Okay, Georgia’s scoring and yards per play increased, 2021 over 2020 season. Yet, injuries did a great deal of damage to Georgia’s deep passing game, as Pickens, Burton and Smith all lost significant chunks of playing time.
So, what’s the secret to their success? Efficiency, in spades.
Expected points added is an efficiency measure that, in essence, mathematically examines how a team does on a play-by-play basis compared to the expectation. As with most statistics, a higher number is better for an offense and reflects an offense that was consistently moving the ball and avoiding mistakes and/or negative plays.
How did Monken’s playcalling work into that? Have a look:
He cut back on the deep throws, a reflection on the status of the receiver injuries and perhaps a recognition of Bennett’s strengths vs. those of Daniels, and ramped up play action and screen throws.
All of which gets you to this:
Despite cutting back on the deep passing game, Georgia’s offensive explosiveness improved last season, thereby proving there’s more than one way to skin that particular cat. Todd Monken, in other words, seems adaptable. Also, it doesn’t hurt to have a unicorn tight end involved in the offense.