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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Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 26th, 2013
10:54 am

Lots of great points

good article Bill King

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 26th, 2013
10:54 am

By the way

1st

Stuttgart Dawg

October 26th, 2013
11:14 am

Bill,

The key to beating the Vandy’s and Kentucky’s of the world is using our tight ends more. Vandy’s D did an excellent job of making Murray throw tough passes to mostly covered receivers. Vandy did not need to worry about the tight ends and were able to sit back in their zones. If GA hits tight ends under neath and starts moving chains, there’s no way Vandy or anyone else can sit in that zone for long. With a limited running game, Bobo has to substitute other higher pct. plays with tight ends. FL, Auburn and Tech will show us the same looks if the running game does not recover and Bobo does not adjust.

Bullwinkle

October 26th, 2013
11:16 am

I’m sick of all this ‘the season’s over,’ put in Mason stuff. Look, it’s been a tough first-half schedule (especially with Mizou’s surprise emergence as a top 10 team) and yes Vandy was a stinker. But with Gurley back and Murray at QB this is still one of the SEC’s best offenses. There’s no reason not to win out. Florida is down and Auburn may be bouncing back but no way are they 11 in the country (they will lose at Tenn — you heard it here first.) And Tech? Gimme a break….I just don’t think you throw in the towel. Finish the drill!

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 26th, 2013
11:24 am

Finish what drill?

dawgfan

October 26th, 2013
11:50 am

A&M 14 Vandy 0

dawgfan

October 26th, 2013
11:54 am

Can’t wait to get my “Finish the Drill” Outback Bowl shirt.

Joey

October 26th, 2013
11:57 am

Good stuff Bill, but I would venture to say that even UK and Appalachian St will be tight games. Hutson Mason won’t see game time til ‘14.

Stuttgart Dawg, agree about the TEs, but how long have we been waiting for Richt/Bobo to utilize our TEs, most of whom (including both of the current ones) go on to play on Sundays.

Bullwinkle, our O is NOWHERE as good as before. We lost 6 play-makers who can score from anywhere on the field, and nobody has stepped up to replace any of them. And Gurley won’t be the same Gurley we saw in the first 3 games – high ankle sprains limit athletes for months. Then, without Mitchell, JSW, Conley, and Marshall stretching the field, Gurley will see 8 men in the box from here on out.

Don’t mistake my realism for negativism. I’d love to see some young guys shine, but if it didn’t happen vs Vandy’s D, it sure is hard to see it happening vs the UF and UA Ds either . . .

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 26th, 2013
12:01 pm

We have a Tight Ends coach

We dont have a Special Teams coach or one designated that knows what they are doing

yet

We hardly use our Tight Ends and our Special teams continue to be abysmal

“Finish the Drill”

dawgfan

October 26th, 2013
12:07 pm

A&M 21 Vandy 0

dawgfan

October 26th, 2013
12:17 pm

A&M 28 Vandy 0

Truthiness

October 26th, 2013
12:18 pm

Good discussion, Bill. I agree that Coach Richt must change his basic approach in a few areas of persistent underperformance before this program can reach the status of a national championship contender. But the question remains: if he fails to do so, are we content with the status quo? Is the Athletic Director? Are the big bucks contributors? Any change will come with disruption, and UGA has always seemed more concerned about slipping back than moving forward. I don’t see much changing.

7576DAWG

October 26th, 2013
12:20 pm

Bill
I second everything you have said and you said it well.
When the new QB came into the game for Missouri, someone with none or very little playing time, if I was the Defensive Coordinator I would have had an uncontrollable drool from the anticipated 6 or 7 man BLITZ on every play.

JIm Tavegia

October 26th, 2013
12:32 pm

Richt must now play the 2 quarterbacks that he think MIGHT lead the team next year and see if they have the right stuff. Murray sits. He has his records and this poor season does not sit on his shoulders at all. With all the injuries this is not his fault.

This team must now look solely on 2014 and give some new players the time they need to get ready under game conditions for next season. If the QBs on the roster don’t show enough, then the number one recruiting challenge will be to find a high school quarterback that might follow in Murray’s shoes.

Murray is to be congratulated for all he has done at UGA. He will always be remembered as a great player and a class act. Any parent would be super-proud to have a son like him. I wish him all the best in the NFL. I see a lot of Drew Brees in him.

Sinclair dawg

October 26th, 2013
12:37 pm

Agree that Gurly’s coming back is not the end of UGAs offensive problems. With all the injuries to receivers, I suspect teams will stuff the box and force Murray to throw. Unless UGA begins using their tight ends more (something they seemed to do with more frequency earlier in the season), I don’t see Gurly’s having much success. And Chip Towers reported this morning on the radio show that Gurly’s had a noticeable limp during practice this week.

dog4life

October 26th, 2013
12:40 pm

If you guys are serious in desiring a coaching change, this may be the year to pull the trigger. Of course, this will be determined if McGarity and the big donors are serious about change. Boise St (Scott Peterson) are 5 and 3 so far. This is the first time since 2005 Boise St has had 3 losses–remember Peterson was the OC before the HC. I like his approach to games and game planning–a caveat–if something like this happens remember we as the Dawg Nation are also taking a big chance. It seems to be a chance many of you desire. Let me shout this “NOT KIRBY SMART” he is a DC and a Saban puppet–just look at Muschamp. This program if it desires a change needs a proven HC and administrator–Scott Peterson is proven–but i would also say we need to calm down and see what happens the rest of the way–change just to be changing may be more disastrous than one can imagine. Go Dawgs!!!

Macclenny_dawg

October 26th, 2013
12:44 pm

Bill,
When you don’t have a special teams coach nobody can get the blame when things go wrong. But it also leaves the players not knowing who to turn to on special teams which I think is the biggest problem!!! So Richt gets the blame. Yes we have had injuries but why do we always seem to have more than other teams??? I also remember hearing Richt and Bobo saying they would get Mason some meaningful snaps this season. Coaching has been a problem for years but don’t worry Richt is studying real hard on the Cutting edge this week!!!

Sir William...

October 26th, 2013
12:50 pm

Bill,
The first time we called a timeout to get the defense aligned, Richt should’ve called Grantham aside
and ordered the simplification. Timeouts, clock management, has always been an Achilles heel of CMR.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 26th, 2013
12:54 pm

Putting in Mason or Ramsey to get much needed experience is probably not a good idea

We need the excuse of lack of experience at the QB position for one of the many excuses as to why the team under performs next season

Finish the Drill

Joey

October 26th, 2013
1:47 pm

I really do feel for Richt right now – I’m sure he saw his offense as one that could get the Dawgs into the Big Game, young (and bad) defense or not. And for 4 games, I believed it as well.

I also still believe that the UGA offense that scored 80+ points on SC and LSU, would have won the last two games, if not for the injuries.

Richt cannot do anything about the injuries (what, 21 right now who won’t play in Jax?), but he sure could do something about the STs – who I feel, lost all three games this season.

kauai dawg

October 26th, 2013
1:52 pm

We’ve also lost sight of the fullback and tight end in our game planning it seems. Because of our WR’s being so inexperienced are teams covering our FB and TE?

kauai dawg

October 26th, 2013
1:53 pm

Joey correct ST are anything but special

LADawg

October 26th, 2013
2:08 pm

I would say that Georgia is the third or fourth best recruiting state behind Florida, Texas, and maybe California. When Richt got to UGA he said he was going to put a fence around the state. There’s a hole in the fence. We should be top 5 almost every year just as Bowdon and Richt were at Florida State. Must we wait for the occassional blue moon when we are blessed with a weak schedule to expect big things from the Dawgs? We should be competing and beating the best of the best even if we have to play through some injuries. We are getting beat by Bama, Auburn, and even the Vols for the state’s best players. We need the absolute best recruits because anything less will certainly not be able to compete against the best with the coaching they are receiving in Athens. Cases in point: DBs and offensive line.

dawgfan

October 26th, 2013
2:12 pm

A&M 49 Vandy 17

But we had injuries…

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 26th, 2013
2:27 pm

dawgfan

wait a minute A&M had 5 turnovers

had A&M not had 5 turnovers A&M would have won today

Angela Wilson

October 26th, 2013
2:27 pm

I always appreciate your comments, Bill. I admit that all of the “Fire Richt” comments being heard the past few years and creeping back in this year are frustrating. Tennessee fans would be the first to warn us about getting rid of an amazing coach. Championship or not, Richt has been a difference maker in Athens. Heck, I was a student 1996-2000… the Jim Donnan days. About the only memorable things I remember are the 4OT win at Auburn (lucky to have been at that one!) and a win over UF. I have so much respect for Mark Richt and wish people would support him as well as the team. Oh, and while I’m on the subject of support, stay in Sanford for four quarters, win or lose. I love that Saban called out Bama fans on this subject!

RealOlDawg

October 26th, 2013
2:28 pm

Not sure why the fuss about the Dawgs’ performance this year or why they were so highly ranked pre-season. I had them probably starting out 1-3 + losing another game along the way (but not to MO or Vandy). Last year’s defense was spotty even with all that NFL bound talent so a huge step back had to be expected there. The O-line which should be a strength is average at best. Hoping to outscore your opponents is not exactly a recipe for success in the SEC. Only in a few cases have the 4-5 star recruits panned out – what’s up with that?.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 26th, 2013
2:55 pm

Angela

The difference in the Donnan years an now is fans arent paying $250 for 2 season tickets they are paying $1000 for 2 season tickets with nothing to show for it but pay raises and contract extensions for the coaches

If the fanbase is asked to deliver so much more then the coaches should do the same

If you are content with 2 or more losses every year and no SEC championships thats fine but stop making the fanbase fork out a bunch of money for no results but a bunch of Outback/Chik-fil-a level bowl games

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 26th, 2013
2:58 pm

As for Tennessee I would do a little more research before I used them as an example

Most simply do not get it

October 26th, 2013
3:17 pm

Vandy was a UGA low point in my memory dating back to 1959. They simply wanted to mail that game in. They were not prepared to lay SEC football and when the refs made the bad calls and Swann fumbled GA was mentally and emotionally AND PHYSICALLY defeated.

Now? Too much negativity has hit the entire team, coaches included. I see Georgia winning two more games. The Florida, Auburn and GT games might be really ugly. UGA will not be in those games. Pride? Forget that. THAT went with the MIZZO and Vandy losses.

McGarity will step in and demand that CMR make some serious changes in his staff, especially concerning CTG.

UGA is about to swoon, so get ready.

UGA man, class of 71 & 73

Most simply do not get it II

October 26th, 2013
3:26 pm

Gurney returns and UGA is good on O again?

GURLEY WILL NOT get 80 yes vs Florida. Murray is NO LONGER a legit deep ball threat. They will load the box and crust Georgia’s running game, with gimpy Todd Gurley.

UGA is in deep trouble with the meat of the schedule upcoming. NO ST, NO credible O and no damned D.

Go dogs.

dawgfan

October 26th, 2013
3:32 pm

Amazing coach? Amazing coach?!?!?!?! We just lost to Vandy. Amazing coach?!?!?!?!

What drug are you people on?

OldFan

October 26th, 2013
3:49 pm

Georgia still has a good chance over the next few years for a National Championship….in gymnastics.

bill

October 26th, 2013
3:56 pm

fire everyone and run anyone out of the country who does not believe the answer is fire the coach and everyone on the staff. I suggest also getting rid of all players and starting over. That way all the bloggers could put in to coach or play. UGA would be 14-0 with that.

TnDawg

October 26th, 2013
4:01 pm

Final score A&M 56 Vandy 24. And A&M supposedly has a defense worst than ours. The Vandy loss is the worst in years. Somehow the A&M defense somehow managed to beat the backup quarterback even thought A&M had 5 turnovers. We can’t be this bad.

Dawg89

October 26th, 2013
4:03 pm

The best teams take care of business against average teams. Check the Texas A&M throttling of Vandy and the Tide Rolling on the Vols. UGA plays down to the opponent. Always has in years past, too. That is completely on the coaches.

Dawg89

October 26th, 2013
4:06 pm

Grantham is a joke. I recall that introductory news conference when he was hired and all the bluster about creating a defense feared by opponents. I recall some pretty strong words from CTG that haven’t been backed up with results. Somebody should ask him about that. Better do that on a phone interview though or he might choke you.

Jimmy

October 26th, 2013
4:09 pm

Bill, the IQ level of your questioners must be quite low.

No one has asked you about Aaron Murray’s turnovers, and how they continue to be THE REASON the SEASON is a joke?

I guess, what 3 turnovers from Murray in one game, and Richt won’t put in Hutson Mason? How many in one game does Murray have to commit to see Mason put in, 12?

Lannie bishop

October 26th, 2013
4:16 pm

Richt is not the problem, after all we came within a few yards of playing for the national championship. Grantham and his defensive philosophy cost us the Alabama game and many others. Offense gives fans the most excitement but great junkyard dog type defense gives us the most pride. When will we see it again. Lastly why with all our great recruiting do we never seem to get quality defensive lineman. Do we have to go all the way back to David Pollack to find the last one?

dawgfan

October 26th, 2013
4:23 pm

The problem with blaming everything on QB turnovers is that you Kool Aiders tried that with Stafford, you tried it with Cox and now you’re trying it with Murray. This is called a credibility problem.

You blame the defense. You blame the offense. You blame the injuries. You blame the players. You blame the assistant coaches. You blame the refs. You blame the media. You blame the fans. You blame the cheerleaders. You blame the marching band. You blame the people working the concession stands at Sanford.

You blame anyone and everyone except the head guy whose sole responsibility is to see that Georgia wins football games. You’re going to run this program in to the ground with your blind delusional devotion to this man.

Please stop.

Edvis

October 26th, 2013
4:55 pm

Bear Bryant, who won a few football games, said you always need to win the kicking game. Dick Vermeil once said that if a team gets a kick blocked in a game, that team will lose.

Sometimes I think Mark Richt thinks he’s too smart for fundamentals — like special teams and clock management.

dawgfan

October 26th, 2013
4:57 pm

Bill, just took the time to read your entire column. Recruiting along the offensive and defensive lines is far from a new problem. It’s been a problem for the better part of a DECADE now and Richt has done absolutely nothing about it. This is what I find so baffling about this season. Many fans act like all the problems we are having this year are something new. The defense has been mediocre to bad going on 6 seasons now. As noted above, shoddy play up front has been a problem for even longer. You say we’re not the reasoned ones but to me it’s totally irrational and borderline delusional to act like this season is some aberration that won’t happen again.

So excuse me if I’m being so unreasonable not wanting to give Richt more time. He’s had all the time in the everlovin’ world.

