Mike Bobo’s playcalling didn’t do his young QB any favors

Aaron Murray did get to use his running ability a bit more Saturday. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Aaron Murray did get to use his running ability a bit more Saturday. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

We talked here earlier this week about Georgia’s game against Arkansas as something of a test for Dogs offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.

Well, it was.

And he failed.

Yes, there were defensive lapses Saturday that the Razorbacks capitalized on, including biting on that play fake on Arkansas’ first score, but thanks to too many three-and-outs again this week the Georgia D was on the field entirely too long to try and keep a high-powered offense led by a talented QB like Ryan Mallett in check.

And showing a lot of grit the Dogs did battle back from a 24-10 deficit to tie it up 24-24 with 3:55 left in the game.

But after a fine defensive series got the ball back for Georgia and the Dogs had moved to midfield thanks to runs by Washaun Ealey and Carlton Thomas, the bizarre playcalling by Bobo that had plagued them all day reared its ugly head again.

Third and 4 and rather than a quick slant pass across the middle, or sending Ealey or Thomas wide, or rolling Aaron Murray out with the option to pass or run, instead Bobo sends all the receivers at least 20 yards downfield and has his QB standing back there way too long. The result is a sack that took Murray’s helmet (and nearly his head) off and the Dogs let a chance to win the game get away from them.

I’ll grant Bobo that Murray has a tendency to hold on to the ball too long in some situations. As Bobo said after the game, “We need to work on getting rid of the ball a little bit quicker.” But that’s to be expected of a redshirt freshman and Bobo knows that. So why put Murray into those situations?

And the play of Georgia’s offensive line continued to fall short, with run blocking up the middle virtually nonexistent and Murray’s protection falling apart too often.

But time and time again Saturday, Bobo showed a lack of a short-yardage game outside the red zone. On an earlier third and 1, Murray was sacked waiting on receivers to get open on long routes. All they needed was 1 yard and he’s looking to throw long??!!

This wasn’t a great defense the Dogs were facing in Arkansas, but at times Georgia made them look that way.

Yes, the Dogs missed suspended ace receiver A.J. Green on some plays, but especially in the second half Dogs receivers, including Kris Durham, Tavares King and the little-used Israel Troupe, came up with clutch receptions.

And because of the poor line play, the running game was inconsistent, though it occasionally showed flashes of what we had expected.

I’ll also give Bobo credit for at least loosening the reins on Murray and allowing him to take off with the ball, which resulted in Georgia’s first touchdown. But where were the tight ends for most of the day? Why didn’t Georgia make more use of the screen and quick hits over the middle?

And there was the predictability factor again in Bobo’s playcalling. When fans in the stands are consistently calling out what the Georgia play is going to be before the snap, you know your offense has a problem.

And I hate to say it, but I think that problem is Mike Bobo. Absent the superior talent of playmakers like D.J. Shockley, Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno, who made Bobo look good in the past, he is revealed as a rather pedestrian offensive mind.

I’ll have more on Sunday, but for now, have at it. …

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Sweat Socks

September 18th, 2010
5:16 pm

Welcome to the club, Bill…

Embarrased

September 18th, 2010
5:22 pm

BOBO needs to go! I called almost every play before it was run from the comfort of my own living room. This is so disappointing…….

NC Dawg

September 18th, 2010
5:25 pm

The average Play Station NCAA football coach is superior to Mike Bobo. How many times did we run play action in the first half, when we weren’t running the ball well. Isn’t that a precondition of play action? I know that from just sitting on my butt for 40+ years and just watching football.

And how many straight years have we come into the season saying that the O Line will be the strength of the team, and it takes 3 quarters of the season before they finally start playing well. Searles has to go, too. These guys are Sun Belt or FCS- level coaches, at best. These players deserve better coaching.

Red Panties

September 18th, 2010
5:25 pm

It’s a good thing the dawgs led the time of possession or this thing could have gotten really ugly.
What’s happen to that great secondary coaqch we brought in-380 yards today passing-geez

Sandyspringsjacket

September 18th, 2010
5:26 pm

What happened to all the 4 and 5 stars. I heard the radio guy say THUGA needs better players, pleeease. Top 10 in recruiting every year. 0-2 in SEC.

Coaching ???? Look higher then Dodo BoBo!

Tampadog

September 18th, 2010
5:26 pm

Agree Bill. I also thought the TO before 3rd and 4 with 64 seconds left was a bad call. We’re at midfield with all 3 TO left. Why not get a play off with about 30 seconds left? If we get a 1st down, great. That leaves us with about 10 yards needed to get in FG range for 1 of the best in the nation. If no first down, it doesn’t leave them with enough time to score after we punt. I like our chances in OT. Yep, bad coaching cost us a chance to win this one.

