Fan talk: Georgia-Florida week brings challenges for both players and coaches

Should Mark Richt have said he was "happy" with the win over Kentucky? (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Should Mark Richt have said he was "happy" with the win over Kentucky? (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Let’s get right to some of this week’s Junkyard Mail …

Clint Harrison writes: Bill, I enjoy your stuff. Georgia-Florida week, the theme should be: “We have an opportunity … What are you/we going to do with it?” We have what we were hoping for. Did the Gamecocks peak too early? I know [Steve] Spurrier had those guys’ intensity levels up for Georgia. Then their confidence kicked in. The crowd was already kicked in. And they were in our heads (or we were in our own heads) the rest of the way.  But all that is behind us. It’s a new day. (What are we going to do with it?). So my question to Coach Bobo is, Do you think [Will] Muschamp is going to send a blitz right up the middle at Murray on the first series (to send him/us a message) like he did to Connor Shaw and the Gamecocks in their game? You know it’s coming; what are we going to do? A screen, quick slant, quick toss to the outside? Coach Grantham: Which linebacker is going to be the spy on [Jeff] Driskel or [Trey] Burton or whoever comes out of the backfield with the ball? You know Driskel is going to run and yes we will give up some yards this way but at least we won’t let them gash us like Shaw did. Coach Richt: What are YOU going to do to ADD to this game. … We need INTENSITY, CONFIDENCE … SOMETHING from you that shows that this means something PERSONAL. I KNOW you love this team and you love those guys and where you are in your life (just like we do). But this is a great opportunity that we don’t get in our “business as usual” lives. We have an opportunity to do something special. As always on Monday (win or lose) I WILL be wearing my GA shirt to work because they will ALWAYS be my team.  GO DAWGS!

You’re on the mark with some of the challenges facing the Georgia team in this game, Clint. When Mike Bobo had to stare down South Carolina’s awesome pass rush, he frankly blinked and came up with an awful game plan, as he later admitted. Todd Grantham did likewise when it came to planning for Connor Shaw early in the game against the Gamecocks. It will be interesting to see if they rise to the occasion against the Gators. And while Mark Richt indicated early this week that he didn’t think the team needed pumping up for Florida, I get the impression that the Georgia coaching staff deliberately allowed the whole Shawn Williams “too soft” thing to play out in the media as a way of publicly challenging the defense (and the team at large) to rise up, as the Falcons ads say. We’ll find out soon whether that was enough.

Lamar Westbrook writes: Bill, this is hard to believe. Richt said after the [Kentucky] game “You know what? I am happy with the victory.” Correct me if I am wrong, but how can he be happy when his team is giving it about 60%? When the guys play down to the competition and then the coach himself thinks it alright, then why should the guys change the way they play? If [Nick] Saban’s team played like Richt’s [against the Wildcats], do you think Saban’s answer would be that he is happy? He would be so deep down their throat that they would choke! The team is not giving it their all, yet their coach says it’s alright. This is a alarming thing!

And Ben writes: Do you find it disturbing that Mark Richt actually said he was happy with the win over Kentucky? I know he doesn’t wish to be an “energy vampire,” but he seems like he’s in denial. By continuing to praise such lackluster efforts, he sends the message to his players that just getting by is good enough.

The Richt quote that’s gotten some Bulldogs fans stirred up was this: “Know what? I’m happy with the victory. We’re 6-1. That’s not bad.” I think that probably wasn’t the wisest choice of words, but I understand what Richt was trying to do there. He wasn’t pleased with the overall play of the team and he made that clear, but his point was that it was an SEC East victory and his team only has one loss, so he’s not going to jump off the bus like some folks and declare the season a failure. Still, I don’t think anyone in the Georgia locker room after the Kentucky game was happy about the way the game went, despite the head coach’s positive spin. As Malcolm Mitchell said, “You don’t wanna look at any game like ‘We’re just happy to win,’ because you gotta play another team next. So we just need to focus and get ready for the next game.” And then there’s the challenge Richt issued to his team leaders, mentioned in the next letter …

Cleveland Williams III writes: Bill, Just read your column on Shawn Williams and the thing that stuck out to me the most was the statement made by Mark Richt about leaders stepping up. Seems like he has the pulse of the team to me. I understand his calm demeanor on the sideline and some view that as a lack of fire. So why don’t we hear more of the statements he makes like that one being published?

