Is 2021 the year we blame Monken?

Seth’s mention of the 2012 season made me take a walk down memory lane to check out Georgia’s offensive yards per play production from that season going forward.  Via cfbstats.com, here’s the average, along with its national ranking:

  • 2012:  7.09 (1st)
  • 2013:  6.66 (13th)
  • 2014:  6.79 (7th)
  • 2015:  6.03 (40th)
  • 2016:  5.44 (86th)
  • 2017:  6.70 (12th)
  • 2018:  7.05 (7th)
  • 2019:  6.08 (46th)
  • 2020:  6.21 (34th)

Mike Bobo is still the gold standard, like it or not.  Aside from 2012 being the best season on the list, what he did in 2013, when it seemed like almost every offensive skill position player missed time with injuries, and 2014, with Hutson Mason as his quarterback, is pretty damned impressive.  None of his four (!) successors have matched his body of work to date.

That includes Todd Monken.  But if I can make use of an asterisk, so to speak, here’s Georgia’s offensive yards per play average once JT Daniels was installed as the starter:  7.51.

So, let’s have a quick reader poll.

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34 responses to “Is 2021 the year we blame Monken?

  1. mddawg

    I voted no, because I don’t want to jinx it.

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  2. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    all my Dawg support chips are on the ‘21 table and i feel like i am holding two Aces…
    if we don’t do it, you will find me wandering aimlessly in the Ardennes from Bastogne to Eisenborn for eternity

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    • Got Cowdog

      A win over the Dabo’s will be the third ace in the flop
      Running the regular season table is a king on the turn
      Beating Bama is the second king on the river….

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  3. dawgphan34

    No seems like the safe answer.

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  4. Mike Bobo got out of Athens at his most marketable. Due to his QB recruiting malpractice post-Murray, the whole thing was getting ready to come crashing to the ground, and I think he knew it. So, for that, I do blame Bobo.

    Those 2012-2014 teams (even the 2011 offense had its moments) had excellent talent combined with generally good strategy.

    Monken has the tools to do the same thing.

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    • Tony BarnFart

      Don’t disagree, but FWIW, we are significantly more talented top to bottom (at least on paper) and probably straight up amongst starters on both LOS.

      I can’t go back to 2012 for 247Sports composite talent, but Richt recruiting stayed about the same average wise for years. Our blue chip ratio (percentage of 85 man roster made of of 4 and 5 stars) has increased by 30% from 2015 to 2020. Translated to raw numbers, we’ve increased the number of blue chips by a staggering 63% in Kirby’s time from 41 on the 2015 roster to 67 on the 2020 roster.

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      • I’m talking specifically about the offense … and skill positions in particular. 0 and 1 may be the only two guys that would start over the skill guys on that offense. No, JT would not likely start over Murray.

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  5. mg4life0331

    I’m not voting against Murray. I loved that guy. He’d take a snap, pat the ball, and POW it was out there.

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    • RangerRuss

      Murray was a tough QB. Took a lot of hits and bounced back every time until the last one. Fromm could have surpassed Murray in respect but chose differently.
      I wonder how that ice fishing is up there?

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      • bigjohnson1992

        Still can’t figure that out. It’s seems it was a ‘mutual’ decision. Wonder what Fromm coulda done, as a smart and savvy veteran, in monkens system.

        Answer – a whole lot better than what we had the first 7 games or so.

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  6. silvercreekdawg

    I voted no because I feel like we’ll have to grind out at least one win next season that looks like UK this year. It’s really, really hard to have the offense clicking every single week.

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  7. You need to quit bashing Hutson. If you listen to him on 680, you realize how great of a qb he was.

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  8. armydawg

    I think if all the support is there and the players are on board Monken could surpass Bobo.

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  9. originaluglydawg

    Georgia’s offense will get fat on the weakness of a rebuilding Auburn, Florida, South Carolina, the always weak Vandy, and the Calculus Kids from NATS. Keep in mind that this year’s team didn’t get to play Vandy or GT..I image if they did, the stats from 2020 would increase by a heap.

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  10. I voted yes because, IF (insert heavy lifting comment) we have a normal offseason and season next year, and if we are healthy, I think we are more stacked at WR and TE than we were in 2012, I think our o-line has talent but needs cohesion, and I think JT has a more accurate, more powerful arm than I’ve seen at UGA.

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  11. Faltering Memory

    That is the first vote I cast this year which I have enjoyed.

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  12. PTC DAWG

    Are all those numbers adjusted to ONLY SEC games? I could see counting the bowl. Makes a difference you know.

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  13. charlottedawg

    Wanna know something depressing, Bama has averaged 7.84, 7.89, 7.76 avg ypp over the last 3 years good for #1, 2 and 2 in the nation respectively. Ohio state is 7.51 (4), 6.94 (7) and 6.63. (11).
    Clemson 6.69 (15), 7.38 (4) and 7.35 (3)

    Our best year in the last decade (2012) is worse than 6 of those. There’s a gulf between us and the perennial playoff programs.

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    • The 2012 number was best in the country that season.

      That’s not evidence of a gulf. It’s evidence that offenses have grown more dynamic over time.

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      • siskey

        That is the reason that I voted Over. The 2012 team was so balanced but had to score a lot too because of Grantham. The Tennessee game that year was a great game to attend but very frustrating given the competition and the talent on our team.
        Someone needs to write a longform article about what happened in Columbia, SC in 2012.

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        • 79dawg

          The long and the short of it is that that place was juiced – the only thing I have ever experienced that approaches it was Auburn ’10 (the Cam game). We missed an INT on their first series, and then they immediately hit a big one, and we are shellshocked the entire game…

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  14. I think we approach it. We need to surpass it just to keep up with Bama. But I don’t think it’s in our DNA. Kirby seems of a mindset of “why go up by 40 when 20 will win?” Shootouts are risky and leave your best players on the field. If you can run your 3rd string RB the entire 4th Q for 4 YPP to close out a victory, you do it.

    Now, if our 3rd string can start averaging 8 YPP, then we’re on to something.

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  15. W Cobb Dawg

    Offenses are putting up eye-popping numbers all over cfb. If our coaching isn’t on that bandwagon all the returning talent in the world isn’t going to get us to the cfp. So I voted yes.

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  16. Teacher Martin

    Bobo never got a fair shake at UGA. He was a great OC.

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    • 79dawg

      That anyone is still taking shots at him is pretty egregious, we were hell on wheels between 2011 and 2014…. Sadly, Grantham on his way out and Pruitt coming in, along with injuries, derailed us in ’13 and ’14.

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    • Bobo was damn good at that time, but as I said above, I think he knew the QB position was going to be a mess in 2015. His talent evaluation, especially of a certain high school QB from Gainesville, Georgia, was a primary cause of it.

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  17. uga97

    scoring offense points per game all that matters these fmdays. monken increased us from 24 pts to 34 pts per game vs Conference play only. 10 point increase like that with a 4th string scout qb at the helm for 65% of those games (excludibg vandy stats) is a tremendous 1st year.

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