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An empty doghouse. It's been that kind of season.

An empty doghouse. It has been that kind of season in Athens.

ATHENS — They got bruised in Stillwater, blindsided in Knoxville and humbled in Jacksonville. Also, their dog died.

Put it all together and Georgia’s season is a like country-western song.

So here’s my question for you: If you’re still watching, what is it you’re hoping this team can still accomplish?

The Dogs play their final home game of the season tonight against

Mark Richt has triedl to keep everybody focused on the season, not what comes after.

Mark Richt has tried to keep everybody focused on the season, not what comes after.

Kentucky. The backdrop isn’t what this team’s seniors were hoping for, especially after what seemingly was projected two years ago when Georgia finished the season ranked No. 2 in the nation. But there are still some tangible goals left.

I’m guessing if Bulldog fans could lay out a perfect finish to an imperfect season, it would go something like this (in order of priority):

1) Beat Georgia Tech next week.

2) Win the season’s final three games (Cats, Jackets, bowl opponent) to finish a respectable 9-4.

3) Blow up the coaching staff.

I’m adding the last one because I’m guessing that even closing the season strong would not eliminate the bitter taste left by the 4-4 start and all that came with it.

Something tells me this will be Willie Martinez's last home game as defensive coordinator.

This could be Willie Martinez's last home game as defensive coordinator.

Most of you still believe in coach Mark Richt — as you should — but want changes in his staff and/or some of his methods.

Pure my speculation here, based on no inside information, other than what I see and hear and how Richt is now reacting to questions about his off-season plans: 1) Defensive coordinator Willie Martinez is gone; 2) There will be other changes on the staff, mostly on the defensive side of the ball and possibly with the strength and conditioning coach; 3) Some or all of these changes may be announced fairly quickly, possibly soon after the Georgia Tech game and before the bowl game.

I would be stunned if Richt made no changes. I would be surprised if he makes only one.

Let me add one more thing: While Martinez’s shortcomings as a defensive coordinator have been debated for a while, I still believe the team’s problems run deeper than one assistant coach. The problems start at the top with accountability. That’s Richt’s department. I thought his decision last week to pull out any players who committed a bad penalty was a terrific first step.

Now, about tonight’s game. Kentucky is in that, “We should beat them,” category. But this game won’t be easy. The Wildcats have won four of their last five and beat Auburn (21-14) by the same margin as Georgia (31-24). They’re averaging over 200 rushing yards per game and the defense, while not great, is among conference leaders with 13 interceptions. They’ve also committed about half as many penalties (46) in 10 games as the Dogs (89).

So here we go. Let me know what you’re looking for tonight and I’ll be back shortly.

2,054 comments Add your comment

Opinion

November 21st, 2009
5:57 pm

Houdawg

November 21st, 2009
5:57 pm

A game with few penalties & turnovers would suffice. If so, we probably string together long drives based on the running game & put this one away.

Opinion

November 21st, 2009
5:57 pm

UGA: 2
GT: 100

Scott Perkins

November 21st, 2009
5:58 pm

How about you stop saying we got beat in Gainesville, Fl. You said that once this week in the paper and now here…Hello? Where have you been?

Opinion

November 21st, 2009
5:58 pm

National Championships

GT: 4

Hershal Walker: 1

UGA: 0

Houdawg

November 21st, 2009
5:59 pm

Opinion : 0
UGA : 200

Opinion

November 21st, 2009
6:00 pm

Sorry to see UGA pass away, but if I were in his spot I’d do the same thing knowing that triple option was on its way….

Super Dog

November 21st, 2009
6:02 pm

hopefully this will be Willies last game as d coordinator

but it probably won’t if we win out since we have a bunch of idiot fans who think he’s making adjustments against tough opponents like Tenn Tech and Auburn

Houdawg

November 21st, 2009
6:03 pm

Opinion : Classless
UGA : No one cares when a freakin’ bee dies …..

Josh

November 21st, 2009
6:04 pm

Opinion. Actual National Championships that Count
UGA – 2
GT – 1
Can’t use ineligible Armed Forces players to win championships.

Opinion

November 21st, 2009
6:04 pm

Fitting that a (KnoShow Marino) played for UGA, it reminds me of how UGA shows up to everyone of its games

SMALL JOHNSON

November 21st, 2009
6:05 pm

Wow the triple highschool option veer woo Im shaking in my boots

Pat yourself on the back tech fans if you beat us. You will have beaten the best d coordinator in the nation

Colonel Sanders

November 21st, 2009
6:06 pm

…………..JACKSONVILLE
…………..not Gainesville, Jeff.

Opinion

November 21st, 2009
6:06 pm

If I were UGA’s AD, I would not get rid of Mark Richt, he’s the best you guys have

SMALL JOHNSON

November 21st, 2009
6:07 pm

Tech you will do us a favor if you do beat us

not going to hurt my feelings

hopefully a loss get rid of the rats coaching on our field

Opinion

November 21st, 2009
6:08 pm

Pat yourselves on the back for beating your best player on the field in Reggie Ball, and your best coach ever to coach the game in Chan Gailey

Buckhead Bulldog

November 21st, 2009
6:08 pm

Let’s Go Georgia Bulldogs……Sic’em Dogs!

