Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Michigan State Review

At various times in the game, the Spartans' strength were on display, especially in the final quarter. Part of that was Michigan State's realization that one side of the field was open season for passing and one wasn't. The other part of that was Georgia's decision to simply keep running the ball into the strength of the Spartans' defense. Give credit where it is due, the Spartans' played the game to win. Georgia played to not lose, especially in the second half.
The Good:
  • Boykin. Gonna miss you playa'. 
  • Murray to King. Twice. 
  • Good to see King's emergence after a season of all most. Great reason to look forward to next season.
  • Jarvis, Smith and Ogletree's defensive performances.
  • Stopping Michigan State's inside run game.
  • Butler's punting.
  • Continuing to go to the well with down field passes...in the first half.
The Bad:
  • Halftime adjustments. What the hell? Surely they discussed the possibility of what would happen if Murray kept getting pressured. Which he did the whole game. It looked like our half time was spent watching a Designing Women marathon, again.
  • Speaking of Murray getting pressured, in what world do we have a premier offensive line? I know depth was/is an issue, but half the running game issues yesterday (and most of the season, for that matter) can be laid at the feet of the line. All of the tackles for losses and sacks, save one, are on the line. Individually, they are all good players. As a unit? Meh.
  • Second half play calling. Specifically, thinking we can't possibly keep throwing down field successfully.
  • Under utilizing the quick pass plays to TEs and RBs.
  • Dropping into a protection scheme with under two minutes to play when State had not moved quickly  against our regular defensive scheme all day.
The Ugly:
  • 3 Overtime possessions. 11 plays. -9 yards. 3 points. I get Blutarsky's point about Richt and who he is, but the safe play is to go to what is working, not what hasn't. That isn't conservative, that is stupid. I'm not laying blame at Blair's feet, either. Kid has the yips. That is just the way it is. Also, he isn't responsible for blocking the middle of the line on a place kick. 
More than any game this season, this game was lost on the side lines. Yes, we had plenty of poor plays/decisions, but if we hadn't nutted up and decided to be super safe after Michigan State made their comeback, we win. 

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