OK, so what happens with Richt if UGA loses in Starkville?

Quality-of-life-wise, it would behoove this man to win next week. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Quality-of-life-wise, it would behoove this man to win next week. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Not to say I’m smart or anything, but the Georgia season has played out the way I figured: Win, loss, loss. (No, I wasn’t so all-seeing as to know A.J. Green wouldn’t have played a down.) I also had the Bulldogs winning eight of the next nine games and finishing 9-3, which I do believe will occur. That said …

The Mississippi State game has long seemed to me the pivot point of Georgia’s season. It’s a game UGA should win, but it’s on the road in a different time zone, and strange things can happen in the realm of the cowbell. And today I pose the musical question: What happens if Georgia doesn’t win in Starkville?

Nothing much, I submit, but I’m willing to concede I might be in the distinct minority. Opening the SEC season 0-3 hasn’t happened under Mark Richt — to be accurate, the Bulldogs have never before been 0-2 in league play under Richt — and would loose all manner of outcry from the masses. Greg McGarity, the new AD, wouldn’t join the chorus, but even a new AD couldn’t help but note the furor.

I say again: I think Georgia is going to be fine. This is a young team with a new quarterback and a new defense that faced two very difficult early games without its best player. I find no dishonor in either defeat. And I expect these Bulldogs will tame the maroon Bulldogs on Saturday in Starkville. But I’m pragmatist enough to grant that this could get ugly if UGA doesn’t.

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1990

September 19th, 2010
5:51 am

First (and foremost) we just need a win so the doubt train doesn’t get rolling.

Kris G

September 19th, 2010
5:56 am

I haven’t got much confidence in this team to beat anybody right now.

gaines rushton

September 19th, 2010
6:03 am

kirby smart are you ready for that phone call ?

hop

September 19th, 2010
6:08 am

i do not think anything will happen to coach richt this year.adams said as much earlier when he stated uga would owe richt too much money if the let him go.

next year will be the big test and well it should be. a new qb,new defense,but the offense needs help now and richt needs to take it over now.

mike bobo is not the answer.

TCH

September 19th, 2010
6:09 am

I agree the bulldogs are not a terrible team and could win many of the remanding games this season. The huge problem is that the just lost two that were very winable. This biggest reason they were lost is the offenssive play calling. Richt can not recognize this. This could well be another season that we stumble early and learn how to play later. This is totally unacceptable. Why waste two games that are so important on letting CMR work out the bugs, this is not preseason in the NFL. CMR needs to go sooner than later. All you fans that are loyal to him and talk about what a good man he is are missing the point. We need a coach that knows how to evaluate talent from his players and assistant coaches, develop the talent and motivate his team!!! CMR can not do that. The quicker we deal with that the quicker we can have a chance to move forward. In the meantime, the program will slide further and further downward only making the next guys job more difficult.

jey hey

September 19th, 2010
6:16 am

You’re Firrrrrreeeeedddd!

TCH

September 19th, 2010
6:16 am

Also, I hear of fans concerned about starting from scratch and what a risk that would be. What is solid about CMR’s program. Nothing! Look at the stronger teams in the SEC and what has happen in recent years when they have made coaching changes. In the huge majority of times, they have had success and made progress, ie. FL, AL, AU, even Tenn may come around. At the very least it sends a strong message to the fans, the players, coaches, etc. That we will not tolorate being an average or even above average team. And we are committed to winning. That is not the message we are sending and look at the results.

Bulldog

September 19th, 2010
6:17 am

Nothing should happen. He’s a nice, Christian man.

Peace be with you.

steve

September 19th, 2010
6:18 am

I think he gets on the hot seat, but he gets another year to resolve it.
I agree with you, young team, new defense, and new quaterback. They are getting better, but
hope rather sooner than later.

dawgs30008

September 19th, 2010
6:19 am

I do not expect great things from the Dawgs this year. But next year, I expect them to win the east especially if green comes back for his senior season. I like the fact the younger players are getting experience, Tavarres King, and others. Its very hard to win a SEC Championship with a freshman qb. Murray is receiving on the job training. It will be difficult with The Dawgs Nation to be patient. I already read one article putting Mark in the hot seat. AD needs to let him know for now he has the water…..

