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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Bobo: No Excuses in '09

His biggest offensive stars may be gone, but Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo isn't expecting to tone down his play calling in 2009. In fact, he's hoping for even better results.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford, running back Knowshon Moreno and wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi made up a huge chunk of Georgia's yardage last year and all will be playing in the NFL in 2009. But Bobo looks at their departure as an opportunity rather than a setback.

"We're not looking to settle for anything because we lost three guys from last year that made up probably 75 percent of our offense," Bobo said. "It's not only a challenge to me, but to all our guys offensively."

As good as Stafford, Moreno and company were a year ago, Bobo thinks improvement isn't only possible in 2009 – it's necessary.

In the Bulldogs' loss to Alabama, the offense failed to score in the first half. A month later, Georgia mustered just three points with its first-team offense against Florida. Both games resulted in painful losses.

This year, Bobo hopes his new cast of offensive playmakers, led by quarterback Joe Cox and returning star wideout A.J. Green. An experienced offensive line and newcomers such as Marlon Brown and Orson Charles add even more punch to an offensive lineup Bobo hopes can match the productivity of last year's stars while offering the consistency Georgia occasionally lacked a season ago.

"I'm not satisfied with the way we played last year," Bobo said. "We had some productive guys and offensive stats, but that doesn't really mean anything. We lost three games, got blown out in two of them, basically disappeared at some stretches during those games and lost to our arch rival Georgia Tech in our last game. There's still a bad taste in our mouths around here, and we've got a long way to go. That's what this offseason is about."

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