A somewhat modest defense of Mike Bobo, ctd.

I know we all get wrapped up in some of the questionable playcalling moments that the Georgia offense stumbles through (more often than we like, certainly), but here’s the big picture consideration when it comes to Mike Bobo:

From 2008 to 2009, Georgia

  • saw its star quarterback and star running back go first and twelfth, respectively, in the NFL draft (and had one of its two star wideouts drafted in the second round);
  • ran 33 fewer plays on offense in 2009 than it did in 2008;
  • had its turnover margin explode from minus-3 to minus-16; and
  • played a schedule that went from Sagarin’s eleventh most difficult nationally to the seventh most difficult.

Yet, for all that, the team’s point production only dropped about two and a half points per game from one year to the next.  Those conditions suggest things could have been a lot worse.

I’m not suggesting that we erect a statue in Bobo’s honor.  But maybe the guy knows a little bit more about what he’s doing than we give him credit for sometimes.  Cutting him some slack now and then wouldn’t hurt, would it?

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17 responses to “A somewhat modest defense of Mike Bobo, ctd.

  1. Boz

    Do those numbers reflect pure offensive points or do they include KO, punt returns, and defensive scores?

  2. D.N. Nation

    Bobo’s problem is that every once in a while, he’ll dial up a series of five plays so preposterous you think he’s just dicking around on XBox.

    With that being said, he’s a solid coordinator who got the best out of what he was dealt last year (for the antithesis, see: Gators, Florida). He’s fine.

  3. Dboy

    Good coordinator. We’ve been through growing pains with him but please stop the bleeding from last season: reverse the turnover ratio!!! ID that happens, we will be fine.

  4. Atticus

    I agree in some ways but he better be put on notice this year. It’s no coincedence that nobody big seems to come after him as with other great young coaches. This is his year to prove it. Is he an elite coach? We’ll find out. I never see much innovation, taking advantage of mismatches, every pass to AJ seems to be down the sidelines, we never seem to run him in motion, our running game is out of the stone age, no misdirection, no counters and as the other poster replied, he goes through some ridicoulous spurts where you just ask yourself what the heck he is doing. The LSU game last year was the worst called first half I have ever seen. We’ll see.

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  6. Macallanlover

    I don’t disagree, Bobo is far from the bottom of OCs in the nation, but he has enough talent to be closer to the top. Offenses around the nation have gotten more diversified and explosive while ours is limited to a time-proven, balanced scheme that works well most of the time but completely shuts down when a talented defense is well prepared. We face 2-3 defensive coordinators a year who seem to have our offensive plays in advamce of the snap, that is when we have no answer and just seem to spin in the same rut.

    With the amount of film to study from around the country and the opportunity to visit with other staffs, I agree with Atticus, we should be seeing more innovation. It isn’t that our system is broken or should be abandoned, but a few tweaks here or there could get us out of neutral when we hit a Bama 07, OSU and TN 09 stall and need a jump start. Passing over the middle to anyone besides a TE seems to be taboo, an over reliance on screens, and running back 4 steps to hand off to the tailback on running plays are my pet concerns.

    Bobo doesn’t appear to be in any job security bind, and probably shouldn’t be, but I do wish he would coach like his hair is on fire anyway. The past two seasons have acceptable numbers (except for turnovers), but there is no excuse for being complacent. Let the Big Dawg eat!

  7. ChicagoDawg

    Why would UGA fandom want engage in logic, reasoning and realistic expectations? Bitching about coaching is so much more gratifying.

  8. 69Dawg

    He is the QB coach, right? Yet he lets his guy, who is a fifth year senior destroy us in several games by not taking care of the ball. How does that happen. How do we get into a situation where we have to rely on a QB with a bum shoulder while we have a QB backup returning punts and going down on kickoffs. This is Alice in Wonderland crazy.

