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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Beast from the East

September 5th, 2011
10:18 pm

I think Richt would be a great fit at UNC. If the grumbling continues, he may jump ship before he’s let go. It’s happened before. Remember Gene Stallings?

GT Joe

September 5th, 2011
10:19 pm

Flat tire? reduced the capacity at GT? Um, they’ve done multiple expansions in the past 20 years. chump.

You should worry about keeping your fans in the stadium for ALL 4 quarters. LOL.

Murray 2nd Best Still!

September 5th, 2011
10:20 pm

Just a Fan

September 5th, 2011
10:20 pm

Boise was just a better team. They’ve been a better team the last few yrs. Surprise! Sprinkle Boykins a little more on offense, Get Crowell the ball some more coming out the back field, let Murray use his legs a little more and use the fullback more for blocking and the offense can be pretty good.(with some better play calling). The defense can be good but they must put more pressure on qb. I doubt they will face a better offense the rest of the year. They weren’t going to win the National Championship so all the realistic goals the dogs had still exists. Who on here really expected this to be a championship season?

GT Joe

September 5th, 2011
10:21 pm

New deal at Sanford and Son Stadium:

4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 cokes, but only if you stay ALL FOUR QUARTERS!!!

Murray 2nd Best Still!

September 5th, 2011
10:21 pm

Why can’t you say something like this Bill ? Oh, I remembered those rose-colored glasses !

LakeDawg

September 5th, 2011
10:21 pm

GT Joe

Your stadium used to hold 60,000. Reduced capacity to 46,000 and recently increased it to 55,000.

T2go

September 5th, 2011
10:23 pm

I want a change…call me a crappy fan if you want but the University of Georgia, the fans, and the players especially deserve better. Here’s to loosing to SC, Miss St, FLORIDA AGAIN, Tenn, and Auburn so that maybe we can put an end to this dark chapter. I think there is seriously something wrong w Richt. He has no passion , no foresight, he wont make the tough decisions, and he cant keep up with the modern game. Fire him…he has enough money.

Murray 2nd Best Still!

September 5th, 2011
10:24 pm

I’m really ashamed to be a UGA fan right now. Lost to the 5th best team in Fla. last year in a bowl game and just lost to a team full of 3 star players when UGA had 4 & 5 star players. The only reason is coaching. UGA has poor coaching.

Beast from the East

September 5th, 2011
10:25 pm

@Murray,
Wow! That was one brutal piece. I see the frustration, but is it really fair? BSU IS a top 5 team.

Mobile Dawg

September 5th, 2011
10:26 pm

Agree Beast, he seems overwhelmed by the job right now. Watching him struggle on the sidelines is painful. I don’t think he has the mental toughness to survive this.

dawgfanatl

September 5th, 2011
10:26 pm

Georgia wont win unless they get rid of Mike Bobo’s predictable play calling. All this so called speed and talent we have here doesn’t mean anything if we cant compete. I really think Todd Grantham’s defensive scheme is overrated, no pressure on Kellen Moore whatsoever. We really need a short passing game on the offensive side of the ball. Richard Samuel dont look good at tailback either, he trips up too much when he crosses the line of scrimmage. Run Isiah Crowell in a toss sweep or dump a short pass to him in the flat to utilize is speed in the open field. We just have to work on our basic fundamentals blocking, tackling,and catching the football. Its a long season but something needs to be done immediately or it will be a WHOLE lot of changes in Athens!!!! Come on Dawgs lets get back on track and put GEORGIA FOOTBALL back where it needs to be!! GO DAWGS!!!!! Get a glimpse of Maryland’s uniforms for the Miami game they’re pretty cool!!!!!

GT Joe

September 5th, 2011
10:26 pm

LakeDawg: here’s why we reduced capacity:

In 1985 the South stands were razed to make room for the William C. Wardlaw Center, a modern field house and athletic office facility to replace the facilities in the old Heisman Gym, which was located just to the north of the stadium.

Not for the reasons you were thinking, eh?

GT Joe

September 5th, 2011
10:29 pm

It’s funny, before the game the comments were:

This is big boy football in the SEC
BSU has never seen our size and speed, ever
VT and Oregon got nothing on UGA talent
BSU has never beat an SEC team
We destroyed them in 2005

AFTER the game, the comments are:
Well gosh, they ARE the #5 team in the country for goodness sakes!

