Keeping Fromm’s jersey clean

In terms of yards per play, the conference’s second and third ranked defenses face off on the Plains Saturday.  While the results are similar, if I had to point my finger at the biggest difference between the two, it would be in terms of disruptive plays.  Auburn is second in the SEC in sacks; Georgia is eleventh.  Auburn is also a couple of spots ahead of Georgia in tackles for loss.

If we like to think of Georgia as taking a more ensemble approach to playing excellent defense, with Auburn, it starts with Jeff Holland, who is having a remarkable year at outside linebacker.  Holland currently is tied for first in the conference in both sacks and tackles for loss.  You’d better believe the staff is spending plenty of time this week scheming to keep Holland from making Jake Fromm’s life miserable.

The scary thing about Auburn’s sack game is that when the sacks come, they come in waves:  20 of the team’s 26 sacks occurred in four games.  It’ll be a real test for Georgia’s offensive line, particularly for Wynn.  You have to figure Holland is going to merit extra attention in pass protection.  The question is what else Chaney and Pittman will have up their sleeves.

I would expect a heavy dose of RPO plays to neutralize Holland’s speed rush, along with some power running to leverage that he’s a little undersized on the edge.  All of which sounds nice on paper, but he’s been a helluva player this year.  We’ll see who gets the best of whom.

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10 responses to “Keeping Fromm’s jersey clean

  1. Hillbilly Dawg

    I noticed 16 of those 20 “wave” sacks came against Ga Southern, Arkansas, Mizzou and Mercer. At least worth noting.

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    • The other Doug

      They had zero sacks against Mercer. Here are the top 4 with their average in parenthesis:

      GA Southern – 6 (3.11)
      Clemson – 4 (2.0)
      LSU – 4 (2.33)
      Arkansas – 6 (3.11)

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  2. FarmerDawg

    In contrast to Auburns defense, how aggressive/exotic has our defense been lately? If we can dial it up early and get 3 or 4 sacks in the first half the Dawgs will win going away.

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  3. W Cobb Dawg

    Looking at awbie’s depth chart, what stands out to me are all the underclassmen. Unless they has an exodus of nfl departures or suspensions a la FU, Gus (or the next coach) will have a pretty good nucleus of players next year. For all the yapping about freshman Fromm, Dawgs appear to have a substantial upper hand when it comes to veteran players who’ll be on the field tomorrow.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      Oops, that should be “..have and exodus of departures…”

      Our OL will need to shut down DT Derrick Brown in the same way we shut down MSU’s Simmons. As good as Holland can be on the end, my thinking is awbie is much tougher up the middle with that former Gwinnettian DT. No doubt Kirby is still pissed Brown got away.

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  4. HahiraDawg

    We haven’t used very many screens to the running back this year. I propose that is implemented this week. Mostly our screens have been slip screens to a receiver with the help of pulling linemen. Historically both Chubb and particularly Michel have shown themselves to be excellent at catching the ball and this year those duties have all but been relegated to Swift. That will change, watch a few passes to #’s 1 & 27.

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    • Macallanlover

      I would also like to see a return of the screen game, it has been conspicuously missing since Bobo’s departure. The only criticism of Fromm I have is his poor play ball handling on fakes, and I suspect, selling the screens. Would sure like to see him work with Murray and Greene on that in the off season. His play fakes are way too obvious, love to see him trick the cameraman just once tomorrow but I don’t think he has developed, or appreciated, this skill yet.

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  5. Got Cowdog

    A couple of things that stand out to me;
    How quickly the offense “plays” after the ball is snapped. (On a side note, I think Fromm’s quickness is a big reason he is starting over Eason.) Especially #1 and #7. The other thing is the back picking up the blitz or the outside rush. I haven’t seen any whiffs this season.
    And Roquan Smith

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