Should UGA fans be optimistic despite all the question marks?

Aaron Murray is a big reason for optimism in Athens. What are some others? (Associated Press)

Aaron Murray is a big reason for optimism in Athens. What are some others? (Associated Press)

The players officially “report” to UGA today, though most of them have been in Athens working out and/or going to school all summer. The first practice is Thursday. And then we can all start obsessing over the reports over which line is dominating the other, who’s tweaked their hamstring, and all the other joys of college football in August.

Major questions remain to be answered before the Dogs meet Boise State in the Dome. Will anyone step up to fill the gaping hole in our offensive production created by the departure of A.J. Green and Kris Durham? Will any of the tailbacks look like they know what they’re doing? Will the offensive line stay healthy long enough to jell? Can the linebacking corps overcome its inexperience?

Lots to worry about if you’re the worrying sort, which it seems most college football fans are.

But on the other side, the infusion of fresh, exciting young talent is likely to be the greatest we’ve seen in several years in Athens. The Dogs finally will have a legitimate nose guard this year (maybe two) to help Todd Grantham’s defense work the way it’s supposed to. Aaron Murray returns as the consensus best quarterback in the conference. And Georgia’s stacked at tight end and has the nation’s best special teamers.

So before we get into the ups and downs of preseason practice, let’s put a positive spin on all this. What about the 2011 Georgia Bulldogs makes you the most optimistic? Murray? Isaiah Crowell? The schedule? Share your thoughts on why this should be a great year to be a Georgia Bulldog …

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Joey

August 2nd, 2011
1:59 pm

Greg Blue at SS?

JB

August 2nd, 2011
2:01 pm

A dawg……you’re a Dawg so I love you, but your post are right of the Dale Carnegie handbook.
” He who ask the questions controls the conversation”……….

Greensboro Dawg

August 2nd, 2011
2:02 pm

The Schedule is pretty amazing.

JB

August 2nd, 2011
2:03 pm

s/b ” out of” the Dale Carnegie handbook

Damon Evans

August 2nd, 2011
2:04 pm

The fans are always optimistic, just not realistic. This year, we might have a chance. Not that we are that great, but who is? Also, the schedule is very friendly. 5 – 3 division record will probably win the East.

AltamahaDawg

August 2nd, 2011
2:06 pm

My opinion is that the obvious default position is that NO coaching staff in the country just does things that abandons a better chance to win the game for no reason. To me, just opinion, that does not need to be proven by charting games to prove it because common sense tells us they would want to win, and if they were effectively doing that, they wouldn’t sabotage it. Listing some general examples that the plays changed during the cource of some game does not IMO prove that.

Now if you actually saying that we haven’t been a great Running team for a couple of years, that something I have been saying a long time.

But to say that we are a prefectly fine running team, and do so well, and other teams cannot shut that down TILL the coaches just inexplicable stop doing it for no reason, I’d disagree.

LogicalUS

August 2nd, 2011
2:09 pm

“about being “stacked at tight end”

Have to find something print beside the Aaron Murray is the best evah.

Dirty little secret is that you have to have a solid running game or extreme threats on the outside for the TEs to sneak underneath or behind the linebackers, UGA has neither. And another obstacle is that due to the issues on the offensive line against better teams, UGA is going to be FORCED to hold the TE in to block or Aaron Murray is going to get murdered.

So look for the “stacked” UGA TEs to show out against the Coastals and to disappear against the better teams. Of course, this will be blamed on Bobo for not “utilizing” their weapons by delusional UGA fans when in reality it is a product of the sloppiness of the entire coaching staff in the last few years for allowing the talent level at UGA to fall so far.

all hail althama dawg

August 2nd, 2011
2:09 pm

We all bow to your greatness oh dawg of the altamaha.

You are without a doubt the most intellectual, rational, and knowledgeable person on this blog.
We would all be lost without your astute and insightful comments.

You cause us all to be better because in the end, you are the MOST mature and adult person who has ever posted on this site. we can learn volumes from you…and daily, we all gather sitting at your feet waiting for you to spew wisdom upon us and inform us all about how we are all irrational, immature beings. We can only hope to be like you.

Let those who critcise you risk being struck by the poisionous lightning bolts of your posts.

Amen.

McDawg

August 2nd, 2011
2:11 pm

Free Kent Turene!!!!!!!!!!

AltamahaDawg

August 2nd, 2011
2:12 pm

JB, you know I have much love for you. That’s why I pick, right. And good point about asking the question. Never really thought about it that way.

But you have to admit, all I did was ask you directly about your very own words. “Think back to all those games when……” I’m just asked, which ones?

DawginLex

August 2nd, 2011
2:14 pm

beebee

1-0 Great game
1-1 SC too loaded but we played them tough
2-1 blowout
3-1 good road win
4-1 Slugfest, Mullen is a good coach but Walsh won it
4-2 Dooley got us
5-2
6-2
7-2
8-2
9-2
10-2

SC wins the east. Georgia goes to Outback bowl to play Nebraska.

