Fan talk: UGA’s playcalling, Richt’s future and more

Mark Richt says playcalling is "overrated." (Curtis Compton / AJC)

Mark Richt says playcalling is "overrated." (Curtis Compton / AJC)

A lot of the fan talk going on this week centers on the intertwined futures of Mark Richt and the UGA football program. Seems like a good time to check out some Junkyard Mail …

Bobby Sharp writes: ESPN analyst Todd McShay dismissed Georgia’s offense the other day as “vanilla.” I have to say I agree with him in the sense that Mike Bobo has to be the most predictable playcaller in the SEC, if not all of college football. If the Dawgs stumble again, do you think there’s any chance Mark Richt might take the playcalling duties back?

I’ve certainly had my share of complaints about Bobo, but I think McShay is overstating his case when he calls Georgia’s offense vanilla. The Dogs’ offense isn’t gimmicky but when it’s executed properly it’s capable of covering a lot of territory pretty quickly. Too quickly, sometimes. The Dogs also generally have been pretty prolific points-wise under Bobo and, in fact, statistically have been above what they did when Richt was calling the plays. For the most part, defense is why Georgia has lost games the past few seasons, not offense. But, yes, Bobo can be predictable and frustrating as a playcaller. Between the 20-yard lines, he’s great, but for some reason as soon as the Dogs get into the red zone he has a tendency to quit doing what got them there and try something different. It’s as if he doesn’t trust that what he’s doing will continue to work. As for Richt taking back the playcalling, I’d say there’s little chance of that. I was at a UGA Alumni Association breakfast in Athens last week at which the head coach was asked whether he “missed” calling plays. And you could tell the fan asking was wishing Richt would take back the playcalling. After praising Bobo’s work, Richt grudgingly conceded that sometimes he misses calling plays, but he noted that he is still involved in the development of the offensive game plan and doesn’t see any need to revert to the previous arrangement. As he put it, “Playcalling is overrated. Most of the time, it’s not the plays, it’s the execution.” I’d say that was certainly the case in the South Carolina game.

But then again, Russ Akins writes: The remarks made by Bobo and Richt are very familiar to Alabama fans during the Mike Shula era — “execution” is and was always the excuse. This is something that concerns me because it is the coach’s job to figure out what “works” and what will not work against defenses. I can tell you that it is obvious that execution is important, that is a fact, but the best coaches put their best players in a position to make plays. Is [Aaron] Murray not the best player? Is this approach the best for him? Just a thought. I am a Bama fan but live in Georgia so hate to see so much of the same things now that plagued Alabama and Shula. Richt is way better than that.

That’s the thing about college athletics. You can’t fire the players (well, not unless you’re Nick Saban), so when things aren’t working the coach must take the heat. But, as you point out, that’s not unfair.

Robert Waller writes: If Richt were let go, who would be your dream coach to replace him out of the coaches who are presently available or who would realistically leave their school for Georgia?

I don’t really have a “dream” candidate and, frankly, I hope Richt is able to get back on track and keep his job. I don’t really want to watch Georgia go through another coaching transition. But if he doesn’t, I’d imagine the short list of candidates Greg McGarity would assemble would include UGA alum Kirby Smart, the defensive coordinator at Bama, and Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen, who McGarity knows from his time as offensive coordinator at Florida. Those are the two names I hear bandied about the most. Smart probably would keep the 3-4 defense, which would save a year of growing pains like we went through last season, but I’m not sure how much credit he should get for the Crimson Tide’s D with Nick Saban looking over his shoulder, or how he’d do as a head coach. Mullen probably would want to switch to the spread offense, which requires a specific type of quarterback (like Tim Tebow or Cam Newton) and flounders without one (John Brantley). As I’ve said before, I’m not sure Aaron Murray could take the pounding a spread QB gets, though Christian LeMay might flourish in it. Some folks would like to see Georgia take a run at TCU head coach Gary Patterson, who has a defensive background and was 2009’s national coach of the year, but I’m not sure how realistic that is.

Matt Cafaro writes: Ask yourself this: would Nick Saban or Urban Meyer have put up with inadequate coaches/coordinators such as Willie Martinez, John Jancek or Mike Bobo as long as Richt has? Now, I know Mike Bobo is a good QB coach, but he is a tire fire as an OC. Soft Willie oversaw the demolition of what was once a disciplined and aggressive defensive unit built by Brian VanGorder, and the list goes on and on. It all goes back to accountability. For far too long at Georgia, there has been NONE when it comes to the coaching staff under Richt. … It’s time for Richt to go.

