So, how did we get here, anyway?

Seth Emerson takes a look at what went into 2015:  Georgia’s Year of the Quarterback.  I don’t think you’ll find anything there we haven’t hashed over already, but I was amused by one thing.

Through all this debate, and amid all this angst about Georgia’s quarterback situation, one keeps coming back to a few prophetic words uttered two years ago. They were spoken by Mike Bobo, who was referencing Aaron Murray.

“Personally I think he’s taken for granted,” Bobo said after another game in which Murray threw for more than 400 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for another. “Georgia needs to realize it’s a blessing to have Aaron Murray and how much he means.”

It’s pretty safe to say Georgia realizes it now.

Crap on ’em while they’re here and then yearn for the good ol’ days when they’re gone.  That’s us.  We’re Georgia.

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61 responses to “So, how did we get here, anyway?

  1. kckd

    That was never me. Loved that kid. But there are still some who talk about how terrible he was in big games, etc. Just ashame that we didn’t get a DC like the one we have now sooner.

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    • mikebozo

      AM tough, smart, leader. Carried the team on many occasions. Never quit. Too bad in the first 2 years he was under center that they took his wheels away. Smart enough to go elsewhere to learn how to truly play the position in his last 2 years at UGA. It showed in his last 2 years in the throws he made. DGD

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      • Charles

        “Smart enough to go elsewhere to learn how to truly play the position in his last 2 years at UGA. It showed in his last 2 years in the throws he made.”

        Oh good grief.

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        • dawgtired

          I guess it’s a good thing we have had a few players get in the way of our coaches’ desires to lose…we wouldn’t win any games. Is there a coaching staff our there dumber than ours?

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        • mikebozo

          Why else would AM head out to the QB guru camp. He did show vast improvement between years 2 and 4 but I am sure Bobo and richt get the credit for it, but the question is why did AM go if he was getting such good coaching at UGA. Because he knew he could get better coaching, smart guy if you ask me.

          Other than ake stoopid comments like “oh good grief” tell me why you disagree.

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          • PatinDC

            Because under NCAA rules, kids can’t get extra coaching from staff. They can however attend camps their parents pay for.

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    • Brandon

      These are mostly the same people who now (as well as at the time) are calling for Richt’s head.

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  2. Or egg their house when they don’t play well – that’s the Georgia lunatic fringe fan base.

    Within the rank-and-file, people loved the guy, how he loves Georgia, and how hard he played even when we lost. I still love when Gary Danielson said Murray abused the LSU safety with his eyes on the JSW game winner.

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    • kckd

      Just when I thought Auburn and Alabama had much worse fan bases, that happened. Embarrassing.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      All fan bases have awful people in them. Edwards received death threats for dropping a pass against Florida, too. I’ve been angry after losses, but I can’t even imagine what goes through someone’s head on shit like that.

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      • illini84

        It’s called “alcohol”.

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      • Tlkdawg

        I was at that game in Jacksonville and truly believed I was going to be part of a magical “Belue to Scott” moment in a championship season. I can still see the ball in the air and Edwards free in the secondary. That one hurt as much as any I’ve personally had in my forty years as a Dawg fan. We filed out in agony and as we were driving back to Jekyll, I started thinking about how if this hurt me so badly, how much must Terrence Edwards be hurting. Got home on Sunday and wrote a letter to Terrence telling him exactly how I felt, that he was a fantastic player and a terrific young man, and that I was so proud to have been able to watch his four years of excellence at the University that I love. Then I thanked him for all of the time and effort he had put forth while I just sat and watched. As a fan who gets as petty and pissy as anyone after a loss, I’ll always be glad I did that. I have a feeling Terrence received alot of that support from Dawg fans, with only the idiots that none of us would be friends with acting in the ridiculous manner you mentioned. At least I sure hope so!

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    • illini84

      And we are supposed to want to be “united” with those morons?

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  3. Beer Money

    I never was in this camp either. I credit Murray and Jarvis Jones as the linchpins that brought us back from the abyss of 2009-2010 (and yes I know that was Murray’s freshman year).

