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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anotherdawg

October 4th, 2011
11:50 am

I really wish we would, at least some of the time, go to the line of scrimmage with a play and run it, instead of checking to another play every single time. Would also love to see us go for it on 4th and inches inside of the opponents 50, with either a QB sneak, or maybe a fullback dive.

SSIgator

October 4th, 2011
11:50 am

“wondering just what Mark Richt’s going to do”

Should read “Mark Richt wondering what to do”

Old Dawg

October 4th, 2011
11:53 am

A couple of things worry me:
1. UT had a week of and a very weak opponent last week, so they’ll be rested and are healthy.
2. Offensive malaise in the second half. I understand wanting to burn clock etc, but losing all momentum is a confidence killer – especially against a quick-strike passing team. In other words, keep the peddle to the metal.
3. Blair Walsh needs to get back to his old form. At some point, the Dawgs will need him to make a last-second kick!
4. The last two games in Knoxville have been some the two worst road losses in the CMR era. Really need to get over that hurdle. If UGA can beat UT and Vandy, they’ll be 5-2 going into the bye week and the Florida game with a lot of momentum.

Gotta get ‘er done!

Dunwoody DAWG

October 4th, 2011
11:53 am

1. Bozo the Clown calling the plays
2. Red zone execution with a freaked out kicker
3. Lack of ability to grind clock, 3 and out in 20 secs could mean their QB gets the ball back quick and our D gets no rest

destin dawg

October 4th, 2011
11:53 am

Richt Bo Bo… Coach the offense… Please put in Hutson Mason ( Parade All American 2nd team ) with huge passing numbers from Lassiter H.S…. after Murray’s 1st interception….. Run Malcome a few plays.. more if he does well….. let Grantham coach the defense… get special teams back on board too !!! Go Dawgs !!!

Christ

October 4th, 2011
11:54 am

UGA Alumnus – haven’t you noticed that bill is anti-UGA? Wouldn’t be surprised if he is a techie… Maybe even Rooster, Thomas Brown, or the like…

just a fan

October 4th, 2011
11:58 am

@SSIgator

Did they ever say exactly what type of injury JB had or are they still referring to it as a lower leg injury?
Hope he is okay and has a quick and speedy recovery.

WDE

October 4th, 2011
11:59 am

If we play smart,tough mistake free football we win. We give them a couple of cheap TD’s via turnovers and we are toast. We can beat this bunch but it won’t be easy..Go Dogs!

SSIgator

October 4th, 2011
12:00 pm

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

I am not worried at all. However Richt is worried about:

Does he have enough spray tan for the trip?

Should they hook the trailer to the bus for the KoolAid machine?

Should he take an extra pair of sunglasses?

What dance music should he have for the players on the bench?

Should he get Murray some high-heeled cleats?

Should he pack his bathing suit for play time?

Will his fashion consultant be back from Macy’s in time?

Does he have the name of a good bail bondsman in Knoxville?

GTBob

October 4th, 2011
12:00 pm

What would worry me if I was a UGA fan is the Tennessee passing attack. They are ranked 11th in yds per game and 8th in passing rating. The last 4 teams that UGA played were ranked 101st, FCS, 108th, and 89th. The only team UGA has played with a solid passing attack is Boise St and they didn’t exactly shut them down. Although Bray is not at the same level as Kellen Moore.

Newman

October 4th, 2011
12:00 pm

Murray is not 6′1″. He is listed as that but he is 5′11″.

Vance Duly

October 4th, 2011
12:02 pm

I fear more Boboball — if we get a 10-14 point lead, the offense crawls into a turtle shell (or into Uga’s doghouse currently being rented to Russ). Then, Bray puts some points on the board, and we’re scrambling to come back. I was encouraged by Coach Richt’s acknowledgements on the radio last night about certain sets of plays that we have not seen yet, but will in the days to come, as certain players gain experience at their positions. But, we’re almost halfway into the season, so it’s time to expand that playbook and to stop being timid in the 2nd half. GO DAWGS!!

Matthews Dawg

October 4th, 2011
12:02 pm

if our guys don’t come ready to play, I personally put that on them and not the coaches! These players know it’s a big game and these are a bunch of high school/pop warner kids playing. They have to be able to get themselves up and ready to play. With that said, I believe they will get ready to play and lets hope we play a full 4 qtrs!!

So UGA Insider…I agree with most everything you say and like your insights. But, outside of a game plan, the players have to get themselves correct mentally and the coaches need to game plan well. They know how big this game is and they can’t lay an egg! I don’t think they will, but it will be a tough game. Go Dawgs!!

Ouch

October 4th, 2011
12:03 pm

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

The bus to the stadium taking a wrong turn, ending up in the middle of nowhere and hearing dueling banjos in the background!

