Richt on his record

ATHENS — The final question of Mark Richt’s press conference on Tuesday: There’s sort of a sentiment that maybe you’re too nice of a guy to make the hard decision if it came to that. Do you think people misread your leadership?

Thought you might like to read Richt’s full reply:

“Oh, I don’t know. I’m not reading that because I’m not reading anything, but I guess you are saying that’s what is out there. Coach [Bobby] Bowden made that comment way back when I got the job.

“And let’s face it: We’ve had the best winning percentage in the history of Georgia football. We’ve done pretty well. This year we have not, OK?  We are averaging, you know, 10 wins a year and won the SEC twice, and [Georgia] hadn’t won one in 20 years.  So it’s not like we’ve just been floundering around.  Now, this year we have been, let’s face it. And I don’t like it.

“People that know me well or the team or the coaches -– they know that I’ve got another edge to me that maybe  I don’t show publicly all the time. Maybe that’s what the public wants to see. But if you are going to be accused of something, being accused of being a nice guy is not one of the worst things to be accused of. ”

Richt’s record at Georgia is 86-26, a .768 winning percentage. Vince Dooley was 201-77-10 as UGA coach, a .715 winning percentage.

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Talking about the decision to start Caleb King at tailback this week because of freshman Washaun Ealey’s struggles in pass-protection, Richt recalled another freshman running back who struggled initially as a blocker.

“That’s one of the main reasons why Knowshon [Moreno] ended up redshirting [in 2006],” Richt said. “He was struggling at [pass-protection], and we had three veteran guys, three very proven guys. So if we played Knowshon, we thought, how many reps is the guy going to get?

“He might have gotten a lot more if we had tossed it to him a couple of times,” Richt added with a laugh. “But this time around we are playing the freshman and kind of taking some of the lumps.”

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We pause here for a couple of links, if you missed ‘em: Here’s a story on the furor about what’s wrong with the 4-4 Dogs, and here’s a notebook with items on how the decisions went down to keep Joe Cox at quarterback and to start  King at tailback.

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Georgia used the season’s fifth different combination on the offensive line last week and -– barring injury -– might stick with this one for a while.

Richt and Mike Bobo thought the line’s play improved, leading to relative success in the running game against the vaunted Florida defense.

“Hopefully we can stay with the same group,” Bobo said after practice Tuesday night. “Clint [Boling] got banged up at the end of the game, but it looks like he’ll be able to go. Hopefully we can get two weeks of continuity up front.”

Boling suffered a knee contusion.

Last week’s line: Boling at left tackle, Cordy Glenn at left guard, Ben Jones at center, Chris Davis at right guard and Josh Davis at right tackle.

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Much has been made, and appropriately so, of how many turnovers Georgia has committed this season: 21 in eight games. But just as problematic is how few turnovers Georgia has claimed from its opponents: 6.

Of the six opponent turnovers, five are interceptions and just one – one! – a  fumble recovery.

Opponents have fumbled 10 times, and the Dogs have recovered but one. By comparison, opponents have claimed eight of Georgia’s 14 fumbles.

“Why is the ball bouncing that way? I don’t know,” Richt said. “I’ve studied the film, and for whatever reason, when the ball is on the ground, it ends up closer to one of their guys than our guys. Why’s that happening? I don’t know. It’s just happening. But that’s football.”

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Saturday’s game against Tennessee Tech will be Georgia’s first in Sanford Stadium in 35 days. Seems longer.

99 comments Add your comment

SouthGaDawg

November 4th, 2009
6:07 am

benadawg

November 4th, 2009
6:40 am

i think one reason we don’t get fumbles is because we are usually not close to the ball on defense, for whatever reason, this would be a great game to try new things, samuels at line\backer and Curran at D-end rushing off the edge…at least try any damn thing is better than hoping for self change or improvement.

Max Sizemore

November 4th, 2009
6:58 am

Georgia doesn’t recover fumbles because its linebackers and defensive backs are always in retreat.

JB

November 4th, 2009
7:13 am

Am I happy with what is transpiring up in Athens? No but I’m also not one who thinks we need to dump the whole staff. Stuff happens. Some folks need to consider what is happening in OK or OH St or FSU (when was the last time they were real good?). I, frankly, have faith that CMR will do what needs to be done. Perhaps it will take some proding from Damon but I think it will happen. I also think that if Murray is what we think he is, we’ll be opretty good for the a while.

