Dogs lost this one in the trenches

Tavares King scores, but it was too little, too late. (Associated Press)

Tavares King scores, but it was too little, too late. (Associated Press)

There’s no point in dancing around it. Georgia just doesn’t have a very good football team this year.

I know, some will point to the first half, when UGA moved the ball pretty well between the 20-yard lines and had 100 yards more of offense than Mississippi State and will say Mark Richt’s Dogs beat themselves. And for that half, that’s true. Had Washaun Ealey not committed yet another goal line fumble in his bid to be the Jasper Sanks of this era, and had a terrific catch and run by Kris Durham for a touchdown not been negated by a holding call on Marlon Brown, Georgia would have led 14-7.

But those mistakes were made. And many more, as the game went on.

However, in the second half, it wasn’t a case of Georgia beating itself. It was, unfortunately, the maroon Bulldogs delivering the beating to both of Georgia’s lines.

The UGA defense couldn’t seem to get off the field in that interminable scoreless third quarter, as MSU continually ran it up the gut. As Fox Sports South analyst Tim Couch said, Georgia knew what MSU was going to do, they just couldn’t stop it.

And on offense, playcaller Mike Bobo went strangely conservative in the second half, trying in vain to establish a running game behind our misfiring, criminally underachieving offensive line while eschewing the shots downfield that offered Georgia’s only real hope until the game was out of reach. And all this amid a shower of penalty flags that unfortunately were deserved. (Can’t blame this one on the Dogs’ old nemesis Penn Wagers.)

The head coach, who noted after the game this “is new territory for me,” pretty much summed it up when he said Georgia has failed across the board as a team and “until we get it all together, we’re not gonna win.”

September isn’t even over and the Dogs already are not only irrelevant in the SEC East, they’re the worst team in the conference. Even Vandy has a conference win. At this point, it’s beginning to look like Georgia’s streak of 13 consecutive seasons going to a bowl game might even be in jeopardy unless Richt and company are able to turn things around.

Yes, A.J. Green will be back next week. But with the Richt era Dogs having sunk to new Goff-ian depths, I’m not sure that will be enough.

I’ll be back Sunday afternoon with more thoughts about what went wrong, and where the Dogs go from here.

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318 comments Add your comment

SJP

September 25th, 2010
11:38 pm

Aaron Murray’s hair was sick. He looks like he should be on jersey shore

haters are skaters

September 25th, 2010
11:41 pm

timeout ga! first play out of the timeout……run up the middle! never fails. it’s not working bobo!

Big Harry

September 25th, 2010
11:42 pm

I think Bobo thought it was “Retro Night” and was calling plays from Ray Goof’s books…. just saying.

Dawg House

September 25th, 2010
11:42 pm

Bobo has to go.

Calling for Richt’s head will do nothing.

UGA STUDENT

September 25th, 2010
11:42 pm

We get the same talent alabama gets, yet we do not develop it. Thats coaching

WT

September 25th, 2010
11:44 pm

“misfiring, criminally underachieving offensive line” — Yep, that’s an excellent characterization…

jon dawg

September 25th, 2010
11:45 pm

sjp……I thought the same thing…..looks like vinny did his hair

Georgia Football

September 25th, 2010
11:45 pm

I feel like MSU ran the same play 25 times in a row! Could we not find a way to stop Relf?! I fear this is gonna be another long year.

Red

September 25th, 2010
11:47 pm

Can someone tell me why we’re the only team that still sticks to the i-formation and not do anything else??? There’s no imagination in this coaching staff whatsoever! Need to pull the plug on Bobo b/c he’s using the same plays he learned when he played. MIX IT UP, DO SOME OPTIONS OR SOMETHING! STOP USING THE I-FORMATION FOR ONCE!!!!

Ed

September 25th, 2010
11:48 pm

Offense wasn’t the problem during most of the Goff era. It was defense; Goff’s Georgia teams couldn’t stop a mid-level I-AA team. Unfortuately, Richt’s recent teams have proven to be inept in both.

Calling for an assistant coach’s head is just baffling to me. The buck stops with Mark Richt, and he isn’t getting it done. Period. He replaced HIMSELF with Bobo because he wasn’t getting it done as a playcaller, either. How soon we forget.

dog forever

September 25th, 2010
11:49 pm

RICHT HAS TO GO….. RICHT MUST GO …… GREG RICHT HAS TO GO

Mike

September 25th, 2010
11:50 pm

Aren’t running backs as small as Carlton Thomas supposed to be shifty? Mark Ingram is lighter on his feet than the 140-lb Thomas. Caleb King is a good back, but Ealey and Thomas are awful.

McClendon and Bobo need to be shown the door ASAP.

