Mark Richt knows a big game when he sees one coming

Mark Richt wants some help Saturday from the normally laid-back Sanford Stadium crowd. (Associated Press)

Mark Richt wants some help Saturday from the normally laid-back Sanford Stadium crowd. (Associated Press)

Some college football observers, including ESPN’s Chris Low, see Saturday’s game against Arkansas as approaching “must-win” status for Georgia. “Football seasons aren’t made to be over by the third week,” Low says. “But if Georgia can’t hold serve at home Saturday against Arkansas, the Bulldogs are looking at the grim likelihood that the 2010 season is over before it ever had a chance to begin.”

Nothing like a bit of “sky is falling” talk in the third week of the season. But I frankly don’t think that’s the case because I believe both South Carolina and Florida will be beatable more than once within conference play this season.

Still, Mark Richt recognizes the magnitude of the game. And then some.

In his Tuesday press conference, Richt put it like this:

“We have a very big game this week. I don’t know how big a game can get, but this is big. We know that and our coaches know it, our players know it, I think the Bulldog nation knows it. It’s big.”

Aside from reminding me of one of Don Knotts’ Barney Fife bits, it was clear Richt appreciates the task that awaits his team this week.

His assessment of the Razorbacks offense is pretty much on the money: “They have a lot of returning starters on both sides of the ball. They are a very, very dangerous offensive football team, it’s very obvious that they are that. They have probably the No. 1 pro prospect at quarterback of anybody in the nation in Ryan Mallett. They have three great receivers coming back. They were all sophomores last year, and I thought they were fantastic last year. They have four returning offensive linemen who are seniors. They are doing that running back by committee right now. Their tight end, D.J. Williams, is a fantastic player, a senior who is very versatile. That is going to be a challenge.”

And he was diplomatic by noting that Arkansas’ defense currently is highly ranked nationally without mentioning that they haven’t really played anybody yet. Closer to the mark was this comment: “They have a bunch of young men who have something to prove, I’m sure, in a Southeastern Conference game.”

Of course, the same applies to Georgia’s defense after what happened in Columbia.

Richt’s bottom line on Saturday: “They are a team that believes they can challenge for the Western Division title, and have very good reason to believe that. It’s going to be a heck of a ballgame. Our fans, we need you if you’re listening. We need you at this game. We need you to be extremely loud when they have the ball, because if we could just get one offensive lineman to jump offsides one time, that might be the difference in a drive continuing or it being stopped. We need all the help we can get in that regard, and it’s going to take everybody to beat this team. They are a really fine team.”

I’d like to believe Richt’s call to arms for the Bulldog fans at Sanford Stadium will produce a wall of sound, but I’m not sure it really will. The students will be loud, but beyond that? This is Arkansas, after all, not one of the traditional rivals that gets the alums’ blood boiling, and other than roaring on key third downs Sanford crowds tend to be a bit laid-back. Still, one can hope.

A couple of other Tuesday comments by Richt caught my eye.

On the development of Aaron Murray as a quarterback: “Coach [Mike] Bobo and I are kind of double-teaming him. We watch everything he does, and he knows that. We’ve tried to not strangle him and not let him do anything. We just basically want him to create some habits that will carry him throughout his entire career, the ball handling, the footwork. … Watching his demeanor and watching him operate and listening to him talk in between series about what did you see and what didn’t you see, he’s very sharp. He’s very aware of what’s going on around him and I think he’s handled it well. It gives us more confidence to allow him to have more plays where the onus is on him to make a play or make a good decision and make a good throw. We’re gaining confidence in Aaron Murray’s ability to really function well in this type of game.”

Does that mean the wraps come off this week?

“I didn’t know if it would be week three or not. If you give a guy too much too soon and then if he fails miserably in his own mind even, if he makes a mistake that costs you the game, sometimes for a brand new guy that’s hard to overcome, the pressure of that. … It’s hard to lose the confidence and then build it back up. It’s better to kind of take it slow and gradually get to the point where you can handle it. Is he ready for everything that can come down the pipe? Probably not. And will he make mistakes as we go? There is no doubt that he will. But I think he’ll be able to handle the fact that, ‘Hey I made a mistake. I’m going to be able to shake it off and let’s go play and do better.’ I think that’s really kind of where we are at with Aaron.”

