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How does Georgia repeat as SEC East champions? The DawgNation Cover 4 guys tee that one up.

Cover 4 on Georgia football: How does this team recover to win the SEC East?

DawgNation has four staffers who cover Georgia football from every angle: Beat, live streams, photos, podcasts, recruiting, etc. The “Cover 4” concept is: 1) Present a topic; 2) Offer a reasoned response; 3) Share a brisk statement to support the opinion. 4) Pepper the page with photos for the big picture. For this edition, we discuss the remedies required for Georgia to fix its flaws and still win the SEC East. 

DawgNation continues with the “Cover 4” concept. The focus is always a timely “Cover 4” look with each of our guys manning the secondary on a pertinent topic.

The quick in-and-out game remains. These takes are designed to come out quicker than former Bulldog Nick Chubb scored his third touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens this year.

The latest “Cover 4” question is:

How does Georgia football recover to still win the SEC East?

Brandon Adams: Be more creative on second down

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Getting the ball in Dominick Blaylock’s hands a couple more times per game would be a good start for the Georgia offense. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

The “why” from “DawgNation Daily” here: “This was a topic on DawgNation Daily leading into the South Carolina game. The Bulldogs had been among the most likely teams in the country to run when facing second and long. That trend continued vs. the Gamecocks. If UGA wants to be more dynamic and explosive, second down is where it needs to happen.”

Mike Griffith: Perimeter receivers

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Demetris Robertson has to become more of a factor in the passing game going forward. He has the ability to both take the top off of a defense and also create separation on his intermediate routes. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

The “why” from “On the Beat” here: Teams will continue to load the box and cheat safeties up until Georgia receivers beat press coverage and make them pay.  Once perimeter threats are established, UGA can stretch the field. Right now you see them doing it horizontally, but that’s not as effective.

Connor Riley: Find its best five OLs and just play those guys

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Connor Riley says some continuity and good health upfront could do wonders to cure Georgia’s ills against South Carolina. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

The “why” from “Good Day UGA” here: “Georgia’s offensive line has a lot of talent. Perhaps too much, as Kirby Smart continues to rotate in players throughout the game. This is what he did at quarterback last year with Jake Fromm and Justin Fields and that helped no one. Smart needs to find his five best guys and stick with them.

Jeff Sentell: Don’t go -4 in turnover margin. 

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More big plays like the turnover forced here by redshirt sophomore CB Eric Stokes will help Georgia win the turnover battle each week. (Bob Andres/AJC)

The Intel here: “It might seem simplistic. Or even an outright lay-up answer to a complex question. But there’s no reason (OL injuries, Press beaters at WR, Whizbang new plays) which makes more sense than avoiding a 4-0 margin in the turnover battle. That’s the way to avoid another South Carolina. Do that, rely on the run game and take the shot downfield when it is there. It is not “Do more” of this or “Do less” of that. It is “Do better” at Georgia football. That’s the way this program was built to win.”

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