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

blindog

September 15th, 2011
10:21 am

Bulldog Fan

September 15th, 2011
10:27 am

Kevin Sumlin from Houston is a great name for “the list”.

cantondawg

September 15th, 2011
10:28 am

If CMR is fired, UGA would have to buyout CMR and Todd Grantham…You’re looking at about 6.3 million is owed salaries. What kind of effect would the large buyouts have on ADGM. I know UGA has the money but you don’t want to throw it away if you don’t have to.

Sparky Garfunkel

September 15th, 2011
10:28 am

http://www.philsteele.com/Blogs/Individual_Team_blogs/Georgia_Blog.html

I agree with a lot of what Bill says. Good stuff. My friend writes the blog above and it’s a good read.

CAhopkins

September 15th, 2011
10:28 am

the first few years CMR was at UGA, he got the catches and the bounces – the last 2 the ball has bounced away and the catches have been dropped. — the team is on the rise again – he is the man for the job – let the guy coach and give him a bit more time.

Kmac

September 15th, 2011
10:29 am

Bobo calls a great game one week and then a absolutely HORRIBLE game the next. Then he learns from his mistakes and calls another good game. Then he forgets about how good they played and calls a crappy game again. I cannot stand to see another year of him calling plays. If that means Richt goes to because of “loyalty”, then so be it. But Bobo has to go soon!

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 15th, 2011
10:32 am

cantondawg

Keep with the status quo and a $6 million buyout will be chump change compared to lost revenue due to lack of boosters and fan support

Bigdsel5556

September 15th, 2011
10:32 am

Please win out

Doggy Dawg

September 15th, 2011
10:32 am

Keep Mark Richt!!!!!!! GO DAWGS!!!!

cantondawg

September 15th, 2011
10:32 am

My biggest complaint about Bobo is that he tries to be TOO balanced…We can have three or four running plays and absolutely gash the other team then Bobo has to call 3 or 4 passing plays which totally throw us out of sync..Run what works until they stop you…Don’t worry about balance.

SSIgator

September 15th, 2011
10:33 am

Extra brownie points to DawginLex for kissing up to Bill and his mail bag.

GoGo

September 15th, 2011
10:38 am

I know he’s an alumni and Richt likes him, but Bobo needs to go now.

Get rid of him now, and then (as much as I hate to say it) get rid of Richt if things don’t get better.

anotherdawg

September 15th, 2011
10:40 am

What bothers me is that UGA was not prepared for the possibility of a fake punt ( see UGA bowl game against West Virginia) and then to have one by a 270 lb defensive lineman is disappointing. And then, a UGA player comments that they have not even practiced for the possibility of one, that’s sad!

Still@theBAR

September 15th, 2011
10:41 am

Thank God for Coastal & Ole Miss games. The Dawg fans will come down off the ledge and UGA gets to .500. The the wheels come off the bus again with Miss State or the Vols beating the dawgs. UGA will be 500 and get Vandy to have a winning record for a Week until the GATORS put the dawgs back to .500. the home stretch of new Mexico St, Auburn, Kentucky and Tech. The Dawgs could be 6-6 in the blink of an eye.

BullDog1959

September 15th, 2011
10:43 am

Bulldog Fans need to wake up and be very careful what we wish for. It is time to stop bashing Mark Richt and his staff and start supporting him. Mark Richt did not fire BVG. He left for what he thought was a better opportunity. He hired a new and very good DC in Grantham. The defense is much improved and yes still has a way to go. It is his 2nd year people. We cried and screamed for him to clean up the off field issues which he did. He got tough and showed those that did not want to wear the “G” with pride the door. Alot of those that left would be experienced jr’s and sr’s. We have lost a large number of players due to this and other reasons. I see a team supporting their coaching staff and each other- fighting for each other. Whether or not that will translate into a respectable season this year is to be seen. What I do know is the program is headed in the right direction. Change in S/C that the fans screamed for. Do you really think that 6-8 months is enough time for the full impact to be seen? I think not. As for Bobo, I have second guessed him and even cursed him but his numbers and stats have some merit. I do not think he turned the ball over 3 times himself and failed to cover the fake punt. Can he improve? Yes. I was at UGA in 77 and 79- horrible years. I was there the next year in 1980- NC!!! What if Dooley had been fired in ‘79? Would we still have signed Herschel? Still won the NC? I doubt it. Mark Richt runs a clean and honorable program. He knows how to win. We have a great start to recruiting for 2012 and 2013. Everyone wants Dan Mullen. Didn’t he just lose to what is supposed to be a bad AU team? Did he fumble what would have been the game tying TD? I see a very positive trend with some very talented young players. I see senior leadership that has been missing for a few years. Were Stafford and Moreno great leaders? No. Great players that were eyeing the NFL and big pay checks. The team is coming together. These guys are winners and I think if we will just rally around the team and a man that brought us back from a 20 year of irrelevancy we will be back sooner than later. You want to blow it up and bring in a new staff? Get ready for 2-3 years of rebuilding. Mark Richt and the UGA program deserves better.

Loyal Dawg

September 15th, 2011
10:43 am

As much as I want UGA to be a 10, 11, 12 win team year in and year out, I do not think firing Richt is the answer. Sure he has faults, but how many perfect coaches are out there? Saban? Anyone else?

