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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Bow Wow

November 4th, 2009
6:13 pm

Prospects in the SE are having second thoughts about UGA. Richt will hang around until Adams decides to dump him, and that may be soon. Anyway, the run is over for Richt and UGA.

jerry

November 4th, 2009
6:28 pm

Richt has had his share of cupcakes on the schedule. And the answer is not to schedule more cupcakes but to have EVERYONE schedule less cupcakes.

jerry

November 4th, 2009
6:37 pm

Richt has had almost 9 years to prove that he is great. He hasn’t. And probably won’t because he can’t.

Patrick

November 4th, 2009
6:48 pm

I think the original subject was what is wrong with the UGA team. Somehow this has turned into a UGA – GT smack-talking blog and I hate it. Yes, UGA has issues in coaching on both sides of the ball and I’m positive that it will be corrected. In the interim, can’t we just congratulate the GT team for their success and work on our own problems? I honestly hope that UGA & GT wins out the rest of the year except on the Flats after turkey day.

Timbo711

November 4th, 2009
6:49 pm

GT may have a High School offense but they did beat a UGA team with a 1st Round QB and RB last year. Some people think offences evolve but they really go in cycle. Being an Arkansas fan, i really believe we should have been running the wishbone when we had McFadden, Jones and Hillis. We were a pretty good team with a terrible QB. We should have went wild-cat every down. I guarantee we would have went to a BCS bowl. Those Arkansas teams had far more talent the GT and McFadden even has a better arm than Nesbit.

bulldog in carolina

November 4th, 2009
6:56 pm

worse georgia team since johnny griffith era…defense is worst in ncaa

jerry

November 4th, 2009
6:56 pm

Did Barnhart come to praise Ceasar or to bury him?

pb

November 4th, 2009
6:57 pm

jerry,

I don’t think Richt has to be great. Just win more games than you lose (UGA is at .500 right now.) And stop making dumb mistakes, like too many penalties, turnovers, and lack of execution when we need the play. That is all most UGA fans ask- but I dont know if we are going to get it anytime soon?

Hair of the Dawg

November 4th, 2009
6:58 pm

CMR was herald as one of the best coaches when he was winning SEC championships. Now the nay sayers seem out in force. I certainly don’t have the answers to why UGA is 4-4 however, I feel confident that our head coach will turn it around just like many of the greeat ones have done in the past. Remember two years ago when we finsihed number 2 in the nation many said we got cheated out of playing for a NC. I say let the man coach and get off the negative band wagon as he is already proven. This year is going to be a learning lesson but I still feel the Dawgs have the right man at the helm.

gator dawgpounder

November 4th, 2009
6:58 pm

DAWG 1177,

The Dawgs including Washan Ealey at least are men, unlike most of their whiney fans, face it your team has become lower echelon in the SEC and if you keep your holier than thou coach who encourages his team to break the rules you might start losing to Vandy; oh yeah you lost at home to them under the great CMR.

PT

November 4th, 2009
7:02 pm

Richt’s fate will be that of Ceasar’s

Patrick

November 4th, 2009
7:04 pm

Timbo711, I agree. One of Ark’s mistakes was just that plus not giving their best QB (Mustain) enough playing time. I’d like to see more NCAA teams play the option as it is a grinding, clock ripping, defense tiring sort of game. That’s the way football should be played. Yeah, granted that long TD passes are very impressive but what does that do? It puts your defense back on the field. Mark Richt et al do not understand that. Sad.

Born2Buzz

November 4th, 2009
7:05 pm

Patrick, haven’t you noticed that the bottom feeders from both schools make every blog a UGA-GT smack talking blog. I’d call it a pissing contest. And I hate it also.

Timbo, thanks for reinforcing the stereotype.

UGA fans, you had to see this year’s downturn coming, right? You lost your QB and RB who were first round draft picks, plus your senior WR. You don’t lose that much talent and just reload automatically. Look and Southern Cal. Granted you shouldn’t be so bad on D and the lack of discipline and stupid penalties are unacceptable. Unfortunately this is a lost year for UGA and next year will be a rebuilding one as well as you will be starting a freshman (hopefully redshirt) QB. Trust me, Florida will not be as good next year either as they lose Tebow and haven’t played anyone else for 2 solid years. The SEC East next year will be wide open.

