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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sting'um

October 5th, 2011
5:17 pm

IC who at best he is an average freshman RB. The vols defense will pick UGA apart
just as GT’s option will make you wish you had fired BOOBOO and Richt a tear ago.

DAWGtired

October 5th, 2011
5:34 pm

at the North Avenue Tradeschool Chump-
You’ve been running the same option since 2007, and apart from a garbage win against a heartless Stafford squad, we’ve OWNED you for over a decade. WTH make you think we fear you now? In stark contrast to the Kool-aid drinkers on here, you have chosen to SMOKE the Kool-aid. IC is the #4 Freshman running back in the nation and the #4 overall back in the SEC. This is anything but avg. Especially considering that his year to date total rushing is greater than the combined totals for the entire tennessee backfield, and he avgs 7 yds less per game than their whole team. Your arguments are as hollow as your head, boy.

IC Deal

October 5th, 2011
5:42 pm

IC’s already licking his chops, thinking about running wild against that terrible tech defense. He may get 250 yards alone in that game. Dawgs roll: Ga 41 Tech 23!!!

Volstead Act

October 5th, 2011
5:48 pm

How many UGA players will be driving drunk after they get back to Athens?

They’ll be boozing it up pretty good after the humiliating loss to Tennessee. On the other hand, they booze it up pretty good after a win, too.

I guess they’re just a bunch of drunks.

DAWGtired

October 5th, 2011
5:50 pm

Is it too much to ask for to get some trolls on here who can have an informed, well-drafted, intellectual debate for CFB??? Instead we get, “YOU SUCK”, “FIRE CMR”, “FIRE BOBO”, “RED PANTIES(?!?)”, and “FULMER CUP” comments. I miss the old days when Tideroll would come on here and use stats, accurate assessments, and well written logical arguments to rib us. This Junior Varsity Troll squad is egregious.

DAWGtired

October 5th, 2011
6:00 pm

Volstead-B/c Tennessee players NEVER drink or get into any off-field incidents. YOUR TEAM COINED THE PHRASE FULMER CUP. And what does any of that have to do with the game??? Again…back to Red Panties. That was the worst spin-off half@$$ insult I have ever seen. NO ONE AT UGA CARES ABOUT DAMON EVANS. The only contribution that loser made to our football program- role model for Cornelius W.

Bob

October 5th, 2011
6:29 pm

Mark Richt and Mike Bobo still coaching this team.

DAWGtired

October 5th, 2011
6:53 pm

They were coaching us when we won 2 SEC Championships, had 6 top ten AP finishes and when we won 2 Sugar Bowls also. Derek Dooley’s greatest accomplishments- Winning a homegame bowl in Shreveport against NIU with Louisiana Tech and losing his first Bowl game as an SEC head Coach to a UNC team with one of the most depleted and undisciplined squads in FBS football.

DAWGtired

October 5th, 2011
7:04 pm

The guy is 26-28 in just over 4 seasons as a CFB HC, and people are actually high on this dude? LANE KIFFIN IS MORE ESTABLISHED AS A HC FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!

Ghost of Johnny Griffith

October 5th, 2011
7:18 pm

DAWGtired

October 5th, 2011
7:28 pm

Think I’m lying? Kiffin went 7-5 regular season, but got blasted by Va Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. He went 8-5 last year in the PAC10 (bowl ineligible) and is 4-1 in the PAC12 this year so far. You ready for this one, Knoxville…that’s an overall record of 19-12! Derek Dooley-.491 as a Head Coach. Lane Kiffin- .655 as a Head Coach. How’s that for a sting, OrangeCrushed?

Atlanta Jacket

October 5th, 2011
7:36 pm

What worries me most?

I won’t have peanuts this winter, because peanut-farmer Bill King will go into a state of depression, and not plow the field after the Volunteers embarrass the Chi-wa-was.

2-10 against ranked teams

October 5th, 2011
7:36 pm

“What worries you most as the Dogs head to Knoxville?”

……..Mark Richt, still coaching the Dawgs!!!

2-10 against ranked teams

October 5th, 2011
7:39 pm

Sorry “Bob”….you beat me too it. I only saw the headline of this blog and couldn’t help myself. I’m so damned tired of all the rah rah about UGA beating a couple of doormat teams and the next thing you know…..we’ll be national champs!!!

Just venting……it’s just so pathetic how much far this program has fallen under Richt the past few years.

Da Rick

October 5th, 2011
8:04 pm

It’s ALPO time; I love dawgs, there man’s best friend.

Da Rick

October 5th, 2011
8:10 pm

With all due respect; no one cares about stats, it only about winning.

dawg fan sitting on rockytop

October 5th, 2011
8:34 pm

No more worries, just got my parking pass!

Russell

October 5th, 2011
8:50 pm

No worries at all.

Tennessee 34, UGA 17

A fun game and a short, safe ride home if Cornelius Washington isn’t driving.