There is not a single available candidate I would feel comfortable replacing Richt with. Kirby Smart is not the answer. Dan Mullen has one year under his belt at Miss St.. Who else?

I would gladly stick with Richt. Like I told a buddy of mine last night, if anything, tie Richt’s fate to Aaron Murray. If he is not able to at least win the SEC in the 3 (including this season) years he will more than likely have him as QB, then fine, I will agree it is time for change. But let’s at least see what he can do with his best COLLEGE QB since David Greene.

Hammerdawg

September 15th, 2011
10:43 am

Bill, A three year spiral into medicracy or below is not turning things around! Bobo is out coached in nearly every SEC game, he cannot make in game adjustments to the defensive adjustments, he does not put his top players in positions to succeed, his play calling is atrocious and non flowing…
This has been the case since he took over as the OC…
It is hard to sit by and watch this, the program will continue to spiral into obscurity until Richt will be forced to make a change at OC or he will be fired…
Bobo should do the honorable thing and resign as OC and try to keep his job as a QB coach or the whole staff will be let go at the end of the year….
Sad times when no progress is made from year to year!

DawginLex

September 15th, 2011
10:45 am

If Mullen loses tonight, he will be 0-10 against the SEC West teams not named Ole Miss.

Terrell

September 15th, 2011
10:45 am

Guys, it’s not the playcalling! While I would certainly like to see Mark Richt return to playcalling duties, we have much bigger issues to worry about. Check out this article and it’s clear to me that defense is the main issue. Sorry if you’ve already seen this but I just found out about it.

http://coachesbythenumbers.com/should-richts-backside-really-be-on-fire/

Still@thegayBAR

September 15th, 2011
10:46 am

Hey chump, why don’t you get back on the dead Tech blogs and troll around over there. Surely out of the handful of Tech fans on it you can find yourself a man date for tonight. Good luck!!!

JRW7

September 15th, 2011
10:46 am

CMR is 14-14 since game 1 of 2009 season, only Vanderbilt has less wins, have we sunk that low with CMR? UGA fans deserve better!

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 15th, 2011
10:46 am

“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”

And thats why we need another OC

“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.

And thats why Coach Richt your on the hotseat and why UGA will not compete in the SEC east until this mindset is changed

Bulldog Fan

September 15th, 2011
10:46 am

what would Malzhan do with AJ Green??????

DawginLex

September 15th, 2011
10:50 am

Bulldog fan

Malzahn would be on my list too.

Hiring a new coach is a scary deal.

All the names everyone was spewing a couple of years ago.
Remember

Butch Davis-Crook
Brian Kelly-Zero and 2 at ND
Dan Mullen- Zero and 9 versus the SEC WEST other than Ole Missy

Ron

September 15th, 2011
10:50 am

Ah, but the defense lawyers and bail bondsmen love UGA.

Bulldog Fan

September 15th, 2011
10:50 am

red hill

September 15th, 2011
10:51 am

I can think of $3 million reasons why Richt should be gone at seasons end. The losses are piling up and the MO is the same week in and week out. 9th highest paid coach in college football and this is what we get?? You have got to be kidding.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 15th, 2011
10:54 am

BullDog1959

Brian VanGorder left because Willie Martinez was going behind his back to Richt on play calls VanGorder got tired of it confronted Richt and Richt took Martinez’s side on the matter VanGorder got mad about it and after Richt did not want to recomend that he get a raise he left

Richt wanted Martinez in the first place as DC but it was Erk Russel who stepped in and told Richt to go after VanGorder

Richt is in the predicament he is in because of his friendships to Bobo and Martinez.

Cufflinks Carl

September 15th, 2011
10:56 am

If you can’t beat the poultry, go back to Moultrie.

Bulldog Fan

September 15th, 2011
10:56 am

If we get Malzhan hopefully he leaves the “members only” jacket at Auburn

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 15th, 2011
10:57 am

DawginLex

Well we agree on something Im not for Dan Mullen. Dan Mullen has shown nothing to me except beat Ole miss in the West. And even if he beats LSU tonight which I doubt. Im still not impressed with him

And those saying Charlie Strong no way. He is in year two and loses to FIU give me a break

DawginLex

September 15th, 2011
10:57 am

I hope we play well the next 2 games and can run the score up, especially at Ole Miss.

That game will start at 11:30 CST down in Oxford.

Hopefully our players won’t venture over to the Grove…………..

James

September 15th, 2011
10:58 am

I truly hope that there is no reason for a coaching change at season’s end.I do think that Coach Richt needs to either take over the offensive play calling or hire a proven offensive mind.Bobo could still be retained as quarterbacks coach and from what I hear he’s a great recruiter.If there is a change and they want instant impact they have to pursue Urban Myer.

Frank Lane

September 15th, 2011
10:58 am

If you believe you can, you can. If you believe you can’t, you can’t. Either way, you are correct.

Stop being negative.

DawginLex

September 15th, 2011
10:59 am

Yeah I left charlie Strong off my list earlier. Another coach not ready to be a head coach.

If he blows up further at Louisville, whoever comes to UGA could bring him in as DC and I’d be all for that.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 15th, 2011
10:59 am

And I forgot about his friendship to Van Halenger the strength and Conditioning coach

Sorry people but Richt has put himself and his buddies above the UGA program

how2fish

September 15th, 2011
10:59 am

Good article Bill, lets play the season out and let our AD do his job..we do pay him a good bit to do it after all..till then Go Dogs !

