Fan talk: Was Richt coaching ‘not to lose’ rather than to win?

Some fans would like to see a more aggressive Mark Richt. (Jason Getz / AJC)

Some fans would like to see a more aggressive Mark Richt. (Jason Getz / AJC)

There’s nothing like losing a bowl game you should have won to stir up the fan base, even after a 10-win season and division title. And it’s true, as Greg McGarity has noted, that had Blair Walsh made that field goal, fans overall would be extremely happy even though the same problems facing the team would still need resolution. Nevertheless, the Junkyard Mail this week was overflowing with notes from folks who definitely were not happy. Here’s a representative sampling …

Andrew in Charleston writes: Bill, I have watched, like the rest of Bulldog Nation, the coaching staff routinely coach “not to lose” instead of coach to win. Late in the fourth quarter, we needed one first down to ice the game and Bobo/Richt go with three stuffed runs. They put the pressure on the gassed D to “not lose” rather than the offense to win. Does the staff really not have enough faith in their players to get one first down? Shouldn’t a respectable SEC program be able to gain one first down?

The main complaint I hear from fans about Mark Richt is that he is too prone to play it safe. Sometimes that pays off. Against Michigan State, however, it resulted in the Dogs losing a game they should have won. At times, Richt does seem to coach as if he doesn’t have faith in his offense. Perhaps if the problems with the running game can be solved, he’ll loosen up.

Jeff Maran writes: Bill, what do you think of Mark Richt going for it on 4th and one in the first quarter versus taking the 3 points? I think you have to take the three points at that point of the game. The game never would have gone into overtime had he kicked the three. I think it had to do with the criticism he took in the game against UCF last year when he kicked the field goal instead of going for a first down. However, Michigan State has a top 5 defense, unlike UCF, and points are hard to come by. Also, I am so fed up with the conservative playcalling with 3:30 left in regulation: run, run, run. Richt plays scared, not Mike Bobo. Richt has the final say. Finally, what coach other than Mark Richt settles for a 42-yard field goal attempt on 3rd down in OT? … After intercepting Michigan State, you would think that is like playing with house money. Try to get at least one first down, to get a closer field goal attempt, maybe even a TD. So frustrating.

Tom Sinclair adds: I’d like to hear a discussion of just who should take the blame for the ultra conservative play calling near the end of regulation and in overtime. While I’m not a Bobo fan, I realize that ultimately Richt is the one that sets the tone and could intervene if he chose to do so.

And Roger Dixon writes: [Bobo] is Richt’s man, so they are both responsible. The real problem at Georgia is that Richt wins just enough to keep his job. He has proved he cannot take it to the next level. Georgia will forever remain a second-tier team under him. He looks good at times, but can’t deliver in the clutch.

To touch on Roger’s point first, I don’t believe Richt is incapable of winning it all. He knows how to recruit the talent needed and overall is a good steward of the program. At times, he’s shown he can even go for the jugular. I just wish he did that more consistently. To answer Jeff’s question, actually, I agreed with Richt in going for it in the first quarter for precisely the same reason that I wish he hadn’t played for a field goal in the first overtime: Blair Walsh was simply no longer a reliable placekicker, SEC all-time scoring record notwithstanding. But I was the only one in our group watching the game who felt that way. Everyone else would have gone for the field goal in the first quarter. And Tom is right about Richt being in charge. After Mike Bobo called the first two unsuccessful runs up the middle there late in the fourth quarter, Richt certainly could have interceded when he heard a third one called and said, “Mike, let’s throw it to Michael Bennett,” or something like that. Isn’t that why you have a possession receiver? Yes, Richt has always tended to be conservative during his time at UGA, but it’s not as if he never takes any chances. All we have to do is look at this year’s Florida game to see him doing it right, going for it on fourth down (resulting in two touchdowns) and throwing it to secure a key first down and kill the clock late in the game — exactly as many folks wish he’d done against the Spartans. I guess it takes Jacksonville and the Gators to get Richt’s juices flowing.

