“He’s really creative the way he uses the tight ends.”

I tell you what – one obvious way I’m going to judge Jim Chaney’s success as an offensive coordinator this season is if I don’t wind up throwing Brian Schottenheimer back in his face at the end of it.

It’s not like that’s a particularly high bar to cross, either.  Georgia’s leading receiver in 2015 at that position was Jeb Blazevich:  15 catches, 144 yards, 1 TD.  That’s more catches and touchdowns than the rest of the tight end group had combined.

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18 responses to ““He’s really creative the way he uses the tight ends.”

  1. I reserve judgement on this until the end of the season.

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    • Otto

      Are we cynical from a prior OC making this statement?

      It has been frustrating to see production from the TE position decline especially given the perceived depth at the position. I stated a couple of years ago I wanted 2 TE sets given the depth at TE with the talent at RB.

      I really want to see what they do in the G-day game because we all know scheme and QBR ratings give us a good idea of how we’ll look this fall. 😛

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      • Two tight end set enable teams to use their base personnel on defense as opposed to a 5th DB. Last year against our QBs and offensive line, that meant 8 in the box and we dare you to throw it over our heads.

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        • Otto

          UGA often faced 8 in the box with 1 TE, may as well get a stronger TE involved.

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          • That’s true. I would like to see us do more with 2 TE as a personnel package but with using formations to force teams to stay out of the box. Take Blaze, Harris or Nauta and put one at a traditional tight end position and another flexed out in the slot to create personnel mismatches.

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  2. Macallanlover

    That may have been the biggest surprise/disappointment for me about CBS’ play calling last season, I really expected us to utilize the TE a lot more than we had before he arrived, not less (and it wasn’t because we had to hold them in to block either.) And our “win percentage” on passes when we actually did target the TE seemed pretty high to me. I would put this shortcoming by Schotty right up there with the “Lambert style game plan” we rolled out at the Cocktail Party for our only mobile QB.

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    • JarvisCrowell

      Agreed, especially crazy to me was why we didn’t use them more when we were obviously hurting for receiving options. It’s not like we had a badass squad of wideouts taking up passes; and even if we did, Lambert showed that deep passes are not exactly the best use of his skillset.

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    • AusDawg85

      If we can fairly assume most of those knocked-down passes of Lambert’s were intended for the TE, then the stats would have been much better.

      Lambert is gun shy to throw over the middle. I think it’s like the golf yips…a fear of the outcome causes an uncontrollable flinch of the reflexes. Those throws aren’t just a bit off, they are awful. In practice and the USCe game, he didn’t have them, but they were there in live action, especially after the pounding Bama gave him. I even suspect Richt knew this but could not find a way to help him and hoped he could just work through it. One either overcomes the yips or doesn’t. Maybe he should try the claw grip on the football!

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  3. Mike Honcho

    In 2000, when he was OC at Purdue his tight end, Tim Stratton, won the Mackey Award, of course he had a pretty good QB.

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    • Will (The Other One)

      I just remember Arky using passes to two TEs to make a blowout at halftime respectable (and downright nervous, briefly) last time we played them. Hunter Henry was their leading receiver as well.

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  4. CBS – nice guy, but the biggest coaching disappointment I can remember.

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  5. W Cobb Dawg

    Doesn’t have to be “creative” to win me over. I’ll gladly settle for a vanilla offense that makes use of our talent at TE.

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  6. DawgPhan

    The bar is so low on the offensive side right now that it would be tough to not exceed that.

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