My, how the strategery turntables have turned

December 9, 2021:

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.


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50 responses to “My, how the strategery turntables have turned

  1. mp

    I think this is why sometimes the loser of the first matchup has a slight edge in the rematch (talent being equal). They know what didn’t work and can adjust, but the winner would be best advised to keep doing the things they were doing in the first game.

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    • Illini84

      The slight edge isn’t supported by rematch statistics is it?


      • mp

        That’s why I added the caveat on the talent level needing to be equal. The information learned from one team beating another is that the winner is usually significantly better.

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        • gastr1

          FWIW: “Alabama-Georgia will be the 5th time teams have met twice in the same season with both meetings being AP Top-5 matchups. The loser of the first game won the rematch in all 4 previous instances.” The oldest of these pairs of games was Ole Miss-LSU in 1959.

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    • originaluglydawg

      But even the loser of the first did some things well (usually) that can be adjusted for. I believe the Old Ball Sack got it right when he said, “Usually, the better team wins” (or something like that). As Saban said, Georgia has been the most consistent team all year…and odds makers…Georgia has has been the better team for the whole season.

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  2. I’m sure losing Williams had something to do with it, but it seemed we were going to force Young to get rid of the ball quickly and make the tackle immediately. For most of the game, that’s exactly what we did.

    Liked by 8 people

  3. olddawg22

    How perfect that Nolan Smith got that last sack! Young ends the game in the fetal position!

    Liked by 10 people

  4. Terry McCullers

    We made life tough for him. He had to get the ball out quickly. Took some shots after the throw. He doesn’t like contact. One of the reasons we won. National Champions BAby.

    Liked by 5 people

    • originaluglydawg

      True. Auburn cut the template to show how to minimize BY’s effectiveness.
      He becomes a mortal human being when he’s pressured.
      Not taking anything away from him though. He’s a great player and a fine young man.

      Liked by 2 people

  5. uga97

    And holding them to 40 yds rushing. And a dead pony shot in Indy. Sheer utopian & euphoric bliss. Ain’t coming down from this cloud for a while.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. 81Dog

    A warfare is based on deception, according to Sun Tzu. 🙂

    That game ending sack reminded me of another win over Alabama in 1976,in Athens. Still the wildest week I ever saw in Athens. And that’s not a criticism of any of the other great weeks since then.

    Also, UGA is undefeated in Indiana! 🙂

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  7. gotthepicture

    I guess if you can’t depend on Stetson to win if he attempts more than 30 passes, you can’t expect Young to win if he attempts more than 52 passes.

    Also, not sure if the numbers are correct, but I heard that Georgia averaged 4.7 ypc (but like 2.5 w/out the Cook long run) and that Bama averaged 4.7 ypp. Yikes!

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  8. W Cobb Dawg

    Cry havoc and let slip the Dawgs of war!

    We couldn’t have gift wrapped that heisman any better with our ‘contain’ strategy in the seccg, Bryce. But every Dawg has his day – and ours was Monday.

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  9. biggusrickus

    I was still left thinking that Young was insanely good. That throw me made on the drop before the blocked field goal with a guy about to light him up was ridiculous. But the constant pressure did cause some misfires and misreads.

    Liked by 7 people

    • siskey

      Young throws guys open and has that Aaron Rodgers ability to put the ball on his receiver’s hands. What a great effort by our team to beat him and Bama.

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    • Biggen

      Young is excellent. Even with heavy pressure, he is generally accurate. If you give him 2.5+ seconds he will burn you big time. Gotta just hit him a lot which we were able to do most of the night.

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    • Texas Dawg

      Young is incredibly accurate most of the time. Like any QB, that accuracy drops when he’s running for is life and getting hit often. That was the difference in the two game. In the first game he was Superman. In the rematch he was just a good QB. You’re not going to stop him from making plays, you just have to limit them and make him pay (dearly) for them. Suspect he woke up Tuesday morning a lot more sore than he did after the SECCG.

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    • 123 Fake St

      Football is a game of inches. Our D did enough to barely misfire on a few huge plays.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. mddawg

    From what little I saw of Young’s post-game comments, he seems to be putting the loss all on himself even though he threw for over 350 yards and he was giving his receivers a chance all night long. That kid is going to be motivated as hell next season.

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  11. PTC DAWG

    The team wasn’t healthy the first Saturday in December, I’m even more convinced of it now.

    That said, great game plan. They couldn’t run the damn ball. It was glorious.

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  12. classiccitycanine

    We did what we had to do: speed up his clock and make him throw before he wants to. It’s a good thing the front 7 were so dominant because there were some openings in the secondary. Even with all that pressure, if not for a few drops, we might be singing a different tune. The kid is super impressive, and I hope we get someone like him on our team one day.

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    • PTC DAWG

      Call the non fumbles right and the game is different too. How did Stet fumble the ball that far forward and sideways?

      I thought Young’s call early in the game could have gone either way…surprised they changed the call on the field…well, not really.


      • classiccitycanine

        I agreed with both calls so I’m not really factoring those into a counterfactual.


      • Both calls were correct, though I believe if you’re gonna call Bennett’s grounding (which was discussed), you have to call Young’s grounding.

        The ball came dislodged from Bennett’s hand before his arm started moving forward. But it was only by a fraction of a second…so as his arm came forward, his hand still pushed the ball in the intended direction… thus the distance traveled.

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  13. signaldawg

    I was surprised Bama didn’t try to establish more of a running game with Robinson healthy. Less than 10 rushing attempts in the first half. I guess when you have the Heisman winner on your team you let him do his thing. Maybe the strategy was to wear the defense down and lean more on the running game in the second half.


  14. If you’d told me Young would have 57 pass attempts against our D, I’d expect a W. He’s the Heisman winner but Bama isn’t Klingler and Houston. We had offensive balance and Bama had next to none. We made big plays in all 3 facets of the game.

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  15. Russ

    85 plays but for just 4.7 YPP. Meanwhile, we had 6.5 YPP on 56 plays. We were much more efficient.

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