Wait! Don’t stop reading! I know Bobo hasn’t been the most popular guy in the Bulldog Nation since taking over play calling duties in 2007, but hear me out.
First of all, a big reason Georgia has the talent pool it does is due to Bobo’s skill at recruiting. Bobo was named one of the top 25 recruiters in the nation by ESPN and Rivals in 2011 and played a major part in the lauded class of 2011, dubbed “The Dream Team.”
Bobo is also one of the best in the nation at developing quarterbacks. The major strides made by Aaron Murray between his freshman and sophomore years can be largely credited to Bobo.
But what about Bobo as an offensive coordinator and play-caller? By the numbers, the much-maligned OC has actually held his own at Georgia. Since 2007, the Georgia offense has averaged 31.4 points per game, not too shabby in a league that prides itself on defense.
Yes, Bobo did have Matthew Stafford at his disposal in 2007 and 2008, but he also made the offense work with Joe Cox in 2009 and a redshirt freshman Murray in 2010. Similarly, while Georgia did have Knowshon Moreno in 2007 and 2008, Bobo has been without a 1,000-yard rusher since.
This will also be the second year that Bobo will be at the helm of a no-huddle offense. There’s a learning curve in any change, and expect the play-calling to improve this season, especially as Bobo’s confidence in Murray’s decision-making grows.
In 2012, with a seasoned Murray, and five years of play-calling under his belt, Mike Bobo should silence some of his many critics, as much as that’s possible for an offensive coordinator. After all, you often hear OCs blamed for a loss, but rarely credited with a win.