Toughness never goes out of style.

If there’s one reason why I don’t think the coordinator change is going to result in a significant shift in Georgia’s offensive philosophy, it’s this:

Alabama linebacker Dylan Moses told reporters Wednesday that games against Georgia were his toughest. He cited the Bulldogs’ wear-you-down offensive style to the point Moses felt like he was “in a brawl.” His comments serve as evidence to Georgia and Alabama being on similar, if not exact, levels of pedigree — based on current state, not history. But surpassing that has been elusive for Smart after two tries.

That had to give Mr. Impose Your Will a stiffy.  And why the hell not?  Georgia’s offense under Smart has remade itself into, if not the most, certainly one of the most physical units in the country.  After working so hard to achieve that, he’s not going to let Coley give that away.  At most, I expect nothing more than some minor tweaking around the edges, but at heart, this offense will remain what we’ve seen from the past two seasons.

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27 responses to “Toughness never goes out of style.

  1. It will be interesting to be sure. I think Coley jives with Kirby in a way that Chaney never did. But how that translates on the field will be interesting.

    I know one thing: Coley better get this red zone/goal line shit figured out.

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  2. I think anyone expecting UGAs offense changing in any drastic way under Coley’s watch will be disappointed, but I would argue anyone wanting the offense to make a drastic change would be foolish. What UGA needs is to tighten up in key areas (red zone TD percentage being atop the list). That’s where Coley can endear himself and help take UGA to the next level.

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  3. Absolutely … I would like to see some early down and short yardage passing when it makes sense. I remember that pass play Bobo would call in short yardage in the middle of the field where we would give an off tackle look just to pull it out for a little 5-6 yard toss to the tight end that would get another 15-20 yards before a safety could react. I’m hoping that’s what Coley brings to the offense.

    Mr. Impose Your Will needs to learn sometimes to use his tendencies against defenses. That doesn’t mean 160-pound wide receivers taking toss sweeps.

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  4. Macallanlover

    Interesting part about our “impose your will”, physical style offense is how it wears people down like the old Nebraska/Michigan and current Wisconsin offenses but does so with more explosive plays. There are many contributing factors for this, powerful backs with speed, accurate QB that makes good decisions, a much improved OL, and receivers that block downfield and clear the way for those who break the front 7.

    That is why I like both our, and Bama’s, current model and do not think we need an overhaul. Yes, we need to tweak it near the goal line, and use the middle of the field more in our passing game, but not much more. There are some head scratching use of personnel moments, but we are new breed of hybrid that can face down, and wear down, any defense we come up against. It isn’t like we have struggled moving the ball, or putting points on the board.

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    • Got Cowdog

      Until we run into someone who is as good at it as we are. That’s when CKS needs a couple of rabbits in his hat and we haven’t seen that yet. And to EE’s point above, fake field goals and punt’s ain’t the kind of surprises he needs.

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      • Macallanlover

        Not sure how you mean this, offensively, or defensively? We faced Bama twice, moved the ball just fine against them last year, and held their offense just fine in 2017 MNC game. If you think we have had trouble stopping a look a like offense we did it pretty well that game, shutting them out the first half. Not preparing for Tua seemed to be the issue in the 2nd half (along with our offense not being able to grind out first downs when we attempted to run the clock out pre=maturely which gave them better field position and extra plays.)

        I think the attention to the fake FG in the SECCG is total bunk, but many act as if it cost us the game. I feel the fake against LSU with Hot Rod was far more questionable, and had a bigger impact on the game.

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        • The fake punt in the SECCG gave up field position at a time when field position and the clock were more important than the heroic play. A fake kick is never the percentage play. It only works with surprise. We lost surprise when Fields didn’t have the ball snapped while Bama was trying to get organized. If you get them inside the 10, we had a hell of a lot better chance to stop them or force a mistake than we did to give them the ball around midfield.

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        • Got Cowdog

          You made my point for me, Mac. In the two championships you mention, Alabama made changes UGA didn’t (couldn’t?) account for and took the game. The LSU loss was the same. The goofy fake calls didn’t cost us the games, you are correct. It was the failure or refusal to recognize and adapt to what the opponent did that cost those games. And that sits squarely on the coaches shoulders.

