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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lastgrad

July 12th, 2011
10:47 am

UGA Alum

July 12th, 2011
10:49 am

Bobo since he calls the draws…ugh I mean plays

JaxDawg05

July 12th, 2011
10:51 am

I don’t think the Dawgs offense with is based on the play action pass can be effective if there is no real threat of a running game. I know this article is about Crowell and the offense, but I also feel this offense will be fine if the defensive side of the ball can hold offenses to less than the 3 touchdowns a game it gave up last year.

Newman

July 12th, 2011
10:52 am

Anybody remember Carnie Norris? He was ahead of Herschel on the depth chart when we got off the bus in Knoxville. Caleb King is Carnie Norris.

DawginLex

July 12th, 2011
10:57 am

Start Boo Malcolme and tell him that he will LOSE HIS LIFE if he fumbles the football.

He is not a breakaway threat but he has the size to block and get some yards after the initial hit.

Let Crowell back him up and let them grow up together.

Hopefully this combo will be better than Ealey/king.

TROJAN

July 12th, 2011
11:00 am

We have the worst play action passes because he establish no running game. We will break a run for 7 yards and not run again. We will run Carlton Thomas up the middle on 3rd and long. Our QB’s REACH for the runner when we are handing off. Why are we the only team that does that? Do we know a better technique than anyone else in the country? We throw 1 yard passes. We establish no running game.

I say that Bobo is the biggest question mark.

dave

July 12th, 2011
11:00 am

We will have to use more tight end sets. specifically, double tight end sets. put figgins in the backfield on the same side as charles to block. this will allow charles to run routes for play action, and the other tight end and figgins can help block. this will also give crowell a lead blocker on run plays.

gomdawg

July 12th, 2011
11:00 am

Carnie Norris was a true Georgia football player , just Herschel Walker came along don’t compare him to a low life like King

Dawg_Mike

July 12th, 2011
11:03 am

All this “pass protection” is nonsense. If we are using Figgins in the backfield then I believe him to be more than capable of picking up blitzes and D linemen that get off their blocks. This allows Murray time enough to do his thing and as a second year QB the game will slow down for him. Crowell will develop into a fine back – Color me not concerned.

The U

July 12th, 2011
11:03 am

Keep it simple doesn’t mean keep it predictable coach.

gomdawg

July 12th, 2011
11:03 am

Well i was worried we would not have all our coaches this year , but I see ya’ll are back . Just leave the coaching to Mark and the other coaches we will be fine .

89Dawg

July 12th, 2011
11:04 am

Gotta admit I do not remember Carnie…and I do think this is a good thing for Crowell – he seems like someone who shines in the spotlight and would not learn (as fast) by watching but by being “in the action” right away. As disappointing as Caleb’s career was at UGA, the guy is still talented and we should pull for him as a fellow “DAWG”….I remember another RB who had just an average career at UGA but went onto some serious NFL success…you might remember “him”…Terrell Davis?

DanDawg

July 12th, 2011
11:05 am

It’s on Bobo’s shoulders. Can’t expect a green freshman to carry the offense. I see more two tightend sets and wilddawg formations to provide adequate blocking and keep the other guy’s defense guessing. Losing CK is a blow, but may provide additional motivation for others to step up. There’s always a chance that IC can break out strong, but we shouldn’t count on it. If it happens, it will really help our passing game.

gomdawg

July 12th, 2011
11:07 am

I see us losing 1 game in regular season and losing the SEC Championship.NAAAAAAAAAAAAA
12-0 GO DAWGS

Sam

July 12th, 2011
11:09 am

come on, give Boo Malcome some more love than that. 4 star running back out of high school that has been with UGA for over a year. Has some serious power and can run through tackles. Yeah, he doesn’t have breakaway speed, but you don’t need breakaway speed in UGA’s system. 3-5 yards a run will do, and I don’t worry about Malcome missing a block on passing downs. Putting Crowell in before he is ready would be dangerous (re: future health mentally and physically), especially considering the pressure on the team as a whole. Malcome should start against Boise and USC, have Crowell come in for a few series, and slowly ease him into the schedule.

BMDPD

July 12th, 2011
11:10 am

You all seem to forget that B. Smith has trouble holding on to the ball.

Newman

July 12th, 2011
11:13 am

Carnie Norris was kicked off the team in the middle of Sugar Bowl week in NO for drugs…True Dog? REALLY?

Dawg Gone

July 12th, 2011
11:16 am

From what I’m reading Boise’s D line is good and a strength of their team but, they are a good deal smaller than our O line..it will be the first game for the OL as a unit so a simpler running game plan should be in order. Run Boo at them between the tackles until their noses bleed, let our guys up front use the extra muscle and pound at them all game and use the size difference. Let the D try not just for stops but turnovers and give the O a couple of scoring shots on a short field. Due to lack of experience at the OL and now RB we need to put the smash back int smash mouth. Go Dogs!

Newman

July 12th, 2011
11:17 am

Carnie is currently serving a 28 year sentence for armed robbery.

AltamahaDawg

July 12th, 2011
11:22 am

Aaron Murray.

Coach Bobo

July 12th, 2011
11:22 am

I like dem french fried potaters…..

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

NC Dawg

July 12th, 2011
11:24 am

“3rd and 16 for the Dawgs…Carlton Thomas checks into the game…” Please, don’t repeat this in 2011.

mgdawg

July 12th, 2011
11:24 am

Although I think losing king hurts from a depth and pass blocking perspective, I think it may help having him off the team because of all his off the field issues and he was never all that good actually running the ball anyways. Last year I never knew week to week whether the guy would even play, between unpaid parking tickets, having a “tweeked” ankle that seemed to last 3-4 weeks, and then skipping tutoring session and missing the bowl game because of that. I think atleast now we know that he won’t be playing instead of going into each week wondering what he’s going to do next.

