Time for Dogs fans to shake it off …

Caleb King should give the Dogs a boost both with his feet and his blocking. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Caleb King should give the Dogs a boost both with his feet and his blocking. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Midweek after the Dogs’ second straight SEC loss and with a tough night in the land of the cowbells coming up. Feels like a good time to get out of this funk and focus on ways in which things are looking up for Georgia.

Like, for example …

Caleb King is coming back. Really. Positively. Of course, King said the same thing last week, but he and running backs coach Bryan McClendon swear it’s true this week. And that’s a really good thing, not just because Georgia’s running game is stronger with the one-two punch of King and Washaun Ealey, but because the coaches say King is the strongest pass-protection blocker of their three tailbacks. Aaron Murray should be especially glad to see Caleb in the backfield again.

Murray now has three games under his belt. The kid is getting better each week. After six sacks last Saturday, he’s probably not going to be holding on to the ball too long much any more. Sure, we have one more week without A.J. Green, but Murray and Kris Durham are becoming a really dangerous combination. If Murray can just get the ball off a bit quicker and hit Durham in stride rather than making him wait for it, one of those long passes is going to go all the way.

And Murray showed against Arkansas several times how valuable it is to have a quarterback who’s a threat to run. Heck, he has the Dogs’ longest run from scrimmage so far this year. (Uh, let’s not dwell on that too long. We’re looking for reasons to feel good.)

Bottom line on Murray: He’s still a rookie but is developing at an accelerated pace. I think he’s going to be a terrific player before the year is out.

Overall, there are still a lot of games to play and plenty of chances for the Dogs to turn things around. Sure, there are lots of problems with this team. Until the line play improves, the offense is going to be hobbled. And the defense has got to learn not to give up those big plays.

But the Dogs have been competitive in both their losses and the schedule now turns a bit in their favor. Let’s think positive today.

Feel free to share your own reasons for being optimistic this week. It beats the heck out of all that handwringing. …

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Cuz

September 22nd, 2010
10:50 am

I agree, let’s start shaking.

NC Dawg

September 22nd, 2010
10:59 am

We are GEORGIA!

Nooga' Dawg

September 22nd, 2010
11:09 am

A must win DAWGS !! Now let’s finish the drill and GATA !!!!!!!

Chris

September 22nd, 2010
11:09 am

Positive huh? I did notice that you didn’t mention the most negative word of all….Bobo!

Oops! Sorry for the negative term.

Cuz

September 22nd, 2010
11:09 am

We need to score some points early at MSU to keep “THE Bruce Dickinson” quiet on the sidelines.

es54

September 22nd, 2010
11:10 am

I would love to see the optimist side but each week it gets harder. I’m a die hard loyal fan but our rebuilding years = 4 – 5 losses, UF and Bama rebuilding years = non existent or 1 – 2 losses. I dare say the fix to our problems is more cowbell…

Dawg97

September 22nd, 2010
11:11 am

Good column, Bill; as was your last one. I get dang tired of see all these so-called dawg fans saying things like, i hope we lose the rest of our games, and crap like that. no self-respecting fan would ever say that. and i’d go as far to say, i would rather that person not pull for MY team. that being said, i’ve struggled through much worse times than these as a fan, and i still believe Mark Richt is our man (Bobo, i’m not so sure). I think what people fail to take into account is that we lost, for four games, what may be the single best offensive player in the nation in AJ. you can’t just bounce back from that right away. am i blaming AJ for those two losses? maybe i am. after all, who else’s mistake was it? and you can’t tell me we wouldn’t have won both those games with him. maybe that’s an excuse, but it also happens to be true. dawg fans just need to calm down. who the heck do you want? Ray Goff. the very thought makes me want to puke. i’m still a fan of MY dawgs; i still bleed when they lose; i still know they can win. if you also can’t say these things, then get the heck off my team and go pull for someone else. you’re bringing me down.

RoughNightintheLandofCowbells

September 22nd, 2010
11:11 am

if uga doesn’t blow Mississippi State away it’ll be an embarrassment. I don’t think talking them up Mississippi State is going to help anything. They’re not that good a team.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

September 22nd, 2010
11:12 am

When trouble comes, I don’t pay no mind, I’ll be alright someday. Looking forward to a win in Starkville, then a week in Colorado!!

Dale

September 22nd, 2010
11:13 am

“Big game against Miss State.” Yep, that pretty much sums up the state of the football program.

FDawg

September 22nd, 2010
11:22 am

I don’t like being 0-2 but a win at MSU puts us headed in the right direction.

MURPHY

September 22nd, 2010
11:22 am

We must make a statement at Miss ST. By a statement I mean dominate the game in all area’s. This Miss St team is good,they had every chance in the world to beat Auburn.

