Mike Bobo offers a positive spin … and the usual tease

Mike Bobo offered a tease about freshman Jay Rome. (Associated Press)

Mike Bobo offered a tease about freshman Jay Rome. (Associated Press)

Most of what offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said when he met with reporters Wednesday was pretty predictable (like his playcalling, some wags would say).

He was optimistic about the thin offensive line (”We’re not very deep, but you only need five. We played in ’02 with only five linemen.”), was circumspect about prospects for highly hyped running back Isaiah Crowell (”He might be the guy that comes in and really helps.”) and put a positive spin on the offseason attrition of players: “It’s not going to be easy, and we’ve made it extremely tough around here. When you turn up the heat, sometimes you’re going to have guys that don’t want to be a part of it. That’s their choice.”

He was also slightly self-deprecating when it came to talking about what he has to do with the personnel that remains, saying, “We’ve got to play to the advantage of the guys that we have playing. We can learn from last year not having A.J. Green for the first four games. I probably didn’t play to my other guys’ strength too well because I didn’t give them enough credit.”

And, Bobo being Bobo, he couldn’t resist throwing in one tantalizing little tidbit out of the blue, floating the possibility of using true freshman Jay Rome (who has a logjam of experienced players ahead of him at tight end) as a sort of hybrid fullback-tight end, much the way TE-turned-FB Bruce Figgins is expected to line up some of the time. Said Bobo of Rome: “He’s a bigger guy. He could be that guy.”

Of course, longtime Bobo watchers will offer the caveat that he’s known for sprinkling his interviews with intriguing ideas that either never come to pass or wind up making a token appearance in his offense (as with the Wild Dawg).

A couple of players also met with reporters Wednesday, and much of that continued the theme of those Bulldogs who are still in Athens rededicating themselves to turning the program around. Orson Charles put it rather bluntly when he said, “Every team has dead weight, somebody pulling you back and I think the university and Coach Richt did a very good job of letting people go.”

Asked whether he was underutilized last season, Charles said: “I don’t think so. I think Bobo did a fairly good job of calling the plays. I felt like as a whole we could have played a little harder, played a little faster, and had fun playing the game. But I think this spring it changed a lot. We were having fun, we were competing. In the locker room we were just embracing. So I’m just looking forward to this season.”

A good positive outlook, though someone might want to mention to the youngster that saying your coach did a “fairly good job” probably isn’t the most politic characterization, even if it is pretty accurate.

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Dean Tate

July 28th, 2011
10:52 am

I thought the same thing when I saw the ‘fairly good’ comment. But I think Bobo gets way too much blame from the fans. The success of the offense is a lot more dependent on execution than it is play-calling.

Newman

July 28th, 2011
10:56 am

Just block and tackle.

PMC

July 28th, 2011
10:59 am

I see a lot of WR screens in the future.

Still@theBAR

July 28th, 2011
11:01 am

Bill,
How about an article/blog on what jobs will BOBO be a candidate for as coaches get fired.
Will Bobo be considered for the UNC job? Where do the UGA fans think BOBO could be a successful
coach.

DawginLex

July 28th, 2011
11:02 am

Richt to North Carolina?

If things don’t go well, it could happen.

You think a Chancellor who is obviously all about integrity and character wouldn’t hire Mark Richt in 2 seconds?

It could happen and you know what, he would win and win big.

SSIgator

July 28th, 2011
11:03 am

“Every team has dead weight, somebody pulling you back”

Yeah Orson. It is called the coaching staff.

DawginLex

July 28th, 2011
11:03 am

still@thebar

Bobo would probably go with Richt to UNC don’t you think?

Bobo, Bobo, a Pirate's Life For Me

July 28th, 2011
11:05 am

Must be a slow week at the AJC, all these articles have been revisiting the same topic.

JaxDawg05

July 28th, 2011
11:06 am

Love to see a toss sweep every now and again to make the defense honest and at least make them pause a second before turning and yelling “PASS!” on the play action fakes. Just a thought.

joe taxpayer

July 28th, 2011
11:06 am

Does anyone have any stats on how Bobo offense does against ranked SEC teams or just ranked teams or Just SEC teams. It seems like and I could be wrong that in the big games our offense does not show up. Maybe its because our defense is so bad that our offense thinks they have to score on every play. This adds pressure and changes the play calling.

