Grantham’s aggressive style pleases this Dawg fan

Todd Grantham is saying all the right things so far. (Dallas Morning News)

Todd Grantham is saying all the right things so far. (Dallas Morning News)

Like most UGA fans, I’ve been closely parsing Todd Grantham’s initial words about his defensive plans for the Dogs, and so far I like what I hear.

Now, granted, in the recent past there’s often been a disconnect between what we hear and what we end up seeing on the field. Remember all the talk last summer about Joe Cox’s accuracy and how Bryan Evans was coming into his own at safety?

And while the lion’s share of the focus is likely to be on Grantham’s plans to go with three defensive linemen and four linebackers, instead of the opposite under Willie Martinez, the scheme wasn’t always the problem under Martinez. Too often, the Dogs showed poor fundamentals when it came to tackling and getting off blocks. I’m anxious to see how that (hopefully) improves under Grantham.

But what I particularly liked, though, was Grantham’s very first promise in the prepared statement UGA released announcing his hiring: “To the fans and boosters of the University of Georgia, I understand the passion and standard of excellence expected. I look forward to developing an aggressive, physical, attacking style defense that offenses will not look forward to playing against.”

I wanted to jump to my feet and holler “Hallelujah!”

As Gen. George Patton once said, “Nobody ever defended anything successfully; there is only attack and attack and attack some more.”

One of the most frustrating things about the Georgia defense under Martinez was its soft zones and read-and-react philosophy. Too often, the reading took so long that the reaction came too late. Thus a team like Tennessee could take a simple offensive plan like play-action and devastate the Georgia defense.

It was notable that when the makeshift defensive staff simplified the schemes and reduced the number of reads for the Independence Bowl game, the defense played much better.

And don’t get me started on the way Martinez’s defense often left the middle of the field wide open — a real problem if there wasn’t much pressure on the quarterback.

Now, I’m not expecting miracles from Grantham in his first season. Georgia will have back six of the 11 defensive players who started the bowl game, so there’ll be an experience gap in addition to learning new schemes.

But the new defensive coordinator’s emphasis on a Nick Saban-style attacking defense that rushes the passer constantly and puts a premium on busting into the backfield quickly to disrupt the offense makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. It’s just how I like to see the game played, and it’s obviously done wonders for Saban.

I’m also encouraged that Grantham sounds flexible. One of the most frequent complaints I heard about Martinez was that he tried to play his base defense no matter what the other team was doing, and he was slow to adjust. Says Grantham: “We’re always going to match personnel or have the ability to match personnel, meaning if someone adds a third wideout in the game, we can add an extra DB in the game. We could end up playing multiple fronts out of that nickel package whether it be four down or three down and kind of go that route.”

I would assume that also means that if a team has a strong inside running game, the offensive attack that the 3-4 alignment is most vulnerable to, Grantham will adjust accordingly.

Another thing the new DC said Friday that pleased me was that he likes to evaluate his players “one through 50″ and “find a way to get your top players on the field, because to be an aggressive attacking style of defense and to make plays, you have got to have playmakers.” I would hope that would mean we wouldn’t see any more situations like this past season, where a defensive player continued to start long after it was obvious his backup was better.

What also caught my eye was Grantham saying “what you want as a defense, after the game is over [is] the team you just played are so happy they don’t have to play you anymore. In order to do that I think it takes great conditioning and I think it takes great preparation.” I’m wondering how all the questions about the effectiveness of Georgia’s conditioning program (which Buck Belue cited as one of the supposed reasons Kirby Smart turned the job down) will play into that. If there’s an aspect of the program that Mark Richt still needs to address besides overall discipline, it’s probably strength and conditioning.

But that’s a discussion for another day. Right now visions of stunts and blitzes and sacks and fumbles are dancing in my head, and I’m ready to see the old “GATA” slogan that Richt cited Friday once again become the ruling mindset Between the Hedges!

