From Atlanta lawyer to Vols coach

Just occurred to me that I might have done the first interview with Derek Dooley, football coach. In early February 1996, I talked with him about his decision to leave his Atlanta law practice at age 27 to take an unpaid position as a graduate assistant on Jim Donnan’s UGA  staff. With Dooley very much in the news this weekend as the new head coach at Tennessee, I thought some of you might be interested in the story of the start of his coaching career.

Here’s my  story from Feb. 7, 1996:

Athens — Derek Dooley understands, far better than most, how ugly the coaching profession can be.

Vince Dooley’s youngest son knows all about the stress, the lack of privacy, the loss of family time. He remembers “being 10 years old, thinking your dad can do no wrong, and reading in the newspaper what a terrible coach he is.” And that was tame compared with what he’d hear from the kids at school after a Georgia loss. His mother always told him: “Whatever you do, don’t coach.”

He grew up saying to himself: “I don’t want to be a football coach; I don’t want to be a football coach.”

And so what does Derek Dooley, 27-year-old Atlanta lawyer, do?

He gives it all up – the promising legal career with “the nice paycheck, the house in Buckhead.”

To become a football coach.

For the first time since 1988, there’s a Dooley coaching the Dogs.

Derek started work this month as a graduate assistant on Jim Donnan’s Georgia staff. He won’t draw a salary — not that it would have been much anyway — to prevent the appearance of a conflict of interest, his dad being Donnan’s boss and all. He’ll live for the next year or so on loans and an anticipated fee from his last legal case, which is near settlement.

For a year and a half, Dooley had been doing civil litigation work in the Atlanta office of the Columbia, S.C., firm Nelson, Mullins, Riley and Scarborough. He played college football at Virginia, and about six months ago began to reconsider his career choice.

“I enjoyed practicing law, ” he says, “but it really wasn’t that fulfilling. It didn’t compare to being around a football program. I missed the camaraderie, everyone working together for a common purpose. It seems the legal profession isn’t results-oriented. Things drag out. I grew up in an environment where you have a problem, you fix it, you go on to the next one.

“I didn’t want to be 45 years old with a family, making good money — but not happy. Life’s too short.”

So during the holidays he broke the news to his parents. He wanted to coach.

“I was very much against it, ” Vince Dooley says. “I spent two hours trying to convince him he was making a mistake.” In the end, Derek did the convincing, and his dad mentioned to Donnan that the lawyer would be interested in a graduate assistant’s job. Also supportive — but no less surprised — was Derek’s wife, Allison, a medical student in Augusta.

“She thought she had married a lawyer with stability, and now she’s married to a poor football coach, ” Derek says. “Someone said she should sue me for fraud.”

Donnan has known Derek since he was 8, attending uncle Bill Dooley’s football camp at North Carolina. “For a guy to make this kind of sacrifice, to give up a law practice to get into coaching, I’d have hired him as a G.A. anywhere, ” says Donnan, who notes that six full-time members of his Georgia staff first worked for him as grad assistants.

“I’m going at it full steam, ” Derek Dooley says. “I want to be a head football coach, whether it takes me 10, 15 or 20 years.”

Fourteen years later, Derek Dooley is a head coach in the SEC. Says something for following your heart, doesn’t it?

Postscript: A proud Vince Dooley laughed today that he never had a chance of  winning that argument with Derek about coaching.   “They teach them to argue in the law school, plus he was on the debate team, so I lost that argument in about 15 seconds.”

72 comments Add your comment

Chris

January 16th, 2010
1:43 pm

Good luck Derek… You’re a good man and a class act. However, I hope we have your number more often than not come October.

Christopher

January 16th, 2010
2:06 pm

I have never pulled for the Vol’s before, but I will now; just not when they paly the Dawgs. Good luck, character means everthing…..P.S. I hope you run all over Kirby’s D….

GW

January 16th, 2010
2:32 pm

Got to knoxnews.com and watch Derek’s hiring press conference and Q. & A. with reporters. If he coaches half as well as he talks the rest of the SEC is in big trouble.

