Rex Robinson: Players in control in Athens?

Was Mark Richt's choice of uniforms against Florida a symptom of a bigger problem? (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Was Mark Richt's choice of uniforms against Florida a symptom of a bigger problem? (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Rex Robinson isn’t sure a new defensive coordinator will cure what ails Mark Richt’s program.

He blogs that “There have been ever increasing signs that the inmates were running the asylum at UGA. For three years the intermittent collapses on offense, defense or as a team left many Dawg fans scratching their heads. … Now it comes out that the strife on this team has reached new levels. I’m not going to go into specifics on here, but suffice it to say, it’s much worse than we imagined.”

While he doesn’t provide any specifics, Robinson cites Richt’s decision to go with the black helmets and pants against Florida as a case of him catering to the players to try and get them to perform. “It’s not the actual helmets and pants, or even black jerseys,” Robinson says. “It’s what they represent. The players are in control.”

He goes on to bring up again recurring questions about the effectiveness of Georgia’s strength and conditioning program and concludes: “Only time will tell if the changes being made right now are nothing more than a band-aid on the problem or if only a hand-grenade will do the trick.”

Wow. Rex certainly isn’t the only one to complain about the general lack of discipline on the field shown by the Dogs, as evidenced by the chronic problem with penalties and turnovers. But because of his status as a former player his disenchantment with the general direction of Richt’s program is noteworthy.

What do you think? Has the kicking legend put his finger on the true problem with the Dogs, or is he just another grumpy ole guy out of touch with the way the game is played nowadays?

394 comments Add your comment

dawg gone it

December 10th, 2009
5:58 pm

I don’t disagree that there is a discipline issue at Georgia. I just don’t think there’s any evidence in this article that it is caused by the players running amok.

bham dawg

December 10th, 2009
6:06 pm

If a respectable person with good character had made the statement that Rex Robinson has made, I might take it more to heart. Remember that Rex had a big drug problem and is now a washed up old man that wasted away his life. He could have been an NFL Hall of Famer like Kevin Butler, but decided to live life his way.

FRED

December 10th, 2009
6:15 pm

I HAVE FELT FOR YEARS THAT M/R IS TO SOFT TO BE A HEAD COACH. I FEEL THAT A NEW DC WILL HELP OUR PROGRAM BUT UNLESS M/R CHANGES UGA WILL NEVER BE A TOP TIER PROGRAM. AND I DO NOT SEE M/R TURNING HIMSELF AROUND.

Bulldog12

December 10th, 2009
6:20 pm

Players asking for the black helmets and pants? the players didn’t even know about them till right before the game. Where is your source? I have about 100 of them. The players themselves

Second Rate

December 10th, 2009
6:35 pm

Get ready Bull Dawg Nation. Alabama, Florida and LSU will dominate the SEC for years to come. Georgia’s days of being in SEC championship games and BCS Bowls have come to an end. The arrogance Bull Dawg Nation has displayed over the years has and will haunt you for decades. Best five loss team in the SEC maybe?

kj

December 10th, 2009
6:45 pm

Rex Robinson, he’s a kicker right? He may be drunk as well as stupid like the KICKER who took a shot at Manning on the Colts,

Kirby Smart

December 10th, 2009
6:51 pm

I am not stupid. I am staying put. Florida will get the next best DC then Georgia.Who wants to go there when Bull Dawg Nation calls for your head when you win 10 games in a season?

atl xmen

December 10th, 2009
6:52 pm

rex is the grumpy ole man…richt is always in control..the penalties will go away when they fresh and sophs become jr and srs…which will be next year..no worries here on who is in control and calling the shots. rex needs to just sit back and relax and enjoy the show next year. and then tell mark richt he is sorry for being a dork

Never Again

December 10th, 2009
6:55 pm

Wake up Next year and the next. You are never going to surpase Sabin and Myer and Miles. But you do have your memories of 1982.

