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

Hunduran Child

September 7th, 2011
11:57 am

I just want to say Marc Richt very good to me. He help me, paco, pick the crops. He then tell me I can be president of hondura one day.

munsondawg

September 7th, 2011
11:57 am

GayDawg,

Every sports blog you post on about Georgia has to do w/ being queer. Take your gay self and your crap somewhere else.

Hands on hips

September 7th, 2011
11:58 am

@ G@y Dawg……. I was being serious!

djdawg

September 7th, 2011
11:58 am

Until CMR decides to start calling the plays again Im afraid we will continue on this slide to the bottom of the SEC!!!

Gay Dawg

September 7th, 2011
11:59 am

munsondawg – I am proud of what I am and you sir are a homophobe. The worst part is UGA is a heavily gay student body so if you trash me you trash UGA as a whole!

Send'em U hauls

September 7th, 2011
12:00 pm

Someone needs to tell BOO BOO it aint wotkin!

Send'em U hauls

September 7th, 2011
12:01 pm

Elliott

September 7th, 2011
12:03 pm

Bobo’s right on, we have to go hurry up to run more plays.

Mrs. Boo Boo

September 7th, 2011
12:04 pm

My Bobo never shoots himself in the foot. He is usually on target. Look at all the kids we have.

Eric Zier

September 7th, 2011
12:04 pm

BOBO has always sucked

bob

September 7th, 2011
12:05 pm

Inlet Dawg

September 7th, 2011
12:05 pm

Imagine that Mike Bobo makes mistakes and does don’t learn from them,and then tries to blame it on his players poor execution.He is a moron!

Chuck Doodle

September 7th, 2011
12:06 pm

Gee… Im begining to wonder if Richt will reach the 100 win mark.

augusta dawg

September 7th, 2011
12:07 pm

With an automatic shotgun…… He has no clue how to counter defenses…… Bobo will be coaching high school after this season!!!!!!!!!!

Inlet Dawg

September 7th, 2011
12:07 pm

I think he wants to hurry up to get the defense out on the field after another 3 and out.

Russ the Mascot

September 7th, 2011
12:08 pm

Say it ain’t so BoBo. Now you actually come out and tell the opponent what you are going to do well in advance? DumbAZZ coaches…………………………………………………………………

Suck Belue

September 7th, 2011
12:08 pm

bobo was almost as bad a QB as I was.

mark

September 7th, 2011
12:09 pm

Right was right, it was lack of execution, on his part. If he doesnt fire Boo-Boo then get rid of both of them. Only then will he get it!!! Get the Boise offensive coordinator in here, he gets its.

Send'em U hauls

September 7th, 2011
12:09 pm

Bobo needs to pack up and go to Furman. Richt needs to go the Holmes Bible College.

bobo_a_nono

September 7th, 2011
12:09 pm

You want more offensive plays? Here is an idea…. try less three and outs.

Stacey Searles

September 7th, 2011
12:10 pm

@ Football “Insider”…you’re full of more crap than a Christmas Turkey boy. You have the biggest inferiority complex of anybody I have ever heard. You’re trying so hard to act like your in the “know” and about the only we “know” about you is your full of doo doo.

Bigdsel5556

September 7th, 2011
12:11 pm

UGA used to be known for running the ball down your throat, now we are known for letting our qb get sacked. I thought this was the problem last year, why are our receiver routes so long. The goal is to move the chains not try to score on every single play. We are not wearing any defense out with 3 and outs

EL Willieo

September 7th, 2011
12:12 pm

miss me yet?

Afan

September 7th, 2011
12:12 pm

The shotgun is designed to give the QB more time. So this whole article makes no sense.
If we dont have the personel for something then it is a running offense. We dont have a running back right now. Until Crowell shows us something else.
The only option we have is shotgun cause we got no line. the shotgun gives us another 2 to 3 steps away and time to throw.
amazing…

Oompa Loompa

September 7th, 2011
12:14 pm

Face it…… Aaron is one of us.

CABO

September 7th, 2011
12:14 pm

The plan is good. If we fail it is because you did not execute the plan.
Sounds like something a Russian General tells the cannon fodder just before the shooting starts.

abe lincoln

September 7th, 2011
12:14 pm

Uga has and will continue to run the ball right at people . Getting away from running the ball is going to get the current staff run off . Crowell didn’t come to Uga to pass block. Find some fullbacks who will knock some holes open and run the dam ball . When have we made a big deal out of being physical.
Our plan is soft and that is our approach. The next coach needs to hard-nosed who is committed to running to ball. Looks like we don’t believe in the athletes that we have recruited. Coach Richt’s CEO PLAN HAS FAILED MISERABLE.

schmeckdawg

September 7th, 2011
12:15 pm

murfdawg

September 7th, 2011
11:51 am
Here’s my last Alzheimers memory of saving a season:
In 78, we were down 20-0 to GT and Eddie Lee Ivery. I told my wife I was putting down the beer, picking up the scotch and watch Eddie Lee run. Fortunately, the more scotch I drank the better the Dawgs played and we know how that turned out. My question is; How much scotch do I need to take into the game?

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Two words murfdawg………HUNKER DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2 yards and a cloud of Bobo

September 7th, 2011
12:16 pm

if all else fails run the draw !

?

September 7th, 2011
12:17 pm

Does this Bobo have a football background? Has he ever played or even watched the game? Did Richt find him managing an Applebee’s and thought he’d make a great OC? Based on his playcalling, it’s the only thing that makes sense.

Here we go yet again.....

