It’s past time for Aaron Murray to settle himself down

In his third year as a starter, Aaron Murray is still getting too pumped up? (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

In his third year as a starter, Aaron Murray is still getting too pumped up? (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

A few more thoughts and observations following Georgia’s home opener …

While he granted that Aaron Murray plays with “a lot of emotion” and “probably was really pumped up,” Mark Richt was about as pointed in his criticism of his veteran quarterback’s efforts early in the game as you’ll ever hear from Georgia’s head coach.

Speaking of Murray overthrowing wide-open receivers headed toward the end zone, Richt said: “Murray, he’s a veteran, and we get a wide open post for a touchdown, we’ve got to hit it. The guy’s wide open and you’ve got protection, it’s your job to put the ball on the money.”

Yes, Murray is still having to deal with an offensive line he can’t completely trust and young backs who sometimes whiff on blocks (with Murray getting sacked three times by the Bulls), but that’s pretty much been the case his entire career at UGA. And he looked much better in the second half, but in his third year he shouldn’t still be getting off to these rocky starts because he’s too pumped up.

At this point, the biggest obstacle to No. 11 living up to his full potential is Aaron Murray himself. …

While, as we discussed Saturday, Georgia’s defensive front definitely underperformed against Buffalo in a generally uneven outing by the Bulldogs, I was very encouraged by how the wide receivers looked. True, Buffalo wasn’t the toughest team to get open on, but Tavarres King, Rantavious Wooten, Michael Bennett and Chris Conley all looked really good. Particularly impressive was the way Wooten extended himself to make the catch on that long touchdown pass. He also threw a nice pass that should have been a touchdown, only to be droppd by Keith Marshall. And King still managed six catches for 117 yards despite Murray playing keep-away with the ball on several would-be long completions in the first half. Conley also made a nice, reaching catch on one play and, of course, blocked a punt on special teams. All in all, Malcolm Mitchell was missed less on offense than on defense. …

Should Todd Gurley’s breakout performance earn him the starting nod against Mizzou? That’s a tough one. While his running and returning were brilliant, he looked like a typical true freshman in pass protection, as did fellow frosh Marshall, missing some blocks entirely. Much more effective in that regard were the veterans, Ken Malcome and Richard Samuel. If Malcome’s hand injury prevents him from maintaining his position on the depth chart this coming week, you’ve got to wonder if Samuel might not get the starter’s call while Gurley and Marshall still get their share of the carries. …

Back to the offensive line, which had a middling day against Buffalo, necessitating the tight ends spend most of the day staying in to block: Here’s hoping that John Theus is able to wrap up that injured ankle and tough it out, like Richt suggested, because even hobbled he’s probably still Georgia’s best bet at right tackle. …

Damian Swann mostly called for fair catches receiving punts, but he did have one really nice return. While Mitchell is likely to re-enter that conversation once he’s off the crutches, I think Swann shows potential as a returner. …

Last year, Georgia didn’t let a fullback carry the ball until the Georgia Tech game. Former walk-on Merritt Hall not only got the starting nod in Saturday’s game, but he got to run the ball, too, and picked up a first down. Well done! …

It was great to see Olympics gold medal winner Allison Schmitt on the field helping finish off the Game Ball Relay, along with Vince Dooley, Chance Veazey and Charley Trippi. I’m sure some sort of on-field recognition is planned later this season for UGA’s Olympians, and I’m looking forward to getting on my feet and yelling once again for Schmitt and her fellow U.S. team members. …

Also from the pregame, I liked the Redcoats’ new way of running onto the field like the football team does, and I’m glad they tweaked the previously problematic Georgia-Bulldogs cheer (mainly by not having the band play between the cheers by the two sides of the stadium). But the initial effort to have the crowd sing “Hail to Georgia” was pretty much a flop. Most folks don’t have a clue what the lyrics are, and while they were helpfully provided on the video screen, the crowd seemed unsure when in the song they were supposed to start singing. That one might need some tweaking as well. …

Lastly, the folks in Section 104 missed Malinda Erwin, who couldn’t make it to Saturday’s game because she’s still recovering from surgery. We look forward to you rejoining us for Florida Atlantic, Malinda!

Feel free to chime in if you spotted anything else in Saturday’s game that you want to discuss.

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184 comments Add your comment

Joey Hanie

September 2nd, 2012
10:05 pm

First!!! And yes it is

coondawg69

September 2nd, 2012
10:11 pm

Sargeant Hulka's Big Toe

September 2nd, 2012
10:17 pm

Why is Alabama ready to play from the get go and this team needs a half to pull it together and even then it is inconsistent. The rebuilding Tide looked like a well oiled machine against a good but overrated Michigan. We looked like a team without an identity. Poor tackling, middling defensive line and linebacker play and a over hyped QB. We knew the O line and the young backs would be a work in progress but the D was supposed to be solid.

Suches Dawg

September 2nd, 2012
10:31 pm

It occurs to me that UGA often plays up or down to the level of the opposition , rarely establishing their own identity as a team . I also think we typically lack anything resembling a killer instinct to put teams away when we have the chance . As much as I admire and respect CMR , this is a reflection on his demeanor and style as a coach. I hope as the year progresses we assert our will on teams when we get the chance, least they come back to bite us. GO DAWGS !!

Dog from the desert!

September 2nd, 2012
10:37 pm

Murray’s REALLY OVER-HYPED! Can you say Hutson Mason? Mizzou’s gone bring it!

Malinda

September 2nd, 2012
10:49 pm

Enter your comments here. Bill, looking forward to being back in section 104 for the next home game!!

FaithfulDawg86

September 2nd, 2012
10:55 pm

Love CMR and respect him immensely as I respect any coach who doesn’t want to run up the score, but with the ranking systems the way they are these days, we need to take advantage of every scoring opportunity and not leave anything on the field. Murray will be fine now that he’s gotten over the first game jitters, and our RBs are studs! Grantham will whip the defense into shape.

78Dawg

September 2nd, 2012
10:59 pm

Sick of Murray and his problems. Just hand the ball off or give to Mason. Murray is way overrated.

Walker

September 2nd, 2012
11:01 pm

Bill,

You got to lay off Murray. I’d rather have 3 or 4 overthrows a game, thasn 3 or 4 int’s a game where he underthrew the balls.

Murray’s just making good decisions, either his guys speeds up and catches it, or no one does.

Murray finished with 3 td’s, 250+ yards, and 0 int’s. a 179 passer rating, better than the USC matt whoever.

SSIgator

September 2nd, 2012
11:03 pm

Bill -

Hope you were able to spend some time with Olivia while you were there and she is adjusting well to her new home.

Walker

September 2nd, 2012
11:06 pm

What not to like, Richt fixed all 3 issues from last year: run game, pass turnovers, specia teams.

Moobs Johnson

September 2nd, 2012
11:07 pm

Same story for UGA, team shows up not ready to play. Coach MediocRe at his best… As far as Murray, I’ll be happy when he takes his man purse to the NFL after this season for all the riches of a fifth round pick.

Walker

September 2nd, 2012
11:09 pm

Murray hit Wooten in the hands in the end zone, and Wooten dropped one. Bennett ran his end zone route too wide and cost Murray another one. King was little slow on 2 passes, seemed to slow down, not trusting Murray’s arm. Marshall also dropped the TD pass from Wooten, which was a beauty. Could have EASILY had 5 more td’s.

Bill E Rubin

September 2nd, 2012
11:09 pm

I love the DAWGS and CMR but after watching the TIDE it’s painfully obvious that they’re on a totally different level from us. Hate me, say I’m not a true fan or whatever you like but the simple fact of the matter is we should be right up there with them…the problem? Coaching…and I refuse to drink the cool aid and I refuse to wear the rose colored glasses. It’s the same thing every year…

Walker

September 2nd, 2012
11:13 pm

We outrank Bama in every offensive category, passing, total yards, points, and rushing. We have the best balanced offense in the SEC. Special teams are currently ranking higher than Bama too. Once we get all 5 starters back, our defense will return to it’s top 5 form and beat Bama there too.

funny...

