As long as Meyer calls all three timeouts in the 4th quarter against Georgia again he can come back
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- Thread: The Savage Treatment
Having watched this team develop for a little over half a season, I think it is clear that perhaps the most important part of this resurgence is the arrival of Nick Savage (who has one of the best names for a strength and conditioning coach ever)! The reasons I think this are as follows:
1) Team Identity - He has helped fuel the team's unification by making them understand the importance of a truly team first attitude. Things like the rope drill and having individual and/or team related versions of the constant competitions in all aspects of training has helped to both build individual grit while also helping gel the team across and within position groups.
2) Constitution - Part of the reason the team has been so successful turning things around this season is that they clearly still have juice in the 4th quarter. Part of that is some wise rotation patterns but part of it is also having so much more in the gas tank when it gets late in games especially in position groups that are somewhat short handed like LBs. It was especially gratifying to see the LB corps step up after the defensive player of the week from the week before (Joseph) and one of the top LB backups were both ejected before the 2nd half.
3) Recovery - It has been very interesting to watch how the players have responded to the inevitable dings that come with this game. The last 2 coaches seemed to have had a rash of injuries at times which would remove players from the lineup for considerable periods. Though admittedly some of that is attributable to the luck of the game, it has been really amazing how many times guys are knocked out of the game, go to the locker room for evaluation and treatment, and then show up again later on the field. Again, I recognize some of this is just good fortune (which we are kind of due after last year and Muschamp's 2nd to last year!) but I think the level of strength and fitness these guys have achieved is also a big contributor because they are able to both absorb and dish out a great deal more punishment than in years past. Mullen clearly adopted the Urban Meyer approach to this area and I can see why.
4) Spirit - This is the area that is most pleasantly unexpected for a strength coach especially one who has a reputation of being so savage . When the fracas occurred last week it was Savage and his team who was attributed with using that as a means of firing them up. It was also Savage that escorted off Joseph when he was ejected and he seemed to be also using that incident as a means to inspire other team members while he was doing it. Most everyone on the team has also been quoted numerous times praising Savage for being instrumental in bringing everyone together.
Overall, I think one of Mullen's most important contributions to this turn around has been bringing in Savage and empowering him to not only clean up the conditioning train wreck left behind by the last staff, but also to use Savage's position as the one coach with the most time and influence on every player as a basis for installing his new team culture in every facet of what they've done in that area. That is one big reason that I think getting a 9 year SEC veteran coach was an underrated factor in most of our evaluations of the various 'shiny thing' coaching candidates considered for taking over this team. I for one am happily willing to admit that I am glad he is proving us all wrong.
- Thread: Don't Look Now...
Don’t look now, but… the Gators are doing these things
Some, mostly, nice facts/stats about where we stand at this point in the season. Very little to really complain about. Let's have a great second half and kick some UGA butt!!
DON'T LOOK NOW, BUT... PUTTIN' UP POINTS
Don’t look now, but the Gators are 4th in the SEC in Scoring Offense. At 34.4 points per game, Florida trails only Alabama (53.6), Ole Miss (41.6), and Georgia (36.7). It should be noted that they are barely ahead of Missouri (34.2) in the league. It should also be noted that Florida has played three of the four top scoring defenses in the conference (Mississippi State, Kentucky, and LSU). In 2017, the Gators finished 13th in scoring offense (22.1).
DON'T LOOK NOW, BUT... RED ZONE SCORING
Don’t look now, but Florida is four scores in the red zone away from tying last year’s total.Amazingly enough, with the lack of scoring a year ago, the Gators were really proficient in scoring in the red zone. That had a bit to do with kicker Eddy Pineiro, but Florida scored all but once when they made it into the red zone, getting points on 30 of 31 tries which was best in the SEC. But, seven games into this season, the Gators have scored 26 times from the red zone, missing on three giving them the fourth best percentage in the SEC.
DON'T LOOK NOW. BUT... TOUCHDOWN STRIKES
Don’t look now, but the 16 touchdown passes in seven games surpasses five of the last eight seasons totals. Feleipe Franks (15) and Kadarius Toney (1) have thrown 16 touchdown passes for the Gators in 2018. Only the 2014 (18), 2015 (20), and 2016 (18) squads finished the season with more in the ENTIRE season. The Gators had a low of 10 touchdown passes a year ago and 11 in 2013.
