What’s Georgia defense’s biggest problem?

Anyway you look at it, Georgia is lucky to have won its last two games considering that its defense ranks 112th nationally in pass defense, 108th in scoring defense, 97th in total defense and, as the Athens Banner-Herald points out, has given up the fourth most touchdown passes (nine) among 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams.

The undisciplined, unfocused play by the Georgia secondary has justifiably come in for a lot of criticism after its performance last week against Arkansas, especially covering the long ball.

Others have pointed to the lack of an effective pass rush as a major contributing factor, putting additional stress on the secondary.

Still others, including Mark Richt, have put most of the blame on turnovers and other mistakes (such as giving up long kick returns or kickoffs going out of bounds) that often have given the Dogs’ opponents a short field to work with. David Hale of Bulldogs Blog provides a detailed look at how costly Georgia’s mistakes have been, contributing to 70 percent of opponents’ scoring drives this season.

Which is the biggest problem for Georgia's defense?

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It’d be wonderful if all those problems could be rectified this week against Arizona State, but even improvement in just one of those areas would be a big step forward.

So which one do you think is the biggest problem for Georgia’s defense? The secondary, the pass rush or turnovers and mistakes? Share your views in the comments, vote in the poll or both.

163 comments Add your comment

Cuz

September 24th, 2009
4:03 pm

Lack of a pass rush, that is where it all starts.

j

September 24th, 2009
4:03 pm

where is the “all of the above” choice?

reebok

September 24th, 2009
4:03 pm

Tech fan here. Considering the Dogs have tremendous talent and great facilities, the biggest problem would seem to be caoching…don’t you think?

reebok

September 24th, 2009
4:04 pm

That’s ‘coaching,’ sports fans…I said I was Tech fan, I didn’t say I could spell.

Sam

September 24th, 2009
4:09 pm

I have finally accepted that it is coaching.

BugKiller

September 24th, 2009
4:11 pm

Why is COACHING a choice to choose?

Why isn’t WILLIE MARTINEZ a choice to choose?

Come on Bill. You’re not being honest if you don’t honestly portray the root cause of these issues, which is coaching. Which is Willie Martinez.

SimpleDawg

September 24th, 2009
4:12 pm

Outside of having shut down corners, the easiest way to defend the pass is by knocking the QB on his butt every time he drops back to pass. Without a pass rush even Joey Harrington can light up the scoreboard.

Let the LB’s and safeties worry about the screens, draws, swing passes, and dumps over the middle.

Pressure, pressure, pressure with the front four.

DawginLex

September 24th, 2009
4:13 pm

I’m interested to see if the trend of stopping the run continues. It could be because folks knew they could move the ball via the air but, no one has run the ball on us with much effectiveness.

I’m no genius but, I have always thought if you stop the run, you make the opponent one-dimensional and that is when the sacks happen.

I guess we will have to see.

Where's Choice #4?

September 24th, 2009
4:14 pm

I guess you left off BAD COACHING as the 4th choice because all three options are a result of it?
Get Willie out of here! These problems have carried over from LAST YEAR. Get Willie out of here!

Cuz

September 24th, 2009
4:14 pm

If Bill put Willie Martinez in the list, someone would complain that he is just piling on Bradley’s coat tails. Since he did not, now there are complaints that he did not add Willie. Bill, you faced the classic no win scenario, The Kobe Ashamaru.

HH

September 24th, 2009
4:15 pm

1) Richt’s lack of backbone. 2) Martinez’ ineptitude. 3) A high-paid athletic director whose function I have yet to ascertain. I stand to be enlightened about reason #3.

John

September 24th, 2009
4:22 pm

Replace 2 DT’s with LB’s that are more quicker and harder to block on 3rd downs. Expecting to bull-rush and get to the quarterback hardly ever works nowadays where college coaching and conditioning programs have improved across the board. Replace 1 LB with a DB to stop teams from creating mismatches with fast receivers being guarded by a slower LB. ADJUST…be the hunter, not the prey!

DAM IT BOYS WE'RE LEAKING

September 24th, 2009
4:23 pm

The simple fact is that we have gone nowhere but down in every defensive category, each year since Slick Willie has been in charge. Nuff said lets play ball!

DAM IT BOYS WE'RE LEAKING

September 24th, 2009
4:26 pm

Even my old roomate from college can see what is wrong and he was from Kentucky for goodness sakes!!

Where's Choice #4?

September 24th, 2009
4:28 pm

Without adding Coaching as an option, you’re kind of just whistling in the wind a bit. Say what you think, Bill. Regardless of what one thinks about Bradley’s post, at least he looked at the facts and had the backbone to state an opinion.

T-Dog

September 24th, 2009
4:30 pm

The numbers and stats don’t lie. We’ve been on a downward trend the last several years with our defense. I think its time to shake things up and make some changes with our coordinators!

BILLY JACK

September 24th, 2009
4:31 pm

The secondary cant blame the pass rush-the safeties and corners look confused in what def is called most of the time.The corners are letting recievers go with no safety help behind them.The secondary stays in a soft zone 80% of the game and teams 6 and 8 yard you to death.This is Martinez specialty,the secondary.He coaches them personally.I heard Nick Saban on a radio interview last year and he was asked what is his coaching philosophy on def and he said we teach our defensive backs and linebackers to contest everything on every pass play.That way of coaching def is about as different than ours as you can get.

Joey

September 24th, 2009
4:37 pm

Easy, the biggest problem is the one in charge…

dawgster

September 24th, 2009
4:40 pm

All of the reasons above are ledgit, but the players have to make plays, if you look at several games the last 2 years and the game against ok. state, we had balls in our db’s hands and could not come up with the interception, is this a talent issue or coaching or what, coaches get the players in the right schemes and positions, but its still up to the player to make the play or make that tackle when given the opportunity…we can continue to bas CWM for the poor play, but i know from experience that we as players have to step up and do the job…its easy to critisize if you never played the game, and i don’t know who here has or has not, but if you have, then you know that players have to perform..does the Coach play a huge part in that, you bet they do, but talent at the right positions sure does help, and i’m just not convinced we have that complete package yet, but there is alot of potential on this team….

AltamahaDawg

September 24th, 2009
4:40 pm

Bill, Clearly instead on working on things in practise, they should be trying to figure out the best use for CAP LOCKS.

AltamahaDawg

September 24th, 2009
4:40 pm

Bill, Clearly instead on working on things in practise, they should be trying to figure out the best use for CAP LOCKS.

AltamahaDawg

September 24th, 2009
4:42 pm

You guys must be drunk, I see 2 of you.

The Blue Gill

September 24th, 2009
4:44 pm

What’s Georgia defense’s biggest problem?

Pissy ass fair weather fans.

