A hard but fair look at stumbling Dogs

Paul Johnson is riding high right now. Mark Richt, not so much. Will Richt address the "decay" in his program? (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Paul Johnson is riding high right now. Mark Richt, not so much. Will Richt address the "decay" in his program? (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

My friend John is kind of blunt but prides himself on being “hard but fair.” That’s how I’d characterize this assessment of the current state of the Dogs by ESPN.com’s Chris Low:

“There was already a black cloud hovering over Georgia’s football program. This season hadn’t been what anybody wanted, but then the Bulldogs went out and lost to Kentucky … at home. Not only did they lose, but they dominated the statistics and still managed to lose. But that’s what happens when you turn the ball over four times in the second half and have 75 penalty yards for the game. The Bulldogs (6-5, 4-4) are staring squarely into the face of their first non-winning regular season since Jim Donnan’s first season in Athens in 1996. The Bulldogs might not be one of the top two most talented teams in the SEC, but they’re certainly one of the top three or four. Talent is not Georgia’s problem. It’s focus. It’s execution. It’s player development and it’s discipline. When you commit as many penalties as the Bulldogs have the past two seasons and turn the ball over as many times as they have this season (26), it’s obvious that there’s a decay in the program somewhere that has to be addressed. Mark Richt has been as classy as they come and as consistent as they come. But if he doesn’t address this decay with more than just cosmetic changes, then it’s going to be addressed for him.”

Ouch.

What do you think? Too pessimistic? Right on the mark?

I’ll be off Tuesday as usual, but the Blawg will return on Wednesday.

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Balls Deep.......

November 23rd, 2009
4:01 pm

how2fish

November 23rd, 2009
4:02 pm

The turnovers kill worst than speed and hard liquor on a rainy night..

Balls Deep.......

November 23rd, 2009
4:03 pm

Richt better do something fast, or he will be gone and he will not have to worry about firing slick willie and bobo. The next coach that UGA hires will do it for him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

xl dawg

November 23rd, 2009
4:05 pm

Chris is right on the mark. However I also think that the decision to play Joe Cox all year was based on the Aaron Murray shoulder problems from summer camp. Logan Gray will not be in the mix and should be a receiver by spring practice. 10 starters return on offense and lots of underclassmen played this year. Kirby Smart will look really good in Red and Black.

BeachGaBulldog

November 23rd, 2009
4:08 pm

I have said it for 2 years, and I will say it again. GET RID OF WILLIE M.! This team does such a poor job of tackling. I have always liked Stacy Searels as our OL coach. We need a DC who WILL MAKE ADJUSTMENTS! Also, the LACK OF DISCIPLINE is absolutely INEXCUSABLE. A lot of people say that Mark Richt needs to go. Every single person who says that is an idiot. He just needs to retool his coaching staff…BADLY!

Saint Simons

November 23rd, 2009
4:10 pm

34-27 !!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

xl dawg

November 23rd, 2009
4:12 pm

Any thoughts of firing Richt are so premature that it makes me laugh at the morons who say it. 88 wins and two SEC’s in 9 years and a number 2 finish in another plus a huge buyout equal let’s be real. Bear Bryant and Steve Spurrier knew that if UGA could keep the best talent in state they would be as good as any progeram in the nation. This is a rebuilding year. Joe Cox cost at least three ball games because Bobo will not stay the course. He will learn or go with CWM!

Dawg Days

November 23rd, 2009
4:12 pm

Low’s comments are right on the Mark (no pun intended…)But Richt doesnt have a choice but to make the necessary changes. Evans as already insisted that he make the changes with the coordinators. Thats not the question for me, its how will he go about the replacement process. Clearly UGA should be able to attract proven OC/DC coordinators, but will he pursue that route or hire his ‘friends’ to keep the family feeling on the staff. The AJC article a few weeks ago about how Meyers and Sabam’s programs keep a edge on everybody is what the UGA prgram needs right know, and change will help bring that about.
it will be interesting to watch the search/replacement process unfold in the coming weeks.
Many successes in the future to the Dawg Nation!

Valdosta Dawg

November 23rd, 2009
4:15 pm

BIll it is right on the mark, in my humble opinion these people saying CMR is on a hot seat are nuts, his record is too good for that talk. He however must address the amount of points given up by CWM defenses, I think he also has to look at the players we are recruiting, why are they ranked so high and not producing? What genius chose Caleb King over the Tech kid Dwyer(sp?) There has to be some kind of answer and it is up to CMR to find it and fix it! And please let us get a cornerback that’s over 5′7” tall, please!
Anyway you cut it I love the Dawgs and I will be at the Joke by Coke for the stunning upset, remember 2006 Nerds?

CLTDawg

November 23rd, 2009
4:16 pm

Richt is not going anywhere, this one year cannot fully detract from everything else he has done since coming to UGA. However, we really missed out on the right DC by not going after Chavous last year when he was let go from Tennessee.

Changes have to be made, I just hope he understands and is willing to make the difficult moves.

Poor UGA

November 23rd, 2009
4:18 pm

I remember 2006 Valdosta Dog, but you lose BIG this year. Enjoy the Arse whippin.

Bubba Sparxxx

November 23rd, 2009
4:22 pm

right on the mark! 10 stacks son!

Ringleader

November 23rd, 2009
4:22 pm

All of the talk about the defense this and the defense that, the offense this and the offense that, does not address the poor coaching of the head coach. We win the toss, and immediately defer to the second half, something you only do when you have a dominate defense. The pooch kickoffs, giving them the ball on the forty. Never rushing the punter, calling for a fair catch while the ball is still rising, clearly playing not to lose, and not to win. And we like LSU, spiked the ball with one second on the clock at Arkansas. All of this is clearly on the head coach.

LawDAWG

November 23rd, 2009
4:22 pm

Last year it was injuries, but this year there’s no excuse except fundamentals. I have yet to see anyone address the fumble recoveries. This reveals just how badly turnovers are being addressed. They don’t jump on the ball, they try to pick it up. One one fumble Cox went to scoop up his fumble and King backed off. Cox didn’t manage to pick it up and finally King jumped on it. Horrible lack of fundamentals.
I’ve heard they do something called thud which is like Oklahomas, but they don’t do any reps prior to slamming into one another without pads. Are they insane?
The coaches say they’re trying to fix the issues, but they aren’t adressing the fundamentals.
You can’t build a house on a shaky foundation and by cutting too many corners. Apparently the house is collapsing now because of this.

JB

November 23rd, 2009
4:23 pm

If all we get is Willie demoted and Bobo stays as OC, it will be like spaying lysol in a cancer patients room and hope they get better.

Country Boy

November 23rd, 2009
4:25 pm

I don’t want to lose Coach Richt yet but I also think that he assumed he had the program on some sort of “auto-pilot” and relaxed his hand on the players and coaches. Also, I don’t think he sets the goal of winning a national championship. His approach is to win as often as you can and maybe things will work out. Saban and Meyer and Miles have the goal of Winning a national championship.

Fred

November 23rd, 2009
4:27 pm

Playing Joe Cox all year was insane. It was said repeatedly that he gave us our best chance to win. I say he gave us our best chance to lose not only this year but next year also as we have not given our two freshman QBs one snap. If Murray was not able to go why not the other one? Cox spent five years in the program and learned absolutely nothing about decision making and reading defenses.

EW

November 23rd, 2009
4:28 pm

CMR’s loyalty to staff will be his ultimate downfall.

jaxdawg

November 23rd, 2009
4:29 pm

Mark Richt doesn’t need to go anywhere…period. He’s brought the UGA program back to Nat’l prominence now he just needs to do a little tweaking to ensure we stay there. I just think we need a new direction with the defense. I’m sure Willie Martinez is a great guy and the kids enjoy playing for him, but he has to go. Muschamp would be the perfect fit but I don’t think we can lure him away from Texas. Kirby Smart sounds like a good option…he played at UGA, coached at UGA and now he’s learning from one of the best in the business. I say give Bobo one more year. The offense hasn’t been that bad…we’re just young and inexperienced at some key positions.

PHIL

November 23rd, 2009
4:30 pm

I know! Did you see Les Miles spike that ball? What an idiot! First coach I’ve ever seen actually get under center and do that.

Is Bob Stoops on the hot seat? Nope, he is being begged not to go to ND. Why is it that GA people are so stupid? You embarrass me.

A Proud UGA Grad

November 23rd, 2009
4:32 pm

Right on the mark!

mark louis

November 23rd, 2009
4:34 pm

Richt needs to make 2 changes: a new defensive coordinator and a full time special teams coach.

UA

November 23rd, 2009
4:36 pm

Not sure who Georgia can attract as DC but it’s a reach to expect someone like Kirby Smart to come over in a lateral move. Realizing he went to Georgia it would be a definite step down to go from a stable, NC contending program to a program in turmoil with it’s head coach on a very short leash.

Valdosta Dawg

November 23rd, 2009
4:36 pm

“Poor UGA” I wil say this much, as bad as our defense is, Techs just aint much better. See the FSU game! Tech is going to run it on us, but if Joe Cox can keep from throwing it to Tech we will score on that defense! You have no one that can cover AJ Green. Hell even Coach Johnson realizes that, he commented on our nearly 500 yards of offense against Kentucky. Turnovers and penalties got us. Tech may win but they will not whip our Ass, look for a very similar score to last year! I will be in the Varsity parking lot if you want to wager!
GO DAWGS!

Poor UGA

November 23rd, 2009
4:39 pm

Valdosta Dawg…what time’s your shift over?

OldDawg72

November 23rd, 2009
4:42 pm

UGA VII is dead! So is the UGA football program. The blame falls squarely on the sholders of CMR. If the Marine Corp can train 18 year olds to operate billion dollar equipment, why can’t UGA coaches, cordinators, trainers etc. train 18 year olds to play with a $25.00 football. Its time to stop the bleeding. Clean house!! New mascot, new locker room janitor, new scouts and recruiters, entire coaching staff, new head coach. I greatly admire CMR, but enough is enough.

reck style

November 23rd, 2009
4:43 pm

Bob Horner stayed hurt

November 23rd, 2009
4:46 pm

Valdosta Dawg ….I wish I shared your enthusiasm…did you you watch the Tennessee game..?? the 2nd half of the Kentucky game..?? I don’t bet against UGA or I’d ask the same question as Poor UGA….

Cuz

November 23rd, 2009
4:47 pm

Yeah OldDawg and new uniforms too.

Oh wait, scratch that idea. How about a new dance number though.

Bob Horner stayed hurt

November 23rd, 2009
4:47 pm

reck style please stop posting that stupid video…it is really lame…

birddawg92

November 23rd, 2009
4:48 pm

The only way Kirby Smart comes to UGA is for the top job. Richt won’t hire him (past issues when Smart was an assistant for us, plus why bring in your potential replacement?), and Smart will be a hot commodity in the off-season no matter what happens with ‘Bama—why would he lateral move when he can get a top job.

If you want Smart, you’ve gotta give him HC. I’m for it—him or Gary Patterson at TCU.

http://www.saturdayinathens.com

71 Dawg

November 23rd, 2009
4:53 pm

Richt has always deferred if he wins the toss – most teams do. It worked out perfectly right up until the UK player stuck his helmet on the football and it popped right into his teammates arms. We had the ball first in the second half with a lead – great coaching strategy that only failed because of the turnover! Period!

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 23rd, 2009
4:53 pm

Why so Dazed and Confused? I told you fleabags it was going to be a 6-6 year for you 3 months ago.

Dawginlex can tell ya if he hasn’t jumped off an overpass up there in Lexington.

Never, ever doubt me again.

Vskee48

November 23rd, 2009
4:56 pm

No need to talk about the issues with GA anymore. They are bad…we know it. Richt will either make changes or be gone after next year if another one like this happens. We are not getting worthy recruits (Where is the next QB, DL, or DB’s?)…. Its a simple draw….not many programs have the ability to attrached the players we can. We are terribly mismanaged at this point.

Get it together CMR and ADDE. Get it together!

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

November 23rd, 2009
5:01 pm

I hope everybody who writes off CMR will stay off the bandwagon when the Dawgs rebound. And make no mistake, they will be back. All of the playmakers on both sides of the ball not named Rennie Curran are freshmen and sophomores. This year is nothing more than a blip on the radar. I’ve been wrong before, but I’m not wrong now. This is a very young team learning their way, it’ll be fun to watch the next couple of years, hope the fair weather fans stick around to see it. No I don’t

Dawgs2009

November 23rd, 2009
5:02 pm

Coach Richt is a Jacka$$. I have lost all faith in him. He is strong enough to make difficult decisions. It will take years to fix the program. We have regressed back to the Goff era. It will be a long time before we are back to 2002 – 2005 standards.

barneyb

November 23rd, 2009
5:04 pm

This is the beginning of the end for Coach Richt, sad to say.

Valdosta Dawg

November 23rd, 2009
5:08 pm

Thats funny Poor UGA, Be tailgating in that lot just north, but that was funny! Bob Horner I did see them, was at all of them and I agree Tech will score on us but they can not stop our offense, we can stop our offense with turnovers and penalties as we have all year. Birddawg Kirby would make lateral move for more money and to get named coach in waiting like another dawg, Muschamp, has at Texas. Damn poor uga you got me good!

jimmy

November 23rd, 2009
5:09 pm

coach richt grow up this a business a ceo is judged who he surrounds himself with and the results attained

George P

November 23rd, 2009
5:09 pm

If Richt wants to be serious about stopping stupid penalties and get control of his players, he should have them sit on the bench for as many minutes of game time as the yards that player cost. Personal fouls mean 1 whole quarter, no questions asked, no exceptions.

Will

November 23rd, 2009
5:10 pm

I have watched a tone of college football in my 30 years but I have never seen a more pathetic kick-off team than the 2008 and 2009 UGA Bulldogs. Coach Fab is pathetic and so is the infamous “pooch kick”. Plus the fact that we wasted a scholarship on a kickoff specialist who supposedly can kick it a mile. Ya, whatever. I want CMR to stay as long as he wants but Coach Fab and Sweet Willie have to go. Maybe GSU or Valdosta High will take their services.

swimdawg68

November 23rd, 2009
5:15 pm

I have a former player (star for UGA) and coach who is a good friend and after the Auburn game he told me he had never seen two teams whose tackling skills were as poor as UGA’s and Auburn’s. We have serious issues at UGA. Mark must take charge and remove Martinez, Bobo, Fabres, and Janczak. If Mark fails to make these changes then next year Mark will be gone.

Bulldog Nation will not tolerate UGA in the “lower tier” of the SEC. Look how Alabama fired Shula and hired Saben, in two years Saben had them back at the top with most of the Shula recruits. UGA has just as many good players as Alabama the difference is coaching. Kirby Smart will not come to UGA to be the DC (he already has that job at Ala.), he would come to become the head coach. After next year without some drastic turnaround in coaching and winning games he could be the guy to replace Richt. I hope Richt understands he has next year only to turn it around. I hope he dosen’t allow loyalty to cloud good judgement.

Poor UGA

November 23rd, 2009
5:17 pm

Just kidding Valdosta. It will be a good game. I grew up a UGA fan and ended up going to Tech. I would not bet on this one. As you know either team can win this game. It’s GT/UGA football.

Paddy

November 23rd, 2009
5:17 pm

Right on the mark! As CEO, CMR will either act like one or he will not. It won’t take us Dawg fans long to figure out which way the wind is blowing. It will be an interesting off-season, won’t it?

mark

November 23rd, 2009
5:22 pm

I think it’s honest. The worst thing about all of this is the changes that Richt needs to make are changes that should have been made a year ago. This season was just a waste of time and energy. We should have already had a new DC in place and we should already have a new Special Teams coach in place. I’m going to be really upset, as is I am not already, if we struggle next season due to new coaches and systems when all that could have been adressed this year. Of course, we are going to have to break in an inexperienced QB because Richt wouldn’t play Murray this year. So we have that to look forward too.

shortcuicuit

November 23rd, 2009
5:22 pm

Any OC is good if the players make the plays. You can call anything you want if the play works you are good and if it fails it is bad. How many times have you seen a draw play work and it was a great call. If it fails it is a terrible call. Any OC in the country would have looked bad if they had Cox as QB. He has cost us 3 games at least. Add in the fumbles and penalties and any OC and Dc would have looked bad. Something is wrong somewhere and I depend on CMR to get it right after the season is over. The defense has been BAD. I am 67 years old and I believe I could cover better than our defensive backs!!!!.

Valdosta Dawg

November 23rd, 2009
5:24 pm

You are right Poor Uga it is Clean Old Fashion Hate! I love going to Athens but I love this trip I grew up in Atalnta and like to get back everynow and then! Be at the Renaissance all weekend ,its a good time, and I will not be working, LOL!
GO DAWGS!

GT JJ

November 23rd, 2009
5:28 pm

Does anyone else think Richt is looking more and more like Chan Gailey with better players? Gailey was consistently winning 7 games a year at Tech. Richt has been consistently winning 10 games/yr (until this year obviously) with superior talent.

This year, I think Richt doesn’t have the talent he has normally recruited (no Knowshon, Stafford, Massoq, etc) and his inability to “coach up” this current crop is showing. I’m sure if you fans chill out there will be more studs on the way and UGA will soon be back to 9/10+ wins a year.

However, I think a better question is – will Richt ever make it to the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP level that is the expectation of so many UGA fans? He’s shown he can recruit the same talent level as FLA, BAMA, Texas and USCw – but to get to the very top, the coach has to perform at a chmpship level as well. I’m not sure that’s going to happen – Richt looks, acts, and coaches a little too much like that former Tech coach I’m way too familiar with.

H

November 23rd, 2009
5:32 pm

I don’t care how good our defensive coordinator is, IF WE DONT GET A BETTER PLAYCALLER FOR THE OFFENSE, WE WILL NEVER WIN AN SEC CHAMPIONSHIP. Think about how our offense has performed against some bad to terrible defenses we’ve played this year…

H

November 23rd, 2009
5:32 pm

And how our offense has put our defense in terrible terrible situations over and over again.

Maddog

November 23rd, 2009
5:34 pm

Prior to Saturday, Brooks was a combined 1-37 against SEC East teams, excluding Vanderbilt. No disrespect to UK, but this had to be the low point of the season.

george Holman

November 23rd, 2009
5:35 pm

Boy, how quickly things change. Richt has been the best thing that has happened to GA football since the Vince Dooley heyday, and now he’s on the ropes after his two best offensive performers were drafted into the NFL. Is this what college football has come to? Have one marginal year and you are gone? Go ahead and dump this guy and his 85-23 record. I’ll bet he will not be unemployed for very long.