Bobo is going to have to step it up. For the most part I’ve been a fan of his, the points per game average was going up each year until last year. IMO, ever since DJ was the qb until last year, UGA was an offensive team, the only problem being consistency. The offense just needs to be more consistent and stick with what is working, if the running game is working then run, if the passing game is working then pass, eventually one will open up the other.

Wonderful Ohio on the Gulf 'Dog

July 12th, 2011
11:27 am

This season is the most critical year of Coach Mike Bobo’s career. He has to step up to the plate and be a winning offensive coordinator.

Bobo has been a huge success as Georgia’s quarterbacks coach. Just look at Murray’s development. And as a recruiter: many of the south Georgia “Dream Team”ers are ‘Dogs due to his efforts.

Some of Bobo’s suspect play-calling last year may have been out of fear that Ealey, King, or Thomas would fumble.

Having said that, though, Bobo’s got to do a better job calling plays this year if he’s going to keep his OC job.

If we have to replace Bobo as OC, though, we’d best figure out how we can keep him on in the roles in which he has excelled.

JT

July 12th, 2011
11:28 am

The more you people keep comparing Crowell to Walker and 2011 to 1980, the more disappointed you will be. Let me do this slowly so you can understand it….THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER HERSCHEL WALKER AS LONG AS I LIVE. This kid would have to be 6′5″, 250 or so with 4.2 speed to match up the way Herschel did in 1980. In addition, he would have to be alcohol and drug free (**crickets**) and have a work ethic beyond reproach. Hell, there is not even a man to match Herschel NOW. He is almost 50 and coming off of two MMA fights where he beat the crap out of two younger and more experienced guys. Crowell could turn out to be an excellent running back, but the more you compare him to Herschel Walker, the more you sound like those old Alabama fans who were always trying to dig up Bear Bryant’s bones every season. Crowell would have to make some major changes to be physically and mentally like Herschel Walker. It ain’t happening. Leave it alone.

Wonderful Ohio on the Gulf 'Dog

July 12th, 2011
11:32 am

Dawg Gone

@ 11:16 am

To see how good Boise State’s D Line is, rewatch the first quarter of last year’s Va Tech game. Billy Winn was in the Hokies’ backfield as much as Tyrod Taylor was. The game’s still posted on ESPN 3.

The Broncos are going to be a huge test for the Bulldogs, one we can pass. But we’re going to have to play with the same level of intensity as Boise State does or else they’ll jump out to a big lead over us as they did against Va Tech last year.

BMDPD

July 12th, 2011
11:32 am

Good Post, JT.

ncb34

July 12th, 2011
11:33 am

anyone know what number crowell will be wearing at uga?

DawginLex

July 12th, 2011
11:33 am

Wonderful Ohio on the Gulf 'Dog

July 12th, 2011
11:38 am

Isaiah Crowell is not Herschel Walker.

Isaiah Crowell need not be Herschel Walker.

We’d be proud of half as good as Herschel Walker. One-quarter, even.

Especially if Crowell displays Herschel’s (public, anyway) persona. Herschel’s work ethic, team spirit, and personal modesty were, to me, the most startling thing about the man.

Greens23

July 12th, 2011
11:40 am

Want to know all you need to about Bobo? Ever hear his name mentioned for head coaching jobs? Enough said….

Vancy Duly

July 12th, 2011
11:41 am

This is a great question, unfortunately. At SOME point, Coach Bobo will have to grow into his position, or we will need him as QB coach only. I could give many examples of his lack of ingenuity and adjusting to game situations. For just a few examples —- 2 years ago, we come from behind and beat Auburn. The key play was the bomb from Joe Cox to Israel Troupe for a TD. After the game, Coach Bobo admits he didn’t realize the AJ Green was hurt on the prior play and that Troupe was in the game. The play was called for AJ, and nobody could possibly believe Bobo would have called the play for Troupe. So, the key play was an accident! This same coordinator runs Carlton Thomas up the middle as though he were 220 lbs. instead of 170. Against Tech last year, our 1st half passing game destroys Tech (220 yards and 3 TDs). So, how many passes do we throw in the 2nd half?? …The answer is 5. Tech comes back, Ealey stupidly scores the TD that gives Tech the ball back (with no warning from Bobo not to score), and we hold on barely to win. We use play-action fakes on long yardage passing downs, so that the QB has less time to survey the field. Our TB’s struggle in the running game, yet we almost never let our 2 FBs carry the ball for a change of pace. Orson Charles is a great talent, yet he averaged 2 touches per game last year. We go into a bowl against Central Florida with a game plan that was so uninspiring that the team seemed to fall asleep about 4 minutes into the game, never to recover….. There are MORE examples, but this is getting frustrating to type.

IF our best approach against Boise or SC or Florida or Auburn would be with 3 or 4 receivers, and throwing it 45 times, does Coach Bobo have the willingness to do what it takes to win that game??! I hope so, but have no confidence in it. IF our best approach to beat Florida was to pound Boo up the middle 35 times until the Gator defense collapses, would Bobo do it? Would he be willing to pitch out to Crowell 30 times against Auburn IF Auburn can’t stop outside runs? I am afraid we would have to endure more draws up the middle, more of Carlton Thomas, more running back by committee, etc., even if Auburn couldn’t stop the pitch. That’s one of Bobo’s problems — not going for the jugular when it’s exposed!!! MAYBE, with 2 months to figure this out, Bobo will look at his talent base and develop some CREATIVE solutions that might actually confuse/wipe out our opponents!!! GO DAWGS!!

Dawg 39

July 12th, 2011
11:45 am

The key to the Dawg’s offense will be Mark Richt, Period. As for Bobo , He is on track to becoming, in ther future, a successful D! Head Coach. Nuff Said.

