Auburn win a costly one for Dogs

Losing A.J. Green is a big blow to Georgia's offense. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Losing A.J. Green is a big blow to Georgia's offense. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Some more thoughts and questions the day after the Dogs beat Auburn for the fourth year in a row …

Wow, this was a really costly victory in terms of injuries. Losing A.J. Green is a big blow. Israel Troupe and Tavares King made big catches Saturday night (King redeeming himself after dropping a sure touchdown in the end zone earlier), but they quite simply are not on Green’s level. He’s a game-changer and a constant threat that opposing defenses plan their schemes around.

Without him, Georgia is going to have to hope the improvement in the rushing attack continues and that Saturday’s turnaround in penalties and turnovers is not a one-game aberration. Because without A.J., the Dogs have much less margin for error.

And let’s hope Bacarri Rambo isn’t out long, either. Bryan Evans might have had a hand in the breakup of that last-gasp pass by the Tigers, but for much of the game he looked flat-footed and out of position. Business as usual, in other words. On some of Auburn’s passes, the receiver couldn’t have been more wide open. Rambo is a playmaker and is sorely needed. …

What is it with the Dogs’ game-planning? Auburn didn’t do anything unexpected in the first quarter, but the Dogs’ defense looked clueless. Then, in the remaining three quarters, Willie Martinez’s unit got pressure on the quarterback and kept the Tigers from scoring another offensive touchdown. Why did it take so long?

And on offense, we knew going in that Auburn could be run on, so why was Mike Bobo thinking horizontally early on, trying screen passes and Branden Smith around the end? What was clearly called for was running the ball down the Tigers’ throats to set up the vertical passing game downfield. Once the Dogs did that, they were able to move the ball. But why didn’t Georgia do that from the start? It’s pretty clear that Georgia is most successful offensively when Bobo puts emphasis on the running game. Why he seems to forget that at times is a mystery. …

Saturday night may have seen the first kickoff return for a touchdown that Georgia has given up since 1999, but yielding long returns is certainly nothing new for the Dogs, especially this season. Directional kicks or not, it’s the coverage that’s the problem and you’ve got to wonder about some of the personnel decisions Georgia makes on kick coverage. Why on earth is Logan Gray, our backup QB, in there covering a kick? Certainly, not because he’s good at it. On that touchdown, he was the safety valve and failed miserably. Mark Richt and his staff definitely need to rethink their approach to kick coverage. …

For the second game in a row, Joe Cox didn’t throw an interception, but he got away with one on the pass that bounced off a defender’s hands and into the arms of Orson Charles for a long gainer. I guess you could say the Dogs were overdue for such a break. On the other side, the Dogs snagged two interceptions and should have had two more. Evans dropped one and on another a couple of Georgia defenders ran into each other trying to make what should have been a sure pick. That’s an aspect of the Dogs’ game that definitely looks to improve as the younger players like Rambo and Branden Smith get more playing time in the secondary. …

Let’s talk some more about this booing business. I came down on the boo-birds in my post-game comments Saturday night because I think that, contrary to what some of these folks think, having your own fans boo you doesn’t “motivate” you to play better. And make no mistake about it, you might think you’re booing Mike Bobo or Willie Martinez or Mark Richt, but that’s not how the players hear it. And that’s not how visiting prospects perceive it. I know, you pay your money and you think that gives you the right to boo. And that’s expected in the pro game. But with college players, it’s different. When the Dogs play poorly and you boo them, you’re not part of the solution.

On the other hand, the supportive noise made by the Sanford crowd in the fourth quarter definitely was a factor in the game and coach Richt credited the fans with causing Auburn’s false-start penalty on their last drive. At some schools, the fans cheer like that all the time. I wish that were the case in Athens.

Lastly, one of my favorite moments Saturday night came in the fourth quarter on the drive after Reshad Jones’ interception. A guy down in the row in front of me saw King in at tailback and hollered “Why is No. 4 in there? Get Washaun in!” King proceeded to score on that play and everyone turned to look at the fan who had wanted him out. He just grinned sheepishly. He was, naturally, delighted to be wrong.

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JeffG

November 15th, 2009
11:26 am

BugKiller

November 15th, 2009
11:38 am

Don’t forget the COSTLIEST thing about this win for the Dawgs:

This win, as mediocre and undisciplined and downright horrible as this season has been, has likely sealed Mark Richt’s fanatic loyalty to Willie Martinez.

