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

Alphare

September 15th, 2011
1:23 pm

“Is [Aaron] Murray not the best player?”

Answer: no, he is not.

ga gator

September 15th, 2011
1:23 pm

Enter your comments here

Still@theBAR

September 15th, 2011
1:26 pm

MURRAY is like all the June Jones QB’s they make the stats light up against inferior teams.

Play MASON some this weekend

Bainbridge Dawg

September 15th, 2011
1:26 pm

If Richt were black or Latino, all the Bible-beating apologists would be chasing him out of town with a pitch fork. Sad but true. This state is full of mindless cowards and useless crybabies. Put down the Bible and pick up a science book. You make GA look like Afghanistan to the rest of the country.

ga gator

September 15th, 2011
1:27 pm

Someone above asked whether Saban or Meyer would put up with Bobo as their OC. Well I do not know about Saban but Meyer promoted Steve Addazzio as the OC and he tried to turn John Brantley who is a prostyle QB into a Tebow-like spread option QB. UF fans hated him so much they called him Steve Dumbazzio.

Mighty Morphin

September 15th, 2011
1:28 pm

Keep CMR I like his fashion sense

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 15th, 2011
1:29 pm

Consider this….

Please stop smoking the bong right now

You are gone

jerry

September 15th, 2011
1:29 pm

I don’t believe that either Dooley or Evans was a first class AD. I just hope that McGarrity is.

NFLFan

September 15th, 2011
1:30 pm

UGA needs a coach like Charlie Strong – For those of you that dismiss the idea of Charlie Strong becoming the next Head Coach at Georgia. Consider this….
Dan Mullen – Mark Richt of the West
Mark Richt – brought respect, as far as it’s gonna go
Urban Meyer – say what you want, he’s a winner, but won’t come to UGA
Jon Gruden – only wants the NFL
Gene Chizik – came with a losing record but look at what he did with a Georgia Player

Charlie Strong will be able to walk in any house in Georgia and recruit the best players, plus he will be able to recruit in Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and around the country. I personally could careless about college football, I’m an NFL guy. But college football is business and this makes good business sense. Granted a lot of UGA fans will no be happy about the hire but you have had your way for years. What did it get you, absolutely nothing.

Take a chance, give an African-American the head coaching job when your program is NOT on probation like Mississippi state. At some point, young African-American men will Wisen up and ask the question. “If we are good enought to play for the SEC, why can’t we coach in the SEC”. We are the SEC’s greatest asset with little to nothing to show for it.

Charlie Strong is:
-he’s qualified
-he’s won 2 NCAA Titles
-Georgia needs a defenseive minded coach
-he knows how to recruit

Plus, your fanbase will grow outside of the state of Georgia

The NFL is back baby!!!!!!!!!!!!

Consider this...

September 15th, 2011
1:31 pm

Snoop: I highly doubt you have forgotten more than I will ever know about UGA and Georgia football. You are not the expert you believe you are. And what’s with thinking you run the fan comments?

The Obvious Choice

September 15th, 2011
1:32 pm

@Half Century Dawg

I’m not trying to say that he’s the best CFB HC in the history of the game — only that he’s the best candidate that Georgia can realistically expect to get right now, and that he’d be a huge improvement over maintaining the status quo.

Name a better HC that’s actually, you know… available? Going for an NFL coach is a pipe dream. Most coaches that are happy in the NFL have no interest in coaching CFB. They don’t want to take on the babysitting duties that come with the job.

Maybe Petersen actually wants the Georgia job. I think he’d be just as good a risk as Rich Rod. I just hope that McGarity doesn’t pin his hopes on promoting another assistant to a HC position.

ARdawg

September 15th, 2011
1:33 pm

Charlie Strong needs to make something happen in Louisville before any consideration anywhere else. I did like him as the old bawl sack’s DC though

Consider this...

September 15th, 2011
1:34 pm

Flat Tire: Still here…not smoking the bong. Just supporting my coach and my team. Not sure where all the hate is coming from.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 15th, 2011
1:35 pm

NFLFan

Charlie Strong LOL

He is in his second year and loses to FIU

Give me a break

DawginLex

September 15th, 2011
1:35 pm

NFL fan

Charlie Strong just lost to FIU at home in year 2 at Louisville.

You only want him hired because he is black.

He could come in as our DC next year with a new head coach.

no way do I want him as our Head coach

Thanks Bill for the dose of reality!

