What the Bulldog Nation wants to hear from Mark Richt

 Sometime soon Mark Richt is going to have his end of the year press conference. I would suggest that the head coach at Georgia have that presser sooner rather than later because, to be perfectly candid about it, he has reached a crossroads in his leadership of the football program in Athens. Georgia finished the 2010 season with a 6-7 record after a-less-than-inspiring performance against UCF in the Liberty Bowl.

No, let’s don’t choose our words carefully here. Let’s call it what it really was: It was a lousy performance. Georgia looked like a team that didn’t want to be there and at 6-6, maybe the players DIDN’T want to be there. But since they were there and since the University committed itself to play the game and provide programming for its television partner, it falls upon the head coach to demand that the guys who wear the uniform representing the state university at least play hard. And Georgia did not play hard against UCF.

Mark Richt will be back for his 11th season at Georgia and he has earned the right to fix what is wrong. And right now there is a lot that is wrong with the football program at Georgia. He needs to figure out exactly what is wrong and tell everybody exactly how he plans to fix it.

Then he needs to fix it–now.

I would not presume to speak for the people of the Bulldog Nation. But I am going to suggest that these are just a few of the things they would like to hear from their head coach in the very near future:

 

**–That he loves being the head football coach Georgia and is passionate about its success: Georgia is like any major football playing school in the South. Its people care deeply about the success of the team and are invested, both emotionaly and financially, in the program. And it pains fans to think that they care more than the players and the coaches. Of course Richt cares about his work and the success of Georgia. Just have a five-minute conversation with the man and you understand that. But here is where Richt, a man of deep faith and a belief in the balance of life (both admirable qualities), needs to step outside of his comfort zone. Georgia people want passion and they want a sense of urgency when things are not going well. I believe Richt feels these things but has not done a good job of communicating it to the Georgia people.

**–That recruiting is going to get better: Here is where Richt as a head coach and Georgia as a staff has to look in the mirror and be willing to face the truth.  The fact is that outside of A.J. Green, Justin Houston, and the two kickers, there weren’t a lot of players at Georgia who could start for Alabama. (I’m going to use Alabama and Florida as measuring sticks, for obvious reasons).  The running backs (Caleb King, Washaun Ealey), for all the hype coming out of high school, continue to be very average. The offensive line, for all the talent and depth that was supposed to be there, has underachieved for three years. The defense was in transition and was about what we thought it would be. It’s not fair to judge after just one year in Todd Grantham’s system. But in other areas,  either the players were not as good as everybody thought or they haven’t been coached very well.  Richt needs to figure out which it is and address it. Georgia needs better players and a lot more of them.

**–That players are going to be disciplined on and off the field: I hear about this more than any single thing other than wins and losses. Georgia people are tired of reading about knucklehead stuff that keeps players off the practice field and out of games. How hard can it can be, they want to know, to make players understand that their life is pretty simple: Go to class, go to practice, study, play in the games, and behave the rest of the time. When players show a lack of discipline on or off the field they need to be punished publicly and the punishment needs to be firm. Again, Nick Saban at Alabama seems to have a handle on this. I’ll bet Will Muschamp will get a handle on it at Florida in short order. When it comes to this area, a healthy fear of the head coach is not necessarily a bad thing.

**–That players are going to be developed and will get better under his watch: You don’t build a football program on players  who perceive themselves to be great  because they had a bunch of stars by their name coming out of high school. Of course you have to have the elite athlete, and Georgia doesn’t have enough of those. But you also have to have good players who will work to become great and average players who will work to become good. You can’t have a roster of guys who think they can get by on talent alone. You have to have hungry players. You have to be able to take average talent and develop it. Players have to get better from year to year. Georgia has not done that.

**–That players are going to get bigger, stronger, and faster. That nobody is going to outwork Georgia in the offseason: Look at Alabama’s players in their uniforms and then look at Georgia’s. It ain’t even close. Look at Florida and the strength and conditioning program it has under Mickey Marotti. When Will Muschamp got the job at Florida, it took him about 45 seconds to know that he was going to keep Marotti. This used to be a strength of the Georgia program. It is no longer. Joe Tereshinski has already replaced Dave Van Halanger  as the strength and conditioning program director and will get a chance to fix it. Again, this is not complicated. Look at what Alabama and Florida are doing and do that.

