Anyone really feel like celebrating another ugly win over Vandy?

Aaron Murray had a big night against Vandy, but the Georgia offense was inconsistent. (Associated Press)

Aaron Murray had a big night against Vandy, but the Georgia offense was inconsistent. (Associated Press)

After Saturday night’s game in Nashville a dispirited Mark Richt sounded like anything but a victorious football coach.

“We’ve got a long way to go,” he said, obviously a very unhappy man.

Yes, Richt acknowledged with Chuck Dowdle’s prompting, Georgia is keeping pace with South Carolina in the SEC East, but he said “we’re kind of limping our way into being tied for first.”

Dowdle, always Mr. Positive, sounded like he couldn’t believe what he was hearing. Georgia had won its fifth game in a row, fourth conference win in a row, and yet, he said to Richt with a note of surprise in his voice, “you sound disappointed.”

Richt, apparently more in touch with reality than the happy-talk interviewer, answered flatly, “I am disappointed. I’m thankful for the victory … but I’m disappointed in how we played overall.”

Richt had good reason to be downcast. A Vandy team that had only been able to rush for a combined 45 yards in its two previous games racked up 200 against a Georgia defense that previously had appeared to be stout against the run. All night long, Vandy runners had big holes to run through, juked Georgia defenders with cutbacks and slipped through arm tackles.

With Isaiah Crowell essentially a nonfactor after sitting out the first quarter apparently for disciplinary reasons and then looking tentative during his very limited time in the game, with only one really good run, Georgia was one-dimensional on offense. While Aaron Murray had big numbers passing for the night and Marlon Brown finally got a chance to shine with two touchdown catches, the Dogs were not consistent in moving the ball most of the game.

Worst of all, the special teams play again was simply horrendous and almost cost Georgia another game (after playing a big part in the loss to South Carolina).

On the subject of the many special teams miscues — which included falling for yet another fake punt, giving up a kickoff return for a touchdown, two missed field goals and a blocked punt that nearly gave Vandy the game at the end — Richt lamented that they were “too big” to happen and have Georgia still “expect to win in this league. We’re just very fortunate to get out of here alive.”

Yes, a win is win and any kind of road win in the SEC is a good thing. But Saturday night in Nashville the Dogs looked like a team that might be capable of outlasting mediocre opponents but not much more.

The fact that Georgia remains tied for first in the SEC and still has favorable prospects seems more a fluke of scheduling and an off year in the division than a testament to the way the team is playing.

Feel free to share your views on Georgia’s latest ugly win.

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Ga Grad '90

October 16th, 2011
8:53 am

Another Mark Richt Special. Vandy is just aweful and so is every other team we’ve beaten this year.

You stupid a$% Georgia fans who keep screamin’ “shut up Georgia fairweather fans, CMR is great, we’re gonna run the table now,” need some serious mental help.

Elementary My Dear Watson

October 16th, 2011
8:53 am

Why do I keep hearing the Dawgs in the driver’s seat in SEC East? Dawgs have to win out and hopes SC loses to Ark, FL and Tenn? That could be done but SC controls its own destiny and thus ” they are in the driver’s seat ” its seems to me. Elementary My Dear Watson.

Macclenny_dawg

October 16th, 2011
8:55 am

STILL) 2-10 Against Ranked Teams

I have to have some hope in somebody in Athens and it sure ain”t with our coaching staff!!! I just think Greg working for Foley in Gainsville knows what it takes to win and if half of the fan base can see it he has too!!! It is the only way to uite and fire up all the fan base at this point!!!

Ga Grad '90

October 16th, 2011
8:57 am

Anyone who still supports Richt after watching years of this same embarssing coaching and playing, please go cheer on another program. YOU ARE NOT RWAL GEORGIA FANS. No real fans would allow the program to continue to fall this far.

Macclenny_dawg

October 16th, 2011
8:58 am

We are not in the driver seat to win the East. South Carolina is in the drivers seat and we are just the passengers!!!

lem

October 16th, 2011
8:58 am

McGarrity, save us!!!!

Northern Sympathizer

October 16th, 2011
8:58 am

I would have preferred a stronger win. Too many problems on special teams combined with undisciplined behavior. Credit Vandy for being ready. Credit Murray for his best game of the year by far. On the bright side, we did win and escape relatively injury-free.

JDawg1785

October 16th, 2011
9:01 am

A win is a win, but I’m certainly not breaking out the champagne after that ugly game. The Dawgs have a lot of work to do if they’re going to beat Florida.