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Whopper Dawg

November 23rd, 2009
5:41 pm

The problems go to the very core of the problem. 1/4 Willie is a national joke, Bobo is average at best, Fabris is a clown. I don’t think you can fix the program with this many extremely deep flaws. You really are talking about starting over with a new staff, and I don’t think Richt believes that is necessary and absolutely will not do it.

The first penalty of the game sums up this program when a 5th year senior and team captain took a meaningless personal foul on an out of bounds late hit. Talk about coaching them up. What a joke.

Acdawg

November 23rd, 2009
5:42 pm

Before we go off the deep end with coaching changes at Georgia…. Remember Dooley was was 5-5 in both 1969 and 1970 and was 6-5 in 1979 the year before the national championship… That being said, Dooley never had the poor fundamentals that these guys display every week.

How Bout

November 23rd, 2009
5:42 pm

dem dawgs, program is failing miserably, they should decline an invite to a bowl game.

He Hate Gator

November 23rd, 2009
5:47 pm

Swimdawg68 has it right. Richt has to show some improvement next year. It is my understanding, also, from an ex-player that Richt will blow up the current staff after the Tech game with several reassignments and try a different approach if they make it to a bowl game…and he does indeed know that he has to show a rebound next year..

Maddog

November 23rd, 2009
5:47 pm

I don’t want Richt fired, but he certainly must be willing to give at least entertain the thought of making some coaching changes. So far he appears to be satisfied with the status quo.

Hard & Fair Look

November 23rd, 2009
5:54 pm

agree, team hasn’t performed up to expectations and CMR should be held accountable regardless of what happens this weekend.
Papa John’s Bowl? Should decline to save face.

Mike A.

November 23rd, 2009
5:57 pm

If there are changes to the coaching staff, I will make them myself as I always do. Just look at how I handled our basketball program.

superDawg

November 23rd, 2009
5:57 pm

3 and 9 run the draw nuff said!

mutley

November 23rd, 2009
6:02 pm

Willie has been the cancer of this entire team. Don’t you know the other coaches noticed when Richt not only put up with Willie’s incompetince but actually rewarded him for it. Sloppy play=sloppy play, if one can do it all can do it, and now the players know that poor play is tolerated. Richt must fire Martinez, he must be completely removed from the program and the other coaches dealt with accordingly. Richt could have prevented all of this but his lack of action has brought the house crashing down all around him.

Steve McGarrett as Chin Ho's Leader

November 23rd, 2009
6:04 pm

Brooks @ Kentucky is 2-37 (excluding Vandy) against the SEC east and both of those wins are against UGA (loss @ Ky in 2006). Kentucky sure likes Vandy and UGA.

frank james

November 23rd, 2009
6:05 pm

I totally agree that our kickoff coverage may be the worst in the nation. We have tried to get by with some lesser skill people on the kickoff coverage teams and it has really cost us. I don’t think the pooch kick has been a problem this year because we haven’t done it that much. We just flat out don’t get down the field. I know Coach Fabris was wanted by Coach Stoops a few years back. I think he coaches the defensive ends really well. I think he has to get some credit for Pollock and his play. I just don’t think he is given the right players to use on special teams.

David M

November 23rd, 2009
6:08 pm

bowl projection from nbc sports.com
yikes
St. Petersburg Bowl
Dec. 19, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Big East No. 6 (or Sun Belt if none eligible) vs. C-USA No. 5
Projection: Connecticut vs. Central Florida

hop

November 23rd, 2009
6:09 pm

Georgia will only make changes when adams decides to bring the pressure on evans and only then will it happen.
coach richt has been a huge success,but like any other enterprise,some changes have to be made from time to time and uga needs make several with the offense and special teams which is a joke with the lame coverage on kick-off’s.

butler has make the punt team look very good with his punting.

SickandTired

November 23rd, 2009
6:12 pm

He did it with Donnans players and he did it with Brian Van Gorder…….Mark Richt has been exposed for the fraud that he is, the egotistical hack that he is and the offense that he runs is so 90’s with no imagination and he’s heading down the road to getting fired like a bullet. After the loss to Georgia Tech on saturday he is on notice, lose to Georgia Tech next year and you’re out…..that’s as in OUT of a job. He stands on the sidelines looking like a scared kid in the rain while the world is burning down around him. He let’s players like #3 get stupid personal foul after stupid personal foul for late hits and he does nothing. Two weeks ago he stated that players that got those kind of fouls would be taken out of the game and he actually did it to an offensive lineman early in the game, but #3 hits the Kentucky QB not just late, but 60 days past due out of bounds and guess what he stays in the game to pick up another foul later in the game that cost them another touchdown. Mark Richt is treading on dangerous ground with the Georgia fans and for the first time I’m seeing people call for his head……that’s a good start but he needs to be fired sooner rather than later. Get ready for the beat down Saturday, it is coming, he knows it, the fans know it and what’s funny is that the players know it and are helpless to stop it because they have no leadership at the top.

Carlton Powell

November 23rd, 2009
6:17 pm

No disagreement with the above assessment. If I were in Damon Evans shoes, regardless of how the Tech game turns out, I’d tell CMR to be in my office at 7:30am Monday morning. Then, I’d ask him a very important question. That question would be, “Mark what do you want to do with your life. Do you really want to be HC of a BIG time SEC program, or some other endeavor? I’ll give you 48 hours to get back to me. But, be mindful that if you want to remain as HC at UGA changes WILL be made. We cannot have another season like these last two. It’s up to you to decide what changes need to be made, and then implement them.”

Renegade

November 23rd, 2009
6:26 pm

I PREDICT THAT COACH RICHT WILL RESIGN AFTER THIS SEASON. HE HAS LOST THE PASSION FOR COACHING AT THIS LEVEL AND WOULD RATHER RESIGN THAN FIRE HIS FRIENDS.

Ron

November 23rd, 2009
6:28 pm

By the way, we have blown a year of eligibility for Marlon Brown for about 10 offensive plays and some special teams work. Nice coaching job!!

Ron

November 23rd, 2009
6:29 pm

Talent Evaluation= Richard Samuel=#1 Tailback=Being moved to linebacker

Ron

November 23rd, 2009
6:33 pm

The blatant facemask on Butler and Montez Robinson choke slamming a guy on kickoff shows me that there is absolutely no real punishment for this type of play. I

Buckhead Bulldog

November 23rd, 2009
6:34 pm

Carlton Powell: You sound like MY boss. That just put a shiver up my spine. Yikes : )

SEC1

November 23rd, 2009
6:40 pm

The fact that UGA VII keeled over with a heart attack pretty much says it all.

I hope we can put this all in the rear view mirror after some changes in the off-season.

To the players: keep fighting and play hard!!!!!!!!!!!

Bob Horner stayed hurt

November 23rd, 2009
6:44 pm

Thank God… a Carlton Powell post…you are on your game……as always…

Bob Horner stayed hurt

November 23rd, 2009
6:47 pm

Carlton…what if traffic sux and I can’t be there at 7:30am….??? please tell me you don’t care…..!! new motto..NO EXCUSES

Fools Gold

November 23rd, 2009
6:48 pm

UGA’s fixing to fall?
But speaking just for me
and some people from AJC,
we got a thing or two to tell you all.
This Dawg may have stumbled
but he ain’t never fell.
And if the Techies don’t believe that
they can all go straight to hell.
We’re gonna put UGA’s feet
on the path of a Winning streak
and then God bless UGA nation again.

And you never did think that it ever would happen again.
In Georgia, did you?
You never did think that we’d ever get together again.
Well we damn sure fooled you.
We’re walking real proud and we’re talking real loud again
In UGA Nation.
You never did think that it ever would happen again.
NOW WE MAY HAVE DONE A LITTLE BIT OF FIGHTING AMONGST OURSELVES,
BUT YOU OUTSIDE PEOPLE BEST LEAVE US ALONE.
Cause we’ll all stick together
and you can take that to the bank.
That’s the Gators and the Jackets and the rebels and the yanks.
You just go and lay your hand on a Georgia BULLDAWG fan
and I think you’re gonna finally understand.

And you never did think that it ever would happen again.
In Georgia, did you?
You never did think that we’d ever get together again.
Well we damn sure fooled you.
We’re walking real proud and we’re talking real loud again
In UGA Nation.
You never did think that it ever would happen again.

Thank you Charlie

45ACP

November 23rd, 2009
6:50 pm

Florida State was one of the best teams in the country back in the 90’s.
Coach Richt helped them win 2 MNC’s and coached Charlie Ward to win the Heisman Trophy.
It is no coincidence that Florida State has been in decline since Coach Richt left them for Georgia.
Coach Richt is a fine man and a great coach. He will get the Dawgs back on track.
We should be thankful to have such a good coach.
He brought us our 1st SEC Championship in over 20 years and another one to boot.
You hire the best coach available and let him run the program. A bad year here and there is no reason to throw the baby out with the bath water.
I, for one, trust Coach Richt to do the right things and bring the Dawgs back to National prominence.

goldwreck

November 23rd, 2009
6:51 pm

In business, you don’t get a lot of credit for your “body of work”. You screw up and you might be given a second chance but you are not given a third and fourth,etc. Carlton Powell’s comments are dead on. I’m a Tech fan first but I really feel for what the Georgia fans are going through.I think it’s good for the State of Georgia for Tech and Georgia both to be competetive on the national level.

fishdawg

November 23rd, 2009
6:53 pm

For everyone that is calling for CMR’s head. Consider the facts. There are (3) coaches in UGA football histoty that stand out.
(THESE STATS ARE THRU NINE SEASONS)
1) Coach Wally Butts (1939-1960) 70 Wins, 25 Loses, and 3 Ties
2)Coach Vince Dooley (1964-1988) 66 Wins, 28 Loses, and 4 Ties
3)Coach Mark Richt (2001- ) 88 Wins, 27 Loses

Look at the stats. They speak for themselves. Wally Butts coached the 1942 NC team. It took Vince Dooley (16) years to lead our beloved Dawgs to a NC Victory. Coach Right has a better nine year record than Butts and Dooley. The only difference is that he has not won a NC.
Came close to competing for one twice, 2002 and 2007.

I agree that changes need to be made, but to fire CMR would be foolish. Opinions are like arm pits, everybody has them and they usually stink. I have read yours, HERE IS MINE. GO DAWGS!!!!!!!

SugarHillDawg

November 23rd, 2009
6:55 pm

Hey UA, I thought you said Kirby Smart coaches a NC contender team? No he doesn’t, he coaches for Alabama.You been hitting the hard stuff early dude.

SOUTHGADAWG88

November 23rd, 2009
7:06 pm

There are some issues with this season for sure but some of you are out of your friggin minds talking about Mark Richt..Maybe some of you actually thought a 5th yr senior who never played was somehow going to turn out a good QB.If you didn’t realize that we were in big trouble at QB going into the season then you don’t know much about football.It’s kind of funny how so many of you were on here talking about Joe Cox being better for the team than Stafford!!Yep the very same ones now are calling for Richt’s head.Now you are mad that Cox turned out to be the player most that know football expected….it goes without saying that Gray must be stinking it up in practice as rumored.. to not have played.Sure it’s the coaches fault blah.blah.blah.me I see it as simply the talent behind Stafford was not that good.I expected as such…Matthew started as a true freshman and I didn’t expect any serious QB’s to sign at UGA and sit the bench…sure so-so average talents but not a premier guy..I expected him to be signed last year and we actually got two.Most of the blame in every single loss we had can be directly attributed to TO’s.Not Willie’s D,or the new rage…penalties(On the penalties there is a funny stat that says UGA is 25-2 when flagged over 10 times!!!figure that one out)No turning the ball over trumps EVERY SINGLE ONE of whatever factors you can come up with.I don’t blame Richt for RS Murray..why the hell burn a RS on a kid whose odds of going pro early is like 500-1 against it?We have found a running game,we have WR’s and some experience coming back on the OL.I feel good about QB next year… young Murray could start with the most weapons at his disposal than any Freshman QB ever at UGA.On the Defense…I will say this Willie has been shaky at times but I can’t think of one game where the D contributed more to a defeat than TO’s.Not one.Also if you are going to criticize a specific player at least be honest about it!Evans did not cause us to lose that game…as a matter of fact I can’t think of any game we lost directly because of Evans.Rennie Curran has been murdered in pass coverage for two years straight!Along with the entire LB crew…You want to know why teams kill us underneath and with play action or bootlegs?Our LB’S are playing the worst ball of any unit on the team except QB.Watch the tape…Evans and Miller have played a hell of a lot better than Curran,Dent or Gamble in pass coverage.Look at the Kent game…Renne made a lot of cleanup tackles but they were ALL toasted the entire second half…it’s becoming a broken record…anytime you throw at our LB’s a pass is completed or dropped.I’m all for criticism of coaches or players when it’s due but I think some of you are just spouting off without actually opening your eyes to whats going on on the field.How can you NOT see people running wide open every game against our LB’s in pass coverage?Yet EVERYBODY can call out Evans or Miller like they are the main culprits…go back watch the games and you will be surprised at how bad that group has played.Having said all that put a player at QB and this is an 11win team right now…with all the other so called “factors,coaching,scheme etc.

mayor bob

November 23rd, 2009
7:10 pm

Let’s wrap this vent up….

>Richt is going no where..he’s got a big new house on Lake Hartwell that is going to take big money to fund….

>He has a OC and DC that would not be in their current positions with any other Division 1 team…much less..in the SEC or ACC…

>UGA Football Coaches are under a new world order of fraternal brotherhood…it’s the Phi Krappa Dawgs…no one ever gets black balled…

>Paul Johnson does not care that GT is playing their arch rival this Saturday..he prepares his team the same way..no matter who they play…the jersey they wear is not important..it’s how we line up and beat em…in every phase of the game…I hate to say it but I’ve watched this guy over the years and if you need a fox hole buddy…this guy will make the enemy run…Richt just doesn’t have the “man” inside…

>SADLY, IT MEANS NOTHING ANYMORE TO PLAY A BIG GAME IN SANFORD STADIUM …THE OL FEAR FACTOR IS GONE…NOT IN OUR BACK YARD ATTITUDE IS DEAD….

>GO REBELS! I got to pull for somebody!

SOUTHGADAWG88

November 23rd, 2009
7:31 pm

Cuz looks like you and Bill could be cousins there..lol

U-no

November 23rd, 2009
7:37 pm

45ACP, You have hit the nail on the head. However, CMR needs to make some hard choices to make the right changes happen. It is obvious that there are some serious things wrong, like programs running in the background that rob a computer of its speed. The assistant coaches need a shakeup. But the loyalty factor mentioned so often in the same breath as CMR’s character qualities may make the changes hard to come by.

There just seems to be an attitude or mentality that has developed with the Pups ever since last year. The pre-season hype, and then the reality of having to play up to it and failing in some of the big games took something out of the whole organization. And, this year has just made it worse.

UGA will get the spark back, and CMR may very well be the one to right the ship. I for one, as a life-long GT fan and supporter, hope the turn-around doesn’t happen this weekend! This will be a great game coming up, and both teams have a chance to win. History would seem to support a Pup victory on Saturday night, but in reality I think CPJ will have something to say about changing that history. We will see! Best of luck to you and Cuz, both of you are classy Dawgs.

Gator grad, now a Dog Dawg

November 23rd, 2009
7:51 pm

The most important thing to remember is: THIS SEASON IS NOT OVER. Forget anything about a bowl, forget about who’s coaching, forget about past losses, forget about, what you want see done in the off-season because the Dogs have a game this Saturday night in Atlanta and that is JOB 1. Nobody writing in can change a thing about what’s happened or what might happen but we CAN all get behind this team and give them our support for the last game of the season against our biggest rival in the state. I don’t have a ticket but I can tell you that I’ll be on the 50 in front of my TV down here in Florida and I’ll be hoarse and I’ll be giving the Dogs my best until the game ends, however it ends. As Coach Dooley says in one of the Bulldog films, “My hope is that whenever a team plays Georgia, they had better strap it on tight because they know that the Georgia Bulldogs are going to get after it and fight for it. They better know that they’re in for a fight.” So, put it aside Dog fans, we have game this Saturday and the Dogs are going to GATA!!

Zorro

November 23rd, 2009
7:59 pm

SOUTHGADAWG88

“I will say this Willie has been shaky at times but I can’t think of one game where the D contributed more to a defeat than TO’s.Not one.”

“How can you NOT see people running wide open every game against our LB’s in pass coverage?Yet EVERYBODY can call out Evans or Miller like they are the main culprits…go back watch the games and you will be surprised at how bad that group has played.”

I’m not an ex-player, but isn’t the DC somewhat accountable for this?

reebok

November 23rd, 2009
8:12 pm

Tech fan here. I hope AJ Green can play, because for Tech to be the best, we need to beat the best. Georgia certainly can win on Saturday, but they will have to play BY FAR their best game of the season. See you there, Doggies.

Blamegame

November 23rd, 2009
8:19 pm

You all know this is a fine line to walk, isn’t it? Joe Cox was the best option for winning any games this year. Face it, he really was and is for two more games. Martinez won’t be fired and shouldn’t be fired. Bobo won’t be fired and shouldn’t be fired.

There is something in place that really is golden here if we will just see it for what it is. This is what we need to learn to live with; parents will invariably send their kids to Georgia because of the character thing that Coach Richt imparts on their children. Ed Orgeran(?), Tennesee’s fine recruiting dude stood in Marlon Browns grandmothers home and had the audacity to call the young man a “grandmothers boy” when he committed to Georgia. Simply because she wanted something in life out of her grandson, something that that orange idiot could not give and will not be able to give, something that Coach Richt is able to impart on players.

I would love one of those glass footballs. Coach Richt would like one even more. But he is rare in that he will protect them from the all out winner take all attitude that leaves young men strewn behind that runaway train.

We all read what meyer said about Spikes after the eye gouge and then left it up to the young man to delve out his own correct punishment. Geez! For the growth and personal development of lives, people, do we want to be associated with that kind of crap? College football is an ebb and a flow and like Lou Holtz says, making a living off of 19 year olds is insane or something like that.

I hope next year is better. But I will gladly take one or two of these every once in a while and hold onto integrity. To make collegiate athletics a place where a winners take all attitude is to make college something our whole society would suffer from. There are afterall two words associated with the phrase College Athlete.