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331 comments Add your comment

NCDAWG

January 16th, 2010
7:56 pm

I think King and Ealey will be a BIG difference in Bobo’s play calling next year…every one is back on O…the only question is QB>…..I hope that is cleared up by the first game………..It looks like UGA has hired Scott Lakatos as the DB coach……One more guy to go ( Travis Jones)

SOUTHGADAWG88

January 16th, 2010
8:34 pm

If that’s true that’s a good hire.Bill you hear anything on this one?

LOL .... BK

January 16th, 2010
8:44 pm

It could have been Junior Samples or a blow up doll and you would have been pleased….

It could have been Junior Samples or a blow up doll and you would have been pleased….

It could have been Junior Samples or a blow up doll and you would have been pleased….

It could have been Junior Samples or a blow up doll and you would have been pleased….

nobody

January 16th, 2010
9:01 pm

most of the folks who post these blogs are not georgia fans…that’s why there is so much negativity… most of them would be happy to see the dawgs go in the tank completely…I hope our coaches never put much stock in what they read here…I hope they spend their time doing what they do best…coaching…making our talented players competitive on a national level… talk is cheap…pay no attention to anything but your job…..good luck….

Buddy El

January 16th, 2010
9:09 pm

Y’all lay off Terd Central. When yo team over on Nerd Avenue win only once ebby 8-10 years that be the only brite spot in yo whole life.

Buddy El

January 16th, 2010
9:13 pm

JESUP: Don’t be teasing us like that but you can put me down for $50 on the Moving Van for Boo Boo.

Buddy El

January 16th, 2010
9:23 pm

Jesse James: Did ole D J get a bad call too?????????????????

jesse james

January 16th, 2010
9:29 pm

Buddy El – my fault it was A. J.!

JESUP

January 16th, 2010
9:33 pm

willie might go to uconn……….UCONN: We have confirmed that defensive coordinator Todd Orlando met extensively with Virginia Tech defensive backs coach Torrian Gray during the convention. We hear Gray is not considered a candidate to fill the UCONN defensive backs job, but he did recommend another coach. We are working to find out which way Randy Edsall will go with this hire. Former Georgia defensive coordinator Willie Martinez may have had a jump on the situation with Lakatos going to UGA. Martinez has always been highly thought of as a secondary coach and had some terrific times as a coordinator.

No. Ga. bob

January 16th, 2010
9:39 pm

Hopefully we going to get the junkyard dogs back! Great days ahead! GO DOGS!

NCDAWG

January 16th, 2010
9:44 pm

Travis Jones-OLB’s coach……man that would be AWESOME

Richt Got This One Right

January 16th, 2010
9:54 pm

In the SEC, wins and losses line up almost perfectly with how many points you give up on defense.

Def Scoring points allowed was the #1 predictor of SEC wins and losses.

So, Richt solved the #1 problem, and Georgia will be in much better shape than the last few years.

cantondawg

January 16th, 2010
10:49 pm

Southgadawg,

6′6 Too tall for a run stuffing tackle..I guess you forgot about Richard Seymour and Marcus Stroud at UGA…They were both 6′6 and were great DT

col fot

January 16th, 2010
10:54 pm

for all you techies now swallow

Buckhead Bulldog

January 16th, 2010
11:00 pm

Now if we can just get Bobo to not spaz under pressure, and KEEP the damn ball on the GROUND, we will be alright next year. “Bout time for some mean Junkyard D to be back in A-town. It has been a while,and frankly I miss the crushing HITS!

Sic’ ‘em!

Delbert D.

