Mama, I got ‘dem Plan B blues.

Contrary to Kirby’s benign state regarding Georgia’s offense, Nathan has a similar take to my thoughts.

While Kirby would probably tell you that a lot of this had to do with weather, even with the rain taken into account, I’m still confused about the play calling here. Over, by my count, 37 rushing plays run on the game, Georgia only ran 5 different concepts (and a poorly executed QB sneak). Even accounting for pre-snap motion and other window dressing, that number still seems pretty low. If, aesthetically, Georgia was a team that ran a myriad of motions, formations and disguises, a relatively simple conceptual game-plan would make sense. But this year, the Dawgs have been defined by their lack of formation variation, and have instead relied on talent to beat scheme. It’s clear that, seven games in, opponents have figured out that it’s hard for even the best five offensive lineman on the planet to block eight defenders. Ultimately, I’m befuddled by the idea that Coley and Smart haven’t figured out that particular subtraction problem.

Have they even tried?

… I think what it tells us, rather, is that UGA’s coaching staff must be more willing to coach situationally, as opposed to philosophically. Coaches love to quote the old Tyson soundbite about everyone having a plan until they get punched in the mouth as a way to support a reliance on their core principals. And maybe, as a play-caller in the moment, there is some truth to that. But I know if some idiot on the internet can see these tendencies, Todd Grantham can too.

The challenge for Smart and Coley isn’t what they’re going to do when they get punched, but what their plan is when they face consecutive A-gap run blitzes, or when there are 9 players wearing blue and orange crowding the box. And, so far as I can tell, that’s not a question for the Cocktail Party or the Auburn game, but the existential question for this team as whole.

Skipping existentialism for a second, the thing is that Todd Grantham is just as predictable in a macro sense as Coley is.  If you can’t dial up something to take advantage of that, what are they paying you for?

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43 responses to “Mama, I got ‘dem Plan B blues.

  1. ETDF

    Perhaps, while preparing for the season, Kirby, et al., decided that a counter punch did not need to be shown (USC game was an anomaly). Therefore, when the dawgs run plays out of formations they have shown all season, yet the play is different, UF will be unprepared and suffer an embarrassing loss. Thats what I am hoping is the case at least.

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    • James Stephenson

      Me too, but that is hoping for some variation of plays from this offensive coaching staff we have not seen yet.

      I do not like the NE Patriots, but they literally tailor their O and D each week for the team they are playing. Sometimes they just change their O identity every week. I understand they are pros and have more time with their players, but still. It would be nice to see something new out there.

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      • Will (the other one)

        Speaking of, I’d love to see some of that Cover 0 blitzing vs Trask a week from Saturday. Especially if he “sees ghosts.”

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  2. The other Doug

    UGA’s problems on offense have become so obvious that Kirby either knows they must be dealt with or he is a complete idiot that is over his head.

    I don’t think he’s an idiot. He knows the passing game is completely worthless and something has to be done. He also decided that a wet UK game wasn’t the place for something new, so they’re saving it for JAX.

    We will see what this offense is capable in Jacksonville. It might be awesome or it might make us all question the direction of this team.

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    • The other Doug

      I need to add that I don’t think Smart and Coley have been holding back an ace card for the WLOCP. They planned to continue developing last season’s offense, but teams have figured out the passing game’s kryptonite.

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      • Charlottedawg

        I don’t think they’re holding an ace card up their sleeve but they’d be idiotic to not unveil some new wrinkles in a couple weeks because what they’ve been doing clearly ain’t working. I think they know that and their public comments don’t reflect their genuine and warranted concern about the offense.

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      • Will (the other one)

        But it’s not the same as last year — the efficiency is up a bit, but other numbers are down — especially explosive plays. Fromm has fewer TDs through 7 games compared to last year and his ypa is way down as well.

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  3. ASEF

    Man. True freshmen QBs, backups QBs, WRs conscripted to play QB… Kirby’s schedule proved an absolute gift this year to his defense.

    It’s kind of wild that he already has 1 L with a November to Remember looming.

    Big picture, Kirby just doesn’t seem to think much of his offense. Boiled down, it’s basically We do one thing well, so we’ll just do that all the time.

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  4. Bill Glennon

    “What are they paying you for?”

    Confirmation bias. Chaney pushed back a little on Kirby’s worldview.

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  5. psyopdawg

    Lots of conjecture. I wanna think that we’ve been holding back for November. I dunno. I wish the WLOCP was this week because waiting to see who we really are is killing me.

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  6. Macallanlover

    I don’t buy into “the best five blockers on the planet” any longer. Are they athletic, large, and blessed with depth? Absolutely, but thus far they look somewhat mediocre except when bowling over lesser talented, or worn out defenders. I read all their recruiting rankings, and admit they must have been very talented HS players, or perhaps really good at over matched opponents….wait, did I already note that above?

    I am not saying they are horrible, far from it. At times they look as good on the field as they do getting off the bus, and have had some good games at pass protection, and grinding down the opponents over the course of 3+ quarters. But man, they have stunk it up too, especially at crunch time when they are needed most. I still recall our inability to score TDs against Vandy for the last 2 1/2 quarters, the short yardage, must make 1st downs, and the times we got blown back into the back field by strong DL players. We have some more of those coming up in November. Hope we are ready, especially in the middle of that all-planet line.

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    • Russ

      5 against 8 will do that to the best of them.

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    • California dawg

      I get where you’re coming from and share your frustration, but I think you’re putting a disproportionate amount of blame on the players and not the scheme. They are not being set up for success. It doesn’t matter how big or talented you are, 5 lineman against a loaded box when we run inside zone 40 times a game isn’t going to work. That’s on Coley and Smart.

