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?

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Citizen

December 11th, 2009
6:59 am

Rex, your concerns are without merit. I have a family member on staff at UGA, and there is absolutely no truth in your allegations. I get an update everyday, and I have never heard anything mentioned like you said. Nothing even remotely close to what you said.

dentaldawg

December 11th, 2009
7:26 am

until Rex grows the balls to get specific, he just needs to just shut up.

redandblackblood

December 11th, 2009
7:51 am

Hogwash! Though to extent it may be true, This program in the late 90’s (donnan era) the players were running the asylum. Richt seemed to turn it around with his arrival and the last 2 years may have been a slide but I don’t think it needs a grenade to fix. New blood should help get the program back to where it belongs.

Bill Poitevint

December 11th, 2009
7:56 am

Come on Rex. You know as well as I do that you mother taught you that if you can’t say something good about somebody, keep your mouth shut. If you have problems with the Bulldog program, get an appointment with CMR and discuss your issues with him before you go shooting off at the mouth.

hatfieldgeoff

December 11th, 2009
8:10 am

Rex Robinson’s comments are what is wrong with blogs. Anybody can say anything so you can’t believe any of it. The only reason this is given any credence is due to Robinson being a former player and perhaps having more insight to the program than most (although that may not be the case). But without any “specifics” his comments aren’t any more credible than DunwoodyDawg. As a former player he ought to backup what he says up with specifics or just shutup.

another SEC drunk

December 11th, 2009
8:13 am

Uga does have a problem and it is lose of control. one quality win in the past two years . How wonderful was the upset of a great tech team. But thats it. 1 just 1 …..and our only quality win was out of conf. We are Ole MISS.

Hal

December 11th, 2009
8:51 am

I realize no one of any importance is going to read this and care but I have to say it anyway. If Rex Robinson along with countless other talking heads were any source of intelligence on issues like this they’d be coaching. He has now labeled himself a turn-coat in my mind. Its real easy to jump on a program and kick these guys while they’re down, real easy. It’s real easy to look from the outside in and diagnose everything. But he just like all the other pundits and idiots are master diagnostics, but they couldn’t fix a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Mark Richt is fine. He is THE BEST thing to happen to UGA in 20+ years. Did he let CWM have too long a leash? Yes he did, but he did it the same way he’s done everything else he’s done great in Athens. He gave him a chance, he tried to let a coach, coach his way out of a mess and it didn’t work. Two, three years ago idiots like Rex were bragging about Mark’s loyalties to his players and coaches, now Mark’s lost control? Geez… Did he give into the players? Maybe, but my god how exciting was it when I stood for the player entrance at the first black out? Haven’t seen or heard Sanford that intense before or since. Look, in the last 2 years we have lost some big games to some giants, Bama, Florida, LSU and yes we were once one of those giants. We got stuck in ‘08 with 18 season ending injuries. We got stuck this year when 95% of our offense decided to get paid to play and our defense was soft again. Got some new blood back in the D, and get back to the nastiness that BVG brought along with Mark and Mike scoring 33 points a game look for UGA to win the SEC again within the next 2 season depending on how quickly Murray comes along and if he becomes the real deal, if he is… BCS!

But for God’s sake, stop acting as if 1 or 2 sub-par seasons with the injuries and NFL players leaving indicate a institutional loss of direction. Idiot…

Hal

December 11th, 2009
8:52 am

hatfieldgeoff, he may have had more insight, but you can bet he won’t have anymore than you and I from here on in. And he deserves to be outcast.

DogGoneGaDawg

December 11th, 2009
8:57 am

I wonder who it is on the inside who is feeding Robinson all this crap. To be sure there are a few remaining old guard individuals who don’t care for a lot of the things that are going on such as Damon Evans as AD. Where was Rex about 24 months ago when UGA was kicking everyone in sight. The bottom line is that we did not have a “trigger man” at QB this year. There is a reason why Cox never pressed Stafford for the job. To his credit Joe was not a cry baby making excuses for poor performances. He is a competitor. What he is not is a top caliber SEC QB. And that is what you need to compete at the top in the conference. But not to worry. You will see that “trigger man” next year. Count on it.