September 15th, 2011
1:36 pm

Bill:

While I’m really sick of the AJC staff beating this dead horse, I do appreciate your rational tone and even handedness. The combination of vitriol and irrational anger at this coaching staff is maddening. Thanks most of all for defending Coach Bobo. While I don’t like every play he calls or the lack of “flow” of his gameplans, the amount of point scored under his direction are hard to ignore. The offense is not losing games. What I hate to see it the shrill anger coming from the fairweathers who take advantage of the internet to espouse their viewpoints and the AJC writers (and others) stiring the pot. It’s hurting recruiting and it’s not helping anyone win games. If you truly want Georgia to lose games to hasten CMR’s departure, you’re an idiot. Go root for an NFL team. College football is supposed to be about more than wins and losses. Remember that the other 95% of the players not drafted and pretty much all of us fans will be headed to real jobs and the real world. I’d rather have CMR building the character of those young men than a Nick Saban or Jim Donnan any day.

The Obvious Choice

September 15th, 2011
1:36 pm

ga gator

September 15th, 2011
1:27 pm

Someone above asked whether Saban or Meyer would put up with Bobo as their OC. Well I do not know about Saban but Meyer promoted Steve Addazzio as the OC and he tried to turn John Brantley who is a prostyle QB into a Tebow-like spread option QB. UF fans hated him so much they called him Steve Dumbazzio.

And where is Urban Meyer now? I like Florida’s attitude: “Thanks for the 2 NC’s Urban, but it’s just not working out. We’re gonna go in a new direction.” That’s an SEC football program!

Jon

September 15th, 2011
1:37 pm

Everyone keeps referencing Bobo’s statistics being slightly better than when Richt was OC. Has anyone looked to see how much of Bobo’s positive stats come from playing catch up once they are down two or three touchdowns due to not being able to get started and play consistently good from the beginning? Good statistics don’t mean anyting when you are losing games.

SOUTHGADAWG88

September 15th, 2011
1:37 pm

I think folks are harping on the wrong coordinator..Grantham has to show something here soon or he will be the one not coming back next year.The offense should put up 30 or more in every game we play from here on out…they need to because I’m sure NOBODY is in fear of our Defense.

Athens= God's Country

September 15th, 2011
1:39 pm

Forgive me. It was good coaching. I am losing faith in Murray. He is soooo timid back there and hangs on to the ball way too long. If he holds onto the ball longer than 3.5 seconds the sack is on the qb. To the poster that complained about the lineman missing the block on the end and then went to block a linebacker. Thats called a screen pass play. It is the qb’s job to get rid of the ball b/c he knows the D will be rushing him unblocked.

We can all bellyache and complain, but what good does that do? Let’s stay positive and support this team. There is 10-12 games left to be played!!!

jerry

September 15th, 2011
1:40 pm

Consider this…..don’t let this stuff get to you. I have had people jump on my balls with hob nailed boots on over nothing.

ga gator

September 15th, 2011
1:41 pm

The Obvious Choice, Urban got out because his system only works with a few select players calling the signals. UF was loyal to him and he should have got out a year earlier when Tebow left. Florida’s program was running on cruise control without a HC and an idiot as an OC. One thing for sure though, he did not leave an empty cupboard for Muschamp and it appears that Charlie Weis may have made Brantley at least a servicable QB after Meyer almost ruined the young man. Most UF fans say good ridence Urban.

Consider this...

September 15th, 2011
1:42 pm

Thank you Athens=God’s Country! Get ready for the barrage of negative comments from Snoop and Flat Tire in response to your positive one.

SOUTHGADAWG88

September 15th, 2011
1:42 pm

I think the Bama D has declined ever since Smart got that raise.

DawginLex

September 15th, 2011
1:42 pm

ga gator

I’ve been told by more than one gator friend(yes I do have some) that Mrs Meyer was a big part of the departure. The health thing really scared her

The Obvious Choice

September 15th, 2011
1:43 pm

@Thanks Bill for the dose of reality!

By definition, you can’t beat a dead horse unless it’s already died. The media doesn’t create reality — it only reflects it after the fact. If Georgia’s football program wasn’t in dire straits, then there wouldn’t be any complaints.

The only relevant question now is: what will be done about it? If you’re content with losing, then sit back and enjoy the show. Just don’t get angry with CFB fans who want to win, rather than lose.

