Stanford reportedly hires Willie Martinez

Some news of note from the West Coast this morning:

Willie Martinez, fired eight weeks ago as Georgia’s defensive coordinator, has been hired as an assistant coach at Stanford, according to, a website that covers the Stanford program.

Martinez will coach Stanford’s defensive backs, the report states.  Stanford has not announced the hire.

Stanford’s head coach is Jim Harbaugh, the former NFL quarterback.

Cardinal Report offered this assessment of Martinez via a Twitter post: “Great hire for Harbaugh.”

Martinez coached the defensive backs at Georgia for the past nine years and also was defensive coordinator for the past five.  After drawing much fire from UGA fans as the Bulldogs’ defense struggled the past two seasons, Martinez was fired by Mark Richt on Dec. 2.

Stanford had an 8-5 record last season -– same as Georgia.

Put it this way: There are certainly worse places for a fired coach to land than Palo Alto, Calif.

315 comments Add your comment

Elmore Spencer

January 30th, 2010
1:30 am

Elmore Spencer

January 30th, 2010
1:31 am

Weve kicked enough dirt on the mans grave by now havent we?


January 30th, 2010
1:40 am

I bet he’s going to be recruiting the south fl area and state of Georgia…..
well at least he has a job,
Go dawgs

Anonymous 'Cos

January 30th, 2010
1:41 am

I whole-heartedly agree, Elmore. The Bulldog Nation has it’s future set…we can move forward. So can Martinez now. Thanks for the work, Willie…and good luck to you with your own future. No hard feelings towards U.G.A. i hope…

Go Dawgs, Sic ‘Em!!!


January 30th, 2010
1:51 am

Good luck Willie. No question you had the best intentions.

Lane Kiffin

January 30th, 2010
4:37 am

Hee Hee Hee!

uga vii

January 30th, 2010
4:56 am

Lane Kiffin you are an Jacl Ass


January 30th, 2010
5:28 am

Lane get the bootleg ready. USC hangs 50 on Stanford next year!

falcon 71

January 30th, 2010
5:49 am

thats where he belongs. the peter principal got Willie here. Stanford has very little football expectations which is to be expected in ” The Land Of Fruits And Nuts ” as coach Vanbrocklin called it.

best to willie

January 30th, 2010
5:59 am

I’ve been one who has hated every minute of Willi’s time at Georgia but not I wish him the best. He just wasn’t the man at Georgia. He had good intentions but his style never was aggressive enough. The bend d just don’t cut it against Fla/Ala/Tenn/SC and other SEC schools. Maybe the west coast will give Willie a new start. Nothing against the man …. just the results of his coaching.

Looking for Louie

January 30th, 2010
6:53 am

Louie is as easy as shooting a pigeon in a baited field, or a fish in a barrel. Louie’s “roommate” did say he was easy, but my gosh…..Loooouuuuuiiiiieeee!!!!!

congrats willie

January 30th, 2010
7:33 am

congrats willie! hope it goes better there than it did here.


January 30th, 2010
7:34 am

hold those pac 10 teams to 400 yards passing and they will erect a statue of Willie.

middle oconee river dawg

January 30th, 2010
7:45 am

We knew during the West Virginia game that his months/years were numbered. Just wish Richt would have acted sooner. Agree that CWM was a good guy and tried his best, but was not the caliber of DC that we demand here a UGA. And if you didn’t know it already THIS STATE WE OWN.


January 30th, 2010
7:50 am

UGA-30. ACC Champs-24.


January 30th, 2010
7:56 am

Hot damn, we’ve really been great on OFFENSE.


We cannot line up and run a play without a Penalty.

We cannot line up and run a play without turning the football over.

We cannot figure out who Our Best Players are, and play them.

We give up on 3rd and 10 and run the football.

We cannot block for the pass.

We cannot block for the run.

We can hold.

We can false start.

We lose to an UNRANKED team in Final Poll EVERY YEAR for 9 years now.

We LOSE to the Top 25 teams MORE THAN WE BEAT THEM.

We have had 0 years when we got a great bowl game to cap a season.

We are an afterthought on the National Stage.

We are WORSE than LSU and FLORIDA in the Coach Richt Era.

