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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Big Albany Dawg

September 15th, 2011
11:55 am

I’m sure Bobo will call every play in the playbook including the kitchen sink this weekend against Coastal Carolina Middle School but it DOES NOT matter. It’s in the pressure situations of the IMPORTANT games (i.e., Boise St and Carolina) that Bobo crumbles.

My GRANNY has more situational awareness about momentum, seizing opportunities, exploiting defensive gaps and weaknesses, and most importantly…. to impose our will on our opponent.

Wow

September 15th, 2011
11:55 am

Phillip,

We need to stop predicting 9 or 10 win seasons, and start figuring out how to win the FIRST game. Predicting 10 wins when you are 0-2 makes you sound stupid.

Identity Crisis

September 15th, 2011
11:55 am

Georgia needs to establish an identity as a program

gbal

September 15th, 2011
11:56 am

Plays VS Execution ….

If your predictible…. and The D can align or stack up to stop what they anticipate comming…. then it is going to be more difficult to execute!!! The play calling and execution run hand in had if your playing a formidable D1 oponent. To say it’s one or the other … not very knowledgable of the game and football at this level if you ask me. I would think a coach would see this as well. Just sayin BOBO….

That said, we have averaged 31.5 ppg in our first two losses. That is really a pretty good point total. It is frustrating that we stalled on the first 3 drives agaionst SC and had to kick FG’s. As the game wore on though, I think we made adjustments, opened it up, and rolled up the points. 42 of ‘em. Not bad. Of course our O and ST gave up 28.

D gave up 17 against SC which is not bad, but they did give up the points in the 4th and couldnt come up with the big stop to finish.

I’m going to support CMR and say the “ingredients” are there and expect to go on a roll and be right in the SEC race. I really think the only thing that will hold us back could be the injuries. Everybody step it up one more notch (including coaches) and we are going roll.

ROOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Dawgs

Buckeye

September 15th, 2011
11:58 am

DawginLex,

Congratulations! You were quoted IN BOLD, NO LESS, in the main article of the dog blog. You’ve raised the bar – even though the dogs remain one of

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES

Wow

September 15th, 2011
11:59 am

Gbal….see my post avbove.

Athens= God's Country

September 15th, 2011
11:59 am

Week 1: terrible coaching
Week 2: Great coaching

WHY DON’T WE LET THE SEASON PLAY OUT?

GO DAWGS! WIN WITH RICHT!

Still@theBAR

September 15th, 2011
11:59 am

How many coaches would want the UGA JOB? What coaching staffs would do better with Richt’s players right now?
If recruits can’t take the Heat of Big Time college football then they don’t need to try it. Fans will get mad and that is as much a part of the game as the play on the field. Info and Opinions are out there like never before. Players just have to deal with it.

Wow

September 15th, 2011
12:00 pm

Athens,

Week 2: Great coaching

How so?

Athens= God's Country

September 15th, 2011
12:00 pm

I heard Richt took over the play calling in the 2nd quarter last weekend? Anybody else hear that?

Big Albany Dawg's Granny

September 15th, 2011
12:01 pm

You forgot “smash mouth football and when you get ‘em down, DON’T let them back up”!!!

NCDawg

September 15th, 2011
12:02 pm

I wonder how many of y’all itching for a change would like to be judged at work as harshly as you judge CMR. Even taking into account the vast difference in pay scales (I know someone will bring that up), I suspect most if not all of us would be unemployed. As someone pointed out, many of you now expect failure, and might even be a little disappointed if the Dawgs ran the table now. And the rest would then be Richt’s biggest fans if he won the SEC. Talk about energy vampires.

Nub

September 15th, 2011
12:03 pm

If bamer is treating the kids so bad why are so many lining up to play at bamer? They seem to come into ga and get for the most part who they want …. Yea we need three more rebuilding yrs at UGA… And who are you to decide who is a true fan or not… How many times have you gone to J-ville in the last 10 yrs…. Keep the hope and change thing going …. RIGHT!

