While watching the Georgia Bulldogs play Saturday night, you couldn't help but wonder where all the four-wide, no-huddle, shotgun stuff was coming from. This is an offense that for years has been college football's pinnacle of pro-style boredom, and here they go handing the ball off to cornerbacks on jet sweeps after everybody turns and looks at the sidelines before the snap.
It was like watching a NCAA 12 team switch playbooks at the options screen to the one called "Spread." But unlike those uniforms the Dawgs wore, this wasn't just a gimmick. They plan on sticking with it.
Most teams hire new coaches to teach new systems. I'm sure Mark Richt and Mike Bobo spent a lot of time this offseason studying more collegiate offenses, but it's pretty weird to expect an offensive coaching staff that's relied on fullbacks and blocking tight ends and minimal wide receiver staffing to suddenly become Dan Mullen.
Hey, if it works, then it works. In its first game, the new attack eventually started chaining together some plays, albeit never many first downs. It produced a couple big scores, and those were mostly the ones that were the wackiest and least ManBally, not the straight-ahead stuff Georgia's traditionally been known for. And Boise State's accustomed to wacky offenses, so maybe that further hurt Georgia, not that I see the Dawgs running on that defensive line no matter the formation deployed.
Georgia's offenses tend to only be fun due to special personnel like Knowshon Moreno or A.J. Green, not scheme. I don't know if the current staff has the depth of experience in an attack like this to make it work, but at least it's a try, I guess.