Fan talk: What’s needed for the Dawgs to finally win another national title?

bcs logo for 2014Let’s jump straight into some of this week’s Junkyard Mail. …

David Rosenberg writes: I’m 43 and a 3rd generation Bulldog. I take pride in the fact that Georgia plays in what many consider to be one of the toughest conferences in football. However, I take no joy in bitter rivals like Auburn or Florida winning national titles; or even having the opportunity to play for one. Do I have respect for their accomplishments? Sure. Do I relish the idea that the “SEC” has a team in the game?  If it is not Georgia? No! Georgia last played for a national title 30-plus years ago. The loss to Alabama in the SEC title game in 2012 crippled their best shot at a title. The 2013 Dawgs beat South Carolina, LSU, Tennessee, Florida, and Tech! Now, if someone would have told me those wins would be on our schedule before the season started, you would have thought Georgia would be headed to Pasadena. But again, it is not to be. The season is not over and Richt and Grantham look like they will be teamed up for another season. So, here’s my short take on what Richt must do for this program. 1.) Fix special teams. I don’t care how you do it; hire a coach, spend hours on it, learn coffin corner, get someone to put kickoffs out of the end zone … whatever. Just fix it! 2.) IMPROVE THIS DEFENSE DRAMATICALLY! Better technique. Better understanding. Better discipline. 3.) The offense has to be consistent. 4.) Better organization on the sidelines by the coaching staff. I cannot stand the idea that the SEC may win an 8th straight National Title and of those wins, Georgia not only will have ZERO, but they won’t even have appeared in the game. I don’t want to say next season is TITLE or BUST, but with the new playoff format and all the talent Georgia has returning, there should be no reason they aren’t in the hunt. If Richt hooks his wagon to Grantham another year after the dismal performance of this defense, then their fates should be linked next year.

David, I’m with you in not wanting Auburn to win another national title. That’s a recruiting advantage we don’t need them to have. And aside from the offense (which I think has been pretty consistent and impressive, considering the number of skill players lost to injury this season), I agree with much of what you wrote, though I part with you at the very end. While I do think the 2014 season should and will decide Todd Grantham’s future at UGA, I believe it’s an overreaction to lump Mark Richt in with him. I liked what our Mark Bradley had to say this week on the subject of schools dumping coaches who’ve been successful over the long haul for an unknown possible upgrade. If the defense underperforms again, I believe there’ll be change at defensive coordinator. But not at head coach. I think the next letter writer sums it up pretty nicely …

Bill Russell writes: Hello Bill, I have been enjoying your column for years, and I always appreciate seeing the different perspectives regarding our beloved Bulldogs. I was on the 5 year Herschel plan (1978-83), and got to experience the highs and lows of those years. I remember when people were calling for Dooley’s head after we were absolutely crushed by Virginia at homecoming in ’79. I also remember the next three years, and nobody was predicting that we would ever win a national championship under Dooley’s guidance. Like most, I have agonized over the play of the defense, but I also think that there are some factors people are not talking about much; like how explosive offenses were this year in the SEC, and how we managed to play almost all of the really good ones. (Not to mention two nonleague opponents who are going bowling.) We did this with the greenest defense in memory, and a bevy of injuries on offense that would have sunk most programs (see Florida). I read that the D never got better, but compare how it performed against Auburn with the subsequent games Auburn played against Alabama and Missouri and the D looks like it did improve, but it also played dominant offenses at the end of the year. Could the coaching have been better? I’m sure that every coach on the staff would affirm that it can, and I hope that we will see an improvement next year. The decision about who will be coaching under Richt is Richt’s alone. He has put a product on the field that we can all be proud of, and I like that he actually graduates his players. I agree with you, one play from the national championship is a pretty good season, and there is no reason to believe that we will not ultimately be in the mix. And remember, it’s a game. It’s an awesome, gut-wrenching, sometimes fall-on-the-floor-in-despair, or fly-in-the-air-in-elation game, but still a game. I hope that everyone will remember those who are suffering actual life altering situations, and also our soldiers and veterans as we contemplate another holiday season. Have a very merry Christmas Bill, and let’s hope that the Dawgs have an outstanding bowl performance and a 2014 season full of proud memories!

