Real juice?

James Coley is coming out of the box and going down on the field this season.

There will be a new face on the sideline for the Georgia football team in 2019.

After former offensive coordinator Jim Chaney ran the offense from the press box the past three seasons, new coordinator James Coley and head coach Kirby Smart are leaning toward having Coley call plays down on the field this year.

“It’s what we’ve done in scrimmages and what he and I have talked about doing,” Smart said on Aug. 27. “We are open to looking at it different ways, but right now it’s probably what we’re going to do.”

It seems that part of the reason for doing so is to bring some additional energy to the game as it develops.

When he met with the media on Aug. 5, Coley didn’t know whether he would be on the field or not. But he did know that he wanted to “bring the juice” to the Bulldogs’ offense.

“We expect them to have energy and we feel like as a coaching staff, we have to reflect that and inspire that,” Coley said. “It’s loud, energetic, moving fast, constantly questioning them on the field.”

That mindset extends beyond the field as well. If he sees a player with his head down in the hall, Coley will yell at them, “Do you have any juice?,” usually inspiring a burst of energy from the player in question.

The cynic in me wonders if the move is in place so that, if need be, Kirby can get in the OC’s face about questionable red zone playcalling.  Not that that will ever occur again, of course.

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12 responses to “Real juice?

  1. TimberRidgeDawg

    Watching the Kiffen on the sideline with Saban could be as entertaining as the game on the field, especially when the Bama offense would sometimes go off the rails and Nick was getting mad.

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  2. Macallanlover

    I understand the face to face communication aspect of this but like the OC having the bird’s eye view of the defensive reaction to plays/formations. I know the other offensive staff guys can relay information to Coley via the headphones, but it is hard to see the scale from field level. Whatever works, but other than SOS, it just seems the press box would be a better location. Plus, I am not sure I want to see our HC screaming in the face of the OC, prefer to pretend those words from Kirby were going to some low level staffer.

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    • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

      I tend to agree the press box is better. Besides the bird’s-eye view you note, we have Jake on the field. I don’t think having someone second guess him is helpful here.The good thing is that I think the Vandy game is a good way to test this idea. Not a cupcake opponent, but one that if it seems like a bad idea afterwards still shouldn’t cost us a loss.

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  3. JasonC

    He’ll be back in the box by game 4

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  4. JasonC

    He’ll be back in the box by game 4

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  5. Greg

    “Kirby can get in the OC’s face about questionable red zone playcalling.”

    Believes ALL goes thru Kirby, hopefully some of that changes.

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  6. Jared S.

    I thought Chaney was on the sideline for most/all of 2016?

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  7. DawgPhan

    The offense has been the better unit the last 2 years. Not sure why we need to be messing with the offense so much this season.

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  8. Comin' Down The Track

    James Coley is coming out of the box and going down on the field this season.
    Are we just not doing phrasing anymore?

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  9. HiAltDawg

    Brining The Juice? I didn’t know Orenthal James had eligibility left. Reckon he cut through the Transfer Portal White Bronco style without us noticing.

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  10. CHARLES HARRIS

    Chaney took up too much room on the sideline, plus I think the players were stealing his donuts!!!

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