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Former Georgia head coach and QB add perspective to Todd Monken exit, Mike Bobo hire

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edited February 2023 in Article commenting
imageFormer Georgia head coach and QB add perspective to Todd Monken exit, Mike Bobo hire

Georgia football will be taking new direction with Todd Monken out and headed to the Baltimore Ravens and Mike Bobo in as the new Georgia offensive coordinator, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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    GBALGBAL Posts: 768 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Move ON! Good choice. Interesting decision to be made. Stick with Monkens system which new QBs have been practicing or do we switch to BoBo system ?

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    KBPKBP Posts: 383 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Don't overstate the Jimmy's and Joe's. Coaching and play calling matters just as much as Jimmy's and Joe's. The most recent college example that comes to mind is TCU. They fired Gary Patterson after a 3-6 start to the season and hired Sonny Dykes and one season later, with almost the same Jimmy's and Joe's, they played for the National Championship. In the NFL, Jerry Jones thought more of his players than of Jimmy Johnson and has been circling the drain ever since.

    I am a huge Bobo fan and I hope right out of the gate he softens the blow of losing Monken because it is a blow!!

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    thadecthadec Posts: 611 ✭✭✭✭ Senior


    Not that you are necessarily wrong but TCU did significantly transform their roster with portal transfers, most of whom wound up in their 2 deep. As TCU won a ton of close games this year, clearly that talent infusion made a difference.

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    ColumbusDawgColumbusDawg Posts: 535 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Run Monken's system Bobo! As much as you can...you learn the QB's verbiage primarily, instead lf them please. That is what the best coaches do. And we want one of the best in you Mike Bobo. I know you can do it, at least you proved did before at UGA. Averaged more per game your last year than Monken in 2022. Impressive. Now don't screw it up. You learn what the QB's already know that you do not yet know and gently convert to yours over the next 3 years. Hopefully yours and Monkens will be woven together.

    I cannot remember, but I will say this just in case, keep the TE's a priority. So we can keep them happy and keep the best in the nation coming to UGA. Receivers will be happy for sure.

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    ftworthdawgftworthdawg Posts: 799 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Congratulations Bobo! Just remember to run the ball

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    thadecthadec Posts: 611 ✭✭✭✭ Senior


    Err ... Bobo's offenses were much better at running the ball than Monken's. One of the reasons why I am one of the few people that is actually welcoming this switch.

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    UGADad20UGADad20 Posts: 1,797 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Bobo's system IS Monken's system. Coaches take the best from every stop and use it. It is a proven system that the players know. The play caller is now the difference. And the QB. Bobo may have more play calling flexibility with a bigger armed QB in '23.

    The Ravens are known for their mobile QB. Does Baltimore now draft SBIV? He will be there to be taken in most (all?) of the rounds. Knows the system inside out after 3 yrs. It will be interesting to see if Monken gets Balt to snap him up.

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    rhbatchrhbatch Posts: 730 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    I am very happy to have Mike Bobo as our OC. He is UGA through and through and did a great job when he had some talent to work with.

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    CHDawg54CHDawg54 Posts: 371 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Monken had a chance to be part of something historic but bailed to the NFL. Another reason to never watch the NFL again.

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    CLEDawgCLEDawg Posts: 2 ✭ Freshman

    As a member of the DawgNation diaspora based in Cleveland, Ohio, I remember Monken's tenure with the Browns very well. Even with one of the best young running backs in the league (our very own Nick Chubb of course), Pro-Bowl receiver Jarvis Landry and a first-rate O-line, the team went 6-10. Of course there was Baker Mayfield, but that's another story. Monken was a fantastic OC for UGA but he is not magic. Bobo has a wealth of experience, is a true DGD, and I believe he will be a valuable part of next season's attempt at a third Natty.

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    BigDawg61BigDawg61 Posts: 2,449 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    @UGADad20 ...you and I don't always see things eye-to-eye...but, I think you're 100% on target, with your post. I expected this move after 2023. Not this year. Oh well...six of one...half dozen of the other. In retrospect...the timing makes sense...to UGA, Monkin, Bennett & Baltimore.

    Monkin may have decided to leave this year...BECAUSE of Bennett. Monkin and Bennett may have had this pact, going back to, before last season. Which would explain Bennett's comment, the morning after the 2021 CFPC. You know....the questioning of whether he could trust what the Coach was telling him (or something to that effect).

