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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Still@theBAR

October 4th, 2011
11:01 pm

song rights are all GREEN and Jackson at one time had the largest music collection in the world.

Snoop Dawg

October 4th, 2011
11:05 pm

Dirty Dawg, you need to lay off the koolaid until after the game….

Hope is not a method.

Our incompetent coaching is a fatal flaw. If we win, it will be in spite of Richt and Bobo.

Yo…

scott

October 5th, 2011
12:31 am

Who will cover Da’rick Rogers.

Stanco

October 5th, 2011
12:52 am

CMR
Bobo
Murray
Walsh
An Uninspired and Lethargic team…….see line 1

DAWGMAN

October 5th, 2011
2:31 am

What concerns me the most?

That Coaches Richt, Bobo, and the Special Teams Coach will manage to chase down the team bus as it roars away from Neyland Stadium. Those gents should be ‘left behind’.
It’s the second weekend in October, and it already takes a complicated set of algorithms alongside a completely unexpected set of disasters to South Carolina, Flawduh, TN, and the ‘Dores to see how this will be a decent year for the Dawgs. Success by default. Stop the madness. No more Kool-Aid, please!
The pooch has already been screwed. Maybe that’s the real reason for Russ’ ice bags.

DawginTX

October 5th, 2011
3:42 am

What worries me most?

1) Richt’s propensity, even in good years, to fail to prepare his team to show up at all, at least one game a year. And 4 times in his tenure it has been against Tennessee (’04, ‘06, ‘07, ‘09), including the last 2 in Knoxville.

2) That a win might be a milestone on the way to an 8-5 or 9-4 season, that proves to be just good enough for Richt to keep his job. I want Richt to be really successful, but if he’s not going to take us back to where we were ‘01 – ‘05, I want the road to failure to be decisive so that we can bring in new leadership.

dawg67

October 5th, 2011
6:08 am

Random Thought: Wouldn’t it be refreshing if Mark Richt had some Paul Johnson “attitude”.

Thomas Brown

October 5th, 2011
6:39 am

That someone will come onto this blog and state that UGA has beat someone, when the vols have no running game, no special teams, and no defense – that is my only concern playing a team 3 days from now who has played no team who has beat anyone at all, and lost to one of those. I could care less what the problem is with the vols that since 1991 they are # 21 in wins and since 2005 are # 48; but I can assure you that they are not getting better with this year’s team. We have enough of our own issues, as I have detailed for us all.

Thomas Brown

October 5th, 2011
6:42 am

since 1999 vols # 21 wins
since 2005 vols # 48 wins

We’re # 27 in wins ourselves after the 2005 season, which was 7 seasons ago

2 programs going nowhere – who has the better QB ?

Thomas Brown

October 5th, 2011
6:53 am

01 to 05 ?

DawgInTX

01 we beat # 4 vols but lost 4 games
02 we beat no team finishing Top 10, lost to team not finishing Top 25 and saw SEC have only 1 other team ranked in the Coaches’ Poll Top 25 with # 14 Auburn.
03 we beat no team finishing Top 10, lost 3 games
04 we beat no team finishing Top 10, did beat 4-loss Florida in Greene’s final season, lost to bad vols team
05 we beat # 6 LSU for SEC CG win but ended up # 3 of SEC teams in polls with 3 losses

I agree it got worse after 2005, for 2006-today # 27 in won/lost record, but what did we do again 2001-2005 ? Won SEC 2002 when SEC was WAY down, Ended up # 3 final polls of just SEC teams 2005.