January 17th, 2010
12:23 am

“Read and react”…with Martinez’s players it was more like “read and look it up in the dictionary”

Al Groh

January 17th, 2010
12:39 am

Who took my last Cialis? GD it!!! You mean I have to coach at Tech with no help of getting up? Everybody knows a Techie has a hard enough time getting up for any game to begin…

john '90

January 17th, 2010
12:42 am

South Ga Dawg 88…that’s a pretty comprehensive, thumbnail sketch. Won’t criticize any Dawg player publicly, but I’d knock one in the secondary off and replace…with a couple of unproven guys. Sanders Commings looks rock solid and Quentin Banks is one of the HARDEST hitters on the team. Injuries have just been really unkind to him. I went to the Vandy game in Nashville. Late in the game, he leveled a guy reminiscent of a Greg Blue/Thomas Davis nuclear shot. If Banks is healthy, look for #31. He’s the guy that will make a receiver fear coming across the middle. Good football speed.

He played against Tech as well. He would flourish in a 3-4. Turn him loose. Makiri Pugh will make a mark. Roderick Battle, if he’s back, will play a lot. That guy was playing as soon as he got here. Agree on just about every other assessment. Brandon Wood is a player. Justin Houston will rocket up draft boards…hope he stays two more years.

Kiante Tripp would be nice in the middle..or a huge D- end. Any word on John Knox?
I’m betting Geathers is the NG in this 3-4 or Tyson.
It should be fun!

Go Dawgs, GATA, Junkyard Style!

BuLLdawg

January 17th, 2010
5:10 am

DEFENSE :

The 4-3 just did not fit our personnel. And, frankly, we played our players out of position to even play a 4-3.

We just lost 6 of the 11 Starters on Defense, and frankly all but Rennie Curran really did not have the kind of UGA career that they wanted to have here. We lost more than just 6 Starters on Defense. We lost 3 Defensive Tackles Geno Atkins, Jeff Owens and Kade Weston. We also lost Reshad Jones, Bryan Evans and Prince Miller, typically burned on every pass – all 3. We also lost Marcus Washington and Darius Dewberry.

Alec Ogletree will be on the field on the Opening Defensive Series. We needed this type player last year, and now we have him, finally. Todd Grantham will make a star out of Alec Ogletree.

Jakar Hamilton will be great back there in the Secondary with Alec Ogletree. This is a huge improvement over what we have had prior to Todd Grantham. Reshad Jones and Bryan Evans just didn’t get the job done back there like Alec and Jakar will.

TJ Stripling DE will make the rotation in his true freshman season. The 2nd best football player in the State of Georgia and 4th Best Defensive End in the nation, TJ Stripling out of Decatur, will only play here 3 years. Equate this into All-America and maybe even with all the DE ahead of him this up-coming season, this season. This is a Star.

Justin Houston is a great All-SEC Defensive End for us. He will either play 1 or 2 years for Todd Grantham.

Demarcus Dobbs is going to be an All-SEC Defensive End again next season, as I know he was this last season.

Branden Smith will do far better than Prince Miller at Cornerback in his career, now as the Starter taking over for Miller. Mike Bobo did a very poor job of getting Branden Smith quality touches on Offense this season. It was like he just did those few plays to appease Branden Smith, not to let him Shine, like he should have.

Brandon Boykin is a Beast at the other Cornerback. I firmly believe we are in good hands at the Starting Positions in the Secondary, and Brandon Boykin is a load to try to tackle on the returns, as he just bounces off guys.

Bacarri Rambo has been a crowd favorite since the day we Signed him here. He is a big play player in the Secondary with a nose for the ball.

Now, the part everyone will talk about with an aggressive 3-4. You see ? The Defense is really quite good this coming season, getting rid of a load of players who frankly never did a thing but Start for us, and then get beat in the Secondary.

Darryl Gamble is a huge big man in the middle.

Marcus Dowtin is a great football player with more mobility to be a play-maker at linebacker than Darryl Gamble. The 3-4 rotation will NOT have these 2 players 1 behind the other at the same position. Obviously, Darryl Gamble and Marcus Dowtin are 2 completely different players, pigeon-holed both at the same position in a 4-3 all last season. What a total waste to not have them both on the field at the same time. These 2 are getting split up in the 3-4 since obviously Todd Grantham has already said that he ranks the players and then gets his play-makers both of these guys are both on the field. There is 45 lbs. difference between Darryl Gamble and Marcus Dowtin. Those are not the same players for the same position. Gamble will be inside and Dowtin outside.

