Auburn, Ole Miss, and the Tech.
Georgia's end of the season is not the easiest thing in
the world. But in the past two seasons it seems that the Dawgs have to tried
sleepwalk through the final and most important part of their schedule.
Perhaps "poor" is not the proper word to describe how
bad Georgia has played against Auburn, Ole Miss, and Tech recently. I think that
unmotivated is a better word. Indeed the Dawgs have been lethargic the last two
seasons against the final three on their schedule.
I whole-heartedly believe the reason for the unmotivated
play was Jim Donnan. I know that a lot of folks are ready to move on and to
forget what happened with him, but you can't, not yet at least.
Last season against Tech and Ole Miss, Donnan's team was asleep at the beginning of the game. Against Ole Miss it took half time and Musa Smith to wake Georgia up. The Dawgs never woke up against Tech.
With Donnan as coach Georgia was unmotivated and not
ready to play. There are no better examples of that than the 1999 Auburn
game and the 2000 Tech game. I have never seen Georgia looked so
unprepared in my life.
In 1999, Auburn, a team that had a losing record mind
you, came into Sanford and ambushed the Dawgs. It seemed like the football
was a foreign object to Georgia and that adjustments were something that
Jim Donnan and his staff did not know how to do.
The 1999 Auburn game was pitiful. To me, it was the best example of what Georgia had become under Donnan. A group of unmotivated "super-recruits" that had not managed a big win in what seemed like forever.
Georgia Tech started out on fire against Georgia in 2000. I
can't explain the reason why, but there was a feeling in the stadium that
Georgia was "supposed" to beat Tech because the Dawgs has been robbed the
season before. It does not work like that. After falling 17 point behind, the
Dawgs stood no chance.
Once again, Donnan's inability to motive the team to win its first Senior game since 1996 cost the Dawgs. Think of it this way, in 5 senior day games Donnan was 1-4. And that is pathetic.
There is something to be concerned about with all
three of Georgia's big opponents that remain.
Auburn has beaten Georgia the last two seasons, and
the Tigers are more than capable of making it three in a row if the Dawgs
Although Georgia has not lost to Ole Miss since 1996,
the Rebels seem to have corrected their fear of being in the Top 25 and
are trying to make a run for the SEC West title.
And Tech is a matter that I feel I can discuss later. After all, if you can't get up for your archrival you probably don't have a pulse.
Intensity is needed for every second of the game against
these final three opponents, and even Houston.
Will the Dawgs decide to turn "it" on before the game
and leave "it" on for the whole game rather than trying to turn "it" on
during the game? Whatever "it" is, the Dawgs need it for these three games.
Mark Richt has done a great job of getting "it" started. Now he and the Dawgs must "finish the drill" against opponents. In order to finish the drill the Dawgs must get "it" going and not stop it until well after the Houston game.