The quote in question here came when Richt addressed the team after the Kentucky game and, with the cameras rolling, said: “It’s going to be a war in Jacksonville. … You leaders, I want you to think about what this game means. You’ve been talking about it all offseason since January. ‘Our team, our time, no regrets.’ Well, here we are. We’re at the moment of truth.” And I translated that somewhat more bluntly as: Put up or shut up. Richt is a competitive guy and I think he probably addresses the team like that a lot more than we know; he just doesn’t let us hear it. Perhaps he should.

Joe writes: Hey Bill, Just wanted to get your thoughts on the game this coming weekend … is this a must win for Coach Richt? Not literally, but in the figurative sense. Does UGA need to at least show up, if not win, for coach to ‘win back’ the belief, love and support of Bulldog Nation?

And Morris Rich writes: Bill, let me just say I love Mark Richt and if I had to choose a someone to coach my son, it would be Mark Richt hands down because of his character. But having said that, I am really concerned that maybe it is time for Coach Richt to retire. There is no doubt that we get some of the best talent in the country. But for some reason, they just don’t perform up to their talent. As much as I don’t like to even say it, it has to come down to the coaching. I would love nothing more that for Coach Richt to get that NC, but I just don’ t see it happening.  What are your thoughts on this.

Is this a “must” win? No. Georgia can still have a 10-win regular season and go to a New Year’s Day bowl without beating Florida. And that’s a heck of a lot better than many programs will experience this season. Would this win be a major step forward for Richt’s program? Yes, of course. As for those who think UGA ought to be thinking about another coach, I’d just like to remind them of what has happened to the Tennessee program since they dumped Phil Fulmer. Do you really want to go down that road?

When does it make sense for Malcolm Mitchell to return a kickoff out of the end zone? (Associated Press)

When does it make sense for Malcolm Mitchell to return a kickoff out of the end zone? (Associated Press)

Bubba King writes: Malcolm Mitchell could have got 5-20 more yards on kickoffs if we didn’t have 2 would-be blockers running with the defense with their hands up waving him to stop or physically keeping him from returning the ball out of the endzone. Now, I don’t think he should necessarily return the ball that’s kicked 8 yards deep, but he can’t make it to the 10 yard line if he is outrunning 2 of his blockers to the point of attack. He is the return man, and we will never get a return if the blockers are more concerned with him downing the ball than making a key block to spring him. If he is not equipped to make the decision on his own, he shouldn’t be back there. If he is back there, he has a better view of a possible crease than someone running with his back to the defenders. Just do your job, and maybe our special teams would not be so pathetic!

Actually, that is part of their job. You’re referring to the Kentucky game when Mitchell fielded a kickoff eight yards deep in his end zone and started to bring it out before Kyle Karempelis stopped him. Mitchell wasn’t happy at the time, but he said this week that he later apologized to Karempelis. With the new touchback rule, it doesn’t make sense to try and return a kick that goes more than a yard or two deep into the end zone, as the odds of getting it out further than the 25 yard line are slim. Now, if it’s not a high kick and the coverage hasn’t had time to make it downfield, that’s a different matter and it’s probably worth trying a return. But that wasn’t the case in this instance.

Jeremy Floyd writes: Here’s what I fear about Saturday, and I think it has been a problem for UGA over the last few years. I fear that UGA players will not be able to regulate their emotions. I fear they come out way too high and fired up, eager to prove they are not ‘soft.’ I fear this will lead to early mistakes and we’ll see the pendulum of team emotions swing the other extreme. I think this happens a way too often with the team. What do you think?

I’d much rather have Georgia’s players come out fired up than flat. Yeah, they might make a few mistakes if they’re amped up, but we saw in the South Carolina game what can result when one team comes out more pumped up than the other one.

Michael Scharff writes: I haven’t seen any mention of a connection between the loss of Michael Bennett and the deterioration of the Dawgs’ ability to open holes for our running backs. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the loss of a large and powerful offensive force came at the same time our offense first began their current downhill slide. What say you?

