What’s your biggest concern about the 2011 Dogs?

Aaron Murray gives the Dogs hope in 2011, but what is the biggest concern? (AJC file)

Aaron Murray gives the Dogs hope in 2011, but what is the biggest concern? (AJC file)

Over at ESPN.com, Edward Aschoff took a look at the biggest reasons for hope and concern for the Georgia Bulldogs this season. As you’d expect, the return of quarterback Aaron Murray was one of the reasons for hope, along with a talented linebacker unit, which he said “could be the most athletic in the league.”

Biggest reason for concern, Aschoff says, is Georgia’s unproven offensive skill players: “The Bulldogs have a ton of offensive talent, but only Murray, wide receiver Tavarres King and tight end Orson Charles have really made any sort of impact. Those three are reliable, but the rest of the group has yet to prove themselves. The Bulldogs haven’t found that elite running back. Washaun Ealey’s future is unknown and senior Caleb King was solid this spring, but has yet to really break out. Ken Malcome and Carlton Thomas struggled with injuries this spring. Incoming freshman Isaiah Crowell will have a ton of expectations to live up to when he arrives and he will immediately be in the thick of the running back competition. At receiver, King will be the go-to-guy, but after him there is a cloud of uncertainty. Marlon Brown seemed to come along at times this spring, but was inconsistent. Rantavious Wooten might be the most athletic receiver, but he, too, was inconsistent this spring and didn’t play in Georgia’s spring game. The rest of Georgia’s group hardly has any experience.”

Do you agree that the offensive skill players are the biggest reason for concern? Bigger than the unsettled secondary, where one of the safety positions is still a big question mark? Bigger than the reshuffling of an already suspect offensive line after the injury of Trinton Sturdivant?

What makes you the most nervous about the 2011 Dogs?

NEIGHBORHOOD LEGEND

The only reason I was surprised by the news this week that Danny Birchmore was being inducted into the Georgia Tennis Hall of Fame was because I’d just assumed he was already in it.

Birchmore, who lettered on the Georgia men’s tennis team 1970-73, was the first Bulldog to receive All-America honors when he was selected in 1971, and he repeated as an All-American in 1972 in addition to earning four first team All-SEC awards. In 1969, he won the U.S. boys 18 clay court singles title, upsetting Jimmy Connors in the quarterfinals. He was part of that cadre of Athens tennis kids (including future UGA athletic director Greg McGarity) shepherded by the great Dan Magill.

I grew up living around the corner from Danny, whose dad is Fred Birchmore, a legendary figure in Athens known for riding a bicycle around the world as a young man and building a giant stone wall in his 70s. Danny is two years older than me but he and I were in Boy Scouts together (Troop 4’s Buffalo Patrol) and we usually had our patrol meetings at his “Happy Hollow” home, where I spent many an hour tramping through his “backyard” (known to local kids as Birchmore’s Woods and now a part of Athens’ Memorial Park).

Danny easily could have been an intimidating presence to other kids since he was a brilliant student (he’s now a doctor in Nashville and teaches at Vanderbilt), a tremendous athlete and just about the perfect Boy Scout. But on top of all that, Danny was one of the nicest, most humble guys you could ever meet.

I was sitting beside him at Camp Rainey Mountain in North Georgia the night he was tapped for the prestigious Order of the Arrow and I remember how thrilled the rest of us from Troop 4 were for him. I feel the same way about his latest honor.

Give it up for Danny Birchmore, a damn good Dawg!

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— Bill King, Junkyard Blawg

389 comments Add your comment

tater tot

May 7th, 2011
10:53 am

FIRST !!!.. Well minwe is that folks will let them play to the best of their abilities like we know they can and stop coming on here with all that poor-mouthing.

tater tot

May 7th, 2011
10:54 am

And also the photo you show on here of Arron with his bowl-cut Jim-Bob hairdo is truly southern. :P

Jim

May 7th, 2011
10:58 am

Why the heck is Richt back this year?

midland Dog

May 7th, 2011
11:09 am

concerns are wide receiver and offensive line. And can we not come up with a couple of trick plays now and then?

Ca dawg

May 7th, 2011
11:11 am

Bill king’s inability to say something positive about his own team is a big concern.

RabidDawgFan

May 7th, 2011
11:11 am

My biggest concern is the O-line. All of this reshuffling can’t be good for Murray’s psyche, or the continuity of our O-line. IMO, you must have the same 5 guys battling it out at all times. Competition is good, don’t get me wrong but reshuffling is not competition. One week we may see Cordy at LT, then see him at RT the next. That’s not good. Coach Friend seems to want to shake our line up and I don’t think that’s good for particularly Murray. Murray wants to be able to count on his LT game after game and if it’s a different player, how comfortable will he be knowing that it could be a person that’s used to playing guard that is now playing tackle that is protecting his blindside?

RabidDawgFan

May 7th, 2011
11:15 am

I am also concerned with our RB situation. Who is the guy? Is it Ealey? Is it King? Is it Crowell when he steps on the field? We need a horse in the backfield and right now we don’t have that Marcus Lattimore, that Trent Richardson, etc. We don’t have him. Hopefully Crowell can be that guy and carry the load for us and help Murray out. I’m tellin you, we have to have a running game if we want to win a championship. That’s just how it’s gonna be. If you don’t run the ball, and pass all the time, there’s bigger risk for turnovers and also you don’t kill the clock. Time of Possession is everything and in the SEC especially, you need it.

RabidDawgFan

May 7th, 2011
11:19 am

I know it’s pretty to throw the ball 75 yards down field and if that’s what happens then it’s fine but never underestimate the effectiveness of a solid rushing attack. I’m an old school guy and I love to get after it in the trenches and I still believe that games are won or lost up front. If you have the bigger, meaner, stronger, more determined linemen up front, you win the game. Point blank. We need some nasty linemen that want to punish and demolish the guy in front of them. If we can get that type of attitude and tenacity, then we’ll be fine.

Earl

May 7th, 2011
11:22 am

Bill,

On offense, biggest concern is lack of scoring in big games. You’re not going to win a lot of games averaging less than 16 points a contest against ranked teams. Didin’t score a touchdown against UCF in the Bowl or East rival South Carolina. Only scored 1 td against Miss St. If you look at it, 3rd down conversions were poor and the rushing game was 10th in the SEC. Scoring was 11th in the SEC against ranked teams. Didn’t throw to Charles, Green or Durham enough, didn’t use Brandon Smith or Washaun Ealey or Aaron Murray enough on offense in the running game. Passing game broke down in the 4th quarter, only 4 td’s all season in the 4th quarter. Passblocking was poor, gave up dozens of sacks. Costly turnovers against East rivals Florida & South Carolina defined 2010.

On defense, poor on 3rd downs, last in the SEC. Also, poor against the run and in red zone defense. Running the 3-4 without correct personel proved to be a losing decision in 2010.

1eyedJack

May 7th, 2011
11:28 am

Didn’t know they let Ewoks in the Boy Scouts.

We will have one of the best if not THE BEST QB in the league.

We will have THE BEST set of TEs in the league.

We will have THE BEST tandem of kickers in the league.

We will have one of the best if not THE BEST group of LBs in the league.

We will have a lot of beef and a couple or three NFL draft choices manning the DL.

We will have a lot of beef and a couple or three NFL draft choices manning the OL.

We will have a very manageable schedule.

DB, WR, RB, therein lies the crux.

Accentuate the positive for a change Bill. Go Dawgs!!

athensdave

May 7th, 2011
11:29 am

I love Fred Birchmore! Never knew how amazing his son was too. Thanks for the info on my neighbors :)

hURRY UP

May 7th, 2011
11:29 am

WHAT CONCERNS ME, IS RICHT’S 0-6 RECORD IN 2010 AGAINST RANKED TEAMS. WHY CAN’T COACH RICHT BEAT GOOD TEAMS ANYMORE?

Yo Murph

May 7th, 2011
11:31 am

Inexperince.

At receiver.

On front 7 on defense.

Earl

May 7th, 2011
11:35 am

Offensive turnovers against key SEC East rivals South Carolina & Florida.

Those are the biggest two games of the year, can’t beat yourself.

ugaclassof2004

May 7th, 2011
11:38 am

My biggest concern is the Big Picture in regards to the football program, chief among those concerns being why the majority of our fanbase is willing to accept such subpar results out of loyalty to ONE MAN.

2008-Richt should have fired Willie but instead gave him a raise. ASININE!! Richt should have been fired right there for such an incompetent decision!! 2009- Dawgs go 8-5, Willie gets fired a YEAR TOO LATE, Richt fires half his coaching staff yet is on NO HOT SEAT WHATSOEVER!!!! Again totally ASININE!! 2010-Dawgs have first losing season in 14 years, Richt’s continues the practice of throwing longtime assistants on his sword by “reassigning” Van Halanger, yet Richt is just now being held somewhat accountable??

So my question is this: If the last 3 years were considered bad( and yes I consider 10-3 in 2008 bad for THAT team), then how bad does it have to get for UGA to fire Richt???? 4-8? 3-9?? Gasp…2-10 or 1-11??

ugaclassof2004

May 7th, 2011
11:40 am

My biggest concern is the Big Picture in regards to the football program, chief among those concerns being why the majority of our fanbase is willing to accept such subpar results out of loyalty to ONE MAN.

2008-Richt should have fired Willie but instead gave him a raise. ASININE!! Richt should have been fired right there for such an incompetent decision!! 2009- Dawgs go 8-5, Willie gets fired a YEAR TOO LATE, Richt fires half his coaching staff yet is on NO HOT SEAT WHATSOEVER!!!! Again totally ASININE!! 2010-Dawgs have first losing season in 14 years, Richt continues the practice of throwing longtime assistants on his sword by “reassigning” Van Halanger, yet Richt is just now being held somewhat accountable??

So my question is this: If the last 3 years were considered bad( and yes I consider 10-3 in 2008 bad for THAT team), then how bad does it have to get for UGA to fire Richt???? 4-8? 3-9?? Gasp…2-10 or 1-11??

Dr. P

May 7th, 2011
11:43 am

the biggest concern and biggest shortfall in talent continues top be at Head Coach !

Rocket Man

May 7th, 2011
11:44 am

The overall direction of the program. 2007, you have that incredible 11 win season with Stafford. Pre-season, picked to win it all in 08′, only won 10 wins loaded with 5 future NFL guys on offense behind Matthew Stafford, 10 wins fell below expectations. Then in 09′, Joe Cox led the team to just 8 wins, this fell below expectations again. In 10′, Aaron Murray took over and led the team to just 6 wins. This was again below exepctations. It’s the direction of things that concerns me. It’s as if the Head Coach doesn’t know how to get the train back on track.

old time dog

May 7th, 2011
11:48 am

Line on both sides of the ball concern me. The offensive line casts doubts on the right side. The defensive line needed bolstering badly and we will see if any improvement was made. Hope Crowell is as good as both himself and UGA thinks because it will be the same old song otherwise. QB should be improved with a little more experience and maturity under his belt and hopefully can exhibit some leadership qualities. Lack of inspiring confidence hurt on both sides last year.

AltamahaDawg

May 7th, 2011
11:50 am

But you already said that the 6 losses this year that you predicted, will get Richt fired. Problem solved.

Spike

May 7th, 2011
11:52 am

How are we going to blow it against the Gators again this year?

Otis

May 7th, 2011
11:53 am

Gettin off to a slow start.

You start off wit 2 top teams, could be nother bad start at 0-2, like last years 1-4 start.

Otis

May 7th, 2011
11:57 am

How will da new coaches do?

Friend come from Div 2 UAB?????

LB coach came from loser redskins who got spanked gainst the run??????

New strength coach used to be video editor???

old time dog

May 7th, 2011
12:09 pm

Balance on both sides of the ball is how really good, strong teams blossum. You need to be able to run and pass. You need to be able to stop the run and pass. Some teams do one better than the other ut the best teams are pretty balanced in all four.

Shawn

May 7th, 2011
12:10 pm

Mitch Cumstein

May 7th, 2011
12:22 pm

Coaching is and always was the weak spot for the dogs. High school coaches don’t cut it in the SEC.

Bulldog38

May 7th, 2011
12:33 pm

I wasn’t going to comment. However, I haven’t read where anyone has mentioned my biggest concern, which is the offensive play calling of Mike Bobo.

He is WAY too concerned about having a 50-50 balance of pass versus run. Sometimes, you have to take what the defense gives you. But, a good offensive coordinator knows that you have to establish the run in the SEC. He abandons the run too quickly. Between Crowell, King, Ealey, Malcome, and Thomas, we should always have fresh legs this season. If properly utilized, we should lead the SEC in rushing this year. Unfortunately however, with Bobo calling the plays, it probably won’t happen.

Dawg 39

May 7th, 2011
12:35 pm

My main concern is the OL & the Running Game. Everything else is coming together like we hoped that it would. Also, the Coaching Staff is certainly grade A SEC calibre. GATA..

DawgDawgDawg

May 7th, 2011
12:40 pm

Coaching. There’s a reason we hardly have any developed offensive skill players.

edumacated

May 7th, 2011
12:50 pm

My largest concern would be at safety. If those guys are getting burned every series, Murray will have to put up 30 plus every game to win.
The O-line is the next concern for me, but honestly, can they get much worse at run blocking than last year? I hope not.

Dawg Tired

May 7th, 2011
12:51 pm

Biggest concern – Giving supreme effort all the time. The team clearly quit when Richt decided to kick the field goal on 4th and goal fro the one in the bowl game. The team effort was spotty at best during the season with very poor efforts against Miss. State, Colorado and Florida.

Chris from Smyrna

May 7th, 2011
12:53 pm

Most concerned about lack of focus and passion. There’s enough talent. It will hurt if MB is a bust. One of those backs will break out from the pack. OL and DL should be “man enough” as a former Dawg player and Aub coach likes to say.

dawgs111

May 7th, 2011
1:02 pm

short and sweet…my biggest concerns for nexy year are the O line, our running game or lack there of and the unimaginative play calling.

DIT

May 7th, 2011
1:06 pm

DEFENSE!!!! We can score 21 points per game min. If the defense steps it up and only allows 10 to 14 ppg then we will have a decent shot at a 10 win season. Defense falls apart so does our dawgs!

OldFan

May 7th, 2011
1:08 pm

I believe that QB will become the biggest scapegoat, fairly or not. Murray could become the kind of QB who is much better than he plays, and that will be the result of an unstable running game and an inconsistent OL. If we lose the first two games, the rest of the season will become a debate over Murray’s ability to win and CMR’s ability to put the best QB on the field. I sure hope I’m wrong.

Ca dawg

May 7th, 2011
1:08 pm

@ugaclassof2004: is richt too loyal or not loyal enough? That is: if cmr’s “longtime practice” is to throw his assistants on a sword, why wait so long to fire Willie? I’m not happy with 6-7 any more than you, but your criticism as it is currently stated is incoherent.

bwkdawg

May 7th, 2011
1:22 pm

My biggest concern is the o-line. I think if the can consitantly open up holes than our running game will be fine. I feel the secondary will be fine, unless we have a true freshman thats ready to play saftey than I feel cummings will stay at that spot to me he is the best athelete in the secondary and if brandon smith has improved in the physical aspect of the game I think he will lock down the other corner spot, with a good pass rush which I think we will have this year that helps out the seconday tremendously.

