Should anything less than 10 wins save Mark Richt’s job?

How many wins in 2011 should be enough to save Mark Richt's job? (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

How many wins in 2011 should be enough to save Mark Richt's job? (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

We all know Georgia needs to show marked improvement next season to save Mark Richt’s job.

The question is how much improvement will be enough?

If Georgia wins the SEC East, the fire-Richt talk will quiet down, no doubt about it. And such a turnaround from this year’s disappointing results certainly isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

Short of a trip to the SEC championship, though, what would be considered acceptable progress? What would constitute being back “on track” in the eyes of Greg McGarity and the bulk of the Bulldog Nation?

Ten wins? That’s generally considered a benchmark of a successful season these days and probably would satisfy most UGA supporters. Even nine wins might do it, depending in part, I think, on who Georgia beats. If wins over Florida and Georgia Tech are included in that number, it might be judged good enough to buy Richt more time.

But what if Georgia only wins eight games? That would be an improvement over this year, but would it be enough to say Richt had righted the ship? Eight wins wasn’t enough to save Jim Donnan; should it save Richt?

I’ve heard more than one fan who’s lost faith in Richt call it the “nightmare” scenario: He wins just enough games next year to keep his job but doesn’t really make enough changes to get the Dogs back into the SEC elite.

The program’s been drifting now for several seasons as others have passed us. Would keeping Richt after an eight- or nine-win season in 2011 be accepting more of the same and just be putting off the inevitable?

What do you think?

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mdawg

January 4th, 2011
11:43 am

10 wins = a bad season any season

Jon

January 4th, 2011
11:43 am

Moose-

you’re the man. right about offense, alst 3 sec winners have averaged 40 points a game on offense.

Cobb Dawg

January 4th, 2011
11:44 am

I happened to be in the skybox concourse at Neyland Stadium in 2007 when UGA lost to Tennessee. There was a lot of celebrating going on (by folks wearing orange), but I happened to notice these two rather depressed-looking gentlemen standing outside the men’s room in their UT garb. One turned to the other and said, “You know what this means, right?” and the other nodded and said, “Yup. Five more years of Fulmer.” I hope that’s not where we’ve arrived with CMR and his staff.

Arlict

January 4th, 2011
11:45 am

I’ve ben to every game since 1941. I’e turveyed 1000 co-workers here at our little place, 97.6% said Richt can win 7 games and still keep his job. God bless America.

Red Man Reaction

January 4th, 2011
11:46 am

Richt isn’t going to “right the ship.” The boat, under his watch, has hit an iceberg and now all he can do is talk, make empty promises and rearrange deck chairs while it takes yet another season for UGA football to finally go under.

UGA Passenger #1 – “I hear they’re serving hot dogs and nachos by the pool!”
UGA Passenger #2 – “Lovely! What’s that gurgling sound?”
Coach Richt – “Change.”

Judd

January 4th, 2011
11:46 am

I was right by UGA the dog in 07 when UGA won the big game, we both high fived each other.

CigarDawg

January 4th, 2011
11:48 am

10 wins minimum, excluding a bowl game. Elite status in the SECE is consistently playing in 14 games a year and 10 wins is only 71% of that. We only have to be better than 5 teams to play in Atlanta every year and that hurdle just isn’t very high. If we don’t raise our expectations as alumni and fans, how can we expect our athletes and coaches to raise their own expectations of themselves? How long will we keep making millionaires out of insurance salesmen without getting to the big dance?

Lord Byron

January 4th, 2011
11:48 am

I expect all things to turn out ideally, so therefore, Lord Richt shall win each game, play them all with perfect simplicity, making no mistakes, and please his constituents around the world.

Boss

January 4th, 2011
11:48 am

2 wins minimum.

jdawg

January 4th, 2011
11:52 am

First of all do you consider a fan, one that does not contribute or purchase season tickets? I say that a fan is one that does. Most of these on blogs, gosh, have they been over to Athens? Marked improvement should be up to AD, and not a numbers game. I, we decide by letting AD know where we stand. Yes, I have already sent email to him.