DON'T LOOK NOW, BUT... AIR DELIVERY
Don’t look now, but the Gators are scoring much more through the air than on the ground. Florida has 16 touchdown passes and just 10 touchdowns via the run. The preseason thought was that Florida was going to have to rely on a heavy dose of the running game and let the passing game come along as Feleipe Franks got more comfortable. Well, that kind of went out the window early when the running game was slow to get started and Franks threw for five touchdowns in the season opener against Charleston Southern. In the previous eight years, only the 2015 and 2016 seasons saw the Gators pass for more touchdowns than run for touchdowns.
DON'T LOOK NOW, BUT... POCKET PROTECTORS
Don’t look now, but the Gators have given up just nine sacks in seven games (1.29 per game). Last year, Florida quarterbacks were sacked 37 times (3.36/ game). That is more than two sacks per game improvement. A big note to that is Florida has already played the five best sack teams they will face in the SEC. Future opponents South Carolina (12th), Georgia (13th), and Missouri (14th) are the bottom three in that department in the SEC.
DON'T LOOK NOW, BUT... SACK MASTERS
Don’t look now, but the Gators are two sacks away from last year’s team total. Staying on the sack category, but this time for the Florida defense, the Gators are really getting after the quarterback. Florida has 21 sacks on the season and finished with 23 in 11 games a year ago. They fell behind Alabama this week which now has 23, but are still headed in the right direction. Florida’s Jachai Polite (7.0 sacks) is a half sack off of the lead in the SEC, while Jabari Zuniga (4.5) is tied for 6th in the conference. We will have to see how this plays out for the rest of the season as Missouri and South Carolina are two of the top four teams in not giving up sacks.
DON'T LOOK NOW, BUT... DBU
Don’t look now, but DBU is defending the second most passes per game in the last 10 years.Florida has broken up 32 passes in seven games and intercepted seven. The 39 passes defended equates to 5.57 per game. Only the 2014 defense had a higher rate of defensed passes in the last 10 years when they averaged 6.50 per game.
DON'T LOOK NOW, BUT... PENALTIES
Don’t look now, but… honestly nothing new with penalties against the Gators. In the same as it ever was category, there is certainly something to be said about Florida being the most penalized team in the SEC on average over the last three decades. We have seen Dan Mullen blow a gasket a couple of times in recent games wanting games to be called evenly, but the Gators still remain one of the most penalized teams in the league. Right now they are 12th in the league in penalties against averaging 71.0 yards per game in that category.
DON'T LOOK NOW, BUT... EVAN MCPHERSON
Don’t look now, but Florida freshman kicker Evan McPherson leads the SEC in field goal percentage. Taking over where Eddy Pineiro left off, McPherson has made good on 11 of his 12 field goal attempts this year and everybody but the ref that matters believes he is actually perfect on the season. Pineiro led the SEC in field goal percentage last year hitting on 17 of 18 attempts.
DON'T LOOK NOW, BUT... FELEIPE FRANKS
Don’t look now, but Feleipe Franks has the second most touchdown passes (15) in the SEC. It was ok to put an asterisk by it when he threw five touchdowns in the season opener against Charleston Southern, but we are seven games into the season now and Franks is only behind Tua Tagovaiola (21) at Alabama. If someone would have bet you that mid-way through the season Franks would have a higher QB rating than Nick Fitzgerald (MSU), Jarrett Stidham (Auburn), Jake Bentley (So. Car.), Kyle Shurmur (Vanderbilt), Drew Locke (Missouri), and Kellen Mond (Texas A&M), you would have taken that bet. But he does.
DON'T LOOK NOW, BUT... SCARLETT, PERINE, AND PIERCE
Don’t look now, but the Gators have three rushers in the Top 25 in the SEC. That may not sound like too crazy of a statistic, but Missouri is the only other team to have three of the top 25 rushers in the conference. Florida’s Jordan Scarlett (381 yards) leads the way with Lamical Perine (376) and Dameon Pierce (295) not far behind them. A year ago, Perine was the only Gator to finish in the Top 25 rushers in the SEC.
