Not a lot of fan happy talk when it comes to Todd Grantham’s defense

A lot of UGA fans aren't happy about the way Todd Grantham is running the defense. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

A lot of UGA fans aren't happy about the way Todd Grantham is running the defense. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

Let’s get straight to some of this week’s Junkyard Mail, which was dominated by concern over the state of Georgia’s defense and the future of coordinator Todd Grantham. Here’s just a representative sampling. …

Cohen Moore writes: Hey Bill! I’m a current Grady [College] student at UGA and next football season will be my final one in Athens. I just wanted to say that after watching Georgia play this season, the lone reason we have four losses is our defense. I blamed injuries for a while. But even with all those injuries, we still put up 30-something points a game. If a defense can’t keep opponents under 30, that’s a huge problem. I tend to be optimistic every season, so I think that if UGA can SIGNIFICANTLY improve the defense (which I think will happen), then next year should be nothing short of a BCS bowl. I would love for Richt to stay for the long haul and get our program some championships. Your thoughts?

Along the same lines, Jeff Myers writes: Bill, let me first say, it is a pleasure to read your articles and blogs each week. More often than not you hit on the exact points and questions I am thinking about as a fan. You are informative, fair, and bluntly honest. Thank you for being a fan’s writer. The elephant in the room for me is the fate of defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. I am a glass half full kind of person, but in this case I am falling on the side of half empty. Past experience for one, Mark Richt held on to Willie Martinez one season to long and it almost cost him his job. Even more so is the entire body of work from Grantham, which shows a lack of ability to teach and develop players; lack of ability to adjust, or adjusting too late; lack of game management; lack of being an in-game play caller; and lack of the ability to recruit the top recruits on the board each year. Bill, all these things are repetitive over the Grantham tenure. Yes can you point to player turnover, injuries, improved run defense, key stops to win games, shutting down teams in the second half. We can all find silver linings, but the overall body of work supports change in my opinion. Even if Grantham stays, his contract most likely will not be extended, making recruits see him as a lame duck coach. What exactly do you think will change if he stays? The body of work shows us we will still be wasting timeouts on defense, players will continue to line up late, the defensive calls will be late, the defensive angles and tackling will be average at best, no in-game adjustments will be made until it is too late, and we will not be able to get off the field on third downs. The reason some say Grantham should get another year is the lost starters from last year. Well, that defense was woeful as well. With the great talent it possessed, the same problems existed. Time for change!

And J.Johnson writes: I’ve read in several places … that we shouldn’t be so down on the defense and things are actually better than we think. But a lot of commentators from the Bulldog faithful seemed to be hard pressed finding a silver lining. Who do I believe?

I always figured Grantham would be back next season (assuming he doesn’t finally bolt back to the NFL during the offseason). The performance of the Dogs’ defense over the past couple of seasons, while troubling, wasn’t dire enough to prompt a firing by Richt, who’s never quick with the ax. And the head coach has a point in touting the benefits of continuity. Switching to a different system under a new coordinator likely would result in a step back next season rather than progress.

However, do I think Grantham is the long-term answer for the Dogs’ defense? Probably not. One way or the other, I don’t expect him to still be in Athens a couple of seasons from now.

Sheldon Dawson gets burned by Georgia Tech receiver Darren Waller. (Johnny Crawford / AJC)

Sheldon Dawson gets burned by Georgia Tech receiver Darren Waller. (Johnny Crawford / AJC)

Let me say up front, though, that I don’t consider Grantham a complete failure as defensive coordinator. Sporadically, Georgia’s D under him has been very good. That even applies to this season. There’ve been some big-time stops, especially in the fourth quarter, but also a tendency to give up big plays. Overall, it’s been maddeningly inconsistent. Last year, the secondary was a strength but the NFL-caliber defensive front underperformed, especially against the run. Substituting more liberally under a new defensive line coach this season, the front has been good against the run (even against Tech’s triple option) and the linebacking corps productive as usual. But the inexperienced secondary has been pretty much a disaster (although there are extenuating circumstances there, as I noted the other day).

Of greater concern to me has been the slowness with which Grantham adjusts his schemes during a game and the fact that they appear to be needlessly complicated, resulting in defenders having to think before reacting. The defensive sideline also has appeared disorganized, with too many flags for 12 men on the field, and signals from the coordinator coming in so late that the players often are still shuffling around and trying to find where they’re supposed to be when the ball is snapped. Worst of all, they’ve had a real problem getting off the field on third and fourth down. And they haven’t done well in takeaways, either.

