Mike Bobo, on the evolution of Georgia’s offense:
“I think the biggest thing is keep adapting to what you’re trying to do offensively, and get the guys that can make plays the ball. The big misconception to us if (that) we’re gonna be two-back and run it all the time. We were 75-percent one-back last year,” Bobo said. “And everybody thinks, Well you’re gonna play Georgia you’re gonna be play-action pass. We used to. Well that’s when we had a little different personnel. So you’re going to adapt to your personnel and how they play. You’ll probably see a little more spread this year too because that’s what Hutson is comfortable with. And that’s what Aaron was comfortable with.”
In fact the No. 1 personnel group for Georgia’s offense last year was the three-receiver set. That doesn’t mean Georgia went away from the power-I or any two-back set. Bobo said he was “still a firm believer that you’ve gotta let them know you’re at the ballpark and be physical running the ball.”
Let me say two things surprise me there. First, the whole “keep adapting” thing is something I strongly doubt we’d have heard emerge from Bobo’s mouth five years ago. So it’s great to see the way his approach to the game has changed. Second, his comment that Aaron Murray was more comfortable playing in the spread caught me. But reflecting back, I can see where Bobo’s coming from with that. The 2011 opener against Boise State was when Georgia started playing with no-huddle a significant amount of the time, and if you think about the personnel Bobo had to deploy that season, it makes sense.
So what are we going to get with the change at quarterback?
“You know, sometimes simpler is better for those guys,” Bobo said. “Because you want them to have success. You never want to put them in a situation where they might fail and you might lose them their whole career.”
Dang! Next thing you know, Bobo will be telling us that he’s always been a big believer in Mike Leach’s definition of balance.