UGA fans need to see iceman Richt working up a sweat

Mark Richt's postgame performance was found lacking by many fans. (Associated Press)

Mark Richt's postgame performance was found lacking by many fans. (Associated Press)

Judging by fans I’ve talked to and those commenting online, Mark Richt’s postgame performance in the wake of the Tennessee game is taking almost as severe a drubbing as his staff and players’ performance in the game itself.

Despite the fact that Georgia fans had long ago grown used to Richt’s seemingly unemotional demeanor, many found his flat tone in the locker-room radio interview after the game disappointing. As a caller to one of the postgame radio call-in shows put it, he wanted to hear some passion in the coach’s voice.

The only public emotion Richt showed after the game was when he unwisely got kind of curt with a reporter wondering if he still liked Mike Bobo’s playcalling.

The less than specific comments on what he intends to do about his team’s problems on offense and defense also haven’t inspired a lot of folks in red and black.

“We’ve got to get better at defense, got to get better at offense, got to get better at coaching,” he said.

No kidding. As brother Tim said, that sounds a lot like Ray Goff’s infamous “We’re gonna work harder to get better” refrain.

Now, in terms of substance, I really don’t think we could have expected much more out of Richt’s mouth at this point.

He’s certainly not going to trash Willie Martinez and Mike Bobo publicly. (Here’s hoping Richt has at least in private put both men on notice that if they can’t get a better performance out of their players, they may not be around next season.) And Richt has never shown much inclination to publicly berate players, with the exception of kicker Blair Walsh, whom he’s inexplicably and unfairly thrown under the bus a couple of times.

But I think the UGA fan and alumni base would be a bit more comforted if we got at least a glimpse of some sort of fire in our head coach. Former QB David Greene talked on the Georgia radio network Saturday about how competitive and emotional Richt is away from the public eye, saying the coach even talks trash when he competes athletically.

A trash-talking Rich, we don’t need. But a flash of an angry Richt who lets us know he’s as fed up with subpar play and coaching as the fans are would be a big step forward. And a Richt who addresses specifics in a decisive tone that at least gives us the feeling he knows what needs to be done and intends on doing it, no matter the consequences, would go a long way toward quieting the unrest in the Bulldog Nation.

Coaches, particularly head coaches, are supposed to be as much motivators as they are teachers and strategists. Public relations is a big part of their job, too.

That calm, sleepy-eyed half-smile and numbing monotone we normally get from Richt won’t cut it at this point.

What would you like to hear out of Richt?

285 comments Add your comment

L-Dawg

October 12th, 2009
10:28 am

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!!

WHAT DO GEORGIA TECH FANS AND UGA FANS HAVE IN COMMON?? tHEY BOTH OBSESS OVER THE DAWGS!!!!

GO DAWGS!!!

LOOK FORWARD TO BEING THERE IN NASHVILLE TO ROOT YOU ON THIS WEEKEND!!!!

Saint Crompton

October 12th, 2009
10:30 am

((((( 45 19 ))))) hahahahahahahahaha

T.O.S.S.

October 12th, 2009
10:32 am

Saint Crompton, now that is funny.

Dale

October 12th, 2009
10:33 am

This blog should be called “The Junkyard Blawg, by the King Family”

Josh Fowler

October 12th, 2009
10:34 am

I like CMR….I really do. I think if Silly Willie doesn’t go at the end of the season, Richt can take his @$$ back to Tallahassee. We need some fire in the coaching of these young men. Put the blame on the man in charge……THE HEAD COACH

DBalcer

October 12th, 2009
10:35 am

I don’t want to hear anything. I want to see the results of what he does. I think all of those who are ready to throw the coaches under the bus don’t represent the majority of the fan base. Go DAWGS.

keith

October 12th, 2009
10:35 am

Richt better be willing to make some hard decisions, if not, he’s gone

Richard Dawson

October 12th, 2009
10:38 am

“It’s been fun being ya’ll’s coach” is what I’d like to hear on his way out the door.

Josh Fowler

October 12th, 2009
10:38 am

DBalcer….The sad part is that the coaches are responsible…regardless of who is being thrown under the bus.

Dark Visor

October 12th, 2009
10:38 am

I find your lack of faith disturbing.

god and greyhound

October 12th, 2009
10:39 am

what did i tell you?

uog 2009: 6-6, loss to tulsa in the independence bowl

Told you so...

