UGA fans still seeking someone to blame for unexpected losses

Aaron Murray goes for another record Saturday. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

Aaron Murray goes for another record Saturday. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

As the Dogs prepare to take on rising Sun Belt Conference member Appalachian State Saturday in this year’s Homecoming game, you can bet on three things: 1. Georgia’s coaches have mentioned this week the 2007 upset in which the Mountaineers beat Michigan thanks at least in part to a blocked field goal. 2. If the Dogs run true to form, there’ll be at least some letdown in emotion and focus the week after a big win. 3. It unfortunately is likely to be a late-arriving crowd thanks to the 12:30 p.m. kickoff.

However, the current App State isn’t anywhere near as strong a team as in 2007, and with Georgia’s first-teamers at least starting the game and Aaron Murray set to break Danny Wuerffel’s SEC career touchdown pass record on what should be a beautiful fall day, perhaps there won’t be as many empty seats as at some of these nonconference games.

Now, let’s get to some of this week’s Junkyard Mail. Despite the big win over Florida, some of you are still fuming about the way this season has transpired. …

Paul writes: Bill, Each and every year we witness the same excuse from Bulldog Nation: Fire this coach or fire that coach, but let’s give Richt another year or two because he won an SEC Championship and he is a nice guy. At what point do you feel [Greg] McGarity should engage in the proverbial “cut the head off the snake”? It appears too much blame is passed around Richt and into the staff ranks he has interviewed and hired. Fans continuously ask for a championship, yet don’t seem to want change or accept the fact their leader isn’t as enthusiastic about obtaining that crystal trophy as he alludes to in interviews. I like Richt, but there comes a time when a regime change can be a good thing. The stagnant culture in our locker room can only be the result of poor leadership. … Should we not scrap our staff and start fresh?

Ask the folks in Knoxville how that regime change thing has worked out for them. Granted, this season isn’t turning out as brilliantly as seemed possible a few weeks ago, but let’s not forget the string of major injuries to key players and the rebuilding job necessary after losing a bunch of NFL-caliber defensive talent. Plus, there’s this year’s schedule, which Jeff Sagarin rates the toughest in the country. (By the way, he has the Dogs still ranked at No. 17.) Georgia has quality wins this year over two Top 10 teams and barely lost to another Top 10 team in the season’s opening game. The season derailed somewhat after the injuries mounted. Even if Georgia doesn’t manage to knock off another Top 10 team in Auburn, I don’t think anyone could reasonably make the case that this is the type of season that costs a head coach his job.

David Rosenberg writes: Bill, Any win over Florida is a good win, no matter the circumstance. There is no telling what this game may have meant nationally, if both teams were not the walking wounded. I am thrilled with the outcome, but disappointed in the execution. Even Coach Richt said he was “subdued” because Georgia almost blew a 20 point halftime lead. Georgia is talented. I am no longer willing to lay blame on the players because I believe they are playing the way they are being coached to play. I believe they are following the lead of the staff and that is getting them into trouble. Bobo mixed up his game plan early. Then he got conservative and predictable late. The offensive line was dominant early. Then they took a powder. The defense was aggressive early and then fell into some old habits. Football fans all over cringe when Nick Saban gets upset with his team over a 40+ point win. But Saban does what I wish we did a better job of: PAYING ATTENTION TO DETAILS! Receivers not running routes past the first down marker, CB’s giving 10 yards of cushion on 3rd and 3, punt returners catching the ball inside the 10, DE’s and LB’s not setting the edge and not containing, or having 12 men on the field after 2 timeouts and a television delay. I still see our defensive unit THINKING WAY TOO MUCH. So much confusion exists they are not able to use their athletic gifts by simply reacting to the football. Looking forward, even into 2014, with everyone healthy, we have the potential to be special. But potential cannot be realized when it is being impeded. DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS! What do you think?