We are WORSE than Alabama now too.

We are WORSE than Texas in the Coach Richt Era.

We are WORSE than Oklahoma in the Coach Richt Era.

We are WORSE than Southern California in the Coach Richt Era.

We are WORSE than Boise State in the Coach Richt Era.

We are WORSE than Ohio State in the Coach Richt Era.


17-19 vs AP Poll Final Top 25 and 8 Losses to UNRANKED teams.

Our Offense is the Problem. We do NOT have good play calls.

We waste the firepower handed to our Offensive Coaching Staff.


Bryan McClendon was ONLY a RECEIVER for UGA.

His dad did. Maybe we should hire his DAD ?

He clearly cannot determine who should be our Running Back.

He clearly cannot teach any Running Back how to carry the ball so he doesn’t fumble it.

Bryan McClendon was a good Receiver when he played. Maybe he should coach Receivers ?

Why does it take until 3rd Quarter of 5th Game to play Washaun Ealey not Richard Samuel and not Caleb Freaking King ?

We Started Richard Samuel and Caleb Freaking do nothing King EVERY GAME at Tailback except 2 starts by Washaun Ealey.


I am not the 1 who is so damn smart, who should be hired as O.C. or head Coach. YOU ARE. You all say that Washaun Ealey CLEARLY IS OUR BEST RUNNING BACK.

So, why ?

Because we play FAVORITES, even those who have proven they are NOT as good as the ones BEHIND them on the Depth Chart.

Because our Running Backs’ Coach KNOWS NOTHING about Running Backs.




Tony Ball taught AJ Green to be great ? I think not.

Tony Ball cannot teach Marlon Brown but CAN AJ Green ?

What’s that all about ?

Tony Ball was a Great Running Back.

So, why then is Tony Ball Coaching the Receivers Coach Richt ?

Shouldn’t Bryan McClendon have Tony Ball’s job and Tony Ball, Bryan McClendon’s job ?

They NEITHER are doing the job you put them in with NO NFL EXPERIENCE and with NO EXPERIENCE at the POSITION you have them BOTH as POSITION COACH for.

Why did we play Marlon Brown and LOSE AN ENTIRE SEASON throwing him only 2 passes all season long for only 15 yards ?

Why ?

Because our Receivers’ Coach KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT RECEIVERS.

He didn’t teach AJ Green. AJ Green was already All-America before Tony Ball was handed this CUSHY DAMN JOB “coaching” AJ Green.

In the Florida game at half time, they interviewed Coach Richt and asked him what they had to do to get AJ Green involved in the game ? Coach Richt glibly shot back : Throw him the ball ?


John Lilly was a Quarterback.

What the F does John Lilly know about Tight Ends ?

John Lilly coached Tight Ends for Coach Richt the last couple of years.

John Lilly 1st year TE Coach, NO TE caught more than 5 passes all season.

John Lilly this past year has 3 of the best TE in the nation.

He cannot figure out that ORSON CHARLES will star in NFL for 10 years.

He thinks Aron White is BETTER because he caught 3 passes entire 2008.

Orson Charles caught 23 passes for 374 yards his freshman year, not 3.

John Lilly has Aron White Starter at TE for 3 passes caught freshman yr.

Why did we LOSE to Okie State, LSU and the vols ?

Losses because we did NOT Start our Best Players, play FAVORITES.

FAVORITES who proved they are NOT as good as one behind them on the Damn Depth Chart.

You want to KNOW WHY WE BEAT Georgia tek & Texas A&M ?

Because ORSON CHARLES was Starting TE in those 2 games.

Why does it take 11 games to figure out Orson Charles GREAT Aron White back-up ?

Why ?

Because we play FAVORITES; that’s why.

Give me a Freaking Break 3 catches all of 2008 makes Aron White Starter until Game 12 of a 13 game season. YOU SAID Orson Charles should have been the Starter in Game 1. I am NOT the one who should be O.C. or head Coach. YOU SHOULD BE.

It takes us until Game 12 of 13 to make Orson Charles Starting TE ?


THERE is NO WAY to RANK the PLAYERS, and get your PLAYMAKERS on the DAMN FIELD and have Orson Charles NOT START until Game 12 in favor of Aron White.



