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

Footballnut29

October 21st, 2009
1:41 am

Any fans praying for that miracle against win Florida. They should stay on their knees. They will be begging for forgiveness by the end of that game. I know Tebow isn’t 100%. But neither is UGA’s play calling. Yeah, Tebow might be a little rusty. The only problems are the other 10 positions. Sorry for all the upset propaganda. I’m not a gator fan. I just call them like I see them. Vanderbilt was left in that game way too long. Vandy lost to Army the week before. So don’t think because they put some points on the board. They can’t do this against Florida. And Meyer has a score to settle. I’m sure with UGA being so weak. Florida might have a little surprise for the puppies.

Footballnut29

October 21st, 2009
1:42 am

miracle win against Florida

Footballnut29

October 21st, 2009
1:44 am

gabeaux

October 21st, 2009
3:51 am

have any of you people considered getting a life?

Dawg Killer

October 21st, 2009
6:35 am

Sorry but UGA sucks … fans have way to high expectations. They wouldn’t know how to dance even if they got there. Face it, you’ll always be in the basement. Want to be a winner, change your allegiance.

Footballfan

October 21st, 2009
7:19 am

Cuz, interesting comments on DC grades for last week but I think you are forgetting something. Willie was going against the worst offense in the SEC while Wommack was up against the #4 team in the nation with a scrambling QB who had really stepped up his game. Hardly apples to apples!

Tom Waddle

October 21st, 2009
8:11 am

not a SEC fan

October 21st, 2009
8:14 am

Former University of Georgia safety Terreal Bierria has been arrested in the killing of a Louisiana man. Yes thats my dawg….

Monty

October 21st, 2009
8:22 am

I watched the Monday Night Football game and was trully impressed by the Denver Broncos young coach. This comment was made by one of the members of the broadcast team about the Denver Broncos Head Coach. “Players love to see a coach that is fired up on the sidelines, they feed off of it. The Denver Broncos are a perfect example of that.” When was the last time we saw Mark Richt fired up on the sidelines? Against Florida in 07. Can anybody deny that the players fed off of it. MR was fired up on the sidelines for every game the rest of that season and the results were amazing. After the season was over Mark Richt continued to be criticized for the endzone celebration that happened during the Florida game and he did not handle the criticism well. His response to the criticism has been to stand on the sidelines showing no emotions at all just going through the motions. The teams performance on the field is a direct reflection of their coach. Get FIRED UP Richt!There is no reason why the Dawgs can’t beat Florida. Go Dawgs!

dgroy

October 21st, 2009
8:34 am

Arkansas TD club

October 20th, 2009
At 10 wins a year, we used to line’em up and beat folks every week. What has happened ?

What has happened is……1) Coaching stinks, 2) Too many star players trying to impress NFL Scouts, 3) No TEAM PLAYERS. Everybody out for themselves. Main problem is coaches not knowing how to coach and discipline these spoiled brats. UGA is on a downward spiral and it will not stop until they get rid of Richt……he’s the problem…..too soft.

gdawginkalamazoo

October 21st, 2009
9:03 am

Regardless of “how the season ends” there needs to be a fresh start on the defensive side of the ball. We will never get close to winning anything if that kind of crap keeps happening. You cannot lay 2-3 eggs a season and expect to play for anything other than a chicken sandwich ring. Even if we smoke the rest of the schedule (won’t happen) we still get to go nowhere. They better have enough police on hand in Jacksonville to arrest the Gators after they murder us. Hard to believe that another 10 win season is possible but that’s lookin’ at the brightest side possible and I would still call for change on the D side of the ball. 30+ points 50% of the time. Hard to ignore that one adnw ewon’t have the offense to keep up with that.

MiltonDawg

October 21st, 2009
9:34 am

I give the Dawgs a D- for the midseason review. Nothing has impressed me, only frustrations and scratching of the head. Next weekend is going to be ugly.

Cuz

October 21st, 2009
9:36 am

October 3rd Results Willie versus Wommack head to head DC fantasy league.

Willie versus LSU gets a 14 his best score of the year. Chavis also in the league, gets an 18.

Wommack versus Miss State gets an 18. Chavis versus Miss State graded an 18 also.

