UGA football: What the offense needs to do differently in 2020

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ATLANTA, GA – NOVEMBER 30: (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

UGA football enters the 2020 season with a new offensive coordinator in Todd Monken, who takes over after a disappointing 2019 season.

Let’s not mince words, James Coley’s one year as UGA football offensive coordinator was a failure.

Despite having a mature and reliable quarterback, a talented and diverse stable of running backs, a powerful offensive line, and a good enough group of wide receivers and tight ends, Georgia couldn’t muster any more than 26.08 points per game against Power 5 schools (plus Notre Dame).

Even that number is inflated by defensive and special teams scores against Tennessee and Georgie Tech. Remove the non-offensive scores, Georgia’s points per game average dips to a paltry 24.75. Georgia would have lost the SEC East crown if not for the defense, which was one of the best in UGA football history.

The offense cost Georgia its game against South Carolina and barely showed up in the SEc Championship Game against LSU. The 2019 team had the talent to win a national championship, but poor production on offense prevented the team from reaching its potential.

A lot of things need to change on offense in 2020, which is why head coach Kirby Smart hired Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Todd Monken. An offensive guru with decades of experience, Monken’s best coaching jobs have come at the college level and his resume features rapid improvements of several programs.

What exactly are the changes Monken needs to make to Georgia’s offense? And how quickly can he implement these changes given the cancellation of spring practices? Here are the changes Georgia needs to make to its offense in 2020.

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