JR

September 15th, 2011
11:01 am

I find it strange that many of the supporters of keeping Richt as head coach at UGA make his character and values virtually the entire issue, as if not winning games consistently at a program like Georgia should somehow be overlooked completely at $3.4 million a year. Obviously, a responsible coach who is a good role model and encourages his players to succeed and grow should be important at any university and even at the professional level. But to ignore the overall success of a program that is such a revenue producer and that other athletic programs depend on at the University of Georgia is really having one’s “head in the sand.” I don’t know how many people could keep a job of any type with such a record purely based on a persons values and faith.

The other thing I see and hear is how the same supporters of keeping Coach Richt act as if the fans and alumni are getting on his case because of only the last two games. This has been about 4 years of a consistent regression of the program in so many areas. There has been a lot of patience and restraint already. But the bottom line criteria is at least being competitive with other peer schools in the SEC with similar athletic budgets (Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, LSU, and Tennessee). And Georgia clearly is not and has not for a long time. Any other viewpoint on this is very naive and viewing the matter purely from an emotional standpoint rather than logically, or from a real and true business perspective.

I also

DawginLex

September 15th, 2011
11:01 am

James

If we go 8-4 or 9-3, I could see McGarity forcing Richt’s hand on demoting or firing Bobo.

McGarity apparently is trying to build “his coaches” and getting rid of Bobo would be an elimination of a Dooley relative(by marriage).

Would appease the fanbase enough to give momentum for 2012 to Richt with another opportunity to move up the SEC food chain.

Tough call for McGarity

Dogs Smell

September 15th, 2011
11:03 am

Good Lord here it comes. Uga goes to 2-2 and you will become World domination! Its been shown you cannot beat quality teams so now you cant wait to bow your chest after Coastal Carolina and Ole Miss. Do you really feel that with one of the weakest schedules in SEC play that Ga would best represent the SEC ? Look at your record over the past 2 years “Homer” fans you’re not very well coached yet you fellers want to say “We’re Back” after a win over a team very few have even heard of.

DawginLex

September 15th, 2011
11:05 am

Dogs smell

Your reading comprehension and interpretation skills are lacking.

Either that or you posted your comment on the wrong blog…….

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 15th, 2011
11:07 am

DawginLex

I know you dont care for most of my posts but Richts friendships above the program is my issue with him

Ever since the 2008 season ie the AL game being down 31-0 at the half and being blown away by FL and blowing a 17 point lead to Tech to lose. And then the next season losing OkSt in the opener when our D couldnt stop them at all and Richt vehemently supported Martinez and would not do nothing until the boosters told him to do something:

That told me Richt puts his self above UGA and thats my problem

And couple the downturn since 2006 with sales pitches of Dream Team blah blah blah give me a break

Fire CMR?.....

September 15th, 2011
11:07 am

The opinion “I think we should fire/replace CMR” is idiotic. Do that and you looking at a couple crappy rebuilding years for sure on top of this “slide.” FTOI95, Lose booster support give me a break. Did we lose booster support in the ’90s, No, and fans will not stop attending games. This will not be a .500 season. GO DOGS!

duronimo

September 15th, 2011
11:08 am

It seems that on third and short, Bobo rarely settles for first down yardage with a quick short pass.
He feels that it’s the perfect time to surprise the other side with a longer pass. That approach is great if you don’t do overdo it and become predictable. Bobo does call come great games on occasions. I’m thinking his infatuation with the spread this year disrupted their normal rhythm. That’s why it took to the 2nd half of the USC game for the offense to look cohesive, balanced and well, normal.

5 Time National Champs Nebraska

September 15th, 2011
11:08 am

Some of you just don’t know what you are talking about.

garxdawg65

September 15th, 2011
11:11 am

I, as a grad of UGA, am proud of my fellow BULLDOGS especially CMR. I agree with all my felow alumni that times are rough, but things are brighter than the time we had under coacg Griffith. Things will be better and UGA will rise again to top.

DawginLex

September 15th, 2011
11:11 am

flat tire

You are all right with me. You are just fed up with losing.

I get that.

I have been with the give him a chance side.

I have been going to Athens for 40+ years including school and after.

I give Richt credit for 2002 and 2005. I remember how I felt in the Ga Dome in 2002. That was a great team.

We hadn’t won the SEC in 20 years.

I am pulling for him to win out and douse this fire.

If he loses, he will be gone.

Bulldog Fan

September 15th, 2011
11:12 am

Tim Deyruter the d cord at texas am will make a great hc one day…

Loyal Dawg

September 15th, 2011
11:13 am

Fire CMR?…..

My point exactly. Look at what happened with Tennessee and Michigan when they fired their coaches. They are still trying to climb out of those holes some 3 or 4 years later. And how is Frank Beamer regarded as one of the best coaches in the business when he has been at the same school for 25 year with ZERO national titles to show for it?

I would support tying Richt’s fate to what he can do with Murray, but anything else would just be kneejerk and foolish.

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September 15th, 2011
11:13 am

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Bulldog Fan

September 15th, 2011
11:14 am

is this the “I love going 8-4″ board?

