Richt knows: It’s what have I done for you lately

Mark Richt knows winning solves all your problems. (Associated Press)

Mark Richt knows winning solves all your problems. (Associated Press)

There weren’t a lot of surprises that came out of UGA’s turn in the spotlight at SEC Media Days. We heard that Mark Richt wasn’t too thrilled with his running backs last season, but we already knew that. He also indicated that some of the players who have “gotten off the bus,” as he put it, “got a little bit of help” in making that decision. But we pretty much already had that idea, too.

Richt said he isn’t looking for a freshman like Isaiah Crowell “to come and carry our program,” but that there’s no question “we will need help from our freshman class to become a championship team, I don’t have any doubt about that.”

Richt also let us know that, like everyone else who watched a Georgia game last year, he recognizes what has to happen in the second year of Todd Grantham’s defense to keep from repeating last year: “If we can get off the field when we get them in the third-and-long, we’re going to be a whole lot better team.”

We heard a very encouraging report from Aaron Murray about incoming wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell and lots of the usual talk about how everyone’s committed to working hard and doing what it takes to win. But we heard that least year and the year before. And we also heard from Murray that maybe not all of the players last year were that committed, that he’d call a meeting and not everyone would show up. It remains to be seen if this year is really different.

As for all the hot seat talk, Richt handled that like he usually does. Asked about the difficulty of being the coach at an SEC school for more than a decade, he summed the situation up beautifully when he said, “It’s not difficult if you win nine, 10, 11 a year, win the Eastern Division every other year, win the SEC every three or four years. It’s not a problem at all. 
It’s when you get 6-7, that’s when it’s a problem.”

But, he added, “greater days are coming. The best is yet to come.”

Doesn’t sound like a guy who’s feeling the heat.

Let’s hope that a year from now we’re not remembering that with irony.

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Newman

July 22nd, 2011
11:34 am

UGA needs a general not a minister!

JYD

July 22nd, 2011
11:35 am

JC

July 22nd, 2011
11:35 am

1. Richt wasn’t happy with his backs 1 year ago? Really, he sure did say oterwise in his 2010 pre-season talks. I don’t buy that. The way Ealey and King finished 2009, over 240 yards a game in last 5 games, he had to be feeling great last July.
2. No pressure on IC? Sure, all the other back fumble too much or run like linebackers.
3. Defense wasn’t the problem last year, it was that the offense averaged 15 points a game against ranked teams.
4. Arron Murray is the King of happy talk. Said the same optimistic pollyanna stuff last year and went 6-7 as the starter. The receivers are in trouble, no one has more than 2 td’s. Little experience, little productivity and it’s a massive drop off when you lose your top 2 WR’s to the NFL, who’s he trying to kid?
5. Richt feels the hotseat, that’s why coaches said during recruiting they were fighting for their jobs. If Richt finishes outside the top 25 for the 3rd year in a row, he’s gone.

DaveFromBaytown

July 22nd, 2011
11:36 am

Drill

July 22nd, 2011
11:37 am

Newman get a life !!

Teasley51

July 22nd, 2011
11:37 am

I thought he handled himself very well…gave thoughtful answers sprinkled with his usual dry humor..I am very optimistic that this 2011 team will be much better than what we had in 2010… Go DAWGS!

Mtn Dawg

July 22nd, 2011
11:37 am

Come on guys. Just WIN!

BMDPD

July 22nd, 2011
11:39 am

JC, if you read the entire quote, he thought they would be better. He basically said neither WE or CK had the drive to be a “tailback at Georgia”. He basically said that we won’t be any worse.

BMDPD

July 22nd, 2011
11:42 am

How can we be any worse at RB? Heck, we had one primadonna wannbe and one under achiever. Both thought that they were great and didn’t have to work. Bobo also went away from the run too quickly.

