Whatever works

Jeez, talk about where my head is at — I read Graham Coffey’s 12 Takeaways post on Monday, thoroughly enjoyed it and somehow thought I posted about it.  Old age is a beyotch, but I digress.

Anyway, back to what Graham posted.  I’m pleased to see he had many of the same impressions I had live (backed up with more specific information).  Take, for example, this:

Speaking of Monken, his detachment from any sort of system is what enables his week to week brilliance. On the Dawgs Central preview show I talked about how UO ILB’s Flowe, Sewell and Funa were liabilities in pass coverage. On the first drive he made them run sideline to sideline after McIntosh and McConkey. On the second he got heavy with Washington and Bowers and alternately worked the flats and attacked the middle. In total the UO ILB trio was targeted 10 times. They gave up 9 receptions for 114 yards and UGA pass catchers had 90 yards after the catch when matched up on them. Flowe and Sewell had 5 missed tackles between them when in coverage. Monken found the matchup, exploited it, and then built everything else off of that threat. What’s dangerous for defenses is he’ll change that strategy week to week as needed.

Then there’s something I didn’t notice.

Bennett’s average time to throw on Saturday was 2.54 seconds (less than Nix’s 2.67), which is indicative of how quickly they had him get the ball out early in the game. Once it became clear that UGA’s offensive line had things under control you saw more slow developing plays downfield. Last year Bennett’s dropbacks were as much as 60% play-action some weeks. Against Oregon only 11 of his 31 dropbacks were play-action. Stetson was only pressured on 5 of those dropbacks and he attempted a pass on all of them. I know he had a couple throwaways but my point is that Oregon was never able to keep him in the pocket or speed up his clock in the passing game. Georgia’s OL was dominant in pass protection (More on the run blocking in Takeaway #7).

Georgia ran 62 plays Saturday, which is right in line with last season’s average of 63.5 plays per game.  While they did run a few quick snaps (to good effect, mostly), it’s not part of Monken’s MO.  Yet look at how quickly they had Stetson getting the ball out of his hands.  As I mentioned in my Observations post, Monken called very little play action, something that was definitely a staple of last season’s offense.

The point here being, the man isn’t wedded to anything other than finding the best way to attack a defense on a given day.  From where I sit, that’s pretty friggin’ awesome.



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22 responses to “Whatever works

  1. David D

    For the second day in a row, Imma gonna need another cold shower. And I’m starting to like it.


  2. Monken and Faulkner must just devour film. I don’t see any tendencies or trends with Monken. He just finds where a defense may be suspect and tests it until they prove they can stop it.

    In Todd we trust.

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  3. toccoadawg

    All hail Monken! May the Monkenfest continue all season and many more thereafter! This dude is pretty freaking awesome indeed!

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  4. RangerRuss

    Monken is earning his money as the highest paid offensive coordinator.
    You get what you pay for sometimes.

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    • spur21

      If he continues down this path he deserves more $$$. The guy is genius level.

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      • Tony BarnFart

        Now that Kirby is taken care of, open the checkbook for Todd Monken. If the theory is that the dreg of recruiting is a lure to move back to the pro game, call in another brinks truck. He is irreplaceable IMO


  5. HahiraDawg

    “then built everything else off of that threat”…this is where OC’s make the real money.
    Identifying weaknesses from film are not too difficult but then building multiple layers off of your original exploitation strategy is the challenge. It requires anticipation of adjustments or flexibility to adjust to not anticipated adjustments. As well as the knowledge of your own personal’s capabilities to execute and exploit.
    Monken has a diversity of weapons and may I suggest we only got a sampling of them against UO?
    There are plenty of cards left to play in the hand.

    This is the same with defense. We showed vanilla from our front seven in pass rush. Maybe because CDL already knows our exotic blitzes but I believe more so bc they just weren’t necessary.

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  6. Anon

    Is it too early to throw some love Bobo’s way? I bet at the end of the day we will find out Bobo spends a lot of time with QBs and their mechanics?

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  7. spur21

    From top to bottom we may have the best staff in CFB.

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  8. billionm16

    Monken doesn’t have flexibility without Stetson’s complete command of the offense either. They’re running on all cylinders to start the year.


    • Down Island Way

      When UGA football gets into the 3rd quarter with a 25-35 point lead, bringing the 2nd/3rd teamers (both O&D) into the game for valuable reps with the play book open past page 1, is good for the fan, but also the “OC” gauging what they can do under pressure to perform…GO DAWGS!

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  9. MagnusDawgus

    Love the fact that he simply takes what the D gives him and is not hard-headed about achieving some sort of unneccessary pass/run balance. Saw it early in 202o when Miss State geared up to stop the run and did, but JT won the game with the pass. The next week, USC Jr geared up to stop the pass and Monken ran the ball down their throats.

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  10. The most satisfying read I’ve had in a while. “What you saw this weekend was a team playing up to a standard instead of an opponent. ” This pretty much sums it up. This team is too busy kicking ass to let you get into their heads. Meanwhile, the rest of the east is talking about a ‘special player’ or ‘effective offensive system’. We got the complete package. Enjoy it. I sure am.

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    • jcdawg83

      Kirby learned that from Saban. I remember early on reading how Saban really didn’t concern himself with opponents, only with how Bama executed. He made perfection the standard and demanded the players execute to that standard.

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      • PeachPit

        I agree, jc. The players surely say the same thing about the standard. Maybe they are so coached, but it’s the buy-in that gets you. The message is the same across the board.

        Kirby saying that Monday’s practice was good but Tuesday’s was awful just shows me how true he is to fidelity to the model. He expects far more than I thought he did, even with the “standard” in place.

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  11. Ran A

    Same # of plays, with field position starting around the 21 and want to say it was the 33 last year? That means your YPP was up significantly in game one.


  12. dawginsga

    Would anyone know who will be the best defense we’ll see all year? It’s always fun watching the OC and DC matching wits in a game. I’m sure Todd is up to the task.


  13. I had to laugh when I saw play-action mixed in… and we weren’t really running. I guess that’s the kind of thing you can do when you spend 6 seasons establishing a power running game… you no longer have to prove you still do it. They just expect it. 😤😂

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  14. otto1980

    Hell play action doesn’t have to use the run to setup the pass, You can run play action so they don’t take the run seriously.

    The Oregon game very much reminded of how I called games with low level programs playing ranked team on the old PS3. I know it is just a video game but damn Monken made it look like one. RBs and TEs used as receiving threats often on underneath patterns, forcing the D to cover every eligible receiving target even the TE that seemingly blocks 90% of the time and then the WRs get much more space. The pass rush never gets home in part because of the OL but with the assistance that the QB is going through multiple quick reads on quick pass routes. Monken does have a bit of style but is a chameleon based on what the D gives him. An OC will never be perfect but I like Monken better than any OC I’ve witnessed in Athens.

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