Synergy and the new guys

Marc Weiszer has a really good piece on JT Daniels here.  This is the part I found particularly interesting:

Daniels missed out on having a chance to shine in a new “Air Raid” offense run by first-year coordinator Graham Harrell, who played for Mike Leach at Texas Tech and coached under him at Washington State.

New Georgia offensive coordinator Todd Monken is from the “Air Raid” tree from his days as Oklahoma State offensive coordinator.

“I know JT and I know he loves the system,” Roth said. “I think the system fits his skill set really well. Hopefully, the coordinator and the system remains in place for a couple of years.”

Roth said he expects Monken to run a pro-style system with Air Raid principles.

That, he says, “is the majority of football these days whether you’re looking at the Seahawks, the Patriots or Mike Leach’s teams or USC. There’s a blend of, hey, get the ball out. Most teams in college don’t try to understand defenses for the most part. It’s mostly what I call pro progression reads.”

Going from a first read to a second to a third.

“You can still play fast, but you can still use your mind and manipulate defenders through changing things at the line of scrimmage,” he said. “I think that’s where JT can be special.”

Monken was head coach at Southern Miss in 2015 when it went up against Western Kentucky and Ellis in the Conference USA championship game.

Ellis sees some similarities between Daniels and Nick Mullens, who Monken coached at Southern Miss and is now with the San Francisco 49ers.

“Nick wasn’t the most athletic guy, didn’t have the biggest arm, he wasn’t the tallest guy, wasn’t the biggest,” Ellis said. “He just knew how to play quarterback. He was smart. He knew mismatches. He understood spacing on the field, he understood what defenses are supposed to do, where the openings are. That’s really what JT’s strength is, just understanding football.”

The story this year is we’ll find out how well Monken adapts to the talent he has on hand.  The story next year is we’ll find out how well things mesh when Monken runs his offense with the kind of talent that fits what he likes to do.

I’m beginning to see how Kirby sold Daniels on coming to Georgia.  Now, as Ellis says, let’s see if Monken can stick around for a couple of years to get everything in place.

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9 responses to “Synergy and the new guys

  1. RangerRuss

    If Monken’s O is the catalyst for a Dawgs NC and he leaves for greener pastures as Brady did at LSU?
    I’m good with that.

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  2. Dawg1

    Dean Legge commented,

    Five seasons last decade Monken oversaw an offense or a team. Needless to say the results speak for themselves. At Southern Miss, Monken yanked the Eagles from being one of the bottom 13 scoring offenses in the country before he got there to the No. 13 scoring offense the season he left.

    But what he did as an offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State is extraordinary. There were 1,263 offenses that put up statistics in major college football last decade. Todd Monken’s offenses in Stillwater were No. 6 and No. 16 overall…

    For. The. Decade.”

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  3. Down Island Way

    As i was preparing to go boating….i read this mornings Dawg porn, now i must shower….thanks Bluto

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  4. TampaDawg

    Gosh dammit I need some football in my life right now. I’m not sure if my excitement and anticipation is from no spring football to keep me satiated through the off-season or if it’s the potential of our offense for the next 2-3 years given its flatness last year.

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  5. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    “Nick wasn’t the most athletic guy, didn’t have the biggest arm, he wasn’t the tallest guy, wasn’t the biggest,” Ellis said. “He just knew how to play quarterback. He was smart. He knew mismatches. He understood spacing on the field, he understood what defenses are supposed to do, where the openings are.”

    Substitute Jake for Nick and you have to wonder about what might have been last year.

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    • spur21

      That was my first thought too – what would Jake have done with a good QB coach and a stellar OC.

      Regarding J.T. I think he was the instigator in the move from hell (USC) to heaven (UGA). I read somewhere that he and his dad contacted Kirby but I may be off base.

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  6. W Cobb Dawg

    Opposing defenses are gonna wish we were ‘air raid’, because our deep stable of big RBs, oversized WRs, and that monster OL are gonna be pummeling them for the most part. This is not going to be a finesse offense.

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