Getting it together

The discussion in yesterday’s post sparked by a question of Monken’s playcalling tendencies got me to wondering a little about how things shaped up last season after JT Daniels was inserted into the starting lineup.

So, let’s start with the basics.  (All stats, as usual, from

  • Georgia’s offense, first six games:  424 plays, 2297 yards, 5.42 yards per play
  • Georgia’s offense, last four games:  259 plays, 1944 yards, 7.51 yards per play

I don’t think you have to go out very far on a limb to notice that the offense was significantly more productive after the change at starting quarterback.

But what about the criticism of running into stacked boxes, jamming up the offense?

  • Mississippi State:  23 runs, 38 passes, 6.7 yards per play
  • South Carolina:  46 runs, 16 passes, 7.6 yards per play
  • Missouri:  45 runs, 28 passes, 8.4 yards per play
  • Cincinnati:  24 runs, 39 passes, 7.1 yards per play

Over those four games, Georgia averaged 34.5 runs and 30.25 passes.  Monken called more running plays in games when the run was working and more passes when it wasn’t working as well.  (MSU is a perfect example, as the defensive scheme was clearly designed to force a rusty Daniels to carry the offense.)  Either way, the average yards per play in each of those four games was significantly higher than it was before Daniels was the starter.

All of that would suggest to me that Georgia’s problems on offense last season were personnel-driven, as opposed to being scheme-driven.  YMMV, of course, but I think Monken deserves the benefit of the doubt.

Seth Emerson pointed out yesterday ($$) that Georgia returns more production on offense in 2021 than it did in 2017.  Sure, past performance is no guarantee of future results, but I think I’ll take my chances on what Monken having a full offseason to get his troops fully in sync will be able to produce.


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19 responses to “Getting it together

  1. Down Island Way

    Me thinks the added reps (spring/summer workouts/fall) for a defined QB back up will go a long way towards some sanity/stability on the sidelines, if we thought Mr. Daniels was rusty, just think how Mr. Mathis felt (not knocking him)…Madman Monken has the body parts plus the vision to build one bad ass monster in the sec this year and many to come…


  2. gotthepicture

    Unless my eyes and math deceive me, they YPP was better in the games that they ran the ball more. I’m not suggesting “moar Manball”, but pointing that out. If Georgia has a good answer at LT and C, then we should be strong on O (should doing a lot of lifting there).


  3. Run when you want … pass when it’s there. Make the defense defend the width and length of the field. That’s imposing your will. That’s manball (in a good way).

    Running into stacked boxes and refusing to throw over the middle … that’s not manball. That’s Coleyball.

    I admit I can’t wait to see what this offense looks like with a normal calendar and a skilled QB. I think we’re going to find Todd Monken 2021 >> Mike Bobo 2012-14.

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  4. “All of that would suggest to me that Georgia’s problems on offense last season were personnel-driven, as opposed to being scheme-driven. YMMV, of course, but I think Monken deserves the benefit of the doubt.”

    I agree that Monken deserves the benefit of the doubt. But I can’t help but believe that the schedule had something to do with the different results as much as personal.


  5. spur21

    Will the stats finally put a dagger into the “Kirby is stubborn” – “man ball narrative”? One can hope but if it does then one person on this blog will be left speechless.

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  6. Harold Miller

    Just think what could happen if JT gets better about his front foot fundamentals!

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  7. akascuba

    I believe the stats also show what Kirby has said and many fans refuse to believe.

    Monken has the keys to the offense and can drive it as he sees fit.

    For once it’s no longer Mudcat’s car. Monken is about to leave tire tracks on the back of the SEC defenses in his way. He is the real deal OC with a loaded tool box of explosive players waiting to shine.

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  8. Ace Harris

    As I Said before, “it ain’t happening until it happens” I have read this same scenario TOO many times in the past about how great Ga. is going to be. I am waiting to be “showed” until then I am just a passive onlooker with my fingers crossed!


  9. Granthams Replacement

    MSU/S Carolina were the opposite of balance. Monken took what the defense gave him and it worked. As the players jell with JT it’s only going to get better.


  10. ASEF

    Georgia’s yard per rush, last 4 games:

    0.35 (23 attempts)
    7.22 (46 attempts)
    7.02 (45 attempts)
    1.88 (24 attempts)

    The 1.88 featured an experiment on the o-line. The 0.35 was pretty clearly a “what ya got at QB, hmmm?” approach by MSU.

    MSU’s defense’s worst games last season: 6.84 a play to Bama, 6.71 to Georgia, 6.7 to Ole Miss.

    Cincy’s: Georgia, 7.13, by more than 2 yards a play. Next worst game was 5.02 (Memphis)

    I think the run games against MSU and Cincy were schematic in the sense they were dictating defensive reads that left wide open spaces for the passing game. Like a boxer giving his opponent a jab that never gets through to set up uppercuts and roundhouses.

    (Which is why it’s important for JT to get more consistent on those home run balls).


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