AltamahaDawg

October 5th, 2011
7:15 am

Insider, what exactly is it that Richt is stubbornly refusing to “fix” about the special teams issues this year? The only real trouble that can be addressed has been some (and a couple were just freaks) trouble defending the punt returns, and they completely changed that up Last week. What “fixes” are you suggesting at this point, from all your years. A dedicated special teams coach isn’t going to eliminate one of the best PK in the nation from ever having a slump in his career. And who has a dedicated ST coach anyway?

bubba4dawgs

October 5th, 2011
7:21 am

laying their basket of eggs in Neyland Stadium and simply quitting! Just be ready to smash some mouths and when (of if) you get a lead, don’t sit on it! Stay after them! Play ball control, leave Tyler Bray on the bench. This will mean Boo Boo has to call a good game and forget his bonehead calls. GO DAWGS!!!!

jd

October 5th, 2011
7:22 am

What worries me is the fact that they are worrying about the game instead of getting mentally prepared instead of having worry a part of thier day.

Snake Doc

October 5th, 2011
7:28 am

The Tanned One also known as the CEO and his band of merry clowns are still in charge of this team worries me most. What a joke!

RMikel58

October 5th, 2011
7:48 am

Its evident that both teams arent the same. I think crowd noise can be a factor if they let it but if Georgia can get quick scores then it’ll quieten the crowd and make it a non issue. Gotta set up the running game 1st. but i noticed that Crowell hasnt been doing as many cut back runs like he did before.
Just like any SEC Game, records dont matter and what does is momentum the Dawgs have got to find their way.
If Georgia can beat Tennessee and then Vanderbilt these next 2 weeks i think you’;ll see them on top of the SEC while Florida and South Carolina has 2 big games coming up.
Remember Georgia……tying South Carolina wont help us.
Take care of business and stay focused and play your positions well. Oh BTW you OL need to quit getting so many stupid penalties, if you cant block then Bobo needs to leave a RB back there.

JE

October 5th, 2011
7:48 am

If we hire Smart you actually think he will fire his buddy Bobo?

Thomas Brown

October 5th, 2011
7:52 am

OL has been opening huge holes for all the Running Backs. So, I would not say they cannot block, just because the QB is sacked the most of any in the nation since he got here, which was by the way, December 2008 for the bowl practices that year – injured but here. He holds on to the football too long, and throws behind receivers and overthrows the receivers because he is small and cannot see the field.

chilidawg

October 5th, 2011
7:58 am

What worries me most? Tennessee’s defense looking like they are in our huddle, AGAIN, like the last two trips to Knoxville.

RedPantyDAWG

October 5th, 2011
8:58 am

The second half offensive problems are because all the other coaches in America (and Georgia) make adjustments at half time. We never do; we just continue to run the same game plan and the same plays in the same situations as if changing them would be illegal. We have far more talent than UT, but the dawg which will be struttin’ at the end will be that mongrel, blue tick, flea bag Heinz 57 of Tennessee, all because of coaching (or lack thereof)…

Flo-Ri-Duh

October 5th, 2011
9:45 am

That is exactly the problem with the offense. Lack of depth on the o-line. The Vols and Auburn have poached our top OL talent for so long. Richt has been a great recruiter of skill players over the years but has missed out when it comes to the OL and to some extent the DL. The best OL and DL recruits in the 2011 are once again headed out of state. Most of the big name OL Richt has signed never play for UGA. An injured 4 star OL pads the recruiting class rating but a better choice would be a 3 star that can actually stay on the team and contribute.

UGAgirlFAN

October 5th, 2011
9:53 am

The OFFENSE, period!!!!

GOOOOOOO DAWGS! Put their hound in the DAWG POUND!

Eldawg

October 5th, 2011
10:03 am

UT’s offensive line will hold all day long, and get away with it. Thank you SEC officials.

So, will our Team pout and complain, or will we expect it and have a plan? we must get pressure on their QB to win.

AceDawg

October 5th, 2011
10:09 am

I’m worried about everything. Everything. This feels like a dangerous matchup, but I hope the Dawgs play inspired football and that some playmakers step up. The O-line needs to block remotely well for once.

