Five questions facing Georgia’s Mark Richt

 

The AJC did a good job this morning of breaking down issues that have contributed to Georgia’s 4-4 season. I thought Jeff Schultz made the central point when he wrote that Mark Richt didn’t suddenly become a bad coach after winning two SEC championships (2002, 2005) and playing for another (2003). When football teams have a bad season like this, the head coach has to be willing to look at everything and everybody in the offseason. In the final analysis, it really comes down to five questions that Richt musk ask and answer:

 

1. Despite what the recruiting services say, is Georgia recruiting the caliber of athlete that allows the Bulldogs to compete for the SEC championship? A big part of coaching that fans rarely talk about is the ability of a staff to evaluate talent and make decisions on players. If you are signing the players you want but still getting bad results, then maybe you have a problem in evaluating talent. Example: A couple of years ago the Georgia staff had to make a decision between running backs Caleb King and Jonathan Dwyer. King has been an average player at best for Georgia. Dwyer went to Georgia Tech and became the ACC Player of the Year.

Bobby Bowden once told me that the only reason he signed quarterback Charlie Ward was because the late Wayne McDuffie stood on a chair in a staff meeting and screamed that the Seminoles had to take the skinny kid out of Thomasville. Ward led the Seminoles to the national championship in 1993. Those kinds of decisions over the long haul can make or break a program.

I remember that when Jimmy Johnson was at Miami, his recruiting classes rarely made the Top 25. But the players he put on the field could run like the wind. That’s because Johnson was great at evaluating talent.

 

2. Is Georgia coaching the players it has up to their full potential? Steve Spurrier told me a long time ago that players tend to play the way they’ve been coached. If they play sloppy, then they’ve been coached sloppy. Excessive penalties and turnovers are a sign of some sloppiness in the program. It must be addressed and Richt must decide if his current staff is capable of fixing the problem. Sometimes head coaches must shake up the staff to send a message to everybody—players, trainers, water boys and other coaches—that mediocrity won’t be tolerated. It’s tough to do. But the great coaches do it when necessary.

 

3. Is the offseason conditioning program what it should be? I don’t know the answer to this but the question has to be asked. I do know that after Florida won the national championship in 2008, coach Urban Meyer told me that he had instructed his strength and conditioning staff to put the Gators through one of the toughest offseason programs ever. Why? “Complacency,” Meyer said. “We want them to understand that they cannot, for one minute, take credit for what last year’s team did.  If they want to compete for another national championship, they have to earn it.” I talked to a number of Florida players who said they got the message.

 Jeff Schultz wrote about the edge that some teams—like Florida and Alabama—have and the fact that Georgia doesn’t seem to have it. If you have good players, then that edge is created in the offseason workouts. Again, it’s a tough question because Georgia’s strength and conditioning people are considered to be some of the best. But you have to ask.

 

4. Do I need to have a conversation with my athletic director about scheduling? Fans don’t want to hear this. They want you to play eight SEC games, four big-time non-conference games, and win them all. That is simply not the way the world works. I think it’s great that Georgia went out and played Oklahoma State on Sept. 5. But the fact of the matter is that while Georgia was opening the season with seven straight opponents from BCS schools (with four of them on the road), Florida was tuning up for its first SEC game by playing Charleston Southern and Troy. Sure, Alabama played Virginia Tech but that game was in Atlanta, a short drive away. And before Alabama played its first conference game it also faced Florida International (2-6) and North Texas (2-6). It’s a good thing that athletics director Damon Evans wants to spread the Georgia brand all over the country, but you also have to look at what your competition is doing and be realistic about what you are asking players to do.

 

5. Does the head coach need to step up his game? First of all, I don’t buy the idea that Mark Richt has to change his basic personality. You have to be who you are. Mark Richt’s personality was embraced when he was winning SEC championships in 2002 and 2005. I can’t tell you how many Georgia people have told me with pride that: “He’s the perfect coach for us. This guy will never embarrass us.” Now that Georgia is having a bad season, Richt’s “nice guy” status comes into question. The thinking seems to be that a nice guy can’t compete with Urban Meyer, Nick Saban, and Lane Kiffin. I simply disagree. The truth is that Richt has an edge to him when he gets mad that few people outside the program ever see. He might want to show that a little more often.

 

But what the head coach can do, after he has evaluated all of the other areas in the program, is look in the mirror and decide if he needs to change his approach on a more fundamental level.