Dwayne

September 15th, 2011
11:15 am

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

McDawg

September 15th, 2011
11:15 am

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

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

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

OkieDawg

September 15th, 2011
11:15 am

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

MARK RICHT

September 15th, 2011
11:16 am

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

RedandBlackDAWG

September 15th, 2011
11:17 am

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

GO DAWGS and GATA

War Dang Dawg

September 15th, 2011
11:17 am

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

DawginLex

September 15th, 2011
11:18 am

bulldog fan

To be clear on what I want

I want 10-2 regular season

I want to win in the SECCG 11-2

I want to win the BCS bowl game 12-2

Dean Tate

September 15th, 2011
11:19 am

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

Bulldog Fan

September 15th, 2011
11:19 am

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

the titanic is NOT sinking, pass me another drink

September 15th, 2011
11:19 am

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

dcb

September 15th, 2011
11:19 am

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

Wally My Butts

September 15th, 2011
11:20 am

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

Where you getting that information about CMR and BVG?

jdawg

September 15th, 2011
11:21 am

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

Question

September 15th, 2011
11:22 am

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

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

SSIgator

September 15th, 2011
11:22 am

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

JackDennis

September 15th, 2011
11:24 am

Dawgs have bigger problems that Bobo.

murfdawg

September 15th, 2011
11:25 am

@cufflinks carl—Now that’s funny.

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

jarvis

September 15th, 2011
11:26 am

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

vinny ocean

September 15th, 2011
11:27 am

what about VanGorder as head coach?

SSIgator

September 15th, 2011
11:29 am

DawginLex -

And I want to:

Win the lottery

Have multiple vacation homes around the world

Live forever

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

Mike

September 15th, 2011
11:29 am

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

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

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

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

Mean Machine

September 15th, 2011
11:29 am

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

tampaBIGdawg

September 15th, 2011
11:29 am

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

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

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

Macclenny_dawg

September 15th, 2011
11:32 am

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

History

September 15th, 2011
11:32 am

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

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

RxDawg

September 15th, 2011
11:33 am

CAhopkins
September 15th, 2011
10:28 am

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

John Tucker

September 15th, 2011
11:33 am

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

just a fan

September 15th, 2011
11:34 am

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

slydog

September 15th, 2011
11:34 am

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

Still@theBAR

September 15th, 2011
11:34 am

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

The Obvious Choice

September 15th, 2011
11:34 am

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

Simple

September 15th, 2011
11:36 am

Coaching is the problem…..

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

Rob in Chapel Hill

September 15th, 2011
11:36 am

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

Snoop Dawg

September 15th, 2011
11:38 am

Friends, bulldogs, counrymen, lend me your ears…

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

KEEP RICHT

September 15th, 2011
11:39 am

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

NCDawg

September 15th, 2011
11:40 am

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

Snoop Dawg

September 15th, 2011
11:41 am

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

cantondawg

September 15th, 2011
11:41 am

Flat Tire,

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

BulldogBen

September 15th, 2011
11:42 am

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

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

Section 306

September 15th, 2011
11:42 am

Crucify the Missionary

Chris

September 15th, 2011
11:42 am

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

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

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

lapdawg

September 15th, 2011
11:43 am

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

The Obvious Choice

September 15th, 2011
11:44 am

Let me see if I understand…

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

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

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

Matthew Stafford would've won a championship

September 15th, 2011
11:45 am

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

bubba4dawgs

September 15th, 2011
11:45 am

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

Matthew Stafford would've won a championship

September 15th, 2011
11:50 am

No. I meant that seriously.

What

September 15th, 2011
11:51 am

Bubba,

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

Josh

September 15th, 2011
11:52 am

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

Phillip Thompson

September 15th, 2011
11:52 am

Georgia Fans ( I mean the TRUE FANS),

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

Big Albany Dawg

September 15th, 2011
11:55 am

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

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

Wow

September 15th, 2011
11:55 am

Phillip,

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

Identity Crisis

September 15th, 2011
11:55 am

Georgia needs to establish an identity as a program

gbal

September 15th, 2011
11:56 am

Plays VS Execution ….

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

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

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

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

ROOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Dawgs

Buckeye

September 15th, 2011
11:58 am

DawginLex,

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

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES

Wow

September 15th, 2011
11:59 am

Gbal….see my post avbove.

Athens= God's Country

September 15th, 2011
11:59 am

Week 1: terrible coaching
Week 2: Great coaching

WHY DON’T WE LET THE SEASON PLAY OUT?

GO DAWGS! WIN WITH RICHT!

Still@theBAR

September 15th, 2011
11:59 am

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

Wow

September 15th, 2011
12:00 pm

Athens,

Week 2: Great coaching

How so?

Athens= God's Country

September 15th, 2011
12:00 pm

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

Big Albany Dawg's Granny

September 15th, 2011
12:01 pm

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

NCDawg

September 15th, 2011
12:02 pm

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

Nub

September 15th, 2011
12:03 pm

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

Vince Dooley

September 15th, 2011
12:04 pm

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

Athens= God's Country

September 15th, 2011
12:04 pm

Wow

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

Atticus

September 15th, 2011
12:07 pm

Can you answer me these questions?

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

2) Why did we not sign ANY JUCO OL?

