The playbook is willing, but the passing game is weak.

C’mon, Chip.

While Florida’s offense has often found itself the butt of many jokes this year — it’s ranked in the bottom half of the league the last two seasons — one thing the Gators do well is chuck the ball deep and go get it.

Entering the game Saturday at EverBank Field, Florida has recorded 14 plays pass plays of 20 or more yards, including four of more than 40 yards.

Fourteen!  OMG!! Is that a lot?

Actually… no.  That ranks thirteenth in the conference and an even more woeful 116th nationally.  (Missouri is first and 17th, respectively.)

Look, I get that Missouri exploited Georgia’s defensive backfield and Florida would love to emulate that, but wanting and doing are totally different things.  That’s especially true when your quarterback can’t hit the broad side of a barn on deep throws.

That’s before you even get to Tyrie Cleveland’s status for the game Saturday.    He’s battling a high ankle sprain and is iffy as of now.  How big a deal is that?  Welp,

And despite not catching a pass in the past two games, Cleveland still leads the Gators with 326 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns on 15 catches. Brandon Powell is second on the team with 149 yards.

If McElwain wants to go bombs away on a Georgia team that’s had two weeks to shore up its mistakes defending the long ball, I’m not so sure that’s a bad thing for Georgia.

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UPDATE:  David Wunderlich has similar thoughts to Chip’s here.  Again, the issue for me isn’t conceptual; it’s capability.

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7 responses to “The playbook is willing, but the passing game is weak.

  1. J-Dawg

    I haven’t heard a lot about the efficiency of their O-line but I think we can disrupt it enough to take them out of their game plan, especially now that we have more depth on our D-line. If we dominate LOS play on both sides we control the game. Edge rushing and blitzes should effect Franks enough to take him out of any comfort zone he might have even if we don’t get sacks. I would love to see a repeat of Mizzou in ’14 where we ran Mauk out of his own stadium. Do that and we own the lizards. GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!

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    • Russ

      LOS has been the story of this game for years. In fact, one of the reasons for the 2014 loss was our loss of Andrews at center early in the game.

      This year, we are clearly better on both lines.

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  2. Dog in Fla

    Unless Callaway gets back to where he once belonged, Feleipe has no Lock to Hall combination

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  3. Dawg in Championship Exile

    Yeah, it’s not like we don’t have a back up that can throw the deep ball in practice.

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  4. Macallanlover

    Could happen, if: 1) they find a capable, reliable passer to play QB before Saturday, borrow 2-3, legit deep threat WRs from Mizzou and, 3), we decide to play our safeties in the wrong position and wait until halftime to adjust. While FU is capable of playing defense well enough to disrupt our offense on some series of plays, they don’t have the firepower to steamroll our defense. Expect some new plays, usage of different personnel, etc., but this team hasn’t moved the ball consistently on anyone they have played to this point in the season. Dawgs win, no stress about this weekend. Enjoy.

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  5. Jack Klompus

    Chip is off his rocker. I had to stop reading his articles. There is nothing at all insightful in his writing and most everything he puts to print is pretty sorry.

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