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Will the New Georgia Bulldogs’ Offense Make You a Believer?

September 21, 2020

ATHENS - Just for a second I was naive enough to believe what Kearis Jackson was selling on Monday.

“We are going to go out there and ball,” he told a collection of reporters - making his case that Georgia’s offense would be “a new UGA team that no one ever thought they would see before. Explosive.”

No one ever thought they would see before?

Oh... Explosive! You mean Aaron Murray and the offense flying up and down the field in late 2012-type explosion.

Normally I don’t get sucked in. I know the deal. Guys are always confident in the summer. Before games are played they have a particular view about how good their team can be. Even after inexplicable losses, as we saw yesterday with the Falcons, players like Julio Jones still have belief in their team.

I haven’t had belief in the Falcons for coming on a few decades now. I know better than to get sucked into talking season. And some folks really believe what they are saying. For instance, my in-laws talk a lot about the “delicious food” we will be eating at holiday gatherings, and its the same old tomato pie, congealed salad and scary casserole as before.

Live. Learn. Stay married.

But Jackson had me sucked in for a moment. He called UGA’s new offense “simple and exciting”. Kirby Smart started the day recapping that he thinks the Dawgs’ receivers are better than they have been in the past.

“We are getting better at WR. We have to continue to get better there,” he said.

So the players trying to make the passing game better took “more seriously” off-season throwing and catching while implementing a new offensive system that Jackson “wouldn't say it is complicated.”

The Dawgs did all of this in the midst of a pandemic, a new system, a new coordinator and new signal callers (for the most part). And we are supposed to believe this offense is going to be better?

“But LSU did it!”

They did, but they are very much an outlier. Usually one summer doesn’t correct offensive problems. But if we are to buy what Jackson is selling, and he sold it well, the Dawgs of white britches will “make a statement” and that “everyone you put in the game is going to ball.”

I’ll have what he’s having. Jackson has fooled me. I’ll take explosive and exciting over tomato pie and congealed salad any day, but particularly on holidays.

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