DogGoneGaDawg

December 11th, 2009
9:05 am

another SEC drunk: Only one quality win in the past two years? 2007: UF (top ten) AU (top five) LSU (top ten) Hawaii (top ten). And that does not count the win this year over GT (top ten). You might need to sober up there pal.

JRL

December 11th, 2009
9:09 am

Rex is a fool…………one that seeks blog hits. He apparently has an axe to grind because he is not consulted by the administration.

liz boy

December 11th, 2009
9:12 am

I must be honest. In the beginning Richt was a good thing for Georgia. But things have changed. Maybe its that Black guy that is over him that is the problem. That guy that Dooley put in there—maybe they need to get rid of him. And then give Richt a few years —-then If he doesnt beat Florida both years—and Tech—-get rid of him. Lets get down to it ok. Business is Business.

Couldn't Care Less About Rex Robinson

December 11th, 2009
9:28 am

Who is Rex Robinson? ….and why is he even published on the AJC?

UGA Student

December 11th, 2009
9:39 am

Rex Robinson is a goof. He was a kicker in college, I dont know where he thinks that he has the right to be so outspoken about the program. He’d be the first to revel in the glory of a SEC championship and he’s definitely the first person to throw us under the bus.

Hal

December 11th, 2009
9:42 am

Liz Boy, don’t be foolish and racist. Damon Evans is a damn good AD. He and Richt are actually pretty good friends by all accounts. All boss’s and employees have occasional differences of opinions, theirs just happens to be printed in the AJC as opposed to your and mine.

Marc is fine, the program is fine. We are missing two things over the last couple years that we’ll get back in spades.

1) a bonafied QB, Marks offense demands that guy be the man, a steady procession of David Greene, DJ, and Matt gave way this year to a good kid, but not a stud QB. You can’t prep for that. No high school recruit is going to come in behind Matt Stafford who was pegged as a #1 by Kiper while still in high school.

2) A mean, wicked and nasty defense with a bad attitude. BVG’s defense used to set the tone of the game. CWM’s D played not to loose it. They didn’t want you to score too many points, Thomas Davis and David Pollack didn’t want you to score ANY points.

We get the right DC, and get Murray up to speed, we’ll be right back where we were. Top tier of the top conference in the land and that’s all you can ask for.

You guys asking for Mark’s head are obviously fair weather fans who’ve come along since our recent string of success. You don’t remember what it was like before he came. Trust the man for God’s sake.

Hal

December 11th, 2009
9:45 am

Rex, you might recall Mike Vanderjagt, the outspoken kicker who forgot the place of a kicker in the realm of real men playing football. He spoke out too much and lets take a look at where his career went…. isn’t he the manager at Kroger now somewhere?

rob

December 11th, 2009
9:46 am

While I appreciate what Rex has done for the dawgs, I think he’s a littlle out of line – if you will. I doubt he really has that much insite to the day to day details that go on iside the program. So, Rex please keep quite as coach Richt tries to correct what problems there may be and get the team back to where it should be. Every team has these issues, remember we are dealing with kids not from the 70’s and 80’s, but with kids from the 21st century. A different world in many ways.

Super Dog

December 11th, 2009
9:48 am

Rex Is dead on

Its obvious when players commit blatent personal fouls and it continues on through the year

Jerseys and helmets need to be changed to motivate players

If your not motivated to play then leave

Underperformers such as the QB, dropped balls from recievers last yr and the yr before with them continuing to play and arm tackling

Dancing during the game when your behind and up by only a few points

The players are running the show and hopefully Richt has found out this yr the fans are the ones who arent going to allow it to continue

If Saben and Meyer can come in and turn a program around it can be done at Ga.

