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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Dirty Dawg

September 19th, 2010
3:02 am

‘Hey Daddy, what does the announcer-man mean when he says our quarterback doesn’t have any ‘check-downs’ to go to?.’

If I heard that comment once, I heard it a million. Sure seems like the only option right now is for Richt to go back to calling plays – although I doubt if anything will get this ox out of the ditch. What’s so disheartening is that we overhauled our defensive coaching staff and this is all we have to show for it, and now it’s patently obvious that the O-staff has to be replaced. Pretty sad commentary, don’t you think?

Well, maybe the Braves will give us something to hope for over the next month or so, cause we sure can’t look forward to much with the Dogs. We look about as bad as I can remember.

As for Mr. Green, out of frustration last night I posted that since we very well may lose all three of these games he’ll be suspended for – including Miss State next Saturday – then why not make a statement to him and others that may not realize that pulling your head out of your ass is part of the deal when it comes to being here, and just kick him the hell to the curb. Tell him goodbye and we hope he has a good life in the pros, cause his stupidity managed to make sure that the University of Georgia had the worst season of the last twenty years. Oh yeah, meant to ask, anybody see anything more than four wins this year? Name ‘em. In fact, name the four.

MICHAEL

September 19th, 2010
3:30 am

FIRE BOBO THE CLOWN!!!!!!!!!!!

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September 19th, 2010
4:03 am

[...] at times and afterward wore a bandage under his chin to cover cuts (he said from his chinstrap). 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, [...]

DawgFan32

September 19th, 2010
4:23 am

Bobo needs to go. Im a 20 yr old college student and I can predict which play he is going to run. 3rd and 3 you can go ahead and plan on a a HB dive right off the tackle….GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR A$$ BOBO

Ron

September 19th, 2010
5:15 am

The Dawgs are dead. What a waste of scholarship and dubious talent. Hey Hey… Ho Ho… Bobo’s got to go. and Richt? go back to preaching… you certainly can’t instill FEAR in any of your players…you all should be tarred and feathered.

Stilladog

September 19th, 2010
5:34 am

Granted the play called took too long to develop. But the sack at the was largely due to the failure of Ealey to even half heartedly block on the play. Last week the fumble, now this.
Television is brutal to a play when he’s mailing it in. Last week several defenders were caught on camera standing in their zones while other guys were missing solo tackles. Pride and attitude starts at the top.

12-2

September 19th, 2010
5:38 am

Altamahawdawg

RED DOG 77

2 weeks in a row BOTH these Numbnuts have FAILED to show up.

WHY ?

Lose to an Arky team who is going to lose 3 games this season. That is NOT a top team. They play a weak schedule and will be soundly beat by any good team. We’re not 1 of those. AGAIN.

Our quarterback has 9 sacks in his first 2 SEC games, an interception, a fumble and 1 touchdown throwing and 1 running.

He also made a lot of mistakes

The 3rd down and 4 after the predicable run the previous play, was obvious pass play, one Aaron Murray had to know he had to get rid of. After all he already had had bone-jarring sacks, 5 of them already in the game. I wasn’t sure he was going to get up on some of them. When Aaron Murray took that 8-yard sack, we punted with 54 seconds left in a tie game at HOME vs Arky. 3 plays later, we had lost our 2nd game in 2 weeks both SEC games.

Please insert your excuses why a coaching staff in year 10 of this regime has failed once again to prepare our Quarterback. Such as we will be a LOT BETTER NEXT YEAR losing 15 seniors & 4-5 juniors after this season.

Uh, no we won’t.

And, we have a harder schedule next year too.

12-2

September 19th, 2010
5:39 am

The Coach Richt “coaching staff” has demoralized this team for 5 years in a row now. It is NOT the fans’ fault for pointing this out Buck Belue, who by the way REMOVED his blog of 9/17/10.

There is NO EXCUSE for losing these games vs SEC the last 2 weeks.

BUCK BELUE, someone ask him why he REMOVED his blog of 9/17/10 about Dawg fans should get behind this “coaching staff” of Coach Richt and that there are not a thousands of better Offensive Coordinators than Mike Bobo.

YOU were ALL so HAPPY when we replaced Willie Martinez while I was NOT, saying that Mike Bobo HAD TO HAVE BEEN FIRED and ALL HIS OFFENSIVE COACHING STAFF with Mike Bobo all gone LONG BEFORE THIS SEASON.

