What are key fixes Dogs must make for Richt to keep his job?

Stacy Searels' underperforming offensive lines have been a big problem for the Dogs. (Georgiadogs.com)

Stacy Searels' underperforming offensive lines have been a big problem for the Dogs. (Georgiadogs.com)

The list of things Mark Richt and his staff have to fix for the coming season in order to keep their jobs at UGA is pretty long. Chances are they won’t be able to get it all done, even under the best of circumstances.

But while the Dogs might not be quite as “close” as Richt touts them to be, they do have Aaron Murray and some other talented players, and if a few things break Georgia’s way a turnaround to challenge for the SEC East is certainly within Richt’s reach.

But in order for that to have a chance of happening the head coach and his staff absolutely have to get a few key things done. And those keys are:

Line play has to improve on both sides of the ball. On defense, if Georgia can land JUCO beast John Jenkins, who recently pulled out of his commitment to Okie State, it will be a big step toward fixing one of the major weaknesses of Todd Grantham’s defense: the lack of an effective nose guard. On offense, Stacy Searels has seen his troops badly underperform for most of the past two seasons. It’s time for him to prove he’s the coach UGA thought it was getting when he was hired away from LSU.

The Dogs have to develop an effective running game. The offensive line play has been a big negative factor here, but Georgia’s backs also just haven’t gotten it done. Caleb King can’t seem to stay in the lineup and Washaun Ealey seems more concerned with running his mouth than developing consistency running the ball. (It doesn’t help that Mike Bobo favors that running-back-by-committee thing and tends to insert little Carlton Thomas at the worst times.) Signing Isaiah Crowell definitely would be a game-changer for the Dogs.

Get the defense off the field on third down. Georgia ranked dead last in the SEC this past season in third-down defense efficiency. Plugging the middle with a big man like Jenkins no doubt will help in that regard, but the Dogs need more pressure from the linebackers and smarter play in the secondary. Time for Grantham to earn that big salary.

Georgia has to be stronger and better conditioned. Getting pushed around on the line and fading in the fourth quarter will pretty much guarantee you don’t win the close games. Richt is betting that “old school” Joe Tereshinski can whip the Dogs into shape by putting the focus more on hard work than mentoring. It’s a good sign that Christian Robinson was tweeting yesterday about having just been through the “hardest workout ever at Georgia!” Let’s hope there’s more than just talk there.

Any other “must” fixes you see in order for Richt and company to still be around in Athens in 2012?

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Dawg Tired

January 14th, 2011
6:12 pm

The picture indicates both our OL coach and our OL players are fat, Is that a good thing?

Breadfan

January 14th, 2011
6:22 pm

As long as Bobo is here, were screwed. Is he still here, really? Can’t wait to see what Florida is going to do to us next year. We are the laughing stock of the east!

Dogs Smell

January 14th, 2011
7:05 pm

Barack Dawg –
The winner of the SEC is not automatic for the BCS championship game. If you were familiar with football outside of athens you would be aware of that.

Dogs Smell

January 14th, 2011
7:08 pm

Alabama Jack , did your mother produce any children that lived ? Georgia copies this season in 2011.

Battle c

January 14th, 2011
7:32 pm

Dogs smell, are you 10 or 11?

Dogs Smell

January 14th, 2011
7:46 pm

Battle c . I see the truth hurts. Im 10 and even I can see beyond your rose colored glasses.

FlintRiverDawg

January 14th, 2011
8:24 pm

yeah,Bobo to GSW………Maybe they will build al program around him, since they dont even play football ,,,,,,,geeze tideroll.

nash

January 14th, 2011
8:33 pm

Thomas Brown is a member of the s&c program at Georgia. Go Dawgs

tide roll

January 14th, 2011
8:33 pm

Not just Richt’s,but Georgia’s fate as well was sealed with Florida’s hiring of Will Muschamp. They’ll now beat you 21 out of 21 years instead of just 19 out of 21. McGarity should be canned for missing the opportunity of a lifetime. You could have had MUSCHAMP !!! What a program. It’s got to be tough, no BRUTAL, being a bulldog.

Common Sense

January 14th, 2011
8:37 pm

At the Arizona State game a few years back, I sat next to a high school head coach from Arizona who prophetically told me “Georgia’s problem is that the HC and OC are both former QB’s” and that “in the SEC you have to run the ball”.

Man, he was right.

That said, I could care less about UGA ever landing another “twelve star” QB.