Urban Liar & Satan Sabin

January 16th, 2010
2:57 pm

We are surprised the Vols did not hire coaches like us-lie, cheat, steal, and win at any cost. To hell with integrity!!!

RiverDawg

January 16th, 2010
3:50 pm

I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing orange, but I couldn’t be prouder of the Dooley family. A class act from top to bottom…

Ummm

January 16th, 2010
5:01 pm

How could UGA reinstate Montez Robinson? Don’t put thugs on your team!!!

Stinger

January 16th, 2010
5:28 pm

It’s a done deal. Gardner to VOLS as defense coordinator. He is po’d @ Richt.

Louie

January 16th, 2010
5:28 pm

Can’t believe DADDY didn’t get him a job with the mutsters. He might be your coach in waiting. His track record might get him a look-see in a year or two. The Vols seem to be a team on the rise in the SEC, unlike the leghumpers.
Anyone heard from Ray Goff these days? Now there is a name coach and former player like Smart who might-just might have some real interest in coming back.Call him, it couldnt hurt.

BOOGIES THE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

January 16th, 2010
5:33 pm

WHERE DID THIS tek TROLL “LOUIE” COME FROM. THE SMELL REMINDS ME OF YELLOW FUZZ,ST. SIMONS OR $1.4 MILLION. AND WHERE THE HELL IS STINGER GETTING HIS STUPID UP TO THE MINUTE INFO ON GARDNER?

Rocky Top, You'll Always Be...........

January 16th, 2010
5:52 pm

Derek Dooley to me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!GOOD OL’ RAUNCHY TOP. RAUNCHY TOP TENNESSEE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rocky Top, You'll Always Be...........

January 16th, 2010
5:53 pm

Lames claim to fame.

Danny Ford

January 16th, 2010
5:59 pm

I wint to Tinnessee onse on a dadburned buss with cooch Briant an Jo Willy ta rekruit som youngstars.
Thatt dogg thay hadd wez downn rite uglie an barkked altha dam timee wi waz their.
Naver wint bakk too thim hils agen. know siree.

GT=Best Buy / Geek Squad Employee

January 16th, 2010
6:00 pm

Louie…..where have you been? Have you done your chores and homework, and mommy is letting you on the computer. Good lil’ fella!

Louie

January 16th, 2010
6:14 pm

Am leaving for hour or two to go out to eat. GT-BBGEEK, see me then and we will talk about your mag wheels you ordered for your single wide,son.
Eat your beef jerky and be a good little mutt.Later..

GT=Best Buy / Geek Squad Employee

January 16th, 2010
6:18 pm

Louie: going out to eat sushi with your “roommates”? See ya….Hey! Have you told your parents about your new “lifestyle”?

.

January 16th, 2010
6:28 pm

Is it spaghetti night at the Tech cafeteria tonight, Louie? Oh boy! What a big Saturday night you have got going on, huh?

harold

January 16th, 2010
6:29 pm

As a donar and a Vol fan I can assure you the Tennessee switchboards will be lit up with ANGER Monday morning over hiring a guy with a 17-20 record from LA Tech & a winning percentage of .459%! He speaks well and is classy and he should consider going back as an attorney!Hamilton & The President should be fired!

Gdawg

January 16th, 2010
6:31 pm

Derrick,

Congratulations! I am very proud of you. I know that you will make the Vol Nation happy. I have always had a very high dislike for TN, but now I find myself wishing them the best. Go Dawgs!!!!!

SOS Dawg

January 16th, 2010
7:01 pm

Sorry Derek, I wish you were the head guy at Virginia. I HATE ORANGE…… I will never pull for TENN. I blame Michael Adams for putting this wedge in the Dooleys and UGA Nation. Athens is a Joke right now with this hiring fiasco for a DC and other Assistants. CMR and Damon Evans are a joke too. Maybe you could coach again at UGA someday….

Dillard Dawg

January 16th, 2010
7:10 pm

Did somebody say sheep?

Dillard Dawg

January 16th, 2010
7:12 pm

I like to walk my sheep in the mountains so they can look off and down. You get a lot better push back that way.

