Why Mark Richt should remain as Georgia’s head coach

 

College football is a game of emotion. It has to be played with emotion. To be enjoyed to its fullest, college football must be watched by fans with a certain level of healthy emotion. Coaches must be emotionally invested in what they do in order to do it well. Emotion is woven into the fabric of the sport.

But when one EVALUATES the game of football or a football program, which is going right now at the University of Georgia, it must be done without emotion. It must be done with a certain analytical detachment that sees exactly what the situation is and, if necessary, come up with the BEST possible option to fix it.

And when you take emotion out of the equation and focus only on the facts at hand, Mark Richt should remain as the head coach at Georgia for the 2011 season.

I’ve heard from a lot of you both on this blog and on my radio show. Losing to Florida broke your heart because you knew Georgia was good enough to win that game. I picked the Bulldogs because, quite honestly, I thought they had better players. Still do. But better players usually do not overcome four turnovers. And Florida deserved to win because Urban Meyer did a helluva job of getting his team ready to play after three straight losses.

So if Georgia had better players and Urban Meyer did such a great job of getting his team ready, how in the world, Barnhart, can you say that Mark Richt should be back in 2011?

Again, let’s take emotion out of this and look at the body of work and where things really stand in the program.

Richt is now 2-8 against Florida. I don’t have a counter to that. He hasn’t had consistent success against the Gators.

Richt won SEC championships in 2002 and 2005 and played for the title in 2003 against a team (LSU) than won the national championship. So this will be the fifth straight year that Georgia has not appeared in the SEC championship game. No counter argument there.

But let’s look at where the program has been and where we think it is headed.

In 2007 Georgia was as good as any team in the nation. If Tennessee doesn’t win in four overtimes against Kentucky in Lexington, Georgia plays LSU for the SEC championship in Atlanta. In my opinion Georgia wins that game and would have been in the mix for the national championship.

In 2008 Georgia was preseason No. 1. But before the season even began injuries negated the validity of that ranking. Still, Georgia won 10 football games that season. I’ve heard some people call that a bad season based on the preseason ranking. But if the preseason ranking is not accurate by the time the games begin, are you telling me that 10 wins is still a bad season?

In 2009 Georgia was a bad football team that was poorly coached. Too many penalties. Minus 16 in turnovers. Played well at the end of the year when the offensive line finally jelled. Still, not a good team.

In 2010 Georgia played the first four games without the best player on offense and in a brand new defensive scheme where the learning curve was steep. They lost on the road to No. 19 South Carolina, a team that beat Alabama on that same field on Oct. 9 and may play in the SEC championship game. They lost at home to No. 18 Arkansas (6-2), a team that will win nine or 10 games and has one of the best quarterbacks in college football. The Hogs’ only losses are to No. 2 (Auburn) and No. 6 (Alabama). Georgia lost on the road at No. 20 Mississippi State, which is 7-2 and whose only losses are to the No. 2 (Auburn) and No. 10 (LSU) teams in the country.

When A.J. Green did return Georgia won threee straight games against bad teams but by substantial margins. Then Georgia lost an overtime game against one of its biggest rivals in a game where they rallied from a 21-7 halftime deficit to force overtime. Aaron Murray, who is going to be a great quarterback for Georgia, threw a ball in overtime that he shouldn’t have thrown. No argument there. Young, talented quarterbacks make great plays and bad plays. Over time, the bad plays decrease. Murray will be no different.

So instead of its fourth straight win, Georgia absorbs a heartbreaking loss. So I ask you: If Georgia’s Blair Walsh kicks the winning field goal in overtime instead of Florida’s Chas Henry, are we even having this discussion today? If Georgia wins that game is everybody saying that Richt has things back on track and he’s good to go for the future?

If the answer to that question is yes, if the line between keeping a coach and letting him go is that fine, then you have to keep him.