The very very painful truth of the matter

October 5th, 2011
10:10 am

It’s kind of sad to see all the Dawg fans getting so excited this year (just like the year before, the year before that, etc.). How long is it going to take for UGA fans to realize that UGA is simply no longer relevant in the SEC? In the national picture, UGA isn’t even a blip on the radar, and hasn’t been since the preseason #1 ranking three years ago.

Sit back and be grateful for the six or seven wins you’ll get every year. Coaching genius Mark Richt may take you to 8-4 or even 9-3 occasionally, but Other schools will still win the SEC, meaning no BCS bowls and no top 10 final ranking. Most years, UGA will be very lucky to finish in the top 50, and only after a big bowl win over a nobody opponent.

It’s a different world now, and Dawg fans need to adjust their expectations downward to reflect reality.

Unfortunately nothing is going to change until UGA changes its mediocre coaching. That’s where the difference is, and that’s why everyone outside Dawgtard Nation just laughs at Dawg fans getting so excited year after year about what a great recruiting class UGA gets. It doesn’t matter how many blue chip high school players go to UGA, they simply don’t get the coaching they would get at Florida or Alabama, to name two schools whose programs are far ahead of UGA. And that’s not going to change as long as Mark Richt is in Athens.

Get your heads out of the sand and face reality. And mediocrity and irrelevance. 

J.T. Keene

October 5th, 2011
10:15 am

Geeze….You guys have had some of the best field goal kickers in the SEC, or anywhere in the past #of years and now you are down on B.Walsh because he misses a few 45 yd. “chip shots”? Richt should be trying to get “Crowww-Welllllll” to run for some first downs instead of trying all the field goals anyhow. I can remember one time when someone asked Bear Bryant why he went for the first down instead of the sure field goal and he said ” I figured there would be a time when we would have to make the first down so we needed to know we could”. Look at how many times in the past UGA needed the first down and went for the field goal instead and you will see where some of your losses came from.

schmeckdawg

October 5th, 2011
10:24 am

JUST WIN BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Go DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OoltewahDawg

October 5th, 2011
10:25 am

I’m more worried about the mold in my house that came through the heat pump after a heavy rain than I am about the Dawgs this week.

??

October 5th, 2011
10:32 am

If Georgia goes to Tenn and starts to try and throw it all over the field they will lose the game—————————end of story—and we all know that Richt thinks that Murray is Joe Namath so=========why pass when you can run===why complicate things when you can run over people??? Still cannot figure these plays out the UGA runs——its a mystery.

Dogs Smell

October 5th, 2011
11:15 am

SatillaDawg ,
and remember Deliverance was filmed in Georgia !

Mike Bobo 17 INT

October 5th, 2011
11:40 am

Run with the likes of Alabama, LSU and OU, then there is something to write about. Attempting to make something out of this unranked program is nothing more than futile.

UGA fans are arranging deck chairs on the Titanic, while failing to address the large hole in your boat…..

Casey Claussen

October 5th, 2011
12:14 pm

Jonathan Crompton having more eligability…

James

October 5th, 2011
12:31 pm

Murray, compred to UGA qb’S SINCE 2007, GIVES UP 2X MORE SACKS.

AND has throw 6 INT’s, and 4 fumbles.

0-9 vs. winning teams is Murray, he chokes.

James

October 5th, 2011
12:34 pm

Lookat Murray in SC games, three int’s.

Bowl game, 2 int’s.

UF, 3 int’s.

Murray cracks under pressure.

James

October 5th, 2011
12:40 pm

In 2007-2009, UGA finished top 4 in SEC in sacks allowed.

Dropped to 7th in 2010 with Murray, to 10th in 2011.

Murray just hangs on too long.

Makes o-line look bad.

Indecisive.

Al M. Teeth

October 5th, 2011
12:43 pm

My biggest concern is finding a dentist anywhere near Knoxyville.

