Blaming Bobo?

Talk about a hot take with a backstory…

While I don’t think Mike Bobo walks on water, a guy who managed to coach a Mason-led offense to the seventh-best yards per play average in the country (not to mention first in that regard in 2012) would appear to have more than a clue.  I’m guessing he and Kirby are capable of kissing and making up over any little in-season spat they might have.

What I’m more curious about is how Kirby convinces him that Greg McGarity has turned over a new leaf.  ‘Cause I doubt McGarity himself is capable of that.

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UPDATE:  DavetheDawg reminded me of this 2012 piece about Bobo and Smart.

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  1. Mason should thank his lucky stars every day for Mike Bobo.

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  2. PDawg30577

    Hire that man, and hire him now.

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    • rugbydawg79

      Get the gang back together and bring Hines Ward too !
      Kirby likes WR’s that can block The Hall of famer and Super Bowl MVP was pretty good at that.

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  3. MDDawg

    I’ve got to think we’d at least bring him on as an analyst, if that’s even something he’d be interested in.

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  4. illinidawg

    Yea, we need a fresh punching bag.

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    • RangerRuss

      Bobo is the living embodiment of “fifty attaboys are nullified by one aw shit”. He was an excellent QB coach and record setting coordinator. But the average Dawg fan can only recall his occasional bone-head calls.

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      • Harold Miller

        Well, I guess I’m not the average Dawg fan then. I remember his offenses being the most productive in the programs history.

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      • This is true, especially in my case. TBH, I think MB did a lot with what he had, but I was never a fan of his QB recruiting. Some of his recruits, yes, but the career backups we’d endure every few years wore a little thin.

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  5. Gaskilldawg

    Human nature is interesting. Remember when Bobo WAS our OC? Remember all the bitching about playcalling? If I read 1 post that said, “I correctly predicted our play before we ran it” I read ten thousand.
    Now, it is “Bring back the savior!!!”

    By the way, I always though Bobo was an outstanding OC. I wasn’t one of the critics.

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  6. J-Dawg

    If I was Kirby I would have had the jet heading to Colorado within 5 minutes of hearing the news. Yes, sign him as an analyst for now, then get rid of Coley and make him OC again. I’d bet the farm that he would want to come home again, especially since Kirby’s running the show. Kirby would be the buffer between Bobo & Mcdufuss and Kirby would make sure that he got paid. Bobo is not a healthy man and doesn’t need or want the aggravation of being a head coach. I think being home and welcomed would help him get back to 100%. Imagine if Jake stays for his last year with Bobo whispering in his ear. I want the man back. He bleeds red and black just like Kirby. Rumers of him working for Muschamp are BS.

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  7. Remember “balance for the sake of balance?” Bill King sure hated him some Bobo.

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  8. MDDawg

    I just remembered that Mason was the QB for one of those moments that got Bobo raked over the coals.

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    • Jim

      One of his worst play calls ever. Give it to Gurley 4 straight times!

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      • Normaltown Mike

        What an idiot! We scored 35 on South Carolina and lost – Bobo stinks!

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        • MDDawg

          Even Pruitt questioned why people were upset with Bobo after the game. I remember in the post-game interview Pruit being told that people were upset with the playcall and Pruitt saying “Why? We scored 35 points, that should be enough to win the game” or something to that effect.

          And if I recall the post-game analysis correctly, there were arguments to be made on both sides. Sure you could hand it to Gurley however many times and trust him to get a yard or two, but we’d also scored on a goal line passing play earlier in the game as well, so there’s reason to believe it could’ve worked here too. Obviously nobody anticipates your redshirt senior QB getting called for intentional grounding in that situation. And Mason did it again a couple of other times that season (again, if I recall correctly).

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        • Macallanlover

          Agree. Once again, people get “horrible play call” confused with really bad result, or terrible execution. Easy to hindsight, 2nd guess afterwards. It is because we had Gurley and everyone expected us to run him up the gut that taking a shot through the air (which had worked on a previous situation from a similar spot that game) was a good idea. Mason panicked and didn’t throw high to a receiver on that blown up play. Also, by rule a ball that hits an opponent in the air could not be call Intentional Grounding. That didn’t stop SEC refs from calling it that way.

          What I remember is how surprised I was that UGA under Bobo in the latter years was us being able to remain a pro-style offense and still able to keep up with all the modern day Ferrari offenses around the country in scoring and YPP. I also recall an excellent variety of plays being used to keep defenses on their heels. Don’t know if things can be worked out but Bobo seems a uniquely good fit to work with Kirby’s demands to stay old school while being effective in the modern game. Take that in a heart beat.