Georgia still has plenty of talented receivers, and while Bennett is a great one, I don’t think his absence is responsible for the lack of an effective rushing attack the past two games. Against a terrific South Carolina defense, the flaws of Georgia’s offensive line were put in the spotlight. They simply were overwhelmed and couldn’t open holes for the running backs or protect Aaron Murray. In the Kentucky game, the Wildcats sold out against the run, leaving themselves vulnerable to Georgia’s passing game, and Murray made them pay for that.

Marshall Morgan reacts to a missed PAT. (Associated Press)

Marshall Morgan reacts to a missed PAT. (Associated Press)

Ryan B. writes: Why is no one even mentioning Damian Swann as an option for punt returner? He had a few nice returns early in the season and at least gives us a chance at a return. Let’s be honest, [Rhett] McGowan isn’t scaring anyone by being back there. At this point we should rush all 11 and let the ball be downed wherever (that’s what is happening any way). And while I am on the subject of special teams, let’s talk about extra points. What would it hurt for our coaching staff to actually hold someone accountable for bad play? If for no other reason than to incentivize Morgan to improve, why not let the walk on attempt a PAT. That’s probably the number one issue with this coaching staff and therefore the team, not holding people accountable. The players at least subconsciously know that their spot is safe, so what incentive is there to be perfect or at least always get better?

I’m not sure why the Georgia coaches soured on Swann as punt returner, but that’s certainly one of the special teams problems that need addressing. As I wrote earlier this week, I’m partial to Kevin Butler’s suggestion that the Dogs start putting two deep men back on punts to assure that the ball is caught. This business of letting it hit the ground has got to stop. As for Marshall Morgan and PATs, I have a feeling if they thought the backup was going to be any more consistent than Morgan they’d give him a try. That’s another case where Georgia’s lack of attention to special teams play is hurting. It was interesting to see Richt say this week that he might study up on kicking and take on coaching the kickers himself next season, like some other head coaches do. What’s frustrating is that it took him this long to come to that conclusion.

Bad Brad writes: Bill, When Richt first came to UGA we beat top teams at home and particularly on the road. In the past few years we have been unable to win big games. I don’t know exactly when the downward trend started but I think it started with coordinator changes. When Richt turned play calling over to Bobo and [Brian] VanGorder left for the Falcons, I think that is the point where we started sliding. Don’t you think it’s time to fire Bobo? Took too long to fire [Willie] Martinez and get Grantham. I understand loyalty to your friends/staff but don’t you agree sticking with Bobo is insane. Same could be said for Rodney Garner.

Bobo generally hasn’t been the problem this season. If there’s a negative trend through the recent seasons that you can point to on the offense, it’s been the continuing problems Georgia has had with its offensive line, and that’s not Bobo’s job. The Dogs have gone through three OL coaches in recent years with pretty much the same problem. Maybe it’s a recruiting issue, I don’t know. Besides the OL, the major problem responsible for most of the Dogs’ troubles this season has been the play of its talented, experienced but underperforming defense. Are you ready to fire Grantham as well?

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NC Dawg

October 26th, 2012
11:10 am

Ricky 4

October 26th, 2012
11:20 am

I love FL week & hate it at the same time. We do have an opportunity & I just hope we can take advantage of it. GO DAWGS!

Dawg_Mike

October 26th, 2012
11:26 am

Just protect the dang ball. The fact that GA has had at least one turnover in every single GA/FL game since 1988 is absolutely astounding.

Special Teams? Another thing that is astounding is how we have a lackadaisical approach from the top down. Spped of the captian, speed of the ship, as they say…..

I hope I am wrong but I see another “oh no…we are in Jax so we must wet the bed ” games ( other than last year).

Dawg_Mike

October 26th, 2012
11:27 am

Captain , sorry…..

Dawg Fud

October 26th, 2012
11:31 am

Just run the toss sweep. We have the backs to make it work. Simple yet so effective. Would totally catch Florida off guard since we run that stupid counter, weak side, up the middle run 50 times a game.

Bremen Dawg

October 26th, 2012
11:32 am

I just hope the team gets up for this game. If we loose, then make it a tuff fight. Not a blow out.