- Thread: Feleipe Franks
As one of his greatest detractors coming into the season, I'm effectively putting a muzzle on my own beak the rest of the season over this guy. 22-of-31 for 219 on the road.
All he does it get better and better against all odds. Mullen's extracted every ounce of efficiency possible. Amazing.
Greetings all! I just wanted to drop by and introduce myself to everybody. I've been a lurker on the boards since Syn was slinging the rock all over the intramural fields back on the old GSMB days. I've always admired the insights ya'll bring and I especially enjoy reading Cover 2's breakdowns following the games. I'm glad to finally be a part of the community an I look forward to joining in the discussion from time to time!
On that note, I'm going to go ahead and declare myself fully in the "bring in Frost" camp as I think he fits the mold of what we need (solid in all phases of the game, player development, recruiting ties to the state, etc.). That's not to say that I wouldn't be okay with some of the other potential hires (Campbell, Fuente or Chad Morris would all do well here I think) but that he is my preferred candidate. I really hope Ox is right about Mullen not being a candidate, and I'll never forget the Mullen play calling wheel somebody posted back then...
I also looking forward to hearing about how Franks and Corral battle it out in the spring, which I think Franks gets the first start but Corral beats him out after a few bone headed mistakes.
As for the rest of this season, well, I'm gonna cheer like always and I fully anticipate being disappointed, as I have grown accustomed to being in the last (almost) decade. I suppose that makes me a dumper with the pumper's heart or is it the other way 'round?
Anyway, I look forward to cheering and complaining with you all in the future!
- Thread: The National Signing Day Thread
- Thread: The National Signing Day Thread
Why don't you fckers go to one of the other 8 "Mullet sucks" threads to carry on this pissing contest? It would be nice to be able to read about some recruits without having to skim through 20 pages of non stop arguing about how Mullen is or isn't going to feature a forward pass in his offense.
Well, that was fun. I meant to get this up earlier, but the internet in my hotel was too crappy to re-watch the game.
Our team keeps finding ways to win, and that's important. This game was an aberration in that we had a -3 turnover margin. Before much analysis, if we score a TD on that first drive, this game is a route, but it did't go that way so my prediction was off. Of course, second week in a row I've been off on the Gators' points by only a single point. This is more rambling than normal, my apologies, I'm tired. Kudos to BNA for making that drive every home game. Not bad, but got up early to beat Falcons traffic when going through Atlanta.
Did the Gator Walk, it was ok. Vandy's Star Walk, is an insane, fun thing. They band went into the crowd (and a trumpet player put his arm around me) to "I Love You Baby". I think though the Pride of the Sunshine could never provide the same type of atmosphere because of the size of our walk and the amount of fans. It was cool to see though. As a college football fan, seeing other school's traditions is cool for me. Easily 60-40 split, if not more for UF in the stands.
Most Vandy fans were great, but somehow I had the one overly obnoxious Vandy fan a few rows behind me (which really was empty for the first quarter and a half). Started with yelling how the "Get Up and Go" chant is the single dumbest cheer in the SEC, did the chomp, and other bs. And when I mean yelling, I mean yelling. Hell, I think he cheered Vandy less than he insulted Florida. When leaving, the guy turned around like he was going to say something, but thought better of it and left. I swear, it's possible for fans of both teams to be loud and cheer their team without being obnoxious. Oh, and one last thing, Mr. Vandy fan, who talked about how Franks is the worst QB in the SEC (he isn't the best, but sure isn't the worst), your team is so bad he had a career day as I predicted so take a lap and shut your mouth. (I'm leaving out issues that happened, but it's a funny story I'll save for another time).
Anyways, watching our team move the ball from the beginning gave me hope, even when behind 21-3. Everyone was awful at times and great at times. Great resiliency. Scarlett's go ahead score was, coincidentally enough, in the same area as Malik Davis' game sealing TD last year against Vandy. Take away that freak fumble (more on that later), we run for over 300 yards. Great job by the line overall. Some mishaps, but at least one sack was a matter of a delayed corner blitz (I think the first). Perine and Scarlett did amazing.
It is worth noting that after the pick on the first drive, we passed and ran down the field. But in the red zone we ran multiple times to settle for a field goal.
