When it all comes together is a beautiful thing to watch.

In a year already filled with terrific plays — Godwin’s remarkable one-handed grab in the Notre Dame game quickly comes to mind, as does Bellamy’s and Carter’s efforts to wrap up that game — I have to say that Nick Chubb’s second touchdown run against Mississippi State stands as my favorite play of the season.

One reason for that is, like many of you, I had thrown in the towel on the Wild Dawg staying in Chaney’s playbook.  The primary benefit of the formation isn’t that there’s an option component to it; it’s that there’s an extra blocker for the runner.  That Georgia couldn’t generate anything positive out of that suggested there were severe execution problems that weren’t fixable.

Indeed, I was relieved that we never saw the formation in the Samford game.  It turns out, though, they were indeed working on fixing those execution issues, because this play is as close to being perfectly run as you’ll ever see.

I’ve watched this play a dozen or so times now.  Beautifully designed, it’s that mesmerizing. Unlike Fromm’s two touchdown passes, there’s no trickeration involved.  It’s simply about getting a hat on a hat, being more physical than the defense and getting out of Nick Chubb’s way.

Well, maybe there’s a little more going on than that.  First of all, as Taylor notes, the backside blocking is different than the blocking at the point of attack.  If you didn’t think Georgia’s offensive line was capable of walking and chewing gum at the same time, you may need to rethink.  There’s also the exquisite timing involved in Chubb putting Jayson Stanley in motion, not as an option with the ball, but to hit MSU’s outside man with a crack block at just the right moment.  Which he does.

From there, Payne and Wynn do the rest to part the Red Sea and Chubb is off.  There isn’t a wasted step from anyone involved in that play.  There’s a balletic precision to the line’s footwork; if you’re still doubtful about Pittman’s coaching skills, rerun the clip a few times.

It’s damned impressive.


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28 responses to “When it all comes together is a beautiful thing to watch.

  1. Mayor

    The OL is getting better each week and according to CBS is among the best in the nation already. The entire O, receivers included, really blocks well. And the D tackles like no Georgia team I can remember. A wise man once said that football is about blocking and tackling. This Georgia team is all about both.


    • Macallanlover

      To be honest, they said IF we continue to improve at OL, we could be a contender for the award as best OL. Well, if we continue to improve over that one performance last Saturday, yeah, we could win the SEC. With our defense, our STs, a road grader OL not missing assignments blocking for the RBs we have…..sure we can beat anyone. But we aren’t there yet, and I don’t know we can move that far in two months.

      Just some degree of additional improvement may get us competitive by early December. Bama is a force, we would be fortunate to win 2 of 10 against them this month, but in eight weeks we could possibly close that gap and have a puncher’s chance. Having an exceptional defense with good kickers makes you a dangerous team for anyone to play, add a functional offense and you can beat anyone.

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      • southernlawyer11

        I agree with you. It’s amazing how the little cliches are so true……but it got me thinking about what I would do in Kirby’s shoes to keep the pulse and mindset of the team at the optimum position. And my point to the team would be that your memory of a game like Mississippi State isn’t going to be how annoying or hard it was to stay deeply focused for 4 hours or in practice that week—-it’s going to be this run, that catch, a big hit, etc. But these little boring details exponentially increase the opportunity and ease for you to create those special memory-making plays.


  2. That play was beautifully blocked by the line, Stanley, and Payne, and Chubb didn’t mess around. He hit the crease and turned on the speed. For those who still insist he’s not the player he was before the injury, watch it for yourself. Also, watch the first TD where he literally yanks his leg away from a State tackler.


  3. Chunky A

    As the team lined up in that Wild Dawg formation, my brother stood up, screamed “NO
    NO CHANEY….WHY?”, then slowly raised his hands signalling a touchdown as the hole emerged big enough to drive an 18-wheeler through. The people around us got a hearty laugh….and we mocked him most of the rest of the game. To his credit, he immediately declared how much he loved the taste of Crow.


    • LakeOconeeDawg

      Sounds like I could have been your brother…..I too had a large helping of crow after screaming my sentiments as they lined up in the Wild Dawg formation.


    • Lol. The same thing happened to me. As soon as I saw the formation I yelled out “Not the wild dog! Chaney you dumbass!” Then the touchdown happened and I caught hell from all the fans in my section. I’ve never enjoyed being so wrong in my life. Still not a fan of the formation, but I’m glad it finally paid off. Now what I loved seeing this game was the split backs in the backfield. Reminded me of Auburn when they had Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown. When you got as many dangerous backs as Georgia has this year, line them both up and scare the shit out of defenses.