Alias Bozo.

He had a fine senior season for UGA, 1 of the best ever as our QB # 10 UGA.

Having taught our QB Matthew Stafford to have 51 Interceptions and Fumbles to his 51 Touchdown Passes, he is PROMOTED to Offensive Coordinator.

You may recall the previous OC was arrested for DUI. Neil Callaway.

Then, again, you may not. I do.

Neil Callaway finally left after his DUI as our Offensive Coordinator.

He apologized for the DUI, Neil Callaway did.



2006 with Matthew Stafford and Neil Callaway Offensive Coordinator :

79 NCAA Number 79 Passing Offense

90 NCAA Number 90 Total Offense

70 NCAA Number 70 Most Penalties



1 DUI by the Offensive Coordinator.

1 Beer Keg Photo at Talladega following Callaway’s example by his Starting QB

Any correlation there you think ? Nice coaching job.

Neil Callaway is 11-25 at UAB replacing Watson Brown 62-74 at UAB.

The DUI and Beer Keg Photos were Major Distractions in 2006.


SO, WITH THAT BACKGROUND NEXT OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR hired by Coach Richt is MIKE BOZO, I mean Booboo, I mean Bobo, sorry.


2007 UGA with Matthew Stafford Mike Bobo Offensive Coordinator :

84 NCAA Number 84 Passing Offense

74 NCAA Number 74 Total Offense

85 NCAA Number 85 Most Penalties




2008 UGA with Knowshon Moreno Mike Bobo as Offensive Coordinator :

56 NCAA Number 56 Rushing Offense

116 NCAA Number 116 Most Penalties




2009 UGA Mike Bobo Offensive Coordinator :

80 NCAA Number 80 Passing Offense

75 NCAA Number 75 Total Offense

113 NCAA Number 113 Most Penalties





This, not only is NOT a good trend, but Mike Bobo has NEVER BEAT a Final AP Poll Top 10 team, LOSING EVERY GAME.


5-6 vs. Final AP Poll Top 25 with 4 LOSSES to UNRANKED TEAMS.



Talks about VALUING THE FOOTBALL and how we have to do BETTER at VALUING THE FOOTBALL, because of ME in here.

Then, promptly goes out instead and HAS SOME OF THE WORST PERFORMANCES by his Quarterbacks on Offense EVER on ANY TEAM in the HISTORY of FOOTBALL with combined FUMBLES and INTERCEPTIONS now EXCEEDING the number of Touchdown Passes as OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR.

Plus, he cannot even line his players up and run a play without a penalty.

3rd and 10 ? Running Play. Every time.

1st down ?

Throw a Pass.

Mike Bobo is so predicable that UNRANKED TEAMS’ coaches UTTERLY take him to the DAMN CLEANERS.

4 LOSSES to UNRANKED TEAMS as Offensive Coordinator.


Bozo OC scored 12 points vs 6-Loss no Bowl Game South Carolina 2007.

Bozo OC scored 14 points vs 4-Loss vols 2007. vols scored 35.

Bozo OC put up 20 points vs 7-Loss Vandie 2007.

Bozo OC put up 24 points vs 5-Loss Kentucky 2007.

This was with Knowshon Moreno AND Matthew Stafford.



Bozo put up 14 points vs 5-Loss South Carolina 2008 Knowshon Stafford AJ Green.

Bozo put up 10 points vs Florida 2008 Knowshon Stafford AJ Green.

Bozo applauded by FL players when Logan Gray scored with 1 minute to go.

Bozo put up 17 points vs 7-Loss Auburn with Knowshon Stafford AJ Green.

Bozo 24 Mich St 27 vs 7-Loss Ar St, 26 vs 7-Loss vols, 24 vs 6-Loss Vandie

This was with Knowshon Moreno, Matthew Stafford AND AJ Green.



Bozo put up 10 vs Okie State UNRANKED Not Top 25 Final AP Poll 2009.

Bozo put up 20 vs 8-Loss Arizona State 2009.

Bozo put up 13 vs LSU who beat no Final AP Poll Top 25 team.

Bozo put up 19 vs 6-Loss vols. vols put up 45.