JC

July 22nd, 2011
11:45 am

No, he said some positive things about Ealey & King last off-season, just like his happy talk this seaosn.

http://blogs.ajc.com/junkyard-blawg/2010/03/04/richt-ealey-even-better-but-qb-may-not-surface-until-bullets-are-real/

iowa dog

July 22nd, 2011
11:46 am

richard samuel for the heisman

JC

July 22nd, 2011
11:50 am

Richt gushed about Caleb King after spring game. Richt felt real good about his running back situation then.

http://blogs.ajc.com/uga-sports-blog/2011/04/02/richt-reviews-bulldogs-scrimmage/

Jimmy

July 22nd, 2011
11:51 am

I don’t think we will miss WE or CK. I think it was dumb and dumber. I even think RS would be better. IC is a hoss and I look for him to show up and show out. I’m glad the three bad apples are gone. I look forward to a new day for the Dawgs

cantondawg

July 22nd, 2011
11:55 am

JC,

Whining is for little girls and sissies. Which are u?

Bill

July 22nd, 2011
11:56 am

UGA and its coach need loyal fans….not Newmans.

JC

July 22nd, 2011
11:57 am

Ealey ditched Richt, Ealey got off the Richt bus. Didn’t need any help form Richt. Ealey got tired of rotating with other backs when he scored 11 td’s to the rest of the backs 5. Caleb for the first time in 5 years, quit studying academically after Richt went after Crowell. Both ditched Richt.

Richt has very few key players lately who stay all 4 years: AJ, Moreno, Stafford, Houston, they don’t have a relationship with Richt strong enough to stay on.

dave

July 22nd, 2011
11:57 am

Newman…..your cousin must have a date with someone else tonight.

BMDPD

July 22nd, 2011
11:57 am

JC, what is any coach gonna say? “Man our running backs stink. I have no confidence in them. Now let’s go win some games, team!”

dave

July 22nd, 2011
11:58 am

newman……why cant someone be both?

BMDPD

July 22nd, 2011
12:00 pm

JC, WE was a prima donna wanna whining sissy like you. I am glad he is gone. I feel a little more remorse for King, but your logic is flawed. If King knows he won’t make it in FB, do you think he is going to blow off classes so he can work at Burger King?

Spike 80DF

July 22nd, 2011
12:01 pm

guys that are 1st or 2nd round picks don’t stick around for any coach…..Houston got bad info and had other “issues” that caused him to fall in the draft. don’t say it’s lack of relationship that Stafford chooses $41.7 MILLION in GUARANTEED MONEY over CMR, that’s just ignorant.

ATL XMAN

July 22nd, 2011
12:02 pm

jc…the dawgs are fine. they reload and with a healthy offensive line the running backs will do fine. i dont think richt had a problem with how the backs running the ball but what they did off the field and in the class room. they let themselves down and coach richt. as far as talent both running backs have it just their work ethic is lacking. the backs will be fine this year if they work hard in practice and dont let up.

really like how the dawgs are coming together already this year.

JC

July 22nd, 2011
12:02 pm

By September 10th, about 8p.m., we’ll know whether all the happy talk is true, or just like the last 3 years, a bunch of hot air.

JC

July 22nd, 2011
12:04 pm

Other QB’s passed up the money to come back for their Coach, not Stafford, or Moreno, or AJ or Houston…..

JC

July 22nd, 2011
12:06 pm

Kellen Moore came back for Peterson, Stanford QB, Oklahoma QB came back last year for Stoops. Some teams have QB’s who love their coach and stay on as Senoirs. Not so at Georgia anymore.

ATL XMAN

July 22nd, 2011
12:06 pm

jc..what qb was that? and its only been 2 years of 8 wins or less not 3. so just relax and enjoy the ride as the dawgs are trending back up.

ATL XMAN

July 22nd, 2011
12:09 pm

the okl qb wasnt going to get beat out stafford for number 1 and kellen more is not good enough to leav after his jr season. again he wouldnt have gotten top 10 money. the stanford qb wanted to finish school and he also wouldnt have gotten the number 1 pick.

5$ Dawg

July 22nd, 2011
12:11 pm

The Stanford QB most definitely would have been the number 1 pick for Carolina. Instead, they picked a tight end with a criminal history.

Spike 80DF

July 22nd, 2011
12:12 pm

@JC, Luck came back to Stanford for who? Harbough is now coaching the 49ers, great relationship there! Which OU qb? Sam Bradford left early for MILLIONS too, must have been a bad coaching job by Stoops to not have a better relationship.