In terms of stats, things appear to have gone downhill. The Dogs finished the regular season ranked 10th in the SEC in scoring defense (29.4 ppg), 10th in passing defense (232.8 ypg) and seventh in total defense (381.3 ypg). The scoring figure is the highest in school history and the latter figure is the highest since 1999. Nationally, they ranked 80th, 68th and 47th in those categories, respectively.

A goal line stand against South Carolina was one of the defensive highlights this season. (Jason Getz / AJC)

A goal line stand against South Carolina was one of the defensive highlights this season. (Jason Getz / AJC)

But in addition to having to start a lot of inexperienced players this season, including several true freshmen, it’s only fair to point out that this year Georgia faced five of the nation’s Top 25 scoring offenses. And some of the defensive stats are skewed by the fact that special team errors and offensive miscues resulted in opponents getting gimme points or a short field.

Basically, assuming Grantham sticks around UGA to fulfill the year remaining on his contract, next season should tell the tale.

Travis Hill writes: This season has really been bittersweet. At home getting to see UGA beat the Cocks and LSU was just awesome … and I was lucky enough this year to be able to go to most of the away games. The way our team was decimated by injuries was just unreal this year. I can’t imagine how good we would have been without so many players suffering injuries that were catastrophic. With that being said, we have some MAJOR issues that Richt and [Greg] McGarity have to address this next season. 1.) special teams. Marshall Morgan aside, this has become one of UGA’s biggest Achilles heels. We gave teams so many points this past year off special teams. Richt has not done what it takes to make our special teams ELITE. Our special teams have to rank at the bottom of the SEC. Why can’t Richt hire a consultant ( like Alabama does) if we are not going to do any coaching changes and have a designated special teams coach? McGarity needs to step in and put his foot down on this. It’s inexcusable … 2.) pass defense. I know we have young defensive backs playing for us, but I did not see any significant improvement with them as the year went on. Our pass defense made Nick Marshall and Vad Lee look like prolific passers. Both had their best days as passers against UGA’s defense. Something is not jelling between [defensive backs coach Scott] Lakatos and Grantham. This is Grantham’s defense, so he needs to take the steps necessary to improve this. … Now for some positives: 1.) Mike Bobo’s offense. I have been VERY critical of Bobo’s play calling in the past [but this year] his play calling was pretty good in the games where we had most of our major horses ready to go, He had problems trying to adjust the offense when [Todd] Gurley and half of our wide receivers went down to injury … but I think anyone would have had that kind of problem. … I know there are a lot of Bobo haters out there, but I think he has matured … he seems to be able to figure out defenses pretty well. 2.) defensive line. I really thought our defensive line play improved a lot under coach Chris Wilson. We just seem to play the run a lot better this year. And our pass rush improved as the year went along as well. … We did not lose any coaching when Rodney Garner left for Auburn. 3.) recruiting. I think our recruiting has stepped up a notch in the past year. This recruiting season should be a great one… I can’t wait until signing day.

I’d say that’s a pretty evenhanded assessment of the football program, Travis. But while I agree the loss of Garner as defensive line coach was a net gain for UGA, I think the verdict is still out on how it impacts Georgia’s recruiting. While he appeared to coast some in his later years in Athens, since arriving at Auburn Garner seems to have gotten a second wind as a recruiter. The Dogs have a good start, but they still have a way to go to have another elite class. I think the fact that Richt decided to postpone bowl practices a couple of weeks in order to concentrate on recruiting before the newly expanded monthlong dead period with no contact begins in mid-December is a good sign he’s committed to closing strong. Hope it happens.

Gary Payne writes: Hi Bill, Enjoy your passion and perspective. When I was a freshman in 1980 and we won the [national championship], I recall being amazed that UGA’s last championship came in ‘42, a ridiculous 38 years prior. Don’t look now, but at 33 years, we have only 5 years to go before we equal that drought. Do you think we win it all in the next 5 years? The playoff format should help but I’ll take the over. Seems like there is always some glaring deficiency that we just can’t overcome and there never seems to be an overriding sense of urgency to fix or even acknowledge the obvious. Yes, we came a few yards short last year, but that is the point – even at our best we always seem to be a few yards short.