The current plan isn’t working and I could give a rip about LeMay.

Common Sense

January 14th, 2011
8:40 pm

@ tide roll

I guess we missed our chance with Mike Price, Rich Rod, Dubose, and Fran…

Shut the hell up dude…go back to your trailer in Hueytown.

Muschump is completely unproven as a HC and you’re crowning him a champ already?

dcbl

January 14th, 2011
8:53 pm

dude, there are some really nice trailers in Hueytown… and it’s so close to Bessemer!

don’t be a hater…

Common Sense

January 14th, 2011
10:06 pm

There is NOTHING remotely “nice” in Hueytown nor Bessemer.

Not hating, just telling the truth.

Oh, I forgot we could have gotten Shula….

Ha ha ha….Mal Moore is a genius…NOT!…the freaking boosters/board told him to get Saban or else….Mal Moore isn’t any better or worse than McGarity.

In essence, the UA football program was rudderless for almost a full decade. RIght.

That said, Damon Evans was an utter disgrace…Sheeesh….What WAS Michael Adams thinking?

(actually, Common Sense think Adams is the REAL problem with UGA’s football program…just saying.

dawg 777

January 14th, 2011
10:18 pm

Georgia win east this year.

DAWG DRUNK

January 14th, 2011
10:27 pm

Oklahoma is favored to win the BCS Championship in 2011 but is Georgia the favorite for the FULMER CUP. We’re off to a bad start only a former player has been arrested so far! Guess that doesn’t count for Georgia.

BoWeevil

January 15th, 2011
2:33 am

RGP

January 14th, 2011 8:31 am

“I’m still waiting for Bobo and Richt to have the novel idea of using TWO backs in the backfield at the same time. It would definitely open up the offense.. I might add two backs that dont FUMBLE!”

2 backs in the backfield at the same time ?

Mark Richt doesn’t have 1 back on the entire roster.

BoWeevil

January 15th, 2011
3:06 am

Gerald

January 14th, 2011 11:51 am

“Not much to “fix” when you lose 4 games by less than 7 points. Just run the ball 2x more and get a big NT or develop the guys at NT you got to plug the run, and should be 9-4 minimum.”

LOST 4 games by 7 points ? Where we you this season ? We LOST SEVEN (7) GAMES, the MOST LOSSES by UGA ever in ANY season in the 118-year history of UGA football, achieved only twice prior EVER – the last time 1957. That’s 53 years ago.

9-4 minimum ? Mark Richt LOSES 4 games 2011, and he is FIRED.

Here is what 9-4 looks like Gerald :

Boise State – WIN
South Carolina – LOSS
Coastal Carolina – WIN
@ Ole Miss – WIN

BoWeevil

January 15th, 2011
3:08 am

Miss State – LOSS
@ vols – WIN
@ Vandie – WIN
Florida – LOSS
New Mexico – WIN
Auburn – LOSS
Kentucky – WIN
@ Georgia tek – WIN
SEC Championship Game – watch on TV – DNP
Crappy bowl game – WIN

If you think Mark Richt is going to keep his job being 9-4, you should look up what 9-4 record like this you predict for 2011 would have meant in 2009 and 2010. 2009 a 9-4 makes you # 32 in the nation in won / lost. Same for 2010 that 9-4 would have made Mark Richt # 32 in the nation won / lost record at 9-4. We’re # 3 all-time in SEC Football Championships Won and we’re # 11 all-time in 1-A Wins. We’re in state that finds only 3 other states with more High School Recruits who go on to the NFL. Over 6 million in this 1 city alone. # 32 won / lost 2011 is 9-4. Maybe your goal is to be # 32. Mine is not. You, sir, are NO DAWG FAN – you are a Mark Richt APOLOGIST only. When Mark Richt loses his job going 9-4 this season after 8-5 and 6-7, which will put him OUTSIDE the Top 50 over his last 3 years then at the end of 2011 at 9-4, will you be a University of Georgia Bulldogs’ Football Fan THEN ? Or, move along to whatever WORSE job Mark Richt gets somewhere else as a Mark Richt Disciple for that team ?

BoWeevil

January 15th, 2011
3:19 am

Gerald

January 14th, 2011 12:03 pm

“Richt’s #5 winningest coach in NCAA.”

Really, Gerald ?

