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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popehill

January 13th, 2011
5:45 pm

Liked gainesville dawg post about Crowell and Sanks. Just remember my Law of Probabilities, boys i.e. if you throw a blackboard eraser out the window enough times, one day it will come flying back in. Got to go now boys, got to take a leak and since I’ve done it the same way for 10,000 times must change something or who knows what will happen. Hey, that kind of sounds like CMR! Oh my, I sure miss the ole days of Wally Butts.

PaleRider

January 13th, 2011
5:47 pm

Richt still has a lot of support. But if he is paid at the top of college football coaches, should not the team be at the top also? Is there no connection between salary and production? If the Dawgs are becoming a member of the bottom of the SEC, then why not re-negotiate a contract for less money?
Can’t coaches live in the real world like everyone else?

Einsteindawg

January 13th, 2011
5:51 pm

Win With Richt…so why do we suck now!

CarverHeights

January 13th, 2011
5:52 pm

Forget looking good on a graph and go ahead and dominate!

Seems like we continue to attempt to maintain balance, rather than hit the “D” where it is showing it is weakest. Go for the jugular!

Win With Richt

January 13th, 2011
5:55 pm

Dawgs rebound big in 2011!!

Einsteindawg

January 13th, 2011
5:57 pm

I hope you’re right, and I’m certainly pulling for us.

Snowed in Dawg

January 13th, 2011
5:58 pm

CMR,
If you want to keep your job act like you want to be here. Make it fun ie. triple option set, jump passes, tunnel passes and just win your games. Murray and Charles could be all SEC next year. Move A. White to fullback. I’m sure Grantham’s personality will show on the field next year with all the talent there ie. Boykin, Hamilton, Jones, Samuels, A. Jones,Ogletreee and hopefully Houston. If not Kirby or VanGorder is gonna win with all your players.

The Watergirl

January 13th, 2011
6:00 pm

1. We have been losing the line of scrimmage for the past 3 years!! Some of this is because our offensive line is out of shape, they are big but not strong
2. Bobo is terrified of an aggressive D, whenever we go up against a blitzing or 8 in the box defense Bobo doesn’t know what to do!!
3. Most importantly our players keep making the same mistakes over and over. Once you get beat on the wheel route once it shouldn’t happen again, but iinstead it happens ever damn game
4. Last but not least, CMR has to quit with the excuses. Get the job done or get out!!!

Go Dawgs and lets get this turned around

Hobnail Boot

January 13th, 2011
6:01 pm

JAKE

January 13th, 2011
6:13 pm

put a fork in it, coach richt is done ….. he had some good seasons and i wish he and his whole staff
good luck … the other sec schools are light years ahead of us . i do not see how the program can turn around in one season …Also im tired of hearing the words” bulldog nation” just call it ,”this is bulldog country” dam it . i blame this on damon evans actions ( tag as many white girls as i can , making Butts-Mehre employees hate their jobs )damon was not mature enough and experienced to foresee blatant problems in the program .

Uga 68

January 13th, 2011
6:23 pm

What ever Nick Saban is doing. Do that.

WeallbleedRed

January 13th, 2011
6:27 pm

There are so many I would’nt know where to start. Offense, defense, special teams, motivation, and STAY OUT OF JAIL.

Ty

January 13th, 2011
6:27 pm

Suck less. How’s that for a plan? Maybe try not throwing up all over yourselves when you see a Florida uniform, just to see how it worked.

Dawgophilus

January 13th, 2011
6:31 pm

I like your style Snowed in Dawg. I would get a chuckle watching a triple option/ wish bone set rip through Tech or Spurrier.

floridawg

January 13th, 2011
6:34 pm

Passion, heart, energy on the sidelines from CMR.

Aggie54

January 13th, 2011
6:37 pm

You can forget about Crowell,Wright,Drew,they are all headed to Auburn.

The real fix

January 13th, 2011
6:39 pm

Take them to Junction Texas for spring and fall camp and work them so hard they will pray for the Bear to come back to life and take over so they can get some relief.