Georgia Kicker

December 10th, 2009
6:57 pm

Without us you would have won how many SEC Championships? 1982 National Championship? Right.

Bennie Blades

December 10th, 2009
6:59 pm

Rex don’t know nuthin. If the players were in control then jawja would be winnin championships like the Hurrikens did.

the real OLD GOLD

December 10th, 2009
7:02 pm

How can you find discipline and follow a leader when there are no real punishments when players do stupid things on or off the field?

Big L

December 10th, 2009
7:05 pm

I don’t completely disagree , but you don’t cast this type o conjecture by saying that it’s much worse than we imagined. That makes it worse without backing i up. And very irresponsible on rex’s part.

Barkin'Dog

December 10th, 2009
7:07 pm

Running the Ball is a Big Problem — great comment — right on.

mcdaviddawg — Richt will be gone after next year. — You’re an idiot. Post this time next year.

The players aren’t running the team — the blogger’s are. Didn’t CMR fire the DC and a few others?

Now, look for Arizona to fire their coach, Mike Stoops, and UGA hire him. He was Bob Stoops’ DC before he got hired by AZ… and the won a MNC with him at DC. OK’s D hasn’t been the same since he left. He’s going to get double what he made at AZ and will make the Dawgs into the champions we all want. Notice, I said “want.” Not deserve. I get tired of all the fans saying we deserve better. You got “better.” And you still aren’t satisfied. Well, shut up and hide… your SEC and MNC team is coming. Just sit down and be patient.

fan

December 10th, 2009
7:16 pm

rex robinson get a life bulldogs will be back tebow is gone game over fla.

Delbert D.

December 10th, 2009
7:21 pm

Barkin’Dog – Have you heard something about Arizona being unhappy with Mike Stoops?

THROWMAN

December 10th, 2009
7:24 pm

COACH RICTH is fading just like FULMER. both lost player’s respect. fans complaining makes the matters worse.

Joe Dawg

December 10th, 2009
7:25 pm

It is funny that when they win with the Black Jersey everyone love it but they lost with black helmet and everyone disgruntle fan living their life thru the Football Team is not happy. I am so sick and tired of this discipline crap. What do you want Coach Richt to do lock all the plays under Stanford Stadium till Saturday? The team gave it their best. You are not going to win it all. Your team need you when thing are going rough. Coach I support you and your effort. It is easy to point out whats wrong but you have to build from your point of strength not weakness. Go Dawgs.

Z.Itchy

December 10th, 2009
7:30 pm

How the heck would I know???

arrh

December 10th, 2009
7:34 pm

I thought the blackouts were cool the first couple of times. I felt like if the uniform changing is done too often…it depreciates the meaning, & if you end up losing…it ends up making us look pretty stupid. I wish they wouldn’t do it so often…maybe just occasionally. I wish people like Rex wouldn’t act like it’s the end of the world when UGA has one bad yr. though. FL changed their uniforms, & they got waxed by AL. Why isn’t anybody talking about that? Look around, a lot of teams have been chagning their uniforms lately….does that mean that every coach has lost control of their team. If so, theres a lot of coashes w/ the same problem…especially in the NFL.

GT

December 10th, 2009
7:59 pm

Perhaps UGA should hire Jon Tenuta as DC. He is an absolute hardass and runs a tight defensive ship.

Old Coach

December 10th, 2009
8:15 pm

Robinson was a kicker, a by gosh kicker, most of you SHOULD be smart enough to see a “look at me” when it appears. I doubt Robinson could coach a pee wee team.

RealDawg

December 10th, 2009
8:21 pm

Bitter lately Rex? As far as the uniforms go, at least 15 major schools I can name went with some variation on uniform this year. It is just a damn uniform, let it go. BTW…the same 30 and some others play that new fangled rap music at their games too. Guess that is the players fault also?

Delbert D.

