This is getting ridiculous all the attention Georgia’s defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is getting after Georgia’s OT loss to Florida this past weekend. As Florida’s PK Chas Henry was lining up to kick the winning field goal, a regional television network caught a glimpse of Grantham putting his hands around his neck. Replays show Grantham making the choke sign four times during a Georgia timeout before Henry’s 37-yard kick. And the problem is….what? The game was filled with lots of emotions as Georgia rallied from being two touchdowns down at halftime. Grantham’s defense gave up 450 yards including 231 rushing yards which averages out to 4.6 per rushing attempt. That is what everyone should be getting on Grantham about as he is one of the highest paid defensive coordinator in college football. Should Grantham apologize for his action, heck no. He needs to fix the defense that gave up 21 points in the 2nd quarter to a Gator team trying to find their identity. Most college football players are in the early 20s. They should be able to handle an opposing coach hoping the kicker misses the game winning field goal. Do you think Urban Meyer and Florida’s assistant coaches felt bad when Georgia QB Aaron Murray threw an interception in OT? Of course not, they were celebrating with the players, cheerleaders, and fans. So what’s the difference between that and Grantham’s incident? Nothing.
My other rant – Georgia fans complaining about not having a bye week before the game as Florida did have a bye week. Bye weeks can help a team by getting players healthy and installing new wrinkles on offense and defense. But bye weeks can also kill momentum when a team is playing well. Before last Saturday’s game with Florida, Georgia had a 3 game winning streak and outscored opponents 128-45. The offense was scoring on average 42 points a game during the winning streak. How would a bye week help? The last thing Georgia needed was an extra week off that would have gotten the team out of sync. Florida needed their bye week as they had a 3 game losing streak and their confidence on offense was shot. Georgia had been rolling along - not having a bye week did not cost them the game.
So what cost them the game? The inexperience of redshirt freshman QB Aaron Murry emerged on Saturday. Murray is from Tampa, FL. Florida and Georgia were his final two college selections. Murray’s first pass of the game was an interception. Murray’s last pass of the game was an interception. He admitted he was nervous and who can blame him as he knew too well the history of this game. There was pressure from Bulldog Nation to win as the Gators have won 17 out of the last 20 outings. Murray did calm down and rallied Georgia, but he turned the ball over 4 times (3 interceptions, 1 fumble lost). It is hard to win any rivalry game when the QB turns the ball over four times. Give credit to Urban Meyer and his coaching staff for pressuring the young QB and getting his own offense back on track.
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Written by Bob Ballard