Richt: ‘0-2 for the first time in 10 years, and it’s not a comfortable spot’

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

  • As you’d expect with Georgia’s 0-2 start in the SEC, there was some discord in Bulldog Nation. The first caller asked Richt for reasons to continue to invest in the program, asked the coach “to sell me” on Georgia football “not just for this year but 2-3 years down the road.”

Richt replied: “The bottom line is if you’re a true fan, in my opinion, you’re going to support your team no matter what. I don’t think you’re going to just love the boys when they win and hate on them when they lose, you know. . . . Our league is one that is a very, very tough league, and we’re not always going to win. We find ourselves 0-2 for the first time in 10 years, and it’s not a comfortable spot. It’s not a spot we want to be in. But it’s not like we got shellacked and run off the field. We actually, I thought, represented very well, even though we lost.

“The bottom line, of course, is the win. But the way the guys fought . . . there was a lot of courage; there was a lot of blood, sweat and tears. . . . If you just watch the spirit of these young men and how they fought and how the coaches fought, I think that is admirable. And I would say you certainly should continue to support for those reasons. . . . ”

  • Richt talked quite a bit about Aaron Murray, acknowledging the young quarterback has areas to improve but making it clear he’s a special player.

“We looked at the film and realized every time that kid moved up inside that pocket good things happened and every time he started up and then dropped back again and tried to reload, something bad happened. So he’s just got to learn, and he’s getting there,” Richt said. “But you can’t question his toughness, his ability and just his love for the game and love for Georgia. So we’ve got the right guy right now. We’ve just got to keep going.”

  • Richt disputed accounts that said Georgia sent all of its receivers on deep routes on the late-game 3rd-and-4 play that resulted in a Murray sack and forced Georgia to punt to Arkansas, which scored the game-winning TD three plays later.

“I did watch the TV copy myself, and I know the commentators were saying … there was no outlet, there was no short route, that there ought to be,” Richt said. “I don’t know what he saw, but there were actually two routes that were about a five- or six-yard depth and a couple of them that would be deeper routes.”

  • Richt didn’t disagree with a caller who expressed disappointment in the play of the veteran offensive line.

“It is a little disappointing,” Richt said. “I think the offensive-line play has been good but not great. Like you say, we got to find ways to sustain drives.

“I’d like to see us continue to run-block better, and I’d like to see us continue to pass-protect well, which I think we are. Some of the pass-protection issues really have nothing to do with the offensive line. It’s more back-related. The running backs have to step up and do their job too, and the receivers got to run the right routes, and the QB has got to put it on them.”

Murray, Richt said, needs to develop “a better feel” for when a receiver is open.

As for run-blocking, “we need to continue to … provide more space for the backs,” Richt said. “And the backs have got to get more than what [the linemen] block, too. If you watch around the country, you see backs breaking tackles, you see backs getting yards after contact and all that. I think we improved in that area last ballgame, but we still got a ways to go.”

  • A caller asked why the Dogs aren’t getting the ball to talented tight end Orson Charles.

“There were a lot of calls that were made where Orson was the No. 1 priority or No. 1 read for the quarterback,” Richt said. “Sometimes that No. 1 option is taken away, so you go to No. 2. Sometimes protection breaks down. Sometimes the QB is moving right or left at the moment when he should be cutting the ball loose to his primary receiver. Those were some of the issues.”

  • Another caller asked about “the state of the program,” noting that a few years ago Georgia was “considered one of the elite programs” in the nation and is “now 8-8 [actually 9-7] in the last 16 ballgames.”

“You’d be surprised,” Richt said, “but the same things we did when we were finishing in the top 10 and all of that kind of good stuff — we’re doing those very same things.   Sometimes you win some close games and sometimes you don’t, but right now I can promise you our coaches, our players are battling as hard as we can to get a victory. That’s going to be the plan for this week against Mississippi State. Hopefully, next time on the show, we’ll be talking about all the good things that happened.”

391 comments Add your comment

No More Excuses

September 21st, 2010
5:17 am

Let’s just pay Saban a trillion dollars and get it over with.