Ga is 4th in the nation when it comes to recruiting states with GT being the only other big school in state and really who wants to go to GT

FL is #1 but contends with Miami, and FSU

Start beating Fl and start winning the big games or leave its that simple

MACDAWG

December 11th, 2009
10:03 am

dawgs gets beat by fla with or without the black jersey the team was young and just not that good look at other teams in the country uniform change is the new thing football period nfl and college so stop with the uniform cop out and for Rex when you put UGA down you put your self down!!

Jimmy

December 11th, 2009
10:11 am

AltamahaDawg

December 10th, 2009
10:29 pm

I get tired of everyone talking about changing uni’s too.
This all started when the “black out” was perceived to be a motivational tool.
Richt said he was just honoring the seniors, but everyone thinks they knew Richt’s intent better than he did.
Now every time we change uni’s some myopically visioned person will criticize Richt’s attempt to motivate.
PEOPLE…the uni change is just a fun idea. Oregon has an infinite number of uni combinations.
Now Auburn, Miss. State, UF, UT, and others have changed uni’s for a game.
GOT IT??? Teams are getting more creative with uni’s.

Now admit it…Richt, in his genious, STARTED A TREND.
The uni change is for FUN. Not a weak attempt at motivation.
GOT IT PEOPLE?

Jimmy

December 11th, 2009
10:18 am

On the team dancing during a game:

This is not a lack of respect or discipline.
It is a form of motivation or “getting up” for the game.
It has been done in many ways over the years…hand drills, chants etc.
It is not a sign that these guys aren’t focused.
Just the opposite. The dancing is supposed to focus them.

If you take dancing as a lack of discipline…
Or if you take dancing as a sign of disrespect…
Or if you take dancing as “just having fun”…
Then you are behind the times.
You have been left behind in your old man ways.

The dancing is not an indicator of anything being wrong with the program.

Y DO MUTTS BARK? CAUSE YELLOW JACKETS STING

December 11th, 2009
10:20 am

KEEP IT UP MUTTS GREAT JOB! LET THE PREACHER COACH DO WHAT HE’S BEEN DOING,LETTING THE MUTT PLAYERS GET LOCKED UP!
P.S.GOT CRYSTAL BALL TROPHY IN MUTTS TROPHYCASE? HELL NAWL! BUT TECH HAS ONE 1990!

WHAT DOES TENN LSU TEXAS ALA FLORIDA FSU MIAMI AND GEORGIA TECH HAVE THAT THE MUTTS DONT? THAT CRYSTAL BALL TROPHY! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! WHERE YOU AT SAINT SIMONS? I GOT YOUR BACK!

lololol

December 11th, 2009
10:40 am

Except Glenn Beck gives us the details…. and tells the TRUTH. lololololololol

Super Dog

December 11th, 2009
10:43 am

Y DO MUTTS BARK? CAUSE YELLOW JACKETS STING

Go to the Butts Mehre building and you will see our crystal ball trophy dork

Oh yea from an undefeated season not a UPI recognition that you got from a Citrus Bowl victory

What was that oh yea you have how many years to even the series 21

30-24 by a fired Willie Martinez coached defense

BLAH ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

Y DO MUTTS BARK? CAUSE YELLOW JACKETS STING

December 11th, 2009
11:17 am

SUPER DUMB DAWG TECH HAS 3 NATIONAL TITLES WHILE PLAYING IN THE SEC 1917-1948-1952! WE HAVE MORE WHILE PLAYING IN THE SEC MUTTS,THAN YOU DO 2 1942-1980!

Oledawg

December 11th, 2009
11:32 am

Taking something we have wondered about (aloud on blogs) and speculating toward the negative about our team is not “news” nor is it about our team. It is about Robinson. Using our ignorance and curiosity against us is not new and is done by Fox “News” every day such that it impacts our perception of our country negatively. Robinson appears to have applied the tactic to his own alma mater. This is shameful, not news. Rex, take a good look at what you are doing to your U and realize that negative speculation calls to task your judgement and foresight such that alums will reward you with oblivion.