Wee the Willy

September 15th, 2011
1:43 pm

IMHO if you want to know why the Dawgs have slipped in recent years, consider the following:

1. A few bad recruiting years (misjudgment of character in players).
2. Held onto Martinez too long
3. Too many thug recruits with no character or drive (entitlement players)
4. No Senior leadership (hasn’t been since Green/Pollack days
4. Staff complacency 2007-2009
5. Upgrading of the coaching at competing SEC schools:
• Alabama – Shula to Saban (2007)
• Auburn – Tuberville to Chizak (2009)
• Arkansas –Nutt to Petrino (2008)
• Carolina – Holtz to Spurrier (2005)
• Florida – Zook to Myer (2005)
• LSU – Saban to Miles (2005) and the Tigers roll on
I personally would like to see Georgia upgrade their assistant coaches below the Coordinator.

Listen, if Georgia continues recruiting in the future like they did this last year, everything will be coming up roses for the program and IMHO a return to the national discussion is assured. Although they looked a little like last years team in the Boise game I have observed a totally different attitude at UGA during the off-season and even through the first two games (particularly the Carolina game). I know no one wants to hear it but it could be that Boise is that good. If UGA shows the same kind of fight and character the rest of the season that they showed in the Carolina game, this year’s record will turn out pretty good. Eliminate mistakes and they win.

Oldfan

September 15th, 2011
1:43 pm

If Georgia goes 9-3 or if they beat Florida and go 8-4 our coach stays. All of his skilled people are either freshmen or sophomores. You people should either back off or pick another team like Tech to
go with. Hang in there CMR!!!

Consider this...

September 15th, 2011
1:44 pm

Thanks Jerry. I am as frustrated as any Dawg fan right now with our win-loss record. I just think it is a better approach to support the team I undeniably support…even through the frustration of losing games.

Half Century Dawg

September 15th, 2011
1:44 pm

The Obvious Choice, I really have no preference, but I do trust GM to make the best decision for UGA.

ga gator

September 15th, 2011
1:46 pm

Lexie that is true and a friend at the Gainesville Sun told me that Meyer rarely worked past 6pm during the week and that just won’t cut it in major college football. He took the year off and turned the keys over to Addazio who makes Bobo seem like a genius on offensive football.

The Obvious Choice

September 15th, 2011
1:47 pm

@ga gator

Urban tried to leave a year earlier. He saw the writing on the wall when he had to let Cam Newton go. It was the glomming loyalists who pressured him to stay longer than he should have.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 15th, 2011
1:49 pm

Consider this…

Supporting what mediocrity

Since 2006

13-13 in SEC east
23-18 in the SEC
1-4 vs FL
2-3 vs Tenn all while Tenn being down and having two coaches
#29 in total wins since
30+ arrests
lost to UCF a conference USA team

Yes I agree lets continue to support mediocrity

Fan of the Game

September 15th, 2011
1:50 pm

How about all us UGA fans stop the whiney ass crying and get behind this team the rest of the year and what happens, happens! We can blast the coaching staff, the players and yea even Russ, but we have games to play and by god let’s play them.

ga gator

September 15th, 2011
1:51 pm

The Obvious Choice no it was Jeremy Foley who talked him into coming back by believing what Meyer told him that Steve Addazio could handle most of his responsibilities until his heath issues were fixed. Most UF fans never cared for Meyer; they just tolerated him because he was successful. He went from working 17-18 hour days down to 8 hour days plus several of his top assistants left for HC positions. Mullen made Meyer who he was.

Woof Woof

September 15th, 2011
1:53 pm

Hire Bo Pelini – greatest coach ever (that one’s for you Earl)

Pago Pago Dawg

September 15th, 2011
1:55 pm

We agree with everybody else;
We’ve recruited poorly
We’ve coached poorly

Consider this...

September 15th, 2011
1:56 pm

Flat Tire: You don’t have to support it…you can always find another team to support instead. As for me, I will stand by my Dawgs, whether they are mediocre or elite.

In two of those years since 2006, we went 11-2 and 10-3 respectively. So really, we have had two BAD years.

I choose to support my Dawgs…you will not convince me otherwise.

Buzzer

September 15th, 2011
1:57 pm

Obligatory snide comment

Urban Meyer

September 15th, 2011
1:58 pm

What about me? I’ll coach ‘em.

john smith

September 15th, 2011
1:59 pm

Please stop all this Mark Richt bashing. Who is available to replace him? No one of his ability. You so called Georgia Foorball Fans/Uter Morons – give your big stupid mouths a break and keep your ultra dumb comments to your self. All you are doing is hurting the University, hurting the players, hurting the hundreds of personel it takes to run such a vast program. Don’t you have anything better to do with your time and your lives that obiviously lack something. If you disagree with me call me at Bellamy Strickland but, you will have to purchase a new Chevrolet or GMC Vehicle.

