Dogs are fumbling away the season (and other lessons from Saturday’s debacle)

BOULDER, Colo. – Three things gleaned from Saturday’s 29-27 loss to Colorado:

1. Georgia is fumbling away the season. Washaun Ealey barely played Saturday -– he got just one carry -– as a consequence of his critical fumbles inside the opponent’s 5-yard line in losses at South Carolina and Mississippi State. Ealey’s benching created more playing time for Caleb King, who gave Georgia its first 100-yard rusher of the season. But in the final two minutes, with Georgia well within range to kick a potentially game-winning field goal, King fumbled the ball and the game away. (Also, of course, someone should have blocked the linebacker who forced the fumble by striking King a split-second after he took the handoff on what coach Mark Richt called “as basic of a play as we’ve got.”)

2. Georgia desperately needs a full game from A.J. Green. The star wide receiver caught seven passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another 40 yards on an end-around, but he still hasn’t played a full game in any of Georgia’s past nine regular-season games. He missed 3 ½ of the final four games last season with injuries, missed the first four games this season because of the NCAA suspension and missed much of the third quarter Saturday night with cramping. Just before he left the game, Green caught a 50-yard pass that put the Bulldogs in position to score the touchdown that gave them a 24-14 lead with 10:40 left in the third quarter. By the time he returned to the game in the fourth quarter, after getting intravenous fluids in the locker room, Georgia trailed 29-24. In the two first-quarter series that Georgia didn’t get Green the ball and the two third-quarter series he did not play, the Bulldogs combined for one first down and minus-1 yard of net offense. In the rest of the game, the Dogs had 19 first downs and 410 yards offense.

3. The defense continues to be burned by big plays. Georgia took a 24-14 lead early in the third quarter, but Colorado scored touchdowns on its next two possessions to go ahead for good. Explosive plays set up both of those TDs. A 65-yard run down the left sideline by tailback Rodney Stewart on an option pitch fueled the first of the two drives. A 46-yard pass to wide receiver Will Jefferson, who got open down the middle behind Vance Cuff, sparked the second. Making matters worse for Georgia on the latter series, Colorado tried to settle for a field goal, but a roughing-the-kicker penalty against Cuff gave the Buffaloes a first down and kept the TD drive alive.  Colorado opted to take the three points off the scoreboard and quickly put on seven instead, and that proved to be the difference in a game ultimately decided by two.

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College football expert

October 3rd, 2010
12:53 pm

College football expert

October 3rd, 2010
12:57 pm

Richt should have spent more time teaching his players to protect the ball instead of saving their souls and selling them trucks. He might want to teach them about the dangers of drinking and driving too. Fire him now!

Dawg Drool (GoVols)

October 3rd, 2010
12:59 pm

You ball lickers will be 1 – 5 after next weekend. Another win for the Vols between the hedges!

Victorious Sakrete

October 3rd, 2010
12:59 pm

The sooner Jonestown Mark and The Keystone Coaches find well paying jobs in the baggage handling industry the better.

es54

October 3rd, 2010
12:59 pm

Greg

October 3rd, 2010
1:02 pm

Hilarious…a Vol fan talking trash. I guess you are real proud of giving up 550 yards to UAB and then losing yesterday to LSU despite getting doubled in yardage(again) and being +4 in turnover margin. UT is even worse than UGA, if that’s possible.

You Ain't-Know Gaily Whacker

October 3rd, 2010
1:03 pm

The Reporter: Mr. McGarity, what are your biggest concerns, what are you working on now ?

Greg: My goal at the moment is getting rid of this anything goes attitude.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-qPHG4i3u8

I will get it worked out.

Browndog

October 3rd, 2010
1:10 pm

UGA just has to play each week and if the effort is there then the wins will come.

Tide Roll

October 3rd, 2010
1:13 pm

Can’t you guys figure it out. RICHT WANTS TO BE BOUGHT OUT. The reverand loves his money though so it won’t be easy . HE WANTS YOU TO PAY HIM TO GO AWAY!

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ScottCU

October 3rd, 2010
1:15 pm

Dang it Georgia! You were supposed to put the final nail in Dan Hawkin’s coffin. We hate him. How about we trade you coaches? The worst case scenario is for CU to have a semi-successful season and the powers that be keep Hawkman around until his contract is up. Despite what it may have looked like from the student section’s lame rushing of the field, this win was not a good thing for CU fans. Hawkins is the worst coach ever.