Still@theBAR

July 28th, 2011
11:06 am

“I probably didn’t play to my other guys’ strength too well because I didn’t give them enough credit.”
” I think Bobo did a fairly good job of calling the plays.”

BOBO,
Do you understand comments like these are why you will never coach at the D-1 level after the UGA job is gone.

UGABugKiller

July 28th, 2011
11:09 am

The “execution” argument is such b.s.

The fact is, Bobo is a predictable and uncreative playcaller. He’s the Greg Knapp of college football.

SEC teams with more than one year of experience in their staffs KNOW what plays Bobo is going to call.

The cold hard fact is, Bobo is a FANTASTIC QB Coach and recruiter, but he’s a mediocre at best OC.

The only people who can’t see that are blind homers.

SSIgator

July 28th, 2011
11:09 am

“Mike Bobo offers a positive spin”

What do you expect him to say? If he was honest he would say, “Well, we have gone 10-3 to 8-5 to 6-7 in the last three years and I sure hope da Preacha Man can keep this charade going. I have a family to support.”

Still@theBAR

July 28th, 2011
11:09 am

DILex

Name the last UGA HC that got another job after UGA. Richt will not be going to UNC. BOBO will have to start standing on his own two feet at some point in his career. I think that is my point. I don’t see too many schools outside of maybe Athens Academy offering Bobo a coaching job.

DawginLex

July 28th, 2011
11:12 am

Still@thebar

I think the jury is still out on bobo. He is a very good recruiter as evidenced by this last class. I also believe he is an excellent QB coach. OC? Don’t know yet but he was only given the job 4 years ago.

Could be another Randy Sanders who did a great job at UT developing QB’s but not so good as a play caller.

I think he will always be able to find a position on a staff as a QB coach. Head coach would have to be at 1-AA.

JYD

July 28th, 2011
11:13 am

SSIgator

July 28th, 2011
11:13 am

“It’s not going to be easy, and we’ve made it extremely tough around here”

Yes you have. When the program is in a downward spiral by your own making it is tough to turn it around and it won’t be easy, if even possible.

UGABugKiller

July 28th, 2011
11:14 am

What’s really been wrong about UGA’s coaching staff the last 5 years or so under Richt is NO ONE wants to hire them away from UGA.

THAT fact is all you need to know about the deep-seeded issues that still need to be addressed by Richt.

NO ONE wants Bobo to be their OC or head coach.

What does that tell you about Bobo?

DawginLex

July 28th, 2011
11:14 am

Well, Dooley retired
Goff got fired and started selling phones
Donnan got fired and went to the TV gig and got ripped off in a Ponzi and we have had Richt ever since.

You are crazy as he!! if you don’t think someone like UNC or clemson wouldn’t hire Richt in a heartbeat.

Still@theBAR

July 28th, 2011
11:15 am

DILex
I would think if time permits maybe when Kennesaw State gets a team BOBO would make a great first coach, Maybe. He would have a lot of Name Recognition in the state and starting a new program he could get a lot of players.

DawginLex

July 28th, 2011
11:16 am

bugkiller

Not entirely true. Searles is at Texas now and Calloway is head coach at UAB and Martinez is coaching D-backs at Oklahoma.

2 quit and 1 got fired but they are coaching elsewhere

Starring William Conrad as Frank Cannon

July 28th, 2011
11:16 am

” I probably didn’t play to my other guys’ strength too well because I didn’t give them enough credit.” this is ehy Bobo is a BOO BOO. What a clown!

murfdawg

July 28th, 2011
11:17 am

Enter your comments here

DawginLex

July 28th, 2011
11:17 am

SSI

I can’t hear you. I’m gulping my kool aid and the gulping sound is clogging my ears…………..

Mrs. Boo Boo

July 28th, 2011
11:18 am

Bobo is good at producing offspring!

JaxDawg05

July 28th, 2011
11:18 am

Oh SSIgator if only UGA fans could be so lucky to have a coach come in that recruits thugs AND win NCs and then fade away to ESPN…. I mean family, we’d be SO much better off. Take a hike troll.