Critter

September 21st, 2010
6:06 am

Second! I think the key to the Bulldogs offensive problems are in Richt’s comments ” the things we were doing when finishinh in the top 10 …-we’re doing those very same things. Sometime you win, sometimes you don’t.” The coaching staff has not changed a thing and now everyone has their offense figured out, There is a clear lack of innovation. Secondly, he said” sometimes you win, sometimes you don’t” It would seem that the coaching staff has lost it’s fire and has accepted loosing as part of it.

Dawg Days

September 21st, 2010
6:10 am

Let’s go Dawgs!! Beat Miss. State and then AJ returns….this team is getting better and I am behind you!! Go Dawgs!!!!

Frank Lane

September 21st, 2010
6:13 am

This is clearly a situation that can be viewed two ways. But I think that a true fan is a true fan and even though I have four generations of Bulldogs in my family, I have thought that too many of us are fair weather fans. I was there for Johnny Griffith and Ray Goff. Trust me, Mark Richt is a good coach.

OB-1

September 21st, 2010
6:14 am

All you Dawg fans that predicted that UGA should be ranked preson top 10, where are you now? We get no respect. We are better than GT. We are better than, put in any school name here. WAAA WAAA WAA.

OB-1

September 21st, 2010
6:15 am

Sorry that should be preseason.

VADAWG

September 21st, 2010
6:18 am

“Our league is one that is a very, very tough league, and we’re not always going to win. We find ourselves 0-2 for the first time in 10 years, and it’s not a comfortable spot. It’s not a spot we want to be in. But it’s not like we got shellacked and run off the field. We actually, I thought, represented very well, even though we lost.” This comment is distrubing but goes a long way in explaining why we are a program in decline. UGA will never be a top tier SEC team with this pansy attitude.

destin dawg

September 21st, 2010
6:23 am

turkey caller

September 21st, 2010
6:26 am

The program needs a change in head coach.

Columbus Dawg

September 21st, 2010
6:27 am

I don’t think the first caller mentioned was in any way saying that he did not support the Georgia Bulldogs, It sounds like what he really wanted to say was “sell me on this inept coaching staff.” I for one am sick and tired of year after year these clowns putting their blame on the players. First of all Richt, after being the HC of this program for ten years, should not have to be starting a raw, freshman QB with no game experience. There is no reason for this, only excuses. There is a big difference. Alabama had McCarron on the field in the third quarter in their game, because Saban knows he has a senior QB this year. I’ve got news for you, there is not an OL in our league that is playing worse than UGA’s OL. I surely thought he would have had better sense than to talk about how they are doing the same things, that is exactly what Kiffin said, and not in a good way. By the way, the coach’s and media can give A.J. Green a pass for what he did, but I can tell you that many, many fans are not. UGA needs players who have Georgia’s football program at heart, not the NFL, or making money otherwise off of the program. This is a big reason that many UGA supporters feel that they did not accomplish anything with Stafford and Moreno. These players only had the big NFL paychecks on their mind the whole time they were at UGA. The money people who support UGA with very large contributions to the atheletic dept. have just about had it, and Georgia’s new A.D. will be under pressure to right this ship. Mark Richt has probably made as much money in ten years in Athens as Dooley did in 25 years, and there is no reason for UGA to be in the shape it’s in right now. Sad to say, but fans are not going to be impressed with a victory over hapless Mississippi State, these teams who we have already lost to are ranked where they are now because of the victories they just got over UGA, and Georgia FANS are not ever going to be happy in losing to teams like SC, Arkansas, Kentucky ect. These are gimme games on our schedule, whether Richt likes it or not FANS expect to win these games every year. Richt is doing himself and his inept coaching staff no favors by getting on the radio and calling out FANS because most of the FANS who are close enough to Georgia Football to call radio shows know enough about footbal to know when they are being snowed. With this all being said, I have supported Coach Richt for ten years, and do hope the best will work out, but I, like many FANS are smart enough to know that Mike Bobo ain’t getting it done. Now that being said, Todd Grantham, given a few more players and enough time for the current players to learn what to do will probably be fine. Even Van Gorder could not stop four teams in his first season. Coach, the bottom line is the FANS are behind UGA Football, they are just not sold on how this team is being coached, especially on the offense, and the perception that Richt can’t control his team is very, very real.