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  5. DavetheDawg

    You know what is going to help us as much as physicality? Not having to worry about a Diva backup quarterback that is inserted into a game just in time to kill continuity for the sake of appeasement.

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  6. I hope Coley makes better use of the tight ends and slot receivers as part of the passing game. I think Hardman was dramatically under-utilized last year, and the tight ends should have had more throws their way as well. Throwing short over the middle should back the linebackers up and help the running game too.

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    • dawgman3000

      That was what I was thinking as well. If Coley would utilize a little more 3 receiver, 1 back, and single TE sets, he could still have the ability to be physical while at the same time giving Jake more options to audible into plays out of the pistol or shotgun formations. That would be problematic for opposing d-coordinators IMO.

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  7. charles harris

    Kirby needs to learn you can’t always impose your will, so there has to be an alternative!!

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  8. Ozam

    Besides the goal line issue, my biggest hope is for improvement on first downs. No one wasted first downs like Chaney. Maybe he viewed pounding the ball up the middle like a body blow, but second and long over and over not ideal. He didn’t even try and hide what we were going to do. Chaney was blessed that Fromm does well on third downs.

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  9. Classic City Canine

    I’d rather have a couple of national championships like Clemson than get compliments about how tough we are. As I recall, Mr. Impose Your Will’s team got dominated in the 4th Quarter while Clemson was sticking a dagger in Alabama by throwing it to Justyn Ross. Kirby needs to freshen up the offense because he’s not going to impose his will on Alabama and Clemson for 4 quarters. Frankly I am upset that we wasted Mecole, Ridley, and Nauta.

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  10. I honestly don’t want much to change. I echo what most are saying on here about the passing game. It just seems to me that we lacked creativity in scheming our players that were great in space open. Also, to someone’s point above, Mecole was criminally underused last year. We ran that WR screen like it was our job the first four or so games and then it disappeared. (and personally that’s not necessarily what I mean by scheming a guy open) Having a guy like Wims or Holloman to rely on is great, but if that guy starts getting shaded by a safety, or drops multiple balls in a game (JJ in sugar bowl), you have to find ways to get other guys open. -Ramble over…

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  11. Corch Irvin Meyers New USC Trojans Corch (2020)

    It’s not about how much or how little you pass, it’s how you pass.

    Chaney ran out of running formations and passed out of passing formations. The other team literally knew what was coming. He also called the same two plays far too much (the WR boundary screen and the 20 yard out). He never schemed to get Hardman open in actual space the way Mullen and Meyer did for Percy Harvin. He never spread the field. All our passing formations were run tight to the line, in a phone booth. He was about as predictable as you could possibly be, especially in the second half of games, and he never had the ability to adjust if his gameplan was stopped by the opposing defense.

    Coley needs to bring creativity to how he calls the passes. If we still run 60% of time, that’s okay. But how about we run out of 4 WR formations? How about we pass out of 3 TE formations? Or even 2 TE formations? How about we make it so the other team can’t tell if we’re running or passing simply by our on field personnel? THAT, more than anything else, would be a huge upgrade from fucking Chaney.

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    • Got Cowdog

      You and I are starting to sound like broken records on this. 🙂
      August is too fucking hot anyway, Can we just skip to the end and play already?

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      • Corch Irvin Meyers New USC Trojans Corch (2020)

        I’m with you. August is the absolute worst month of the year in Georgia for many reasons:

        It’s the hottest, most humid fucking month of the year. Absolutely miserable.
        No. 1 makes going to a Braves game, even at night, intolerable.
        We’re as close as we’re going to get to real football, both college and the NFL, as we are all year, but it’s still 31 days away, give or take.

        Fuck August.

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    • Salty Dawg

      Preach it, Corch! I’m buyin what you’re sellin! I am so glad Chaney is gone for the very reasons you mentioned. I’m not 100% knowledgable about all things football, and even I could see what was coming next! Geez…

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