Saturday, March 15, 2014

Gurley on the "Lombardi sweep"

I came across this Grantland piece (by Chris of Smart Football fame) while researching the post on Quayvon and the H-back role. And I just couldn't seem to throw it away for some reason. And then it dawned on me. Watch it with me here:

The first thing you notice is how the Bears safeties are definitely expecting an Aaron Rodgers pass. A large part of the reason for the success of the play is due to how deep they are at the snap of the ball. Secondly, there's the guard pulling hard, even ahead of the quick toss to Lacy. And lastly, the blocking on the edge by the tight end and the receiver is very reminiscent of what we've seen from experienced Georgia receivers during the Richt era.

So we certainly have a comparable running back to Eddie Lacy. And a receiver doesn't see the field at UGA unless he can block. If we can find an athletic guard to fill the cleats of Burnette and pull with bad intentions in their heart, then there's only one piece left to the puzzle - making those safeties back peddle like that. Let's face it, Mason isn't going to see defenders that deep with Gurley in the backfield unless he can make them fear the consequences.

Anyway, it's fun to think about actual football isn't it? 168 days y'all. But only a few more until spring has officially sprung!