Georgia football fans get a preview of the upcoming game each week with the Marlow’s Matchup — presented by Marlow’s Tavern. DawgNation’s Brandon Adams and former UGA All-American Jon Stinchcomb break down the opponent and discuss how Kirby Smart, Jake Fromm and the Bulldogs might go all the way to a national championship this season. On this edition of the Marlow’s Matchup, the guys discuss what to expect when UGA takes on South Carolina.
D’Andre Swift’s strong comments about UGA’s offense generate attention
Georgia’s struggling offense was a source of frustration for many fans after the Bulldogs’ loss to South Carolina. That sentiment was also possibly true for at least one UGA player as well.
“I think we need to take more shots down field, and try to get the ball to our playmakers in space,” UGA running back D’Andre Swift told reporters this week. “Whatever the coaches think that might be, we’ve got to do a better job of that.”
Swift’s candor is atypical of a UGA player speaking to the media, especially considering the comments could be taken as a criticism of the play-calling decisions. However, Swift’s words aren’t problematic according to former Bulldogs All-American Jon Stinchcomb — who appeared as part of DawgNation’s Marlow’s Matchup at the Marlow’s Tavern in Dunwoody Thursday night.
“What I hear is, ‘We didn’t have any big plays,’ and he’s right,” Stinchcomb said. “Whether it was the run game or the pass game, you look for the breakout plays — the runs over 12 yards — we didn’t have very many of those on Saturday. And then the [lack of] big chunk plays in the passing game, that’s really what he’s speaking to. We didn’t get any of that… When D’Andre Swift mentions that, he’s speaking to facts. He’s not calling anyone out, there weren’t big chunk plays.”
Furthermore, in the full interview with Swift, he can be heard repeatedly taking responsibility for his own role in the loss, and pledging to work with coaches as a leader to help get the Bulldogs on track.
“As a leader, you want to try to get this team on the right path going forward,” Swift said. “One loss doesn’t define you. Nobody likes to lose, but we’ll be fine. We will.”
Certainly there’s a path forward for the Bulldogs where it could be a lot more than “fine.” It could still be a College Football Playoff team. However, there will be improvement required to make that happen.
Stinchcomb offered more thoughts Thursday night on what is needed. The video is linked below.
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