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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UGA '05

July 12th, 2011
3:00 pm

I agree with DawginLex. All the offense has to do really to win the game is just get one TD or even a field goal and all the Defense has to do is stop the other offense from scoring. This isn’t very realistic but it’s a good example

foodfight

July 12th, 2011
3:02 pm

What, we gotta have an offense?

Dawg Tired

July 12th, 2011
3:12 pm

Don’t worry y’all. Coach Bobo will put a dip in his mouth and figure this one out. 3rd and 12, and the obvious choice would be to run a draw to little Carlton Thomas. Yeah, that always works.

Joey

July 12th, 2011
3:14 pm

I don’t know, Bobo and the offense have to do better against good defenses than they did last season. I still remember the 6, 12, and 6 they put up last season in losses.

Cmon man

July 12th, 2011
3:16 pm

For the last few days i have been hearing that a team in the sec west is about to become a victim of a pretty bad story that’s about to be released by yahoo sports. Since everybody on this blog claims to have reliable sources does anybody know who the story is about

Dawg Gone

July 12th, 2011
3:23 pm

@Cmon man nope we got nothing….just talking football.

UGA '05

July 12th, 2011
3:31 pm

Joey,
Ideally, that’s all you really need against good defenses. UGA’s defense should take care of the rest and make it a shut out.

CHDawg

July 12th, 2011
3:35 pm

Bill, why no mention of Malcome? He is big and tough to bring down, and despite the word to the contrary he has enough speed to break one–sub 11 100m and 22.5 in the 200M. For a guy with his size and power that is pretty good. That was also in HS, so extra muscle may help. I also agree that putting all of this hype on Crowell could mess with the kid’s head–I hope not, but expectations are passing Saturn at the speed of light. I agree with the guy who said the O line! Unsung, but the real key to our O this year. CMB is pretty important, too.

The Wad

July 12th, 2011
3:43 pm

Agree with all the posts concerning the true concern this year is the OL. If they play in a manner they haven`t approached in 5 years THEN maybe we can think about a big season. If they are anywhere close to last year`s Ol, we will go 6-7 again. Beyond that BOBO is a major concern with his lack of gametime decision making. He seems to get caught off guard not knowing what`s going on on the field and will not adjust play calling as the opposing defense adjusts during the game. I don`t believe that McGarity will allow Richt to sit back and watch Bobo drag down the O any longer. I think Richt knows that McGarity was trained at a winning program in Gainesville and that McGarity expects to win here in the manner the hated Gators have for the last 20 years. We will probably see some changes from the head coach that have been missing the past few years. Or we will see a new coach next year.I love Richt but the handwriting is on the wall and this team should be a threat every year for the SEC crown and not playing in low level bowls. Period.

shane#1

July 12th, 2011
3:48 pm

Crowell is the key without a doubt. Mike Bobo is too old and wasn’t that good a runner anyway. I hated to see King go. Who knows, he may have had that breakout season that we fans have been waiting for. I mean, it’s only been five years. Crowell has something that has been missing from the UGA backfield, real breakaway speed. I think that is why the coaching staff wanted Samuel at RB. He brought depth and speed. With Big John here how would Geathers like the O line? Just thinking, so don’t you guys get your panties in a wad!

Mo

July 12th, 2011
3:51 pm

Grantham did pretty good last year, considering he lost 3 DL to the NFL.

Defense won 6 games in 2010.

Vandy? 0 points scored.
La Laf? 7 points.
Id St? 7 pts.
Tenn? Forced 4 to’s
Kentucky? forced 4 to’s
Ga Tech? Forced 3 to’s

Hopefully, next year, Bobo’s Offense can win 3 games + Grantham’s D 6 wins = 9 wins

1) 4 wins
Grantham’s D will win these 4 games by holding these 4 teams to 7 points or less:
Vanderbit, Coastal Carolina, New Mexico St, Ole Miss

2) 6 wins
Grantham’s D will win 2 more games by forcing 3-4 to’s:
Florida, Auburn

3) 9 wins
Bobo’s offense needs to win 3 of these 6 games by scoring 40+:
Kentucky, Tennesee, Georgia Tech, Boise St., Mississippi State, South Carolina

DawginLex

July 12th, 2011
3:52 pm

Would we all crap our pants if Richt closed all practices leading up to the Boise game and comes out running the spread because of the lack of depth at OL and running back?

Murray, Mason and Lemay are ALL better suited for it.
It takes advantage of our speed
It masks our liabilities.

Won’t happen but it is fun to consider

JDawg1785

July 12th, 2011
3:53 pm

I hope we see Malcome get that first carry for so many reasons.

He’s the logical choice as far as physical condition and experience go. Plus, if the coaching staff just rolls out the red carpet for Crowell and lets him start right away unchallenged, imagine the sense of entitlement that could put in the young man’s head. What would that do for this work ethic? He has to learn quickly that playing time is earned. After all, opposing defenses aren’t going to just let him breeze by.

