A turned page on offense

Everybody gone, mane.

As things stand now, only two of Georgia’s coaches in bowl practice next week and in the Jan. 2 bowl game will be sticking around the next day: Defensive assistants Kevin Sherrer and Tracy Rocker.

The offensive staff is experiencing a complete housecleaning: McClendon is leaving for South Carolina, running backs coach Thomas Brown is going to Miami, offensive line coach Rob Sale is going to Louisiana-Monroe (according to 247Sports), and tight ends coach John Lilly has already cleaned out his office, according to two people familiar with Georgia’s program.

Lilly turned down a chance to join re-join Mark Richt in Miami, said one of those with knowledge of the situation.

The other full-time assistant coach on Georgia’s offense this year, quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, is already gone, not coaching in the bowl after his job was filled by Jim Chaney…

When in the course of one season you fall from 37th to 76th in total offense, from 7th to 30th in offensive yards per play and from 8th to 84th in scoring offense, it’s obvious that a lot of the blame for that has to fall on the coaching staff.  (And, yes, that includes the guy who thought bringing Schottenheimer in was a good idea.)  Sure, losing Chubb for much of the season didn’t help production, but you can’t lay all of the dramatics on that.

Given that, it’s hard to get choked up too much by the departures.  Let’s just hope Smart and Chaney have some good replacements in the pipeline coming.

36 Comments

Filed under Georgia Football

36 responses to “A turned page on offense

  1. AthensHomerDawg

    We really did miss that box of crayons.

    Like

  2. Mike Bobo is likely the best offensive mind in the college game for a pro-style offense. We missed him badly this year, and, yes, I believe he could have done something with at least one of the QBs on the roster.

    Like

  3. I’m with you Our offense was worse than pathetic. Let’s give the new guys a chance.

    Like

  4. Will Trane

    Merry Christmas Fran Tarkenton and the rest of the wine and cheese crowd for Brian Schottenheimer. Hey, the game changed since the 1950s. Want a clue. Take a look at the helmets. Another clue. Look at the boring NFL games.
    Congrats to Georgia Southern for buring Bowling Green.
    Now there is a team with a lot of offensive players and a coaching staff like the Dawgs … leaving.
    Jermy Pruitt. You and the Dawgs did a number on Southern.
    Too bad Schotty could not get it figured out in that game and the Tech game.
    Congrats to Rush Propst and the CCHS Packers for being #1 in Georgia and many of the nations polls.
    There are coaches who can finish the drill.

    Like

  5. Rick

    Yes, the offense was bad. Yes, this was the worst team in Richt’s 15 years.

    And this team might still get 10 wins. So yeah, it is tough to swallow that one season with Schotty is worth burning the whole thing to the ground, and then hiring an OC with an even worse track record. We are the rightfully the laughingstock of the country for these moves.

    ‘Hope’ is the right word. It is all we have.

    Like

  6. Mike Cooley

    The paradigm shift within the fan base is fascinating. The Richt people have long been the keepers of the just wait and see flame. Patience was their watch word. Those who felt the program had gotten stale were seen as reactionary. Now it is the Richt folks who want results and want them now. All that seemingly infinite patience went to Miami with Richt. I hope the wounds heal but some seem to almost hope Kirby is a disaster so they can wag their finger in our faces. They also seem like we have a penance to do for wanting Richt gone and the collapse of the program seems to be what they have in mind for that. As for the offensive coaches, I hate that we didn’t retain BMac. The others I can do without. I like Thomas Brown a lot but I don’t know that losing him hurts us. People point to what he did at Wisconsin but he wasn’t there very long and there is no reason to think they had good running because of him. We have and have had the stable of backs we had because of BMac. But honestly, I don’t know how much he can really hurt us at SC. In all the years I’ve been on this earth SC has lured exactly two running backs anybody would want to Columbia and I don’t count Mike Davis. He was just good. BMac will have to recruit nationally. Not that he can’t do it, I just don’t believe he will be able to get the kinds of guys to Coumbia that he could get to Athens. Not consistently. Also, Boom hasn’t stopped being an idiot. He does not care about offense. The SC program under Boom will be Florida under Boom without the recruiting resources built in. They will be craptastic. I’m not real fired up about the Chaney hire but i don’t buy all the freaking out about how awful it is either. Interesting that Lilly didn’t want to go to Miami with Richt. I wonder if they had a falling out or if he just didn’t want to live in Miami. I can certainly understand the latter.

    Like

    • AthensHomerDawg

      Jajuan Seiter? mp.
      To replace Brown. Strong recruiter.

      Like

    • AthensHomerDawg

      Maybe Lilly is shooting for an OC spot. Can’t blame him…

      Like

    • Napoleon BonerFart

      As a Richt agnostic, I’m simply recognizing that the “fire Richt” crowd has won the day. That crowd insisted that UGA had everything necessary to win championships, but Richt held the team back. If that’s true, then Smart should be immediately successful. He will run a very similar offense and defense that Richt ran, so the schematic learning curve should be small. B-M has adopted that attitude, so I accept their standards of success and insistence that it must come quickly.

