Gamecocks ‘really controlled line of scrimmage’, Spurrier says; changes ahead for Dogs?

Georgia needs to play more — and bigger — people on the defensive line. And it needs to get better play from a couple of positions on the offensive line “or make some changes there.”

Those were Mark Richt’s answers Sunday when asked about an observation from South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier that the Gamecocks “really controlled the line of scrimmage” against the Dogs on Saturday.

“I don’t know if it was total domination. It was actually a pretty close game to the very end,” Richt said on a conference call. “But I think we’ve got to learn our personnel a little bit better.”

On the defensive line, he said, “we’ve probably got to get our bigger men in there, ‘Bean’ [Justin Anderson] and [Kwame] Geathers. We’ve got to find a way to get them in the game more, got to find the right combination in some of our looks. That’ll help us.”

Neither Anderson nor Geathers played against South Carolina, according to Georgia’s participation chart. Richt said the Dogs also need to get Abry Jones more playing time on the D-line.

South Carolina freshman running back Marcus Lattimore, who had 182 yards rushing on 37 carries, said afterward that the Gamecocks “knew coming into the game … we could gash them up the middle.” He said South Carolina center T.J. Johnson “did a great job of moving their nose guard,” DeAngelo Tyson.

The 6-4, 290-pound Tyson has started the Bulldogs’ first two games at nose but also can play end (and prefers it) if the 6-5, 326-pound Anderson and the 6-6, 325-pound Geathers get playing time at nose.

On the offensive line, Richt said the tackles (Clint Boling and Josh Davis) and the center (Ben Jones) “played pretty good” Saturday. “Our guards struggled more than anybody on offense,” Richt said. “We’ve got to either get better or make some changes there.”

Cordy Glenn and Chris Davis are the starting guards.

More on the Dogs in the aftermath of Saturday’s loss:

UGA falls out of polls at earliest point in season since 2001.

What we learned, injury report and more.

Georgia hopes for ruling on Green appeal as soon as Tuesday.

408 comments Add your comment

Palm City Dawg

September 13th, 2010
6:15 am

OMG my first FIRST! Painful to see we could not stop Lattimore. Nightmares of Willie. However, I am sure Grantham will find a way to get it done.

POPS

September 13th, 2010
6:21 am

to palm city dawg, the d cant play 60 min, blame boo boo fot that

Brian blackshaw

September 13th, 2010
6:23 am

Alabama starts 9 new players and basically shuts out Penn State. Chizik turns Auburn around in his first year with much less talent than Georgia. Trust me….Kentucky is better than the dawgs.
No excuse for the lackluster showing on Saturday…really!! In corporate America a pink slip would be coming!
The Boise State coach is terrific…just watch them play.
We all want CMR to succeed…it just is not working and perhaps a change is needed at the top if this turns out to be an average season again. We have way too much talent for this!!!!!

Richard Tardits

September 13th, 2010
6:24 am

The difference between CTG and CWM is that CWM’s d would have imploded and UGA would have ended up giving up 30+ points. CTG made the adjustments necessary to only give up 3 pts in the last 30 minutes. It hurts to lose but I think we will only get better.

gomdawg

September 13th, 2010
6:27 am

That was the worst tackling i have EVER seen at Georgia Granthan you better teach they how you hit the player hard enough the damn ball will come out , all i seen was the players grabbing the ball as Coach Saban tells his player do your JOB right the play will happen.

Richard Tardits

September 13th, 2010
6:27 am

Brian – the Auburn “turn around” is still to be determined. Auburn is certainly work in process and I would rather have CMR than Coach Cheezedip.

Richard Tardits

September 13th, 2010
6:28 am

Well at least Tech lost.

gomdawg

September 13th, 2010
6:31 am

PLAYERS DO YOUR JOB , DO YOUR JOB , DO YOUR JOB,AND LETS OPEN UP THE OFFENSE WITH GREEN AND KING OUT THATS NO REASON FOR LOOSING A GAME . DO YOUR JOB. SIMPLE.PLAYERS GET OF YOUR AZZ AND DO YOUR JOB.

willie g loves football

September 13th, 2010
6:32 am

you dont fumble inside the 5 enough said.

Mark

September 13th, 2010
6:34 am

I saw them blowing our NT off the ball during the game. Why did it take till after the game to figure out we need someone bigger at nose?!!!

Rural Education

September 13th, 2010
6:36 am

Dream on Richt, Georgia never led, nor threatened to take the lead. It was only close in the delusional mind of him and other Georgia fans. Total physical domination, a good old fashioned ” ” whipping.