Akeem Dent only got to play 8 games, 4 as starter last season.

Demetre Baker 4.4 outside linebacker might get to shine with sacks this year, from Florida.

Deon Rogers 4.4 outside linebacker might get to shine with sacks this year, from Florida.

6 Florida Recruits we get in 2 weeks’ time now. 6.

And, they all 6 are on the Defensive Side of the Ball, except for the Number 9 Offensive Linemen in the Country Brent Benedict.

Brandon Wood will get moved way up in the Rotation, and he has to come through for Todd Grantham. I expect Todd to spend a lot of time right here with this guy to get him to shine this season for us. Brandon Wood only had 2 QB hurries, 1 break-up, and no sack as a DE in the 4-3. He is too big for DE in college, NFL is a long ways off for Brandon Wood, at this point. I believe with the graduation of 3 DT, Brandon Wood will be asked to play a more natural DT in the 3-4. He is 300 lbs. Since when does a 300 lbs. Defensive Lineman get sacks from DE ? This is 1 of many mismatches of our personnel in the 4-3 having this big guy trying to get sacks at DE. He got zero sacks. Duh.

DeAngelo Tyson is also going to be counted upon a lot more this season too. You cannot look at this 3-4, and not recognize that DeAngelo and Brandon have to come through for us at DT right now this season.

Abry Jones made some huge big plays for us at DT this last season. These guys have to step up for the 3 NFL Defensive Tackles we just graduated. I believe that there is a basis here that these 3 must be asked to step it up. The season likely will hinge on their ability to do just that.

Garrison Smith out of Atlanta is the 5th best player in the State of Georgia and the 3rd best Defensive Tackle in the Nation. While he might benefit from a Redshirt Year bulking up for DT in The SEC, this guy plays here 3 years. You cannot have that type of talent and tell them, you Redshirt. This “Tough Love” or Rodney Garner of this type of DT in the past, will be tempered in the short term by Todd Grantham who will not be here forever, himself – not as DC in college for any amount of money. There is just too much money in the NFL, and he was demoted from Cleveland Browns DC to DL at Dallas. Garrison Smith gets on the field in Game 1.

Jalen Fields

Dexter Morant

These 2 guys at DE might fight it out to see which gets into the rotation in Game 1 at DE. They are both big guys with Jalen having quite a bit of speed. Jalen might get moved in the 3-4 to outside linebacker, right ? And, frankly, Dexter might get moved to Inside Linebacker in a 3-4. There are 2 versatile players who have a real penchant for making plays. They just need to be in the right scheme and then in the right position.

TODD GRANTHAM :

Todd looked at what I just looked at for you, and determined he has a short-term capability to get back to DC in the NFL by huge improvements. There is no comparison between what we have this up-coming year on Defense and what we had last year. Thank God, those guys are gone.

SPECIAL TEAMS :

Obviously, we are in good shape Kicking.

Drew Butler

Blair Walsh

Those are the 2 Best Kickers on 1 team in America.

Assigning the responsibilities of special teams’ coaches will be critical since Coach Richt NEVER DID DO that all last season.

God, I hated Jon Fabris.

Todd Grantham needs to be the kick-off coverage special teams coach. Anything other than that, and this will be another long season. We suck at Kick-Off Special Teams.

We better get our other coaches hired, and then FIRE THE ENTIRE OFFENSIVE COACHING STAFF, EVERY ONE OF THE JERKS WASTING OUR TALENT ON OFFENSE LIKE THEY CONTINUE TO DO AND HAVE A ZERO OFFENSE LIKE THEY CONTINUE TO DO AND NOT RECOGNIZE OUR PLAYER AND INSTEAD REDSHIRT OUR BEST PLAYERS LIKE THEY ALWAYS DO.

