but I can’t envision any top five recruiting classes and/or making Kirby really sweat in Athens.
@_RMiller30 | What you gonna do when the Hawks make the playoffs this year?
The Hawks absolutely are not making the playoffs this year. While the Hawks have greatly overachieved in the past two months, there’s no chance we can make up that much ground in the last 25-30 games.
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Dan Quinn is ready to be thrown out of town, while the same fans think Kirby is the God send UGA has been waiting for. As UGA and Falcons fans sit here and scratch their heads, asking what happened to their 2018 seasons, there might be more reason to be concerned about 2019, and the future, than they think through the similarities of the two coaches.
Let’s start with who they last coached under. Dan Quinn coached under one of the great coaches in Pete Carroll. There was nothing that happened with the Seahawks that Pete didn’t incorporate himself. With their success, many teams wanted to see if Dan had what it took to run a team himself, even though, he really hadn’t run one side of the ball himself without the HC telling him what to do.
The same case could be made for Kirby Smart. Everyone in college football knows that whatever Saban says, goes. With knowing that, Kirby was a hot commodity. Just like Quinn, Kirby comes in with the assumption that hopefully he learned enough under one of the best coaches, that maybe something rubbed off on him, but is that the case?
Both Quinn and Kirby come from the defensive side of the ball. Both coaches are players coaches, and whether it be professional, or high school kids, they want to play for these two guys. With that, they both became great salesman for their teams, and had fan bases very excited.
DQ in his first season went 8-8, respectable, and finished 2nd in the NFC South with a bright future ahead. 2016 was his coming out party, as the team’s offense hid many deficiencies the team had. They ended up losing a heartbreaker in the super bowl that year being up by 2+ scores.
Kirby in his first season went 8-5, also respectable, and finished 2nd in the East. His second season, he took UGA to new heights with a trip to the national championship game, only to give up a two score lead, like DQ, to lose the game in an OT heartbreaker.
If those similarities aren’t enough, the same thing the Falcons fans kill DQ for, are the same things overlooked when they root for their team in Athens. This would be in game coaching. It seems as if both hadn’t learned a thing from their previous bosses on how to manage in game situations. Here are a couple questionable decisions that seem like any person on their coach or coaching would’ve done differently, that both coaches did that make everyone scratch their heads. Most people obviously will look at how they lost their championship games. Dan was up the infamous 28-3, and his team kept throwing the ball around and snapping the ball with 10+ seconds on the play clock like they were running 2 minute drills to catch up. This ultimately resulted in the Falcons giving the Patriots enough time to come back and steal the game.
Kirby was in a similar situation. They pick off Tua late in the 3rd quarter up 20-7. With the game in hand, they throw the ball on the first play, no one knows why after they’d been running the ball at will, and it gets picked off giving Bama the life it needed. We all know how that game ended with the 2nd and 26.
It seems as if almost every week there are misused timeouts, questionable play calling on offense, not knowing when to be aggressive or not, or straight up bonehead mistakes like kicking a FG on the 1 with under three left, or a fake punt on 4th and 11 on your own 50 with a tied game. I believe being a good salesman only gets you so far in either league, and if you don’t figure out the in game decisions, you’ll end up on a bus back to coordinator ranks before you know it. Neither coaches seem to be getting better at it, and that’s why both fan bases have reason to be concerned about the future of their teams.
UGA offensive coordinator Jim Chaney is heading to join Jeremy Pruitt and his staff at Tennessee. Chaney is expected to keep the same role at Tennessee and this his second stint at Tennessee as the OC. He was the OC from 2009-2012 and was the interim head coach for the Vols last game in 2012.
The UGA offense this season under Chaney was 18th in the country in yards per a game(465.7) and 14th in the country in points per a game(37.9).
Stay tuned for further updates and an in depth view on the move.
Early Friday morning, there were multiple reports that former 5- star QB Justin Fields would transfer to Ohio State. Fields will still need to get a waiver form the NCAA so that he can be eligible to play next year. If not he will have to sit out a year. Here is the statement that Justin Fields posted late Friday night on his Twitter account making the move to Ohio State official.
As far as Georgia is concerned going forward, Jake Fromm will be the starter next year. He has 2 years of eligibility left but he can go to the NFL after his Junior year. Backing up Fromm will be a freshman 4-star Dwan Mathis who Georgia filpped from Ohio State in the early signing period and former walk-on Stetson Bennett. According to Dawg Nation, the other QB UGA has gotten a commitment from is John Rys Plumlee. He is a 4-star QB from Hattiesburg, MS who has been asked to join the Bulldogs as a Blueshirt which means he won’t enroll until later this summer and then count towards next year’s scholarship.
Another Bulldog who is also transferring is Tight End Luke Ford who is set to transfer from UGA to Illinois he posted to his twitter account.
Ford’s reason to transfer is he wants to be close to his grandparents deteriorating health. So he wants to be closer to home. Luke posted this massage on his Twitter.
The Dawgs came out flat against the Longhorns and never recovered
After a week spent chirping on social media about their perceived snub from the College Football Playoff, the Georgia Bulldogs came out for the Sugar Bowl and proceeded to justify the committee’s decision to keep them out, turning in one of the worst performances of the Kirby Smart era and losing to Texas, 28-21.
The score makes the game seem much closer than it really was. Georgia got two fourth quarter touchdowns that lowered the margin to only seven, but make no mistake: the Dawgs were thoroughly outplayed in this game.
Texas came out and had an easy drive down the field on their opening possession, scoring quickly and taking an early lead. Georgia was plagued throughout the first half by kicking issues from punter Jake Camarda, who accidentally touched his knee to the turf on his first punt attempt and then shanked the next kick.
Running back D’Andre Swift had a rough game, fumbling twice, one of which was recovered by the Longhorns and converted into a touchdown.
While Jake Fromm’s stats weren’t terrible (212 yards, 3 touchdowns), he still missed some crucial throws that he normally makes throughout the game that could have really helped the Dawgs’ chances had they been completed.
Georgia’s defense didn’t have its best showing, which was certainly not helped by the fact that it was missing two of its best players in D’Andre Walker and Deandre Baker. There was not much of a pass rush and they had a hard time stopping Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger from running the football.
While it was a generally successful season for Georgia, this was certainly a bitter conclusion. We can only hope that it will motivate the Dawgs as they look to begin another title hunt in 2019.