Run the damned ball, Chaney.

Good to finally get that off my chest.

Ian Boyd has a couple of good Xs and Os pieces for your reading pleasure.  First, a general piece on everybody’s favorite running play, power.

Systems that make power a foundational part of their offense and do it well are often rewarded with tags like “manball,” “power-coast,” or “smashmouth spread.

While inside zone can be a physical scheme when it emphasizes double teams on DL and lead runs like “Iso” have their value in making linebackers decide if they’re about that “blow up the block” life. Power usually has both features, a double team at the point of attack meant to drive a DL off the ball and then a lead blocker coming around looking to blow up a linebacker. Every coach that wants to base their run game around a non-power scheme will undoubtedly start by justifying how he can do so while still bringing a physical approach.

The way in which power creates new gaps at the point of attack and the physical nature in which that occurs both tend to trigger defenses to respond in a knee-jerk fashion, which is why power is probably the best scheme in football for setting up play-action deep shots.

That do sound familiar.

The second piece will be even more enjoyable, I suspect:  “How Georgia’s revised running game can make Nick Chubb even deadlier“.  Thought that might get your attention.

The predominant feature of the Mark Richt era in Athens: running backs. From Knowshon Moreno to Todd Gurley to Nick Chubb and next to Sony Michel, the Dawgs have been stacked in the backfield and keyed by their running game. Kirby Smart will undoubtedly want to make the most of this.

Two years in a row, Chubb has ran for 119 or more yards per game, with Michel, Gurley and Keith Marshall all getting plenty of carries as well.

He ran for 146 yards on 20 carries against Smart’s 2015 Alabama defense, good for 7.3 yards per carry. Alabama won 38-10, but it made Georgia the only team to break 3.9 yards per carry on the Tide D (5.1, in fact). They did this largely thanks to an 83-yard romp by Chubb when the outcome was no longer in question, but the explosive power of feature backs was one of the few consistent bright spots in Georgia’s season.

In 2016 the Dawgs return three starting OL, their tight end, and most of their skill talent. Chubb returns from injury as a top Heisman contender and one of the country’s biggest reasons this season is a year of running backs. The QB role could go to five-star freshman Jacob Eason, who impressed fans in the spring game.

With former Arkansas and Pittsburgh OC Jim Chaney coordinating the offense, it seems obvious that Georgia will make running the ball with Chubb a key strategy.

The amazing thing about Nick Chubb discussions these days is how naturally folks assume Chubb will be back contributing this season.  If that’s really the case, Jim Chaney’s gonna look a lot smarter.

The other part that’s really interesting is his suggestion of how Chaney and Pittman may make do with what is for them an undersized offensive line this season.  Talking about looking smarter…


Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

17 responses to “Run the damned ball, Chaney.

  1. Walt

    ‘“manball,” “power-coast,” or “smashmouth spread.“’ I’ve never heard anybody use any of these terms in casual conversation. I must be hanging out with too many beta males.


  2. Instead of those made-up terms, how about we just call it “Georgia football”?

    We can’t play offense like we did last year … generally, with one arm tied behind our backs as teams attacked the line of scrimmage with no respect for our passing game. While Ramsey & Eason don’t have the starting experience of Lambert, both bring a dimension to the offense that Lambert either doesn’t have or refuses to use when the lights come on – an ability (and willingness) to get the ball down the field.

    Think about Lambert’s big game against USCe. They played off the receivers, and Greyson put the ball on time and in stride to his playmakers, but he never was asked to attack down the field. Fast forward to the Alabama game. Those windows that were open against the Gamecocks were slammed shut by Saban, Smart, and Tucker.

    You can’t beat a team with a pulse without balance as defined by a willingness and ability to run any play in the playbook regardless of down and distance. If you refuse to attack down the field, you better have a road grading offensive line and a stable of healthy running backs that force teams to bring a safety (or 2) into the box.

    If you want to see the solution to beating defenses like Alabama’s, watch the 2004 dissection of Saban’s defense by Richt and David Greene.


    • Derek

      Malcolm was wide ass open on the first play vs. Alabama. Lambert just missed him. You can throw on Alabama. Look at what ole miss, Manziel, Clemson and Ohio state did. The plays are there. You just have to have the courage and talent to put the ball where it needs to be. Once you can get Alabama’s lbs worrying about what’s going on behind them, you can own them. Then, whether it’s gallman or Elliot, you can start running the ball. Once you’re no longer predicable you can really go up and down the field. First thing though is your QB has to hit those one on ones on the outside and hit some underneath stuff in front of the FS and behind the lbs.


