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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SEC1

January 13th, 2011
8:58 pm

I hear people saying that “next year” the ship will be righted because the schedule will be ideal…

O.K. folks, WAKE UP AND THINK FOR A MOMENT!!!

Does an easy schedule make you a more physical football team?

Does an easy schedule make your offensive line improve?

Doeas an easy schedule result in more creative offensive play calling?

Get the point??

We need to improve on so many fronts, I don’t know where to start. The fact is, an easy schdule may improve things in the W-L column, but it will not translate into long-term success in the SEC or in the hunt for the NC. (see Hawaii)

Richt now has more time to “study the game of football”. So refresh my memory, what in the hell has he been doing for the last 10 years? A losing season was probably needed to light the fire under some collective butts. It’s also official – the coaches are “on notice”.

Time to produce or move on…

Cynicaldawg

January 13th, 2011
9:10 pm

Cmr would have to change. He would have to admit that his over all philosophy has been the problem. It’s not going to happen. I hope I’m wrong but I expect more of the same next year!

AthDawg

January 13th, 2011
9:11 pm

Since Richt has that “extra time” on his hands to concentrate on football, he needs to find out when…..

1. The last time Ga blocked a punt?
2. The last time Ga faked a field goal?
3. The last time Ga used clock management to score with less than a minute to play before the half?
4. The last time Ga ran the No Huddle?
5. The last time our Head Coach showed some motivation, fire and enthusiasm in the locker room and on the sidelines?

Dawg bone

January 13th, 2011
9:26 pm

How about firing bobo? Does anyone agree with that he is terrible!

Burroughston Broch

January 13th, 2011
9:27 pm

The subject of this blog reminds me of a joke:
Question – How many Californians does it take to change a light bulb?
Answer – One, but the light bulb has to want to change.

Does the UGA football coaching staff want to change? Not unless the alumni force them to.

hind tit

January 13th, 2011
9:33 pm

I didn’t get that joke.

85dawg

January 13th, 2011
9:40 pm

Good article. A secondary that can cover a wheel route and a crossing route would be nice. (remember the Arkansas game) Utilize your teams strengths ie. Tight ends. Positive note– Kick off coverage was the best its been in years and turnover ratio was finally in our favor. Folks its a new year. The coaches are in place and are not going anywhere. Quit whining and if you can’t support the team don’t go to the games. It will make it much better for those of us who actually graduated from UGA.

Sleepy Dawg

January 13th, 2011
9:40 pm

It all boils down to a couple things in my opinion. We need to back up the brinks truck to the top in state players. You can get away with it, and we are already paying players I know for a fact. We just got to tighten up our pay for play and not make the same mistakes Auburn made, no paper trails. We then need to recruit a top notch black qb. We need a spark to this offense. I want the best athletes, I dont care about sketch pasts or just plain old thuggery. If we win 11 games next season is anyone really gonna care if we have 30 arrests? Thug life is a culture in college sports, and the sooner we accept that the more we will win

eriecliper

January 13th, 2011
9:47 pm

I think that you guys have just about covered all of the bases, with the exception of, team leadership. CMR can coach his ass off but without leadership on the field it will be for naught. We have to have some guys step up, set positive examples, drive and inspire.

JDAWG

January 13th, 2011
9:50 pm

One more after those three concerning coaching. Watch for it tomorrow!

PaleRider

January 13th, 2011
9:53 pm

I could absolutely come in and call a better game than Bobo when I had a case of the Flu.
He is as predictable as a wife when her husband walks in at 2 in the morning smelling like Bud and having lipstick on his blue jeans. One thing for sure, when something is working, Bobo will stop doing it.

excessive celebration

January 13th, 2011
10:11 pm

face it except for a flash in the pan in richts first couple years uga has not been an elite program for 30 years…take the 3 years out of late 70’s and add another 30 years of mediocrity. i’m talking nationally speaking…..why should they be talking national championships every year. The first player to mention national championship should be cut immediately. learn how to beat tenn and fla in the same season….some of you statistitions find that one out….do that and then dont dance in the darn endzone like a bunch of loosers…..I like UGa…I have given up on them ever being an elite team…….The product they put on the field doesnt deserve being my favorite anymore…i just get a kick out of all of you who can not see the truth. and then there is the rest of you who swear by teams that are statisticly and historicly even worse than Uga. Then there are those of you who pull for Eite teams who have to gloat about winning it all, when you should just be happy that u are on top…..I hope ya’ll die hards prove me wrong…Would love to see Uga win a national championship….Would love to see alot of other things too in my lifetime….I will believe it when i see it.