    It also, may be why Bennett didn't attend the Senior Bowl. He already knows where he's going. The only thing that could throw a **** wrench into their plan, is if somebody drafts him higher than expected.

    It also, may be why Manning decided to go to TX, rather than UGA. Monkin knew he was leaving after this season. Baltimore cleared a spot for him and cleaned out the QB room to allow him to build his own.

    In other words...this has been in the cards for quite a while...and now, we know.

    As far as the Dawgs, going forward.....

    You wanted a more prolific passing game. With Bobo...it's coming. And, fortunately for UGA, they have just the QB, for Bobo to succeed...Carson Beck. And, a bevy of talented receivers. Of course, Stockton can do it, too...IMO.

    BVG? Not so much. Brock isn't a Bobo style QB. I look for him to transfer in the next portal "window". BVG reminds me of Bryce Ramsey...the QB turned punter out of Camden Co., Ga..

    I always liked Bobo. He became an outstanding OC under Richt...but, he didn't start out that way. I think Bobo is ready to come into his own. And, this switch has been planned for more than a year.

    If Bobo holds true to his MO...look for the Dawgs to run a potent, quick strike, fast paced offense, mixing a prolific running game with a downfield passing game. With a few new wrinkles. I'm sure he's added a few arrows to his quiver, and he's always been a good QB Coach.

    I still remember that 2012 offense. Lol...the Dawgs had an unlucky break at the end of the 2012 SECCG that cost em a Natty. Bobo is still hungry.

    Go Dawgs!

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    BigDawg61BigDawg61 Posts: 2,449 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
    edited February 2023


    Mike...why in God's name is a word like "m.onkey", being censored? I don't get it. Do yall not have a Zoo up there around Atlanta or Athens? Or, a tool box, in your garage? Ridiculous!!! Lol

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    DawgTattooDawgTattoo Posts: 415 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    My only concern is the effect this might have on recruiting.

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    BigDawg61BigDawg61 Posts: 2,449 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
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    Bobo had a hand in recruiting Matthew Stafford, Aaron Murray and Hunter Stockton...not to mention, Knowshon Moreno, Nick Chubb, Todd Gurley and Sony Michel.

    I think, "the Bobo hire", might actually add a notch or 2. Monkin wasn't much of a recruiter, so, the shift will actually add another recruiter to replace the position Bobo held, before the promotion.

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    JBMDawg46JBMDawg46 Posts: 401 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Bobo is a better recruiter, based on history, than Monken. Is he a better play caller? Frankly, I don’t know. What I think I do know is that it’s easier to call plays when you’re calling them for the team with the superior talent.

    We will all be watching to see how Coach Monken’s play calling succeeds, or not, next season when his team is playing against teams with equal talent. The NFL is a much different deal. I wish him well in his next foray into the NFL world and hope it works out better than his previous stints in the NFL.

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    BigDawg61BigDawg61 Posts: 2,449 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Going by that criterion...Monkin didn't do that great against Mizzou or Kentucky, last year. Every OC needs to be picked up by their defense from time-to-time...and when Bobo was OC at UGA previously...he had no defense. So, there's that.

    Bobo's about to have some fun and I for one, can't wait to watch. Talk about explosive..."you ain't seen nothin' yet". Lol

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    UGADad20UGADad20 Posts: 1,797 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    I am a big conspiracy theorist. I don't think anybody does anything without a reason. But the Monken/SBIV "agreement" to return together, while possibly true , sounds far fetched. Monken may have come back for the raise and the lack of an attractive NFL OC job. Doing it twice (NC) also upped his profile/value. SBIV came back for the back to back challenge, to improve and most of all for the NIL. The NIL SBIV made this year was more than he would have made had he gone undrafted (probable) after the '21 season. And doing it twice (NC) also upped his profile/value.

    What will be very interesting is will Balt now draft SBIV? SBIV seems like a good back up for Lamar Jackson. Similar skills/game. PLUS he already knows the O. That alone helps Balt have a productive training camp and preseason. BUT there was (a lot of?) rumored friction between Monken and SBIV. So much so that they needed a go between. (Faulkner)

    As for BVG, he just seems like a bigger, stronger SBIV. What he lacks is experience. IF a smaller, "weaker" SBIV was plenty of QB for UGA, then BVG should be plenty as well. I wouldn't count him out.

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