BSU thanks you all for introducing them to “big boy football”.

Snoop Dawg

September 5th, 2011
10:29 pm

We need to dress up Richt and Bobo in those stupid Nike uniforms, put chains around their necks, tie them to a couple of State Patrol cars, and gently lead them to the Florida border down I-75. We’ll free them at the border, but take away their UGA and Georgia drivers licenses. Also, we need to recoup all that money da Preacha Man stole from all the good hard working Georgia football fans for the past eleven years. Finally, we need to charge them both with impersonating a coach.

Snoop Dawg

September 5th, 2011
10:32 pm

If Mark Richt were the God fearing, honorable man that some of these Georgia zombies think he is, here’s the test: See if he does the right thing, saves us all the pain and suffering, and resigns. Oh yes, also he needs to give us about $30Million back that he took in unearned income. He truly is Marjoe.

Alphare

September 5th, 2011
10:33 pm

Beating UGA doesn’t automatically make you a national champ contender, otherwise, Florida would be there every year in the last 20 years.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 5th, 2011
10:34 pm

GT Joe

You dont reduce a stadium down to build a field house. Thats lost revenue bud

But hey nice try. Now back to using that sanitation engineering degree and fix those toilets

joseph

September 5th, 2011
10:35 pm

the best thing i think we can do at this point is to make the current oc the spc teams coach (i hate to see anyone get fired, even bobo) and hire a good oc if one will come to uga, at this point i am not sure they will. maybe then we can at least make thru the season. i would not be surprised if the sec ask us to leave, we are clearly the worst team in the sec. don’t get mad at me just look at the record for this year and last year.

GT Joe

September 5th, 2011
10:37 pm

Um flat tire, are you questioning that tech did what I wrote? It’s a fact, I didn’t make it up.

FYI, real estate in the city of Atlanta is expensive, and Bobby Dodd Stadium is limited by two major streets, so it will never be much bigger than it is. And tech will never relocate, Grant Field is the oldest football field in FBS.

GT Joe

September 5th, 2011
10:38 pm

Wow, UGA is a 3 point underdog AT HOME. To a team that has never won anything. Ever. Wow.

The Ghost of Wally Butts

September 5th, 2011
10:40 pm

I’m not one bit ashamed of our fine team….we still have the best sideline dancing…regardless of how much we are behind on the scoreboard…

…we have playas dressed like power rangers who flash gang signs after (in their mind) big plays…

…we have playas who insult opposing coaches on twitter and who insult their own fans (who pay for their ‘educations’) on social media….

…we have nice, well-tanned, well-paid, well-connected politically coaches…

…now why should we ever be ashamed of our ThugDawgs?

dawgfanatl

September 5th, 2011
10:40 pm

South Carolina has size and talent but that doesn’t mean anything, look what BOISE ST did to us with our size and talent!!!

George P. Burdell

September 5th, 2011
10:42 pm

I can only sit in one seat in the stadium, so I don’t know what you are saying about Tech’s stadium other than if they reduce it to one seat, I’ll be the one sitting there. Apparently much better than many of the UGA fans out there including this blog.

James

September 5th, 2011
10:43 pm

The d-line did a good job on Boise’s top runner Martin, he’s a man, he punished nearly every ranked team he’s gone up against. But our d-line held that guy to 2.4 yards a carry. AWESOME! Geathers & Jenkins drew double teams, and LB’s got a lot of stats CRob & Jarvis. The defensive gameplan was make Boise earn every yard, and we succeeded. Boise got impatient in the red zone and threw a pick. Held them to 14 in 1st half, hurry up did seem to run our guys out of gas as we gave up 21 in 2nd half. And if you blitz, Moore is 66% accurate on blitzes, and he burns you with BIG plays. We had the right plan, and our defense executed the plan well for the most part. Red zone defense needs improvement, otherwise, it was a stellar improvement.

George P. Burdell

September 5th, 2011
10:46 pm

Funny how my previous post before the 10:42 one got blocked. I’m sure it will show up at some point when it seems irrelevant to the conversation and you pretend DAWG fans can go on to win another mythical championship in August. Sad that all you have is to get drunk, go woof woof and walk away talking about next year.