I also thought it was notable that while Richt agreed the offense had too many three-out-outs last Saturday, he said the defense didn’t cause enough of them for the Gamecocks.

“Some people say the offense has to do more to get the defense off the field and there is some truth to that, but the defense always has the right to stop them on third down if they want to get off the field. It’s everybody’s responsibility to rest the defense. Get a three-and-out and you can rest all you want. If the offense gets three-and-out, you can get another three-and-out. The last thing I’m going to do is start trying to say, this side of the ball has to do better because of that side of the ball. That’s a bunch of junk. What’s important is we are a team and we believe in each other and we know no matter what the situation is, we have to do enough to win the ball game.”

On the tackling problem, he didn’t mince words: “We have got to do a better job of just sticking our face on that runner and wrapping him up and running our feet. In our perimeter, our defensive backs, in my opinion, were not doing that. They were deciding to try to go low on the guy or they were trying to knock the guy down and not really face that issue and get right down the middle of him and wrap him up. You watch games, there are a lot of DBs that are doing the very same thing. We have to have the confidence to go face him up. Once a defender begins to wrap up a guy, then the other guys can come along and strip the ball or join the posse and knock him back or whatever it is.”

As for some of Georgia’s players saying they thought maybe there was a lack of effort against South Carolina, Richt said: “I think they don’t know what to say. They have to think of something. I don’t know if they really know what to say. They just know we didn’t do a very good job and that we have to get better. They are frustrated. … I don’t think there was a lack of effort. If anything, a guy might have gotten tired from the heat and maybe not subbing as freely as we wanted to or should have in a couple of instances, but nothing real flagrant in that area. We got knocked back. That was the biggest problem, we got knocked back.”

Overall, Richt said, “There were a lot of things that we have to do better. Everything is correctable, and I think our guys will be very anxious to play again and do a better job.”

Saturday would be a good time to do that. Because, in case you haven’t heard, this game with Arkansas? It’s big!

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Scooter

September 15th, 2010
1:54 pm

I’m not really sure whose after loss line of BS is more disgusting these days…Mark Richt’s or Bobby Cox’s..might be a tossup. Yeah, good to know that the head coach realizes this is an important game…are you freaking kidding me?

I’ve yet to be on the get rid of MR bandwagon but I’m starting to prices seats on it..sooo sick of his teams coming out unprepared and then hearing after the game all the things they SHOULD have done.

To the apologists that are saying it’s a rebuilding year, new QB and blah, blah, blah….what was last year? Whose fault is it that we have a QB starting fresh this year? Who decided that it would be better to play a mediocre senior all year when they lost 5 games? I swear MR has a built in excuse with some of you guys every year. If I didn’t know better I’d think he plans his redshirts and who he plays so that he can always have an excuse for being mediocre to the apologists.

One question: if you think this is a rebuilding year and are ok with that…name some reasons that you think next year’s team is going to contend for a championship of some sort…b/c isn’t that what’s supposed to happen after you “rebuild”?

ga gator

September 15th, 2010
1:55 pm

ARdawg good point because I of all people attend all home and several away games a year; and I’ve never been called a true fan before.

acdc1996

September 15th, 2010
1:56 pm

ARdawg

Sure, I agree with you.

Unfortunately at UGA, success is not determined by whether a team jells or not, it decided by championships. More than championships, it is whether a team has lived up to it’s potential.

The last year of Matt Stafford and Knowshon really tarnished Richt’s legacy at UGA. A large part of that was Willie, but even then, cracks in BOBO’s play calling, i.e. Alabama, Florida games, were beginning to show. Still, the fact that they played down and not up to their potential is on Richt’s watch.

UGA has recruited well enough that it should, should not have two mediocre teams in a row. The jury is out on this season.

Which is why this is a must win.

