Richt and UGA by the numbers: Where did it all go wrong?

Esteemed colleague Mike Luckovich senses downward trend as well.

Maybe I'm wrong, but I'm sensing esteemed colleague Mike Luckovich has also sensed a downward trend.

There’s the famous story of the Irish footballer George Best, who was, as they say in the UK, a bit of a lad. One night a hotel bellboy delivering champagne to Mr. Best’s suite was taken aback by the condition of Mr. Best’s bed, upon which rested a pile of money — the famous athlete had enjoyed a good night at the gaming tables — and the current Miss World. Whereupon the bellboy (allegedly) cried: “George, where did it all go wrong?”

There’s absolutely no connection between George Best and Georgia football, but the (perhaps apocryphal) question seems to apply to the undoings in Athens: For Mark Richt, whose team is 1-4, where did it all go wrong? And we turn, as is occasionally the case, to the numbers.

  • Richt’s first five seasons at UGA: 52-13.
  • Richt’s past four-plus seasons: 39-18.
  • Richt’s SEC record those first five seasons: 32-11.
  • Richt’s SEC record since: 20-15.
  • Richt’s record against the SEC East those first five seasons: 19-6.
  • Richt’s record against the SEC East since: 10-11.
  • Richt’s record with Brian VanGorder as defensive coordinator: 42-10.
  • Richt’s record with Willie Martinez as defensive coordinator: 47-17.
  • Richt’s record with no defensive coordinator (2009 Independence Bowl): 1-0
  • Richt’s record with Todd Grantham as defensive coordinator: 1-4.
  • Richt’s record with himself calling plays: 59-17.
  • Richt’s record with Mike Bobo calling plays: 32-14.
  • Richt’s record with Neil Callaway as offensive line coach: 60-17.
  • Richt’s record with Stacy Searels as offensive line coach: 30-14
  • Richt’s record in bowl games: 7-2.
  • Richt’s record against the Big Ten in bowl games: 3-0.
  • Richt’s record against the Big East in bowl games: 0-2.
  • Richt’s road record his first nine seasons: 33-6.
  • Richt’s road record this season: 0-3.
  • Richt’s home record the first seven seasons: 38-7.
  • Richt’s home record since: 9-5.
  • Richt’s record with David Greene as starting quarterback: 42-10.
  • Richt’s record with D.J. Shockley as starting quarterback: 10-2.
  • Richt’s record with Joe Tereshinski III as starting quarterback: 2-3.
  • Richt’s record with Matthew Stafford as starting quarterback: 27-7.
  • Richt’s record with Joe Cox as starting quarterback: 9-5.
  • Richt’s record with Aaron Murray as starting quarterback: 1-4.
  • Richt’s record against Tennessee those first five seasons: 4-1.
  • Richt’s record against Tennessee since: 1-3.
  • Richt’s record against Florida those first five seasons: 1-4.
  • Richt’s record against Florida since: 1-3.
  • Richt’s record against Auburn those first five seasons: 2-3.
  • Richt’s record against Auburn since: 4-0.
  • Richt’s record against Georgia Tech under George O’Leary: 1-0.
  • Richt’s record against Tech under Chan Gailey: 6-0.
  • Richt’s record against Tech under Paul Johnson: 1-1.

What does it all mean? Well, I’d say it means Richt won more back when than he has lately, but I’m guessing you knew that. I’d also say it means the only thing at which Georgia has gotten better under this coach is at beating Auburn. So he’s got that going for him.

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rusty

October 6th, 2010
11:06 am

Auburn fan here, hope that trend changes this year

[...] UGA football coach Mark Richt is catching all kinds of heat for the team’s 1-4 start. Today, Mark Bradley looks at the numbers. This morning, AJC’s Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist Mike Luckovich put together [...]

NC Dawg

October 6th, 2010
11:10 am

Dawgs!!

October 6th, 2010
11:11 am

nobody

October 6th, 2010
11:11 am

None of those numbers are too bad except Grantham and Murray’s stats and the Big East Record. The Record under Bobo is suprising. It still is UGA so 14 loses in what 4-5 years? is high

nobody

October 6th, 2010
11:12 am

**Murray’s record is unfortunate** I don’t think any of the loses have been close to his fault

Dawgs!!

October 6th, 2010
11:12 am

Nuts. Still – interesting numbers Mark.

This is not a one season thing. The decline has been happening for years and something needs to change. Richt running out on the field ain’t it…especially since he’ll probably get thrown for a 4 yd loss.

david

October 6th, 2010
11:13 am

interesting #s– we better win Saturday or all hells gonna break loose

nobody

October 6th, 2010
11:13 am

Is there a way you can find the offensive numbers under Richt compared to the numbers under Bobo? Also the defense under three coordinators?

Mac

October 6th, 2010
11:14 am

In addition to these numbers you should check out the QB Comparison chart here: http://chuckoliver.net/?p=7726

It has Cox, Murray, Shockley, Greene and Staffords numbers together and breaks them down.

I think Murray has played great for a Freshman in the SEC. I think this ship will right itself.

Mark Bradley

October 6th, 2010
11:15 am

Kudos, NC Dawg.

