Know Bo.

On defensive challenge in facing a mobile quarterback
“The defensive challenge of facing a mobile quarterback is how long you have to cover and how creative you have to be. There’s plays that are eight seconds long. You know our guys on average play up, I don’t know, three, four second plays a long time. I mean, eight-second plays a long time and he can extend plays, he can win with his feet. No BoBo (Mike Bobo) is very creative with quarterbacks that can run so some quarterbacks that run can’t throw, so he can throw and run. So it adds an extra element that sometimes the design runs are easier to defend then one when you think it’s a pass because it is a pass and he takes off. So it’s tremendously hard, I don’t think people understand how good of an athlete this guy is. It’s been reported to me that he’s hit 22 miles per hour on GPS, we don’t have but maybe two receivers on our team to get 20 miles per hour. So, he is a really good athlete.

Shit, one freak play against a mediocre defense and you’d think Bo Nix has suddenly morphed into the second coming of Johnny Manziel.

Nix has faced Georgia twice before.  His passer ratings in those two games — 107.76 in 2019 and 84.67 in 2020 — are decidedly pedestrian at best.  This season against P5 competition, his passer rating of 104.03 is right in line with that.

And yet, we’re assured that containing Nix is a key to Saturday’s game.  I guess that’s possible.  But I’ve got to think that if Georgia State could contain him, Georgia’s got a real shot of doing so, too.

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44 responses to “Know Bo.

  1. OK, I’ll buy that Bo Nix has been clocked at 22 mph. But what happened when he got out of his car?

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    • RangerRuss

      We will see a close approximation of what happens when he steps out of a moving car when the Dawgs’ D finishes with him Saturday.

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    • Down Island Way

      If you have # 99 chasing you at a down hill speed of 25 mph, 22 mph ain’t that fast…

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      • RangerRuss

        #99 sort of brings to mind Abdullah the Butcher with more quickness, power and a sunnier disposition.

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        • Texas Dawg

          Unfortunately for Bo it won’t be one fall with a 15 minute time limit. (Abdullah the Butcher, now there’s a blast from the past. Too bad we can’t get Gordon Solie (RIP) to do play by play or color?)

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      • Bulldawg Bill

        “If you have # 99 chasing you at a down hill speed of 25 mph, 22 mph ain’t that fast…”
        …in which case you’re gonna have an accident. First you say it; then you do it. That’s a lot of dirty laundry!!!!!!!!!

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  2. spur21

    He appears to be the next Danny Boy Kanell. All hat and no cattle.

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  3. We’ve done a pretty darn good job of containing dual threat QBs. Past performance is a good indicator of future results.

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  4. Did Kirby ask Coach Dooley to prepare his remarks for the week? I guess he can’t say, “we expect to cause Bo Nix to run home to his parents crying”, can he?

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  5. practicaldawg

    Nix is going to leave the pocket even sooner on Saturday. His tendency to literally run backwards will probably result in some spectacular negative yardage plays. It will be harder to escape the giant track stars trying to destroy him in the backfield.

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  6. Dawg in Austin

    Exactly. Pound those points.

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  7. JaxDawg

    I’m ok with our defense believing every word of that.

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  8. Texas Dawg

    When you read an interview with Kirby about an upcoming game, it excites to the same level as the directions on how to put together a piece of furniture (Unless it’s IKEA then it is maddening). The other team will never find bulletin board material in there. That appears to be a lesson he learned well from Saban. That’s a sharp contrast to the animated cheerleader you see in Kirby when they show little clips from practice. He definitely has his public face and his private face. Contrast that with some of his brethren in the coaching profession that provide never ending bulletin board motivational material for the opposition.

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  9. Ran A

    1). He puts the ball in peril more often than not.
    2). The receiver corps is mediocre at best.
    3). The offensive line is mediocre at best.
    4). He hasn’t seen anything remotely close to what is coming on Saturday.

    With that said, I think Georgia is going to see more than their fair share of draw plays, screens, etc. to try and slow down the pass rush. (This after they first try to establish a running game and fail).

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  10. 81Dog

    “Golly, Danny I dont think we’re playing Akron any more.”

    Bo Nix, at halftime, to Danny Kannell. FTMF. 🙂

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  11. akascuba

    Bo can run but he can’t hide from this defense. His best friend Saturday will be the ref’s whistle stopping the pounding.

