Here’s another seemingly evergreen post about how ineffective Georgia’s offense was last season, evaluated from the perspective of personnel packages.
Coley’s offense in 12 personnel sets (1 back, 2 TEs, 2 WRs):
Speaking of mundane approaches moving the ball, Georgia’s usage of 12 personnel was very similar to Tennessee’s. But while play actions and deep shots helped the Vols find a little potency, that was not the case for the Bulldogs. Sure their ground game gobbled up 10-plus yard runs at the conferences second best rate. But on all plays from 12, only Arkansas and Ole Miss were worse at generating gains of 15-plus on average. Still, playing small in this regard allowed Georgia’s 49.4% Success Rate to finish inside the top 4. Both their Run and Pass Success Rates sported 49% clips while only being separated by less than half-a-percentage point. Eliminating defensive Havoc played a huge role in this methodology. Only Arkansas owned a preferable Havoc Rate than Georgia’s 17.1% clip from this grouping. While each facet was dependable, Georgia followed the trend by letting runs dictate this package’s output. Like their overall script, the Bulldogs’ favorite looks were Zone Slams, Split Zones, Duos, and Outside Zones. Those looks made up over half of their 12 personnel snaps with Inside Zone looks combining to total over 35%. While Duos and Outside Zones failed to be overly fruitful, Inside Zone looks posted a 57% Success Rate from this set. [Emphasis added.]
Despite supposedly having an elite offensive line, Georgia played a ton of two-tight end sets to offset defenses loading the box. The results were predictable, and not explosive.
Then, there’s what Coley did with two back sets from the pistol or shotgun.
Georgia’s usage of pony personnel was rather unique relative to the rest of the SEC. They were the only offense that dedicated at least a percent Play Share towards this set to pass more than it ran. Their overall Success Rate was about about three percentage points worse than their clip from 20/21 personnel in comparison. When broken out, both Georgia’s Rushing and Passing Success Rates improved in these spots. Schematically, pony packages functioned as gadget plays for this offense. Often featuring James Cook as the factor back either flaring out of the backfield, running orbit motion from out wide, or taking a handoff, the Bulldogs hoped eye candy would create additional cushion to operate. Those tactics overly worked. Georgia’s rush Yards Before Contact average puffed up by a half a yard from 20/21 versus their 2.49 cumulative figure. Only Auburn average more Yards after the Catch than UGA’s 7.13 mark in this context. The scat attack targeted 13 Screens; all but two were RPOs. These attempts accounted for the plurality of their reps and yards accounting for over a quarter of each. Of course, Georgia’s primary concept, Inside Zone Slams, saw a healthy Play Share. The look logged seven reps off RPOs along with six additional tries straight up. All three sported at least a 50% Success Rate, which correlated in the ‘Dawgs being among the most consistent offenses from pony personnel.
Despite their gadgetry from this set mostly working short, Georgia’s Explosive Play Rate and 15+ Rate improved from pony personnel compared to its cumulative numbers. UGA’s 6.21 Yards/Play also saw gains in these spots puffing up to 7.71. Over half of the ‘Dawgs’ snaps used flair or jet motion with an additional 18% incorporating orbit motion. As aforementioned, James Cook was the straw the stirred the drink from pony personnel and was predominately the man in motion. With forward inertia helping him gain a step on a box defender, Cook saw over half of his targets, catches, and yards come from this grouping. He touched the ball on over a quarter of their attempts and finished with 96 yards from scrimmage. George Pickens caught three of his four targets for an additional 96 yards, 2 first downs, and a score. These two accounted for 55% of Georgia’s yards, 35% of their chances, and 36% of their explosive gains from pony personnel.
It was the only effective way Coley could work Cook into the offense.
I sure hope Monken can use his players more creatively. The good news is that he’s working from a fairly low bar in that regard.