UGA’s Richt might face a bigger challenge now that he’s off the hot seat

UGADayLogoMark Richt, along with Mark Fox, will be making the rounds of alumni association gatherings starting April 18 in Rome. The UGA Days tour will hit Albany April 24, Columbus April 25, Macon May 8, Charlotte May 9, the Golden Isles May 15, Valdosta May 16, Birmingham May 22, Tampa May 24 and Atlanta July 23.

This time last year when Richt went out to meet the fans, he was widely considered to be on the “hot seat,” coming off a losing season and a dispiriting bowl performance. The talk was what a challenge Richt faced just to keep his job.

But, actually, I think Richt faces a bigger challenge this season than last.

Consider: Richt had the enormous goodwill generated by the Dream Team in his pocket a year ago and the realization on the part of most fans that Georgia faced tremendous odds in opening the season with Boise State and South Carolina, though the schedule looked pretty manageable after that.

As it played out, the fan optimism surrounding the arrival of Isaiah Crowell and Co. in Athens was enough for Richt to ride out the feared 0-2 start to the season. (It helped considerably that despite looking awful much of the time in the Georgia Dome against Boise, Georgia actually outplayed South Carolina, even in Steve Spurrier’s estimation, in losing a close one a week later.)

The 10-game winning streak that followed put the hot-seat talk on the back burner.

By season’s end, most fans I talked with felt good progress had been made, even if Crowell’s difficulties staying on the field put an end to thoughts of him as the second coming of Herschel.

Still, although most in the Bulldog Nation didn’t really expect the Dawgs to prevail over LSU in the SEC Championship, the return of the all-too-familiar fourth quarter collapse in the bowl against Michigan State left the fan base grumbling a bit.

A year ago when Mark Richt visited with fans, he was on the hot seat. (UGA Alumni Association)

A year ago when Mark Richt visited with fans, he was on the hot seat. (UGA Alumni Association)

Then came signing day, which saw Richt get a solid class of recruits — ranked fifth best in the nation by ESPN — but fall short in a few last-minute courtships, taking a bit of the luster off Georgia’s showing in the minds of some recruitniks.

Actually, the self-dubbed “Ring Team” with Keith Marshall, Todd Gurley and John Theus has just as much potential as the previous year’s signing class, but they arrive in Athens amid a different atmosphere from a year ago.

Much more is expected of the 2012 Georgia Bulldogs, who return a host of starters, including most of last season’s fifth-ranked defense. Early on there was talk that Georgia might start the season as a Top 5 team, though that early optimism might end up being tempered somewhat by the fact that the Dawgs will open SEC play at Missouri with most of the starting secondary suspended.

And then there’s the issue of attrition, which some see as a big deal, though it appears to me to be pretty much business as usual for Georgia and SEC schools in general. Last year also saw some players getting “off the bus” to transfer elsewhere for various reasons and a handful of others shown the door because they couldn’t get in step with what Richt believes is the Georgia Way.

But even when the tailback corps was decimated by transfers last year, there was still that Dream Team fervor to counter it. This year the problems Georgia will face fielding an experienced secondary against Mizzou’s James Franklin seem to loom a bit larger in many people’s minds.

And with Georgia expected by many to win the SEC East, the stakes are just as high, if not higher, for Richt this season than when his job was believed to be on the line. As we’ve already discussed here, winning the SEC East a second year only to lose again to the West team in the Dome and wind up in another non-BCS bowl would be seen by many as underachieving or, at best, standing pat.

The last time a Richt team entered a season with lofty expectations placed on them — remember the preseason No. 1 in in 2008? — the Dawgs came a cropper, starting a slide that didn’t begin to turn around until that 10-game run last year.

Richt definitely doesn’t want to see that happen again. So with all those expectations and this year’s schedule even more favorable, Georgia’s head coach might wind up feeling more pressure now that he’s off the hot seat than when he was on it.

