The All-UGA Heat Check: Hot – Mark Richt’s seat. (Duh)

Isaih Crowell: It wasn't all (or even mostly) his fault, folks. (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

Isaiah Crowell: It wasn't all (or even mostly) his fault, folks. (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

The Monday Heat Check arrives, due to the holiday, a day later than usual. Georgia fans might wish it didn’t arrive at all. Because it’s all about the Bulldogs.

Mark Richt’s nerve: It was in place. Georgia won the toss and chose to receive. Get After Their Assets, as the famous Bulldog slogan (sort of) goes. Trouble was, the players’ nerves were jumping all over the place. There was a false start before the first snap, another false start on third down and a delay of game before the punt. Heat Index: Richt tried to be cool, but his players were uncool.

Todd Grantham’s pass defense: Kellen Moore threw 34 passes. One was intercepted. (He was pressured and threw poorly.) Five were incompletions. Twenty-eight were completed. Georgia mustered no sacks. Heat Index: If this is aggressive D at its best, Willie Martinez is Buddy Ryan.

Mike Bobo’s offense: It managed 373 yards, which doesn’t sound so bad. But 167 of those yards came on three plays. (All resulting in touchdowns.) Georgia ran 60 plays and netted 13 first downs. It converted two of 13 third downs. Only one possession spanned more than seven plays, and it ended when Richt chose to go for it on fourth-and-one and Richard Samuel was halted in the backfield. Heat Index: A damp squib.

Isaiah Crowell: He rushed for 60 yards, which is only 24 fewer than Herschel Walker managed in his collegiate debut. But Herschel scored two touchdowns and trampled Bill Bates. Not really a fair comparison, I know — but so much hope has been invested in this latest New Herschel. Heat Index: By normal standards, Crowell’s first game was warm enough.

Aaron Murray: If you want to call it the worst game this gifted quarterback has played as a Bulldog, I wouldn’t argue. He wasn’t terrible; he just wasn’t very good. Heat Index: What’s the opposite of balmy? Tepid?

Alec Ogletree: He figured to be Georgia’s best defender this season. He broke his foot in the first half. He’s out at least a month. Heat Index: That cold chill? It’s traversing the spinal column of the aforementioned Mr. Grantham.

Georgia fans: They came to praise their team. Many left early. Some booed as they departed. Heat Index: A few of these folks seemed hot under their dog collars, if you’ll pardon the expression.

Mark Richt’s seat: He’s not going to be fired on Sunday if Georgia loses to South Carolina on Saturday. But losing to South Carolina could well convince Bulldog Nation that there will never again be great days under this coach, and once that happens there’s almost no going back. Heat Index: No warmer than a blast furnace.

By Mark Bradley

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wheres my crackpipe?

September 6th, 2011
10:55 am

L'il Slim

September 6th, 2011
10:55 am

The nature of big time college football: Win, or be gone.

EW

September 6th, 2011
10:57 am

Mark Bradley

September 6th, 2011
10:57 am

Kudos to wheres.

me

September 6th, 2011
10:58 am

How can anyone defend Richt anymore? Serious question.

Curious George

September 6th, 2011
10:58 am

Mark, is it too soon of us to start speculating on Mark Richt’s inevitable replacement?

Not Disappointed!

September 6th, 2011
10:59 am

Are we a little harsh Mark! It’s just the first game! 11 to go old friend! Although, it’s time Mark Richt to make some difficult decisions!

Ramblin Wreck out!

reddawg

September 6th, 2011
10:59 am

Hate to say it…but, bout time for a new coach…

Mark Richt

September 6th, 2011
10:59 am

I know what the hell I’m doing, okay ?

Curious George

September 6th, 2011
11:00 am

Why is so easy to think that a Nick Saban-coached team, with far LESS talent than Mark Richt has, would have made a much, much, much better showing against Boise State on Saturday night?

Sub-URBAN MEYER

September 6th, 2011
11:00 am

Message to Georgia A.D……….U should have fired Richt before I quit and hired Muschamp………….Big Mistake!!!!