Good grief.

doggoneit

October 26th, 2013
5:08 pm

If we fire the coach WHO DO WE GET TO REPLACE HIM! Give me names IDIOTS

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 26th, 2013
5:14 pm

doggoneit

names have already been given many times on this blog

and by the way Florida Alabama and many other programs that demand championships dont sit around and say who are gonna get;

oh and I bet when Donnan was here; arent you glad we didnt say “If we fire the coach WHO DO WE GET TO REPLACE HIM! Give me names IDIOTS”

dawgfan

October 26th, 2013
5:14 pm

I know it would be hard to find a coach who can replace the amazing things that Richt has done in the past 8 years such as having a losing season and literally losing to almost every top ranked team that we play, but we should try.

Kirby Smart
Charlie Strong
Al Golden

I know it would be risky and the Cap One bowl might miss us if Richt leaves, but its a risk anyone with a set of stones should be willing to take.

tell me again

October 26th, 2013
5:18 pm

Look – Texas A&M trounced Vandy and they should have put up about 5 more TD’s except for those sloppy turnovers. A&M came out to play and turn it loose – we came out and played like we were scared of getting out of Nashville alive – that is squarely on Bobo and Richt. Go into the 4th 14 ahead and LOSE? That should NEVER happen. Every year -EVERY YEAR, we give a game away – EVERY YEAR! That is coaching – period. Now, I am not going to scream, “Fire everybody” But these problems are COACHING problems. Look at Alabama – they are BURYING Tennessee right now – it’s 42-3 at the end of the 3rd. Why is it that EVERY year Alabama looks like Alabama and Georgia looks like Georgia? COACHING…………Richt has adopted the Bobby Bowden CEO approach – he’s not a coach anymore, he’s an executive. Our program is a headless horseman. No sense of direction or accountability. CTG is a JOKE – almost a million dollars a year FOR WHAT? He may be a great defensive position coach but HE’S NOT A DC! Show me where at ANY POINT IN TIME he has shown any of us he can design and execute an intimidating game plan? We have made every mediocre QB in the SEC look like Joe Montana…..Missouri you can MAYBE excuse to this and that – but Vandy? NO EXCUSE – it was a debacle of monumental proportions. Love the Dawgs but year after year they have proven they cannot get it done. Regardless of talent, schedule or whatever – they DON’T get it done. I am one disappointed Dawg fan. Love ‘em but hate ‘em right now. Needless embarrassment in Nashville has me doubting a team and coaching staff that started out so well and has now turned south.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 26th, 2013
5:21 pm

We are still in it for a shot to play in the SEC championship game

LOL

Yea we would show Bama who UGA is; just like we showed Tennessee this year

Erk Russell's Dog

October 26th, 2013
5:36 pm

With Florida State’s impressive offensive showing this year should UGA go back to the well and hire the FSU OC as a replacement for CMR . I don’t even know his name ,but I did not know anything about Mark Richt before Jim Donnan was fired.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 26th, 2013
5:42 pm

FSU hired Bama’s defensive backs coach last year as their new Defensive Coordinator

Did anyone see what FSU’s defense did to Clemson?

Did anyone see what UGA’s wonderful defense did to Clemson?

Remember there are no other coaches out there that can coach :roll:

Erk Russell's Dog

October 26th, 2013
5:42 pm

That’s Right Jimbo Fischer is the OC and Head coach combo platter at FSU. But we all know CMR is here for the duration. UGA leads the SEC in graduation rate for football programs and that is what every program should measure their success by. UGA has surpassed Vandy as the Duke of the SEC.We should all stand tall and be proud to be UGA alumni.

dawgfan

October 26th, 2013
5:43 pm

Bill even concedes that a championship isn’t likely next year for the 9th season in a row, but we’re unreasonable for wanting a change.

Didn’t Donnan get fired for not making us championship contenders after only 5 seasons? Or am I being unreasonable for asking that question?

doggoneit

October 26th, 2013
5:50 pm

Flat Tire You gave no answer. Typical of an idiot

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 26th, 2013
5:53 pm

Im glad we pay almost $5 million a year for coaches to make sure our graduation rate is one of the nations best

Maybe another pay raise and contract extension will get us a conference championship and respectability in the SEC someday

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 26th, 2013
5:57 pm

doggoneit

Art Briles

It doesnt take too much ability to find good coaching

oh

any comment on FSU’s new DC?

any comment on the coaching search when Donnan was here???

Erk Russell's Dog

October 26th, 2013
5:57 pm

Hooray , Duke is Bowl eligible for two years in a row. What a difference low expectations make in the success of a football program.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 26th, 2013
6:01 pm

Anyone know who Duke’s coach is???

Its the guy who left the Tennessee program after they won a National Title (when he left Tennessee fell apart)

Maybe a lesson should be learned on that……. (The importance of good coordinators)

Erk Russell's Dog

October 26th, 2013
6:05 pm

David Cutcliffe head coach at Duke. Left Tennessee for Ole Miss, got fired and landed at Duke. Great OC at Tennessee and a pretty good HC at Duke.

Erk Russell's Dog

October 26th, 2013
6:09 pm

Maybe a better lesson learned is having more realistic expectations of your football program.

Bulldog Born & Bred

October 26th, 2013
6:10 pm

I hope Richt watched Tenn-Ala & Tex A&M-Vandy today he should be ashamed

Erk Russell's Dog

October 26th, 2013
6:15 pm

I hope Richt was not wasting time watching football.I hope he was out finding a long snapper and punter who can execute a successful punt.

TU

October 26th, 2013
6:15 pm

Murray’s hope at the Heisman are done, so why not rotate other players at QB. They do so at the other positions.

Pago Pago DAWG

October 26th, 2013
6:20 pm

Have you seen any teams today that UGA could beat? Didn’t think so…

7576DAWG

October 26th, 2013
6:23 pm

I know that Richt and Bobo are too proud but they both should be studying ever move Saban makes so they can become better Coaches. Any team that has this many injuries is doing something wrong , whether it’s nutrition, weight training, correct amount of rest, practice routine or teaching the wrong techniques.
I hope McGarity will provide the help that Richt obviously needs because I don’t think Richt is willing to change no matter what the proof that change is needed.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 26th, 2013
6:34 pm

“Maybe a better lesson learned is having more realistic expectations of your football program.”

Lets see

Vince Dooley had……

6 SEC championships
5 one loss seasons
2 Undefeated regular seasons
1 National Title
2 National title game appearances

The last 13 years

1 one loss season
0 Undefeated seasons
0 National Title appearances
2 SEC championships

Expectations too high????

I guess the next excuse is those Vince Dooley years never happened right???

Erk Russell's Dog

October 26th, 2013
6:36 pm

I am worried 1 and 5 Appy State rebounded today with a 38-14 win over arch rival Ga. Southern. They will be riding high coming in to Athens to play a depleted UGA team, coming off an emotional game vs. their biggest SEC rival Florida.I see your point Pago Pago. However Nebraska lost to Minnesota today maybe UGA can get a rematch in a lower tier Florida bowl.

Jimmy

October 26th, 2013
6:39 pm

1. Murray is ranked last in the NCAA in interceptions, just like 2011, he was 90th in 2012
2. Murray is ranked 89th on 3rd down conversions

That’s why UGA loses so many games.

Jimmy

October 26th, 2013
6:41 pm

None of these people who asked questions are real Dawg fans.

Every real Dawg fan I know is focused on Hutson Mason and 2014.

We all know why we’re losing games, Murray last in interceptions and 3rd down conversions in the SEC.

Jimmy

October 26th, 2013
6:43 pm

Murray has ranked:
1) Last in 2011 in interceptions in the nation
2.) 90th in 2012
3) Last in 2013

And Murray’s record vs ranked teams is something like 4-14.

Enough already, he stinkin the place up for 5 years.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 26th, 2013
6:47 pm

Jimmy

whose decision then was it to leave Murray in all these games the past 4 years?

what will the excuse be next year since Murray is gone?

Erk Russell's Dog

October 26th, 2013
6:58 pm

Flat Tire
For those of us that were at UGA for the Glory Years (The Hershel Walker Years) we were all mad that Dooley only won one National Title. I feel your pain about the current situation with the UGA football program.But as long as the UGA Athletic Association is raking record amounts of money ,even with the team’s mediocre performance nothing is going to change.Maybe if in the near future more empty seats appear in Sanford Stadium ,pressure can be mounted for the administration to make changes on the coaching staff.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 26th, 2013
7:04 pm

Erk

I already know that;

Erk Russell's Dog

October 26th, 2013
7:07 pm

Jimmy
If Mizzou beats the ol’Ball coach tonight and the Dawgs are eliminated from SEC East race than I think CMR should split time with Mason and Murray and get the future QB some game experience. But I would not count on it ,CMR is loyal to his QB’s to a fault. It took a fake injury to Joey T to get CMR to replace him with Matt Stafford during Staffords’s freshman year.

Erk Russell's Dog

October 26th, 2013
7:08 pm

Flat Tire
Just wanted you to know, that I knew who Vince Dooley was.

DawgNole

October 26th, 2013
7:13 pm

Joey
October 26th, 2013
11:57 am
Don’t mistake my realism for negativism.
______________________

Get used to it. ALL the delusionists do it–ALL the time.

dog4life

October 26th, 2013
7:21 pm

Looks like Mo is for real. They are up 14-0 over the clucks! a 96 yd TD pass–just wow!

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 26th, 2013
7:31 pm

Erk

I just wanted to make sure you realize we arent close to being where this program should be

especially when Dooley did not have the recruiting base like this coaching staff does today

esaun

October 26th, 2013
7:35 pm

Enter your comments here

Erk Russell's Dog

October 26th, 2013
7:38 pm

The three weeks since the LSU victory have made a profound change in the perception of the football program. There was griping about the lack of production by the defense but most of the talk was about beating Bama in the SEC title game.Then the rash of injuries in Tennessee and getting beat by Missouri and the Dogs beating themselves against Vandy .Now just three weeks later and the perception is Richt has to go and the football program is a joke. The Dogs will be lucky to be bowl eligible, and the defense will give up 30 to the bye week. Nothing is going to happen until the season is over.If Richt gets the team to play well and finishes 9 and 3 the perception will change and the talk will be about next year and the high expectations with all of the returning young talent. But if the team fades down the stretch and it is 7 and 5 or heaven forbid 6 and 6 with a loss to Tech,then it will be an off season of discontent for the Dog Fans and maybe the rustle of the winds of change in the coaching staff.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 26th, 2013
7:52 pm

Erk

you dont lose to Vandy with their 2nd string QB; sorry there is no excuse for that

even if we end up winning out; you will see the same results next year

2 or more losses
Another game where the team was completely unprepared for a loss
Special teams issues (but with everyone complaining its 50/50 on that)
O-line will under perform again
The defense will not win you games
Offensive play calling will go conservative sometime during the year costing you a loss
Lack of discipline in the area of penalties and turnovers

Followed up with some catchy catch phrases “Like Dream Team” to get the delusional kool-aid flowing

Erk Russell's Dog

October 26th, 2013
8:15 pm

Flat Tire
Where should the football program be ? Back to the Dooley years or some other high water mark in the 1940’s.And remember Dooley never had to coach in a SEC Championship game and some of his SEC titles were of the shared variety.Don’t get me wrong Dooley was a great coach during his time at UGA. But was it a great football program? Both of Dooley’s National Championship games were during the Walker years and his other undefeated season Dooley opted to not play for the title .The football program under Richt has not met the expectation of many Dog fans and this season has been a major let down so far. But with the competition in the SEC getting stronger every year I don’t see the program being great with or without Richt as the head coach.

BankerDawg

October 26th, 2013
8:15 pm

Flat – your waiting your time. It doesn’t matter what evidence or facts you present some fans will distort them, manipulate them, or simply excuse them to feel all “fuzzy” about their man Richt. It’s quite simple really, are we winning games we shouldn’t and winning games we should. The obvious answer and all the facts point to an emphatic “no, we are not”. Well then, what would a reasonable person conclude? It’s either a talent problem or a coaching problem. Hmm, let me see, Top 7 recruitng classes, top 3 program in sending players to the NFL. “Ding, Ding, Ding”. I guess it must be coaching. What? It can’t be!

Yes, that was a rant. For those of you who cannot critically think, that was a little bone for you to chew on. Its time for a change folks. We are not getting better. Our dense, Oline, ST have been awful for years. Two choices, keep the status quo and “hope” or make a change and live with the results.

Binko

October 26th, 2013
8:17 pm

Stafford and Greene didn’t lose to teams like Vanderbilt.

Yes sir, it’s all on Aaron Murray.

Good news: the more Murray loses, better chances Richt will be forced to put in Hutson Mason, so root for the Dawgs to lose cuz Coach Richt is too dense to put Mason in otherwise.

BankerDawg

October 26th, 2013
8:20 pm

Binko – I get what your saying, but I can’t pull against the Dawgs. I don’t care if Obama was coaching them. However, if the chips fall that way, we should have confidence in our Atheletic dept to get it right. Richt is not UGA football. Some can’t see that.

Dusty

October 26th, 2013
8:22 pm

Mark Richt has been coaching Qb’s for over 25 years.

Aaron Murray is the ONLY Qb Richt has coached to have a losing record.

That was 2010.

Looks like Murray’s going to end up the way he started, 6 wins, 7 losses.

Look for losses to Florida, Auburn and Ga Tech and the Bowl game.

BankerDawg

October 26th, 2013
8:24 pm

Dusty – if that happens I’d love to see Flo-ri-duh and NCDawg give as excuses…

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 26th, 2013
8:30 pm

So let me get this straight

UGA has had more top 10 recruiting classes than any other school in FBS since the late 90’s
UGA has put more players in the NFL since 2001 than any other school in the SEC
UGA ranks 3rd putting players in the NFL since the late 90’s among all FBS schools

The state of Georgia has been a top 5 recruiting state for over 20 years

And you are saying you dont see the program being great wow

No I see a program that needs the right coach Ive heard several times on national radio programs (not the in state ones) say the right coach at UGA will easily win the National title with the above mentioned

As for Dooley; Dooley never coached in the era where a 1 loss SEC team got the opportunity to play for National Titles due to the northerners thinking the Big 10; Notre Dame; and Oklahoma were the only places were football was played

As for the “”"Walker Years”"”"”……………………

Its pretty impressive Dooley won with 1 player;

yet the current coaching staff cant go without 2 losses with (the statistical #1 QB in SEC history; 7 NFL players on Defense; and a running back in Gurley who given the same number of carries that Walker had his freshmen year would have had the same numbers) all on the same team

Erk Russell's Dog

October 26th, 2013
8:31 pm

Flat Tire
I agree Georgia should never blow a 10 point 4th quarter lead to anyone especially Vandy,the defense under Grantham has hit new lows and Bobo still is inconsistent and infuriating with his play calls on offense.And the Black outs and the Red outs brought to you by Richt and Nike suck. And I have never seen a Georgia football team have so many negative special team plays. Richt should have to answer for these issues and make major changes to his staff ,but I personally think he will be back whether he wins 9 games or 6 games this year.The excuses will be made too many injuries too many freshmen starting and so on it goes and Richt will coach at UGA until he decides to leave ,whether we think he should be let go or not.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 26th, 2013
8:36 pm

Im not saying he wont be back next year; I would be shocked if there was any changes at all to anyone on the coaching staff even if we lose 3 more games

Erk Russell's Dog

October 26th, 2013
8:41 pm

Flat
I am biased for sure ,but Gurley is not the 2nd coming of Walker.He has already missed more games in one and a half years than Walker missed in three .