Can Mark Richt get closer than a few yards to a national championship game? (Jason Getz / AJC)

Can Mark Richt get closer than a few yards to a national championship game? (Jason Getz / AJC)

A few yards short of making it to the national championship game is still closer than a lot of teams come and closer than UGA has come in a long time. I think if the defense and special teams improve and Georgia continues to have an elite offense, the Dogs have all the makings of a national championship. Even with the problems this season, Georgia was in a position to play for the SEC title (and possibly the BCS title) before the injury bug hit. So, yes, I believe a national championship is a realistic goal for this program.

Barry Clinton writes: Bill, I have to wonder about officiating in the SEC. How bad can it get, including replay officials? Is there no accountability for egregious errors in judgment on the part of the officials? Oh, it was real bad this year, indeed. Out of respect for you and your readership, I will forgo any comments pertaining to the competency of a Mr. Wagers other than to say he is bad for college officiating and college football, in general. As for the targeting rule, what lamebrain committee came up with that? I could go on, but I would ask you to please comment on any or all of the above rantings. Thanks Bill. I truly enjoy your blog.

And in a similar vein Kevin Lee writes: Why has there not been an investigation done on SEC football refs and the blatant bias against UGA? Look, I know there are a number of reasons that we lost each of the four games this season (and almost lost to UT), however there is something to be said for the major blown calls (and “no-calls”) that added significant detriment to the team in each of those loses. There are many to choose from, but this goes for the horrible targeting calls in the Missouri and Vandy games to the fumble recovery and no-call on the late hits on Aaron Murray in the Auburn game. I mean, Richt got a flag for arguing about that Auburn fumble — and venting his frustration at the horrendous officiating at that game. When was that last time THAT happened? This has been going on ever since the 2007 UGA/UF game. Think of the celebration call on A.J. Green in the LSU game in ‘09 or the horrific hits on Murray against Auburn and Alabama the past few years with no flags. Is there anything to be done, Bill? What do you think? Am I way off base?

I don’t really think there’s any sort of conspiracy among SEC officials against UGA. I think they’re just generally inconsistent in their calls and some of them (the Penn Wagers crew, in particular) flat-out aren’t very good. OK, I’ll grant that I suspect Wagers might tend to be a bit harder on the Dogs than he is on some other teams, but my main complaint in the calling of games in the conference is that they’re overly strict on some calls (the controversial targeting rule being a prime example) and turn a blind eye to others (chiefly offensive holding) while inconsistently calling many other violations. And the conference really needs to give a hard look at the way the video replay officials operate. What can UGA do? Keep sending those videos to the conference office and perhaps now that the regular season is over have a sit-down with conference officials to express their displeasure with the level of officiating. And that’s about it, unfortunately.

Chris Pugh writes: Bill I know I’m beating a dead horse here, but do you think UGA will ever build a indoor practice field? I mean, come on, Duke has indoor practice field! I think that’s pretty sad and pathetic that schools like Duke, Vandy and Georgia Tech have indoor practice field and we don’t, especially knowing how much money this program brings in on a yearly basis.

I think UGA will one day have an indoor practice facility. But unless Mark Richt wants to make it a priority I don’t expect it to happen any time soon. As has been noted here before, a decade ago Richt was agitating for an indoor facility but then he opted to take a reworked weight room as part of the renovated Butts-Mehre facility instead. Another complication: Basically, there’s no room in the current Woodruff Practice Fields for such a facility, which means it would have to be built out near the soccer and softball stadiums. There’s only a couple of times per season when such a facility actually is needed, which makes the estimated cost of $20 million to build one look a bit over the top. Still, there’s no doubt that the lack of one at UGA probably is noticed by recruits. “It would be nice to have a practice facility indoor,” Richt said back in the spring. “I don’t think we have to have it, but like I said it would be nice to have it.” But until he gets a bit more gung-ho on the issue, it’s likely to remain on the wish list.

Kevin Howard writes: Bill, I have the answer about Georgia and its unfortunate spate of injuries and bad luck, including the targeting call in the Vandy game … and, of course, the immaculate deflection. How can Dawg Nation expect good things when Coach Richt endorses Ford while Uga IX is a Chevy fan? A house divided, it is! I can’t really see a bulldog pushing a Ram, so perhaps we can settle on a Tundra. How can we have team unity, esprit de corps, and good ole fashioned Dawg karma, when Richt and Russ are competing with one another?

