It’s Martinez on the hot seat, not Richt

Paul Finebaum, the Mobile Press-Register columnist and radio personality who serves as the Matt Drudge of the SEC media circuit, now has turned his attention from Urban Meyer ostensibly going to Notre Dame and has declared that Mark Richt is teetering on the hot seat.

Finebaum starts off by calling Georgia’s season last year “a house of horrors.” Even though the Dogs won the Capital One Bowl “to finish with a solid 10-3 record,” he says,” it was too little, too late. The damage was done and fans have been grumbling ever since.”

He touches on Richt’s supposed shortcomings, including not being enough of a disciplinarian and not having the “steely determination” and “ruthless no bend or break approach” of an Urban Meyer or Nick Saban. But the one thing you hear more than any concern,” Finebaum says, “is the national championship. There is a feeling among some in the Georgia fan base that Richt simply can’t get it done.”

With Georgia facing another tough schedule this year, Finebaum treads the same path as MrSEC.com did last month, saying that “should Georgia stumble out of the gate, expect the pressure to intensify on Richt. Fair or unfair, it’s the reality of college football.”

Overall, though, Finebaum’s main argument seems to be that if it could happen to Tommy Tuberville and Phil Fulmer, it can happen to Richt.

I realize that in the state where Finebaum works the fan bases tend to have a love/hate relationship with their coaches; they either elevate them to sainthood or start sending projectiles through their windows at the first sign of trouble. 

But the idea that Georgia would even consider getting rid of a 10-win-a-year coach because he hasn’t won a national championship is patently absurd. 

Even if the wheels came off this year and Georgia won, say, less than eight games, Richt would not be anywhere near the so-called hot seat. Now, if the Dogs lost four or five games because opponents were continuing to roll up 30-plus points, the same could not be said for defensive coordinator Willie Martinez. Richt undoubtedly would feel pressure to make a staff change there. 

But Richt teetering on the hot seat? That’s about as likely as Tim Tebow breaking a sweat in the Charleston Southern game.

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Saint Simons

July 21st, 2009
10:41 am

45-42!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

dawgfanatic24-7

July 21st, 2009
10:48 am

Getting rid of CMR isn’t the answer. Who wants to rebuild from scratch and have our recruiting go to crap? Richt is a great coach in a hard conference.

Cb@CB.com

July 21st, 2009
10:48 am

I totally agree. Finebaum is just looking for something to talk about and to stir up something.

yellow fuzz

July 21st, 2009
10:50 am

I love giving Saint Simons and ahope3 rusty trombones and they ALWAYS return the favor

Huh?

July 21st, 2009
10:50 am

Tebow will break a sweat in the Charleson Southern game because the Dark Lord will have him playing in the 4th quarter dropping back and making some NFL-style passes for the scouts. I think you’ll see alot of that this year.

augustadawg

July 21st, 2009
10:56 am

The fact that our program is so strong that he can call a 10 – 3 season ” a house of horrors ” says alot about what CMR has done. Injuries were our main issue last year and a lack of defensive ends. They will right the ship this year and win at least 10 games. CMR will get that BCS Championship at some point and probably more than 1.

chipperdawg

July 21st, 2009
10:58 am

I fully agree with you, Bill, anyone who thinks Richt is not THE perfect coach for UGA is just crazy! Look at what this guy has done in a relatively short period of time. I’m not a big Martinez fan either, but I know this, Mark Richt knows WAY more about our defensive situation than I (or most of your readers AND the “media experts”) and I trust his judgement. I think he’s earned that, to say the least. So many things have to fall just right to win the MNC, but I still say its just a matter of time for Coach Richt and my beloved Dawgs. Its coming Dawg Nation… bank on it! GO DAWGS!!!!! GATA!!!

Robert

July 21st, 2009
10:59 am

Finebaum is a complete idiot.
No real Dawg fan wants to see CMR go anywhere. He is good for UGA, the SEC and college football as a whole. He is an upstanding guy with solid values and moral integrity, which can be felt on and off the field.
The Fulmer and Tubberville firings happened under unique circumstances and it is ludicrous to relate them to CMR’s situation. Sure, people expect better than what we got last year, but it is forgivable.
What’s not forgivable is Willie Martinez and his handling of the defense. I think he should be gone as soon as our defensive play resembles anything from last season, heck, if we can’t stop OKST in Stillwater, he should be gone.

