Looks like it’s going to be a looooong season

Brandon Boykin's return for a touchdown was one of the few bright spots for Georgia. (Associated Press)

Brandon Boykin's return for a touchdown was one of the few bright spots for Georgia. (Associated Press)

Play-action.

Bootleg.

I just thought I’d throw out a couple of basic offensive football terms that Willie Martinez apparently isn’t familiar with.

As a result, Georgia made Jonathan Crompton look like an all-conference quarterback Saturday as Tennessee repeatedly ran the same basic plays over and over again to great success in a 45-19 butt-kicking.

Not that the loss can be pinned entirely on Georgia’s defense. Because the Dogs’ offense put on one of the most toothless, inept performances since … last week’s first half. No running game to speak of. And this week precious little passing game. You remember all the talk about how Georgia’s offensive line was terrible at run-blocking but good at pass protection? Today they weren’t even good at that, as Joe Cox repeatedly had to throw the ball away or had it batted down. Volunteer defenders spent more time in Georgia’s backfield than any of the three tailbacks the Dogs used in vain. The Dogs basically took the third quarter off.

Backup quarterback Logan Gray did finally get to play quarterback … and showed us little. He did complete his first pass as a Bulldog, to Marlon Brown (who finally got to make some catches), but generally threw poorly.

The only Bulldogs unit that had any positives in this game was, incredibly, the special teams, which accounted for most of Georgia’s points thanks to a 102-yard kickoff return by Brandon Boykin, a blocked punt for a safety by Zach Renner and a long field goal by Blair Walsh in addition to the pick-6 by Bacarri Rambo. Even then, the Dogs still had a terrible kickoff return that saw the Vols begin a drive in Dogs territory.

What else? Missed tackles galore. Tennessee receivers continually wide open. Poor play calling by Mike Bobo. And, again, Martinez appeared to be clueless.

And the dean of SEC coaches was outcoached by Lane Kiffin, who now has the right to say whatever he wants to when it comes to the Dogs.

Kirby Smart, please come home!

912 comments Add your comment

Joey

October 10th, 2009
4:25 pm

Go VOLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jake7

October 10th, 2009
4:26 pm

Our program is just like the current….UGA!!! A sleep at the SWITCH !

2N4YEARS

October 10th, 2009
4:26 pm

Uncle Tom, I agree. But the Swamp Bowl?? You have to win AT LEAST 6 games to make it there too.

The Past Is Prologue

October 10th, 2009
4:26 pm

For those of you afraid of making a coaching change for fear of going “back to the days of Donnan and Goff,” guess what?

Those days are here. They’re here, right now. Courtesy of CMR and Co. And Richt’s salary will jump to $2.8 MILLION next season. Is he worth it??? Let’s hire Goff OR Donnan and save $2M!!!

Richt could have made changes last year but didn’t. Changes must be made this year, head coaches NOT excluded.

Michael Scharff

October 10th, 2009
4:26 pm

I still love the “dawgs – always have, and I always will. However, this is a poorly coached mediocre football team with one great player. We may end up at 4-8. If we end up with a losing record or at 6-6, I think CMR is o.k. for at least one season, but several assistant coaching changes will have to be made. Even if we end up at 7-5 (a BIG “if” at this point), I think Martinez and our Special Teams coach are history…

donsterdawg

October 10th, 2009
4:26 pm

Well,I guess it takes someone like me,who has never played a down of college football to see we have serious problems Mr I can’t even throw the ball away out of bounds without throwing an INT.If Richt doesn’t clean house now,how long will the alumni put up with this.This was a “Wait ’til next year” year after the Okla St game.3 offensive points all day…Tenn Tech must be “Licking their chops” about now…Bring on the dawgs

Steve Brooks

October 10th, 2009
4:26 pm

How is it that the Dawgs have had top 5 recruiting classes for the past 5 years and are not in the top 25? The answer: coaching. Pee Wee Herman could be a great coach at UGA with the talent to be had every year. We need to pull the lanyard on Richt, Willie, and Boo Boo.

boots

October 10th, 2009
4:26 pm

CMR talks a lot about team leadership. Leadership is tough and sometimes a very heavy burden. It is time for him to show some leadership to his players and coaches and take the steps necessary to build this team for the rest of this year and next. I think everyone here has some good ideas what needs to be done, and CMR needs to step forward and be a leader.

