Mark Richt’s to-do list

I don’t know there is a list, of course, but every year I peek at the final stats to see if I can get an inkling of what Georgia needs to work on in the offseason.  From what I see in the 2014 numbers, that would be red zone work on offense and third down conversion improvement on defense.  The former surprises me a little, given how solid Georgia’s offense was running the ball and converting on third and fourth downs.  The latter doesn’t, though.

Oh, and net punting could definitely use some attention.

In the pleasant surprise department, I’m not sure Pruitt’s gotten enough credit for the job he did in the secondary.  A lot of people – including Pruitt – have brushed off Georgia’s numbers on defensive passing yardage based on the number of run-based offenses the Dawgs faced.  But take note of that defensive passing efficiency ranking.  Considering what he had to work with, that’s a helluva coaching job.

(By the way, congrats to Todd Gurley, Georgia’s 2014 passing efficiency leader.)

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UPDATE:  A big reason that defensive passing efficiency was so good…

It’s not so much that everybody dinked and dunked on Georgia’s pass defense as it is that there weren’t a lot of big plays given up.

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49 responses to “Mark Richt’s to-do list

  1. Goat Balls

    I always crossed my fingers and sometimes closed my eyes on defensive third downs. But I am loving me some coach Pruitt. I think we have a winner in him.

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    • Russ

      I thought we were better on defending 3rd down conversions this year. I know we gave up less “3rd and Granthams”. I fully expect the defense to be much improved this coming season since Pruitt will have more players to choose from and the returning players should be fully dialed into his system.

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  2. Joe

    115; that is the tackles by Amaralo Herrea this past season. He has been “Mr. Steady” since he arrived. Replacing him will be tough.

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    • pete

      True. Amarlo was certainly productive at his position. My hope is that the lack of playing time for the backups, is just a product of having to wait-your-turn-behind-a-veteran issue, not a lack of talent. We have some promising young players that need to step into that slot and produce now – Reggie Carter, Tim Kimbrough, Shaun McGee, Johnny O’Neal, Ryne Rankin, and Christian Payne. Also, is it thinkable that one of the longer-bodied studs slated to play OLB, could be moved inside if depth allows it. Looking at the roster it appears that the shorter LBs get the inside positions and the rangier bodied LBs get the outside positions…but is it an absolute? I’m thinking it would be harder to throw over the middle against a 6-4 LB than and 6-0 LB. But I’m not a coach so…

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      • Will (The Other One)

        I think it’s largely worked that way in the past because ILB also need to support run stopping and cover ground, and 6’0 230-250 is usually faster than 6’4 240 (or stronger). And if a guy is 6’4 or taller with size for run support and speed, he’s a rush end or olb most of the time. (But not always.)

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  3. Irwin R. Fletcher

    MMorgan going 3-7 in UGA losses…another one of those ‘all of the bad things happened in 3 games’ stats. Not sure how or if there is a fix other than putting the ball in the end zone.

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  4. Without looking at stats, yeah, redzone offense has often been a struggle for us. Settling for FGs and then having our kicker choke like it was his job. See USC and Tech this year and that bullshit Nebraska game last year for recent examples. I hate kickers!

    Speaking of kickers…I’m fairly certain we were near the bottom of the conference in punting. Seems like both of our awesome kickers were only awesome when there was no pressure on them. Did I say I hate kickers?

    Not really a stat for it but we’ve gotta find a way to stop Georgia waying the hell out of game. Mistakes and bad luck are one thing but we put a season’s worth of the Georgia Way into the games I listed above.

    Damn, I think my blood pressure just went up.

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    • PTC DAWG

      Punting was excellent up until 2011, fell off to about mid conference 12 and 13, fell to last this past season.

      From cfbstats

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  5. TheDukeofE

    The passing numbers have to improve, 88th pass offense won’t cut it.
    Final 4 ranked in pass offense Oregon #10, FSU #14, Alabama #28, Ohio St #51.

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  6. Jeff Sanchez

    Speaking of to-do lists, did we ever get an “Observations” from the Belk Bowl?

    I’m just axin’….

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  7. Biggus Rickus

    They had three turnovers in the red zone against Tech. That’s basically the entirety of the problem. If they score TDs on those two fumbles at the one, they not only would have won the game easily, but their red zone offense would rank in the top 20.