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Hal

April 3rd, 2012
3:18 pm

again… you guys are what takes the fun out of college football. I could sit here all day long and make any stat or number mean whatever I needed it to to fit my agenda. Bottom line is this, we have a hell of a team, University, and yes- Head Coach. Saban will almost certainly win more championships than Mark will. But obviously few if any of you morons have sons… if you did you’d understand. I wouldn’t send my son, I wouldn’t allow my son to play for a man who treats boys like a meat farm. Who would you all send you son to play for? If Mark is not in your top 3, then you”re a complete fool. A fool, period. This is a free country, you’re welcomed and encouraged to go fair weather some other program.

SSIgator

April 3rd, 2012
3:21 pm

“remember the preseason No. 1 in in 2008″

Yeah, we sure do. Markie looked so cute dressed in all black at his presser before the Alabama game that year. Obviously he was getting a jump on the correct mourning attire for after the game. What was it? 31-0 at the half or somthing like that? No wonder UGA doesn’t want another piece of that any time soon.

Hal

April 3rd, 2012
3:24 pm

@ssigator… see what I mean. You can distort a number to mean anything. Why not post the final score? Because, it would illustrate that the game actually turned and became pretty d*mn good and would take the teeth from your post… 42-31 was the score… they play four quarters.

Big Crimson 75

April 3rd, 2012
3:24 pm

bham — He does something right. I’m not always sure what it is, but it’s something. You think I was rooting for the guy when he wore purple & gold?…. or is that yellow?

kerryb

April 3rd, 2012
3:27 pm

What may be a blessing in disguise with these suspensions is moving Mitchell to CB where I think he will soon be the best in the country. I think he and Swann will be alright in the secondary and I hear that Corey Moore has really come on at Safety. The loss of Ogletree doesn’t hurt that bad because we saw last year what players Amarlo Herrera and Mike Gilliard are. The defense will be okay in the first few games.

WDE

April 3rd, 2012
3:28 pm

@SSIgator tell you what else was “cute” the shade of blue that Mussy turned last year every time Richard Samuel ran over another gator defender…yep that was high dollar cute..

a fair comment, well deserved it is

April 3rd, 2012
3:32 pm

Last year was Murray’s THIRD in the UGA program and system. He was STILL TOO EMOTIONAL in BIG GAMES and that COST UGA two or three games. He fumbled away a TD pick up and threw one quick 6 pic TD vs SC and he stumbled and threw quick 6 pic vs Michigan State and choked vs LSU. Another quick 6 pic vs LSU.

In the OLE MISS game I also believe that he threw a quick 6 pic TD and the entire team laid down on special teams for that game and vs Vandy.

Murray simply is way too emotional to win big. This is his FOURTH year folks, so he had better shine big time or he will be replaced. THIS YEAR the pressure IS ON Aaron Murray and it ought to be. He has nothing but EMPTY TD/PASSING stats.

I really do not think that the overall team responds to his style or his leadership. He is always in sort of a nice guy cloud.
UGA man, class of 71 & 73

funniest post of all time

April 3rd, 2012
3:46 pm

“If the offense could provide some sort of spark and execute and perform and adjust and, Not drop touchdown passes, not throw second half interceptions. Not give up 4th quarter sacks. A power running game of some sort would be nice too.”
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How about we just start from scratch on offense and get rid of all the offensive coaching staff, open all positions to anyone wanting to try their hand at offense, and the only caveat be that if two wearing jersey # 1, the guy who did better last year gets it and the other can either not play offense, take a hike – that the new offensive staff can’t be bothered to figure out what personnel to use based upon jersey numbers in addition.

Hutson Mason, you out there ?

Christian LeMay, ready ?

Burma Shave

April 3rd, 2012
3:46 pm

All of Richt’s dream team
Will soon be in jail
We wonder who
Will pay their bail

BURMA SHAVE

POSITIVE POSTS ONLY PLEASE

April 3rd, 2012
3:51 pm

31 to 42, was that supposed to be good, or what ?

We started out # 1 preseason every single solitary poll 2008.

