Richt’s aggressive stance against Vols likely to pay dividends later

Aaron Murray was pleased the Dogs had earned their head coach's trust. (Associated Press)

Aaron Murray was pleased the Dogs had earned their head coach's trust. (Associated Press)

A few more thoughts about Georgia’s win over Tennessee in Knoxville …

There was a lot of talk after the game about Mark Richt’s more aggressive approach in the first half, when Georgia went for it three times on fourth-and-short yardage. That ran counter to the coach’s stance several times earlier in the season when he had declined to go for it on fourth (including twice against Mississippi State), peevishly answering his players’ complaints about it by saying that if you want to make a first down, you do it in the first three tries.

Richt obviously rethought that view this past week. “I wasn’t in the mood to go for it on fourth down last week,” he said, because he “didn’t like what we had prepared.” But in the week before playing the Vols, he said, “we did a good job of putting a plan together. I had more confidence in what the offensive staff put together, so I was more decisive with what to do because I had more faith in what we were doing and how we were going about it.”

You get the idea that maybe the head coach was a bit more involved in the offensive game planning last week.

The results weren’t so much evident on the scoreboard, as the Dogs didn’t manage to score touchdowns on the drives kept alive by Richt going for it on fourth down. But it probably paid off big-time with his players. As Aaron Murray put it: “It showed that he trusted us.”

That could pay dividends down the road. …

Mike Bobo deserves both bouquets and brickbats, as my junior high school newspaper used to say, for his playcalling Saturday night. He had Murray mix up short passes and the long ball, and that call to have it thrown to Malcolm Mitchell downfield when the Dogs were backed up on their own 7 was masterful and resulted in the game’s biggest play. But Bobo going all ultra-conservative again in the fourth quarter frustrated even his boss, who said he wished they’d handled it differently after Georgia got the ball back with just over 8 minutes and only burned a couple of minutes, going three-and-out playing it safe on the ground. That “pretty much put more pressure on the defense there,” Richt said. “If we’re in that situation again, we’d better be able to put it away.”

No arguments there, coach. …

Despite several holding calls, the Dogs’ reshuffled offensive line did a better job Saturday and the result was no sacks and no interceptions thrown by Murray. Let’s hope that progression continues. …

The showdown between what was then the nation’s No. 1 team at converting third downs (Tennessee) and the No. 2 team at defending them (Georgia) definitely went to the Dogs. The Vols had been converting 62.1 percent of the time, but against UGA they were only four-for-13 (30.8 percent). …

Speaking of tough defense, the third quarter was a jewel, with the Vols limited to 11 yards of offense. …

The Bulldogs radio network guys had a tough time picking a player of the game until they took a look at the stats, where Mike Gilliard again had a standout performance. He led the team with 12 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a broken up pass. Hard to do any better than that. …

Finally, amid all the talk about the schedule having Georgia in the “driver’s seat” in the SEC East, it’s good to hear Murray keeping things in perspective. “We’ve got to keep chugging,” he said. With South Carolina owning the tie-breaker against the Dogs, “We’re still not in control right now of our own destiny. We can’t worry about that. We have to worry about Vanderbilt next week and continue to get wins.”

Well said.

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Still@theBAR

October 10th, 2011
3:45 pm

gbal…………….why we already talked the the TECH fan we wish to talk to. Too many MUTT Trolls and might as well come here to talk the Dawgs directly.

Still@theBAR

October 10th, 2011
3:47 pm

see on the TECH blog uga fans switch and steal blog handles. Most tech fans use the same names on a selected blog.

Wow

October 10th, 2011
3:48 pm

Did stil@the bar say he new how long Athens dawgs penis was? Hmmmm! Makes ya think

SOUTHGADAWG88

October 10th, 2011
3:49 pm

Why exactly would UGA lose to Aub?We own their Defense..I don’t see any Cam Newtons over there now.I don’t see why we are supposed to lose to FLA either.

JAWJeRDAWG

October 10th, 2011
3:50 pm

Still@theBAR

“we already talked to the TECH fan we wish to talk to.”

Talking with the ONE fan!

I know you didn’t mean that, but it came across funny to me!

Sorry, but I couldn’t resist taking a jab.

gbal

October 10th, 2011
3:52 pm

JOEY – I SAY 2-4 I THNK WE TAKE FLA BUT HAVE LETDOWN VS AU.

AND ON THE QUOTE …. DONT KNOW WHO SAID IT, BUT IT’S ABOUT UGA. NO CONFRENCE WINS FROM THE TEAMS UGA HAVE THUMPED… SOUNDS LIKE SOMETHING SPURRIER MIGHT SAY….ie WHAT HAPPENS TO ALL THOSE STARS??/

TICKETMASTER I DOTH THINK BOTH TEAMS LOOSE 2 GAMES. YOU A TECH FAN?