AltamahaDawg

September 24th, 2009
4:45 pm

John the problem with that is we have had 2 starting LB out for 2 weeks, which is why Washington can’t take more snaps at DE. One back this week.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

September 24th, 2009
4:48 pm

Cuz, didn’t Kobe Ashamaru pitch for the Tokyo Giants? or maybe I’m not thinking straight.As for the defense, I vote for all of the above. But if you can pressure the QB then the secondary will get a lot better. And the offense and return men better start holding on to the ball. The road doesn’t get any easier as we go down it this year

Dawg

September 24th, 2009
4:54 pm

Dawgs have fair weather fans? Yes, that’s why we sell out every game and there is a waiting list to get season tickets–idiot.

T.O

September 24th, 2009
4:56 pm

Head Coach. No team discipline. 14 penalties, costly fumbles, poor substitutions. Watching the same guys get beat over and over. I agree we need to put more pressure on the QB but the mental errors is a direct effect on the poor leadership and coaching staff. Willie is a complete joke and he’s going to take Mark Richt down with him. If we had a capable defense to go with these offenses we should have 3 or 4 top 5 finishes.

disgruntled Dawg

September 24th, 2009
5:02 pm

These problems have been ongoing and the problem is that the coaches simply don’t know how to fix the problem. Instead CMR coddles his players by taking them to the movies, bowling, swimming or to a prayer breakfast. These hot dog playa’s better get focused and the coaches need to make them run the damn stadium and do up downs. Get their frikin attention ! BTW Fire Willie too.

Cuz

September 24th, 2009
5:05 pm

Chin, that Kobe pitched for the Tokyo Giants then openend up a chain of steakhouses after the Nagasaki Godzilla’s ate him up for twelve runs in one inning.

Actually the Kobe Ashamaru is the no win scenario that every Starfleet Cadet has to face in a simulated attack on a Constellation class Starship. The only one to ever defeat the no win scenario was James Tiberius Kirk. I must suffer from Herschel Walker Syndrome. I am a redneck and a Star Trek fan.

bkbroila

September 24th, 2009
5:05 pm

Well, I believe the position they are put in does have alot to do with it…OkSt scored only once when they had to drive the field….SC and Ark….TWICE…I have hope for UGA and Martinez…After the 1st quarter in both SC and Ark…the defense adjusted nicely. Hell, Ark didn’t even score in the second quarter, and were held to 2 FGs in the 4th…Petrino adjusted in the 3rd to UGA’s effective adjustments…and not so much in the 4th, and ultimately..the best team won…which is all we can ask for. We have put our Defense in TERRIBLE SITUATIONS ALL YEAR…Come on guys…hold onto the friggin Football…How many times did Knowshon lose a fumble in his Career…Samuel gave Tech the game last year with his FumbleItis, and has continued to put it on the ground. The whole thing starts with Time of Possession…and we lost that battle against SC(twice as many plays as UGA) and OkSt(how was that possible) and beat Arkansas in that category by less than 2 minutes. Take away turnovers and UGA is ranked in the top 10 already…Would have beaten SC and Arkansas by 24+ and OkSt would have been much closer…the difference in the game was 14 and they got 17 off of turnovers…Can’t predict the outcome of that game…they won fair and square, and that’s all that matters…But UGA is sitting 2-0 in THE SEC…we need better play in the secondary!!!!! Otherwise, this UGA defense is going to be fine this year, I hope…Damn, I am putting myself out on a limb on this one, but I have faith in our Head Coach…ultimately, he’s the one it falls on!

Okefenokee Dawg

September 24th, 2009
5:09 pm

I rewatched the game last night, and their is enough blame to go around for everybody – including coaching – but offense and special teams are in for a large share also. Not only in terms of field position, but also changing mighty mo. It looked like everytime the defense was about to get into some kind of rhythm a blocker would step in front of a punt receiver, a fumble etc., etc.. Two things to look for this weekend – penalties and special teams. If we could put it all together for any one game, we could play with anyone!

dawgster

September 24th, 2009
5:12 pm

great comments bkbroila, you can see it for what it is, i am with you out there on that limb, but yes things do need to improve in all areas with this team if it is to be a very good year. i still beleive CWM can turn it around, but again the players have got to step it up…

coach smith

September 24th, 2009
5:13 pm

Here is the LINK to the ASU Newspaper that wrote that AND their BLOG where ASU fans are predicting that ASU will blow UGA out on Saturday

http://www.azcentral.com/sports/asu/articles/2008/09/23/20080923spt-boivinasu.html#comments

Go there and read the CRAP those Fans are spouting and stick up for the DAWG NATION

Starring Zulu as Kono Kalakaua

September 24th, 2009
5:14 pm

Chin, I think we need more Samoan’s on the defense.

Sautee Dawg

September 24th, 2009
5:16 pm

Bill, i checked the one labeleb secondary problems. I watched both safties stand dead still last week and watch a reciever run past for a touchdown. Now that being said i also watched our tightend (Orson Charles) do the same thing to ARK. secondary. So there’s your answer, move Orson Charles to saftey.

Okefenokee Dawg

September 24th, 2009
5:17 pm

As Pogo used to say … ” We have met the enemy and he is us.”

Mutley

September 24th, 2009
5:28 pm

Bugkiller said it best WILLIE MARTINEZ. The defense has been going down since 2005 and only Mark Bradley will acknowledge that fact.

jcdawg1966

September 24th, 2009
5:30 pm

Willie is the problem with the defense . Richt don’t have the guts to fire him . Maybe Damon Evans ?

Minnesota Dawg

September 24th, 2009
5:31 pm

We need to fluster the quarterbacks where they can’t get into a rhythm. Any team can get open when you have all the time in the world to throw!

BDAWG

September 24th, 2009
5:33 pm

You can’t just blame one aspect of the defense, it is the whole defense. When Brian Van Gorder coached the defense it was a smart, fast, aggressive, and hard hitting defense. The defense has gotten worse each year. There is no discipline on the defense and that starts with the head coach and the defensive coordinator. Offense will make turnovers, but if you have a good defense you want have to try to point the finger at the offense. Instead of of the head coach blaming the offensehe should be a real coach and make the coaching changes that are needed. Any good coach that wants to win a championship would not continue to make excuses for the offensive and defensive coordinators. I understand why gator fans and alabama fans want the dawgs to keep Mark Richt as the head coach, because as a couple of bama fans said “as long as CMR is at UGA they will never win a national championship. With top ten recruiting classes, UGA should never have to worry about a defense being this sorry. While recruiting top players at UGA, maybe we also should be recruiting a top notch defensive coordinator and a not so predictiable offensive coordinator. Ten wins every year is great but, when more is expected it gets old. TRY TO WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS NOT JUST TEN GAMES!!!!!

Brad in Jasper

September 24th, 2009
5:34 pm

You know what guys, I think in the last two weeks I’ve read every possible article on every possible nit-pick on the UGA Defense from any possible publication. Can we beat a dead horse any more? Are there any other tidbits of news out there? I acknowledge the weaknesses, I’m not happy about them, but there is next to nothing we as fans can do about them (I think the cries for Willie’s head have been heard by his superiors, rest assured) and dangit let’s talk about something else!

