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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get it to the fifty, throw a bomb and punt.

July 12th, 2011
5:58 pm

come on, yall….is it really gonna be any different?

Dirtdawg

July 12th, 2011
6:06 pm

What do I think? I think you are one of the more consistently negative voices out there when it comes to Mark Richt and the UGA football program. Why don’t you do us all a big favor and start writing about the Ga Tech football orogram.

extrapoint

July 12th, 2011
6:12 pm

Of all the Wild Dawgs plays called by Bobo, it seems like every play has resulted in a direct snap to a back and he runs the ball up the middle. No hand offs, no play action with a pass. Just the same hike the ball and run it up the middle. Much like Carlton and long. Every time we are in that formation, I think, maybe we will do something different, but no, just the same old standard play. Please Bobo, make the Wild Dawg play something opponents have to fear. Also, I think some of Bobo’s fears go back to his second regular season game as offensive cordinator against South Carolina. He must have tried at least six trick plays of which none worked and we lost a player to an injury for a number of games. Bobo has not been the same since that game.

Shobby Dow Dow

July 12th, 2011
6:44 pm

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GA_BOI 24/7_365

July 12th, 2011
6:57 pm

Team Effort is the key to sucess this year

NOBODYYOUKNOW

July 12th, 2011
7:03 pm

I’ve been a dog fan every since UGA came on the feild with that big “G” on the helmets. And that was a while ago. UGA went up to Mich. and played a highly ranked team and beat em. If I remember correctly the dogs were not even ranked then. That was sometime back in the 60’s. They had a bunch of no-name players who just went out and won. Yea King’s gone and others are also. We can hash it over all day and night but its done and we gotta go with what we got, and WIN dam it.

IrishPubin

July 12th, 2011
7:04 pm

Offense had it’s problems:
1- Scoring
No td’s vs. SC or UCF. 1 td vs. MSU. Averaged a measly 15 points per game vs. ranked teams.
2- Rushing
Finsihed 10th in the SEC in scoring against teams with a winning record.
3- Turnovers
Whether you’re talking about Murray’s 4 turnover game vs. Gators, 3 turnover game vs. UCF, King’s goal line fumbles or Ealey’s goalline fumbles, way too many self inflicted wounds. Finished 12th in SEC in turnover margin against winning teams for 2nd straight year.

All successes were due to AJ Green, he’s gone now, so watch out.

Still@theBAR

July 12th, 2011
7:10 pm

I. Crowell via Facebook:
I want dat type of check dat make my ni**@s rich. alota ppl tawkin bout loyalty dnt even know wat it is!!

Still@theBAR

July 12th, 2011
7:10 pm

More I. Crowell via Facebook:
ima boss so I go off!, know ilike to show off, on da road to riches gotta murder dez ni**as.. _boosie

Still@theBAR

July 12th, 2011
7:13 pm

This is the player you UGA fans think will save your program and Richt’s job? NOT A CHANCE.

Can't Watch Anymore

July 12th, 2011
7:39 pm

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

well, there’s always 2012-13, I guess :(

JY

July 12th, 2011
7:51 pm

Bobo learned that watch me I am going to give it to the back, telegraphing to the defense, handoff from Donnan, I suppose that is the only on he knows but it sure gives the play away to the defense. It is not protected just out there for the defense to know who gets the ball and giving them an opportunity to cause a fumble if they are close enough to hit and make go on the ground.

Ben

July 12th, 2011
7:57 pm

Putting Marshall in to run some wild plays may be like throwing Samuel in in his freshman year to run a few plays and be on the KO return team….Basically a waste of practice time. Not because he cannot do it but because of the time wasted on some gimick that Bobo has no clue how to introduce.

Joe

July 12th, 2011
8:03 pm

Wow! Mo, Granthams defense really beat some giants on the schedule. What happened in those games we lost when the offense scored over 30 points and still lost.?

Brucerugby79

July 12th, 2011
8:21 pm

Carnie Norris was great and I was at the game in knoxville when#34 replaced Donnie McMickens

FLA DAWG

July 12th, 2011
8:21 pm

Bill,

A key to winning is Crowell.
A key to losing is Bobo.

SSIgator

July 12th, 2011
8:24 pm

Still@theBAR -

He certainly has a mastery of the English language.

JMac

July 12th, 2011
8:31 pm

No team held Boise to less than 26 points last season and they averaged 40 points a game against ranked teams, top 10 in scoring in the country.

The Georgia offense will have to win this game, no defense can really stop Boise, they’re going to score 30-57 on you, the only thing is, can you outscore them?