I’ll agree Richt should have pulled the trigger earlier on Martinez. As for Bobo, as I noted above, he can drive you crazy with his inconsistency, but Georgia’s offensive production hasn’t dropped since Richt handed the playcalling over to him. Still, overall the program definitely has faltered over the past three seasons. Is that reason enough to make a change and start over with someone new as head coach? Right now, I’d say no. Ask me again at the end of the season.

From bluegrass country, Dawginlex writes: Don’t you believe that Greg McGarity has been clear on his plan for Coach Richt? Week to week evaluation. Two more losses or a loss to Ole Miss and he announces that this will be Richt’s final year? Don’t you think Richt finishes the year regardless but at some point, depending on the results, the announcement might get made and the public search for a new coach begins?

No, I don’t think McGarity would treat Mark Richt that way and I don’t think Richt would want to be a “lame duck” coach for most of a season. I also don’t think installing an interim coach in the midst of a season would do the program any good, and it might send it into a tailspin. Certainly it wouldn’t do anything to help with the uncertainties recruits might be feeling. No, if Richt is going to get fired, I think it will be after the regular season ends.

Scott Hall writes a long and impassioned defense of Georgia’s head coach as a good man who UGA should be proud to have at the helm of its football program. He winds up thusly: As a UGA alumnus and football fan, I can’t imagine a better role model for a large group of young men ages 18-22 than Mark Richt. In my opinion, people’s lives are more important than football scores. A classic vitriol against UGA (as well as many other teams) is “those guys/that school has no class.” If we choose to fire Mark Richt because of that reason, perhaps those critics are right.

I can’t argue with Richt’s virtues as a man. But this is big-time college football we’re talking about, and at some point good deeds and the high moral ground aren’t enough. For years, Richt also was successful on the field. I think he could be again, but if he doesn’t get enough wins this season, he might not get the chance.

Which brings us to Andy Bell, who writes: Jeff Schultz thinks Richt can only afford to lose one more game and keep his job. What’s your take?

Only McGarity knows for sure if there’s a “magic” number of wins for Richt, but I believe he could lose two more, for an overall record of 8-4, if one of the wins is over Florida. On the other hand, 8-4 probably wouldn’t cut it if he lost to both the Gators and Tech (as Jim Donnan found out). Can Richt survive if he loses to a first-year coach (again) in Jacksonville? Yes, but probably only if he wins all the other games and finishes 9-3.

Clark Colwell writes: Bill, your blog on the Dawgs is about the only one I regularly follow. You are at least realistic about the state of affairs with our beloved Bulldogs. But I think there are some questions about last [Saturday's] game that no one seems to be asking and they need to asked. So here goes. Is it possible that most of the mistakes the offense made were because players were trying too hard? Maybe they felt the pressure of trying to save their coach’s job and were pushing too hard to win? And that pressure didn’t come from the coaches or staff but from us, the fans and alumni? While blogs and the Internet are great ways of getting news out and sharing ideas, all too often they serve to blow things completely out of proportion. Maybe the problem with the Bulldogs isn’t that the university owes us, the fans and alumni, a better coaching staff or team. Maybe we owe it to those players out on the field playing with all their heart to save their coach to be better fans and stop crucifying the coaches and players for every little mistake they make. Just a thought.

I don’t think there’s any doubt Murray sometimes tries to force passes when he shouldn’t or holds on to the ball too long or tries to manufacture something when he should just take a sack, but I doubt that’s attributable to him worrying about his head coach’s job. Likewise, the mistakes made by offensive linemen and so on. Mistakes happen a lot in college football, and the Dogs were making them long before Richt’s seat got hot. I will agree with you, though, that the 24/7 media environment of today makes a head coach’s job tougher. Vince Dooley got to slog through several disappointing seasons before he got back on top and won a national championship. Pressure from media, fans and alumni make that a tougher call for an athletic director these days. As Dooley noted in a recent interview with Athlon Sports, “There certainly seems to be less patience today than ever before — and there wasn’t a lot of patience back then anyway. Nevertheless, the coaches are getting paid a heck of a lot more than they ever did before so the fans are more demanding because of it.”

Bryan Ingram writes: Please spread the word. Richt coached a great game [against South Carolina]. We SHOULDN’T fire him.

If a loss can ever win a coach brownie points with the fan base, I think Georgia’s showing against the Gamecocks was probably it. The opposite was the case in the miserable showing the Dogs made against Boise State. If the team continues to improve and remains competitive, I think that will factor into McGarity’s decision as much as how many wins and losses Richt has at the end of the season.

