There are many things I don’t understand about what happened to Georgia’s offense last season, but the most puzzling thing to me was the seeming abandonment of what had been its bread and butter play for so many years, play action. You would think that an offensive scheme that emphasized the running game and had a talent in the backfield like Swift would be tailor made for PA, but, instead, Coley settled for a lot of zone read option stuff that grew increasingly ineffective as the season wore on.
Enter Todd Monken. Skip the Air Raid nonsense and ask instead if emphasizing 11 personnel groupings means Georgia’s offense will continue to ignore play action. I don’t know, but I will say there’s no reason you can’t run play action successfully out of 11 groups. For proof of that, you don’t have to look any further back than last season.
If you’ve got a good running back whom defenses perceive as a threat, you can sell play action. I’d like to think that’s something Monken already knows.