Great job of putting it all into the proper perspective, Bill!

Mike Bobo's at his best when Georgia's offense goes uptempo. (Associated Press)

Mike Bobo's at his best when Georgia's offense goes uptempo. (Associated Press)

Harry Vincent writes: Bill, I bet all the nattering nabobs of negativity with their incessant Fire-Bobo mantra practically swallowed their chaw over him winning the national offensive coordinator of the year award from 247Sports.com this week. I think Mike’s one of the most dynamic offensive coaches in the country and has been underrated for far too long. How about you?

I agree Bobo has shouldered far too much of the blame for the Dogs’ offensive shortcomings in past seasons and hasn’t gotten enough credit for having one of the nation’s most productive offenses over the past couple of years. Basically, ever since Bobo decided to go uptempo and spread it out a bit more a couple of years ago, Georgia’s offense has been one of the most dangerous around. Of course, a lot of that is down to having a player like Aaron Murray at quarterback. And the arrival of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall was the final piece in the puzzle. We saw, unfortunately, during the up-and-down season with Isaiah Crowell how crucial it is to Bobo’s offense to have a good tailback. As for this year’s award for Bobo, I think a definite factor may have been the recognition of what a terrific job he did despite losing so many marquee players for all or much of the season. The only subpar game I thought Bobo had as a playcaller this season was Vandy, and that was directly attributable to the rash of key injuries. The 2013 offense so far has averaged 38.2 points per game and gained an average of 489.8 yards while playing one of the nation’s toughest schedules. Considering the salary disparity between Bobo and the overpaid defensive coordinator at UGA, I think another big raise for Mike is in order this offseason.

John in Norcross writes: Since we have a bye week in week 2, and Clemson has an easily movable FCS game, do you think there’s any chance our game gets played on Labor Day? I know the Labor Day games are usually hosted by ACC schools, but I feel like ESPN could pull the strings to make it happen if they really wanted to.

It doesn’t look like that’s even being considered, John. I ran your scenario by UGA sports information chief Claude Felton, who noted flatly, “The Clemson game is locked in for the Saturday.”

OconeeDawg writes: Bill, I’m trying to decide whether I think the move of Tramel Terry over to defense is a good idea or not. On the one hand, I know there’s a definite need for his kind of talent in our secondary, but I also remember last year when they moved another receiver, Malcolm Mitchell, back there and it basically was a wash. A great receiver became a so-so cornerback. Why should it be any different this time?

Basically, I think it’s a good move. Terry would be pretty far down on the depth chart at receiver next season, and as you noted, an infusion of talent is badly needed in the secondary. Although he played some defense in high school and was recruited as an “athlete” rather than for a specific spot (though receiver or running back seemed the most likely), I’m sure he faces enough of a learning curve in Grantham’s overly complicated defense that it’ll be a while before he’s ready to start on defense. However, I think one of the key reasons for the move is the lack of takeaways this season by Georgia’s pass defense. As Grantham noted this week, Terry can “catch the ball” and “that creates turnovers … a guy like that can really make some plays for you.”

Ramik Wilson hasn't decided yet about returning for his senior season. (Associated Press)

Ramik Wilson hasn't decided yet about returning for his senior season. (Associated Press)

Jim P. writes: Bill, The Dawgs do have some talented players on defense. It isn’t all doom and gloom. One shining star this season was leading tackler Ramik Wilson. I know it is pure speculation, but do you believe, as a junior, he will leave early for NFL draft? Do you know of any other early draft eligibles (offense or defense) that will realistically consider at this time? Selfishly, I hope not.