There is no strength of schedule built into the Fantasy league. I may be able to do it after I plug in all the numbers. A couple of the early games makes me think I may have put more emphasis on takeaways than I should as several directional schools got shut down without any take aways. I may relook at the formulas. This would not help Willie in his quest to not be free. It more than likely would help Smart, Bumpas and Muschamp but only by a couple of points or so.

GO DOGS, MISS STATE DOGS!!!!
Definite Underdogs.

Otto

October 21st, 2009
9:37 am

gdawginkalamazoo, No arguments about the defense but the offense needs it too. Look at the turnovers given up, 6 3 and outs against LSU and another 6 to UT, and don’t forget procedure penalties.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

October 21st, 2009
9:40 am

Well, I always had a hankering to see Nashville. Now it looks like I’ll get to.

SouthATLdawg

October 21st, 2009
9:50 am

A seven-year old boy was at the center of a Clarke County, GA courtroom drama last week when he challenged a court ruling over who should have custody of him. The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents and the judge initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping with child custody law and regulation requiring that family unity be maintained to the highest degree possible..

The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his aunt beat him more than his parents and he adamantly refused to live with her. When the judge then suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy cried and said that they also beat him.

After considering the remainder of the immediate family and learning that domestic violence was apparently a way of life among them, the judge took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have custody of him.

After two recesses to check legal references and confer with the child welfare officials, the judge granted temporary custody to the Georgia Bulldogs whom the boy firmly believes are not capable of beating anyone.

McDawg

October 21st, 2009
9:55 am

watch what happens when we get a pass rush against UF

44 year DAWG fan

October 21st, 2009
10:18 am

Its a long season and there are still five or six games left with an outside shot at seven. The reality is Georgia could go three ways. Go 5-0 or 4-1 and have a pretty good season, Go 3-2 and have a down year or have a disaster season at 2-3 or even 1-4. It all is up to the players and the coaches…..not we Jabberwockys on these blogs…..but that is why we watch the games. We’ll see.

snellville jacket

October 21st, 2009
10:32 am

The three keys to a sucessful program are recuriting, recurting and recuriting.

It appears georgia has missed the mark with its multi star recurits. Both lines were not adrressed properly three to four years ago. The high school stars did not work out for one reason or another. Maybe should aim for some of the lunch pail lineman and see what they can do.

Grammar police

October 21st, 2009
10:54 am

How do you recurit? Do you have to cure it first, and if it doesn’t heal recurit?

Cuz

October 21st, 2009
11:05 am

Officer, I reckon he is talking about country ham. The lunchpail lineman line gave it away.

Marie_the_Dawg_Girl

October 21st, 2009
11:12 am

Y’all, we have to be realistic and steel ourselves to the outcome of the Florida game, which will likely be ugly. Florida would have to have their worst performance of the year for our boys to have a chance, and that just isn’t likely.

We do have enough talent to stay in the game, but as usual, the coaching just isn’t there. And you never know how many of our players will be in jail or suspended, bless their hearts.

Let’s all just stay focused on the one thing we fans can do, which is to come together to demand that Richt and his cronies be fired. All you have to do is look at Florida, Alabama, and LSU to know that we can do so much better.

Cuz

October 21st, 2009
11:16 am

Marie, or whatever your name is sir, quit cutting and pasting the same tired comment. You have lost all credibility due to your unoriginal posting the same comment over and over. Climb back into your hole. I will help you with the rock.

Cobb Dawg

October 21st, 2009
11:17 am

After watching the Falcons beat the Bears Sunday, it occurred to me that I haven’t seen a hard-nosed defense at UGA in several years. Remember when a goal-line stand was possible, almost expected? Remember when yardage was very hard to come by against the Junkyard Dawgs? Our defensive scheme seems to be “bend, then break” under Martinez. We don’t often hit hard, we don’t wrap up, I don’t know what they do in practice but they look sloppy and confused on the field.

I believe that a team mirrors the coaching staff. Hard-nosed coaches (see Erk Russell) make hard-nosed players. Soft coaches (see Willie Martinez) make soft players. I’m sure Martinez is a great guy, so is Richt. But you can be a great guy and expect your players to knock the spit out of the other team. Heck, give ‘em a compliment as you’re helping them off the ground if you want to be nice.

