That depends upon what your goal for the season is.
As much as the offense sputtered in the second half of 2019, do not forget Georgia didn’t lose a regular season game down the stretch, won the East and also won its bowl game to finish 12-2. All nothing to sneer at.
That being said, it wasn’t built to take on a team with an above-average defense and a prolific offense like LSU, and it showed. Hence, all the talk from Smart and Monken about the need for more explosive plays than Georgia delivered in 2019.
Therein lies the rub. It’s not hard to make an argument that the 2020 defense will surpass the level of last season’s, but will that be enough in and of itself to get past the 800-pound elephant… er, gorilla in the room? For, make no mistake about it, Georgia is going to have to beat Alabama at least once to make the CFP semis. How much scoring will that take?
A reminder about offensive scoring in conference games last year:
Georgia can’t finish middle of the pack in scoring — at half the rate of the conference leaders — again and expect to show better than it did last season. The defense will be great, but not that great.
As Josh put it,
One can see that as good as our defense was in 2019, the offense dragged us back to pack in total efficiency. Eyeballs and numbers agree on this.. Monken is here to improve on that, and while I doubt he cares about EPA, he will have to create explosive plays to get UGA to the playoff and a Championship.
The good news is that the defense is likely to be so dominant that the offense doesn’t have to be great to attain that goal. It just has to be good enough. Can Monken coax that out of his unit?