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.
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.