Upon further review, the outsourced edition

I’ve started watching the replay of the Tech game (yes, gentle readers, sometimes a blogger’s gotta do what a blogger’s gotta do) to compose a review post, but in the meantime, I’ve come across Gentry Estes’ review.  It’s a far more thorough job than I’d be likely to produce, so I suggest you take a look at it.

In particular, he has one comment that bears highlighting.

This is just my personal observation, and it may be standard procedure in that offense, but it looked like Georgia Tech at times read the splits in the Georgia front and adjusted before the snap. It didn’t always work, but you noticed when eyeing UGA’s front that if there was space at any portion, the Yellow Jackets often sent the ball-carrier into that area. There was one play in particular that went for 19 yards to start a third quarter possession where Thornton and Drew were each to the right of the center and Jordan Jenkins was outside of the tackle. The Yellow Jackets then ran a dive play directly into that open gap over the left guard.

It looked like Tech altered its o-line blocking schemes in the second half, but this was the other adjustment I noticed.  Pruitt called for a lot of shifts in Georgia’s front just before the snap and it seemed like the Jackets’ offense would adjust to that by running the play towards the vacated gap.  There’s a reason Herrera and Wilson were making so many tackles.  What that also tells you is that Justin Thomas did a terrific job as an option quarterback, despite anemic passing stats (6-16, 64 yards), because he was making excellent decisions in the running game.  He’s Saturday’s MVP.

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23 responses to “Upon further review, the outsourced edition

  1. BMan

    I started noticing that Tech was running the dive play more off center than I’ve ever seen before. Normally, it’s my impression that they run it straight over center, and it was always the defense’s responsibility to stop that penetration right on the line. Pruitt had the defensive line positioned in ways that left those gaps mentioned in the article, and Tech just ran at the gaps. Also, there were simply less times that our DL penetrated the OL than in previous games with Tech.

    And finally, all three losses this year had the common theme of a runner going up the middle getting 2-3 additional yards during the tackle as he fell forward. I’m somewhat fuzzy on the Carolina game, but that’s my recollection. When two guys collide, one goes backwards, and in the three losses, it was more often our guy.

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  2. James Stephenson

    We lost the game because our 2 freshmen fumbled the ball inside the 5. It happens.

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    • DawgPhan

      we lost 2 game last year because of a freshman fumbling the ball. Douglas going in against Mizzou and Douglas late against vandy.

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  3. hodgie

    The vacated spots at the line of scrimmage are called “bubbles”. Offenses try to attack bubbles in the running game. This is nothing new or earth shattering.

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  4. Russ

    Thomas did have a good game, but I was hoping to give him the Reggie Ball trophy before Pooch happened.

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  5. Scorpio Jones, III

    Wait…I must be misreading something…are you saying that Paul TheJohnson did a good thing there with that high school offense that knocked us all over the field? And has now done that that three times in 21 years? Godamighty, fire somebody.

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  6. Chadwick

    Really missed Taylor and Mayes Saturday. Their bulk and ability to stone blocks would have greatly helped the d-line play on the B back dive. I know Pruitt likes lighter and quicker, but sometimes you just need a gobstopper in the middle of the defense.

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    • Mayor

      This is the one thing I about which I disagree with Pruitt. If you are going to run a 3-4 you have to have a giant NG–350 pounds or more–who takes up at least 2 O-Linemen. If not the guards can get to the LBs who are the primary tacklers in a 3-4. Trying to play a 3-4 with a light NG is suicide. The games we lost this season were, in large part, caused by the Georgia D-Line being gashed in the middle which let the OGs get to the Georgia ILBs (FU also gashed the Dawgs on the edge).

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      • This wasn’t really even a 3-4. It was 2 DL and a bunch of linebackers. Pruitt built it to cover the edges, and Tech adapted. We didn’t.

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        • Granthams replacement

          And 2 safeties playing 15 yards deep did not make sense. I m wondering what happened to Mayes, he was a space eater last year and could have helped stop the dive that gained 234 yards

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        • Mayor

          By the way, I think the real MVP for Tech was that Tech D-Lineman who kept schooling Pike. The Tech QB played well, too, although he also made enough mistakes to lose the game for Tech.

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  7. And yet, before the squib, they still only scored 21 points. Georgia’s offense should always win in that scenario. Two fumbles at the one and not punching it in from one (with four downs on the one due to the PI) are why Georgia lost. Eighteen points (just in those possessions) left on the table.

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  8. Will Train

    Time to move on re Tech game. Lot of inconsistent play by coaches and players, and a lot of lost possession and scores by frosh RBs.
    Perhaps next year the Dawgs start and complete a season with some depth and experiene at RB. 2 years this has been an issue.
    Tech’s FB was a senior…a few 5 year guys on their game players.
    Think Tech will have a hard time with FSU’s D and more so with their offense. May start out ahead, but if and when the Noles get rolling they can put points and pressure on a team in a hurry. Shur down the inside run game and force Tech to the inside boundary.
    Missouri will have a hard time stopping the Bama offense. They will see a huge dose of physical running and pounding. And like Auburn they will wear down.

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  9. Will Train

    Totally agree with Estes comments about Matt Moore and crew. I thought Tech’s big receiver committed an offensive pass interference on the pass TD. He turned the DB with his hand. And the roughing the passer as a no call. Think there was one time they could have called Tech for spearing but did not. But I am always guarded about Moore.
    Would be curious to the coaches report to SEC office about officiating in this game. Personally I would not have given them passing grade.
    Factor in loss. Doubtful and this was a very bad game from coaching and playing. The Chubb fumble was big re emotion, scoreboard, and play by Tech. Probably could have made up the difference. Tech has some O line players.
    Glad season is over. A lot of opportunities went wasted.

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    • POTD

      You are not seriously going to say the refs were a factor in UGA losing. They made more poor calls against GT than against UGA. Should be familiar with the crappy SEC referee tactics.

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  10. 2 fumbles on the goal line, crap squib kick, special teams gaffe, etc. You might can overcome any one or two of these but the Georgia way is to leave no doubt and do all of them in one game. Rashes of off the field stupidity and injuries are the Georgia way for a season. It’s always something…the Georgia way. Is there a program that beats itself more than ours?? I’m gonna go out on a limb and say no.

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  11. But, yeah, good assessment on the blocking. Tech’s offense talking over in the 3rd can also be attributed to the cut blocking. I started seeing guys more concerned about their legs than their assignments and that’s when they have you. Not that I really blame them. This is where guys who faced this a lot in high school would help. It takes more than a week of practice to be mentally prepared for that offense and specifically that blocking scheme. Some have no problem but many, or most, have a hard time handling linemen going low on them after a season of facing normal blocking.

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    • Gotta have DTs or NGs who are strong and can handle cut blocks on the verge of chop blocks for an entire game. Basically….play without regard for their own health because everything about that offense revolves around the dive. We don’t and didn’t have that Saturday.

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  12. AusDawg85

    Could Rome or Mitchell stood under the goalpost at the end and swatted the FG away? Who would have thought to position someone there? (…sighhhhh…) How perfect if we had…but then they might have torn an ACL on the leap, so there’s that.

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