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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Halftime thoughts

- Bloody nose or not, I don’t think that first half is going to make some fans feel much better about Mike Bobo.

You can’t say there hasn’t been more imagination in the playcalling than there was last week. The problem is the kind of creativity. The direct snaps to Washaun Ealey aren’t yielding much, the end-around to Rantavious Wooten was a bust, and so on.

- The changes to the offensive line haven’t fixed the run-blocking. Ealey and Carlton Thomas haven’t moved the needle much, and Caleb King may be dressed but he hasn’t played yet.

- The pass blocking has actually gotten worse, and Murray’s scrambling has actually prevented more sacks. Plus, other than the long pass play to Tavarres King on the first drive, the Bulldogs still have no downfield passing game.

Does this offense miss A.J. Green? You bet.

- The defense hasn’t played too badly. The run defense has especially improved, and the tackling is much better. Arkansas has all of 12 rushing yards on 11 attempts.

But Ryan Mallett, when he’s had time to pass, has been spectacular. He has 232 passing yards at the half.

Georgia’s strategy has seemed to be to stop the run and hope good pass coverage and pass rush will stem Mallett’s damage. It hasn’t worked yet. Will Todd Grantham drop more players into coverage for the second half?

- But to me it still comes back down to the offense. It needs to do SOMETHING. The second quarter started to feel like the second half at South Carolina, when the ineffectiveness of the offense kept the defense on the field, and it eventually wore down.

As I said in the earlier blog, that 10-point deficit feels like 30 right now for Georgia.

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