BDAWG

September 24th, 2009
5:40 pm

Ok bkbriola , adjustments are made throughout the game, not just in the second quarter. One problem is that UGA does’nt make adjustments until they are down by two or three touchdowns. Another problem is maybe UGA practices are not tough enough.

Bigboy

September 24th, 2009
5:43 pm

Blah,blah,blah I will wait until I see the Sc/Ole Miss and Ark/Ala games before I pass judgement.we will have a better idea by Sat night

bass stringerfish

September 24th, 2009
5:49 pm

Its both Fabris and Martinez….we have as much talent as anyone, but the coaches do not place the talent in a position that is effective. I understand this is college football and we are YOUNG on defense and of course we will have blown assignments, but kick the ball straight, stay in your lanes and lock up…how fundemental is that? If the player can not do that then get someone who can…pressure the QB with inventive schemes using the speed and quickness of those involved…I was holding out on my judgement of these two coaches, but after two horrendous games against two lower tier SEC teams, nope…too much talent going to waste…..we have to make the move to get some new philosophy in the game.

Carl Spackler

September 24th, 2009
5:56 pm

Making adjustments on the fly…what are they robots…are they sooooo well coached that the captains can’t read what’s in front of them and make the reads to shut down/take away or at least disquise their defensive set-up…or, obviously the present defensive set-up with what ever new wrinkles they throw in from week to week aren’t getting the job done, so where are the adjustments needed aginst the team being played that particular week…the only thing that saves them is that UGA has superior athletes and someone makes a play that changes the out come of a game…I wonder what a OC thinks when they look across the line and see the same thing week from week…

Bigboy

September 24th, 2009
6:00 pm

Im also getting a bit tired of hearing about BVG,Saban etc they don*t coach at UGA.BVG was a good guy and all but he was not perfect at UGA but more importantly to me..he is gone.GSU fans dont seem to have a high opinion of the guy…just saying.

kauai dawg

September 24th, 2009
6:00 pm

The sad part is that it appears to be a combination of all three. The article sited is very good and helpful. Knowing that 70% of the scoring has come off turnovers is rather eye catching. Still the defense has not played well. Looks a little snake bit. I hope we can stop with the turnovers and see how they play under those circumstances. In all honesty with the amount we have had we should be 0-3. Thankfully we are resilliant and scoring a bunch of points. Go DAWGS!

BDAWG

September 24th, 2009
6:00 pm

Speaking of putting players in the right position. Starting RB Richard Samuels was one of the hardest hitting linebackers in the nation, but coach Richt wanted him at RB. He is OK at RB but, since he can’t hold on to the ball, maybe he should play on defense where he is really needed.

AltamahaDawg

September 24th, 2009
6:01 pm

BDawg certainly last year, we never regroup when we got down, but there has been no game this year that UGA got down by 2 or 3 TD by any way other than flat out spotting the other team points by mistakes. The guy is right, the past 2 week this team spent the first half catching up out of a hole, and by midway through the third quarter gave up very little afterward.

BDAWG

September 24th, 2009
6:05 pm

Regardless of you getting tired of hearing about BVG, it’s still true and some people are not cut out to be head coaches. The Falcons defense seems to be doing pretty good with the defensive coordinator that they have. I’m just saying, find somebody that can do a better job at coaching the defense instead of making excuses.

MDawg

September 24th, 2009
6:05 pm

Anyone who bothered to click the link that you posted would realize that the main culprit is turnovers and miscues. You may feel otherwise, but the proof is in the pudding. And you know you’ve seen it yourself: Defensive stop, fumble, defense back on the field; kickoff, 50 return or kick out of bounds, defense has a short field to protect. I know ya’ll expect perfection, but it isn’t going to happen, so get over it. If I punched you in the mouth a few times, then, when it’s your turn, someone says there was a mix-up and I get to go again, I’m pretty sure you’d be a bloody mess, no matter how big and bad you are. That doesn’t go out the window just because you don’t like CWM. If you think because a guy drops a shoe-in interception that it’s the coaching, that’s fine. If you think CWM is to blame for all of our problems, then good for you. Speculate all you want about where we are or where we are headed, the bottom line is this: If you shoot yourself in the foot, you are only going to have one leg to stand on. Shoot yourself in both your feet, as we have done more than once this year, well, I’m sure you know the outcome. If we had been able to stop most of the drives that came from turnovers, then you would have to consider CWM as a great coach. No matter what he does, I know you folks wouldn’t have it. Have fun freaking out. I’m going to enjoy watching the season play-out, as I always have, cheering for the Dawgs, wishing the peanut gallery would make more noise in the stadium, instead of where it doesn’t count!

One Tin Soldier Rides Away

September 24th, 2009
6:05 pm

It is not talent, it is not speed, it is not desire, hmmm? Maybe it is the schemes and coaching which go hand and hand. I wish I were smart enough to make the decsion as to what the issue(s) is or are. I’d like to think that it is just schemes, and a lack ability to see the offenses before they go on the field, but then I think back to last year. Hmmmmm? So it has to be in schemes or execution. One is the coaches, and one is the coaches and players. I say, let’s see how they do, we don’t have any choice at this stage. Let’s hope the improve and maybe they will. Hope though is not a strategy, except for me and Billy Jack.

On the other hand, nobody is really running on us, and maybe that is a good thing. They sure are going up top though aren’t they. I’d say at this stage, if we can hold these guys this weekend, and then do the same next weekend. Maybe we can concentrate on the run game more. We will see for sure. Go Dogs

ICMIII

September 24th, 2009
6:18 pm

1. CMR’s blind loyalty to his assistant coaches. 2. Willie Martinez’s fear and cluelessness. 3. But mostly, the lack of a coordinator who is a firebrand. Someone who will get in the player’s faces and whip them into shape, or kick them in the a$$.

45ACP

September 24th, 2009
6:19 pm

Lack of a pass rush puts pressure on the secondary to cover longer.
PASS RUSH.
The receiver is not open if the QB doesn’t see him.
Turnovers just kill you. Momentum and all.
The kicking out of bounds can and should be stopped.

monty

September 24th, 2009
6:22 pm

I guess we just need better recruits since the ones we’ve been getting since WM took over haven’t been very good!

monty

September 24th, 2009
6:26 pm

How many games and counting that CWM defenses have allowed 30+ points???

