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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Dawg fans please RELAX

October 4th, 2011
1:26 pm

Yea true we lost to them, now tell me the 2 teams LSU lost to that year

dumbdoggone

October 4th, 2011
1:28 pm

tampaBIGdawg. “Their thoughts”, not there thoughts. What worries me the most as the dogs head to Knoxville? The dogs heading to Knoxville!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Salty Dawg

October 4th, 2011
1:29 pm

I’m worried about…

1)Walsh missing field goals costing us the game
2)Aaron Murray fumbling or throwing interceptions
3)Richard Samuel fumbling. Play Crowell & Thomas only.
4)Richt wasting timeouts and mismanaging the game being conservative.
5)Vince Dooley pulling for UT cuz his boy is da coach !

Dawg fans please RELAX

October 4th, 2011
1:29 pm

Then tell me why we were ranked high enough to go to the title up until the SEC title game when voters realized that hey we gotta drop these guys ranking to make our system look good.

Dawg fans please RELAX

October 4th, 2011
1:31 pm

If we didn’t earn it then why even rank us up there only to try and make the BCS look accurate…..but as I was saying, we just need to play D and run the ball at least as well as we have been lately. The O-line does have to protect better.

Alphare

October 4th, 2011
1:32 pm

Dawg fans please RELAX,

OK, LSU and UGA both lost 2 games. But LSU is also the SEC champ that year while your dawgs were not. So LSU is better than UGA, so LSU deserved to go and your dawgs did not. Now you feel better?

Still@theBAR

October 4th, 2011
1:32 pm

Kentucky and Arkansas, but LSU in not in the SEC Least now RE THEY?
The VOLS lost to Cal(OOC) Florida and Bama.

RJ Voorhees

October 4th, 2011
1:33 pm

The Junkyard Dawgs are back! Todd Grantham is a damn good coach. Our problem is the HC and the OC.

Still@theBAR

October 4th, 2011
1:35 pm

UGA lost Head-to-Head to the VOLS that is why the dawgs didn’t get to the SEC CG. Poll voting was not the issue. If UGA beats the Vols the mutts could have been embarrassed by LSU too.

Dawg fans please RELAX

October 4th, 2011
1:36 pm

Yes they did win the SEC but answer this, why were we ranked as if that didn’t matter only to find out for whatever reason they can’t keep us ranked high enough to make it? Thus, I say we got screwed. Shouldn’t have ranked us up there and i’d understand it much better. My whole original point was that having 2 losses early don’t kill us.

Rocky Flop

October 4th, 2011
1:36 pm

@Real Dawg Fan, I concur. We as fans shouldn’t be so quick to throw CMR under the bus. I belive he will get this team back to a title game. He has represented our institution with the upmost class. Things are never the way they seem. We certainly have much room for improvement, but who doesn’t. The SEC is at the top of the food chain. So for a coach to have accomplished what he has @ UGA speaks volumnes. We have all had let-downs as fans, and it is only because we care about our teams. I can only imagine how one must feel in their shoes. Whether it be a loss or handling a kids life by handing out a punishment. If it were my child I would certainly sleep better knowing CMR was making those calls as opposed to some of the other coachs around the league. My concern for the game-crowd noise-and how our kids handle it- not a good place to play and a horrible place to sit if you fall to far behind.

DawginLex

October 4th, 2011
1:37 pm

funny

You idiot

The only way Mason is wearing UT orange next year is if he moves there and gets arrested and gets put on the road crew with all the other hillbilly grads from UT

You have to sit out a year if you transfer.

Which he is not going to do.

Idiot

KalliDogg

October 4th, 2011
1:37 pm

Question: What do you get when a 6′1″ QB throws a line drive into double coverage?
Question: What do you get when a 6′1″ QB throws the ball 10 yards over an open receiver’s head?

Key Facts: Fran Tarkenton (6′0″), Drew Brees (6′0″), Kellen Moore (6′0″)

Answer No. 1: Aaron Murray needs to be SHORTER instead of taller.
Answer No. 2: Aaron Murray should he stop doing the above. Along with a few other fundamentals.

