A player’s post-game tweet to Bulldog Nation

Athens –  As soon as his  plane landed in Athens from Knoxville on Saturday night,  UGA wide receiver Michael Moore made a plea to Bulldog Nation -– or at least to that part of the populace that follows him on Twitter.

He tweeted: “All I can say 2 the dawgnation is don’t turn your backs on us. That’s it. We need u to support us and times like this is when we need u the most.”

I asked him Sunday what prompted the post.

“It’s just what was on my mind. I’m always on my Twitter. I’m talking about everything,”  Moore  said. “And at the time I was just thinking . . . the negativity was about to start brewing and I didn’t want fans to turn their backs on us. So that’s just why I put it out there. I got a positive response from it.”

Moore said he was  gratified by the supportive replies,  which came in  stark contrast to the frenzy of blistering comments on some message boards and talk shows in the aftermath of Saturday afternoon’s 45-19 loss at Tennessee.

“The way I feel is, we’re playing for the fans right now,”  Moore said Sunday.  “I know they’re getting beat up, [know] they’re torn up. And I just feel like we’ve got to put on a better performance for them.”

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I tried to summarize Sunday’s fallout in this story, including Mark Richt’s comment about possible lineup changes and his call for improvement on offense, defense — and the coaching staff.

Here’s  more  from Richt’s late-Sunday conference call:

On whether freshmen quarterbacks Aaron Murray and/or Zach Mettenberger are far enough along in their development to play: “They could function with a certain percentage of what we’re doing,” Richt said. “It’s a matter of deciding whether you want to do that. And the other thing would be,  how much can you do with them and how effective would a true freshman be at this point?  Right now, my No. 1 goal is to put a team out there that has the very best shot at beating Vanderbilt on Saturday.”

On Joe Cox’s play vs. Tennessee: “I think Joe played better in the first half than the second half,” Richt said.  “I think Joe took a couple of shots that might have shook him up a little bit, [although] he probably never would admit to that. If we’re going to be successful at quarterback, period, we’ve got to run the ball better and pass-protect better. ”

On Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin’s postgame comment that he considers Georgia  the Vols’ most important game because of the  impact on recruiting: “I don’t think there’s any question the . . . best thing you can do for recruiting is win games,” Richt said.  “The more you win, the easier it is to recruit. Any loss hurts.”

On Moore’s comment Sunday afternoon that he wouldn’t be surprised if the coaches declare “open-competition week,” throwing every position open: Richt said they won’t  go that far. “Guys are always fighting for positions,” he said. “[But] there is a reason we have got guys in certain spots; they have proved to be the best man for the job.  Week to week, if a guy doesn’t get the job done, there is always the chance [someone overtakes him]. But we’re not going to have open tryouts or anything like that.”

One more thing about the defense: “When your turnover ratio is what ours is, we haven’t helped those [defensive] guys in any way,” Richt  said. “But they’re still allowed to go three-and-out, too.”

Also: Richt said a decision hasn’t been made yet on whether tight end Bruce Figgins, who completed his six-game suspension on Saturday, will play this week at Vanderbilt. There’s a possibility Figgins will red-shirt. “We’ll have a whole lot better idea on Tuesday,” Richt said. . . . Richt said redshirt freshman safety Bacarri Rambo, who intercepted his second pass of the season Saturday (and returned it for a touchdown), will continue to get more playing time. He did not go so far as to say that Rambo will  start. “We need to do more of a three-man rotation between Rambo and Bryan [Evans] and Reshad [Jones],” Richt said. “I think that will help all those guys.” . . . Richt said the most frustrating game of his career from an offensive standpoint  was Florida State’s 13-2 loss to Oklahoma in the 2001 Orange Bowl. But he said Saturday’s game, during which Georgia did not advance beyond the Tennessee 34-yard line, “ranks up there pretty good” on the frustration meter.

