Fan talk: Spring football concerns, new sack rule, SEC Network and more!

georgia floridaIt’s going to be the red vs. the blue from now on in Jacksonville, as University of Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley revealed this week that the two schools have agreed to both wear their home football jerseys in their annual game.

“It’s just something a little different,” Foley said. “To be honest, a fan suggested it. He sent me a picture of what they used to do when Coach Spurrier was playing. He had a blue jersey on and whoever was tackling him had a red jersey on.

“It’s a unique rivalry and just a little different something to do. There is no particular reason. Georgia agreed and we agreed. At the end of the day, you’ve still got to win the ballgame no matter what color jersey you have on. I think it’s just a little something that makes the game even more unique.”

I like it!

Now, let’s get to some Junkyard Mail. …

Phil Daly writes: Bill, I know everyone’s going to be watching the defense at G-Day, but I think I’m almost as concerned with having to replace three starters on the offensive line. What do you think are the key issues the Georgia coaching staff has to deal with in spring practice?

I don’t look for anything new scheme-wise this spring. Mark Richt said recently that the emphasis will be on fundamentals. “The better we can block and tackle, the better we’ll have a chance to make our systems go. You could have a great scheme and poor tactics, and you’re going to have no success. I’d rather have less of a scheme and more tactics and more fundamentals because I think we’ll have a better chance of winning.” Overall, the progress of the defense, specifically the secondary, will be of paramount interest to most fans. New defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt told Chip Towers that rather than concentrating on the playbook, he’ll be determining who likes to compete and who can win one-on-one battles. The coaches on defense and offense both have said that everyone will pretty much get equal reps this spring in an effort to improve depth. It will be interesting to see how defensive backfield returnees Damian Swann, Shaq Wiggins and Brendan Langley fare, and how Tramel Terry and J.J. Green, transfers from the offense, progress. Tray Matthews is likely to be the favorite at one of the safety positions, but who will take over Josh Harvey-Clemons’ spot? Corey Moore and Quincy Mauger have the pole position. And it will be interesting to see whether Pruitt’s efforts to get the defensive line to slim down has any effect on their speed. On the OL, David Andrews, John Theus and Kolton Houston are penciled in as starters, with the main competition expected to be at the guard spots. A bunch of folks, led by Mark Beard, Watts Dantzler and Brandon Kublanow, will be in the mix. Elsewhere on offense, there’ll be a battle between Faton Bauta, Brice Ramsey and perhaps early freshman enrollee Jacob Park for the backup QB spot behind projected starter Hutson Mason, who will be trying to improve his footwork and communication with his receivers. With Todd Gurley expected to be limited this spring and Keith Marshall still rehabbing an injury, tailbacks Brendan Douglas and A.J. Turman will be out to make an impression in advance of highly touted freshmen Sony Michel and Nick Chubb arriving this summer.

Jim P. writes: Bill, I read an AJC article concerning the change in the targeting rule. Thank goodness for the change. But it looks as if they’re adding another bad rule. The article mentioned consideration of barring defensive players from tackling QB’s below the waist, while in the pocket. Tech’s coach Paul Johnson, who is on the rules committee, predicts it will pass. Although Johnson said he is against the rule. Where will players be able to hit and tackle anymore? This is as terrible a rule as the original targeting rule. They are shrinking a hit area to the size of a MLB strike zone. Please speak out against this.

Players like Ray Drew will have to be careful going after a quarterback if a proposed rule is approved. (University of Georgia)

Players like Ray Drew will have to be careful going after a quarterback if a proposed rule is approved. (University of Georgia)

Actually, the NCAA Football Rules Committee recommended a penalty for below-the-knee hits on quarterbacks who have both feet on the ground and are in a passing posture, similar to the NFL’s “Tom Brady rule.” Defenders would be assessed a 15-yard roughing-the-passer penalty, though the penalty would not apply if the “protected passer” became a runner during a play, the defender grabbed or wrapped the passer in an attempt to make a conventional tackle, or if the defender was blocked into the QB. The NCAA membership will have a 30-day comment period to provide feedback on the recommendation before it is considered by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel. Like any of these rules, of course, the devil will be in the details of exactly how officials on the field interpret and apply it. If a defender aims for a QB’s middle but the QB moves and ends up getting hit in the legs, is that a penalty? If the QB is technically out of the pocket does the rule apply? It could get messy once the SEC’s less-than-ready-for-prime-time officiating crews start trying to call this.

