Richt not worried about Georgia players being in funk (yet)

Mark Richt hopes frustrations from the loss to Arkansas, including those on offense, have subsided by the Mississippi State game.

Mark Richt hopes frustrations from the loss to Arkansas, including those on offense, have subsided by the Mississippi State game.

ATHENS — Welcome back to funk central. Actually, it’s really not all that bad. The Georgia players made available to the media in the afternoon seemed in a relatively normal mood and coach Mark Richt said he wasn’t concerned how his players felt, given that it was only Tuesday.

More on that in a minute. First, if you missed it, I spoke to athletic director Greg McGarity and posted a column earlier. He maintained confidence in Richt, despite the storm that is swirling around the program right now and the 0-2 start in the SEC.

Stating the obvious here: McGarity is an impressive guy. He handled the questioning about as well as could be expected. If you missed the column, you can click here.

Back to Richt. He gave an interesting response at his weekly news conference when asked about the mindset of his players at practice Monday after consecutive losses to South Carolina and Arkansas.

“I don’t know — all I’m going to say is everybody showed up at work and we worked,” he said. “That’s all we can ask right now. We just have to keep grinding. I’m not really worried how they feel right now. I’m more worried about how they look. If they’re in a good mood, they work hard. If they’re in a bad mood, they work hard.

“Now, as we get closer to the game, we’ll try to work on the emotional part of it. But, shoot, you can get mad and get emotional on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and it’s not going to do a whole lot of good on Saturday, unless you do it at the right time. So right now I’m not focused on the mood as much as I am the work ethic.”

This week’s game at Mississippi State will be an emotional test for the Dogs. Starkville is not an easy place to play and Richt will watch for an emotional hangover from the 0-2 start later in the week. Here’s a few player comments from Tuesday:

♦ Receiver Kris Durham: “You can’t focus on the negatives. It’s just going to tumble on you, and you’re going to end up being negative all year. It’s still a long year ahead of us. … We’re a very close knit team. We’re together. We’re just trying to move on and stay together.”

♦ Receiver Tavarres King (on criticism from fans): “It’s entertainment. People are going to have their opinions. You can only control what you can control, and that’s the way you play and how hard you play.”

♦Linebacker Cornelius Washington (on how long a loss stays with him): “Until the next win. Sunday, you’re probably not having a very good day. Monday, you have to come in and watch all this film. All week, you try to prepare and get ready for the next [game], but you have a nasty taste in your mouth.”

So how concerned are you about the Mississippi State game, and should there be any concerns of players being in a funk?

LogoGrass_652173aSACK SCHULTZ: I’ll have an update on my slow climb to No. 1 later this week. Meanwhile, there’s still time to join the fun. Click here for more info on the weekly college football picks contest and then sign up at ajc.com/go/sack-schultz.

Posts you may have missed

McGarity still calm amid storm, expresses confidence in Richt

Braves’ biggest problem may be Rockies, not Phillies

Matt Ryan overcomes hellish week (not that he noticed)

Follow me on Twitter @JeffSchultzAJC and Facebook.com/JeffSchultzAJC

249 comments Add your comment

PMC

September 21st, 2010
3:21 pm

Whoa. Is that Bootsy Collins?

Rich T

September 21st, 2010
3:23 pm

UGA should take Mississippi State, but only if they take them seriously.

PMC

September 21st, 2010
3:23 pm

At this point there’s no more pressure really. Just go have fun.

StubbHubba

September 21st, 2010
3:27 pm

Dawg Fans, Pleze, ya’ll don’t send us any more
tickets, we can’t sell the ones we
already have. Supply has exceeded
demand. Anyone interested in purchasing
plenty of tickets available for all games.

StubbHubba

September 21st, 2010
3:28 pm

Free hot dogs and cokes to any
fans purchasing Dawg tickets for
future games.

SimpleDawg

September 21st, 2010
3:29 pm

Richt’s right about honing too fine an edge too early in the week.

Listen…..let’s assume we lost to 2 really good teams. Does everything look so gloomy now?

This early in the season we really don’t know too much about any team. We may have a pretty good team also, we just happened to pick the wrong year to play USC and Arky early in the season. Let’s wait and see what evolves during the next 4 weeks.

Miss State is going to be a tough game for everyone this year. They had 5-6 turnovers against LSU, but were still in the game until late.

The glass may be half full, but we’re worried because we don’t recognize the drink.

StubbHubba

September 21st, 2010
3:30 pm

Block of tickets left for the Ga. Fla. game.
Let us know what time you can be here,
so we can schedule kick off.

