For those of you who think I’ve been too harsh on Smart and Coley lately, let me just say there are plenty of stats out there that illustrate that this Georgia team is a very good one.
Here’s a sampler of a few that I’ve taken off Twitter:
Fromm has been a productive passer this season. Generally speaking, offensive efficiency has been among the conference’s best. The offensive line has done well above average work protecting the quarterback. The receivers have done as good a job of holding on to Fromm’s passes as any group in the SEC. These are all unequivocally good things.
The fly in the ointment?
Georgia’s passing game isn’t taking the top off opposing defenses. That play action stat is particularly telling: Fromm’s percentage of 8.62% is well below the conference average. And that’s been Georgia’s bread and butter in its pass attack for… well, seemingly forever.
This gets back to playcalling, in my humble opinion. I don’t know why the coaches have chosen to compress the field for Fromm, but it’s clearly limiting his game. It’s not that Georgia’s bad offensively. It’s that right now, the whole is less than the sum of its parts. To me, that’s a fixable thing in the bye week.
By the way, for all the talk about havoc rate, note that the defense continues to do what Kirby’s defenses have done since he walked in the door.
A Smart-coached defense is going to make you earn every point. An offense has to work it all the way down the field. The funny thing is that Smart’s got his offense playing the same way now. As long as Georgia’s screwing up on offense less than the other team, that should work. When it doesn’t, that’s how you get South Carolina.