September 2nd, 2012
11:14 pm

Bill,

Great article.

On the TK touchdown pass, he had to stop to catch it. The key to Missouri (other than missing 5 defensive starters) is Aaron Murray. If he plays like he has his entire career Georgia just can’t win.

funny...

September 2nd, 2012
11:15 pm

Walker, Bama has 2 of the last 3.

Who gives a flying hoot about stats.

I want rings

Walker

September 2nd, 2012
11:17 pm

The Buff defenders decided to play under the receivers, to take away Murray’s backshoulder passes. So you had to throw it over the top or get it picked. When we got man coverage, and they stacked a bunch of guys inside when the run game got going, Murray went long to try and make them pay. If you don’t stretch the field like that, the run game stalls when they start overplaying the run. I liked the strategy, it worked.

Walker

September 2nd, 2012
11:18 pm

This year, UGA is better than BAMA on OFFENSE AND SPECIAL TEAMS, STATS NEVER LIE.

Bill E Rubin

September 2nd, 2012
11:22 pm

@Walker…all that looks good on paper…I’m not a BAMA fan but you’ve gotta hand it to them…they prove it on the field…how long has it been since we’ve held a crystal football in January?

Walker

September 2nd, 2012
11:24 pm

This ain’t 2011, this is 2012, and right now, UGA ranks better than Bama in RUSHING, PASSING, RECEIVING, TOTAL YARDS, OFFENSIVE POINTS.

You’re living in the past. How many times does Saban follow a championship with another one in his entire career?

Bill E Rubin

September 2nd, 2012
11:27 pm

@Walker…whatcha got in that pipe son?

Walker

September 2nd, 2012
11:31 pm

My guess is Murray will take more risks when he throws deep to the taller receivers against mizzou like Marlon Brown, Rome, Lynch, pretty much throw up a jump ball, and they should win it, especially using these tall guys in the red zone, even bring in tall guy Jordan Jenkins. But King and Wooten arn’t tall, they’re speed guys, so you can’t throw up jump balls.

King and Wooten have to get more space on their defenders to help Murray out too, then Murray can take a little off without worrying about a pick. Maybe some double moves.

Walker

September 2nd, 2012
11:38 pm

Jay Rome is 6′ 6”, Marlon Brown is 6′ 5”, Artie Lynch is 6′ 5”, Michael Bennett is 6′ 3′, Jordan Jenkins 6′ 3”. You have a higher margin of error with these guys than you do with the smaller set of speed guys Mitchell, Wooten, and King. You have to be more careful with your throws with the smaller guys.

Top Row Dawg

September 2nd, 2012
11:49 pm

3 TD’s no interceptions. 10 passing TD’s away from all time UGA record.

500 yards of offense and Bobo and Murray still getting grief.

No KO returns is what stood out to me thanks to that deep kickoff by Marshall. Reminds me of the days of Kevin Butler. A 40 yard line kickoff and all those kicks would have been out of the end zone. The only one returned was from out of the end zone too.

Love my Law Dogs….. Marshall the kicker, Marshall the RB, and Aaron Murray (The Cop). Give the criticism arrest.

Jersey Dawg

September 3rd, 2012
12:43 am

Since the Missouri defense is saying “Georgia is Playing Old Man Football”, sure would be nice to see Bobo run some “OLD” Fashion Power Running Football in the first series to put “Little Mo” in it’s place early in the game…
With the Offensive Line still having Depth Questions is there a Houston update ?

slobodan

September 3rd, 2012
12:44 am

If the dogs would have contained the running/scrambling QB they would have pitched a shutout. And we have a more accomplished running/scrambling QB coming up.
I think Murray means well and he accumulates stats; but he’s not the gamer the dogs need.

Spike

September 3rd, 2012
4:59 am

Michael Bennett is a diamond in the rough. He has great hands and is a tough , tough blocker! Throw him the damn ball.

ZinoDawg

September 3rd, 2012
6:23 am

Michael Bennett and Chris Conley are both DGD’s. Most underrated players on the team.

And I am LMAO at Mizzou already running their traps. They will quiet down after the Tide rolls in and spanks them like a red headed step child.

gomdawg

September 3rd, 2012
6:25 am

IT’S hard to get up for Buffalo , Alabama was playing Mich. Our Dawgs will be ready for Missouri.

Sad Richards

September 3rd, 2012
7:48 am

The Missouri player was correct about it being “old man football” for UGA. This same ole crap is getting old. Murray first game jitters against Buffalo? This guy is now a veteran so stop the excuses.

AltamahaDawg

September 3rd, 2012
8:03 am

What excuses?. He and his receivers didn’t connect on a couple of 40 yrd bombs. That’s what happened.

Bulldog Born & Bred

September 3rd, 2012
8:32 am

Ga is not in the league with Ala or LSU and I’m sick of it I’m beginning to think we get the recruits they don’t have room for

BalkansDawg

September 3rd, 2012
8:52 am

I agree, Altamaha. Most of what Bobo tried to do against Buffalo is throw the deep ball at least 40 yards down field on post routes. Hopefully, this is not his game an for next week… Or any other week. True, Murray needs to calm down, but Bobo needs to do two things to help him out: run the ball and have check down receivers/use the tight ends. I’m sure the defense wouldn’t mind the longer drives doing these would create, either. I’m hoping (maybe a fool’s hope) that he plans to do both of these and take some pressure off of Murray early in the game. We ran virtually everything out or the shotgun against Buffalo and tried to force the long ball, IMHO. Just run the ball and then work into the passing game as Murray settles into the game.

ty

September 3rd, 2012
8:53 am

If GA would run the ball more, Murray might keep the defense confused as to whether he was going to pass or give the ball off to a back. We need to run the ball more to have a great passing team therefore a great offensive team. Also Richt has to recruit offensive linemen and train them a few years and not count of Freshmen starting on the line.

Joe

September 3rd, 2012
8:58 am

Against Mo. Ga has to control the ball and help the defense be fresh against MO’s spread offense. Otherwise Mo’s offense will make it difficult on our defense. Controling the ball also includes controling the clock the whole game. You do that by running the ball.

Bobdog

September 3rd, 2012
9:02 am

Some work needs to be done with the P.A. System. With the volume already cranked up, the occasional feedback was deafening.

night hawk

September 3rd, 2012
9:18 am

@ gomdawg

Just like they were ready for Boise State?

GoVawls

September 3rd, 2012
9:35 am

Dawgs just need to beef up their recruiting. Bwhahahaha

Vince

September 3rd, 2012
9:42 am

I’ll repeat–There is no reason in the world why Theus should’ve been in this game at this time. I always marvel at how long these coaches leave starters in games when we’re way ahead. What a great time to give backups gametime.

Football 101 for Women Lady

September 3rd, 2012
9:50 am

I guess I need to apologize on behalf of all the Football 101 women who obviously did too good of a job in cheering the players from the locker room to the field…We obviously got Aaron Murray and the rest of them “too pumped up” with our mini-Dawg Walk. Sorry everyone! GO DAWGS!!!

Hair E Dawg

September 3rd, 2012
9:56 am

More of the same from Richt and Bobo – under performing teams.

Dawg-Gawn

September 3rd, 2012
10:01 am

Whats wrong with “Old Man Football” Just add a little Geritol to your Kool Aid for the octane boost…. kind of like the young man’s Red Bull!

Old Man football = SEC Mash-Mouth!

Can’t wait till the end of the season to hear those beat up Mizzou players (especially T J Moe) saying “I don’t want NO MOE SEC football.”

Missouri, the show me state…. you’re about to be shown, a tradition of southern style hospitality… leave your women and children at home…. it’s a war zone!

