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

not a SEC fan

October 20th, 2009
5:53 pm

Check out the BCS standings. Florida and Texas are ranked No. 1 and 3 respectively, despite playing weak non-conference teams. Both know if they win out, they’ll play for the title anywayMeyer, meanwhile, knows that as long as his Gators win the Southeastern Conference, even with one loss, he’s probably in the BCS title game. The non-conference is meaningless to the Gators’ title hopes … unless they lose. So why risk it?

UF hasn’t played a non-conference game outside the state of Florida since the BCS was created and had only two outside Gainesville in the past five seasons. The only major non-conference team on the long-term schedule is fading Florida State. The Gators will play South Florida in 2010 and 2015, but other than that, it’s straight sisters of the poor.

Stoops
“I don’t plan on changing the way we schedule,” Meyer said last summer.

who does Ga play? how would you know if you were any good if you never left town to find out?…..SEC is over rated!!!!!

Camden Mark

October 20th, 2009
5:54 pm

Great players
Coaching staff stinks
Send donations to canmarkricht.com

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
5:55 pm

My advice is not to settle in and get used to it. Notice what it took at Tech: a new AD with a low tolerance for Chan-ish seasons.

Camden Mark

October 20th, 2009
5:56 pm

not a real site
just a joke
like our coaching staff

not a SEC fan

October 20th, 2009
5:57 pm

oh wow….I all most forgot UGay blows and could actually lose every game left.

Mikey

October 20th, 2009
6:00 pm

The most telling statistic is the one that shows UGA giving up 37 or more points in 8 of the last 16 games. YIKES!
I am willing to bet anyone on this board that this season will not, I repeat not be Willie’s last season.

I can already tell you what we will be the standard answer by CMR at seasons end:

“We have seen signs of improvement(of course, that will be because Boykin Rambo and Smith will have a few more games under their belts and will continue to improve in spite of poor coaching) so we will evaluate where we are as a team and a coaching staff and no changes will be made at this time ”

Go ahead and rack me.

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
6:04 pm

Otto – Murray was really still a HS senior at the time. Kid has guts, playing in the championship game with a healing broken leg. I wasn’t a devoted UGA fan of course, but I never thought Stafford could hold a candle to Green or Shockley. In my opinion, that guy was all about “ME”. I wonder how he scored on the NFL character assessments? Remember his dressing down of the psychologist?

Cuz

October 20th, 2009
6:15 pm

This just in and it is bad news for the “Fire Willie Now” crowd. The numbers are in for the October 3rd addition of the DC Fantasy league. As a request from my esteemed colleague 45 ACP, at least I think it was him, I added OKU’s Venables to the league. To my astonishment, Coach Willie finished in a tie for first place. It must have been the East German judge. The standings shake out as follows:

1. Our homeboy Coach Willie with 14 points in a loss against LSU
1. Kirby Smart ties Willie with 14 beating Kentucky. A friend of the devil is a friend of mine,
3. Bumpas of TCU with 15 points. They beat SMU 39-14. SMU rhymes with PEW.
3. Venables of OKU with 15 points. They beat a Miami team and brought that balloon back to earth.
5. Foster of V-Tech with 18 points. They packed Duke 34-26.
5. Chavis of LSU with 18 points. In a team victory he lost the head to head versus Coach Willie. You still want him as a replacement?

More weeks yet to come as soon as I get the time. Willie had the toughest team on paper this week. He has graded a 14 previously. Muschamp did not have a game so he is not in the mix this week.

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
6:23 pm

Cuz – I’m bedazzled. The East German judge. Didn’t get the “friend of the devil” point, though. I always though it was “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” (various attributions).

Saint Simons aka Wizard Demon Warrior 09

October 20th, 2009
6:28 pm

Ramble on! What time are we playing world of warcraft? I have Battlestar Galactica on DVR so no worries. Gooooo Techies!