I think UGA campus is a pretty cool guy

September 24th, 2009
6:36 pm

eh dumps 70 tons of trash and doesn’t afraid of anything.

shane#1

September 24th, 2009
6:39 pm

UGA went into the USCe game expecting a battle in the trenches and looking to stop the run and were caught flatfooted. The same thing happened at Arky. Who in there right mind takes a QB into his first SEC start and lets him bomb away? Petrino, that’s who! The Formula of stopping the run first and getting pressure from the DEs isn’t going to work anymore. Teams have gone to the playaction, the three step drop and the rollout to take the DEs out of the equation. Willie will have to mix it up on D because the OCs have caught on to his scheme. Could the D backs have done a better job of coverage in the Arky game? Hell yes, but the D was looking to stop the ground game that never happened. He could try jamming the WRs at the line and using press coverage on the three step drop to throw the timing off. The players will have to do a better job on playaction formations, like the DBs letting the front seven worry about stopping the run and staying with their man. Oh, since time began, or at least since the shotgun formation was invented, you beat the shotgun with the blitz! To make a long story short, the big points given up lately were due to the fact that the D was in the wrong scheme for what the enemy was doing. They were trying to stop the run against teams that had no intention of running!

Mark

September 24th, 2009
6:41 pm

The Dawg’s D is generally young and inexperienced. This is really true at the corners. They will make mistakes, and Richt is talking about more young players getting time this week. As an example, Smith is an exciting young (true freshman) player with a huge upside. However, he has made mistakes in coverage and the fumble on the kick-off return was huge.

That said, the real test is what players and coaches do when bad things happen. Smith said that after his fumble, the coaches and his teammates told him to forget about it and get ready to play. I heard a lot of people say he should never get back in, but there he was on the field just a few plays later. He scored a touchdown on a reverse.

Listening to the complaining and griping reminds me that most people don’t handle adversity well. They start pointing fingers and reacting with pure emotion. Teams learn this and they learn to ignore the nay sayers and focus on what’s ahead. I am not a UGA graduate but I am a season ticket holder and this is my team. I support the players and the coaches. I see winners that manage their adversity and maintain their focus. That is why Richt, Willie, Bobo, etc. have put so many players in the NFL.

Regardless of score in the game, losers in life will make execuses. Winners don’t whine and they face up to their issues. I am confident UGA is facing up to their issues and not making execuses. That is why Richt teams always improve during a season.

Whiner and winners. Which are you?

superDawg

September 24th, 2009
7:04 pm

My thoughts.D- line pressure is predictable,secondary is nock the hell out of them,which is not bad except that they have already made a play for possitive yards.Get on the same page and give’em hell.GO DAWGS!

Cuz

September 24th, 2009
7:05 pm

Mark since you are not a UGA graduate and I am, my opinion means more than yours. So I just want to say, I agree. You go Dude.

TenSpeed

September 24th, 2009
7:11 pm

Fire WM! Hire Greer!

Cuz

September 24th, 2009
7:23 pm

Will Greer was pretty good on the Waltons but I would not call him a defensive genius. Besides, he is dead.

Odella Dean

September 24th, 2009
7:27 pm

I think that was Mr. Geer and not Greer on the John-boy show!

45ACP

September 24th, 2009
7:34 pm

Greer Garson?

Habersham Dawg

September 24th, 2009
7:40 pm

Having to defend a short field. That is killing my Dawgs.

45ACP

September 24th, 2009
7:41 pm

The grass is Greerer on the other side of the fence?

45ACP

September 24th, 2009
7:44 pm

Darth Visor is on TV. May the force be with us.

Vince

September 24th, 2009
7:49 pm

My only question is where was Georgia when their alum Will Muschamp was starting into the defensive coaching ranks a few years ago. He has built several defenses into national powers and is now slated to be the head coach of Texas when Mack Brown retires. Who dropped the ball of him?

Gdog

September 24th, 2009
8:09 pm

Bill,Erk Russell must be rolling over in his grave!!

MiltonDawg

September 24th, 2009
8:09 pm

i heard the game will not be on espn. if you have directv- it’ll be on 614 ESPNU & i believe 298 comcast- Go Dawgs and let’s not give up more than 14 pts. D will make their changes this weekend

45ACP

September 24th, 2009
8:37 pm

The Dawgs put 14 on USC(e) in the 1st and 17 in the 2nd.
What is Mississippi ranked. 4th?

Kevin

September 24th, 2009
8:59 pm

I have concluded reluctantly that our problem is Willie Martinez.

Georgia Fan

September 24th, 2009
9:17 pm

Two words:

BRIAN EVANS

Bigboy

September 24th, 2009
9:23 pm

Wow.Ole Miss no 4?At this point it wont shock me if Ark beats Ala.It*s going to be a wild year in the SEC.

UGA '96

September 24th, 2009
9:27 pm

Willie Martinez is our problem. UGA has produced 2 GREAT, YOUNG DCs and potential head coaches in Will Muschamp and Kirby Smart. Richt, what’s your problem? Why don’t you hire these guys as your DC?

Afraid to be outcoached?

Wasn't Cox the problem?

September 24th, 2009
9:31 pm

or logan

September 24th, 2009
9:33 pm

Mitch (the one in Rome)

September 24th, 2009
9:36 pm

I’m never one to say a coach is terrible or that a coach “stinks” or whatever other insult gets hurled at CWM. I’m just observing the D on any given day. If I were so great I’d be coaching D 1. But alas, I’m not. But, when our DB’s are not even in the same zip code as a reciever something is not right. Either they can’t make the proper read and have so many options that they are just lost while on the field or they are not practicing / studying enough so that they can process all of their reads in a zone. Some one should be at least close, but they are not.
Could it be that our personnel is good enough to play man so that we can get some pressure? Again, if I were D 1 coaching talent I suppose I’d be there and I’m not, but something is not right. Our guys are good athletes. they have the smarts they just need to be coached up and made to study and practice their reads. What is it? Confused? Wrong scheme for the personnel? Not enough work? I don’t buy that it’s all turnovers.

UGA '96

September 24th, 2009
9:40 pm

Exactly, Roman Mitch. It isn’t turnovers. In fact, it’s the D’s job to FORCE them. We aren’t doing that. As it has been pointed out repeatedly on this blog and many others, these problems have carried over from LAST YEAR!!!

How long will this have to go on?

UGA '96

September 24th, 2009
9:46 pm

By the way, if tonight’s Ole Miss v Carolina game is any indicator, Ole Miss has a better defense than UGA. And don’t give me “They’re #4 in the nation.” No one…not even folks in Mississippi, No ONE really believes they belong there.

Ole Miss. Better D than the Junkyard Dawgs. Think about it.

Thanks Willie.

reebok

September 24th, 2009
9:48 pm

I don’t have a dog in this fight (sorry – couldn’t resist) but I don’t think Old Missy nor USC East look very good. IMHO as always.

But dang there was a lot of laundry on the ground in that 1st half.

Camden Mark

September 24th, 2009
9:51 pm

Main problem with the D is poor prep,poor coaching and being unable to adjust on the fly.
We need a new DC and if MR can’t see that maybe we need a new HC.

Clem and Son

September 24th, 2009
9:53 pm

We always do chikin right. South Carolina is a joke. UGA just cant shake the chikins right and its always a struggle for the mutts.

