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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Bulldog Fan

September 15th, 2011
11:14 am

is this the “I love going 8-4″ board?

Dwayne

September 15th, 2011
11:15 am

I did not see any UGA fan beating there chest. UGA is 0-2. Wins in the next 2 weeks should not change anything. Any UGA fan that starts beating there chest IF UGA gets to 2-2 is pathetic.

McDawg

September 15th, 2011
11:15 am

here is the problem: the team (meaning the players) have got to figure out how to win

i don’t care who the coaches are/saw signs of life last week and if we can get through this injury period on D i think we win 9 game maybe 10 games

reasons for optimism: Jarvis Jones, Jordan Love, Sean Williams, J. Jenkins/Greathers, I. Crowell, Boykin, B. Figgins, A. Ogletree,

OkieDawg

September 15th, 2011
11:15 am

At the end of the season, McGarity will have two choices. He can let CMR go or he can extend his contract. He can’t go another year without extending his contract that will have only 2 years left. So for now, I’m just going to pull for the Dawgs and look for continuous improvement in a very young and talented team. Hopefully, CMR will get a contract extension and the recruits who have not committed to UGA because of doubt about the future of CMR will commit to the Dawgs.

MARK RICHT

September 15th, 2011
11:16 am

Hammer Head dawg:
So typical of our idiot fans who know very little about football….YEA, I THINK AFTER CALLING THE BEST GAME I HAVE SEEN A COORDINATOR CALL IN SOMETIME AND SCORING 42 MONTHS THAT HE SHOULD DO THE HONORABLE THING AND RESIGN…HAMMER HEAD DAWG, YOU SHOULD DO THE HONORABLE THING AND QUIT WRITING YOUR STUPIDY ON THIS BLOG….BILL HAS COST US A COUPLE OF PROSPECTS WITH ALL THIS FIRE RICHT NONSENSE AND COMING DOWN ON BOBO’S PLAYCALLING WHEN HE DON’T KNOW CRAP ABOUT PLAYCALLING OR FOOTBALL, BUT WHAT DOES HE CARE….HIS JOB IS ONLY TO INCITE GEORGIA FANS AND DIVIDE THE FANBASE…BILL, 70% OF BULLDOG FANS ARE BEHIND RICHT, BOBO, AND COMPANY….ITS A SHAME YOU ARE A TURNCOAT…

RedandBlackDAWG

September 15th, 2011
11:17 am

We complain about the offense and if not for a couple of miscues, the offense played well and actually out played the SC offense.
We complain about the defense, but in actuality, if not for the miscues by the offense, the defense held the SC offense to 17 points.
We complain about the play calling, but it appears it was pretty darn good, when you consider the points output that UGA got.
We complain about somebodie’s long hair and suposedly bad attitude and he goes out and has one hell of a game, for a kid playing in only his second college gaem.
We complain about the nose tackle and they are actually doing what they are supposed to do. Occupying two offensive linemen, and the LBs and DE’s are the ones that need to step it up a little.
We complain because the coaches echo what the players also say. The players have to execute better and no amount of coaching can compensate for that.
We complain if we lose, even though suposedly, we played two top ten teams back to back to start the year. Has anybody else in the SEC done that this year?
We complain because the journalist complain about things we do not normally even give a thought to unless they do. It appears that most of these so called pundits of the press world, understand everything there is to understand about a coach, a team, and a school. Are we forgetting that the AJC is an Atlanta news paper. Where exactly is Tech. in the state of Georgia.
We complain if UGA doesn’t get every recruit in the state of Georgia even though we have the same limits as anybody else in the NCAA when it comes to numbers.
We complain if some players get into trouble with a few misdemeanors, and yet, this problem is not confined to just UGA, it is NCAA wide. Supposedly, all these hoodlums some complain about are all the fault of CMR, yet everybody and his brother wanted them at their favorite school, and suddenly, if they chose other than UGA, we complain and say either the coaches did not recruit them well or soon enough, or they really weren’t that good in the first place. Nt all football players want to be home bodies.
I think it is time for UGA fans to get behind this team and support them. We do not need to add negative statements to what is the majority of blog statements already on these things.
If, at the end of the season, changes need to be made, they will be made by the AD. Until then, I say, GO DAWGS and GATA. Don’t feed the fires of the idiots that come onto a blog and make stupid, irresponsible, nasty and hateful statements about UGA at the drop of the hat.
I apologtize for getting down on the UGA team as well. I may at times try to put a positive spin on some things and a negative spin on others, but I am truly proud to have the opportunity to see UGA play, and have the school, be the flag ship school for Georgia. Imagine having to say that about Tech. If that were true, I would almost have to say, “Go Alabama”, and lord knows, my dog would even bite me for that one.

