At some point, you have to quit asking the question.

The question in this case being “will Georgia throw to the tight ends more next season?“.  Why quit?  Welp,

… Former position coach Shane Beamer left Georgia to take a promotional opportunity at Oklahoma. At the present time, there hasn’t been official word as to who will preside over the tight end position group.

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and suggest when you can’t even find a position coach for the group, upping their role in the passing game probably isn’t your highest priority right now.

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32 responses to “At some point, you have to quit asking the question.

  1. Bright Idea

    Do you really believe that Kirby does not already know who will coach TEs next year or that it matters as to how many balls will be thrown to them?

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  2. Scott

    I thought Chaney was taking over the tight end group? Was that just a rumor, or something that is going to happen and just hasn’t been announced yet? I think Jay Johnson was going to take over QBs?

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    • Reipar

      Jay Johnson is not a coach and thus cannot take over the QBs. Would have to be Coley.

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      • Scott

        You’re right…..just went back and checked the story that I remembered, and it was Coley who was supposed to be taking over QBs.

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  3. Russ

    The bigger question is how we keep getting these top TE recruits.

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    • Tony Barnhart- Mr! CFB

      the reason we get them and continue to get them is because we are among a decreasing number of programs that still seek players with traditional “tight end” measurables and skill sets. Don’t be fooled by what other programs call “tight ends” that are really just H Back wideouts or really big slot receivers. Sure those guys have an NFL future but not at what most NFL GMs would call a “tight end”— a position still important in the NFL that isn’t all about pass catching.

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      • Tony Barnhart- Mr! CFB

        none of this is to say I think we properly utilize Isaac Nauta… i think he is GROSSLY underutilized. But I too have resigned myself to not asking the question.

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  4. I know we have had some really good tight ends over the years, and they have contributed to a lot of wins, but I think much of this angst over tight end usage we hear from some fans could easily be labeled “The Gronk Effect.” Folks, that dude is an animal. Nobody on our roster could carry his jock, so just let it go.

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    • Napoleon BonerFart

      I agree that comparing any college player to Gronkowski is unfair. However, I think it’s more appropriate to compare our TEs to Oklahoma’s Mark Andrews. And he played a big first half against us in the Rose Bowl.

      Now, 2016 Cheney absolutely deserved the criticism of not using TEs and having a bad offense. 2017 didn’t use the TEs and he had a good offense. So I don’t really want to criticize much. But the question of whether the offense could be better utilizing the TEs more if a fair one.

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      • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

        He used the TEs – they were mainly blocking is all, and that’s what you do when you have Chubb, Michel, Swift et al.

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      • Biggus Rickus

        Georgia’s third leading receiver in 2016 was Nauta. He caught roughly as many passes as Georgia’s most productive tight ends since 2008, with the exception of Orson Charles’ big year in 2011.

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        • Dolly Llama

          I was going to say “Even Leonard Pope?” but then I wanted to look him up and refresh my memory of his career just in case I’d misremembered. Do you know the guy’s Wikipedia page has not a single word about his career at Georgia? It mentions that he played at Georgia, but that’s it. That’s really strange to me, strange enough to make me wonder if he has some grudge.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Pope

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  5. The TEs will likely be more involved this year as we finally will have a 2nd year starter at QB for the first time since Murray. Crazy, I know. Gotta trust your QB to be tossing the ball into the middle of the field.

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    • Dawg in Lutz

      We needed the TE’s to help block and protect a Freshman QB. We should have a better Oline and experienced QB; so we can open things up and throw to the TE’s. they’ll get more passes this year.

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  6. Got Cowdog

    To say Chaney didn’t use the tight ends enough last year is incorrect. Chaney used one or two tight ends on every play. Just because he didn’t throw to them often does not mean they weren’t/ aren’t a big part of the offense. Chaney uses tight ends for what they are designed for: Blocking. Watch the replays and see what Blazevich was up to, or Woerner or Nauta. Freeze the play when 1 or 27 crosses the line of scrimmage on one of their big runs (8+) and see where the TE is. I’d say its a safer play if you see your TE getting ground on his number to run a stud RB that way than to put the ball in the air on a short route that can get jumped.
    Pretty smart if you ask me. I hope we see the same next year.