UGA '96

September 24th, 2009
9:56 pm

Until it’s proven otherwise, I stand by my belief that Richt didn’t hire Muschamp or Kirby Smart because he was afraid to be outcoached.

BTW, reebok…you’re right, the laundry list in Columbia tonight is as long as UGA’s.

Odella Dean

September 24th, 2009
9:57 pm

Honeys I always have a plenty of fried chikin and left over neck bone when i tailgate. I feed the squirrels too.

UGA '96

September 24th, 2009
10:00 pm

Whatever, Clem and Son. Your program is as relevant as Maryland, Purdue…I’d say Wake Forest, but they’ve exceeded expectations in the past 20 years.

Mike T.

September 24th, 2009
10:06 pm

Defense under Willie Martinez– 13 games yeilding 30 points or more
Van Gorder’s defense did it only once vs LSU

Kind of sums it up.

41 38 49 38 45 24 37 41

September 24th, 2009
10:11 pm

It the points stupid. Yards dont win football games…..

Brown Sugar

September 24th, 2009
10:18 pm

Willie dont have da moxie like da brotha’s and da sista’s do!

meansonny

September 24th, 2009
10:37 pm

All of the above is the correct answer…

But if you are a coach, you realize the importance of field position.
And you realize how tough it is to fight back those huge momentum swings after offensive turnovers and special teams breakdowns.

Here’s a breakdown of when our defense looks good… When the other team doesn’t have the benefit of a short field.

OK State…
Starting on their own 8 yard line… 19 yards (1 first down) punt.
Starting on their own 2 yard line… 21 yards (2 first downs) punt
Starting on their own 20 yard line… 14 yards (1 first down) punt
Starting on their own 24 yard line… 25 yards (1 first down) punt
Starting on their own 6 yard line… 11 yards (1 first down) punt

USC
Starting on their own 20 yard line… 11 yards (1 first down) punt
Starting on their own 23 yard line.. 77 yards (4 first downs) TD
They had 3 passes for 10+ yards and a pass interference to drive.
Starting on their own 20 yard line… 20 yards (1 first down) punt
Starting on their own 19 yard line… 1 play INT to Boykin
Starting on their own 22 yard line… 56 yards (3 first downs) FG
Starting on their own 19 yard line… 74 yarsd (5 first downs) turnover on downs
Drive extended by pass interference on 3rd down

Arkansas
Starting on their own 20 yard line… 13 yards (1 first down) punt
Starting on their own 6 yard line… 42 yards (1 first down) they fumbled
Starting on their own 30 yard line… 6 yards (0 first downs) punt
Starting on their own 20 yard line… 9 yards (0 first downs) punt
Starting on their own 15 yard line… -3 yards (0 first downs) punt
Starting on their own 29 yard line… 65 yards (3 first downs) FG
Had a 30 yard pass to Childs to move the drive downfield
Starting on their own 23 yard line… 0 yards (0 first downs) punt
Starting on their own 9 yard line… -7 yards (0 first downs) punt

19 possessions… 13 points… 3 turnovers for the Dawgs.
I can live with these defensive statistics.

Let’s not giftwrap 53 points in 3 games.
That’s how we lost 3 games last season (AL, UF, GT).

Chicken curse

September 24th, 2009
10:41 pm

Looks like South Carolina might just choke again. Cant put ole miss away. 16- 10 SC leads with over 9 mins. left

UGA '96

September 24th, 2009
10:42 pm

Meansonny, why do you insist on defending Martinez? These issues have carried over from last year. I repeat, these issues have carried over from last year.

You don’t think someone can do better than Martinez has since, say…the ALA game last year?

What are you afraid of? Why are you afraid to see change? Afraid to see UGA have a tremendous defense? A great defense no matter what the offense does?

What’s Wrong?

meansonny

September 24th, 2009
10:46 pm

19 possessions with 13 points given up.
13 punts…1 fumble, 1 INT, 1 turnover on downs, 1 TD, 2 field goals.
Averages giving up 23 yards per drive.

The opponent has 8 drives starting on our side of the field (after 5 fumbles and 3 long kickoff returns).
The defense has given up 48 points on these drives… That’s horrible!

But wait… the average yards accumulated on those 8 drives is only 26.3 yards given up per possession.

Holding opponents to 26.3 yards per drive is not very good. But what do you expect when they can go for broke without worry of giving back the field position to us.

Mike T.

September 24th, 2009
10:52 pm

41 38 49 38 45 24 37 41

It the points stupid. Yards dont win football games…..

Who said anything about yards?

Dawg94

September 24th, 2009
10:52 pm

Quote from Buddy Ryan: “There aren’t any open receivers if the quarterback can’t see them.”

meansonny

September 24th, 2009
10:53 pm

UGA ‘96,
I’m not defending Willie Martinez’s job.
He’s a big boy. If he produces… he keeps his job.

I’m reminding our fans that our team isn’t perfect (the offense and special teams have hurt this team severely in our losses and some of our victories).

I’m reminding our fans that Willie Martinez coached up an extrenely tough team in 2007.
That team finished #2 in the country (something our own fans seem to forget)

I’m reminding our fans that smash-mouth Brian Van Gorder style offense only works if you remember the importance of field position (Van Gorder gives up a lot of yards, too. But he doesn’t have an offense or special teams put more responsibility on his team than they can handle).

Van Gorder used to rush 4 guys and get pressure. We don’t have those 4 guys.
BVG doesn’t have them in ATL (and they run the exact same style of defense as CWM right now).

Quit complaining just to hear ouselves complain.
Quit haiting just to hear ourselves hating.
Let’s think like coaches for a bit… and think about what would make this team better.

1) Quit putting our defense with their backs up against the wall.
That’d be my first priority.
This defense plays pretty well when they have field position on their side.

meansonny

September 24th, 2009
10:54 pm

Dawg ‘94,
That’s a great point.

I don’t think Buddy Ryan faced too many 6′7″ QB’s that could look over the blitz to find the wide open receiver. Vision isn’t much a problem when you’re taller than all the lineman.

UGA '96

September 24th, 2009
11:01 pm

Thanks for the stats, meansonny. All that I’m saying is that there are many, many superior DCs than Martinez. Why not hire them?

meansonny

September 24th, 2009
11:08 pm

Because they already have jobs at Texas and Alabama and Florida and Tennessee.

And even a new DC is going to have the same Defensive Ends this season, the same young corners, and potentially the same short fields.

Chicken curse

September 24th, 2009
11:10 pm

Gamehens hang on!

Mike T.

September 24th, 2009
11:12 pm

I’m reminding our fans that Willie Martinez coached up an extrenely tough team in 2007.
That team finished #2 in the country (something our own fans seem to forget)

3 games in 07 we give up over 30 points
one was a 21 point lost to Tennessee

Willie needs to go.

chazzo

September 24th, 2009
11:16 pm

Good point Mike T.

superDawg

September 24th, 2009
11:19 pm

I apoligize for this interruption but our win against S.C. looks a lot better.The best way to beat a sundevil is play them at night.GO DAWGS SIC-EMM.You no what i am saying.

