Taking advantage of your advantages

One more thing from that AL.com article I linked to in my previous post:

Georgia’s offense snaps the ball once every 30.3 seconds, which is 125th in the country. The Bulldogs also run the ball 56.5 percent of the time.

I think this is a faulty strategy for a team that ranks No. 3 in the 247Sports Talent Composite.

Georgia should be running as many plays as possible to take advantage of its talent and limit variance. Going that slow is a strategy for underdogs – 14 seeds in the NCAA Tournament or triple-option teams with talent disadvantages like Army.

Georgia is ninth in time of possession and tends to play with a lead. With two bye weeks for each team, the Bulldogs defense is as rested as any team in the country.

Not only that, but in general, every time we’ve seen Georgia go up-tempo on offense this season, it’s gotten good results.  When you’ve got the better talent and the greater depth, you should be strategizing to make other teams pay for that.

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52 responses to “Taking advantage of your advantages

  1. One analogy that pops in my head is giving someone a Ferrari, but putting a governor on the car the creates a top-speed of 85 MPH.

    What’s the f***ing point?

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    • I know this is a little different than the time-it-takes-to-snap-the-ball stat you quoted, but it correlates…..

      Georgia’s plays-per-game averages (national rank) over last four years:

      2016: 73.2ppg (62nd)
      2017: 65.4ppg (112th)
      2018: 67.8ppg (101st)
      2019: 67.6ppg (98th)

      Now, I have to admit that the first thing that jumps out at me is that the best team (with the most success) over the last four years (so far) was definitely the 2017 team — the team with the LOWEST average and ranking.

      However, it’s also hard for me not to point out LSU’s numbers and think, “I wonder if Georgia…..”:

      2016: 65.2 (123rd)
      2017: 68.9 (98th)
      2018: 76.9 (21st)
      2019: 74.8 (33rd)

      And here’s the other CFP Top 4 2019 averages/rankings:

      OH St: 76.3 (20th)
      Clemson: 74.2 (35th)

      https://www.teamrankings.com/college-football/stat/plays-per-game?date=2019-11-13

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      • Bah, meant this as reply to main post, not to Parrish. Apologies.

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      • Will (the other one)

        I think landing in the 20s-30s is a good sweet spot. Once you’re in the top 10 now, it’s like Mizzou when Heupel was their OC, fast every play, regardless of whether it was really advantageous to do so. Tempo should be employed for an advantage, not just for the heck of it (plus being able to vary your tempo is one more thing for opposing DCs to prepare for.)

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    • You go hurry-up when you like the personnel matchups you have. You don’t substitute on offense, so the defense has to take a risk to get the right personnel on the field. The problem is we substitute on almost every play on offense. Therefore, the defense gets the chance to match personnel or rotate fresh legs in even though they may stay in the same grouping.

      In today’s game, the rules (which are fair) have substituted for the huddle.

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  2. chopdawg

    Over the last couple of seasons I’ve gotten the feeling that Kirby hasn’t pulled all the stops out of his offensive throttle until late, late in the season vs Auburn and in the SECC. Maybe we’ll see a litte more up-tempo this weekend, which sure makes sense to me, especially if we want to tire out Aubie’s big D-linemen.

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    • Tony Barnfart

      We’re gonna have to play with the passion and fearlessness in play calling that we showed in Jax in order to win. We’ve tried taking the Missouri / Kentucky / South Carolina game plan into Auburn–in 2017. We got absolutely waterboarded.

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      • Bat City Dawg

        was the UF playcalling much different that Mizzou? I honestly don’t know. UF has a great defense, but tough to thump our chests too proudly after throwing up 24 points in this era of College Football. We have kicked 7 field goals the last two weeks. It will take 7 field goals and then some to hang with LSU.

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        • Will (the other one)

          The 3rd and Grantham successes hid how bad and unimaginative the 2nd down performance was in the cocktail party.