DawginLex

October 6th, 2010
11:16 am

Richt is caught up in his own deal. He raised the bar because of his early success.

Martinez ripped him a new one. You can say Richt ripped himself by not canning him earlier or never promoting him to begin with.

Grantham is not the problem.
Murray is not the problem.

If we had hired Grantham a year ago and had another year to recruit for the 3-4, the D would be much better. As it is, it is better than Willie’s scheme.

nobody

October 6th, 2010
11:17 am

I think the biggest difference between Richt’s teams now and Richt’s teams before is onfield Intellegence. Which is a coach thing. Our players make stupid mistakes and look confused. One arm tackles, fumbles, blocking, lost on defense, etc. I dont remember stuff like this happening when Richt first started. Not to even mention Bobo’s offense.

NC Dawg

October 6th, 2010
11:18 am

If we had started the DC search a year earlier, we could have gotten Chavis.

Jackson

October 6th, 2010
11:19 am

Wish you would have included rushing yards per attempt under Calloway vs Searls.

Glenn

October 6th, 2010
11:19 am

Not counting any of the florida losses as a road loss is very flawed.
You should at least count a loss when ga is considered the road team that year.

nobody

October 6th, 2010
11:20 am

Dawginlex- I think Grantham’s D is doing well considering he doesnt really have many 3-4 players. Houston is really the only guy that we have that is perfect for the 3-4. We dont have a DT clog and we have smaller DE’s. Thats why we got run on at SC

Dave in Buford

October 6th, 2010
11:20 am

this season was always going to depend on the running game, and the running game is not there … nobody who knows football actually expected the defense to be materially better this season because the personnel needed to staff a 3-4 are different and it was going to take more than one season to get that worked out.

The issue is the offensive line … the running game depended on the line and the pass protection depended on the line and neither of them are happening yet. Murray is fine … if he doesn’t get blind-sided during the last drive against Arkansas, that game could easily have been a win and this discussion would be a lot different now.

PTC DAWG

October 6th, 2010
11:21 am

Obviously, Glenn likes to pick fly chit out of pepper.

Just beat UT.

bruce mac

October 6th, 2010
11:23 am

It would be interesting MB to look a penalty yards and turnover ratios his first 5 years versus his last 5.

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 6th, 2010
11:24 am

He started listening to the side walk alumni. Fire Will Martinez!!!

How’s that working out?

Now some GIRL calls in the radio show and wants him to run onto the field first.

Duh, OK.

I think another blackout is coming soon.

The inmates are running the Asylum.

Which makes for really great blog reading though, especially on Sundays.

Glenn

October 6th, 2010
11:24 am

Obviously PTC doesn’t care about accuracy. Just like a demented dog.

DawginLex

October 6th, 2010
11:24 am

nobody,

I agree. If Grantham had coached Owens, Weston and Adkins, I believe our D last year would have been better and the kids coming back for 2010 wouldn’t be so lost and out of position.

Woulda,shoulda,coulda.

Hertzel Waltzer

October 6th, 2010
11:25 am

Here’s the payoff… we have lost the #1 RB in nation
to Bama. He was a lock before this disaster season.

We will finish 4-8. Guess that means we will have a top 5 class ?????

DawginLex

October 6th, 2010
11:26 am

Rambler,

go back to the nerd herd blogs and worry about your underachieving bunch who barely got by Weak Forest who lost to Stanford 62-7. Real national title contender you’ve got there………..

ICMIII

October 6th, 2010
11:26 am

Let’s face it, Richt had two advantages back when he/we were so successful. First, he had Brian Van Gorder, who in retrospect looks like a genius. Second, the rest of the traditional powers in the SEC were having down years. I used to hear this from friends from rival schools and scoffed. But now, I have to believe it’s true.

Big Dawg

October 6th, 2010
11:28 am

Now what?…

nobody

October 6th, 2010
11:28 am

Our defensive problems are quite simple. In a 3-4 you need people that take double teams. We dont have a single guy. So their line has extra guys to block LB’s and our D is less effective. It is a true testament to Houston’s skills that he can still pressure the QB constantly

Big Dawg

October 6th, 2010
11:29 am

Maybe we hire Brian Van Gorder as the head coach. The Bulldog nation misses him for sure, but he didn’t have much luck at Georgia Southern…

MURPHY( not to be confused with poster under MURPH)

October 6th, 2010
11:29 am

Numbers dont lie. We are in the cellar,no where to go but up.

BMDPD

October 6th, 2010
11:30 am

Agree, we don’t have the DT required to run the 3-4 yet.

Stew Kliteneaque

October 6th, 2010
11:30 am

hunker down, fair weather fans…..

nobody

October 6th, 2010
11:30 am

Lets face it. Do recruits really matter for us anymore? We have had top 10 classes most of Richt’s past 5 years. It hasnt gotten us anything. Maybe Richt should focus on player smarts and talent rather than just stars. Which Im sure he is doing, because he is actually a coach and not a fan.

Matthews Dawg

October 6th, 2010
11:30 am

Ramble On…shut up! Go to Tech blogs and talk. That’s right no one reads anything on Tech! We’ll get it figured out and start winning this weekend! Still not sure about the double digit favorite though.

