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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DawginLex

January 13th, 2011
12:03 pm

Crowton out as LSU OC. Going to Maryland.

Bobo a candidate?

CAN WE TAKE UP A COLLECTION?????????????????

Sam Robards, Dawg Fan

January 13th, 2011
12:03 pm

Also, why does Bobo insist on running Carlton Thomas up the gut? He’s a back meant for perimeter runs, zone reads, reverses, etc. I also wouldn’t mind him on special teams. The guy’s got heart. He’s just being misused, in my opinion.

Dawggum

January 13th, 2011
12:04 pm

Weren’t we having this same discussion this time last year. Probably be having this same discussion next year too……What Richt needs to do to save his job……Blah Blah Blah….Might be time to change the script!!!

David Pollock's gimp neck

January 13th, 2011
12:06 pm

fellatio…..lots and lots of fellatio

Valdosta DAWG

January 13th, 2011
12:07 pm

KeepMarkRicht.com

dawg fan

January 13th, 2011
12:08 pm

if a d is stacking the box throw the dang ball and get bobo off the side line

Vance Duly

January 13th, 2011
12:08 pm

I agree with your points (both sides of our line, running game, conditioning). Also, we need a better KILLER INSTINCT on offense. We could benefit from a Top 10-caliber Offensive Coordinator. Too often, Coach Bobo’s playcalling can go from inspired to predictable to inane from one drive to the next. We will stop doing something that the defense has NOT stopped, just to strive for some elusive “balance”. Look at the Tech game this year — in the 1st half, we throw 11-14, 220 yds, and Tech seems to have no answer. So, in the 2nd half, what do we do — throw it 5 times (4-5). Coach Richt even said after the game that we probably should have thrown more. But, AFTER the game is a bad time to realize that……

The page of our playbook that says “if we throw an incomplete pass on 1st down, we MUST run it between the tackles at least 80% of the time” should be THROWN away. How many times must we leave our QB with 3rd and very long!?!? …. Bobo is too inconsistent – he might be better suited as QB Coach and a recruiter. No, averaging 30 points over 7 games is NOT good enough – we lost 2 of those 7 games and tanked against Central Florida. GO DAWGS!!

Sam Robards, Dawg Fan

January 13th, 2011
12:08 pm

About Bobo, I agree that he sometimes calls bonehead plays, but what OC doesn’t?

We weren’t complaining about Bobo when Stafford and Moreno were running the offense (Bobo took over fulltime as OC in 2006, if I recall correctly, so he helmed our ‘06, ‘07 and ‘08 offenses, too).

So our offensive woes aren’t solely Bobo’s fault. You can’t do ANYTHING without good O-Line play, and sometimes players don’t just make plays (see Ealey’s fumble against MSU on the goal line). So lighten up with the vitriol for Bobo. It’s not all his fault.

PMC

January 13th, 2011
12:08 pm

Having better linebackers and even one effective safety on the team would go a long way toward getting off the field on 3rd down.

Georgia was deplorable at safety last season. Have to hope the young kid is the real deal.

DamntheButcher

January 13th, 2011
12:09 pm

Greendawg

January 13th, 2011
12:10 pm

Richt can’t fix it. Hire a man who’s not afraid to take a chance. Chip Kelly would be a great fix.

SG

January 13th, 2011
12:12 pm

The offensive play calling needs to be more aggressive for one.

The O-line has been pretty bad over the last couple of years, but a lot of that comes from a lack of S&C. Hopefully, the right people are now in place to get that straightened out. If the S&C improves, then that alone will make the entire team a hell of alot better – bet on it

TROJAN

January 13th, 2011
12:12 pm

I agree with Bill. I would also like to add to call plays that are working. Too often, the running backs will actually run for very positive yards and then another running play will not be call again that quarter. Also if a running back if doing well, don’t take him out! Is he tired from 2 carries? Why the 3rd string back in on third down? Bobo calls a game like a flag football game.

Ben

January 13th, 2011
12:13 pm

I’m tired of hearing about Isiah Crowell being a game-changer. Until he comes in and proves it at the collegiate level it’s all a crap shoot. Don’t get me wrong, I want him to wear the red and black but I also remember a “game changer” named Jasper Sanks.

Pinning our hopes on this kid could pan out but it could also be fool’s gold.

Billy

January 13th, 2011
12:14 pm

Your QB has to be able to hit the deep ball with accuracy, otherwise, teams will bring 8 in the box to stop the run like SC did against Georgia. I don’t think Murray can do that–ever. Maybe Mason or Lemay but Murray had his chance and failed miserably.

1- Have a QB who consistently connects on deeps balls against SEC teams
2- RUN the ball 40x a game

?????

January 13th, 2011
12:14 pm

Additional trips to the swimming pool? Different colored helmets? You stick with what works.

Billy

January 13th, 2011
12:15 pm

Quick defense solution:
Stack 8 in the box to stop the run, force teams to pass to beat you (worked for Auburn)

Simple solution

January 13th, 2011
12:17 pm

Blackouts! We must need more blackouts!