As always, time will tell.

HBTD!!!

Sautee Dawg

November 4th, 2009
7:46 am

Just a thought but has anybody thought about starting Rambo? Seems like every game that we’ve gotten those 6 turnovers he was on the field and got a couple of those turnovers. Cornelius Washington at d-end had our first 2 sacks of the year and is used sparringly?????????
All I can figure is they haven’t learned the playbook yet or are not good at pass protection. That seems to be the answer to every question asked of these coaches. Martinez even stated 4 games ago that it was his fault that Rambo hasn’t gotten more playing time. Starting some of these younger players might make the starters we have now work a little harder.
Murray will be shirted this year and if all you fans think he’ll start next year he wont.. CMR will start Logan Gray because of his loyalty to him for sticking with the program just like he has Joe Cox. And the first time he’s questioned about it his response will be. ” He hasn’t learned the playbook yet…….

JAWJAW

November 4th, 2009
8:17 am

What????????Georgia has a play book????????? More like a plat sheet!!!!!!!!!

Dawg17

November 4th, 2009
8:21 am

benadawg: That’s about the dumbest thing I’ve heard and shows your lack of football knowledge……..sure, let’s just take a kid who hasn’t worked at LB all year and throw him in there, that’ll solve our issues. OH, and while we’re at it, lets just take our best defensive player and put him on one side of the field and limit what he does! GOOD CALL!

This is not park/rec ball folks, get a clue!

We are ALL (fans, players, and coaches) frustrated by the poor season. I for one am going to keep cheering and supporting just like I did during the lean times after Dooley.

INTERESTING FACT OF THE DAY: Richt has a better winning % than Dooley!?? Wow!!! What would the blogs have said back in the 70’s during a bad year??

Jax Dawg

November 4th, 2009
9:05 am

I can’t wait for Reshad Jones and Bryan Evans to graduate. That’s an upgrade at the safety position right there.

J Dub

November 4th, 2009
9:06 am

JB, last time I checked Oklahoma and Ohio State were ranked inside the top 20. FSU is another story. I think they are going through the same “fire the staff” episode that we are going through. Also, last time I checked Ohio State and Oklahoma both had 7 national championships with their latest coming in 2000 (Oklahoma) and 2002 (OSU). Oklahoma has won 6 Big 12 championships since 2000 and Bob Stoops has a .813 winning percentage, both better than Richt. And also, win or lose, they have played for 4 national championships since 2000. Ohio State has 5 Big Ten titles and 1 national championship since 2000 and Tressel has a .742 winning percentage, right there below Richt. Again, win or lose, Ohio State has played for 3 national titles since 2000. I am a Georgia fan through and through but comparing our situation to these teams is really not relevant. We are 4-4 with some rather embarrasing losses while Oklahoma is #20 in the country mainly because their heisman hopeful QB was lost for the season and Ohio State is #15 in the country. We are in much worse shape right now than either of these teams. Don’t know that we aren’t in worse shape than FSU right now. The defenses are about equal and their offense is better.

donster dawg

November 4th, 2009
9:12 am

It would be interesting to see Richt’s record (% of wins) when ,if he coaches the same number of gamed Dooley did .

Bryan G.

November 4th, 2009
9:53 am

Donster…that’s a good point. But you also have to remember that when Vince was the coach, we only played 6 SEC games a year.

SWFLJacket

November 4th, 2009
10:35 am

Tech will win this weekend!

BCS Bound

November 4th, 2009
11:03 am

The Top Programs in the SEC strive for one thing every season:

Florida – 2 BCS Titles
LSU – 2 BCS Titles
Tennessee – 1 BCS Title

Einsteindawg

November 4th, 2009
11:06 am

We don’t get interceptions because Wille’s full-time prevent defense has our DBs 10 to 15 yards off receivers. And we don’t get fumbles because no one other than Rennie Curren knows how to tackle…but, they all know “the bump”.

uuughh...

