Fan talk: Where do the Dawgs go from here?

Did Mike Bobo not trust his backup players enough against Vandy? (University of Georgia)

Did Mike Bobo not trust his backup players enough against Vandy? (University of Georgia)

Aside from the “Fire Richt!” and “Fire everyone!” laments from some readers, there were more reasoned fan responses and questions in this week’s Junkyard Mail. Let’s check some of it out. …

Joe Burger writes: Hey Bill, Mediocre defense, more special teams errors, the absolute worst called offensive game of the year, just terrible. The whole football program gets an F [against Vanderbilt]. Now, I know there were some TERRIBLE calls and, yes, we’re missing offensive playmakers, but we lost to Vandy. So, would you change your midterm grade for the team after seeing that performance? And even more importantly, but left unanswered in your report card, where is the UGA football program headed in the future? Bill, are we ever gonna win a national championship with coach Richt and his staff? I hate to be the Doubting Thomas, and I’m not gonna scream to fire coach Richt, but at what point do you say, “We need a new leader, we need fresh leadership to take us to a higher level.” These type of morale-busting losses have been too often over the last few years. To open the season the way we did, then to follow it up with these losses, especially against Vandy, is downright embarrassing. As always, thanks Bill …

Joe, I wouldn’t revisit my midterm grade for the Dogs (overall grade B-) because it was based on the first six games. But, yes, the Bulldogs are off to a very poor start on the second half of the season, though I’m not ready to write them off just yet. For the Vandy game, I’d have given the offense a D, the defense a C-, special teams an F and coaching a D. (And if I were grading the officials, they would have been expelled!) As for the future, Georgia returns most of its offensive talent next year (Aaron Murray being the notable exception) and the young defensive players will be a year older, though Todd Grantham’s record as a developer of talent at UGA is mixed so far. Next year also sees a very favorable schedule for Georgia. Good enough to win a national title? Well, barring another year of numerous and key injuries and a flop by Hutson Mason or whoever ends up succeeding Murray, it certainly would be possible. But, frankly, I’d say until Mark Richt adjusts his stubborn attitude on the subject of special teams and figures out a way to keep that aspect of the game from continually dragging down his program, the odds are long against any sort of championship. And I don’t necessarily mean just naming a special teams coordinator. Coordinator or no, what Georgia needs to do is figure out why execution in special teams play is so frequently poor. Do they need to practice more? Do they need to revisit what they do in practice? Do players need to be held more accountable? Would an Urban Meyer approach, where players compete for the honor of playing on special teams led by the head coach, be more effective? I don’t know, but, unless Richt figures out an answer, his teams are going to keep losing games they shouldn’t lose.

Mike Edwards, who attended the game in Nashville, writes: There are many reasons for UGA losing, but the main reason is the coaching staff approached this game with a let’s not lose [attitude] as opposed to let’s play this game to win it. We keep hearing the mantra “next man up,” then ask them to play with their proverbial hands tied behind their backs. Other teams are winning with backup players because they trust them to execute the plays they have been coached to play. Players know when a coaching staff does not trust them to make the plays and they will play to those expectations. If you truly believe in the “next man up” mantra then coach them in a way where you demand and expect them to execute the plays. This loss is on the coaching staff.  Hopefully things can be turned around for the rest of the season. Let’s play to win the rest of them! Still a UGA fan!

I think you make a very good point, Mike, especially when it comes to Georgia’s anemic offensive showing against the Dores. While, yes, you’d expect Mike Bobo to have adjusted his playcalling somewhat in the absence of talent like Todd Gurley and Justin Scott-Wesley, his ultra conservative game plan against Vandy and his refusal to challenge Vandy deep backfired. I think his approach also may have rubbed off on his quarterback, who admitted he already was having “trust” problems with his replacement receivers. The only way for Murray to gain trust in those players is to challenge them to get open and break the big play that has been Bobo’s mainstay.

Josh Cuevas writes: Bill, Undoubtedly the defense is the biggest problem right now, and it hasn’t improved with experience. Last year the defense was porous even with a slew of NFL players-to-be roaming the field. This year with younger players it’s one of the worst in the country. That should never happen with the kind of recruits UGA gets, even if we had to start 11 true freshmen. … With the exception of the 2011 Dawgs, Grantham’s defenses have vastly underperformed every season given the type of talent he has on the field. Even with the rash of recent injuries, Georgia would have still been a Top 10 team this year if the defense had simply been average, instead of terrible, unable to make stops on 3rd and 4th downs even against the worst teams. Certainly the Bulldogs have experienced other problems (special teams, horrible officiating, injuries, overly conservative play calling, etc.), but teams with a talent base like Georgia’s should be able to overcome those sporadic flaws. They can’t overcome a defense that can’t stop 2nd string quarterbacks from 2nd tier programs from marching down the field on every possession.