JB

January 13th, 2011
6:47 pm

Richt does bring some positives to the table….but, Beating Fla. is not one. No killer instinct is another. Willingness to adapt to new things that might work vs whats not working is another.
loyalty to non performing staff. Uses a “fineness” model of football rather than brawn, and it shows every Saturday. Poor game manager. But, he’s a great guy.He’s let the conference get better, while his own efforts and teams have slipped. Not a recipe for good results.

fastdawg

January 13th, 2011
6:47 pm

To Billy who said the problem is not the offensive line.

Were you sober when you watched the games? They couldn’t block Betty White on a wet field.

JB

January 13th, 2011
6:48 pm

Aggie54…………….The Auburn Mafia is on trial on under house arrest. Dawgs get some of these.

Snake Plissken

January 13th, 2011
6:51 pm

OC played ball at UGA and coached at Jax State…DC hasn’t been around college ball since 1998…HC became CEO of the team and now wants to study up on recent football trends…S&C coach reassigned…new S&C reassigned from within…no new blood…sounds like a plan…Go DAWGS

w s

January 13th, 2011
6:52 pm

1. Get players that have heart to play hard for UGA instead of a police record. Haven’t seen heart since pollack left.

2. Get players that are committed to the UGA football program instead of just there draft stock..

3. Coach the fundamentals of blocking, tackling and coverage. theses past teams just ain’t got it.

4. Get players that fit the scheme you want to run. Guess what,,, we don’t have it.

5. Tell your Qb to lose those gloves for god sake. Please!!!!!!

6. More aggressive play calling, fourth an inches in a a bowl game with UCF and field goal!! Really
thats why you get paid millions CMR REALLY!!! WOW!!!

7. Set the tone on this program,,if a player gets arrested and has off the field issues, disciplinary problems,,then kick him off this team…see ya,, hit the road and go play with the other thugs in the street.

8. If a player get a stupid penalty or is not performing take him out of the game and give someone
else a chance

9. If you cant beat the Gators, win 10 games and at least get to a BCS bowl, then PLEASE move on
and take all these lame cant get it done coaches with you!! The fans are tired of suffering and the
constant let down,,time for turn around.

10. Please spare us of the wait till next yr!!! things will be better next yr!!! I don’t know it may be just
me but I am SICK of hearing this!!!

JB

January 13th, 2011
6:53 pm

I would open up all positions on the offensive line next year. Surely we have 4 or 5 guys in there that can block. Maybe they will remember some coaching from their HS coach.

Jorge O'leary

January 13th, 2011
6:55 pm

You haven’t done a thing since Van Gorder left. Hire him!

w s

January 13th, 2011
6:57 pm

I would have put alot more things down,,but those 10 should give CMR a start on his new study time…

JB

January 13th, 2011
6:57 pm

This Boise game could turn out to be a disaster. I’ve read some early 2011 polls, and they are in top 10 in all of them. Georgia or not, it’s SEC, and they will be here to prove a point. I hope we bring a different mindset than we took to Memphis.

JB

January 13th, 2011
6:59 pm

By different mindset, I mean our coaching staff.

Thomas Tubberville

January 13th, 2011
7:00 pm

Why would any recruit want to come to Auburn knowing that their Junior and Senior seasons will be under NCAA suspensions. Go to UGA that’s where I’ll be start of the 2012 season.

Paddy

January 13th, 2011
7:02 pm

Our coach has said some dumb things as of late. I have taken a back seat on the bandwagon after all the police problems of this past year. I really don’t know what to expect next year. I am just going to let it play out and watch my Dawgs in 2011 and then either root like hell or go back to being an Ohio St. fan, which I do not want to do!

JB

January 13th, 2011
7:02 pm

Where the program is………..Georgia HAS ALWAYS begged for more bowl tickets than their allotment. This year, the Athletic dept paid for 6,000 unsold ones….and threw them away.
Welcome to Georgia football.

w s

January 13th, 2011
7:02 pm

If don’t matter how many stars a player has by his name in recruiting,,,how bout just get players that can and know how to play football. In other get real players and not thugs!!!!

