“There’s times we’ve just got to call the run and run the run.”

In a night full of perplexing play calls, perhaps the most perplexing – well, except for that bizarre option run play Mizzou ran in its last possession –  was the third-quarter decision to throw a bubble screen pass on first-and-goal on the Missouri five.  For context, consider the four plays Georgia ran before that call:

  • 2nd and 2 at MIZ 23

    (3:27 – 3rd) Greyson Lambert pass complete to Malcolm Mitchell for a loss of 2 yards to the Misso 25

  • 3rd and 4 at MIZ 25

    (3:05 – 3rd) Brendan Douglas run for 4 yds to the Misso 21 for a 1ST down

  • 1st and 10 at MIZ 21

    (2:30 – 3rd) Brendan Douglas run for 8 yds to the Misso 13

  • 2nd and 2 at MIZ 13

    (2:15 – 3rd) Brendan Douglas run for 8 yds to the Misso 5 for a 1ST down

It was one of the rare times during the game when Georgia’s offensive line was getting a consistent push against Missouri’s front and Brendan Douglas was pounding with a set of fresh legs.  And that same pass play had been blown up by the Tigers earlier in the drive because Terry Godwin, who had a great game otherwise, couldn’t block his defender.

And, yet, there it was.  Lather, rinse, repeat in all its glory.  Richt analyzes the call:

“We’ve got a run-pass option and we rip it out there (from Lambert to Mitchell) and end up losing five yards. I mean that’s sickening. There’s times we’ve just got to call the run and run the run. We’ve got to make sure, we do have the ability to do that. Sometimes as a play-caller, you’re like surely he won’t throw it out there and bam there it is and you lose five yards and it’s second-and-goal from the 10. That puts you in a third down and (seven). Now instead of hammering the ball in for seven, you’re taking the risk of throwing the ball down in that red area where there’s not a lot of space.”

That’s a two-sided criticism there.  Richt is chiding his quarterback for being greedy there, a mindset that was on display at other times in the game, as even Lambert admitted.  It looked like Lambert got baited into a throw on that play by a safety who waited until late to move over to that area in coverage.  But it’s also a knock against Lambert’s coordinator, who shouldn’t have even given Lambert the option to throw there in the first place.

Both criticisms are fair.  But Schottenheimer’s being paid a shitload more money to avoid making dumb decisions like that.

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37 responses to ““There’s times we’ve just got to call the run and run the run.”

  1. Senator, You are absolutely correct. I could not believe that call.
    It was time to give Michel or Marshall another shot on a run. Fresh Legs.

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    • Just Some Guy

      I was driving my kid home when that happened. Scared the crap out of her when I started screaming about what kind of dumbass calls a screen on first and goal.

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  2. Bright Idea

    Lots of folks gave Bobo hell when we were averaging 40 a game. Now the angst seems to be more at Lambert than Schotty. He’s not helping Lambert improve either. Maybe Lambert can’t improve but Schotty is now a QB coach too, not just a playcaller.

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  3. DawgFaithful

    Even Jesse Palmer suggested that Schotty should perhaps “scrap” that play

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    • Scorpio Jones, III

      Even Jesse Palmer…really, what Jesse Palmer blabbers about, like, matters? Even Jesse Palmer….sheesh!!

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      • When you are right, you are right, regardless of what your name Is..
        Godwin was just not big enough to handle blocking that CB. He tried.
        Still it was a bad call period.

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        • Scorpio Jones, III

          I don’t dispute the sentiment, only the mouth it comes out of. Jesse Palmer says so much it is possible something he says may actually mean something, but I doubt it. What do you bet Schottenheimer won’t scrap the play? What do you bet it works sometime, too?

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          • gastr1

            I bet it works every time Godwin has a guy he can actually block. It was made clear just a couple plays before that he didn’t on Saturday. Why run it again in such an important spot?

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      • DawgFaithful

        Take it easy buddy. Just meant that it hurt even more hearing it from the Bachelor gator.

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  4. peacedog

    And that play call where Michtell went for a loss of five yards was the same bubble screen (or screen off the read option). I love Godwin and think he’s going to be bigtime for us. But he was not getting his blocks done on plays like this last night. Don’t force him to try and make that play in that situation of all situations. A TD would have been huge.

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  5. Sh3rl0ck

    It was nice to see them finally use Douglas properly there. He doesn’t have the lateral quickness for the one-cut inside zone plays. Being patient behind a FB is great for Chubb or Sony, but, from what I have seen from him in 2.5 years, the number one indicator of how long Douglas’ run will be is how fast he is going when he gets to the line of scrimmage. That means single back sets with big-on-big blocking. Bama does the same thing with Henry out of the pistol. Bruisers need to build up a head of steam in order to be successful.