59bulldawg

October 4th, 2011
12:07 pm

What worries me the most? Being so close to the game and not being able to watch it . . . except on my cell phone. The wife is dragging me to Dollywood this weekend! Just hope I can get reception in the mountains!

WDE

October 4th, 2011
12:08 pm

@SSIgator LSU is what should be worrying you after the Bama beatdown it could go ugly on the Gators early…do us a favor as you are such an expert on everything UGA next Monday come on the blog and let us know if Bama or LSU has the best defense you’ve faced. So for once you would actually have some meaningful insight about something Gator and spare us your UGA envy.

I-DOG

October 4th, 2011
12:09 pm

What worries me most is that Brantley’s injury appears to be a high ankle sprain and it is likely he will be back against Georia. He may miss LSU and Auburn, but he will likely play against Georgia and that is a HUGE difference. Florida coming off a 3 game losing streak or even 2 out of 3 doesn’t bode well for the Dawgs.

In Knoxville, think you nailed the list of concerns. If the D plays like they did last week, we have a shot in any game, but we will miss Washington. I think 2 week suspension is too little for a DUI. If he was .001 over the .08 limit (which I think is too low), then 2 weeks would have been fine, but he should have been suspended for at least 4 games for this.

SSIgator

October 4th, 2011
12:11 pm

WDE -

“if Bama or LSU has the best defense”

I guess I will have to let you know since UGA won’t be playing either this year.

Otto

October 4th, 2011
12:12 pm

The offense taking atleast a quarter off is my first concern. Turnovers are my 2nd concern.

justthesame

October 4th, 2011
12:12 pm

I don’t understand what all the “wolfing” is suddenly all about? Just because UGA has won the last 3 games?? But come on – who have they really played and beaten?? NO ONE. They beat 3 of the most pitiful teams in college football: Coastal Carolina (WOW – what a victory that was), Ole Misery (yea – even VANDY beat them 30-7 – and a running back for Vandy ran for 180 yards – so much for that GREAT performance by IC), and Missy Tech (even Lossie Tech took them to OT – and should have won that game). So – what do those “wins” prove for GA – NOTHING. Georgia can bark all they want to when they beat a REAL team (and TN is NOT one of those either). What happens to UGA when they play real teams – they lose (and then make excuses).

WDE

October 4th, 2011
12:13 pm

@GTBob UT has played Montana, Cincinnati, UF and freaking Toledo….they gave 3 picks to UF ! UT’s passing attack ranked 11th really…we will see if we can put pressure on Bray our DB’s will be licking their chops…damn shame none of them can catch or we would have scored at least 2 TD’s vs Miss St.

solja

October 4th, 2011
12:17 pm

I’m concerned that after losing your first two games to real competition, all it took to get THUGA’s delusional again were two wins over two bottom dwellers in the conference with real teams like Auburn, lsu and bama going out and beating up the competition YOU couldn’t beat.

reebok

October 4th, 2011
12:17 pm

Murray might be 6-1, but he doesn’t look it. Pretty tough kid, though…he’s gotten up from some pretty punishing hits the past 2 years. Knoxville is a rough place for the visiting team, unless you can take the Vol fans out early.

murfdawg

October 4th, 2011
12:17 pm

I worry about Murray doing his Garcia imitation. Maybe this week he will imitate Jerry Garcia instead of Steven.

Ron Smith

October 4th, 2011
12:18 pm

What concerns me most: the OL, tackling, blocking, holding onto the ball. the kicking game, special teams, the quarterback, poor play calling, and 100,000 screaming orange and white rocky tops.
Tenn 31, UGA 21

WDE

October 4th, 2011
12:23 pm

@SSIgator we might you just never know…your going to enjoy that.

2nd half

October 4th, 2011
12:24 pm

2nd half play calling needs to get better!!!!

TampaDawg

October 4th, 2011
12:25 pm

Send’em U hauls

October 4th, 2011
10:44 am

Our Midget QB
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ATTENTION .. ATTENTION!!! Fake football expert spotted. Murray is listed at 6′1″, just 2 inches shorter than Mason. At 6′1″, Murray is as tall as or taller than several NFL starters. Keep showing the ignorance off like a trophy there hot shot.

UGA_Fan

October 4th, 2011
12:26 pm

I worry most about that creaky old stadium in Knoxville crumbling under the weight of me and my fellow Georgia fans.

TampaDawg

October 4th, 2011
12:28 pm

solja

October 4th, 2011
12:17 pm

I’m concerned that after losing your first two games to real competition, all it took to get THUGA’s delusional again were two wins over two bottom dwellers in the conference with real teams like Auburn, lsu and bama going out and beating up the competition YOU couldn’t beat.
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So Auburn LSU and Bama beat Boise State? Who knew? Troll

tulevol

October 4th, 2011
12:28 pm

As a Vol fan, what did concern me was Washington’s pass rush. Not so worried now. I believe this game will be won on the line of scrimmage, whoever wins that will win the game. I think it will be a great matchup of two good teams looking for a signature win. I am glad that you still have Bobo as your playcaller, that gives me hope. Good luck Dawgs, see you in Ktown!!

