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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Phil

September 27th, 2010
11:31 am

Tony’s pick for this week:

Georgia is in a must win game. They are better than 1-3. On paper Georgia is the superior team than Colorado.

Same old BS every week from Tony. Well guess what, the game is not decided on paper. Richt and his bunch of clowns have this program in chaos. The players could care less if they win or not. The thugs are running wild.

I predict another road loss this week. Colorado is coming off a bye week, it’s a long trip out west for us. You think Richt and his clowns are going to have this team ready?? I don’t think so.

Don Joel

September 27th, 2010
11:33 am

So Richt, says Barnhart, deserves to be the coach in 2011. Why? Based on his first five years at Georgia? Yes. But what about the four years and four games since?

I was tempted to look up the word disarray in the Thesaurus. If there were 50 synonyms it wouldn’t be enough. Mark Richt is a failure as head coach over the last four years and four games. A failure. If things were getting better, then Barnhart would have a point. But the SLIDE continues and it’s going to keep on because what we have is a mediocre team RECRUITED by CMR himself and his operatives. We can’t keep on this way. Let’s finish this year, hire a new coach and move one.

“Who will it be” the frail of heart asks? Who was CMR until he was plucked from FSU? Nobody.

There are good people out there and that’s what good search committees do.

5IML

September 27th, 2010
11:34 am

What happened to the lone USCe fan who had so much to say last week?

I guess he’s in the same place as the UGA fan who guaranteed Richt would follow up last year’s mediocre season with a great one, like he always does.

Steve

September 27th, 2010
11:35 am

I don’t think that was a throw away by Mallet. He tried to lead his receiver, over threw him and the bama safety was in the right place at the right time. He should have thrown it away. This guy has the arm strength to throw it into the stands if he wanted.

Mobile Dawg

September 27th, 2010
11:35 am

New coach and staff come to town. First thing he does is have a meeting with the players and sets his expectations. Some buy in, some don’t . First year you weed out the ones that show the defiance and disrespect. You are the boss. They learn this, they learn to believe in you and respect you. They fear you to a point, you are a good father figure. They know when you say something you mean it. Very simple. That’s what Nick Saban did at Bama ! ! !

There’s a guy coaching over here in Mobile, name is Joey Jones, 45 years old, played 3 years for Bear Bryant. He hasn’t been to a major college yet, but he has built two programs from the ground up, highly successful in their current environment. Would someone “like him” be right for UGA. I said someone like him, not necessarily him. Where did Urban Meyer come from, he was an assistant, given a chance at Bowling Green. Who would want Bowling Greens coach? Maybe Utah? How could Utah ever be good? Now he’s at UF, kicking the dawgs around like we’re his dawg.

Don’t be afraid, be bold Dawgs. If we must change, there are good guys out there to Lead this program out of the dark present and into the bright future. Don’t be afraid of Tennessee’s mistakes, we’re not Tennessee. The hiring of Lane Kiffin will go down in history as one of the dumbest hires ever. Tennessee was desperate, they chose to ignore Kiffin’s past behavior. McGarity will do us better than that.

modawg

September 27th, 2010
11:35 am

Everyone wanted a defensive coordinator with some fire in his belly. Well he showed it in the first game and all the ladies and choir groups started screaming “you can’t talk like that”. Now we have a very quite (almost indeferent) coach that has been shut down. Way to go fans, You need to make up your mind. You can’t have it both ways and expect to win.

redneck 61

September 27th, 2010
11:36 am

Alabama will beat Fla like a drum wont be anything to this game.

Master of Analysis

September 27th, 2010
11:37 am

There’s a new sheriff in town, and he changes his name every week (South Carolina, Arkansas, Mississippi State – -).

Phil

September 27th, 2010
11:37 am

Don Joel,

Well said. I say go get Jim Harbaugh. If he can turn Stanford into a smash mouth football program, then surely he can take the talent that Georgia has access to and get this program respectable again. Richt has had 10 years, I think that is long enough.

JoeFan

September 27th, 2010
11:39 am

10% of the GA team has been arrested this year, incredible. What an embarrassment to the state. Time to follow the lead of Vanderbilt. UGA is an educational institution first and foremost.