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  12. Geezus

    Bobo never impressed me with his management of mobile quarterbacks. Seemed to me his MO was to coach the run out of them.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      Agree. My impression was both CMR and CMB preferred QBs to throw the ball away rather than run down an empty sideline. They were absolutely committed to the prototypical dropback passing attack.

      Shockley had great mobility, and Murray’s mobility was above average. Neither had significant running stats.

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  13. Sweet D

    If past is prologue, we better be preparing for the inevitable appearance of TJ Finley and whatever difference he brings to the game. Nix doesn’t scare me, not being prepared for his backup does. A little.

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  14. willypmd

    I feel like half of our front 7 has clocked 20+ MPH on GPS.

    A mediocre SEC QB behind a terrible OL, I think I’ll take the under

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  15. archiecreek

    Hey Bo!
    WE COMMIN’!!!

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  16. I don’t wish harm on any of these young men we compete against, but I honestly think Auburn will pull Bo by the 2nd quarter…he’s never experienced this onslaught before…it’s going to be Old Testament biblical style, wrath of the good Lord beat down on their boy Sweet Tea.

    Auburn Sucks…I don’t care for Auburn

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  17. Texas Dawg

    This is why Bo looked like Houdini on Saturday night. I have also attached the link should you want to see a detailed breakdown and analysis of the whiffs. Poor fundamentals and poor tackling is not what Bo will see Saturday. It’s been pointed out multiple times on this blog how slow the LSU defenders looked. A stark contrast to what’s going to rain down on Bo Saturday.

    FROM 24/7 SPORTS “Anything can happen in football and defenders are always going to miss tackles during football games. LSU really blew a game it should have won with poor fundamental tackling in critical situations. Pro Football Focus says LSU missed 11 tackles on Saturday”

    https://247sports.com/LongFormArticle/LSU-vs-Auburn-Bo-Nix-highlights-LSU-missed-tackles–172461762/#172461762_6

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  18. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

    Harsin will make the switch to Finley by the third quarter, if not sooner. Now, as this has proven to be Kirby and Lanning’s kryptonite in the past, it does worry me a little.

    We’ll see what happens.

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    • Down Island Way

      Is the switch made cause bo don’t know, cause the barners are down (what say) 24 points, cause if that’s, the case, being forced to throw to catch up won’t change the outcome, interception at the wrong end of the field, they’re down by 31…do love the smell of napalm in the afternoon at the tigle barner stadium…#AUBURN SUCKS!…

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      • Bo gets pulled as an act of mercy/concern…dealer’s choice

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        • Down Island Way

          The prettiest little cesspool on the plains is not only subject to eternal damnation in inextinguishable flames, smell of burnt sulfur does my Dawg soul goodness seeing them burn in the hellfire of this season’s UGA football onslaught….having mercy is not an option…#AUBURN SUCKS!…

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        • whybotherdude

          Pulled, your assuming he just doesn’t refuse to go back out. Not that I would blame him, if Jordan Davis or Jalen Carter hit me once and I would probably take off my helmet and go home.

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          • Dude, I like yours better…Bo turtling in a shell would be better, he’ll be sleeping under his bed until next Wed until the nightmares of those mean old UGA defenders go away

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    • Texas Dawg

      I thought our back up QB woes were on Mel Tuckers watch?

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  19. waltergeiger

    here’s hoping davis and carter break the little sonofabitch in half! i hate auburn.

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  20. Whiskey Dawg

    I hope Bo drinks up the hype. Have those visions of Manziel while Tindall, Dean, and Anderson are dancing on your head.

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  21. Texas Dawg

    I had watched Arkansas dismantle Texas and shut down TAMU and had genuine concern about last Saturday. The DAWGS quickly made my fears disappear.
    I watched Auburn play Georgia State and LSU (some of State Penn). I will sleep soundly with no worries about this game no matter who starts at QB for either team.

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  22. iusedtopostasmikecooley

    It’s Wednesday and I’m already sick of hearing about Bo Nix.

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  23. godawgs1701

    My only concern about Saturday is Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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  24. Terry McCullers

    This BO don’t know shit!,

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  25. I’ve seen too great seasons wrecked by Auburn. I just want to win by 1.

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