Kirby Smart Talks About The Need For Offensive Balance
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart met with the media at Saturday’s Fan Day to discuss UGA’s offensive game plan.
During the Fan Day Press Conference, Georgia Head Coach was asked about his team’s offensive philosophy. Georgia struggled putting points on the board and controlling the ball during most of the past season. After a great showing in the opening game against North Carolina, the rushing attack was inconsistent, at best, during the balance of the season.
In 2016, the Dawgs averaged 191 rushing yards per game and 4.66 yards per carry, both good for only ninth best in the conference. With perhaps the best running back tandem in the country, Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, returning for their senior seasons, talented reserves in sophomores Brian Herrien and Elijah Holyfield and freshman D’Andre Swift, Georgia has the ingredients to have a powerful running game…..if the offensive line can gel.
Coach Smart’s comments follow:
“The first thing you look for in the offense is balance. If you cannot run the ball in critical situations in a game, you are usually not going to win the game. Does that mean you need to lead the SEC in rushing? No. Not necessarily, but that means you better be able to run it when you have to —you have to be able to run it fourth and inches, third and one, goal line situations and the red area. If you cannot run the ball in the red area, you are going to get beat. You have to be able to run the ball some in the red area. At the end of the game, you have to be able to run the clock out. In 33 percent of our SEC games, you are going to have to be able to run the ball, so that toughness and that mentality has to be there. But we all know that the spread element that has taken over college football, being able to make looser plays and make it harder on defenses to defend is much better. Between those two things you want to have balance. You want to get your football players the football. Who are the best guys with the ball in their hands? Who are the best blockers in space to get those guys the ball? In our world, we talk all the time about must-run situational football versus first, second down, out in the open field. How can I get my playmakers the ball? I think when you do that it makes your more productive and you do score more.”