Lamar Westbrook writes: Hey Bill, as always, love reading your stories on Georgia! Here is why I am steaming about the coaches. Mike Bobo only makes $575,000 a year and that is sad. The last two coordinators on defense made more money than he does! Todd Grantham made $875,000 and looked like a deer in the headlights! They let Grantham use the “We are young on defense” excuse, and it was an excuse! Funny, Georgia’s offense lost guys all year long to injuries yet they did not make excuses, they just plugged young guys in and barely missed a beat! To me instead of excuses, you need results and if you made as much money as Grantham did, you better be ready to have your guys ready to play! Bobo should be making as much or more than Grantham or Jeremy Pruitt! I wish somebody would try to hire him; I bet Georgia would give him more then!

While you’re right about the defensive coordinators making a lot more than Bobo, Grantham’s salary was $850,000, and that’s also what Pruitt is being paid. I agree that the difference between that and Bobo’s pay seems out of kilter considering his importance to the program and the success his offenses have had. It may be a case of a home-grown employee who’s worked his way up the ranks not getting as much respect as a fresh new “star” brought in from the outside.

Xzavier Ward has had a hard time cracking the Dogs' offensive line rotation. (University of Georgia)

Xzavier Ward has had a hard time cracking the Dogs' offensive line rotation. (University of Georgia)

Stephen Segrest writes: What do you hear about Xzavier Ward? Last spring, he won the right offensive tackle position, but seems to have fallen off the radar screen.

Another case where your spring stars often wind up riding the bench in the fall. Ward, a rising junior who was offensive recipient of the True Grit Award at the conclusion of spring practice last year, was slowed during the season by a knee injury and never became a part of the regular OL rotation. He’s still on the team, though, and will be competing to crack that rotation, along with Greg Pyke, Zach DeBell, Hunter Long, Josh Cardiello and Aulden Bynum.

Danny Davis writes: Bill, I was shocked to see that the CSS cable sports channel is shutting down June 1. Without them, where will I get my “SEC Tonight,” Gym Dogs, “The Dawg Report” with D.J. Shockley and college baseball?

Yes, as my colleague Rodney Ho reported, CSS, a regional sports network run by the Comcast and Charter cable companies, is shutting down after 15 years in anticipation of the arrival of the new ESPN-run SEC Network in August, which would have taken away a good chunk of CSS’ programming. The SEC Network is expected to carry a full slate of SEC completion, in addition to football and basketball, so that’s where you’ll find the Gym Dogs and Diamond Dogs in the future. Assuming, of course, that your cable or satellite provider signs on to carry the channel. It’s considered likely that Comcast and Charter, which carried CSS, will sign on to carry the SEC Network, but that hasn’t happened yet. Neither has DirecTV, as UGA athletic director Greg McGarity noted recently. Chances are these systems eventually will come to terms with ESPN but they might take it down to the wire in order to get the cost of carrying the channel lowered. If you want to lobby for your cable/satellite provider to carry the SEC Network, go to GetSECNetwork.com.

Taylor Williams writes: I am an avid reader of your Blawg. My parents went to UGA and are season ticket holders. I graduated from Wake Forest last May and am now pursuing a law degree at Tulane in New Orleans. I am a die-hard college football fan, but my favorite team will always be the Dawgs. ACC football just doesn’t do it for me. However, I still cheer for the Deacs and split my time between Athens and Winston-Salem during the fall when I can make it back for games. I’ve had the opportunity to attend many ACC and SEC games in my life, and I wanted to get your opinion on the state of the conferences and see where you think the biggest differences amongst teams in the two leagues lie. My general inclination is to think that it is not so much the skill players as it is the big boys up front on both sides of the ball. However, even lesser ACC teams and even Vanderbilt have seemed to close the competitive gap somewhat over the past decade. Your recent question about best sports memories stumped me for a little while as I was trying to write down and remember all of the events I have been blessed to attend. However, I came to the conclusion that it was not so much the games I enjoyed as getting to spend a Saturday afternoon in Athens with my dad. Thank you so much for all you do for the Bulldog Nation. Your Blawg is by far the best coverage of the week and I hope you continue to update us for many years to come.

