Mark Richt defends the crayon.

And all you spread proponents can kiss his ass.

“… We run a pro-style attack. A lot of teams across the country are spread and do a lot of zone read with the quarterback and protect in certain ways. It’s not been what we’re about.We’re about running the ball a certain way and having the diversity in the passing game to be as sophisticated as anyone in the country with our protections and route concepts. We’re not just throwing four verts and smash routes. We’ve got an intricate passing game and protections scheme. We put a lot on our quarterback to make decisions at the line of scrimmage…”

This is actually a more interesting comment than you might think.  Richt is committed to a pro-style attack in a spread age. That’s not an easy thing to do, for a number of reasons.  One is that the coaching pool is smaller, as Brian Schottenheimer explains.

“The good thing about me is I’m coming into a situation where there’s good coaches on the staff. We’re not going to reinvent the wheel. Philosophically, we see things the same way. The pro-style offense. We’re going to run the football. Obviously, that’s a big part of what we’re doing. It was an easy fit, an exciting fit, because not a lot of teams in college football are doing it that way.”

From Richt’s perspective, there had to be a little frustration over Bobo’s departure, even as his personal success was applauded.  Richt spent seven years grooming Bobo into one of the best offensive coordinators in the country, running a pro-style attack.  And now the wheel has to be reinvented in an era when coaching talent experienced in pro-style offenses is harder to find – in other words, more expensive.

No wonder Richt said the possibility of him taking back the coordinator reins was there (“It could have possibly come to that…”).

The potential reward goes back to something Heisman Pundit discussed here a few years ago, the value of running a contrarian system.  The more teams structure their defenses to counter the spread, the harder it becomes for them to deal with the pro-style power game.  Don’t laugh, but I’ll be very curious to see how Schottenheimer does against Alabama in a few months.


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31 responses to “Mark Richt defends the crayon.

  1. FarmerDawg

    The whole process seems to have followed a very common sense approach. The more information that comes out the better I feel about this hire. Those in our fan base who in the words of coach Richt “want to reinvent the wheel” you sirs are idiots.


    • SpaceStation

      Remember a few years back at Auburn When T Tuberville randomly decided he was going to hire a spread O coordinator out of the blue…Disaster. It can be done but CMR should stick w/ what he knows and he knows is successful under his supervision.


  2. Matt

    This is one of the reasons Tech has success (when, as this year, they do). Few teams run their offense, so few defenses are prepared to deal with it on a regular basis. It’s not the only reason for their success in those years, but it is one.


  3. Hogbody Spradlin

    If Schottenheimer is a low key type, he could mess with Kancer Kiffin by calling 1 or 2 fancy plays early, to tease Kiffin into calling something really risky just to show he’s smarter.


  4. doofusdawg

    thought it was interesting that cmr said it’s much easier for one guy to learn new terminology than sixty… effectively saying that cbs was going to learn our existing offensive terminology. Talk about a home run hire.


  5. No One Knows You're a Dawg

    Agree. Of all the plausible candidates linked to the job, CBS is the one who requires the least amount of wheel reinvention by Richt.


  6. RugbyDawg79

    Senator your last sentence got me really pumped-we have signing day and spring practice-but it is a long ride till August, I am excited again-I have a feeling we will get an outstanding OL coach–Man it is Great to be a Georgia Bulldog ! Pass that Kool Aid and keep it coming


  7. Bright Idea

    I love Richt’s offensive thinking but the reality is it puts a premium on OLinemen and running backs. The spread is popular because you don’t have to block anybody, you can play it year round in your underwear and kids who don’t like hitting love it…basketball on grass. Gotta’ recruit Olinemen like crazy.


  8. j4k372

    You have to wonder if part of our success this year was due to the adaptation of defenses to the proliferation of spread/zone-read offenses. I like this offensive philosophy. It prepares kids for the next level while giving us a strategic advantage on the field. Great recruiting tool as well.

    I was very encouraged when I saw CMR rallying the troops before the Belk Bowl. There seemed to be a fire in him I have rarely seen. The change at President to Morehead seems to be a very good thing for him.

    Hope springs eternal in January!


  9. Scorpio Jones, III

    Whoa, whoa, whoa…it ain’t like nobody else, even in the SEC runs a pro-style offense, or that there are not other teams fielded by major colleges which are pro-style in other conferences.

    Anybody who compares the Genius Offense to ours needs to take a long cold shower. And have a big ole Mint Julep made with some a Mac’s newly discovered bourbon whiskey.

    Our offense has nothing in common with Tech’s….nothing, by God! 🙂


    • True dat! What is this new Bourbon you speak of? 🌅


    • Macallanlover

      Nay, nay lad. I have tasted a fine Mint Julep or occasion but the finely minted, new bourbons I spoke of should not be wasted in a sugar watah and mint concoction. Not that they would do any harm, but anything good enough to cause me to stray from my 20+ year affair with single malt Scotch is overkill. Just a few ice cubes and a Waterford glass is all that is required (well, a nice cigar can be accretive as well.)