      I also find it curious that the folks who insisted that the lack of success was Richt’s fault and any reasons to the contrary were simply excuses, are now the group that preaches patience. Wait until the IPF is built. Wait until Smart changes the “culture” around Athens. Those kinds of things will hold Smart back until he can change them. Even though they didn’t hold Richt back.

      Like

      • AthensHomerDawg

        Good post. And the “Bobo haz a crayon” crowd looks pretty silly. Yeah I’m pointing at you cc and hijo. I won’t comment about “run a muck Chuck” glad he has the blog to occupy his time. just sayin’
        Merry Christmas.

        Like

        • Mike Cooley

          Never understood the Bobo hate or how people could think he was the problem when Grantham’s Lost Boyz defense was getting lit up like a pin ball machine. But hey, these are the same people that want to be loud when weve got the ball. And a lot of them are the same people that want us to pay for wanting Richt to do better than beat bad teams and get his ass kicked by good ones.

          Like

      • Governor Milledge

        100% agree Napoleon.

        The only real ‘change’ should be Smart’s inclination towards bigger LBs. Our offense should be fairly continuous based on OC hire, and if it isn’t I blame the failure to retain some staff to ensure that this occurs (namely Lilly and B-Mac).

        It should be between us and UT for the East next year, which I think should be the measuring stick (SECCG appearance) for CKS

        Like

    • UGA95

      I couldn’t agree more Mike Cooley

      Like

    • Good post, Mike. I think everyone wants CKS to be successful because we all want the Dawgs to be in the mix for championships. There are probably some in our fan base who are going to give CKS the same living hell they gave CMR because we didn’t win every game and they didn’t get to go to Wal-Mart to have their picture made with the CFP trophy. For those type of “fans,” I would be more than happy for you to go pull for the Gators, Noles, Tide or Tigers (which you probably already did before 2002).

      Like

  7. W Cobb Dawg

    It’ll be interesting to see how the new staff fills out. Ya know, if we win the bowl game and finish with 10 wins again, that’s gonna be the defacto barometer CKS will be measured by next season.

    Like

    • PTC DAWG

      I disagree…the we don’t bother to show up games is more of a tell ro me.

      Like

      • So, if we go 6-6 but we “show up” in all 6 losses to squeak into a bowl game, you’ll be happy with the outcome? No snark intended … I just want to know how you measure success. I don’t care how it’s done, but he needs to win at least 8 and beat somebody we shouldn’t.

        Like

        • UGA95

          Why do you want to know how PTC Dawg measures success? Does that really even matter to you? Or are you just wanting to argue?

          Like

        • Gaskilldawg

          If we are 6 and 6 that means we will likely have lost to at least 2 of the following :
          S.C.
          Vanderbilt in Athens
          Kentucky
          Tech in Athens
          Auburn in Athens
          Missouri.

          Which of those losses will he be fine with so long as all 6 losses are close?

          Like

          • That’s my point exactly. Everyone talks about the “games where we don’t show up.” If we go 11-1 and “don’t show up” against Florida, did we have a bad season? If we go 6-6 but play hard in all of our losses, is that OK? I would rather the expectations be objective …

            How many wins?
            Which games did we lose?
            Did we beat somebody in an upset?
            Did we win the East?
            Did we win the SEC?
            What bowl game did we play in (or did we make the playoff)?

            These questions are the type where the answer is objective and you can talk about whether the season met or did not meet expectations.

            Like

  8. Will

    (One of) The real failure(s) of Mark Richt’s last 5 years was in not preparing one of the other offensive coaches on staff for the role of at least QB coach with the pending move from Bobo. Richt had to know that Bobo was nearing the end of his stint as a coordinator, and what that would mean. As disheartening as it was to hear Richt indicate he felt out of touch with the offense in his final press conference, I think what shook me more was the idea that with all of the internal hires and promotions he had worked for over the years that fans loved (BMac, TBrown, etc.), Richt clearly didn’t think either of them was ready for the OC role.

    Schottenheimer wasn’t going to buy Richt any time, and he should have known that. Hiring a relatively unpopular coach is lose-lose; If he does well you’re only in the same spot you were in before he showed up, and if he does poorly everyone will immediately jump on the “you should have known” bandwagon. Moving someone like Thomas Brown or BMac into the OC role (Co-OC with O-Line coach, maybe?) would have bought Richt more time, I’m positive.

    Like

    • Will, this is a very fair criticism of CMR. He and Bobo should have been grooming someone. I also think CMR probably should have took the reins back himself. There isn’t a coach on the staff other than Richt himself who could have coached the QBs.

      Like

      • Skeptic Dawg

        EE, I have had the same thought regarding Richt taking over the offensive reigns this season. When things began to go sideways I was surprised that Richt did not take the lead. I was baffled when he made the “more hands on” statement during his final press conference. All very curious.

        Like

        • The problem is there was no one ready to coach the QB position. Richt thought going after an NFL guy was the right move. He probably should have gone after an NFL QB coach and given him the OC title with the intent of keeping the same playbook we had under Bobo. Schotty ended up as a poor move for multiple reasons – at the top of the list was the change to an NFL-style close to the vest offense with a QB not prepared to run it effectively.

          Like