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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Green on the NFL, Brown hurt, and coaches turning red

We didn’t get a chance to ask A.J. Green last week about the NFL, so we did this week. The Georgia star receiver was asked Tuesday whether missing four games this year, due to the NCAA suspension, would affect his decision.

“I don’t know yet. But I do feel like I owe some of the fans some more stuff, just missing those four games. So I don’t know,” Green said. “Like I said, I’m gonna sit down with my family whenever the time comes and make the best decision for me.”

Green could be the top receiver taken in the 2011 NFL draft if he leaves early. Most still expect him to do so.

Some more notes from Tuesday’s availability:

- There seems to be a new rule that Georgia cannot have all its receivers available for one game. Marlon Brown missed Tuesday’s practice with a sprained AC joint (shoulder), according to receivers coach Tony Ball.

“He’s still progressing, as I was told,” Ball said.

Brown injured the shoulder in Monday’s full-pad practice. The Bulldogs are hoping to get back Kris Durham, who missed the Colorado game, the first time Green was eligible.

- And now the coach-testiness section of the blog:

Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was asked if it would be a “small victory” if his unit didn’t allow a touchdown to open the game – which it has the past four. He didn't seem crazy about the stat, or the question.

“I don’t believe in small victories, all right,” Grantham said. “You either win the game or lose the game, all right. You either stop them or you don’t. So I don’t buy into small victories.”

So he doesn’t get hung up on the opening-drive streak?

“Do I get hung up on it? Well I wouldn’t say I get hung up on it,” Grantham said. “I mean obviously we’re gonna look to stop them, but to say I get hung up on it no. We’re gonna come out and play the next series.”

Earlier, offensive line coach Stacey Searels was asked how he would assess his unit this year.

“One-and-four, you tell me,” he answered. “I don’t think anybody’s pleased with the way we’ve played on the team.”

- Offensive coordinator Bobo didn’t name a starter, but it seems clear that Caleb King is the favorite. Bobo pointed out that for the first time this season (at least during the losing streak) the Bulldogs got ball-carriers into the secondary, and King was mostly to credit.

“He might’ve it three times, and Washaun did it one time and Carlton did it once,” Bobo said. “I think five times we made the safety miss and were able to rush for some more yards because of making guys miss in the perimeter, which was good to see.”

- Carlton Thomas seems to be a more of a change-of-pace back, it was posited to Bobo, who didn’t disagree.

“Carlton sometimes needs a little space,” Bobo said. “Carlton has done a nice job when he’s gotten opportunities this year.”

- Bobo said Washaun Ealey has handled losing his starting job well. Bobo called him “upbeat” during Saturday’s game, and has been the same way in practice.

“It’s showing a little maturity out of him,” Bobo said.


Scooter said...

I actually think Bobo is just a symptom of the overall disease of this coaching staff..but his comments on Thomas doing well when he has a chance and not being a change of pace back tell you all you need to know about Bobo...

Anonymous said...

N"Carlton sometimes needs a little space" ...Do you mean like the kind of space found between the center and guard, because that is where you have been running him???? And nice call on noticing Ealey and his 1 carry for 15 yards...think 1 for 15 might earn you some more snaps than a guywho went 7 for 11 yards and whose sole oft repeated benefit is his ability to not get banged up...perhaps it is because Thomas is too busy falling to the ground on his own to actually be tackled by a person and not a chalk line.

meat said...

I think I would actually be more upset if Green didn't go pro. It would be foolish for a talent like that to delay that opportunity and leave possible millions of dollars on the table.

verification: expepops

Carter said...

The NFL won't like Green's propensity to accumulate nagging injuries.

AJ's like a Lambo - highest performance, but always in the shop.

Anonymous said...

really like to hear bobo's reasoning for running carlton between the tackles. i saw him run the ball up the gut for like -2, 0, and -5 yards in the first game. i think the -5 was actually the play AFTER he got the ball thrown to him in space and he gained a good chunk of yardage on 2nd down. then 3rd and short... run up the middle for a big loss.

why doesn't he have to explain that?

CSA said...

I like Grantham and Garner's comments. It's encouraging to know they are not pleased with the performance so far. Unfortunately it seems as if Richt and Bobo try to find the good in everything rather than just coming out and saying what is the truth: nevermind finishing the drill, it seems like we can't even start it.

Anonymous said...

The reason this team is 1-4 is Bobo's inability to play the right backs in the right situations.

When I saw Carlton Thomas start against Colorado and be used so ineffectively, I was stunned. I was stunned it took so long to get CKing the ball, and Ealey might have fumbled a couple times, but only giving him 1 touch is just idiotic considering he is the most consistant back, in terms of getting positive yards.

But when CKing is hot, he is the best option of the three. Thomas should only be used on perimeter plays, not on passing downs or short yard situations. I mean who thinks of that?!?

Anonymous said...

I'm not a Bobo apologist or supporter, but let's drop the "CThomas should only be used in situations where he is going to run the sweep". One of the prevalent comments is that our offense is too predictable. How does using Carlton only in specific situations (and by necessity using other backs in other situations) not perpetuate that problem?

Anonymous said...

I have a feeling that Richt is to blame for our offensive woes, mostly because he handed over the play calling responsibilities to Bobo. We've have been on the decline in that area since Bobo took over, but Stafford, Moreno, and Green were able to smooth things over beforehand.

Anonymous said...

From the AJC:
RB Isaiah Crowell says Alabama now leads Georgia.

“Well, they’re losing a lot of games and have a lot of people getting arrested,” Crowell said of Georgia. “There’s just a lot of things going wrong. I do want to play right away but I also want to be where it’s disciplined and they win championships.”


Anonymous said...

Beat FLa and all is forgiven.