Overreaction Monday: Ryan’s off, Tech’s alive and Georgia . . .

The Falcons won at Tennessee to improve to 6-1 but quarterback Matt Ryan had his third two-interception game of the season. (AP photo)

The Falcons won at Tennessee to improve to 6-1 but quarterback Matt Ryan had his third two-interception game of the season. (AP photo)

The Falcons won at Tennessee to improve to 6-1 but quarterback Matt Ryan had his third two-interception game of the season. (AP photo)

The Falcons are 6-1 and everybody’s unhappy . . .

FALCONS

Skinny: 6-1 (2nd place, NFC South). Last week: defeated Tennessee 10-7. Next week: Home vs. Tampa Bay (2-4).

Overreaction narrative: “The offense stinks. Matt Ryan looks average. We’re doomed, I tell you, doomed!”

Reality check: Let me start with Ryan. I agree – he hasn’t been great. He had his third two-interception game of the season against the Titans and completed less than 60 percent of his passes for the second time. At times, he does great things (as evidenced by the fact the Falcons have won four games in the fourth quarter) but at other times he just looks off. Some have been critical of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan – and yes, I have no idea what prompted Shanahan to NOT give the ball to Devonta Freeman on either of two plays from the Tennessee six-inch line when the Falcons were trying to expand their lead in the fourth quarter. Shanahan called for a handoff to fullback Patrick DiMarco on third down (no gain) and a pass to tight end Jacob Tamme on fourth down (Ryan forced it into coverage, the ball was tipped and intercepted by Avery Williamson in the end zone). Sometimes, simple is better near the goal line. Ask the Seattle Seahawks. But overall Shanahan is doing a good job in the offense and players should get more comfortable in the zone-blocking scheme as the season goes on. That said, the Falcons rank fifth in the NFL in total offense (403.1 yards per game) and fourth in scoring (27.6). So slow your roll about how bad Shanahan is. One other thing: Tennessee’s defense is pretty good.

Georgia Tech's Lance Austin gave his team an upset win over Florida State with this  return of a blocked field goal in the final seconds. (Hyosub Shin/hshin@ajc.com)

Georgia Tech’s Lance Austin gave his team an upset win over Florida State with this return of a blocked field goal in the final seconds. (Hyosub Shin/hshin@ajc.com)

GEORGIA TECH

Skinny: 3-5, 1-4 (seventh in ACC Coastal). Last week: upset No. 9 Florida State 22-16. Next week: at Virginia (1-2, 2-5).

Overreaction narrative: “Great win but I still want to fire Paul Johnson.”

Reality check: First, Paul Johnson is not getting fired. Nor does he deserve to be. Tech came into the season with high expectations and has had a mostly miserable season, losing five straight before the Saturday night miracle. But I mentioned this in “short takes” following the win over Florida State and I believe it’s worth repeating: Johnson’s teams, while they have the occasional dud, give players the belief they can win big games. They have won many: Florida State three times, Clemson five times, Georgia twice and No. 4 Virginia Tech in 2009, among them. There is no excuse for five straight losses. But credit Johnson for making his players believe they could win Saturday and had something to play for this season despite the fact conference title hopes were dead. Even when you take out the implausible ending of Lance Austin returning a blocked field goal 78 yards for the winning touchdown, Tech outplayed FSU for much of the evening and was surprisingly strong defensively. Under Johnson, Tech wins games that often nobody thinks they will. Now it needs to win games everybody thinks it should with far more consistency.

Georgia's best chance for a win over Florida is a great performance by Jeremy Pruitt's defense. ICurtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

Georgia’s best chance for a win over Florida is a great performance by Jeremy Pruitt’s defense. ICurtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

GEORGIA

Skinny: 5-2, 3-2 (second in SEC East). Last week: Off. Next week: in Jacksonville vs. Florida (6-1, 4-1).

Overreaction narrative: “We beat Missouri. Big whoop. We’re still dead.”

Reality check: Yeah, probably. Nothing in Georgia’s 9-6 win over Missouri suggests this team will finish strong. It’s still a team with a one-dimensional offense with limitations at quarterback and a defense that hasn’t beaten a strong opponent. But these are the facts: If Georgia sweeps Florida, Kentucky and Auburn (road) in the next three weeks, it wins the East and will play for the SEC championship. Do I see that happening? No. This isn’t a great Florida team but it’s far better than the one that steamrolled the Bulldogs for 418 yards rushing in a 38-20 upset last year. The Gators destroyed then-No. 3 Ole Miss 38-10 and in its last game gave No. 6 LSU problems in Baton Rouge, losing only 35-28 despite having  quarterback Will Grier suspended earlier in the week for violating the NCAA’s drug policy. Backup quarterback Treon Harris wasn’t always accurate against LSU but he threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns against LSU. He can make plays. This is another game when the Dogs’ quarterback issues can come back to bite them. If I’m Mark Richt, I don’t give Greyson Lambert a lot of rope in this game. Georgia’s best chance for a win is for the defense to come up with its best effort of the season and shut down Florida.

