Dogs fans looking for answers find only more question marks

Georgia's third-down choices against Boise State left many fans puzzled. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Georgia's third-down choices against Boise State left many fans puzzled. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

The views on Mark Richt’s team (and the UGA head coach’s future) varied widely at a family reunion and 70th birthday celebration for my uncle that I attended Sunday in Oglethorpe County.

Some were ready now to write fini to the Richt era; others took the tack I did in my postgame blog, that losing to the Top 5 team in the country in the first game doesn’t necessarily mean a doomed season.

But even the latter folks (me included) were disappointed with how little improvement the Dogs showed (with the offensive line, in fact, regressing) and how absolutely and shockingly clueless the Georgia offensive game plan proved to be.

Among the many questions raised: Could Todd Grantham not come up with any adjustments to increase pressure on Boise’s Kellen Moore? Did Richt and Mike Bobo really think going to a no-huddle shotgun offense that minimized use of the Dogs’ fullbacks for protection and put the blocking onus on the true freshman tailback was the best approach?

Also, where did Bobo get the apparently steadfast conviction that a run up the middle is the best way to follow an incomplete pass on first down? Does he really think a simple draw play was the best call on third-and-15? (The Georgia crowd’s boos made their thoughts on the subject clear.)

And then there was Bobo’s other approach to third-and long, keeping Aaron Murray standing there searching in vain for an open receiver downfield rather than throwing the kind of quick strikes Boise was using to pick apart the Georgia defense.

After chewing over these and other questions Sunday, one thing we all seemed to agree on was how important this coming Saturday’s game is, and that if the Dogs come out of the South Carolina game with an 0-2 record it might take nothing short of running the table to quiet the growing discord in the Bulldog Nation — and a win in Jacksonville will be a must in order to save Richt’s job.

Needless to say, in order to generate some smiles and laughter at the reunion we had to change the subject off Georgia football.

FROM SATURDAY’S NOTEBOOK: My initial objections to those Pro Combat jerseys was aesthetic, but the game proved them impractical, too. The black-on-red numbers were difficult to make out from the stands, and it didn’t help that Georgia’s jerseys didn’t have the players’ names on the back (unlike Boise’s). Burn ’em, I say. … I really hate those rugby-style punts Boise used most of the game. … Right before Brandon Boykin’s touchdown play, a sharp-eyed fan behind me said, “Wait a minute, we have a No. 2 on offense?” Too bad we didn’t see more of him on that side of the ball. … Finally, the much lauded new chapel bell UGA promotional film got played on the big screen at the Georgia Dome Saturday night, but the Redcoats played right over it. It was that kind of night.

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457 comments Add your comment

Flo-Ri-Duh

September 7th, 2011
9:27 am

Weak o-line = no running game = bad offense = losing. ELEMENTARY MY FRIEND

Flo-Ri-Duh

September 7th, 2011
9:29 am

Justin (Bean) Anderson – big and powerful – slow and clumsy.

Blah, blah, blah

September 7th, 2011
9:49 am

2009 was our supposedly “transition year” from Moreno and MS’s era. That was back then but we had 2010 and that was “transition year # 2.” Well, um, ah,. um, we are looking worse so far into 2011. Is this yet another transition year? From awful to horrific???

This junk will go on forever. The current UGA regime is stale and needs more than just a new coat of paint. Fire them all. Enough is enough.

A great NEW UGA coach will inherit the core UGA players next year and if they do it right, he will get some JUCO kids in Feb,. 2012 that play O line and build some depth. The current O line coach Friend is a pal of Bobo and it was Bobo that told CMR about him being available when no other well known O line coach wanted the UGA job. Now, we know why. Same is true of D coach Chavez at LSU and Ellis at SC ……………they took a pass to work with CMR. NOw, we know why. He IS NOT RESPECTED by his peers.

UGA is being adversely impacted by CMR and we need a change. This year will be/could easily be a 4-8 thing folks. Fasten your seat belts.

UGA class of 71 & 73

what of it?

September 7th, 2011
10:30 am

“I really hate those rugby-style punts Boise used most of the game”

If Richt ever bothered to rush the kicker, they wouldn’t have been possible. No doubt the superior coaching on the field picked up on this trend and exploited it, repeatedly.

Dogs Smell

September 7th, 2011
10:35 am

Sammy Dawg .
When you wake up turn your PC off. Do you know UGa’s record against ranked teams over the past 3 years? Do you know the record against SEC East teams over the past 3 years? Do you know this time last week you were making the same comments about BSU as you are making about USC ? Do you know that come next Monday you will be saying the same comments that you are making today? The only difference is today you are 0-1 . Monday you will be 0-2.

Buh Bye Mark Richt

September 7th, 2011
10:35 am

0 – 2 is Richts waterloo along with a beatdown from the Gators too!

Brandon

September 7th, 2011
3:33 pm

Georgia should hire Kirby smart as the head coach that would bring the energy back to the bulldogs