It is no secret that Georgia football has twin tight ends that love giving opposing defenses issues. Brock Bowers and Darnell Washington are a problem, and not many teams have found solutions to cover them. In fact, they are a real pain for coaches. Ask Ohio State’s defensive coordinator, Jim Knowles.
When you have guys like Bowers and Washington, covering them can be difficult, and how you do that is strategic. So if you are facing the twin threat of Bowers and Washington, what does the defense think when it sees them both, especially given their very different skill sets?
Knowles is no slouch as a defensive coordinator, and he knows what it’s like to cover guys like Bowers and Washington. While this dynamic duo is extraordinary, football fundamentals don’t change. It’s how you cover them, and it’s how you choose to do your game plan.
Georgia football has a tight end duo that poses a bigger threat than most teams present.
This week, he discussed these two in the press conferences and how teams must cover them. Knowles knows what kind of threat they present, and it’s interesting to see how an opposing defensive coordinator thinks when it comes to covering this elite duo.
"“I mean, I think you have to, because of the versatility, the fact that they can lineup tight to the formation and wide, you have to prepare for those two tight end sets” Knowles said during Wednesday’s press conference. ” You know you’re not going to get that all the time. But if you’re not prepared for that, they can do damage from the line of scrimmage. And then you make the adjustments when they moveout, but they’re certainly dangerous wherever they line up.”"
Of course, the problem with facing Bowers is that he is as equally a top-quality wide receiver as a tight end. And with Washington, well, he must be a nightmare to match up against from a physicality point of view. So as you might expect, it’s this flexibility and unpredictability and the options from this which keeps Knowles up at night ahead of the Peach Bowl.
It is well documented that this year’s Georgia offense is much improved from the journeymen’s reputation they had last year. Knowles knows this only too well and acknowledged just how good the Bulldogs’ offense is.
It’s not the first time this season that teams have had to try to negate the threat of Bowers and Washington. But with so much at stake on the outcome of this game, Ohio State has a real problem.
As much as Georgia has numerous threats on offense, how the Buckeyes neutralize the tight ends feels like the key to the outcome of this game. If Ohio State can’t stop the Dawgs’ double trouble, they will find themselves on the wrong end of a result.