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  7. practicaldawg

    I like the offensive uncertainty going into this game. I guarantee Mullen and Grantham do not like it.

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  8. CB

    Wanted to share this article, but couldn’t get through that excruciating Star Wars reference. Thanks for sharing the highlights.

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  9. Bright Idea

    I believe that Kirby’s philosophy is evident…never trust any quarterback. Hiring an OC like Chaney is no better proof. 2016 was a transition but he clearly never trusted Eason and Chubb and Michel made 2017 happen. Now he’s counting on 12+ yard explosive runs from Swift. The problem is that as this analysis states, the run scheme is way too vanilla. The big TE Gilbert’s decision today may send a message. He and mom says he loves Kirby and Georgia but Alabama knows how to deploy his skill set. I also worry that our offense is playing uptight because they fear a mistake.

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  10. Russ

    Well, the Florida game is turning out to be the ultimate “show me” game this season. The fact that it’s turned into that pisses me off.

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    • Down Island Way

      Concerning UGA’s offensive formations or lack there of kinda’ lends to the conversation of having used only a small bit of the playbook up to this point in the schedule or being vanilla to a point, cause the only discussion leading up to and after a victory against FU is mizzu, is the barners , is the a&m school…if UGA’s O.C. is to earn the November pay period, that play book should open up considerably….

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  11. Mayor

    The change to the running game would be simple. Just put in some plays where the guards pull. You can find ’em in any book on football or on the net. Not complicated and any lineman already knows how to pull because they all did it in HS.

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  12. DawgPhan

    Imagine the epic chess match between Grantham and Coley. Both with the extra week to prepare for the biggest game of the year.

    –said no one ever.

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  13. Paul

    I think this sums up what many of us have been saying for several weeks now: “If I have a criticism of Smart and Coley, it’s not that they believe in this axiom. Rather, it’s that they don’t check to see what dividends all of these interior runs are paying to the rest of the offense. To put that another way, and to re-state what I said above, interior run plays only setup the parts of your offense that you actually, you know, intend to run.“ So, let’s see the ‘other’ parts of the offense we intend to run. If there are any.

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  14. Will (the other one)

    If they really wanted to add so window dressing / pre-snap motion, Matt Canada isn’t coaching right now and wouldn’t be the worst consulting option.

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    • The other Doug

      I wonder if they’ve brought anyone in because that’s one of Smart and Saban’s favorite ways to improve. Since a FOI request takes months I guess we will know in February.

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  15. Mick Jagger

    Note to Kirby: Saban and Ed O have seen the light that one must open up and score points.

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  16. Macallanlover

    Not so sure we, collectively, aren’t taking too much out of this press conference banter. Kirby and his staff haven’t proven to be total, tone deaf idiots before; no reason to think there isn’t work being done, and some tweaks and wrinkles being done. Not saying he will do a 180 and abandon his conservative roots, but I don’t expect these two weeks to be wasted running the same 6-8 plays we have been this season.

    I am as concerned about the long term value of our OC being the guy to install a new look offense, but he has been there with us during better times. And we still have the talent. There is time for Kirby to make that call in December, and it should be done after we have had a period to adjust. This off week provides a 2 week opportunity, more fair to evaluate at that point than a 5 day gap with a game played in lousy weather. Understand, and support, the concern being expressed. It just needs to be tempered with some balanced comments and reflections. We have a great QB, fantastic RBs, and we are getting some players back on offense, and on defense for FU. I think the team will be angry and focused with bunker mentality when they hit the field in JAX.

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  17. Bulldog Joe

    After we jettisoned our OC and all our receivers, what we’ve seen is who we are.

    We are the new Georgia Tech.

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  18. Bulldog Joe

    It’s obvious there is no plan ‘B’.

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  19. FlyingPeakDawg

    Preseason we all expected our offensive machine…look at all that RBU talent!…to be chugging along at full steam and ready to roll the gators, our only major roadblock to Atlanta. Now, we are stumbling. I find it incredibly hard to believe there is anything “new” happening in practice these two weeks. Just continued fine tuning. Weather permitting, I imagine we’ll see the playbook opened up a little in the passing game and stretching the gator D side to side. Grantham is going to stack the box and blitz until the final whistle blows, regardless of score. So do we get a redux of last year’s Cocktail Party or the debacle the LSU game turned into? I’d say it’s 50/50 right now and that makes me feel sick to my stomach.

    I really hope I’m right…the USCe loss was a setup to grab his team’s attention. That would make Kirby Coach of the Year in my opinion.

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  20. Dawgflan

    As noted in the comments in the linked piece, unless you think Freshman (previously back-up) QB Trask is a better reader of defenses, better decision maker, and better distributor of the ball than Fromm, there is something very deeply wrong with the offense.

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    • Will (the other one)

      Trask putting up better numbers is worrisome but:
      1. He’s a redshirt junior, not a frosh
      2. I think even a majority of Gator fans will admit now he’s a better passer than Franks was/is.

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      • Dawgflan

        Correct on him being a JR, sorry. Was just focusing on the fact he hasn’t been a starter since middle school.

        Also agreed on being better than Franks, but is a bar that Fromm should clear also.

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      • California dawg

        Trask also plays in a pass-oriented offense. They don’t run the ball nearly as much as we do.

        Still though, his numbers being better than Fromm’s is disheartening.

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    • Bulldog Joe

      Trask may not be a better reader, but I’m certain he’s reading a more interesting book.

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