**–That everybody from the head coach on down is going to be held accountable: Richt not only needs to make it clear internally, but he must make this clear publicly to the Georgia people. Everybody, and that means everybody, is expendable if they are not willing to commit to the goal of getting the program back among the SEC’s elite. A good head coach at this level has everybody a little on edge. The players need to step up and hold each other accountable at every workout and every practice. Those who can’t, or won’t, commit at this level will have to leave.

**–That the people who wear the uniform for Georgia will again play the game with passion: I know we are dealing with a different generation of athlete who feels more entitlted (because the process has told him he’s entitled). For the most part today’s athlete is not going to buy into the love of the institution like the folks to sit in the stadium. That’s just a fact of life, a generational difference. Still, it can be managed. But, as I said at the top, the head coach can demand that his student-athletes give their best effort when those athletes represent the University. I know that is a quaint, outdated, and probably naive notion that it is a privilege to wear the uniform. But the Georgia people don’t feel that way and their feelings have to be taken into account.

Greg McGarity, the new athletics director at Georgia, is not going to say these kind of things but I will because these are just facts. After 19 years at Florida, he’s been at Georgia for four months. That is not enough time to evaluate a football program at this level. You have to go through a recruiting season, an offseason conditioning program, a preseason while watching the day-to-day operations. There are a lot of moving parts to a football program and McGarity has only seen two: a preseason and a regular season.

And all those folks who wanted to let Richt and his staff go after this season probably haven’t looked at what it would cost. It doesn’t take a lot of checking to see that such a decision, which would have included Richt’s buyout (just under $7 million) plus the cost of buying out the assistants would have cost Georgia in the $9-10 million range. Then you have to hire a new coach (at least $3 million) and another staff. So right now that would be about a $15 million decision for  Georgia. I don’t think that was a factor in this decision but in this economy you can’t pretend that it doesn’t exist.

As I said at the top:  Very soon Mark Richt will have to tell the Georgia people two very important things. 1) What he believes the problems are and 2) How he intends to fix it and that he intends to fix it now.

And as uncomfortable as it may be, Mark Richt needs to make his case with passion–a lot of passion.

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797 comments Add your comment

Tell the truth

January 3rd, 2011
12:11 pm

The entire SEC Least is in shambles except for SC. They will more than likely win the East again next year. Ga has just as much chance as anyone to step back up next year and win it again.

The General Feeling

January 3rd, 2011
12:12 pm

When did expectations at UGA get so high?

Let’s see…. two SEC titles covering 25 years. Ya’ll should be happy.

Tell the truth

January 3rd, 2011
12:13 pm

Gator Guy Worry about your less than average Gators friend. NOBODY fears the Gators any longer- nobody.

David Granger

January 3rd, 2011
12:14 pm

We’re going to have to agree to disagree on this one, Mr. Barnhart. Coach Richt needs to go. He has allowed that FSU-style lack of discipline to creep into the program (both on and off the field). And when a coach loses discipline, he can’t ever get it back.

3rdN8

January 3rd, 2011
12:15 pm

@ Junkyard Dawg

Agree re: Gary Patterson. Think he’d be a great fit at UGA

Derek Dooley would be as well, but would be hard to pry himaway from the Vols.

Kirby Smart – I’d hate to see him leave Bama, but I think he’d be better served to get out of Saban’s shadow. I’m not sure he’s a top tier HC prospect until he succeeds as a DC at another school. UF?

Charlie Strong – I’m guessing he’s cropping up on several short lists.

Gus Malzahn – If he turns out to be as good a HC as he is an OC, it would be scary what he could accomplish in Athens

Jeff

January 3rd, 2011
12:16 pm

At this point Richt does not have a clue what to do. If you listen to his post game comments during the year it is always the same. Blah, blah, blah. As for me, I don’t need to go back and watch the game film because I was watching in real time. The press for so long handled Richt with kid gloves with the result being he believed all his press clippings.

