The Tennessee/Georgia grade book
Posted by Thomas the Terrible on October 13, 2008
Where do I begin? Let’s start with awful and move to hopeless and finish with WTF.
With that being said let’s briefly go another route. I had the pleasure of the watching the game with my best friend who is a diehard Georgia fan. He pointed out 3 very questionable calls that resulted in 45 yards of penalties. The no contact pass interference, the helmet to helmet shot and wasn’t a helmet to helmet shot and late hit out of bounds that really should have been a no call. Even the announcers were surprised at those calls.
However that doesn’t excuse the nonexistent running game and the fact the defense had one of the worse games of the season.
This team is as offensively challenged as Brittany Spears is crazy. My question is what is the real problem? Is it Fulmer or Clawson? Fulmer still backs Clawson for the moment.
“The plans are good,” Fulmer said. “They’re sound. We just don’t execute like we need to. All of us need to do better.”
“He’s got the head phones on and he’s certainly aware of everything we’re doing,” Clawson said. “He certainly lets me call the game. I’m responsible for the offense.”
Well I can certainly rest easier at night knowing that. *Sarcasm*
The fight and fire does seem to continue to burn inside Fulmer however for how much longer is anyone’s guess. He knows what is coming within this coming week.
“Everybody in the world is going to talk about me,” Fulmer said. “They’re going to talk about our staff. They’re going to talk about (the players) and what kind of backbone we’ve got.
“Look ’em in the eye and say, ‘I’m not quitting.’ Who’s going to stand up? They got to go on campus, out and about. They better be able to look them in the eye and say, ‘Hey, I did my best.’ That’s the staff, and that’s me and that’s everybody else.”
I hate to say this but sometimes ones best just isn’t good enough anymore. It’s not that Phil hasn’t done a lot of great things for UT but let’s face it, when he continues to run the same plays year after year, the opposing coaches get a lot of tape and figure out the best way counter it. See Urban Meyer, Mark Richt and Nick Saban. Any coach that looks at those schemes against UT can mount a good game plan against the offense and it is currently and has been happening a lot in the past 4 years.
Bottom line this team lacks creativity. With that being said let’s review the grades.
One of the announcers asked the question, is Nick Stephens the future of Tennessee? My answer is a resounding hell yeah! Stephens completed 13 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns. And again zero interceptions against a good secondary. He is growing in decision making and in confidence. Considering this was his first road start with zero help for the running game and not much help from the receivers. I believe he was truly fantastic. He truly is a gunslinger that can put some sonic zip on the ball.
Running Backs F-
Fifteen running plays for 1 yard. Good Lord. A lot of the blame can go to the offensive line however the running backs can attempt to break a tackle every now and then as well. Oskie at the 3rd Saturday in Blogtober said it best when he wrote Good is the Enemy of Great in UT’s Backfield, you should go check it out.
The receivers again did not get good separation. Aside from Moore’s 60 yard pass they only caught eight passes for 115 yards & Gerald Jones dropped what appeared to be a promising screen pass.
Offensive Line F——
A lot of minuses huh? Well, they deserve it! Not only did the running game net 1 yard in offense the O-Line allowed five tackles for a loss, including two sacks. Remember folks at the beginning of the season this O-Line was vaunted and considered one the best in the country.
Defensive Line C
Georgia’s offensive line has been rebuilt several times this season because of injuries and yet at times they moved the D-Line around like rag dolls. Thank God for Robert Ayers he was all over the field. He played a screen pass perfectly for an interception that kept the VOLS in the game. Ayers also threw Moreno for a 6-yard loss and had 3.5 tackles for a loss. Granted the offense didn’t help out by not staying on the field long enough, but Ayers was truly great last Saturday. Someone correct me if I’m wrong but the VOLS still haven’t allowed a rushing TD all season right?
Ellix Wilson has an injured shoulder and still had 16 tackles. Rico McCoy who has been productive in every game this season failed to show up for this game. If he was playing like he did in the previous games the outcome of the game could have been different.
Let’s all thank God Berry chose UT over Georgia. I personally want to thank Stafford for helping make Berry an all American this season by throwing that third-quarter interception that Berry ran back for big yardage. However safety Demetrice Morley was caught out of position on several plays. Drops were the only thing that could stop Georgia’s receivers against UT’s soft coverage.
Special Teams B-
Britton Colquitt is back and sober. (Supposedly) However he was called for a persona foul. I can’t comment on it because CBS failed to show a replay because they’re cheap bastards. Seriously, a punter with a personal foul. Really? Whatever. Georgia’s longest return was only 27 yards.
You like how I did that? The defense played their worst game of the season and the offense still lacks fire power and creativity. The talent is on the field but they are not motivated. I believe the coaching staff is on the brink of losing the team completely.
A few big plays that kept the score respectable but the overall product on the field is horrid.