Goal-line offense is the new black.

I sort of hinted at this the other day, but Kirby’s gone right out and said it:

“… Not being able to score touchdowns inside the 2, 3 yard line,” Smart said. “To be honest, it’s no longer a physical thing, it’s a mental thing where you get over it by sometimes changing your demeanor and making sure you’re going to out-physical and out-will your opponent. Early on, we’ve been out-willed.”

It’s to Kirby what Jacksonville was to his predecessors, a black hole mindset.  And I’m not sure he’s got any idea how to overcome it, other than continuing to dig.

“When you get in the red area, you’ve got to bully-bully, say you’re running it down their throat,” Smart said. “We should be good at that. Georgia should be good at that, you know what I mean?”

“Bully-bully”?  I thought that was a Bud Light punchline.

I assume at some point, they’ll come out of their funk.  After all, it wasn’t an issue last year.  I just hope the time comes sooner than later.  Settling for field goals against the likes of ‘Bama is not conducive to staying with them.

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37 responses to “Goal-line offense is the new black.

  1. DoubleDawg1318

    It ain’t about willpower Kirby. It’s about playcalling. Don’t be so stubborn.

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    • The other Doug

      What would you call?

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      • AusDawg85

        One that blocks the edge? Use a fullback. Spread the line. Rollout and throwback. Fade to the corner. Use Fields instead of Fromm on the keeper. P44 Haynes. There’s a whole playbook bigger than stack the middle and impose our will.

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      • J T

        What do you suggest, I think we have tried most everything. I agree with Kirby at some point your players have to out execute theirs. I have you ever seen the “Oklahoma drill” it’s about who wants it more.

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    • Erk's Forehead

      Yep. Stubborn won’t win against Alabama.

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    • Saxondawg

      I’m not being critical of Kirby, but when he dies and finds himself before St. Peter at the golden gates of heaven, he’s going to “out-physical” his way in while Peter is checking the book.

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  2. Jack Burton

    But more importantly, if we can’t punch it in against Bama…TAKE THE EASY THREE POINTS FFS

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  3. kfoge

    Great post Senator, dilly-dilly

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  4. Russ

    Well, Kirby describes the problem and it’s him. We move the ball up and down the field by creating gaps and cut back lanes. That’s not “running it down their throats”. We change our offense when we get inside the 5 and it doesn’t work as well, especially when we tell the other team what we’re going to do.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      Everybody changes their offense near the goal line. There’s no room to maneuver, so you have to overpower, outflank or suck people out of position. Georgia’s problem is weird, and I think it’s part fluke and part mental. I also assume it will be corrected sooner than later.

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      • Macallanlover

        You are right, but it is a combo of the two, plus, plus.. One single approach is a mistake, so just attributing it to “outwilling them” is a disaster in the making against top quality defenses. Yes, we can improve our blocking with that “top rated OL”, but you can also spread the defenses out, and change personnel at times as Russ suggests. Use all your weapons, don’t lock into one plan, that seems to be what we have done thus far and failed spectacularly.

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        • Biggus Rickus

          They tried all kinds of things against Auburn, and that didn’t work either. Personally, I think it got in the coaches’ heads, too, and they’re overthinking it.

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          • Macallanlover

            Maybe, it is more likely it is in their head than the players’ heads, imo. Wouldn’t say we tried all that much against Auburn, running Fields in for one play and attempting a pass doesn’t exactly define diversity in our sets, motions, or personnel changes to me.

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          • Russ

            I’ll agree with this. The players and coaches have the goal line “yips” at this point.

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  5. Randall Adams

    Stand up and hit the tight end.

    Next

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  6. DawgByte

    “Settling for field goals against the likes of ‘Bama is not conducive to staying with them.”

    I agree.

    What’s also not conducive to staying with Bama is a lack of pressure on the QB. Our anemic pass rush and lack of QB sacks needs just as much attention as our Goal-line Offense. I know Tucker has tried to protect his young and inexperienced Secondary this year, but in a nuclear Dawg fight conventional weapons aren’t gonna cut it. We have to do everything possible to disrupt Tua’s timing, which means more ILB and Corner blitzes. This wouldn’t be as necessary if we saw more production out of Grant and Cox, which is why I want to see more PT for Adam Anderson.

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  7. We will be okay the next 2 weeks on this but it will be interesting to see if he tries to bully Bama near the goal line.

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  8. Harder than it looks, thats for sure. Gurley was the best short yardage back we’ve seen in years in my opinion. I seem to remember him willing himself past the goal line when the Gators had a defense. Good thing the Failcons passed on him amirite?

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  9. Bulldog Joe

    Our opponents are standing us up along the line.

    We can’t get leverage that way.

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  10. HiAltDawg

    Maybe if we changed into Black Jerseys for 1st & Goal series’ only!

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  11. W Cobb Dawg

    If we’re being honest we’ve got to admit playcalling and coaching has contributed plenty to the problem. Otherwise Kirby wouldn’t be screaming into that headset. It ticks me off when players are called to task and not the offensive assistants. I didn’t follow the link so I may be speculating. But it would’ve been more accurate to say there’s room for improvement all around.

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  12. UGA '97

    Thought that was the coaches job to fix the will part but seems it’s been gone on all season. So Xs and Is can still help as well as A BIG, OLE “FRIDGE” PACKAGE.

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  13. 69Dawg

    What’s crazy is that high school coaches could fix it. The problems are as has been stated many times now: 1. low man wins on the goal line, we let them get under us and collapse the pile the LB’s clean up, 2. We don’t stop the edge rusher from coming and tackling the runner before he gets to the line ( lack of a real fullback one of Kirby’s non priorities use extra Olinemen in the back field Clemson does.) 3 find somebody on the team that can jump high but also dive at the same time. The few tries we have had at jumping were terrible either the QB or RB runs up to the line and jumps straight up or the outside rusher it already attached to him before he can jump. Use seven olineman on the line and two in the back field the TE’s are not getting it done.

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  14. Larry R Butler

    With Fromm under the center, put a tailback and Fields in behind him.. Get them both on the field at the same time inside the 10. This opens up so many problems for a defense that at the very least they will burn a time out.

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  15. DOUGDAWG

    Devonte Wyatt at fullback and run what you want!

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  16. TampaDawg

    Part of the problem seems to be the unimaginative playcalling on the goal line. For example in the Florida game, where this trend started, we ran the same formation on all (or nearly all) of the 7 failed attempts to score. Taking all eleven guys on offense and bunching them up together in a goal line set and having the defense do the same thing is not going to always work when playing a team with a stout front seven. It’s like the idea of spreading out the defense at the goal line is a foreign concept to Chaney. Flank out 3 or 4 WR’s and dilute the box and create some more space to maneuver. If the defense doesn’t respect it and continues to crowd the box then someone is going to be open or have a favorable matchup (Holloman, Nauta) in the passing game. And Fields should be utililzed more often within the 5 yard line in no back sets which will allow for an extra blocker and tip the numbers back in a more favorable direction for the Dawgs. Hopefully they get this figured out soon because settling for FG’s in the SECCG isn’t going to cut it.

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  17. Matthew McKinney

    Did nobody watch the Auburn game? Georgia tried ALL of your solutions. Failed. Screaming about “play calling” I’m pretty sure makes me look as stupid as the Dawgs do at 2.

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    • TampaDawg

      I saw it a little differently than you….when Fields was in the game they had him dropping back to pass (for a sack) or handing it off. All I’m saying is spread it out with Fields in the shotgun by himself and tell him to pick a lane and pound it. Anyways, you know best

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  18. Dawg19

    “Bully-Bully”

    I think that was a follow-up song by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs. 😄

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