… comes from something Seth Emerson wrote ($$) in today’s “Five Things to Watch“: “This year’s offense could threaten the records set by the Aaron Murray-Todd Gurley offenses earlier this decade.”
Well, could it?
It’s a fascinating comparison. Using 2012 as a touchstone, you had peak Bobo (Georgia led the nation in yards per play), peak Murray (second nationally in passer rating) and… well, I’m not sure there was such a thing as peak Gurley, so let’s just leave it at plain old Todd Gurley.
What Georgia’s offense has going for it this season is a boatload of talent, deeper at all levels — most significantly, perhaps, at offensive line — than I’ve ever seen in Athens. I’m not exaggerating when I type that, at least I don’t think I’m exaggerating. [NOTE: Insert reference to 1992 offense here.] It’s certainly more talented overall than the 2012 team’s level was.
So, what do you think? I won’t go there and say the 2018 version of Jim Chaney is a match for Mike Bobo’s best job in Athens, but I’m not sure he’ll need to be in order for Georgia’s offense to match the results.
One thing I do feel certain in saying is that if the 2018 offense is anywhere close to threatening 2012’s production, this team is going to be hell on wheels, because there’s no way Smart and Tucker’s defense is going to be at Grantham’s 2012 level.