Mark Richt, on the offensive game plan for South Carolina:
“We did a couple things differently in the [South Carolina] game because of the edge pass rushers. Really they have three good pass rushers there at South Carolina. You want to help your tackles out, so we did things a little differently there in pass protection, too, whether it was having a back helping or a tight end helping. We may have spent too much time and scheme on that, where we should have just done what we have been doing all year long and realize they may win one once or twice, but we were also going to win our share too. And just running the ball between the tackles — we probably should have stayed with that a little more than we did. But they made the plays early in the game and got the lead, and we probably just didn’t stick with that inside run game as much as we should.” [Emphasis added.]
You come into the game ranked highly in every team offensive statistic that matters. For the first time in the program’s history, a Georgia team scored more than 40 points in five straight games. Clearly, something is working on offense, and at a high level, too. Yet, because you freak out over whether your green offensive line can handle blocking South Carolina’s excellent defensive ends, you decide to rip up what’s been working and try something else.
If you don’t trust the coaches and players who’ve been making the calls and the plays all along, why should they trust themselves?