The reality: Georgia is just not very good

Wow! September has flown by! So what did we learn on Saturday?

1. Georgia is just not very good: I could spin it for you Bulldog fans, but I won’t. You could rationalize the South Carolina loss.  It was on the road and Georgia was playing a new defense against a great, young running back. You can explain the Arkansas loss and praise Georgia’s comeback to tie the game in the fourth quarter. But after Saturday’s loss to Mississippi State in Starkville, I can only come to one conclusion: Georgia is just not very good.

I see an offensive line that has underachieved. I see running backs that are pretty average. I see a defense that really doesn’t have the personnel to run the scheme that is being employed. Yeah, Georgia was missing its star player (A.J. Green) who finally returns this week. That is a factor, but it doesn’t explain everything.

Mississippi State played hard and deserved to win the game. I’m not taking anything away from them. They played with a sense of urgency after two straight losses.

I thought there would be a sense of urgency for Georgia’s players to avoid an 0-3 start in the SEC. I was wrong.

Georgia fans have a right to be upset. Georgia should be better than this. But you need to know that Mark Richt is going to be the head coach at Georgia in 2011. He deserves the opportunity to fix whatever is wrong with this football team and this program.  Now if things don’t get better Richt  may have some tough decisions to make when this season is over. Let’s see how the season plays out.

2. Russell Wilson is the real deal: Wilson sliced and diced the Georgia Tech defense but you know what? Wilson is going to do that to a lot of defenses this season. With a quarterback like Wilson a team has a chance to win every Saturday. Suddenly, N.C. State’s Thursday night date with Florida State (Oct. 28) and visit to Clemson (Nov. 6) look a lot different.

Georgia Tech needs to put that game behind them and try to get on a little roll here with Wake Forest, Virginia, and Middle Tennessee coming up before a trip to Clemson. If Georgia Tech is going to get back in the ACC race, the Yellow Jackets have to protect the passer and the Joshua Nesbitt has got to throw it better.

3. There is a reason that Alabama has won 18 straight games: Some teams just know how to win despite adversity. Alabama’s defense was being carved up by Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett for about three quarters on Saturday in Fayetteville. But head coach Nick Saban was patient. He and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart made a couple of adjustments to get more pressure on Mallett. Then they decided to smash mouth the Razorbacks and wear them out. The result was a 24-20 victory and No. 1 Alabama stays undefeated with Florida coming to Tuscaloosa on Saturday. It was an impressive thing to watch. Alabama beat the No. 10 team last week and plays No. 7 Florida on Saturday and goes to No. 22 South Carolina on Oct. 9. If South Carolina had beaten Auburn the Gamecocks might have climbed into the Top 10 giving the Crimson Tide three straight games against the Top 10 in consecutive weeks.

Bottom line on Alabama: After jumping out to a 20-7 lead, Arkansas really wanted to win that game. Alabama expected to win the game.

4. Keep your eye on Stanford at Oregon: Oregon won a hard-fought game over Arizona State but when the coaches poll came out Sunday Oregon had jumped over TCU into the No. 4 position. And if Oregon can beat No. 13 Stanford (4-0) at home on Saturday, I predict the Ducks just might make Boise State uncomfortable in that No. 3 spot. Stanford, meanwhile, is just kicking everybody. The Cardinal’s 35-0 win over UCLA (which trounced Texas 34-12 last Saturday) looks even more impressive now. Stanford’s Andrew Luck is the best quarterback in the Pac-10. Florida-Alabama is the game of the week, but Stanford-Oregon is a close second.

5. Auburn showed me a lot of grit on Saturday: I’ll be honest. I wasn’t sure that Auburn had enough left in the tank to beat a team like South Carolina. The Tigers had been in a real slug fest the week before against Clemson. I thought fatigue would catch up with them in the fourth quarter. But quarterback Cameron Newton is turning out to be everything they hoped he would be. And the Auburn defense hung tough, held Marcus Lattimore to just 33 yards, and got the turnovers when they needed them in the fourth quarter. After Louisiana-Monroe this week, the Tigers have a couple more shootouts coming up with Kentucky in Lexington on Oct. 9 and Arkansas home on Oct. 16. Then they get LSU at home on Oct. 23.