Dawg Fud

October 26th, 2012
11:34 am

Something is just missing in Athens and has been for a while.

pre game coaches meeting

October 26th, 2012
11:37 am

CMR: Hey guys what time is it?
CMB: It’s 3 minutes before kick off coach
CMR: Okay lets make this quick… Hey big guy I’ve got something for ya!
CTG: What is it coach?
CMR: (Throws a big white towel to Grantham)
CTG: Wow Coach! My own personal towel… it’s gota black oval “G” on it… Your the best coach!
CMR:Thought of a new wrinkle when sending out defensive signals and other signals to our players.
CTG: What do ya mean coach?
CMR: Well we will have one of our scrubbs holding up the towell in front of you when you give the choke sign and other signals. This should throw off the gators throughout the game and mess with their psyche. It should keep them guessing when you are or are not giving the choke sign.
CTG: Wow coach that is brilliant!
CMR: I know…. that is why they pay me the BIG bucks.
CMR: Hey Bobo, Florida thinks we will run the ball more so what is your plan?
CMB: Im thinking only if we get into third and long situations. Im going back to the draw.
CMR: Sounds like a plan!
CMR: Hey Garner…. get over here I’ve got something for you too.
CRG: Okay coach what it is?
CMR: Well McGarrity didnt allow recruits to attend the game. I already went ahead and ordered bucket loads of KFC for them. They are on ice in the locker room. You can have them if you want and you can share some with Todd.
CRG: Man…. coach this is like early Thanksgiving!
CMR:Yeah I know …. the holidays are quickly approaching and we already got a bowl game locked up somewhere. So all of you need to just relax. Our Bonuses should be about ready to kick in too after those contract extensions from last spring.
CRG: Coach Richt you are the best! I dont care what our fans say or think.
CMR: Well I’ve got to fix my hair and put on my shades…see you fella’s on the sidelines.

Dawg Fud

October 26th, 2012
11:39 am

For the record, Tennessee fired Fulmer because they demand championships and he got passed by the rest of the SEC.

Hmm? Kind of reminds me of a program in Athens.

I don’t fault Tennessee for taking some gambles. At least their AD is showing that he wants to win and will do whatever it takes to get there.

DAWG with two bags over head

October 26th, 2012
11:39 am

Bill,

Please don’t play to the lunatic fringe by saying we’ll end up like TN if we change coaches. There are far, far more examples of new coaches winning the NC or being ranked in the top 1 or 2 in their second years than there are TN examples. Let’s have some confidence that McGarity can summon the courage to clean house with our underperforming, over paid satff and find the HC that going to put us over the top. Twelve years on this experiment is enough. Richt does not have the skill or desire to win it all, much less a top 10 team.

SC Old Dawg

October 26th, 2012
11:52 am

Would Saban keep Grantham or Bobo? Would Muschamp? Would Miles?

DawgFanInBama

October 26th, 2012
11:53 am

Not Bobos fault? Eh…constantly running the ball up the middle is his call.

Bubba King….Are you seriously wanting Mitchell to risk running the ball out and only getting 10 yards and the possibility of a fumble? I will take the easy 25 with him back there. He still scares me when he has the ball.

AltamahaDawg

October 26th, 2012
11:54 am

Insanely well thought our responces Bill.

On the extra point deal, though. Folks can specualte as to what would or would not be accomplished by letting one our position coaches “co-ordinate” the special team. Up till last year , Richt did that. Right now, short of firing somebody, he just doesnt have the room or a guy appearantly he feels would do a better job with it. I suspect the next coaching turnover might change that. BUT… why would folks assume a TE coach, or a DB coach would BE a kicking specialist? Morgan HAS a personal kicking coach. A personal one on one kicking coach. And we have plenty of ex-kickers around the program who you know offer watever they can. A guy co-ordinating special teams meeting and practices is NOT going to improve the form of a freshman kicker on extra points. (or the 10% of them he is not nailing). Nor is Richt, and I suspect that comment of his was more for show, than substance. So this one is NOT another example of how special teams is being ignored.

SC Old Dawg

October 26th, 2012
11:54 am

There is no energy on the team – they play as if they will be given the wins………..lets all sing kum-ba-ya.

SSIgator

October 26th, 2012
11:56 am

“Georgia can still have a 10-win regular season and go to a New Year’s Day bowl”
__________________

The UGA battle cry – Ten win seasons and the Outback Bowl (Yum Yum) – but no NC titles for over thirty years and counting.