Joe Burger writes: Hey Bill, thanks for your info and insight all year. I’m a UGA alum, living with my wife in southwest Florida, so we appreciate your help in keeping us informed. So, after attending the bowl game, it’s pretty clear that we are much, much improved. However, except for our D, we are still lacking that swagger/killer instinct. Players and teams definitely take on characteristics of their coaches. And in our case, the calm, laid-back approach of coach Richt coupled with the Pontius Pilate coaching of coach Bobo (at crunch time, he appears to wash his hands via uninspired playcalling and is simply content to let the defense decide the fate of the game) leads to an almost blah type of football. It seems many times that the offense plays down to the same uninspired level as its coach. Do the coaches need an attitude adjustment?

Richt has gotten the Georgia program back on track, but I think this season’s tendency toward lackluster second-half play has provided ample evidence that in order to kick it up to the next level Richt and his staff are going to have to take a more aggressive approach in managing games. Keeping your foot on the pedal, as the saying goes.

Is it fair to blame Mike Bobo for all of Georgia's offensive troubles? (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Is it fair to blame Mike Bobo for all of Georgia's offensive troubles? (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Larraine Oakes writes: Re: your article “Same old problems …” I was so delighted to see someone spell out what was a source of extreme frustration during the game. I am not a football expert by any stretch. I’m the wife of Dawg fan that has become almost as passionate as he is about them. So when an amateur like me can see the absurdity of the runs up the middle that inevitably amount to nothing, I am scratching my head and figuring that there must be SOMETHING about the intricacies of football coaching that I cannot understand that would make them continue to do what isn’t working.

Bobo explained his reasoning in calling those run plays: He was trying to eat up clock and force MSU to use up its timeouts. But while that reasoning might have looked good on the laminated play board, it ignored the realities of what was happening on the field. The Spartans were getting so much penetration that those running plays took very little time off the game clock. And based on what had been happening throughout the second half, it should have been obvious to Bobo and Richt that it was a strategy that wasn’t going to work. Perhaps there was a bit of the “put it in the hands of the defense” notion at work there. But, again, that ignored the reality that by that point the Georgia defenders were tired. The result was Michigan State quickly throwing their way down the field and tying the score. That’s my main complaint about Bobo (and, by extension, his boss): Too often they stick to the script even when the situation calls for a bit of improvisation.

BassinDawg in Roswell writes: I am tired of Bobo’s pathetic playcalling, further evidenced this season — especially by those idiotic up-the-gut calls. Is there ANY chance of Bobo being replaced or CMR re-taking over some of the play-calling duties? With decent playcalling we could have won both the South Carolina and Outback Bowl games.

Along the same lines, Cleveland Williams asks: Do you see a need to change the OC or do you think it’s a matter of changing philosophy in the playcalling (adjusting the routes to shorter routes, calling more screen passes and crossing routes)?

And Ross Marshall asks: Can coach Richt overcome his loyalty thing long enough to get rid of Bobo? … Make him QB coach, he does THAT very well.

I’d say there’s little chance of Bobo being replaced as offensive coordinator and playcaller. But while publicly Greg McGarity is backing Richt all the way, one can only hope that perhaps he might gently nudge Richt and Bobo try a more aggressive approach. Already this season they tweaked what they do by going to the no-huddle, so it’s not as if they haven’t shown a willingness to change things up. And Ross is right, Bobo does know how to coach quarterbacks. Of course, we can’t lay the offensive problems all on Bobo. His hands were tied somewhat in the bowl game by the absence of a running game. Should the lack of production and off-field problems at tailback be laid at the feet of Bobo or running backs coach Bryan McClendon? I realize McClendon is a prized recruiter but I’m not convinced the former receiver is the best choice to mold Georgia’s young backs. And while I was encouraged by what Will Friend got out of the offensive line this season with almost no depth, the OL’s deficiencies were definitely a factor in the inconsistency of the running game as well as Murray’s troubles. So pinning all the offensive troubles on Bobo is misguided, I think.

