All aboard the mystery train.

If you want to see something jaw dropping, check out these two charts at

Your eyes are not deceiving you.  Georgia commits a miscue (defined as a combination of penalties, sacks allowed and turnovers) every eight plays.  And it takes less than 20 plays for the Dawgs to turn the ball over.  (It takes Auburn almost 80 plays to commit a turnover.)

Now you can argue how much of this affects the win/loss record.  Doc Saturday has noted on many an occasion that penalties, for example, have little correlation to team wins.

But, still, when you’re screwing things up on that frequent a basis, it’s hard to establish a coherent consistency in your play.  If anything, after seeing this, I’m even more astounded at the level of offensive production Georgia has been at the last two weeks.

So maybe Mark Richt has a point when he lays this folksy comparison on us.

“I always make the analogy of the team being a train,” Richt said. “You want to get that train on the track and you want to get it rolling down the track and gain momentum and energy as you go. … We are getting it rolling pretty good, but I think we’ll roll a whole lot faster if we don’t have the two anchors out the back of the caboose that are stuck in the ground dragging behind us, and that is our turnover ratio is very poor and penalties have cropped up on us. If we can just cut those anchors lose, I think we will fly even better and if we just improve in those two areas, I think everything will improve.”



Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

15 responses to “All aboard the mystery train.

  1. 69Dawg

    CMR master of the understatement.


  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    You gotta nip it in the bud!


  3. aristoggle

    Wow … what a butchered metaphor.

    Perhaps a speedboat would have worked better; i.e., speedboat skimming along, anchors … you get the picture.

    (Sorry, unfortunate pun unintended.)


  4. D.N. Nation

    We put up 51 points- all of ’em earned- while committing an array of baffling boners Saturday night. It blows the mind.


  5. Dog in Fla

    Mark has finally completed his goal of bringing what was his style of the FSU offense to Georgia.


  6. Moggs

    There just flesh wounds


  7. Hobnail_Boot

    We’re officially a Pac-10 team.


  8. Texas_Dawg

    Where is FisheriesDawg?


  9. NRBQ

    Astoundingly bad numbers for UGA.

    On the other hand, the weak schedules of the leaders is a factor, too.

    I expect the stats to even out when Auburn, LSU and Kentucky really get into the SEC schedule.


    • Will (the other one)

      I’m very interested in how tomorrow’s Ole Miss/South Cacalacky game goes…

      If the Rebs struggle offensively or SoCar gets an upset, I’ll feel a good bit better.


  10. Left to Right

    This points to a lack of attention to detail by Richt and the rest of the coaching staff. Special teams play also represents a “canary in the coalmine” as to our failure to cross our “t”s and dot our “i”s (to continue the use of compound metaphors).


  11. JaxDawg

    No shit coach.


  12. Scott

    Penalties are a Richt trademark. We had 119 penalties in 2003, which was our best team under Richt. We had over 100 penalties in both 2001 and 2002. In 2008, we had 112 penalties.

    We make a lot of substitutions and play more players than other teams. That has to account for some of it.

    Don’t count on fewer penalties as a key to better play. Its not going to happen. Two turnovers and 10 penalties is the norm.