How long is too long for three quarterbacks?

What if Zach Mettenberger wins the QB race but has to sit out the first game? (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

What if Zach Mettenberger wins the QB race but has to sit out the first game? (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

I’ve heard several fans complaining about the way Mark Richt and Mike Bobo are handling Georgia’s search for a starting quarterback.

The gist of the complaints seems to be an assumption that the coaches are artificially maintaining the three-way race between Aaron Murray, Zach Mettenberger and Logan Gray, treating them equally in spring practice, when it seems hardly likely that all three are still completely even. And, so the thinking goes, if one of them is clearly more advanced than the other two (most folks assume that would be Murray), why continue to give the others the same number of reps with the first-string offense? Why not go ahead and annoint him the leader and give him more work so that he’ll be further along come August?

I find it hard to believe that’s what’s going on, though. More likely, I think, is that while the battle might not be a dead heat between the three, no one has separated himself enough from the pack for the coaches to feel comfortable declaring a depth chart at QB.

Plus, I’m not sure the treatment is really as equal as it’s being officially presented. I noted that after last week’s scrimmage, when Mettenberger and Murray’s passing numbers were clearly better than Gray’s, Richt pointed out that most of Gray’s snaps had been with injury-depleted second unit. So obviously Mettenberger and Murray were getting more time with the first unit.

Still, how long can this three-headed quarterbacking go on? Will we find out after G-Day who the leader is, or will it still be a three-man race come August?

UPDATE: Richt said after Saturday’s scrimmage that he will release a depth chart after G-Day, though he might not name a starter.

And David Hale of Bulldogs Blog raises another interesting point: Mettenberger likely will be suspended for the first game of the season as a result of his alcohol-related arrest. What if he turns out to be the best choice behind center? What would it do to the offense’s progress to have to start Gray or Murray against Louisiana-Lafayette and then turn around and switch to Mettenberger a week later in the SEC opener at South Carolina? Can you really prepare two starting quarterbacks in August without diluting your efforts?

Bobo admitted to Hale that would be a problem, but said, “Right now, we don’t want [the quarterbacks] looking ahead, and I want us trying to get better. We have a lot to get better at, and it’s too early to decide that. We’ll cross that bridge when it comes to it. In a perfect world, I don’t want to rep two or three quarterbacks before the first game because we’ve still got to get a guy ready. But all of that is the head coach’s decision, too, so we’ll see.”

So are you comfortable with that approach? Or would you rather see the future starter getting more work now?

TAXI TALE, TAKE 2

Some folks apparently took what I wrote Friday about the taxi cab incident allegedly involving Georgia football players to mean I was saying that being kicked of the team would be too harsh a penalty if it’s true. That’s not what I meant to imply at all.

And, in fact, I didn’t actually state what I thought ought to be done in such a case. In explaining the reasoning behind early calls in the blogosphere for such a dismissal from the team, I noted that it would be a pretty severe punishment for some slaps in the back of the head and threats. And certainly the alleged actions don’t rise to the level of some past transgressions by college athletes, including attempted armed robbery, beat-downs, drug-dealing and smashing a beer pitcher in someone’s face. But they still are not acceptable behavior for players representing the university.

I deliberately didn’t say what I thought ought to be done because I felt it was premature since we don’t even know that a college athlete was involved. But just so everyone’s clear, here’s where I stand: If the folks accused in the incident were UGA athletes, and if what was alleged in the police report was accurate — a mighty big if — then I think dismissal from the team would be in order on top of whatever legal sentence they got in court. If it turns out that what happened fell short of what is claimed in the report but still involved any threatening or abusive behavior, then that would probably merit at least a substantial suspension, possibly for a full season.

Let’s keep one thing in mind, though. The police report is just a record of what one side claims happened in the incident. And even then the details of what’s being claimed are in flux. The report has the alleged victims claiming threats of a sexual nature involving a swing, but a friend of the couple who was in the taxi with them told The Red and Black that what was actually said was, “Do y’all swing?” Not quite the same thing.

The bottom line is that we don’t know what, if anything, really happened, or even whether it involved UGA football players. Which is why I return to the point I made Friday: Everyone should emulate Mark Richt in this case and wait and see rather than rushing to judgment.

124 comments Add your comment

Dawgaholic

April 3rd, 2010
11:24 am

TuckDAWG

April 3rd, 2010
11:28 am

Am i first? Good blawg bill i think we need to pick a QB since we have no one with experince and that guys needs all the snaps he can get to be ready to lead our dawgs on the field. GATA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sanford Stadium

April 3rd, 2010
11:37 am

What a bunch of nerds with your claims of ‘first’.

Do you jokers read the articles or just race down to the bottom of the page and get your jollies?

Saint Simons is My Janitor

April 3rd, 2010
11:40 am

Way to go Simons

4th now 5th

Small Johnson

April 3rd, 2010
11:45 am

Hey Bill

Enjoy your show on XM every morning.

Do you think Richt has the brains or skills to start beating FL?

I personally think that he does not take this game as serious as Dooly did and that is one of the reasons he cant beat FL.

Sorry I don’t count the two he has won since Zook was fired and when the entire FL team was all freshmen and sophmore.

Sanford Stadium

April 3rd, 2010
11:46 am

I think they’ve actually chosen the starter, but they keep feeding you guys the same line of bologna and see how long you’ll keep eating it.

But what do I know? I’m just a stadium.

11Dawg

April 3rd, 2010
11:48 am

If Mett does end up being the best, I still wouldn’t see him starting until at least after the Arkansas game. I don’t want to go against SC or Arkansas with a QB who’s never taken a snap at the college level.

