Q. This is for Coach Saban and Jordan: What did you guys do to really fluster Stetson Bennett tonight and obviously force him into a couple of huge mistakes?
JORDAN BATTLE: I think the main thing in this game was our disguises. We put in a lot of disguises this week. That was the big thing. Just have his eyes wandering around before the play. I think we did a good job on the back end and linebackers stemming and disguising. So I think that was a big part of the game.
NICK SABAN: I think that you try to change the picture as much as you can and make the quarterback try to make decisions after he gets the ball in his hand. Stetson Bennett to me is very instinctive, very good player. If he knows what the picture is — and I couple times tonight when he knew what the picture was, that’s when he made plays, and several big plays.
So I think us changing the picture on him a little bit helped. We have to play the ball better in the deep part of the field. We’ve had a couple of those the last couple of weeks that are things that we need to do better, but all in all, I think that was probably the one thing that helped it the most.
Pass rush always helps you. If you get good pass rush. We affected him in the pocket. He scrambled some, which is — you hate, but you’re also affecting a guy when you do that because you’re not throwing the ball on time.
January 10, 2022 ($$):
“I think that they switched up some stuff, had different tendencies,” Young said. “And I have to process that faster, just make the right play for the team better than I did tonight. So they changed some things, and I wasn’t able to execute.”
Alabama ran a stunning 85 plays Monday night. That was the highest number of plays Georgia had to defend all season. Bryce Young, the Heisman Trophy winner, put the ball in the air 57 times. No other offense had attempted more than 48 passes against Georgia’s defense this season. On paper, you’d think that would have been a disaster for the Dawgs, but Young finished with his second worst passer rating of the season. Sure, the two picks were a factor in that, but the bigger deal was only averaging 6.5 yards per attempt.
Georgia made Young work for everything. In the end, that worked for Georgia.