Richt reclaims seat in quarterback, offense meetings (PLUS: practice notes)

ATHENS –-  Mark Richt says he might be a bit slower to answer his mail this year.

That’s because, for the first time in several years, Georgia’s head coach plans to make it a point to attend every quarterbacks meeting –- the almost daily, hour-long sessions at which the QBs meet with offensive coordinator Mike Bobo to review film and, during the season, game plans. Richt said he also will attend every offensive team meeting.

“Like I told Mike and the staff, I’m not in there to make them crazy at all,” Richt said Tuesday night. “But I’m in there because, No. 1, I do miss it and because I want to be able to add as much value as I can as we go.”

Richt’s increased involvement in the offense comes after a 2009 season in which the Bulldogs finished 75th in the nation in total offense (362.15 yards per game), 51st in scoring offense (28.92 points per game) and 99th in turnovers lost (28).

Richt said he stopped attending the QB meetings on a regular basis around the time he delegated play-calling duties to Bobo at the end of the 2006 season. Part of the reason, Richt said, was to afford Bobo the same autonomy that Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden had afforded a young Richt.

“Sometimes when the head man’s in there,” Richt said, “they maybe worry too much about what I think.”

But Richt said he has attended all quarterbacks meetings, as well as offensive team meetings, this spring and plans to do so during the season as well.

The impetus for the change was this spring’s competition for the starting quarterback job, although Richt said he plans to continue the practice “from here on in.”

“This spring in particular, we’re trying to make a decision on a starter and I want to make sure I understand completely,” Richt said. “I want to see [the players] react to coaching. I want to see them answer the questions that [Bobo] has to ask them. I want to just kind of get a taste of how they are handling the pressure.

“A lot of times [in recent years], I would watch practice film separately from the staff and maybe make my notes and talk to the staff about things I saw. But what I have decided to do is just be in there every day as they’re going over it and make sure we’re all on the same page.”

The main tradeoff for more time with the offense, Richt said, will be less prompt attention to some off-field aspects of the head coach’s job.

“I was starting to let some of those extra things roll into  meeting times,” he said. “Now, certain things are just going to have to wait. It’s not like they’re not going to get done. They just might not get done as quickly as some people may want them.

“I may not answer my mail as quickly as I used to, or sign a bunch of stuff as quickly as I was. But it’s good medicine for me, really.”

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From Tuesday’s practice:

  • Richt ranked the practice as the worst of the spring -– “ninth out of nine.” After praising the tempo of the first eight practices, “it kind of fizzled on us a little bit” Tuesday, Richt said. “I just didn’t think we practiced like champions today. I felt like we practiced like we were going through the motions and just didn’t have the mental toughness to push through.”
  • Based on Saturday’s scrimmage, Richt said he believes tailback-turned-linebacker Richard Samuel “is catching on” to the new position. But Richt did not rule out the possibility of a redshirt season for Samuel, who will be a junior in the fall. “He’s new to the position, and we want him to be ready to compete for us –- not so much compete for a job but get out there and play championship defense,” Richt said. “If we think he’s ready to do that and produce at a high level, we want him to play. If he’s still finding his way a little bit, I don’t think we’ll be in a big rush to get him out there.”
  • Junior-college transfer Jakar Hamilton was working at first-team safety, along with Bacarri Rambo.
  • After missing all of last week’s practices with a sprained shoulder joint, wide receiver Marlon Brown returned to work on a limited basis. He was wearing a green non-contact jersey.
  • Backup offensive lineman A.J. Harmon, who will miss the remainder of spring practice because of a high ankle sprain, was on crutches Tuesday. Harmon becomes the fourth offensive linemen on the sidelines, joining Trinton Sturdivant, Tanner Strickland and Austin Long.
  • Several players returned to practice after missing last week with nagging injuries: outside linebacker Justin Houston (shoulder), tight end Bruce Figgins (hamstring) and wide receiver Israel Troupe (hamstring).
  • Quarterback Logan Gray, after practice Tuesday, reflected on Saturday’s scrimmage in which he completed only 6 of 14 passes for 37 yards: “I don’t think I had my best day, to be honest. I kind of felt a little out of rhythm. Luckily, it’s not our only scrimmage of the spring.”  He added: “I would have liked to have gotten a few more reps with the [first-team offense]. But I’m sure it’ll even out Saturday [in the spring's second scrimmage] and G-Day because we’ve got a rotation going [among the quarterbacks].”