Hal

December 11th, 2009
11:53 am

Rex did exactly what he wanted to do. He got his name in print. Why not speculate towards the positive? Because just like the motto of Fox News, that doesn’t scare the hell out of anybody.

You know, Fox News is a place where millions of American’s place their beliefs in to be fair and balanced… but it is run by an Englishman? And the appropriate tie in there is (kudos for the mention Oledawg), englishmen along with Rex now, are perceived to historically be turn-coats. Certainly not Red-Coats!

WoDawg

December 11th, 2009
12:05 pm

The missed plays, the lost fumbles, the personal fouls, the dropped receptions, the poor-timed dancing, the missed take aways, the false starts, etc. are not emblematic of focus. The players we have could play at any elite team in the country. What we have here is a failure to communicate by the commincators. The UGA program shouldn’t have to deteriorate to the Donnan years requiting drastic corrections. My Auburn neighbor tells me that Richt better be glad he’s at UGA otherwise he would be fired. Well, I’m glad Coach Richt is at Georgia. He’s making the adjustments and the program will improve. I hope all the bloggers will be on to North Lousiana to take on the Aggies. As one blogger said, “Better to be a Dawg in Shreveport than a Bee in the ACC!”

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GADAWG47

December 11th, 2009
3:14 pm

He is right. The player have no respect for Richt or his staff. The penalties speak for themselves. Richt needs to hire a DC that will whip the whole damn team in shape, and re-gain respect.

Seeing Eye Dawg

December 11th, 2009
5:02 pm

GADAWG47
DCs come and go. If Richt is the man, he needs to be the man. Respect and discipline come from the top, you cannot hire it.

Dooley and Irk made a good team because Irk could get a player’s attention better than anyone, but even Dooley’s career had to get a boost from HW.

Dawg Bone

December 11th, 2009
5:44 pm

Richt learned from the master of no discipline—bobby bowden and brought the same act to georgia. Let the players run wild, use that in recruiting and if they get in trouble, don’t suspend them for any big games under the excuse that “it hurts the team.” Great job!!!

What tha Hell

December 11th, 2009
6:17 pm

I can’t understand why a former bulldog player would want to start some negative talk about his University. (unless its true and he’s concerned) UGA has had problems this season. Not being a coach or player I can’t in no way put my finger on it. If the dogs have another so so year next season its gonna be hard to keep CMR, and they could go through some lean years. Example, Alabama, Tenn, Auburn LSU and many more in other confs. I sure hope it doesn’t happen.

WoDawg

December 11th, 2009
9:14 pm

What tha Hell, I hope you are right in your suggestion that RR is concerned about UGA football. I’m sure you’re right that CMR will have a lot of pressure if he doesn’t make successful adjustments. Frankly, I don’t have any first hand knowledge of internal team issues – e.g. “who’s running the asylum.” I know that the DAWGS game behavior and functioning doesn’t compare with the teams coached by Myer, Saban, or Dooley for that matter. What other measureable index does a spectator have to stand them against? On to No. LA. “Better to be a DAWG in Shreveport than a Bee in the ACC!”

DawgVoiceofReason

December 11th, 2009
9:44 pm

RD,

Your ignorance coupled with your obvious high regard for yourself is appalling. You said several things that were completely wrong (below). 1) Urban Meyer DID in fact have his team wear different uniforms THIS year at least twice that I saw. Did you not see the SEC championship game? If you didn’t, what are you doing on a blog commenting on Meyer and Saban? 2) Georgia has not been a “mid level team” since Mark Richt got here, until this year. 3) “hire 2 or 3 good defensive coordinators” Is that really the way you think it works, that a team has multiple defensive coordinators?

RD

December 10th, 2009
10:22 am

“Do you think Nick Saban or Urban Meyer would tolerate this or use a change of uniforms to motivate?”

“…until UGA realizes this, they will continue to be a mid level team even if they hire 2 or 3 good defensive coordinators. Bank on it.”

