UGA is off this weekend, but the Bulldogs were still a popular topic on college football shows throughout the day.
ESPN’s Tim Tebow, the former Florida quarterback, stated his opinion on Saturday’s “SEC Nation” that UGA’s issues on offense kick off with Bulldogs offensive coordinator Jim Coley.
“It starts with play-calling,” Tebow said, per multiple media outlets. “I think you have to put the defense on their heels. You have to take shots. You have to spread it out. On first down, it doesn’t have to be a dive run every time. Be able to be versatile. Be able to be mobile.”
“The guy that they lost (former offensive coordinator Jim Chaney) that’s now down the street at Tennessee, they’re probably looking at him now saying, ‘Wow – we didn’t appreciate him as much as we probably should have.’”
Tebow later went into a deeper dive on UGA’s offensive struggles: “Georgia is still a really good team, but it’s not smooth. They’re not running on all cylinders.
“Jake Fromm, he’s not playing badly, but he’s not playing within the system. He’s not playing to the best of his ability. This team, if you look at the running game, it’s not what the running game should be. Their receivers are not playing up to par. They’re not efficient and effective.
“What’s crazy is you could actually tweak some things and be really good, really fast. The South Carolina game, Notre Dame, Kentucky, you did not look like a team that was playing up to their talent or their ability or even close.”
On the flip side, Tebow also praised UGA, saying “it’s not too late for Georgia” to turn things around.
Tebow’s ESPN colleague, Marcus Spears, used the word “vanilla” to describe the Bulldogs on offense: “The creativity has left. They’re leaning more on the fact that they have good players as opposed to schematically. Look where we are today (LSU). A scheme changed to get them to where they are today.”