480 comments Add your comment

Vandy Dawg

March 30th, 2010
9:07 pm

So does this mean we might start seeing Richt call plays? Maybe take a load off Bobo? Maybe make better choices for our gameplan?

Tyler

March 30th, 2010
9:08 pm

Snellville Dawg

March 30th, 2010
9:09 pm

Let’s just limit those picks, and I’ll be happy!

Dawgs Run This State

March 30th, 2010
9:09 pm

Get after them Richt. A powerful offense is going to be key this year.

AllDawg

March 30th, 2010
9:19 pm

Vandy Dawg~

No. No. He has and always will help make the choices of the gameplan. What it does mean is that he will be in the meetings to make sure they are all on the same page. I take that as to make sure that the best quarterback will be on the field and not the guy that has been in the program the longest.

redeployed dawg

March 30th, 2010
9:23 pm

I take it as him trying to help Bobo avoid sinking, a la Martinez. Honestly, Martinez was a good secondary coach when that was all he had to do. As D-Coordinator, he was overwhelmed. His opportunity to sink or swim resulted in sinking. I don’t think Richt wants to see the same thing happen to Bobo. Let’s hope it works out.

Fred

March 30th, 2010
9:30 pm

Coach Richt wants to be in there so that he can analize who the best starter will be for quarterback and to be able to put in his own feedback with Bobo. This proves that Richt does not know who the starting quarterback will be yet and that it is truly a Dawgfight right now. Honestly, this will help all the QB cndidates to work harder and be better in the long run.

Don'twastepisson tech

March 30th, 2010
9:32 pm

Let’s hope they work some variety and gadget plays into the mix. Also what;s wrong with a little option or dual RB formations?

ASHVILLE DAWG

March 30th, 2010
9:34 pm

He sees a problem and reacts to it? Just one season late! Go Dawgs!!!!!!!!!!!

Paul Johnson has Moobies....

March 30th, 2010
9:34 pm

I like it. He’s getting back to basics and getting more involved again. The man can coach – nobody can argue that.

dawgma

March 30th, 2010
9:37 pm

Bobo is over his head. He has one game great…the next weak as water. Richt’s tail got hot along with Willie’s in ‘09 and he didn’t like it. His tail will get even hotter if the bulldawgs don’t produce a steady offensive force on the field this year.

This is a good thing to see…CMR was a QB and OC – by george he ought to be involved in every phase of understanding Bobo’s offense and QB analysis.

Garry Owen

March 30th, 2010
9:42 pm

’bout time.

quitman dog

March 30th, 2010
9:43 pm

maybe,,just maybe,he is going to make sure on first down,we are not going to be as predictable as we have been in the past (short throws to tight ends,screen passes,just not run,run,run,when the other team knows you are running ,its not hard to stop,lets please mix it up,do not wait untill 3rd down to open it up GO DOGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!we run this state,and i hope alot of other states also……………….

HanDAWG

March 30th, 2010
9:44 pm

This is a real example of great coaching at work, and a very fine article. http://www.bighairyblawg.com loves them DAWGS, too! Alums lookin’ for an SEC Title this season, team and coaches capable of winning one. QB is THE question on offense. D will be improved … we hope. GO DAWGS!!!

Bright Idea

March 30th, 2010
9:45 pm

If he had only done the same with Willie maybe there would not be so many questions about the program right now. Maybe he would have seen the need for change a lot sooner. Forget the PR stuff and coach. Toughen this team up!

DAWG07

March 30th, 2010
9:53 pm

Two keys for improvement include better conditioning of players to reduce injuries and peep up the offense by reducing the turnovers. Otherwise changes are in store.

German Shepherd Dawg

March 30th, 2010
9:55 pm

Bright Idea,

You’re absolutely right! In fact, why even have assistants? Richt should do offense, defense, special teams….

Give me a break…. Just because there’s an article written and comments are open, you don’t have to post something if there isn’t anything to add.

Pi$$onaDAWG

March 30th, 2010
9:56 pm

This may be a great move. Bobo has been over his head for a long time. The other DCs in the SEC love matching wits with Bobo it was like having a gun at a knife fight. Bobo had more talent on his team that could over come his bad play calling, but I think Richt’s butt does not want to get any warmer this year. QB’s that come to UGA want Richt more than they want Bobo to coach then and mentor them.

J Dog

March 30th, 2010
9:57 pm

Now that the defense appears to be in good hands, I believe Richt definately wants to make sure the offense doesn’t sputter like it did last year. The overall schedule is softer than it has been in years, and if the defense can improve from a disaster to just be decent, UGA could be in position to at least contend for the SEC title.
He knows this may be his best shot to turn things around, maybe his last shot if he doesn’t.

