Upon further review, Missouri edition

When you watch the replay, there’s a graphic that comes up early in the fourth quarter, showing yardage by quarters, that neatly summarizes what the game came down to.

Third quarter:  UGA 158  UM 21

When Georgia is focused and turns it on, it’s as good as any team in the country.  That was the story of the third quarter, which in turn made it the story of the game.

On defense, the secondary made adjustments to take away the deep pass that had burned them repeatedly in the first half and the defensive line dominated the line of scrimmage.  Much of the game, the pass rush was lacking, but that was not the case in the third quarter; although Lock wasn’t sacked, he definitely felt the pressure.

On offense, as Jordan Rodgers (who did a pretty good job as the color guy all night) noted, Georgia did an excellent job of exploiting the structural weaknesses of the Mizzou defense, in this case, poor pass coverage and a complete inability to defend the run on the boundaries.

All told, it was brutally efficient.  But for a procedure penalty on Brian Herrien, it would have been even worse.

Other than that, a few other notes:

  • I saw a few comments elsewhere that J’Mon Moore got in his coaches’ doghouse with his early unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and that was the reason he finished with only one catch for eight yards.  Nah uh.  He was a non-factor because Deandre Baker shut his ass down.  Baker’s stop at about the 7:15 mark in the third quarter is as well as any defensive back can play the quick slant on a third-and-two.
  • Javon Wims had a great game, not just catching the ball, but also blocking.
  • To those of you who insisted in the comments yesterday that the interception was just a lucky snag, I don’t know what you were watching.  The Missouri linebacker made the play watching Fromm’s eyes.  It wasn’t a good throw.
  • That being said, Fromm is really growing into the starting role.  He’s got great pre-snap command of where his backs and receivers need to line up.  One good thing about Missouri’s soft coverage and lack of pressure was that it gave him enough time on a few plays to find and throw to a second option.  With more experience, the game will slow down for him and he’ll be able to do that against better defenses.
  • The relaxed body language of Georgia’s running backs when the cameras cut to them on the sidelines in the second half is fun to watch.
  • D’Andre Swift’s parents were a hoot.
  • I mentioned in my Observations post yesterday that I really liked the play call that led to Missouri’s first score.  After watching the replay, the last score came off a call that was just as impressive.  Josh Heupel dialed up a perfect play to take advantage of the adjustments Mel Tucker made in the second half to take away the deep ball.  If Missouri’s staff gets blown up in the offseason, somebody’s gonna hire Heupel and do quite well by him.
  • I see it every week, but Missouri’s offensive line holds a lot.  They’re good at it, too.  Again, if the refs aren’t gonna call it, keep on doing it.
  • This was not one of Solomon Kindley’s better days.  As I mentioned yesterday, Chubb saved his ass by driving out of the end zone to prevent a safety when a Mizzou d-lineman shot past Kindley.
  • You think Jim Chaney likes the run-pass option?  I think Jim Chaney likes the run-pass option.
  • Man, next time Georgia gains 700 yards on the nose, maybe come up with something other than victory formation on the last play of the game.  (I keed, I keed.)

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35 responses to “Upon further review, Missouri edition

  1. Biggus Rickus

    The interception was lucky to the extent that he fully extended and managed to tip the ball to himself. My guess is he would make that play about 20% of the time. It was still a terrible read and throw, the only obviously bad read of the night for Fromm. And in the karmic sense, he’s thrown much easier balls to catch in other games that DBs dropped, so it all evens out.

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    • It was a bad throw and a terrible read by Fromm, who was otherwise almost perfect on the night. That sort of comes with the territory of playing a true freshman. You’ll have those occasional mistakes.

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      • Russ

        One thing about Fromm making mistakes is that he doesn’t seem to let it affect him.

        Oh, while it was a bad read/throw by Fromm, it was a helluva play by the LB.

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        • That’s exactly right … Fromm has made mistakes that truly were sudden change type of plays. The positive is that he (and his coaches) haven’t allowed those learnings to change our offensive strategy. Chaney seemed to learn some lessons about handling a true freshman QB.

          The LB made a good play both before, during and after the interception itself.

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  2. I do not understand why Smart and Tucker continued to play what appeared to be man coverage with one safety over the top in the middle of the field after the first TD. We were handling Missouri’s run game with front 6/7. No safety support was needed. The second TD was an absolute gift as a result.

    That said, the 2nd half adjustments were fun to watch. Yes, Josh Heupel is going to be a hell of a head coach someday … I hope it’s not in Gainesville.

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    • dawgman3000

      Or UT

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    • Macallanlover

      Said that about Heupel last year when I saw that offense, he is a very good OC. And how did Mizzou get these stud gazelles every year> Man I would like to see a UGA offense with a lanky, tall, speedy WR that can make every team play their safeties back on their heels. We have all talked about our OL recruiting shortfalls, but what about our WR recruiting, minus AJ? Put a couple of those guys on the field with our running game and Fromm’s accuracy and we don’t have those games where we get shut down on offense. If Mizzou had a run game to go with the passing game, that could have been a wild shootout Saturday. And they wouldn’t be 1-6, even with their defense.

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      • Cosmic Dawg

        We’ve lacked depth at times but it’s not like we’ve had no WR talent in the 7 years since AJ. In addition to guys like Michael Bennett and Justin Scott-Wesley (injury), NFL WR’s Isaiah McKenzie, Malcolm Mitchell, Tavarres King, Chris Conley.