We’re never getting rid of the worst defensive coordinator in Georgia’s history.

This nightmare will NEVER end.

Now we, who made fun of the Bugs for so long, know EXACTLY how they felt all those years with Chan Gailey.

Karma is a mother frakker, huh?

Mark Richt and Willie Martinez have stunk up the joint for two straight years, yet idiot, blindly loyal fans are going to point to THIS win (as will Evans) as “proof” for why Martinez shouldn’t be fired.

Who cares about all of the 30 and 40 point games his given up, most EVER by a Georgia DC.

Who cares about how undisciplined and unprepared his defenses usually are.

Yep. This win is going to cost us A LOT.

This is God’s punishment for all of those year’s we made fun of the Bugs for Chan Gailey.

Fan

November 15th, 2009
11:43 am

Booing is a form of communication. Maybe your wife believes you shouldn’t or can’t communicate. But the rest of the succesful world thinks differently. You do well, we cheer, you play like hell, we boo. It works. And to me, considering the way they played after the booing, one could surmize it worked.

Not a Fair Weather Fan - A True Fan

November 15th, 2009
11:45 am

One game does not a season make. Georgia was playing Auburn not Tech or Florida or LSU.
Willie’s D looked lost the first two series. The middle of the field was open all night. Third down and long is a nightmare for the Georgia D. I’m glad we won but make no mistake about it … Willie must go and Bobo needs to be demoted. Changes must come or CMR will need to go.

Rpss marshall

November 15th, 2009
11:47 am

This win does not validate martinez OR BoBo. Willie has to go-period. Also, BoBo is just too conservative. When he decided to start moving toward the goal line in big chinks, rather than horizontal to ot, we played like we have been capable of all season. The defense looked great most of the night, but the truth is, the kids did it, not Martinez. he is not the kind of winner we need. Mark needs to put his loyalty aside for awhile, and consider what is best for the future of the program. Willie and Mike are not wjat Georgia needs to return to the level of play we are used to.

Frank Lane

November 15th, 2009
11:48 am

I agree with you on the booing. The fundamental fact of communication is that what is heard is important, not what was said. If the players and worse the prospects hear it as booing and lack of support for them it cannot work. In business we are taught to praise in public and criticize in private. That leaves not room for boos in a stadium.

BugKiller

November 15th, 2009
11:51 am

You guys didn’t witness their humongous man Hug on the sideline?

Reports out of Butts-Mehre have been saying that Richt is “fanatically devoted” to Martinez.

Listen to the radio show Monday night. You’ll see.

And Damon Evans is so weak and ineffectual, that he won’t do a damn thing about it when Mark Richt decides he’s not firing Martinez.

Just wait. It’s gonna happen. Unless the big money boosters step in, we’re going down in flames with ANOTHER year of Willie Martinez.

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 15th, 2009
11:56 am

I THINK CWM IS GONE…..NO MATTER HOW WELL WE RECOVERED IN THE 2ND,3RD AND 4TH QTRS. WHY EVANS SNIFFS THE FIELD IS BEYOND ME….GOOD TO GET 4TH IN A ROW AGAINST ALWAYS TOUGH AUBURN TEAM

UGAKev

November 15th, 2009
12:00 pm

Georgia fans wanting to play the nice guy role and not booing when things need to be changed is exactly why UGA football program has no national championship since 1980. The players know who we boo when you run a draw play on 3 and 10. Its all about the coaches , we love our players to death. Its call tough love guys! I think us Georgia fans have been more than nice and patient with this coaching staff. If we do not show our emotions some time, things will never get done. They will think us Georgia fans will just accept the mediocrity that is right now. This is the SEC not the pac-10 so take that we should not boo when stupidity is occuring somewhere else. And every big Georgia game I go to its loud the entire game so I dont get that either. Go Dawgs!!!

hmmmm.......

November 15th, 2009
12:00 pm

Please Fire Willie

Larry

November 15th, 2009
12:03 pm

Is it just me or does Georgia surrender more 3rd and long (6 yards or more) than any football team in the world. For me that’s the most convincing and overwhelming evidence or poor defensive coaching.

Perhaps some stat guy can look into this?