Maybe this should be the ride of choice for Mark Richt and Russ.

Maybe this should be the ride of choice for Mark Richt and Russ.

Hmmmm. And there I was blaming the bad luck on my switching game day shirts! I don’t know about Russ, but Richt obviously has financial reasons for favoring his brand of wheels. As for which brand might bring more good karma, how about compromising with a switch to Mack trucks —I like their distinctive logo. Woof!

That’s it for now. I’ll be on vacation next week, but when the Blawg returns we’ll look ahead to the Dogs’ bowl game.

Got something you want to discuss concerning the Dawgs? Or a question you want the Junkyard Blawg to tackle? Email me at  junkyardblawg@gmail.com.

Find me on Facebook.

Follow me on Twitter.

— Bill King, Junkyard Blawg

763 comments Add your comment

ARdawg

December 7th, 2013
10:16 am

CHDawg

December 7th, 2013
10:46 am

The D was very, very young. We had guys playing that should have had a couple of more years experience and weight lifting. We will be better next year, but we still need a great recruiting year and some help from the freshmen. And let’s not forget the biggest problem was the back end, and they were riddled with injuries the entire year. Having said that, I think we had one of Georgia’s best offenses ever going into the season. 5 of our top 8 receivers had significant injuries, as did our two top TBs, and we lost the top passer (on many stats) the SEC has ever seen. We still did well, and that is pretty shocking. Ultimately though, special teams, turnovers, injuries, and a young defense knocked us back to an average Georgia season. Had we done better in those departments, as everybody hoped and expected, we could very well be undefeated and number 1 heading into the game today! What might have been–four sad words. The Dawgs will press on, but you have to consider the cost of the little things, as well as the big stuff you can’t control!

Bulldawg35

December 7th, 2013
10:48 am

Russell decommit = garner 1 Wilson 0………….this defense just can’t learn this system because Grantham still thinks he is coaching the Dallas cowboys. He is giving them to much and they have learned very little. Maybe we will get lucky next year and actually learn how to line up. Smh.

fish dawg

December 7th, 2013
10:56 am

So, if CTG defense has a poor showing in the bowl game, will we still use the excuse that we are young. He will have had a summer camp, 12 games, and a couple of weeks of bowl practice to mature this defense.

CHDawg

December 7th, 2013
10:58 am

I would also add in retrospect that the refs had their worst year I can ever remember. Throwing games with horrible calls, not calling obvious targeting and roughing the passer calls. Calling game changing targeting fouls when they were perfect hits with the shoulder pads. The bad part is that they are contributing to injuries imo. The pass interference calls are just anybody’s guess–you never know in the SEC this year. Sometimes they allow the D back to tackle or hold the receiver while the ball is in the air, and sometimes they don’t. They called a key leaping foul on us when a 300 pound monster jumped about 6 inches off the ground, and yet I saw players leaping on many of the kicks I watched this year. They called a key penalty on one of our players for stomping the ground, yet I have never seen that called elsewhere and I saw players doing it the whole year. Just a terrible year for the refs, and particularly against Georgia. It really looked like some of the crews were determined to change the outcome of some of the games.

oldfart

December 7th, 2013
10:58 am

I was more disappointed with the performance of the defense last season. With 7 players that went in the NFL draft including 2 first rounders they should have been lights out but were just as inconsistent as this year’s younger squad. There is a tremendous gulf between coaching college kids and channeling their emotions correctly versus the pros with money as their incentive.

david harvey

December 7th, 2013
10:59 am

My big complaint is special teams…kickoffs and punt returns are a zero sum game for us..the lack of a special teams coach is glaring..it cost us the clemson game and contributed mightily to us losing to vandy

fish dawg

December 7th, 2013
11:02 am

oldfart—- right on right on I think its 8 players off of the 2012 defense that made NFL rosters. 7 drafted and 1 as a undrafted free agent.

CHDawg

December 7th, 2013
11:03 am

Fish dawg, yes you can’t make 18 year olds into 21 year olds. We don’t have a senior on our defense, and I have never seen so many true freshman. If you want to knock something, knock the recruiting hole. Our run D seems improved over last year to me. Our pass D needs a lot of work, and we need better pressure. Overall, I think UGA will have a good D next year.