November 4th, 2009
12:17 pm

J-Dub…FSU is far better off than we are. Their schedule is weaker but they can score TD’s. Their QB Ponder is a good and smart QB with mobility. Our QB is slow, fumble prone, and throws into double, triple, and quadruple coverage more than any starting QB I have ever seen. Ponder = Good, Cox = Meh.

FSU’s defense on the otherhand has trouble stopping anybody…then again I haven’t seen our D put up much of a fight either.

I look for us to eke out a win on Saturday over a vastly overmatched team. Then again this might be an upset for the ages if they play in those Red helmets. Apparently our players just don’t have any “juice” when they put on the traditional UGA uniforms. I think that speaks volumes about our recruits and the state of our program.

chazzo

November 4th, 2009
3:10 pm

I don’t know what the blogs would have said about Dooley in the 70s, but all my down-in-the-mouth relatives wanted to fire him. Even when they lost the narrow ones to Pitt and Penn State, they blamed Vince and wanted to fire him. Uncle Hank would say, “fire Vince.” Dad would say, “yeah, but who would you replace him with? You have to look at the man’s record.” Nothing changes.

Jake 7

November 4th, 2009
3:40 pm

The program is going SOUTH!!! This is a disfunctional team/coaches…CMR,pleeeeze let YOUR players KNOW how you feel when they come off the field and MAKE the RIGHT decisions after the season on coach changes. YOU gave up playcalling to be more involved in the GAME…..what happened??

Jake 7

November 4th, 2009
3:51 pm

CMR is defending HIS record….that is a cause for CONCERN !! IN the SEC,it is “WHAT have YOU done for me LATELY”?? All teams have DOWN years……….but LOOK at what FLORIDA,BAMA have done in a few years with NEW coaches…..NEW systems !!

timthebrave

November 4th, 2009
3:59 pm

Jake 7…What has Alabama done? They lost a Sec championship and got embarassed in a BCS bowl against a mid major. Go root for them.

Jake 7

November 4th, 2009
4:05 pm

We have some WEAK assistant coaches…..in building a TEAM or a business,you have GOT to have the RIGHT CEO (Richt)…LEADER..and have the RIGHT managers(coaches) to RUN your TEAM (business)! You have to CHANGE every year to KEEP the interest of YOUR employees(players).Being a former manager(leader) of over 200 associates (players),my BIGGEST problem was FOCUS and CHANGE !

Jake 7

November 4th, 2009
4:10 pm

Tim the BRAVE??……I have BEEN a BIG fan of GEORGIA for 40 years. What is BAMA doing THIS year….they have a WEAK QB…..but a GREAT D….and that is WHAT wins in the SEC !! Are you WILLIE”s son??

Jake 7

November 4th, 2009
4:18 pm

Tim the WEAK….You obviously DON”T follow SEC football. Coach Meyer in 4 years has won 2 NCs ,with a NEW system from Utah. He will probably win a THIRD ….this year. I DON’t like FLA (maybe jealous) but you CAN’T deny his success !!

JL Burke

November 4th, 2009
4:35 pm

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JL Burke

November 4th, 2009
4:36 pm

Jake 7, Would you leave your “caps lock” button alone? Very annoying.

Nashville Dawg

November 4th, 2009
4:50 pm

Richt’s record can be misleading. Yes, for the first 7 yrs, UGA has averaged 10 wins and has 2 SEC titles to show for. If he continues coaching like this and by the time he reaches Dooley’s equal amount of yrs coaching, he’ll never win the National Title game.

Sorry Mark R., if you do have another side of you of the game of football, why isn’t your so call possey sticking up for you? You sure looked confused??!?!?! in the UT and UF games.

joke!

November 4th, 2009
5:05 pm

What a joke all this has become. Richt is now defending his record….first sign he is really getting aggravated. bottom line is he thinks 4 and 4 is ok. If you are at UF u get fired at 4-4. Bottom line business win you stay lose you go. Next year we will be 9-3 with this group. I am sick of winning ten games. I want to be in it every year like uf and bama is goign to be…Richt peaked let him go…Lots of young blood out there liek muschamp and smart. Need to change!

Lose this week and guess what??

November 4th, 2009
5:06 pm

YOU ARE FIRED!

will vince come back for one year....

