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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G Man

November 4th, 2009
10:54 am

Tony – I like the Bear analogy. I remember those days and later, Bryant talking about them. He tells of the time some Bama fans spit on him during one of those tough seasons – imagine that – a Bama fan spitting on the Bear! He said he realized then how fleeting glory in sports really is. I also like the story about Dooley. Needless to day, it’s in the tough times that a coach really distinuishes himself. Can Richt come out of it? We’ll see, but he will have to make some tough decisions that will involve change, or Georgia may continue downhill. Speaking as Tech fan, that’s one reason we like Johnson so much – he’s never satisfied, never really happy and appears to be keeping that edge Schultzie talks about that is needed for a football team. Go Jackets!

god and greyhound

November 4th, 2009
10:54 am

“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!!!”

Never? Tech already had a run of EIGHT under Bobby Dodd. uog has NEVER had a run like that, and they never will!!

45-42. Enjoy Shreveport!

Gatorzip74

November 4th, 2009
10:56 am

Nutt-
Even I, as a smart-ass Gator fan, can see that Kiffin has his program going in the right direction.

MiltonDawg

November 4th, 2009
10:56 am

Tony, you should run this article again when the Dawgs play their last game (hopefully a bowl game, at this point, i don’t care which one) and forward a copy to Richt. I’ll beleive all of this about “change” when it actually happens.

dan

November 4th, 2009
10:57 am

Good article today Tony.

I feel all of you points are very valid. I think another question that needs to be asked, which kind of dovetails off the evaluating talent part, is whether or not Richt is really great at building a program. Nic Saban to me is great at building a program. He came into a situation at LSU where they were 3-8 in 1999. Saban for the next two years won with guys that were already there, as well as recruiting guys that were his type of players.This means that Saban recruited guys that were hardnosed, physical, and who can take being yelled at. Saban also won’t go after guys that will overshadow him . Saban would never recruit a Sam Bradford or a Tim Tebow , because he wants a QB that’s a system guy and who won’t steal the glory away from him as a coach. But he would recruit top stud players on his defense( Marcus Spears and Corey Webster). It’s a total egomaniac way to be, but it works for Saban.

Saban won an SEC title in 2001 with guys from the previous Gerry Dinardo regime, but his National Championship team in 2003 were comproprised of guys that HE recruited and that HE developed. And if you look at Alabama now, Saban’s using the same blueprint. He won last year with guys from Shula’s staff who bought into his system, and now he’s winning with guys that he recruited.

This is what I think Richt lacks. He doesn’t really seem to have a blueprint for how he wants his program to look. Places like LSU, Alabama, and Florida can reload year in and year out because they have a blueprint for how they wan’t their program to look.

Mike S

November 4th, 2009
10:58 am

Excellent Analysis Tommy. Richt has this off-season to address the issues with the coaching staff and discipline of the players.

If he makes the required changes and adjustments, I see a long successful tenure ahead. if he doesn’t then next year will most likely be his last.

PHAT PHIL did not adjust at UT and he is gone, ‘Bear’ adjusted in 1970 and the rest is history. Which path will CMR choose?

Shananeeeee Fananeeeee

November 4th, 2009
10:58 am

Is it justified Mr. Richt looking at your record so far you should be receiving that salary of yours, about $250,000 a game? Are you going to go to the SEC Title Game to take notes? When a player gets arrested who bails them out of jail? You promised at the beginning of the season that you were going to make sure penalties were cut down this year but why have they not? Have you been to Gainesville to see the Gators 2 BCS Title Trophys?

chiefdawg

November 4th, 2009
10:58 am

I believe that UGA is falling down when it comes to evaluating talent. My HS has played a team with a UGA early recruit on it and he is soft. Our little ole offensive lineman absolutely destroyed him. Your example of King v Dwyer is very good. I also believe other teams are outworking UGA.I know of a player that GT comes to see almost every week. UGA is interested in him, but they don’t stay in contact. You also have the player in Hall county who has committed to AL. He was a big UGA fan, attened all their camps and his family loved Richt. UGA waited to late.

juvenal

November 4th, 2009
11:00 am

now that they are off our blogs, can’t we just ignore theirs?

Alphare

November 4th, 2009
11:01 am

I see 1 things very wrong with Georgia: the players cannot tackle/cover. This is big thing.

If you cannot tackle, your opponents can run and move the ball. They will have more ball possession time. One consequence is your defense will be worn out and tired, and your opponents will take advantage and score. Another consequence is your own team don’t have enough offensive opportunity.