45ACP

September 24th, 2009
11:23 pm

The Mighty #4 Mississippi could not score on USCe.
The Dawgs put 41 points on them with 1 int and 2 fumbles.

UGA '96

September 24th, 2009
11:23 pm

Already have jobs? Our athletic department is the most profitable in the nation! Hire them away! Pay for talent that produces results!

Meansonny, how would you feel if this potential scenario played out:

Richt stays loyal to Martinez, kept him on as DC; Bowden retires from Florida State, and then Richt and Martinez split to take over their program.

Don’t be fooled. College football is a business that preys on the loyalty of fans.

I hope it doesn’t happen, but Richt is riding a line here. Loyalty to a college roommate or loyalty to a football program that pays him close to $2M a year.

Think about it.

Mike T.

September 24th, 2009
11:27 pm

Yeah it does make the SC win a lot brighter, however all ESPN can do is cry because SC lost to us
on the last play of the game. If we have a bad day against ASU don’t be surprized if SC enters the Top 25 ranked ahead of us.

UGA '96

September 24th, 2009
11:27 pm

Again, everyone knows that Ole Miss was overrated. Don’t forget that we were #1 last year and were blown out by ‘Bama and dropped 3 games.

The real test will be against LSU.

Mike T.

September 24th, 2009
11:30 pm

Richt stays loyal to Martinez, kept him on as DC; Bowden retires from Florida State, and then Richt and Martinez split to take over their program.

Jimbo Fisher will have to fall on his nose first. Could happen.

superDawg

September 24th, 2009
11:31 pm

45ACP

September 24th, 2009
11:31 pm

Coach Mark Richt is not going anywhere. He has stated on several occasions that he will be at Georgia for as long as Georgia wants him. You never here rumors in the news that he is leaving for another school. That is because everyone knows he is a man of his word.

meansonny

September 24th, 2009
11:34 pm

Mike T,

Willie had 1 bad game in 2007. That was against Tennessee.
But who on our team didn’t have a bad game that Saturday?
We averaged rushing for 2.8 yards per carry. Stafford threw for 48% completions and a 5 yards per attempt average. Our best player was Brian Mimbs with 7 punts.

Remember, against UF in 2007 that Matt Stafford threw the ball from his own endzone into another pick 6.
Our defense only gave up 23 points to the Gators (anybody else getting sick and tired of Willie Martinez taking the heat for our miscues?).

Against Troy, we had our scrubs in the 4th quarter.
I know that our scrubs should stop Troy… but our scrub offense kept giving them another chance.
We had 2nd and 3rd stringers on both sides of the ball and Troy put up 14 points in the 4th quarter.

Willie’s only real bad “points allowed” game was Tennessee. But he wasn’t the only one that deserves the venom that game.

coach

September 24th, 2009
11:35 pm

Alright man up and play ball win or lose.But you better win.

meansonny

September 24th, 2009
11:38 pm

Mike T,

correction to my last post… The Dawgs defense only gave up 23 points to the Gators (only Auburn was better against them that season). AND THE DAWGS SACKED TEBOW 6 TIMES (Go Dawgs! Whoof)

We need to quit whining about these “30 point games” in regards to Willie Martinez. This is a team sport.
Too much hate for CWM is blinding some fans to “unearned runs”.

Mike T.

September 24th, 2009
11:40 pm

for as long as Georgia wants him

Have you looked at the W-L record vs Florida since 2001?
Do you remember Donnan had a pretty good record before he was fired? However he lost three in a row to Tech.I know I know, he has given us ten win seasons, and major bowl games, I think he’s a great guy,but there is unrest in the

45ACP

September 24th, 2009
11:41 pm

meansonny – right on!
You go dude!

Mike T.

September 24th, 2009
11:43 pm

for as long as Georgia wants him

Have you looked at the W-L record vs Florida since 2001?
Do you remember Donnan had a pretty good record before he was fired? However he lost three in a row to Tech.I know I know, he has given us ten win seasons, and major bowl games, I think he’s a great guy,but there is unrest in the Dawg Nation for victories over Florida and to deliver a NC.
I still can’t believe Tuberville is gone from Auburn.

superDawg

September 24th, 2009
11:48 pm

Have faith and hunkerdown for the ride.See you in nov.

45ACP

September 24th, 2009
11:49 pm

Coach Mark Richt has a winning record against every SEC team except Florida.
Yes I know that. He is 2-6.
Every year is different dude. Keep the faith….

FLA DAWG

September 24th, 2009
11:52 pm

X None of the above.
Answer: Willie Martinez.

Martinez has a couple of games to turn things around. He won’t be able to do it and he will “resign” at the end of the season.

Mike T.

September 24th, 2009
11:52 pm

Ok I give you the fact that Tennesse was the only bad game in 07, however man look,
it now stands at 13 since Martinez became DC that at the end of the game the opposing team
has scored over 30 points. Van Gorder had it happen once vs LSU his entire time.
Somebody needs to wake up and realize maybe the man is not the answer as DC, hey if Richt
wants to keep him around maybe demote him back to Defensive Back coach.Sometimes you just have to read the hand writting on the wall.

45ACP

September 24th, 2009
11:54 pm

The “unrest” is from the lunitic fringe that expect a MNC every year.
Florida will not win the MNC this year. Save this post for when the season ends and I am right.

45ACP

September 25th, 2009
12:00 am

As a matter of fact. I will say that Georgia beats Florida this year.
I am now on record and you can remind me later.

FLA DAWG

September 25th, 2009
12:03 am

Lunatic fringe here reporting that sometimes change is necessary when Blue Chip Talent is out of position, executes poorly and often appears, well………….confused. One reason for that – Coaching. Lose Martinez and we lose the problem.

FLA DAWG

September 25th, 2009
12:05 am

The Dawgs Beat UF! Who’s the Lunatic Fringe Now!? Thanks, I’ve had my laugh for the month now.

45ACP

September 25th, 2009
12:10 am

Lots of football to be played yet. Mississippi beat Florida last year when the mighty tebow could not get 1 yard. One stinking yard on 4th down.
Will see….

Jeff

September 25th, 2009
12:14 am

The problem with the defense is that it sucks.

All the endless fodder about breakdowns, poor coaching, schematic problems, missed assignments, short fields and every other creative excuse only serves to mask the obvious, Dawg fans: your defense is awful.

You are what you are. Accept it, own it, revel in it, ignore it–it doesn’t really matter that much. But, for god’s sake, quit complaining about it. It is what it is–horrible, ineffectual, lousy. Own up to it; get different players or coaches and try again next year. In the meantime, hope your offense can put up more then 40 every game.

meansonny

September 25th, 2009
12:16 am

Back to the original post by Bill King…

South Carolina scored their 1 TD tonight. They drove 25 yards for the score.
Ole Miss fumbled the ball deep in their own zone.