Walker

September 15th, 2010
1:56 pm

The bottom line from the South Carolina game is that the offense was not held back. This is just another excuse from Richt that is buying him time and some of us are drinking the kool aid. That was the exact same pathetic & predictable offense I saw in Jacksonville and Knoxville last year and against Florida and Alabama (with Stafford and Moreno) the year before that.

When we play a decent defense our offense is simply exposed for what it is – predictable and antiquated.

Scooter

September 15th, 2010
1:56 pm

Ohh, and to the guys that are bringing up that we lost to SC a few years back and ended up #2 in the nation..what championship did we play for or win that year? Oh yeah…none. We didn’t win our division or conference….but hey…that trophy for finishing #2 ranked in a poll looks good doesn’t it?

ARdawg

September 15th, 2010
1:57 pm

WonderDawg

I don’t disagree with you there. Bobo IMO is a weak link in the chain. Would you agree that Richt’s offensive play calling cost us some games in the past too?.

I’m no Bobo fan but I am not giving up on the season. Georgia has a wealth of a playbook already. It’s not the playbook, it’s the mentality and yes that is Bobo’s yet, supported by Richt. I don’t particularly care for it but, it is what it is.

gomdawg

September 15th, 2010
1:57 pm

SIMPLE PLAYERS DO YOUR JOB.

Gamec0ckmike17

September 15th, 2010
1:58 pm

Not only did South Carolina freshman Marcus Lattimore carry the ball 37 times for 182 yards and two touchdowns against Georgia, he knocked Bulldogs defenders backward. Gamec0cks coach Steve Spurrier said Tuesday that the video showed Lattimore breaking 40 tackles against the Dawgs. Travis Haney, a reporter at the Charleston Post and Courier, counted 121 yards after contact.
“It was kind of like one of those old-timey games,” Spurrier said. “You keep running the guy and he keeps making first downs and the clock keeps going.”

DawgBuzz

September 15th, 2010
1:58 pm

Let Murray call his own plays. Do we really want Bozo doing this?? The only thing he might call right is ordering a pizza.

A Real DAWG Fan

September 15th, 2010
1:59 pm

No I’m inferring that I have no problem with fans that sit back, enjoy the game, and have full faith that the money they are putting into the program is well spent. When Richt needs to go, they’ll recognize it.

What I am inferring is that the people with the most unrealistic expectations need to put up and shut up (including graduates too). IMHO, graduates and parents of graduates seem to have a firmer grasp on this than the latter. That is all.

Fact of the matter is:
1) New Quarterback
2) New Defense
3) D-Line minus 3 NFL draftees
4) Returning a secondary that was among the last in the nation.

Did you really expect us to win 10 games this season? Did you really expect us to destroy a USC-East team that returned almost their entire offense and feature one of the best Freshmen running back recruits since Reggie Bush of USC-West? It seems that everyone on this blog has on a pair of blinders. My prediction this year 4 losses… next year 2 losses.

acdc1996

September 15th, 2010
1:59 pm

A real dawg fan…I actually contribute and attend several games a year. I traveled to the SC game. I have family that has attended UGA. I grew up listening to UGA games since I could walk. I have interest outside football in UGA, that makes me less of a dawg fan?

Larry Munson

September 15th, 2010
2:02 pm

Oh look at the Latimore’s falling out of the Sky ! He’s running all over people…. My God a freshman !

A Real DAWG Fan

September 15th, 2010
2:02 pm

No, what makes you less of a DAWG fan is how you talk about our program. I’ll hang up and listen…

acdc1996

September 15th, 2010
2:04 pm

A real dawg fan…I work closely with the education system at UGA, trust me when I tell you that most of the tuition is being covered by tax payers. I have had many conversations with people who would know.

If you do not believe me, just ask yourself “Why private colleges are so much more expensive?”

ARdawg

September 15th, 2010
2:05 pm

abdc1996

I agree with that last statement. 08 should have been a championship year for UGA except one problem, we had no defense. With Stafford and Moreno the offense wasn’t exactly stellar but it was good enough to win a a conference.