Bright Idea

November 15th, 2009
12:06 pm

The consensus coming out of the game and on these blogs is “oh know, I hope this win didn’t save Willie’s job.” I hope it didn’t either but sometimes we must take a day or two to enjoy a win. Booing your own COLLEGE team is for cowards. I don’t care how much you paid to get in. I have to wonder about “fans” who have prided themselves in running Joe Cox into the ground. He deserves to give the whole crowd the finger next Saturday night around 11PM.

Dawggone-It

November 15th, 2009
12:06 pm

Look the fanatical Dawg drunks were yelling “fire Mark Richt” – “hire Gus Malzahn” after the first quarter. Anybody with any sober sense knows that CMR will evaluate the staff and team after the season and the the ship will be righted. Should Dooley have fired Erk after the ‘74 season? Look where we’d be had that happened! CMR and ADDE will make the right call after the season one way or the other. Remember, they don’t listen to us bloggers!

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 15th, 2009
12:08 pm

HES GONE (CWM)……COUNT ON IT

Lou

November 15th, 2009
12:08 pm

Everyone makes a big deal out of CMR’s loyalty to Martinez..saying he won’t fire him…that friendship and loyalty goes both ways…Willie will resign after the Tech game..he will do it to save his friend Mark…(He has probably already done it pivately to take effect after the season)…Even if we win out…there have been been too many games of too much yardage and too many points and not enough turnovers created…the body of work over the long haul justifies a change…Willie will walk away on his own…

It is amazing how many teams drive down the field on us in the opening quarter at 5-10 yards per play…That is determined by game planning Monday through Friday…The opposing cordinators eat Willie’s lunch getting ready for the game and it shows up in the first quarter…Thankfully, we were playing another mediocre team yesterday or we could not have gotten back in it..

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 15th, 2009
12:12 pm

JOE PLAYED A GOOD GAME LAST NIGHT…NO HES NOT STAFFORD , HES A KID WITH A BIG HEART THAT LOVES UGA AND HAS DONE HIS BEST

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 15th, 2009
12:14 pm

YES WE START FROM SCRATCH NEXT YEAR,IN TIME WE WILL GET BACK

BigMike Said

November 15th, 2009
12:15 pm

Bug Killer couldn’t disagree more, Willie’s going to keep a job, but not as D- Coordinator. Secondary coach yes, but word out of UGA camp is the new coordinator is being looked at already by D. Evans. Dawg fans don’t go tripping to hard, this is the same coaching staff that finished with the # 2 team in the country in ‘07, and was 10-3 last year. Mark Richt and Co. will fix this monstrosity of a mess before next year. People rise up and love your Dawgs, we are Bulldawg nation, and yes like SC we having a bad year, but it isn’t over, and when we whip Tech this year while they feel all high and mighty, it will make Thanks giving dinner really digest well. UK you next for a Dawg that’s now hungry again.

Mymonandsonwent to GT

November 15th, 2009
12:16 pm

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NoDogsForMe

November 15th, 2009
12:19 pm

I almost always root against the dogs (Vols being the exception) because their fans are so low class and nothing proves it more than the booing!.

Kyle

November 15th, 2009
12:22 pm

I was with you ’til you started with the fan cheering thing — UGA cheering is NO different than any other SEC school. For example, wait ’til the fortunes turn for FL and see just how underwhelming the cheering becomes.

Kyle

November 15th, 2009
12:23 pm

btw, let’s go after charlie strong — that guy can coach and i suspect is a better than fair recruiter.

bob

November 15th, 2009
12:24 pm

What idiots boo at a close home game? Morons, but willie does need to be gone, not only the worst coach UGA has ever had, hes the worst coach at any level now.

I can only hope the decision has been made for richt and willie is taking some job at a middle school somewhere.

Gdog

November 15th, 2009
12:25 pm

Totally disagree with UGAKev, you don’t boo, unless there is bad call by the ref, you never boo your team or coaches. trust me if they are not winning in the SEC they are smart enough to know things need to change they don’t need your booing. I agree with Bill, not a good testimony to a recruit. These are young men trying to do their best, would you boo your on child at any level of ball. I am not happy with some of the coaching this year myself but I believe CMR will do what needs to be done, if he doesn’t Damon Evans will.

