The Georgia Bulldogs hit a major obstacle over the weekend, losing to Auburn 40-17 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
The Bulldogs’ offense was stagnant on Saturday, despite the fact that they have several talented running backs to give the ball to. Many were calling for Georgia to run more screen plays, but it never happened.
On Tuesday evening, coach Kirby Smart said running screen plays isn’t easy when teams are keying on Georgia’s running backs (via 247Sports):
“It’s hard to do the way people play us,” Smart said. “We don’t see traditional coverages. People don’t play us the way we play people. The way people play us a lot of times is take the run away. A lot of times it’s like that. It’s not as simple as calling a screen play. There’s more to it than that.”
He complimented Auburn’s defense, saying they didn’t make it easy for Georgia to get the ball to Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and D’Andre Swift:
“We’re trying to find ways to get the backs the ball because we’ve got a lot of backs,” Smart said. “But they covered our backs out of the backfield last week. They covered our backs out of the slot.”You’re always trying to find a way to get them the ball. There’s no easy way against good defenses.”
The Bulldogs will have to figure out a way to beat good defenses, because they’re sure to see elite defenses in the SEC Championship Game and postseason play.
This weekend’s game against Kentucky will provide a chance for Smart’s crew to work through some new things.