Things that are buzzing around my brain this morning that I can’t figure out:
- If the offense is having that much trouble game planning around A.J. Green’s absence, what’s going to happen next year? I don’t get the excuse making about why the tight ends aren’t more involved in the offense. I’m betting there’s at least one college offensive coordinator out there right now that manages to throw to his tight ends successfully without having an All-American wideout.
- Will a Georgia defense ever be able to stop a crossing route consistently? The more things change, etc. I know it’s a risk when you play more man coverage underneath like they’re doing now, but somebody’s got to react more quickly to limit the damage once the pass is completed. The safety play in pass coverage has been abysmal for the most part. And judging from Mississippi State’s situational stats, Mullen has some clue about what to dial up when it’s third-and-long.
- How ’bout that play action. You want to see something ugly? Check out opposing quarterbacks’ passer ratings on third-and-short. That’s not a misprint. Sure, it’s obviously based on a small sample size, but it’s another sign that Georgia’s inexperience with the new approach on defense can be exploited.
- Will Mississippi State be able to run effectively Saturday night? Even with Marcus Lattimore’s coming out party, a close look at Georgia’s run defense stats shows that these Dawgs have been pretty stout against the run. MSU wants to run and does a pretty good job of it on first and second downs. Georgia needs to watch out for QB Chris Relf, who has the most rushing attempts on the team. And the draw play, which South Carolina and Arkansas used with some success.
- Is the offensive line starting to come around? Josh Davis claims that he sensed the line was starting to jell in the fourth quarter against Arkansas, but who really knows? And what I can’t really figure out here is why Searels is having so much of a struggle getting his guys to play. This is a coach with an excellent reputation – remember, all you folks who believe that Nick Saban is the gold standard, whom Richt battled with to hire Searels in the first place when he left LSU – who hasn’t been able to get good play out of his charges on a consistent basis over this season or the last. I don’t get it.
- If it’s consistency that you want… The weirdest looking set of stats that Georgia has compiled over the first three games are the split stats for average offensive yards per play. Come rain, come shine, on the road, at home, conference opponent, non-conference opponent, it doesn’t matter. These Dawgs are getting their five-and-a-half yards, damnit.