Don in DC

December 11th, 2009
10:12 pm

To Bill King:
Thank you for your response to my comment. I was unduly harsh and should never have personalized my criticism. I intended my comment to express the point that when AJC prominently features Robinson’s remarks, it lends credibility to his unsupported views. This may influence public opinion again some very decent people. And for what? Football? When Robinson’s only evidence is the color of the football helmets? Regardless, you’re the guy with the guts to put his name on the blog; the rest of us dimwits hide behind screen names. Pity the guy who, at 3:26 yesterday, wouldn’t even use his own screen name to hurl an insult at you, but instead used mine. – Don.

DawgVoiceofReason

December 11th, 2009
10:48 pm

Why is Bobo not fired,

You make some good points but then you brought up this one,

“Tell me a game in 2009 where Bobo’s offense won it on the last possession?”

Answer: Arizona State, game winning field goal.

DawgVoiceofReason

December 11th, 2009
11:00 pm

Rex Robinson went way over the line with this particular blog and deserves to get blasted. He used rumor, innuendo, cheap shots and a really bad sense of timing.

He was one of UGA’s all time great kickers but he is NOT a head coach. He can provide insights on kicking, obviously, and on what it was like to play for one of the great coaches, but he needs to limit his analysis to what he has expertise in and then make it really clear in other cases that he has no better insight than the average college football fan. I think he is starting to realize that based on his posting from today.

js

December 12th, 2009
7:04 am

I remember 3 years ago Willie and Fabris getting into a verbal fight during a game.

Remember the response by CMR about some players having a clean slate after the firing of WM?

Also noticed the ’surprised’ look Bryan Evans had with the gatorade bath when CMR scolded him.

All that should tell you something. From a fans perspective the changes taking place are very positive for this team. I hope Richt has a renewed commitment to bringing down the hammer. Sorta what he was brought in here for, considering the same problems were evident in the twilight days of Donnan

BIG BEE

December 12th, 2009
5:39 pm

Who ever UGA’s new DC is will have to be on his toes. 1-2 bad games or even bad plays and he will be eaten alive by the DAWGs. There wasn’t so much talk until GT beat the Dawgs, then the Dawg nation wanted everone fired. Life has more involvement thna football. Get one, not a football but a life.

WoDawg

December 12th, 2009
8:22 pm

Wrong, Big Bee. The Alabama Game on 9/27/08 in Sanford Stadium began the concern. The woodshed trip at the hands of the Gators (11/01) and the slim win over Auburn (11/15) drove home the point to the fans we had issues. When the Bees won after losing 8 years staight to the DAWGS, the level of the difficulties were apparent to the world. But this year things have turned around, we beat Tech, the ACC champion, and cleaned coaching house. Now on to North Louisiana. “It’s better to be a Dawg in Shreveport than a Bee in the ACC.”

LawDawg

December 21st, 2009
9:04 am

Who cares what jersey or helmet we wear. Just win the games. There are a lot of schools who mix up their uniforms. Should not be a big deal.

Nick

December 21st, 2009
12:37 pm

We’ve got a great coach and he will do the right things for the Georgia program. All expert back seat drivers needs to keep a cap on it. If all experts (in their minds) that are reading tea leaves were coaches they would not be sitting at home in front of a computer griping. There lots of colleges out there that would like to have Mark Richt and why not he has proved himself. Everyone can improve and he is making changes

barneyb

March 9th, 2010
2:13 pm

Rex is stating the obvious. Sure; it would be nice to know what details he is privy to that we may not be. But Rex is right- this is a team out of control No discipline, no fear of sanctions, general thug mentality. Richt refuses to discipline. That;s evident from the Soulja Boy dancing on the sidelines, dreadlocks, penalties, arrests, you name it. The Dawgs are losers and until there is a coaching change or major change in the present head coach’s philosophy, we will only see more of the same. Sad to admit that, but it’s the hard truth, and I am a UGA alumnus.