JMac

July 12th, 2011
8:42 pm

Same with Auburn. Top 15 scoring team against ranked teams last 2 years.

Only way to beat Auburn is outscore them with better offense.

Bobo will have to win these kind of battles, Grantham’s defense, or pretty much anyone’s defense, won’t stop Auburn or Boise from scoring 26-57 points.

You guys are dreaming if you’re expecting the Georgia defense to win these 2 games.

JMac

July 12th, 2011
8:53 pm

Paul Johnson, 2 out of 3 seasons, has finished in the top 20 in scoring against ranked teams.

Bobo will have to win this one too.

Boise, Auburn, Tech, those are going to be high scoring affairs and the best offense will win.

FLA DAWG

July 12th, 2011
9:05 pm

JMac,

I’m a UGA Grad from ‘79 and was in New Orleans for the NC win in ‘80. I’m no dreamer. I saw what a solid coach of his time could do in Athens.

I think many of the fans blogging here are those of the shrinking percentage that still support Richt despite his dismal performance as an SEC HC.

I believe there’s another group of Dawg Nation that just flat doesn’t know what to think. Of course they want The Dawgs to win and they want Richt to be a success. But they consider the performance of the team over the years with more than enough talent to go 6 – 7 last year ( and a post season loss to a no name team from Florida) and are so disappointed they are not even showing up on this blog.

If The Dawgs drop the first two games I believe Sanford Stadium will begin to reveal great voids of fans.

Sadly it will take this kind of situation to unload Richt and the hapless Bobo.

tar and feathers party

July 12th, 2011
9:10 pm

Can ANY uga grad say their abc’s? Hines wasn’t drunk, he was just a typical ignorant uga grad!

DawgFan

July 12th, 2011
9:10 pm

I agree with a lot of the comments here that King will be missed for the fact that he had experience, and he provides depth. That being said, King was good to miss games due to injury, suspension, or some other reason each year. I’d rather Crowell go ahead and get experience early against Boise and SC. King was gone after this year anyway.

As for Bobo, he has frustrated the heck out of me at times with his play calling, but perhaps he will be forced to stretch his thinking on offensive strategy. Plus, I have to think he’s going to want to see what Crowell can do. King was out (and unreliable) and Ealey fumbled in big spots (and was also unreliable). I have to think that has had something to do with Bobo’s play calling (at least last year).

Still@theBAR

July 12th, 2011
9:45 pm

Damn, Bobo’s son has a Boy Scout Jamboree the week of the Boise State game. What will Bobo do? Who can make the play calls?

GR82BAG8R

July 12th, 2011
9:48 pm

Bobo will earn his paycheck this year. He needs to adjust UGA’s attack to reflect what he now has in the stable. Fortunately for him, the defense should keep him in most games. Keep it simple, let Crowell learn as he goes, and maybe he’ll show enough talent to keep the opponent guessing. It all centers on what Bobo does. Crowell is merely an instrument of Bobo’s attack.

truedawg

July 12th, 2011
9:49 pm

Bobo its all on you..

truedawg

July 12th, 2011
10:00 pm

no excuse for no TD’s in a game this year. I say if not two TD’s a game atleast, then no excuse.
Go DAWGS!!!

JMac

July 12th, 2011
10:02 pm

Jarvis Jones will likely miss at least 2 games: Boise State and South Carolina. That will create a lot of reshuffling at linebacker and have guys playng in positions where they lack any experience, look at what losing AJ Green in the first 4 games did last season. John Jenkins might be better in the middle than the smaller Tyson was last season, except he won’t have time to practice and learn the system. The defensive ends havn’t done anything yet, are not impressive, arn’t on anyone’s defensive watchlists. Neither is anyone on the defensive line or newly reshuffled linebacking corp.
I don’t like moving Ogletree from safety, where he’s been for years to a brand new position of linebacker, his hip rigidity concerns me for pass coverage, he got beat a lot in pass coverage last year. Geathers and other defensive lineman like Thornton & Smith might be moved over to the offensive line with all the depth issues there, thinning out the nosetackles & defensive lines, Justin Anderson was moved back to offensive line already from defensive line. In other words, if you’re counting on defense to win the first two games against Boise St & South Carolina, it’s not going to happen. After Jarvis comes back, the defense will start to gel. But that will probably be game 3 or game 5. Until then, the offense will need to carry the team.

truedawg

July 12th, 2011
10:06 pm

new RB and new WR, the offense carying the team with Bobo at the helm is scary..