If you cannot cover, your opponents can make big plays. Van Gorder era (1 game with 30points given up) compared to Martinez era (15games of 30points given up) is a good testimony to Georgia’s failure in this area.

Rduck

November 4th, 2009
11:01 am

Yet another blog from the UGA VIII wannabe. In this season, with so many promising programs duking it out for their rightful place atop college football, you still have to post another episode of “Desperate Housewhines”. Please take the rest of the season off and watch some other teams-relevant teams- and come back next year with your head out of the Athens clouds. Pathetic!!

THEdawg

November 4th, 2009
11:02 am

The Mark Richt of 2009 is not the Mark Richt of 2001-2005. He has become a soft, players coach and not a demanding head coach. Early on he told Quincy Carter you will have to compete. Now any upperclassman can pretty much be assured that as long as he doesn’t suffer an injury – seniority status will assure more than earned playing time. He will continue to rely on tired old excuses, he will not change his coaches, he will not change his football philosophy and in 2011 he will be gone – involuntarily.

gator dawgpounder

November 4th, 2009
11:03 am

Tony, dont’t you think the problem really surfaced last year with 3 players picked in the top 40 in the NFL draft? This year was expected to be down and the only real problem I saw this year is he didn’t plan for life after Stafford as UF has with Johnny Brantley.

Kerryb

November 4th, 2009
11:03 am

Florida fans enjoy it while it lasts. Just like Tommy Tuberville said, the difference in Georgia and Florida is that your big Seniors returned and ours did’nt. That is the only difference. He also said your transition starts next year lets see how you do. I don’t think it’s going to be any better than Georgia’s this year. My prediction is that you lose 4-5 games next year and finish 3rd in the East.

Porty

November 4th, 2009
11:04 am

Tony, please stop with the schedule thing. This is the second year in God knows how long that your schedule minus your SEC (Ky, Vandy, USC, Tenn, Miss St, Ole Miss, Aub…shivering yet) and GT hasn’t been littered with Directional U softies. And this one has been exposed anyway. Ok St dropped like a rock out of the Top 10, Az St is like a downey chick. That brand you speak of has been noticed. A team that is close to leading the nation in penalties, lacks leadership and has a delusional fanbase that is known for being one of the worst behaved. Is that the brand you want? And RealSugarHillDog, don’t worry. Georgia will never rip of a streak of 8…..like Tech did

icedawg

November 4th, 2009
11:04 am

Spot on Tony. Even the legends have had down years, but what made them legends is that they got up off of the mat and did something about it and turned it around. I believe that Richt can turn it around.

SEC Dawg

November 4th, 2009
11:04 am

You have stirred the pot well today Tony!! Good job, “a house divided, can’t stand”! That is all you writers want to do! Not that some of the issues that face UGA are not justified, they are. But, this daily thing of “beating the dead horse”! How many times can it be said that UGA/CMR has decisions to make. He needs to make them and hopefully you can go back to writing things about Tech or Ga. State. How about something positive out of Athens? I know some of you will say that we aren’t winning, so there is nothing positive. There is plenty positive going on there. Be an true journalist and report the good along with the bad. Not just one sided all the time. All the blogs are the same and the same one’s on every article spew the same message. We ALL get it, things have to be corrected in Athens. CMR knows that too.

2N4YEARS

November 4th, 2009
11:05 am

I once in a while agree w/ you Tony. This is one of those times, although I find it humorous that it takes you ‘football experts’ to finally face what some of us have seen coming for 2-3 years.

dan

November 4th, 2009
11:07 am

I think the point that Tony just made is that it isn’t just about getting 5 star talent. If they don’t fit into your system then it doesn’t matter! That’s what separates a guy like Richt from Jimmy Johnson. Johnson was/is a huge egomaniac and players don’t like playing for him because he played favorites and only cared about winning. But Jimmy knew how to assess talent( even though in all due respect Tony, Jimmy was a little overhyped in this area. If Jimmy had his way, he would have drafted Steve Walsh over Troy Aikman, and eventually cut Michael Irvin for being too slow. Norv Turner doesn’t get enough credit for developing those guys and turning them into Hall of Famers as their OC).

Fire Willie Now

November 4th, 2009
11:08 am

On the recruiting angle I can’t see how UGA is ranked 4th overall over the last 5 years when we haven’t been in the top 4 since 06 I believe and 3rd is the highest UGA has ever been ranked.

