On UGA’s good offense, patchy defense and weary coach

Mark Richt points out ... well, something in Georgia's victory over Kentucky. (AP photo)

Mark Richt points out ... well, something in Georgia's victory over Kentucky. (AP photo)

This post is an adjunct to the Georgia-Kentucky game column, which can be found here.

1. Mark Richt looked tired after this one. It was late, and it had been a tough night, but still … the usual Richt bonhomie was missing. He said he was “very excited about the victory” and complimented Kentucky’s coaching and preparation, but after a round of questions bearing a distinctly negative tone he’d had enough. He stopped in mid-answer and said: “Know what? I’m happy with the victory. We’re 6-1. That’s not bad.”

2. Mike Bobo might not be a fan favorite, but he’s the Georgia coordinator having the better year by far. Had the Bulldogs’ offense sputtered here, they’d have lost. But they made no turnovers, which was huge, and Aaron Murray threw for 427 yards and three touchdowns against a Wildcat front that was stacked against the run. Thus did the Bulldogs escape, if only just. “I didn’t see any panic in our guys,” Bobo said. “We told them, ‘You’ve got to be prepared for this (in the SEC).”

3. After seven games, it’s fair to say the defense’s middling numbers aren’t aberrations. No, Jarvis Jones didn’t play, and yes, Abry Jones got hurt in the first quarter, but Georgia yielded 329 yards and 24 points to a Kentucky team that was averaging 215 yards and 9.5 points against SEC opposition. Said Todd Grantham, the defensive coordinator: “We didn’t start like we wanted to start … but guys sucked it up the second half.”

By Mark Bradley

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Ken

October 21st, 2012
10:49 am

Holy Guacamole

October 21st, 2012
10:49 am

I have been wondering where the defense was all season. Hope they show up before the Florida game.

fayncdawg

October 21st, 2012
10:49 am

travis

October 21st, 2012
10:49 am

First? Second? Come onnnnnn!

Ken

October 21st, 2012
10:50 am

Face it our defense sux!

jake from state farm

October 21st, 2012
10:50 am

Ken

October 21st, 2012
10:50 am

Go back to sleep boys.

SKB

October 21st, 2012
10:51 am

We won and that is what counts. I think Richt is a good coach. Before anyone say anything. Remember Goff and Donan. Do we want to go back and hire them? I don’t think so. Georgia is where they need to be. We will fix the defense next year and surprise a lot of people.

Mark Bradley

October 21st, 2012
10:51 am

USMC

October 21st, 2012
10:52 am

Georgia’s problem IS coaching.

I am sorry, but Mark Richt is a nice person, but needs to be replaced at UGA,

UGA needs a Dan Mullin or even…. I know… you are going to go crazy when I say this…… but BOBBY PETRINO!

Mark Richt needs to retire to missionary work. He has done a great job but has obviously grown stale and ineffective as the Head Coach at UGA.

ICMIII

October 21st, 2012
10:52 am

The Dogs looked like the Keystone Kops last night, except I wasn’t laughing.

ICMIII

October 21st, 2012
10:53 am

Petrino?!?! I’d rather give up football.

Ken

October 21st, 2012
10:54 am

I agree with your assessment Mark is tired of coaching.

Now 6-19 Against End of Season Ranked Teams Since '05

October 21st, 2012
10:54 am

So WHEN (not if) we lose to FL and become 6-20 Against ranked teams since ‘05, will the UGA faithful finally decide Richt has to go???

Lowcountry Bulldawg

October 21st, 2012
10:55 am

Look the defense just does not play as fast or aggressive as a UF,Bama, LSU or SC defense. Not looking good for this group against UF.

Big Arnge

October 21st, 2012
10:56 am

I think D.Dooley is tired of coaching, too.

USMC

October 21st, 2012
10:56 am

“Petrino?!?! I’d rather give up football.”–ICNIII

Give up football if you want, but whichever team in the SEC gets BP will SURPASS UGA as a Football Program. Watch.

SKB

October 21st, 2012
10:57 am

Mark Richt:
111–39 (.740)
7–4 (bowl)

Nick Saban:
153–54 (.73)
7–6 (bowl)

Richt is slightly better than Nick Saban at the moment based on statistics. Sure Saban won National Championship. I think we could win easily win national championship next year if we improve our defense.