Jimmy

March 30th, 2010
9:57 pm

I can hear BuLLdawg blamering on now, “So Richt FINALLY started to oversee Bobo huh? It’s about darn time!” yaddi yaddi yadda. This blog gives that moron so much material it’s insane.

Stinger

March 30th, 2010
10:07 pm

Mark Richt couldn’t coach his way out of a wet paper bag. None of these 3 QB’s are Divn 1 material. You heard it from Stinger first, all 3 are big losers. Guarantee Tech beats you by 35 pts. at the Cess Pool.

J Dog

March 30th, 2010
10:11 pm

No class stinger, but we know you can’t help it.
Good luck Techies.

Vandy Dawg

March 30th, 2010
10:21 pm

Stinger, shut up. Get off our blog. Play Warcraft or something. Whatever works.

Sarcastic

March 30th, 2010
10:22 pm

If the kicking game is PERFECT, the special teams run fast as HELL and don’t fumble,The offense scores EVERY time they get the ball and don’t FUMBLE, the defense don’t let the other team get a first down, much less a touchdown. And the refs. don’t call ANY penalty on us, then we will win some games.

kauai dawg

March 30th, 2010
10:22 pm

Like what I hear out of the classic city. New D coaches and Richt finding his groove again.

I see us making a major step back to where we belong! SEC champs baby!
Go DAWGS!

dawgfan

March 30th, 2010
10:27 pm

I can’t wait for the spin on this one from the Bobo apologists. The guy is going in to year 4 as OC and Richt still needs to babysit him? He should be spending his time worrying about the defense and special teams since they’ve got new coaches. The offense should be a well oiled machine at this point in Bobo’s tenure. It clearly isn’t.

Tdawg

March 30th, 2010
10:33 pm

1st. Stinger was the first A-h@!e to talk crap about the dawgs. It took 20 posters before someone got on here and done his A-h@!e impersonation and that award goes to stinker, I mean Stinger. Yo mama must be proud, now go out and mug someone.

QBskillsgrader

March 30th, 2010
10:37 pm

Hate to bust your baloon on the talent of what cmr and booboo have to work with but B.Renner…who will get the keys at UNC…put all of them in the rear view mirror at the national skills camps a summer ago.
He’s been kept under wraps and did a RS, but this year you will see Stafford deja vu….except in Carolina Blue.

CDAWG

March 30th, 2010
10:37 pm

That’s right Richt, get back in the game and take the controls back, Saban does and it has worked pretty well.

TheItalianDawg

March 30th, 2010
10:40 pm

Bobo had many stupid calls in the last 2 seasons, and sometimes predictable.
Stinger,
you are pathetic,it must be miserable to be a tech fan, FYI Georgia doesn’t need a QB to beat tech just see the last game moron!!hehe

St. Bernard

March 30th, 2010
10:41 pm

I think Richt knows if he misses on this qb he and Bobo are gone. One of these guys will probably transfer too.

patrick

March 30th, 2010
10:52 pm

with Richt back at the helm for the offense it could get ugly for the SEC.

Chuck Uga

March 30th, 2010
10:57 pm

Mark Richt coached TWO Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks. He should ALWAYS be involved. Good grief, Mike Bobo should WELCOME his involvement. Those coaches over there in Athens had better take their overblown egos and SHELVE THEM because their jobs are damn sure on the line in 2010. 10-2 regular season or more heads will roll. Personally, I am ready to see Bobo move on despite his heritage and what success he has had. UGA Football is better to release all ties to the Dooley and Goff regimes if they EVER want to win big.

STEINER

March 30th, 2010
10:59 pm

Pi$$onaDAWG:
Another great example of a guy who comes on here like he has all the answers and don’t know jackschitt…Back in the blowout of LSU when Nick Saban was coaching LSU, Bobo ran up the score on Saban’s defense…Threw it deep everytime they came with the blitz and man coverage..All Saban could do was watch and throw down his headsets…Then Bobo calls the takeoff in overtime that beats Alabama at Alabama….If he can match wits with Saban, which he has proved he can do, who else out there who is a DC makes you shiver….Bobo lost a great QB and and a great Runningback to the NFL in the same year…Not many OC lose a great QB and RB and come out and start scoring 40 points right away….