TidePrideGA

November 4th, 2009
11:08 am

Richt simply isn’t that good at evaluating talent imo and its not like he’s going to become better at it overnight. However he could surround himself with assistants who are good at it. Right now with the exception of Rodney Garner and I have my doubts about him, this coaching staff is below average at evaluating and coaching up talent.

westerndawg

November 4th, 2009
11:08 am

Uh, did you think maybe King is “average” and Dwyer is one of the best is because of how they were COACHED after getting to college? Maybe it’s the coaching and not the recruiting.

I can’t believe the conclusions that you think are logical….

Lou Vales

November 4th, 2009
11:10 am

Richt would be a great neighbor. Don’t know why I said that but once again it means a lot to Georgia fans.

Don’t know what kind of neighbors Meyer, Saban and Miles would make, but I’m willing to bet not as good as Richt.

elmo lewis

November 4th, 2009
11:11 am

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

Tony, are you plagarizing your book – that sounds a lot like “Southern Fried Football” to me!

Good points, though.

BIGBOY

November 4th, 2009
11:12 am

Cuz I think you are right…I’m not sure how it’s gonna play out but I just can’t see Richt not promoting Garner to DC..the guy has been at UGA longer than Richt and he doesn’t get the job I say he is gone.

elmo lewis

November 4th, 2009
11:13 am

Georgia let a fine player (Alphonzo Dennard) get away to Nebraska and he’s played extensively as both a freshman and a sophomore. He’s got to be as good a DB as Miller or Evans.

another dawg in ptc

November 4th, 2009
11:13 am

Tony,
I don’t think the example of King and Dwyer is appropriate. The best I can remember is that King committed to UGA before he broke his leg. Give Mark Richt credit for standing by him. It worked out with Kedric Gholston at Georgia, but King has not.

Would your publisher fire you while you are in the middle of writing a book or wait until you have finished? Richt does have some big decisions to make in the off season, but not now.(However, I do think Gray should start this week). If he doesn’t make significant changes with his staff, then your article will be valid.

Recruiting was too good four years ago when he brought in Stafford, Moreno and Allen. Now he is a bad coach because the NFL has millions to offer and we only have black helmets.

Looking at the body of work for the last nine years, Richt has brought us from 7-8 wins to 10-11 wins. He has a wining record against everyone except fl. Last year, the defense was terrible, but Stafford and Moreno gave us 10 wins. This year the defense is worse than terrible and the offense is not very good. Richt has to make changes on defense and special teams to get us back to 10-11 wins. If he doesn’t, you are right.

Adversity builds character and Mark Richt will weather this storm and his true character will shine through.

elmo lewis

November 4th, 2009
11:14 am

His real question – Where do I send Willie’s Christmas card to?

Where's my crack pipe?

November 4th, 2009
11:14 am

Barnhart got it wrong: The problem is we are recruiting “athletes” and not football players……..give me a linebacker that wants to win so bad that he will rip your eyeballs out of your socket anyday compared to the softness we have on D.

TidePrideGA

November 4th, 2009
11:14 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.

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Why, so Richt can make him a running backs coach again? Saban has given Kirby plenty of props. He would be a fool to make a backwards move and go to Athens and UGAG.

JP

November 4th, 2009
11:14 am

Gator fan here. My only comments are – Spikes should have been suspended at least a game, maybe more. UGA will be back. Who are you going to get better than CMR? You need to have that guy picked if CMR is ever let go. And lastly – “Starting in 1971 Alabama went on an 11-year run where the Crimson Tide won 116 games, nine SEC championships and three national championships.” Dayum, that is sick!

Lewis Buzzard

November 4th, 2009
11:15 am

I’m a Tech fan through and through, but UGA fans seem to be in panic mode. I have to think last year was more of a disappointing season than this season. UGA was preseasoned ranked #1 in several polls but finished 10-3 after their bowl win. This season they have 4 losses but still have the oppotunity to run the table and finish the regular season 8-4. I think by any of the fans standards that would be about where they expected to be at the first of the season. Ya’ll just need to chill and let your ball coach do his job.

Tony in Johns Creek

November 4th, 2009
11:16 am

For the life of me, i’m so tired of hearing about having to travel across the country and the complaining about it from Richt, etc. How hard is it for football players who are conditioned, to take abuse to their bodies, to sit on a plane? This is such a lame excuse and I am ALSO tired of hearing about the excuses in going to Jacksonville every year…. TOUGHEN UP and quit complaining about being a pre-season #1! This attitude has to stop. Toughen up your mental approach! THIS IS FOOTBALL!!!! UF isn’t complaining about being a pre-season number 1, why is our team all relieved when we are recognized as a top-tier program? Embrace the pressure and man up! Troy and Charleston Southern does not make a team better, nor does it please any fan… it’s a waste of the fans money to expect us to pay for scrimmages. Until we have a playoff, go ahead and play a tough schedule and if you lose one or two, so be it….