Wilson said this week that he hasn’t asked for a projection from the NFL draft underclassmen advisory committee but he hasn’t yet made up his mind about returning for his senior year. He said he plans on leaning heavily on the advice of his position coach, Kirk Olivadotti, who has a lot of NFL experience. I think Wilson leaving is a long shot, and Richt has indicated that he thinks it’s unlikely that the Dogs will lose any underclassmen to the NFL this season. “I’m not hearing a lot of buzz about it right now,”  the head coach said. “I think guys feel like they’ve got more to prove. I’m hearing a good vibe about what the guys feel about the future of next season. …I get a sense that guys really want to have an exceptional year next year, especially on the defensive side of the ball.” If Georgia does escape losing anyone early, it’ll certainly make for a nice change from recent years!

Robert Kushner writes: Bill, why has Quayvon Hicks’ playing time gone down so much? I thought the way be blocked and was used by Bobo was a huge weapon! What’s up?

You’re right that Hicks showed signs early in the season of really being an offensive weapon, but then his productivity and playing time declined. From what I understand, the fullback starting spot has continued to be “an ongoing competition,” as Richt put it, between Hicks and Merritt Hall basically because Hall is more consistent with his blocking, and that’s a major consideration in Georgia’s offense. Both have continued to play, however, and that’s not a bad thing. As Richt has noted, it’s a very physical position and “it’s good to have more than one.” During the season, Hicks mentioned another factor: conditioning. He noted that in the first couple of games, when he was getting most of the reps, he tended to get winded. The better shape he’s in, the more he’ll play. I still think Hicks is going to help win some games down the road.

Michael writes: Love the Junkyard Blawg! Question I have is for the road uniforms, why don’t the Dawgs go 1980-retro (Tennessee game) and wear red pants? I think it looks a heckuva lot better than the silver britches do with the white tops. Plus, we could channel our inner Herschel!

I actually think the white tops and silver britches look pretty good, but I wouldn’t mind seeing the red pants return for road games and I’ve heard quite a few other fans say the same. (I would not like red britches with red tops, however, and I think a lot of other fans feel that way, too.) I’d never want Georgia to hop on the uniform-of-the-week bandwagon like other schools, even if that approach is popular with today’s college players, but I believe red britches on the road occasionally and black jerseys for the final home game each year would make for a happy medium.

A couple of other notes …

UGA freshman Pierce Wallace, aka the Georgia Joker, is being honored. (ESPN)

UGA freshman Pierce Wallace, aka the Georgia Joker, is being honored. (ESPN)

Freshman Pierce Wallace, a member of the painted-up UGA Spike Squad who’s come to be known as the Georgia Joker for his garish face makeup and green fright wig, will be inducted into the ESPN Fan Hall of Fame, the sports channel announced. Wallace, a mainstay in Section 109 of Sanford Stadium, and a couple of other sports fans will have their names engraved above three vintage stadium chairs that sit on the lawn at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn. Each of the three received more than 85,000 votes during 10 days of online voting, ESPN said. Congratulations, Pierce!

Also, if you’re looking for a last-minute gift for a member of the Bulldog Nation, the UGA Athletic Association is offering “official gift cards” that can be used toward ticket and concessions purchases at participating home events. Fans can use their gift card when ordering season, mini-plan and single game tickets online, over the phone and in-person at the ticket windows to regular season home events in baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, football and gymnastics and for concession purchases in baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and gymnastics. Gift cards can be purchased in the amounts of $20, $40, $60, $80 or $100 online or by calling 706-542-9003.

Hope everyone has a merry Christmas!

Go Dogs!

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353 comments Add your comment

DawgVoiceofReason

December 22nd, 2013
12:15 am

Red has such a deformed mind, he is beyond helping. He doesn’t comprehend, much less understand, the statistics he chooses at random to prove his delusional points. Someone call the nut wagon to pick him up.

BIG DAWG

December 22nd, 2013
12:17 am

WE need all new coaches.

