UGA coach: You don’t replace Moreno

SouthernPigskin.com asks former Georgia receiver Bryan McClendon, now coaching the Dogs’ running backs, how you replace a Knowshon Moreno and McClendon’s answer is forthright: “Well, I don’t think that’s possible. … If people are looking for that, everybody is going to be a little disappointed. You can’t replace a guy like him. I have to make sure the young backs know that it’s not their job to be the next Knowshon, but it’s their job to be the best they can be; just focusing on that … on getting better. … Even though [Moreno] played an integral part of what we did as an offense and as a team, he has moved on and we need to move on, too.”

Along those lines, I’ve been thinking this week about how Georgia’s offense is likely to play out this season. Assuming they’re not hit by another rash of injuries, the line should be pretty good. Maybe great, but let’s keep our expectations moderate. Whether we end up with one featured back or tailback-by-committee, most observers expect a drop-off in the running game, at least initially. Which probably means the Dogs will be throwing it more this year than they did last season.

Joe Cox may not have the arm strength of Matthew Stafford, but he throws a nice pass and if the line gives him time he should be able to spread the ball around between the various receivers and backs. A.J. Green, obviously, will be a big weapon but the double coverage he’ll draw makes it likely Cox will have to throw it to a lot of different folks. We have some exciting freshmen hitting the receiving corps, too.

Mark Richt likes balance in his offense, but even with Moreno in the backfield last year, Georgia passed for a lot more yards than it ran (3,610 to 1,928) and made more first downs through the air than on the ground (163 to 95), though the scoring was pretty even (24 touchdowns rushing, 23 passing).

So what do you think, something closer to Air Georgia this season? And if so, is that a good thing?

104 comments Add your comment

slimpickens

June 26th, 2009
12:57 pm

Looks as if we need to hire some of these expert Jacket coaches on this blog, they seem to have all of the answers. If we only knew as much as they think they do, then there would be undefeated seasons from now on. Why don’t they spend their time and vast knowledge to encourage their hall of fame coach? Oh I just remembered, they have a streak of one!!

southgadawg88

June 26th, 2009
12:58 pm

…OK State lost 3 out of their last 4 with their best players playing…giving up 56..61…and 42…why are we supposed to fear this team?

John

June 26th, 2009
12:59 pm

Everyone keeps harping Stafford and Moreno. They were awesome! But Cox & the RB’s will be fine, I look for UGA to have a year just like when Shockley got his chance. Cox has already done something Stafford couldn’t and that’s come from behind and win. The Dawgs will be fine!!!!!

Gator Growl

June 26th, 2009
1:03 pm

You don’t just replace a guy like Moreno just like Florida won’t just insert a substitute for Percy Harvin. Those guys only come around every 15-20 years, maybe 10 if you’re lucky. In both cases, a couple of guys will have to step up and excel.

coachdawg 2000

June 26th, 2009
1:03 pm

I don’tthink we should fear Ok.St. but dang well better respect them becuase i for one had zero respect for Tech going into that game last year and you saw how that turned out. Our guys can’t expect to just roll our helmets out htere and watch the pokes crumble. we’ve got to punch them in the mouth as soon as they get off of the bus and not stop until the clock reads all zeros. If not, we’ll be on here talking about that hot seat we all thought was absurd earlier this week.

Brandon Spikes

June 26th, 2009
1:06 pm

I will sure miss him.

coachdawg 2000

June 26th, 2009
1:12 pm

Slim pickens,
I don’t know who you are referring to but first of all I am bulldog-through-and-through. (i have multiple degrees from UGA)and secondly I thougth opinions were well here(I’ve also actually coached football for the last 9 seasons). Maybe you weren’t talking to me, if so nevermind. I

Denver Dog

June 26th, 2009
1:20 pm

You Techies are bafoons! Go guard your concrete campus from the local gangs.

UGA will be good to great this year. It will get resolved where it should, on the field.

The offense will be changed slightly, and who knows who will be starting by the middle of the year. Joe Cox will be a great leader, is he our best? Who knows? The cream will rise to the top, and on both sides of the ball, you will see an intensity and fire like we haven’t had in a few years.

