You want to talk about pace and the Georgia offense? Well, the season Georgia posted its highest average of offensive plays per game was way back in 2003.
GEORGIA’s AVERAGE OFFENSIVE SNAPS PER GAME BY SEASON
Over the next three seasons, Georgia’s averaged dropped by fourteen plays per game. Gee, I wonder what caused that?
Georgia football coach Mark Richt continued the two-year fight for his no-huddle offense this week at the SEC Meetings.
“He and I talked about it for the last three hours,” Bobby Gaston, the league’s director of officials, said Friday afternoon on the second day of the meetings at the Sandestin Hilton.
Since coming to Georgia, Richt has all but ditched the fast break offense he made famous at Florida State because, he says, the league’s officials don’t allow him to go fast enough to make it worthwhile. SEC officials are required to pause for 12-14 seconds between each play, and that’s not going to change despite Richt’s arguments, Gaston said.
“He doesn’t agree with it, but he knows what we’re doing,” Gaston said.
The mandatory pause is to allow the officiating crew to get in position, Gaston said. Richt argued that the officials should put the ball in play as soon as they are set, regardless of how much time has elapsed, but Gaston said that would provide the offense an unfair advantage.
“Mark Richt would eat their lunch,” he said. “He would go straight to the ball and snap it. He’d get in 100 plays. We have about half the coaches who think we go too fast and about half who think we go too slow so we must be in about the right spot.”
Smug asshole. I wonder how Gaston feels about that now.
I don’t buy conspiracy theories for the most part. But that decision, more than anything else I can think of, makes me question now and then if somebody in the SEC office was out to get Richt.