    And if Murray was not here in ’13, we probably lose to LSU, definitely lose to Tennessee, and Auburn would not have needed any miracles as the final score would have been about 42-17. I still hate it so much that what should have been his signature drive at UGA was taken from him on the next series by 3 shitheads who were no longer at UGA by the start of the next season.

    And Sen. brings up an interesting point…I kind of think our dumbass fans will think of Richt the same way once he leaves/retires/is fired. I do think he has at least a few more years to prove that all the changes made the last year and a half to pay off.

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    • kckd

      If Murray had not been on the team in 2010, I dare say we win 4 to 5 games.

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      • Brandon (Version One)

        In 2009 and 2010 our offense carried us. Joe Cox for all the shit he got carried us on his back in 2009 against Arkansas and Sakerlina. Our defense was atrocious but the morons blamed Bobo (and his QB’s)

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        • Biggus Rickus

          Based on YPP, the offense and defense were equally mediocre in ’09. In ’10 the offense improved a little bit while the defense remained about the same.

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          • Brandon (Version One)

            I haven’t checked this so correct me if I am wrong but if memory serves I think we were first in PPG in SEC games in 2009. I think the good Senator posted that stat on this blog back then.

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            • Biggus Rickus

              It did, though I had forgotten that. It also turned the ball over a ton, which did the defense no favors. The S&P+ rankings show the offense as 18 spots better nationally (27 vs. 45), and FEI has the defense rated slightly higher (30 vs. 37). Points or not, I stand by the statement that they were about equally mediocre.

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              • Brandon (Version One)

                I think the principal reason Cox threw as many INT’S as he did was because we had to be super aggressive because the defense was so bad. This is a little bit of a chicken or the egg argument but they certainly relate to each other. What used to drive me crazy about the whole “short field” argument to defend the defense was that the defense practically never held anyone to a FG under Willie in those days. Offense turns the ball over = other team cashing it in for 6.

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        • Mayor

          +1. Absolutely correct, Brandon. Cox also basically won the AZ State game, too. And had LSU beat except for the crooked SEC refs.

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  4. Biggus Rickus

    The question comes down to whether you think there’s any chance things will improve with Richt. A few more fans hit the breaking point against Alabama. Most haven’t yet. But please stop pretending that we all assume they’ll make the right hire. We are simply allowing that making the right hire is a possibility and are willing to suffer the consequences of making a bad hire. And now I’m done, too.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      Woops. Forgot which post I was in.

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    • But please stop pretending that we all assume they’ll make the right hire.

      “We all”? You should read the comments here more closely. You are in the minority on that.

      Look, I don’t have a problem if you want Richt gone. Just admit you’re jumping off a cliff, blindly, don’t expect me to grab your hand and go with you, and we’re fine.

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    • Chadwick

      You’re one of the biggest supporters for going a different direction. Can I ask if you have confidence that the current AD, President and associated power brokers can hire someone that brings a championship without bringing the baggage some coaches seem to attract?

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      • Biggus Rickus

        I would put the odds of them hiring a good coach at about 50-50. Whether that good coach can deliver a championship is an unknown. Richt is a good coach, after all. I think it would be highly unlikely they would hire someone crooked, though obviously you can’t always tell who’s a conniving shithead.

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        • Chadwick

          You do realize that hiring head football coaches has not ever been a 50/50 proposition at UGA or any of our rivals? I very much understand risk/reward, but I’ve followed college football since my first game in ’71 and hiring coaches has never been 50/50. It’s not fear of failure I have. It’s the fear of spending ten years and three coaches to correct a bad hire. To me there is a much higher chance of that happening over getting a guy that wins it all. My own experiences watching SEC football tell me that.

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          • Biggus Rickus

            This already feels like a threadjack, so I’ll just leave it at this. Richt has performed at a good but not great level for 10 years already. A new coach may perform a little worse, but I don’t think going 7-5 instead of 9-3 for a few years before another change is made again is that big a risk. But I don’t have any hope left for a Richt-coached team to do better than what we saw last year. Other people still do, so I understand their trepidation.

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            • Scorpio Jones, III

              So, Biggus, the bottom line is that you are getting old and you fear you may not get to dance in the streets of New Orleans (or wherever) one more time?