Nub

July 12th, 2011
10:09 pm

JMAC … Due tell bloognation your credentials… Otherwise you are wasting life !

Spike 80DF

July 12th, 2011
10:10 pm

Why does IC get all the love and Boo Malcome gets left out of every conversation? This kid was arguably the best RB in the state for his class and had a RS season to learn the scheme and get stronger. I sure hope these 2 can learn on the fly b/c if Carlton Thomas is carrying the ball we’re in BIG trouble…..

powerhouse?

July 12th, 2011
10:11 pm

Since you guys are low on experienced RB count, why do you start the season against a ranked team? Only thing worse would be playing that game out there…

truedawg

July 12th, 2011
10:17 pm

I love Boo lol I think as of today he’s our best RB

old man

July 12th, 2011
10:45 pm

Donnie McMickens was ahead of Herschel. I was there.

Deputy Fife

July 12th, 2011
10:46 pm

How many times will Crowell have to be arrested, and how many remedial studies courses will he fail, before CMR dismisses him? It’s a fair question, because this guy is another malignancy like Ealey and King.

sports

July 12th, 2011
11:16 pm

the key is the offensive line bonehead. With a great offensive line, a average back can look like an all american…always is, always has been.

Big Harry

July 13th, 2011
12:29 am

LOL – “Bobo is going to have to be CREATIVE”!! We’re DOOMED!

=^)

That’s like saying that Tech students are going to have to become socially adept! Suure, it “could” happen but no one really believes its probable.

RMikel58

July 13th, 2011
12:31 am

I think Georgia should utilize their TE alittle more on short yardage situations primarily on 1st or 2nd down and concentrate on underneath passes, but stay away from the draws and wildcat plays.
Last year Georgia was so obvious with the draws and in a few games they couldnt even run on the opposing teams.
You have to establish the run in any game otherwise their gonna zero in on ya. I have never figured out the play calling from Bobo, its almost as if he has to call plays from 1-100 no matter what the score is or whats working or not working against our opponents defense.
Its almost as if he never looks up to watch the game and doesnt even know what the score is. Its just sad to see him not involve players who could be beneficial to the offense and they just sit there on the bench wasting away.
I tell you at some point you have to say to yourself ” who let this bozo call the plays”? I dont care what anyone says Bobo has not shown a masterful mind being an Offensive Coordinator since being promoted from quarterbacks coach.
We have never established a true running back and i think somehow with all the talent we’ve recruited these past seasons i think he just doesnt recognize talent and only focuses on his pro style offense. Yeah Ealy kapooped but can you imagine if Vince Dooley had kept substituting Hershel Walker would things have turned out differently for him.
The 49ers had Joe Montana and they made Jerry Rice the focus, The Bears had Walter Payton and were a running team, Then look at the Dallas Cowboys, Roger Staubach/ Tony Dorsett/Hill and others but they spread their game all around.
Georgia to me onlys focus is passing the ball and running the ball to control the game and clock is unimportant in the grand scheme of things. If they were to use a more balane approach like Dooley did with Belue, Walker and Lindsay Scott i think we’d be more successful.
I dont know but theres alot of people here thats smarter than me and can probably figure out the problem with Bobo.
I just think Georgia is 1 shy of a REAL OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR to put us over the hump.

RED DOG 77

July 13th, 2011
12:50 am

Without coach Mike Bobo we wouldn’t have come close to signing the class we did for 2011. I would agree coach Bobo has some faults that needs to be corrected, but he is alot better coach than anyone of you know-it-alls that continue to berate him…………College football is a team sport, meaning the team consists of players, coaches, trainers, and FANS………..These kids that play for the University of Georgia feed off us………the fans………So do your job…..support that guy next to you that is out there working his tail off to give us all a winning season this year !!!………..Regards to all BULLDOG NATION, RED

"CaneDawg": Just visiting UGA with a conspiracy theory.