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 26th, 2013
8:43 pm

Never said he was but his freshmen output was just as good

and he was on his way to having another great season this year

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 26th, 2013
8:45 pm

Banker

I know; its just comedy hour for me when I read the laughable excuses that have been typed on these blogs for years

and yet every single year its the same result with more catchy slogans to get the kool-aiders talking the ole “wait til next year”

Erk Russell's Dog

October 26th, 2013
8:45 pm

And another obvious bias There Is No Way in Hell that Todd Grantham is in any way the next Erk Russell.

Augie Doggie

October 26th, 2013
8:45 pm

Does the whining EVER stop?

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 26th, 2013
8:51 pm

who ever said he has been better than Martinez?

BankerDawg

October 26th, 2013
8:53 pm

Augie – it’s funny how that works, the “whining” stops when “winning” begins

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 26th, 2013
8:54 pm

“”Does the whining EVER stop?”"

Sure; as soon as you start seeing some 1 loss or undefeated seasons with Sugar Bowl appearances and SEC championships every 4 or 5 years

Erk Russell's Dog

October 26th, 2013
8:54 pm

Martinez compared to Grantham what is the difference, negligible at best.

LADawg

October 26th, 2013
8:55 pm

Has anyone noticed what a HC with some fire in his belly and a competent DC can do as with Auburn? The Tigers are the red-headed step-child in Alabama and are dependent on Georgia recruits to field a team and may wind up in a similar bowl as UGA, but they are light years from where they were last year and trending up. Last year with our weak of the weakest schedules, we were not within 5 yards of a SEC championship, we were a defense that could not stop the run and an inability to get off the field on 3rd down from an SEC championship. Sound familiar?

Erk Russell's Dog

October 26th, 2013
8:58 pm

You heard it here first,the flacks on ESPN have declared that Urban Meyer’s Ohio State Buckeyes deserve to be ranked as high as Bama ,FSU and Oregon. What a damn joke of a conference BIG 1 Little 10.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 26th, 2013
8:59 pm

thats my point

VoodooVincent

October 26th, 2013
9:01 pm

a) Richt’s #6 of head coaches with at least 5 years experience in win % at 74%. Saban’s is 75%.
b) Richt has only had 1 losing season, Saban has had a bunch more
c) Grantham has had the defense in the top 25 the last 2 years (36 in 2010, 23 in 2011, 18 in 2012)
d) Offense has only finished top 25 in scoring once in 2012 with Bobo/Murray combination

BankerDawg

October 26th, 2013
9:02 pm

Erk – I could have gone all night w/o hearing that, but no surprises there. It’s called SEC fatigue. All the articles, pundits, etc have been drooling to have a non-SEC team in the title game this year. They may get their wish too. But, the way Bama looked today, they are getting better and better every week. It’s coaching folks. That’s the standard. Can we match that? Hell yes if we are willing to make a hard decision.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 26th, 2013
9:02 pm

Would love to see Bama and Ohio St play in the National Title game

maybe after that game we wont have to hear anymore about Ohio St ever playing another National Title until they play some decent competition other than Michigan and the occasional one decent out of conference game every year

and only if everyone else has 2 losses

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 26th, 2013
9:07 pm

Vincent

Lay off the kool-aid

Winning % (how about winning % vs top 25 teams and top 10 teams)

and you are comparing Richt to Saban

LOL

Let us know when Richt decides to make an “”appearance”" to a national title game Saban has “”"won”"” 4

As for Grantham LOL again;; how about his numbers vs the top 25 not 20 unranked teams

VoodooVincent

October 26th, 2013
9:07 pm

A lot of it comes down to turnovers.

Offense has been in the SEC in turnovers lost:
8th in 2010
7th in 2011
9th in 2012

Defense in turnovers gained in the SEC ranks:
4th in 2010
3rd in 2011
1st in 2012

That’s the story.

Murray’s a turnover machine.

Erk Russell's Dog

October 26th, 2013
9:07 pm

VooDoo
What is CMR’s winning % against ranked teams . What is Saban’s winning% in the SEC. B. What is a bunch more ? How is that defense ranked in 2013?

BankerDawg

October 26th, 2013
9:12 pm

Are we really going to compare Richts record to Saban. One has 3 NC’s, on the verge of a 4th and 3 in a row. A truly historical and monumental feat. The others legacy is drowned in dissapointment and a 5 yrd play, as some would claim. I’m not seeing it.

LADawg

October 26th, 2013
9:13 pm

Just sayin’. Should Auburn take one loss into the Iron Bowl and come up with some magic to beat Bama, we’ll have the two Tigers playing for the SEC championship. And we’ll have another off season of excuses about the schedule and injuries. If we could only change places with the Buckeyes. For some reason, I believe this staff would still figure out how to lose two or three games even in a weak conference.

Erk Russell's Dog

October 26th, 2013
9:14 pm

Banker
I really hope Bama plays Ohio State in the BCS Championship .It will shut the pundits up and prove that the best football is played in the SEC. But Oregon or Florida State would give Bama a much better game.

LADawg

October 26th, 2013
9:23 pm

Before the season, Bama had two tough games on their schedule-A&M and LSU. The Tide has off weeks before both. Saban owns the SEC, literally.

HotDawg

October 26th, 2013
9:24 pm

Some of you haters, that questioned the loss to MO, need to rethink any thoughts that MO is a second tier team. They’re proving to be very good.
Enough acting as if there was shame in losing to them.
Vandy is the loss that made no sense. Supporters should be a bit more positive and Try to be proud of the wins. And haters are just haters. They have no credibility.

dawgfan

October 26th, 2013
9:28 pm

I wonder if Richt will get the team together to celebrate if South Carolina beats Mizzou. Sounds like something bush league he’d do.

dawgfan

October 26th, 2013
9:29 pm

HotDawg, we’re more than accustomed to losing to good teams under Richt. Tell us something we don’t know.

HotDawg

October 26th, 2013
9:29 pm

The best champ. game, at this point, would be oregon-fsu….may not happen, but then again…..

BankerDawg

October 26th, 2013
9:30 pm

HotDog – they played a back up QB against us. He came off the bench a lit us up. They are ranke where they are because they beat us. Again, under Richt, we are the Top 15 team everyone wants to play because we are their best shot to legitimize themselves. Who have they played and beaten by the way? GA? FLA? Hmm.

BankerDawg

October 26th, 2013
9:30 pm

Dawgfan – your cracking me up

HotDawg

October 26th, 2013
9:32 pm

He’s beaten plenty of good teams.

HotDawg

October 26th, 2013
9:33 pm

Banker they’re about to take down SC also

HotDawg

October 26th, 2013
9:36 pm

That’s a pretty tough run, regardless of year and records.
beating Ga, Fl, SC back to back to back.
Give mizzou some credit.

cowbulls

October 26th, 2013
9:38 pm

If I could get rid of one coach, it would be Bobo. His play calling has ALWAYS been too conservative and he has ZERO killer instinct. That’s the reason the backups rarely get to play as Bobo goes into his shell way too early and at least once a season it costs us a game such as the Vandy debacle. Consider if Bobo kept his foot on the pedal, a lot more backup players on defense would have got playing time last year and maybe the inexperience wouldn’t be such a problem.

The whole game and really the season turned on one play, Herrera’s roughing the passer penalty. We had Missouri stopped again and all the momentum was on our side. There’s zero doubt in my mind that Aaron would have continued to put up points on the board and we would have never turned back. That penalty opened the door for them and our defense then had a letdown. If Herrera pulls up Missouri punts and we win the game. Amarlo is a junior and should know better. That was a boneheaded play. That play changed the entire season for UGA.

I hope the offense learns something from the growing pains that the defense is going thru by having to play all those freshman and continues to rotate their OL. In addition to keeping them fresh, this will help us in the future by having guys ready to start next year. I see very little drop off when Beard and Theus play tackle and when Danzler rotates in and plays guard. Gates, Lee, and Burnette at least will be gone next year and we will have a new QB for the first time in 4 years. The new QB will need to have some experienced OL guys in front of him. NOW is the time to develop those players.

Hairy Dawg

October 26th, 2013
9:38 pm

Knew Miss-who would chokes. Dawgs is still mathically in it.

BankerDawg

October 26th, 2013
9:39 pm

FSU vs Oregon would defenitely be entertaining. By the way, SC (21) just tied up the game on Mizz (5). Again, who have they beaten?

Erk Russell's Dog

October 26th, 2013
9:40 pm

Haven’t beat Carolina yet ,Overtime in Mizzou Shaw leads a 17 point comeback in 4th quarter.

BankerDawg

October 26th, 2013
9:41 pm

Here’s to “livin on hope” and backing in HairyDawg

HotDawg

October 26th, 2013
9:41 pm

I’ll look forward to much more success with a healthier team next year. And the 15 yd penalty rescinded from a reversed targeting call.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 26th, 2013
9:41 pm

HotDawg,

Has this coaching staff beaten every SEC East team in the same season??

Nope.

Who should we give credit for on that?

VoodooVincent

October 26th, 2013
9:42 pm

The defense has faced some great offenses, 3 are top 15.

The offense has only faced one top 15 defense, but man, have they struggled, getting worse every week.

Murray had 3 turnovers against Missourri, and a 48 QBR with his 3rd worst worst passing yards total and 0 td’s against VANDERBILT.

A 5th year Sr, and he can’t put the pieces together.

HotDawg

October 26th, 2013
9:44 pm

Banker… if MO somehow loses 3 sec games and we win out….why would that be “backing” in?

HotDawg

October 26th, 2013
9:49 pm

I’m a bit drained from the same old, negativity of most bloggers.
It is absolutely boorish.
Try to be more positive. Life is alot easier and much happier that way.

Hairy Dawg

October 26th, 2013
9:49 pm

If you aint got hope and faith in Dawgs then what us there live for. Faith in Dawgs and Coach Richt is what to do for full life. Having no faith and Doubting Thomas of Dawgs getting new life and overcoming when downs is not way to strengthen beliefs for fan. Dawgs always has chance for believer in good and right for Dawgs.

Hairy Dawg

October 26th, 2013
9:51 pm

BankerDawg

October 26th, 2013
9:52 pm

Yes. Any time you need to pull for another team to lose that is backing in. How about taking care of business and controlling your own destiny. Don’t get me wrong Hairy, I they lose 3 then we then, by the rules, are the winner of the East if we can finish strong. Would you say that was a successful season? I don’t. I say it was wishing on a prayer and depending on luck, not achievement. That’s all.
If by some miracle we do make it, I defenitely will be pulling for us to win. But I have a hard time believing we will be ready for another battle with Bama.

HotDawg

October 26th, 2013
9:54 pm

Goodnight fellow Dawgs…happy people, stay happy…all others, quit being so miserable. Nobody likes being around negative people.

BankerDawg

October 26th, 2013
9:56 pm

I don’t have faith in Richt, Bobo, or Grantham. Let me be clear about that. Nothing positive to hang my hat on there. Can’t say “wow, with all the injuries they’ve really done a great job coaching these guys up and putting their best effort out there”. However, I always pull for the players.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 26th, 2013
10:00 pm

Reality sinks in for Mizzou

Erk Russell's Dog

October 26th, 2013
10:00 pm

Mizzou losing 3 SEC games is only part of the Equation,the Dogs still have to beat Florida, Kentucky and Auburn. Mizzou blows 24yd FG Carolina wins.

BankerDawg

October 26th, 2013
10:02 pm

I hate the old ball coach, but wow. Hat’s off to SC. They just took down the best in the SEC! Right? Not mid-tier SEC team right? Spurrier coached them to victory. Connor comes off the bench and leads them to upset Mizz-who. Wow!

Hairy Dawg

October 26th, 2013
10:02 pm

Miss-who goes down! Dawgs got good shots now.

RawDawg

October 26th, 2013
10:05 pm

We should move Mark Richt up to Athletic Director. We can keep Ears McGarity as his chief associate. We need Mark representing our beloved University. He is a fabulous man and his character, ethics, values and morals are elite. There isn’t a better man in the entire SEC [the SEC with commissioner Slime and referees like Penn Wagers and the cheaters that officiated the Vanderbilt game isn't exactly a HOT BED of honorable men!]. Mark leading our Athletic Department would make Dawg Nation proud to be the G!
We then hire the best available coach in the nation. There is only one saban and hopefully he will go back to the NFL & fix his previous failure there.
A good hire might be Derek Dooley. He has learned what not to do in the SEC and Orange wasn’t his color. Get him now while his Dad could help mentor him. With Mark & Vince helping him, he could be a natural in the Red & Black [I'm not Barbara in disguise!]. Keep Bobo has QB coach. Hire the Best OC available. Send Grantham somewhere, anywhere but out of Athens for sure [hopefully he will get a job in the SEC like Willie martinez so we can go against his chinese fire drill defense. DUH!!!].
All bets off! South Carolina just beat Mizzou so we might can back into another East title and all conjecture about coaching changes will be moot! GO DAWGS!

doggoneit

October 26th, 2013
10:08 pm

NO excuse! we have the best talent and Ga. still can’t get it done. FIRE the defensive coor. Pathetic job

Hairy Dawg

October 26th, 2013
10:13 pm

It no more backing in than how Bammer won BCS after loosing to LSU or TX AM. That just dont adding up about backing in to belittle Dawgs acheivements of owning East.

BankerDawg

October 26th, 2013
10:17 pm

RawDawg – I agree with the personal comments you made about Richt. The only way to get rid of Bobo is to get rid of Mark through. If he did become AD he would lobby to give Bobo the HC position. Bobo was a QB coach, so was Mark. Bobo was promoted to OC, so was Mark, and so on and so on.
Nope, that’s putting a bandaide over a bullet wound. There is too much at stake to make the same mistakes again. Go pay some money and get the best it will attract. Unlike others, I believe there are some great options.

BankerDawg

October 26th, 2013
10:20 pm

What achievements? Winning the East? No championships since 2005 Hairy. Playing for one is a little under the stated goal isn’t it?

Erk Russell's Dog

October 26th, 2013
10:20 pm

I would not consider that the Dogs have owned the East this year. The Vandy loss will likely keep the Dogs out of the Dome.How can you own the east and lose to Vanderdamnbilt?

