Category Archives: Strategery And Mechanics

Mike Bobo’s learned lesson

On Twitter, I joked about Gurley’s lack of action in the third quarter, but the breather turned out to be a key to how Georgia finished.

I wasn’t as impressed by Todd Gurley’s 28 carries for 208 yards and two touchdowns against Tennessee as much as I was by what Gurley did to the Vols in the fourth quarter. He carried the ball 12 times for 129 yards in the last quarter, picking up six first downs and a touchdown. One of the reasons that Gurley was so fresh is that he carried the ball only four times in the third quarter. Freshman Nick Chubb may have gained only 17 yards in the second half, but his seven carries were seven that Gurley spent on the sidelines, gearing up for the decisive push against a worn-out Vol defense.

If you don’t think that onside kick was more about keeping the ball from Gurley than anything else, Butch Jones would disagree.  And good for Bobo for getting this fourth quarter right.

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Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

This is easy.

Okay, if you’re looking for Tennessee’s version of the wheel route – the can’t miss play call against Georgia’s pass defense – here’s my candidate:

All Hitch Concept

UT All Hitches

The all hitch concept is one of my favorite Butch Jones concepts – and, really, favorite plays in my playbook.

The reason I love this play so much is that it is easy. The throw is predetermined before the snap, so, really, the QB just needs to take the snap, rock and fire. The read is simple – pre-snap – find the deepest DB away from any of your WR and throw it to them. It really is that simple. The QB is directed to make the easiest throw possible. In the play below, UT exploits Oklahoma’s soft quarters coverage for a quick 12 yards.

I bring this to your attention because against SC and some against Troy, Georgia still has the tendency to bail out of their pre-snap positions a little soon and show the rolling coverage too quick. If Jones sees the ability to get quick throws for Worley and get him into a rhythm without much pressure, they could have a lot of success.

UT All Hooks

That call will eat an undisciplined secondary alive.  And it’s going to come too quickly for a pass rush to affect it.


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

Wild Dawggin’ it.

As I mentioned in my game review, I really liked the version of the Wildcat… er, Wild Dawg, Georgia trotted out against Troy, with Michel taking the direct snap from center and McKenzie running the jet sweep.  And not just from a results on the field standpoint.  I like that it gave Tennessee’s defensive coaches something to ponder.

So, needless to say, I’m down with Richt being coy about the formation’s future.

“Everybody has called it the Wildcat formation for the longest, but ‘Wild Dawg’ is probably not a bad way to go,” said UGA coach Mark Richt when asked about it during his Monday night radio show. “I would think we’ll see a little bit more of that before it’s over. I don’t know how much we’ll do. But (Michel) really has got a good knack for it, and his former high school teammate – Isaiah McKenzie – is a good speed-sweep guy, which is always a part of that Wildcat system.”

Even if Bobo never calls it this Saturday, making the Vols spend preparation time on it is a win of sorts.  Particularly since Tennessee is having to work on something else it’s seen infrequently.

Jancek noted Georgia’s offensive line’s role in a rushing attack that’s averaged 304 yards per game, and facing a power team like the Bulldogs will be an adjustment for the Vols, who see mostly spread looks from their own offense and two of their first three opponents.

“We don’t get to see that a lot even in spring practice,” the coordinator said. “We don’t get to see that a lot in fall camp. It is foreign, and that’s been a challenge for us to try and make sure that we cover all of our bases when it comes to the two-back offenses and the problem they can create with that two-back system.”

Just because you throw eight guys in the box doesn’t mean you’ve automatically shut down the other team’s running game.


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Just throw the ball, Vols.

I think the general consensus is that Tennessee’s green offensive line is going to have its hands full with pass protection Saturday.  The big question is how the Vol coaches scheme to help Worley stay upright in the pocket.

One obvious way would be to run the ball.  The problem with that is that to date the running game been a weakness for Tennessee’s offense and stopping the run is one thing Georgia’s defense does at least competently.

Another possibility would be to throw a lot of quick, short passes to keep Georgia’s pass rush from having the time to get to the quarterback.  If you listen to the last episode of the Seth and Gentry Show (it starts at about the 20:30 mark), that’s what a media observer of the Tennessee program suggests for the Vols.  And, statistically speaking, that appears to be the nature of UT’s passing game, anyway, as the Vols are averaging 240 passing yards a game, but only averaging 5.9 yards per attempt.

The problem I see with that approach is that it appears to play into another area Georgia’s been competent in, at least after the first half of the Clemson game.  Georgia’s pass defense has done alright defending the underneath stuff, even against South Carolina.  Where the secondary has continued to look vulnerable has been with the intermediary and deeper pass plays, where receivers have had enough time to find the holes in Pruitt’s zone defense, or to exploit breakdowns in man-to-man coverage.  But having enough time brings Tennessee back to the issue of pass protection.

To me, it looks like a classic damned if you do, damned if you don’t choice.  I suspect UT tries a little of everything to see what sticks to the wall, but that’s pure guesswork on my part.


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“When you have a running back like Todd Gurley, get him the ball.”

I thought Georgia would throw the ball a fair amount against Troy.  Evidently the Troy defensive staff did, too.

The plan was actually to throw it more against Troy on Saturday, but the Trojans surprised the Bulldogs by not packing the box as much. They played two safeties back most of the time, causing Mason and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo to audible into run plays.

“This last game, we might could’ve said, Hey let’s throw it 50 times and see what kind of success we can have,” Richt said. “But we just felt it was more important to basically take what they give us.”

The Dawgs wound up averaging more yards per rush than per pass, so I’d say Troy’s strategy didn’t work out too well.


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Remember, Dawgs, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.

I mentioned in my game review that Pruitt got the better of Spurrier and Thompson on the play that resulted in Swann’s interception.  Over at Dawg Sports, hailtogeorgia breaks down what Pruitt had up his sleeve on that play.

Just think what he’ll be able to do with a little more talent and experience at his disposal.


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Wednesday morning buffet

Several dishes are filled for your dining pleasure.


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