“That’s something we’ve kind of been trying to practice on,” Simmons said. “You know, we’ve been struggling in scoring touchdowns in the red zone and that’s something we’re emphasizing at practice and that’s something we’re hoping to get better this week at that.”
Since Georgia’s loss to LSU, the Bulldogs made 14 trips to the red zone, nine of which were inside the 10-yard line, and scored nine total touchdowns. Five of those touchdowns, however, were scored outside the red zone and six touchdowns were scored off drives that went inside the 20-yard line, two inside the 10-yard line.
During the stretch of three games against ranked conference opponents, the Bulldogs have settled for seven field goals in possessions that went inside the red zone, six of those coming in possessions that made it inside the 10-yard line.
When asked if the root of the problem was in play-calling, execution or just mental, Simmons was at a loss for words.
“We have a lot of plays to run in the red zone,” Simmons said. “I don’t know if we’re necessarily saving them, but I know we have a lot going on, but like I said, it’s just something we need to work on this week.”
Against Auburn, Georgia scored the three touchdowns. The first was off a 14-yard pass from to Simmons on third down, followed by scores outside the red zone with a 38-yard pass to Terry Godwin and a 77-yard run by D’Andre Swift.
Even though Georgia has been unreliable converting inside the red zone, Fromm said he thinks the Bulldogs’ problems in the red zone is more logistical than mental.
“It’s a tighter area, a lot of bodies in there,” Fromm said Monday. “Right now, (we’re) just not really executing at the highest level we need to right now and it’s just it is what it is. The chips just haven’t fallen our way, hopefully they will soon because we’re going to need that time time here soon.”