Artie

October 3rd, 2010
1:15 pm

UGA goes 4-8 at best…more realistically, 3-9. LMMFAO

yep

October 3rd, 2010
1:15 pm

Exactly what I was thinking last night Tide Roll.

Rob

October 3rd, 2010
1:15 pm

Time to start over. Let’s start with a new coaching staff.

Artie

October 3rd, 2010
1:16 pm

….going to be a loooooong, bowl-less winter in Athens!!!

Artie

October 3rd, 2010
1:17 pm

…and, no, I am NOT a Tech fan.

Dawg Drool (GoVols)

October 3rd, 2010
1:17 pm

Greg, you’re kidding yourself! Tennessee will roll over you ball linkin, butt sniffin pups next weekend!!!

huckhound

October 3rd, 2010
1:19 pm

“College football expert”, you’re a retarded dumbass.

Einsteindawg

October 3rd, 2010
1:21 pm

After watching the game, my opinion is that our coaches have lost confidence in the players and vice versa. So, do you get new coaches or new players?

dawggirl

October 3rd, 2010
1:22 pm

Why doesn’t Richt take the attitude that Coach Boone had in Remember the Titans in regards to fumbles? You run a mile for every fumble. Should be 10 miles for each of these fumbles, since they basically cost us the games.

How old are you, Artie? 12?

Artie

October 3rd, 2010
1:23 pm

Don’t hate, dawggirl…just accept that you Dawgs suck!!!

Dan

October 3rd, 2010
1:24 pm

This is just further proof of how tough the SEC is!

Einsteindawg

October 3rd, 2010
1:24 pm

dawggirl,
Great idea…how ’bout our coaches running a mile for each bone-head call, too. I’d start with Bobo.

jaxdawg

October 3rd, 2010
1:27 pm

Todd Grantham is a joke! We need to hire Brian Van Gorder as head coach.

dawggirl

October 3rd, 2010
1:29 pm

I never said we didn’t, Artie. Great job stating the obvious. *slow clap*

Einsteindawg, good idea.

Paddy

October 3rd, 2010
1:29 pm

Wait till next year, thats what I am going to do. Sit on the sidelines and see what happens. IMHO it is a lack of committment on the players part. No leadership from the captains and seniors. No take charge guy with the pads on. I know that is simplistic and there are more issues. But it starts with the players.

CONFEDERATE DAWG

October 3rd, 2010
1:30 pm

Steve

October 3rd, 2010
1:30 pm

Why did we throw the ball 2 times when we were on the 2 yard line???????
We do everything a$# backwards or is that just the way I see it?

huckhound

October 3rd, 2010
1:33 pm

Mark Richt’s faith should be off limits to attacks. Those attacking more than likely support the mosque at Ground Zero because that’s who you arenas . Stick to the facts, not personal attacks. And if you’re not a ‘Dawg, nobody cares what you think and wonder why the he’ll you’re here. GO ‘DAWGS!

680 buck says

October 3rd, 2010
1:33 pm

Go away lunatic fringe. We are in a rebuilding year. We fired Willie and look where that got us. Now, fire Bobo or CMR, fire strentgh or o- line coach fire somebody:you trailer park fans give UGA a bad name. If you understood college football you know that these years happen ever so often. Life goes on. Go and enjoy the game experince its not life or death.

jaxdawg

October 3rd, 2010
1:35 pm

Grantham makes Martinez look like Erk Russel!

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sleepless in atlanta

October 3rd, 2010
1:39 pm

This is as bad as I can remember. When did we re-hire Ray Goff?

jaxdawg

October 3rd, 2010
1:43 pm

We need a football coach, not Mother Theresa. At least the seminoles had thugs that could play football.

Class of '98

October 3rd, 2010
1:43 pm

Why isn’t anyone calling for running back’s coach Bryan Evan’s job? Our backs are timid, weak, they have no vision, and they fumble constantly.

680 buck says

October 3rd, 2010
1:44 pm

alabama went thru some dow years also. They have not always been thus good.

