Mark Richt knows a thing or two about coaching quarterbacks

Mark Richt instructs freshman quarterback Hutson Mason in practice. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

Mark Richt instructs freshman quarterback Hutson Mason in practice. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

Let’s face it, UGA fans would be a whole lot more worried about starting the season with a quarterback who’s never taken a snap in a college game if it weren’t for all the experience surrounding Aaron Murray on the offense. The line is the most veteran and battle-tested in the conference. The Dogs have the nation’s best wide receiver. The tight end corps is as talented and deep as anyone’s, and the running backs tandem ended last season looking really good.

And there’s one other old hand from whom Murray can draw, a guy who before he became top Dog was one of the best quarterback coaches in the country: Mark Richt.

Reading the various summaries of the second day of preseason practice for the Dogs, an item in The Red and Black’s roundup made me smile. It said that while offensive coordinator Mike Bobo worked with the freshman walk-on QBs Tuesday, it was Richt doing some hands-on coaching with Murray and true freshman Hutson Mason as they worked with the first- and second-team backs.

Richt, who gave up calling the offensive plays at the end of the 2006 season, had already said back in the spring that he was going to be more heavily involved in the offense this season, attending the team meetings and quarterback meetings — not because of any lack of confidence in Bobo, he said, but “because I do miss it” and “I want to add as much value as I can.”

And now we see that he’s actually out on the field coaching the quarterbacks as well.

Now, Bobo’s no chump when it comes to coaching QBs, as he’s shown in the past with David Greene and Matt Stafford. But I really like the idea of having Richt, who developed two Heisman Trophy winners at Florida State, taking a hand in getting Murray ready to play.

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David

August 4th, 2010
11:28 am

Can’t be a bad thing with Richt working with the QBs, just hope they listen to him like Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke

Deep South Dawg

August 4th, 2010
11:30 am

FIRST! GO DAWGS!

South Jax Dawg

August 4th, 2010
11:33 am

How2fish

August 4th, 2010
11:35 am

Tee up the darn ball and lets play!

Paul (You doesn't have to call me Johnson).

August 4th, 2010
11:35 am

Mr. College Football calls Steven Garcia the best QB in the SEC East.

That doesn’t leave Aaron Murray very far to go

South Jax Dawg

August 4th, 2010
11:37 am

I’ll get excited about UGA football again when we start beating the Gaytors. I love the dawgs, but it’s rough living in Jax amongst all of these Gaytors when they continue to make us their biotch!

Bungle Bee

August 4th, 2010
11:54 am

Can’t wait till the Carolina Game, just hoping that the “tune up” helps Murray get Acclimated and more comfortable, you gotta know that Carolina is gonna blitz the crap out Murray hoping to create mistakes. As long as the blocking holds up, Murray could feast on the intermediate and hot routes, if not, it will be a long day.

Frank Lane

August 4th, 2010
12:00 pm

Absolutely thrilled. I would go back to school if Mark Richt would coach me. And I graduated in 1966.

UGA is Just Fine...

August 4th, 2010
12:00 pm

South Jax Dawg- I’m with you living in Jax as well! I got a feeling though, that this fall will be a bit more enjoyable for us than it has in a while.

ARdawg

August 4th, 2010
12:03 pm

South Jax……as they say in Jax “the tide is a turning”. I don’t know if they really say that, I just made it up. But, I do believe the tide is turning. Whether that equates to our beloved Dawgs in a championship I don’t know but I do believe Meyer’s luck is running thin. Florida has always had talent and once in a while they got a coach to coach it. Florida still has talent as always but not to the level they’ve had in the past I.E. Tebow. They’ll have to rely heavily on Meyer’s coaching ability and tht isn’t going to fare well for the Jorts. Yes they pounded us like a rented mule for the last 20 years given a few exceptions but the pendulum has swung. For all the obnoxious Gator fans that dream the impossible dream of a continuance well, they are deluding themselves. Enjoy it until November Gators because then the REAL Georgia tradition continues

markie mark

August 4th, 2010
12:06 pm

South Jax Dawg….I feel for ya, guy. Just moved back home to Atlanta 4 months ago after 10 years in St Augustine, Orange Park, and Amelia Island….I can feel the love again, and see actual dawg memorabilia…..

SSIgator

August 4th, 2010
12:10 pm

Isn’t it a little early for the KoolAid stand to be open?

66DAWGnNC

August 4th, 2010
12:10 pm

I agree with you South Jax about the difficulty in dealing with the Gator fans these days. I left that area in the late 80’s and they were few and far between. Now that is all I see and hear when visiting the area.