Along the same lines, Matt Cafaro writes: Bill, After Saturday’s game, I’ve come to a sobering conclusion: The Bulldogs will never win a national title, mythical or otherwise, because of Mark Richt. This is unlike coaches such as Urban Meyer, Nick Saban, or even Pete Carroll. The teams that employ(ed) those coaches won titles BECAUSE of them. Why? Because all of them, even Carroll, obsess over every single, little, tiny, most infinite detail. Their teams don’t send 12 men out after timeouts. They don’t play undisciplined football. They don’t make the kind of mistakes that lose them games. Why? Because their coaches PAY ATTENTION TO EVERY SINGLE DETAIL. They certainly don’t make the same special teams mistakes, year in and year out. Mark Richt either doesn’t care to obsess over the smallest of details, or it’s just not in his nature. Either way, it’s not a recipe for winning titles. If the Bulldogs are ever going to win a title under him, it’s going to be despite Mark Richt, not because of him.

Does Mark Richt need to obsess over details more? (Associated Press)

Does Mark Richt need to obsess over details more? (Associated Press)

I think you both make some very good points, though I have to pick a couple of nits with David’s characterization of the Florida game. Mike Bobo really only called one conservative series in the game, and certainly not in the second half. As I pointed out the other day, a play-action pass out of the end zone isn’t conservative! And that final drive showed yet again what this team can do, even at less than full-strength. As for the OL, I wouldn’t say they took a powder after their early dominance; I’d say Florida’s talented defensive front adjusted. Remember, we were playing the best D in the conference. And while I agree the 12th man penalty was inexcusable, you have to give credit to Todd Grantham for an aggressive game plan. The Dogs blitzed all day long. As for those receivers, keep in mind that a good many of them would be riding the bench this season if not for injuries. And while your criticisms of Georgia’s pass defense are on the mark, it’s still a very young unit. They do tend to play tentatively at times, though they came up big when it counted. But, yes, I’d like to see much more attention to details on the sideline as well as on the field.

Andy Adams writes: Bill, I have a hard time understanding how our secondary is struggling so much on long throws downfield. I know the rush defense has generally been good, but the pass defense continues to be a sore spot. Outside of last week, Damian Swann has had an abysmal season. Considering all of the athletes that we recruit, why can’t we find an athlete and quickly train them up to play in the secondary? Although Swann is the longest tenured back, he’s been abused nearly all season.

Overall the Dogs have worked their way up to being seventh ranked in total defense in the SEC, but they still rank last in the conference in scoring defense and this is due in part to the secondary (offensive turnovers and special teams meltdowns have been big factors, too). As has been noted here before, part of the problem with the secondary is that some of the talented athletes Georgia signed who were expected to have been playing as defensive backs by now got kicked off the team. And, unfortunately, the recruiting in that area appears to have been a bit spotty. As for Swann, he has definitely struggled this season compared with last year, when he had four interceptions. What happened? Playing with a group of inexperienced defensive backs who have a tendency not to be at the right spot at the right time has probably been a factor, as has a lack of support from the safeties on some of those plays where Swann has been burned. But it’s also possible that our expectations of Swann were skewed by the fact that he was playing alongside extremely talented teammates Shawn Williams and Bacarri Rambo last season. Keep in mind also that last season he played most of the time in as the nickel back and, in fact, when he’s played nickel this season he’s seemed much more comfortable than when he’s playing corner. And even at corner his play has improved somewhat over the past couple of games. Let’s see how the rest of the season plays out.

Matt Mashburn writes: Bill, I really thought that your blog posts about Florida were some of your best ever. The game really was a roller-coaster. I thought that you captured very well the conflicting emotions of overwhelming joy at beating Florida three years straight and “gee whiz guys, if a pass is even close to being a lateral, you’ve got to jump on it like a hungry man jumps on a peach.” I think we’ve got a surprise in store for Auburn (too bad scheduling has it there instead of home). I also REALLY like your idea of playing in black jerseys every home game for Auburn. I think you had it right. That way it’s a tradition rather than a gimmick.

Thanks, Matt. I think the idea of using the black jerseys just for Auburn games in Athens or perhaps the student-generated idea of wearing them for the final home game of the season, no matter who the opponent is, both offer a way to re-embrace UGA’s other primary school color. Hope you’re right about this year’s Auburn game.

David Downs writes: Hey, What’s the deal with the horse collar penalty? I thought it required the shoulder pads be grabbed, but during the [Florida] game when called against Georgia is was obviously the jersey we grabbed. What exactly is the rule for that penalty?