TexasDawg

October 10th, 2009
4:26 pm

Well I never right into these things, but this has the ability to be the worst GA team since the Goff era. Sad. Let’s hope this season turns out to be a blip. There is no doubt some changes are going to have to be made to the staff at the end of the season. Richt will have to make some decisions. Is it possible that we will actually have loosing season? Way to much talent on the field for that.

Jan Kemp

October 10th, 2009
4:27 pm

To hell, to hell, to hell with Georgia!
To hell, to hell, to hell with Georgia!
To hell, to hell, to hell with Georgia!
The cesspool of the South!

Tennessee didn’t just win; they KICKED your A$$E$!!!

Let’s see you blame this one on the refs!!

southgadawg88

October 10th, 2009
4:27 pm

Stacy Searles needs to get his s##t together!!!The OL is playing worse than they did last year with the same players!!!Ok WM is officially on the hot seat… he better bench Miller and go big in the secondary and blitz like hell from here out.Vandy gives us a chance to see if anybody can do a better job than Cox…Gray will get a shot but as small as he is I don’t know if he is the big run threat I imagined.Terrible performance today.I am shocked at how poorly we are playing on the OL…there is no excuse for this crap!!!

Lowcountry Bulldawg

October 10th, 2009
4:27 pm

At this point Evans and Adams have to go to CMR and request that for the betterment of the program CWM and CMB be relieved of his there respective duty’s. If CMR does not oblige this request the nit is time for this University to move in another direction. No longer can he sit on the sideline looking oblivious to the fact the team is getting ran off the field and seem so care free. It is high time that someone is held accountable. CMR is not capable of getting in the faces of his staff or players. This has been a long time coming. This football team has played soft for 3 seasons. Time and time again at the point of attack this team gets blown up and no where are adjustments. This football team is in a sad state of affairs.

die hard bulldog

October 10th, 2009
4:28 pm

Once again my expectation were not met. Guess I had better lower then!

2N4YEARS

October 10th, 2009
4:28 pm

Mike, It isn’t that Lane is that good, it’s just UGA is that bad. TENN will strugle consistantly with Lane. Dawgs will be worse.

Frank Lane

October 10th, 2009
4:28 pm

I blame this team entirely on bad coaching on the offense, the pass defense and the special teams. How does a punt returner field two punts in the same game inside his own five yard line? How does the opposing team have receivers who are not even covered open in our end zone. How can a fan call accurately over 80% of the offensive plays before they are run.

This team has been consistently headed downhill on defense since Martinez was named. This team has been headed consistently downhill on offense since Richt turned the reins over to BoBo. Etc. In the business world if a CEO hires and protects VP’s who can’t get the job done, he gets fired. Richt is a good man but a poor CEO.

bali smith

October 10th, 2009
4:28 pm

i think coach richt is a good coach and I think it is great that he is loyal to his coaches but it is now time to fish or cut bait.If what went on today continues Georgia will have to pay the AJC for advertisements concerning buying season tickets like ga tech has to do.

JB

October 10th, 2009
4:29 pm

on the bright side, we don’t live in Tennessee.

Texas Dawg

October 10th, 2009
4:30 pm

Worst Coached Team in SEC…we have the talent…don’t say we don’t get the talent in Athens….we get great recruiting classes… STUPID STUPID STUFF EVERY WEEK! We are making mistakes that well coached teams don’t make!!!!Since coach Richt stopped calling the offensive plays we have gone dowm hill as far as the offense goes…the defense…I just hope that the adminstration will see the light as Richt needs a new offensive,defensive and special teams coaches……

ShortPenusDawg

October 10th, 2009
4:30 pm

Starring Henry Wilcoxon as the Bishop

October 10th, 2009
4:31 pm

Why are punts being fielded inside the 10 yard line?
Why is a fair catch called on a kickoff inside the 20?
Why can UGA not block?
Why can UGA not tackle?
Why is UGA so poor at clock management?
Why did Crompton put himself in the Heisman race?
Why with all the injured that returned is the defense so porous?
Why ask why? Drink Bud Dry

Pogo

October 10th, 2009
4:31 pm

Richt, Bobo and Martinez stink. No fire. Nothing but big contracts for a lot of money and they don’t seem to care about winning.