21 guys that night after AP Poll # 1, all went out and got drunk. Barroom brawl. A hospital got beat up by one of the players. Let’s see Fulmer Cup National Championship. Played 3 teams that season who were any good who beat anyone who made any top 25 poll. All 3 of those games, gave up 31, 29 and 42 consecutive points. Florida players actually politely like a little ole lady clapped their hands when we finally scored. Ended up # 13 in the AP Poll; and, had we started out # 13, we would have dropped 13 places and ended up not making the AP Poll Top 25.

2008 ?

You got some POSITIVE SPIN for 2008 ?

Not with me sitting here reminding you.

Remember all this ?

SSIgator

April 3rd, 2012
3:52 pm

Hal -

“they play four quarters”

Uh Hal, no they don’t. Check out the LSU, MSU, Boise, etc. game scores and stats from last year. Nice try though.

AAA Athens Bail Bonds R Us

April 3rd, 2012
3:53 pm

The UGA athletic office usually puts up the bail, even though that’s against the NCAA rules.

Derek

April 3rd, 2012
3:53 pm

Richt has never been in the hot seat. All stirred up stuff by pseudo fans and AJC media. UGA has been and remains committed to Richt.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

April 3rd, 2012
3:56 pm

12 months of fire Richt talk makes these blogs very cumbersome. The negative news that seemingly knows no end only ads fuel to the fire. For Richt to completely flip the conversation he needs to play for the SEC Title against Bama. Beat Bama, play for the MNC and if not win it be very damn competitive. That is the only way it flips the conversation.

WDE

April 3rd, 2012
4:02 pm

@SSIgator we damn sure played 4 quarters vs the gators last year didn’t we?

Newman

April 3rd, 2012
4:06 pm

Just keep lovin’ em.

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April 3rd, 2012
4:06 pm

WDE April 3rd, 2012 2:48 pm

“@Who recruited the 34 here ? You are a silly silly man..Montez deserved to be kicked off period…and so did Mett..Mett was kicked off for the first offense because he lied to his coach…are you saying that Mett should have been left on the team?”
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(1) So, what you are saying is Mark Richt recruited these 2.
(2) Mark Richt should not have recruited these 2.
(3) Mark Richt culled his roster
(4) Mark Richt got rid of 2 undesirables
(5) Mark Richt is to blame for these 2 of the 34
(6) How many others of the 34 is Mark Richt responsible for ?

Just the ones who abuse little girls ?

So, that would include also then, right, Brandon Boykin who plead guilty too, just like these 2 did of abusing little girls.

POSITIVE POSTS ONLY PLEASE

April 3rd, 2012
4:08 pm

Sanders Commings cornerback plead guilty abusing the little girl Typo

Natureboy809

April 3rd, 2012
4:17 pm

On HUGE different between this year and 2008: We have Todd Grantham instead of Willie Martinez.

POSITIVE POSTS ONLY PLEASE

April 3rd, 2012
4:22 pm

Well, Mark Richt sure has not flipped the conversation losing to 9 teams in a row who made top 25, made top 10, won 10-games, and had a winning SEC season.

Now, what is this that you asked me who to hire and I listed the

Current 6-Year Results

Nick Saban is on the list.

So are 21 other schools who did better than Mark Richt the

CURRENT 6-YEAR PERIOD.

And, you want me to go back to what ?

2002 ?

2002 season was now this up-coming season, 11 years ago.

That is more relevant that what he did, not with Jim Donnan recruits his 2nd year here, but with his own recruits who have been arrested, suspended, kicked off the team and just failed to meet Mark Richt’s standards – in other words he culled his roster, just as you accuse Nick Saban of doing.

As for

7576DAWG

The answer is 109.

Mark Richt has given signed scholarships to 109 for this 2012 season toward his 85-man limit.

Over-Signed by 24 7576DAWG to answer your question, sir.

The only problem with that, is that he culled his roster just like the HATERS of this program lovers of Mark Richt the man, accuse Nick Saban of doing.

34 gone who should have played Mizzou who will not.

I have an idea, why don’t we hire a guy who hasn’t beat a winning SEC team in 9 straight games, hasn’t beat a team who made top 25 9 straight games, hasn’t beat a team who made top 10 7 straight times, has beat 1 of the last 10 teams he played who had 10-win seasons, has 34 arrested, kicked-off, suspended, or otherwise deemed by YOU HATERS OF THIS PROGRAM lovers of Mark Richt, as undesirables.

