Brian Fremeau has done some very heavy lifting.
Points per drive team history (2007-2018) data is organized in the table below along with the individual season rank for each rating category. Net points scored per drive (NPD) is the difference between points scored per offensive drive (OPD) and points allowed per opponent offensive drive (DPD). Points per drive from long starting field position for the offense (OLD) and opponent offenses (DLD) are calculated on possessions that begin inside the offense’s own 20-yard line. Points per drive from middle starting field position for the offense (OMD) and opponent offenses (DMD) are calculated on possessions that begin from the offense’s own 20-yard line to its own 40-yard line. Points per drive from short starting field position for the offense (OSD) and opponent offenses (DSD) are calculated on possessions that begin less than 60 yards from the end zone.
And here’s what Georgia did over that period of time.
Boy, are there a few takeaways there, or what?
First of all, as bad as Martinez’ final days were, Grantham’s last season was more than a match for them. Also, note that while the short-field defense in Pruitt’s first season didn’t improve much, the Dawgs improved dramatically when opponents had to drive the field to score. (In that regard, Smart still has some catching up to do with his predecessor.)
Meanwhile, on the other side of the ball, note Bobo’s track record in his last three seasons. In particular, finishing 20th in points per drive in the injury-plagued 2013 season is damned impressive. Even so, Chaney’s last season was better by a third of a point per drive than Bobo’s 2014 high water mark. Can Coley keep things going?
Speaking of high water marks, I find it interesting that Georgia’s best overall finish in net points per drive, fourth, has happened three times in the last seven years and in each of those three seasons, the team has been derailed by Alabama in oh, so close finishes. That makes sense, given that the Tide finished first, second and first in those same seasons.