In a post yesterday, I made the comment that Mike Bobo had slowed the Georgia offense down last season, based on a noticeable drop in the number of offensive plays run. Several of you jumped on my observation for confusing efficiency with speed – based on this John Pennington post, rightly it seems.
He tracked the total number of seconds per offensive snap in SEC games over the past four seasons. So you don’t have to pick your way through the chart for the Georgia data, I’ve done it for you:
- 2009: 28.79 sec.
- 2010: 30.10 sec.
- 2011: 28.44 sec.
- 2012: 26.25 sec.
The reality is that, relatively speaking (seven SEC offenses were faster), Georgia’s offense blazed its way through last season. So mea culpa on that front.
And while I’m on the subject of his chart, Pennington comes up with an interesting correlation.
Teams snapping the ball faster than every 27 seconds on offense allowed an average of 389.3 yards and 27.7 points per SEC contest on defense.
Teams snapping the ball slower than every 27 seconds on offense allowed an average of 325.6 yards and 21.4 points per SEC contest on offense.
Last season was the first time Georgia’s offense fell under that 27-second mark. And while Georgia allowed fewer points per conference game in 2012 than it did in 2011, it allowed much more yardage on average last season (350.8 vs. 247.9) in them. Some of the discrepancy is likely a factor of scheduling and some of it can be chalked up to a much improved turnover margin (the Dawgs went from +2 to +9). But should any of the defensive yardage increase be attributed to a faster paced offense? Speed does kill, after all.