Lon writes: Bill, there is no denial that we are not where we want to be, and I hate losing as bad as anyone on this earth. But I hope our fans support our players, will give [the coaches] and the players time to work this out and respect them as young men that play for our TEAM. It is embarrassing to see so-called fans act with no class. This is not the example we should be setting and I can only imagine what our recruits and those considering coming to UGA think. We do have problems, but MR is certainly better in every way than his predecessors Goff and Donnan. I enjoy reading your column.

Thanks, Lon. I’m not sure how much of a factor fan dissent is when an elite recruit is deciding where to go to school and play. I think success on the field probably has more to do with it, though a losing season didn’t seem to derail Richt’s “Dream Team” push last year. Still, if at the end of this season Richt’s future still looks murky and the fan base is divided, that might do more to scare off some athletes than a griping fan base. I’ll agree, there’s something to be said for spending your energy cheering your team on rather than bemoaning the coaching.

D. Keith Gettmann writes: Bill, I am a Tech fan but have two children from UGA (one graduate and one graduating in May) so I watch as many games as I can. In looking at both lines, they appeared to be puffy fat, not muscular. Has this coaching staff put too much emphasis on 300-plus linemen and not enough on being in shape so that they can gun it for 60 solid minutes?

I’m betting you probably don’t have one of those “UGA Dad” decals on your car’s back window, but I congratulate you on taking an interest in your kids’ school. As for your point, ideally, you want ’em big as well as in great shape. Georgia’s defense definitely did look gassed in the third quarter against Boise’s hurry-up offense and they seemed to wear down some against Marcus Lattimore in the fourth quarter Saturday, so the verdict is still out on whether the Dogs’ revamped conditioning program is paying off.

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352 comments Add your comment

blindog

September 15th, 2011
10:21 am

Bulldog Fan

September 15th, 2011
10:27 am

Kevin Sumlin from Houston is a great name for “the list”.

cantondawg

September 15th, 2011
10:28 am

If CMR is fired, UGA would have to buyout CMR and Todd Grantham…You’re looking at about 6.3 million is owed salaries. What kind of effect would the large buyouts have on ADGM. I know UGA has the money but you don’t want to throw it away if you don’t have to.

Sparky Garfunkel

September 15th, 2011
10:28 am

http://www.philsteele.com/Blogs/Individual_Team_blogs/Georgia_Blog.html

I agree with a lot of what Bill says. Good stuff. My friend writes the blog above and it’s a good read.

CAhopkins

September 15th, 2011
10:28 am

the first few years CMR was at UGA, he got the catches and the bounces – the last 2 the ball has bounced away and the catches have been dropped. — the team is on the rise again – he is the man for the job – let the guy coach and give him a bit more time.

Kmac

September 15th, 2011
10:29 am

Bobo calls a great game one week and then a absolutely HORRIBLE game the next. Then he learns from his mistakes and calls another good game. Then he forgets about how good they played and calls a crappy game again. I cannot stand to see another year of him calling plays. If that means Richt goes to because of “loyalty”, then so be it. But Bobo has to go soon!

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 15th, 2011
10:32 am

cantondawg

Keep with the status quo and a $6 million buyout will be chump change compared to lost revenue due to lack of boosters and fan support

Bigdsel5556

September 15th, 2011
10:32 am

Please win out

Doggy Dawg

September 15th, 2011
10:32 am

Keep Mark Richt!!!!!!! GO DAWGS!!!!

cantondawg

September 15th, 2011
10:32 am

My biggest complaint about Bobo is that he tries to be TOO balanced…We can have three or four running plays and absolutely gash the other team then Bobo has to call 3 or 4 passing plays which totally throw us out of sync..Run what works until they stop you…Don’t worry about balance.

SSIgator

September 15th, 2011
10:33 am

Extra brownie points to DawginLex for kissing up to Bill and his mail bag.

GoGo

September 15th, 2011
10:38 am

I know he’s an alumni and Richt likes him, but Bobo needs to go now.

Get rid of him now, and then (as much as I hate to say it) get rid of Richt if things don’t get better.

anotherdawg

September 15th, 2011
10:40 am

What bothers me is that UGA was not prepared for the possibility of a fake punt ( see UGA bowl game against West Virginia) and then to have one by a 270 lb defensive lineman is disappointing. And then, a UGA player comments that they have not even practiced for the possibility of one, that’s sad!