December 10th, 2009
8:31 pm

The Nike uni’s look pretty good except for the garter belt stripes and the weird things on the shoulder pads. Sort of a Transformers kind of image overall.

Coffee Bluff DAWG

December 10th, 2009
8:43 pm

Rex,

Were the inmates were running the asylum at UGA when they beat # 7 GT or only when they lost to UF, UK, etc.

I'll punch you in the Face

December 10th, 2009
8:45 pm

Bulldog football player is main suspect who stabbed Tech student. Coach Mark Rich alledged to have suspended player for 2 practices.

BobDog

December 10th, 2009
9:00 pm

YOU KNOW ABOUT ALL OF THE RUMORS GOING AROUND ABOUT OL’ REX. BUT, I CAN’T GET INTO ANY SPECIFICS. MAYBE HE’S TRYING TO DIVER ATTENTION- OR DRAW ATTENTION.

Tree

December 10th, 2009
9:01 pm

CMR has a mild demeanor about his business, and he used questionable tatics to motivate his players. He is not a Nick Saban, who has run with an iron fist. But firing WM show that he cares about winning. If he continues to recruit well and bring a Kirby Smart for defense coordinator, he will succeed at Georgia.

Rival?

December 10th, 2009
9:02 pm

The dawgs need a DC that teaches discipline! These teams the last few years are terrible all the way around the football. I hope MR knows what he is doing. It could be another long year.

mgdawg

December 10th, 2009
9:06 pm

I agree with sanford drive, I think fans make a bigger deal about the uniforms then the players and coaches do. Yes, the first time with the blackout was a big deal, but against florida I just saw it as an alternate uniform. Players like new/different uniforms, not to necessarily pump them up to win, just because its cool. Oregon has a new uniform almost every game. I liked the black pants and the helmets, although I would’ve liked black facemasks.
As far as rex robinson, is he a player now? No, all this is is his opinion, purely speculation as far as I’m concerned.

Barkin'Dog

December 10th, 2009
9:07 pm

Delbert – No, I haven’t heard about AZ’s coach being fired. After all, they beat rival Az. St. and USC in the final 2 games to end 8-4, but I think they’ll get waxed by Nebraska in their bowl. This is, in fact, his best season there, but I was hoping they may not renew his contract, and UGA could get him as DC… just wishful thinking, I guess. Obviously, Stoops wouldn’t come here if he remains HC, unless maybe UGA doubled his salary. If that’s the case, The Dawgs should go to work on TCU’s Dick Bumpas, because Kirby Smart won’t come. Again, just an opinion. No facts… much like Rex’s statements. And how about Notre Dame signing Cincy’s coach?! That’s a fact… and it’ll be tough playing Florida without him (even with him).

Andrew

December 10th, 2009
9:21 pm

is it just me or do some of the other sec teams players just look flat out stronger than ours? can anyone confirm?

SE GA LADY

December 10th, 2009
9:28 pm

This is so stupid! I had to ask myself, “Who is this Rex guy?” Now I find out he is basically a nobody trying to come back, and you are helping him! You guys don’t care one bit about UGA. It’s all negative, and I just hope and pray the players and families are not reading this.

jack bull

December 10th, 2009
9:32 pm

um, that would be just you andrew… however, we do look young, very young. and i see a great 4 year run starting next fall…

and, there’s absolutely no problems with the kids at UGA… nothing at all…not ANYTHING any different from any other 18,19 or 20 year old living away from home for the first time…how soon we forget….

Delbert D.

December 10th, 2009
9:40 pm

Barkin’Dog – The Kelly/ND thing is done? I saw something scroll across the TV an hour ago, and looked like they were in talking mode. Wow.

I guess Mike Stoops made somewhat of a case this year. Man, how do you recruit for the desert? The Phoenix area is nice (or used to be, anyway), but Tuscon, I don’t know. Bad news coming in from across the border to Tuscon safe houses. Anyway, he’s got to be making $1million plus now. Nobody could justify more than that for a DC, I wouldn’t think.