Look, I’ve heard all the arguments. Richt is not (pick one): A) Tough enough; B) Mean enough; C) Savvy enough to compete with the Urban Meyers or the Nick Sabans of the world. On top of that you bring Gene Chizik to Auburn and Dan Mullen to Mississippi State and your argument is that the league is passing Georgia by.

But I would maintain that based on what we’ve seen the past four weeks things are trending upwards in the Georgia program. But I would also say that Richt needs to be prepared to put everything on the table in this offseason. Everybody’s job has to be reassessed. There needs to be more defensive talent across the board. Georgia’s backs are decent, but I don’t see a Marcus Lattimore or a Michael Dyer in the bunch. Richt needs to look at his strength and conditioning program to make sure it is the best it can be. He needs to look at his recruiting organization to make sure it is doing the job. Every coach on that staff needs to be prepared to explain how his area of responsibilty is going to get better. Changes will have to be made but the leadership at the top needs to stay in place.

I could be wrong. I often am. While there is much to be done to get Georgia football back to elite status in the SEC, I’m not convinced a change at the top is necessary. Please feel free to convince me otherwise.

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681 comments Add your comment

jellybeandawg

November 2nd, 2010
8:52 am

Exactly SadDawg. When AJ is gone in 2011, what convenient excuse will Mr. Con Man use then? More fake injuries, mixed in with his usual coulda, woulda, shouldas and a little fantasy to go along with it.

GatorBait

November 2nd, 2010
8:52 am

This what the Orlando sports writer thinks about the game. I particularly like the last sentence, it just oh so true.

Saturday’s win gave the Gators reason to be optimistic about their chances of getting to Atlanta for the SEC championship game. Florida had a season-high 450 yards on offense. The defense, which had regressed in the past three games, got four turnovers.
Even punter-turned-kicker Chas Henry went from scapegoat to hero. Filling in for injured K Caleb Sturgis since the beginning of the month, Henry had missed his past four attempts. He made two against the Bulldogs, including the winner from 37 yards out.

Things are better, but the offensive struggles surely are not cured after one win over a mediocre opponent.

Golden Parachute

November 2nd, 2010
8:53 am

Just let him stay until he’s ready to retire. It can’t be that much longer.

But remember this: The perceived value of the Head Coaching position at UGA has been declining with each year that goes by. Your odds for hiring a winner as a replacement will similarly decline with each passing year of mediocrity. You will replace him eventually — whether you want to, or not.

Chatham Dog

November 2nd, 2010
8:53 am

I’d hate to admit it, but if I were AJ Green, I’d jump to the NFL after this season. OC Bobo
didn’t allow our QB to throw to AJ. He only had 2 catches going into the 4th quarter.

Doesn’t make any sense to me. Not throwing to one of the premier ends in the country..

Keeep Richt, but Bobo must go.

Jim

November 2nd, 2010
8:53 am

Dear UGA Fans…
Are you curious why your football program is trending downward? Are you curious why your football program is now a middle of the pack SEC program? Please see the above blog for your answer.
I hope Richt stays for another 20 years….he is not a threat and neither is UGA.

3rdN8

November 2nd, 2010
8:54 am

@ Gen Neyland

I know it’s a tough time to be a Vol fan, and that silver lining is hard to spot sometimes. But I think Dooley has his overmatched kids playing hard every week. There is just no wiggle room in the SEC. You have to bring your game for four quarters every week.

I’ve found myself pulling for UT, and for a hard core Bama fan that is a huge change.

RxDawg

November 2nd, 2010
8:55 am

Some points I’ve read…

Losing to Colorado was inexcusable. PERIOD. That and 2-8 against UF could be the straw that breaks the cammels back.

As soon as I see the name “Jan Kemp” I skip to the next post. Tech fans… what else is there to say about them?

I’m not a fire Richt guy, I’m not calling for his head. But I’m not fighting for him anymore either. Too much going against him now. The program has slid into years of mediocrity and that’s just not acceptable. For whatever reason, the kids we have suiting up just don’t respect the program and their head coach like they should. If it was my call, he get’s one more year. And the team knows about it too.