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TideDawg
TideDawg

Bauta starting? Guess I've been away too long. Haven't heard that yet.

reddjonn68
reddjonn68

Bauta starting for the Dawgs so is CMR finally admitting that his so called pro-styled passing attack is so vanilla its time for a change??? Richt doesn't have a clue, and his only great product at QB was GA native, Charlie Ward at FSU. This looks like a bailout move by a coach who just wants to keeps his job, sure throw Bauta to the sharks, perfect excuse for the post-game press conference win or lose. This is it for me as far as Richt goes, I've lost my last ounce of support for him as our Dawgs leader. I wish Bauta all the best against the Gators, hopes he shines like gold, then let's ask why was he at 3rd string all this time???

Big Wally
Big Wally

hey whatanidiotnow, does your butt ever get jealous of the amount of crap that comes out of your mind?

WhatExcuseNow
WhatExcuseNow

Wow. Set that hook in Walleye yesterday morning and he is still fighting to get free of it last night late. A fisherman's dream. And he found his significant other, GrantedI'maPrick, to share in the struggle. Two clown fishes mated for life. Just the way nature intended.

Big Wally
Big Wally

Trivia question, what team is 0-5 vs SEC East teams in bowl games.   Anyone, Oh:io?  whatanidiotnow?  Bueller?  Bueller?

TideDawg
TideDawg

OH:IO.....Tell me something But-eye, how is it that you know so much about the Bulldogs and the SEC and speak so little of the But-eyes and Big Ten?? I'm just curious. Could it be that you're ashamed of your favorite team and conference??

Big Wally
Big Wally

@TideDawg he and 'whatanidiotnow' are just teckies.  Ohio, has some allegiance to Osu, he is from there, but don't kid yourself he is a tech fan, that is how he ended up on this blog.  Whatanidiotnow is just a moron.  You'll notice he doesn't say anything about Bama.  More proof that he is a tech fan.

WhatExcuseNow
WhatExcuseNow

OH-IO, are you gonna continue catch & release with Jolly Walleye or are you finally going to have him mounted and placed on the trophy wall next to 350 and Moist?

Big Wally
Big Wally

@WhatExcuseNow You need to wipe your chin there 'whatanidiotnow', you have a little bit of Ohio on there.

Grant1296
Grant1296

@ WhatanIDIOTnow ...

It appears Techeye has already mounted and had his way with you girlfriend ...

What a clown....

WhatExcuseNow
WhatExcuseNow

My wife, a Pre-K school teacher, celebrated dress like the 80s today with her class as part of Halloween week. I told her she should have dressed up as UGA's football trophy and then she had her Halloween and throwback to the 80s salute covered.  The Mother-in-law, an UGA alum, did not find that humorous.  Wonder why????  


WhatExcuseNow
WhatExcuseNow

Followup:  You know you are old when they go from 50s sock hop dressups to 80s neon jellies, parachute pants, and big hair in the span of a year.  Yeah, I'm feeling it with that transition.

WhatExcuseNow
WhatExcuseNow

Speaking of opening wide, how many times has the hook been set today by either OH-IO or me, Jolly Walleye??????

Answer is fairly obvious reading through comments 590ish thru ..........~~~ S U C K A!

Like shooting fish in a barrel, easy.

TideDawg
TideDawg

@WhatExcuseNow  Up until that post I thought you were pretty savvy, but that Mother-In-Law territory is dangerous ground  to tread on. I'm gonna have to drop you two places in the blogger polls.

dawg fan
dawg fan

I would never claim to have a finger on the pulse of the Bulldog nation but I get the sense that there isn't a lot of excitement about the Florida game this year.  It's almost like people don't care if we win or not.  After you've been humiliated in your own stadium by 4 touchdowns and then get clowned by a 3-3 team the next week it kind of puts a damper on the whole season.  Who really cares what happens from here?  Even if we win out the question will then be why in the hell couldn't we beat Tennessee and at least show up against Bama?  We'll get our brains beat in in the SECCG anyway.  People are getting tired of these kind of losses. 


Put me in the camp that could really care less what goes down on Saturday.  Sure, it would be fun to beat Florida but it's not going to take away any of the emptiness that I feel about Mark Richt football.  I just see no point in investing a lot of energy in to this garbage anymore.  I just don't care anymore.


