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

Hairy Dawg

December 25th, 2013
12:35 pm

Coach Richt responsible for recruiting and game plans. The blame for not doing roster management like Bammer is all on Adams Morehead and McGs. Bammer dont keep players that winds up stinkys but cuts them loose. That is what Dawgs need do instead a playing handicapped for Coach Richt. Then when get injuries like that dirty Tenn did to Dawgs we have repacements that go in and not miss beat. But that requires fans bow up supporting Coach Richt instead of botching and moaning when blame lies on pointy heads. Us fans got to put pointy heads in place to show who runs Athens as team and not pointy heads stupid rules. We give money enough to tell pointy heads to stuff rules where sun not shining just like the rule that keep testing for weeds then suspension s.

SmelldaCoffee!

December 25th, 2013
1:02 pm

NO soup….NO natty for you Bulldogs….You had a one in a century RB named Walker and you have more buffoons among your fanbase than Aw-barn and Bama combined…

Richt is SOFTER than charmin.

Grantham is a donkey’s rear that makes $1 Million per year to have mediocre defenses that South Carolina would not have on their 2nd squad…. (that’s right – now even SC is looking down on your lil pups…)

FL sux… TN is nowhere to be seen….and after how many Top 5 / Top 10 recruiting classes in a row has Richt NOT gotting us close a National Championship? It ain’t happening folks….

Wake up and smell the ground roasted, dry toasted TRUTH.

Bulldawg35

December 25th, 2013
6:45 pm

Gut rake

What did you get for Christmas? A shirt with a pic of coach Richt???

dawgfan

December 25th, 2013
7:05 pm

He’s already got 10 shirts like that. This year Santa brought him a toilet that was actually in the Richt home and might have actually been used by The Supreme Leader himself.

Gut rake has connections.

Bulldawg35

December 25th, 2013
7:13 pm

Dawgfan

Bwahhhhhhhhbwahhhhhhaabwahhhhhaaaaaaabwahhhhhaaaaaaa!!!!!!

Gutrake

December 25th, 2013
9:33 pm

35 and dawgfan,

I had a great Christmas. I hope y’all did, too.

dawgfan

December 25th, 2013
9:40 pm

Good to hear. Mine was good too but it could have been better with a new head coach.

Flo- Ri- Duh

December 25th, 2013
10:17 pm

How ’bout we get a new set of TROLLS in 2014. This group is yapping the same old same old and it’s getting old.

Richt will be back in 2014 – gtd.

new mug dawgs

December 25th, 2013
11:01 pm

Be positive FLO!!!! We have thoroughbreds at RB and many a man at QB..OL more experienced!!!!! DEF gonna be better as well!

ProvostSJose

December 25th, 2013
11:04 pm

We’ll be Presason TOP 10 again!

NaplesGater

December 26th, 2013
12:04 am

FLO…got your new TROLL, Smeldacoffee!

BigDawg

December 26th, 2013
7:41 am

The question “What will it take for Georgia to win another National Championship?

1. Better recruiting of offensive and defensive linemen- the trenches are where most football games are won and ultimately National Championships.
2. Better OL coach who is tough as steel and demands the best from his players- plays no favorites if a guy is being routinely beaten, missing assignments or taking plays off then he sits until his attitude changes.
3. Special teams coach- more time spent on every aspect of the game, every play is important as witnessed/proven by Bama and Auburn in the SEC Championship game with the Bama players standing around and Auburn returning that missed field goal for the win.
4. More fire and spirit from Coach Richt- when he is animated on the sidelines over the last 13 years at Georgia the Dawgs have always played hard and won about 95% of the time but when he is lifeless the teams plays the sameway.
5. Simplify the defense- too many times our players look lost and confused and this getting the calls in at the last second. To be a great coach you have to have a gut instinct which is supplemented by hours of studying your opponents tendencies so you know or have an idea what the other team is doing or will do which gives your team an advantage. Coach Russell exemplified that at Georgia and Georgia Southern. Coach Saban exemplifies that at Bama, Meyers at Florida and Ohio State and others.
6. Great teams coached by great coaches make their own breaks with hard physical and consistent play on every down and then take advantage of those breaks.

These are my opinions and only my opinions.

Go Dawgs

dawgfan

December 26th, 2013
7:50 am

Good points BigDawg but when in Richt’s 13 years as our coach has he shown a commitment to any of those things? That’s why I refuse to discuss any changes that do not involve a change at head coach. Richt has never done anything about any of those things you listed so why in the world I’m I supposed to believe he’s going to start now? We’ve been struggling to compete up front with the best for years now and he’s not doing anything about it because “continuity is a good thing.”