AltamahaDawg

October 26th, 2012
11:56 am

And that would be, the next position coach turnover, just to be clear.

Andy

October 26th, 2012
11:57 am

After the SC game, Clowney said the UGA o-line was giving away when the ball was going to be snapped. I also heard a rumor that SC had discovered another “tell” for when UGA would do a running play or a passing play. I don’t know if that one is true, but if our offense is giving away this information before the snap, it could be a long day in Jacksonville. Hopefully any such issues have been resolved, or, if our coaches are smart, turned to our advantage.

Dunwoody Tailgater

October 26th, 2012
11:59 am

pre game, Good stuff. Your take on the mediocrity of UGA’s coaching is far more creative than my plan ole facts.

two bags, Well said, too. 12 years of this experiment is enough. Give me a coach who LOOKS LIKE HE GIVES A D@MN on the sidelines when players don’t play well, and does not tolerate flagrant personal fouls.

Do you really want to go down that road?

October 26th, 2012
12:02 pm

Yes, Bill, I really do want to go down that road, and the fact that you obviously don’t pretty much sums up why Bulldogs fans haven’t enjoyed better success: because not enough of them demand it. Why must you water down criticisms? Williams’s comments poorly stated you say? No, they were perfectly stated. Can you call yourself a Gator fan? You posted a stupid blog like that instead of putting out something meaningful like when will the coaching staff get it together and actually earn their massive salaries. With a losing record a couple years ago you stated you still can’t quite pull the trigger on Richt yet. What would it take? A season with no wins? With at least four defensive starters projected to go in the first round next year and this is the best the coaching staff can do, what conclusion do you come up with? With the first quarterback and the first running back taken in the draft a few years ago and not even an SEC title to show for it, what conclusion do you come up with? Your mentality is weak, Bill, and shame on you for taking up valuable blog space with your watered down crap.

BMOC

October 26th, 2012
12:02 pm

Bill, You too often refer to what has happened at TENN after Fulmer was kicked out (I have too in the past), but you fail to mention about what has happened at FLORIDA since Zook was fired, or ALABAMA after Shula was fired, or CLEMSON, VANDY, etc, etc.. Yeah, there’s been other place where the jury is still out, like AU – they do have a NC, but look what they’ve sacrificed for it. But then there’s ND, and even Carolina when they got Holtz then Spurrier. My point is this: IF Richt isn’t going to lead us to a NC.. And I would say ‘NO’ due to the talent level UGA has continued to have and the results they have netted, then there ARE INDEED other coaches out there. Yes, you stand a chance to go backwards first, but if that gets you to where you want to be, isn’t that worth it?

SSIgator

October 26th, 2012
12:05 pm

What is the deal?. The day before the game and no reference in any articles as to how UGA leads in the series. I guess with the trend of the UGA football program, even the media realizes what a hollow statement that has become. Sort of like whistling past the graveyard.

Bubba King

October 26th, 2012
12:12 pm

DawgFanInBama….I said I don’t want him returning the ball 8 yards deep, but that is his job to make the decision…I’m more concerned about it being a yard or 2 deep and him returning it without a crucial blocker in front of him…this has been happening alot…UGA has fielded 15 kickoffs in 3 games…and this has happened a few times…Mitchell returned one from 3 yards deep and made it to the 25, with 2 blockers he outran 3 yards behind him…He needs to make the decision and the other guys need to be blocking defenders in case he does bring it out…Like i said, if he is not equipped to handle the decision, he doesn’t need the job…

Bubba King

October 26th, 2012
12:14 pm

SSI….we won last year, so it’s not quite as important to mention as it has been 90% of the time the last 20 years…lol….go Dawgs!!!

Desert Fox

October 26th, 2012
12:14 pm

BK. Do not agree w/you on new HC at GA turning out like TN issues they’ve had. Look at FL and CWM. In his 2d season and ranked #2, 7-0 w/chance to be a NC in second season. Also, anything less then winning out this season is a dissappointment, especially, with the returning players on D which has been a dissappointment as well. Ten wins of no consequense isn’t going to cut it any longer. The trend w/GA football is on the down swing while being surpassed by teams that have over taken GA by improving w/impressive wins instead of the embarrassing wins turned in by the dawgs. It just shouldn’t be this way.