Johnny DangerDawg

April 3rd, 2010
11:55 am

David Hale is right. If the coaches think Mettenberger has a shot at being their best QB, they have to get him ready to play (even though he can’t play in the opener.) Meanwhile, you have to have a starter and a backup prepared to play in Game One; this means Murray and Gray definitely needs plenty of reps before the opener.
It would all be a lot easier if there were no suspensions, because then the coaches could let their two best QBs take most of the reps at the expense of the 3rd stringer.

Sanford Stadium

April 3rd, 2010
11:58 am

What’s up with Mett’s funky hair?

He’s got that North Georgia frat boy ‘do. That’s not gonna work for a starting QB.

Granted, Stafford had those goofy sideburns, but he’s a Texan. They’re kinda goofy over there, anyway. But it worked for Namath.

Logan’s got that Terminator hair. Probably the best look gettin’ off the
bus, as they say.

Murray doesn’t care about BS like hairstyles, probably ’cause he’s thinking about football. There’s your man.

But what do I know? I’m just a stadium.

bruce mac

April 3rd, 2010
12:04 pm

Much ado about nothing. He said, she said in a Taxi no less. No harm no foul. Move on.

Small Johnson

April 3rd, 2010
12:06 pm

I like our 8th year starter’s hair

Sanford Stadium

April 3rd, 2010
12:11 pm

BTW, speaking of Burt Reynolds, my money is on Mett to be the first to grow a ’stache. But not one of those hip, ironic moustaches that the kids are wearing these days. His attempt at irony would fall short, or the irony would be that his ironic moustache would simply sit above his lip like a weird caterpillar, never to fully bloom into a butterfly…or even a handlebar moustache.

But what do I know? I’m just a stadium, empty on a Saturday afternoon, filled only with wi-fi and thoughts of Burt Reynolds’ moustache.

Bow Wow

April 3rd, 2010
12:15 pm

It looks like Richt has another crop of gangstas.

ATL XMAN

April 3rd, 2010
12:16 pm

small johnson richt has beaten fla twice and will do again and again. just have patience. you cant take away his two victories just because of the class of the kids fla is playing they all count and richt beat meyer fair and square.

also bill, just let richt pick the starter on his own time and blog about something else. i mean this is getting old. after watching the three qbs play any normal guy who has played football can tell murry is the better qb and will be the starter unless he is hurt. it always good to have the back up ready so taking away their reps in order for the starter to get more is crazy. the starter will get plenty of reps anyways when the season starts so sharing them now is no big deal.richt is doing the right thing as he always does. its his team and he knows more about his team more than any blogger does anyway so trust in richt and blog about something else like will tech offense be worse with pj players instead of gailys players. uga fans will have a blast talking about that and then wacth all the tech fans get on here whining..it will be great.

Ron Burgundy

April 3rd, 2010
12:18 pm

Why are you paying so much attention to hairstyles Sanford? IT does not go that much into detail in deciding who’s a better qb. I dont think that crosses Richt’s mind in deciding

Grant Field

April 3rd, 2010
12:18 pm

Hey, Sanford Stadium:

I like Paul Johnson’s hair. Although sometimes I wonder if it isn’t a giant hairy spider that is going to attack an opposing team’s mascot.

God, I’d complain about feeling empty on a Saturday, but that’s how I usually feel on Saturdays.

Ron Burgundy

April 3rd, 2010
12:22 pm

But what do i know, Im just an amazing news anchor.

Small Johnson

April 3rd, 2010
12:23 pm

Who knows by the time Murry or Met play, they will have time to grow a ZZ top doo and by then their hair will turn gray

Im sure Richt and Bobo have plenty more 5th, 6th, and 7th year QB’s they need to play because of loyalty.

Chris

April 3rd, 2010
12:23 pm

He can make the competition as long as he wants it to be. He wants the best guy out there, and if it has to go into fall camp, who are we to argue with that? The “starter” in the spring might fall off come August…

Sanford Stadium

April 3rd, 2010
12:24 pm

Hey Ron, how are things?

I think it’s pretty obvious Richt cares a lot about hair.

I just wanted to say I love your hair, too. That’s what it takes to be the greatest news anchor in the history of history. Did you ever get those pleats worked out?

Tell Ms. Corningstone ‘hi’ for me. I really love you guys’ show.

Stay classy, Ron Burgundy!

Ron Burgundy

April 3rd, 2010
12:29 pm

Just throwing it out there Sanford if you like it thats awsome but if not just throw it back

UGAAlumnus

April 3rd, 2010
12:30 pm

I had no idea that our beloved Sanford Stadium was a gay fashionista… hmmm

Sanford Stadium

April 3rd, 2010
12:31 pm

Speaking of ZZ Top, the whole subject of the QB three way is making me feel zzzzzz…

Somebody wake me when it’s Fall.

Hello BuLLdaug

April 3rd, 2010
12:33 pm

Logan has waited patiently for hit starting role.

Small Johnson

April 3rd, 2010
12:33 pm

ATL XMAN

My point is Richt can’t be a good FL team like Dooley could
He beats FL with a fired coach on the sideline and then beats a Meyer team with all freshman and sophmore, big deal

And Im glad to beat tech but Just remember people we have had two opportunities to play the national title but did not because Richt and the conservative gang could not beat FL

And here is a tidbit Richt should think FL for losing so he could win his two SEC championships otherwise we never would have played for the SEC championship had not FL lost out because we never beat them those years

Sanford Stadium

April 3rd, 2010
12:34 pm

Oh, UGAAlumnus…YOU knew! ;)

Hey, Ron Burgundy, I’ve got your lead story here.

