Reasons Georgia should/won’t make the College Football Playoff

college football playoff logoBetween the disappointing ending to a once-promising season and the offseason juice provided by an exciting hire on the defensive side of the ball, you can’t blame fans of the Georgia Bulldogs for bouncing back and forth in a sort of manic depressive state so far this winter.

Optimism, pessimism — the Bulldog Nation has reasons for both. For example …

Three reasons Georgia should make the inaugural four-team College Football Playoff:

1. A complete season of a healthy Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall, Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley. Even with the loss of SEC record-meister Aaron Murray, the Dogs’ talent at the offensive skill positions is kind of mind-boggling. Despite all the injuries that kept many of them out for multiple games or the remainder of the season in 2013, Georgia had one of the most dangerous and prolific offenses in the country. If all those guys somehow manage to stay healthy in 2014, look out!

A healthy Todd Gurley makes Georgia hard to stop. (Associated Press)

A healthy Todd Gurley makes Georgia hard to stop. (Associated Press)

2. Mike Bobo and Jeremy Pruitt. Georgia’s offensive coordinator still had his off days in 2013, mainly as a result of the injury bug that plagued the team, but when Bobo has all his offensive weapons at his command there’s hardly a defense in the country that can stop the Dogs. Despite all the missed games by the stars mentioned above and an inconsistent offensive line (see below), the Bulldogs still racked up 36.7 points and 484.2 yards of offense per game this past season. What’s held Georgia back the past couple of years has been its defense under Todd Grantham, who might have thought he was the “backbone” of the program but managed to fall short of expectations with a team loaded with stellar NFL talent in 2012 and an inexperienced team that didn’t progress as much as hoped for in 2013. While I think some folks are slightly blinded by the national championship rings Pruitt has from his stints at Alabama and FSU and may be overestimating the likely instant impact the new defensive coordinator might have in Athens, prospects seem good for him getting more out of Georgia’s considerable but underperforming talent on that side of the ball.

3. The schedule. While the 2013 Dogs proved you can’t always judge a schedule by past performances — with Georgia triumphing over South Carolina and LSU, only to lose to unexpectedly tough Vandy and Missouri — there’s no denying that the 2014 slate of games could work in Georgia’s favor. Opening again with Clemson and South Carolina is still tough, though the Tigers don’t look to be as formidable as last season and Georgia has an open date before the Gamecocks, who will be replacing some key talent. Also, the Dogs have struggling Arkansas as their SEC West road trip, and while Auburn again should be a challenge (though finally that game will be back in Athens), Georgia doesn’t face Alabama, LSU or Texas A&M. The main downside is that the Dogs will be away from Athens for a long stretch in the middle of the season.

On the other hand, here are three reasons why Georgia might not make the playoff:

1. Suspensions. Because of UGA’s strict disciplinary policies, Mark Richt’s team is at a disadvantage compared with other SEC and major college programs. Already, the Dogs will be without a couple of starters for the opening game and Josh Harvey-Clemons will miss the first three games, again meaning the defense will have to be reshuffled, and there’s still a long offseason full of temptation ahead. As long as Georgia operates by different rules from opponents when it comes to marijuana use, there are going to be suspensions to deal with.

Does UGA even know what to do with offensive line talent like John Theus when it gets it? (University of Georgia)

Does UGA even know what to do with offensive line talent like John Theus when it gets it? (University of Georgia)

2. The offensive line. As I’ve noted before, inconsistent OLs have been a weak point of Richt teams ever since Jim Donnan’s players graduated, and the outlook for 2014 is mixed, with starters Kenarious Gates, Chris Burnette and Dallas Lee departing. Plus, as Bernie’s Dawg Blawg noted recently, Georgia’s recruiting in this area hasn’t exactly been impressive in recent years, with the emphasis seemingly more on skill players — unlike, say, Alabama, which has become Offensive Line U. A case also can be made that it’s not just recruiting; John Theus was a very highly touted recruit when he arrived in Athens, but his development has left much to be desired. With a rookie quarterback in 2014, it’s especially important for the Georgia OL to play up to expectations, which too often hasn’t been the case.

3. Special teams. This has been a long-standing problem for Richt, who has generally shown a Bobby Bowden-like disregard for this portion of the game. However, in recent years Georgia’s special teams have gotten worse, becoming known for catastrophic breakdowns that result in big breaks (and points) for the opponent. After a disappointing year of special teams play in 2012, Richt pledged to work toward improvement — and instead things got even worse. From high snaps and blocked punts to, especially, fumbled punts, the Dogs were disaster-prone. The only real superlative on special teams for Georgia in 2013 was placekicker Marshall Morgan. Otherwise Georgia was generally mediocre or poor, ranking last in the SEC in kickoff returns and punt returns (on those few occasions when the “punt safe” Dogs even attempted to return a punt). Again, Richt is promising to do something about the problem, but we’ve heard that before. …

So, there you have good reasons to look on the bright side or to grumble. What are your thoughts on Georgia’s chances of being one of the four teams that make the playoff in 2014?

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211 comments Add your comment

Ricky4

January 23rd, 2014
10:47 am

Sounds about right

SC Dog fan

January 23rd, 2014
10:52 am

I’m planning to look on the bright side this summer and then grumble about having been so gullible in the fall. It has worked for me every year so far.

Teasley51

January 23rd, 2014
10:53 am

I am forever the optimist. We have a lot to be thankful for. I think our chances for a great season ar certainly real. As we know from the 2013 season, the fans in Sanford Stadium can be a factor. I say let’s get behind these young men…no boos for our team. Go Dawgs! Section 104.

Bulldawg35

January 23rd, 2014
10:58 am

1.. OL- not enough 5 star talent. Recruiting guys you have too bulk up. Will friend’s coaching is suspect.
2. Qb- Hutson mason cannot throw the ball down field. Plain and simple.

3. JHC our best safety just can’t stay on the field whether it’s injuries or suspensions.

4. Pruitt’s first year will come with some headaches

5. Richt chokes in crunch time!

6 we are cursed with injuries

These are my reasons….thanks!

Hendo Dawg

January 23rd, 2014
11:06 am

O-Line, O-Line, O-Line! I believe the old adage, ‘you win championships with defense’ is a thing of the past. In today’s football world, you win by scoring points…LOTS of them…and you can’t do that if your OL is weak or suspect. We’ll see…

Bulldog_greg

January 23rd, 2014
11:07 am

Reasons why we will not be in playoff!
1. Mark Richt has no fire or enthusiasm
2. Quarterback is not good enough
3. Suspensions for the first 2 games will bite us again. (can we please play Troy and Ga Southern)
4. SEC West is superior right now in conference game

gtcaryd

January 23rd, 2014
11:08 am

Bill Kings homer mentality is being tested somewhat, sounds like more pessimism than optimism.

DirtyDawg

January 23rd, 2014
11:13 am

That’s right Bill…avoid the rush, start your complaining early. Of course that’s what you have to do to get people to pay any attention at all.

NoAxeToGrind

January 23rd, 2014
11:14 am

The biggest reason for aother mediocre season: Murray won’t be pulling the trigger. The second biggest reason: Richt will still be calling the shots.

RollDog

January 23rd, 2014
11:20 am

While I approach each season with optimism, I always know at some point in the season, the team will break down due to lack of leadership. Great hire in JP, and defense has to better this season, but with a Richt, there isn’t any urgency with the man. Make no mistake, we wouldn’t have a new DC if it were left only to Richt. We’d still be stuck with Grantham; “continuity is good.”

We urgently need to recruit OL but we seem to focus on RB, WR and DB every year and take whatever OL are left after Bama, Auburn and SC have picked the bones clean.

So many areas of concern, and they all begin and end with Richt, but he’s comfortable with who and where he is. He knows he isn’t going to be replaced by McGarity so there is no great urgency with him to change anything; why would he be?

swimdawg68

January 23rd, 2014
11:39 am

As some of the previous posts above, our OL needs a serious improvement in talant and coaching. Seems like we have been stating this for years, odd how CMR does not see this as a major problem with his offense. When was the last time you witnessed a UGA OL dominate an opponent in an SEC game? I can’t remember, heck, we can’t even dominate Vandy.

Mobile Dawg

January 23rd, 2014
11:41 am

I use to be the ultimate optimist. Now my pendulum swings in the pessimistic direction. Not much fun being a Dawg these days, it’s kinda like going to the movies when you already know what’s going to happen.

Silly Bloggers

January 23rd, 2014
11:43 am

I’m more on the “Glass is half full of emptiness” side. Pruitt is a coup and I am excited by the hire, but losing Wilson really hampers an area of strenght. All things being equal, getting Pruitt and losing Wilson far outweighs separating ourselves from Grantham.

As addressed above, the O-line is a debacle at times and it seems Friend bought himself some time by his relationship with Pruitt. I guess if you can’t get it done on the field, buy yourself some time by being a major factor in acquiring a coach. Bill, I couldn’t agree more with the lack of talent developing. I have always been pessimistic about our O-line recruiting, but what does it matter if we can’t coach them up like Example A, Theus.

Drug policy? We have to deal with it. I hate the imbalance of it, but despite all my issues with Richt, the policy is a good one and one of the few things that proudly separates us from the other football factories out there. As much as Tech fans like to throw out the academics at UGA, the school is strong academically and we have seen many a player not get into UGA or get kicked off the team just to show up at Auburn, Arkansas, or a Mississippi school.