UGADawg83

May 7th, 2011
1:25 pm

My biggest concern is Bill King who offers commentary based on what he observes on television because he’s never at a road game not even Florida and writes columns based on what he has read in another blogger’s column.

FRED

May 7th, 2011
1:45 pm

My biggest worry CMR

The Reaper

May 7th, 2011
1:52 pm

My biggest concerns are their mental and physical toughness, the Offense and the playcalling. I think the defense will be fine, but the offense is becoming and enigma. We should never be slack on the OL, but we have to improve on the OC posiiton and that was not rectified this off season.

tide roll

May 7th, 2011
1:53 pm

Bill, Biggest concern is coaching staff that simply refuses to run a ball control offense, even when circumstances dictate it. Therein lies the problem of having a head coach AND offensive coordinator who were former QB(s). Richt/Bobo simply support each other’s crazy philosophy. Someone should have challenged Richt on his field goal decision on 4th and short vs. Central Fla. and on Bobo’s play selection in overtime vs. Florida. It doesn’t stop there. Their lack of personnel decisions in recruiting a physical offensive line WITH DEPTH almost assure you of having to, yet again, throw the ball all over the place. Richt/Bobo are the same. They would rather show everyone how they outsmarted the other guy with their clever play calling than simply prepare a team to out physical the other. Not good if you’re in the SEC East.

midland Dog

May 7th, 2011
1:56 pm

oh, and i am still mad about not going for it on 4th and goal on the first series in the bowl game. I don’t care how easy you got there, you just in essence told your team “you guys are such wusses that you probably can’t move this ball a couple feet.” That may have been the beginning of my serious concerns.

needums

May 7th, 2011
2:00 pm

Not being able to play hard in the fourth quarter. I know things are different now with strength and conditioning but I have to see it on the field. Also better attitudes will be key this season, I hope the team really comes together this year.

old time dog

May 7th, 2011
2:02 pm

jrmdvm1

May 7th, 2011
2:05 pm

Bill,

I, too, thought Danny was already “there”. He is responsible for my learning to love tennis. I would go over from the vet school on weekday afternoons and watch. He was always exciting to watch, going up against much taller players. Coach McGill would let us “regulars” sit in the chair during some of the weekday matches. I watched others like Bill Kopoeke ( I think I spelled that right ), and even watched current coach Manny Diaz when he was a player. If you ever talk to Coach Diaz, ask him about the “Streaker Match”.

My only concern for the football Dawgs is whether or not they will give their all on every play. What I heard this spring really reduces that concern, but they still have to show it on the field.

JDawg1785

May 7th, 2011
2:07 pm

I’d rather focus on the positives like 1eyedJack. Why fixate on our concerns when we can revel in the things that Georgia fans will have to cheer about next season?

t

May 7th, 2011
2:12 pm

My biggest concern>>>>Mr.Richt!

dougmo2

May 7th, 2011
2:39 pm

My biggest concern is the size of the Clarke County jail. Is it big enough to support the players who plan to get busted for underage drinking, driving without a permit, and leaving the scene of an accident. It’s not like they are Mensas or bright enough to know better.

mad dawg 1

May 7th, 2011
2:40 pm

My biggest concern is this bunch of so called Ga. Bulldog fans. And Bill this includes you. I have heard that the trade school has room for any fans that see the need to cry b@#&* all the time. I’ve only been a fan for 30 years but I haven’t heard this trash talk ever by their own fans. I say to he!! with tech and anyone else who dosen’t back these young men and U.G.A.

mad dawg 1

May 7th, 2011
2:46 pm

P.S I went to and sat through ever game in the 1990 Dog season I know what hard times are. Just saying

Pago Pago Dawg

May 7th, 2011
2:49 pm

We agree with everybody else, we change coaches if we get beat in JAX.

RxDawg

May 7th, 2011
2:54 pm

For me it’s the Offensive line, Secondary, Running Backs. In that order.

The Bear

May 7th, 2011
3:01 pm

“But it’s still a coach’s game. Make no mistake. You start at the top. If you don’t have a good one at the top, you don’t have a cut dog’s chance. If you do, the rest falls into place. You have to have good assistants, and a lot of things, but first you have to have the chairman of the board.” – Bear Bryant.

Tater salad

May 7th, 2011
3:06 pm

Dawg48

May 7th, 2011
3:20 pm

Rambo has one safety spot but I hope to see Hamilton or commings step up and play good at the other spot. Even though king has been a disappointment so far I think he will step up and have a good senior season. If we can get a solid running game going and that’s got a lot to do with the o line and ever who wants the ball the most at running back if they can be solid then our outside at receiver it will take some pressure of them and murry. I have a concern at full back it is a big part of the offence at Georgia we have had some solid fullbacks under richt. I just wonder how fig gins and tree will do their cause if the defense has to keep an eye on what’s going on out in the flats with a short pass to the fullback then that will open up the middle for the running game and some big time play action

azdawgs

May 7th, 2011
3:22 pm

My biggest concern is they won’t be any better than the 2010 bulldogs. They do have some talent returning but they also lost a lot to graduation and early departures for the NFL or left the team. The O line took a blow w/the loss of Trident S. There’s no signs the O line will be better this year. The D has yet to prove itself. That’ll be a wait and see. Same coaches, enough said there. Special teams could be this teams strong points especially if they show improvement in punt blocking and trickery. They have good returners on KO and punts if they don’t fumble and PK and punter can be best in the country or close to it.

First 2 games will either define this team or sink it. W/their schedule win the first 2 and barring injuries they could be a good team. You’re always hopeful but their track record over the last several years haunts even the most loyal fans.

ugaclassof2004

May 7th, 2011
3:31 pm

cadawg,

I think its both. For the first 8 years, Richt was too loyal. But once the 8-5 and 6-7 season’s began to happen, he started getting rid of people left and right( Longtime practice isn’t accurate, I should have said recent). Usually you fire one coach to send the message to the others, but when a DC, a LB coach, a DE/Special teams coach, and a conditioning coach ALL get fired( most of whom have been on Richt staff from day 1)…then the problem is the head coach and his inability to evaluate his program.

@mad dawg 1: Well of course fans are going to be upset! We have gotten progressively worse the last 3 years!! UGA has historically waited too long to make a change. We waited too long to get rid of Wally Butts even when he was getting his brains beat out by Tech in the 50’s. We kept Dooley around a bit too long( even though he had a great run in the early 80’s, so he earned the immunity). We definitely kept Ray Goff around 3 years too long, and we’ll do the same thing with Richt. The ONLY coaches we fired when we should have were Johnny Griffith and Jim Donnan. But I’ll say this about Donnan, the program was in much better shape when he was fired, then it will be when Richt gets fired. It may take two coaches to clean up the mess that Richt has made.

AltamahaDawg

May 7th, 2011
3:44 pm

Maybe it’s those “religious beliefs that you disagree with him about” that’s really bugging you?
Does it matter? You have already stated they are losing 6 games and Richt is getting fired. Why are you beating a dead horse?

1eyedJack

May 7th, 2011
3:54 pm

Now ain’t ya’ll gonna look silly there with your Fire Richt t-shirts on when he wins 11 games this year.

DollarDawg43

May 7th, 2011
4:13 pm

The offensive line will be a big key but the bigger concern is the defensive unit as a whole. If we have the ability to lock down opposing offenses we will have a greater margin of error relative to the ovbious challenges we will have early on with the offense.

The defense has a ton of athletes (admittedly with some inexperience in a couple of areas); as a group they need to take it upon themselves to “carry the team” for a bit and take control of games from the kick off. That is a huge challenge but, if we can manage it, things will be just fine.

Lotus 8

May 7th, 2011
4:21 pm

Defense? Not the problem. Defense did superb in Todd Grantham’s 1st year, finished 4th in SEC in defensive scoring against ranked teams, which is superb for a 1st year defensive coach.

Offense? Finished 8th in scoring against ranked teams. Bobo’s had plenty of time to get the right people in to his offense, and still, 8th in SEC scoring against good teams?

Lotus 8

May 7th, 2011
4:29 pm

O-Line the problem? No. Only gave up 9 sacks in 2009 and had us getting 250 yards rushing per game last 5 games of 2009 with Ealey & King. Had most experience in NCAA on O-Line at over 150 games combined. O-Line Coach was so good he got a big raise and was stolen away from powerhouse Texas.

Backs? No, both King & Ealey average over 5 yards a carry, 5.5 ypc together & scored 13 td’s between them.

Receivers or TE? No, 2 receivers got drafted by the NFL (AJ & Durham). For this year, Tavarres & Charles are as productive as it gets (15-20 yards a catch average & both score a td on a higher than average rate per pass).

Mark

May 7th, 2011
4:32 pm

Yeah the fans constant complaining. Look we could be Ohio State if we didn’t have a quality man leading this program.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 7th, 2011
4:33 pm

My only real concern is the offensive line. I think the Defense will be fine this year as I truely believe we have a great defensive coach at UGA. I just don’t know that much about our O line coach. If the offensive line plays well, UGA is going to surprise a lot of people. If not, we will not be able to run the ball, no matter who has it. I know we are a little thin on the line and I hope we don’t get too short on healthy bodies there.
I still believe that CMR can do the job though, so if the O line can do the job, UGA will be just fine.

GOOOO DAWGSSSSSS

P.S. We need a permanent mascot also.

AltamahaDawg

May 7th, 2011
4:43 pm

If the defense had been only slightly better last year, they would have won a more games. If the running game/o-line had only slightly more umph late in the game, they would have won more games. If Murray had been able to read defense only sightly better last year, especially early in the season, they would have won more games. Any one of those things independantly would have been good for at least 2 or 3 games, any combination would have been a 10 win season.

We needed to score 2 more points per game, and hold em to 2 points less.

My biggest concern is that they are not not even slightly better at any one of those things. I feel 100% confident they are at least slightly better at #1, #3, and about 60% confident they are vastly improved. I cannot see #2 being any worse, and from a standpoint of more experience and an upgrade in talent, it’s hard to imagine not being at least slightly better.

SiddyBoy

May 7th, 2011
4:53 pm

I’m concerned that no or few upperclassmen will step forward and provide leadership.I believe that was a big problem last year. The uppers should “kick ass and take names” and not tolerate any crap like A.J and some other selfish players demonstrated. Let’s have someone put “Team” back on top. !!

Wonderful Ohio on the Gulf 'Dog

May 7th, 2011
4:54 pm

I’m confident that our defensive backfield is more solid than it may seem.

They got burned a couple of times, but they also played with flashes of brilliance

Many of their mistakes were mistakes of going for the big play but missing the tackle. Those mistakes can drastically reduced or even eliminated by experience and coaching.

Most importantly, big improvement on the defensive line will cure a lot of backfield ills. Georgia will simply be infinately improved on the D line over last year.

Consequently, it seems to me our defense is solid. I very much like Coach Grantham, too. Coach O as well.

Wide receiver- and running back-by-committee isn’t all bad either. Coach Bobo can run whoever has the hot hand (feet?) that particular Saturday until some one establishes himself as the Man.

Special teams and kicking seem totally set.

The only positional question to me, then, is the offensive line. We have big beasts there who ought to be able to be among the SEC’s best. Coach Friend seems up to the task.

The big question is attitude. I truly expected us to blow out UCF in the Liberty Bowl last year, and I wasn’t underestimating how good a team they had.

I expected A.J., Durham, and Murray to put on a huge show; A.J. and Durham because it was their last game as Bulldogs; Murray because so many of his former Plant City classmates matriculate at UCF. I was greatly disappointed.

Starting from the opening kickoff, when Georgia stopped pursuing when the yellow flag came out and UCF ran the ball back for a nullified touchdown, I realized we were in for a long afternoon.

The question the 2011 Bulldogs need to answer is whether they have the willpower, mentally and physically, to win every game at the time they play that game.

There is no one on our 2011 schedule we cannot beat, handily. The question is whether we have the willpower to win.

chilidawg

May 7th, 2011
4:59 pm

The O-line. I hope they are all living in the same house, walking to class together, rowing a dragon boat together,doing ropes courses together, group counseling, montel williams show….

Coachalien

May 7th, 2011
5:02 pm

The secondary will be better simply because the defensive line and linebackers should produce a better more consistent pass rush this year. The best way to prevent a team from picking you apart with the passing game is with pressure on the QB.

Biggest concern has to be the offensive lines inability to open holes for the running game. If they improve in that area our offense will be just fine.

Ricky Grooms

May 7th, 2011
5:10 pm

You know that Georgia will be #1 in the nation in 2011. I’ll be surprised if we don’t go undefeated this year. Whats wrong with you people? And you call yourself Bulldog Fans. Your all worthless and weak, now drop and give me 20. Go Vols!!!!!!!!!!!!

AltamahaDawg

May 7th, 2011
5:25 pm

Dooley never had a great run in the 80’s. What are you talking about? They fired him after the completely inconsistant job he did in the 70’s, learning from the mistake they made not getting rid of Butts sooner.

59bulldawg

May 7th, 2011
6:07 pm

I’m more concerned with the offensive line. A team with a good line and fewer great skill players can do better than a team with a poor or mediocre line and more great skill players. The O-line has got to get it done this year if we are to have a good season.

Fortune's Cookie

May 7th, 2011
6:27 pm

Want to watch a replay of Georgia’s G-Day for free? Here tis:
http://espn.go.com/espn3/player?id=175553

red&silver

May 7th, 2011
6:30 pm

Biggest concern? None. When Richt has a returning QB the team averages 11 wins. Last year, we had a freshman QB, the best offensive player suspended 4 games, and installed a new defensive scheme. Sorry but, that does not equal a successful season.

Troy Roy

May 7th, 2011
6:37 pm

The odd thing is, in 2009, UGA rush offense got 168 a game vs. ranked teams, but dropped to 95 a game vs. ranked teams last season. All with same offensive line, same backs. 44% drop.

Also, same offensive line went from giving up just 8 sacks 2 years ago, to 25 last season. 200% drop. It’s odd.

Randall "Pink" Floyd

May 7th, 2011
6:57 pm

The receiving corps. Murray is going to put it there. Are they going to catch it?

Full Employment

May 7th, 2011
7:23 pm

Dawgtards’ biggest concern should be having enough players to field a team. Between arrests, suspensions, and dismissals, Richt will be lucky to have 22 decent players by the end of the seasons.

At least Athens is a full-employment city for police, bail bondsmen, and lawyers.

Ceasar

May 7th, 2011
7:31 pm

Enter your connemts here.

Otto von Bismarck

May 7th, 2011
7:32 pm

A few salient comments:

1. Four different SEC teams have won the last five BCS championships.

2. UGA was not one of those teams. Not even close.

3. During that period, UGA did not win the SEC championship. Not once.

4. During that period, UGA did not even win its SEC division. Not once.

5. Red panties. Always the red panties. UGA’s permanent legacy.

6. Remedial studies. Remember Jan Kemp? Ah, yes, you certainly do!

In other words, UGA has sunk into total irrelevancy both regionally and nationally.