“The Chapel Bell will ring again”

“Our Team, Our Time, No Regrets”

“Fan-up”

“GATA”

Believe in the “G”

Mr. Dawg

September 3rd, 2012
10:19 am

With all the missed opportunities on long pass plays you mentioned here Bill this game had a chance to turn into an early blowout for the Bulldogs. Instead Buffalo stayed within range and I believe that always helps a team gain momentum (or lose it when you’re the team blowing the opportunities.) As it stands, those missed opportunitis and lost momentum aren’t reflected on the scoreboard. Buffalos deserves credit. Murray really needs to have a big and better game this week. I’m glad you pointed out the blocking by Gurley and Marshall. That is key and Richt has always preached that to his backs. This Missouri game worries me. If the Bulldogs survive things look good. If not, well, the Bulldogs have bounced back before just as they did last year. But losing that first SEC game is tough.

Dawg Tired

September 3rd, 2012
10:21 am

Richt said: “Murray, he’s a veteran, and we get a wide open post for a touchdown, we’ve got to hit it. The guy’s wide open and you’ve got protection, it’s your job to put the ball on the money.”

Now I understand why Murray has not lost his “job” as the starter. Its the same reason Richt has not lost his “job” as the coach. Weather you do your job well or not is irrelevant. Apparently once you the “job” it’s your job for life.

GATiger

September 3rd, 2012
10:23 am

Bulldog Born and Bred, it’s not your recruits. Georgia’s probably out-recruited every other team in the SEC during Richt’s tenure. My guess is it has something to do with a coach who doesn’t speak above a whisper and can’t, or won’t, recognize that this is a ball control league.

It might go a bit deeper than that. Georgia has a habit of hiring coaches (and an AD) who have never held the position for which they’re hired. Seems to me that schools like Western Kentucky, Toledo and Kent State are the type of schools that should be giving coaches their first shot at the bigger job, not Georgia.

artful codger

September 3rd, 2012
10:24 am

Whoever starts at tailback really is no big deal … as Gurley is in on the 2nd series anyway.

AltamahaDawg

September 3rd, 2012
10:27 am

Well I appreciate you agreeing with me, but that wasn’t the point I was making. I don’t have a problem with attempting a 40 yr bomb. They should have been TD’s, so nothing wrong with the call, and the 3rd yr starter should have connected. My point was that while it’s a fact Murray missed the shot, folks discussing the number of factor that go into that, is NOT making ‘excuses”. It’s discussing football plays, and some of the folks in here just don’t want to do that. They want to just complain. Another point that i would make, is that while it’s great IF every play works, there is another point of taking shots deep. It affect how the defense will play you, and aids other aspects later in the game (the running game for example).

One of the things I took away from the game , was the adjustment at halftime. It’s hard to find fault with the second half of that game.I would take a slow start and a second half stomp any day, over the reverse that we have seen in some games in the past.

SoGaDAWG

September 3rd, 2012
10:29 am

Enter your comments here

Bob in Buford

September 3rd, 2012
10:30 am

I’m tired of people using stats to prop up Murray. Apparently, he just doesn’t get it. I’m also tired of us struggling to put away lousy teams. If we aren’t ready to play, that responsibility lies with the coaches. We needed to pound that team in the first half so that we could get some time for our second team guys. It’s been the same story for 20 years.

bubba4dawgs

September 3rd, 2012
10:31 am

Sure wish the DAWGS were a full strength for Mizzou! Weaknesses were obvious during the Buffalo game. Hope they can be corrected this week!! What was so good to see was the abundance of talent the DAWGS have! The DAWGS are loaded with sheer athleticism and I have trouble believing that Mizzou can match that, speed, size and just plain smash mouth football! GO DAWGS!!

Dawg Tired

September 3rd, 2012
10:32 am

“Should Todd Gurley’s breakout performance earn him the starting nod against Mizzou? That’s a tough one. While his running and returning were brilliant, he looked like a typical true freshman in pass protection, as did fellow frosh Marshall, missing some blocks entirely. Much more effective in that regard were the veterans, Ken Malcome and Richard Samuel. If Malcome’s hand injury prevents him from maintaining his position on the depth chart this coming week, you’ve got to wonder if Samuel might not get the starter’s call while Gurley and Marshall still get their share of the carries. …”

And who’s “job” is it to teach young Gurley how to pass block? Come on Bill! Gurley not being able to pass block someone from SUNY at Buffalo is a clear indicator of just how poorly coached this whole team is.

As to the OL. I admit that for some inexplicable reason I was about to believe that David ANdrews could actually play center in the SEC after hearing all the talk the past couple of weeks about how he would fight and scrap and hang in there, etc. Then I saw he could not block the boys from SUNY! Oh my! The only good news is that surely starting our with a # 6 in the nation preseason ranking and then playing like a bunch of out of shape, slow, confused, lack of effort giving prima donnas with a coach saying they didn’t play well because it was too hot for them will surely be the straw that forces a change by the AD come season’s end.

SoGaDAWG

September 3rd, 2012
10:36 am

Gurley played awsome but someone please tell that young man to hold the ball until he crosses the goal line. He let it go a yard or so early on his 55yd td run. Also someone please tell me why Murray hardly ever throws the ball away and instead takes a sack. I personally cant wait for Ramsey to get to GA and we will have a Qb thats tall enough to see over the line. Go Dawgs and good luck in Mo!

AltamahaDawg

September 3rd, 2012
10:41 am

Georgia ran the ball 60% of the plays.

AltamahaDawg

September 3rd, 2012
10:47 am

Drpped that ball close to the goal line, didnt he. I was hoping they didnt review that. probably wasn;t that close as it looked though.

Actually, I was thinking how I like Murray taking those sacks. He wasn’t out of the tackle box, so just getting rid of the ball has risks.

Georgia

September 3rd, 2012
10:47 am

Its tiring hearing all you hyper-critical people on Georgia’s 45-23 win. How about Oregon 57-34 to ark st? Oklahoma 24-7 to Utep (10-7 in 4th), lots of other examples. Give it a rest. Everyone expects perfection out of Murray. The kid had no turnover and 3 td’s. He read the defense correctly. Running backs are the real deal obviously. Suspensions but so what, now they know what to work with this week.

WDE

September 3rd, 2012
10:59 am

Did anyone think we were EVER in danger of losing this game? Buffalo played as good a game as they were capable of and still lost by 22 . Can we improve in several areas, of course and I’m thinking we will. Mizzou will be a good game but they aren’t Bama or UT even,Old Man football ? Lets see if we line it up and run it down their throats will it still be Old Man football? This game will be the real indicator for the Bull Dog Nation on what we really have in this years team and I can’t wait !

60 Dawg

September 3rd, 2012
11:09 am

Mark Richt still thinks he is at Florida State. Bobo thinks he is still a student and running from Allen’s and Rodney Gardner is at Tennessee. What Georgia needs are coaches who love UGA and want to win, win, win, for the name of Glory to Old Georgia.

It’s time to clean house and quit talking.

BalkansDawg

September 3rd, 2012
11:12 am

Altamaha, I don’t think there is anything wrong with a 40 yard bomb, either. And yes, the players should have connected on it and I don’t think that discussing it is making excuses. I comment on throwing the long ball because it seemed like we did that on almost every 1st down (hyperbole is the best!). And again, not that I’m against it. I’m just hoping that, as has been pointed out elsewhere, it was more for giving our younger backs reps at pass protection and not a pattern of play-calling for the season. Of course the run game and passing game set up one another as the game goes along. I just prefer establishing a solid running game and forcing a defense to stop that before opening the passing game up wide open. CMB just seems to be of the opposite persuasion. I like “old-man football,” I guess.

As for those ready to throw in the towel on this team after game one, give it a rest. Let the season play itself out. You may all be singing a different tune this time next week. Of course we may not. That’s why they play the games.

GO DAWGS!

LHarding Dawg

September 3rd, 2012
11:14 am

60 – That, my friend, is a dumb post!

jerry

September 3rd, 2012
11:26 am

Once Derek Dooley is fired, it would be just like UGA to name him head coach in waiting, considering the fact that they hire on influence, not proven ability.