Give the man a break people! Go DAWGS!!!!

just wondering

November 23rd, 2009
8:31 pm

Just curious…why do so many think Kirby Smart would leave Alabama to come to Georgia? Because he’s an alum? He’s been tied to Saban for awhile now, don’t know that ‘coming home’ would be enough. I don’t know for sure, do you? The current staff makes the players run, as a unit, as a team and as individuals, for committing penalties. What else are they to do? You can’t beat ‘em and you can’t shoot ‘em. Maybe the players just don’t get it. Any answers from INTELLIGENT readers? Buehler?

Wilson Faumuina

November 23rd, 2009
8:43 pm

All these experts, I’ll bet not one of them could strap on shoulder pads if your gave them an hour and illustrated directions. Y’all chill out, relax, enjoy it for what it is, and let those who are involved fix it. If they don’t, it will take care of itself.
I HATE TECH
GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!

BADDOG

November 23rd, 2009
8:47 pm

Let’s go back three seasons and visit our game in Tenessee when we played the Volunteers. Smacked, slapped and stomped was put on us that day. Coach Richt said that was a new one on him, being it didn’t happen very often. Well fast forward and Smacked, slapped and stomped looks like it printed on helments. We’re gon’re and could’re have more teams trying to return to their glory days and you don’t want to be on that list. The influence of Coach Ricth time with FSU

J Dog

November 23rd, 2009
8:50 pm

I had not thought of the adjective “decay” to describe UGA football, but thats about as close as I’ve heard this year to describe whats going on in Athens. Maybe “Steady decline” is a little softer on the ears, but decay is more precise. I said I wanted UGA to loose the remainder of their games (Aub, Kty & GT) to force change at UGA as an 8 & 4 record will not put enough pressure on Richt. Loosing 2 of 3 should work too as we should be easly outclassed by Tech.
Rot is another good adjective to describe UGA, and in a few more years, without any change, dead may be the best adjective.

Rick

November 23rd, 2009
8:50 pm

What do you expect with Slick Willie at DC and Bonzo the clown at OC. Also, Fabricator for special teams, Still Searching for off line and Rodney Gap in line def line coach, are all a disgrace to their profession. It looks like Mark Wrong can’t assess talent very well, he misses on good ones and recruits the bad ones. Early on he won with Donnan’s talent.

Abilene

November 23rd, 2009
8:54 pm

It’s not talent. It’s a HC who recruits players with no no heart or character, then learns they’re uncoachable. UGA will never win the SEC under Richt.

SOUTHGADAWG88

November 23rd, 2009
8:55 pm

Zorro I’m from the school of thought that believes that it’s more on the players than coaching win or lose.

archaeopat

November 23rd, 2009
8:55 pm

There is no question that UGA’s problems this season result from a lack of discipline and team character. There is plenty of talent on this team. Discipline and lack of character are coaching issues, and the entire coaching staff is to blame for this miserable season. It will not get better next year unless changes are made.

frank james

November 23rd, 2009
8:55 pm

When you see what happened Saturday, what happened at Tenn. and not competing with Florida, it is easy to put all the blame on coaching. But I am afraid the junior and senior class is not as talented as we think and also they lack, heart. Whether you have been coached or not, when you show up and there is 90,000 and you lack effort physically and mentally you need to look in the mirror as a player. If we are that talented, talent should even take over. We have got to recruit better and we have got to have discipline. I don’t know if it has that much to do with x and o’s. I guess there is enough blame to go around. I also heard that students were made to leave their dorms on Friday for the holidays. How stupid is that? Where were they suppose to go until game time Saturday? Did we save that much on utilities?

calvin klein

November 23rd, 2009
8:57 pm

please just let us wear something cool for our bowl game!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe pink with ruffles

Cuz

November 23rd, 2009
9:01 pm

SOUTHGADAWG, you need to see the picture that Baylie took of me and Bill together, spooky. Granny told me my big brother was stolen by gypsies. Now I belive her. If you want to see the pic e-mail me at emrbg@aol.com I will send you a copy. And the pic of all of us getting ready to leave for Athens. You can see Baylie takes the Ulitmate Fan title seriously.

jesse james

November 23rd, 2009
9:03 pm

jesse – I just read your blog and I agree with you. I believe this freshmen class is going to be a good one. I agree about discipline. We got away from it. I remember when Coach Richt made Tony Gilbert cut his hair and said he better not see it out from his helmet. That is just an example.

Bama Boy

November 23rd, 2009
9:04 pm

You Dog Fans need to chill, listen to Frank James. You’ll be better in a few years when you get some top recruits, just be paitent. Your Coaching staff is the best in the SEC, just wait.

45ACP

November 23rd, 2009
9:04 pm

If you guys want to give up your love for the Dawgs go ahead and do it.
Just more elbow room on the bandwagon for the rest of us.
Every year is not going to bring us an SEC Championship.
Just like your life and mine. You have good years and bad years but you keep on keeping on, make adjustments and keep a positive attitude.
Coach Richt will get it sorted out.
Be patient and believe good things come to those that wait.

thunderbull56

November 23rd, 2009
9:15 pm

First, who GAS? I only post to give repose! And to P@#3 the AJC Homers off. Jeez,it’s Jawja,Jawja,Jawja or it’s nothing. For sale white dog, my neighbor says he full blooded.Heard tell he leads in contributions to the bobsled team.Pictures available.

jesse james

November 23rd, 2009
9:19 pm

Go Dawgs !!!!!!!!!!! We will be back!!!!!

frank james

November 23rd, 2009
9:21 pm

Bama Boy – What do you know about UGA coaching staff. You too busy kissing ass to that LSU Tiger. I can see why they call you Boy!

S.E. Dawg

November 23rd, 2009
9:26 pm

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. IF CMR makes changes it will not be until after the first week in February. It’s call signing day. If he makes changes before we’ll probably loose some recruits and that certainly won’t be healthy for the program when trying to fill needs a certain positions.

Abe Lincoln

November 23rd, 2009
9:29 pm

Anybody here literate? Nope….

frank james

November 23rd, 2009
9:32 pm

How bout it Abe? Jesse and I were in the theater the night you were shot. I told Jesse that I heard you really survived the shot. Great to have you back. How about tell them to quit putting them northern teams in the BCS Championship Game.

BillyBob

November 23rd, 2009
9:41 pm

I think UGA is right where they should be, considering the talent on the team.
Go JACKETS!!!!!

Raleigh

November 23rd, 2009
9:42 pm

It’s hard for me to believe that some of you people are as dumb as the things you write. I’m hoping – for your sake – that you’re just being sarcastic.

Kirby Smart for HC? Talk about a homer! We’re going to trade a guy that has perennially coached UGA to top 10 finishes for a guy with absolutely no head coaching experience? If anything, you could fault Richt for promoting guys without experience (Martinez from DB coach to DC, Searles from OL coach to running game coordinator, Bobo from QB coach to OC). Why would UGA get rid of Richt to hire someone like Smart as HEAD COACH???

You’re basically like the lunatic in “Network” screaming out his window “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore”!!! Change is good as long as change happens. Fortunately, I expect the folks in charge will use a bit more logic in terms of figuring out whether what’s next is really any better than what we have now.

If you really want to think big in terms of where this program can go next – and where Richt can go in developing as a HC – try picturing someone with a PROVEN record as OC or DC. I don’t fault those that mention TCU’s DC as a potential replacement for Willie. That would seem to be a guy who may be interested and he has the pedigree to make it worthwhile. Let’s make improvements – not just changes. Let’s have some aspirations. Go after guys that have proven they can do the job. I’d rather pay big (UGA has the money) to go after a guy like a Charlie Weis as an OC (please spare me the Weis sucks – just look at ND’s offensive stats) or, as someone mentioned, Chavis as DC before he went to LSU. Stop drumming up these wannabes who are no better than what we’ve already got.

And if you think that there’s no way UGA could ever land a big name coordinator, then you’re admitting that the program isn’t on the level that’s consistent with the record you seem to expect every year. I have my doubts as to whether UGA can draw that kind of talent – but I’m not calling for Richt’s head on a stake either. Give the guy a chance – he has EARNED IT! Spend a little time with the media guide’s historical W-L records if you think otherwise.

Class of 68

November 23rd, 2009
9:42 pm

If you listen to Buck Belue, he’ll tell you nothing is wrong. It’s all in our heads.

J Dpg

November 23rd, 2009
9:43 pm

I agree SE Dawg, it would be prudent to wait until after signing day to make changes. But as most teams making changes won’t wait that long, I just hope all the good available coaches aren’t gone by then and we wind up with another Willie.

Delbert D.

November 23rd, 2009
9:47 pm

How long does it take to get amateur eligibility restored? Herschel played only 3 years in college, and I don’t think the MMA thing will count against it. Come to think of it, Larry Rakestraw played only 3. Give ‘em a shot as walk-ons next year.

Sometimes things get too serious. There is a big game for Georgia and Tech coming up. Settle it on the field. Let the bandwagons collide and the true fans stay aboard.

Duane Ferrell

November 23rd, 2009
9:47 pm

buck belue = clown

FLA DAWG

November 23rd, 2009
9:58 pm

I have believed a change at OC and DC would be sufficient – maybe with Richt as HC & OC calling plays. But as this season has gone by with The Team becoming worse I’m afraid Richt is just not a good administrator. He does not have the killer instinct necessary to win in the SEC.

Richt’s errors are numerous and include dismal choices in OC & DC, inability to train top notch high school players to SEC caliber, gameday execution, turnover and penalty problems. Lastly but most importantly for Richt was his refusal to correct these problems at last season yearend.

wreckmaniac

November 23rd, 2009
10:01 pm

If Dennis Erickson ( AZ State) or Rich Brooks had half the talent UGA has they would both have teams in the top 10. First of all they would not stock 2nd and 3rd teams with 4 and 5 star players who rarely play. Kids who go to UGA to ride the bench are fools but there’s always a pack of them every year. 5 star players who dream of the NFL and sit on the bench at UGA the whole time they’re in college don’t really deserve much.

FLA DAWG

November 23rd, 2009
10:03 pm

wreckmaniac,

Name three 5 Star Players at UGA that have spent years sitting on the bench.

FLA DAWG

November 23rd, 2009
10:05 pm

Yeah,

I didn’t think you could.

4 jacks

November 23rd, 2009
10:10 pm

The most disturbing thing about this team and last years as well is the lack of dicipline. When your punter (who is not even a real player) is yanking face masks getting penalities and then laughing about it on the side lines, when there is 7 minutes left and you are trailing by 7 and players are dancing and smiling on the side lines the problem is much deeper than just CWM or CMB, not that they get a complete pass either. If your team is that undiciplined it comes from the head man. If he doesn’t instill dicipline in the team nor do you have the senior leadership to keep people focused I do not think that getting rid of 1 or 2 coordinators is going to make a big difference in the long run. CMR better start laying down the law in this area or it will keep sliding away. Fine to celebrate and have fun, once you have put the game away. Stupid penalties are just that “stupid”…and they get you beat. I just can’t get over our all american punter of all people laughing about that penalty. Oh well, my two cents worth. I do hope Richt will clean up this mess. He has been a good coach (not great) but good. Sure beats the hell of what went on after Dooley retired, but he better get some control over his players and program or it will not be pretty.

Paul's Johnson

November 23rd, 2009
10:15 pm

BillyBob:

“think UGA is right where they should be, considering the talent on the team.
Go JACKETS!!!!!”

I think UGA is right where they should be too with the talent that will be in place next year and beyond. Talent in key positions. Ealey will take on the role of the 5 to 6 yard, every down back and we will break camp with a solid leader at QB for the next 3 to 4 years. Deep in position players.
The secondary will be weak for a couple of classes, definately need to recruit for the future there, the backfield and also look at landing a big time recruit at QB.

Nope, I believe the talent will always remain consistent in the nation because UGA will always be prominent in the upper echelon of college football. This season (like last) has been a hard to watch but we’re not talking about talent here, we’re talking about coaching, most importantly, from the top but trickling all the way down to the lowest tier. I believe that there wil be accountability after the season and I do believe that changes will be made before the opening kickoff next season, will they be enough? We will see, but I guarantee this, if they are not sufficient enough, then the next shake up within the program will be dramatic.

UGA85′

Go Dawgs!!

Meyers Cloud 24x Darker Than Richt's

November 23rd, 2009
10:16 pm

Urban Meyers got blown out 41-0 in a bowl game at Florida. Meyers also got beat by Ole Miss when he was a 22 point favorite. I guess Meyer can’t coach.

If we are to evaluate a coach based on a 1 game, Richt’s 24x better than Meyers, becuase he scored a bunch of points compared to Meyers’ 41-0 shlackin’.

Johnson's Cloud 7x Darker Than Richt's

November 23rd, 2009
10:18 pm

Paul Johnson got blown out 38-3 last year by LSU. I guess he can’t coach either.

Delbert D.

November 23rd, 2009
10:18 pm

“We will see, but I guarantee this, if they are not sufficient enough, then the next shake up within the program will be dramatic.”

Thank you, President Adams.

Carroll's Cloud 27x Darker Than Richt's

November 23rd, 2009
10:20 pm

Pete Carroll got beat by 27 points against Oregon. I guess he can’t coach either.

LaDawg100

November 23rd, 2009
10:22 pm

Fire him now.

We pay him too much for this performance.

Nick Saban 7x Darker Than Richt's

November 23rd, 2009
10:23 pm

Saban got beat by Lousisian Tech at Alabama. I guess he can’t coach either.

That’s a “fair” assessment, right?

td

November 23rd, 2009
10:28 pm

SOUTHGADAWG88, It is nice to read a true and accurate analysis of what is going on. Better than I have seen form any of the reporters covering the team.

Paul's Johnson

November 23rd, 2009
10:31 pm

Delbert D.:
Delbert, I was trying to come up with a better word than “dramatic” but my wife’s annoying bellow was rifling through the stairwell and I had a massive adrenaline rush and i lost all train of thought, you know the “fight or flee” instinct. Anyway, I guess a better choice of words or word than “dramatic’ would be “big time”. What da ya think?

Bob Stoop's Could 7x Darker Than Richt's

November 23rd, 2009
10:32 pm

Bob Stoops Oklahoma got beat 35-7 by Kansas St. I guess he can’t coach either.

That’s a ‘fair” assessment, right Bill?

Delbert D.

November 23rd, 2009
10:34 pm

Paul’s – It sounds a lot less like Prez Adams that way. But it’ll sell better…

Bear Bryant's Clould 4x Darker Than Richt's

November 23rd, 2009
10:36 pm

Bear Bryant got beat 31-7 by Texas Tech. Ouch.

I guess he can’t coach either. That’s a “fair” assessment too, right Bill?

Paul from RDU

November 23rd, 2009
10:43 pm

Bear could be on to something

Joe Pa got beat 41-10 by Sparty – he can’t coach

Delbert D.

November 23rd, 2009
10:44 pm

Bill – They seem to want “Easy and unfair”. That one will get some good blog numbers…

B-dog

November 23rd, 2009
10:49 pm

I am a die hard Georgia fan but Willie has got to go. He is pitiful and moved up the coaching ladder way too fast. And Bobo, he has hardly any experience either except for being the QB when he went 6-6 in ‘96. Richt needs to call the plays bobo and willie need to go.
Richt is as good as they come as a head coach but we don’t need all the gimmicks. playing in the SEC against top teams every year should be enough motivation. you’d think playing in front of 92,000 of the best fans in the country would be enough motivation as well. We must stop the gimmicks too. And lets get the assisants right and we’ll be right where we need to be.

Go Dawgs

Idea: Bring in Jon Gruden and have him and Richt as associate head coaches with Richt defensive coordinator and Gruden as defensive coordinator? that would be beast.lol

Paul's Johnson

November 23rd, 2009
10:52 pm

Thanks Delbert, I always look forward to your razor sharp, I mean, ice skate blade sharp, wit and intuition. I will make the necessary adjustments, just like coach will do.

UA Alum

November 23rd, 2009
10:54 pm

Wow. Paul lives at the airport in Raleigh. Free Wi-Fi?

Marlon Brown

November 23rd, 2009
10:58 pm

I would like to “beyotch-slap” my granny for making me go to UGA over Tennessee. My ass is sore from riding the pine in Athens. In Knoxville, I would be a starter and would have participated in the beatdown given to UGA back in October. Thanks a lot, Granny….you old wrinkled bat. Now I am part of the trainwreck called Georgia football.

Delbert D.

November 23rd, 2009
11:00 pm

Paul’s – My pleasure. Always here to help. By the way, maybe we could enlist your bellowing wife to assist in the lack of discipline problem?

Paul from RDU

November 23rd, 2009
11:00 pm

UA Alum, that is not correct but I do get it at your sister’s house.

The things I have to do to be able to play Dungeons and Dragons. I have to drink two bottles of Listerine when I get home. Yuck.

harleydawg

November 23rd, 2009
11:05 pm

how many people think maybe cox smokes a little wacky backy, even so we can still kick yechs azz..

UA Alum

November 23rd, 2009
11:06 pm

Paul from RDU = Classy. The Saintly Mark Richt must be so proud.

UA Alum

November 23rd, 2009
11:14 pm

Paul from RDU, slow night keeping the world safe from 4 ouch bottles of shammpoo? Glad to see the TSA earning that paycheck!

Paul's Johnson

November 23rd, 2009
11:14 pm

Delbert, I hope that you never have to endure the wrath of ” El Beasto”.
Thirty minutes of listening to her continuous drone will make you want to cut off your ears just so that you can stick em’ in your ear sockets to dull the 140 decibels. She would make a preacher cuss. Thankfully, over the years, I have developed the ability to filter her warblings to sound like the teacher from the old Charlie Brown shows… you know “WHAWHAWHAWHA…WHAWHAWHAWHA.

After 30 mins. of listening to her, everyone would transfer.

Cuz

November 23rd, 2009
11:17 pm

Now is the winter of our discontent.

Quote from the other Willie.

Cuz

November 23rd, 2009
11:19 pm

Dang Paul, for your sake I hope you are joking.

Cuz

November 23rd, 2009
11:20 pm

Paul, I have a plan. We will let Attorney General Holder know about this torture. You will be a hero, get a book deal and a segment on CNN.

UA Alum

November 23rd, 2009
11:29 pm

With a loss to Tech, I definitely think the Dawgs should accept a bowl bid. How else can they guarantee a losing season?

Delbert D.

