Diving deeply into Monken

It’s several thousand or so words, and you should read them all if you want some understanding of what Georgia’s new offensive coordinator brings to the table, but honestly, they had me at this:

Since the beginning of his tenure, observers have speculated that Kirby Smart likes to insert himself into Georgia’s offensive play calling. How much influence will Smart have on Georgia’s offense in 2020? We don’t know, but that is the biggest variable to consider when trying to predict what shape the UGA offense will take in the coming months. Knowing that Monken left Cleveland due to a lack of autonomy over the Browns strategy and play calling, we don’t think it’s unfair to deduce that he was promised total control of the Georgia offense by Smart when he took the job…

Hell, if being fair is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.


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14 responses to “Diving deeply into Monken

  1. dawgtired7

    Kirby has been on the other side of that scenario so he should understand Monken’s position. If you pay me to do a job…let me do it. If you’re going to dictate my every move…you don’t need me.
    Kirby may have decided to let Monken have the control, but I feel confident Kirby had a good understanding of Monken’s concepts before agreeing to releasing the control.
    In any case, this has me excited about the possibilities.

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  2. woodrowfcall82

    Jake Fromm was elite at some things and really bad at others. Working around those issues had more to do with the manball offensive philosophy than anything else (yes – there were other factors). You also don’t go Justin Fields, D’Wan Mathis, and Jamie Newman if you truly want to do manball.

    All of that aside, I want a true tactician calling the plays. I honestly don’t care what type of offense he wants to run. I want a guy who is three steps ahead because he has the ability to see where the other guy is headed. Monken seems to be that. We’ll see.

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  3. Previously Paul

    The real question we all want answered is how will he use his tight ends. Right?


  4. godawgs1701

    Kirby Smart isn’t going to promise anyone total control of anything in his football program, full stop. I don’t think that the nutrition folks would even say they’ve got total control of what is being served for lunch, though I’m sure they are left to do what they do as long as the job is getting done. I feel fairly certain that Monken has been told that he’ll have control over play calling and offensive design within some constraints that Smart sets. I expect to see the ball in the air a lot more and I expect to see more aggression, but this is still Kirby Smart’s football team. I don’t expect to see such a huge shift in philosophy that you won’t know who’s playing if you’re not close enough to make out the G on the helmet.


    • DawgFlan

      I think “total control” is meant to say 100% of the duties that an OC would be expected to control. Of course CKS will still make the calls that most HCs would be expected to make – situational calls like going for it on 4th, what to do with less than 2mins, when to run out clock, etc. That still leaves room for some worry, potentially, but I wouldn’t see it as a power struggle.


  5. Previously Paul

    Yeah those guys. The outside tackles. I like that term. I’m going to steal it.

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  6. Get the heck out of the way, Kirby!


  7. Russ

    Speaking of the Browns, I watched Chubb almost score from the 20 last night, only to be ruled down at the 1. The Browns then proceeded to lose 3 yards trying to “manball” it in with Chubb, only to turn it over on downs. It brought back bad memories for me and I hope I don’t see them again when the Dawgs are playing.


  8. I read the text and watched a number of videos. I’m definitely encouraged by all of it. In particular, allowing his QB to keep the ball on the zone read to get a few yards before getting on the ground warmed my heart. You don’t need $Cam Newton, Timmy Tears, or Justin Fields to do that. You just need to tell your QB to read the backside end and tuck the ball when it’s the right play to make.

    I did differ with the article on this statement: “Last season. Georgia’s offense often relied on its players to simply be faster or stronger than the man covering them in order to score points. It worked in all but a couple of games. On most Saturday’s, they could win based on genetics alone. On the Satruday’s they couldn’t we saw the flaws in UGA’s program take human form.” If the author is referring to the South Carolina game last year as one of those, he needs to revisit it. Turnovers were the only thing that kept us from winning that game. You lose ball security … generally, you lose.


  9. 69Dawg

    Having all this time on my hands, I read the whole article and watched all the video. The thing that stood out to me was the absolute need for a QB who is accurate with his throws. That’s what Monkin said in his presser and now I’m a believer. To run this O to it’s full potential you are going to need to throw it into tight spaces. The other concern is that with the exception of the his Pro time at Tampa, he has not had to face the speed of SEC defenses. With that said, I remember a D coach saying that speed it great as long as you are going on the right direction but if you aren’t you are just taking yourself out of the play. Hopefully, Monkin can use the opponents speed against them. Hope springs eternal. GO DAWG.