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I-A Winning Percentage 2001-2010 (10 years)
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Rank Team name Winning Percentage
Won Lost Tied Played Games

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1 Boise State 0.87692 114 16 0 130
2 Ohio State 0.82812 106 22 0 128
3 Texas 0.82171 106 23 0 129
4 Southern Cal 0.81395 105 24 0 129
5 Oklahoma 0.80741 109 26 0 135
6 Texas Christian 0.78400 98 27 0 125
7 Louisiana State 0.77863 102 29 0 131
8 Florida 0.75385 98 32 0 130
9 Virginia Tech 0.74436 99 34 0 133
10 Utah 0.74194 92 32 0 124

——————————————————————————–

BoWeevil

January 15th, 2011
3:25 am

We get it Richt-0-File

Mark Richt Apologists

Mark Richt Disciples

You don’t give a hot damn about University of Georgia Bulldogs’ Football, only LIE about Mark Richt being # 5 winningest all 10 years here at UGA.

LIAR.

I presume you have a hard time explaining how the Top 10 football programs in the 10-year Mark Richt era to-date do NOT include him ?

How can he be # 5 when in his 10-year tenure, we are NOT in the Top 10 ?

Gerald

BoWeevil

January 15th, 2011
4:03 am

Gerald

January 14th, 2011 12:04 pm

“Richt had finished in the top 10 20 out of his 25 seasons as a coach.”

Mark Richt finished in the Top 10 AP Poll 5 of his 10 years as coach.

2001 – NO
2002 – 3
2003 – 7
2004 – 7
2005 – 10
2006 – NO
2007 – 2
2008 – NO
2009 – NO
2010 – NO

Very INCONSISTENT on Top 10 and he has been the coach only these last 10 years. Bobby Bowden was the coach at Flawed State, Free Shoes University,

Coach :

1993 Bobby Bowden AP, Coaches 12–1 Won Orange
1999 Bobby Bowden BCS, AP, Coaches 12–0 Won Sugar

BoWeevil

January 15th, 2011
4:05 am

In October 1999, Florida State all-American wide receiver Peter Warrick and Laveranues Coles were arrested and pleaded guilty to petty theft of clothes and shoes at Dillard’s department store. It was not the first time “Florida State” and “free shoes” had been used in the same punch line. In FSU’s (a.k.a. Free Shoes University) run to the national championship in 1993, nine Florida State players violated NCAA rules by allowing agents to bankroll a shopping spree at a Foot Locker store.

Bobby Bowden’s career is marred by his constant never-ending arrests / suspension scandals daily until he was finally KICKED-OUT at Flawed State University for all these scandals. Their recruits STAYED IN TROUBLE.

This is the biggest knock on Mark Richt that in the era of the FULMER CUP now, Mark Richt is # 2 All-Time in Fulmer Cup Standings for MOST ARRESTED / SUSPENDED FOOTBALL TEAM. This covers the period after DJ Shockley through today. 6 years and Mark Richt is # 2 worst in the NATION in Most Arrests / Suspensions. These are ALL Mark Richt recruits.

If there is ANYTHING CONISISTENT about Mark Richt it is (1) That HIS RECRUITS he brought here are ARRESTED / SUSPENDED and that (2) 4 of the last 5 years, he has NOT been ranked in the Top 10 of the Final AP Poll, as you point out you want to discuss. Consider this discussed then

Gerald.

BoWeevil

January 15th, 2011
5:22 am

Winning Percentage Finish ranking each of Mark Richt’s 10-Years :

# 67 at 06-7 for 2010
# 35 at 08-5 for 2009
# 18 at 10-3 for 2008
# 09 at 11-2 for 2007
# 33 at 09-4 for 2006
# 12 at 10-3 for 2005
# 11 at 10-2 for 2004
# 12 at 11-3 for 2003
# 02 at 13-1 for 2002
# 34 at 08-4 for 2001

Mark Richt is quite INCONSISTENT at Winning Percentage in his 10 years as our Coach.

Mark Richt Averages finishing # 24 in Winning Percentage

Mark Richt is 96-34.

The Five (5) Years (half of the Mark Richt Era) Mark Richt has NOT finished in the Top 10 in the AP Poll, he has those Five (5) Years Averaged Finishing # 38 in Winning Percentage.

# 38 Average Winning Percentage half of the Mark Richt era 5 years

The Five (5) Years (half of the Mark Richt Era) Mark Richt has finished in the Top 10 in the AP Poll, he has those Five (5) Years Averaged Finishing # 9.

