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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Wow

September 15th, 2011
9:50 pm

Watching LSU play Miss St., it really scares me how far UGA has fallen. The level of play in this game by both teams is clearly superior to what I see when the Dawgs play

Rotten in Denmark

September 15th, 2011
9:50 pm

It’s obvious that CMR has every one of his family members posing tonight in his defense. I fail to understand how 2-4 years of dissappointing future seasons under a coach who wants to win and is trying to build a program is less attractive than 2-4 years of disappoint future seasons under a coach who consistently shows by his actions and comments that he absolutely doesn’t care about winning or the direction of the program. If we’re going to suck no matte what, should we at least suck with someone who wants it to get better?

Show me one shred of evidence that CMR gives one damn about his results over the past 4 years. “Play calling is overrated.” “Bobo is great.” “I know what the hell I’m doing.” “Let’s put on a fashion show.” The guy stinks as a coach, has stunk for the past several years, and has no desire to get better, and I’m tired of being ashamed of my UGA heritage.

Wow

September 15th, 2011
9:51 pm

And before anybody says it…I know that both of these teams are ranked, so they SHOULD be better than the Dawgs.

Pago Pago DAWG

September 15th, 2011
10:03 pm

Not sure if UGA wants LSU or MISS. STATE.

Waiting to See

September 15th, 2011
10:14 pm

There is no doubt that CMR has made some bad personnel decisions. The question is whether he recognizes his problems and can adapt quickly enough. The talent on UGA’s team deserves better than what it is getting from the coaching staff.

OH HECK YES THEY DID

September 15th, 2011
10:20 pm

Oh lawdy them BEWL DAWGS SUCK. Mildred pack up the motor home we need to go to Athens and hand out sniffle rags.

Dang Dawg

September 15th, 2011
10:45 pm

Richt is a good coach, but as he moves into his 50’s, he may not have the same attention to detail that some of the coaches in their early 40’s have. He may have interests greater than football. Saban is a mirco manager. Kirbie would be a bad hire and I don’t want to see Mullens offense at UGA. Richt has tried to be leader and develop coaches under him, but he still has to learn how to hold those coaches accountable. This may be a weak spot for him.

Murray is very good, but he still has yet to take the team down the field and win a game on the final drive. Until that happens, he is just another QB with a lot of potential. How would David Green have been different if he did not win against UT as a freshman. Stafford had huge wins against Auburn and VT as a freshman. Murray got nervous and fubmled against GT last last year. Had a stinker against Micky Mouse U. Looked terrible agains Boise. Threw a pick 6 and fumbled for 6 against SC. He is the Tony Romo of college football. If he ends up being as good as Zeir, would you be happy? Zeir still lost to UT and FL every year.

Stephen A. Smith DAWG: Whassup Y'all !?