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          • Macallanlover

            You are correct on 2nd down miseries, and not just for that game, but there were some nice tweaks to create mismatches or scheme advantages, something new we had not seen before. Wouldn’t put a “creative” label on Coley, but there was an effort during the off week that paid some dividends. We don’t need to stop pressing forward by any means, but we cannot do a major overhaul mid-season. I fear the defense cannot continue to carry the load with some high-powered offenses ahead, but we aren’t the 110 pound weakling some have made us out to be; just not the scoring machine some of us had expected with the skill players and OL we thought we had on board.

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  3. Jim

    It’s a head scratcher for sure. I understand wanting to limit the other team’s possessions but seems like cutting off your nose to spite your face

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  4. Billy Mumphrey

    Going slow has been good for 8-1 so far. My guess is we’ll see how that plays out because I doubt it’s going to change.

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    • Anon

      Yea. But on the 1 loss. Wasn’t everyone screaming at the TV about mid 3rd Qtr “hurry up and snap the damn ball”? We kept seeing we were going to need more possessions possibly to win this game. And even our last drive of the game we let every play clock go to 1 before snapping.

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      • I was screaming “snap the ball” from my section for the entire 4th quarter.

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      • Billy Mumphrey

        I don’t think the post was referring to one game or one quarter, it was referring to an overall philosophy. I don’t think UGA has the WR depth (At least ones Fromm trusts) to go hurry up on a regular basis. Believe it or not, Kirby is setting a game plan that gives the Dawgs the best chance to win the game. Any suggestion that he does it out of stubbornness is pure BS.

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  5. Bill Glennon

    Kirby’s just testing out his LSU gameplan 12 times during the season to get all the kinks out. Even if it prevents us from playing LSU, it will be worth it for Kirby.

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  6. Gurkha Dawg

    That’s a very good point about UGA going slow on offense and limiting the number of plays they run. It’s like comparing my golf game to Tiger’s game. I may hit a shot as good as Tiger every now and then. I may even beat him on a hole on the rare occasion. But if we played 18 holes the very best I could do is win 1 hole and lose 17. So if I want to bet Tiger that I can beat him and he has the choice of playing 1 or 18 holes, which would give him the greatest chance of winning?

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    • Tony Barnfart

      If we are a top 5 golfer, most other opponents are more like Brandt Snedekers than an amateur weekend warrior. We aren’t in 1vs16 basketball matchups outside of maybe Murray State. And I agree that in most years, it’d be great to “play them for 18 or 72 holes”…….

      But the problem is that somehow we lost the 5 longest clubs in our bag from the year before.

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  7. Greg

    Seems to be working…….

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    • PTC DAWG

      Yet, many can’t keep from complaining. I don’t get it.

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    • Gurkha Dawg

      Did you see the SC game?

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      • Greg

        yep…..if we went faster, we may have had more turnovers…who knows. Wide receivers were killing us that day, amongst other things. That game was an anomaly imo. Considering everything….shit, I’m happy, all we got to do is win.

        The committee must like what we are doing also, highest ranked 1 loss team…bet there about 126 other teams that wish they were in our position.

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        • Otto

          I disagree with going fast but as outlined in my posts on LSU’s go fast against UF and UGA’s clock grind against UF, tweaks can be made but retain the clock control. UGA did make some changes against UF which worked.

          I’d like to see some more varied playcalling which we saw against UF. Further, UF used quick slants on their last TD which was a 6minute 50 second drive. Quick high percentage passes which work against man coverage (what teams do when they stack the box) on a drive that took nearly 7 minutes. The passes pull the D out of the box and still eat up clock while opening up the run.

          Complaining about the playcalling isn’t necessarily saying that UGA should speed up or throw the ball 50 times a game.

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          • Greg

            “may have”…”who knows”

            Point is, we have control over our own destiny. We are in a great position. Young receivers are growing up, we just don’t have a lot of depth there….but what we have, they are getting better.

            Hell, everybody wants more points. But this just isn’t the makeup of this team for now (too young at receiver)….but I do believe we are headed in the right direction & get better as the season goes.

            We are going to have to rely on
            the ‘D for now. Sky ain’t falling, we have an opportunity/chance….and when you have a good/great D’, there is always a chance.