July 13th, 2011
3:55 am

The keys to the offense are supposed to be held by the Offensive Coordinator. At UGA Richt has a career QB coach posing as an Offensive Coordinator. CMR himself knows that his own days as an OC are over and he tossed the keys to his offense to a young fellow who was not prepared to be an OC at a major program in the SEC. So throw in poor coaching, bad recruiting, player defections, and the hotseat, then you should know the light at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming train. CMR’s offensive strategy has passed its peak in the SEC. You’ve got to have QUALITY depth at RB and the O-line to survive in the SEC. CMR’s ancient philosophy is pass first to surprise with the run and against poorly coached, inferior defenses you might get away with it, but you are doomed with that philosophy against UF, Bama, and LSU. After all Muschamp is a defensive coach who is licking his chops right now to conquer Bobo & CMR as his predecessors have. After ten years CMR should know that you have to run to set the pass in the SEC. But how can you adequately run if you don’t have depth in key positions. With his recruitment of IC, CMR basically told WE3 to “beat it”, but he had no idea that CK was secretly planning to defect as well. And IC has now got to learn in a few short weeks how to pass block, which is something he never learned in high school. What will happen if that experiment blows up and Crowell refuses to pass block ? Oh by the way, somebody said that O-lineman UGA spent thousands of dollars rehabbing is going to sign on Va. Tech, after UF told him to get lost. Let’s man up and face the truth: Things are shaping up for just another long forgettable season at UGA. I guess only a total disaster of a season will finally convince the Kool-aid consuming boosters to drop the empty gallon jugs and demand a change. I wanted UGA to win the East but that sounds delusional now and if things get worse, UGA has the potential to finish fourth in the SEC East behind an improving Kentucky program. CMR will be seeking an contract extension for eight wins and if he gets it for an 8-5 season, UGA’s conversion to mediocrity will be final and complete.

RedandBlackDAWG

July 13th, 2011
3:57 am

I beleive Jenkins played in a 3-4 defense last year at Juco, so I would say his learning curve isn’t too much to adapt to the UGA defense. He is a beast and he will be a difference maker on the D line.
A lot of youngsters will have to step up fast and big for UGA early this season, so hopefully they can do that.
Murray will have to be a leader and Bobo will have to fashion the play calling to the UGA strengths and weaknesses.

joe

July 13th, 2011
7:00 am

between UGA and the Falcons neither one of them have an OC that anybody else would want. Not much imagination from either team…..

One more time

July 13th, 2011
8:41 am

Crowell will be a cancer bigger than Ealey and King combined.

You know that’s true, the guy is just one more thug in a long line of thugs.

Braves fan

July 13th, 2011
8:43 am

Trust me, Nick Marshal will be a star for the UGA Nation……This kid has the raw, natural talent to be successful and a good head on his shoulders to appreciate this opportunity……

RxDawg

July 13th, 2011
9:11 am

Good point Bill. Our offense is probably going to strugle this year. Bobo is going to take a lot of heat and will be blamed for the majority of it. Fact is our offense lives and dies with the running game. We are a run first offense despite what some uninformed fans and trolls like to say. With our RB and OL depth… I’m pretty worried about consistently scoring.

DawginLex

July 13th, 2011
9:32 am

SSI

If I am a “Richtite” that must make you a “Muschump”.

See you in jacksonville with my signs

GOLDEN DOMERS FOR GEORGIA

NOTRE DAME THANKS FLORIDA FOR CANCER REMOVAL

CHARLIE WEIS-DESTROYER OF BUFFETS AND MAJOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL PROGRAMS

Colorado Dawg

July 13th, 2011
9:44 am

Let’s get the show on the round and once and for all put to rest, “How good are the Georgia Bulldogs”.
All this speculation is not worth a damn and we won’t know for real until the cleats hit the field. ‘GO DAWGS”..

Boo Boo Mike

July 13th, 2011
10:31 am

Bobo = Bozo the Clown

Richt is just an ordinary clown with red panties.

Will the dawgs be wearing their red panties again this year?

OldSchoolFootballDawgFan

July 13th, 2011
10:53 am

Neither Bobo nor Crowell are the key to UGA’s offensive success this season. The key to offensive success, in every season, at every level of football, is the O-Line. If the O-Line can’t or won’t block, offensive success will never happen. In the 80’s UGA lost two NC games with Herschel Walker, one to Penn State (QB Todd Blackledge & LB Ashely Lee Walker) & the other to Pitt (QB Dan Marino was a beast in that game) because UGA’s O-Line was unable to get the blocking done when it counted most for Herschel. Hershcel left UGA with 1 NC ring instead of 3 rings. 2011′ UGA’s offense has the SEC’s BEST returning starting Quarterback & Tight End(s). Bruce Figgins will establish himself as the best SEC Fullback this his only season at the positon, and all will be for naught, if the O-Line isn’t able to do what they were recruited to do. Therefore in conclusion coach Joe T.is the key to UGA’s offensive success this season.

258DAWG

July 13th, 2011
10:57 am

I’m not sold on the current WR’s. I like to see true frosh’s get a shot early and often. you know they have the talent and possibly they could break out like Mass and Green did as freshman. I just don’t see “big time catches” being made by the upper classmen WR.