Erk Russell's Dog

October 26th, 2013
10:31 pm

It is late but I have just thought about something.What if Missouri ,South Carolina and Georgia all wind up 6 and 2 in the SEC EAST who goes to the dome?

BankerDawg

October 26th, 2013
10:32 pm

Owned the East? Am I missing something?

VoodooVincent

October 26th, 2013
10:32 pm

Teams have Aaron Murray and the UGA offense pegged now.

Go zone defense, force Murray to be patient and not be greedy.

He can’t.

Look for Florida to do a lot of zone defense, and Auburn, and GT.

Missourri and Vanderbilt made Murray look like a 1st year guy with their zone defenses.

He’ll see nothing but that from here out.

VoodooVincent

October 26th, 2013
10:36 pm

If 3 way tie breaker, according to SEC Digital Network:
B. THREE (OR MORE) TEAM TIE

1. (Once the tie has been reduced to two teams, go to the two-team tie-breaker format.)
2. Combined head-to-head record among the tied teams.
3. Record of the tied teams within the division.
4. Head-to-head competition vs. the team within the division with the best overall (divisional and non-divisional) Conference record and proceeding through the division. Multiple ties within the division will be broken from first to last.
5. Overall record vs. non-division teams.
6. Combined record vs. all common non-divisional teams.
7. Record vs. common non-divisional team with the best overall Conference (divisional and non-divisional) record and proceeding through other common non-divisional teams based on their order of finish within their division.
8. The tied team with the highest ranking in the Bowl Championship Series Standings following the last weekend of regular-season games shall be the divisional representative in the SEC Championship Game, unless the second of the tied teams is ranked within five-or-fewer places of the highest ranked tied team. In this case, the head-to-head results of the top two ranked tied teams shall determine the representative in the SEC Championship Game.

Erk Russell's Dog

October 26th, 2013
10:43 pm

The key to the offense is getting a healthy Gurley back. The opposing defenses will not be able to sit back in a two deep zone with Gurley running the ball.They will have to load the box to stop the run and some passing lanes should be there. Florida will be tough on defense even with Gurley back. With two weeks to prepare can the Georgia Defense stop an impotent Gator offense or will the Dogs have to score more than 30 points to win.

The Tide is Rolling and Nothing can Stop it

October 26th, 2013
10:45 pm

Did you boys see how an elite team plays Tennessee?
May you should just chant “Alabama’s conference!” instead of “SEC, SEC, SEC.”

The Tide is Rolling and Nothing can Stop it

October 26th, 2013
10:46 pm

And your defense in 2011 was not good. The fact that you think averaging 37pts to ranked teams is good one of the many reasons you can’t win a title.

Ham

October 26th, 2013
10:49 pm

Missou out of the race for the East – lose to TX and Ole Miss. If USC drops one more, we still breathe.

Erk Russell's Dog

October 26th, 2013
10:51 pm

Just keep it up toilet paper roller ,don’t slip up against the Mad Hatter and your Tide should roll all the way to another BCS Championship game.

Gobbler

October 26th, 2013
10:55 pm

Gurely’s return ain’t that big of a deal.

JJ averaged a higher yards per carry, so just go zone defense, and shut UGA down like Missourri and Vanderbilt did. Doubt Gurley will average more than 67 ypc like JJ Green did.

Erk Russell's Dog

October 26th, 2013
11:01 pm

JJ is doing ok ,but Gurley is more of a threat to break a long run because he will gain yards after contact. At 5′6″ and 175lbs JJ is usually down by first contact.But JJ will be a could alternative coming out of backfield on 3rd down. And for the Zone defenses if Bobo would target his tight ends down the seam and underneath the safeties he would give Murray more targets to beat the cover two.

Gobbler

October 26th, 2013
11:01 pm

Douglas averaged @where Marshall did, and Green average @where Gurley did, so really, no big difference there.

But Murray has been shut down with the zone defenses in the last 2 games. And he’s got 4 turnovers in the last 2 games vs zone defenses.

Gobbler

October 26th, 2013
11:03 pm

Nope, that’s a myth.

Douglas has busted a bunch of long plays, and so has JJ.

Gobbler

October 26th, 2013
11:07 pm

UGA’s 2 lowest rushing outputs teamwise?

Both in last 2 weeks vs zone defenses.

Erk Russell's Dog

October 26th, 2013
11:14 pm

Douglas would be great if did not keep dropping the damn ball. And if you think JJ is better than Gurley so be it ,too late to argue about it. Mythical or not Gurley is #1 on the depth chart for some reason . But if you want to make Murray the scapegoat for the losses go ahead. Blocked punts ,fumbled punt snaps ,freshmen running backs fumbling , the worst rated scoring defense in the SEC and poor play calling by Bobo may have give Murray a little help in losing the games.

redandblackdog

October 26th, 2013
11:43 pm

I am just so damn mad! Richt has an armadildo head when it comes to special teams and taking any advice for improvements. While Grantham is intelligent enough and uses over-complicated schemes, Richt and Bobo are average in intelligence, and we expect brilliant thing from dumb asses! Bobo’s failure to use his tight ends and Quavon Hicks is totally inexcusable. While I have been an admirer of Richt’s moral values, I now do not want to hear any thing he says and want to puke when I hear him!!!

Talley

October 26th, 2013
11:45 pm

Erk: 5 “6 175 down at 1st contact….Keep smoking…JJ is a stud!

Talley

October 26th, 2013
11:52 pm

Erk..make us bloggers laugh cuz ya act like your so knowledgeable!!!!! But fail in 1st sentence!!! You are the epitomy of I shouldnt blog!

Erk Russell's Dog

October 26th, 2013
11:55 pm

Go ahead Talley ,what is the Dawgs record with JJ as the starting Tailback? 0 and 2 . Stud or not light up another blunt clown shoes.

redandblackdog

October 27th, 2013
12:01 am

Saban is intelligent and has a well thought out plan, properly administered, properly executed, and properly followed up on. He is the John Wooden of football and far better then the Bear Bryant. I have lived through both. While we might get lucky, if the cards fall right, there is too much inconsistency with our coaching staff, and it will never give us the consistency we need. Saban…1, Meyer…3, Spurrier …8, everyone else fighting for number 10!!! Fire the whole damn staff and give Kirby a chance. At least he has stuied under the best!!!!!!

Erk Russell's Dog

October 27th, 2013
12:03 am

No Talley
Your lack of ability to use the English language is why you should not blog,clown shoes squared.

Eric C.

October 27th, 2013
12:45 am

Tide, Tennessee has shown they are much worse on the road.

Eric C.

October 27th, 2013
12:47 am

Gobbler, teams have to account a heck of a lot more for Gurley than any other UGA back. You are kidding yourself if you think JJ = Gurley.

stendec

October 27th, 2013
2:13 am

Hi Bill.

Always a pleasure.

This is to Flat Tire.

Hi pal.

Save yer breath friend.

Mark Richt and Mike Bobo are going to be in Athens until they croak.

Fake Dawg fans satisfied with mediocrity.

Give em nine or so wins per season to keep em happy.

You and I expect far more from supposed state flagship program.

Please understand I will cheer on team but hope is totally gone.

Will be status quo as long as Saint Mark walks UGA sidelines.

Smart dog Russ wise enough to sleep through actual games.

Call for change to incite all apologists who want to be national afterthought.

So Vandy upset Dawgs.

Thank God Texas A&M not on UGA schedule.

If Vandy whipped us what would final have been in that massacre?

Happy Halloween wise one.

Keep enlightened posts coming.

Read every word.

stendec

October 27th, 2013
3:27 am

Hey Flat.

I am on up side of 50.

Not many more “Wait Till Next Year” for me.

I have lived and breathed UGA football since 1950s.

Seen lean years but never lost hope.

Lost hope right now.

No confidence in present coaches.

Hell, at least Tech does blow out opponents occasionally!

When was the last time a Dawg team dominated a team completely.

Believe it was Hawaii.

Man that was a long time ago.

Aaron Murray?

Those stats are wonderful.

Great conversation fodder when he is pumping gas with Joe Cox in Athens next year.

Am I bitter and disgusted?

How did ya guess.

Oh well, wait till next year.

Maybe the one after that.

May put that on my tombstone.

:(

stendec

October 27th, 2013
3:44 am

Since my insomnia is no better a few more lines.

If God provides divine intervention and Dawgs do reach SEC title game what do fans want?

If Bama fails to show up at Georgia Dome due to catastrophic circumstances the Dawgs will be declared SEC champs.

SEC champ with three or maybe even four losses.

National title game out of question.

Know what would happen?

Dawgs would be first SEC unit to EVER lose to Ohio State in bowl game.

I simply could not bear that shame!

Vandy yes. Ohio State no. HELL NO :( !

At least Tech is a SOUTHERN team unlike Missouri.

I know odds are in zillions but what the Hell?

Delusional fake Dawg fans seem to love to play the “What If” game.

I do not.

Good night!

Huh?

Whatever.

:(

Fat Pie

October 27th, 2013
5:16 am

Angela Wilson

October 26th, 2013
2:27 pm

I have so much respect for Mark Richt and wish people would support him as well as the team. Oh, and while I’m on the subject of support, stay in Sanford for four quarters, win or lose. I love that Saban called out Bama fans on this subject!

***

That’s different. The Bama fans have been leaving early because they’re WINNING.

stendec

October 27th, 2013
5:21 am

Dawg fans are AFRAID to leave early.

Especially with lead!

Get my drift?

:)

stendec

October 27th, 2013
5:27 am

DAWG FAN: Glad to get out of Sanford Stadium early to beat traffic.

WIFE: Know you are heartbroken.

DF: What do you mean?

WF: Dawgs lost on final play interception return.

DF: Good one. They led 38-17 in fourth quarter.

CALL IN SHOW: About that narrow 41-38 Dawg defeat tonight.

(DF Smashes radio)

DF: (Unfit for family sensibilities).

Could happen!

:)

stendec

October 27th, 2013
5:29 am

I hate McGoofity!

True Dawg football fans KNOW who I mean!

:)

stendec

October 27th, 2013
5:36 am

Aaron Murray legacy.

I wish young man well.

May be nice guy but lacking as fiery QB leader.

Nice records but his grid career is over after this season.

No accomplishments of any major note.

Fake Dawg fans will revere loss to Bama in SEC championship.

Some legacy huh?

Amassed big numbers against cupcakes but choked against quality foes.

With two exceptions in 2013 I duly note.

Will not miss his giveaways at most inopportune times.

No SEC or national titles.

In weak sister half of SEC. Sorry USC.

Will be quickly forgotten.

I do wish him the best.

In whatever non sports field he selects.

:)

oakisland

October 27th, 2013
6:25 am

I am so glad Richt only wanted to practice twice last week, wanted to rest them for Florida. I’m sure the long snapper really needs to rest and the punt returner is just exhausted.

Rhetoric

October 27th, 2013
7:02 am

Georgia is soft. Alabama and Texas A & M take care of business.
We barely beat Tennesse and lost to Vandy. Alabama and Texas A & M
“beat them like drums”. They show no mercy. We don’t want to hurt
anyone’s feelings when we play them. Georgia has a way of “playing down”
to the level of their competition. If we played Georgia State, the
game would be relatively close. Injuries are not an excsue. We should not
lose to Vandy under any circumstances. We were outcoached in the Missouri
game and unprepared. Their first string QB and DB exit the game before
halftime and we fail to take advantage of this situation. I am tired of
watching Murray look to the sidelines for each play and barely get the play
off before the clock runs down. You don’t see McCarron or Mettenberger doing
that. Richt and Murray will make excuses for losing and operate under the premise of “whatever will be….willbe. We are tired of this mentality.

Rhetoric

October 27th, 2013
7:11 am

We are tired of hearing the word “if”. If Mitchell did
not get hurt, if Gurley was not hurt,if the Refs. had not
thrown the flags in the Vanderbilt game.
When I want to hear the word “if” used over and over,
I will read the poem “IF” by Rudyard Kipling.

3d

October 27th, 2013
7:41 am

I like CMR as a rep for the university, but it’s time for a change.

Defense has sucked for quite awhile and I’d swore I saw Ray Goff running the players late into the game a few times this year.

It’s just not good coaching folks and you all know it. Stop covering for incompetent direction. It’s pitiful with the HS talent we have in this state to have to watch this nonsense.

I would look at Bama and some of their assistants, Cliff Kingsbury, Chris Peterson, Charlie Strong.

Joey

October 27th, 2013
8:14 am

http://dogbytesonline.com/special-case-uga-one-of-few-teams-without-special-teams-coordinator-77483/
*************************************************
The difference in #6 and #30 (and falling)?

Joey

October 27th, 2013
8:23 am

“Alabama coach Nick Saban has always had a special teams coordinator.”
****************************************************
Wouldn’t that sentence right there convince most college head coaches that they, themselves need a special teams coordinator?

If the best in the business thinks a special teams coordinator is a good idea, and my program could afford it, I would sure be hiring one.

Of course, if Richt is forced to do it, he will probably just promote the guy who washes the dirty uniforms . . .

JB

October 27th, 2013
8:29 am

JB

October 27th, 2013
8:34 am

The program has gotten “stale”. Yes, look what A&M did to Vandy while Richt blows a fourth qtr lead with their back up QB playing the entire second half. Vandy was own this staff, and they appear clueless at times. We need change, and it’s about the almighty dollar in the athletic dept in athens. People on here like to scream that a change is a gamble…Ask the Auburn folks. The Texas A&M folks, hell even the miami folks. Richt is the Frank Beamer of the SEC. Had a couple of really good teams to gain a little street cred, but really just average to good. Dry the money up, you’ll get change.

Charles M.

October 27th, 2013
8:36 am

It seems every year the season starts with great anticipation of this is the year. Only to see the season end before it is half way over. Injuries yes, inexperience yes. Talent that seems to lack the desire to win absolutely. You only had to watch the Vandy game Swan and other players laughing as the game come to an end here is a classic example of a player who has talent and he is beaten damn near on every defensive play we see him on special teams?? dropping the punt in the Vandy game, I guess that was funny as they are laughing away as the game ends. I am sick of the what if’s at Georgia. Bottom line the are a program that is improving year in and year out. If the offense is good one year then it is the defense and so it goes year in and year out. Look at Alabama, LSU, Florida they seem to be at a much higher level than Georgia. The defense this year stinks giving up 30 to 40 points a game. Special teams are you kidding the only thing about this years team is they are not special in anyway. In fact they are an embarrassment!!! Over all it is time for a change with the defense, offense and bring in new coaches or get a new head coach! other wise you will see the same next year…

Olddogclass80

October 27th, 2013
8:40 am

“If we fire the coach WHO DO WE GET TO REPLACE HIM! Give me names IDIOTS”

It is fans like these tat make us stuck in mediocrity. Mediocre teams NEVER win championships.