Special Teams? I just vomited in my mouth a little bit.

At the end of the day, throw it all out the window. Richt has been a shadow of his former self since 2006. He can’t and won’t win a Championship at UGA. He appears to be a great guy, but he seems like such a better fit for schools like Wake Forest, Duke, or Northwestern. Schools that have a better class of athlete typically…and schools that he can have a nine-or-10 win season at every 10 years (like Cutcliffe at Duke) and never have to deal with the masses as he does at UGA.

Go Dawgs!

P-Man

January 23rd, 2014
11:49 am

Wow! I’m amazed at how many of you know what goes on in Richt’s mind! No fire? No sense of urgency? You KNOW that? Seriuosly, maybe you need to walk a mile in his shoes before criticizing his state of mind. You can criticize his actions, his words, etc., but it’s a stretch to say you know what drives him or motivates him.

On another note… I will ALWAYS believe my team will win them all until proven wrong. That makes me a FAN. And those of you who criticize fans are just silly. It’s why we watch: because we believe our team will win. Even back in the 80s, I believed the Braves (for example) were going to win the World Series, when common sense told me they didn’t have a prayer to win the division. But I’m a FAN. It’s who I am and what I do.

Castle pine canine

January 23rd, 2014
11:50 am

You think all of the defensive coaches left on their own? Really you believe that? Wilson left on his own with his son a senior in high school? Lakatos left on his own? Grantham.? All happened within days of Richt/Mcgarity meeting! Have any of you ever hired or fired people? Most of us that have fired people do it discreetly and with class. Looks like some of you expected public executions and not terminations. We will see how well the defense is with new coaching. New coaching, that is what we all wanted right?

Mobile Dawg

January 23rd, 2014
12:06 pm

Yes, I think the defensive coaches left of their own accord. Grantham got a better offer and knew the water was hot in Athens. No brainer for him. The others know the routine, a new DC usually brings his own in. They had opportunities to protect themselves and took it. Anyone who doesn’t think that is being naïve.

Cuz

January 23rd, 2014
12:07 pm

P-man that is always how I feel which is why I do not bet on the Dawgs.

Columbus Dawg

January 23rd, 2014
12:09 pm

Here’s hoping the D is much better, and special teams, and OL, and that Hutson Mason , the latest UGA QB to be “given” the job on a promise, ect.,ect., and that Gurley actually cares enough to do what takes to get into football shape, and that the team in general is ready to play it’s opening game, ect., ect.

DGD

January 23rd, 2014
12:11 pm

Number one reason why will not be in the playoff is…..Because the Georgia is not man enough……Period…. Until we start a season with our whole team ready not suspended next year will always be our year…….

ga4life

January 23rd, 2014
12:18 pm

Guys…..please don’t do this to yourself. We will not win it all, we will not win the sec and we will not be better on special teams. The Defense may improve but everything else will be the same……
Stop drinking the kool aid, for the love of God stop it. Until we get a leader, who sets a standard that 8-5 is not good enough expect the same results…. suspensions, poor oline play,dui, dwi.bui, poor special teams, sleepwalking until the forth quarter….that is Georgia football. But at least we beat GT right?

Dawghog

January 23rd, 2014
12:21 pm

I’m going to rent a billboard in Athens that reads Georgia football, next year is always our year. maybe the players will use it as motivation, or maybe they will just laugh at it on their way to the pool while the others teams are practicing…….

dawgfan

January 23rd, 2014
12:29 pm

Should: We’re Georgia. We have gobs and gobs of talent right at our front door step. We have all the resources and support a program needs to go all the way.

Won’t: Mark Richt is our head coach.

Skint

January 23rd, 2014
12:33 pm

Not only did Friend buy him some time, so did Richt. He can now blame a couple of losses on the new coaching scheme. We have a serious problem on the OL, both coaching and recruiting and S&C. Why we continue to recruit private school kids to play OL is beyond me. I suppose it comes from a higher up. Why we employ a former video coordinator as S&C coach is beyond me(Dooley?). Why we let elite QB talent from Ga. go elsewhere is beyond me. Until we make serious changes at the top, UGA will be a good, but not elite program.

Bulldawg35

January 23rd, 2014
12:34 pm

The only guy I would like to have back is Chris B. We need some lineman too step up fast.

Bulldawg35

January 23rd, 2014
12:37 pm

I would feel better about this team if we were able to sign tunsil last year and if we could of gotten David sharpe this year. Also if we would of gotten de Shawn Watson.

Flo-Ri-Duh

January 23rd, 2014
12:37 pm

JHC was not going to start at safety anyway….. and you heard it hear 1st. He will be moved to OLB ’cause he is now 6′5″ 225 lbs. There were a lot of injuries in the secondary in 2013 – even to the rookies. Garrison Smith will be missed on the DL but there is depth and size there and they will be even better in 2014. Dawgs are LOADED with talent at LB and that will be the strength of the defense. Pruitt is expert with fitting the right guys in the secondary and since he wasn’t there last year there won’t be any “seniority” which means the best guy starts…. Damien Swann will be moved back to star.

The OL will be equal to last year – starters will be fine but there is a question about depth. WR’s are proven. Rome will be one of the best TE’s in the SEC. As I said before, Hutson Mason is not Aaron Murray and shouldn’t be expected to play up to his level. He lacks PLAYING experience. As long as Mason doesn’t average a pick a game (like he did in 2013) and protect the ball all he has to do is “manage” the offense. Hand the ball off, short to mid range passes and keep turnovers to a minimum. He needs to speed up his progressions and that will come with experience. The RBs will simply be the best in the nation – when they get average blocking.

old dawg

January 23rd, 2014
12:39 pm

I like the 4 team playoff as it gives UGA a better chance but it gives all the other teams a better chance as well. The ESPN TV money will move the athletic directors to an 8 team playoff soon enough so the odds get even better. As for UGA’s strict drug enforcement…why do we have to be the ones to go the harder road? Just like the over reaction to the Jan Kemp mess…UGA has to go above and beyond. Why? What has it bought us? Not much as I see it.

Don’t get me started on the ‘close but no cigar’ performance that plagues the team. 8-5 gets you high praise and a raise at Kentucky. 8-5 gets you fired at Alabama. I’ll always pull for the Dawgs but I see more of business as usual. I hope I’m wrong.

Flo-Ri-Duh

January 23rd, 2014
12:47 pm

UGA has plenty of highly ranked QBs … Bobo needs to develop them. DeShaun Watson does not fit the pro offense scheme employed by Bobo. He’s a spread offense guy. That’s why he chose Clemson.

The defense will be better – can’t get worse.
The offense will be more ball control than quick strike under Mason.
Special teams at kicker and punter is settled and the deep snapper finally got his act together around mid season. Kick coverage was good. Kick returning is still in question.

I see a minimum of 10 wins in 2014 simply because a lot f UGA’s competitors lost multiple key players to graduation and the NFL. UGA has most of their cast back with the obvious exception of Aaron Murray.

Bulldawg35

January 23rd, 2014
12:57 pm

Flo ri duh

Heck it don’t matter if he fit….I’m pretty sure bobo could of found some plays that would work for him. We need a scrambling qb that can move the ball with their legs. Mason is nothing but a turtle.

maconexpress

January 23rd, 2014
1:07 pm

@Flo-Ri-Duh January 23rd, 2014 12:47 pm – “DeShaun Watson does not fit the pro offense scheme employed by Bobo”

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Did DeShaun Watson say he doesn’t fit in a pro style offense?

Class of '98

January 23rd, 2014
1:30 pm

I don’t have exact figures in front of me, but I swear there have been a few UGA recruiting classes in the past few years that included five running backs and/or five wide receivers and two offensive linemen.

And Richt continues to lament being so thin on the O-line.

UGA Insider

January 23rd, 2014
1:36 pm

Let’s get real. The UGA punt and kick-off return teams are the worst I have ever seen in 30 years of watching football. Folks we averaged just under 2 yards a punt return and 18 yards a kick-off. I’m being serious here.

Now the homers will come out and say those numbers don’t matter but it is actually a very important part of the game. In close games field position is everything but CMR just simply will not fix this problem by recruiting a few guys who handle punts and kick-offs exclusively.

dawgfan

January 23rd, 2014
1:42 pm

The 4 team playoff does not give us a better chance. That is Kool Aid fueled malarkey. The likely scenario for us to win a national title now will require 3 consecutive victories over Top 10 teams, all on neutral fields. Mark Richt hasn’t beaten 3 Top 10 teams in the past 5 freaking seasons, but he’s now going to do it all in a row on neutral fields? Laughable. Simply laughable.

I’m sorry but you Kool Aiders are out to lunch.

Bulldawg35

January 23rd, 2014
1:52 pm

If Lamont galliard de- commits then this class will be a bust! We need more 5* star lineman!!! I want more 5 star lineman or I want Richt fired! Mcgarity help! Galliard even has a UGA tattoo but Is thinking about going to Louisville with Grantham!

Bulldawg35

January 23rd, 2014
2:03 pm

Did y’all know SC has signed 130 players the last 5 years and we have only signed 116 in the last 5 years????