LADawg

December 22nd, 2013
12:23 am

Georgia is top 5 every year in producing D1 signees yet we have to settle for a third or fourth choice DC and Vanderbilt rejects and other second class assistants that no one else wants. The only reason we have Bobo is that he is an alum.

Is that not a HC problem? Evidently Richt knows it is because he is so slow to make changes in fear of what he will have to settle for when he looks for a replacement.

There is no reason to think that a playoff will help the Dawgs because even in a talent rich state Richt has only gotten us into a BCS bowl three times.

If we are not a BCS bowl team, we certainly aren’t a playoff team

yawn

December 22nd, 2013
12:58 am

Old dog
December 21st, 2013
11:35 am
“Too many times, youth or not, we did not have a clue. Jarvis Jones, when asked about how tough the NFL D was to learn, stated that it was not nearly as hard to learn as the one CTG had at Georgia.
“Theres your sign!”

Please note that Jarvis has his rear end nailed to the bench in Pittsburg. Consider the source.

John
December 21st, 2013
11:35 am
“UGA fans should be happy with what they have-a team that solidly performs most of the time and wins an occasional SEC East title and even an SEC championship once or twice a decade. Why all the clamor for a national title? The last one UGA won was a third of a century ago with arguably the best running back in college football history, so why all the thirst now for a championship with so much parity? Enjoy the wins and ease up on the overreaching.”

In other words embrace the staus quo. 1980 is a long time ago.

legionaire

December 22nd, 2013
7:14 am

The NCAA has made college football an offense media sport. With all the advantages the O has over the D you end up with 38 points being scored and you hope the O puts up 39. I don’t put a lot of stock of where the D shows up statistically or measured against other teams. What counts is a win. Grantham has shown that he cannot coach up star players (2012 had 7 NFL D drafts) . There has to be a better D coach out there somewhere.

ShowMeYurTD's

December 22nd, 2013
9:44 am

Until UGA cleans house they will continue their mediocre records. We blame special teams, defensive coordinator’s, yes past and present. What’s the common deminator? The buck stops with CMR! He hires them! CMR and the unprepared staff will never win a national championship….period. Top players from GA with be going to programs like Auburn, Alabama, LSU, and yes even Ole Miss where they can play for a program that starts the year with the goal of winning the crystall ball, not just the SEC east. Oh well Merry Christmas Y’all…….

Bulldawg35

December 22nd, 2013
9:58 am

I doubt we make as one of the final four. This playoff is just an extension of the BCS. When is the last time we played in a bcs bowl? 2007! I’m more worried about the o- line next year for all the same reasons!!!

Bulldawg35

December 22nd, 2013
10:02 am

Nebraska is going to pull the big upset! Ameer Abdullah is going to run all over us probably for 150 yards. Gregory is going to sack Mason 5 times! We can’t slowness down Any of other teams best players!

Gman 84

December 22nd, 2013
10:45 am

Richt’s teams make a serious run for a MNC every 5 years ‘02, ‘07 & ‘12, co look for big things in 2017 which will be 37 years since the last title!

Love how everyone talks about Tennessee as reason to never fire your coach. UF fired Zook and won 2, Auburn’s last 2 new hires won & made it to the MNC game (their last 4 coaches have had an undefeated season), FSU is back in the title game after running St Bobby- it actually looks pretty easy to upgrade.

dawgfan

December 22nd, 2013
11:11 am

A new head coach.

Bulldawg35

December 22nd, 2013
11:12 am

Richt will not win the mnc as coach of UGA…..Richt would be worshiped in the ACC….he should go to Virginia! But he is not the right cach to take us there!

Bulldawg35

December 22nd, 2013
11:15 am

Every year…for the rest of Richts career at UGA he will find a way to lose 2-4 ball games. I think the playoffs will actually hurt us because that means more games and that’s not a good trend for Richt! Because that’s just more chances to get another loss.