September 15th, 2011
11:32 pm

Hey Y’all ! As y’all know basketball is my game, but I took a look at this situation number 9 at down at UGA and it’s blowin’ my mind” ! The sentiment I gathered from various news outlets around the country are saying beleaguered Mark Richt, 14-14 (for last 28 games) must go 9-1 to save his job and his seat is the consensus number one coaching hotseat in the country. The UGA coaching staff and delusional segments of its fanbase has felt so sorry for themselves through the losing they now have reverted to pity parties searching for moral victories in losses. My, my.my, what in the name of the late & great Erk Russell is goin’ on down thurr in Georgia? Because the team had a poor outing against Boise in those ugly red uniforms and finally played more competitively versus SCarolina should not overshadow this team still has major problems at quarterback, playcalling & coaching, depth on O-line, RB, and LB. In other words despite showing signs of life in the second game, this is still an erratic, soft, undersized team that at best plays to the level of its competition. The quarterback is graciously listed at 6-1, but looks and plays more like he is 5-9. Several of his passes against SC barely got over the line of scrimmage without being deflected. By constantly lining up in the shotgun is an admission he can’t dropback or needs help getting a clear look down the field after the snap or both. In other words the coaching staff is trying to compensate for Murray being “too short” to play the position. Also lining up in the shotgun in a crucial 3rd and “ONE” yard to go situation is a silent admission to the defense we are a pass first, finesse (soft) team on offense. Why not lineup in the power I formation, punch the damn defense in the mouth and give the rock to my man, I. Crowell and let him do his thing. Predictably Richt & Bobo have Murray toss a deflected pass for a virtual unknown WR to make a miracle catch, which got him a “hug” from Richt. Holy Dawg crap ! Whassup wit dat Y’all, when was the last time you saw Saban give a player a hug during a Bama game. Okay I get it, he’s a good man for nuturing his players for overachieving, but would he have hugged that guy if he had dropped a bad throw as he should have? And what about my man, TE OC7 ? He didn’t get a ball thrown his way all day and Richt praised his blockin skills. I wonder if OC got a hug for blockin’? Oh yeah Richt said he recruited Cam Newton as a tight end and he kept DJ Shockley on da bench foe three years before playin’ him ! WTH ?! Is there discrimination goin on at UGA, they seem to want to may qb Murray a star when clearly he’s an error-prone point guard that should be dishin da rock to the real playmakers. Look y’all I love R&B, but if it stood for Richt and Bobo, I wouldn’t. So playcalling in spots is still spotty on offense and now we see how smart it is to change poorly coached 4-3 defense to a soft & poorly coached 3-4 defense when you don’t have the kind of depth at linebacker that you need for a 34 defense. They say the pious Richt has instructed his DC, Grantham not to cuss at his players and to turn safeties to LBs rendering depth at safety thin. But hey, didn’t Richt turn one of y’alls RBs to LB and then sent the dude back to RB. Didn’t Richt drive the homies runnin’ backs WE3 and CK4 outta da program, sayin’ it was addition by subtraction. Add it all up and all I see is more losing and more division y’all and ya gotta laugh to keep from cryin’. It’s embarrassin’ to be a UGA fan now. Look y’all, we can go on and on about UGA’s problems, but at this point UGA is a pitiful program in disarray mired in mediocrity. So cut to the chase, asking for a smallish overrated QB to lead a undercoached, soft, poorly prepared team with little to no depth in vital areas to go 9-1 just to save an incompetent coaches’ job is like asking me to stop Shaq from dunkin’ in a game of H-O-R-S-E !! LOL, y’all. UGA might win more games than they lose, but they still haven’t performed well enough to give anyone who isn’t delusional, reasons to think they will play and coach .900 football in the next 10 games after playing and coaching .500 football in its last 28 games. Everbody knows only sorry Vanderbilt goin 6-20 is worse than Richt’s 14-14 mark in the SEC. CMR, got some advice for you cuz, it’s gettin’ hot in herrre and you is fakin’ the funk, the game has passed you by my man, and in the tough SEC wit no coachin’ game ya gotta step aside and give somebody else a shot or stay and get ya self fired. You are a has been so ya gotta go, gotta go ! Be cool y’all and DAWGS HUNKERDOWN !! My apologies for writing a book y’all .

joseph

September 16th, 2011
12:00 am

people that support cmr, keep saying we are going to win out, we are going to go 9-3 or 8-4. but i would be willing to bet its is going to be more like 6-6. i hope i am wrong, but there is a lot of tough games on the sch. but if we do go 9-3 i would not fire cmr.

SatillaDawg

September 16th, 2011
12:31 am

I watched the UGA/SC game again tonight and I have to give it Murray. He was truly exceptional at times. Eight for eight in that 3rd-into-4th quarter drive, 85 yards and a TD, plus a two-point conversion. Simply awesome!

Then came the embarrassing, critical fumble (Clowney blew in, practically untouched), but Murray still lobs another TD late in the game. Crowley really matured in the game, too. So, there was definite improvement.

I hope the SC game is a harbinger of good things to come. But there’s still a lot of season left. And a few wins over some weak teams aren’t going to quiet the criticism. Bottom line…if the Dawgs lose to Florida…AGAIN…then CMR and Bobo need to find new jobs.

