ATHENS – Mark Richt beat me to the punch.
I’m in Athens today to sort through the carnage between Georgia’s loss at South Carolina last week and this week’s visit by the Arkansas Razorbacks and coach Bobby Beelzebub. My plan had been to write later today on what I believe was the Bulldogs’ most glaring deficiency last week – and it’s not play-calling – but Richt sort of beat me to it.
As chronicled by our Tim Tucker, Richt agreed with a caller on his weekly radio show Monday night who said that the Dogs looked “timid” and “afraid to hit somebody” at times in Columbia.
Richt on his show: “Defensively, there were a couple of times when you’re right –I think ‘timid’ is a very kind description of what happened. There were a couple of times when I thought we turned it down, quite frankly.”
This is progress, ladies and gentleman. No, it’s not good when a football team basically is afraid to hit somebody. But it is a step forward when the head coach acknowledges it and publicly calls his players out for it. The concept of the Dogs being soft or not tough enough hardly is a new theme in Athens in the last couple of seasons, but Richt never has publicly confirmed it, at least not that I can recall.
Any way, I have some thoughts on this subject, but I’m going to save them for the column later, following Richt’s weekly state-of-the-Dogs address. For now, I wanted to get your feedback.
Do you agree with Richt (and the caller) on the team’s timidness, or do you believe Georgia’s problems lie in other areas?
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