Sick Naban

September 19th, 2010
6:23 am

All those top recruting classes; all those kids matriculating to the NFL, and all those glaring lack of championships. Gee, where do we place the blame?.

bubba dog

September 19th, 2010
6:24 am

I agree that it is a young team and if this was a team that played as hard as it could and the caoches had the team prepared with a good game plan and play calling and they still lost, I would be supportive. The problem is that the single reason for the losses is bad coaching and play calling not inexperience and missing a great player. I am sick of hearing about that. Why don’t we have another “great player”?

George

September 19th, 2010
6:28 am

They win in Starkville, but lose three other games. But, CMR will be in Athens for a long time.

TampaDawg

September 19th, 2010
6:28 am

I agree with TCH, play calling has been horrible for two straight games, no way on a 3rd and 3 or 4 do you send everyone 20 yards deep, and have Ealy trying to block a DE one on one. With that said, all realistic fans should have known it would be a tough year, new def scheme, new talented but raw qb and two very tough games back to back, but they do need to get the ball rolling this week and at Colorado. Florida and Tenn are both beatable, no reason why dogs can’t go 9-3 and should beat Tech at the end of the season, Auburn is winnable but tough. The Good news in once Murray gets the sack clock in his head hell be one of the better QB’s in the country, can’t believe he launched that ball 65 yards today

bubba dog

September 19th, 2010
6:29 am

Also, if every one knows except CMR and Bobo that we don’t have a receiver or and experienced QB that can deliver a deep pass with consistancy, please explain the last play on offense yesterday.

1980

September 19th, 2010
6:30 am

2 wins 6 losses in the last 8 conference games, pretty good chance we lose to miss state.

i guess i will play my herschel tape again.

red

September 19th, 2010
6:39 am

9-3, 9-3, 9-3, 9-3 Are you kidding me, how about 8-5 or worse. Count on losing to Florida, Auburn and Tech. Throw in 1 more that they should have won (Vandy or Ky) and you are staring down the barrel of 7-6 and just barely bowl elibible.

Stilladog

September 19th, 2010
6:43 am

“this is a young team…” The O line has been “young”for three years now. When are they going to grow up?

What champions are made of

September 19th, 2010
6:43 am

Alabama’s linemen were treating Duke’s defensive linemen and linebackers like a bunch of kids they wanted to run off from the playground.

John The Tennesse Dawg in Knoxville

September 19th, 2010
6:46 am

I heard the post game comment by Bobo that you have to have the big play to win, that you can not expect to have drives of 8 or 9 plays to score. I think that is the problem. You must be able to have long controlling drives. His strategy to get to third and one then go for the 20 or 30 yard pass is a looser all the time and giving up the ball. Old Georgia football is drive it down the field and wear them out. We are 3 and out now. We have no sure fire play that will always get us the 1 or 2 yards on a run. Coach Richt must make a change at offensive coordinator.

82Dawg

September 19th, 2010
6:47 am

It’s the play calling folks. Even when I was playing football in high school we had a two minute drill for the end of the game. You practice it constantly so every one knows how to execute it perfectly. It also consists of short yardage gainers that keep the sticks moving and plays that are very hard to defend. You could tell the Dawgs weren’t running their two minute drill and that Bobo was shooting from the hip, The result — we couldn’t make a crucial first down and it cost us the game. This is unexcusable on Bobo’s part. Also, we need to get more aggressive on special teams. There were three opportunities to block punts in the game — we never tried a block once. Again, this is unexcusable.

Jim

September 19th, 2010
6:48 am

Remember, off the field behavior will reflect on the field play and Richt will always get a free pass from the AJC.

Kyle

September 19th, 2010
6:51 am

is it really that young of a team with the exception of quarterback? Is there any reason that we have now had an unsuitable quarterback two years in a row? If you know the quarterback is undeveloped why not run the ball more with the stable of experienced backs we have? But it’s not richt’s fault, he just doesn’t have the resources. Anyone who thinks Green is sticking around another year is fooling themselves. It is so pathetic how many excuses bulldog nation makes for mediocrity

Ugo

September 19th, 2010
6:51 am

Bowl eligible, woofers? You’ll be lucky to break even.