Go Dawgs!

slydog

September 16th, 2011
12:33 am

SatillaDawg

September 16th, 2011
12:34 am

Sorry. Crowell, not Crowley.

Otis My Man

September 16th, 2011
1:03 am

BOBO needs to GOGO! Brilliant at times and crap most of the time!

Zumadawg

September 16th, 2011
1:18 am

Attention all you naysayers. When are you and the others of your ilk going to stop fanning the flame regarding the demise of CMR? Most of those jumping on the “fire Mark Richt” bandwagon don’t know their @$$ from a warm rock when it comes to football. Stop trying to bury the man before he is dead. I, and I’m sure many others, are tired of the daily diatribe of all you so called “experts” and “others in the know” . Wait till Mark is gone to begin the crucifixion

gomdawg

September 16th, 2011
5:09 am

OK ALL YOU THAT WANTED TO GET DAN MULLEN WILL HE IS 0-2 IN THE SEC . LETS RUN HIM OFF AND GET ANOTHER COACH WHO WE GOING TO GET NOW. UMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
DAMN I WISH WE WOULD HAVE KEPT CMR .

chazzo

September 16th, 2011
6:33 am

Judging by the current top 20 and the way UGA played against SC, I’d say there are easily 20 of those teams that UGA could hang with if they played them tomorrow. UGA will end up in the top 20 of the top 25. Don’t Panic! Don’t Give Up!

chazzo

September 16th, 2011
6:36 am

I meant judging by the current top 25.

dmr

September 16th, 2011
8:08 am

Football teams should have a SYNERGY. Many people make the point that Georgia is “statistically” as good or better on offense since Richt handed over the play calling to Bobo. Teams are intertwined. Offense, defense, and special teams must feed off of one another and help one another. If your defense is on the field for far to long, then maybe your offense needs to slow the pace, work the clock, and give them a breather. Our defense could afford to take more chances and be more aggressive if we have a big lead in a game.

For example…3rd and 2 from the opponent 30. We are running the ball well. We are up 6 – 0. We have great tight ends and a 274 lb fullback. I am running the ball twice, if I have to, knowing I will either get a first down and keep the other offense off the field, or it acts as a glorified punt. 13 – 0 may very well put your opponent back on their heels and allow our defense to be more aggressive.

Bobo can call basic plays. The play calling against USC was far superior to anything we have seen in a while. However, I think there is a dynamic missing in the overall strategy and that has hurt us in the past.

I support Richt. I support this Team. And I’ll be in Athens tomorrow.

Texas Dawg

September 16th, 2011
8:19 am

EVERYONE can see that Samuel needs to be moved back to LB….he is a dgd…..but WHY in the heck would our coaches not move him back??? Cromwell gets the rock with Boykin in when he needs a breather….Washington is no d1 DE…watch the film…i mean nothing….get drew in now……WE CONSISTENTLY PLAY FOLKS THAT SHOULDN’T”T BE IN THE GAME….BesET ATHLETES on the field!!!!!!!!!!!

I ‘m a nice guy so regardless of productivity I’ll shouldn’t be fired….are you kidding me….I own a business and when an employee is nonproductive he gets fired!!!!!!!!!!!!

UGA fans we must demand the best form our head coach or we will always be mediocre…yea yea we will win the east and sec once in awhile….but look at Bama…FLA…LSU last six or seven years…..

DawginLex

September 16th, 2011
8:27 am

6 points

this coach is the answer?

Buh bye, Muck Wrecked

September 16th, 2011
8:28 am

The biggest change that CMR needs to make is to stop recruiting the low-class illiterates and punks who he seems to think will win for him and keep his huge paychecks coming in. People like Marcus Dowtin, A.J. Green, Washaun Ealey, Caleb King, and others too numerous to mention are not team players, they’re “me first” jerks who don’t give a rip about anyone else.

