“Hear me out.”

Speaking of offensive coordinators, Seth Emerson looks in Todd Monken’s toolbox ($$) and likes what he sees there.

You take the personnel you have and find mismatches, as Monken said, and here is what he has to work with on Georgia’s offense:

• Man-child tight end: Darnell Washington

• Hybrid tight end-receiver: Arik Gilbert

• Speedy slot and outside receivers: Kearis Jackson, Jermaine Burton, Arian Smith, Dominick Blaylock (once healthy)

• Potential star running backs: Zamir White, Kendall Milton

• Fast tailback-receiver: James Cook

• Veteran pocket quarterback: JT Daniels

Not listed: George Pickens, return date TBD from spring ACL injury, as well as Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint, a tall wide receiver target returning from a foot injury, and underrated tight end John FitzPatrick, who by the way is also very tall (6-7).

A lot of college football offenses don’t have one unicorn to deploy and Monken has the possibility of having two unicorns at his disposal to mess with opposing defensive coordinators.

Georgia in 2021 has the potential to be its own, non-copycat offense. Two tight end-types moving around the field, speedy receivers playing off them in a vertical passing game (a la 2020 Florida), but with smash-mouth running backs to complement them (2020 Alabama).

The best comparison, problematic as it may be with one of them, might be when the New England Patriots had Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Those were two athletic tight ends who created mismatches all over the place, and the rest of the offense played off them. (Georgia receivers such as Jackson and Burton could really benefit from the attention that Gilbert and Washington get, for instance.) Given Georgia’s offensive talent, the more one-on-one matchups that Georgia gets, the more mismatches it will create.

With regard to those one-on-one matchups, here’s a stat that illustrates how using Washington and Gilbert to create those mismatches could be an especially big thing with an injured Pickens not in the lineup.

It’s easier to find an open receiver if the defense has to account for those unicorns.

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12 responses to ““Hear me out.”

  1. MudCat's Mechanic

    Imagine a screen pass with Gilbert and Washington downfield blocking. Hell, throw a screens to them. So many weapons to dispose of. Is it September yet?

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  2. In other words, I should prepare myself to see lots of blocking from Gilbert in Washington?

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  3. practicaldawg

    I think the Rollins tweet explains why Kirbs hauled in Gilbert.

    BTW, what is Kirby’s contested catch rate in the portal?

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  4. Russ

    You’d have to try hard to NOT score with the talent we have. So many different options from wide-open flinging it all over the field, to man-ball road grader. Just avoid recognizable trends on offense and Monken can almost name our score against just about everyone on our schedule.

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  5. After reading that I think the main worry is not being able to establish an identity on offense because we have so many good options/weapons. Does Monken get too caught up in trying to use them all all of the time? It is a great problem to have.

    Hopefully, Monken stays with his “take what the D is giving you” philosophy and we should be just fine. It will be a whole lot of fun to watch and I can’t wait to see it unfold!

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    • “Take what the defense gives you” … sounds a lot like 2012-14. I call it make the defensive coordinator picks his poison. When Miss State and Cincinnati blitzed and played cover 0 at every opportunity, we burned them with the downfield passing game. When South Carolina and Missouri thought taking away the passing game was a better option, our running game steamrolled them.

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  6. akascuba

    Goal #1 stay healthy assuming that this should be the best offense in school history.

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  7. biggity ben

    I’d love to see us employ some of the 2019 LSU philosophy. Put a diverse grouping of players on the field, move ’em around, don’t take ’em off the field, and go go go go.

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  8. Tony BarnFart

    I want to see Washington and Gilbert combine for a minimum of about 15 touches per game. And I want Arian to channel his inner Devonte.

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