John

November 4th, 2009
7:05 pm

1.) Recruiting, I believe Georgia coaching staff has the Detroit Lion talent evaluation complex…Simply getting the best player available by stats only, not the best to fit your system. Too often we pick running backs that has great You Tube highlights of 50 & 70 yards (see Caleb King vs. Jonathan Dwyer)the problem with this is some running backs has the luxury of having great offensive lines in high school, upon arriving at Georgia they are not accustomed to the wear & tear workmanlike yards between the tackles. When those runs are rare in the course of a college game. Give me a 2 or 3 star back that can keep the chains moving, not a one trick pony that is either boom or bust.

2.) Coaching up talent…Another problem with 4 & 5 star players is that some has already max out their potential, or was blessed with being on good high school teams with many other Divison 1 talent and never had to experience the hard work. Ever wonder why most players that has the “it” factor arrive at Georgia and is successful without being “coached up” by Georgia coaches? Knowshon was running over Odell Thurman as a redshirt freshman before being coached up, Pollack wasn’t highly recruited but exceled with VanGorders coaching, Thurman wasn’t recruited highly but was spotted by VanGorder as “potential”, Green was the best Georgia receiver his senior year of high school, didn’t need Georgia’s coaches to blossum….bottom line the Georiga’s new coaches are not coaching the talent, the players either have it upon arriving or bust.

1,3 & 5.) Trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. The players being recruited doesn’t match the offensive & defensive schemes. They recruit small (5′8 170lbs.) running backs that can’t run between tackles or if they do the likelyhood of fumbling is increased, fast defensive ends that over pursue tactive offensive tackles, that are easily punished for their aggressive nature with misdirection plays. Small DB’s that are either out jumped or not physical enough for the new breed of 6′5 210lbs receivers. Oversized LB’s that are too slow to match the 5 receiver sets of most offenses. A defensive scheme that isn’t geared towards aggresiveness but to “read then react”, to allow the opposition to get yards only to try to limit them to a field goal. These ideals lead to a tired defense by the 3 and 4 quarters when Georgia experience most of their blowouts. I don’t believe that conditioning is far off, but the scheme is flawed, the offensive plays are predictable, and players that don’t match the system. VanGorders system lasted as long as until his players graduated, and has been on a decline since then. Before Tebow, Meyer had a pro-style quarterback that didn’t fit his system, but he designed around that flaw and won a championship, the great coaches can do that. Georgia doesn’t have a starting pro-style quarterback with a great arm, but they do have a stable of runningbacks and a back-up quarterback with speed…maybe their strengh is a veer attack like Florida, or Georgia Tech that only throw 15 times per game. Put your best talent on the field and make your oppositon try to stop you, instead of trying to limit what they do. Let your talent dictate your system/talent, not vice versa.

I Hate trailer trash

November 4th, 2009
7:08 pm

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bank Dawg

November 4th, 2009
7:09 pm

If Georgia were a house owned by Richt, he would be waaayyyy behind in his payments, upside down and foreclosure would be imminent.

No adjustments can be made because Richt and his staff can’t adjust. They are all complacent (another way of calling them LAZY) and none of them can see the forest for the trees. The DAWG is out and they can’t do a darn thing to bring it to heel.

Schultz omitted that our coach and coaching staff have been surpassed, to say the least, by the new kids on the block, Miles, Saban and Meyer.

All those men won national championships in HALF the time that Richt has been at Georgia. And while he is correct about his career w/l at Georgia, he hasn’t won a national championship and has never had a team in the championship game.

We can do better than this. We DESERVE better than this. This product is been on the shelf too long.

Georgia, my team for the past 70 years, is a loser in nearly every respect. Poor conditioning, poor coaching, poor evaluation of talent, poor offensive and defensive lines. We have two great kickers and some young talent that if the coaches hadn’t been passed by could coach them up into champs. Instead Gray is nearly two years into the program but can’t play. Ealey doesn’t block well on passes, it is announced, so everyone knows with Mark Richt’s conservative bent will never allow him to throw a pass. They can’t make adjustments, haven’t y’all figured that out.

As fans, we were complacent until now. It is evident to me that Mark Richt et al. are way overdrawn in their GEORGIA FANS GOODWILL BANK. He has now lost the fans too.

I Hate trailer trash

November 4th, 2009
7:14 pm

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAH WAAAAAAAAAAAAH WAAAAAAAAAAAH CMR is a ball codling jock sniffer.