Yes, Franks threw a pick on the first drive, but the defense did allow a 98 yard drive. Then a 75 yard screen for a TD (bad safety angles). The third one was the only TD set up by a turnover with bad field position. Great halftime adjustments by Grantham. Pierce had the bad fumble, but a freshman mistake that he will learn from (hold tight when thrown sideways).
The infamous punt return and coach argument...Brought the Gators and Gators fans back into the game. 2 scores with 2:42 remaining in the first half was huge. First drive of the third was too conservative.
If I tell you a QB will throw for 2 TD, 1 INT, 65.5% and 284 yards with over 9 yards per attempt you would take it all day. Yet, there have been some fans saying this was a poor performance. Umm...what? Was it perfect? No. But this is why I don't take some critics seriously. Yes, it could and should be better, but if these numbers are poor, you have lost the plot. You can criticize the amount of screens, but there were several throws on slants and seams that were hit down the field as well.
- Laser to Hammond on the Sideline for a first down and 14 yards.
- Screen to Hammond for 13 yards and a first down.
- Swing to Scarlett for 12 and a first down.
- The pick. Called Quick Slant bad decision to throw.
- 16 Yard pass to Van Jefferson after a sack to set up 3rd and 2.
- A "pass" jet sweep to Toney for 4 yards.
- Great ball into the window on the slant to Pitts for 12 yards.
- Swing to Perine for 6 yards and a First down.
- Bad throw that landed a few yards behind Jefferson. Only thing I can think of is he was trying to go back shoulder, but Jefferson was reading an over the top throw.
- Over Pitts' head. Franks is being hit while throwing. I know, 99% of QB's are 100% accurate when being hit, but Franks is the 1%. Yes, if you think I am making fun of you and/or some people in the stands, I am. When I hear people blame a QB for a poor throw as they are getting rocked, that person loses any and all credibility with me, especially when they are hit within 3 seconds of the snap indicating a guy came basically free at him.
- Screen to Toney, Grimes and Lewis can't block 1 Vandy Defender, play goes for a loss.
- Ball goes through Pitts hands. Should have been caught on the slant.
- Great throw to Cleveland on a stop route allowing Cleveland to run for a first down.
- A yard off of Jefferson that would have been a TD. Incomplete.
- Screen to Toney, who loses his footing on a cut so only 9 yards.
- Completion to Jefferson on a slant.
- Swing to Perine for a first down.
- Poor pass at the feet of Grimes. Live it looked like Scarlett was a lot more open than it did on the re-watch.
- Perine on the swing down to the 7 just before half. Live, from our poor perspective in the far end zone we thought he was down at the 3. When we realized it was at the 7, we thought quick throw to the end zone.
- A great decision by Franks. It had to be a one read decision because of the time left. When he sees Jefferson is well covered he quickly throws it away. Broadcast thinks its back shoulder, if that's right, it's the second possible back shoulder miscommunication. Either way, people thinking Franks needed to waste the rest of the clock going through progressions are hilarious.
- Jefferson drops it on a great called drag route. There were blockers ready. I think Jefferson got distracted by jumping d-linemen.
- "Pass" to Toney for 2 yards. ***Not sure if counted as a pass.
- Swing to Perine for a first down. High throw because Franks had to throw over the DE. Good adjustment by him.
- High throw to Perine.
- Great Slant throw to Jefferson for the TD.
- Great Seam throw to Moral Stephens for 26 yards and a first down.
- AMAZING defensive play by the Vandy linebacker tipping it at full stretch. Guy starts by the line and drops just enough to get it. Right read, just needed a little more air underneath it.
- Great pass to Cleveland for a first down after going through his progressions with help from the o-line.
- Pierce on a swing pass for 6.
- Screen Pass to Swain for a TD. Swain with the AMAZING leap for the score.
- First and Foremost. Re-watch the pick, the official 2 yards away waves his arms above his head. Play should be dead there, PERIOD. Our guys stop playing because he does this.
- Then the other officials don't pay attention to him and allow the player to return it.
- My seats were right down the Vandy sideline. At least 14 players ran onto the field and at least 5 were no less than 10 feet on the field at one point (can't see this on the broadcast, only see one guy). The fact not a single flag was thrown is a joke. Every official needs to be fined half their pay for this alone.
- Then, the Joseph ejection, are you kidding me??? I'm glad that SEC Now even went after it.