Dangerous

September 16th, 2011
8:28 am

Sorry, but Richt’s offense didn’t score pts either against formidable D’s, so Bobo’s stats don’t mean much! YOU BLAME THE D FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS WOES??????? SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!!! I BELIEVE IT IS THE O THAT HAS TURNED THE BALL OVER 4 TO 5 TIMES A GAME, NOT THE D ( and mostly on the short side of the field at that)…………I thought Garcia played for SC, oh My mistake that was Murray accounting for 3 turnovers and 21 pts for Carolina……..5 TURNOVERS KILLS YOU….BOBO HAS BEEN DOING THIS FOR HOW MANY YEARS NOW….IF I WAS WILLIE I WOULD HAVE SLUGGED HIM ON MY WAY OUT OF TOWN. Mike Bellotti did a study when he was at Oregon on turnovers and found that when a team turns the ball over 1 more time than their opponent they tend to lose the game over 90 percent of the time!!!!!! problem at GA is that Bobo doesn’t know the meaning of a slant play to move the chains of 3rd and 3.

BlleedRed And Black

September 16th, 2011
8:55 am

Its time for Richt and BoBo to go….I look at the Elite Teams in the SEC Auburn, Alabama, Florida, LSU, and Georgia…Of all but georgia have a national championship ring…I look at the athelets of alabama and LSU and all the other Elite teams their athelets are men compared t ours…What is our coaching staf doing the reason they look more like boys compared to the other schools??????? We pay our money to se these games and we spend time watching these games and its about winning..Richt was asked the question of the players and coaches and His response “we are just coaching ball” now what type of mess is that???? BOBO is trash when it comes to playcalling, I mean we are on our way to the bottom of the SEC with Vanderbilt and the other schols..we will be the laughing stock..Richt can’t get our players prepared for the big games so it falls on him so he needs to go and take Bozo with him..Im a very religious man also, but you have to seperate football and religion…Of all the teams in the SEC have upgraded their staff and we keep these coaches that are not up to par with the rest of the SEC..Richt and him coaching staff are way overdue its time to ship them out..all the other schools don’t win its time to go but not georgia….and I wonder why all the athelets are leaving the state to go to other schools??? Why Richt don’t recruit black quarterbacks??? Its it that he recruits players that he can control??? Its about wining and georgia needs to get a hard nose coach in there to do so..Richt is making me sick right now to my stomache…

Regime Change

September 16th, 2011
8:58 am

Good post Chris. The Tennessee and Michigan scenarios that all of the Richt apologists talk about continuously on this blog had to do with two programs with unique circumstances. Tennessee thought that their program was on the way back with Kiffin and he left after one year. They lost a lot of recruits over several years leading up to Kiffin because of uncertainty and mediocre seasons and are now only one year into Dooley coaching there. At Michigan they hired a guy in Rodriguez who was in his element at his Alma Mater (and he even outcoached Richt at the beginning of the backslide there at the Sugar Bowl) and completely tried to change an entire system of offense that did not translate with the athletes he had. He should have looked at what Urban Meyer did at Florida in transitioning to the spread over a couple of years with Leak and then Tebow. But he was a “square peg in a round hole” from the start there. A more relevant set of circumstances to that of Georgia are Alabama, Auburn, and Arkansas. This is all in the last 5 years and has completely changed the landscape in the SEC in terms of competition. The loyalists and apologists see what they want to see. They feel sorry for Richt because of the person they see, not the coach. I agree with some of the other posters who say that if no one knew so much about Richt’s religion and his values (which I respect) like other coaches whose values are personal to them and may have personalities that could be harder to take, then there would be a tidal wave of these same people calling for his ouster immediately.

slydog

September 16th, 2011
9:04 am

Buh bye, Muck Wrecked
September 16th, 2011
8:28 am

The biggest change that CMR needs to make is to stop recruiting the low-class illiterates and punks who he seems to think will win for him and keep his huge paychecks coming in. People like Marcus Dowtin, A.J. Green, Washaun Ealey, Caleb King, and others too numerous to mention are not team players, they’re “me first” jerks who don’t give a rip about anyone else.