Bozo put up 27 vs 6-Loss UNRANKED Kentucky.

Bozo put up 17 vs Florida this year after 10 last year when he got applauds from the Florida players on the sidelines politely applauding Bozo for finally scoring with a minute left the only touchdown he got with Knowshon Moreno, Matthew Stafford and AJ Green.



It has been a MISERABLE RUN with Mike Bobo as Offensive Coordinator.



But, we have to have a coach with 11 years NFL Experience to be our Defensive Coordinator, but our Offensive Coordinator can be of the same mold as all the other coach Richt hires on his “coaching staff” other than this 1 Defensive Coordinator with 11 Years NFL Experience.

No Knowledge of good play calls and no one ever said he did.

No Experience as Offensive Coordinator.

No NFL experience.

No Proof he can call plays.

Boos by EVERY FAN at Sanford Stadium for Bozo’s PLAY CALLS.

We have to have an 11-year Veteran to be our Defensive Coordinator at the 3rd highest pay of any DC in college football but our Offensive Coordinator can prove he knows NOTHING about Coaching an Offense, nothing about calling plays, or even getting the right players on the field instead playing favorites. Our OC can have zero experience except to have been QB coach at Jacksonville State College.


January 30th, 2010
7:59 am

“standord”…..really? I’m not sure Ive heard of that school. Keep up with the top notch work AJC.


January 30th, 2010
7:59 am

Well, where do I start.
My thinking is Willie will do well , thanks to a change of scenery.
His former employer will bring down every new and existing coach in the program.
I MEAN IT’S A JOKE. I personally hope cmr gets an extension and the doggie nation continues to circle the drain. Watch Willie Martinez do a great job, then move back up to a major college job and stuff the mutts. Can’t wait to hear all whiners .


January 30th, 2010
8:02 am

MESSENGER —— call me dude, we’ve got lots to talk about. Ipromise to make it short and sweet.
( not ).


January 30th, 2010
8:27 am

Good for Coach Martinez.

Only juveniles and immature adults see good people who fail at their job as “the enemy” to be hated and scorned forever.

I am old enough to have attended UGA games when Coach Griffith took over for Coach Butts in 1961. Although he was obviously not ready to be a head coach, he was a fine man who loved and was loyal to the University. Same for Coach Goff and Coach Felton.

If you really want to immaturity defined, be sure to read the posts when National Signing Day arrives if any previous recruit changes his mind on that day. The scorn and hate to be heaped on these 17-18 year boys will be sad indeed.


January 30th, 2010
8:34 am

Coach Felton did not love UGA. Coach Felton was happy to get a paycheck.


January 30th, 2010
8:34 am

I think it is time to shoot the messenger.


January 30th, 2010
8:39 am

Messenger, really dude? I hear what your saying but you couldn’t summarize all of that?


January 30th, 2010
8:40 am

Messenger you make a good point! and this is from a GA Tech fan.

martinez's elephant

January 30th, 2010
8:46 am

Good riddance! Martinez can’t coach a lick—but at Stanford and the Pac 10, defense is no big deal.


January 30th, 2010
8:46 am

MESSENGER @ 8:56 am

I have not verified these numbers but if correct this is an indictment of the Head Coach. This is a result of a poor “team” attitude and an attitude of “me first” on the part of players. This not an X & O problem but one of a lack of team discipline.

2006 – NCAA Number 70 Most Penalties
2007 – NCAA Number 85 Most Penalties
2008 – NCAA Number 116 Most Penalties
2009 – NCAA Number 113 Most Penalties

I would love to see the same passion from you, and others, over the “cut taxes and increase spending” national economic policy we have had since 1981. Since 1981 our national debt has grown from $934 Billion to $12.3 Trillion, all as the result of cutting taxes and increasing spending. And you are upset over a football game!


January 30th, 2010
8:53 am

I’ve got to go with the messenger on this one…


January 30th, 2010
8:57 am

I only read this article because I wanted to know where “Standford” is.


January 30th, 2010
8:59 am


Do you think spending might have had a little to do with that? Check the revenue numbers over that time. One is 95% of the problem, the other is 5%. Now back to sports…..