South Carolina wins by 6?

When South Carolina started on their own side of the field…
7 punts
1 fumble
3 field goals

Our team needs to get back to the basics and start winning the field position battle.
South Carolina started 8 drives behind their own 30 yard line.

45ACP

September 25th, 2009
12:18 am

The #1 Florida Gators can be beat and will get beat.
I guess all that blue chip talent got run over by Mississippi on the 4th and 1 play.
tebow just kind of feel down on the pile BEHIND the 1st down line.
Mississippi loses to USCe tonight. Not even a fight.
Florida struggled with Tennessee. If the vols had a QB I think the mighty gators lose that game.
Many more feel the same way.

45ACP

September 25th, 2009
12:23 am

You are a 30 point favorite in the swamp for crying out loud.
A first year coach comes in there and keeps it to 10 points.
Yeah, y’all are concerned and we all see why. No receivers.

Mike T.

September 25th, 2009
12:24 am

The “unrest” is from the lunitic fringe that expect a MNC every year.
Florida will not win the MNC this year. Save this post for when the season ends and I am right.

You can call the unrest lunatic fringe if you like, but 1980 was a long time ago,but it exists,were 0-28
in MNC in that time frame,in that span, Florida has won three, Alabama has one,Tennessee has one
Florida State has two, LSU has two, even Tech and Clemson has one.
Do you realize that Florida only had twenty three total wins in the GA/FL series when Spurrier took over in 1990? They have nearly doubled that total since.
Many Georgia fans can’t see us winning a NC if we can’t even win a football game without having a basketball type score at the end of the game.We have no defense and haven’t had one for a while.
13 games in which 30 or more points have been surrendered since Willie has been DC.
Lunatic fringe? I think not.

I do agree with you, that UF won’t win the MNC this year.

Jeff

September 25th, 2009
12:25 am

I think 45ACP is probably correct. Historically, when everyone looks back on the 2008 season, the defining moment will be Tebow getting stopped on 4th & 1 and FL subsequently losing to Ole Miss.

It won’t be the national championship, which happened to be the 2nd in 3 years. Or the 11 point win over unbeaten and #1 Bama in the SEC championship game (or the SEC title for that matter).

No, I would gladly trade all those memories for a late September win against Mississippi. Darn it 45ACP, why do you have to make me relieve that nightmare? Can’t you simply allow me to enjoy my team’s SEC and national championships in peace?

Mike T.

September 25th, 2009
12:32 am

A first year coach comes in there and keeps it to 10 points.
Believe me when I tell ya, I rather pull for Red China, if they had a team and played UF,
however, if Cox was effected by the flu, against OK ST, don’t you think Florida might have been
effected last SAT when they played? I had the flu last March, and I can tell you, you don’t want
get out of bed, let alone play a football game. As I said I take no joy in any UF victory,especially
in fact that one of their NC come because they beat FSU whose team had the flu when they played in the Sugar Bowl.

45ACP

September 25th, 2009
12:40 am

Last year was last year. Do you know how hard it is to repeat as MNC.
Florida just doesn’t have it. Especially after watching the Tennessee game. Think about it. Tennessee has an entirely new staff. Different game plan, ALL OF THE COACHES ARE DIFFERENT. If they had an accurate QB they win that game.
Listen folks, Florida can be beat. The Dawgs will be ready. And win this year.

Mike T.

September 25th, 2009
12:44 am

As a matter of fact. I will say that Georgia beats Florida this year.
I am now on record and you can remind me later.

I hope your right. I tell you what, if the Dawgs beat the Florida this year,I will never post
another word against Willie being DC.

meansonny

September 25th, 2009
12:51 am

Mike T,
I’m not sure what your point is when you comment about our last NC in 1980.

Are you blaming Mark Richt for seasons that he wasn’t the coach?
Are you blaming Willie Martinez for those years?

It took Vince Dooley 17 seasons to win a National Championship. And technically… it took Herschel Walker at that.

You win with Pro-Talent. We don’t have it on defense right now.
We haven’t replaced the production from Marcus Howard and Kelin Johnson.

We haven’t had all SEC type talent out there since Van Gorder (you can credit Van Gorder if you like… his guys haven’t dropped off in the NFL; the Willie Martinez players are never-been’s. They can’t be coached up by NFL coordinators either)

We’re young at DE and at CB. We don’t have an NFL safety.

That said… Let’s see what Cornelius Washington and Houston can do with some time together. Let’s see how our defense looks when they aren’t constantly backed up in our own end.
I guarantee you that this team will improve (and if Washington can get to the QB like Howard… a lot of the other puzzle pieces will come together).

45ACP

September 25th, 2009
12:51 am

Fare enough. But know this, Coach Mark Richt has put his arm around Willies shoulder and told him we need to go for a walk and a talk. It happened.

Jack

September 25th, 2009
1:10 am

A) Coaching
B) Coaching
C) Coaching
E – Z) Coaching
A-1) Coaching
B-1) Coaching
C-1) Coaching
I think you get the idea ,,,,,,,,,

Mike T.

September 25th, 2009
1:13 am

I’m not sure what your point is when you comment about our last NC in 1980.

Are you blaming Mark Richt for seasons that he wasn’t the coach?
Are you blaming Willie Martinez for those years?

No I’m not blaming Richt or Martinez for that matter because we haven’t won a NC since 80.
I’m just responding to the claim 45ACP made that the “Lunatic fringe” expects a NC every year
and I’m reminding him that we haven’t won the NC every year, that in fact that it has been nearly
thirty years since the last one.Regardless of who has been the coach,Goff, Donnan or Richt, the Georgia fan base has seen alot of seasons come and go, and no NC, and what our major rivals
have accomplished in the same said time frame.I think most Georgia fans have been completly patient and faithful and hardly qualify as lunatic fringe, just because we have expectations for the team we back.
Richt and Martinez have not been there all that time,so twenty one years of that time,can’t be laid to their charge.Getting back to this season however,I’m just of the opinion that a change should be made
at DC.

Whopper Dawg

September 25th, 2009
1:46 am

It is Willie, and it is not even debatable, every defensive stat has plummeted since he has been DC. Guess what, defense does not always get the long field to defend, I think it is called football. It is so clear that he is over his head, so clear. I feel now like I used to when I was watching the Swamp Fox’s (Marion Campbell’s) second tenure with the Falcons, when you KNEW it was bad, and you KNEW it wasn’t going to get better. I mean, when would you get another DC, when he give up an average of 40 points a game, 50?, 60????? Right now, over the last eight regular season games, we are giving up an average of 36 points a game, so I guess I answered my own question – it must be 50 or 60 to get the ax, cause we are at 40.