Aaron Murray's decisionmaking has at times been questionable. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Aaron Murray's decisionmaking has at times been questionable. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Michael Clowdus writes: I would like to ask about Aaron Murray, as two things I see about him drive me crazy! I think Murray is a great talent and I think coaching has as much to do with both of these issues as well. First, can two former QB’s (Bobo and Richt) not teach Murray to look off defenders? He constantly stares down his target and I am surprised he has not been intercepted more. Second, it appears that ANY time UGA had 3rd and long (7-10 yards), Murray would throw it 35 yards down the field. Does our coaching staff not explain that a first down keeps a drive alive or do they not know how to run medium route patterns?

I think Matt Stafford is showing the NFL right now that Richt and Bobo indeed do know how to develop a quarterback and I would be surprised if Murray doesn’t get better in that regard, and also in his decisionmaking about when to take a sack and when to get rid of the ball. As for those slow-developing third-down downfield pass plays instead of quick slants or screen passes, I know they drive a lot of fans nuts. Unfortunately, I think that must be a personal preference of Bobo’s.

Jack Sanders writes: I heard Kevin Butler on the post-game show questioning the wisdom of Richt having Murray down the ball in the center of the field to set up the field goal in the first overtime. Kevin cited this as an example of where not having a special teams coach or coordinator hurt the Dogs. A special teams coach likely would have been more aware that Blair Walsh has tended this season to miss kicks wide right, so in fact kicking from the left hashmark would have increased the chances of the first OT field goal attempt being good, whereas centering the ball made it more likely he’d miss it. What do you think?

I think Kevin Butler knows more about placekicking than Georgia’s current coaching staff could ever hope to learn, and I would agree with his assessment.

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Jim Beam

January 6th, 2012
10:16 am

Jim Beam

January 6th, 2012
10:17 am

He or Bobo was and in the end it lies on the shoulders of Richt.

Dean Tate

January 6th, 2012
10:22 am

“Shouldn’t a respectable SEC program be able to gain one first down?”

Dumb question. No SEC team — not LSU, not Bama, nobody — gains a first down on every series. When/if UGA develops a better offensive line, they will be fine.

General Ledger

January 6th, 2012
10:23 am

I was initially upset about the 1st ot playcalling, but I guess after seeing how poorly the o line blocked and how shaky Murray can be, they decided not to try much of anything and lose a bunch of yardage. Bottom line: An SEC kicker should make that FG most all of the time.

PMC

January 6th, 2012
10:24 am

An Offensive line that couldn’t block anyone, and non existant running game…. gee I wonder why he wouldn’t have confidence they could gain a 1st down?

If that were the case though, kick on 1st down in overtime before you lose 10 yards and then waste another down moving it to the middle.

ozzfest

January 6th, 2012
10:25 am

BOBO WILL LEAD US. LEAD US TO WINS OVER BUFFALO, FLORIAD ATLANTIC, AND GA SOUTHERN.

AMAZINGLY SAD UGA SEASON-TICKETHOLDERS LIKE ME ACCEPT BOBO, AND THE PATHETIC SCHEDULE. McGARRITY IS A LIGHT WEIGHT.

I WILL BE IN COLUMBIA FOR THE MIZZOU GAME. WE SHOULD WIN BY 21, BUT WITH BOBO CALLING THE PLAYS….WILL WIN BY 4.

UGA Insider

January 6th, 2012
10:29 am

I sent our governor an email to fire Mike Adams. He has been there way too long and a change is needed.

“Those who have power are always afraid of losing it.”

-Darth Sidius

evil empire

January 6th, 2012
10:31 am

same ole georgia…always the bridesmaid, never the bride….you people ought to be used to this by now…perhaps cmr should write a book about not manning up on the national stage…good title would be: “THE ART OF CHOKING…taking the OK out of choke and making it a positive”…with a forward from maybe Scott Norwood…or Bill Buckner…or Nina Hartley…

SnowBird

January 6th, 2012
10:33 am

Que the “”bOBO NEED TO BE REPLACED” GUY.