DawgByte

November 2nd, 2010
8:55 am

Tony -

I agree with your commentary and assessment. McGarity needs to make it clear to Richt that he has to get a command of this program and his players. Discipline is a huge issue with this team and Richt needs to put a stake in the ground. Lastly, McGarity needs to convey to Richt that significant progress needs to be made with regard to wins in 2011.

BirdDog

November 2nd, 2010
8:56 am

Saint Mark, as you call yourself. Shut your mouth and get to calculus class! You are a typical nerd that is obsessed with everything UGA. Only Tech nerds bring up Jan Kemp, which was many years ago. GT has had an academic scandal more recent than that so drop it already. And as for the comment about UGA embarrassing the entire state of Georgia. Really? Are you serious? I hate to disappoint you but the majority of the population is not obsessed over UGA football like you nerds at Tech are!

kl

November 2nd, 2010
8:57 am

LOLLLLLLL; no mention of “look at the OC”. more political cover for bobo

Snake Doc

November 2nd, 2010
8:57 am

Barnhart you’re a homer! MR should go, plain and simple.

Things have trended down for this team over the last 3 years and are getting worse. Overall record this year is 4-5, SEC record is 3-4. He’s outcoached by Saban, Spurrier and Saban, possibly Petrino and Dan Mullen for sure.

MR has not won a National Championship in 10 years while LSU has won 2, Florida has won 2 and Alabama has won 1. Les freaking Miles has won an national Championship.

How many National Titles has your hero MR brought to UGA? ZERO!!!!!!

Oh yeah, sorry MR and UGA won the Fulmer cup this year!

Stupid Homers. Did you all grow up in the age where everyone gets a trophy for trying? That aint’t the real world. You’re paid the big bucks to win championships and that ain’t happening with MR at the helm!

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B Chapdawg

November 2nd, 2010
8:58 am

I have been a DAWG fan since the day I was born. I bleed red and black. I will be a DAWG fan until the day I die… I know how important wins and losses are to a football program, but that really doesn’t matter to me in the long run.Wins are great and I love it when we win but when we lose I still love the Dawgs. Spend a nice fall day in Athens before a game and you’ll know what I mean….I am in no position to judge whether someone should or should not lose their job. So, no matter what.. GLORY GLORY TO OLD GEORGIA!!!!!! Fair weather fans make me sad.

DA

November 2nd, 2010
8:59 am

I would call 2008 a BAD season even though we won 10 games. If you look at the schedule that year, we lost our three biggest games (Alabama, Florida and GT) and two of them we got blown out in (Alabama and Florida). I understand that we beat Auburn, LSU and Tennessee that year, but Auburn only won 5 games that year and didn’t go to a bowl game and we only beat them by one score (they even had a chance to win at the end of the game). LSU, yes we beat them badly (thanks to two interception returns for TDs), but they lost 5 games that year, and had Jarrett Lee at QB. Tennessee was playing with a lame-duck head coach in 2008. Arizona State was supposed to be our big out of conference game (besides Tech), but they wound up losing to UNLV that year the week before they played Georgia.

I would have looked at 2008 as somewhat of a good season if Georgia had managed to beat Tech (even getting blown out by Florida and Bama), but we lost to them and gave up 45 points. Losing to Florida and Tech in the same season, in my book, does not equate to a success, even if we wound up 11-2 (unless we won the SEC perhaps, but still, you can’t lose to those two teams and feel real good about it). Throw in a blow out loss that sparked Bama’s rise to dominance in the SEC, then we didn’t beat anyone of merit. Really, when you look at the wins that season, who did we beat? Michigan St. in the Capital One Bowl and a 5 loss LSU team? WOW! What a great season! (That’s sarcasm BTW).

