What worries you most as the Dogs head to Knoxville?

The poor play of Georgia's offensive line in pass protection is affecting Aaron Murray (Associated Press)

The poor play of Georgia's offensive line in pass protection is affecting Aaron Murray (Associated Press)

As the Bulldogs prepare to journey up to Rocky Top, what worries you most as a Georgia fan?

Is it the loss of ace pass rusher Cornelius Washington, who might have been expected to apply considerable pressure on Volunteer QB Tyler Bray? Are you remembering how Kellen Moore picked apart the Georgia defense when he wasn’t under any pressure?

Are you fretting about the continuing special teams problems and wondering just what Mark Richt’s going to do if a game comes down to the choice between going for it on fourth down or calling in Blair Walsh and the field goal unit?

Does the fall-off in offensive production in the second half over the past couple of games worry you the most?

Or is it the shaky play of sophomore quarterback Aaron Murray, who threw three more picks Saturday?

Actually, I think most of Murray’s problems, and perhaps even some of the second-half offensive slump, are a result of what worries me most about the Dawgs right now: the poor pass protection by a spotty offensive line that’s overworked because of a severe lack of depth.

It looked to me Saturday like maybe one of the reasons Mike Bobo got conservative in the second half and didn’t make as much use of the spread (where Isaiah Crowell appears to be more effective since he thrives on space) was because he was trying to protect his quarterback with more blockers in the backfield.

In addition to getting sacked a couple of times by the Maroon Bulldogs, Murray was hit hard several times in the first half and he never seemed comfortable in the pocket after that. In fact, a couple of times he seemed so uncomfortable that he hurried passes when he didn’t even have to. Bobo also had Murray rolling out more, which doesn’t appear to help the young quarterback’s accuracy.

And remember the last time this OL played before a really noisy crowd, in the Georgia Dome, and all those false starts? Neyland Stadium will definitely be just as loud, if not more so.

So that’s what concerns me the most as the Dogs head to Knoxville: the deficient OL and the effect it’s having on our quarterback and playcalling.

How about you?

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raleigh

October 4th, 2011
10:37 am

defense has to set the tone. crowell needs to stay in the game. one week he wants 30 carries, the next he doesn’t. it should be up to the coaches because the tone has to be set with the run. do dawgs. IC is our best chance. defense must continue high level of play.

raleigh

October 4th, 2011
10:37 am

first by the way

Seth

October 4th, 2011
10:39 am

A big special teams flub. Dawgs won in 2003 in Knoxville on huge defensive/special teams play. The last six contests have been decisive victories (3 for each side) predicated on BIG plays.

Don’t let Tenn get huge pass plays, Dawgs win. Crowell rips a run like the one that was called back against MSU, Dawgs win.

DawginLex

October 4th, 2011
10:43 am

Run the ball down their throats, keep Bray on the sideline

No turnovers

Play field position and punt. Make them drive it 80 yards to score.

Send'em U hauls

October 4th, 2011
10:44 am

Our Midget QB, our field goal kicker, our pathetic offensive lineand our red zone scoring. Lets face it because its simply not getting it done….see Clempson

Fridawg

October 4th, 2011
10:45 am

Predictible play calling, youth, inexperience, and the unknown level of tennessee’s play worry me most.

Dawg Fud

October 4th, 2011
10:45 am

I think a lot of Murray mistakes are beacuse he does not see well downfield because of his height. Murray is good but not great. Bray is the best QB in the SEC for sure. He is deadly accurate.

Bulldogs would literally steal one if they won a night game in Knoxville.

Dawg Fud

October 4th, 2011
10:47 am

And yes, Blair Walsh is a head case right now. I do not feel comfortable with him doing anything except drinking Gatorade on the sideline.

DawginLex

October 4th, 2011
10:48 am

This game won’t be close

elanta

October 4th, 2011
10:48 am

Offensive line, Murray is so short he is completely ineffective when there is pressure up the middle.