- Side note: referencing Jimmy Snuka on what looked to be a Falcon's Arrow by Joseph on the first 15 yarder is ignorant.
- The block in the back was a joke. The player waits to hit the Vandy players side once he turns.
- Perine's first TD (on review), the Vandy fans thought it was for a fumble, because the ground can cause a fumble. LOL.
- That fake by Townsend...awesome. Also, Vandy NEVER got him to the ground...
- Can't wait to see Jeawon Taylor to finally catch one of these balls he's dropping.
- I forgot Kylan Johnson was on the team...sad because he was decent for us two years ago. Victim of the nickel package.
- The East has a good shot at going at least 7-7 against the West after Tennessee's win at Auburn. We've beat LSU and #FailState, UT beat Aubie, UK beat #FailState, with Mizzou/Arky, Carolina/Ole Miss, Vandy/Arky & Ole Miss and UGA/Aubie as winnable in the East. For how it has been, this is a shift. Will it last? I don't know, but it is worth watching.
I think this game was exactly what the team needed. A game where nothing goes right to start and allows the team to know they can persevere. Also, waiting for the team to exit post-game I want to give a special shout out to Grantham. 15 minutes after he walked through the crowd he returned to a kid at the end of the line in a wheel chair and spent a moment with him and signed his stuff.
I think the Bye Week will allow us to install a few new things, expand the playbook. It's weird though not saying "and to get healthy", which I think is another credit to Nick Savage.
Oh, and we are officially Bowl Eligible. Where my "lucky to be bowl eligible" peeps at?
Enjoy the Bye Week.
Good win and better performance by the good guys! Some improvements, which are to be expected by game 4, if not somewhat slower than anticipated. But before we start handing out t-shirts, it was Vandy...we should expect to beat them. Even though they made us look after defeating K State, Bama pulled off their contender costume. The key at this point, to me, is to continue to get better each game, which I think we've seen to a degree in the last two. Even though LSU isn't up to speed this year, you've got to think it'll likely be a battle. But again, keep improving and we have a positive outcome. Alright, let's talk specifics...
*We were able to generate more pressure from our front four. Heck, Shannon even dialed a little up with the LBs a time or two. He'll be growing a full fro next thing you know! Seriously, much better and Polite and Zuniga, among others seem to be rising. Sherit solid. Bryan generated a rush on an outside stunt, but he gets stood up and chicken fights too much when rushing the interior. I guess he's there for a middle screen, but really he's still raw, particularly in this area. CeCe had some good rushes as well. Rush D was better. Slaton got a shout from the commentators (more on them later) and we were generally consistent with the rush D.
* Joseph looked to have a more consistent game. Some good rush plays and passes defended. Some coaching and understanding seem to be going on and taking hold. Reese had a few good plays against the rush. Johnson was back. We got burned on a screen again and I can't help but feel part of the problem is that the LB's get caught too close to the LOS and are easy to seal. They could also be better in their under coverage on passes. QB and route recognition need to improve.
*Special Teams...Some better. Punting was ok. Saw some attention to hang time on short field punts, but coverage was better on the boomers. We shouldn't have a hang time concern on these punts IMO. If we've got a guy that can kick it 60, then we need to have guys who can get off the hold-ups and force the return guy to the middle if we don't tackle him. The middle lane guys have to be downfield in a hurry and not get held up, either. We were better. Townsend ain't exactly kicking line drives! Hustle and technique. Eddy was great on KOs, but his long FG attempt was a duck. Doesn't count against him, but I was expecting him to clear with 10 yds to spare! A note on punting...the Rugby style, employed by Vandy, is supposed to be a no return scheme. The guy takes about 5 steps on the roll, buying time for the gunners, and usually tries to kick a lower trajectory ball with hopes that it will be more difficult for the returner to field (and fair catch if executed properly in terms of coverage) and they can then take advantage of the tumble. They were pretty proficient, although Powell muffed a returnable punt.
*Not as many missed tackles, though two were very noticeable. Both by Chauncey. He got trucked twice and it will continue to happen as long as he stands flat-footed and waits on the back (or receiver) to meet him with a head of steam. Poor technique. To his credit though, he did have two pass break-ups, the last was a shot on the receiver from the hash.
