It wasn’t the fumble that doomed Dogs in Columbia

Georgia's defense had no answer to the Gamecocks' Marcus Lattimore. (Associated Press)

Georgia's defense had no answer to the Gamecocks' Marcus Lattimore. (Associated Press)

The initial temptation in assessing Georgia’s disappointing loss in Columbia is to say, as Mark Richt did after the game, that if only Washaun Ealey hadn’t fumbled inside the Carolina 5, the Dogs might have tied it up and it would have been a whole new ballgame.

But I’m not sure that’s really true. By that point, Steve Spurrier had already figured out that all he needed to do was just keep giving the ball to tailback Marcus Lattimore, and the Dogs frankly had no answer for that, in part because of absolutely horrendous tackling all day long.

Yes, Lattimore looks to be a special back. But way too many of his 182 yards Saturday were after contact. For for a team that supposedly stressed defensive fundamentals in the offseason, the Dogs looked nearly incapable of stopping the run. That’s got to change.

They didn’t tackle much better on passing plays, either, which exacerbated the height advantage Carolina’s receivers already had. About the only positive for the defense Saturday was Georgia successfully pressuring Stephen Garcia. But even then he frequently was able to dump the ball off and still get positive yardage, something Georgia’s Aaron Murray struggled with.

Speaking of Murray, the redshirt freshman made a few mistakes but generally played as well as could be expected considering he appeared to have been hamstrung by Mike Bobo’s ultra conservative, shamefully predictable playcalling. It also looked like Murray’s  coaches had drummed it into his head that he shouldn’t take off running when his receivers were covered, so much of the spontaneity was taken out of his game.

The reality, as Richt conceded in the locker room afterward, is that with Murray Georgia’s coaches have to “just let him play.” There was one sack Murray took in the first half when, having been chased out of the pocket, he seemed lost about what to do. His natural inclination, no doubt, was to tuck it and run, but he didn’t.

The Dogs had their moments offensively on Saturday but only in spurts. Mostly it was three-and-out. Bobo offered up nothing that should have surprised Carolina defenders. I mean, Ealey in the Wild Dawg or wildcat or whatever you want to call it is about three years behind the cutting edge.

Even as thin as Georgia is at quarterback, it does no good to try and play it safe if it means you take Murray out of his comfort zone. They have to let him play the best way he knows how.

On the other hand, perhaps a series or two riding the bench next week might get the message to Bacarri Rambo that loafing on the field just won’t be tolerated. You have to wonder if the fact that Rambo was pretty much a designated starter all through the offseason got into his head a bit. He definitely didn’t look like the Rambo of last year, who was willing to sacrifice his body for a stop. As former Georgia player Verron Haynes tweeted after one play that Rambo took off: “[I'm] usually not [negative] on players but #18 that was not UGA football!! We hit hard EVERY PLAY.”

Overall, a disappointing day on both sides of the ball. I’ll have more on Sunday. …

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12-2

September 12th, 2010
1:19 am

We spent the entire off-season being arrested / suspended AGAIN.

We were NOT ANY MORE READY to play South Carolina today than we have been to play any of The SEC East teams the last 5 consecutive years now. On offense today, we were 3 of 11 on 3rd down conversions and for the 39 th time in 9 years and 2 games we FAILED to score more than 2 touchdowns again today. We have lost 28 of those 39 games in the Coach Richt Era where we don’t score more than 2 touchdowns.

-0- Touchdowns today.

Nice.

Real Nice Offense there Mike Bobo and your uninspired play calls.

I see we threw -0- passes to Branden Smith today.

We were NEVER in this game.

NEVER.

Georgia’s “Offense” started out slowly, sputtered, and then petered out altogether.

There are clearly 25 other teams better than Georgia, this now 10 Coach Richt Seasons.

12-2

September 12th, 2010
1:20 am

Please Coddle the players, Coddle Coach Richt, Coddle Mike Bobo, Coddle the Administration for allowing this to CONTINUE UNABATED for 5 years now in a Row.

Next Season, after this season – NOW OVER – we will have LOST 15 seniors and 4-5 juniors after this season.

So, it ain’t going to be any better next year.

Let’s have some more players ARRESTED / SUSPENDED tonight please. Obviously, we need to be out on the town, CELEBRATING to quote Bill King.