Dawgcryer

November 4th, 2009
7:15 pm

UGA sucks. They will not go to a bowl. They will beat Tenn Tech, lose to KY, Auburn and GT. Maybe go 8-4 next year. Tech will own UGA the next 5 years. Look for a new coach that has the b*lls to hire/fire assistants.

gator dawgpounder

November 4th, 2009
7:23 pm

It appears that Ealey (saying Spikes should not be suspended) and now Spikes both appear to be man enough to do and say the right things. As Ealey said in his statement, stuff happens all the time on the field; pretty responsible for a Freshman and now Spikes:Spikes to sit out entire Vanderbilt game

By Robbie Andreu
Sun sports writer

Published: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 6:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 6:22 p.m.
Due to mounting criticism, a mutual decision for Brandon Spikes to sit out the entire Vanderbilt game was made by the senior linebacker and Florida’s coaching staff and players.

Coach Urban Meyer had received negative attention for being too lenient after an incident involving Spikes during Saturday’s game against Georgia.

Spikes said he doesn’t want to be a distraction to his teammates. Meyer said he supports Spikes’ decision.

Meyer suspended Spikes on Monday for the first half of Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt for sticking his hand inside the helmet of Georgia running back Washaun Ealey after a tackle

J-dizzle

November 4th, 2009
7:32 pm

Wowww…… best thought out synopsis of what Richt and UGA need to do.. basically reevaluate EVERYTHING and take NOTHING for granted. While UGA slept… UT, SC, Aub, ALA, GT, and FL all went out and got new coaching staffs that are lights out and can recruit and coach!

Fan

November 4th, 2009
7:33 pm

Georgia always talks about tradition… What tradition? One national Championship in 30 years is not something to brag about! Especially; with the likes of top powers like Southern Cal and Florida in the hunt year in and year out for the National Championship. Not to mention that every Top Recruit across the nation dreams of playing for Southern Cal and Florida. Georgia needs to Step Up to the plate and take action to regain National Prominence and stop thinking that Georgia is the God of Football schools. For Crying out load… We need a make over from top to bottom to change our thinking and create a better outcome for Georgia’s football program…. New Coaches and Administrators, New atmosphere i.e. new updated logo, uniforms, marketing so forth, Recruit more nationally from the West coast; Midwest not just predominately the east coast. Forget trying to hire within or former players… Get a Fresh Start …. Its time to make Georgia Great!!!

Rumors

November 4th, 2009
7:36 pm

This just in, In light of UGA’s uniform scheme’s Vanderbilt has decided to follow the trend. I’ve heard the coach Bobby Johnson has made the decission that they too will try a uniform change for this weekends game against Florida. He feels confident that he has the perfect change that will help his team “stay focused” and that it will help them to “see where the program is headed”. Unlike UGA’s failure in color changes, Johnson feels that he has the right change needed. He has decided that the entire team will wear full face shields in there helmets, thus helping the team feel confident when they take the field against the Gators.

Huck

November 4th, 2009
7:38 pm

The nerds have finally made it to the Top Ten….where GEORGIA has FINISHED in 6 of the past 7 years….and after GEORGIA beats the nerds at the joke by the Coke on the Saturday after Thanksgiving the nerds won’t be in the Top Ten anymore…..and the hell of it is, all you nerds know it—and inside it is killing you.

DAWG 1177

November 4th, 2009
7:38 pm

Dear gator dawgpounder, The Dawgs are definitely not at the bottom of the Sec. We will not give up on our coach. He is a very good christian man who will get things turned around. The rules he breaks you are referring to I assume mean the T.D. celebration the dawgs did in the endzone against the Gators. I thought it was pretty funny, harmless, and nowhere near trying to poke a player tangled up in a pile in the eyes. I seem to remember when FSU twisted one of the gators tailbacks knee under a pile. Did the gator fans like that…NO and with good reason.

DAWG 1177

November 4th, 2009
7:39 pm

Prediction…UGA-30 Ga Tech-14

Chad

November 4th, 2009
7:48 pm

Come on UGA fans. Show some support for your team. M.R. is one of the best coaches in the country and UGA has one of the best programs (Top 10 team almost every year under M.R. and #2 in the country just 2 yrs ago!) Every team has a down year on occassion. In 2007 Alabama lost 6 games, Fla lost 4 games. Last year LSU lost 5 SEC games, and Auburn and TN each lost 6 games. Remember UGA is playing one of the toughest schedules in the country, not 2 or 3 push-over teams like some other SEC teams. Support your team and coaches and UGA will bounce right back and be one of the top teams by next year.

Palm City Dawg

November 4th, 2009
7:53 pm

USC lost 13 straight to Notre Dame. Richt will turn this around by canning Martinez and taking over play callng.

