Kirk Herbstreit gives high praise to new Georgia OC Todd Monken
Georgia has gone through a roller coaster at offensive coordinator in recent years.
The Kirby Smart era started with Jim Chaney calling plays, and Chaney was replaced by James Coley after Kirby’s first offensive coordinator at Georgia left Athens for Tennessee in 2019. Coley’s lone year as the offensive coordinator saw Georgia go from scoring 37.9 to 30.8 points per game, sputtering at the end of the season in an SEC Championship loss to LSU.
Todd Monken is the new man in town, after calling plays for the Cleveland Browns in 2019. Monken is the former head coach of Southern Miss, and has experience dialing up offenses for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Oklahoma State. ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit believes Monken could lead an offense that could bring the Dawgs back to the top of college football, and restore the offensive success they were having under Jim Chaney.
They finally have a guy, I think,” Herbstreit said on the CFB Podcast, part of ESPN’s podcast network. “Kirby had (Jim) Chaney, who had a great start early in Kirby’s tenure. It kind of got away from things last year offensively. Now you go to Todd Monken, who has been in the NFL. He’s been a head coach in college. I think he’ll be a major upgrade, no matter who they settle on at quarterback.”
Georgia currently has USC transfer JT Daniels, D’Wan Mathis, Carson Beck, and Stetson Bennett battling it out for the starting job. It most likely will come down to either Daniels or Mathis taking the first snaps against Arkansas on Saturday.
“I just think it’s going to be a different attack,” Herbstreit continued. “Depending on the skillset and who they go with, he’s got versatility in how he wants to go after a defense. It could be dual. They can also sit in the pocket and spin it around if they end up going the JT Daniels route.
“It will be interesting to see how Monken does this year with that offense.”