October 12th, 2009
10:39 am

Wow – I guess we were all all fools when we called for CWM to be fired last season… Denial and loyalty can be a dangerous combination. How can we be so lame with all of these top 4 & 5 ranked recruiting classes? Has to be coaching. Duh! Willie “soft zone” Martinez has got to go. While we’re tossing away this season, we need to do another 5th Sr. “Joe” replacement and invest in the future… time to get some playing time for our next 2-3 year starter at QB.

Nashville Dawg

October 12th, 2009
10:39 am

I’d like to see him kick some ass instead of holding players hands and leading them in a chorus of “Kum Ba Yah”.

How do you...

October 12th, 2009
10:41 am

..field a punt in the end zone and then try to run it out?

How does a QB throw the ball down with one second left on the clock when he takes the snap?

How do #9, #23, and #3 keep getting to play (wow, their backups must really be bad)?

Why, after you tell the world coming out of the locker room after half time that all you have to do is stop the naked bootleg, does that same play keep working and working and working…?

I know the answers – I wonder if CMR does????

Cuz

October 12th, 2009
10:41 am

Since we know Coach Richt keeps his emotions in reign on the sidelines do you want him to stage some kind of anger session to make you and the fans happy. Maybe he could knock over the watergirl’s cups and make her cry. That would be impressive.

m

October 12th, 2009
10:42 am

I hate to tell you dawgies…but there is a new sheriff in town… his name is Paul Johsnon…and every time he plays ugag and Richt…he is going to drive another nail in Richt’s coffin.

45-42….glad it hurts so bad…and it is only the beginning.

PMC

October 12th, 2009
10:44 am

When you have one coach in state that basically reads the riot act after a lackluster sleepy loss in Miami and you see immediate improvement it’s a little difficult to hear the same old same old. Mark Richt knows he’s got issues with his coaching staff not being up to the job and he simply refuses to see it. All of these…promises simply ring hollow. They have gone to the “we’ve got to get better” well to many times. The only thing that is helping this team is a new message. Freshness. They need to make some coaching changes he can’t sit back and accept this type of effort week in and week out. It is time at least to take the play calling away from Martinez if he’s going to keep him on the rest of the season.

The offensive and defensive schemes need to change to reflect whatever talent they think they’ve got. What they are doing now is predictable it is not working and it’s not going to work.

Josh Fowler

October 12th, 2009
10:45 am

Can someone please tell me why Nerds still feel the need to stalk us on a UGA blog?

At this point, god and greyhound...

October 12th, 2009
10:45 am

…6-6 would be taken by just about every Dawg fan as a positive!!! UGA is staring, at best, at 5-7, and probably, more realistically (based on play to date) 4-8 or 3-9.

Top Dawg

October 12th, 2009
10:45 am

I do not think he should throw anyone under the bus publicly. He needs to privately tell Bobo, Fabris and Martinez to be dusting off their resumes though.

We need to hire Kirby Smart as defensive coordinator. Before Phillip Fulmer & company were sent packing last year, I was jumping up and down for UGA to hire John Chavis as DC. Les Miles, whose LSU defense underperformed last year, promptly dumped the non-working parts and hired one of the best in the business. Why does UGA not sense the urgency to do the same (and hire Kirby)?

Cuz

October 12th, 2009
10:46 am

If we continue down this path Coach Richt is going to have to make some hard choices or he will be called in Damon’s office and read the riot act. I think the Coach knows that and if you watch him or listen to him you can see it in his mannerisms and hear it in his replies. I am going to listen to his radio show tonight just so I can hear what he has to say and how he says it. I don’t think they had a group hug at the staff meeting yesterday.

Gator Fan

October 12th, 2009
10:46 am

Glory Glory to Ole Georgia.

It is so much fun lose to Kiffin. Much better to hate on our own team, than spend time envying others..oh wait. How did we make Crompton look like Peyton. that is the most disturbing thing honestly, is that you guys made Tennessee’s offense look unstoppable

Dr M

October 12th, 2009
10:46 am

CMR needs to start by looking in the mirror. People go through phases in their lives and he should ask himself “What’s going on with me? Where’s my mojo gone? ” Like you, I have my theories about this (mine is that the backlash over the highly successful 2007 UF celebration penalty tactic and the loss in 2008 to Alabama wearing the black jerseys have caused him to be tentative in getting his troops fired up); but, whatever’s happening with the coach, he needs to find a way to get his mojo working again.