A tough but fair assessment, Josh. Normally, when an opponent’s starting quarterback goes out, you’d expect a defense to be react like a shark when there’s blood in the water, but against Missouri and Vandy Grantham’s defenders seemed, if anything, to relax. Not a sign of good coaching.

Head linesman Gary Jayroe gets an earful from Mark Richt in the Vanderbilt game. (Associated Press)

Head linesman Gary Jayroe gets an earful from Mark Richt in the Vanderbilt game. (Associated Press)

Jim P. writes: As bad as Georgia’s play was [against Vanderbilt], it was good enough to win the game. But the refs and the asinine [targeting] rule stole the game at that point. People are lying if they say otherwise. The Dawgs had the game under control at that point.

As much like sour grapes as that might sound, Jim, you’re right. That belated second targeting call, in particular, was abysmal and showed every sign of resulting from an official feeling pressure from the Vandy bench right behind him. We probably won’t ever know whether that officiating crew was disciplined or reprimanded in any way by the SEC, but they certainly needed it.

Bubba King (no relation) writes: Bill, Over the summer, I wrote to you regarding my major concern going into the season. You were nice enough to post my email, and in your reply, you scoffed at my concerns. Do you recall what it was? It was long-snapping. My point was that we had been spoiled by the mistake-free play of Ty Frix, and you pretty much told me that there were two players there who were more than capable to do the job and long-snapping should be the least of my worries. How do you feel about that now? LOL, just busting your chops a little.

Consider my chops properly busted, Bubba!

Morton Johnson writes: Bill, Looking ahead at next season, I’m growing very concerned about the fact that the presumed heir to the starting quarterback position will have hardly played in a real game in more than two years. I know Georgia has had a tough schedule up to now that didn’t allow for a lot of second- and third-team players to get in, but shouldn’t the coaches be thinking ahead at least a little bit when it comes to Hutson Mason?

Good question, Morton, and a tough one for Richt and his staff to deal with. On his “Bulldog Hotline” show this week, the coach was asked about the backup QB and responded that he would have expected Mason to have played by now, but noted: “It’s just been one of those kinds of seasons … every single game has come down to the wire.” Unless Kentucky turns out to be a cakewalk, the only game left on the schedule where you might expect Mason to see much playing time is Appalachian State. While I know it might seem unfair to fifth-year senior Murray to ask him to give up any playing time, I think perhaps starting Mason in that game might be good, just to let him feel what it’s like to be the starter. Even if he sits most of that game, Murray is still likely to get the remaining records within his reach. I have a feeling Richt and Bobo wouldn’t be willing to go so far as to start Mason, but I certainly hope he gets the bulk of the playing time against App State. Just as Murray deserves kudos for coming back to play his senior year, Mason is due some credit for taking a redshirt year last season and staying at Georgia when he could have transferred elsewhere. I think he’s owed some playing time for that.

Beach Dawg Living Among Equally Unhappy Gators writes: We all feel the pain and, as you know, the blogs are humming with passionate views on who needs to be fired, what needs to be done, etc, etc. About the only thing that I have not seen recommended is abolishment of the football program! So, Mr. King, if you choose to accept, what are the top three actions you would take at the end of the season if you were the AD and/or head coach.

Interesting challenge, Beach Dawg. OK, I’ll bite. The first thing I would do wouldn’t wait until after the season. I’d tell Grantham now to simplify his defensive schemes and get them in to the players quicker because I didn’t ever want to have to burn another timeout because the defense was confused as to the call. That’s just inexcusable. Same thing goes for whoever is responsible for getting the special teams out on the field; Georgia should never have to burn a timeout for that, either. Speaking of special teams, I’d address that problem as I outlined in the answer to the earlier question. And, lastly, I’d take a good, hard look at what’s being done to recruit and develop players on both the offensive and defensive lines.

Quayvon Hicks is sporting a different style of facemask this season. (Jason Getz / AJC)

Quayvon Hicks is sporting a different style of facemask this season. (Jason Getz / AJC)

Paula Bechtler writes: Hi Bill! Any update on Chris Conley after his injury on Saturday? Can you tell me if there is going to be a Dawg Walk in Jacksonville, and if so, when and where? Also, I have noticed that some UGA players have face masks that look slightly different from the others, with a tighter-knit web pattern. Do you know why that is? Thanks!

