A.J. Green in the Wild Dawg or is Bobo just teasing us again?

Is Mike Bobo serious about direct snaps to A.J. Green? (Associated Press)

Is Mike Bobo serious about direct snaps to A.J. Green? (Associated Press)

It would be easy to get all excited about Mike Bobo’s recent comments indicating he might use A.J. Green in some new ways this season.

Talking with the Macon Telegraph, Bobo said he was considering sometimes using Green as a running back or having him take direct snaps in what some call the “Wild Dawg” formation.

“That’s what you do as offensive coaches — you identify who you think the playmakers are and then you find a way to get them the ball, and obviously he’s our No. 1 guy,” Bobo said. “Really every game we go into it, we think, ‘How do we get A.J. the ball out of this set? Is there something new that we can do?’”

But we should keep in mind that all during the 2009 preseason, Bobo kept teasing us with comments about special offensive packages that we might see, including some involving Logan Gray and the Wild Dawg offense.

As it actually played out, Gray’s “special packages” consisted of being inserted into the game a few times for quarterback option runs so obviously telegraphed that everyone in the stadium knew they were coming. And while Branden Smith had a couple of scintillating touchdowns as a running back, Bobo never really did much with the Wild Dawg last year.

It’s possible that having an inexperienced redshirt freshman quarterback this year might mean Bobo mixes it up a bit more to take some of the pressure off Aaron Murray.

And, certainly, moving Green around on the field would be a smart move, especially considering the double coverage he pulls in his usual spot.

Since this likely will be the last season the Dogs have him, I’d love to see some special plays for A.J. out of the backfield.

But considering Bobo’s past record of talking a more varied game than he actually calls, I’ll believe it when I see it. How about you?

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152 comments Add your comment

sturn

July 20th, 2010
11:00 am

Really?

July 20th, 2010
11:11 am

Dawg Trainer

July 20th, 2010
11:14 am

Recipe for getting A.J. a knee injury. Simply too tall a guy to be running around in the Wild Dawg (really? Wild Dawg?).

If Bobo has a clue, I’ll give him another clue: Get the ball to Green IN SPACE. You’re welcome.

Will

July 20th, 2010
11:17 am

Give the ball to Ealey 25-30 carries/game and UGA wins 11 with relative ease.

SSIgator

July 20th, 2010
11:22 am

Had to feel sorry for AJ Green last year. Cox kept throwing off target, over the middle passes to him that he really had to stretch for. I am surprised he was not seriously injured. Better hope that Bobo and Murray realize that or UGA might lose their best player.

VillaRicaDAWG

July 20th, 2010
11:30 am

I’m with Dawg Trainer. This sounds like a 12 year old sat down after a round of grab a$$ with his buddies and started drawing out plays in the sand box…

Dawg House

July 20th, 2010
11:32 am

I say use AJ HOWEVER we can!!! It’s clearly his last season, so I’d rather go this season knowing what we could do with him as opposed to forever wondering.

This is what we need to do to compete!! Enough of the conservative play calling!! Take some chances, and not only could Wins result, but some big time recruits may as well!!

GO DAWGS!!!! 47 Days!!!!

BurningRedBleedingBlack

July 20th, 2010
11:33 am

AJ the best in the conference, He’s set to have a stellar season.

savannahdawg

July 20th, 2010
11:41 am

AJ may be our best weapon but he is not the only one. This team has multiple go-to guys. So yea, open up the offense, create some plays and show these weapons off!!!!

Scott W.

July 20th, 2010
11:49 am

Man I hope this is BS, if not this is not the way to receive a contract extension.

GeoffDawg

July 20th, 2010
11:55 am

Dawg Trainer stole my thunder. Completely agree. I’m all for getting Green the ball more in space but direct snaps in traffic for a guy that tall and lean is just asking for an injury. Not worth the risk at all.

Mad Mike

July 20th, 2010
11:57 am

please don’t call any “special formations” the wild dawg. that’s terrible. anything else would be better.

Burdell, PhD

July 20th, 2010
11:58 am

I agree that AJ should get as many touches as possible. He is your main guy on offense…well Orson Charles is a close second…but I would be afraid of some LB really teeing off on him coming out of the backfield in the Wild Dawg. He’s not as thick as some WRs his height…see CJ, DT.

I hope AJ stays healthy all year…and can play in Game 12.