Vince Dooley

September 15th, 2011
12:04 pm

The “Dream Team” I’ve been hearing about the entire off-season is pathetic. 7-5 at best. UGA is NOT relevant in the SEC anymore, along with Vandy, Kentucky and Ole’ Miss. It’s really a shame.

Athens= God's Country

September 15th, 2011
12:04 pm

Wow

28 points were scored on mistakes for Carolina. Take those away and the score is 42-17. Looks good to me. I believe Murray had a terrible game. We finally saw the screen and the slant. We saw a commitment to running the ball also. Garcia had 142 yards passing. Do I need to go on? The coaching WAS there. We were in the right position to succeed, and thats what you want from your coaches. Then let the boys go out and play.

Atticus

September 15th, 2011
12:07 pm

Can you answer me these questions?

1) How many fake punts have been successsful against UG while Richt has been there?

2) Why did we not sign ANY JUCO OL?

3) Why do we only have 77 kids on scholarship?

4) When is the last time Georgia stopped anyone on defense when they absolutely need a stop in the 4th quarter?

Still@theBAR

September 15th, 2011
12:08 pm

Since Uga VI died the Dawgs have been going down hill.
It is not the Coaching or players.
The new Uga’s ain’t got no FIGHT and it is effecting the Whole Football Program.

Richt`s Hammer

September 15th, 2011
12:08 pm

I will coach the dawgs forever. Praise the lord and pass the biscuits. You trailor park trash will never get me.

Athens= God's Country

September 15th, 2011
12:09 pm

… and now for TROLL time. Enjoy, losers.

Wow

September 15th, 2011
12:10 pm

Athens,

If you give the coaching staff a pass by saying that the players didn’t execute, then you cannot give the same coaches credit when players make great plays and win games. You cannot have it both ways.

For those that have played the game, we know that a team that doesn’t execute, makes stupid mistakes, turns the ball over, etc. is ABSOLUTELY a sign of a poorly coached undisciplined football team….or, a sign that the coaches have recruited bad players.

The fact is…we lost to USC. Going back and trying to take away mistakes and claiming some type of moral victory is absurd. If you could take away “mistakes” on the part of UGA players, then you would have to allow USC to do the same.

Atticus

September 15th, 2011
12:11 pm

NC, do you really think he is beaing treated harshly? Do you really think that this wouldn’t be happening at BAMA or Aub or UF if those schools played the way this team has the last 3 years? Even in 07 we got run off the field and embarrased ourselves in Knoxville and almost lost to Vandy and beat 3 teams that had coaches fired.

I agree with you that daily criticism is uncalled for but he makes a ton of money and is a big boy and this team has not been prepared the way it should be and the buck stops there.

The Obvious Choice

September 15th, 2011
12:11 pm

@Phillip Thompson

“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.”

Is that why you’re pinning all of your hopes on one “Dream Team” recruiting class with a Head Coach who’s been on the job for 11 years? Keep praying. Maybe Jesus is a Dawgs fan?*

* Sure don’t look much like He is…

rd

September 15th, 2011
12:13 pm

Bill: There’s no need to take a cheap shot at Nick Saban. Remember that he handed UGA all they could handle in Athens. And say what you want about oversigning, but UGA doesn’t have enough scholarshipped LBs to play. That is, not previous walkons.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 15th, 2011
12:13 pm

Wally My Buts

Someone who has tremendous ties to the program

Look you dont have to believe thats fine but my question to is this:

Did Richt try his best to keep VanGorder: The answer is absolutley not. You know this is true

also

Who got the DC job after VanGorder left Martinez

How many times did you hear Richt constantly defend Martinez and refused to make a change after the 2008 season when the obvious was that he is not a coordinator

The Obvious Choice

September 15th, 2011
12:13 pm

Still@theBAR
September 15th, 2011
11:59 am

“How many coaches would want the UGA JOB? What coaching staffs would do better with Richt’s players right now?”

Rich Rodriguez.