How many games do you expect to win scoring -0- Touchdowns ?

B.S. Coach Richt on your B.S. Offense, your B.S. EXCUSES, your B.S. FORGIVENESS, and B.S. on all your National Championship Arrests / Suspensions.

You cannot be the 7h best Coach in America with 20 teams with MORE WINS than you over the last 5 years.

You’ve LOST IT Coach Richt, and WHERE YOU HAVE LOST IT is on OFFENSIVE PLAY-CALLING, OFFENSIVE RECRUITING, and LACK OF DISCIPLINE.

Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Auburn, LSU, and South Carolina are ALL better teams than Georgia in his Year 10 of this Regime, marked by 5 good years and then what we have endured these 2nd Five Years of the Coach Richt Era. Bottom HALF of The SEC 2010. And a LOSING RECORD to SEC East the last 5 years, when there only was 1 opponent.

We should secede from The SEC and join the Lousy ACC where we can beat nobody teams. Imagine, 39 football games of The Coach Richt Era where we have NOT scored more than 2 touchdowns and LOST 28 of those.

We are SO GREAT on offense.

fan

September 12th, 2010
1:25 am

thank you bill king

12-2

September 12th, 2010
1:44 am

Savannah Dawg,

No, what is going to happen is that we will have the same Bible-Thumping posters in here telling us how great we are.

10-11 vs SEC East last 5 years now

rincon dawg

September 12th, 2010
1:56 am

Maybe bobo should get play calling for dummies. Wait a minute he’s already using it.

McDawg

September 12th, 2010
2:35 am

O-Line suxs-i said it before-i wil believe it when i see it and didn’t see it- A. Murray was more than fine-the rest of the cast was terrible-do we have any depth at O-Line that can step up- G-Glenn was just awful

McDawg

September 12th, 2010
2:37 am

and no desire no pride no heart

76-DAWG

September 12th, 2010
3:49 am

Well it’s time to get rid of Bobo. He just doesn’t have what it take to be a successful coordinator. He said it’s time to let Murray do his thing. Why the hell did you wait until after the game.
If UGA had Lattimore on our team and if he would have even played by now he certainly wouldn’t have run the ball 37 time , even if our opponent couldn’t stop him. That the difference in a great coach like Spurrier and CMR who is satisfied winning 8 games. How many times did Bobo and CMR have something working on the field last year but after having a lot of success in lets say the 1st quarter with a particular play never even run it the rest of the game.
When something is working and your opponent can’t stop it, you need to run it that much more until the other team proves they can stop your success. That’s the difference in a good coach vs. a great coach. Get with the program CMR but 1st dismiss Bobo and be the coordinator yourself for the rest of the year.

Brian

September 12th, 2010
5:10 am

Corninmypooh-
A whiteboy from Boston College was the best linebacker in the country..really?!
The best linebacker in the country last year was Rolando Mcclain by far. Why is it always up to the white guy to provide leadership? Last time I checked football was a team game. I do agree with you about leadership within the team,I just respectly disagree when it involves race. Its not always the black guys fault when things dont go right.

crap sandwich

September 12th, 2010
5:12 am

Look, SC had a better game plan and coaching today. How do you beat the 3/4? It is basic, run between the guard and tackle. SC did it at will all day. How do you stop Georgia’s offense? Just let Bobo do it for you.

Destin Dawg

September 12th, 2010
7:31 am

predictable, conservative playing calling …ex. no roll outs.. pass to TE’s once in awhile.. no trickeration… O line can’t run block (for several years now)… put your best players in… ex… give Malcome a shot if King is hurt ?? put Ogletree in if Rambo is loafing… I’m tried of defending CMR to my WIFE !!!

Sugarbritches

September 12th, 2010
7:32 am

“I really don’t know why you can’t ever win,”
Fire BOBO NOW – Nothing to Lose
September 11th, 2010

I believe we did yesterday sir, or ma’mm as the case may be.