RichtFan

January 13th, 2011
10:24 pm

He needs to call the game more aggressively. Go after the punt, try the surprise onside, and try to score before the half instead of letting the clock run out. Richt needs to make decisions that motivate his players and inspires them to play harder. They need to have more fun out on the field. It seems like they’re trying to be perfectionists instead of just playing ball. Stop running a draw or screen on every 2nd or 3rd and long. Make Bobo call an aggressive play and just go for it. They almost had it together in the UF game– going for the TD to Durham in OT was the right idea. That is the kind of thing UGA needs to do– go after the opponents! Stop being so conservative with a 10-point lead– keep after em! Keep throwing the ball, MOVING THE POCKET– and let Aaron Murray run if he feels like it! Stop worrying about what might go wrong. Call the game and play it aggressively. It isn’t the NFL! This is college football! I rea’d love to see UGA open next season with a surprise onside. Who cares if they don’t recover it!? That will send the message that things have changed for the better. Our defense would go out there still fired up because their coach gave em a chance. This is GEORGIA. WE AIN’T SCARED! DON’T COACH LIKE IT! GO DAWGS!!

DawgGoneFishing

January 13th, 2011
10:28 pm

Hey Dawg Tired !!! Funny that Joe Pa visited Mack Brown at Texas after the Nittany Lions had a bad season.Next season things improved drastically. So, get on the wagon or shut up during recruting season. Be part of the solution if you are a “Dawg Fan”. Or maybe you are a “Dawg Turd”?

Vick=Dog killing Thug

January 13th, 2011
10:35 pm

The only correct answer for any football team is EVERYTHING. The day any coach thinks his team doesn’t need improving is the day he needs to stop coaching…

Sleepy Dawg

January 13th, 2011
10:44 pm

We need players like Vick in the program. I am tired of these christian slow whites. we need somebody with the killer instinct like the black athlete offers

col fot

January 13th, 2011
10:46 pm

I’m a firm believer if you take some of these 2 and 3 star recruits and get them in top shape through conditioning and weight training, especially lineman you can compete with anybody. Look at the great lines Iowa and Nebraska put out yearly. You have to keep them in the weight room for size and strength. The sucess of any offense is the front line. And the most important thing is the character of the young men they sign These 4 and 5 star recruits are way overblown. A lot of them come in with this thug mentaility and hurt the intire program.

Coach cynicaldawg

January 13th, 2011
10:48 pm

To all you people that keep saying,”fire Bobo”. Don’t you understand that he is CMR’s appointed man, just like Coach Willie Martinez was. CMR Defended Willie until it was either Willie or Richt. Bobo is not the problem, it start’s with the head. CMR will not change, he will be satisfied with this being his last year, keeping his commitments and friendships in tact and retiring in Athens, never to coach again. He is a man of principle for better or worse. He’s a very good man just not a great coach.

Minnesota Dawg

January 13th, 2011
11:00 pm

Key fixes: win a lot of games! Bottom line.

Minnesota Dawg

January 13th, 2011
11:00 pm

By the way, it seems like we are counting him quilty until proven innocent.

DawgFaceBlues

January 13th, 2011
11:09 pm

Sleepy Dawg go back to sleep. Most teams today are 80% black and all acting like thugs and for the Georgia team, lazy. On any given Saturday, a conditioned team can beat a talented. West Virginia did it to UGA in a bowl game few years ago.

JaxDawg

January 13th, 2011
11:14 pm

The following was taken from an ESPN.com article (Best and Worst of the SEC Bowl Season, by Chris Low):

“Worst decision: Georgia coach Mark Richt opting to kick a field goal down near the goal line on the Bulldogs’ first possession told you all you needed to know about the Bulldogs’ state of mind for that game.”

“Best no-show: Georgia was there in body alone, as the Bulldogs went through the motions and dropped an embarrassing 10-6 decision to UCF in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.”

What a joke this program has become under CMR’s “leadership”! Our assistant coaches couldn’t get jobs at 1-AA schools. And to think that we have another mediocre season to look forward to under CMR!