              Believe me, bro, I feel you. I also know nobody who matters really gives a shit what we think or want or have on our bucket list.

              Firing a football coach used to be a pretty simple process…there was always somebody who looked better, but as the money has gone up that decision has become a whole lot more complicated…probably more complicated than the folks who will get stuck with the decision to make a change are actually competent to handle.

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    • dawgtired

      I think the current staff under CMR has shown improvement in some areas. (I’m disappointed in ST play though). I think Pruitt has shown that he can make an impact within the program, not just on defense but with the administration as well, and there’s evidence that CMR will let it happen…and possibly even cultivate it.
      It’s still early to judge CBS but it seems he has done OK in some games with maintaining what Bobo started…if only he had a QB that could effectively manage our system.
      The QB situation we have now is a by-product of previous year’s recruiting and hopefully will not be repeated going forward. (But don’t forget the QB’s we recruited received good evaluations by other good programs/coaches.) It appears that the current recruiting efforts are focused on quality and depth. (Although recruiting is a gamble when you’re dealing with 18-year-olds.)
      I can’t explain the debacle against Bama…it seemed to be the perfect storm. We played a good opponent whose strengths matched up well against us and their few weaknesses seemed to play to their best of the season that day (Coker/DB’s). And then there were the mental lapses that added to the misery.
      As far as hiring a better coach…it’s not that I don’t think we could possibly do better. And I’m not 100% against a coaching change but it has to be an awesome hire and I just don’t see it out there right now. It’s not like we have an average 50/50 coaching staff and awesome championship coaches are sitting in the stands looking for a job. We are in a current run of arguably the best coach of UGA history. And, at the same time, the coaches that come to mind as replacements are settled where they are. (Patterson comes to mind). And don’t forget, If CMR goes, Pruitt and the rest probably go too.
      That being said and just for the discussion…I like Peterson for what he did at Boise St. We will see how he does in the PAC at Washington. Also, Mark Stoops is starting to get my attention with what he is doing at a basketball school in the SEC.
      I think you mentioned Kirby the other day. I know I don’t want to go after an unknown like Kirby Smart. I don’t think he succeeds out of the shadow of Saban. You don’t fire a .741 coach to go after an unknown. So, I think we should be patient a little longer. I would like to give them a little more time.

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  5. illini84

    Wait, wasn’t our loss last week the worstest game evah??

    The booing started in the second half. It got louder heading into the fourth quarter as USC’s offense continued to struggle.

    And, at the end, it trailed USC players and coaches off the field at the Coliseum.

    Many USC fans who braved rush-hour traffic to get to Thursday night’s game against Washington no doubt wished they had stayed home after witnessing a 17-12 upset by the Huskies that once again will ratchet up the pressure on Trojans Coach Steve Sarkisian.

    The loss, USC’s second in its last two home games, dropped the No. 17 Trojans to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the Pac-12 Conference heading into next week’s rivalry game against Notre Dame.

    “This one, at the end of the day, is on me,” Sarkisian said.

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  6. Mark Sayer

    When we were 1-4 in 2010 I’d seen enough in Murray to say I’d take him over Stafford anyday.

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  7. Gravidy

    Who’s this “us” you’re referring to, Senator?

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  8. W Cobb Dawg

    When AM was a freshman I felt he was an unusually gifted talent and wondered aloud whether our staff had the ability to capitalize on it. I still wonder if another coach would have gotten more wins out of an AM-quarterbacked team. Like many others have said, I’d love to see him back in Athens as a coach.

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  9. South FL Dawg

    Speak fo yourself, I loved having AM11 as QB.

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  10. PJsGroundPound

    Murray is my favorite UGA QB because he was all Dawg. He was a great player and a gamer. Not perfect but he was the epitome of what a Dawg should be both on and off the field. On another note, it bothers me to see a transfer wear his number and break the completion record.

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  11. VoxDawg

    This is why you don’t crap on AM…

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  12. Twatification

    AM had a terrible off day too in 2012 against the Gamecocks. Went 11 for 31, completed about 35%. Lambert just had an offday. Relax.

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