All I want for Christmas is a 14 formation in the red zone.

Seth Emerson brings the schwing! today ($$).  I guarantee you won’t be able to finish his piece about the transformative potential of Georgia’s tight end-oriented offense without needing a cigarette or a cold shower.  Or both, maybe.

There’s talent…

How loaded is Georgia’s tight end from? There have been 11 tight ends over the past three years ranked among the top 150 overall recruits in their respective class, per the 247Sports Composite. Three of them now play for Georgia: Gilbert (fifth overall) in 2020, Bowers (105th in 2021) and Delp (105th in 2022). And that doesn’t include Washington, who was listed as an athlete in the 2020 class, where he was the No. 23 overall prospect.

There’s also the mad scientist/evil genius ready to deploy the talent.

There’s also a reason Todd Monken, the offensive coordinator who also has a new deal coming, is known for dynamic thinking. It was a little over a year ago, when someone asked him about getting Washington more involved, that he offered a hint of what was to come: “You’re hopeful we have enough skill players that they have to defend the whole field, and all the players on the field are capable of making plays, which is a sign of a really good offense. The best offenses have that in terms of weapons, tight ends, wideouts and running backs, which gives you the opportunity to take advantage of mismatches and make them defend the field.”

Monken’s offense has already been making liberal use of the tight ends: The Bulldogs had at least two tight ends on the field 51.7% of the time last season, the highest rate in the SEC and eighth-highest nationally. Of those plays — 492 in all — 85 of them were with three tight ends on the field, which was also the most in the SEC, and fifth-most in the nation.

It can’t be that hard to lead the country in four tight ends on the field, can it?  I mean, in for a penny, in for a pound, and all that.

Seriously, after all the shit talking we’ve heard from rival fan bases about how stodgy and unimaginative Georgia’s offense has been under Smart (not without some justification, admittedly), it’s gonna be a real treat to hear your Daily Gator whine about how difficult it is to defend Manball 2.0 this season.

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29 responses to “All I want for Christmas is a 14 formation in the red zone.

  1. Like my man Moe says, “cry havoc, and let slip the DAWGS of war”

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  2. originaluglydawg

    Baby, Baby, Bayyyybe!!!!

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  3. theoriginalspike

    Hubba Hubba!

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  4. Ran A

    Could not agree more. Even if Washington leaves (really hope he doesn’t) Georgia is going to be an absolute handful with those Tight End sets. I think they are going to be so dominant that it is going to set Georgia up to kill people with other plays not involving the tight ends out of those sets.

    Everybody talks about how difficult UT can be with their hurry up – spread, while defenses are now design to slow down the pass (especially wide receivers) – it’s the pace that gets you. Georgia, will line it up and run the ball down your under-sized linebackers throat and/or hit one of their tight ends that your secondary is struggling to keep up with, but can’t bring down by themselves. And… If you get caught napping paying too much attention to that – Smith and company will run right by you…

    Good luck defending this offense with Monken as the play-caller.

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    • moe pritchett

      Washington just did an interview a couple of weeks ago; he said he isn’t going anywhere. He has his girlfriend/wife in Athens with his child if I’m not mistaken.

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  5. uga97

    The blocks these TEs will deliver will also be a sight to see. Our O should avg. 45-50+ pts/game.

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  6. akascuba

    From the TE position being an afterthought on offense to the best ever.

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  7. Texas Dawg

    Just a few very short years ago if someone had said we were going to throw more to the tight ends, the collective laughter could have been heard worldwide. It was a running joke right here amongst us. My how times have changed. We now have possibly the best collection of tight ends ever assembled in the history of college football…AND use them with devastating efficacy.

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  8. ASEF

    So who’s the optimum RB in that situation?

    Kendall seems like he would relish running behind some of those guys blocking safeties.

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  9. moe pritchett

    Hey Senator….for what it’s worth, with these TE’s may have a red zone starting from the 50

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    • Down Island Way

      Sooooo, you are telling me no more FG attempts in the redzone this season and maybe next season also, I’m smellin’ what you’re cookin’…GO DAWGS!

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  10. godawgs1701

    It reminds me of that silly scene in Varsity Blues where the rube fans in the stands are counting the receivers on their fingers because they’ve somehow never seen an empty backfield formation before. There are going to be a lot of SEC fans scratching their heads looking at Georgia’s formations counting up tight ends or trying to figure out if a player is going to stay at tight end or flex out (at least, I hope that’s how it works out).

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  11. Derek

    You hear about defending the field horizontally and vertically. How do you defend 11 feet off the ground as well?

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  12. This offense is going to be explosive…it may mirror that Burrows LSU offense from a couple years back

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  13. practicaldawg

    I have to think this could also be a big year for the run game with all these TEs everywhere to block and to create personnel headaches for the opposing defense. The lack of big runs in 2021 probably also did not go unnoticed by the coaching staff, who will likely polish the run game. McIntosh and Milton may feast in 2022.

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  14. It’s going to be a sight to see the first time we go 14. I still don’t know what personnel grouping defenses will respond with.

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  15. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    “All I want for Christmas is a 14 formation…”
    Christmas? Hell, man I think I could eat that up a Labor Day picnic celebration!

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  16. bucketheridge

    I agree that the backs will benefit rushing the ball, but I’m excited to see how we use the backs as receivers out of a 14 set. McIntosh, especially, is a real threat in the passing game.

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  17. Ole Dokes

    TEU!(?)!

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  18. stoopnagle

    GET YOUR ASS IN THIS PHONEBOOTH MOTHER FUCKER

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    • stoopnagle

      That said, we rewatched the OB this weekend and we ran 13 formation with the TEs lined up trips wide to one side.

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  19. cowetadawg

    Kirby, there’s a Nauta and a Blazevich on the line asking if they have any eligibility left – whadda tell’em?

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  20. I’m guessing we see Bowers lined up at running back a time or two.

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  21. whb209

    Put all four of the TE’s in the game and then hand the ball to one of the M&M
    ( McIntosh and Milton) boys and watch the DB’s crap in their pants

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