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

Macclenny_dawg

December 21st, 2013
10:12 am

Macclenny_dawg

December 21st, 2013
10:26 am

Bill,
For this team to win the national championship the coaches have to become more aggressive in every phase of the game. We are at our best when we are behind in a game. The conservative play calling and has to stop. The coaches and players have got to learn to give 100 percent on every play. The coaches have to become hungry for the title. Every play counts. The more the coaches stay aggressive the more confidence it would give the team.

Bulldawg35

December 21st, 2013
10:33 am

If the players would work harder! Jordan Jenkins said he wishes he would of worked harder!!! Hey they’re an product of their coaches! It all starts at the top!

Macclenny_dawg

December 21st, 2013
10:45 am

Totally agree it starts at the top. As Saban was thinking well if we miss this field goal we go to overtime. Gus was thinking if the kick is short we might could return the attempt. That’s why you have to coach and play every play. Why do we give up so many 3rd and long its getting to relax. Tired of hearing we was only 1 play away from title last year had we not taken some plays off earlier in the game we would have been there. Play and coach every play like its the last.

Lambert Dawg

December 21st, 2013
10:59 am

All Richt needs to win a title is a legitimate playoff. As a UGA fan it has been a travesty to watch such a great coach and great teams be judged by how many National titles they have won.

2007 is the perfect example how a biased media decides who plays. UGA ranked 4th, two teams ranked ahead of them lose and UGA ends up moving down in the polls. The argument, UGA didn’t win he SEC. LSU goes on to win the title and the following year UGA goes to Baton Rouge and dominates them in their house.

Alabama does not win the SEC but gets to play for the title against LSU in I believe 2010. What a joke.. I can still see the media darling Saban on the ESPN game set prior to the SEC championship scouting LSU/UGA and getting free marketing time for his Crimson Tide. If Alabama had to pay for all the free prime time promotion afforded them by ESPN and 60 minutes they couldn’t afford to pay Saban 7 million a year

Give us a playoff (and I mean more than 4 teams) and Richt will give us a championship. He will get it done either way but UGA better be perfect (undefeated) if they are to have a shot at winning a National Chamionship.

old dog

December 21st, 2013
11:04 am

Bill,
Thanks for letting us on your blog. I do think that Bobo unfairly caught some flak; he did well considering the major injuries. I do hope we step the o-line up a little. The excellance of our skill playeres kind of hid the fact that we are exceedingly average (on a good day) up front. Many of the SEC schools have out-recruited us up front, so I feel we need a major effort there to be dominant at crunch time.
I agree that this should be CTG’s make or break year. As I have said previously, it may be the greatest D in the history of organized athletics. However, if you do not have the right personel to properly run it, and if it is not taught well enough to avoid the countless mistakes made, then it is time to start over. 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!”
Even the scout teamers are supposed to know the D inside and out. Since our starters were so lost, it is obvious the teaching method is lacking………….

The Geezer

December 21st, 2013
11:06 am

Thanks to another AJC article let the hating from the Tech posers and haters begin

Flo- Ri- Duh

December 21st, 2013
11:19 am

All we want for Christmas next year is a BCS title game for UGA!

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.

m

December 21st, 2013
11:40 am

for UGA to win a national championship???::: get an even playing field, by having other teams come UP to our level of suspensions; play dirtier, get in officials face; somehow get the media to like us(impossible) and above all else, have our continued “BAD” luck go AWAY, by some miracle- change into “GOOD” luck. Without ALL of that- is not possible- so stop hoping!!! I have.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

December 21st, 2013
11:41 am

What does UGa have to have to win a National Title?……..Luck (and not the bad kind they usually get)

Bulldawg35

December 21st, 2013
11:57 am

Flo- ri-duh

I agree….but we have to see a coaching change at UGA if you want that! Richt has lost his mojo!

Derek Dooley

December 21st, 2013
12:04 pm

The only way UGA gets a NC is to hire a Dooley to do it again. I’m available.

