Who’s the key to Georgia’s offense, Isaiah Crowell or … Mike Bobo?

Losing Caleb King means Mike Bobo is going to have to get creative. (Associated Press)

Losing Caleb King means Mike Bobo is going to have to get creative. (Associated Press)

So, after a weekend in which Caleb King leaving the team dominated just about any discussion of Georgia football, it seems there’s a prominent split in opinion among both fans and college football observers in general over whether Georgia losing King was a Very Big Deal or No Big Deal at All.

On the one hand are those who feel the lack of his solid, if unspectacular, running and his better-than-average pass blocking will be severely missed by the Dogs, especially in the first couple of games. On the other side are those who look at the body of his work at UGA and his continuing off-field problems and think we likely would have been in for just more of the same. They’ve labeled King a bust and feel moving him out of Isaiah Crowell’s way that much quicker will likely just accelerate the true freshman’s development.

I’d love for that to be true, and who knows, Crowell may have the same sort of out-of-the-box impact as Marcus Lattimore did for South Carolina last season. Still, I think it’s ridiculous to view the loss of King as anything other than a blow to Georgia’s offensive hopes early in the season.

I’m not offering up a doomsday scenario. The need for Crowell to produce as a true freshman was always going to be one of the keys to the Dogs contending for the SEC East this season. But now he’s going to have to do it from the very start, which is asking a lot.

Who this really is going to put the pressure on, however, isn’t Crowell so much as offensive coordinator Mike Bobo. Without the flexibility that King would have provided him while Crowell develops, Bobo is going to have to get creative, which to date has not been his strength.

Whether it’s finding new ways to use Branden Smith on offense, spreading out the passing game more, expanding the role of Bruce Figgins at fullback, or finally figuring out how to use the Wild Dawg with Nick Marshall, Georgia’s offensive hopes this season ride on Bobo’s shoulders.

How do you feel about that?

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298 comments Add your comment

Ed Pilcher

July 12th, 2011
12:17 pm

Rely on Bobo??!! Might as well call it a season right now.

bob

July 12th, 2011
12:18 pm

Why is that fool Mike Bobo still here??????????? Fire his sorry arse!

SSIgator

July 12th, 2011
12:20 pm

“Who’s the key to Georgia’s offense, Isaiah Crowell or … Mike Bobo?”

Neither one. As long as Da Preacha Man is still in charge because he knows what the hell he is doing.

Carl

July 12th, 2011
12:21 pm

Bobo is the worst SEC Offensive coordinator, and Top level in the Country. We still run the old FSU, 10 years ago offense with no symblance to the spread, that even the old ball coach utilizes now realizing he was behing the times. Fire Bobo and move in the the 21 century!

bob

July 12th, 2011
12:21 pm

MUST…..HIRE………JIM……..TRESSEL……….NOW!!!
MUST…….FIRE…….PASTOR RICHT & FAMILY……….NOW!

Southern Swagg

July 12th, 2011
12:22 pm

Mike Bobo is our BIGGEST question mark coming into this season, and for the past 3 season when he took over play calling duties. When Mark Richt first got there, he was calling all of the plays his first 7 years. Our most successful season in the Richt era was in 2003 when the Dawgs went 13-1, with a win over his former team, The Florida State Seminoles. When Richt was the Off. Coordinator at FSU, he was responsible for that team having 14 consecutive TOP 5 finishes, and 2 National titles. I just believe thatcoach Richt should be calling the plays and just let Bobo be a QB’s coach. Mark Ricth is an offensive GENIUS, kinda like Charlie Weis.

Palm City Dawg

July 12th, 2011
12:22 pm

Bo Bo is a good man, but his scares the heck out of me as an OC. Good case in point is that no team has shown an interest in him as a head coach at any level.

Let the young men play

July 12th, 2011
12:22 pm

OFFENSIVE LINE —— The O-line is below average at best… Crowell will get hammered by opposing defenses and then blamed for not being productive. UGA is a year OR two away from putting the puzzle pieces in order.