Brian

September 18th, 2010
5:26 pm

These dawgs are embarassing offensively and on defense I noticed that CTG’s enthusiasm seems to have been dialed back. Let the coach get fired up damn it!

Hairy Dawg

September 18th, 2010
5:26 pm

For the life of me, I can’t figure out why Orson Charles didn’t have a reception today. The middle of the field is open. Where are the routes in the middle of the field?

Mike

September 18th, 2010
5:26 pm

Bobo thinks playaction is mandatory. I know Murray is going to hand to Ealey whenever he drops back to pass, and I know Murray will pass whenever he acts like he’s going to hand it to Ealey.

If we lost 5 games again this season, Bobo goes. If we lose 5 games again next season, Richt goes. We are weak, timid, and stupid.

I’m tired of sleepwalking in the 1st half, I’m tired of the false starts and turnovers in the redzone, I;m tired of the predictable playcalling, I’m tired of the arrests, and I’m tired of losing…. We have now lost 8 of our last 18.

Time to turn it around, Coach Richt.

senioadawgs

September 18th, 2010
5:29 pm

Bobo and Searls should be fired by EOD. Maybe we will be ready to play like a real team by the time the Tech game comes around like last year.

Run blocking and pass blocking was terrible. Play calling again predictable and just plain stupid.

Murray is learning and we have a good one. Now we just need to have an offensive mind that can utilize our talent.

By the way loafing by M Brown was the only reason the hail mary wasn’t caught. Loafing by the D again was the reason the last Ark. play was a TD. Everyone was just standing around. We really missed B. Smith at DB.

GADevildawg

September 18th, 2010
5:30 pm

Bobo has to go….the def has been fixed for the most part and now its time the O gets an overhaul. Time for new ideas, new plays, and new way of thinking that is not as predictable as an offense stuck in the late 80s. That play action on 3 and long aint foolin anyone….it aint Bobos fault he in over his head…it CMR for allowing this to continue. One last chance or he is gone after next year

Ath

September 18th, 2010
5:30 pm

I want to punch Mike Bobo while “my boys” hold his arms back. He deserves it.

dbc

September 18th, 2010
5:30 pm

There’s nothing more to say about this team until we have new coaches. We have equal or better talent than everyone else, yet the lack of discipline and boneheaded mistakes show up every week. There can’t be any more excuses. If CMR is still here 3 years from now, we’ll still be having these same conversations about the same issues. Time for some new blood McGarity.

Hey Uncle Jessie

September 18th, 2010
5:30 pm

What are you going to say next week when Mississippi State beats up on the Dawgs? Its gonna happen, get ready. You guys are a bunch of clowns.

TowDawg

September 18th, 2010
5:31 pm

Why in the hell would you not roll him out more, especially on that last 3rd and 4? Murray is a runner and a passer, but we make him stand in the pocket. If he had rolled out with a possible 5 yard dump pass or the option to run, he would have had a much better chance and made Ark really think about it. You’ve got a dual threat QB, USE HIM!

Hey Uncle Jessie

September 18th, 2010
5:32 pm

LOL, Bobo is this year’s Willie Martinez- another excuse. You guys are good at giving excuses. I know you complained about Bobo last year, too, but too bad your sackless coach kept him around. He is soft as baby doo.

Embarassed dawg

September 18th, 2010
5:32 pm

I agree 1000% Bobo has to go. His play calling is bad. When the announcers on TV are calling the plays, then it is too predictable. Also someone need to teach Ben Jones that when a d lineman jumps across the line of scrimmage, them snap the ball. I saw at least 3 times that happened and no snap. That is field position football. A 5 yd gain is a 5 yd gain no matter how you get it. I am also disappointed in the defense so far. Too many breakdowns in the secondary. I wonder if we have not over estimated our players back there this year.

Boo Boo's boo's from Sanford Stadium.

September 18th, 2010
5:32 pm

Vanilla, Bizarre and predictable as normal….. The play book was really opened up today !

TowDawg

September 18th, 2010
5:32 pm

One bright spot was that the receivers seemed to have learned to actually catch the ball. A lot of Murray’s passes weren’t great, but these guys hauled in a bunch that would have been sure drops in the past. As he get better, he’ll the deep ball down. Most of the deep catches today would have been TD’s if the receiver didn’t have to slow down and wait on the ball.

Hairy Dawg

September 18th, 2010
5:33 pm

Richt’s situation really depends on what happens from here on out.

We’re going to be favored in each of our next five games. We have to win all of them. No excuses. Win them all.

After that, it’ll be a question of what we can do besides our gimme win against Idaho State. If we win one of Florida, Auburn, and Tech, we’ll be right where we were last year. If we win two, we’ll be 9-3 and maybe feeling some positivity around here. Lose all three and Richt will be firmly on the hot seat in 2012. I have no doubt about that.

