It would be easy to get all excited about Mike Bobo’s recent comments indicating he might use A.J. Green in some new ways this season.
Talking with the Macon Telegraph, Bobo said he was considering sometimes using Green as a running back or having him take direct snaps in what some call the “Wild Dawg” formation.
“That’s what you do as offensive coaches — you identify who you think the playmakers are and then you find a way to get them the ball, and obviously he’s our No. 1 guy,” Bobo said. “Really every game we go into it, we think, ‘How do we get A.J. the ball out of this set? Is there something new that we can do?’”
But we should keep in mind that all during the 2009 preseason, Bobo kept teasing us with comments about special offensive packages that we might see, including some involving Logan Gray and the Wild Dawg offense.
As it actually played out, Gray’s “special packages” consisted of being inserted into the game a few times for quarterback option runs so obviously telegraphed that everyone in the stadium knew they were coming. And while Branden Smith had a couple of scintillating touchdowns as a running back, Bobo never really did much with the Wild Dawg last year.
It’s possible that having an inexperienced redshirt freshman quarterback this year might mean Bobo mixes it up a bit more to take some of the pressure off Aaron Murray.
And, certainly, moving Green around on the field would be a smart move, especially considering the double coverage he pulls in his usual spot.
Since this likely will be the last season the Dogs have him, I’d love to see some special plays for A.J. out of the backfield.
But considering Bobo’s past record of talking a more varied game than he actually calls, I’ll believe it when I see it. How about you?
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