Bulldawg35

December 22nd, 2013
11:18 am

I watched the bowl games yesterday and every team that won took their foot off the gas pedal…so expect Richt to do the same thing. You could defintley see why these teams were in the bowl games they were in.

dawgfan

December 22nd, 2013
11:19 am

I have a question for the Kool Aiders. How much longer do we have to go without a title under Richt before you finally admit it isn’t going to freaking happen? 5 years? 10 years? 20 years? 13 years has been enough for me but I’d love to get your Kool Aid flavored perspective.

Thanks.

Bulldawg35

December 22nd, 2013
11:20 am

We play mediocre football just like the bowl teams I watched yesterday. In Richts 13 years here I’ve only seen us play all 4 quarters only a few times in that period. I can defintley see why we are 8-4 after watching teams that mirror us yesterday.

dawgfan

December 22nd, 2013
11:31 am

Forget a national title. Richt won’t even be winning the SEC again. There are too many good coaches in the SEC now and too much parity talent wise. Richt & Co. don’t put in the hours that are required to compete at the highest level on a week to week basis. You can see it in the product that is being out on the field. Even in the good years we have one or two games where the team is woefully unprepared. Richt is not a championship coach.

This is obvious to anyone who lives in reality.

Bulldawg35

December 22nd, 2013
11:46 am

If Richt got fired….I wonder if the new coach would keep any coaches on this existing staff….maybe bobo and Lilly!

dawgfan

December 22nd, 2013
11:59 am

Richt isn’t getting fired. There are too many Kool Aiders out there putting him above the program. They like him too much on a personal level and they can’t separate that from his professional life. They are content with Cap One bowls as a ceiling for the program so long as their boy remains coach.

I just wish they would admit all of this so we can have an honest debate.

Gutrake

December 22nd, 2013
12:13 pm

Good ole’ Kool-Aid….

Where would your insightful opinions be without a clever but repetitive reference to a child’s drink? Thesaurus? Dictionary? Conversations with middle school kids?

There are a lot of ways to find other words to use. However, you can’t fix stupid.

dawgfan

December 22nd, 2013
12:23 pm

Yeah because that’s not the 500th time you’ve said that at all.

Maybe if you Kool Aiders would even attempt to refute anything that I say I wouldn’t keep saying. So it goes when facts and reality aren’t on your side. Sucks for you.

Truthiness

December 22nd, 2013
1:23 pm

UGA has a solid program and is fortunate to have an equally solid HC who’s earned our support. That said, UGA is not among the elite programs in the SEC or nationally. To be in that group, a program has to win a national championship more than once and more often than every 33 years. It would be a different thing if 33 different programs had won NCs over that period, but the fact is, other programs have consistently made themselves competitive for the NC. Every year when there’s discussion of contenders, UGA gets a marginal mention, if one at all. We have the same debate every year ourselves. But being the fans we are, we declare UGA the champs for many reasons that actually make sense. We can get there again in 14 with a simplified defense that takes advantage of the players’ athleticism, skills improvement on special teams, and a few good bounces. We still won’t be elite next year, but we could be good enough to scare a few folks, and maybe slide into the top four. We’ll see.

dawgfan

December 22nd, 2013
2:20 pm

With the playoff in place we will now very likely have to beat three Top 10 teams in a row to win a national title. One in the SECCG, another in the semi-finals an then another in the NCG.

Richt hasn’t beaten three top 10 teams in the past 5 seasons combined so good luck thinking he can get it done in three consecutive weeks. LOL.

Just say no to Kool Aid.

Bulldawg35

December 22nd, 2013
3:01 pm

Dawgfan…

Gut rake won’t respond with any intelligent reply when it comes to UGA football. The little guy gets so upset when somebody insults his personal savior mark Richt! Lmao!

Gutrake

December 22nd, 2013
4:47 pm

35,

I get this feeling that you may have a theological aversion to Richt. Is it his commanding grasp on a stressful livelihood that is the grit that grinds inside your pampers?

