“Is the playbook going to be different? No.”

I do get a kick out of the tea-leaf reading of James Coley’s previous stint as an offensive coordinator at Miami.  (Hell, probably because I do my fair share of tea-leaf reading, too.)

When comparing Coley’s three years at Miami to Chaney’s three at UGA, the former also showed a tendency to get the running backs and tight ends more involved in the passing game with greater efficacy. The Hurricane running backs averaged 12 yards per reception under Coley while the Bulldog ball carriers averaged just under nine yards per grab under Chaney. The tight ends at Miami averaged almost two yards more per reception while Coley was there than UGA’s did in three years under Chaney.

Coley’s offense was much more balanced on first down, showing a greater tendency to put it in the air on a down that’s run-heavy overall in College Football. The Hurricanes tended to keep it on the ground on first down under UGA’s new play caller but the most run-heavy season on first down for Coley at Miami was in his first, 2013, and it was 62 percent. Chaney’s most run-heavy season on first down was 2017 and it was 77.3 percent.

Different personnel, different head coaches, but, sure, why not?

My gut tells me there are three obvious strengths on Georgia’s offense this season, the offensive line, Jake Fromm and D’Andre Swift.  That’s not to say there isn’t talent elsewhere, but at this point, there’s something of a wait and see game as to who else emerges where.

Mr. Impose Your Will is still the head coach, too.  There’s a reason he promoted from within, right?

Georgia managed over seven yards a play last season, which was seventh best in the country.  The whole thing kinda shouts if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it to me, but your mileage may vary.

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22 responses to ““Is the playbook going to be different? No.”

  1. If Fromm is a strength of the team, you don’t become an Air Raid offense, but you do allow him to throw more on early downs. It was ridiculously frustrating to watch us run into a stacked box on 1st down just to get immediately behind the chains and be forced to throw on 2nd and 3rd. Sure, you can impose your will when you have better players up front. When the defense has good players in the front 7 (cough, cough … Bama), you can’t just line up and expect them to wilt. When your line plays like crap (cough, cough … Texas), you have to find a way to get things going.

    I haven’t looked at the stats, but the intermediate passing game between the hash marks seems to need improvement.

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    • Junkyardawg41

      I agree EE. What always strikes me as funny is the comparisons between Fromm and Murray. (Which I think are silly but I digress) Having said that, I remember Murray led Richt offenses going to the middle of the field a lot with the occasional throw outside the hashes where Fromm led Chaney offenses seems to be the opposite. Even the throws to the tight ends were often to the sideline. That doesn’t mean we didn’t hit passes in the middle like the Godwin pass for a TD, it just was balanced imo. I guess the question some researcher will have to look at is does Coley THE OC attack outside the hash or inside the hashes?

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    • Greg

      What was even more frustrating was pulling Fromm and inserting Fields. It cost us last year imo….

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    • I think they let Fromm cut loose a bit more this year, but I don’t think Bama is stopping our O-line this year on any down.

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      • Greg

        Thinks the only thing that stopped us the last two times was situational play calling….going away from what was working…..

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      • Bama still has plenty of studs stacked up in the front 7. The way to beat Bama is to be balanced and to make them pay down the field. You aren’t going to run for 200+ against them.

        I hope you are right, dude.

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        • Junkyardawg41

          *See Trevor Lawrence game tape…

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        • Otto

          Agreed Bama like any good team you have to keep them from stacking the box. However, UGA has the OL and RBs to run on anyone and will go a heavier run percentage than other teams.

          Last year the QB keeper on the RPO seemed to disappear compared to the year before, and there were occasions where Fromm had the 1st on the keeper. It is a nice wrinkle to slow the defense. Yes TEs could be used more, and maybe WRs who don’t block as well should be used to create downfield threats. All sorts of ways to create space or mismatches on the field. A player may not always pop off on a stat sheet but what they can do holding a defender a step can be priceless. Were FBs ever all that effective in an I formation? Box scores may not say so but dumping a pass out on the flat can keep a defender from chasing a QB or a FB dive up the middle may pay off when the Tailback gets a run.

          In 2 games UGA is seconds away from a draw winning the 1st half for the Offense and Defense to get beat in the 2nd. UGA is getting deeper with more veterans, and talent as time goes by. Clemson did beat Bama in the 2nd game but the road there wasn’t short, Clemsoning was a phrase for a reason.

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      • CEPH

        dude. To regress a bit, Dooleys mantra was if his offensive line could control the defensive front, we won, if not we lost. Thats why his record for his entire career against teams that had won at last 50% of their games was only three out of ten. If anyone thinks they are going to beat Alabama by just running the ball they need to go back to the drawing board. Ask Clemson how they won. As a matter of fact the teams who had a modicum of success against them last year did it through the air. I don’t care how good your offensive line you aren’t going to beat them by simply running the ball.

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        • I don’t recall saying we should only run the ball. I’m pretty sure I said Fromm would get cut loose. My comment about our O-line is confidence that we are about to field our best ever in the history of the team. Bama won’t be able to stuff us this year late in the game when we have a lead and want to run and burn clock.

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      • J-Dawg

        I agree 100%! Put the ball in Jake’s hand and let him loose. If that happens then Jake puts Murray in the rear view mirror. UGA needs to realize how much of a superstar Fromm can be.

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        • The Dawg abides

          The difference in Fromm staying a really good qb and an elite superstar happens in clutch time. I really want to see Jake put the team on his back and will them to a win against Bama in crunch time. He had that chance in a tie game this year. He’s going to have to get that done if he’s going to go down as the Dawg legend we all want him to be.

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  2. Maybe a little more throwing to the tight ends and slots inside the hashes?

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  3. Russ

    When I look at our OL and our backs, I think I’d run the ball. But I hope we throw it enough to be dangerous. In other words, the offense isn’t changing that much.

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  4. W Cobb Dawg

    Gotta go with Fromm – completes 70%+ of passes, and gets good yardage on those completions.

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  5. FlyingPeakDawg

    We’ll look like we always do…RBU, but I see more creativity with the passing routes and throwing to the backs in space than Chaney did. The difference will likely be subtle when comparing play charts, but the changes should show up in situations like the Red Zone, going HUNH more, 3rd downs, etc. where we needed to improve our TOP and moving the chains in crunch time vs. just scoring.

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  6. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    I voted for some, but not so much because Fromm will be given freer rein. I have been watching replays of the last 2 seasons to entertain myself during this dreary month, and especially last year, Fromm has pretty much been given the keys to the car. I just think we will be better because the O-line – which has been really good already in spite of a number of injuries last year – is almost the same, but healthier and and a year more mature.

    YouTube also has a video by a guy who says he is a football analyst suggest something else that Coley might do which he did when he was at Miami. Get a fullback involved. Who? Glad you asked: Nate McBride. But, isn’t he a linebacker? Yes, but this guy says several thing about that: 1) like most athletes, Nate played both ways in HS; 2) he has HS film of Nate crushing people with the ball in his hands; 3) Nate is too gifted athletically not to play; 4) as gifted as he is, he isn’t likely to crack the 2 deep with the other LBs we have, and as we all know, switching positions isn’t unheard of: witness Lamont Gailliard and Mecole Hardman among others. I tell you it made sense to me.

    Anyway, I think it will be less about changing the playbook, less about giving Fromm freer rein and more about getting the best players on the field.

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  7. ChiliDawg

    I for one would love to see a return to throwing passes to the middle of the field instead of just the sidelines. Whatever happened to the slant route?

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