So why is UGA paying Mark Richt millions of dollars a year? Hmmm… why indeed?

AltamahaDawg

May 7th, 2011
7:38 pm

I think the running game relies on the QB reading the situation, and picking the “play” more than it looks like. Stafford always called that sprint draw out of uncertainty his freshman year. I think you would see a similar (low Rushyards) statistic that year too. I would hope that Murray would be better at diagnosing when to run, where to run, and get those yards back up. Also didn’t help that opponents brought thier safeties up, without a lot of fear that he would pick them apart on the corners, especially early on in the season.

Troy Roy

May 7th, 2011
7:42 pm

red & silver, you seem to be saying QB ‘inexperience’ is the problem, and QB play automatically gets better with more ‘experience’. Going scoreless in the passing game with AJ Green in the last game of the season, since it was the 13th game of the season, points to something other than ‘experience’.

randall, you seem to think the problem is the ‘receiving corps’ not catching Murray’s accurate passes. Since 2 receivers got drafted in the NFL, that wasn’t the issue. QB accuracy isn’t strong suit at this point in development. QB procition varied widely depending on the ‘degree of competition’. Ended up in the top 25% percentile against weaker competition and bottom 25% percentile against stronger competition in accuracy and passing touchdowns. QB consistency against strong competition will be something to watch early on in the 1st two pre-season top 10 match ups against Boise St & South Carolina, since both will be ranked higher. The playing your ‘best against the worst’ & ‘worst against the best’ thing is one reason why Bobo described the QB play last year as ‘inconsistent’.

rocketfuel

May 7th, 2011
8:31 pm

Have several concerns,but the main one is the soft O-line.They can pass block pretty good.Run blocking is a different story.Maybe Ol Pat Dye needs to motivate them like he did before the Bama game.Hope the men in Red&Black prove all us naysayers wrong.

Troll Power Ratings

May 7th, 2011
9:07 pm

My biggest concern is whether or not the trolls can maintain the torrid pace they set in ‘10. It’s going to be tough for them, especially if Georgia “underperforms” by exceeding their hopeful expectations. I’m betting the trolls will be disappointed but will remain steadfast to their delusional hope that Georgia won’t KICK THEIR A**.

Eddie

May 7th, 2011
9:23 pm

Concerns? I have many.

1. Georgia’s players do not fear or respect their head coach. Current coach is more interested in being their friend and saving their souls than challenging them to be the best football players and team they can be.

2. Assistant coaches are not allowed to coach and challenge their players the way they are accustomed to for fear of reprisal from The God Squad.

3. Players are too comfortable, loaf, and don’t work hard to keep their nose clean due to a sense of entitlement brought on by having no fear of losing their scholarship.

4. Coaching staff focuses too much on recruiting skill players and not enough on linemen.

5. Coaching staff’s pass-first offensive philosophy carries too much risk and lacks the ability to control the clock in a close game.

6. Georgia’s assistants lack experience vs. their peers in the SEC.

7. Defensive players are too preoccupied with scheme and are not focused enough on whipping the guy in front of them and getting to the ball.

8. The lack of physical practices creates a soft team unable to win on third down or in the fourth quarter.

9. Coaching staff’s reluctance to go 1s vs 1s in practice does not allow them to identify who can handle SEC-level competition and who can not.

10. Coaching staff’s “days-off” discipline approach rewards players who cause trouble, allowing them to enjoy the benefits of their scholarship without the required work effort.

11. Lack of innovation on offense makes it easy for opposing defensive coordinators to force Georgia into check downs favorable to the defense’s down and distance. This is why you see so many dives up the middle on 2nd and long.

12. The high pad level of the Georgia offensive linemen forfeits their ability to drive block effectively.

13. Defensive backs are taught to watch the receiver instead of the quarterback’s eyes or the ball. This philosophy has put Georgia near or at the bottom in turnovers forced for the last several years.

14. Georgia’s arrogance in hassling their fans will result in many empty seats this year.

15. Despite having the second largest university in the conference, Georgia’s preoccupation with running the “most profitable” athletic department has put them at a huge disadvantage, allowing the rest of the conference to outspend them in all of the primary men’s sports.

SOGADOG

May 7th, 2011
9:36 pm

Top concerns by position:

1. Running back
2. Safety
3. oline run blocking
4. Unproven D-line
5. Full back

SOGADOG

May 7th, 2011
9:39 pm

Good points Eddie

red&silver

May 7th, 2011
9:40 pm

Troy Roy you seem to have selective memory. I think we all can agree that the Dawgs did not show up that day. 2011 is the season in question not last year.

King Gator

May 7th, 2011
10:22 pm

I’d say my biggest concerns for Georgia football in no particular order are: conference schedule, lack of playmakers, fairweathered fans, Athens PD, coaches giving the other teams kicker the choke sign, blackouts, picks in the redzone, having to go to UGA 14 by the end of the season, the liberty bowl, losing to UCF in the Liberty Bowl (did that really happen??), lack of tailgating for the fans, high dives while fully dressed, Mark Richt having to show his long form birth certificate, being ranked high in the preseason, uninsured running backs, grades, players selling jerseys, recruits stealing from players, drunk A.D.’s, Trump wanting to buy the naming rights to the stadium, red thongs, DUI’s, backup qb’s playing grabass, Tech (jk about that one), SEC officials being unfair, getting gauged in the eye, Spurrier, water restrictions, blue laws, failing predraft drug tests, the qb getting injured while playing soccer and of course the AJC being out to get the Dawgs! 4 months until meaningful football. Go Gators!!

chazzo

May 7th, 2011
10:26 pm

The only worry I have is whether the Dawgs will hang together as a team while some of the pecking order gets sorted out and/or if they suffer a loss early. Teamwork hasn’t looked like a real forte this past couple of seasons. I have suspected dissension and doubt among the ranks. It is a corroding thread. These guys can work it out. If they decide to hang together no matter what and do what is best for the team, they will have an impressive season.

SugarHillDawg

May 7th, 2011
10:32 pm

My concern is which ever coach we get next year doesn’t sign a multi-year contract with the school he is already at!!

Otis My Man

May 7th, 2011
10:48 pm

What a sorry bunch if UGA Fans we have these days!!!!!!!! CMR screwed up by hanging on to his “buddies” for one or two years too long– we agree!!! He has made wholesale changes and we will benefit in 2011. Boise is DAWG FOOD! 1-0, SC will be tough after the big victory but it is at home… we win a close one after recovering a fumble inside our 20 with :03 seconds left in the game. (caused by Jarvis Jones). DONT HATE>>>APPRECIATE!

Otis My Man

May 7th, 2011
10:55 pm

anyone….anyone?????

Otis My Man

May 7th, 2011
10:56 pm

king gator– dont you have to sell some weed to your team?

Chaddd Scottt: I laughed when UGA died

May 7th, 2011
11:06 pm

biggest concern… not winning a darn thing since 1980. UGA is about the 10th best team of da 12 SEC teams.

Bobo is Gollum

May 7th, 2011
11:12 pm

Mike Bobo, Mike Bobo, Mike Bobo!

Bulldog blog killed the anon poster

May 7th, 2011
11:32 pm

What really concerns me is that the preacha man is using curse words towards disgruntled fans.

Bubbatavious

May 7th, 2011
11:53 pm

My concern is why Rantavious had a bad spring.

Otis My Man

May 7th, 2011
11:54 pm

Thank goodness CMR lashed out!!! He is living the deal, he is the head coach! I think he does understand what is happening on the field. Cuss ‘em all out CMR!!!!!!!!!!!

ugab

May 7th, 2011
11:57 pm

Where do we start? Oline and Dline is the most concern every season. MR thinks he is in the acc still. We recruit some good rbs but dont recruit the best OL in the nation to block. It don’t matter how many rbs we got if they don’t have a hole to run through. Watch the last bowl game! The OL sucks. MR is a good man. No doubt. We need a coach. Garner needs to recruit. Garner is not a DL coach. I watched our DL playing Central Florida in the bowl game. They do not go for the ball. The Dl just grabs the OL and that is it. Coaching is going to get us better. It is going to be the end of MR this year. All of the fans know it.

ugab

May 7th, 2011
11:59 pm

It is sad us fans have to watch another season like the last 4 seasons. Millions of dollars are being wasted.

Otis My Man

May 7th, 2011
11:59 pm

We Need OTIS FOR UGA!!!! Check out his FB page!!! Russ aint cuttin’ it.

Otis My Man

May 8th, 2011
12:03 am

ugab– it was coaching. We did a great job of coaching “down” our talent… Times have changed and there is new light!!!! Remember when CMR came in and won our first SEC Championship in 20 years?? Hang on cuz we will win a National Championship within the next 2 years!!!!! Mark it down now!!! AU did it and we are much deeper than they where!

Thomas Brown

May 8th, 2011
12:51 am

The biggest concern, of course, is that our coaching staff – once considered the 4th best in the nation – now finds itself by stark contrast # 22 in the nation over the last 5 years with 21 Losses, averaging more than 4 + Losses a season over the last 5 years, and will not improve upon these numbers of the last 5 years this season, either.

PHIL

May 8th, 2011
2:51 am

I have several areas of concern.

1. Is the O line, just pick a topic within that unit
2. Is that the AJC continues to allow morons like Tide Roll and ugaclassof2004 to post on a public blog
3. Is the infinite number of “fans” who continue to say coaches being pass happy and not running the football enough. If the O line and running backs were worth a crap we would NEVER pass. They suck, we had AJ Green and those are the reasons we pass.
4. I am concerned that Bill will never have an original topic for an article and that he can’t write one at all without help from ESPN, his brother or his buddy who has “been a fan forever” and is still obviously lost on the game of football.

5. And last but not least I am concerned about AltamahaDawg trying to reason with the idiots here by using rationality. Like explaining the QB’s role in the running game by making calls at the line to “Fans” who wouldn’t know a football from a flying saucer.

Still@theBAR

May 8th, 2011
3:45 am

Murray needs to TRY Pro Active. Man his face looks like 12 miles of Gravel road. He better hope he gets NFL money because that is the only way he can get a STAFFORD type looking girlfriend.

7576DAWG

May 8th, 2011
4:20 am

My biggest concern will be the offensive line Buy, just as uncertain is can Bobo show he can finish the drill in the 3rd and 4th quarters.

Thomas Brown

May 8th, 2011
5:05 am

Last Five (5) Years :

56-9 Ohio State
56-12 Florida
61-5 Boise State
55-10 TCU
54-15 Oklahoma
52-16 Virginia Tech
51-14 Southern California
50-15 LSU
50-15 Texas
50-15 BYU
50-15 Utah
49-16 Wisconsin
49-16 West Virginia
49-18 Alabama on the field
48-16 Oregon
48-19 Missouri
47-18 Penn State
46-18 Auburn
46-22 Hawaii
45-20 Cincinnati
45-21 Boston College
45-20 Texas Tech
44-21 Georgia Mark Richt last entire 5 years # 23 won/lost # 23

tater tot

May 8th, 2011
5:44 am

Still@theBAR
May 8th, 2011
3:45 am

Murray needs to TRY Pro Active. Man his face looks like 12 miles of Gravel road. He better hope he gets NFL money because that is the only way he can get a STAFFORD type looking girlfriend.

Boy, You sure funny. hehe

gary

May 8th, 2011
6:04 am

I’ve seen only one entry address our real concern, our defense. They sucked in 09 an 10. We may score some points, but we can’t stop anybody. The majority of the starting defense is returning and that is a big cause for concern!!!!!

Eat and Tweet

May 8th, 2011
6:29 am

Murray needs to lay off on the fried foods,chocolate and pepsi. Face is all broke out.

lizard man

May 8th, 2011
6:34 am

one of my concerns is the people that are above Richt and his boss———–they must be crazy——Richt has been at Georgia for 10 years and has not won the Championship yet————so my guess is —-he will never do it—-after all the money and talent he has had——–i just dont think he has the backbone for it———he was an offensive coordinator at Florida State (an ACC team)——and then he pops up at UGA———I think UGA should have gotten Mushchamp———sp?——somebody down there needs to go have their brain checked out for egoitis——-somebody in Athens thinks they know what they are doing but they dont———-they may have a clue but they dont have the balls to step up and lay down the law———-just my opinon—I’m just sayin———–

lizard man

May 8th, 2011
6:42 am

another way to put it is—with the stats—–Richt is batting 50%——-he has won alot of games but he has lost about the same amount——-stats dont lie——he may be batting 56 or 59% but all the same—-it aint enough in one year to go to the Natl game to win it all is all i am saying———-so somebody in Athens needs to check themselves in to Bellvue and get examined for wishi was idis. Never Mind—-somebody please step up and help UGA—–they always feel sorry for themselves and just cant seem to get out on the field and hit somebody——-boo hoo hoo hoo——it s rough trying to be a Georgia fan this decade———–God help us —cause the quack that runs the show in Athens is wickity wackity boom boom.

Dawggone

May 8th, 2011
7:24 am

OL is the biggest concern for me but WR is a close second. What happened to Brown and Wooten? We heard about all of that talent but nothing has come from it! Then we need to talk about safety and where do you start after watching them give up BIG play after BIG play. They were just awful last year and the best athlete moved to LB. I have not seen anyone back there in years that was a good SEC player. That being said I love my Dawgs and hope we turn it around this year with hard work and attitude!

chazzo

May 8th, 2011
7:32 am

Lizard Man,

Richt is 90 Ws 27 Ls, 3rd best among active coaches. That is 76.9%. In the last 5 years according to “Thomas Brown” in this thread: 44-21. That’s 67.7%. Last year was his first losing season in 10 years (6-7). He is definitely not batting .500 .

I think he deserves a chance to turn it around. I think he has taken proper measures. Everyone jumped all over me when I suggested that replacing Martinez may be smart but that there would be an adjustment period. Brand new coach with a brand new scheme and a brand new staff and somehow we thought the D was going to rock last year? Funny thing, though, it was better.

Championships shouldn’t really be the measure of a good coach until there is a playoff system. Championships in general are a somewhat dubious until there is a playoff system.

Jury is out on Muschamp and Weis. They are inheriting a mess. I hope Muschamp does well (exceptin’ in Jax). It is always good to see a young HC succeed, especially one from UGA.

Greg B.

May 8th, 2011
7:45 am

More concerned about the inconsistent offensive playcalling than anything. Oklahoma State is one that sticks out, and there have been numerous more. We get that corrected we have a chance.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 8th, 2011
7:51 am

T. Brown,

Is that all you do is post records and think they actually provide something meaningful. Like I told you on the other post. Statistics can be manipulated anyway you want. In the science I worked in, our saying was, if you need proof of something or need to back up your theory, just make up a list of statistics and massage them to fit your theory. A list is the weakest kind of statistical analysis because it shows no cause and effect. It is like comparing apples and oranges in this case unjless all of the teams you have listed have all played the same teams and all played each other. In other words Thomas, what you have there is a little less useful than what you would pick up in a cow pasture. Understand now?