Thanks, Taylor! I’d say you’re right that the difference between most SEC and ACC teams is in overall size and speed rather than in the skill players. I think the greater depth found on most SEC benches is a factor, too. And from top to bottom, the SEC is still generally a stronger conference than the ACC. As for greatest sports memories, I think yours is among the best answers I’ve seen. Those Saturday afternoons at Sanford Stadium are some prime bonding time for parents and kids and make for wonderful memories!

thru bookOne final note: Richard Judy, a Blawg reader who’s a 1973 UGA grad, has written a new novel, “Thru: An Appalachian Trail Love Story,” based on his many years of hiking the trail. All proceeds benefit the Appalachian Trail Museum. The book is available at Amazon and at a few retail locations. Judy notes, “I have spent my entire adult life screaming about Georgia football, but I have always gotten off the couch as well to hike all over the world.” He hopes UGA sports fans “might like to read about an unathletic grad who still found a way to get physical in the mountains.”

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121 comments Add your comment

hind tit

March 15th, 2014
8:36 pm

Will the next rule before the defense hits the QB be may I tackle you

SBC Pastor

March 15th, 2014
8:36 pm

I just hope that having two sets of dark jerseys on the field does not cause some color-challenged QB to throw to the wrong team. In the heat of the moment, it might be easier than some of us think.

Bulldawg35

March 15th, 2014
8:54 pm

The hoop hounds are gawd awful! Fire mark fox!

O linemen on the bench

March 15th, 2014
9:02 pm

We have bodies on the o line. They are just “project” linemen that really were not top notch o linemen. This deficiency of the Richt era, whether real or imagined, really ticks off the alums with a memory beyond 10-15 years.
Len Haus, Royce Smith, Joel Parrish, Randy Johnson, Mike Wilson, tons and tons and tons of UGA O linemen that really were considered great in their era.

WHY does Richt not get serious ?This is the SEC and we all know that his NON PHYSICAL style of play is not getting the job done. What has he done in years as far as a major bowl and a SEC title?
He is on a really short leash this coming season.

Season ticket holder, UGA class of 71&73

DawgVoiceofReason

March 15th, 2014
9:09 pm

Bill

Bulldawg35 is gawd-awful. Fire 35 from your blawg.

mgdawg

March 15th, 2014
9:11 pm

So is there no competition for the starting qb spot? It’s just going to be given to mason? Why not have a competition, what would be the negative? We’ve seen this before with joe cox and joeT and we know how the story goes, Shockley being the exception to the rule. If Mason is the best UGA has ok, but give the young guys a chance they could surprise you.

As for the targeting rule, it is a complete joke even with the change if there is no change in the way it is being called. Against Vanderbilt everyone remembers the call towards the end of the game and how horrible it was. Everyone forgets the targeting call towards the start of the game where the Dlineman was standing straight up and ran into the qb. Please don’t get me started on the call in the bowl game where the qb hands the ball off, but continues to run and fakes like he has the ball, the UGA player hits him and a flag is thrown.

Hairy Dawg

March 15th, 2014
9:21 pm

That good news how we get to smash that Judas Muschump this year in red jersey and they in that ugly blue orange. Offense this year is goning blast holes for running game in Gurely. Hutson should work play action timing and fakes during spring to show how we take avantage a teams moving DBs to block run.

And Pruitt new D will be simplify to help us play more attacking than that wimpy Grantham style D. Pruitt know what champion D all about in getting skill player D to presssure other team mistakes and beat thems down so they lose. And all it take is few more turnover causes to put Dawgs winning rest games. That turnover is what Pruitt know how coach to get from players.

Overall it good time to be a Dawgs as we start seeing it all come together this spring so we win SEC and that means national champs this year.

Bulldawg35

March 15th, 2014
9:43 pm

Voice

You’re are nothing but Disney smock! I’m sick and tired of people like you! The hoop hounds suck!

DawgVoiceofReason

March 15th, 2014
10:28 pm

35,

You are nothing but a nattering nabob of negativity. I’m sick and tired of YOU. By your own standards, you are the lowest of the low and make the “hoop hounds” look magnificent in comparison. Let’s compare: 35, no-nothing commentator who can’t do anything right. Hoop Dawgs, best SEC record in 24 years and semi-finalist in SEC tournament. No real comparison there, garbage vs young men playing their best for UGA.

It’s always a compliment to be associated with Disney, btw. He was a genius at providing entertainment for hundreds of millions of people all over the world and was beloved. You even screw-up your insults.

Dog4Life

March 15th, 2014
11:17 pm

DVOR Spiro Agnew would be proud LOL!!!!

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7576DAWG

March 15th, 2014
11:49 pm

Kublanow will be a starter come September.