Destin Dawg

October 16th, 2011
9:01 am

we’re Bad on offense and special teams… Coach Richt ?? we have other QB’s.. Mason… and we need other RB’s… at least one… Malcome ???? we looked bad.. but so did S.C… it could be worse Tech and Fla… pitiful… Lost !!! rest up for Fla.. we’re young and improving.. Go Dawgs !! Beat Florida !!!

Old Dawg Fan

October 16th, 2011
9:01 am

We won! I don’t know anymore if it is coaching, a young team or what. Make no mistake we have a chance to win the East but we are no way in LSU or Alabama’s league!
Vandy played great and we played good/bad but we did win.

RiffRaff

October 16th, 2011
9:01 am

Offense, Defense and Special Teams looked poor at best. Why does Bimbo call a deep pass on third and five? Considering how Murray is terrible on the deep throws makes you realize he has no clue. The “wilddog” or wildcrap” formation is a joke. It has NEVER EVER worked, why keep trying it??? The kicking game, which use to be the bright spot on this team, is no longer. Getting burn on trick plays in a number of games shows a lack of coaching. The ‘D’ gave up a lot of yards to Vandy but got the final stop, thankfully. If we play like this against the gators it will be ugly.

Saban

October 16th, 2011
9:02 am

My GAWD Larry, Choakdawg ate The Vanderbilt Coach. Yes it is a sad day Lauren, what an example for our young men. And Richt loves Crowell. That is why Crowell set out the first quarter.

And Florida is coming up. Another beatdown by a team that is missing a field goal kicker. Who knows what happened to him. Larry who ate him? And Russ?

ARdawg

October 16th, 2011
9:05 am

Anybody know the score on the Tech/Virginia game?

ARdawg

October 16th, 2011
9:05 am

Destin Dawg

October 16th, 2011
9:06 am

Grantham’s fire is welcome… Junkyard Dawg Defense is improved.., hey Muschamp looks Insane compared to Grantham !!!

Joey

October 16th, 2011
9:09 am

Our special teams are horrible. We can’t stop a fake punt, return teams are inconsistant, our kicker is no longer dependable, and we can’t protect the punter.

Richt has two weeks to work on the mess . . .

Top Recruit

October 16th, 2011
9:21 am

I am trying to figure out why we have no running backs at UGA. Once again the Dawgs recruit a bust at tail back. Crowell is just another King and Ealey. Think SEC competition is too much for him. This player has the wrong attitude to compete in collegiate football. Lacks maturity, motivation, and desire. Since the Carolina game he has virtually disappeared.

As for the running game McClendod needs to go and go now. Bobo, what do you call running plays the develope parallel to the line of scrimmage or you run to the outside when we are trying to burn clock, gain downs, and gain distance. The offensive line is just a bunch of big fat boys. There is nothing physical about these guys.

Why in hell do you not run a jumbo package with your TEs. Bobo has gone back to his old ways. Only took 7 games. Bobo is a substandard OC. How long will CMR and the AD put up with this OC and the offensive team’s position coaches. Shameful coaching!

charliedawg

October 16th, 2011
9:24 am

Amen DawgPile. Where is Ken Malcome? If he has problem pass protecting, just let him run. I don’t get it either.

I actually like the fact that we struggled against Vandy. Anyone remember when we eeked out a win at Vandy, 2007?

Crowell is a prima donna

October 16th, 2011
9:25 am

You see it every time he plays. Doesn’t want to take the hit, just wants to remove helmet to show his pretty dreadlocks. He is part of the “spirit drain” who thinks he is the star and the team are supporting characters. Until we quit recruiting “me first” players we will never reach our potential. Recruit character and team players even if they are not four or five stars. We’ll get leadership is what we have lacked since David Greene.

dawg fan sitting on rockytop

October 16th, 2011
9:27 am

As far as the east goes, we had better hope that SC gets beat twice because GA will split between AU and FL.

chicago dawg

October 16th, 2011
9:28 am

It was an ugly win, and nobody should pop the champagne. Lots of work to be done on O, D, and ST’s. I’ve been looking for a change in coaching for years, but it sickens me to read comments from “fans” that “wish for a loss” to hasten the change. You probably didn’t even go to UGA, and you’re tired of flipping burgers or changing tires for a living. Go cheer for another program.