Altamahawdawg

RED DOG 77

2 weeks in a row BOTH these Numbnuts have FAILED to show up.

WHY ?

Our Offense makes every SEC team we play look like they are all Lombardi Trophy Winners.

In the end, as I said all along pre-game, we do not have the Offense to keep up with Ryan Mallett. We have played 2 SEC teams, and their Quarterback has been much better than our Quarterback BOTH times.

12-2

September 19th, 2010
5:41 am

It is a LOT worse than Coach Richt has LOST 3 SEC games in a row to the likes of Kentucky, South Carolina and Arkansas. In fact, he has also LOST 11 and won only 10 vs SEC East since we last went to The SEC Championship Game. This is 2010 and that was 2005.

Please do not tell me Aaron Murray is great, or that we will be better next year.

We are 0-2 in The SEC for the 1st time since 1993.

This Coach Richt “coaching staff” is the WORST COACHING STAFF IN AMERICA all 10 years.

Coach Richt, sir, you are going to LOSE YOUR JOB and the reason will have NOTHING to do with PRAYING

NOTHING to do with you being a NICE GUY

It will ONLY be because of your “coaching staff” the entire Coach Richt 10-Year Era.

Who gives a shiiete if we win 6 of the next 7 games. THERE IS NOT 1 even REASONABLE opponent in ANY of those games. Oh, Florida is REASONABLE team ? Really ? 2-7 vs them ANYWAY. Then, Auburn. Does anyone really think Georgia’s “coaching staff” of Coach Richt is better than Auburn’s coaching staff ? Is our Quarterback BETTER than Cam Newton ? No.

9-4 in a season we should have been 12-2. Lose 15 seniors & 4-5 juniors afterwards.

BoWeevil

September 19th, 2010
5:43 am

Next season is a MUCH HARDER schedule than this crap.

CALEB KING

Oh yeah, right, Caleb King is GREAT. 2006 top football player in the state of Georgia # 1. Either # 3 or # 4 best running back I the COUNTRY. Since 2007, he has been a COMPLETE

UTTER

NO-SHOW

In EVERY big game against any team who can defense the run.

We miss Caleb King ?

B.S.

What we MISS is a RUNNING BACK.

Caleb King is NOT a RUNNING BACK.

NO-SHOW.

He has MORE GAMES of 1-yard RUSHING or LESS, than EVERY FOOTBALL PLAYER EVER.

I want to make sure I have this correct. Coach Richt said ALL WEEK THIS WEEK on the Coach Richt Show that “I do not get in the way of the players preparing themselves pregame for a game. They know how to do that best for themselves. As long as their music isn’t too loud, I let them do whatever they want and I do not get in their way.”

BoWeevil

September 19th, 2010
5:45 am

PEP RALLY before 4th Quarter against Arky though, he thinks THEN he does NEED TO MOTIVATE his players.

We have started 0-2 vs SEC, no different from 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and now 2010.

Altamahawdawg

RED DOG 77

2 weeks in a row BOTH these Numbnuts have FAILED to show up.

WHY ?

Hey A.H.s where are you ?

HIDING behind your KEYBOARD; we know you are BOTH there.

Please start with your EXCUSES for 0-2 vs SEC

Homer,GA

September 19th, 2010
5:54 am

Where are our great Tight ENDS!! We needed several short gains and we went to the tight ends ONCE! We have to utilize our talent and we are not. That’s why Murray got sacked on that last play before the defensive meltdown. We needed a quick pass all day.

BoWeevil

September 19th, 2010
6:06 am

Homer, GA :

Last week, in hostile environment, Aaron Murray called hand signal check out of the play called from the sidelines.

This week, he did not do that at all.

We threw 0 completions to Orson Charles who had a GREAT GAME. He will be drafted in the NFL Draft and go on to be a Starter in the NFL for a Decade.

We have a darth of depth at receiver position.

Our O.C. did not throw a single completion to Orson Charles.

And,

BUCK BELUE ran a blog yesterday, which he has since REMOVED

saying that we all have to be behind Mike Bobo.

