Which is Dogs’ bigger concern, QB or defense?

Washaun Ealey and the running game should take the pressure off Georgia's inexperienced quarterback. (Georgiadogs.com)

Washaun Ealey and the running game should take the pressure off Georgia's inexperienced quarterback. (Georgiadogs.com)

So the Dogs are not getting a lot of love in national media previews of the 2010 football season, aside from ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach putting them at No. 19 in his Way-Too-Early Top 25. Fellow ESPN.com writer Chris Low went so far as to put UGA in the second tier of his SEC power rankings, behind Auburn and South Carolina.

But this early lack of respect isn’t really a big surprise considering that Mark Richt’s program is coming off a mediocre (for Georgia) season and is facing the prospect of an inexperienced quarterback and the complete rehauling of a troubled defense.

Otherwise, the picture is pretty positive. Aside from QB, the Dogs return the rest of their offensive starters. The kickers are among the nation’s best. With Jon Fabris gone, special teams — particularly kickoff coverage — ought to improve (it certainly couldn’t get any worse). And the schedule isn’t as tough as in 2009.

But how the Dogs answer those two big question marks probably will define what sort of season they have.

We’ve seen before how inexperience at QB can hurt. It took Matthew Stafford most of his first season to figure out when to throw the ball and when not to. And even though Joe Cox was a fifth-year senior, you have to figure his lack of playing time before becoming the starter was at least partly responsible for the poor decisions he made on most of the many picks he threw last year.

And the past two seasons have shown all too clearly what havoc defensive problems can wreak on a program. Todd Grantham definitely looks like a major upgrade over Willie Martinez, but there are sure to be glitches in the transition to a different defensive alignment and philosophy. Plus he’ll be doing it minus players like Geno Atkins and Rennie Curran. By season’s end, Grantham likely will have the Dogs once again deserving the “Junkyard” sobriquet. But getting there could be painful.

As Cornelius Washington said this week, “I don’t feel like this season there is such a thing as a freshman player because everybody has an audition and I guess in a sense everybody is a freshman.”

Of course, what he was talking about was the defensive coaches having to figure out who will play where and the players battling for a position and playing time. But with new schemes, they’ll all be freshmen in a sense come game time, too, which makes me think the D might be the bigger question mark for the Dogs.

Yes, inexperience will be a big obstacle for the Dogs’ QB, whoever that is. But Aaron Murray made a salient point talking to reporters on Wednesday when he said, “I really don’t feel that whoever wins the job is going to have that much pressure on them. It’s not going to be like we’re going to go out there and throw the ball 40 times a game. We’re going to be able to hand the ball to our running backs most of the game and let them do the work.”

Assuming a rash of injuries doesn’t suddenly throw the offensive line or running back corps into disarray, he should be correct.

Which worries you more, starting a green QB or rebuilding the defense?

185 comments Add your comment

GeoffDawg

February 12th, 2010
10:45 am

Definitely at QB as we’ve seen with Joe Cox last year and with Stafford’s freshman season how far back inexperience and lack of playing time in actual game conditions can set you.

Even taking the scheme change into account on defense, if we can at the very least play more fundamentally sound, then we’re automatically going to be significantly better.

Gatorbait 17-3

February 12th, 2010
10:46 am

Who ever is the QB, he will be primarily asked to not lose the game. Hand off and get out of the way and then occasionally thrown a quick pass in the flat or bubble screen. It’s really a shame they weren’t allowed to play last year, they couldn’t have been any worse than Cox.

murfdawg

February 12th, 2010
10:50 am

QB worries me the most. Especially with USC coming up in the second week. If we can survive that one, the defense will carry us until we meet UT and Vandy. Then everybody has to grow up for the last four games. This will be another interesting year!!!

Bremen Dawg

February 12th, 2010
10:51 am

QB is the biggest concern. Grantham has had immediate success everywhere he has been. The D will be improved this year.

jrmdvm1

February 12th, 2010
10:51 am

I think that Coach Grantham is very capable of quickly evaluating talent, since the pros can have significant changes from season to season because of trades and moves, as well as during the season due to injuries. From what I have heard, he is a “teacher” and if our guys will remain “teachable”, I think the defense will “gel” more quickly than some may think. And perhaps Joe Cox’s total time off ( with lack of playing time ) of about 4 years may have been part of the problem. The current QB’s have had less time away from game conditions.

My concerns have to do with conditioning ( not strength ), since injuries increase with “tired” players. We have talent, but when injuries occur, it hampers our ability to rotate fresh players into the game. I want to see us “own” the 4th quarter again.

bank walker

February 12th, 2010
10:52 am

Gator, I totally agree. Wait did I just say that?

GeoffDawg

February 12th, 2010
10:53 am

I understand not wanting to burn a redshirt on one of the young guys. But when it became very apparent that the coaching staff didn’t trust Gray to do much more than hand off or run a draw, we should’ve gotten somebody some decent reps for next year.

SSIgator

February 12th, 2010
10:54 am

Should have problems in both areas. Basically two freshman QB’s and a new defensive scheme coming in. Teams don’t get in the groove with just a spring and fall practice with that much to learn.

DSGB

February 12th, 2010
10:54 am

I believe it will be the QB position as well. Inexperience is a big factor, as we have seen in the past couple of years. However, I do believe if they can make it through the first 2-3 games,can get used to the speed of the game, and can rely on the running game, then they will be fine.

The defense should be better due to addition by subtraction. Half of the time the secondary had no idea where to be on the field while Slick Willy was there. If Lakatos can come in and coach just a little bit, we should see alot of improvement. As long as we get the right people in the right position I believe we can get some of the swagger from the Erk Russell years back.

Paul H

February 12th, 2010
10:57 am

Can’t wait to prove the naysayers wrong. Especially the naysayers who work for this newspaper.

Here's hoping

February 12th, 2010
10:59 am

Both are concerns and both will be better than what we went through last year!

Bremen Dawg

February 12th, 2010
11:01 am

If the D is good enough to keep teams under 20 then the new QB will be able to hand the ball off for the first few games to get some experience. The last 2 years, we have always been coming from behind because the D was so terrible and that put to much pressure on the offense.

Dawg In Florida

February 12th, 2010
11:03 am

You never know. One of these QBs (Zach or Aaron) could turn out to be another David Greene in their ability to hit the ground running. These guys are a lot fresher and younger than Joe Cox was. The G-Day game will tell alot.

Defense I’m not as worried about. The scheme isn’t all that different. Our biggest issue last year was people playing their positions fundamentally sound and that should (hopefully) be corrected by having some fresh eyes on the teams technique, not to mention a more agressive coaching style. Another issue was that we weren’t always playing the “best” player for their position. Best example was Bryan Evans. EVERY and I mean EVERY time I saw an opposing QBs eyes get big and he would launch a 25+ yarder, I knew it was becuase Brian Evans bit on some play action and let the reciever go.

Every dawg who faithfully watches had the exact same feeling I’m sure. I wish I had a dollar for every time I saw B. Evans 5 yards behind a reciever trying to chase him down. He wasn’t the only one either. I say we will definitely be better on defense all together. The new scheme and the new mentality of who gets to play and why will envigorate and renew the UGA defense and the Dawg Nation.

The UGA Defense will have more sacks, more interceptions and forced 3 and outs this year than we’ve had in the passed two years. Bet on it!

The offense will have LESS interceptions, less over all turnovers and more points than last year for sure!

Go Dawgs!

DawgBuzz

February 12th, 2010
11:04 am

No matter who becomes the (QB )starter make sure you play the other two in lesser games. They all need the reps. Murray has had injury issues even last year. Looks like Logan will be in th mix at QB, but even he has little exposure at QB. I’d like to see Zach Mettenberger get a real shot. His size, his arm strength in a pro style offense would be hugh. Heard his mechanics are much better now.

Bremen Dawg

February 12th, 2010
11:04 am

I hope Washaun Ealey has a break out year and shows the nation just how good he can be. The O line should be able to open up some big holes this year. UGA vs Alabama in the Dome.

Natureboy809

February 12th, 2010
11:04 am

Nothing will get a coach fired quicker (besides sexy coeds of course) than bad QB play. On the other hand, giving up 40+ points in the big games has GOT to stop. UGA is not playing in the WAC.

1eyedJack

February 12th, 2010
11:05 am

We will have a veteran and experienced offense except at QB. We should have a strong running game to lean on so that Murray/Mettenberger can manage the game similar to what Matt Ryan did two years ago for the Falcons. Don’t see the offense being a “major issue” next year though QB inexperience could cost a game or two.

No doubt the talent is there on defense. It’s just a matter of Grantham getting everybody lined up right and comfortable. Gimmee game to start to get the confidence up. Tough SEC opener in Columbia could be a problem, but if we can get past that and stay free of major injuries we have a shot at a really good season.

Another Dawg

February 12th, 2010
11:07 am

Defense… I think they have the potential to make a far greater impact this year than our QB will, but I also think they’re looking at new positions and a new playbook. Personally, I’m not expecting huge improvements over Willie’s D this year, especially early in the season against South Carolina.

TommyP

February 12th, 2010
11:09 am

Without a doubt QB is THE concern….

Defense? Give me a break. How could it be worse than Willie? Honestly.

Bremen Dawg

February 12th, 2010
11:12 am

I’m hearing that Grantham is impressed with just how much talent/speed that UGA has on defensive after he seen the films. Think about it, you have two corners that run track speed. 4.3 – 4.2. You just got a 5 star recruit for linebacker (Richard Samuel) 3 or 4 big bodies to put in the middle as a 1-gap d lineman. Plenty on DE/linbacker combos. All are extremely fast just need some good coaching. Rambo is great saftey and you just got that hard hitting Hamilton that is ready to play.

Shreveport Champions of 2009

February 12th, 2010
11:33 am

My main concern is what color helmets, jerseys, pants and socks we will wear this year. Everything else ain’t important!

sick em meow mewo

Georgia Tech For Life

February 12th, 2010
11:41 am

PAPA JOHNS FOR LIFE!!!!

OEJ

February 12th, 2010
11:44 am

Its obvious that QB is the bigger concern. I think I’m not the only one who thought Richt played the senior card and thats why Cox played. The way he played last year, you might as well have played a freshman so he would be ready this season. Not knowing who will be the potential leader of the offense is a problem. If we can be a run first team and whenever we do pass because we will, can the QB make the right decisions and protect the football, and don’t force anything. The defense will be better, it wont be great til next year. especially if we can get pressure on the quarterback, which we really didn’t do last year the D will be fine.

K-Town Dawg

February 12th, 2010
11:56 am

This team will be better than expected.

The D will be improved through having the players in position to make plays
and the offense will run the ball.

I look for Ealy and King to have big years as well as Samuel on D.

Play action to Green keeps other teams honest.

Fear Rambo and the Hitman.