Scooter

September 15th, 2010
2:09 pm

Again, if this is a rebuilding year…please give me some reasons to think next year is going to be better…this year’s excuse is a new QB. Of course some might have thought that a 5 loss team last year was a rebuilding one and maybe playing a mediocre senior QB wasn’t the best idea. But hey, it does give MR an excuse with the apologists.

So what’s next year’s excuse going to be? It takes more than 2 years to install a new defense? Murray is still a bit green because we didn’t want to rush him this year? AJ Green is gone? Supposedly great senior laden offensive line is now gone and has to be rebuilt?

I’m fine with a rebuilding year now and then…but the definition of building, let alone rebuilding is that you’re building TO something. Someone please tell me what this team is building towards over the last few “rebuilding” years…

acdc1996

September 15th, 2010
2:10 pm

A Real Dawg Fan…I have been a Richt supporter up until he decided to keep BOBO. Listen, I think he is a great Role Model and I have had him down to speak to my FCA huddle groups. He is awesome. However, it is based upon potential and whether you have lived up to it.

Mark my words, unless there is a fundamental change in the attitude of offensive play calling this year, we will lose several games. My point is not whether we should keep Richt or not, it is that his seat will be HOT and I do not think he will survive a change in coordinators next year.

I do not think people will extend Grace over 4 years.

A Real DAWG Fan

September 15th, 2010
2:10 pm

acdc… thanks for changing the topic. Once again… yes, tuition is more half covered by state taxes… but that doesn’t mean that you split my tuition with me. Catching a theme here?

Listen my intent is not to claim that you can’t be a fan of the DAWGS, or that you are less of a fan… rather that you have no reason to criticize the program due to your unrealistic expectations… and if you really want to be heard about it… you’ll probably need to front a little more dough to get in McGarity’s ear. I’ll hang up and listen (again)…

Gatorbait 17-3

September 15th, 2010
2:10 pm

DawginLex

September 15th, 2010
12:57 pm
It would have been delayed a week if the next game was at Tuscaloosa

You are absolutely correct, IF YOU WERE THE COACH—-JERK

Dawg Tired

September 15th, 2010
2:10 pm

Does this mean that we did not know the SC game was a big game. It was a bigger game! It was against a division foe. Yet neither our coaches nor our players (except for Murray and Houston) seemed to be ready to play as hard as possible. The offensive game plan was way too conservative. The defense did get somewhat better in the 2nd half, but the defensive coaches failed to see that Tyson was too small to play nose against SC. Neither Anderson nor Geathers played at all. Their size was needed. Either our coaches are not paying attention, or Anderson and Geathers are not very good. Either way, this does not bode well for the future games. You simply can not run a 3-4 defense without a nose big enough to occupy at least 2 offensive linemen. Tyson was consistently blocked by one offensive lineman. That spells t-r-o-u-b-l-e.

Hatless Harry

September 15th, 2010
2:11 pm

It’s kind of sad to see all the Dawg fans getting so excited this year (just like the year before, the year before that, etc.). How long is it going to take for UGA fans to realize that UGA is simply no longer relevant in the SEC? In the national picture, UGA isn’t even a blip on the radar, and hasn’t been since the preseason #1 ranking two years ago.

Sit back and be grateful for the seven or eight wins you’ll get every year. Coaching genius Mark Richt may take you to 8-4 or even 9-3 occasionally, but Florida will still win the SEC, meaning no BCS bowls and no top 10 final ranking. Most years, UGA will be very lucky to finish in the top 25, and only after a big bowl win over a nobody opponent.

It’s a different world now, and Dawg fans need to adjust their expectations downward to reflect reality.

Unfortunately nothing is going to change until UGA changes its mediocre coaching. That’s where the difference is, and that’s why everyone outside Dawgtard Nation just laughs at Dawg fans getting so excited year after year about what a great recruiting class UGA gets. It doesn’t matter how many blue chip high school players go to UGA, they simply don’t get the coaching they would get at Florida or Alabama, to name two schools whose programs are far ahead of UGA. And that’s not going to change as long as Mark Richt is in Athens.

