Is Bobo shooting himself in the foot with shotgun?

Aaron Murray was sacked six times by Boise State — all shotgun formation plays. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Aaron Murray was sacked six times by Boise State — all shotgun formation plays. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Remember the old Marvin Gaye single “Stubborn Kind of Fellow”? Seems like it would make a good theme song for Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, who says that in this week’s game against South Carolina the Dogs will stick with that new no-huddle offense that failed so spectacularly for most of the opener against Boise State.

Now, I understand Bobo’s reasoning in going to the no-huddle; he wanted to increase the number of offensive plays the Dogs get in a game to counter those quick-hit spread offenses like Auburn’s that Georgia increasingly is seeing. Of course, it didn’t work out that way Saturday against Boise, with the Broncos winding up with 11 more offensive plays than Georgia.

But Bobo and Mark Richt say it wasn’t the no-huddle itself that was the problem; it was poor execution.

No argument there. What I wonder about is whether sticking with the no-huddle also will mean staying with that shotgun spread alignment Georgia used extensively in the Georgia Dome. (An analysis by Dancing in the Endzone shows the Dogs were in the shotgun for 78 percent of their offensive plays against Boise State.)

Mixing in some shotgun with Georgia’s traditional I-formation play-action attack probably would be a good thing, but going primarily shotgun not only doesn’t seem to match Georgia’s personnel, it makes the shaky offensive line play even more of a liability — all six plays on which Aaron Murray was sacked Saturday were in the shotgun.

Why make it harder on your quarterback?

A SMALLER SPOTLIGHT

We always knew opening the season against a highly ranked Boise State team in the Georgia Dome was a gamble for the Georgia football program, but UGA considered it a gamble worth taking in order to get Richt’s program back in the national spotlight.

That didn’t exactly work out so well. While the Georgia-Boise telecast on ESPN did big numbers in the Atlanta TV market, dominating sports viewing with a 16.7 Nielsen rating (the percentage of TV households), nationally the game drew only a 2.3 overnight rating, which was down 12 percent from what Oregon State-TCU did in that time slot last year.

The game also lagged behind the LSU-Oregon game on ABC, which had a 4.7 overnight rating, up 68 percent from LSU-North Carolina last year. Georgia-Boise also didn’t do as well as Monday night’s Miami-Maryland game, which drew a 3.4 overnight.

At least that means more people saw Maryland’s ugly jerseys than Georgia’s.

TIME FOR A PEP RALLY!

Here’s something the Dogs have been needing to do for some time: There’ll be a Bulldog Bash fan rally at Sanford Stadium starting at 8 p.m. Friday, with Gates 2 and 10 opening at 7:30. Free red rally towels will be handed out to the first 2,000 fans in attendance. Seating will be available in Sections 109-113. The UGA cheerleaders and the Redcoat Band will be on hand, and this also will be the first chance for fans to get a look at the new video board.

Sounds like a good way to kick off a big Friday night in Athens.

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489 comments Add your comment

Bryan G.

September 7th, 2011
10:45 am

Answer: Yes.

#1 Fans

September 7th, 2011
10:46 am

Let’s fry some chickens this weekend. Go Dawgs!!!

Lost Touch

September 7th, 2011
10:47 am

Richt (and most of his staff) have lost touch with what it takes to win, not just in the SEC, but in general. The game has past him by as he handed control over to Bobo and a series of inept DC. They are loaded with talent and haven’t any idea of what to do with it. No huddle against Boise? That’s a joke. Football 101. If they have a high powered offense, keep them off the field with the running game. Slow down the pace. 5-7. Thanks for the early years Richt.

schmeckdawg

September 7th, 2011
10:48 am

Here’s something the Dogs have been needing to do for some time: There’ll be a Bulldog Bash fan rally at Sanford Stadium starting at 8 p.m. Friday, with Gates 2 and 10 opening at 7:30. Free red rally towels will be handed out to the first 2,000 fans in attendance. Seating will be available in Sections 109-113. The UGA cheerleaders and the Redcoat Band will be on hand, and this also will be the first chance for fans to get a look at the new video board.

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This will be the only time that there is any UGA excitement in Sanford Stadium this weekend!

And as far as staying with the no huddle offense, you have got love Dumbo’s thinking. If it doesn’t work, keep doing it!!!!!

Brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jrmdvm1

September 7th, 2011
10:50 am

I sure hope that they can call I-formation plays from a no-huddle. That shotgun was less powerful than a .410.

Pago Pago Dawg

September 7th, 2011
10:50 am

Do you have a sick feeling that Capt. Superior will “out wit…out play…out coach” CMR?

NewnanDawg

September 7th, 2011
10:50 am

I hate the shotgun, but we don’t have enough O-linemen to run the I-formation anymore.