Just win baby!

crazy dawg

February 12th, 2010
11:56 am

I think the QB play will be the most improved position for the 2010 season. The main reason for this improvement can be put in one word talent. Both Murray and Metenberger has more talent than Joe Coxs had.I belive both of the young QB’s will play a lot in 2010 and do a good job each have a different skill set that will allow Bobo to mix things up a bit more and go with the guy that has a hot hand at the time. Look for the Dawgs on defense to be much more aggresive and fly to the ball. The D coaches will teach this new system to the young fast pups and watch out SEC once they catch on. Not only will the Dawgs be the surprise team in the SEC but also in the Nation breaking into the top 10 in the Nation.Go Dawgs

NC Dawg

February 12th, 2010
11:56 am

Will the new LB coach handle any or all of the special teams? He did so at Vandy.

how2fish

February 12th, 2010
12:04 pm

Defense wins championships and if I remember correctly Bear Byrant always put his 11 best players on the D side of the ball…and well it worked out for him…if we can run the 1st couple of games I think we will be just fine.that being said I look for us to be somewhat improved overall this year and much better in 2011 !

Vote For Pedro

February 12th, 2010
12:06 pm

Fire Willy!!

William

February 12th, 2010
12:16 pm

DEFENSE wins championships! Nuff said! Reminder! What was the score when Hershel Walker and the dawgs won the NC in the ’80’s?

Mark Schlabach says Dawgs 19th

February 12th, 2010
12:18 pm

Don’t worry Aaron, no one will put 8 in the box to make you prove yourself.

Mark Schlabach

February 12th, 2010
12:22 pm

William, does the Dawg Nation remember anything since 1980?

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February 12th, 2010
12:29 pm

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jack bull

February 12th, 2010
12:33 pm

the concern with the defense will be giving up 7/8 yds a pop up the middle on the run. sure, we’ll get more sacks and be more aggressive, but don’t forget, folks still run the ball in the SEC. and with the 3-4, if the nose guard hits the wrong gap on a run up the middle, it could go for quite a few yards. BUT, with that said, it’s obvious the biggest concern should be QB. lack of experience at the most important position on the field is always a concern.

the new defense could potentially lose us a game or two….a new QB, that number goes up.

oak island dawg

February 12th, 2010
12:35 pm

We still have AJ and Orson to throw to. Have to get the ball to them. I believe Bobo will mix it up with runs and going down the field with the best receiver in college. Cox was inadequate at best and I think whoever is the QB will be much better.

Mark Schlabach says Dawgs 19th

February 12th, 2010
12:35 pm

Murray not as tall and arm not as strong as Stafford. Stafford struggled first year=Murray really stuggles.

Not Disappointed

February 12th, 2010
12:36 pm

Where’s Willie Martinez? He’s always comical. Good weekend dawgs to you and your valentines.

Ramblin Wreck out!

kauai dawg

February 12th, 2010
12:39 pm

Most assuredly the QB. The D is in good hands with the new coaches and coach Garner staying. Very comfortable with it in their hands. I am thinking that Metz wins the QB job. I like the idea of letting both of them play kind of like Shock and Green.

Go DAWGS! 30-24

Mark Schlabach says Dawgs 19th

February 12th, 2010
12:41 pm

Not QB, not Defense, I would say HC.

Mark Schlabach says Dawgs 19th

February 12th, 2010
12:48 pm

Kauai you are correct; it is good that Garner is staying because you had a tremendous pass rush last year.

Bill Stanfill

February 12th, 2010
12:49 pm

UGA had an awful turn-over ratio last year. Part of that was due to Cox, part to other slippery hands, part to a secondary that at times simply looked lost, part to an incredible number of bad (for the
Dawgs) bounces. Georgia needs an improved running game (which we finally got during the last 2 games), better reads by the QB, a more disciplined and coordinated secondary. And our share of good bounces.
The turn-over ratio will surely improve. That alone could make a big difference next season.

how2fish

February 12th, 2010
12:54 pm

Mark Schlabach yes we remember something since 1980…8-1 30-24 for a couple..on and THWGT

Vick=Dog killing thug

February 12th, 2010
12:54 pm

To blindly say we won’t throw very much cannot be valid. With our receivers they will be plenty of opportunity to advance the chains via the pass, especially AJ. Each game and each defense will determine the pass/run ratio.

Modern football strategies often use the pass to setup the run and vice-versa. Pretty much the basics of football.

Stay thirsty my friends…..

Logan Gray

February 12th, 2010
12:59 pm

Hello, I can read what you are writing. I am still in the program and still the #1 QB going into the spring. I am a damn good dawg and will do my best to win the game.

Brandon Spikes

February 12th, 2010
1:00 pm

Thanks for winking at me before throwin the pic in Jax.

Rural Myers

February 12th, 2010
1:02 pm

yeah,Stanfill. Turn-overs can be spirit-killers. No way we match last season’s debacle.

gdawginkalamazoo

February 12th, 2010
1:06 pm

QB will be he biggest question mark. To start in the SEC is tough tough tough. Even Tebow and Stafford had tough rookie seasons. I wouldn’t expect any one of our guys to do too much better. Maybe Gray if he gets the nod since he has at least been on the field. If he starts I wonder who will call for the fair catches on the punt team.

Highlands Dog

February 12th, 2010
1:15 pm

Just think how good D.J. Shockley would have been for the Dawgs if had 2 or more years as a starter.

Eaassyy

February 12th, 2010
1:26 pm

QB play hands down. Defense will make adjustments and be just fine. Well, just hoping it can’t get any worse to be honest.

jellybeandawg

February 12th, 2010
1:31 pm

I feel the defense will be much improved over Grantham so the biggest worry/ concern will be at QB and the offensive side of the ball. Even with experienced future NFL 1st rounders at QB,Running Back, & Receiver Richt and his sidekick Bobo always seem to squander more talent and opportunities then any coach in recent memory so there is no reason to think it will be any different in 2010.

UGAgrad04

February 12th, 2010
1:35 pm

The biggest concern? Mark Richt and the direction of the program. And here are the REAL questions to ask:

1. Is Richt still hungry enough?
2. Is Richt going to be more involved in the play calling?
3. Are players still buying into Richt’s Family Values/ Finish the Drill system?
4. Can Richt and Bobo still develop a QB or might the other guys be WORSE than Joe Cox.
5. Will the players on defense play hard for a coach with NFL experience?
6. Can Richt beat Florida and Tennessee in perceived down years for both programs( something that hasn’t happened since 1988!!!)

If the answer is NO or MAYBE to any/all of these questions, than Richt’s program is in serious trouble.

4WhatIt'sWorth

February 12th, 2010
1:47 pm

It’s not a stretch to assume both the QB position and the defense could be stronger than last year.
If the QB does not turn the ball over, that position will be stronger, even with 60% of the passing production. If the defense gives up 5 – 7 fewer points per game, that side of the ball will be better also.
I think both scenarios become fact and the Dawgs will play in a bowl game for the opportunity to win 10 games in 2010.
GO DAWGS!

brokebackvol

February 12th, 2010
1:49 pm

Totally agree, if you have no defense, best QB in the world is gonna struggle to win games.

45-19?
35-14?
51-33?

Those numbers should be familiar.

how2fish

February 12th, 2010
1:50 pm

UGAgrad04 ..the sky is falling the sky is falling…CMR fired one of his best friends , will the players play for a coach with NFL experience …is that really a question ? UF and UT are both in the same boat as UGA new QB’s defensive coaches etc etc..keep your shirt on Nancy…its the SEC there are no free lunches.

Saban

February 12th, 2010
1:56 pm

Biggest problem will be how much jail time is needed.

gdawginkalamazoo

February 12th, 2010
2:08 pm

UGAgrad04, YES to all.

jellybeandawg

February 12th, 2010
2:10 pm

Nice synopsis UGAgrad04. Unfortunately as of the last 4 years Richt has been more concerned with practicing basketball trick shots, back flips off the 10 meter platform, soulja boy dance moves, and designing gimmicky “fake juice” uniforms to “motivate” the team against UF but at least the defense should be better.

Richts gimmicks have become old and tired so for his sake I hope he can turn things around.

4WhatIt'sWorth

February 12th, 2010
2:13 pm

Take that Anti-Richt Crap back to the GT blogs you traitors!

ga gator

February 12th, 2010
2:17 pm

I think Georgia should just abandon their football program all together. After reading all these comments from Tech, Vol, Bama fan and what I know to be true, it’s the only way.

jellybeandawg

February 12th, 2010
2:20 pm

4WhatIt’sWorth get your head out of the sand. I agree that Richt has made some great contributions to the program but the key word is HAS, as in HAS- BEEN. its all about what have you done for me lately and the truth is over the last 4 years Richt has underachieved.

UT: Lost 3 Won 1
2) UF: Lost 3 Won 1
3) UK: Lost 2 Won 2 (that’s losing in my book)

UGA is the 3rd or 4th best team in the SEC EAST! Again, if you are happy with this then continue to support Mark Richt!

EmptySkull

February 12th, 2010
2:23 pm

“Which worries you more, starting a green QB or rebuilding the defense?”

I’m not worried about either. I think we are in great shape to surprise a lot of folks.
QB position will have a very experienced OL , 2 great RB, a great TE group, and maybe the best WR set in CFB. I can’t think of a better situation for a inexperienced QB to have. The coaches need to drill into their minds not make any silly inexperience mistakes.

The defense has a great group of folks. All very skilled and smart. We have an aggressive DC coming in that knows how to coach. Give me “Don’t know where the rush is coming from” over “bend don’t break” any day”. That alone makes our defense better. It couldn’t get much worse.

dixiedawg

February 12th, 2010
2:27 pm

Both are concerns. However, with the experienced offensive line, running game, TE’s, & AJ Green, alot of pressure will be off the QB. The Defense has to get better. They must get better. That will be key in order for us to compete for championships.

4WhatIt'sWorth

February 12th, 2010
2:27 pm

jellybeandawg,

Get Real!!! UGA has had problems on defense, those problems have been solved, take my word for it! However, this poor mouthing of UGA on the blogs only serves to hurt recruiting, it will not accomplish anything else. Keep the Faith or Go to the GT site. We need no fair weather fans.
GO DAWGS! … SIC-EM!

H DAWG

February 12th, 2010
2:31 pm

Dawgs will be solid on both sides of the ball !!!
Just wait and see boys !!!!
Oh, and I am thirsty my friend!!

Fair and Balanced

February 12th, 2010
2:35 pm

Biggest concern is the coaching staff. If they are worth the money then GA wins 10 games. Anything less is underachieving because there is enough talent at UGA to win ball games. The fact that Richt fired 3 coaches speaks of his hunger for better, though it took 2 disappointing seasons to get him to do it.

jellybeandawg

February 12th, 2010
2:37 pm

I graduated UGA from Terry COB class of 96 so no fair weather fan here. People can keep drinking Richts Kool-aid and ra-ra him all they want but it still doesnt change the facts that he has lost it.I hope he can get it back but if the heavily penalized, very undisciplined, under-performing teams he has been fielding for the last 4 years are any indication then it does not look good.

