Nick Chubb for offensive coordinator!
“I know I wanted to run the ball more ‘cause our passing game just wasn’t in rhythm,” said Chubb, who ran for 146 yards to tie Herschel Walker’s streak of 13 consecutive 100-yard game. “It would’ve been great to run the ball because things were actually starting to open up. If we could have threw the ball off running the ball we could’ve had a better passing game.”
Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer did not disagree. He said the game plan was to test Bama’s beefy defense on the edges rather than run straight into its four-man front of 300-pound defensive linemen. But Georgia’s backs could never get turned up field as linebacker Reggie Ragland and defensive back Geno Smith racked up tackles on the perimeter.
“We wanted to test the edges,” Schottenheimer said after the Bulldogs practiced Tuesday. “They’re big, strong physical guys. But we probably did it a few times too often, to tell you the truth. A couple of times they ran through from the back side. I think we probably could’ve got to it a little bit earlier. That’s obviously on me. … They did a good job defending it.”
I guess we shouldn’t expect them to make the same mistake twice. And judging from the stats, that makes complete sense. Tennessee is eleventh in the conference in rushing defense. Establishing the run to set up the pass, Georgia’s modus operandi, should be the rule of the day, as the Vols are an even worse thirteenth in passing defense.