Curious George

September 6th, 2011
11:02 am

Should we all pray for Mark Richt to not humiliate us and the whole State of Georgia further this weekend against Steve Spurrier, a coach who has historically abused & destroyed more “Dawgs” than Michael Vick?

NC Dawg

September 6th, 2011
11:02 am

Will Mike Bobo cost Mark Richt his job?

ramblingbuzz

September 6th, 2011
11:02 am

Tommy Bowden is available.

reality check

September 6th, 2011
11:02 am

Boise was a VERY good team. There were bright spots… what if Bobo was holding back trying not to give SC a good look? What if Grantham was doing the same and didn’t send pressure? I’m hoping all that is true and we really set the barns on fire this week! The players have passion, the coaches have passion, the fans have passion. Everyone loves the dawgs and everyone wants to win. Let’s stick together and go 11-1 and face Boise again for the NC!

Go DAWGS!

Yut

September 6th, 2011
11:02 am

Bradley -

You continue to candy around Richt and his staff. I assume because you feel you’ll have to be face to face with them at some point. But it’s elementary journalism.

Saban

September 6th, 2011
11:03 am

I just know Georgia is gonna raid my staff at the end of the year……….I just know it!

GP

September 6th, 2011
11:03 am

Cutting edge football??

GT

September 6th, 2011
11:03 am

Chan Gailey can be had for the right price from Buffalo. And he’s an old SEC guy….

NC Dawg

September 6th, 2011
11:03 am

The sad thing is I saw nothing to convince me we will win Saturday. Nothing different…same bad playcalling and same poor defense.

Savannah Bulldog

September 6th, 2011
11:04 am

Why is everyone always calling for Richt’s job. It is not him that gets out there and plays. Me I would question the O-Line and D-Line coaching more than anything because those two unit vastly under performed against Boise. I mean how can an under 300lb guy man handle two 350+lb guys meaning no pressure on the qb. Kellen Moore with no pressure would be able to pick apart any NFL defense with the amount of time and no pressure that he recieved. So my biggest gripe would be why is it that our O-Line and D-Line are constantly under performing year in and year out.

ramblingbuzz

September 6th, 2011
11:04 am

Bobby Bowden is available.

Chuck

September 6th, 2011
11:05 am

Richt will ride Bobo all the way to his demise. It’s not Bobo’s fault. He doesn’t belong here, so the people keeping him here (when he is so obviously underperforming) are the ones to blame. And please stop with the “He’s such a good, Christian man” routine. This isn’t a morality contest, and the gridiron isn’t Sunday school. Get it done or pack your junk and go.

ramblingbuzz

September 6th, 2011
11:05 am

Jeff Bowden is available.

GT

September 6th, 2011
11:05 am

Pepper Rodgers is available.

Bobo's a bum

September 6th, 2011
11:05 am

Richt and/or Bobo must go. If this rinky dink blogger can figure it out, why can’t they?
http://dawgsbui2.com/content/bobo-and-grantham-not-same-page

GT

September 6th, 2011
11:05 am

Mike Shula is available.

Curious George

September 6th, 2011
11:06 am

After the slaughter of an SEC “powerhouse” at the hands of Boise State the other night, should the SEC begin to consider Boise State as the next SEC team instead of Texas A&M?

(Or is Mark Richt just THAT bad at his job?)

Drooley

September 6th, 2011
11:06 am

The Tennessee head coach might not be that bad……afterall Georgia is gonna get beat by those Vols this year…..after losses to Scar,Fla,Tenn and Tech…. Richt will be HISTORY!

GT

September 6th, 2011
11:06 am

Bill Dooley is available.

The rest of us

September 6th, 2011
11:06 am

Does a win against USCe on Saturday bring everyone back off the ledge?

ramblingbuzz

September 6th, 2011
11:06 am

If you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen.

GT

September 6th, 2011
11:06 am

Marion Campbell is available.

