Missouri’s head coach explains his defensive strategy to you:
“Credit Georgia,” Odom said. “They made good in-game adjustments and their quarterback played really well and receivers made some catches. But I wanted to try to establish our front seven and sometimes front eight of getting an extra guy in there to take away part of that.”
Guys, this isn’t that hard. You’ve got a true freshman quarterback — okay, a gifted one — whose grasp of the playbook isn’t all that great yet, due both to time constraints and the limited reps that come from having a quarterback competition in preseason camp. You’ve got coaches who are realistic enough not to try to overload him with too many pre-snap options. You’ve got a receiving corps still in the process of sorting itself out. You’ve got an offensive line that, to put it politely, is struggling.
With all that going on, if you’re on the other side calling the defense, why wouldn’t you stack the box to stop Chubb and Michel, both of whom, by the way, are coming off injuries? Or to put it in the current political vernacular, what have you got to lose by selling out on defense?
Defenses will back off as soon as Georgia can sell its passing game. Until then, don’t expect any opposing defensive coordinator to fix what ain’t broke.