All you have now are the Fulmer Cup and red panties.

So get your heads out of the sand and face reality. And mediocrity and irrelevance. 

Mobile Dawg

September 15th, 2010
2:13 pm

To “A Real Dawg Fan”,

First, what would you prefer we talk about on the blog. A lot of us don’t go around with rose colored glasses air brushing everything. We are frustrated by the “PATTERN” we’ve seen. You are welcome to express you feelings positive or negative and so is everyone else. I’ve yet to be challenged on one thing that I have said before or after the SC game as to our level of preparation, game planning, physicality of our game, etc. because my facts are correct.

I posted a blog earlier about the arrogance of some posters and graduates. You fit that category, however you’re entitled to you opinion. The sheer arrogance of thinking that if someone did not attend UGA and prance around in your fraternity tells me what kind of human being you are deep inside your soul sir.

There are many tax paying citizens within the State of Georgia and other places who grew up watching and loving the Dawgs, some of them my friends, some my family. If I recall the University is “Public” and does receive some funds from the “Public”.

Mobile Dawg (Graduate)

DawgBuzz

September 15th, 2010
2:15 pm

Really don’t want to hear the cry about a new defense schema. If these guys don’t know how to wrap up a runner and actually tackle at this point then excuses are useless. Lattimore is an excellent power runner but come on, basic fundamental tackling starts with the DC. Also, where was the emotion, the determination, the desire?? On one of the touchdowns by Lattimore it looked as if the D had given up.

coastalhog

September 15th, 2010
2:19 pm

Georgia 17 – Arkansas 35

WonderDawg

September 15th, 2010
2:22 pm

Real DAWG Fan, I doubt McGarity is gonna care who’s got dough, or a UGA sheepskin for that matter. He has seen excellence, up close and personal with Urban Myer. I think Richt is a great man, as well as a good coach, but his run was several years ago now, and he is not holding up well against Myer, and lately, even against coaches with average teams (ie. UT, UK). Do you think our game against Vandy year is a sure win? Hell no.

Richt, to survive, needs to surround himself with bright, young, assistants. He’s got a good start with Grantham, but needs an OC terribly, as well as an O-line coach.

I mean, really, how long do you think Bobo and Searles would have lasted with Myer or Saban?

acdc1996

September 15th, 2010
2:23 pm

Here is my observation of the Richt tenure thus far.

When nothing is expected from his teams, they overachieve.
When things are expected from his teams, they underachieve.

He has not won consistently against UF, even when he had the better teams.
In fact, the really big games against the really good teams the past few year have been blow outs, ie UF and UA. Do not bring up wins against LSU or GT because they are second tier teams at best.

I am not one of those that thinks UGA should be competing for a national title every year, but we should be knocking on the door of winning the SEC east most years due to our recruiting base.

I am not throwing in the chips on this season, but the point is Saturday is a must win.

JB

September 15th, 2010
2:25 pm

Tuberville, Fulmer………………..It happens…………..Both those guys were fixtures…………Coach’s make too much money, It’s a business and there is too much passion for lackluster results. Every UGA fan I know likes Mark, but in today’s world of 24 hour ESPN and blogs etc, results are expected and passions run high.

jax

September 15th, 2010
2:25 pm

@SSigaytor

i love the short term memory of the reptiles. Floriduh was the last team to lose 4 games in back to back years. (03 & 04) gotta love those zook years.

acdc1996

September 15th, 2010
2:25 pm

Potential vs Performance

Richt’s Grade = C

Blue Max

September 15th, 2010
2:29 pm

Yea Jax and the Zookers record against the dawgs was………………………..2-1.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

September 15th, 2010
2:32 pm

Richt’s Grade first 5 years = A

Last 5 = C

Overrall = B+

Scooter

September 15th, 2010
2:34 pm

To the self proclaimed “real dawg fans” and apologists. I don’t consider myself part of the lunatic fringe by any means and I don’t mind a rebuilding year now and then…but aren’t we basically in a second straight rebuilding year? It doesn’t seem like MR’s handling of recruiting, redshirts, and choices of starters ever really sets him up for a NON rebuilding year nowadays.

