You can’t keep a good offensive coordinator down.

Graham’s breakdown of the first explosive play of the national championship game is terrific.

Remember, before this play, Georgia’s first two series went three and out, gaining a total of one yard.  Georgia had just picked up its first first down of the game immediately before Monken called this.  The o-line had been shaky, especially trying to handle Will Anderson, and because of that, Bennett seemed a bit gun shy.

On top of that, Pickens, the team’s best receiver, is still limited as he recovered from his injury.  (As Graham mentioned, he was only on the field for a total of 18 plays.)  And yet, look at what Monken dialed up — he got the Bama secondary just confused enough with all the eye candy to free up Pickens on the outside and also caused Anderson to hesitate just enough to give Bennett enough time to make a great throw downfield.  It’s a brilliant play design and his charges executed it perfectly.  It changed the tone of the game for the rest of the night.

I had hoped this was the kind of stuff we’d get from Monken when Kirby brought him on board.

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38 responses to “You can’t keep a good offensive coordinator down.

  1. Yeah, but Metchie and Williams something, something.

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    • NotMyCrossToBear

      Agree. I don’t think Williams was out yet, but he is so indispensable that the chance that he could get injured causes their defense to give up big plays in advance.

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    • dawgin90046

      I posted this below, but Williams played 22 snaps in the game, 4 more than Pickens could’ve possibly played…..which means Metchie must be the most impactful WR2 in the history of CFB

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    • gastr1

      Is this an example of Kirby gonna Kirby? Got a friend (in Alabama) looking real hard for that kind of material.

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      • dawgin90046

        Not sure if your question was to me but my comment was about Pickens being limited to 18 snaps in the game due to his rehab from injury. My point was that for all the whining about Williams & Metchie, Bama got more snaps from Williams than UGA could’ve possibly gotten from Pickens, even if he played the maximum number of snaps.

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  2. uga97

    Was it Metchie or Williams in covering Pickens? Asking for a friend.

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    • Harold Miller

      Stop blocking the narrative with your obvious facts! It makes the collective look foolish, and we can have that!

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  3. KingMackeral

    I am really looking forward to seeing what Monken does with Stetson this year and the athletes he has. It’s going to be very interesting to see unfold.

    It’s only May…..

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  4. cowetadawg

    Manages to get 6 blockers for 4 rushing, safety distracted by all the motion, leaving Pickens one on one to do his thing. Brilliant. It will be a long summer waiting for Oregon.

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  5. Just curious if that would have gone for 6 if Pickens had not unessisarily turned inside and made contact with the DB? But hey, another amazing circus catch for George. SMH.

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  6. RangerRuss

    I enjoy a bit of jocularity (h/t Father Mulcahy) while appreciating the well thought out comments and most of the Senator’s posts. These type posts are significant in making this blog truly important to my understanding of college football. I thank Graham and Bluto.
    Even though the Dawgs won the 2021 National Championship 33-18 over Alafucknbama, in case y’all forgot, I still feel as if Monken’s offense was hobbled for reasons we are all aware. As stated above by CowetaDawg, KingMackeral and the Senator I eagerly await seeing Monken’s O unleashed. Light ‘em the fuck up!

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    • Illini84

      Especially since we’ll NEVER win a National championship wit Bennet at QB. . . NEVER!

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      • One of the posters known as Mark

        That’s intuitively obvious to the casual observer. No need to shout.

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      • I was absolutely one of those believing this to be true, especially after the drubbing in the SECC game. Thought we should have had Daniels in there from FU game forward, but knew it was too late for that at that point. Resigned myself to hopefully beating UM & then waiting another year for a natty. Didn’t scream from the rooftops, just felt it in my bones. Never been so happy to be wrong in my life! Wrote Stetson a four page letter telling him I was ashamed of myself for doubting him and that he had restored my faith in him, Kirby, the team and humanity in general! Also told him I hoped he would be back as GA’s qb this season. It was as fine a restorative moment as I’ve had in years

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  7. Monken with a full/healthy toy box of seasoned QB and talented TEs and WRs is a world that I want to live in…I know I’m getting over my skis, but last year UGA had the best defense in college football history…what if this year’s Dawg offense outpaces that last LSU championship offense? I would not rule it out.

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  8. godawgs1701

    I wonder how far we are into the 90 days before we find out how much money we’re throwing at Monken to keep him in Athens forevermore?

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  9. borderdawg

    When is Monken getting that well deserved contract extension??

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  10. MGW

    Unless Monken jumps to the NFL (which I think we’ll see more of in the NIL era), he’ll be the next coordinator to get a premier head coaching job. Holding out for that is our best bet for him to stick around a few more years.

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    • For a number of reasons I think you are wrong here. While I will not declare he will be here forever, his list of places he will go has got to be down to a very very few.

      He does not love recruiting the way Lanning, and some others do.
      He has already been a head coach, so the itch may not be as much as it could be.
      Wife is absolutely tired of moving. Took this job specifically because they saw it as an end.

      I think he is here longer than most expect.

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  11. My way of explaining the disparity between what my eyes see in SBIV physically and his indisputable production on the field is that CTM is such a fantastic playcaller that SB is essentially a “system” quarterback, in a “system” designed specifically for him by CTM. It’s not a perfect analogy but its what works for me

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  12. whb209

    The TE on the right, cutting under Pickens, stops the S. and freezes the LB. That makes the play.
    Pay Monken. Pay as much as your conscience will allow, then add about $1 million more, and you will have it just right.

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  13. David D

    I wonder how many coaches would have pressed George Pickens on playing more than he did down the stretch, given the stakes? Kirby is a player’s coach. With everything on the line, keeping the “main thing the main thing” regarding Picken’s future was something that I hope other prospective recruits are paying attention to.

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  14. dawgleg

    I say give Monken whatever he wants – money, cars, houses, co-eds – just make the man happy where he is.

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  15. stoopnagle

    Are you watching Arch? Are you watching?

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  16. 69Dawg

    Well after watching the G Day game I feel a lot better about Carson as the backup. Hope he doesn’t get transfer fever especially if (fingers & toes crossed) we get Arch.

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  17. dawgin90046

    I knew Pickens was limited, but wasn’t aware that he was on an 18 snap limit. Just for kicks, I looked back at the first quarter plus that Jameson Williams played. I counted 22 plays for him before he was injured. I didn’t check Pickens’ full game playcount, but even if you assume he played the maximum 18 plays, Bama actually got more plays from their WR1 than Georgia got from its WR1. Hmmmmm…..

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