    By the way Senator if you back out the points scored on special teams and D it’s not nearly as impressive. 3 O points against UT was just bad. We made the worst D in the Big 12 look like the Pittsburg Steelers until the special teams and our D broke their will. We are a very defensible O that does not surprise anyone. With our O we have to execute flawlessly or it’s 3 and out. Charlie Strong owned us because he knew our tendencies and had the horses to stop us most years. Every year we say we are going to do some different things and every year we do the same things we have been doing since CMR came to UGA. Hopefully our D can score early and often and can win the TO battle or we will continue to struggle against the premier teams in our conference.

    • David

      Because he could have physically stopped Joe from making those decisions and throws right?

      From what Bobo said throughout the season Joe’s problem was confidence in his reads in the middle of the field. And you can’t teach confidence.

    • By the way Senator if you back out the points scored on special teams and D it’s not nearly as impressive.

      I’m not sure I buy that, but even so, it’s not like they didn’t score on defense in ’08. Remember LSU?

  9. Greg

    Good point from Macallanlover above: “Offenses around the nation have gotten more diversified and explosive while ours is limited to a time-proven, balanced scheme that works well most of the time but completely shuts down when a talented defense is well prepared. We face 2-3 defensive coordinators a year who seem to have our offensive plays in advamce of the snap, that is when we have no answer and just seem to spin in the same rut.”

    To that point, with what I think most would consider to be above average offensive talent(especially in ’08), here’s how we have done in some of our “big games”:

    UF ’08 – 10 offensive points….only TD was scored with 3 minutes left while trailing 49-3

    UF ’09 – 17 offensive points. 10 points scored when the game was still in reach and that included a 49 yard FG by Walsh.

    Bama ’08 – 43 yd FG by Walsh was our only score in the first 44 minutes of the game

    SC ’09 – can’t argue with the point total, but we led 38-23 with 9 minutes left in the 3rd qtr…meaning we scored 3 points over the final 26 minutes

    SC ’08 – one TD scored

    Ariz St ’09 – 2 TD’s in first quarter….2 FG’s in the last 3 quarters of play

    Ariz St ’08 – 3 TD’s 2nd qtr, 2 FG’s in the other 3 qtrs

    LSU ’09 – no points in the first 3 quarters

    UT ’09 – 3 offensive points(52 yd FG) in the entire game

    UT ’08 – 2 TD’s scored for the game…none in the 2nd half

    I’m throwing ASU into “big game” status because, while not a conference or rivalry game, those games did draw some national attention due to the SEC/Pac 10 matchup.

    The exceptions were the ’08 LSU game(even though 14 of our points were off interception returns, our offense did perform well in that one) and the GT games in ’08 and ’09.

  10. SOUTHGADAWG88

    The source of most of UGA’s struggles on offense is poor OL play.That’s the reoccurring problem spot under Mark Richt.Hopefully this year’s group will be the best in years.If they are healthy the offense will be at the top of league.

  11. donkeydawg

    Not being a particularly knowledgeable x’s and o’s guy, I tend to look at coaches based on how well they prepare players. When it’s Bobo, a former QB and QB coach, I look at how well QBs are prepared.

    The thing that bugged me most about Bobo in ’09 wasn’t so much Cox’s play (I think the guy’s physical limitations were a big problem), but the fact that there was no Plan B because, in his third year in the program, Logan Gray reportedly hadn’t learned the offense (not a terribly complex offense at that).

    This makes me worry about Murray and Mettenberger this year. Georgia’s big offensive problem since ’06 (compounded by injuries) has been getting experience on the field simultaneously at both skill positions and OL. If we have to rely on OJT at QB this year, we’ll probably have another disappointment. Let’s hope Bobo understands that, and is truly working overtime on getting the QBs ready. This will be the kids’ second spring in Athens; they really should be beyond fundamentals by now. They say they are, but we’ll have to see it on the field.

  12. Until CMR, who knows a little about QB play, calling plays, & running an offense, has a problem with how CMB is doing his job, then neither do I.

  13. Loyed

    As others have said, he is an ok coordinator that has great games and absolutely terrible ones

    He goes through stretches where it is just one atrocious call after another