Sc 49-17 the last 5 years

UGA 44-23 the last 5 years…

Richt sign more players!!!!!! Spurrier does whatever it takes to win and Richt doesn’t! I’m just sick of it! Mcgarity get somebody in their that wants to win at all cost!

Snoop Dawg

January 23rd, 2014
2:05 pm

Two big reasons UGA will not make the playoffs anytime soon: RICHT AND BOBO.

Skint

January 23rd, 2014
2:13 pm

With our OL problems, we need a more mobile QB. Mason will feel the heat. Move Atkins to OL and quit recruiting private school kids.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
2:16 pm

No need to read further folks…if you’ve read this far you have heard all there is to hear on this subject from this crowd.

JB

January 23rd, 2014
2:16 pm

Gurley hopefully was hurt all last year. I say that because he looked nothing like the back he was his freshman year. The OL is a big concern. There is little surge for the running game. Defense will be better. Grantham was awful. 9-3. Mason no Murray. Go Dawgs

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
2:16 pm

Save yourself a bunch of repetitions of the same post, slightly worded differently.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
2:21 pm

These serial pessimists declare unilaterally that the Dawgs will not make the playoffs simply because Mark Richt is still the head coach. No need to think about it or debate it. If you do debate it prepare to be ridiculed and called a “Disney Dawg”, “kool-iad drinker” “homer” or “delusional”.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
2:22 pm

There you go…proceed at your own risk.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
2:25 pm

You have been warned. You’ll get numb after the same guys says the same thing for the 4th or 5th time… they just cut and paste their comments…

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
2:25 pm

rememebr…no need to think at all…they have spoken…

7576DAWG

January 23rd, 2014
2:26 pm

Our Defense will be much improved from 2013. The question is whether Bobo and the Offense can keep up.The most important person on the team is the Quarterback and Mason had a problem pulling the trigger the two games he started. He threw the ball late a lot. He has got to make a decision faster and act on it. I hope that Bobo will be open to giving Ramsey and Park a fair chance to beat Mason out in case Mason turns out to be a dud.
Georgia had the best Field Goal kicker in College last year. I guess the reason he wasn’t mentioned on All American teams was because he can’t kick it out of the end zone. A lot of his kicks were returned. The Offense can not turn the ball over. Last year it killed us because the Defense would bust their rear ends stopping our opponent just to be back on the field again because of a turn over or three and out. That is when our opponent scored a lot of their points. Our Offense has got to give the Defense some rest.
This year we will see if Bobo has progressed from 2012’s Offensive disasters especially in play calling. He actually did pretty good in 2013. We were completely inept in creating turnovers on the Defense which I think will be a strong point in 2014. But, whoever wins the Quarterback job has got to not turn the ball over.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
2:26 pm

they are the sole voice of the Bulldog Nation… the keepers of all football knowledge

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
2:27 pm

Your opinion doesn’t matter… you are just delusional…

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
2:27 pm

great stuff isn’t it?

7576DAWG

January 23rd, 2014
2:34 pm

Georgia had 7 close games last year. We won 2 and lost 5. We have nearly the entire team back. If Pruitt can fix the Defense and our Quarterback is not a problem Georgia has the team to be one of the 4 teams in the playoff. With us already playing a very hard opponent every year in the second game I hope McGarity will not ever schedule another hard team to open the season. Schedule them later in the year when suspensions and not know who our starters will be yet , will not play a factor into whether we win .

Bulldawg35

January 23rd, 2014
2:34 pm

Colorado

I think you are gut rake! The cat is out of the bag!

UGA Insider

January 23rd, 2014
2:39 pm

7576Dawg, UGA lost 4 games last year due to Special Teams errors. Not just horrible defense. What is being addressed about ST’s? Excactly. Nothing again from Mr. Passive CMR.

UGA is a very talented 8-5 team but our head coach does not pay attention to detail. He would rather do high dives.

Skint

January 23rd, 2014
2:50 pm

As long as we continue to play walk-ons on special teams, we will struggle there.

Flo-Ri-Duh

January 23rd, 2014
2:53 pm

BS35 (aka Milk Dud) – Gut is still with you!

Galliard isn’t going to Louisville…. not a chance.

old dog

January 23rd, 2014
2:53 pm

Bill,
I think o-line is a combination of things. They may not be getting coached up, as you mentioned, but likewise we have been dreadfully out-recruited as well. The talent on the o-line is not up-to-snuff for where we need to go. Yeah, we put up points last year but we had exceptional skill players who “hid” the o-lines weakness until many got injured. Then, the o-line could not step up enough. Remember, Nebraska had a less than stellar d by any standard, and they whooped-up on our o-line. We must go back to better recruiting up there, or we will not make it to the next level.

UGA Insider

January 23rd, 2014
2:54 pm

Great point Skint. We have to play walk-ons because we are low on kids who were originally given scholarships by UGA. I would say we only have about 65 as of now. The rest are walkons given a scholly to make the team look normal. It’s embarrassing.

PMR

January 23rd, 2014
2:58 pm

The same people who wanted to replace Murray with Mason are now saying he’s not good enough, lol. Some of you people wouldn’t know a football from a flying saucer.

It seems to me that we can never get all good people at the same time. One year we have a great offense and a bunch of talented freshmen in the secondary. Next year we have great skill people but no O line.

And as I watch the O line , I’m not so much concerned about the coaching as I am the ability of the players. I saw a lot of Watts Danzler and Brandon Kublanow in the bowl game and I wondered why. Were there people injured that weren’t mentioned? I don’t care if your Tom Landry you’re only as good of a coach as your players. It appears that there are several 4 star O Line recruits this year and I know the two incoming running backs are big league. IF they new O linemen are good and one of the QB’s after Mason is good enough, I think in 2 years UGA COULD be at or near the very top again.

But when someone as highly touted as Theus can’t even make the first string at the beginning of the year it’s not the coaching that’s at fault, its the player. You can’t MAKE 5 star O linemen come to Georgia and you can’t MAKE the ones that do put out championship effort. Just like you can’t MAKE JHC lay off the weed. You can however get rid of bad apples like UGA has done over recent years and deplete your numbers and listen to everyone here say how bad you are for not having any depth.

Flo-Ri-Duh

January 23rd, 2014
3:01 pm

skint – You aren’t prejudiced against private school kids are you? Dawgs need to get the best and where they come from is irrelevant.

DeShuan Watson said he was a better “fit” for Clemson’s offense…. translation – he prefers the spread which is what he is used to. That doesn’t mean he can’t play in UGA’s pro style offense. It means he doesn’t want to. Dawgs went after Ramsey who was also not a pro style QB but is willing to change. Saban spent a lot of time, personally, with Ramsey – trying to get him to flip to Bama. Saban told Ramsey he had the best arm he had seen in the 2013 class (including Watson). Dawgs got the best QB suited to their offensive scheme and he didn’t go to a private school.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
3:03 pm

Offensive disasters? When you have your top 4 WRs down and your 2 top backs and can still put 30 points a game on the board, there were very few “offensive disasters” 7576Dawg. The offense was understandably off in that stretch. The offense was remarkable in the face of that level of injury.

Bobo tried it both ways incidentally when they were hobbled. He had to feel around for a solution. In the Mizzou game he let Murray wing it and the timing issues led to a couple of devastating INTs. They opted for ball control the next week against Vandy and that didn’t work out either. He said this, I am just paraphrasing what he said.

The QB competition will be open in the spring and in the fall. mason expects it. He said he will have to earn the spot. You can’t judge him on 2 games. He did fairly well. The Nebraska game would have been better if his receivers had caught the ball a bit more often. We moved the ball all over the place but no less than 3 drives were killed by dropped passes. You can’t hang that solely on Mason.

The defense will be better. They will be much more fundamentally sound if nothing else. That will result in noticeable improvement right there. And the defense will get some takeaways which helps in 2 ways. It gets the defense off the field and provides a momentum shift. We had virtually none of that last year.

I am willing to bet that the ST’s will be improved simply because of the change in the coaching staff. The STs started to suck right along the time Grantham came along. Since the staff shares responsibilities that seems to point to 1 or more of the defensive staff not being competent at what they were asked to do. I bet Grantham shirked his portion. Jeremy Pruitt will not. So those will be improved.

The palyoff hinge on 2 things. If we get to the SEC CG and if we win the SEC CG. If we don’t get there there is no way in hell we make the playoffs. If we fall in the SEC CG then the chances are extremely dim. So the real question is can we win the SEC? And the answer is yes if the defense is much improved and the STs are not a lowlight. Otherwise you are looking at 3 or more losses.

No one can say for certain either way. The same factors effect the will or will not. How those factors pan out over the course of the season are the deciding factors. If you look at it as a scale of 1-10… then figure in the previously mentioned factors then this season could swing from a 6.1 to a 9.9 ( I don’t believe in 10s). +/- 2.9 points of swing in my book.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
3:06 pm

I’ll do some research on who got scholarships and I bet I will find that there are more than 65 or even 70 scholarship players on the roster.

Wow…who flung doo?

UGA alum, class of 1971 and 1973

January 23rd, 2014
3:08 pm

UGA will be a very incomplete football team, to be able to compete at the upper rung of the sec.
O Line is middle of the pack at best. Vandy and Mizzo, Clemson, SHOVED them around.

QB play at best will be middle of the road, with no proven or even experienced scone teamer.