UGAMaconFan

October 21st, 2012
10:59 am

Right now we have a very inconsistant bunch on this team. We have alot of so called Defensive Stars that have been reading their press clippings! :( . They have lost discipline on Defense trying to get style points for themselves. But as good as Florida looked score wise against SC, they had problems as well. I predict Georgia brings their A-Game and beats the Gators. Murray made Bobo look good last night but the play calling needs to get back to old man Football. We need to shove it down their throats instead of trying to get cute with everything. The 3-4 defense is also a problem stopping the run in the SEC. Other teams have figured out running up the gut against us will win. Our D needs to run a hybrid 3-4 to 4-3 defense and where the heck is Ray Drew??

Beast from the East

October 21st, 2012
10:59 am

I still say Petrino will be coaching UK or UT next year. Probably, UK unless the Vols can talk Haslam into coughing up enough cash for Dooley’s buyout. They do not have the money in their coffers.

Holy Guacamole

October 21st, 2012
11:00 am

Seems as if something is wrong with the chemistry of the defense. Instead of team play, we seem to have a bunch of individuals who have been reading their own press clippings and are just waiting for the big NFL payday. Or is it that we just aren’t the same team without a healthy Jarvis Jones?

USMC

October 21st, 2012
11:01 am

“I still say Petrino will be coaching UK or UT next year.”–Beast

I completely agree with you; however, don’t forget about Auburn.

Gene Chisnick is DEFINITELY on the Hot Seat!

Beast from the East

October 21st, 2012
11:01 am

“Richt is slightly better than Nick Saban at the moment based on statistics. Sure Saban won National Championship. I think we could win easily win national championship next year if we improve our defense.”

Saban has forgotten more about coaching than Richt (or most others) will ever know. And your comment about “easily” winning a National Championship is quite possibly the dumbest I’ve ever read. There is NOTHING easy about it.

old timer

October 21st, 2012
11:03 am

I’m tired of HIS coaching .

Beast from the East

October 21st, 2012
11:04 am

USMC,
Chizik is DONE. I would not be surprised if they went 0-8 in the conference at this point. They have a gritty defense but their offense is as bad as it gets.

USMC

October 21st, 2012
11:04 am

@Holy Guacamole

No, you hit the nail on the head! UGA does NOT play as a TEAM.

Mark Richt does not believe in “discipline” which is THE key component in developing a TEAM. We have lots of raw talent, but not much of a TEAM. SAD :-(

mfg

October 21st, 2012
11:04 am

I’m as big of a MR supporter as there is, but this team looked flat last night. That, ultimately comes down to coaching. If they lose to Florida, I too, will agree that our head coach has to go.

Real Athens

October 21st, 2012
11:07 am

If UGA would hire Chris Pederson, they’ll be battling Ohio State every year for the BCS championship in the years to come.

fayncdawg

October 21st, 2012
11:08 am

Guess no uno today (pretty close though). But yeah, Holy Guac, I couldn’t agree with you more.The Dawgs defense on paper (and mind you paper don’t win games) is more talented, seasoned, and deep than ANY team in the SEC, but yet it’s THE liability of this team. I’m trying to figure out whether they have NFL draft status or reefer too much on their minds (OR BOTH)! I love CMR the man (and he is not a bad coach), but as Mark B. may have been inferring in the 1st paragraph, the SEC is wearing CMR thin! How do you think a Petrino or Smart at the HC of this team would have dealt with the ineptness of a very talented defense? Let’s just say the team would not be giving up 24 points to a team that had been averaging only 9! I’m just about ready to beg CMR, “Hey, if Florida State calls you, please answer the phone and consider the job offer!” Just a nice high road scenerio under which we can bring in somebody that can truly coach these players up!

USMC

October 21st, 2012
11:09 am

“Richt is slightly better than Nick Saban at the moment based on statistics. Sure Saban won National Championship. I think we could win easily win national championship next year if we improve our defense.”

You forget that many of Saban’s losses are because he has taken over teams that were bad and it took time to bring those teams up to Saban’s standards. Many of Saban’s losses were due to taking over OTHER coaches FAILED programs. So, spin the numbers all you want, Richt is no where close to the coach that Saban is.
(I am no Saban fan, but you have to respect what the man has accomplished at TWO different SEC schools)

bob

October 21st, 2012
11:09 am

Would you rather be consistently good or a flash (Auburn). While I do not think Richt is cut throat enough to win a N.C. I am not sure there is anyone available that is any better.

USMC

October 21st, 2012
11:10 am

Mark Richt does “LESS with MORE” than any other coach in the country.

Beast from the East

October 21st, 2012
11:11 am

Mr. Bradley,
Your comment about Richt being weary was interesting. Care to give us your opinion on what happens next with him…if anything?