Gator Growl

July 21st, 2009
11:09 am

Huh? the only one making NFL style passes in the 4th qtr will be Johnny Brantley. Probably by the middle of the 2nd qtr. You just might want to tune in to catch the next Dawg trainer…

mcdawg

July 21st, 2009
11:09 am

who is going to cover Dez Bryant?

Erik

July 21st, 2009
11:12 am

@ Robert: Trying to “stop” OKST in Stillwater” may not be the best barometer. They have arguably the best QB-RB-WR trio (collectively) in the country and also have possibly the best OT in the country. I’m not saying they roll up 40 points. But they will move the ball and score some on us.

That said, I do agree that if our D stumbles like it did last year, Martinex has to be held accountable, and perhaps shown the door.

Erik

July 21st, 2009
11:12 am

Oops, meant to type “Martinez”.

Trade School Junkie

July 21st, 2009
11:14 am

I disagree with PF. 2008 wasnt a house of horros Athens.

But 2009 will be. And it’ll start with OKST delivering a mac-daddy beatdown to the hounds.

Robert

July 21st, 2009
11:17 am

Erik,
I am aware of their “awe inspiring trio” at OKST. It will be tough to stop. I guess I just have no more tolerance for Willie. He is such a terrible coach and his numbers are pathetic and get worse every season. I don’t want his defensive “coaching” to be the reason we start the season poorly with an L and set a tone similar to the one that was pervasive last year.

Huh?

July 21st, 2009
11:18 am

John Brantley? Never heard of him. I looked him up though and saw that he attempted a grand total of 28 passes last season. That standing alone is pretty standard for a back up QB, but if you consider that all 13 of Florida’s victories last year were by double digits it doesn’t look so standard anymore. Meyer simply refused to play this guy even in blowout situations. I don’t see that changing in 2009, especially with millions at stake for his golden boy. I would parenthetically note that if Florida is going to stumble much this year (big IF) it will be this kind of arrogance that does them in in my opinion. Thanks.

dee

July 21st, 2009
11:21 am

Where does Saint Simons live. I’m toilet papering his house!

Robert

July 21st, 2009
11:22 am

I guess Prince Miller will cover Dez?

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July 21st, 2009
11:27 am

[...] Bulldogs’ defense.The Junkyard Blawger over at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution believes that Paul Finebaum is as out of touch with the Georgia fanbase as I am if he (and I) believe UGA fans might turn on Mark Richt: “… the idea that Georgia would [...]

Supes

July 21st, 2009
11:28 am

I disagree with that statement, and here is the reason why.

Mark Richt is extremely loyal to a fault. He has hitched his wagon to a man who is not inspiring and coaching up our talent to their potential. He refuses to make changes on his coaching staff. So IF, and it is a big IF (b/c I don’t expect 2 down years in a row defensively) our defense has another subpar year…BOTH Richt and Martinez will be on the hot seat and it will be CMR’s doing b/c of his refusal to demote Willie to secondary coach or flat out show him the door.

Robert

July 21st, 2009
11:33 am

Yeah, CMR needs to be able to make changes when it proves necessary. Loyalty can definitely get you fired.

takedowndawg

July 21st, 2009
11:38 am

All that I have to say is , UGA defense is loaded with talent. If there is not the intensity and pressure by every player at EVERY position and there is not sound tackling by EVERY player at every position toward our opponent’s ball carriers, there will be red in the eye of most alumni. No PREVENT STYLE DEFENSE REGARDLESS of the situation. Play to WIN, not play, to not LOSE
We believe in you. Show us you can change your approach and do the fundamentals. We can have a great season. A lot of us think Joe Cox and the offense is going to do a great job. Be DOMINANT defense.

Eastside Dawg

July 21st, 2009
11:38 am

The mere fact this comes up so much means his seat is at least a little warm. I’m as big a Dawg as anyone, but I gotta admit I thought he’d at least have one national championship by now, especially with the team we had last year. He’s definitely a great recruiter but even I am beginning to wonder if he has what it takes to take us all the way. I hope he proves me wrong.

Gordon

July 21st, 2009
11:39 am

A few questions:

1) Will Richt get rid of Martinez if the defense has a year like last year?

2) If he doesn’t, how will he react to pressure from Evans to get rid of Martinez?

3) what if the problem is someone below Martinez? Is getting rid of Martinez because he is the man in charge of the defense any different than getting rid of Richt because he is in charge of the whole team?

FDawg

July 21st, 2009
11:50 am

Must really be a slow news day to even be considering this nonsense…
I remember Ray Goof and the always personable (not) Jim Donnan. We wouldn’t even consider letting Richt go is he was to have a subpar year…

frank

July 21st, 2009
12:08 pm

nice guy football, good for about 8-10 wins and a meaningless bowl against a boring big 10 team.

