Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Bobo accounts for his second dimension

Perhaps these guys do listen to folks outside the arena. Perhaps they heard that we just wanted some accountability. At least...Bobo did.
Mike Bobo is not ducking blame for what happened at South Carolina. In fact, the Georgia offensive coordinator chided himself, at one point on Tuesday saying "I did a poor job, that's it."
Now as the Bulldogs approach the second half of their season, beginning Saturday at Kentucky, Bobo wants his offense to get back to what made his offense electric the first five games of this season.
"We've gotta stay more committed to the run," Bobo said. "Even though we were down 21-0 (at South Carolina), there was still a lot of time left in the ballgame. That's what's made us successful, the balance. Like I said after the game, you become one-dimensional in a game, you're asking for trouble."
When Georgia fell behind by three touchdowns late in the first quarter in Columbia, the Bulldogs didn't actually get away from the run immediately: Todd Gurley carried the ball on the first play, but lost two yards. Murray then completed two passes for 26 yards. But the next two plays, rushes by Keith Marshall, failed to gain any yards.
From there, the Bulldogs became pass-heavy. Georgia's defense forced a punt on the next drive, and then the offense came out passing on the first play of the final three drives of the first half, netting zero points....
"We've got to establish the run, no doubt," Bobo said. "And if we do throw the ball we've gotta be able to complete the ball on first downs. But if we throw high-percentage passes we've gotta complete them, whether it's a quick screen or a bubble screen, we've gotta complete those. And those have gotta be an extension of the running game. When you don't complete those, and you catch them for minus-five you put those in the hole."
Since Coach Bobo mentioned the running game...

Kentucky gives up 184 yards a game on the ground. That's good for 89th in the country. Their 18 rushing touchdowns allowed is good for 115th in the nation. Of course, their secondary is depleted, as is much of their team. Which just begs for a pass heavy attack. But they could be getting some of those players back.

Regardless, a good rushing attack I think would be a good way of re-installing some confidence for the offensive line. Linemen love to run block. Let them go and let's watch the fireworks.

Food for thought.
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