Whose fault is it that in a 5 loss year last year, a mediocre senior QB got 99% of the playing time and his backup was a guy that’s now playing WR because he couldn’t hack it at QB.

What’s the excuses for next year’s rebuilding year? New defense needs more than a year to be learned? Murray is still green because we didn’t want to put too much on him this year? AJ Green is gone to the NFL? Offensive Line has to be rebuilt yet again?

Again, I don’t mind a rebuilding year but looking at trends does anyone see this team being actually BUILT anytime soon? Are we just a program that has to wait for that “Perfect Storm” to hit once every 10 or 20 years? Of course many would say that year was with Stafford and Knowshon and we saw how that turned out didn’t we?

Again, not saying fire MR, but I think it’s past time for these questions to be asked.

Mobile Dawg

September 15th, 2010
2:36 pm

Lowcountry my math shows that grade using your A and C to be a “B” with no plus or minus. That “B” is in serious jepordy.

BDAWG

September 15th, 2010
2:40 pm

Every game is a big game in the SEC and that’s the way a head coach should look at it. You prepare for every game like it is the NC and that’s how to get there. The problem with UGA is that the HC doesn’t seem to take each game like it could be his last. He coaches as if he can’t get fired and that he doesn’t care if they win the SEC Championship or a National Championship. Preparation is the key to winning and for the last four years, it doesn’t seem like UGA has been prepared to play anybody. The offensive game plan is horrible and we need a new OC or a new HC and a new OC. UGA needs to get back to winning and playing tough, physical smash mouth football.

GaCracker

September 15th, 2010
2:41 pm

Keys to UGa winning
(1) Pressure the QB
(2) Play agressively of offense as this may be a high scoring game
(3) Avoid wasting timeouts as was done in the 2nd half – sometimes its better to take a 5 yard delay on either side of the ball and save those prescious seconds for the end
(4) Let Murray run when the defense gives it to him
(5) Improve tacking. It was poor last week.

Clinton

September 15th, 2010
2:44 pm

I sure would like to see Gawga get their butts kicked by the Hogs.

ga gator

September 15th, 2010
2:44 pm

GaCracker and have Mason ready if Murray goes down. UGA and UF will be in ds if the two starters are injured.

Scooter

September 15th, 2010
2:47 pm

Still waiting for the “real” fans to enlighten me with their wisdom:

To the self proclaimed “real dawg fans” and apologists. I don’t consider myself part of the lunatic fringe by any means and I don’t mind a rebuilding year now and then…but aren’t we basically in a second straight rebuilding year? It doesn’t seem like MR’s handling of recruiting, redshirts, and choices of starters ever really sets him up for a NON rebuilding year nowadays.

Whose fault is it that in a 5 loss year last year, a mediocre senior QB got 99% of the playing time and his backup was a guy that’s now playing WR because he couldn’t hack it at QB.

What’s the excuses for next year’s rebuilding year? New defense needs more than a year to be learned? Murray is still green because we didn’t want to put too much on him this year? AJ Green is gone to the NFL? Offensive Line has to be rebuilt yet again?

Again, I don’t mind a rebuilding year but looking at trends does anyone see this team being actually BUILT anytime soon? Are we just a program that has to wait for that “Perfect Storm” to hit once every 10 or 20 years? Of course many would say that year was with Stafford and Knowshon and we saw how that turned out didn’t we?