7576DAWG

March 15th, 2014
11:54 pm

I think there are a lot more Offensive Coordinator out there, who can do a good job than Defensive Coordinator. Bobo was a horrible play caller 3 , 4, and 5 years ago. The Coordinator job was way, way over his head.
Two years ago and last year was the first time Bobo deserved to be called a Coordinator. I am glad he improved because there is no better DGD.

shutdownSherman tony flackdawg!

March 16th, 2014
12:00 am

Dawg and 35 have so much vitriole..wow

AndalusiaDog

March 16th, 2014
12:03 am

7576..if he can protect Brice and Chubb bring him on!!!

7576DAWG

March 16th, 2014
12:11 am

Bulldawg35
The reason you are not received very well on this Blog is because you never have anything good to say EVER. Something tells me you are very young, immature and can’t back up your vast knowledge of everything Georgia with degree’s , work experience or old age wisdom. If you are older than 50 I certainly wouldn’t admit it.

SenecaWooofer

March 16th, 2014
12:16 am

7576…he did write “Disney smock” so must be of age though do agree…Hes a HATER…Prob a Bama or Techie!

HotDawg

March 16th, 2014
6:02 am

Players need to be able to tackle without fear of penalty or ejection, with few exceptions (unneccesary and flagrant).
And people wonder why defenses are down and scoring is up.
Seems every year there is another rule against defense.
This isn’t real football anymore.

UGAGrad01

March 16th, 2014
6:09 am

Lets bring out the black jerseys (not black helmets) in Jax sometime. I’m for it!

Dog4Life

March 16th, 2014
8:59 am

High octane football is slowly morphing into “Powder PUff” activities. Safety is a concern, but when you sign on to play a powerful contact sport that requires size and speed there is only so much safety one can expect. Evel Kneivel took precautions but understood the risks as do Rodeo Cowboys etc… At this high level of impact, i am unsure how much safety can be guaranteed — look at Justin Scott Wesley– no one touched him–marshall was hit cleanly though some will disagree–Hot Dog is correct, it is difficult for Defenses to stop the offenses when there is a limited area in which and on which the tackle may be appropriated. Over the years basketball has changed to the point that dribbling is an option etc… i guess football is next in the great change for a more civil and kinder sport. Baseball is going to instant replay. People want the rewards that come with sports but aren’t willing to accept the sacrifice that also comes with it–the dumbing down of America continues “Bread and Circuses,” The Romans were more correct than they knew.

destin dawg

March 16th, 2014
9:29 am

2014 is the year of the Dawg !!! power house offense… Junkyard Dawg Defense under Pruitt…. Beat Clemson and Gameclucks… win the SEC…. Go Dawgs !!

Rhall55

March 16th, 2014
10:07 am

O linemen on the bench…..is soooo correct….Will Friend is the worst OL Coach in the SEC!!! Watch the inconsistency of the OL….see how the development of the OL is hindered….none drafted nor honored this past season even w/ 3 seniors…a broken record yes, because we’ll probably get the same thing this year….Friend make me eat my words….TIME TO WIN A NC MARK RICHT!!!

Steven Daugherty

March 16th, 2014
11:15 am

What if all you can grab are the qb’s ankles & you bring him down that way? The ankles are below the waist…surely that is not a 15 yarder!

tougher

March 16th, 2014
11:36 am

I think unfortunately alot of people would rather have rules to enhance the scoring than the old school 3 yards and a cloud of dust…so to speak. Younger generation especially would rather see..like a 7 on 7 type of game. I hope to gaad it nevers comes to that….

dawg fan

March 16th, 2014
11:42 am

It is absolutely idiotic and moronic to make rules like this in a game as physical and fast paced as football. This crap is ruining the game. The refs are given too much power to make subjective judgment calls with rules like like this that could have an outcome on the game. This rule will be a disaster. They can even get the easy calls right sometimes. This is ridiculous. If somebody doesn’t want to get hurt playing football here’s a novel idea: Don’t play football!!! We don’t need a bunch of nanny rules to make sure nobody gets any boo boos.

This rule will be worse than the targeting rule. Watch and see. Football plays happen lightening fast. The refs are supposed to make this complex analysis in only a matter of seconds. It’s laughable and a joke. If a rule isn’t black and freaking white it shouldn’t be a freaking rule.

Football will cease to exist within the next 20 years.

tougher

March 16th, 2014
11:56 am

OMG….we are headed to bannng tackle football before the age of 15?!! This is absurd…

HotDawg

March 16th, 2014
12:59 pm

And I will also add players do not need to be thinking when trying to make a tackle. Any slight hesitation can cost a tackle, a first down, or a score.