Olddogclass80

October 27th, 2013
8:43 am

“If the best in the business thinks a special teams coordinator is a good idea, and my program could afford it, I would sure be hiring one.”

The problem is that if Richt names a special teams coach, he has to fire or demote one of his current coaches. He never wants to do that – he is too loyal. Same as with Murray. Never play another QB.

JB

October 27th, 2013
8:54 am

Georgia is just good enough most years to keep a change at bay. Richt has had 2 or 3 really good teams in his tenure, 2 or 3 bad ones and the rest really mid tier type SEC teams.We have seen the best we are going to see with Richt. What’s he got left to show us he hasn’t in 13 years? Nothing. I kook around what’s happening in the SEC, and it’s an off year, but will UGA stay the same or continue to stay the course, having a good team now and then of come up with a coach and team and attitude to beat Vandy 56-10. Every year.

JB

October 27th, 2013
9:18 am

To really get a gauge on this staff, just look how ” average ” our OL play is with ALL FIVE STARTERS back. Decent at times, but mid tier SEC most of the time. Add Defense and special teams to that. QB play, RB and WR are the bright spots. That won’t get it.

JB

October 27th, 2013
9:22 am

And yes, nothing will change. AD & Athletic board have fat bank account. Really all that matters, That and warm sunshine of the Florida weather for the Capital One Bowl for a free Christmas vacation for themselves

Bulldawg35

October 27th, 2013
9:24 am

Texas a&m scored 56 points and held vandy to 24 points. They even had 5 turnovers…….their defense is better than ours…they are faster to the ball and more physical. I they we have the worst defense in the sec.

Pago Pago Dawg

October 27th, 2013
9:25 am

Can you just imagine how many points Ohio would put on UGA….not a pretty picture.

Bulldawg35

October 27th, 2013
9:27 am

Just because that pathetic SC beat mizzou….it doesn’t mean that we are going to win the east. It’s over for us….the only way to salvage the season is to win out!

Bulldawg35

October 27th, 2013
9:28 am

I don’t think their is a team in the top 50 that we could beat. Sad but true.

JB

October 27th, 2013
9:38 am

Tale of two coach’s. Richt sits and watch’s Dawgs blow a 17 point lead against a very average Vandy team while trying nothing or nobody but status quo and loses……While Sprurrier, on the road, against the #5 team, down 17 points with 6 minutes to go in the 3rd qtr, takes some action, does some coaching, and wins. BIG BIG difference. Winner vs loser

oakisland

October 27th, 2013
9:44 am

Charles M—well said and very true.

Bulldawg35

October 27th, 2013
9:59 am

Bill….I agree….after the starter for mizzou and vandy went down we just let the backups come in and pick us apart. The defense just sat back and let them pick us apart… How sad that the coaching staff let the players down…they really did.

Bulldawg35

October 27th, 2013
10:00 am

Vandy was ready for an 60 min fight….we just backed down and were ready to get back on the bus. That’s why we lost….haha!

1969 Graduate

October 27th, 2013
10:11 am

Anybody who thinks our coaching staff has done an amazing job is right!

Amazingly bad. Amazingly incompetent. Amazingly in so many ways.

Will we beat anybody?

Florida is really terrible, maybe worse than Georgia, but I’ll bet our amazing coaches will find a way to play down to the level of Florida, coach not to lose instead of coaching to win, complicate the defense to the level of incomprehensibility, mismanage timeouts, bumble special teams, and call plays predictable to everyone on the field.

How bad will Auburn beat us? That’s the only question in that game.

Do we have a prayer of stopping Tech’s offense? You’re kidding right?

We might beat ASU. We might beat Kentucky. We might have beaten Vandy and Missouri, too, but we didn’t.

Our amazingly bad coaches will cause us to win somewhere between zero and three more games.

Mark Richt is not doing his job. I have no idea whether he could shape up if his feet were in the fire.

Real Problem

October 27th, 2013
10:29 am

Please do not say the phrase “contend for a National Championship”. We are a middle of the road SEC East team and will stay that way under this coach, PERIOD. We can get down on our knees and thank God we are not in the West with Alabama. Be bold and hire Kirby Smart then National Champs will probably be in the near future.
What we are really good at is MAKING EXCUSES!!!!!

Bulldawg35

October 27th, 2013
10:32 am

I don’t know if Kirby smart is the answer…but Richt sure isn’t the one to get us that championship….we all might as well start lowering our expectation’s.

JB

October 27th, 2013
10:37 am

Richt prepares the team to play our upcoming foe, but when things go wrong in live time, he freezes. See our Vandy game vs Mizzoui/Carolina game last night. Might not always work, but sprurrier didn’t freeze and stick to script. I really like Mark, But after 13 years, we’ve seen all we are gonna see. Some decent years, but lot’s of down ones. Can you say Frank Beamer

Bulldawg35

October 27th, 2013
10:40 am

Yesterday we had to rely on spurrier to get the dirty work done. Reminds me of 2005 when we had to rely on spurrier to beat gators for us to win the east….Richt has only won the sec out right in 2002..backed his way in 2005.. Richt just loves to back his way into things…Richt make 3 million a year and gets other people to do his dirty work….must be great to be him…woo hoo!

Bulldawg35

October 27th, 2013
10:43 am

Gee…if we really think we got shafted in the bowl Game last year….just wait Till a few weeks……we are going to get really shafted….I think we will be playing Duke! Haha!

JB

October 27th, 2013
10:49 am

Richt kinda of like Obama mentality, Excellence and Championships overrated. 9-3 and a warm Capital one is plenty. Share the wealth.

Bulldawg35

October 27th, 2013
11:16 am

I don’t know why you kool aid fans think that we will beat Florida….we have nobody to throw the ball too!!!!!!!!!!!!

Desert Fox

October 27th, 2013
11:23 am

Joey

October 26th, 2013
11:57 am

You’re right. What you see now from the dawgs is what you’ll have for the rest of the season, both on offense and defense. I have no faith in this coaching staff to be able to make adjustments to opponents defenses and their offenses, especially w/all the replacements filling in for the injured starters. If the coaches were capable of adjusting they would have done it by now. Several more losses are on the horizon for the dawgs. Hope AM gets all his records. He deserves it.

oakisland

October 27th, 2013
11:25 am

I agree we need a coaching change but I doubt it will be at the end of this year. The AD has to at least demand the we get a new defensive coordinator, new offensive line coach(someone who can recruit) and special teams coach. For gosh sakes do something to actually give us real hope that they are concerned as the fans are.

7576DAWG

October 27th, 2013
11:35 am

Amazing that I don’t recall even one Targeting penalty this last week-end. Do you think that the NCAA Official Rules Governing body may have had a live conference call to all the Officials and reminded them that this is Football and that it is a violent sport and it is not their job to arrange outcome with bad calls.
THAT THEY ARE SUPPOSE TO BE ONE OF THE ANSWERS TO A BETTER SPORT NOT PART OF THE PROBLEM.
Make no mistake Georgia self destructed to let Vanderbilt even stay close in that game but even with all our mistakes we would have won that game if not for the Targeting call against Wilson.

dawgfan

October 27th, 2013
11:38 am

Even Richt’s best teams have either been blown out at some point (2012 against SC; 2007 against Tennessee) or has some mindboggling loss to a mediocre team (2002 against 7-5 Florida).

The guy just can’t put it all together.

Bulldawg35

October 27th, 2013
11:47 am

Thre reason we can’t recover from so many injuries and attrition is because our 2010 class was lower than usual and the 2011 dream team never paned out…..we have lost to many players to suspension and injury……UGA needs to have a great recruiting class in 2014…… Better hope none of these commited guys don’t change their minds…..

dawgfan

October 27th, 2013
11:48 am

I wish the Kool Aiders would own up to how they really feel, which is the following:

“I don’t care about winning a championship. I’m okay with Outback Bowls and Cap One bowls as a ceiling for this program because Richt is a swell guy and I like him a lot.”

I’d have a lot more respect for them if they’d just be honest about that instead of playing this chirade game acting like they actually care. That’s fine if you feel that way Kool Aiders, but don’t denigrate those of us that want a little more. It’s really apples and oranges. You want to have a team that’s just good enough to make things fun at your tailgate parties and we want W’s and a championship. That’s really all it boils down to.

Personally, I think we’re the most authentic fans.

Bulldawg35

October 27th, 2013
11:49 am

We are very far from winning the mnc…..so we need to lower expectations……be thankful of our signature wins,,,2012 over fla,,,..2013 over Lsu…….be thankful! Not!!!!

fish dawg

October 27th, 2013
12:40 pm

Until the dogs fire CTG they are going nowhere!

dawgfan

October 27th, 2013
12:42 pm

Recall that Mark Richt made the decision to hire both Willie and Grantham. Why should he be trusted to hire our next DC?

fish dawg

October 27th, 2013
12:47 pm

Would Saban had fired CTG going in to the bye week if he was the head coach at UGA?

fish dawg

October 27th, 2013
12:49 pm

Why does Alabama always look at the very least above average and UGA at times looks down right sloop and lethargy?

dawgfan

October 27th, 2013
12:50 pm

Saban wouldn’t have hired him in the first place.

dawgfan

October 27th, 2013
12:52 pm

Because they have a coach that makes them work instead of a coach that gives them time off when things are hard.

True story.

fish dawg

October 27th, 2013
12:53 pm

Mark my words Auburn is going to be just a step behind Saban in a couple of years. They are inproving and Gus is a very smart and intense coach. He demands perfection every bit as much as Saban does.

dawgfan

October 27th, 2013
12:54 pm

I agree. I also see Tennessee not being quite the doormat they once were. I foresee some rough years ahead for us if we maintain the status quo.

dawgfan

October 27th, 2013
1:03 pm

Recall that everyone blamed everything on injuries in 2008 and then we went 14-12 the next two years after that. This would lead one to suspect that it wasn’t the injuries. Instead, maybe it was a coach who had grown complacent and too comfortable. History has a strange way of repeating itself.

But I’m sure I’m just being unreasonable…

RickNWarnerRobins

October 27th, 2013
1:08 pm

Where do they go from here??? They go home as they haven’t a chance to win anymore games. Tech even has a good chance of whipping UGA this year. Well, as you say every year Dawgie fans, “there’s always next year.”

dawgfan

October 27th, 2013
1:12 pm

I must admit the Tech game has me a little nervous because of our defense. I’m not sure the Techies have had anyone in the history of their program who can tackle Gurley though.

Bulldawg35

October 27th, 2013
1:13 pm

We have had some horrible DC’s in the past in the past 25 years…..Grantham maybe the worst one of them all.

Bozo

October 27th, 2013
1:19 pm

Mark Richt has won 74% of his games, Nick Saban has won 75%. So, anyone saying Mark Richt can’t coach, is also saying Nick Saban can’t coach.

Grantham’s defenses have finished in the top 25 in defensive scoring in both 2011 & 2012. Anyone saying that’s bad is stupid.

Bulldawg35

October 27th, 2013
1:20 pm

The tech game worries me cause Richt and bobo approach to road games is the play to not lose mentality….you would figure after years of doing this they would of learned their lesson.

Bozo

October 27th, 2013
1:22 pm

We only have 1 loss this year when we win the turnover battle.

That’s of course the reason 85% of games are won or lost.

Bozo

October 27th, 2013
1:23 pm

Mark Richt is 10-1 vs Tech, think we’re ok there.

Bulldawg35

October 27th, 2013
1:23 pm

Bozo

Yeah and 70 percent of those wins came against un ranked teams.

Bozo

October 27th, 2013
1:26 pm

4 wins turnover margin was +1:
SC +1
NTexas -1
LSU 0
Tenn +1

3 losses turnover margin was -6:
Clemson -1
Mizzou -4
Vand -1

Problem solved.

Bozo

October 27th, 2013
1:31 pm

Murray is 2-10 when UGA loses the turnover battle.

Bozo

October 27th, 2013
1:33 pm

North Texas and Florida Atlantic are the only two teams Murray has beat, when UGA loses the turnover battle.

In other words, against good teams, Murray is 0-10 when he loses the turnover battle, against N Texas and Fla Atl he is 2-0.

Bozo

October 27th, 2013
1:41 pm

Murray’s 3rd down conversion rate in losses:
2013
28% vs Clemson
36% vs Miss
28 vs Vanderbilt

2012
43% vs SC
33% vs Bama

2011
15% vs Boise St
41% vs SC
33% vs LSU
33% vs Mich St

2010
SC 27%
Ark 40%
Miss St 46%
Color 41%
Fla 53%
Aub 44%
UCF 21%

Bozo

October 27th, 2013
1:43 pm

Murray was a 36% 3rd down conversion guy as a Freshman

Murray is a 36% 3rd down conversion guy as a 54th year Senior.

No improvement.

Bulldawg35

October 27th, 2013
1:45 pm

Bozo

Well Murray only has 6 games left as an bulldog so shut up. You’re an troll…everyday you create an new screen name! Haha!

dawgfan

October 27th, 2013
1:48 pm

Nobody disputes that Mark Richt has won a lot of games. The problem is that all those W’s rarely translate in to championships. Saban inherited very difficult situations both at LSU (3-8 the year before he arrived) and Bama (6-7) but he turned them in to champions. Richt inherited a roster full of NFL prospects from Donnan and won a couple of SEC titles with them but has done absolutely jack friggin squat since.

Thanks for playing.

dawgfan

October 27th, 2013
1:51 pm

Well at least we’ll have a new QB for him to blame next year.

magnolia,tx dawg

October 27th, 2013
1:51 pm

To dawgfan, flat tire and Bulldawg35
Why would a good coach want to work for Richt and his attitude towards building a winning program at UGA. I do not believe he gives a damn about a National championship as long as he wins enough games to keep his job. Any thoughts.

Bozo

October 27th, 2013
1:51 pm

Turnovers and 3rd downs are why we are a 4-3 team.

Aaron Murray is ranked last in the NCAA in interceptions, and 90th on 3rd down conversions.

Put in Hutson, Lemay, Ramsey, Bauta, anybody, no one can be worse, it is statically impossible to be worse than Murray in interceptions since he is LAST in the NCAA.

Murray was LAST in both 2011 and 2013 in interceptions, was 90th in 2012.

Lagdawg

October 27th, 2013
1:55 pm

The lack of leadership showed during this bye week. Instead of working on all facets of the game, CMR chose to only practice twice. ST, Defense and the O could have used this time to get better, but instead they didn’t. Richt done. He’s to relaxed and too stubborn to see that what he is doing is not working and at what point does the AD want better for this University. He was at Florida, he should know better and it is to for a change with the football and basketball program. Richt is a good man, just not a good coach. We need someone that is going to bring a physical, aggressive mentality to these teams. UGA has the money to hire anyone, they just choose to be subpar.