Again, not saying fire MR, but I think it’s past time for these questions to be asked.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

September 15th, 2010
2:47 pm

Trying to be positive here! :)

BDAWG

September 15th, 2010
2:47 pm

Richt talks about having confidence in Murray. Murray is sharp and is going to be a great player if he is properly coached, which we haven’t seen at this point. I think the fans have confidence in Murray but, they have no confidence in Richt or Bobo. Most HC make the proper adjustments during the game so that they can win, but not this staff. No player should ever hit the field if they are not ready to give 110% and hit people in the mouth and knock them on their butts. Searles has been a big dissappointment with the OL and It’s time to replace the biggest of the offensive staff. Should have happened last year.

how2fish

September 15th, 2010
2:48 pm

ga gator pretty good busy as heck. Missed your comments on the Gator program, I’ve refused to be Gator baited mostly so far..and I’m not calling out the Gators because they looked a little rusty in the 2 games they played and won. Just glad college football is back, hoping the Dawgs can man up against Ark this week and shake some of the trolls loose on the blog. I think its amazing how quickly the temperature changes from week to week on the blogs depending on how the lunatic fringe’s expectations are met or not met..talk to you later….

tony

September 15th, 2010
2:51 pm

One thing about it Nick Saban has earn his pay check when will Mr.Richt earn his?

ga gator

September 15th, 2010
2:53 pm

how2, UF coaches have their issues too! How smart are you when it takes you 3 halves of football to figure out that you can’t still call the same plays once Tebow left the house. The defense is young but still appears to be good with 6 picks in the first 2 games.

how2fish

September 15th, 2010
2:53 pm

tony I think CMR earned his money when he gave us the first SEC championship in 20 years…

Until

September 15th, 2010
2:57 pm

Mark Richt loses his tunnel vision of the second coming of Charlie Ward, the best tallent UGA can recruit will continue to die on the bench.

Mobile Dawg

September 15th, 2010
2:58 pm

Low, I wish I could be positive. I’m hoping for a good game from the defense, see my previous comments about pressuring the qb.

It’s really hard to have confidence because none of us really know what to expect, a lot of us think we know what we need to do but all we can do is talk about it. I for one am trying not to be a troll but I am one of those that wear my thoughts out loud for everyone to hear.

There’s negativity all over right now. It’s on the airwaves here in Mobile. I hope things get better and am willing to be try and be positive, one game at a time….Just give me something to be positive about.

ga gator

September 15th, 2010
2:59 pm

I think he believes that LeMay will be Wards second coming, except he already has baggage.

Oh no, y'all have it all wrong

September 15th, 2010
2:59 pm

This year is not a rebuilding year. Last year was. We “gave” Richt that, as 08 was a GOOD year, but to UGA fans and grads …………hugely disappointing too. In 08, vs. two REALLY good teams we lost to Alabama and Florida in stompings. Right? They both were simply blow outs.

Last year, we were in transition from the Moreno/Stafford era to the next one with Joe Cox as the man at the interim tiller. He failed of course. We lost to KY and to LSU and they could have been nice wins. They were not …………because of mental breakdowns ……..like W Ealey’s fumble on the 3 vs KY or AJ’s celebration after the LSU TD. Nothing ever changes folks. These two morons hurt us vs SC last Saturday too.

This year our Red shirt frosh QB knows the ropes ……….he is talented and we have 10 starters on O, All American punter and All American kicker. We ended up with 6 freaking points vs SC. More points were there except for the fact that Durdne had to wait on the long ball from AM. One other long ball from AM was 5 inches beyond the pass receiver and Ealey had his usual game killing fumble and one AM pass at the 4 or 5 was behind Orason. There should have been 21 points and a FG on these drives folks.

D played horribly ……………….nothing ever changes at UGA in football. We have one great year and then about 7 or 8 years of mediocrity. Get a new coaching staff. They are old and stale.

GO Dogs

Class of 71 & 73

takedowndawg

September 15th, 2010
3:01 pm

Yes, I would say this is a must win against Arkansas. If any of the players or coaches last weekend were just trying to conserve energy, my advise is, “you had better let the dam break go this weekend. Too little sustained effort, too conservative in the play calling. (I really despised the call to kick the second field goal when you are down by 11). Go DAWGS!!!! SICCCCUM!

Scooter ...........yes, sir. You are correct

September 15th, 2010
3:03 pm

Scooter …………….100% correct in your assessment.

Always we are in rebuilding mode and not re loading ………..like 2010 was SUPPOSED to be.

Go Dogs.