As I have told you, Mike Bobo=Awesome

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. 



13 Responses to “As I have told you, Mike Bobo=Awesome”

  1. 1 Will Trane January 3, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I’d be careful about boasting and divisive comments. A lot of people do not understand what they see in a game. Murray had issues at the start. But Murray has seen a lot of snaps in 3 years.
    Grantham. He can coach a D. I’m sure he has helped the O side in game preparation for games like the Huskers and their D schemes. Keep this in mind, but in the past two years I had issues with Gardner as a position coach and recruiter. The D had issues re personnel rotation in Cap 1 because of the way the Big 12 crew allowed Huskers to get set up and run a play before Dawgs could set their D. Husker’s coaches were savvy there, knowing Gardner was not on the sidelines…in other words CMR, Bobo, and TG were at a disadvantage managing assets [players and a return on that investment re personnel and D packages].
    Gardner and Searles are gone. That is good. Fresh and innovative coaches are important. CMR has to keep that in mind. Martinez had issues with the D, especially with secondary. Running out a Yards per play in ’04 vs ’12 about the D to support you thinking Bobo is just not logical or sound thinking. Frankly as an alum, it comes across as boastful of someone who thinks they know it all and is divisive. I’m sure I can lay down some numbers from the Carolina game, Florida game, and Bama game that would tilt Bobo’s halo you placed over his headset.

    • 2 Corbindawg January 3, 2013 at 11:53 am

      Well, I think that we can’t expect our offense to be lights out all the time, especially against top level elite defenses like Alabama, Florida and South Carolina. I have been saying for a while Bobo was a good coordinator and undeserving of the scorn placed on him, and I think the proof is in the pudding. As the Senator noted yesterday UGA leads the nation in YPP. Also, the comments were coming even when the offense was playing better in the second half. Considering the green offensive line, replacing Orson Charles and the question markes preseason about Isaiah Crowell, and losing 3 top receivers during the course of the season, I think the offense’s improvement this year should be heralded in light of all the adversity this unit has faced.

      The numbers I trotted out are logical. Fans aren’t spewing venom at Grantham as they are Bobo, but the defense did not play well this year and yet he is free of any quesions. Why doesn’t the fan base hold Grantham as accountable as they do Bobo? Is it becuase Grantham yells, screams and cusses? The defense had the same problems in other games with SEC crews; simply noting the Big 12 crew as a problem for our defense is painting a broad brush. I have heard that the reason the defense struggled was the offense scored too fast. To defend Grantham and that unit, fans still bash Bobo! As a fellow alumn, reading comphrension was an important part of my studies and maybe not yours.

  2. 3 Hill Dawg January 3, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    So, your feelings were hurt and you are going to use the “power of the pen” to get even. You don’t know enough about football to question someone like Grantham. Don’t even try….. Lewis would be ashamed.

    • 4 Corbindawg January 3, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      Thanks for proving my point that folks don’t understand basic reading comprehension and that folks are quick to defend Grantham while bash Bobo. I think Lewis would be appalled at the way our fanbase acts these days.

  3. 5 MW January 3, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    1. Bobo The man can coach. His offenses score @40 points a
    game, as much as Alabama. Bobo’s schemes just shredded the #1 pass
    defense, made em look silly. Much better at scheming big explosion
    plays this year, probably #1 in the country there. Run game finally
    had a good year. There were 4 big games in 2012, Bobo’s offense
    played well enough to win in three of four (Florida, Nebraska
    & Bama). Couldn’t score against Spurrier. 2. Grantham
    Getting tired of how many points he gives up in practically every
    game against a ranked team since 2010 (except Florida in 2012). 4
    big games in 2012, couldn’t stop Spurrier, Saban, or Nebraska,
    allowed 30+ points in each game. Give him credit, he shows up
    against Florida, and that’s the key to winning the East since
    Spurrier’s teams always implode. 3. Murray Most of the losses
    against the ranked teams are really ultimately Grantham’s fault
    because Grantham’s D gives up too many points and rush yards in big
    games. Murray usually has either: low accuracy, turnovers, or low
    pass efficiency in these games, rarely plays a “A” game against one
    of the top teams, so Murray is also an easy target to blame, but
    Murray is secondary to Grantham as why Georgia is 2-11 against
    teams that finish in the top 25 in the last 13 games. 28 points
    should have been enough to beat Alabama, but the defense gave up
    32, so it wasn’t. 30 points should have been enough to beat Mich
    St, but the defense gave up 33 points. Murray and the offense
    played good enough to win in many games in 2010, 2011, and 2012,
    but the defense just gave up too many points.