As far as CMR working with the QB’s it can only be a good thing. He has a plethora of knowledge not only as a player, but as a coach and a great offensive mind. I am not on the bandwagon of those calling for Bobo’s head, however. It is probably many of the same people who just a few years ago were complaining that we “need an Offensive Coordinator. Richt can’t handle both jobs and is doing poorly at both.” I think CMB has done a good job overall. If you look at the stats you will see we have been near the top of the conference in ypg and scoring avg (had more offensive yds than UF in that game the last 2 years I think). What has killed us the last couple of seasons is the turnovers, unecessary penalties, and mediocre defense/special teams. Yes, I agree, Bobo is predictable at times. But, when you are 3rd and forever on your own 10 yard line, what do you expect besides a draw or a screen? Especially if the defense is having its way with your offense for the most part that day? Well, enough of that. We all have our opinions.

For this year I “expect” the offense to be really, really good. The key, as everyone knows, is the offensive line. If those guys stay healthy and dominate as expected, I think I could QB this team at my age (mid 50’s) and come close to winning a heisman and/or conference championship. Yes Murray will have to throw the ball because I expect the DC’s to stack the line in order to stop the run, especially early in the season. But, when you have 3 if not 4 of the best TE’s in the conference, 2 of the best FB’s in the conference, and 2 really good backs, not to mention AJ and the other WR’s, play action and misdirection sprinkled in with the occassional long ball to keep the defense honest, I think we should move the ball and score a lot of points provided Murray is as accurate and astute as reported. My question is still the defense. Yes, I know there is great excitement. My question concerns how fast our guys will learn and adapt to the new system and how much depth we will have? Let’s be honest, we have not recruited specifically for a 3-4 defense and evidently Willie and the gang did not have much confidence in the DB’s in man/press coverage. So, a lot remains to be seen on that side of the ball. Yet, I am optimistic that if they are aggressive they will be improved. Limiting the big play and forcing opponents to go the length of the field will enhance our chances of getting them off the field or creating a turnover. A ball control offense, whether run or short passes, will also greatly improve a mediocre defense as well as it limits the opponents opportunities with the ball.

Now you can have my head if you wish. But I have been playing and following football ardently longer than most bloggers have been in the world. So I feel as if I know a little about the game whether you agree with me or not.

Mike Bozo

August 4th, 2010
12:18 pm

Boo Boo is only a chump when its 3rd and long or playing the Gators……

From looking at the picture with this column...

August 4th, 2010
12:26 pm

…’ol Mark has put on a few pounds…

tbone

August 4th, 2010
12:27 pm

In my opinion CMB is a proven QB coach, but he is learning from one of the best when CMR is helping coach as both a QB coach & as an OC. The O will be fine in 2010. Maybe awesome?

ARdawg

August 4th, 2010
12:32 pm

SSIgator….The truth stings a little huh?

Bltiz the UGA QB?

August 4th, 2010
12:41 pm

The medicine for a blitz is to toss it quickly to your sure handed fullbacks, who once they get the skin, can roll. If not to them, then dump it off quickly to the tight ends who will be wide open over in the flats. Do that enough times and succesfully, then the deep stuff can take place or quick hand offs and traps.

the QB has to have mental toughness, that neither of the two previous guys had. One did not want ot get hit because of his value and the other just choked. See the 2009 Ky game.

I do think QB AM is mentally tough. I also think that he desires to win big. Neither of the past two UGA QBs had that deep seated desire ………..both were just marking time and for different reasons.
Go Dogs.

TallyDawg

August 4th, 2010
12:42 pm

Tide Roll

August 4th, 2010
12:59 pm

However, He refuses to play more deserving kids on his offensive line and that’s why he loses 50-0 to Fla. He and Bobo sure put some hoeshot qbs out there though. Sheesh! STURDIVANT, GLENN, BURNETTE, ANDERSON, DAVIS.

run the ball

August 4th, 2010
1:00 pm

Just run the damn ball.

The Real SugarHillDawg

August 4th, 2010
1:05 pm

Hey Tide Roll, you trying to say that Clint Boling is chopped liver.Lay off the Haterade dude!!

Eat and Tweet

August 4th, 2010
1:05 pm

Yes I think CMR made needs to cut out going to the drive thru at Wendys with Howdy Dowdle. I noticed a slight turkey neck CMR sportin in a profile photo from media days.

hammerhead

August 4th, 2010
1:15 pm

I see that Tide Roll still has it out for Ben Jones (not to mention Boling). Just because an Ala-bammer kid decided to go somewhere besides Tuscaloosa. Give it a rest, TR.

How2fish

August 4th, 2010
1:25 pm

Tide Roll once again I have to ask the question how is it possible that you are not the OL coach at Bama with all that OL wisdom and experience seems Coach Saban is really missing the boat here.