*Secondary made a few plays (Henderson, Duke, etc.), but the Vandy guy carved us up to an extent when we didn't generate pressure. We aren't lockdown by any means, still get lost in coverage some, and make crazy reads (Washington flies the opposite way from the QB roll in the red zone when they hit the TE dragging...what the heck was he thinking?). Lot of work to do but potential is there.
*Usually not crazy about the RB by committee, but it was well-managed today. Perine had a big day and Davis was solid. Thompson had some good plays. He's pretty good receiving. 5 rushing TDs? I'll take it.
*OL was better, as evidenced by our ability to run. A few pass pro issues, but maybe they are gelling. Counter was a good play for us and the G blocks looked pretty decent. As they continue to improve, our chances to be more efficient offensively and to win obviously expand.
*Hate to see LDR injured, but Frank's came in and gave us what we needed. Strike to Cleveland was big, even though we settled for a FG. Not what we wanted, but given the field position likely better than expected. He made some good throws, more of them than bad or ill-advised ones. The laser he threw to Swain in the back of the end zone, despite what McElroy said, was a confident throw by a gunslinger. Swain could have made the catch I thought. It was a little low, but where it needed to be in that situation. Frank's will get better with the reps and his performance in the win should help build his confidence.
*The commentators...First, McElroy was a college QB, but shouldn't be held as the final authority. Seemed like he got on Franks a bit much. Some deserved and questions about the cadence were deserved, but his point about the bad snap on the goal line was a big reach. Saying that he thought McCoy believed Franks was under center sounds like horse sh!t and piling on. Unless they changed the way a QB seats his hands under center, McCoy would have felt the top of Franks upper hand on his junk. No need to go all Merrill Hoge. Besides, his tie knot was too small. Also, the dialogue about Davis needing to take a knee when he broke into the open and scored is preposterous as far as I'm concerned. You don't coach a back to do that and if Mac does, as they speculated, then it only adds to the concerns...but I have some doubts as to that validity, despite the continuance of the dialogue while the camera was on Mac post play.
*Slight concern that we allowed Vandy to follow our score with a score of their own a couple of times. We need to be a little tougher in these situations moving forward. No need to give them a chance to feel like they can play with us. These are times we need a stop.
*Dont know for sure, but Mac seemed a lot more focused on the sidelines than maybe I've thought in the past. Not as goofy. Maybe a change for the better. He just looked more involved. Coaching points at times they were needed appeared to be delivered. Positive.
Next up...LSU. Some more momentum from the win and better play going forward. I'm glad to see us trending this way. Still lots of work to be done. Liking better what I'm seeing. Go Gators!
Good grief! Great win, but my old ticker might not make it through too many more like this! Lot to digest after this one. Streak stays alive. 31 straight and counting. I still have questions concerning coaching decisions, but so far, Mac has come out on top. As much as I've fussed, I have to state he's not the worst in the SEC. There's two I know of that are beneath him! Stoops...24-14 lead in the third and he starts playing not to lose.
Ironically, I mentioned the Choke at Doak and Spurrier's admission that going to a prevent too early prevented them from winning. While UK didn't exactly go into a prevent, they failed to continue bringing an extra rusher to put pressure on LDR. The guy's got a noodle and is not really mobile...the cook book says bring the heat. I could have sworn Shannon was calling both D's in the second half. I could go on, but let's get into some specifics:
*We have a feature back that has emerged. Malik Davis is now the guy. He hits the hole faster than his group mates. He runs with a lot of vision and effort. His 3rd down run where he spun out of a tackle and made the first was a testament to his desire. Very pleased to see him doing what he's doing. Safe to say he also was able to turn the page on his fumble. Good sign.
*I believe the OL had a much better game, especially with run blocking. We still missed a few blocks (Fred Johnson let a guy go on a play to Davis who made the stop on what would have been a big gain). But we made some big ones (Fred Johnson made a big one to clear the way on Toney's scoring run; from jachass to thoroughbred ). Effort across the front looked a lot better on the first view. Got to take this as a positive.
*Speaking of Toney, is the kid not a player? Great with the ball in his hands in space, can catch and his Wildcat play was outstanding. Now we know he can throw it to boot. All he needs is more touches. What happened to him at the end of the game? Was he hurt? Sure thought we'd see the ball in his hands some way. Glad we didn't need it.