Still@theBAR

July 28th, 2011
11:20 am

It may not be the fact that Clemson or UNC would want Richt, but that Richt will be DONE as a coach after UGA. He will bank his money and RELAX. I really don’t think he will want to go back into coaching for a few years if ever. That is my opinion but I think if Richt is fired(whenever) he will be done coaching. The other option is that he keeps his job at UGA and retires when he is ready to be DONE too. I don’t see TV in his future. Richt will just do his Christian work and feel so very satisfied.

SSIgator

July 28th, 2011
11:20 am

“saying your coach did a “fairly good job” probably isn’t the most politic characterization”

Good for Orson. When you are on board of a sinking ship why go down with it.

Athens= God's Country

July 28th, 2011
11:21 am

The reason ex head coaches from UGA don’t take other jobs is because Athens is God’s Country. It is one of the finest towns in America to live in and not that expensive.

Bobo made himself look really dumb with that quote, “I probably didn’t play to my other guys’ strength too well because I didn’t give them enough credit.” Come on Man!!! Block and tackle.

DawginLex

July 28th, 2011
11:23 am

I’m hoping obviously that he wins a lot of games this year and shuts up a lot of folks.

If not, it is hard to guess what he would do but I really believe he enjoys coaching. If he was a quitter, last year would have been a good time to call it a day at UGA.

SOUTHGADAWG88

July 28th, 2011
11:23 am

Bobo is so predictable that everybody knows what plays he will call yet he still produces 30 plus a game.I wish our defense was as predictable

DawginLex

July 28th, 2011
11:24 am

I’m wondering if SSI will show up after Florida goes 0′fer in October as Russ Mitchell has predicted on http://www.collegefootballnews.com

And he is no Richt or Georgia fan

festus

July 28th, 2011
11:24 am

Hey cuzzin Bill!

GeoffDawg

July 28th, 2011
11:25 am

After going 6-7, I don’t think Orson was willing to go beyond “fairly good.” Guy has standards.

section 129

July 28th, 2011
11:25 am

If Charles thinks Bobo did “a fairly good job” calling plays, can you imagine what the people in section129 think? How many time did we hit the 80 yard pass play on FIRST DOWN? I understand stretching the field and I also understand the definition of insanity. Bobo is on the edge of that one. However, I will give him credit for putting us in position to win a couple of games if we hadn’t fumbled the ball inside the five. I wish someone will convince him that when you are having success running the ball 7 or 8 times in a row, you don’t have to throw a pass inside the five to score. Maybe his future is tied to the offensive line and ol coach.

RedandBlackDAWG

July 28th, 2011
11:25 am

Orson says they didn’t have fun playing football last year and now it is fun. I see that as a way of saying that this team is a team, and not a lot of individual players. They are not proud of last years record and you will see a lot of effort coming from these young men this year. Never discount the heart these guys can show.
I really like his comments about dead weight leaving the team. In other words, those that did not want to sacrifice for the good of the team, for the most part have left. I think UGA has a bunch of talented freshman coming in this year and a few of them are going to make significant contributions to the team. I am looking for this new team unity to translate into a good season for the DAWGS. UGA has a fair amount of talent that has been with the team. Revenge is a strong motivator also.
It will take a lot of effort by every member of the team, but I believe this is a team, not a lot of individual players trying to shine and standout by themselves.
I place more stock in what is said when players speak out, because they are the ones in the trenches and know what they can do. Anybody that thinks it will be a cake walk playing UGA this year, might just get thier feelings hurt and their butt whipped come game day. Coaches try to say, what they think the media wants to hear, because that is their job. Who would want a coach that publicly downgrades his players and team in public. You need to see Spurrier if you want that kind of talk.
I expect the usual comments from the naysayers as usual, but that is OK. It shows they are really concerned that UGA will beat their teams butts, if they take them lightly and the naysayers conform they are worried. Why else would they invade and speak so crudely about another team.

