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

ga gator

September 15th, 2011
2:12 pm

Be patient folks, McGarrity will make the correct move at the correct time. I do not really care for Jeremy Foley but McGarrity learned at the feet of the master. Trust him.

GAplug

September 15th, 2011
2:16 pm

Look richt has a couple bad years; good night the guy can coach. 9 to 10 wins and an sec championship every so often is not bad folks…

Consider this...

September 15th, 2011
2:17 pm

Flat Tire: I support the Dawgs. UGA is much bigger than a coach, but I am going to support that coach since he is a part of the Bulldog Nation. I am looking forward to CMR and the players turning this thing around.

We are 2 games in, and you have already written this year’s team off based off the past 2 years. I always have supported them, I support them, and I will continue to support them…period.

DawginLex

September 15th, 2011
2:23 pm

I wonder how all of this is affecting the play of our players, especially in big games?

Nervous football players make mistakes.

6 years ago, the UK AD, to the dismay of many fans, gave rich brooks a contract extension right before the 11th game of a crappy season.

The next year, he beat us.

the year after that, he beat # 1 LSU

He also did the unthinkable at UK-4 straight bowl games.

something to think about.

Fan of the Game

September 15th, 2011
2:27 pm

Dawginlex – Good Post. That is the problem. Half the people on this blog have never buckled a chin strap before. If they did their daddy had to do it. All this effects the whole program, lets play the games and pull like heck for them and at the end of the season what happens happens.

SWFLDAWG

September 15th, 2011
2:32 pm

It matters not what the call is when the QB gives games away by fumble, interception, sack. A Murray not even as good as Joe Cox. A Murray a self proclaimed leader should lead himself first not to make bonehead mistakes that cost everyone else’s hard work to mean nothing.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 15th, 2011
2:33 pm

Consider this…

Im writing the season off not because of the past 2 yrs but since 2006 and the inability to take the FL game seriously by this staff

Sorry people but FL is our most important rival not Div II GT

The conference championship game does not go through North Ave

FL has played in 10 of the 18 SEC championship games
Tenn next so they are 2nd on our list

Yet
1-4 against FL
2-3 against a terrible Tenn program the last 5 yrs

I also get tire of this I will still support them no matter what as if I just support them when they are doing good, well so will I but this program has way too many advantages that 110 other Div I programs do not have with the results that we have seen

Hey show me coach why we pay you a top 10 salary in college football, I havent seen it

You're Delusional

September 15th, 2011
2:36 pm

@DawginLex

If gossip among the fan-base is what is holding this team back, then there’s no question we are past due for a change in the coaching staff.

Trying to blame our problems on the assistant coaches is akin to shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic. The assistants serve at the pleasure of the Head Coach. Mark Richt owns this failure. How much does UGA owe him for it?

I say show him the door — he’s done.

New kid on the blog (pun intended)

September 15th, 2011
2:42 pm

I am a Dawg and will forever be a Dawg fan, regardless of the coach. That said, the numbers prove that this is a program in decline – not on the upswing:

The last victory against a top ten team was in 2007 (Beat #9 Florida); we’ve played 8 top ten teams since 2007, and our record against them is 2-6.

In the last 6 seasons we’ve played 31 teams ranked in the top twenty-five; our record during those games is 16-15

We should absolutely not be calling for a regime change during the season, but unless CMR pulls off 11 wins in a row (including bowl game), McGarity will have no choice but to make changes at the end of the season.

gbal

September 15th, 2011
2:48 pm

Predictable Play Calling or Execution …..???

I really question a Head Coach and OC who say its Execution and Not Predictable Play Calling…

I mean if a defense or DC can predict what your going to do they are going to defend that or stack it up to stop the predictable play… That makes it very difficult for the players to execute. Like saying you might as well call the play out loud over the PA for the D to hear… Shouldn’t matter as long as we execute. Not against any D1 football team. So this does bother me a bit.

That said the O is averaging 31.5 Pts in two losses which is enough if you dont give up T.O’s and 28.

Frustrated with the FG’s in the first Q and & a half, but it seemed to me that CMR and BOBO did make adjustments the rest of the game and poured it on yardage and points wise. So Id say they did adjust last week and look for us to start on a roll nex week..(This week doesnt count in my mind)

You're Delusional

September 15th, 2011
2:57 pm

gbal

September 15th, 2011
2:48 pm
Predictable Play Calling or Execution …..???

