Feast or famine

Interesting note from the Alabama game:

Alabama had five touchdown drives in the game.

The first four of those touchdown drives featured a play of 35 yards or more.

Excluding the drive where Alabama had it to end the game, UGA held Alabama to 3 punts, 2 Field Goals, and 1 TD when it didn’t allow a play of 20 yards or more.

Explosive plays and turnovers killed the Dawgs.  How easy is that for Smart to clean up?

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17 responses to “Feast or famine

  1. SoCalDawg

    That’s indeed the $64 question.

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  2. FlyingPeakDawg

    Few teams have Bama’s explosive play ability. So who is running the scout team now mimicking Jones? If we bench SBIV then does that job fall to him? If whoever is doing that job, should they be our starter instead? Ow…my head hurts.

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  3. Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

    I’m sure Kirby’s answer to fixing the problems is “Moar manball!!! And stop throwing over the middle!”

    We’ll see, though.

    DawgSports had an interesting post about how Kirby has created a Bama Clone of Bama 2015 (recruit the best players, stop the run on defense, run the ball on offense), and how, unlike Saban, it doesn’t seem as if he’s fully bought into the idea that you have to outscore your opponents in order to win national titles, even with the hiring of Monken.

    There seems to still be a stubborn part of Kirby who just won’t fully abandon the idea that defense wins championships. It’s in his answers to questions after losing this past week.

    He just hasn’t or won’t make the mental leap that will allow him to exist in this new reality. He seems to wish everyone else would join him back in 2015 where he’s currently all alone instead of living in 2020. Even Sam Pittman recognized the new reality in CFB when he got his own team to run.

    I know he hired Monken, but every time Kirby answers a questions it seems like he’s calcified. And that is not what we should want out of any head coach, let alone this one. Those who refuse to adapt or are even too slow to adapt will be left behind to die. That’s the way of the world.

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    • I think maybe you’re looking at this wrong. Kirby has built a team that is equal to or better than Bama in every phase, except QB & WR. If you decide you’re going to play the offense Saban does, you are at a huge disadvantage. The only way to beat them with the current tools in our toolbox is to pound them, play way better against the run, and hope you can limit the big plays. If you plan to go head to head, Bennett vs Jones & our WR’s vs their WR’s, everything else being equal, you will probably see alot of what happened last Saturday. I completely agree the offense has to become more like the top 3 teams to be at that level, but much like last year, our players don’t compare to their players at the relevant positions.

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      • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

        That way doesn’t work anymore. It doesn’t. And to keep thinking that it will is literally Einstein’s definition of insanity.

        It doesn’t work because elite offenses can score in less than 10 seconds from anywhere on the field.

        So you expect to go on drawn out drives of 12+ 3 yards and a cloud of dust plays where nothing goes wrong and every third down is converted, which is a statistical improbability, and keep up with an explosive offense that scores at will?

        You’re as stubborn as Kirby has been and twice as wrong. Live in the now.

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      • I agree with this assessment in principle, but will add only that it took two years for LSU’s change in offensive to yield a natty. Even though it seemed like it came out of nowhere, it was Brady and Burrow’s second year together, plus they had two normal spring practices to install the new offense. I think we’ll see improvement as the season goes on. All that being the case, the first three games on this have given us reason to hope.

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    • Ace Harris

      He cannot leave the offense alone. He is a micromanager, plain and simple.

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  4. akascuba

    I believe Kirby learned his lesson in the last two SEC championship games. Monken IMO was brought to do what Kiffin did at Bama.

    Does anyone here really believe Kirby’s master plan was for SBIV to be the starting QB all along.

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    • Biggen

      Yeah I agree. We got a bad hand when Newman left and Mathis turned into shit.

      So we either continue to roll with Bennett and hope he improves or we go back to Mathis. Both are kinda crappy options to be honest.

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    • theotherdoug

      “Does anyone here really believe Kirby’s master plan was for SBIV to be the starting QB all along.”

      Nope. It’s weird that people keep trying to force that idea. Bennett was the 4th or 5th string QB 2 months ago for a reason.

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  5. Castleberry

    I’d like to throw penalties as the third leading cause of what killed us. I think Bama scored 17 on drives we extended by penalty.

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    • rigger92

      Glad you brought this up. The penalties you speak of really broke our team, at least I thought so. They have to get their heads on straight.

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  6. Teacher Martin

    Not easy at all.

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  7. psyopdawg

    I really love being a Georgia Bulldog seriously but I’m watching OSU now and man wouldn’t it be nice to still have Fields?

    And I’m also wondering how we can have the highest average recruiting classes over the last four years and not have anything that resembles any kind of passing ability for the last three.

    rush + pass + defense + special teams = championships

    Maybe next year.

    Oh shit, was that an echo?

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  8. Explosive plays are one of the things Smart ALWAYS harps on, too. It makes sense from a defensive standpoint considering all the man that run. I’ve also heard him content on our lack of explosives plays on offense, which makes me think he’s maybe not quite as stubborn about offensive philosophy as it has seemed. Of course, I feel like he’s mentioned the lack of explosives runs more than anything.

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