        Plus, our tight ends as passing targets have been pretty terrific. I think it’s just hard to remember when we’ve had a drought like the last couple of years and a good bit of injury at the position.

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        • Macallanlover

          True, we just lacked that “elite” guy who required two DBs to focus on him. Didn’t mean to imply we lacked quality receivers.

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  3. Bright Idea

    When Chubb aligns beside the QB in shotgun on first downs it seems that defensive lines are automatically pinching/firing gaps directly to the mesh point. He gets hit in the backfield entirely too often. It doesn’t seem to happen as often with the other backs. Any other theories???

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  4. DoubleDawg1318

    I thought Jordan Rodgers did an excellent job in the booth. Two things stuck out. 1) He brought technical knowledge to the booth (not just run or pass but actually talking about formations) 2) He didn’t talk too much. Unlike Jesse Palmer and many others he didn’t feel the need to fill every second with words. Let the play happen, make a comment, and then watch to see what’s next.

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    • NG Dawg

      “as Jordan Rodgers (who did a pretty good job as the color guy all night) noted”…I totally agree. I was pleasantly surprised as to how well he did considering that he has only been out of Vandy for a very few years. You could tell that he was very well prepared and as you said he didn’t try to make you see how smart he is by talking all of the time. I think he has a bright future.

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      • BMan

        Agree about Jordan Rodgers. I am predisposed to not like him, because I already don’t like his brother, but he did a very good job. I found myself agreeing with him and/or learning from him. Most of all, I didn’t find myself saying “STFU” at the TV. He will likely make the jump to the flagship next year or the year after.

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        • BWD

          Agree with all the above. I was really expecting to hate him for some reason but was pleasantly surprised by how good he was.

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  5. Otto

    I don’t see how any could say the INT was a lucky play, I was in the end zone behind the play. It was bad throw from the moment it was out of his hand. Also yes greed Fromm is improving.

    The 2 worry things to me were the defense allowed big plays, one bust coverage happens but 2 is a problem. It maybe due to depth or Mizzou exposed something other opponents did not run the system to exploit. 2nd, UGA seemed to need to pass to open up the run. I am glad Chaney wasn’t stubborn enough to stick with the run but running on Mizzou should be easier than Auburn or UF.

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    • Biggen

      It doesn’t matter much the quality of the team you are playing against when they put more numbers in the box than you can block. They will end up stuffing the run unless you are fast enough to beat them to the edges.

      But flinging it around absolutely neutralizes that “stacking the box” crap that we have now been seeing for a season and a half. I, for one, and very happy we have a QB who opponents have to respect. At a true freshman to boot!

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      • Otto

        Agreed and play calling can influence the #s in the box. I was a little surprised UGA seemed to run on 1st and 2nd on several series resulting in a 3rd and medium where Fromm hit the pass. My main point was we can’t put the offense in that 3rd and 6 to 8 situation regularly down the stretch whether the solution is more varied runs or throwing more on early downs. Further, If UGA could run on a team with 8 in the box, Mizzou would be the most likely SEC opponent.

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  6. Scorpio Jones, III

    28 points….aww fuck it…we’re gonna stomp their asses into the mud, our walking wounded will rise up and club them, there will be property destroyed.

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  7. doofusdawg

    One other observation I haven’t seen mentioned. I think in the 4th quarter when Chubb was stuffed in the back field for a loss and the tackler through Chubb down backwards late with the crowd booing. You can see the ref staring at Nick waiting for a reaction to either get between them or throw a flag because the ref obviously thought Nick would react.

    Nick looked right through and around the ref to the sidelines for the next play never acknowledging what happened. I don’t know who it pissed off more… the defense or the ref.

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    • doofusdawg

      threw…lol.

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    • Russ

      Yeah, that was a great (non)reaction from Chubb, but I’d expect nothing less from that man. I don’t think I’d want to see a truly pissed off Chubb.

      Reminds me of the Vandy game Herschel’s freshman year. Apparently they did something to get Herschel mad and he ran around like a mad bull on one TD run, looking for defenders to run over. Wound up with 283 yards, I believe.

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  8. Dave

    The Mizzou game comes down to one thing as far as any possible concerns to be taken from it: Were the two deep balls (and a third where the WR was wide open, but he and Locke miscommunicated) just some miscommunication that can be cleaned up relatively easily, or were they actual chinks in the armour (This calls for the King’s English version) that are likely to crop up again the rest of the way?

    I certainly believe it’s the former, but you can bet every team we play going forward will be testing us deep a few times.

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    • Scorpio Jones, III

      Best shot has a whole new meaning. 🙂

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    • Russ

      Given that Mizzou didn’t hit those passes in the second half, I’m chalking it up to a lesson learned by the players and staff. Not to say we won’t have it happen again in the future, but the fix should be quicker in coming this time.

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  9. CB

    Ridley was wide open on the check down when Fromm threw the pick. I can deal with that from a freshman. Now if he’s regularly throwing picks (to defensive lineman) by the time he’s a junior then we’ll have a problem on our hands.

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  10. rchris

    “I really loved the play that resulted in Missouri’s first score, an option look with a shovel pass to the tight end.” I think we should steal it. Imagine running it with Hardman (or Swift) as the option back and Nauta gliding laterally just behind the line ready to take the shovel.

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    • None

      We do run that play. I’ve seen us run it twice this year but can only specifically recall it against Vandy when Fromm pitched it to Woerner who almost picked up the first down.

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  11. Oh my, casual attitude of the running backs—does this mean they will transfer, oh wait they leave at the end of the year. Who else, wink, wink, looked causal?

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