The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s
pot-stirrer resident sports columnist/blogging fool, Mark Bradley wondered why Georgia is 5-6 this season when Aaron Murray has been so good?
More to the point, shouldn’t Georgia be more than a below .500 team that’s, currently, struggling for bowl eligibility?
In his words:
The Bulldogs were 9-3 in both Zeier’s and Carter’s freshman seasons, 8-4 in Greene’s, 9-4 in Stafford’s. How is it possible that a team returning every offensive starter save the quarterback could see that new quarterback perform so ably — and still be 5-6? (And of those six losses, only the Florida game, in which Murray threw half of his total of six interceptions, could be debited to the quarterback — and it must be noted that even on his worst day Murray led the rally that forced overtime.)
Not much about this Georgia season has made sense, but this part makes the least. The one offensive variable has come up trumps, and still the team enters its final scheduled game needing to win to become bowl-eligible.
While it’s easy to understand Bradley’s question—if it weren’t such a thinly veiled attempt at, yet again, pointing out the ineptitude of the current staff—the answers aren’t hard to find.
For one, Aaron Murray doesn’t play defense. He wasn’t on the field when Ryan Mallett dissected and dismantled the Georgia secondary in four plays to lose their game against Arkansas. He’s also not a part of the secondary that suddenly failed to remember their assignments in the second-half against Auburn—leading to a 42-13 run by the Tigers.
Secondly, he doesn’t play running back. On multiple occasions, a lost fumble either changed the complexity of the game (South Carolina and Mississippi State) or lost it altogether (Colorado).
Third, he’s not on the defensive line that, at many points this season, couldn’t stop a flea from scoring. Obviously, the 3-4 needs some personnel changes if it’s going to be effective in season two because what’s in the cupboard now is not a proper fit.
Lastly, as spectacular as Murray has been, he’s not capable of catching his own passes.
A.J. Green was missing for the first four games of the season and, as a result, the offense struggled to find anything that resembled productivity—another clear indication of how in over his head Mike Bobo truly has been this year.
It’s painfully obvious to many that Bobo planned 85 percent of his playbook around the presence of A.J. Green. Take away A.J., take away points—the stats don’t lie.
Does that about clear it up for you, Mr. Bradley? Hope so but, for some reason, it feels a lot like you were never really that confused in the first place.