1953dawg demands Richt be fired because we didn’t go 14-0

Richt gets contract extension. Herschel Talker whines.

SSI goes into hiding

AltamahaDawg

August 2nd, 2011
2:15 pm

Sooo, passing on the answer about the toss sweep eh, kid?

Atlanta87

August 2nd, 2011
2:16 pm

Hahahahahahaha Bill King found another way to ask the same question a 10th time.

Dogwholikesgatortail

August 2nd, 2011
2:17 pm

IF YOU ARE A REAL DAWG SUPPORT YOUR TEAM AND COACHES. IF NOT GET OFF THIS BLOG AND GO PICK YOUR MOTHER UP AT THE WAFFLE HOUSE WHEN SHE GETS OFF WORK.

JB

August 2nd, 2011
2:20 pm

Lex…………….I think most Georgia fans would take that…….You’re right that we have several camps.
1. 14-0 or NC or considered a failure
2. Happy with what you posted as a prediction, moving toward #1 item on this list
3. 7, 8 , 9 wins and a good bowl crowd.
4. The hope we go 6-6 and Richt is fired crowd.

AltamahaDawg

August 2nd, 2011
2:21 pm

hahaha……..He did indeed. There is no way left to say it, is there?

That’s why we are out here debating the KY 06 game.

Joey

August 2nd, 2011
2:22 pm

Surely Lex forgot we have to visit Jax . . .

BG

August 2nd, 2011
2:22 pm

AltamahaDawg

August 2nd, 2011
2:24 pm

All we need is a better team to visit J-ville with.

dont get it

August 2nd, 2011
2:25 pm

Mark Richt is a doosh and Altamahadawg is a moron.

JB

August 2nd, 2011
2:26 pm

I disagree Lex that Dooley gets us. Miss St and Fla will worry me. And don’t ever underestimate Tech……..They would go on probation to beat us……….Whoops……They would sell their mother to beat us…..LOL

RxDawg

August 2nd, 2011
2:27 pm

The front 7 has got me drinking the kool aid. Gugulugulugulug.

dont get it

August 2nd, 2011
2:28 pm

“A better team to visit J-ville with”? do you suggest we ask Saban if we can borrow his? and by the way the “team” aint the problem. Its the coach stupid.

Atlanta87

August 2nd, 2011
2:29 pm

Yeah I hear ya Altamaha

Atlanta87

August 2nd, 2011
2:30 pm

Haha don’t get it

Still@theBAR

August 2nd, 2011
2:30 pm

Joey

August 2nd, 2011
2:31 pm

I look forward to the Weis vs Grantham match-up.

Still@theBAR

August 2nd, 2011
2:32 pm

Wrap the QB and both lines in bubble wrap and maybe the optimism will not fade with preseason injuries.

Alabama Jack

August 2nd, 2011
2:32 pm

Have y’all won another one of them pre-season championships again? Lets see where y’all are in December.

Atlanta87

August 2nd, 2011
2:34 pm

Yeah they’re on 13 by their count.

Joey

August 2nd, 2011
2:35 pm

We won’t be killin trees in December . . .

GatorDave

August 2nd, 2011
2:36 pm

Seems like most UGA fans think their easy SEC schedule (see their West Div. opponents) as a reason for optimism instead of their team itself. GT would look good with that schedule.

Dudley

August 2nd, 2011
2:37 pm

Some of you are trolling, hopefully Bill will kick you off for trolling so far off his topic.

This one article Bill asks you to post about the positive. How the season should go.

If you want to write on the exact opposite, start your own blog.

Pat

August 2nd, 2011
2:37 pm

“Should UGA fans be optimistic?”
Hell no. But they always are this time of year.

Ron Smith

August 2nd, 2011
2:39 pm

Optimistic? Not yet. I hope UGA does well. I’m nota believer yet

JB

August 2nd, 2011
2:41 pm

alabama hack……………..How many games did you guys lose last year? What order did you finish in the West? When did prisons in Bama get computers in the common area?

JB

August 2nd, 2011
2:44 pm

Hell, he’s probably back in his cell….The answers are 3 and 4th. That with a Sr. Qb and a returning Heisman RB.

Eternal Optimist

August 2nd, 2011
2:45 pm

Just want to ask the true fans of UGA, or any other school that wants to answer.