Sense of entitlemet. Yes. Complacency. Absolutely. The answer is coaching plain and simple. No doubt the majority of players at UGA had multiple offers from other schools even those current elite programs. You could switch the players between UGA and Bama and Saban would coach them up and win with our players and Richt and staff would leave everyone questioning those players.

Recruiting is not going to get any better under Richt. Results from the last several years impacts recruiting and I expect UGA to lose out on all the top players they are recruiting. UGA should have an advantage over several schools in the SEC that run the spread just by asking the recruits how many teams in the NFL run the spread.

Richt has UGA at a disadvantage because of the status of the program and his increasingly hot seat. Richt has reached the same point as Fulmer and Tuberville both of which overstayed their effectiveness. McGarity is just delaying another year the inevitable and further damage to UGA. Richt could have done the right thing and walked away thanking UGA for ten years and been revered forever in Dawg lore but things instead will likely get ugly over the next year.

Dawg Tired

January 3rd, 2011
12:17 pm

We need to hear, “I have failed to do the things needed to turn this program around. It’s my fault completely. I appreciate the opportunity Coach Dooley gave me 10 years ago. I have lost control of this program. My players no longer are willing to put forth the effort needed to win in the SEC. That is my fault. I regretfully think it is time to turn the program over to some one with fresh ideas.”

Mettenbergers Ghost

January 3rd, 2011
12:18 pm

Unless CMR quits he’ll be around until he’s fired. Miami is looking again but I’m sure his pride is enough motivation to turn the once proud program around but common sense says it’ll be 2-3 years before that happens and if he can even do it. He currently doesn’t have enough good players and coaches to make it happen. His special teams are pure vanilla. No imagination. GA’s always caught off guard when the opposition runs trick plays. GA doesn’t have any unless its the reverse. Cannot recall the last time GA ran RB option pass/run. Its like the coaches have run out of ideas. We can see it and so can the other teams we play. If CMR wants to turn things around he needs new blood in his coaching staff. Thats all of them. Do it now otherwise nothing will change for the best.

CatsFly

January 3rd, 2011
12:19 pm

If a coach is secure in his job, he would only leave his current position for one at another school only if its adds lifetime or near-lifetime security in the new job. (Talking about schools which are essentially even, such as Tn and UGa.)
How many coaches have promised the offering school his services, just to reneg the next day when his current school matches or even ups the stakes. Its all about money, as you already know.

Tell the truth

January 3rd, 2011
12:19 pm

The UGA football team deserves better fans !!!!

Georgia ADs big mistake

January 3rd, 2011
12:21 pm

Richt has lost such an incredible amount of support that it would be better to just fire him now and start looking. The problem is that McGarritty made the critical mistake several weeks ago of saying Richt’s job was safe through 2011.

Dog fans don’t realize it now but that mistake is almost as big as the red panties mistake. He should never have made such a proclamation because now UGA loses another year.

All he did was essentially make Richt a 1 year lame duck coach and the effect is that the dogs will lose several top flight recruits, the fan base will remain restless for a full year, and the inevitable firing of Richt was delayed by just one year.

Les W. Moore

January 3rd, 2011
12:22 pm

Tony is right. Coach Richt has NOT developed a player in over 10 years at UGA. Sure, he has recruited talent but he has not developed it. Ealy and King are prime examples of highly rated RBs coming out of high school who now couldn’t start for Georgia Southern.

Think about the guys who never improved past their Soph seasons. About everyone… really.

LEROY

January 3rd, 2011
12:22 pm

Let’s all just digress a little……

Mooty Squarefinger

January 3rd, 2011
12:23 pm

Buckeye -

“You are occasionally a top 20 program and some years not even that. Always have been, always will be.”

Uh, apparently you don’t read so good. From 2002 through 2008 UGA was a Top 10 team. If Ohio St. had to play a conference Championship like everyone else, how would they fair? Something to think about and oh BTW don’t look at what the SEC did to the Big 10 on New Year’s Day, I’m sure you think that’s an anamoly as well.