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753 comments Add your comment

dawgfacedboy

September 27th, 2010
9:59 am

Stopp complainingn about the D people, we all knew they would take their lumps this year learning a new scheme. All we heard about this off season was the 1,2 punh at RB and the veteran O line that was going to take the pressure off of Murray. Well, all the pressure has been on him, figuratively and literally. If we can’t run the ball we won’t win another game, it’s that simple. As long as the opposing team can say in their post game interviews “we watched film and knew exactly what they were going to do” we won’t be a good football team.

Stop blaming Murray
Stop blaming Grantham

ViningsDAWG

September 27th, 2010
9:59 am

1) We paid $750,000 for this mess. Can Grantham really coach college kids? Can we keep kids out of jail? Its the little things, our program is too lax and needs more discipline. We look like Tallahassee

2) I think Bama is starting to get nervous.

Notre Dame is not very good either

September 27th, 2010
9:59 am

When is that great Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly,
going to get his ‘ Signature Win ‘ ?

Not this year.

The Thin Guy

September 27th, 2010
10:00 am

Tech stinks. UGA stinks. Thank Gawd for the Falcons. Didn’t have much hope for Da Birds after they lost to Pittsburgh’s third string QB. But, unless the trip to the Big Easy was a fluke, we’ve got somebody to pull for. UGA has a bunch of very talented, poorly coached jocks. Tech has a bunch of average jocks who are well coached. I like Coach Mark Richt. He is a Christian gentleman and a fine role model for his jocks. But Ray Goff was a better coach. The Tech coach is from the Woody Hayes school. But if you ain’t got lemons you can’t make lemonade.

GA STINKS!

September 27th, 2010
10:00 am

Not much else to say…. GA is now the bottom feeder of the SEC…Yikes!! We could easily lose 7-8 games this year… STINK STANK STUNK!!!!!!!

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
10:00 am

“They will lose at least one of the next two.”

I highly doubt Auburn will lose to Louisiana Monroe or Kentucky. They do have Arkansas and LSU at home this year and back to back. If Auburn comes out of that with 1 or 0 losses, look for a huge showdown in Tuscaloosa.

WDE!!

JB

September 27th, 2010
10:00 am

please……………you are correct………………The Only player that might start for Bama would be Orson Charles. He’s a beast that’s not being used. He would flourish with coaching. Justin Anderson would be second team and play some…..and of course, our kickers. I don’t see anyone else but AJ, But I haven’t seen him play in so long, I don’t know.

Ga State

September 27th, 2010
10:00 am

Don’t worry Dogs and Tech
We will take care of Bama and this state

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
10:01 am

“We will take care of Bama and this state”

The revenge of Bill Curry. LOVE IT!

Go Vols

September 27th, 2010
10:02 am

UGA lacks leadership among the players – perhaps it isn’t encouraged. Where are the Pollacks, Baileys, who were the ones previously to provide the spark? I watch UGA and see listless play. The truth is except for a 6-8 minute spurt, Arkansas dominated – maybe we should have seen this coming. They have no identity on offense or defense. Expect the offense to improve with Green’s return.

Yes, I’m a Vol fan – I know we aren’t good. My comments are observations, not cheap shots.

The Real SugarHillDawg

September 27th, 2010
10:04 am

Hey Tony, you wanna bet Richt will be back in 2011?He is the REASON we are in this mess and if we have a sub .500 season,he is GONE!!! No question!!!!!!

JB

September 27th, 2010
10:05 am

Thanks Go Vols…………………We in big trouble down here………………….If you guys beats us, you will here TAPS played by our band at the end of the game…………Not a cheap shot at you either, just where ya’ll are right now.

GaGator

September 27th, 2010
10:06 am

0-3 in the SEC

September 27th, 2010
9:54 am
Do we still have a mathematical shot at the SEC?

Absolutely—-ZERO AND NONE

Tony

ESPN just proved your point, “Georgia just isn’t very good”

The SEC power ranking just can out for this week and the dawgs are # 10 just behind VANDY!!!!!!!!!!!
and just ahead of #11 Tenn. and # 12 Ole Miss.

Geeeeeeezzzzzzzzzzzzzzz behind Vandy a new all time low.

Fantasy Island

September 27th, 2010
10:07 am

UGA fan preseason:

Dawgs Roll in JAX!
May 11th, 2010
10:23 pm
Mark it down–this Dawg team may be their best in 20 years! The D will be loaded and with Grantham’s 3-4, Florida’s offense with brantley (good, not great) will be shut down cold! The Dawg running game will be the best in the SEC and will be pounding the ball for 200 yards on the florida D that lost all their good talent. Dawgs 30 Fla 20–bank on it!