OFFENSE :

Fire every coach on offense and do it before the Opening Day Kick-Off.

On the Offensive Side of the football, we lost nothing.

2 seniors gone and Mike Moore never had the football thrown to him much, anyway. His senior year, Mike Moore only started 5 of the 13 games and had 249 yards. Nice season, but we have better wide receivers, maybe 3 better.

We are very gifted at Tight End. Mike Bobo better do a great job of having his two Freshmen Quarterbacks funnel the damn football to the TE in two Tight End sets. Orson Charles, Aron White and Arthur Lynch are the 3 best Tight Ends on any 1 Roster in America.

I guess this is where we talk about Quarterbacks.

Aaron Murray, we were told did not practice.

Zach Mettenberger did.

I still don’t like signing 2 QB the same year. Maybe it was good we did this time.

Excuse me, if these guys are not our Starter, we are in big trouble trying to save Mike Bobo from further embarrassment amid constant boos from every fan at Sanford Stadium.

Shaun Chapas

Fred Munzenmaier

2 Best Fullbacks in the nation on 1 team and both NFL capable, and what do we do ?

With no Running Back :

Shaun Chapas we let run for 45 yards and throw him 50 yards.

Fred Munzenmaier we let run for 36 yards and throw him 21 yards.

Mike Bobo this is your last freaking year to get this right with both. God Almighty is all I can say about this sorry Offense.

Adding :

Da’Rick Rogers at Wide Receiver is a big boost, after somehow we couldn’t figure out with our brain trust at Wide Receivers’ Coaching how to get Marlon Brown on the field last year. I was very disappointed about that last year, even getting him into a game only 8 of the 13 games, and throwing him a grand total of 2 passes for a grand total of 7 yards. Damn it, this coaching staff has sucked. We give you a player like that, and you get him on the field for 2 throws all season long. Damn it.

What happens to all the Offensive Linemen we hand this Offensive Coaching Staff ? They are all the best in the country and then they come here and are never heard from, ever again.

Running Backs, we haven’t had one since Knowshon Moreno got to play here 2 years and then left because we REDSHIRTED HIM. Crap.

Ken Malcome from Decatur we better not wait until three-quarters of the 5th game to determine Mike Bobo and Coach Richt have to RIP his damn REDSHIRT OFF, like the Running Backs’ Brain Trust did last year, the season already in a tank and lost, when they in desperation turned to Washaun Ealey who they either were saving for this season, or thought that Caleb King and Richard Samuel just had to be better than what they had shown the previous year for UGA – which was NOT a damn thing. Ken Malcome has good speed and good size, but he isn’t particularly determined to be much more than about the 25th best running back in this year’s recruiting class.

For a Woebegone Offense of Coach Richt and now also of Mike Bobo, every year, this is particularly disturbing that Rodney Garner could not get us another really great Tailback. I will root on Washaun Ealey and Ken Malcome and hope that Carlton Thomas can get in there with Branden Smith and move the ball, but damn it, our Offense sucks and it is because of the LACK OF PRODUCTION at running backs, mostly because all we do is fling the ball down the field unless it is 3rd down in which case, of course, you obviously always run the damn football.

God Almighty.

Did I mention we have AJ Green. That’s all we’ve friging got.

OFFENSIVE COACHING STAFF, kept. Everyone of the underachieving out of position, NO NFL COACHING EXPERIENCE, lousy Offensive Coaches, kept. Jeez Louise, what do they have to do to LOSE THEIR JOBS ?

OL, what a group of under-performers frankly the entire 9-year history of Coach Richt at

17-19 vs Final AP Poll Top 25 teams plus 8 more losses to UNRANKED teams.