And I’m starting to lose confidence in Richt as the man to lead this program. As a team, we are weak, small, timid and interminably dumb. A terrible, sad day for the Bulldog nation.

sc dawg fan

September 25th, 2010
11:50 pm

im a firm believer bobo should get fired. he has 2 plays: run up the middle and throw deep. wht about the screen to the fullback!? it got a first down all but 1 out of 4 times we ran it! or the short passes to the TE’s we ran in our last drive that worked so well! we also lost the turnover battle. MSU fumbled 4 times and threw 2 INT’s! we onlt got one of those!!!! i have to say though, dont blame ealy for that fumble. he got all sense knocked outta him. how many of you can honestly say you could hold onto the ball and maintain common sense after a hit like tht. id be suprised if he knew his own name after that. all aroun though……….we played like crap.

Dawgs-Crews

September 25th, 2010
11:51 pm

This is getting old… The same ole play calls… same ole results. I for one am getting tired of mediocre, and want titles. So much for this veteran offensive line, as we cant even open holes for the backs, no tight end play, no pass rush, etc. I just think it is time for some changes and it starts with the head coach. I mean.. how long do u wait to get results? Ten yrs in this league and all we have to show is 2 sec titles, when Meyer has 2, Saban has 1, and Miles has 1. Just very frustrated and no end is in sight.

Ugag

September 25th, 2010
11:51 pm

Don’t worry, rednecks….Gymnastics season will be here before you know it!

extrapoint

September 25th, 2010
11:51 pm

Time for a new head recruiter.

My oh MY

September 25th, 2010
11:56 pm

I’m 16, and never thought i’d see the day when Georgia is 0-3 in the SEC…. I’m tired of the “maybe next year” routine.

dylandawg

September 25th, 2010
11:57 pm

I try to stay out of the bashing coaches thing but….when Bobo ran the pitch to..well the little tailback (his name escapes me right now) and gains 15 yards…what does he do….runs the 180 pounder up the middle the next 2 plays….nice…..and how many bootlegs did we run to get Murray with the good legs on the edge….dragging Charles in front of him….that would be zero, nada, not a one…genius

WDE

September 25th, 2010
11:57 pm

I just want to thank all of your idiots for the trash-talk the past couple weeks. Everyone here declaring that teams you got served by would do your bidding for the remainder of the SEC season, saying South Carolina would serve us the way they served your sorry excuse for a tanked program. Good job against MSU today, you didn’t disappoint. We now have two common opponents and I look forward to chatting with you guys in the future- though most of you will probably never check the AJC sports section again until next summer when you again declare that you are “dark horses for the national championship”. HAHAHA you guys crack me up.

Helen Hunt will move back south of the border, of course everyone who follows legit SEC-caliber programs has been pointing this out to you gas station fans the past 2 years.

82Dawg

September 25th, 2010
11:57 pm

I’m too exhausted watching UGA football this year to list all of the problems. My biggest worry — UGA didn’t play with heart in the second half. If the players give up — it’s going to be a long season. Even Richt seemed to give up going for it on 4th and long deep in your own territory late in the game. If you’re going to do that — you at least need to try a trick play or something that might work. I guess the best thing that can come out of this season is that we end up cleaning house with the coaching staff at the end of the year. I want a team of professional coaches coaching UGA next year. And no — Muschamp or Smart aren’t the answer. We need a June Jones type of coach. All good things must come to an end, and the Richt era is over. The real 82Dawg (not the imposter) is signing off for the rest of this season. I’ll be back next season. .

Dawgs-Crews

September 25th, 2010
11:58 pm

What i meant to say in reference to Meyer, Saban, and Miles is national titles. I like Richt personally, but just not as a coach. I guess if we just decided not to show up or buy tickets to the game, then the University would listen to the people.

DawgEDawg

September 25th, 2010
11:58 pm

This team needs to be purged from the top down. McGarity >> Call your buddy Dan Mullen right now and tell him to get ready.

For the first time, I feel sorry for Mark Richt. I know he wants to win. But he can want in one hand and have a bowel movement in the other… you know the rest.

Mark Richt

September 25th, 2010
11:59 pm

Folks, as you all know I’m one of the best coaches in college football. When the SEC was down in the early part of last decade, I ruled. Even better, I’m one heck of a terrific guy and a devout, pious Christian.

My only drawback is that I surround myself with incompetents. That includes players, coaches, and administration. I just can’t help it. Unfortunately, some misguided persons on this site have uttered the unthinkable – that I might be the problem.

Silly fools. I will pray for them. Now excuse me while head to the press conference and blame my players’ execution for our latest uninspired, sloppy loss.

