Monday, December 6, 2010

Unimproved Improvement

Now that the regular season is over, many Dawg fans will reflect on our season and say, "Where did it go wrong?" After last season, we all said, "Well, if it weren't for our turnover margin, we would have been just fine". Did our turnovers improve this year? Did our "new" defense improve? Did our much maligned offense from 2009 improve? I guess the only way to find out is check out the stats:

SCORING OFFENSE:
2009: 28.9 ppg
2010: 34.3 ppg
IMPROVED

TOTAL OFFENSE:
2009: 362.2 yards per game
2010: 393.8 yards per game
IMPROVED

OFFENSIVE YARDS PER PLAY:
2009: 5.9
2010: 6.4
IMPROVED

How about our defense...

SCORING DEFNESE:
2009: 25.9
2010: 23.1
IMPROVED

TOTAL DEFENSE:
2009: 339.4 yards per game
2010: 335.8 yards per game
IMPROVED (but not by much)

YARDS PER PLAY ALLOWED:
2009: 5.1
2010: 5.2
SLIGHTLY WORSE

....and how about the turnovers...

TURNOVER MARGIN:
2009: -16
2010: +10 (pending bowl game)
MAJOR IMPROVEMENT

So basically...we improved in pretty much every area, although I guess you could say the defense was about the same. The point is...we're just not making the "big" plays....the "game changing" plays (like not fumbling inside the other team's 10-yard line or when setting up for a game-winning field goal...but I digress). I think Richt knows this, and is desperately (I hope) trying to get our team to possess that intangible mental edge that all the good teams seem to have. I'm not really sure how to get it but I hope he does.

2 comments:

  1. Well, considering Martinez's defense steadily declined every year from 2006, any improvement with basically the same personnel is great.

    Also, it was Grantham's first year having to create gameplans for college offenses with multiple players playing brand new positions.

    Basically our season comes down to incredibly bad-timed fumbles, missing AJ Green -who added at least one touchdown a game- and Aaron Murray being nervous about going back to Florida...

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  2. +1 with CashMoney's sentiments.

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