Diggity Dawg

November 15th, 2009
12:26 pm

<<>>

Bill,
For the record, I was NOT one of the people booing the coordinators last night, but I understood how they felt. A poster on your earlier blog rightly pointed out that it is inconsistent (to say the least) for you to criticize booing that a player MIGHT INTERPRET as being directed at him when you publish snide statements like this that ARE directed at a player.

MCDAVIDDAWG

November 15th, 2009
12:27 pm

As for the booing, I think most of that is directed at Richt and other coaches. The insulated coaching staff if hard to send a message to. This game didn’t give much of a indication of better coaching. We did what we’ve done all season and finally found a team, other than Tenn Tech, that we could run up the middle. The fans have few ways of voting and attendance is one way and that vote showed up strongly at Florida and many of Saturdays game were second hand ticket holders. I thought the crowd was very quiet for what was actually a good game to watch. This game just gave a bad coaching staff a little more time. In the long run that’s not going to help. It will take another season to get rid of Richt but the man’s not coaching and isn’t likely to change. The coaching once again was not prepared though for a change they did make some adjustments, almost unheard of.
Does anyone truly think we can beat Tech?

Diggity Dawg

November 15th, 2009
12:28 pm

Sorry for the technical difficulties. This is the statement I was referencing:

“Bryan Evans might have had a hand in the breakup of that last-gasp pass by the Tigers, but for much of the game he looked flat-footed and out of position. Business as usual, in other words.”

MurrayIn2010

November 15th, 2009
12:29 pm

BugKiller, your an idiot.

UGADawg83

November 15th, 2009
12:29 pm

Bill how do you know how the fans cheer in other places? All we ever hear from you is how the road games look on television.

BigMike Said

November 15th, 2009
12:29 pm

UGAKev, Man stop sniffing the paint! You love your team in the good and bad, would you boo your kid if they came home with bad grades? I’m sure you wouldn’t. This too will pass, and you got to admit for the recruits that saw this game last night, why wouldn’t you want to be apart of this excitement for the next four years. The running back out of S.Carolina, welcome to UGA football, The LB out of FL, Jeff Luc welcome to UGA football. That game is what you can play in weekly………….. P.s. AJC sports writers you guys are embarassing not to have ONE story of how the recruits faired last night. Sisssssssy’s

DawgFan24

November 15th, 2009
12:30 pm

GO DAWGS! Where are the AUB-BURNED fans now? Probably waiting for their team at the AU Airport so they can BOO them as they get off the plane!

BigMike Said

November 15th, 2009
12:36 pm

Bill, Trim the beard, put a little just for men in it and get some new glasses man. you look like a cross between the 70’s and 80’s. Not bad if it were in those DECADES.

20 in a row

November 15th, 2009
12:37 pm

How bout’ those Gators Bill? 20 wins in a row, not too bad. The Question is if a team can score more then 20 points on them in a game because if they can’t the Gators are National Champions again.

KJ

November 15th, 2009
12:40 pm

I’m pretty sure Ealey and King are smart enough to know that when we boo a 5 yard draw play on 3rd and 13, we’re not booing them.

And besides the Rambo hit, the defense played pretty poorly on that last Auburn drive, they were moving the ball well, and shot themselves in the foot with motion penalties. It wasn’t our defense that made the stop there.

I noticed the same thing Lou did, the defense gave up a TON of 3rd and long conversions, no excuse for that.

ADVANCED HOME SECURITY

November 15th, 2009
12:40 pm

ADVANCED HOME SECURITY

Here’s something for all the recruits that were at the game to think about. I was watching the Tennessee game on TV. Tennesse had a player that was seriously hurt and was down for sometime. I never saw Lane Kiffin come out to the field to check on or support his injured player. When I was watching the Georgia game, I saw a Georgia player go down hurt. (Just like the Tennessee injury.) I saw Mark Richt right there with him. I know which coach I would rather play for!

DawgPounder

November 15th, 2009
12:43 pm

I agree with Larry.. I’m happy for the win, I think it showed some flashes in the pan of some good things.. BUT..

We got Auburn in so many 3rd and long situations, had them backed up, and then we get some serious busted coverage, and allow them to get a 1st down.. I can’t count how many times they should have been punting, and didn’t! Long gains in the secondary were killer.

I suspect we handle UK well, and then go into the highschool stadium and play a close game. If we play the same soft D like we did with Auburn, we’re gonna be spread thin with Tech.