We’ll be rotating in true freshman at O-line this week. We have to run the shotgun, or Murray will get sacked 23 times.

Dap01

September 7th, 2011
10:51 am

Bobo is the problem. He would be good at Arena League or flag football but he is clueless on how to establish a game plan that is good for the team. If CMR continues to allow this horrible offensive game management, he should be fired along with Bobo.

Old Dog in SC

September 7th, 2011
10:51 am

If UGA is to be a contender it must do the things that make for contenders – read and learn from “Art of War”. If there are not changes, nothing will change. One of the best lessons -”The King is only fond of words, and cannot translate them into deeds” – that is where the UGA football program is today.

GT

September 7th, 2011
10:53 am

Its goIng to be fun watching your team suck this year! More fun than last year actually….

Not Fair

September 7th, 2011
10:53 am

“Poor execution” means Richt is not taking responsibility for the loss and blaming it on the players. I hope this was taken out of context. Otherwise, they look like a staff lost in the hedges!

DownerDawg

September 7th, 2011
10:55 am

Lowcountry Bulldawg

September 7th, 2011
10:56 am

Let the season play out longer than a game. Richt said he was going to be more cutting edge. Well 78% of the time in Shotgun it seems like he meant it. If the OL blocks and the WR’s can gain seperation it should help Murray see the field better. Remember the other half of you moan and whine b/c our QB-1 is 6′ tall. So yeah we looked bad after one game apparently implementing the O, but it was just one game. UGA fanbase is fickle and impossible to please. Some of you need to send in your resume to McGarity for sure.

SaintSimons

September 7th, 2011
10:57 am

((((((((((((( 35 – 21 ))))))))))))))))) hahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

jablonski

September 7th, 2011
10:58 am

If it goes bad…and i think it will…the wheels will be set in motion. You cant fix the problems this program has in 6 days.

Has anyone wondered why NO ONE has ever tried to steal Bobo away??? Hello, there is a reason…he is in over his head and the play calling is terrible.

Richts press conference has become one of the most aggrivating things to listen to. He just does not get it at all. The press should be asking him the tough questions, because everyone BUT him sees the problem with the program.

Lose this game and WATCH OUT, because if you thought the negativity was bad this week….yikes!

McDawg

September 7th, 2011
10:58 am

we cannot gain 2yds on a consistient basis -that is the problem and was the problem last year-no sustained drives no clock management no momentum

shotgun??? wildcat, reverses, bombs????????

McDawg

September 7th, 2011
10:59 am

GT:
and we will still beat you guys

JB

September 7th, 2011
11:01 am

GT say’s ” fun watching your team suck this year”……..and if anyone knows a sucking team, it’s a GT fan

Will

September 7th, 2011
11:01 am

CMR called a special meeting yesterday in which he asked the coaching staff… “What’s the most simple offensive scheme you have ever won a football game with?” Coach Bobo said he had no idea but saw a movie one time where they used “The Veer”. Coach McClendon said he saw that one as well. CMR then said that’s the answer… “It is built for teams with no depth and especially used when coordinator’s are over-matched by opponents.” CMR said he would call his buddy Bobby Bowden and see if he had any old tapes from his days at West Virginia that maybe he could look at.

Look for “The Veer Option” at a Sanford Stadium near you.

JB

September 7th, 2011
11:03 am

Saint Simons out of prison?

schmeckdawg

September 7th, 2011
11:03 am

Is it possible to feel that this has been a long season after just one game?

Douglas Dawg

September 7th, 2011
11:04 am

It is kinda embarrassing that the o line is saying they didn’t know how to block a certain scheme. I don’t understand how you have the entire off season to prepare your team for one game and then say ” we didn’t know how to block that scheme”, really…. I mean what was so complex it took the entire game to never figure it out. Now SC and the Ole Ball Coach, I don’t like our chances but I am very hopeful. The line is only 3. Winning the SEC is all we here; GA nor SC has ever won the east after losing this game so I am going out on a limb and saying it is do or die for CMR. I still believe, but just barely….

Bremen Dawg

September 7th, 2011
11:06 am

I keep seeing everybody bashing Bobo, you have got to remember that he is running Richts offense and Richt is very involved with it now. When something is working Bobo/Richt call away from it to keep the offense balanced. HA, then when somethings not working they stick with it, don’t want to get away from the game plan.

Douglas Dawg

September 7th, 2011
11:07 am

Anyone else see the College Game Day final….. Lou Holtz was trying to be nice but said CMR needs to call the plays. How telling is that from someone that really knows the game…. Why in the world would CMR let Bobo sink him…. I just don’t understand it.

kp

September 7th, 2011
11:07 am

NewnanDog you obviously didn’t see the game. Murray got sacked from the Shotgun not the I. Most of the success in the passing game and running game came in the I-Formation not the shotgun. Since we ran mostly the gun, hence the lack of success.