JB

January 13th, 2011
7:05 pm

OH, by the way…..Why didn’t we send those unsold tickets back? To keep our options open for these type bowls in the future. Selling 4,000 and sending 6000 back with no money is a good way to get bypassed to even a LOWER bowl if you can believe that.

JB

January 13th, 2011
7:07 pm

ws………….Correct…Watch TCU play…………..All 2&3 star types passed over by Texas, A&M,LSU etc…………..Lunch pail types with good coaching

Tom

January 13th, 2011
7:07 pm

The discipline issues must stop entirely

Lakedawg

January 13th, 2011
7:15 pm

Coach MR and AD McGarity both said we were close, I respect their opinions and judgement. How many games did we not have a chance to win this year with 4-5 plays different. Auburn was only unwinnable game and believe we had a 21-0 lead in that one. No fumbles, no knucklehead penalities, and stop the run up the middle and win those 4-5 games. Beat Boise amd SC = 10 wins.

PHIL

January 13th, 2011
7:18 pm

I think it’s fairly simple to fix all that ails the UGA football program. I believe national media would be calling us contenders for the national championship after spring training if we we do one simple thing. Get rid of all the coaches presently on the staff and fill the vacancies with those who know so much and post here. Bill you could be the head coach and your brother the OC then that genius buddy of yours could run the defense. Fill in the other positions from the masses here that know so much. Just ad a couple jump passes and a spread option play or two like one guy suggested and all will be well in dawg world. I am still laughing about that one!!!!!!! Are all of you at a clown convention? See if they have a workshop on being able to tell a football from a flying saucer while you are there, k?

On a serious note one thing that would help the off the field problems is that someone should tar and feather any cop who arrests a person for not having a middle name. I think that would go a long way into evening things out among university fans. Or you could hire Derek Dooley away from Knoxville to be on staff as disciplinarian. He doesn’t care what his players do and doesn’t punish them at all. That way there isn’t a big to do over it.

On a serious

jack bull

January 13th, 2011
7:19 pm

1)better OL play, 2)better run game(which obviously depends on number 1), 3)better run defense, 4)better QB play, and last, well, it’s something i would like to see, more ‘trick plays’. and by this, i don’t really mean on offense. i really can’t remember the last time i’ve seen a fake punt, a fake fg, maybe an onside kick when nobody is expecting it…

paint

January 13th, 2011
7:20 pm

i just read 8 pages of posts, forgot the question bill raised by page 3. oh yeah, what are “must” fixes?
man, that’s a good question…
i’m going to jump in with…
see ya on page 10, dinner’s ready. mahi mahi and a sweet potato.

it’s frustrating guys. stick with ‘em. go dawgs!

jack bull

January 13th, 2011
7:26 pm

and as far as the discipline thing goes, i wonder how many folks on here have had to ‘look over’ 100+ 18-21 year olds at one time…i would be willing to bet that if any one of us had to do that, we’d have 10% of em get in some kind of trouble too.. 10%, thats how many have gotten in trouble, and we all know that more than half of those were the scooter thing…but i’m sure everyone on here who has kids that age, have just perfect young adults who have never done anything wrong…

Robin

January 13th, 2011
7:33 pm

Batman sent me here to find his gloves that the UGA punk, midget QB wore in the Liberty Bowl. Man, he looked so dumb after one of his pics and his 2 almost pics and his fumbles.Murray always tries to force balls to Orson Charles when he is triple covered. Maybe the gloves were there to stop that coverage …………………I just don’t know.

Why Richt allowed that I will never know. Dumb the whole thing was.
10 wins and a SEC shot with the SEC West and Richt keeps his job. Anything short of that and he needs to resign or be fired. UGA grads expected years ago for him to take us to at least one NC.

Hell, we had Donnan and he did just about like Richt, less the 3 SEC East titles and 2 SEC titles. His persona and his inability to handle O’Leary and GT three years running got him deservedly fired.