You’re not the only one, David. Coach Richt said on his “Bulldog Hotline” radio show this week that he also thought the pads had to be grabbed for it to be a horse-collar tackle, but after having it called on his team for a second time this season when it was the jersey grabbed, he had concluded that it also applied to the jersey. The spirit of the rule, he said, is that if you grab a player from behind in a jerking action and yank him down, you’ll get called for it, whether it’s pads or not. A 2008 ESPN.com report from when the NCAA rule was instituted noted that it would be assessed “when a runner is yanked to the ground from the inside collar of his shoulder pads or jersey.”

Greg Seritt writes: As a very avid fan of the Georgia Bulldogs for a long time, I have two questions: I don’t understand getting a good lead and sitting on it. It’s not like the other team is going to quit and walk off the field. They are going to continue doing what they need to do to come back. So I say keep on scoring all you can and don’t quit. Second question: Why isn’t No. 48 Quayvon Hicks running the ball more? He’s a beast.

I agree completely with your view about building on a lead. I think that’s one complaint about Bobo that is valid; he tends to take his foot off the gas when Georgia gets a couple of touchdowns ahead. As for Hicks, he hasn’t had much success in recent games when he has had a chance to run the ball (though, admittedly, it’s usually been up the middle off the line). He has, however, developed nicely as a blocker; he delivered some monster blows in the Florida game. What I don’t understand is why Murray hasn’t thrown to him more, like he did with success early in the season. I’d like to see more of that.

Michael Scharff writes: Bill, My Dad (UGA ‘55), my son (UGA 2011) and I were at the game in Jacksonville this past Saturday. I am very proud of the Dawgs for pulling out our third straight win over Florida. That being said, I was very concerned and disappointed with the rash of scrums that broke out over the course of the game. We had good seats, but we were up high on the 400 level, so I couldn’t see what the Gators did to Gurley at the bottom of the pile to set off the first fight. I have never seen Gurley that angry and uncontrollable. And during the last fight, it was really upsetting for the Georgia State Patrol officers to have to go out with Coach Richt. I know they were there for his safety, and I appreciate that, but I thought it was really beyond out of hand for the officers to have to be involved in getting our players off of the field to the sidelines. And then, as if that wasn’t bad enough, both teams get called out on ESPN on the wrap-up show later that night by Rece Davis. I would really like to see the SEC commissioner call out both Jeremy Foley and Greg McGarity, and they in turn their head coaches, and tell them that they had best make sure they figure out a way that such an embarrassing display never happens again.

Todd Gurley was happy after the win, but not so much when Gators tried to gouge his eyes. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

Todd Gurley was happy after the win, but not so much when Gators tried to gouge his eyes. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

Gurley apparently was mad because of some attempted eye-gouging on the part of the Gators that has shown up in photos online this week. I thought it was interesting that Voice of the Bulldogs Scott Howard brought up the eye-gouging pictures on this week’s “Bulldog Hotline” show. I doubt he would have done that if the UGA coaching staff hadn’t come to the same conclusion that many of us have — that Gator players were trying to provoke the Bulldogs, particularly Gurley, in hopes of getting him kicked out of the game for retaliating. (Eye-gouging, you’ll recall is a Gator specialty.) It was even more appalling that Gator fans actually had the gall to complain after the game that Gurley wasn’t tossed. Still, you’re right that both teams got a lot more “chippy” (as the broadcasters like to call it) than is proper. Hopefully, the Georgia coaching staff talked with players this week about not letting cheap shots rattle their composure.

Albert Brown writes: Hello Bill, What became of Chase Vasser (senior linebacker)? Name on roster but not on depth chart? This guy started some games last year. Went down with shoulder surgery, vanished this year. Just curious.

You’re right, Albert. Vasser has only played in one game so far this season (North Texas) and has no tackles. I put the question to our UGA beat writer, Chip Towers, who notes that Vasser suffered an ankle injury in preseason camp and “has been completely out of the mix ever since. As far as I know nothing else has happened to him.” Apparently, Chip says, Vasser has just been passed on the depth chart by others on the team, including Leonard Floyd.

Chris Pugh writes: Hey Bill, I’ve heard so many stories where Mark Richt is not always given what he needs at UGA, so my question to you is, does Richt have full control when it comes to the every day football operations? And does he get what he needs to be successful at UGA?