76-Dawg

April 3rd, 2010
12:37 pm

After the lack of talent UGA’S quarterback showed in the Oklahoma State game last year I said that if UGA sticks with Cox they will lose 5 or 6 games. That was not a very hard call. I would have taken the red shirt off both Mettenberger and Murray and played Cox the most but given enough playing time to the other two that you would have two sophomores ready to play for 2010 in front of 100,000 fans. I think UGA will do just fine in 2010 but what you worry about is a less talented team like South Carolina or Arkansas slipping up and winning because Mettenberger or Murray wasn’t quite ready to be starting quarterback. It was very obvious that 2009 season should have been sacrificed for 2010. Martinez was still coach, UGA didn’t have a running back and Sturdivant got hurt. A lot of really good coaches at some great schools played Freshman quarterbacks in 2009 because of that very reason.Sometimes you have to sacrifice now for a better outcome later.

Omar, the Taxi Driver

April 3rd, 2010
12:41 pm

Please leave me alone! I run my motel, my wife runs our Dairy Queen, and I drive a taxi at night. We come to this country to experience the American Dream, not get caught up in who slap who. There was no dawg in my taxi, only people. I tried to let people with pets ride in my taxi, but pets poo poo on floor, so I no let dawgs ride anymore! Now, I must go wash stained sheets for room #14.

Sanford Stadium

April 3rd, 2010
12:42 pm

Ron, you’re like a mythical creature…only true!

When I grow up I want to be an amazing anchorman who can bag ladies as fine as the radiant Ms. Corningstone, then sit back and relish the moment with an equally fine single malt and a wheel of cheese.

Is it true GT is changing their mascot to the Sex Panthers due to overcompensation?

Sanford Stadium

April 3rd, 2010
12:45 pm

That is so true, Omar.

poopdawg

April 3rd, 2010
12:53 pm

I think come fall you have to stop spliting snaps equally between the 3, there has to only be 2. We always need 2 QB ready to go . Some tough decisions will have to be made, maybe the spring game will provide a clearer picture.

PowerDawg

April 3rd, 2010
12:59 pm

Today’s scrimmage should go a long way towards deciding the issue.

Mettenberger, his 70% completion rate notwithstanding, is just not very mobile. If Murray has another day of 60-65% completion working with both the 1’s and the 2’s and Gray struggles like he did last week, I think you have to say Aaron is the guy and Logan needs to jog over to the receiver group and start learning routes.

Mettenberger may prove to be a solid change off the bench, and that’s good.

77DAWG

April 3rd, 2010
1:02 pm

Murray 90% LMU and SoCal, Mat & May 50/50 for Arky. Then see who progess the most then, let the best take 90% of the snaps for the rest of the year year. Its just me IMO.

Small Johnson

April 3rd, 2010
1:03 pm

76-Dawg

I do remember your comment as I agreed with you back then.

Maybe Richt learned his lesson late last year when fans and some booster’s with pull let him know that this loyalty crap with Martinez and players that can’t play stops or you can join the millions in the unemployment line.

I had know problem with showing loyalty with Cox but the season was over after the OSU game so a good CEO/Coach should have said lets prepare for next season since we will be short experience wise at QB again.

Thats the difference in a coach like Sabano and EL Meyer compared to Richt, and thats why I don’t feel we will win the games we need to win like FL with Richt, though I like him personally.

But again hopefully the boosters pressured EVANS enough to let him know cut the crap or your pink slip awaits. Maybe now things will turn around but we’ll see

Sanford Stadium

April 3rd, 2010
1:05 pm

Speaking of truth, us it true that Dr. Michael Adams wants to turn me into a giant chess board for his personal human chess matches. I need to know.

I also miss the train tracks.

Small Johnson

April 3rd, 2010
1:05 pm

the 2 know’s should be no

Im still dazed from being slapped around in the cab last night

sorry

Bubba

April 3rd, 2010
1:06 pm

Bill – Please stop blogging. You’re embarrassing yourself, the ajc and the bulldog nation. Just put up a link up to Hale’s blog.

Small Johnson

April 3rd, 2010
1:16 pm

Is anyone up for a cab ride tonight?

Bill how about you, we can take the tour of the city.

Omar when you finish cleaning room #14, Bill and I would like to experience what an Athens cab ride is all about.

cantondawg

April 3rd, 2010
1:18 pm

Small Johnson,

I hope you’re not a UGA fan because you’re an embarassment. At times, JC looked really good (SC and Ark) and at times he looked really bad. I think this had more to do with our lack of running game at the time and he was trying to do too much. AM had an injury at the beginning of the season and LG showed no signs of being better that JC. Yes, CMR probrably stayed with CWM for one year too many but i don’t hold that against him because i think he knew we would suffer in recruiting and he held out hope the CWM and the defense would rebound.

I feel that it’s my obligation to point out to stupid people like you ther errors of your thinking so quit bashing CMR (who happens to be the best coach UGA ever had). It’s also obvious that you must be a young punk by the comments that you make about the FL game. Yes, Dooley did dominate Fl but i can tell you that it’s a completely different program now that it was back then. Fl had alot of talent back then but no confidence or swagger that it could wind anything. After Spurrier took over, the program became one of the tops in the country but it was nowhere near that before.

Bremen Dawg

April 3rd, 2010
1:23 pm

Richt and Bobo has bought into the no QB left behind act.

Small Johnson

April 3rd, 2010
1:25 pm

Bremen Dawg

Thats one of funniest posts Ive herd

Good one but I think there is a lot of truth to that statement

Meta Dawgster

April 3rd, 2010
1:31 pm

Bobo’s an offensive genius. Maybe he can script a game plan involving all 3 QBs!!! Rotate the QBs by quarter, series or even each play, to take advantage of their unique skills!

SSIgator

April 3rd, 2010
1:34 pm

Bill King -

You had it right in your third paragraph. However, it should read that all three are equally bad. Going to be a long season. Book early for Shreveport.