So, genius, where is any coach in the country going to find those country club, clean shaven, polo shirt wearing, “try hard”, “great motor” football players at?

slydog

September 16th, 2011
9:11 am

Forget BoBo’s stats for a second. Regardless of mental errors, defensive breakdowns,etc., when was the last the the Dawgs called a play on offense, executed it, and scored when they needed to? That’s right, when Richt was calling the plays. Good offenses score points when they need to in order to put themselves in a position to win games. 40+ points and 500 yards a game are cute, but how many of those folks win championships? Furthermore, for those who think Florida is going to be “oh so” explosive because they have Weis, forget about it. He is a pro coach. They don’t engage in blow outs for the sake of it. It’s all about execution and calling certain plays to set up others when you need them. BoBo is a good OC, but not a winning one. He fails to call the right play at critical moments. I am willing to bet that CMR is calling the plays, he just hasn’t announced at a press conference in order to not show up BoBo. You can still have an OC yet call your own plays. Look at the crititcal play calling that put UGA in a position to win the game at least 3x last week. That’s a Richt game plan, not BoBo.

Dangerous

September 16th, 2011
9:17 am

DJ had two season ending injuries. Word…..he was not better than Green, oh and don’t forget the two Fl games he threw..2 seperate games…2 telegraphed pick sixes…diff in both games

Dangerous

September 16th, 2011
9:20 am

slydog CMR ran a red zone O all the way down the field and seemed to have to always settle for 3 pts….Van Gorder should have credit for most of his wins.

slydog

September 16th, 2011
9:23 am

Greene definitely was not better than Shockley. He was a game manager and made safe plays. Shockley was far more talented and a better playmaker. Given more playing time, and maybe the starting nod, the bonehead mistakes would have been corrected. If Shockley started those 3 years, UGA more than likely would have played for two NC. Why? Like I said before, Shock was a “playmaker” and he could escape the pass rush. Think about the games Greene played in when we either struggled or loss. It was all because he couldn’t run to save his own balls…lol. Richt, being a first time head coach, went the safer route and chose the “safe” pick over the gamble. But gambling wins you championships, which CMR has not done, except in a down year in the SEC. FACT!!!

ssisdawg

September 16th, 2011
9:26 am

slydog

September 16th, 2011
9:29 am

Why shopuld VanGorder get the credit? The man had great players and “killers” on defense. When you have Pollack, Thurman, Davis, S. Jones, J. Sullivan, C. Johnson, B. Bailey, Robert Geathers, Chris Clemons, Greg Blue, Demario Minter, Quentin Moses,etc., you can play a soft zone and not be as aggressive with your front 7, hence, bend but don’t break. BVG was a fiery guy and a great motivator, but he isn’t the missing half of Richt’s success. Question, would that soft zone work now?

Dangerous

September 16th, 2011
9:32 am

If it were not for Mo Mass and his circus catches DJ wouldn’t have completed jack. DJ had not 1 but 2 seperate season ending injuries and therefore could not have played.

Dangerous

September 16th, 2011
9:40 am

Van Gorder held opponents to less than what GA scored(which in a lot of cases wasn’t much), that deserves credit. Let’s take this a little further though, when CMR came to the SEC Spurrier had left for the NFL, Cutcliff had left for Ole Miss(Tenn become a dumpster fire) and Friedgen had left Tech ( O’leery suxed). To a certain extent coaching had fallen off drastically making it easier to win. The west was horrible. CMR first 4 yrs were a lot easier to navigate and he did, but we all know what happened when all the coaches came back.Spurrier, Saban, Myer, When Cutcliff came back to Tenn they whooped GA’s but, Petrino, etc.

258DAWG

September 16th, 2011
9:57 am

If need be John Gruden can hit the ground running, and you can bet his team will be prepared week end week out. I understand he’s not a players coach – not initially, but when they’re playing on Sundays, I’m sure they wouldn’t mind the tough love. It’s about accountability and that’s not what’s going on now. It’s excuses and blame going around.
I’d overpay 10 mill a year to make it happen (If need be)
Don’t say they don’t have the cash because we all know they do!

PMC

September 16th, 2011
9:59 am

Listening to anything Todd Mcshay has to say is a little silly.