Eric

September 27th, 2010
11:39 am

Here’s the video for you bama in case you are looking to try and disprove me. 3:50 mark for the int

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgkWKhS0Nx4

Jack

September 27th, 2010
11:40 am

Russell Wilson is not the real deal. The Wake quarterback will have success as well if GT doesn’t simplify things and make adjustments fast.

Ed

September 27th, 2010
11:41 am

If Florida beats Georgia by 4 or 5 touchdowns for the third straight season, do we still need to give Richt one more year to prove that he’s not getting the job done?

GO FALCONS

September 27th, 2010
11:41 am

Enter your comments here

Fantasy Island

September 27th, 2010
11:42 am

Nesbitt “the robot” for heisman…

Ingram and pryor don’t stand a chance against the ROBOT!!!

He is such a complete player and all!

ROTFL!!!!

Phil

September 27th, 2010
11:42 am

Ed,

I’m afraid it won’t even be that close. Exactly, when is enough, enough?? I say 10 years has been ENOUGH!

BAMA dude

September 27th, 2010
11:45 am

Say what you like, believe that Mallett was driving the field and punching it in if you want to. Saban’s defenses have been doing stuff like that to QB’s for years. It’s great being a fan of the team that everybody else wants to lose. Twenty-eight consecutive times in the regular season (17 SEC), and 18 times overall it hasn’t happened. Awesome.

Brett

September 27th, 2010
11:46 am

Colorado lost to Cal 52-7. Cal lost to Nevada 52-31
If we lost to colorado, Richt should be fired after the game.

ok for now

September 27th, 2010
11:46 am

I noticed where CMR kicker that Baker kid (red-shirt freshman) off the team for his arrest this weekend. The main difference from what this kid did versus what other players did with similar arrest is this kid wasn’t a starter or key player. He was a red-shirt freshman. There is no way CMR would do this to a key player.

Eric

September 27th, 2010
11:48 am

He did it for 3 quarters bama. What makes you think he could go 48 more yards? Im not taking anything away from the win man. I;m just saying he lost the game for them. Hence the INT.
No one expected them to be up 17-7 at the half either. But they were.

5IML

September 27th, 2010
11:48 am

BAMA Dude,

Everybody wants Auburn to lose, too, but for an entirely different reason. No one likes them.

BAMA dude

September 27th, 2010
11:49 am

Eric, I thought he wasn’t under pressure? Coulda sworn there was a man in a white jersey tugging at this foot when he threw that.

Ed

September 27th, 2010
11:49 am

I was right pre-season about so many things.

1- Brantley wouldn’t be very good, and Florida would struggle offensively. Florida will have 2-3 losses when they finish October. Their offense looks terribe, even worse than I thought.
2- South Carolina will go 7-6 again. They always do. Now comes the tough part of their schedule, and they’ve already bench Garcia and back up threw 2 int’s in the 4th quarter.
3- Alabama’s defense woulds truggle. They have. Especially in tackles for losses and lack of interceptions. Arkansas should have beat them, Bama will lose 2 or 3 before it’s all over.
4- Georgia–I missed on this one. Thought Georgia would squeek out a 4-0 start, didn’t anticipate AJ Green being out for 4 weeks. But Georgia should start to roll once he comes back, wouldn’t be surprised if Georgia wins out from here, finishing either 8-4 or 10-3, but doable, and would be a great year, considering the start.

Eric

September 27th, 2010
11:49 am

Should say “what makes you think he Couldn’t go for 48 more yards.

Marcus

September 27th, 2010
11:50 am

Georgial will finish out strong, got em going 9-4, or 10-3.

5IML

September 27th, 2010
11:51 am

eric,

How many yards did Ark/Mallet have in the second half? After reviewing that number, what makes you think he could get 48 more?

BAMA made several mistakes (2 INTs, 3 busted coverages, penalties) which lead to Arks first half points.

Jeff

September 27th, 2010
11:51 am

If Ealey doesn’t fumble on the goal-line twice, and if Murray moves the team 20 yards at the end of the Arkansas game, Georgia in undefeated. It’s been some close, tough losses, but really, really, close games.