I’m bored with Richt.

WDE

December 26th, 2013
8:59 am

dawgfan I refuse to talk about sacking the most successful coach in UGA history not named Dooley and frankly that is up for discussion…so there! Oh and we are all bored with you and 35 although I think there is a good chance you are one and the same,

Bulldawg35

December 26th, 2013
9:00 am

Yeah that true…we need to recruit better players in the trenches because I’m tired of seeing us get whipped at line of scrimmage by inferior teams and teams with similar talent.

Bulldawg35

December 26th, 2013
9:09 am

Wde

Well Richt is trending down…..he needs to clean house and only keep bobo and maybe ken Olvadotti …whatever his name is….because this staff is going to cause him to lose his job.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

December 26th, 2013
9:09 am

Dooley was able to win with 1 great player

last year we had 7 NFL players on defense; the statistical best QB ever in the SEC; the best RB in the SEC; some the best WR and TE’s in the SEC and once again we found a way to lose 2 games again

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

December 26th, 2013
9:13 am

Donnan pretty much had the same number of wins and losses

dawgfan

December 26th, 2013
9:32 am

I’m not interested in comparing Richt to UGA coaches 20 and 30 years ago. That’s a complete waste of time. I’m interested in comparing him to the coaches that he is competing with NOW that are leading their teams to championships while we sit at home whining about bad luck. This is how big time sports work.

It’s how life works if you have any interest in being successful.

Flo- Ri- Duh

December 26th, 2013
9:48 am

“Dooley won with one great player”….. ignorance is your enemy. The entire OL in front of Herschel played in the NFL and two of them were All Pro. Several others off of the 1980 team played in the NFL. You are soooooooo stupid. Can’t win the NCAA championship with one good player – must be good at ALL positions.

I would say they won despite Dooley who almost never called anything but Herschel left, Herschel right, Herschel up the middle. Herschel averaged over 60 receptions a year in the NFL but Dooley never used him in the passing game. Erk Russell (DC) was the heart and soul of the Dawgs and the reason they won.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

December 26th, 2013
10:20 am

Ignorance is not my enemy

You kool-aiders want to say over and over that Dooley was only able to win because of Herschel

Did Dooley win with a great QB?

Thanks again for bringing up the importance of having a good O-line; something we’ve been lacking for a decade now

Funny you brought up an asst coach; thanks for pointing out the importance of the head coach having great assistants

But like someone said “Continuity is a good thing at Georgia”

WDE

December 26th, 2013
10:29 am

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga. true the raw numbers are similar, you just have to forget the two SEC titles and the 6 SEC East wins….and Coach Donnan was never one play from getting to the SEC championship let alone the NC title. and he lost to Bug U …three times in a row.

dawgfan

December 26th, 2013
10:38 am

Okay so Richt is better than Donnan. Whoopdeedoo. Is he better than Malzhan, Saban, Spurrier, Miles, Pinkel, Franklin, Muschamp, etc. etc.? That’s all that freaking matters Kool Aider.

dawgfan

December 26th, 2013
10:40 am

I wonder if Saban sits around and thinks “Hey, you know what? I’m better than Mike Shula ever was. Let’s take the day off and hit the pool guys!!!”

LMAO. What a complete crock.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

December 26th, 2013
10:44 am

WDE

what you forgot is Donnan had to rebuild what Goff left; Richt walked right into a great roster Donnan left; Funny since that roster left we have been going down hill since

also FL and Tennessee were competing every year to play for a National title and a guy named Oleary was coaching Tech; you remember; the same guy at UCF who beat Richt with far less talent in a meaningless bowl game

dawgfan

December 26th, 2013
10:53 am

Not to mention that Richt has only won the East outright once (2002). All other years he had to back in to the SECCG in some form or another, usually when teams he couldn’t beat lost to someone else. Also, its only fair to mention that one of his SEC Titles came against 8-5 Arkansas in the SECCG. The West was a joke that year.

You Kool Aiders are big on talking about luck. I bet Donnan would have loved to have such luck.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

December 26th, 2013
11:07 am

dawgfan

actually Richt didnt win the East outright in 2002

FL beat us that year; their only losses in SEC came against LSU and Ole Miss; since they lost to those 2 SEC west teams we were able to jump ahead of them;

FL beat every SEC East team that year; something Richt has yet to do; Zook did it though ;)

dawgfan

December 26th, 2013
11:13 am

True, but its the only year I can think of where we didn’t have to sit around hoping someone else would do our dirty work for us. 2003 we were in a 3 way tie with Florida and Tennessee and got in because we were ranked higher in the BCS. 2005 we needed SC to beat Florida for us. 2011 and 2012 we play the sisters of the poor from the West while SC, who beat us, plays the heavyweights.