January 30th, 2010
9:01 am

TYPICAL IDIOT AJC………..”STANDFORD”???…….IS THAT NEAR “YAYLE” or “HARDVARD”?….How could a college-educated person be so stupid?


January 30th, 2010
9:01 am

Where is Standford?…I have heard of STANFORD..but not Standford..another fine product of our Georgia educational system..editing there..I guess


January 30th, 2010
9:06 am

OOPPS…STANFORD…sorry…oh people in glass houses..well you know the rest..

Trout Dude

January 30th, 2010
9:08 am

Willies Game Plan: Tackle High and Give a Big Cushion……………


January 30th, 2010
9:09 am

Funny an Ozzfest. Smoke another bowl and go to sleep.

The important thing is WM is GONE to the west where Stan(d)ford plays a sissified schedule of west coast pansy attack offenses. He will never be a D1 DC in the south again.

[...] The AJC says that ex-Georgia defensive coordinator Willie Martinez has been hired at Stanford. [...]


January 30th, 2010
9:17 am

Wille, thanks for all your hard work for UGA. I wish it has worked out better becuase you’re a terrific mentor for young men. Good luck with the Cardinal!
Messenger, find something more constructive to do with your time.


January 30th, 2010
9:18 am

hahaha “STANDFORD”….really?

Now that dig aside, onto the issue of the Dawgs. Even as an Alumn, I must admit that under Mark Richt, UGA will NEVER be of the calibre of its SEC counterparts. While no one would disagree about Richt’s personal character, he IS NOT major collegiate head coaching material- does not have the stomach for it. This man has madw a ton of money for producing mediocrity at best.

Martinez was only the tip of the iceberg. Problems will continue with Bobo. Discipline (or lack thereof) of the players will also be problematic. Don’t expect anything great from the Dawgs under the present head coach, sorry. I sure hope I am wrong.

Tim Tucker

January 30th, 2010
9:25 am

Good morning, everybody. The typo in Stanford in the headline on the front page has been fixed. Sorry about that.


January 30th, 2010
9:30 am

Adios Willie. Have fun in Californa. Enjoy failures their to.


January 30th, 2010
9:33 am

Can I say something.

Bulldog Sam

January 30th, 2010
9:38 am

Dang, we spent all this time looking for a brilliant football mind and we have one in our own backyard. MESSENGER has all the answers, hire him immediately.


January 30th, 2010
9:39 am

Congrats to CWM and his family. He’s a fine man and will do a great job for Stanford.

Messenger – seriously… Get some help..


January 30th, 2010
9:40 am

Smart move by Stanford the guy is a recruiter if not a coach. Stanford may pick off a few of the USC recruits as they venture west to look. I got a feeling these people are seeing the strength of the SEC and are trying to pick off some of that talent. A coach with recruiting experience in the deep south is an asset as the population moves that direction and more talent is mined there.

Next year may be the strongest pool of recruits from this region ever, a lot of these moves for assistant coaching and head coaching like Dooley at Tenn. have this recruiting class come up in mind. When you see an App State beating Mich. it is eye opening that there is left over talent in the south, a few other southern conference teams have done well with it also.


January 30th, 2010
9:40 am

Go ahead, BuLLdawg, make it short and sweet.

Duh George

January 30th, 2010
9:47 am

Good for Coach Martinez. Great man. Had some great years at Georgia. I think he’s a better fit as an assistant coach than a DC. Shold do a great job at DB coach. I bet Richt gave him a KILLER recommendation.


January 30th, 2010
9:49 am

Hide and watch what I tell you num-mutts.
Willie will get another chance on the big stage and PAYBACK IS COMING.
G. Tech will be a good example of this . You and I both know it.


January 30th, 2010
9:54 am

Gotta go for now. Be back before you know it.

Big L

January 30th, 2010
9:54 am

God bless and good luck Willie. You were a Dawg and despite some of the results, I know you worked hard bubba. Prayin for your future success.

Vick=Dog killing Thug

January 30th, 2010
10:01 am

good luck to Willie, lets hope our new guy is better.

Dawg Tired

January 30th, 2010
10:05 am

Coach Martinez has been hired to do what he ought to be doing: coaching DBs.He should do well since he is not be asked to something he is not capable of doing: being a DC.