Thoughts On Missouri

I have a couple of questions that will serve as a preview of the Missouri game.

What kind of offense does Missouri run?

Missouri runs a spread offense that is proficient at running the ball, leading the SEC in rushing yards per game.  They have a trio of running backs (Russell Hansbrough, Henry Josey, and Marcus Murphy).  They also have a very talented and mobile senior quarterback James Franklin. Missouri is 2nd in the SEC in scoring offense and total offense.  They are first in the conference in rushing and 4th in passing.

What kind of offense does a Grantham coached team struggle against?

Credit will be given out to “any offense other than the high school offense Georgia Tech runs,” but the answer I was looking for was the exact kind that Missouri has.

Who is Dorial Green-Beckham?

He was the VHT #1 receiving prospect in the nation.  He is only 6’6” and 225 lbs. And is 5th in the SEC from recieving, right behind Beckahm and Landry from LSU who gave our secondary fits.

What is the weakest position group for the Georgia defense?

The secondary.

I think that about sums it up.

Look, Missouri hasn’t played anyone of consequence so they aren’t exactly battled tested.  But, our team might be a little too battle worn.

I have no doubt Missouri will score points on the defense.  No doubt.  At this point, anything under 30 points will be a major accomplishment.

With the injuries on the team, the offense went from being the most dynamic it has ever been to going back to 2003 type play.  Georgia’s biggest strength was it could I-formation, Pistol, 4 wide in consecutive plays, with great success in each formation, running and passing.  The injuries and the depth have taken that away.  Now are we going back to a very basic, vanilla offense again?  That is OK.  It works for Alabama and LSU, and it worked for us for many years.  But for that vanilla offense to work, you have got to have a good defense.  Otherwise, you are just a more athletic version of Arkansas.

You can’t trust this defense to make a stop on 3rd and long and 4th down, much less make a series of stops or create turnovers to put the now depleted offense in a good situation.

I am going to say this, and I don’t want to seem overly dramatic. This Missouri game might be the most difficult and pivotal game on the schedule until the SECCG (if we make it).  More so than Florida.  At least by Jacksonville, e Gurley should be back and the offense will have more time to gel and get more acclimated to the new normal. Notice I didn’t say anything about the defense improving because I am not holding out hope for that anymore.

But after what happened against Tennessee, this game sets up awful for us.  Noon game at home, a half asleep crowd, a senior quarterback and very talented receiver leading an offense that will put up points.

The Dawgs couldn’t catch a break and get Kentucky or a Sun Belt team at this point.  Can the offense respond and put up the necessary points?

We shall see.  But this game is very important and will chart what the Dawgs do the rest of the way.



8 Responses to “Thoughts On Missouri”

  1. 1 Bulldawg Bill October 9, 2013 at 10:21 am

    What do you suggest, Stychnine or .38?

  2. 2 Moe Pritchett October 9, 2013 at 11:07 am

    the strychnine may give you another game or two to see if things get sorted out. the .38 messes up the carpet for the next tenants.

  3. 4 wilk October 9, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    The defense comes together this week. They stop 80% of the 3rd and longs, and they hold Missory to 24 or less.

    See, optimism is so much easier before the game.

  4. 5 Dawgy1 October 9, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Missouri has beat Murray State who was beaten worse by Bowling Green, beat Toledo who was beaten worse by Ball State, beat Indiana who was beaten by Navy, beat Arkansas State who was beaten worse by Memphis. The win over Vandy was impressive, but this will be by far, even with the injuries the best team Missouri has faced. What does this mean? Maybe nothing but, it gives me some optimism.

    • 6 Vusani October 9, 2013 at 11:20 pm

      What you wrote is correct but ask Indiana if the defense they saw was on any if the tape they watched of Murray State or Toledo? Ask Vandy how Mizzou used their TEs before the Vandy game and then how Eric Waters showed up. If anything Mizzou has seen just about anything Georgia has to offer. Should be a fun game. Good luck.

  5. 8 Dukes October 10, 2013 at 3:04 am

    Still trying to figure out why people are impressed by Missouri.

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