Long Dawg

July 21st, 2009
12:09 pm

Finebaum is like any decent writer. If what he says isn’t contraversial no one would finish the article. Finebaum is incorrect for the following reasons: #1 When you win 10 games and your fans are restless you have brought your program to a new level #2 Richt is a better coach than Tuberville and Fulmer #3 Discipline and recruiting continue to improve #4 Coach Richt has shown the capacity to adapt and make changes as needed. This will pay off this year. The Dawgs will suprise many people and next year Finebaum will be writing about the resurgence of Mark Richt.

Saint Simons

July 21st, 2009
12:10 pm

Raw sewage spews though uga campus!!!!!!!!! been like that for many years!!!!!

Huh?

July 21st, 2009
12:12 pm

Richt is on the hot seat among the moron faction of the Dawg nation. To the rest of us he will remain Georgia’s coach as long as we continue to be competitive in the SEC and he continues to represent the school as well as he has since he’s been here. End of story. Case closed. Class dismissed.

Whopper Dawg

July 21st, 2009
12:24 pm

I agree with Supes. Martinez has proven he cannot get it done – UGA gave up 38 or more points FIVE times last year. LSU, FLA and ALA give up over 38 ONCE COMBINED. That is once in 36 games compared to 5 out of 12. Gimme a break, that is just not getting it done. The rub is once the pressure comes, RIcht may leave due to the control issue.

Drew-G-A

July 21st, 2009
12:31 pm

If you read Finebaum you obviously know that he is without a doubt Bama through and through. That said I rarely take anything he says serious. And I don’t mean this toward all of Bama fans, but a majority of them tend to come out of the woowdwork when they have a good season, and then go back in to hiding and living in the past when they have anything in between 1992 and 2008. I actually grew up a Bama fan as a child in B’ham before I moved to Georgia, went to UGA and became a Dawg. We have some in Georgia like this about UGA as well, but let me tell you something from growing up around the Tide, the majority of the fan base are shortsighted NASCAR fans and have nothing to do with the university. I hope all the Bama fans out there don’t take this too personal, cause I know a lot of you that are awesome.

Richt is loved at UGA, we are a loyal fan base usually. Not to mention, most fans at UGA are impressed with Mark Richt’s character/personality as much as his ability to consistently field above average football teams.

Yes, we want a National Championship, and yes, we want to own Florida. But that takes time no matter who is at the realms. I’d rather have a solid guy for many, many years than take the Chance on winning a NC and as a result have many years of obscurity that follow.

For the record Finebaum’s a joke, and he knows is too.

southgadawg88

July 21st, 2009
12:32 pm

……LSU gave up 50 twice last year dude…get your facts straight!

takedowndawg

July 21st, 2009
12:40 pm

Huh, would a consistent 3-4 loss season(but being “competitive”) for 3-4 years in the SEC be ok with you? Reminds of childrens coaches that say to the children, “everyones” a winner and it is not whelther “you win or lose ” but how you play the game. Those kids being addressed are being coached by “coaches” who do not expect much by themselves or expect much from the kids. The teams/players are poorly prepared and are undisciplined. Don’t misunderstand. We alumni like and respect Coach Richt but he needs to become much firmer and much more involved with the areas of our organization that have consistently let the team down over the last two years against top notch competition. Defense and Special Teams.

DawgJones

July 21st, 2009
12:40 pm

LongDawg…Richt is a better coach than Tuberville or Fulmer? Richt has averaged more wins than both, but has not won more championships than either. For the record Fulmer has been to the SEC Championship game since Richt. Richt is in the same boat as both Fulmer and Tubs pretty decent in world that expect better. We have wone 10 a year thanks in part to a 12 game season. Melt down losses to Bama, Florida and Tech last year made us average, throw in a win against the Big 10’s third or fourth best team and you get a 10 win season. He’s not on the hot seat because he wins 10. What will be interesting is if we continue to win 10 and don’t be Florida, its only good for second in the east and the over/under for tired of that crap is 10 years…what year is this?

m

July 21st, 2009
12:47 pm

Richt will gone just like Donnan when Tech hangs the 3rd win in a row in 2010.

45-42….only the beginning.

Who is Gt??

July 21st, 2009
12:51 pm

Gt is Irrlevant!!!!!!!!