Bozo

October 27th, 2013
1:56 pm

Here’s what we know about UGA during the Aaron Murray “Lost Years” which we fans refer to as 2010-2013.

1) Murray is 2-10 when UGA loses the turnover battle
2) Murray has ranked last in 2011 &2013 in interceptions, was 90th in 2012
3) Remove Murray, start ANY OTHER QB, and we start winning again.

Worked for Spurrier last night.

Lagdawg

October 27th, 2013
2:02 pm

@ magnolia,tx dawg

I agree with you totally and it shows. So what they played for thw SECCG last year, that should be every year. The goal should be NC. We won nothing last year and you would have thought we did. I’ve be a fan for 33years and I am sick of this poor coaching. Personally I like James Franklin. Look at what he does with the talent at Vanderbilt. Just think what he could do with the talent at UGA. He is young and aggressive. I say retain McClendon, Lilly and Wilson. Get rid of the rest. Mc and Lilly are hell of recruiters and I bet the difference would be seen very quick.

Fat Pie

October 27th, 2013
2:40 pm

Bozo

October 27th, 2013
1:19 pm

Mark Richt has won 74% of his games, Nick Saban has won 75%. So, anyone saying Mark Richt can’t coach, is also saying Nick Saban can’t coach.

***

Nick Saban wasn’t handed the University of Georgia as his very first Head Coaching job.

When Mark Richt gets ready to retire, Georgia should hire an actual Head Coach with experience running a winning football program. Don’t promote another assistant coach. That very rarely leads to success.

DawgVoiceofReason

October 27th, 2013
3:08 pm

Bozo,

You come by your handle honestly but you LIE about your stats. Murray is currently 41st in the nation in interceptions, well behind such players as Manziel and Mettenberger, to name but two you might be familiar with. You also completely ignore the fact that our defense IS one of the worst in getting turnovers, clown.

DawgVoiceofReason

October 27th, 2013
3:11 pm

Bozo, Spurrier was playing his BACKUP QB because his starter was first. The backup was playing poorly the ENTIRE game. Of course, if his top QB can go, it made sense to put him in the game, in desperation. Get a CLUE, clown.

DawgVoiceofReason

October 27th, 2013
3:11 pm

replace “first” with “hurt”.

DawgVoiceofReason

October 27th, 2013
3:17 pm

Bozo,

As far as third down conversions, Murray is not single-handedly responsible for those. He relies on the OC to call the plays, offensive line to block and running backs (for many plays he has virtually no role in except to hand off) and his receivers to throw to. In case you haven’t noticed, his top 3 receivers have not played the last two games and he was down his number one receiver since the first game. While he has not been perfect, he has been a tremendous team player for UGA and I resent you ill-informed and baseless attacks on him, clown.

DawgVoiceofReason

October 27th, 2013
3:29 pm

Bozo,

Third down conversion percent is OFFICIALLY and otherwise a TEAM statistic, not an individual stat, clown.

DawgVoiceofReason

October 27th, 2013
3:35 pm

Now to the questions about our defense. From my perspective, Coach Grantham is in serious trouble and needs to make dramatic changes and improve rapidly to survive. What does he do for us that any of 100 defensive coordinators (at all levels) couldn’t do for us? He’s had some extremely talented players but has very little to show for it in the so-called “big games”. It hasn’t always been his fault but for all the hype he came in with and expectations that he helped set, he has NOT lived up to those expectations. Frankly, to this point, he has not been close to worth the money we are paying him. He needs to step up by fixing the problems or move on at the end of the season.

DawgVoiceofReason

October 27th, 2013
3:41 pm

Speaking as one of the people who supports Mark Richt, I think the reason so many people still support him is that they recognize what he has done for the Dawgs, improving the program dramatically, leading us to two SEC championships and bringing in some really talented and exciting players. And, he is a man of character and integrity who loves UGA. So, many of us very much want HIM to succeed at and for the University of Georgia, including winning a national championship, and therefore we support him because of those things and because we love UGA football. It would be great if that were to happen in the near future.

DawgVoiceofReason

October 27th, 2013
3:49 pm

Coach Richt DOES need to take action to solve the problems that are obvious to most UGA fans. I don’t know what all the solutions are but I do know that the defense has to improve dramatically and he has got to get a handle on the special teams breakdowns. If he can’t fix those two things, there is no reason for optimism. Note that Coach Goff never had a successful DC, though he tried desperately to get one that would work, including hiring the Old Swamp Fox, who really let him down. I don’t think Coach Donnan ever solved that problem either and he ended up being shown the door, although in hindsight he obviously had other serious issues.

dawgfan

October 27th, 2013
3:55 pm

That’s great you hope he wins one DawgVoiceofReason, but do you think it’s going to happen and if so why?

Flo-Ri-Duh

October 27th, 2013
4:48 pm

Mizz-who? took advantage of an injured UGA and Florida – as predicted they aren’t worthy of a #5 ranking.

Dawgs need to just keep plugging – get past the Reptiles.

NCDawg

October 27th, 2013
6:36 pm

Bubba King makes a good point about the long snapping but he is leaving out an important part of the equation. Who coached Ty Frix to be so reliable?

Now if someone can give me hard evidence that responsibilities for coaching long snapping have changed in the past year… I will be more likely to believe it’s a coaching issue. However, I’m pretty sure that is not the case.

Now if the same person is doing the coaching, how can it be a coaching issue? That makes no sense at all. Has anybody thought of that? Ty Frix was virtually perfect…obviously he was TAUGHT well. So somebody please tell how you can any way make the case that a special teams coach could IMPROVE that? 4 years and virtual perfection ( does anybody remember Ty launching one?) and no ST coach. And the new guy screws up and it’s instantly ALL because Coach Richt doesn’t have a dedicated ST coach?

Logic folks… sorry if you can’t see that then you have a screw loose.

dawgfan

October 27th, 2013
7:25 pm

The same person has been doing the coaching in the past 8 years in which we’ve had top 10 recruiting classes but posted an abysmal record against top 10 teams and failed to win a championship.

Logic.

Bulldawg35

October 27th, 2013
7:48 pm

Conley and JHC are not going to play…..expect another loss in Jacksonville.

Bulldawg35

October 27th, 2013
7:54 pm

I hope we don’t Get another rematch with UCF,…George will put another whipping on Richt again.

Bulldawg35

October 27th, 2013
8:01 pm

Mizzou will still win the east……I think we will finish 5th in the east.

Voyager Dawg

October 27th, 2013
8:41 pm

Nice piece Bill. What great points! The rest of the season is still ahead. Go Dawgs!

DawgVoiceofReason

October 27th, 2013
9:08 pm

dawgfan,

There’s not much evidence that things are going to change, unless changes are made. We’ll see what happens the rest of the season and then after.

BankerDawg

October 27th, 2013
9:49 pm

Richt was watching the Mizz vs SC game and it was too painful. Funny, now he knows how we GA fans felt watching the Vandy game. So Florida is up next this weekend. We’ve heard allot from some fans about how GA’s woes are isolated to this year, or this year doesn’t count somehow and Richt gets a pass because of the injuries we’ve had.

I think this upcoming game might be perfect to illustrate the points some of us have made about coaching. Not that you can only look at one game (or one season) to make a judgement, but this game should hold some lessons we all can learn from. To my point, both teams are decimated by injuries. We both are playing backups etc. Lets see who has done a better Job at:

1). Preperation
2). Coaching up
3). Gameplan
4). In game adjustments
5). Motivation

It’s Richt vs Muschamp, hardly the SEC elite as coaching goes. He’s already been outmatched by James Franklin so lets see if he can help these players play above their abilities and lets see how well the backups have been prepared.

RED DOG 77

October 27th, 2013
11:02 pm

Do any of you blabbering crybabies remember what things were like before Mark Richt arrived?………………forgot who put Georgia back on the map for the last decade plus, didn’t ya………………I’m frustrated too! and not very happy with Todd Grantham, but chill people!!! don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater…………Regards to all, RED

dawgfan

October 28th, 2013
5:13 am

What map would that be? The only map you could be talking about is the one that leads you to Cap One and Outback Bowls. Oh whoopee.

Or maybe you’re talking about the map where we root for other teams to beat teams that we couldn’t beat so we can back in to the SEC Title game. Richt friggin made that map for sure.

Only two more Mizzou losses and we’re in baby!!!! Go Dawgs.

What a sad and pathetic joke Richt has made us.

Bulldawg35

October 28th, 2013
7:01 am

It’s Florida week guy’s……I’m pretty depressed about this game….we have no WR’s healthy. The backups are not progressing. I say fire tony ball as well! Have you people been paying attention to all the drops our WR’s have had this year?

1969 Graduate

October 28th, 2013
7:11 am

Richt’s game plan is for everyone else to lose.

He has no game plan for us to win.

If we win over Florida it will be because they are even more inclined to lose than we are.

Is our defense bad enough to make even Florida’s offense look good? Can we make even their quarterback look like Joe Montana?

Of course, even if our defense can beat their offense we still can lose the game by throwing interceptions, fumbling the ball, and by really bad special teams play, all of which are well within our game plan.

Rest assured we will play down to Florida’s level. Our head coach will make sure of it. The only question is whether Florida will find a way to pull defeat from our jaws.

Of course, I’ll be cheering for our team. They may be able to prove me wrong in spite of their coaches, but really bad coaching is very hard to overcome.

Go, Dawgs!

Hairy Dawg

October 28th, 2013
7:13 am

We go Jax from here. And then we beating down sorry Gaytors. Once we smash Gaytors again that Judas Muschump will be on path to Zookster firing that he deserves for traitoring on Dawgs. I just hope Gurley healthy to really make Gaytors pay for being stinky. But we still beat them bad even if Gurley cant go at game time.

Go Dawgs! Sick E’m!

Bulldawg35

October 28th, 2013
7:17 am

Hairy dawg…

So we will beat fla without gurley huh? Haha…most delusional post of the morning.

Bulldawg35

October 28th, 2013
7:27 am

Quotes from UGA bye week….

Richt: 5 field goals is better than 2 touchdowns! Woo- hoo

Will friend: I think we can block them if the crowd noise isn’t to loud!

Mike bobo: I will not throw to the TE’s….isn’t that some kind of NCAA violation??

Todd Grantham : nobody will stop me!!!! I mean nobody will stop me!!!! From giving up 30+ points in this game! I mean nobody!!!!!!

old dog

October 28th, 2013
8:05 am

Texas A and M has a defense that is worse than ours, but they played better against Vandy than we did. Johnny F. hung points on them. Our D philosophy is not working, folks….period. We either outscore folks. or lose……period.!

Flo-Ri-Duh

October 28th, 2013
8:16 am

Muschump loses to the Dawgs for the 3rd time in a row – he’s on a HOTTER seat.
Kirby Smart – next HC at Reptile Land.

Flo-Ri-Duh

October 28th, 2013
8:18 am

BS35 (aka Milk Dud) – Sinced you think have all the answers why don’t you apply for the HC job?
Let’s see your resume.

Flo-Ri-Duh

October 28th, 2013
8:23 am

If GURLEY is truly back 100% Dawgs win.
No more dumb Special Teams screw ups – tired of it!!!
Richt – it’s time to find someone that knows how to coach Special Teams
Time to find someone that can consistently long snap on target
Time to find someone that can catch a punt.
*** At least Morgan FINALLY appears to have his act together.

old dog

October 28th, 2013
8:29 am

Flo-ri-Duh,
The worst troll on this blog could do as well defensively as what we are getting now. We had superstars on D before, and still gave up big plays. Third down has now become the time other teams decide just HOW they want to make us look bad in getting a first down. Tech’s braniac D coordinator was canned last season because HE WAS TRYING TO RUN A D WO/ THE PROPER PERSONELL, TEACHING, ETC. Whether or not a scheme will work is largely determined by whether you have the folks in place to run it, and whether or not you can get such complicated schemes ingrained in your players head. We have failed miserably at both. To start with, if you do not have Paul Bunyun at nose-tackle, all else is for naught. Then, on pass D the backs are lost much of the time. My wife is not necessarily an expert, but her comments have pretty much summed it up. “It looks like they don’t know what to do” she innocently said. Can anyone out there (even the experts) argue with that?

maconexpress

October 28th, 2013
9:22 am

” Personally I like James Franklin”

Franklin is still learning on the job. I don’t think uga ever hired a experience hc who coached in a major conference……Dooley, Goff, Richt had no hc experience when uga hired them and Donnan D-2 experience? Those guys had to learn through trial and error……good luck trying to that in the toughest conference in the country.

Here’s a list of sec coaches who coached at a major conference prior to coaching in the sec:
1) Paul Bear Bryan
2) Gene Stallings
3) Steve Spurrier
4) Nick Saban
5) Les Miles
6) Urban Meyer

They never won a national championship prior to coaching in the sec so I assume that they recognized that the kids in the southern states are stronger and bigger than the kids of other states which allowed them to run a simple/physical smash-you-in-the-mouth type team rather than a flashy finesse team.

Bulldawg35

October 28th, 2013
9:25 am

It’s sad that we will be mizzou and Clemson….vandy’s number one signature wins! Another wonderful attribute Richt can add to his resume.

Bulldawg35

October 28th, 2013
9:28 am

Flo- ri- duh…

UGA hired Grantham…and he is robbing the university of almost an million a year….so yeah they might hire me…I should apply today! Woo- hoo!

old dog

October 28th, 2013
9:29 am

maconexpress,
Why would you ruin a perfectly good argument by injecting common sense into it! (lol) That is a keen observation, perhaps one deserving of merit….i.e., good point my friend!

UGA Insider

October 28th, 2013
9:29 am

If anyone out there watched the Vandy/Texas A&AM you know our staff did a horrible job of preparing our team the previous week. UGA thought they could just show up and win. Bobo should have spread the team out and abused Vandy’s terrible defense. But what did he do? He brought everyone in and tried to pound the ball inside. UF will do the same thing.

After watching the Vandy game it is my opinion that the entire UGA should be let go after this season ends and replaced with Kirby Smart. It’s time to start over.

Columbus Dawg

October 28th, 2013
9:30 am

Erk, for anyone stupid enough to compare Dooley with Richt, first off, Dooley would not put a special teams unit on the field that was not top notch in all areas. UGA used to pride it’s self on the kicking, punting and coverage units. Fundamental football was a hallmark of Dooley coached teams. Defense was also a priority with Dooley. Dooley would not lose a game like this past Vandy game that was clearly lost on the BASIC FUNDAMENTALS OF SOUND FOOTBALL. Richt has NO idea what I’m talking about. That is the main reason that i have now become the LOUDEST RICHT CRITIC around. I have seen and heard LARGE HARTMAN FUND CONTRIBUTORS proclaim: RICHT MUST WIN SEC IN 2014 TO KEEP JOB.