Buckeye

July 12th, 2011
12:22 pm

Is Isaiah, The Annointed One II, is omnipotent, please let him out of his scholarship, send him to DC to solve the debt crisis!

ga gator

July 12th, 2011
12:22 pm

Fire Bobo and move in the the 21 century!; Carl dont you think that Richt approves of the game plan?

nostrodamus

July 12th, 2011
12:23 pm

i predict bobo will call the same plays over and over, i predict when murray goes to hand off the ball he will extend he arm out as far as it will stretch so everyone in the world will know he is anding it off.

DawginLex

July 12th, 2011
12:23 pm

Maybe King will transfer to Jacksonville state and take Ealey’s carries away so he won’t “be da man”………….

Sam Robards, Dawg Fan

July 12th, 2011
12:23 pm

On Caleb King, I don’t think it’s that big a deal. Off-the-field issues tend to make their way on the field, and King had WAY too many of them. I wish him luck wherever he goes, but I think it would have hurt the team if he’d stuck around.

As for the main topic, it’s a mixed bag, if you ask me. Yeah, you’ve gotta be smart about calling plays, but just because a play’s smart doesn’t mean it will work. That’s when players come in.

Yeah, Bobo had some bad playcalls last year (end of the Arkansas game and anything that involved Carlton Thomas going up the gut), but when we started clicking (getting Green back certainly helped), our offense was great. And think of how many good playcalls were spoiled because of bad moves by players (Ealey’s fumbles against Carolina and Miss. State on the goal line).

At the same time, the players need to step up and make things happen. How many times did Moreno reverse field on a bad play and make things happen? That’s what we’ve been missing at RB since Moreno left: the ability to improvise. I’ve got a really good feeling about the Crowell/Malcome pairing.

Go Dawgs!

Buckeye

July 12th, 2011
12:24 pm

Fear Fickel and Vrable……………..even if we’re 0-9 against the tauty SEC.

Chris

July 12th, 2011
12:24 pm

As long as Bobo is calling plays, I will have absolutely no confindence in our offense. He should have been fired or demoted two years ago. It seems like we are reliving the years of having a pathetic coordinator, only it’s on offense this time around.

Will Mark Richt every wake up???

DawginLex

July 12th, 2011
12:26 pm

Everyone bashing Bobo will never mention his name again if the defense does its thing because we will be WINNING.

If the defense implodes we will be LOSING and we will have a new staff in 2012

bob

July 12th, 2011
12:26 pm

Do some homework. UGA football is all about loyal ties to family. Joe Trens Sr works on staff, Joe Trens JR was a starter yet he stunk. Mike Bobo played there, no he coaches there. It’s just a “good ole’ boy” network.

whoknowsnow

July 12th, 2011
12:27 pm

How do we feel about this? NNNNOOOOTTT TTTTOOOOOO GGGGGOOOOOOOODDDDD!!!

MattDawg

July 12th, 2011
12:27 pm

two words: not good

JDawg1785

July 12th, 2011
12:28 pm

Good call, ga gator. My only complaint with Bobo’s offenseses has to do with consistency. The Dawgs put up 30 points or more in over half the games last year, but then there were the USCe and UCF games where they couldn’t even find the end zone. I don’t know if that comes from a battle for playcalling between CMR and CMB, but it’s a very likely explanation.

To answer Bill’s question in the headline, I’m going to go with Answer “C.” I think Coach Friend and his OL are the key to Georgia’s offense this sesaon. Boy, does he have his work cut out for him!

Carl

July 12th, 2011
12:28 pm

ga gator , I do, but that is my point, he need to hire someone whom he hasn’t tought everything he used to know!

JDawg1785

July 12th, 2011
12:28 pm

Sorry I got a little trigger happy on the word “offenses.”

What really matters

July 12th, 2011
12:29 pm

What does Bobo’s WIFE look like.

Skywalker

July 12th, 2011
12:30 pm

I want to see an offensive player at UGA finish in the top 5 in the SEC, against the best teams, in:
1) yards per carry (Lattimore got 4.8 as a freshman)
2) td’s (Lattimore got 11 as a Freshman)

Bottom line, it’s simple really:
Someone needs to step up & rush for 4.8 ypc in the big games, rush 15x a game for @75 yards, score 10 td’s in the big games, which Lattimore did as a freshman, then it will take the pressure off of Murray, balance the passing game, keep the defense resting as you burn the clock, and open up the play action.

