Richt agrees with caller who says Dogs were ‘timid’ at times

Listening in on Mark Richt’s weekly radio show Monday night:

  • Richt concurred with a caller who said Georgia players looked “timid” and “afraid to hit somebody” at times in the loss to South Carolina.

“Defensively, there were a couple of times when you’re right — I think ‘timid’ is a very kind description of what happened,” Richt said. “There were a couple of times when I thought we turned it down, quite frankly.”

He said the issue will be addressed this week through competition for playing time and starting roles, as well as more physical practices with the scout team to “work hard on the fundamentals of stepping on a guy’s toes and putting your face on him and wrapping up.”

  • Richt also expressed dissatisfaction with the state of the running game.

“As far as the run blocking is concerned, I would have to say that I would be expecting more than we’re getting right now,” he  said. “We’ve got to do a better job of providing more space for these guys.”

Richt added that “we need more from our backs too” in terms of  gaining yards after contact and making defenders miss in space.

  • A caller voiced concern about the number of players (nine) who have been arrested this year.

“My patience is worn about as thin as it can wear,” Richt replied. “I’m not going to make a big, bold statement out here in front of everybody because I don’t want to let everybody know our business. But I can promise you that [the players] know that the next guy has got himself some serious issues and anybody after that, too.

“We just can’t have it. We’ve all grown very tired of it.”

Richt added that all players who got into trouble were disciplined for it and “unfortunately we have three guys that are not even on the team any more.”

  • Still nothing definitive about when UGA can expect a verdict on its appeal of the NCAA’s four-game suspension of A.J. Green. After previously saying he hoped for a decision Tuesday or Wednesday, Richt said “we just don’t know” and “it might be Friday.”
  • And finally, Richt called on the fans to influence Saturday’s game against Arkansas in Sanford Stadium.

“I really think the fans can make a difference in this game,” he said. Arkansas “is a team that likes to operate with a lot of calls at the line of scrimmage, and the more noise we make at the right time, the tougher it’s going to be for them to operate.”

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heeldawg

September 14th, 2010
5:11 am

heeldawg

September 14th, 2010
5:12 am

heeldawg

September 14th, 2010
5:12 am

17 of 20

September 14th, 2010
5:17 am

The quarterback for Georgia is shorter than I thought, what is he about 5-10?

Doug

September 14th, 2010
5:20 am

He looks better than Brantey…

17 of 20

September 14th, 2010
5:27 am

We will see how he looks against the Florida defense won’t we.

Observer

September 14th, 2010
5:50 am

“I really think the fans can make a difference in this game,” he said. Arkansas “is a team that likes to operate with a lot of calls at the line of scrimmage, and the more noise we make at the right time, the tougher it’s going to be for them to operate.”

Sad that Richt said this.

Charlie Brown

September 14th, 2010
5:52 am

Doug, who is this “Brantey” fellow and for whom does he play?

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Gayterds lick nutts

September 14th, 2010
6:04 am

Florida has their own troubles to deal with. If you keep struggling with weak a$$ opponents, you will be in for a long season.

Dawg-Ed

September 14th, 2010
6:10 am

Dawgs’ D should match up much better with Arkansas than USC. We’re far better suited for chasing a quarterback than stopping a true power game… which will continue to be true until we get a true 3-4 nose.

And as Saban proved in his first year at Alabama, you don’t turn around a D in a single off-season. Even so, we are about to see how fast CTG is going to go.

TennesseeDawg

September 14th, 2010
6:14 am

We get to here the same excuses and the same “we got to get better at….” every year. At least Richt is predictable.

gomdawg

September 14th, 2010
6:16 am

OFFENSE LINE NEEDS TO THEIR JOB. SIMPLE ,PUT POINTS ON THE BROAD THAT KEEPS THE OTHER TEAM OFF FIELD. COME ON LINE DO YOUR JOB.

Richard Tardits

September 14th, 2010
6:18 am

I’ve seen enough Georgia football over the years to know what kind of team we currently have and it’s better than it has been the last two. Unfortunately, our offense is off to a slow start and the defense isn’t doing themselves any favors by allowing yards after initial contact. Let’s hope they got the losing out of their system in Columbia.

tc

September 14th, 2010
6:19 am

Ga will probably beat Arkansas, they are a bad road team.