Special Teams must improve, so for now, I withhold my opinion. History tells us what to expect.

D? We hope to see some major changes. The D backs are sloppy tacklers and they are small. We have no quality depth at Linebacker or SAFETY. The so called star in waiting SAFETY is a cancer of this team. The other kid at Safety is vastly over rated and a horrible cover d back. See AU game.

Intangibles? UGA is simply a ragged, incomplete ball club under CMR. In his mind, his MAIN goal in this job is to provide a foundation and direction to young people, as a Youth Minister.

There has to be a contingent of coaches on the UGA staff to drive hard, otherwise, we will continue to be 8-4, 8-5 and in minor bowls. This is the RECORD of the last few years.

I love my school but history is not on the side of SEC CG or PLAYOFF bound UGA.

wallydog

January 23rd, 2014
3:13 pm

I agree with pretty much all of Bill’s thoughts. I think the defense can’t get any worse, so with so many guys coming back, I think we’ll be better. I think Mason will get better, but I agree that the O line better do a great job to give him time to get better. I’m hoping Bobo will take a cue from the Denver Broncos with Peyton Manning and dial up some plays where the ball gets released quickly to save Mason, because if he goes down, we could be in BIG trouble. I’m also anxious to see how our new RBs Michel and Chubb will contribute. Remember how Gurley came in and made an immediate impact. One post here complaining about our O line said something like “When did our O line ever dominate an opponent?” Remember the South Carolina game? How we ran out the last 8 minutes of the clock? That was by far my favorite game of the year with the way we closed it out. It CAN be done! Hopefully, the injury bug won’t be any worse. I too am baffled by our horrible special teams play. I just could not believe in the last game of the season, we still don’t have a regular guy back there fielding punts. But… nothing I can do about it. I’m going to predict a 9-3 season. Probably won’t beat USC in Columbia… Spurrier just seems to have our number up there. Glad Connor Shaw is gone, but they are recruiting very well. Not sure if we’ll beat Florida. Barely beat them this year and they were horrible. That’s not happening two years in a row. And of course, you can count on at least 1 game that we’ll give away with turnovers/special teams screw ups. But hey, if we do better and make the playoff and win it all, I will be more than happy to eat my words and admit I didn’t think it would happen. Go Dawgs!

DeShaun

January 23rd, 2014
3:38 pm

Flo-Ri-Duh who’s this “Gut” and why is BS35 (aka Milk Dud ) afraid?

I’m happy here at Clemson and don’t have to play that SEC schedule. UGA jus had to many QB’s already on board and I’m a spread guy. Nothing against Georgia but they weren’t a good fit.

It’s all good and looking to the game against Spurrier most of all. Expect them to be down this year with the losses they had on their defensive front and their QB is gone. Dabo said Spurrier hinted that he may be close to retiring and we plan to send him out in style with a loss. Would love to see Spurrier throw that visor.

Some of you guys appear to be Dawg haters and I extend an invitation to go to our Clemson site.

Flo-Ri-Duh

January 23rd, 2014
3:42 pm

DeShaun Watson? Remember when we talked in Atlanta back in 2012 at the Marietta Diner? You know I wanted you to be a Dawg but happy for you bro…. go get some of Spurriers’ arse.

Skint

January 23rd, 2014
3:44 pm

Flo, nothing against private schools. My girls went to a private school. Trent Brown went to the same school, but was released. He’s now at Florida. Look at our current OL and some past underachievers. The Long bros.(no meaningful playing time), Pyke(no playing time) Lee,Houston,Cardiello(Buford is basically private), Andrews(gritty but undersized), Theus bros.(overrated and underperforming), Bynum(no chance). We missed on James, Carpenter, Warmack,the two kids at FSU, the kid at Stanford, and let Alabama, Tex A&M, And Tennessee sign the top JUCOs this year. We have a problem.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
3:45 pm

As I thought… if you take the 2013 roster and remove the players who were not recruited and signed and the seniors, we have 74 players who are legitimate scholarship players. No walk ons…just recruited a signed players.

How about an apology, UGA Insider? With a recruiting class of 21 players the roster will be more than full.

Why do you insist on continuing this charade? You are a troll… all you do is bad mouth the program and state things as fact that are easily debunked.

9 players difference isn’t just something to blow off. You’ve again proven that you don’t know squat.

Go and take a look at the recruited players of other teams we compete against and remove the walkons and seniors and they might have 2 or 3 more players than we do right now.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
3:49 pm

I just don’t get this. Why do you people insist that just because somebody hasn’t produced that they will “never” produce? People do improve. Players are supposed to be evolving. If you just write people off based on a year or 2 then you cut out lots of success stories.

old dog

January 23rd, 2014
3:53 pm

While everybody offers o-line opinions, here is a fact: We need to improve our recruiting of o-linemen. Other SEC schools are getting better o-linemen than us.

JB

January 23rd, 2014
4:04 pm

UGA Alum 71&73 summoned it up pretty well, but just like the floks at MSNBC who Obama is a great President and sing his praises everyday, the Dawgs have issues that keep them from being elite. f we are waiting on luck or an easy schedule or another team to do something so we can back in, we will be waiting awhile. The OL I watched against Nebraska was not mid tier ACC much less Mid tier SEC. No SURGE at all. Our DB’s are pretty bad. New coaching will help, but believe it or not, Tech is a pretty good coached team, they just don’t the the athletes or depth. We can hope all we want. And yes, The defense will be better next year. Special teams, who knows.

JB

January 23rd, 2014
4:05 pm

hum, summed it up LOL….

Jaxdawg34

January 23rd, 2014
4:17 pm

OK, I know I’m about get the kool aid label for what I’m about to post, but here goes.

I get that our OL if you go strickly on ht/wt comparrisons to other teams is small, but lets not forget, it was this SAME O-line that whipped SC into submission the last 8 mins? Isn’t this the same O-line that helped the offense average over 30pts a game? Before the posts start flying about Gurley making the line look good, Douglas and JJ Green both had pretty good rushing days behind the line.

I AGREE we should be getting in with more high profile guys, but our lines while smaller, tend to be more athletic and get down field, and who knows that may be by design. Get a smaller guy and build him up with muscle, vs getting an overweight guy that has to trim down and manage his weight. I don’t know because I’m not in the coaches heads, but to hear the way some of you talk, you’d think we never have a 100yd rusher or the QBs aren’t given time to throw.

It’s kind of like all the people who STILL complain about Bobo’s play calling when all the man has done is avg over 30pts a game the last 3yrs. I personally don’t care about looks as much as results.

Now you can complain all day about the defense from last year, and even special teams, but to complain about the offense when they battled through injury after injury and still did what they did statistically just looks silly.

Go Dawgs!

Bulldawg35

January 23rd, 2014
4:19 pm

Flo ri duh

Gut isn’t with me…..I’m just saying Colorado sounds an awful lot like gut.

PTCDAWG

January 23rd, 2014
4:38 pm

Hutson Mason will not be the starting QB past the Vandy game!

Mark Another One

January 23rd, 2014
4:55 pm

All the complaining about the OL and yet our offense with all its problems still seemed to score a lot of points. There were some busted plays by the line but over the course of the season, the offense did the job. The defense and special teams were the weak links.

That said, each year there is turn over and Friend has his work cut out replacing three senior starters on the OL. We saw some of that in the bowl game and it wasn’t at all pretty. Work needs to be done and part of it is being able to handle strong, fast SEC defensive ends and linebackers. Our tackle have their work ahead of them.

I have seen several posts that Richt needs to get more linemen, especially OL. I agree but I don’t want to see scholarships handed out to people we don’t expect to ever earn playing time. That just blocks a possible recruit for the following year. I am not saying don’t take a chance on a kid with a strong motor (David Pollack comes to mind) but don’t waste a scholarship on someone just to get to numbers.

As for the playoffs, I really see it as only the SEC Champion will make the playoffs. I love the Dawgs but I see the SEC West as stronger than the East, and if the winner isn’t too banged up by the regular season, I would think they would have the edge for the Championship. I think Alabama comes back next year.

dawgfan

January 23rd, 2014
5:39 pm

My prediction for 2014 is that we will lose 2 or more games.

I’ve got about a 12 out of 13 chance of being right. I’ll take those odds.

I-DOG

January 23rd, 2014
5:52 pm

Mobile Dawg:

I don’t think it is being Naïve to suspect that Grantham and Lakatos were actually told that they could leave on their own terms or face termination. In fact, if Richt had zero intentions on hiring a new defensive coordinator… then how did he do so approx. 30 hours? That seems awfully fast for a guy that is not known for his knee jerk reactions and is pretty methodical in everything he does. I doubt Richt picks out a new tie any faster than he hired Pruitt.

Has UGA EVER acted that quickly to fill a near $1,000,000 a year job? Perhaps we will never know what exactly happened, but I think it is more likely than not that these were essentially firings and not resignations given the timing of these events.

7576DAWG

January 23rd, 2014
5:58 pm

UGA Insider
I think Richt is going to let Pruitt and his Defensive staff handle Special Teams. We all know that Richt can’t handle Special Teams after that patronizing reply to the question last year put egg in Richt’s face. He sloughed it off last year as not being important or that our problem would take care of itself and it cost him 4 games. I don’t think he wants to embarrass himself again this year and try and come up with the answer. It is better for Richt and Georgia if he let’s Pruitt handle Special Teams.