CARLTON POWELL

October 5th, 2011
8:55 pm

As I watched the FL/ ‘Bama game last Sat. night, I was struck by the thought and question if we’d EVER see a team as disciplined and hard-nosed as ‘Bama in Athens? The question takes on a dynamic twist when one considers that UGA has the abiltiy to recruit in what many feel is one of the four best recruiting states. The other three being Florida, Texas, and California. For the life of me I cannot understand why UGA isn’t a top 10 team every year with such a recruiting edge.

As for the game in Ktown, I picked UGA to finish the season 7-5, with one of the 5 losses to the Vols. I’ve seen nothing to change my mind. Do think it might be a bit of a better game than the past two trips to Ktown. Clearly, in ‘07 and ‘09 UGA just didn’t show up for work. As for worries, way too many to go into here. First things first. Get proper motivation. Don’t let there be another ‘07 or ‘09. A UGA win could be a nice springboard to the remainder of the season. Suppose we’ll know about midnight Sat.

Jack Et

October 5th, 2011
8:56 pm

My biggest concern is that UGA might luck up and win.

Fire Mark Richt

October 5th, 2011
8:57 pm

I’m worried about our boys coming out flat, getting down early, and letting that huge Neyland crowd get to them. If we start out the same way we did against Ole Miss and Miss St., we’ll be fine.

Otis My Man

October 5th, 2011
10:33 pm

Man Up!!! TG if you are going to play zone you need to disguise it! Good QB’s will pick apart our zone (ie kellen moore who said “this is easy” as he came to the sideline in the 3rd wtr against UGA! Let our athletes bumb and run and get 3+ picks on Sat Night!!!! GO DAWGS!!!

bugsquacher

October 6th, 2011
12:07 am

what worries me most? CMR

NiquePhotog

October 6th, 2011
12:29 am

Apparently no one cares about UGA football anymore…Buzz is in first place with more than 10x as many votes as the last place Hairy Dawg! (1,380,00 vs 136,000). I guess a couple thousand geniuses doesn’t hurt either!

http://www.capitalonebowl.com/standings

DawginTX

October 6th, 2011
2:54 am

Hey Volstead, neither of us are really in position to laugh when a football player from another university gets arrested. I mean the Fulmer Cup was founded at Tennessee but Georgia won it last year, with the extra bonus of the athletic director getting involoved.

DawginTX

October 6th, 2011
3:31 am

Yeah NiquePhotog, that must be a really scientific poll. Speaking of no one caring about football, what is the minimum donation that one could have made this year to purchase season tickets for the first time at Tech? $0. Minimum donation in Athens? Over $2K. And how many fewer seats does the Joke by Coke have? 38K. Hmmmm. Let’s see, higher supply, much higher price…Oh, economics! That must mean that demand is higher in Athens by a tremendous amount. I’d say that’s a pretty good measure of caring about football. Want further proof? Georgia is 2nd in total football revenue (only behind Texas), with almost 3 times as much as Georgia Tech ($70.8M to $24.2M).

yearofthedawg

October 6th, 2011
4:22 am

What worries me most is that our fans are the worst in the country and have sucked all the fun out of the season no matter what happens. If we lose then its incessant whining about firing people. If we win its incessant whining about how we didn’t win by enough. Its exhausting.

chris

October 6th, 2011
4:33 am

Berry the qb for the vols reminds me a lot of Eric Angie.He hangs in against pressure well and seems to have a lot more confidence.Tennessee’s Offense right now worries me because they are passing the football so well and putting up points.I think this defense is much more improved ,not only from last year but could be as good as 2007 version.If the Dawgs can flip field position with turnovers and get out to a two score lead,then it might be a long night for Tennessee vols.

This worries me

October 6th, 2011
5:58 am

Sleazemonger Mark Richt worries me the most.

SEC whiners

October 6th, 2011
7:13 am

What worries me most is the insects are in the top 15 and we haven’t beaten a real team yet, and not sure if UT can even qualify for that yet.

Whoa, that's a lot of cash for losing to USC and UF

October 6th, 2011
7:31 am

Saint Mark Richt, the $10,000 a day coach.

Dangerous

October 6th, 2011
7:45 am

Bobo needs to call more quick strike plays (slant) and keep the Tenn D from running down hill on them the whole game, keep THEM ON THEIR HEELS. O line can’t be asked to keep a 3 to 6 second pocket all day until something opens up (or not) down field and Murray-Garcia chunks it up to whom ever.

Dogs Smell

October 6th, 2011
8:15 am

DAWGtired
2)Georgia has had success in conference play- What is your conf’ record? Do you know?
Yes Georgia should win this game but shouldnt they have beaten SC? ( No excuses please)
Your chest is bowed because you have now beaten 3 very weak teams and feel good about yoursself. The first game of the season you faced a QB who could connect, your doga are about to face another one.

Good Ole...

October 6th, 2011
8:18 am

Tennessee 31, Georgia 17

Rocky Top rules.

NiquePhotog

October 6th, 2011
8:23 am

DawginTX,

Did I say it was scientific? No. It obviously displays somewhat how much dedication there is to a team and their mascot. And UGA is lacking.