November 23rd, 2009
11:37 pm

Paul’s – Well, scratch that idea. By the way, I was late responding because it took 20 minutes on Schultz’s blog trying to get an eloquent post through the censor bots, and even then i had to do it with word replacement and s-p-e-l-l-i-n-g. It ain’t hardly worth it to be intelligent anymore. I’m really gonna hafta dumb down.

loyaldawg

November 23rd, 2009
11:37 pm

I’m okay with Bobo having another year. He lost Stafford, Moreno and Mass…tough to overcome. He also has a QB that is clearly not SEC caliber. Murray had injury problems so no reason to give up that redshirt. Logan Gray was not the answer either obviously. Our problem is clearly WM. Our defense does not create turnovers, does not tackle well, gives up way too many big plays to even inferior foes, has way too many bad penalties, gives up huge points, etc. If I’m not mistaken, WM is also in charge of special teams…how many stupid personal foul penalties have we had on special teams? I’m not just talking about this year either. Have you seen how many times our defense is not even in the picture on pass plays? How about Tebow’s run up the middle on 3rd and short…once he got through the line, there was noone remotely close…are you kidding me. This is the worse defense I have ever seen UGA have. 3 senior DT’s that may play in the pros plus a junior LB and junior safety that are now leaving us for the NFL. We have always had a dominant DE but not under WM in the past couple of years. Our kids just don’t get better under his watch. They look confused and out of place.

Delbert D.

November 23rd, 2009
11:39 pm

Cuz – Holder would probably get Paul tried in Gitmo, to make up for the serious goof.

Taco

November 23rd, 2009
11:43 pm

CMR came from FREE SHOES U! What did you dumba$$ UGA fans think he was gonna bring with him? A bunch of thugs without one damm dricer’s license among them. You lead the world in penalties and the US in arrests (Tenn catching up fast)You can take all that “Super Christian” crap and jam it UGA IVXIVXXI’s tail. How about a little discipline? You got a bunch of overated thugs and the fan base acts like low class, Jerry Springer, trailer trash. Booing the home team? Gimme break…..what a joke. UGA has been mediocre for years now they have even fallen off that horse.

Taco

November 23rd, 2009
11:45 pm

Your hopes for a dominant DE was pinned on Toby Jackson from Griffin. He is a great player but could not spell cat if you spotted him the c and the t. Who would come there now? Getting booed?

Paul's Johnson

November 23rd, 2009
11:45 pm

No Cuz, I wish I could admit to joking but I am holding out faith that over time, my selective hearing will eventually evolve to be able to tune out her baritone growl and I will not have to run throughout the house, remote in hand, just to find suitable programming on the TV. I bruised my forehead after an ackward over the couch landing during the Kentucky game. I couple of PBR’s and a dose of reality later, I was back in the game, unfortunately, my Dawgs checked out.

I have started to write a book, I’ve gotta get more Post It notes, you can only get so much writing on them.
CNN, kinda like “Dancing With The Stars”, my life’s aspiritions. I just don’t know about the makeup and eyeliner.

Delbert D.

November 23rd, 2009
11:52 pm

“Delbert D.

November 23rd, 2009
10:12 pm”

“Sometimes it’s hard to tell the psychopaths from the sociopaths. These blogs will be part of my PhD Dissertation, “Social Networking Websites and Overt Expression of Pathologies”. ”

I got slammed by some guy on Jeff Schultz’s blog for “copying his post”. Well, I’m copying my own post over to Bill’s blog. I’ll add an appendix to the dissertation: “Pathological Liars”.

So there, nyah-nyah.

Paul's Johnson

November 23rd, 2009
11:54 pm

Delbert, I hear you on the wife thing, unfortunately, if she was in earshot, after 30 minutes, all players would pack their bags and request a transfer to ECU or UTC.

Delbert D.

November 23rd, 2009
11:55 pm

Paul – I saw a thing on NatGeo or some channel, the Army is trying to develop high-intensity sound weapons. Put a hold on the book, and get yourself a gov’t contract.

Paul's Johnson

November 24th, 2009
12:09 am

Delbert,
I think I saw that too. We might be able to sign up as a package deal. I would even be willing to donate her right now, for the advancement of education in audiotory sciences. Always trying to do my part for education in America.

Delbert D.

November 24th, 2009
12:14 am

Paul – It will advance the technology by 20 years over what they’ve got so far. It will be a breakthrough! Also make a pitch to the Navy for their development on sound-tunneled laser anti-submarine warefare stuff.

Delbert D.

November 24th, 2009
12:21 am

Paul – I’ll check back with you tomorrow. Time to do my tai chi.

Shenandoah

November 24th, 2009
12:36 am

Love how Richt and Cox hem hawed around all year evading the real problems, but both specifically point their fingers at Ealey, a freshman. Obviously Cox will be an assistant to Bobo next year. We desparately need a football coach, not a CEO. If I were Ealey, I would transfer to Florida or Alabama even though I would have to sit out a year.

SatillaDawg

November 24th, 2009
12:55 am

Go Dawgs! Beat Tech!

Then fire Richt, Bobo and Willie.

It’s time for a change.

Paul's Johnson

November 24th, 2009
12:59 am

Yeah Delbert, I’ve logged time with Denise Austin this week myself, not Tai Chi but gotta get the ole’ heart rate up and makes me want to eat some Idaho potatoes I just got on a new work out schedule and I want to be sure and pace myself, I don’t want to be mistaken for a “roid user”. Going to crash now, I gotta come up with a gameplan for Saturday.

Go Dawgs!!

Jim

November 24th, 2009
4:05 am

Brian Stewart for UGA defensive coordinator position. (Former Dallas Cowboys DC, current Philadelphia Eagles defensive assistant coach)

PASS IT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ed

November 24th, 2009
4:55 am

When was the last time Coach Richt truly motivated his team other than changing uniform colors or breaking the rules? The Bob Stoops, Nick Sabans, Pete Carols of the world are able to get their players ready to go, every game. They are LEADERS. Coach Richt is a manager, and a darn good one – a leader? no…..

Kevin G

November 24th, 2009
5:58 am

The coaches did not lose that game. The defense has improved, but COX has not. COX lost that game.

jerry

November 24th, 2009
7:31 am

Richt is 2-7 vs Florida. Cloud, you may crow when Richt looks like below. Until then, stfu.

Switzer resigned from his coaching position at Oklahoma early in 1989, with a career record of 157-29-4. His winning percentage of .837 is fourth-best all-time, and he posted remarkable records against several famous contemporaries, going 3-0-1 against Darrell Royal, 12-5 against Tom Osborne, 5-3 against Jimmy Johnson, 2-0 against Bobby Bowden and 1-0 against Joe Paterno and Woody Hayes.

Lorraine in Conyers

November 24th, 2009
7:35 am

Really serious beatdown is coming.

Yellow Jackets 49, UGA 17.

It’s azzwhuppin’ time.

Dawg gone.

HH

November 24th, 2009
7:52 am

Richt had better realize one thing. The UGA contributors and fan base are not going to tolerate this deplorable and disgraceful state of affairs much longer. If Notre Dame can shell out $18 million to get rid of Weis, then UGA can certainly shell out $10 million to get rid of Richt and his mediocraties. They won’t tolerate a Charlie Weis at N.D., and the UGA nation won’t tolerate one at UGA. If Evans and Adams stand in the way, then they will be gotten rid of as well. The love affair between Richt and UGA is about to be history, and Richt had better quickly realize that fact.

clemkudtlhopr

November 24th, 2009
8:08 am

“Suffering is the prelude to Glory!” not sure where I got that quote, just have patience my fellow Bulldog fans.

lagadawg

November 24th, 2009
8:09 am

Hey Acdawg,Dooley’s dawgs were 11 and 10 in 69 and 70, but did they have top 10 recruiting classes in 65-70,I don’t think so.

GaGator

November 24th, 2009
8:34 am

Bobby Bowden was right when Richt left FSU, he said, “I don’t think Mark is tough enough to be ahead coach”. And there’s you answer———-he’ not.

SuperB

November 24th, 2009
8:36 am

Nice to read something from a writer who actually knows CFB– unlike the drivel from Schultz and Bradley. It’s so past time for CMR to do something about the penalties, turnovers, and tuurnover margin. I ask you: Is he capable of accomplishing this? (I know all Dawg fans are tired of CMR just sloughing off these stats.)

toga

November 24th, 2009
8:37 am

Richt will let Martinez go and demote Bobo. Georgia’s new coaches will be the excuse next year for a 6 or 7 win season. Richt will “survive” for 3 more seasons and Georgia will suffer for the next 5 to 6 years.

I have seen this movie before, Alabama did it for 10 years before waking up and realizing that you need a real coach to compete in the SEC.

Take the blinders off, you are only hurting yourself.

santa cruz dawg

November 24th, 2009
8:53 am

Joe Cox is a nice young man, but he is to inconsitent to be a SEC level QB. His poor play has cost us several games.
The team also needs to learn to get back to the basics of sound football blocking, tackeling, and playing smart.
All the talk about getting rid of CMR is lame, but he does need to look at the past couple of years and make the tough choices and changes, to ensure a return to National Championship contention.
I am encouraged with all the young talent, for the future.
One last comment: Get the players on the field who can cover kickoffs. It doesn’t matter if the players is a star on O or D just get the best players to prevent all of the long returns that hurt us every game.

georgiadawgg

November 24th, 2009
8:55 am

MARK RICHT, GETS PAID IF HE WINS OR LOSES.THEY TELL ME THAT YOU ARE AS GOOD AS YOUR COACHES.MARK RICHT COULD CARE LESS. ITS TIME FOR THE BIG MONEY GIVERS TO START WITHHOLDING MONEY.

bubba4?dawgs

November 24th, 2009
8:56 am

It appears that Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, South Carolina, Arkansas and Florida get players from the State of Georgia and develop them a lot more than the University of Georgia. This means either they have a huge flaw in coaching, a huge flaw in recruiting or both. I believe it is both. Evidently, football is taken too lightly at UGA or they have the “dumbest” players in the league. 26 fumbles and recovering only 1 is laughable. Scoring 28 points and still losing reflects on a poor or no defense. Mark Richt will fix it! I know he will! The Dawg Lovers will not accept mediocrity! IF, I say IF the Dawgs are to compete with Florida, Alabama, LSU and Tennessee, a tremendous change will have to take place. Rich knows this! Damon knows this! All of the Dawgs knows this and the Dawg Nation knows this! The lines are drawn….Let the changes begin!! Top to bottom…It all needs fixing (CMR should stay), the rest should go…Willie, Bobo, Recruiters and the keeper of balls! We need some hard nosed coaches who emphasize “kick butt”. Stay away from the panty waist flash in the pan grandstand players who think more of their shiny little ear rings than playing football. Let the games begin…..NOW!!

Will

November 24th, 2009
8:58 am

if anything this article is too nice….which has been Richt’s problem

Richt has Spoiled UGA Fans!

November 24th, 2009
8:59 am

Richt is so good, 4th winningest active coach, he coaches in the SEC, the toughest conference, and wins so many games, you fans have one bad year and all the sudden Richt can’t coach? Ask FSU how their program did after Richt left–no more Heisman’s, no more Natl’ Championships, no more lots of consecutive winning games years?

The last time Richt had a 4 loss year, what happened the next year? #2 Natl’ ranking (should have been #1–Georgia WAS the Natl Champion that year). Next year, with:

Green/Brown at WR (#1/#2 ranked WR’s in U.S.)
Ealey at RB (the guy who broke Herschel Walker’s rushing records), Murray at QB (we’ll see how long those 1 yard TD rushes Tim Tebow records last–I say we break his record during the Ga/Fla game)
Charles at TE (top TE in U.S.)

It’s going to be fun beating up on Florida and Ga Tech and Tenn and LSU and Kentucky. Aaron Murray kind of gives you that Jamelle Holliday feeling, right? Don’t remember Holliday? Oh, he’s the QB who led his teasm to an 11-1 record and Natl’ Championship, as a Freshman. Kosar at Miami had a good freshman QB year too: 61% pass completion, 2300 yards, 15 TD’s, 11-1. Murray will be in the Heisman talk EVERY year at Georgia. Ealey/Green/Brown/Charles might too. We’re going to on a Heisman/Natl’ Championship run like USC did.

gbal

November 24th, 2009
9:12 am

I am not sure that I am ready to see CMR’s head yet…. Not sure …
but I do think that those who are suggesting it do have a point. Many say they are idiots for suggesting this “based on one bad season”. I remind those that it has not been ONE BAD SEASON.

My concern is not necessarily that we loose a game, 2, or 3 in the SEC, but more how we loose and who we loose to. In this light Id say we are in our 4th dissapointing season.

2009 – A bust all around.
2008 Losses to Bama, Fla, GT all in complete beatdowns.
2007 Loss to S.C., Tennessee, and a late vandy fumble away from a Vandy Loss. Then we pull a couple of gimicks (Storm the enzone and Black-out Auburn) and everybody suddenly thinks we are great? Then Beat Hawaii!! and we are even greater!!! Wrong. Picked preseason # 1 the next year. Wrong!!
2006 – Loss to Tennessee (hung 51 on us), Vandy Loss Fla, Fla Loss and Kentucky Loss. (Yes we are 2 and 2 against KU over the last 4 years – Should be 2-2 Vs Vandy too)

Folks, it has been 4 underachieving dissapointing seasons. Those who think it has only been 1 … not very in touch with UGA’s expectations.

Shreveport Chamber of Commerce

November 24th, 2009
9:26 am

It’s pretty this time or year. We will make sure we have plenty of extra police officers on duty when the drunks show up from UGA.

atlvos55

November 24th, 2009
9:27 am

Richt has spoiled UGA fans!

It must be nice leaving in your world….can I have some of that Kool-Aid you are drinking….better yet maybe some of that you are smoking?

Fair and Balanced

November 24th, 2009
9:28 am

Two changes needed: 1) New DC 2) New OC 3) New everybody else! Clean house man! There is a disease in this bunch.

Fair and Balanced

November 24th, 2009
9:29 am

Three changes need to be made: 1) New DC 2) New OC 3) New everybody else on staff. Clean house baby!

robodawg

November 24th, 2009
9:33 am

“Talent is not Georgia’s problem. It’s focus. It’s execution. It’s player development and it’s discipline.”

That is right on the money. Our gameday coaching is fine. The real issue, and one that’s much harder to pinpoint because we don’t get to watch it, is what happens in practice every week. Why aren’t our players coached up and showing improvement? Why do we play so dumb?!

With pretty much the same coaching staff, we were the most improved team over the course of the 2007 season, so I have plenty of faith in Richt to do it again. But he’s got the unenviable task of deciding which changes to make to root out the decay that will help the team and not do more harm.

A lot of fans want someone to blame and think we can hang this season squarely on the shoulders of Martinez or Cox or even CMR. But none of us really knows what’s going on inside the program that leads the players as a team to underperform. (And looking back at all the things that have gone wrong in games, this season’s poor showing has truly been a team effort.) I wouldn’t mind seeing a new special teams coach or having Kirby Smart stalking the sideline, but I for one trust Richt with that decision more than Evans or Adams or any fan. Because he’s earned that trust. Talk of changing the head coach is way premature.

Andy in Blairsville

November 24th, 2009
9:37 am

With FL and AL at the top, TN looking very promising after only one season of rebuilding and for God’s sake KY beating UGA at GA….I’d say recruiting is going to be a disappointment this year so don’t get your hopes up on ‘10.

gbal

November 24th, 2009
9:49 am

I am not sure that I am ready to see CMR’s head yet…. Not sure …
but I do think that those who are suggesting it do have a point. Many say they are idiots for suggesting this “based on one bad season”. I remind those that it has not been ONE BAD SEASON.

My concern is not necessarily that we loose a game, 2, or 3 in the SEC, but more how we loose and who we loose to. In this light Id say we are in our 4th dissapointing season.

2009 – A bust all around.
2008 Losses to Bama, Fla, GT all in complete beatdowns.
2007 Loss to S.C., Tennessee, and a late vandy fumble away from a Vandy Loss. Then we pull a couple of gimicks (Storm the enzone and Black-out Auburn) and everybody suddenly thinks we are great? Then Beat Hawaii!! and we are even greater!!! Wrong. Picked preseason # 1 the next year. Wrong!!
2006 – Loss to Tennessee (hung 51 on us), Vandy Loss Fla, Fla Loss and Kentucky Loss. (Yes we are 2 and 2 against UK over the last 4 years – Should be 2-2 Vs Vandy too)

Folks, it has been 4 underachieving dissapointing seasons. Those who think it has only been 1 … not very in touch with UGA’s expectations.

Mobile Dawg

November 24th, 2009
9:54 am

One thing that bothers me and actually lights the fire of my discontent is that Richt has really failed to accept responsibility for the collapse and has continued to make excuses when it’s crystal clear to so many. I’m not questioning Richts character or integrety but isn’t taking responsibilty for your problems the first step toward the recovery and a major indicator of those two traits I mentioned. I know someone will say I’m questioning it but I’m not, I just don’t understand why he won’t man up.

Look at what excuses have done for Les Miles lately.

Golden Tornado

November 24th, 2009
10:06 am

Bulldog fans, you’ll be leaving the game in droves, about the middle of the third quarter, on this Saturday night. I know you’ll be heartbroken, but please don’t litter our campus. There is a place for your garbage – Athens.

U-no

November 24th, 2009
10:07 am

Looking at schedules there is something glaringly wrong with the two of the three teams. Bama has played three lower tier teams as has Florida. Bama: Fla Int’l, N. Texas, Tenn-Chatt; Florida: Charleston Southern, Troy, Fla Int’l.

When you look at UGA and Tech’s schedule there is only one lower tier school: UGA: Tenn Tech; GT: Jax State.

How can Bama and Fla be ranked so high when they pad their schedules like they do. I would like to see them play a schedule like UGA or Tech and see how well they do, especially toward the end of the season. It is crap like that that makes the BCS such a joke.

Giving the benefit of the doubt the Pups have played a very tough schedule with no creme puff schools but one all year. Tech has played either ACC or SEC teams except for one all year. When are the “elite” teams going to prove their metal and play a real schedule to see if they really are as good as everybody says they are?

Free Willie

November 24th, 2009
10:13 am

What will be the best fit for Coach Mark Richt next year?
1)Abilene Christian
2)Holy Cross
3)Cal Berkeley

True Truth

November 24th, 2009
10:16 am

Don’t fire Richt; don’t fire any of his staff. Don’t.
Think about it – It would cost UGA $25-30 million at least, to get rid of Mark Richt, and hire the calibre of coach that UGA fans dream of. It’s not possible.

Kirby Smart

November 24th, 2009
10:22 am

I will make UGA a top ten defense! Call me.

