Category Archives: Strategery And Mechanics

Run the damn ball, Schotty.

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.


Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

Genius at work

Arkansas held Josh Dobbs to seven yards rushing on seven carries.  Want to know how?

“Some of the things was Arkansas with their different (looks), being safety-activated, the way they were, the way they played their linebackers,” Jones said. “We did have some designed runs called for him, and then a lot of them were run-pass options, like we do every week. But there were some different nuances in the game plan.

“A lot of it dictates it on the looks that (Dobbs) sees, whether it’s front, whether it’s coverage, whether it’s alignment of the linebackers.”

“Safety-activated”?  I have no idea what that gobbledygook is supposed to mean.  Hopefully, Pruitt is studying the game tape to decipher it.


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Strategery And Mechanics


Another in a series of excellent posts at Roll Bama Roll this week, this one does a little film study breakdown of what Georgia did against South Carolina and notes, in particular, how similar Pruitt’s approach is to Saban/Smart’s.

It catches something I missed, too – Roquan Smith picking up the tight end on the play Leonard Floyd blew up early in the game.  More of that to come as the season progresses, I suspect.


Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

PAWWWLLL, Georgia needs a special teams coach, dammit.

Maybe he’s still got girlfriend problems.


Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

College football has the runs.

Good Jon Solomon piece on how college football is trending on offense so far this season here.  A few highlights:

  • FBS teams are averaging 186.6 rushing yards per game, up from 182.5 through four weeks in 2014. Yards per carry are at 4.67 in 2015, up from 4.59 last season at this time.

  • Passing yards per game have declined three straight years since a record 238.3 yards in 2012. FBS teams have thrown for 239.3 yards per game in the first month of 2015, down from 243.4 in the first four weeks of 2014. However, passing yards per attempt are up 2 percent this season to 7.51.

  • Yards per play — arguably the most pivotal offensive statistic — are up 2 percent to 5.93 compared to the opening month of 2014.

  • Scoring in FBS through the first month is up 1 percent to 31.8 points per game… The SEC was the highest-scoring conference in the opening month of 2014 (39.5 points). But perhaps due to so many teams starting new quarterbacks, the SEC ranks fourth through the first month of 2015 at 32.6 points.

On that last point, Georgia may be bucking a trend.  Through the first four games of 2014, the Dawgs averaged 45.25 ppg.  This year, there’s an ever so slight increase in that average to 45.5.

But the overall story there is one of more scoring, more offensive efficiency and less throwing to do so.  I wonder how much of that can be chalked up to personnel and how much to deliberate strategy.


Filed under College Football, Stats Geek!, Strategery And Mechanics

“The term we use is RPO, but it’s run-pass option and people are doing it all across the country.”

The POP pass – it’s not just for option offenses anymore.

That’s where Georgia’s offense is different under coordinator Brian Schottenheimer this year than it was in previous years under Mike Bobo. Before, the Bulldogs’ always came to the line with the ability to audible to a run from a pass and vice-versa. They still do now.

But they also have a package of plays in which they actually call a run and block for it but have the option of passing on the same play.

Alabama, as we all know, has famously struggled with the play, most noticeably in the game tying play in the 2013 Iron Bowl.  But one big difference with Georgia is that Lambert doesn’t present a running threat.

So a lot of Saturday’s game will be about whether Lambert has time to make the reads he needs to make, and whether Alabama’s defense can disrupt Georgia’s receivers enough to wreck the timing of these plays.  We’ll see who wins.


Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

The POP pass and the ineligible receiver downfield rule, a grumble

I don’t blame the folks at Roll Bama Roll for being peeved about this:

In the aftermath of Alabama’s loss to Ole Miss on Saturday, discussion has been rekindled around the POP pass and its exploitation of the ineligible receiver downfield rule. For those unfamiliar with the current rule, offensive linemen are allowed to be no more than three yards downfield at the time a forward pass is released. Having an arbitrary window like this makes it difficult for the officials to police, as the difference between three yards and four yards can be difficult to ascertain depending on the official’s angle. This inspired a failed rule proposal in the offseason to remove the three yard window and adopt the NFL rule, which allows linemen to advance no more than one yard before the pass is thrown. Proponents of spread offenses argued for better enforcement of the existing rule as opposed to a rule change, suggesting that such a rule change would take an exciting play out of college playbooks.

The rule may not be bullshit, but enforcement of it, as we all know, is close to a joke.  (So much for adding that eighth member to the officiating crew to better keep up with action on the field.)  So, if they’re not going to get serious about it on the field, what to do?

The article suggests expanding what can be reviewed by the replay official to include penalties dealing with time and space.  Eh, I’m not sure what college football needs is another reason to slow the game down.  Brian Cook offers a different approach:

… it might be better to do away with the rule altogether and just call offensive pass interference on any lineman who hits or impedes anyone other than a defensive lineman on a pass play beyond the line of scrimmage. That might be more enforceable—and the penalty would be much stiffer.

Interesting… but I’m not sure why officials would be any more willing to enforce this than the three-yard rule.  Plus – and I know this is nitpicking – in an age of multiple fronts with outside linebackers that jump back and forth between the first and second level, how do you decide whether someone is a lineman on a given pass play?

Bottom line is that it’s sad we’re at a point where we know enforcement of this rule has been a failure and yet nobody expects anything to be done about it.  Well played, Steve Shaw.


Filed under SEC Football, Strategery And Mechanics