A tale of two units, part one

As you probably know, Georgia is sixth nationally in total offense, averaging 554 yards per game.  And that’s come against three top ten teams on the early schedule.  One of the big reasons for the high level of play has to be the unit’s experience, led by its fifth-year senior quarterback.  Aaron Murray and his receivers have an obvious chemistry that comes from a mutual level of comfort and confidence that routes are going to be run correctly and throws are going to be where the receivers are/will be.

It starts with Murray.

“He’s actually just as comfortable as he is with Justin (Scott-Wesley), as he is with Michael (Bennett), and he’s getting that way with Reggie Davis too, to where he’s able to take chances, and knows that nine times out of 10 his receiver’s gonna come down with the ball and make a play,” Conley said. “It really speaks not only to him studying the defense but taking the time to build chemistry with his receivers, whether that be working on stuff after practice with them, or something as simple as sitting down to talk with them about a game plan.”

It’s also a testament to how quickly Murray has learned to go through his reads. Conley said he thinks Murray is going to his second and third reads, but he does so quickly enough that it seems like the first option.

“Sometimes it’s just his mental clock and knowing the matchups across the field,” Conley said. He knows the types of receivers he has where, what type of attributes are and who they’re going up against. He knows which side of the field he’s gonna work, and he can snap to the receiver, knowing the matchup.”

When the line play is there and the running game is doing what the running game is expected to do, Murray’s going to have options when he throws and he’s shown that he knows how to take advantage of that.  He’s hitting better than 68% of his pass attempts and he’s already had two games when his passer rating has exceeded 200.  Georgia’s ninth in the country in passing, but only has one receiver in the top 100 in yardage.  Depth and spreading the wealth has been the story.

Three different players have led the team in receiving yards during the first four games. Six different Bulldogs players already have more than 100 yards receiving. Murray threw four touchdown passes in the 44-41 win over LSU, and three different receivers caught them.

Junior Chris Conley, one of four players who has between 11-15 catches this year…

Talent combined with experience adds up to high production.  That’s been Georgia’s story on offense so far.

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24 responses to “A tale of two units, part one

  1. Brandon

    And last year we had talent combined with experience on defense without these kinds of results.

  2. Ubiquitous Ga Alum

    On the first drive of the LSU game, he was 5-5 / TD, with all 5 passes going to a different WR …

  3. gastr1

    Is this what Leach meant by a spread offense?

    • adam

      It’s Leach’s definition of a “balanced offense”.

      His definition of a spread offense is forcing the defense to cover the field laterally as well as vertically and using wide line splits to create running and passing lanes.

  4. Bobo will be a highly sought out commodity.

    Am thinking Ball to OC and B Mac to WR coach and hire Thomas Brown for RBs.

    If Third and Todd dabbles with the Not For Long boys again – pulling yet another Rodney G, screen door him. Hire Randy Shannon or Giff Smith as DC.

    • Am thinking Ball to OC and B Mac to WR coach and hire Thomas Brown for RBs

      Based on what, pray tell?

      As far as I know, Ball’s never called plays before. And McClendon’s doing a great job coaching where he’s at, so why move him?

      And Giff Smith as DC? Guy can recruit, but he’s never been a coordinator before. So now you’re advocating that Richt turn the offense and defense over to two guys who’ve never done those jobs before. I’m not convinced that’s a recipe for success.

    • mdcgtp

      First of all, this presumes that Mike Bobo wants to be a head coach. NOT every coach wants to “move up” in this business, and the smart ones recognize that being the OC or DC at FSU during a dynastic period is far far more rewarding than being the head coach of Pitt.

      Further, being a great coordinator for a few years does not make one a great head coach. Being a great position coach does no make one a great coordinator. The smart ones recognize that. Mark Richt’s job at this point is TOTALLY different than what it was in 2001.

      While the symbiotic relationship between Bobo and Aaron is undeniable and you are correct that it will lead to inquiries of interest, I think Bobo sees the big picture here. I think demonstrating results with the next wave of talent would put him in a much much better position to make the next move. I think coordinators and assistant coaches often get too much blame and too much credit when the real change is the players. Aaron is a special special QB. It is not to say that his physical talents are unique. It is not to say he is the absolute smartest, hardest working QB in the history of the game. That said, he is as GREAT a combination of attributes as you could want in a QB. Stafford was a physical prodigy. He also had a great personality, work ethic, and was a natural student of the game. That said, I would be shocked if he prepped nearly as much as Aaron nor worked with his teammates in the same way. In fairness to Stafford, he left after 3 years and was forced to play as a true frosh so perhaps he might have grown into what Aaron has become. Bobo benefits from that preparation. MY LONG WINDED point is that he will have to start over again next year with Mason, Ramsey, and Park.