Dawg Gone

July 12th, 2011
11:47 am

@Wonderful Ohio on the Gulf ‘Dog totally agree that was my point. We need to line up and pound them they will be the finesse team . I wouldn’t have said this about last years squad but from what I’m hearing about our new S&C program I think we can do it and frankly I think its the only way we can do it.

rocknbear

July 12th, 2011
11:50 am

please trade bobo for a bag of balls

Top Recruit

July 12th, 2011
11:50 am

Since Bobo moved from the sidelines to the booth to the sidelines we are still trying to get a handle what type of offensive coordinator he is. Most SEC defensive coaches do not care where he is at, they have already figured out his offense. Somewhere in his playbook lately, the running game has been taken out. It will disappear not only for a series, but quarters, games, and seasons. And in 2010 he will be at a big disadvantage with a thin line; inexperienced TBs playing against what many in the NCAA consider the best defensive conference; playing against some spread offenses that turn-up the volume on the scoreboard … this will be Bobo’s year to make a name or join the missionary fold.

Mike

July 12th, 2011
11:54 am

The key to the UGA offense will be the play of the offensive line. Period. Nothing goes without a great line. You can have all the quarterbacks, running backs and receivers you want, but nothing moves unless the job gets done up front. What Vince Lombardi did in the sixties, still applies today. Ever notice why he had only about seven plays? His theory was that he didn’t care if you knew where it was coming; if my guy can whip your guy, the play will advance. Good reasoning. Still applies today. Oh yea, that kind of reasoning caused his name to be placed on the top trophy in the NFL …

Mtn Dawg

July 12th, 2011
11:54 am

I want Richt to get involved in the play calling. Bobo goes in the tank when under pressure. Carlton Thomas up the middle on 3rd and long, for example.

Bama in Atlanta

July 12th, 2011
11:55 am

I still think the key to UGA’s offense is the O-line. Granted, Crowell is a stud but if the middle continues to be clogged up and he has to keep going to the outside then he will eventually tire having to run 15 yards to gain 3. Also, can Murray get the protection he needs from the O-line (and an inexperienced RB stable) to throw the ball so that it opens up the running game.

I don’t think Bobo needs to get overly creative in regards to coming up with exotic plays (”double flea-flicker, Y post, slot motion, on 2….ready, break”) but just don’t be so predictable as he has been in the past. Maybe throw it on first down sometimes, try some mis-direction, run a Wild Dawg with someone who is a threat to throw it as well as run it. Every team has a weakness but it’s the coach who earns his money by compensating with the strengths.

Liberty Bowl Social Events Coordinator

July 12th, 2011
11:59 am

The answer is whoever the moron who decided to kick the field goal on 4th and inches against UCF!!!!

Old Dawg

July 12th, 2011
11:59 am

It’s all on Bobo. He has the tools to make it work, he simply needs to mix up his play selection.

If he doesn’t pull that off, the season will be a bust.

Skywalker

July 12th, 2011
12:00 pm

The problem with 3 of the current players is fumbles: Thomas, Malcome, Branden Smith–because of ball protection issues, you can’t trust these three to tote the rock. When they’re in, teams will strip them easily. If Smith is injured, kills secondary.

The problem with Malcome & Crowell is neither are durable, both are injury prone. They won’t be able to take the pounding in the SEC. Crowell will be ineffective as a passblocker at best, and risk an injury to Murray at worst (remember what happened to Oklahaoma?)

The problem with letting Murray run the ball is potential for injury, Richt doesn’t have a QB With any real reps as a back up. Mason only has 14 passes under his belt, Lemay has none. Richt will NEVER let this happen. He can’t roll the dice the way Auburn or Florida did with a running QB.

The you have an inexperienced O-Line blocking. Only Jones has experience at his position. Imagine trying to run behind that inexperienced, and very thin depth wise, o-line.

Best shot, only shot at this stage, is to pull a Florida, with a combo of non-traditional rushing yards coming from tight end inside counters, QB zone read keepers, and flanker reverses. Problem there is Bobo will feel it’s too complex to install in 4 weeks.

Athens= God's Country

July 12th, 2011
12:01 pm

Don’t get creative. Just run the damn ball. Get tough MENTALLY in camp. Do that and the Dawgs will be fine.

DAWGS forever

July 12th, 2011
12:01 pm

Key to year…. Bobo or Crowell…. YES. That’s the answer because both HAVE to have great years. Need some OL to step up, some WR to take their turn and the Defensive front seven to stay eligible and reach potential.

Could be a year we talk about for years…. either way! Here’s hoping it’s a 2007 or 2002 or 5 again. Go DAWGS!

Dawg Gone

July 12th, 2011
12:01 pm

@Bama in Atlanta good post some good points.I think Boo should help between the tackles help balance the workload and pick up short yardage first downs…I hope.

Mobile Dawg

July 12th, 2011
12:01 pm

King will be missed, both as a potential leader, experience, and as a productive back, period.

The real key is whether our coaching staff will finally figure out that they can’t run their wide open offense with personnel who aren’t ready to execute it. I think a conservative approach, limiting mistakes is the key. Let the defense carry the load if they are ready, it appears they could be. Malcome should be a solid serviceable back. Ease Crowley into the mix, let his play dictate how we use him.

Seems simple to me.

ga gator

July 12th, 2011
12:09 pm

Bobo is the key; you never want to put that on a Freshman runningbacks shoulders. Hershel was a once and a lifetime and everyone who has crowned Lattimore needs to see how he does his Soph season. Richt needs to give Bobo either a totally free reign or take over the play calling himself. My guess is that Richt either approves of Bobo’s game plan and play calling or he gave him the script. Richt IS the Head Coach afterall.

Skywalker

July 12th, 2011
12:10 pm

Ealey’s new coach has already named Ealey as the starter, and says he will in the running for the Payton award. ealey’s competition got suspended.
http://www.annistonstar.com/view/full_story/14668042/article-Ealey-a-welcome-addition-in-midst-of-Barksdale-suspension?instance=home_news

Athens= God's Country

July 12th, 2011
12:12 pm

King was a potential leader? No. He was nothing more than potential. He was a cancer and I am glad he is gone. The mere fact that he said on his twitter account that he is leaving because “there are some things you can’t control,” shows what kind of a DA he is. You can’t control when or how you study? You didn’t know that when your license is suspended you can’t drive? He was a moron.

