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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Tater Tot

October 16th, 2011
8:32 pm

Every team has a off week so quit complaining like a bunch of old hens. I am glad Grantham did what he did. He is not only the coach but a parent as well to these fine kids while they away in school and parents stick up for their own. Go Dawgs !

BoZo N. Richt

October 16th, 2011
8:38 pm

Richt refuses to hire a special team coach saying:

Richt said his thinking on having a special teams coach hasn’t changed. He was asked about it because of the team’s struggles in that area lately; Georgia divies the duties up between several of the nine assistants rather than hiring one coach to oversee all special teams.

“It’s a whale of a job and I think it’s better to spread it out, quite frankly,” Richt said. [No $%* Sherlock]

Richt also didn’t indicate he would get any more personally involved, other than what he would normally do to make sure the concerns were being addressed.
“I’m not an expert on special teams,” he said. “I’m not gonna sit here and say I have all the answers in that area. But I’m going to make sure that we’ve got a good plan.” [Eh, . . . Moron]

DAWGMAN

October 16th, 2011
8:41 pm

Well, I agree with your piece, Bill.
The Dawgs are not a well coached team. Haven’t been for far,far too long. Ugly, ugly, and ugly.
Will anything be learned by the players from this game? Maybe not.
By the coaches? Odds are…not.
Just waiting for the ax.
Sad thing is that I believe we will be right back here in ‘12 with the same record, and the same bonehead coaches.
You folks who are satisfied and understanding of this calamity will probably be getting better seats next year. You folks who are not satisfied and understanding of this calamity can catch the Dawgs on ESPN3, and save time, money, and gas on a below average team.

ramguy68

October 16th, 2011
8:50 pm

I hope this is a replay from a few seasons ago when UGA struggled mightily to beat Vandy but then went on a tear whipping Fla, AU and GT convincingly before beating the crap out out of media darling and undefeated Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl. As for myself I am glad to see some fire from a coach. CTG has the respect of every player if he didn’t before. You know if a team holds and chop blocks you all night one tends to get a little testy.

BOBBY MIZELLE

October 16th, 2011
9:05 pm

BELIEVE ME, RICHT IS THANKFUL HE’S IN THE SEC EAST. IF HE WAS IN THE WEST, HE KNOWS HE WOULD HAVE BEEN REPLACED YEARS AGO. GEORGIA, UNDER RICHT, IS NOWHERE CLOSE TO LSU,ALABAMA, OR ARKANSAS. RICHT IS A FINE MAN AND A GOOD COACH BUT NOT A CHAMPIONSHIP COACH. NOT NEAR THE LEVEL OF SABAN, MILES, FOR HE DOESN’T THE FIRE IN HIM OR THE LEADERSHIP ABILITIES, OR HAVE MEANINGFUL DISCIPLINE OVER HIS PLAYERS. HE IS A LITTLE ABOVE AN AVERAGE COACH AT FAR BETTER THAN AVERAGE SCHOOL.

Coach Mark Richt

October 16th, 2011
9:14 pm

I just want everyone to know that I find last night’s performance unacceptable. I have devised a two-part plan to address the situation:

Part 1. My entire coaching staff is hereby relieved of it’s duties effective immediately.

Part 2. I, Mark Richt, resign my position as Head Football Coach at the University of Georgia effective Friday October 21, 2011.

I will remain for one week to assist in the transition to a new coaching staff. The upcoming bye week should provide ample time for the University of Georgia administration to replace the entire coaching staff with persons of quality and integrity, capable of maintaining the standards of excellence in the football program that I and my staff have failed to uphold.

Best Regards,
CMR

dawginduluth

October 16th, 2011
9:16 pm

RIcht will finish with a winning record and quit at the end of the season. He wants to move on to God’s work. I say, “Amen.”

Paschal Lamb

October 16th, 2011
9:18 pm

Now that’s what a true follower of Christ would do!

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Old Coach

October 16th, 2011
9:26 pm

@ BoZo N. Richt
If you had a clue about college coaching you would know that the number of coaches for each team is limited. You can not just go out and hire a special teams coach even though real morons like you think you can. Oh we could say not have a secondary coach and hire a special teams coach! When you do not have a clue what you are talking about the best thing you can do is SHUT UP!!

baddog

October 16th, 2011
9:33 pm

If Army shuts down Vandy and beats them like a drum next week then this pitiful nail biter will really tell us where we are.

baddog

October 16th, 2011
9:37 pm

@BOBBY MIZELLE Wasn’t it just a few years ago that Les Miles was on the hot seat and about to be tossed out on his ear by the LSU faithful? Funny how people forget how ineffective you were when you start winning.

dawgman

October 16th, 2011
9:41 pm

Correct baddog! Bobby Petrino on the hot seat in 2008 and Les Miles in 2009. Google it! Funny how winning makes people forget about it.

Myanmar Shave

October 16th, 2011
9:44 pm

Five In A Row!

It’s Sweet As Candy

Thank God That We

Escaped From Vandy :-(

Our Defense Is Suspect

Giving Up Too Much Ground

And Our DC Is Crazy

As A Dawg In Da Pound

We Ain’t Got Much Offense

We Can’t Really Run

But Our Backup Quarterback

Should Be The One©

We’re Saving Him Now

And Using Him Later

He’s Our Secret Weapon

To Pull On A Gator

But Gators Are Mean

And They Don’t Play Fair

So I Don’t See Us Having

Much Luck Down There

Bradley Is Lame

But He’s Healing Each Day

I’m Afraid That He’s Gonna

Be Ready to Play

So Goodbye SEC

Goodbye East Division

Perhaps That Will Spur

An Overdue Decision?

Myanmar Shave©

Thomas Brown

October 17th, 2011
7:35 am

RedandBlackDawg October 16th, 2011 8:29 am

“I feel like … a ugly win”

“the effort, or strength is not there”