Despite my post yesterday questioning Georgia’s use of the Wildcat formation, I have long been impressed with what Mike Bobo has done at UGA. There were a few smartass comments and phone calls from friends, but if you have read anything I have posted or tweeted you know that I am a huge supporter of Coach Bobo.
In Mark Richt’s 12 years at UGA, you cannot question with a straight face that the offense has out performed itself the last 6 than the first 6. Everything has improved: NFL caliber talent, recruiting, points scored, innovative plays, evolution of the scheme, etc… The only blemish that hasn’t been corrected has been the inconsistent offensive line play and the attrition at that position. However, things are looking up and Coach Friend deserves much kudos also.
During the game Tuesday (almost typed Saturday), my brother in law got me in a group text with one of his tailgate buddies. Here were some of his texts: Murray needs to manage the game, not win it; Let Gurshall do the damage; Murray and Bobo still can’t read coverage and adjust; We’re playing like a weak ass pac 10 team. There are more, but I will spare you.
Aaron Murray had a great day, throwing for over 400 yards and 5 TD. Keep in mind, as I know you all have, that he was down 3 out of his top 4 receivers.
One question I have for all the Georgia fans who incorrectly, ignorantly and stupdily bash Bobo (and Murray) incessantly: where is the hate for Todd Grantham? Now, don’t get me wrong. I am a Todd Grantham fan. But if the offense was playing as inconsistent and undisciplined as the defense, then Georgia fans would be storming Butts-Mehre with axes and pitch forks. Here is something to chew on: UGA defense Yard per play (SEC rank):
2007: 4.84 (4th)
2008: 4.97 (8th)
2009: 5.08 (7th)
2011: 4.46 (4th)
2012: 5.18 (6th)
The regression from 2011 to 2012 was staggering. You know where I am going next. Grantham’s unit yielded more yards per play this season than Willie Martinez while he was at his worst. Yet fans want to harp on Bobo and Murray. The defense, which is loaded with NFL talent, is the reason why Georgia is not playing for a National Championship this season. The defense let Buffalo, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky, Alabama, and Nebraska run rampant on them. Yet fans and the media want to point fingers and address blame to Mike Bobo and Aaron Murray. Chuck Oliver shows his ass after the SEC Championship game. Where is the scorn towards Grantham and questions about the defense not showing up in big games? It is simply not fair.
Fans want a scapegoat. They have picked the wrong one. Unfairly, they have pointed the blame at Bobo for a long time.
I hope Mike Bobo gets a huge raise this year. He deserves it.