This is a long answer from Georgia’s offensive coordinator.
On the fall off in explosive plays from the running backs. What can you do to get those long, game-changing plays? How are the RBs doing?
“First off, we’ve got an excellent group of running backs and all five can play here. Dell does a great job of keeping those guys fresh. They’ve been pretty selfless in terms of understanding that it probably benefits them to not have the wear and tear on them. Obviously, we have to become more explosive in the run game. I think we were consistent for the most part. Obviously, we had a couple of games with Mississippi State and the bowl game where we didn’t nearly run it as well as you would like to be able to control the game because you can’t control the game if you can’t run it. Obviously we’ve got to do a better job of getting the ball to the perimeter because there is more space out there. That will help us. Obviously, formationally we can do some things differently. Then there were some games that obviously, the Kentucky game we ran the ball well but it’s more in terms of 5, 6, 7 or 10 here but we definitely have to be more explosive and you know that Vance that’s how you win the game is to be explosive and not turn it over. So there’s a balance. You’re exactly right. We’ve got to become more explosive in the run game and we have to do it without having a dual-threat quarterback. That will add to that as well. At times, you may not get the QB draw or the scramble run or the zone read. That’s no excuse. We’ve got good enough running backs. We’ve definitely got to be more explosive.”
To start with, you have to like the way he shoulders the blame for the running game not being as explosive as it needs to be. He’s got sufficient talent for the job; he’s got to find ways to create bigger plays in the running game.
Here’s the data regarding explosive plays from the backs:
Okay, there’s something that Jim Chaney did well (although it certainly helped to have Chubb, Michel and Swift). Coley was essentially the equivalent of a gas station attendant who mistakenly put the wrong grade of gas in the tank (not that Fromm’s woes in the season’s second half helped). Last season’s rebound was nice, especially since teams focused on stopping the run game, but as Monken indicates, it was nothing but a good start.
That all being said, you’ve got to have more than a little faith in a guy who drew up a formation on the first play against Florida that resulted in this…
… to find a few more explosive running plays.