It’s just laughable for these Richt worshipers to get on here and whine about bad luck. Richt has been as lucky as anyone.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

December 26th, 2013
11:30 am

luck
refs
ball didnt bounce right
other teams cheat
other teams pump in crowd noise
we dont play the right music to get the team motivated
the crowd wasnt loud enough
other teams over sign
other teams have too many coaches on their staff

what else am I missing?

dawgfan

December 26th, 2013
11:36 am

We’re apparently the only team that has to deal with injuries.

The marijuana policy is holding us back

The players didn’t execute.

Richt doesn’t pass, tackle or run the ball.

We just need another DC. Third time’s a charm.

Everyone just needs to be more positive. If we think enough happy thoughts maybe it will happen.

ESPN hates us.

The team just needs more time to “gel.”

We have a young team.

Next year is the year.

WDE

December 26th, 2013
12:43 pm

dawgfan your out doing your self today , is CMR better than Muschamps …your kidding right? And as for Gus we flat out played badly the first half of the Auburn game then woke up and overcame a 20 point deficit if Auburn came back on UGA you’d be killing CMR. And did you watch the UGA /LSU game this year, we damn sure didn’t get out coached or out played in that game. And we beat hell out of SC as Spurrier said after the game “It was pretty obvious Georgia was the stronger of the two teams out here today,” So please tell me how is CMR failing so badly in your eyes? You want perfection and sonny this side of the grave it ain’t happening ….I’d hate to be a “fan” and only be happy if my team won the NC sad really.

dawgfan

December 26th, 2013
1:05 pm

“So please tell me how CMR is failing so badly in your eyes.”

I thought you’d never ask. 8 years and counting without any championship whatsoever. An absolutely abysmal and embarassing record against top teams. 7 straight seasons of having at least one blowout loss. Multiple losses to the likes of Vandy, Kentucky, UCF and Colorodo. 8 straight seasons of being middle of the pack or worse in the SEC defensively. Missed tackles. Blown assignments. Stupid mistakes. Uninspired play. Shall I keep going?

All of this despite highly touted recruiting classes, All-Universe QBs and enough NFL talent to start an expansion franchise. Nobody in college football is doing less with more right now than Mark Richt.

I’m sure Malzahn is crushed to know that you think Richt is the better coach and this will be weighing heavily on his mind when he plays for the SEC’s eighth national title since Richt last did anything even remotely relevant.

See you at the Taxslayer Bowl.

dawgfan

December 26th, 2013
1:08 pm

Past 6 seasons: 3-3 in opening games. If we play a BCS level team we lose. Mark Richt is doing an excellent job getting us ready for seasons.

Continuity is a good thing…

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

December 26th, 2013
1:10 pm

WDE

no one is asking for perfection; but how about taking a look at our record against the top 25 since 08 its bad

as for playing badly against Auburn the first half; we pretty much see this play out in most of our losses

and please tell me when did beating SC become the pinnacle of success; you do realize it took SC 100 years to win a bowl game

The Masked Superstar

December 26th, 2013
1:24 pm

Firing CMR is not the be all, end all solution. Who could be brought in? Kirby Smart? That is if Smart will part with Saban. If I had to fire one coach it would be Grantham. Not that I don’t like him, I love is fire; however, his defense is much too complicated for Freshmen and Sophomore players. He runs an NFL defense without NFL experienced players. Also, I’ve never been a fan of the 3-4. When it works, it works but when it doesn’t, Katie bar the door. I think a 4-3, 4-4 or 4-2-5 would better serve as a base defense. Hell, try Buddy Ryan’s 46 defense, it would work better than the 3-4. Bobo, for all of his faults, I believe has seen the light. When he runs up tempo, our offense is a juggernaut; when he falls back to the old huddle up ways, it slows way down. I think he’s more or less corrected the err of his ways. Special Teams. We need a full time ST coach or at a minimum a ST adviser who can correct the issues that have plagued us. With the new playoff format (it should have been 5 teams instead of 4) it’s time to go balls to the wall.