Otis from Mayberry

March 30th, 2010
11:03 pm

Yea baby yea baby, o beehave

STEINER

March 30th, 2010
11:04 pm

Stinger:
Same Stinger who hid for 3 months after his chunking the pill, BAYBAY dropsies offense let him down on November 28 at the “Joke by Coke”, aka “the little house”…8 of 9, Stinger…Even a great Tech mathematician like yourself can figure that’s a pretty good A$$ Kicking for a decade of football…Tech’s only chance to win 2 in a row from the Dawgs went up in a cloud of smoke at Grant Field….

Big L

March 30th, 2010
11:09 pm

Hey Richt , we love that ur getting involved. How bout next time Bobo calls a 3rd and 14 screen play , you just fire him on the spot. I gradiated twelfth grade from Social Circle high school and even I know for a damn fact, that on third and fourteen, you THROW the damn ball .

UGA98

March 30th, 2010
11:13 pm

It’s about time. Lead on Richt.

patrick

March 30th, 2010
11:14 pm

UNDER Richt

Vs. SEC foes: 43-22
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Vs. Top 25 foes: 29-18
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Vs. Top 25 foes away from home: 18-12
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Vs. Top 10 foes: 8-6
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In postseason games (bowls and championships): 9-3
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In games decided by a touchdown or less: 34-14
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Record at home: 46-9
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Record on the road: 42-6 (including bowl games)
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Losses to unranked teams: 6
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Top 25 finishes: 8
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Top 10 finishes: 6
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Fact:………UGA was 12-1 in 2002 (prior to bowl selections)
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Fact ………Fla was 12-1 in 2006 (prior to bowl selections)
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Fact ………Not UGAs fault there were 2 unbeatens that year. “unlucky”
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Fact……….Not Flas credit that there was only one unbeaten in 2006. “Lucky”
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Fact:………Luck (not merit) had more to do with Fla getting an invite to the BCS not that Fla was more deserving to go to a NC than UGA with identical records.
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Fact:………No SEC team has ever lost a BCSNC game and if UGA would have been invited nothing indicates that it would have been different
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Fact……….UGA has 2 SEC titles..same as Fla in last 9 years and equal amount of total wins (90) over all.
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Fact……….UGA has been ranked more times top ten in last 9 years than any SEC team at 6. Fla has only been ranked top ten 3 times in 9 years (real impressive).
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Fact……….In 9 years under Richt one SEC team has more wins LSU and only by one wins

Fact………..UGA has won 4 str8 bowls….more than any other SEC team.
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Fact……..UGA has won 11 of last 13 bowls…Thats more than any team (tied with LSU and more than FLA)
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Fact…… UGA has won 8 or more games in last 13 years…more than any other team in the nation including Fla.
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Fact…….UGA is clearly as good or better than any SEC team over last 9 years. Only a fool or a fan of the mythical BCSNC selection process (non playoff) would think otherwise.
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Fact…….UGA had same record when they won the SEC title in 2002 as Fla did in 2006/8 when they won the SEC title. But UGA had the misfortune (luck) to have that record in a year that had 2 other teams with undefeated records.
Hardly an indictment on UGA but rather on the NC selection process.
6 times finished in the top 10
2 times finished in the top 3
3 SEC Championship Appearances
2 SEC Titles
3 BCS Bowls
2 Sugar Bowl wins
90-27 record over 8 seasons – 79% winning percentage (one of only 7 in the history of college ball to have ever accomplished this)
4 str8 bowl wins
7-2 in bowls (big games)
Mark Richt coached QB coach for Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke = 2 Heismans; Head Coach for David Greene = all time winningest college QB until Colt McCoy this year); and coached Matthew Stafford = very rich #1 draft pick)
No Probations
He has my respect.

STEINER

March 30th, 2010
11:15 pm

dawgfan:
Unlike pro football, the players change every year.This year, for the second year in a row, he will play a QB with very limited experience…..Bobo don’t need any babysitting…He and Searels run the offense…Bobo values Coach Richt’s opinion, but in the end he calls the plays…Unfortunately for Coach Bobo, he lost 2 NFL 1st round picks out of the offensive backfield in one year, you might remember that…AJ Green in the only other really talented guy on the offense who will play NFL for sure….By the way, with all this “talent” Coach Bobo has to work with, how many will go in the first 3 rounds of the NFL draft coming up???? When you start telling us about all this talent, name some names who will go in the first 3 rounds of the NFL Draft off the offense…That defines talent, not being a 3 star, 4 star, or 5 star coming out of high school…

Pi$$onaDAWG

March 30th, 2010
11:19 pm

Steiner since 2007 what has Bobo’s play calling got you really? 2007 11-2 #3, 2008 10-3 #13, 2009 8-5 not in top 25. Bobo’s play calling is getting better? I don’t think so.