DawgByte

April 3rd, 2010
1:39 pm

Murray threw for 159 yards 1 TD and 1 Int. in today’s scrimage. His completion percentage was a three QB high of 68%. Murray is struggling with picks, but seems to be leading this close race. Mett certainly isn’t conceding this race and neither is Gray, which is good for all QB’s.

Dawg fans have to learn patience. We will have a starting QB identified within 2 weeks of the regular season and that’s all we can expect given that no clear cut leader has emerged.

BTW – (((30-24)))… still feels good!

Omar Q. Chubbaleen

April 3rd, 2010
1:41 pm

Here are statistics from today’s Georgia football scrimmage:

Passing
Aaron Murray 13-19 159 yards, 1TD, 1 INT
Logan Gray 7-11 111 yards, 1TD, O INT
Zach Mettenberger 10-16 126 yards, 2TD, 1 INT

Rushing
Carlton Thomas 16 carries-93 yards
Kevin Lanier 12-45
Washaun Ealey—5-6 (He said he has a minor knee injury)
Aaron Murray 3-37
Note: Caleb King did not go because of sore knee. Thomas broke a 40 yard run during short yardage work.

Receiving
A.J. Green 6-80
Kris Durham 4-74, 3TDs
Israel Troupe 4-45, 1TD
Note: Arthur Lynch made “a great snag” on a third-and-short, Richt said.

Defense:
Demarcus Dobbs 6 tackles, 1 sack
Christian Robinson 6 tackles, 1 sack
Derrick Lott 5 tackles
Akeem Dent 5 tackles
Darryl Gamble 5 tackles
Brandon Boykin 5 tackles, INT
Vance Cuff, 1 INT
Reuben Faloughi 3 sacks
Note: Cuff’s interception came on a fade in the end zone to Green after a long drive by offense.

Small Johnson

April 3rd, 2010
1:42 pm

canton dawg

You must be the young punk

I was there in 1985 when FL was ranked #1 and was picked to beat the hell out of UGA
What was the result we won 24-3
How about when Spurrier won the heisman, FL again was ranked in the top 5 but lost to us
Of course there are many other instances like that.

Fl has gotten over the hump but they have been in the top 10 several times since the 60’s so whats your point, oh now we can’t win

Yes FL is talented but as talented as UGA, I don’t think so just look at the number of players playing in the NFL you’ll find more from UGA

No its fans like you who have the mentality just like our players and coaches do, who do not take this game seriously and have the mindset of oh oh its FL we might as well let them win.

If Fl was so talented why have we beaten the teams who have beaten them over the years

It comes down to coaching, to lose as bad as we did with two number 1 draft picks and two top recievers two years ago on offense and could hardly score is crap

As for Murry being hurt he wasn’t hurt during the first second or third game, put Met in then, or gray in

And coach Willie one year two many the writing was on the wall when we lost to West Va in the Sugar Bowl in 05, it was definetly on the wall when we lost to a crappy Tenn team 55-31 in 06

You need to take your punk self and go pull for Vanderbilt I think they have plenty of fair weather fans like you and could use some more

SOUTHGADAWG88

April 3rd, 2010
1:43 pm

This loyalty stuff is getting way too much traction.The best QB will play.. it may not end up being the guy some people would like… so they will complain about it anyway.All I know is there is no way to really know what we have at QB until they get hit in the mouth in a REAL game.Gray looked great in the spring game last year…so did C.Thomas and N.Washington at LB.None of the 3 made much impact on the field when the bullets were “live”.I just hope everybody gets out of spring healthy.I wouldn’t put much stock in “ANY” stats that come out of spring practice.. besides the general progress of implementing the new schemes and the list of injuries or lack thereof.

Florida Dawg

April 3rd, 2010
1:47 pm

Hey Bill…why would the AJC accept a column written by Neal Bortz?? Bortz DOES NOT like the AJC….he bad mouths your paper daily? What’s up with that?
I just noticed his article….glad he is not in sports.

Chazz Reinhold

April 3rd, 2010
1:52 pm

MOM!!!!! MEATLOAF!!!!! We want it now!!!!

Bigboy

April 3rd, 2010
2:00 pm

Aww SOUTGADAWG88…You are taking some of the fun out of spring man!The fans are hungry for football!Lighten up dude!lol

JMart

April 3rd, 2010
2:02 pm

How long is too long for three quarterbacks? Well it certainly isn’t any point in spring practice for goodness sake. Just ask the QB’s. They are all getting PLENTY of reps to learn the system and get better which is the whole point of spring practice.

SOUTHGADAWG88

April 3rd, 2010
2:14 pm

Bigboy I’m just trying to bring some reality to the discussion.If not some people are going to be crowning us SEC champs or going 6-6 based on “SPRING PRACTICE”.

Q Dawg

April 3rd, 2010
2:59 pm

What’s up with our top tailbacks’ knee injuries?

Yet again strength and conditioning?

GILLISLEE

April 3rd, 2010
3:00 pm

Somebody will win the job, most likely Murray or Mett who come September will have not played in a real game in about 20 months. There will be 2 unhappy campers on the bench not including Mason, the Parade “All American” who by the way doesn’t show up on the ESPN 150 or the Rivals 250. Say Murray wins the job and there is an early loss, then there will be talk of “Maybe Mett was the guy” or “Grays experience earned him the job.” Should be fun to watch!

bring on the kool-aid...