WDE

September 3rd, 2012
11:32 am

@LHarding Dawg I’m thinking a lot of trolls just pick a number and add Dawg to post 60

AltamahaDawg

September 3rd, 2012
11:34 am

I think Buffalo was playing a pretty stacked in the middle run defense (on our first down), so Murrray saw single coverage on the outside a few times, and correctly checked in to it.

39 attempt and 200+ yards, was pretty committed to the run , IMO.

AltamahaDawg

September 3rd, 2012
11:41 am

And folks lets be honest here. We could have scored 60 (and really almost did) against a pretty decent Buffalo team. Does anybody really think we would have given up much more than 10 points to Div 1-AA SE La?

CHDawg

September 3rd, 2012
11:50 am

Murray was off on a few throws, but he also hit some good throws, too. CMR is just doing what he is supposed to do–improve Murray each week. Don’t forget we had a dropped TD too. Bottom line, Murray is a great QB. On the bright side he didn’t cough it up any. We all saw him thread the needle to win some tough games last year. On Missouri, I am just amazed at the trash talking. Basically, the DT said we stink and our guys can’t play, and that we don’t stand a chance. We’ll see. Maybe they beat us by four TDs like he thinks…and maybe not. I think CTG was holding back a little, in the first half particularly. I also think we will see a lot more no huddle on Sat. Go Dawgs.

Rome-Dawg

September 3rd, 2012
12:04 pm

Everyone calm down. The dawgs will be fine. We are no where playing our best and really we don.t want to be playing our best yet. We are in the process of overcoming some tough obstacles (suspensions, injuries, etc.) All of this will make us even better by the end of the year. Todd Gratham knows what he is doing and is in the process of building even more depth on defense. After we get our 5 missing starters back plus the ones getting all of this valualbe experience we will be the best defensive team in the nation. Remember, we were playing in a totally different environment than some of the other SEC teams (Alabama, Auburn). We were playing in a very hot and humid environment (93 degrees t) and not in a dome where the conditions were very comfortable (70 degress with no humidity).
We have a ton weapons on offense and two of our best did not even play(Malcom Mithcell and Marlon Brown). We definitely have a great stable of backs that are only going to get better. Bulldog nation needs to calm down and embrace what is about to happen. This team will end up being very special.
When we hit our stride it is going to be a site to behold.

Macclenny_dawg

September 3rd, 2012
12:05 pm

Bill, I agree too many times Murray comes out and over throws too many passes in the 1st half. But as a coaching staff the coaches have to learn to settle him down. Call a qb draw let him run to settle him down. We cannot worry about injuries because they will happen regardless. We cannot say special teams are better because I saw a punt or 2 that Buffalo could have ran for a 1st down. Special teams only looked better because of Gurly’s kick return and 1 blocked punt. Guys this was Buffalo talent alone we should have smoked them . The defense looked bad. Forget about a top defense because because nobody in college football plays the same 12 opponets!!! This defense has a lot of work too do. Our defense will statisicly get better just like last year only because we don’t play any great offense with our schedule. Yes we have just as talented players as any but year after year no depth on the lines. Its time too recruit the lines if we ever want on Alabama’s level. The coaches have to learn you create experience and depth by keeping your foot on the gas and blow out the lesser opponets to get the backups more playing time and experience!!!! Go Dawgs!!!

WDE

September 3rd, 2012
12:05 pm

Lets see Murray goes for 258 YDS, 3 TD’s with no INT’s or fumbles and we win by over 3 TD’s….and listen to the whining. I think there are a lot of Bugs in Bull Dog clothing on this blog I really do.

CHDawg

September 3rd, 2012
12:07 pm

Alta..Dawg, I looked at Gurley’s TD several times in slomo on the DVR and I thought they could have called it either way. I didn’t have a great angle. I’m sure CBM will beat that horse (hanging on to the ball on TDs) till it’s dead and stinking. What a great day that young man had, though. He is a keeper. Gurley is really good at maintaining warp speed in the middle of the asteroid field; Samuel runs through the asteroids, breaking them to pieces; and Marhsall dances around them, still respectable for a true freshman. I think Marshall is going to be very dangerous if they can get the ball to him away from the asteroids.

AirForce1

September 3rd, 2012
12:08 pm

Doesn’t Murrray seem to throw better when mobile or rolling out? Just an observation over the last three years. I would like to see him run (QB draw) just a tad more. I know he is small compared to most but Aaron has moves and speed.

CHDawg

September 3rd, 2012
12:26 pm

USAF, he has had a problem with overthrowing people from time to time since day one. He appears to be a high energy type who has to get his adrenaline under control. I think he is one of the top long ball arms in college football, though, and defending against our team would terrify me if I were a DC. Your only hope is to stack the box, blitz a lot, and pressure him. If you don’t get to him, he will cut you to pieces. With our speed and depth at WR, I would go no-huddle, three receivers, and let Murray run the other team’s secondary to death. We could rotate receivers every couple of plays about three deep. He might have to rollout some to get away from the rush.

AltamahaDawg

September 3rd, 2012
12:32 pm

What bothered me more was that dropping the ball seemed more like a signature move, more than a casual mistake. I expect that to be corrected.

AirForce1

September 3rd, 2012
12:44 pm

CHDawg….. great points and observation. WE seem to run the no huddle just not quite the tempo of say a Boise St or Oregon. I agree….run the defenses to death…not to mention 4 running backs we could rotate in as well. He can throw a deep ball but he is very emotional…which is good but he gets amped up and overthrows. Better than throwing too short for int’s.

AltamahaDawg

September 3rd, 2012
1:01 pm

Actually, I think both of those missed Bombs were on 2nd down.

Rinky

September 3rd, 2012
1:04 pm

Awesome display of offensive firepower.

3 passing touchdowns.

3 rushing touchdowns.

225 rushing yards.

250 passing yards.

500 yards of total offense.

38 Points on the board.

Thought Murray, Gurley, Malcome, Wooten, King, Bennett, Marshall, Samuel, all made great plays and looked AWESOME for the opener.

And to think Marlon Brown and Mitchell didn’t even play, and you didn’t have to show any throws to Rome or Lynch and still won by 3 touchdowns.

Pretty much only showed 2 pass plays, wide receiver screen, and long bomb.

joe jenkins

September 3rd, 2012
1:10 pm

Who cares about murray…he will not get any better!!!!! the only way we beat mizzo…is if our secondary loks like this…. safeties – willams and moore corners- swan and mitchell. branden smith should moved to offense permantly…he should be a third string wr…..he is one of the worst corners we have had in the last five years….norman should be our last resort…..I’m so disappointed that moore has not stepped up yet….we need him and jhc to step the hell up…. richt please cut the BS and let rambo and tree play…for gods sake man

Huh?

September 3rd, 2012
1:15 pm

From what I saw this past weekend, it’s pretty much going to be a repeat of last year in the SEC. Alabama is CLEARLY the best team in football, with LSU right behind. Those two teams will battle it out for the SEC title, and one will go on to play in the NC game. As for the East, it appears to be a wide open race between SC, UT, FL and UGA….and actually, UT looks like the best from that group.

I know that UGA has/had a #6 ranking, and that a lot of UGA fans are predicting a lot from this year’s team….however, UGA didn’t play like a #6 team, and won’t be competing for much of anything this year.

flatsdawg1

September 3rd, 2012
1:20 pm

Our defense will have it first real challenge, how do we defend a spread with a shorthanded D? I’m not worried about our offense. We will score plenty but can we stop this guy throwing it to 9 different receivers? He also ran for almost a thousand last year. Scary, the pressure is on to win this game. Murray has to calm down and play well. Special teams will be the key in a shootout. Kicker will be depended on late I think 37-34 DAWGS !! Welcome Mizzou.Marlon Brown shows out if he plays.