November 4th, 2009
5:08 pm

and fire Willie Martinez!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stinger

November 4th, 2009
5:53 pm

Richt is the best you can do. No good coach wants to go to the cess pool of the south. You’re Not Worthy, You’re Not Worthy. Repeat after me, You’re Not Worthy. CPJ owns your sorry azz team. Get use to it.

GT GRAD

November 4th, 2009
6:05 pm

The UGA & Mark Richt record that I find somewhat interesting is the fact that they/he is 9-13 against teams ranked in the Top 30 over the past 5 years.

UGA has historically played VERY soft out of conference schedules and has been less than dominant against good and/or decent teams. A 40% winning record against teams ranked in the Top 30 over a 5 year period is not very impressive; especially for a team like UGA. Some of these UGA teams were considered Top 10 teams (big name QB’s, highly touted WR’s, Moreno, etc.), but they lost 4 out of 10 games against the Top 30 teams!!!!

Also, the fact that a highly ranked team with stellar recruiting classes almost every year would only play an average of 4.4 teams ranked in the Top 30 is really sad. This means 8 of the 12 teams that UGA played for the past 5 years were ranked at the end of the season outside of the Top 30……………….WOW…………..no wonder they have averaged 10 wins almost every year!

UGA record vs. teams with final rankings in the Top 30:

2005: 1-3

2006: 3-3

2007: 4-1

2008: 1-2

2009: 0-4

VERY INTERESTING INDEED!

GT record against Top 30 past 5 years is 11-14 (44% winning percentage)………….just offered this data to save everyone some time with the research efforts for the obvious attacks which will soon follow.

I say UGA should keep Martinez & Bobo (assuming anyone on this blog cares about my opinion HA HA)

P.S. This is the first blog entry I have posted on a UGA blog in over a year & I have only posted 5-10 EVER! I was simply interested in Coach Mark Richt’s comments regarding his overall record; he is obviously trying to save his job and get some credit for his previous success; however, most of his success has come against teams that UGA should beat. I am not a regular UGA basher. I simply wanted to make a point about the lack of quality wins over the past 5 years for UGA. Richt is a GREAT person and a solid coach. He is a very good representative for UGA and a great recruiter. Regarding the UGA coaching staff: All jokes aside, he deserves to remain at UGA as the head football, but he should be required to make some coaching changes in the best interest of the UGA football program.

GO Dawgs (except for games against GT of course)!!

Pit Bull

November 4th, 2009
6:22 pm

“I find that guys who play sloppy are coached sloppy” Steve Spurrier… I think our players played as good as they were coached,’ Bear Bryant, “We just aren’t tackling,” Willie Martineze.

Pit Bull

November 4th, 2009
6:31 pm

How bad are things at Ga. I left to go eat before halftime of the Fla game. I’ve NEVER done that before. I’m also glad I did.

southernbutnotstupid

November 4th, 2009
6:56 pm

Ah, I love all these armchairs quarterbacks with their expert analysis of what’s wrong with the dawgs this year – one off year and so called fans who profess to bleed red and black are ready to say “off with their heads” and want some of the coaches to be fired – you guys know what this kind of talk does to the players? We’ve been winning with our current coaches before this year; good God, give ‘em a break!! We don’t have a Stafford or Moreno any more-nobody likes a mediocre or even a losing season, but maybe, just maybe, the players are truly trying their best (nobody likes a loser; just read some of these posts!); we just aren’t that great this year – it ain’t the coaching!

Yellow Fuzz

November 4th, 2009
6:56 pm

I think coach Richt should fire his entire staff and higher 30 bloggers off of here. That way he would never come close to losing another football game.

Georgia41256

November 4th, 2009
7:01 pm

Let’s finish the season on a positive note and see
what happens in the off-season. My faith is that
Coach Richt will do the right thing for the good of
the Georgia football program. Good stewards do things
like that. Did anyone realistically anticipate a
top 25 team replacing the offensive firepower we had
last year with so many freshmen and sophomores who had
yet to be battle-tested? I for one did not. Let’s
lay off the coach!!!!!!!