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DAWGINGERMANY

October 12th, 2009
2:40 am

DAWGINGERMANY

October 12th, 2009
2:43 am

Michael Moore has a good point Dawg nation. We as fans must not give up on the team we love. I understand the frustration, trust me I do, but we need to rally behind our DAWGS and let the coaching situation play itself out.
GO DAWGS

Dawgaholic

October 12th, 2009
3:26 am

CMR WILL right the ship….watch it

Saint Crompton

October 12th, 2009
3:33 am

((((( 45 19 ))))) hahahahahahahahaha

ben

October 12th, 2009
3:45 am

You be back, Delma. You be back.

atlantalawyer

October 12th, 2009
5:24 am

Moore has a good suggestion. Let’s have open try-outs. Problem with that is, even Richt knows it isn’t the talent that’s killing us, it’s the coaches.

jake

October 12th, 2009
5:42 am

I don’t think the coaching staff can qualify for nursing home insurance.

Farve Dollar Footlong

October 12th, 2009
6:40 am

I think Prince Miller just missed another tackle.

Stupid Buffoons

October 12th, 2009
6:43 am

The guys have been trying fix things for years why the rest of the league is blowing by UGA! Need to clean house !!!!!

Hip Hop

October 12th, 2009
6:46 am

Maybe Michael Moore and Bryan Evans could cut their nappy dreds so they can see whats going on the football field!

zino

October 12th, 2009
6:57 am

Our offensive line can’t block.
Our secondary can’t cover.
Our D arm tackles.
Our O coughs it up.
And everybody is getting penalized.

Two guys on this team deserve to wear the G on their helmets – AJ and Butler. That’s it.

Wow, just wow...

October 12th, 2009
7:16 am

…Problem #1 – No coaching

Problem # 2 – players have no leadership

Problem # 3 – No coaching

Problem # 4 – Players have no heart

Problem # 5 – No coaching

Problem # 6 – Players have no direction

Problem # 7 – No coaching

Problem # 8 – Players and coaches are all too complacent – players think that “G” on the helmet automatically means they are good – all the coaches are WAY overpaid and feel that they are now entitled to sit back and let the chips fall as they may.

Problem # 9 – No coaching

Problem # 10 – The administration accepts this!

And Favre Dollar is correct – #23, #9, and #3 just got beat again or missed another tackle!

NebraskaDawg

October 12th, 2009
7:25 am

How about going back to the fundamentals since the Dawgs can’t seem to do any of that correctly. Tackling, blocking, route running, etc. You know, the stuff you are supposed to learn in high school.

bendover rover

October 12th, 2009
7:25 am

I am sick of listening to CMR. He doesn’t like criticism. He held the state of georgia in his hands for years, now can’t can’t take the criticism of the program regressing. He continues to throw players under the bus and never seems to hold coaches accountable. You can’t even call the call-in show and say anything that would be considered negative. He has all of the callers screened before hand. That is some b.s. right there. Hey CMR, that goes along with your $3 mill+ salary. If you have any brains at all, you will fire the entire defensive staff. I don’t care if Martinez is your long life best friend or not. If you can’t do it, it’s time for you to go to!

SavanahDAWG1

October 12th, 2009
7:29 am

Attention Bulldawg Nation:
Dawgs we have got to stop all this negative talk on the message boards and tweeter. The last thing our players need now is to hear garbage from their own fans, does anyone think this helps recruting that your own fans will turn on you after a loss. I remember in 2004 when we lost to UT in Athens and thousands of fans were by our team clapping for our players in defeat as they loaded the buses. Fast Forward to 2006 and some UGA fans put trash all over the cars of our team at Butts-Mehre after the lost to Vandy. Where has our class gone? I know everyone is angry and disappointed — but I am sure all the players are too.

We cannot have a divided bulldog nation, look to Washington DC or FSU for examples.Why would ANY recruits or for that matter big name coaches or coordinators want to come to our school with crap like this going on!

