From the Field – Georgia vs. Vanderbilt

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From the Field – Georgia vs. Vanderbilt

Cade Mays (77) and Isaiah Wilson (79)

Same stuff, different day – get used to it. Yes, Georgia had some explosive plays Saturday night, but the game plan (actually the offensive philosophy) is pedestrian. It goes like this: recruit massive and talented offensive linemen in large numbers. Then deploy those fellows in waves against an opponent’s defense with the intent of wearing out the defense. Continue to use an infantry assault as the basis of the offense until the resistance weakens. Stay the course game-to-game and season-to-season while continuing to recruit to the system.
Offensive coordinators in the stands (OCiS) may clamor for the latest gadgetry, but they are going to get more of the same from Kirby and Company. Miraculously, as the defenses that face the Dawgs wear down, the play calls get smarter (pun intended). Can you remember the bad old days back in ‘16? Jim Chaney was the favorite whipping boy of the OCiS, but as the system has been established, Sam Pittman’s offensive line is making him a genius. Every play call works if the blocks are executed and the blocks get easier when the defense is tired and the offense is fresh. Here is what Kirby said when asked why his running game was better in the second half against Vandy:
“ … When they set their cleats in the ground it’s hard to run the ball early in our conference. So with every run, there is a 320-pound man leaning on you. Eventually, you get tired of a 320-pound man leaning on you, and you continue to do that it wears people down and I think there’re no magical schemes – there’s no invent plays – we run the same plays in the second half that we run in the first half. It’s just … they get tired.”
There will be no offensive magic when the Dawgs take the field in Tiger Stadium next Saturday. The gameplan will be the same – wear them out and go home with a “W.”





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Greg is closing in on 11 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.