GO DAWGS and GATA

War Dang Dawg

September 15th, 2011
11:17 am

Is it possible that Richt just isn’t that great of a coach, and never was? Maybe the early years were an aberration and the real Richt is the guy we’ve seen since 2006.

DawginLex

September 15th, 2011
11:18 am

bulldog fan

To be clear on what I want

I want 10-2 regular season

I want to win in the SECCG 11-2

I want to win the BCS bowl game 12-2

Dean Tate

September 15th, 2011
11:19 am

I’d say USCe needs to fire their defensive coordinator – 42 points surrendered to the most predictable offense in college football?

Bulldog Fan

September 15th, 2011
11:19 am

maybe it’s the “I want to be the east Ole Miss” board?

the titanic is NOT sinking, pass me another drink

September 15th, 2011
11:19 am

the inability of folks to take off their mark richt colored glasses is unbelievable.
when will the mark richt lemmings realize that the end is nigh……

dcb

September 15th, 2011
11:19 am

Come on and get off the blame game – 41 points should be enough to win any game.

Wally My Butts

September 15th, 2011
11:20 am

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville @10:54 am

Where you getting that information about CMR and BVG?

jdawg

September 15th, 2011
11:21 am

Tired of hearing about the “pressure” on the 18 to 22 year olds causing their mistakes or “trying to hard”… bull!! There are 18 to 22 year olds dodging bullets in our Armed Services daily… now THAT is pressure… SUCK IT UP and play the GAME…

Question

September 15th, 2011
11:22 am

If UGA does go 9-3, would most UGA fans be happy? Sure, nine wins isn’t bad, but with the weak schedule, it basically means that UGA lost the 3 games that really matter.

I have heard from many UGA fans that the losses to Boise State and USC were to teams that they were supposed to lose to…as if those losses are tolerable. However, good teams find a way to win games that they aren’t supposed to win. If UGA, with it’s rich and storied football tradition, have fans that start accepting losses to every team that Vegas odds-makers declare that UGA should lose to, then midiocrity has set in…and that’s not a good thing. Prepare to have an 8-4 season every year.

SSIgator

September 15th, 2011
11:22 am

This is such a great picture. “I make so much money it takes both hands to carry the cash from the bank each week.” Thanks suckers.

JackDennis

September 15th, 2011
11:24 am

Dawgs have bigger problems that Bobo.

murfdawg

September 15th, 2011
11:25 am

@cufflinks carl—Now that’s funny.

When will Bobo decide that the first two possessions are as important as the last two? How many times have we kicked fg on the first two possessions? I look at the 07 USC game when we had Stafford and Moreno and could only kick 4-fg as the game UGA decied that winning was not the most important thing. How far has the offense come since then? Richt and his loyalty to Martinez and Bobo will ultimately cost him his job. For some reason CMR thinks part of his job description is to mentor coaches and prepare them for a HC position. I hope it is not too late to find another OC, who can save his job. And yes, I am available.

jarvis

September 15th, 2011
11:26 am

I never made it past Clark Colwell’s firs sentence. It invalidated anything else he might have had to say.

vinny ocean

September 15th, 2011
11:27 am

what about VanGorder as head coach?

SSIgator

September 15th, 2011
11:29 am

DawginLex -

And I want to:

Win the lottery

Have multiple vacation homes around the world

Live forever

I think my wishes have a better possibility of success than yours.

Mike

September 15th, 2011
11:29 am

The problem with Bobo is they don’t encourage the team to exploit a matchup. If you look at the interception to charles, he was blanketed, but the young corner back to Murray’s left had been beaten like a drum on that play and really the whole game. No reason to go to Gilliard or a bracketed tight end who USC basically said they weren’t going to let beat us. The match up was the corner on the other side of Gilliard and we just didn’t exploit that match up.