Plus, Malcome was by far the best RB at G-Day anyway. I say let Boo loose! GO DAWGS!

SSIgator

July 12th, 2011
3:55 pm

“Bobo is going to have to get creative, which to date has not been his strength”

Really? Why? When you go three and out on offense against teams with winning records for most of the game you don’t need many plays at all. On the other hand, against teams with losing records you can pull out all of the plays and even Murray the Midget will look unstoppable.

Joey

July 12th, 2011
3:56 pm

Oh yeah, I love shutouts, but it’s not very realistic to count on shutouts over good SEC teams . . .

DawginLex

July 12th, 2011
3:56 pm

SSI

What is hilarious is Muschamp and donut boy would give their right arms for Murray instead of Brantley

2nd coming of Brady???

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

JDawg1785

July 12th, 2011
3:57 pm

It is fun to consider, Lex. If not running the spread, then at least a few more plays where Murray can use his feet.

Mo

July 12th, 2011
3:57 pm

Most of these 5 games will likely be offensive shootouts where Bobo needs to put up 40 points:
Ga Tech, Boise St, Kentucky, Auburn, Florida

DawginLex

July 12th, 2011
3:58 pm

and according to you SSI, Meyer didn’t recruit Murray?

Revisionist much?

You probably don’t believe in the Holocaust either………..

SSIgator

July 12th, 2011
4:01 pm

DawginLex -

“What is hilarious is Muschamp and donut boy would give their right arms for Murray instead of Brantley”

Doubtful. I am sure they have seen the tape of last years Gator Bowl and saw how Murray performs under pressure.

DawginLex

July 12th, 2011
4:01 pm

Bull SSI. That’s a load of crap and you know it.

Brantley sucks and no amount of donut boy tutoring is going to change that.

Joey

July 12th, 2011
4:04 pm

Pretty sure Murray led UGA up and down the field in the 2nd half to tie UF, only have poor play-calling in the OT.

SSIgator

July 12th, 2011
4:04 pm

DawginLex -

“and according to you SSI, Meyer didn’t recruit Murray”

Wrong Captain Richtite. I never said any such thing. I fact, the coaching staff tried to sign him. They needed another scout team QB.

DawginLex

July 12th, 2011
4:07 pm

SSI

Brantley would be the QB for KA frat at UGA.

SSIgator

July 12th, 2011
4:12 pm

DawginLex -

The way UGA is losing players, the KA boys will probably be the ones to finibh the season for Da Preacher Man. I guess it doesn’t really matter though. They certainly couldn’t do any worse than last years team. Will the Chi O’s be the cheer leaders? They would certainly look a lot better than some of the bubble butts they have now.

DawginLex

July 12th, 2011
4:14 pm

I heard florida is down to 71 scholarship players so you may be recruiting some of the gator boy cheerleaders.

Derek Dooley is licking his chops to get his 1st signature win on the road in the Swamp

UT 28
UF 10

Brantley demoted. Weiss eats Gainesville. Muschamp throws up in his office.

CHDawg

July 12th, 2011
4:15 pm

To the consternation of the opposing team and the National TV audience, I hope to hear UGA fans Booing our offense in the Dome–not booing. Crowing fans won’t be bad either.

MainStDawg

July 12th, 2011
4:16 pm

Sad, Bobo couldn’t score 20 points to win the Spurrier game when Grathan held Spurrier to a seaosn low scoring output, costly turnover. Bobo also couldn’t score 11 points to win the CF Bowl game when Grantham held CF to 10 points, big costly turnovers. Bobo couldn’t win the Colorado game, fumbled that one away. Bobo lost the offensive fireworks game against Meyer, again costly turnovers.

Bobo has to learn which games he has to win, and not beat himself with turnovers.

Still@theBAR

July 12th, 2011
4:23 pm

It has to be Bobo’s oldest male child. Bobo’s son is the one that makes the games plans! Right?

SSIgator

July 12th, 2011
4:25 pm

MainStDawg -

“Bobo has to learn which games he has to win, and not beat himself with turnovers”

If he hasn’t learned how to by now after all of these years why do you think he will? Maybe he will have an epiphany inspired by Da Preacha Man?

shane#1

July 12th, 2011
4:27 pm

On a serious note, one problem I see with the Dogs O line is high hats and low hats. You can look at the O line when they set up and pretty well know when they are going to pass. How about doing what SOS did at UF in the “run and shoot”? Have the line run block on almost every play and keep the passes short, Of course you could always fool’em by running Carlton on a draw play. Bobo should know the run and shoot pretty well, he saw it enough when he was playing. The cover two was the end of the run and shoot but I would much rather see a cover two than all the eight man D lines we have seen lately. However, if the opponents run the cover two the way UF did against Stafford in 2008 it won’t matter.

SSIgator

July 12th, 2011
4:29 pm

Still@theBAR -

“Bobo’s son is the one that makes the games plans! Right?”

If you thought last year was exciting just wait to see what this year brings. BooBoo just picked up the Deluxe Crayola Box with 128 crayons in it so all of this years play charts will be in color.