SOUTHGADAWG88

November 4th, 2009
7:56 pm

On a different note I really hope King steps it up down the stretch here and finishes the year strong.Ealy and King could be a great tandem.Selfishly I want to see this happen so I can get a chance to see my dream LB trio..Curran,Dowtin and Samuel…I’m telling you guys Richard is going to be a stud before he’s done.The mistake was not red shirting him last year.Richt is going to rue that call.

Super Dog

November 4th, 2009
8:02 pm

Chad

Continue investing in Enron and AIG. I believe your going to be rich very soon

The defense has continued to increase its average of points given up year after year.

The offense is almost becoming just as bad

And you think they are going to bounce back.

If Richt would take Barnharts advice we will bounce back.

Im for Richt not his staff a change needs to be made

Pull for another team if you think otherwise.
Fans like you will continue to accept mediocrity
Fans like you think Jim Dommerman n and Ray Goof were great coaches
Fans like you will cause the program to become nothing better than Vanderbilt

jambee

November 4th, 2009
8:03 pm

Excellent. The key to building a great team is by playing a weak out of conference schedule. Wimpy point of view.

Patrick

November 4th, 2009
8:04 pm

Born2Buzz, you hit the nail on the head, man. I know you guys (GT) will be back next year big time but I can’t forecast the same for UGA. It’s really a shame since UGA recruits a lot of great talent. I just hope you’re right about the SEC East next year but UT is coming on pretty strong so it should be interesting to watch. Now go out there and win the ACC CG and make this state proud! You’ve got the players and coach to make it happen. If GT plays Clemson again I hope you cream them!!

jesse james

November 4th, 2009
8:07 pm

I want to apologize to Coach Richt for all this negative talk. Anybody that saw the Spring Game should have known this could be a tough year. I’ve heard Coach Richt say there is a fine line sometimes in winning and losing at this level and especially in the SEC. I said from the first game when we lost Trenton Sturdivent that was going to hurt. People always made fun of Larry Munson for talking about how thin our offensive line was. Well this year that is very evident. Some just aren’t ready to play. I guarantee you they are being coached as well as anybody could. I’m sure the other coaches are busting their butts also. If Urban stays at Florida long enough, Saban at Alabama they will have a year where they will be 4 and 4 and wonder what to do. I believe in Coach Richt and I’m sure he knows what to do and he doesn’t need any help from you journalist, has beens, and you want to be coaches. I couldn’t blame him if he took his family and halled ass. He deserves better.

jesse james

November 4th, 2009
8:11 pm

I want to apologize to Coach Richt for all this negative talk. Anybody that saw the Spring Game should have known this could be a tough year. I’ve heard Coach Richt say there is a fine line sometimes in winning and losing at this level and especially in the SEC. I said from the first game when we lost Trenton Sturdivent that was going to hurt. People always made fun of Larry Munson for talking about how thin our offensive line was. Well this year that is very evident. Some just aren’t ready to play. I guarantee you they are being coached as well as anybody could. I’m sure the other coaches are busting their butts also. If Urban stays at Florida long enough, Saban at Alabama they will have a year where they will be 4 and 4 and wonder what to do. I believe in Coach Richt and I’m sure he knows what to do and he doesn’t need any help from you journalist, has beens, and you want to be coaches. I couldn’t blame him if he took his family and hauled ass. He deserves better.

HBTD

November 4th, 2009
8:11 pm

Dawg1177. Agreed. Dawgs should win this one with relative ease. 17 to 21 points sounds about right. They may get a late score once we pull our starters, but this one should be over pretty early. Cox and co. should have a field day on the nats defense. While the nerds are giving their offense all the love, they’ve really played no one with the defensive teams speed and strength of the dawgs other than Clemson and we saw what the tigers did to them. Reshad Jones and Rennie Curren have monster games along with Adkins, Owens and Westin.

GT4LIFE

November 4th, 2009
8:21 pm

UGA fans are taking some of the steam out of kicking their butts at the end of the month!You guys are laying down like BIT$HES!!!ALREADY!!You can’t fool me though I know you are just setting up your excuses!!We are going to pound you punks!I remember Richt saying he would only run up the score against GT well guess what?We might go for 60!!!

thwg

November 4th, 2009
8:23 pm

Tony, Tony, Tony. Stop being such a homer and drop the whining about the schedule. UGA has for years filled it’s schedule with light weights under the guise that the SEC was so tough. Give me a break. OK State a tough out – did you see what TX did to them this past week. Who else besides GT represents any real challenge to UGA this year. And at the same time GT is playing THREE SEC teams as it’s out of conference games and 2 of them are on the road. PLUS, they played by far the toughtest ACC schedule – Clemson, FSU, and Wake from the other division! So please Tony, I respect you and your opinon, but your showing your ‘homer’ on this one way too much. Besides, I don’t recall FL complaining about it’s schedule last year – instead it went out and one all but 1 and a National Championship with it.