Yes, Richt is in control, with oversight from the athletic director, Greg McCarity. Aside from an indoor practice facility, which Richt opted to skip a couple of years ago in favor of expanding the weight room at Butts-Mehre, I can’t think of anything that UGA might be lacking in facilities. Some might argue that he could use more noncoaching staffers like Alabama’s Nick Saban uses, but that’s an approach to the game that college football observers are still debating.

Dallas Dawg writes: Bill, Firstly, I really enjoy your column. I’m a Georgia grad but have spent the majority of my adulthood west of the Mississippi. God bless the Internet — I can just call up a little bit of home whenever I need it. Secondly, I love the Ray Drew quote, where he referred to himself as taking the “crock pot” approach. Leonard Floyd, on the other hand, has come on like gangbusters in a very short period of time. Hence, I think he should be referred to as Leonard “Microwave” Floyd. This way our defense could have a “Crock Pot” and a “Microwave,” and honestly, what could be more intimidating then a defense stocked with kitchen appliances! Remember Eddie “Meat Cleaver” Weaver?

Thanks. Interesting concept, Dallas. But I don’t think I want to know which Georgia defender gets to be the “George Foreman Grill.”

That’s it for this week’s mail. Meanwhile, if you’re in Athens Friday afternoon the annual Homecoming Parade is set for 6 p.m. downtown. Starting at the corner of College Avenue and Dougherty Street, the parade will proceed down Pulaski Street before turning onto Washington from Thomas Street, then return to its starting point at the corner of College Avenue and Dougherty. It’s usually a fun outing, especially for kids.

Go Dogs!

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132 comments Add your comment

Slick Richt

November 8th, 2013
10:28 am

Aaron's Mom

November 8th, 2013
10:31 am

I’m just glad that our boys don’t have to play with those mean alligators any more.

They need a time out in the corner for playing rough with our boys like that!

Granthams The Man!

November 8th, 2013
10:38 am

I’m still proud of this team. They simply lost too many starters. Get it done this week and get ready to beat the Tigers. Go Dawgs!!!

Tom ragan

November 8th, 2013
10:38 am

Enter your comments here

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

November 8th, 2013
10:38 am

Just another reason why the Florida game is the most important game on the schedule

Cuz

November 8th, 2013
10:40 am

Blame the injuries. We are a shell of a team.

old dog

November 8th, 2013
10:43 am

Florida’s O was not good, thus or d looked better. Our D scheme will not carry us to the promised land…..there is too much thinkin’ and not enough doin’. We couldn’t dominate with this D when we had NFL caliber players…..

La Dawg

November 8th, 2013
10:48 am

How about this scenario. Next year we make it four in a row over Florida. Muschamp gets fired. Grantham takes an NFL job (Richt would never grow a set and get rid of him). New DC at UGA for 2015 ……..Will Muschamp.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

November 8th, 2013
10:50 am

We need someone that knows how to teach and recruit an O-line as well

Bulldawg35

November 8th, 2013
11:15 am

I blame the Kool Aid fans! They’re responsible for accepting this mediocre coaching staff!

Bulldawg35

November 8th, 2013
11:23 am

Flat

Maybe we need to hire Ritchie incognito as OL coach. Heck at least he could motivate them.

UGA Insider

November 8th, 2013
11:24 am

I think UGA fans should be content with the season so far, I guess barring the Vandy game. UGA only had a few defensive starters coming back and we have been hurt badly by injuries. Yet we have beaten USCe, LSU, Tenn and FL. The Mizzou and Vandy losses I predicted because the team was exhausted by the early schedule and beat up. McGarity has informed CMR that we need to look into a ST’s coach if there is some coaching turnover during the off-season as well.

I think we will upset Auburn and beat UK. Tech will be a toss-up and that game worries me.

Next year we should be LOADED and in good shape to battle USCe for the SEC east again. I don’t see any early NFL defections as well which tell you how young we are.

Spanky

November 8th, 2013
11:24 am

I still don’t get why we hafta go to Auburn 2 yrs in a row…..sux!

Spanky

November 8th, 2013
11:26 am

Also, I’m excited to (hopefully) see Hutson Mason really get into the game, as well as Rumph!