Yes I’m comparing this to the pro game … but if you look at this past monday night game. #27 for miami probably was on suicide watch because where ever he was on the field, Tom Brady was going that way over 50% of the time.

If Bobo would learn to coach Murray to find the match up, we wouldn’t have so many stalled drives and we wouldn’t be so big play dependent.

Also … we have a young offensive line. Common sense will tell you that we will be overpowered by experienced defensive lines. Why not get some blockers moving forward by pulling guards and centers instead of assuming we can maul folks. Get Crowell and Samuel on the edges and off tackle.

Mean Machine

September 15th, 2011
11:29 am

Please put out the torches and return the pitchforks to their proper place. And quit berating the coaches and players! We have a great AD, and we need to trust that he will make the best decision for UGA ONCE THE SEASON IS OVER PEOPLE! No one is getting fired during the season, so everybody just let the season play out and let’s see what happens.

tampaBIGdawg

September 15th, 2011
11:29 am

Bill, I hope you read this. I would like some stats on BoBo offense. I know that we score more total points than when CMR called the plays, but when do those points come. This is just off memory, but I would be willing to say that 70% of our points come in the second half. We are always playing catch up with Bobo calling. Fighting for our lives to catch up to our competitor. Big plays come and that is why Bobo’s stats look good. Then we bog down in the last 3 min of a half no matter ahead, behind, loosing by 14 or ahead by 10.

Why can’t the Dawgs come out and hammer down right off the bat. It takes Bobo too long to figure out what to do. I know alot of it falls on the players, but when you are calling passing plays that take more than 3 seconds to develop when a you know the opposing defense is going to bring the heat to keep AM out of rythm. It makes no sense from me.

I am no expert by any means, and I am willing to admit it. I haven’t played a down of football in 20 yrs. But if a fan and UGA enthusiast can notice these trends then why can’t the coaching staff adjust. Bobo may put up more points, but it is always to late, and partially when the opposing team has already been rotating 2nd and 3rd string defense in. His stats arent that great at all if you take that into consideration. I doubt anyone will reply to this though so I hope the other commentors enjoy. GATA!!!!

Macclenny_dawg

September 15th, 2011
11:32 am

Flat,
I agree totally that Richt has too much loyalty to his coaches and also his upperclassman. Too many times we redshirt just because their freshmen. I say yea they will make mistakes but sometimes if the talent level is better it evens out. As far as defense being our problem over the years yes it has been worse but college offenses have evolved and the scoring is up. Just look at the SEC numbers for points the last couple of years. If Bobo calls better plays that keeps our defense off the field and our offense numbers go up and the defense numbers go down. Plain and simple. Too many times over the years we just couldn’t get it going in the 1st half!!! This staff is way too comfortable at just trying too get the players to run their plays. Good coaches run what he recognizes his team can do well. Good coaches try to do something too change the momentum of a game by trying something that catches the other team off guard!!! We never do this unless its against Florida and then it doesn’t work because we never do the play enough. I will give Richt credit for trying the onside kick last week. But he never does it until he knows he has too try something because his seat is hott!!! How did Auburn beat us last year? It was the 2nd half onside kick to let Auburn get a bigger lead because Auburn was having a hard time stopping us. Spurrier last week needed a play!!! Fake punt!!! Too many times people we have just been outcoached!!! Our coach has come to be Vanilla!!! Where was the days we tried to block some punts??? That is what Spurrier saw!!! I know Richt can coach but his loyalty and conservative coaching has got his time expired!!!

History

September 15th, 2011
11:32 am

Mean Machine….coaches get fired during the season all the time. Remember Phillip Fulmer?

In theory, it’s a great idea to simply pull for the team during the season, and let the AD call the shot after the season is over. In reality, if your team is under-performing, fans will always talk about the team and the coaches and what needs to be done to stop the bleeding.

RxDawg

September 15th, 2011
11:33 am

CAhopkins
September 15th, 2011
10:28 am

I agree. I simply don’t see any better options out there. Richt can bring the program back. He’s done it before, he’ll do it again. We recruited some trash… it happens. He’ll right the ship.

