Kentucky coach Joker Phillips commented on several aspects of Georgia’s play after the Bulldogs’ 44-31 victory Saturday night:
On Georgia’s pass rush:
“It’s the best pass rush team we’ve seen, no question about that. One of our offensive keys to the game was we felt like we had to handle the edge rushers. They’ve given a lot of people problems. We had to use some chip (blocks), to chip our way out to give the guys some help.
“But you can’t use it all the time, because you won’t get some of the underneath control guys out free sometimes. But the times that we didn’t, especially the first time, the first pass we tried — first dropback pass we tried — they got pressure on us and caused the fumble. But this is by far the best pass rush we’ve seen.”
On Georgia’s running game:
“A couple of those times they ran on us, it was a nine-man front. Somebody’s got to make the play for you. You’ve got nine guys in the box, and the only reason we didn’t have 10 is we wanted to put somebody over the top of [A.J.] Green. Want to have somebody underneath and somebody over the top.
“So we had a nine-man front. You’ve got to get yourself off the field when we’ve got nine men in the box.”
On Green’s influence on the Georgia running game:
“One thing you don’t want to do Yyou don’t want to single him up a lot. You want to try to put a guy underneath and a guy on the top so it takes another guy out of the box.
“But late in the game they were playing two-tight end sets and two-back sets, so you actually have an extra guy when you put that — you don’t have to cover down on another receiver, because they’ve got two tight ends in the box.
“But, yeah, he does help their running game because he brings another guy with him. You’ve got to mix and match your coverages. You’ve got to get two people over the top of it or one guy over the top of it at times. That gives them the ability to run the ball with numbers.”
On the play of Georgia running back Washaun Ealey:
“Good back. Every week you play in the SEC, you’re going to face some good backs, and he is good, tough, hard-nosed. A typical SEC back; that’s what you’re going to see every week.”
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