LakeDawg

September 5th, 2011
10:47 pm

GT Joe

September 5th, 2011
10:26 pm
LakeDawg: here’s why we reduced capacity:

In 1985 the South stands were razed to make room for the William C. Wardlaw Center, a modern field house and athletic office facility to replace the facilities in the old Heisman Gym, which was located just to the north of the stadium.

Not for the reasons you were thinking, eh?

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LMAO Just had to build the offices where there used to be stadium seats. That sounds about right. “Hey, let’s build our new football offices in the endzone, where we can lose badly needed revenue from paying fans. OR was it “Hey, lets build the new offices in the end zone. It looks a lot better on TV than empty seats. I think we all know the answer to that one. :)

PS I don’t hate GT like a lot of UGA fans, but I can’t let that weak dishonest argument stand.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 5th, 2011
10:48 pm

Gt Bob

I dont question what they did. I saw it

But you dont build a field house and reduce your stadium capacity just to update your facilities at your stadium thats stupid

Sorry bud I dont drink kool-aid. Like I said if you had fans filling those seats and you tear them down then its lost revenue.

So either the great business school at Tech doesnt know that or else you ought to shush why your ahead.

Stop with the excuses Ive been to your stadium you could add more to it if you wanted too but I guess your great engineering program cant figure out how yet

GT Joe

September 5th, 2011
10:53 pm

Yes, flat tire, we should ask a UGA grad where to add new seats to our stadium.

Maybe we should build an upper upper deck that overhangs North Avenue? or Techwood Ave.? Or maybe we just build straight up?! Please, do tell, oh wise UGA architect.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 5th, 2011
10:55 pm

George P. Burdell

No whats really sad is Bobby Dump stadium sits in the middle of 5.6 million people and has one of the lowest stadium capacities in big time div I football and it still cannot be filled up until UGA comes to town. You have to beg your fans to buy all the season tickets every year

Yet a program to your NE that has a stadium that is almost twice the size of Bobby Dump; sells out one of the largest stadiums in all of college football in a town with less than 100,000 people

Now thats what is sad

GT Joe

September 5th, 2011
10:57 pm

FYI, cutting capacity by 9000 seats might cost is $450,000/game, or 2.5 million a year.

Do you think modern facilities/offices would help us recruit better, therefore get better players, therefore perform better, and therefore make more money elsewhere (merchandising, TV, etc.)? Which might help us fund the expansion to 55,000 in 2002?

It’s chess, not checkers.

OMG

September 5th, 2011
10:58 pm

Why hasn’t anyone addressed the strength program in all of this? all these writers spent all off-season singing its praises, and it appeared to be an abyssmal failure. I mean, all those players cramping indoors? There is no excuse for that, and Boise certainly did not seem to be cramping. The players looked fat and doughy, stiff and most of them kinda slow. This is far from an improvement, actually a huge step backwards. These writers now need to tell the truth about that aspect with as much vigor as they praised it during the off-season, particullarly when they had no idea what joe T was doing. Talk about shoddy journalism.

Dawg Tired

September 5th, 2011
11:01 pm

Those “rugby-style punts’ only work if the other team lets the punter take all day without even a hint of pressure. They also give the coverage extra time to get downfield. Our coaches did not seem to comprehend any of this. Talk about scary. Of course, it may just be that they are following our coaching philosophy of not making any adjustments during a game. Foe example, if two starting linebackers get hurt and you have no depth at that position, you might decide to go to a 4-3 for a few plays. Probably too complicated for our players. Pitiful. Or maybe you could put your 240 pound tailback, who tiptoes up to the line because he might get hurt if he ran in there full speed ahead, back at linebacker since he obviously can’t play tailback. Instead, we simply say he will be the starter at tailback this week. We are in deep doo doo.

CHUCK UGA

September 5th, 2011
11:02 pm

I hope Georgia NEVER plays in that game again. Horrible seating up top with a fan (UGA unfortunately) spilling beer all over everyone and nearly getting beat up.

