Georgia Football: Tell Me If You’ve Heard This Before …

It’s starting to feel like a joke when I hear anything resembling the following: we’ve got to get the tight ends more involved in the passing game.

How many years has that particular line of thinking been in rotation? Far too long if you ask most and, to be honest, Kirby Smart seems to understand that’s something Georgia still hasn’t done nearly as well as it should.

“I want to use the tight ends. We all want to use the tight ends,” Smart said. “But you have to use your best players. So that should tell you something. We’re going to try and put the best 11 out there. When there are two tight ends out there, there is usually one back. We’ve got two pretty good backs. (Jason Butts, Macon Telegraph)

In other words, Georgia plans to run the ball as much as possible. 

They have too many good running backs on the team to sit them in favor of a tight end that, may or may not, factor into the game plan as anything more than an additional blocker. 

That doesn’t mean they won’t be used, it means they’ll be used in the way they were traditionally intended: a blocker with some value as a receiver depending on the situation. 

Smart understands he has depth at the tight end position, but for now he appears to be more interested in building an offense that works off the success of the run–understandable given the presence of not only Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, but Brian Herrien as well. 

However, you also want to make sure when you’re fielding your “best 11”, one of those is a tight end.

You won’t get the best of the best, at that position, to sign on at Georgiaif you’re not displaying a willingness to throw them a bone every now and again. 

Just sayin’.

As of now, Isaac Nauta and Charlie Woerner appear to be on track to contribute the most next season. However, I’m also interested to see Jackson Harris play a bigger role. 

In any event, much of their success with depend on how well Jim Chaney incorporates them into his game plan. 

We’ll just have to wait and see what happens. 

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3 comments for “Georgia Football: Tell Me If You’ve Heard This Before …

  1. 02/23/2017 at 6:17 PM

    Kimberley, there is little doubt that UGA has tight ends that are going to play in the NFL. We have not one but “several”, know that is a big word but the talent is there.

    The single biggest mistake that had been made in previous years was “passing by the offensive line”.

    Everything on the offensive side of the ball is based on knowing who and where to block, all of us understand that. Meaning the offensive line.

    Georgia has “never” been totally invested in offensive lines. I hope no one misunderstands, but . . . . There have been some very good offensive linemen, most of us know that, however not one or two will ever help UGA reach the “Final Four”, it truly comes down to an “offensive line”. That has been the missing ingredient . . . . cannot make good beef stew with good beef.

    One of the top quarterbacks in the county came in as a freshman, much has been said. If . . . . “if” Eason has protection in 2017, he will drive defensive coordinators crazy. Big, tough kid that understands what it takes to make the next step. Anyone thinking that Jacob is sitting on his butt, not true, he in totally involved in Athens as I type this.

    We have receivers. Our receivers will change our game plans from the first game forward.

    Coach Chaney has more talent in 2017 than he has had in his many years of coaching football. He also has a good friend that understands the value of “offensive lines”. On top of that, who in the Nation has running backs that have fire in their eyes and returning, not taking the money of the NFL. This could be good.

    Go Dawgs, coach’em up! 🙂

    • 02/23/2017 at 6:23 PM

      without “good” beef stew.

    • 02/23/2017 at 7:10 PM

      Agreed, Buc. I think the issues with the OL–issues that have been around for at least 10 years–the tight end has evolved into something that is less about catching passes, than it is about protecting the passer.

      Hopefully the talent (and you’re right, we have “several” guys who are NFL-level talented) we have on this roster will have an opportunity to be more involved in the game plan this season.

      One thing is for sure, Sam Pittman has some BIG Hosses on his depth chart now, and I expect them to change the attitude Georgia’s displayed in the trenches–in other words, it’s time to see our guys get nasty out there and I suspect that change in attitude will net a big difference in the confidence young Eason has as well.

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