Gen Neyland

November 2nd, 2010
9:00 am

3rdN8 : So I may not have a problem on those occassions when I’ve pulled for Bama..!?! Talk about a Clockwork Orange, feeling normal type senerio. Thx…

Michael in Decatur

November 2nd, 2010
9:00 am

Richt deserves next year, with its 8 home games and road games against Ole Miss, UT, Vandy & UF, That’s the kind of schedule Auburn gets every other year……

Big Dawg Daddy

November 2nd, 2010
9:01 am

Changing coaches always works. Just ask Tennessee.

Alphare

November 2nd, 2010
9:02 am

You UGA fans keep blaming the head coach, the top. But the real top is the fan base. Let’s take a look at the fans:

1. Most fans are republicans while most players are democrats – a house divided by the fans
2. Most fans will vote Nathan “the most corrupt” Deal as governor – fans horrendous to the players

Tell me how can the players go out there to win games for the fans if you have such a fan base?

Today is election day, have to throw it out there .

LawDawg

November 2nd, 2010
9:02 am

No excuse for UGA to not have D-1 caliber running backs. I can eat a whole hot dog between handoff and the moment the rb hits what used to be a hole at the LOS.

No excuse for UGA to not have D-1 caliber safeties. I can eat 2 whole hot dogs between the time an opposing receiver catches the ball and the time a UGA safety comes into the picture.

No excuse for UGA to not throw the ball to a TE every other down. We have 3 of the best in the conference. I can eat 14 hot dogs before we throw anything towards a TE (caveat: I liked how we used Charles in the UF game).

DA

November 2nd, 2010
9:02 am

BTW, I’m not saying one way or another what I think on the Richt situation. I think he’ll get another year, deservedly so when you look at his body of work, but I’ll support the Dawgs no matter the decision they make. I like Mark Richt and I hope that we can have the level of success every fan wants with him as our coach. I just simply wanted to point out why I don’t necessarily see 10-3 in 2008 a successful season.

UGA VII

November 2nd, 2010
9:03 am

When UGA VIII croaks when Idaho State wins by 30 things will change.

Chris

November 2nd, 2010
9:03 am

I think your general point is misguided. You are ignoring the cumulative effect of the last 5 years, 4 of which have been incredibly disappointing. Moreover 3 of those years – 2006, 2008, and 2010 – have been abject failures. Terrible on every level.

Finally, numbers speak for themselves. Mark Richt is 2-8 against Florida – easily Georgia’s most important rival if championships are the goal. Coach Richt is barely .500 over the last 2 years.

He gets another year, but when he again fails in 2011, UGA’s football program will have been setbakc 4-5 years.

Palladin

November 2nd, 2010
9:04 am

@Gen Neyland

Bama fans have always had respect for the Volunteer football program. It was only Phil Fulmer that we disrespected.

DawgFan

November 2nd, 2010
9:06 am

Richt may the be 3rd or 10th best coach in the SEC. I don’t personally believe that but most of you do. But here is my question for you geniuses out there: Who would you get to replace Mark Richt? After year of Goff and Donnan, Mark Richt was the savior of our program and he still is. I do think there needs to be a change at OC because Mike Bobo is not cutting it. He may be a great QB coach but no an OC.

One more thing: While you may have Juniors and Seniors on the field on defense they are all true freshmen in the scheme of things because of the change. Our defense is getting better every week and they are reason that we were able to come back in that game against Florida.

Put away your anger ladies and gents because Mark will make the changes that will make this program great again.

SadDawg

November 2nd, 2010
9:06 am

“And if so….. how confident are we that Richt can win two titles in the next 10 years?”
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Very confident, Boise Dawg, that is if Saban, Myer, Mullen, Chizik, and Petrino all leave the SEC.

Hurt Kurbstreit, you mean like Chizik took Auburn “back 3 or 4 years?” He’s unbeaten in his 2nd season.