Bobo had the #3 scoring offense in the SEC. And put up about as many points against Mich St and South Carolina as any offensive coordinator did.

Anyone saying Bobo is the problem, has no clue about football.

funny...

January 6th, 2012
10:34 am

Hey Dean, no offensive line can hold off defenders for four quarters of slow developing plays.

Furthermore when you run the same six plays the defense doesn’t need too much help finding gaps.

In the fourth quarter MSU defenders were keying off Murrays audibles. They knew what we were running.

It’s unbelievable that Richt is making the Willie Martinez mistake twice. I guess that’s a shame on us. Five years ago Richt actually thought Martinez and Bobo would be his coordinators of the future, LOL. Let’s all go dance in the endzone and lose to Kentucky at home

lanier

January 6th, 2012
10:34 am

CMR needs Kevin Butler to coach the Dawgs kicing game

evil empire

January 6th, 2012
10:41 am

keith marshall looked great last nite…kinda reminded me of a young isaiah crowell….

Dawg

January 6th, 2012
10:43 am

BassinDawg…..you realize we scored 42….FORTY-TWO!!!!!!….pts against South Carolina, right?? What was wrong with the play calling? Not much, when you score 42 if you ask me. UGA lost the SC game because the ‘DA’ QB turned the ball over 3 times that afternoon.

You can't hold me back

January 6th, 2012
10:44 am

Umm why didn’t we line up two TE’s and a fullback and try punding the ball for a first?

You can't hold me back

January 6th, 2012
10:44 am

funny...

January 6th, 2012
10:44 am

2001-2005 — basically Jim Donnan’s recruits

2005 – Looks lost against WVU, got blasted in the Sugar Bowl IN ATLANTA!!!!
2006 – lost to Vandy at home. Lost four out of five and should have lost to a terrible MSU team at home.
2007 – Danced in the endzone but couldn’t beat USCe, got blasted by a terrible UT team Knoxville
2008 – Got blasted by Alabama at home, even worse by Florida, should have fired Martinez after the Georgia Tech collapse. Managed to underachieve with Knowshon, AJ Green, and Matt Stafford.
2009 – Fourth straight year of losing all the big games. OSU, LSU, Florida. Lost to Kentucky at home. Got blasted in Tennessee AGAIN. Should have been fired.
2010 – 6-7 everyone knows how this year turned out. Lost to UCF. Should have been fired
2011 – Lost to every team that mattered, Boise, USCe, LSU, MSU. Backed into SECCG. Should be fired. Still keeps Bobo.

Plus all the off the field issues over the years.

Richt hasn’t done ANYTHING since the SECCG in 2005. He’s lost basically every meaningful game since. How does he still have a job?

evil empire

January 6th, 2012
10:45 am

keith marshall looked great last nite…kinda reminded me of a young caleb king…

You can't hold me back

January 6th, 2012
10:45 am

what about putting jenkins or Gates in as a full back

old dog

January 6th, 2012
10:46 am

It still goes back to the main point. Blame Richt and Bobo all wou want…..untill we can run-block and run the football like an SEC team should, it will not work. Every good team learns (quickly) that we cannot run the ball, so they shut down our passing game and make Murray run for his life! Untill Bobo gets a LINE THAT CAN BLOCK and a TAILBACK WHO WILL RUN/NORTH-SOUTH all the wailing, blogging, and in-general B.S. will be all for naught! UGA was always in the past noted for a great line. Ours was big, but couldn’t block at all for the run. Can’t game plan around lack of ability.

stevo

January 6th, 2012
10:46 am

The best play would have been a naked bootleg on first down on that last drive in the fourth. Instead we got the run up the middle that had not been working all game. Everyone is right. For some reason, Coach Richt is afraid to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Our offense did nothing in the second half which caused the defense to get worn out. Coach Richt should have realized what was happening. HE gets paid 3 million a year. The loss lays soley upon Coach Richt’s feet and no one else.

evil empire

January 6th, 2012
10:47 am

keith marshall looked great last nite…kinda reminded me of a young washaun ealey…

Destin Dawg

January 6th, 2012
10:48 am

a short roll out pass for a 1st down during regulation in 4th qtr.. win the game.. no punt necessary .. then in out don’t try FG.. until 4th down.. get closer… no killer instinct on offense.. Grantham’s defense did not deserve to lose the game !!