RomeDawg

September 14th, 2010
6:21 am

UGA will be fine. We all knew that this being the first year with a freshman QB and a new defense would have it’s disappointing moments. Patience.

hop

September 14th, 2010
6:24 am

i agree the matchup with carolina was not a good one ,especially with type of defense we play and the inexperience with it.

arkansas has a true pass offense with a non-mobile qb.dawgs will win this one!

let’s hope our new defensive coach will do a better job of rotating players on the d/line.

tc

September 14th, 2010
6:24 am

if CMR agrees they are playung timid and conservative okay is not working now, why can’t he ever decide that at half time and fire the team up. I can only imagine that nothing worthwhile ever goes on in a uga locker room at half time. Any time we struggle in the first half, we go to half time and come out with the exact same strategy. We just hope what wasn’t working the first half will start working in the second half. Great coaching!!!

UGAY SUCKS

September 14th, 2010
6:26 am

UGAY should pick up another loss this weekend!

gomdawg

September 14th, 2010
6:33 am

UGAY SUCKS, YOU WILL HAVE YOU’RE SHOT AT SOUTH CAROLINA GET READY , BALL COACH WANTS YA’LL BAD. GOOD LUCK AZZ O

Dawg4life

September 14th, 2010
6:36 am

UGAY Sucks- How many fumbles does Brantley have? Before you criticize Murray, why don’t you guys worry about the center/QB exchange? You know, the most fundamental part of football. Murray has played great. Its not his fault Bobo carries a purse and wears pampers.

Spike

September 14th, 2010
6:41 am

The O line needs to get off their collective arses and start blocking better. And enough of the arm tackling. Come on Dogs!! GATA!!

georgiadawg70

September 14th, 2010
6:42 am

I’m wearing a Boise State hat to the game Sat. Pass it on

destin dawg

September 14th, 2010
6:43 am

Techies (fla in disguise) … and True Fla…. sure don’t have anything to blog about here… Gators could lose to SC. Auburn, UGA, and Of course Ala…. we’ll see improvement in physical play on both sides of the ball… and Richt needs to man-up and start calling the plays…. Play to win… let the DAWGS OUT !!!!!!

WIZERD43

September 14th, 2010
6:47 am

CMR your coaching is rubbing off on the team.timid is it? or scared!!! you can’t sit on your hands and expect the team to play with confidense.what a joke the team has become.the players have lost confidense in you and so have the fans.Van Gorder left who was hiding your mistakes,now that hes gone its coming out just what kinda coach you are.AWFUL!!!I

Papadawg

September 14th, 2010
6:48 am

We have players left over from last who can’t cut it in the SEC. Grantham will need a couple of years to find his own players and teach them this defense. You know the stars means how good they are in high school ball and doesn’t always mean you’ll make it in the SEC. The big ol SEC Boys will knock those stars off your butt in a hurry

gomdawg

September 14th, 2010
6:48 am

WHY ARE WE THE ONLY TEAM THAT HAS TALENT ON OFFENSE AND RED SHIRT IF WE HAVE A RECIEVER OR RUNNING BACK THAT GOOD PLAY HIM DAMN THEY NOT GOING TO PLAY 3 YEARS ( MONEY ) ITS NOT IN THERE HEART LIKE FOOTBALL USE TO BE IT ‘S MONEY DAMN RED SHIRTING

georgiadawg70

September 14th, 2010
6:49 am

It’s time for Coach Adams to make a phone call to Boise Idaho.

destin dawg

September 14th, 2010
6:49 am

replace Rambo with Ogletree… run Malcome.. Ealey has fumbled away 2 wins ( Kentucky and SC. ).. no seniority system.. play the best players.. substitute… keep ‘em fresh !!

dc

September 14th, 2010
6:49 am

All you gator fans need to wake up. You guys are in line for a full dose of reality real soon.
If I were you Id be more concerned with my own teams issues instead of blogging about someone elses.

ROLL TIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Notso Fast

September 14th, 2010
6:51 am

You can’t excuse the way the Bulldogs played and lost by comparing the way the Gators played and won. The season is judged by Wins. It’s good to know that Coach R’s patience is about gone and the NEXT guy that end up in jail is going to really suffer. Let’s see, the last one got a 1 games suspension.

georgiadawg70

September 14th, 2010
6:53 am

Players in Jail ain’t the problem.