Caleb King

October 3rd, 2010
1:44 pm

Its not my fault guys really. I was having a great game until the coaches decided to stop giving me the ball. And how bout that horrible call when we had the game wrapped up. Plus, it would be wonderful if my boys on the line could block a grandmother

Jason

October 3rd, 2010
1:45 pm

Mark Richt and Mike Bobo need to go I keep saying this over and over again. No neither one of them fumbled the ball but they had a hand in recruiting those players and they are the one’s who are responsible for coaching the players so if they do a good job doing that they need to go.

680 buck says

October 3rd, 2010
1:46 pm

CMR is not going anywhere so get over it !!!!!! Get behind this team!!

DawgFan1

October 3rd, 2010
1:49 pm

huckhound- I completely agree with you. The issue is not Richts’ faith. Richt is a wonderful coach. I just wish he would call the plays. He was the mastermind behind FSU’s winning seasons. Go Dawgs!!!

jaxdawg

October 3rd, 2010
1:50 pm

We need a coach that shows emotion and will light a fire under these boys butts.

Dawg Fan forever

October 3rd, 2010
1:53 pm

680 buck… I beg to differ. Betcha he is gone this year. I’m behind the team. But for what he is being paid, CMR IS responsible for these players actions on AND off the field! He is failing in both categories. What are we paying him to do? I would like to think he is a great role model, but based on our 10 arrests this year I can see that isn’t even happening. He has lost institutional control of this team. There needs to be a cultural change. The only way to do that is to change leadership.

I hate it because I have always been a big Richt fan, but…..

SoGaDawg

October 3rd, 2010
1:53 pm

Many may disagree, but it’s not the play calling, it’s our pitiful excuse for an offensive line and O line coaching. With Green in the game, the D can’t stack the line with extra guys, so our below average line can moderately handle the D line coming at them, thus our passing and rushing is better. Greens ability masks how bad our O line is, when he’s not in the game our O line gets exposed for what it is, which is nothing. The plays called are the same plays we used when our 02 team won the SEC, but back then we had an O line that played 110 % every play and were actually good. I’m no fan nor do I hate Bobo, but come on guys pay attention to what’s actually happening on the field. Until we get an O line coach that can coach and lineman that are willing to bust their a$$ on every play it won’t matter who our O coordinator is. I hold Richt completely responsible for this.

jaxdawg

October 3rd, 2010
1:54 pm

Wonderful coaches dont have 1-4 records! They dont stand on the sideline like a zombie when their players continuosly make the same mistakes.

joe taxpayer

October 3rd, 2010
1:56 pm

680 buck if he is not gone And we lose 7 or more games then UGA is not serious about winning.

still a dawg fan

October 3rd, 2010
1:57 pm

I know our defense looks clueless at times but someone please tell me how an offensive line with over 100+ starts between them can continue to look so clueless every week. They are not giving our QB & RB a chance,What was suppose to be a strenght has become a liability. SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN?

680 buck says

October 3rd, 2010
1:59 pm

joe taxpayer- we can not fire a coach over 1 bad year. We go to a bowel game every year.

tell me again

October 3rd, 2010
2:00 pm

CMR is not going anywhere – what can he do about RB’s that can’t hold on to the ball? They get coached on how to carry the rock….when they drop it it’s on them, not the coach. The D was going to be a work in progress this year – we knew that. What we didn’t know is that we would have players that would not llive up to the standards that UGA football has been known for. Best line iin the country – hogwash. Great RB tandem – compared to who? Great receivers? Not when they are on suspension and then can’t play a full game. Heck, the weak link on the offense was supposed to be Murray and he’s turned out to be the bright spot! This year is a rebuilding year – we need to realize that now and just swallow our obviously wrong expectations for this team. It’s not going anywhere and it is going to be a rough season for UGA this year. Hopefully we can plant the seeds for a better season next year. Enjoy the games win or lose (mostly lose sad to say as it looks now) and let the expectations go, people. This team is in full rebuilding mode right now – maybe we can take some satisfaction in an upset here or there. Pass the popcorn.

jaxdawg

October 3rd, 2010
2:00 pm

this isnt a bad year. this is a disaster

680 buck says

October 3rd, 2010
2:02 pm

What do you people want perfection. CMR is no Saban granted but who is?