OkieDawg

January 6th, 2012
10:50 am

The dawgs should have won the MSU game in overtime. CMR called the correct sequence of plays in the 1st OT. It was a 42 yard FG and Walsh should have made it. The game was lost in the regulation time. Our O-line missed too many blocking assignments. They were confused by MSU’s blitzes, stunts and slants. Anderson, a DGD, just could not pick up the right defender and when he did he was too slow. The O-line played poorly all year and it looked like a coaching problem, although they also looked big and slow because they were not in great shape. Murray is a good QB and made alot of good plays while under duress. Our RBs are good but if there is no blocking they can’t gain yards. Bobo realized the O-line weaknesses and tried to compensate by having Murray move the pocket with QB roll outs. If we go get a world class S&C coach (like Fl has done) and get the O-line problems fixed, 2012 will be a great year. The Dawgs are not far from being a top 10 team in the nation. The problem with top 10 in the nation is that puts you in about #4 in the SEC.

evil empire

January 6th, 2012
10:50 am

keith marshall looked great last nite…kinda reminded me of a young danny ware…

old dawg

January 6th, 2012
10:50 am

incomprehensible is the only word i can find to describe my view of the coaching during the OT.
i am, however, convinced that richt and bobo cannot adjust the offense on the fly to take what the defense is giving them. they remain dogmatic to the game plan. whether or not it is working is irrelevant.
richt’s decision to give walsh a long FG try is consistent with the way he thinks. in CMR’s mind walsh has worked hard and done good things over the years and therefore deserves the chance to go out on a high note with the game winning FG. the fact that he has the yips is not factored into the decision making. CMR trips over his loyalty to players and coaches and loses games he should not as a result.
rigidity and overly loyal to players and coaches will limit the program to good, but never great. this is why he consistently loses to ranked teams.

funny...

January 6th, 2012
10:51 am

Georgia hasn’t been the same since the 2005 Sugar Bowl when WVU embarrassed Richt and Martinez.

What meaningful game has Georgia won since the 2005 SECCG? If you say Hawaii then LOL. If Georgia’s best win since 2005 is Hawaii then why is Mark Richt still the coach?

Dawgdad (The Original)

January 6th, 2012
10:51 am

Bill, everything you mentioned wrong with the dogs lies at the feet of Mark Richt. He always coaches not to lose. He must have learned this at the feet of Mike Smith, because Bobby Bowden never coached that way.

JDawg1785

January 6th, 2012
10:54 am

As much good as Coach McClendon has done for the program from a recruiting perspective, I’m not so sure he’s got what it takes to coach the running backs. Coach Friend has proven that a former player can indeed be a good coach, so long as he’s coaching the position he used to play.

Ga/Fl.Stillman dog

January 6th, 2012
10:56 am

Mike bobo has a mind of his own. great OC earn a living by being aggessive and ignoring the head coach at times, especially in crunch time. I was at the game and honestly I called the last possession and looked at a fan and said if we do this we loose. Well the outcome, A LOSS. point blank. Give CMR ONE MORE YEAR WITH AMPLE STIPULATIONS and if he does not deliver. GET HIS TAIL OUT ATHENS. I dont think our new AD will put up with this much longer. This is Dumb. and yes we only won ten games because we played less than AVERAGE TEAMS.. It shows the brain power our offensive coaches have. The most advanced coach on our team is the defensive coach and his staff. Look at who he is urrounding himself with. C’Mon Man PLEASE CMR JUST GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO/////

funny...

