If there is a “silver-lining” to be had, in this bizarre season of painful hits and misses, it’s this: young pups are becoming BIG DAWGS early in their careers. Guys like Brendan Douglas, J.J. Green, and Reggie Davis are getting better with every rep, even in making mistakes they’re getting better, and by next season, they’ll be that much better for it. While that alone won’t be enough to satiate those who had their eyes locked on a BCS berth, it’s all I’ve got–for now.
In all the emotional hoopla, rampant disappointment, and infinite negativity that followed Saturday’s loss to Vanderbilt—and trust me I had a few choice thoughts and words myself—it’s easy to forget that a lot of programs would be hard-pressed to win consistently minus their best player; but Georgia didn’t just lose a guy here and there, Georgia lost a lot of guys, all at once, and that’s not an easy thing to fix.
No matter how many 4 and 5 star guys you have on your depth chart, there is simply no substitute for time and experience. Michael Bennett, Justin Scott-Wesley, Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall, and Malcolm Mitchell have all been on the field, battling alongside Aaron Murray, and they understood their roles; that understanding made them the outstanding play makers they are for these Georgia Bulldogs; now you’re hoping, and in some cases expecting, similar results from guys who are, essentially, 10-months removed from their high school playing careers?
It’s past time we all temper our expectations.
That said, I do have a great deal of respect for the way this team has fought and clawed their way through these last few weeks—even if the results have been less than ideal—because it shows there’s still a lot of fight left in this team.
Having said that, I can totally empathize with the side of the fan base that wants heads to roll because, well, I’ve been in that mode a time or two myself; it’s an easy destination at which to arrive when you’re watching your beloved team get beat by the likes of Vanderbilt—a team that, no matter how well they’re doing, most Georgia fans never feel there’s a reason to lose a game to. Period.
Trust me, I get it.
However, it’s about finding a silver-lining or finding a new team to cheer for—and I don’t know about you, but the latter will never be an option for me.