I don’t care how stout Georgia’s defense may be this season, I don’t think any realistic fan believes the Dawgs can win a national title, or probably even a conference title (Alabama’s defense is going to be very good, too), with a repeat of last year’s offense. I don’t think Kirby does, either, which is why he replaced Coley with Monken.
The $64000 question is how much freedom does the head coach intend to give the offensive coordinator. Obviously, you’d think Monken pressed for more initiative to structure the offense and call plays than Coley was given, but is this a bridge too far for Smart?
“Really what I took away from (the Air Raid) was being able to throw to win,’’ Monken said after being hired by the Cleveland Browns last year. “That really to me was the Air Raid. You had a certain amount of run game, you ran a lot of the same concepts and you could throw to win. That was really it. Like any offense, it works a lot better if you have good players.”
No, not the Air Raid part — the bit about “being able to throw to win”. That’s what LSU did to shred Georgia in last year’s SECCG, so Smart knows first hand about its effectiveness, but is he really willing to make that kind of jump? Honestly, I have no idea. What do you guys say?