I hadn’t thought about that possibility, I mean, I just thought you and your ilk were just loose screws, you know? But, maybe I was wrong about your hateful rhetoric. You guys may actually be unhinged and livid over his confident assurance in what he does!

I never even thought of that explanation.

So, just curious, all of you tweedle-dees who suffer from Richt-rage…is that possibly something that grates on you? Just asking…

Gutrake

December 22nd, 2013
4:49 pm

BTW…new word in our lexicon now…”Richt-rage”. Remember who coined it…

:)

Gutrake

December 22nd, 2013
4:56 pm

GUTRAKE DEFINITION (2013):

“Richt-rage”:
an uncontrollable, juvenile angst directed toward Coach Mark Richt; delusional, narcissistic attitude toward a football coach that exhibits qualities of confident manhood; usually expressed by under-educated men of limited vocabulary, social activity; by men confounded by their ineffectiveness of being relevant or important.

Gutrake

December 22nd, 2013
4:57 pm

Damn! The world could use of few more men like me…

:)

dawgfan

December 22nd, 2013
5:31 pm

Oh wow. Kathryn is getting jealous.

LOL @ this clown.

Bulldawg35

December 22nd, 2013
8:07 pm

Gut rake

Too bad for Richt that you don’t have a gator bowl ticket huh?

Bulldawg35

December 22nd, 2013
8:09 pm

UGA is just to cheap to spend the Money to win a championship. I’m giving hope that we will ever win the sec again. Way to many flaws on Richt coached teams.

JRW7

December 22nd, 2013
9:00 pm

Are you kidding? UGA will never win a MNC with CMR! NEVER! He doesn’t have what Saban has to ever win big! But he sure can recruit, and with the talent he recruits , he will always win 8, 9, or sometimes 10 games per year! Does that satisfy you? Not me, I want UGA to win like Saban and Bama does!

BBPrince

December 22nd, 2013
9:00 pm

Auburn’s defense coughed up 37 pts per game against ranked teams, just like us, but they won 12 games, and we won 8. wasn’t the defense.

BBPrince

December 22nd, 2013
9:01 pm

Richt has never won a MOPCNC.

dawgfan

December 22nd, 2013
9:19 pm

I don’t want to be like Bama. They’re 11-1 and a lot of their fans think this seasons was a failure. That can’t be fun. I just want UGA to reach its own potential, which to me means an SEC title roughly every 5 years and at least playing in the NCG roughly every 10 years. It’s not unreasonable and its not too much to ask. It would just take a coach that puts in the effort to have us prepared to play our best EVERY WEEK and not just when things are going well and everything is fun.

We don’t have such a coach.

BIG DAWG

December 22nd, 2013
9:24 pm

New Coach Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lambert Dawg

December 22nd, 2013
11:29 pm

Bulldawg35

Just curious, are you a fan of Tech, Alabama, Auburn? Are you Chuck or Chernoff? I’m sure you know Richt is going no where. One of the best coaches in America and UGA is blessed to have him. He is also one of the best recruiters in America and its only a matter of time before he gets his National title. Can’t wait for him to finally silence all you UGA fans who really are idiots or you tech ,alabama, auburn ect. fans who really are obsessed with UGA.

I never go to any other teams blogs to post comments. You people really do need to get a life.

GTBob Jr.

December 22nd, 2013
11:31 pm

Easy…..New HC!

MelissaKnowsMoreThanMen

December 22nd, 2013
11:33 pm

My gosh, Bill! W just need a healthy team! Are you a Sabn or Gus fan? Did your daughter transfer to Auburn?

Kordell

December 22nd, 2013
11:39 pm

Bill: The Buckeye might get a WODDIE if ya discuss more than OSU!

Lambert Dawg

December 23rd, 2013
12:04 am

JRW7

Richt doesn’t have what Saban has? You are absolutely right. Let me give you a couple of examples..