Gen Neyland

November 2nd, 2010
9:06 am

Big Dawg Daddy : Why must you show us that you don’t understand the ongoings at Tennessee..? All you need to do is point out how successful Head Coaching changes can be by addressing CMR’s early years after taking over for Donnan.

dawgfan13

November 2nd, 2010
9:06 am

This is a bunch of crap by you Tony! All of the things you talked about as far as problems with this program have existed for 3 straight years and it is going down hill. So while I am a Georgia fan, I have heard this all before and I am sure I will continue to listen. This program will make a change when the major alums get tired of Florida kicking our a**** and they get tired of the Miss St and Colorado stop kicking our buts. So we will continue to rehash why this program is a failure for years to come they will get tired in a few years because nuthing is going to change with this program.

dp

November 2nd, 2010
9:08 am

TB…..you hit the nail on the head with what Richt needs to do, any good manager worth his salt, will reevaluate his processes and his finished product at least once every year. He’ll take his processes and break them down to the most elementary levels, starting with recruiting (Donnan was able to get most of the best players from Georgia year in and year out, Richt appears still in love with Florida High Schoolers over Georgia’s.). Coaching, coaching is a form of teaching, and many times it appears that the players (students) either haven’t learned or are unable to grasp the techniques being taught, either way it becomes a Coaching Issue. Strength & Conditioning is a factor that changes games, both early in the season and late in the season, to many times it looks as if UGA players are being pushed around because their opponets appear bigger and stronger. This is most evident when lineman are pushed backward (defensive lineman) or are being throw aside (offensive lineman) by other teams lines. And look at what other programs are doing to win and succeed. Ask other coaches what they do to maintain discipline and keep players out of trouble, be willing to try new ideas on and off the field.

Deja Vu

November 2nd, 2010
9:09 am

This time last year, everyone said that CMR deserved “one more year” to turn things around.

What will we all be saying next year?

Hmmm…

Sure, but...

November 2nd, 2010
9:09 am

I agree to a point about CMR, but at some point, the team has to have an identity. Are we a running team, a passing team or our we looking for balance on offense. It seems that the team doesn’t know until after the game has started. It looks like the coaches game plan is decided after kick-off instead of on Sunday afternoon. Adjustments should be used when the opposition is forced to change their style of play, not the other way around. Another issue is judging talent. Go back to Knowshon. Why was he redshirted again? How about Arron Murray? I’m fairly certain that he couldn’t have been worse than Joe Cox. Let him struggle like Stafford and you start this year with some experience. I’m still not down on the Dawgs and I believe that Richt has earned another year, unless the bottom truly falls out and the team loses it’s last 3. If they lose 2 out of 3, then Bobo becomes this years’ scapegoat and Richt moves onto the hot seat. Bobo could keep his job by winning 2 out of 3, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see him moved to QB coach only next season. Any way you look at, I’m disappointed in the play of the Dawgs, but I’m still a fan and always will root for them. Heading up this Saturday to see the Dawgs look like they should. After that, who knows?

3rdN8

November 2nd, 2010
9:10 am

What-If scenario.

What if UGA beats AU next week? Does this change the perception of Mark Richt? Does it change the decision on whether to keep him or not?

Bama faced a similar dilemma with Mike Dubose in 1999. Bama had played pooly most of the season, and had lost to LaTech in mid-September. Word was, Mal Moore was set to fire Dubose, then Bama beats Florida on overtime. The plug was not pulled. Bama went on to win the SEC (but lost to the Vols), and beat Florida again in the SECCG.

Dubose stayed. The 2000 season was a disaster, and set in motion a series of events that crippled the football program for a decade.

I’m not saying that keeping Richt will necessarily follow that course. I am saying that a coach shouldn’t be evaluated on the result of a game(s), but on his whole body of work. Richt’s body of work (at least the last five seasons) has been mediocre at best. That to me is the only point in discussion.

winterDawg

November 2nd, 2010
9:11 am

It is true that if you look at last year and this year there is an upswing. Hopefully that will continue. Remember, the Bear learned from his down years and got much better as a result. Richt deserves the chance.

phil g

November 2nd, 2010
9:12 am

I’m a Tennessee fan and hope Georgia keeps Richt for many years as his continued under performance will help us recruit Georgia’s top players and get us back on top sooner.