Still@theBAR

September 15th, 2011
10:41 am

Thank God for Coastal & Ole Miss games. The Dawg fans will come down off the ledge and UGA gets to .500. The the wheels come off the bus again with Miss State or the Vols beating the dawgs. UGA will be 500 and get Vandy to have a winning record for a Week until the GATORS put the dawgs back to .500. the home stretch of new Mexico St, Auburn, Kentucky and Tech. The Dawgs could be 6-6 in the blink of an eye.

BullDog1959

September 15th, 2011
10:43 am

Bulldog Fans need to wake up and be very careful what we wish for. It is time to stop bashing Mark Richt and his staff and start supporting him. Mark Richt did not fire BVG. He left for what he thought was a better opportunity. He hired a new and very good DC in Grantham. The defense is much improved and yes still has a way to go. It is his 2nd year people. We cried and screamed for him to clean up the off field issues which he did. He got tough and showed those that did not want to wear the “G” with pride the door. Alot of those that left would be experienced jr’s and sr’s. We have lost a large number of players due to this and other reasons. I see a team supporting their coaching staff and each other- fighting for each other. Whether or not that will translate into a respectable season this year is to be seen. What I do know is the program is headed in the right direction. Change in S/C that the fans screamed for. Do you really think that 6-8 months is enough time for the full impact to be seen? I think not. As for Bobo, I have second guessed him and even cursed him but his numbers and stats have some merit. I do not think he turned the ball over 3 times himself and failed to cover the fake punt. Can he improve? Yes. I was at UGA in 77 and 79- horrible years. I was there the next year in 1980- NC!!! What if Dooley had been fired in ‘79? Would we still have signed Herschel? Still won the NC? I doubt it. Mark Richt runs a clean and honorable program. He knows how to win. We have a great start to recruiting for 2012 and 2013. Everyone wants Dan Mullen. Didn’t he just lose to what is supposed to be a bad AU team? Did he fumble what would have been the game tying TD? I see a very positive trend with some very talented young players. I see senior leadership that has been missing for a few years. Were Stafford and Moreno great leaders? No. Great players that were eyeing the NFL and big pay checks. The team is coming together. These guys are winners and I think if we will just rally around the team and a man that brought us back from a 20 year of irrelevancy we will be back sooner than later. You want to blow it up and bring in a new staff? Get ready for 2-3 years of rebuilding. Mark Richt and the UGA program deserves better.

Loyal Dawg

September 15th, 2011
10:43 am

As much as I want UGA to be a 10, 11, 12 win team year in and year out, I do not think firing Richt is the answer. Sure he has faults, but how many perfect coaches are out there? Saban? Anyone else?

There is not a single available candidate I would feel comfortable replacing Richt with. Kirby Smart is not the answer. Dan Mullen has one year under his belt at Miss St.. Who else?

I would gladly stick with Richt. Like I told a buddy of mine last night, if anything, tie Richt’s fate to Aaron Murray. If he is not able to at least win the SEC in the 3 (including this season) years he will more than likely have him as QB, then fine, I will agree it is time for change. But let’s at least see what he can do with his best COLLEGE QB since David Greene.

Hammerdawg

September 15th, 2011
10:43 am

Bill, A three year spiral into medicracy or below is not turning things around! Bobo is out coached in nearly every SEC game, he cannot make in game adjustments to the defensive adjustments, he does not put his top players in positions to succeed, his play calling is atrocious and non flowing…
This has been the case since he took over as the OC…
It is hard to sit by and watch this, the program will continue to spiral into obscurity until Richt will be forced to make a change at OC or he will be fired…
Bobo should do the honorable thing and resign as OC and try to keep his job as a QB coach or the whole staff will be let go at the end of the year….
Sad times when no progress is made from year to year!

DawginLex

September 15th, 2011
10:45 am

If Mullen loses tonight, he will be 0-10 against the SEC West teams not named Ole Miss.

Terrell

September 15th, 2011
10:45 am

Guys, it’s not the playcalling! While I would certainly like to see Mark Richt return to playcalling duties, we have much bigger issues to worry about. Check out this article and it’s clear to me that defense is the main issue. Sorry if you’ve already seen this but I just found out about it.

http://coachesbythenumbers.com/should-richts-backside-really-be-on-fire/

Still@thegayBAR

September 15th, 2011
10:46 am

Hey chump, why don’t you get back on the dead Tech blogs and troll around over there. Surely out of the handful of Tech fans on it you can find yourself a man date for tonight. Good luck!!!