Louie

January 16th, 2010
8:03 pm

Back now, looking for the little mutt named gt=bbgeek. Did you eat your jerky and Snickers bar for supper?
Well, enough wasted time on you.
Derek D. makes no sense as a candidate, much less being NAMED coach of the Vols. Big regret down the road. Doggie blood no good on Rocky Top.

GT=Best Buy / Geek Squad Employee

January 16th, 2010
8:18 pm

Louie- You are too much of an amateur for me to fish. I need more of a challenge. Sweet dreams, sugar trucks……

Louie

January 16th, 2010
9:05 pm

See you went to take out the trash for your grandma. MULLET a good fish for you,son. Kinda smells like you.

Louie

January 16th, 2010
9:28 pm

Gone for the night…………..
Be looking for you mutts in the am.

mexdawg

January 16th, 2010
11:07 pm

Great hire for the vols.This guy can coach and is smart as hell.He also seems to have Mrs Dooley’s personality which is going to make him one hell of a good recruiter.Good luck Derek I know your dad is very proud of you.LET THE BIG DAWG EAT.

BuLLdawg

January 17th, 2010
4:47 am

The 4-3 just did not fit our personnel. And, frankly, we played our players out of position to even play a 4-3.

We just lost 6 of the 11 Starters on Defense, and frankly all but Rennie Curran really did not have the kind of UGA career that they wanted to have here. We lost more than just 6 Starters on Defense. We lost 3 Defensive Tackles Geno Atkins, Jeff Owens and Kade Weston. We also lost Reshad Jones, Bryan Evans and Prince Miller, typically burned on every pass – all 3. We also lost Marcus Washington and Darius Dewberry.

Alec Ogletree will be on the field on the Opening Defensive Series. We needed this type player last year, and now we have him, finally. Todd Grantham will make a star out of Alec Ogletree.

Jakar Hamilton will be great back there in the Secondary with Alec Ogletree. This is a huge improvement over what we have had prior to Todd Grantham. Reshad Jones and Bryan Evans just didn’t get the job done back there like Alec and Jakar will.

TJ Stripling DE will make the rotation in his true freshman season. The 2nd best football player in the State of Georgia and 4th Best Defensive End in the nation, TJ Stripling out of Decatur, will only play here 3 years. Equate this into All-America and maybe even with all the DE ahead of him this up-coming season, this season. This is a Star.

Justin Houston is a great All-SEC Defensive End for us. He will either play 1 or 2 years for Todd Grantham.

Demarcus Dobbs is going to be an All-SEC Defensive End again next season, as I know he was this last season.

Branden Smith will do far better than Prince Miller at Cornerback in his career, now as the Starter taking over for Miller. Mike Bobo did a very poor job of getting Branden Smith quality touches on Offense this season. It was like he just did those few plays to appease Branden Smith, not to let him Shine, like he should have.

Brandon Boykin is a Beast at the other Cornerback. I firmly believe we are in good hands at the Starting Positions in the Secondary, and Brandon Boykin is a load to try to tackle on the returns, as he just bounces off guys.

Bacarri Rambo has been a crowd favorite since the day we Signed him here. He is a big play player in the Secondary with a nose for the ball.

Now, the part everyone will talk about with an aggressive 3-4. You see ? The Defense is really quite good this coming season, getting rid of a load of players who frankly never did a thing but Start for us, and then get beat in the Secondary.

Darryl Gamble is a huge big man in the middle.

Marcus Dowtin is a great football player with more mobility to be a play-maker at linebacker than Darryl Gamble. The 3-4 rotation will NOT have these 2 players 1 behind the other at the same position. Obviously, Darryl Gamble and Marcus Dowtin are 2 completely different players, pigeon-holed both at the same position in a 4-3 all last season. What a total waste to not have them both on the field at the same time. These 2 are getting split up in the 3-4 since obviously Todd Grantham has already said that he ranks the players and then gets his play-makers both of these guys are both on the field. There is 45 lbs. difference between Darryl Gamble and Marcus Dowtin. Those are not the same players for the same position. Gamble will be inside and Dowtin outside.

