What do Mike Bobo and Phil Steele have in common?

Evidently, an affinity for diet soda:

Somewhere between offensive coordinator Mike Bobo pounding Diet Cokes in the coaches’ box — he goes through close to a 12-pack a game…

Jeebus.  That makes you wonder why Georgia isn’t running some crazed version of a no-huddle offense by the middle of the fourth quarter.

Seriously, if the last two games are any indication, there are some good things stirring with the Dawg offense:

… Georgia has scored 86 points in the past two weeks. That is the most since it had 93 points in back-to-back games in 2004.

The Bulldogs have averaged more than 200 yards rushing and 200 yards passing in the past two games. Georgia has never struck such an equal balance in back-to-back games in coach Mark Richt’s seven seasons. Only twice in the previous two years has Georgia even hit 200 yards in both offensive categories in a single game.

And Georgia has scored touchdowns of 84, 80 and 53 yards. Last season the longest touchdowns, running and passing, were 41 yards each. In addition, the 84-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Mohamed Massaquoi was the longest since 2003. Moreno’s 80-yard touchdown run this season is the longest in a decade.

Taken separately, that probably doesn’t mean too much, but together, there would seem to be some indication that Bobo is beginning to establish a solid offensive flow.  Richt thinks much of that is derived from an offensive line that is starting to coalesce, and I think there’s some justification for that.  I think you’ve also got to acknowledge that, with Moreno’s emergence, Georgia has its first legitimate, consistent playmaker on offense in a while, and that has to help a bunch, too.

But it may be that some of that success on offense is also the result of the level of the defenses Georgia has seen the last two weeks.  In any case, that’s something we’ll get a better feel for on Saturday, as Auburn certainly presents a greater challenge:

… The future for Georgia holds a saltier defense than the ones it has faced in the past two weeks. This week’s opponent, Auburn, is eighth nationally in total defense, whereas Florida was 40th and Troy was 65th.

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2 responses to “What do Mike Bobo and Phil Steele have in common?

  1. My soon-to-be-wife (36 days and counting) could probably give him a run for his money on the Diet Coke consumption.

    Could be worse I suppose. Could be Jack.

  2. Good God, man, massive doses of caffeine and hormones… my heart goes out to you.