Lost 3 outta 4 to the Vols
Lost 3 outta 4 to the Gators
Split 2 and 2 with the powerhouse Wildcats

Not exactly SEC EAST domination over the past 4 years is it?

Wanna get really near sighted and look at the last 2 years? I didn’t think so…

Calhoundawg

February 12th, 2010
2:37 pm

Actually, I’m going to go against the collective grain on this blog and say that the defense concerns me more than the QB. The change in schemes notwithstanding, we replace most, if not all, of the front line. Also, inexperience in the secondary, despite a boatload of talent, will be a big part of “fixing” what’s been wrong with our defense all along anyway. I must say, though, that with the talent level we have on that side of the ball, along with the new leadership, the prospects for success are downright intruiging. In the same vein, the talent and experience on offense will provide what should constitute almost a set of training wheels for the new QB (I believe all three very capable), particularly with what appears to be a rejuvenated running game.

With all of that said, we simply have not carried ourselves as a championship caliber team of late. The penalties and turnovers, both of which have reached embarrassing levels, are an indication of unfocused and undisciplined teams. Sloppy play on special teams and subsequent poor field position only serve to inflate bad statistics on both sides of the ball. We need a renewal of commitment to sound, basic football and a fundamentally sound work ethic to reclaim what was an all-too-brief standing among the SEC’s elite. Florida is starting over. Tennessee is starting over. Auburn is starting over. The time to break back out on to the top of the pack is now. Go Dawgs !!!!

4WhatIt'sWorth

February 12th, 2010
2:38 pm

BANK ON IT!

The biggest impact on the offensive side of the ball may be the return of Trinton S. and Bruce F.
One the defense, the surprice newcomer will be Richard S. – He is up to 230 lbs. and he will start in the middle by game 2.
Remember – You heard it here first!
GO DAWGS!

Magic Man

February 12th, 2010
2:41 pm

QB and DT/NG are the biggest question marks for this team. Safety could also be a concern, but we should be fine with Ogletree, Hamilton, Rambo, Banks, Pugh, and Shawn Williams. CB depth is a concern as well. So is WR depth, but those positions have enough talent at the top of the depth chart to not be a concern.

However, whoever starts at QB will have no game experience. The defense will be fine. While it may take some time to get full acclimated to the new schemes, the new schemes should create more havoc to make up for the mistakes. Other teams don’t see a 3-4 very often, and when they do it is a two-gap 3-4 not a one-gap like UGA’s. Plus, opposing teams won’t know where the rusher is coming from, which should create more turnovers. The turnovers should mask the big plays that we give up due to breakdowns.

We should surprise some people in my opinion. The beginning of the year will be about survive-and-advance, like March Madness. But, by the end of the year, we should be really dangerous. Our Qb will be more seasoned and our D will be much more comfortable.

4WhatIt'sWorth

February 12th, 2010
2:44 pm

jellybeandawg,

Richt has won 90 games in 9 years while playing on the toughest side (East) of the toughest Conference (SEC) in the country! That is not drinking Kool-Aid. If I were in the AD Ticket office, I would refuse to sell you tickets. There are too many fans more deserving!
GO DAWGS!

German Shepherd Dawg

February 12th, 2010
2:53 pm

Defense will not be a question mark, but an exclamation point!

How could they get any worse than last year? No where but up, and sky’s the limit!

QB will be fine. Dogs will be a big surprise this year, as long as QB doesn’t kill us.

ONLY Fair

February 12th, 2010
3:00 pm

Hobnail Boot

February 12th, 2010
3:02 pm

O will be fine. We will run the football and throw when we need to. The “D” however will need to learn how to tackle. Too much of that running into someone (Smash hitting.) They need to be tought to wrap up and knock the taste out of the RB’s mouth. We also need to focus on not jumping off sides on both sides of the ball. If we kick the ball into the end zone and make teams go 80 yards we will be fine. See you in ATL.

Dawgs 2010

February 12th, 2010
3:03 pm

I believe Aaron Murray is the next David Greene. Remember Greene redshirted too and had more wins as a starting quarterback than Peyton Manning. I think UGA will take a similar approach to Florida and that is to be run-heavy early in the season and when the qb gets better and more experienced start to air it out more. Kind of like what the Falcons did with Matt Ryan.

jellybeandawg

February 12th, 2010
3:04 pm

4WhatIt’sWorth ,
Hahahaha! refuse to sell me tickets… Thats a good one. 1st I don’t agree that the east is tougher and with the resurgence of Bama I think the west is now slightly tougher although for the most part they are pretty balanced.
2nd With the talent we have/ produce in the state of GA we should be be able to roll out of bed and win 8-9 games per year… easy!!! Because of this 9-10 win seasons should be considered the norm and isn’t some great achievement. We should take our yearly beating from the gators as usual and 1 maybe 2 more on occasion MAX…..

There is no reason we should not finish 10-2 or 9-3 at worst year in and year out so 90 games in 9 years isn’t anything special, however you blind loyalists still continue to use it as a battle cry to convince yourselves that Richt is still a relevant and good coach when in fact he is a “has been” and is “washed up”.

toph

February 12th, 2010
3:07 pm

Stafford came in as a true freshman I believe and struggled. Both Murray and Mett have been in the system for 1 year now. That should help.

Defensively, I think we’ll be just fine. We have a good group of solid defenders that, with some coaching, will be just fine.

Go Dawgs!

toph

February 12th, 2010
3:10 pm

I like it Hobnail Boot!!

jimmy

February 12th, 2010
3:10 pm

defensive transition do we have the athletes,both mentally physically to win look at saban’s first year at bama

ozzfest

February 12th, 2010
3:11 pm

10-2 at worst…..look at the super-weak schedule Arthur Johnson an Mark Richt orchestrated.
….I sure am looking forward to Boulder!

Bruce Mac

February 12th, 2010
3:15 pm

Duh, they are not Freshman quarterbacks in the true sence of the word. They have been thru two spring practices and two fall practices. The comparison to Stafford is inappropriate but I think you all know that, you just want to play dumb.

Dawgs 2010

February 12th, 2010
3:15 pm

I believe the 3 biggest problems for UGA were solved last season, and that was firing Jancek, Fabris, and Martinez. We have unbelievably talented linebackers, yet Curran was the only one that seemed to be able to tackle. (Now Jancek is replaced with a solid coach in Belin and Grantham coaches the other set of linebackers.). Fabris made our special teams a joke, almost never trying to block punts or kick for a touchback, and bad coverage on kickoffs. Martinez is replaced by a great secondary coach. I truly believe our biggest problems are no longer part of our team, and Aaron Murray or Zach should be MUCH better than Cox. Go Dawgs!

JB

February 12th, 2010
3:22 pm

Richt can sign a top QB just about anytime he wants to…..from anywhere in the country. With that being said, he should have played Murray some last year when he saw we were in a 7-8 win type year. He should have played in 5 or 6 games taking about a 1/3 of the snaps. I really don’t care for Saban, but I respect him and he won’t let that ” he’s a senior and he’s playing” stuff interfere with winning. If a Soph or Jr. is better, they will play.

4WhatIt'sWorth

February 12th, 2010
3:24 pm

jellybeandawg,

If you win 90 games in 9 years, 10 wins is the norm. Do the math you idiot!
If you are not happy with the Mark Richt Era at UGA, then I suggest you move to
Atlanta with the other nerds. You will be real happy there!
GO DAWGS!

4WhatIt'sWorth

February 12th, 2010
3:31 pm

jellybeandawg,

If you think Mark Richt is all washed up – You probably thought Herschel Walker was all washed up too, didn’t you. You probably believe Al Gore invented the internet and the snow today in Georgia was caused by Global Warming!
Just Remember this — You don’t forget to coach overnight. Coach Richt will retire averaging 10 wins a season and I bet his son would never stop so low as to coach at UF or TENN.
GO DAWGS!

Brandon Spikes

February 12th, 2010
3:32 pm

Glad you got on imposter. 4WhatIt’sWorth all gators are happy wit Richt.

Just sayin

February 12th, 2010
3:33 pm

QB and D will be equally problematic; even breaking in Stafford wasnt easy and learing a whole new D will take a few games.

Unknown

February 12th, 2010
3:34 pm

Hey its my turn to be quarterback!

Untalented

February 12th, 2010
3:35 pm

Hey I could defense as good as Willie Martinez.

Unforgiving

February 12th, 2010
3:36 pm

Hey as long as I have a “insignificant bowl” game, things should be OK.

4WhatIt'sWorth

February 12th, 2010
3:38 pm

Brandon Spikes,

I bet it was fun watching them dawgs dance in the endzone, uh?

Brandon Spikes

February 12th, 2010
3:39 pm

I wish I could come back for one more eye gouge.

jellybeandawg

February 12th, 2010
3:39 pm

Yea and it should be considered the norm Jackass. YOU were the one throwing it out there like it was some INCREDIBLE achievement when in fact it should be considered average. I also don’t need suggestions from an obvious a$$hat who probably didn’t even attend 1 semester at UGA, much less graduate. I graduated from there, go to games regularly, and can root for them however I choose so screw off inbred.

Just sayin

February 12th, 2010
3:40 pm

Endzone dance was lame; we payed for it for 2 years.

Unbelievable

February 12th, 2010
3:40 pm

It is my turn to be the DC at Florida

Unspoken

February 12th, 2010
3:41 pm

We run our mouths at FLA but have never had an undefeated season, ever!

Unseen

February 12th, 2010
3:42 pm

We like to cry alot and hug in Gainesville, it makes us feel all better at being second tier.

jellybeandawg

February 12th, 2010
3:48 pm

Hahahaha… the only way he will retire averaging 10 wins a season is if he retires tomorrow.. However I do have high hopes that Grantham will at least be a big improvement on defense. Also I do like the part about his son not stooping so low as to coach at UF or TENN. but it is a great opportunity for DD.

For what its worth I also believe Dooley stayed around far to long as coach and AD and wished he would have left UGA for Auburn in 1980.. We would have been a far better program for it and would have probably had a couple more NC’ s to go along with it.

bruce mac

February 12th, 2010
3:49 pm

Jelly, come off the ledge man, it will be allright. Dawgs always finish first or second in SEC East.

4WhatIt'sWorth

February 12th, 2010
3:56 pm

jellybeandawg,

Actually, Tony Barnhart and I are fraternity brothers. If your UGA pride is that weak, please do us all a favor and move to Atlanta.

jellybeandawg

February 12th, 2010
4:01 pm

Haha thanks bruce mac but I am not on the ledge. I just don’t get all this blind Richt worship but I also didnt understand the Jim Jones worshipers either. Richt is a good man, and a decent coach. But he’s not a great coach. Period.

kevin

February 12th, 2010
4:04 pm

It should be interesting to see how the D and the QB position come along. But, it’s worth mentioning that Aaron Murray was he #3 QB prospect in the country when UGA signed him and Zach Mettenburger was #11–not too shabby. With a year on the sidelines perhaps they’ll prove to be quick learners on the field.