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 8th, 2011
8:13 am

Otto,

That is about the fifth or sixth different name you have used on UGA blogs and posted the same thing exactly. Do you think you and ole Thomas could get together and post something meaningful and something with a little substance. Don’t you two have a sister or something you could trade each other so you could have dates and leave the blogs to the big boys with something intelligent to say. Children really should stay on kiddie blogs.

Falcondawg

May 8th, 2011
8:17 am

concerns? UNDERACHIEVING again with top 10 recruiting class? Looking for more EXCITEMENT from players and coache-Pride?. But mostly im concerened about the lack of DISCIPLINE on our team. Unnecessary personal fouls, penalties, players getting in trouble, etc. I think we have the potential assets to become a great football team, but until we infuse some discipline into the program, we may continue to be mediocre. This is a big year for Richt and that is motivation in itself. We will know where we stand after the first 2 games! 5 sec teams have won the national championship in the last 20 years, and one of those is NOT UGA. I say its past time for us to show em who the BIG DAWG is. UGA gets off to a good start at 2-0 (HUGE), beats Florida, loses a couple close games, wins a BCS bowl game, and ends up in top 10. Oh and i almost forgot….Richt will remain COACH! GO DAWGS!

Falcondawg

May 8th, 2011
8:28 am

CHAZZO… I agree there needs to be a playoff in college football like every other sport in the universe. Too much greed i suppose. eventually there will be and we will look back and say “what the Heck were we thinking”. I have to admit that i would have LOVED for the NFL to go with a BCS format this past year because my FALCONS would have won the NFC and been in the super bowl!! No need to play the PACKERS right??? right? I wish! Just one of a million examples of why there should be a playoff system. GO DAWGS!

AltamahaDawg

May 8th, 2011
8:30 am

Phil, thanks a lot, that coffee up my nose is going to bother me all day.

jimmy campagna

May 8th, 2011
8:42 am

Biggest concern: coaching, specifically the consistent inability to have the team ready to play early in the season. There’s no SE Louisiana this year. Come out of the blocks 0-2 and the season is done, along with Richt. He can’t get it done any more.

JJ

May 8th, 2011
8:46 am

Why is this even a question? The defense was beyond atrocious last year. It flat out sucked as bad as any I can remember. And this with a bunch of NFL caliber talent. If it doesn’t improve dramatically this year, we’re about to see major changes in this program, and rightfully so.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 8th, 2011
8:59 am

Almost anyway you say it, in order for UGA to be really good this year, the big boys on both sides of the line have to be better. I have read where the strength and conditioning is much improved and that could very well be the key, since we never seemed to have much left come the fourth quarter last year. I think the D line will be most improved and to me that’s not going to be the problem area this year. The O line worries me, not only due to past performance but also because they are a little thin there. I hope they can avoid any major injuries other than the one we have already had. If the O line comes to the game, the running game will take off and the team will score the points it needs. The passing game will take a few games to get it all together with the receivers that are new or haven’t played a great deal. If the running game can come around with the O line, we can control the clock and we will need to do that. If the D clicks the way it should, we will have a fair amount of 3 and outs, so the offense has got to control the game as much as possible and not have the defensae out there 70% of the time.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 8th, 2011
9:00 am

Anybody out there have a typist for sale. My fingers will not go where I tell them to go. At 62, you would think I could at least type, LOL.

fat white lump

May 8th, 2011
9:22 am

my concern is Murrays hair cut!!!

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 8th, 2011
9:40 am

Betcha, Murray could wear a mohawk and if he deoesn’t have the support he needs from the line, It will not make a bit of difference. He can go blad as far as I am concerned as long as UGA wins. Football is full of the big uglies, LOL.

GO DAWGS

BOSS GATOR

May 8th, 2011
9:43 am

10/29/11…..Jacksonville….World’s Largest Annual Outdoor Ass Kicking…..Oh what fun !!….. We’re going to have complimentary crying towels at the exits for all you Red Panties……The .Party’s On…..Your BOSS………….

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 8th, 2011
9:51 am

Hey Boss,

think you can field a team if they do a drug test two days before the game? Go play with your reptiles down in the swamp and prepare to get you butt whipped in Jax. this year. Got some orange and blue crying towels for a cheap price for you. Even put a picture of the weed on them so your team can identify them. Hard to do that with glazed eyes.

Walt

May 8th, 2011
9:54 am

My concern is the QB.

We will only win as many games as QB plays well.

As the QB goes in the SEC, so goes the team.

Need QB to step up against the most important games like Florida and South Carolina, games like Louisiana Lafayette, Idaho State, and Vanderbilt, they just pad the stats, and make Bobo’s offensive stats look better, but arn’t the true indication of the QB’s ability.

Bobo will be measured this year by how the offense does against winning teams.

Walt

May 8th, 2011
9:57 am

Look at Newton last season, McElroy at Alabama, Tebow at Florida, takes solid QB play against the good teams, like Green, Stafford and DJ in the glory years at Georgia.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 8th, 2011
9:59 am

Agree to a certain extent Walt, but it still takes 11 people on the offense to win. If he gets protection, then he can do his job well enough. Everything starts with the guys up front. No holes, no running game. No pass protection, the QB scrambles for his life and makes mistakes.
For sure Bobo’s job and all of the offense will be easier if that all happens.

This Dawg Won't Hunt

May 8th, 2011
10:04 am

This is for “This Dawg Want Hunt” who clearly doesn’t know his “wants” from his “won’ts”. Maybe he’s illiterate. But I digress.

My biggest concerns for this years team are coaching and coaching again and Murray’s decision making. If we could improve all three of those, we should be hunky-dory. But I’m not expecting it to happen.

powerhouse?

May 8th, 2011
10:23 am

dogs better be careful changing coaches. Fired Butts and look what happened.
VD left and look….
Bill, did you really predict the dogs will lose six? Wow!

savannadawg

May 8th, 2011
10:28 am

The crux of it all. CMR wants to have a “PRO” style offense and defense at UGA. But to have this, one has too have the talent within the system to do it. And frankly we do not. We have the talent to win college football games, ALL of them imo. But the fact that CMR specifically, and maybe others want to look “PRETTY” doing it, leads to self destruction and misguided aspirations. How many times do we hear, ” We just didn’t make enough plays!” What a crock of spam that line has gotten over the years. I will say it “Just one more time” The harder we practice the luckier we get! as said by one Erskine Russell. You cannot GATA if you never do getta after it. CMR needs to get back to the KISS principle, “KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID”, the system is too complicted for alot of the kids too catch on. hince it takes one to two years before we see a kid blossom, and then its time for a changeover again. And this goes on and on, hence the lack of continuity alot of the time. AND YES, i know this type of offense has a tendency to be very explosive, but it has never been consistent at UGA because of the defenses in the SEC. It work “GREAT” at FSU because that league back then had no defenses. So. So. So. I don’t know what is more concerning too me at this point. We have the potential to be great. But that is every year! Will we?

Mobile Dawg

May 8th, 2011
10:33 am

The ingredient we’ve been missing for quite some time, “Leadership”, on all fronts. McGarity has begun to set the example of what it takes to be a Leader, let’s hope others catch on.

Beast from the East

May 8th, 2011
10:33 am

I think the biggest concerns should be the o-line and the secondary. If UGA gets good o-line play then the offense should be pretty good. They’ll need some new faces to step up in the skill positions (WR and RB), but with good blocking that should really help. The secondary could be a big problem, but a solid front 7 could help those guys out a lot. Most teams, including my Gators, have a number of questions heading into this season, so don’t feel alone, Dawgs.

savannadawg

May 8th, 2011
10:43 am

One more thing. I worry about CMR being able to project the images he sees in his mind too his coaches and his players. Is he a strong enough task master to get this or any football team to the “EXCELLENT” level. He doesn’t need to necessarily “demand” excellence from the play of his players, but he damn sure better have their respect, or we will never win a championship. I was very encouraged after the spring game. Lets hope it carries over to this coming year.

1eyedJack

May 8th, 2011
10:44 am

As of this morning my biggest concern is will all the games be televised and will I be able to see them all. Can’t wait. As a grown man it’s like a kid waiting for Christmas.

For all you muthas out there (Tech fans) I know it sucks.

Dawg fans happy mother’s day.

Snoop Dawg

May 8th, 2011
10:52 am

Snoop Dawg’s biggest three worries in order: head coach, offensive coordinator, coaching in general. The players will win or lose as they are led and coached by Richt and Co. The coaches need to be held accountable for once if this season doesn’t get us the SEC championship, to include beating Florida for the third time in 25 years. Most kids in college don’t even remember UGA ever beating Florida. Florida students think of UGA as we think of Vanderbilt. Yet, we pay Richt a cool $3M per year to lose every year to make us cellar dwellers and the laughing stock for the entire SEC. They are laughing at us every day. Wake up!

FanSince59

May 8th, 2011
11:08 am

Biggest concern: overpaid Mark Richt. Hopefully, he won’t be a “concern” next year.

Whatta record

May 8th, 2011
11:13 am

There were a lot of things for the dawgs to celebrate this year. Let’s see…

1. A drunken, whoring athletic director with red panties in his lap.

2. Twelve players arrested. And 41% of UGA football players are arrested during their time at UGA.

3. A player suspended for violating NCAA rules.

4. Winning the Fulmer Cup for the most players arrested.

5. Winning the title of #1 party school (i.e., the most drunken student body in the USA).

6. A sleazy assistant coach who razzes opposing players, unethical coaching conduct in violation of NCAA rules.

7. A super sleazy head coach who thinks he’s a saint, but recruits thug wannabes, gangbangers, and illiterate morons.

8. A 6-7 record despite having a team full of 4- and 5-star recruits.

That’s really something to be proud of!

Ldawg

May 8th, 2011
11:14 am

Crowell could be the best back in the country but if our o-line can’t block for him he is nothing!!! I’m ready for Boise state… Go dawgs!!!!

Gdawg in Yankee-Land

May 8th, 2011
11:29 am

Lack of a permanent mascot. With all do respect to Russ, the spends way to much time licking his butt, and not enough time barking at the opposing team.

Kendawg

May 8th, 2011
12:11 pm

My biggest concern is the offensive line. The last two years they couldn’t block a team of grandmothers. What makes us think they will be any better in 2011?

Ju Ju

May 8th, 2011
12:14 pm

Love the O-Line. They protected Joe Cox perfectly, less than 10 sacks and got 175 rushing per game in the Cox era. Same oline struggled with Murray, kid don’t audible like Cox did, and as Bobo said, Murray holds on to the ball too long and takes 3x more sacks than Cox did with the same o line. Hopefully Murray will improve in run audibles/reading defenses better & quicker decision making on passing plays. All relate to QB defensive recognition.

Ju Ju

May 8th, 2011
12:16 pm

Crowell could do for the rush offense what Lattimore did for South Carolinas. Carolina looked terrible 2 years ago, but looked much better with a better rb past season.

Ju Ju

May 8th, 2011
12:24 pm

Same O-Line and running backs dropped from:
–3rd in SEC in rushing against ranked teams, and #1 in sacks in 2009 with leader Joe Cox at QB
–1th in SEC in rushing against ranked teams, and #11 in sacks in 2010 with leader Murray at QB.

Wow, the difference 1 player can make at QB is big on the running game.

Ju Ju

May 8th, 2011
12:25 pm

3rd ro 11 in sec rushing aganst ranked teams

1st to 11th in sacks against ranked teams.

Murray ain’t no joe Cox, that for sure.

Eat and Tweet

May 8th, 2011
12:27 pm

In the photo of Murray above he just stated “Gollllleeee Coach Bobo I thought the draw play on 3rd and long would have gotten us a first down for sure”.

Bawbie

May 8th, 2011
12:29 pm

Fire Dave Perno!

Elvis is dead and so is Osama

May 8th, 2011
12:42 pm

And so is UGA’s offensive line……..

Red Panties

May 8th, 2011
12:50 pm

Will the UGA players be wearing their lucky red panties this season?

Run, Lindsay, run!

May 8th, 2011
12:53 pm

I wonder if any of the books about UGA football include the perspective of someone speaking for the late Jan Kemp? The perspective that “student” athletes like Lindsay Scott were playing years without taking college level courses? That the proudest moment of the football program was earned by players who never earned a single college credit?

Dawgtards love to return to 1980, but their memories are really short when it comes to remembering an earthshaking event that happened a few years later that showed the world what a joke UGA athletes were and what a scam artist their beloved Vince Dooley was (and is). So for all those dawgtards with short memories or who think their athletes are actually taking real courses and trying to graduate, here’s the quote that broke the trial wide open and showed what a slimeball Dooley is:

O. Hale Almand Jr., a lawyer for the defense, offered a justification for the favorable treatment accorded the athletes, citing a hypothetical player. “We may not make a university student out of him,” he told the jury, “but if we can teach him to read and write, maybe he can work at the post office rather than as a garbageman when he gets through with his athletic career.”

Nothing has changed at UGA, they just do a slightly better job of keeping things quiet, but that’s hard to do when 45 of your player-thugs have been arrested, isn’t it?

UGA: WINNER OF THE FULMER/RICHT CUP

AltamahaDawg

May 8th, 2011
12:56 pm

Interesting that you feel like you think you needed to i.e. what party school means to all the other trolls?

dawgfan

May 8th, 2011
1:34 pm

Bill, I’ll tell you what is NOT our biggest concern and that would be Georgia Tech football. We have pounded these sissies in to the turf so many times for so long that I’m surprised the NCAA hasn’t implemented some kind of mercy rule in this series. Quite frankly, its a little embarassing that a proud football state like Georgia has such a lopsided in-state “rivalry,” if you can even call it that. I don’t know what is going to happen this season but we can be confident that whatever happens it will end with Techies walking away from Atlanta Sanford Stadium with their tails between their legs.

Thanks.

jaxdawgfan

May 8th, 2011
1:54 pm

Offensive coaching: play-calling, running backs and the line.

jaxdawgfan

May 8th, 2011
1:59 pm

Hey Red Panties. What do think is behind your sudden urge to mention those on Mothers Day?

Ed (The Original)

May 8th, 2011
2:14 pm

Coaching, especially Mark Richt. I don’t expect him to suddenly become a good coach this year. And there isn’t enough raw talent in the world to overcome that.

All the comments about CMR ...

May 8th, 2011
2:32 pm

… Makes me realize how little a lot of UGA fans know about football. Has there been issues? Yes – Could there be improvement? Yes – Do teams, coaches, etc have ups and downs? Yes – Some folks just don’t know how bad it really can get. ( Question: All those posting about CMR in such a strong negative tone are they: really UGA fans that don’t have much of a clue, or GT fans that hope they can energize the UGA bottom feeders in an attempt to run him off?)

AltamahaDawg

May 8th, 2011
3:13 pm

Dear other SEC fans: Please do not laugh at Snoop any more.

Fidlin1

May 8th, 2011
4:04 pm

The O Line is the hindge to kick the door in for the Dawgs. All the tools are in place to take advantage of the time and holes they can create.

SEC Fan

May 8th, 2011
4:15 pm

We’re not laughing at Snoop.

We are laughing at your athletic progam and your university.

