What kind of impact has Daniels made?

Welp, there’s certainly the statistical impact, both from a team perspective…

Georgia’ scoring average rose from 29 to 41.7 points per game since Daniels took over and its total yards jumped from 382.8 to 498.3. The Bulldogs passing yards grew from 209.3 to 279.7 a game and rushing output from 173.5 to 218.6. Third down conversion percentage zoomed from 42 to 67.

… and a positional one.

It’s a relatively small sample size, but Daniels’ 187.87 passing efficiency rating in his three games as starter, would rank fifth nationally in the NCAA stats which requires playing in 75 percent of a team’s game.

That would put Daniels one spot ahead of Trask and ahead of former Georgia and now Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence who currently rank 10th and 11th.

… Daniels has completed 66.7 percent of his passes against a schedule of Mississippi State, South Carolina and Missouri, teams that combined to go 10-20. The Bulldogs had a 52.4 completion percentage in the first six games with Stetson Bennett and D’Wan Mathis with a tougher slate.

It’s fair to note the level of competition Daniels has faced, although it’s also fair to counter with the point that of the six defenses Georgia faced before Daniels became the starter, Georgia’s passer rating exceeded the opponents’ defensive passer rating in only two of those, Auburn and Tennessee, and even in those two, it wasn’t by much.  With Daniels in charge, Georgia’s offense is 3-0 in that regard, and by significant margins against Mississippi State and Missouri.

But I would argue that the greater impact has come strategically.  Consider this quote from Eli Drinkwitz after Georgia dismantled Missouri’s defense:

On trying to limit George Pickens and his production: Well, we gave up 316 yards rushing. We were trying to load the box and if you load the box you leave the wideouts one-on-one it is kind of pick your poison-type deal. We felt like we needed to stop the run and we weren’t able to do that unless we put extra people in there and that opens up the passing game. It just wasn’t very effective today.” 

My fellow Dawg fans, as far as I’m concerned, “kind of pick your poison-type deal” is the Holy Grail.  Kirby can have his impose your will, but I want a guy who can call a game for which the defense doesn’t have the answers.  The last three games have shown me that Daniels has given Monken the missing element he’s needed to do just that.

And don’t think Cincinnati hasn’t noticed.

“I still don’t think he’s unleashed all he can do,” said Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell who is preparing his team to play Georgia Friday in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta. “When you run the ball, you got as good an offensive line as they have, you don’t have to kind of sit your quarterback back there and do all those different things. I can see where they’re probably slow in the maturation, and say, ‘Hey, just don’t get him everything. We might get away from some of the things we do really well just because he throws it so well, has such a touch,’ you don’t want to lose the nastiness and toughness that those guys up front bring.”



Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!, Strategery And Mechanics

13 responses to “What kind of impact has Daniels made?

  1. Down Island Way

    Cincy is undefeated, UGA isn’t, Cincy hc is gonna’ talk this and scheme that, UGA is bringing/building that foundation of “Good luck with that thought process”..UGA will show Friday at friggin’ noon who/what/why UGA football is moving forward, this will only give hope to those that recruit better than UGA they have a chance, those that don’t…won’t……


  2. “Pick your poison” … that sounds like our 2012 and pre-Kneeland 2013 offenses. Want to stop the run? Get sliced up by a QB who can throw it to receivers who are athletic. Have to keep a safety back? Watch RBU do our thing.


  3. “Georgia’ scoring average rose from 29 to 41.7 points per game since Daniels took over” There is no doubt he improved that number but a good bit of that improvement was because of our schedule post FL.


  4. Its amazing this idea is new. Its all Ive wanted forever. Take what they give. I feel like i’ve seen a small georgia back up the middle into 8 or 9 men for 15 years. Well, probably because I have.


  5. I’ve played enough video games to know that a speedy WR who catches everything and a QB that can throw it to him is the key to success. Throw the Damn Ball to Pickens.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Iron Mike said it best, “everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”. Hopefully that rings true for Cincy. JT has definitely elevated the offense to be 2 dimensional again and that seems to be paying dividends. Kirbs has recruited some fantastic receivers the last couple of classes, and as unabashed homer, it has been so refreshing to see the field being stretched and see accuracy on the deep ball. These last 3 games were a joy to watch from an offensive perspective.

    Liked by 1 person