Here is my suggestion, in December when the Hartman Club Donation packet comes from 2010 send your check in and attach a note to Damon Evans and CMR. In the note express your concerns, comments, and for all you football experts maybe some plays or a list of names of coach’s you would like to see. That keeps this out of the media and reminds them that we pay a large portion of the bills.

Go DAWGS! and It’s Still Great to be a Georgia Bulldog!

Trying to Be Realistic

October 12th, 2009
7:45 am

You wouldn’t hear all this negative stuff if CMR would have a press conference, reassure the bulldog nation and tell them he’s going to do whatever it takes to regain the program. He should say that all options are open including replacement of any personnel that don’t perform. I think his defensiveness and protection of his current coaches indicates he has a “father protective attitude”. His friendship, unwavering loyalty and closeness to the coaches are costing us more than he realizes. I want to stay “positive” but unless we scream CMR’s not going to take any real action, do any real changes and definitely won’t replace any coaches. Looks like the same old same old at Georgia for the remainder of the year and a “give them one more chance” situation next year.

Trying to Be Realistic

October 12th, 2009
7:49 am

Agree with realistic … CMR isn’t going to make any changes with the coaches unless he is forced to. The dissention at Georgia seems to be centered on Willie Martinez and this is costing Georgia more than CMR realizes. WM is dividing the fan base. Most real fans know what a pitiful state the Georgia defense is in. Most of them also realize tht CMR won’t say anything bad about Willie and definitely won’t take any action toward him (demotion, probabation, expectations). In CMR’s mind it’s turnovers and wind and refs and schedule and adjustments. He just won’t face the facts or face the music … His teams are being outcoached more then they are being outplayed.

Bradley G

October 12th, 2009
7:54 am

Michael Moore, I promise you I will be right there in front of the TV or radio screaming my head off in support of the Dawgs. It is b/c I support you that I want to see changes in your coaching staff, and have wanted to see them for a while now.

I remember hearing CMR this preseason saying there was no need to change what UGA is doing on the defensive side of the ball b/c they had been doing the same thing since he got here. Doesn’t that explain the problem? Wouldn’t that explain why even average coaches look great and…yes…below average quarterbacks now look like All-Americans? Either change the coaching philosophy or change the coaches. It’s that simple.

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 12th, 2009
8:13 am

Please stop all this fussing, it’s breaking my heart.

Saint Simons

October 12th, 2009
8:19 am

((((( 45 42 ))))) hahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!

And we’ll hang 50 on you this year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saint Simons

October 12th, 2009
8:35 am

45 – 19 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

god and greyhound

October 12th, 2009
8:42 am

see? just like I said

uog 2009: 6-6, loss to Tulsa in the Independence Bowl

DawgGirl32

October 12th, 2009
8:47 am

It’s really sad that Moore even has to ask the fan base not to turn their backs on the team. Why kind of “fans” would we be if we did that?

tim

October 12th, 2009
8:49 am

from what I saw in Knoxville the Gators will probably play 3rd stringers against you ladies and still whip your sorry asses by 35

larry lawson

October 12th, 2009
8:54 am

Crompton wamts to play georgia again, again and again, The secondary is pathetic.

Jonathan Crompton

October 12th, 2009
8:54 am

If Lane Kiffin is your daddy then Monte is your grandaddy.

silverridge

October 12th, 2009
8:58 am

Might want to spend more time studying the playbook rather than twittering

Charlotte Dawg 06'

October 12th, 2009
9:04 am

You do what you always done and you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.

No way I’d turn my back on the players, but I like many others, am pretty disappointed with the coaching on both sides of the ball and the lack of fire shown by CMR on the sideline. Is there something about being in Knoxville that sucks any and all passion out of the team? Willie Martinez has to go and Bobo is way too predictable. The coaching staff are doing these kids an injustice by not preparing them and taking advantage of all the potential we have all over the field. This like every other ‘nobody’s’ comment will be written off but as an alum I’ll always pull for the dawgs regardless. It just hurts that much more to know how good this team COULD be. It’s an entirely different matter if our recruits were just average and were leaving it all on the field.