DawgNole

March 16th, 2014
1:46 pm

DawgVoiceofReason
March 15th, 2014
9:09 pm

Bill
Bulldawg35 is gawd-awful. Fire 35 from your blawg.
_______________________

Co-sign.

O line Coach an new D coordinator

March 16th, 2014
2:00 pm

Coach Friend and Coach Pruitt roomed together as Crimson Tide players and STILL are buddies. Friend contacted Pruitt when CTG bolted for Louisville.

Now, when the UGA O line underperforms due to lack high octane Coaching and due to low talent, I wonder if the pressure that places on the UGA D will undermine their friendship.

Go Dogs

Hairy Dawg

March 16th, 2014
2:57 pm

I agree that those rules got to go. They just cause refs to cheat more against Dawgs. I never seen so many calls go one way againts Dawgs and not be called other way. The refs have been making bad calls on Dawgs for years and nobody like McG and Morehead say nothing about it. That type of calling game cost Coach Richt enough times to cause different between winning and loosing a game. It like sorry refs got plan to hurt Dawgs and more rules like this is goning give them more chances to hurt dawgs like they been doing. We get team in tackling positions and then they flag you for tackling. It just not right and designed to hurt Dawgs talents on defense. Dawgs can get recruits that make defense control game with Pruitt and no sorry Grantham but then they change rules to keep defense from playing football like it supposed being played. That shows how we need form league where Dawgs and teams that play real football like SEC make rules. We already got bad rules on recruiting and roster managing from pointy heads and now we get the bad rules on tackling here to. Someone like McG got have backbone to stand up for Dawgs and tell them what rules is not for real football in SEC.

the best man needs work

March 16th, 2014
3:00 pm

Don’t just give the job to Mason. My feeling is that based on history, Richt will do just that. The bowl game showed that the job should be earned, not given. Don’t discount Bauta, good arm and big strong kid who can run as well. Pretty much all three( Mason, Bauta and Ramsey) all have the same amount of game experience. Mason’s two games as starter shouldn’t give him much of an edge.

HotDawg

March 16th, 2014
3:11 pm

Hairy Dawg,
Quit trying the phony act under a Georgia name.
Your game is obvious.

Alb-Dawg

March 16th, 2014
4:15 pm

I am not one to immediately knock rules that protect players. Sometimes when the game becomes about killing a guy rather than strategies and gamesmanship, a rule change is necessary. My concern has to do with the ambiguity of some of the rules. Things left up to a refs discretion that could vary from ref to ref like the targeting call become problematic. I’d say if there are rule changes that protect players, that’s fine, but by all means make them reviewable, and get rid of that STUPID tack on the penalty yards regardless crap!

Vampire Bill

March 16th, 2014
5:12 pm

A few years back I wanted Bobo fired. Now I think he’s pretty good. I always wondered what brought about the improvement? Did Richt give him more freedom or take it away? How many 3rd and 8’s did the dawgs run off tackle? Seems like Bobo has a much better grasp now? How did that happen? You have to figure Bobo has been a football player all his life. He just suddenly got it ?

Dog4Life

March 16th, 2014
6:09 pm

If he had been running off tackle we may have made a few first downs. Bobo ran between the tackles usually with the smallest RB we had. I applaud when he goes off tackle–he just doesn’t do it very often. With Gurley, etc…. he has the perfect off tackle guys–speed and size–make those CBs come in to make a hit–I suspect Gurley wins most of those–but Gurley will win only a few between tackles because the LBers are as big or bigger than Gurley and our O-Line can miss a block with the worst of them.

Love the dawgs

March 16th, 2014
7:28 pm

Vampire Bill and Dog4life are clueless. Bless their hearts.

ZZTip

March 16th, 2014
8:42 pm

That Bowl game vs Nebraska left a bad taste. The punt fumble and interception both led to td’s. so 14 points there. Then we had 7 trips to the red zone, and got 1 td.

Hutson Mason threw to non-playmakers at key times and got drops. Lessons learned. Next time, get the ball to Gurley when he’s wide open in the red instead of Wooten, go to Bennett instead of the tight end when you need a sure catch.

ZZTip

March 16th, 2014
8:43 pm

Oh yeah, don’t give up a 99 yard td pass on the goal-line either.

DawgVoiceofReason

March 16th, 2014
9:30 pm

ZZTip

I agree; I’m sure Mason will learn from his experience in the bowl game. Hated to see Murray hurt but at least Mason got some playing time in real game situations against two competitive teams.