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        • 79Dawg

          And to add insult to injury, after making that horrible play call, he still missed the tying field goal – can’t trust that guy to do anything right!

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  9. Kalamazoodawg

    Another old friend already has an OC opening. I’d hate to see him on the other side of the Savannah River.

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  10. Bulldog Joe

    I like Coach Bobo, but Georgia’s offense needs an update, not a rollback.

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    • jrod1229

      How is it going backwards? It’s obvious we need a QB coach and more exciting offense and Bobo brings both of those. I’d love for anyone to bring up stats of where Bobo “failed” outside of his first few years when he was learning on the job.

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      • Bulldog Joe

        Very few high schools will run a pro-style offense in 2020. Incoming QBs take a long time to develop and there are fewer Jake Fromms coming in. The transfer portal also changed the game as this long development investment you make can walk out the door at any time.

        Zone reads and RPOs are easy to defend if the quarterback can’t (or won’t) run. Plus, this offensive scheme puts Georgia at a recruiting disadvantage at other positions as student-athletes are drawn to offenses they understand.

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        • Matt

          The idea that there is some vast schematic difference between a spread and pro-style offense is pretty retrograde. If anyone runs a pro-style offense these days it’s LSU…

          Regardless, Georgia doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel. There’s nothing about lining up with a Pro-Style QB, 1/2 TEs, and a RB that dooms a team to failure on the field or on the recruiting trail (see Clemson).

          Georgia’s problem is the unwillingness/inability to keep opposing defenses from stacking the box and shutting down the interior run game. There’s a million fixes to this (PA passing, RPOs, Screens, Outside Runs, etc.) and most of them are already in the playbook.

          Bobo has a track record of success with producing balanced and effective “pro-style” offenses. Sure he isn’t Lincoln Riley, but frankly that’s a large part of the appeal. Under Smart the offense will always be some variant of Manball and Bobo looks like the best bet to offer us an effective, modern Manball.

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      • 79Dawg

        Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Hutson should be thanking his lucky starts Bobo was a great QB coach, and that is exactly what Jake needs for his senior year!

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  11. The other Doug

    I live in Colorado and one of my old friends from UGA is married to a former CSU player. That guy told me a few weeks ago that Bobo was done but they had agreed to let him finish out the season. Last week before the Boise game the local papers were even writing about how he was done.

    This brings me to “why did it take so long?” CSU is excellent at negotiating and they’re willing to play hardball. Remember when they held McElwain hostage to get the best deal? Yeah. Brent McMichaels is reporting Bobo agreed to take $1.85 million instead of the $5 million he was owed. The thing with Bobo is he can claim that he can’t coach because of his health and force them to pay all of his buy out. On the flip side CSU can keep him through Jan 1 and pay a lot less. I think Bobo negotiated hard for a pay out that didn’t get reduced if he went to work someone else. That makes it really easy to be a lowly analyst or QB coach making a couple of hundred thousand a year. That helps Smart keep Coley around and keep Saban from snatching Bobo.

    Let’s just hope Bobo hasn’t switched to Jimmy Sexton.

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  12. Texas Dawg

    At the very least he should be offered an analyst job. If for no other reason to keep him away from Muschamp.

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  13. Bright Idea

    Forget the play calling Kirby needs a QB coach. Bobo certainly is a good one but Hutson Mason may be right.

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  14. Mick Jagger

    The calls against SC in 2014 now have us asking for a Coley series?

    Yes, I do understand that Gurley was a rare talent….

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    • Normaltown Mike

      Well let’s see, in 2014 we lost to SCe 38-35.

      In 2019, we lost to SCe 20-17 in OT.

      Hmmm. Yep, Bobo is an idiot and can’t coach O.

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      • I really loved Bobo’s last several years at UGA, and still am not totally sold on Coley, but to use this comparison is silly. We had 468 yards of offense in that game. If not for 1 pick 6, simmons boofing a ball thrown head high right in the center of his body, and Rodrigo going 1 for 3 in FGs, we win that game running away.

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  15. 69Dawg

    We will see him in Columbia SC next year. No way Muschamp doesn’t hire him.

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  16. JCD

    Enlighten me on the McGarity comment….