Smokewagon

October 4th, 2011
10:52 am

I am concerned about the lack of 2nd half production. The defense has masked this problem pretty well but how much longer can we expect them to cover this major problem? The fire and intensity seems to be diminished by 2nd half and the offense just seems to be going through the motions. I don’t know what is being said at halftime but perhaps silence would work better.

jimflanders@hotmail.com

October 4th, 2011
10:53 am

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DawginLex

October 4th, 2011
10:54 am

Murray is 6′1″

His arms are not real long and it gives the look of him being short.

He is above average height wise.

How many passes has he had batted down at the line?

None I can remember.

The height thing is an overused phrase used by people who don’t have a clue as to what they are talking about, which is about 99% of the losers on these blogs.

The same people who want us to lose and not win out so we don’t have to play big bad Bama in the dome.

jimflanders@hotmail.com

October 4th, 2011
10:58 am

We are behind by four points in fourth quarter and are on their four yard line with two minutes to go and coach decides to kick field goal. Oh well we can only hope that we play well for entire game. This game is turning point for season and for the head coach……..

wins-by-a-link

October 4th, 2011
10:58 am

All SEC games are must win, If Dogs hope to make a run at SEC East they must beat the Vols at home and that is not easy even with the Vols having a less than steller season, The loss of Cornelius Washington will hurt the Dog’s pass rush lets hope Ray Drew steps in and does the job, Murray needs to put two halfs together and close out the Vols early, The Dawgs have too many weapons for this to be a close game.

RedandBlackDawg

October 4th, 2011
10:58 am

What worries me the most is Bobo trying to sit on a lead in the second half and letting the defense keep the win for the team. That, and his tendancy to try and go for the bomb, thus getting his QB crushed. Did he not learn anything from the Boise game. Keep it short and control the game clock that way. Don’t depend on the defense to do everything for you. In other words, go for the kill. Conservative may be nice in politics but has no place in an SEC football game. We have a monster sized line on OL, but they are more of a run blocking line, not a hold them all day long while we wait for a WR to get open downfield 45 yards. We have some speedy WR’s, so let’s get them the ball, 7-10 yards down the field and let them get those yards after the catch. Bombs may make nice hilight film but the chances for failure are a lot higher than a short, play control game. Run at them until they get tired of it also. We have the runners to wear down a defense, but when we find something that is working, we go away from it. If the defense can’t stop it, we shouldn’t either.If they figure it out, change up to another thing, but keep it simple, and control the darn game clock.

GO DAWGS and GATA

cb

October 4th, 2011
11:00 am

Dawgs should try to get Steve Garcia as a QB coach. That would help.

Bremen Dawg

October 4th, 2011
11:00 am

Bill, what do you think about the O line’s run blocking. An old Georgia scout team lineman keeps saying its the line that is making Crowell lot good, I think it is a little bit I’m not any of the other backs would average as much. He seems to make 2 yards losses into 2 yard gains.

Mookie

October 4th, 2011
11:02 am

Do the Nick Sabin, get a lead, hold it, give it to the tailback to shorten the game

Macclenny_dawg

October 4th, 2011
11:02 am

Bill,
I have 2 say its getting out coached!!! When the talent level is about the same seems we get out coached!!! We play not to lose instead of playing to win!!!

McDawg

October 4th, 2011
11:04 am

consistiency and Blair Walsh

DawginLex

October 4th, 2011
11:10 am

Bray threw 3 picks versus florida

Moron Dawg Fan

October 4th, 2011
11:10 am

I’m worried about Lulu getting the day off at Waffle House so that we can fire up the old 1980 mini-van and get up there in time.

UGA Insider

October 4th, 2011
11:11 am

Smokewagon hit the nail on the head. I have never in all my years seen a team so good in the first half and so bad in the second. This has been going on folks for the past 3 years. Like I have said so many times….It looks like Bobo hands out Valiums at halftime or something.

