Share your thoughts on the Dogs at midseason

Mark Richt's team has been its "own worst enemy." (Associated Press)

Mark Richt's team has been its "own worst enemy." (Associated Press)

I’ll be on vacation the rest of Georgia’s bye week, though my brother Jon and I do plan on attending the Touchdown Club of Athens meeting on Thursday at which Mark Richt will be speaking. If he says anything noteworthy, I’ll share it on the Blawg.

In the meantime, here’s a link to a midseason review of Richt’s team by ESPN.com’s Chris Low. He naturally picks A.J. Green and Rennie Curran as Georgia’s midseason MVPs, but he notes that the Dogs have “been their own worst enemy for much of this season with turnovers and penalties, and the defense has again struggled. Going back to last season, the Bulldogs have given up 37 or more points in eight of their last 16 games.”

Low adds that the embarrassing game against the Vols is “the kind of loss, depending on what happens the rest of the way, that may force Mark Richt to take a long look at his staff at season’s end.”

A tough but fair assessment, I think.

Feel free to discuss that and anything else having to do with UGA sports in my absence. But keep it clean or you might find yourself unable to comment here in the future.

The Blawg will return on Monday.

Go Dogs!

314 comments Add your comment

Teabag and Crier

October 20th, 2009
3:52 pm

L-Dawg

October 20th, 2009
3:53 pm

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!

WHAT DO GEORGIA TECH “FANS” AND UGA FANS HAVE IN COMMON?? THEY ARE BOTH OBSESSED THEM DAWGS!!!!!

GO DAWGS!!!!

I WILL SUPOORT MY COACHES SO LONG AS THEY ARE MY COACHES!!!! LOOKING FORWARD TO GIVING TEBOW ANOTHER SKULL-THUMPING!!!!

Teabag and Crier

October 20th, 2009
3:55 pm

Thers is NO QUESTION that willie has to be fired.
None.
If he is not gone, wow…

I shudder to think not only about the fanbases reaction, but what the future holds for this team down the road…
Excuse me while I go throw-up…

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 20th, 2009
3:55 pm

what would you like to know?

Strangers waiting, up and down the boulevard

October 20th, 2009
4:04 pm

we are JUST FINE. we are THE DAWGS!!

I don;t think Joe Cox has really shown his NFL potential yet. He should against Georgia Tech’s defense on Nov 28th, and then again in the Sugar Bowl Jan 2nd. Look for him to be taking snaps for the St. Louis Rams this time next year!!

As for Georgia Tech, i have never seen a more over-rated team in my 16 long and mature years of life!! Gimmick gimmick gimmick…. NO Quarterback or Wide Reciever in their right mind will ever want to sign with Tech in the near future. After this class is gone, so long Paul Johnson supporters, we will not miss you, as you will be SILENT.

As for the Coaches for Them Da-Gum Dawgs… we are fina so long as we have Richt. Because Richt has Jesus, therefore jesus has The Dawgs.

ALL IS GOOD IN ATHENS!!!!

Saint Simons

October 20th, 2009
4:05 pm

UGA #39 !!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

L-Dawg

October 20th, 2009
4:06 pm

WHAT DOES RAMBLE ON!!! AND UGA FANS HAVE IN COMMON??

THEY ARE BOTH 100% OBSESSED WITH THEM DAWGS!!!!!!

Saint Simons

October 20th, 2009
4:08 pm

UGA is just fine !!!!!! keep up the good work!!!! hahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahaha

Arkansas TD club

October 20th, 2009
4:11 pm

I feel like we have fallen a million miles since the 2007 Sugar Bowl. I used to think we could beat ANYBODY we played ( but Florida, but I always thought we could hang with them). Now I wonder Who we can beat. The coach’s say we’re running the same schemes, then are they throwing the players under the bus? The wheels have not come off, but they’re pretty wobbly. I have no Idea. I would like for some non Georgia Football fans on here to asses. Not haters, we know how you feel, but fans. People who love college football. At 10 wins a year, we used to line’em up and beat folks every week. What has happened ?

Saint Lucious

October 20th, 2009
4:13 pm

((((((((((Ga Tech is # 12 in the BCS and still IRRELEVANT to 97.4% of the world. ))))))))
hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
4:14 pm

The longer view: Lane Kiffin has just stuck his needle in the Georgia high school blood supply. Whos’ got a spare helicopter?