Richt cannot defeat Florida so he too needs to go.

UGA man, class of 71 & 73

How many stars a kid has?

January 13th, 2011
7:39 pm

Folks ………… the 4 and 5 stars go away like the 2 stars do. If they are not ready to hit, to run hard and to listen and work hard in school, they all will end up mopping floors back in the hood. The stars go away at the frosh camps.

The answer for young men? Old as the hills it is ………………..Hard work pays off, with self discipline and self respect. Many of these kids do not have real men in their lives and they see their moms hanging out with thugs, so they impress that thug. It will never end and the money some eventually earn will be gone and they will be right back, broke and sweeping floors.

Stars? Earn classroom stars and then you will be a star in life ………bad knees or not.

Bad Dawg

January 13th, 2011
7:40 pm

Appoint Tarkenton AD

DMR

January 13th, 2011
7:48 pm

1. Finish with a solid recruiting class.
2. NO OFF-FIELD ISSUES OR ARRESTS. Get involved with “Johnny Law”, say goodbye to UGA
3. Develop physical strength and mental toughness.
4. Don’t be so predictable on offense; give Murray more to work with, different formations, etc.
5. More aggressive on defense.
6. Better Special Teams play.
7. Lucky “7″…WIN.

I think that will do it.

Lee

January 13th, 2011
7:58 pm

A common theme here is the play of the offensive line. I agree. However, there is no “one year fix” to build your OL. Six months of old-school strength and conditioning is not going to do it. It takes several years to build an OL.

1. You sign the big boys out of high school.
2. You hang a red shirt on them.
3. You put them in the weight room and start shoveling mash potatoes and gravy down their throat.
4. By the time they are redshirt Juniors and Seniors, you have a bulked up line who has thousand of reps as a unit against your first team defenses.

That is your basis. Next is coaching. In the past, we have seen Searles do some amazing stuff – we know he knows how to coach. Remember 2007 (I think) when all the injuries hit? By the end of the season, the line play was as good as I have seen.

The very fact that Sturdivant started as a freshman says volumes about the quality of lineman we have. There is no way in hell a freshman should ever be able to start for a division 1 team. Period.

powerhouse?

January 13th, 2011
8:00 pm

More cupcakes. Starting with Boyze seems anti win.

The Ugly Truth

January 13th, 2011
8:15 pm

Richt will be fired after losses to SC, Boise and Tennessee.
Caleb King will kicked off the team by July.
Ealey will go pro after next year.
Justin Houston will go pro this week.

Nub

January 13th, 2011
8:19 pm

Nothing short of Winning the east And beating FL….will do….period!!!

waytogoRicht

January 13th, 2011
8:25 pm

When Richt was most seccessful he was calling plays. The powers to be seem content not to demand he do it again, keeping in mind to let Richt do his own thing. Maybe Richt doesn’t believe if he doesn’t start earning $2.8 mil a year, everything will be okay still. That the definition of insanity will have no ill effect on him. Obviously that’s why it isn’t demanded that Richt do this and that, that he will have no excuses for failure. This fifth choice D.C. Grantham has done not much with available players. If they remain all that is available Richty baby gets what he deserves-relief from coaching UGA.

1962 Dawg

January 13th, 2011
8:26 pm

Hard work and dedication to the task at hand is what makes one successful. Whether it’s a job, a profession or a game.
Now that’s not to say our coaches and players at UGA don’t work hard. They all put in countless hours i’m sure. It seems though that our SEC brethren have been working just a little bit harder.
For the past 3 or 4 seasons our team has been beaten in the trenches. On the line of scrimmage.
Until we start winning that war, we’ll stay where we’re at now.

Russ the mascot

January 13th, 2011
8:56 pm

When Mark Fox was hired he dealt with some early discipline issues by taking the ENTIRE team to Sanford. He pointed to the stairs and said “Make sure you touch ‘em all!” Richt needs to discipline the WHOLE team when one person screws up. If Im Caleb King and my offensive line is liable for my actions, then I AIN’T gonna miss my court date or academic appointment.