1980

September 19th, 2010
6:52 am

last year we blamed willie, this year we blame bobo, next year we blame grantham, and the year after that?

look to the top!

gameguy

September 19th, 2010
6:54 am

what I don’t get is the fact top 10 recruiting class every year, there so be in “building” years in the program!

Doggie

September 19th, 2010
6:56 am

That short quarterback Murray is going to get some of your receivers hurt this year with all those high passes. He reminds me of Joe Cox.

destin dawg

September 19th, 2010
6:59 am

Richt needs to take over play calling…. we had zero trickeration… reverses… fake punts… no TE’s or FB’s for 10 yd. or less 1st down situations. .. 3 WR’s 30 yds. down the field.. with no separation…and they dont come back for the pass…. Bo Bo calling plays against old pros like Petrino.. Spurrier ????

Go Vols

September 19th, 2010
7:04 am

Agree with Mr. Bradley. The schedule is downhill from here for the Dawgs, Mallett and Lattimore will prove to be the toughest tests the defense faces and Murray is only going to get better.

rosezeee

September 19th, 2010
7:05 am

Hey I have a brilliant idea !!!!!!! – – – – lets go it on 4th down ON OUR OWN 30 IN THE SECOND QUARTER.

We’re down by 7 and cant given them the ball back with a short field – except, of course, if we dont make it.

Man am I smart

destin dawg

September 19th, 2010
7:05 am

there has to be somebody besides Ealey and Rambo at those positions… they have mental lapses…..at least do some substitutions… Malcome… Ogletree.. somebody ???

What champions are made of

September 19th, 2010
7:06 am

Alabama
Chance Warmack Offensive Line
SO 65
6-3/300 1L Atlanta, Ga. (Westlake)
James Carpenter Offensive Line 7
SR 77
6-5/300 1L Augusta, Ga. (Coffeyville CC)
Barrett Jones Offensive Line
SO 75
6-5/301
D.J. Fluker Offensive Line
FR 78
6-6/340
William Vlachos Offensive Line
JR 73
6-1/289

CentralFLDawg

September 19th, 2010
7:06 am

I was working to get over my frustration yesterday and watched the Clemson/Auburn game and a new wave of agitation swept over me.

Two teams with strengths and weaknesses, but pretty good. What rattled me was the offensive creativity of both teams copared to UGA. Every team is different from every other team and UGA isn’t and shouldn’t adopt every razzle-dazzle gimmick they can think of. That’s not the point.

But, within UGA’s offensive system they certainly have the talent at various positions and (hopefully) the coaching ability to scout the weaknesses of their opponents and develop game plans that take advantage of weaknesses found.

The Arkansas game plan was poor. The play calling at times was shaky at best. As noted by many others on the blogs, the game plan put Murray into no-win situations. Much has been made of slowly introducing him to the playbook, but what could be more difficult than continually running slow developing routes? Are not shorter routes easier?

I’m no football tactician, but the gap between the Auburn/Clemson offensive game plans and UGA in terms of utilizing their personnel was huge.

Frustration mounts.

rosezeee

September 19th, 2010
7:06 am

rosezeee

September 19th, 2010
7:08 am

bubba dog

September 19th, 2010
7:09 am

Bobo saying the “you need a big play to when the game” is the reason we lost. We had 2 time outs, 50 seconds and needed about 30 yards. The running game was finally working, so what does he do? Go for the big play? 1st things first, GET THE FIRST DOWN, wew could have run the ball twice and gotten it. Then if Bobo just has to go for the stupid “big play” on first down that might have been a decent call. Bobo just does not know when to call his plays, he just calls anything he wants whenever he wants and normally it is at the wrong time. Stop protecting Richt, he is not competant enough to recognize this either. If he were, he would have fired Bobo. That call was horrible and lost the game and if Richt knew what he was doing he would react and fire Bobo in a heart beat. But again he doesn’t!!!

rosezeee

September 19th, 2010
7:10 am

See – – – – we’ll go it on 4th down ON OUR OWN 30 IN THE SECOND QUARTER.