Free Willie

November 24th, 2009
10:26 am

gbal – Thats a fact! We get blown out against great teams but never blow out a great team or even win many. We squeak by or loose to the average teams and usually beat soundly the Tenn Techs of the world. Anyone that doesn’t think CMR shouldn’t be evaluated by Evans doesn’t have a clue. All large companies evaluate the employees performance each year and this has been going on at UGA with Richt. I think the world of CMR and think he will be and is successful in life but I don’t believe he has the drive and ability to assembly a top tier staff and lead UGA to a national title like Meyer or Saben… CMR as a person exceeds expectations but as a top SEC coach falls well below my expectations. Its time for and amicable divorce

Free Willie

November 24th, 2009
10:28 am

True Truth – Do you know which school raised mor $$$$$$ than any other in the country??? Take a guess… Hint UGA

Shenandoah

November 24th, 2009
10:38 am

Notice how there are fewer and fewer responses posted – even the bloggers are ” leaving the game early”. Time to cheer on the Lady Dawgs and the gymnists – Thank Goodness.

Heard that Cox will be the offensive coordinator next year and he and Richt will share the play calling.

Calhoundawg

November 24th, 2009
10:40 am

Lot of good stuff on here — some not so good. Andy, I’m not so sure what looks so promising about Tennessee, but whatever. They lose a butt-load of seniors, and CLK is just beginning to experience life in not only college football, but life in the SEC as well. Case in point, just look at what’s being discussed on these blogs about CMR — one of the most successful coaches in the game– and over a period of time. However, just like Georgia now, I don’t think Tennessee was nearly as “bad” as their records indicated for a couple of those years. They just needed new life, new blood, a new direction. But I digress …

My question for the forum concerns the penalties over the last two years. What has happened (or not) for this situation to arise and continue? I’m not talking about procedure penalties (which are game killers themselves), I’m talking about blatant personal fouls, over and over and over. Even the punter gets flagged for a face mask in the Kentucky game! Seriously, someone with a hands-on knowledge of the game of football please comment to this. These penalties are ENTIRELY controllable every single time. What is going on? They happen at any point in the game — when we’re up by twenty points or down by ten. I would think that even some of the players would be disgusted with this by now. What gives?

Lastly, concerning Bobo and Martinez (I never want to lose Coach Richt); when the play works you’re a genius. The problem is not [necessarily] with Bobo’s play calling. He has been severely limited by Cox’s arm strength and game management (reading defenses, etc.). And, quite simply, the “drop-off” at RB’s and QB was much more than I was previously willing to admit. Bobo’s a hell of a coach and probably calls games almost exactly like Richt would given this year’s circumstances. As far as Martinez, I do think that the defensive stats over the last several years say everything that needs to be said. The lack of defensive ends has exposed a secondary which is practically inept (Bryan Evans sucks!) If there is a lack of talent on this team, this is where it is. Hopefully, recent recruiting (Rambo, Boykin, etc.) will address some of these issues. I will also say that our “Big Three” of Owens, Atkins, and Weston were inexplicably a little underwhelming this year. Oh well, they say change is not always good, but in this case, I’d say it couldn’t hurt. Go Dawgs !!!

td

November 24th, 2009
10:40 am

Hey Kirby, Are you willing to take a pay cut to come to UGA? You know Adams is not going to pay you more than $600,000 per year because a DC can not make more than him.

From The Desk Of Damon Evans

November 24th, 2009
10:42 am

Here is the ONLY thing Mr. Evans is really concerned about….

…are we STILL MAKING MONEY HAND OVER FIST?

Nobody at UGA Taj Ma Hal (a.k.a. Butts Mehre) cares about the athletes, the coaches, their families, certainly not the fans or their wallets, or the AJC or any sports or media outlets. The only issue is money.

Let’s not be fooled, to use an analogy, if Mike Vick had never been the subject of criminal charges, he would still be with the Falcons, despite everything, as long as he was making money for the enterprise.

So, as long as UGA alumni and fans open their wallets and buy tickets and gear, as long as the money is flowing across Mr. Evans’ desk, he really doesn’t care what you, or I, or anyone else thinks about UGA football.

ugaaccountant

November 24th, 2009
10:47 am

The money is not flowing as freely to Athens as it did before. Donors are not happy. The ticket demand is still 100% of capacity, but the amount paid per new tickets this year was less than half of last years figure. Something will be done, I just pray that we don’t throw Richt out the door to apease the lunatic fringe.

td

November 24th, 2009
10:51 am

Calhoundawg, Your analysis was good all the way to the part where you made such a harsh statement about Bryan Evans. We can not stoop to those types of statements, I think they are class less. Evans may not have been the best safety we have ever had at Georgia but he gave us 100% effort and his blood, sweat and tears. I think Evans and every other player that has put on the uniform for us are damn good DAWGS and I am proud of what they contributed to the program.

rincon dawg

November 24th, 2009
10:56 am

hail to butler walsh and aj green. without them we wouldnt have won any games. there the only ones who show up every game.

td

November 24th, 2009
10:58 am

From The Desk Of Damon Evans, The money slowed down when Adams ran down and ran out Vince Dooley. Has there been any repercussions from that move? No, Adams is still President, making more money, and has total control of the athletics foundation now (money).

rincon dawg

November 24th, 2009
11:02 am

does anyone know if orson charles is hurt. the man is awesome and we quit feeding him the ball

ugaaccountant

November 24th, 2009
11:04 am

TD – that is not accurate. Damon Evans was in charge during our record breaking monetary years.

cantondawg

November 24th, 2009
11:07 am

I have to laugh when i read some of the comments on this board..Especially the ones that are threatening Richt if he doesn’t do this or that then the people on this board will fire him..Let’s set the record straight, Richt can do anything he wants because he’s got the leverage over UGA. If UGA fires him, they will have to pay him $11.2 million dollars. I believe he will make changes. Not because you idiots are screaming to make changes, but because he truly care about UGA football and wants to see us as SEC champions.

I disagreed with his decision last year to retain CWM. I thought he should’ve gotten Chavis from TN. But i do understand his decision making on retaining CWM and it has nothing to do with friendship. CWM is a good recruiter and i’m sure Richt wanted to retain him as a recruiter and hope that he could turn the defense around. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened and he is forced to make a change. Which i’m sure he will.

ds

November 24th, 2009
11:09 am

Mark Richt is the best thing to ever happen to UGA. How many more years would you guys like to wait on an SEC Championship if he leaves? Coach Martinez was good enough when we won the Championship wasn’t he? Anyway it should be Coach Richt’s decsion alone who his coaches are(Certainly not Damon Evans or Michael Adams) There are many schools that would love to have Coach Richt. It is hilarious to me how people said he was cool on the sideline and that helped his players stay cool in pressure situations. Lose a few and those same people want him to get some fire. Go figure. No school is going to win Championships every year—not Florida, USC, Alabama or Oklahoma. We need to stay the course with Coach Richt and hope he will stay the course with us. He will win his share in the end and we will all be proud.

Randy Marsh

November 24th, 2009
11:10 am

Chris Low said it perfect. We’ve building up to a season like this for several years and now we have the perfect storm because Stafford and Moreno aren’t there to bail us out. There’s a lot of young talent on this team and I’m scared it will just go to waste over the next few years. I’d like to see Butch Davis on the sidelines. I’m sure he’d leave NC to come to the SEC.

Navigator

November 24th, 2009
11:20 am

Most everyone knows I am a Tech graduate, but I have a love for UGA as well (both my sons graduated from there). I think two things have happened to cause this problem at Georgia. First, Richt has lost some excellent coaches, and second they took the play calling away from Richt, and that was a mistake. He never was caught looking at the play book, because he knew it and was thinking 1-2 plays ahead. I’ve watched PJohnson calling his own plays and he doesn’t look at a play sheet either (same as Richt). I think the administration needs to rethink and allow Richt to be the offensive coordinator, after all they were quite good when they did.

td

November 24th, 2009
11:33 am

ugaaccountant, My point exactly and I could have wrote my point a little better. Money went down a little, after the announcement of Dooley’s forced retirement, then it went right back up to record levels. Adamas basically ran off Dooley and Walker and the alumni did what? nothing. They let an outsider come in and take control. I did not hear one person call for Adams to be fired.

Danielle

November 24th, 2009
11:45 am

As a Tech alum, I hope Richt stays at UGA forever. His successes have peaked, and he’s on the downslope of his career. Other coaches in the SEC and ACC outclass him now by a mile, and he will never take the Dawgs to an SEC championship or a BCS bowl again. So keep him… please!

Beatdown Alert: Georgia Tech 52, UGA 24.

Kirby Smart

November 24th, 2009
11:46 am

I wanna be a DAWG!

Charlie Dawg

November 24th, 2009
11:49 am

It would be worth the $11 million buyout to get rid of Richt.

DirtyDawg

November 24th, 2009
11:49 am

Clearly this game could be an embarrassment…but only if the kids and the fans allow it to be. Play hard, fast and smart…and don’t quit on anything. Fans, no matter what’s happening on the field, don’t you dare leave early. Don’t give the pencil-necked geeks anything to jeer about, and if one of the twerps gets in you face, mash his head like a pimple.

So the AJCers are ‘all aboard’ the Tech bandwagon…Johnson does a better job of developing a QB (forget that the ‘QB’ we should have had is making a ga-zillion dollars some place else, his QB has had two years of starting to ‘get it right’)…a three-point victory has changed football in the State of Georgia (wonder what they’ll be saying if Georgia beats the vaunted Jackets this Saturday – I know I’ll be saying ‘The Year of Living Arrogantly’ is over.

Pride dammit…that’s the thing that makes a rivalry. No way we can ever lose to Tech if we refuse to be ‘out prouded’ – yeah, I know it’s not a word but it works for me.

gadawg

November 24th, 2009
11:52 am

rincon dawg-i totally agree. Does it strike u that those 3 positions are based on individual talent and not something that can be coached or ruined by bad coaches.Hmmmmmmm-just wondering

GT Blogger

November 24th, 2009
11:53 am

“…mash his head like a pimple.”

That’s the kind of smashmouth talk I would expect from a Dawg fan. It’s that kind of crap that explains why UGA’s thugs and morons lose so many games. Unprincipled, undisciplined quitters never win, they just embarrass themselves.

Frogger

November 24th, 2009
11:54 am

I’m sure there’s alot of coaches out there wishing they were paid 500,000 dollars per win. Must be nice to be Mark Richt.

Mark Richt

November 24th, 2009
12:08 pm

Kirby,
The only way you’ll ever be a dog again is as head coach. If u came in and got the defense going again they may want to give u the head coaching job. I had to get rid of one defensive coordinator that got all the pub. sincerely- CMR

cantodawg

November 24th, 2009
12:13 pm

Charliedawg,

You need to take a reality check. Every great coach has gone thru bumps in the road during their career. Look at Joe Paterno at Penn State. A few years ago, Penn State was terrible and people were calling for his head. Vince Dooley had alot of subpar years at UGA. The 3 years with Herschel and 1 after were really the only years that he had that were excellent. Bear Bryant had back to back 5 loss season and then went on to win 3 more National Championships. Heck, even Urban Meyer had a 5 loss season at UF. Nick Saban had a 4 loss season at LSU the year after the won the NC and was blown out when they played UGA.

I understand the disappointment but there is hope for the future. We now have our back of the future (Ealey) which we did not have until the middle of the season. The entire OL is returning and our WR corps is probrably the best in the nation.

If we get a new defensive coordinator i see our defense making big improvement. The talent is there.

The two other big correctable issues are turnoves and penalties.

We are at a mind boggling -18 in turnovers and have gotten only 1 fumble this year. I cannot believe that. I’ve watched UGA games where we’ve recovered 3 or 4 fumbles in one game so i’m sure next year will be much better.

Schedule is much easier and we start off the season with a patsy at home that will give us a little confidence. LSU is replaced with Mississippi State- easier. OK STATE is replaced with Colorado- lot easier. UF will be without Tebow, Spikes and about 7 underclassmen- Lot Easier than this year. GT will probrably lose Dwyer to NFL this year. UT will lose entire offensive line, Crompton, Berry and Hardesty- i don’t think they will be as good next year.

So, i think UGA is setup nicely with a weaker schedule, 16 returning starters, a new quarterback, experience at TB, every OL returning, and improved DC.

Rome Dawg

November 24th, 2009
12:36 pm

What’s all this talk about Kirby Smart as a head coach? I’m sure he’ll be a fine head coach someday, but I don’t see a lengthy enough track record at this point, epsecially not for a move to a SEC position. Heck, I’m not even sure if I buy that he’s a great DC given that he’s been under Saban’s thumb for a while.

collegeballfan

November 24th, 2009
12:40 pm

What is all this Kirby Smart talk?

He is NOT going to leave where he is now unless it is for a head coaching job. He is coaching under a good defensive mind & it is a better career to move to stay there.

Snoop Dawg

November 24th, 2009
1:03 pm

Snoop Dawg say’s you’re too nice. We need a coach, not a classy guy. Get rid of the Preacha Man and his Medicine Show of Willie and Bozo. Water Girrrul gotta go. The Demon Evans also!

ugaaccountant

November 24th, 2009
2:10 pm

TD – Evans is far from an outsider. One of the reasons fans didn’t storm Adams house with pitchforks about Dooley being forced out was that Damon Evans is a Dawg. He played football for us not too many years ago. Classy guy and very shrewd at his job. I’ve got nothing but good things to say about him and at the time he was hired, that was exactly what everyone expected of him. The issue was never him, it was simply that nobody wants to fire a successful legend like Dooley. Dooley was great as an AD, Evans may even be better.

And seriously, most UGA alums and about 99% of UGA football fans want Adams gone. That’s been the case for years. I wonder how many other college presidents get booed every time their name is mentioned in the stadium? He’s brutally unpopular amongst the UGA fanbase.

NCDAWG

November 24th, 2009
2:10 pm

There is no way UGA gets any new Assistant Coaches with CMR at the Helm…………..I wish CMR would be loyal to the program instead of his Friend(s) that are in way over their heads…………..

ForeverDawgFan

November 24th, 2009
2:11 pm

I wish I had the answer ~ I’m female, love the game and love the Dawgs! I have one observation. When you have players dancing on a bench while their fellow teammates are imploding on the field … something is wrong! Where is the leadership?

Macon Dog in the Middle East

November 24th, 2009
2:14 pm

As mediocre as Goff and Donnan were, neither lost to Kentucky in Athens. I realize that I was not at the game (thank goodness), but answer me this, please: When you’re up 20-6 at the half, and your QB has a tendency to throw INT’s, why pass at all? Could we not run? On Kentucky?
I’m a long, long way from beautiful Georgia, and few people over here will care that our vaunted, proud program has sunk to such a low level. I’m sick over it! Richt should remember that Phil Fulmer refused to fire his assistants. Lots of UT-Fulmer loyalists say now that he should have been dismissed several seasons ago. Remember that horrible whipping that Kiffin’s first team gave us a few weeks ago? Remember how Kiffin vowed NEVER to lose to Georgia? He may be counting on Richt’s mulish determination to keep Martinez.
If Richt does not fire Martinez immediately after the season and replace him with Rodney Garner, we will lose Garner, probably (back) to UT. I can’t bear the thought! I remember how Fulmer beat us like a drum, year after year, with so many of our own state’s better players!! Richt has won the recruiting wars because he has had Garner. Richt should promise Garner the Defensive Coordinator’s job NOW or resign.
Even way over here, I’ve heard the troubling rumor that contractual obligations will prevent Richt from firing any of his assistants! I don’t know any Bulldog fans who want Martinez to keep his job. I wonder if a majority still wants Richt to keep his own. I realize how successful and humble he has been, and he has made us proud. Still, this debacle makes me angry. The UT game and this one are simply inexcusable. We cannot tolerate this. The pronoun “we” includes Damon Evans. He has increased the contribution demands on season-ticket holders. With that money, he is being paid quite well to make tough decisions. So is Richt.
Has anyone called Prince Charles? He has had to live too long with blame for our last home game loss to Kentucky. Richt must wear this goat’s horns. Place the call, Coach.
I’m beginning to believe the insufferableTech blogger who laid Uga VII’s death at his coaches’ feet. Poor Uga, he couldn’t stand to see his team sink so low. It just killed him. I’m glad he was spared this latest humiliation.

Turns my Stomach- BBA '79

November 24th, 2009
2:21 pm

I have seen almost every UGA game since 1973 and the last half of this week’s game was the worst-coached, least-prepared, most-undisciplined Dawg team I have ever seen, and that is not hyperbole. I know we play a lot of young players but this was our 11th game- they shouldn’t act like rookies anymore.

I read where Ealey said he had never been asked to block in high school- he either ran or was a decoy. That makes me realize that these 4-star and 5-star athletes haven’t been taught fundamentals in HS because they excelled without them. Rashad Jones didn’t HAVE to tackle the hips and lockup because in HS he just knocked everybody down. Prince Miller didn’t learn coverage skills because his speed and athleticism didn’t require him to do so in HS. Our O-line didn’t learn the proper techniques and footwork in HS because they just bowled people over with their strength. And Joe Cox didn’t have to be accurate because MoMass just ran everything down when he threw it.

Perhaps most importantly, when these guys committed a bone-headed personal foul in HS, their team needed them too much for the coach to discipline them.

The result? NO FUNDAMENTALS, NO DISCIPLINE.

Since this is true of all SEC teams, there can be only one excuse- COACHING. As talented as these guys are, they must still be taught the fundamentals when they get here. And as they mature, we can tolerate a mental error- an offside, a hold, etc.- but NEVER a flagrant personal file. If it is flagrant, the coaches should sit them for at LEAST a quarter. There is no single player on this team except Butler and Walsh (and maybe Curran) where the drop-off to their backup is that significant. But Richt won’t discipline them.

I admire Coach Richt’s character, but as another poster said earlier, he has to decide whether he wants to be a big-time college coach or do something else. If not, fine, but if so, we need his focus back on what he is paid $2.75 million a year to do. This is a big business.

Cuz

November 24th, 2009
2:54 pm

If Coach Martinez throws one interception or fumbles the ball one time against Tech he should be fired on the spot.

U-no

November 24th, 2009
3:23 pm

Cuz,
That would be interesting to see… the coach dressed up in pads and uniform playing QB or running back! I would agree though, if he did that he should be fired! LOL!

djawjuh

November 24th, 2009
3:27 pm

I’m wondering if all the pro Ritcht posts are real or manufactured on his behalf. Whatever it is that they’re smoking, I sure as hell want some of it. FIRE THEM ALL. FIRE THEM ALL, THE LONG AND THE SHORT AND THE TALL!