DAWGY STYLE

September 22nd, 2010
11:23 am

If we lose to MSU, then what? I think a majority of the fans would like to see Bobo demoted or fired, but it isn’t happening this year and probably not next year. What you see is what you get. My biggest concern is the lack of heart these players seem to have. IMHO, these guys have taken on Richt demeanor and personality, which is not the best thing for a football team. Win or lose, I want to see this team play like they did in the 4th quarter against Arky!

Mobile Dawg

September 22nd, 2010
11:27 am

The Milwaukee’s Best Light is on ice, Red Snapper season reopens next weekend (Oct 1.), today’s the first day of Fall, and it’s college football season. I would like to see some GATA football Saturday night. It’s been a tough year on the Gulf, the economy, most of us have a lot to be thankful for….Go Dawgs….

Dawgs73

September 22nd, 2010
11:30 am

Guess what, I got a fever, and the only prescription is more COWBELL!!!!

MURPHY

September 22nd, 2010
11:31 am

DAWGY STYLE,
I pray the 4th qtr of the Ark game was the light comming on that says we are in the right direction. If we lose to MSU it will get uggggggggly for these coaches.I believe we will really play well this week and in Colorado. We must dominate these games or it will really show our program is in deep trouble.

DawginLex

September 22nd, 2010
11:32 am

MSU will be tough for anyone to go over there and play at night. Their defense held Auburn to 17 points and is averaging giving up 288 yards.

Turnovers led to a lot of LSU points last week.

Murray will continue to get better this week.

UGA 28 MSU 20

Dbalcer

September 22nd, 2010
11:36 am

They don’t quit. I am excited to see them this game. Our QB is someone special.

FLA DAWG

September 22nd, 2010
11:37 am

And our Defensive Backfield REALLY IMPROVED last week too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gimme a break with this happyhorsezhit Bill

Savannah

September 22nd, 2010
11:37 am

CMR gets paid more than most CEOs to make timely hard decisions. He seems unwilling to take this responsiblity, i.e. WM. CMR ought to realize the team performed better when he was directly involved and has done worse since he has taken a step back. Get back directly involved. No matter what happens the remainder of the year he should have played Murray last year and got his learning curve out of the way. Joe Cox was the worst quarterback in my lifetime and I’m 50. Murray could not have done any worse than Joe Cox last year.

Dagny

September 22nd, 2010
11:38 am

MSU 27
UGA 24

UGA record: 1-3 overall, 0-3 conference.

Say buh bye, dawg fans.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

September 22nd, 2010
11:40 am

Savannah, does the name Jeff Pyburn ring any bells? We at least scored with Cox at QB

student

September 22nd, 2010
11:41 am

I’ll shake it off when we win a SEC game.

Cool Hand Luke

September 22nd, 2010
11:41 am

Shakin’ it off, boss, shakin’ it off. ;-)

Andy

September 22nd, 2010
11:41 am

UGA would be foolish to underestimate MSU at their house. It’s a game we can win, but it’s also one that MSU feels it has a good shot at winning too, given recent events. Last year we beat SC and Ark. and then lost to KY: that is to say, we could lose this one if we’re not careful, so hopefully we’ll take care of business. This isn’t the position we want to be in, and MSU isn’t going to be contending for the SEC championship this year, but it’s a game we need to win for many reasons.

Gatorbait 17-3

September 22nd, 2010
11:41 am

RoughNightintheLandofCowbells

try putting spaces between you words and maybe you won’t run your name into your post.

Gatorbait 17-3

September 22nd, 2010
11:44 am

DAWGY STYLE

IMHO, these guys have taken on Richt demeanor and personality, which is not the best thing for a football team.

Good point, you may very well be right.

Another Gripe

September 22nd, 2010
11:46 am

Joe Cox was the worst quarterback in my lifetime and I’m 50. Murray could not have done any worse than Joe Cox last year.

Exactly, and Richt has never admitted that he screwed up by making Cox the #1 QB. It wouldn’t have made much difference last year, but that decision is biting us in the butt now.

Mean Machine

September 22nd, 2010
11:48 am

I would love to see this team kick somebody’s tail for a change. I can’t be positive when I’m this angry. Anything less than a dominating performance will be more of the same crap we’ve seen for the past 5 years.

Big Dog Fan

September 22nd, 2010
11:49 am

Wait, are we supposed to be excited that Caleb King is coming back?
He sucks.
We’re not a bunch of saps Bill.
You’re looking a bit desperate — Is this really all we have to offer for good news right now?
ouch.

Rico

September 22nd, 2010
11:49 am

I’ll go with Mississippi State over Georgia, 24-21. Close, but still another loss.

The only good thing that would come from such a loss would be to put CMR on the hotseat.

bruce mac

September 22nd, 2010
11:51 am

Speaking of score predictions. How about Bama 52 Gators 14. Oh what a smack down the Gators have coming. CIM is going to have the big one by half time.

Toto

September 22nd, 2010
11:52 am

“I still bleed when they lose…”

Head for the ER, my friend, you need a blood transfusion immediately.