CO-STARRING LEE VAN CLEEF AS THE BAD

September 25th, 2010
11:59 pm

Bill, what a load of crap! The better prepared and better coached team won. UGA has some very good athletes on both sides of the ball and the D prtetty much kept UGA in the game. Bobo should go to the spread O and let Murray freelance. Lines my butt! Why don’t you put the blame where it belongs? The O staff?

Dylan

September 26th, 2010
12:00 am

I don’t know how much more of this I can take. A losing season is very much a reality this year with Florida, Auburn and Tech still to come. But this Dawg will stick with his team, no matter how hard it is!!
GO DAWGS!!

Gratefuldawghead

September 26th, 2010
12:00 am

Top 10 recruiting class EVERY year…but yet we are young and rebuilding EVERY year… No discipline on or off the field! Its COACHING!

Macclenny_dawg

September 26th, 2010
12:00 am

Bobo play calling is the reason we are losing. He always puts Murray in third and long!!! Murray will not make it the rest of the year without getting hurt!!! There is no way!!! Murray is our play maker and he is handcuffed!!!! We are still thinking we have a good offensive line!!! It wasn’t even good last year. Just look who’s defense we ran on last year!!!!! Searls needs to head out the door also!!! He has had experienced lines 2 years ago and how did that turn out? If Richt doesn’t start calling plays this week he can take his butt out of Ga!!!!!! This program had went downhill since he quit calling plays!! Bobo will never be anything but a qb coach which he was pretty good at!!! Still a DAWG but this is just pathetic!!!

ca dawg

September 26th, 2010
12:01 am

see everyone next fall, then?

Bob Sacamano

September 26th, 2010
12:02 am

Where are all these recruits from these top-10 recruiting classes. You cannot convince me that Miss State recruits better than UGA. Are these guys even coached at UGA. We’re paying a new DC $750K a year fo what? I’m baffled.

Dawgs-Crews

September 26th, 2010
12:03 am

With all do respect 82Dawg.. a Junes Jones type of coach wouldnt work at UGA. I cant get past the pansy look wearing that Hawaii jibberish. We need fire, someone that will get in your face, someone of Gruden caliber to wake this team up. I think Bobo is anti Georgia.

rincon dawg

September 26th, 2010
12:03 am

Blame Bobo all you want but its CMR offense and he supervises every call. By the way Dawg Crew Saban has two one with LSU and one with Bama. That makes it sting a little worse.

Macclenny_dawg

September 26th, 2010
12:05 am

Conservative Richt has lost his touch!!! The predictable dawgs thats what we have become!!! No trick plays too get us out of a funk!!!! No punt block attempts!!! No Urgency and no fire!!! When things are not working you have to change it up a little!!! Got to be more aggressive in every aspect of the game!!! Poor Murray he is gonna get killed!!!

SatillaDawg

September 26th, 2010
12:05 am

Posted this earlier, Bill, and still feel the same….

Fire ‘Em All !!!!!!!!

I’ve had it. This alum’s wallet is shut tight until there is a complete and total house cleaning in the coaching staff.

This is the most pitiful, inept, lazy, disrespectful, lethargic, sluggish, slow, directionless team I’ve witnessed since the Donnan years.

CMR, it’s over for you, so do the right thing and resign tomorrow, and take the Can’t Coach Straight Gang with you.

You’re an embarrassment to the Great State of Georgia. This is NOT Georgia Football.

And Greg, if they don’t go, F I R E them !

dawginfla(help!)

September 26th, 2010
12:06 am

I will never give up on my Dawgs…but I’ve given up on this coaching staff.

In the last 12 months, we’ve had more arrests than wins.

I think this is direct reflection of Mark Richt and his staff.

They recruit the players; they coach the players. They are responsible for the players and the program. That’s why Richt clears $$millions.

At this point, I can not see how he will turn things around. I hope I’m wrong. I really do. I hope we pull a late season surge and become bowl eligible.

Regardless of how this season ends up, I think Richt and his staff gets another year, but I hope AD McGarrity lays down the law. It’s one thing to lose when you have a freshman QB who isn’t playing well, but he’s been the strength of the Offense. It’s one thing when you have the occasional defensive breakdown because of a new algnment, but we’ve seen too many missed tackles, arm tackles, and players just not making plays. On both sides of the ball, the players we should be depending on because of their supposed strength seem to have spent the offseason buying the press line and not working; at any rate, they have not performed.

And that seems to be a team cultural failing. I notice Alabama seems to be working hard despite their recent success. I wonder why my Dawgs can’t seem to do the same. You can blame the OC, the DC, the O-line coach.

I blame the man who sets the team culture.