7576DAWG

January 23rd, 2014
6:03 pm

Kublanow is a potential first round draft pick in my opinion , wait and see. This is one guy that Friend got right.

7576DAWG

January 23rd, 2014
6:06 pm

future first round

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
6:24 pm

STs did not cost us 4 games last season folks. If we had a semi decent defense then some of the rough spots our STs put us in would not have turned out so badly. Each of those gaffes seemed to result in TDs by the opposing team’s offense. If a couple of those had been merely FGs instead then 2 of those loses could have been avoided. The games were that close. We didn’t lose the Auburn or the Nebraska game because of STs. Our defense gave up long pass plays that if you remove those from the game… both are wins.

We lost @ Clemson because of a bobbled snap on a FG. We lost to Vandy because of a high snap. No other ST snafus cost us the game. Mizzou just outscored us. If our defense could have sustained their 3rd quarter performance then we win that game too.

Nebraska we could have still beaten if Lynch holds onto that pass. It is overly simplistic to say that the STs cost us 4 games…I just proved that wrong. Now, do they need to be better? Hell yeah they do. So does the defense. If the dfense had been as good as our offense we would have played for the SEC championship and probably the national championship. Bottom line. But they weren’t even close.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
6:27 pm

Uga Insider – I see you have no answer for me nuking your 65 scholarship player claim. That is cowardly. Stand up and declare yourself instead of skulking along pretending to be what you aren’t.

I dare you.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
6:29 pm

Bulldawg35 – I am not Gutrake. I posted concurrently on this board with him a few times as well. I am me and that is all I am. If you are that obsessed with seeing the dude behind other posters he really did a number on you. That is pretty sad.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

January 23rd, 2014
6:41 pm

Once again the Comedy hour continues

The kool-aiders are now claiming Grantham was fired

LOL

please explain why he got a pay raise at Louisville

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
6:53 pm

Another “ummmm” post… nothing really to say so I’ll just throw in a filler. Another person that just can’t say “I don’t think he was fired…and here is why.” No. Just can’t do that can you? You just have to throw a cheesy. meaningless filler insult and laugh about it.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
7:03 pm

Mack Brown wasn’t fired was he? No but he was given the opportunity to resign with some semblance of grace. Just you know, Saban doesn’t fire coaches. He just encourages them to find employment elsewhere. Look it up. If he wants a guy gone the guy is made to understand he has the opportunity to find employment elsewhere. And the usually do find a job elsewhere.

Nussmeier was given a hefty raise by Michigan. It is widely thought that Saban wanted him gone.

Not so funny any more is it?

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
7:04 pm

“Just you know” should be “just so you know”

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

January 23rd, 2014
7:07 pm

Ok Grantham was fired

So lets call Richt out for bold face lying to the public about what happened

Which is it????

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
7:22 pm

Well it ate that post.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
7:24 pm

I didn’t say he was fired.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
7:25 pm

I think he got off easy. He deserved to be fired

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
7:26 pm

He was instead given an opportunity to find another gig.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
7:28 pm

I can’t make a post of more than a few words…very frustrating.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
7:29 pm

I guess that the blog is “thinking” about letting my comment through.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
7:30 pm

I’ll try it a different way since it says it’s a duplicate post.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
7:32 pm

saved a buyout

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
7:33 pm

and saved Grantham the black eye of being fired.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
7:34 pm

wow…that was irritating.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

January 23rd, 2014
7:34 pm

So Richt told him you need to start looking for another gig

Again

Did Richt lie to the public about what happened and fired Grantham or did Grantham leave on his own because he found something better

which is it

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
7:34 pm

it seems it didn’t like the word r-e-p-u-t-a-t-i-o-n.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
7:35 pm

I just told you what I thought.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
7:36 pm

Grantham wasn’t fired, he was encouraged to find something else.

HotDawg

January 23rd, 2014
7:38 pm

I prefer the optimists….pessimists are such a downer.
Nobody here knows a damn thing until they actually play the games.
I’ve always said to the self-proclaimed know-it-all’s….if you’re so smart, put everything you’ve got in Vegas. They’re so smart, they have nothing.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
7:38 pm

If you call protecting a man professionally a lie…then so be it.

Bulldawg35

January 23rd, 2014
7:40 pm

Colorado

Who encouraged him??? It certainly wasn’t Richt.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

January 23rd, 2014
7:40 pm

encouraged

LOL

Again; did Richt say anything about Grantham being pressured to leave during his press conference?

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

January 23rd, 2014
7:42 pm

HotDawg

Ive predict for several years on here UGA will lose 2 or more games every year and I have been right

Why dont you go to Vegas; its really not that hard of a prediction

The past results speak for themselves

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

January 23rd, 2014
7:43 pm

gtcaryd

January 23rd, 2014
8:00 pm

Mobiledawg @ 11:41, One of the best posts ive seen in a while. Very truthful.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
8:14 pm

It’s just as fun to be a Bulldawg now as it ever has been… the problem is in the way we handle it.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
8:16 pm

HotDawg – don’t give up being an optimist just because somebody says your team will lose 2 games every year. That still beats the hell out of what most teams have to face.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
8:20 pm

But somebody who is so certain of something shouldn’t just sit on it… Flat Tire, you need to clean up in Vegas on that. I mean if you are that certain then you need to cash in on it.

I would if I were as certain as you seem to be.

dawgfan

January 23rd, 2014
8:20 pm

It’s not a hard prediction at all if you’ve paid any attention whatsoever to Georgia football the past 13 years, particularly the last 8. Actually, if you go off the past 5 years we’ll probably go something like 9-4 or thereabouts.

I’m not pessimistic. I just don’t live in fairy tale land.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
8:20 pm

Otherwise it’s all just a bunch of hot air.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

January 23rd, 2014
8:21 pm

There’s nothing wrong with being an optimist

but there comes a time when the same ole same ole causes reality to sink in

there is reason to have some optimism for our defense now

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
8:21 pm

Yeah you do, you just don’t realize that the cynical, negative part of that land is where you live.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

January 23rd, 2014
8:24 pm

its pretty certain

dawgfan

January 23rd, 2014
8:25 pm

I will be very cynical and negative as long as Mark Richt remains our coach. Guilty as charged.

I’m tired of watching our rivals win titles while we talk about “next year.” I don’t see alot of positives there.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

January 23rd, 2014
8:28 pm

there’s nothing cynical or negative in the land I live

Thats why I dont live in Delusionalville Ga

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

January 23rd, 2014
8:33 pm

A comment from Richt

“I’ve coached offensive football a long time,” Richt said last week. “I don’t want to make anybody mad at Florida State, but we didn’t have dominating offensive lines, but we had some great skill people that were able to make some great plays. If you have a bunch of linemen that know what to do, and can stay coordinated and get their hat on the right guy, and fight like mad, you can neutralize a defender for long enough for a great skill guy to get on by, or get the ball off, whatever it might be.

“I mean I’d rather have five guys that are in sync, that are a little above average, than three of them that are superstars and two guys that can’t play. You’re not gonna get it done. Because all it takes is one guy to blow it, and you’ve got a negative-yardage play. It can be very frustrating.”

But hey the kool-aiders blame Stafford Cox and Murray for turnovers, sacks, and losses

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
8:37 pm

You are right, there is nothing wrong with it. I think the outlook I gave was fairly balanced. I do not think that Mark Richt will “cause” the team to lose 2 games every year, however. Next year is a toss up because it really hinges on how well the defense rounds into shape.

Truthfully, we may have to guard against some false excitement in the Clemson game. Their offense will not be as potent because of the loss of Boyd, Watkins and Bryant. So we will have to not get too hyped over the “stats”. They are likely to be better no matter what.

What I am looking for is simple fundamental football. Tackling, assignments, and consistency.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
8:39 pm

Small things like, if the other team makes a good play, does the defense maintain their composure. That made my head hurt this year. The defense would be playing well and the other team would make a good play ( they do happen even with good defense) and they just folded. It was almost a guarantee that if the other team got a couple of first downs then they were going to score a TD. And that was probably about 60% of why we gave up so many points.

gtcaryd

January 23rd, 2014
8:41 pm

Dawgin Colorado is NCDawg !! Good Grief.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
8:44 pm

If I see guys tackling and guys being where they are supposed to be virtually the entire game, then I’ll know it is happening and it is time to be more than just a little excited.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

January 23rd, 2014
8:47 pm

Losing 3 on the O-line; a new QB; a whole new Defensive staff; and a question mark for the special teams

Next year doesnt look too promising except the schedule

The upsides for me will be a team that actually looks enthusiastic to play football;
beating FL 4 years in a row;
a defense and special teams that actually shows improvement;
and if we have 3 losses start playing Ramsey Bauta etc to prepare for 2015

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

January 23rd, 2014
8:48 pm

oops… and an O-line that looks better

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

January 23rd, 2014
8:50 pm

gtcaryd

Is Johnson getting an extension from the Tech fanbase

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
8:51 pm

If the O-line looks better and the defense is improved then the wins will come don’t you think?

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

January 23rd, 2014
8:53 pm

Yea the wins will come

Now when have you seen that?