JRW7

September 15th, 2011
10:46 am

CMR is 14-14 since game 1 of 2009 season, only Vanderbilt has less wins, have we sunk that low with CMR? UGA fans deserve better!

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 15th, 2011
10:46 am

“Between the 20-yard lines, he’s great, but for some reason as soon as the Dogs get into the red zone he has a tendency to quit doing what got them there and try something different”

And thats why we need another OC

“After praising Bobo’s work, Richt grudgingly conceded that sometimes he misses calling plays, but he noted that he is still involved in the development of the offensive game plan and doesn’t see any need to revert to the previous arrangement. As he put it, “Playcalling is overrated. Most of the time, it’s not the plays, it’s the execution.” I’d say that was certainly the case in the South Carolina game.

And thats why Coach Richt your on the hotseat and why UGA will not compete in the SEC east until this mindset is changed

Bulldog Fan

September 15th, 2011
10:46 am

what would Malzhan do with AJ Green??????

DawginLex

September 15th, 2011
10:50 am

Bulldog fan

Malzahn would be on my list too.

Hiring a new coach is a scary deal.

All the names everyone was spewing a couple of years ago.
Remember

Butch Davis-Crook
Brian Kelly-Zero and 2 at ND
Dan Mullen- Zero and 9 versus the SEC WEST other than Ole Missy

Ron

September 15th, 2011
10:50 am

Ah, but the defense lawyers and bail bondsmen love UGA.

Bulldog Fan

September 15th, 2011
10:50 am

red hill

September 15th, 2011
10:51 am

I can think of $3 million reasons why Richt should be gone at seasons end. The losses are piling up and the MO is the same week in and week out. 9th highest paid coach in college football and this is what we get?? You have got to be kidding.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 15th, 2011
10:54 am

BullDog1959

Brian VanGorder left because Willie Martinez was going behind his back to Richt on play calls VanGorder got tired of it confronted Richt and Richt took Martinez’s side on the matter VanGorder got mad about it and after Richt did not want to recomend that he get a raise he left

Richt wanted Martinez in the first place as DC but it was Erk Russel who stepped in and told Richt to go after VanGorder

Richt is in the predicament he is in because of his friendships to Bobo and Martinez.

Cufflinks Carl

September 15th, 2011
10:56 am

If you can’t beat the poultry, go back to Moultrie.

Bulldog Fan

September 15th, 2011
10:56 am

If we get Malzhan hopefully he leaves the “members only” jacket at Auburn

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 15th, 2011
10:57 am

DawginLex

Well we agree on something Im not for Dan Mullen. Dan Mullen has shown nothing to me except beat Ole miss in the West. And even if he beats LSU tonight which I doubt. Im still not impressed with him

And those saying Charlie Strong no way. He is in year two and loses to FIU give me a break

DawginLex

September 15th, 2011
10:57 am

I hope we play well the next 2 games and can run the score up, especially at Ole Miss.

That game will start at 11:30 CST down in Oxford.

Hopefully our players won’t venture over to the Grove…………..

James

September 15th, 2011
10:58 am

I truly hope that there is no reason for a coaching change at season’s end.I do think that Coach Richt needs to either take over the offensive play calling or hire a proven offensive mind.Bobo could still be retained as quarterbacks coach and from what I hear he’s a great recruiter.If there is a change and they want instant impact they have to pursue Urban Myer.

Frank Lane

September 15th, 2011
10:58 am

If you believe you can, you can. If you believe you can’t, you can’t. Either way, you are correct.

Stop being negative.

DawginLex

September 15th, 2011
10:59 am

Yeah I left charlie Strong off my list earlier. Another coach not ready to be a head coach.

If he blows up further at Louisville, whoever comes to UGA could bring him in as DC and I’d be all for that.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 15th, 2011
10:59 am

And I forgot about his friendship to Van Halenger the strength and Conditioning coach

Sorry people but Richt has put himself and his buddies above the UGA program

how2fish

September 15th, 2011
10:59 am

Good article Bill, lets play the season out and let our AD do his job..we do pay him a good bit to do it after all..till then Go Dogs !

JR

September 15th, 2011
11:01 am

I find it strange that many of the supporters of keeping Richt as head coach at UGA make his character and values virtually the entire issue, as if not winning games consistently at a program like Georgia should somehow be overlooked completely at $3.4 million a year. Obviously, a responsible coach who is a good role model and encourages his players to succeed and grow should be important at any university and even at the professional level. But to ignore the overall success of a program that is such a revenue producer and that other athletic programs depend on at the University of Georgia is really having one’s “head in the sand.” I don’t know how many people could keep a job of any type with such a record purely based on a persons values and faith.