Starring Zulu as Kono

September 22nd, 2010
11:52 am

Huge weekend for the dawgs…we get our first SEC win in Starkville….and we gain alot of confidence in doing so…

JB

September 22nd, 2010
11:53 am

I watched the first half of the Clemson -Auburn game last Saturday night. I did some research. Their OC is 31 and makes about 150,000 a year……All he did was have Auburn scratching their head and on their heels…..pretty exciting offense…..most of their plays worked, were quick, up tempo and great. After watching us earlier in the day, I realize what a liability Bobo Is
Go Dawgs. Beat State.

bruce mac

September 22nd, 2010
11:53 am

Hope the Gators break out he pajamas with the tighty whities on top. That is a good look, I love the marajuana leaf on the shoulders too. Stupid is as stupid does.

schmeckdawg

September 22nd, 2010
11:54 am

Overall, there are still a lot of games to play and plenty of chances for the Dogs to turn things around. Sure, there are lots of problems with this team. Until the line play improves, the offense is going to be hobbled. And the defense has got to learn not to give up those big plays. (Well duh Bill. By your own assesment, what makes you think the Dogs are going to turn it around?)

But the Dogs have been competitive in both their losses (Still loses Bill; close only counts in horsehoe’s and hand grenades)

Gatorbait 17-3

September 22nd, 2010
11:54 am

bruce mac

I guess it’s nice to see a team do what Georgia CAN’T DO.

Frank Lane

September 22nd, 2010
11:55 am

It isn’t over til it’s over. We can still win out, and have a great season. There is not a game left on the schedule that we cannot win, including Florida.

A 9-11 season is the same record whether you lose the first two or the last two. In fact, better if you lose the first two.

saban

September 22nd, 2010
11:56 am

MSU wins by 30.

Colorado wins by 10.

Vanderbilt plays c team to keep in close.

MURPHY

September 22nd, 2010
11:57 am

Big Dog Fan,

Agree-King is not very good. We dont have a top notch running back in our stable!

I do recall J Pyburn

September 22nd, 2010
11:58 am

Pyburn played running back too and was better there ……….he had board hands at QB. Led the SEC in turnovers with that dang Veer that we ran for 30 minutes one year.

We have tos ee how the year plays out now. We have no choce. Other schools will lose and if they do not, we had our chance. Iif we defeat everyone on the schedule, including Florida and slip up and lose to Auburn, we will end up in some low level bowl. We are faced with that anyway.

2010 is going to be a year of shake outs. Folks will be looking HARD at some things and changes will come in December. This year might just be the year to make a celan break with the past, come December.

UGA right now is a divided Bulldog Nation and it could get uglier …….if y’all can imagine that. Let’s hope that we can win them one game at a time. I do fear that the players ( not all but the majority ) are not motivated and that they lack focus and the lethargy that we are seeking is some sort of perverted pay back to the alumni and fans ……….. by these same trouble causing the morons.

If McGarity discerns that ……….he WILL MAKE changes at the highest levels.

Go Dogs. Let us see how this plays out. There are great coaches all over this land. Easy to find a great replacement HC and we now also know why Richt had such toruble getting his D. Coordinator. It was RICHT.

Time will tell.

Gatorbait 17-3

September 22nd, 2010
11:59 am

Brucey

I guess you for got that the Gators beat Bama in 2009, you are problablt right about winning the game, I just hope the score is cloer than your prediction. It’s hard to beat the same team twice in the same year and I think the young Florida players will grow up, gain experience and beat Bama in Atlanta.

Barry Wilson

September 22nd, 2010
12:01 pm

Excellent point made in regard to (QB) Murray’s under throws that possibly would have been TD’s if receivers could have caught them in stride. Overall he has done a great job considering only 3 college games in his career. Perhaps the offensive line will start helping him more by at least opening some holes and slowing down the rush…….and yes, Murray did hold the ball too long in a few situations but let’s face it – overall, the line blocking has been poor considering their experience, depth and alleged expected proficiency

dbc

September 22nd, 2010
12:03 pm

Maybe they can just have Rambo sit in a lawn chair at the goal line. That way he can keep his man in front of him. At least he might not give up a TD.

Skitty Fritty

September 22nd, 2010
12:05 pm

Remember 2007! GATA!

JB

September 22nd, 2010
12:08 pm

dbc…………….funny…………….but sad, but true……………..our secondary has not been strong in 4-5 years.

JB

September 22nd, 2010
12:09 pm

We’ve have got to move on from 2005….and 2007………Make new memories…….maybe we break out Saturday…..

WonderDawg

September 22nd, 2010
12:10 pm

The problem with Caleb is, every season, all through the season, we get the news, “Caleb King is back.”

He is either injury-prone or can’t play through nagging injuries, or both.

Caleb is making a career in the NFL seem unlikely.

Way to go Richt

September 22nd, 2010
12:11 pm

How bout everyone say something nice about Richt the next time he beats Florida. I know I would. But, it’s not going to happen.