Dr M

October 12th, 2009
10:48 am

PS This needs to happen before we have to face the Ugly Force again…

The truth

October 12th, 2009
10:50 am

Time to cut ties with Mr Ginger and start the freshman QB’s. If we don’t, next season could be just as painful. And are you guys sure that wasn’t Peyton Mannning out there playing QB for the vols. WIllie Martinez is putrid as a coordinator. Any team having trouble with offense needs to just make sure UGA is on the schedule and they can then turn their QB into a heisman candidate.

Mikey

October 12th, 2009
10:50 am

The lack of expression on CMR’s face is very troubling for some, but realistically when have we seen it any other way?
We choose to focus on it now because we are searching for clues from him that he is pissed. We should know from experience that he has a poker face.
When we scored that late TD against LSU he had that same poker face.

The only other time he let his guard down was after the debacle on Rocky Top in 07—he vowed to be more emotional and it showed- the “celebration” in Jax, the blacked out AU game, etc..

Something happened since then. Personally, I think he got blindsided with 7 and 24 leaving early. he was counting on them staying and achieving something really special this year and when they left it took the air out of his baloon.
He knew we were in trouble, especially since he gave CWM one more year….

I believe in him so I feel like he will get the ship righted.
Lets just see what happens going forward.

GO DAWGS !!

cajdawg

October 12th, 2009
10:51 am

I don’t care what Richt says or doesn’t say in pre or post game interviews. Have you ever watched Bill Belicheck? He is terrible, practically non-sensical at times.

I want Coach Richt back, but with a caveat- he WILLING makes significant coaching changes. If not, he has a warped view of reality and/or he views his position as a right to employ his friends even though they are failing by almost any qualitative or quantitative analysis. If that happens, he should be fired.

lkjadf

October 12th, 2009
10:51 am

What I find interesting is how local radio personalities won’t criticize the coaching staff at all. I know they have to walk on eggshells because they’re local media, but Buck and Kincade’s unwillingness to criticize Martinez is approaching the absurd. I’m a Tennessee fan, so I’m thrilled with the win. But I keep up with Georgia more closely than I do other SEC teams by virtue of my residence here, and it’s obvious to this outsider that Martinez is a disaster as a coach. I’m starting to think Bobo is a problem also, as it does seem the decline offensively started when he took over the play-calling.

Coordinators are huge — ask Phil Fulmer. UT’s good days offensively correlated with Cutcliffe’s presence. UT’s decline started when he went to Mississippi. Fulmer got a couple more years when he came back, but he was toast when Cutcliffe went to Duke.

The Thin Guy

October 12th, 2009
10:52 am

Cry Babies!!! UGay lost because the week before they almost beat LSU, the No 4 team in the country. There was an enormous letdown. Nobody expected the Knoxville Ridge Runners to do anything but roll over for UGay. Richie Rich is a great coach. Emotion? Look at the Falcons games. San Fran Sissie Coach Mike Singletary called a time out and screamed at each of his players. Next play the Falcons score a touchdown. When Bobby Bowden hangs it up at FSU they will hire Richie Rich and UGay can go back to Ray Goof. Woof. Woof. Woof.

Hey Josh Fowler...

October 12th, 2009
10:52 am

…because UGA has had such a superiority complex for the past 8 years that it is their turn to gloat – and they have every right to, this year! Based on games to date, GT should beat UGA 63-6 this year!

Saint Simons

October 12th, 2009
10:52 am

maybe UGA can go to the Carpets of Dalton bowl , 49 – 19 !!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahaha

2nd tier SEC

October 12th, 2009
10:52 am

richt work up a sweat? all he does on the sidelines during a game is fuss with his hair and SMIRK

BULLET TOOTH TONY

October 12th, 2009
10:53 am

You should never underestimate the predictability of stupidity……The UT coaching staff referring to Bobo and Willie.

third quarter fan

October 12th, 2009
10:53 am

uga probably should hire “coach smith”…the man with the facts!

Kincade

October 12th, 2009
10:53 am

this just in” Tennessee has scored again!

chiefdawg

October 12th, 2009
10:53 am

An apology for the poor play and coaching on Sat. My feeling is that Richt is tired and will probably resign at the end of the year. He has shown no inclination to make any changes.

EW

October 12th, 2009
10:55 am

Bummed and Frustrated. What else is there to say? When it’s third and two in the first half and we are trying to throw the ball out of the shotgun, it’s hard to watch. That just isn’t Georgia football. We used to make our living controlling the line on both sides. Not this year tho.