Time for the Father Richt to go. For all the hype about his emphasis on discipline he has had some of the most un-disciplined teams in Georgia history, both on and off the field. I think his “Low T” contributes to this.

2N4YEARS

October 10th, 2009
4:32 pm

Now, every Redneck Hill-Billy Toothless TENN fan will be getting those ungly orange flags out & dusting them off, fly’en high around Georgia.

Thanks Richt.

FLA DAWG

October 10th, 2009
4:32 pm

For those of you in Dawg Nation who continue to support Martinez & Bobo I say that YOU are the problem – allowing Richt to continue to waste Blue Chip Talent. If you do not voice your disgust with this miserable coaching you enable him to continue to lose with no consequences. I discontinued my financial support last season. I have stopped attending the games. I watch them on tv until I get too sick to watch.

I have supported Richt until now. I say if he does not make big changes soon then he will have to go. This krap cannot go on.

you

October 10th, 2009
4:32 pm

at least it wasnt the penalties

Kevin T.

October 10th, 2009
4:32 pm

Richt has had 9 seasons at UGA; including a 4 year head start on Urban Meyer vis-a-vis recruiting, establishing a presence, building a program, etc. What has happened in that 9 years is that almost every other team in the SEC-E has upgraded its coaching staff… and Georgia has made little effort towards adapting or improving. Two national championships at UF during Richt’s tenure should be a wake-up call. The bar has been raised way above the capabilities of this staff. Annual top-10 recruiting classes say the talent is here… therefore the problem must be coaching. A nice man, sure, but Richt is no coach… unless he comprehends and deals with the failings of his program.

Gman

October 10th, 2009
4:32 pm

Richt = Goff/Donnan

Lose every big game you play

DAWG

October 10th, 2009
4:32 pm

My giving is over and when it comes time for my tag, i will pull that poodle tag off .My wife is going to have a garage sale and i see a lot of bulldog clothing heading out of the garage real cheap. If CMR is wanting to win games, mike and willie have got to go and if he want make changes maybe it is time for him to hit the road. The bottom line is i thought we might have a 6-6 record, however the way we are going, more like a 4-8. The funny thing here is, other programs can bring in first year coaches and win.

CaptainFool

October 10th, 2009
4:32 pm

Richt is a wonderful person and great coach, but I fear his loyality to his coaching staff will be the end of him. IF he does not make some coaching changes, I fear he may head back to Florida State next year with all the Bobby Drama. Don’t forget what Richt has done for the Dawgs, but he needs to evolve as a coach or it will be off to Seminole land for sure.

JohnHolmesDawg

October 10th, 2009
4:33 pm

Well, if you’re not a giver you can always be a receiver.

Ben

October 10th, 2009
4:33 pm

I usually don’t write on these boards. Too many reactionary fans and Tech nerds talking about their “superiority”. But this team is a travesty. Looking at our past recruiting classes, we are underachievers. We do have a ton of talent. But I feel that UGA’s inability to keep great players until their Senior year, combined with lackadaisical and just plain poor coaching of said talent (sorry Mark Richt, I love you, but it’s true) will forever keep our program as mediocre. Championships are what fans and players and coaches remember. 10-3 reasons with a mid-level bowl win is not good enough at Georgia. Sorry, but it’s true.

With what’s happening on the field right now, I see next season and as a rebuilding season. It’s painfully obvious that we haven’t recruited well on either line. It’s obvious that we have a stable of fast players that don’t bring physicality to SEC play on defense. It’s obvious that our coaches do not coach our style of recruits to the type of game we should be playing. We are not a “between the tackles” offense. We are not a physical “tampa 2″ defense. Yet we continue to pretend that we have the players to make those schemes happen.