Big B CH 99

September 25th, 2009
1:50 am

I’m another Tech fan, that thinks the main problem is coaching, we all know it certainly ain’t talent. There’s plenty of talent to be a good D, a lot of the problem then has to fall on Willie Martinez & the scheme.

Whopper Dawg

September 25th, 2009
1:53 am

More –

Let’s see, S Carolina scored 7 at NC ST, 16 against Ole Miss, that is 11.5 average against “quality opponents” and 37 vs the Dawgs. 37 in OUR HOUSE!!!!

It isn’t the offense and short fields. Fire 1/4 Willie.

honest_abe

September 25th, 2009
1:56 am

many of you if given the choice would rather see ga fall flat on its face as long as willie gets the boot..

compared to seeing willie’s d actually having some success…

PSack

September 25th, 2009
2:19 am

Those who defend Willie Martinez don’t have a clue about football……we will not win a national championship with MARTINEZ not calling any names……oh hi there “Meansonny”

Erk Muschamp

September 25th, 2009
6:29 am

Willie are you ghost writing again as “Meansonny”? If so, get off the blog and get back to the film room . . . you’ve clearly got work to do.

Topp Dogg

September 25th, 2009
7:01 am

Cwm is the problem, no excuses,no doubt the truth hurts sometimes.

PETITION FOR GLANVILLE

September 25th, 2009
8:31 am

I bet Jerry Glanville would take the DC job at Georgia , at least we would have something to laugh about if the defense still sucks, Anyone know where Glanville is ?

GO DAWGS and please guys you are going to have to score 50 a game all year so eat your vitamins.

nicesonny

September 25th, 2009
8:34 am

I tried to vote in your poll, but it said I already had. However, it was the first time I’d looked at the blog, so that was impossible.

meansonny

September 25th, 2009
10:48 am

Whopperdawg,
The one time that South Carolina started with good field position last night, they scored a touchdown (off of a turnover). one turnover deep in the zone and that was their only TD.

That’s how that works.

You want to prevent a lot of points, put them in long field positions.

Kelly's a Dawg

September 25th, 2009
10:48 am

Wow, if the voting options don’t include “coaching,” then I’m done here. Seriously. It is absolute denial to think that Martinez is doing a good job, on par with other great DC’s we’ve had.

Kelly's a Dawg

September 25th, 2009
11:05 am

Folks, read this quote printed yesterday:

“I’ve got to do a better job as a coach and put our guys in a position to make plays,” said defensive coordinator Willie Martinez, whose unit has allowed 30 or more points seven times in the past 12 games dating back to last year.

I rest my case.

Mark

September 25th, 2009
11:50 am

Sooner or later there have to be results. You can apologize for Martinez all you want, but eventually it comes down to results. You can use the “just don’t have the talent” “it’s a product of bad field position” “it’s a scheme thing” “the players aren’t listening, following directions, doing what they’re told” etc. for a while. Sooner or later it’s about results.

How many times did you see the defenses come up big last night in the S.C. Ole Miss game????

Mark

September 25th, 2009
11:59 am

Don’t give the D a short field every time and we’ll be fine???? Not realistic. Never put a relief pitcher in when there are runners on base, that way they won’t have as much pressure.

Fact is we haven’t had anything close to a game changer on defense since Martinez has been the D-coordinator. Stop apologizing for him, we deserve better

SavannahDawg

September 25th, 2009
1:07 pm

Good Lord, all the whining on this blog would make me think we are 0-2 in the mighty SEC, but we are not, we are 2-0!! All you “Fire Willie” fellows need to go apply for his job since you know how to make the defense perform better than Willie. He hasn’t forgot how to coach. I trust Mark Richt, who has been a blessing for UGA and trust him to make the right decisions at the right time. All of you idiots stating that Mark Richt is blinded by his loyalty to Willie are part of the lunatic fringe referred to by meansonny. All of you asking for Damon Evans or Michael Adams to step in and make changes are insulting Mark Richt. How about supporting the team through good and bad times, and admitting that none of you could coach in the SEC. GO DAWGS

Dawg-on_it

September 25th, 2009
1:57 pm

So according to SD we whould have been hapy with Ray and Jim too?

The Truth

September 25th, 2009
1:57 pm

Biggest problem on defense? They gave up 78 points in the last two games against average at best teams. You can’t compete with the elite with a defense like that.

Mark

September 25th, 2009
2:22 pm

Yes Dawg on it, that’s what you should do. You should not criticize anyone unless you can do a better job. Of course, in all the complaining about WM I don’t remember seeing anyone saying that they could do a better job, only that we are sure someone better could be hired.

Let me ask all of you WM apologists something. If one of your good friends worked under you and was not pulling their weight could you let them go???? Even it meant possibly damaging a friendship??? Didn’t think so. Richt’s a good coach, I just hope his loyalty to WM won’t end up affecting his own job.

True Bulldog Fan

September 25th, 2009
5:24 pm

Thanks Meansunny. We are badmouthing our own team. How do you think we sound to prospective recruits? Could a lot of the complaining be coming from the opposition? I know for sure a lot of it is intended to make Georgia look really bad and we have so much to be thankful for. Lets stop crying like babies and watch our team get a little better each week. Come on Dawgs get tough and support your team. Just because you attend games and donate money think before you run your mouth. Do you want recruits to read all this negative publicity? Hope we see improvement this week and remember the incoming class of 2010 has (so far) 13 defensive players and 5 on offense and they are outstanding players and many of these players praise CWM saying he is one of the main reasons they like Georgia so much.

WildBill

September 25th, 2009
5:54 pm

I was talking to a season ticket holder this morning at the gym. I asked him how he was feeling about the upcoming games, what it costs to be a ticket holder, etc… He was up front about his opinion about the team performance, and his expectations for the remaining games. He was NOT optimistic, like everybody else. He did not say he was foregoing future ticket orders, but he is definitely mulling it over. The hierarchy at UGA should know that all alums are not brain dead about their sports programs. The status quo is NOT ACCEPTABLE and the very thought that $$$$$ may soon be spent on Sanford Stadium and Stegman riles up more than a few. Priorities might be to get the sports programs in order BEFORE spending money on the amenities that just might be empty if the current atheletic situation is not addressed.

catlady

September 26th, 2009
5:43 pm

The defense’s biggest problem? It wouldn’t be lack of playing time! Hint, hint!

Flowery branch Dawg

September 27th, 2009
11:22 am

Did anybody else notice that Bama held Mallett to only 165 yards offense,after Uga gave up over 400 yards!

Flowery branch Dawg

September 27th, 2009
12:06 pm

Meansonny has got it right! All the defensive coordinators at Texas, Alabama and Florida are former Bulldogs and their teams are in the top five! How come if we can turn out such good DC’s, how come one of them is not at Uga!

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September 29th, 2009
12:38 pm

I can sum this up in two words, Willie Martinez!