Go dogs

slimpickens

June 26th, 2009
1:21 pm

Coachdawg, I said Jacket coaches!

Bob

June 26th, 2009
1:27 pm

I think the offense will be very good this year, much in part due to the O-line which I see as outstanding with much depth and experience. Cox will run an efficient offense and not try to do too much. Last yr we had almost 2000 yds rushing. We will miss Knowshon but we could easily get the same number of yards from a group of RBs behind this O-line. Caleb needs to run with some authority. The receivers are young overall but very talented. Problem is the D which has got be a lot better. D line will be much better with the depth and experience and owens back but we have o have a pass rush from somewhere.

Will

June 26th, 2009
1:29 pm

The UGA offense will be pretty good this year but unlike many other dawg fans I’m excited about the defense. The Junkyard Dawg Defense will be back in 09′!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

coachdawg 2000

June 26th, 2009
1:30 pm

I know for certian one that needs to improve. MY TYPING!!!!! I guess Mom was right toomany pe’s not typing would bite me in the but eventually.

southgadawg88

June 26th, 2009
1:39 pm

…..On the road…National TV…win puts you in the top 10…kids come to UGA for these type of games…they are going to be fired up and ready to kick some Okie tail!.Seriously I don’t see where they have many advantages in the matchups.South Carolina?because of Garcia?

WTF???

June 26th, 2009
1:42 pm

It seems to me since Stafford’s arrival in Athens we threw the football entirely too much. Line it up in the power I, run it twice & if it’s 3rd & short run it again. 3rd & long, throw it.

coachdawg 2000

June 26th, 2009
1:49 pm

Southgadawg88-
I know that Garcia isn’t intmidating but if you’ve Georgia fan before 2002 then you should know that we’ve lost to very much inferior chicken teams. We made Blake Mitchell look like Johnny-freaking-Unitas while Stafford looked like the spokesman for Opps-I-Crapped my pants.

RxDawg

June 26th, 2009
1:57 pm

“Mark Richt likes balance in his offense, but even with Moreno in the backfield last year, Georgia passed for a lot more yards than it ran (3,610 to 1,928) and made more first downs through the air than on the ground (163 to 95), though the scoring was pretty even (24 touchdowns rushing, 23 passing).”

I’m not sure, but I’d bet every balanced football team in america has similar stats. Of course your probably going to have more yards and first downs with the passing game. It also makes sense that scoring would be higher in the rushing game.

Erk

June 26th, 2009
2:01 pm

I’m not taking Okie State lightly but who really thinks they’ll be in top 10 at season’s end? Hirbstreet & Corso will go ahead and make the sexy Ok St over UGA pick but State will give up a lot of points and our defense will be good enough to get the win. The trip back to Athens and then South Cackalacky the next week will be a tougher game. Opinions?

will

June 26th, 2009
2:06 pm

i think if we switch of between Carrolton Thomas and Caleb King it can be a very strong dynamic duo!

mcdawg

June 26th, 2009
2:09 pm

no fumbles that is the biggest thing

southgadawg88

June 26th, 2009
2:16 pm

….I grew up watching Hershel….the reason UGA/SC is usually a tussle is because both teams DL dominates…it’s been that way for years now…we usually have more offensive weapons than they do and it’s enough to outscore them in a mostly defensively dominated game.I see more of the same for us but I don’t see any team dominating this OL we have…anybody….so as talking schedule ….the 1st 3 games are against teams with OL problems and except 4 SC a weak Defense.Looks good to me.4-0 ASU??should be expected in my book.

Otto

June 26th, 2009
2:19 pm

Bobo is mediocre at best. He has been known for over using a play the screen is a standard, and anyone remember Stafford doing to the play action with the ball on his hip and then getting sacked. Coach I don’t think the called fooled anyone and a screen works better when they aren’t staying back looking for it. CWM is better than Bobo, Bobo had the talent around him to help cover his boring play calling. The ‘07 team plays for a national title with another OC calling the plays.

Red Clay Hound

June 26th, 2009
2:21 pm

Erk, I agree. And look at Cuz in here talking smack. I like it!