Akeem Dent.

Demetre Baker 4.4 outside linebacker might get to shine with sacks this year, from Florida.

Deon Rogers 4.4 outside linebacker might get to shine with sacks this year, from Florida.

6 Florida Recruits we get in 2 weeks’ time now. 6.

And, they all 6 are on the Defensive Side of the Ball, except for the Number 9 Offensive Linemen in the Country Brent Benedict.

Brandon Wood will get moved way up in the Rotation, and he has to come through for Todd Grantham. I expect Todd to spend a lot of time right here with this guy to get him to shine this season for us. Brandon Wood only had 2 QB hurries, 1 break-up, and no sack as a DE in the 4-3. He is too big for DE in college, NFL is a long ways off for Brandon Wood, at this point. I believe with the graduation of 3 DT, Brandon Wood will be asked to play a more natural DT in the 3-4. He is 300 lbs. Since when does a 300 lbs. Defensive Lineman get sacks from DE ? This is 1 of many mismatches of our personnel in the 4-3 having this big guy trying to get sacks at DE. He got zero sacks. Duh.

DeAngelo Tyson is also going to be counted upon a lot more this season too. You cannot look at this 3-4, and not recognize that DeAngelo and Brandon have to come through for us at DT right now this season.

Abry Jones made some huge big plays for us at DT this last season. These guys have to step up for the 3 NFL Defensive Tackles we just graduated. I believe that there is a basis here that these 3 must be asked to step it up. The season likely will hinge on their ability to do just that.

Garrison Smith out of Atlanta is the 5th best player in the State of Georgia and the 3rd best Defensive Tackle in the Nation. While he might benefit from a Redshirt Year bulking up for DT in The SEC, this guy plays here 3 years. You cannot have that type of talent and tell them, you Redshirt. This “Tough Love” or Rodney Garner of this type of DT in the past, will be tempered in the sort term by Todd Grantham who will not be here forever, himself – not as DC in college for any amount of money. There is just too much money in the NFL, and he was demoted from Cleveland Browns DC to DL at Dallas. Garrison Smith gets on the field in Game 1.

Jalen Fields

Dexter Morant

These 2 guys at DE might fight it out to see which gets into the rotation in Game 1 at DE. They are both big guys with Jalen having quite a bit of speed. Jalen might get moved in the 3-4 to outside linebacker, right ? And, frankly, Dexter might get moved to Inside Linebacker in a 3-4. There are 2 versatile players who have a real penchant for making plays. They just need to be in the right scheme and then in the right position.

We are very gifted at Tight End. Mike Bobo better do a great job of having his two Freshmen Quarterbacks funnel the damn football to the TE in two Tight End sets. Orson Charles, Aron White and Arthur Lynch are the 3 best Tight Ends on any 1 Roster in America.

Adding :

Da’Rick Rogers at Wide Receiver is a big boost, after somehow we couldn’t figure out with our brain trust at Wide Receivers’ Coaching how to get Marlon Brown on the field last year. I was very disappointed about that last year, even getting him into a game only 8 of the 13 games, and throwing him a grand total of 2 passes for a grand total of 7 yards. Damn it, this coaching staff has sucked. We give you a player like that, and you get him on the field for 2 throws all season long. Damn it.

On the Offensive Side of the football, we lost nothing.

Obviously, we are in good shape Kicking.

Drew Butler

Blair Walsh

Those are the 2 Best Kickers on 1 team in America.

Assigning the responsibilities of special teams’ coaches will be critical since Coach Richt NEVER DID DO that all last season.

God, I hated Jon Fabris.

Todd Grantham needs to be the kick-off coverage special teams coach. Anything other than that, and this will be another long season. We suck at Kick-Off Special Teams.

2 seniors gone and Mike Moore never had the football thrown to him much, anyway. His senior year, Mike Moore only started 5 of the 13 games and had 249 yards. Nice season, but we have better wide receivers, maybe 3 better.

I guess this is where we talk about Quarterbacks.

Aaron Murray, we were told did not practice.

Zach Mettenberger did.

I still don’t like signing 2 QB the same year. Maybe it was good we did this time.

