Georgia football: Mike Bobo makes his spectacular return to Athens

Stetson Bennett celebrates after the Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 33-18 in the 2022 CFP National Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 10, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
Stetson Bennett celebrates after the Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 33-18 in the 2022 CFP National Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 10, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) /

Guess who’s Georgia football brought back, back again — Mike Bobo is back, tell a friend.

Que all the Slim Shady fans and put that song on repeat because the man himself is officially back on staff with the Dawgs.

The rumors circled for almost a week about how Bobo would return as an analyst, and now it’s true — what a glorious day to be a Dawg fan.

Some Georgia fans may not like the news, but Bobo is a great football mind that will only help this offense get better.

Georgia football hires Mike Bobo back as the former quarterback makes his return to Athens.

There are people out there worried about Bobo coming back and how the offense will get worse, not better, but he isn’t going to be calling plays or anything like that.

Bobo will be an offensive analyst, which head coach Kirby Smart described as someone they use to coach the coaches. This description sounds a bit cliche. These coaches know how to coach, but Bobo will be around to watch the film, scout, break down opponents, recruit a little bit, and likely whatever Smart and his staff need from him.

Why does Georgia need a guy like this? All teams have them. Georgia is bringing in a guy who knows the SEC frontwards and backward, has head coaching experience, offensive coordinator experience, and a football mind not many can match.

Sure, some of his recent stints at Auburn, South Carolina, Colorado State all showed stagnant offenses that looked a bit dated, but what Bobo can teach this current staff, they can also teach him some things.

We’re not comparing this coaching situation to the ones we see on Nick Saban’s staff before getting another big job, but Smart knows what kind of coach Bobo is, just like Saban knew what kind of coach Lane Kiffin and many other coaches are.

Bobo has been around football a long time, and this latest position is his third coaching one at Georgia. He started his career in Athens in 1999 left for one season at Jacksonville State before coming back with Mark Richt in 2001 as the quarterbacks’ coach.

Remember, he is responsible for David Greene, DJ Shockley and Matthew Stafford, to name a few. In 2007 he became the offensive coordinator and stayed until 2014.

In 2014, Georgia averaged 41.6 points a game, 257.85 rushing yards, and 200 passing yards. That passing offense wasn’t like some of his great ones, but then again, Hutson Mason was the quarterback, and he still holds a completion record of 67.9%.

Bobo is notorious for his high-powered offenses, and his name will forever be one associated with Staffords. He was at Georgia from 2006 to 2008 and is the last Dawg to be the No.1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

The Dawgs averaged 32.6 points in 2007 and 31.5 in 2008. Stafford’s best season had to be his junior year when he went 235-of-383 for 3,459 yards, 25 touchdowns, ten interceptions and averaged 266.1 yards a game.

Bobo did a great job with David Greene, too, his first quarterback at Georgia and one Dawg fans all know for the Hobnail Boot throw for the Dawgs to beat Tennessee. In that 2002 season, Greene threw for 2,924 yards, 22 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. He had a 57.5% completion rate.

We could include plenty of other stats, but the bottom line is that Bobo knows football, Smart trusts him, and the fans should be excited to see him again in Athens. “Run the Damn Ball” can become a thing again while also evolving the passing game to stay explosive.

Some may never like Bobo back on staff, but they should. Bobo is one of the best to do the job, and while I do agree he needs to stay an analyst, for now, he can use his knowledge to help current offensive coordinator Todd Monken make things happen.

He isn’t calling the plays, but he will likely help Monken and company come up with some stuff to help starting quarterback Stetson Bennett with this year’s offense.

Bennett had the offense built around him for the title run, but now with it being a new team, there isn’t anything wrong with cooking up something fresh. Bobo being back is that fresh ingredient Georgia needs.

It’s like a fine red wine, they get better with age, and this situation will allow Bobo to get better at what made him so good.

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Georgia football has talent at running back, receiver, tight ends, and quarterback. This offense should be able to do whatever it wants, and now they’ve got someone scouting opponents with a mind other offensive coordinators to wish they had on their staffs.