Last word on Conley was inconclusive but it didn’t look like he was that close to being able to return to practice. And if he doesn’t practice, he won’t play against the Gators. The grill-like facemask you’re referring to, worn by fullback Quayvon Hicks, is similar to one worn by a couple of NFL players. Before the season, when the players were getting new helmets, Hicks told the equipment manager he wanted something more “intimidating” than a conventional facemask. As for the Dawg Walk in Jacksonville, UGA athletic information chief Claude Felton tells me it will be the same as the last few years. Players unload from the buses near the stadium loading dock and make a short walk into the stadium. It’s scheduled for 1:39 p.m. ET.

Barbara Sarco writes: Hi Bill, is Adrian Scott, a monster senior defensive back out of Valdosta High, on Richt’s radar? Think I should tweet him (CMR)? Scott is leading the defensive charge down in God’s country. Thanks.

Barbara, we won’t really know until the coaches get on the road next month for evaluations what late-bloomers they’re pursuing, but AJC recruiting guru Michael Carvell says he hasn’t heard anything yet about Georgia and Scott. A tweet to the head coach certainly wouldn’t hurt.

That’s it for this bye week. Next time, we’ll talk Dogs and Gators!

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427 comments Add your comment

dawgfan

October 28th, 2013
12:40 pm

I think he’s said it a few times in various forms. He might as well be saying “I was sick the day they taught SEC Football 101 so I have no idea how to win big in the SEC.”

Skokie Dog

October 28th, 2013
1:16 pm

NCDawg: You make a fair point about Ty Frix and his successors at long snapper. I would like to point out that this logic also applies to whoever was coaching Blair Walsh, who arrived as an adept kicker and became a basket case before graduating…then became an all-pro kicker in the NFL. I believe that this is a fair illustration of the logic that you wish to apply.

Flo-Ri-Duh

October 28th, 2013
3:20 pm

Jim Donnan had head coaching experience at Marshall before taking the UGA job as head coach. Better than Ray Goff – at least. Has he gone to prison yet for fraud?

Kirby Smart has no head coaching experience – just saying.

Rick

October 28th, 2013
3:29 pm

Down,down,down

Flo-Ri-Duh

October 28th, 2013
3:33 pm

Florida State looks like #1 to me. No one has even given them any competition yet. A& M came within 7 of Bummer.

Flo-Ri-Duh

October 28th, 2013
3:35 pm

To bad we don’t have the 4 team playoff this year:
Bama
Oregon
FSU
Ohio State

Flo-Ri-Duh

October 28th, 2013
3:36 pm

I see Dawg over Lizards simply because of Aaron Murray and Todd Gurley.

Flo-Ri-Duh

October 28th, 2013
3:38 pm

WANT ADS:

*** Apply within – Long Snapper

Vinnie

October 28th, 2013
3:47 pm

UF 28, Dawgs 14

Murray is done now that teams have figured out he can’t pass against zone coverage. The last 2 games shut him down completely. 4 turnovers.

Murray turns the ball over 4 times, Gators win easily.

Vinnie

October 28th, 2013
3:48 pm

BTW, Murray is 2-10 when we lose the turnover battle. Betcha Gators win the turnover battle this year playing zone, picking Interception King Murray off with their excellent defense. LOL.

Flo-Ri-Duh

October 28th, 2013
3:49 pm

Go DAWGS – skin the Reptiles…

Flo-Ri-Duh

October 28th, 2013
3:51 pm

Vinnie – How much would you be willing to bet?
Straight up?

Vinnie

October 28th, 2013
3:57 pm

Gators are #5 in nation in pass defense, least yards given up.

Gators are #9 in nation in interceptions.

Last pass defense like that Murray faced? Mizzou. Murray had 2 int’s and a fumble for td in that game.

Bulldawg35

October 28th, 2013
4:01 pm

I’m sick and tired of our non physical team…..we are just an soft team! Thanks Richt !

Bugsy

October 28th, 2013
4:04 pm

What bothers me is UGA is 94th in 3rd down conversions, so offense has been pathetic.

And Florida is #2 in 3rd down defense.

Ain’t gonna be pretty.

Dawgs may not score!

Bugsy

October 28th, 2013
4:08 pm

UGA defense is a HORRIFYING 88th on 3rd down conversions.