Russell Hall

December 21st, 2013
12:06 pm

If we’re stuck with Grantham for another year, I don’t anticipate a dramatic improvement on defense.

destin dawg

December 21st, 2013
12:13 pm

better play on Defense and a special teams coach please !!! play aggressive early !!! Beat Clemson and S.C. early and next year could be that National Championship.. Go Dawgs beat the cornhuskers !!!

Pete

December 21st, 2013
12:34 pm

A special teams coach.
Fire Grantham.

BIG DAWG

December 21st, 2013
12:37 pm

Get rid of all the clowns that coach at UGA. We need a fresh start!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BIG DAWG

December 21st, 2013
12:39 pm

We need players that are tough and show heart.

BIG DAWG

December 21st, 2013
12:42 pm

I do not see the dawgs winning another NC until some major changes are made. Wake up UGA !!

norman

December 21st, 2013
12:43 pm

Bill, Guys like you and I who have been watching Georgia teams since the mid sixties seem to appreciate Mark Richt more than the young fellows. He’s a class act that many big programs would love to have. Let’s stay the course and a N C will happen. Remember how long it took Joe Paterno to win an N C? I think most people would consider him a pretty good coach!!

BongoWillie

December 21st, 2013
12:44 pm

Talk of a BCS Championship is on hold until 2016. Why? Richt will have two back to back first year inexperienced starters at Qb, and Richt’s record with 1st year inexperienced starting Qb, is anywhere from low of 6-6 with Aaron Murray, to 7-5 with Stafford & Cox to 8-4 with Greene. DJ doesn’t count because Richt got him lots of experience the year before.

So, looking at a 6-6, 7-5, or at best, 8-4 season in 2014 & 2015. No BCS on the horizon.

Skint

December 21st, 2013
12:46 pm

How many walk-ons do we play on special teams? When you have as many as we do, we cannot expect much more. When are we going to recruit and sign elite OL? This has been a problem for years. It is time for Richt to make some tough decisions or bring in a Gruden-type to change the atmosphere in Athens, including the Athletic Board.

Olddogclass80

December 21st, 2013
12:49 pm

“What does UGa have to have to win a National Title?……..Luck (and not the bad kind they usually get)”

Yes – OR they could make their own luck by getting a new head coach. Why do we have “bad luck” (like bad special teams play)? Maybe because we don’ have a special teams coach! Why do we have “bad luck” on our defense? Maybe because our scheme is too complicated, but the “CEO” of our team won’t force the DC to change it!

Do you think Alabama’s NCs are due to “luck”?

Olddogclass80

December 21st, 2013
12:52 pm

“Richt will have two back to back first year inexperienced starters at Qb, and Richt’s record with 1st year inexperienced starting Qb, is anywhere from low of 6-6 with Aaron Murray, to 7-5 with Stafford & Cox to 8-4 with Greene”

Why does Mason not have more experience? Oh, yeah, that’s right, RICHT left Murray in a lot of times to pad his stats. So now we will have inexperienced Mason next year. Thank you, Saint Mark!

BIG DAWG

December 21st, 2013
12:55 pm

You have to coach the players you get! No drive!

BIG DAWG

December 21st, 2013
12:56 pm

We are just dreaming!

Swampdawg

December 21st, 2013
1:05 pm

The Georgia Dawgs are not an Elite Top Five Program even though the Bulldawg Nation thinks so. That’s the problem. The Bulldawg Nation always has expectations too high and always has a big letdown at the end of the year. They will continue to get in the top five once every 10 years or so. Look at the final standings for the last 25 years. I think the Bulldawgs are a top 12 team. They don’t have the brand for a Top Five Team and never have.

Swampdawg

December 21st, 2013
1:27 pm

The Dawgs’ recruiters are going all for speed now on defense…. What good is speed if you are running around out there out of position because you don’t know the playbook. What good is speed when you do get there quick but but can’t tackle when you get there? I would like see a mixture in recruiting. Speed players and “power” players who can hit hard and tackle but have medium speed.