Dangerous

September 16th, 2011
10:08 am

I will say this…..CROWELL looks fantastic out there…an elusive as well as a hard runner!

Fun with Dick and Jane

September 16th, 2011
10:27 am

How is Cro-el doing in his remedial reading class? I hear he’s having trouble with some of his ABCs, bless his heart.

Appropriate Movie Quote

September 16th, 2011
10:49 am

“So we’re all dogfaces, we’re all very, very different, but there is one thing that we all have in common: we were all stupid enough to enlist in the Army.”

“We’re mutants. There’s something wrong with us, something very, very wrong with us. Something seriously wrong with us – we’re soldiers. But we’re American soldiers! We’ve been kicking a** for 200 years! We’re 10 and 1!”

“Now we don’t have to worry about whether or not we practiced. We don’t have to worry about whether Captain Stillman wants to have us hung. All we have to do is to be the great American fighting soldier that is inside each one of us. Now do what I do, and say what I say. And make me proud.”

Tyrone Shulaces

September 16th, 2011
10:53 am

I’m a UGA dad, with no bumpersticker, and I think this is a done deal. Yes, wait til the end of the season. Because that’s the right thing thing to do.

Now the choice of a successor.is the only question. My list
1. Derek – Derek – Derek – trained by Saban, with the pedigree
2. Jon Gruden
3. Dan Mullen
4. Chris Peterson

I know kirby. he aint that smart.

DawgTrue

September 16th, 2011
10:55 am

Some of the support of Coach Richt by UGA fans, more notably appearing to be alumni, is certainly classy. Everybody has an opinion, and is entitled to it, but all UGA loyalists must determine that what they do and say helps or hurts the University of Georgia. Even if you want a coaching change, say it in your living room and in privacy, not in public — that is if you want to help your ‘Dawgs. Otherwise, you’re hurting your ‘Dawgs, present and future … I don’t have to like that and will bust you in the mouth if you hurt MY ‘Dawgs. If you’re not a UGA loyalist, you don’t matter anyway.

shankit

September 16th, 2011
11:01 am

Where are all the Mullin supporters?
Worst called offensive scheme I have ever seen.
One dimensional.
Mullin thinks his big quarterback is Tebow.

shankit

September 16th, 2011
11:04 am

@Tyrone Shoelaces
Mullen? 0-3 – His stock has dropped with the worst
offense play calling I have ever seen.
Dooley, let’s wait and see after the season is over.
Petersen, the real deal. But SE recruiting?
Gruden, you can forget it.

shankit

September 16th, 2011
11:13 am

Mullen is 1 – 10 last three years against SEC West opponents.
Only win was against Ole Miss.

Regime Change

September 16th, 2011
11:40 am

I must say…Very creative post Stephen A. Smith. Very funny and very true.

Regime Change

September 16th, 2011
11:44 am

I guess I wasn’t the only one who thought that DJ sitting on the bench was such a waste. I give him credit for sticking around. I wouldn’t have if I were him. He is a good kid and still has a positive attitude.

258DAWG

September 16th, 2011
1:12 pm

I disagree with shankit – I believe Chucky likes the college game and I believe with the right amount he would definitely listen.
There are a lot of big time boosters that follow UGA and I would think if UGA wanted him the money part wouldnt be a problem.

Dewey Cheatham & Howe

September 16th, 2011
8:45 pm

Richt’s supporters aren’t football fans. They simply don’t want to see him fail because he makes it a point to wear his religion on his sleeve in public. For them, it’s not about the X’s & O’s… It’s just a matter of faith.

If Richt’s faith can’t “save” him from failure, then their own security blanket won’t seem quite as warm and cozy any longer.

Dewey Cheatham & Howe

September 16th, 2011
8:50 pm

Dawg85

September 17th, 2011
4:01 pm

Go Dawgs! Way to go out there today. Keep it up and don’t look back and pay no attention to all the negative comments folks have been making. All those folks will be too busy trying to get Auburn’s coach fired since they lost today. It’s Great to be a Dawg!

Richt Suques

September 20th, 2011
9:02 pm

Richt suques.