We are all just observers, and we should always keep that in mind. With that said, I think there are some significant things that are worth mentioning about this years football team’s performance. There has been an inexplicable thing that nobody can put a finger on that seems to be missing from this team. It’s something that the coaches haven’t ever mentioned in any of the press conferences, and frankly I have rarely if ever heard them say this out loud about any of our teams unless it’s going well.
I’m sure my wife will appreciate this, but once again, maybe it all boils down to chemistry. Since I don’t get to personally attend the press conferences, hang out in the locker room, nor do I get to interview coach Richt, I know I miss out on a lot. That’s why I’m not a professional reporter, and I do have a day (and often night) job. The coaches do a good job of protecting the student athletes, and they are pretty unified on not throwing any players under the bus. Is it not possible that even with a talented group of players, team chemistry falters, there is no distinct leader in certain key situations, and the players just flat out don’t do what they’re told to do or what they learn and practice? If you think that’s not possible, then I would refer you back to the men’s USA basketball team of the previous couple of Olympic games. Is there any question that they are not superior basketball players? No, but again the whole is not greater than the sum of its parts.
So what does all this mean? It means that we’re close, we are recruiting the right talent level, and when we can click with the right kind of team chemistry to bring us through on-field adversity, we will be dominant. This year clearly was not the year.
Do you think Martinez told any of our players to arm tackle and not wrap up? Do you think Bobo coached anyone into running the wrong route or not blocking somebody that was coming on a blitz? Is someone teaching Blair Walsh how to kick low hooks on purpose? Could it be that out of all the possibilities, the directional kick has led to fewer problems than we might have experienced otherwise?
I will say also, that I noticed something from fans this year that has been missing for several years and that is continued enthusiasm despite some optimal performance and outcome. Remember the Alabama game? The fans stayed in the second half despite being blown out of the first half, because we really thought that we had a chance. Personally, I watched the whole game taking the same exact thing. that said, remember the fans can be very fickle, and that support may not be there. If you don’t believe it, why don’t you ask Phil Fulmer. On Saturday, despite the weather, the stadium was packed and the fans were loud. How many times can the defense ask the crowd to get into the game, only for the crowd to watch them pull a bonehead and let some idiot nerd management major in a piss-yellow uniform go tearing down the field for a touchdown on third and long? That’s the last time I go to that game without some alcohol my pocket. What else is there to say? The trumpet player played all seven notes, the fans were all there screaming their heads off, being loyal till the end–it might have been nice to see a complete game be played on the field.
At the end of the day or season, I have no where else to turn other than to still love them ‘Dawgs. I mean, we get mad at our family from time to time for stupid things, but they’re still our family.