That there are not thousands of better offensive coordinators

Bobby Petrino would be 1

gomdawg

September 19th, 2010
6:23 am

Ealey can not block , he would not play another game until he learn to block. thats the reason the guy took Murray head off at the end of the game. But with that said BOBO does not use his tight ends and I dont understand WHY CMR WILL STAND THEIR AND LET HIM CALL SUCH A STUPID GAME.

BoWeevil

September 19th, 2010
6:25 am

gomdawg,

Because Coach Richt is a NICE GUY

a man who

FORGIVES

Bigdawg

September 19th, 2010
6:53 am

When are we going to wake up. A change needs to be made in Athens and it is at the top. CMR is great guy but blames the coaches and now players. This is wrong. You have to be capable to motivate your players in order to compete in games. This just has not been the case for his whole tenure. The play call on third and 4 at the end was unbelievable. No relief receiver to help the young quarterback out. Keep in mind we only need 4 yards. Bobo says he just held the ball to long. CMR was on the sideline. Why does CMR not walk over and ask Bobo what play are you running here? The announcers say look at CMR and say he is a cool customer. That will be his downfall. Let me also add our fans using A.J. Green as an excuse for the last two loses are insane. We have top recruits every year. UGA does not rely on one player to win. It sickens me to have to agree with a Tech fan earlier.

Bama Fan #2

September 19th, 2010
6:58 am

Wonder what Crowell thinks about the dawgs troubles and if Richt gets the pink slip? Well he
could play for the crimson tide and be #2 running back behind Trent Richardson next year with
a nice SEC championship ring and possible NC ring one day!! Not having AJ Greene is killing
the dawgs this year but you all know that!! RTR

BoBo made the boo boos!!!!

September 19th, 2010
7:30 am

Bobo made the boo boos all day long and especially in the fourth quarter. He just can’t do it.
No imagination, no trickery, just so predictable that everyone knows what is coming. You can read him like a book. Richt stopped too soon in the coach firing…Boo Boo Bobo should have gone with Martinez. I’ve been a huge Mark Richt supporter but I am near the end of my patience with him. I am tired of excuses, no passion, friendship and loyalty above winning. I would jerk Bobo’s chain so hard it would take a week for him to get it back into place. Georgia will never win big with BooBoo and I am beginning to think they will never win big with Richt. I think Bobo needs to go now and Stacy probably needs to be on the same bus with him. CMR, the bulldog nation demands more than you and your staff are currently giving them. It’s time to put up or shut up. It’s time to win or go.

Chris

September 19th, 2010
7:35 am

We’re missing the little things. Yes, I think Bobo is overmatched when it comes to play-calling in the SEC. But the bottom line yesterday is that we put ourselves in position to win. When we got their, we did a pathetic job of managing the situation. With the best place-kicker in the nation we call a time-out at 1:04 on 3rd and 4. We should have been thinking: let the clock run, run one more play to make 10 yards and kick for the win; or worse case go to OT. The key being don’t lose it by giving Ark the ball with time. It was in our hands and we handed it back. Richt is right, we didn’t finish…coach.

BoWeevil

September 19th, 2010
7:35 am

AJ Green only played 8 games last year

Some of those, he was not able to play the whole game

14-game season

We played 13

He played parts of 8

AJ Green is NOT our problem.

Crowell had SCHEDULED to be with the other recruits at the GAME

CROWELL cancelled

I am NOT agreeing with any Georgia tek fan; they LOST to Kansas

I do NOT measure the # 11 Football Program in America with Georgia tek

If I did, we are 8-1

I do NOT

I measure us in terms of the fact that BEFORE this season, the previous 4 years, Coach Richt found

18 teams whom he does NOT have more wins than

It is a larger group than that now.

This 2nd 5 years of the Coach Richt Era

SUCKS

CMR don't have much passion

September 19th, 2010
7:36 am

Where is the fire, the passion, the leave it all on the field play? CMR don’t have any passion and if he does, it is never demonstrated. I hate to say it and it is most difficult to say but it may be time for Coach Richt to go. I am tired of the street thugs, undisiciplined, going through the motion players I see on the current Georgia team. I would probably tell A.J. Green he might as well take the rest of the year off. He sold out the Georgia season for a thousand dollars. That’s how much UGA and his team meant to him. I have no respect for A.J. Green and I am losing a lot of respect for CMR. By the way, Bobo needs to go. Blaming a freshman quarterback for your coaching failure don’t sit well with me. He will be given another miserable year before his tail is canned. Mike Bobo is the worst OC in the SEC and maybe the nation. The losing is bad but the poor coaching makes it difficult to swallow. How many people here think Bobo needs to go this season?