GO JACKETS!!

GA Dawg in Iraq

July 20th, 2010
12:03 pm

If you are going to use the wild dawg, I would much rather see Brandon Smith do it.

Dawg House

July 20th, 2010
12:23 pm

I’m telling you, Bobo now sees that Richt is serious (see Willie Martinez) about getting the ship righted. We will see a whole new Bobo this year. And that makes me happy!!!

TXDawg

July 20th, 2010
12:27 pm

Since when does height have anything to do with someone running from the “Wild Dawg” formation? These dumb comments are unbelievable. Just more of an indication that some people need to shut up and just watch the game vs. commenting on them.
I guess Vince Young is too tall to be running from the snap too, right?

TXDawg

July 20th, 2010
12:29 pm

GADawg in Iraq – Branden Smith (spelled with an “e”) is my preference as well, for the record.

Dawg Trainer

July 20th, 2010
12:39 pm

First off, Dawg Trainer ain’t a Georgia fan. I AM a big fan of A.J. Green since his days at Summerville High coached by the legendary John McKissick. I simply don’t want to see him hurt running a gimmick offense. A.J. is your prototypical long, lean WR. Vince Young could play linebacker if he wasn’t a QB…completely different body types.

I will admit that A.J. could be effective as a dual threat if he could actually pass out of that formation, which makes Vince the threat he is. Nice try though, Tex…the Dawg Trainer has been involved in football since 1975. I have a LITTLE bit of knowledge.

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Scott W.

July 20th, 2010
1:04 pm

Yep, I’m pretty sure the ills of the last few years have been because there weren’t enough gimmick plays.

Bremen Dawg

July 20th, 2010
1:07 pm

Not only put AJ in the wild dawg, but Smith, Ealey, King and just pound them a few times. Then run some trick formations later with AJ in the back field just to keep the defense wondering.

dx107

July 20th, 2010
1:15 pm

I just heard GT rents their cheerleaders is this true? OMG, just to funny if so.

Joey

July 20th, 2010
1:36 pm

Remember the Kifins, “UGA is the easiest team on our schedule to prepare for. They’ve been doing the same thing for 10 years now.”

Anyone expecting Mike Bobo to be creative is delusional.

freelemur

July 20th, 2010
1:37 pm

yeah good call Will… 11 wins, easy. hahahahaha

GeoffDawg

July 20th, 2010
1:49 pm

TXDawg – height along with a lean build makes someone more injury prone due to the length of his stride. His body is more exposed and open to big hits vs. someone that runs with a short, choppy stride. Vince Young also has a much thicker build than AJ Green. Stop calling out others for voicing their valid opinions when you’re apparently quite the idiot yourself.

Scott W.

July 20th, 2010
1:55 pm

Your stupid, no your stupid…..

38 Yardline Dawg

July 20th, 2010
1:57 pm

Yeah, Joey. And the 45-19 result underscores the easy part. Of course, Willie did his part for the D.

38 Yardline Dawg

July 20th, 2010
1:58 pm

No, “you’re” stupid, Scott.

38 Yardline Dawg

July 20th, 2010
2:00 pm

And just for the record, “1st” and “2nd” folks are stupid, too.

Scott W.

July 20th, 2010
2:00 pm

Nope, I used your specifically.

chazzo

July 20th, 2010
2:02 pm

Did the “Lame Dawg” work against anybody other than Tennessee Tech? Scrap that BS. At least set it up so there is a chance that the single wing may do something other than run. don’t announce to the world that we are putting Logan Gray in to run the Wild Dawg because, you see, then everyone knows what the dang play is going to be. As far as AJ running it, if you are afraid he will get hurt returning kicks, why on earth would you put him in this situation?

DawgDay

July 20th, 2010
2:03 pm

No way you use him in that formation. Risk of injury is much higher. He’s the best reciever in the Nation – throw him the ball and let him do his thing.

Otto

July 20th, 2010
2:05 pm

Even if he does it will be 3 plays which will have been used up and known by the mid point of the season like Logan last yr.

Freida

July 20th, 2010
2:09 pm

Tick… tick… tick. Tuesday afternoon, and not a single UGA athlete has been arrested this week. The tension is almost unbearable.

