I haven’t undertaken an in-depth look at the replay of the game yet – last night, all I had time to do was skim some of the highlights to see what I had missed from Section 103 – but one thing I’m puzzled about was Gary Danielson’s continued insistence on getting the ball to A.J. Green. It was apparent from where I was sitting that Florida rolled its pass coverage frequently towards A.J., which had the benefit of opening up the field for Georgia’s other receivers. It was no coincidence that Orson Charles had by far his best game of the season Saturday.
CBS’ camera coverage wasn’t the world’s greatest, but you can clearly see the attention Green was getting on the 24-yard completion to Charles on the play before he scored.
On the other hand, Danielson did a very nice job breaking down Murray’s best throw of the day, the TD pass to A.J.
I suppose that if you could have counted on Aaron to make that kind of throw every time, then Danielson’s observation would make more sense. Unfortunately, as the pick in overtime showed, that wasn’t the case.
The pass protection was terrible on that play. The left side of the line didn’t pick up the stunt and the rush threw Murray’s timing off. But there wasn’t exactly a lot of space in which to throw the ball to A.J., either.