Thursday, March 01, 2007

Jags as OC: Game 5, Georgia Tech 1997

The latest in the series. I’ve received a couple emails about this and let me state that in no way do I think our offense will mirror Jags’ work in the late ‘90s. First of all Logan is calling the plays. Second TOB will not be involved. Finally, since leaving BC, Jags has expanded his knowledge base. I am looking back to see what he did then. If you look at the games you begin to see some patterns: great protection, great ground games, multiple pass catchers, a struggling backup QB, fewer big plays from the passing game. Will that all happen this year? Unlikely, but at least we all have a refernce.

Stat Line
First downs 15
Rushed-yards 31-175
Passing yards 182
Sacked-yards lost 0-0
Return yards 30
Passes 20-31-1
Punts 5-36.0
Fumbles-lost 1-0
Penalties-yards 10-77
Time of possession 28:00

This was a tough loss as Georgia Tech blew us out at home 42-14. Jags' offense played well considering they were still without Cloud, Hasselbeck and Dicosmo.

What can we learn from the game? Jags continued to generate big plays out of the running game. Lee took his first touch to the endzone for a 76-yard TD. (When was the last time any of our backs broke something big against a BCS opponent?) The success of the running game and the perfect protection are also signs that the offensive line was well coached. The passing game was nothing to write home about. Mutryn’s INT was returned for a touchdown and nothing stretched the field. Without Dicosmo the passing game became really pedestrian.

Like the Cinci game, scoring was an issue. Another fair critique is that the offense did not respond nearly as well with Mutryn under center.

Despite the continued losing, there were still good signs of Jags' capability. Also at this point Damien Woody really started to get noticed.

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