“The Todd Monken effect”

Here’s a good piece from Emerson ($$) about what Georgia’s new offensive coordinator faces.  It’s a long list, and number one on it is the question of autonomy.  It may be a closer question than you thought.

But ultimately, there is one over-hanging question: How much will it be Monken’s decision, and how much will it be Kirby Smart?

The assumption has always been that Monken, in order to come to Georgia, got assurances on the front end, unlike James Coley, who was interviewing with his own boss and thus had less leverage. But Monken was also unemployed when Smart hired him. There were other suitors, but Monken “only” got a 15-percent raise over what Coley was making at Georgia ($1.1 million vs. $950,000). So did Smart hire Monken and truly turn the offense over to him?

That’s not really clear yet, frankly.

Seth may have also contributed the best one-sentence summary of Kirby’s manball mindset I have read yet:  “Smart likes tempo, but only when it’s working.”

Best of luck, Todd.


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16 responses to ““The Todd Monken effect”

  1. Russ

    I like Manball, but only when it’s working. I guess I’m more like Kirby than I thought.


  2. 69Dawg

    Let’s face the reality that Monken is just on the job until something better comes along. Worst case we never see his offense run at UGA because of the Covid-19 and then he goes back to the pros. The Pro’s after all are now running his stuff more than the traditional Pro Style. So if Kirby has the ego to let him go full speed ahead then it could be fun to watch. Once again if we have CFB at all.


  3. “Smart likes tempo, but only when it’s working.”

    I can’t think of many times in the last 3 years when it didn’t work. We would go up tempo and score on a drive only to come back the next possession with everyone standing around until there was 5 seconds on the play clock.

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  4. AceDawg

    I have no doubt Smart played a real hand in what Chaney and Coley did in terms of play calling and offensive design. Monken comes into a situation where Kirby likely both had to AND wanted to give Monken more control than the previous guys. Hiring him in and of itself signaled a desire for a more aggressive offense. Kirby needs to work on self-confidence when it comes to punting, kicking a field goal, or going for it on 4th down in opponent territory, however. And please for the love of God somebody get James Cook the ball without it being on an obvious jet sweep that the average fan can see is coming. Much of the offense, however, will naturally open up when there is a more mobile and/or big arm QB. Fromm wasn’t elusive, and he didn’t throw well on the run when rolling out even in a designed fashion. Let’s all wish him the best when he takes snaps behind a Buffalo 2nd and 3rd string OL.


  5. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    This quote from the article is also revealing talking about UGA and 3rd downs:
    “It was ugly: After struggling on third-and-long in 2018 (7+ yards to go), the Bulldogs got even worse last year, converting only 23 percent of the time, which dropped Georgia from 63rd to 90th at the FBS level.”

    Think about what that says about Third and Grantham from last year’s WLOCP.

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    • UGA’s OC may push for success on 1st, 2nd downs of a drive for keeping the defense off balance/out of step…what may come back to bite UGA is not the quick score but the 3-5 minute score that kinda’ puts your “D” back out on the field sooner than you would care….enter “manball” to sort that out….


  6. doofusdawg

    With a shortened season to begin with I really doubt Kirby will continue to try and shorten the games. Imagine the kids as well and the coaches are hoping for as much football as they can get… which would seem to necessitate turning em loose. I’m ready for some four hour games personally.


  7. RangerRuss

    It’s been discussed on here many times if CKS is obstinate and mentally shackled to Manball or if that was simply his best chance at winning games with given personnel. There are convincing arguments for both sides, but it’s hard to argue with the wins he produced last year. In retrospect, come grease or mud, shit or blood the best the Dawgs could do was 12-2. There are valid complaints on how the games were played especially the manner they ended.
    I want to believe that Kirby is a budding genius and recognizes the shortcomings of the team and is actively pursuing to rectify those issues. I’m not sure if this abbreviated season will provide the evidence that justifies my faith in his abilities. Hope springs eternal and I’ll be barking and growling.
    Tee the damn ball up!


    • The loss of JJ Holloman was a much bigger loss than we thought it would be. When Cager went out, it seemed Fromm had not developed a connection with another receiver until Pickens in the bowl game. Also, I think the offensive line flat out underachieved last year. The number of times we didn’t get short yardage was criminal.

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  8. BuffaloSpringfield

    For a What it’s Worth:
    Four hour games with without commercials. Good Luck with that !


  9. W Cobb Dawg

    Top offenses have been getting tougher and tougher to beat, even by the great defenses assembled by Saban and Kirby. Any dreams of continuing manball as a realistic route to the cfb championship got smashed by LSU.

    I’ve got to believe Kirby has learned that if he wants to win it all, the approach he’s taken his first 4 years isn’t gonna do it.


    • RangerRuss

      I want to believe. Dawgs are so close and need a talented QB and skillful playcaller to put em on top.
      GO DAWGS!!