GT

September 6th, 2011
11:07 am

Dan Henning is available.

Lindsey

September 6th, 2011
11:07 am

I am still upset about the loss Saturday but try to keep some perspective, it is only the first game. We have not lost to South Carolina yet, but reading this article someone might think we have lost every game of the season. CMR is our coach and will probably be for the rest of the season. He is a smart guy and will make adjustments were they are needed. We need to get behind our boys and get them ready for Saturday, it will be a battle. GO DAWGS!!!!

I-DOG

September 6th, 2011
11:07 am

It is 1995 again for UGA. This team and last year’s squad rival the worst of the Goff era. The difference is that we are absolutely silly with talent at every position. Maybe we aren’t deep at OL or ILB, but depth was not the issue in the Boise State Debacle.

I like Richt as a person, but the team was unprepared and the problems that we have aren’t fixable in one week. I put our chances to beat South Carolina at well under 50%

GT

September 6th, 2011
11:07 am

Bill Lewis is available.

GT

September 6th, 2011
11:08 am

Jim Donnan is available.

Augusta Dawg

September 6th, 2011
11:08 am

I”ve been expressing the for 3 seasons now that Bobo is not sec coaching material……………. He needed to go when Martinez left….. He cannot coach up players nor play with the top tier ranked teams….I hope CMR takes Booboo with him after this season…………. So SORRY!!!!!!!!!

GT

September 6th, 2011
11:08 am

Rich Kotite is available.

Ga Players assoc.

September 6th, 2011
11:09 am

It might not be Coach Richt that gets out there and plays but it’s on him when his coaches can’t show us how to beat anybody……………isn’t it?

Reality

September 6th, 2011
11:09 am

LOL! The annual UGA cycle continues.

1. Over-hype
2. Over-rated
3. Season begins
4. Loss(es) to teams “lesser”
5. Drop in polls
6. Drop out of polls
7. Hope to attend just ANY bowl
8. Return to step 1

GT

September 6th, 2011
11:09 am

Baby Huey is available.

ramblingbuzz

September 6th, 2011
11:09 am

One thing’s for sure, if Uga loses Saturday, then the heat will be turned wayyyyyyy up!

TDawg

September 6th, 2011
11:09 am

Mark – This whole thing is simple. In this day in time it is win or find someone that will. Bulldog fans have been frustrated for the last couple of years and this year hoped to at least see improvement! Saturdays game looked awful and actually took a step backwards! It is scary and many dog fans are pissed and that is understandable. although i do feel it time for a change I hope that starting saturday against SC a new team emerges! We still need to think about the players and familes that are involved when we rant on these sites. Yes Richt has run his course and Yes it is time for a change in Athens but the players we have here need to be lifted up and the ones we want to be bulldogs still need to come. Georgia will be GEORGIA again and seeing how fast teams like Alabama, Auburn, and Miss State turned around I don’t think (with the right person) it will take long to get us back on track! I do hope we can pull out an upset this week and play great football the rest of the year but at the end of the day or year we have still been underperforming for a team with such great talent. Good luck to Richt and his team this week and for the recruits that are reading these posts. We want you here and it should not matter who the coach is. Get on board and help us get back to the dome!

GT

September 6th, 2011
11:10 am

Wayne Fontes is available.

ramblingbuzz

September 6th, 2011
11:10 am

Where did all the Uga bloggers go?

Dawg-a-licious!

September 6th, 2011
11:10 am

Chuck,
AMEN!

kevin

September 6th, 2011
11:10 am

UGA got outcoached badly. Offensively, they were atrocious. Talented players made a few plays, but the playcalling/ game strategy was the only thing offensive about the offense. The defense was on the field too long and played okay, but the inability for Grantham to make adjustments was scary. It’s almost as if Boise was given game film of UGA and UGA was not given any game film of Boise. Last year was hard to watch, but UGA was not that badly beaten in a single game last season. Terrible first game.

GT

September 6th, 2011
11:10 am

Jerry Faust is available.