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
8:56 pm

Now excited isn’t “we’re gonna win it all”. Excited is “this is what I’ve been waiting for”.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
8:58 pm

2007. The defense was shoddy the first 4 or 5 games and then it started clicking and that last half of the year was pretty damned good football.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
8:59 pm

That was the last time our defense looked “great”. It was good in 2011 but not like that.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
9:01 pm

2011 saved Grantham’s rump. If the defense had performed in 2011 like it did in 2012 then he would have been gone. That hiccup (fluke?) kept him around these past 2 years.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

January 23rd, 2014
9:06 pm

2007 Inconsistency
2012 Inconsistency

Results….Excuses and 0 appearances in the National Title

2011 Defense was good against the lousy teams played that year; yea they were really awesome against the 4 teams we lost to that season

I really enjoyed the SEC championship game and the Boise St game that year

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
9:10 pm

Too bad. Many of us bought into it. Me included, at least as far as I take things like that. I thought 2012 would be an extension of 2011. LOL.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
9:12 pm

What saved him was the first half of the SEC CG. You have to admit it. Zero first downs. Then LSU found the chink that Bama used a year later.

gtcaryd

January 23rd, 2014
9:14 pm

No Flat, unless CPJ can turn things up some there will be new blood in 2016.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
9:14 pm

We’ll see what happens come August 30 in Athens. Until then we are just guessing.

gtcaryd

January 23rd, 2014
9:15 pm

I appreciate your interest though.

DawginColorado

January 23rd, 2014
9:15 pm

G Day should be interesting though.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

January 23rd, 2014
9:19 pm

How do you buy into inconsistency every year

If this was January 2006 then ok I could see buying in

this is 2014 and yet again……

poor O-line play
lousy defense
lack of discipline in turnovers and penalties
poor special teams
losing to more ranked teams and teams you shouldnt lose to like Vandy

but I am optimistic about the future of the defense; though the defense optimism just fell into our lap thanks to Grantham moving on and not a decision from the head coach

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

January 23rd, 2014
9:23 pm

gtcaryd

I dont see things turning around for Tech

You realize had the Auburn debacle not occurred our coaching staff still would have never taught our players to knock the ball down during Techs last play and Tech might have won and Johnson would have gotten a statue for the victory

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

January 23rd, 2014
9:26 pm

” Then LSU found the chink that Bama used a year later.”

Nah I think everybody realizes now that UGA plays only for about 1 qtr sometimes 2qtrs and then goes into cruise control;

LADawg

January 23rd, 2014
9:51 pm

I’m excited about the coaching changes on defense. With an easy schedule and talent that at least a half dozen coaching staffs in the SEC would take to the playoffs, this will be a good year for the Dawgs which means a trip to the Capital One Bowl.

Richt’s history, only three BCS bowls in 13 years, does not give any indication that he is capable of gettng through a season with one or fewer losses.

The Dawgs are the Dawgs, we need to love them win or lose but to expect greatness is delusional.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

January 23rd, 2014
10:03 pm

“but to expect greatness is delusional.”

and thats a shame;

especially when UGA has put more players in the NFL in 13 years than any other school in the SEC and yet Aub LSU AL and FL have played for 2 national titles during this time

Maree

January 23rd, 2014
10:17 pm

I’ve never been a fan of UGA or its players, but I love Food Network, and Herschel Walker is doing a pretty good job on this season’s Celebrity Cook-Off.

Boykin

January 23rd, 2014
10:24 pm

Bottom line is Dawgs are doing good for its fans!

LADawg

January 23rd, 2014
10:27 pm

Flat Tire, so true.

Over the past five years the state of Georgia has produce 6.8% of the BCS recruits; behind only Texas, Florida, and California. The top three have to split the talent with multiple top flight programs. UGA has no real in-state competion in recruiting.

By comparison, Alabama and Louisianna are tied with 2.6% of BCS recruits and, as you said, their schools have played for multiple NCs while the Dawgs have had to settle for multiple second and third tier bowls during the same period.

T. Barilla

January 23rd, 2014
10:30 pm

Why does UGA avoid the best SEC teams like Alabama so much?

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

January 23rd, 2014
10:34 pm

T. Barilla

so why does Alabama avoid scheduling UGA so much?

why dont you educate yourself on scheduling

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

January 23rd, 2014
10:37 pm

I didnt realize a team that hasnt won a national title in 34 years has such power over the SEC that they tell Alabama LSU FL Auburn and everyone else in the SEC conference who they will and will not play

Anymore laughable questions tonight?

LADawg

January 23rd, 2014
10:55 pm

Bama is the only SEC team that sets their own schedule. Most years, east plays west on a rotating schedule except for traditional rivalries. With the addition of Mizzu and A&M last year, the SEC had to do some creative scheduling, thus UGA went to Auburn for consecutive years and Bama got off weeks before their toughest games, A&M and LSU.

There was no way the gods in the SEC office could have predicted Auburns rise, but they still scheduled Chattanooga for Bama the week before Auburn; as close to an off week as possible while still playing a game.

The plan was for Saint Nick to three-peat. It took a 109 yard touchdown to spoil the plan.

Jim

January 23rd, 2014
11:12 pm

I got a few reasons why UGA might struggle:

1- Coach Richt’s big game record
Coach Richt gets schooled vs ranked teams, his record is a lousy 6 wins, 14 losses since 2010. Considering ESPN has Auburn #3, South Carolina #13, Clemson #18, and Florida #23, Richt usually loses 70% of these type of games. So look for 3 losses right there.
2. Interceptions
UGA Qb’s are interception prone since 2009, Cox threw 15 in 2009, Murray threw an unreal 41 interceptions in 4 seasons, and Hutson’s on track to blow both of them away. UGA just beats itself.
3. Rush game
SEC winner finishes in top 3 in conf in rushing for last 8 seasons. UGA hasn’t finished in the top 3 in rushing in the conference in a long time, relies on the pass, which translates to too many interceptions.
4. Inexperienced quarterback
coach Richt’s record with 1st year qb;s Greene (8 win season in 2001), Stafford went 8-4 in hist 1st year starting, Cox went 7-5, and Murray went 6-6. Hutson will likely win between 6 and 8 games in the regular season.
5. Poor scheduling
Who in the world schedule 2 top 20 ranked teams for the first two games, when you have the #1 toughest drug policies in the SEC?
6. Suspensions
Happens every year.

Few reasons Georgia might make playoffs:
1- Auburn and Florida have catastrophic injuries
2- Clemson and South Carolina struggle with inexperienced Qb’s
3- Pruitt’s team created a lot of turnovers last season, really need him to repeat that to have any chance
4- Gurley, Mitchell, Bennett and Mason have to all get through the season uninjured.
5- Mark Richt suddenly starts winning 90% of games vs ranked teams instead of 30%
6- Hutson Mason has a phenomenal season
7- Entire Mizzou team get suspended before Georgia game
8- For the first time ever, no important Georgia players get suspended for first one or two games

Toole1120

January 23rd, 2014
11:18 pm

Georgia will look like world beaters, then look below average in Fayetteville. Losing to mediocre teams gets old!

jurdanhare

January 24th, 2014
12:27 am

LA: Also took Auburn coming back from 2 TD deficit in 2nd half! U dummy!

LADawg

January 24th, 2014
12:53 am

jurdanhare; I forgot about that. Not a fan. Bama and Auburn is like watching two jackasses fight over a turnip. Guess the Tigers, War Eagles, Plainsmen, whatever you guys are used the remainer of your allotment of luck against Bama..

aaron in arizona

January 24th, 2014
1:13 am

SILLY BLOGGERS: “Special Teams? I just vomited in my mouth a little bit”
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O MY GOODNESS!!! That line just cracked me up!! HILARIOUS!!

after reading that I wet my pants just a little bit, then messed my pants a little bit, then passed out and fell on the floor a little bit from hypoxia laughing so hard, and by falling down exacerbated my lumbar disc herniations causing more compression on the lumbar nerve roots a little bit resulting in loss of control of all bladder and bowel control a little bit, now going into emergency surgery a little bit.

DUDE, Silly bloggers, you are awesome. agree w/your points totally. thanks for making me laugh.

Bring Back the RR Track Dawg

January 24th, 2014
6:19 am

okay folks – “real world 101″ – you’re headed to work today – the “demand” is that you produce 100% efficiency at your job – oh – I forgot to tell you – 30% of your key workers are “out” today – sorry, you can’t use that as a “crutch” – and when you don’t “produce” 100% I’m going to jump all over you publicly – welcome to the world of Coach Bobo – coach, you did a great job in some tough circumstances – now the former DC – umm, let’s don’t go there – have a nice weekend Dawg fans -

gtcaryd

January 24th, 2014
6:49 am

Where is an article on the Dawgs new coach?

RHall

January 24th, 2014
7:44 am

Why doesn’t CMR see most of the same things that the bloggers see…look above…a broken record: Poor OL Play and ST Teams Play…fix those and UGA moves forward…but that may be a pipedream w/ Will Friend as OL Coach and nobody directly responsible for ST Teams!!! Please replace CWF…under-coaching..ie John Theus…under-recruiting…ie look @ the gets and the misses!!!! Also please keep an eye of the productivity of Tony Ball and his recruiting….ie look @ the misses, decommits and the gets…C’mon Man: TIME TO WIN A NC…4 years or bye,bye!!!

