Esteemed colleague Chip Towers reports that Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo will interview for the job of Colorado State head coach. We can’t know whether he’ll be offered the position or if he’d take it if offered — I can’t imagine he wouldn’t; CSU’s previous coach just became the head ball coach at Florida — but at such a moment I feel the need to say something.
Georgia could find another capable offensive coordinator. I don’t know if the Bulldogs could find one as skilled as Bobo. The criticisms of Georgia’s various defensive coordinators over the years have been at least partially justified; the criticism of Bobo has been so overblown as to be laugh-out-loud funny.
I know how it goes. If a play doesn’t score a touchdown, fans deem it a failure. If you run the ball twice in a row for not very much, you’re an idiot. If you don’t run the ball on first-and-goal at the South Carolina 4 and your quarterback gets flagged for intentional grounding, you’re the king of idiots. This is the nature of football and fandom.
But nobody — at least nobody who has bothered to check the actual numbers — can look on Georgia over the past nine seasons and say the offense hasn’t been the best part of that team. In my mind, Bobo is a better OC by far than Chad Morris of Clemson, who was occasionally branded a “genius” but whose teams only occasionally scored in bunches against any defense halfway decent. (And who just became the head coach at SMU.)
There are a lot of lousy OC’s out there. (Scott Loeffler, recently of Auburn and now of Virginia Tech, is about to take down another big-name program.) Mike Bobo isn’t lousy. Mike Bobo is good at his job. I don’t know what kind of head coach he’d be, but I’ve seen his work at Georgia.
I’m not saying he’s irreplaceable. But I am saying he’d be very hard to replace.