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            • Otto

              It is harder for the WRs to win when they aren’t running a play designed for success against the defense they’re facing. Quick slants are not an exotic play.

              SC ran jammed at the line against WRs who were going vertical immediately disrupting timing, and stacked the box with a good DL to stop the run. It isn’t rocket science, Auburn will do the same. A quick slant puts the defender behind the WR and the ball in front. Simple concepts which weren’t called.

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              • Greg

                LOL!!!…okay, quick slants are the answer….Jeebus!

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                • Otto

                  They are a piece to the puzzle, it was mind blowing how Coley refused to adapt at all against SC vertical routes and between the tackles but you seem to buy into the narrative that OCs are geniuses.

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                • Greg

                  you seem to buy into the narrative that OCs are geniuses”

                  No, just you…

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                • Greg

                  More about the players (WR) than the plays called. It’s easy to see, all you have to do is pay attention.

                  We just lack the experience and depth, watch the what happens when Cager leaves the game. We are young, but talented….they just need to grow up and need more quality receivers. We are getting there as far as growing up imo, the quality in numbers, we are thin…..need to hit the recruiting trail.

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                • Otto

                  Cager excels because he out talents and out muscles to the ball. He is making athletic catches. A better player caller would increase chances the DB knowing how to slow the passing game production. Slants, trips, stacked WRs, but Coley ran the same formations with same start to the routes. It isn’t as easy to see on the TV as it is in the stadium.

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                • Otto

                  *decrease the chance of the DBs know how to slow passing production

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    • addr

      Until it doesn’t. This argument is akin to ignoring the crumbling foundation on your 100-year-old house by saying “welp, it’s stood for 100 years!”

      This Georgia team has won with elite defense and talent despite mediocre offense and average (outside of Rodrigo) special teams. The evidence that the offense is mediocre is everywhere, simply pointing to the fact that the team is winning doesn’t change that fact.

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      • Classic City Canine

        +1000
        I would add that the goal isn’t to win a bunch of regular season games against over-matched competition. If that’s the goal we should have kept Richt. The goal is to win SEC and National Titles and you don’t win those with the kind of offense we’re fielding.

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  8. Otto

    UGA had to defend the UF offense against 8 possessions 5 in the 1st half 3 in the 2nd. However the last of those in the 1st half was with 14 seconds on the clock inside their own 20 (after UGA drove for a late FG) which was a knee to end the half so essentially 4 in the first half for a total of 7 defended possessions.

    LSU had to defend 5 in the 1st half and again 5 in the second with LSU holding the ball to end both the half and game for total of 10 defended possessions.

    The slow offense resulted in UGA having to effectively defend 3 fewer possessions which results in a fresher defense.

    LSU actually won time of possession by a greater margin than UGA did 38:19 to 21:41 vs 35:48 to 24:12 for UGA. This is is what I talked about under Bobo when he would win time of possession but his quick 3 and outs and drives with an explosive play won the time of possession but resulted in more possessions the D had to defend.

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    • Otto

      Clemson vs Bama Jan 2017 Clemson had 9 possessions in the 1st half and 8 in the 2nd for 17 possession for polar opposite of Smart’s philosophy.

      Clemson entered the game knowing they’d five up points but trying to gas the Bama D which they did. Bama’s offense was not able to keep up with the Clemson’s fast break offense. If Kiffin moves slower late the Bama D is fresher and possibly gets to defend a Clemson who doesn’t have any clock to work much like “the drive” in 2009 Iron Bowl. It was Smart’s D who was gassed against Clemson and enjoyed a nice period to catch their breath against Auburn.

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    • Bill Glennon

      The UF gameplan was creative, efficient and kept them guessing. Everyone was happy with it because it was a departure from the norm. If we do something similar at AU, great.

      If Kirby uses the template for the other 8 games we played, I think we’re in trouble.

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    • The other Doug

      When we have to score to match their score we don’t have the team for that. This is why we almost always lose whenever Fromm has to throw a lot.

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    • GruvenDawg

      My worry is if we are behind and need an explosive play we haven’t shown the propensity to deliver as in years past. I think our failure to execute explosive plays this year is going to bite us sooner or later, hence why I want to see the offense execute them in game situations. Preferably repeatedly. I’m over it at this point and I’m in the just win the next game mode and go from there.

