If there was one thing I was concerned about from day 1 with Schotty’s play calling, it was if the offense got to a point where it was struggling, could his NFL mind be creative enough to figure out a way to mix it up? I said so before fall camp, and even the day he was hired.
Here is what I wrote on January 8:
Can a NFL mind have the capacity for abstract thought?
Look at Sony Michel as an example. He is a special back. I think Chubb is the man, but Michel is a special, unique talent. He is not the kind of back you want to run behind a fullback between the tackles every time he touches the ball. But he is a dangerous weapon. Bobo found ways to utilize his talents-giving him sweeps in motion, Wildcat runs, lining him up as the slot receiver and throwing him the ball, etc.
Will Schotty know how to use guys that aren’t the cookie cutter ‘pro-style” guys he finds in the pros?
….I don’t know if that will be the case with Schotty. Time will tell. But I saw enough of LSU play to know that an NFL offensive mind can have trouble changing things up to make the offense work.
Georgia has been very secretive with the media this year. All we heard last week was that Georgia was going to get back to the basics last week, and wait until yesterday to install the Florida plan. But in the bye week, can our offense put in a few wrinkles to mix it up?
Clearly, with Lambert struggling and Nick Chubb injured, something needs to be different.
Like I said back in January, and we have seen this to be true, Sony Michel is a special player. But he is not built to be an every down between the tackle back. Sure, he can break a long run up the middle, but considering his injury history, he is just not built to run the ball up the middle 20 times a game. That is not a knock against him, that is just the truth.
It has been ten years since Georgia went to Jacksonville and lost to Urban Meyer’s first Florida team. If you’ll remember, Florida was struggling the first year under Meyer’s spread offense. What did Florida do against us? They used the bye week, incorporated the tight end and full back, and zoomed out to a quick 14-0 lead. And that was all the offense the Gators needed with an injured D.J. Shockley.
Florida has a top 20 defense nationally in total defense, scoring defense and is #21 in rushing defense. The good news is that Georgia’s defense isn’t far behind.
I always go into Jacksonville thinking we are going to win. This year, I am skeptical. I am going into the Florida game with as low expectations as I’ve had twice, one time being the 2009 game when they had Tebow, Harvin, Spikes, etc. and we had Joe Cox. The only other time I thought Georgia would be run off the field was 2007.
The reason Georgia has lost, more often than not, is because the inability to score touchdowns and settle for field goals. Couple the fact that Georgia has not kicked well in Jacksonville, and Marshall Morgan’s erratic kicking (9/14 this year), this does not bode well for Georgia and an offense that is struggling to find its way. Settling for field goals in Jacksonville, and making them, has been a struggle throughout Richt’s tenure.
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So if Georgia has to settle for 3 instead of 7, and then doesn’t make the 3, it will be a long afternoon on the Banks of St. John’s River Saturday.
So this goes back to my original point-Georgia will have to do something different on offense. I don’t know what that will need to be, but hopefully some imagination and creativity has been sparked during the bye week.