Bear Bryant faced such a crossroads in 1969 and 1970 when he had back-to-back teams that only won six games. People started saying Bryant was too old and that the game had passed him by. After the 1970 season Bryant told his staff that Alabama was switching to the wishbone offense and that everybody had to get with the program or get out of town. Starting in 1971 Alabama went on an 11-year run where the Crimson Tide won 116 games, nine SEC championships and three national championships.

In 1974 Vince Dooley’s defense was so bad that he actually told some friends that he would get out of coaching if he couldn’t get it turned around soon. Dooley made some adjustments and Georgia went to the Cotton Bowl in 1975 and won the SEC championship in 1976. And you know what happened in the early 80s.

The point is that the great coaches adjust and adapt when the tough times inevitably come. After this season is over, Georgia’s Mark Richt will face one of those times.

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623 comments Add your comment

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 4th, 2009
9:24 am

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 4th, 2009
9:24 am

Scout Dawg

November 4th, 2009
9:25 am

amen brother.

Fleischman in Chi Town's bed

November 4th, 2009
9:26 am

6. What is your favorite place to tan in Athens?

Steve

November 4th, 2009
9:27 am

Ealey: Spikes shouldn’t be suspended

Hey, Mr. Drama Queen CFB, where’s your expose today on this topic?

Yeah, too busy. Thought so.

Fat American

November 4th, 2009
9:28 am

Three words:

Martinez must go.

WTH

November 4th, 2009
9:28 am

Yea, but if Dwyer played in the SEC he probably would not even start. After all, he is playing in a high school offense. Isn’t that right Dawg fans?

Colin

November 4th, 2009
9:29 am

Good Article – I think Richt should stay at Georgia. It is too easy to look at a season or two and pass judgment. You should have enough “Grohmentum” before you should be fired. A couple of changes could turn Georgia back into the team that blasted LSU last year.

Ramblin Wreckers....

November 4th, 2009
9:30 am

Tony, great article this morning. Serious Georgia fan and I think your comments speak truth. Sometimes changes are needed and Coach Richt will do the right thing.

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 4th, 2009
9:30 am

That was a good about the scheduling Tony…and where is OSU ranked again?

CMR is a good coach. He’ll dump Willie (Please Don’t!!!), and take over the play calling duties next year. Bobo will be QB coach. That still won’t stop him from losing 3 in a row to GT next year though.

I’m out, I can’t find my bluebird.

me

November 4th, 2009
9:32 am

Ted Striker

November 4th, 2009
9:32 am

Nice analysis.

m

November 4th, 2009
9:33 am

Tony..it is obvious from you column that you are just as big a crybaby dawg as all the other dawg fans and their coaches and players. ugag has become pussified….might as well change their name to the bullkitties.

It is so obvious that Paul Johnson is going to kick ugag’s arse from now on…bend over dawgs…it is coming. Again and again.

Ramblin Rick

November 4th, 2009
9:34 am

Who cares about Mark Richt and those pathetic losers in Athens ???

Lets talk about some relevant football teams.

Gator Al

November 4th, 2009
9:34 am

Richt has lost it, Gators will rule Georgia as long as he is there and beyond.

Miles

November 4th, 2009
9:36 am

Mr. Barnhart, whereas you have an incredible amount of understanding for Richt’s situation, you certainly didn’t have the same amount of discernment for Phil Fulmer.

Griffin Dawg

November 4th, 2009
9:42 am

I do think the dawgs need to shake up some coaching spots or at least concepts.
UGA has athletes, has facilities, has $ backing. UGA needs to get back to coaching basics and not worry about cool music, new uniforms, who they play, or where they play.

Poor play by the O (turnovers) leads to the D being tested (and failing) and things get worse and worse and worse.
UGA must establish the run and then protect the ball. This is not a new concept: all teams that have success in the SEC do this. Those teams that win with their D prevent this. When the run breaks down and turnovers happen everything goes down hill.
If UGA needs new schemes, or coaches, or players to make the run work then that’s what needs to happen but at “tailback U” if you can’t run the ball effectively enough to make the passing game have a chance then there is not much chance of a winning season.

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 4th, 2009
9:44 am

Otto

November 4th, 2009
9:44 am

#2 seems to speak for itself since ‘06.

What is CMR changing other than “practicing harder and working on wht the team did well”?

Really?