Erk Russell's Dog

December 26th, 2013
1:37 pm

Look on the bright side ,under Mark Richt Georgia has become one of the best minor league teams for the NFL. Georgia consistently sends as many players to the NFL as any college team. As for the Question of when Georgia will win a National Title, I think the better question would be when is Georgia going to win the SEC title? The answer unfortunately is not any time in the near future. Richt and his staff consistently recruits top 10 classes only to have them under perform at Georgia. And Richt is not going anywhere, as long as he can dominate Tech and put up a 10 win season every 3 years he is untouchable. There is no real pressure for this head coach to win a title at Georgia,SEC or National. There is a key ingredient missing in this program and I think it is Discipline by the players and staff. Do not confuse discipline with punishment. Georgia has more players who repeatedly break team rules,sure they are punished but this lack of discipline off the field directly leads to the lack of discipline on the field.And this lack of discipline will keep Georgia’s football team from winning any titles other than an occasional SEC East title ,when the schedule is favorable.

dawgfan

December 26th, 2013
2:04 pm

Masked Superstar, I don’t think it’s a solution. I merely think its a step in the right direction. I am well aware of the risk involved as I have lived on this Earth for several years and know that nothing is guaranteed in life. It’s a risk I’m willing to take. There would be many unknowns with a new coach. There are absolutely no unknowns whatsoever with Mark Richt. It is known that we will not win another championship again with him as our coach.

Of that much I’m sure.

dawgfan

December 26th, 2013
2:24 pm

You want more specifics on why I think Richt should be fired? Mmmkay, here you go.

Rewind to August. We’re about to play two Top 10 teams to open the season and Richt, in all his infinite wisdom, determines that only 23 of our allotted 29 preseason practices are necessary to prepare us for the season. Predictably, our offense sputters in the opener against Clemson when our players are ill prepared to execute the silent snap count in a noisy hostile environment. Predictably, we drop our 3rd opener in 6 years because Richt is lazy. Predictably, special teams and defense are an abject failure for the entire season with little to no meaningful improvement. 6 preseason practices wasted and we’re left with excuses about injuries, targeting penalties and bad luck.

He should have been shown the door after the Vandy loss if you ask me.

Gutrake

December 26th, 2013
4:13 pm

Flat tire, 35 and dawgfan…The Three Stooges.

The Triumvirate of Doo-Doo Heads!!

Gutrake

December 26th, 2013
4:14 pm

Richt-rage…that’s all it is…

Football 2013

December 26th, 2013
4:21 pm

Easy answer……FIRE RICHT!!

Bulldawg35

December 26th, 2013
5:26 pm

No wonder we are not on the national stage anymore

2005- loss to West Virginia
2009 loss to Oklahoma state
2010 loss to Colorado and UCF
2011 loss to Boise st and Michigan state
2013 loss to Clemson
2008- loss to tech
2001- Boston college
Okay for the bad sec losses

2002- loss to fla
2006 loss to vandy Kentucky and Tennessee
2007 loss to Tennessee
2008 loss to Alabama and Florida
2009 loss to Tennessee and Florida and Kentucky
2011 loss to Lsu
2012 loss to sc
2013 – loss to vandy

Bulldawg35

December 26th, 2013
5:28 pm

Seems like Richt has been trending down badly in his 2nd half of his career. Every year we have some ugly blow out loss or a loss to an sister of the poor like vandy!

Bulldawg35

December 26th, 2013
5:30 pm

After all the recourse’s Richt has…what kind of team does he have to have too won the sec again??? The 85 bears!!! Geez let’s fire Richt already!

dawgfan

December 26th, 2013
6:09 pm

I didn’t used to buy the argument about him benefitting from Donnan’s recruits but if you look at what’s happened since they left its pretty remarkable. Richt has never lost fewer than 2 games with a team comprised exclusively of players that he recruited. He’s only won one SEC title with such a team and even that team managed to lose 3 games.

Richt is averaging 9.3 wins per year and 3.7 losses per year since all of Donnan’s recruits left the buliding.

If you think that’s championship caliber football I’ve got some ocean front property on the freaking moon you might be interested in.

Bulldawg35

December 26th, 2013
6:13 pm

I know every year we are going to play one of these boring ball teams!!!!!!

Wisconsin
Purdue
Michigan st
Virginia
Nebraska

Just put them in a hat and draw their names! How boring is that??

Bulldawg35

December 26th, 2013
6:14 pm

Yep one of these boring bowl teams! Just sad!

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

December 26th, 2013
6:15 pm

Hey its Mr. Guru with nothing factual to post to tell us why UGA is well on its way to Knocking on the Door to Greatness

Bulldawg35

December 26th, 2013
6:23 pm

Since 2008-213

Bama
Lsu
Florida
Sc
UGA
I never thought I would see the day sc passed UGA in football. How sad of a program we have become! I literally got depressed today when I seen that has a better overall record since 2008! I haz a sad!

Bulldawg35

December 26th, 2013
6:31 pm

I think we should send Richt to the Pitt panthers…heck they would love being 8-4 and Richt could be stress free! I think the boosters should get to work on this project!