Excuse me, if these guys are not our Starter, we are in big trouble trying to save Mike Bobo from further embarrassment amid constant boos from every fan at Sanford Stadium.

Shaun Chapas

Fred Munzenmaier

2 Best Fullbacks in the nation on 1 team and both NFL capable, and what do we do ?

With no Running Back :

Shaun Chapas we let run for 45 yards and throw him 50 yards.

Fred Munzenmaier we let run for 36 yards and throw him 21 yards.

Mike Bobo this is your last freaking year to get this right with both. God Almighty is all I can say about this sorry Offense.

Running Backs, we haven’t had one since Knowshon Moreno got to play here 2 years and then left because we REDSHIRTED HIM. Crap.

Ken Malcome from Decatur we better not wait until three-quarters of the 5th game to determine Mike Bobo and Coach Richt have to RIP his damn REDSHIRT OFF, like the Running Backs’ Brain Trust did last year, the season already in a tank and lost, when they in desperation turned to Washaun Ealey who they either were saving for this season, or thought that Caleb King and Richard Samuel just had to be better than what they had shown the previous year for UGA – which was NOT a damn thing. Ken Malcome has good speed and good size, but he isn’t particularly determined to be much more than about the 25th best running back in this year’s recruiting class.

For a Woebegone Offense of Coach Richt and now also of Mike Bobo, every year, this is particularly disturbing that Rodney Garner could not get us another really great Tailback. I will root on Washaun Ealey and Ken Malcome and hope that Carlton Thomas can get in there with Branden Smith and move the ball, but damn it, our Offense sucks and it is because of the LACK OF PRODUCTION at running backs, mostly because all we do is fling the ball down the field unless it is 3rd down in which case, of course, you obviously always run the damn football.

God Almighty.

Did I mention we have AJ Green. That’s all we’ve friging got.

OFFENSIVE COACHING STAFF, kept. Everyone of the underachieving out of position, NO NFL COACHING EXPERIENCE, lousy Offensive Coaches, kept. Jeez Louise, what do they have to do to LOSE THEIR JOBS ?

OL, what a group of under-performers frankly the entire 9-year history of Coach Richt at

17-19 vs Final AP Poll Top 25 teams plus 8 more losses to UNRANKED teams.

WTH

January 17th, 2010
7:48 am

BuLLdawg,

Go crawl back in you hole. Where the hell was your last college head coaching job and why aren’t you still there . . loser. Go find a team that you can pull for rather than criticize. The Dawgs certainly don’t need jackasses like you as fan or supposed supporter. We also don’t need a two page dissertation on a sports blog that has nothing to do with the topic. Get a life!

Hmmmmm

January 17th, 2010
9:11 am

BulLdawg,

Get your own blog buddy so we don’t have to scroll past your comments all of the time. It’s easy…even a caveman can do it.

Tommy Lee Maddox

January 17th, 2010
9:42 am

Well, being a 50 year old lawyer ain’t a bad life; but there again, I don’t know how to coach.

Go get ‘em Derek!

Louie

January 17th, 2010
9:53 am

Bulldogg needs to take Sominex or something for sleep, up at 4:30 in the morning evaluating every damn mutt on the roster.Sounds like he was on Crank or really tripping, my god!!
Just another humper wishing with one hand,finding out what it is in the other.
STILL L M F A O