1 player would

September 27th, 2010
10:09 am

Hey Please – Blair Walsh on FG but not KO – does that count?

JB

September 27th, 2010
10:09 am

There is ONE good thing this AM……TECH is in a snit, because everything WE have been telling them is true. Gailey’s Boys gone, and DC’s have figured out how to scheme for that offense.
They looked pitiful Saturday with no passing game trying to come back……Wait till Nesbitt and the other A back are gone. 5-6 wins a year…..

r2d2

September 27th, 2010
10:09 am

can someone name me the leaders on the UGA team? i can’t remember one word about player leadership this year.

Marble Rye

September 27th, 2010
10:09 am

If Richt gets no respect from the players as some here are saying, then that clearly means he’s lost his team. Which in turn means he needs to go. Once you lose your team, you don’t get it back.

VADAWG

September 27th, 2010
10:09 am

Richt has been trying to fix his team for the last three years and every year it gets worse. Bottomline: Richt is the problem. He is too soft and his team shows it. Bringing him back for 2011 would be putting off the inevitable. UGA should start rebuilding with a new head coach next year.

Carl Childers

September 27th, 2010
10:09 am

Georgia only seems to have a handful of offensive plays. I have never seen an offense that is so predictable. When Georgia only wins three or four games this season everyone will wake up and place blame where it needs to be.

sunny purdue

September 27th, 2010
10:10 am

Tony,
I think UGA has GOTTA win this week!!!!!!!!!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. What a putz.

Mr. Bitter

September 27th, 2010
10:10 am

As a UGA alum, I would rather see a so-so thugless program with high academic standards than a team full of thugs and idiots. The rest of the student body has unbelievably high academic standards. Why not the football team?

Fantasy Island

September 27th, 2010
10:10 am

#2 preseason fan:

Dawg Rule
May 12th, 2010
2:05 am
Florida’s going to be way down—they lost their 4 best players on O and D—look for the Dawgs to stop that lucky UF run and start dominating this series. Richt’s got the talent and asst coaches he needs, finally to beat UF!!! Gators go down in 2010—bet the house.

BJohnDawg

September 27th, 2010
10:10 am

Its Simple

1) outcoached
2) our lines were dominated on both sides of the ball.

Defense is not the problem. Its the offense which was suppose to be the strength of this team.
Our offensive line was called one of the best in the country. They are playing like country bumpkins.

Our running backs…as earlier blogger suggested, Georgia’s running backs are average at best. And that is when they are not fumbling.

The offensive play calling is predictable.
But the biggest problem Sat night was the coaching. They were FLAT outcoached. Mullins and company made changes and adjustments. The UGA coaches …not sure what they were doing. When UGA could not stop the run, they put 8 in the box, and MSU coaches set them up with a play action pass down the middle.

Both if the offense scores points, their offense would not have lived on the field as they did. but no our offense was on the 3 and out gameplan. That one only works if you are at their ten yard line.

The offensive level of coaching…is offensive.

THIS HAS BECOME A LIFESTYLE PROGRAM. DO just enough to keep your job. ITs BFFs for life and family time and worrying about everything else except winning.

GaGator

September 27th, 2010
10:11 am

VADAWG

September 27th, 2010
10:09 am
Richt has been trying to fix his team for the last three years and every year it gets worse. Bottomline: Richt is the problem. He is too soft and his team shows it. Bringing him back for 2011 would be putting off the inevitable. UGA should start rebuilding with a new head coach next year.

You are absolutely right–nice guy, TOO SOFT!

JB

September 27th, 2010
10:11 am

A Mark Richt on our sidelines depends on the next 8 games………….If Mark can rally this team to win some games, I say he resigns with some type of Financial settlement.

reservoirDAWG

September 27th, 2010
10:12 am

The problem is an unimaginative offensive coordinator.

PapaDawg

September 27th, 2010
10:12 am

I knew we were going to have a liitle difficult year but 1-3. I guess I underestimatded how bad we are from Coaches to the last player

0-3 in the SEC

September 27th, 2010
10:12 am

Preseason delusional UGA fans checklist:
1. Best defensive coordinator in college football.
2. Best running game in college football.
3. Strong offensive line.
4. Best quarterback in the country.
5. SEC and NC in 2010.