Aggressiveness is gone. Our o-coord has no balls for playcalling. Our d-coord can’t understand what another offense is doing, or how to adjust. Our spec teams rely on walk ons and freshman. Why is B-boykin not on offense? There’s just too much to critique. Too much to worry about. Change is needed at a few key coaching positions. Period.

Next away game, break out the red pants. Have the players play with UGA on the sidelines. Something! But it’s time that we get excited about Georgia football again. Not cautiously optimistic about our chances of possibly beating Team X. But genuinely excited about how our team plays and how they carry themselves.

D-Man

October 10th, 2009
4:33 pm

THERE IS NO DOUBT THIS SEASON IS LOST FOR THE DAWGS. COACH RICHT, YOU SHOULD HAVE ON YOUR “TO DO LIST” 3 THINGS. LOOK FOR ANOTHER DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR. LOOK FOR ANOTHER OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR. LOOK FOR ANOTHER SPECIAL TEAMS COACH. AND FINALLY, BENCH JOE COX. YOU HAVE GOT TO PREP ANOTHER QB FOR NEXT YEAR. IT MAKES NO SENSE TO CONTINUE TO PLAY COX SINCE THE SEASON IS LOST. GOT IT COACH RICHT?? IT’S NOT HARD MAN. JUST STOP ALL THE BLIND LOYALTY CRAP YOU HAVE FOR A COACHING STAFF THAT IS FAILING MISERABLY. THIS IS NOT ON THE JOB TRAINING. MOST OF YOUR COACHES HAVE BEEN INTACT FOR YEARS. AND THEY JUST GOT THEIR COLLECTIVE BUTTS WHACKED BY A NEW COACHING STAFF. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. BE A MAN, AND FIRE THESE LOSERS!!!

GA Nation

October 10th, 2009
4:33 pm

Can we fire Richt now. We’ve had enough of his whole style. It doesn’t represent Dawg country. We RUN tha ball! Get a coach, build a line, and use some of this GA talent a running back! Fire the whole coaching staff…

Tally Dawg Fan

October 10th, 2009
4:33 pm

Willie must go. He must be fired during the season to shake up the team. Put Garner as interim DC. Mark should take back over the play calling. Maybe they get into a fight like the Assitant hc and head coach in waiting did hear in Tally. Our defense creates no offense for our defense and great teams have their defense make plays. Does our special team know where to catch a punt. It is the little things that shows were are not being coached well. Running gasers is not cutting it.

The Past Is Prologue

October 10th, 2009
4:34 pm

Bring on the Blind Homers! It will be hilarious to hear them defend this guy. I am a UGA grad, longtime fan, and two season critic of the current CMR coaching staff.

Thanks for building my case today, Mark. And no thanks, I don’t want a Ford truck or carpets from Dalton.

aaron in arizona

October 10th, 2009
4:34 pm

earlier this week i blogged, rare that i do, and i wrote to not lose hope. that we may pull things together and have a turnaround like we did in 2007 after 2 early losses. however, i have never been on martinez’s bandwagon. i thought that after the 2007 season, when he seemed to do more pressure, closer man coverage than laying off receivers, stop the 3 man rush w/zone coverage leaving big gaps to throw to, that martinez turned a corner in 07 and stop playing the bend/don’t break conservative approach. last yr and this yr has been mostly a return to his 05 and 06 defensive scheme.

bill, i agree w/you that how many times can an offense run the same thing, over and over, and defense not adjust. i think only about 2 defensive series did we try a lil more pressure and play more up on the receivers.

martinez has got to go, not demoted, but has got to go.

my dad, while we watched this game, said it’s a blessing in disguise that this happened. finally, martinez may be gone, or soon gone. let’s take our medicine now and be better either later this yr if M’s gone or next yr if he’s gone. we’ve won too many close games in spite of his defensive approach that should not have been that close. a few loses come to mind that were close because we could not get away from 3 man rush/give up 3 rd and >5 yrds to go and easy first downs to keep their offense on the field.

i’m still a true bulldog fan!!! proud to be a dawg!!! will not give up on the players, but coaching and/or scheme has got to change. we still can win more games, shoot, even win out possibly, with better coaching. fabris, too, possibly bought some employment time for finally going for a punt block.

i’ll still wear my bulldog gear. proud to be a dawg and proud of our tradition. will take this loss humbly, hope dawgs turn their attn to vandy and not linger on the losses, learn from them, but not let it ruin the year.

thanks for letting me vent, y’all. Go Dawgs!!