I really question a Head Coach and OC who say its Execution and Not Predictable Play Calling…

It’s just another way fo saying “It’s not my fault!”

Well guess what Coach? It IS your resposibility – and it IS YOUR FAULT!!!

Dogs Smell

September 15th, 2011
3:03 pm

I hope they keep Richt and Bobo because they can pull 5 star athletes call them the dream team and each season will be a nightmare!

Mark (another one)

September 15th, 2011
3:05 pm

Richt has never said that he isn’t accountable for the record at UGA. Like him or hate him, he knows he owns the success and failure of his teams.

Richt’s personal life and value system are extras that I appreciate but he is hired at UGA to coach football and win. He knows it and he claims that is his desire, to be judged as a football coach, and the play of his team on the field.

No one is happy with the last few years. Richt has been making changes, and I believe he can turn things around. I am not happy at the speed of transformation but I believe in the direction. He has a lot of young players filling holes that frankly shouldn’t have existed, but they are stepping up and doing it.

Richt’s job is on the line every week. That’s the nature of coaching in the SEC. I believe he will continue to turn this team and a nine win season is still a reasonable expectation. I’d like to see ten. I think the tools are in place. The one thing that will stop us is turnovers. Ball security is also a coaches responsibility, and I expect there has been some work on that this week.

DawginLex

September 15th, 2011
3:18 pm

Gossip among the fanbase is real and able to be read by the players.

Several of the players have openly commented about the speculation regarding their coach.

You can call it what you want to but placing those thoughts into the head of a college kid in a big game can cause them to play “not to lose”, whether it is by instinct, design or whatever.

It is a known fact that you play better when you are loose and not distracted.

Consider this...

September 15th, 2011
3:20 pm

Well said Mark.

Bama Stan

September 15th, 2011
3:21 pm

Please keep Mark Richt for a very long time! :)

The Obvious Choice

September 15th, 2011
3:25 pm

I’ll tell you what Bama Stan. At this rate, it’s gonna seem like a long, long time before this season is finally over.

harold

September 15th, 2011
3:49 pm

Enter your comments here

harold

September 15th, 2011
3:57 pm

DOOLEY FIRED DONNAN WHO HAD A MUCH BETTER RECORD THAN RICHT HAS HAD IN HIS LAST TWO YEARS.
FACT:RICHT IS 15-15 IN THE LAST 30 GAMES.
FACT:RICHT IS 1-9 AGAINST RANKED TEAMS IN HIS LAST 10 GAMES.
FACT:RICHT IS 3-7 IN HIS LAST 10 SEC GAMES.
FACT:RICHT TRAILS ONLY VANDERBILT IN WINS AND LOSSES THE LAST TWO YEARS.
FACT:RICHT’S RECORD WOULD GET HIM FIRED AT BAMA, LSU, AUB. FLA. TENNESSEE
FACT:GEORGIA FAN’S SEEM TO GET EXCITED ABOUT TEAM EFFORT NOT WINS.
FACT:GEORGIA FANS ARE SETTLING FOR MEDIOCRITY.
FACT:VINCE MUST BE INTO THE SCOTCH TO SUPPORT A COACH WITH THIS RECORD.
FACT:PEOPLE ARE SHOCKED DOOLEY IS NOT SUPPORTING HIS SON AT TENNESSEE.

augusta dawg

September 15th, 2011
3:58 pm

I’ve been saying for the last 3 seasons that Bobo as was Martinez would be CMR downfall…… Neither could coach with the top ranked teams…… REFLECTS on CMR!!!!!!!! We are the laughing stock in the sec.

duronimo

September 15th, 2011
4:22 pm

Richt is a good coach as Dooley says. However, he’s now going up against better coaches than he was playing 4, 5 or 6 years ago. This is being verified on the field of play each week. Georgia can keep the current coach and the status quo or they can match the current crop of opposition coaches with an even better one. Just look at Boise …. Coaching is the difference.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 15th, 2011
4:29 pm

Big Dirty Dawg

Tell us the Georgia way

Lose to FL every year
Lose to UCF level teams
Lose to down programs like Tenn
Lose to KY 2 times in 5 yrs
Lose to ranked teams all the time
13-13 in the SEC East
23-18 in the SEC
14-14 in the last 28 games
All while having the #2 rated recruiting ranking for the decade

I didnt realize thats the Georgia Way

G8tor Blue

September 15th, 2011
4:31 pm

Richt, Grantham, and Bozo have earned lifetime contracts with automatic increases built in. McGarity needs to do this now before these wonderful coaches get away.

dwh

September 15th, 2011
4:41 pm

Funny how it’s always on the players.

