The same, but different

One of the journeys we’re about to embark on today, grasshoppers, is to see what sort of changes Brian Schottenheimer has worked into the Georgia offense.  I’m a big believer in an if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it approach, so I’m both intrigued and a little nervous.

The reality is it probably won’t be much different from life with Bobo.  But it won’t be exactly what we’ve been used to seeing, either.  Clear?  Hardly.

“We’re not going to reinvent the wheel,” Schottenheimer said after he was hired. “We’re going to run the football. Obviously, that’s a big part of what we’re doing.”

Tight end Jeb Blazevich said “for what we do, I feel like it’s still very similar. I feel like it’s still very explosive at time and we’re able to wear them down with the running game as well as get those explosive passes over the top.”

Still, it won’t exactly be the same old Bulldogs offense, even though it will be built around star tailback Nick Chubb. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

“Sometimes I think that’s a good challenge,” Schottenheimer said about adjustments the wide receivers had to make in route concepts. “They’ve been running coach Bobo and coach Richt’s scheme for a long time, so they kind of come into meetings (and) are like, `Whoa, this is different.’”

Georgia’s system and the one Schottenheimer has run have been sort of joined together.

“If you take the guts of what we did last year and the guts of what we’re doing this year, the overlap is very high,” Richt said. “I mean 80 percent. We’re pretty much doing the same kind of thing. We’re protecting very much the same. We’re running the ball very much the same.”

Some of the new wrinkles have evolved in the months since Schottenheimer was hired in January.

“It’s been interesting,” Richt said. “When you run a system like he’s been running a while, there’s a lot of good things. There’s a lot of things he’s liked. Some of those things he’s liked are new to us, and you’re like, `Hey, I like that, too, a lot.’ And there’s a lot of things that we’ve been doing that’s been pretty good around here. We’ve been kind of feeding that to him, and he’s like, `Hey, I like that.’ So there’s certain plays that are creeping in that maybe weren’t being practiced quite as much on the front end for certain situations and things of that nature that we had done in the past.”

Schottenheimer has picked up Georgia’s tempo. Some of the red zone offense came from the NFL and the terminology being used has changed.

“He’s got the right kind of ego to be open to new ideas and vice versa,” Richt said. “We want to learn, too.”

The most obvious change is likely to come in the use of the tight ends, based on what Schottenheimer’s done in the NFL and, to be honest, based on the relative strengths, at least early on, of Georgia’s receiver groups.  We shall see what we shall see.


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18 responses to “The same, but different

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    With posts like that you could be writing economic news. 😉


  2. “Whoa, this is different!”

    Not words you want to hear when you’re talking about an offense that was the SEC’s best.

    I just don’t want to see a bunch of hands waving and a flurry of towels around Schottenheimer during the game. I’m assuming he’s going to be on the field unlike CMB.


  3. Timphd

    Danielson’s comments about Schott taking over for Bobo were interesting (in yesterday’s ABH). He called Bobo “one of the best playcallers” and described UGA fans as “kind of demanding” in describing the pressure Schott is under. Hope he’s a good teacher of young men to get those changes made.


  4. Uglydawg

    I’m nervous. CMB left a fine machine for someone to step in and drive. Let’s hope Schotty has looked under the hood, liked what he saw, and closed it without tinkering.
    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.


    • Macallanlover

      Not broke, didn’t try to overhaul it or redesign it. But tweaked it, and added some new features replacing the outdated and ineffective pieces. That’s what it sounds like we did, and I am always open to update. I expect we will see fewer peaks and valleys under Schotty, perhaps not as explosive as we have been the last few years, but not as many lulls where we disappear for 2-3 possessions.

      I don’t think the offense will look dramatically different at any point but feel it will attack in a different way. Guess I shouldn’t feel so confident about replacing an extremely effective OC like Bobo, but the change isn’t even near the top of the list of things I am concerned about with us going into the 2015 season. I rarely dispute a specific play call, that makes no sense to me at all, but the philosophy of the scheme is what I am most intrigued about: 1) how do we create mismatches, 2) how quickly can/do we adjust to defensive, 3) what tempo do play at, and when, and 4) how will be play in the Red Zone. I admit to not being a fan of Bobo’s RZ attack plan so I welcome some change in this area.

      I am glad we have this “light” September this season so all communication issues, and strength/weakness areas can be dealt with and not risk a major stumble.


  5. Howard

    There are several questions to be answered this season:

    What is the expectation of the team this year?
    Can Richt do it? If not, what will happen to him and the program.
    Can Lambert do it?
    Would either Bauta or Ramsey, or all or none transfer?
    It is more likely that Ramsey will transfer?
    Can Pruitt take over if Richt is gone?
    Can UGA beat Alabama?


  6. mikebozo

    Loved bobo’s play calling. 3rd and 9 run it up the gut then punt. 1st and goal at the 4 pass play no one open then ground it for a 3rd and goal call.


  7. DawgPhan

    Didnt see that much of the TEs yesterday.

    And that 3 and out to start the game was something else.

    Nothing like winning the coin flip taking the ball and slamming your dick in the door. Truly the Georgia Way.


  8. mikebozo

    Only the names have changed