People keep saying that Bumpas doesn’t call the shots. Jim Donnan, last week on his 680theFan segment. He must be sky high right now, with TCU’s recent successes.

Catch you later, I’m going to check out for the evening.

Andrew

December 10th, 2009
10:03 pm

hey jack bull f*** off

jsp

December 10th, 2009
10:14 pm

what would a kicker know? especially a kicker 30 years removed.

AltamahaDawg

December 10th, 2009
10:29 pm

What the hell is the issue with the Uni’s. There is absolutely nothing that dictates what they have to look like. It’s is up to the football program. Why is wearing something the players dig a bad thing? I don’t get that. (and its been pointed out that it wasn’t thier idea anyway) Uni’s have changed a number of times over the years, both perm and for specific games, so its not even a tradition issue. I understand they are even talking about making Black one of our school colors. Now, if they come out in Electric Chicken, we might have an issue.

We pulled your stinger out and stomped it flat

December 10th, 2009
10:40 pm

Well there is some good news in what Rex said. There is actually somone in control. If you don’t think that it is CMR, then think again. Who do we want up there, Dabo Swinney? I suspect that there is some truth to the allegations, but the operative being some. If I remember correctly, 1980 was a new uniform change, and it worked and thus the “Silver Britches” came back.

I don’t presume to know what CMR knows, and if he wants to accessorize with black helmets, who cares? I like the basics, but it was a little something different, and it may have been the change they needed. Should we quit wearing Red Tops and Silver Britches becuase we lost to Kentucky and LSU?

Rex, we loved you as a kicker, and a player at UGA. Good food for thought, but don’t run down the dogs any more than the Tech guys do!

AltamahaDawg

December 10th, 2009
10:48 pm

AS far as RR comment, he does have a point that the DC was only one of the several issue on this team. I assume he was trying to make that point and got all turned arund in the words?

Kind of like when he talked about how being loyal to assistant coaches was a bad think in light of not winning every time on the field. And how we don’t have the great defenses of Erk’s years. (conveniently overlooking the entire decade that Dooley hung in with his assistant despite losing 5 and 6 games quite regularly)

As far as the so-called program wide demise of the proper culture, I guess it finally caught up to Richt after, oh NINE years. Had us all fooled there for a while didn’t he.

How were things in disarray 3 years ago? One bad game in 2007? Actually it was more like a bad third of a game. geez, a little critical arent we? And anybody lumping 2008 in with the years before or the years after is just ignoring the facts to justify a point. 2009 , UGA was one phantom call, and a couple of TO away from simply being referred to as “young”.

WoDawg

December 10th, 2009
10:59 pm

I have attended every UGA football game but 2 at Sanford Stadium since 1975 and well over a majority of the away games. I am not a coach or a former player. I love the Georgia Bulldogs, football, basketball, GymDawgs, track, baseball, equestrians, thespians, and veternarians. I do not have inside information, but I can tell you one thing, when a team is down by almost 3 TD’s and returns to the field at 3rd quarter and starts dancing, they got problems. It may be organizational, it may be discipline, it may be St. Vitus but they got problems. Can Coach Richt fix it, let’s hope so. For a player to make a decent play and strut around beating his check is not an act Vince Dooley or Erk Russell would tolerate. That said, I’ll see you in North Lousiana. As I read on one of the blogs, “Better to be a Dawg in Shreveport than a bee in the ACC.”

robo

December 10th, 2009
11:02 pm

That lax attitude at FSU just got a swift kick in the butt and it was delivered by Jimbo Fisher.

WoDawg

December 10th, 2009
11:04 pm

Above entry at 10:59pm; I should have proofed it better. Line 12 should read, “. . . beating his chest.” Sorry.