YIKES!

Skokie Dog

October 28th, 2013
4:09 pm

Bill King: I don’t expect to see Hutson Mason get any appreciable playing time. Putting him into a game played during a season other than spring is not something that this coaching staff has been willing to do so far. So, why would they change their habits now, since things are going so well?

Bugsy

October 28th, 2013
4:13 pm

Florida is ranked 20th in turnovers in SEC games, UGA is ranked 79th in SEC games.

I do believe you’ll see Aaron Murray unravel like he almost always does vs Florida.

Aaron Murray has had 3 turnovers vs Florida in 2010 & 2012.

The Qb has a LONG, LONG history of

CRACKING IN THIS GAME.

Bugsy

October 28th, 2013
4:21 pm

Florida is ranked #9 in rush defense, so Gurely won’t be a factor in this game.

Florida is #5 in the nation in pass defense. #8 in scoring defense.

Really think when you look at how poorly 5′9′ Aaron Murray is, and how much he struggles on 3rd downs (94th in the nation).

Florida will SHUT OUT THE DAWGS, DAWGS WILL NOT SCORE.

Bugsy

October 28th, 2013
4:24 pm

Since defenses went to zone on Murray, in the last couple of games, the UGA rush offense had its lowest outputs of the year.

HORRID!

Bulldawg35

October 28th, 2013
5:03 pm

Bugsy and vinnie are the same people….I just wonder what they will change their name to tomorrow.

RedDog

October 28th, 2013
9:00 pm

Hope my Dogs win, but looking at the Spread after a bye week, UGA is 1-6 after a bye week against the spread, while UF is 6-2 after a bye week in last 8.

NCDawg

October 28th, 2013
9:33 pm

Skokie Dog
October 28th, 2013
1:16 pm

It is more of an extension of my general argument to extend it to Blair Walsh. Kicker’s are like batter’s in baseball. Blair got f-d in the head after missing a couple. His form suffered just like a better’s. And in the heat of the season each will tweak this and tweak that and sometimes get results and sometimes not. Everybody has advice on how to correct the slump. Odd thing is that rarely does a batting coach make a difference.

Blair got lucky and his kicking coach was able to get him to make this correction. Sometimes it is just a change of scenery that make the difference. I am worried the snapping thing is turning into this kind of slump because everybody is hammering it so hard. Nothing gets better when you press. Most of the time it is stepping away and taking a huge chill pill that gets you back on track.

This is my point. There are some issues that coaching and practice can’t correct. Why do shooters go into slumps in basketball? How do they suddenly get hot? Why is it that some guys get worse the more they shoot? It’s between the ears.

I just wish everybody would chill and just stop squawking about the STs for a while. My hunch is that things would get better not worse. BTW, I have direct experience of how this works in actual application. It isn’t just guesses.

NCDawg

October 28th, 2013
9:34 pm

better’s? what the… of course that should be batter’s
just damn…

lynn bohannon

October 28th, 2013
10:10 pm

never in30 years have i seen so many tickets for sale. its a shame.

Skokie Dog

October 28th, 2013
10:53 pm

NCDawg: Yes, I was extending your argument to make the point that if your logic is sound, it should apply to more than one instance. Both placekicking and long snapping are repetitive tasks that require not only physical skill but concentration and consistency. I don’t see how a coach deserves credit only for the successful outcome without also assuming some blame for failure. I expect that you won’t agree with my perspective or point.

Skokie Dog

October 28th, 2013
10:55 pm

lynn bohannon: That just might get the attention of the U.Ga. Athletic Association’s board members, unless of course everyone who bought season tickets this year continues to do so next year.

NCDawg

October 28th, 2013
10:57 pm

“Murray is done now that teams have figured out he can’t pass against zone coverage. The last 2 games shut him down completely. 4 turnovers.”

Hmmmm. could it be that the new guys don’t know how to figure out where they can fit into zones? Murray was getting the balls to guys…they just dropped them. He was trying to not force the ball against Vandy and it showed.

A a couple of weeks of practice isn’t enough to build confidence and chemistry with guys that are walk ons and didn’t even travel with the team up until a few weeks ago.

Why is this so hard for people to figure out? 1 new guy is not a problem. Even 2 new guys shouldn’t be a massive disruption but 3 guys? 3 of your top 4? The loss of JSW really hurt. He was coming on hard. Having Bennett back will be a big help. There is a reason why QBs and receivers do off season passing drills folks… it’s called chemistry. In a sophisticated passing attack the receivers have to READ the defense the same way that the QB does. That requires BIG time practice.