April 3rd, 2010
3:16 pm

written by: ATL XMAN

April 3rd, 2010
12:16 pm

“…..anyways when the season starts so sharing them now is no big deal.richt is doing the right thing as he always does. its his team and he knows more about his team more than any blogger does anyway so trust in richt…..”
****************************************************************

Yea right…fired and hired a new DC…getting more “Involved” w/ the QB’s and offense…changing the kicking game…all should have been taken care of LAST YEAR

These were all written about last year by people on this, and other blogs (along w/ benching Joe Cox)…yet the fans with blinders on kept spouting how CMR knew what would right the ship, that is, until he hit that ice berg…yea sure he does…last season was an embarrassment for the team, fans, and school…can’t believe they are having trouble picking a QB…if Met starts, he’ll be buried under the rush, or wind up throwing pick’s, an you’ll be singing the “Wait until next season” blues once again…

oledawg

April 3rd, 2010
4:11 pm

How long is too long? As long as it takes in this coach-pressuring blog. No matter the coachs’s decision, you are laid back to differ with it the way you outline the practice philosophy. You don’t speak for other alumni and certainly not for me, Bill.

The “Taxi Incident” is not dependant on your take on the transgression(”if this, then this should be the punishment if he didn’t do something else…etc) much less your remedy of punishment. If this incident occurred and if it was racially tinged then the perpetrators should be kicked out of UGA if they are students, much less if they are football players. You are couching you’re “ifs” and meting out punishment. Let’s all(including you Bill) let the proper people call such shots. Opinions are one thing, but there should be no tolerance of racial intolerance at UGA…period. And you should say so.

Dawg Stephen

April 3rd, 2010
4:24 pm

What oledawg above me just said at 4:11pm

http://www.dawgstephen.blogspot.com/

rodtacos

April 3rd, 2010
4:31 pm

To me it seems pretty simple. All I’ve heard all Spring is our lack of depth at WR. Put Logan over there. Great athlete with great hands. Start Murray and have a solid #2 in Mettenberger. Let’s tee it up.

oledawg

April 3rd, 2010
4:48 pm

SOUTHGADAWG88- Good post. Don’t pay attention to the nit-pickers. Yours is the type of post many fans need, but especially it’s needed for Bill. I grew up in SOWEGA and have enjoyed your posts about your buddies getting together away from everyone on game day. Both ends of the rah-rah is blurted all on here all the time and I think they may be kids and techies. Bill encourages a lot of that ilk with his judgemental/coaching blogs from time to time, but he is to be forgiven for allowing his motorboat mind to be overtaken by his steamboat a–.

oledawg

April 3rd, 2010
5:05 pm

Dawg Stephen- Thanks for your post and I just read your blog and Mike in Valdosta. Mostly agreeable with Mike, but one and the same with you. I have noticed throughout articles that you and Altamaha are the ones that I’m in full agreement with while not posting such. Youall and several other good fans keep me coming back to note what you have to say. It’s great to post with reasoning fans who go nuts on Game Day and hold it between the lines on other occasions. GO DAWGS!

georgiadawg70

April 3rd, 2010
5:29 pm

I dont really give a damn which one starts. Its not going to matter.

Dawg 39

April 3rd, 2010
5:34 pm

I enoy this blog. I usually agree with Altamaha Dawg, The Mayor of Dawgtown, Dawg Stephen,Mike in Valdosta, &oledawg (Maybe because I am an Old Dawg & I am an optimist as well as a realist.
3 QBs in spring practice works for me. The competition is good for all 3. No one has won the starting job yet. A pecking order will be established soon but it will not be set in stone. That works for me.
Everything I read helps fuel my optimism. If there is a major problem anywhere I have yet to find it. We could end up with the best team the Dawgs have put on the field since 1983. Only a super game from Bo Jackson kept the Dawgs out of the championship picture that year. (without # 34 ) (What If ?).

Stinger

April 3rd, 2010
6:35 pm

Guilty until proven innocent. 4 UGA thugs attack man and his wife. Thug university.

Observer

April 3rd, 2010
6:51 pm

The taxi driver was white.

bigdawg

April 3rd, 2010
6:56 pm

@Stinger…

of course coming from a university located in ATLANTA for pete’s sake you have NO room to talk. I won’t pretend to know if and how many Tech students, players, etc. have been arrested… but to say that 4 people are to be an accurate description of a University of THOUSANDS is more than a little biased. then when we attack you if YOUR players are ever arrested or accused you want to turn it back on us…

I love how tech beats us in football ONE YEAR and beat 10 A-SHE-SHE schools and think they own us lolololol.

we own tech

and how does this make you feel.

no matter how good you do in the All Cupcake Conference you will ALWAYS be the little brother who punches the big brother then gets his leg broken when big bro tosses him off the porch.

))))))))))))))30-24(((((((((((((((

bigdawg

April 3rd, 2010
7:04 pm

btw…

what your players did to our hedges 2 years ago could technically be taken as vandalism however we let you have your fun the when right back to making you our whipping post.

I guess what I learned in Biology was true…

one a Yellow Jacket stings you it then dies a slow, painful death.

)))))))))))))60-39-5((((((((((((((((

bigdawg

April 3rd, 2010
7:04 pm

btw…

what your players did to our hedges 2 years ago could technically be taken as vandalism however we let you have your fun the when right back to making you our whipping post.

I guess what I learned in Biology was true…

one a Yellow Jacket stings you it then dies a slow, painful death.

)))))))))))))60-39-5((((((((((((((((

Bill King

April 3rd, 2010
7:14 pm

Oledawg:

I was explaining why I didn’t express an opinion Friday on any prospective punishment. But since folks insisted on assigning an opinion to me, I decided to make it clear what I think would be appropriate IF the incident involved Georgia athletes and IF it’s determined it happened like the alleged victims say it did. And that’s regardless of the race of anybody involved. And then I made again the point that I made on Friday: No need to rush to judgment; sit back and wait on the facts like Richt is doing. As for expressing an opinion, yes, that’s what I do here.