GHWB

January 24th, 2014
8:09 am

1980 – 1942 = 38 years.

1980 + 38 = 2018.

Read my lips… Four more years. Wouldn’t be prudent to win a Championship in 2014.

Flo-Ri-Duh

January 24th, 2014
8:59 am

HELLO ! WELCOME to the WHINERS club!!!! A mixture of TROLLS that live down in mama’s basement and spend their miserable lives playing Nintendo & attacking UGA and others that claim to know football and claim to be Dawg fans but have never set foot on a field in uniform and only support the Dawgs if they go undefeated. You are a pathetic collection of lost souls.

maconexpress

January 24th, 2014
9:00 am

I think Jeremy Pruitt is in for a rude of awakening. Once he get a dose of all the deficiencies that exist within the football program he might wish he had stayed @fsu. If the fans can see the deficiencies from afar it won’t take long for a championship caliber coach to recognize them.

This should be good news for the anti Richt supporters because if he can’t get it done with a championship caliber DC, no one left to blame but CMR himself.

Bulldawg35

January 24th, 2014
9:03 am

Jim is most defintley a tech fan!

whiskeybreath

January 24th, 2014
9:29 am

Nice and fair article Bill. Little shocked you aren’t doing the homer thing. Why didn’t you just simplify on negative reasons with ” Uncertainty with CMR” . You know damn well you think it.
Brother and the AD are counting on the easier schedule too. You are dead on about the OL.
The AD isn’t helping either. He is a politician.
WB

old dog

January 24th, 2014
9:35 am

Flo-ri-dumb,
If you cannot see that our special teams blow one long as a railroad track and that we lack in o-line talent, then perhaps you are the one who ain’t a fan. Real fans stick with the team through thick and thin…..and that includes me. However, when I see other SEC teams out-recruiting us (badly out recruiting us) on the o-line, then yes it needs to be pointed out. Nobody expects to win the championship every year, but when the D was not getting taught, the o-line was mediocre at best, and the special teams were a wreck, folks will take notice.

whiskeybreath

January 24th, 2014
9:38 am

So you guys have decided that Will Friend is the next whipping boy for Brother Richt?
So Ga., I wish I could tell my boss things are not my fault because I am a great Christian.
He wouldn’t care.
WB

GHWB

January 24th, 2014
9:48 am

@Flo-Ri-Duh

“only support the Dawgs if they go undefeated.”

Nonsense. Most of them aren’t even old enough to remember 1980.

BigDawg

January 24th, 2014
9:50 am

Yes the things that have exemplified the Dawgs the last 13 years has been:

1. Inconsistent offensive line play due to poor coaching, favoritism and lack of adequate priority on recruiting.
2. Terrible special teams at times
3. Lackadaisical team play due to a head coach with no emotion and lifeless on the sidelines with no clue as to what is happening on the field at times.
4. Favoritism in playing certain players over better game players i.e. Gates over Beard and others
5. Defense wins championships hopefully Coach Richt has made a good hire as a defensive coordinator, the last 2 were total failures.

These are my opinions and only my opinion which are based on what I have witnessed over the last 13 seasons.

Go Dawgs

Bulldawg35

January 24th, 2014
9:51 am

The space eating blog is back….I will try again later.

RVS3

January 24th, 2014
10:12 am

Bill, I’ve heard this nonsense about special teams for an entire season and now, starting the off-season too. Granted, the ST’s play cost us dearly last year. I was sick watching and waiting for the next bad play by that unit. But let’s look at it from some other perspective than “it must be Mark Richt’s fault”. How many times do you think they practiced snapping for kicks? A million? How about catching the snap? How about fielding the punt? You can only practice those things so many times. Maybe it’s about time the PLAYERS started doing what they’ve been practicing to do. I’m not hating on any of them, but come on! Just catch the friggin ball. And addressing the pitiful return statistics on kickoffs and punts…When the ball sails through the endzone, it’s not gonna be returned by anybody. I bet the number of chances we even had to return kickoffs was extremely low. And punt returns? When the opposing offense drives to midfield or better every series, you can bet your punt returns will be few and far between. And a special teams coordinator would have been useful on one or two plays, like Vandy’s fake field goal. I can see where a ST coordinator might have had us ready for that. But for the most part, our players need to improve for our special teams to improve. CATCH the ball!

UGA Insider

January 24th, 2014
10:48 am

RVS3 is giving us the typical Kool-Aid answer to our ST’s. Change nothing and hope things get better. Hey dude our ST’s have been horrible since 2008! It’s jus the past 2 years it has cost us games and the fans have noticed it. We averaged 1.92 yards a punt return in 2013. We can catch it but we don’t have anyone who knows what to do after the catch. It is embarrassing and won’t change unless someone coaches them up.

dawgfan

January 24th, 2014
11:09 am

So to sum up the typical Kool Aider perspective,

Win: Fire Mark Richt? Are you crazy? Look at how many games HE’S won.

Lose: The players just need to execute better. The coordinators and assistants need to do their jobs better. We should have worn more red and been louder. Mark Richt can only do so much.

It’s all very convenient.

RVS3

January 24th, 2014
11:17 am

As usual, Insider blows it again. The biggest problem we had on special teams were the mistakes, namely, fumbles. Tell me this…How many times did we have a decent chance of returning a punt? I’m talking about fielding one somewhere besides inside the 10 or 15 yard line? How many times did we actually have a chance to return a kickoff? Not many. Special teams will be better when the defense is better and the players learn to catch a football. I’ll bet this…If and when the Dawgs win a NC, the Richt haters will find another reason to whine. In the BCS era, there have been, what, 10 different coaches win a title? I guess the other 200+ that have coached during that time have sucked, eh?

UGA Insider

January 24th, 2014
11:26 am

UGA had as many chances to field punts as say Oregon…..or as anyone else for that matter. We just don’t have anyone who has been trained to do it. Stop making excuses for a poorly coached team. You can’t fool most fans who close their eyes when a punt is kicked to a UGA player. It has been that way for years.

By the say I don’t hate CMR or hate anyone else on this planet. I just disagree with the way some things are done and I have watched this enough to know I am correct. I have been to many practices and I know how little ST’s is coached.

GHWB

January 24th, 2014
11:32 am

@RVS3

If, as you imply, the coaching at UGA is everything that it needs to be, and all of the mistakes are actually the fault of the players, then who is it that is responsible for recruiting players who are incapable of being coached or lack the basic skills necessary to make the plays?

If the problem lies in the attitude of the players, then who is responsible for that?

You can wait around until you’re old and gray for UGA to win a National Championship so that you can prove that “the Richt haters will find another reason to whine”, but until one of Mark Richt’s teams actually manages an undefeated regular season, that isn’t very likely to happen.

Bulldawg35

January 24th, 2014
11:34 am

Richt needs to hire somebody that will work predominantly with ST’s….this is non sense! For UGA to be an contender in the sec we have to field kickoffs and punts! It’s a must!

Macclenny_dawg

January 24th, 2014
12:04 pm

Mason is a step down from Murray. The o line I expect to be about the same. Running backs should be better. Overall the offense will be worse. The defense should be improved just do to focusing on the fundamentals. Special teams will be slightly better just do to more emphasis. Coaching probably the same because it starts with the coach. Schedule is easier. So add it all up and 9 win season. Just another year without a chance for the title. Don’t matter how many skill players we have they can’t do anything with the ball when you get whipped up front.

dawgfan

January 24th, 2014
12:06 pm

I think we go 1-1 vs. Clemson and South Carolina in no particular order at best. You know, the usual. When’ the last time we’ve won two back to back big games under Richt? I can’t even remember, if ever.

It’ll be interesting to see how many preseason practices he skips this year. It’s a great strategy. Who needs practice?

Bulldawg35

January 24th, 2014
12:24 pm

What’s wrong everybody?? Richt is just waiting on the NCAA too ban kickoffs and punt returns! Lmao!

Bulldawg35

January 24th, 2014
12:28 pm

We should be better on the o- line….with Dyshon Simms and Isaiah Wynn….plus Kendal Baker. We also have Brandon K. And big Greg pike! So we will see but I don’t know about will friend!

DawginColorado

January 24th, 2014
12:58 pm

“You realize had the Auburn debacle not occurred our coaching staff still would have never taught our players to knock the ball down during Techs last play and Tech might have won and Johnson would have gotten a statue for the victory.”

Come on, that is BS. The situation was completely different. They didn’t mention knocking the ball down because the primary goal was to prevent Auburn from getting a 1st down on a 4th and 18. The pass was so poorly thrown and off target those guys thought they had an easy interception.

You allow your distaste for the coaching staff to color every single one of your comments Flat Tire. That is not sound thinking. You want to find fault and I can tell you from experience that if you go looking for fault, you will find fault. You have no objectivity. You approach every single question from a “how can I hang this on the coaching staff.” That isn’t they way it should be and you know it.