Joedawg

December 21st, 2013
1:51 pm

Like many of you, l try to be realistic. But, there will be no NC’s at U G A until an attitudinal change is in place–coaching changes in particular. So many of the “Dog Nation and coaches have settled too long for mediocrity, thinking that an occasional big win is crucial to a major program. THAT is why U G A is not the so-called media darlings other schools are. Win, and respect will come. Specifically, it looks as if Todd Grantham will be at GA for at least this next year. Vast improvement should be shown. If not, it is time for a change.

Swampdawg

December 21st, 2013
2:06 pm

The “Dog Nation” reminds me of what the “Great Ben Hogan” once said about golf. ” If you have one or two good shots in a round, why that’s enough to keep you coming back. I guess we in the Dog Nation do the same after the wins against Tech and Florida. We keep coming back no matter how many wins the Dogs have. Yeah… we keep fussing but we keep coming back.

Gutrake

December 21st, 2013
2:29 pm

I know of twice in Richt’s tenure that they were the best team in the nation by season’s end. It was obvious to everyone.

The playoff system will work in UGA’s advantage. The way these BCS arrangements worked out, there was still way too much luck involved in the final teams that were paired for the NC.

I still believe next year the Dawgs may have a loss somewhere on the schedule, but they will be stronger by the time Tech gets its yearly spanking. Mason will surprise you boys…I promise!!

Lambert Dawg

December 21st, 2013
4:02 pm

What it will take for UGA to win a National Championship..

1. Go undefeated and have a minimum 12 team Playoff..

or

2. Go undefeated in the regular season with a top two strength of schedule rating.

3. Dominating a top 5 ranked LSU in the west as well as beating a top 3 out of conference team.

4. The targeting rule removed.

5. Finally, UGA will need to beat a undefeated and number 1 ranked Alabama in the SEC championship game by 30 while getting a little help from “ole lady luck” by not having two additional undefeated teams in the country at the end of the year.

Only then will UGA win the national title and it would only be in the coaches poll. The AP would give the title to the winner of Rose Bowl no matter the teams record.

Gutrake

December 21st, 2013
4:26 pm

It may be hard for you to understand, but UGA will need to have a loss or two for them to have things to go their way in a playoff system. Actually, I will state for the record that it will be a long time before we have an undefeated National Champion after this playoff system gets underway. The reason? Motivation as underdog. It will also work for other teams, so…forget the undefeated crap.

Mark my words! Shoot for one of the top four spots. That’s all.

Gutrake

December 21st, 2013
4:31 pm

Under this system, UGA’s 2007 team would have won it all…and, I believe the 2002(?) team would have as well. Further, last year’s team would have been perceived differently if a playoff was in place. I believe UGA would have been in the top four after the game with Bama. The voters would have been impressed with UGA being 5 yards away.

See, all of the voting dynamics of the past will change. You will see…

Skint

December 21st, 2013
4:57 pm

This 5 yards away is a bunch of crap. We led in the 3rd and 4th quarters, only to be done in by our D and questionable play calling. Same thing this year. Led at Climpson, led at Vanderbilt, led at Allbarn. At home against MO, had them on the ropes with their backup QB in. Coaching! We have the talent to compete every year. Why play walk-ons and favorites. Athletic Board? I think Richt doesn’t want the fight. He looks miserable on the sidelines.

Gutrake

December 21st, 2013
5:01 pm

Prediction: “Kool-Aid” is on the tip of somebody’s tongue…

Here we go…again…

Skint, you are hopelessly clueless. But that’s okay…

Gutrake

December 21st, 2013
5:12 pm

Skint,

Want to know what government schools have given us? Think about two statements you have made here on this blog.

Post 1) …when are we going to recruit and sign some elite OL’s…

Post 2) …we have the talent to compete every year…

Which is it? Are you confused?

See, as adults, we try to adhere to a habit of consistency. Maybe you should work on that before you spew incoherent opinions about the Dawgs!