Saint Lucious

October 20th, 2009
4:16 pm

what does ramble on and saint richard simmons have in common?? the poke each oother with mops at the varsity every night hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

ICMIII

October 20th, 2009
4:18 pm

Mid-Season Assessment?!?! We stink on ice!!! Richt should remove his head from his rose-scented Bible and get a whiff of what he has wrought.

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
4:22 pm

Actually, that would be 99.907 %. 100-(1/108). But really, isn’t Tech relevant to the team it is playing next? (Heh-heh…I hope not.) I don’t think CMR thinks like that.

mcdaviddawg

October 20th, 2009
4:23 pm

A total lack of coadhing. Same as last year, win on pure talent or don’t win on lack of coaching. Our players deserve better from our over paid coaches. Watched Richt on sidelines at Vandy doesn’t communicate with anyone except his head phones, you think you can get a team up without talking to them. Again huddles that Richt completely circled without any thing from him. What does this man do?

Cuz

October 20th, 2009
4:23 pm

4-3, I did not see that one coming. I would have thought 5-2 was possible. I will grade out Willie on the DC Fantasy league back to the opening game and see where he falls with his peers. For the LSU game he beat out Chavis 14 to 18. Which inclines me to believe if we had an offense in the first half we would have won that game. The heck with the officiating.

Herschel Talker

October 20th, 2009
4:25 pm

My thoughts:

1. The coaching is a disgrace
2. The coaching is a disgrace
3. The coaching is a disgrace
4. The coaching is a disgrace
5. L-Dawg is a tool! We don’t need blind homer fans like this imbecile.

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
4:26 pm

L-Dawg – You’re going to skull-thump Tebow? Good luck getting past stadium security.

Reality Dawg

October 20th, 2009
4:27 pm

My thoughts at midseason?

A crumbling program. Lame duck coach(s). Lame duck QB. Awful defense.

Jimmy Ray Richt has quite a mess on his hands.

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
4:29 pm

Who was Richt talking or listening to on the sidelines? Bobo was not in the box upstairs.

Hot Dawg

October 20th, 2009
4:37 pm

Thinking that after the epic beatdown we will receive in Jax, people will feel twice as badly about our coaches and program as they do now.

There is no enthusiasm for the next game or for the next few years. We all see the downward trendline of the defense and the refusal to do ANYTHING about it-other than to reward the coaches for it. Never seen the UGA faithful so thoroughly whipped (except for the last years of The Goff Years: Reign of Stupidity).

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
4:39 pm

Reality Dawg – “Crumbling program” is an interesting phrase. It looks like the head coach is trying hard to disguise that. If it’s crumbling, it would then be crumbling from within. Have you seen the commercial with the mannekin of Bobby Bowden? They lift the top off, and there’s nothing there.

Gman

October 20th, 2009
4:40 pm

Anyone seen the new CUM commercial on ESPN? What a tool (Great coach though).

Saint Lucious

October 20th, 2009
4:42 pm

I say we let Bryan Evans dropkick Tebow in the first quarter. That way Rambo will be a full time player.

Reality Dawg

October 20th, 2009
4:46 pm

Delbert:
I love the Bowden grill! The lift the cover up and there is nothing but smoke and hot air.

Yes, Gman I’ve seen the CUM commercial and it is pretty bad but the ESPN Saban commercial is even worse. At the beginning of the commercial you can barely hear Saban say, “we’re ready”. Wow, that was the take they used? It must’ve been take #947.

I also noticed that you do not see a CMR commercial on ESPN. Just not one of the boys as we all learned at the end of 2007. That and our program stinks.

Michael Scharff

October 20th, 2009
4:46 pm

Random thoughts at midseason…
We showed some slight improvement in the Vandy game. Yes, it was Vanderbilt, but still, Bobby Johnson is no dummy, and we still beat an SEC Team. I will support Coach Richt as long as he is at Georgia. However, I agree that changes must be made. Having Coach Bobo on the sideline seemed to be a step in a positive direction. I’m not sure what is going on with Joe Cox. He does not seem to be the same since the Arkansas game. If he can pass as well as he did against the Razorbacks, we may have a chance against the Gators, because I certainly don’t foresee a low-scoring defensive war. Washaun Ealey still needs game experience, and the Florida defense will probably teach him a harsh lesson. Willy needs to really study the Florida-Arkansas tape. WE MUST PRESSURE TEBOW!!!!
Bill, enjoy your vacation, and I look forward to your return next week as the Blawg heats up for the Annual WLCP.

