The cost of earning respect

I speculated about Stetson Bennett yesterday.

All of which makes me wonder if we’re on the cusp of seeing a change in tactics from opposing defensive coordinators. The old approach was to load up the box to stop the run and make Bennett beat you throwing the ball. Will the new one be to pressure Bennett relentlessly and take your chances with Georgia’s run game?

It sounds like Seth Emerson ($$) may be singing from the same hymnbook.

… Especially if Oregon head coach Dan Lanning, who went against Bennett in practice the past three years, dials up the right approach to containing and rattling him Saturday. It could happen. So many defenses the past few years were stacking the line and geared toward stopping Georgia’s run, and Bennett was able to burn that. Lanning may not make that mistake.

Nor may other opposing coaches. Football coaches, as part of their job, know football, and the good ones take preconceived notions out of their thought process. They’ll look at last year’s film and see that Bennett has the skill set to beat them. They’ll respect Bennett and game plan accordingly.

We shall see.  But Monken’s pretty good with that game plan accordingly stuff, too.



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34 responses to “The cost of earning respect

  1. uga97

    Bo knows Kirby will do the same to him.

    But Monken will lean on a stout Oline to feed the skill positions a steady diet with plenty of YPC to go around.


    • Down Island Way

      The UGA football “OC” is gonna’ do what you let him do, when the scoreboard clock is 00:00, you will feel like he just did you…GO DAWGS!


  2. Bulldawg Bill

    As always,you pick your poison. Nothing new here.

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    • Biggen

      This. Stack the box and we sling it around. Bring pressure on Bennett and he hits the WRs that Monken strategically places on the field to deal with blitzing LB/CBs or he scrambles away for 15 yard pickups.

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  3. Godawg

    If so then…RUN THE DAMN BALL!

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  4. Ran A

    This is a really-really good offensive line. Dan can warn them of the physicality all he wants; these boys have never ran into the line they are going to see on Saturday. As this game goes; I expect Georgia to wear down Oregon. You can only get so far with emotion, which creates adrenaline. Hard to hold that adrenaline against a physically superior opponent, with a veteran QB, RB’S and Tight Ends and truthfully – WR group.. The means your offense has to keep up. And while Georgia may give us some plays due to youth – just do not believe Oregon can sustain it.

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  5. practicaldawg

    Knowing what Stetson, his TEs, and his OL can do is one thing. Knowing how to stop it with Oregon’s roster is an entirely different matter.


  6. Dawg in Austin

    Thankfully every team in the country doesn’t have Anderson and Turner coming off the edges, or else I’d be more concerned. Hopefully by the time we get to December our tackles are in peak form. Until those last 2 drives in the natty, they were getting abused.


  7. W Cobb Dawg

    This is a PAC defense we’re talking about. Giving up huge amounts of yardage by the pass, by the run, or a combination of both, is part of their game plan. When they hold opponents under 40 it’s front page news.

    Rattle SBIV?! That’s a joke, right?

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    • Yeah. Last year Oregon didn’t play a single team at Georgia’s level (teams at that level would be… checks notes…. UGA and Bama).

      Here are the two best (only “really good) teams OR played last year (regular season, not counting bowl) and the points the Ducks GAVE UP:

      OH State: 28
      Utah: 38

      I’m really expecting the Dawgs to put up 50+.


  8. originaluglydawg

    This sounds like the defensive game plan against Alabama.
    Anytime you can make a QB uncomfortable, you’ve accomplished something. HOWEVER…you’d better have a run defense similar to what UGA (with Lanning) had last year to cash in on it.
    You need to be very rich in defensive line athleticism to do both.
    Otherwise, your just playing roulette.


  9. akascuba

    Lanning certainly has better insight to Bennett’s weaknesses than any other coach on the schedule. Knowing what needs to be done is not the same as getting it done. As long as SBIV and company stay healthy there is no one on the current schedule coach Monken can’t have his way with.


  10. Texas Dawg

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and place my bet that Kirby and Monken have game planned for this exact scenario. As OCD as Kirby is, I doubt he has left any stones unturned in preparation.

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  11. Clayton Joiner

    And I’m assume that the thought of ads not stacking the box gives Coach Smart warm fuzzies…so pick your poison if your trying to scheme our O.

    Let’s get this party started! Let’s Go Dawgs!

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  12. When you have a TE releasing into the flats with the size and speed of our boys, you’re going to regret the corner blitz. And we can put one on either side at the same time! I expect Lanning to blitz his two best players who are at the LB position from various looks and it will work a few times…but Stetson will burn them a few times as well.

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  13. Tommy Perkins

    “take your chances with Georgia’s run game?”

    via GIPHY


  14. toccoadawg

    Dan knows how to defend our offense better than any other coach but does he have the players to do it with? He has two very good LBs and a very good edge, is that enough to offset Monken? I don’t think it is. Those same LBs will have to cover our TEs in addition to dealing with our OL, running game, and RBs catching passes. Plus Monken has had extra time to prepare and he knows Dan fairly well too! I think Dan can slow down Stetson and the offense but I don’t think he can stop it. This game will be closer than what Vegas thinks or least that’s the way I’m betting.

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  15. Tony BarnFart

    But how is Oregon shaping up at long snappuh ?

    No clue how this game is going to go. Could be a bar fight if we can’t get our new legs under us……..could be Arkansas2.0 if they get discombobulated and the crowd starts smelling blood.


  16. Nil Butron is a Pud

    All that “Lanning knows us” talk is great and everything, but don’t sleep on the fact that this is the first time SBIV was QB1 for the spring and the fall. I’m guessing that extra time in the Monken saddle counts for something…

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  17. ciddawg

    Lookout Danald Duck!!!
    The mailman, he rings two times…