Kid Mid

August 4th, 2010
1:27 pm

26th….whew hew

Tide Roll

August 4th, 2010
1:29 pm

Hammerhead there is no way Bama offered that fat boy. Even if they did, Burneete should start because he’s better. There’s only one thing wrong with Burnette, Kiante Tripp, Bean anderson, and Josh Davis. There’s only one reason they’ve been moved to defense or benched and we know what it is, don’t we Dog fans. Ya’ll ought to be ashamed. Roll Tide Tide Roll.

Scott W.

August 4th, 2010
1:37 pm

To all the 20+ year fans hawking your season tickets on craigslist. If you don’t want to go, don’t renew. Someone else will want your tickets. You are vultures.

RabidDawgFan

August 4th, 2010
1:37 pm

This is really not hard my CMR and my fellow Dawg fans. Run the ball! Run it till they stop it, and when they stop it, run it some more! The gameplan should be simple heading into every game. Running the ball can help a team out in so many ways. First, it kills the clock in what is known as TOP (Time of Possession). It can help out the defense, getting them rest and keeping them fresh. It can wear down the opposing defense throughout the course of a game and also keep the opposing offense off of the field (I.E Arkansas and Ryan Mallet). If we run the ball and our O-line performs like I know they can, then we shouldn’t have a problem. Just ask Georgia Tech what running the ball all day gets you.

Jaydawg

August 4th, 2010
1:48 pm

Enter your comments here

How2fish

August 4th, 2010
1:51 pm

Tide Roll once again I have to ask the question how is it possible that you are not the OL coach at Bama with all that OL wisdom and experience seems Coach Saban is really missing the boat here. Of course all of the Bull Dog Nation knows the REAL reason he hasn’t reached out to drink from the fountain of your OL wisdom…now don’t we?

guy

August 4th, 2010
2:00 pm

maybe richt shouldve spent more time coaching cox how to not get picked off when trying to throw the ball out of bounds last year…

Mobile Dawg

August 4th, 2010
2:00 pm

Rabid Dawg Fan, it’s a pleasure sharing the trough with you. What is it that Richt and company don’t understand about power football. Yes, sometimes it appears boring but it puts the W’s on the board. Look at Bama, they are absolutely boring to watch but they got a MNC last year. Let’s hope we become grinders this year. That’s how we can beat the Gators, wear them out….

Say What???

August 4th, 2010
2:09 pm

Tide Roll = Tide Troll

Jaydawg

August 4th, 2010
2:12 pm

I ‘m excited about all these weapons on offense but we still have a below average offensive coordinator running the show.No matter what Richt says, the fact is he is becoming more involved is because of Bobo’s incompetence and inability to produce an effective and consistent offense.It’s not a good sign when a head coach is having to become more involved when a coordinator should be entering his prime and has had YEARS to produce in the same system.But thank God he is doing something to improve things.Look for Bobo to be following ”coach” Martinez out the door very soon.

I-DOG

August 4th, 2010
2:32 pm

Tide Roll should run for office, he is relentless and stays on point with one consistant message no matter what the actual subject matter is.

To say that Boling and Jones get to start over Anderson and Burnette because the latter have darker skin is the craziest thing I have heard in quite a while. If one were a racist, SEC football coach (position or head coach) is about the worst occupation you could pick.

Never mind that Boling may be the first offensive lineman taken in this year’s draft (the NFL must be racist too, we know how coaches there don’t care much about winning). Burnette may be the real deal. I must confess that I don’t think I have ever seen him take a snap in a college game, but I can understand the coaches giving a slight lean to a center who has started 20 games in college and is an All SEC Candidate at the position.

Boling may not be the most physical player in short yardage and goal line, but I think he is the best downfield blocker on screens I have seen at UGA. He is also very good at pass blocking and pulling. I ‘ll take my chances with Boling, but if Sturdivant can really come back… I’d love to see him at LT and have Boling move to either RT or RG. Of course, RG is current occupied by Chris Davis who is white, so they can’t take his spot away.

DFR

August 4th, 2010
2:43 pm

I totally agree. But you are wrong on Bobo coaching Greene. CMR coached David Greene from the ground up. He may not have had the official title, but CMR coached him and DJ and get all the credit for them being as good as they were. Unfortunately, Bobo never got Stafford to reach full potential. We saw how Cox performed. Bobo is NOWHERE NEAR CMR in terms of coaching QBs. So my answer is, HECK YES I’m happy to see CMR being more hands on. CMR is the reason we were so good from 2001 – 2005. Less CMR starting in 2006 is the reason we seemed to drop off. The key to our success is having CMR directly involded with the QBs and the offense. That’s a fact.