DawgVoiceofReason

March 16th, 2014
9:33 pm

I have the same concern as others. The sack rule change sounds problematic although may be needed (ala Tom Brady). The Targeting rule was the worst implemented, worst planned for and worst enforce rule I’ve ever seen in college football. It was a disaster for all of college football (and definitely was a factor in our losing to Vanderbilt). I hated in every game I saw it called and in some games where is clearly should have been called but wasn’t. Just AWFUL.

mgdawg

March 16th, 2014
10:03 pm

Oh yeah, one more thing. All we heard all season was that the targeting rule couldn’t/wouldn’t be changed during the season for some unknown reason. The only thing that has changed with it, to my knowledge, is that the penalty can be overturned as well as the ejection. Can someone please explain why this couldn’t have been changed during the season? I just can’t think of a reason to why this change would’ve been so hard to implement.

DawgVoiceofReason

March 16th, 2014
10:09 pm

mgdawg,

I don’t know the reason, but I’ve never heard of a rule being changed mid-season. I agree that it should have been fixed immediately. Really, there was never a good reason to implement it the way they did. There was a bad reason: that they didn’t want to be “inconsistent” with the fact that no other “judgment call” penalties were reviewable. Of course, the fact that this rule was like no other rule didn’t matter to them. The committee that came up with it was mostly non-division 1A coaches and admins although I think there were some 1A admins. I just don’t get how people can be so stupid sometimes with implementing new rules. I guess it is the result of the worst effect of committees.

RED DOG 77

March 17th, 2014
1:05 am

There will be some sad times in BULLDOG NATION when Mike Bobo is hired away. Mark Richt is blessed to have such a loyal and talented OC…………and I’m sure he knows it. I for one believe he should easily be making as much as one who hasn’t been tested yet…………….GO DAWGS.

RED DOG 77

March 17th, 2014
1:12 am

Yea Zip…………..ya nailed it! Alabama has been a lot better than Georgia in almost all statistical matters of late………….can’t believe you figured that one out…………but keep the faith, DAWGS DAYS will come………………RED

Columbus Dawg

March 17th, 2014
5:06 am

Article at pay site, can’t remember which, quotes Shock pumping sunshine about Mason having all the tools, strong arm, ect. I just do not see it. i am 54 years old and I can throw the ball as hard as Mason. Richt must be ready to cede the head job to Pruitt. If Mason is no better than what we have seen from him so far, then he does NOT deserve the job. Richt and bobble head pundits THINK Richt has built in excuses when he screws it up yet again in 2014, but he does NOT. You can’t lean on the fact that there is a new DC when you have hired the best in the nation. The D will not be the liability this year anyway. NO excuses for sub par OL or QB.

NoAxeToGrind

March 17th, 2014
5:29 am

Columbus Dawg, Richt will always have built in excuses. Thy have always worked so far. Why should 2014 be any different?

NoAxeToGrind

March 17th, 2014
5:30 am

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legionaire

March 17th, 2014
7:04 am

All the O needs is for Mason to be adequate and not throw interceptions. Richt has shored up the D, special teams, & recruiting. I think he sees this is his last shot before McGarity makes a change.

BigDawg

March 17th, 2014
7:09 am

Fellow Dawgs this is just my opinion but Coach Richt while being a man of God actually is quite stubborn. This has been proven by having promoted Coach Martinez and then when he showed he couldn’t handle the defensive coordinator position let him stay on 2 years longer than he should have. Next while this was going on he promotes Mike Bobo to offensive coordinator as a project and it takes him 5 years to start getting some semblance of being an offensive coodinator, next he hired Stacy Searels as O-line coach and then he bolts because he is getting blamed for the o-line struggles with players he had no say so in recruiting or the style of blocking he wanted to teach and run- smash mouth vs. finese. Next he replaces Coach Searels with Coach Will Friend and we continue to see pitiful excuses about why the Dawgs struggled after the injuries to the skill players last year. Well if Georgia had recruited and brought in some of those O-linemen who were from Georgia who wound up at Alabama, Tennessee, Clemson, South Carolina and Florida who wound up being All-American, All SEC or All ACC then when those players went down Georgia wouldn’t have missed a beat.

As ColumbusDawg states Coach Richt has been put on a short lease as those with real clout within the program made their dissatisfaction known, of course in my opinion it was 5 years late but we will see if he changes enough to make a difference in the overall outcome of this season.

Go Dawgs