November 4th, 2009
9:48 am

RAMBLE ON!!! – OSU is ranked 19th in the nation! Funny how your Jackets break the top 10 for the first time in god knows how long and you act as if you guys are always in the top 10 every year and being #19 in the nation is horrible.

UGA_VII

November 4th, 2009
9:48 am

Will Muschamp?

Dawg Dab It

November 4th, 2009
9:49 am

8 SEC games, Georgia Tech, Clemson and 2 D1-AA schools

Bryan G.

November 4th, 2009
9:50 am

Question No. 6 should be “Does Richt have the guts to make the hard decisions or will he be too loyal?”

38-3

November 4th, 2009
9:52 am

RAMBLE ON!!! = owned by uga once again…regardless of the bad season, still got uga on that simple mind!

Dizzog

November 4th, 2009
9:52 am

Kirby Smart should replace Martinez: Former UGA player, great coordinator getting no respect for what he has done at ALA because of the massive ego of Nick Saban and the massive ignorance of the national media.

Chick - Fil - A Bowl Rings

November 4th, 2009
9:53 am

Still waiting on GT…

m-hater

November 4th, 2009
9:54 am

I love GT and hate “m”. If you are a Georgia fan please don’t judge us by clowns like this. Go ahead and put yellow fuzz on that list too.

Monticello Dawg

November 4th, 2009
9:54 am

A message for our Tech friends: Hunker down, Yellow Jackets, the Dogs are coming for you.

Otto Strahl

November 4th, 2009
9:55 am

Every single day, your program is getting better or it is getting worse. UGas has been getting worse since 2005. UGas staff was tops 4-5 years ago, and it is as good now as it was then, but several programs have elevated theirs. If you think the current UGA staff will consistently beat Urban Meyers, you are sadly mistaken.

JaxDawg

November 4th, 2009
9:56 am

Tony- all great points. Let me ask this, are these coaches too stuborn and set in their ways?
Let me explain, while myself and others aren’t “experts” our eyes don’t lie.
1.Willie Martinez has run the EXACT same scheme every week. He has two weeks to prepare for UF and has a blueprint laid out for him by Arkansas and Miss St, yet he runs the same soft zone prevent defense that he has every other week. Why can’t he see what he’s doing is not working and make adjustments if not a major overhaul to his approach.

2. Of UGAs 21 turnovers this season Cox is responsible for 13 of them himself. Yet we’re supposed to believe that he gives us the best chance to win. Based on what exactly? Looking back at the spring game, both Murray and Gray looked better. We can’t judge Gray because he’s only had a handful of snaps and they have either come where he’s in a terrible situation (1st and 10 on their own 5) or in a formation that would tip even my 10yr old that they’re going to run. Cox is not the future and I find it very hard to believe that either of the young QBs could do WORSE than he has. At least they’d get some PT for next season.

3. We heard all spring and summer long that penaltites would be a major point of focus. Well I don’t know what they’ve done, but their “focus” on the problem has actually made it worse.

4. Ealy is CLEARLY a better RB than King but King gets the nod because he pass protects better. Why can’t the coaches pull Ealy aside and coach him up. We KNOW he can run, it seems to me with a little extra work he can be coached up to pick up blitz packages.

5. This brings me to the overall lack of DISCIPLINE. I firmly beleive if you want to know how a team is coached simply look at how the players carry themselves on the field. Players WILL take on the persona of the their coaches.
-Coaches lack of preparation = players lack of confidence on the field
-Coaches poor game plan = players being out of position.
-Coaches lack of focus = players lack of focus on the field = stupid penalties
-Coaches lack of accountability = players lack of accountability
-Coaches lack of passion and intensity = players lack of passion and intensity
-Coaches walking around looking defeated and having no answers = the same from the players.

I agree too that Richt hasn’t all of a sudden lost his ability to coach but he MUST begin to make tough decisions, and understand that dead weight must be cut even if it is a long time friend. This is EXACTLY why you DON’T hire friends, more times than not it will end poorly. Was Bobby Bowden correct when he said he thinks Mark’s TOO NICE to be a head coach? I suppose we’ll find out this offseason.
I’m just surprised with the coaching staff’s overall unwillingness to change. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, but it IS BROKEN so they need to fix it and fast!!!
Go Dawgs!

Ginger

November 4th, 2009
9:57 am

Good read Tony !! You hit on some major points to evaluate. I, too, have thought about the talent evaluation process….I think we are hitting and missing on some talent and need to work on this and we need to coach up the players we have….Alabama has a lot of 3 star players that have been coached up and are playing like 4 or 5 star players.