  4. 6 Hill Dawg January 3, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Your one page about PPG doesn’t define Grantham. Your reading comprehension needs to be applied to much more than PPG. However your analysis did define your football knowledge. .. You have made a bad choice. Cut your losses and get over it and move on.

  5. 7 meansonny January 3, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Yards per play is a relevant stat. But i always lean more towards ppg. The point of football is to score and keep the other team from scoring. Yards per rush, yards per pass attempt, and yards per play tell the story behind the ppg numbers.

    Grantham’s defense deserves criticism. Especially after this season where the run defense has been worse than any time during the Richt era. That said, the defense still limited the damage. We were able to play field position this season, and I think the defense did a good job making opposing offenses work hard for the points that they were able to put up. Some of that credit goes to the offense for not putting the defense in bad situations repeatedly.

    The key this offseason is to fix the interior run D and get us back to the 2011 level. We had a ton of first year starters and first year contributors that season and although the defense still had holes, they were formidable. Players need to step up just like they did that year. The players and coaches need to do a better job making certain everyone knows their responsibilities. Too often, the DBs were looking back at the sidelines with their hands up like someone (maybe them) missed the assignment and they weren’t sure why.

    • 8 Corbindawg January 3, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      I am not saying the defense is terrible and we should fire Grantham or anything like that…but he shouldn’t be immune from critics, either. Especially when Bobo is constantly criticized.

      I agree with your assessment, though.

  6. 9 RJ January 3, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    I think it’s 50/50.

    Look at the 12 biggest games UGA has played since Grantham came on board, the teams that ended up in the top 25.

    In 2 games (Neb/SC), UGA scored 42-45 points
    record 1-1

    In 2 games (MSt/Aub), UGA scored 30-31 points
    record 0-2

    In 3 games (Ala/Ark/BSt), UGA scored 21-28 points
    record 0-3

    Those 7 losses are on Grantham.

    In 5 games (SC, SC, LSU, UCF, Ark), UGA scored 6-12 points
    record 0-5

    Those 5 losses are on Bobo.

  7. 10 RJ January 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Mike Bobo has faced 7 defenses that ended up ranked 1-15 in those 12 losses.

    UCF #8 scoring defense

    LSU #2 scoring defense
    MSt/SC #10 scoring defenses
    BSt #12 scoring defense

    Ala #2 scoring defense
    SC #15 scoring defense

    So those 7 losses, 4 games Bobo scored 21-42 points, against a top 12 scoring defense.

    Grantham only faced 2 top 10 ranked scoring offenses in the 12 losses against ranked teams, Grantham let Boise State score 35, and let Auburn blow Georgia out.

  8. 11 olddawg63 January 3, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I’m not sure where to begin. When you are looking for excuses, you’ll find them. Bobo has never been the problem. He stays in the game plan, makes adjustments and confers with his coaches during the game(includes Richt). If you are critical after the last two seasons, no OC will please you. The questions re the defense are valid. If you are talent laden(10-12 playing on Sun), how will you perform with less talent? I believe the jury is still out on CTG overall impact. So far, it’s been a mixed bag. I knew Grizzard and drank beer with him at Manuel’s tavern in the 60’s. He would love Ga football today! And, he would find considerable amusement in the fan’s knee jerk reactions.

  9. 12 GregC January 3, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    In the games against teams that finished top 25 in the Todd
    Grantham era, UGA is 2-11, won 2, lost 11. UGA is 0-9 2010-2011
    against teams that finished top 25, and ended up 2-2 in 2012
    against those 4 teams. The only way UGA won 2 of the 13 games was
    Mike Bobo had to score 45 on Nebraska, and then Todd Grantham had
    to force six turnovers against the Gators this year. UGA would have
    played for the BCS National Championship in 2012 if Grantham could
    have held Alabama to 27 points, but the Tide rolled for 32 points
    & 350 yards on the ground and hit that long pass

  10. 13 Robert K. Burnham (@robertkburnham) January 7, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Very Well Put !! Not sure what went wrong on D this year , Seemed like Grantham mailed it in with all that talent. Needs to take lessons from Kirby, Stay Hungry !

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