When you think about it, it’s even worse.

From The Wiz today:

… The average length of a game has been shortened by 12 minutes and the number of plays is down 8.69 from 2007. Scoring has also decreased by 2.59 points a game.

  • Georgia defensive scoring in 2007:  20.2 points per game.
  • Georgia defensive scoring in 2008:  25.6 points per game.

I believe the scientific term for that is “bucking a trend”.

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UPDATE: You read quotes like this and it’s hard to blame all of Georgia’s defensive woes this year on scheme.

“I really don’t know what happened,” defensive tackle Corvey Irvin said. “I’m still asking myself that today how that happened. I guess we just lost our composure, lost our swagger against the run, and that kicked us in the butt.”

Explanations are hard to come by for the Bulldogs, who had taken pride in a defense designed to make the opponent one-dimensional.

It wasn’t about a change in philosophy or an injury to a key player, defensive end Rod Battle said. One week, his team was superb at stopping the run, and the next, they weren’t.

“I can’t really point to one thing,” Battle said. “It’s just football, I guess. Sometimes you’re successful at something, and people pick up on what you’re doing and switch what they’re doing. You get spells of being successful and unsuccessful.”

Georgia, home of the ” hell if I know” defense.

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11 responses to “When you think about it, it’s even worse.

  1. Dog in Fla

    Does that mean we only let the enemy put up an additional 8.19 points a game against us? Thank goodness the games were 0.8 of a quarter shorter.

  2. More impressive is our ability to take penalties to a new level despite the shortened game duration.

  3. I’m not going to bother with even looking at old box scores, but we had some awfully quick drives against us, especially in the WLOCP and Trek games.

  4. AlphaDawg

    Senator,

    Not sure if this stats available, but wouldn’t it be nice to know the number of offensive plays allowed longer than 20 yards? Considering we’ve allowed more points in fewer minutes. I’d love to see the number of big plays compared to prior years.

    • Alpha, here’s the best I can do, courtesy of cfbstats.com.

      Georgia gave up 23 passing plays of 25 yards or more this year. That ranks 75th nationally. The leader is Southern Cal, with 3.

      Georgia gave up 12 rushing plays of 20 yards or more. That’s good for 42nd nationally. Tennessee is ranked first, with one such play.

      The comparable numbers for 2007? 10 rushing plays (28th nationally) and 23 passing plays (56th nationally). Overall, not much changed.

  5. Ally

    I’d love to know how many of those big rushing & passing plays resulted in TD’s this year vs last, however.

    Interesting to note Chavis still doesn’t have a job and no one’s pillaging USC’s Defensive staff. Ugh.

  6. Jim Watson

    I have 2 tix for Cap.One Bowl.
    Sec 204 UGA Sec.
    Anyone interested???

  7. JasonC

    I think the belief that we were great against the run is a misconception.The teams we “shut down” on the ground are all bottom-dwellers in run stats and/or offense.
    Senator, I know you have been trying to look at ways to measure if the SEC’s defenses are good or rather their offenses are bad (save Florida and maybe us), but I feel pretty confident with our defense it was a result of the latter.

    ASU: 112th
    So.Car: 109th
    Tenn: 89th
    C. Mich: 75th
    Vandy: 70th

  8. Is this thing on?

    There are lies, damned lies and statistics.
    – Mark Twain

  9. The Realist

    JasonC:

    I was hoping someone would bring this up. It’s typical bad journalism to write an article like this wondering, “What happened?” without at least citing a few easy-to-find facts, like 1) the offenses Georgia was good against sucked out loud on the ground, and 2) the offenses Georgia was bad against were pretty good on the ground.

    Could that be the answer? Georgia was just an average defense all year against bad competition and good? *GASP!* That’s heresy, I know, but c’mon, people. The proof is in the pudding… as in the pudding-soft defense that traipsed on the field and gave up 5.1 yards per play.

    What is more disturbing?

    a) Going 9-3 (but for the grace of A.J. going 7-5) against a paper tiger schedule while giving up a touchdown more per game than the year prior in what has to be considered the worst SEC from top to bottom since 2002 (or beyond); or
    b) The shrug of the shoulders (and some excuse-making from certain coaches) as to why it has happened from coaches and players alike.

    I think option (a) is waaaaaay more frustrating than disturbing. But option (b) is more disturbing to me because it leads me to believe that a fix is not in the works. If you don’t know how something is broken, it is unbelievably hard to fix it. Right now, I feel like I’m watching cavemen use modern tools. They have no idea of the functional capability of the tools they have in their hands. They just use everything as a hammer, beating the heck out of anything within reach. If that is the leadership of this program, what is the outlook going forward?