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Offensive to the Offense


Going along with the general theme of post so far this week, Not So Special Teams and In Defense of the Defense, and after reading chuckdawg's comment in the latter:

If our offense doesnt at least flip the field a good bit of the time then they screwed the D over. I have no idea why we are ok with not getting first downs but go bananas that we didnt pitch a shutout on D. The game doesnt work in a vacuum on each side of the ball. I be pissed as hell (and I could hear it in Garrison Smith’s voice) if I got a good defensive stand only to go back out with my back on the goal line, repeat.

I wanted to see exactly how much the Offense was throwing the Defense under the bus. UGA has ran, by my count, 96 offensive series. Out of these 96 the Offense has failed to produce points on 45 of them ( I did not include special teams turnovers in the series count). That is a failure rate of 47%. Considering how highly explosive the Offense was expected to be this year that is unacceptable. Before anyone says "but injuries have decimated us", 29 of those failed scoring opportunities occurred before Missouri. UGA failed to score, game by game, 9 times against Clemson, 2 against South Carolina, 9 against North Texas, 3 against LSU, 6 against Tennessee, and 8 times against both Missouri and Vanderbilt. Anyone see any significance in those numbers?

Breaking it down further, each failed series consisted of an average of 3.711 plays, with the longest being a 10 play series against Missouri resulting in a fumble and the shortest being 1 (4 different occurrences). Each failed series also averaged just 11.111 yards each. In other words UGA's high powered offense ran 167 plays and gained 500 yards (2.99 yards per play). Five series gained more than 40 yards and failed to generate points while 30 series failed to gain more than 9 yards (13 of those failed to gain 1 yard). I am sorry but both are unacceptable, you gain 40+ yards should yield at least 3 (considering most of UGA kickoff returns are touchbacks). 36 of the 45 series consisted of 4 plays or less. And the UGA Offense did not give the Defense must time to rest , out of the 45 failing series the offense only ate up 71 minutes and 47 seconds off the clock. In other words 1 minute and 37 seconds per series...that is not enough time to unstrap your helmet, drink some water and strap back up; much less actually rest a little.

But the news is not completely bad when talking about the failures of the Offense. Following each of the 45 failed offensive series, the Defense came back onto the field and held the opponents scoreless on 29 of those occasions (allowing 14 touchdowns and 2 Field Goals). That is a success rate of 64% after being thrown under the bus and having to buckle up within 2 minutes.

So putting all things into perspective, reading through Chuck's Special Teams and TKK's Defensive Write-Ups, what does all this tell you? UGA has problems in all 3 elements of the game. Everyone was aware of the Special Team flaws going into the season, everyone recognized that the Defense was young, would struggle and give up points; but everyone expected the Offensive to bail both out and lead UGA to Atlanta and beyond. What I see even in the pre-decimated games is that the Offense is just a guilty as the other 2 elements and the Defense may not be quite a bad as people are saying.

GO DAWGS

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