      • Lakatos Intolerant

        Outside Ole Miss where the Rebels took advantage of a number of turnovers, the common thread – at least in the games you’ve referenced -seems to be a mobile quarterback more so than “courage and talent” (requisite attributes in any upset victory). I think you can infer that from some of Smart’s comments regarding those losses as well. Does MM taking that first play to the house change Alabama’s defensive game plan or loosen them up a bit? Maybe… but they still pressured Lambert AND kept him in the pocket by only rushing their front 4… and Lambert wasn’t going to sprout any escapability or athleticism being up 7-0. IMO it’s that additional element of QB mobility that gives Alabama issues.


        • I come back to 2004. Greene made Saban’s defense pay almost every time they went 1-on-1 on the outside. As we all know, he was less mobile than any QB on the roster now. Once we had them looking over their heads, we ran the ball right down their throats. Murray did some of that in the SECCG in ’12 and also leaned on his running game.

          Beating Alabama comes down to whether you can block their front 7. If you don’t, you don’t get the chance to make big plays. If you do, you better make them pay. That’s the case whether you have a mobile QB or not.


          • I agree wholeheartedly. And Mr Aaron Murray had a fair night against the Bama D in SECC game despite not coming away with the W.

            A mobile QB can be deadly provided he can really throw it but having one is not some magic bullet against Alabama.


        • Derek

          The added dimension of mobility helps in that you can stay ahead of the chains when the play doesn’t work. Nothing like being 2nd and 2 when your first day play flopped. However, it’s not essential. Cardale wasn’t a speed demon. Murray had a good day. Greene lit them up and he’s practically a statue. I do think that the match up between your wr’s and their corners is a bigger deal when your guy is a pocket passer. One reason Greene lit saban up in 2004 was that we had Fred and Reggie. Lsu’s corners were good, but our guys were just better.

          The first thing you have to be able to do is make them defend the pass. If your guy can also buy time and get some cheap yards great. But the main thing is the ability to throw it.

          And deshaun is a wonderful athlete but damn can dude throw the rock! I knew when he threw that td past Herrera’s shoulder when he was a true freshman that he was going to be special. Kid can flat play QB. That he can run a little bit helps.


      • Tim In Sav

        Derek….we agree again….if Alabama is so damn undefeatable how can anyone ever beat them….They can be beat, yes they are strong, but they can be beat.


  3. dawgtired

    If you want to see the solution to beating defenses like Alabama’s, watch the 2004 dissection of Saban’s defense by Richt and David Greene.

    Did you mean 2003?


    • No, 2004 in Sanford – Greene’s senior year

      2003 was in Red Stick before LSU’s national title – we should have beaten them that day, too, but Billy Bennett had possibly his worst day.


    • Otto

      More than one way to skin a cat. Greene was a obviously very good, Auburn (as have other spread fast teams) has also showed ways to beat Bama. The OC has to be unpredictable but still have a solid method behind the system yet adapt to the weapons he is given. I like that Chaney has won with more than one style of play.

      Gday showed us very little with most snaps coming out of shotgun formation, and the RB on the sideline. Still very interested to see what formations and tempo will be used this fall. Oddly our uncertainty (in the style of play) maybe a very good asset in the UNC game.


  4. Nate Dawg

    I kinda like “Power-coast”. Nice ring to it.
    Come on Nick…come on Nick!!


  5. Howl&Woof

    Knowing Jim Chaney’s history, I will be amazed if the Dawgs don’t strive for balance next year. Next year is not necessarily a throw-away year for us but it is a “growth and development’ year for sure. NO team in the SEC or anywhere else is going to succeed without a passing game. Plus, there is no guarantee the Chubb is going to come back full strength, and even if he does we would be one injury at RB from a crisis. IMHO we will go back to throwing the ball to the tight ends and speed backs to compensate for what is not yet a dominant OL.

    Oh, and at some point Jacob Eason will spin that ball downfield.


  6. 92 grad

    I just can’t get away from the thought that with Eason under center the field will open up. He can hand off the ball 8 straight plays, the longer it goes, the more uneasy the secondary will get. Eventually, opposing D will need to leave a weak spot on the field.

    Otherwise, Lambert can hand off 8 straight plays, bring Eason in, keep handing off. Like posted above, opponents will have to back off eventually and our running backs can have all the fun they ever wanted.