Evolution

If you’re trying to put your finger on how Georgia’s offense changed from 2019 to 2020, this data dump might be right up your alley.

Okay, that’s better, but maybe you’re still not that impressed.  Well, this might change your mind.

That’s not your daddy’s manball.  What that is, is an offensive coordinator who’s not as wedded to wasted running plays as his predecessor was and finally has a quarterback he trusts to make throws.  Luckily for us, none of that should change in 2021.

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33 responses to “Evolution

  1. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

    That’s all well and good, but I’ll believe things have truly changed in Kirbytown when the Dawgs stop running on first down into stacked boxes more than any team should.

    When that happens, I’ll be happy.

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    • MGW

      How would you propose to keep the D honest on first down? Because if you’re the OC, all I’ve got to do is get my DB/LB’s to cheat up like they’re playing run then drop into coverage after the snap on every first down, and your O won’t have very many second and shorts.

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      • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

        There’s more than a few ways to counter that on offense. Here’s two:

        You can run much more play action. Those LBs bail into coverage but then have to stop with the hand-off motion, leaving a huge gap in the middle of the field for your slot receiver and TE to get chunk yards.

        You can also counter this with more RPOs. This gives you the ability to judge after the snap whether they’re sitting on the run or they’re bailing into coverage.

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        • MGW

          It always sucks when you’re watching and you see a loaded box, think “don’t run,” then they do run and it goes nowhere. And we do have a long illustrious history of it. But it’s got to happen a good bit. Once Daniels took over, though, I have no complaints about the ratio. You have to run it enough when it looks like you might shouldn’t or they’ll never bite on the play action or respect the run option on ROP.

          My biggest fear though is that the coaches might think our quantity of good running backs means we should make an extra effort to get them the ball. NONE of them are good enough to be featured. None of them should ever get winded because there’s no real drop off in quality from 1 to 4 on the depth chart, but absolutely zero of them should sniff all SEC honors this year unless we just pick one of them and run him into the ground for 1200+ yards, or someone mysteriously develops in the offseason. If any one of them makes better than third team, we’ve probably left 1,000+ yards on the table. We got a lot of good running backs. Rock solid. But zero game changers. I really hope they get that.

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      • i guess we should just run into 9 men on 1st down forever as thats the only option.

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    • ben

      Interesting thought. Have we seen a breakdown like this one for first down play calls?

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      • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

        The Senator did a couple of weeks ago, and we saw that we ran too much on first down in 2020 compared to LSU, Clemson, and tOSU 2019 teams or Bama, Clemson, and tOSU in 2020. You know, teams who’ve made the Playoff while we didn’t. Teams that don’t worry about handing off to a RB without a lead blocker to run into 8 and 9-man boxes to “impose their will.”

        When we can finally break free from that, it’ll be another piece in the puzzle to winning a National Title. Until then, it’s part of what’s keeping us behind even though our talent is as good or better than those teams.

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    • JaxDawg

      You’re not happy with a clear offensive improvement. Color me shocked.

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      • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

        When you improve in some areas, but you’re artificially hand-cuffing yourself on offense in others, why would that make anyone happy?

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        • JaxDawg

          New offensive coordinator, some bad breaks at QB, and the cluster that was all of the year 2020. In that context, it sounds more like “improve the way I think you should, or I’m not happy.” I’m far more puzzled why one wouldn’t be happy with clear improvement.

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    • Bulldawg Bill

      I swear!!!!! Some people….!!

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  2. theotherdoug

    We changed OC and QB, so I don’t think it’s all Monken.

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  3. akascuba

    I`ve seen enough to believe Monken will take whatever offers his offense the best option. That all assumes a QB capable of dealing his offense. For us that means JT must stay healthy.

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  4. ASEF

    Throwing on standard downs with play action will generate a lot of explosive plays. Misses will also generate some 2nd and 10s.

    A QB who can consistently clean up falling behind the chains consistently is what puts programs over the top and into the playoffs. But that assumes everything else is in place.

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  5. W Cobb Dawg

    That’s one heckuva jump from 118th to being a few percentage points shy of high octane passing attacks like Okie. Not to mention the other teams listed that’ll see their QBs drafted high.

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  6. Proof for me that Monken was having an effect was seeing open receivers early on in the season. The data being produced does suggest a change in offensive philosophy, not only in theory but implementation (and that is good news to me). Also, as referenced above, the fact that Monken “adjusts” his schemes to what the DCs are giving him is also encouraging. We don’t need to be stoic in run or pass happy offenses…we need a dude who is not afraid to mix it up to “show” what is working against that particular defense on that particular Saturday. I’m about as happy with Monken as a puppy with 2 peters. GATA

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  7. Dayyum! How bad did the Playpen get yesterday to have it scrubbed from history…?

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  8. tiredofidsearch

    Maybe I’m crazy but it seemed to me (even after JT took control). If we threw an incompletion on first down, 99% of the time we ran up the gut on 2nd down. I called it from my seat over and over.

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  9. Also stats say JT needs 3rd and long.

    Man, that was wild.

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  10. RangerRuss

    I think the Dawgs will be more innovative on offense. Damn sure have the talent and coordinator for that.
    But I agree with Corch. They need to fuckn show me.

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