Carl

July 12th, 2011
12:31 pm

Has anyone ever heard offensive genious/guru and Bobo in the same sentence?

DawginLex

July 12th, 2011
12:31 pm

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shc7eIJvKp4

*********************************************

1st clip is from 2007-Bobo calling plays

2nd clip is from 2003-richt calling plays

Notice in 2003 clip how Greene extends his arms to fake the handoff?
Notice Murray do the same thing last year?

THE PLAYCALLING IS THE SAME AS IT HAS BEEN FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS.

Defense will be the difference.

Skywalker

July 12th, 2011
12:32 pm

WOuldn’t it be cool if Murray passed for 2000 yards and rushed for 1000?????

Vance Duly

July 12th, 2011
12:34 pm

One of Coach Bobo’s worst habitual calls is following a 1st down pass. IF the pass is incomplete, everything in Bobo’s nature demands a draw between the tackles on 2nd and 10 (even if Carlton Thomas is in the backfield.). After several years of this, other teams know this tendency as well. So, we usually end up with 3rd and very long. Then, on 3rd and long, the favorite Bobo call is the play-action pass. So, instead of the QB having time to survey the field for an open receiver, he’s facing the backfield and faking a handoff while dropping back. After Arkansas and MS St. this past season, he didn’t do it quite as often for the next few games. But, it returned later – Bobo can’t seem to help it! Since Bobo has been OC, can anyone name ONE game where Georgia maximized its offensive capabilities by a combination of ingenuity, aggressiveness and just flat out butt-whoopin’….!?! Never taking its foot off of the defense’s neck?? I wish I could………… GO DAWGS!!!

Buckeye

July 12th, 2011
12:34 pm

Yo Hines,

Hire a driver. Ain’t nothin’ you can’t afford.

JDawg1785

July 12th, 2011
12:34 pm

He’d be the guy to do it, Skywalker.

ga gator

July 12th, 2011
12:37 pm

Other than the game against UF, I root for UGA and attend all of the home games. My prediction for this year is not good for UGA.

Lack of depth on the OL will hurt the running game which will in turn put more pressure on Murray. This in turn will cause his productivity to drop this year and will force him to run more which may lead to injury.

I am afraid that the Ol Ball Coach might be starting to get it together again and unfortunately it is in Columbia this time.

DawginLex

July 12th, 2011
12:39 pm

My post at 12:31 is awaiting moderation???????????

Is it because i put the you tube clips on it???

Ed Pilcher

July 12th, 2011
12:39 pm

I can’t wait until Florida fans keep waiting for the next Tebow and sound as pathetic as some UGA fans who are STILL waiting for the next Herschel. News flash, boys…..There will never be another HW….Just as there will never be another Tebow.

ga gator

July 12th, 2011
12:41 pm

Ed Pilcher, you are correct and that is why Muchamp went to a more traditional offense. Stubborn Meyer might have ruined Brantley by trying to make him run the same offense as Tebow.

SSIgator

July 12th, 2011
12:45 pm

“Georgia’s offensive hopes this season ride on Bobo’s shoulders”

Uh oh. UGA fans just thought they had trouble last year going 6-7. This year could really be ugly.

Mobile Dawg

July 12th, 2011
12:46 pm

Athens, King was a “potential” leader is what I said. Anyone but a “moron” would know we would have been better off with King starting in the backfield on September 3rd, what happened from there would be dictated by performances and circumstances and “coaching, or lack of”.

Dawg '94

July 12th, 2011
12:46 pm

If we run ISO EVERY 1st down this season, my head will pop off! If we run AWAY from motion EVERYTIME this season, my head will pop off! PLEASE…..keep my head on my neck Bobo.

Mobile Dawg

July 12th, 2011
12:50 pm

I agree strongly with several posters that the “real key” to this years offense would lie in possession of the offensive line. The better they are, the better the results. From a coaching standpoint, if the defense stands up like a lot of us expect, that will take a lot of pressure off the offense. We have an “All American” punter so we should be able to take advantage of the field position game. These are coaching decisions, tendancies, and philosophies. I can’t help but have nightmares over the “love” of the “big play game” by Mark Richt.