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    • MDDawg

      I think there’s a consensus opinion here that McGarity didn’t even attempt to retain Bobo when he departed for CSU. There may not have been anything that could’ve convinced him to stay, but if you think the guy’s an asset to your organization you’ve got to at least ask the question, right?

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  17. RC

    IIRC, didn’t Kirby promise the folks at Auburn that he would bring Bobo with him as OC when he- Kirby- interviewed for the job that ultimately went to Gus and his rabbit’s foot?

    Doesn’t sound to me like there’s any concern of them being too close to work together.

    Like many- I don’t think Bobo is necessarily the savior, or even the best available option, but I do think he is a (much) better OC than Coley, and is certainly the ONLY option whom Kirby trusts enough to hand him the keys to the offense and stay out of his kitchen.

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    • stoopnagle

      That’s the point: Kirby might actually give Bobo some space that Coley doesn’t have at the moment and he can stand up to Kirby’s tendencies.

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      • Classic City Canine

        Exactly the point. I don’t think Bobo is the best potential OC out there, but I do think he is perhaps the best candidate to update the offense because Kirby trusts him and Bobo has a backbone to push back when Kirby needs correcting.

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  18. Greg

    Not convinced that any OC would make a difference. As the season goes, more convinced it is the lack of quality receivers that has made a difference….not Coley. The style of play is Kirby, he is playing to our strengths, which is not at receiver. If I have a complaint, it is he seems to interfere on some play calling on important situations….but what coach doesn’t.

    We could do worse than Bobo, hell….I like him. If my memory serves me correct, I believe it was ’14 that we broke a school scoring record. In short, pretty sure we can’t put all this on Coley, we just lack at the receiver position.

    I expect to see a lot of ball control this Saturday for another UGLY win. Thinks we match up well with da Tigers.

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    • Otto

      ’14 WLOCP Bobo was held to 7 through 3 Qtrs. You never knew when Bobo was going to have that game.

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    • stoopnagle

      This is a good point, but the one part missing is Coley’s role as QB coach. Fromm has regressed. There’s no question that’s in part because of the lack of seasoning among the receivers, but that doesn’t account for strong arming the ball, footwork issues, etc.

      I’d like to see Bobo come on board as a consultant for the playoff/bowl, analyst for off season, then see if something happens with the staff so he can either move in to the QB coach position or be an analyst. Then we have someone ready to step in to the OC role if we need it.

      And he’s not recruiting for Will.

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      • Greg

        Not disagreeing that he has regressed, but I believe he has because he does not have the confidence in his receivers.

        He has thrown a lot of balls away because they can’t separate or held the ball too long because they can’t separate. They’ve also ran routes the wrong way, dropped numerous balls in key situations…..or the DB have been physical with them and redirected their routes.

        I think we have a good group of WR, just not enough of them….we are definitely hurting. I think what we do have, will get better.

        I am sure all of this has somewhat effected Fromm’s confidence, not in himself….just his receivers.

        To me, this is the biggest issue with the offense.

        But I like the Dawgs in this one, thinks we hold them to 23 or less….we are stronger where it counts most, the defensive & offensive lines….also more athletic on the backend (LB & DB) than any team LSU has faced.

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  19. mp

    No way Bobo goes to USC with dead-coach-walking Muschamp. The writing is on the wall there…why waste a year?

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  20. CEPH

    Offenses have passed BoBo by (just check CSU) He does not need to be recycled through UGA.

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    • Normaltown Mike

      Yup, waaaay back in 2014 Paw-paw would hitch the mule to our wagon and we’d head down to Sanford Stadium and pay two bits for a ticket.

      Got to see them Dawgs (led by NFL first round pick Hutson Mason) average over 40 points per game.

      Them were the days.

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    • MDDawg

      This year they’ve averaged 28 ppg, with a couple of duds in there where they only scored 10 and 7. In three of their eight losses they scored 30+ while giving up 40+(actually 50+ in two of those 3). I think their defense was the problem more often than their offense.

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  21. 69Dawg

    All you Bobo haters take a deep breather and remember he never ever had the offensive line like we have now. He was forced to score lots of points because our defenses were mediocre at best. You give him our line and Kirby’s defense and we would be world beaters. Bobo knows you can’t just go through 5 progressions and never just throw it to a wide open safety valve. There are times our RB’s are waving at Fromm and he just plods through his progressions. He needs a QB whisperer in a bad way. I hope to Dawg he doesn’t end up at Bama or SC.

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  22. Sanford222view

    I would love to have Bobo and his crayons back in the Classic City.

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