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    • Scorpio Jones, III

      But, but, but Henry is too big to be a tailback, his 246 yards against AYANDM is only a mirage. Douglas is more a proper size for a tailback.

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      • Sh3rl0ck

        I miss the days of the power back. Jerome Bettis, Mike Alstott, and Peyton Hillis all played semi-recently at 250+. Coaches might not like that the big guys are not useful at running a speed sweep, but damn if they are not hard to tackle when running at full speed. Hopefully, Henry’s success will convince some coaches not to convert all of the power backs to defensive linemen.

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  6. Dawg19

    This drive was reminding me of the final drive against Florida in 2011 where we kept running Samuel up the middle because Florida couldn’t stop it. I thought for sure Douglas would be plowing into the end zone on 1st and 5 but, as usual, we have to be balanced. Hopefully, Schotty learns from this and stops trying to be cute.

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    • A&M couldn’t handle Henry yesterday and what does Kiffin do? He gets cute, too, and the plays go for negative yards. (It’s not just our guy is what I’m saying).

      Somewhere, Vince Dooley sits and mutters, “you kids today, with your music and your haircuts….”.

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      • Dawgfan Will

        😀

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      • 69Dawg

        Hey its what you get when you hire NFL guys. They get bored just pounding the rock. Richt needs to have a talk with CBS and tell him when you’ve got a college team on the ropes you run the damn ball down their throats. I think Kiffin has got ADD and I hope CBS doesn’t.

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  7. merk

    My favorite play of the night was Douglas for the toss sweep on 3rd and 13. I’m like you have 2 damn speedster backs on the bench and you call that crap now??? I am fine when it is the D just playing their position well and stopping us, but when it is the coach putting players in bad positions (Godwin on the block, and douglas on anything besides up the gut/off-tackle) it is just sickening.

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  8. AusDawg85

    Just me, or was anyone else wanting the Dawgs to go full hurry-up on that drive with Douglas and one other one in the 2nd half? Mizzou was on the ropes and OL was pushing. We just needed to line-up and go as fast as possible. We did go no huddle, but substituted and waited for calls from the sidelines. Wasted opportunities.

    And let’s have Mitchel block for Godwin on the bubble screens against the gators.

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    • Scorpio Jones, III

      Or maybe split out a larger body, like a tight end?

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      • Will (the other one)

        Or both really.
        Pretty certain UGA is one of the many schools that has fewer receiving touchdowns as a school than Baylor’s #1 WR

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    • Bright Idea

      We hurried up once on 3rd and 2 and promptly turned it into 3rd and 7 with a false start. Execution?

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      • Macallanlover

        It was not being set, I believe I remember that happening to us once before this season in the exact situation. I can do without that much emphasis on speed and slow it down a few seconds. All it takes is one player dragging a little getting into position. You can run a hurry up without getting too cute, or have the QB check that everyone is ready for the snap.

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  9. Hogbody Spradlin

    Slightly off topic, but I think a big difference between Nick Chubb and Sony Michel is Chubb’s stamina. If my memory is correct, Chubb is the exception. I believe Todd Gurley made good use of a regular breather, and not since Musa Smith have we had a hoss we can ride for 4 quarters. So, we can’t ride Michel like Chubb, though he is equally skilled at full strength.

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  10. Hogbody Spradlin

    Bluto, would there not be a fair argument that Lambert wasn’t baited into the throw, and made the correct decision based on reads? Reasoning: not his job to think about Terry Godwin’s blocking?

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    • merk

      Well, they had run the play 2 times prior for a net -6 yards, so maybe don’t do it again. I could see going back to it on a different series after players had been coached up about issues, but lambert knew what was happening to Godwin.

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      • I doubt Lambert was analyzing the play enough to notice Godwin wasn’t blocking well enough to make it effective (I also doubt coaches told him as much). Shoot, he didn’t analyze the previous 3 plays to conclude that we were on a roll running it. I kinda lean toward him being baited into making the wrong read. Overthinking it is my guess.

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  11. Chadwick

    After the first throw to Mitchell was blown up because Godwin can’t handle the corner I thought they might switch it up and let Mitchell block for Godwin. I don’t know if was the playcall or Lambert’s read, but asking Godwin to block was a fail.

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  12. D.N. Nation

    That drive was shaping up like the Richard Samuel TD drive against Florida in ’11. Then, Bobo and Richt knew Murray had all sorts of yips, and Florida was succumbing to the run, so they pounded it and pounded it.

    2015 us, though…..blech.

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  13. Spike

    Douglass was running like a man possessed! Let him tote the rock to paydirt! He was not taking no for an answer..

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