CMR is a FRAUD. “KY is the best kick return in the SEC.” Nope. KY is #7. Joe Cox gives us the best chance to win. He does? What does that tell you about coach Richt as an evaluator of talent and chief recruiter?

THIS IS AWFUL, AWFUL, AWFUL. BOOO COACH RICHT, BOOO HIS DC AND OC; BOO THEM ALL RIGHT OUT THE DOOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

45ACP

November 24th, 2009
3:40 pm

I just watched Coach Richt’s press conference.
He made the Jackets sound like the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Good job Coach. Build them up then take them down.

U-no

November 24th, 2009
3:41 pm

Turns My Stomach,

Yours is one of the most intelligent posts, and accurate as well, as any I have ever read. That is is problem facing almost every college coach: untrained and inexperienced teenage young men who need to be coached, trained, educated, and disciplined in the fine art of college football.

With the size these young men are developed into while still at high school and then continue to be encouraged to develop in college, it is dangerous to not have them develop the proper techniques and skill sets that will help protect them from injury, and keep them from making stupid penalties. A senior from high school is entering into a world where in college many of the atheletes they are playing against are now bigger, faster, physically more developed to the game, and some ready to step onto the stage of professional football. To not properly coach, teach, train, and discipline the youngster is not only unwise, but a very stupid waste of talent (not to speak of the risk that is already inherant to the game being magnified and made even more risky by failing to invest in the kids future by establishing him in good fundamentals.)

The coaches are paid big money to win, but winning is the culmination of taking kids that are ranging from 17 to 25 and turning them into a well functioning unit (whether offensive or defensive) that understands the game, the plays, and the fundamentals, and the rules so that they come together in chemistry and motivation to reach a common goal each week: play to the best of their ablilities (and even beyond on occasion) and play as a team to win the game.

Coaches who can do that successfully day in and day out will be sought out and honored both on and off the field. Coaches who don’t, well, you know…

CMR has proven he can do it, but maybe his assisstants have lost focus along the way. Or maybe even CMR has lost focus. Who knows? I know that those teenagers aren’t going to coalesce into a winning team on their own, no matter how talented they are coming out of high school.

CPJ has proven that he can do it as well as his assisstants. The measure of the quality of the play on the field on Saturday night will be the result of both talent and training. Georgia may have the edge in talent, but Tech may have the edge in the training. And, training will win out almost every time in that battle, just ask any Marine.

ugaaccountant

November 24th, 2009
3:42 pm

I wonder if all the anti-Richt posts are real UGA fans or from fans of other teams.

cmac

November 24th, 2009
3:57 pm

DECAY?? There is serious ROT! It starts at the top and progresses quickly down hill! The coaches are tremendously overpaid for the product they are producing. The players (except AJ Green) were terribly over-rated out of high school. Combine lack of talent w/ no coaching ability & this is what you get! The fans had better speak w/ their wallets or change might not happen. i am sure that richt would hate to see a coaches feeling hurt by getting canned.

on a happy note, I cheered loudly for bryan evans last sat night during senior introductions. I AM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GLAD to see that guy go!!!

Dawgustus

November 24th, 2009
4:08 pm

Wow, ‘amazed at how many fans have such losers’ attitudes. ‘We can’t fire Richt, he’s nice’, ‘We can’t fire Richt, he’s won before’, ‘we can’t fire Richt, we can’t get a good replacement’. What a bunch of whiny little girls. Richt gets paid a ton to put a good team on the field. He’s failed and has been failing for 3 years. If he were employed in the real world, he’d have been canned months ago. Some folks need to shed the inferiority complex, grow up and recognize that we need a new (good) coach and realize that we can get one. UGA is the most profitable athletic program in the country. We can hire just about anybody if we want to.

GT For You And Me

November 24th, 2009
4:33 pm

Boy,you Dawg’s tickle me……

GT For You And Me

November 24th, 2009
4:35 pm

GT will crush you… Bank on it!!!!!

Mobile Dawg

November 24th, 2009
4:54 pm

Been a fan and supporter for over thirty years, class of 78. I’m tired of the product on the field, coach Richt hasn’t taken responsibility for the problems, and hasn’t indicated he would handle them. Cantondawg, you will see what we can do if things don’t change. No one on here is threatening anyone to my knowledge, just stating what we can do. Have we made the seat hot for CMR, I believe he’s feeling the heat. Our money and our voice will require change of some kind. My hope is CMR turns things around. If he wants to keep this job he will have to turn things around, either with this staff, or with changes to the staff, doesn’t matter to me either way. If it were up to people like you, things could be the status quo for years. And if I’m correct for you that would compare our down years to those of Paterno, etc, if they had not turned things around they would be gone now, there were wolves at the door howling for Paterno’s head, only people were using his age as an excuse for the poor results.

catfish31015

November 24th, 2009
5:05 pm

Richt is one of the better coaches in the SEC. If we lose him, you can be sure one of our competitors will grab him. I disagree with you about the quality of talent we have. He could have a lot better talent on the field and on the sideline to work with. But one thing is certain, losing Richt would be A BIG MISTAKE.

catfish31015

November 24th, 2009
5:06 pm

Richt is one of the better coaches in the SEC. If we lose him, you can be sure one of our competitors will grab him. I disagree with you about the quality of talent we have. He could have a lot better talent on the field and on the sideline to work with. But one thing is certain, losing Richt would be A BIG MISTAKE. Go Dawgs.

Spurrier

November 24th, 2009
5:07 pm

Richt’s seat will not near as hot as when he starts 1-2 with losses to Arky and USC. Book it.

tech (poser)redneck

November 24th, 2009
5:58 pm

Look out mutts, the bees, nats bugs, or whatever you wanna call them are waiting with sharp stingers. They’ve got those cheating refs. You know the ones that cost you the LSU game. Also the one that called the fumble on Jasper Sanks a few years back. We paid him an extra bonus to come out of retirement for this game. But he said he would work this game for nothing. We got you beat at every angle. We sent coach Richt a paid vacation to Miami Beach and a case of suntan lotion. STING UM JACKETS.

dont matter bout regular season

November 24th, 2009
6:11 pm

how many times has he had his team in position to play for all the marbles? i just dont ever see it happening. something to really look forward to. if it didnt happen in the last 6 years, chances are very slim because the puppies should have atleast 2 rings maybe 3 but notta.

SOUTHGADAWG88

November 24th, 2009
6:26 pm

Cuz check your email if you are on here.You guys see young Matthew Sun?The gap in talent between he and Joe couldn’t be coached up by Knute Rockne!Funny thing is Stafford could have come back and still been the 1st pick overall this year!Of course if that was the case we wouldn’t be blogging about how far the program has fallen but rather is this the year Richt hits pay dirt?

u-no nothing

November 24th, 2009
6:27 pm

hey u-no nothing….. did u know bama has beat 5 top 25 teams 3 were in the top 10 when they beat them. looks like yall need to play 10 tenn techs to have a winning season. please dont fire richt, yall might improve.

todd

November 24th, 2009
6:29 pm

Sorry Bill, going to sound off on the AJC article about firing Richt and making a comparison to Cutcliff.

what a bunch of horse crap that aritcle was.

First off, Ga doesn’t have patience? It’s Richt’s 9th yr. at GA.

Ole Miss lossed Eli, thus a 4-7 yr.

Richt mandated Joe Cox, a 5th yr SR. who has played like a freshman, who I blame Mike Bobo.

Richt appointed Bobo, he’s responsible, thus blame Bobo on the awful Ga offense and the turnovers.

And what so bizzare about it all, is a large majority of the Bulldog Nation sit around and talk Willie M. job. Makes the Bulldog Nation look silly.

Mark Richt is in charge and this is a bad football team and don’t make excuses. It’s a trend and our tool box AD needs to call Richt out and tell him he expects something different fast next yr. Then Richt will realize his decisions are on notice. MR will have to deal with A. Murray having 1 game under his belt, traveling to Columbia next yr. It’s on you dude, it’s your decision, no one else.

I’m all for another yr. of Richt, but he’s coached at Ga for 9yrs. don’t compare it to D. Cutcliff and Ole Miss.

Hell, they stepped up and got the Nutter, who I’ve always said ironically could get the job done at Ga. He could stand up and beat Fl. and Tenn. in the same yr. and not waiver like Richt

jackie

November 24th, 2009
6:33 pm

fire the whole staff and then invite them and anybody else to apply for the jobs. this team is really talented but poorly coached.

jerry

November 24th, 2009
6:43 pm

In 9 years Richt has not had a team that deserved to be ranked #1. That is amazing considering the fact that he is considered to be one of the best in the country. I guess he has just had some bad luck. Hell, it’s just luck anyway, who you hire, recruit, etc.

jerry

November 24th, 2009
6:45 pm

P.S. But maybe it is not luck. Maybe he’s not that good? Naw, hell , no way.

jerry for president

November 24th, 2009
6:56 pm

by golly jerry is right. please give some proof why he is so good? get him to show you his rings.in 9 years he hasnt even scared the nc game. what makes him so good? i cant think of any other sec school that would have him.

tech (poser)redneck

November 24th, 2009
6:58 pm

Wilson Fumwinnie, hate Tech all you want, but they’re still kick your AZZZZ.

dan

November 24th, 2009
7:02 pm

I think Richt is about to be finished. I actually think he’ll step down. Don’t think it can happen? If Murray doesn’t pan out and this team has a losing record next season, I think Richt will quit before he is let go.

There’s a difference when a team is losing games but they’re competitve. Like if this team was snake bitten by injuries and fighting, but coming out on the short end; then that’s one thing. That’s a situation that can be easily fixed for the next season. But when a team is straight up quitting, like they are right now; and when a team gets hit in the mouth and doesn’t respond AT ALL; that’s a culture problem and that’s a HUGE PROBLEM. These players aren’t fighting for Richt like they used to. They’re just not! I think UGA will be in the market for a new head coach in a couple of years.

LADY DAWG

November 24th, 2009
7:06 pm

Gator grad, now a Dog Dawg ….THANK YOU…well said. Not time for Mark to go. Dooley had some bad years & many people wanted him to go. Aren’t we glad that didn’t happen.

Buckhead Bulldog

November 24th, 2009
7:15 pm

Adams has got to unleash his control over Mark Richt, NOW! Adams is the flunky not Richt.

Think a little deeper on the root problem, y’all. Adams runs the football program…not Evans or Richt. Wake up people before we fall further, and lose a great coach and an outstanding coach in mark Richt.

The Board of Regents/Gov needs to do a little investigation on M. Adams and his evil shenanigans. Unless, of course, they are on the payola as well?!?

Fricking weasel Adams needs to be relieved of his duties at the flagship university of Georgia.

RW

November 24th, 2009
7:20 pm

This guy (CMR)worried me from day one. I remember reading an article where his wife was quoted as saying she had to slap him on their first date… to see if he was awake.I might be wrong but i dont see him firing any of his coaches after the season concludes.Some fans are very satisfied with CMR just as many were with Jim Donnan.What is wrong with wanting to be the very best you can be? I want UGA football to be the best in the country. For fans that feel like me, cmr is not our man.

Buckhead Bulldog

November 24th, 2009
7:21 pm

Correction: and lose a great coach and an outstanding man in Mark Richt

Paul's Johnson

November 24th, 2009
7:25 pm

SOUTHGADAWG88:

Your 6:26 PM post)

Who’s Matthew Sun?

please explain

November 24th, 2009
7:33 pm

can somebody please tell me what is so great about richt? what i have seen on the field is far from great. i have seen 6 and under coaches have better control of their team than he does, seriously.

fear

November 24th, 2009
7:38 pm

all the years i played football, i feared my coach. he made it that way. how many fear richt? it shows on saturday.

..I.,

November 24th, 2009
7:43 pm

“please explain” and “fear”: such profound statements of nothing.

fear

November 24th, 2009
8:33 pm

your football team is nothing…. oh my bad they are a disgrace.

SOUTHGADAWG88

November 24th, 2009
8:33 pm

Buckhead Bulldog

November 24th, 2009
8:37 pm

2001 08-4-0
2002 13-1-0 SEC Champs
2003 11-3-0 SEC East Champs
2004 10-2-0
2005 10-3-0 SEC Champs
2006 09-4-0
2007 11-2-0
2008 10-3-0

..I.,

November 24th, 2009
8:40 pm

Maddawg

November 24th, 2009
8:46 pm

In the scheme of life, just how important is this thing we call, “football”? Not important at all. If a very, very good coach and person like Mark Richt gets fired, my support for the U of Georgia as an alumnus and fan is over. Talk about a society and culture that is so out of whack…..

J Dog

November 24th, 2009
9:19 pm

I used to race cars. I loved the compition, liked to pit my skills against others who thought they were superior to everyone else. If you wanted to win, as most do, you did your best to gain an advantage or edge and move to the top. Cream rises, everyone has heard that statment before. A few of the guys just enjoyed racing and the social aspect of it all, they really didn’t care about winning that much. They could not understand why most of us worked so hard to win.
Some of you remind me of that type of racer, you like racing and talking, but winning or being on top is just not that important to you. Most of us however have that fire to win, to rise to the top. I understand your viewpoint, just understand that most fams have fire and are not satisfied to just play football. Most of us want to win.
Richt does not need to be fired. It’s frustrating he has let this Willie deal fester several years and done nothing about it. But now that the heat is on, we owe it to Richt to give him the chance to “see the light” and fix the problem. This might be what needed to happen for him to mature as a head coach.

Mike

November 24th, 2009
9:19 pm

Willie Martinez might be a great guy, but defense is the difference in UGA right now. Right now UGA has to outscore teams. David Greene would not be 2nd on the all-time NCAA wins list if he had this defense to play with for 4 years…not even close.

The biggest difference in UGA when Mark Richt arrived was the defense shot straight up the charts. It was a championship defense that often won games when the offense was not up to par. At the least, UGA never was out of a game. This trend continued until last year.

Since last year, UGA’s defense has regressed into the soft style that characterized the teams in the 90s. It is a big part of the reason Donnan was fired in the first place.

At the very least, Martinez needs to be demoted back to DB coach. Someone with another aggressive style of defense needs the job.

Macho Man

November 24th, 2009
9:27 pm

The tone of this blog is disturbing

I really think we should give Martinez another 4 years to right the ship

I mean come on we can’t get any worse can we

Or maybe it is possible for the points per game to go to 40 what do you think

DAWG

November 24th, 2009
9:30 pm

Do not fire coach Mark Richt,this will be a big mistake.

John

November 24th, 2009
9:31 pm

I think Richt deserves the right to a bad year. Goodness knows we can do worse with another coach. You get rid of what you know and it can take years to find someone as reliable. He has raised the level of expectation to where an 8-5, 7-6 is unacceptable. This is good.

BUT, he clearly needs to address the discipline issue. The flags and turnovers kill me to watch. It’s one thing if the talent just isn’t there, but it kills me every time a big stop is made, but the team gets another shot because of a late hit. Or a big drive is ended by a lame turnover. Unacceptable. It’s two years in a row, so something has to give. If he can’t do it because he is too nice, or blinded by loyalty, then it will be fixed for him, I agree on that.

DAWG

November 24th, 2009
9:31 pm

Do not fire Mark Richt, a big mistake.

instate

November 24th, 2009
9:35 pm

Macho Man

November 24th, 2009
9:42 pm

What disturbs me about Richt is he seems to act like his mind is somewhere else

Georgia_Jim

November 24th, 2009
9:49 pm

Dumb & Dumber (Bobo&Willie) have to go are Richt is gone!

Wally Walsh

November 24th, 2009
10:04 pm

Mark Richt has been wonderful for Georgia and Georgia football. It seems the vocal few are receiving too much attention. You should be grateful for this man leading your football program. He wins, and more than any Georgia coach in a long time. Be very careful what you ask for!! Wally W.

td

November 24th, 2009
10:08 pm

Buckheaddog, You are absolutely right. Adams is the real problem with the program and until he is pushed out we will never go any higher.

Adams controls the program and the money and this is my prediction of what is going to happen.

CMR will probably make a change at DC but because Adams will not allow him to pay a DC more than $600,000 per year, he will have to find another coordinator with no NFL experience or no one with BCS experience. A huge risk. This might or might not payoff but it will not get us to that MNC unless we get real lucky. These stupid fans that can not see the big picture and think they can make changes if the *itch enough will then call for CMR’s head. Adams will give the loud dumb minority what they want in three years (after the buyout clause is down) and he will take personal charge of hiring us the next winning coach (Remember he is the one that hired Harrick over CVD objection). Our program then will be caught cheating and we will be put on probation and be the same as the basketball team for the next 6 or 7 years. The alumni will finally wake up and by then Adams will have either retired or move on to bigger and better things.

GT Rules State

November 24th, 2009
10:18 pm

Watch 2nd half of 2008 … a taste of what’s gonna happen all night long Saturday.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pruMPBJGDOU&NR=1

lt crk

November 24th, 2009
10:22 pm

If everyone had a pc in 1976 you would have wanted Dooley fired. Look what happened after that season 2 SEC titles and 1 national title. Just chill, put your thumbs back in your mouth and let things play out and quit being so damn impatient.

Paul's Johnson

November 24th, 2009
10:28 pm

Macho Man:

“What disturbs me about Richt is he seems to act like his mind is somewhere else”

My brother, who is an avid GT supporter for 20 yrs., and has one kid possibly commiting to GT next year on a baseball scholarship, has commented for the last two years is that how CMR seems to have his head somewhere else during interviews as compared to his early spots where he soke with passion about the program. Rumors have been around that maybe he wants to focus his direction more on missionary work since he has the means to make a contribution in other countries on behalf of his religious beliefs.

Maybe the fire for competitive sports on a big time stage has fallen by the wayside in what his passion for life’s truer gifts means.

jesse james

November 24th, 2009
10:34 pm

Anybody that thinks Coach Richt should be fired is someone that will never be pleased. Also, I think he knows how to handle his coaching staff without help from us. I’ve decided there’s two things in this world that everybody thinks they can do and that is Coach and Teach School. The critics have all the answer for the field and classroom.