But, it isn’t his fault.

Nah, nothing like that.

It’s only his PRIMARY JOB DESCRIPTION both players actions and losses.

POSITIVE POSTS ONLY PLEASE

April 3rd, 2012
4:29 pm

“On HUGE different between this year and 2008: We have Todd Grantham instead of Willie Martinez.”
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Giving up 29, 31 and 42 consecutive points vs the only 3 teams we played who beat a team who made top 25, is not just the fault of the defense, as I pointed out in 2008 in here at the time. We still have the same OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR, Mike Bobo. Mike Bobo in 2008 had Knowshon Moreno for all 3 of these games and he gave him the ball a grand total of 17 times each of the 3 games. With Knowshon Moreno 2008, therefore this offensive guru, had us

# 56 in the nation rushing 2008 with Knowshon Moreno

Mike Bobo

This is not the fault of Willie Martinez only, it is also Mike Bobo when teams score 29, 31 and 42 consecutive points.

slydog

April 3rd, 2012
4:30 pm

Let me be clear: As stated before, I’m not calling for the firing of CMR. I would rather send my son to Georgia than Alabama for the obvious reasons, unless football is his first priority (can’t help that sometimes). 10-4 doesn’t bother me. 10-4 bothers me when you are just as talented as the best teams on your schedule yet you fold at each and every opportunity. 10-4, 8-5, 6-7, bothers me when you lose 34 scholarship players, especially at key positions, for various reasons, half due to discipline and lack of team chemistry and leadership. 11-3 bothers me when your down 31-0 in Athens and you were the pre-season #1. 3-8 against Florida bothers me when half of the games are not even competitive and the players give up and are embarrassed. And these idiots continue to play the game in Jacksonville every year. Georgia does not have to win a National Title IF, IF, IF, they were graduating 80-90% of their players within 5 years. Domestic violence, sexual battery, and marijuana pot smoking was not seen as the norm. It’s almost as if the entire fanbase expects these events to occur and is almost numb to it. Players who have average careers at Georgia but go on to productive careers in the NFL. No locker room leaders developed since 2005. Being second tier doesn’t bother me, as long as Georgia is doing justice for these young men.

Ed

April 3rd, 2012
4:42 pm

Well put Bill, but I would add that Richt’s seat is still a little warm. If disaster strikes and we see something similar to 2010, he could be gone. With this defense I don’t see that happening, but who knows.

Joey

April 3rd, 2012
4:50 pm

“I support CMR, but 2012 is really a “put up or shut up” year for this program. I don’t think anything less than a close loss in the Dome is acceptable”
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Say what, Dawg Haus?

The magical, mystical 10-Win season happened in ‘11, and Richt got extended for a total of 5 seasons. He’s here to stay.

His AD thinks he is the best thing since sliced bread . . .

A Father

April 3rd, 2012
4:52 pm

M Mitchell at corner, we really have no idea how good he is, we do not have a top recvr group nor do we have a qb in murray that can throw good enough for us to get true picture in spring. I hope he turns out to be great at corner. GA has yet to prove they even belong in the conversation with AL, ARK, LSU, South Carolina. Until the defense slows a top team down for 4 quarters we dont know for sure if TG is that good. TG looking to prove himself. 5 Teams last year wore our defense out.

Sanders Commings should be off the team as well as Brandon Smith. Rambo should get the full published punishment of 6 games. Continued acceptance of this discipline problem is enough to get Mark Richt fired.

Ed

April 3rd, 2012
4:56 pm

“The better the SEC gets, the more Richt gets left behind. Also, are you really going to compare the Tennessee of Donnan’s days to the Tennessee of Richt’s days? That is pretty uneven to say the least.”

