Mike Bobo has received a lot of criticism for his work as UGA’s offensive coordinator over the years. But the folks at 247Sports.com think he was on point this season as he was named Offensive Coordinator of the Year.
And as polarizing as Bobo may be to fans, he deserved to win the award. Granted, the Bulldogs were one of the top offenses in the country primarily because of Aaron Murray returning for his senior season. But the Bulldogs lost eight of the top offensive playmakers for a total of 37 games this season.
The Bulldogs did not have Keith Marshall for the majority of the season, and they also lost Todd Gurley in the middle part of the year. They also suffered numerous injuries to their receiving corps, tight ends and even Murray went down with an ACL injury in the Kentucky game.
But despite all that, the Bulldogs still had better offensive numbers than they did last season. They scored more points per game, had more yards per game and had more total first downs. Chip Towers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a breakdown of the Bulldogs 2012 and 2013 offensive stats.
This means that Bobo is getting the most out his players. He has done a better job coaching this season than he has in years past. Young players at the skill positions had to fill in, and Bobo was able to put them into the right place to make plays.
Pretty amazing UGA is set to break school records for points and yards per game despite all the injuries on offense http://t.co/rORASvkWc0— Gentry Estes (@GentryEstes247) December 19, 2013
Bobo has been calling plays for Georgia since 2006. But it hasn’t been until the last two seasons the rest of the country has been taking notice of his work.
He was a finalist for the Broyles Award the last two seasons, which is given to the country’s top assistant coach. Bobo told Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph that the reason he has been successful is consistency. The last coach that was hired was offensive line coach Will Friend, which was three years ago, and the coaches are coaching guys that have been in the program the last three years.
The one number that is not good for Bobo is 8-4. That was the Bulldogs record this regular season, and it's the reason the Bulldogs did not play in the SEC Championship. Bobo said that it all comes down to winning, and they did not do enough of that this season. But, he loved the way his players responded to the challenges they faced all season.
That’s why Bobo is the best offensive coach in the country. The trials and tribulations the offense went though this year did not affect the production. There were a couple games (Vanderbilt and Missouri) where things did not click. But thanks to the leadership of Bobo, the Bulldogs offense was the reason Georgia won eight games this year.