doggletinthecountry

September 21st, 2010
6:34 am

I like Mark Richt. I think he is a great guy. But there are some serious problems going on in Athens. And its just not this year. Its ongoing. And at this point I would have to say its coming from the top—-and it always does. And I dont know if its Richt or Adams or both but—well I guess more will be revealed at some point in the future. I would like to see Georgia win their next game but —-wont be shocked if they lose. And I wont hate em either. Its just the way things are right now. This too shall pass. The sun is going to shine tommorrow.

Get a clue......people

September 21st, 2010
6:47 am

you cannot underestimate the loss of AJ Green and how it effects the dynamics of Georgia’s offense. as for the defense, unfortunately we’re nothing short of a work in progress. everyone needs to cool their jets and give this team a chance to gell. as bad as the 1-2 start is these kids are improving each week. a win in starkville will give them a boost in confidence and with AJ’s return we’ll be fine in the long run.

TN-UGADawg

September 21st, 2010
6:48 am

Bye Coach Richt,should have sucked up your pride and brought back BVG(Junkyard Dawg),for what ever amount it took.But not CMR we get $800,000 a year of bad defence.Same D as last year just four times the price tag.Bobo has alot of presure this year,with having a new QB.Also no caleb king that’s been big,caleb does good in big games and dosen’t fumble.In other years in the past the Defence would step up when the offence was down.(during the first four years when needed anyway).Bobo has a 6-1 QB that isn’t shockley,he’s not nearly as fast,and can’t scramble like shockley.He’s no David Green with his arm,or with his knewledge of what’s going on with defences,not saying thats Aaron’s fault it’s just going to take sometime.The defence should know how to cover widerecievers,and tackle.All I have to say is BVG (Junkyard Dawg)for uga head coach,with a really good OC.He could fire up the whole team instead of just the defence. BVG next head coach at uga.

You Ain't-Know Gaily Whacker

September 21st, 2010
6:53 am

Here is Richt’s team meeting, after the Arkansas game.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f68TdgErXkE&feature=related

Keep America strong, build more submarines.

gomdawg

September 21st, 2010
7:00 am

We need to learn to play without AJ because he will be gone next year Greed Money not The Georgia Football Team on his Mine. Simple play Kris he has Dawgs Heart not Greed. If I was a NFL team I would want Kris over AJ anyday they call it HEART

gomdawg

September 21st, 2010
7:03 am

Murray is going to be a Great QB , but lets play Mason to he is not going to be red shirted he needs playing time , should have played him some Sat.

gator jimbob

September 21st, 2010
7:04 am

I was just wondering whether we could schedule the Dogs as a permanant Homecoming apponent?? You only schedule teams that you know you will beat!

Critter

September 21st, 2010
7:05 am

As for my prior comments, I am a die-hard UGA fan and have been for 30+ years. I also like Coach Richt, however, I think that Bobo is a major problem and needs to go. It seems tha we need an entire new offensive coaching staff that has some fresh ideas. The players are playing their hearts out and it saddened me that Bobo was placing much of the blame on his players and did not have the humility to take any blame for himself. personally DO NOT want to lose CMR but if he does nothing with Bobo and the Bulldogs decline continues then he is going to take Richt down with him. If left alone, Grantham and the defense will be fine, but Bobo has had 5 years and the offense has been in a steady decline since he to over as OC.