Without-a-clue

February 12th, 2010
4:05 pm

In golf the saying is “Drive for show, putt for dough.” In this analogy QBs are the show, and D is for dough.

poopdawg

February 12th, 2010
4:12 pm

Dawgs 2010, i also thought before the 2009 season that our linebackers would be great. I was way wrong. I also thought our D-line would be great, wrong there too. Other than the Dowtin kid i am not sure we have alot at LB, unless they didn’t play last year (redshirt.) Defense is Read,Run, Kill. In the UT game Martinez’s defense last year was still biting on the bootleg in the 4th qtr. PURE STUPIDITY! Smart players read the play quickly. I know Grantham will have them more prepared , and apply the killer attitude, but i don’t know how quickly the players will read and react(RUN?) Our QB will be better than Cox no doubt, maybe even outstanding !

patrick M Sulley

February 12th, 2010
4:26 pm

Mark Richt cant coach?

Hmmmmm……. 2008 for example….

1. UGA lost 18 scholly players to season ending injury PRIOR to game 3.

2. UGA then proceeded to merely win 10 games

3. UGA them merely proceeded to win a bowl

4. UGA then merely ended up ranked 10th in the coaches poll.

5. All of that with a SOS of 8

Now I challenge anyone to name a single team that lost that many scholly players that early in the season where a coach was able to be that successful. I will order pizza and hopefully by the time it arrives someone can point out that other team.

4WhatIt'sWorth

February 12th, 2010
4:36 pm

Excellent Remarks PM Sulley!

Barnacle Bill Bavasi

February 12th, 2010
4:41 pm

Let’s see, jellybean claims to have graduated in 1996, so that’d make him at least 35. Yet, he remains as immature as a middle schooler. You’re not a DGood Dawg, jellybean. Please switch your fairweather allegiance.

Spike

February 12th, 2010
4:42 pm

With all those starters returning with the veteran O line, Orson Charles, Ealy, Kris Durham, AJ Green, and others the defense is a bigger concern. We need some warriors on defense, especially in the secondary. Add a little easier schedule than alst year, and we will be better. But defense, please GATA!!

bruce mac

February 12th, 2010
4:46 pm

CMR can coach and he recruits cleanly and represents professionally in every way. I guess some folks will never be satisfied until Vince Lombardi returns from the grave.

Gatorbait 17-3

February 12th, 2010
4:51 pm

patrick M Sulley

this is the 3rd time I’ve read you same post pattyboy—–try something orginal.

Gatorbait 17-3

February 12th, 2010
4:52 pm

I’ve read your same post pattyboy (typo)

1eyedJack

February 12th, 2010
4:53 pm

Sulley, you’ve been eating pizza all day. If you’re not careful you’re gonna need some activia.

Jellybean, if you’re not careful you’re gonna start sounding like God and Greyhound.

Go Dawgs!!!

jellybeandawg

February 12th, 2010
4:54 pm

Close Barnacle Bill. I am actually 36 and just as your name suggests I bet you are a crusty old geezer so why don’t you tell me some more stories about Vince and Herschel??? That’ll make it all better..

Unfortunately while LSU, Bama, and UF are winning National Championships many dawg fans such as yourself and 4WhatIt’sWorth are obviously more then content with merely reliving the “glory years”, buying technicolor DVD’s of Herchel, and taking pictures with UGA.

That may be fine and dandy for you and your kind but its not for me and a growing majority of others.

4WhatIt'sWorth

February 12th, 2010
5:02 pm

Jellybeandawg,

Are you Saint Simons – reincarnated

DamnGoodDawg!

February 12th, 2010
5:04 pm

This s is gonna get old by fall kickoff.

Barnacle Bill Bavasi

February 12th, 2010
5:05 pm

I’m actually younger than you and a 2001 graduate of UGA. Your hyper, sky-is-falling view of UGA football is insanity by any stretch of the imagination and certainly not the majority view among alums. Now, again, please go support Ga. State or Shorter, or anyone else, fairweather Heather.

4WhatIt'sWorth

February 12th, 2010
5:07 pm

DamnGoodDawg! -

I don’t think we can wait until fall kickoff! Let’s all pack Sanford Stadium for the Spring Game!

jellybeandawg

February 12th, 2010
5:17 pm

I don’t think the sky is failing. I Just don’t think that Richt is a gift from the gods like many blind loyalists do. I like coach Richt as well as any coach we ever had, but his 3 million a year job is to compete with AL, LSU, and FL, they set the bar not any of us. I do appreciate the contributions that he has made to the program but he is in danger of becoming to UGA what B. Bowden and Fulmer become to FSU and UT,which is a liability. If he cant get it together in the next 2 years then its time for him to move on.

4WhatIt'sWorth

February 12th, 2010
5:35 pm

jellybean,

You say you like Coach Richt, yet he is on your Hot Seat. You’re either an Idiot or Saint Simons reincarnated!

jellybeandawg

February 12th, 2010
5:51 pm

I like him as a person but that doesn’t mean I have to like the direction he has been leading our Football program in over the last 4 years. As just one example of many, did you go the ASU game last year? It is in the 4th quarter, we are LOOSING to a horrible 4-8 team yet our defense is out on the field dancing ghetto “gangsta” style in between plays every chance they get!

jellybeandawg

February 12th, 2010
5:57 pm

However I doubt many of you saw that. It was raining pretty hard that game so you probably stayed at home because of the weather. Yet there was Jellybeandawg, right in Sanford stadium, wet tired, and dumbfounded that we could be dancing around on the field while loosing the game…. like it was an audition for Soul Train or something. Talk about fair weather fans:)

Calhoundawg

February 12th, 2010
6:03 pm

Anyone who thinks that Mark Richt is past his prime or is washed up is either a total fool or a Dawg’s fan imposter. Consider this “jelly-spine-dawg,” the revered Coach Vince Dooley won six SEC Championships and one National Championship in 25 years of coaching. His third SEC Championship came in his 13th year of coaching. Mark Richt has three years to match that mark and will probably beat it. Coach Dooley’s NC came in his 16th year as head coach at Georgia. Mark Richt has 6 years to match it and will likely beat it.

The nature of college football has changed dramatically in the BCS era. The drive to win at any cost has compelled universities to make some very bad choices for thier respective programs. Firing Phil Fulmer was premature and has cost Tennessee dearly. The firing of Tommy Tuberville was premature — look where Auburn is. Look what winning at Florida has cost Urban Meyer and his family. Mark Richt, the dean of SEC coaches with the longest tenure at the same school, with a winning percentage among the top five of active coaches in the country, represents the University of Georgia with a degree of competency and class which is unparalleled. There is not a finer man iin his profession in the nation. I would follow Mark Richt to hell and back and I’m Proud To Be A Georgia Bulldog. I believe the changes to our defensive staff — Grantham, Belin, and Lakatos, will take our program to the Promised Land. Who’s with me? Go Dawgs !!!!

1eyedJack

February 12th, 2010
6:23 pm

Calhoundawg, ;) Here’s your Attaboy Certificate!!!

Carl Spackler

February 12th, 2010
6:32 pm

If there is not a clear cut winner at the QB position coming out of the spring then UGA is in a world of hurt…not knocking Met, but more the way the QB rankings are put out there, Met’s HS stats, foot work, etc. just makes me wonder how he could have been the 9th or 11th best prospect in the country…was he that high before being signed by UGA…I think he has a lot going for him, but he is a work in progress…unless Bobo is a wonder worker, Met may not challange until next year…Murray would have to be a complete flop not to be the starter…Murray was up there w/ Barkley until he broke his leg, then he droped back behind the kid from Texas, and you saw how well he did in the NC game coming in cold off the bench…so, I guess what I’m trying to say is that Murray may have always been playing at his highest ability, and he may be great, however Met can improve greatly w/ the proper coaching and growing into a stable environment…

Now for the D…BIG DAWG 77 gave me a breakdown on another post about the talent that UGA has avialable to run the 3-4 and they have the play makers at every critical position (NT, DT, ILB, speedy Cover LB’s, Rambo crashing the party from the safety position to mix it up)…this should be a fun year all around for the DAWGS

The Lone Trumpeter

February 12th, 2010
6:34 pm

Grantham will have the d ready. Anyone notice who he hired as the db coach? Part of the staff that shut down sc with inferior talent in the bowl game with conn. QB is the real ?

Kanine King

February 12th, 2010
6:45 pm

WHO DO THINK WE’RE PLAYING, THE COLTS, THE SAINTS???THE SEC AS A WHOLE WILL TAKE A STEP BACK— RELAX THE DOGS ARE GETTING READY TO GO ON A HUGE RUN EITHER GET ON BOARD OR SSSHHHUUUTTT UP!!!

Bremen Dawg

February 12th, 2010
7:59 pm

Richt, see if this guy wants to play football.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Georgia sophomore Torrin Lawrence has run the fastest time in the world this year in the 400 meter dash, finishing his heat in 45.03 seconds at the Tyson Invitational at the University of Arkansas.

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

February 12th, 2010
8:03 pm

UGA is “fixin” (or gonna) kick some tail! CMR, AKA Coach February, is going to take UGA to a national title!!!

shane#1

February 12th, 2010
8:19 pm

There are two posistions where experence can be a real difference maker, O line and QB. If I had to choose one or the other, I would take the experenced O line and go with the rookie QB. Murray has a couple of advantages over Cox, he can move around in the pocket and he throws well after rolling out. Rolling out gives him a way to buy time for his recievers and avoid pressure. I also think he may see the field better than Joe but I am only basing that on HS videos so I may be wrong. IMO, Joe threw some ints because he simply didn’t see some D backs. Murray may not have Staffords arm but he will have the advantage of a red shirt year, He also threw the most with the first team when Cox had his day off every week. Murray will have some good backs in King and Ealey while Stafford had to deal with a Lumpkin that was playing hurt and Brown went down with an injury. Stafford didn’t have AJ Green in 2006 and UGA’s most experenced WR, Sean Bailey, missed the entire season with a knee injury. All in all I think the Dogs will have a good season.