January 6th, 2012
11:03 am

Ask yourself this question.

Georgia beat Tennessee, Florida, Auburn, and Georgia Tech in the same season without having to play Alabama, LSU, and Arkansas. If you were told that before ANY given season would you have believed that the outcome would be a loss to Michigan State in the Outback Bowl?

funny...

January 6th, 2012
11:04 am

Bill, seriously, what is Georgia’s signature win since the 2005 SECCG?

Is it Hawaii?

swimdawg68

January 6th, 2012
11:04 am

I agreed with the decision to go for the first down or TD in the first qtr. I completely disagree with the play selection. On second down we ran it up the middle for no gain, we did the same thing on third down and on fourth down. Why not have the tight end fake a block slide out, have Murray fake the dive play roll out and hit Charles for a TD or first down. Instead we run 4 plays up the middle and then turn the ball over to MSU. Bobo continues to amaze me as to how he keeps his job. For that matter, how does CMR continue to allow such stupid play calling?

evil empire

January 6th, 2012
11:07 am

uga given hawaii because sec knew the potential for the dawgs to choke away big games…no way they were gonna lose to hawaii…thats the truth…the powers that be remembered them losing to wvu in what was basically a home game…didn’t want a repeat performance…

SCDAWG

January 6th, 2012
11:07 am

nobody has said anything about the first quarter 4th down that Michigan St. stopped us on. If we kick a field goal at that point instead of going for it, the game never goes into overtime!!!!!!!

Bill King

January 6th, 2012
11:15 am

To Funny …
Oh, I dunno. Beating the ACC champ Yellow Jackets in 2009 was pretty good.

JRW7

January 6th, 2012
11:16 am

WE blew the bowl game, CMR, CMB, and Aaron Murray gave the game away! CMR sure can recruit, but he can’t win more than 9 to 10 games per season, coaches too conservative, coaches not to lose, I don’t think CMR can ever bring a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP to UGA, we DAWG FANS have to just resolve ourselves to this fact of reality, because McGarity is going to give CMR a 2 year extension with a raise!!!

evil empire

January 6th, 2012
11:21 am

if beating an acc team ANY year is considered a signature win, you lose your man card…i bet lsu is claiming that that 38-3 win over tech in the chik-fil-a bowl is their biggest win in the last decade…

Desert Fox

January 6th, 2012
11:25 am

There is one thing almost everyone has overlooked in the bowl loss. In MSU’s final drive in regulation our DC elected not to pressure Cousins but only rush 3 most of that series and lay back in zone, aka, Martinez. W/O Jenkins who had to leave the game there was almost no pressure on the QB who did not do well when he was pressured throughout the game. GA’s defense is the reason for the turnaround this season due largly to sending 4-5 defenders after the QB. Cannot be upset w/CTG after the job he’s done this year but in this case he must have caught the same non-aggressive attitude brain fart that CMR and Bobo displayed on the O side of the ball. Give credit to MSU they looked a lot like GA looked in the hob nail boot game vs TN.

OkieDawg

January 6th, 2012
11:38 am

We should compensate our coaches on a pay-for-performance basis:

Grantham: $250,000 raise +2 year extension + Ass’t HC title
Garner: $50,000 raise
Olivadotti: $50,000 raise
Lakatos: $50,000 raise

Bobo: $0 raise, Set 2012 Performance Goals and release if not obtained
Ball: $50,000 raise
Lilly: $15,000 raise
McClendon: release (effective immediately for cause)
Friend: $0 raise, Set 2012 Performance Goals and release if not obtained

