Georgia’s offense is too good to be worried about who is getting the ball
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Georgia’s offense has too much talent to worry about touches
To paraphrase Bill Hader’s legendary SNL character Stefon, Georgia’s offense is basically New York’s hottest new night club and it has everything. It’s got massive tight ends who are the perfect hybrid between offensive lineman and wide receiver. It’s got wide receivers who can make plays on the inside and outside. It’s got running backs of all shapes and sizes. And it’s literally got a human eclipse for an offensive line, at least according to South Carolina coach Will Muschamp.
One week running back D’Andre Swift can beat you by ripping off long run after long run. The next time, it’s wide receiver Mecole Hardman taking a bubble screen 30-yards to the house. This Georgia offense has so many talented players that they are going to make life great for UGA fans and miserable for opposing defense coordinators.
So with all that being said, why do we care about whether or not certain players are getting touches?
After the South Carolina, in which Mecole Hardman was clearly the best player on the field, Kirby Smart was asked why Demetris Robertson wasn’t didn’t see the ball much. Some fans crow when Brian Herrien gets touches at running back. It’ll only be a matter of time before someone stats wondering when the tight ends are going to start getting the ball more. And then there’s the weekly, “What about Justin Fields?” questions that pore in.
In the Bulldogs first two games, they’ve scored 45 points and 41 points and that’s without really trying in the fourth quarter of either game. This isn’t fantasy football, where you obviously want one or two guys to carry the load for you. As long as Georgia continues to rack up points at a clip that is as good as the height of the Mike Bobo era, it doesn’t matter if it’s Jayson Stanley or James Cook scoring touchdowns.
Don’t get bent out of shape if one or two guys aren’t seeing the ball every game. Wide receiver Riley Ridley had 8 receptions headed into the national championship game last season. He had 6 in that game and was a clear difference maker in that game. So just relax and enjoy all the points the Georgia offense is going to put up on defenses all season.
Top Dawg in the NFL
With week 1 of the NFL season in the books, we’re going to recognize the top Bulldog in the NFL after every week along with some other standouts.
As you know by now, Roquan Smith had a sack on his first NFL play. We wondered why he, along with Khalil Mack, didn’t play more but that’s likely due to his late arrival to camp over his rookie contract. Safe to say the Bears really could’ve used him more in the second half.
Todd Gurley and AJ Green, the top Bulldogs in terms of fantasy expectations, both had solid debuts to the season. Gurley finished with 147 total yards and a touchdown, but he’d even admit it wasn’t his best game. As for Green, he finished with 6 catches for 92 yards and a touchdown, which is basically what he’s done in every game in his career for the Cincinnati Bengals.
We should also take the time to point out that Matt Stafford had a real stinker on Monday night, as he was picked off 4 times and thrown around like he was a rodeo clown being trampled by a group of bulls. The Lions suffered a humiliating 48-17 loss to the New York Jets.
Despite all the offensive talent Georgia has in the NFL, this week’s Top Dawg award is actually going to go to a defender. Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones snared two interceptions and finished with seven tackles as Miami beat Tennessee 27-20. Efforts like the on he had on Sunday is why the former fifth round pick has become a Pro Bowl safety. So congrats to Jones and all the Bulldogs who had strong starts to the 2018 NFL season.
Quarterback Brent Stockstill “perfectly” sums up Middle Tennessee’s chances
The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders also had their media day on Monday. And quarterback Brent Stockstill seems to be very aware of the challenge he and his teammates face heading into the season.
“We have to play perfect. It’s really not an exaggeration,” Stockstill said on Monday. “If you want to hang with a team like that, you have to play perfect. You have a great plan going in, have the ball bounce your way sometimes, have guys make plays, and hopefully you’ll have a chance in the fourth to put one in the end zone and have a chance to win. Hopefully we’ll have a great week of practice and play perfect this weekend.”
Middle Tennessee State has already taken on one SEC East team this season, and the it lost 35-7 to Vanderbilt. The Blue Raiders did bounce-back last week as it won 61-37 over FCS foe Tennessee-Martin.
Given the massive gap in talent difference, Georgia should coast to an easy win on Saturday. But as App State showed Penn State earlier this year, you can’t take any Group of Five school for granted.
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