Billy

January 13th, 2011
12:17 pm

Ealey had 133 td’s and ran for 8100 yards in high school, Crowell can’t touch those numbers. Just have to commit to running the ball 40x a game to your top back, like Lattimore did.

Billy

January 13th, 2011
12:17 pm

Lemay or Mason at QB, and UGA wins at least 10 games in 2011.

Billy

January 13th, 2011
12:19 pm

Ealey and King BOTH averaged more ypc than Lattimore, Spurrier just pounded the ball rushing more times per game than Georgia in the SEC.

beebee

January 13th, 2011
12:20 pm

Another dawg fix it thread.

lemme say this:

get the wife off the field from behind the bench.
how many real coaches have their wives behind the bench making tea and crumpets?

I bet they hand out religious tracts after each game to the players, for free.

run a dayum football program! some things (like the aforementioned) do not belong!

beebee

DawginLex

January 13th, 2011
12:20 pm

Go back to running the wide tackle 6 like we did under Erk?

CANTONDAWG

January 13th, 2011
12:21 pm

Keys to improving offense

1) forget about being balanced on offense(find our strength and utilize it). Stupid to try to run a screen pass or draw on 3rd and 20 when you’ve got the best wide receiver in the country. Bobo tries to get too cute with his play calling and tries to outsmart the other team by calling low percentage gimmick plays.

2) OL needs to establish identity. It’s tough to be excellent in both passing and running blocking. we need to identify which we are on offense. i say we establish our team run first and pass second.

3) We need to run more spread or shotgun plays. These formations take advantage of AM running ability and also help the offensive line out.

4) No more 20-25 play action passes per game. Set a strict limit of 2-3.

5) Sign Isaiah Crowell…He could be a game changer like Lattimore.

2)

Nick

January 13th, 2011
12:23 pm

All good points, indeed, if not also the most obvious. I’ve been screaming for at least four years that Searels needs to go, as does Bryan McClendon as RB coach. Why is a former WR coaching RB’s to begin with. Nothing personal to either of them, but let’s face it, they haven’t done squat since 2005. Even in 2007, it took the OL and RB’s half a season to get their butts in gear, and by then the damage had been done losing poorly to USC & TN, costing them any chance they had at all to play for SEC or BCS titles. I still say they were the best team in the nation at the end of 2007, but that reitterates my point. even when things do go right, why does it take half a dang season to get it going? Theses guys need to be ready game 1 through game 14 (if they get that many).

I was disappointed in the lack of pressure put on the QB this season, although defense as a whole did improve. Biggest underachiever by far was the OL though.

Oh and what’s this about Ealey running his mouth? Not sure what you’re talking about.

rj

January 13th, 2011
12:27 pm

Merge the two teams from Georgia and Georgia Tech; fire Paul Johnson and Mark Richt; quit making Aaron Murray sound like a world beater when he is of course only about average at best; hire a quality football coach who is a student of the game; dismiss anyone on the team with any arrest record and quit recruiting anyone with a thug mentality (ask the Braves how important it is that they measure character first in their drafts and abilities second);

CANTONDAWG

January 13th, 2011
12:27 pm

Defensively, i think we will see much improvement in year 2 under Grantham. We have alot of DL returning and should see improvement. The entire secondary returns and we should see drastic improvement there. LB’s worry me but i”m hopeful JJ and RS will be stars like they are projected to be.. If JH returns, we could potentially have a dominant defense.

redd

January 13th, 2011
12:27 pm

Quit letting Baccari Rambo start at safety. HE Cant possibly be the best we have.

Dawgster

January 13th, 2011
12:28 pm

Former Georgia linebacker Montez Robinson, who was kicked off the team last April following repeated arrests, was arrested again Wednesday on drug possession and other charges, according to Athens-Clarke County jail records.

Why does Richt recruit thugs like Robinson? And don’t kid yourselves, there are a lot more Montez Robinsons on the team, and Richt knows it.

Billy

January 13th, 2011
12:29 pm

Really like Lemay at QB, check this video out, Lemay beat a team who hadn’t been beat at home in 22 years, his video is impressive, if I’m Richt, I put the future in this guy’s hands:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5G_W0aP0NI0

Billy

January 13th, 2011
12:31 pm

Georgia has been bad at picking their QB last 2 years in a row, get that one wrong, and you’r season goes.

QB has to win, lead, and get it done, because he touches the ball so many times.

Rad Penties

January 13th, 2011
12:32 pm

All the players should wear their red panties at practice as well as for games. This will help to bring out their feminine side and make them less thug-like.

Billy

January 13th, 2011
12:32 pm

If Murray couldn’t score a single TD on offense on UCF with AJ Green, he’s gotta go.

mcgdawg

January 13th, 2011
12:33 pm

If I continue to see chest-thumping and arms raised in “look – at – me” fashion after ROUTINE PLAYS…..nothing else will much matter!!!!!