Alphare

October 4th, 2011
1:38 pm

Still@theBAR,

that’s exactly right: “If UGA beats the Vols the mutts could have been embarrassed by LSU too.”

I was thinking the same thing back then. Dawgs were good, but not LSU good that year. Only a dawg homer would keep bringing up that year and whine about it.

Still@theBAR

October 4th, 2011
1:38 pm

UGA lost in the 2nd week and in the 6th week. the 6th week was not EARLY it is the midpoint in the season.

DawginLex

October 4th, 2011
1:39 pm

That 2007 UT team was one late interception from upsetting LSU, who went on to destroy OSU in the title game.

Revisionist statements are always enlightening to read and most of the time indicate a lack of knowledge.

Desert Fox

October 4th, 2011
1:40 pm

Biggest concern is dawgs lack of scoring points in the 2d half, only 6 points last two games, pitiful. Cannot do that against TN, nor leave points on the field due to missed FG’s, pitiful.

Without Washington I think we lose the edge in pass rushing and sacks. Right now, backups cannot do it straight up unless the DC comes up w/some blitz packages to free them up.

Bobo cannot take his foot off the pedal in this game like he has in both 2d halves of the MS games. He doesn’t have the luxury of relying on Walsh for points this season. GA has got to be better in the red zone offense and 3rd down conversions.

Until the dawgs display 4 qtrs of sustained drives and score more points in the 2d half then we’ll feel maybe they have finally have arrived.

Still@theBAR

October 4th, 2011
1:41 pm

If UGA loses to LSU in the SEC CG Uga doesn’t play Hawaii and end the season #2 or the Preseason #1.

TampaDawg

October 4th, 2011
1:41 pm

Dawg fans please RELAX , dude, might as well lay low when it comes to the guy @theBar, Funny .. , and Dogs Smell. Those guys are just trolls who’s life is so shallow that they don’t just go on blogs. They hang out on ANOTHER team’s blogs.

And BMPDP, I keep hearing the stat that Murray has yet to beat a team with a winning record and I for the life of me, after reviewing so many of the games, can’t find one where he was the only guy on the field. Did he lose last year’s SC game? Nope, how about last year’s Miss St game? Nope. Did he contribute to the loss to SC this year. Yes, sure did. But so did a few others. It’s called a team game in case it’s one you haven’t played yet.

And you know, it’s really hard to blame the BSU game on him so good luck. People keep pointing to last year’s UF game. First off, the interception in OT was off a tipped pass. But let’s be honest shall we. The defense got lit up most of that game and if not for Aaron Murray, THERE WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN AN OVERTIME.

Bacarri Rambo to the Rescue

October 4th, 2011
1:41 pm

We will miss Washington on defense for sure but Chase Vasser is a more accomplished in pass coverage and you know Tennessee will throw the ball at least 60% of the time. Vasser is an adequate pass rusher but he’s great in pass coverage and we may need more pass coverage in this game. I think Grantham will dial up a lot of zone blitzes to confuse Bray. Barring a complete meltdown, I feel our front 3 can and will stop the Tennessee run game.

Offensively, we are going to have to keep the train rolling in the second half. Like another poster I think the game plan ought to be about ball control to run the clock down and keep Bray on the bench with Da’Trick. Short quick passes with some screens mixed in will also keep the chains moving but keep the clock moving too. We should be able to run the ball with Crowell providing the stealth, Thomas the change up and Samuel bringing the wrecking ball. The key will be to use maximum time and score TD’s.

Blair Walsh has gone from being a strength to a liability. There are no guarantees with him anymore. He’s in a rut and it’s screwing up our world.

If our defense can cover with a little bit of a pass rush we can slow the Vols down and prevent any big plays. That leaves the offense to control the ball with the run game, score and keep Bray and Da’Trick on the bench.

Of course it would do my heart good to see Rambo knock Da’Trick out of his cleats one good time. You know…. for old time’s sake…. Don’t want Da’Trick to think we’ve forgot about his little indiscretion.