LifelongDawg

June 26th, 2009
2:22 pm

The team will be fine. They’ll win more than most expect, but not sure about a conference CG.

athensdawg

June 26th, 2009
2:25 pm

omg. knowshown is gone? stafford is gone? what are we gonna do?
i don’t know about you all, but i am putting my tickets up for auction on ebay right now…..

consider….
UT really sucked the year peyton manning left….
UGA basketball really sucked the year after’nique went pro….
the giants really sucked when the lost shockey….

anyone see a pattern here?

honestly, i think this team,and its fans have been relying on the stafford/moreno crutch for too long. get over it.

what if we do really well this year? what does that mean? there will be some who will say that “we could have been even better if stafford an moreno had stayed.”

and if we don’t do good…”well, stafford and moreno were gone.”

how many years are we going to be talking about these guys????????

collectively, they couldn’t hold herchel’s jock.

BurningRedBleedingBlack

June 26th, 2009
2:26 pm

I suppect a more ballace attack, with a variety of running back like we have plus a anchor of a o-line. I see alot of HB toss, runs up the gut,HB screens and my favorite PLAY ACTION PASS!!!!! Expect Bobo to get creative and open up the new offense. Guys just remember a great o-line makes the rest of the offense that much better!! GO DAWGS!!

athensdawg

June 26th, 2009
2:28 pm

oh…for those of you who can’t read sarcasm between the lines…

ut wins NC after peyton leaves.
UGA goes to final four after ‘nique leaves.
Giants win superbowl when shockey gets hurt.

dawgfan1911

June 26th, 2009
2:29 pm

I have always wondered why Georgia recruits all of these great skill athletes on offense and never get them on the field to do anything. I understand the importance of balance, but use a 5 wide out set sometimes just to make the defense have to prepare. We barely throw crossing routes a guy like Wooten was great at catching crossing routes and turning 5 yards into 30. Use the tight end more like we used to. With the weapons that we have, make sure we use them in multiple sets to keep the defense guessing. It is easy to defend us because we are so predictable on offense and we use the same sets. Bobo, Rict get off your high horses and throw some wrinkles in the offense.

BurningRedBleedingBlack

June 26th, 2009
2:33 pm

athensdawg, your right man!! We have the ability to be alot better team than last year. They won’t be the last two incredible players we have play for us at UGA. Stafford and Moreno are both gone. Lets move on please. I for one did not like us passing as much as we did. Lets ge back to power run football.

BurningRedBleedingBlack

June 26th, 2009
2:44 pm

i really miss it when richt called the o-plays. They just seemed to be more orginal

Alfred Neuman IV,Summa Cum Laude,UGA'90

June 26th, 2009
2:44 pm

If Joe Cox is > staffy & Caleb > knowshow & our OL holds & has no injuries & our 5* recruits gel on D we should have a monster year.

Also, the LSU game has shown us how to stop Tech. Just stop the option! It’s so simple a caveman can do it. Duck soup!

Alfred Neuman IV,Summa Cum Laude,UGA'90

June 26th, 2009
2:47 pm

What? Me worry?

Denver Dog

June 26th, 2009
2:54 pm

Athens Dog you are an idiot. The year afte dominique left we went to the final four. Get a life you jagaloon.

Clayto

June 26th, 2009
3:04 pm

Caleb King is the Jasper Sanks of the new Bulldog era.

RxDawg

June 26th, 2009
3:13 pm

LOL, keep reading Denver

Money

June 26th, 2009
3:21 pm

“Mark Richt likes balance in his offense, but even with Moreno in the backfield last year, Georgia passed for a lot more yards than it ran (3,610 to 1,928) and made more first downs through the air than on the ground (163 to 95)…”

These stats explain a lot…SEC=Run the Football…we had the best running back possibly ever and we still passed way too much…Bobo is an idiot…

Not to dwell on the past or anything…

Dawgtime

June 26th, 2009
3:45 pm

I continue to see the same pathetic people that have no life that leave posts on UGA blogs on a daily basis. That is so sad to me. It must be sad to wake up waiting for the blog to be posted so that you cannot write something stupid about a school that you claim that you hate. Get a life. It is sad that UGA guides their lives. I never read a GT or UF blog. Get a clue..