TN-UGADawg

September 21st, 2010
7:16 am

The usc game DC Todd was running a 4-3 scheme most of the game.so what’s new about that.It’s todd’s job to have these player ready for the game.They haven’t been.If you look at recruiting,why doesn’t uga recruit taller QB’s.Seems like stafford came in and bob took over play call at the end of the year,but coach richt was suppost to be calling the plays during that time,and it was decided during the year bobo would.After that it’s Cox 6-2,now Aaron 6-1.Zack was 6-4 or 5 he got kicked out as everybody knows,I don’t disagree with that.We have a QB comming in that is 6-2,it’s hard to play in the sec if your a short QB.It makes it worse when your in a pro-stile offence.We keep getting dual threat QBs.But it’s funny we went after bigger QB when richt was play calling.BVG all we’ve got let to hope for,if not the caleb king comming back.

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September 21st, 2010
7:20 am

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doggletinthecountry

September 21st, 2010
7:20 am

wow–didnt know GA had another quarterback–they should be playing him rightnow—find out what he has——–or does not have—–get on with man!!!

MaconKnight

September 21st, 2010
7:28 am

Simply Put BOO BOO HAS TO GO… He is by far the worst offensive coordinator in all of college football…It used to be your resume’ at different schools at got you your job as an OC now just have to be on staff as a QB coach to get that position, BOO BOO didnt earn guys, it was just given to him, How can you give someone a promotion when he has never been an OC before it just doesnt make any sense, i am all for in house promoting when you have a qualified person on staff, Offensively we are to predictable simply put BOO BOO MUST GO… DON’T MISS UNDRSTAND ME HE WAS A GOOD QB UNDER GOFF BUT TO BE GIVEN A POSTION AS OC WHEN HE DIDNT HAVE THE EXPERIENCE WAS ABSOLUTELY BAD DECISION… FIRE MIKE BOO BOO AS OC LET HIM GO BACK TO COACH QB’S HE IS NOT READY TO BE AN OC..THE PLAYERS AND US FANS HAVE SUFFERED ENOUGH

Real Dawg Fans Stay in the Stands

September 21st, 2010
7:31 am

Time to put Arkansas behind us…let’s show the boys from Starkville who the real SEC DAWGS are!! WOOF WOOF WOOF!!

Freddy

September 21st, 2010
7:33 am

Pretty sad when UGA is a 2 point UNDERDOG against Miss St.

Sanford Drive

September 21st, 2010
7:34 am

my biggest question is WHY are we forced to start a Freshman QB? I like Aaron Murray, and am excited about watching him grow the next 4 years. But I want an explanation to the recruitingprocess that led to this situation. Even if Zack Mettenberger was here, the situation would be no different.

reality

September 21st, 2010
7:36 am

The return of AJ Green will not help this train wreck.

Big Dawg

September 21st, 2010
7:47 am

Not sure who said we have one of…. or THE best offensive lines in the country. MANNN were they wrong! They just stink. BoBo is not calling effective plays at all!!! And I would swear that Willie Martinez still has his defense on the field. This team makes me scratch my head and say huhhh!! There is something drastically wrong! Oh Yeah …It starts with Richt.

slawdawg

September 21st, 2010
7:50 am

You idiots are unbelievable. You can’t spell correctly but you are experts when it comes to coaching and football. You are truly fair weather fans. It wasn’t that long ago that Florida lost four games in a season and Alabama was mediocre. Support your team! As for firing Richt, who out there would do a better job? Don’t be fooled. This is the toughest division in the country.

I agree...

September 21st, 2010
7:54 am

…with the comments CMR made re: “sometimes you win, sometimes you don’t” he has sunk to the level of the former GT athletics director who said that sinning 7-8 games a year was all that GT would ever accomplish; he was gone the next year. Then, when they finally decided to pull the trigger and get rid of the coach who also bought into that thought process, they got a guy whose philosophy is “good teams don’t lose two games in a row (unless one of those is a bowl game after a season ending loss – like last year).

So, it appears that it IS time for a change at UGA – the “staff of coaches has changed”, but the product on the field has remained the same, with the players still making mistakes that are ALL coaching mistakes. Time to look at the top and make the change there, as the players continue to be poorly coached, and then the coaches throw them under the bus rather than man up and say that the problem is with the coaching.

