Category Archives: Strategery And Mechanics
Kirk Ferentz, burned by a Michigan State fake punt, is ready to take measures that sound both extreme and familiar (if you’re a Georgia fan, at least):
“If you pressed me today, I’d say we may never return a punt again, just because when you do that, you have to turn and go with those guys to shadow them,” he said. “When you do that, you open the door (to a fake). Michigan State did a pretty good job of taking advantage of it, to their credit.
“What helped us a couple of weeks ago we paid for on Saturday and cost us a field goal and a possession. So, yeah, I may be leaning towards where you never see us try to return one again. We may just try to catch it and keep it off the ground.”
Maybe Richt’s started a trend.
UPDATE: On a related note, catch Spencer Hall’s attribution to Logan Gray in this post. LOL.
Lost in all of yesterday’s craziness was the fact that Georgia ran for 238 yards, its highest output both in terms of total yardage and yards per carry of the season, without Gurley and mostly without Marshall. And while Danielson (and I’m sure large parts of Dawgnation) were openly asking why Bobo wasn’t having Murray air it out, Georgia’s offensive coordinator had his reasons.
When asked if he ever had experienced such a stretch of injuries during a game, Richt said, “Not like that.”
Green rushed 17 times for 129 yards, with a long of 32. Douglas had just 25 yards on 10 rushing attempts but provided the 32-yard reception on the late tying drive.
“We stayed committed to the run, and those guys did a nice job of pressing the zone tracks and finding the cutback,” Bobo said. “We missed a couple, which is natural, and we missed a couple of checks at the line when they started bringing a little pressure, but I felt like that’s what we had to do.
“I felt like if we started slinging it, they were going to play more of a two-shell and play zone match underneath and challenge our X [receiver] to make plays.”
It wasn’t a perfect day, by any means – I bet Bobo would have liked to have that third-and-one back when the Vols loaded the box with ten – but given the conditions and what he had to work with on the fly, Mike Bobo did okay.
I’ve about beaten this bad boy to death, but here’s one more tidbit about LSU’s now infamous 3rd-and-23 conversion, from Grantham himself:
LSU had Beckham in the slot with Boone to his right. When Beckham ran upfield, linebacker Leonard Floyd was supposed to jam him and force him to re-route.
Beckham got free and found space between Floyd and linebacker Ramik Wilson. Mettenberger fired it in. Mauger was coming to help but couldn’t get to Beckham in time.
“That’s a young player going up against a veteran guy and [Mettenberger] threw a tight ball into an area,” Grantham said.
You decide to cover the number four receiver in the SEC, an NFL-caliber talent, with two linebackers as he goes out in his route? And you expect Floyd to re-route him? Have you not watched him in pass coverage?
Your job is to put your players in position to win. I’m having a hard time seeing how electing not to have Floyd rush Mettenberger qualifies. One of you arena guys – help a blogger out.
With regard to the hurry-up, Nick Saban sounds like a man who’s about to embrace the concept of “if you can’t
get college football to change the substitution rules beat ‘em, join ‘em”.
Big game tomorrow… you need your energy.
- Georgia-LSU: it’s hammer time.
- Everybody’s enjoying Junior’s embarrassing loss to Wazzou.
- Nick Saban blames the fans for making his team “anxious”. Jeebus.
- Arkansas to TAMU: you can bring the band to the game, but we won’t let them play at halftime.
- Saban says the reason ‘Bama cancelled the Michigan State series is because the neutral site games his team plays are better for business.
- With two teams facing off that don’t run the spread, I get the feeling Gary Danielson is going to be happier than a pig in slop Saturday.
- The NCAA answers the Paterno family’s lawsuit.
- How would the SEC have handled the end of the Arizona State-Wisconsin game?
Some pretty neat stuff about the LSU offense from UGASports.com‘s Jake Rowe:
• 1st Down – Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has chosen to go with the run game just a tad under 70% of the time in 2013.
• Second down and long (7 or more yards) – This down and distance is also a run heavy down for the Tigers as they keep the ball on the ground 54% of the time.
• Second down and medium (4-6 yards)- Second and medium is another situation where the Tigers like to run the football. Cameron has called on the running game 63% of the time in 2013 in this situation.
• Second down and short(less than 4 yards) – The Tigers keep the ball on the ground 68% of the time on this down and distance.
• Third down and long – This is a pass-heavy down as the Tigers have gone to the air 82% of the time. This is also a down where LSU tends to max protect with the offensive line, running backs, and tight end.
• Third down and medium – This is second pass-heavy down and distance for LSU at 77% pass.
• Third down and short – The Tigers tend to keep it on the ground on third and short with a run rate of 79%.
Nothing very tricky there. This really is shaping up as a game in which the team that executes best wins, pure and simple.
It’s good to know that the short kickoff hasn’t been a calculated play in Georgia’s arsenal.
It’s not really a matter of strategy: Morgan said the goal nearly every time is to get a touchback, it’s just easier said than done.
“That’s obviously the goal,” Morgan said, his voice cracking into a laugh. But he did add: “I’m definitely gonna try to focus more on distance.”
Head coach Mark Richt was also asked about kickoffs on his Monday night call-in show. Richt reiterated that the goal was to get touchbacks, but also cited reasons it wasn’t automatic, whether it be foot strength or wind. Richt also added that punter Collin Barber, who handled kickoffs the first two weeks, would be ready if he was needed – implying that Morgan’s kickoffs better get through the end zone more consistently.
Short leash, Coach. As Emerson points out, Odell Beckham doesn’t exactly suck at returning kicks.
This is one cool onside kick. I had to watch it in slow motion to fully appreciate what the kicker did.
Too bad the Owls couldn’t score again. Something that nifty deserves a reward.
(h/t Eye On College Football)
Saturday will be a bit of culture shock for the Georgia defense – so far this season, North Texas takes almost thirteen seconds longer to run a play than Clemson.
UPDATE: Ignore me for the rest of the day. I’m going to.