And for those Georgia fans who I’ve heard claim on sports radio that Tennessee fans would not have fired Fulmer in hind site, I say you don’t know Tennessee fans. There are some Fulmer loyalists no doubt, but many more believe our problems are due to Fulmer not getting fired EARLIER.

Keep Richt and enjoy mediocraty Bulldog nation.

Evansdawg

November 2nd, 2010
9:12 am

Tony, we wouldn’t be having this conversation if we had not gone for a 2-point conversion too early in the 2nd half….The Dawgs whould’ve won by a point without OT. That is how razor thin things are. But, you cannot win in the SEC committing 4 turnovers. Replacing Richt would put us backwards 5 years. My problem with Meyer is the classlessness and ignorance he showed by re-instating Rainey…a person that is not worthy of wearing ANY uniform in the NCAA. I ask you, had Florida not lost 3 in a row, would he have done that before the Georgia game? I think not.

Deja Vu

November 2nd, 2010
9:13 am

At some point, firing the assistant coaches begins to resemble shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic. Georgia’s coaching situation is very reminiscent of Auburn’s recent dilemma.

Maybe next year will be different?

Florida Fans for Richt

November 2nd, 2010
9:15 am

Tony, now that you’ve assumed the title of Mark Richt’s Shower Caddy and exposed yourself once again as a homer, perhaps you’d comment on Richt lying about Grantham’s choke sign and scream to UF’s kicker by saying he was calling in defensive signals on his call in show. How embarrassing it must be to be a UGa fan these days. 30 arrests, out of control staff, head coach lying to protect him. Good grief.

phil g

November 2nd, 2010
9:15 am

Oh failed to mention, at least Fulmer won a National Championship – in the first 5 years.

If it hasn’t happened yet for Richt, it ain’t goin’ to.

But please, please keep Richt.

Snow Dawg

November 2nd, 2010
9:15 am

I love you Tony but you are just wrong on this one. All the statistics are out there on how UGA has performed against top teams since Saban and Meyer hit the scene. Why do teams lose to less talented teams on a regular basis…simple IT IS COACHING!!!! When you lose to a more talented team there is no shame in that…it happens…see UF game in ‘08 & ‘09. When you lose to far less talented teams like UF ‘10, SC, Colorado, MS State, UK, & Vanderbuilt that is poor coaching plain and simple. CMR will not turn this around…with talent alone they can occasionally win 9 maybe 10 games when all the chips fall just right but for the most part UGA will be a 7 to 8 win team most years. I for one have a ton of repect for CMR but also know when someone is over his head and he clearly is WAY over his head with Meyer & Saban around. Any accomplishment prior to Saban & Meyer don’t mean a thing…the bar has been raised and Richt simply cannot keep up and the results back it up…These are facts Tony!

GatorBait

November 2nd, 2010
9:16 am

Just moments after the 34-31 overtime win over Georgia on Saturday, when Urban Meyer said it was his biggest victory at Florida, many assumed Meyer must have just gotten caught up in the emotion of the moment.

Surely, those two national championship game victories were bigger.

After having some time to think on it, Meyer on Monday re-confirmed what he said Saturday night.

“The greatest win,” he said. ” Of all time. … History of the game. Absolutely.”

Meyer then went on to explain why.

“Big picture why,” Meyer said. “Big picture for the most important people, our players. For the second most, our people and staff. … The karma, eating food that tastes good again. We had a victory meal last night and I have no idea what it was, but it was unbelievable. That’s why.

Coach, you had roasted Bulldog, that’s why it tasted so good.