NORCROSS DAWG

January 3rd, 2011
12:24 pm

4TH AND INCHES,,,I DONT MIND GETTING THE POINTS EARLY IN A GAME,,,BUT RICHT,ASK FOR A MEASUREMENT FOR CHRIST SAKE(OOPS,,SORRY),,,DO SOMETHING INTELLIGENT DURING A FOOTBALLGAME,,,ARE THE ASSISTANT COACHES ALLOWED TO TRY AND HELP THE HEAD COACH? OR ARE THEY AS LOST AS HE IS DURING A GAME,,THE PLAYERS TAKE ON THE PERSONALOTY OF THE HEAD COACH! UGA IS IN A DOWNWARD SPIRAL BEING LEAD BY A COACH WITH NO DESIRE TO KISK SOMEBODY’S ASS! I WILL TAKE ANYBODY AS A NEW HEAD COACH AT UGA,,ANYBODY!

TrishaDishaWarEagle

January 3rd, 2011
12:25 pm

Now that the season is over, I can tell the truth. I’m the girl with the red panties. Pat Dye set the whole thing up because he’s still pissed that UGA hired Vince Dooley instead of him.

BTW: I’m wearing my red panties to Glendale — and I don’t plan on taking them off this time!

Well… I might take them off for Cammie!

DawgByte

January 3rd, 2011
12:26 pm

Les W. Moore -

David Pollack comes to mind! He was recruited by UGA as a Fullback. The coaches then switched to DT, before he finally found a home at DE where he became the most dominating DE in the nation during his tenure.

NORCROSS DAWG

January 3rd, 2011
12:30 pm

IF CMR WAS AN ASS LIKE JIM DONNAN WAS TO THE PRESS AND FANS,,,,HE WOULD OF BEEN FIRED AFTER LAST SEASON,,,,BUT HE IS TO NICE OF A HUMAN BEING TO BE FIRED AND HAS WAY TO MUCH MONEY(OVER PAID) LEFT ON HIS CONTRACT TO BE LET GO RITE NOW AS NEEDED…..DONNAN WAS AN EXCELLENT JUDGE OF TALENT,,CRM WAS GOING TO MAKE SCAM NEWTON A TE ! THAT SHOULD OF GOTTEN HIM FIRED ON THE SPOT! SELAH

t.slay

January 3rd, 2011
12:30 pm

(Quote)kindergarten math

January 3rd, 2011
10:25 am

Sometimes one decision says all that needs to be said. When CMR went for the field goal on fourth and inches, he was telling his players , coaches and the whole world that he had no confidence in their ability to get half a foot against players from Central Florida. Is there any surprise that Georgia was flat for the rest of the game ? How do you feel, as a player and coach, when your head coach makes that announcement to the world ? Contrast that decision with Coach Mike Smith and the Falcons, who routinely go for it on fourth down because they believe in their players and coaches abilities. Making these first downs are not only inspirational for the team, but itis also a morale crusher for the opponent. CMR should apologize to his players, coaches and fans for that humiliating, emasculating decision. It sent the message that he did not believe in them. If he didn’t believe in them, then is it any surprise that they just went through the motions from that point on ? It is very discouraging to see the emotion and coaching that takes place from the sidelines from other head coaches in the bowl games, and contrast that with CMR’s “whatever” attitude.(end quote)

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Kindergarten Math, I agree 100% with your post. It seemed like the wind went out of Georgia’s sails after that first field goal. Several things could have happened had they gone for it on 4th down. They could have drawn the UCF defense offsides and gained a 1st and goal with 4 new shots to get into the end zone. Even if they don’t make the first down, the defense had UCF on its own 1 or 2 yard line and the defense could have forced a turnover and possibly a defensive touchdown (like Atlanta against Seattle a few weeks ago). But for Richt to make the statement that he had no confidence in his offense, that was a killer. I don’t blame some of the players for being upset about that decision as was reported in the press. At that point Georgia had nothing to lose and Georgia could have made a statement right then for 2011.

Last year, we beat Texas A&M in the Independence Bowl. A&M finished 6-7 last year. This year they are playing LSU in the Cotton Bowl. Texas A&M improved vastly while Georgia got worse. If that is not an indication of the state of where Georgia is at, then I don’t know what is.