Gdawg 84

October 20th, 2009
6:33 pm

Cuz,

You still not part of the “Fire Wille Club”? I’ve seen where you continually claim you will be first in line if you do not see improvement in this game or that game. Still not convinced?

There are many more important things in life (you know more than most) but it is difficult to imagine UGA ever being truly competitive again with CWM.

Driver 8

October 20th, 2009
6:35 pm

Ever since the UGA blog became infested with Tech fans, I’ve noticed the AJC is now serving up a ton of ads for Warcraft on this blog.

45ACP

October 20th, 2009
6:37 pm

Go Willie Go! Take that comment either way.
Cuz – The DC Fantasy league is picking up steam. A sure fire hit.
Delbert D. – Friend of the Devil is a Greatful Dead song. Cuz, like myself, loves music and lyrics.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XacvydVrhuI

38-3

October 20th, 2009
6:38 pm

I wanna know why RAMBLE ON!!! and other TECH TROLLS have UGA on their SIMPLE MINDS all day long and can’t wait for a UGA blog to be posted so they can come in, post something and then feel important for the rest of the day.

Techredneck

October 20th, 2009
6:39 pm

The reason the techsters get on this blog is because its so interesting to see what type comments all the brain dead zombies come up with. The first two seasons M. Richt was in Athens, they drooled all over him. Complemented him on his strong religious beliefs, He could walk on water they thought. But now they lose a few games and he’s a weak, not mean enough, sunday school teacher. Who’s to loyal to his staff, and to timid to fire those assistant coaches who are his long time friends. And all the tech students know how to discuss are things like calculus, engineering problems, you know all that boring crap.. Nobody reads the tech blogs.

Cuz

October 20th, 2009
6:42 pm

Gdawg, could be my imposter. I said I would wait til the end of the year before jumping on the Fire Willie Bandwagon. I don’t pick it by games. If that was so, I would have wanted Erk fired after that embarrasing Homecoming in 79. You may have me confused with someone else.

Delbert, the song “Friend of the Devil” is by the Grateful Dead. Nick Saban’s nickname is Satan. I hear that Smart and Satan are at least on speaking terms. They might even send each other Christmas cards. S-A-N-T-A, S-A-T-A-N now there is a worthwhile conspiracy.

45ACP

October 20th, 2009
6:42 pm

Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
6:46 pm

45ACP – Nice link, good song. I was always a Doors fan.

45ACP

October 20th, 2009
6:49 pm

38-3 – They are really Dawg fans also.
Like a lot of Dawg fans pull for the Jackets.

Gdawg

October 20th, 2009
6:51 pm

Cuz:
We will save your seat on the fire CWM bandwagon. Whenever you have see enough, you are welcome on the dark side.

Got the Dead reference-I’ll get home before midnight…just might get some peace tonight.

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
6:51 pm

Cuz – Got it, thanks. Churchill said something about if Hilter invaded Hell, he’d give the Devil a good reference in parliament.

That reminds me, I was a Santana fan too.

Greg

October 20th, 2009
6:52 pm

I just want to thank whoever suggested Joe Cox was going to be taking snaps for the St. Louis Rams next year. I needed a good laugh!

Bottom line is this is a rebuilding year. Every program has them, some just hide them better than others with weaker schedules.

45ACP

October 20th, 2009
6:55 pm

Cuz – Didn’t mean to step on your blog. Sorry.
Just thought that was what you had in mind with a Friend of the Devil is a Friend of Mine.
And that rhymed.

Bat Man

October 20th, 2009
6:56 pm

Midseason report card: F

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
6:57 pm

Yeah, that and the fact that the AJC doesn’t give Tech fans a front page blog like Bill’s. We are a small market segment, too trivial to expend screen space on. Therefore, rather than hanging out on the Philadelphia Enquirer site and commenting on Temple, we see what’s up and of concern with UGA.