BuLLdawg

January 17th, 2010
10:05 am

I still say a 3-4 or ‘Hybrid” 3-4 is the best fit in Athens. The 4-3 just did not fit our personnel. And, frankly, we played our players out of position to even play a 4-3.
We just lost 6 of the 11 Starters on Defense, and frankly all but Rennie Curran really did not have the kind of UGA career that they wanted to have here. We lost more than just 6 Starters on Defense. We lost 3 Defensive Tackles Geno Atkins, Jeff Owens and Kade Weston. We also lost Reshad Jones, Bryan Evans and Prince Miller, typically burned on every pass – all 3. We also lost Marcus Washington and Darius Dewberry.
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Alec Ogletree will be on the field on the Opening Defensive Series. We needed this type player last year, and now we have him, finally. Todd Grantham will make a star out of Alec Ogletree.
Jakar Hamilton will be great back there in the Secondary with Alec Ogletree. This is a huge improvement over what we have had prior to Todd Grantham. Reshad Jones and Bryan Evans just didn’t get the job done back there like Alec and Jakar will.
TJ Stripling DE will make the rotation in his true freshman season. The 2nd best football player in the State of Georgia and 4th Best Defensive End in the nation, TJ Stripling out of Decatur, will only play here 3 years. Equate this into All-America and maybe even with all the DE ahead of him this up-coming season, this season. This is a Star.
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Justin Houston is a great All-SEC Defensive End for us. He will either play 1 or 2 years for Todd Grantham.
Demarcus Dobbs is going to be an All-SEC Defensive End again next season, as I know he was this last season.
Branden Smith will do far better than Prince Miller at Cornerback in his career, now as the Starter taking over for Miller. Mike Bobo did a very poor job of getting Branden Smith quality touches on Offense this season. It was like he just did those few plays to appease Branden Smith, not to let him Shine, like he should have.
Brandon Boykin is a Beast at the other Cornerback. I firmly believe we are in good hands at the Starting Positions in the Secondary, and Brandon Boykin is a load to try to tackle on the returns, as he just bounces off guys.
Bacarri Rambo has been a crowd favorite since the day we Signed him here. He is a big play player in the Secondary with a nose for the ball.
Now, the part everyone will talk about with an aggressive 3-4. You see ? The Defense is really quite good this coming season, getting rid of a load of players who frankly never did a thing but Start for us, and then get beat in the Secondary.
Darryl Gamble is a huge big man in the middle.
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Marcus Dowtin is a great football player with more mobility to be a play-maker at linebacker than Darryl Gamble. The 3-4 rotation will NOT have these 2 players 1 behind the other at the same position. Obviously, Darryl Gamble and Marcus Dowtin are 2 completely different players, pigeon-holed both at the same position in a 4-3 all last season. What a total waste to not have them both on the field at the same time. These 2 are getting split up in the 3-4 since obviously Todd Grantham has already said that he ranks the players and then gets his play-makers both of these guys are both on the field. There is 45 lbs. difference between Darryl Gamble and Marcus Dowtin. Those are not the same players for the same position. Gamble will be inside and Dowtin outside.
Akeem Dent.
Demetre Baker 4.4 outside linebacker might get to shine with sacks this year, from Florida.
Deon Rogers 4.4 outside linebacker might get to shine with sacks this year, from Florida.
6 Florida Recruits we get in 2 weeks’ time now. 6.
And, they all 6 are on the Defensive Side of the Ball, except for the Number 9 Offensive Linemen in the Country Brent Benedict.
Brandon Wood will get moved way up in the Rotation, and he has to come through for Todd Grantham. I expect Todd to spend a lot of time right here with this guy to get him to shine this season for us. Brandon Wood only had 2 QB hurries, 1 break-up, and no sack as a DE in the 4-3. He is too big for DE in college, NFL is a long ways off for Brandon Wood, at this point. I believe with the graduation of 3 DT, Brandon Wood will be asked to play a more natural DT in the 3-4. He is 300 lbs. Since when does a 300 lbs. Defensive Lineman get sacks from DE ? This is 1 of many mismatches of our personnel in the 4-3 having this big guy trying to get sacks at DE. He got zero sacks. Duh.
DeAngelo Tyson is also going to be counted upon a lot more this season too. You cannot look at this 3-4, and not recognize that DeAngelo and Brandon have to come through for us at DT right now this season.
Abry Jones made some huge big plays for us at DT this last season. These guys have to step up for the 3 NFL Defensive Tackles we just graduated. I believe that there is a basis here that these 3 must be asked to step it up. The season likely will hinge on their ability to do just that.
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Garrison Smith out of Atlanta is the 5th best player in the State of Georgia and the 3rd best Defensive Tackle in the Nation. While he might benefit from a Redshirt Year bulking up for DT in The SEC, this guy plays here 3 years. You cannot have that type of talent and tell them, you Redshirt. This “Tough Love” or Rodney Garner of this type of DT in the past, will be tempered in the sort term by Todd Grantham who will not be here forever, himself – not as DC in college for any amount of money. There is just too much money in the NFL, and he was demoted from Cleveland Browns DC to DL at Dallas. Garrison Smith gets on the field in Game 1.
