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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RomeDawg88

September 5th, 2011
5:58 pm

Betcha I know where you can get a good deal on a lake home near Athens

01HAWK

September 5th, 2011
5:58 pm

I have no sympathy for CMR. On any other job out in the working world he would have been fired for sub-par performance.

Alphare

September 5th, 2011
5:59 pm

Dawg fans, if you know UGA team as well as I do, you won’t be so disappointed. So you cannot blame anybody else for your disappointment, but yourself.

pop

September 5th, 2011
6:05 pm

we need to put samuel at ogletree spot then we could be prepared for sc let crowell do his thing with figgins blocking then we will be ok.coach richt is that to hard to see

Big Jacket

September 5th, 2011
6:07 pm

Everyone blames BoBo and wants him in the OC witness protection program. But I
am telling you, your problem is the D. 35 points just doesn’t get it done.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 5th, 2011
6:08 pm

I really hope we run up the middle more this week

We didnt do enough of it.

We never run enough up the middle

We need to pound the ball up the middle until we can score
until we do we will not be able to go to the next play on the 3 plays that we have in our playbook

Bob

September 5th, 2011
6:11 pm

It’s the head coach stupid!

Pat

September 5th, 2011
6:12 pm

Wow Bill. Wow.

david

September 5th, 2011
6:15 pm

has bozo been fired yet?

uga4life

September 5th, 2011
6:17 pm

I like Mark Richt, but once again UGA has underachieved once more before I go off on Mark am I the only one who thinks that we need another OC sorry BOBO it ain’t working to much talent not enough progress

Big Wally

September 5th, 2011
6:18 pm

We have Carlton Thomas back, so of course we will be running up the middle more on 2nd/3rd long situations.

Big Wally

September 5th, 2011
6:19 pm

The only question I have at this point is when will Richt be fired – before or after the Tech game.

Alphare

September 5th, 2011
6:20 pm

Flat Tire,

I am not kidding, you may go ahead write a little playbook for coach Bobo. For example, you may list options for run-offense like:

Option 1: run up the middle
Option 2: run to the left
Option 3. run to the right

That way, coach Bobo can remember left/right can be options too. Currently it seems he only knows the middle.

LakeDawg

September 5th, 2011
6:20 pm

As someone else mentioned, playing Boise let us know where we stand. He mentioned we might play with a sense of urgency. I hope so. One would think they would, but I’ve come to understand that what is logical doesn’t necessarily follow under CMR. I thought they would play with a sense of urgency against Boise, but they seemed to except their fate rather calmly. CMR is famous for deluding himself and his team into thinking that they are ready to play and are the superior team….No urgency needed.

JB

September 5th, 2011
6:21 pm

Well, if Spurrier and Muschamp school Richt this year, And after watching Auburn, they aren’t as strong as last year, but that OC they have is top notch. He won that game for them. Throw Mullen in the mix and Hell if Tech slipped over a banana peal and beats us. But……….I say we play better and win 9 games.

Bob

September 5th, 2011
6:21 pm

I’m thinking we should fire Rodney Garner first and just offer scholarships to the starting off/def players at Wesleyan High School.

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GoDawgs

September 5th, 2011
6:27 pm

We’re going to beat a team from Carolina but it’s going to be Coastal in the third week not the chickens from the South.

BigRedandBlackDAWG

September 5th, 2011
6:28 pm

WE ARE STILL GEORGIA!

Settle down. We will win the East and go to a great bowl game because we are the most storyed program in college football history.

It won’t happen this year but after the DREAM TEAM has another season under they’re belt UGA will bring home our 6th National Championship.

Mark
It
Down

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LakeDawg

September 5th, 2011
6:33 pm

I have a theory about CMR. I’ve seen only one other poster mention it. I think you will see no changes in the offensive play calling, CMR thinks the UGA fans are idiots. He’s said all the right things, but I think he’s decided that he will say the things that satisfy UGA fans and then turn it around by doing it the way he’s always done it. In his mind, he’s thinking that when he turns it around doing it the FSU way, he can say “see, I was right and y’all were a bunch idiots that were panicking.” (He will say it only to himself. That’s his style. He might let slip a wise crack or two in public, but that’s it.)

JB

September 5th, 2011
6:36 pm

I’m sorry folks, but on opening day when you have to put in a walk on at LB for an injured player in year 11, something is not right. Take away the 80 yard run, and when you have 29 yards of offense in the first half, in year 11 of the play book, something is wrong. Then the opposing OC is quoted after the game as saying. ” we knew exactly where the open routes were going to be, and they were there all night long,” in year 11, something is wrong’

Bob

September 5th, 2011
6:37 pm

Lake…I agree and think you are correct. Unfortunately, the old FSU model was broken and resulted in Bowden being eased out, and I think the same will be true with Richt. FSU under new mgmt is pretty good! I really believe the game has passed him by…look with whom he’s surrounded himself.

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Summit Dawg

September 5th, 2011
6:38 pm

Sad day when The Dawgs lose, but beginning to see lots of folks waking up to the fact that BOOBOO’s play calling is uga-ly, uga-ly! And Richts “Dream Team” was a “nightmare!” Washaun Ealey who was “NUDGED-OUT” by Richt certainly wouldn’t have done any worse than Crowell!!

rincon dawg

September 5th, 2011
6:39 pm

That offense was not cutting edge. It was the same offense that CMR brought from FSU. Watch the film if you dont believe me. Everyone can blame Bobo and he deserves a great majority but CMR is the head man therefore he is involved on every call. He does wear a headset dosent he? The line on both sides of the ball are just weak. You cannot win if you dont own the line of scrimmage period. We got outplayed and outcoached plain and simple and it all starts from the top. Mark Richt. I will support our players forever even after they take off the red black and silver, but I dont have to support the coaching staff because they are well compensated to do something and that is win ball games. Their not there for academics, thats what the professors are there for.