Mean Machine

July 12th, 2011
12:16 pm

Neither Bobo, nor Crowell are the key to the Dawgs offense. It’s the play of the OL. A great OL makes an average RB look spectacular, and and OC look like a genius. If the OL plays like it has the past few years, this offense will once again be mediocre, and everyone will pile on Bobo. Hopefully Friend will make an impact on this OL.

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.

PTreeDawg

July 12th, 2011
1:28 pm

Bobo has got to figure out how to score more points against ranked teams. Defense did fine last year (UGA defense only gave up 26 points vs. ranked teams where South Carolina defense gave up 36). UGA offense only scored 15 points a game against ranked teams, where South Carolina scored 23. http://www.cfbstats.com/2010/leader/911/team/offense/split13/category09/sort01.html

Frank Lane

July 12th, 2011
1:29 pm

MISDIRECTION. Not full fledge reverses, just quick misdirection to keep defense guessing. UGA is too predictable. As soon as snap, it is apparent what play we are running, if not apparent before the snap. We are not strong enough to execute against a defense that knows exactly what is coming.

Frank

AltamahaDawg

July 12th, 2011
1:31 pm

Not following that Mobile. You are saying they weren’t conservative enough with Murrray?

Mobile Dawg

July 12th, 2011
1:31 pm

Sorry your not multi dimensional PTree Dawg. Thanks for the tip. Everyone keep it simple for PTree.

Wonderful Ohio on the Gulf 'Dog

July 12th, 2011
1:32 pm

Carl

@ 12:31 pm

Yes, Carl.

You just did.

Joey

July 12th, 2011
1:36 pm

Creative to Bobo is trotting Brandon Smith in for one play, and giving him the ball on that very play, usually on a flanker reverse, when the whole football world knows he’s gonna give him the ball.

Lord knows I’m not a OC, but I would trot Smith in for at least 8-10 plays ,and use him as a decoy in half of those, creating the mismatch I want because of the D overplaying him. The other half of his appearances, get the ball to him in open space.

But then, I’m no OC. I would bet, though, that most OCs would find ways to get the ball in the hands of one of the fastest players in college football.

gbal

July 12th, 2011
1:39 pm

Coaching (Bobo and MR) are the key.

They have to recognize the talent they have and then come up with a plan to put the pieces into a position to be successful. If it means thinking outside the “2009/2010 BOX” and our standard play calling, then so be it.

If the talent at TB is not at the level that it can pick up blitzes and block, we dont put them in a position where they are required to pick up blitzes and block for gods sake. There are other options.

If the OL does not have the talent to consistently protect AM, gome up with quick plays that dont require protection for long periods of time. Plays that make hte D THINK and slows them down a bit.

Our O coaching staff (Bobo and Richt)have to adapt their game to work to our strengths and cover our weaknesses. And we also have to instill a JUST DO IT attitude. Just Do It!!!

There is no way we have or had less talent last year than SC, Arky, Miss St, Colo, and CF…… And we are in games against Fla and AU till the end… These coaches just have to adapt to our talents.

IC will not be successful w/out some game planning.

So the key is not IC …. It’s not Bobo ….. It is CMR + Bobo. CMR better not just leave it to the assistant. He is the HEAD coach and better participate in the evaluation and planning.

It is

Mobile Dawg

July 12th, 2011
1:39 pm

Exactly Altamaha. Wrong game plans for a “Freshman QB”.

PTreeDawg

July 12th, 2011
1:42 pm

When Bobo went up against unranked teams, he scored 55, 41, 43, 44, 55, 42.

Againt ranked teams, scoring dropped to 6, 24, 12, 31, 31, 6.

If you look at the low scoring games offensively, it’s when Bobo went up against top ranked RUSH DEFENSES like UCF (6 points), South Carolina (6 points), Miss St (12 points). Bobo’s offense tends to fall apart when he can’t RUN the ball.

7576DAWG

July 12th, 2011
1:42 pm

Murray is going to have to make quicker decisions this year and run more often when he can make five or more yards. LeMay will be here to back him up if he gets hurt. So, Bobo’s reluctance to letting Murray run last year made the offense a lot more predicable.

RJ Voorhees

July 12th, 2011
1:42 pm

The pressure is on Richt. Regardless of the performance of Bobo or Corwell, Richt is the one that will receive the blame. As well as it should be! Richt better understand that this is his last shot to prove to the Dawg Nation that he has what it takes. However, the man can recruit and there will be some key commitments in the next two to three weeks. Lets hope my sources are right and GO DAWGS!!

douglas

July 12th, 2011
1:43 pm

Bobo’s playcalling is about as creative as a rock.

No Herschel Walker

July 12th, 2011
1:45 pm

But, when the Dogs turn Crowell loose against Boise State, the whole nation will see why he was so heavily recruited.

RJ Voorhees

July 12th, 2011
1:45 pm

David C

July 12th, 2011
1:50 pm

One player does not make a team. especially when they are a True Freshman. Aaron is more important than Crowell. But that Said you live and die by Offensive Coordinator. Plan and simple..

Birrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd Man

July 12th, 2011
1:54 pm

LOL Coach Bobo does look like Billy Bob in “Slingblade.” I reckon.

me

July 12th, 2011
1:54 pm

Coach Bozo is going to cost Mark Richt the Preacher his job.

gbal

July 12th, 2011
1:55 pm

Yea – There is a reason for the word HEAD in CMR’s title. Not up to Bobo to choose the direction for the O. He can recommend, but its ultimately up to CMR to make the plan and then Bobo to execute it.