AltamahaDawg

May 8th, 2011
4:23 pm

Now, now, we didn’t laugh at yours.

chazzo

May 8th, 2011
4:33 pm

@Walt and others: Could we please end the Murry padded his stats against easy teams argument. It simply aint true. Check it out:

#11 Aaron Murray Att Comp Int Pct Yards TD Long Sack-Yds Effic
——————————————————————————
UL……………….. 26 17 1 65.4 160 3 41 0-0 147.46
South Carolina…….. 21 14 0 66.7 192 0 55 3-23 143.47
Arkansas………….. 27 15 1 55.6 253 1 47 6-37 139.08
Mississippi State….. 31 18 0 58.1 274 1 40 1-6 142.95
Colorado………….. 27 16 1 59.3 221 3 50 2-17 157.27
Tennessee…………. 25 17 0 68.0 266 2 33 2-18 183.78
Vanderbilt………… 24 15 0 62.5 287 2 55 0-0 190.45
Kentucky………….. 12 9 0 75.0 113 0 34 0-0 154.10
Florida…………… 37 18 3 48.6 313 3 63 2-23 130.25
Idaho State……….. 27 19 0 70.4 228 3 46 1-7 177.97
Auburn……………. 28 15 0 53.6 273 3 40 3-23 170.83
Georgia Tech………. 19 15 0 78.9 271 3 66 1-10 250.86
UCF………………. 38 21 2 55.3 198 0 30 3-29 88.51
TOTALS……………. 342 209 8 61.1 3049 24 66 24-193 154.48

The only game I think his performance was questionable was the bowl with UCF. He did throw three pics agst. the Gators, but he also threw for over 300 yards. Passing efficiency was outstanding for a Freshman, and the kid just looks to me like he wants to win. Not everyone looked that way last season.

Ju Ju

May 8th, 2011
4:36 pm

Love our O-Line. Under Joe cox, the same o-line gave up 3x less sacks than Murray, and got 175 yards a game rushing with Cox and only 90 with Murray. It’s a terrific O-Line, hopefully Murray will get 2-3x better this year. Got to read defenses faster, decide much faster, get rid of the ball fast, and get much better on run audibles. If Murray gets 2-3x better, O-Line is great, team will be much better.

ET

May 8th, 2011
4:40 pm

It’s is true, Murray only threw 5 td’s against winning teams, 19 of his 24 td’s came against a much lower competition, losing teams. Murray’s accuracy dropped from 67% against losing teams, to 55% against wining teams. Murray’s record was 6-1 against teams wiht losing records, and 0-6 aganst teams with winning records. Murray really struggled in scoring, accuracy, and wins, against good competition.

ET

May 8th, 2011
4:52 pm

Murray faced 5 ranked teams:
SC- O Td’s
Ark- 1 td
MSU- 1 Td
Aub- 3 Td’s
UCF- O Td’s

He basically averaged 1 td a game against the 5 good teams, 2 1/2 Td’s against the bad teams.

ET

May 8th, 2011
4:56 pm

Murray’s accuracy against 5 ranked teams:
SC- 67%
Ark- 56%
MSU- 58%
Aub- 53%
UCF- 55%

chazzo

May 8th, 2011
5:01 pm

ET: You cant pin the win loss record on Murray. That’s just not a fair assessment. I’m not saying the kid is perfect. I am saying he had a good Freshman year. That’s all.

chazzo

May 8th, 2011
5:03 pm

By the way he got 3 TDs against UF. 3 against AU. 3 against Tech.

ET

May 8th, 2011
5:04 pm

Cox did the same stuff in Cox’s 1st full year as a starter, Cox & Murray both threw 5 td’s against ranked teams, and 19 against unranked teams. Murray’s at Joe cox’s level, that’s it. Murray was better than Cox at interceptions, worse at Cox in wins, sacks, so you’d have to put them at about the same. Cox didn’t get any NFL invites.

It’s my #1 concern.

chazzo

May 8th, 2011
5:05 pm

JuJu. I have defended Cox a lot from some unnecessary criticism. With all due respect, though, Cox threw a lot of picks. Murray was coached to play it conservative.

ET

May 8th, 2011
5:07 pm

Tech & Fla were not ranked lsst seaosn, they were bad teams.

Murray was productive in that 1 game against a ranked team, against Auburn.

In all 4 other games against ranked teams, Murray was scoreless in 2, and scored 1 td in the other 2.

chazzo

May 8th, 2011
5:07 pm

Cox was a fifth year senior with no playing experience. Of course he didn’t go pro. Besides, what does the NFL have to do with anything? There have been plenty of excellent college QBs who have not gone pro.

chazzo

May 8th, 2011
5:09 pm

In all fairness, he faced the ranked teams you mentioned very early in the season. He still put up some impressive yardage and without AJ, fumbling RBs, and half a play book. Cut the kid some slack.

chazzo

May 8th, 2011
5:12 pm

It dawns on me that UGA was putting points on the board. Only 17 against USC and 24 against MSU, but every other game was 30 plus. Maybe they were running TDs and FGs. Is the only mark of a good QB passing TDs?

ET

May 8th, 2011
5:17 pm

If you feel great about a QB who averages 56% accuracy against ranked teams (ranked below 80 there amond all college QB’s), and 1 td a game against ranked teams, and has an 0-5 record against ranked teams, if you want to get behind him as the future, feel free. But don’t blame last season’s 0-5 record against the good teams on an O-Line that had 150+ games of experience and performed highly for Joe Cox. Don’t blame it on running backs who averaged 80 more yards a game with Cox. Don’t blame it on the receivers, AJ & Kris both got drafted.

Captain Allen Waters

May 8th, 2011
5:20 pm

midland Dog said it best! How could you not get a td being that close to the goal line and even think of a fg? I was so disappointed and at least if we did not score they would have been on the goal line going the other way. That set the tone for the rest of the game. We never scored a touchdown against a pretty good UCF team. What a shame to have a losing season. Remember what we did in scoring 30+ in a row against other teams. Hopefully this year will be better and more like GA football! Think about the 8pm start in ATL being 530am Sunday morning in India and know there will be GA fans watching. Only reason I would not is if we have a flight that evening or afternoon. Go Dawgs!

Tax Man

May 8th, 2011
5:24 pm

Doesn’t take much to impress you guys.

A QB scores 19 of his 24 td’s against unranked teams and you think you have a star?

What’s Murray’s signature game so far, isn’t it La Laffayette?

the biggest concern = richt

May 8th, 2011
5:46 pm

1 will we do what we need to in order to win games or will we stick to the infallable game plan?

2 will a few victories (even against cream puffs) cause CMR to get soft AGAIN this year and lighten up when he needs to be putting the hammer down?

3 we got about two weeks until we start our annual sprint to the top in the fulmer cup standings. what’s it gonna be this year?

4 will mike bobo be able to call plays to win a game when he has the ball in the closing minutes. (see arkansas and colorado highlights…see stupid going for 2 vs gators when 1 pt wins the game.)

5. will coach richt’s family have a prayer session on the field this year like they did in the middle of the losing streak? or will coach richt realize that discipline and consistent intensity will get the job done and quit begging God to help and blaming “not executing the gameplan.”

all in all, i’, not worried. CMR knows what the hell he is doing. Just look at our record vs SEC East in the last few years.

Elvis is dead and so is Osama

May 8th, 2011
5:53 pm

UGA’s O line is weak as baby’s pee.

Elvis is dead and so is Osama

May 8th, 2011
5:56 pm

My biggest concern is Drew Butler leg in hoping it wont give out while the offense chokes down in the red zone.

SEC Fan

May 8th, 2011
6:20 pm

Drew is a smart player who made the right decision coming out of high school.

He picked the best coaching staff to showcase his talents to the NFL.

He will have a monster season.

SEC Fan

May 8th, 2011
6:39 pm

If the NFL needs a specialist who can kick 18 to 25-yard weird angle field goals, Blair is your man.

Georgia Fans Eats Idiots Sandwiches

May 8th, 2011
7:08 pm

Richt will go 6-6, entire UGA coaching staff each will receive $1000,000 raise at end of 2011 season. new ball coach @ Florida will beat Georiga. SWEET!

Murray The Midget

May 8th, 2011
7:13 pm

Remember folks I put no points on the board against UCF. it was BOBO fault !

Noodle are stafford

May 8th, 2011
7:16 pm

aint’t I great?

Big Rich

May 8th, 2011
7:17 pm

hope everyone gets in with no problem.

Dawg Tell

May 8th, 2011
7:18 pm

Offensive line PERIOD..Drive off the ball and make holes for the backs,we could have a very good season.If the line is bad,be prepared for a long season.

1eyedJack

May 8th, 2011
7:31 pm

Tech gives away free hot dogs and cokes, and still can’t get anybody to come. What’s up with that?

Plan B

May 8th, 2011
7:35 pm

Boise State 66. That’s all you need to know. :-)

Ceasar

May 8th, 2011
7:39 pm

Is Muarry any taller??

1eyedJack

May 8th, 2011
7:44 pm

Boise State will be a tater in a whopper chopper.

1eyedJack

May 8th, 2011
7:46 pm

Chopped, scattered and smothered.

LakeDawg

May 8th, 2011
7:47 pm

My biggest concern is CMR won’t really commit to the run first and will not have physical practices.
He has given lip service to the idea of physical practices before and we all know how that turned out. For some reason, he has stubbornly held on to the notion that UGA can practice like FSU did and win in the SEC.

Better Dawgs!

May 8th, 2011
7:47 pm

Not anymore concerned than every other program in the league. Actually a lot less concerned than most.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 8th, 2011
8:05 pm

ET,

Call home and when you leave take your meaningless statistics with you.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 8th, 2011
8:07 pm

Plan B,

Is that the 66 ncaa infractions for Boise State this year?

Mike Bobo garbage play calling

May 8th, 2011
8:13 pm

the o line is the biggest concern

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 8th, 2011
8:13 pm

SEC Fan,

Isn’t it time for you to go home and do your homework now. &th grade is tough I know but give it a try. Shoot, you should graduate in about 9 years.

Dick

May 8th, 2011
8:18 pm

Biggest concern is Bobo is still with team.

1eyedJack

May 8th, 2011
8:24 pm

If the offense averages the same number of points as last year, and the defense averages less points given up than last year, and scores a few more points of it’s own, Bobo will look like a genius and nobody will care how many pass we throw or how many times we run the ball.

Greg

May 8th, 2011
8:26 pm

#1 concern is also Murray, by far. Did you watch the UCF game? Murray can’t hit the broad side of a barn, didn’t complete a pass more than 18 yards, threw 2 interceptions, fumbled on the 15 yard line, and took multiple sacks at the end of the game in the 4th quarter as time was counting down.

Choke.

RR XSING

May 8th, 2011
8:29 pm

Me to, #11 is biggest concern. Aaron Murray. Just fell apart in the Florida rivalry. 3 interceptions, or was it 4? And a fumble for good measure. Didn’t complete a single pass in the first quarter, beides the 1 he threw on the 1st play for an interception. Need a new QB. Anybody would do better.

RR XSING

May 8th, 2011
8:31 pm

Bobo did terrific with David G & Matthew S, just needs some talent to work with. Bobo’s an excellent coach.

A1

May 8th, 2011
8:34 pm

JOE COX AND AARON MURRAY BOTH HAVE THE DEER CUAGHT IN HEADLIGHTS LOOK. THEY FREEZE WHEN YOU NEED THEM. COACH RICHT HAS GOT TO MAKE A CHANGE AT QUARTERBACK. FOR GOODNESS SAKES, A 6 WIN SEAOSN WITH LOSSES TO COLORADO & A CONFERENCE USA TEAM IN A BOWL GAME?

A1

May 8th, 2011
8:50 pm

MURRAY IS ONE OF THE WORST QB’S IN THE NCAA IN ALL CLUTCH AREAS LIKE RED ZONE, 4TH QUARTER, 3RD DOWNS, AND SO ON. VERY FEW QB’S IN THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL HAVE WORST STATS THASN MURRAY AT CRITICAL TIMES.

SEC Fan

May 8th, 2011
9:18 pm

The team has tons of problems, but Murray is not one of them.

Bo

May 8th, 2011
10:16 pm

Without a doubt QB is the most important thing we need to fix. In the SEC, the QB has to deliver vs the heat. Takes a special kind of guy. I do not feel Murray will ever beat the elite teams. He lacks the “it” thing. The guy just loses every big game when he’s in charge.

CamdenMark

May 8th, 2011
10:43 pm

Coach em up and we’ll be just fine.Only problem is thats whats been missing the last 2-3 years,I’m far more worried about that than the players

RimShot

May 8th, 2011
10:52 pm

Richt’s a great coach, he jsut needs to find some crunchtime leaders.

Every team has to find their Cam Newton/Tebow/McEleroy to win in the SEC.

I think Richt has his guy in Lemay.

Lemay is Mr. Clutch, looked great on last drive to win on G-Day, just what we need.

Dr. Morpheus

May 8th, 2011
11:02 pm

Me, I’m just going to wait and see. The pressure is on, the incentive to win couldn’t be higher, and either we jell or we don’t.

RimShot

May 8th, 2011
11:04 pm

I always thought Ealey was the go-to guy, 2 years ago, when Richt needed a big win, Ealey came up big against Ga Tech. Last year, Ealey’s 5 td game against Kentucky, after Kentucky had beaten Carolina, who had beaten Bama, after the 1-4 start Ealey’s 5 td game saved Richt’s job. But the way Richt’s been treating Ealey lately, I don’t know if Ealey ends up transferring.

red&silver

May 8th, 2011
11:21 pm

I think some of you guys are out of touch with reality. 2008 we were the preseason #1 true enough but, how many teams have ever went wire to wire with that ranking.2009 was a Joe Cox led team and, being honest he was not the guy with the physical tools to be a SEC QB, and 2010 we were led by a FRESHMEN.How many freshmen QB’s do you know that have jumped in the SEC without any problems. Also, we had one of the worst defensive coordinators ever during this stretch. The Dawgs will be fine. Be a true fan and support what we have.

Michael

May 8th, 2011
11:43 pm

Went back and looked at Aaron Murray’s 2010 wins. All 6. You got Louisiana Lafayette, Kentucky, Tennesee, Idaho State, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt. All 6 had a losing record. Which of Murray’s 6 wins is so impressive that everybody’s excited about the guy? 6-7 Tech, Tenn or Kentucky? L Laf, Idaho St or Vanderbilt? You guys realize Murray has never beat a ranked team, or even a team with a winning record, right? Think about that. It should worry you.

red&silver

May 8th, 2011
11:51 pm

Does anyone truly think that we have the same record if AJ was not suspended those 4 games?

Mr. Phelps

May 8th, 2011
11:57 pm

Coaching, I think that when Richt did not expect Martinez to coach at a certain level and kept letting him slide, he sent a message to the staff and the entire team. Being medicore is good enough.

William

May 9th, 2011
12:03 am

The AJ angle is dead.

Murray’s record was 0-3 without AJ against ranked teams, 0-2 with AJ against ranked teams.

0-5, with or without AJ Green. AJ wasn’t why Georgia lost those 5 games.

