After the first half of the Clemson opener, I'll raise my hand and admit it. I was not seeing a difference in the Dawgs. They appeared to be victims of the same issues that kept them from reaching their 2013 goals. Then, halftime happened!
99.9% of sports radio listeners have no idea what goes on in a locker room at halftime. That also applies to the hosts. We ask about it, but it is something we think we know about. Truth is, we don't REALLY know. Whatever happened at halftime on Saturday was an example of coaching. We don't know exactly how it happens, but when it does we can see it.
The Georgia defense looked average and familiar in that first half. Then in the second half we saw a change that bodes well for the teams 2014 dreams. They were aggressive, but had a far better plan to cover for their youthful secondary. They got a better push up front and disrupted the Clemson QB's who were comfortable too often in the first half. In other words, success.
Todd Gurley will get a lot of the talk and attention. in fact, the defense deserves a lot of praise after that afternoon at the office. If Georgia can survive the trap waiting for them in Columbia, avoiding a let down after 2 weeks of press clippings, this could be an amazing year in Athens.
I placed a wager on the Falcons in July during my annual Las Vegas trip. I bet OVER 8.5 wins. I feel a little less confident of that after the pre-season. If healthy the offense will be fantastic. The offensive line might be considerably better. Freeman has shown great promise at RB. The defense still does not scare anybody and that could be the achillies heel.
I will stick with my gut and say 9-7. Matt Ryan will pass for 5,000+ yards. The defense will have an inablity to sack the QB which will keep them from being a special team. The playoffs will be in play until the end of the year, but I expect they will be at home watching.
Thanks for the notes about the Sunday Show
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