I am finally writing a long-put off letter to McGarity. Whether Richt makes it to 2012 or not, I will cut off my donation and end my season ticket run of ten straight seasons unless Mike Bobo is gone after this season. UGA grad or not, he is a JOKE as an offensive coordinator, especially when in pressure situations. One more thing Bill failed to mention. Down 35-21 and a 4th and three, why did Richt or Bobo not call a time out and plan a play, especially with two timeouts left and 6 minutes to go? I think Mark Richt is burned out, and I predict he will NOT return in 2012 regardless of how the season ends (which I predict will be an 8-4 finish with at least one upset loss).

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 5th, 2011
11:03 pm

GT Joe

To answer question nope. Because I recently remember your own Tech player; I think it was Bay Bay calling out the Tech fanbase for lack of support

Nice try bud

You have a good night

LakeDawg

September 5th, 2011
11:03 pm

“It’s chess, not checkers”

Now that’s funny. I don’t care what anybody says.

Dawg Tired

September 5th, 2011
11:09 pm

OMG – Couldn’t agree more. However, I will say this: As a former coach, I would get them in better shape this week. I would have them running wind-sprints M, T, and W until they threw up. These are 18 to 21 year olds for crying out loud! Get their butts in shape! It doesn’t take that much actually. I not only question the strength and conditioning program big time, but really wonder what these guys actually do in practice. Nothing gets you into actual game shape except full speed, hard-hitting practices followed by serious wind sprints. Go ahead – call me old school. I am. I would have them in shape though.

vuduchld

September 5th, 2011
11:11 pm

I’m laughing as I read the comments posted here. What made any of you idiots think that UGA was going to beat BSU? Because you’re in the SEC?? BSU could care less and came in your back yard and kicked your butts, plain and simple. THEY WERE THE BETTER TEAM PERIOD!! BSU is a tough, battle hardened team that feasts on teams like UGA. Get over yourselves people, SEC supremacy is a myth and UGA is not that good of a team. See you idiots at the Poulan Weedeater Bowl.

PaulieOldSchool

September 5th, 2011
11:11 pm

What’s the next move? Start planning your transition phase, ’cause this chump needs to go and take his pathetic assistants with him. GA loses to SC, the season is in the rear-view and y’all know it. Start making your hiring short list now, that way you’re ready to go after T’giving.

Silver Britches

September 5th, 2011
11:12 pm

Dawgs uniforms looked like pajamas…where’s silver britches??????????????

GT Joe

September 5th, 2011
11:13 pm

Green Bay called… they want their G back. said ya’ll were disrespecting the G, jinxing it with your lousy play.

Dawg Tired

September 5th, 2011
11:14 pm

If you get tired in an air-conditioned stadium, what will happen out doors in the heat? Not a pretty picture.

George P. Burdell

September 5th, 2011
11:14 pm

Flat tire,

I’m still only one fan and I have a lot more heart than many the many that may surround you. I don’t really give a ____ you fill in the blank, I don’t need a crowd around me to support my team and UGA had none of that in the dome in 4th even though they still had a chance. SAD .

Dawg Tired

September 5th, 2011
11:20 pm

Vudu – It takes something at least kin to an idiot to call other people idiots when you state that SEC supremacy is a myth when the conference has won the last 5 national championships. Now you did get one thing right: UGA is not a good team. That does not mean the conference is not a good conference. It means UGA is not a good team, nothing less, nothing more. If you are in fact not an idiot, you will figure it out. If you continue to believe the conference who has dominated college football is not a good conference then you are an idiot.

Red Power Ranger

September 5th, 2011
11:20 pm

I want my uniform back!

bugsquacher

September 5th, 2011
11:21 pm

Get used to this sports tag line……

Georgia, Outcoached, Outplayed again by _________________ this time. (hint: this week will be Carolina)

McGarity, do your job, fire the clowns we currently call Georgia coaches…..

bugsquacher

September 5th, 2011
11:23 pm

Heck, Georgia could not even compete in the ACC at the moment. What a shame and sad state of affairs this football program has fallen to. Its just a shame.

Dawg Tired

September 5th, 2011
11:24 pm

bugsquacher – Sadly, I must agree.

LakeDawg

September 5th, 2011
11:25 pm

GT Joe

I hear y’all are building a new basketball arena. Gonna take out the west stands with that? I mean it only makes sense, right? ;)

GT Joe

September 5th, 2011
11:27 pm

no lakedawg, not taking out any stands for the bball arena… our bball facilities are already top shelf.