Just MHO.

Damon

October 21st, 2009
11:20 am

The ESPN commentary says “It’s 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.”

I agree with that assessment, but Mark Richt’s name needs to be in that pot too. He’s taken us as far as he can, and that’s just not far enough, sad to say.

BallCoach

October 21st, 2009
11:30 am

Midseason Assesment

Offense C – Average at best. Considering who we are starting at QB, RB, and OL…I think it could have been worse. Turnovers have killed us.

Defense D – Major underachievers. The defense has been put in some horrible situations due to our offensive turnovers. However, the secondary has been absolutely horrible. Too bad we don’t have 11 #35’s.

Coaching – C You can blame coaching all you want, but coaches cannot make plays. This team has shown a lack of focus and discipline at times. Some of which falls on the shoulders of coaches–some of which falls on the shoulders of players. Coordinators have come under fire.

Special Teams B – The highlight of this team so far other than AJ Green. Highlighted by a couple of excellent kickoff returns by Boykin and the excellent punting of Drew Butler. Only downside has been some poor kick return coverage and deciding when to and when not to field punts.

coach smith

October 21st, 2009
11:37 am

If UGA starts the season with 2 CUPCAKES like Charleston Southern and JAX ST, then the Dawgs are 5-2 now and Nobody is freaking out or if there hadn’t been a BS penalty in the LSU game

a little perspective

SSI gator

October 21st, 2009
11:42 am

coach smith -

Wouldda, couldda, shouldda

SirrusBlack

October 21st, 2009
11:43 am

Just the same old same old…..the dogs will always suck.

Richie

October 21st, 2009
11:52 am

The dogs will be fine.Alot of big time teams are losing.

toga

October 21st, 2009
12:12 pm

Georgia will lose 3 of the next 5 games including a total smack down at Tech. I really believe Tech will run all over Gerogia and beat them even worse than Tn. did. I thinking the score will be around:

Tech – 64
Dogs – 17

Would love to face Tech in the NC Game

Roll Tide!!!!

Cuz

October 21st, 2009
12:19 pm

And Damon who would you suggest to replace Richt and why would they come?

Cuz

October 21st, 2009
12:25 pm

Of course you would toga, Tech has no defense.

1eyedJack

October 21st, 2009
12:29 pm

We shall overcome.

toga

October 21st, 2009
12:43 pm

Cuz -

You and Coach Smith also said Tennessee had no offense when I predicted they would run all over Georgia.

It is okay, I was once though Shula was a good coach. Once Ga. gets a real coach like Saban or Paul Johnson, you will realize how wrong you have been.

Tennessee WILL rise, I dont like it either but there is too much passion for football in that state. I respect that about the Vols. But Ga. will quickly find itself 3RD in the East year after year.

I would take any other coach in the SEC over Richt.

stiggywiggy

October 21st, 2009
12:44 pm

Hey dawgies: BYE means you’re not playing this week. Don’t show up at Sanford Stadium. There is no Brigham Young East, as much as you’d like to schedule them.

DawgFan

October 21st, 2009
12:48 pm

When is the Nerd Nation going to realize that UGA fans don’t care about you? It has been that way forever and will not change. You are bitter, jealous people obsessed with UGA and we could care less about you. We are your biggest rival but you are not even in our top 3 so that should tell you something losers!

Jefferson

October 21st, 2009
12:50 pm

Anybody thinks UGA will beat the Gators should be in Central State Hospital in Millageville.

Cobb Dawg

October 21st, 2009
12:51 pm

Coach Smith I have to disagree with you a little. I don’t think most fans are upset about losing games, it’s the getting blown out thing that I personally am upset about. We’ve been steamrolled recently by UF, Bama, UT (a bad team both blowouts), heck, even Tech in the second half last year. TECH! UGA should never get blown out. We have too many good athletes for that to happen.

Cuz

October 21st, 2009
12:52 pm

This just in from the DC Fantasy League. Chavis of LSU beats Willie head to head versus Vandy by one point. Chavis scored a 15 beating Vandy 23-9. Willie scored a 16 in a 34-10 victory. Total yards by Vandy was the factor. Chavis defense limited Vandy to 210 versus Willie’s 296.