Sometimes the Assistants need coaching. Nothing wrong with that and I hope these two both recognize this need!!

UGA FRIEND

July 12th, 2011
1:57 pm

The key to UGA`s offense will be Crowell. He has already said that his goal is to gain 1000 yards and make the All-American teams as a freshman. Just ask him again and I would bet he says this again.

Black Mountain Bulldog

July 12th, 2011
1:57 pm

Games are won on mostly two things. The play in the trenches and turnovers.
If the Bulldogs control both lines of scrimmage, and win the turnover battles.
This will be a great season, if not we will have to suffer, like last season.

PTreeDawg

July 12th, 2011
1:58 pm

In 5 of 7 of Bobo’s losses, he went up against a strong RUSH defense:
UCF, SC, Miss St, Aub are all top 15 Nationally, Fla was top 30

If you stop Bobo’s offense from running the ball, he has a problem generating points solely through the passing game.

Dawg Gone

July 12th, 2011
2:00 pm

@PTreeDawg sorry in the SEC if you score 30 or more vs ranked team…you should win the game period everytime if not its NOT the offenses fault.

Richt`s Hammer

July 12th, 2011
2:01 pm

Clarke County Correctional.

Greens23

July 12th, 2011
2:05 pm

I think Bobo goes into a game with a good plan but he doesnt adjust well during the game.

Cmon man

July 12th, 2011
2:11 pm

I’m not saying the season rest on crowell’s shoulders although I hope he lives up to the hype. I want to know why people feel like its impossible for him to become the spark plug for the offense. People tend to forget that s.car was average at best before lattimore got there. They went from getting whipped in the bowl game against uconn to winning the east and if you remember s.car fell apart when lattimore started to slow down at the end of the season. Also wasn’t dyer the mvp of the bcs title game? Not saying that crowell will do the same but I’m saying its not impossible because it just happened last year. Also during bamas title run you can’t ignore the impact trent richardson made as a true frosh yes it was ingrams show but trent played d@#n good football!

RJ Voorhees

July 12th, 2011
2:13 pm

@Green23, I agree, therefore he should not be calling the plays for a top college program. He may have success coaching at a recreational department.

GT is a 4th rate high school team

July 12th, 2011
2:14 pm

Unfortumately the word BOBO and CREATIVITY does not seem to be synonymous.

Vance Duly

July 12th, 2011
2:14 pm

Now, douglas, that was a bit insensitive to any rocks that might read this……….

Part of Bobo’s problem in those games where the running game is NOT working is that he continues to try it, with the SAME plays and the same results, until the game starts to get out of hand. Doing something that isn’t working over and over again is not automatically going to make it work! On the other hand, look at last year’s GA Tech game. Our passing game was unstoppable in the 1st half (220 yds and 3 TDs). So, in the 2nd half we passed 5 times (4 complete), and let Tech back into the game. All we had to do was continue to throw it all game long…………all day. Tech was helpless. But, we pulled the plug on our own offense!!! Tech almost came back and won………. Just one example. It’s time for Bobo to grow into his job………..

PTreeDawg

July 12th, 2011
2:14 pm

Look at the losses & points & turnovers:
1) Florida game offense had 4 turnovers and the offense lost the Florida game.
2) South Carolina? red zone fumble & scored 6 points.
3) UCF? offense had 3 turnovers and scored 6 points.
4) Miss St? red zone fumble & scored 12 points.
5) Colorado? red zone fumble & scored 27 points.
6) Ark? Int & scored 24 points.
7) Auburn? 31 points but almost none in the 2nd-4th quarters.

Lots for Bobo to work on.

?

July 12th, 2011
2:17 pm

time for King to make the donuts

?

July 12th, 2011
2:19 pm

I don’t trust any kid from Columbus until he proves it at the college level.

gbal

July 12th, 2011
2:21 pm

Vance –

And do you think in that tech game Bobo made the decission on his own at the half to go conservative? Im just asking, but I dont think so. I’m thinking CMR would be the one to make that call.

If Bobo did make the call, CMR should have stood up as asked what the he11 he was doing after the first series or two… and had him get back to what was working!!

gbal

July 12th, 2011
2:23 pm

HEAD Coach …and by the way 132nd and just as relevent as 1st!

ozzfest

July 12th, 2011
2:29 pm

ORSEN CHARLES………the dude could win the Heisman this year…IF Bobo does not botch it.

Yes, seriously.

JB

July 12th, 2011
2:30 pm

I hope Bobo has saved some money. Being a HS coach with a wife and 5 kids is where he is headed. A head coach in HS makes more than a Div 2 OC. The heat is on.

Dawg Gone

July 12th, 2011
2:33 pm

@PTreeDawg that offense came back from 2 scores down at half with a rookie QB the pick was going for the winning score if I remember…my point is if you score 30 your defense shouldn’t’ give up 30+ .

Ballcoach

July 12th, 2011
2:33 pm

Couple of thoughts. One-lot more concerned about losing olinemen than king. Unless your Herschel it matters most who is doing the blocking up front rather than who is toting it. BTW, Bill-plz no more comparison ever putting Herschel and Crowell is the same sentence. Two-The one thing we will miss with King is his overall knowledge of the offense. He was average at best but the idea of him mentoring Crowell is hilarious. Three-get off Bobo-the name of the game is putting points on the board, not being creative.

JB

July 12th, 2011
2:33 pm

Carlton Thomas between the tackles on 3rd and 9 is a morale booster.

puppydawg

July 12th, 2011
2:33 pm

Bad news: Another poor season by the Dawgs will lead to CMR’s ouster.
Good news: When CMR is gone, we will be looking for a new OC.