Sorry, but you are misinformed and must have gotten the donation info from someone on this blog. There is a minimum donation.

Do 90,000 seats matter if it’s not an intimidating environment? I don’t see other teams EVER talking about Sanford Stadium how fans are talking about Neyland stadium right now.

I guess it helps that more than half the non-students in the stadium are bandwagoning wannabe dawg fans. Personally, I’m glad we don’t have to deal with them.

GT has a better ratio of seats per student (55,000 to 13,000 vs 92,000 to 26,000). And I guess it doesn’t help that GT grads actually have the capacity to get jobs out-of-state/country. Sure, there are some exceptions from UGA, possibly like yourself, but I can guarantee the 70-80% at UGA that are from GA, stay in GA after graduating. I know two guys, one working in Taiwan and one in Anchorage. Each comes back to GT for one game a season. I think that’s caring.

On a further note, Georgia Tech is #1 in % of alumni giving. Most of our money goes to academics, how it should be.

Texas Dawg

October 6th, 2011
8:25 am

We have beaten three very weak teams…….I think if we dominate Tenn at home in that venue then I think we might be on to something….no excuses….if we don’t win out the rest of the season then Rictz and Bobo must go.

kirby SMART

October 6th, 2011
8:43 am

What worries me most? our coach is soft and has turned our program in to a soft program.

The Alpha Male

October 6th, 2011
8:53 am

Georgia fans are the most pathetic in America. Worried about what? Tennessee? A rebuilding team with a weak defense, no running game and a Hail Mary offensive gameplan? Neyland Stadium is a building, nothing more.

If Georgia and its fans can’t handle a rebuilding, toothless Tennessee team, then join the ACC.

NoDawginTX

October 6th, 2011
8:58 am

DawginTX looks like an ignorant smartmouthed fool.

virginia dog

October 6th, 2011
9:00 am

Nice blog … Murray is a nice QB but it would not hurt for him to feel some heat and lose snaps when he makes big mistakes.
A running back that can’t hold on to the ball sits the bench. A QB that throws a pick 6 has to sit.
As far as height… do like boise st. Moore is only 6ft tall. They throw short quick passes. Most are under 5 yards. Chop block … that keeps the D linemen’s hands down.
But of couse if a guy typing into a newspaper blog knows more about the QB and how to use him than the QB coach and offensive coordinator. Well sir that is the real problem, Not how tall Murray is.

Είναι ελληνικά σε μένα

October 6th, 2011
9:02 am

Τα σκυλιά πιπιλίζουν.

Again, this is sooooooooooo easy to prove

October 6th, 2011
9:37 am

Has UGA QB Aaron Murray ever defeated any top notch team in the SEC or from elsewhere ? Answer is NO.

Did he not choke vs Florida in 2010 with fumbles and the OT pic? Answer? Yes.

Murray must this year prove that he can win vs the Big Boys left, or UGA is AGAIN bottom rung team. CMR’s future is in his hands and in the O line’s.

Folks ………….. the guy has been in ths so called system for 2.3 years and it looks like his is a true frosh. He is trying so hard to make Orson Charles’ resume much beefier and as a result, it is hurting UGA come game day. THIS IS WHY he takes so long to release the ball.

Go Dogs.

Big Dirty Dawg

October 6th, 2011
10:19 am

Night Game in Knox..

Tenn will stack the box to stop run…

Try let Murray beat them…throwing turnovers…

Come out again, and beat ourselves by not being mentally prepared…

M. Mitchell will finally get to break a long one…

Bobo throwing the ball in redzone instead of continuing to run it..

Jordan

October 6th, 2011
10:39 am

Chuck UGA

October 6th, 2011
11:51 am

What worries me is Mike Bobo and Mark Richt. That and a team that refuses to play 60 minutes of intense football. Mistakes and turnovers result. Enough said.

Jon

October 6th, 2011
12:28 pm

UGA won in Knoxville in ‘03 because Sean Jones picked up a fumble and ran it back 95 yards.

Expert Opinion

October 6th, 2011
12:35 pm

@Jordan

Just wanted you to know that I gave your blog link a pity click. Hope it helps! ;-)

Bobo's X's and O's

October 6th, 2011
1:43 pm

No Jon, let’s look at the full picture. UGA won back in ‘03 because they scored more points than UT. The Sean Jones fumble recovery / TD simply iced the game by half time.

okfornow

October 6th, 2011
2:06 pm

UGA wins this weekend – not because they are good – but because UT sucks worse than UGA. UT lost their best – and about the only – receiver they have that was descent and UT D-backs are awful.

utgrad-dawgfan

October 6th, 2011
2:12 pm

To DAWGtired – Your comment about UT “and undisciplined squads in FBS football.” Sorry to say – but that title would go to UGA. IF most any school had the talent that UGA has had in the last few years – those teams would be NCs. But CMR can’t coach a team up if it were made-up of all 5-Star recruits. Talk about undisciplined.