Have to mostly agree with GTBob on this one. He left out the fact that Georgia tied for the best regular season record in the SEC in ‘07 (and was probably the best of the bunch by season’s end), but other than that, we’ve been second tier since the SEC began its title run in ‘06. We kind of lost our manhood from ‘08 – ‘10, and the second half against LSU in the SECCG had that old familiar feeling of being overmatched against the best. And truth be told, most of the Tenn. teams that Richt has faced don’t compare to the 90s versions that competed for conference and national titles on a regular basis.

Fact is, some of the best teams in the SEC were down during Richt’s first 5 seasons. The fact that Georgia elevated itself during that time and won two titles is nice, but it’s time to find out what kind of team we are going to be; a good team that feasts on inferior competition but can’t compete with the best, or a great team that has at least an equal shot beating teams like Alabama and LSU, and UF when they’re having a good year. This year will be very telling.

Lagdawg

April 3rd, 2012
4:58 pm

Personally I vote for Grantham to be the HC. The team still needs new leadership. If anything was going to change, the offense would have been overhauled and a new RC would have been brought aboard.

The Dude76

April 3rd, 2012
5:00 pm

To have not beat since 2007: Are you terrible at math or what? I mean, I agree with your points that Richt is not a GREAT coach and will never lead us to the levels of a Nick Saban or Les Miles, and needs to be fired immediately. You make yourself look terribly bad when you say things like Florida has “3 NC’s in a dozen years”, when they have 2. Then you say “LSU has 2 NC’s” and in reality they only have one. I don’t know what the Auburn thing you said about “they have one and some poll will give them one”, but they only have ONE, and the NCAA is still investigating them, so it may get yanked on down the line. I agree with you about Richt, but it takes alot of hardwork, a lot of fortunate bounces, alot of poll support, the perfect season, and a bit of luck to even sniff the National Championship game. Georgia had a chance in 2007, and also 2002- One bad loss in each of those years cost us a shot. I think now that we have Grantham locked up for 3 more years, we will definately be in the SEC championship game in at least 2 of them, and if we win that, we are pretty much in the NC game. I just don’t see us beating Saban or Miles right now, it is tough that we play in the SEC, because I honestly believe because of Grantham’s defense, UGA could run the table in just about any other conference.

POSITIVE POSTS ONLY PLEASE

April 3rd, 2012
5:06 pm

No, Ed, next year will be telling 2013, not 2012 with the defense all gone after 2012 – losing 12 players all 12 who were already or will be this season starters.

POSITIVE POSTS ONLY PLEASE

April 3rd, 2012
5:06 pm

Also, 2013 we play Alabama and LSU.

That’s 2 losses.

I don’t have to wait to see how those turn out.

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April 3rd, 2012
5:15 pm

DUDE76,

Horse manure.

Florida won a NC in 1996, in case you forgot with Oklahoma head coach then Steve Spurrier’s Defensive Coordinator Bob Stoops, then Florida won 2 more when GPOE was on the team; LSU has 2 NC one with Nick Saban and with Les Miles. Alabama has 2. And, for grins the vols won one in 1998. Additionally, Auburn has already been investigated and found clean and so was Cam Newton. Auburn has 1 NC, and Southern California had to VACATE the 2003 season Auburn was 13-0 and # 2. Show what you don’t know about the polls, son, all in one really poor post by you. I have seen many of these polls redo their polls over time and assign a NC to 3 Vince Dooley teams, for example. Auburn well could end up NC in one of the polls not too distant from now. Who else gets USC’s 2003 ? Auburn is the ONLY CHOICE. All it takes is one guy doing his poll to say, I chose Auburn.

NTL CHAMPS DURING MARK RICHT ERA :

11 Nick Saban AL CMR 10-4 Lost Outback bowl
10 Gene Chizik AU CMR 6-7 Lost UCF Liberty bowl
09 Nick Saban AL CMR 8-5 played in Shreveport
08 Urb an Me yer FL CMR 10-3 CapitalOne bowl
07 Les Miles LSU CMR 11-2 played # 19 Hawai’i bowl
06 Urb an Me yer FL CMR 9-4 played Chick-fil-A bowl
05 Mack Brown TX CMR 10-3 Lost W.Virginia in bowl
04 Pete Carroll USC CMR 10-2 played Outback bowl
03 Pete Carroll USC CMR 11-3 played CapitalOne
02 Jim Tressel OSU CMR 13-1 played 9-5 FSU bowl
01 Larry Coker Miami CMR 8-4 Lost Boston College

If Mark Richt stopped too fast, you’d have brown all over your nose. The facts are that 2007 LSU beat 2 teams who made top 10 and Mark Richt beat -0- teams who made top 10 and not only that but South Carolina was 6-6 in 2007 not even in a bowl game and whooped Mark Richt.