A big thing that UGA needs to look at when evaluating talent is a player’s work ethic and will to win. A big part of the reason that Tim Tebow and Rennie Curran both as so good is that they have a tremendous will to win…they just are not going to quit an do what it takes to get the job done….With some of our UGA players…I don’t read about them putting in extra work on their own, i.e. film study, conditioning… Great Preparation translates into great play on the field…Players have to be willing to do some work on their own to get better. Also, with Tebow and Curran…I don’t see them getting down and out on the field and not going 150 percent all of the time…they both play like wildfire all the time…always believing that one more great play will put their team in position to win. Some of our UGA players now just look at times like they are lost or that there is no fire in their bellies….SEC is big time league….You got to play with fire and emotion that is under control of course so you don’t make dumb penalties…but fire and believing that you are going to win the game the whole time…staying positive and elevating everyone around you. Creating turnovers, throwing great TD passes, fighting for extra yards after you have been hitting, not going down on the 1st hit, make the great catch, hitting hard in the secondary, breaking up that pass, making the tremendous interception…..You have to be a playmaker and it starts with being positive and determined to do it.

So my advice to Coach Richt……Recruiting players that do this…and this player may not be the 5 star player….He may be the 3 star that you coach up and that brings this burning desire in his belly to UGA to win…..TO WIN……Sign THESE TYPE OF PLAYERS

Denver Dog

November 4th, 2009
9:58 am

I’m sure that they will be addressed. I don’t know if those questions are spot on, but they are some of the questions for sure.
1) Good players are there, no doubt about it.
2) Who knows about the coaching up, it appears that they are not. When a high school kid comes in he can either improve, Pollack, Greene, or stay the same, Cox, Bryan Evans. Is that coaching or talent? Coaching, schemes?
3)Conditioning, something is wrong for sure with all of the knee injuries. UGA doesn’t seem to give out at the end of the game, so I’m not sure what part that plays
4) Tough scheduling for sure, but the vaunted computer ranking services don’t seem to think it is as tough as the rest of us do.
5)Dooley, Dean Smith, Mack Brown, were all hung in effigy, maybe Richt does need to step up his game, maybe he has, it is just behind schedule for the last couple of years. Coaching remains an issue on both sides of the ball and on special teams. A thorough reveiw has to be made. The team this year is young. No seniors on o line, and in that case, you need to be more coaching those young ones. GO DOGS regardless, it will be handled I’m sure.

Michael Stipe

November 4th, 2009
9:58 am

m, ramblin’ rick, ramble on, and all the other Yecccch sychophants, I’m going to go off my vegan diet from now until Nov. 28th to build up some nasty farts to aim at the whole lot of ya!!!

Eating some seafood gumbo now.

The Real SugarHillDawg

November 4th, 2009
9:58 am

The apocalypse is upon us, m is calling someone pussified!”Bitch” is M’s middle name. We might lose 3 in a row(and I highly doubt it) but you North Avenue Nerds will NEVER have a run of seven and you Geeks need to be thankful for beating UGA once or twice in a decade!!!

Tony has a burr in his saddle

November 4th, 2009
9:59 am

Monticello Dawg… lay off the crack pipe… Tech is going to beat you like the Gators did.. or Tenn.. take your pick.. Georgia is simply not good this year. It will be close, will be high scoring, but Tech is too good this year.

Dont burn your mobile home in anger.

Tony…. you have whined more this year than anyone I have seen.. my gosh… get over it.. you team sucks !

DoveDawg

November 4th, 2009
9:59 am

Dead on point, Tony. Hard decisions must be made over the offseason.

Jake

November 4th, 2009
10:01 am

Fulmer was a good ole boy too. Very careful with what he said. Lane is shaking things up and understands the core values of what it takes to turn a team around. Fulmer could not. Yeah, Lane has made big statements, but its seems the team responds. Mark, is going have to come to the table, show it on the field and make some examples out of some of the kids. They seem to like the red flags called on them. Pull a kid for creating a red flag. Fla. will do this in a second. Ga. is a on a south bound run-away train.

Gravy Train

November 4th, 2009
10:01 am

If UGA is so irrelevant, as the geeks say now, then why do they go out of their way making such claims? It is laughable that they have already written us off.

Coach Richt is still the best coach for this program, a rebuilding period should not change that in the minds of so called fans. He is the one that got us to the point where 10 wins is the status quo.