Steve

November 24th, 2009
11:00 pm

Turnovers and Penalties, a crazy brutal schedule at the beginning, and the loss of Stafford, Moreno and Allen have killed us. We’ll be back – but stop the negativity – it kills recruiting, then we have a self fulfilling prophecy. Look at USC who loses Sanchez, and Oklahoma who lost Bradford, and Missouri who lost their QB – it happens, get over it and root for the Dawgs!

td

November 24th, 2009
11:04 pm

Jesse, You have hit the nail on the head with your post. I have seen so many post where they have talked about the D playing a soft zone and if you watch the tape they were playing man to man. These wanta be coaches do not know what they are talking about and they do not understand how a team can have a bad year. To much instant gratification. I am starting to believe that the best thing for the program would be for CMR not to take any action and let us have a purge of the fan base. The money may go down for a couple years but the over all program would be a lot better off without some of these type fans around.

jesse james

November 24th, 2009
11:11 pm

I’m with you TD!

dawgma

November 24th, 2009
11:28 pm

It’s the biggest off-season in CMR’s mostly wonderful career at UGA. He has earned the right to have a crappy season and not fear for his job – BUT he must change his coaching staff. Bobo is a boo boo. Willie must be fired. GOD – I wish Erk was here!

The dawg nation requires a winning program that wins SEC championships.

We hate cheap shot, penalty ridden teams. This ain’t UM or FSU.
We don’t give a D**N what color your helmet, jersey, or jock strap is – GIMMICKS R FOR LOSERS!
We win at home.
We win the war at the line of scrimmage.

I still believe in CMR. I bleed red & black. Go dawgs and to hell with ga tech!

dawgma

November 24th, 2009
11:34 pm

TD and Jesse. UR idiots.

Lose to purge your fan base. Brilliant.

TallahasseeDawg

November 24th, 2009
11:55 pm

Fire Richt? What a joke! I’m sure that those who are making such a stupid demand are the middle-aged, middle class, mid-level management losers who were so drunk they blew chunks on the AXO lawn. Classy . . .

td

November 25th, 2009
12:12 am

dawgma, “Lose to purge your fan base.” Where did I say that? I do not think Jesse said it either. I think I was saying the instant gratification fans would go nuts and leave the program if there are not any changes made and I say that would be positive for the program as a whole (especially the fan base that wants CMR fired). These are the types of fans we do not need or want around the program.

I think you are trying to say if CWM and CMB are not fired then we will continue to lose? I do not know if that is true or not but I do know that both of them have been with the program since CMR arrived and I do not think they have lost their ability to coach this season. I trust CMR to make the right decisions because I know he has forgotten more about the game then most of these lunatics will ever know.

I also know that even if CMR believes changes are needed, Adams will not let him spend the necessary money it will take to get an experienced DC or OC of NFL caliber. Also, both CWM and CMB are two of our better recruiters and have built relationships with not only players in this years class but in probably the next 3 or 4 years to come.

So my question to you is: Do you think it may be better to keep what we have and work to improve or to change to an inexperienced unknown lower tier coordinators or no experience higher caliber position coaches?

Just making and real analysis of the situation and asking questions not trying to make changes for change sake.

Greek Dawg

November 25th, 2009
12:37 am

CMR will makes changes AT THE END OF THE SEASON. For you moron UGA followers, there never was any chance of changes being made during the seasn. Martinez and Fabris are as good as gone. We have to shore up the recruits they are recruiting. Neither will be fired. They will move on for the same reason CMR won’t fire them: Loyalty. When looking at how CMR coaches, look to from where he came. FSU. The same D coach for 26 years. CMR is as smart as he is spiritual. He’ll take care of things, but in his style: CLASS.

Seen Willie Martinez's Resume?

November 25th, 2009
1:14 am

2000 Central Mich. #1 in Pass Defense in the NCAA
2003 Helped set every kind of defensive record you can imagine
2005 8th in Scoring defense
2006 #5 in the NCAA in Pass Defense
2006 #8 in the NCAA in Total Defense

You get the idea.

2009?
Ga Tech has to hope Willie FORGOT HOW TO COACH. He hasn’t had a SINGLE 100 yard rusher in 2009. He is brutal on 3rd down in 2009. He shut down the #1 offense a couple of weeks ago, Auburn’s Gus.

Willie didn’t forget how to coach defense, as his resume, and his 2009 stats prove.

Willie’s been kiling offenses 2000-2009 in the stats

Seen Richt's Resume?

November 25th, 2009
1:16 am

Here’s a sampler for the nitwits….

60 wins in 6 years, 70 in 7, 80 in 8 years.

46 NFL Drafts.

#4 winningest active coach in the NCAA.

College Footbal Fan

November 25th, 2009
1:18 am

If Mathew Stafford and the 3 other 1st round NLF pickes were there… we coud have gone 9 and 3.

Man those were the days.

Remeber when we pounded the Hawaii Rainbows?

DawgVoiceofReason

November 25th, 2009
1:36 am

Dan,

I quote, “when a team is straight up quitting, like they are right now; and when a team gets hit in the mouth and doesn’t respond AT ALL; that’s a culture problem”.

Did you not see the defense shut down Kentucky, 3 and out in the last 2 minutes of the game? And you call that quitting? Before that did you not see the offense drive down the length of the field to just short of the goal line, where a costly fumble ended the drive? And you call that quitting? Did you not see the team fight to the very end after a total of 4 devastating turnovers that would have killed ANY team in the country? And you call that quitting?

What I call quitting is the attitude of people like you who don’t bring anything more to the table than that junk and then have the utter gall to say that you don’t think Richt will be here in a couple of years based on that same junk.

TXDawg3

November 25th, 2009
1:38 am

UGA needs a change at the Head Coaching position just as much as the USA needs ObamaCare.

There are those that believe change is needed just for change’s sake, but fail to think through the logical conclusion of their personal suggestion…please consider what has happened to the people and economy of the USA since the people were swayed by the chant, “change, you can believe in” and the subsequent chant, “yes we can.” If you are honest with yourself, you will admit that change for change’s sake is futile and often destructive.

UGA is fortunate to have CMR…CMR is fortunate that Evans doesn’t listen to people who like to open their mouths and show the world their level of intelligence.

DawgVoiceofReason

November 25th, 2009
1:41 am

Thank you, Greek Dawg. Well said.

darrell starks

November 25th, 2009
1:58 am

I dont see the passion in mark richt any more, when he first came here he was and energetic firey coach, now i dont see that anymore.
GO DOGS!!!!!!!!!

darrell starks

November 25th, 2009
2:01 am

Mark need that swagger back but first martinez, and bobo gots 2 go.
GO DOGS!!!!!!!!!

doug

November 25th, 2009
2:24 am

You think this was a bad year. Wait till 2010. 5 wins will be a challenge.
When you loose Vangorder and promote Martinez you take a step backwards. When you loose your top skill players you take another step backwards. Richt has no visible means of support. He cant motivate or dicipline. He is fully exposed now. We have no talent at RB. Ealey is not the answer. Gray is a mistery and the other 2 freshman are not even close. We loose 3 good DTs. UGA is sunk in 2010. CMR simply went to sleep. Bowden style.

BlewsDawg

November 25th, 2009
6:52 am

Come on Dogs fans – THINK!!! Vince Dooley was a decent coach. Take away Hershel and you get maybe less than decent. Goff, no need to comment. Donnan, a 7-8 wins/yr coach and no chance of beating FL or TN with his Marshall trickeration “we can’t win head-to-head” mentality. Richt is solid. Does he need to make some changes? Yes!!! But you cannot deny – we are NOT an elite program and will NOT be one without stability. The elites are USC, Texas, OK, Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan, and possibly Florida although their success is fairly recent. Those schools can pick their coaches. Those of us who round out the top 20 programs have to attract ours. Who in their right freakin mind would come to this fan base who doesn’t appreciate teh dramatic turn around Rich has made happen. Win 10 a year, a couple SEC titles, lose the nation’s best QB and RB, rebuild, and have your fans turn into hemoroids. ANd which recruits want to come to a program with the fan’s expectations so out of whack. Damn! Support your coach in a rebuilding year or two. We aren’t going to do better than Richt because other good coaches will look at this and say, “Not hally with 10 wins a year? Forget that! Your fan base blows”

yo yo yo

November 25th, 2009
6:52 am

the situation at UGA is similar to the situation a Michigan a while back … be careful what you ask for Dog fans

Gt4ever

November 25th, 2009
8:13 am

If GT takes care of business then we have something to talk about….. Until then I would stay very humble GT fans. The talent on the UGA side of the ball is very GOOD. It will all boil down to turn overs and defense. If GT can hold on to the ball and play some defense then we should win….. If UGA’s offense scores at will, then it will be a toss up, and UGA may be the ACC champions as well as the state champions. I for one, am looking for a FULL game of DEFENSE and Offense, and NO excuses. If GT is to become a power to be reckoned with then we need to win this game, PERIOD!

Gt4ever

November 25th, 2009
8:17 am

Your absolutely right BlewsDawg, YOUR fan base BLOWS! The WORST in the country! 2nd to NONE!

browndog

November 25th, 2009
8:26 am

Does anyone ever stop to think that just maybe the coaches are doing the best they can with what they got? I am most concerned with the OL play. Rushing starts with blocking and for most of the season the OL has not been able to create space for the backs, thus we pass to control the game. Next year the backs should be better as well as the OL. The defense has played poorly at times but most of that was a result of continuous turnovers. You just don’t win at the SEC level when you have a hugh negative in the turnover category. Just maybe CMR did not play the freshman QB because he was just plain not ready AND that Joe Cox did give the team the best chance to win. CMR had done it before and he will do it again. UGA is very lucky to have him and I hope he is here for a very long time.

Minnesota Dawg

November 25th, 2009
8:35 am

One bad year and we talk about whos the best coach, should Richt be fired, blah, blah, blah. Is this a pattern that we see in Coach Richt that he is a loser and has bad teams? I would say a hearty NOOOO!!!! Tech has one good year and now we are crowning their coach as better than Richt? Hold on there, wait a year or two and let’s see! The band wagon is being jumped off boys and girls! I’m staying on and taking it for the long haul!! GO DAWGS!!! Come live in Minnesota a while and watch the Gophers play and you will be thankful to say, “It’s Great To Be a GEORGIA BULLDOG!”

Dawg75

November 25th, 2009
8:39 am

First, UGA will have another horrible season next year. The choice to stay with Cox and not give enough play time for the new players will be Richt’s last mistake.
Frank James: Blame the players?????????
They are allowed penalty after penalty, try doing that at another school. Look at the coaching staff on the sidelines, their is more enthusiasim at a Nursing home bingo night.
Richt needs to get his act together, first and foremost FIRE MARTINEZ!!!!!!!!!!!

Dawg75

November 25th, 2009
8:42 am

Minnesota Dawg:
We had a national champ team a few years ago, Richt is not a National Champ coach. First problem.
Second problem Richt can not beat Fla, and he never will. He does not have enough fire, he goes into the game to lose. So if you are happy with winning some games and maybe an sec title Richt is your man. But with the recruiting we do and the players I expect a little more. I am tired of waiting for Flordia to have a bad year to beat them.

Robert Vernon

November 25th, 2009
8:52 am

It is amazing what short memories sports fans have. Two years ago Mark Richt was heavily courted by many schools and we were concerned he might go elsewhere. Now, after one mediocre season, people are ready to jettison him. Get serious woofers. Georgia is having a great recruiting year and will turn this situation around next year and the barkers will forget they ever said anything negative about this excellent coach.

Pit Bull

November 25th, 2009
9:00 am

I’m convinced we could have the won the Nat. Championship in 07 if we hadn’t lost to Tenn. in that beatdown because of bad coaching. The defense was completely overwelmed. The same thing happened again this year! It will happen again next year if Martrineze stays. It was just the reverse under Van Gorder. I think Richt owes much of his WINNING RECORD to Van Gorder.

Pit Bull

November 25th, 2009
9:04 am

What is wrong with the program? Richt use to be the Offensive cord. Van Gorder was the Def. Cord. Now, Bobo is the Offensive Cord. and Martineze is the Def. Cord. There is your PROBLEM!

jesse james

November 25th, 2009
9:06 am

Dawg75 – My brother Frank and I agree that the intensity level needs to pick up, beginning with the coaches. I’d like to see the fire back, but just to do a complete overhaul is stupid. Coach Richt will do what he feels is right. Will it please you, no. Oklahoma had a national championship team a couple of years ago. You sound like the parent that always blames the teacher, your not going and tell me the players aren’t to blame also. Sometimes you get kids that just aren’t what you thought they would be or they have trouble grasping things. There are alot of intangibles that you may not know about. The bottom line is we just aren’t that good. We’ve got to recruit better and we have got to get discipline back. The back from Kentucky took the screen pass and ran by everybody. We don’t have a back that could do that. Just one area that needs improvement. But just to forget what Coach Richt and his staff have done is stupid. By the way who else has beat Florida lately. I agree I can’t stand losing to them.

Damon Evans

November 25th, 2009
9:06 am

Richt is not going anywhere. Are you people nuts?

Martinez will not be fired BUT will be reassigned. UGA will make changes in the DC position.

Minnesota Dawg

November 25th, 2009
9:07 am

Dawg75, I don’t agree with you that Richt is not a National Champ coach. I don’t agree that he will never beat Florida. Players like Tebow come around once in a while. That team is Tebow right now. We will beat them soon. Keep the faith and be patient.

SAV Dawg

November 25th, 2009
9:08 am

It’s amazing to see the Tech fans come out and think they are the superior program over the past decade. They think they are so intelligent because they go to tech, and it’s amazing to see how stupid they really are. You have won one game in the past eight years and you thing you are undefeated…….. NOT !

But let’s not forget who the dominant program is and always will be in this state.
1993: UGA 43, Tech 10
1994: UGA 48, Tech 10
1995: UGA 18, Tech 17
1996: UGA 19, Tech 10
1997: UGA 27, Tech 24
1998: Tech 21, UGA 19
1999: Tech 51, UGA 48 (OT)
2000: Tech 27, UGA 15
2001: UGA 31, Tech 17
2002: UGA 51, Tech 7
2003: UGA 34, Tech 17
2004: UGA 19, Tech 13
2005: UGA 14, Tech 7
2006: UGA 15, Tech 12
2007: UGA 31, Tech 17
2008: Tech 45, UGA 42

jesse james

November 25th, 2009
9:09 am

Dawg 75 – Do you know the difference in cover 3 and cover 2? Just wondering! How about a 9 technique. Do you know who Willie, Mike and Sam are? Oh yea Do you know how to play a shade?
Oh yea what is the swim move?

Minnesota Dawg

November 25th, 2009
9:11 am

We had the toughest schedule of any SEC team this year! I like to have a tough schedule. My question is, do we have to play the good teams right at the start. Look at Florida’s first couple of games! EASY! It got them in rhythm. Don’t surprised if Alabama beats them this year!

boohoo

November 25th, 2009
9:26 am

These are the same fans that were exiting sanford stadium last sat night and where ever else they play when they dont win and win huge, Ga has got THE WORST fans I have ever seen. I remember back before beloved CMR was hired you had to look for ga hats, cartags etc now since he has won a few games we are all back on the bandwagon and seem to have forgotten that ga has really not done much since the glory days of Dooly and Walker. Yeah they have won a few conf chmps but to these bandwagon ga fans that will never be good enough. For the past nine years ga has had nothing but the top recruits best athletes and to hear some tell it best coaching staff around not to mention the all of a sudden millions of fans, but what do ya have to show for all that effort and money, another dissapointing season . all the talent ga has had over the CMR era should have been compared to the dominating sucessful progams back in the day like Neb,OKL,ALA,MIA . if CMR has not done it by now, The odds are not in his favor, too many years too much talent still no national chmps and still the same old bandwagon fans who on Sunday morn after a loss swaps out the beloved G tag on front of the truck for the John Deere.As bad as it hurts to read Ga is still not and will never be a top echelon program under CMR.

shards1967

November 25th, 2009
9:37 am

In every job, whether self employed or not, one must compete and show results. Period. Such is life gang. This is nothing new.

CMR and his staff have really failed UGA now for about 3+ years and they need to go. They either fall short with real talent like MS and Momass and No Show and stumble vs big rivals like Florida and tech last year and Bama, then with less talent like this year ……………they are getting beaten by all comers. Most all of our games have come down to the wire. Why? Improper talent for this league. Suitable for FSU maybe in the very weak ACC back when but not the SEC. Big factoid this is.

Time for a change folks. Time for a massive over haul of the UGA staff ( incl MR ) so that UGA can regenerate enthsusiam for the fans, players and all involved. No different than any organization that is not reaching it potential. It has soured beyond redemption now for most UGA grads and true fans. Unless UGA wins BIG in 2011 and stomps the competition, CHANGE will take place this time next year. One way or other richt will leave. I predict that he resigns post Tech game, instead of having to dump his pals in Christ.

UGA, class of 71 & 73

Kelly

November 25th, 2009
9:39 am

Many of you are just a bunch of babies…CMR is a very good coach, he has piddled away a lot of talent, but one year is not a career. If Murray had been healthy then maybe the season would have been different. Joe Cox is not the solution, but he graduates and then the team will likely be much better in 2010.

Seen Richt's Resume?

November 25th, 2009
9:41 am

Here’s a sampler for the nitwits….

60 wins in 6 years, 70 in 7, 80 in 8 years.

46 NFL Drafts.

#4 winningest active coach in the NCAA.

Cox vs. Tebow

November 25th, 2009
9:45 am

A hard but fair look at Cox vs. Tebow

Against the 6 common opponents Cox got 14 td’s against Tebow’s 5 td’s.

Cox OUT THREW Tebow against common opponents by 280%!!!

Cox threw for AS MANY TD’s in 1 game (Ark) as Tebow did in 6 games!!

I know Johnson really showed Richt up this year in the QB dept, huh?

Haaaa haaa haaaaaa!

45ACP

November 25th, 2009
9:54 am

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Gt4ever

November 25th, 2009
9:54 am

It sucks that we can’t gt enough fans to come to our home games. I just want all our fans to know about the secret tickle piles that go on after the game. I would love to see us support our team and also, add some new man meat to the pile!

boohoo

November 25th, 2009
9:55 am

I agree the fan base is horrible all 20 million of them under the CMR era. When is the last time Ga has won over FLA and TENN in the same year. They cant even get out of their own division undefeated much less play for natl chmps. GA fans have always thought their teams are much better than they really are. These bandwagon fans deserve everything their getting right now. The fans reflect the team no loyalty, no discipline, closet losers, blame everybody but yourselves for your demise. Thats the UGA way.

Gt4ever

November 25th, 2009
9:58 am

Your right boohoo! Up until 2008 we had 20000 fans show up at our home games. Oops, I just exposed us as bandwagon fans.

dagadawgs

November 25th, 2009
10:00 am

As Homer Simpson would say to the Tech fans: To the bandwagon!

savannadawg

November 25th, 2009
10:15 am

Lack of football “skills and awareness” talent. Not athletic talent. Though I did see LB’s get blown away by Kentucky.