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

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

Still@theBAR

September 15th, 2011
12:08 pm

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

Richt`s Hammer

September 15th, 2011
12:08 pm

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

Athens= God's Country

September 15th, 2011
12:09 pm

… and now for TROLL time. Enjoy, losers.

Wow

September 15th, 2011
12:10 pm

Athens,

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

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

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

Atticus

September 15th, 2011
12:11 pm

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

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

The Obvious Choice

September 15th, 2011
12:11 pm

@Phillip Thompson

“The difference between Georgia and Alabama is that Coach Saban will not renew a kid’s scholarship from year to year if the kids doesn’t excel immediately, which is sometimes not moral, but Coach Richt is never going to do a young man or his family like that.”

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

* Sure don’t look much like He is…

rd

September 15th, 2011
12:13 pm

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

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 15th, 2011
12:13 pm

Wally My Buts

Someone who has tremendous ties to the program

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

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

also

Who got the DC job after VanGorder left Martinez

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

The Obvious Choice

September 15th, 2011
12:13 pm

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

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

Rich Rodriguez.

Atticus

September 15th, 2011
12:14 pm

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

Eldawg

September 15th, 2011
12:14 pm

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

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

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

jerry

September 15th, 2011
12:15 pm

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

roughrider

September 15th, 2011
12:15 pm

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

Still@theBAR

September 15th, 2011
12:16 pm

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

Mark PRicht

September 15th, 2011
12:17 pm

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

Atticus

September 15th, 2011
12:18 pm

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

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 15th, 2011
12:19 pm

Atticus

Since 2006

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

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

AL FL LSU AUB wouldnt put up with this

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

Still@theBAR

September 15th, 2011
12:22 pm

Atticus

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

Red Rules

September 15th, 2011
12:24 pm

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

NCDawg

September 15th, 2011
12:24 pm

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

Still@theBAR

September 15th, 2011
12:27 pm

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

icedawg

September 15th, 2011
12:28 pm

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

Atlanta Native

September 15th, 2011
12:28 pm

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

Try putting Mark Richt behind one of those tubas…

Half Century Dawg

September 15th, 2011
12:30 pm

Rich Rod, that is a joke right?

The Obvious Choice

September 15th, 2011
12:31 pm

@Red Rules

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

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

Exactly

September 15th, 2011
12:32 pm

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

Atticus

September 15th, 2011
12:32 pm

ice dawg….unless you are LSU or Bama.

jerry

September 15th, 2011
12:32 pm

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

Not the way I define a great football coach.

NCDawg

September 15th, 2011
12:33 pm

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

Still@theBAR

September 15th, 2011
12:33 pm

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

Wow

September 15th, 2011
12:33 pm

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

Go Dawgs

September 15th, 2011
12:34 pm

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

NewnanDawg

September 15th, 2011
12:36 pm

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

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

Snoop

September 15th, 2011
12:39 pm

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

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

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

Still@theBAR

September 15th, 2011
12:39 pm

I don’t want UGA to win, but with your money you can get a coach.
Go with the ANTI-RICHT on the sidelines and practices……….Jon “CHUCKY” Gruden…………You want to play like a Champion then you hire like a Champion and PAY like a Champion……….
Saban v Gruden in the DOME

Still@theBAR

September 15th, 2011
12:40 pm

Imagine that I was post………………..151 & I’m Still @ The Bar………….

Tville Dawg

September 15th, 2011
12:41 pm

I trust our AD to make the right decisions regarding personnel. None of us are qualified to evaluate whether the goals of the athletic dept are being met other than the professionals that run it.

I do not believe that McGarrity would retain a coach if he was a detriment to the program. Also, in the event that CMR was dismissed, it would be because this season did not move the program forward. That decision should come after the Tech and/or bowl game.

I am in awe of all the experts on this blog.

Whiskey Breath

September 15th, 2011
12:41 pm

Enough is enough with Richt. I love to see Alabama kick the crap out of Ga, and if Richt stays that will always be the case. However, Ga coaches have always had the power to change the rules in college football. Not fair but it is what it is. For example, the end zone celebration rule by Dooley, and the oversigning of players. Richt did the over signing rule because he couldn’t beat anybody on the field. I would love for Richt stay forever, but it is not in the fan’s best interest.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 15th, 2011
12:42 pm

NewnanDawg

Your right

What is sad is his friends have been sitting there doing nothing but looking out for themselves while Richt falls on his face because of them

The Obvious Choice

September 15th, 2011
12:42 pm

@Still@theBAR
@Half Century Dawg

I’d recommend Jim Tressel, but he’s not really available, is he? Georgia doesn’t need to train up an assistant (again) when Richt leaves (and he will).

The program is not in terrible shape right now and Tennessee and Florida are both in “rebuild” mode. Now is the chance to bring in a proven Head Coach and turn the program around before the opportunity passes us by.

Rich Rod has a stellar resume. His only mistake was in taking the Michigan job. He was never accepted in Michigan. They wanted a “Michigan Man” to get the job. Michigan is stuck in the same funk as is Georgia. They’re living in the past, rather than preparing for the future.

Some of Michigan’s players didn’t like the fact that Rich Rod wanted them to “work too hard”. That’s how he got into his little tiff with the NCAA. Rodriguez runs a clean program and he isn’t tainted by the sort of corruption that shadows Jim Tressel or Mike Leach.