Just got beat

September 12th, 2010
8:09 am

I love how whenever Ga. loses we hear the “we didn’t use all of our playbook” or we held back. The truth is that Ga. was beaten by a better team on Saturday, better coached, better prepared, and just as talented. Ga. fans don’t want to admit it, but this was the reality. Kid yourselves if you want to about holding back, but it was a pure and simple ” ” whipping and real fans know it. The Dawgs never led or threatened to take the lead. You just flat out got beat.

kevin

September 12th, 2010
8:14 am

freshman year groin, sophmore year shoulder, junior year 4 games stupid decision. you owe us another year AJ

BuckeyeDawg

September 12th, 2010
8:18 am

COuld have sworn I heard Richt say on the pregame radio show, “Caleb warmed up good. He should play.” However, in the post game interview, he said, “I didn’t see him warm up.”

Did he or didn’t he?

BuckeyeDawg

September 12th, 2010
8:19 am

Just go beat – you are EXACTLY right.

Eddie

September 12th, 2010
8:36 am

This just in: Lattimore has scored again.

12-2

September 12th, 2010
8:59 am

Every game where Caleb King, # 1 Football Player in the State of Georgia and either the # 3 or the # 4 best running back in the United States of America has 1 yards total or fewer, we lose.

So, I saw 1 numbnuts determine therefore that Caleb King is GREAT – as a result of this fact.

Since 2007 Caleb King has COST us all those games because he is a pretty boy, not tough, always saying Coach I don’t feel good and even tol Ken Malcome as soon as Ken got here that playing tailback at UGA is no fun and a grind.

Jordan

September 12th, 2010
8:59 am

Mark

September 12th, 2010
9:02 am

Spot on…. basically texted my daughter at UGA the same observations….. horrible tackling, not enough hats on the ball…. Rambo needs to sit…. Take the gloves off…. Murray can flat out play…. It’s going to sink in at some point…. MR is just an observer…. like he’s above it all…. flatliner….

Pago Pago Dawg

September 12th, 2010
9:02 am

Did you notice the “passion” on the SC side vs the “no passion” on the UGA (coaches/players) side! Sad…..

c0ck-O-mite

September 12th, 2010
9:06 am

I’m obviously still gleaming from the win, but in the back of my mind I know we didn’t defeat a real UGA game. Had Green been on the field everything coach would have done would have been entirely different. I didn’t quite understand Richt’s decision to tie Murray down that first half of ball either. He looked amazing last weekend and will prove to be one of UGA’s best in the future. This is the best team we have had in decades and yet we still needed a fumble recovery to seal the deal. UGA will be just fine. I’m just happy we never play you guys at the end of the season.

Go c0cks!!!!!

Jim

September 12th, 2010
9:09 am

Bill,

With everything remaining constant; no Green, new defense, what have you, what really cost us the game was Richt’s bonehead decision to attempt to hide and baby Murray for the entire first half instead of turing him loose and allowing him to play his style of ball. It was obvious he and Bobo had brainwashed the kid this past week during practice demanding him not to use his feet anymore. He could have gotten 3 or 4 first downs himself easily. This was an idiotic decision and could have very well cost us the division.

roughrider

September 12th, 2010
9:09 am

The Dawgs were outplayed on the field on offense, defense and coaching. The best team won. Congratulations to SC and the old ball coach.

topcat803

September 12th, 2010
9:12 am

why don’t you ga fans understand, that you just got whipped. Even if you had scored a td, when the fumble happened, there is no guarantee that you would have gotten the 2 points. Carolina has one of the best defense in the nation. they also have a good runing back to take the load off the qb.Only time will tell how sc will finish this year.

hahahahahahhaa!!!!!

September 12th, 2010
9:14 am

Bill if you get paid for this blog then I deserve a cut. You basically just repeated, WORD FOR WORD, everything I said on here last night.

@ topcat803

September 12th, 2010
9:15 am

How is your Nesbitt Heisman campaign coming along there, chief?

Buckeye

September 12th, 2010
9:15 am

I knew Ealy was a punk and a thug when he spit on a Weslyean player during the Class A championship a couple years back. Wesleyan won…….with class.

Elliot

September 12th, 2010
9:16 am

roughrider,

I wouldn’t go as far as saying the “best” team won. Clearly the more veteran team won and they also had a coaching staff that actually let their team play. If anything, the smartest coaching staff won.

too funny

September 12th, 2010
9:17 am

now the bugs are pretending to be Suckeye fans? This is classic!!!

gadawg

September 12th, 2010
9:18 am

Thomp – You apply for the HC job and see if you can do any better. If you;re a parent you know that you cannot control kids 24/7. The arrest make headlines because the AJC and local news media want them too. Coaxhes do not play the game. Players play they execute.