JB

September 5th, 2011
6:39 pm

Lose to Carolina, and you will need to keep the women and Children away from the blogs. I’m hoping that IF that happens( And after watching Bobo and both our lines play, I’m fearful) We run the table.

It is what it is

September 5th, 2011
6:39 pm

And what it is Is a poorly coached football team. I couldn’t beleive those stupid penalties in the begining of the game. That set the tone. Dream Team My Azz! The gamebirds will kill the dogs. I hate to see UGA go through another coaching change, but its gonna happen. Oh well they’ll beat the North Ave. Region AAA stinky bugs in November.

LakeDawg

September 5th, 2011
6:40 pm

An example of my above post is during the summer CMR said he understood that UGA had to have a power running game and was going to throw play action off of it. Then UGA comes out in the no huddle spread and runs draws up the middle without a blocking back. He even admitted that that was what they had been working on all preseason.

Never to early

September 5th, 2011
6:40 pm

Kinda getting excited about the new staff.

Saban

September 5th, 2011
6:42 pm

Boise State was a well coached team that knows how to play the game. The dawgs looked like a cloister, well you know.

This is not going to get better. Richt recruits players that can`t play the game and think they are on a reality tv program and the coaches can only give choak signs while the reverend collects his three million to run this circus.

dawgs, you are being sold a sack of well. Get coachs who can coach and not recruit folks who can`t read and write.

better safe than sorry

September 5th, 2011
6:43 pm

When the rankings come out this week, BS will be higher than #5..so what is the problem? Did you guys really expect to beat them?

JB

September 5th, 2011
6:45 pm

I been on here many times and stated that Richt and Bobo run a scripted offense based on down and distance and field position. All the DC’s we play know that also. When your wife can predict the play, you know You’re in trouble. You see what happens when he tries something else. An 80 yard TD run. Watch the Auburn OC. You never know what that sucker is going to call. And they move the ball!!!!!!!!!!!

BigRedandBlackDAWG

September 5th, 2011
6:45 pm

The DAWGS will KILL the chickens. We are UGA, they are South Carolina. Give me a break.

After next Sat, everyone will be back on here fired up becasue we will have the chance to run the table and play in the SEC Champ.

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rincon dawg

September 5th, 2011
6:48 pm

\o/ \o/ heres two more glasses of kool aid for ya BigRed

The Ghost of Wally Butts

September 5th, 2011
6:50 pm

An open letter to Tavrres, Bacarri (”Tweety”) and any other ‘playas’ who thought the Nike Power Ranger uniforms were “cool”……

…..now that your collective rear ends have been handed to you….on national TV…in your backyard…by the Mountain West…..would you at least have the decency to wear the classic dawg uniforms when Steve Spurrier beats you down next week?

Not enough Kool-Aid in the world

September 5th, 2011
6:52 pm

The answer is real simple: Fire Freaking Richt.

Today.

Leslie

September 5th, 2011
6:56 pm

“Get coaches who can coach and not recruit folks who can`t read and write.”

Amen. That hit the nail on the head.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

September 5th, 2011
7:05 pm

Hey Chicken Littles,

At best this was a 9-3 team! You act like the Dream Team was brought in to bring a MNC this year! This class was brought in to help, but to really develop and blossom in ‘12-’13 and to induce annual stronger class during the re-development of the team. I now see why trolls laugh at the UGA fanbase for being MNC in August as one game has transpired and these blogs are full of a bunch of sissy’s. Makes me sick.

big john 330 lbs

September 5th, 2011
7:07 pm

me and cornelius promise to show up and play in this game.

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Tampa Dog

September 5th, 2011
7:10 pm

Richt won 2 SEC championships calling the plays himself. With the exception of 07, the offense has not been the same since. With Stafford and Moreno, all Bobo had to do was stay out of the way. Time for Richt to do what he surely knows he must and can Bobo. Otherwise, we are guaranteed another lost season and CMR is gone. I think the defense may be alright if they can get some help from the offense. The lack of a pass rush is troubling.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

September 5th, 2011
7:16 pm

Tampa,

If the offense could have sustained some drives (not having to score, but at least flipping the field) the defense would have been helped out a good bit. Pin Boise down and limit the play book a little. They did it to Bobo often. The offense has a ton of work to do ,but again is this a surprise? Gone Durham, AJ,King,Ealey. So we knew that on the outside we would have issues. Then couple that with Malcome injurys, Samuels injury, Thomas suspension. I am shocked at how many UGA fans find themselves surprised at this outcome. Thats what funny. Expectations where way outta whack…

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 5th, 2011
7:21 pm

BigRedandBlackDAWG

You might want to stop spiking your booze with Kool-aid bud

Alphare

September 5th, 2011
7:22 pm

Airplane can have auto pilot, why can’t UGA develop a computer software to call offense play?

When the game starts, the offense play-calling can be randomly selected, which can really confuse your opponents more than coach Bobo. UGA can ask a few students to enter play data in the computer while the game is on-going. After a while, the computer will know what works and what doesn’t, and it will be able to call advantageous plays.

UGA can avoid playing an OC this way.

HA ha

September 5th, 2011
7:22 pm

I think it’s hilarious how UGA now does that thing where they get set on offense, then all stand up to stare at the sideline looking for an audible.

I guess if you are going to get hammered by schools out west you should play like them too? Hilarious. Keep the funny coming, dawgs.