The other thing I see and hear is how the same supporters of keeping Coach Richt act as if the fans and alumni are getting on his case because of only the last two games. This has been about 4 years of a consistent regression of the program in so many areas. There has been a lot of patience and restraint already. But the bottom line criteria is at least being competitive with other peer schools in the SEC with similar athletic budgets (Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, LSU, and Tennessee). And Georgia clearly is not and has not for a long time. Any other viewpoint on this is very naive and viewing the matter purely from an emotional standpoint rather than logically, or from a real and true business perspective.

I also

DawginLex

September 15th, 2011
11:01 am

James

If we go 8-4 or 9-3, I could see McGarity forcing Richt’s hand on demoting or firing Bobo.

McGarity apparently is trying to build “his coaches” and getting rid of Bobo would be an elimination of a Dooley relative(by marriage).

Would appease the fanbase enough to give momentum for 2012 to Richt with another opportunity to move up the SEC food chain.

Tough call for McGarity

Dogs Smell

September 15th, 2011
11:03 am

Good Lord here it comes. Uga goes to 2-2 and you will become World domination! Its been shown you cannot beat quality teams so now you cant wait to bow your chest after Coastal Carolina and Ole Miss. Do you really feel that with one of the weakest schedules in SEC play that Ga would best represent the SEC ? Look at your record over the past 2 years “Homer” fans you’re not very well coached yet you fellers want to say “We’re Back” after a win over a team very few have even heard of.

DawginLex

September 15th, 2011
11:05 am

Dogs smell

Your reading comprehension and interpretation skills are lacking.

Either that or you posted your comment on the wrong blog…….

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 15th, 2011
11:07 am

DawginLex

I know you dont care for most of my posts but Richts friendships above the program is my issue with him

Ever since the 2008 season ie the AL game being down 31-0 at the half and being blown away by FL and blowing a 17 point lead to Tech to lose. And then the next season losing OkSt in the opener when our D couldnt stop them at all and Richt vehemently supported Martinez and would not do nothing until the boosters told him to do something:

That told me Richt puts his self above UGA and thats my problem

And couple the downturn since 2006 with sales pitches of Dream Team blah blah blah give me a break

Fire CMR?.....

September 15th, 2011
11:07 am

The opinion “I think we should fire/replace CMR” is idiotic. Do that and you looking at a couple crappy rebuilding years for sure on top of this “slide.” FTOI95, Lose booster support give me a break. Did we lose booster support in the ’90s, No, and fans will not stop attending games. This will not be a .500 season. GO DOGS!

duronimo

September 15th, 2011
11:08 am

It seems that on third and short, Bobo rarely settles for first down yardage with a quick short pass.
He feels that it’s the perfect time to surprise the other side with a longer pass. That approach is great if you don’t do overdo it and become predictable. Bobo does call come great games on occasions. I’m thinking his infatuation with the spread this year disrupted their normal rhythm. That’s why it took to the 2nd half of the USC game for the offense to look cohesive, balanced and well, normal.

5 Time National Champs Nebraska

September 15th, 2011
11:08 am

Some of you just don’t know what you are talking about.

garxdawg65

September 15th, 2011
11:11 am

I, as a grad of UGA, am proud of my fellow BULLDOGS especially CMR. I agree with all my felow alumni that times are rough, but things are brighter than the time we had under coacg Griffith. Things will be better and UGA will rise again to top.

DawginLex

September 15th, 2011
11:11 am

flat tire

You are all right with me. You are just fed up with losing.

I get that.

I have been with the give him a chance side.

I have been going to Athens for 40+ years including school and after.

I give Richt credit for 2002 and 2005. I remember how I felt in the Ga Dome in 2002. That was a great team.

We hadn’t won the SEC in 20 years.

I am pulling for him to win out and douse this fire.

If he loses, he will be gone.

Bulldog Fan

September 15th, 2011
11:12 am

Tim Deyruter the d cord at texas am will make a great hc one day…

Loyal Dawg

September 15th, 2011
11:13 am

Fire CMR?…..

My point exactly. Look at what happened with Tennessee and Michigan when they fired their coaches. They are still trying to climb out of those holes some 3 or 4 years later. And how is Frank Beamer regarded as one of the best coaches in the business when he has been at the same school for 25 year with ZERO national titles to show for it?

I would support tying Richt’s fate to what he can do with Murray, but anything else would just be kneejerk and foolish.

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September 15th, 2011
11:13 am

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