Papadawg

September 14th, 2010
7:02 am

Coachs can only do so much, what we need is for some of these guys to man up and become team leaders

georgiadawg70

September 14th, 2010
7:06 am

The coach is the team leader. What in the hell are we paying him 2m a year for?

hjh

September 14th, 2010
7:07 am

Bobo is the problem and rich is an excuse machine

georgiadawg70

September 14th, 2010
7:08 am

The problem is the main is charge, always.

georgiadawg70

September 14th, 2010
7:09 am

man in charge

Papadawg

September 14th, 2010
7:10 am

Coach can’t and won’t be with these players 24 7. that’s when players hold each other responsible for their actions.

82Dawg

September 14th, 2010
7:13 am

@dc …well said!!

georgiadawg70

September 14th, 2010
7:15 am

If the coach isn’t responsible, we need to go to Hahira and hire a Jr. Varsity High School coach with a PE degree and a double digit IO from a college nobody ever heard of and make him the coach and pay him minimun wage.

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Fair and Balanced

September 14th, 2010
7:25 am

If GA was timid, then Richt is making a confession! He didn’t prepare the boys to play hard. If he is no better motivator than that…………

Pago Pago Dawg

September 14th, 2010
7:26 am

Who the heck told our “O” line they were the best in the SEC!

run the ball

September 14th, 2010
7:31 am

How many carries did our two All American fullbacks have? Surely they got at least ten touches in a close, hard fought, game like that. How many receptions did Tavaras King, Wooten, White, and Troup have?

We’ve got the talent, we need a coach that knows how to use the talent thats on the field.

Ron

September 14th, 2010
7:35 am

How can you fault the running backs if the offensive line isnt doing their job and giving the running backs openings to run through. “Timid” more like afraid and Coach Richt this just didnt happen a few times, i saw some players trying to tackle with their backs, others that could have wrapped them up for a loss. These players on Defense that cant exemplify tackling fundamentals need to be benched until they get a different mindset cause playing on Defense should be something that you earned and not something youre entitled too just because you may be a senior.
Georgia’s Defense needs more enthusiasm, more team effort, more blitzing to take pressure off those down linemen and more of “us” than “me” mindset and someone there that will step up and be a leader on defense. Murray needs to do the same with that offense, pat eachother on the back and high fives when someone does good but jump down their throat when they do bad. What i dont understand is why A.J. Greens punishment was worst than Ealey’s. 1 game Ealey 4 games Green? There’s always somebody that thinks he’s smarter than everybody else and what they both did was stupid but bad things will always be brought to light and surface. 4 games for a jersey is ridicolous and 1 game suspension is all Green should’ve got. Greens not been in trouble before and dont deserve this but Ealey’s hit n run, leaving the scene of an accident should be dismissed from the team for 1 year. This guy has a gansta mentality as they say and i dont think this will be the last we hear from washaun unfortunately. I think 1 has learned a great lesson and the other wasnt severe enough to make him think. If they do this in college then they’ll do it in the pro’s. This sets a bad example for the team cause he’s so important to the offense Richt gives him 1 game suspension while Richt had no control over A.J.s punishment. Richt should never allow some players status determine the type punishment he recieves even if it cost him a great player because afterall its better for the team in the long run.

bdawge71

September 14th, 2010
7:36 am

WILL YOU PEOPLE PLEASE CORRECT YOUR SPELLING, YOU APPEAR TO HAVE GRADUATED FROM georgia tech OR ELSEWHERE. ALSO PUT SOME THOUGHTS INTO YOUR STATEMENTS, THERE ARE REASONS FOR LOSING AND DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN IS THE MAIN CULPRIT.10-4.

Papadawg

September 14th, 2010
7:41 am

Gotta luv those gramma police

Red Panties

September 14th, 2010
7:46 am

The problem with us is we don’t correct problems, we just make excuses for them. On the other hand 2 weeks ago the Florida center could get the ball back to the QB. This week Pouncy was the offensive linemen of the week and we created the offensive running back of the week. So much for that aggressive, get after them 3-4. It does pressure the QB, but the running backs run wild. You can win with that!

I bet Richt is regeting not having the 2-a days now, with such poor tackling and hitting.

A Big Dog

September 14th, 2010
7:48 am

Observer ……….you are sad, that you have to come on UGA blog and make snid comments…..are you so shallow that insulting others is the only way to improve your low self-esteem…you really are a sad sack

Red Panties

September 14th, 2010
7:50 am

I just read that Florida brings their team that won Sat for practice on Sunday, Richt waits
until Monday to bring a team that lost and lost badly. Richt just doesn’t want to over work the boys.

There is something wrong with this picture and it’s Richt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!