Bubba King

February 12th, 2010
9:49 pm

As far as comparing Aaron Murray to Joe Cox, all I have heard anyone say is that he is more mobile…Well, His arm may not be Stafford/Mettenberger like, but it is a hell of a lot stronger than Joe Cox(3 ints this season just trying to throw it out of bounds and not having the strengh, Damn!!!)…He is an accurate guy and supposedly is a student of the game…To be an 18 year old kid and get tendonitis, you have to be overworking yourself to death…I like the kid and think he will be a great one!
He has better tools than McElroy of Alabama…sorry to say! And look what happens when you have an O-line and a hell of a RB…McElroy did not lose games because he was not asked to win them…Nick Saban would have buried his size 6.5(mens) up his arse if he had!!! Maybe that’s the difference…
As far as what Cornelius Washington said…Seeming like everyone is a freshman having to audition for a part…THAT SHOULD BE THE CASE EVERY YEAR!!!! Now that Willie Martinez is out and Kade, Jeff, Geno, Rashad, Rennie, Evans, and P.Miller are gone…we don’t have to worry about Seniority ruling the roost!!! We all know that Willie started seniors over more deserving/talented guys…(Evans/Rambo)The ones who have the best auditions win the Damn Job…that’s the way it is…Just because you started a game before doesn’t give you the right to become complacent…That has been UGA’s problem for the last few years…Including the coaching…

chazzo

February 12th, 2010
10:11 pm

It is kind of a silly question: one position, QB or the entire Defense. I am not worried about the Offense at all. There may be some wrinkles at QB. The D has all kinds of athletes. The D is key undoubtedly. Beyond that… fundamentals and don’t stop playing until after the clock runs out no matter what the score is. No Gatorade baths, no dance routines, no nothing until the clock says all zeros.

The SC game is crucial. Better be ready for it. Beyond that, it is time to put the sword between the shoulder blades of the F=Gators. This year had better be a quick and decisive KILL. No boasting, no celebrations, no tricks, no uniform changes… Just win. Otherwise, UF will put another four in a row on the dawgs.

FL Dawg

February 12th, 2010
10:56 pm

The d is the biggest concern. 5 or 6 new starters, new scheme and a new coaching staff leads to a whole bunch of concern.

AltamahaDawg

February 12th, 2010
10:59 pm

Looking at last year: If our offense had been just a litlle bit more consistant, we easily could have won 2/3 more games. I don’t think you can say that about the defense. Or at the very least….equally so. The defense needs to improve to win any more championships, but if you are looking for the immediate return to being a top SEC team, its the offense that we need to be at least as good as they were supposed to be last year. I think the good news is that we “should” have a chance to do that. The defense isn’t going to be outstanding, but it should be more exciting.

UGA Grad 09

February 12th, 2010
11:33 pm

My biggest concern is having an inexperienced UGA VIII

BS Patrol

February 13th, 2010
12:14 am

Did I just read where your QB said “we are just going to hand off to our RBs & let them do the work”? If so doggies are looking at a 3-9 season. Those guys are pathetic. They wouldn’t start at Vandy even if they could get admitted.

Spart,Tn DGD

February 13th, 2010
6:39 am

Have just read all the messages and wish you that are not DGD would leave us true dawgs to our business. We have a coach who cares for his players, coaches, school and family. I will take CMR over any coach in the country. We have had our problems the last four years, but the coaches can’t tackle
and lord knows the players couldn’t either. True the last 4 years have been a nightmare, but things will change. They have changed with 3 new hard nosed men that will put a stop to this silly can’t tackle, catch a ball, block, look like an SEC team. We will be fine this year and go to a BCS game. Us dawg fans take our licks like men…so don’t woory about us…WE SHALL RETURN!!!

Carl Spackler

February 13th, 2010
8:34 am

People/fans need to just ignore the posts that you don’t like…some of you are too thin skinned…opinions are just that opinions, and you attacking a poster about his content is unnecessary…now, a good quality “back & forth” where info is exchanged is helpful for the stimulation and advancement of information/opinion sharing…attacking someone because they aren’t as big a “FAN” as you would like them to be will just rile up the minions…why not state your case, point out where you disagree, and drop the name calling…remember that they wouldn’t be on here if they didn’t somewhat care about UGA football, or they’re trolls looking for a reaction and you’re giving them exactly what they are seeking…

Minnesota Dawg

February 13th, 2010
9:04 am

If we can develope a great running game, it will help our quarterback to grow into the passing game. With Washaun Ealey and a returning line, it should be possible. So, I think the defense is our main focus. A good defense can give the offense less pressure to score a lot of points. We need quickness and a big time pass rush. If these things come into place, look out! Sugar Bowl here we come!

Gator Fan

February 13th, 2010
9:20 am

Both.

Bad QB means that there will be a lot of 3 and outs. Which puts the defense out on the field much longer than they are conditioned for.

Bad defense means more pressure is put on this young QB to go and win the game already down by two scores.

Its a lose lose situation.

Doggies better hope their defense is up to par this year, I mean lets face it, it can’t get much worse, lose to KY, get blown out by UT and UF.

Of that amazing defense last year, they lost basically their twos stud DT.

Gonna be a long season.

1eyedJack

February 13th, 2010
9:33 am

Had the Dawgs not recruited well the last four years I would be concerned…But they have.

One of the things that makes college football so unique and holds the fan’s interest so well is that every year brings a lot of questions and some pleasant surprises.

Every year each team loses some of their “stars” to graduation or leaving early and other assorted reasons and every year new faces step up to take their place.

I’m not so concerned about the talent level on this team as I’m concerned with the chemistry, attitude and what’s between the ears. That’s what separates great teams from good teams or bad teams.

Hungry?

February 13th, 2010
9:36 am

UGA has for years had the attitude that we are the UGA Dogs and therefore we are great. I am a UGA grad, so I know of what I speak here. Why they had that attitude? It is lost on me.

This year they will be hungry and will want to show all the nay sayers that they are wrong. TG will bring the necessary attitude of attack, attack and attack to the D.

The offense will need to me to jell and allow the QBs to settle in. Barring inuries, coupled with a new attitude and a few decent early season wins ………..the confidence will build.

Go Dogs

Mike

February 13th, 2010
9:45 am

All of these discussions are meaningless. Fact is – For this coming football season, Georgia needs to beat Florida and play for the conference championship. This program has had back to back subpar seasons. There always seems to be an excuse, and everyone is already coming up with excuses for the 2010 season – QB and the new defense. For me, it’s beat Florida and play for the conference championship OR I would expect EVERYONE connected to the football program, including the AD, to be let go.

AltamahaDawg

February 13th, 2010
9:45 am

Can we stop with the whole “Murray should have played more” business now? First of all, he was not the second string Qb, and appearantly is not even the official front-runner to start this year. If anyone should have played more, Gray obviously was the next in line, and Mett might have been physically more ready. Secondly, we are finding out now how Murray arm is just NOW gettting healed, and I really don’t think playing more actual live snaps in ball games would have really been part of that perscription. Lastly, where exactly was it that we had these ballgames in control that a true Frosh QB could have come in for no other reason than to get some experience?

SickandTired

February 13th, 2010
9:45 am

Somebody please take some of these Dawgs out of their cage for a walk so they don’t have to wallow in their own poop. You guys need some fresh air to clear your minds a little bit. You are what your record says you are against the elite teams in the SEC. Middle tier. Mark Richt is not Nick Saban or Urban Meyer. He’s a nice guy that’s been given the keys to a Ferrari and doesn’t know how to drive it. He goes fast, beats most of the competition but when it comes time to zig and zag through the turns, he just can’t drive it. The car alone gets him in the top 10. The driver (Mark Richt) is a hack. The sooner you Dawgs come to the realization that you need someone worthy of driving your car to get you into the winners circle the sooner you will come down off your meds. Mark Richt, nice guy, can’t win it all. Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, driven, intelligent, hard nosed and work harder, recruit better, evaluate talent better and coach better than Mark Richt.
Georgia: The Wisconsin of the SEC.

AltamahaDawg

February 13th, 2010
9:56 am

What, no “we”? Not pretending to be a disgruntled UGA fan today sickandtired? It’s hard to keep that straight.

BuLLdawg

February 13th, 2010
10:05 am

Duh.

We have a great defense 2010 and the 2 best kickers on any team in America.

QUOTE :

AltamahaDawg

February 12th, 2010 10:13 am

“Joe Cox’ sore arm had ZERO to do with poor decisions. Or his lead on crossing patterns. He threw the ball as well as anybody, especially the long ball. And his arm had nothing to with not being able to run the football. THAT’S what we all saw how that worked out.”

END QUOTE

Joe Cox could not throw the ball as well as anybody, D.A.

Especially the long ball.

He had to take a day off every week because of his damn poor sore arm.

Aaron Murray is listed at 6 feet 198 lbs. He suffered a broken fibula and dislocated ankle near the end of the 2008 season. Then, he got here last year January 2009. Once he got here, I would not say he is particularly big, or tall. The SEC is particularly difficult when you are 100 percent, ask Caleb King who had the same exact type injury and to my way of thinking, it set Caleb King back quite a bit.

Aaron Murray enrolled early, as did Zach Mettenberger. Aaron Murray concentrated on his studies and it shows. Enrolling early did nothing for him in terms of being able to play last year 2009. By all accounts, Aaron Murray does not have the kind of arm that even Zach Mettenberger does.

Aaron Murray was not healthy 2009 here at UGA, and therefore missed practices. That is just not good.

By all accounts, Logan Gray has significantly more mobility than does Aaron Murray.

UGA’s Offense has been one of the Top 10 at throwing interceptions, every year, since DJ Shockley graduated with Honors at UGA in 2005.

2010 now, and we have zero quarterbacks ready to play. The 1 who we have had here now 5 years, they have asked to move to wide receiver, if he wants to.

He doesn’t want to. Logan Gray hasn’t had nearly the success of John Brantley at Florida.

John Brantley is 6 feet 3 inches, weighs 220 lbs. and is extremely tough.

John Brantley against SEC teams like UGA ?

3 of 4 including a Touchdown Pass against UGA in 2008. We gave up 42 consecutive points to start the game and lost 49-10 scoring a TD with the Florida players politely clapping on the sideline as the clock expired, after we had yanked Matthew Stafford. He did play against UGA again in 2009. They hardly needed him 41-17, you recall ? But, he played against UGA both years he was not redshirted at Florida.

# 3 Quarterback in the Nation, according to Rivals. Pardon me, that is John Brantley.

John Brantley has seen SEC action against Georgia twice, Vanderbilt twice, Kentucky twice, Arkansas, LSU, South Carolina and he has played against Florida State twice.

What the hell is this crap John Brantley is NOT READY ? B.S. He is very ready.

Whatever your dog dodo is about John Brantley, he is far BETTER PREPARED than ANY GEORGIA QUARTERBACK.

2007 redshirted. 2008 back-up to Heisman Trophy Tim Tebow and Florida won the National Championship. 2009 back-up to Tim Tebow and Florida ended up Number 3 in the nation, 1 loss.

104 yards rushing

54 of 76 passing

Only 1 Interception.

10 Touchdown Passes

645 Yards Passing

He played QB 61 plays last year. How many plays did you want him to have on the # 3 team in the Nation behind Tim Tebow, arguably one of the best college football players of all-time, who by the way played QB at Florida on 2 National Championship Teams before Alabama beat Florida last year as their only loss of the entire season.

This is John Brantley’s 4th year at Florida this season, and he is a Redshirt Junior as good as any Quarterback in America. Florida might lose a game this year. It will NOT be to Georgia.

Aaron Murray played shotgun only at Plant High School. He never not once got under center and took a snap.