LagDawg

July 12th, 2011
2:34 pm

If we are depending on Bobo’s creative playcalling, we are in trouble. With proper preparation with a qualified OC this would not be a problem with a freshman starting, but with Bobo as the OC it is very scary. Bobo does not do a good job on game preparation or adjustments throughout the game. He has to do a better job on calling plays or Richt has to replace him. I don’t care who he is married to. This is about winning at UGA, not trying to keep the inlaws happy. If they don’t like the decision to fire him, then too bad. Yes the OL has to perform but, it is the OCs job to get the offense ready to play and he does not do a good job. Bobo knows how to make excuses and that’s about it.

JB

July 12th, 2011
2:37 pm

You are correct lagdawg. When they interview Bobo after a loss, the offense ends up with tire tracks all over them………..From being thrown under a bus!

JB

July 12th, 2011
2:40 pm

I will give Meyer credit for last year. Florida was playing awful and not moving the ball. He shook up that offense during the by week and the playbook and managed to beat us. Come on Bobo, add some wrinkles with all that speed.

Reebok

July 12th, 2011
2:41 pm

Tech fan here, please old off on the abuse for a sec…I’d say the only indispensible member of UGA’s offense is Aaron Murray…if he goes down w/ an injury, the Dogs are well and truly $cr*wd. IMHO, of course.

JB

July 12th, 2011
2:43 pm

Good comment Reebok……..But that’s true with almost any Div 1 team.

greg

July 12th, 2011
2:44 pm

BOOBOO calls the plays so it’s in his hands!! Hope he will use all the targets they have even the tight ends for a change

NC Dawg

July 12th, 2011
2:45 pm

I don’t think this situation should be any different than a season where a player has graduated and they have to be replaced. The coaches have plenty of time to plan an adaption to the change. Players don’t come back every year. Thank the Lord we had a great recruitment and in this case (King) we’ll have a quality player in Crowell for a replacement. Nothing wrong with that.

Jeffro Bodeen

July 12th, 2011
2:45 pm

Bobo will do what he does best……underachieve and underachieve some more! I think he’s probably thinking about using Isaiah as a run blocker for 3 years in order to give him ample time to underachieve, and work up enough off-field issues so that he can quietly transfer to a D-II school. Bobo gotta go-go!

chazzo

July 12th, 2011
2:55 pm

Georgia will always produce on offense. The D is the key. End of story.

DawginLex

July 12th, 2011
2:57 pm

Y’all are dead wrong about bobo as usual.

Defense drops its PPG allowed from 22 to 14 and NO ONE will complain about bobo or the offense.

UGA '05

July 12th, 2011
2:58 pm

to answer the question eariler about why we reach to the RB to fake the handoff is because Bobo wants the defense to see the ball being “handed off”. He wants the defense to bite on that action.

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.

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.

bobby

July 13th, 2011
11:12 am

i don’t care what no one says until uga find a unit of five offensive lineman that will play good soild football they will have problems like they did last year. i used to knock bobo all the time but after the auburn game i stop bad mouthing bobo. last year bobo was not the problem it was the offensive line. i mean uga could’nt find a fifth offensive lineman that could play worth a dime. they had boling, ben jones, glenn, and gates but could’nt find one more lineman that could play worth a dime. i stop putting bobo after the auburn game because uga should’ve scored 50 points on auburn but the line could’nt hold up i mean uga had a huge advantage against auburn with green, durham, charles, and king aganist auburn’s defensive backs but murray ran for his life and uga’s line got whipped against, south carliona, arkansas, central florida, ans missippsi state. aganist florida and colorado they did all right.

JMac

July 13th, 2011
11:28 am

Bobo couldn’t score 30 points on Colorado. Colorado had one of the worst defenses, and they only won 5 games. Cal put up 52 on Colorado, Kansas scored 52, Kansas St. scored 44.

BIG JOE

July 13th, 2011
11:53 am

I think this is exactly what needed to happen. Face it –King was a bust. But the main thing here is if King were still at UGA then Crowell would have been used when UGA was up, but be assured that if the game was on the line Bobo would use King. Now Bobo (and Richt) is in a make-or-break situation –This is what they needed! Bobo is either going to be thoroughly exposed this year OR Richt is going to have to help him with the playbook –and neither of those things sound bad.

bill arp

July 13th, 2011
11:58 am

UGA averaged 34 pts a game last yr, just wanted to make sure everyone was aware of that. also, there’s something scary about ‘handing’ a job to a true freshman, as opposed to him ‘earning’ it.

oh, and on the Hines Ward thing, let’s hope he was impaired, because it would mighty embarassing to the the University of Jawja that he doesn’t know his A,B,C’s while being perfectly sober…

True Blue

July 13th, 2011
11:58 am

Crowell is know Lattimore. Lattimore ran behind 4 returning starter on the offensive line. Crowell will be running behind 2 returning starters. So quit believing that Crowell is going to come on an do what Dyer and Lattimore did as true freshman last year. The only way he will do it is that the OL blocks and mature together.

PoleSetter

July 13th, 2011
12:08 pm

Bobo finished 10th in scoring in the the SEC against winning teams (18 points a game)

Bobo finished 8th in SEC in scoring aganst ranked teams (15 points a game)

Just thought you guys would want to know.

http://www.cfbstats.com/2010/leader/911/team/offense/split09/category09/sort01.html

PoleSetter

July 13th, 2011
12:11 pm

Most of Bobo’s big scoring games, came against unranked teams, where Bobo ranked 2nd in SEC in scoring, teams like La Lafayette.

Bobo scored 42 a game on UNRANKED teams.
Bobo scored 15 a game on RANKED teams.

Basically, Bobo has learned how to fool Richt by running up the score against bad teams, which increases Bobo’s OVERALL scoring average.

But Bobo was 10th against winning teams, and scored 15 against ranked teams.

http://www.cfbstats.com/2010/leader/911/team/offense/split14/category09/sort01.html

PoleSetter

July 13th, 2011
12:16 pm

In the last 4 years, the offense has gone into a freefall against ranked teams.