# 9 Average Winning Percentage half of the Mark Richt era 5 years.

There are 29 places worse 5 of the 10 years than the other 5 years.

WIDE DISCREPANCY HALF MARK RICHT’S CAREER.

INCONSISTENT.

BoWeevil

January 15th, 2011
5:24 am

Mark Richt has NOT been Consistent. Mark Richt has been MOST INCONSISTENT in his career to-date.

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TRENDS :

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Over the LAST FIVE (5) YEARS :

# 34 is Mark Richt’s Average Ranking in Winning Percentage last 5 years

Over the FIRST FIVE (5) YEARS (Jim Donnan Recruits) :

# 14 is Mark Richt’s Average Ranking in Winning Percentage first 5 years

There are 20 places worse these last Five (5) Years in Average Winning Percentage Rank per Season than there were with the Jim Donnan recruits.

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Now, why is that you want to talk about who is doing well in the NFL who Mark Richt RECRUITED here compared to those RECRUITED here by Jim Donnan ?

Jim Donnan Won a HIGHER WINNING PERCENTAGE of his games OVERALL and a HIGHER WINNING PERCENTAGE OF his SEC games than Mark Richt, comparing Mark Richt’s Last Five (5) Years to the Five (5) Years of Jim Donnan.

40-19 Jim Donnan his Five (5) Years .678 Winning Percentage
44-21 Mark Richt last Five (5) Years .677 Winning Percentage

Jim Donnan did NOT have all these ARRESTS / SUSPENSIONS.

Ray Goff did NOT have all these ARRESTS / SUSPENSIONS

BoWeevil

January 15th, 2011
5:26 am

When Mark Richt is inducted into the Florida-Georgia Hall of Fame at 2-8, he will say : “For which team?”

Mark Richt does NOT have a better Winning Percentage vs Florida than Jim Donnan.

As a matter of fact, not only did Mark Richt Lose MORE GAMES his last Five (5) Years here than Jim Donnan lost in his Five (5) Years here, but Mark Richt in fact Lost just exactly as many games as Ray Goff did his last Five (5) Years here too = 21 Losses Each Mark Richt AND Ray Goff :

21 Losses 2006-2010 Mark Richt last Five (5) Years
21 Losses 1991-1995 Ray Goff his last Five (5) Years

The facts are that Mark Richt has been riding the coattails of The University of Georgia Bulldogs’ Football program collecting his 6th highest paid college football coach, instead producing the

# 34 is Mark Richt’s Average Ranking in Winning Percentage last 5 years

And, since Ben Dukes says I cannot discuss the TREND these Last Entire Five (5) Seasons of crappy Mark Richt football teams at 44-21 of .676 Winning Percentage, but must only instead discuss the entire 10 Year Mark Richt era (including the Jim Donnan recruits here which is why Mark Richt took this job), I should like to know just how Georgia who is not in the Top 10 of Football Winning Percentage over the entire 10-Year Mark Richt era finds us instead somehow unmentioned # 5 ?

# 5 Winning Percentage entire 10-Year Mark Richt era ?

Georgia is NOT in the Top 10 even in Winning Percentage this entire 10-Year Mark Richt era.

Uh

Hmmm

# 5 Winning Percentage entire 10-Year Mark Richt era ?

LIE. I am dawg-tired of all these LIES by Mark Richt.

“Close” ? Mark Richt is CLOSE because he LOST 4 games by 7 points ? B. S. Mark Richt LOST SEVEN (7) GAMES – the MOST EVER IN UGA HISTORY.

bitter ga fan

January 15th, 2011
8:02 am

WE LOST or kicked three linebackers of the team this year

MESSAGE TO RECRUITS ——sign up!!!!! playing time with hard work

bitter jim DONNAN

January 15th, 2011
8:05 am

SEEEEEE—1 more year and we would have made it to the promiss land

——————–JUST SAYING—————PS MICHAEL ADAMS SUX

Stephen Dawg

January 15th, 2011
8:26 am

Kumbaya my Lord, kumbaya
Kumbaya my Lord, kumbaya
Kumbaya my Lord, kumbaya
Oh Lord, kumbaya

Someone’s singing Lord, kumbaya
Someone’s singing Lord, kumbaya
Someone’s singing Lord, kumbaya
Oh Lord, kumbayah

Someone’s laughing, Lord, kumbaya
Someone’s laughing, Lord, kumbaya
Someone’s laughing, Lord, kumbaya
Oh Lord, kumbaya