Dawg4Life

December 7th, 2013
11:03 am

The defensive numbers don’t lie. As said many times the fact that there is not signifiant improvement is the proof in the pudding, coaching. The first half tackling of the AU game was a pure embarrassment. It is time to make a change now. An average coorfinator at half the cost couldn’t do any worse.

fish dawg

December 7th, 2013
11:08 am

CHDawg— good point, They need to be hitting the weight room hard this off season. I hope the tv’s in the weight room have a running loop of all the defensive mistakes and our opponents big plays and scoring plays while they are working out.

Mark Pendley

December 7th, 2013
11:14 am

If the best thing that you can say about Todd Grantham is “you don’t consider him a complete failure”, not only is that an indication of his lack of success, but it is the primary reason that he should go. I believe that he will be gone to the NFL, maybe as DC of the Dallas Cowboys, I don’t think his job performance would be accepted at Kentucky, which finished last in the SEC East. Why would it be accepted at Georgia, which thinks of itself as a potential national title contender? Unless we are being sold a bill of goods about the potential to win in Athens.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

December 7th, 2013
11:14 am

biggest issue is that while Grantham has knowledge, somehow/someway it is not translating to our D. Missed this and missed that, someone is not doing their job. Not sure if we need another coach to break down and decipher what CTG is trying to implement to our players. All this talent and they put up horrible stats.

gtcaryd

December 7th, 2013
11:15 am

Just wait on Muschamp, he will be available soon. Im glad we got Roof, not great but definite improvement.

BIG DAWG

December 7th, 2013
11:15 am

Our defense is a joke! We have “clowns” coaching our team!

fish dawg

December 7th, 2013
11:16 am

CHDawg—-you speak of a “recruiting hole”. You are right. Its called roster management. That falls on CMR,his coordinaters, and his recruiting coordinater.

fshrmnglf

December 7th, 2013
11:18 am

Remember a few seasons ago we had many fans wanting a new OC. It looks as though CMR was correct. Next year could very well be the turning point on our Defense. Two of our biggest playmakers in the secondary were unable to play against Tech (Trey Matthews, Shaq Wiggins). With our steady improvement in rushing the passers the secondary will play much better next year. As a Dawg Fan for over 50 years I am predicting a Championship Season in 2014. GO DAWGS!!!

gtcaryd

December 7th, 2013
11:19 am

Oldfart i agree about last years defense, bunch of all about me guys who halfassed their way to the draft to avoid any $$$ losing injuries.

fish dawg

December 7th, 2013
11:20 am

GURLEY makes Bobo look better than he is.

fish dawg

December 7th, 2013
11:22 am

Also, why do we have to get down by 20 to AU and GT to open up the play book?

CHDawg

December 7th, 2013
11:25 am

Fish, I agree, but that was the real problem. It wasn’t CTG’s schemes, his calls, or any of the other theories imho. It was a lack of depth last year, which means we had to play too many young players this year. It wasn’t just roster mgmt either. Just think how different our D would have looked had Marshall and Sanders been starting this year! UGA has lost a lot of talent to injuries and discipline, and maybe that is the luck of the draw and maybe it is on CMR. I think CMR cares more about the character of the players than most if not all other SEC coaches, so I don’t know that blaming him for player’s bad decisions is appropriate.

BIG DAWG

December 7th, 2013
11:26 am

Our players need to be training instead of out in bars and at clubs.

Matt

December 7th, 2013
11:31 am

Here is the bottom line…..you can’t give up 35 points per game and expect to win. This year we had a quarterback that bulled us back to win a few games in the last moments…..we won’t have that experience next year. So, to win next year, something drastically has to happen on defense…..Alabama does not give up 35 points per game…..maybe that is the key to success….da

Mulk

December 7th, 2013
11:31 am

chdog,

You need to harp on something else besides officiating. Even the SEC won’t let UGAG pick their own officials.

gtcaryd

December 7th, 2013
11:34 am

Lets see Training,practice, instead of bars and clubs and coeds. HMMMMMM BIG DAWG I know which one i would have preferred, do you remember being that age?

Don1938

December 7th, 2013
11:35 am

As a Tech fan, I would trade our indoor practice field for your (UGA) successful recruiting.