Skokie Dog

November 8th, 2013
11:28 am

Bill King: I think that the fact that Coach Richt didn’t KNOW the horse collar rule is indicative of the point that a couple of your writers made. He should pay more attention to details.

Mark Richt

November 8th, 2013
11:50 am

Dad gum-it Skokie…I know a horse collar when I see it. Fiddlesticks!

Bulldawg35

November 8th, 2013
11:52 am

Insider

You didn’t predict a loss to mizzou and vandy….come on now.

Bulldawg35

November 8th, 2013
11:54 am

Spanky

Why are you excited about rumph…he has a bad teacher….plus he just can’t live up to the hype.

Bulldawg35

November 8th, 2013
12:14 pm

UGA is 2nd in sacks..I just don’t understand why this defense is so bad? I guess because they give up big 3rd down plays…yepper.

Dirty Dawg

November 8th, 2013
12:15 pm

A play here…a play there and we’re undefeated. Of course you could say that about, pretty much, every team, every season. The Vandy game – Ok so we screwed the pooch a couple of times on special teams – but those stinkin damn targeting calls meant the difference in winning and losing. And while I’m at it, and even though we won, we’d a been talking about complete dominance of Florida but for that ‘lateral’ call…a call that never should have been made. The ref that made the call was in the worst position to have made it. The line judge on the side closest to the play didn’t…the back judge was standing 20 feet from Murray (and with a better angle than the one that did make it) didn’t. The fact that replays couldn’t overturn it is irrelevant since if it had been called an incomplete pass replays wouldn’t have changed that either. Point being, the official that made the call – and opened the door for Florida’s comeback – was just guessing and guessing is no way for a football ref to approach a game. If you see it, you see it…if you guess it’s likely that you’ll be wrong, and if none of the others have the guts to change it, you’ll likely lose. Yeah, I’m a whining UGA fan, but I’ve played enough, watched enough (replayed the replays a dozen or more times) and called enough to know a mistake when I see it. And as for the ‘chippyness’, Florida was doing what Florida does – gouge, grab, pinch, poke, twist, whatever – in pile ups just to see if they can get a rise out of us – in this case Gurley – in hopes that somebody will retaliate and get penalized and if the League doesn’t do something about it, somebody’s gonna get hurt bad.

Jack Bull

November 8th, 2013
12:16 pm

I’ll say it once again, there’s Satan and Crier, then there’s everybody else. Plain and simple. Muschamp was an unknown, how’s that working for Florida. Smart would be an unknown also. Unless you know for a fact that you can get one of those two, you simply stay the course. The chances of ending up like Tenn are better than the other way around.

derekross

November 8th, 2013
12:21 pm

What is with our DB’s? They look like Slick Willie is out there coaching them. They aren’t locating the ball, they play the basket of the receiver and all the QB has to do is lob the football deep to get the DB’s to get a pass interference call. The DB’s are just watching the receiver and trying to knock the ball after the receiver catches it. Also what is up with the huge 10 yard cushion they are giving receivers? Don’t get me started on the tackling. There is no wrapping up.

Is Willie Martinez still coaching these DB’s?

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

November 8th, 2013
12:28 pm

I love how people use the Tenn excuse as the guiding example

Yes Tennessee is a great example of the importance of a head coach getting good coordinators under him

Tennessee went down hill when Cutcliffe left

Please stop using Tennessee as an excuse

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

November 8th, 2013
12:29 pm

Jack Bull

Mark Richt was unknown too

whats your point???

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

November 8th, 2013
12:38 pm

FSU and Tennessee

What do they have in common?

They had some great runs in the 90’s and then………………………

Oops They lost some “good coordinators” and then spiraled into mediocrity

Earth to kool-aiders….. if the head coach doesnt surround himself with good coordinators then guess what…. you end up seeing the FSU and Tennessee example

Jeff Wolford

November 8th, 2013
1:04 pm

QB With Best SEC Stats, Ever. Best RB In College Football, And . . .
Three consecutive victories against the Mighty Gators. Yet, no SEC
Championships. Why?!?!