Last week, a couple of days after Ga. Tech lost to Air Force, I read the AJC interview with Coach Paul Johnson. Johnson came across as very pissed and he said that there WOULD be changes. I could almost see the smoke coming off the paper Johnson was so angry about Tech’s season. On the other hand, Richt says “We’re disappointed. There will be changes. It is what it is.” The Tech folks may be in for a pleasant surprise next season. I have more confidence at this point Johnson turning things around at Tech than I do Richt turning things around at Georgia.

Gator Bait 18-3

January 3rd, 2011
12:31 pm

Tell the truth

January 3rd, 2011
12:13 pm
Gator Guy Worry about your less than average Gators friend. NOBODY fears the Gators any longer- nobody

TRUTH—————IF I WAS 3-18 AGAINST THE GATORS I WOULD BE WORIED, BUT THAT’S JUST ME. THE WORST GATOR TEAM IN 20 YEARS STILL WHIPPED THE DAWGS.

BelieveDawg

January 3rd, 2011
12:32 pm

Get ready for a BIG turnaround Dawg fans! It’s darkest before the dawn, and the light is about to shine forth. You have to persevere through the tough times to enjoy the fruit that comes in the good times. Expect the best to come, Dawg fans.

FRMTHEBLCHERS

January 3rd, 2011
12:34 pm

Just by reading most of these posts it sound’s real clear what the bulldog nation want’s to hear from CMR. Thank for the memories and the Ford pick-up.GOOD-BYE.

DIT

January 3rd, 2011
12:34 pm

@BelieveDawg

I truley wish I could get on board with your post. Just a little hard right now, but I hope your right!

Gator Bait 18-3

January 3rd, 2011
12:34 pm

Tell the truth

NORCROSS DAWG

January 3rd, 2011
12:35 pm

HEY BELIEVEDAWG,,HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF REALITY? THE BIG TURNAROUND STARTED AFTER ALL OF DONNAN’S PLAYERS RAN OUT OD ELGIBILITY AND CMR THUGS STARTED TO SUN THE ASYLUM. SELAH

Steve

January 3rd, 2011
12:36 pm

What a bunch of fair weather fans. How many of you were at the Liberty Bowl. I was and out of the whole Bulldog Nation there were only about 10,000 wearing red. True fans support their team all the time. I bet most of you calling for Richt’s head didn’t even bother to go to the game. Did the team show up and play hard? No! But the fans didn’t show up at all. Maybe we are all getting what we deserve.

Jack

January 3rd, 2011
12:36 pm

The 1 thing Richt should NOT do is hold a conference and tell his competition what all his problems are. How dumb would that be?

Just move on, 2010 is over, can’t change a thing about it, time to focus on 2011.

Ace

January 3rd, 2011
12:36 pm

The UGA Possums, play dead at home, killed on the road. UCF, oh my.

SEC East = Big East

January 3rd, 2011
12:38 pm

Richt = Has Been

Driving Ms Dooley

January 3rd, 2011
12:39 pm

@TrishaDishaWarEagle

January 3rd, 2011
12:25 pm
Now that the season is over, I can tell the truth. I’m the girl with the red panties. Pat Dye set the whole thing up because he’s still pissed that UGA hired Vince Dooley instead of him.

BTW: I’m wearing my red panties to Glendale — and I don’t plan on taking them off this time!

Well… I might take them off for Cammie!

We all know you wear orange and blue panties or nothing at all. Cammie is gonna be a very rich guy next year. I’m sure you’re not the only one offering.

GatorBait 18-3

January 3rd, 2011
12:39 pm

Tell the truth

I would be worried if I had only had 1 commitment from that great recuiting class Richt has lined up playing in the UnderArmour game Wed night. Take a look at the players the top SEC schools have playing. Recruiting is Richt’s downfall.