DawginColorado

January 24th, 2014
1:01 pm

You do not allow that other supposedly superior coaching staffs make big mistakes all the time. You measure everything by “well they’ve won a championship so they are excused”. What is wrong with this picture? You claim to not live in delusionville but you delude yourself into believing that your observations are not seriously tainted with an irrational desire to speak poorly of the coaching staff at every opportunity.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

January 24th, 2014
1:02 pm

The ole when are the players going to step it up excuse

So today we learned from the kool-aiders that players are eligible to play for 8 seasons

Yea the players need to step up; cause the last 8 years these same players have been at UGA…..

we have had 6 seasons of 3 or more losses and are now in the Ray Goff years of 3 seasons out of 5 with 5 or more losses

DawginColorado

January 24th, 2014
1:03 pm

For what any of that is worth. You’ll defend your view without even considering that you are starting from an off base point of view.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

January 24th, 2014
1:07 pm

off base point of view……..

yea I really enjoyed the timeout against FL only to get a penalty for too many men on the field right after

DawginColorado

January 24th, 2014
1:09 pm

RSV3 – you are making the same point a few others have made several times but still goes unheeded. The problem is that many of these posters start from the premise that everything is Mark Richt’s fault and just work backwards. You are asking for objectivity. You are asking them to try to look at something from a different POV and they will not do it. Just read these blogs. This one especially.

Prepare for the kool aid attack.

DawginColorado

January 24th, 2014
1:10 pm

Did you realize that Bama, Auburn and LSU all had similar things happen to them? Probably not… they are exempt from the “perfection microscope”.

Bulldawg35

January 24th, 2014
1:11 pm

Colorado

Flat tire has well respected views and opinions! Unlike your Disney drivel!

GHWB

January 24th, 2014
1:13 pm

Mark Richt is the right man for the job.

Georgia will win a National Championship whenever Jesus is ready for them to win one.

Until such time, nothing any mortal man could do will make any difference. Be patient and have faith.

Bulldawg35

January 24th, 2014
1:13 pm

I still to this very day get a sick stomach when I think about the Tennessee game. We should of blew them out but Richt took his foot off the gas pedal.

Bulldawg35

January 24th, 2014
1:14 pm

Ghwb

Are you being sarcastic or what?

DawginColorado

January 24th, 2014
1:15 pm

I do not think our coaching is perfect and you will not see me say that at any time. Mistakes are made and sometimes they suck pretty badly. The difference is I realize that it happens everywhere and all the time. I don’t like it and I get mad about it just the same as you and the others do when it happens but I understand that it happens no matter how much I dislike it.

If you were to completely replace this staff with a new one, you would see what I mean. The issues might be the same or they might be different but they would crop up just the same. And I am sad to say that you would find no satisfaction in what you find.

DawginColorado

January 24th, 2014
1:21 pm

Bulldawg35 – well respected? LOL…there are dozens and dozens of former posters that will not come to this blog because of those “well respected opinions”. That is absolute fact. You just like them because it provides cover from your herd mentality. You hide behind those opinions and just act as a rah rah guy egging them on.

People stick around to debate well respected opinions. They walk away from dogmatic repetition. I guess I’m too stubborn to be driven off.

Bulldawg35

January 24th, 2014
1:31 pm

Colorado

Who are these dozen of posters you’re talking about. NC dawg left because he couldn’t take the heat….I really can’t think of anybody else. I’m not egging them on. Remember I started this whole fringe way back in the summer! I’m happy with the progression!

UGA Insider

January 24th, 2014
1:39 pm

I know I have a well respected opinion on here because I am constantly asked questions and I give accurate interpretation on what to expect week to week. I predicted so many things this year it was sick. Most recently I told you that the UGA players were partying their faces off and that would lose Nebraska and there would be MAJOR changes to the coaching staff. Nobody listed then it happened just as I said it would. Then pics were leaked of kids partying their asses off at 4am and Grantham bolted. Man was I dead on about that one.

PS… I also predicted the Kirby Smart train has passed and he will never coach again at UGA as long as McGoofy is around. He thinks our S & C program is weak as water.

Bulldawg35

January 24th, 2014
2:02 pm

Insider..

Keep up the good work man!!!

todd44dawg

January 24th, 2014
3:49 pm

First of all it is way too early for predictions. However stop drinking the koolaid. We will possibly lose to SC and Aubarn. Never goin to compete with this staff.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

January 24th, 2014
4:10 pm

dogmatic repetition…….

Just like the 3 or more losses repeated almost every single year, correct?

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

January 24th, 2014
4:18 pm

“there are dozens and dozens of former posters that will not come to this blog because of those “well respected opinions”.

They dont come to this blog anymore because after they continued predicting year after year of pre-season national titles and knocking on the door to greatness mumbo jumbo most of them realized how stupid they looked when they finally realized someone predicting a 2 or more loss season every year might just be right after all

dawgfan

January 24th, 2014
5:43 pm

Now, if we can just get the Kool Aiders so frustrated with reality that they stop buying tickets and attending games we’ll be in good shape.

They are ruining our football program over their love affair with Richt.

Old Dawg

January 24th, 2014
5:43 pm

Like many people, I’m not always pleased with the work of UGA’s offensive line but to say they don’t have any linemen on the roster simply isn’t true. The Dawgs have 17 returning offensive linemen, and three committed recruits in the 2014 signing class, two of them 4-Star players.

Like I said, the play of the O-line needs improvement. If the OL coach can develop the players currently on the roster and the new signees perform as expected, maybe there will be improvement this season.

We’ll see.

DawgVoiceofReason

January 24th, 2014
6:57 pm

Bill, Fix the blog software, please.

DawgVoiceofReason

January 24th, 2014
7:04 pm

Dawgfan,

You do realize, don’t you, that Bulldawg35 is one of the reasons our program doesn’t have the success it could, according to you, because he contributed directly to Coach Richt’s continued employment by attending the Bowl game this year? That’s got to just grate on you. Doesn’t that make him one of the “kool-aiders”, as you call them? And, of course, you don’t contribute or attend any games or patronize any of the sponsors of the games, right? And, you’ve personally contacted Greg McGarity to let him know your dissatisfaction with the program’s direction right? No good can possibly come from hiring the DC of the defending national champion and number one scoring defense, right? Not with Coach Richt in charge, according to your expert and beyond question opinion.

jc_dawgs

January 24th, 2014
7:25 pm

The min playoff formula for Ga will be to go 10-2 and win the east….then win the sec.
It will be really tough for the committee to leave out an 11-2 sec champ.

Amber

January 24th, 2014
8:08 pm

Many people do not think like me but part of the reason why I’m a dawg fan is because they don’t put up with drug use….their athletes and all have a goal of going to the NFL and the rules there are stricter!!! I can’t stand when you hear about well this player wad arrested for this but its ok he won’t do it again..its like children let them get away with something once and the trend will stay… I got into to football when Cox was the QB so any season will be better and those who play by rules always get a victory eventually!!!

Amber

January 24th, 2014
8:23 pm

I remember the statement Richt made about continuity….but yall are forgetting he also said everybody had to do what’s best for them as far as other job opportunities and such…thats just summed up…for all we know he told Grantham that it was time for him to consider other options and leave peacefully like forcing him out…ive been a boss and my husband is a boss and when it comes to the dirty work you do it as neatly and discreetly as possible…. I love Richt and think he’s right he wants to be he’s quite and stays clam to keep the players clam…. Murray even mentioned that in an interview he said you never know what is thinking because he’s always clam….the one time I’ve seen him lose it was against auburn and we came up with the call but they still called it their ball…you never know what a man is thinking and just a few years ago everyone had him on the hot seat and he turned the season completely around…my take how do you feel when no one gives you a chance yall are judging someone you’ve never met yet alone seen!!! And according to ESPN they are looking for a special teams coach he knows what needs to done and he will do it and the dogs will prevail!! Wait and see!!

dawgfan

January 24th, 2014
10:07 pm

“Wait and see!!!”

That pretty much sums up the past 13 years.

We should make T-shirts.

Flo-Ri-Duh

January 25th, 2014
12:48 am

Ole Dope (5:43 pm) No one gives a diddly what your opinion is. You don’t have enough knowledge of football to coacha powder puff team. You would have to improve 100% just to register UP to the level of stupid. NO one cares for your opinion TROLL!!!

GHWB

January 25th, 2014
10:32 am

#Amber

“I love Richt”

Enough said.

IrateDawgFan

January 25th, 2014
10:42 am

The problem is we need a professional radio announcer. Scott Howard is awful.

UGA man

January 25th, 2014
10:49 am

All schools have a mission, usually academics drive. UGA ADMN folks and the Athletic Board do dovetail on UGA’s REAL mission. That mission is to continue to make UGA into what is has become over the last 20 years. UGA is a topflight s-c-h-o-o-l.
No, UGA is NOT Cal Tech or Northwestern or Duke or even UVA BUT as a state school, it is top drawer.
Research $$ are part of this strategy. FOOTBALL revenue is part of the overall equation BECAUSE it supports the non revenue sports like Equine, or Volleyball or lady Basketball, etc.

UGA cruises in on 8-4, 9-3 with a “decent” bowl like Chic Fil A, Cap One, then the IVORY TOWER folks are so excited.

Pass the plate of Brie and the carafe, please. UGA IS NOT a football factory gang. Sorry!!

As for the suspensions, these same Ivory Tower folks LOVE the concept of “redirecting” youth from their wayward,”poor boy” ways.

Go Dogs

dawgman3000

January 25th, 2014
1:42 pm

GHWB @ 1:13pm

“Georgia will win a National Championship whenever Jesus is ready for them to win one.”

If anyone ever wondered whats holding UGA back from greatness, that comment tells you all you need to know.