George Bulldog

September 15th, 2011
2:03 pm

Richt is over his head when it comes to coaching against Saban and Spurrier. The Old ball coach could take Richt present team, and win a national championship. Georgia had better players than SC. As far as improving from Boise State game. SC is not the same team as Boise State.

New kid on the blog (pun intended)

September 15th, 2011
2:04 pm

I am in complete agreement that CMR is a great man, but I’m certain that we can find other great men to coach UGA to a .615 winning percentage over the past 3 years (.585 if you factor in the first two games this season) and pay them significantly less than $3.4 million per year we are paying CMR. I don’t believe in a “win at all costs” mentality, but some folks on this blog apparently forget that the job of a head coach is to win football games. UGA deserves better (and no, I am not so naive as to think that we should be competing for national championships every year). We have too many talented athletes on our team to settle for what we’ve seen the past 3 seasons. We are on the wrong track.

Big Dawg

September 15th, 2011
2:06 pm

BullDog1959

I personally want Coach Richt to succeed and thus continue as our head coach, but he has some more tough decisions to make. Every year we get burned with a fake punt, kickoff etc. but we keep doing the samething. There has to be accountability all through his coaching staff in getting these guys prepared to play at their best for that is the bottom line.

IMHO he should have never promoted Willie Martinez to DC and then kept him a year longer than he should. He put Mike Bobo in as OC and that was a mistake and has kept him there for 2 years longer than he should. He hired Stacy Searels as the Offensive Line Coach instead of promoting the guy he had on staff because he had the guts to stand up and tell the truth when he was asked his opinion about somethings.

As a former Dawg player and lifelong fan of 50 plus years, I have seen the up and downs of the past 2 years and they reminded me of the Goff and Griffith eras where we had a ton of talent but the coaching was not up to par. Anyways I hope and pray things have been straightened out and this team goes on a winning streak similar to 2007. I do see the possibility if we cut down on the mental errors and certain players stop taking plays off, but that will only happen if the coaches and YES the leaders on this team do their jobs.

Go Dawgs

JR

September 15th, 2011
2:07 pm

NFL Fan,

Great thoughtful post!

I am not sold on Strong though. He still needs to show more on his resume. But I actually thought that UGA should have looked to hire Ray Sherman back at the time that Dooley hired Richt. He was a friend of Dooley’s who Dooley complimented greatly as someone who really was a great assistant at his time at Georgia. In the end, he did not get the job. But he was a guy with NFL experience that really wanted the job and African American.

There is a running list of top NFL assistants on ESPN :

http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/27804/power-rankings-rising-assistant-coaches

Perry Fewell is at the top of the list and rose to his position in the NFL through the college ranks. He is from North Carolina. He coached at places like Army and Vanderbilt before the NFL. He instantly got several wins when taking over for Jauron in Buffalo. I personally think he merits consideration if he was interested in interviewing for the job. And he may.

Innocent Bystander

September 15th, 2011
2:08 pm

Richt’s worst coaching job was the last year Stafford and Mareno were at UGA. That year began the downward spiral. The man even had a losing record against RON ZOOK!!!

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 15th, 2011
2:08 pm

Consider this….

The 10-3 season you refer to we were blown away by AL and FL and blew a Tech lead
That 11-2 team we lost to two teams we should have never lost too

Those 2 yrs are prime examples as to why this coaching staff will never coach a championship team because those 2 seasons we had NFL talent and looked unprepared for those 5 losses. Just like the Boise St game

Supporting a mechanic that cannot fix your car will get you no where

A lifetime contract for CMR

September 15th, 2011
2:11 pm

Idiots, that is what the rest of the SEC wants to happen.

G'Vegas Dawg

September 15th, 2011
2:11 pm

Kirby would be an awful hire. He has proven absolutly nothing except that he can coach with Nick Saban holding his hand. Let him get a job as a coordinator at another school or a HC job at a smaller school, have success, then maybe he’ll be worthy of an SEC HC job. I think that he is a good dude, but, being a good dude isn’t cutting it anymore.

Big Dirty Dawg

September 15th, 2011
2:12 pm

Personally, some of these so called “True Dawg Fans” need to buy into the Georgia Way…or transfer too!!