Special teams is going to hurt us again if CMR is not careful. And as usual he is hard-headed and slow to correct the problem. Why we don’t have a dedicated special teams coach is beyond me.

I’m nervous about this game because the last 2 trips to Knoxville have been embarrassments and not even competitive. CMR did not have them ready to play and Dooley is looking for that signature win.

As of today I’m going to say UGA-28 UT 27.

Please note… last week I predicted UGA 44 Miss St 10, however Boykin dropped another pick 6 as did Sanders Comings.

Draggin' Fly

October 4th, 2011
11:13 am

What worries me is having to drive all the way back to Atlanta with my wife, who is a UT grad, after a loss. She’ll be merciless after all the crap I gave her after the game in Athens last season.

It’s gonna be a long ride no matter who wins, but I’d prefer that the smile was on MY face.

Pray for me amongst 102,000 screaming hillbillies. GATA!

BMDPD

October 4th, 2011
11:16 am

Aaron Murray! He has yet to beat a team with a winning record! He has yet to have a game winning 4th quarter drive! He locks onto his choice receiver from the snap and never looks at the secondary routes! He has yet to win a big game!

Fashion Police Dawg

October 4th, 2011
11:17 am

I’m worried about what Barbara Dooley will wear to the game. Red and Orange??? Understand the support for Derek, but she can support him in the family room at home and wear red & black at the game.

Remarkable

October 4th, 2011
11:20 am

I’m worried about the OL too, but I agree with many on here today who are concerned with the second half play. Either the Mississippi Bulldogs made a much better second half adjustment than we did, or we just don’t know how to play with the lead in the second half.

UGA Alumnus

October 4th, 2011
11:24 am

Jeez, Bill. You sound down right concerned about everything!

CO Dawg

October 4th, 2011
11:25 am

Just tryin to be optimistic here! Richt will be going for win no.100 and what better game to get it than the 10th anniversary of the Hobnail Boot! Maybe we need another Hobnail Boot moment for CMR to ignite the program once again!

Murpheys Law

October 4th, 2011
11:27 am

I guess it’s that it’s the week after a glorious weekend in that UGA won, and SC and Florida lost. Is Georgia going to take this opportunity and shine, or are we going to crash and burn?

Robby

October 4th, 2011
11:27 am

What worried me was Justin Hunter. I am good now. As long as Boykin or Commings doesn’t get hurt, we SHOULD win.

East Repeat

October 4th, 2011
11:28 am

DawginLex- Game won’t be close? cause the Dawgs are now so dominant, huh! Dawgs aren’t that good. UGA may win, but not in a blow out. time for UGA to go on road and really see how good they are. road games are tough in SEC!

UGA Alumnus

October 4th, 2011
11:29 am

Bill King:

What’s the point in getting the fans back in a pessimistic mind set? Now I’m staring to realize, better, why our fan base stinks. The media that writes about our team is constantly trying to cast everything in the worst possible light.

Other teams do not have such pessimistic and negative media coverage. The Bulldawg Nation (media included) focuses on the negative.

Bill, you are officially the Energy Vampire of the Week.

BMDPD

October 4th, 2011
11:30 am

@UGA Alumnus, Munson was the king of Energy Vampires.

ARdawg

October 4th, 2011
11:30 am

Other than offensive coaching? Nothing worries me about this game

Dylan

October 4th, 2011
11:32 am

My main worry is the fact that we are playing in Knoxville. I think most fans would agree that the 2007 UGA football team was one of the, if not the best team to come from UGA in the past decade. Either 2007 or 2002. But in 2007, Tennessee beat us like a drum in Knoxville. The game was never even close, and the same goes for the last time that we were up there. Neyland used to almost be like a 2nd home to Coach Richt, but it’s not so kind anymore. It’s going to be a night game and it’s going to be loud!

GO DAWGS!!