Jalen Fields
Dexter Morant
These 2 guys at DE might fight it out to see which gets into the rotation in Game 1 at DE. They are both big guys with Jalen having quite a bit of speed. Jalen might get moved in the 3-4 to outside linebacker, right ? And, frankly, Dexter might get moved to Inside Linebacker in a 3-4. There are 2 versatile players who have a real penchant for making plays. They just need to be in the right scheme and then in the right position.
We are very gifted at Tight End. Mike Bobo better do a great job of having his two Freshmen Quarterbacks funnel the damn football to the TE in two Tight End sets. Orson Charles, Aron White and Arthur Lynch are the 3 best Tight Ends on any one Roster in America.
For instance, take Nancy Patricia D’Alesandro Pelosi (pronounced /pɨˈloʊsi/; born March 26, 1940) who is our Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. She is a member of the Democratic Party. Before being elected Speaker in the 110th Congress, she was the House Minority Leader from 2003 to 2007, holding the post during the 108th and 109th Congresses.
Since 1987, she has represented the 8th Congressional District of California, which consists of four-fifths of the City and County of San Francisco. The district was numbered as the 5th during Pelosi’s first three terms in the House.
Nancy Pelosi is the first female Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. She is also the first Italian-American and first Californian to serve as Speaker. She is the second Speaker from a state west of the Rocky Mountains, with the first being Washington’s Tom Foley, who was the last Democrat to hold the post before Pelosi. As Speaker of the House, Pelosi is second in the line of presidential succession, following Vice President Joe Biden, which makes her the highest-ranking female politician in American history.
Adding :
Da’Rick Rogers at Wide Receiver is a big boost, after somehow we couldn’t figure out with our brain trust at Wide Receivers’ Coaching how to get Marlon Brown on the field last year. I was very disappointed about that last year, even getting him into a game only 8 of the 13 games, and throwing him a grand total of 2 passes for a grand total of 7 yards. Damn it, this coaching staff has sucked. We give you a player like that, and you get him on the field for 2 throws all season long. Damn it.
On the Offensive Side of the football, we lost nothing.
Obviously, we are in good shape Kicking.
Drew Butler
Blair Walsh
Those are the 2 Best Kickers on 1 team in America.
Assigning the responsibilities of special teams’ coaches will be critical since Coach Richt NEVER DID DO that all last season.
God, I hated Jon Fabris.
Todd Grantham needs to be the kick-off coverage special teams coach. Anything other than that, and this will be another long season. We suck at Kick-Off Special Teams.
2 seniors gone and Mike Moore never had the football thrown to him much, anyway. His senior year, Mike Moore only started 5 of the 13 games and had 249 yards. Nice season, but we have better wide receivers, maybe 3 better.
I guess this is where we talk about Quarterbacks.
Aaron Murray, we were told did not practice.
Zach Mettenberger did.
I still don’t like signing 2 QB the same year. Maybe it was good we did this time.
Excuse me, if these guys are not our Starter, we are in big trouble trying to save Mike Bobo from further embarrassment amid constant boos from every fan at Sanford Stadium.
Shaun Chapas
Fred Munzenmaier
2 Best Fullbacks in the nation on 1 team and both NFL capable, and what do we do ?
With no Running Back :
Shaun Chapas we let run for 45 yards and throw him 50 yards.
Fred Munzenmaier we let run for 36 yards and throw him 21 yards.
Mike Bobo this is your last freaking year to get this right with both. God Almighty is all I can say about this sorry Offense.
Running Backs, we haven’t had one since Knowshon Moreno got to play here 2 years and then left because we REDSHIRTED HIM. Crap.
Ken Malcome from Decatur we better not wait until three-quarters of the 5th game to determine Mike Bobo and Coach Richt have to RIP his damn REDSHIRT OFF, like the Running Backs’ Brain Trust did last year, the season already in a tank and lost, when they in desperation turned to Washaun Ealey who they either were saving for this season, or thought that Caleb King and Richard Samuel just had to be better than what they had shown the previous year for UGA – which was NOT a damn thing. Ken Malcome has good speed and good size, but he isn’t particularly determined to be much more than about the 25th best running back in this year’s recruiting class.
For a Woebegone Offense of Coach Richt and now also of Mike Bobo, every year, this is particularly disturbing that Rodney Garner could not get us another really great Tailback. I will root on Washaun Ealey and Ken Malcome and hope that Carlton Thomas can get in there with Branden Smith and move the ball, but damn it, our Offense sucks and it is because of the LACK OF PRODUCTION at running backs, mostly because all we do is fling the ball down the field unless it is 3rd down in which case, of course, you obviously always run the damn football.
God Almighty. Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Did I mention we have AJ Green. That’s all we’ve friging got.
OFFENSIVE COACHING STAFF, kept. Everyone of the underachieving out of position, NO NFL COACHING EXPERIENCE, lousy Offensive Coaches, kept. Jeez Louise, what do they have to do to LOSE THEIR JOBS ?
OL, what a group of under-performers frankly the entire 9-year history of Coach Richt at
17-19 vs Final AP Poll Top 25 teams plus 8 more losses to UNRANKED teams.