Reality:
1.Fourth choice on the hire, got fired from Cleveland. Retread.
2. Terrible running backs that can’t hold the ball, or block when they don’t have the ball.
3. Weak offensive line. Terrible, just terrible.
4. Not even the best QB on your team, drunken rape kept you from having the guy you really wanted.
5. Another year watching from the sidelines in January. 30 straight years of nothing.

Reality sucks!!!

JB

September 27th, 2010
10:12 am

That S/b on our sidelines in 2011 and s/b Can’t rally this team……………….Geez

Fantasy Island

September 27th, 2010
10:13 am

Best running game in teh SEC, new def coordinator gonna change everything!

Secondly, to all you Techies…

Where are all of the “ROBOT” fans? Where is Nesbitt for heisman???

GaGator

September 27th, 2010
10:13 am

Fantasy Island

September 27th, 2010
10:10 am
#2 preseason fan:

Dawg Rule
May 12th, 2010
2:05 am
Florida’s going to be way down—they lost their 4 best players on O and D—look for the Dawgs to stop that lucky UF run and start dominating this series. Richt’s got the talent and asst coaches he needs, finally to beat UF!!! Gators go down in 2010—bet the house.

Good stuff, wonder were Dawg Rule will be renting, since he lost his house.

jdfoshee

September 27th, 2010
10:14 am

“UGA is not very good”- you can’t sell that concept in Columbia, SC. They are absolutely hanging their hat on the win vs UGA.

collegeballfan

September 27th, 2010
10:15 am

UGA folks just need to lower their standards. The standards they set are not very realistic. UGA is not, has not and never will be a “national championship” quality program.

Look at the record for the last 30 years. One national championship 30 years ago and only 5 conference championships in the same 30 years.

In the same 30 year period the Florida Gators have 3 national titles and 8 conference titles.

In the same 30 years GT has 1 national title and 3 conference titles.

UGA does not measure up to Florida but does measure up to GT.

That is where the UGA program has been and will continue to be.

“And that’s the way it is…….”

GATA

September 27th, 2010
10:15 am

No, we’re not good right now, but take a look at how close we COULD be from being GREAT, that’s where the frustration lies. We came back and came within an eyelash of beating Arkansas, who, for all intents and purposes DID beat Alabama. Nothing wrong with the talent, it just comes down to motivation, heart, and desire. The players clearly respond to Richt. If CMR can get HIS head on straight, the rest of team will follow. Nothing wrong with UGA that winning won’t fix.

Fantasy Island

September 27th, 2010
10:16 am

Dawg Rule
May 12th, 2010
2:05 am
Florida’s going to be way down—they lost their 4 best players on O and D—look for the Dawgs to stop that lucky UF run and start dominating this series. Richt’s got the talent and asst coaches he needs, finally to beat UF!!! Gators go down in 2010—bet the house.

JB

September 27th, 2010
10:16 am

reservoirDawg……………..If we called better plays, who would block? who would run it? Which WR other than Durham could get separation from a DB ?

Mike Smith

September 27th, 2010
10:17 am

Your wrong, Tony. UGA has the talent, but the offensive coaching is not there this year. The line is totally underachieving, and Mike Bobo continues to stubbornly call plays that just are not working. He refuses to make the TE and FB a major part of the offense like they have been in the past for Richt, even though he has success with them on the rare occasion he calls their number. He would rather run all the receivers 20 yards down field or hand off straight up the middle.

I have never seen fewer screen and dump off plays called for a freshman QB in my entire life. Murray rarely has a check down route or a quick short route to go to. Murray is mobile, yet you rarely see them roll the pocket for him. TE Orson Charles is his favorite target from high school, they connect on the rare occasions he gets to throw to him, yet Charles continues to be a non factor in the game plan. This is coaching, Tony, not on the field talent.

As for the defense, they are the reason UGA hasnt been getting blown out. While the offense has tripped over itself for much of the last 3 games, the defense has kept the other team from lighting up the scoreboard. Miss St. scored on their first possession, and then didnt score again until the 4th quarter. That is plenty of time for the offense to put up some points.

BAMA dude

September 27th, 2010
10:17 am

Yep, Alabama played about as poor a half as they could play Saturday. Of course, in the second they manned up and beat Arky 13-3. Clempson is mediocre at best, and USCe will prove to be as well. You Aubies have a good shot at a nine or ten win season. Good for you.

