Moar film study from the enemy

From Land-Grant Holy Land, a look at Georgia’s passing game, focusing on Stetson Bennett:

The Georgia Bulldogs are a team built on the backs of five-star recruits, making them incredibly hard to underestimate. At one key position though, they have a constantly overlooked star who is the engine of the entire Georgia offense. That player is Stetson Bennett IV, the quarterback whose story has been told time and time again since he became entrenched as a starter.

Bennett’s pathway to get to where he’s at is part of why opposing fans still overlook the undersized signal-caller. Coming in at a generous 5-foot-11 and an even more generous 195 pounds. His size is not ideal. But he makes up for it with a natural ability to extend plays as well as surprising arm strength.

Georgia’s passing offense is not solely reliant on their unheralded quarterback. They have dynamic tight ends and receivers who do their job well. Offensive coordinator Todd Monken has knack for drawing his players open with horizontal crosses and a play-action passing game. Once the group lulls opponents to sleep, they take shots downfield.

For Ohio State to limit the Bulldogs’ offense, containing Bennett to the pocket is the first place to start. If pressure is brought, making sure rush lanes are maintained is key. If the coverage downfield breaks down and the rush doesn’t get home – which has been a problem for the Buckeyes – Bennett has all the talent to beat them.

One thing I like about that post in particular is that it highlights Georgia’s performance in the Tennessee game, given that UT is the SEC team most like OSU.

They conclude by noting that they didn’t discuss the tight ends, because no one underestimates Georgia’s tight ends.  If you’re looking for something to fill in that particular gap, this Eleven Warriors post should do the trick.

The versatility of these two all-conference tight ends is the foundation of the 2022 Georgia offense. Coordinator Todd Monken keeps both on the field on most occasions and moves the two all over the field.

That movement is often dynamic as well, as the Bulldogs use pre-snap shifts, trades, and motions on nearly every single play. Very often, they will line up in one formation before shifting to another and quickly snapping the ball.

As a former NFL assistant, Monken rarely speaks publicly about his scheme, either to the media or at coaching clinics. However, it’s apparent that the goal of all this pre-snap movement is to force defenses into thinking and communicating, rather than just lining up and reacting.

Lots of good stuff in both posts.  Take a look.



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12 responses to “Moar film study from the enemy

  1. In Todd we trust.

    He has forgotten more offense than Ryan Day knows.

    I imagine we’re going to have a similar game plan to Michigan and have better athletes to execute. If we take care of the ball and limit their ability to make explosive plays, I like our chances.


  2. Interesting they give Bennett his due for being a Heisman finalist. They did not go into how we use our RBs in the passing game, and when teams choose to rush Stetson from the edges, we manball them to death. The OSU DL simply has to overpower and dominate the LOS for them to keep us below our scoring average. That’s where our 5* talent is…can’t see it happening.


    • gastr1

      They also seem to be completely oblivious to AD Mitchell’s importance and almost certain dynamic participation in the Peach Bowl.


    • miltondawg

      I could be proven to be completely wrong, but I don’t think that OSU has the interior defensive lineman necessary to keep Georgia’s offense in check for very long. Edge pressure is great, but if Stetson can step up in the pocket he’ll kill them on the crossing routes/deep balls or take off and pick up yards with his feet. If I had been born cursed as an OSU fan, my nightmares the coming two weeks would be about the inability to consistently plug up the middle of the LOS.


      • silvercreekdawg

        On the flip side, the OSU interior OL is very weak compared to the edges. Their OTs are very good.

        NFL defenses specialize in interior QB pressures vs college defenses pressuring from the edges. Methinks Jalen Carter will be in Stroud’s face all night long and that’s a very good thing for the UGA D. Stroud isn’t very good when forced off his spot and I expect JC88 will live in their backfield.


        • Down Island Way

          tosu can watch all the UGA football game film they want, game plan is one thing, what the UGA football “OC” pulls from his bag of tricks is another, taking what tosu d is giving and exploiting two series later and it’s game on, should all 3 phases be working for UGA football vs tosu, Agent Herbstreit ain’t gonna be a happy suckeye alum (at half time)…GO DAWGS!


  3. SenorLorenzo

    Or in other words, the opposing D pulls their chair up to the table ready to make their responding checker move, when Monken suddenly replaces his checkers with chess pieces, and they go, “WHUT?!!!”


  4. David D

    If we head into the half with a lead, I want to see us not repeat the 3rd quarters of Florida and LSU. Protect the ball and score. The more, the better.

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  5. I feel like most of our struggles this season were self- imposed. I’ll give credit to Tech and really Missouri for giving us some issues but I’ve honestly felt that we’ve almost changed our gameplan to intentionally cause a struggle at times. I’ve never believed a coaching staff would do that but it’s been kind hard to ignore at times.

    I expect we’ll be bringing our best for the next 8 quarters. Just protect the ball a little better.