Denver Dog

June 26th, 2009
3:47 pm

So Dawgtime, why are you blogging here?

Money

June 26th, 2009
3:53 pm

Amen Denver Dog…he is basically calling himself pathetic…it is simple logical reasoning…he asserts that the people who blog on here are pathetic…he just blogged on here…therefore he is pathetic…

TMC DAWG

June 26th, 2009
3:57 pm

I don’t really know what to expect this year. But with the talent we have on this team, I still believe it comes down to coaching. We must stop being so predictiable in certain situtations. I for one believe this IS a huge year for this coaching staff. We could go 7-5 or 10-2, but until we can start to at least compete down in Jacksonville Fla. then forget about SEC Championships or National Championships.

Honest Lee

June 26th, 2009
4:03 pm

Samuel will show his stuff this year and the running game won’t suffer much from the loss of Moreno. Cox will make fewer mistakes than Stafford did, so the offense should be okay. Still, Dawgs will lose to the Gators – again.

Cuz

June 26th, 2009
4:13 pm

Don’t forget, the Tech fan blog was cancelled for lack of interest. Like Richard Gere in “An Officer and a Gentleman”, they got nowhere to go.

SavannahJacket

June 26th, 2009
4:21 pm

It obviously isn’t from a lack of interest…. there are more Tech fans blogging on the UGA site that Dawg fans. The AJC just sucks and assigned a UGA grad to our blog…. Then give him like a month vacation. AJC are you hiring… I would love a job I don’t have to do.

FL DAWG

June 26th, 2009
4:32 pm

The balance of an offense is not soley determined on yard produced, but rather number of running plays vs number of passing plays. If you look at that UGAs offense was much more balanced than total passing yards vs total rushing yards indicates. Balancing the number of run vs pass plays makes it more difficult for a team to defend. If your running yardage is as high as your passing yards then you are either very predictable or very poor at passing.

To that end, UGA will continue to be a very balanced offense in terms of number of running plays vs. number of passing plays and the stats will show more yards throwing the ball. I don’t think we will see a huge drop off in the running game as the O-line will be much better. The O-line will also afford Cox(or whomever the qb may be) more time to make good decisions. If the receivers focus on catching the ball the passing game will be better than last year. It’s the defense that we need to be more concerned about. UGA has all the talent they need on both Offense and Defense, they just have to stay focussed the entire year and not let a half of a game determine a loss for the Dawgs as it did in three games last year. It is not a matter of physical talent, but rather mental toughness to stay focussed.

Cuz

June 26th, 2009
4:49 pm

Savannah, I second the opinion of the AJC not caring for the fans. But when did Tech get a journalism school? The default option is a UGA grad. You can have Bradley if you want, he went to Kentucky.

SthrnSrvy

June 26th, 2009
4:58 pm

A drop off in the running game? It will be the running game that gets things accomplished. Though you are very accurate with the fact UGA’s O-line will be pretty DM good. Boling and Sturdivant will be playing on Sunday someday.

weston

June 26th, 2009
5:53 pm

This quote sums things up perfectly.

>>>he has moved on and we need to move on, too>>>>

HD28

June 26th, 2009
9:24 pm

November 24, 2009. The date the moon and stars will be placed back into their proper alignment. Up yours GT!

dawgbone

June 27th, 2009
3:42 am

every dawg needs to check out the new strength coach at south carolina, he has brought in sledge hammers and huge oversize monster tires for them to push up and down the street, are the dawgs doing this sort of training, it says the whole team can be in weight room at one time with their equipment set up and team unit is growing, i am a little worried when we come back from ok, they are training some bad ass mofos, i hope our coach van hang is doing the same

dawgbone

June 27th, 2009
3:43 am

i meant team unity

Kendawg

June 27th, 2009
9:12 am

Several bloggers have said that we will continue to be balanced in the number of run plays and the number of pass plays. I agree. I think UGA will continue to run the ball approximately 60% of the time. But anyone familiar with college football would expect the passing yardage to be greater than the run yardage, perhaps by as much as 50%, if you have an effective passing game. Frankly, I can barely wait to see that O-line in action.