Alphare

September 27th, 2010
11:53 am

The way BAMA comes back is impressive. Better than last year’s 2 wins against Auburn and TN. Patient and Methodical. They impressed most posters too.

I also think UGA should dismiss Green just to show UGA as an institution is more than one football player. The way UGA is losing has a lot to do with Green distraction. But I believe UGA will be a totally different team once the guy is back. Sad, isn’t it?

Will

September 27th, 2010
11:53 am

Georgia’s offense has actually moved the ball better than South Carolina or Miss St., had more yards, and more first down, both games. Jut didn’t score td’s in the red zone.

Eric

September 27th, 2010
11:53 am

Not when he threw it. After he threw it there was. But I already conceded there was a player close. What I disagreed with you on was he was under “duress”–your word.
Duress is being tugged down while trying to throw the ball. Or running sideways and falling to the ground and flinging a side arm pass like brees yesterday. Obv the bama player had an impact on him throwing when he did. And I said they made the play. I was only noting that had he throw it away, and I agree with Steve that this was not a throw away, he COULD have led them 48 yards. Funny how I concede mistakes but you ignore it when you say things that were wrong like ” on your own end of the field?” When they were in bama terr and driving.

BAMA dude

September 27th, 2010
11:55 am

And actually he did it for a half. Three points in the second half, but who’s counting?

Donw with it, doesn’t matter. Top ten team, on the road, defending a national title and current #1 ranking. Got the W.

Nuff said.

LLoyd Christmas

September 27th, 2010
11:55 am

Will – in case you didn’t know, it’s the score on the scoreboard that decides the game. Stats are for losers to whine about.

59bulldawg

September 27th, 2010
11:55 am

If the problem in Athens were just a sub-par 2009 season and a horrible start to the 2010 season, your confidence in Richt remaining the coach in 2011 might be justified. But frankly Tony, after several years of evidence that something was amiss in Athens, the wheels have come completely off the old bulldawg wagon and the win-loss record is just the tip of the iceberg. Richt is too slow to address needed changes in the coaching staff. Just like Martinez should have been canned three years ago, Bobo has continued at least two years too long. And now it’s evident that Searles needs to be gone too. And although Grantham is just in his first season, Richt’s glaring misjudgement of ability and competence in other staff members undermines the Bulldawg Nation’s trust in him as DC. There’s ample talent in Athens to do better than what they’ve done thus far this season . . . it’s just not getting coached up. And then there’s the lack of discipline . . . both on and off the field. I’m sorry but these are players Richt hand picked to wear the red and black and he is ultimately responsible for them. The University of Georgia football program was never intended to be a halfway house for wayward young men. But under his direction that is exactly what it has become. And the program has paid and is still paying the price for it. These are just two of the problems that objective people can cast at the feet of Coach Richt. But there are many others as are often mentioned on these blogs by UGA supporters not blinded to reality by their allegiance to the program. I like Richt as a person. And it would not be a knee-jerk reaction for him to be fired after the season considering all of the above. Change is needed in Athens and in big way. And if you think last weekend in Starkville was bad, just wait, there’s still 8 more games to go. Only the most mentally deluded would have the audacity to seriously believe this team will win out. I’m afraid things are going to get a whole lot worse for us before they get better.

Delbert D.

September 27th, 2010
11:55 am

@JB – “The Only player that might start for Bama would be Orson Charles.”

I think Orson Welles could start for Georgia on the O-line.

Eric

September 27th, 2010
11:56 am

5
Uh well because all it takes is one completion to get 48 yards. Were not talking about a 80 or 90 yard drive. And also because they led the game 17-7 at one point. They obviously did some things right and Bobby Petrino is good at play calling.

LLoyd Christmas

September 27th, 2010
11:56 am

Jeff – IF the queen had balls, she’d be the KING!!!!!!!!

G8R GRAD

September 27th, 2010
11:56 am

5IML:

“Everybody wants Auburn to lose, too, but for an entirely different reason. No one likes them.”

I married an Auburn grad & if she could operate a computer, she’d tell you a thing or two!