But I do hope he turns things around.

I of course I’ll be supporting my Dawgs win or lose.

But tonight, it seem painfully clear the CMR has to go.

PS – I know people will point to AJ Green and his suspension. Let me say, apparently he’s 2/3rds of the player we thought he was. At least, he will only play 2/3rds of the games this year. And while we may whine about the rule, it’s still the rule, he let his team down.

But again, who recruited him? Who sets the culture? Something led him to think he should sell that Jersey. And regardless of whether you think we would have won the SC or Ark games with him, he wasn’t there. Bottom line.

No UGA team should ever have more arrests than wins in a single year.

I’m sick of this.

Mark Richt must go.

Sorry for rambling. I hate the word. Reminds me of Tech.

Richt ties Goff with 0-3 SEC start

September 26th, 2010
12:06 am

Not so fast Bill, the dawgs may still get a bowl bid, ESPN had an article that said at least one 5-7 team will get a bowl bid, due to the number of bowls and USC not being eligible.

Dawgs-Crews

September 26th, 2010
12:07 am

I agree Bob… the defense just looks so out of tune, i mean how hard can it be to get up for a game against an sec opponent, especially when u r 0-2 ? Rambo needs to just sit the bench, cause he is out of tune with tackling.

Willie Martinez

September 26th, 2010
12:07 am

Adios, suckers….

Sanford Drive

September 26th, 2010
12:08 am

If I hear Mark Richt say “Well, he just doesn;t know the system well enough yet”, one more time………..

Marky Mark…… SIMPLIFY THE “SYSTEM” if it’s that d*** copmplicated!!! You have players for 3-4 years! USE THEM THE BEST YOU CAN WHILE YOU HAVE THEM!!!!!

In Richt’s coaching model, only his Jr’s and Sr’s “know the system” wellenough to make it work. You recruit GREAT….. USE EVERYBODY YOU CAN!!!!

mdawg

September 26th, 2010
12:08 am

i agree that we need to stop running out of that I formation 100% of the time…

all the running backs suck

bobo, when you call a dive play, do you really expect that play to work??????????

we get down and yet we do not hurry, we do not go to a 4 wide out set to catch back up. we never open up the field. who do i blame? bobo

instead of paying for tickets, i will pay for bobo’s uhaul out of athens

Mark Richt

September 26th, 2010
12:09 am

Yes my friends, pile on Mike Bobo. That’s why I hired him. To cover for my own shocking incompetence as an offensive football coach.

Key Word

September 26th, 2010
12:09 am

UGA is IRRELEVANT this year in the SEC.

UGA is NOT a very good football team.

How could that be, with all the crap you fans have written on the blogs all of this past year?

4 & 5 stars,,,Todd Grantham,,,all of tha BS trash you people wrote.

And, besides whomever told you that your defense was good tonite,,,well they LIED to you.

Dawgs-Crews

September 26th, 2010
12:10 am

Dawginfla, why do we not have a proven qb and just freshmen qb ? Wouldnt this be the coaches fault, or recruiters ? I, also, have given up on this coaching staff. I wonder where the Dawgs would have been if Shockley played more than 1yr. Why not play Murray last yr instead of redshirt him? I have more questions than this, this is just the start.

North Shores Dawg

September 26th, 2010
12:10 am

Hi, welcome to WE STILL DON’T TACKLE UNIVERSITY. Some call it WASHAUN SUCKS TECHNICAL INSTITUTE.

This just doesn’t feel like UGA anymore. Sad, sad, sad . . .

secfanman

September 26th, 2010
12:11 am

UGA fans. Remember this…UGA new AD was at Florida and is very, very familiar with Coach Dan Mullen…if things do not change fast in Athens Dan will be the man in Athens!

Sanford Drive

September 26th, 2010
12:11 am

I hope Isaiah Crowell didn’t watch tonight.

rincon dawg

September 26th, 2010
12:12 am

Hey its third and long let send out two recievers again. that ll fool em

Richt ties Goff with 0-3 SEC start

September 26th, 2010
12:12 am

mdawg

How quickly you forget, the 2 running backs and o-line were the best in the county the last 4-5 games of last year. Maybe I should have how quickly they forgot how to run and block.

Sanford Drive

September 26th, 2010
12:13 am

The scariest thing to me about firing Richt……

say BYE BYE to that awesome recruiting class that we have lined up right now.

rincon dawg

September 26th, 2010
12:13 am

thers a reason the 3-4 isnt working. were never in it. hahahaha

Please, Please, Please, Please, PLEASE

September 26th, 2010
12:13 am

It is an unanimous vote from the SEC Athletic Directors (- uga of course), give Mark Richt a life-time contract.