NCDAWG

January 17th, 2010
6:21 am

BuLLdawg :
You know your UGA football ! What do you think about getting Travis Jones?

takedowndawg

January 17th, 2010
7:14 am

Bul. L. dawg, nice summary. Like our odds for a great rebound year. Knocking off one or two of our opponents who regularly wish our DAWGS ill will. Special teams coach needs to be a biggey to close the loop on both sides of the ball. Would prefer that Butler and Walsh not get to use their great legs as much this coming year! If you know what I mean!

DDT

January 17th, 2010
7:33 am

BuLLdawg was going strong until that ignorant rant about the offense. He completely whiffed on the offense’s main malfunction. TURNOVERS. But ole BuLLdawg is one hell of an armchair QB.

tchance

January 17th, 2010
7:45 am

hey nerd central….45-42. congrats, soak it up dummy. your only victory in ten years and you’re still holding on to it after we shut down that high school offense and our running backs ran at will against you….then an average big ten team from a weak conference spanks you in your biggest bowl game in what, 40 years? you nerds on north avenue are so dillusional, God I hope you don’t design anymore high rises, bridges, and especially the complex parking garages! go back to choking your chicken and 900 numbers boy

BuLLdawg

January 17th, 2010
7:57 am

There are a lot of Georgia Bulldogs in coaching. We have a fine Major at UGA that really gives them a huge headstart going out in the coaching ranks. Many, like Travis Jones, got their start as Graduate Assistant with UGA.

How many of them are there ?

Travis Jones is out of Irwinton, Georgia. He was recruited in the 1990 UGA Bulldogs’ Recruiting Class. He was a 6′ 3″ 220 lbs. linebacker out of Wilkinson County.

Travis Jones came in with Garrison Hearst in that class with Mitch Davis, and Andre Hastings. Back in those few years there, after Vince Dooley retired, we really didn’t have that many great players – not unlike last year’s defense.

It just wasn’t UGA football, when you can name the really good recruits in an entire recruiting class on 1 hand. Can’t win like that. We were over-matched in the Secondary.

Willie Martinez in charge of the Secondary, frankly, I am surprised we got what we did this season. I guess it was because we lost the entire secondary and they must have known Willie would not be teaching them.

Not that he taught any of the secondary he was primarily the coach of, a bloody damn thing.

Travis Jones is a Coach Nick Saban guy. He recruited very well at LSU and he was taken in the group to Miami Dolphins in Nick Saban’s failure there. Travis has his football camps in Macon now every year and is widely respected. If you look at the beginning of this run here at UGA of 13 years of 8 plus wins and until last year ranked in the Final AP Poll Top 25 every year starting 1997, Travis Jones was on that Top 10 UGA team staff in 1997, Mike Bobo’s senior year that was stellar.

Frankly, I am less worried about the coaches Todd Grantham hires as I am firing every offensive coach on the previous “coaching staff,” as it is obvious to me already that we have a far better Defense and Special Teams for 2010-2011 Season than we have Offense.

Our Offense is in dire straights.

Defense is in great hands with the coach and now with the recruits. Did anyone notice that the vols’ recruiting class fell down worse than UGA’s now ?

BuLLdawg

January 17th, 2010
8:05 am

DDT you POS, all I have said since DJ Shockley graduated is that we TURN THE FOOTBALL OVER.

I have not said anything else.

Matthew Stafford was horrid.

Joe Cox almost as bad as Matthew Stafford.

And, for all the 23 fumbles last season, we actually only recovered 2 opponent fumbles.

Add that to the interceptions by Matthew Stafford 2006, 2007 and 2008, and then Joe Cox in 2009…

And, well there you have it.

Matthew Stafford had 20 fumbles at UGA and ended up with the same number of TD passes as he had interceptions and fumbles combined in his UGA career.

Joe Cox had 4 fumbles last season and added for good measure to our interceptions.

He AND Logan Gray.