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    • Napoleon BonerFart

      If TEs are just blockers, wouldn’t it be smarter to throw number 88 on a 300 pound OT and let him block?

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      • Got Cowdog

        OK, I should have said “Primarily”. But they average 265 or so now, right? If #88 is 6’6 and 300, quick enough to handle an outside speed rusher with reliable hands, by all means.
        My point is JC didn’t throw to the tight ends because he didn’t have to. Others have commented, correctly IMO, why we continue to draw top tight end recruits.

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    • Macallanlover

      I think most are underestimating the value of teaching the TEs to be effective blockers. The NFL certainly wants a TE who can catch the ball, but they also want one who can block, both on the line, and in the secondary. UGA seems to be developing the harder skill for these highly rated guys, and throwing to them as needed. As our OL improves, we should see a few more targets per game but no falloff in the blocking emphasis.

      Nauta and Ford both look very capable of catching the ball, but Nauta has proven he can handle the blocking duties required. Even if Ford has better hands, we will continue to see Nauta get the most time. And you have to think the NFL scouts will reward the players who excel at both.

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  7. dawgtired

    Much emphasis is placed on teaching our WRs to block and they are a bigger part of the passing game than the TEs. Think how much more blocking emphasis is place on the TEs in this offense. In this offense the TEs getting the ball thrown to them is like hand-offs to the FB…far and few between. I’ve always liked the TE in the passing game but I’m beginning to understand they can play a bigger roll by blocking for others. I am not at all disappointed in how our offense rolled this past season.

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  8. Spike

    I’m free! Where do I send my resume?

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  9. Saxondawg

    Gosh darn, why do we keep throwing to lightning fast wideouts like Mecole, or handing off to five-star backs, when we could be throwing the ball to offensive linemen? It’s not about the best and fastest way to move the ball–it’s about our love for seeing a guy the size of a truck catch a football ten yards downfield and fall down.

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    • Dubyadee

      I know you are being sarcastic, but damned if I don’t really enjoy watching a big guy catch the ball on the move and rumble for another ten with a cornerback or two in tow.

      I also like winning, so . . . whatever works.

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  10. Scott

    Tough assignment: Know all of the blocking schemes, execute your blocks against defensive ends and linebackers, play decoy, know and execute your passing routes, and be ready to catch the ball in traffic. Those TE’s deserve respect. However, they are best utilized for short yardage situations. In 2017, with a running game like GA had, it must have been hard to call a pass for short to medium yardage with a freshman QB, much improved O-line, and two senior 1,000 yd running backs. I think the running backs’ will ultimately determine how many throws go to the tight ends in 2018.

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  11. Cojones

    TEs are the unsung heroes of many games. To really get into their contribution, they should be observed play-for-play and I propose that we get to salivate over the leavin’s after gtp runs a film of each TE’s year.

    Blazevich’s year would be the tender porn we need in the Spring and Summer that keeps us going into 2018 and selecting a likely replacement TE or two that we can especially watch as potential unsung heroes of the future.

    Natua’s film should be shown as the days of Summer begin warming and that permit a cooling dip in a nearby spring at intervals.

    I’m gonna miss Blaze.

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  12. Cojones

    Perhaps you are correct concerning the enthusiasm towards making the TEs a greater part of the game as was first advertised as one of Chaney’s big successes. It’s what brought Nauta here – the potential of being thrown to a lot – but without the “Maybe not when the RBs are in business” outlet excuse for the plan that brought him here. We all know it is a team game, we just didn’t know that the desert came to some parts of offense when another part is pickin’ fruit in schemes that work.

    It would definitely be great to observe if your supposition is answered sooner rather than later and the Spring Game sounds like a good deadline as to the answer being: “No, we have a helluva O-line that can open a hole any time we want a TE to run through.”.

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  13. Silver Creek Dawg

    To me, Nauta had two of the biggest catches of the season last year- the TDs against the Bizarro Dogs and Auburn in the SECCG. Additionally, Woerner had quite a few important catches as well. Seems to me when we did throw to the TE, it was very effective.

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  14. Got Cowdog

    I remember Artie Lynch dropping a fairly important one from AM. That still stings and AL is a DGD.

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