On a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being weakest and 10 being strongest, how do you rate your:

QB position including backups_____________ DL________________________
RB position including backups_____________ LB________________________
WR___________________________________ DE________________________
TE____________________________________ DB________________________
OL____________________________________
Offensive Coaches_______________________ Defensive Coaches____________
Special Teams__________________________ Strength______________________
Conditioning___________________
Schedule________________________ Home Games__________ Away Games________
Depth___________________________ Facilities_________________________________
Crowd on GameDay__________________________________________________________
Access to Tailgating______________________ Access to Stadium___________________
Head Coach_____________________________ AD_______________________________
Radio Broadcast Team_______________________________________________________
Print Coverage________________________ Television Coverage_____________________

If you have time,thanks, it may reflect how one really feels about this upcoming season

One final item…How many games, home or away will you attend?____________________

Buy Buy Buy or Sell Sell Sell

August 2nd, 2011
2:52 pm

UGA Fan
QB 8 RB 6 TE 8 WR 4 OL 6 DL 5 LB 6 DE 6 DB 6 OC-4 DC 7 Strength 5 Conditioning 5
Special Teams- 9 Schedule 8 Home games 8 Away games 7 Depth 5 Facilities 6 Crowd 9
Access to Tailgating- 6 Access to Stadium 4 Head Coach 7
AD -jury is still out but a 7 as of today, radio team 8, print coverage 7 television coverage 7
will attend 5 games- 3 at home and two at neutral sites

Funny Blog posts

August 2nd, 2011
2:54 pm

All of you on hear make me laugh. Especially the ones who aren’t fans. You can’t predict what is going to happen throughout the season. So optimism should be the only option. IF you are a TRUE fan.

Funny Blog posts

August 2nd, 2011
2:54 pm

DawginLex

August 2nd, 2011
2:55 pm

QB position including backups_____9________ DL_____9___________________
RB position including backups_____6________ LB______7__________________
WR______________6_____________________ DE_________9_______________
TE_______________9_____________________ DB_______8_________________
OL________________6____________________
Offensive Coaches______6_________________ Defensive Coaches_____7_______
Special Teams_________10_________________ Strength_________8_____________
Conditioning________8___________
Schedule________________________ Home Games_______5___ Away Games____9____
Depth______________6_____________ Facilities________9_________________________
Crowd on GameDay__________9_______________________________________________
Access to Tailgating______________7________ Access to Stadium__________9_________
Head Coach___________8__________________ AD_________8______________________
Radio Broadcast Team_________________5______________________________________
Print Coverage________8________________ Television Coverage_________8____________

If you have time,thanks, it may reflect how one really feels about this upcoming season

One final item…How many games, home or away will you attend?________2____________

Snoop Dawg

August 2nd, 2011
2:55 pm

This year’s season will be dependent on the coaching, not the players.

UGA always has a rich stable of potential all-stars. The challenge is turning the raw clay into a beautiful sculpture.

Richt has been given plenty of chances. If he blows it again, he needs to be thrown out onto US41 heading south.

Anything less than beating Florida PLUS winning the SEC East should result in immediate termination of Richt and most of his staff.

Jim

August 2nd, 2011
2:55 pm

Bill,

Please ban “Buy buy sell sell” for posting off topic. The point of this is to post your optimistic comments.

If you can’t find 1 optimistic thing to post, then find another blog.

Boise in ATL

August 2nd, 2011
2:57 pm

I think UGA has bottomed out and will start on their up cycle.

Could see UGA going 8-4 to 10 -2.

Probably will be 8-4.

My guess:
Wins: Coastal Carolina, Ole Miss, Vandy, New Mexico State, Kentucky, GT
Should Win – but could lose: Tennessee, Auburn
Not favored : Boise State, Mississippi State
Losses: USCe and Florida

Anybody can bite you – I thought GEORGIA was going to pound Lane Kiffen at Tennessee – man, was I wrong. Tennessee was the better team – played better against Florida than UGA – and should have / could have beaten Alabama that year .

How many times has the underdog won in the UGA – Auburn game.

Just never know – but UGA should be a much better product this year. Will it be enough to beat Boise, USCe, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Florida and Auburn????

Best of luck to UGA – will be rooting for you in the SEC East this year.

Go Broncos!

Jim

August 2nd, 2011
2:57 pm

Also ban Snoop Dawg for posting off topic.

1 best case scenario is the line makes it through the first 2 games without injury and the running game goes for 150 yards.

Jim

August 2nd, 2011
2:58 pm

Boise in ATL:

What are the top 10 things facing Boise?

UGA law dawg

August 2nd, 2011
3:00 pm

UGA fan of course
QB 9 RB 8 WR 6, OL 7, DL 7, LB 7, DB 8, DE 8, OC 2, DC 9, S&C 8, SP TEAMS- 9, SCH-9, HG-9,
AG- 4, DEPTH-6, FACILITIES-8, CROWD-10 ACCESS OVERALL6 HC 4 AD 9 RADIO 9 PRINT 7, TV 8 Will go to every game on the schedule plus our new years bowl game.

SSIgator

August 2nd, 2011
3:00 pm

Joey -

“Surely Lex forgot we have to visit Jax”

No he didn’t. He is hard at work at this very moment making his rah rah signs with his DeLuxe box of Crayola Crayons. You know, creative stuff like “Gators eat boogers” and “Gators wear jorts” and the like. Hey, it helped UGA win in 2007. Maybe it will help them win this year. It is also called whistling past the graveyard.

Nothing Could Be Finer

August 2nd, 2011
3:01 pm

For the sake of college football, please don’t lose to Boise.

Thanks in advance.