Steveo

October 5th, 2011
1:01 pm

Overconfidence…..its seems that UGA (MR) has a way of allowing the players to become over confident and think that they are better than what they truely are. The Dawgs are now a young team, on the rise,but must continue to play hard from game to game and take nothing for granted.Its seems this has happened the past couple of years…..a little success has bred overconfidence and lack of effort. I hope this is not true with this group. Play hard EVERY play and the the chips fall as they may….GO DAWGS!!!!

IC Rules

October 5th, 2011
1:22 pm

IC will run wild against UT’s weak D. The Dawgs may get 200+ rushing in this game. Dawgs roll: 37-20!!

SOUTHGADAWG88

October 5th, 2011
1:23 pm

I just want to win…I don’t care if we win by 30 or 1..I could care less if we bog down in the 2nd half or kick FGs on every trip to the red zone…as long as we win

War Dang Dawg

October 5th, 2011
1:45 pm

What worries me the most? The fact that Richt faints at the sight of the color orange. Also, that we’ve gotten absolutely pasted by mediocre Tennessee teams the last two trips to Knoxville. Other than that, not much.

DAWGMAN

October 5th, 2011
3:06 pm

The thing that concerns me almost as much as the serenity coaching v. slobberknocker U. is Isaiah Crowell’s ribs. Not suiting up with the prescribed pads a few weeks back is leaving him with a lingering injury that prevents the kind of cut back ability for which he was so sought after.
Can’t run? Throwing picks? Missing kicks? I’m feeling sick.
Speaking of picks, y’all quit picking on Barbara D. We all loved her back in the day. Still do. ‘Nuff said? Probably not. So…
Teaching Point for Those Who Often Fail To Perceive The Obvious: It’s his mama, you idiots!

DAWGMAN

October 5th, 2011
3:08 pm

Top Dawg

October 5th, 2011
3:52 pm

Time to get Derek fired so we can get Barbara back in red!

Top Dawg

October 5th, 2011
3:54 pm

Anyone remember that ugly, trashy, tattooed thing da’rick rogers got pictured with drunk up in TN last year?

Top Dawg

October 5th, 2011
3:55 pm

find it somewhere on the net

Cedric

October 5th, 2011
4:39 pm

What worries me most is that the O-line is not blowing anybody of significance off the ball and creating any lanes for Samuel to run or Murray to throw. Crowell seems to just need a crease and he is to the house sort of like how Moreno was just making something out of nothing. But that protection scheme we run is out of date for the SEC. It’s not even there versus lesser opponents so that’s what im concerned about and also if we cannot generate any pressure on their qb with our d-line vs that mammoth of a line that the Vols trot out there year in and year out we in for a long day. Dawgs need everything they can get to go into Neyland stadium and pull out this much needed victory. Rambo will be the star of this game mark my words.

LakeDawg

October 5th, 2011
4:43 pm

My concern is the Dawgs will come out flat, like they so often do under CMR.

Top Dawg

October 5th, 2011
5:01 pm

Come out flat???? Have you watched 1st halves of last two games? They’ve exploded coming out of the gate. Need to work on 60 minutes, but don’t say what you did.
Do you hate the man that much? Pull that bone out from up your rear for the man.

dawg fan sitting on rockytop

October 5th, 2011
5:04 pm

jay

October 5th, 2011
5:14 pm

Another second half let down. It might be ok to slack off against the last three opponents for
a half but UT is much closer in talent. Three 2nd points will get us beat.

DAWGtired

October 5th, 2011
5:15 pm

Not gonna lie and say I’m not worried, but:
1)Georgia is a more experienced, physical team.
2)Georgia has had success in conference play.
3)Georgia has a better overall defense and a better DC.
4)Georgia has a more balanced offense.
5)Derek Dooley hasn’t established himself as a winner on any level in this league. CMR has.
Prediction: Low-scoring, close first-half…Georgia puts this away in the closing minutes of the third qtr, pulling ahead by just over 2 TDs and Tenn never recovers, getting a last second TD to keep the score respectable. Final-UGA 31 Tennessee 20