JB at home

December 21st, 2013
6:21 pm

The dawgs as someone stated are a totally different team two touchdown behind vs two TD’s up. Why don’t the coach’s see that and play wide open all the time. Bobo is almost unstoppable when he opens it up.. As for topic, Dawgs of course need to find Defensive answers. Giving up 30+ 7 or 8 times won’t get you anywhere championship wise. And special teams are an asset for great teams, they are a liability for the Dawgs. Look at return yardage. Look at punt yardage given up.

The Truth

December 21st, 2013
6:53 pm

All I want to know is who are the people that voted Bobo the best OC in the nation? Don’t these people watch our games? It is probably the same 13% that actually approve of the job that our Congress is doing!

Skint

December 21st, 2013
7:00 pm

Gutrake, other schools are dominating us on the OL. We have elite talent everywhere else. We continue to recruit OL from private schools. Look at your depth chart, idiot. The culture within the Athletic Department is prevalent through our fan base.

DawgVoiceofReason

December 21st, 2013
7:21 pm

For the Dawgs to win a National Championship, they will likely need either a new defensive coordinator or for the current one to significantly improve his coaching, neither of which is likely in the next year. We also need a top offensive line to run block and protect the QB. We need to improve significantly in kickoff and punt returns and last, but definitely not least, we need to get more takeaways and keep our offense at or near the same level it has been for the last two years. We do have a lot of good things in place but we also have a lot to improve upon.

Go Dawgs!!! Beat Nebraska!

Jep Palmer

December 21st, 2013
7:23 pm

Another year of coming up short in 2014, I hope I am wrong but the defense will surrender 30 plus in big games and we will get outscored in a couple thus another year without a crystal ball.

BULLDAWG BILL

December 21st, 2013
8:03 pm

Bah and Humbug!

Skint

December 21st, 2013
8:09 pm

Gutrake, you probably like that our S&C coach is a former video coordinator. Why is he on the sidelines during the game? Until we change the culture in Athens, we will continue to be a mediocre team.

short memories

December 21st, 2013
8:53 pm

the only way we get a special teams coach is if richt is forced to hire one. He is a proud and stubborn man who can’t admit when he is wrong. He won’t fire anyone unless he is forced to. No passion, no guts, no killer instinct. No championship with richt. I agree Bobo had done a better than average job but when you at the creativity of some offensives around the country, not even including Auburn, you have to wonder if we will just rely on the great athletes we get or we think outside the box and get better.

Red

December 21st, 2013
9:19 pm

I like Grantham, but think Bobo isn’t good overall.

Grantham’s scoring defense:
2010- top 35
2011- top 25
2012- top 20

2010-2013 Grantham’s defense forced 102 turnovers, Saban’s forced 92 turnovers.

Bobo–I got issues. He struggles in 3 of 4 key metrics:
1) rush off–usually 7th or worse in sec 2010-2013
2) sacks allowed–below average 2010-2013
3) turnovers- bottom of pile 2010-2013

fred russo

December 21st, 2013
9:49 pm

It’s so simple fire CMR and the whole coachin staff is there anyone out there that can’t see that????

fred russo

December 21st, 2013
9:55 pm

When you read these comments you realize how CMR gets away with loosing . These people have no clue about winning and sadly don’t care. They are happy with 9-10 wins a year and a crappy bowl game.

LADawg

December 21st, 2013
11:34 pm

I don’t get it!

So many think that with a playoff the Dawgs are practically a lock for a spot. Those spots are reserved for undefeated and one loss teams. Even a two loss SEC champ is not guaranteed a spot.

Undefeated and one loss teams are strong in all three phases of the game. Richt has proven he and Bobo can put together an offense, but he has to have a DC that can take over that side of the ball with virtually no input from the HC (see Auburn game: call TO and no defensive coach nor Richt tell the “green DBs to knock the ball down.)

Then there are the special teams which have been a glaring weakness for so long, that they make Dawg fans hold their breath anytime they trot onto the field.

BIG DAWG

December 21st, 2013
11:58 pm

Fire Richt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Enough Said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!