When stats tell you what you already thought you knew…
If you want the tl;dr version:
- Defensive coordinators adjusted to what Georgia’s offense was doing.
- Instead of adjusting to that, Georgia doubled down on its offensive playcalling, with even less success.
- That left the offense in longer second down situations, which it responded to by calling more running plays, again with less success.
If you want to understand why Fromm’s season declined in the second half, start with that.
Pulling this straight out of my ass and nothing more, I get the feeling that Kirby was scarred by the South Carolina loss more than we thought. The heartfelt lesson he took from that game was that he wasn’t going to let turnovers beat him again this season, so he went pure “there are three things that can happen when you throw the ball and two of them are bad” afterwards. (And, yeah, if you sense a certain 2015-like undertone to that, you’re not alone.)
That worked, until it didn’t.
It’s water under the bridge now, unless Smart thinks it’s still the best way to win the Sugar Bowl. Or the 2020 season.