Dawg Stephen

April 3rd, 2010
7:27 pm

Have I been blocked? Wow, the techies can post, but I cant. Nice.

ga gator

April 3rd, 2010
7:41 pm

your have a good blog Dawg Stephen.

Dawg Stephen

April 3rd, 2010
7:46 pm

Since I cannot post my link, I will paste my dissertation here. (thanks ga gator)

No matter if the players at UGA are guilty or not, the damage has been done. Whatever happened to “innocent until proven guilty?”

And according to NBC.com…The players dont even get a chance to answer the charges and there is NO need for an investigation. The headline reads “Georgia Football Players are very sensitive about their bratwurst”. HUH?? Do we get a chance to investigate? Is there a chance that MAYBE someone can explain? Nope. I guess NOT….guilty with no need to find out.

So let me get this straight…
No need to investigate, forget that the couple waited 3 days to mention an incident that happened that late at night, (2:04 am per police report) when they were too intoxicated to drive home, or even walk. They were attacked totally unprovoked immediately upon letting the suspects in the cab, and then just let them out of the car, with no help from cab driver, or no fighting back at all, or even TRYING to get away, or get out of the cab?

So instead, these accusations are made, and REGARDLESS of guilt or innocence on the players part, our coaches, staff, players, and university have to deal with this mess. I have already stated, if the players are involved, so be it. No matter who it is, they have to be prosecuted and dealt with accordingly, and in my opinion, REMOVED from the University not just from the team. Shoot, get them out of TOWN.

If they however are INNOCENT, then someone has a lot of apologizing to do, and the accusers need to pay. No matter what, Georgia has suffered, and will not win, no matter what. The damage has been done.

Delbert D.

April 3rd, 2010
8:21 pm

CMR will present the depth chart but not who is the starter??? He must have in mind a bottom-up depth chart with the worst of the 3 on top, and the other 2 as actual players. Typical CMR, can’t quite pull the trigger on any decision.

chazzo

April 3rd, 2010
8:24 pm

Small Johnson,

If you dont want to count UGA’s victories over UF when UF had a young team, then let’s don’t count UF’s victories against UGA’s young teams (last year being one of them). All these speculative scenarios don’t mean squat. A W is a W a W and an L is an L. Bottom line. I want my team to beat the Gators as much as anybody. But, throw stats and lines and uniform changes and any other BS out the window. The Gators have bragging rights, quite frankly until our Dawgs get at least two Ws in a row. We can all grin and bear it until that happens. The key, I think is not to out think Meyer. It is to out man him (in the Pat Dye sense of the word).

chazzo

April 3rd, 2010
8:40 pm

That taxi story sounds real fishy to me. Three drunk white males, a couple, and four black males in a taxi eating brats. suddenly the football players for no reason whatsoever start punching a white couple in the back of the head. This story stinks. It is a set up. Quite frankly I have wondered if a lot of these things are set ups to some extent.

buzzDawg

April 3rd, 2010
9:11 pm

Maybe it was a poor re-enactment of the scene from Animal House where the black guys at the black nightclub ask to dance with the Delta frat boys’ dates. My man Otis!
Frankly, the story sounds hokie and I hope it turns out to be fiction.

PowerDawg

April 3rd, 2010
10:10 pm

Pure, baseless speculation. I don’t believe a word of it. It will be determined that no one from the football team was involved, I’d stake my tickets on it!

These so-called victims are a married couple that attend the university and they “think” the men are on the football team? Why? Because they’re big muscled-up guys? Because they’re black?

C’mon now.

When I was in school, everyone knew who the athletes were, especially the football players.

I’m sure all our enemies will be glad to read the headlines about this, but guess what?

They will all need cold showers when the story is over. Better luck next time, losers!

RED DOG 77

April 4th, 2010
12:27 am

Dawg Stephen……………..While I enjoy your blog, in fact it is first class ! I couldn’t disagree more with your statement, that if UGA football players are indeed innocent, then the accusers have alot of apoligizing to do…………..Hog wash !!! If some young men, be they football players or not, have been falsely accused, then the sorry scum that has damaged UGA’s image by falsley accusing them should be doing a little jail time…………….and to hell with apologies………That’s the way I see it……….Regards, RED

Joe Cox

April 4th, 2010
11:19 am

I hope it’s Logan.

Willie Martinez

April 4th, 2010
11:36 am

If you guys take me back, I’ll promise to be more aggressive, coach tackling, blitz, run a 3-4, kick the ball into the endzone, do squat thrusts, eat 50 eggs in an hour, whatever it takes!

You guys were right, I was wrong. I see that now. I can change!!!

I’ll even come back for less money! Take me back!!! Please!

Millie Wartinez

April 4th, 2010
11:41 am

Yes. I agree with what Willie Martinez said. We should take him back. I believe he can change.

We are going to totally regret hiring this new guy from “the pros.”

As if.

Millie Wartinez

April 4th, 2010
11:46 am

But I think we should hire him back with a HUGE raise.

He’ll be totally motivated.

But what do I know? I’m just a motivational speaker and and expert on collegiate football with a certificate in defense and coaching.

Willie Martinez

April 4th, 2010
11:49 am

Wow. Thanks Millie!

Whoever you are.

pot calling kettle...

April 4th, 2010
11:58 am

So if the 4 drunk guys are cretins, thugs, degenerates, possible rapist, etc etc for acting like @sses when they get drunk, what does that make a white guy who gets drunk and does the same thing on a nightly basis in downtown athens or a Frat party?

pot calling kettle...