Tick… tick… tick…

I will not be the next head coach at Alabama. I am the head coach of the Miami Dolphins

July 20th, 2010
2:22 pm

I would love to see AJ get the ball as much as possible. With an experienced O Line, great skill players, and a new QB, it seems we should keep things as simple as possible. I am the only one concerned about Murray getting hurt early?

Crackhead

July 20th, 2010
3:07 pm

Makes about as much sense as putting Logan Gray at linebacker.

DawgDay

July 20th, 2010
3:24 pm

Crackhead – that was good. When you have Smith, Ealey, King plus a QB who can move in the pocket keep your star WR doing what he does best – catching the ball. No need to waste him with some risky gimmick play.

Bulldog59

July 20th, 2010
3:34 pm

Anyone remember Charles Grant? Donnan put him in the backfield and he left the field with a serious injury.

End-around, reverses, flee-flicker, that’s gimmicky enough, you start with a direct snap, where Green is in the middle field where he could end up on the bottom of a big pile. That could spell disaster.

Dog Doug

July 20th, 2010
3:35 pm

AJ needs 10 touches a game.

Olson needs 6 touches a game.

Ealey needs 20 touches a game.

Get the ball to playmakers. Compare how Bama uses Ingram (21 touches a game), Hernandez was used at Florida (6 touches a game), Percy was used at Florida (10+ touches a game).

That’s how you win, stop the rotation garbage, it’s NOT best practice, it’s not what the champs are doing, Bobo’s “rotate playmakers for weaker players” philosophy is not working, it’s not averaging 40 points a game like Florida & Bama. Follow the leaders. Stop being so stubborn.

Looking Up

July 20th, 2010
3:38 pm

No way! Keep Green close to the line – not out of the back field. I would do nothing to jerpardize his health and running out of the back field can result in a hellaceous colllisions. No, No, No!

How2fish

July 20th, 2010
3:56 pm

Freida tick tick tick..Nov is coming prepare to assume the position ! Bug!

MacDawg

July 20th, 2010
4:02 pm

I love the Wild Cat. I want more touches for AJ. but the guys that seem to thrive in that package are shorter and stockier- natural running backs(Ronnie Brown, Mike Vick, Ricky Williams, etc.). It helps if there is at least the threat of a pass or the point is moot. Does any one think Florida is worried about Green throwing on them? And to who? Dump to a TE for 8 yards? His talent is catching. Put some one els in at QB for any wild dawg stuff. If Green still draws double coverage, it will open the run which is what the Wild Cat is all about any way. If the defense stacks against the run, dump to A.J. and let HIM make a play. If we just have to have a gimmick for him, let’s try a “hook and ladder”.

shane#1

July 20th, 2010
4:11 pm

Bobo is blowing smoke with this idea. You may see it in the first game just to give SOS something to think about. Wooten or Rambo along with Smith are actual weapons in the wilddog. Smith has the speed and Rambo and Wooten actuallt ran versions of the wilddog at times in high school.

shane#1

July 20th, 2010
4:17 pm

I don’t see why so many DCs semm confused by the “wild” formations. It seems to me that you could just blitz the hell out of them and maybe make some big defensive plays. Then again they don’t pay me six figures to x and o defenses. Sorry about the typos, the key board and I don’t seem to be getting along today.

Destin Dawg

July 20th, 2010
4:38 pm

Frieda is a rented Tech cheerleader… not many girls at GT… and some of ‘em aren’t girls !!!!

Gayter Hater

July 20th, 2010
4:57 pm

@ Will……..You are on the Money………Run the ball…..and we win out……its just that simple.
AJ is Great and we need him, but we have lots of good receiver’s WR & TE. Now we need a defense that can finish the tackle. Athens Georgia……there is nowhere better for college football PERIOD ! ! !

What??

July 20th, 2010
5:02 pm

I agree. Don’t get crazy.

RUN the ball with your two star RB’s!

Gratefuldawghead

July 20th, 2010
5:16 pm

How about hitting Green Down field on the stride AFTER handing it to Ealey a few times.

GO DAWGS!

Delbert D.

July 20th, 2010
5:23 pm

Wild Dawg, returning punts, end-around…how about some spread option?

Huey Dewey

July 20th, 2010
5:44 pm

Razzle Dazzle has been hit nad miss with the dawgs in the past few years. Dawgs just need to toughen up and play smash mouth football. Thats how its done in the SEC.