OKC Bulldog

September 18th, 2010
5:33 pm

I agree Bill, BoBo failed yet again at pointing his team in the best position to succeed. He does not allow Murray to work to his strength in key situation. Also forget about all that preseason hype about this offensive line being the biggest strength of the team, it may well be the weakest link of this team. They never create wholes for the runners and they are not doing a great job of pass protection for a young quarterback. Defense still can’t cover receivers or tackle very well.

We are in for a long season. I still think we get to 8 wins though.

Hey Uncle Jessie

September 18th, 2010
5:33 pm

Slick Willie Martinez, Mike Boo Boo, and who else? Who is the next fall guy? It can’t be the team, right?

mark

September 18th, 2010
5:34 pm

It’s not bobo just as it wasn’t martinez, instead it’s the head coach richt that is the problem. As the ceo of this team he keeps inept coaches too long and has had a sloppy, undisciplined team on and off the field for a few years now. He has lost it and will not seriously contend for an SEC championship again.

Hairy Dawg

September 18th, 2010
5:34 pm

Oh, and I don’t think there’s any way we win all three.

We’re not that lucky.

Hey Uncle Jessie

September 18th, 2010
5:35 pm

Hairy Dawg, what are you smoking to think you will be favored in the next 5 games? Can you give me a little somethin’ for my cataract?? Or are you really THAT stupid?

Hey redneck

September 18th, 2010
5:38 pm

What are you doing in that picture? Leaning in to look at porn on your computer? Nice glasses Sally Jesse Raphael.

DAWGBONE

September 18th, 2010
5:39 pm

I don’t know how much more ineptitude I can stomach. I get up for the game and crash and burn at the end. Murray played well with the hand he was dealt. And enough about missing AJ. We have other good receivers like Durham who made some fantastic catches as did King.

It’s going to be a long season trying to dIg out of this hole. I hate to say it but Bobo is in over his head. If your a CEO, General or a coach you just don’t say “I don’t know.” even if you don’t.

““I don’t really have the answers on how you’re gonna open it up with him. Just allowing him to make more plays, I guess, would be the answer.” Mike Bobo

It’s time to find somebody who knows the answer rather than playing the guessing game.

DAWGBONE

Tampadog

September 18th, 2010
5:40 pm

GAdevildawg: while I agree the D is improved, there are too many breakdowns in the secondary and they have trouble getting off the field too often on 3rd and long. The early retreat by our punt return team on a botched snap was big too. Turned what should have been a very bad play for them into a bad play for us.

GADAWGGIRL

September 18th, 2010
5:41 pm

You’d have to be blind not to know what plays are going to be called. Just like Spurrier said about our predictability, he was right on the money. We will do good to win ANY SEC games this year. We are now the joke of the SEC. Vandy and KY will beat us this year. Hope we can beat Idaho State. Wake me when the season’s over.

RG

September 18th, 2010
5:41 pm

Aside from Bobo (who has the offensive IQ of a brick), what the hell happens to all these 4 and 5 star recruits we get every year…..ARK had better athletes on the field than us today….how does that happen? Someone please PLEASE tell me!!

A Steaming Upper Decker

September 18th, 2010
5:44 pm

That flush you are hearing is all of the hopes of all SEC teams other than Alabama. Its a one team conference this year. Maybe Vandy can rise up.

CHDawg

September 18th, 2010
5:44 pm

Not to whine, but the guy that Ealey waved to as he went by to just about kill Murray led with his helmet to Murray’s head: Pretty bad call I thought. Jones was called for a lot less against OKST last year. Ealey better learn to block; he has a lot of potential as a runner, but he is lucky Murray wasn’t hurt by his lack of blocking (more than once.) Murray has a strong arm. If Brown had run a little faster he would have been on ESPN a thousand times this week! The receivers made some very nice catches, and Murray made some nice throws. D played outstanding if we could just erase about 5 plays. The safeties have to get better. The O line needs to get back in last year’s form and shape–I don’t know what is wrong there. The team looked like we hit a turning point, but we choked on offense at the two minute point. What might have been….

GADAWGGIRL

September 18th, 2010
5:46 pm

We have the talent, as much as any other team in the SEC, and Murray could be awesome. Unfortunately he is subjected to horrible coaching.

NC Dawg

September 18th, 2010
5:47 pm

Don’t know what is wrong with the OL? Stacey Searles.

Whopper Dawg

September 18th, 2010
5:48 pm

Bill, you are exactly right. Exactly. If Bobo can’t out talent the other team, we are in trouble. You are kind in your choice of words, I have a description of what kind of offensive mind Bobo has and it is not pedestrian.

jgb

September 18th, 2010
5:48 pm

Bill, spot on. Its sick and really sad. 3rd and 4 last drive and he is standing in the pocket? Roll out and let him use his legs and head to get the first down. Is Bobo serious? How can we not figure this out. The entire stadium sees it. Lets go!