Can someone find any quotes from anyone on the coaching staff that has ever said we have failed as coaches?

bigdog

September 15th, 2011
4:48 pm

I agree Bulldog 1959. Ga will be fine. People forget who our last two opponents were. We also seem to forget that this is only a game. Arewe not worried about these young men getting an education ?

Dogs Smell

September 15th, 2011
4:50 pm

Is there a National Championship coming this year or should we wait till next?

Big Wally

September 15th, 2011
4:51 pm

Different take – I blame Rodney Garner. Gets 5 star players, who don’t want to work (King), or are head cases and quit (Ealy). That leads to a lot of talent leaving the program ahead of time. We got the Dream Team last year, because Richt was more involved with recruiting and we got 5 star players who want to work – by most accounts (Crowell, Mitchell, etc). Let’s not forget the thugs he recruited at Tennessee. The difference is, Tennessee had a coach and AD who would look the other way and keep those players around – Richt and UGA don’t.

Snoop

September 15th, 2011
5:04 pm

Bigdog, that’s funny. Ponder your statement for a moment…

“look who we played the last two games.”

Er uh, that would be Boise State and South Carolina

Used to be those were homecoming game opponents. Now we are the homecoming game opponent. Either you are the hunter or you are the hunted. Which are the 2011 Dawgs?

We have fallen from the elite all the way down into the mire of the cellar. No way to spin that…

Snoop

September 15th, 2011
5:05 pm

Bigdog, that’s funny. Ponder your statement for a moment…

“look who we played the last two games.”

Er uh, that would be Boise State and South Carolina

Used to be those were homecoming game opponents. Now we are the homecoming game opponent. Either you are the hunter or you are the hunted. Which are the 2011 Dawgs?

We have fallen from the elite all the way down into the mire of the cellar. No way to spin that…

The last time I look, the team was being led and coached by Mark Richt.

VDooley

September 15th, 2011
5:26 pm

Mr. Compromise

September 15th, 2011
5:27 pm

Okay, here’s a compromise. Keep Russ and dump Richt.

Homecoming Queen

September 15th, 2011
5:29 pm

“Now we are the homecoming game opponent.”

A depressing but accurate statement.

Top Dawg

September 15th, 2011
5:44 pm

Lighten up jerkwads….Coach Richt is not getting fired during the season….SO SUPPORT THE TEAM and root for SUCCESS.

Top Dawg

September 15th, 2011
5:44 pm

Totally INaccurate Queen

Top Dawg

September 15th, 2011
5:45 pm

Blame Russ…We need an UGA back!

David Granger

September 15th, 2011
5:56 pm

Coach Richt does two things very well:
1. He’s a good recruiter. This is probably the most important single ability for a coach to have, especially in a state that produces as much top-line talent as Georgia.
2. He’s clean cut, and says the right things…represents the university well.

His drawbacks:
1. The team has NOT achieved to the level of its talent…not just one year, but year-in and year-out. Remember 2008, when we were everybody’s preseason #1 pick? We only played three games against teams that ended the regular season in the top 25. And we lost all three, giving up 135 points in the process.
2. The team plays to the level of its opponent, even when we win. With the team UGA had four years ago, why should we have needed a last second field goal to beat Vanderbilt?
3. He’s too “gimmicky”, and this doesn’t play well either in the SEC, or with long-time Georgia fans. To hell with what color jerseys we wear, and blacking out the stadium. And I don’t EVER want to see our team deliberately draw a penalty again. If we wanted to see chicken-crap like that, we’d pull for that FSU or Miami scum.
4. He makes some VERY strange calls on both offense and defense…especially during critical moments of the games. Why blitz on third and 15 with the other team backed up deep in their own territory? It’d be one thing if it succeeded most of the time…but it seems that the pass rush always penetrates too far, the QB either runs or hits the “safety valve” receiver on a quick slant, and they always pick up the first down because the rest of the team is playing deep.
5. The team continues to make the same mistakes over and over, year-in and year-out. We make way too many penalties at critical times, and that just kills a drive.
6. The team never seems prepared. Take our opener against OSU, for example. Here’s a team that was KNOWN for surprise quick-snaps on short yardage situations. And yet, they caught us twice in the second half with quick snaps…once for a first down, and the other for a TD…while our defense hadn’t even gotten set, and was just standing there dumbfounded. The good preparation ISN’T there…and that is always the fault of the head coach.