35 a game in 07′
27 a game in 08′
20 a game in 09′
15 a game in 10′

Average decrease in offensive points per year = 7

Bobo has no CLUE how to reverse this trend, everything he has tried, everything, every season for 3 years in a row, has failed to increase points against ranked teams.

7 point decrease average for last 3 years against ranked teams means:
UGA Offense will average 8 points a game against ranked teams in 11′

augusta dawg

July 13th, 2011
12:36 pm

Uga is doomed as long as vanila is ice cream and Bobo is offenseive coord. Check the stats. against top tier sec teams……………. CMR’s downfall……… I’m sorry to admit it….. Bye after this year!!!!!!!!!!!

PoleSetter

July 13th, 2011
12:40 pm

The free fall in scoring against ranked teams has happened for a bunch of reasons:
#1 Bobo’s Schemes not matching talent/experience/opposing defensive schemes
#2 Poor QB selection (Joe T, Murray have lost lots of games as starters)
#3 Poor OL scheme
#4 Turnovers
#5 Overemphasis on pass
#6 Poor RB play
#7 Too many field goals in red zone

ReddDawg

July 13th, 2011
1:10 pm

2nd & 23 Midget up the middle.

BIG JOE

July 13th, 2011
1:23 pm

Vancy Duly,

Couldn’t have said it better.

BIG JOE

July 13th, 2011
1:24 pm

True Blue,

Crowell is know Lattimore. Really??? They do not ‘KNOW’ each other?? Seriously???

BIG JOE

July 13th, 2011
1:31 pm

bill arp, You are w-arp-ed. How many points did GA score against Central Florida? How about SCar? What about MissSt? How about 6,6 & 12. Points were scored against terrible teams — stop drinking the kool-aid.

Smithereen

July 13th, 2011
2:17 pm

Bobo thinks like this:
If a play has worked 90% of the time in this situation, we’ll run that play

Problem is, defensive coordinators think like this:
If a play has worked 90% of the time in this situation, he’ll run that play

Smithereen

July 13th, 2011
2:21 pm

Richt after King’s Colorado fumble explaining the play call:
“That’s as basic of a play we as we’ve got,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said of the play that produced the fumble. “You say, ‘What’s our No. 1 running play?,’ and that was it.”

Smithereen

July 13th, 2011
2:34 pm

I remember the Colorado Linebackers post game comments about how the King fumble play was exactly what he expected Bobo to call. Coach knew what Bobo would do, Linebacker knew. The plan was to blitz and strip Caleb King, who was prone to fumbling, a porblem all Georgia RB’s have.

Sports Illustrated reporter wrote:

During a timeout in the waning minutes and with the Georgia Bulldogs already in range for a game-winning field goal, Colorado defensive coordinator Ron Collins decided to turn linebacker B.J. Beatty loose on a blitz.

“I told him, ‘Let’s run it,”‘ Beatty said. “Because we knew they were going to try to run the ball, milk the clock and kick a field goal. I knew I had the opportunity to come off the edge and maybe disrupt the hand-off.”

Lining up with the Buffs clinging to a 29-27 lead, Beatty was just hoping for the Bulldogs to run the ball, and sure enough, it played out exactly like he envisioned.

Beatty stripped Caleb King just as he got the handoff from quarterback Aaron Murray at the Buffaloes’ 30-yard line and he held King back while teammate Jon Major smothered the loose ball.

Denver Dawg

July 13th, 2011
2:39 pm

Bill (or anyone) – anyone heard what the Florida game cutoff score might be this year?

bill arp

July 13th, 2011
3:17 pm

dang, i didn’t know Bobo still played. my bad. i do know he’s asking a whole lot out of a 5-10 QB..

Big Ten Champs Nebraska

July 13th, 2011
3:21 pm

Doesn’t matter who is more important. The UGA football program is not good.

Atlanta87

July 13th, 2011
3:24 pm

Didn’t Nebraska lose the Big Ten Championship to Oklahoma and then the next game to Washington?

Alphare

July 13th, 2011
3:30 pm

Bill, what’s key is, you just lost 2 RB’s, 1 big OL man, your QB couldn’t score a TD against Florida’s 4th best team.

Hindu Elvis Pimp

July 13th, 2011
3:31 pm

I don’t believe Nebraska has played a Big Ten conference game yet.

just sayin

July 13th, 2011
3:41 pm

Without a doubt the most important person is Bobo. Carlton Thomas is an experienced back that has had the wrong plays called for him. I have seen at least 6 post on here about not wanting to see Thomas run up the middle again. Thomas can get the job done while Crowell comes along as long as Bobo can be creative.

Big Dirty Dawg

July 13th, 2011
3:44 pm

Bobo = Coach Kline from Waterboy!! Come on coach…get it together…or step aside. Just as most rabid dawg fans..we’re tired of the same gameplan each year, each week!! show some creativity…or find someone who does. Points are being scored because of talent…not play calling!! Go Dawgs!!

RedandBlackDAWG

July 13th, 2011
3:55 pm

I didn’t even know what Bobo’s uniform number was last year. And to think, I thought he was just a coach. The players have to execute the plays called. Last year we couldn’t block well enough to stop the defense, and our first year 3-4 defense with the shortage of new personnel, could stop offenses from scoring. I realize that Bobo may have at times been a little too predictable, and conservative, but how often did he call plays that consumed a few seconds longer than just a draw and the O line, couldn’t keep the line of scrimmage where it belonged and got beat. Last year, there were very few bright spots on offense. This year we have the athletes but very little experience and in the case of the O line, green recruits as reserves. It would appear that the defense will be asked to do just a little more than ordinary until the offense gets some experience under their belts and starts working well together.

