And, a first look forward to Vanderbilt

Nice preview piece from Jake Rowe, particularly about Vanderbilt’s tendencies on offense…

1st Down: Under new offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig, who spent the two previous years with Wisconsin, Vandy ran the football on just over 62 percent of its 1st down opportunities against Western Kentucky.

2nd Down: This down, across the board, is much more balanced. There’s a slight tendency to pass on second and long but second and short and second and medium are both down and distances where the Commodores were balanced a week ago.

3rd Down:: Vandy ran the ball 67 percent of the time on third and short and passed it 70 percent of the time on third and long against Western Kentucky. There were only two third and medium plays for the offense and Ludwig kept it on the ground both times.

… and defense.

1st Down: Now that Head Coach Derek Mason is calling the shots defensively, Vanderbilt has gotten more aggressive on first down. The Commodores like to stunt and bring pressure on first down.

2nd Down: Vandy’s defensive aggressiveness has also been ramped up on second down. The Commodores like overload blitzes on second and long and run blitzes out of their nickel sets if the nickel defender is set to the boundary.

3rd Down: This is another situation where Vanderbilt has shown a tendency to take advantage of a nickel defender or a cornerback being set to the boundary. Twist stunts and interior pressure also seems to be more prevalent here, too.

Mason may have his shortcomings as a head coach, but he’s an excellent defensive coordinator.  And I do worry about his approach on first and second downs if Schottenheimer sticks with the same tactics he used in the opener.  Georgia didn’t throw much on first down then and if Vandy intends to sell out against the run on first down, Mason might very well have some success putting Georgia’s offense in a second down hole consistently.  As I mentioned before, the ‘Dores did a good job against the run last week, so it’s not out of the question.

Lambert facing repeated second-and-nines, or second-and-eights, and dealing with frequent blitzing is something I’d rather see Georgia avoid.  (Although that does sound like a recipe for Screen City.)


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27 responses to “And, a first look forward to Vanderbilt

  1. I think we’re going to see much more balance on early downs unless our line takes over to allow us to run at will. I’ll take my chances with our skill guys in space against Vandy’s secondary especially in man coverage.


  2. Derek Mason is going to be a really good DC next year at a P5 school.


  3. Scorpio Jones, III

    Minus mistakes on offense, Vandy could easily have won their first game against a decent enough team. And their long snappah…..

    Double, double.


  4. Russ

    As long as we only have to play against their 11, we’ll be fine. It’s when we have to play against 11+8 that we have problems.

    I hope Matt Moore is on a crowded airplane stuck on the tarmac during an 8 hour weather delay after eating a large bran muffin and a grande double mocha-choka coffee. Next to two crying babies.


  5. Brandon

    Let them blitz all they want on first down. That just means when Chubb breaks though that first line there will be no one left to tackle him 😉


    • Cojones

      No shit, the same thought occurred to me when reading the article. Plus, Lambert can pass their eyes out especially to Michel slipping through for the quick short ones when they blitz. They can blitz and die.

      Yeah, Senator, none of us want any QB to get sacked and pasting Lambert’s name in the same sentence must bring up some bad memories for you, not us. You should take it easy on yourself what with all these made up and flatulent rumors happening. There’s a booger-bear on every play when he’s in the game for some, but many of us are going to relax, not dissect everything any QB does and just enjoy the games with Lambert leading us all the way. Ramsey will be good for cleanup work.

      Setting up everyone to be ultra sensitive about the first mistake that Lambert makes is a tough job and could lead to seeing his name in every post. Hope not. It’s not too flattering to your audience either.


      • siskey

        After the first series on Saturday I overheard someone sitting near me in Section 108 Row 50 or so say “I do not like this worth a damn. I am pissed off.” Here is to keeping that guy happy. Go Dawgs!


        • Cojones

          We will probably be stopped in our first two series against the Vandy D and slowly begin to get momentum towards the end of the 2nd qtr. We could be behind on score at halftime, but they don’t have enough depth to keep a good D going full game.

          Would be nice to get that fan’s recorded reactions to what will probably happen Sat.


  6. Noonan

    If their D gets aggressive on first down, we will tunnel-screen them to death.


    • William

      Michel on a bubble screen…..please let that happen!


      • Noonan

        Like this?


        • Sh3rl0ck

          No. That was Gurley running an angle route. A bubble screen is where outside receivers block for a player, usually a slot receiver, who runs a short route to the sideline and still behind the line of scrimmage. The goal is to get the ball to an athlete in space with blockers in front.

          Here is a video of Oregon running a bunch of bubble screens. The 1st, 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 7th plays are all classic bubble screens. The 3rd play is a smoke screen, the 5th, 8th and 9th plays are not screens.


  7. AusDawg85

    If Vandy sells out on the run (and they probably should / have to) I like me some MM and Sony on WR screens, quick outs and slants. Might be time to see Godwin and IMac do some streaking too.

    Did I mention our TE’s too?


    • Cojones

      Stop it! Stop it! You guys are going to make me take another shower this morning. Posted my favorite target on a first down blitz above.


    • Macallanlover

      Yes, I think we might see a quick use of the pass on Saturday to open the running lanes. We should get our answer about how good Lambert and our receivers are because Mason, and all others, has no choice but to sell out on the run. Only Bama has a shot at containing our run in their base defense, and I ain’t 100% they can either….yet.

      It will be interesting to see if Schotty uses the shorter passes and screens or goes all Bobo by putting on his bomber jacket. Going to be fun, primarily because our team has more toys and weapons.


      • Will (The Other One)

        I’d like to see both, just because both QBs have the arm to really throw some bombs, and stretching the field can only help Chubb and company in the longer run.


  8. Lakatos Intolerant

    I wouldn’t mind loosening up the interior of their line, seeing what type of lateral ability and in-space tacking their LBs have and getting an idea of how proficient their DBs are in getting off blocks. Toss sweep left, toss sweep right. Could be a homerun hitter if their D is going to be as aggressive as Jake suggests.



    Call me crazy…but I think UGA could beat Vandy without throwing a single pass.


  10. Throw on first down early in the game. That will put an end to the first down run blitzes.


  11. Red Cup

    Play action on first play of the game to a wide open Godwin streaking across the middle. The ground and pound.