The QB needs to know that the receiver is going to be there when he unloads. Just that bit of hesitation can cause big problems. Those picks against Mizzou were cases of Murray forcing balls to receivers that weren’t where they should be. Even a yard off can be disastrous.

Obviously Davis is still learning. There is more to being a receiver than being quick or fast… there is a certain way to run routes that shakes defenders and gets separation. The more reps they get the better it will be. But we went from a rotation of 5-7 experienced guys to a rotation of 2 or 3 experienced guys and 2 or 3 virtually raw guys. Just the way it is.

Flo-Ri-Duh

October 29th, 2013
12:23 am

Bug Breath – S0 maybe with the Reptile’ s putrid offense it will be 9-6 Dawgs.

Special teams and penalties will decide this game. Hope those sorry refs that were at the Vandybilt game don’t show up.

7576DAWG

October 29th, 2013
2:30 am

Flo-Ri-Duh
I’m sure that the refs heard an ear full from Slive and the SEC for turning an easy Georgia win around to the point that the Defense just didn’t have anymore fight in them. The Defense couldn’t win. Don’t be aggressive and the other team marches right down the field. Get aggressive and make a great picture perfect stop and the refs are there to show how poor their knowledge of the Rules are by blaming you. I’m sure the Defense was in shock. I would be asking ” so what do I do’?
I can’t recall one player getting thrown out of a game this last week-end for Targeting. The week of the Vanderbilt game had, I think around 13 Targeting violations but only 5 or 6 players got thrown out. That’s mean that the rest still had a 15 yard penalty for essentially no infraction. That Rule was to protect players against concussions not to determine a games outcome and the lack of the Targeting Rule being called last week proved that the Rules Committee from all the Conferences were not happy with the Refs. That doesn’t help Georgia or any other team that lost because the Refs got it wrong.

legionaire

October 29th, 2013
5:08 am

Not defending Grantham but the NCAA has made the D an after thought. They want wide open 80 point games and not a 7-3 D battles. That said there are things that Grantham’s players do not do well. They don’t wrap up tackles, they continue to blow coverage 7 games into the season. They ain’t freshmen rookies now. They have lapses that defy logic such as the fake field goal where one of them just did not do his job to make sure the kicker could run with the ball. Lastly they continue to get dumb unsportsman like penalties ( which Richt defends saying he doesn’t want to tamp down enthusiasm.) The Special teams is a mystery. I read where the players practice unsupervised. This is an astounding admission.

Bulldawg35

October 29th, 2013
7:12 am

After Florida pounds us…..in 2 weeks auburn is going to beat us down….they will run all over us! Gus Malazan is the real deal…..we are just broke and can’t be fixed.

old dog

October 29th, 2013
7:38 am

I just hope that the defense at this late juncture has begun to learn their assignments, and has worked on tackling. The late Bear Bryant used to tell his players this (and he kept it simple.)
“When you play here at Alabama, you will learn to block and learn to tackle.”
Of course offenses and defenses are much more complicated now, but the basics have not changed. Forgeting the targeting rules, etc., our tackling has been pretty bad, and our D looks like Leon Spinks after accidently walking into a college physics test; they just don’t get it.

dawgfan

October 29th, 2013
7:53 am

I think we’ll beat Florida. They really aren’t very good. Then again we did lose to Vandy…

Anyone who watched the A&M-Auburn game and still thinks we have a snowball’s chance in hell of beating Auburn needs to check themselves in to the nuthouse immediately. Our defense will be absolutely powerless to stop that crap. We’ll have to score 60 points to win.

Thanks.

Bulldawg35

October 29th, 2013
7:53 am

This year was just not meant to be….too many injuries to our best players….it’s weird that the injuries happened to all starters and not any back ups. It’s pretty dead on this blog for fla and UGA week…I guess our fans are hiding and expecting the worst.

Barnum&Bailey

October 29th, 2013
7:56 am

Flo-Ri-Duh

October 28th, 2013
3:33 pm

Florida State looks like #1 to me. No one has even given them any competition yet.

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That’s precisely why neither Oregon, nor FSU is #1. Neither of them has faced quality competition.

Barnum&Bailey

October 29th, 2013
8:00 am

legionaire

October 29th, 2013
5:08 am

Not defending Grantham but the NCAA has made the D an after thought.