Someone’s crying, Lord, kumbaya
Someone’s crying, Lord, kumbaya
Someone’s crying, Lord, kumbaya
Oh Lord, kumbaya

Someone’s praying, Lord, kumbaya
Someone’s praying, Lord, kumbaya
Someone’s praying, Lord, kumbaya
Oh Lord, kumbaya

Someone’s sleeping, Lord, kumbaya
Someone’s sleeping, Lord, kumbaya
Someone’s sleeping, Lord, kumbaya
Oh Lord, kumbaya
Oh Lord, kumbaya

gotta go

January 15th, 2011
8:37 am

ok
One more time for you slow learners…
Folks, this is no different from the Goff years. We have seen this before and it doesn’t change without different leadership. The same guy can’t provide different leadership.
Now, sit back, take a deep breath and brace for one last year of this.

roy

January 15th, 2011
8:57 am

king, you’re an idiot. If you cared about the program or really wanted to improve, you would stop writing this stupid crap until after signing day!!!!

RxDawg

January 15th, 2011
9:09 am

Richt needs to make us believe again. We’ve past the point where the fans pump up the team, it’s not time for the team to pump up the fans. I still love my Dawgs, but I no longer believe in them.

RxDawg

January 15th, 2011
9:09 am

Ugh… dang typos’ It’s now* time for the team to pump up the fans.

UGA Dawg 97

January 15th, 2011
9:25 am

Nothing. He is as good as gone at the end of 2011. McGarity wants to get his ducks lined up. i just hope he’s planning on going after Gary Patterson.

Dirty Dawg

January 15th, 2011
9:26 am

What recruit in their right mind would want to jump on this sinking ship???

Dawg bone

January 15th, 2011
9:42 am

Does anyone know if they are gonna get a new offensive coordinator?

ugab

January 15th, 2011
10:04 am

No matter what happens. MR has another year. If he gets lucky and beats florida and has another mediocre season he will get another year. Oh well. go dawgs

Swamp Rat

January 15th, 2011
11:32 am

Cut the penalties and win the turnover game. It was better in ‘10, but still not good enough. Do those things, win the battle in the trences, run the football and Aaron Murray will put the Dogs over the top with the potential to win the SEC, not just the East.

Devil's Advocate

January 15th, 2011
12:13 pm

Gainesville Dawg, page 1, has hit the nail on the head, so to speak. GOOD JOB!

Freddie G

January 15th, 2011
5:31 pm

Some folks on this blog should be living in Iran or Russia or some other country where free speech is not allowed. These are the folks who suggest that the program will be better when they fire the writers at the AJC. They are the folks who refuse to look at what is happening to the Bulldogs program under Richt and Bobo. I suppose we will have to drop to the bottom of the SEC before some will see what others have seen for a long time.
Gainsville Dawg: you have stated it all, discipline is a big factor and CMR does not seem to be placing enough emphasis on this growing problem.
I believe he can commence by demanding the on field celebration be discontinued, like that nonsense done by ealy when he runs for 5 yards.
Bobo has killed many a drive by his stupid play calling and I doubt he will change from the stupidness he has been doing for three years unless Richt starts overriding some calls. I will never forget Bobo going to the wildcat when Auburn could not stop us with Murray throwing the ball, also who will forget the 3rd and 1 against Arkansas.

t ville dawg

January 16th, 2011
12:31 pm

michael adams has made us the yale of the south. when is the last time they have had a football team contend 1925?lets get on cmr bandwagon and off his case till after signing day.

Better Off Training

January 16th, 2011
3:11 pm

[...] What are key fixes Dogs must make for Richt to keep his job? – Atlanta Journal Constitution (b…Chances are they won’t be able to get it all done, even under the best of circumstances. But while the Dogs might not be quite as “close” as Richt touts them to be, they do have Aaron Murray and some other talented players, and if a few things break [...]

GO DAWGS

January 16th, 2011
8:34 pm

hey bill,
the reason Rambo has a good football name is cuz he changed it. His name used to be Bacarri Fudge. Not kidding. Look it up

GO DAWGS

January 16th, 2011
8:49 pm

and boweevil,
who the hell spends all this time typing up all these comments?? geez! get a life. stop bashing mark richt. he’s a hell of a lot more qualified than any of us here so personally we don’t have the right to say anything at all unless someone here has been a college coach before?