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      • Will (the other one)

        What worries me is not only are the explosive plays (run and pass alike) down from the peak-Chaney seasons, red zone TD % feels down too. The goalline “stand” vs UF last year was bad, but the lack of TDs was mostly limited to that game and Auburn. This year we’ve seen even more of Hot Rod (who’s great, but as Saturday proved, even a great kicker isn’t 100% automatic.)
        And you don’t win SEC Titles on FGs alone.

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  9. Dawglicious

    If we do run up-tempo and it starts working, be prepared for Auburn players to drop and flop around like there’s a sniper in Jordan-Hare.

    I do not care for Auburn.

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  10. Uglydawg

    Auburn’s strength is it’s defense.
    You have to attack it. Hurry up will be in order.
    Georgia’s strength is it’s defense.
    Auburn has to attack it. Hurry up will be in order.
    Whose D gets worn down? Who has the depth? Who gets a critical injury on defense?
    Outcome will most likely be determined by whose offense has a better attack.
    Also special teams and turn overs. With two excellent defenses there will likely be a lot of punts. Winning that battle (field position) will be huge for one team or the other. Turn overs are always huge, but SC won the field position battle and that, along with the TOs was a slow death.
    The last factor is the unexpected and unusual explosive play or two that one of the teams might actually pull off. You can bet Gus, with an extra week, has been working on this one.
    Never know…sometimes the games we think will be defensive slogs turn into shoot outs. If so, I like UGA’s offensive potential more.

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    • Otto

      Auburn has a true Freshman at QB and depth concerns at RB. UGA’s passing game hauls in a few passes that it didn’t against SC, UGA should win. Turnover battle wins the game. Hurry up is one of many solutions to a problem.

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  11. CFB Solon

    I don’t disagree with this sentiment, not at all, but I do find it interesting that the same argument was used with respect to Virginia basketball – whose slow pace minimized their large efficiency edge on each possession – particularly after their 1st round exit in 2018, but they ended up winning the title this year.

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  12. The Georgia Way

    Rest assured, we have already petitioned CBS to allow us to run commercials between our plays.

    #COMMITMORETOTHEG

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  13. Will Adams

    Maybe the coaches are just busy playing 3D chess while everyone else is playing checkers. They’re giving the team a whole seasons worth of practice playing as if their opponent is at least equal in talent, if not more talented, so when they’re playing against good teams, it’s just another like any other game where they methodically grind out a win.

    Of course that theory is almost certainly wishful thinking. We’ll find out more this Saturday, and we should know for sure if we make it to Atlanta against LSU.

    Either way, our defense is definitely playing at a championship level. And it seems like the offense has the talent to score in bunches. So we just have to hope Coley is smarter than the evidence has shown him to be thus far. Or that he has some brilliance in him at the right times. Even a blind pig can find an acorn every once in a while. Maybe Coley can be our lucky blind pig.

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  14. Reminder (just to stir the pot):

    In 2016 Clemson lost at home to unranked Pittsburgh 42-43.

    In that game Clemson had the upper hand in:

    Time of possession: 34:02 to 25:58
    1st Downs: 33 to 23
    Total yards: 630 to 464
    Passing yards: 580 to 308
    3rd down conversion: 12/18 to 3/12
    Yards-per-pass: 8.3 to 8.1

    Where did they lose?

    Yards-per-rush: 2.0 to 4.7
    Rushing yds: 50 to 156
    Turnovers: 3 to 1

    This was the only game they lost that season, but it occurred roughly a month after Clemson narrowly beat (unranked) NC State AT HOME 24-17…. IN OVERTIME.

    In the CFP semi-final they pantsed Ohio State 31-0. shrug

    That was only three years ago, guys. Do I think we’re as good as that Clemson team? I don’t know. Do I think we’ve got a shot at finishing our season this year the same way they did in 2016? I don’t know that either. But neither do any of you.

    As far as I’m concerned you can flip a coin.

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