North Bluff Dawgs

October 21st, 2012
11:11 am

Forget about UF at this rate Ole Miss might get us…just sayin

Mark Bradley

October 21st, 2012
11:13 am

I don’t believe there’s any way Mark Richt would get fired after this season.

Beast from the East

October 21st, 2012
11:13 am

bob,
My opinion is that there a about 2 dozen coaches that could have won it all with Auburn in 2010. Senior o-line, Cam and a stout defensive front. Chizik just happened to be the one driving the bus when it happened.

mfg

October 21st, 2012
11:14 am

Florida State call Maricht, that is laughable! I haven’t had that big of a laugh in a long time! thanks!

USMC

October 21st, 2012
11:15 am

“Would you rather be consistently good or a flash (Auburn). While I do not think Richt is cut throat enough to win a N.C. I am not sure there is anyone available that is any better.”

There is ALWAYS someone better out there. The saving grace to all of this is I think McGarrity, the AD at UGA, will bring in a top notch coach after this season. Don’t be surprised if UGA loses to GT this season. You all know what is going to happen in Jacksonville next weekend.

Beast from the East

October 21st, 2012
11:16 am

Me. Bradley,
Let me be more specific, as I don’t think he will be fired, either. Do you think he’s considering walking away for a few years? It takes it’s toll these days…especially in the SEC.

Beast from the East

October 21st, 2012
11:18 am

Typo…should have read, Mr. Bradley.

Dawgdad (The Original)

October 21st, 2012
11:18 am

In every sport, you win with defense. Todd Grantham’s vaunted defense is the most over hyped nonsense, since the Segway.

Mr. Hankey

October 21st, 2012
11:19 am

Lousy game, lousy win. I may just go camping where there’s no way I can listen to next week’s fiasco in Jville. Season tx, alumni, blah, blah, blah, but, folks, been there, seeen it, done it. Next week WILL be uglier than roseann bar taking a sitdown smoking a cigarette at 6:30 am.
‘Nuf sed.

USMC

October 21st, 2012
11:19 am

“I don’t believe there’s any way Mark Richt would get fired after this season.”–MB

I disagree Mark. I think McGarrity structured CMR’s contract to replace him if need be. It seemed to me that when McGarrity came in he could not fire Richt, but has given him EVERYTHING a head coach would need to be successful in order to either improve the RESULTS or have PLENTY of reason to make a coaching change. I even think Richt might retire or come to some sort of Face saving agreement to step down after the season; IF the Dawgs keep playing way below potential.
We shall see.

outkasted

October 21st, 2012
11:19 am

I’ll say it again on third down Robinson is the weak link I think geathers and Jenkins need to play at same time good win gators next

USMC

October 21st, 2012
11:21 am

“Next week WILL be uglier than roseann bar taking a sitdown smoking a cigarette at 6:30 am.
‘Nuf sed.”

LOL! Screen cleaner please!

SKB

October 21st, 2012
11:23 am

We will probably loose next week to FLA. Why are we comparing ourselves to Florida anyway? Programs like Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, and LSU… will do whatever it takes to win. They pay their coaches $4+ million. UGA just can’t compete with that kind of cash. I would rather have administrators give the cash to create jobs for teachers instead to football. There has already been a lot of job cut at UGA.

Pi$$ed-off Dawg

October 21st, 2012
11:24 am

I predict we will lose in a romp to Fla. , aclose loss to Ole Miss and sadly enough to Tech.

Dawgdad (The Original)

October 21st, 2012
11:25 am

I don’t believe there’s any way Mark Richt would get fired after this season.

I hopefully disagree. If you are right, then we continue this trend of being inconsistent, poorly motivated, and under achieving for how much longer? If Richt stays, I don’t see us improving. Just this last season, he dedicated himself more to coaching, McGarrity reassigned more of his duties to allow him to focus, he promised to get more focused on special teams, he promised to crack down on penalties, he promised more discipline, and we are no better because of all this.

So next year, what is he going to say to justify why we stick with him?

USMC

October 21st, 2012
11:26 am

“We will probably loose next week to FLA. Why are we comparing ourselves to Florida anyway? Programs like Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, and LSU… will do whatever it takes to win. They pay their coaches $4+ million. UGA just can’t compete with that kind of cash. I would rather have administrators give the cash to create jobs for teachers instead to football. There has already been a lot of job cut at UGA.”–SKB

–NOT INTENDED TO BE A FACTUAL STATEMENT :-)