IMO, it’s because CMR didn’t properly manage the team’s roster the
past few years, and the staff tried to make up for the short fall in
2013 by signing 33 recruits. This caused a lack of experience and
maturity at key positions this season. In 2012 UGA signed 19
recruits. In 2011 UGA signed 26 recruits. In 2010 UGA signed 19
recruits. And in 2009 UGA signed 20 recruits. Over four years, 2009-
2012, this comes to 84 signed, out of 100 possible.

CMR’s staff tried to get as many as possible of the 2013’s 33 signees
to enroll JAN 2013, and get a Spring Practice under their belt. This
kind of short-cut can backfire if injuries bite unusually deep,
thereby exposing physically and mentally inexperienced players, who
don’t know how to overcome adversity. (See Mizzou and Vandy games).
The problem is this short-cut doesn’t allow for needed “bake time” to
get players acclimated to the program, know what’s required of them,
learn their assignments, mature mentally, and gain experience at SEC
venues. All the intangibles that develop player confidence in their
collective ability to overcome adversity by understanding ain’t no
body gonna get them out of tough situations but themselves.

Hopefully CMR changes his Modus Operandi, and will now sign 25 players
each and every year, and then let attrition take its normal course.
Career ending injuries, unforeseen medical conditions, poor academics,
crazy girlfriends, early departures to the NFL, drug/bad behavior
related player dismissals, and the occasional “bust” for lack of
physical talent will get the program within the 85 scholarship limit
over a four year period.

IMO, this is the biggest reason why Georgia can’t field a consistent,
championship caliber football team since CMR arrived in 2001. It’s
because CMR is still learning how to manage the football program.

old dog

November 8th, 2013
1:11 pm

CTG will not get the D where it needs to be. We may be the Champs of the SEC next year, but if we are it will be because we outscored everybody else. We ain’t teaching the D properly (apparantly) we are not learning it properly, and are not playing it properly. It is time to take a long look (again) at D. When is the last time a team with a bad d won the SEC? I’m not saying our kids are bad, but I am saying this system is not for us. I just do not feel that CTG’s system is going to take us to the next level.

Bulldog Born & Bred

November 8th, 2013
1:14 pm

im telling you if we don’t go and get Kirby Smart soon somebody else will he’s been taught by the best coach in college football Kirby will out recruit anybody on our staff

Jack Bull

November 8th, 2013
1:24 pm

He’s not an unknown at this point. Kirby Smart will end up just like Muschamp.
Mark Richt is a dang good Head football coach. I do wish he’d play Mason a bit more, but he’s right up there close to the top of the list in head coaches.
And I’m not sure I want a coach who steps over a player on the ground who’s having a seizure simply to get to his office. Or one who you’re not sure when he wants to go spend more time with his family.
Again, there’s only one or two schools in the nation that field what some are calling, ‘consistent, championship football teams’…
UGA’s fine.

Dog4Life

November 8th, 2013
1:41 pm

Yea, the Tenn excuse is pretty lame. Miami hired Coker and first year won a NC. Baylor hired Briles and look at them now. Fla won with Meyer–Oregon has a new HC and they are winning. Stanford hired a new coach when Harbaugh left for NFL and they are doing just fine– Freeze seems to be doing just fine at Ol’Miss–Saban was new to bama and looked what he did etc…..not many of these programs suffered as did Tenn–it seems Tenn is more of the exception than the rule when hiring new coaches; now with that being said, I am not seeking to fire CMR–just tired of that lame excuse of “Look what happened to Tenn.”

RiffRaff

November 8th, 2013
1:47 pm

As far as the Florida game goes the coaches should have stepped in and calmed the over reaction the players displayed. Actually the refs should have warned both benches.

RiffRaff

November 8th, 2013
1:52 pm

The loss to Vandy was pretty bad. Sure the targeting penalties were a joke but again this team goes into a funk in the second half.