I think he’s the best available HC that Georgia could hire right now. He could assemble a staff and hit the ground running in Athens on short notice. I’d be surprised if he isn’t near the top of McGarity’s short list. I’d also be surprised if he didn’t succeed at Georgia — if he’s given the chance.

DAWG with two bags over head

September 15th, 2011
12:43 pm

I really don’t understand all the angst over hiring a new coach. There are a boat load of examples where a change was made and the team was playing for and winning the NC within 2-3 seasons. With our talent and the right coaching staff (definitely NOT the staff we have now) we could be playing for the NC very soon. Let’s cut the cord and get busy winning championships instead of providing employment for our inept family and friends.

Snoop

September 15th, 2011
12:43 pm

PS GoDawgs, you are right on the money.

UGA is the second most profitable football program in the nation, and the most profitable in the SEC (Texas is number one).

Why does UGA seem to want to limit itself to UGA mafia friends and family? We need to spend some of those profits to buy the very best proven head coach in the country. Nick Saban can be bought. Think of the instant stature that would give UGA in recruiting and team attitude? Isn’t that worth two or three more million a year in return for multiple championships?
The answer is that it would be a fantastic ROI.

jerry

September 15th, 2011
12:43 pm

NCDawg……….Meyer and Saban had already been ultra successful before being hired at Fl. or Al. Goff and Donnan had never proved anything at D1, so yes, when UGA takes that road, they are p’ssing in the wind.

Wow

September 15th, 2011
12:44 pm

Tville Dawg…so I trust you are an expert?

Snoop

September 15th, 2011
12:47 pm

Obvious Choice, I’d have to do further research, but I like your line of reasoning. We need to do a nationwide search for the very best ALREADY PROVEN HEAD COACH. Money is no object. Use the money to attract the very best and UGA will receive immediate dividends both on and off the field. It’s a business…

Tville Dawg

September 15th, 2011
12:49 pm

Wow-Not at all. I am not qualified to determine whether coaching changes should be made. All most of us ask is fairness.

Snoop

September 15th, 2011
12:51 pm

Hey, wow, our AD is an unproven quantity right now. He’s also a UGA mafia man.
You don’t have to be the AD to be able to reason and analyze. So stop bullying those who are providing constructive criticism to improve our program just because you don’t personally agree with it.

Restore UGA

September 15th, 2011
12:51 pm

cantondawg, BOBO also has a love for the long quick score. He doesn’t have patients for the short, longer game.

To help the defense, we nee drives that last 7 to 10 plays and result in a touchdown. We need to also build a two score lead when the opportunity arises.

I bet the one person who dislikes Mike Bobo’s offensive calls and execution more than all of us is Coach Todd Grantham.

BigHittas

September 15th, 2011
12:53 pm

I’m not a big fan of Bobo’s but I don’t know that he should be the one talking all the heat….the dawgs did score big in the last game. What I noticed that really no one has talked about much is the game changing sack caused by the SC freshman happened because a left tackle just let the guy run by. The LT then went to block a linebacker that was not blitzing and he did this on a pass play? may be execution; but more likely a lack of preparation, and pi** poor, whatever the cause.

Tom

September 15th, 2011
12:53 pm

Great article Bill, way to really take the fans into consideration. As a fan, I am extremely frustrated. I know Richt is a great man, and he’s really raised the expectations at UGA. Under Goff and Donnan, we weren’t this good. I personally liked Ray Goff(I think I’m the only 27 year old guy that does), but times change.

I will agree the defense has really changed since the days of VanGorder, that’s obvious. Bobo’s “numbers” might be good, but I’m simply not impressed. The running plays on 3rd and long drive me nuts!

As far as the players trying too hard I think is a little farfetched. Aaron Murray and Boykin are the only ones in my eyes who want to win. We flat out gave up against Boise. We definitely improved against South Carolina, and should have won that game. But due to mistakes, we lost.

I don’t recall and maybe I’m missing it, but I’ve never once heard Richt get to a press conference and say “I take responsibility for this loss. I didn’t have my team prepared”. Coach Saban has no problem taking responsibility. If things go wrong, it falls on the man at the top. That comes with the territory of being a head coach.

Underneath all this, I would say that the university and the athletic department holds absolutely ZERO accountability when it comes to Richt and the coaching staff. I seriously doubt Vince Dooley would tolerate this if he was in charge.

JR

September 15th, 2011
12:53 pm

This may be from left field. But I wonder if Brian Schottenheimer would consider coaching at Georgia. He is on the list of the top 10 assistant coaches in the NFL. He was a Gator, but he has experience in the SEC playing and coaching at USC under Carroll. He is considered a great offensive mind and given credit for turning the Jets around. He may relish the opportunity to coach against his old college coach that is now at South Carolina. It could be like Dooley and Dye having Muschamp at Florida and Schottenheimer at UGA.

BankerDawg

September 15th, 2011
12:55 pm

I have two things I want all dawg fans to consider. First, I am a huge supporter of CMR. I do not like where the program is but I hope he can bring it out of its sinking state. What I am curious about is, when people say get rid of Bobo, they say turn the playcalling over to CMR again. Why have we not considered getting rid of Bobo, and bring in an outsider to become the New OC? I think keeping CMR but hiring a new OC from the outside would be the best option. It still keeps some of the weight off of CMR shoulders.