April 4th, 2010
12:07 pm

Let me clarify. I am not condoning the actions at all. I think they all need their @sses kicked. Just the harsh langauage and name calling in the previous posts smacked of a little racism.

dawgfan

April 4th, 2010
12:09 pm

I guess I’m in the minority of folks who doesn’t care that much who our QB is this year. They all sound capable to me. Even Gray, who isn’t as talented as the other two, would probably be a solid starter as long as he protected the ball. Bobo is a mediocre play caller but is excellent at developing QBs. I’m not that concerned about it. I just don’t care. Our success in 2010 and beyond is dependent on the defense, offensive line, and developing a formidable running game. These things win you college football games and championships, not the quaterback. I’d like to hear more about those things. The QB race gets too much attention and is a distraction.

Happy Easter.

MIke Bobo

April 4th, 2010
12:27 pm

Nah. Let’s talk more about the QBs and how well I develop them. Not so much about how I’m a bad play caller. Maybe we could even talk about me getting a raise?

I wish everyone an even happier Easter than the guy in the post before this!

Rush Limbaugh

April 4th, 2010
12:35 pm

Pot calling kettle…

“…what does that make a white guy who gets drunk and does the same thing on a nightly basis in downtown athens or a Frat party?”

We’re called idiots. Especially that Glenn Beck clown…who is totally doing MY schtick!

Blue eyes and Norwegian heritage? #%@$#

April 4th, 2010
12:56 pm

If you have long flowing blond hair, and blue eyes and you can with DNA prove that you are the great,great,great,great,great grandson of a Norwegian Viking king and if you board a bus and rattle a married couple ( married or not ) and if you make threatening head slaps and utter vulgar words toward the couple, trying to engage the ONE guy ( one guy is the key here ) THE #3? or 4?? men??need some time in the jail house and some classroom instruction on how not to be an animal. You also need to learn how to count. 4 on 1??? 3 on 1??? COWARDS, PUNKS and THUGS.

Coversely, if you are not of Norwegian royal heritage and say, are from another area of the world like Asia or Austrailia or Antartica, S. America or yes, ………..AFRICA and you do the exact same things listed here …………………YOU STILL NEED SOME TIME IN THE JAIL HOUSE for PUNKS. THUGS. The alleged behavior is animalistic and will not work with GE or IBM or Delta or Citibank or wherever you end up in life ……………..unless you want to end up in JAIL.

Deal with them harshly IF TRUE and let the chips fall.

Tom

April 4th, 2010
3:28 pm

On the bright side if one of them was Montez, he’s gone anyway (just arrested for battery).

To be honest, I seriously doubt ANY uga football players were involved in this taxi nonsense.

FLMoonpie

April 4th, 2010
4:11 pm

Way to go UGA. The end result of signing those Rivals and Scouts.com thugs. If charges come on the four involved in the taxi incident, that will make six in the past couple of weeks. The tradition continues.

TechMaster

April 4th, 2010
4:19 pm

Richt (not the athens police) is “conducting” an investigation. The results should be available “soon” meaning “indefinitely” if those thugs are starters.

Montez Mania

April 4th, 2010
4:52 pm

Wow, there are some bad Bulldogs around. There is an early report that Washaun was in the Taxi, uh oh.

dawgfan

April 4th, 2010
5:53 pm

This comment concerns the Martrez Robinson kid. He’s bad news and obviously has some anger issues. Send him back to Indiana – we don’t need him.

Gosh Dawg

April 4th, 2010
6:15 pm

Looks like crow is back on the menu for a lot of people.

Thug Ville

April 4th, 2010
6:38 pm

Will Richt be able to field a competitive team in the fall after all these arrests? He may break bobby bowden’s record at fsu of arrests and coverups!

George

April 4th, 2010
6:51 pm

Recruit thugs, thugs you get. Need changes in leadership to stop embarrassement.

The Eternal Pessimist

April 4th, 2010
7:38 pm

George is a poet!
But seriously, the official story is still that Robinson’s arrest is unrelated to the taxi incident, so until we get a clearer picture of what is going on all of this is just useless speculation.

Bama Ramma

April 4th, 2010
7:40 pm

Georgia needs to clean house with all those arrests. Richt should contact Saban and learn how to run a first class program and win titles. Ga’s getting so many players arrested, I heard that to save money, they may start holding weekly practices in the jailhouse yard in Athens. But, crime prevention in Athens is a lot easier than most cities—when a crime is committed, there’s no need usually do to any lineups or long investigations. Instead, the police just has the victim look through the Ga football program to find the perpetrator.

Shame

April 4th, 2010
7:43 pm

That boy had a free ride to an education and possibly a career in the NFL. It appears the charges relate to domestic violence as did his charges last year. Good riddance thug, we don’t need your kind at UGA. Violence against women is cowardly and there is no place for a coward on our field or anyone elses.

Hey Bama Ramma

April 4th, 2010
7:44 pm

Pot…Kettle

DC

April 4th, 2010
7:45 pm

Everyone is coming down on Montez, but how do we know the whole story here. How do we know that the other party didnt provoke this action? I’m just sayin……

DC

April 4th, 2010
7:49 pm

How do we know that he wasn’t being attacked????

Shame

April 4th, 2010
7:53 pm

Beacuse DC, the charges include domestic violence. That usually involves a significant other meaning a female most likely.

tdog

April 4th, 2010
8:10 pm

I think CMR will have to rotate the quartebacks. None has experience, all have a learning curve. If CMR can stay away from his gimmicks, we might eek out six wins. Lets not get ahead of ourselves this year. It will be a tough campaign, hopefully with benefits to come in the future.

oledawg

April 4th, 2010
8:21 pm

If this happened with the taxi, no matter what version(there are two), could we be talking about VISITORS? Just another direction of thought that I haven’t seen in print anywhere.

chazzo

April 4th, 2010
10:39 pm

pot calling kettle,

You got it brother. Back in my college days in athens, we white guys got drunk and scuffled and chased girls. Stupid things happened. There were arrests and student councils and probations. I am glad that my embarrassing indiscretions didn’t make national news. Spring in Athens was so crazy. Funny how when its black guys, visions of “gang violence” dance in our heads. I remember rumors that ol’ Knox Culpepper put a guy in the hospital at an SAE party.