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To the best of my knowledge, every team plays by the same rules.Some simply don’t whine as much when the rules are applied to them.

dawgfan

October 29th, 2013
8:32 am

Don’t forget though Barnum&Bailey that we are also the only team in the history of college football to have players injured. If you take into account all the injuries, the biased NCAA rules that only apply to us, and bad ref calls that only happen to us an no one else, Mark Richt is still a great coach and should get a contract extension and possibly even a raise. He’s that good.

Mobile Dawg

October 29th, 2013
8:51 am

Sometimes just a change of scenery is all that’s needed says NCDawg. Sure would like to see CMR on the sidelines of another team in the future. I think we need a change, fresh air, new direction. This show has gotten old after watching it year after year, find old/new ways to self destruct. Sure change is never easy, but it’s necessary.

dawgfan

October 29th, 2013
8:56 am

Richt would thrive at a lower tier football program in a less competitive conference where expectations aren’t quite so high. I think an ACC school would be a great fit. Maybe a UNC or a Virginia type place. He’d have them winning like they’ve never won before and I’d be rooting like hell for him too.

Mobile Dawg

October 29th, 2013
9:02 am

My wife’s an AU Grad, she has really gotten excited about Auburn this year under Gus Malzohn, I have to admit, I’m a little envious. Why can’t our leadership see, if they can, why won’t they act? Richt needs to just retire, like Urban Meyer. He can come out of retirement next year, somewhere else.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 29th, 2013
9:13 am

Just wait til next year and after next year just wait til next year again;)

UGA Insider

October 29th, 2013
9:20 am

Auburn has it going on. I actually think they have a punchers chance vs Bama. By the way… is there any UGA fans who really want to win the SEC East by default and have to play Bama on national TV? I’m tired on being embarrassed by this staff.

Kyle

October 29th, 2013
9:20 am

Pretty amazing in that everything written above has been written last year, the year before and even the year before that. Same themes- just a different year. We can blame bad calls, injuries (yes, they do play a role- but our problems have been special teams and defense), the schedule, blah blah blah but the bottom line is we are doing the same things we have been doing for years…poor special teams, poor defense, lack of motivation (Bill’s comment on new QB and our D slacked off even more). It is time for change……UGA does not have a commitment for winning….they talk alot but bottom line it does not translate to how all the talent we have performs each week. Spurrier was correct years ago when he said, I dont know what happens to players once they get to UGA. By the way Bill- you said the schedule looks more favorable next year (wow- seems I heard that before too!) but the last time I looked, Missouri and VANDY were still on it. NUFF SAID!

Pago Pago Dawg

October 29th, 2013
9:23 am

We have a funny feeling about this game…will UGA get out-coached/out-played again? Oh, and by the way, other teams have injuries also…..the next guy just steps up…after all, ten top ten recruiting classes the past ten years…UGA should be loaded. Or is it coaching????

Kyle

October 29th, 2013
9:28 am

It is unacceptable to lose to Vandy TWICE in the past 8 years. It is even MORE unacceptable to lose to VANDY leading by two scores with 10 minutes left in the game. Greg McGarity likes to talk about looking at the entire body of work…..well, maybe its time to practice what you preach. It doesnt take a brain surgeon to figure it out

Todd

October 29th, 2013
9:30 am

Florida will score 30 points on our Defense. My guess is Florida 31 UGA 24

dawgfan

October 29th, 2013
9:39 am

The Kool Aiders turn their noses up at Auburn because of all their coaching changes. I’d take a different coach every year to have what they’ve had since Richt has been our coach. Two undefeated seasons. A national title. Now they’re back in the mix of things again with Malzahn. Good for them I say. The point of this whole college football thing is to win and win big. They’ve done it and they are doing it again. We’re sitting around pizzing and moaning about injuries and the refs for the umpteenth time under Richt.

But Richt has been to more Cap One bowls than any other coach in history and we don’t want to risk losing that.

Skokie Dog

October 29th, 2013
9:40 am

NCDawg: You make a good point that with all the replacement receivers, reps and practice time are keys to getting the new guys up to speed in this offensive scheme that the ‘Dogs run. And yet we read that the team practiced TWICE last week.

Todd

October 29th, 2013
9:46 am

UGA is not committed to winning- that is the bottom line. You can develop quality men and still win. Our players are no more special than players that leave Alabama, Florida, LSU, etc etc……funny, but our players seem to play fine on Sundays, what happened to them when they were in Athens? Blair Walsh is a PERFECT example