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Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo has one play on his play sheet and it is a draw play. Bobo lacks any sort of creativity and in the last three years has yet to define what he wants the UGA offense to be.
One has to wonder if the terrible play-calling at some point starts to make the players lose faith in their OC. In one of the key moments of the Boise game, Georgia sat just outside of BSU's red zone on 3-and-1. In what was incredibly bizarre, Georgia ran two delays in a row. With an offensive line that outweighs their opponents by 30 pounds on average, Georgia should have easily been able to line up behind center and push forward for a yard.
Instead of just playing football, there is always a gimmick or a twist that is forgotten about or something that is discovered to work, but is then stashed away to return to the draw. Remember Georgia's trip out to Oklahoma State in 2009? Remember the scoring drive, which prominently featured the wild cat offense and then was never seen the rest of the day?
Can anyone explain why Bobo refused to throw downfield on Boise until the late third quarter when Boise had yet to win, but for all practical purposes had won already? These things happen every Saturday.
While I grew up a Georgia fan, I attended graduate school at FSU from 2005-2007. I have firsthand experience watching Jeff Bowden blow up an offense. Statistically, since leveraging the reins to Mike Bobo, Georgia has been atrocious on offense and has had zero killer instinct. Watching Mike Bobo try to figure out how to call a game is eerily similar to having to sit through heartbreaking play-calling at Doak Campbell.
But Bobo is not alone in the strange decisions on this eve. The first, and most boneheaded, call was made by head coach Mark Richt before the first play was even made.
The Georgia Dome, full of about 85-percent Georgia fans, was a ruckus and on fire at the beginning of the game. Upon winning the toss, Richt elected to receive first. The result was two false starts for Georgia within the first three plays.
A head coach of Richt's experience and tenure should be aware of his surroundings. He should have known the crowd would have benefited his defense to opponent up the game and not his offense. An opening drive stop of Kellen Moore and Co. would likely have gotten the early roar out of the crowd and allowed Georgia to settle into the game. Instead, it simply resulted in UGA's early start to 50 yards in penalties.
The other strange decision was to stop rushing Moore in the middle of the second quarter. Moore was rattled early on and the pressure should have remained on him all game.
Finally, on special teams Boise refused to punt to Georgia and elected to pooch kick for most of the night, until they built a 14-point lead. Their kicker basically spent the night receiving the ball and then walking to the line of scrimmage, followed by a pooch kick. After seeing this happen once, twice at most, the decision not to send a few guys after the punter was frustrating and depressing.
The bottom line is that UGA will not return to the prominence they built from 2002 to 2008 until Mike Bobo is relieved of his duties. The program has been stagnant for two full seasons and this one looks to be in jeopardy as well.
This is not myself or other fans running for the hills and claiming the sky is falling after one game, it's a pattern we've been seeing for years.