Sunday, August 7, 2011

Orson's Optimism

Orson Charles has a lot to say about the upcoming season. The general sentiment surrounding the team right now is commitment. After the embarrassing loss last year's Liberty Bowl, the returning players made a commitment to each other, the team, and to giving full effort, something they were apparently lacking the last few years. “I don’t think everybody was on the same page; everybody had their own goals and was focusing on their own thing. But going into the spring, we all started buying in and listening to the coaches. That’s why I’m excited to kick this thing off and see what we can do.”

On Georgia's new strength program, run by Joe Tereshinski, Charles said:
"Coach T’s workout is no joke, and it’s not easy. You have to be a man to go through what we went through, and we all gained something going through that program … the ones that survived. Yes, at first it was hard. Yes, a couple of days, we were in terrible pain. And, yes, there were a couple of days where we thought this man was crazy. But in the long run, it’s going to help us. We’re going to be much meaner and play much faster and go out there and win games. That's the main thing we had to focus back on, and that’s playing Georgia football.”
That's all well and good to say, but will it truly translate onto the field? Will any of this make the defense less likely to play out of position, miss tackles, or just in general mediocre it up out there? Will it light a fire in the bellies of the coaches so we don't get weak-ass play calls like the 4th & inches in the Liberty Bowl? Will it improve the run blocking and add depth to a thin O-line? Will it add more options at running back? I doubt it.

But, Charles says even the new guys, the so-called "Dream Team", have bought in.
“The freshmen have come in here and worked hard and not been big-headed, because there was a lot of talk about how they were supposed to be that class that saved us. They don’t think that. They just want to come in here and win like we all want to do. I’m excited to see what this Dream Team’s got.” 
Maybe there's some hope here after all. Either way, we'll know for sure pretty quickly after kickoff on September 3rd.

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