You want a surefire way to generate traffic at a Georgia football blog? This usually works:
Georgia’s offense has been maddening over the last few years, hasn’t it? Think of all the stalled drives, all of the predictable play calls — first and bomb, anyone? — and the lack of any cogent identity. We’re calling play action passes on obvious passing downs without even establishing the run. We’re running microback Carlton Thomas right up the middle into a loaded box. Don’t even get me started on all the Wild Dawg nonsense. The only thing left to do is let Mark Richt take back the playcalling duties until we can hire a new OC, right?
To the keyboards, people!
Seriously, there are a couple of things worth pointing to from that post. Firstly, I think this should be taken in context:
… On average, Coach Bobo’s offenses have been more highly ranked nationally. Coach Bobo’s best year (2007) was better than Coach Richt’s (2002). Coach Bobo’s worst year (2009) was better than three of Coach Richt’s five years (2001, 2003, 2004).
That’s not an entirely fair comparison. 2001 saw Richt installing a completely new offense with Jim Donnan’s players. Bobo has had the luxury of refining a system already in place. And that 2003 offense was the least talented bunch of Richt’s tenure in Athens – a very green and shaky offensive line, no established running back and an oft-injured receiving corps.
Secondly, though, while I may not agree totally with that comparison, this next point is spot on.
… Unfortunately, Coach Bobo’s tenure as OC has been worse than Coach Richt’s in the most meaningful statistic, wins. But why is that? Take a look at the defenses each dealt with: Coach Richt benefitted from defenses that were no worse than 16th nationally (with three years of top 5 defenses). Coach Bobo has never had a defense better than 28th nationally, and, more often than not, he was trying to overcome defenses that were in the bottom half nationwide. We’ve generally scored points in bunches, but, unfortunately, over the last half decade our opponents have been scoring even more.
There’s a reason Willie Martinez is gone and Mike Bobo isn’t. It’s the same reason we shouldn’t fret so much about the situation at running back, but should instead worry more about what’s happening on the other side of the ball. If Grantham can’t get the defense back to pre-2007 levels this season, I suspect that even Isaiah Crowell being named SEC freshman of the year would come as little consolation for us when all is said and done.