Can we run the table? Who knows. All I know is that the 1980 NC Dawgs had a lot of ugly wins and nobody complains about them 31 years later. Let’s take this as a learning experience and use our 2 weeks to prepare properly for UF. I love CMR the man, but CMR the coach needs to keep winning (ugly or not) or he should be given an opportunity ot pursue his other life passions.

wins-by-a-link

October 16th, 2011
9:28 am

Very sobering, I think Richt was right to be dejected, This was a game that displayed all the flaws this team has, Anyone who thinks this team should play in SEC championship game are not facing reality, Some of the flaws are special teams, offensive line, defensive line, running backs, Kicking game and game preperation by coaching staff, I think Richt has finally realized that he has some serious problems with his program, Can he correct them? Hard to say, first he needs a new offensive coordinator, A special teams coach, Will he make changes? I don’t think so.

dawg fan sitting on rockytop

October 16th, 2011
9:29 am

Where is GTBOB’s insight this morning???

Rabid Dawg'84

October 16th, 2011
9:32 am

Desert Fox 12:19 and Dawg Pile 1:06 said a mouthful. I was lamenting with a UGA buddy before the game how offenses that are fun to watch have at least some misdirection plays. Why is it as soon as the ball is snapped, 11 defenders can go right at our running back? Can’t Bobo and Richt see all the misdirection plays run by AUB, Oregon and practice some of those? AUB runs misdirection almost every play. When are we going to fake a punt? Vandy did it on 4th and 14. When are we going to onside kick? We could be poor at this and it would still be successful because NO ONE would suspect it. If we have no imagination, then COPY what you see successful coaches doing. I love Grantham’s fire.

1969 Graduate

October 16th, 2011
9:35 am

Interesting comments after an interesting game.

CMR Fanboys who have been giving realistic Dawgfans a hard time seem to be suddenly waking up to reality. Perhaps they’re following Mark Richt who also seems to be getting it that the Georgia football team has “a long way to go.”

We have a long way to go to be mediocre. If we do manage to end up in the dome, I’m afraid we’ll wish we could concede after the first quarter.

After the game, one of my relatives called. She is not much of a football fall, but had watched the game, and she said, “Is Vandy that good, or is Georgia that bad?”

Most of us know the answer. At least we do today. It’s way to obvious. It’s painfully obvious. It’s in your face like a two by four to the nose obvious.

It’s not just that we have a football team that has a long way to go. We have a football *program* that has a long way to go.

Easy enough to blame players, and “the team,” and both deserve some blame, but the guys that are in charge, the extremely highly paid professionals who are supposed to know football are the real problem.

As I watched this Vandy game my impression was that our team actually seemed a little bit better than it has up until this game. There were a few signs of good team play, and of improvement. There were moments where real talent was obvious. Of course, those were mixed with all the discipline problems, penalties, clueless responses to trick plays, and the many other signs of a poorly coached football team. We have “a long way to go!”

If we traded player with LSU or Alabama, and let our coaching staff have them instead of the players we have, we’d still look terrible against Vandy.

Thanks, Coach!

dawg85

October 16th, 2011
9:36 am

The flag football know it alls, couch potatoes, and nerds are out in force. Ugly game but not surprising. Georgia had two road trips to Tennessee in a row. Going into Knoxville, regardless of how UT is playing, is quite an experience. These pups looked flat. Understandable. Vandy came to play too — give them some credit. Georgia is a young team coming off a 6-7 year — not the second coming of the Steel Curtain. It’s a work in progress — but there has been progress. Murray looked good. Got a couple of weeks to get people rested. It;s a win. BTW –
UVA 24 — TECH 21

Joey

October 16th, 2011
9:47 am

GTJoe was telling us this week how an unbeaten Tech would get into the BCS Championship Game over a 1-loss SEC team. A BCSCG “contender” lost to, not VA Tech, or West Virginia, but Virginia?

I think he now understands that the Jackets are heading to Shreveport, or that blue field . . .

Dawg_Central

October 16th, 2011
9:47 am

It was an ugly win…….but a win regardless……..UGA played vandy with at least a dozen of our starters sidelined….so, thats speaks volumes for UGA depth.

come on man

October 16th, 2011
9:48 am

I am hearing all these negative comments about Crowell not being able to handle being hit playing college football. What about Marcus Lattimore he was knocked out of the Kentucky game last year and the Florida State game when a 5′8 186 lbs Greg Reid knocked him out the game and, now he is hurt once again.

Richard Dawson

October 16th, 2011
9:50 am

FIRE MARK RICHT.

