Blame… somebody.

To those of you who’ve never understood why Richt canning Bobo would make little difference with the playcalling on offense, here’s an illustration of why I say that:

Bobo said Richt told him last year against Florida that, when Walsh missed from 33 and 37, Georgia would go for it on fourth down. That changed how he called third downs.

Bobo’s calling plays but he’s doing it within the framework of what Mark Richt wants, both structurally and tactically.  Anybody you’d bring in as a replacement would be operating in the same way.  It’s worth keeping that in mind, both during the good times and bad.

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9 responses to “Blame… somebody.

  1. Macallanlover

    And that is exactly the role the CEO plays. He establishes the framework his senior managers work within to achieve the goal, and what the organization will stand for. The tactics are determined by the subordinates. It is why I feel the criticsm for taking the foot off the gas is often laid on Bobo when it should be Richt’s call of when to run the clock out, or pull 1st teamers. Those calls determine how the team (organization) is viewed, and how you get your succession plan in place by testing the up aand coming employees.

      • Dboy

        No doubt Richt controls the overarching strategy / framework of the offense. Bobo, however, still calls the specific plays. That said, I suspect certain critical plays (such as going conservative on 3rd and 15 with the draw play up the middle, being safe and then punting it and letting the defense hold the other guys) is a call that Richt makes with Bobo. Richt may not demand the draw play, but he probably tells Bobo not to call a 20 pass play, to avoid an obvious pass play potential sack / INT / sack plus fumble (see SC game last year).

    • Frederick Winslow Taylor

      Gee, and I always thought that applied only to production on the assembly line. This is a breakthrough–using management principles for sports, too. Where’s the player’s union representative? I want to get them to agree to this in a new contract.

      • W. Edwards Deming

        Yeah. Efficiency.

      • Macallanlover

        Fortunately this organization isn’t bound by the baffling idea of letting those who know and see the least force the decisions. Don’t misunderstand, a good organization should/must facilitate the flow of information and ideas up and down the chain of command. Production workers should have an avenue to suggest changes but it is impossible for them to know what the global environment is, or will be, like simply because they aren’t exposed to all the information/data, or first hand observations that others in the organization have.

        As an example, a wide receiver can suggest a change in a pattern that might work, but he cannot threaten to walk off the field (job) if it isn’t done. He cannot become the decision maker for calls based on what he sees from his position versus what the OC in the press box can see.. See, it does have application. :)

        • Cojones

          What? Where’s our Admin Asst Culture group that knows what’s really going on and disseminating info to the grateful mgrs and the great unwashed hourlys?

          “He who hath no grapevine shall never make wine”. First Rule of Corporate Communication, bottom to top. Last I heard, our player grapevine is communicating, no matter the source.

  2. heyberto

    This is exactly what I’ve been saying ever since the blame Bobo meme popped up.