Bulldawg35

October 28th, 2013
9:30 am

UGA loves to hire unproven coaches….ray goff was the worst of all. Richt is not much better than Donnan…..sad story.

Bulldawg35

October 28th, 2013
9:32 am

UGA insider..

I agree, it’s time just to start all over….13 years of the Same ole crap…it’s time!

Bulldawg35

October 28th, 2013
9:42 am

More quotes from the bye week.

Richt: hot seat! Ha! I’m not worried about no dag gum hot seat….they might take my job
But they won’t take my ford f- 150!!!!

Bobo…Murray just threw another int….mr dowdle can you get me another banana and mayo sandwich?

Will friend….this gator stadium sure is beautiful….ha! I think I just spotted an 5 leaf clover! Yepper!

Grantham……defense listen up…I just love when y’all get a sack…and then on the next play y’all give
Up an 3 rd and 20…dang that’s so special and it brings happy tears to my eyes!

maconexpress

October 28th, 2013
9:42 am

@old dog October 28th, 2013 9:29 am

old dog, it’s quite simple if you study history.

old dog

October 28th, 2013
9:51 am

@maconexpress,
You are so right. We need to go back to old fashioned smash mouth D. The defense CTG wants to run may be superb if you have:
1. 11 All-Americans on the field at once.
2. Each of them pursuing mininally a doctorate in a subject
3. No quality competition.
Since we meet none of the criteria above, I suggest we start over on D. Bobo caught alot of flack before, but we had a pretty bad o-line at one time, and were at best average in many other areas. CTG has not made this D successful even when we had the likes of Ogletree and Jones, though they occasionally made big plays. When a few mistakes are made, or when talent is sorely lacking, thats one thing. However, even with youth everybody from scout team up should know their jobs. There are too many who do not. That is a major problem.

Columbus Dawg

October 28th, 2013
9:54 am

Another thing, if I read once more about how crappy it would be to let Mason have some playing time in order to be ready for 2014 I think I will puke. Homers like Seth Emerson and others who will back anything for under performing players. Murray has not EARNED a damned thing this season. The Clemson loss is on HIM. The Vandy loss is on HIM and Bobo. It’s about UGA to every Dawg I know, not individuals. This has been the problem at Georgia ever since Richt arrived. Trying to please the players and their families, and not the folks that pay his salary. Just like the promise Richt made to Shockley about playing time to get him to sign. If he had not pulled Greene and put Shock in to throw the interception in 2002 UF game Richt would probably have a Natty right now. Been down hill ever since. Good, fair coaches tell players that best players will be considered first string. When players digress, sometimes that means loss of playing time, at real football schools that are serious about competing. The University of Georgia should not be putting Murray’s personal, meaningless stats ahead of what is best for UGA’s future football success.

Bulldawg35

October 28th, 2013
10:00 am

Columbus dawg…

Yeah that was a dumb call to bench Greene….while bringing shock in to throw that pathetic int…the worst call was last year when he refused to let Murray spike the ball.

old dog

October 28th, 2013
10:11 am

ColumbusDawg,
The d still could have stepped up and helped out….as could have the special teams. Injuries are part of the game, granted, but few teams have suffered the multitude of injuries to stars on one side of the ball in one season as we have, and I have been watching an awful long time. Thts when the D and special teams step up and say “We got this.” didn’t happen. Blame Murray and Bobo all you want, but defending our D (no pun intended) is as non-loyal as pulling for Tech. They are by far and away needin’ a fix much wores than the O.

dawgfan

October 28th, 2013
10:27 am

Everyone excited about the absolute train wreck that will be this year’s Georgia-Florida game? Two highly talented but poorly coached teams going toe to toe for a spot in the Outback Bowl. This is what college football is all about baby!!!

In all seriousness, this will be a very entertaining game. Probably an embarrassment to the game of football, but entertaining nonetheless.

ARdawg

October 28th, 2013
10:36 am

dawgfan

Outback bowl isn’t an option for either of these teams

Bulldawg35

October 28th, 2013
10:41 am

I think it will be an battle for the music city bowl or liberty! I can’t wait! Woo hoo!

Bulldawg35

October 28th, 2013
10:43 am

I’ve never been to the music city bowl…..will somebody give me some feed back? Somebody hep me?

dawgfan

October 28th, 2013
10:43 am

My bad. This will be a Chick Fil A bowl championship semifinal game.

Duly noted.

dawgfan

October 28th, 2013
10:48 am

Bulldawg35, I was at the 2001 Music City bowl. It was cold as all hell and the girl I was with threw up on my shoes. Throw in a loss to BC and it was a jolly ole time had by all.

Needless to say, I won’t be going back. Have fun in Nashville Kool Aiders.

Macclenny_dawg

October 28th, 2013
11:09 am

Richt himself says he is more concerned with the process than the result. There in is our problem it starts at the top. He doesn’t care about the result. Time 4 a change at the top!!!

Bulldawg35

October 28th, 2013
11:12 am

Dawgfan…

Well I better bundle up then….just kidding I won’t be going…..I’m not spending my hard earned money on that piece of crap bowl game!

ARdawg

October 28th, 2013
11:17 am

It’s more likely the winner to the Chic-Fi-La and the loser in a toss up to Shreveport

Bulldawg35

October 28th, 2013
11:19 am

I think joe t….should be fired as well….look at reggie Davis…..only 159 lbs. And we are having to rely on this guy to make plays?

dawgfan

October 28th, 2013
11:31 am

The most baffling quote from Richt that I ever read was the one just a few years ago where he said something like our O-line does not have to be great, just good enough. Even if that’s true (it isn’t), what kind of coach goes in the media and basically tells his players that they don’t have to be great? This is the kind of blasé half azzed attitude that our players hear from their coach and then people wonder why we lose to Vandy and never win a championship.

That’s the God’s honest truth.

Bulldawg35

October 28th, 2013
11:34 am

This team just lacks fundamental’s across the board and that’s on coaching…and what’s Richt going to do about it! Absolute nothing!!!!!!

Bulldawg35

October 28th, 2013
11:40 am

Yeah I remember that quote. I also remember Richt saying this year that the o- line doesn’t have to be dominant…. They only have to block long enough for the skill players to get out of their brakes….that’s why Richt will never win the mnc…he simply doesn’t demand the best out of our players!!!

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.

~~~~

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.

~~~~

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

Bulldawg35

October 29th, 2013
10:13 am

Kelvin Taylor is Fred Taylor’s son…another gator who use to run all over us….and I think kelvin will run all over us for like 160.

Bulldawg35

October 29th, 2013
10:16 am

We will make Tyler Murphy look like an heisman trophy candidate. We have no WR’s to move ball with. Conley is hurt and rumph is not ready. I say fire tony ball as well.

Bulldawg35

October 29th, 2013
10:18 am

I think Richt would be a good head coach at Houston or Southern miss….somebody like that. The sec is tough for Richt. That’s why he looks sleepy all the time.

Bulldawg35

October 29th, 2013
10:20 am

I think we finish 5-7 or 6-6…with 7-5 being the best. Kentucky looks like they could upset us…they have tougher coaches on defense and they play with more heart.

The Tide is Rolling and Nothing can stop it

October 29th, 2013
10:23 am

Do you guys really think Malzahn, a high school coach just a few years ago is better than Richt?!? You don’t get it do you. Remeber the 30 years before Richt? This is the best you’re gonna do. Georgia doesn’t have the class the field championship teams. And your fans are too stupid to realize that if the other conferences are handing out 35 schlolarships, then maybe the SEC should as well.

The Tide is Rolling and Nothing can stop it

October 29th, 2013
10:26 am

I don’t even understand why you think UGA should win a title. It’s like carrying an unbrella to the Sahara (that’s a desert, dogs).

Bulldawg35

October 29th, 2013
10:29 am

I bet fla will change their whole offense and have their break out game against us….just like they did in 2005… When they changed their offense during that bye week.

Bulldawg35

October 29th, 2013
10:33 am

Tide is not rolling

Nobody cares for your mindless drivel…you better hope Richt is the best we can get….cause if we do get better….we coming for you…..anyways Richt is 3-2 vs the tide…hahahahahaha!

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 29th, 2013
10:53 am

Tide Rolling

I guess you prove there isnt much education to be learned in the state of Alabama

To say “I don’t even understand why you think UGA should win a title.” is pretty ignorant

You do realize UGA is 3rd in all time SEC championships just 1 behind Tennessee
UGA is also 3rd in all time Bowl victories among all the FBS schools

You also realize we had a one loss regular season in 2002 and 2005 and unlike Bama who had a 1 loss season in 2011 and 2012 we werent allowed to play for a national title

Now you do realize that Florida had never won a national title or “”conference”" championship in 100 years until Steve Spurrier showed up

Auburn went 57 years before winning a national title in 2010 (paid for that is)

and You do realize LSU went 45 years before they won a National Title in 2003

So do yourself a favor and educate yourself sometime Mr. Class

Skokie Dog

October 29th, 2013
11:21 am

Mr. T. Rolling: Unlike some of those who post here, I don’t expect U.Ga. (a) to be national title contenders every year or (b) to be mediocre enough to be one of the two teams in the SEC championship game from time to time. I do expect that the ‘Dogs should be in the hunt for a national championship more often than once in 30 years or so. Why? The U.Ga. Athletic Association has a large cash flow and profits to invest in the infrastructure needed to contend. Georgia is a state with many highly touted high school seniors in most years, as Mr. Saban is well aware. What I think is missing at this point is a coaching staff that has the desire to excel and enough players who will step into leadership positions on the team to raise the level of effort among their teammates.

Fat Pie

October 29th, 2013
11:23 am

The point being, of course, that Georgia is pretty much equivalent to Auburn.

Fat Pie

October 29th, 2013
11:26 am

If CMR hangs around for 24 more years, then maybe he’ll win a National Championship at Georgia — just like Auburn did.

Bulldawg35

October 29th, 2013
11:44 am

Richt said on his presser that he doesn’t read his emails…maybe he needs to start reading, because he might get mad and want to prove people wrong….well maybe not…I was just hoping though.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 29th, 2013
11:56 am

or maybe he might find some ideas on “Cutting Edge Football”

Mobile Dawg

October 29th, 2013
12:11 pm

Yeah Tide I do. Won’t be long before he starts holding up fingers like Tuberville. Saban didn’t turn Bama around in his first year. Recruits will be drawn to the excitement Malzohn puts on the field. Give him a couple of years and you’ll be yelping like a puppy.

Flo-Ri-Duh

October 29th, 2013
12:31 pm

T_rd Rolls – In Alabummer the “Department of Education” is an oxymoron ….. much like YOU – a moron.

History proves that Aubarn does well with morals challenged QB’s from the state of Georgia.

Mobile Dawg

October 29th, 2013
12:34 pm

Remember TRoll, didn’t old Tubbs get to seven. Short memory huh?

Flo-Ri-Duh

October 29th, 2013
12:43 pm

T_rd Rolls – Stupid ? The only reason you can spell s t u p i d is because spell check showed you how.

Murray is not the problem and neither are zone defenses. A lack of WR’s that can get down the field before the DE’s get to Murray has been the problem the last two games. Don’t expect Bennett to be the answer coming off of surgery and losing Conley is not good.

I say UGA 16 – 10.

dawgfan

October 29th, 2013
12:46 pm

I thought Richt might have turned a corner when he got all ticked off after last year’s SECCG. I thought maybe something had finally lit a fire under his arse for once. Boy was I wrong. Its been same ole bland “we’ll just have to see what happens” Richt as always this year. I guess it was just a lot of misplaced rage.

Memo to Coach Richt: It’s hard to get too riled up about questions like that when 1) Its 100% true and 2) you’re doing absolutely jack squat to change it.

True story.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 29th, 2013
12:47 pm

Tide Roll comes on a UGA blog to talk about class

LOL

ok

maconexpress

October 29th, 2013
12:50 pm

Watch out for Butch Jones and the vols. Jones never recruited more than 2 four stars in a season @central Michigan and @Cincinnati where he won 4 conference titles……he already has 15 four stars and 1 five star for 2014. As an experience hc, he could turn that program around in a few years.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 29th, 2013
12:54 pm

I would hate to see how this coaching staff would react to a FL and Tenn program that are contenders year in and year out like they were in the 90’s

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 29th, 2013
12:56 pm

Muschamp came out and said this will be a short winning streak concerning the Ga FL game

I wonder if we will take another day off for such a statement

Skokie Dog

October 29th, 2013
1:01 pm

Flat: Does it count as a practice if the ‘Dogs spend the afternoon practicing their end zone dance moves?

Bulldawg36

October 29th, 2013
1:07 pm

Did you guys know Aaron Murray ranks 94th in 3rd down conversions, and last in the NCAA in interceptions?

Gators are really good on pass defense, top 5 in nation, and also top 10 in interceptions.

What will happen?
Gators go zone defense. Murray loses patience throwing short passes. Murray starts throwing interceptions right and left. In other words, 2010 & 2012.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 29th, 2013
1:09 pm

I would say yes

Macclenny_dawg

October 29th, 2013
1:09 pm

I am so glad that Richt read the energy bus!!! Every time I watch his press conferences it just sucks the life out of me. No wonder he can’t motivate his players or coaches. Guess we need to get rid of the energy vampire himself!!! I am also tired of the koolaid drinkers saying do I remember what it was like before he got here. Why yes I do and that’s where we are again. Back to average. Just watch a press conference on your coach and let me know how motivated you are after it!!! Go Dawgs!!!

Bulldawg36

October 29th, 2013
1:11 pm

Gators also will field the top 10 rush defense in the country. Gurley, who averages less yards to carry than the 3rd string back up JJ, will struggle against this rush defense. And might be reinjured in his ankle early on, it will be very physical and Gators will test his ankle.

AcesHigh

October 29th, 2013
1:14 pm

Scary Stat: UGA’s record is 2-10 when Murray loses the turnover battle.

Flo-Ri-Duh

October 29th, 2013
1:17 pm

BS36 – The Reptile team is not what it was – much like the Dawg’s team. Dawgs are playing against a different team – not the one that was top this and top that.

AcesHigh

October 29th, 2013
1:17 pm

Aaron really does struggle against Florida. I mean, he struggles against pretty much any big game situation, his record is 4-14 vs ranked teams. And so far, Aaron has really played poorly vs Florida. He has thrown 6 td’s, with 7 interceptions and some fumbles and is only completing 45% of his passes in this series.

So, Florida wins.

Flo-Ri-Duh

October 29th, 2013
1:19 pm

BRILLIANT REMARK! – The team that turns the ball over the most does usually lose – and that’s stranger than fiction!

AcesHigh

October 29th, 2013
1:19 pm

Bulldawg36:
Good stat, why is no one else talking about Aaron’s 3rd down conversion problems, and his turnover issues? I mean, as you so deftly pointed out, hard to win when you lose the turnover battle, 20% chance in the Murray “Lost Years” era 2010-2013.