Gators Rule

November 25th, 2009
10:16 am

Face it, folks.
UGA is in the second tier of the SEC East…right there with USC and KY the past two years.
Go Tech!
Go Gators!

TuckDAWG

November 25th, 2009
10:21 am

birddawg92 and all you other guys leave cmr alone this is the first really bad year he has had. Some was his fault most was not. He shouldnt have played joe cox all year but that was because of the tendinitis in Aaron’s Shoulder. We all know Logans not the answer so he should have playe Aaron the last five games of the season to have him ready for next year but hindsight is 20/20 if Cox didnt throw all the picks would you still be c alling for CMR’s demise no you wouldnt. I agree tottaly CWM has to GOOOO!! And the guys who think we cant have Kirby Smart he was a graduate assistant when he was with us last so i for one think getting him from bama is doable we just have to pony up the dough and that is up to DAMON EVANS lets see if hes as commited to winning as he says he is! CMR will right the ship all real DAWG fans are behind you COACH!!!!! GO DAWGS

Gators Rule

November 25th, 2009
10:30 am

Oh….
And to respond to Cox vs. Tebow above……
How about one (maybe two) Heisman Trophy, and two (maybe three) National Championships?
10-0 vs. 6-5.
41-17
BCS vs. Independence Bowl

instate

November 25th, 2009
10:38 am

this is a nice Thanksgiving article

Official Sports Report: November 25, 2009
It’s Not The End-all, Do-all
Johnson said it; other examples prove it
by Matt Winkeljohn, OSR Managing Editor

ATLANTA – Right off the bat, before I dabble in the delight of Paul Johnson’s weekly council fire with the media, I am compelled to opine a tad on something almost entirely unrelated.

Georgia Tech is playing host to Georgia Saturday night in a football game that is important in one way or another to a whole lot of people aligned on two sides of an occasionally ugly line.

But learning as I did a few hours ago that Tech baseball players are about to launch into a fundraiser for a would-be Georgia baseball player not only made me blink, but re-consider the idea of trying to lend gravity to a mere ball game.

Then, I read again what I couldn’t believe I read the first time I read it.

Chance Veazey, a talented UGA freshman from Tifton who went through fall workouts with the baseball team, crashed on a scooter in Athens in late October.

Now, he’s at the Shepherd Spinal Center here in Atlanta, torn nearly asunder. He’s paralyzed from the waist down. After leaving a study hall of some sort, he hit a car, or it hit him.

Doesn’t matter which.

Here’s the double-take maker: Yellow Jacket baseball players are working up a fundraiser for a young man who hasn’t even played against Tech.

Sorry to jump the gun on a story Sting Extra OSR’s Jon Cooper will write for next week, and sorry again that the Tech sports information department folks preferred that SE-OSR wait to write about this until later for fear of compromising this weekend’s start to the Michael Isenhour Toy Drive.

The moment moves me, though, and the greatest joy in my role with Sting Extra OSR is something approximating an absence of rigid oversight.

I have no great, deep, super meaningful words here. It seems a bit of a shame to go this route when Johnson was more intriguing than usual – and that’s saying something – today with a big and perky media crowd in attendance.

But holy cow!

In taking into account all the recent conversations I’ve had with my 12-year-old son about the dangers of motorcycles, we’ve had none regarding scooters.

So in an odd way, this underlines yet again for perhaps the 10,000th time in my life, the fragile nature of existence, and the value of – and need for — perspective.

We all assign different emotional values to things material and ethereal.

I’m having a hard time calibrating the emotional verdict that should be rendered on the concept of the Jackets raising money for a Dog.

But I think it’s big.

In a way, it renders easier to believe Johnson’s comments today that the Georgia game, while very big to some, will not define this squad of Jackets. It’s not likely to define much, in fact.

Johnson referred to a larger body of work meaning much more. He was onto something.

The pending act of the Tech baseball team defines the potential of humanity in simultaneously small and huge ways. This is a small thing writ large.

If I need to apologize for getting your hopes up, for teasing you into reading on with the idea that there would be great Johnson nuggets, I will. I’m a little low on that kind of juice right now, though, as I close another edition of Sting Extra OSR with children behind me who need to be put to bed.

I’m also unabashedly proud to have been moved by all of this, proud that my older and more calloused heart still has soft spots. And I’m glad that people are capable of greatness on many levels.

Lastly, I’m thankful ahead of a special holiday for a forum to open that ever older heart.

Bless Chance Veazey and all on the wrong side of fate. Bless, too, the baseball Jackets, and all who endeavor to help those in need.

Matt Winkeljohn is managing editor of Sting Extra OSR, with a mail box at gtstingx@gmail.com. He promises more football later in the week.

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Paul's Johnson

November 25th, 2009
10:55 am

Richt is a mediocre coach at a mediocre university. Face it Dawg fans, UGA has been very lucky in so many games to get a win by a hair. Look at the last several years, there were several games your beloved thugs should have lost. This year, the luck just ran out and you didn’t get those squeeked out wins.

But the UGA mantra will continue…..”wait until next year”……

North Ave. Trade School fan

November 25th, 2009
11:36 am

“BlewsDawg” makes a lot of sense. A Bulldog fan with his feet (paws) on the ground.

td

November 25th, 2009
11:38 am

DAWG75 and shards1967, Did you two leave the game with 3 minutes left Saturday night? I bet you did. I also bet you tell the people in front of you to sit down during the middle of the game. Did either of you raise any cain when Adams pushed Dooley out the door? IF not then part of what is going on now is your fault and will you take that responsibility? Maybe the game has passed you by and you need to retire from being a fan because you surely do not understand the game? I know several loyal fans that would be more than happy to get your season tickets for next year.

Tom

November 25th, 2009
12:17 pm

Tom

November 25th, 2009
12:24 pm

Cox has had chances to prove himself and didn’t get it done. Richt stuck with him and wouldn’t play anyone else. Richt refuses to substitute other players! He plays the same guys! So what’s the purpose of all those guys who dress every week? I know for a fact plenty of those guys never even play 1 down. Waste of time, money, and effort on these kids.

TXDawg3

November 25th, 2009
12:41 pm

I was at UGA during the late 70’s and the fall of 1980…do you know what I remember?

Bear Bryant was IT at Alabama; during the 70’s, No one in the entire country could compete with him or AL year in and year out. AL won every SEC championship except 1976 (UGA won 21-0 that day and the SEC that year); there were cries of “Dump Dooley” and many of the same criticisms that are on this blog for the last two days…yet, UGA was a “TEAM” first, “me” second organization and that attitude culminated in a National Championship in 1980.

Herschel made a hugh difference in 1980, but he wasn’t the entire team. I remember Florida stuffing our running game in JAX and winning very late into the game, when Buck (8) threw a short pass to Scott (24) and he outran a UF cornerback that wouldn’t take himself out of a game due to a slight leg cramp because he was a SR; result > Lindsay Scott ran the entire length of the field untouched. Lady Luck smiled on us that day and we won because we were a TEAM. I remember Jimmy Harper and Tim Morrison making blocks to open holes for runs and to protect the passing game. I also remember Scott Warner along with many others playing their hearts out on defense, BUT it took a GREAT COACH that many people wanted to dump, fire, replace and get rid of to LEAD and COACH those players to victory.

CMR is a GREAT COACH; LEAVE HIM ALONE until you have WALKED in his shoes!

td

November 25th, 2009
1:05 pm

TXDawg3, I agree with your post. Well said.

boohoo

November 25th, 2009
2:17 pm

No excuse for the past nine years under CMR, a program of this magnitude is suppose to Progress not Regress. Just goes to show that obviously having top recruiting classes dont always get the return that the coaches or fans wanted. I read this blog and the bandwogon fans continue to support CMR, dont you think nine , ten years should be enough to determine if your gonna be a national champion , that seems to be the only thing that UGA fans care about. Worst fans I have ever seen and probably the majority have never played a down of football. We now have those same fans in the corporate world, Horrible!!!!!!!!!!!

very short post...

November 25th, 2009
5:33 pm

Richt .768 win %

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November 25th, 2009
5:35 pm

Georgia 2001-2008 86-26
Florida 2001-2008 86-27

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November 25th, 2009
5:36 pm

Richt. SEC Coach of the Year. Twice.

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November 25th, 2009
5:37 pm

2007…..finished #2 ranked in NCAA (many said shoiuld have been #1).

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November 25th, 2009
5:42 pm

Who is #1 in NCAA for # of seasons with 8 or more wins? Georgia, the streak is currently at 12 years.

Joe Cox vs. Tom Brady

November 25th, 2009
8:20 pm

Tom Brady 1998 Michigan
131 Effic., 15 td’s, 12 int’s, 2636 yards

Joe Cox 2009 Georgia
139 Effic, 21 td’s, 14 int’s, 2350 yards (2 games to go)

jesse james

November 25th, 2009
8:26 pm

Paul’s Johnson- You sure are an authority! Where were you during the seven game winning streak.
I don’t think you luck up for seven years. You are nothing but a front runner!

Joe Cox vs. Dan Marino

November 25th, 2009
8:36 pm

Dan Marino, Pittsburg, 1982
58% completion, 2432 yards, 17 td’s, 23 int’s, 67 pass rating

Joe Cox, Georgia, 2009
56% Completion, 2350 yards, 21 td’s, 14 int’s, 138 pass rating (2 more games to go)

Flowery Branch Yellow Jacket

November 25th, 2009
10:29 pm

It strikes me that many FBS schools, but none more than the SEC schools, have developed a sense of (for lack of a better word) entitlement. As a conference, the SEC pays its coaches more than any other conference in the country. Consequently, at least eight of the conference members FULLY EXPECT to be in the running for the national championship EVERY YEAR! Consider the changes that have been made just within the last few years … Cutcliffe at Ole Miss, Nutt at Arkansas, Tuberville at Auburn. These coaches had achieved great success at their respective schools, only to be fired (in many cases, after a single “disappointing” season). For goodness’ sake, Sylvester Croom went from SEC coach of the year one year to the unemployment line the next. Likewise, Phil Fulmer was fired only one year after winning the SEC East, and Les Miles is now on the hot seat at LSU less than two years after winning the MNC!

The fact is, only one SEC school will be able to compete for the MNC each year … and only two will make it to the SECCG. That’s going to leave at least a half dozen teams disappointed in any given season. This year happens to be such a disappointment for the Bulldogs.

Despite this year’s disappointments, those who call for the firing of CMR are, IMHO, shortsighted. This guy has been an excellent coach ever since he arrived in Athens. He has one of the best overall winning percentages in the country, and he’s mostly run a clean program (aside from a few traffic violations … LOL). You guys lost some VERY GOOD players last year, and it takes some time to re-group. Give the guy a chance … he’s earned it.

In a similar vein … you’ve got to trust your Head Coach to make the best decisions for his team when it comes to staffing. Obviously, the UGA defense has been worse than disappointing over the last couple of years, but you need to let CMR make the decisions about his own coordinators. I would be willing to bet that the head coach will not let his personal relationship with WM jeopardize his own career. After all, he’s got a pretty sweet deal.

Joe Cox vs. Joe Montana

November 26th, 2009
12:07 am

Joe Montana, 1978
54% completion rate, 9 int’s, 10 td’s, 2010 yards

Joe Cox, 2009
56% Completion rate, 14 Int’s, 21 td’s, 2350 yards

John Wooden in 1965....

November 26th, 2009
2:28 am

When you think of a Champion, Wooden is one of the greatest coaches ever. In 1966, Wooden went on a run the likes of which no one had ever seen and won 7 CONSECUTIVE Natl’ Championships. CONSECUTIVE.

What you don’t hear a lot about is the year BEFORE he went on the run. 1965. Wooden finished 18-8, a terrible year compared to some of hus undefeated 31-0 years. In 1965 a Champion Coach was born who would turn into a legend.

Losing taught Wooden how to succeed. And for the next 7 seasons, he never forgot the lessons he learned from the bad season of 1965. And he never repeated his mistakes. He eliminated every cause of poor performance.

Would there have been a 7 season consecutive Natl’ Championship run without 1865? I doubt it.

Humility always comes before honor.

ROME-DAWG

November 26th, 2009
5:39 am

i really don’t care if they fire the whole damn coaching staff. just look at what tenn. done with a loud mouth coach,who by the way coached his team, with far less talented player’s. saw somewhere, that cmr. just wanted to get in 10 year’s. then go on mission’s.why is he not just as commited to doing his job? he takes the money for half a** doing it. and just when was the last time anyone
out in the bulldawg nation dared their boss to just fire them? the way cmr. did? they should have
done it ( fired him ) on the spot. he think’s without him our beloved uga. will crumble. he need’s a reality check that uga. made him, not the other way around

Flowery Branch Yellow Jacket

November 26th, 2009
7:59 am

Rome-Dawg … you must be an idiot! Have you actually LOOKED at what Tennesee has done? They fired a coach who had a winning percentage of 76.9%, who had won a national championship for the Vols, and who had a widespread recruiting network throughout the southeast. What did they get in return? A loud-mouthed coach who has led the team to a 6-5 record, with only three wins in the conference … and no one is particularly confident that they’s be able to beat Kentucky this weekend! As a Jacket fan, I suppose I should WANT the Dogs to be so shortsighted that they would repeat Tennessee’s mistakes, but frankly, I would like to see our rivalry with the Dogs become competitive again, with two strong teams playing games that MEAN SOMETHING every season. CMR gives you a much better chance to do that than someone like Lane Kiffen.

chazzo

November 26th, 2009
10:51 am

How can there be decay? The guys turning it over are first year starters. The team, for that matter is loaded with freshmen and sophomores.

Here is the one, two punch that got us:

1) Richt fired all of the guns at once with Stafford and Moreno. He put together the team that was going to win the NC (Donnan comparison valid here), and things fell apart. A rash of season ending injuries, legal and academic problems, and early exits to the pros… well, it just kind of deconstructed. He never had the whole team together and was patching holes all season.

2) The biggest problem with this season is last season. That team that he put so much stock in is gone with the exception of a few. This is naturally a rebuilding year (contrary to popular opinion Richt has not had a true rebuilding season at UGA, not to this extent), and we all expected it to be hit or miss with the exception of a couple of overconfident people predicting an undefeated season. It is just hard to suffer through a rebuilding season after last years deconstruction.

3) While great players are recruited, there may be some questions about the right players being recruited. There were four or five scholarship QBs at one point. I don’t know enough about it to comment, but it seems that recruiting a few seasons back was heavy on O and skill positions.

3) Whoever handles scheduling needs a kick. Is this a coaching thing? If so, then maybe I do have another criticism of Richt. It is not so much the teams UGA plays, although a couple of tune ups would have been nice this season. It is the arrangement of the schedule over the last couple of seasons: back to back big games, flying across the country before big games, no home games for a month. This season was a baptism by fire for a bunch of guys playing on Friday nights last year. Next season’s schedule is no cakewalk either.

4) The dawgs are a couple of plays away from 8-3. They are also a couple of plays away from 4-7. I wonder what affect one of those wins would have had on the overall season. If there wasn’t the bogus unnecessary roughness call that set up the OK-St TD, maybe UGA pulls out a victory. I don’t have to mention LSU. I am not writing this to say woulda, shoulda, coulda. I am merely pointing out that this season, hinging on personal fouls, miscues, and turnovers could easily have very different complexions. The core elements and the raw talent are there, though.

Richt loosened up on the reigns and let the program do its thing after Hawaii. I think that is honest criticism. I think his ego got a little out of joint, considering it was Hawaii for Pete’s sake. Does everybody get that now? It was frickin’ Hawaii.

Honestly I think he has tightened it back up. He cut his losses, learned his lessons, and he’s going with these young guys. It doesn’t happen over night. There are a couple of stragglers, but they have been slowly getting replaced. Now is the time to build, shape, mold.

1) I think sticking with Cox was a great long term decision. It sends a message to the young guys that they have to earn it (unlike Stafford who knew he owned the place as a recruit). It also sends a message that the coaches are going to stand by you. Despite the results, I think it was the right thing to do, and UGA will be a better team for it.

2) This season was a path of pins or a path of needles. There were no answers that were going to please everyone. Lots of lessons were learned. This offseason is the time to lower the boom, seize power, clean house, move forward. This offseason (including recruiting) is the Richt test. The jury is out until next year.

3) Whether the change involves coaching changes or not, the dawgs are in good shape for next season. Lots of good, young players with some experience. Only losses on O are Cox, Vance, and Moore. The D backfield, in my opinion, has slowly been evolving with lots of good, younger players coming along. The weak spot and the question mark will be the interior D-line.

Next year probably won’t be THE year. But, the year after, if everyone stays healthy, eligible, and amateur will be an NC contention year. It dawned on me during the UGA/ Auburn game that these two teams could be playing for the SEC in a couple of seasons.

Urban Meyers to Notre Dame!

November 26th, 2009
11:29 am

Can you believe Meyers is heading to Notre Dame? Without Tebow, I knew he’d take the money and run. I guess since Meyers is Catholic and was named after Pope Urban, and he mentioned coaching at Notre Dame was his dream, and the big cntract, he just couldn’t pass it up. Meyers, after Tebow leaves, you better get Lois Lane on the phone and call for Superman again. How many Natl’ campionships ya got without Tebow? What’s that? Your cell phone line is b…r…e…a..k..i…n..g. up. Ha ha ha.

2010 Looking Good for Georgia

November 26th, 2009
11:35 am

Chazzo,

You’re wrong. 2010 will be THE year. Oklahoma won a Natl’ Championship with a FRESHMAN QB with very similar skills to Murray’s. When you look at the Offensive guys alone, Ealey RB, Brown/Green/Wooten WR, Charles TE/WR, Murray QB, it adds up to the right combination. And when you consider BOTH times Richt has had a bad year, he went either 11-2 or 13-1 the NEXT year. 2010 is looking good for Georgia.

2010 Looking Good for Georgia

November 26th, 2009
5:36 pm

Bernie Kosar had a great year as a Freshman starting QB. One of Georgia’s QB’s could also fall into that type of QB.

I think Richt was on the same team Kosar was on when that happened.

2009 Was Like Wooden's 1965 for Richt

November 26th, 2009
5:42 pm

Losing will teach Richt how to succeed. He will never repeat the mistakes that happened this year. The pain is too much.

Richt will go on a run of Natl’ Championships, and Heisman winners like the USC years.

Georgia is absolutely LOADED with top tier talent, SO many Heisman candidates:
Murray, Ealey, Brown, Green, Charles.

chazzo

November 27th, 2009
3:39 pm

2010,

I hope you are right. I will be pulling for them 100% either way.