DawgPounder

November 15th, 2009
12:45 pm

By the way… Props to Rambo. I hope the kid gets better soon, but he stuffed that last Auburn drive for the win. That ball was caught, and would have been a short step into the end zone.

BigMike Said

November 15th, 2009
12:47 pm

One last note before I say goodbye, While most of you have been DOGGING the DAWG nation, Lets not forget while FLA, and TECH have been playing Charleston Southern, Troy, and J’ville state, with Duke, and Virginia and FIU sprinkled in, our losses did come to #5 OK State, #4(at the time)LSU, #1 FLA and yes that Lame Kiffin thugs are us bunch. With that said, UGA Dawgs are still top shelf Material. Bye Now!

norman

November 15th, 2009
12:49 pm

Way to go Israel Troupe! Regardless of what Richt/BoBo thinks, you’re a winner. You proved it Saturday night. Maybe you will get to play more.

BigMike Said

November 15th, 2009
12:51 pm

BigMike back for one last note, ADVANCED SECURITY that is the best point on the Blog all day. Thanks for pointing that out. I’m now officially gone.

UGA Bandit

November 15th, 2009
12:54 pm

The Dawgs managed not to give the game away like they have last 5 games. Between the penalties and bad calls, missed assignments it was pure luck we beat Auburn. Now with the loss of Green and Rambo it looks like this team will need to step up to the plate and make up for those two players.

the G

November 15th, 2009
12:57 pm

The D of the G stinks like the S! I have never seen defense that poor from a UGA team. We need to find a D genius if we are going to ever consistently play on the level with the gators or Alabama.
I am a CMR fan, but coach NS grabbed a couple of JC players and took Alabama closer to the top from his start as coach than we have ever been under Richt, so if I were CMR, I would seek a couple of geniuses so that we can re-join the elite teams of the SEC. We have not looked like a team with top talent, and since we do have it, we have to look to the coaches! All three phases have been weaker than normal!

Robert

November 15th, 2009
12:58 pm

In college football, 95% of actual coaching is done by position coaches (O and D line and back coaches) . Coordinators are responsible for the scheme and play calling. UGA’s problems this year have been due to poor individual performances and seem due in large part to a lack of discipline – ignoring keys, getting out of position, penalties (if players can’t remember the snap count from the huddle to the line use the same count on every play for God’s sake). I don’t think anyone doubts the ability of the players to execute.
If there’s blame to bear by Richt, Martinez, and Bobo, it’s the selection and/or control of the position coaches.

shane#1

November 15th, 2009
1:07 pm

Booing is bush league, especially booing amateur athletes. If you have to boo somebody, boo Bill. He’s a man, he’s forty, and change! Larry, David Hale had the stats on UGA on third and long. The Dawgs aren’t that bad. I think we just tend to remember the big plays more than the stops.

Saint Simons

November 15th, 2009
1:09 pm

((((( 45-42 ))))) hahahahahahahahahahaha more to come!!!!!!!!!!!

Johnny DangerDawg

November 15th, 2009
1:27 pm

BugKiller,
Let’s hope the Dawgs win their remaining games by an average score of 50-40. In 2006, Richt defended Martinez by pointing out that the Dawgs’ defense played better at the end of the season. Well, guess what, early season games count too. You have to be good for the whole season to win championships.

Big L

November 15th, 2009
1:41 pm

Saint Simons, you hate UGA cause u ain’t UGA. Your highschool offense will not get you by much longer. After Ga beats twch and CPJ leaves for a school that can fill a stadium, you will be right where a dirty bug fan should be, in a corner telling the world how ur a smart school. Oh , by the way, even if tech wins the all crap conference, they will get smoked by Cincy in the urnge bowl.

The Alpha Male

November 15th, 2009
1:42 pm

Bug Killer, you don’t meet the minimum IQ requirements to have an opinion or to call yourself a UGA fan. Go back to your dorm room and spank it.

Mark Parker

November 15th, 2009
1:49 pm

Can anyone tell me who UGA’s offensive and defensive coorginators were in 2007?

Thanks,

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 15th, 2009
1:51 pm

ST SIMONS GO BACK TO YELLOW PAGES….GIVE ME LAST 8 YEARS RECORD……IM WAITING