We are way too conservative in play calling. Too predictable. Richt and Bobo need to let Murray loose.

I keep tellin' ya

September 12th, 2010
9:21 am

I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it. Richt is being paid under the table by an uber-rich Tech alumnus, and/or alumni. He has made losing very winnable games into an art form. What coach in his right mind would think playing NOT to win, while attaching a 20 pound medicine ball to the ankle of his qb would really end in victory? I mean seriously…..

Wake up Dawg nation!!!

Pago Pago Dawg

September 12th, 2010
9:23 am

This is easy…no coaching….no passion……no wins!

brett

September 12th, 2010
9:26 am

Yes, Green not being there cost us the game because SC knew Richt would be so f’n ultra conservative with his freshman QB if he didn’t have the best receiver in the nation out there to throw it to. And hey guess what…he was right.

tide roll

September 12th, 2010
9:31 am

Bill!? who in the heck was No. 73 for S. Carolina. I think it was ROKE WATKINS, a 6′4″ 320lb. OG from Fairburn, GA. Talk about dominant! I thought JAMES CARPENTER from Augusta, GA. and Chance Warmack from Atlanta, GA. who play OT and OG for the Tide looked awsome! Also, Jujuan James from N. Gwinnett in the state of GEORGIA started for UT at OT. as a freshman. He’ll be an All-American . Dawg fans get ready for Ray Dominguez from Bainbridge, GA. He’s a three year starter at OT for Arkansas who brings it! Good move on Bean Anderson. Chris Davis and Tanner Strickland are so much better. Gid rid of Bobo and Searles and fire Richt if he ever hires another “good ole boy” Roll Tide

Snoop Dawg

September 12th, 2010
9:33 am

Dawgs have lost the Mean.

The team looked like a ball of overcooked spaghetti out there.

Da Preacha Man’s aloof demeanor on the field is to blame.

Bobo’s got to go. A high school kid could come up with a better game plan. We’d have been much better off just letting the freshman quarterback call the plays on the field. How long must this BS go on?

The Dawgs have no dedication to Team or half of them would have gotten themselves suspended. AJ Green is a disgrace. If he needed the money that much, I’d have given him some… So is Waushaun Ealey. If his head had been in the game and on the field instead of breaking the law perhaps he could concentrate. Same with the rest of em.

We are the laughing stock of the SEC. They call us the Thugs, and for good reason. Where is the discipline and team dedication? Did you see the comment that UGA VIII needs a prison stripe sweater? That’s just sad.

I like Grantham. He’s in a bad situation as his MO calls for a disciplined and dedicated team. Until we get a real ball coach and someone who can come up decent play calling, you’d bettter get used to mediocrity with one of the most talented teams in the nation—AGAIN.

the joys of being a Dawg fan!!

September 12th, 2010
9:38 am

Now we’ll get to watch UGA and Richt coming home next weekend and playing like they did in the second half of the SC game for the entire game against the Razorbacks and watch them defeat a highly ranked Arkansas team; which will only leave us all to wonder “what if” Richt had gotten the memo before the start of the SC game.

What a headcase!!!

bingo tide roll

September 12th, 2010
9:40 am

if UGA, and Tech for that matter, would put the lockdown on top recruits, then none of our bordering neighbors (minus Florida of course) would have any success of their own.

Jared

September 12th, 2010
9:43 am

I would have been just fine with losing yesterday had I felt confident that Richt and his staff did everything they possibly could to win that game given the circumstances of no AJ. But the fact that it is obviously clear to us all that Richt and Bobo had mentally strapped Murray into a straightjacket and tied his ankles together for that entire first half leaves me with a very bitter taste in my mouth.

Thanks for gifting wrapping yet another loss for us coach.

Snoop Dawg

September 12th, 2010
9:44 am

I cannot believe that we are paying Richt $3M per year and the Bulldawg Nation is so submissive about it. DON’T YOU CARE ABOUT GETTING A LITTLE VALUE FOR THE MONEY? That equates to a tax of about $100 per student per year just to have this idiot posing for the cameras and striving for mediocrity.