Souljaboy

November 4th, 2009
11:17 am

Richt is the man in charge. Don’t blame assistants. Richt set the tone for his teams by allowing one of the lowest graduation rates in the country, the highest number of player arrests, and the largest number of penalties over a period of five or six years. When the coach sends the team on the field to dance in the end zone, you can’t really expect players to have any respect for rules or sportsmanship. Georgia is a dirty football team. That is the head coach’s fault. It doesn’t matter if Richt is fired or not. Paul Johnson rules the state, and I am not a Tech fan.

scdawg

November 4th, 2009
11:18 am

Evaluating talent is a hugh problem for this staff. It isn’t just about 40 times or bench reps or recruiting rankings. There is an x factor, like how is this kid going to match up with our coaches and is he coachable. As far as the ” other programs offered” crowd, do you think these programs offer just 25 kids a year? I would bet that 75 and up are offered each year knowing that some will be pulled according to position needs and who may pop up on the radar. It is like Clemson offereing sophmores….why ? This kid may have already peaked. Parkview and Byrnes(SC) are two big time programs, but who have they put out that are superstar college players?
Once a player is at Georgia they are seldom moved to a position that they can excel at. The coaching staff is to scared to backup on a promise they mde to a recruit. What position is Allen Bailey playing now? Why was Brandon Miller playing lb, when he should have been a DE the whole time.
Wasting scholarships on kickers and small athletes. Why? Bogatay, Prince Miller , Carlton Thomas are examples. Prince Miller is a liability in coverage and lets not talk about tackling. He should be the punt returner and should have had a look at RB.
The fact that Bryan Evans is playing at all while Baccari Rambo is on the sideline is enough of a reason to show you the defense is broken. Never would this happen at Florida or Alabama.

Yellow Fuzz

November 4th, 2009
11:19 am

Let the micro management by the dog nation continue. They are the real experts. lol.

mikie g.

November 4th, 2009
11:21 am

somebody please call Jim Harbaugh

gator dawgpounder

November 4th, 2009
11:23 am

kerryb,

When we have a down year (not winning the SEC) under Urban Myer we follow it up with a NC. I don’t think you can say that. I also don’t believe that we will have a down year next year. We will probably lose 4 starters on offence and 5 on defense. One thing Meyer has accomplished which I think Richt is lacking is depth. We have it at every position except QB, but Brantley will be a fine QB more in the mold of Chris Leak. Don’t be so sensitive, not all of us hate UGA!

SOUTHGADAWG88

November 4th, 2009
11:24 am

Kirby Smart would have to go somewhere else and prove he is a good DC on his own merit to me.Saban is running that defense…just look at how many OC’s Pete Carrol’s had who went elsewhere and haven’t done jack.In some instances the CO’s role is a bit overblown.

SEC1

November 4th, 2009
11:24 am

Tony:

The same argument can be applied to the recruiting issue – do you honestly believe that the coaches forgot how to recruit after our successes? Of course not!

What are the two most glaring issues that are different now compared to then?

1. Van Gorder gone and Martinez the DC
2. Bobo the OC

Seriously, what else is different? Perhaps Richt did get a little complacent along the way.

The statistics do not lie. We have regressed on defense and penalties. We are not disciplined. We are not a well-coached team. The results are all the testimony you need…

Damon: Spend the money and recruit some top-notch, proven talent for our coordinators! DO IT!

another dawg in ptc

November 4th, 2009
11:24 am

Where would the might gators be if Timmy, Eyegouge and Cooper had gone to the NFL?

Eric

November 4th, 2009
11:24 am

m for moron, only children use words like crybaby. does your mommy know you’re using her computer…and does she know you went to pride? which by the way, there’s nothing with that, if you’re old enough.

Tide Rising

November 4th, 2009
11:28 am

Recruiting and evaluation- Tubbs said it best the other day. For the most part everyone recruits the same 4-5 star recruits and its hit or miss with the these players as to whether they will be a bust or the real deal. You can evaluate 40 times but its harder to evaluate discipline and whether or not a kid has the drive to succeed or if he’s a prima donna.