Coach Richt reminds me a lot of Bobby Cox. He’s good at building a team and putting the parts together…but not so good at getting everything out of the team once it’s built. I like Coach Richt, and wish him well…but it’s time for him to move on. Personally, I would LOVE to see Will Muschamp coaching the Dawgs.

MATHDAWG

September 15th, 2011
6:10 pm

BEING SUCH A HIGH MORAL PERSON, RICHT SHOULD WRITE A CHECK TO UGA FOR 3/4 OF HIS SALARY FOR THE PAST 4 YEARS. HE IS ABOUT 1/4 THE COACH HE USED TO BE.

AS FAR AS BOBO’S OFFENSE HAVING BETTER NUMBERS THAN RICHT’S DID, ALL THE SEC OFFENSES HAVE BETTER NUMBERS THAN 5 OR 6 YEARS AGO. THE TOTAL SCORE OF THE S. CAROLINA GAME (87 POINTS) WAS THE MOST IN THE HISTORY OF THE SERIES. THE ARGUMENT THAT BOBO IS A BETTER O.C. THAN RICHT WAS IS PURE B.S. WITH NO BASIS.

Still@theBAR

September 15th, 2011
6:32 pm

Big Dirty Dawg
“True Dawg Fans” need to buy into the Georgia Way
What EXACTLY is the Georgia Way?
Big DUMB players getting FAKE degrees?
What happened to having a Few White players on Defense that were 3*’s playing like 5*’s?

Nub

September 15th, 2011
6:43 pm

I would appreciate somebody defending our record over the last three years………. You won’t because you can’t!!!!!! And believe me it’s not only the young pups calling for change … It’s the ole Dawgs that have been going to Jville the last 20 YEARS that’s two decades …. We have won 3 TIMES to our east rival….. Doormats step aside and let the BIG DAWGS eat!!!!!

Nub

September 15th, 2011
6:47 pm

Jon Gruden …… Pay him and he will come…. We might then Whip UF once every 3 yrs not once every 5….

Snoop

September 15th, 2011
6:53 pm

David Granger, you are on the money.

Furman Bishop

September 15th, 2011
7:00 pm

To all of you who quote statistics to prove your point about the steady decline of the football program over the last 3-4 years, here is some advice.You may be entirely correct in your facts, but the Richt Lovers don’t and won’t care. For whatever reason they have formed an emotional attachment to Richt that cold hard facts will not sever. Richt could go on as he has in wins and loses fot the next ten years, and they would still be wanting him to hang around and still be slandering those who wish for a coaching change in order to make the football program relevant again. Don’t bother to waste any more time. Their emotional bond to Richt is too great.

FLA DAWG

September 15th, 2011
7:22 pm

DAWG NATION,

OH NO!

I just realized what is going to happen this season………………………

Richt will NOT be unloaded but Bobo WILL be let loose.

Meaning we will have at least two more years of Coach Mark Richt to underutilize Blue Chip recruits, deplete our talent pool and utterly dismantle our program.

Just my opinion.

FLA DAWG,

Class of ‘79

Nub

September 15th, 2011
7:39 pm

Let me toss this out … How bout George O… And Ralph F…. ? Just saying…

Delbert D.

September 15th, 2011
7:41 pm

Vanilla? More like Rocky Road.