Don1938

December 7th, 2013
11:35 am

As a Tech fan, I would trade our indoor practice field for your (UGA) successful recruiting.

CHDawg

December 7th, 2013
11:35 am

Mulk, I am just telling the truth. Sorry you don’t like that. You a Tech fan, or an SEC official?

Skint

December 7th, 2013
11:36 am

When you play as many walk ons as we do on special teams, the outcome is obvious. We have a walk on running back to get in the way of our kick returner, and at 150lbs he cannot(will not) block anybody. When he finally tried to block somebody at Tech, he was decleated twice. That is poor coaching. Only until we get serious about our special teams, they will be putrid.

CHDawg

December 7th, 2013
11:39 am

Special teams did in an undefeated and excellent Alabama team this year, too. It almost got them in last year’s SECCG, too. It ain’t easy to cover all the bases!

MFrankln

December 7th, 2013
11:56 am

Just my opinion but I think the issue is less about coaching and more about inexperience in critical positions. We lost Rambo, Ogletree and Jones… they WERE the D. Next year, things should improve quite a lot.

Dawg4life

December 7th, 2013
12:04 pm

Next year…….here we go with next year…..why do you expect anything to change?

roughrider

December 7th, 2013
12:05 pm

When UGA starts recruiting some dominant linemen on both sides of the ball, we will see an improvement on the number of wins.

Jep Palmer

December 7th, 2013
12:09 pm

Grantum is coach cornbread…hs defense always crumbles.
The first few years it was wait until he gets his type players.
Then it was well those NFL caliber players din’t gie 100%
This year was were too young.
The reason is TG can’t coordinate a defense, he might be a great postion coach in the NFL but he is not an elite coordinator in college..thus the poor performances of our defenses which will continue in 2014.

Pitbull

December 7th, 2013
12:12 pm

Special teams lost 2 games for us this year: Clemson an Vanderbilt.

Missouri was just a better team and the best team won.

Auburn was lost on a kid’s mistake and we all make mistakes.

We knew the offense was going to have to carry the defense this year going into the season because we replaced 8 starters from last year’s team. And we lost defensive starters during the year including 3 during practice the week before the Tec game.

I think we did pretty good considering the injuries and the defense will be much better next year with the experience. Grantham is a great coach and we are fortunate to have him. Compare him to Willy Martnez and there is a world of difference.

This story should have never been written and the AJC needs to drop the subject. You are just giving the Tech trolls more fodder to post as disgruntled Dawg fans.

Let’s go win a bowl game.

gsuga

December 7th, 2013
12:13 pm

The philosophy that needs changing is the total lack of consideration of how important the special teams can be toward winning a ball game. When was the last time GA had a punt return much less a punt return for a TD. When was the last time GA had a KO for a TD…When did Ga ever block a field goal to score. Defense also stays more time on the field because of our Offense so great.

gtcaryd

December 7th, 2013
12:13 pm

Tried to warn them about that next year stuff, dont go their. There is nothing in this world that you cant put off until next year.

gtcaryd

December 7th, 2013
12:15 pm

Next year we are going to beat the dawgs. Now you got me doing it.

Red

December 7th, 2013
12:15 pm

Grantham is a great if NFL doesn’t grab him, they love guys who force more turnovers than Saban over last 4 years.

Grantham’s scoring defense:
2010- top 35
2011- top 25
2012- top 20

Other thing I look at is turnovers, and nobody over last 4 years doe4s it better, including Nick Saban. Grantham’s forced 102 turnovers, Saban 92.

Bobo–I got issues. He struggles in 3 of 4 key metrics:
1) rush off–usually 7th or worse in sec 2010-2013
2) sacks allowed–below average 2010-2013
3) turnovers- bottom of pile 2010-2013
4) passing- top 3 in conference 2010-2013,,,at what price?

.

Red

December 7th, 2013
12:18 pm

We finished 98th in turnover margin, won all SEC games where we had a + turnover since 2012 (7-0), went 1-9 over same period when a – turnover margin

If Mark Richt doesn’t fix this in 2014, I’ll call for him to be fired on every blog known to mankind.

Red

December 7th, 2013
12:20 pm

Mike Bobo is confused–he wants to be measured by passing stats. The problem is, that’s not how you win the SEC. They other problem is he stinks in nearly every other offensive measure like rush offense, sacks allowed and turnovers.