Dawg fans please RELAX

October 4th, 2011
1:41 pm

LSU lost the last game of the regular season at home that year but enough about that…nothing to “whine” about just making a point that obviously a 2 loss team can do some damage…@ Rocky FLop very well said…now as I was saying we’ll be just fine sat.

djdawg

October 4th, 2011
1:41 pm

ok the past is the past, enough already!! lets concentrate on this week and get another win!!!!!!!!!!!!!

anotherdawg

October 4th, 2011
1:42 pm

Based on the Mississippi State game, is there some way the Georgia coaches can search the archives and find some footage where Tennessee jumped on our “G” in the past. Last week was the most motivated I’ve seen our team, especially in the first half.

pitbull

October 4th, 2011
1:42 pm

What worries me most? Alleged UGA fans who boo the coaches, get online and trash the team they allegedly cheer for, and online negativity b—words.

Realistically, we’ll have to cut down on the mistakes to win, and on balance, our improved defense should keep UT under 21 points, provided we don’t have too many special team letdowns.

We should be favored, based on whom we’ve played vs. UT’s schedule thusfar, but we are one point underdogs.

We will win or lose in the pits, and while UT’s DL and LBs will be a little stronger and better than our OL, our DL and LBs will be a LOT stronger than UT’s OL.

However, if Murray continues to throw into double coverage or miss on more than a couple of passes, we could lose the battle of turnovers, and the game.

UT is a good team, but we have a better team.

W, L or draw, I’ll be yelling for the DAWGS, and I won’t be whinning like a little girl or a drunk hillbilly on the internet.

Pitbull

Dawg fans please RELAX

October 4th, 2011
1:43 pm

Maybe we could be this years VTech. They went from losing to Boise (Sound familiar?) and James Madison to beating FSU for the ACC title.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

October 4th, 2011
1:44 pm

UGA has a good chance of being 4-2 after this weekend, but again, who really cares. The best thing that can happen to this progam is to allow it to totally implode, then clean out the coaching staff.

The sad part about these blogs is these supports actually try to look for hope, but there is none. Just an above-average program in the weakest section of the SEC Divisions.

DawginLex

October 4th, 2011
1:45 pm

Interception dude

I still want us to win out

Sue me for being loyal to my school

dawgfacedboy

October 4th, 2011
1:46 pm

Definitely Aaron Murray and his turnover tendencies lately. He ran for his life last year too and was much better. The OL at UGA hasn’t been a strength for years. I wonder why Wisconsin’s is so dominant yet UGA’s is bigger.

Obviously bigger doesn’t mean better (take the BOise game for example), at least in this case it doesn’t!! :)

Richt`s Hammer

October 4th, 2011
1:46 pm

lord everything. the end is near.

Tenn 55 us 6

Dawg fans please RELAX

October 4th, 2011
1:47 pm

Big lineman line that would rather run block

Dawg fans please RELAX

October 4th, 2011
1:47 pm

*Like that my fault

Mike Bobo 17 INT

October 4th, 2011
1:48 pm

The first 2 weeks the fans are hitting the exit in the 4th quarter, the last 3 weeks the fans are actually sticking around to watch UGA take it to the weakest teams in college football. If UGA were in the SEC West, they would be calling it a day right now.

Athens does have some hope with Florida, since Brantly went down, however, your own man Muschamp will find a way to continue the 20 year domiance.

DawginLex

October 4th, 2011
1:49 pm

http://www.outbackbowl.com/facts/individual.html

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Bobo still holds the record 26 for 28 in the bowl game

Can’t stand it can you?

Dawg fans please RELAX

October 4th, 2011
1:49 pm

Im no OC but I believe if we run 40-50 times a game with Crowell getting half the carries, and playing field position with our suddenly great D, we’ll be fine.

WDE

October 4th, 2011
1:50 pm

@Mike Bobo 17 INT if there is no hope in your life, please get help and staying off the blogs would help …I promise.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

October 4th, 2011
1:51 pm

DawginLex

Respectful post and I can see your point. UT is weak this year, and UGA should come out 4-2 after this weekend, but Athens needs to aim higher and clean house in terms of Dooley, coaching and even the recently added AD.

Alabama, LSU and OU play on a much higher level, and unless this program is gutted, it is not going to happen.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

October 4th, 2011
1:52 pm

WDE

Sorry, but these blogs are just too easy…….it is sort of like answering the easy questions first.