JDawg1785

July 12th, 2011
4:33 pm

Hairy Perry

July 12th, 2011
4:34 pm

Caleb King and Washean Ealey have done nothing for this team exept for one great night at Georgia Tech in 09. It was time for both of them to move on. It is clear that they could care less about playing at Georgia. They wanted the spotlight on themselves all the time, but didn’t want to do the work to earn it. I just hope this isn’t the tip of the iceberg, and 5 more guys get kicked off the team before the season starts, enough already, I think we are all so tired of this.

Hairy Perry

July 12th, 2011
4:39 pm

I hope Crowell has some brains, I’m not trying to be ugly but we recruit some real rigamaroos these days. He might very well be all he has been hyped up to be, but if he can’t pass in school it does’t matter.

Columbus

July 12th, 2011
4:40 pm

Bobo is and HAS been the key for the last few years! He has been the WEAK link, not Richt….

Columbus

July 12th, 2011
4:40 pm

Maybe Crowell can make Bobo look good when he calls stupid running plays at the wrong time!

Hairy Perry

July 12th, 2011
4:42 pm

I am not trying to be down on the dogs. I have hope that this season will be a good one. I have not lost hope in Richt’s ability to win.

Hairy Perry

July 12th, 2011
4:46 pm

We will see if Murry can handle real pressure this year cuz it’s coming.

Hairy Perry

July 12th, 2011
4:47 pm

Adios Amigos!

SSIgator

July 12th, 2011
4:59 pm

Part of Caleb Queen’s press statement:

“Coach Mark Richt and the entire UGA football team and staff have been instrumental in my growth and development both on and off the gridiron.”

At least he was honest about who helped him under-achieve in football and break the law. Good job UGA coaching staff.

gtfanfrom1951

July 12th, 2011
5:06 pm

Bill how moving someone over from defense to running back. Its been done before and worked out for other teams.

Snoop Dawg

July 12th, 2011
5:07 pm

It’s Richt, stupid. Hold him accountable. Don’t fall for these red herring diversions.

Top Dawg

July 12th, 2011
5:09 pm

Neither IC nor CMB is the key. The offensive line is.

SOUTHGADAWG88

July 12th, 2011
5:28 pm

How about Murray?Got to think he is the most important player on offense

PHIL

July 12th, 2011
5:30 pm

Neither Crowell nor Bobo. The offensive line is the key. I don’t think Gale Sayers and Walter Peyton could run behind that line if they were playing an 8th grade All Star team. I don’t believe an offensive genius like Tom Landry or Don Coryell could coach around them. For what ever reason, they are the most under-performing bunch I have ever seen.

But as for a running back, I wonder why that 6′1″, 230 lb WR with blazing speed isn’t learning the position. Or maybe he is?

SOUTHGADAWG88

July 12th, 2011
5:33 pm

Why do we trash the kids so much when things don’t work out?Everybody is a bum..thug…or trash etc….get a friggin life!

P_The_Ricker

July 12th, 2011
5:40 pm

Agree with opinions that accountability is on Richt. He’s the head coach.

I remember back in ‘05 w/ UF coming off a blow-out loss to Alabama they had a bye week before playing UGA. Shockley was injured and Joe T got the call. UGA was favored.

Meyer surprised the country and had leake and company running a pro-style offense. UGA was taken by surprise and on their heals throughout the game. UF wasn’t the better team that year, but they were the better prepared and coached team that day by a long shot.

UF had only 2 wks to install the pro-style offense. UGA has the remainder of the summer (6 wks and 4 wks of actual practice) to install a new loop into the offense.

Based on past precedence, this is only a pipe-dream. As for Bill King’s inquiry as to whether Bobo will install some type of “Wild Dawg” offense utlizing either B. Smith or N. Marshall is far-fetched. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment Bill.

The games against Boise St and S. Carolina will be close, but the Dawgs will come up short. The defense will hold their own, but the offense will be unable to consistently move the ball based on lack of quality and experienced players. My guess is that Bill King and others will ask once again….”why didn’t Richt and Bobo install some spread-type or “Wild Dawg” plays?

Root for the Dawgs, but don’t set yourself up for disappointment!

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 12th, 2011
5:42 pm

Damn Bill just read the blogs from yesterday and put together a “new” blog. Hell losing King a Sr. who when on the field has a 5 ypc avg is a big deal. Especially when you wanna break in a true Freshman. Caleb would have been “King” in situations where pass protection was key. Huge lose unfortunately. What is terrible is that a kid with so much baggage had such a big role in the offense. Almost sounds like South Carolina…..

icedawg

July 12th, 2011
5:54 pm

A championship team will need to be more than one dimensional on offense. The DAWGS can pass but their running game has been highly inconsistent over the past few years, since what was that fella’s name? Without a running game it is just a matter of time before the pass gets shut down. That was a huge part of the problem the last couple of years. So, unless something changes with the new personnel it could very well be more of the same.