Georgia Football: Well, Let’s Just State The Obvious, Shall We

Todd Gurley runs for positive yardage against Appalachian State. Photo: ATLALLDAY

Every time I think Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo can’t make it any more clear, that this offense is all about Todd Gurley, than he did with the way he called games in the weeks that followed his absence, he proves me wrong.

“He’s still limited,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “I think as the game went on he seemed to get a little more loose. Maybe (it was) the cold weather, a little stiffness early on. But we felt like he’s got to work himself back into playing shape and continue to play. Quite frankly, we need him on offense. We’re not near as explosive when he’s not in there.” [emphasis added] (Gentry Estes, Dawgs247)

Now, don’t misunderstand me, I’m not naive. I understand the role Gurley plays in allowing this offense to really open up the playbook, and get Aaron Murray the looks he needs to make the passing game as effective as it has been over the least couple seasons.

Gurley’s ability to make defenses adjust to him has been an invaluable part of this offense’s success and, as long as he’s healthy and able to get the tough yards, he will continue to be that for at least another season.

My problem has less to do with recognizing how advantageous it is to have Gurley out there, and more with having an offensive coordinator who admits he’s essentially handicapped without him; yes, we all know the offense is better with Gurley, but does it have to nearly disappear when he’s not? I mean, even if it lacks the explosiveness you’d like to see, does it have to lack effectiveness? Does it have to stall out and go nowhere? Does it have to resort to us seeing plays where the tailbacks run it up the middle on three consecutive plays…most of the time without success?

If that’s the case, then that’s a problem.

I know I must sound like a broken record about this by now, and I am in no way calling for someone’s pink slip but, come on Bobo, evolve dude…EVOLVE.

Alright, that’s my not so objective rant for the day.

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13 comments for “Georgia Football: Well, Let’s Just State The Obvious, Shall We

  1. CarlVonDawgwitz
    11/12/2013 at 10:35 PM

    I actually agree with DawgByte. Mason came into the game ready to ball out. Heck, Hunter Long could have lined up at WR and Mason would have thrown it to him. Please understand, I am not advocating Mason starting, let alone playing. Last comment: I hope Bobo and Murray saw enough ball skills in our 6-5 receiver which would enable them to feel comfortable with him getting a few orchestrated touches. We need to score a lot of points this weekend because we literally suck against running quarterbacks.

  2. Jesse C.Gordon III
    11/12/2013 at 3:23 PM

    As much as I’m going to miss Murray, I believe quarterback is in good hands with Mason taking over the reins next year. Much more at ease than after 2008 knowing JC (DGD) was operating with some physical shortcomings ( like maybe 5’9) which won’t restrict Mason. The guy has poise, looks very comfortable in the pocket, and appears to see the whole field. with our 6 headed monster at running back (Gurley, Marshall, Green, Michel, Chubb, and Douglas) plus Mitchell, Rumph,Terry, Conley, Scott-Wesley, Davis, Bennett, plus Rome and Blazavich at tight end, Masons transition to starter might be smoother than it would be normally. Combined with some quality depth up front,Kublanow and Cardiello, Ward ( if he can get healthy)Houston.Mobley and Pyke should really step in and play big next season.
    We still have a lot to play for this year, but I’m already chomping at the bit looking ahead to next year.

    • 11/12/2013 at 3:31 PM

      Certainly, it’s looking like Mason should provide a relatively seamless transition, but it’s going to be tough to see a record-setting QB walk out the door after this season.

      That said, many felt from the beginning that 2014 was a much better looking year than this one—from a defensive standpoint alone. We’ll see how it goes but, as always, the proof will be in the pudding.

  3. 11/12/2013 at 10:32 AM

    Just look back at the Vandy game (if you can stomach it).The offense did nearly disappear, as you put it. We had an All-American quarterback on the field, and we put our offense in the hands of reserve tailbacks in the crunch ( not that these two tailbacks haven’t preformed superbly for us because they have).We’ve recruited better than to sit on an offensive gameplan like that. Good column. Thanks.

  4. lostdawg3
    11/12/2013 at 10:08 AM

    CMB and Murray have been put in the position to have to use guys that they don’t feel that comfortable with, without just about the whole first line 2 deep roster at the skill spots all season….it just seems like they should be a lot more comfortable now since they’ve basically played all season. It’s really time for the whole group from the coaches to the players suck it up and just play football and quit worrying whether or not the play calls are simple enough for everyone, including the other team, our fans, their fans, and the Russian Premier to know what we are going to run. Just get junkyard and finish this season strong. In other words quit your worrying and GATA!!!!

    • 11/12/2013 at 11:03 AM

      That’s a big HELLS YEAH! I totally agree. Just go out there and finish the damn drill…period!

  5. DawgByte
    11/12/2013 at 9:27 AM

    Good observations.

    Mason kind of blows what Bobo said right out of the water. In the 4th Qtr. Mason was able to distribute the ball to guys Murray doesn’t seem as comfortable with and was able to move the ball down field sans Todd Gurley. I think some of the stagnation on offense is related to Murray’s inability to leverage what he’s dealt with on the field. Perhaps if Murray didn’t throw 110 MPH fastballs to guys who are 5 yards away, the playbook would suddenly look wide open.

    • 11/12/2013 at 11:01 AM

      To Mason’s credit, the guys he was throwing to are the guys he’s used to throwing to; that could have something to do with it as well. But, your’re right, Murray is the guy who knows this offense as well as anyone and he—as well as Bobo—have got to start trusting the depth chart. If they don’t, they will have a tough time moving the football against any team they play.

      Good comments. Thanks for chiming in :).

  6. South FL Dawg
    11/12/2013 at 9:23 AM

    LOL! Me personally, I’d like to see more from the OL. So what if TG3 is not back there, control the LOS and the passing game will be fine with Douglas in the I.

    • 11/12/2013 at 10:59 AM

      Haha! I agree. I’d love to see more consistent blocking from the OL and Douglas is definitely capable of getting the tough yards. However, I must admit, I still pray he doesn’t fumble whenever he’s got the ball in his hands.

    • CarlVonDawgwitz
      11/12/2013 at 10:24 PM

      The OL is so inconsistent. Against a 2-7 team, an 80% Gurley should have rushed for a hundred yards in the first half. In regards to Douglas, Nash has it right, he needs to hold on to the damn ball. To be honest, when he touches the ball at key moments, I hold my breath.

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