STEINER

March 30th, 2010
11:21 pm

Big L:
I always thought that a screen pass was a throw….Only in Social Circle would you learn that a screen pass was not a throw…You can’t even spell graduated, and if you played any high school ball at Social Circle, all you know about is losing cause you guys get your A$$ kicked every year….Nobody knows sometimes if you are stupid unless you open your mouth, like you did in your post, and confirm it….

FL Dawg

March 30th, 2010
11:22 pm

Here is the deal. Richt did not like losing period. It doesn’t matter why or how, he is out to rebuild UGA. Let’s remember that this is Richts first head coaching position. He started out involved, backed away (thinking that he could) and realized that he is valuable asset as a coach. One thing that stands out to me is how the QBs handle the ball on play action. Greene and Shock could run a play action like nobodies business. They could sell it. Stafford did o.k., but it was obvious with Cox that ball handling skills had declined. With a new QB, he is out to improve the QB play from top to bottom. Also, Richt must feel much more comfortable with his D coaching staff than the previous staff. Richts involvement with the O means very good things for the Dawgs.

SEC fan

March 30th, 2010
11:27 pm

Patrick,

How many national titles has Richt won vs Meyer? Meyer 2-0 in only 5 years vs 9 years for Richt at UGA.

How many national titles does Richt have vs Saban. Saban 2-0 including 3 sec titles in 8 years vs 9 years for Richt. Also, Saban took over 2 programs mired in mediocrity before he got there while Richt inherited a Georgia team that had gone 8-3 several years in a row.

So Georgia was “unlucky” in 2002 and 2005. Nope. There were just better teams undefeated Ohio State in 2002 (first 14-0 team ever) beating defending champion Miami which was on a 21 game winning streak. And in 2005 I don’t think anyone will dispute the fact that Texas and USC were the 2 best teams in the country that year and met undefeated in the Rose Bowl. Not a matter of luck. Georgia simply wasn’t one of the 2 best teams in the years 2002 or 2005. End of story. Now STFU

Pi$$onaDAWG

March 30th, 2010
11:28 pm

Bobo’s play calling is just like Novocain give it time and it will just make the fans numb.

Big L

March 30th, 2010
11:30 pm

Stiener, a screen pass is good for about two yards, I meant down the feild . What does two yards do on third and fourteen? Gradiated was a sarcastic shot at my Social Circle education. I can’t fuss with you about the getting our butts kicked thing , and I did play football. Don’t be a dick just because you can. A$$hole.

Getting Warm

March 30th, 2010
11:33 pm

Getting warm in Athens for Richt. His change in behavior typical of an employee who got chewed out. He better pull in the reigns soon or he and his mediocrity can pack up.

To the fool posting stats- nobody cares. Where it counts UF has to titles and UGA none. You’re probably the same guy saying the Braves had best regular season record in the 90’s.

STEINER

March 30th, 2010
11:33 pm

Pi$$onaDAWG:
Know that the year the Dawgs lost to GT that Bobo’s offense hung up 42 points…And a #2 and a #13 ranking not something to laugh at, along with 2 SEC titles…In 2009 the Dawg defense couldn’t slow down anybody, so don’t put that on Bobo…You probably won’t have to worry about him a lot longer, because when the Georgia boy at Texas Muschamp takes over there or Smart gets a head coaching job, he will double his salary and be gone…He also coached and taught the #1 QB in the NFL draft last year, and the NFL coaches raved about how well Stafford understood coverage and the entire QB position…Guess Bobo might have had something to do with that, mechanical engineer????

Dawgforlife

March 30th, 2010
11:33 pm

Stinger, always glad to have your educated well thought out insight. We have 3 quarterbacks from the elite 11 of their classes. How many does Tech have?…Instead of bragging that your wonderful Tech team losing its 4 best players is going to be UGA by 35, you better figure out how your gutted team, with everyone having another year to dissect the option, is going to win 5 games. oh wait, that deep ACC guarantees 4 to 5 wins a year cause of all the weak teams at the bottom…nevermind

Big L

March 30th, 2010
11:35 pm

Oh yeah Stiener, I just remembered. It was a draw play on third and fourteen against Kentucky. Which is a running play. I would apologize for the mistake on my end but you’d probably still just act like a conescending sphincter ring. Now, spell check and tell me if I spelled all of that correctly.