SMALL JOHNSON

November 21st, 2009
6:09 pm

Opinion

Mark has beaten you what? oh yea 7 times

Opinion

November 21st, 2009
6:09 pm

small johnson, I cheered to lose against UGA in his sixth year so we could get him outta town

Opinion

November 21st, 2009
6:10 pm

I heard Chan Gailey will be at your campus in December as a new member of the UGA hall of fame

45ACP

November 21st, 2009
6:11 pm

At the very least Willie has to go.
Anyting after that is icing on the cake.

Jeff – If you see Baylie and Cuz tell them I said HEY!

Opinion

November 21st, 2009
6:11 pm

I also heard next year at Athens against GT that UGA would put a replica statue of Chan Gailey right next to the new Vince Dooley one

45ACP

November 21st, 2009
6:11 pm

Thing, anything

SMALL JOHNSON

November 21st, 2009
6:12 pm

The ACC conference the biggest badest football conference in the nation

HA HA HO HA OHOA HAAH OAHO ooha

Opinion

November 21st, 2009
6:12 pm

Charlie Weis is starting to pack his bags, UCON’s about to win

Opinion

November 21st, 2009
6:13 pm

UCONN 33
ND: 30

Barker

November 21st, 2009
6:14 pm

Win one for the UGA, boys.
*****

big dawg 89

November 21st, 2009
6:14 pm

CMR will keep everyone in their current position, he simply loves to have that continuity in his coaching staff. but he will bring someone in to somewhat ‘tutor’ CWM. and that someone could be mickey andrews. just something i heard from a pretty good source…CMR knows how well slick willie recruits south fla. and he doesn’t want to lose that.. as far as the strength and conditioning thing, coach van isn’t going anywhere, even i know he’s one of the best in the country. those trying to take that angle have really lost their minds….

GO DAWGS……..UGA-38 UK-26

R.I.P. UGA VII

ckgator

November 21st, 2009
6:17 pm

Sorry the pooch didn’t have a longer life.

I was thinking a nice touch would have been to have a few litters of bulldog puppies on-hand for the last home game?. Maybe a nice touch alluding to good things to come?

Not a UGA fan… but I do like dogs…

falcon 71

November 21st, 2009
6:17 pm

why are you there nothing better?

Jeff Schultz

November 21st, 2009
6:17 pm

Opinion — couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. (tongue firmly planted in cheek)

Jeff Schultz

November 21st, 2009
6:18 pm

Opinion — pretty funny line about Chan.

Pi$$onaDawg

November 21st, 2009
6:18 pm

CUZ I know you and Baylie are at the game and can’t get on-line. I hope you and Baylie are having a great day and evening. I am sorry that UGA VII is not there for Baylie to get her picture taken with him. Have a good time CUZ and Baylie. To all the Bloggers That was a great thing you did sending Baylie and Cuz to the game. Thank you all. Yes I am a Tech fan but Cuz is fun to chat with and Baylie has been through so much in her young life. Again way to go Bloggers in sending them to the game.

Jeff Schultz

November 21st, 2009
6:18 pm

45ACP — I would if I knew what they looked like. Do I want to know what they look like?

UGA LIVES ON!!!!

November 21st, 2009
6:19 pm

Everyone talking about a dogs death and joking with it(Schultz too) can suck a D***!!!!!

Jeff Schultz

November 21st, 2009
6:19 pm

Col. Sanders. I keep doing that (for obvious reasons). It’s fixed.

SMALL JOHNSON

November 21st, 2009
6:20 pm

Tech a ligimate athletic program bah humbug

Bat Masterson

November 21st, 2009
6:20 pm

Hey Jeff, do you ask the Techies to shut up on the Ga. blog, as you do when blogging the Jackets? Just curious, Bat.

BIG BAD JOHNson

November 21st, 2009
6:20 pm

BIG BAD JOHNson

November 21st, 2009
6:21 pm

FREE COUNTRY
go Jackets !

falcon 71

November 21st, 2009
6:22 pm

again why are you there Jeff. You could be frog giggin

Bat Masterson

November 21st, 2009
6:23 pm

Wow frog giggin, it’s been awhile since I heard that phrase.

SMALL JOHNSON

November 21st, 2009
6:24 pm

big dawg 89

If what your saying is true then if Richt doesn’t beat FL TECH AND TENN next year then he needs to join Chunky Weiss and pack his bags

Enough is enough with this 3million a yr salary and continualy lose to FL

Jeff Schultz

November 21st, 2009
6:25 pm

Do frog musicians say, “I’ve got a gig”?
(And that’s why I only do two shows a night.)

Pi$$onaDawg

November 21st, 2009
6:27 pm

Look I love my animals but UGA VII was a fat ugly Bulldog. The AKC can show you pictures of what a Healthy English Bulldog should look like and UGA VII wouldn’t be it.

big dawg 89

November 21st, 2009
6:28 pm

this just in,,,paul johnson just booked a flight to south bend..

got a dog for u

November 21st, 2009
6:28 pm

how about adopting this barking dog as your next mascot that lives next to me im this condo unit? He hasn’ quit barking since the LSU-Ole Miss game started. God, I wish it would shut up.

45ACP

November 21st, 2009
6:28 pm

Jeff – They are with Bill King in the sky box.

Paul Johnson's breaf stanks

November 21st, 2009
6:28 pm

Willies D will stink it up! Dawgs may get lucky and eek out a win. Yes an eek……

falcon 71

November 21st, 2009
6:28 pm

tell the truth Jeff would rather be killin frogs