Wondered if this might be coming…
Though it would probably mean a pay cut for him if he got the job.
I can see one area where Mike Bobo’s got his work cut out with Hutson Mason getting his first start this week.
“Hutson’s a little more uptempo than Murray,” Andrews said. “We kind of joke about it a little bit. I think they’re two different players. I’m excited to see what Hutson can do. It’s fun out there. He’s a passionate guy, a fiery guy who has a lot of emotion. I play with a lot of emotion, too, so I think it’s kind of fun.”
Andrews said he and Mason “butted heads on a few things” during the game and they talked about it.
“He’s wanting to go, and they’re changing the defense, and I’m trying to change something and I think KG (Kenarious Gates) got called for a false start,” Andrews said. “I was trying to change something too and got caught off guard. He’s just uptempo about stuff and sometimes we’re trying to get him to slow down so we can communicate stuff. You get used to it. We’re going to have to get used to it this week.”
That kind of puts me in mind of Aaron Murray’s first game against Florida. It took Bobo about half the game to settle his quarterback down, but once he did, Murray kicked some ass. (Too bad his offensive line didn’t in overtime.)
So it may be worth keeping an eye on how Mike Bobo, the position coach, does, as well as Mike Bobo, the coordinator. As far as the latter goes, it sounds like he’s got some pretty definite ideas on how to work the offense around his new starter.
Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo has called the plays for all of Murray’s four seasons and will make any adjustments in game plans to suit Mason.
“We were really spread the whole night,” Bobo said of Georgia’s 59-17 win against Kentucky. “We felt spreading them out was the way to go. We tried to get a one (linebacker) box and make their safeties tackle. When Hutson’s in there, he’s a little bit more of a spread guy and we did a little bit more of what he could do. He did a nice job.”
As I mentioned yesterday, it seems like Bobo’s gotten his second wind scheming around an offense lacking a consistent deep pass threat to keep opposing safeties honest. That may be some truly fortuitous timing on Mason’s behalf.
Since 2009, only three SEC schools have had the same coordinator on one side of the ball: Koenning at MSU and the University of Alabama and LSU (defensive coordinators Kirby Smart and John Chavis).
As a matter of fact – and I’m almost hesitant to type this – I believe Mike Bobo is now the longest-serving coordinator at the same SEC school. Who’da thunk it, hunh?
Evidently yesterday’s meme of the day was Mike “you never sausage a place” Bobo’s contentment with being in Athens. (Now we know McGarity’s secret weapon in contract negotiations.) But in the midst of the sausage fest, Marc Weiszer caught an interesting quote from Richt about his offensive coordinator:
“Mike and I have worked together for so long now that if I study red zone and he studies red zone and we compare notes and we watch it separately, it’s about 90 percent identical,” Richt said. “It’s not like that I need to have a lot of input. There might be times I slip a little something to him on the side and say, ‘Hey, if you like it, good. If you don’t, that’s fine, too.’ I know what it’s like to be an offensive coordinator and to call plays when your head coach is kind of the guy you’ve replaced as the play-caller. I know it can be tough at times, but Mike’s handed everything really well.”
That’s the sound of a man who’s comfortable. In fact, as Emerson notes, it sounds like Richt’s been more comfortable with Bobo than Bobo’s been comfortable with Bobo.
Bobo joked that his first year at Georgia he felt like a graduate assistant in the game-planning room. Richt was not only the offensive coordinator, but also a former college quarterback. Twelve years later, and five seasons into his tenure as offensive coordinator, Bobo said he has a much better comfort level — but not because Richt ever limited him. For instance, the wrinkles that Georgia has tried the past few years (the spread offense, the pistol, the no-huddle) it was mainly Bobo.
All in all, that’s a relationship that’s not ending any time soon. If you’re the guy I sat in front of last year at the Auburn game, I’m sorry to tell you that.
It was apparent from the first series that Mike Bobo had spent the last month doing some tinkering with the offense. Bowl games can be fun for the coaches, too, you know.
… He also hit tight end Arthur Lynch for a touchdown from 29 yards out on a pass across the middle on which receiver Rhett McGowan picked Lynch’s defender to leave Lynch wide open — Bulldogs offensive coordinator Mike Bobo’s favorite of the many wrinkles he installed during the month since Georgia’s last game.
“That was something that we haven’t done before, so that was my favorite,” Bobo said. “We worked hard on those things. … We had a guy open for a similar-type gain that Artie had [earlier in the game], so I knew it was going to be there. The guys just did a great job of executing something that we hadn’t done all year.”
The Bulldogs (12-2) also ran direct-snap runs to tailbacks Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley — Gurley actually ran untouched 24 yards for a touchdown on a direct snap — and hit the 16th-ranked Cornhuskers (10-4) with several new formations that the Bulldogs hadn’t previously employed this season.
“They’re going to study your formations and what you do out of those formations,” Bobo said, “and they’re going to play the percentages, so you always try to have a wrinkle or two off of those things, which were big.”
They really were, because Nebraska did a good job studying Bobo’s tendencies. That paid off big time, at least on one occasion.
It was Nebraska who actually got the takeaways early, picking Murray off twice in the first quarter, including one by Will Compton that he returned 24 yards for a touchdown.
It was Compton’s first career interception.
“That was a play they had shown throughout the course of the year in the formation they ran,” Compton said. “And the back stepped up and I kind of sat there for a second, and I recognized the receiver coming to crack, and I just tried getting up out of the wash. I didn’t think he (Murray) was going to throw it.”
It didn’t help that Marshall went to the ground on that play, but, yeah, credit the defense for being prepared there. But considering that Georgia had three long touchdowns when the players who scored went in untouched, I’d say Bobo had the better day.
Weiszer picks up on one way we should probably expect this year’s offense to change:
Georgia lost tight ends Orson Charles and Aron White, who combined for 20 career touchdown catches, to the NFL. Junior Arthur Lynch and redshirt freshman Jay Rome are the top two now at the position.That could mean the Bulldogs will lean more heavily on the wideouts in the passing game.
“That’s a fair assessment,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “It could be a little bit like ’08 when we had a loss at tight end and we went to more three receiver sets and four receiver sets. I do feel confident in the two tight ends and the freshmen we got that they’re going to pick it up and provide a spark for us offensively and be productive.
It’s really your personnel group that best gives you the chance to move the football is who we’re going to go with.”
Of course, in 2008, the top two receivers wound up as second and first round NFL draft picks. That’s not likely to be the case in 2012. But this year’s group certainly isn’t without talent or experience.
What I’m a little more concerned about isn’t the point of emphasis on whom Murray is throwing to. It’s that his top two receivers from 2011 in terms of catch rate aren’t there, at least as long as Mitchell is on defense. Let’s hope that King’s breakout game against Michigan State wasn’t a mirage.