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  1. Umm, this is less than wonderful news, especially considering how badly out of shape Davis was when he arrived on campus not too long ago. This begs the question, WTH is going on with the rest of the D Linemen?
  2. Whatever happened to the Roost anyway?
  3. Is this the one time in his life that DLED was correct? Should have taken Gurley over Beasley, even with Freeman already on the roster. How in the world is it 4 years into his career and he still hasn't developed a counter move to his speed rush? He's got a coach that has been preaching that since the offseason after his rookie year, and you know good and well Quinn and others have worked with him on it. The only good season he had was with Freeney breaking down his opponents with him (for him) and giving him pointers on areas to exploit. When Freeney left the next season, so did Vic's pass rush. Something is just missing with this kid. He's got all the athletic ability you could ask for. He either doesn't have it upstairs, or he doesn't have the "want to." Either way, time for the Falcons to cut bait and draft another edge rusher to pair with Takk.
  4. A good article over at DN by Chip Towers: Sports performance expert: In long run, losing to LSU may serve the Georgia Bulldogs well Chip Towers @ChipTowersDN Posted 2 hours ago ATHENS – When it comes to this week’s Top 10 matchup with Florida, losing to LSU might have been the best thing that could’ve happened to Georgia. That’s according to Paul Schempff, a UGA research professor who studies elite coaches and sports performance. In addition to teaching in Georgia’s Department of Kinesiology, Schempff has worked as a consultant for several professional and Olympic sports teams as a performance coach. And, yes, his answer was not what I expected. I called Dr. Schempff to get his opinion on the role of confidence in sports. I was thinking that Florida might have a psychological advantage on the Bulldogs on Saturday. The No. 9 Gators (6-1, 4-1 SEC) are coming off a 27-19 win over No. 5 LSU two weeks ago, followed by a 37-27 win over Vanderbilt. Meanwhile, No. 7 Georgia (6-1, 4-1) just lost to that same LSU team 36-16 in Baton Rouge in its last game. Surely, I thought, that would give Florida a decided advantage from a confidence standpoint in Saturday’s matchup. But then I began to wonder, exactly how important is confidence to sports performance? That led me to Dr. Schempff, who has probably done as much research as anybody in the world on this subject. He is often referred to as “The Coaches’ Coach” and teaches a course on coaching at UGA in which Vince Dooley is a regular lecturer. So who better to weigh in on the value of confidence in sports? “It’s overrated, absolutely overrated,” Schempff said, to my surprise. “And here’s the reason: The number one reason successful players or expert people fail is overconfidence. That’s the number one reason they fail. I can give you research on it and I can also give you some personal experience with that.” Schempff works with several PGA tour pros, was performance coach for the Swedish and Mexican sports federation and in player development with the Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets. He has always been fascinated with the role of confidence in performance. To be clear, one has to be confidence in his abilities to perform well, for sure. But Schempff contends that overconfidence is absolutely an elite athlete’s worst enemy. “When you’re confident, it tends to take away your desire to be prepared,” he said. “It also sets you up for initial failure in a game you’re not ready for. Automatically, the tide turns against you as soon as something negative happens.” Schempff does not count himself as an avid college football fan, but obviously he follows the Bulldogs as a UGA professor. He said overconfidence may have contributed to Georgia’s loss to LSU. Conversely, coming into this next game off such a loss might not be such a bad thing. “I’m not saying you have to be lacking in confidence. That’s not what I mean,” he said. “It’s just that confidence isn’t as important as people think. In fact, you’re better off being a little tentative.” Schempff pointed back to the 2002 British Open. At the time, he was working with Jesper Parnevik and having lunch between rounds with Parnevik and Nick Price. “Ernie Els walks in and he was actually leading the tournament by one stroke at the time,” Schempff recalled. “Nicky asked him, ‘how are you feeling, Ernie?’ And Ernie kind of scrunched his face and said, ‘you know, I don’t feel all that confident.’ And Parnevik turns to me and goes, ‘he’s gonna win.’ And he did!” Schempff said a lack of confidence forces teams or individuals to be more prepared. “You’re always asking yourself, ‘did I cover everything, did I prepare right?’” Schempff said. “When you feel 100 percent confident about something, you kind of skip that step, and that’s an important step to take. So I’d rather go in with a team that feels a little less confident.” At Monday’s weekly news conference, I asked each one of the Georgia players I interviewed whether they had lost some confidence in Baton Rouge. To a man, they all said they hadn’t. “Nah, not at all,” senior linebacker Juwan Taylor said. “We just went into the bye week and worked on ourselves for two days with real physical practices, and then we started working on Florida. Just a couple of adjustments we needed to handle. That’s all it was.” Schempff said he’d never expect a player to admit he lacks confidence. “Of course they’re going to say they’re confident, because they don’t want opponents to know, ‘gee, we’re not feeling all that confident,’” Schempff said. “They want to look like a worthy opponent; they want their opponents to fear them.’ So they’re going to say, ‘of course, we’re confident.’” The key, Schempff said, is the coaches and players recognizing they have to improve and might need to change some things, whether it be personnel or scheme. That only happens when there’s a little bit of doubt about what you’ve been doing. He relayed a conversation he had with Dooley after Georgia’s loss to Alabama in the National Championship Game last January. “I said, ‘Vince, you’ve got to help me here. How could (Nick) Saban put in an untested freshman in the second half of the national championship game? Who would do that?’” Schempff said. “He smiled and said, ‘the reason he did it was he lost to Auburn two games before.’ … He said, ‘When you fail, you change because you don’t want to fail again. But when you’re successful, you don’t make any changes.’ I thought that was the most profound statement.” Playing devil’s advocate, Schempff asked Dooley, “what if the freshman hadn’t worked out?” “He said, ‘You think Saban only had Plan A?’” Schempff said he was familiar with the quarterback debate that is surrounding the Georgia football team right now. Sophomore starter Jake Fromm did not play particularly well in the loss to LSU and Georgia coach Kirby Smart was questioned for not going to his freshman backup in Justin Fields. Schempff doesn’t profess to know what Smart and the Georgia coaches might do if they face a similar situation this Saturday or in the future. But he wouldn’t be surprised if Smart might be more inclined to make a change next time. “I think that’s very applicable to Georgia right now,” Schempff said. “Kirby will be prepared for it now.” So, if I’m hearing Schempff right, Florida might enter Saturday’s game as the more confident team, but that’s not necessarily an advantage? “Deep down, when you peel back the onion, it’s better to have a little doubt,” he said. Advantage Georgia then, I guess.
  5. Probably wont be any 2019 news until OT Trevor Keegan finally goes public with his silent commitment in late November/early December. Might be a 2020 DL announce before then. Probably wont be hearing much about 2019 until it get close to the early signing period.
  6. Yep, as suspected you're so ensconced in your little conservative propaganda bubble that you have no idea what those protests are actually about, the actual positive impact that has happened, nor how much more most of these people have done "on the streets" beyond merely protesting. You call them cowards, yet you are too cowardly to spend 10 minutes outside your comfort zone of the propaganda machine. These took me all of 60 seconds to find, there is PLENTY more out there for anyone that actually cared about the truth. https://www.sbnation.com/2018/7/31/17614874/nfl-national-anthem-policy-player-protests-reasons-trump https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/03/why-the-nfl-player-protests-still-matter
  7. ATHENS — Georgia football coach Kirby Smart said tailback D’Andre Swift will return to practice on Monday after missing much of last week with a sprained ankle. “Swift is fine, he should be practicing today,” Smart said at his Monday press conference in Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall. “(Swift) got a lot of rehab last week.” Smart said offensive guard Ben Cleveland (leg) will still be out, as well as run-stopping defensive end David Marshall (foot). Inside linebacker Monty Rice (knee) is another player Smart hopes has benefitted from the bye week. “Monty is still trying to get back to monty with his knee,” Smart said. “He’d lost a step.” The No. 7-ranked Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1 SEC) play No. 9-ranked Florida (6-1, 4-1) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla. Smart