Disgruntled Dawg

July 21st, 2009
12:54 pm

The Big disappointment with Richt is that he gave Willie a damn raise last year. So as it goes when Willie will have another bad year then yes CMR will be on the hot seat and rightly so. CMR Has reached his plateau I belive and as go Willie so does Richt.

athensdawg

July 21st, 2009
12:55 pm

if the ‘d’ don’t get it done….there is going to be a lot of howling in athens.

Huh?

July 21st, 2009
12:56 pm

“Huh, would a consistent 3-4 loss season(but being “competitive”) for 3-4 years in the SEC be ok with you?”

I’m not going to speculate on what’s going to happen over the next 3-4 years. That would be stupid. Are you suggesting that Richt be on the hot seat for losing games that have not even taken place yet? LOL.

In an attempt to answer you stupid loaded question, we’re talking about RIGHT NOW. RIGHT NOW there is absolutely no reason under the sun why Richt should be on the hot seat. NONE.

Jeff

July 21st, 2009
12:59 pm

Bill- I agree Mark Richt is not on the hotseat- but lets be clear 10 win season or not- last year was a total disappointment. We lost to our two biggest rivals and blownout on national TV by Blama. No true Dawg would call last year a “success”. We can go 10-3 every year and if those three are UF, GT and Blowout at home on National TV- see how quick the seat gets hot

Huh?

July 21st, 2009
1:00 pm

“LongDawg…Richt is a better coach than Tuberville or Fulmer?”

Richt is a combined 10-6 head to head against both of them, but you knew that didn’t you? Sure you did.

Time for a new blog Bill.

Disgruntled Dawg

July 21st, 2009
1:02 pm

To MR Huh….. You keep drinking your cold kool aid boy and pay real close attention to ole Willies D. Then you can bet your blind A$$ that Richts A$$ will be on the hot seat!

H OBAMA

July 21st, 2009
1:06 pm

SIMPLE SIMON RAW SEWAGE SPURTS INTO AND FROM YOUR STINKY MOUTH EVERY TIME YOU ADMIT THAT GT DEFENSE GAVE UP 42 POINTS AND 409 YDS PASSING TO UGA AND BOTH YOUR OFFENSE AND DEFENSE WAS PITIFUL IN THE LSU STOMPING. FOR DEE YOU CAN FIND WHERE SIMPLE SIMON LIVES BY VISITING ANY SEWER RUNNING THROUGH ATLANTA AND HIS HOUSE ALREADY HAS PLENTY OF TOILET TISSUE ON AND IN IT. HOWEVER IT MAY BE HARD TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SIMPLE SIMON AND THE OTHER CRAP FLOATING DOWN THERE.

Jeff

July 21st, 2009
1:06 pm

Funny how the North Avenue School for Idiots fans come out once every…hmmmm…..8 years with their meaningless blabing. After this year, they will go back into their hole for another 7 or so years

TechSmellsrealbad

July 21st, 2009
1:09 pm

actually stinks!

Stinger

July 21st, 2009
1:09 pm

Paul Johnson owns Mark Richt ( 45-42 ). It will be much worse this year.

DawginLex

July 21st, 2009
1:26 pm

My prediction is that UGA will end up ranked higher than the preseason polls for the 8th year out of 9 under Richt. The defense will be better because of the DL depth and the OL will take pressure off of the D with ball control.

Then everyone, including the idiot Finebaum, will shutup.

m, you wish Richt was like Donnan. He is not. He ain’t going anywhere and you will eat crow many times with richt in Athens vs your savior CPJ.

What bus line will you prefer then?

Cuz

July 21st, 2009
1:34 pm

Stinger, 1-1 is not an ownership. Even one win at Tech versus UGA is not an ownership. We did not own the Gators after the win in 2007.

Dee just stay off in street named Demere, you might hit my family’s house.

Richt on the hot seat, don’t make me laugh. Two seasons of 6-5 would have to be attained first. I just don’t see that happening.

Nerd Nation

July 21st, 2009
1:34 pm

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Columbus Mom

July 21st, 2009
1:35 pm

Feinbaum is a TN grad who hated Fulmer, adores Saban and can’t spell Chizik. What – alabama football doesn’t hold your interest? YOu haveto come poaching in georgia to find something to write about. I heard your show the other day when you tried to floatthis idea out ther and very few listening bit. It is not a story- Go make up something about the lovely strength and conditioning coach at Bama wiht the really nasty mouth. Stay at home Feinbaum – wear your orange and worship withthe rest of the Sabannation

Cuz

July 21st, 2009
1:36 pm

Huh?, thanks for the ammo. I may have to use that statistic later.