Of course, none of this makes any of it right. Young men full of testosterone and experiencing a great deal of pressure are going to blow. But, if a guy can’t control it and care enough about the team to maintain, that guy needs to go.

Take a situation like Montez Robinson’s. Obviously the guy has problems, and hopefully he will get some help. But, after a third strike, you just can’t keep the guy around without compromising your team and authority. I am still willing to bet, even in his case, that there is another side to the story.

Stinger

April 4th, 2010
10:58 pm

Why don’t you print my comments you idiot?

Stinger

April 4th, 2010
10:59 pm

How many football players does it take to attach and man and his wife? The answer is 4. Two to hold the woman while 2 beat the man and 2 to hold the man while 2 beat the woman.

HanDAWG

April 4th, 2010
11:06 pm

http://www.bighairyblawg.com owns the copyright on the word “BLAWG”

HanDAWG

April 4th, 2010
11:17 pm

RED DOG 77

April 5th, 2010
1:17 am

I feel bad for Montez Robinson, and hope the young man can somehow find some help, straighten his life out, and continue his education. It is a tragic situation, and my prayers are for him and whomever he may have harmed…………………Yes, life is tough, but when cold remarks are made on a blog like this, it makes me sad that some just don’t have a clue as to how hard life must be for some of these kids who excell on the football field, yet have had very little guidance in their lives on how to live and conduct themselves. Many come from broken homes with no father figure, or drugs and alchohol around them have greatly impacted their view of what is right and wrong………………Remember, these are kids we are talking about, not NFL players…………..And then some have the nerve to inject race into the picture, that is pathetic !……….I just wonder, when was the last time some of you who would judge, gave a good damn, and did something positive for youth at risk……….regardless of race……….think about it, that’s life…………football is just a game.

RED DOG 77

April 5th, 2010
1:23 am

Oh, and by the way, Stinger……….You, are a very sick man.

Jen

April 5th, 2010
4:06 am

Ummmmmm, maybe the coaches don’t want the competition to know who are starting qb will be………… the longer it is a secret, the less time the opposition has to prepare for “our starter”.

SURPRISE!!!!!!!!

I'm impressed...

April 5th, 2010
6:44 am

Stinger, I’m impressed…you spelled idiot correctly! Good job!!

Joe

April 5th, 2010
7:23 am

All I know is we are in the same boat we have been in the past. No proven QB. I am sick and tired about all the feel good talk. This team and staff are on the cusp now and have no choice but to do better. I have a strange feeling it will be the same old Georgia next year on offense. Stupid calls, inconsistent play by the QBs because we cant figure out who is really the starter and the O line under acheiving as usual. Wha-la….maybe 9-3

Montrell L

April 5th, 2010
10:40 am

This player got railroaded by the system–if he had been white, it would have been a 1 game suspension, max. The rules are different in Athens for the African-American players. The NAACP needs to get these players to boycott to send a message to the university!

chazzo

April 5th, 2010
12:08 pm

Montrell,

Come on, man. I hear what you are saying. But, this is three arrests. Granted Johnny Law may look at a black man differently, but if the black man is doing something, the black man is doing something. If he’s drunk and underage… if he’s smahing tail lights… if he is fighting (provoked or not)… The police just didn’t drag him away from PBS documentary and throw him in jail.

I feel for the guy and wish him well. But, you just can’t keep someone that volatile on the team without it corroding morale and authority. Who knows? Maybe the guy could sit out a year get some canceling and appeal for a readmission. Maybe it’s division II time. Either way I hope he gets it straightened out, but I don’t think you can blame the system for all of it. We all have to take responsibility for our lives and communities. The harder life is, the more responsibility we take.

chazzo

April 5th, 2010
12:08 pm

chazzo

April 5th, 2010
12:51 pm

Montrell,

Case in point. Mettenberger got same or similar first strike punishment for Montez’s similar offense. (Also, the 1 game suspension is not set in stone at this point).

Comedy Lover

April 5th, 2010
1:31 pm

Montrell you are a racist apologist for thugs.

chazzo

April 5th, 2010
2:10 pm

All Montez stuff and taxi allegations aside, I think this is going to be a BIG year for the Dawgs. Naysayers beware, and don’t get all happy like you were always on richt’s side either.

Dawg Denver

April 5th, 2010
7:38 pm

The AJC is always making up stuff to trash UGA—their writers are basically homers for Ga Tech and are always snooping around for anti-uga stuff. This is getting old. They need to start investigating all the stuff going on at tech.

RED DOG 77

April 6th, 2010
1:19 am

Dawg Denver………Yup, yer right on……….but don’t count on the AJC to do any investigating of GT…………We BULLDOGS gotta get it done on the football field, only way to shut-em-up……………But wait, we have beaten GT 8 out of the last 9 games haven’t we ?………Well mabe if we win the SEC east, go to the championship game, mabe win it, mabe just go to a sweet BCS bowl……that’ll do it………..NAAAAAA………..The AJC will never give our beloved BULLDOGS a break………….But thats ok………..They are our GEEEEOOOOORRRRRRGIA BULLDOGS !!! GO DOGS !! WOOF…..WOOOF….WOOOF..WOOOF

Tom

April 8th, 2010
9:02 am

Logan Gray sucks.