We’re down by 7 and cant given them the ball back with a short field – except, of course, if we dont make it.

Got it??? This is coach of the year kindda suff

rosezeee

September 19th, 2010
7:12 am

Love seeing these top recruiting classes get coached down every season

big d

September 19th, 2010
7:13 am

puppies loose again! what a joke, kiffin nailed it on the head-incomplete pass on 1st and 10-ga runs 94% of the time on 2nd which is almost always incomplete-3rd and long same crappy play-action leaves u with 4th and long-bring on the punter. offensive playcalling sucks!!!! tired of booo booo calling the ru up the middle on 2nd and long. coach mark has lost controll of this team. defense sucks, again. puppies lucky 2 win 6 this year. somethings got 2 change??????????

rosezeee

September 19th, 2010
7:15 am

So what if we suck at the line of scrimage on both sides of the ball – - we have a great and veteran O Line and backs that will help our young QB grow

sprouse27

September 19th, 2010
7:15 am

I thought we’d likely lose to SC an Ark this year, but it’s still tough to watch it. Dawgs have flashes of good play, followed by disaster. Defense still has huge problems and the offense is struggling. On the whole, the team is just a lot of talent that can’t seem to gel. I blame that on the coaching, especially the head coaching. Bobo calling Murray out on the sacks was ridiculous. Guy had never taken an NCAA snap 3 weeks ago, and you’re pointing out the obvious. Brilliant. I just don’t see Mark Richt fielding a team that will ever challenge Nick Saban or seriously threaten Urban Meyer. And if you can’t beat those two guys, who cares if you’re 9-3 or 7-5? You’re still mediocre either way.

SMITTYSTHEMAN

September 19th, 2010
7:16 am

OMG. It’s always “next year”. Just wait till next year when …. (fill in the blank). Give me a break. Always the delusional fans.

bubba dog

September 19th, 2010
7:18 am

All this calling players names as whose fault it is is rediculous. Murray is a fine QB. So is all the rest of the players. I coach that knows how to plan for a game, and put his players in a system that works for the strengths would have the same players playing well together. And look like a totally different team. Half of you on this blog act like you are trying to help CMR fix his team. Is that what we do at UGA, beg our head coach to start making smarter decisions meanwhile keep talking about him being a better christain man than Meyer and Saban. Give me a break!!

SMITTYSTHEMAN

September 19th, 2010
7:18 am

OMG. It’s always “Wait till next year”. Next year we will (fill in the blank). Give me a break. Such delusional fans.

rosezeee

September 19th, 2010
7:19 am

At least we’re still a first rate program when it comes to getting arrested

dawgerbrown

September 19th, 2010
7:21 am

Don’t think UGA will lose in Starkville. Think the team will be glad to be on the road and out from under the magnifying glass. We did lose to two good teams. Although, we could have won either game. We are still undisciplined on the field. Too many mental mistakes, bad play calling, not using tight ends, not moving the pocket and rolling Murray out, etc. Richt will stay, end of year, Bobo will go. Nobody’s first job as Offensive Coordinator should be at a school like UGA. You have to earn that title, and prove you selft successful somewhere else first.

rosezeee

September 19th, 2010
7:25 am

Bozo and Richt

Dumb and Dumber

joe

September 19th, 2010
7:25 am

tight end was supposed to be a strength, didn’t see them being used at all. Had a lot of third and less than 5 when a good tight end should at least be a thought. UGA is offensively vannila, easy to defend. The value of an assistant coach is measured by how many other teams try to hire them away…. anybody come bidding for Bobo lately(ever?)

big d

September 19th, 2010
7:26 am

oh yeah and the dawg-nation is crazy if u think aj is coming back! he has been embarassed and made a fool standing on the sidelines. why would he come back???? 4 another 7-5 sason??? 4get it hes about 2 make millions in the nfl!!!! hope the broncos get him

rosezeee

September 19th, 2010
7:27 am

How can any kid with talent and half a brain select a program with a moron as a coach.

Why do you think no one wanted the DC job?