It’s his tendancy to cough up turnovers that has the biggest effect on wins/losses. Nobody will ever hire him as a Head Coach until his offenses get this fixed.

Red

December 7th, 2013
12:21 pm

Case in point:
Aaron Murray in SEC was either 15th, 11th or 15th in interceptions over last 3 seasons.

That\s a stat worthy of being fired. Lucky he’s still employed.

Paddy

December 7th, 2013
12:33 pm

gtcaryd…….only marginally satisfied w/ Roof are you? I would take him now w/ the talent the Dawgs have. He is the best coach on the staff and one of the top ‘D’ coordinators in America. GT fans are never happy. You have a great one in Roof, count your blessings, pal.

partlycloudy

December 7th, 2013
12:39 pm

what defense? We don’t have “no stinking defense.” Go Dawgs, still love them. So we got rid of Auburn’s criminal quarterback and LSU’s criminal quarterback………..we still have ethics, unlike the teams that took those 2 crimes.

PugDawg

December 7th, 2013
12:41 pm

Jeff Myers said exactly what I feel! Love love love my Dawgs, graduated from UGA in 1995, and have been going to games since age 4. Injuries were an issue, but they weren’t on defense. Our guys failed to tackle, period. Most of them (especially Wilson) gave 100%, but if you can’t tackle, it’s a problem. Not only that, but continuing to allow Swann to play is something I’ll never understand. I’ll be a die hard Dawg til I die, but something has to change with the defense. It can’t be the players’ fault 100% of the time. Coaches need to be held accountable.

Sportsdawg

December 7th, 2013
12:42 pm

Bad defense, out of shape players and poor nutrition all make up weak dawgs. CJT should be on the hot seat as well.

LikaDawg

December 7th, 2013
12:53 pm

I just could not understand in the Auburn game when we again went into a prevent defense and only rushed three lineman, actually 2 because the noseguard actually stood up and acted as if he was shadowing Nick Marshall. Marshall gets the ball away with no issues and a freak play happens. Auburn on the other hand when we get the ball and are driving on the last play rushes 4 lineman and Murray gets hammered as he is releasing the ball,from what I understand if he has time he has guys open in the end zone. Grantham has done that many times and Dawgs have been burned numerous times, we had been playing up at the end of the game and to back off the rush seemed plain stupid to me. Put the pressur on him and make him make the plays. Even if Grantham is a great defensive mind he can’t get it accross to the players….. let him go………

Down South Dawg

December 7th, 2013
12:58 pm

I’ve looked at the stats of every game from the last several seasons. I can’t see where Bobo has thrown an INT or had a fumble. Explain to me again how the turnovers are his fault.

Lee

December 7th, 2013
1:08 pm

My biggest gripe with Richt has always been the offensive line. This is one area for which there is no excuse. Sign the big boys, hang a redshirt on them, put them in the weight room for a couple of years, and you should have a steady supply of redshirt JRs and SRs starting that have thousands of reps before they hit the field.

I think Grantham does a decent job in the box with the linebackers and line. Defensive backs seem to be the weak spot. In the past, athleticism let UGA get away with poor coaching. Not so much this year. Too many times this year I have seen receivers get behind the safeties or receivers catching a ball and there is not a defender within 10 yards. It’s not like UGA was in perfect coverage and the QB made an amazing throw.

As far as the refs go, we fans have always had our issues with them. Forty years ago, we were complaining about the refs. Forty years from now, we will be complaining about them. That said, when mild mannered Richt gets a penalty over a call, you know something was wrong.

Dr C

December 7th, 2013
1:25 pm

I think most of us agree…Grantham has failed to deliver what we are looking for…a defense that forces a lot of three and outs…we had very few 3 and outs in most of our games this season. I do think (hope!) that next year our defense will be vastly improved as the players will be a little older, stronger, and should know the system. Almost every player returns and they have the required physical talent to get the job done, so hopefully we will see a lot more 3 and outs. As challenging as it has been with Grantham, it was much worse under Martinez. In those days, we had NO CHANCE against Florida or other good offensive teams because our defense was TOTALLY clueless. On another note, why is the situation with men’s basketball being ignored? UGA should be competitive in every sport and watching our men’s BB team is often painful. This should be a make it or break it year for Coach Fox.