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Jon, you say that "the Bulldogs have not been the same since Brian Van Gorder left after the 2004 season." Yes, Van Gorder was totally awesome and is sorely missed, but I have to correct you - the Bulldogs have not been the same since Bobo started calling the plays. You are correct that dogs have top talent, but then they under achieve year after year…and here's why. Bobo refuses to call misdirection plays - it's that simple. Our opponent’s linebackers know that all they have to do is read the surge of UGA red jerseys (left right or straight ahead) to know where the play is going. With no element of surprise, Bobo hands the advantage over to the opponent. On average the dogs run one (maybe two) misdirection plays a game, and every one of them has worked (except 2 the past three years). In 2010 Bob ran six against Ga. Tech, 5 of which worked well, and that helped us win that close game. But the dogs mustered only 6, 12 and 6 points against South Caroline, Mississippi State and U of Central Florida that same year. Now ask me how I know this. Here's how. I lecture on college campuses around the south to the parents whose kids play for Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Florida and they tell me that it is common knowledge among Georgia's opponents that all you have to do is read the red shirt surge to clog where the ball is going. Since I was first told this in 2007, I've kept watch and they are correct, Bobo refuses to run misdirection and instead prefers to follow blockers. Bobo’s conservative play call losses the element of surprise and the effectiveness of GA's running game. It is easy to look at UGA's overall offensive numbers (padded with Coastal Carolina and New Mexico State opponents) and conclude that they achieve decent numbers, but given their top talent I'd say that UGA achieves decent stats despite Bobo's un-imaginative play call, not because of it. Urban Meter typically runs about 17 misdirection plays a game against UGA, which keep the GA D guessing, off balance and running their butts off. When Mark Richt called the plays, he was more likely to run on obvious passing plays and pass on obvious running plays - and that was what Mark Richt brought to Athens. The good news is that Bobo excels at every other facet of the game. He is an effective coach, a good game manager, a good clock manager (far better than Richt), a good motivator, a good technician, etc. However his refusal to embrace 5 to 8 misdirection plays a game has lost GA games and perhaps championship opportunities. Darn, it’s sure fun to be an arm chair head coach!