45ACP

October 20th, 2009
7:01 pm

The Dawg fans have been all over the Jacket blogs for years talking trash.
The Jackets have bragging rights after a win over the Dawgs and a better season.

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
7:01 pm

Greg – Is Joe a photography major? Didn’t know he likes St. Louis so much. Much better snaps in D.C. or SanFran.

Cuz

October 20th, 2009
7:03 pm

45 no problems. I should hit refresh before I post to see if someone has answered the question. Not the first time I have been “Tardy for the Party”.

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
7:09 pm

I wonder if they do all the trashing in those rivalries that have a physical one-year trophy. You know, Paul Bunyan’s Axe, the Little Brown Jug, etc. That should limit the bragging rights to the current holder.

“We’ve got 62 Axes, and you beanheads only have 59!” Whiney.

“HEY-YO! WE HAVE THE DAMN AXE!” Inconvertible truth.

Rabun Dawg

October 20th, 2009
7:10 pm

The current edition of this team is very puzzling and difficult to understand. We supposedly get all of these “star ” recruits, but either they were overrated by the services, or they are not being “coached up” by the current staff. I tend to think that many of the problems are with the coaching aspect, or lack thereof. There seems to be talent there, but a lot of it is not on the same page. What I mean by that is all this talent just doesn’t come together at the same time on either side of the ball. The offensive line was supposed to be a strength for the running game, but we are probably last in the conference in yds. per game rushing. And weren’t the “D” line supposed to be loaded with upper classmen as well? Secondary, is it scheme or talent not that good? Has the staff not seen enough of Cox to realize we maybe need to see more of someone else there when things are going badly? I find it quite hard to understand what this staff is thinking most of the time with regards to things such as play calling, defensive schemes, etc. This appears to be the worst coached team at UGA since the Goff era! Coach Richt is the CEO of this outfit, and surely he sees that some coaching changes need to be made. If not, then just maybe the CEO needs to be changed? JMHO!

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
7:21 pm

Rabun Dawg – Makes me wonder. Was it always the plan to have a 5th year guy to start when it was obvious that Stafford would be NFL material early on? CPJ has been at Tech less than 2 years, and he has the QB succession lined up 1-2-3. And, the #2 guy in that order is a soph who played a lot last year as a true freshman when Nesbitt was hurt. #3 is redshirting this year.

Ohmylawad

October 20th, 2009
7:30 pm

Greg, EVERY year for the Dawgs (when their fans are less than satisfied) is a rebuilding year. What else is new ?

gatorman

October 20th, 2009
7:31 pm

Your not getting your money’s worth from the coaching staff; but what do I care? I hope they keep all of them, especially CMR, Willie and Bobo.

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
7:33 pm

Did I actually say “inconvertible’? That would be a ‘Vette with its ragtop stolen. I meant “incontrovertible.” Maybe I’m overblogged. No alcohol involved.

Ohmylawad

October 20th, 2009
7:33 pm

Lemme see, if I remember correctly from last year: “Just wait until next year. Our OL will be AWESOME!!!!”

VolNation

October 20th, 2009
7:43 pm

I think the season is going great.

Cuz

October 20th, 2009
7:43 pm

So we thought Ohmy, so we thought.

45ACP

October 20th, 2009
7:53 pm

Look at the recruiting history for the offensive line.
Some guys didn’t work out. Some guys are injured. Some guys have left the building.
Recruiting mistakes from a few years back have come home to roost.

Stacey is an excellent OL coach. I’ve heard folks on ESPN and elsewhere say he is the best in college football.

Just my opinion, we welcome yours.

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
7:56 pm

If you think UGA’s kickoff coverage is bad, chew on this. Scott Blair, Tech’s kicker has 4 solo and 2 assisted tackles in 7 games. Same problem as last year.