Its also hit or miss and just lucky as to whether or not the ones who do pan out will stay the full 4 years as Ronnie Brown and Carnell did at Auburn or go pro early as Knowshown and Stafford did at UGA.

Georgia has run into a highly unusual position where the running backs were all highly recruited but have all so far turned out to be just average.

In our case at Bama Mark Ingram was a 3 star recruit and not heavily recruited and now he’s leading the Heisman race as a sophomore. Saban did the unusual and went to Michigan of all places to recruit this kid hard. In this case it was just a matter of doing a better job of evaluating talent because Ingram did not have offers from Michigan, Ohio State, etc. Same with Meyer taking in Brandon James. His assistant saw something in James and had to talk Meyer into offering him. Same with Thomas Davis at Georgia who was not heavily recruited but an assistant saw him and talked the HC into offering him.

And I do remember those Miami teams of the 80s which never had top 20 recruiting classes but then they would go out and just dominate FSU with all their 4-5 star recruits. In that case there was no question about it. Jimmy Johnson simply knew better how to evaluate football players and not prima donnas who come with all the accolades but come game time would take whuppings from his guys.

Bottom line is that there is some luck involved in whether or not 4 and 5 stars pan out, some will, some won’t, and you have to find guys that are way undervalued like Ingram, Brandon James, Thomas Davis

ARdawg

November 4th, 2009
11:29 am

Barnhart

Good column but one other thing should be mentioned concerning scheduling. If you are a good solid quality football team it doesn’t matter who, where or when you play whom. You play them and win or you play them tight and lose with good effort. Most Dawg fans have no problem with that or the scheduling. Georgia has had one of the toughest schedules for the last 3 years, prior to that one of the weakest. It’s all philosophy I know, but concerning oneself with the competition’s schedule is already accepting failure. Who cares who FL and Bama plays as long as we’re competing and/or beating those we play. The problem there is we’re not competing and haven’t for the last 25 games. We should be able to compete and beat anyone we play. Georgia has ALL of the ingredients for a masterful team but continues to underachieve. Thats not a fault of scheduling too many BCS teams.

AZ Jacket

November 4th, 2009
11:31 am

The only thing Tech has to worry about is Wake Forest. Everything else will take care of its self. I know there are some real stupid Tech fans that come on this blog but you dawg fans bring it own yourself. Always down grading our schedule, stadium, and conference. I guess when a program has suffered as Tech has and we finally get someone who wants to move forward, the knuckleheads come out of the woodwork. You have to admit based on the dawg nation past attitude it is easy to kick at you when you are down. Just the nature of the beast. I hope we are 11-1 and end the year 13-1 but I have always felt we should win every game, even when Bill Lewis was HC. You dawgies are having a tough year and I am not saying we will beat you everytime we hit the field but our chances are a lot better now than they were two years ago. I think that is what bothers you so much, you know it is correct and you will have to work for those victories now because Tech is not the push over it once was. One other thing, I don’t live in the past, today and the future are all that is important.

Harris

November 4th, 2009
11:33 am

Two changes should be made ->Stinchcomb as o-line coach, Pollack as D-line coach

Driver 8

November 4th, 2009
11:35 am

Seems like our program started downhill when we began offering juniors en mass. Other schools seemingly are doing this just as much, but is it possible that by putting a premium on finalizing your recruiting class early that you greatly increase your margin of error regarding who these players really are?

Regarding the post-season evaluations; Richt proved last year that he can’t or won’t make hard choices. ALL of the problems plaguing our program were evident last year. Richt did nothing. The problems have predictably snowballed to the point where they are now systemic. A quick fix seems less likely now.

OKLAHOMADAWGS

November 4th, 2009
11:36 am

Just look at all the UGA players in the NFL. ITS NOT THE RECRUITING, ITS THE COACHING ( or lack there of )

AZ Jacket

November 4th, 2009
11:36 am

Eric, if you are a UGA fan you just proved my point. M is getting to you and your post back to him proves it. I am not saying he is a bad person but he does not represent the majority of Tech fans. And to the UGA fan that said Jonathan D. could not play in the SEC, well I hope your coaches can judge talent better than you. Maybe that is the problem.

ARdawg

November 4th, 2009
11:36 am

AZ Jacket

The pendulum has swung your way. Congrats on that. Your team is playing well and ya’ll do deserve your current success. I do however look forward to the day it swings back and your team is in the tank where it belongs. I see a great game coming this year. We are near the point we have nothing to lose but beating Tech could somewhat salvage a dismal year