I don’t want to beat a dead horse (no pun intended) as this thing has been covered pretty much everywhere in the Dawg-o-sphere. I’m not here to break down the multiple failures. We all know what we saw on Saturday night and it wasn’t pretty. Despite all the happy talk of changes in S&C, cancers being rooted out of the team, and a head coach that was now fully devoted to the game of football after the AD took a lot of responsibilities of his shoulders, we saw a team that displayed all the bad habits that have been so prevalent in the last two years in Athens that looked like nothing had changed from the awfulness that was 2010.
At this point, I’m not screaming for anybody’s heads to roll or anything like that, but I’ve finally been pushed to the point that I don’t have the faith anymore in the current regime in Athens to succeed and that this boat of bad habits is just too dang big for them to turn around. They very may well surprise me and go on a run this year that we all hoped for, but for the first time since Mark Richt was announced as the head coach at Georgia in December of 2000 I don’t have any confidence that it will happen.
With all that said, we’ve got a huge game coming up this Saturday that will go a long ways to determining whether last week was merely a blip on the radar and Boise is truly a buzzsaw that we were unfortunate to run into or if it was truly the beginning of the last season in the Mark Richt era. Despite the negativity I’ve displayed openly and internally the past week, I will be in Sanford Stadium on Saturday wearing my red and black and screaming my head off for the young men that represent my alma mater out there. No matter how bad it’s been or will get, that will never change.
Now, for five things I liked and disliked about the game last week:
- Malcolm Mitchell – That kid is a talent. I hope we figure out a way to get him the ball more.
- I-formation – Only successful drive of the night was run from this formation and we looked comfortable in it.
- Orson Charles – Same comment as Mitchell above. Have got to figure out a way to get the ball in his hands as much as possible.
- Run defense – Good job by Grantham to scheme to effectively shut down Boise’s running game. We’re going to need that this weekend.
- Bradon Boykin – Most explosive guy in the open field at UGA since Fred Gibson.
What I didn’t like
- O-line – Looked like they were on roller skates all night. Not sure if there’s going to be a quick fix to this thing outside of developing and recruiting some young talent or scouring the JUCO ranks for some ready to play guys.
- Lack of offensive identity – I’m not even sure how to begin on this one. It just looks like Bobo tries too hard to outsmart everybody else and all that he ends up doing in the end is outsmarting himself and his players. If we want any chance for success he’s going to have to be able to recognize early on in games what is and isn’t working and make sure to focus on the former. Whether I think he’s capable of doing that is a half hour conversation that would only make me mad.
- Fans booing and blasting players in social media – All the Georgia fans that booed and then got behind their computers to blast players on Twitter and Facebook can go fornicate themselves with a rusty nail. We don’t want or need you in our fanbase.
- Crossing patterns – For the health of my heart, I’d really appreciate it if the UGA defense would defend the middle of the field this weekend. It’s a strategy that has not been seen in Athens since sometime mid-2005.
- ‘Tree going down – ILB and OL are the two areas we could least afford an injury and we got hit hard by losing Alec Ogletree for half the season.
More to come on the South Carolina game later today and tomorrow.