David

September 27th, 2010
10:17 am

Tony, Georgia just does not want to be good.
1) In the SEC, you better play four quarters of defensive, Georgia is not and they are 0-3 SEC. They are giving up too many big plays.
2) Offensive turn the ball over inside the 5 yard line (TWICE) and the same person did it. That was both road games, if you want to win on the road, you cannot take points off the scoreboard.
3) Special Team; last game on a punt return play a Georgia player ran into a ball going downfield to block, Mississippi State player recover the ball on a very short punt. Another turnover while giving the other team another scoring opportunity.
4) Georgia has lose it edge. I see this more on the road than at home. Players are not lining up ready to play. Defensive is walking to their position while the other team is already line up ready for the play. Players out of positions and then they get burn. Great defensives do not have those problems.
5) Georgia cannot slap the ball within the necessary time, so they have to call a TO after making a big play themselves, or the defensive have 12 players out there where they try burning all their TO in the third quarter.

Please

September 27th, 2010
10:18 am

JB, I’m not sure about Orson Charles but it’s a sad day when the kickers are the stars of the team.

reservoirDAWG

September 27th, 2010
10:18 am

JB, I don’t know. I am extremely frustrated!

BAMA dude

September 27th, 2010
10:19 am

Excuse me, the second half was 17-3. Apologize for the typo.

Ted Brogan

September 27th, 2010
10:20 am

WDE, how are Bama fans delusional? They expect to win every game because they have won every regular season game for the past two and a half years and a national championship. Cam Newton is a great player and it will be interesting to see what Auburn can do if a team can figure out how to shut him down.
GA fans, Richt is a great person but I don’t understand how he can have such a lack of discipline on and off the field. Watching the game Saturday I don’t think I saw him open his mouth once.
RTR

Fantasy Island

September 27th, 2010
10:23 am

Typical Dawg Delusion:

. We came back and came within an eyelash of beating Arkansas, who, for all intents and purposes DID beat Alabama.

Nice losers reasoning

gdawginkalamazoo

September 27th, 2010
10:24 am

Washaun, a football, and the endzone walk into a bar…..

Ahhh. That joke won’t work because nobody could imagine it happening.

Bill

September 27th, 2010
10:24 am

JB

We lost to a undefeated ranked team with a future nfl qb. Who did y’all lose to again?
Both teams suck so neither should be talking much right now. Especially you.

You Could See It In His Eyes

September 27th, 2010
10:24 am

With bright lights shining and cameras gazing straight into his face, Mark Richt’s expressions and actions Sat. night told it all. He spat several times (first time ever?). He ripped off his headset a few times. He tried to look mad. Folks, he looked like the definition of despair.

His eyes bespoke his feelings: How did it come to this? How did we get this low? How can we be this bad? How can we keep making such mentally-stupid mistakes? Why can’t we run the ball? Why are we reduced to having to play a redshirt freshmen QB? Why isn’t Mike Bobo in the press box so he can see the field better? Why hasn’t he learned to call plays? Why haven’t I learned to use this talent better and to motivate my players and staff better? Do we really have “great” talent? Are our players the most mentally-undisciplined team in the country?

Just go ahead and get mad, coach. Quit trying to be the nice guy. This is not a church team you are coaching, and it ain’t little league. Your team plays just like you act and look and talk: too reserved, too cool, not intense, too calm, too unintense, too rational.

Morph yourself into the intensity required to be a successful major college coach today, or find another job. Yes, it’s different now than even a few years ago when UGA was doing well under you. But things change quickly in this game, and these changes have already left you behind.

You’re being paid to win, not to be nice and preach. Fair? YES.

jumbeauxtiger

September 27th, 2010
10:24 am

GaGator,

One of the Vegas sports books had the Tide by 9. Not sure which one but think even 7 points will be tough to cover as I expect this game to go down to the wire.

That’s good that you are rotating 12 linemen. The Tigers rotated 10 against Mountaineers. You can do that if you have talent and both teams do.

Saban is smart and took advantage of Ark as he knew he could win by being patient and wearing them down.

Gameday should be in TTown this on Saturday. I guess ESPN didn’t want to have to fly Herbstreit to the West Coast from Tuscaloosa.

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
10:24 am

“Clempson is mediocre at best, and USCe will prove to be as well. You Aubies have a good shot at a nine or ten win season. Good for you.”

Like I said, whenever it comes to Auburn coming back to beating very good USC team and a decent ACC team, Bama fans still call us mediocre. When Bama comes back against a very good Arkansas team, they call themselves BEST TEAM EVER.

Gotta love Bama logic.