DawginLex

October 10th, 2011
3:53 pm

We may or may not beat Florida and Auburn, but Arkansas is going to beat the snot out of SC

Buzz

October 10th, 2011
3:53 pm

What is 3rd and 57?????????????// Potent, very potent!!!11

SOUTHGADAWG88

October 10th, 2011
3:54 pm

FWIW Vandy has a winning record too.

Still@theBAR

October 10th, 2011
3:54 pm

JAWJeRDAWG………………LOL………I realized it right after I posted it. I know you know there are a few of us that are meeting at the games. Good Catch. Your reading comprehension skill are better that most dawgs. LOL

Joey

October 10th, 2011
3:54 pm

Still@theBar must have a peep hole at AthensDawg’s bar . . .

JAWJeRDAWG

October 10th, 2011
3:56 pm

Still@theBAR

I’m still laughing! Man, that was funny!

Joey

October 10th, 2011
3:56 pm

gbal, our own AD, Greg McGarity said it. Sounds like he knows a little football, and is keeping score.

Buzz

October 10th, 2011
3:56 pm

GT ranked 12th in the nation.. The Dawgs, well just rank and lucky to hold on against weak SEC teams……………………….UT sshould have taken the Dawgs

gbal

October 10th, 2011
3:57 pm

SOUTHDAWG 88 –

I DONT THINK WE WILL LOOSE TO AU…I DO THINK THEY ARE THE MOST LIKELY TO SPOIL IT THOUGH…. WE COME OFF OF A HIGH BEATING FLA IN JACKSONVILLE AND SET UP FOR A LETDOWN IN ATHENS AGAINST AU… JUST SAYIN IT SETS UP TO ME AS THE MOST LIKELY… I THINK WE RUN THE TABLE!!

Dawg48

October 10th, 2011
3:57 pm

If mithchell was running those deep routs at first instead of king he would have came down with one has better brake away speed! Crowell maybe the 2nd best freshman on the team. Go dawgs Tennessee state champs after sat!

SOUTHGADAWG88

October 10th, 2011
3:57 pm

I don’t know about Ark…I have them going 8-4

Joey

October 10th, 2011
3:58 pm

I think you’re right, Arkansas is a beast at home. The East is UGA’s to lose.

Congrats to Mark Richt 100 Wins

October 10th, 2011
3:59 pm

Kudos Coach Richt!

Still@theBAR

October 10th, 2011
3:59 pm

you guys got the blog late.

AthensDawg’s post has been removed.
Like all dawgs he posted that he was well hung. Most people have seen a bulldogs STUFF and it ain’t that big. UGA V liked to lay in the middle of Sanford and roll over and lick himself. Ask any SOBER UGA coed and she will tell you. UGA fans are fishing in the small pond.

Joey

October 10th, 2011
4:01 pm

“Most tech fans use the same names on a selected blog.”
*************************************
UGA fans know that’s a croc, Still@theBar, but you may want to consider a new one after admitting to measuring a man’s penis . . .

SOUTHGADAWG88

October 10th, 2011
4:01 pm

Dawg48 T.King was wide open both times…Murray has to make better throws…he under threw Mitchell on both long balls too.

gbal

October 10th, 2011
4:02 pm

POLL

WHICH TEAM IS MOST LIKELY TO GIVE UGA HELP (knocking off SC) IN MAKING IT TO ATLANTA:

1) TENNESSEE (Knoxville)
2) ARKANSAS (Fayetteville)
3) Mississippi St. (Starkville)
4) FLORIDA (Columbia)

WHICH TEAM IS MOST LIKELY TO HELP SC IN MAKING IT TO ATLANTA

1) VANDY (NASHVILLE)
2) FLORIDA (JACKSONVILLE)
3) KENTUCKY (ATHENS)
4) AUBURN (ATHENS)

I SAY 2 & 4 BUT COULD ACTUALLY SEE 2 LOSSES FOR UGA AND SC WITH THE TIE GOING TO SC… HOPE NOT!

11/12/11 COULD BE A BIG GAME DAY – FLA @ SC & AU BETWEEN THE HEDGES.

Dawg48

October 10th, 2011
4:03 pm

@southgadawg he either under threw him or the guy out ran it something at the ole miss game guy has some speed

Dawg48

October 10th, 2011
4:04 pm

Sorry same thing at the ole miss game

Still@theBAR

October 10th, 2011
4:05 pm

I didn’t admit to anything. ATHENS DAWG said if he had 3 more inches he would be a pornstar. THAT is so far from true nobody has to see it to know he is lying.
Ask all your wives and they will tell you that you ain’t carrying nothing special. My woman works in a hospital and trust me she knows for sure how much you men lie.

GT Joe is a Richard Head

October 10th, 2011
4:06 pm

Just checked the latest poll on espn.com
UGA, though not in the top 25 and rightfully so, has more points than UNC. So stop the crap about UNC being better than UGA.
Tek will lose 4 games before all is said and done. I’ll put money on it!