Durham got picked in the NFL draft. Tavarres King is excellent. Charles is an excellent tight end.

Murray had plenty of passing weapons in the first 3 games against ranked teams. And even more in the last 2. Lost all 5, AJ’s presence didn’t help.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 9th, 2011
12:14 am

&th grade=7th grade. But I could be giving you too much credit.

William

May 9th, 2011
12:15 am

Defense 4th in SEC against ranked teams in scoring, offense was 8th.

Why was Richt 8th in scoring in SEC on offense against ranked teams?

Was it line, backs, receivers or QB?

Had experience everywhere except QB last year.

chazzo

May 9th, 2011
12:29 am

David Greene’s freshman stats:

Passing
Rk Player Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate
1 David Greene 192 324 59.3 2789 8.6 8.4 17 9 143.3

Murray’s freshman stats:
PASSING GP-GS Effic Cmp-Att-Int Pct Yds TD Lng Avg/G
———————————————————————–
Aaron Murray 13-13 154.48 209-342-8 61.1 3049 24 66 234.5

ET: David Greene was 59.3 for the year. You bad mouth Murray because he was 58% in a big game. The Dawgs put up 30+ in every game except USC and MSU, Murray’s 2nd and 4th game of his career. I’m not blaming it all on the line. All i was ever saying is that Murray had a pretty good freshman year. The Ws and Ls are a team thing.

BTW here’s Stafford’s stats:

Matthew Stafford 13 108.99 135-256-13 52.7 1749 7 53 134.5

Cox’s Joe Cox 13-13 136.33 185-331-15 55.9 2584 24 65 198.8

Just for fun here’s Brett Favre’s freshman stats. Is he good enough for you. It is a little askew so I will help you out: He went 79 out of 194 for a 40.7% completion rate.

Year Lge Team Age # GP Comp Att % Yds TD INT TD% INT% Y/G Y/A RAT ▾

1987 NCAA Southern Miss Golden Eagles 18 11 79 194 40.7 1264 15 13 7.7 6.7 114.9 6.5 107.6

red&silver

May 9th, 2011
12:31 am

What ranked team did AJ play against besides the NC? It was a reason he was the 4th pick in the draft. Do you seriously think he would have not been a factor against South Carolina,Arkansas,and Miss.St? If you do I can say honestly you know nothing about football. He is the type of player who helps in one possession games. Which all 3 were until the 4th quarter.Last years team was a team which installed a new defensive scheme and that made the offense’s margin of error very small.

chazzo

May 9th, 2011
12:32 am

@ red and silver: Amen.

chazzo

May 9th, 2011
12:34 am

PASSING GP Effic Cmp-Att-Int Pct Yds TD Lng Avg/G
——————————————————————–
Cam Newton 14 182.05 185-280-7 66.1 2854 30 94 203.9

PASSING GP-GS Effic Cmp-Att-Int Pct Yds TD Lng Avg/G
———————————————————————–
Aaron Murray 13-13 154.48 209-342-8 61.1 3049 24 66 234.5

Comparison of the #1 NFL drafted player’s Junior year to Murray’s freshman year.

red&silver

May 9th, 2011
12:36 am

Thanks chazzo!

bigdawg

May 9th, 2011
6:59 am

bigdawg

May 9th, 2011
7:00 am

maybe next time

old time dog

May 9th, 2011
7:07 am

Biggest concern is we don’t allow our strenghts to be our strongsuits.

old time dog

May 9th, 2011
7:29 am

We have a soft schedule this year. There should be 8 or 9 easy wins and the rest are definitely winnable. Talent wise we should be superior to everyone on the schedule

WJ

May 9th, 2011
8:03 am

Murray’s passing efficiency dropped from 7th in the NCAA in the 3rd quarter to 59th in the NCAA in the 4th quarter. Panics.

WJ

May 9th, 2011
8:05 am

Murray’s passing efficiency was ranked 86th in the NCAA in the red zone. Panics.

WJ

May 9th, 2011
8:08 am

Murray’s passing efficiency dropped from 34th in NCAA on 1st down to 55th in the NCAA on 3rd down. Panics.

DMR

May 9th, 2011
8:16 am

My biggest concern is three fold….EFFORT, DISCIPLINE,ACCOUNTABILITY. The team last year lacked all three. We got out worked, we were not disciplined on or off the field, and accountability was lacking. This is the foundation of a football team. Do you really believe UCF was physically more gifted that Georgia? I don’t. However, they gave greater effort, were disciplined and held each other accountable.

If you lose to a better team, so be it, but Mark Richt, for as long as he may coach this team, should never get outworked again. Neither coaches or players. If this is the lacking component, changes will be needed.

CircusCatch88

May 9th, 2011
8:20 am

Duh, score more points. We scored 10th in SEC on offense against teams with winning records. 10th in scoring. 10th. Out of 12 teams. 10th.

DawginLex

May 9th, 2011
8:45 am

My biggest concern is whether or not I will be humble enough to not go all ape sh@@!!! to all the trolls when we end up having a good season.

What's That Again ?

May 9th, 2011
8:46 am

Did you say 10th ? Not sure I caught that.

chazzo

May 9th, 2011
8:49 am

I’ll give you that Muray made some Freshman mistakes. But, putting all the blame on him for the 4th Quarter dilemma… Come on. The D looked like they just wanted to go home in the 4th quarter.

Everyone keeps compiling these stats that he had against ranked teams. A) AJ didn’t play against those ranked teams early on. B) It was early on making it C) the second to fourth game of Murray’s college career and the second to fourth game for the new D.

I am not saying that Murray walks on water. I am just saying that he had a good freshman year. I am also saying that it is pretty unfair to place 100% of the blame on a freshman QB.

I don’t blame the lineman. I blame Searles. That cat never got a cohesive unit together until midseason. He did point out that their conditioning sucked. Mark Richt made moves to address both of those issues.

I think the running game gets judged somewhat unfairly, also. Those guys are getting 5-8 ypg. No big numbers overall, but they can move the ball. The dismal thing is that UGA couldn’t seem to dependably get the 3rd and short. Who’s at fault there?

The biggest issue, as pointed out by many here, is discipline, commitment, and teamwork.

As far as individual positions: I am most concerned about Safety, a key D-position that I haven’t heard much about.

Timbodog

May 9th, 2011
8:58 am

I have too many to list, but #1 with a bullet is whether the coaching staff has got it together.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 9th, 2011
9:02 am

I still do not get why people want to blame Murray for UGA’s record last year, as if he was the only person playing on the team. If you compare his statistics with the Alabama QB from last year, you would see that they compare very favorably to each other. Alabama just had a lot better suporting cast for thei QB. For a freshman, he did a pretty good job. And to say that his stats. went down in the 4th quarter is true but examine the circumstances. By the 4th, UGA was exhausted as a team, and he was already without much of a supporting cast as it was. He tried too hard to life up UGA to a win, but that is a product of being young and wanting to lead his team. Admirable quality I think. By the 4th, UGA was tired most of the time, the running game had disapeared by then, so it all fell on his shoulders. He will not be the problem this year if UGA falls apart. He has been the one consistent player the DAWGS have on offense that had played the whole year. A J was missing for 4 games, the running back put the ball on the ground in too many critical games, and the Ol line, couldn’t block and therefore couldn’t protect their QB.
If the OL steps up and does it’s job this year, he will a much more effective leader and UGA will be a much more productive team. If they do the poor job like they did last year, Peyton Manning would look bad at the QB position. If they do their job, the QB can control the clock a lot better, the Rb’s can do their thing, and UGA will have a good record. If they don’t do the job, UGA is in deep trouble. I hope our OL coach is able to coach them up.
The defense will be the strength of the DAWGS team this year, at least in the beginning of the season, so no worries there as far as I can see. I think the safety and CB’s play will be OK,and the front seven are going to be much improved.

GO DAWGS

GO DAWGS

EagleEye

May 9th, 2011
9:09 am

We know the offense didn’t score against good teams. Why? We know it wasn’t coaching, Bobo and Richt have done well in the past such as 2007 when we got over 30 points a game against good teams. So why did the 30 drop to 15? Not the receivers. Not the backs. Not the o-line, this o-line did solid with Cox at pass pro and run production. Only leaves 1 possibility? QB play under pressure.

PMC

May 9th, 2011
9:13 am

Safety. My biggest concern is how they handle mostly coverage at safety.

I think they will be helped greatly by more system knowledge and a more robust pass rush, but they lost a few games last year because of big plays made against the safties.

Timbodog

May 9th, 2011
9:14 am

Alabama also played a much tougher schedule. Murray is good and should be very good this year, but McElroy was better last year.

James

May 9th, 2011
9:17 am

Secondary had a great year. Top 20 in NCAA in fewest td’s, lowest QB accuracy, and passing yards yielded.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 9th, 2011
9:20 am

CMR said this year that the OL had to improve a lot for the offense to be successful, so that tells me they didn’t do the job well enough last year. Cox had been with the team for five year and although not playing a whole lot, was still a more poised player than Murray, a freshman. Think that young kid had a fair amount of pressure on him and felt it? Was it his decision to go with so many draw plays and off tackle runs, when there was no place to go for the runner. Was that the RB’s fault or the lines? UGA was still 4th in the SEC in 2009, but was only 8-5 overall, so I am not sure that was all that great in the context of things, given we had a senior QB and the O line by your account was good. Last year, the Ol was suppose to be the strongest unit on the UGA team and I don’t think they made the grade there. Games are won in the trenches and last yeare we lost on both sides of the ball with our line play. I hope it is a lot better this year.

Saban

May 9th, 2011
9:24 am

Richt retires. Keep Richt.

Choakdawg loses his krispy kreme store in Athens.

Clarke County Correctional cancels their early release program for Georigia players.

Boise State 50 Dawgs 8

James

May 9th, 2011
9:24 am

This O-Line did great with Cox, got 170 yards rushing per game, and only gave up 8 or 9 sacks. Under Murray, the rushing dropped form 170 to 90, and sacks went up from 8 to 24. But the O-Line wasn’t the issue.

truedawg

May 9th, 2011
9:24 am

I still say that safety position is most concern. I think the O line was all condition problems. alot of the team issues where that. look a the 4th quater, not just O line, but every player on the field, see AU game and UF game and UCF game ( conditioning and desier there) but I think that will improve this year.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 9th, 2011
9:26 am

Timberdog,

For sure the Bama QB was better as well he should have been as he was a senior on a very talented team. Stats. wise though, Murray was very simular to him with a lot less exsperience. Murray made some freshman mistakes for sure, but if his supporting cast had been better, he could have been better. I think we got a very good job from our QB last year and if all falls into place this year, this kid could be very good.

Timbodog

May 9th, 2011
9:27 am

I don’t disagree that he is very good…QB is one of the VERY few positions on the team I am not concerned with at all.

But to say he was as good as McElroy last year is disingenuous. McElroy played a much tougher schedule.

Hooper

May 9th, 2011
9:29 am

Offense has to get back on track. Scoring has fallen from 35 a game against ranked teams with Stafford in 07′ to 15 a game with Murray in 10′. That’s a 20 point fall. 3 td’s a game less.

Auburn's Beeotch

May 9th, 2011
9:30 am

24 point comeback at tuscaloser

Inbred hillbillies fliiping their pickup trucks in anger.
3 losses even though self annointed preseason national champions

Saban you choked more last year than Grantham will in his entire lifetime. Put that statue on wheels boy, them farmers gonna run you out of town with pitchforks while spitting Red man juice at you.

Timbodog

May 9th, 2011
9:34 am

As UGA fans, we have absolutely NO room to make fun of Bama fans for falling short of expectations. 2008, anyone? Heck, last year some publications were picking us as a top-10 team.

If some Bama jerks want to come on here and talk trash, let’s ignore them. Let’s not make ourselves look dumb by hurling rocks from our glass house.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 9th, 2011
9:35 am

Saban,

Get a life and try some maturity while you are at it. If you are going to go with that Boise score as your bet, I am willing to wager you can find a lot of people that would want to take you up on it. Until then, try a little maturity because your comments wear thin and make you appear to be about on the level of a 10 year old. Stay off the blogs and go help your folks recover from the terrible severe weather outbreak they need help with.

AltamahaDawg

May 9th, 2011
9:41 am

Timbodog
“I have too many to list, but #1 with a bullet is whether the coaching staff has got it together.”

Very well worded, and spot on.

Hooper

May 9th, 2011
9:43 am

Hopefully, Murray will get his first win against a winning team this season.

Went 0 for 6 last year.

Hopefully, he’ll compete against the best a little more effectively.

If not, hopefully, Hutson Mason gets a crack or Christian Lemay. Murray’s on a short rope, if he extends his record to 0-8 against winning teams in the first two games, pretty sure, Coach Richt will have to make a change at QB.

DawginLex

May 9th, 2011
9:44 am

Bama’s cheating and everyone knows it. They are paying for recruits and lead the nation in over signing. It will all crumble soon just like Ohio state.

I have said it before and i will say it again, 2011 will be the year that honesty and integrity gets rewarded in college football.

Mark Richt
Bob Stoops
Jimbo Fisher
Frank Beamer
Brady Hoke

Look for those 5 to have big years.

Lane Kiffin
Chip Kelly
Gene Chizik
Nick Saban
Jim Tressel

Look for these 5 to struggle, get into trouble with the NCAA and look for some of them to not be around in 2012 because of it.

DawginLex

May 9th, 2011
9:45 am

As far as percentages go, there is a 100% chance that Hooper is the 20th blog handle used by this same moron posting his inane drivel about Murray.

Give it up son. Get a job. Get a hobby. Get a blow up doll girlfriend.

Just leave.

Timbodog

May 9th, 2011
9:51 am

“Hooper,”
The whole team lost those games.

QBs always get too much credit in wins and too much blame in losses. Football is the ultimate TEAM sport.

DawginLex,
I might be in the minority, but I don’t think Saban is that bad a guy honestly. I don’t like the oversigning/”greyshirting” thing, but it’s currently within the rules, and Richt has walked the thin line before in this area.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 9th, 2011
9:52 am

I,m not sure that LeMay is ready to step up to 1st team right now. If Murray got hurt, I would expect Mason would step in. Lemay is for sure athletically gifted but he has some catching up to do, since he hasn’t played in a live game for almost a year and a half, and still looks like he could use some more meat on the rack. He should be a good one some day though.

truedawg

May 9th, 2011
9:54 am

Yes we underachived, but so did Bama….I’m not saying we’d have beaten them last year, or this year, we have issues, but i think CMR took a big step in fixing some problems this year..so we’ll see how it works

Timbodog

May 9th, 2011
9:59 am

All the Lemay infatuation needs to die down. The guy hasn’t played in a live game in nearly 2 years now, and he’s NEVER played against college-level competition.

He needs to be redshirted. He looks to be a really good player down the road, but let’s let him crawl before we ask him to run.