      Ramsey is probably going to be a hybrid of all of our QBs to date. Cool like Greene, but probably not that cool. Stronger arm than Aaron and Shockley but not as strong as Stafford. Bigger than Aaron, but not thick like Stafford. Smart like Aaron, but probably wont be the same film rat. In 4 years from now when we are waxing on about Ramsey, Terry, Davis, and hopefully Josh Malone, then Bobo will join very elite company. He will be a proven coordinator who has developed elite offenses over multiple generations of players, which will not only make him a more proven and desirable coach for potential employers BUT give himself the confidence that his process is repeatable and reliable across a mix of different QBs.

      There are a number of ways that one can become an SEC level head coach. One can ascend to a head coaching position at a lesser school, where the standards of winning are lower than they are a premier SEC program, but everything else about the program is second tier as well, or one can take the approach Mark Richt did, which was wait for the one job you want and take it. My guess is that is what Bobo will do.

      • PatinDC

        Sounds like a good strategy. Bobo and Richt already have 4 QB’s make it to the pro’s . We are practically a QB factory at this point.

      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        Bobo’s being groomed to take over from CMR when CMR retires, which isn’t really that far away. A few more years and CMR will be at 20 years as HC at UGA.

    • Dboy

      I don’t know if I can stomach 5 years of a new OC learning on the job like we experienced w/ Bobo.

  5. JAX

    Wonder where Wooten has been?

  6. Irishdawg

    I’ve been watching Georgia football for over 20 years, and I honestly can’t remember a Dawg offense this good. I know LSU’s D isn’t as good as last year, but they’re not Texas A&M, either, and Georgia carved them to pieces. Experience and talent are huge parts of this, yes, but Bobo’s maturity as a play caller has a lot to do with it as well.

    • mdcgtp

      i have been watching since 1976, and it is not even close. The only offense in the league of our 2013 offense was our 2012 offense. Nothing this team is a fluke. On the game winning drive, we covered 75 yards in 6 plays. We did not face a third down once. The second down was second and 1.

      think about that. let it sink in. At the single most pressure packed moment of the game, with the smallest margin for error, our offense was perfect! Flat out perfect.

      they are fun to watch.

    • W Cobb Dawg

      To add to Irishdawg’s point, you have to factor in John Chavis – about as good a DC as you’ll find in cfb and no stranger to rebuilding a defense. Dawgs really did something unusual in the way we beat up on Chavis’s D.

  7. PatinDC

    UGA #2 in the SEC behind TAM
    Interesting that AL is 2nd to last in offense just ahead of TN

    http://www.cfbstats.com/2013/leader/911/team/offense/split01/category10/sort01.html

  8. Dboy

    Murray quote to close the Emerson article:

    “I told him at the beginning of the year I don’t want him to sugar anything this year,” Murray said. “I want him to push me to get better every day, to not take a day off. In Mondays of past years it was more chill, get loosened up, get ready to pass again. (Monday) we were doing drills the whole time, making sure we’re staying hungry, making sure I’m staying on top of my game.”

    This is a good sign and why Murray continues to progress as a player / leader. How can this attitude not trickle down to the entire offense, and maybe the entire team? Keep it going AM

  9. Joe Schmoe

    I have been having some of the same thoughts about whether Bobo is coaching himself right out of the UGA OC job. Other than the obvious question of whether he will get offered HCing jobs (which I assume that he will), is whether UGA will pony up some serious money to pay him what he deserves. I mean, he must be really sick of beating people who are making twice what he is,

    • Joe, I do not think anyone is Bobo position really does it for the money. Money, of course is a way of measuring your success; however, In these situations you must first consider your family, location, etc. I know he will be sought after in the near future. Hopefully, he will take over for CMR and stay with us.

      • JRod1229

        Had this conversation a few times with a guy who frequents the site as well and he made some pretty good comments.. Bobo has to know that in another 5 years or so this is his team (obviously somewhat depending on on field results) if he wants it. Why would Bobo leave to rebuild a school when he probably will get a big one to start?

        In five years if the offense continue to produce would anyone have any qualms with keeping Bobo? Somewhat rhetorical question.

  10. Bright Idea

    Bobo may be waiting it out to be Georgia’s next head coach. Of course the memory of Ray Goff may prevent that. Lots of fans will jump off a cliff even at the mention of it regardless of the offense’s current performance. I hear them every Sat. when a play gains less than 5 yards.

  11. NRBQ

    Conley is a well-spoken dude.

    He sounds like a long-time coach.