*Give Brandon Powell some props. The kid always gives you a great effort. Tonight, he made several great plays. Take away his OB on his wheel route and he might be our POTG. He's also obviously a great kid. Glad to see him make some really good things happen. And did you see his catch on the back foot ballon from LDR?!
*I didn't think Frank's was bad enough to get yanked. My opinion, but what do I know. The commentators said the change was to give us a spark. I say debatable at best. But we win with LDR in there and I've got to give him credit on the scramble and dump to Thompson for the first down. Even threw across his body back to the middle of the field. Better play than his TD toss to an uncovered Swain. Still...
*DL got some better after getting pushed around early. Got some sacks, put on a little pressure. Polite played hard and made some plays, as did Zuniga, though his roughing call could have been fatal. Thinking experience should eventually cure mistakes like this.
*LBs are a weak spot. Part of it is youth, part lack of depth. Joseph gets lost in his assignments too often. One glaring example was the 30 screen pass play in their first series, Vosean was flat footed 2 yards from the LOS. A LB has got to know that on the initial pass drop by the QB, he's got to start dropping into his coverage. He then should read and react to the extra drop (screen giveaway) and reverse his drop to move back toward the LOS, looking for both the receivers and blockers. Something is not connecting. I won't, however, fault him for the targeting, as he was on the move trying to make a play. That's gonna happen from time to time. Reese is our best backer, but he, too, is still learning the college game. This position can't go another year unattended in recruiting and to a lesser extent development.
*Contrary to claims, I don't think we are DBU, at least not this year. We get lost in coverage too easily. Washington and Duke were spotlighted. UK QB was good, but we helped him out. We had a cover blow on thevTE's TD, but the safety stood like a statue and let the guy run to him and then over him for the score. We look like Ned and the Third Reader about every time we play zone. But we were some better in the last series...and we've got a lot of babies cutting their teeth. Get better with time, I'm sure. Hopefully before we play a better team or one with a better coach!
*Shannon continues to perplex with his reluctance to put pressure on the QB via the blitz. To be fair, we got some pressure from the front, but we could still use some extra pressure. Last passing situation of the game they need 10 yards for sure to definitely get into the kicker's effective range. Send some heat, make him throw it before he wants to, likely to a short route. We don't and thankfully they opt for a short sideline route outside the kicker's range. Saved by Stoops?
*Stoops...on top of playing not to lose and letting us hang around, our TD passes were to UNCOVERED WRs! WTH! Big Game Bob...move over. Your replacement is here. SMH.
*Our Special teams continue to be not so special outside of Townsend. Can't say Eddy this week after his opening KO goes out of bounds. Punt Cover continues to be a disaster. Townsend gives us a 56 yard punt from a hole and we fail to cover and the completely flip the field. Inexcusable. Who coaches them again?!
*Second and long, we will always run it. We are WR Screen U offensively. But the QBs were at least looking downfield midfield some more than usual, but seemingly no open receivers the majority of the time. Poor design or can we just not get open consistently?
*Now, what you've been waiting for. I truly believe Mac panicked and was rewarded for it. Again, I don't think Frank's deserved to be yanked. Spark or not, believe what you like, but IMO Stoops delivered. We had guys who kept plowing and that can't be overlooked, but Stoops gave us the opportunity that we took advantage of. That can't be overlooked either. Still, Mac is 2-0 in the conference. Commentators said it best...we are an imperfect team with a perfect record in SEC play. Luck has been with us. Mac, keep sh!ttin' horseshoes, brother. If you don't, I'm afraid we'll hit the ditch eventually if we keep making the same mistakes, especially defensively and on Special Teams. Not wishing for it by any means, but my eyes and what I've seen in many years of football makes me believe what I say in that regard.
Next week, Vandy at home. They got trounced by Bama, but who really thought they were going to slay the giant? We should handle them at home. 3-0 SEC would be a good place to be. It's out there for the taking. Let's have a down to business performance. Less mistakes, especially on D (forgot to mention that we missed a lot of tackles once again). Continued improvement on O, particularly with the OL and passing game. Don't think Vandy's guy gives us two free ones. I'll wait all week wondering who the QB will be ...or will I?
Better start than I thought to this point. Onward and upward. Go Gators!
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