John Tucker

September 15th, 2011
11:33 am

Richt’s background is coaching quarterbacks, as is Bobo’s. It is time to try the other QB’s. it seems Richt’s patience with under-performing players and coaches will be his undoing.

just a fan

September 15th, 2011
11:34 am

What are the chances we are up 28-0 or better at half and let the 2nd and 3rd string players play the entire 2nd half

slydog

September 15th, 2011
11:34 am

I say, no matter the outcome, Richt stays at least one more year. One major factor is CTG’s contract and the revamping of the defense. CMR would have to completely lose the team for him to be let go this year. Unless, he is tired of this crap and resigns voluntarily.

Still@theBAR

September 15th, 2011
11:34 am

Getting a New coach doesn’t mean rebuilding. Some coaches in the SEC have won a MNC within 2 years of being hired. UGA has the players (so we are led to believe) that maybe a New coach could Motivate to play better.
Why does the list have to be mostly other SEC coaches?

The Obvious Choice

September 15th, 2011
11:34 am

Rich Rodriguez. Get him now — before someone else does. He’s the best qualified Head Coach on the market. He would bring the enthusiasm and buzz that Georgia has lost in the past several years back to Athens.

Simple

September 15th, 2011
11:36 am

Coaching is the problem…..

Either UGA has great players that aren’t being coached up, or the players aren’t coachable (therefore not executing the plays) and shouldn’t have been recruited. Either way the coaches are at fault.

Rob in Chapel Hill

September 15th, 2011
11:36 am

Thank God for people like BullDog1959! I agree on all counts. I think we also should remember that, as much or more than anything else, Heisman Trophy winners make their coaches look like geniuses, e.g. Tebow/Myer, Ingram/Saban, and Newton/Chizik (not too mention Herschel/Dooley!). And in spite of the successes of those first three coaches, I would never want any of them walking the sidelines in Athens and coaching the Dawgs. I personally think they are much, much more likely to be bending and breaking the rules than CMR. So Hunker Down, you Hairy Dawgs!

Snoop Dawg

September 15th, 2011
11:38 am

Friends, bulldogs, counrymen, lend me your ears…

1. Mark Richt has divided the Bulldog Nation. Regardless of whether he wins or loses a game or a game there, the damage is done. The well has been poisoned. In order to reconcile the family, he must leave.
2. Bobo’s offense may score points, but it results in points against us, too. Why? Time of possession. His passes and the multitude of 3 and outs keep the other offense on the field too much, wearing down our defensive squad. Factor this in.
3. UGA has given Mark Richt over $30 Million in unearned income. We owe him absolutely nothing. Actually, he should return most of this money.
4. Richt is not the model character some like to liken him to. If he were indeed an honorable man, he would have already resigned. Because he is a money grubber, he will force us to fire him and buy back the remainder of the sweetheart deal he got from Demon “red panties” Evans.
5. The whole situation stinks. The players deserve better coaches. Let’s quit all the pickled rationalizations about the “what ifs.” He should have been fired after the 2008 season.
6. Fire Markt Marjoe Wrecked.

KEEP RICHT

September 15th, 2011
11:39 am

cant help but like the guy. I wish he would win more, but i cant help but like him.

NCDawg

September 15th, 2011
11:40 am

Clark Colwell nailed it above. I am a loyal Dawgs fan, but I have NEVER been so ashamed of my school as I was when fans started pouring out of Sanford Stadium with three minutes left and the game still in the balance. And then THEY complain about coaches and players? Thankfully I don’t believe these people are representative of the Bulldog Nation, but unfortunately they seem to be influential. I think they need to grow up. Ironic that Coach Dooley never would have survived this vitriol with his resume, and he is revered at UGA. I’m praying we can keep Coach Richt.

Snoop Dawg

September 15th, 2011
11:41 am

Rob in Chapel Hill. Please talk to your athletic director. We will give you a package deal for both Richt and Bobo for two undisclosed future 20th round draft choices in the 22d century.

cantondawg

September 15th, 2011
11:41 am

Flat Tire,

Van Halanger was an absolute strength for the UGA program until he got sick a few years ago…He was a great strength coach.

BulldogBen

September 15th, 2011
11:42 am

I’m so freaking tired of these moral high grounders rationalizing keeping Richt because he’s a good role model. Should we just stop keeping score like 4 year olds and have the motto “we’re all winners”??

I’m undecided still on if I want him gone or not but at some point it IS all about winning in big time college football. Whether that’s good or bad is a completely different discussion. It’s the way things are now.