Weather scares me this w/e. Not sure either team will benefit from 30 MPH winds. Probably affects GA more since Murray & Bobo rely on passing if running game faulters. Running game now looms as maybe the deciding factor if both teams have trouble completing passes or throwing picks due to windy conditions. Kicking game too, big time.

Rob in Chapel Hill

October 26th, 2012
12:15 pm

I’d say the real raspberries go to you, “Do you really want to go down that road?,” for taking up valuable blog space.

edumacated

October 26th, 2012
12:31 pm

I’m sorry Bill, but not chasing after success because you are scared of failure ( as in “look what happened to Tennessee”) is the attitude of a loser. Pure and simple. There is no true reward without significant risk.

AltamahaDawg

October 26th, 2012
12:37 pm

interesting fact. 2 other SEC school have PKs (that are not freshmen, BTW) AND special team co-ordinators, and have missed 4 extra points this year as well.

BigJim

October 26th, 2012
12:43 pm

MARK RICHT: 2-15 AGAINST RANKED TEAMS, SINCE 2009!

AltamahaDawg

October 26th, 2012
12:44 pm

BMOC, in those cases that you mentioned, those coaches were failing and going downhill. They fired those coaches after a bad year(s) and no institutional confidence that anything was improving. They did not sit after a 10+ win season and decide that Zook, Shula, Holtz was just never going to win a NC and make a change. That’s not what Bill was comparing to.

AltamahaDawg

October 26th, 2012
12:54 pm

And be clear, I am not trying to get into a “can he or can’t he” debate on Richt winning a NC anytime in the future. That’s obviously free for opinion. Just saying, your point is weakened by comparing apples to oranges, to dispute what Bill said.

SC Dog fan

October 26th, 2012
12:59 pm

The post before this one got me thinking about how frustrated I used to get with Dooley-era offensive decisions, even more than CMR and Bobo. But special teams is definitely one area where I almost never found myself second-guessing Dooley or his coaching staff. Whether Kevin Butler or Rex Robinson, we always seemed to find the most phenomenal kickers. It was almost a signature aspect of Georgia football. And Scott Woerner on punt returns! My god! Great fielding decisions and an almost suicidal willingness to run straight at (and frequently through) a wall of oncoming tacklers. That man dug us out of more holes that I can count. Imagine if we had someone like Woerner back there now. Richt era special teams play is a defintie step downward.

AltamahaDawg

October 26th, 2012
1:00 pm

But IMO. NONE of those schools you mentioned, Florida, Alabama, Clemson, ND, SC, would fire Mark Richt after this year. (at least as we know the situation to be at this point, even factoring in a possible lose this weekend to #2)

Hypothetical as fun to banter, but in reality you know they would not.

DAWG with two bags over head

October 26th, 2012
1:03 pm

It’s become very apparent to an overwhelming number of fans that Richt will never accommplish anything more than he has to date. Beating up on 10 blind sisters of the poor every year is not very rewarding or worthy of what we shell out for coaches salaries, contributions, and tickets, especially if we lose all of the games against the best teams we play. The cracks are already showing. Season tickets were for sale this season without a donation, tickets have been returned for every game, and there have been plenty of empty seats at each game. Let’s make a change while our brand is still worth something (although it’s worth is rapidly dropping). Plenty of good coaches out there, just not on our side of the field.

AltamahaDawg

October 26th, 2012
1:12 pm

Did not realize that the SEC had so many blind sister of the poor in it’s ranks.

joe jenkins

October 26th, 2012
1:15 pm

Win or lose sat…i’m still a Dawg for life….we are just missing something on the reason we can’t win the big game…I dont know what that is….maybe we take 5 steps forward after beating fla….dang i hope so….I would feel alot better about us pulling the upset if michael bennett was playing…but i know he is done for the year…get well 82….so you can give em hell next year.

Sam

October 26th, 2012
1:20 pm

If the O-line is an issue, it still falls under Bobo as he is Friend’s boss. If the O-line is not capable of blocking for a particular play, then Bobo needs to adjust the playcalling to fit the line’s abilities.