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    • TheDukeofE

      The red zone scoring % was fine overall, about the same as Alabama, Oregon and Ohio St, all were @85-86% there. Overall, wasn’t a problem this season. But the td percentage was low compared to Ohio St and Bama overall. Turnovers weren’t a big problem this year, hard to beat a +16 TO margin, but in our 3 losses, we struggled scoring td’s in the red zone: 50% vs SC, 67% vs Fla, and 33% vs GT, GT was the only game where we were at 50% scoring % in the red zone, and also the lowest on red zone td % at 33%, 6 times in the red zone, only got 2 td’s vs GT.
      http://www.cfbstats.com/2014/leader/national/team/offense/split01/category27/sort01.html
      http://www.cfbstats.com/2014/team/257/redzone/offense/gamelog.html

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      • Biggus Rickus

        The TD percentage was barely lower and would have been more or less identical if they hadn’t fumbled twice at the one against Tech, as I said.

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        • Will (The Other One)

          Would 14 points out of a full season really bump the points per position for a season up that much?

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          • Biggus Rickus

            I’m assuming that if they score those two touchdowns, they never have the failed overtime possession. With that in mind, they had 67 red zone possessions, scored 45 TDs and 57 times total. Add to to those totals and subtract one from the red zone attempts, and their percentages go from Score: 85% to 89%, and TD: 67% to 71%. If you don’t remove the extra possession, they still increase to 88% (just outside the top 20) and 70% (just inside the top 20).

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  8. Skeptic Dawg

    A large reason for our red zone issues can be tied directly to Hutson Mason. The kid simply was not a top level QB. His efficiency numbers are the result of Bobo dialing back/dumbing down the offense to fit mason’s “skill” set, or lack there of. When forced to pass we saw what Mason was really made of. I fully expect to see increased red zone numbers in 2015 with a strong QB. Averaging 8.1 yards per throw (good for 23rd in the nation) is disappointing given Georgia’s strong running game in 2014.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      Mason was good in the red zone, 64.8%, 227 yards, 14 TDs, 1 (very large) INT.

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    • AusDawg85

      Good Lord…

      First, I’m not even sure where the Senator is coming from with the Red Zone “issue”. We finished right in there with tOSU(48), Bama(46), Oregon(44) and TCU(43). FSU(8) is higher but with fewer attempts (59 vs. 67 for UGA). You can find ANY category and seek improvement I guess.

      Do tell…how would a strong armed stud QB have improved our RZ efficiency…by stretching the field?

      As already pointed-out, missed FG’s and fumbles lowered our efficiency as much as any of Mason’s shortcomings and failings (see BR’s numbers above that would move us to top 20). Who gets credit for our #8 scoring offense?

      Seriously, why do some of you continue to beat on Mason? Do you really think he is the sole cause of the 3 losses? If not, why belittle his contribution? In the end, there was a potential Heisman candidate DGD who MISSED 2 of the losses. Why not pin those on him?

      Echo’s of the “Murray can’t win the big game…” crap. We’ve all made fun of some poor performing UGA players in the past, so I’m just stating that it’s really uncool to dump on one of our own when the facts just don’t match the nasty narrative.

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      • Mayor

        Agreed. The 3 losses were all on the coaching staff, certainly not Mason. The coaches did not have the team ready to play in the WLOCP and it really showed. Plus, the bad decisions near the end to call a naked bootleg pass on first and goal from the 4 in the Georgia-South Carolina game and the “pooch” kick-off at the end of the Tech game directly led to losses in those games. I’m thinking the naked bootleg is Bobo and CMR admitted he should have kicked it deep in the Tech game. If we’re going to play the blame game (and I really wish we could get away from that) at least blame the right people.

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        • Macallanlover

          That’s funny, you, of all people, should not throw stones in this area. I have not seen a single coach play a down on offense or defense. But all losses are always on them according to you. when are you ever going to realize that it is OK to assign some responsibility to players for errors? Most every, if not all, games are determined by the players on the field. I guess they are children and we can’t make them responsible.

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  9. W Cobb Dawg

    Not so sure we were that terrible with punting. Is 24 returns out of 83 punts so bad? I thought our short punter, Erickson, did a pretty good job of keeping the opponents bottled up inside the 20. The long punter, Barber, needs improvement.

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  11. Biggus Rickus

    Fascinating. The guy found a way to troll the comment section from his own blog.

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