Atticus

September 15th, 2011
12:14 pm

Athens, you think the coaches did a great job? How about designing the punt return team to prevent agaisnt fakes. EVERYONE and their mother saw that rugby punter for Boise running 5 steps before he punted because every player on our defense turned their backs and ran down the field. That is a freaking joke. Why when it was 3rd and 2 did we not run Crowell 2 times and get the first down rather than throw downfield 20 yards for an incompletion and then miss a FG.

Eldawg

September 15th, 2011
12:14 pm

Lon, I bet you’re one of the “true” Americans that want to take the country back, right?

It’s called a paradox when one can love their University, the football team, the players, and yes even the coaches and yet be critical of the results. Pulling for UGA and criticizing coaching are not mutually exclusive events.

That said there are many ways to criticize, some respectful some not so much. When someone offers legitimate (& respectful) criticisms and then is attached by pious “true” fans, things just disintegrate into shouting/name calling, and this dynamic makes us all weaker.

jerry

September 15th, 2011
12:15 pm

It all depends on what you want in a coach. If you want a great coach, history says that Richt is not a great coach. In 10 plus years, he has one preseason rank as the #1 team. This is not greatness and it is plenty of time to have proven greatness, if it were there. If he goes 10-0 the rest of the year, he will not be a great coach or be #! but he will keep his job. So there you are with the same ol’ same ol’.

roughrider

September 15th, 2011
12:15 pm

As a UGA graduate, 1975, I remember Irk Russel on the practice field butting heads with the players and getting them fired up. We have gone from that intensity to where we are satisfied just playing well whether we win or not. A shame how far we have fallen.

Still@theBAR

September 15th, 2011
12:16 pm

Just think Richt can be UGA’s Bobby Bowden. Always close but never really get it done for the next 25 years. I don’t think that will ever happen again in this day and time.

Mark PRicht

September 15th, 2011
12:17 pm

Dream Team…Its so funny how the Dawgs are always National Champions in August, too bad the season starts in september

Atticus

September 15th, 2011
12:18 pm

Bobby Bowden is a legend and won the national title. How many coaches have won more than 1? Not many.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 15th, 2011
12:19 pm

Atticus

Since 2006

1-4 against FL
2-3 against Tenn who I might add hasnt been worth nothing and has had 2 coaches in that time span

These 2 teams are the two we have to beat and we are not

AL FL LSU AUB wouldnt put up with this

But hey we are getting our money’s worth from our $5million a year staff right

Still@theBAR

September 15th, 2011
12:22 pm

Atticus

HOW many years do you think Fans will wait for that 1 MNC? Nobody will ever get a chance to stay as long as Bobby Did ever again. Joe Pa get to finish out his life on the sidelines but once he is gone College will not see many coaches last more than 10-15 years at a school without Winning Championships and chances to win MNC’s.

Red Rules

September 15th, 2011
12:24 pm

You are a volunteer aren’t you? I mean, do they really pay you for the drivel you come up with. I don’t care that you went to UGA or grew up in Athens – you are still a hack writer whose opinion is just that, an opinion! You three, I’m putting you in the same mold as Bradley and Schultz, are so predictable – more so than Bobo – that it just has no meaning any more. Let’s hope that our new AD has much more integrity than the likes of you and your buddies and doesn’t make some rash decision just because some high-roller alumnus thinks the coach should be fired! Mark Richt has been and still is great for this program. What I saw against SC was the emergence of some performers – hopefully enough to make a difference in the won-loss column – maybe Murray will be able to relax just a bit and quit trying too hard to make something happen!?

NCDawg

September 15th, 2011
12:24 pm

Like you, I hope Richt makes a strong comeback. The S.C. game gives hope of a 2007-esque finish. But if a coaching change does come, what about Chris Peterson, especially if Boise doesn’t make it to the mountain top again this year. I think he would love the opportunity to coach in the SEC, and imagine what he can do with the elite talent in Georgia, S.C, and parts of Fla. and Ala.