Secondly, I see people jumping all over Dan Mullen. First of all, you must rememeber…this is Mississippi St we are talking about. They have played excellent and recruited very well under Mullen. They are WAYYY better then the former Miss St we all know. Also, look at what he has to work with. He is in Starkville. He has a limited budget. Give the guy a break. If it did come down to CMR losing his job, I would have absolute confidence in Mullen because of what UGA has to offer. I am not asking for this because again, I support CMR. Im just saying, give Mullen a break.

Snoop

September 15th, 2011
12:59 pm

JR another great idea. See, together we can use our collective efforts to pressure the AD to select the very best and be prepared to write a big check.

I’d also like to say that I really enjoy Bill King and his articles. He’s a true blue Dawg himself. He gets flak from the ostriches for some of his pieces, but they are necessary in order for us to move forward to restore UGA’s fabled football program to its Glory Days which will come one day.

Thank you Bill King!

T.

September 15th, 2011
12:59 pm

Send in the moving vans, Richt is going to North Carolina.
Going to be a Tar Heel.

jerry

September 15th, 2011
1:00 pm

JR……………very interesting. I like the idea of NFL experience.

LagDawg

September 15th, 2011
1:00 pm

It’s simple. UGA needs a talented OC and Bobo is not it. For the last four years the execution has been horrible but, hid was hid by great players. Moreno and Green made UGA look great. Stafford was and overrated college QB. Now the problem with the OL is poor recruiting. UGA can finish in the top 5 every year but, still does not bring in top OL. I don’t know if I believe in CMR anymore. I have stood behind him for the past four years and this year has alredy been very disappointing. Bobo needs to go. UGA needs a OC that can bring in an up-tempo style and be very discipline. How can you lead a school to top rankings when you don’t have faith in yourself. He does not know how to make adjustments during the game and does not know how to break down the opposing teams defense. He is not the man for the OC job. Maybe Brad Scott would be interested in the position.

Snoop

September 15th, 2011
1:01 pm

T, let’s keep hope alive. Perfect place for him. He and the Graham family will get along great at all the basketball games.

Consider this...

September 15th, 2011
1:01 pm

Think back to the 2007 season…we won 10 games before the bowl game (7 in a row) and a loss to the wrong team earlier in the season is the only thing that kept us out of the SEC Championship and National Championship games…we also had a stud QB (sophomore) and RB (freshman).

I would like to think that CMR can pull that off again, especially with a better coached defense in place. If we win 10 in a row or even go 9-1, I think all of the negative folks will be singing a different tune…which is sad because you should support your team, and, in my case, alma mater regardless of the win-loss record. Look at all the variables that comprise a head coach’s job and tell me Mark Richt is not the best man for the job at UGA.

If UGA fires CMR, we are going to be in for some long years. None of the coaches on the list that keeps being mentioned are proven, and I am not impressed with any of them. Kirby Smart is Saban’s lap dog, Mullen sucks against the SEC, Malzahn is a good OC but not sure on the head coach side of things, etc.

Instead of trying to find reasons to get rid of a coach, how about we simply support the coach and the players as blindly as possible and give CMR the benefit of the doubt on this one. Over the course of the 20 years prior to CMR, we did not win a single SEC Championship…CMR has won 2. He’s a good man and a good coach…he will right the ship and get this turned around.

GO DAWGS!!!!

GT Joe

September 15th, 2011
1:01 pm

“to restore UGA’s fabled football program to its Glory Days which will come one day.”….

Sounds a lot like “the south will rise again”… LOL

GT Joe

September 15th, 2011
1:03 pm

No REAL HC wants this job. Look at your previous hires: Donnan, Goof and an unproven OC named Richt. No “premier” names on that list. Peterson, Leach, Tressel, Rich Rod don’t want this job.

You’ll be lucky to get a good mid-major HC or BCS AQ assistant coach.

Still@theBAR

September 15th, 2011
1:03 pm

I still don’t see Richt at UNC…………….Name ONE…1.. Uga coach that has been hired as a HC after leaving UGA? If you can’t WIN at UGA with the money and talent then Why hire the guy?

Snoop

September 15th, 2011
1:04 pm

Folks, don’t take the bait; don’t bite on all these attempts to blame all the assistant coaches for UGA’s problems. Richt has been here eleven years now. He hired every single assistant. He pays their salaries, they report to him, he can fire them whenever he gets a whim. Bottom line is that the buck stops at Richt, not Bobo or Grantham or the S&C man or the water girl. Richt is slick, don’t fall for the red herrings.

Snoop

September 15th, 2011
1:05 pm

Consider this: HOPE IS NOT A METHOD.

01HAWK

September 15th, 2011
1:06 pm

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Georgia and Maryland opened the season with radically different uniforms.
When will Alabama go that route?

Never, as long as Nick Saban is the Crimson Tide’s coach.

The subject of uniforms came up in Saban’s news conference following Wednesday’s practice. It gave him a chance to reiterate feelings that he expressed last season before Alabama made minimal changes when it wore special Nike Pro Combat uniforms for its home game against Mississippi State.

“I think what we wear is a lot bigger than me, and a lot bigger than anyone,” Saban said. “It’s what everybody’s expectation is of what they want to see when Alabama plays football and what they’re used to seeing.”

Saban’s feelings clearly are strong.

