So, what are we getting on offense Saturday?

Jake Rowe:

Todd Monken will make his debut as UGA’s offensive coordinator and Matt Luke will be in his second game as the offensive line coach with a different group than he had earlier this year in the Allstate Sugar Bowl win over Baylor. The Bulldogs are also in transition at running back and tight end.

Simply put, as it relates to the offensive side of the ball, we’ve never really seen anything like this UGA team. Whether that’s a good or bad is yet to be determined but the offense is new and most of the players are new. I’m on record as saying I think the Bulldogs could scuffle a little early in the season. In fact, I fully expect inconsistency and struggles. Combine no spring drills, fewer practices in the preseason than normal, and all the new faces and it’s hard to expect anything else.

That’s not to say that the Monken-Mathis combination can’t find it’s groove early on. Much stranger things have happened but it takes an eternal optimist to expect that…

Sam Pittman:

“Well, the great thing that we have is we have our own offense, so that will help us prepare a little bit closer than if we were just a totally 12-personnel team and go downhill and hit you in the mouth. So, I think that part of it has helped us prepare a little bit, and then certainly we have different segments of scout work right now that we’re trying to prepare for – the different schematics and the different quarterbacks that we may see. Therefor, you won’t get as much reps against what they’re certainly going to do than you would to prepare for everything. So, that’s always the thought behind not naming your quarterback, all those things. One is you probably don’t know who it’s going to be yet. And two, the opponent has to prepare for two or three like we’re doing for Georgia, right now.”

Kearis Jackson:

I know some of you think Monken should keep the playbook shut against the Hogs and show nothing to future opposing defensive coordinators.  Unfortunately, I don’t think Monken has that luxury.  There are a lot of kinks that have to be worked out and the only way that’s gonna happen is to use at least some of the new playbook.

It’s not just Monken, either, as the above quotes indicate.  Matt Luke brought in his own vision of line play and I would assume Faulkner has provided some input as well.  Between that and the new personnel, there are a lot of moving parts that will need time to mesh and going up against one of the weakest teams in the conference is as good a time to start working on that as any.

So, no, I don’t expect to see them throw out the kitchen sink Saturday, but I would be surprised to see a straight replay of last season’s scheme.


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6 responses to “So, what are we getting on offense Saturday?

  1. dawgtired7

    I’m not a supporter of playing vanilla to avoid showing too much to future opponents. I say play to your best and give the opponents more to prepare for. It will be difficult for a defense to quickly recognize every play prior to snap.

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  2. I 100% agree with you that now is not the time to be vanilla. We don’t need to be trying to execute stuff for the first time in a game setting in Tuscaloosa. They need to run the offense, and get guys comfortable in it before the tough sledding hits.

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    • Down Island Way

      Gonna be a lot of film review sunday/monday, then redeploy for wed/thursday practices…having said that, is the ark game kind of a huge scrimmage, for both staffs….

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  3. charlottedawg

    Every time the georgia offense has looked vanilla against early inferior competition it was always because it just sucked not because we were trying to keep some exotic innovative offense under wraps. If I had a dollar for every time someone commented “we looked vanilla against vandy / southern because schotty / coley are keeping this cool high powered offense a secret!!!” I’d be a rich man. Open up the entire playbook and work out the kinks. If they don’t, it’s because they can’t not because they have some cool tricks up their sleeve.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      Well said. The idea that we’d withhold some of our best or most effective plays defies common sense. Our OC is looking at the opposing players and defensive positioning, and reacting accordingly. So we’re expected to believe he’ll forego some of the best plays at his disposal so we might use them in some future game?

      That’s like saying I’m mailing it in at work each day with the intent of far exceeding my baseline productivity at some future point.