Take a breath: Performance in Kentucky No need to worry for UGA Offense

Well, these reactions shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. This is a fanbase that Mike Bobo famously wanted to retire as OC after his teams averaged 37.8, 38.6 and 40.2 points per game over his last three seasons.

It’s only human to get used to things. Even if the results stay the same, start focusing on the flaws instead of seeing the big picture. You miss the forest for the trees, if you will. This fact is simple; Georgia has one of the best offenses in the sport and Todd Monken is the main reason why.

In 2022, Georgia averaged more passing yards per game (298.8) than Ohio State (289.2) and more yards per game than North Carolina. Imagine telling that to a Georgia fan in 2018.

Of course you have to have the horses, but how you use them is what makes a great OC. Kirby Smart and his staff have completed the task of recruiting the nation’s best, and Todd Monken has set to work developing a system for them.

Think of last year’s national championship run. With Georgia Pickens injured, Georgia didn’t have a veteran goal at X. Instead, they rolled into the College Football Playoffs slot with a freshman AD Mitchell at X, a freshman Brock Bowers on the tight end, and a freshman from Chatsworth named Ladd McConkey, and they drove continued to dice Michigan and beat Alabama.

That’s all without mentioning the development of Stetson Bennett. Monken helped transform Bennett’s game from gunslinger to assassin. In 2021, Bennett trailed only Hendon Hooker, CJ Stroud and Grayson McCall in terms of efficiency. In 2022, on his way to an 11-0 start, Bennett is currently ranked 9th in Georgia history for rushing yards this season. A strong performance this weekend against Georgia Tech could see him past David Greene’s 2003 season (3,307) for fifth place. Bennett still has the SEC championship and at least one bowl game before the year is out. He would need to average 294 yards per game in those 3 matchups to eclipse Aaron Murray’s No. 1 yardage from his 2012 season (3,893).

It’s no exaggeration to say that with the offensive development that Todd Monken brought to Athens, Georgia wouldn’t be the defending champions at the moment. Why else do you think Kirby Smart is paying him $2 million a year to prosecute his crime?

So yes, 16 points against Kentucky was disappointing, but it’s certainly no reason to panic or question the current regime. Monken didn’t want to tempt fate by throwing the ball into the wind and cold. When they did, Georgia turned the ball over. Kentucky bled in the first half, limiting Georgia to just three possessions. Georgia just wanted to get out of Lexington unscathed. If you look at the rest of college football this past Saturday, that was a very reasonable goal.

Outside of Athens on Saturday (which is said to be wet but mercifully in the 60s), Georgia will play the remainder of its games in air-conditioned NFL stadiums. Make sure Georgia’s offense is what we expect.