BirdDog

January 13th, 2011
12:34 pm

Getting rid of some of these losers posing as Dawg fans would be a great start.

DIT

January 13th, 2011
12:35 pm

Talk about it all you want, but the bottom line is “Just Win baby”
CMR must win 10 games min next season. In those 10 wins he must beat UF, Boise St, SC. It’s a tall order but he put himself in a deep hole. Personally, I would love to see him rebound. As stated in other blogs CMR just has not given any indication that he is up for the challenge.

MaconKnight

January 13th, 2011
12:35 pm

Coaches have to the put players in position to win games and the players have to step up and make plays when they are there. i.e. catch INT’s or a key third catch.. the play calling for the most part was terrible, yeah we scored 30 points or more for however many games but look at who did it aganist.. this defense wasn’t great but it wasn’t all bad either, the colorado, miss. st., ark. fl. even crtl fl. games we were in the games with the offense not being able to produce yardarge to kick game winning fields goals or score touchdowns… there is reason why billy bennett hold uga record for fields in a season 2002 it’s because those guys made plays and we have 2002 sec championship to prove it… everyone is making valid points. we just have to find a way to get better, and hard work is the best way to do.. i’m just saying

OldFan

January 13th, 2011
12:36 pm

I know we’ve got all the answers on this blog, so I’m feeling good about CMR’s chances to turn this around. But all I want to see is a hardnosed team that’s well prepared, well conditioned, and plays with intensity. They’re going to lose some games, because even at their best, it still comes down to the quality of the athlete on the field, and UGA has some work to do there that won’t be finished in a couple years. I take no pride in seeing UGA lose well, but if they play the way we demand of our team, I’ll get past it. If they can’t measure up to that standard, then all else that CMR might do won’t matter.

Billy

January 13th, 2011
12:36 pm

dawg in lex–your #5 is indicative of how uneducated and ignorant our own fan base is in re athens police…cops are involved in everything….athens pd arrests football players for traffic tickets while simply ticketing regular citizens of all ages for the exact same violations….athens pd are under pressure from their chief to do this…mandated years ago under Knapp and never changed….most of the routine, traffic related arrests should be simple tickets and should not be considered as “stuff involving cops” and most arrests would not have occurred in Auburn, Tuscaloosa, Baton Rouge, Fayetteville and other places….this does not make the players actions any more disciplined or less disruptive, but people need to be aware of the difference involved with athens pd…if our leadership(head coach) was stronger, something would have been worked out by now to at least level the playing field…you brilliant critics need to get your heads out of the sand and at least be realistic about what exists in athens with the macho pd over using and sometimes abusing their immense power….none of this crap will make any difference to anyone with authority….either we compete until the end for the championship next year or Greg will find another head coach

Nimrod Spacer

January 13th, 2011
12:36 pm

More cowbell.

Billy

January 13th, 2011
12:39 pm

Last 3 years, SEC winners:
1- run ball 250 a game
2- hold teams to under 100 yards rushing a game, and usually, low points per game

DawginOH

January 13th, 2011
12:39 pm

Discipline and attitude. If the Dawgs come out playing like they have something to prove next season, they should win some games they didn’t this past season.

mcgdawg

January 13th, 2011
12:39 pm

Love it Nimrod….GOTTA HAVE MORE COWBELL!

Billy

January 13th, 2011
12:40 pm

If Grantham gets his body types, lights out in 2011 for this defense.

gomdawg

January 13th, 2011
12:40 pm

Simple, get them in shape, take chances ,open up offence and most of all play the best players true freshmen or seniors. If the player is not playing his best take him out and give him some competion.

Billy

January 13th, 2011
12:41 pm

If UGA gets Drew & Crowell, it’s a done deal.

DawginLex

January 13th, 2011
12:42 pm

Billy,

I’m well aware of the Athens PD. I also know that if you don’t give them a reason to arrest you, they won’t.

That should be real easy to explain to the players.

Stop making excuses. The kids either get in trouble or they don’t. Stay out of the bars. Don’t get baited into a fight. Check your dam driver’s license and insurance to see if you can legally drive.

The best solution long term is to build “Bulldog Lodge” to house the football team like Kentucky has Wildcat Lodge to house the basketball team. Keep them under wraps.

1eyedJack

January 13th, 2011
12:44 pm

Honey, say….GO DAWGS!!!

chazzo

January 13th, 2011
12:49 pm

I would add that there is still room for impovement on special teams. Did you see Auburn flying down the field? Auburn’s ST guys were the unsung heroes of the BCS championship season. UGAs ST play has improved but blocking on punts could be better and converage could be faster.

saban

January 13th, 2011
12:49 pm

Honey,

It is not the size of the wand, it is the magic of the magician.

Your right though stealing all the georgia recruits and hiding them in a local highschool while the good ship Richt burns to the ground is exciting.

Keep Richt.