THE PROBLEM is NOT the fumbles and interceptions, it is the COACHING that cannot teach ANY player how to VALUE THE FOOTBALL.

exNFLplayer

January 17th, 2010
8:05 am

Here’s a little something for you UGA fans. Had a very brief communication with one of the GT guys on the Dallas roster and asked him about Grantham. His answer: “bad news for my Jackets”.

NCDAWG

January 17th, 2010
8:10 am

BuLLdawg:
I think UGA’s offensive probelmes this past year were as followed:

1. Trinton Sturtivant was injured….which let to another year of OL musical chairs.

2. Ealey and King were not factors at the first of the season (King hamstring, Ealey stil learning the playbook I guess?)

3. I think Bobo is limited to what he can do…..I believe Richt gives him a play sheet and says call the plays bases on this…I could be wrong here

The main thing I would like to see is a QB that respects the ball and does not throw as many interceptions……….Cox tried to get too “cute” sometimes and thought he could get away with some of his throws…………The Tennessee game when he tried to throw in out of bounds….The Kentucky game when he threw it right to one of their D-Linemen.

BuLLdawg

January 17th, 2010
8:19 am

Excuses.

Also, it has been every game since DJ Shockley graduated with Honors.

BuLLdawg

January 17th, 2010
8:27 am

And, what do we expect NCDAWG out of the 2 Freshmen, when 1 we are told has not practiced and the other not nearly as good ?

Our running game needs a lot of work.

Our OL is not heard from once we sign them.

Our Fullbacks never get the ball.

Our Tight Ends are 3-deep. Our wide receivers are also excellent, but if you don’t have a play that gets the balls into their hands to open up the running game, and you forget every other player on the roster, it doesn’t matter who called the plays.

They don’t work.

That much is obvious.

We are not in sych on offense and have not been since the day DJ left.

BuLLdawg

January 17th, 2010
8:30 am

Who called the play from our end zone for Logan Gray to throw the football to the Best Florida Defensive Player on their team ? There was not another player for either team within 20 yards.

Asylum13

January 17th, 2010
9:00 am

Jones or Tyson either one can play NT. If you look at the top NT in the NFL they are between 300-315 pounds.

AltamahaDawg

January 17th, 2010
9:13 am

That one was sent in by B. Spike’s agent.

The Grinch

January 17th, 2010
9:17 am

Excellent blawg. I have a good bit of faith in Mr. Grantham, provided the secondary coach and s & c coach are upgraded.

It’s about time this program got back to where it never should have strayed; a legitimate contender for the SEC title every season. GATA!

Buckhead Bulldog

January 17th, 2010
9:21 am

BuLLdawg

January 17th, 2010
8:30 am

Funny you mentioned THAT play. That one play has stuck in my mind as to the ineptitude of the “play caller”….Totally agree with you.

TommyP

January 17th, 2010
9:23 am

There’s a lot of ignorance on this blog. Geez…

People, just because Bulldawg broke down just about every player on the roster and in our signing class does not mean he knows what he’s talking about. Sounds like that retard “Ghostzilla” on rivals. Everyone is going to be an All-American.

Bulldawg: How much does TJ Stripling weigh? And if we’re going to a 3-4, there’s no freakin’ way he sees the field next year. Stripling is a lightweight for a 4-3 DE right now. You need much more size at DE in a 3-4 set.

And the Bobo detractors….your stats are wrong.

dawgcrzy

January 17th, 2010
9:42 am

the only thing wrong with the offense is QB and the O line. the O line seem to improve the 2nd half of season. if we can develope a QB we should be fine

Skeptical Dawg

January 17th, 2010
9:54 am

Sounds great for the defensive side of the ball but what are the improvements gonna be offensively? Case in point, 2007 home game against a pathetic South Carolina team when the offense could only muster field goals. I dont want to hear the excuse that SC always plays UGA tough. So are the rest of the blind homers will start using the same excuse with Kentucy and Vandy now ????? I aint impressed with Boo Boos asessment of talent either by not leting the best players play.

