At least it did to this jaundiced, never been in the arena eye. The math doesn’t lie, either.
… 78% of all offensive plays in Saturday’s game were out of the shotgun formation. Does that sound like UGA football to you?
Honestly, the stat by itself doesn’t really matter that much. Sure, Georgia is traditionally a power-I team that runs the ball with a lead fullback and then passes from under center, usually with a play-action fake. But it isn’t necessarily bad to try new things more often… as long as they work. The problem isn’t that 78% of plays were out of shotgun; the problem is that when good old fashion play-action passes and under center plays actually worked, we abandoned them and returned to the flashy deep snap. The problem is that our offensive play calling has recently had a tendency to stick to things that don’t work, and abandon things that have success.
By the way, all six sacks came on plays run out of shotgun formations.
But give Richt credit for the courage of his convictions. Mike Bobo insists he’s all in this week with the new order of things.
… Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said the Bulldogs plan to stick with the no-huddle offense they unveiled in the Georgia Dome. He said the decision to switch in the offseason was an attempt to run more offensive plays. But the Bulldogs ran just 60 plays last Saturday to Boise State’s 71.
“We wanted to get more plays, which we didn’t do on Satuday,” Bobo said. “But we’re committed to doing it. More plays equals more opportunities, more chances to score. Last year we just didn’t think we had as many opportunities as some other teams.”
I’m not being facetious. This represents a sea change in offensive philosophy for Georgia in the Richt era. Everything used to be keyed on controlling the game flow on offense by slowing the game down. That had the benefit of making the defense’s work easier. But it also meant that Georgia faced tougher sledding keeping up with more dynamic offenses, as we saw in last year’s Auburn game.
Given what’s at stake for Richt this season, I have to admit to some admiration for him sticking to his guns here. Because it’s obvious from last Saturday night that Georgia’s offense has some growing pains to go through.
“No matter how you operate offensively, the bottom like is you’ve got to execute,” Richt said. “And you execute well whether you no-huddle or you don’t no huddle. We didn’t have much trouble as far as the operation of it. The problem was once the ball was snapped. That’s when we had problems.”
Okay, fine. The problem for Richt is that if he has to repeat the same comment for the next three or four games, it’s likely this will be the last season he’ll be saying it in Athens.
Helluva gamble, Coach.