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  4. The Truth

    I didn’t catch everything live, but before I saw the replay a friend with a better view described it to me like this:

    “#77 headed through the hole looking for someone to block, and when he found him he CRUSHED him. But the hole was so big I think if they had given 77 the ball he would have scored!”


  5. Bob

    Jason Stanley earholing and then putting #4 on his back was perfection. Loved the similarities on Chubbs icer vs UNC when TE was brought in motion and collapsed/sealed the left DE. Execution!


  6. Squatchdawg

    Let us not also overlook that the UGA offensive line is actually being featured in a CBS segment about how to do things right. Who would’ve thunk it?


  7. Watch the backside OLB on this play. On many plays against ND and even Samford, we left this backside OLB unblocked and Chubb got caught up trying to get through the hole, only to be pulled down from behind. It happened almost a half dozen times in 2 games, and I wanted to rip my hair out.

    The key on this play is that Baker, while getting pushed back, doesn’t slow Chubb down enough to impede the play. If Baker misses or even just gets blown up, Chubb has to stutter step around him and the play is dead when the OLB gets there. Baker instead hangs on – though he gets pushed back – and makes his reach block. Everyone else does their job to perfection. It’s also a great playcall – there’s no safety help deep at all to prevent the TD.


  8. Hillbilly Dawg

    right now, all I care about is the OL steam rolling through the vawls front seven. Knoxville is a pretty cool town, but I do a lot of business with ut grads and really would like to not have to look at all that orange with such a bad taste….I really hate ut.


  9. georgiajeepn

    Not to mention the hands to the face mask right out there in the open on our number 65 that was not called.


    • The only thing surprising about that no call was that it wasn’t called on UGA somehow. I guess the refs were all looking on in amazement at the hole on the entire left side of the field that Chubb ran through. I mean, you can watch the C say with his body language, “Welp, there he goes.”


  10. TomReagan

    Technique wise, that reach block by the left guard was the best thing in that film. Pretty much textbook execution.


  11. Borodawg

    I went to the 2004 UGA v UT game after UGA kicked the snot out of LSU the previous week. If I remember correctly there was a lot talk that week about how UGA was a national title contender. I hope history does not repeat itself.

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  12. JT

    amazing how execution of a play changes the perception of an OC.


  13. Uglydawg

    I’m thinking that MSU (certainly) knew Georgia had not thrown our of the wild dog and believed they were being set up and the pass was being saved for them. They read the papers and blogs bemoaning the ineffectiveness of it. I’ll almost bet they were all thinking “pass”, which slowed them down a step.

    Now Tennessee has to wonder the same thing.

    As much as we all have bitched about it, it’s really savvy, huh?

    Think of the orange clad DC trying to figure out what to do against it.


    • AusDawg85

      Don’t know if MSU was thinking that, but UT should. Anyone remember Todd Gurley throwing a career best (ok, only) 50 yard bomb out of the WC?

      Chubb throwing deep to Sony would be so perfectly evil.


  14. Dawg in Austin

    Interesting to watch the difference in athleticism between Thomas and the rest of the OL (although Wynn looks great too). He’s going to be special. Gaillard and the guards aren’t ever going to be great, but if they can hold their own and end up being consistently decent with an occasional good play like this, we can beat anyone.


  15. southernlawyer11

    Our kicker and punter have us absolutely leaning on the opponent in the field position battle. When you’re constantly pushing on the dam, even if your offense isn’t hot early, that dam will break. Either the opponent being pushed back makes a costly turnover on their side of the field as the pressure mounts or you hit a big play because your risk tolerance continues to increase as the punt/return game slowly edges you down the field.

    The mentality that every yard counts and that all phases of the game run together has me really fired up.


    • Thorn Dawg

      Special Teams have been a pleasant surprise. The opponents average return this year is -1 yards per punt. And Rod is kicking the daylights out of the ball.


    • Macallanlover

      That is very a strong point you have made there.. We all acknowledge how our STs have improved, and boy have they, but the combination of a defense that can get off the field quickly, and the ability to average 45 yards, net, per punt has kept us with shorter fields from which to succeed. We have done that despite some danged good punting from the opponents.


  16. dubyadee

    This should certainly make any defensive coordinators think twice about bringing that safety up. Probably not a touchdown if the safety doesn’t get caught in the scrum trying to find his lane.

    This also reminds of the single biggest improvement to our D since Pruitt arrived (as continued by Tucker). MSU’s inside linebackers and safety’s did nothing to avoid the blocks and, in several cases, blocked each other from getting to the play.


  17. Trbodawg

    You know what I liked most about that play. Watch Chubb’s face once he clears the line and sees all that green in front of him. No smile, no showboating, no high stepping, just determination to score. Man, I’m loving UGa football right now 🙂