Wake Up Call

October 4th, 2011
1:52 pm

Laughing at you people calling others “Energy Vampires” because they bring up the shortcomings of this staff/program. Obvioulsy, this was a creative PR move by CMR to call people names who didn’t support his lack of control and leadership of this program, or anyone who questioned what the heck is going on. I want to see a team go up there ready to play (which hasn’t happened up in Ob-Knoxville in the last two trips), and take care of business. I’m not sure that that can really happen personally. This is a turning point, either prove us wrong or right! Nothing would make me happier than UGA going in there and beating down those Vols. FINISH THE DRILL….. as you always like to hear them say!

@Mike Bobo 17 INT

October 4th, 2011
1:52 pm

You win the award for the stupidiest remarks of the day. That’s like saying you wish the country would go bankrupt, or be blowed up by terrorists in order to get rid of Obama.

DawginLex

October 4th, 2011
1:53 pm

I still want to win

I want us to win out

How do we know Richt has “lost it” if he doesn’t get a chance to play the best?

Sure, we might lose but I want to see the game.

If Richt loses 2 or 3 more this year, send him packing because the promises will have rung hollow.

Dawg fans please RELAX

October 4th, 2011
1:53 pm

I wanna ask this question in all seriousness to people who actually understand football, if we boot CMR, who out there is better that would even possibly be available?

Da Rick

October 4th, 2011
1:54 pm

What concerns me is the posters; “hillbillies”, “toothless Grandmother”. Your lack of education concerns me. Please for the love of humanity, get a life. This is the reason I did not go to GA. See you on the field; my bad, none of you will be playing.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

October 4th, 2011
1:54 pm

WDE

Admitting you have a problem (Dooley and CMR) is the first step to recovery. Blind faith, and absolute loyalty to this tanked program will only earn you disrespect among most, if not all, major sports media outlets. Should we go back a few years back when UGA was ranked #1 and fell in the polls the first 2 weeks?

I suppose everyone is satisfied with above-average.

DAWGS forever

October 4th, 2011
1:55 pm

2 lack luster efforts against the Miss schools. Our best game was against the chicken and we found weird ways to loose that.

I am not sure which team will show up.
Will we be motivated?
Will we play a complete game?
Will Murray and Walsh continue to be generous givers?
Will the D look good because of weak throws?
Will Drew come to play at DE?
Will another reciever step up?
Will Isaiah get frustrated and the lack of blocking?

Many more questions surrounding this team than answers

Still@theBAR

October 4th, 2011
1:56 pm

Dawg fans please RELAX
October 4th, 2011
1:41 pm

LSU lost the last game of the regular season at home that year but enough about that…………..

UGA is not in the WEST………….UGA was not going to play the VOLS now were they. get off LSU. UGA and LSU have nothing to do with it. UGA and UT is the game that mattered. Are you too dumb to understand that?

Phil Fulmer

October 4th, 2011
1:56 pm

RELAX: Just letting you know I’m still available.

DawginLex

October 4th, 2011
1:56 pm

Everyone laughs at the energy vampire stuff

But, have any of you listened to the players in interviews?

There is accountability now

Washington had to stand up in front of his teammates and apologize knowing he is hurting his team.

The players talk openly about people being gone and being replaced by better players. Ealey, King gone. Crowell in.

Richt was in a mess and he knew it. I give him credit for at least trying to fix things.

And for hiring a bad cop in Grantham.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

October 4th, 2011
1:56 pm

Dawg fans please RELAX

Totally agree with this comment. You have to be careful when you fire head coaches, because unless you have someone in mind, you may get something worse than CMR. However, Muschamp and Smart have already rejected coming “home” to their own program, so UGA is in a coaching quaqmire.

djdawg

October 4th, 2011
1:57 pm

Wake Up Call

I agree. I would like to see complete dominance from start to finish! Like i said in an earlier post play to win stop playing not to lose. Over the years that will more times then not come back to haunt you somewhere down the road.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

October 4th, 2011
1:57 pm

UGA ain’t got it, never has and never will. End of story.