DEAR MARK RICHT: The program comes first. That is before your friendships among your staff and Ford commercials. Take the appropriate actions to put the right people in the right places, your peers certainly are (Meyer, Saban, etc.)

Sincerely,

Just another complaining alumni class of 06′

dogfan

October 12th, 2009
9:25 am

I don’t blame the players. Georgia has talented players – tops among recruiting classes every year. But when the O line can’t block, the D line can’t get much of a rush, the D backs can’t cover or tackle, when kick-off teams can’t cover (or even line-up right), the problem is COACHING. I’m not singling out Martinez, Bobo, or any other coach. THEY”RE ALL CRAP!!!!

GeoffDawg

October 12th, 2009
9:30 am

High on the frustration meter? Ya think?

Freddy

October 12th, 2009
9:30 am

Everyone on that staff is COMPLETELY LOST. It’s like they lost there puppy or something. Clueless
And I know they are feeling the pressure

Freddy

October 12th, 2009
9:31 am

And like Barrack Obama said…. CHANGE we need it NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RedKneckerson

October 12th, 2009
9:41 am

Raise your hand if you still see similarities between the 1998 Vols with a new QB and the 2009 Dawgs with a ne QB. Don’t think that national title is happening this year.

Well, we did learn Saturday...

October 12th, 2009
9:46 am

…why Logan Gray and Ealey do not get more playing time! UT just has UGA’s number, just like UGA has SC’s number – except for that uninspiring win last year against UT at home, UGA has had UT blow them out whether playing in Knoxville or in Athens.

And, yes, the players know that their coaches are lame as they read these sites and know how bad everyone is playing and coaching. I am still really glad I had the foresight to sell my season tickets this year – and UGA will be EXTREMELY lucky to go 7-5; personally, I see them losing to Vandy this week and probably every other game this year – yes, even the TN Tech game. The UF and GT games are going to be downright blowouts, both along the lines of 60 – 6. And then the rebuilding begins.

FloridaDawg

October 12th, 2009
9:58 am

Yea…I agree with the other poster about those disgusting dregs or whatever they call those hair doo’s.
Cut the crap off and play football….this isn’t Florida State.

ugaaccountant

October 12th, 2009
9:59 am

“well, we did learn saturday” please put your money where your mouth is. I’d love to wager that GT will not beat us by 54 points. I’m also interested in your odds on the TN Tech game as well as Vandy.

redeployed dawg

October 12th, 2009
10:00 am

I remember a game in Knoxville in 2001 where UGA won a game that no one thought they could win. It was almost as if it was the catalyst of a new era. UGA fans could point to that game and say “That was when the UGA program took the first step into a new era as one of the nation’s elite.” I watched the game this weekend and wondered if people would remember it as the beginning of a new era. I really hope not because the Bulldogs have some great talent. I don’t want to call out coaches (enough people have done that) or players (no one feels worse than they do), but I really hope things change. I have a great deal of respect for the kids in our program who have worked hard and waited their turn, but it is time to start rebuilding. You don’t lose with seniors.

Miss Mellie

October 12th, 2009
10:12 am

I Love all the Dawgs, and it makes me crazy how so-called ‘fans’ call for blood after a loss…you can’t win every game, every year. Sometimes a season is all about re-grouping. All I’m asking is that you boys work on the penalties… you have to stay focused and play clean. There’s nothing more idiotic than giving up yardage on facemasks, holding, etc. LOVE MY DAWGS, WIN OR LOSE!!! WOOF, dammit!

VolNation

October 12th, 2009
10:18 am

redeployed dawg, I’m glad I wasn’t the only one to see that parallel, albeit it was from a different side.

Stay safe.