Coach Bobo

July 12th, 2011
12:53 pm

I like dem biscuits with mustard as well….

mmmmmmmmmmmm……

mike

July 12th, 2011
1:00 pm

Bobo will have to be more creative early on until there is a solid feel for the offensive line. Will have to get the ball to Crowell in space. I cant see running him between the tackles early on. I see Bama lost D Hart for season with injury. They moved two skill players to tailback. Now they have 5 tailbacks versus 7 three with SEC experience. It only seemed like yesterday we had that kind of depth.

AltamahaDawg

July 12th, 2011
1:02 pm

You think the O-line this year will cause Murray production to “drop”? Compared to what? Surely not compared to his freshman season with an equally thin O-line.

Dawg Gone

July 12th, 2011
1:03 pm

I have a hunch the OL doesn’t need to be any better than last years IF the defense can show good improvement. Our OL was sub par last year and we still set a UGA record for games we scored 30 in…we scored last year we just didn’t stop many folks. Last year we Thought we were set at RB, OL and WR..we started the first 4 games without our WR,the OL was subpar and the RB’s iffy. We are in I think better shape depending on injuries to start the season than last.

PMC

July 12th, 2011
1:06 pm

Todd Grantham is the key to Georgia’s offense.

In that stead, Jarvis Jones.

Dawg Tell

July 12th, 2011
1:08 pm

Offensive line will dictate what plays are called by Bobo.Good line and play calling will improve.If not,same ole same ole.Key to this season is the offensive line.

DawginLex

July 12th, 2011
1:15 pm

SSI

Key to gator’s season

Keeping charlie out of golden corral

good luck with that

RedandBlackDAWG

July 12th, 2011
1:16 pm

This will be the year to find out whether Bobo will ever be a big time coach, or whether limitations of his own will hender his success. CMR needs to be involved in the game plan and flow as well. With the experience level as low as it is on the offense to start the year, any coach would be challenged but, it can be done. I would think, trying to control the clock and nipping away rather than going all out on big plays might help out a lot. Of course there would still need to be some plays to keep defenses off balance where you go for the big play, but not every other play. The defense of the DAWGS, I believe will give the offense, ample opportunities with turnovers and controlling the other teams offense. It is up to the coaches to work with what they have, on the offense and hope the players get the experience they need and not have a lot of iujuries.

Mobile Dawg

July 12th, 2011
1:19 pm

I think “coaching decisions” this year could or maybe I say “should” cause Murray’s production to drop. Do we want to win football games or have marquee players with big stats and lose games? The offense has potential but won’t start the season off like a “Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza”. My bet is if they are forced into that scenario, this year will look a lot like last year. If CMR can be patient, rely on the defense early, play field position football, and allow the offense to develop we have a chance for a good year. Just my opinion.

PTreeDawg

July 12th, 2011
1:20 pm

Crowell’s 1 player. Bobo runs the whole offense.

Bobo. Easy.

The question is Bobo or Crowell for you bloggers.

East Repeat

July 12th, 2011
1:22 pm

Herschel Walker is the best college football player there has ever been. No one, and i mean no one has or ever will be that big and that FAST. In today’s Heisman environment (not as biased against Freshmen as in the past) he would have won the Heisman over our Senior running back, George Rogers. But now UGA’s cupboard is bare, even after a decade of top recruiting.

Mike Smith

July 12th, 2011
1:27 pm

Bobo needs to step up this year. He definitely had an off year last year. It was often like he was so intent on calling a play action gameplan that he would completely ignore the fact it wasn’t working or hadn’t worked all game. The open passing game served UGA far better last year. The last drives of the Arkansas and Colorado games are prime examples. Driving up and down the field with an open passing game, only to turtle up into running up the gut near field goal range which cost them both games. It hadn’t worked all game, yet that’s what he decides to do right as we were in scoring position. This team doesn’t currently have a defense that has been able to hold teams routinely under 20pts. The team can’t afford wasted opportunities on offense.

Pete Carroll has a saying, “If I run off right tackle and gain 8 yards, I will run off right tackle again. If I gain another 7 or 8, then I will keep running off right tackle until they stop me.” Bobo needs to learn this.