Triceps tendonitis is what Aaron Murray has done at Georgia. This had prevented diminutive Aaron Murray from progressing at Georgia.

Aaron Murray will not be announced as The Georgia Bulldogs’ Quarterback any time soon, this according to Coach Richt.

He’s missed practices, just as Joe Cox did.

Joe Cox was here 5 years.

2005 he redshirted. 2006 he played against Colorado and won the game when we had to yank Matthew Stafford. He also played against UAB Western Kentucky and in game 4 against Ole Miss. He did not play 1 play the rest of the season. He had 17 completions total all season 2006. 2007 Joe Cox had 5 completions all season. We do not prepare Quarterbacks here like Urban Meyer does at Florida. D.A.

2008 Joe Cox completed all of 11 passes all season.

He was not prepared. He had a sore shoulder. Many practices he missed.

Last year, 2009, Joe Cox was starting his 5th season here and had completed a grand sum of 33 passes in his entire career.

Chronic Sore Shoulder Joe Cox had.

Constant.

Unceasing.

Unending.

Continual.

Persistent.

Unremitting.

Never-ending.

Ever-present sore shoulder.

It prevented him from practice every single week his 5th year senior year for UGA.

He has the flu to start the season, as you might recall the entire nation did; and, was flown to the game on a private flight.

Aaron Murray was NOT an option. And, speaking of option, his 4.7 speed in the 40-yard dash is not fast, either. His accuracy, with his weaker arm than Zach Mettenberger, may land him the job as everyone is hoping, but he is not ready and has had 2 injuries set him back already. Ask Caleb King about injuries. Caleb King missed the Oklahoma State game with not a broken leg but hamstring, remember ?

He also could not practice.

15 Interceptions by Joe Cox in only 13 games. His shoulder bothered him in EVERY GAME.

140 yards Tennessee Tech, 162 Oklahoma State, 146 Tennessee, 165 Florida, 76 Georgia tek, 158 Texas A&M, 173 yards Auburn. Consistently, he was unable to perform his duties as our QB, yet he was the ONLY OPTION. Surely, Logan Gray was NOT PREPARED. Zach Mettenberger has progressed MORE than Aaron Murray because Aaron Murray has missed practices. LSU we asked Joe Cox to throw the football 34 times and had 13 points to show for it. 13. The following week we asked Joe Cox to throw the football again 34 times, and we Lost by 26 points to the Tennessee vols. That’s 4 touchdowns we lost to the vols by. We asked Joe Cox to throw 30 passes against Kentucky, and we Lost at Home. His 20 passes against Florida didn’t turn out well 41-17, another 24-point loss another 4 touchdowns loss. And, his 30 passes against Oklahoma State netted us a grand total of 10 points for the game.

Don’t give me this B.S. Altamaha Dawg that Joe Cox did not have a chronic shoulder which prevented him from practicing every week and which resulted in us getting creamed on the damn field.

AltamahaDawg

February 12th, 2010 10:13 am

“Joe Cox’ sore arm had ZERO to do with… He threw the ball as well as anybody, especially the long ball. And his arm had nothing to with not being able to… THAT’S what we all saw how that worked out.”

B.S. Joe Cox threw the ball as well as ANYBODY, especially the long ball.

B.S.

chazzo

February 13th, 2010
10:09 am

SickandTired:

What I am sick and tired of is that Saban and Meyer are some Icons of coaching. Sure they are good coaches. But, they both walked into golden opportunities with special players. Many of the special players are gone now. NCs aside, the juries out. They haven’t been in their positions long enough. We’ll talk in another five years. I mean, Meyer just had a nervous breakdown.

In general, people who call others out for grammar and spelling on a blog should shampoo my crotch.

DirtyDawg

February 13th, 2010
10:15 am

The comments about how we fared in ‘08 following all those injuries are accurate. Sure, others will say we’re whining or making excuses but fact is the reason we didn’t do more to justify our pre-season ranking was those injuries to key players. So it happened. As for last year, one can never predict who will decide they’re ready to ‘cash in’ and turn pro, or who has just had enough of going to class, studying and taking tests..and try to turn pro. Well with us it ‘happened’ to be the two ‘best’ players – at least in terms of offensive production – on the team…so ‘09 was a disappointment. My point is that we’ve been denigrated for a ‘failure’ to live up to our billings and that represents our program going down the toilet – bull-hockey. Wins against Auburn and Tech late…what should have, and could have, been a win over LSU…a fundamental brain-lock on dealing with the basic of offensive play – bootleg, roll-out – by Coach Willie (a failure that in my opinion cost him his job) was the biggest disappointment of the season…but the performances, combined with the strong showing in that bowl game, showed me that we have what’s needed to win any game we play.

I believe that we have upgraded our coaching staff and that that staff will find that there’s more than enough talent on the team to turn us into a ‘force’ on defense. We may be rated, by some, as ’second tier’ in the SEC, but if memory serves, some of our best seasons came when we were picked to finish in the middle of the pack. Guess the thing with our being below South Carolina and Auburn must have to do with their experienced QBs and is understandable. What isn’t understandable is that Georgia has had better teams than both those guys over the past few years and there’s no reason in my mind to think that ‘our team’ won’t be better than those guys once again.

SickandTired

February 13th, 2010
10:20 am

Chazzo, man, I didn’t get on anyone for spelling errors or grammar. May God, this is a Georgia blog, it would be complete waste of time to try and correct all the posts on here…i mean really….now to the matter you posted, you just gave a wonderful description of Mark Richt when you were trying to downplay Saban and Meyer…….Richt inherited an abundance of talent and did quite well….now for the last 5 years he’s been stuck with the talent he recruited and…. no championships…..as I’ve said before he’s a good guy, a really good guy….he just sucks as a coach if you want to win championships….if you want to look good in the paper (get your teeth fixed)…want to look good in the eyes of the fan base (see mission trips) if you want to look good in the eyes of the referees (keep your team out of the endzone after scoring)….face it, he is done. You can agree with me now or agree with me later.
Georgia: The Wisconsin of the SEC (but deserves better)

1eyedJack

February 13th, 2010
10:29 am

CMR is just now catching his second wind.

jellybeandawg

February 13th, 2010
10:33 am

Very well put SickandTired. The truth in regards to Florida and Bama is that under the current leadership/ administration we we will NEVER catch them..

We can get the talent they get, we have the funds they have, and have the fan support they have. What we don’t have is the leadership and demand for excellence that they have. It’s not their fault that they are well coached and handle their business. Bama & Florida are to be applauded, Especially UF. Since 1990, they have held themselves to a higher standard than we have. They want to win. We want to sell techicolor DVD’s of Herchel, take pictures with Uga and talk about the “glory years”.

We’re the slackers. Even with goofy Zook, UGA only beat him once…and that was in his lame duck season. CMR is a good man, and a decent coach, but he’s not a great coach.

BuLLdawg

February 13th, 2010
10:38 am

Dirty

(1) strong showing in the bowl game just completed ? Texas A&M had a LOSING RECORD 6-7. Explain to me how that makes UGA great again ? I missed that.

(2) We handed the football 14 times per game to Knowshon Moreno in the games we LOST Alabama, Georgia tek and Florida. Explain to me how our Offensive Coordinator Whiz is going to figure out how to call plays in a big game, since he hasn’t beat an SEC Top 10 Final AP Poll team, and has a LOSING RECORD 5-6 against all Top 25 Final AP Poll teams ? Last year, Mike Bobo ripped the Redshirt he put on Washaun Ealey (our top running back 2009), off in the 3rd quarter of the 5th game – by which time the season was shot to hell in a hand basket. But, according to you, everything is rosy because you have some excuse for LAST SEASON because we did not have Knowshon Moreno and Matthew Stafford (Mr. fumble Mr. interception.)

(3) 2008 we had YOU SAID Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno.

(4) 2008 you came up with yet a DIFFERENT EXCUSE dirtydawg that waaah we had some OTHER EXCUSE.

(5) Specifically dirtydawg what we have done to not live up to YOUR BILLING YOUR HYPE dirtydawg is to go in fact 3 wins in 11 games against SEC Top 10 teams in the Final AP Polls in the entire Coach Richt Era.

Jeff

February 13th, 2010
10:43 am

D is the concern. Look at Alabama. New QB McElroy had good RBs, great O line, and good WRs. I would rank UGA better at all of those except for RB this year. The real success this year was special teams and defense at Alabama. UGA needs to focus its efforts to better kickoff coverage and a defense that forces the issue. All they need is a QB that can hand off, throw to AJ, Orson, Aron White, TK, and Marlon Brown. The QB will not the be the leader of this team. The D needs to set the tone. The O needs to protect the football. The special teams need to cover kick offs. All of those things will equal at least 10 wins with our schedule in 2010.

BuLLdawg

February 13th, 2010
10:52 am

I agree.

I get more than a little sick

more than a little tired

of reading folks on this blog try to tell me that John Brantley has not played against SEC teams

that we are going to win the SEC Championship

that we are going to win the National Championship

and cannot begin to address 2-7 vs. Florida in the entire Coach Richt Era.

17-19 vs Top 25 Final AP Poll teams the entire Coach Richt Era

8 LOSSES to teams NOT RANKED in the Top 25 Final AP Poll

And, now we have to come up with yet again some excuse why we cannot get

ANY OFFENSIVE RECRUIT in this entire freaking state

No Fun Offense.

BuLLdawg

February 13th, 2010
10:59 am

Hot damn, we’ve really been great on OFFENSE.
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OFFENSE.

We cannot line up and run a play without a Penalty.

We cannot line up and run a play without turning the football over.

We cannot figure out who Our Best Players are, and play them.

We give up on 3rd and 10 and run the football.

We cannot block for the pass.

We cannot block for the run.

We can hold.

We can false start.

We lose to an UNRANKED team in Final Poll EVERY YEAR for 9 years now.

We LOSE to the Top 25 teams MORE THAN WE BEAT THEM.

We have had 0 years when we got a great bowl game to cap a season.

We are an afterthought on the National Stage.

We are WORSE than LSU and FLORIDA in the Coach Richt Era.

We are WORSE than Alabama now too.

We are WORSE than Texas in the Coach Richt Era.

We are WORSE than Oklahoma in the Coach Richt Era.

We are WORSE than Southern California in the Coach Richt Era.

We are WORSE than Boise State in the Coach Richt Era.

We are WORSE than Ohio State in the Coach Richt Era.

We are CONSISTENTLY WORSE in the Coach Richt Era than ALL OF THESE TEAMS, INCLUDING NOW WE ARE THE 4TH BEST TEAM IN OUR OWN DAMN CONFERENCE.

17-19 vs AP Poll Final Top 25 and 8 Losses to UNRANKED teams.

Our Offense is the Problem. We do NOT have good play calls.

We waste the firepower handed to our Offensive Coaching Staff.

Bryan McClendon NEVER PLAYED RUNNING BACK for UGA.