Still@theBAR

September 15th, 2011
12:27 pm

The Obvious Choice
Rich Rodriguez.
I ain’t that impressed with him. He won in the Big East right?

icedawg

September 15th, 2011
12:28 pm

It is obvious that the DAWG’s defense is not what it once was. However, if you look at scores from around the country are there any defenses that are what they once were? Seems to me the game has devolved into offensive shootouts which are exciting unless you have a heart condition.

Atlanta Native

September 15th, 2011
12:28 pm

I’m rooting for the UGA Redcoat Band. Nobody ever recognizes how important they are to the whole aura of football games. Go Redcoats!!!

Try putting Mark Richt behind one of those tubas…

Half Century Dawg

September 15th, 2011
12:30 pm

Rich Rod, that is a joke right?

The Obvious Choice

September 15th, 2011
12:31 pm

@Red Rules

“Mark Richt has been and still is great for this program.”

Depends upon your priorities. If fashion statements and PR campaigns are your first priority, then Richt is your man. If you care about W’s and L’s, then… not so much.

Exactly

September 15th, 2011
12:32 pm

Jerry brings up a good point. What do you want in a coach?
Richt has proven going on ten years now that he cannot get to the National championship level. Now he has to reel off 10 in a row just maybe to make a New years day bowl. Even if this team does improve over the year there is no indicator that richt will do better than an Sec championship appearnece at best…

Atticus

September 15th, 2011
12:32 pm

ice dawg….unless you are LSU or Bama.

jerry

September 15th, 2011
12:32 pm

RED RULES….”Mark Richt has been and still is great for this program”

Not the way I define a great football coach.

NCDawg

September 15th, 2011
12:33 pm

@Atticus — I do think he is being treated harshly. I never said he was being treated more or less harshly than anyone else. Criticism is certainly called for, based on results the last two years. But being critical (respectfully) is a very different thing than calling for him to be fired. I guess some folks think it’s easy to recruit the next Nick Saban or Urban Meyer to lead UGA to the all-important National Championship. But guess what? The chances of getting a coach like Goff or Donnan are WAY higher than the chances of getting someone clearly superior to CMR. And the thing about a National Championship is you get to enjoy it for eight months. Our university has been around for 212 years — eight months of glory is not worth selling your soul for.

Still@theBAR

September 15th, 2011
12:33 pm

Richt could very well win the SEC and Play in the MNC game in 2013, but he could just as easily be out of a job . Richt and Bobo could be watching another coach take his players and do what Richt & Bobo can’t.

Wow

September 15th, 2011
12:33 pm

What exactly is improvement for UGA this year? I’m not certain that going 9-3 or even 10-2 would mean much given the light schedule. It would just mean that UGA beat mostly bad teams.

Go Dawgs

September 15th, 2011
12:34 pm

Why would UGA hire another coach that would have to learn on the job like Kirby Smart? Why can’t the University of Georgia go out and get an established coach? He’s not proven. He gets way too much credit for Saban’s system. The fact that Kirby is even mentioned is the same bonehead decision the university has made in the past. Ray Goff was promoted from a tight ends and running back coach to head coach. That hire and the others Dooley made seemed to ensure that no one coaching at the University of Georgia would ever steal his thunder (not that it would be hard. The only accomplishment he really had was recruiting the greatest football player of all time and giving him the ball. Was by no means a great coach). If a coaching change is made, please please please don’t get someone that lacks those qualities that being a head coach in the SEC requires, mainly just being able to cut out the BS. Richt seems to lack that quality.

NewnanDawg

September 15th, 2011
12:36 pm

If it were up to Richt, we’d still have Willie Martinez as DC and Van Halanger as conditioning coordinator.

Mark Richt is a great friend for someone to have, but not suited to be an SEC coach.

Snoop

September 15th, 2011
12:39 pm

I say that Saban is getting grief for pulling scholarships of players who do not pan out. I happen to think that he is the best coach in the nation; and I bleed Red and Black.

Question of the day: What is wrong with pulling the scholarship of a player with a bad attitude or who is not giving full effort?

Personally, I think it is very good for a team.