AltamahaDawg

September 3rd, 2012
1:21 pm

With your team looking so good, WHY have you spend the weekend in here worrying what Georgia fans think?

GB's Hamburgers

September 3rd, 2012
1:39 pm

Walker seems to think that statistics is the point in football. So the team is pretty …. but can they fight? Bobo said of Murray …. “he’ll be better this year because he knows more of the offense?” DUH. Is our finesse offense so complex that in his third year he only “knows more of it?” Bama has the right idea. Use your superior athletes to smash the other team. It’s simply. Both sides knows what’s coming and it doesn’t take years to learn. The point is to win not produce laudable statistics.

SSIgator

September 3rd, 2012
1:43 pm

Just noticed the picture of Murray the Midget standing on his toes trying to see over the players in front of him.

AltamahaDawg

September 3rd, 2012
1:44 pm

I think what Coach Bobo was saying is that Murray can read the defense better with experience, and put them into the correct play, even if its just a straight up run.. (Nick Saban would agree, I am sure)

WDE

September 3rd, 2012
1:45 pm

@flatsdawg1 good post, I think we get the ball and run right at them, and continue all game. Their D is more of a question mark that their offense . So lets keep the ball away from them, long drives with the running game and take our shots down field when they load the box. This is not a high caliber defense as far as the SEC goes we should be able to move the ball and control the clock.

Resident Georgia Fan

September 3rd, 2012
1:47 pm

For God’s sake start Gurley. Don’t go into a fight with your best weapon on the bench.

CHDawg

September 3rd, 2012
1:49 pm

Flats, I agree that Franklin is going to be tough to stop. We had trouble with Moore and the spread last year, but he didn’t run the ball! CMB better get the O ready with a 50+ mindset or else. We can’t afford to waste one possession imho. I expect a big shootout…we’ll see. I hope it’s not them shooting, and us out. If the D comes back at end of year speed this game, I think Missouri will be impressed.

GATiger

September 3rd, 2012
1:50 pm

Although it will probably be used as billboard material, the “old man football” comment from MO is really a compliment. If GA plays old man football, staying with the running game until they wear down a less than stellar MO defense, they’ll win handily. If Richt abandons it because he doesn’t see big results (as usual) it’ll be close.

WDE

September 3rd, 2012
2:06 pm

Oh and one more thing , can I safely assume that with all the hype Mizzou is getting that a win this week will be considered a “Big Game” by the haters?

CritterDawg

September 3rd, 2012
2:27 pm

We did have way too many starters out of the game so I don’t think that this game is much of a determining factor on how the season will go. I believe next week is going to be the best measuring stick for the remainder of the season. Good news is that Florida and SC did not look that great either.

AltamahaDawg

September 3rd, 2012
2:44 pm

Tough break for A&M, not getting to play.

Nub

September 3rd, 2012
2:56 pm

Maybe another trip to the pool will help…..

Real Fan

September 3rd, 2012
3:11 pm

Do any of you out of shape, never played 1 down, negative losers even enjoy watching football? If you’re looking for a perfect performance then go to theatre.

harold

September 3rd, 2012
3:23 pm

MURRAY GETS TOO NERVOUS. THE BEST QB IN THE SEC IS THE ARK. DUDE AND TYLER BRAY PLAYED INCREDIBLE.

I LIKE HUTSON BETTER THAN MURRAY.

Nub

September 3rd, 2012
3:30 pm

The plain truth is the bulls o line whipped our d line for the first half of the game…! If I am not mistaken I believe the bulls had almost double the rushing yardage in the first half as well … So what we can conclude is as usual we were not physically ready to play…

Monty

September 3rd, 2012
3:33 pm

For you Saban guys, go root for Bama, this is Dawg city. Your coach ain’t never won back to back championships and won’t this time, nobody does hardly every repeat as National Champs.

It’s gonna be Richt, Miles, Spurrier, or Ark.

Ark doesn’t have Petrino anymore, they will not put up points against the better defenses. They have 3 top 10 teams on their schedule.

Miles’ offense is 1 dimensional and Mettenberger is lackluster, 1 td, 1 interception against a lousy team. Special teams will take a big hit without Honey Badger. LSU also plays 3 top 10 teams, so they’re out.

Spurrier has a good front 7 on defense, terrible secondary, and a tentative running back, and an injured QB that runs a lot and only threw for 67 yards this weekend. And SC gets LSU, Ark, and Georgia, 3 top 10 teams.

Richt has a great offense, a great defense, and great special teams. Richt only faces 1 top 10 team.

This is UGA’s year.

Nub

September 3rd, 2012
3:42 pm

You would think after 3 national championships in less than 10 yrs coaches would mirror some of Saben’s best… Believe it was Spurrier that said I wonder what happens to all of those 4 and 5 star recruits that go to UGA…. Wasn’t it John Jenkins talking about what he was going to do this season …. Did he make one tackle against the bulls?

Randy Marsh

September 3rd, 2012
3:55 pm

Is it me or all Murray does is chunk bombs 40-50 yards down the field? He’s the most overrated QB in the country. He doesn’t use his brain like David Greene used to. And if the D doesn’t step up, Mizz will light us up, especially with our suspensions.

Randy Marsh

September 3rd, 2012
3:58 pm

9-3 is the best we can hope for, maybe 8-4. TN looked good and may smoke us. Add in FL, SC, AU GT, and MZ this weekend, if there’s no improvement I don’t see 10-2.

OLDGUY

September 3rd, 2012
4:24 pm

Come on did we lose? I guess the midget football coaches are too smart! Hey guys we won!

OLDGUY

September 3rd, 2012
4:24 pm

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Murray's ONE great game performance

September 3rd, 2012
4:29 pm

In 2010, I proclaimed Aaron Murray as the best COMPLETE QB in my 53 years of viewing UGA games after seeing ONE GAME. His runs and passes and scambles and such in the UT game really impressed me. That year We all know that UT was horrible. Murray was a one man show that ONE game.

Since that game, Murray has choked so badly, like same year vs Florida and last year with SC and Michigan State and Boise State and all of his horrific pic 2 TDs and fumbles.

Yes, he will leave with tons of records but unless he really turns it one from here on out, he will not be fondly remembered like even DJ Shockley and David Green and Buck Belue and Andy Johnson and Ray Goff and Kirby Moore or even Mike Cavan or Larry Rakestraw or Tarkenton. UGA fans want him to settle down and LEAD UGA to the promised land ONCE.

Murray gets all tense and uptight and the fans cannot stand that of him. He is a 4th year player too !!! NO EXCUSES, Murray.

Gooooooooooooooooo Dogs.

When CMR speaks to the media or on TV shows

September 3rd, 2012
4:38 pm

Watch Richt speak on TV. Now, he is a very fine, fine man. We all know that. He does so much for the poor Honduran people. His place is assured, I suspect, up in Heaven.

My issue with him is his personal demeanor. His carriage on the field is ok, along the sideline but in interviews, he looks sleepy eyed and soft spoken. I am convinced as a former professional speaker for over 35 years, that he imparts that SAME sleepy, no sense of urgency, to this players. They reflect him.

I am fearing one of these 8-4 seasons, with all the injuries and suspensions of selfish, punk UGA players that are HURTING THE SCHOOL.
Go Dogs.

How about .......

September 3rd, 2012
4:47 pm

How bout an option package with Christian LeMay at QB and running both Samuel as FB blocking and pitch it back to either Gurley or Marshall and let their speed burn it up.

Why not? Could be worth a huge change of pace to get Mizzo into a D panic situation. If they get to tee off on pass rushing Murray, it could get ugly fast, as he will panic.

Go Dogs.

Psychic beer dog

September 3rd, 2012
4:51 pm

Within 5 weeks all will be able to see that 2013 will be a Smart year at Jawja

beanster

September 3rd, 2012
5:03 pm

5 weeks from now UGA will be either 4-2 or 5-1 and people will still be complaining about Aaron Murray.