Still@theBAR

October 10th, 2011
4:07 pm

gbal…………………are you freaking DEAF? Do you think we are DEAF? I guess you have Napoleon Complex.

GT Joe is a Richard Head

October 10th, 2011
4:07 pm

Still@thebar – two words for yo9u. “Peeping Tom”
Get off this blog you purv

Still@theBAR

October 10th, 2011
4:10 pm

Richard Head…………..UNC was ranked when tech played them. Let’s wait and see the standings in Nov. Maybe tech will be Down and UGA will be Up, but lets just see.

Still@theBAR

October 10th, 2011
4:12 pm

Richard head i did see yours at the Pride parade when you were shaking it for the crowd. I know why you TUCK IT and dress as a Fat Lady. You couldn’t even Tattoo “Richard” on it.

GT Joe

October 10th, 2011
4:14 pm

Richard Head: You must be looking at the AP poll of media idiots. The AP poll does not factor into the BCS formula, so it’s useless.

Look at the USA Today Coaches Poll and the Harris Poll, both used in the BCS formula. UGA is behind BOTH UNC and Wake Forest. LOL.

The Real Team in GA

October 10th, 2011
4:14 pm

I am tired of seeing Tech win, I wish they would schedule some better non-conference teams so they wouldn’t brag about being undefeated.

Joey

October 10th, 2011
4:14 pm

Dang, “my woman works . . .”

I don’t know anybody that calls their gal, “my woman.”

And you, yourself said to Athens Dawg, “that would give you 5 inches.”

That’s admitting you saw the man’s hoo-hoo. That’s sick, Still@theBar.

GT Joe

October 10th, 2011
4:16 pm

Oh yeah Richard Head, UNC would be undefeated if it hadn’t run into the #1 offense in college football. Instead they are 5-1.

GT Joe is a Richard Head

October 10th, 2011
4:16 pm

Hmmm funny, still@thebar…. I know I was not there, but my question for you is why were you there and why do you have this penis envy?? Again, go away purv.

GT Joe is a Richard Head

October 10th, 2011
4:18 pm

Joey, Joey Joey, I remember you from last year. The same will happen again, you will run your pir hole until UGA puts your team down…… again, 10 out of 11 times and we will not hear from you. Please keep running that mouth. I’m going to have so much fun on the 27th hearing all the Nerd Herd crying yet again…

Yourrightonthatone

October 10th, 2011
4:18 pm

Your right Hey Smokey about that “CARTER” issue. I hope Herman Cain can make us forget JC!!

Wow

October 10th, 2011
4:19 pm

He said he saw gt joes to! I’m getting off of hear things are starting to get a little funny for me

GT Joe is a Richard Head

October 10th, 2011
4:20 pm

Folks, stay away from the bar the this guy is at. As everyone can see, this purv only has one thing on his mind.

ATLVOL

October 10th, 2011
4:23 pm

Can’t wait for the next three weeks!

Kennesaw DOG

October 10th, 2011
4:25 pm

Vol Nation – You are a Moron

Joey

October 10th, 2011
4:29 pm

Clean your glasses Richard Head, or go back and read my posts slowly. I am a Dawg fan through and through and I’m gonna wait on you to re-read, then apologize for that slight. Nerd herd – my ass.

GT Joe is a Richard Head

October 10th, 2011
4:31 pm

Joey, That was not pointed at you. I was directing the post at GT Joe. So I do apologize to you.

beanster

October 10th, 2011
4:31 pm

I think he was referring our buddy, GT Joe. At least I hope he was. Otherwise I would say reading comprehension is not his strong suit.

Boca Baby

October 10th, 2011
4:32 pm

Chicago Dawg: You are correct. And UGA is a prime example of “anything can happen in the Dome” when they were a huge underdog and defeated LSU for the 2005 championship. And if the season plays out and Georgia ends up in the championship game and wins the entire BCS will be turned upside-down. And UGA will get a BCS bid and nobody would have believed it after starting 0-2.

Still@theBAR

October 10th, 2011
4:32 pm

Richard head we all saw your pictures on the AJC article about the PRIDE festival and Parade. Your Make-up was Flawless though.

GT Joe is a Richard Head

October 10th, 2011
4:33 pm

Should have been more clear fellow Dawgs. GT Joe was doing the same crap last year in running his yap and we know how well that ended for him.
I so look forward to the 27th, of course the Nerd Herd will be nowhere to be found or heard from that day.

Moron Dawg Fan

October 10th, 2011
4:34 pm

Thangs are back on trac now….let’s give Richt a new contract. Goooooo dawgs!

beanster

October 10th, 2011
4:34 pm

You read the articles on the Pride fest? Why? You comment on make-up? Man, you’re a sicko.