I’m getting dumber by the minute for arguing with you…..

Spike 80DF

July 22nd, 2011
12:13 pm

oops Bradford came back, he just looked 14 but was a senior

Hardtruth Soldier

July 22nd, 2011
12:19 pm

Mark Richt says,” there’s no pressure on IC, but only every newspaper, twitter, facebook, and every social media outlet in the state of Georgia has been talking about this young man. No pressure? Yeah right ! But to his credit what he hasn’t said is this kid is a can’t miss, love what I seen in Malcome, and we’ve changed up Carlton’s role. You don’t let your top two tailbacks go in the SEC without some reassurance. Have ya’ll noticed Spurrier ain’t dumped his QB ? Smart coaches see things, and Richt came to media day looking calm and relaxed. Dawg fans bring the jack and coke. Keep the Bud on ice because it’s gonna be a blast in Athens this year. Oh and if you wanna know football real good besides listening to me, pick up Phil Steele’s college football 2011. The most informative magazine in all of football.

ATL XMAN

July 22nd, 2011
12:20 pm

Bradford came back because of stafford and sanchez was coming out early. bradford was smart as he was number 1 the next year with no qb to compete again. and luck is a better qb than cam but i think he has a better chance of going first this year and will be even a better qb for staying. no way stafford or any other qb would turn down the money the number 1 pick used to bring in.

Hardtruth Soldier

July 22nd, 2011
12:30 pm

Bank on it, number #7 moves to the outside and Aaron White or Jay Rome take over at T.E. Aaron Murray will have 6 different receivers, maybe eight to throw to, and if Bobo (which is a Big If)mixes it up. This will be the most explosive offense in America, besides Arkansas. If you smelllll what the dawgs are cooking.

gomdawg

July 22nd, 2011
12:32 pm

JC GET A LIFE . I think we have one of the best coaches in all of college football. When this season is over I hope you sob jump back on the wagon. GO DAWGS

Hardtruth Soldier Female

July 22nd, 2011
12:34 pm

I’m Cheryl and I love Mike.

Good Grief

July 22nd, 2011
12:36 pm

Too bad some on these GA “fans” wouldnt switch to Jacksonville State themselves. I heard years ago, in WE’s freshman season, that the entire team hated that guy. This is from a former strenght and cond assisstant. He said Ealey was the biggest punk on the team from day 1. He runs his mouth on the field, I’m sure he does the same off the field. He said himself he wants to be “premier back”…well, “premier back” is nto a position on the team to be awarded, it’s to be earned. See Knowshon Moreno – he earned it. Good riddance Washaun.

As for Caleb, who is so pathetic that he cant stay eligible in his 4th and 5th year of college? Caleb King, that’s who. If you cant pass classes when you’re 23-24 years old in your 5th year of college then it’s your time to roll on.

The Dawgs may not be world-beaters this year but they certainly have a better chance without people like that on the team.

AtlantaFan

July 22nd, 2011
12:41 pm

The last 8 years, Richt did a bunch of off season happy talk about how things were hunky dory. Won less games 7 out of 8 seasons than the year before.

I ain’t buying the happy talk anymore. I’ve been right 7 out of 8 seasons about Richt’s happy talk.

Dogs go 5-7 losing to 5 ranked teams, Tenn, and Kent.

allwehaveishope

July 22nd, 2011
12:44 pm

If CMR wants to make believers out of dawg fans and sports writers he and his coaches and players need to blow out BSU and SC. That would erase all doubters on this teams ability to win games. Since this scenerio is probably unlikely winning ugly might have to suffice. But wouldn’t it be something if they steamrolled their first 2 oppponents. That would convince the bulldog nation and college football that they have arrived. We can dream (team).

dont get it

July 22nd, 2011
12:57 pm

can someone please explain to me how wanting Richt out makes me a non-loyal fan? Wanting to beat UF more than twice a decade means im just too demanding? is that it?

Spike 80DF

July 22nd, 2011
12:58 pm

@HardTruth, you think Art Lynch would get passed over by Rome? I’ve heard good things about him and was hoping to see him get some good PT this year.

dont get it

July 22nd, 2011
1:00 pm

@good grief – I agree but lets remember who recruited those kids and talked about what kind of “character” they had.