Joey

April 3rd, 2012
5:20 pm

“5 Teams last year wore our defense out. ”
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Name those teams, A Father.

LSU got a whopping 237 yds and 24 points vs Granthams D. Spurrier got 24, including a 3 yd drive from a turnover. Boise probably had the best game vs the D, but we had no Rambo, and no Ogletree (after the 1st Q), and Bobo’s O went 3-and-out seven times after midway through the 2nd quarter, some of which were in the hurry up offense.

Go back through the games one by one – the D saved Richt’s job. Even Ole Miss, Miss State, Vandy, UT, UF, UK all had a shot to beat us, but the D held them off.

Atlanta87

April 3rd, 2012
5:21 pm

I just love that picture of Richt and his grin. You know he is laughing inside thinking “I haven’t done anything of any significance here in 6 years and you pay me millions of dollars. All I have to do is beat Georgia Tech 10 out of 11 years and you pay me millions of dollars. My players constantly get arrested as well as do drugs and you pay me millions of dollars. Haha, man I have a pretty sweet gig here. I can probably go 10-3 next year as long as I beat Florida and Georgia Tech and you will still pay me millions of dollars.” Go Dawgs!

DawginLex

April 3rd, 2012
5:25 pm

Debate me bulldawg?

I would get into a battle of wits with you but I would be facing an unarmed opponent

Charlie Hayes

April 3rd, 2012
5:29 pm

CMR thrives when his back is against the wall. The D players that are suspended has put his back against the wall this year and he will come put smilin like a mule eaten briers! Just wait, UGA will go 11-1 in regular season play and will face Bama or Arkansas in the SEC Champ Game. Its gonna be a fun one this year! Go Dawgs!

Joey

April 3rd, 2012
5:30 pm

“Georgia had a chance in 2007, and also 2002- One bad loss in each of those years cost us a shot.”
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That’s kinda the point, isn’t it Dude?

Even Richt’s most talented teams ALWAYS lose a game they shouldn’t – ‘02 Richt got beat by Zook’s pitiful UF team; ‘07 SC and UT both upset UGA.

Snoop Dawg

April 3rd, 2012
5:33 pm

DawginLex, you have less wits than a domestic animal. You have continually demonstrated your predicament in public on these blogs over the past couple of years. It is public knowledge.

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

April 3rd, 2012
5:33 pm

Lexdoggie should be in the obama admin! Take Richt’s buyout down to 1 million and extend for 5 years. If he can’t control the dogs better than in the past nor win big games then fire his weak ash! Kirby is the guy you need to hire and forget the he hasn’t done this or that at Alabama. Kirby is ready for the big seat and would be great at UGA for he wil lockdown the borders and remove the trash from the program in a heartbeat. Stop making excuses for Richt and spare us all the Amen sideshow. I love the posters stating they would prefer their son play for Richt vs Saban! Give me a damn break. When your son left Alabama he would understand the rules of life and you will have to earn what you get in life instead of the BS let everyone play two innings and lets all hold JimmyBob’s hand.

Snoop Dawg

April 3rd, 2012
5:34 pm

They’ve always got a reason why Richt didn’t win…

Snoop Dawg

April 3rd, 2012
5:36 pm

Seems like the parents of the very top players vote for their kids to play under Saban, not Richt. Even in Georgia. Everyone likes a winner. Richt is a loser.

Joey

April 3rd, 2012
5:39 pm

Charlie Hayes, did Richt “thrive” in ‘11? He lost 4 games – 2 badly. He beat 10 teams he was favored over.