Snoop Dawg

September 12th, 2010
9:46 am

If there is anyone in the Bulldog Nation who supports Mike Bobo, I’m calling you out right now. I challenge you to come out of the closet and stand before us.

common sense

September 12th, 2010
9:49 am

Guys, calm down and use your heads. South Carolina is not a good team. You really think a one dimensional team like that is going to run the table? Get real!!! Look at how they struggled at home against a horrible brand new defense that couldn’t tackle if their lives depended on it and against a coach that for whatever insane reason refused to allow his qb to play for an entire half!! No, SC will lose several games this year, which means UGA is still very much in this if their defense comes around and Richt stops sabotages his own team.

BlawgDawg

September 12th, 2010
9:50 am

Why can’t we get a head coach and an offensive coordinator with as much common sense as Snoop Dawg. Get the ouija board out and let’s recall the spirit of Erk. It’s the only way this poorly coached chain gang has any hope of winning. Oh yeah…how about waterboarding the next idiot with an idea like a black out!!!

wow!!!

September 12th, 2010
9:56 am

Man, what kind of mess has Aaron Murray gotten himself into? Not only does he have to compete against tough SEC defenses very weekend, but he clearly has to battle his own idiotic coaching staff as well.

Unbelievable.

BlawgDawg

September 12th, 2010
9:56 am

Did anybody else notice that the preachaman was not looking his usual svelt seff? I guess he’s self-medicating his stress of getting the axe by strapping on the spoons and getting after the Ben & Jerry’s…

D-wood

September 12th, 2010
10:06 am

Did I watch a different game than most of the idiots on this blog? Are you really comparing this years defense to last years? We gave up 17 points , had 4 sacks, and caused 1 fumble. This is with a new scheme, new staff, and 2 games in? I think Grantham is doing a good job. Didn’t we give up 35 points to an inferior team last year?

The problem is Bobo. He should have been fired with Martinez last year. He play calling is horrific. We finally get our freshman quarterback in a rhythm in the 2nd half and you decide to run the wildcat twice? Why? Are you trying to disrupt his confidence?

This will be a good team by years end but we will never be top tier with Bobo. He is in over his head and should have never been given the job. I just hope Richt realizes this before it cost him his job.

And Tech fan, please don’t compare the 2 games. We lost to a ranked SEC opponent on the road. You lost to a team that had lost 9 straight. That high school offense is no longer surprising people, your defense is horrible. Not a good combination. You reached your apex last year. Your messiah, Paul Johnson will be gone within two years. Josh Nesbitt is the best quarterback you will ever have. The 5′10, 165 lb quarterback Johnson recruits will never survive a full season in a major conference(even the ACC). Back to being irrelevant.

ChipperDoodle

September 12th, 2010
10:07 am

I’m beginning to agree. Bobo needs to go. His scheme is predictable, constricted and consistent. Bad combo. Sorry. I like the kid. He’s just not growing with the job.

TazzDawg

September 12th, 2010
10:10 am

I’m all for firing Bobo, however, that won’t change a thing. This is CMR’s offense, his playbook, his play designs. Bobo should go, no question about it.

If you think things will change, they won’t. Not until CMR is gone.

Did anyone sse the Alabama game? Thats how true champions play. UGA will be a second tier SEC team until we get a coach with a killer mindset like Saban has!

CMR is a good man, he ruled the SEC when there were only second tier programs, after Spurrier left FL, before Saban and Cryer. Now that the coaching bar has been set much higher, you see he is out matched as a motivator, strategist and football mind. He will never win a NC, at UGA or anywhere else for that matter. Well maybe in Division 2.

wildbill

September 12th, 2010
10:24 am

I’ll keep this short. With 3 timeouts in less than 5 minutes in the 3rd qtr, it was painfully obvious that the coaches had lost all semblance of coordination and control. And ol fat CMR could hardly hide behind those LcoolJ sunglasses. The word is out. The bullpuppies are there for the picking. No more teachers colleges to beat up on. It is all a facade. Behind the scenes it is just plain ugly. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are more shoes to drop on this ugly cash from agent thingy……..

topcat803

September 12th, 2010
10:31 am

I do root for ga tech, since I was raise in marietta, but I never thought that Nesbet would win the Heisman. Since I lived in Columbia for over 23 years, I believe that Clemson will beat tech. It’s going to be a long year for the ga fan and tech fans.