Dirty Dawg

October 6th, 2010
11:30 am

Thank you Bradley for giving me a place to comment on Mr. Luckovich’s cartoon since he, or somebody, seems intent on barring us from making same at Luckey’s place…here goes, ‘Luckovich, if you’re a Georgia fan and/or graduate I’d say to you ‘back off’…if you’re neither then I say to you ‘back the hell off’, cause done gone to meddlin’ son.’

As for you Bradley, I’ve already made myself known how I feel when you people – you, Schultz and Barnhart – decide to spend a majority of your columns belittling Georgia’s coaches, players and fans…what is it? Do you enjoy it that much or do you just know that the can keep the hits coming for a day or so. Either way, you pi$$ me off.

While I’m here I will note that in trying to look back over the disaster of a start – and it’s likely impact on the entire – of a season, I have to say that there wasn’t a team on it, or for that matter, I believe, remaining, that we couldn’t or can’t beat – in particular ourselves. Georgia can point to mistakes – obviously lamentable and correctable – in every loss thus far that cost us that game. Luck, focus, lack of respect on the part of the players for the coaches, lack of discipline and strategy…all of the above? Yes. How do you go about fixin’ that, well that’s up to those same coaches and players and then you and your partners in ridicule – along with the rest of us – can assess how it all went and what to look forward to.

By the way, what’ the over/under on whether your ‘Big Blue’ b-ball program will be put on probation or win another SEC Championship – first? My guess is ‘one’.

GT 88

October 6th, 2010
11:30 am

The stanford score was 68-24. But that doesn’t surprise me a uga fan not knowing what they are talking about. They are after all the most delusional fan base on earth.
1-4. Bwahaha. Soon to be 1-5

tim

October 6th, 2010
11:32 am

bruce mac – I agree. I’d love to see someting comparing penalties and turnovers from the first 5 yrs and the last 5 yrs. that would be interesting…

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 6th, 2010
11:33 am

“who barely got by Weak Forest who lost to Stanford 62-7.”

Hmm, I guess that’s the same as losing to Colorado who lost to Cal. 55-7?

nobody

October 6th, 2010
11:34 am

Our players dont seem to care as much anymore. Just saying.

SadDawg

October 6th, 2010
11:34 am

Richt is at the point in his career to simply be the CEO. He needs to get new blood at OC – not neccessarily a pure spread offense guy, but at least someone who knows about mixing it up. We are too prodictable to prepare for, and the play-calling is atrocious, and conservative – until we get two scores down.

The defense will be fine under Grantham. When the players fully grasp their responsibilities, they will play at full speed and be much better.

A new OC, utilizing Murray’s shotgun talents, will help Richt challenge for the SEC East again.

VA DAWG

October 6th, 2010
11:34 am

If we can get more players for the 3-4 scheme, we should be ok going into next year. I’m not a coach, but I sure would like to see Kwame play more at the nose and move Tyson & Jones to the ends. From what I’ve seen no one can block Kwame, but he still isn’t playing more than 1 or 2 series a game. Just my opinion. GO DAWGS!

Mark Bradley

October 6th, 2010
11:35 am

Stanford 68, Wake Forest 24.

California 52, Colorado 7.

nobody

October 6th, 2010
11:36 am

Ramble On- You lost to Kansas who lost to North Dakota State….

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 6th, 2010
11:36 am

Dirty Dawg, Luckovich is a left wing liberal from Seattle who thinks his purpose is to degrade Southern Conservatives.

That’s why he will not let you comment.

KimZ'sPackage

October 6th, 2010
11:37 am

Reading about Paul Johnson then reading about Richt Man isn’t it like night and day. Now there is Bill Curry. 3 very good coaches all with different styles for sure. Richt is just down right now, Johnson is trying to get his system established, and Curry is trying to Start from scratch.

Benjamin

October 6th, 2010
11:37 am

Richt’s not over yet. There’s still time.

[...that said, Lukovich's cartoon was funny. lol]

AltamahaDawg

October 6th, 2010
11:38 am

yes RAMBLE, is it the same. That’s the point.

Yellow Fuzz

October 6th, 2010
11:39 am

“Where did it all go wrong”?

((((((((((((((((((((((((((( 45-42 in Athens )))))))))))))))))))))))))))

Actually, it began with the 26-0 unanswered beat down during the 3rd quarter of that game. And ended early in the 4th quarter when 30,000 obnoxious fans began their famous “walk out”. THAT”S when the dog coaches and players stoped playing to win and started playing “not to lose” instead.

It’s true. And with the verbal beat down they have been consistently getting on these blogs by their own fan base it has continued ever since. It won’t stop until the fan negativity stops and that ain’t gonna happen. Not at georgia. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

ICMIII

October 6th, 2010
11:40 am

No need to fight UGA and GT fans. We both suck.

sogadog

October 6th, 2010
11:40 am

I am a life long Dawg fan and I am NOT ready to take CMR to the dog pound. Luckovich should stick with the only subject he understands: left wing liberal politics.