Moose

January 4th, 2011
11:54 am

If UGA averages 45 points a game on offense, I don’t care how many games UGA wins.

7576DAWG

January 4th, 2011
11:54 am

UGA must win a minimum of 10 game and maybe 11 because by keeping Bobo everybody knows that if UGA loses more than two games that Bobo will be the proximate reason for those losses. By only losing 1 or 2 games maybe those losses want be because of Bobo and him being the most unqualified offensive coordinator in division 1 not to mention that it will be UGA
s easiest schedule in the last 8 to 10 years.
This year and next was suppose to be UGA’s easiest rotation of the West part of the SEC schedule . If we don’t get it together by next year what will our season look like when Alabama and LSU come back around.

Time for a Change

January 4th, 2011
11:54 am

He needs to do 4 things in my opinion:

1. Beat UF
2. Beat Tech
3. Win at least 10 games (With the schedule next year there is no excuse for less than 10 wins)
4. Win the SEC Championship

Anything short of that and he should be escorted out of Athens!!

Ranault

January 4th, 2011
11:54 am

i’d take 6-7 again, with a win against Florida.

Jake

January 4th, 2011
11:55 am

I keep coming back to this: UGA was recruiting Cam Newton as a tight end.

CMR admitted this without any apparent chagrin or embarrassment.

Conclusion: CMR ought to go on a church mission for a year or two or five, because I suspect that’s where his passion lies. He’s a good, upright man who had some early success but ultimately was miscast as a football coach. Time for him to resign and move on to his true calling.

Jeff

January 4th, 2011
11:56 am

It’s not how many games you win, but how you play the game. If the games are close, like this year, and the players give great effort, that’s all someone can ask for. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but effort is the key. Give great effort and you’ll be in most every game.

Bill

January 4th, 2011
11:57 am

Enter your comments here

Sammy

January 4th, 2011
11:57 am

15-0 or fire him.

Dirk

January 4th, 2011
11:58 am

Richt needs to go 21-0 in 2011 to keep his job, 14 wins + making up for the 7 losses this year.

robodawg

January 4th, 2011
11:59 am

If at the end of the season it feels good to be a Dawg, Richt stays. If not, he goes. Who knows, maybe even 8 wins would do it, it depends on HOW we get there. But Richt’s gotta get his mojo back. The team needs some fight and some swagger.

Hank

January 4th, 2011
11:59 am

All I ask:
1- get 275 yards rushing a game
2- get 200 yards pasisng a game
3- hold the other team to 0 points a game
4- score 59 points a game

Russ

January 4th, 2011
12:00 pm

Play wiht heart, and maybe I won’t get gas again.

Holson

January 4th, 2011
12:01 pm

Just make us proud.

Bill

January 4th, 2011
12:01 pm

You made some comments about Leach and that is fine you are intitled to your opinion. However, you are dead wrong about the man. He has won evrywhere he has been. If Bobo is fired I would hire Leach to be the OC in a heart beat. What better way to overcome the hatchet job done on him by ESPN and Craig James(you talk about classless and corrupt). He could take Georgia to the championship.

Coachdawg 2000

January 4th, 2011
12:02 pm

If we put together the recruiting class that we seem to be lining up then he should be given at least 3 years to develop those guys and see where we are at. I’m more disappointed by my brothers and sisters in the DawgNation than I am the team .We had a REALLY bad season but we’ve got an opportunity to get it done sooner as opposed to later if we get the best of THIS state’s players year in and year out. We have to stop chasing 2nd tier Florida guys. Go Dawgs! Come on Dream Team!

uga_fan39

January 4th, 2011
12:02 pm

With the schedule we have, 10 wins plus win the east or he has to go. UF will be down, Newton will be gone. This season should be a cake walk. 10 wins and the east or he has to go….

azdawg

January 4th, 2011
12:02 pm

With the current coaching staff, players, PLAY BOOK, its a dream to think 10 wins in 2011 is possible. They’ll be 0-2 right out of the gate and downhill from there. CMR and his staff have lost player and fan confidense and do not know how to regain that confidense. The loss to CFU was worse than the loss to WV back when we actually had some good players.

