This is an interesting question, and one that will certainly be brought up again before the end of next season: With the offensive tools that Georgia currently has on its roster, should the team run more spread offense in addition to the pro set?
On the surface, it seems like a great idea. Aaron Murray flashed his running ability multiple times last season, recording at least 30 rushing yards in four games. It’s likely that running Murray from the spread could help jump-start a depleted set of running backs, which lost Washaun Ealey and will rely heavily on inexperienced players (Isaiah Crowell, Carlton Thomas, and so on).
There’s also the problem of the offensive line, which had a terrible year in 2010 after a lot of off-season hype. It doesn’t look good for 2011, either, as the line has lost three starters to graduation. None of the potential replacements jump out at me as highly-talented players. If Georgia decided to spread the field with three wide receivers, it would take some pressure off the line, and also lessen the pressure on the relatively-inexperienced receiving corps.
However, I also see some potential problems that probably outweigh the benefits of running a spread offense. First off, Georgia’s top offensive coaches (Richt, Bobo) don’t know much about the spread; they’re mostly experienced with the NFL-style offense. Also, because Urban Meyer had so much success with his spread at Florida (mostly with Tebow), it seems like SEC defenses have become much better at defending the spread offense.
There’s also Georgia’s players, who have practiced with the pro offense throughout all of their time at Georgia. A sudden switch to more spread packages could be a giant step backward in the production from players like Murray, whose passing skills from the pro set are amazing. If Bobo would turn him loose, it’s likely that Murray could rack up some rushing yards through scrambling, and Murray’s already proven that he knows how to do that.
So, don’t expect Georgia to be installing more spread techniques in their offense anytime soon. The team as a whole is much better suited for the pro-style offense, especially the play-action passes from the pro set.
Here are some other news and notes from the Georgia football program:
Richt in Honduras: Coach Mark Richt is currently in Honduras on a mission trip for World Vision International, a Christian charity organization. Read more about it on Chip Towers’ UGA beat blog.
UGA vs. Georgia Tech: Bill King of the Junkyard Blawg lists 101 reasons why Georgia is better than Georgia Tech.
“Pocket Dialing” results in NCAA violations at Georgia: Mark Richt needs to learn how to use his cell phone.
Murray is the SEC’s best quarterback: ESPN’s Chris Low has named Aaron Murray the best quarterback in the SEC. Check out his top 10 SEC quarterbacks.
About the Author
Written by Brenden Hull
I have been following and analyzing sports my entire life. My favorite teams include all Georgia Bulldogs teams, along with the Atlanta Braves and Indianapolis Colts. I am the Georgia Bulldogs football writer here at Pro Sports Blogging, having joined the team in April 2011. You can contact me at bulldog724 AT gmail DOT com.