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. College
Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix S 2-Jun 200 Alabama
Trey DePriest OLB 2-Jun 220 Alabama
Malcolm Faciane TE 5-Jun 260 Alabama
Ryan Kelly C 4-Jun 264 Alabama
Marvin Shinn WR 3-Jun 180 Alabama
Vinnie Sunseri OLB 11-May 202 Alabama
Bradley Sylve WR 11-May 175 Alabama
Brey Cook OT 6-Jun 295 Arkansas
Mitch Smothers OG 4-Jun 285 Arkansas
Reese Dismukes C 2-Jun 275 Auburn
Kiehl Frazier QB 2-Jun 210 Auburn
Thomas O’Reilly OG 3-Jun 296 Auburn
Jeff Driskel QB 6′4″ 224 Florida
A.C. Leonard ATH 6′3″ 232 Florida
De’Ante Saunders ATH 5′11″ 185 Florida
Ryan Shazier OLB 6′2″ 200 Florida
Ja’Juan Story WR 6′3″ 190 Florida
Nick Waisome CB 5′10″ 168 Florida
Justin Scott-Wesley WR Jun-00 200 Georgia
La’El Collins OT 5-Jun 285 LSU
Anthony Johnson DT 3-Jun 295 LSU
Jarvis Landry WR 11-May 181 LSU

SEC East = Big East

January 3rd, 2011
12:40 pm

Why would the fans waste all that money attending a bowl game in BFE Memphis when anyone with common sense knew there was barely a 50/50 chance UGA would show up and play to win?

Nick

January 3rd, 2011
12:40 pm

The thing is, I still like CMR and will continue to follow him as long as he’s the man in Athens. The bad thing is, that I have simply lost faith in him whereas a few years ago I never would have said such a thing.
Please make me change my mind soon. NOW actually!

billcanoe

January 3rd, 2011
12:41 pm

Tony – Your article was spot-on throughout, but the fundamental problem is that CMR does not understand – or does not want to understand – what discipline really is. He suffers from the Bobby Bowden syndrome – if the kid is a really good football player, just slap his hand and say “you shouldn’t do that”. No really meaningful discipline to get the kid’s attention, because that might require suspending the kid for a really meaningful game or two. The second fundamental problem is that he doesn’t have the caliber of players that Bowden had for many years to be lenient with. This mindset is not going to change, nor are the results.

Tell the truth

January 3rd, 2011
12:44 pm

Gator Bait 18-3 It does not change the fact that Florida has fallen from it’s one lofty perch!!!

TrishaDishaWarEagle

January 3rd, 2011
12:44 pm

@Driving Ms Dooley

Nobody knows my panties like you do!

;-)

SEC East = Big East

January 3rd, 2011
12:45 pm

Richt’s body of work as a HC is not even close, nor ever will be close to what Bobby Bowden accomplished.

pointingthefinger

January 3rd, 2011
12:46 pm

Richt is overrated and the bell will toll. The players quit on him and some of them deserve to get their scholarships pulled for the off-field antics that took place this season. Overall UGA gets a D-. Way to go Dawgs..LOL

Former Player

January 3rd, 2011
12:48 pm

Tony, your article appeals to the subjective and while you hit some populist issues in Dawg nation, you do not know what you are talking about. Granted the record of UGA these past 2 years underlines serious ssues, I do not believe anyone but the coaches have an idea on what the problems are and the fix is never as simple as you propose.

I have no doubt that another bad record like this one will end Richt’s career in Athens, but some things I will defend:
1. Nobody wants to win more than Richt…and I can not support this anymore than you can support that he does NOT care. You would not accept my specific examples anyway because of our record.
2. Recruiting has gone and will continue to go well. Our success rate is not as successful as UA and UF because they signed more 5 stars than our 4 stars. It’s really that thin of a line between championships and mediocrity. We are missing leaders on our roster, something very hard to find nor is rated by Rivals.
3. Discipline issues are not why we lost. We had much worse when I played.
4. Strength is not a concern. Van Halenger is one helluva coach. Though I like Coach T and his new energy, Van Halenger’s positive infludence will be missed. Walk on the field and compare us to UF and UA, Tony. We do not lack strength or size. We have lacked in “on feild leadership”, however and need some to step up in the huddle.
5. Accountability: exactly who is not being held accountable? Puh-leaze…and lastly,
6. Passion?! C’mon, how do you measure this and how does Richt prove this to you? By having a press conference and saying it?! Nobody has more passion for UGa and it’s gameplan to win on Saturday than Richt and he demands it from every Coach and player.