Reality Dawg

September 13th, 2010
6:36 am

Same line every year when we get whipped. Hey Coach, how many millions does it take to get the right personnel in there in the first place? I’m not worried about the Defense personally. I mean it wasn’t junkyard dawgs, but the chickens were on adrenaline and ran up and down the field, and we were still able to hold them to two touchdowns. The Defense needs tweaking, not overhauling. I’m sure CTG is up to the task. The offense is another story. Year after year after year after year, our offense looks anemic at the onset of the season. It’s really quite simple. The only common denominator here is CMR. It’s been 10 years and our offense still cannot play 4 quarters of competitive SEC football. Two and a half classes have come and gone. It’s not the athletes folks. Same story every year regardless of the players. And the excuses…year after year. It’s a hard pill to swallow, but it’s looking like the athletes aren’t the only personnel changes the Dawgs need.

RomeDawg

September 13th, 2010
6:39 am

We have to learn to make adjustments during the game, not after. I felt like we were in position to make plays on defense we just didn’t tackle. To many guys tried for the “big hit” and didn’t wrap up the ball carrier.

Leave it to the Braves...

September 13th, 2010
6:43 am

…to complete the weekend Quinella – UGA loses, Tech loses, GA State loses, Falcons lose, and the Braves lose – could be worse, however, UGA could have lost to James Madison if they had played them instead of USC East…

Realist

September 13th, 2010
6:43 am

I hate to say this but it is starting to sound like same excuses year after year. Think about it people. It starts at the top.

Yeah, why did Grantham let...

September 13th, 2010
6:45 am

…Wille come back this week to teach tackling? I thought he was going to teach better than that, at least that is what he bragged about after watching last year’s films…

destin dawg

September 13th, 2010
6:45 am

the Defense held ‘em in 2nd half.. way to Go Grantham, Belin, and Lakatos !!! … we will get better on D… get some more beef at nose !!!! Now about the offense.. that’s what lost the game … BO BO ( good name for hime ) and RICHT that’s your JOB…. playing not to lose… holding back your scrambling QB ?? (see Mich, Texas, ).. mix up the plays… play to win !!!!!!

Well, last year...

September 13th, 2010
6:47 am

…UGA made a crappy UT QB look all world; this year they let a freshman RB look all world. And the UGA offense may be worse than the Falcons O – but probably not, can you believe the Falcons have played 5 games and have yet to have the first team score a TD….

destin dawg

September 13th, 2010
6:50 am

Ealey”s fumble reminded me of the Kentucky game …

Dawgish

September 13th, 2010
6:51 am

1. We knew the d-line was the weakest part of the equation.

2. So did Spurrier. And give Spurrier an extra two days of prep, and he’ll score on the opening drive almost every time. That and a fumble decided the game.

3. Lattimore is a legit. Thank God he didn’t go to Auburn, where he ultimately would be a bigger problem for UGA/SEC. Later this year, Dawg D performance will look much better in comparison to how others handle USC.

4. This is the week when we will see if the CTG effect is real.

destin dawg

September 13th, 2010
6:55 am

play Malcome at RB and Ogletree at SS…no more seniority system… play the best players early…. extra conditioning for the O line for sure

Barack Dawg

September 13th, 2010
7:00 am

First off – You guys needs to shut the hell up with the tackling comments about that being the worst tackling you have ever seen. You clearly have not paid attention in the past. That game was fine on defense. They gave up a lot of yards to Lattimore and yet we could have still won.

The issue was the lack of performance and consistency on our part in our running game. The defense made adjustments and gave the offense plenty of opportunities. They did not capitalize.

Murray played great. The OL pass blocked great. The receivers looked good. The problem was run blocking and the play calling was not good at all in that area.

For all the people who were bitching last year about the defense. this defense was fine. We are still learning and getting that worked out. It was not like this was a game we were beat by a 3rd tier team.

The fair weathered fans should exit the UGA train and jump. The real fans are tired of your lonesome and over dramatization of how good or bad things are. Basically STFU!

Roaddawg80

September 13th, 2010
7:01 am

I have been saying it for now 3 years. Everyone wanted to blame Willie and the defense. Granted I did think a change was needed. Since 2005 our offense has been stale. Its not the defense. Yes we need to make adjustments but we did. after the opening drive we held them to 10 points. And our offense gave them the ball at mid field all game because THEY CANT MOVE IT.

BOBO CONTINUES TO HAVE BAD PLAY CALL. BLAME HIM. 3RD AND 2 AT MID FIELD AND WE RUN A ROLL OUT PASS TO THE OPPOSITE SIDE.

Grantham did what he was suppose to and adjusted. Sure we need to work on stuff but he held them. We just have to get off the field on 3rd downs better.

dawgerbrown

September 13th, 2010
7:01 am

Coach Richt, how bout charting your own tendancies? If UGA throws an incompleation on first down, we run it on second and ten 90% of the time. We ran the ball on second and long every time against USC except for one. Including the fumble on the three yard line. I understand you want to avoid and third and long by trying to gain five yards on the ground on second down. But, we don’t, I don’t see a big difference third and 8 vs. third and ten. Throw on second and ten at least 50% of the time. Everybody in the stadium knows we’re gonna run on second and long.