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
4:48 pm

A take-out hit on Tebow would stop the crumbling. It would kill the program. That kind of conspiracy would force the NCAA to do an SMU on UGA, cancelling football.

Gdawg 84

October 20th, 2009
4:55 pm

Jimmy Ray Richt? Not bad Reality Dawg. It has a ring or truth to it.

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
4:56 pm

Reality Dawg – It shouldn’t be too hard to inspire some of of the creative types to make one of CMR. I wonder if that would make the pre-game stuff on TV. I can tell you that Tech students would not hesitate to do it, but Chan is no longer with us. (boo-hoo, sniff, sob)

now tha't funny

October 20th, 2009
4:58 pm

Our head coach hired a man that had 2 tenures of being a defensive co. at smaller schools, and failed both times. This hire reeks of hidden agendas, oh, wait, they’re best friends. NICE!! Richt put his personal agenda before the teams and it has royally bit him in the backside. I have no sympathy for him because of this fact. His unwillingness to make a change has cost us ballgames and perhaps championships. Do you trust Mark Richt? Why would he continue down a failing path. Because of his friendship? How much do we pay this man?

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
5:00 pm

How about this for a video publicity stunt: Make a pinata of (pick a coach), beat the crap out of it, and show little plastic “W” s pouring out.

UGA SUCKS!!!!

October 20th, 2009
5:02 pm

strangers waiting…You are the biggest idiot Ive ever seen on here, Georgia sux!!!

Chris

October 20th, 2009
5:02 pm

Arkansas TD,
I agree with you. After recovering that Vandy fumble in ‘07, we just punched people in the mouth the rest of the year. I’ve felt thrilled to have Richt as head coach since his first year and now I’m just perplexed.
The haters on these blogs complain he doesn’t scream enough as if screaming more were the answer. Adrian Peterson couldn’t run through the offensive line. It’s a question of talent and/or coaching. Remember when Spurrier used to really upset Goff by saying ‘they seem to win the recruiting rankings every year while we win the games’? By that I mean either the 5 star recruits aren’t for real or they’re not being coached up. I honestly don’t have a clue what to expect from this team. After this weekend’s games showing that ARK and SC were genuinely tough, this team desperately needed a week off.

But to your point, I’ve never been so confused by a Richt coached team.
I could see a perfect storm like Arkansas/FL and upsetting the gators and then losing to KY or Auburn.

Fire the guy in the mascot suit!

UGA SUCKS!!!!

October 20th, 2009
5:03 pm

It just makes UGA fans sick to their stomachs that Georgia Tech is the team in Georgia now. hahahahhaha TO HELL WITH GEORGIA!!!!!

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
5:07 pm

UGA S*** – It’s evident that school is out for the day, and you haven’t been taught about cynicism yet.

HH

October 20th, 2009
5:16 pm

What the future holds is dependent upon how long the big donors are willing to tolerate Richt’s unyielding, uncompromising attitude towards incompetent coordinators and assistant coaches. When they have had enough, then Richt will be forced to “see the light” or pack his bags.

DawginLex

October 20th, 2009
5:18 pm

to Hell with Georgia Tech!

Just thought I would get that out first.

Midseason report card:

Coaching adjustments/motivation-D
Offensive execution-C
Defensive execution-D
Kicking game:
Punting-A+
FG’s-A
Kick coverage-F
Intangibles/leadership-F

It is time to thank Joe Cox for his leadership and his attempts to play this year and remove the redshirt from Murray. I know he is a freshman and I know who we are playing next. He should not start against florida-let Joe start but let Murray play by rotating him in on certain series and depending on how the game is going, let him play an entire series or two.

Samuel should be moved to defense now.
Ealey and Jackson should get 80% of the reps at tailback.
King and Thomas can fight for the rest with King getting more because of pass protection.

Overall grade so far is a D

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
5:21 pm

Chris – “he doesn’t scream enough as if screaming more were the answer”
He doesn’t do *anything* …apparently, there is no answer? I have never seen a coach like this. Successful CEOs surround themselves with competent people. Successful generals weed out the inferior. CMR is a CEO-type, and CPJ is a general-type, in my opinion. Either type *can* be winners.