Go Vols

October 10th, 2009
4:34 pm

I wonder if we ask nicely, Richt would play up here every year? Yeah, I bet he would!

Big Dawg

October 10th, 2009
4:34 pm

This is going to really dampen our National Championship aspirations for this year… with one loss we were still in the hunt, two maybe, three is quite unlikely….we remain the strong favorite for next year though with 5-star Ogletree coming. Keep the Faith

Hunker Down!

Big Dawg

savannah dawg

October 10th, 2009
4:34 pm

If CMR does not fire Willie, then his a$$ needs to be fired. I’ve always been behind CMR, but maybe he’s in over his head. A team with less talent, a brand new coaching staff and the worst qb in the country comes in and does that to us. That is unacceptable! Can you imagine what florida is going to do to us. Vandy will probably beat us first though. What’s bad is you wait all year for this. UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!

POGO

October 10th, 2009
4:35 pm

BLAME GAME………… YOU YOU BO BYOU BANANA BANNA FO FYOU FEE FIE MO MYOU. YOU! LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND WEEP FOR YOU ARE YOUR TEAM’S WORST ENEMY.

Buddy Rae

October 10th, 2009
4:35 pm

Hip Hop you’ll always be the good dance for me good ole HIP HOP Whew! HIP HOP the dance for me!

SuwaneeDawg

October 10th, 2009
4:36 pm

I agree that CMR is a good man and a good coach who has surrounded himself with substandard assistants but here’s the thing – loyalty is above all else to this man, which I admire – to an extent. If he’s given the ultimatum that Willie and Bobo need to go, he’s not going to do it. He’ll leave or be fired.

Jake7

October 10th, 2009
4:36 pm

TENNESSEE’S DC shut down AJ…..we couldn’t stop the third down play to the TIGHT END !

2N4YEARS

October 10th, 2009
4:36 pm

Now, every Redneck Hill-Billy Toothless TENN fan will be getting those ugly orange flags out & dusting them off, fly’en high around Georgia.

Thanks Richt.

BigBoy

October 10th, 2009
4:36 pm

I see I have an impostor floating around…Missed the game I’m about to fire up the DVR and see for myself how bad we looked.

Mark Richt

October 10th, 2009
4:36 pm

I’m sorry fans. Next week I will restore order. First TD of the game i’m sending the entire team out to celebrate. Even if its a Vandy TD

JB

October 10th, 2009
4:37 pm

so we know how the game ended…anyone have any idea what happened on The Steve Harvey Show?

UselessDawg

October 10th, 2009
4:37 pm

I don’t have anything.

Old Dawg

October 10th, 2009
4:37 pm

This one hurts. Dawgs were out played, out coached and did not show any emotion, they just went though the motions. I’ve been a UGA fan for a long time and I am very disappointed. The thing that makes this hurt more than anything is that I live in Tennessee and will have to listen to all the gloating etc.

There’s something really missing in this program. Right now, I don’t even think these guys can beat Vandy!

The Past Is Prologue

October 10th, 2009
4:38 pm

Check this out. They know what’s going on…www.firemarkricht.net

TN DAWG

October 10th, 2009
4:38 pm

I am glad we are spending the weekend in Atlanta. I would be embarrassed to to go to church tomorrow morning in TN and hear all the laughter. TN fans were down on their QB, but we made him look good today.

Neigher the GA defense nor the offense came prepared to play football. As a result, TN controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage. I lost confidence today in GA defense and am close to losing confidence in the GA offense. Let’s just get by this season with perhaps a six and five record and look to the future.