Just like he drew it up.

One more thing — in preparation for that last post, I went back and watched the first half of the Alabama-Georgia game (otherwise known as The Only Half You Need To Watch).  Know what I saw?  This.

Overall, while the “look” of offensive coordinator Todd Monken’s offense was not drastically different from a personnel and formation perspective compared to James Coley’s 2019 offense—but the passing game design was. The layups created for the quarterbacks in Monken’s play designs were numerous.

From the beginning of the season to the end, receivers, backs and tight ends were consistently open. Some of those layups were hit, and hit for big plays, but often there were plays to be made that just weren’t. A full offseason should help produce an efficient and consistent big-play offense.

If you watch the play that follows in the linked piece – a successful completion to Burton — there are three receivers who come open as it develops.  That was not some result unique to that play.  There were indeed open players all over the field in that first half.  (You might remember Burton’s touchdown catch on third down that was preceded by Bennett overthrowing receivers open in the back of the end zone on the two previous plays.)  Between missed throws and missed open looks, the Dawgs left a lot of yardage on the table.

Consistent execution simply wasn’t there.  Gawd bless Stetson, but there’s a reason he wasn’t picked in the preseason to be named Georgia’s starter.

I’m not going to get into a discussion of how cutting edge Monken’s offensive scheme is, because I don’t care.  What I do care about is that he very obviously knows how to draw up plays and design passing routes to get receivers open on a consistent basis.  And you know what?  With a skilled quarterback, that ought to be enough to do the trick.

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38 responses to “Just like he drew it up.

  1. TripleB

    I hope you’re right. Every since you started bringing up the fact that we often had wide open receivers early last year, I started watching for it closer. I think you are right, but I’m no expert. I think I even noticed JT miss some obviously open receivers (usually when rushed). JT does seem to have the skill, and another year working with the OC and the receivers, and a more cohesive line, this could be pretty special, right?

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  2. There’s going to be a ton of pressure on Daniels this season to (finally) be the QB that unlocks the insane amount of skill talent UGA has and Matt Luke to prepare an OL to perform at a high level.

    Pickens
    Burton
    Kearis
    Smith
    Washington
    Cook
    McIntosh
    Blaylock
    Rosemy-Jacksaint
    Bowers
    FitzPatrick

    It seems the only thing that could hold back UGAs passing game is the QB not performing at the level required and/or the OL being a disappointment.

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  3. I don’t know what people’s fascination with “cutting edge” is. I think that is probably just the result of good marketing by the coaches or their agents. Creating mismatches and open receivers was Spurrier’s whole game, and he did it more or less by drawing plays in the dirt. Put it where they ain’t. This is borne out by the fact that he never really had NFL talent at the position.

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  4. Coley had the worst passing trees in the existence of football.

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    • Do you think that’s more bad design or bad route running? Both?

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      • It was really bad design first and foremost, and yea, bad coaching when guys could get ridden out of their routes. 75% Cooley. I haven’t been big on our WR coach either. But a lot got better.

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        • It got better because the talent got better. PIckens in year 2. Kearis in year 3 (and healthy). Burton was great. Washington was an improvement.

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        • Yeah, during his freshman year, Pickens made a lot of amazing catches, but so many of them were contested catches. With his speed I just always thought that play design should get him better separation. I look forward to GP’s junior season!

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        • junkyardawg41

          I can’t even begin to describe the poor coaching that Coley did. For all the dislike that Chaney got from time to time, it is important to remember that in 2018, Coley was the QB coach (the Fromm Regression started there). 2019 as the OC, Coley was just awful. The entire season (which got progressively worse) was just off. QB/RB mesh points were disjointed. Players routes and the purpose of the route seemed out of sync. The whole thing was just painful. I really believe the argument Jake and D’Andre had about checking into a bad play wasn’t so much about Jake checking into the play as much as frustration that Fromm would do it — even though they both knew it was bad.

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      • It seemed to be bad design (and really poor play calling). When Cager wasn’t available, the passing game struggled until the bowl game.

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  5. It was pretty amazing to watch receivers, tight ends and running backs open all over the place this year. I imagine Jake watched it as well from wherever he was being quarantined in Buffalo.

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

      When Jesus called to tell Jake to enter the draft, Jake should’ve sent Jesus straight to voicemail.

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      • Can’t send Jesus to voicemail, man. That just wouldn’t be cool.

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        • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

          Well, considering where it got him and where it got us, he should’ve sent Jesus to voicemail and called him back later.

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          • classiccitycanine

            Well Jake’s bank account is a lot better these days so I wouldn’t say he made a totally disastrous decision. Also it meant we didn’t have to deal with his racist texts.

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            • ASEF

              Sold his talent at a steep discount. If I sell a $5 million piece of property for $1 million, my bank account looks nice – but it should look a lot nicer.

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              • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

                Yep. A year in Monken’s offense makes Jake likely a low 1st or 2nd round draft pick. With Jake running that offense, we’re far better against Bama and we beat Floriduh for sure to meet Bama in Rd. 2 in Atlanta. Maybe we still end up in the Peach Bowl, but we win the East for sure.

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              • classiccitycanine

                Fair point, but I think his true value is about where he got drafted. Monken might have raised his draft stock similar to what Dan did with Trask, but Fromm never had a future as an NFL starter.

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        • you saying jesus can’t hit a curveball?

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  6. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

    Painful.

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  7. Ozam

    And maybe blocking ability will not be the top requirement for our WRs. 🙂

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  8. i hope we can all move on now. Jake/Fields and Cooley are all gone and away, and we have beter OC, better analysts, better QBs, better WRs.

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  9. munsonlarryfkajim

    Monken schemed James Cook into a 1:1 with a linebacker on the outside against Alabama. And the QB saw it and hit it for 6. That is all you need to know when comparing OCs.

    Its pretty clear – when we have competent play calling AND QB play, we can hang with anyone. 2017 and 2018 are prime examples. If you are missing one OR the other (2019 or first half of 2020), we’ve seen the results.

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  10. rigger92

    Fun exercise but I’m not watching those games again.

    I think this post rings true, as long as a Monken type OC is around. Alabama just seems to have just the right kind of player in all the right places. Seems to me that is what analysts report to the coach from year long observation.

    Then again, we usually seem to have great players that don’t complement each other for optimal performance/execution. It did happen in ‘17 though. Roquan and the RB room learned how to work with the players around them.

    Then there’s Kirby. A time out right before that 2 and 26 play would have saved that game. A big play in the final moments of a championship game had to have dropped our D focus a bit in anticipation of the coming 90 seconds.

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