Ruthlessly efficient

I don’t think Brian Fremeau intended Dawg porn when he posted this:

The Georgia Bulldogs opened their game against Arkansas with a 75-yard touchdown drive to take an early 7-0 lead. Based on how dominant their defense has been playing this season, that drive alone might have been enough to secure a victory. The Razorbacks offense went 14 yards backward on its first drive, then picked up only 1 yard on its second. Arkansas punted from inside its own 10-yard line twice in the first quarter. The second punt was blocked by the Bulldogs and recovered for a touchdown and a 21-0 lead before Arkansas had even gained positive yardage for the game. Georgia never relented on defense against Arkansas, recording its second consecutive shutout victory and its third non-garbage shutout of the season, securing its place alongside Alabama as clear frontrunners in the national championship race.

Georgia has been exceptional to date on the defensive side of the ball, smothering and gang-tackling helpless opposing offenses into submission. They have the most ferocious, talented, and deep front seven in the game, and their defensive performance metrics are currently on pace to shatter most if not all of the best efficiency marks I have tracked since 2007.

Head coach Kirby Smart was the defensive coordinator for Nick Saban’s teams in Alabama from 2008 to 2015, a stretch in which the Crimson Tide won four national titles and led the nation in defensive points per drive allowed three times (2011, 2012, 2015). The gold standard defense of the Nick Saban era was the 2011 unit that allowed a paltry 0.51 points per drive on non-garbage possessions against FBS opponents and owns all-time (since 2007) performance records in seven key defensive drive efficiency metrics. Georgia is currently allowing only 0.16 points per drive in 2021 and is outpacing 2011 Alabama in six of those seven metrics.

Best Defensive Efficiency Metrics Since 2007
Metric 2011
Points Per Drive 0.51 0.16
Available Yards % 18.5% 16.2%
Yards Per Play 2.91 2.82
Drive Efficiency 1.83 2.06
Touchdown % 4.8% 0.0%
Value Drive % 10.5% 6.7%
First Down % 41.9% 44.4%
*through Week 5 games

It is still a little too early to make sweeping claims about the best defense ever, but the numbers are almost mind-boggling through five weeks. The Bulldogs have not allowed a non-garbage touchdown drive through five games. Only four opponent non-garbage drives (out of 45) have finished inside the Georgia 30-yard line. More than half of opponent drives have not even crossed the offense’s own 30-yard line. Only four drives against Georgia this season have bested the national average of 5.75 yards per play.

It just came out that way.  Wowser.

Brian does point out the quality level of opposing offenses will rise over the remainder of the regular season, but Georgia’s defensive efficiency won’t really be tested until they face off against the Alabama offense.


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16 responses to “Ruthlessly efficient

  1. RangerRuss

    It’s nice when a hire actually lives up to expectations.

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  2. 79dawg

    A cigarette and a beer in a cold shower two mornings in a row – niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. 81Dog

    Mind bottling. 🙂

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  4. Kirby’s defensive juggernaut keeps on rolling…it’s beyond impressive

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  5. Biggen

    We really don’t face any offensive juggernauts this year. AU and UF doesn’t scare me in the passing game. UT is nothing more than an annoying gnat and UK still doesn’t even have a halfway decent QB. UK should really have lost that game to UF. It was ugly both ways.

    Also, this ain’t the same Bama of the last couple of years where they have otherworldly WRs and QBs on the roster. They are still good and loaded but there are no Heisman WRs running around the out there this year either.

    I just don’t see where the big defensive test is gonna come from.

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  6. ASEF

    Sure, the competition has been mostly crap on the offensive side of the ball, especially with the whole “forward pass” thing, but… it’s a game where offenses now have a lot of inherent advantages. Much more so than 2011.

    My only concern with this defense is that it’s not going to face a competent QB who can test the secondary during the regular season. Screw the stats – it’s just something where you’d like a few stress tests before hitting the big stage.

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    • Biggen

      I’m not sure they will face one in the playoffs this year either.


      • Down Island Way

        Offenses get on a roll, scores go up, when Defenses get on a roll and get cocky/stingy/abrasive/dominate down right nasty, that is when you really got something special (trust me. I don’t know squat about football) this edition of UGA football “D” is something to behold and is REALLY special…(staff included)…


      • ASEF

        Seems a bit of a down year on that front.

        NFL will draft a few QBs in the first round, because that’s what they do, but we’re not seeing the same buzz we saw the last few years with multiple guys being talked about as a possible overall #1 pick.

        Good year to be leading with your D?


        • Biggen

          Yup I agree. Still a lot of football to be played and offenses will get better but I’m not seeing anyone really lighting it up just yet.


  7. Dawg19

    Amongst our weaponry are such diverse elements as fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, an almost fanatical devotion to the G…and nice red uniforms.

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  8. ugafidelis

    Giggity giggity.