said last week that left tackle Andrew Thomas has yet to completely heal from the ankle injury he injured at South Carolina and has aggravated twice. The Bulldogs were missing three defensive linemen in the 36-16 loss at LSU on Saturday, Marshall and nose guards DaQuan Hawkins-Muckle and Devonte Wyatt. Wyatt returned to practice last week. Georgia football defensive back Divaad Wilson (knee) has not yet been cleared for contact and continues to progress, Smart said. Georgia football injury report OT Andrew Thomas (ankle) probable RB D’Andre Swift (ankle) probable CB Tyson Campbell (shoulder) probable LB Monty Rice (knee) probable WR Tyler Simmons (shoulder) probable DL Devonte Wyatt (lower body) probable OG Solomon Kindley (knee) probable DT DaQuan Hawkins-Muckle (unknown) questionable DB Divaad Wilson (knee) questionable OG Ben Cleveland (leg) out DE David Marshall (foot) out DB Tray Bishop (internal team issue), out RB Zamir White (knee), out for season
  8. It doesn't matter if the scenario is the same, the point is that a great coach made the wrong decision. So you can't sit here and say you trust that Kirby is making the right decision based on blindly trusting him when we have such a recent example of a great coach making such a huge mistake. And on a side note, there are already rumblings that there are players at UGA wanting Fields to start.
  9. If you think they aren't, then you need to get your head out of the sand and pay more attention.
  10. Regarding Haselwood, this from Jeff Sentell on another board responding to a bunch of Jadon bashing over his recent article:
  11. Considering the huge positive impact that they ARE having on the world, I'm betting they will be very proud.
  12. Did you also trust Saban about how he handled Tua + Hurts last year? Because Saban was clearly wrong most of the season on that decision.
  13. It's also probably a good time to remind people that the best college coach of all time, Saban, left a more talented QB on his bench all year long last year until he had no choice but to turn to him in the 2nd half of the championship game. So it's not like we don't have a very recent example of even a great coach making the wrong choice most of the season. So we cant sit here and say Kirby hasn't made the switch for a good reason and have any certaintly in that proclamation. I get it, there were numerous reasons that probably made sense at the time. For example, he was probably being loyal to an experienced QB that had gone 26-2; didn't want to rock the boat when they had a good thing going; was probably afraid of losing the team if he made a change without a darn good reason too (which the Championship game provided him that reason). That is one of the reasons I was highly upset with Kirby by not turning to Fields the 2nd half of the LSU game. THAT was the moment to turn to Fields and see if he could provide that spark like Tua did to Bama last year, and Kirby missed it. Probably a lot of the same reasons Kirby has thus far stuck so vehemently with Fromm. And I get it, I really do; and i also like Fromm a lot. My feeling on Fields needing more time is nothing negative towards Fromm, except for the LSU game when it was obvious he was way off his game and should have been benched for the 2nd half. But beyond that I still think Fromm should get playing time even if Fields were to take over; he's earned that. Fromm can be a really good QB for us, however, as others have said Fields can be much more than that. He can be the best we've ever had -- and no, I realize the connotations of what I've just said and no I am not being hyperbolic in the slightest. I just hope that it doesn't take a Tua/Saban situation in the championship game for us to realize that. Or even worse, if Kirby never realizes it...
  14. Oh he ran to the media did he? It wasn't that the reporter showed up at his game and pulled him aside to ask him some questions or anything, right? It was Jadon running to the media....got it.
  15. Haven't seen many great WR's that don't want the ball. Show me a talented WR that says he doesn't care and I'll show you a guy most likely going to bust. Fields might be, but he's probably averaging 13 handoffs out of those 15 snaps a game. My biggest issue with how Kirby has handled this is he hasn't given Fields the chance to throw the ball very much at all. It's almost like he doesn't want to put good film of Fields passing the ball out there in fear of undermining Fromm with the media and fans. Well, when the players start doing it based on practice reps it's too darn late now. Rochester is playing out of position this year at nose tackle. He's much more suited to 5-tech or 3-tech. Hopefully Davis' emergence will allow Rochester to get more snaps at those spots going forward.