“They’re very excited thinking Jamie Newman is that, but you’re excited because you want to know what kind of player he is,” Pate said. “And the rest of the country does too. Let me tell you what the rest of the country doesn’t want to see. The rest of the country is totally fine with Georgia being dominant defensively. They’re totally fine with Georgia being able to run the ball. They’re totally fine with all that because they believe if they are, Alabama, or their Clemson if they’re Ohio State if they’re LSU like last year, they’re confident that they could drown you offensively. You can’t keep up. So, you do your bully ball over there. You build that defense, and you build that running and you build that offensive line, we’ll be okay. We’ll stretch you vertically. We will torch you, you won’t be able to keep up with us. But what they don’t want to see is Georgia look across the aisle and take a page out of their playbook.
“They don’t want to see Georgia modernize offensively. No one wants to see that because that means you potentially could have another tier one program. I already think they’re there, a lot of you don’t, because they haven’t won a national championship. Well, I think we can all agree if George’s offense is all of a sudden able to kick it up a couple of notches with the defense they already have established, yeah they probably arrived in the tier one category.”
Oklahoma tried to drown Georgia offensively in the Rose Bowl. It didn’t work. Georgia did a fair job limiting Tua in the 2018 SECCG, too. LSU, admittedly, was a horse of another color, one that did a spectacular job of outpacing the Dawgs.
But count me among those who will be happy if all Todd Monken manages to accomplish as the offensive coordinator is this:
“He’s seen it work at both the collegiate and pro level so he knows the spacing he’s looking for, he knows the timing he’s looking for and he knows how to drill it. He knows how to get the reps because, especially in college, you only have a limited amount of time you’re with those guys, a limited amount of time in the meeting room, a little amount of time on the field. He knows how to get the most out of his time.”
If “modernize offensively” means getting the mechanics of a competent passing game nailed down, then I’m down with modernizing.