Apathy

September 21st, 2010
3:30 pm

Not many commenters on the board today. Dawgs seem to do this more than other teams–lose early in the season and then get their act together once it no longer matters. By the time they start winning, it usually doesn’t matter much.

Lone Ranger

September 21st, 2010
3:31 pm

Back in the ” old ” days, going to Starkville was a nightmare because it was so hard to get to and back. It’s not so bad nowadays. The hardship of travel to what used to be a remote venue is reduced. The game is a night so it should be cooler. This is a winable game. But then, I guess A. J. will be at home watching the game like the rest of us.

Shankit

September 21st, 2010
3:31 pm

Enter your comments here

turkey caller

September 21st, 2010
3:31 pm

StubbHubba, Suck.

JB

September 21st, 2010
3:32 pm

With Florida still on the Schedule with two loses already and a rowdy fan base, I say let it loose.
Open it up. put in new plays. Blitz form a different spot every play.razzle dazzle. Make it fun for those guys….and loose….and you might be surprised with the results. I’d let some of the other guys play some. Give Mason a whirl at QB some. What the hell.

JB

September 21st, 2010
3:34 pm

put in about 3 -4 plays from the spread.

JB

September 21st, 2010
3:35 pm

Have a contest and let somebody from the nursing home or such call some plays…..Can’t hurt.

JB

September 21st, 2010
3:37 pm

Fake a hand off on first down and throw to a tight end breaking off a block. That’ll make news

JB

September 21st, 2010
3:39 pm

on 3rd and three, send all three wideouts 20 yards down field……..Whoops, sore subject.

The Titanic

September 21st, 2010
3:40 pm

An unenthusiastic, non-answer from Richt–more of the same…

Hey, Coach Richt, how about making sure the team is fired up? How about motivating them to win? How about showing a little bit of life? How about taking your high-dive routine at the pool and applying it to the practice field?

Anyway, my deck chairs need rearranging…

RxDawg

September 21st, 2010
3:40 pm

Good to see that Richt and the boys are still looking at the task at hand and getting to work. And the task is to beat Missy St. It’s been frustrating to watch my Dawgs lose two SEC games in a row. We are probably out of the SEC race, but we can salvage this season yet. Come on Dawgs, make me and the rest of the country a believer again!

Thanks for the positive pieces lately Jeff. At least you don’t kick em when there down lol.

RxDawg

September 21st, 2010
3:41 pm

they’re*

for all you grammer popo

SEC fan

September 21st, 2010
3:41 pm

If UGA should somehow manage to lose this game, McGarity will have Peterson and Patterson on speed dial.

JB

September 21st, 2010
3:41 pm

Show some Hines Ward film in the meeting of WR’s how to get separation. Introduce Marlon Brown to Mike Bobo.

Ralph

September 21st, 2010
3:43 pm

No problem. Mark Bradley says they will still finish 9 – 3, only losing to Florida since the dwags are their perennial prostitutes. Maybe UGA can just mail in that loss to avoid the humiliation and take a week off.

Bob Sacamano

September 21st, 2010
3:43 pm

Is everyone aware that we don’t even practice on Mondays?

Steve-O USC

September 21st, 2010
3:44 pm

I figured it out. The reason Georgia keeps losing is not because of A.J Green. It is because there is a part time mascot. No UGGA. (sp)

Ted Striker

September 21st, 2010
3:44 pm

I want to know the over/under on Mississippi State having to pay a cowbell fine after the game. If I were Dan Mullen, I’d try to get Christopher Walken and Will Ferrell in the stands.

JB

September 21st, 2010
3:44 pm

Anyone watch Daboo of Clemson work the game Saturday night ? Coaching, engaged, animated, cheering, getting on a A$$ when needed, working the ref’s ???/ looked good. I laughed when they hired him…..I though they played pretty good Saturday. OC really mixed it up. Had AU on their heels most of the night.

Steve-O USC

September 21st, 2010
3:45 pm

“I NEED MORE COW BELL”

5150 P.O.A.D.

September 21st, 2010
3:46 pm

Bobo can’t be introduced to anybody new! He can’t even remember all his children’s names muchless a player. Murry will have to miss classes on Monday because he will still be hearing the COW BELLS ringing in his head.

StubbHubba

September 21st, 2010
3:46 pm

Turkey Caller – You must be a Dawg Fan, Gobble, Gobble, Gobble.