Ed

August 4th, 2010
2:54 pm

As a Georgia fan who got used to SEC titles under Dooley, getting blanked the 90s was tough. The ‘02 championship broke a 20-year conference drought, which seems unbelievable looking back.

Now, imagine going 59 years before winning your first SEC championship. Imagine having “Wait ’till Next Year” being your team slogan…for 6 decades. That’s Florida football. So when you hear Gator fans gloat, remember that there is a long, ugly legacy of pain beneath all that bravado. Just like Kansas State eventually starting sucking again, so will UF.

How2fish

August 4th, 2010
3:15 pm

I-DOG please never again post anything about OL play or players please..it clear as crystal that you know what your talking about and Tide Roll will either 1) steal all your ideas or 2) gargle with a shotgun from pure shame..good points however,…. you really must be blind to the racial injustices that take place at UGA,Bama and the rest of the SEC schools..I mean its as self evident as Tide Rolls’s OL vast coaching experience and knowledge.

SickandTired

August 4th, 2010
3:18 pm

I’m told the only thing Mark Richt ever did for David Greene was stick a knife in his back. Amazing how well he played with an open sore the third series of each half.

Say What???

August 4th, 2010
3:25 pm

Ed, I understand what you are saying. But seriously, are any of the Florida fans that you know who are most annoying (think of most of the Florida fans that troll this blog…MOST, not all) were fans at that time? No! The vast majority of Florida fans that I know have jumped on the band wagon at some point after Spurier turned the program around. So if I found someone who was a Florida fan long before the 90’s, I would be able to give them a pass for suffering “through the desert”, so to speak. However, this is not the case with the ones I know. No, they just use Florida as an excuse to be obnoxious to anyone they want.

As for Florida sucking again, I am not so sure about that. I thought that Darth Visor was our kryptonite and he was the reason we could not win. The day he announced he was leaving Gainesville for the NFL was one of the happiest day of my life ( I know, sad, huh?). But the fact that we were beaten by Florida when Ron Zook was the coach and while Coach Urban Meyer is there tells me that there is something more to it.

As much as it pains me to say it, the University of Florida is as close to a modern day dynasty as you can get. They may not be in the NC game every year, but they are always part of the conversation. In the past few years, my loathing for the University of Florida has given way to appreciation for what they have been able to accomplish. However, my dislike of their most obnoxious fans stays strong.

How2fish

August 4th, 2010
3:28 pm

SickandTired…really?? And I heard that 17% of the current Bug student body were active members of the Taliban..and I have as much data to back that statement up as you do for yours..

Say What???

August 4th, 2010
3:29 pm

By the way, I have found that the best way to avoid most of those types of Florida fans is to STAY THE HELL OFF THEIR BLOG! It is my sincere wish and prayer that the morons in Jorts that spew nothing but crap on this blog would do the same. However, I think there will be peace in the Middle East long before that happens…

How2fish

August 4th, 2010
3:33 pm

Say What??? I do hate to admit it but peace in the Middle East is a lot more likely! LOL!

Evansdawg

August 4th, 2010
3:36 pm

THIS is what its going to take, Bill. Mark Richt is a coach. He shouldn’t be an administrator such as he has become. His hands-on approach will reap great rewards. I like it!

guy

August 4th, 2010
3:37 pm

newsflash: the reason a lot of florida fans pretend that college football started in 1990 is because that is around when most current college students were born. florida dominating georgia has been going on their entire lives.

LowCountryDawg07

August 4th, 2010
4:05 pm

It’s saturday in Athens,GA. I can hear glory glory already, smell the Athens air.

Go DAWGS

LakeHardingDawg

August 4th, 2010
4:06 pm

I can remember back in the 70’s, the only place you could find a Gator was in the Okefenokee Swamp. Most Florida football gators, have never been to Gainesville, and if it was on their butt’s, could’nt find it with both hands. Let them have a losing season, and it will be like in the 70’s. The only gators you’ll find will be in the Okefenokee Swamp.

Beast from the East

August 4th, 2010
4:23 pm

South Jax Dawg,
I’ll tell you the same thing I get old. Why don’t you move back to Georgia? I’m a Gator living in Atlanta and I spend about 25-40% of my work week in Athens! It can be brutal at times, but I’m sure you have it worse with the recent outcomes.

Beast from the East

August 4th, 2010
4:28 pm

ARdawg,
How is your hope of the “tide turning” the truth? It’s just you hoping and praying that UF tacks a step back so your team can compete with them. That’s pathetic. Why not hope that your team can improve to the level of UF so they can be competitive?
“The truth stings a little huh?”