I have no doubt that the coaches are doing all they can to win the conference are going to work now and looking forward to our opener against Boise State. Proving it on the field will no doubt shut up both the fans and reporters – who are getting paid to kick up dirt using subjective speculation.

pointingthefinger

January 3rd, 2011
12:50 pm

Those War Eagles will get a wakeup call next week. That defense of fat bodies can’t keep up the pace with O’s quick paced offense. AU fans will be crying crocodile tears.

Pull My Finger

January 3rd, 2011
12:52 pm

Coach Richt is the best coach in the whole SEC. Just wait till next year — you’ll see!

Mayo

January 3rd, 2011
12:55 pm

The bow is on the verge of slipping beneath the waterline. Will the bilge pumps work or does the ship plunge downward after 2011?

Pull My Finger

January 3rd, 2011
12:57 pm

Well if Auburn loses, then at least they won’t have to complain about sharing the NC with TCU.

tony

January 3rd, 2011
12:58 pm

I still say Todd Grantham should replace Mr.Richt. He will use the whip without hesitation. All he need is a good OC and a good Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Driving Ms Dooley

January 3rd, 2011
12:58 pm

Trish,

I like your prediction earlier. 56-42 was it? I think that we’ll start to see alot of copy cat offenses next year and a possible paradigm shift in offensive philosophy. I hope your man Gus doesn’t take a head coaching gig in the SEC. On the other hand, if he does, it will help the SEC stay ahead of the pack in terms of innovative offense.

Either way, I’m hoping for a 100 point, 1000 yard game. Of course, with an SEC winner.

Weagle Weagle..

GatorBait 18-3

January 3rd, 2011
12:58 pm

Tell the truth

January 3rd, 2011
12:44 pm
Gator Bait 18-3 It does not change the fact that Florida has fallen from it’s one lofty perch!!!

I agree that Florida was terrible this year, but a least Meyer was man enough to step down since he had lost that fire in his belly. Of course, Richt never had any fire and won’t step down. After he starts 0-2 in 2011 he will fired—to bad he is fired now. For you that is, it’s great news for the rest of the SEC.

Looks like another 6 loss year coming up. Count em, Boise State (much better than UCF), South Carolina, Miss State, Tenn, the annual whipping in Jax, and Auburn. Don’t rule out an unexpected loss to Miss or Kentucky.

Memphis Dawgfan

January 3rd, 2011
12:59 pm

There needs to be several changes made.. I understand upsets, but losing to UCF after a month of preparation is not excusable. I was at the UCF game and I was actually stuck in the middle of UCF fans.. that team was playing for something and every single person there was jumpin the whole time.. there fans had just as much fire as there players did.. it made me sick to my stomach watching our defense do a little swagged out walk to there positions before every play in the 4th quarter.. it was embarassing, i wanna see them at least pretend like they wanna be there.. just a side note to throw in a little under 7 min to go in the 4th quarter 1st and 25 after a chop block, we run the ball, as if we had gained any yards whatsoever running the ball all game.. unbelievable.. looking forward to some changes in athens

Pull My Finger

January 3rd, 2011
12:59 pm

Auburn will be even better next year. This will be three years with the same coaching staff. Their only real competition in 2011 will be from the Georgia Bulldogs.

seabass

January 3rd, 2011
1:01 pm

Our or Ritch’s player evaluation has got to get better. That should be obvious when the winner of the heisman is from Ga.and we don’t recruit for the position. We also have defensive ends playing noseguard. If we don’t have the personale to run the defensive scheme 3-4, then don’t run a 3-4.

Mayo

January 3rd, 2011
1:01 pm

Hope “Former Player” is right. I truly hope he’s right. From “just a fan’s” perspective though, the media, the fans in the seats, and the (honest, non-flaming, thinking) SEC football-watching public as a whole can recognize trouble with pretty good clarity. There’s no other SEC program with as much of that “trouble” as we speak than the one in Athens.