Besides, we have a good quarterback.

truedawg

May 9th, 2011
10:07 am

I agree, LeMay needs to learn the play book more. We have a good QB, if he fails then lets see about LeMay or Mason then. If the O line is better this year then hopefully we’ll see improvement. Also dang guys he was a freshman..he was goign to have some jitters and make some bad decisions..part of learning..i think he might be the best in the SEC this year..

shankit

May 9th, 2011
10:14 am

Lady on Paul Fienbaum talk show out of Birmingham, said the reason
Auburn beat her Tide, was Auburn’s players were wearing these illegal
Power Balance bracelets, and that they should be investigated. Claimed
these bracelets gave them stamina in the fourth quarter. Claimed they cheated.
Maybe the Dawgs ought to check this out.

UGA Insider

May 9th, 2011
10:28 am

I think my biggest concern is the O Line. I was on the field spring game and let me tell you…….If we are half as bad as we were on that day then we have MAJOR problems in 2011. CMR is as nervous as a cat because McGarity has told him that if he’s starts 0-2 then he is gone, so there is no time to waste.

My 2nd concern is not so much and X’s and O’s issue. It’s the issue of constant partying and hanging out downtown for many of our players. Most of them who are supposed leaders of our team. I have had heard so many stories if only 10% is true it’s still enough for me to think there is a problem. I don’t know what the answer is to that. I guess if we go 0-2 then it will be a new coaches problem.

DawginLex

May 9th, 2011
10:34 am

Insider,

The o-line was trying to block Kwame. Could that have been the issue? Could it be that guy is pretty darn good?

The Most Interesting Man Alive

May 9th, 2011
10:34 am

Murray’s height or lack of it. It is why he has struggled against teams with winning records. He is the reason UGA lost against the worst Gator team since 1989 last year in Jax.

Larry

May 9th, 2011
10:41 am

What conerns me? Murray only threw 5 touchdown’s that were for real. Those were the 5 against ranked teams. 19 of Murray’s 24 were bogus td’s against weak unranked competition like Vanderbilt.

Mr. SEC

May 9th, 2011
10:42 am

My biggest concern is that “Bill are you going to start writing some articles with some “real information” about the dogs, or are you going to continue to shoot from the hip with stupid articles?” Give us some good articles to read and not just asking for opinions because you can’t think of anything to write!

UGA Insider

May 9th, 2011
10:42 am

Kwame did’t play against both teams. The o-line couldn’t block anyone that day. Not even 3rd stringers.

Twutter

May 9th, 2011
10:48 am

The big question is whether any of the UGA bozos will pass their remedial reading and writing courses. This is a big deal, really, since only the ones who pass will get free shopping carts.

chazzo

May 9th, 2011
10:50 am

James,
Come one, man. Really? the performance and ability of the O line in rushing situations is dependent on the QB? I guess you could argue that there were some audible issues, but, other than that, I just don’t see how you pin that on Murray.

Anyway, you have to factor in that 300+ yards against tech in to the average. that skews things. I think Cox takes a lot of flack he doesn’t deserve. But, I think your comparison is faulty on a lot of levels.

JB

May 9th, 2011
10:52 am

UGA Insider…………I enjoy your post, but I just don’t think Georgia is low class enough to Fire Richt in September at 0-2. I would expect something like that from Auburn due to the Athletic Dept. is not really running the show, but McGarity/Adams doing that, I just don’t see it.

JB

May 9th, 2011
10:54 am

Twuttwer………….I’ve heard some of your Ga. Tech “scholars” interviewed. No room to talk Techie..

JB

May 9th, 2011
10:56 am

Bt UGA Insider, I agree with you, if we can not open some holes this year and protect Murray, we’re looking at 6-7 again and a new staff in Athens come 2012.

Beast from the East

May 9th, 2011
10:57 am

Where’s Buckeye? Must be out car shopping.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 9th, 2011
10:58 am

UGA Insider,

I think traditionally, the defense almost always dominates in spring games. The offense is typically still trying to get it all together and the defense is a lot easier to learn. On G day, their aim is to just get to the QB, and register a quasi sack. The line that will start also didn’t play as a unit on G day. It is too bad they can’t have like a preseason game or two, or at least something close to that. It get’s old pounding your team mates all practice and you just look forward to the real games to start. I am hoping for a much improved O line also, or it will be 2010, part 2 I am afraid. Got to get the QB some protection and the running backs some lanes to run through. If we get good play out of the O line, we can win 10 games this year.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 9th, 2011
10:59 am

Twutter,

Don.t be late for your shift at Mickie D’s. If you get fired from there, your engineering degree will go to waste.

DawginLex

May 9th, 2011
11:02 am

rocket science,

twutter got fired from mickey d’s. He is at jiffy lube now in Bay 2. they have a comoputer down there so he can post.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 9th, 2011
11:06 am

DawginLex,
LOL, gotcha. Gonna make sure I don’t get an oil change at his station. Now he has another reason to have a sticky keyboard.

chazzo

May 9th, 2011
11:12 am

UGA lost to SC because Lattimore ran amuck and SC controlled the clock.
UGA lost to Arky because Mallet picked the D apart.
UGA lost to AU because they were a better team with Cam and that jerk on D.
UGA lost to UF because… well it looked to me like UGA had not practiced overtime situations or any kind of game plan for short time at the end of the game (two minute drill?). I put the UF game on the coaches. A lot of the Richt era losses to UF have simply been UF getting the ball one more time than UGA. A couple have been ugly. Payback was hell. Georgia just needs to decide to own Jax again and go do it. No tricks. Just win.

Ultimately, though, you can’t pin that on Murray. He did throw 3 picks. He also threw for over 300 yards and took it into overtime.

chazzo

May 9th, 2011
11:17 am

The jury is out on LeMay. he’s not even in the courtroom. The Gday game is his only college experience and the only game he has actually played in in two years. I think/hope the kid will be great. I don’t think we’ll see him in games this season.

Dawg Gone

May 9th, 2011
11:22 am

I think the OL is the biggest concern since they will face real tests the 1st two games. The traditional “tune up” game has always benefited the offense the most and the OL most of all. We will need to be able to control the line on both sides of the ball vs Boise but being able to have long ball control drives will be a key to a win.

Bodda Getta

May 9th, 2011
11:23 am

Everyone is Auburn’s Beeotch. Take a number.

DawginLex

May 9th, 2011
11:24 am

I’m still not sold on the idea that Lemay will redshirt. I believe it could be Mason.

If Insider is even close to the truth, Richt can’t afford to let a potential playmaker sit for a year.

I don’t think he is ready to start but I can see him being used some. I would love to see Richt use him like Meyer did with Tebow his freshman year. They don’t win that title without Tebow saving Leak on several key series throughout the year. With the defense they had plus Tebow energizing the fanbase, it was win/win all the way around.

Is Richt willing to override Bobo and be that creative?

Could mean the difference in still being around in 2012……..

cantondawg

May 9th, 2011
11:24 am

My biggest concern is the FANS..Just think how many will get hurt jumping back onto the bandwagon after we win our first two games.

DawginLex

May 9th, 2011
11:25 am

bodda,

Enjoy your return to mediocrity in 2011.

6-6 for the barners

LawDawg

May 9th, 2011
11:29 am

My biggest concerns:

1. Offensive line

2. Safety play

3. Everything else

LawDawg

May 9th, 2011
11:30 am

#3 is a long distance behind 1 and 2.

Also, Orson Charles does not have to prove himself? Seriously? He has been mediocre AT BEST so far in his career at UGA. He is more Martrez Millner than Ben Watson or Randy McMichael at this point.

Bodda Getta

May 9th, 2011
11:32 am

UGA lost to SC because they were physically dominated.

UGA lost to ARK because they were outcoached.

UGA lost to MSU because they were physically dominated.

UGA lost to CU because they were physically dominated in the running game and AJ wasn’t in shape to go the entire game.

UGA lost to UF because they were outcoached.

UGA lost to AU because they were outcoached at the half and physically dominated on defense.

UGA lost to UCF because they were outcoached and physically dominated on offense.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 9th, 2011
11:32 am

I’ll take four Bodda,

Like in the number of armed robbers recently let go from the Auburn team. Don’t you have some trees to dress up in TP or something to do in Alabama? I am sure they could use your help in Alabama with the severe weather damage. It was in the news and you probably do not get TV and It appears you probably can’t read above a fourth grade level, so you may not have read about it.

Larry

May 9th, 2011
11:41 am

O-Line is best in country, surprised didn’t win mroe games. Loads of experience. Ended up upswing in 2009, top 5 in the country rushing. Protected Joe Cox superbly, less than 10 sacks. Then Murray came on board, and the rush game shrunk by nearly 100 yards with the same backs and line, and the sacks balooned to 26 from under 10 with Joe Cox. I’m a big fan of the o-line, lot of nfl talent there, and delivered for Joe Cox.

Dawg Gone

May 9th, 2011
11:47 am

Larry great comments but help me connect the dots please…the rush game shrunk by 100 yards and that is Murray’s fault? Really I don’t remember Joe Cox being that good a blocker yet some how in your mind the fall off of the running game is Murray’s fault??

dawgfaceboy

May 9th, 2011
11:48 am

Murray, Charles, Butler, and Walsh are about the only “non concerns” for this team. The front 4 on the D side SHOULD be pretty darn good but who knows. The secondary, o-line, and offensive skill positions,imo, are a HUGE concern. Coaching, preparation, and conditioning should also be in the “concern” column.

Thankfuldaddyd

May 9th, 2011
11:49 am

My biggest concern is the inconsistent and unimaginative play calling of Mike Bobo. The defense should be much better and the offense would be fine under the right leadership. We still may win the east despite Bobo if we stay healthy and Crowell is what we think he is.

red&silver

May 9th, 2011
11:49 am

Defense was the problem last year! Some of you look for a specific stat on defense and, use it as your argument. 3rd down defense was horrible,4th quarter defense was horrible! You blame Bobo and the offense look at the other SEC teams ppg against ranked teams and you will see why we play in the toughest conference in football. Football is a team sport. How do you expect for a team to light up the scoreboard when you constantly are starting drives deep in your own territory?

DawginLex

May 9th, 2011
11:57 am

red&silver

Winner winner chicken dinner

Drop the PPG allowed to 14 or 15 and the Dawgs can win every game.

continue giving up 3 TD’s per game on avg and we are looking at 6-6 or 7-5 and a new coaching staff.

No one will care that we are only scoring 20 something because we will be

WINNING!!!!!!!!!!!

John

May 9th, 2011
11:59 am

Murray can’t generate points in the big game, he gets his stats when the opposing teams are up by a few touchdowns and playing prevent defense. His overall stats may look great, but nothing when it counts.

red&silver

May 9th, 2011
12:12 pm

Thanks DawginLex! UGA gave up 25ppg in the SEC and, people want to blame the offense.

Dawg Gone

May 9th, 2011
12:12 pm

John as a redshirt freshman Murray took the Gators to O.T and came from behind to do it. He destroyed the Vols and gave us a lead against the Barn…he didn’t play defense that game and maybe he should have. He wasn’t the one who couldn’t stop Lattimore in his first start in a SEC game either.

Joey

May 9th, 2011
12:21 pm

Mike Bobo’s play calling.

DawginLex

May 9th, 2011
12:29 pm

this same idiot wants to compare Joe cox to Murray.

Just look at the florida game.

Joe cox-got picked repeatedly and we got blown out again. Only scored 2 TD’s

Murray got us back in the game, led us to a tie, got us into OT and we lost 34-31.

No comparison.

Cox was the beneficiary of auburn,SC,Ark all being down. He couldn’t beat UK at home!

cox threw twice as many picks as Murray and he was a 5th year senior, Murray a redshirt freshman.

Just give it up dude. Murray is the starter. If the defense improves, this team will beat a lot of teams including ranked ones.

The Most Interesting Man Alive

May 9th, 2011
12:29 pm

Dawg Gone that was the worst Gator team since 1989. Murray is a playmaker when he gets outside of the tackles but his pics were because he cannot see over the line of scrimmage. Dude is as good as he will get; sorry just the facts.

DawginLex

May 9th, 2011
12:31 pm

Murray is the same size as Russell Wilson yet everyone is salivating over him potentially joining Auburn or SC and leading them to the promised land.

Plus he played in the ACC.

Murray is better.

The Most Interesting Man Alive

May 9th, 2011
12:33 pm

DawginLex who really cares about Russell Wilson; Murray WILL NEVER lead UGA to the promised land and either will Richt.

jESS

May 9th, 2011
12:35 pm

The problem with the idea that Georgia’s problem is defense giving up too many points, is that Auburn’s defense gave up mroe points than Georgia. So that’s clearly not the problem. The problem is Georgia didn’t score enough points on offense against winning teams.

The Most Interesting Man Alive

May 9th, 2011
12:36 pm

red&silver

May 9th, 2011
12:38 pm

Murray will more than likely be first team all SEC and some of you still thinks he is the problem.

The Most Interesting Man Alive

May 9th, 2011
12:38 pm

red&silver

May 9th, 2011
12:39 pm

Auburn’s team was an 180,000 exception not the rule.

DawginLex

May 9th, 2011
12:39 pm

drop the PPG allowed from 21 to 14 and keep Murray’s stats exactly the same as last year, Georgia wins at least 10 games with this schedule.

The Most Interesting Man Alive

May 9th, 2011
12:40 pm

red&silver

Preseason, but will lose his starting job mid season.

red&silver

May 9th, 2011
12:41 pm

The Most Interesting Man Alive

May 9th, 2011
12:40 pm
red&silver

Preseason, but will lose his starting job mid season

You know this because of what?

DawginLex

May 9th, 2011
12:42 pm

TMIMA

Like we care about your lame opinion and your cute widdle youtube videos?

This is a blog for UGA fans and alumni. I bet you couldn’t get into UGA that’s why you have such a woody for Murray??????????

The Most Interesting Man Alive

May 9th, 2011
12:42 pm

Because he cannot see over the line of scrimmage; but hey I am glad that he is at UGA with Helen Hunt as the Head Coach.

jESS

May 9th, 2011
12:43 pm

Cox & Murray are similar in height, weight, both threw 5 td’s against ranked teams, and 19 against unranked teams. Cox played better against winning teams, and went 8-5 as a starter, Murray played worse than Cox against ranked teams, and went 6-7 as a starter. Both had the same coaches, receivers, backs, and o-line. Cox & Murray both had terrible games against Florida, 3 or 4 turnovers a piece. Both had little to no previous starting experience. Both were highly touted out of high school. Cox went 44-0 as a starter. Murray was offered over 50 scholarships. Both choked under pressure. Neither will play in the NFL.

DawginLex

May 9th, 2011
12:45 pm

So jess will you and your 25 other blog handles spewing the same stuff leave after Murray beats Boise?

The Most Interesting Man Alive

May 9th, 2011
12:45 pm

DawginLex, no DA this is a blog on the AJC for anyone to comment on. Here is my take on whether UGA will have a good year and Richt returns: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEXkjKb7lSE&feature=related

Noah

May 9th, 2011
12:47 pm

Lemay’s documentary on youtube is amazing. Watch as Lemay describes how he was able to lead his team to defeat Indep High at home for the first time in 22 years:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0kzh6hGXnQ

red&silver

May 9th, 2011
12:48 pm

Cox was a 5th year senior and, Murray was a RS Freshman. Other than size what is your comparison. As far as what Cox did in HS you might want to look up who he played for and realize how many games they have lost in the past 20 years.