Charlie, when last did Richt out-coach another coach? PJ in ‘09? Maybe, but we still had more talent.

Waiting . . .

East Repeat

April 3rd, 2012
5:40 pm

“Georgia outplayed Southcarolina, even in Steve Spurrier’s estimation, …” the most popular words ever uttered by CSS to UGA fans. You will see this quote referenced over and over on ajc blogs. I hope Spurrier says the same thing this year after similar results. Nah, I am ready for SC to blow doors off UGA just to totally establish superiority. Gonna be good!

DawginLex

April 3rd, 2012
5:41 pm

snoop idiot, the fact you are defending bulldawg speaks volumes about your brain capacity

#DIMWIT

A Father

April 3rd, 2012
5:42 pm

those five teams kicked our defense in the face. USC was running up and down the field towards the end of the game. Boise ST killed us. Vandy up and down second half. LSU, just knock our dk in the ground second half, mich st wore us out second half.

Our defense and TG are still very suspect, we have to see how the team plays the first 6 games of 2012.

Please, 10 – 4 with our 2011 schedule was not that good. I just understand all the hype by our fans.

DB are weak and no depth
LB have zero depth
DL should be ok but again, not much depth

OL is worse than last year
TE not very good 2011, worse this year
WR hope they improve alot from 2011
RB should have some depth but how good yet to see
QB weakest part of our team for the FOURTH STRAIGHT YEAR

OFFENSIVE COACHES: MB, MR, WF VERY WEAK
DEFENSIVE COACHES: TG, SL 2012 FOR PROOF,
RG – A WASTE

Old Dawg

April 3rd, 2012
5:56 pm

In all the comments about the number of players leaving the UGA program, no one mentioned that these are college students. And like most college students, they really don’t know what they want to do when they sign with a school or what their playing career will be. So, like many other students they drop out, transfer or change their minds and quit playing football.

Next, while it’s true that UGA hasn’t won a national championship under Richt, if you check the records of former great coaches – Dooley, Schembechler, Paterno, Bowden, Osborne and Hayes – the number of national titles won is limited, especially Michigan’s Schembechler who never won a title but is considered an icon in the mid-west. Schembechler and Hayes’ bowl records were terrible, and Dooley had limited success in post-season play.

I have no idea if CMR will ever win a national championship, and neither does anyone else. What I do know is that a lot of people are more than jealous of the success of other SEC teams when, in reality, the majority of Division I teams would love to have the on the field and fund-raising success Georgia has enjoyed during Richt’s time in Athens.

Like everyone else, I get upset when Georgia loses but it doesn’t ruin my day or life. If and when UGA wins another national title I’ll really enjoy it. But it won’t define who I am.

I guess what I’m asking is for everyone to have a little bit of perspective. Like many things in life, it can go a long way to making our lives a balanced and more enjoyable.

Atlanta87

April 3rd, 2012
5:59 pm

Slow clap, start to get faster, faster, faster, until it gets to a roaring applause!! Whistles loudly and cheers!

five year contract was a mistake

April 3rd, 2012
6:03 pm

look at the history….when the SEC is soft, mark richt wins.
when the SEC is strong….mark richt doesn’t win….or can’t beat the best in the SEC.

so tired of this broken record…..

BigDaddy

April 3rd, 2012
6:07 pm

If Nicky Satan didn’t oversign, he would be missing a couple titles. Bama fans can’t worship God, because they couldn’t elevate him past old Satan.

TheTruthHurts

April 3rd, 2012
6:16 pm

No matter what any UGA fan may say about Saban or Calipari(sp?), they’re winners. Richt….a mediocrity at best and a loser at worst. I will be willing to bet that he won’t even back into the SEC East this season. Lightning doesn’t strike twice.

AltamahaDawg

April 3rd, 2012
6:35 pm

Does anybody doubt that BuLLdawg:

1. Is not happy with our starting QB’s performance in bigger games?

2. Would like Mark Richt to increase his winning percentage, particularly against ranked teams?

No? Great. We are done. Easy. You’re welcome.