If you’re Mike Bobo, it’s not easy being asked to play with less than a full deck (or if you prefer critics’ favorite metaphor, missing a few crayons from the Crayola box). Here’s his explanation about what happened on Georgia’s first series of the second half of the Tennessee game:
“Things were going well with what we were doing, but then we had a missed assignment on two runs back-to-back down there in the red zone,” Bobo said. “On third down we got a delay, so we basically shot ourselves in the foot three straight plays and left ourselves with a third-and-long. If I could do it over again, I wish we had gotten us in the right play and ran the run right, but that happens.”
And that’s on top of having to limit the playbook because of inexperience.
“We had our plays that we had practiced, and we tried to coach the guys up each series on what we were going to do that series,” Bobo said this week. “There were certain things that I knew they couldn’t run. We went a little more basic, but we were able to call enough to win the game.”
Bobo’s right about that, but Georgia’s facing a more dynamic offense this week. Can he call a game that’s more than a little more basic? How fast can the newbies pick up what’s needed?
The good thing, of course, is that there still remains a solid base from which to work, as Chris Conley reminds us.
“We still have talent at all those positions, and we have a talented offensive line that can run-block and pass-block,” Conley said. “Plus we have a quarterback like Aaron, so we don’t have to lean too heavily on one area or the other…”
It says a little about how weirdly the season has progressed that the offensive line is something to be leaned on in trying times, but there you have it.