Ga Gator

January 17th, 2010
9:56 am

jesse james, So UGA gets cheated in basketball also?

TommyP

January 17th, 2010
9:59 am

A couple of facts for the bashers of Bobo (and Cox):

Georgia led the SEC in scoring (vs. SEC opponents). They tied with Arkansas averaging 29.2 points per SEC game.

And Bobo, if you get past the interceptions, had one of the best seasons of any QB in the SEC this year against SEC opponents. This is how Cox ranked this year AGAINST SEC opponents:

Yards: 3rd
TDs: 1st
Completion %: 3rd
Yards per attempt: 1st

Again, it was Cox’s decision making that at times killed us. Cox had a much better year than most fans want to admit.

Krogunner

January 17th, 2010
10:03 am

Nothing like landing your 5th choice and it looks like Dallas is all shaken up about losing this guy…NOT! Way to go coach Richt! One, two years max and we will be looking for a new HEAD COACH!

TommyP

January 17th, 2010
10:08 am

Kroger boy: When your top 3 choices are at the top of their profession and they decline your offer, at least you know you went for the best.

Saban wanted to hire this guy at Miami as his defensive coordinator. Look at the Dallas defensive line this year. Took a 7th round draft choice (Ratliff) and made him a Pro Bowler.

Finished 2nd in the nation in 2007 with Willie, 10 wins in 2008 with Wilie and last year’s 8 win debacle with Willie. Imagine what Georgia is gonna do now that we have a true defensive coordinator????

dawgcrzy

January 17th, 2010
10:12 am

Krogunner YOU ain’t part of WE

Krogunner

January 17th, 2010
10:17 am

dawgcrzy, keep drinking the kool aid and you’ll see in a year or two when it gets really bad. And I can assure you I Have more degrees from UGA than you. Loser!

Bama Stan

January 17th, 2010
10:21 am

I love to see the bickering amongst the UGA faithful. That is the sign of a crumbling house. You guys will be watching a lot of Bama-Florida matchups in December :)

Krogunner

January 17th, 2010
10:27 am

Tommy P, lesson #1 about football: it’s about championships and wins/losses. Last I checked we lost a boat load of games last year and ended the season in Shreavport. It’s not like it was a rebuilding year (like UF in 07), we will be lucky to start or end next year in the top 20. Just reality.

Skeptical Dawg

January 17th, 2010
10:30 am

When was the last time UGA ran a trick play and it didnt blow up in our face. We are so predictable BTW Georgi was dead last in redzone scoring in the SEC. Georgia was ranked 111 nationally in red zone scoring. PATHETIC !

TommyP

January 17th, 2010
10:32 am

Kroger boy: Oh, my bad. It’s about championships, huh? So that makes Alabama’s offensive coordinator awesome and everyone else in the nation worthless?

Little hint for you, Mr. Degree-meister. It’s about scoring points as an offensive coordinator, brother. Having to replace the #1 pick in the draft and one of the best RBs in college football the past several years in Moreno, we led the SEC in scoring in SEC games. The problem was discipline with the turnovers and penalties. And defense.

The defense finally has someone that will know how to gameplan AND adjust mid-game. We need to get to work on eliminating penalties and drastically cutting down on turnovers.

But ignore the facts if you want…

TommyP

January 17th, 2010
10:34 am

Skeptical: Having a reliable run game goes a long way with red zone scoring. We didn’t have that ’til the end of the season. Our offensive line really failed us last year ’til late.

Tommy P

January 17th, 2010
10:35 am

Give Richt, Bobo and Cox a break. Coach Mark Richt never has a hair out of place and looks so cute in his designer sunglasses. I still remember Coach Bobo in those silver britches, and Joe Cox is just a cutie.

TommyP

January 17th, 2010
10:35 am

Pretty sure Branden Smith ran a few successful end-arounds this year.