1. SPECIAL TEAMS STILL A MESS: Coach Mark Richt has resisted having a full-time special teams coach. Georgia's special teams are miserable. We'll let you draw your own conclusion on whether there's a connection between the two. Of all the things that went wrong Saturday, special teams played the biggest role in the loss. The Commodores scored three touchdowns -- or 21 of their 31 points -- off of special teams breakdowns. Their first touchdown came on a fake field goal (that gave Vandy a 14-10 lead). A muffed punt return by Damian Swann late in the third quarter led to a touchdown drive that put the Commodores ahead 27-21. Finally, with Georgia leading 27-24, a punt snap by Trent Frix over the head of Georgia punter Collin Barber at the Dogs' 13-yard line, set up Vandy's winning TD run by Jerron Seymour with 2:53 left. Would an assistant coach dedicated to special teams guarantee no breakdowns? No. But isn't it worth it to see if it might help, given they units have been an Achilles heel of the program for so long?
2. TARGETING RULE OFF-TARGET: In general, I have no problem with the intent of college football’s targeting rule because something needs to be done to lessen the numbers of head injuries. But there were two debateable calls against Georgia's Ray Drew and Ramik Wilson. Drew was justifiably called for a personal foul his hit on Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels in the second quarter but his ejection seemed over the top, even if accurate by the letter of the law. Wilson's hit on wide receiver Jonathan Krause on a fourth-down incompletion didn't even seem deserving of a personal foul let alone a targeting violation -- it was shoulder-to-shoulder -- but he was flagged. Wilson's automatic ejection was reversed after a review but the personal foul extended a drive that led to a Vanderbilt touchdown. Damage done. Back to Drew's hit, which saw him hit Samuels in the upper chest/neck/lower helmet area with his forearms. Technically, it was the correct call. Rule 9-1-4 states: “No player shall target and initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, fist, elbow or shoulder. By rule, when in question, it is a foul.” But was Drew’s hit really the intent of rules meant to diminish concussions? Drew's hit seemed like classic roughing the passer and nothing more.
3. OFFENSE JUST NOT THERE: Georgia's injury problems on offense have been well chronicled (out: two best running backs and three best wide receivers). The team also lost a fourth wide receiver, Chris Conley, with what appeared to be a serious ankle injury. But the Dogs' offensive line also struggled to open many holes against the Vanderbilt defense and the play-calling of Mike Bobo seemed too conservative, particularly in the second half whem they had three straight three-and-outs. Bobo and quarterback Aaron Murray, who threw for only 114 yards, both credited Vandy's defense, but Georgia could have attacked more.