  10. I’m beginning to have more and more confidence that this was the right hire. During this process we were reminded that Richt is the true architect of our offense. You gotta trust the guy who put the system in place, recruited the players and trained the coordinator. We tended to over emphasis Bobo’s hand in play calling and game planning when we did poorly. Now that he’s gone, we went the other direction by worrying that he was the sole reason for our offensive success. Bobo was an effective and talented cog in the system that Richt put together–but he is not irreplaceable. I feel really gung ho about the next few years. Man, the buzz from that last swig of cool aid has really set in.


  11. DawgFaithful

    A few months… if only that were true. I like where your head’s at though.


  12. After watching the press conference yesterday, CMR and CBS clearly won the presser (GM, that’s what good PR looks like rather than 1-on-1 interviews with an AUC hack). CMR made it clear we’re going to do things the way we do them – run the ball (tailbacks), pro-style passing scheme (skilled players), pass protection schemes and power run game (OLs), and no-huddle pro-style with a lot of sight adjustments and checks (QBs). It was clearly a message to recruits with NFL hopes that there’s not a better place to come to hone your craft than UGA. CBS made it clear that he wants staff continuity, is willing to change to fit what we do, and has a passion for developing QBs and offensive players. I also liked that Richt had the entire staff interview and meet with CBS during the process and gained buy-in from the whole staff.

    I love the fact that Schotty was willing to make a funny remark about himself when Richt made the “Georgia-Florida” comment. I also love that he was on the phone with the offensive commits on his first day on the job. Pass another shot of red Kool-Aid please.


  13. sectionzalum

    someone should add “the crayon” to the lexicon


  14. W Cobb Dawg

    I would like to see our O adapt a bit. Things like getting the pass off quicker, running plays quicker, and using the whole field more effectively (running outside more often, and passing intermediate and long more often). And last of all my personal pet peeve – if it’s 3rd and 6, send the WRs a minimum of 6 yards downfield. If 3rd and 8, send the WRs a minimum of 8 yards downfield. If 3rd and 10, send the WRs a minimum of 10 yards downfield. How many hundreds of times has the CMR offense thrown a completion on 3rd down, only to wind up a yard or 2 short of the 1st down – drives me f-in nuts!


  15. Bob

    Anyone know much about this guy Ron Sale from McNeese State? According to a couple of sources he appears close to landing the OL Coach job. Played at LSU and was on Saban’s staff.


  16. Bob

    Well that didn’t take long:

    Sale joined the McNeese staff in Feb. 2012 as offensive line coach and was promoted to co-offensive coordinator in the summer of 2014. Prior to serving on the McNeese staff, he held positions as strength and conditioning assistant coach and offensive analyst from 2007 to 2011 at the University of Alabama. While at Alabama, the Crimson Tide won two national titles in 2009 and 2011.

    He had launched his coaching career in 2006 as the offensive line coach at Catholic High of Pointe Coupee in New Roads, La. Sale is a native of Monroe, La., and played high school football at Neville High School and college football at LSU, where he was a three year starter in the offensive line.

    “This is a great opportunity and I’m ready to hit the road recruiting this week,” said Sale. “Top priority will be to see as many recruits as possible and help finish up this 2015 class. At the same time I’m also looking forward to meeting and getting to know our current players. It’s an exciting time to be joining a program with such a great history and tradition.”

    In 2014, the McNeese offense averaged 32.4 points per game, 396.5 total yards per game, 221.9 yards per game rushing and 174.6 yards per game passing.

    Sale constructed an offensive line in 2013 into one of the best in the league despite having two players switch from the defensive side. Three of the five starting linemen earned All-Southland Conference honors – Arinze Agada (1st team), Quentin Marsh and Nick Gorman (honorable mention). Agada was named the SLC’s Offensive Lineman of the Year, earned SLC All-Academic honors, was named a FCS ADA Academic All-Star, earned first team All-Louisiana honors, and was named to four postseason All-America teams
    (Associated Press, Sports Network, College Sports Madness, Beyond Sports Network).

    As a player at LSU, he played in 35 games with 25 starts, including all 13 games in his senior year of 2002 at right offensive guard. As a junior he saw starting action at both center and guard when the Tigers won the SEC title and he played left guard as a sophomore, starting the final five regular season games as well as the Peach Bowl. In high school he was an all-state selection as both a junior and a senior at Neville. Sale earned his degree from LSU in 2003.

    He and his wife Amanda have two sons, Tripp and Briggs.


  17. AusDawg85

    Let’s wait and see who CBS has on the field and what he calls on third and long before we decide if we like him.


  18. On the other side of the coin, this is my only concern about Pruitt. His base D is generally better against one over the other. Programs are basically having to choose between defending the spread or defending pro style. I’ve seen a few defenses that were good against one or the other but not both. I do believe pro style and other traditional offenses will still be around after the shine on the spread wears off some. Hell..the best defense against the spread is some form of ball control offense anyway. I’ll always believe that. Even the great Bammer Ds have struggled against the spread when their offense is struggling. Anyway….I don’t even remotely consider the pro style obsolete nor the spread predominant. What I do see is that the spread has made programs pick sides. It’s all cyclical anyway. Defenses will adjust and/or rules will be changed…just as they always have.