Amurray

September 19th, 2010
7:37 am

It’s not our fault. It’s the coaches, especially Mike BoBo. he has not a clue. Fire the dummy now,or fire Coach Richt if he won”t fire BoBo

Keep you heads up Dawgs!!!

September 19th, 2010
7:39 am

Our own fan base is more sour on the program than I have seen since the Ray Goff years. I said it the last 2 weeks and I say it again…. Our program is not considerd a top tier program anymore, we are a middle of the pack SEC program (even though we are last in the SEC, I have to think we will reach the middle of the pack later this year).

We need to ajust our expectations a bit instead of expecting to win the nashional championship every year. We have a good team and things can only go up from hear. WE MUST KEEP OUR HEADS UP AND KEEP IT REAL PEOPLE. JUST STOP ALL THE COMPLAINING…….

Amurray

September 19th, 2010
7:45 am

The Watergirl really likes Mike BoBo. if you know what I mean. Why do you think Coach Richt made such an idiot OC in the first place. Fire BoBo, Richt and the Watergirl now.

BoWeevil

September 19th, 2010
7:47 am

Chris

September 19th, 2010 7:35 am

“the bottom line yesterday is that we put ourselves in position to win. With the best place-kicker in the nation we call a time-out at 1:04 on 3rd and 4. We should have been thinking: let the clock run, run one more play to make 10 yards and kick for the win; or worse case go to OT.”

67-YARD FIELD GOAL ?

God Almighty Chris.

Just shut up.

Ball is on 50-yard line. 3rd and 4 with 1:04 left.

You have to snap the ball back 7 yards from there. That’s 57 yards and the goal posts are 10-yards back, in case you haven’t looked recently. Like the last 141 years. We must have a first down. It is 4-down territory in a TIE game at HOME. We have 2 plays to make 4 yards.

Amurray

September 19th, 2010
7:50 am

P$SSS on Buck Belue

BoWeevil

September 19th, 2010
7:57 am

BUCK BELUE

I wish I had saved that blog of Buck Belue, just prior to kick-off dated 9/17/10

We are NOT offensive coordinators, Buck states, (he is) Mike Bobo we all need to SUPPORT.

Like there are NOT thousands of O.C. who are BETTER than MIKE BOBO.

When I said that to Buck, he took the page down rather than publish my reply.

BoWeevil

September 19th, 2010
7:59 am

RED DOG 77

Altamahawdawg

hiding behind their keyboards BOTH of the last 2 weeks

ozzfest

September 19th, 2010
7:59 am

FIRE RICHT AND BOBO.

DAMON MUSTA’ WATCHED PRACTICES IN JUNE AND KNEW HE HAD TO GET AWAY FROM THE COMING DEBACLE.

USC GAMEC0CK

September 19th, 2010
8:03 am

georgia needs to chill and layoff Mark Richt…look at his record

layoff BoBo…he is doing good with what he has to work with…remember AJ Green (the south carolina kid) did not play so cut him some slack

and Grantham’s defense only made a few eye opening mistakes so it is obvious he is getting them better beside…they are still working to get the players he needs to run that 3-4 defense … all of you know he will have them in championship form if not later this year then certainly by next year….

give it some time folks…calm your asses down.

'76 Dawg

September 19th, 2010
8:04 am

Amen brother!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

'76 Dawg

September 19th, 2010
8:05 am

I meant Amen brother Bill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

USC GAMEC0CK

September 19th, 2010
8:10 am

WHat happened to the defensive backs during the game especially the last few seconds of the game when Arky threw the ball and marched right down the field? Where was the Scott Lakatos defensive backs at??? Anybody got an answer for that one???

What da ya Have

September 19th, 2010
8:13 am

What da ya Have,,,,What da ya Have,,,,What da ya Have?

A high school offense that WINS or a the pro-set which doesn’t win?

A defensive coach who was never a pro defensive coordinator or one that you folks say is too old and was a pro defensive coordinator winning a SUPER BOWL.

What da ya Have,,,,What da ya Have,,,,What da ya Have?

