Georgia had two of the most talented running backs in the SEC (and arguably the country last season) in Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. Despite that, the Bulldogs weren’t able to run the ball at will on opposing defenses.
Former Bulldogs offensive lineman and SEC Network analyst Matt Stinchcomb stopped by “The Paul Finebaum Show” to talk about UGA’s problems on offense last season and what needs to change this fall.
“They’re going to need some semblance of a passing game, because you saw an underperforming offensive line a year ago. But with no downfield threat, defenses could easily just collapse on a run game that would just vanish,” Stinchcomb said. “You’ve got two very talented if not among the most talented running backs in Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, who were rendered, basically, useless. You saw it versus Florida, where they just basically abandoned the run and said we can’t do this anymore.
“These defenses did not feel threatened by any other element of the offense, and it starts with that quarterback and his ability to at least find some of those targets down field and those wide receivers have to step to complement him.”
When it comes to QB Jacob Eason, Stinchcomb says the rookie excuses no longer apply.
“They don’t want to see a similar performance in that there are throws that should be made that weren’t, overthrows, underthrows, reads that were poorly made and just the general operation of the offense,” Stinchcomb said. “You’re asking a guy to do some things offensively that are different from what they were doing in high school. In high school, he’s looking to the sideline. Now, he’s in the huddle. He’s taking snaps from shotgun (in high school). Now, he has to get under center. All those boxes have now been checked. He should be comfortable with that.”
This offseason, Eason said he focused on the little things to improve his completion percentage. If he can complete more passes and establish a downfield threat, the UGA offense may finally come together.