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
5:35 pm

DawginLex – I’ll toss back an obligatory THWG to ya :) I wouldn’t say D, by normal objective standards. That is below mediocre. 8-4 is still a possibilty, and that may not what y’all are used to, but it is not terrible. UGA is 4-3, has only one “gimme” on the schedule, and it’s yet to be played. I’d say that looking back on this season could expose what is needed to move forward, and a hard look at all of the 10+ win seasons should be looked at. Last year had a few “miracles”…tipped pass at UK in the last minute, and some dramatic comeback wins that shouldn’t have been necessary with a solid team.

Otto

October 20th, 2009
5:42 pm

CWM’s defense played better than Bobo’s offense against LSU and UT.

Bobo, CWM and Fabris are all getting Ds IMO.

If the QB position requires change Logan should get first look. Overall I think it is scheme not the QB. Cox did as well as Stafford’s first 2 years (that uncludes ‘07) until the running game took a nose dive. Good defenses can shut down UGA’s running game and turn the team one dimensional.

UGA fans heard about a Logan Gray package but we have only witnessed one play. Let him in and run most of the playbook in the same roll Kodi has at Auburn.

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
5:43 pm

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DawginLex

October 20th, 2009
5:44 pm

We have no shot at a national title. Removes any possibility of an A.

We have no shot barring a miracle and complete meltdown by UF of winning the SEC or the SEC East. That removes any possibility of a B.

If we were to win out, I would backtrack and give this team a B.

Otherwise, with 6, 7 or 8 wins, this is a D or a possible C football team.

Otto

October 20th, 2009
5:45 pm

Dilbert, The offense nearly blew the UK game last year with turnover inside the redzone. CWM’s defense looked far from great but the offense did them no favors, as you stated the defense came up with the play to win the game not Bobo’s offense with a game killing drive.

Antwon

October 20th, 2009
5:45 pm

Scares the crap out of my Buldog Nation. Now follow along with me. In 2010, the Dawgs will have a new and different starting quarterback for the third year in a row….. for the second time in the last seven years!!! That’s Greene in 04, Shockley in 05 and Stafford in 06 along with Stafford in 08, Cox in 09 and Gray in 10! Yikes! And Logan Gray is returning punts this year!!!! Again it scares the crap out of me!

chazzo

October 20th, 2009
5:46 pm

Let’s see how the Vols do against Bammy before we stick our heads in the oven over that one. Everyone points out how easily we could be 1-6 instead of 4-3. By my assessment, we could just as easily be 6-1. I knew it was going to be that kind of season. I am not saying I am all that smart. I am just surprised at how astounded some folks are. Georgia is young. Youth is unpredictable. That may be to UGA’s advantage in the coming weeks. The win at Vandy may be a small “w,” but it is a win nonetheless. I think the engine finally fired on all the cylinders. Still not perfectly in tune. Probably not powerful enough to take out the Gators. If they continue to improve, though, the season could turn out respectable. Or terrible…. But then again…

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

October 20th, 2009
5:46 pm

Half time report; It’s the O-line stupid. The O-line was supposed to a strength returning a bunch of starters, however, maybe Moreno made them look a whole lot better than they were. Either way, with improved line play, Ga can get a lot better, without it 7-5 may be wishful thinking.

DawginLex

October 20th, 2009
5:48 pm

Murray is the future. Gray is not. Play Murray in 2009 along with Cox.

Murray can run and throw and will be awesome once he learns the playbook and gets better at reading defenses. I’m stupid enough to believe that Cox could teach him as his QB coach.

Kyle

October 20th, 2009
5:49 pm

I think UGA will lose to Florida (by 14) and Tech (by 7) and win the rest of its games. Because Chick Fil A / Atlanta will not want another local team in game (dramatically reduced economic boost), it is off to the Music City Bowl…hopefully William Green doesn’t come back.

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
5:49 pm

DawginLex – The other factor is how much the ticket fans, especially season ticket fans have to pay for what they get. Fan-wise, I’d say an 8-4 Miss. State is a bonus for their fans; not a bonus for UGA fans.

Otto

October 20th, 2009
5:53 pm

Logan looked better than Murray in the spring game. Murray reminds of the line of heavily hyped QBs at FSU since ‘01.

Beside even the great Stafford barely completed more than 60% of his passes in only 1 year and threw double digit INTs every year with Bobo calling the plays. Unitil UGA gets an OC, no QB will play as well as they can.