Dawg Fan

November 2nd, 2010
9:16 am

I can’t even believe you yahoo’s are discussing this. Of course Mark should stay. He is one of the best Coach’s in the country. We do need to do a better job recruiting, really need a big time running back. That and some big defensive linemen. Then we will be where all Dawgs want to be…on TOP!

phil g

November 2nd, 2010
9:16 am

Where can I joing the ‘Tennessee fans for Richt’ support group?

AFDawg

November 2nd, 2010
9:20 am

Tony, You couldn’t be more wrong. CMR has had his chances the last five years. Bobby Bowden knew it — CMR isn’t SEC championship caliber. He is Sunbelt winning season material. We need an experienced professional who knows how to pick quality assistants, knows how to coach-up players, knows what plays to call and when, knows how to prepare a team properly (from fundamentals to special teams), and knows how to use all of the talent at his disposal. I would hire June Jones away from SMU immediately. June Jones has the right stuff to go toe to toe with Saban, Meyers, Miles and Spurrier in the SEC.

3rdN8

November 2nd, 2010
9:20 am

Changing the subject. Isn’t Bama playing LSU this week?

Deja Vu

November 2nd, 2010
9:21 am

@Snow Dawg

You nailed it. Both Tubby and Richt took advantage of a period in which the traditional powers in the SEC were down. When that era ended, Tubby got sent out to pasture. Then again, Auburn fans can’t afford to accept mediocrity when they have to compete with Alabama for the State Championship. Tech makes Richt’s job much easier, in that respect.

Another Worthless AJC Opinion

November 2nd, 2010
9:24 am

Your opinion is worthless along with Jeff’s, King’s, Shultz. You guys are nothing but instruments of controversy. We know that all of you will stabb Ritch in the back at the first opportunity.

The Real SugarHillDawg

November 2nd, 2010
9:25 am

I know this is going to be a BLSPHEMOUS statement but I think Searels needs to be sent packing! Have we had a dominating O-line since he has gotten here? Not just NO but HELL NO.!!!! He can take Rodney Garner with him too.

The Colonel

November 2nd, 2010
9:25 am

All those calling for CMR’s head remind me of the French Revolution. “Let’s just chop off everyone’s head…just in case”.

If you fire CMR and start over, what guarantees do you get with a new coach? What has Rich Rod done at Michigan? Is Notre Dame much better than last year? Anybody remember Mike Price? Jimbo Fisher isn’t turning out to be a messiah.

GA is competing against the best in the country. You can’t expect perfection…but you should expect competitive teams.

The remodeled defense was a great start. Give Grantham some time to a. recruit the players he needs and b. institute the scheme.

The rest of the coaching staff needs to go under the microscope. As hard as it may be, personal frendships must be second to quality coaching. This is now is big business and just like corporate America, if you are contributing to the bottomline, you have to go.

Lastly, if you saw the movie “Miracle”, you will understand this one. We don’t need the Best Players…..just the Right Players.

Enough Said.

BleedRedN'Black

November 2nd, 2010
9:27 am

Richt should stay. Eleven arrests for this season are embarrassing. Defeats against inferior teams are hard on players and coaches. It is hard to be perfect. And when we the fans asked for heads to roll, Willie Martinez was sacrificed. Are we better because of it? Let the first five games this season be the answer.

Richt’s fault. No, it is our fault. Lets not make the same mistakes. There are 500 Division 1 schools that would love to have Mark Richt on their team.

Glenn

November 2nd, 2010
9:27 am

Lets take emotion out of it . With the high school programs in Georgia , just this state alone , UGA should be in contention every year . I like Mark Richt alot . But lets take emotion out of it . Chris Petersen or Gary Patterson would be a MUCH better head coach . I even heard Chris Petersen is a scientologist . But lets take emotion out of it .

Tard Dawg

November 2nd, 2010
9:27 am

This article didn’t evaluate Richt’s ability to “hunker down” and where he hunker downs best. Between the hedges? Behind the hedges? Across from the hedges? UGA has hedges on their field that should be hunkered down in between.