1. Richt doesn’t have the media in his back pocket like Saban as proven by the number of times we’ve seen Saban on the set of ESPN. Oh yes lets not forget about the 60 minutes marketing special. Go price a 30 second commercial on one of those programs and you will understand my point.

Secondly, as proven in 2007 even though he has the best team in America at the end of the season Mark Richt must first win the SEC (as decided by ESPN and the rest of the Media) to play for a national title. Not so for Alabama. See Saban and Alabama against LSU in 2011.

What a joke the BCS and Division one college football has become.

Worley

December 23rd, 2013
12:39 am

Lambert: We earn our ESPN time by Titles and not 8-5 records…..Only a matter of time “he gets natl champ…”13 yrs and we snoring!

Whatchmacallit

December 23rd, 2013
5:42 am

Georgia needs to be in a play-off and they need more depth at critical positions. Look at Alabama and Auburn, they are the two biggest over signers in CFB history. Take away all those extra player ( 7-10) each and every year, and watch those NC’s not happen. Richt won’t over sign, and that’s a good thing. UGA won’t allow it, that is a good thing.

7 over signed players X 4 years = 28 more talented players in the program every year, and a hell of a lot more depth. That is what Alabama and Auburn owe their NC’s to. Richt has done almost as much with far less depth.

Bama Fan #2

December 23rd, 2013
7:24 am

Get a new DC and and Special Teams coach and pray the
players stay out of trouble with the Athens police department!!!!!!!!
RTR

dawgfan

December 23rd, 2013
7:41 am

Why is it “only a matter of time?” 13 years of futility says you’re wrong. What do you know that the rest of us don’t know?

All I hear is a bunch of empty wishful thinking out of you Kool Aiders with absolutely freaking zilch to back it up. It’s a little pathetic quite frankly

Sorry.

dawgfan

December 23rd, 2013
7:44 am

I mean, what magical fairy is going to swoop down from La La Land and help Richt beat good teams on a consistent basis and have our team prepared every single game of the season? These are things he has struggled mightily with pretty much from day one so please fill us in on how that’s going to change so we can win a national title. I’m all ears.

We might have the most delusional fan base in all of college football at the moment.

dawgfan

December 23rd, 2013
8:22 am

A playoff? How is the playoff going to help Richt? As I pointed out above, he will now have to beat even more great teams to win it all. Three in a row to be exact. Richt teams are known for having big letdowns from one week to the next. You think Mr. Cool as a Cucumber Richt can have the team up to play 3 big time opponents in a row? You’re dreaming pal.

Richt’s best shot at a national title was in the BCS format where we could beat some crap SEC West opponent, like 8-5 Arkansas in 2002, and then play some overrated rust belt media darling like Ohio State or Notre Dame in the BCS title game. Something like that was his best shot. It’s not going to happen in a playoff for the reasons I’ve stated.

If he does get it done I’ll give him his due and be as excited as anyone else. Unlike you Kool Aiders its not about the coach with me. It’s about Georgia.

Merry Christmas.

Gutrake

December 23rd, 2013
8:49 am

…just Richt-rage. That’s all.

Gutrake

December 23rd, 2013
8:51 am

Gutrake

December 22nd, 2013
4:56 pm
GUTRAKE DEFINITION (2013):

“Richt-rage”:
an uncontrollable, juvenile angst directed toward Coach Mark Richt; delusional, narcissistic attitude toward a football coach that exhibits qualities of confident manhood; usually expressed by under-educated men of limited vocabulary, social activity; by men confounded by their ineffectiveness of being relevant or important.

Flo- Ri- Duh

December 23rd, 2013
8:57 am

You can not use the word “s k a n k” on here because it will be censored by the politically correct Obama’s of the world. What’s next – taking Duck Dynasty off the air for quoting the Bible?

Flo- Ri- Duh

December 23rd, 2013
8:59 am

BS35 (aka Milk Dud) & it’s sock puppet side kick dawgfan – you are getting so boring with your shallow comments.

Mark Richt will be back in 2014 – hopefully you won’t!