“I don’t think the coach should change uniforms,” he said. “I don’t think the coach should change the color of the helmets. I just don’t believe that. Now that doesn’t mean that’s wrong when somebody does that or they think they should do it or whatever.”

A year ago, Saban called himself a traditionalist. He used the same word Wednesday.

GT Joe

September 15th, 2011
1:07 pm

“Richt is a good, decent christian man”, “straight laced”, good leader, good recruiter, blah blah blah. Sounds like what GT fans were saying about Gailey before he hit the road.

Only difference will be that Richt WONT get an NFL HC gig like Gailey.

Consider this...

September 15th, 2011
1:07 pm

Snoop: yeah, b/c all of us have a crystal ball and can predict our team’s future.

jerry

September 15th, 2011
1:07 pm

I did not like Mullen’s call at the end of the Auburn game. On second or third down and with 10 seconds to play and no time outs left he called a run that failed and time ran out. Why not call a pass and if the guys not open throw it away and stop the clock and still have the running play left? Reminded me of Richt’s similar call at Auburn years ago.

GT Joe

September 15th, 2011
1:08 pm

The uniform switches, the dream team garbage, the blackouts, whiteouts, etc. all are marketing ploys by good ol’ CMR that diverts attention from the garbage product he puts out.

And UGA fans lick it all up…

jerry

September 15th, 2011
1:10 pm

Snoop …….totally agree with you. When Lincoln’s generals couldn’t beat Lee, he fired generals, not colonels.

Snoop

September 15th, 2011
1:11 pm

Consider this: Extrapolation of any objective analysis on any number of statistics over the past five years leads any but the blindest homers to conclude that Richt is taking UGA on a death spiral to the cellar of the SEC. No crystal balls required.
I suspect you have multiple personalities and blog names on the AJC…

FIRE RICHT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

September 15th, 2011
1:11 pm

Fire Richt as soon as possible – he and his staff are absolute jokes in the world of college football – for all his fake Christianity profile – go preach, you can probably do that better than you coach football.

The Obvious Choice

September 15th, 2011
1:12 pm

@BankerDawg

Dan Mullen gets a chance to prove his mettle tonight. I’m not impressed with his win over Florida last year — Vandy had a fair shot at beating that team. If he prevails over this LSU team, then I would count that as a signature win.

He’s done a good job at MSU, but he hasn’t really proved that he ranks among the truly great Head Coaches. As an OC — he’s hard to argue against, but great assistants don’t always make great HC’s.

Snoop

September 15th, 2011
1:13 pm

Hooah, Jerry. Actually, Gen Gordon Sullivan, former Chief of Staff, Army coined that term and wrote a book with the title. Good read, and good advice for the UGA AD during these difficult times.

Still@theBAR

September 15th, 2011
1:13 pm

Does RICHT look like he is giving a class lecture on Milking a Cow in the Photo for this Blog?

Consider this...

September 15th, 2011
1:15 pm

Snoop: Are you even a UGA fan or are you just here for the entertainment?

ARdawg

September 15th, 2011
1:16 pm

I personally do not care for Gus Malzahn but, if one is mentioning the next up and coming HC in the SEC, they would be remiss not to include him. He’s waiting on the opportunity sans Vandy

Snoop

September 15th, 2011
1:18 pm

Consider this, I’ve forgotten more than you will ever know about UGA and Georgia football. Now GET OUTTA HERE.

WDE

September 15th, 2011
1:19 pm

CMR should be gone if for no other reason than he get power rangers to play on his FB team. Oh…and he hasn’t won the big one in 4 years of a down SEC east.

Snoop

September 15th, 2011
1:20 pm

Consider this, you are the outlier on this blog. Do you know what an outlier is?

Mark PRicht

September 15th, 2011
1:21 pm

EVERYONE SAYS THAT CMR IS SUCH A GREAT GUY AND THEY KEEP HIM BECAUSE HE RUNS SUCH A CLEAN PROGRAM BECAUSE HE IS SUCH A GODLY MAN, THEN WHY HAVE THEY HAD MORE OFF THE FIELD PROBLEMS THAN ON THE FIELD. I SAY HE IS FAILING AT BOTH SO WHY KEEP HIM?

Seriously

September 15th, 2011
1:21 pm

Richt will not be fired:
CC- W
Ole Miss-w
MSU-W
UT- W
Vandy-W
UF-L
Auburn-W
NM st-W
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9-3 Richt survives

Half Century Dawg

September 15th, 2011
1:21 pm

The Obvious Choice, If GM decides to remove MR at the end of the year, I agree UGA should pay whatever it takes to bring in a proven winner, I just do not agree Rich Rod is the answer.

Consider this...

September 15th, 2011
1:21 pm

I’m just tired of all the criticism…ready for a somewhat fresh perspective instead of the broken record phrases that seem to come when a team is in a rough patch. It’s easy to say “Fire the Coach”, but why bother with something you have no control over and generally have no knowledge of? You can control your support for the team.

Snoop

September 15th, 2011
1:22 pm

Not acknowledging the facts will only prolong the pain and divide the Nation.

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!!

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

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.

Carl Gump

September 22nd, 2011
9:48 am

Any other big time programs (Bama, Fla, etc.) trying to hire Bozo away from UGA? Didn’t think so.

Carl Gump

September 22nd, 2011
9:48 am

There’s a reason why.