SuperSize those Fries Mutt

October 12th, 2009
10:55 am

Well, seeing as how the season is half over, and UGAY has lost half its games, I suggest this halftime adjustment: Fire Mark’s Rectum, Fire Mark’s Rectum, Fire Mark’s Rectum, Fire Mark’s Rectum, Fire Mark’s Rectum, Fire Mark’s Rectum, Fire Mark’s Rectum, Fire Mark’s Rectum, etc

Newnan Dawg

October 12th, 2009
10:57 am

we suck, season’s done, put a fork in it. Go Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwgs

Rainy day Monday

October 12th, 2009
10:58 am

Is it raining, or drops of sweat from some coaches at UGA? Fond memories of swimming with CMR, bowling, and even dancing to rap. So, how is that working out for you, coaches? All that bonding is working miracles on the field, isn’t it?
Once upon a time, I had an Algebra teacher who would get confused in the middle of solving a long drawn out algebra problem. He would turn to the class and say, “Oh well, Oh hell, where do we go from here?” I guess that is the byword at Butts-Mehre today. With the season half over, just where do the dawgs players and coaches go from here. I DON’T KNOW, NOR PRETEND TO KNOW.
Unless an epiphany appears, my guess is that the program will muddle to a 4-8 season.

MeTartin

October 12th, 2009
10:58 am

Raise your hand if you still see similarities between the 1998 Vols and the 2009 Dogs. I guess we should stop comparing us to Tenn. from now on. It’s almost that the dawgnation think that Tenn is beneath them. They should never think that.How many times have UGA fans “penciled” in a win over UT.I recall 1998 dog fans upset because they wanted to beat UT with Jamal Lewis so there would be no excuses. Well, we know how that turned out. UGA just needs to take care of biddness.

catlady

October 12th, 2009
10:58 am

Perhaps there are things going on outside of his football life that we don’t know about.

At any rate, if Mr. Evans had a backbone maybe he would gut the whole program and start building back, from the ground up. Have intermural football for a year or two. Hire new coaches, and let the current players try out for the new team, with a chance to keep their athletic scholarships if they make the team. It would certainly make a statement that less than mediocre is not good enough, and serve notice to players that the education they are given in exchange for their services actually could be important. The “house party” that is Georgia football needs to come to an end.

yeehaw8687

October 12th, 2009
10:59 am

I would be shockingly impressed if he knocked over his watergirls water stand. Though it would cause problems at home, maybe the players would get fired up and show some enthusiasm.

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 12th, 2009
10:59 am

Cuz, I think Bill King should take over the helm. Hire Rex Robinson as OC and Odel Thurman as DC.

Jake7

October 12th, 2009
10:59 am

CMR is the most respected coach in the PLAYERS eyes. When they are coming off the field GOOD or BAD play, they DON”t have a clue what he is thinking….GOOD or BAD ! I know that’s his demeanor,but if a player screws up….have a little talk on his error,and at the SAME time voice some quick encouragement!! Let the guys know what you think of their actions. He is NOT calling plays….SOOO get into the GAME !!

Saint Simons

October 12th, 2009
10:59 am

Can’t wait until nov 28!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 45 – 19 hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

catlady

October 12th, 2009
11:00 am

Unless we want to admit that we are just playing for “funsies”.

Dawggone-It

October 12th, 2009
11:00 am

Just a thought…UGA comes out in 4 wide no huddle next week vs Vandy. What the heck – we can’t run the ball. Our best bet on O is to get the ball to our wide outs plus Vandy may set a single game offensive record vs our D. Why not?

ted1880

October 12th, 2009
11:00 am

Willie martiniez has to be fired now. Our coaching is awful. We have no character! As far as I am concerned Coach Richt is a big a part of the problem as Willie Martinez. If you are going to win in the confrence, you have to run the football effective, PLAY DEFENSE, and you cant give up 12-15 Penalties a game for 120 yards/game. Especially if we are giving up 400 yards on Defense.

I cant wait to see Rashad Jones to get out of town. he is good for two huge coverage mistakes and a personal foul on 3rd and long every week.

I blame CMR as much as CWM.

We have no discipline and too much talent. Richts problem!!!

I am want Bud Foster on the sideline!!! Just imagine what he could do with top 5 recruits on defense.

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 12th, 2009
11:00 am

Hey Basketball is right around the corner.

…oh wait a minute, never mind.

Gymnastics?