Sammy86

October 21st, 2009
12:59 pm

As Lee said: UGA signs some idiot who barely makes it out of high school, sends them to Hargrove Military for a year, gets their GPA bumped up, and then brings them in as a “true freshman.”

These idiots are still adding and subtacting using their fingers and toes and you give them a 3″ playbook to memorize.

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That’s the sad truth, I hate to say. Way too many of our players are not really students at all, they’re just illiterate thugs who get themselves arrested far too often. Yes, they’re uncoachable, but the big question is why does Richt keep knowingly recruiting them???

Sammy86

October 21st, 2009
1:01 pm

DawgFan: Get your mind back on UGA and don’t let the Techies distract you. You’re reacting exactly the way they want you to.

VolsRule

October 21st, 2009
1:04 pm

Quote from College Football News – Mid-Season Report

Note the last statement; “with Tennessee, South Carolina, and Kentucky improving, the Dawgs need to show that they’re going to be a big part of the SEC East’s near future.”

I personally think UGA has ow been passed by TENNESSEE and South Carolina – and is fighting Kentucky for SEC#5 in 2010 and 2011.

This program is in BIG TROUBLE – and you could see it last year. Makes you appreciate how talented Stafford and Moreno were – they were smart to jump off this sinking ship!!!

Heres the QUOTE:
Coach who needs to have a big second half – Georgia’s Mark Richt
He’s not about to be fired, but the Bulldogs are in the midst of an extremely disappointing season and he needs a big, splashy win (Florida?) to show that he can still put together a squad that can compete at the highest level. His defense is awful, his offense is inconsistent, and his most dangerous weapon, outside of WR A.J. Green, is his punter, Drew Butler. While the Gators appear to be on their way to another national title, and with Tennessee, South Carolina, and Kentucky improving, the Dawgs need to show that they’re going to be a big part of the SEC East’s near future.

GO VOLS!!!!

Cuz

October 21st, 2009
1:05 pm

Toga, you were right on the prediction. I was just using offensive numbers by the Vols prior to the game. If you took out the directional school and leave Ohio in UT was scoring 18.25 points per game and their opponets 25.5. Fortunately for them, we changed that situation for them.

I believe my Dawgs can win any game that they play. Most fans feel this way about their team. I know the Tech fans do this year. Do I think we “can” beat the Gators, yep. Do I think it “will” happen, nope. There is always a chance any time a team suits up. The game starts at 0-0. It changes from that point on.

GO YOU GOLDEN GOPHERS, BEAT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY.

Mark Richt

October 21st, 2009
1:09 pm

I apologize for everything.

Cuz

October 21st, 2009
1:09 pm

Sammy how many “thugs” have been arrested this year? Last count was one for illegal moped driving. Only a felony in Clarke County.

Ramble On!!!!

October 21st, 2009
1:15 pm

GO DAWGS!!!!!

The Dogfighter Returns

October 21st, 2009
1:28 pm

The dogs have fallen so badly that the falcons don’t even want anything to do with anyone from Athens.

Ross Marshall

October 21st, 2009
1:29 pm

I believe in being loyal, but there has to be a place that you come to where loyalty has to take a back seat to common sense. First, Willie Martinez has proven that he can take exceptional defensive talent and turn it into mediocrity at best. Mike Bobo has shown that his lack of imagination has the Dawgs looking less than average on offense. As likeable as he is, Joe Cox simply is not the man to be pulling the trigger right now. Let Logan Gray get snaps in practice and let him go against Florida, after all, he can’t do any worse. Let the freshmen start against the Gators to. King and Samuel are just not cutting it, make them fight to get it back, and learn to hold onto the ball. Let Prince Miller be a punt returner only, his interference penalties are killing us. I love my Dawgs, but somewhere, common sense and honesty must prevail. Please Coach, look at the team, they deserve better than they have been getting, then they will produce better than they have been giving.

The Dogfighter Returns

October 21st, 2009
1:32 pm

get all the rest you need until next week when you will be devoured by the gators pro defense. does anyone know what color joe cox will turn next weekend when he plays in jax? purple or pink?

The mutt nation is in shambles. your time is over. saban, urban, lane, and cpj will e kiccking cmr’s butt for the next five years.