FLDawg

July 22nd, 2011
1:05 pm

In both of the links JC provided, Richt is talking about how they are coming along and how they “WILL” be…meaning in the near future, ceterus paribus (all things held constant). He can only be positive about what they will do if they continue working hard and devoting themselves to the program the way they are asked to. Richt can do all he wants to encourage, instruct and/or reprimand a young man so he will “see the light” and achieve his potential, but the young man must want it himself or at least want to see what the coach sees in him.

If you’ve ever coached a sport you would know that all potential in the world doesn’t make up for a persons unwillingness to work toward realizing that potential. More often than not, the kids that HAVE to work harder are often the ones who prove to be the greatest benefit to your team on and off the field.

GO DAWGS!

FLDawg

July 22nd, 2011
1:10 pm

Good Grief… AMEN!

Don’t Get It… It’s just like job interviews. People can talk a good game and give a great impression enough to get the job, but when they actually have to work they prove to be lacking. It happens in the business world all the time and recruiters get paid big bucks to weed out the imposters…but it still happens. As a coach, all you can do is research as much as possible, evaluate, interview, consult your coaching staff and trust that what you see is what you are getting.

In the end there is only one PERFECT judge of man. :)

Dawg 39

July 22nd, 2011
1:13 pm

AGAIN; the Dawgs were 1 & 10 against UF before Richt took over with ZERO SEC Championships. After 20 long dry years we finally won 2 & played for a third. Also, We had, arguably, the best team in the nation in 2007.
If Richt’s 2 & 8 record against UF is the criteria for firing him, then so be it. That makes it 3 & 18 over the last 21 years. Personally I do not expect the next coach to do better or even as good. I hope that I am wrong.
I am a life long Dawg Fan & a life long “Gator Hater”. We will know after the first 2 games this year. GATA.

slydog

July 22nd, 2011
1:29 pm

It’s not about ‘What have you done for me lately’ as far as I’m concerned. I have questioned CMR and the decision-making of his staff since 2005. Yes, I’m being honest. Then to top it all off, with as much success as UGA has had recruiting wise (yes it does count), why hasn’t this program won at 1 national championship. My father said great coaches don’t always win titles, it’s a matter of luck and everything coming together at the right time. But UGA not even playing in the title game for at least a shot puzzles me. I’m afraid, just like other coaches who have been on hotseats before, UGA will win the SEC East this year and it will be fool’s gold. I have not over valued this program as some will suggest. But your conference has 7 BCS Titles in 13 years of the BCS’s existence. And we haven’t even been to the game. No excuses. Is CMR’s tenure a failure or a success if he doesn’t win a NC? It is a success. No doubt. But he himself has raised the stakes. Same as Saban (two schools), Meyer, Mullin, Petrino, Miles, and Spurrier

Bulldog Parking

July 22nd, 2011
1:36 pm

I think RS will be just what we need which is a big HB to bruise up the defense and I think coach MR is doing a great job because honestly if they fire him who out there are they gone get to do a better job??? really people. lets run Richard Samuell 240lbs of wrecking ball

JB

July 22nd, 2011
2:07 pm

Mark has a BIG job. One he hasn’t had good results with lately. We’ll see a better Bulldog team this year. A better record? Probably? Good enough to keep his job? We’ll see…..But, Mark is at peace with himself. If you really know him, you know that. He has I’d say 10 mil in the Bank, Another 2 mil net coming in this year…and a 5-6 mil payoff if things go bad this year……..He’s fine( we may not be, he is). He could take a year off and probably have his pick of ANY ACC conference job that was open if he wanted it.

Herschel Talker

July 22nd, 2011
2:08 pm

JC:

Good research, my man. You have exposed Richt for the pollyanna doofus that he is. He will trainwreck us this season, and then he will be gone, thank God.

HT

Herschel Talker

July 22nd, 2011
2:14 pm

cantondawg:

You are a clown.

HT

S.E. Dawg

July 22nd, 2011
2:33 pm

JC, since CMR doesn’t have a clue in your opinion, what do you think the plan should be for this season. Just interested.