TRUTH

September 7th, 2011
11:08 am

UGA looked every bit as bad as last yr. They have more tallent on this team than most other SEC teams – although Murray is WAY over-rated as a QB. His arm is not very strong and his accuracy isn’t there.
Kentucky could have one player as good as Boykin & win 8 games. If Spurrier switched players they would win 11.

Big Dawg

September 7th, 2011
11:08 am

The buck stops here. Coach Richt has been given every opportunity in the world to turn this ship around, and he has remained stubborn throughout most of the process. He only seems to make decisions when it’s three years too late, and then makes them grudgingly, kicking and screaming the whole way. He has told the fans “he knows what the hell he’s doing”, and he’s told the faithful that they’re really not far off. And even when he’s had time to “study football now and become an expert”, things are still in mass confusion. Richt’s stubbornness and unwillingness to really take a look at what’s wrong will be his ultimate undoing. The game has passed him by now, and he is his (and our) own worst enemy. After we finished 6-7 and he told everyone there would be changes, “but don’t think there will be personnel changes”, it showed us all that he is more talk and less action. This will be his final year, and everyone from Steve Spurrier and Dan Mullen will help make sure of it. And then, we can finally look for a coach who will utilize the awesome talent base we have in the great state of Georgia and once again make us competitive.

UGA Insider

September 7th, 2011
11:09 am

The above picture says it all. Our OLineman are terrible and you can’t make a consistent gameplan because of it. Look at Murray’s eyes in the picture… Are they looking downfield or to an outlet back? No… He is looking at watching one of his OLineman get beat and wondering how long he has before he is on the turf. Our OLine was an embarrassment and I just don’t see it getting better. It’s really gonna be a long year.

Columbus Dawg

September 7th, 2011
11:09 am

I have tried my best to be supportive of these inept clowns that call themselves coaches in Athens. I hear what your saying about the pep rally Friday night, and am all for anything that will bring excitement and maybe a little edge for the game against the chickens.

The arrogant Mark Richt can save his breath talking down to me and most of the Georgia people that I know, because most of us played and or coached football, and do know the basic trends that go along with certain circumstances that certain looks from different teams. Now I know that Richt is tired of answering questions about the temperature of his seat, but hey it goes along with the 3 million dollar salary.

As I said, I go along with doing everything we can to support the team this weekend, but if the team looks lost again and is embarrassed again this week then I will do all I can to discourage any more support for this coaching staff. Enough is enough.

UGA02

September 7th, 2011
11:10 am

UGA is doomed with Bobo.

TRUTH

September 7th, 2011
11:11 am

Douglas Dawg

Holtz said this same thing last yr on 680 The Fan — He said that Richt was a Great O-Cord & that there was a reason FlaSt fell off when he left — the same reason why GA got better & won 2-SEC Championships, but when on to say that if Richt refused to call the plays & run the offense then if would cost him his job. I agree.

Abnerish

September 7th, 2011
11:11 am

If Spurrier wins this weekend, that will be his third Georgia coach that he played a significant role in ousting. (although, technically, Donnan was canned probably more because of O’Leary). Don’t let him have the satisfaction, DAWGS! Hunker down!

GT

September 7th, 2011
11:12 am

You all should stop blaming Coach Mike Bobo. He isn’t the problem. He should be made the head coach and given a 5 year contract.

TallyDawg

September 7th, 2011
11:12 am

I don’t understand the comment of running the no huddle to get in more plays to offset other teams’ spread options. By running the no huddle, you simply create more plays in the game, giving BOTH teams more plays in the game. It isn’t like you each get 15 minutes to run as many plays as you can.

DawginLex

September 7th, 2011
11:14 am

So we are going to do no huddle and run the I formation with QB in shotgun?

Coach Bobo needs to educate all of us as to how that will work.

If we are in the shotgun, SC DE’s will have 10 sacks. Our defense is good enough to make plays and make stops, certainly more than 2010. Why give SC more possessions?

Run the I formation, slow the game down and run play action.

I don’t get the insanity Bobo is spewing.

I hope you enjoy coaching at Thomas County Central next year.

Question

September 7th, 2011
11:17 am

Why do I think Bobo views the game like Madden 11? No one ever runs I formation on video games, it’s more fun to run shotgun and throw bombs. And, no need to work on being disciplined, no one ever jumps offsides on video games. Look at the first series the last time we beat Florida (and jumped around like idiots in the endzone), didn’t we run the ball 10 straight times? I fell out of my chair when we came up to the line, got over the ball, then all stood up and looked over at the sideline for the play call – that’s not UGA football people. If we’re going to do that, hire Mike Leach!