Section 306

September 15th, 2011
11:42 am

Crucify the Missionary

Chris

September 15th, 2011
11:42 am

I don’t know if Richt should go or not, only time will tell. Bobo however, should be fired at the end of the season. I don’t see why anyone can still support this guy. Yes, he did call a better game against S.C., but it doesn’t make up for Boise State. You have 8 months to prepare for that game, and that was his game plan?????

I’m sorry but he must go. It’s like one guy said. Bobo will call a pretty good game, a pretty good half, and a pretty good dirve. Then, sometimes it’s like he doesn’t have a clue, he goes aways from what is working, is inconsitenet, and sometime’s he makes calls that no one in their right mind should make. I’m tired of it, and I’m sure most Georgia fans are as well.

If Richt doesn’t get rid of Bobo, he should be forced to, or he should be released as well.

lapdawg

September 15th, 2011
11:43 am

Hey, McGarity! Think Gruden! he iwill be worth the $$

The Obvious Choice

September 15th, 2011
11:44 am

Let me see if I understand…

1. We can’t fire Mark Richt because we would have to pay a buy-out for his existing contract.
2. We can’t keep Mark Richt unless we give him a raise and a contract extension, or we’ll hurt recruiting.

Sounds like a Catch 22 to me. Time to poop, or get off the pot.

Mark’s a nice guy, but is he bigger than the University of Georgia? Sure seems that way…

Matthew Stafford would've won a championship

September 15th, 2011
11:45 am

If Stafford had been at Bama, LSU or UF, he would’ve won a championship. Bobo is a nightmare walking.
There will be no talk from anyone @ UGA of replacing Richt during the season, but I have to think BVGorder is at the top of the list of potential replacements.
And as far as Richt’s character goes, I really could not care less how virtuous a head coach or any coach is. I watch the game to be entertained. I like big plays and victories. I have zero investment in the lives of these people playing or coaching the game. They mean nothing to me. When I turn off the TV or walk out of the stadium they don’t exist anymore. I seriously wouldn’t care if Mark Richt was a child molester if the Dawgs won the SEC championship this year.

bubba4dawgs

September 15th, 2011
11:45 am

Execution is the key to glory for the Dawgs! I’m beginning to see a look on Richt’s face that I’ve never seen before! I would venture to say that he isn’t smiling very much anymore. Think of how this translates on to the team. Four turnovers in the SC game is inexcusable, all of which was due to execution. Save just one of those turnovers and the Dawgs would have won the game. In spite of the play calling, 42 points should win ball games. Call it like you wish but they outplayed SC most of the game. The players and coaches have worked very very hard in preparation for this season. No one wants to win more than they. Remember too, there are some very young players on the team but also some really fine athletes. Let’s get behind them and pull for them and I feel certain we will see results! I ask that they keep their heads up, don’t get down on themselves and go out and run the table the rest of the way! Action will speak much louder than the negative comments that appear on this blog!!!! GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!

Matthew Stafford would've won a championship

September 15th, 2011
11:50 am

No. I meant that seriously.

What

September 15th, 2011
11:51 am

Bubba,

Moral victories do not count. Good teams find a way to win football games. You cannot go back, after the fact, and remove a turnover after the game and declare that you played better than the other team.

Josh

September 15th, 2011
11:52 am

You don’t think fans reactions effect recruits? That is crazy. I would think any recruit who read tweets from the players about how they were verbally abused after the Boise St. game, would decide they have no business going to UGA. I cannot blame them! The fan base at UGA is far more embarrassing that the coaching!

Phillip Thompson

September 15th, 2011
11:52 am

Georgia Fans ( I mean the TRUE FANS),

We are Blessed to have Coach Richt as our head coach. I guarantee we finish with at least nine wins but feel 10. Coach Bobo is one of the best recruiters in the country(according to ESPN and I talked to high profile recruits that from al over that Love Coach Bobo) and he is an outstanding QB coach but sometimes he does get in a rut but in the SC game, I thought he called a great game. The difference between Georgia and Alabama is that Coach Saban will not renew a kid’s scholarship from year to year if the kids doesn’t excel immediately, which is sometimes not moral, but Coach Richt is never going to do a young man or his family like that. This actually came from a former coach under Saban at LSU that I know personally.
I am hoping and Praying that Mark Richt is our coach for many years to come.