Bill Connelly, in his new gig at ESPN, started spewing some great stuff yesterday — more on that in a sec — but he tweeted a couple of charts that, in particular, are worth sharing.
There’s a lot to unpack there, so let’s do some unpacking.
- Over fourteen seasons, there’s only one when Georgia was below the conference average — 2016. Crap on Richt all you like, but that’s a remarkable run of consistency.
- That being said, it’s impossible to deny that over the past two seasons, Smart has rapidly elevated the program to a level superior to Richt’s.
- If you don’t think Bobo’s departure killed Richt, take a close look at that week-to-week graph for 2014 and 2015.
- As bad as Schottenheimer sucked, Chaney managed to outdo him the next season. Good luck with your transition this season, Vols.
- Speaking of 2015, we all heard stories about how Pruitt was throwing his weight around that year, as the defense was carrying the offense, but that was after a 2014 season in which the reverse was true. Not to mention the first half of 2015 was a bit rocky for Georgia’s defense, too.
- You can really tell when Smart and Tucker got things sorted out for Georgia defensively, can’t you? It started coming together Week 10 of the 2016 season and what’s really noticeable from that point on is how consistent the performance level of the defense has been.