What the Ole Miss-Alabama game doesn’t tell us, part two

He’s right, you know.  Which in one sense is a shame, because PO’d Nick Saban is the best Nick Saban.

If you’re looking for an explanation as to what Junior ran to frustrate Saban, Andy Staples’ primer ($$) is an excellent reference piece.

Basically, Ole Miss runs a variation of Art Briles’ Baylor offense, which relies on extremely wide deployment of receivers to reduce the middle of the field to a counting game for the quarterback in choosing whether to run or throw, and combines that with a crazed rate of pace all game.  Neither of those features are in Georgia’s wheelhouse.

The question I’ve got after watching that game is whether Alabama’s poor fundamentals on defense were simply the result of what Ole Miss was throwing at it, or if there are deeper problems for the Tide on that side of the ball.  I’m hoping for the latter, but there’s no way to know for sure until we see Saturday night.

In any event, whatever Todd Monken has up his sleeve to exploit Alabama’s defense won’t be the same as what the Laner had.

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14 responses to “What the Ole Miss-Alabama game doesn’t tell us, part two

  1. Biggen

    Bama missed a ton of tackles even when they met the runner in the hole. I’m not sure the Air Raid can be blamed for that one.

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  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    Yeah, but he was madder at the Kiffin Kancer in that video from a few years ago.

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  3. gastr1

    This just shows how much offensive success comes via formations and strategy, and I just don’t get why Georgia doesn’t do more of it UNLESS Kirby Smart doesn’t want to because playing fast and getting quick scores is stressful for his defense.

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  4. Chris Roberts

    This seems eerily similar to 2015. Ole Miss even beat Bama that year, and the Dawgs were favored. I do feel we have as much talent now as Bama, but we are going into enemy territory with an unproven offense.

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  5. spur21

    Ole Miss caught Bama looking ahead – we won’t have that advantage. On the other hand we have a better team than Ole Miss. Lane is a very good offensive coach – Monkin may be just as good or better we just don’t really know.
    Gonna be a fight Saturday night. I feel pretty good about our chance.

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  6. originaluglydawg

    It was as if Junior was playing a completely different game than Saban. Saban is a master of thoughtful chess, but Kiffen realizes that the rules in football can work in an offenses’ favor, and “He who hesitates is lost” or at least confused. I kept looking for the refs to find ways to slow OMs down, but low and behold, they didn’t! The number of offensive sets and plays out of those sets is infinite. Bama’s defense seemed panicked (as did Saban) because they couldn’t get set up for their best alignment. Saban wanted a game of chess, but Jr. was playing high speed checkers and jumping all of Sabans kings. But finally, ‘Bama got a stop or two and won it late.
    Though OMs’ tempo and speed of light execution had ‘Bama’s defense sucking wind, and looking sluggish for almost the whole night, Kirby is being honest. Georgia isn’t built to do that. It’s back to chess.
    I expect them to be excellent against our Dawgs, and it will take some great scheming and execution to beat them.

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  7. Kirby might be sandbagging a little. I don’t think the line is built to go at the tempo they went, but I know I’ve seen some Briles-style wide, W I D E WR splits so far through 3 games. Not a ton, but unlike Chaney / Coley, it’s been there.

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  8. Well, at least they gave us some good film. Monken and our analysts have already chewed it up repeatedly, probably even watching Sat night.

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  9. Russ

    Even if we don’t “go NASCAR” on them, Kirby mentioned that LSU just didn’t substitute on offense and it made it hard for our defense to substitute the right personnel. Maybe we do the same to Bama this Saturday night and we create some matchup problems for them.

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  10. TripleB

    Monken has done good so far at using a lot of different types of plays and players, especially given limited practices and a quarterback situation I am sure he didn’t count on. This versatility may help. We certainly did not have it last year.

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