Was it Goff or Donnan that made you feel like we could play for conference championships?

I see that Oklahoma and USC are sufering from similar growing pains.

CMR must do whatever it takes to instill a workmans mentality in the minds of the coaches and players. Hard work is the foundation of any successful entity.

brew

November 4th, 2009
10:01 am

Last year, you could have substituted “Tennessee” for Georgia and “Fulmer” for Richt, as we went through the same things. Fulmer failed on 1,2,3, and 5 with 4 being unimportant given the failings of the other four.
Georgia and Richt are falling into that same trap right now. Hopefully for uga, Richt won’t fall back on talking about how much equity he has there.

TommyJack

November 4th, 2009
10:04 am

Richt = Phil Fulmer, Jr. (minus the ring)

Got 12?

November 4th, 2009
10:05 am

Dizzog,

UGA is a sinking ship. Kirby is too Smart (pun intended) to jump aboard.

Blaming Willie is en vogue but UGA has problems in all three facets of the game. It will take more than Kirby to save the day.

matanzas gator

November 4th, 2009
10:06 am

Georgia Fans,

Hold Your Hand Up High and Proud and Repeat:

Four Whole Wins!!!
Four Whole Wins!!!
Four Whole Wins!!!

D.Ellis

November 4th, 2009
10:06 am

M-I can understand your love for Paul Johnson and the Jackets. His a very good coach that has is doing great things for GT and it’s fans.

But you are without a doubt one of the most negative pessamistic (sp) people to blog on the ajc. Do you ever have anything to bring to the table that might spark conversation or bring something to the table that you and fellow bloggers can conversate about, or carry on football conversation instead of insulting or saying the same thing over an over and over. It;s like you feel disrespected, or left beind because 99% of the time your posts are negative…..at least share your thoughts on your team and how GT’s season is going. It;s like you hate college football and everything about and everything that comes with it?????? What gives? Is college football really that bad that, that you feel compelled to post negative thoughts on a dily basis or when given the chance?

Thank god and greyhound I don’t know you in person!!!!

On to Tony-Yes those are great questions. The recruiting question is valid. Miss-R. Jones Hit-E. Berry. Am i to think that somehow E.Berry wentt o UT and got some kind of superior coaching that R. Jones didn’t get at UGA. Both were ranked #1 at their spot when they signed….just turns out E. Berry is a heck of a lot better.

I tihnk it;s the philosophy. It isn’t the same as when Richt came in. He built the program on his philosophy and it worked…..but its had alot of bricks taken out of it the last 2.5 years. Time to tweak it. What comes along with that I don’t know I’m not a coach……but the present isn’t working. Time to change it up.

JB

November 4th, 2009
10:06 am

Richt needs to be the face of the program, not the coach. The CEO. He needs to hire some pro’s to run both sides of the ball. This Georgia team has looked lost the last two years. He needs 4 to 5 new coach’s. Proven people. Not the DB coach from Wayne State to coach the D. Pay somebody with a track record and a name ONE MILLION to come run the defense. This will be the biggest off season in Athens in his Tenure. We all laughed at this guy in Knoxville being in the paper everyday making noise.
Tennessee is playing some ball………Same players……………different coach’s and mind set. If I hear ” we’re gonna work harder”.I’ll puke. It’s time for action. We can do better than 6-6 with Donnan.

Homer

November 4th, 2009
10:09 am

And what are Arizona State and Okie State now currently ranked? Doesn’t look so tough in hindsight.

Arizona State is 3-4 with a cupcake schedule, and OSU is about to be unranked.

senoiadawgs

November 4th, 2009
10:09 am

To those who say we have the best record over the last blah many years, rankings, whatever and that is why you support coach Richt. I will keep it simple for you.

You tell your boss, employees, fans, etc… that you are going to do something(Now imgaine you are getting paid 2+Million). Here are somethings that we have heard over the last couple of years that those of us with two eyes open have been asking and hearing that coach Richt WOULD FIX. All have been said at some point that they would be fixed prior to opening the 2009 season.