ATLVOL

October 12th, 2009
10:57 am

Woof Woof…wimper…wimper. GO VOLS!! GO VOLS!! GO VOLS!!

Stinger

October 12th, 2009
11:10 am

I can’t find Denver Dawg or Super Dawg on either the Tech or UGA blogs. Are they hiding, still in mourning, or did your mothers take away your computers? Oh well, I guess it’s wait till next year like I said a few wks ago. Both of you looked pretty stupid anyway running your mouth when we keep winning and you’re losing.

NGACAJUN

October 12th, 2009
11:11 am

Poor Poor puppies…I know this has to be painful for you but i have no compassion for fans who throw their team and coaches under the bus even if they are pathetic…You deserve all the pain that you have created for yourselves…Hope the rest of the year brings even more of the same and remember you get what you put out there…..

Steve

October 12th, 2009
12:06 pm

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Nashville Dawg

October 12th, 2009
12:08 pm

Sorry folks! Richt just isn’t right coach for the Dawgs right now. Lame Kiffin even had better game plans and was more motivated to beat UGA.

Time to send Richt back to FSU since he always had some kind of flashback about that school.

If neither of the freshman quarterbacks gets any game experience now, we’ll back to the same old thing.

Either prepare for the future now or get rid of Richt and start over. I am very disappointed with our coaches this weekend. Talk a good game, but nothing to show.

Steve

October 12th, 2009
12:18 pm

You don’t have to throw a coach under the bus when he is standing in in the road.

dawggirl

October 12th, 2009
12:31 pm

“i have no compassion for fans who throw their team and coaches under the bus”

No one is throwing players under the bus. Coaches ultimately are held accountable for their team’s performance. That is what is being stated. Where you got thrown under the bus from, I’ve no idea.

I’m not ready to give up on the team at all. I want and expect changes to be made. I don’t think that makes me a bad fan at all. I spent 4+ years at that school which means I gave them plenty of money at one point. We want something better, because that is what we have gotten used to.

And judging from your name, I take it you’re an LSU fan. Wow, bitter much? I rooted for you guys against Florida, but without finding a way to put points on the board you had no chance. Maybe you’ll figure out a way to fix your offense before Alabama wipes the floor with you.

dawgstephen

October 12th, 2009
12:32 pm

THANK YOU SAVANNAH DAWG!!!

Of course, another way to keep the players from reading this crap would be for the AJC to have ACCOUNTABILITY and SCREEN NAMES AND REGISTRATION for posting on these message boards.

While SOME of the stupid posting is from fans who need to be careful, a LOT of it is from gators, and jackets and vols who are making it look even worse.

THE AJC is partly responsible for this….all they have to do is fix the way posts are handled and the message boards, but they want. They are a joke.

http://www.dawgstephen.blogspot.com

Savannahdawg1

October 12th, 2009
12:34 pm

Damon Evans has to fix this problem of the underperforming coaching staff. Let’s face it that minus Saban, Meyer, and Miles have increased the stakes and yes even Dooley would be fired at this point if he failed to make the necessary changes. And how come no one is mentioning Kiffins comments to his team that he will never loss to UGA as the UT coach! What a jerk we even beat Spurrier at UF once! Go dawgs!

Nashville Dawg

October 12th, 2009
12:52 pm

Some of these fans that are jabbing at others needs to know that “THIS SEC COUNTRY”. If you’re not trying to be the Top Dawg, you’re the underdawg. While team like LSU, Bama, and FL gets all of the glory, others are bottom feeders and panhandlers.

Like they say in the South, “looking out for No. 1 baby”.

ga taxpayer

October 12th, 2009
12:55 pm

Richt is only going to take the Dawgs so far. He went the furthest with Donnan’s recruits. He has the talent but doesn’t develop it as far as it should go. Bobo is simplicity at it’s worst. Dancing in the end zone and wearing black shirts is BS———bush league.