I think we'll come out flat and get drilled anyway.  I'm glad Mark Richt is so concerned about what to call the game.  He should be a little more concerned about winning it than he is. 

OH:IO
OH:IO

Does the print edition carry dog local interest?


Anyone?

OH:IO
OH:IO

The Gators completed three of six passes. Their biggest play came on a fake field goal executed by a walk-on holder who worked a shift bagging groceries at a Publix supermarket near campus the next day. Yet Florida dominated. The Gators ran 60 times for 418 yards, humiliating Georgia's defense


staples si.com


A reminder for the dogs. 


Savior Pruitt

Big Wally
Big Wally

@OH:IO So you are left to regurgitating stats from a game a year ago?   Your getting weak.  You need to be worrying about osu.  It's getting close to November,  Osu might actually (finally) play a decent team now.  Urban is starting to get chest pains again,,,,,,,lookout.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@Big Wally


I have no worries about Ohio State. They'll win out or they won't. 

Big Wally
Big Wally

@WhatExcuseNow I imagine you stay confused a lot.  It's too late to worry about Duke there Monica.

Big Wally
Big Wally

@OH:IO @Big Wally Two tough games out of twelve.  I'm glad Urban isn't taxing himself.  There isn't another crappy Power 5 conference for him to go to.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@WhatExcuseNow


I'd go with Jolly Lil wally but it's too much to type. It does have a nice ring to it. 

OH:IO
OH:IO

@Big Wally


Don't be a schedule hypocrite, Lil wally. We covered the SEC! SEC! LEAST not  long ago, 

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@OH:IO

Why don't you inform the people on this blog some interesting articles about Buckeye football instead of spending ALL of your time dredging up every negative article you can about UGA?. i think everyone on this site remembers how big a crap the gators  dropped on the dogs last year.I would expect a Florida fan to rub the Dogs nose in it ,but what does it matter to a Buckeye fan? Would your time be better spent trashing Michigan or Sparty on a B1G blog. Or is it the fame or Infamy you receive on the various UGA sites. You must love the glare of the spotlight as the Star of the Dog Blog.

Big Wally
Big Wally

@OH:IO @Big Wally Umm, I'm not a big Richt supporter - haven't been the last 10 years.   I'm on the let's steal the Houston coach bandwagon.

dawg fan
dawg fan

@OH:IO  You know what the sad part is?  That wasn't even the worst loss of the Mark Richt era.  As bad as it was there have been multiple losses that were much worse.  Losses like that happen once in a blue moon to real football programs but they happen all the time to us.  Big boy programs learn from losses like that and go out and kick arse to make up for it.  We just go about business as usual as if nothing even happened.  Don't ask me.  Ask the players after an embarrassing loss.  They'll tell you themselves.  We don't learn a damn thing.  It just keeps happening over and over and over again. 


That's Mark Richt Football. 



Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@dawg fan @OH:IO

After the glaring mistakes CMR made at the end of last years Tech game,it has become obvious to me that CMR is unaware of the so called teachable moments to impart to his players. After calling that timeout last year with three seconds on the play clock ,he proved to me that he is clueless as a coach .

Big Wally
Big Wally

@OH:IO @Big Wally or translated, much easier to win in the Big Mac Conference than the SEC.  I wouldn't blame him for being scared of the SEC.  Meyer ran away with fake heart attacks.

Big Wally
Big Wally

@TreadLightly @Buschleaguer Nah he will just keep lingering around.  He has UGA stuck in his brain.  Can't live without them.  He goes to bed thinking about UGA, and it is the first thing he thinks about when he wakes up.  

Big Wally
Big Wally

Whatanidiotnow is to Oh:io, as Monica Lewinsky was to Bill Clinton.  

WhatExcuseNow
WhatExcuseNow

Comedy gold.

The laughs never stop.

Keep the hilarity rolling.

YOU are an ENTERTAINMENT master.

Big Wally
Big Wally

@WhatExcuseNow I picked that one up from Al.com.   They don't think that much of you either on that site.

WhatExcuseNow
WhatExcuseNow

Irony is this BLOG has nearly 600 comments, after Georgia's off week.  Boredom must be seeping through.  


And I finally found a DawgNation blog, by mistake, Schultz wrote that has 70+ comments.  Maybe, DawgNation just added another 20 supporters or supporters with this rare and elusive FB.


Schultz, last 3 weeks of this formatted blog - nearly 1600 comments;  DawgNation formatted blogs with it's numerous contributors, since its's inception -  maybe 1000, if we round up.  Come on Man...

Big Wally
Big Wally

@OH:IO @DawginLex Oh:io, you need to call your buddy TurnOverJacket.  His insults are at least.........................................somewhat insulting.