Dwayne

October 4th, 2011
11:32 am

BooBoo’s play calling. He is a waste of UGA’s talent.
Let’s run smelluel up the middle and watch the ghosts tackle him.
4th and inches inside the 20, let’s NOT give it to figgins. geez

DawginLex

October 4th, 2011
11:33 am

East repeat

the history of this series says this game won’t be close

Either we stuff their run game, sack and intercept Bray and win big or

We choke on our own vomit, turn the ball over multiple times and get embarrassed

Either way, it won’t be close

Will

October 4th, 2011
11:33 am

My reasons for doubt… What are the past 2 combined scores for UGA/UT in Knoxville. I have no idea but I guarantee it’s embarrassing.

ctb

October 4th, 2011
11:33 am

it seems like the second half georgia turns into a pumkin. the offense gos limp and we dont score. if the game is close how are going to get together. i say score as much as we can and stop getting conservative in second half. if murray starts to struggle put mason in to get a change of pace. hutson is a better passer than murray

Pago Pago Dawg

October 4th, 2011
11:34 am

In order for UGA to win the East, we have to hope and pray that UF/USC lose 2-3 more games! Sad.

DawginLex

October 4th, 2011
11:36 am

pago pago

check your math

We win out

all we need is Arkansas to whip SC

Real Dawg Fan

October 4th, 2011
11:38 am

I am worried that a bunch of couch coaches and armchair quarterbacks, that probably never played college football or graduated from college, spend so much time posting negative comments about young men that actually play the game and a coach that has been a great ambassador for the University of Georgia. I am a huge Dawg fan but these inflammatory articles, written by someone that only has a job because of the players and coaches he so regularly bashes, are an embarrassment to real college football fans. I am a season ticket holder. I never boo the players or the coaches because in the end, and most importantly, THIS IS JUST A GAME.

That being said, GO DAWGS!!! Beat those orange hillbillies!!!

timthebrave

October 4th, 2011
11:38 am

Our pass defense worries me the most

UGA Insider

October 4th, 2011
11:41 am

Dylan,

I was at that game in 07′ and let’s add the fact that Fulmer was a lame-duck coach who was short on talent and depth. My friends and I left at halftime that day because we were tired of being cussed out by hillbillies. That was the first day that I doubted this staff to get the players ready for a big game. Fans need to remember, If CMR and staff don’t lay a big fat egg then UGA probably plays for the MNC.

Denver Dawg

October 4th, 2011
11:41 am

what concerns me the most? how the Dawgs usually PLAY SO POORLY in Knoxville! Records aside, talent aside. I have attended many games up there over the years, as there’s no fans I’d rather p*ss off than the Pumpkin People, but aside from 2001’s “hobnail boot” and 2005’s Thomas Flowers invasion, there has been mighty little to cheer about…. 1980 was good, though…

Dawg_Mike

October 4th, 2011
11:44 am

What worries me most?

We dont give the ball to Figgins on short yardage situations. In fact, we dont hand him the ball at all- look it up. 0 rushes 0 yards.

We run a no huddle hurry up offense and we are not conditioned enough to handle it. Auburn ran 90 offensive plays at SC- 90 ! But they did not seem to be tired, or at least their body language did not indicate it like our guys do. SLOW DOWN and call better plays in the huddle.

We fall victim to halftime adjustments time and time again while we make none. that concerns me more than anything. if they take away a deep ball, then pick them apart with short dinks and dunks like Boise did to us- let the playmakers have the ball.

We do not have a killer instinct.

Those are my primary concerns.

Out….

tampaBIGdawg

October 4th, 2011
11:44 am

DawginLex-
As usually, I agree with your comments. Some of these guys on here really drive me nuts on how they explain there thoughts. I hate all things, UT, GT, AU, UF, and SC, but I don’t make the absolutely obsured comments half these trolls have. They really get my chain tight.

Mad Mike

October 4th, 2011
11:48 am

the defense is noticeably improved from the boise state game. depth at tailback and o-line are the major concerns. and murray’s accuracy/carelessness with the football.