Monken believes Georgia will be “elite” on offense despite changes at coordinator and quarterback, where Carson Beck takes over for Stetson Bennett IV. Georgia is armed with one of the country’s premier receiver groups, an experienced offensive line and tight end Brock Bowers, arguably the nation’s best individual talent.
Notably, many of those who helped Monken’s offense remain, too.
“I’m telling you, Todd Hartley, the offensive staff – Mike Bobo, Buster Faulkner (who’s now at Georgia Tech) – a lot of really, really good minds,” Monken said. “A lot of people who added pieces to it. It makes it a lot easier. If you’re the only guy who can game plan, that makes it hard. But we had a lot of guys who gave input. You could give them parts of a game plan and they could run with it. It’d make you think about things and reassess what you were going to do with it, where you could put pieces and utilize them. That makes it rewarding.”
Monken was constantly praised for his scheming at Georgia, though he refuses to accept full responsibility for what the Bulldogs accomplished (which included 38.6 and 41.1 points per game over the past two years, respectively). Monken always has stressed that it was a collective effort among coaches and players.
“It wasn’t my offense; it was the University of Georgia’s offense,” Monken said. “It’s Kirby Smart’s offense. Just like here (in Baltimore). This isn’t my offense. This is the Baltimore Ravens. This is John Harbaugh. This is what we do. This is what Kirby wanted. … You can’t do it without everybody else not seeing the same vision, understanding what you want from them, and then them putting up with your (expletive) all week.”
The Bulldogs begin the season Saturday against Tennessee-Martin. They’re trying to become the first three-peat champion since Minnesota in 1936.