Is the offensive line winning in spring practice, or is the defense losing? Moar Kirby Smart:
Head coach Kirby Smart said the offense gashed the defense for multiple “explosive runs.” In Smart’s vocabulary, an “explosive run” is any play that gains 15 or more yards. Furthermore, the offense also had numerous runs of 4-5 yards. And the Bulldogs’ offense found these seams despite Smart saying the defense regularly loaded the box.
Smart was encouraged that the offensive line opened so many holes for its runners.
But that was evened out by a pessimistic view of the defense, which Smart has routinely criticized this spring for being, in his opinion, too complacent.
“I do as good of a job as I can to encourage our offensive linemen to be physical at the point of attack, to get movement,” Smart said. “But we’ve got to play better on defense to challenge those guys. We’ll face some good D-lines in this conference. They’ll strike you and hat you up. If you don’t get movement, there’s not a lot of space in there.” [Emphasis added.]
That sounds like a win for the o-line, doesn’t it? But hold on.
Smart said he would withhold final judgment on the play of the respective lines in the scrimmage. Film review was to come Sunday; then on Monday, players would be informed how they graded out.
Still, there were a few takeaways Smart had in the immediate aftermath of the scrimmage.
“I know statistically we ran the ball well, but I can’t say they dominated up front,” Smart said.
Forget about figuring out whether the glass is half-empty or half-full. Smart sounds like he’s not convinced there’s even a glass to fill with anything right now. Or maybe it’s just that the running backs are so good, they’re making line play irrelevant.
G-Day can’t get here soon enough.