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.