Bryan McClendon was ONLY a RECEIVER for UGA.

His dad did. Maybe we should hire his DAD ?

He clearly cannot determine who should be our Running Back.

He clearly cannot teach any Running Back how to carry the ball so he doesn’t fumble it.

Bryan McClendon was a good Receiver when he played. Maybe he should coach Receivers ?

Why does it take until 3rd Quarter of 5th Game to play Washaun Ealey not Richard Samuel and not Caleb Freaking King ?

We Started Richard Samuel and Caleb Freaking do nothing King EVERY GAME at Tailback except 2 starts by Washaun Ealey.

WHO THE HELL DO YOU ANY OF YOU THINK IS A BETTER RUNNING BACK ?

I am not the 1 who is so damn smart, who should be hired as O.C. or head Coach. YOU ARE. You all say that Washaun Ealey CLEARLY IS OUR BEST RUNNING BACK.

So, why ?

Because we play FAVORITES, even those who have proven they are NOT as good as the ones BEHIND them on the Depth Chart.

Because our Running Backs’ Coach KNOWS NOTHING about Running Backs.

NOTHING.

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Tony Ball NEVER PLAYED RECEIVER.

Tony Ball taught AJ Green to be great ? I think not.

Tony Ball cannot teach Marlon Brown but CAN AJ Green ?

What’s that all about ?

Tony Ball was a Great Running Back.

So, why then is Tony Ball Coaching the Receivers Coach Richt ?

Shouldn’t Bryan McClendon have Tony Ball’s job and Tony Ball, Bryan McClendon’s job ?

They NEITHER are doing the job you put them in with NO NFL EXPERIENCE and with NO EXPERIENCE at the POSITION you have them BOTH as POSITION COACH for.

Why did we play Marlon Brown and LOSE AN ENTIRE SEASON throwing him only 2 passes all season long for only 15 yards ?

Why ?

Because our Receivers’ Coach KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT RECEIVERS.

He didn’t teach AJ Green. AJ Green was already All-America before Tony Ball was handed this CUSHY DAMN JOB “coaching” AJ Green.

In the Florida game at half time, they interviewed Coach Richt and asked him what they had to do to get AJ Green involved in the game ? Coach Richt glibly shot back : Throw him the ball ?

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John Lilly was a Quarterback.

What the F does John Lilly know about Tight Ends ?

John Lilly coached Tight Ends for Coach Richt the last couple of years.

John Lilly 1st year TE Coach, NO TE caught more than 5 passes all season.

John Lilly this past year has 3 of the best TE in the nation.

He cannot figure out that ORSON CHARLES will star in NFL for 10 years.

He thinks Aron White is BETTER because he caught 3 passes entire 2008.

Orson Charles caught 23 passes for 374 yards his freshman year, not 3.

John Lilly has Aron White Starter at TE for 3 passes caught freshman yr.

Why did we LOSE to Okie State, LSU and the vols ?

Losses because we did NOT Start our Best Players, play FAVORITES.

FAVORITES who proved they are NOT as good as one behind them on the Damn Depth Chart.

You want to KNOW WHY WE BEAT Georgia tek & Texas A&M ?

Because ORSON CHARLES was Starting TE in those 2 games.

Why does it take 11 games to figure out Orson Charles GREAT Aron White back-up ?

Why ?

Because we play FAVORITES; that’s why.

Give me a Freaking Break 3 catches all of 2008 makes Aron White Starter until Game 12 of a 13 game season. YOU SAID Orson Charles should have been the Starter in Game 1. I am NOT the one who should be O.C. or head Coach. YOU SHOULD BE.

It takes us until Game 12 of 13 to make Orson Charles Starting TE ?

Idiots.

THERE is NO WAY to RANK the PLAYERS, and get your PLAYMAKERS on the DAMN FIELD and have Orson Charles NOT START until Game 12 in favor of Aron White.

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MIKE FREAKING BOBO.

Alias Bozo.

He had a fine senior season for UGA, 1 of the best ever as our QB # 10 UGA.

Having taught our QB Matthew Stafford to have 51 Interceptions and Fumbles to his 51 Touchdown Passes, he is PROMOTED to Offensive Coordinator.

You may recall the previous OC was arrested for DUI. Neil Callaway.

Then, again, you may not. I do.

Neil Callaway finally left after his DUI as our Offensive Coordinator.

He apologized for the DUI, Neil Callaway did.

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2006 with Matthew Stafford and Neil Callaway Offensive Coordinator :
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79 NCAA Number 79 Passing Offense

90 NCAA Number 90 Total Offense

70 NCAA Number 70 Most Penalties

22 FUMBLES

16 INTERCEPTIONS

1 DUI by the Offensive Coordinator.

1 Beer Keg Photo at Talladega following Callaway’s example by his Starting QB

Any correlation there you think ? Nice coaching job.

Neil Callaway is 11-25 at UAB replacing Watson Brown 62-74 at UAB.

The DUI and Beer Keg Photos were Major Distractions in 2006.

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SO, WITH THAT BACKGROUND NEXT OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR hired by Coach Richt is MIKE BOZO, I mean Booboo, I mean Bobo, sorry.

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2007 UGA with Matthew Stafford Mike Bobo Offensive Coordinator :
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84 NCAA Number 84 Passing Offense

74 NCAA Number 74 Total Offense

85 NCAA Number 85 Most Penalties

18 FUMBLES

10 INTERCEPTIONS
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2008 UGA with Knowshon Moreno Mike Bobo as Offensive Coordinator :
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56 NCAA Number 56 Rushing Offense

116 NCAA Number 116 Most Penalties

19 FUMBLES

10 INTERCEPTIONS
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2009 UGA Mike Bobo Offensive Coordinator :
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80 NCAA Number 80 Passing Offense

75 NCAA Number 75 Total Offense

113 NCAA Number 113 Most Penalties

23 FUMBLES

17 INTERCEPTIONS
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This, not only is NOT a good trend, but Mike Bobo has NEVER BEAT a Final AP Poll Top 10 team, LOSING EVERY GAME.

Duh.

5-6 vs. Final AP Poll Top 25 with 4 LOSSES to UNRANKED TEAMS.

Duh.

Has FAILED to PREPARE a SINGLE QUARTERBACK, ever.

Talks about VALUING THE FOOTBALL and how we have to do BETTER at VALUING THE FOOTBALL, because of ME in here.

Then, promptly goes out instead and HAS SOME OF THE WORST PERFORMANCES by his Quarterbacks on Offense EVER on ANY TEAM in the HISTORY of FOOTBALL with combined FUMBLES and INTERCEPTIONS now EXCEEDING the number of Touchdown Passes as OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR.

Plus, he cannot even line his players up and run a play without a penalty.

3rd and 10 ? Running Play. Every time.

1st down ?

Throw a Pass.

Mike Bobo is so predicable that UNRANKED TEAMS’ coaches UTTERLY take him to the DAMN CLEANERS.

4 LOSSES to UNRANKED TEAMS as Offensive Coordinator.
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Bozo OC scored 12 points vs 6-Loss no Bowl Game South Carolina 2007.

Bozo OC scored 14 points vs 4-Loss vols 2007. vols scored 35.

Bozo OC put up 20 points vs 7-Loss Vandie 2007.

Bozo OC put up 24 points vs 5-Loss Kentucky 2007.

This was with Knowshon Moreno AND Matthew Stafford.

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Bozo put up 14 points vs 5-Loss South Carolina 2008 Knowshon Stafford AJ Green.

Bozo put up 10 points vs Florida 2008 Knowshon Stafford AJ Green.

Bozo applauded by FL players when Logan Gray scored with 1 minute to go.

Bozo put up 17 points vs 7-Loss Auburn with Knowshon Stafford AJ Green.

Bozo 24 Mich St 27 vs 7-Loss Ar St, 26 vs 7-Loss vols, 24 vs 6-Loss Vandie

This was with Knowshon Moreno, Matthew Stafford AND AJ Green.

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Bozo put up 10 vs Okie State UNRANKED Not Top 25 Final AP Poll 2009.

Bozo put up 20 vs 8-Loss Arizona State 2009.

Bozo put up 13 vs LSU who beat no Final AP Poll Top 25 team.

Bozo put up 19 vs 6-Loss vols. vols put up 45.

Bozo put up 27 vs 6-Loss UNRANKED Kentucky.

Bozo put up 17 vs Florida this year after 10 last year when he got applauds from the Florida players on the sidelines politely applauding Bozo for finally scoring with a minute left the only touchdown he got with Knowshon Moreno, Matthew Stafford and AJ Green.

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It has been a MISERABLE RUN with Mike Bobo as Offensive Coordinator.

There is NO OTHER WAY TO DESCRIBE IT.

Mike Bobo has NEVER BEEN OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR ANYWHERE.

But, we have to have a coach with 11 years NFL Experience to be our Defensive Coordinator, but our Offensive Coordinator can be of the same mold as all the other coach Richt hires on his “coaching staff” other than this 1 Defensive Coordinator with 11 Years NFL Experience.

No Knowledge of good play calls and no one ever said he did.

No Experience as Offensive Coordinator.

No NFL experience.

No Proof he can call plays.

Boos by EVERY FAN at Sanford Stadium for Bozo’s PLAY CALLS.

Dawg Tired

February 13th, 2010
11:28 am

Obviously, I could be wrong but I think all the concern over Grantham changing the defensive scheme is not justified. Personally, I don’t care how the front 7 line-up. Our problem under Martinez was a lack of aggressive play on defense. As long as the front 7 pressure and attack the offense, we should be better on defense.

As far as QB goes, while it is true that Stafford struggled his first year, he was a true freshman, not a red shirt freshman. That should make a difference. What we do not know is just how good Murray or Mettenberger really are. David Green certainly was not a weakness as a starter as a red shirt freshman and he was not as highly rated as either of these two. However, he was a great leader and obviously had a very high football IQ. If either of these two guys has those qualities, we should be fine.

1eyedJack

February 13th, 2010
11:29 am

BuLLdawg, that cannot be good for your heart.

Dawg Tired

February 13th, 2010
11:35 am

I think we should hire BuLLdawg as offensive coordinator. He seems to obviously know more about football than Bobo, or, at least he thinks he does. Pretty amazing when you consider that Bobo was the offensive coordinator when we finished ranked 2nd in the nation two years ago. My disappointment in now knowing that we could have had BuLLdawg as offensive coordinator that year and no doubt have won the national championship is great.

PappyHappy

February 13th, 2010
11:55 am

The biggest concern this aging fan sees is the HEAD COACH! Sabin was able to take a group literally on their back side, and in relative short order, turn them into a National Champion! It seems to be just the reverse with Richt after his first couple of seasons. He was very fortunate in having a David Green, a Stafford, and a Marino. Something is just not right — either it is the signing of wrong players; lack of discipline (which appears to be evident on and off the field); or lack of good coaching. Sadly, it could be a combination of all of the above!

