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.