Sleepy racist

January 13th, 2011
11:30 pm

Yeah, you got me to bite. Most players are “entitled” like our society and most of the thuggery and attention seeking comes from what group…..hmmm, don’t tell me, it’s coming to me.

Minnesota Dawg

January 13th, 2011
11:40 pm

Enter your comments here

It is what it is

January 13th, 2011
11:52 pm

What exactly has CMR been doing for the last 3 years if not studying football? His talk of “change” is unconvincing as long as Bobo is calling plays.

Herschell??

January 14th, 2011
12:21 am

The AJC should pay you guy’s for this . This is better than watching the Comedy Channel ! Signing day will be here before you know it and the KOOL-AID will start pouring. Next thing you know August will roll around and you guys will be talking about how you are gonna beat Boise, SC,Tenn, Fla and be in the SEC Championship game and then who knows maybe even get a chance at the National Championship . Why not you are UGA BY GOD!!! Same SH_T different year.

BoWeevil

January 14th, 2011
1:30 am

1. Mark Richt to stop his recruiting of players who are ARRESTED / SUSPENDED

2. Mark Richt to stop his hiring COACHING STAFF based on praying with Mark Richt

3. Quit LOSING games vs The SEC

4. UGA is not in the Top 10 Winning Percentage in the Mark Richt Era of 10 years at 96-34.

5. Off the field Mark Richt recruits are # 2 nation last 5 years missing games SUSPENDED

6. On the field UGA isn’t in Top 22 in Wins nationally last 5 years NOT GOOD ENOUGH

7. Against SEC, Mark Richt is not in the Top 7 SEC Coaches in Win Percentage BCS Era

8. 21 Losses after DJ Shockley last 5 years 2006-2010 more than Jim Donnan 5 years

9. 21 Losses last 5 years 2006-2010 exactly as many as Ray Goff 1991-1995 last 5 years

10. 7 Losses 2010 is the Most Losses by UGA since 7-Loss Season of 1957 53 years ago

11. UGA has NEVER Lost 7 games in a season except twice in 118 years before 2010

12. Recruits in this state need to quit saying they won’t come play Offense with Mark Richt

13. # 32 last 2 years is 9-4. # 32 is not our goal. 2011 Mark Richt must be better than 9-4

14. Mark Richt needs to Quit telling Lies

15. Mark Richt needs to Quit having soft easy practices

16. Mark Richt needs to Quit recruiting gang members

17. Christian LeMay needs to be cut loose from this recruiting class just as Zach Witchett

18. Mark Richt needs to Respect the SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE

19. Mark Richt needs to just say “I QUIT” & take 1 of these LESSER JOBS being offered

20. Georgia finds 3 states only with more HS recruits in NFL # 17 recruiting FAILURE

21. Lost 21 games last 5 years average worse than 4 Losses per year 4 in 2011 = FIRED

RED DOG 77

January 14th, 2011
1:49 am

Bill King………I’m sick and tired of stories like this one !…….And should we stop our contributions ?………Most any college football program for the most part will reflect its fan support, or lack thereof………..You Bill King, are NO Bulldog !……..Just another bedwetter than doesn’t have a clue that college football runs in cycles……See Texas, Michigan, Southern Cal, Miami, Notre Dame…………Then look on the flip side……..before this last season, how many wins did we have against Auburn in the last 5 games ?……..Prior to Saban at Alabama, what did their record look like for the previous 10 years ?………What is Richt’s record against Saban at Alabama ? LSU ?……………..Yea, Yea, Yea………Bill King, just throw the bum out !……..Why not just say it Bill, and quit your dadgum dancing around the subject………You make me sick, Bill, you my friend, as I said before, are NO BULLDOG…………….Regards, RED

BoWeevil

January 14th, 2011
2:17 am

22. From 2001-2010 Mark Richt Averages # 52 in NCAA Rank for Total Offense

23. 2010 # 55 Total Offense # 72 at 1st Downs # 56 at 3rd Down Conversion # 62 being sacked