RxDawg

September 21st, 2010
3:46 pm

JB, not the 2nd half

Steve-O USC

September 21st, 2010
3:47 pm

I agree JB – Yabaa Dabba Daboo gets into the game. Maybe Mark Richt should try it instead of being a CEO.

jtdawg

September 21st, 2010
3:49 pm

JB

The philosophy sounds fun, and is usually a good elixir for a young team that needs a shot in the arm… make it fun again.

But what about the history of this staff suggests that this will happen?

One game against Auburn in ‘07 I can remember…. And we reverted to black jerseys for motivation.. sheesh.

Maybe it’s possible Richt and Bobo turn the reigns loose and Granthem gets them going good, but once again, we’re in September only wondering how many of our preseason goals have already been destroyed.

JB

September 21st, 2010
3:49 pm

Peterson is not coming South. He’s enjoy’s going 11-1 every year playing that Tech school schedule of his. the SEC is too much of a headache for him. He” coach for life at Boise, win 250 games in 25 years and retire rich. 8-4 down here gets you fired.

uga_b

September 21st, 2010
3:50 pm

Jeff, honestly we shouldn’t be worried about our players being in a funk on any other team such as the Falcons; however, this team has come out flat for a half in the past and did so against USC. So, the short answer is I am not worried about a funk do to losing but just a funk in general.

USC GAMEC0CK

September 21st, 2010
3:52 pm

georgia better be very concerned about the missy state game…georgia will win if they get a bunch of turnovers…if missy state can keep the ball…missy state bulldogs send georgia to 1-3 and 0-3 SEC…and then the stink will really get started…and Mark’s arse will be smokin too.

Steve-O USC

September 21st, 2010
3:52 pm

I live in Georgia, and have to admit it is nice to be able to go outside and not see Georgia fans. I guess they all decided to go hunting. Keep up the good work team.

StubbHubba

September 21st, 2010
3:52 pm

Free Pink Dawg Jerseys when
purchasing Dawg tickets, team
matching colors.

The Ghost of Wally Butts

September 21st, 2010
3:55 pm

Watch some quick, but vintage, Bear Bryant half-time interviews on You Tube. Especially when the Tide was behind at the half. Listen to Bear’s comments….look at his eyes….

Then re-read CMR’s comments – slowly, about watching to “see if the players feel good or not”.

It’s a case of Man (Bear) vs. Boy (CMR).

JB

September 21st, 2010
3:55 pm

Yea Steve, Georgia fans go hunting after the Carolina game about twice every 10 years….LOL

5150 P.O.A.D.

September 21st, 2010
3:55 pm

UGA’s 1st Quarter of the season is a loss. Starting the 2nd quarter of the season on the road, at night, with the clang of Cow Bells don’t seem to be a good start. UGA’s middle half of the season will be hard on the dawgs. The last Quarter should be a walk. Idaho St, Auburn, week off, and Tech.

Steve-O USC

September 21st, 2010
3:56 pm

Well I can say this the Bulldogs will win this weekend.

VICTORIA'S SECRET

September 21st, 2010
3:56 pm

New batch of red panties, with Georgia logo,
just out.
New batch of pink jersies with Georgia logo,
just out.
Come get them while they last.

USC GAMEC0CK

September 21st, 2010
3:56 pm

Petterson would leave Boise St to coach at USC if Spurrier left but he will not go to athens to follow Mark Richt…you can bank on that…so stop thinking of something you can not have.

JB

September 21st, 2010
3:58 pm

Carolina is where great coach’s go to die…..LOL……………Holtz, Spurrier………………Patterson ain’t going there……

USC GAMEC0CK

September 21st, 2010
3:59 pm

hey JB, hows that big time new DC workin for ya?

JB

September 21st, 2010
3:59 pm

ONE year……………..I don’t blame you …..Make it last…………..

USC GAMEC0CK

September 21st, 2010
4:00 pm

tell me what georgia coach has gone on to coach some big time program???

you can’t bozo…when a coach leaves georgia…he ain’t coaching anywhere but in his living room.

Steve-O USC

September 21st, 2010
4:00 pm

Georgia is where coaches go to cry.

5150 P.O.A.D.

September 21st, 2010
4:01 pm

UGA is where coachs just go to neverever get a head coahing job again. Name a UGA head coach that got a head coaching job after the Dawgs. I don’t know of one really.

uuugh....

September 21st, 2010
4:02 pm

Simpledawg…maybe we did lose to 2 good teams. But both of these were win-able. We come out flat against USC–that one is on Richt (It is one of his 2 yearly games that the team comes out flat and stays flat). The Arkansas game falls squarely on Bobo. Ark never takes the field again in regulation with a competent OC.

USC and Ark are good teams…with better motivation and better coaching we could be 3-0 right now.