;0)

Mobile Dawg

September 27th, 2010
11:57 am

Ed, Jeff, if the kool aid dried up you two would be candidates for re-hab of the year.

crackDaddy

September 27th, 2010
11:57 am

UGa hypocrisy surfaces. Known to accuse ACC fans of laying in waiting for BB season during FB season, UGa fans are now doing the same thing. The only problem is, neither their FB nor their BB teams are worth “squat”.

BAMA dude

September 27th, 2010
11:59 am

Ed

September 27th, 2010
11:49 am
I was right pre-season about so many things.

1- Brantley wouldn’t be very good, and Florida would struggle offensively. Florida will have 2-3 losses when they finish October. Their offense looks terribe, even worse than I thought.
2- South Carolina will go 7-6 again. They always do. Now comes the tough part of their schedule, and they’ve already bench Garcia and back up threw 2 int’s in the 4th quarter.
3- Alabama’s defense woulds truggle. They have. Especially in tackles for losses and lack of interceptions. Arkansas should have beat them, Bama will lose 2 or 3 before it’s all over.
4- Georgia–I missed on this one. Thought Georgia would squeek out a 4-0 start, didn’t anticipate AJ Green being out for 4 weeks. But Georgia should start to roll once he comes back, wouldn’t be surprised if Georgia wins out from here, finishing either 8-4 or 10-3, but doable, and would be a great year, considering the start.

So Bama and Florida aren’t for real, UGA would be 4-0 with AJ and will win out.

And people think Bama fans are delusional.

G8R GRAD

September 27th, 2010
11:59 am

That and she won’t wear any shoes!

;o)~

Fantasy Island

September 27th, 2010
12:00 pm

Ed, you are too funny!

SeminoleUprising

September 27th, 2010
12:01 pm

Richt would be better off leaving and going to North Carolina if Butch Davis leaves or is fired….i could that happening…

Observe & Report

September 27th, 2010
12:01 pm

Donnan beat teams like Miss St consistently but got fired b/c he couldn’t beat FL and GT mainly. Now look how far the program has fallen when most of the world pciked UGA to lose to Miss St.

BLABLA!!!!!!!

September 27th, 2010
12:02 pm

The Reality: Georgia is just not very good. Well no, S—!!!!! Tell us something we don’t already know.

Stan

September 27th, 2010
12:02 pm

What would be a fitting end to the tech uga season is for them both to be 5-6 for the last game and winner gets a crap bowl! LOL

KOWbell

September 27th, 2010
12:05 pm

thuga SUX bring in FULMER he will bring them back to the glory days of 1980, golly has it been that long ago since thuga played for a national title ?

GATA

September 27th, 2010
12:06 pm

ok for now

I’m not so sure. At this point I don’t think CMR even has any say in the matter. It’s pretty much been handed down from above that anything involving alcohol or arrest will be severe. I feel for the kid honestly, scout team or not he was one of ours, but he knew the penalty and showed poor judgement. At this point is has to be zero tolerance. Come on Dawgs, I know it’s Athens, I know it’s college, I know it’s the weekend…but for crying out loud, just call a freaking cab, call me…I’ll drive to Athens and drive your your drunk @$$ home, drink at a buddy’s house, at the frat house, NOT downtown and DON’T freaking drive drunk!! Look, college kids are gonna drink, it’s a given, the drinking age is 21, we all know we had our first beer at 16. Why not start some sort of “no questions asked” internal taxi service? If you use it, you pay the price at practice, not with your career. If you habitually use it, you’re gone.

Whimsical

September 27th, 2010
12:09 pm

I wish uga was a stock cause I would have shorted the piss our of her after the headfake la laf game.

suwanee dawg

September 27th, 2010
12:13 pm

Yes, things need to change starting with Bobo and then recruit a NT and linebackers that can fill the hole (less thugs would be nice), but I am not so sure we are as awful as everyone concludes. SC is a couple of fumbles away from being undefeated and beating a very good Auburn team on the road. Arkansas was a play away from beating a powerful AL team, and MS State is always tough at home (ask Auburn 17-14 and Gaytor fans – Jesse Palmer). I know we are really bad right now, but suspect we will have an upset or two before the year ends. Murray has heart and some guts.