UCF

July 28th, 2011
11:26 am

SSIgator

July 28th, 2011
11:27 am

DawginLex -

“I can’t hear you. I’m gulping my kool aid and the gulping sound is clogging my ears”

You wanted me to reference LSD sugar cubes instead of KoolAid, but it makes no difference to me. They are both mind-altering drugs that without available for dispensing to the UGA fans da Preacha Man would have been long gone.

Still@theBAR

July 28th, 2011
11:27 am

Athens= God’s Country
July 28th, 2011
11:21 am

The reason ex head coaches from UGA don’t take other jobs is because

After getting fired at UGA nobody wants the ex-head coach. If you can’t win at UGA with all the Facilities, Talent, and Money, then what makes a school think he can win at their D-1 school with less of everything.

DILex
I don’t think he is a quitter either. I think he knows there is more to life than Football.

DawginLex

July 28th, 2011
11:29 am

mmmmm

cherry Kool aid

Matches our red helmets

UGA tooth fairy

July 28th, 2011
11:29 am

Redand blackDawg…….. I remember those same thoughts from players last year on improving that 8 – 5 record.

SSIgator

July 28th, 2011
11:35 am

“those Bulldogs who are still in Athens rededicating themselves to turning the program around”

Good for them. If the gang of thieves that masuerades as a coaching staff can’t do it at least some of the players want to.

Still@theBAR

July 28th, 2011
11:36 am

DILex
have you ever been to the Kentucky Derby?
Do you Make it to many UGA games these days?

Still@theBAR

July 28th, 2011
11:37 am

SSIgator
I think you left some words out of your last post. I am not sure I understand what you are trying to say. LOL

RedandBlackDAWG

July 28th, 2011
11:38 am

It will be funny to see what happens when UGA does very well this year, as it will give a lot of clowns on here a chance to come up with some new creative crap, to try and disparge UGA with. Let,s see, 1. UGA had a cream puff schedule (does any other SEC school start out playing two higher ranked pre-season teams?) 2. Injuries forced our opponents to cahnge their game plans. 3. UGA just got lucky because, everybody took thme too lighly. I am sure there are a million other ones these people will come up with but, it is only because you fear the DAWGS. It is not so much hate as it it fear and the need to be acknowledged in your world, on here. I can’t imagine that you stand out wherever you come from. This is your only exposure to the world, outside of your families. Who knows, maybe your own families don’t want to acknowledge either. If this is your mental therapy, keep putting UGA and the fans and coaches down as well. It feeds your ego I guess.

sogadog

July 28th, 2011
11:39 am

Glad to see the heat has been turned up in Athens.

I watched FSU play UNC on ESPN Classics a few days ago and CMR was the offensive coordinator for FSU. (Warrick Dunn was the running back and he looked a lot like Carlton Thomas.) I am no expert but FSU’s offense looked a lot like the offense the Dawgs run now.

Richard Samuel was quoted as saying he didnt have any trouble moving back to running back because all the formations and plays were the same.

Over the years, the Dawgs performance against SEC East teams (teams we play every year) has gotten worse.

The point is, CMR and Bobo seem to run the same offense year after year making it easy for defensive coordinators to prepare and defeat the Dawgs. Teams that play us often seem to fare better because the plays are so predictable.

Shouldnt the Dawgs shake up the offense every year or so to make it more difficult for the competition? Am I wrong here?

SimpleDawg

July 28th, 2011
11:40 am

Orson: “……jus’ sayin’.”

Bobo has the toughest job on the team.

All most any offensive play, executed properly will yield positive results. No play executed poorly will succeed.

One makes the play caller look like a genius….the other, an idiot.

Better play makes for better results. Players play.

Statements of the obvious….complete.

Still@theBAR

July 28th, 2011
11:40 am

SSI
is that the players want to be “Thieves” or “Masquerade” as Players? LOL just kidding. Spell check is a wonderful thing.

Still@theBAR

July 28th, 2011
11:42 am

RedandBlackDAWG
July 28th, 2011
11:38 am

It will be funny to see what happens….If UGA can beat the Gators. I don’t know how the Dawgs will react. I bet it will be Classy.

RedandBlackDAWG

July 28th, 2011
11:42 am

Tooth Fairy,

Your name says it all. How did the easter bunny treat you this year. Might have been a little thin this christmas though, huh?