Dr. Phil

September 7th, 2011
11:18 am

Bobo is an easy target, but clearly the problem is the whole UGA coaching staff, that Richt recruited with Adams watching over his shoulder. There is a lack of imagination and energy, or in Grantham’s case, the wrong kind of energy.

schmeckdawg

September 7th, 2011
11:19 am

@ Douglas Dawg

GREAT POINT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And if we had coaches worth a damn, they should have been able to make corrections during the game after being told what the Boise State defense was doing.

UGA Insider

September 7th, 2011
11:19 am

Columbus Dawg,

The rumor I keep hearing is that CMR has notified McGarity that this will be his final season at UGA. This would explain the nonchalant attitude at the press’ers. I even hear there is a search committee that has been formed.

murfdawg

September 7th, 2011
11:20 am

Lowcountry Buldog: I have been going to UGA games for over 40 years and this is one of the most disappointing teams I have ever seen. The concensus of opinion of the people sitting around me at the Dome is that we are still unprepared. I look at the first two games as 8 quarters of football to get us back on track. The first qtr was good, 2nd and 3rd qtrs were terrible(sorry to be negative)and the 4th was ok. The problem is I don’t see enough improvement from last year for us to beat USC. And if we can’t beat USC, what chance do we have of winning the SECEAST?

I will be in Athens Sat, cooking out with my friends, drinking adult beverages and getting psyched up for the game. Please tell me that by 9pm I will be happy about UGA football. We have 4 qtrs to save the season and CMR’s job.

Vance Duly

September 7th, 2011
11:20 am

1. Other than the play that Boykin scored on, how many creative, innovative or inspired plays were called? NONE…… and Boykin never saw the ball again, nor was he a decoy.
2. How many times did we run a draw/trap on 2nd down after an incomplete 1st down pass? Almost EVERY time…..
3. After a 1st down penalty, how many times did we run the ball? Pretty much every time……
4. How many screen passes (to TB or WR) or quick-hitting fullback runs did we try? NONE….

We seemed to run the same few plays over and over and over, no matter what was working or not working…. While our line was pathetic, Coach Bobo’s dull play-calling helped to create many long-yardage situations. He stuck to his worst tendencies (see 2nd question above) and featured new ones (see question 3). If he doesn’t improve, it’s going to be more difficult for the offense to overcome its execution problems… Still, GO DAWGS!!!!!

schmeckdawg

September 7th, 2011
11:22 am

@ Big Dawg

Don’t forget, that in that same speech, he said that he was going to be on the cutting edge!

Sumter Dawg

September 7th, 2011
11:22 am

Bobo and McClendon need to go. This team is no better than the team last year. I once believed in Coach Richt but now I don’t know how I can continue to defend him. A Boise State player said he thought they, Boise State, were in a little better stape than the Dawgs, I guess that is true when your defense plays most of the game. How many series on the offense was three and out? A lot of talent, absolutely NO COACHING. Georgia will lose this week-end. The Old Ball Coach attacks where you are weak. He will have no problem finding our weak spots.

Joey

September 7th, 2011
11:23 am

If we run the No-Huddle all season, will the season get over quicker?

Will M. from Fla

September 7th, 2011
11:23 am

I have offered Mike Bobo a 6 year 6 figure deal to come to UF.

CHDawg

September 7th, 2011
11:24 am

IMHO, we need to cut Murray loose and let him scramble. Watch an old film of Tarkenton with the Vikings and that is what I hope we look like on Sat. We have the depth at WR to keep them fresh. Trying to win trench warfare doesn’t look like a good strategy to me. Go Dawgs.

Big Dawg

September 7th, 2011
11:24 am

A telling fact From ‘The Bleacher Report’…….

Georgia currently has the third most NFL starters. The others are Ohio St. (1st), Southern Cal (2nd), and Oklahoma (4th). In the past 12 years, Ohio State has played for three national titles, USC has played for two, and Oklahoma has played for the national championship four times. And of course UGA has played for the trophy 0 times during that span. If that doesn’t spell it out for you, it means you’re probably drinking the same Kool-Aid as Coach Richt.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/834438-5-things-i-learned-about-georgia-and-boise-state/page/3

No huddle.....no wins......no coaches.....

September 7th, 2011
11:24 am

Abnerish

September 7th, 2011
11:24 am

Question — I totally agree about the Dawgs looking at the sideline for the call. I hate that. There used to be a time when the QB had a play they could audible and it was up to the QB to make that call. I was disappointed that we don’t have enough faith in our 3rd year QB to let him run the offense. I’ve always thought that other teams did that because their QB was too stupid to read a defense (e.g. Cam Newton).

Joey

September 7th, 2011
11:25 am

“If it doesn’t work, keep doing it!!!!!”
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Come on schmeckdawg, didn’t you hear?

Richt “knows what the hell he’s doing.”