Old Dawg

September 3rd, 2012
5:13 pm

I wasn’t excited about Murray missing those passes, but how many experienced quarterbacks have had bad days through the years? Hell, even Peyton Manning had a miserable day his senior year against Memphis his senior year, with the Vols losing the game and the QB dropping out of the Heisman Trophy race.

Like many people I was disappointed with the way the team played yesterday. The Dawgs really need to improve if they’re going to have a great season. Let’s see how the play next week and in the remainder of the games before completely dumping on them!

VP

September 3rd, 2012
5:20 pm

Thought Murray had a tremendous first game. He led his team to it’s 11th regular season win in a row. He had no turnovers. He threw 3 td’s. His offense scored 38 points and piled up almost 500 yards.

Murray finished up the weekend a little better than Matt Barkely’s 178 passer rating, Murray’s is 179.

VP

September 3rd, 2012
5:23 pm

Bill,

Aaron Murray is not going to throw for 400 yards, completing 80% of his passes, 5 td’s, and 0 int’s every game, so if that’s what you’re expecting, expect to be writing this article every week because you’re expectations arn’t fair.

Big Mike 37

September 3rd, 2012
6:06 pm

When will Coach Richt finally realize that Murray just can’t cut it…. Looks like poo poo even against crappy teams….. Over hyped is a nice way of sayin…. he just cant make all the throws… worst of all he will be back next year cause the NFL doesnt want him

Quo Vadis

September 3rd, 2012
6:12 pm

Aaron Murray = Reggie Ball

In other words, A LOSER!

Missouri will hand Murray’s head to him on a platter.

Dwag One

September 3rd, 2012
6:15 pm

“… worst of all he will be back next year cause the NFL doesnt want him.”

Gee, thanks for those cheery words. :-(

Pdx

September 3rd, 2012
6:27 pm

I have never seen a group of whinier fans. Get a grip or be a fan of some other team.

Bill

September 3rd, 2012
6:39 pm

What a bunch of idiots. Get a life! You spend your time being critical of a college kid who is doing his best to represent the University of Georgia, really? Are you that dumb?

hornblowermg

September 3rd, 2012
6:51 pm

HUTSON MASON. NOW!!!!!!!!!!!

AltamahaDawg

September 3rd, 2012
7:35 pm

Not to mention, he SCORED a TD on half of his deep passes. Can’t believe we even gave this guy a scholarship.

PonGT

September 3rd, 2012
8:07 pm

Good observations, all! There is one point that I feel needs to be hammered and that is clock management in the fourth qtr. When you have a 22 point lead and a stable of running backs that are pounding the opposition, we should be running out the clock and sealing the deal. Instead, Murray is throwing forty yard bombs trying to see how quickly we can get another touchdown. Somebody needs to know when to milk the clock and quit trying to pad the stats for the qb. Gurly and Marshall were really exciting. Maaybe we can run them more next week instead of trying to match throw for thow in Missery.

Old Dog Class of 80

September 3rd, 2012
8:12 pm

Bill – thought your blog had been dropped from the AJC since I could not find it. You really need to talk to the Editors about their new webpage design – It Sucks!

Sad Richards

September 3rd, 2012
8:45 pm

Altamaha….. The excuse I was referring to is “first game jitters”…. Really Buffalo? I could understand maybe against a Bama, LSU or a Clemson but Buffalo ,I mean really that is comical as hell. But no matter if there is any criticism against our Dawgs you are the resident Richt apologist so I shouldnt expect anything less from your sugar coated comments.

Smarticus

September 3rd, 2012
8:54 pm

It’s the coaching, stupid.

FLA DAWG

September 3rd, 2012
8:54 pm

Murray is a great talent but he’s got to step up to the plate and be a lead hitter. He’d better settle down fast and show some maturity and confidence for himself and his team or Richt should plug in a different QB. We’ve got a stable of ‘em and they’re all damn good.

I’ve got a feeling Murray will really shine against Mizzou…………….well, here’s hoping so anyway.

GO DAWGS !!

FLA DAWG

September 3rd, 2012
8:57 pm

OLD DAWG,

I agree. This new site design is one of the worst I’ve seen. The old one was much better.

FLA DAWG
Class of 79

Hey, I was a Risk Mgt Major. You?

Smarticus

September 3rd, 2012
8:57 pm

Murray is highly overrated, but Richt and Bobo will not let any other QB talent get a chance.

Smarticus

September 3rd, 2012
8:59 pm

Preacha Man’s Koolaid elixir is distilled in Altamaha…

AltamahaDawg

September 3rd, 2012
9:06 pm

And you whine no matter what they do. So of those 2 choices, who seems to be having the better time?

My point is that not sure what anybody is making “excuses” for. Murray had a pretty good game, and UGA won going away as they were supposed to. Could have scored 60 point if that was the plan.

There were a half dozen positive things and one downer: the starting D-line was a bit lax on couple of series they defended. the also forced 10) punts, 8) 3 and out, and shut the other guys out the second half .I’m not worried about our front 7 in the least.

BTW. I can’t help it you just don’t appreciate the positive tone but if you think my comments are not accurate feel free to point out how so. As you know, nobody asked for the debate more than I do.

AltamahaDawg

September 3rd, 2012
9:07 pm

what was that? 8-3 and out, eight.

Sad Richards

September 3rd, 2012
9:36 pm

Sad Richards

September 3rd, 2012
9:48 pm

There is nothing to debate…. Richt and the teams overall performance was one again unimpressive and also against a Mickey Mouse team. Everyone knows this except of course the Kool aid slurppers.

damngooddawg!

September 3rd, 2012
10:10 pm

I do not think my dawgs will ever move up to the top of the heap under CMR and Co. To the Alabama fan I told that UGA would spank the Tide in the SEC championship game…I’d like to revise my prediction. IF by some miracle we stumble into the game, we WILL make at least 2 first downs and we WILL force Bama to punt at least once. Take that!!!

damngooddawg!

September 3rd, 2012
10:16 pm

I think watching my grass grow would be more exciting than this Va Tech/Ga Tech game…dang…what losers.

AltamahaDawg

September 3rd, 2012
10:40 pm

Of cource not. That would require reading the points that somebody actualy makes and offering a well thought out retort.

Easier to just copy and repeat some trite little putdowns.

Come on. be a man, how bout. Talk like a grown up and tell me what I have said today that was inaccurate.

AltamahaDawg

September 3rd, 2012
10:47 pm

kool aid and richt apologist.

I know you are smarter than that and capable of talking like an adult.

Try it one more time.

Mobile Dawg

September 3rd, 2012
11:00 pm

From my vantage point the Dawgs weren’t that well prepared, and weren’t as ready to play as conveyed by the head man. Especially to have wrapped up game preps three days early. I think we have our work cut out for us at Missouri, and I hope it’s drilled into the heads of the players, nothing less than 100 percent for sixty minutes.

01HAWK

September 4th, 2012
4:28 am

UGA does not haveto worry about the Offense……………………..It s the Defense that will be the let down this year.

The DLINE was huffing and puffing as usual. A good running team will kill UGA.

Every team should run right at UGA.

AltamahaDawg

September 4th, 2012
7:04 am

Well they practised on Thursday. You wanted them out there on Friday? Does anybody ever do that?

AltamahaDawg

September 4th, 2012
7:08 am

What humors me this weekend is the absolutely silence, not one single comment of complaint of Todd Grantham. Of the coaching staff, he is the one who (fill in the blank cliche’s about not doing his job).

AltamahaDawg

September 4th, 2012
7:19 am

Mobile the thing that seem to make some folks believe beating somebody by 3 TDS was such a horrible game was effort fomr the D-line, IMO. As far as prepared, I actually thought they were sparper than they typically are in thier first game. Very few penalties, very few busted plays. the offense particularly looked very ready to go. As sharp as they can look running a half dozen plays over and over.

Special teams looked prepared.

What did you see, that was an obvious lack of practise related issue?

