Kirby Smart Outlines How Georgia Can Overcome Offensive Struggles

Kirby Smart Outlines How Georgia Can Overcome Offensive Struggles

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Kirby Smart Outlines How Georgia Can Overcome Offensive Struggles


Georgia’s offense has been less than stellar this season, with slow starts, poor 3rd and long conversion rates and stalled drives in SEC play.

The run game currently ranks 16th in the nation, averaging 250 yards per game on the ground. Georgia has carried the ball 210 times this season (27th in the FBS), compared to just 110 pass attempts (114th in the FBS).

Though the rushing attack has taken off, the offense has still struggled. No matter how good the run game may be, Georgia can’t afford to put itself in 3rd and long positions where they are forced to throw. On plays of 3rd and 9 or longer, Jake Fromm is 1-14 on converting. 4 sacks, 2 interceptions and 1 fumble have been the result of a few of those attempts.

And that’s not all on Fromm. The offensive line has not done its part in fully protecting the sophomore quarterback, and Kirby Smart is quick to point out areas of improvement on the entire offense.

“The number one thing we have to do is protect the quarterback, and that comes from a lot of people,” Smart said. “What Jake’s good at is keeping his eyes down field and making sure that he’s looking at the coverage and knowing where to go with the ball. It’s hard to look at two things sometimes.”

For Smart, the offensive woes are not a cause for panic. According to the head coach, they are usually the result of poor execution, as opposed to good defense or bad play calling.

“We’re an efficient team, we can make big plays, we’ve got explosive players,” Smart said. “We have to win our one-on-one battles, because if we’re good in the run game, good in play action and we can convert on third down, you’re hard to stop.

“But at the end of the day a lot of the times we’ve stopped ourselves more than somebody’s stopped us. And we’ll work hard on it and try to get better at it.”

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