Kenny Powers

October 16th, 2011
9:51 am

There’s the pessimist side and the optimist side…the pessimist feels that the D bails out the O, then there’s the O bails out the D…then there’s the O and D bails out special teams and visa versa…just imagine if this team played a complete game…ahhh, it’ll never happen because everyone knows it’s the coaching, wait on second thought it must be the players…it’s the Ying, no, it’s the Yang…Kenny Powers-OUT

DAWG with two bags over head

October 16th, 2011
9:56 am

“The fact that Georgia remains tied for first in the SEC and still has favorable prospects seems more a fluke of scheduling and an off year in the division than a testament to the way the team is playing.”

Bill,

Thanks for raining some cold hard facts up in here.

Richard Dawson

October 16th, 2011
9:56 am

@ChicagoDawg — The 1980 Dawgs did not have many “ugly” wins. They generally put a pounding on the bad/average teams on their schedule, like Vandy.

Go flip some more burgers, kool-aid drinker.

AfLack

October 16th, 2011
9:57 am

Georgia has the biggest line in the history of football, and they still haven’t can’t run the football worth diddly. These big guys are getting mauled by every line they play against.

edumacated

October 16th, 2011
9:57 am

I agree with some other posters on here about how last night’s game exposed Georgia for the poorly coached team they are. Having that punt blocked at the end of the game was the icing on the cake. What else is there to say?

Joey

October 16th, 2011
10:00 am

True, Rabid Dawg, and what about Murray’s first pass attempt, play action, then a toss in the flat? A defender was already there and almost picked it off.

I’ve said for several seasons that it’s a testiment to the quality of skill possession players we get at UGA, that even with the predictable, vanilla offense we run, we still are able to have the 40-50th best offense in the country.

If Richt/Bobo were to take their show to Ole Miss, they’d never win a game.

edumacated

October 16th, 2011
10:00 am

If I hear that famous battle cry “we are still young” on here again, I’m gonna puke.

Bug Killer

October 16th, 2011
10:02 am

Bill –

Agree with Alumnus, where is the info Crowell was benched for violating a team rule? Thought it had to do wrist injury, which is why we did not see him late.

Still@theBar

October 16th, 2011
10:03 am

Attempting Field Goals will not get the Dawgs to the Dome.
Both Ga teams had Ugly games. UGA pulled out a Win and Tech Didn’t.
What will the Falcons look like against CAM?

Joey

October 16th, 2011
10:04 am

…skill position…

Embarrassed

October 16th, 2011
10:09 am

COACHING–COACHING–COACHING
‘nuf said!

Jordan

October 16th, 2011
10:16 am

Bradq

October 16th, 2011
10:20 am

We don’t have a special teams coach. They are coached by committee. I didn’t realize most colleges do the same thing. I guess they cant afford a specialized coach.

Bill King

October 16th, 2011
10:21 am

UGA Alumnus:

Coach Richt confirmed that Crowell was held out of the first quarter because of an off-the-field issue. Not because of injury.

Destin Dawg

October 16th, 2011
10:21 am

Yes coaching…. on the Offense… Richt Bo Bo more of the same.. Grantaham’s Junk Yard Dawg defense is making great progress… Offense and special teams are losing….

UGADawg83

October 16th, 2011
10:23 am

I just need to get something off my chest this morning. I have been a devoted UGA fan for years. I have only missed one home game since ‘79 and make as many road games as possible, so my credientials as a “Dawg” are stout. Now for my comment–if you are a Dawg fan you support your team. Period. You do not go to a game and criticize the team from the first play to the final play. Coach Richt and the team needs your support. If all you are going to do is moan and complain then keep it at home. Do I like everything I see, every play that is called, and every decision our coaches make? Of course not. However, I’m a Dog fan and in the end we support our players and our coaches. Go DOGS!
P.S. These comments also apply to a certain “fan blog” writer who is so much of a fan that he writes a column based on what he heard on the radio because he wasn’t AT THE GAME!

SEC1

October 16th, 2011
10:24 am

ugly, ugly, ugly.

Need I say “trick play”

UGADawg83

October 16th, 2011
10:26 am

@Richard Dawson-The eighty Dawgs struggled at home with an ugly win against an Ole Miss team with a losing record. They beat a 6-5 Tennessee team by one point and were outgained by about a 2-1 margin by a 6-5 Clemson team. There were many ugly wins for the eighty team.

funny...

October 16th, 2011
10:27 am

Better than lamenting an ugly loss to Virginia.

Oh man I’m laughing at Georgia Tech, they talked so much crap and lost to Virginia.

LOLOLOLO

Shrimp Boat Bill

October 16th, 2011
10:27 am

READ CAREFULLY: Georgia won…..Vanderbilt lost. That’s it, plain and simple. All of the post-mortems and analysis will never, ever, ever change that. Move on.