Jeff

September 13th, 2010
7:02 am

Here we go yeat again….defense can tackle…o line never ever meets expectations, we have a great qb but our coaches are afraid to let him play…toss in bobo STUPID play calls that COACH RICHT lets fly and wa la….”we have the potential to have a special year…HA! I am soooo over this crap…and the best of all AJ- LOSER AJ. Richt could send a message and dismiss his butt off this team…..and then i see an article about AJ’s TWEET!!!! Coach Richt- I AM OVER IT ALL…..750,000 FOR THE CRAP WE WITNESSED IN COLUMBIA……

Jeff

September 13th, 2010
7:03 am

Barack DAWG….well your name says it all…as for the Tackling…..WHAT GAME DID YOU WATCH IDIOT!

Papadawg

September 13th, 2010
7:05 am

I hate to admit it because of Spurrier but I think we might have played the best defense in the SEC Saturday

WonderDawg

September 13th, 2010
7:08 am

It’s gonna be a long season. It will take a full year for Grantham to get his D educated (same as Saban at Bama), and the offense will be predictable and impotent until Richt demotes Bobo.

Red Panties

September 13th, 2010
7:09 am

So much for the best o-line in the country. It doesn’t sound like Richt is
very thrilled with Grantham’s choice of defensive players. You would think
that the coaches would know who their players are by now.

What’s needed is a new HEAD COACH, the last 5
years Richt is 10-11 in the SEC east, that should say it all.

Roaddawg80

September 13th, 2010
7:09 am

You guys will find out that South Carolina is a good football team!

I’m not sure why everyone is so down on the D. The held them to 17 points as was constantly starting at the 40 all day. I see the bright side on the defense. Sure we need adjutments but it is new.

On the other hand, other than a Rfreshman our offense was terrible. And don’t give me the A.J. green crap. That is suppose to be a veteran offense that didn’t even score a touchdow. Pathetic

Observer

September 13th, 2010
7:11 am

Here we go again. Letting the press have a hand in personel and playing time issues. Georgia is absolute toast!

lagadawg

September 13th, 2010
7:12 am

Freshman,not redshirt quarterback for Michigan runs and throws for 200+ yards and we say our quarterback that has been through 2 spring training is not ready,sounds like making up excuses and coaching to me.We didn’t run any draws,reverses or gimmick plays,but if you look back we did the same thing with a 5th year senior.When you sit in a room of Ga. fans and they’re calling the plays before hand, I say get rid of Richt and Bozo.

Roaddawg80

September 13th, 2010
7:14 am

lagadawg
Not sure why you are blaming Murray. He was 14 for 21(66.6%) in throwing at looked to be the only bright spot in Saturday’s game. Blame the play calling. That was terrible.

No free pass from me

September 13th, 2010
7:14 am

Barack dawg, congrats you are the newest member of the bulldawg mediocrity fan club. We look forward to you coming on the blogs every week to give us a long list of excuses. Wake up, UGA has had three years of mediocre football. Believe it or not some fans aren’t satisfied with 8-5, we want to compete for national championships. The state of Georgia is a football factory for D-1 football recruits so Richt has the talent but cannot produce. Time for a change at the top.

WonderDawg

September 13th, 2010
7:16 am

Kiffin said it best, “Georgia is the easiest team on our schedule to prepare for. They are doing the same stuff they’ve done for 10 years . . .”

You would think Richt would have read this and realized he needed new blood at OC, especially when a mediocre UT backed up Kiffin’s mouth by holding Bobo’s offense to 3 points last year.

Bet McGarity won’t be so forgiving of Bobo’s inadequacies after a full season of watching this mess.

Fat Matt Wilson

September 13th, 2010
7:16 am

We still the best team! We still win championship! Georgia best team ever. Everyone else sucks we have best tradition. Murray for heisman.

Red Panties

September 13th, 2010
7:20 am

No free pass from me

You are right, I’ve been saying that for the past 2 years. Ever since Mile, Meyer and
Saban hit the SEC, Richt has been reduced to a second tier coach—he just can’t
compete with these coaches. We got a new AD from an elite program, now let’s
get a new HC , how about Smart or Muschamp.