JOE DAWGS

February 13th, 2010
12:12 pm

SORRY BILL I WAS A LITTLE HARD ON YOU ABOUT UGA BASKETBALL PLAYER ARRESTED.

hop

February 13th, 2010
12:40 pm

a redshirt froshman qb can win in the SEC,just look at bama last year who won a national championship with one.

dawgs have qb’s who have wealth of talent.it may require that several qb’s may need to play to utilize their individual strengths.

the new defense is more attacking and speed than read and react.the dawgs have the team speed and athletism to master with ease.

georgia will be the surprise in the SEC with a much easier schedule without having to play bama or lsu from the west.

Lakedawg

February 13th, 2010
12:43 pm

QB is the larger concern of the two issues. A first-year QB almost always creates
some problems. The defense is a concern too, but it’s not just a matter of our players
knowing what to do……our opponents also don’t know what we’ll do – and that’s very
valuable, as demonstrated in last year’s GA-TN game in which the TN QB professed
to know “exactly where they’d be” on every play. That’s the antithesis of what defense
SHOULD be, and it’s foolishness like that that has been getting us beat in games that
we should win.

DirtyDawg

February 13th, 2010
12:52 pm

Hey buLLdawg…sorry I missed your comment earlier before BK ‘moved on’…but my response now is the same as it would have been then…kiss my Bulldog a$$…and the sooner this site gets rid of you and your diarrhea of whatever passes for a brain, the better. Don’t know when, or if, you matriculated over in Athens, but it was clearly a mistake on somebody’s part. Regardless, my guess is that the program can do without your money and your commentary. I know I can do without your lunatic postings.

oledawg

February 13th, 2010
3:14 pm

BuLLdawg- You aren’t a Dawg, either. You are someone who achieved a moderate following slamming Martinez until he was gone. Now you have embarked on this year’s sojurn to keep posting to get rid of all our coaches including Coach Richt. You are not a Georgia Bulldog. Anyone that would believe what you type can easily see that one can substitute the name of any team and coach into the negative diatribe that you put toward this team and fanbase that you try to persuade that the “Sky is falling” and some parts will hit home. A sad few comments that mean nothing toward the success of this coming season. But you are not a Bulldog. You are a sad piece of rant that digs into the football game histories and attempts to sway a few fair weather fans toward the negative mind set destruction of our team. You signify nothing with your rant. We all can see it for what it is…. an underhanded attempt to get fan opinion positioned to look for everything that can be perceived as negative against this team and relagate it toward the coaching. You are not a Georgia Bulldog fan and you never will be.

Camden Mark

February 13th, 2010
3:42 pm

Coaching is what makes good teams great,as much as half the total sum in collage.Its a fact that the decline at UGA has been steady with Van Gorders departure.The D needs a good teacher and attacking style coach to bring out the game in the talent we have had all along.
Pointing out the fact that Willie is a dismal failure as a DC is just stating the apparent and dose not make anyone any less a “fan”.
This coming from a 47 yr born and bred Dawg.

Glenn

February 13th, 2010
3:44 pm

I think we will be improved on both sides of the ball. Whoever wins the QB job has to be an upgrade. Its true the new QBs are inexperienced but I think Aaron and Zack are both more gifted than Joe Cox. We may make some mistakes early but we’ll improve quickly. On defense we certainly do lose some big names. But better coaching and improved schemes will make a huge difference. We are still very well stocked with players on both sides of the ball. Steady not spectacular is all we need at QB and I’m excited about the changes on defense. I believe 2010 will be a very enjoyable season and a much improved one in all phases of the game. Go Dawgs!

Happydawg

February 13th, 2010
4:23 pm

Learning the 34 defense is a fairly easy defense to learn (I have experience with both). It is based upon gaps the offense presents you with. It is filling gaps not assignments as in the 43. Now the problem is the secondary, that is very similar to a standard 43 defense, can we improve here, let’s hope so.

QB is a concern in managing the game and correctly reading defenses. I know my dawg friends will disagree with me, but the most mobile of our QB’s is likely to be to our advantage. This favors Gray and Murray. Look for more running out of the QB’s, draws and rollouts with some option. I do not think either will survive as a pocket passer. Mettzie is to inaccurate and needs better mobilty, but
could be a in a battle with Mason for 3rd QB because Mason throws very accurately with shortt route passes.

Dawg 39

February 13th, 2010
4:29 pm

Two spring Practices and 2 fall camps s/b enough time to get a QB ready to play in the SEC. They do practice against a SEC defense. Check out the “spring practice roster by class” site. Only 4 CB’s listed. Lack of depth at DB and DL is my largest concern. Our offense will be great.

Dawg Tired

February 13th, 2010
4:53 pm

Were is BuLLdawg? He seems to have gone into hiding. First good idea he’s had.

Happydawg

February 13th, 2010
5:50 pm

BuLLdawg, please get back on you meds. OK, you obviously missed that stat that UGA last season scored every 19 plays they had the ball….tops in the SEC. Penalties and turnovers were a problem, but much more of the problem was the Defense. I can only imagine the fun you BuLLdawg had in your closet with Martinez!

Snoop Dawg

February 14th, 2010
8:57 am

Players don’t worry Snoop Dawg none. What worries Snoop Dawg is UGA’s Marlboro Man, Mark Richt and his sidekick BooBoo. These are clowns, not coaches. Players need coaching to reach their potential,stay motivated, and win against other teams. Pass the Koolaid…

Snoop Dawg

February 14th, 2010
9:03 am

Oh yeah, another thing. BULLdawg is right and the rest of you zombies don’t get it. An old Chief of Staff of the Army, Gorgon Sullivan, wrote a book called, “Hope is not a Method.” I highly recommend it for all you Koolaid drinkers out there…

Dawg 39

February 14th, 2010
2:11 pm

I am impressed by everythig about this website/blog ? including the number of comments, the subject(s)we are commenting on, and (usually) the validity of the comments (even those I disagree with). Keep It Up.

AceDawg

February 14th, 2010
2:15 pm

I’d put the emphasis in worrying about defense because I would think our QB can rely on talent around him, but the defense has to be better if the Dawgs will compete for a BCS type bowl. No matter who we lost on defense, Grantham with any remaining players would beat Martinez with all players last year returning this year.

Dr..Phil

February 14th, 2010
3:18 pm

Dogs will be fine..One of the QB’s will be another David Greene! Tech will be a major disappointment! Johnson will be exposed as Obama has been exposed! Florida has all these players but Meyer is a true headcase and the gators will be crying to let him go! Vols have nothing!

Bama2010

February 14th, 2010
4:14 pm

(((((((((((((((((45-42)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

hahahahaha

wait….

barneyb

February 14th, 2010
4:20 pm

Why ask whether QB or the Defense will be worse? They are both going to be substandard! Don’t expect great things from the Dawgs this year, either. Even as a fan, I can admit that it’s likely that we have seen the best of UGA already under Coach March Richt. Sad to say, but the damage is done.

dawginduluth

February 14th, 2010
4:28 pm

What bothers me the most?

Mark Richt. Hands down my number one concern.

Tombo

February 14th, 2010
6:00 pm

The two areas go hand in hand. Our defense kept spotting the other teams 2 or 3 touchdowns last year which put pressure on Cox to perform. If the D doesn’t do that again, the QB should be okay…asked to “not lose” versus “win” the game.
The D will be fine if we do three things differently from the past few years:
1) Have good fundamentals like tackling and angles
2) Play disciplined and avoid all the stupid penalties that kept opposing drives alive
3) Learn to make a halftime adjustment

Thogwummpy

February 14th, 2010
6:01 pm

QB obviously has to be the most concern. After all, the defense can’t get worse than it was under Martinez’s cowardly schemes—so that is bound to improve. QB is a mystery at this point.

DavidC

February 14th, 2010
6:04 pm

The Dog’s season is looking good just as long as they start Murray as QB. Saw him in the Spring game last year and he looked a lot better than the others. I believe that his Freshman year will be better than Stafford’s was. Gray should be used as a WR or try the 2 QB system.

With Grantham as coach the D will improve this year with his experience and will most definitely rush the QB’s and cause mistakes. Not to mention all the recruits they got for the D to fill any holes. The holes if any will be filled.

Looking for the Dogs to Finish in the top 10 or National Champs.

ChipperDoodle

February 14th, 2010
7:05 pm

Isn’t it time for Andy Landers to follow Willie to…anywhere but here. No one in college sports has squandered as much superior talent over the years as he. He never overcame the inferiority complex he developed over that mean lady dragon from the TN hills. Lose him now, and hire a decent women’s coach that can match Mark Fox’s intensity.

Ok. Back to the other Coach Mark, now. The defense will get some momentum just being free [of] Willie. The 3-4 will be more fun to play and the speed the Dawgs have will accommodate the alignment. They may run around like wild men for a few quarters, but at least they won’t be lost on clay feet. It will finally be fun to watch the Dawgs play defense again.

About the QB. Wild guessing is all we can do. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Aaron Murray get the start with Gray finally agreeing to move to a flaker/WR position used often in a set with Boykin on reverses, fake reverses and rollouts, composing a sort of hybrid option. Can you imagine that with a tied to a play action game using the two backs. Defensive coordinators will spend at least half the season catching up. Look at some of those Tech sets. Those are perfect alignments for running some of this stuff.

For change up in games where that alignment doesn’t produce quickly, it wouldn’t surprise me to see a more traditional approach with the conventional GA play action pro set using the Met to fire some passes downfield or draw to the halfbacks. If he can sell the fake, Bobo may have the guy who can pull off the classic like he and Greenie were able to do. Met has the touch to hit those open guys down the middle on the great fakes.

I hope Saban and Kirby are not reading our blogs.

Dawg 39

February 14th, 2010
8:45 pm

60 years a Dawg Fan. Knowledgeable. Butts & Dooley Supporter. CMR is not going anwhere for the next 4 years. Leave It alone. CMR is the best HC and we now have the best staff we have ever had, period. Just Saying.

Buddy

February 16th, 2010
11:47 am

Neither.

Georgia’s in great shape defensively with Grantham and we have 3 Elite 11 QB’s.

WR is a concern, not defense or QB.

Jonkdawg

February 16th, 2010
12:02 pm

You know we are gonna beatGT again this year….

icedawg

February 16th, 2010
2:29 pm

Defense definitely. If the defense can somehow return to the aggressive, turnover causing Junkyard Dawg status it once had, then it can offset the inexperience at QB. If the defense is not good then it does not matter whether the QB is experienced or not, other teams will have the advantage. The defense is probably going to have to compensate for the inexperience on QB, interceptions, fumbles, etc.. Another positive that can offset inexperience at QB is the emergence of a consistently productive running game, which we have also lacked in recent years.

Hisser

February 16th, 2010
4:27 pm

I agree with Buddy. Neither is a concern, we’re in excellent shape with our #1 SEC defense, and our 3 Elite 11 QB’s are spectacular.

Concern is whether we win each game by 14 or 28.