Kyle

September 4th, 2012
7:28 am

Quit making d*** excusees for this guy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am sick and tired of hearing “oline” blah blah……bottom line Murray missed two wide open receivers…..this crap goes on year after year…..there is a reason he has not beat a decent team…….we leave Missouri with a L. The defense looked horrible…..take a look at how a real team open the season (Bama). I am totally disgusted after watching UGA sleepwalk to another win over a losing team. Girley is the lone brightspot…like I said 9-3

Old Dog Class of 1980

September 4th, 2012
7:32 am

“And folks lets be honest here. We could have scored 60 ”

If we “could have scored 60″ then why didn’t we? Did we “take our foot off the gas” as so many have criticized for in the past? If we were so far ahead, why not take Murray out and give the second string QB some experience? (I am SURE it has nothing to do with padding Murray’s stats). These are legitimate questions!

Craig

September 4th, 2012
7:33 am

9-3 at best….likely 8-4. Another disappointing season that did not come close to expectations. Contract extentions in place, we are back to being UGA. I am disgusted after watching this team against a team that was 3-8 last year. What a bunch of crap.

Burma Shave

September 4th, 2012
8:15 am

The first game was bad
But it’s going to get worse
After Missouri
You’ll hear Mark Richt curse

BURMA SHAVE

AltamahaDawg

September 4th, 2012
8:18 am

Old Dog. We Didn’t score 60 for two reasons.

1. We had a couple of young players drop TDs.

2. We ran about a half dozen plays on offense.

Those are legitamate answers.

Mobile Dawg

September 4th, 2012
8:33 am

I was making one point in particular, that Richt told the media the Dawgs were ready to play before the game, we wrapped up preparations early, and at the half he was clearly frustrated and said we’re just not getting it done. Is it his fault, can’t answer that but we seem to consistently “not” be prepared to play “mentally”.

Another point and this mentions the defense, it seems like every year something that’s supposed to be a strength we can build around turns into a weakness. Now that’s not to say the D won’t show up, they just seemed to have underestimated Buffalo.

Specifically we were supposed to dismantle Buffalo, and get our subs some quality playing time. I honestly didn’t sit down and watch the game, it was hit or miss for me.

I thought Gurley looked great, hope he can repeat his performance against the big boys.

FLA DAWG

September 4th, 2012
8:48 am

I repeat I’ve been one of Richt and Bobo’s biggest critics over the past three or four years but I want to say this was the best performance in a season opener in three years in my opinion.

Despite the mistakes (expected in an opener) the boys played more like a team in this opener than against Michigan. They executed well most of the time and even the playcalling was largely good.

The first real test will be in four short days from now. Mizzou will be ready to play. Forget the lopsided talent on our side……..Mizzou is a smashmouth football team and if we don’t play well they will beat us.

I saw enough positive things in the Buffalo game to renew my hope that Richt has finally turned this around – or at least has begun to do so.

Let’s hold off and see what happens Sat nite………………….

GO DAWGS !

AltamahaDawg

September 4th, 2012
9:07 am

I think when you see the replay, you will find that absent the “emotions” it wasn’t anything close to embarrassing or disgusted as some (others) have said.

The offense looked prepared, the SP looked good. I’d say its a tad early to declare the defense as “a weakness”.

Lets consider this. Grantham made them play the entire game in as basic of a scheme as they have. The very few times they ever blitzed, they blew up the other guys. I know we fans wanted to dismantle somebody, and Honestly I think It Grantham had really tried to do that, if that were the goal, he could have done a LOT of things to that end. But I think he purposely was playing it vanilla to force his defensive backfield to get more experience.

That not to say his guys didn’t take a while to get with the program. And I am sure he will address that. D-linemen are some big guys, I am sure the heat, the less than exciting opponents, came into play.

What I like was that they DID adjust and shut them out in the second half. I’d rather know they can do that. IMO, the defense’s problem last year was they came out all fired up, and wained late in the game.

Basically, it came down to 2 series that our defense was lax, and that got corrected. Other than that, it was a very typical expected, lesser opponent 12:30, hotter than hell, opening game, easy win. Pretty solid game. Not spectacular, not overly “impressive”. But, I thought all the big questions going in, got answered.

zbulldawg

September 4th, 2012
9:09 am

I’m tired of this so called fans blog & their followers shooting down UGA !! LET THE BIG DAWG EAT

AltamahaDawg

September 4th, 2012
9:17 am

I would agree with Fla Dawg. In some of the past openers, we saw busted plays and a lot of penalties. This was fairly clean as far as openers. How long has it been since the complaints were simply the, “we didn’t impress the guys at ESPN” type and not about actual football plays? We have been told all summer how this was more of a workmanlike team, so not sure we were going to see any more than was required.

(and actually Mark May did brag on Gurley, so fwiw)

AltamahaDawg

September 4th, 2012
9:23 am

Somebody needs to inform the TV crew, that it’s Uga in the DawgHouse now, not Russ.

UGA Insider

September 4th, 2012
9:32 am

Did anyone see all of the empty seats at the UF game?

Our plant is in trouble folks.

AltamahaDawg

September 4th, 2012
9:45 am

So, you don’t think that transplanted yankee fanbase down there has quite embraced the true spirit of southern football?

Biggest Dawg

September 4th, 2012
10:30 am

So much for1]having the band miked2]more vendors in the stadium..never saw one and concessions ran out of ice…ever watch the weather channel?3]forget the singing of “hail” and can CRM get a team ready for the opener?

RHall55

September 4th, 2012
10:44 am

Updates on: 1) A Ogletree 2) B Rambo 3) K Houston 4) M Brown 5) M Mitchell 6) J Theus???????

ApopkaDawg

September 4th, 2012
11:03 am

I am sick and tired of hearing people write about Murray not being able to “trust” his offensive line. Granted we, like so many other team, have some holes at O-Line, but the guy is 5′11″ at best. HE CAN’T SEE OVER THE LINE!! Half of the sacks the guy suffered last year was because we had a HUGE line that he could’nt see over. He scrambles outside the pocket because he can’t see and ends up getting sacked. Now, I’m not saying this happens everytime, but it happens a lot. It happens enough that Mason, or one of the other QBs should get some serious looks. I admire the kids work ethic, but you can’t tell me he is the only one showing up early to study films. Look around the SEC. How many QBs do you see under 6 feet? And don’t tell me he is 6′1″. That is a bunch of game day program fiction. Last year when Carlton Thomas would enter the game, he would stand right next to Murray and there really wasn’t that much a a height difference. Thomas was one of the shortest guys we have ever had a UGA.

ApopkaDawg

September 4th, 2012
11:05 am

Ask youself this, “when was the last time Aaron Murray won a game for Georgia?” I’m not talking about doing what you can not to lose it. I’m talking David Green vs. UT type of win? Anything……me neither! I can name several times that he lost a game for UGA.

Thom

September 4th, 2012
11:54 am

Please Please CMR pull the red shirt and let Hutson play… Murry has had enough time…

hornblowermg

September 4th, 2012
11:59 am

again………………….HUTSON MASON, NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Doggie in NC

September 4th, 2012
2:03 pm

ApopkDawg-Thom_Hornblowermg (all one and the same) Uh, how about the Gator game last year – DUH! GO DOGGIES!

RC

September 4th, 2012
2:32 pm

Ok, hundreds of AP voters voted this weekend, and UGA is came in at No 7 in the nation.

So while Bill is low on Aaron Murray and UGA, apparently the rest of the country is high on both.

Let’s go UGA!

DAWGMAN

September 4th, 2012
2:41 pm

Hey Bartender! Mix up another batch of that Kool-Aid. I believe these folks are in another one of them ‘buying moods’.

BMOC

September 4th, 2012
4:13 pm

Simple: I’ve been saying this since Murray’s 1st sping game, when that LSU QB looked much better, but Murray got the starting nod. And who says Mark Richt doesn’t promise starting time for these recruits??? Yeah, right. Murray is an average QB. At best. It’s REALLY hard to win a NC or SEC Championship with an average QB.