UGASlobberknocker

October 20th, 2009
7:59 pm

Techredneck is a poser..he is really an Alabama fan..How do I know? he misspelled too (spelling it “to”). and dont say it was a typo cuz he did it twice. No matter what I may think of my Tech buds otherwise, they all know how to spell “too”. Cmon Techredneck, admit it, you are a 6th grade graduate whose college experience was limited to driving past Tech on the way thru town.

I comment on that loser because what else is there to be said about St. Mark, Willie, BooBoo and the boys? You can only state “we suck” in so many ways. Lets face it, the season is shot. the roof is on fire and spreading fast.

Ive got season tix and Ill still go of course, but for all the other reasons besides the game.

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
7:59 pm

45 – Last year it was the injuries. This year, Sturdivant is out again, but isn’t he the only loss? The preseason mags loved Georgia’s OL.

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
8:03 pm

UGA Slo… – Give yourself an A+ for that determination. The CIA needs you! (I wonder how he got “calculus” right).

Kevin

October 20th, 2009
8:07 pm

Clean house and get some fiery coordinators on the staff. Get a DC that will do the sideline visible motivational stuff that Richt can’t or won’t do.

Cuz

October 20th, 2009
8:09 pm

The numbers have been loaded into the computer and the DC Fantasy League rankings are out for the week of September 26 or the week known as the Sundevils went down to Georgia.

First place by a Drew Butler punt is Will Muschamp. Well Texas did play UTEP(University of Texas but Extremely Pathetic) from the kneecap of the nation, El-Paso. Stay away from the bridge to Juarez. If that town was close to Augusta, it would be pronounce Gar-rez.

1. Muschamp with only 7 points. Texas beat UTEP 64-7. UTEP got a touchdown just for agreeing to showup.
2. Foster of V-Tech with 14 points for beating Miami 31-7. Nothing like homecooking.
3. Smart of Bama with 15 points defeating Judas Petrino and the Hogs 35-7 in the Hades Bowl.
4. Tie. Coach Willie gave the Devil’s their due in a close one 20-17. Willie got 18 points.
4. Chavis of LSU with 18 points by beating the other dogs of Miss State 30-26.
6. Bumpas of TCU with 19 points. The Horned Frogs went to Death Valley and grabbed a Tiger by the tail, 14-10.

Oklahoma did not play and neither did Venables.

45ACP

October 20th, 2009
8:19 pm

I heard all the hype too about the offensive line.
It has not played out that way. Over rated, under coached?
I don’t know. I know what I see. Pass protection seems okay.
Run blocking, where it all starts, has been poor at best.

kauai dawg

October 20th, 2009
8:25 pm

This fire Willie stuff is old. He is not doing a terrible job. Most of the early scoring was turnovers from the “O” at terrible times and places on the field. Even turnovers after the “D” had a 3 and out several times only to come back on the field. Willie has done a solid job. Not outstanding but solid.

In my opinion, we just have some puppies trying to grow up.

45 ACP was right on. A little weakness in some areas coming back to bite us. If we get the turnovers fixed we are a different team. I think the “O” has been much more concerning that the “D”.

So Go DAWGS!

Tony Barnyard

October 20th, 2009
8:25 pm

It’s time we talked seriously about blaming the officials because our team stinks. No I mean seriously. No really. I mean it.I am serious. Seriously.

45ACP

October 20th, 2009
8:29 pm

You have to appreciate a guy with the last name of Venables.
He was 5th to last all through school in PE classes.

Top Dawg

October 20th, 2009
8:47 pm

With a few very noteworthy exceptions, they stink. Period.

Just not our year.

October 20th, 2009
8:52 pm

Okay I know we all expect a national championship but this year isnt it, this is a rebuilding year guys. I think martinez should either be fired as defensive coordinator and just become the db coach. tenn killed us with the bootleg almsot every play and we knew what was coming and we still couldnt stop it. I blame that on martinez. Cox is not a good quarterback at all, He never looks off receivers he just stares them down and throws it, this guy has a middle school quarterback mind. Next year is gonna be our year guys, Just give it time. Time heals everything.