Patrick

November 4th, 2009
8:25 pm

HBTD, please don’t drink the bong water. It’s not good for you. I love UGA football but they have no chance against GT this year. GT has a coach. UGA has an over-paid, lackadaisical, wanna-be CEO who cannot fathom what it takes to win in the SEC. Period.

thwg

November 4th, 2009
8:28 pm

Dawg1177 – no question you’ll roll over GT with that bottom feeding defense that everyone is so proud of. And while you guys spend all your time chattering about Martinez, your Bobo lead offense I believe is almost dead last in just about every meaningful category. So I can certainly understand your optimism going against the nation’s 2nd leading rushing and top 5 offensive scoring jugernaut in Atlanta. Makes perfect sense, at least to a UGA fan that is delirious from being b***slapped by Florida yet again. Go Jackets!

Dawgcryer

November 4th, 2009
8:35 pm

Dawgs know we will kill them. Let them talk smack. They won’t be after Nov 28.

HBTD

November 4th, 2009
8:36 pm

Young Patrick. A one game miracle does not translate into a trend. Dawgs win this one with ease by not going to sleep at the half. The HS offense works against some of the weaker teams in the ACC, but does not work against the strength and speed of some of the higher calibre teams with strength and speed – see Clemson, Miami, LSU and UGA (before taking sleep aid at the 1/2 last year).

thwg

November 4th, 2009
8:37 pm

Dawg1177 – one more thing, don’t forget to get trademark approval if you decide to roll into Atlanta disguised as Grambling University – how pathetic. Of course it’s only gonna get worse for ya when the GT spanks the dawgs on the hardcourt with our top 20 preseason and top 3 recruiting class. Good think you have the gym dogs – I just can’t seem to find anyone talking about women’s gymnastics on ESPN or talk radio – oh yeah, that’s because nobody gives a crap!

Alabama Jack

November 4th, 2009
8:40 pm

Its the uniforms, folks.

Limelight

November 4th, 2009
8:44 pm

If Tech fans are worried about getting beat by UGA this year, it certainly has nothing to do with UGA’s football team, because they’re just not that good. We’d be worried about our defense having a really bad game (which is possible). Dawgs are poorly coached, and just about lead the nation in penalties and turnover margin. Tech would have to beat themselves to lose any of the remaining 3 games.

Dawgcryer

November 4th, 2009
8:45 pm

uga should wear the black helmuts…that works well.

Patrick

November 4th, 2009
8:48 pm

HBTD, I wish I could buy into your failed atempt at logic. GT has the real deal this year and I don’t really like to admit it but UGA is toast against them. UGA has some SERIOUS issues on defense so how are they supposed to stop the GT running attack? If you watch GT play (obviously you have not) then you will see their OL guys cut-block on pretty much every running play. The GT OL is coached to cut-block and it works very well. Miami was very fortunate to have beat GT and did so with a fast defense and great passing. The UGA staff could watch film after film of GT’s offense and still have no clue. UGA – 30, GT 49.

Patrick

November 4th, 2009
8:51 pm

I meant ‘attempt’.

Limelight

November 4th, 2009
8:53 pm

I can’t believe Richt tried that black helmet thing last week, after that total blackout disaster last year. It seems to me like he has lost interest. If I were a bulldawg fan, I’d be pissed.

HBTD

November 4th, 2009
8:53 pm

Patrick. The one thing the Dawg D has done is stop the run. It’s the passing that’s killed us. See the Miami and LSU beat down for the roadmap to an easy victory. Keep in mind, not all teams can replicate their defensive efforts because of the lack of strength and speed, but that want be a problem for the dawgs who also just happened to be a little be pi_ _ ed off right now. Some might be surprised at the relatively large margin of victory this year, but this really is an easy one to pick.

Dawgs07

November 4th, 2009
8:54 pm

Willie Martinez should get a raise

Paul in RDU

November 4th, 2009
9:02 pm

HBTD,

Are these the same Jones, Curren, Atkins, Owens and Weston who played in the game last year in Athens?. You know – the game where UGA gave up 45 points and over 400 yards on the ground.

How did they got so much faster, stronger and smarter in the last year? Is it improved coaching?
Perhaps the UGA was overprepared last year because they had an off week whereas this year only having one week will result in Marinez having them more prepared.

By the way – Shouldn’t you have said “Mark it down” when you made your prediction on the score?