What happened to the junkyard dog D? Please don’t include 07 we played D for like 4 or 5 games that season. Willie is still employed
What happened to opening the playbook? It’s still half shut Maybe Bobo becomes a genius someday however he has no clue how to get the ball in the hands of playmakers in space, Ealey, Gray, Brown, Green, Wooten, T King, C King, Samuel, Moore, Charles, etc… Do you see how many options we have?
What happened to team discipline? The new Miami in Athens
What happened to cutting down on penalties? 119th out of 120
What happened to being a better turnover causing D? It’s hard to intercept a pass when the DB’s never look for the ball. Another blatant fault of Willie’s philosophy.
LSU, TN, MS State, etc… figured out how to slow down UF why couldn’t we? It was simple they didn’t let Tebow breathe in the pocket. While they didn’t win they didn’t let the pass beat them. That’s right Willie only believe in sending 4 or 5. Of course I don’t blame him almost Miller, Evans and Jones don’t have a clue but that is also his fault for not putting the better players in.
What happened to kicking the ball deep on kickoffs? You were going to go across the world to find someone when all along you had someone already kicking for you. Nice wasted scholarship there. Fabris is still employed.
The best players will play? UMMMM note, if Cox, Miller, Evans and Jones are the best we’ve got we have a huge problem. Just because a guy is a JR or SR doesn’t mean he is the best. This is 2009 not 1979 the game has changed in case you haven’t gotten the memo. Problem is we say Gray and Murray play in the spring. We have seen Smith all over receivers and out running the world. We have seen Rambo make big plays. Are those plays deleted from game tapes for the coaches.
What happened to tailback U? Let’s see in the last couple of years our coaches have redshirted a superstar because he couldn’t block. Now we find a RB in 09 and he can’t start anymore because he can’t block. Thank you for telling Auburn, GT, TNTech, and UK that when Ealey is in the game there will be no deep passes and 90% + of the plays will be running plays. In case you forgot the position is called RUNNING BACK not BLOCKING BACK.
As Barnhart said above, what happened to conditioning? We have clearly been gassed at the end of games this year.
What happened to pride in playing for UGA? We lost more at home now than on the road. Also it says a lot that we have so many people leaving early. In the last couple of years we have even had guys leave early who were not even first rounders.

To Jeff S, MB, Tucker and anyone who covers UGA. Why in the crap don’t you all press him when he is open to the media. I know there is courtesy and access issues involved but you all give him a complete pass when he is open to the media. I never hear anyone in the media press him about issues that are so blatant to the bulldog nation.

Dawg Fud

November 4th, 2009
10:12 am

Tony,

Point #4 is crap! Sack up and play somebody. I agree with Evans.

Say what you want about Florida’s schedule but when you have won national titles in ‘96 and ‘06 and ‘08 you don’t have to “spread your brand” with big time opponents because you have done that already with 3 national title appearances and crystal trophies.

I am so sick of hearing people complain about Florida’s schedule. Take care of your own house first!

JB

November 4th, 2009
10:13 am

Other than Willie, our biggest problem this year is we don’t have a bonafide SEC QB for the first time in awhile. We have lot’s of problems, but the two are HUGE.

OldDawg72

November 4th, 2009
10:14 am

Good points Tony. However, there are whispers and rumors that disturb me. The whispers are that the money in the athletic program (which is mainly produced by the football program) is being looted and sucked into the academic part of UGA. If CMR even mentions this autrocity, he is gone. Also, because of this looting, Martinez is all CMR can afford. How about some real investigative reporting to see if the rumors and whispers are true.

Whopper Dawg

November 4th, 2009
10:15 am

In reponse,

1. My first reaction is to say recruiting is fine. But then I think that right now we don’t have a SEC caliber QB on the roster that is not redshirting and our RBs are weak. I think we have a mix problem, no QB now, an all freshman Oline last year, recruiting seven DBs this year – doesn’t make sense,
looking like no planning by position.

2. Obviously not. Before we get to coaching to potential, you have to coach the fundamentals. There is no discipline and that is the head coach. At LEAST both coordinators need to go. We are becoming a national joke. Stafford and Moreno hid a lot of sin in the program. Next year will be worse without coaching change.

3. I don’t think so, but that is a little hard to evaluate. But we do not look to be in the same shape as the top tier programs. If there is not discipline on the field and the side line, there will not be discipline in the conditioning program.

4. Maybe so. Bama, LSU and FLA sure don’t play this type of schedule. It is not good to spread the UGA brand when the brand is getting its eyes beaten out.

5. I don’t think his personality has anything to do with it. But if you make mistakes, eventually you have to pay for them and Richt has made two big ones in Martinez and Bobo. If they are not corrected, it will get him. They are both substandard, and it is not debatable.