The Tide is Rolling and Nothing can stop it

October 29th, 2013
1:19 pm

Please, provide something to the SECs run if you want to chant SEC, SEC, SEC. You really don’t get it. You share a talent rich state with a Tech school, have tons of money, top-notch facilities, and an established university. You’ve had this for decades and without Herschel, you’re not even Mississippi State. There is more reason to see that you obviously can’t climb to the upper echolons of college football.

Look at your other sports programs in your wonderful state. You’re a state full of losers when it comes to team sports. You don’t have the class the put the team first.

Instead, you make Alabama intelligence jokes when you have:
Honey Boo Boo
1 in 4 on food stamps
red panties
pay it forward
cheating school districts
Shall I go on?

Flo-Ri-Duh

October 29th, 2013
1:21 pm

Two years ago I saw MURRAY throw TWO 4th down TD passes and beat the Reptiles. I was there. Murray is not the problem…. just keep on TROLLING.

Flo-Ri-Duh

October 29th, 2013
1:21 pm

Two years ago I saw MURRAY throw TWO 4th down TD passes and beat the Reptiles. I was there. Murray is not the problem…. just keep on TROLLING.

AceDawg

October 29th, 2013
1:22 pm

Bill – What truly does Mark Richt “run” these days? Is it fair to say that he still loosely runs the offense? Is it fair to say that he loosely runs special teams? I’m pretty sure he does not run the defense, although he still would be some sort of stamp on that. The hardest part of crticizing Richt is understanding whether it is his coaching that falls short, or his judgment in coordinators and decision rights. Either way, it is sooooo painful loving the guy as a person but watching him stumble on the key aspects of his job.

UGA’s backup players are not prepared to contribute the way they should be. I think UGA relies far too much on superior talent and not enough on having effective schemes/systems that allow both starters and backups to play more instinctively and effectively. The UGA offense is too conservative with the backups for them to be effective – it isn’t like Green and Douglas can turn a predictable run play into gold like Gurley and Marshall, and it isn’t like the unproven receivers are going to be Tony Gonzalez’s and simply win possession games in short passing schemes. Also, apparently the defense is too loose and focused on big hits instead of disciplined coverage (a particular bad thing since the NCAA is turning tackle football into an aggressive flag football sort of game). Aside from an occasionally effective passrush that blows plays up, EVERYONE on defense is playing catchup on every play. I like Grantham much more than Martinez because at least the defense does play aggressive, but it’s amazing how undisciplined they are. Grantham and Martinez are two sides to a coin that I wouldn’t want in my pocket.

The Tide is Rolling and Nothing can stop it

October 29th, 2013
1:26 pm

“UGA’s backup players are not prepared to contribute ” That’s because they’re not scholarship players! Richt is too nice a guy to cut someone not contributing so when another thug gets kicked off the team, he has to fill a roster spot with a scout team player. You call it oversigning, but it’s actually roster managment

AcesHigh

October 29th, 2013
1:27 pm

I don’t know if anyone’s mentioned it yet, but Aaron Murray has 4 turnovers in the last 2 games, didn’t even throw a td in the last game, he’s as cold as a Qb gets.

I was looking at this SCARY STAT:
Murray’s passer efficiency has gotten worse EVERY SINGLE GAME for the last 5 games in a row. He has gone down 140 points from 220 passer rating all the way down to 84 in the last game. It’s a trend Bobo, Murray, and Richt are unable to fix. Look for Murray to continue his wicked decline and finish the Florida game with a 60 passer rating, then 40 in the next game, then 20, down to 0 passer rating vs Ga Tech. Again, he has declined EVERY WEEK for 5 weeks straight by an average of 30 passer efficiency points. It’s the worst collapse I’ve ever seen for a 5th year Senior, really unheard of in college football to see a Qb completely fall apart as a 5th year Senior with 40+ starts.

AcesHigh

October 29th, 2013
1:31 pm

Passer rating for Aaron Murray in last 5 games:
244, 214, 165, 130, 123, 84.

5 weeks in a row. a 160 point drop. And his worst 2 games were against UNRANKED SEC TEAMS.

Florida is an UNRANKED SEC TEAM.

Bad news for UGA fans.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 29th, 2013
1:31 pm

Tide Roll

Yea please go on……

When your state is known for Forest Gump Tammy and Harvey Updike
You have just as many on food stamps

red panties you say?? (didnt you guys hire a head coach and had to immediately fire him for what was it again hmmmmmm?)

“Look at your other sports programs in your wonderful state.”….. Yes please do that cause we have 3 professional sports teams so let us know when the year 2310 comes around; maybe then you will have the population to qualify for at least 1 professional team.

oh and I might add we held the Olympics not the Trailer Trash Games

plus we hold the greatest Golfing event in the world every year.

So please go on Bubba Gump and tell us how the state of Alabama is so great of a state cause they arent even ranked in the top 10 as one of the prettiest states in America

AcesHigh

October 29th, 2013
1:37 pm

More bad news for UGA fans:
In the remaining games, Aaron Murray, who is in the worst freefall of any 5th Year Senior qb with 40+ starts in NCAA history, Aaron faces 3 top defenses nationally in defensive scoring:
Florida, #8
GT, #20
Auburn #24

Gurley will face the following rush defenses ranked nationally:
Florida, #9
GT, #17
Auburn, #36

The Tide is Rolling and Nothing can stop it

October 29th, 2013
1:38 pm

So please go on Bubba Gump and tell us how the state of Alabama is so great of a state cause they arent even ranked in the top 10 as one of the prettiest states in America

Well, the State of Alabama (17th in population) has won the last 4 college football titles.
And I don’t get the trailer jokes. Have you been outside of the airport city? Looked at Albany lately?
Forrest Gump was a great movie that “explained” historical events by tieing them into Forrest’s life. Notice that they didn’t explain the greatness of UGA football (ahem) with Forrest…

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 29th, 2013
1:38 pm

AcesHigh

Instead of blaming Murray for these losses you might want to look over at the sideline

cause the problems of no defense stepping up in big games;
lack of an O-line being able to block;
an abysmal special teams unit
and an undisciplined team that continues to have large amounts of penalties and turnovers in almost every game

has been going on before Murray was being recruited to UGA

The Tide is Rolling and Nothing can stop it

October 29th, 2013
1:42 pm

(Statistically speaking) one the greatest Quarterbacks to play in the SEC…

And you blame him. Does anyone else not see what I mean about your fans?

AcesHigh

October 29th, 2013
1:42 pm

More bad news for UGA fans:
Florida, GT, and Auburn are all tied for 9th best defense in INTERCEPTIONS in the nation.

Aaron Murray is ranked 90th best in interceptions nationally.

BamaBob

October 29th, 2013
1:45 pm

If a Qb ranked that low in interceptions, Saban would send him to the bench.

AJ: 3 interceptions, 50% on 3rd down conversions
AM: 6 interceptions, 35% on 3rd down conversions

That’s the difference in 7-0, and 4-3.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 29th, 2013
1:51 pm

Yea please go on

Im waiting to here about all the Alabama sports teams and sporting events that go on in that great sports state

Have you ever held the following……

World Series
Super Bowl
Olympics
2 Major Championships in golf in the same year
The Greatest golf championship in the world every year.
A college Bowl game every year
The Final Four
The College Basketball national championship game
Nascar
Le Mans racing
Championship Boxing
Monday Night Football game

Let us know when you the state of Alabama compares to the state of Georgia in sports

TideCharlie

October 29th, 2013
1:52 pm

The Crimson Tide ranks 27th in turnover margin, and the Bulldogs rank 102nd in turnover margin. That’s what Saban emphasizes, Richt emphasizes passing records. LOL

TideCharlie

October 29th, 2013
1:56 pm

The Crimson Tide has ranked #1 or #2 in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 in offensive turnovers lost. They really protect the ball there. The Bulldogs #2, #8, #7, #6 in the conference in offensive turnovers lost in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. Very sloppy under Murray’s leadership.

TideCharlie

October 29th, 2013
2:00 pm

The Crimson Tide only have 1 game where they lost the turnover margin. The Bulldogs have a NEGATIVE TURNOVER MARGIN in 4 OF 7 games, and lost 3 of 4 of those games, or 75%.

DawgVoiceofReason

October 29th, 2013
2:13 pm

Some ignorant clowns spreading lies about Aaron Murray might want to note that he has led the Dawgs to two straight wins over Florida. Despite less than outstanding individual performances in those games, he has come up big in the clutch when he was needed most. Also, to the one making such a big deal about his declining passer rating (if you are even correct on the numbers), had you noticed that he lost his three top receivers from the first game and his two top running backs? You just ignore the facts to go with your own twisted agenda. He has also performed admirably despite what most consider a mediocre offensive line. Get a CLUE.

Fat Pie

October 29th, 2013
2:16 pm

“Let us know when you the state of Alabama compares to the state of Georgia in sports”

***

God, I hope that never happens. If it did, I guess I’d just have to move back to Augusta. ;-)

Bulldawg35

October 29th, 2013
2:50 pm

Aces high and bulldawg36 are the same people. Please don’t fall for their crap….that poster that is always posting Murray stats is the same damn guy with a bunch of screen names.

Bulldawg35

October 29th, 2013
3:11 pm

Richt also said on his presser that if UGA played vandy again….he would of taken more deep shots down field….little to late for that now coach.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

October 29th, 2013
3:14 pm

35

Good to know that fans and media have to say what should have been done

Fat Pie

October 29th, 2013
3:23 pm

Bulldawg35

October 29th, 2013
3:11 pm

Richt also said on his presser that if UGA played vandy again….he would of taken more deep shots down field….little to late for that now coach.

***

Maybe Mark could call Kevin Sumlin and have him draw up a game plan for him from now on? ;-)

Bulldawg35

October 29th, 2013
3:25 pm

Kevin Sumlin is a better coach than Richt….but not by much….

Bulldawg35

October 29th, 2013
3:27 pm

Flat

Yeah I know….we are pretty much doomed. Richt was a great coach in the beginning….but messed up by not hiring an proven OC and DC.

dawgfan

October 29th, 2013
3:31 pm

Losing Gurley was huge but I’m not sure why losing receivers should be such a big deal that it disrupts the entire offense. It seems like Richt signs like 15 receivers every recruiting class (and maybe 1 or 2 O-linemen). They should all know how to run all the routes and do everything that the starters do. It sounds like they weren’t getting enough reps and then it’s total panic mode when the starters go down.

Glad we took all that time off last week. We don’t have a bunch of young players that need a lot of practice time or anything like that at all.

Bulldawg35

October 29th, 2013
3:45 pm

Bobo is just an horrible play caller……in my opinion he cost us the Clemson and Vanderbilt game.

JoJo

October 29th, 2013
4:29 pm

Didn’t even miss Gurley, in fact, JJ Green averaged MORE ypc than Gurley.

Barnum&Bailey

October 29th, 2013
8:34 pm

I wouldn’t be surprised to see a low scoring game. Something like 27 – 21. Who makes the 27 could go either way.

Flo-Ri-Duh

October 29th, 2013
9:03 pm

NO – more like 16 – 10 unless the refs get involved again or the “special teams” turns the ball over again.

Should consider having Gurley & J.J. in the game at the same time – J.J. as a WR.

Flo-Ri-Duh

October 30th, 2013
7:14 am

DawgOne – An overwhelming majority of Dawg fans are in agreement that we are sick and tired of you “fair weather” fans and TROLLS coming on here claiming something you can’t prove. This season is not over and TRUE Dawg fans (not you) support the players and the coaches.

Flo-Ri-Duh

October 30th, 2013
7:17 am

One thing for sure – with ALL of the starting WR’s injured (Bennett won’t be better than 80% for this game) stopping Todd Gurley will be the Reptile’s game plan.

Need to get Arthur Lynch & Jay Rome involved in the passing game. It’s T I M E!!!!

Flo-Ri-Duh

October 30th, 2013
7:17 am

One thing for sure – with ALL of the starting WR’s injured (Bennett won’t be better than 80% for this game) stopping Todd Gurley will be the Reptile’s game plan.

Need to get Arthur Lynch & Jay Rome involved in the passing game. It’s T I M E!!!!

dawgfan

October 30th, 2013
7:56 am

I am very encouraged by Garrison’s Smith’s attitude. He said they played fine against Vandy and it was all the ref’s fault. This is what champions are made of. Thanks Mark Richt.

Can you freaking believe this crap? We are a joke.

Barnum&Bailey

October 30th, 2013
7:58 am

They say that CFB is a religion in Alabama, but if you want to meet some true zealots with blind faith, then you’ll have to go to Athens. ;-)

Bulldawg35

October 30th, 2013
8:27 am

Is everybody ready for Florida to dominate the dawgs….I am! Woo hoo!

I tell u what UGA football will take years off your life if you get invested in it….geez.

Bulldawg35

October 30th, 2013
8:29 am

Richt is basically saying when we lose blame it on somebody else…..sounds about like something he would say.

Bulldawg35

October 30th, 2013
8:31 am

The problem is…we can’t get rid of Richt….we have kept him here for too long…their is nobody out there….but maybe Pete Carroll….and he is not leaving the Seahawks.

The Tide is Rolling and Nothing can Stop it

October 30th, 2013
8:45 am

The problem is…we can’t get rid of Richt…

Would you prefer Donnan or Golf to replace him?

The Tide is Rolling and Nothing can Stop it

October 30th, 2013
8:46 am

Two years ago, your fan base wanted to make Todd Gratham the head coach. Oh wow I wish that would have happened.

Fat Pie

October 30th, 2013
11:08 am

I know a feller from Georgia who’s lookin’ for a HC job. If Mama calls, he might just be willing to move back from Auburn.

Cough, cough…

JumperJimmy

October 31st, 2013
9:44 am

Keys to the game by JumperJimmy?
#1 Turnover margin
Advantage Florida. Florida is ranked #57 in turnover margin, while Georgia comes in at #102. Both offenses give the ball away freely, UGA 13 times, Florida 14 times. But, Florida’s defense has forced 14 turnovers, while Georgia’s defense has only forced just 6 turnovers all season.

JumperJimmy

October 31st, 2013
9:50 am

Keys to the game by Jumper Jimmy?
#2 Offensive 3rd down conversions
Advantage Florida. Florida’s offense is average, they convert around 42% on 3rd downs. But Georgia’s offense is among the worst in the NCAA, 94th in the NCAA. Why? Looking closer, Tyler Murphy handles pressure better, he completes 61% on 3rd down, where Aaron Murray tends to choke on 3rd downs, only converting 54%. Florida averages 2.4 ypc rushing on 3rd downs (rank 94th nationally), where Georgia averages 1.88 yards per carry rushing (ranks 105 nationally).