CMR nor his staff will be able to put humpty dumpty back together again. His refusal to make coaching changes across the board and put life back into a lifeless playbook will be his own demise.

UGA Insider

January 4th, 2011
12:03 pm

CMR is about to sign an extension later this month. CMR and UGA will be married until at least 2014 no matter what the record is. I guarantee it.

Dawgs73

January 4th, 2011
12:03 pm

It’s amazing to me that Richt is still employed at UGA and has been conditionally given another year because “he’s earned the right to fix this”….B.S. He is paid over $2mill to oversee a program that doesn’t even have to go out of state to recruit championship caliber players, yet he still fails. There are but a few other universities/states that have this built in advantage of recruiting (in state) and winning big time (Texas, Florida, USC/California).

It’s incompetent at best, to deem that he has earned anything other than his record/recent accomplishments. I say again, if any of us had the privilege of being AD at a major university, would Mark Richt be one your top 5 list, top 10 list, top 50 list?

Greg Cody

January 4th, 2011
12:05 pm

He need’s to win conference games and beat Boise State! Beating Tech should not be on the list of games needed to keep the job. Win the east and he may get another year but that may be a stretch.

Coachdawg 2000

January 4th, 2011
12:06 pm

Jake-
We don’t run the Spread. (S)Cam Newton does not fit what we do. Newton is the ultimate “ME” guy. And he is a thug. Why would we want him?

Big Dawg

January 4th, 2011
12:09 pm

Everyone can now relax. Just read this and you’ll see where our fearless leader gives all the answers we could ever need.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/561358-georgia-football-mark-richt-says-it-best-were-all-disappointed

Lowcountry Bulldawg

January 4th, 2011
12:12 pm

1)No offseason arrests

2)Beat Florida

3)Beat Tech

4)Beat UT

5)Beat USC

6)Beat Boise

7)No hickups against any of the perceived light weights on the schedule.

All this has to happen imo for him to keep his job. What are the odd’s he can simply get past #1?

uga_fan39

January 4th, 2011
12:12 pm

but he’ll settle for field goals on every fourth and short inside the red zone. Defense lacks the size and talent to play the 3-4, plus Grantham looks clueless on how to stop the spread option attack everyone is running. Bobo will probably start Cartlon Thomas and run him up the middle every 2nd and long we encounter. Another great QB who will be under utilized. We’re taking on too much water, and our coaching staff is clueless on how to fix the leaks..

Lowcountry Bulldawg

January 4th, 2011
12:12 pm

*hiccups* sorry….

M

January 4th, 2011
12:13 pm

I’m not so sure it’s how many wins we get but how we win. We need to dominate to prove we are a legitimate force in my opinion. If we can do that then I think that will show major improvement. However, I honestly don’t see that happening next year. UGA really needs a culture change and I think that starts with a new head coach. If we win 9 or 10 games next season and Richt somehow saves his job, what’s to say everyone in Athens doesn’t get complacent again thinking their jobs are safe for another few years and we go right back to mediocrity in 2012.

dawgfan

January 4th, 2011
12:16 pm

He should be fired if we win less than 10 games but chances are 9 wins will save his job, maybe even 8 under the right circumstances. Nobody will be expecting much out of next year so the Richt supporters can spin it as a success. He could almost benefit from his ineptness because he’s lowered the bar.

The Fat Lady is singing

January 4th, 2011
12:19 pm

Richt should move on before it gets ugaly….

PHIL

January 4th, 2011
12:20 pm

Based on trends, 6-6 will save his job.

