Honestly, when’s the last time you heard Georgia players talking about their offense like this?
Senior receiver Marlon Brown recalled the summer practice when Bobo revealed the new wrinkles.
“When he called ‘rifle,’ I was like, ‘We’re doing rifle this year? We’re going four wide this year?’ And everybody was real happy,” Brown said, grinning. “At first, I thought he was experimenting, but when we kept doing it in practice, I was like, ‘It’s in the playbook now.’ And in the second half at Missouri, we started calling it a little more, and it started working.”
Then came the pistol formation the following week against Florida Atlantic.
“It was out of nowhere for us,” Brown said. “We were walking through the plays, and Bobo signaled some signal, and I was like, ‘What was that?’ (Bobo said) ‘It’s the pistol.’
“ ‘Like pistol, with the running back behind the quarterback? OK, it’s something different.’ ”
So, Brown is asked, what’s gotten into Bobo?
“I don’t know, but I like it, whatever it is,” he said.
“You run an offense based on what you have,” quarterback Aaron Murray said. “And if we have tons of receivers, which we do, you want to spread teams out and be able to use your weapons. And if you don’t have a lot of receivers, you know you’re gonna have to be in the I. I think right now, we have so many options, so much talent, he has the ability to spread things out and try new things. And we’re trying stuff all the time — (Monday) we were trying new things.”
Even the Georgia defensive players have taken notice of the new offensive chicanery.
“Coach (Todd) Grantham is having to reel us back in because we’re tilting to the side, trying to see what’s happening,” linebacker Christian Robinson said.
Of course, it’s way too early to assert that the page has been turned for good, but I would think even the most rabid anti-Bobo partisan would have to admit the results to date are a cause for optimism. (Along those lines, check out Brian Fremeau’s scoring margin numbers. See a team better than Georgia’s 90.6 on offense? Me neither.)
Okay, maybe not the most rabid partisan.
David What kind of discipline will Mike Bobo get for the recruiting violation he committed recently? Hopefully he will get fired.
Keep on keeping it real, Dawgnation.