RED DOG 77

December 11th, 2009
12:36 am

I am surprised that Rex Robinson seems to want to run his mouth as much as he does. The man kicked the ball for heavens sake and aparently knows very little about Xs and Os, much less coaching young men the game of football.If you go back in history I think you will find the most successful coaches, by far were not the loud mouth jerks that seem to get all the ink when they do well. Im old enough to remember coaches like Bud Wilkinson @ Oklahoma, never raised his voice always seem to win, Vince Dooley wasnt your run of the mill screamer either, he did pretty well. Bobby Dodd was the most mild mannered man you could meet and he was a winner………. GEORGIA has been going through a funk I agree, but worrying about color jerseys, and kicking players butts wont change a thing patience will, and instilling pride in and treating these college atheletes like men will help them more than anything. College football goes in cycles, just ask S Cal. ,LSU ,Fla. State, TENN. , Hell, Bama just now is coming out of a 10 yr. funk PRACTICE PATIENCE we will be ok GO DOGS !!!!!! GO YOU HAIRY DOGS!!!!!!!……..Oh thats right some of you want every thing you want right when you want it, sounds like children to me!

PHIL

December 11th, 2009
12:49 am

Barkin’ Dog. You’re obviously way too bright to be posting here. These “fans” are idiots.

Seeing Eye Dawg

December 11th, 2009
12:57 am

It seems clear to me that CMR will resign after the bowl game. He has picked the low hanging fruit and his job is about to get much tougher.

He knows that he does not have an experienced QB for next year, and it will be hard to sustain a running game in the SEC when everyone knows you cannot pass. The OL is good, but not that good.

The SEC is getting tougher by the day. CMR had some very good seasons in a pre Meyer, Miles, and Saban conference, but now even South Carolina and Kentucky are competing. He knows another 7-5 season will get him the boot anyway.

If he leaves after this season, this will be his only down year and in the future, he can always say, “Well, it would have been different if Moreno and Stafford had not gone to the NFL.” That would be true, but any coach or fan should know that they would both leave early.

Why would you fire CWM and his staff before the bowl if you do not have some one else in mind unless you are simply giving them an early start on the job hunting process? CMR has not really proven that he can hire and hold a good staff. The best assistant coaches he ever had on the team were the magnificent Davids. They just happened to be players too. If CMR was really serious about staying at UGA for the long term, he would already have both of them on staff, and be teaching them everything that they need to know. There is the problem though, just like UGA does not coach up the players, CMR does not coach up the coaches.

Finally, CMR has made enough money and now he can quit coaching and worrying about driver’s liscenses. He can easily make plenty of money in other endeavors. He is well connected with ex NFL players and all of Florida.

We all thought that CMR would be here for a longer time, but I don’t think he will be. CMR is a good guy. I wish him well.

dt4c

December 11th, 2009
12:58 am

Rex-and-you-both-are-POS-for-even-publishing-crap-like-this.

BT

December 11th, 2009
1:02 am

I’ve had it with players running around with hair covering up the name on the back of their jersey. Richt came in 2001, and put a stop to that then over the years allowed it to creep back in. Also, take a look at the cleats. The past 4 years specifically you have every guy on the field with a different pair of cleats. These 2 complaints sound nit-picky but they go right along with Rex’s belief that the inmates run the asylum. We have a lot of individuals and not enough team.

Ever wonder why it seems we have the program, it seems we have the players, it even seems like we have the right coach, but there is a funk in that locker room that no one is willing to kill off!

Seeing Eye Dawg

December 11th, 2009
1:08 am

Okay then dt4c, forget I said anything and I will just act surprised like everyone else.

WoDawg

December 11th, 2009
6:06 am

Thanks for the information, Seeing Eye. CMR doesn’t strike me as a man that quits challenges. As a person of deep convictions he has taken on as well as encountered some exacting challenges. While he earns a good salary and has great benefits, I don’t think he is independently wealthy or could easily command an income of the coaching level. I hope you are wrong and I hope he will put in place the adjustments UGA needs. I did enjoy your note.