Observe & Report

November 4th, 2009
7:20 pm

Yellow Fuzz, is that what’s on your chin or your b@lls? Because you must be 14 years old.

dagnabit

November 4th, 2009
7:21 pm

Jawja football is having a down year is all. Next year the bulldogs will be whipping other teams all over the place and you folks will be woofing daily.

Ken

November 4th, 2009
7:25 pm

Bottom line, Ga has given up 30+ points in something like 9 out of the last 15 games. Thats bad,bad defense. I don’t like people losing there jobs, but Richt has to fix the defense by whatever means necessary. If he can’t he needs to go also!

earl cambell

November 4th, 2009
7:46 pm

That last paragraph by CMR says it all. He’s making excuses. The ball just wont bounce our way. You don’t need luck coach you need new coaches and to become a disciplinarian!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vanderbilt is next

November 4th, 2009
8:27 pm

Record? What record? 2 SEC Titles, that’s it? That’s not getting the job done, go win a title and chalk that one up to a record.

sup wit dat?

November 4th, 2009
9:47 pm

I hope he never leaves……………..it’s like Reggie Ball in reverse

atl xmen

November 4th, 2009
10:49 pm

gt grad..please let us know who those losses are…bet you more than half are fla and lsu…if tech played the same scheduel as uga they wouldnt have no where near the wins uga has…those stats are crap..every game in the sec is a big game..when you against the best teams year in and year out unlike tech and ohio st..USC,,your going to have some losses..the stat you need to look at is the the top 10 rankings richt has had and the two sec championships he has..richt will be ok and uga will be ok…its uga for crying out loud…now a days an sec title pretty much puts a team in the National title game so i see uga being there real soon..

atl xmen

November 4th, 2009
10:52 pm

the defense will take care of itself when the players get older and stronger and smarter…no need to change coaches just needto have patience with the young guys we have on defense. fla,,ala, and texas are the three best teams right now and count how many jr and senriors they have starting on the defenses..there defense sucked just two years ago..whne those guys were freshmen and sophs…

HEY GT GRAD

November 4th, 2009
11:40 pm

7 of those 8 years Georgia played a weak OOC game on the last day of the season (GT). sometimes u cant help how weak the OOC schedule is

The Ole' Ball Coach (aka The Evil "Genius")

November 4th, 2009
11:41 pm

The way things are going, Willie and me both might be unemployed after this season. And my nemesis Richt is finding out that genius is a fleeting thing in this bid-ness. I’m Exhibit A.

Ed

November 4th, 2009
11:44 pm

That’s news to me GT Grad, I didn’t even know there was a “Top 30″. The polls I’ve followed stop at 25, unless you are counting the others receiving votes.

Dawgfan1911

November 4th, 2009
11:46 pm

atl xmen … something must have escaped your notice. During the last five years, UGA has played 22 teams that were ranked in the top 30 at the end of the season. Georgia Tech has played 25 such teams during that same period. You can say that we play in a superior conference, but obviously the poll participants don’t necessarily agree with you. Yes, UGA plays UF every year … and generally plays about three more games against ranked teams. If CMR can win nearly 77% of his games over the last seven years, then you would think he could beat UF at least once every 2-3 years … but we don’t see that happening.

As much as I hate to say it, the gt grad is right. We’ve played well against the weaker opponents that we SHOULD beat, but poorly against the better programs within the conference and around the country.

Supes

November 5th, 2009
8:25 am

When the head coach “comes prepared” with the “resume answer” when the question wasn’t even freaking asked…it’s the beginning of the end.

CMR will be asked “to leave” after another average 2010 season.

Jon Gruden is available and wants to coach again.

Big Mike

November 5th, 2009
9:28 am

It hurts me to say this but Georgia is being out coached. The coaches make decisions as to who play’s. If a player is not doing his assignment there needs to be a change. Ga players use to much energy celebrating over one play,stay focused and win the game first. This is my educated way of speaking,however coach you need to put fire up someone’s a?? lets play GEORGIA defense.

the real ugaaaaa.

November 5th, 2009
9:52 am

this would be one of the most unthinkable moves in the history of bulldog football. first of all it ahs only been one bad season. next we lost many good players last year and really do not have a quarterback or a runningback that is ready to play.last yet not least he is still one of the best coaches today and florida state is still waiting for him.