BMOC

September 4th, 2012
4:14 pm

ApopkaDawg

10-4 that ApopkaDawg.

BMOC

September 4th, 2012
4:16 pm

hornblowermg

Yep, been saying that too for the last 2.5 yrs.

C from Marietta

September 4th, 2012
4:38 pm

When you use the following phrases:

Wearing rose colored glasses.
Drinking the Kool aid.

It tells me to cut down on the sports talk shows a little. Saying those phrases is NOT cool. It is really lame.

Gary

September 4th, 2012
4:40 pm

Wow, I am amazed at how many of you have been at practice with the Dawgs watching the reps. Your knowledge of Mason and his seemingly endless ability to out perform Murray makes me question our coaches judgement. I wonder what Bobo and Mark are not seeing that the rest of you are. Is there a special practice for bloggers that I am not aware of where I can sit down every day and watch this kid out perform the current starting QB. Is it just that Murray and Bobo have become friends and friendship comes ahead of winning in the SEC. I guess I just do not know as much about our quarterback situtation. I heard their was a newsletter some of you were getting that provides you with these amazing facts. Me I am going to trust a coach who spends all days with these kids and let him decide who starts.

Atlee "if I had a" Hammaker

September 4th, 2012
4:55 pm

Go Dawgs.
We’re gonna knock the fire out of Missu.
The East is ours to take.
We will beat Alabama or LSU.

Murray The Midget

September 4th, 2012
4:55 pm

Will you Georgia fans show me some love? I am the real deal!

Atlee "if I had a" Hammaker

September 4th, 2012
4:58 pm

Underrat us at numbar 7.
Coach Grantham will skeme our boys write this week.

ugab

September 4th, 2012
5:42 pm

I hope the dawgs were looking ahead. We were prcticing for Missouri 2 wks ago. Defense is going to be tested

ugab

September 4th, 2012
5:45 pm

I have no problem with Murray. He is the man for the job. His job would be alot easier with a consistant running game. The new backs missed a few blocks last game. Gurley got murray hit from behind one play. NOT SAFE.

Eldawg

September 4th, 2012
6:25 pm

How many of you guys want to see Murray be the starter next year if we were to win the East and lose in the SECC game again, or heaven forbid do worse? Uh huh. The pressure is on big time, more than people may realize. He’s got to deliver this year or it gets real messy.

DogMax

September 4th, 2012
8:42 pm

mark this down—murray lights it up big against the weak missouri secondary. Dogs 37 mu 13!

Concern Dawg

September 4th, 2012
8:48 pm

Mark Richt has not won a big game in 5 years.I am a Dawg fan,but i see Georgia losing to Missouri

NC_Dawg

September 4th, 2012
10:31 pm

Not a lot of people bashing Bobo this week. I thought he called a pretty good game offensively. Murray needs to stop trying to throw the deep ball on every possesion.

I was way more disappointed with the lack of effort from our defense. They looked lethargic at times. Branden Smith looks like he’s afraid to tackle. He literally watched a guy run by without even attempting to tackle him, just waiting for someone else to do it. I hope the Defense shows up with some attitude this week.

bubba4dawgs

September 5th, 2012
6:35 am

Murray will settle down! He probably had the first game jitters like many others. The team wants to play well and did settle down a lot during the second half. I don’t see how any of them played well in all the heat. The offense obviously could score rather quickly which doesn’t give the defense much time to rest between possessions. I don’t believe that will make as much difference when the weather cools off. I imagine the defense look forward to cooler days.

The offense should keep Mizzou’s offense on their bench and show them what “old man” football is all about. Don’t make this game a shootout. Franklin needs to know what the bench feels like. Rotating all the backs will keep fresh legs eating up the clock.

I think Murray is trying to avoid interceptions. He threw several passes long to avoid interceptions. If he underthrows, he’s more apt to cause an interception. He’ll settle down and start hitting his targets on the money. GO DAWGS!!

F. Mwila

September 5th, 2012
7:45 am

Murray will soon enter that great pantheon of players who “had potential, but never fulfilled it.”

The truth be told, Murray is a so-so QB playing on a so-so team. He might have had limited success at a lower devision school, but he’s most assuredly not an FBS QB, bless his heart, and most fans recognize that fact.

He may be good enough to play arena football for a season or two, but the NFL is really quite beyond his limited talent.

s7Dog

September 5th, 2012
9:04 am

Relax–Ga wins this game easy. Missouri can’t deal with SEC size and speed. The Dog D will put a good beatdown on their offense. Dogs roll by 20.

BenzDawg

September 5th, 2012
9:34 am

Look here folks.

Aaron Murray threw for 257 yards, 3 td’s, 0 int’s, 0 fumbles.

Murray finished with a 179 passing rating (higher than ESPN mancrush Matt Barkeley).

Murray is currently ranked in the top 20 QB’s in the country in passing rating.

Educate yoursaelves and you won’t look uninformed.

Dawg

September 5th, 2012
10:11 am

It’s sad to see so many people come on here and start bashing the coaches and players from the 1st game of the year. Did Bama look more prepared? Sure…..but they also had to prepare for a top 10 opponent. Did Murray miss on a few throws? Sure, but is he supposed to be perfect all the time?

Did anybody else notice that the Dawgs only ran about 5 or 6 different plays on offense THE WHOLE GAME?? Did you notice that the defense rarely brought pressure? The game plan called for them to show as little as possible vs an overmatched opponent. Get a clue folks

Look, in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane, no, it's one of Murray's off-target passes

September 5th, 2012
11:33 am

Murray is NFL scout team, maybe only arena football league. Any higher expectations are totally unrealistic. He’s not really very good, you know.

Spelling Bee

September 5th, 2012
11:36 am

“Educate yoursaelves…”

You can start by learning to spell. :-)

Craig

September 5th, 2012
1:03 pm

9-3 at best for this team. Murray is still the same…..no the Defense has taken a giant step backwards. Funny, now that everyone has a new contract we are back to being….well Georgia. I as a loyal fan and contributer to this program am disgusted at the showing against buffalo. I am sick of excuses…..nuff said

Ted

September 5th, 2012
1:08 pm

9-3 if we are really lucky. Most likly 8-4 (Missouri- we get blasted on national TV), Tennessee- (Derek gets his “signature” win against us of course), Carolina- (Murray will give this one away again probably) and either UF or AU (my guess is AU as we will make VanGourder and Will look great)

Dunwoody Tailgater

September 5th, 2012
1:52 pm

Bill E Rubin,

Ditto here. Bama put on a clinic. Saban was frustrated and yelling for a false start while up 24-0 in the first quarter. Richt NEVER gets as upset as Saban did for a false start. I don’t put blame on Murray, cause he is working hard and I hope he overthrows rather than underthrows. Instead, I blame coaches for NOT settling him down or NOT opening the position for competition from Mason.

We’re lucky Mason didn’t transfer to SC or another SEC East team. Then we wouldn’t have a shot at letting Mettenberger carve up our defense in the title game.

Dunwoody Tailgater

September 5th, 2012
2:00 pm

Dawg,

Did UGA’s “game plan” also include letting little Buffalo gain 347 total yards of offense including 200 on the ground? Perhaps the coaches said to only run 6 plays, but don’t worry about executing them well? It doesn’t bother you that Buffalo’s top rusher gained more yards (111) than Gurley?

Pago Pago DAWG

September 5th, 2012
8:32 pm

Actually TOLEDO has the youngest coach in football.
Is it possible that UGA will ne out coached?

ApopkaDawg

September 7th, 2012
10:31 am

BMOC:
10-4 what??? Are you trying to tell me that UGA went 10-4 on the back of Aaron Murray??? Give me a freakin break!! UGA went 10-4 last year b/c we finnally got rid of Willie “give up 30pts a game” Martinez and got a real D-Coordinator.