I have to admit that this Mike Bobo interview with Dean Legge is a bit of a head scratcher. Right from the get-go:
A year of Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno followed by a season without them will make you realize things.
“I think I have learned, too, you have to have good players,” he said. “I think good players help you win football games.”
As Legge points out immediately afterwards, Bobo ain’t dumb and he’s been one of the better recruiters on the staff over the past few years. So I have a hard time taking that statement literally in the sense that the light bulb about having good players just went off for him.
Besides that – and I guess here’s where I disagree with the words Legge tries to put in Bobo’s mouth – I don’t think the problem with Georgia football over the past two seasons has been one of inadequate talent. It’s been about preparing and deploying that talent on the field. And it’s been about getting that talent to believe that it’s being prepared and deployed in the best possible way. I presume that’s why Mark Richt made the offseason changes on the coaching staff that he did.
This is pure speculation on my part, but I wonder if what we’re hearing from Bobo is more about coaching humility. Stafford, Moreno and Massaquoi could make a competent offensive coordinator look (and feel) awfully good. Perhaps the reality of 2009, particularly the middle part of the season, snapped Bobo back into focus. It’s not as if he’s the only SEC offensive coordinator who’s been expected to regroup after watching a bunch of early round draft talent exit for the pros. Remember Al Borges, who went from genius to canned in a few short seasons? The good news for Bobo is that he has much better talent to coach this year than Borges did at the end of his run in Auburn. The question we wait to see answered is if he knows what to do with it.