Spokesman for the SEC East

May 9th, 2011
12:48 pm

My biggest concern is that Richt will have another bad year and UGA will fire him!!

DawginLex

May 9th, 2011
12:49 pm

TMIMA

your lame video garbage is something a 5 year old would post.

DA?

I have forgotten more football than you will ever know gerbil boy.

Get back to class, recess is over boy.

The Most Interesting Man Alive

May 9th, 2011
12:50 pm

I have forgotten more football than you will ever know gerbil boy

Were you your HS teams manager fudge packer?

DawginLex

May 9th, 2011
12:51 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxGLciHfCYY

the most Interesting Man Alive in action

Noah

May 9th, 2011
12:52 pm

godfrey was a freshman at UCF, and he beat Murray head to head.

DawginLex

May 9th, 2011
12:53 pm

Nah, I played offensive lineman until I blew out my knee my freshman year of college. I’d still squash you loser.

The Most Interesting Man Alive

May 9th, 2011
12:53 pm

DawginLex

May 9th, 2011
12:54 pm

Later boys. The gerbils and trolls have ruined another blog.

The Most Interesting Man Alive

May 9th, 2011
12:55 pm

DawginLex, oh the famous locker room knee injury. The only person you would squash would be an innocent bystander when you fell from stepping on your overalls.

AltamahaDawg

May 9th, 2011
12:56 pm

I agree with Timbo on Saban, and Lemay. Regualur love fest going on here.

McDawg

May 9th, 2011
12:59 pm

negativity in the fan base

Larry

May 9th, 2011
1:00 pm

You can score 30 points a game, but as in the past if the other guy scores 40, you lose. I would like to see a defense that actually is feared. People that can really come off the ball and knock the crap out of people and sack the quarterbacks. If they can’t throw it they can’t score, pretty basic.

Network TV Executive

May 9th, 2011
1:04 pm

The Most Interesting dude,

Your wife just called and you are now officially single.
It appears you are too small just like Murray and you won’t be getting any bigger so she is moving on.

Stay thirsty though.

dawgfacedboy

May 9th, 2011
1:05 pm

Cox is still the only QB I have ever seen at any level throw an int while trying to throw the ball away. He did it twice as a 5th year senior.

Noah

May 9th, 2011
1:08 pm

Hutson Mason put 70 up in a playoff game, got Lassite rfurther than they’d ever been, 7 td’s in this playoff game:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xo3bZ8xtrx8

Tonnee

May 9th, 2011
1:11 pm

Cox & Murray both had same offensive line, running backs, and receivers, but Cox beat some winning teams, Murray never could.

red&silver

May 9th, 2011
1:18 pm

Noah

May 9th, 2011
1:08 pm
Hutson Mason put 70 up in a playoff game, got Lassite rfurther than they’d ever been, 7 td’s in this playoff game:

Murray won the state title the same year he broke his leg or ankle.

red&silver

May 9th, 2011
1:18 pm

Tonnee

May 9th, 2011
1:11 pm
Cox & Murray both had same offensive line, running backs, and receivers, but Cox beat some winning teams, Murray never could.

Cox had AJ the whole year!

Pago Pago Dawg

May 9th, 2011
2:04 pm

My ohio state neighbor down the street told me she knows for a fact that Les Miles was in Columbus last week?

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 9th, 2011
2:28 pm

Most Interesting,

Does a person by the name of Doug Flutie mean anything to you?
As for Murray not being able to see over the line of scrimmage. That is fairly hard to do, when your line is in the backfield because they got blown off the line. He can drop back five steps and if the line does it’s job, he will be able to see what he needs to see.

TROJAN

May 9th, 2011
2:28 pm

My biggest concern is the play calling that really never fits the game. Like running Carlton up the middle on 3 and 2.

Saban

May 9th, 2011
2:29 pm

Dawgs in for a rough year.

So many new daddies, so little time.

Its crying time again puppies.

T-Dawg

May 9th, 2011
2:49 pm

I wish someone would ask Mark Bradley if the Falcons are still trying to trade up for A. J. Green…

TROJAN

May 9th, 2011
2:50 pm

Saban: What recruit are you going to cut today?

Sess Poole

May 9th, 2011
2:56 pm

Boise State 77, Cesspool of the South 10

AAA Bail Bonds

May 9th, 2011
3:05 pm

It should be another prosperous year for Athens attorneys and bail bondsmen.

JOE

May 9th, 2011
3:09 pm

EVERTYTHING concerns me…From the coaching to the players, from the talent to the team unity. There’s no reason for me to believe they will dump this funk they’ve been in for the last few years & have a break-out season. All I can do is hope.

JOE

May 9th, 2011
3:13 pm

Glad to see the TECH fans are still envious. It’s sad that even in the state of a major slump that UGA is & the rise that Tech has been in that UGA is still DOMINATE. Wow… Guess that says it all about TECH.

Dawg Gone

May 9th, 2011
3:16 pm

The Most Interesting Man Alive really last years UGA team was hardly the best we have ever fielded either we had a RS freshman QB and a brand new D scheme…You had the Urban and all that 5 star talent and we came within a gnats butt of beating your bunch…oh and this year you have a HC that has yet to win game and a OC that is the destroyer of all programs he is HC at….well I like our midget and our chances…..now go bore someone else..

Dawg Gone

May 9th, 2011
3:17 pm

Saban you guys going to drop 4 or 5 this season?

Ceasar

May 9th, 2011
3:19 pm

No concerns. Cupcake schedule, s/b 12-0!

Dawg Gone

May 9th, 2011
3:20 pm

Saban you finished 4th in the West , 4th…blow it out your shorts….

Beast from the East

May 9th, 2011
3:25 pm

“You had the Urban and all that 5 star talent and we came within a gnats butt of beating your bunch”

Are we now counting “moral victories”, Dawg Gone?

Network TV Executive

May 9th, 2011
3:25 pm

The University of Georgia 34
The Potato School in Boise Idaho 17

RNB

May 9th, 2011
3:32 pm

DEFENSE, DEFENSE, DEFENSE. THIS IS A NO BRAINER. UNTIL WE GET SOLID PLAY ON DEFENSE WE CAN FORGET ANY CHANCE OF A SEC TITLE LET ALONE A NATIONAL TITLE.

Biggest Concern

May 9th, 2011
3:39 pm

Biggest concern? Saint Mark Richt the Loser.

Network TV Executive

May 9th, 2011
3:41 pm

BIGGEST CONCERN=BIGGEST LOSER

I’m not talking weight loss either…………….

I’ve also fired the most interesting man alive dude because simply put, his wife says he is not interesting and he doesn’t “measure up”.

In a league of their own

May 9th, 2011
3:46 pm

You had the Urban and all that 5 star talent and we came within a gnats butt of beating your bunch.

Since when did close count for anything?

Serious Dawg fans need to start organizing and demanding that Richt be fired. Otherwise, sports writers will be asking the same questions this time a year from now.

Richt represents mediocrity. Saban, Spurrier, Miles, and others represent excellence and championships. Richt simply isn’t in their class, nor will he ever be. Richt would have to be incredibly lucky to win the division, and the odds against him winning the SEC championship would be at least 100:1.

Those are the simple facts, and there’s no amount of enthusiasm or cheerleading or Top 5 recruiting classes that can get around it.

That’s just one of those pesky inconvenient truths.

By the way, Boise State will win by 30+ points.

Dawg Gone

May 9th, 2011
3:48 pm

Beast from the East that was in response to a well know troll that likes to point out last year Gators loss was against the worst Gator team in living memory…my response was he was exactly playing Buck and the 80 Dawgs..nothing moral about it win by 1 or 50 they count.

Stay Thirsty

May 9th, 2011
3:49 pm

Stay thirsty, my friends, even if you can only afford cheap beer on your welfare check.

You’ll need the alcohol again this year. Lots of it. :-) :-) :-)

Dawg Gone

May 9th, 2011
3:49 pm

In a league of their own..your a troll and worse your a long winded troll.

Network TV Executive

May 9th, 2011
3:56 pm

Georgia lost 7 games last year including 1 to Auburn by 18 points yet boise is going to come in and beat Georgia by 30? Get serious or get gone.

Network TV Executive

May 9th, 2011
4:03 pm

stay thirsty,

go drown yourself

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 9th, 2011
4:14 pm

In a League of their own,

Man you are in a world of your own. Boise by 30. Any DAWG fans in here want to bet him that don’t happen. All you fans of other teams come on here and talk crap about UGA but always fail to mention what school you support. Could it be, that like UGA, every college program goes through some hard times and you figure if you don’t mention your school, your stupid remarks about UGA mean something.
With the exception of Tech. which is in a perpetual down trend in football, name one school that has not gone through a rough time for a couple of years. You offer no analysis that makes sense about an opposing school, only some made up in your mind reason. Do you feel any better making a fool of yourself?
Games are played on the field and that’s when you will find out that UGA is a team to be dealt with.
I am so darn tired of reading your dumb remarks about the coach can’t coach, Murray6 is too short to be a QB, etc. etc. What blog name are you going to change to, when UGA whips your schools butt. Let’s see, it will either be a freak play, trick play or the refs. that gave the game to UGA. Then of course, it will be because UGA plays dirty if the other excuses do not hold up.
Talk is cheap on these blogs, in fact it is free, but the players will decide the outcome of the games and there are a lot of godd players on UGA, and I believe they will play with an attitude. There are going to be some teams that are gonna get their tails beat, by these boys this year.

Beast from the East

May 9th, 2011
4:22 pm

Dawg Gone,
Just busting your chops. We both stunk it up last year. Neither team has much to brag about 2010, so we might as well look forward to 2011.

DawginLex

May 9th, 2011
4:24 pm

Every name website or publication has UGA listed as “in the mix” for the SEC East tiel. To say otherwise is just a lie.

All the moron haters say it because it makes them feel better about being the insignificant little pieces of trash that they are. The moron who changes his blog handle 40 times a day posting all the crap about Murray and The Most Interesting Man Alive who is actually all of about 12 years old only make themselves look foolish. DAILY

These losers will disappear when UGA wins this fall.

DawginLex

May 9th, 2011
4:25 pm

BeastFromtheEastEatenByDawg

It’s coming……………..

:) :) :)

Return to Glory

May 9th, 2011
4:36 pm

DEFENSE wins championships.
OFFENSIVE and DEFENSIVE LINES.
If you can’t control both you ain’t going to play for the crystal ball period…..nuff said, it ain’t rocket science ( thats why we whip Tech most years).

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 9th, 2011
4:42 pm

Return to Glory,

Agree with you there. The big uglies on the line doing their job, makes the whole team click. Can’t run if you can’t find a hole to get through. Can’t stop the other side from running or passing if your D line gets blown off the line of scrimmage each play. I feel good about the D line this year but I think the jury is still out on the O line. I know they have some big bodies but will they communicate well with each other and play with a little bit of an attitude. It will be interesting to see if the new O line coach can get them in sync and playing well.
GO DAWGS

Effie's of Athens Boarding House

May 9th, 2011
4:50 pm

The biggest concern for UGA
is being outcoached in seven losses again.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 9th, 2011
4:53 pm

Effie’s of athens,

Might be your concern but I bet most of the true DAWG fans feel CMR can fix the teams problems. What team do you support?

Beast from the East

May 9th, 2011
4:57 pm

DawginLex,
Afraid you’re going to be eating crow…….while the Gator eats the Dawg!

Beast from the East

May 9th, 2011
5:06 pm

31 years and waitin

May 9th, 2011
5:13 pm

These losers will disappear when UGA wins this fall. How many 6 or 7 Mr. Lex?

31 years and waitin

May 9th, 2011
5:14 pm

It Ain’t Rocket Science,
that is because most true dog fans drink his suntanning coolaid.

George O'Leary

May 9th, 2011
5:19 pm

I dont even have to lie on my resume’ that I outcoached Mark Richt.

red&silver

May 9th, 2011
5:22 pm

Some of you are out of touch with reality.

fpice

May 9th, 2011
5:31 pm

My biggest concern is the incompetent head coach, Mark Richt. My next biggest concern is ALL the assistant football coaches.

AltamahaDawg

May 9th, 2011
5:51 pm

that’s Kool-aid. At least copy it down right when you pretend to have an opinion.

Coach Rict

May 9th, 2011
6:03 pm

We will run out onto the goal line just like 2 years ago…wait a minute…that didn’t work…I guess I’m toast after 2 games.

Kate

May 9th, 2011
8:40 pm

Ms. Ealey said she her son had discussed the possibility of transferring to Georgia Southern or some other school in the past. She said she was OK with that, “as long as he’s getting an education.”

Baloney. An education is the last thing on this jerk’s mind. If Ms. Ealey was so concerned about thuggo’s education, she should have raised him better. Another case of zero-parenting.

Caleb King should be the next one to go. He’s the other malignancy on this team.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 10th, 2011
3:32 am

31 years,

My friend I do not drink sun tan lotion or kool aid. What I do though is support my team and the players and coaches of my team. I don’t expect an undefeated record every year. I enjoy the game. At my age I can think for myself and form my own opinions. Since you are a tech. fan it would appear, I would think your drink of choice would be ripple so you can hang around the corners of North Ave. and drink with some of the winos there.

Coastal Dog -- SSI

May 10th, 2011
8:31 am

Mostly, we need a super tailback — a soldi 1000+ yard guy. A guy like that inspires the whole team, takes pressure off the QB, makes the O line play better, and challenges the D to do their part. We “ain’t” (for emphasis) had that in a while. I expect the new D to be “killer” in its second season. Remember I said this.

Paulitik

May 10th, 2011
8:53 am

That Mark Richt is still coach. Plane crashes waste less talent than Mark Richt.

Richt Dawg

May 10th, 2011
9:39 am

My biggest concern is that the AJC writers and some UGA officials will fuel their fire to get rid of an excellent head coach. Getting rid of CMR would be the biggest mistake UGA made since it crapped on Vince Dooly.

Mighty Dawg

May 10th, 2011
9:42 am

Biggest concern is the running game. I understand Crowell may not qualify.

Good thing we have Ealey.

Jack

May 10th, 2011
9:52 am

Boy, those few fans of North Avenue Trade School sure like to pose as UGA fans on the UGA blogs. Maybe that is because nobody is interested in their koolaid drinking bugs.

Jack

May 10th, 2011
9:56 am

Mighty Dawg, keep current. Ealey does not live here anymore.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 11th, 2011
8:59 am

If the talent matures and steps up fairly fast, both the present players and the new ones, UGA will be good. Our O line needs to jell, and them we will be cooking. Our Defense is night and day different than the new defense installed last year. Our QB now has a year on the battlefield under his belt and will be even better this year. I also think, in light of the past couple of days, that our coaches are becoming more demanding of the players and helping them step up a little quicker than in past years. I can see 10 wins this year if, a few things fall into place.

Dawg Squeeze

May 11th, 2011
12:29 pm

That all our players will pass quantum physics and that our mascot will make it thru the season. I’m also concerned about urine levels in, around and on the library after gameday Saturdays.