24. 6 STRAIGHT YEARS not in SEC Championship Game = FAILURE & we are DOWN

25. BONEHEADED redshirt players then lose them early

26. BONEHEADED rip redshirts off players in 3rd quarter of game 5 and game 6

27. BONEHEADED have no Fullback

28. PITIFUL RECRUITING having no running game at University of Ground Attack

29. PASS-HAPPY Offense has to go go with Mike Bobo

30. Quit telling us our OL # 1 in nation, then # 62 sacked #

31. 10 years Mark Richt Era 3 Wins 9 Losses vs Top 10 final AP Poll

32. 10 years Mark Richt Era 10 Losses vs NOT Top 25 final AP Poll

33. Must Quit Losing to BAD teams and start winning vs Great Teams

34. Coaching Staff Quit BLAMING players THEY RECRUITED here & did not teach

35. Coaching Staff Quit BLAMING players THEY RECRUITED here for being ARRESTED

36. Mark Richt to Quit with this SETTLING FOR FIELD GOALS of his 1st 10 years here

37. Grow a pair

BoWeevil

January 14th, 2011
2:19 am

38. Mark Richt to make special teams NOT just WALK-ON players

39. Get 11 players at a time on the field, Quit playing FAVORITES like Caleb King

40. Quit recruiting 5 Tight Ends and NO Fullback

41. Quit recruiting your # 1 recruit as QB when you say Aaron Murray ONLY will play next 3 years

42. No Pressure on opposing QB with all the TALK by Grantham that his is pressing defense

43. B.S. on that B.S. “All our defense will be blitzing.” He didn’t blitz 1 time all year long.

44. Mark Richt TALKS saying we are GREAT at the very areas we are HORRIBLE = LIES

45. EXCUSES and COP-OUTS have to END forthwith

46. There are NO EXCUSES for 21 Losses last 5 years

47. Last 3 years total 2008-2010 we are 2-11 vs Top 25 final AP Poll teams

48. Auburn was 7-0 in 2010 vs Top 25 final AP Poll – Mark Richt 2-11 last 3 years

49. Mark Richt & Aaron Murray 2010 have 6 wins – ALL 6 teams LOSING RECORD

50. Get on the national stage end of year beat Top 10 final AP Poll team 0 times in 10 years

51. Lost to Florida 8 of 10 years Mark Richt era 2001-2010

52. Mark Richt 10-year era 3 times beat Top 10 final AP Poll team

BoWeevil

January 14th, 2011
2:20 am

53. 2001 beat # 4 vols, but LOST 4 games

54. 2005 beat # 6 LSU, but LOST 3 games

55. 2006 (Six (6) Years ago) beat # 9 Auburn, but LOST 4 games

56. Tell me again how you knocked lid off UGA program with 4 LOSSES 2001 ?

57. How do you knock lid off # 11 all-time win program with 4 LOSSES again please ?

58. Fire Rodney Garner no DL and Recruits all ARRESTED failure in-state on Offense

59. Fire Mike Bobo not tell me GREAT # 72 at 1st Downs ran up 6 wins LOSING RECORD

60. Fire Brian McClendon – in fact fire every coach you didn’t fire this time last year

61. We are to believe with this coaching staff you hired that you can hire their replacement ?

62. Stop the run

63. Stop 1 pass play all season 2011

64. Establish the run vs 1 top run defense

65. Quit handing us KOOL-AID, we are not drinking it – NONE of us

66. DECLINE of this football program over the last FIVE (5) YEARS on & off field

67. What Mike Bobo did vs 6 CUPCAKES all with LOSING RECORD doesn’t mean DAMN thing

BoWeevil

January 14th, 2011
2:21 am

68. Quit allowing Aaron Murray to steal 7 carries every game from RB, averaging 1 yard carry

69. 17 SUSPENSIONS in 2010 ALONE ? You have GOT to be kidding me.

70. 17 Losses 1940-1948 Wally Butts 7 years

71. 21 Losses 1980-1988 Vince Dooley 9 years

72. 21 Losses 2006-2010 Mark Richt 4 years

73. 10 years not 1 year Mark Richt beat the great teams and didn’t LOSE to the CUPCAKES

74. How are you going to get to the Mountain Top losing CUPCAKES not beating great teams ?

75. We should have been 11-3 this 2010 season after 10 years to get to this, not 6-7

76. How can Mark Richt possibly keep his job after 2011, losing 14 seniors and AJ Green ?

77. Because DISNEYdawgs.com tell me 9-4 is ACCEPTABLE for 2011

BoWeevil

January 14th, 2011
2:31 am

Mark Richt does this 2011 and he is FIRED :