DawgByte

July 13th, 2011
4:09 pm

I don’t think it’s a cut and dry… this or that scenario. Sure Bobo needs to call a good game, but our guys have to execute. Bobo can’t catch the ball or block the opponent. Our guys need to step up this year. Nick Marshall may be an option at RB. I think Bobo is going to need another talented option in the backfield to go along with Crowell. If Bobo plays it safe against Boise, they’ll clean our clock. The Boise coaching staff is too good not to recognize vanilla.

fan

July 13th, 2011
4:51 pm

should have gone atfer grady RB and mays RB d.boddie

fan

July 13th, 2011
4:52 pm

after sorry about that moving to fast

gaynessville dawg

July 13th, 2011
5:25 pm

I say we punt on second down every now and then just to keep defenses guessing. No! No, Bobo that was a joke! Dont do it son. My apologies to the Dawg nation.

dont get it

July 13th, 2011
5:45 pm

not a big Bobo fan but does anyone know where we ranked in offense in 2007? im not sure just asking. I agree he aint the brightest OC out there but let’s not call Richt something he is not. His offeneses really were not very good. He had GREAT defenses with CVG. Thats what saved his tail. Chime in now AD. I know you have something brilliant to add.

Dawg Tired

July 13th, 2011
6:14 pm

First: Lattimore is much bigger than Crowell.

Second: Lattimore actually had an offensive line that could, and did, block well on running plays.

Third: There is no evidence we have an offensive line that can actually block for the running game.

Fourth: I fear Murray may get severely injured behind this line. Right tackle appears particularly weak. With the speed most teams attack the edges with nowadays, both our tackles seem too heavy to compete with the speed rush from the outside. Maybe I’m wrong. I certainly would like to be wrong in this, but we’ll see.

Nor Cal Dawg Fan

July 13th, 2011
7:05 pm

Coach Richt should take over the play calling. He should run the same offense when Charlie Ward was the qb at Florida St. Aaron Murray is a mobile qb who I think would thrive in an up tempo no huddle type offense. The Dogs have an elusive back in Crowell just like those Noles teams had with Warrick Dunn. Orson Charles and the other receivers would put up all conference stats. Come to think of it the defense reminds me of those quick Mickey Andrews led defensive teams of the 90’s. They’re similar as for as talent but the Dogs have to do it on the field. Just my opinion.

FLA DAWG

July 13th, 2011
8:32 pm

Almost every year we recruit well then we begin losing some of the best players on the roster. I thought the last two preseason loss experience was bad.

This preseason we’ve seen both starting RBs and a lineman bite the dust just to name three.
This team is thirsty for TEAM organization and bonding. Every couple of weeks they must begin again. Things don’t look good from my perspective.

Let the season (and losses) begin and get this Richt era over with.

ES

July 13th, 2011
10:11 pm

We need a new OC!!!!!!!!!!

AceDawg

July 13th, 2011
10:31 pm

Bobo is guilty trying to prove his innocence from ignorance before every game, and he usually ends up guilty. Still, perhaps Murray can overcome him.

DawginTX

July 13th, 2011
11:49 pm

I don’t know how many times I’ve wished Richt and Bobo had 1 very good back instead of 2 or 3 pretty good backs. I’d like to see someone get 20 to 25 carries a game, so they can get in to a rythm. I hope it’s Crowell. The best thing to happen to Georgia might be for the offensive brain trust to have only 1 option at tailback.

Inlet Dawg

July 14th, 2011
12:42 am

BoBo He has showed time and time he is incapable of coaching an offense

dmr

July 14th, 2011
8:14 am

IF…IF Jarvis Jones doesn’t lose eligibility due to the Park and Rec scandal (and I believe he will), then Bobo could potentially use Samuels to help ease some of the offensive burden. This team is going to need to rely heavily on Defense and Special Teams…especially in the first two games.

Butler needs to use Coffin Corner. The Defense needs to shorten the field for the offense. Bobo may have to go “Vanilla” with the offense for a time.

dont get it

July 14th, 2011
8:58 am

@Fl dawg – well said. Nothing like a wasted year.

schmeckdawg

July 14th, 2011
9:03 am

Neither. The OL is the biggest key to the offense!

LAKE OCONEE DAWG

July 14th, 2011
9:16 am

Vance Duly:
Congratulaitons, sir, you have joined the group that have all the answers…Problem is you never even coached a little league team…You know very little about football, like a lot of the UGA fans. It is evident in reading your post…Get back to what you do and leave Coach Bobo to call the offense….He has forgotten more about football that you will ever know….It all looks simple from the stands or from in front of a TV, but it is not simple at all….80% of the games are won by the team with the better athletes….Bobo will have to move the football on offense without a proven runningback…Very few coordinators are able to do that….Not an enviable spot that Coach Bobo is in…

Moron Dawg Fan

July 14th, 2011
9:55 am

Both gentlemen strike me as extreme intellectuals. I’m confident that the offense is in capable hands either way.

Delbert D.

July 14th, 2011
9:58 am

The run game against Boise St. may not be easy going. From some notes I compiled earlier this offseason, the Broncos have some experience and talent on defense (preseason AA picks):

DT Billy Winn – 1st team AA, SN and Athlon, 2nd team Steele and Lindy’s
DE Shea McLellan – 2nd team AA Athlon
S George Iloka – 2nd team AA Athlon

Columbus Dawg

July 14th, 2011
10:20 am

Calling all Aubies! Ya”ll need to go to ESPN.com NCAA College Football page and read about what the NCAA lady told Cheesedick! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Bazooka Joe

July 14th, 2011
1:54 pm

I think (OK, I HOPE) that way back when CMR had admin duties taken off his plate so he could concentrate on the X’s and O’s more, the unspoken part was he is going to “coach Bobo up”.

CitizenK9

July 19th, 2011
1:59 am

Bobo as OC is Mark Richt Lite.

Brad Komminsk

July 19th, 2011
11:35 am

i am almost certain the starting tailback against UT on that magical night years ago was one Mr. Donnie McMickens. someone out there has to be as sick as i am and remember these things. it was NOT Carnie Norris, who by the way, i believe was sent home by bus from the Sugar Bowl that year. or not.