September 7th, 2011
12:18 pm

Earth to Fans……CMR has the ability to over turn any call Bobo makes…….so whose fault is it???? As for Murray- he STILL has yet to beat a team with a winning record. I am not sold on him…at least try Hudson….

Here we go yet again.....

September 7th, 2011
12:19 pm

Schmeck….you will need the whole distillary! This team MIGHT win 5…MIGHT

Hands on hips

September 7th, 2011
12:20 pm

Aaron walks a little light in his cleats.

Elliott

September 7th, 2011
12:21 pm

Look for UGA to score 50 points in this one. East Carolina, a high school quality team, scored 37 on SC. Their defense might just be the worst in the NCAA. Bobo is licking his chops.

Alphare

September 7th, 2011
12:21 pm

No-huddle is for quick brain people, isn’t it? That just tells coach Bobo is still confident with his brain power.

Here we go yet again.....

September 7th, 2011
12:22 pm

Richt will never get rid of Bobo…….after all we scored 30 points 7 times last year…..unfortunately, he fails to complete the sentence………and we still finished with a losing record and failed to beat a winning team………………Spurrier said it correctly years ago…..I dont know what happens to guys when the get ti Georgia……

AltamahaDawg

September 7th, 2011
12:22 pm

NOT a fan of the no huddle today anymore than I was this past summer, when I discussed this with the several folks who were telling me that it was the way to go. (oddly a couple of the same folks that are critical of Bobo for not scraping it after one game). I guess its the way of the future as long as it works the very first game. I understand the need to get more plays in I suppose, But we just don’t seem very built for it right now. I suspect we will see it in a modified scaled-back version. We didn’t seem to confuse anyone but ourselves.

And what did you think Bobo was going to say? 3 days before the next game. “oh we definitely have taken that off the table”.

Eat and Tweet

September 7th, 2011
12:22 pm

Coach Spurrier please kicks da ball to me and brings me a buckets of chikin.

Afan

September 7th, 2011
12:24 pm

dont drink the coolaide.
UGA will lose by 21 at least.
And I hate saying that…

NC Dawg

September 7th, 2011
12:25 pm

Maybe we should call it the No Hope offense.

Gay Dawg

September 7th, 2011
12:25 pm

Ya’ll remember that photo of the team all oiled up wiht chains and working out? How bout another!! Whose with me.

Here we go yet again.....

September 7th, 2011
12:26 pm

Double Jeopardy question for 500….

Scored 30 points 7 times last year but still losers.

“who is Georgia, Alex?

Correct!

georgedawg

September 7th, 2011
12:26 pm

I’m guessing that most of these hateful/critical comments come from folks that haven’t accomplished much in there own lives and thus put too much of their ego at stake by how the dawgs do., How about supporting our team win or lose. Try accomplishing something in your own life and you want feel the need to be so critical of others that are in the spot light/out there competing. McGarity will do whats necessary, whatever that turns out to be, at the end of the year.

Until then I’d suggest turning around our image of being fair weather fans to being the “Bulldog Nation” that cheers for our team successes and supports them through their effort to improve.

I was so excited about seeing the new team and some of our new stars that I couldn’t sleep Friday night. Happy with some of what I saw but disapointed that our LOS, especially offensive, doesn’t appear to be that good. That has haunted us for years.

When I heard the boos and saw Coach Richt look up to see people filing out I was completely disgusted. In fact, I turned the TV off and wondered just what is wrong with our fans. Good grief, grow up and lets become the best fans in America. That way we can start keeping our best players in state – would you want to go to Georgia and get harpooned by the AJC and be booed by the fans regularly? Spurrier the OLD Ball Coach tells the Georgia recruits he goes after – come to South Carolina where the fans love and support you regardless of the scoreboard.This year he’ll probably play the tape of us booing our team as they are out there getting there butts beat. They feel worse about it than we do,
Think about it!

cpinthedawghouse

September 7th, 2011
12:27 pm

What do you do when you prepare to re-locate? Sell off real estate assets. Richt has already started that process back in the spring. Just MAYBE I’m right? Or just dreaming. Kirby, Mama’s calling.

Nick

September 7th, 2011
12:27 pm

I don’t think it was the no-huddle causing the bulk of the problems. And the shotgun? The shotgun was developed to give the QB more time to scan the field and throw, not less. So that ain’t it. Poor execution, poor coaching, poor preparation, poor play-calling, lack of adjustments and stubbornness are all to blame. If this was an anomoly and UGA wins out and gets a re-match with Boise in the National Title game, all will be forgotten. But somehow, I ain’t feeling it.

Hands on hips

September 7th, 2011
12:28 pm

I wanna get a closer look at Murray’s gait.

Ace

September 7th, 2011
12:29 pm

It don’t matter if you win or lose at UGA, tickets will continue to sell.

Losers for 300 Alex......

September 7th, 2011
12:29 pm

This team failed to score a TD against Conference USA…

Who is Georgia Alex?

Correct!

Where is the depth

September 7th, 2011
12:30 pm

What Bobo should have said is we are using the shotgun formation so that Murray can see who is coming at him when the O line caves and we have to hope that our freshman running back has enough time to pick up his blocking assignment or throw it quickly. Seems like on offense and defense we are already “thin” at critical positions one game in to the year.

Mobile Dawg

September 7th, 2011
12:30 pm

Well I profess we go the exact opposite direction. Keep the ball on the ground, run the toss sweep, crossbucks, shovel passes, screens the opposite direction of toss sweeps off play action. Run as much of the clock as we can so we minimize the embarassment. If that offensive offensive line wants to embarass themselves so be it. This coaching staff has no clue, IMO, none.