JB

November 8th, 2013
1:59 pm

Ask the folks in Knoxville? How bout asking them in Auburn. Richt will leave when HE wants to. We might all just adjust to that. He is our Frank Beamer. Had a couple of good teams. Wins and recruits just good enough to have some cred and get a top 25 pre season ranking somewhere……But just can’t deliver the Crystal. Poor Assit coach’s. Who gets hired AWAY from this staff? I know some gets jobs later…..And I assure you Martinez got fired because of McGarity. We lead the nation in hope I guess.

bald dawg

November 8th, 2013
2:10 pm

jeff hit the problem with this years team right on the money. the depleted roster last year and not having the numbers of developed players waiting their turn is a big issure with this team. mainly defence.i couldnt under stand why this had not been talked about more

The Tide is Rolling and Nothing can Stop it

November 8th, 2013
2:23 pm

Remember, you lose football games because of your state’s lack of class. It takes class to field a championship football team.

Not, a Woman having sex at Waffle House uses burger for sandal in Loganville, GA

Keep it classy, dawgs!

The Tide is Rolling and Nothing can Stop it

November 8th, 2013
2:24 pm

But Jeff, Oversigning is evil. Georgia idiots were leading the charge on this!

UGA Insider

November 8th, 2013
2:28 pm

I agree with the depleted roster argument. I have been harping on this for years but all the homers say it doesn’t matter. Last year we had about 70 scholarship kids.

old dog

November 8th, 2013
2:57 pm

De reason
wE
Fall flat
Each time we do
Nearly always
Seems to be a lack of
Everybody on D knowing what to do……

Y’all seriously think our O ain’t gonna have to put up Johnny Football numbers next year for us to take the SEC? Our D will finish AT BEST middle of the pack….giving up big plays at the wrong time and making third down a great opportunity for the opposing team. I love our kids, but the system ain’t working.

old dog

November 8th, 2013
2:59 pm

(shoulda backed the little w up one….but you gett the drift….need new D approach and system.)

McDawg

November 8th, 2013
3:02 pm

i still can’t believe we lost to Vandy

JB

November 8th, 2013
3:19 pm

I agree insider. It’s like we’ve been on probation with all the players missing. Has hurt this bad on defense.

JB

November 8th, 2013
3:20 pm

McDawg…..and darn lucky to get out of Knoxville with a win. That kid holds on to the ball in OT, we might lose that game.

ARdawg

November 8th, 2013
3:25 pm

Somebody needs firing! Fire Richt! Fire Bobo! Fire Grantham! Fire Mcgarity! Fire a few bloggers too! That’ll fix it

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

November 8th, 2013
3:33 pm

Just wondering what the excuses will be next year with pretty much the entire team coming back except Murray

I can tell you that Murray wont be one of those excuses this time around

I am pretty certain that one of them will be “Wait Til Next Year”

NoAxeToGrind

November 8th, 2013
3:33 pm

Blame it on injuries. Blame it on young players. Blame it on the officials. Blame it on the coordinators Bobo and Grantham. Blame it on the fans. Blame it on McGarity. Blame it on bad luck. But don’t blame it on the head coach. He shall go blameless, After all, what’s a paltry $3 million.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

November 8th, 2013
3:43 pm

you need to add blame it on the fans who didint come to the red out wearing red

CHDawg

November 8th, 2013
3:48 pm

We need to worry less about blame and more about correcting the problems imo. I agree with Bill that Bobo called a good game in Jax. My one complaint with his calls is that he falls into a few Mike Bobo patterns that apparently he is blind to. The premiere pattern is keeping everything in the box and telling backs to run North/South only, and throwing a lot of play action. Opposing DCs quickly figure out that loading the box defends 90% of his calls. They disguise it, but they try to force Bobo to beat 8-9 guys in the box, often blitzing. He doesn’t attack and overload other parts of the field much, so it works a lot. IMO, if he would design some plays to take advantage of that tendency, he would break out as a play caller. I think he is a great OC, which entails a lot more than play calling. Another pattern is easy to see when he gets 15-25 points ahead. I think even the players let down because they sense coach is in coast mode. One thing is sure, Richt and Bobo have likely forgotten more about offense than all of us put together.

CHDawg

November 8th, 2013
3:50 pm

us know, put together.

Skokie Dog

November 8th, 2013
3:59 pm

NoAxeToGrind: I couldn’t have said it any better myself.
I don’t think that the HC is a good value proposition, but the U.Ga. Athletic Association seems to feel that they’re getting a good deal. The cash flow would seem to support their position for now.

RiffRaff

November 8th, 2013
4:03 pm

Is it about winning championships or generating revenue? It’s a business like anything else….