THE Dixie Redcoat Band

October 26th, 2012
1:32 pm

FL newspapers reporting the bad weather in JAX will favor UF since UGA won’t be able to pass in the high winds and UGA has NO ground game.

AltamahaDawg

October 26th, 2012
1:34 pm

no need to rack your brain for the answer to that joe,it’s really pretty simple. Its a lack of :veteran SEC caliber O-line and the same running back for more than 1 yr in a row.

AltamahaDawg

October 26th, 2012
1:38 pm

Tha’st not “reporting”. That’s guessing. Others are speculating that UF having to be one dimensional will help Georgia be able to load the box and stop UF ground game too.

So it comes down to which team, can pass “some” in bad weather. One of the best passing teams, or the worst passing team in the league.

Robb Dawg4

October 26th, 2012
1:42 pm

RxDawg

October 26th, 2012
1:44 pm

“If the O-line is an issue, it still falls under Bobo as he is Friend’s boss. If the O-line is not capable of blocking for a particular play, then Bobo needs to adjust the playcalling to fit the line’s abilities.”

Yep. I agree with you in defending Bobo in your response Bill (he is not the start and stop for all of UGA’s woes). But the O-line is most certainly Bobo’s responsibility. It may not exactly be his fault, but it’s part of his job to get them boys knocking heads on the line.

Mitch (the one in Rome)

October 26th, 2012
1:54 pm

This is the problem with college football and why the NFL is superior and why we must play 10 game schedules with a playoff. A 6-1 team should not feel like their season is a bust if they are 11-1 or 10-2 at the end. That is crap. Plus, style points should not factor into ranking and oversized media member should not determine where a team is ranked.
Every team has a weakness or two and every team gets it exploited by another team. Thats the nature of the game. SC got played close by UK. UF was played tough by A&M. Why? Because they want to win and don’t suck.
This is crazy talk because the system for determining championships is broken and it puts undue pressure on boys trying to get an education and play the greatest game in America.
There is my rant.

Robb Dawg4

October 26th, 2012
1:55 pm

Richt and bobo need to go

joe jenkins

October 26th, 2012
1:59 pm

I would love for us to wear black jerseys and red pants for this game….no not those red pants we wore vs boise st…the ones we wore in the herschel day’s…why not we really don’t have anything to lose…..

dawggirl

October 26th, 2012
2:02 pm

Who do people want to hire as HC? Just curious. And who do you think we can get?

dawggirl

October 26th, 2012
2:10 pm

Hmmm. *crickets*

Greg

October 26th, 2012
2:18 pm

We need to end the WLOC. I would like our chances a lot better with the home field advantage. But instead we have to play our two biggest games away.

joe jenkins

October 26th, 2012
2:19 pm

reality is richt is not going anywhere…..time to take fla down will muschamp has never won in jacksonville…not as a player or coach….heres hoping the trend continues

NCDawg

October 26th, 2012
2:19 pm

The situation at Tennessee was different. They were not recruiting well either and that led to a sharp decline. Then Kiffin blew them off for USC. That ruined their credibility and whatever recruiting momentum they had went in the toilet. Georgia produces vastly more talent than Tennessee and X number of kids will come play for us no matter what. If we lose to the Gators then the time has come to move on. With UGA’s resources we should be able to get whoever we want. So I don’t think a coaching change would necessarily mean a serious down turn for the program. I don’t like thinking like this but I think the continual inability to win big games and most of the time not even be competitive is a pretty grave situation. After 5 seasons of the same trend, that would warrant a change. Coach Richt has earned a certain amount of leeway but that has eroded. No program with our talent level should think that 10 wins over patsies is a good season. The Dawgs have to step up or it is time to can the whole staff and try someone else.

Troy

October 26th, 2012
2:25 pm

As for those who think UGA ought to be thinking about another coach, I’d just like to remind them of what has happened to the Tennessee program since they dumped Phil Fulmer. Do you really want to go down that road?

so tell me Bill, how long to we live by this statement?????????????? what happens when we lose the cupcake schedule and have real teams like next year…..?? then is 8-4 good? it would be for some. Its that attitude that keeps us from going to the top…..would of could of should of…hope we do…BS! Maybe next year we can hear our coach say…Hey, were 8-4 and that aint bad