Nub

September 15th, 2011
7:54 pm

Look at what they did at yeck… And I think they will coach um UP … Tell me why you disagree!

bugsquacher

September 15th, 2011
8:22 pm

WHY GEORGIA SHOULD BE CONSIDERING A COACHING CHANGE.
1-Georgia is a combined 0-5 against Top 25 teams in 2010 and 2011
2- GEORGIA has lost 10 of its last 12 against ranked teams. (2-10 record)
2- GEORGIA is now 14-14 in his last 28 games
3-GEORGIA is 6-10 in the past 16 SEC games.
4- REMAINING SCHEDULE. Games they will probably lose: 1- Miss St. 2- Tenn 3-Florida 4-Auburn. Games we should win (if we don’t have an off week): 1- Costal Carolina, 2-Miss, 3- Kentucky, 4- New Mexico, 5-Tech, 6-Vandy.
LOOKS LIKE A 50/50 CHANCE OF ANOTHER LOSING SEASON.
5- Its been 30 yrs since our last national championship…. Can Richt get us there? Are we trending in the right direction?
THE ABOVE SAYS……. NO!

bugsquacher

September 15th, 2011
8:33 pm

SEVEN REASONS WHY GEORGIA SHOULD BE CONSIDERING A COACHING CHANGE.
1-GEORGIA is a combined 0-5 against Top 25 teams in 2010 and 2011
2- GEORGIA has lost 10 of its last 12 against ranked teams. (2-10 record)
3- GEORGIA is now 14-14 in his last 28 games
4-GEORGIA is 6-10 in the past 16 SEC games.
5- GEORGIA is 2-5 in their last 7 games going back to last season
6- REMAINING SCHEDULE. Games they will probably lose: 1- Miss St. 2- Tenn 3-Florida 4-Auburn. Games we should win (if we don’t have an off week): 1- Costal Carolina, 2-Miss, 3- Kentucky, 4- New Mexico, 5-Tech, 6-Vandy.
LOOKS LIKE A 50/50 CHANCE OF ANOTHER LOSING SEASON.
7- It’s been 30 yrs since our last national championship…. Can Richt get us there? Are we trending in the right direction?
THE ABOVE SAYS……. NO!

Chris

September 15th, 2011
9:01 pm

I can’t believe what I’m hearing some of you people say. Bobo calls one descent game, and he’s all of a sudden a great play caller. Are you kidding me?

This whole desire to have Bobo fired did not happen over night. This has been building for several years. Bobo will call a good game, and then he will call a terrible game. He is really good at calling the worst plays in pressure situations. He has always been a suspect play caller, and it will not get better.

I get so sick and tired of people defending Richt and Bobo. You guys keep talking about what Georgia did in the past. The past was six years ago!!! How many breaks does Richt get? We have heard for the last three years how this is a young team and they are only going to get better. That excuse can only last for a year or two at best. Not three years!

I’m also sick of you guys making a comparison of what happened to Michigan and Tennessee when they got rid of their long tenured coaches. Every school is different, and every coach is different. What happened at Tennessee or what happened at Michigan has abosolutely no bearing on what would happen at Georgia. Why don’t you talk about what happened at Alabama and Auburn when they got new coaches???

The writing is on the wall, and it has been there for several years. Richt is not as good of a coach as you people think he is. He is not worth the salary he is paid, and those of us that want change have plenty of facts to base this claim on. The only arguement you blind homers have is what a great guy Richt is. That is just stupid. The reality is that it’s all about winning, and Richt will never win again at Georgia.

The last excuse I’m tired of hearing about is how we will struggle for at least two years with a new coach. Do you really think it’s going to be any better with Richt and Bobo still coaching at Georgia??? Oh, I forgot, according to you blind homers, we will be young and rebuilding for another 3 or 4 years.

I cant’ wait to see all of your comments on AJC in two weeks when we are 2-2 after beating two terrible things. We will all of a sudden be the best thing since sliced bread, Bobo will be your hero, and Richt should get a raise. It is embarassing what little some of you know about football. Here’s the reality you blind homers will be faced with Thanksgiving night.

We will NOT beat Miss. St.
We will NOT beat Tennessee.
We will NOT beat Florida.
We will NOT beat Aubrun.

If you can add, we will be 6-6 at best Thanksgiving night, and that is only if we beat Tech that day . If Richt isn’t fired after yet another medicore season, then everyone associated with Georgia that supports this guy is an embarrassment to the University, and all us other so called terrible fans that only want what is best for the football program.

Jordan

September 15th, 2011
9:18 pm