CONFEDERATE DAWG

September 13th, 2010
7:21 am

HARD TO PLAY D WHEN WRITING IS ON THE WALL THAT YOUR O AINT GONNA PULL ITS OWN WEIGHT….

bitter DA' slick rogers

September 13th, 2010
7:21 am

YAA got beat by the “new” hershall talker and yaaaaww need to stop craying about it, heck tennersa got butt wouped and nobody cares heea in big oranga state, mutts o line could not block for s— and they were bad last 2 years and how everybody rated them high–gotme (speaking of high, puff puff) anyways this is why i change my mind at last secound and commit to big orange yaaaww!!!! cmr dont care about winning to many crimmanals at thUGA yaaawww. lattimore is the real deal nobody can stop him yaaaww

lagadawg

September 13th, 2010
7:22 am

Roaddawg80,If you will look closer you will see I blame everything on Richt ana Bobo.

joe taxpayer

September 13th, 2010
7:25 am

CMR is stale and dated. However, he is a good man.

Shreveport Waffle House Cook

September 13th, 2010
7:26 am

Too bad it’s not your turn for our bowl this year, Dawgs. I guess we’ll get an ACC team that’s just as good as yours. And it’s for sure our women, dogs, and cattle will be a lot safer this December.

How’s that national championship going for ‘ya? I seem to remember a lot of you saying “never again” after you left our fair city in December. Maybe “never again” means “not till December 2011″. You reckon?

Douglas

September 13th, 2010
7:27 am

Bobo still doesn’t realize that to win in the SEC you have to play power football, run it and then throw it. Put in two TE’s and run the ball from the I-formation. He is so stubborn — which will lead to his downfall.

WonderDawg

September 13th, 2010
7:27 am

I think Grantham was telling Richt on the sideline, after yet another of five-straight 3-and-outs, ” hey coach, could you help Bobo get a couple of first downs?”

Five straight 3-and-outs. Bobo was coaching like he had a three TD lead.

Again, McGarity is not used to seeing crap like this at UF. He’s used to seeing OCs that actually get head coaching job offers. He’ll take care of this, we just have to wait til season’s end . . .

JB

September 13th, 2010
7:28 am

D will improve….. Lattimore ate us up…….But Scoring 6 points beats no one in the SEC, not even Vandy. Bobo needs to be held accountable ( and Richt) for holding Murray back the entire first half. Running inside gave us nothing and we did it over and over. We are so predictable and vanilla you want to puke. Any high school DC could game plan for us.
We have some speed and play makers, but they get one, two touch’s a game. Anybody ever count how many times Percy Harvin touched the ball for Meyer ? Brandon Smith out to get 10 or 12 touchs a game in space and put somebody on their heels. We play not to lose, bottom line. Murray is a winner. Turn him loose.

Warhorse

September 13th, 2010
7:28 am

Ealey is better at dodging parked vehicles (wait, no he clipped) than he is at toting a pigskin for more than a couple of yards. Or, perhaps he has no experience at entering the end zone. Poodles may have the most overrated RBs in conference, which will make it tough on Murray.

A loss to the Hogs this weekend and Athens will explode with damaged trailers.

observer

September 13th, 2010
7:30 am

I watch UGA games just to watch and observe. Been all over the country and watched a lot of games. Not a UGA fan one way or the other. Mainly Oregon Duck fan and yes I like the uinforms.
I was going to make some rational observations regarding the new defense, but then realized that most of the people who respond here would immediately start screaming apologist and you are an idiot, blah blah blah. Fire Grantham today then tortue him etc etc.
Looking for a site that can have some logical discussion and with people that know UGA football not screamers. Any suggestions for that anyone? David Hale has left the building too bad.

JB

September 13th, 2010
7:32 am

Pah-Lease! The problem wasn’t that we weren’t there but that we didn’t tackle. And even as bad as our tackling was their ypc carry was nothing to write home about. Had they avge 5 or 6 ypc , fine, you can go there but that was not the case.

SS being his usual moron self. If he still won as many games as he makes moronic comments, he’d win the NC, every year.

HBTD!!!

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

September 13th, 2010
7:33 am

Well, it’s not going to be fun at practice today. I know I did my best to help us Saturday. Unlike UGA VII, I didn’t growl, lunge, or snap at our opponents. Coach Richt frowns on that stuff. That’s why our players don’t hit hard or try to make our opponents look bad. Coach Richt is a nice Christian man. I always like the bible-reading at the end of each day. I heard that Coach Willie has the D-backs all nasty at Oklahoma. He never fit in well here. Glad we’re rid of him.

Carlton Powell

September 13th, 2010
7:33 am

Pretty pitiful effort last Saturday. Didn’t see enough to make me think there’s much difference between last season and this current one. As for the game this Saturday, it’s the ‘Hogs to lose, not the ‘Dogs to win. Hate to say it, but the love affair between CMR and the Bulldog faithful is beginning to wane. I for one have lost all confidence in him. Not a slam on him personally, but CMR looks lost and disengaged on during the game. Hope I am wrong. With a loss Saturday, UGA is officially working on 2011, which begs the question of where does AJ Green fit into the plans? AJ committed a real “no-no.” A real “no-no” that ALL players and coaches are aware of. Now, he and the team are paying the price. Sad.