A WINNING TEAM or a bunch of losers?

dawginduluth

September 19th, 2010
8:17 am

Adams diversity program isn’t working.

Keewee

September 19th, 2010
8:18 am

Bobo was mediocre at best as a quarterback and it seems to be the same as OC!

USC GAMEC0CK

September 19th, 2010
8:20 am

I said calm your asses down…you are only 0-2 in the SEC…still time

Jordan

September 19th, 2010
8:25 am

What da ya Have

September 19th, 2010
8:26 am

What da ya Have?

UGA fans that are illusional? Every year they hype themselves up to believe they will compete with the better football programs in the country. Every year by the 2nd game of the season they’re yelling to fire the coaches. Every year they beat their chests about recruiting 4 and 5 star players. Every year by the 2nd game they realize their players are inferior to the other teams.

Football is all about TRADITION!!! Spurrier established it at Florida, Bear established it at Alabam, John McKay, did at USC, Paterno at Penn. State. UGA your tradition HAS NEVER been established. Vince Dooley as good a man as he is DIDN’T get it done!!!

TRADITION,,,UGA you just don’t have it.

BoWeevil

September 19th, 2010
8:31 am

# 81 NCAA Total Offense

What da ya Have

September 19th, 2010
8:32 am

[...] frustrated as many of us were with Mike Bobo’s playcalling against the Razorbacks (see Saturday’s entry), I found his postgame performance even more [...]

BoWeevil

September 19th, 2010
8:34 am

UGA is not the # 11 Football Program in the NATION because we have NO TRADITION.

What we have nowadays is that for the last 4 years prior to this year, Coach Richt found 18 teams whom he did NOT have more wins than

That number is WORSE NOW

Jordan

September 19th, 2010
8:34 am

AD Greg McGarity

September 19th, 2010
8:43 am

Greg will call Mark Richt within another loss or two and ask what he as AD “can do to make it better” for richt to do his job. This will be the first shot.

He will ascertain that Richt is just too mellow and that Richt is not a firebrand guy. Greg will get to know Mark and he will guage his SOFT temperment for the job ………the job of BUILDING a TRUE SEC caliber contender ………….not just some oft football team of stars.

Changes will come and I expect that at season’s end ………….we will see some ‘”resignations” or our right firings ……….by McGarity. At a minimum ……….I expect to see Sereals and Bobo and the running backs coach gone. Brian McClendon is the r back coach and that is really dumb ………….he has on the job training at UGA and is not quailified. Bobo and Tracy S are also failures. Look at their records …………. 7-5 squads and we recruit in Georgia.
Time wil tell.

Go Dogs

THIS IS A.D.MCGARITY & RICHT IM WATCHIN U!

September 19th, 2010
8:44 am

PEOPLE I HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF MIKE BOBO,HE WILL BE FIRED ON MONDAY!
OR FORCED TO RESIGN!

Atticus

September 19th, 2010
8:45 am

How many freaking times are we gonna run it up the gut on 2nd and 10 after an incomplete pass on first down??? Why are we running all wrs on 20 yard routes with no checkdowns? Its a joke to watch this offense. No gameplan whatsoever. No physical play, shotgun playcalling, the TE has disappeared. Its a freaking joke. This is on Richt. Get it together coach or go to the ACC!

Techmaninathens

September 19th, 2010
8:50 am

UGA gets ALL the great talent according to 960 the ref in Athens and the Banner Herald. It seems they get the number one position at linebacker, O-line, D-line, quarterback, D-back. I get tired of hearing it every morning on the radio. Then, with all this “talent” they lose about 4 games a year. Somebody is either not utilizing that talent or it’s all a myth

SKB

September 19th, 2010
9:14 am

As I said before I will say again, Bobo should not be fired, he has 5 kids, we should work with him until the kids get older. Maybe we can demote him to another position that pays well. We just can’t get rid of him. Maybe all the athletics donation will go toward him if he gets demoted. just saying.

Phil

September 19th, 2010
10:09 am

I’m a Tech fan, but Georgia will clean the field with Miss St next week. I cannot believe that some of you think that Georgia will lose. Some of you guys need to remember your comments that Tech going down there and winning against the bottom of the SEC, was expected and did not show the strength nor class of the SEC. After BOBO and Richt are gone, who do you blame then? Maybe Vince Dooley? He is probably the problem. Should have never retired…….