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

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ed f

January 14th, 2011
5:06 am

Isaiah Crowell visits Alabama this weekend. Why would he come to UGA with Bobo’s bad use of backs when he can be part of Alabamas Backfield. Look at how each school uses their back and there is no choice. The only way he comes to UGA is he just always wanted too. If it is about Football he is not going to Athens. No way Bobo coaches with Saban. He wouldn’t be his cordinator would he. Coach QB’s now thats different. But call the plays at Bama. No way!!!!!

tennessee tom

January 14th, 2011
5:40 am

better keep the game in Jax ville,it gets worse when you are getting drilled at your house,Richt will never beat fla,he has the Johnny Majors Alabama problem

BoWeevil

January 14th, 2011
5:51 am

Yeah, I mean we really have all these great Mike Bobo taught Quarterbacks doing so great in the NFL

BoWeevil

January 14th, 2011
5:53 am

vols LOSING RECORD like all the other teams we beat all 6 including vols LOSING RECORD

like us

yeah, but we beat the vols

BoWeevil

January 14th, 2011
6:02 am

I see another Mark Richt Mike Bobo recruit recruited here by the 2 was arrested again today :

buying or possessing controlled substances, battery, criminal trespass, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and violating probation.

Nice that is 3 now 2011 alone already.

Keep it up, Mark Richt.

Winger

January 14th, 2011
6:18 am

Less barking. More working.

Bigdawg

January 14th, 2011
6:35 am

Can we focus on basketball? Football is over. CMR will keep his job for a while. Until the people supporting this program cut it off for a while to make a statement no changes will be made.I will always remember the players laughing on the sidelines at the bowl game. Getting run over by a punk school and they laugh. Do they not have any pride at all? It starts from the top. CMR is excited about 2011 because he is not joining the 10% unemployment figures.Keep up the snow job CMR. I have wanted your cool as a cucumber a** gone for several years. It appears more people see through your smoke screen.

edumacated

January 14th, 2011
7:44 am

I’m starting to resent the “Saturdays are built Ford tough” commercials the same way I used to resent the Ray Goff potato chip ones. What brand was it? It wasn’t Frito Lay. Oh yeah, Golden Flake. It was that and Osmosis lumber for him. With Richt we got trucks and carpet.

ugab

January 14th, 2011
7:50 am

How many years does MR have to make changes?

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!
I agree.

Buckeye

January 14th, 2011
8:54 am

Change the schedule and play 12 Big 10 Teams?

Improve to 6 and 6 and go back and win the Liberty Bowl against Conf USA.

GA Dawg in Iraq

January 14th, 2011
8:57 am

Wow, a lot of venom spewing out today. I have to ask Hank if he is serious about keeping Dowtin. With our discipline problems how in the world can anyone even think of keeping Dowtin. The fact that he did not come forth and tell Richt about the incident would do it for me. Also, I agree with mdawg, fans should not critize Richt for letting Mett.. go if he starts for LSU. We may have issues at GA, but at least Richt wastes no time handing out discipline, I don’t see that any where else in the SEC, except SC. Anyway, I sense good things in the future for the Dawgs, especially if we get Jenkins and Crowell, they would be hugh. God Dawgs!!!

virginia dog

January 14th, 2011
9:05 am

Just relax everyone. Richt will be done by this time next year. UGA kept him one more year for pure economic reasons.(MONEY)
As for Bill’s article … well you know what is the definition of insanty? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
So relax everyone. Next year will be alot like this year, and after Richt is let go there will be change and we can only hope it is positive.

JT

January 14th, 2011
9:17 am

Get the defense off the field on third down?????????? What about keeping the offense on the field after third down?????? Both make no sense.

Basically defense stops people on third down and offense makes first downs before fourth down. You did not mean that but we understand. Better defense and better offense. I have always said the best way to have a fresh defense is having a ball controlling offense. Our quick score offense seems o put more time on the defense than needed for successfully stopping the other team. The Auburn game is a prime example.

LawDawg

January 14th, 2011
9:21 am

Stacy Searels is garbage. Richt will live or die next year based on his decision to keep him around. Also, the “new” regime in S&C is a little disheartening. This is Richt’s last chance and he stuck with the people in the two worst aspects of the coaching staff. I hope it works.

Mr. Phelps

January 14th, 2011
9:26 am

All this started with Richt’s coddling of Martinez. He showed his players that he was more worried about covering for his BFF than winning and now that attitude permeates the team and he is doing the same thing with Bobo. Attitudes must change.