In response to a listener’s complaint on last night’s Bulldog Hotline about how Georgia’s offense is too predictable, Mark Richt responded with this (ed. – thanks for the tireless transcription efforts of Jim from Duluth):
… CMR doesn’t like an offense that’s predictable, but sometimes that means you’re doing some things well. Sometimes people say why didn’t you keep running a play when it was working. Richt noted again we have now scored at least 30 points six games in a row. Not coincidentally a lot of that happened after AJ got back. Of course if you took Newton away from Auburn they would struggle .. same with that RB at South Carolina if you took him out. Richt gave examples of how having AJ opened things up for other receivers in the Auburn game.
We could’ve been a little more patient running the ball in this game if it had not become such a scoring battle. We didn’t stay with the run quite as much because we were trying to move the ball when we got behind.
This, in a nutshell, is what drives me crazy about Georgia’s offense. Richt and Bobo are bipolar. On the one hand, Richt recognizes that if something keeps working, you don’t abandon it if the other guy’s defense can’t stop it.
Something like this.
The downfield passing game was there. As I mentioned before, when the dust settled in the first quarter, Murray was averaging better than twenty yards per pass attempt. (Even in the late third quarter, he was getting more than 22 yards per completion.)
And yet, for some inexplicable reason, Richt regrets “not staying with the run quite as much”. They just can’t help themselves.
When Georgia went up 21-7, I looked at my friend and said, “if they can trade touchdowns the rest of the game, Georgia will win.” Auburn was going to get its points; it was Bobo’s task to hold serve. Unfortunately, only one side recognized that. It’s why Auburn elected to open the second half with an onside kick. Georgia elected to run a play out of the Wildcat. From such decisions are 18-point losses made.