Still@theBAR

October 4th, 2011
12:28 pm

Murray is 6′-1″ in cleats standing on a Welcome mat.

tulevol

October 4th, 2011
12:30 pm

Bray is 6′6″

LawDawg

October 4th, 2011
12:30 pm

SSigaytor,

Please spare us the copy and paste and then snide remarks. This shows either 1) your immaturity level or, 2) that Flori-duh internet degree is paying off.

TampaDawg

October 4th, 2011
12:30 pm

Newman

October 4th, 2011
12:00 pm

Murray is not 6′1″. He is listed as that but he is 5′11″.
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I am 5′11″ and he is taller than me. Besides, does that make Mason 6′1″ then?

tulevol

October 4th, 2011
12:31 pm

Also Dawgs, you guys have 3 SEC games under your belt, we have 1, and we lost our best reciever. That is an advantage for you too.

BP85

October 4th, 2011
12:32 pm

Murray will be fine as long as he’s given adequate protection from our OL. Think we all know what Crowell brings to the table so we just have to give Tn. a steady diet of trying to run him down. Also, we have to put their QB on hiss @$$ a few times and make him hear footsteps over that loud crowd of hillbillys.

Dawg

October 4th, 2011
12:33 pm

Night Game at Neyland Stadium

ARdawg

October 4th, 2011
12:34 pm

There was a day not so long ago, several years at this point that Georgia was a quick strike offense and the conservative play calling was left to the defensive side of the ball. It seems we always had both the ability and the talent to BAM!! score when needed and most of all, we coaches with the intestinal fortitude to play the game to win as opposed to not lose. We don’t seem to have that coaching any longer.

If we are going to beat TN we’ll likely have to score and play with some reckless abandon well into the second half. The defense is jelling and I am confident they will do they’re part. Will we have adquate offensive production in the first half and milktoast in the second? History says we will. If we do, we lose. That worries me

SSIgator

October 4th, 2011
12:35 pm

LawDawg -

And a pleasant day to you as well sir.

LawDawg

October 4th, 2011
12:35 pm

Last time in Knoxville, the play-action roll-out by Tennessee killed the Dawgs. They cannot get fooled like that again and expect to have a chance. Defense must stay with their assignments. Offensively, Dawgs need to get the ball out in space to our playmakers (Crowell, Charles, Wooten). If UGA gets the running game established, it’s over!

TampaDawg

October 4th, 2011
12:38 pm

Still@theBAR

October 4th, 2011
12:28 pm

Murray is 6′-1″ in cleats standing on a Welcome mat.
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I could see the over stating the height if it came out of a media guide but 6′1″ is what he came in at on scout.com and rivals.com. Now, I know you’re still at the bar so you may not be able to read these websites, but they are the same ones most people quote as the gospel in recruiting. I guess that means Clowney is really only about 6′2″ then.

Professor

October 4th, 2011
12:38 pm

What worries me about Dawgs in Knoxville? That they once again won’t be able to find Neyland Stadium. Haven’t shown up there in years.

SSIgator

October 4th, 2011
12:38 pm

Maybe you should borrow one of the Midol tablets from DawginLex. They seem to work wonders for him.

Steve

October 4th, 2011
12:39 pm

It will all depend on how many points our ALL SEC QB decides he wants to give the VOLS. If Murray is reading this, maybe he can just go ahead and let us know now……..What a joke….ALL SEC QB……

Todd

October 4th, 2011
12:41 pm

Murray and his stupid mistakes will cost us this game……..THEN, hopefully, with all lost CMR will finally give mason a chance but as always….too little….too late……should of …would of…could of…..blah blah

funny...

October 4th, 2011
12:41 pm

Win out = LOL

Georgia should win this game by 10.

If Georgia loses, holy crap, Richt better start packing.

Still@theBAR

October 4th, 2011
12:42 pm

STAT of the day…………………UGA has ZERO TDs in the last 13 second half possessions.

funny...

October 4th, 2011
12:43 pm

…but I will say this, how awesome would it be if Georgia does win out!

But at this point, it’s all UGA has left. They’ve exhausted every other option.

Beat Boise – nope
Beat USCe – nope

TampaDawg

October 4th, 2011
12:43 pm

I think Hutson will be a good QB in his own right. But it’s funny when people use his high school stats as the reasoning to put him in. I guess they didn’t want to look at the fact that Murray had nearly 1,000 yards rushing, 12 rushing TDs, over 4,000 yards passing and 51 passing TDs as a Jr. against some of the best competition in the state.