Louie

January 17th, 2010
10:12 am

Yeah, this PATHETIC humper needs to get a grip. As bad as mutt-less nation is, this dude needs some SERIOUS therapy.My God, what an idiot. Represents you people REAL WELL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

D- Day Dawg

January 17th, 2010
10:17 am

Lifeless louie///////
Ihear the blog ”Ramblin On” has 22 posts in 3 days so why dont you go chat with the other 8 remaining bug fans. They might get back to you by Tues. or Wed.

Buzz off

January 17th, 2010
10:22 am

D-Day Dawg,

lol. That;s because the folks on the ramble on blog haven’t gotten everthing figured out like you and BuLLdawg here. Hahahahaha.

D- Day Dawg

January 17th, 2010
10:25 am

Buzz
Whatta you mean?

Son of Sam

January 17th, 2010
10:27 am

THIS JUST IN:

Todd Grantham names some guy called BuLLdawg as special advisor to the Defensive Coordinator.

D- Day Dawg

January 17th, 2010
10:28 am

Buzz off/////////
Check out Louie on the story following this one about Grantham

Jim

January 17th, 2010
10:29 am

Nice post BuLLdawg. “Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity”. I totally agree!

Simple is better

January 17th, 2010
10:29 am

Hey BuLLdawg, dedgum man….Give us a freakin break with the comments.

D- Day Dawg

January 17th, 2010
10:30 am

Son of Sam////////////
A real Techpot I assume

Louie

January 17th, 2010
10:32 am

buLLdoggie even pi$$en off muttnation.Luvin it !!!

ROFLMAO

January 17th, 2010
10:32 am

Hey bUllDawg,

I read every word. Dude you need some serious help. Seriously.

VA Dawg

January 17th, 2010
10:37 am

Good luck Derek Dooley!! Hey buLLdawg, did your high school letterman’s jacket button up in the back?

St. Simons

January 17th, 2010
10:39 am

………. buLLdog……………
……….TYPICAL NECK…..

TJ

January 17th, 2010
10:42 am

To bullDawg’s family:

PLEASE GET HIS REFILL FILLED BEFORE THE PHARMACY’S CLOSE AT NOON!

Christopher Lloyd as Taber

January 17th, 2010
10:47 am

BuLLdawg

((((( 0-0 )))))

Reba Dawg

January 17th, 2010
10:49 am

………. buLLdog……………
……….TYPICAL HEAD…..

St. Louis

January 17th, 2010
10:50 am

………. buLLdog……………
……….TYPICAL BRAIN ON DRUGS…..

Denver Dawg

January 17th, 2010
10:51 am

Any update on Gardner’s status?