Texas Dawg

September 18th, 2010
5:50 pm

Even the broadcasters for the game were wondering about the playcalling? BoBO needs to go! WE HAVE WAY TO MUCH TALENT THAN TO BE 0-2 in the SEC……D played better holding one of the better QB’s in the country but the offensive play calling was the worst! If we run the ball and short pass the last minute we get in field goal range!!!! WORST PLAY CALLING EVER! To loose like that in the last minute of the game….i’m sick!

aladawg

September 18th, 2010
5:53 pm

Yep, O line can’t open holes, can’t pass block, backs can’t block, defense full of wimps can’t tackle, don’t wrap up the receiver just hit them and bounce off backs can’t cover All of this pluse Pi– Poor play calling Richt has got to be an idiot. Bobo and Searls and who ever coaches the D backs need to be looking for a new job at seasons end.

Tampadog

September 18th, 2010
5:53 pm

After the 10 yd run on our 1st play of the last possession, why the drop back (sack) on the next play? If you want to pass, why not take advantage of AM’s strength and roll him out? Same thing on 3rd and 4. I don’t get it. That possession should have resulted in either a FG attempt with no time left to win, or punt with virtually no time left and we go to OT with a better kicker. Remember, we called TO at midfield with 1:04 immediately (dumb call) after the 2nd down and long run got us to a manageable 3rd and 4.

TallaDawg

September 18th, 2010
5:53 pm

Why does Ealey hate Murray? He consistently “missed” blocks that got Murray half-killed.

Sandyspringsjacket

September 18th, 2010
5:54 pm

BoBO the Clown,
How’s it feel to be Ohh -2 in the basement of the SEC east. Insult all you want- Nesbitt plays for championships, Murray plays for DoDo BOBO. Looking forward to November game.

GT can lose to THUGas and still be on the O-bowl, enjoy Shereveprt if you have a winning season.

Hairy Dawg

September 18th, 2010
5:55 pm

aladawg,

The defensive backs coach has been here for three games. That ain’t exactly much time to straighten that mess out.

I’d have no problem with a new O-coordinator and O-line coach, though.

BIG SWILL

September 18th, 2010
5:55 pm

The whole GA coaching staff is PATHETIC Mark Richt still has not figured out this is the SEC not acc. The success he early were down years for SEC please go get us a SEC coach.

Frankie

September 18th, 2010
5:56 pm

1- Get a 100 yard rusher–Richt’s 39-2 when that happens–Bobo hasn’t done this all season yet. Hand the ball to Ealey 25 times, is it that hard? How Bobo refuses to find a scheme to consistently get a rusher 100 yards, when he knows it’s Richt’s surest offensive strategy of getting a win, is inexcusable.
2- Having your QB go less than a 2-to-1 td to int ratio, when others in the SEC are hitting over 4, isn’t competing. It’s got to be up around 4 like McElroy and Tebow were last year, no exscuses, find a way. Murray’s at a 1.5 td to int ratio this season, whihc is worse than Joe Cox, which I thought was impossible to achieve.

MDAWG24

September 18th, 2010
5:56 pm

It is what it is my friends – we are young and very dumb and are going to lose more games but….what do you do at this point?!? Sit back and enjoy the fact that we love college football even if our team is truly a suckubus this year.

Dawg5150

September 18th, 2010
5:57 pm

Bobo is an idiot

September 18th, 2010
5:57 pm

it is too bad the players didn’t knock Bobo out of the game. And why does Richt allow that stupid play on 3rd and the game?

crap sandwich

September 18th, 2010
5:57 pm

You are wrong Bill. Bobo gets the blame, but her went to Richt many times in this game to inform Richt what was coming. Why is it all the blame goes to Bobo, when we hired the “offensive genius” Richt from FSU. Do you think for one minute the wonder boy Smart makes all the calls for ALA without Saban’s input. Answer No. So maybe we point the finger at Bobo and not consider that our nice guy head coach won’t question these call.

Sandyspringsjacket

September 18th, 2010
5:58 pm

Ealey’s the best hit and run player at THUGA. TOo bad you don’t use him more often.

lifer dawg

September 18th, 2010
5:58 pm

I have been saying UGA is done since 2007. How much longer will we suffer through another bumbling UGA season?? Goff had brighter spots than the product we see dressed on the field 14 years later!!! NOW THATS SAYIN SOMETHING. Muschamp and Kirby for 2011!!! Our sad football team might be 0-? in the SEC this year. We can’t hang with any body at this point except for Lafayette!!! What a joke we have become. It hasn’t gotten this bad since Goff’s last year. Hoping for the same ending….. New Coach here we come!!