Sugar HillDawg

January 4th, 2011
12:21 pm

How are we gonna win 9 games with the bunch of guys we have coming back???

boots

January 4th, 2011
12:21 pm

Bobo back to QB coach, and CMR should call the plays. I think 9 wins would be fine so long as we win against either Florida or Tech (who we should kill anyway) and also beat either Auburn or Boise State. Also, the arrests need to be 1/3 of what they have been, although I don’t count speeding tickets or stupid things that the AJC puts as “breaking news.” If Murray bumps another car in a parking lot, I don’t care. It will be VERY expensive to exit this entire staff and hire someone new, and as we found out with our Defensive Coordinator and Tennessee found out, it is not as easy to hire someone as we might think. Even Florida settled for a DC at another school that did not qualify for a bowl.

Dan

January 4th, 2011
12:22 pm

10 wins – no way, 9 wins – no way, 8 wins – no way. Sorry everyone it ain’t gonna happen. Richt can’t fix his program because he doesn’t know how. If he did he would have already done it. Not only that the schedule next year is weaker than this year and if he were lucky enough to win 9 or 10 games, who cares, we’ll be in the dumpster again in 2012. And why oh why did McGarity go out and change the schedule to play Boise State next year. That will be a great way to start the season with a huge loss.

Mrs. Boo Boo

January 4th, 2011
12:23 pm

Im so so…. Its been a pity party here at home the last few days. Honey can you bring me the walker with wheels please?

Rich

January 4th, 2011
12:24 pm

For CMR to keep his job he needs either:
10+ wins plus BCS Bowl or
10+ wins plus SEC East Champion
9 wins or less with a mediocre bowl isn’t going to cut it anymore.

Vance Duly

January 4th, 2011
12:25 pm

I would support giving Richt at least 2 more years if he does these things & holds his staff accountable:
1. S&C Coach Joe T installs 100% accountability to all workouts (players have been slack per other UGA sports training staff). No more being late or skipping. Joe T modernizes our program to match what Bama and others are doing. We have fallen behind in our approach (yes, we have – former UGA trainers have said so).
2. Demand that we have 5 OLs and at least 4 DLs that are as nasty as any of our opponents. When’s the last time we’ve dominated any line of scrimmage? From our season opener until Centarl Florida, our O-line was a huge disappointment.
3. Move Coach Bobo back to QB coach and hire a TOP 10 caliber Offensive Coordinator who can design a clever game plan, make in-game adjustments, and show a bit of imagination. Bobo’s moments of good playcalling are too often offset by predictability and lunacy…….or both. There are too many examples of this to list in one posting….
4. Make it clear to the players that if they can not act like MEN off the field, they WILL not play on the field for Georgia. No more thugs and Entitleists. Give us some David Pollacks, Bruce Millers, Tim Jennings and Tank Carders — no more underperforming spoiled brats……

With a few changes, a few key players (TB, NT, Jarvis Jones & Richard Samuel at LB, and a couple of new OLs), and a KILLER instinct, we could compete for the SEC East EASILY next year. Our schedule is favorable…… Go DAWGS!!

Summit Dawg

January 4th, 2011
12:26 pm

Used to be “Running Back U!”…..Now it’s “Field Goal U!”…..thanks to our coach with “No Balls!”

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Reverend Richt

January 4th, 2011
12:29 pm

Who needs wins, when you can just fire assistant coaches.

RealDawg

January 4th, 2011
12:30 pm

What good is it having a nice, christian coach if it doesn’t show in players, actions on field, or results? His niceness has bought him some time. Three declining seasons is not knee jerk. Everything is do or die from this point. The pot is boiling and the heat is on. Put up or shut up..etc, etc.

UGAX

January 4th, 2011
12:32 pm

Very disappointed. It appears CMR will be given another opportunity to coach this team. And it doesn’t appear as though Bobo is going anywhere. Too bad, when 40,000 fans show up for every home game next year, maybe Adams will think otherwise. Very disappointed in McGarity and the University for not pulling the plug this week on at least one of these bozos.