Richt:$0 raise, +2 year extension, Identify Performance Improvements Required

dbc

January 6th, 2012
11:39 am

Stafford wasn’t developed by Richt and Bobo any better than Murray is now. It was still the same ole same ole. I can’t count how many times Stafford unleashed a 60 yard bomb that was 10 yards over everyone’s head. Stafford has gotten better because he’s been in the pros long enough to have gotten coached up. Murray keeps making the same mistakes in every big game. I’ve come to expect a pick-6, a fumble and another int almost every game. Sure enough, that’s what he’s produced. People make mistakes, but he keeps making the same ones over and over. At times, he looked petrified in the MSU game. And Bobo just fed into that with his stupid up-the-gut play calling. There’s a word not in CMR or Bobo’s vocabulary. GUTS. We had LSU on the ropes with the pass — so Bobo tries to establish the run. The first series of the second half in the LSU game were critical. When Bobo called three straight runs up the gut and punted, I knew the game was over. Same on the last series vs. Michigan State. The coaches calls blew the game. Also, does Richt even know how to try to block a punt anymore?

Well, DUH...

January 6th, 2012
11:39 am

…or, as Leroy Jethro Gibbs would say “Ya think, DeNozzo?” Unfortunately, he knows no other way to coach…

Change begins at the top – ya listening Mr. McGarity?

funny...

January 6th, 2012
11:39 am

10 of 11 is keeping Richt employed.

HM

January 6th, 2012
11:39 am

No passes to two very good tight ends; no touches by the fullbacks; no quick passes to the side(s) MSU blitzes linebackers; very few roll-out pass attempt; slow developing runs up the middle. Just not certain about the offensive philosophy .

Fair and Balanced

January 6th, 2012
11:39 am

GA could have won the game – not because they were the better team, but because we had the breaks, the turnovers and golden opportunity. We chose NOT to win by not playing smart. MI has a superior QB and maybe a superior DLine. At least their defensive line was superior to our OLine! So when you know this why in the HECK DO YOU RUN AT THEIR STRENGTH! What was that definition of insanity again? Something like doing the same thing over and over expecting…… By the way, our Defense looked tired on that last drive. Seemed to have lost heart or out of energy or just plain playing dumb! ?????? PLEASE MOVE BOBO BACK TO QB COACH AND HIRE A GENUINE AND PROVEN OC!

bill arp

January 6th, 2012
11:42 am

The bottom line is, if you don’t trust your QB to not turn the ball over, whether it be a fumble or INT(or take a long sack–which he does very often), then you’re going to be conservative. In my mind, Grantham got pretty conservative there at the end too.

Like I’ve said, they(Richt and Bobo) haven’t always been this conservative. Just with the likes of Joe Cox and Aaron Murray. But, if you don’t have enough trust in your QB in that particular situation, then it’s time to find one you do!!

Good QB play remedies a lot of this!

funny...

January 6th, 2012
11:42 am

Ralph Friedgen.

is.

available.

Lock it up.

dawgfan

January 6th, 2012
11:44 am

I think the decision to take a knee on 2nd down to set up the (missed) field goal in overtime was weak. We blew two plays to get closer to the goal posts. Why in the hell would you do that? I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Even 3 or 4 extra yards could have made it a little easier on Walsh.

The 4th quarter and overtime was just a disgrace for our offense. The offense basically put up a white flag and surrenderred to MSU’s defense. That’s just weak football. Their D bowed up to us in the 2nd half and we backed down. We’re never going to win the SEC or win any big games until the offense mans up. That’s just all there is to it.

Thanks.

Disappointed Tampa Dawg

January 6th, 2012
11:45 am

SCDAWG, completely agree. 5-0 would have been nice at that point, assuming our psycho kicker Walsh would have made it. Also, why is no one asking what happened to IC? He limped off in the 1st quarter, right — just like the SEC Champ game???????????

Fair and Balanced

January 6th, 2012
11:46 am

BTW, GA lost the tie in regulation. Lost a 2nd tie in the first OT. Then got lucky to tie the 2nd OT and then finally got what we deserved due to poor QB play, worse play calling and no aggressive attitude on O or D late in the game and OT – we LOST! We didn’t really get beat – we lost. Thats why it hurts.

Tuck Fech

January 6th, 2012
11:50 am

And the mediocrity will continue at least through 2012. UGA’s offense hasn’t shown any consistency/continuity since 2007.