This Brent Rollins piece at UGASports.com, breaking down how this year’s Georgia
defense offense is different from last year’s is worth a deep dive on your part. I’m not going to give you the entirety of it, but there is a part I want to zoom in on here.
I don’t want to say I’m fixated on it, but I do find it frustrating that Georgia isn’t taking greater advantage of play action passing. To me, it’s particularly strange because of how robust the Dawgs’ running game is.
One other area that looks like it needs attention:
Lastly, let’s examine Georgia’s most preferred formation in 2019 – 2 x 2 or double twins. Always with at least one tight end in the slot and often with both slots being a tight end, Georgia has run 50.3 percent of its snaps out of this formation – good for 5th most in the FBS and well above the 34.4 percent FBS average. While the rest of the nation leans pass in this formation (FBS average 59.7 percent pass), the Bulldogs are almost completely balanced, with 49.3 percent pass and, thus, 50.7 run. Their running game from this formation is more effective than most, producing an explosive run (10+ yards) on 22.6 percent of plays, good for 9th in the FBS in this formation. However, explosive plays in the passing game from this formation have been harder to come by. The Bulldogs have gotten an explosive pass play on just 15.8 percent of pass plays in double twins, whereas LSU and Alabama are both top five in the FBS at 29.3 percent and 28.3 percent, respectively.
It’s great that Coley is getting excellent production out of the run game out of twin tight end sets. It’s not so great that isn’t translating into better production out of the passing game. With the pass protection Georgia’s getting this season and Fromm’s skill set, there’s just no excuse for that.