CMR is an honorable guy, and he used to be a good coach. Now he is an honorable guys whose time has passed, just as Jim Donnan’s did, and it will be Mr. McGarity’s first priority to right this ship, and sooner, rather than later…

Big Dawg

September 21st, 2010
7:57 am

I guess we UGA Fans are just tired of Mediocrity. we have recruited some great talent over the years but have been unsuccessful in doing anything with it. Enough is enough!

Sorry, get a clue...

September 21st, 2010
7:59 am

…but the AJ Greene aspect is just a smoke screen – now if he were Herschel and was out, THAT would be real – but a freakin’ wide receiver is just not that big of a missing person, no matter if it is AJ Greene, Julio Jones, or Jerry Freakin Rice…that is just another excuse…

Mtn Dawg.

September 21st, 2010
7:59 am

Richt must stay. Bobo must leave or head back to the booth and Richt call the plays. He’s an offensive genious. Bobo is an offensive liabiity.

The Dawgs will resurface toward the end of the year and I say have a chance to end up 2nd in the East.

Mtn Dawg.

September 21st, 2010
8:00 am

Clean House

September 21st, 2010
8:02 am

CMR its time for you to go sir !

bdawg

September 21st, 2010
8:04 am

gomdawg… i dont question aj greens heart to be a bulldog. The reason he will go to the nfl is because he is far more talented than kris durham…i agree that durham has heart but so does green…there are a few exceptions but ok players stay all there college years…great ones dont. Also i know what you mean about playing Mason some this year but there is no way you play him last saturday. You dont throw him into a barn burner….murray is our man…he will play against colorado, idaho st, and any other blowouts

dagnabit

September 21st, 2010
8:10 am

Mark can get ready for 0 and 3.

Bony Tarnhardt

September 21st, 2010
8:11 am

Richt is now just showing his arrogance as he did toward the caller. now he has the audacity to question fans about their loyalty. What the hell does Richt think as to why fans pay for a ticket to come to see UGA football?

Sabanish

September 21st, 2010
8:15 am

Ya”ll do know I have a house by Vince on Lake Burton, don’t ya? And ya’ll also know I’ve said its my intention to retire there, don’t ya? Now lets see… how far is Athens from Lake Burton? ………Hmm. If ya”ll decide to call me soon just don’t let Adams think it was Vince’s idea. Know what I mean?

Mtn Dawg

September 21st, 2010
8:15 am

How do you think the conversation went between CMR and Bobo after Saturday’s game. ‘Well Mike, I think it’s time to turn to page 2 in the play book. What do you think Mike? You make the call. If you feel it’s best to pound the middle for 2 yards a carry behind that highly praised ofensive line then go for it. I’m pround of your abilities, and the way you stuck it to Murray. The way you motivate, you’re going to be a great OC some day.’

Hope not!!!

Bony Tarnhardt

September 21st, 2010
8:15 am

So if Im a true fan Ray Goof would still be our head coach Right homers?

MST8DAWGNGA

September 21st, 2010
8:16 am

All I can Say is MORE COWBELL and Welcome to Starkvegas UGA, Hope yall all have a great experience , visit the Junction, Check out the Jumbotron! and I have to hope yall enjoy but that MY Dawgs win and wrap it in Maroon and White…

FLA DAWG

September 21st, 2010
8:18 am

MAN OH MAN,

Talk about living in DENIAL!
Richt is wallowing in it!

RICHT is the PROBLEM…………….Get Smart – Fire Richt!

SOS Dawg

September 21st, 2010
8:24 am

Excellent point Mr. Tarnhardt !

We can turn this around

September 21st, 2010
8:25 am

Maybe this is a comment for a different day, but “bdawg” I have to respectfully disagree with your post. Ok players stay, great ones don’t. Then explain why Pollack came back for his senior year. Loyalty has nothing to do with being a great player, it has everything to do with where you grew up. Take Moreno and Stafford for example. They were from New Jersey and Texas respectively. Translation, they didn’t give two sh!ts about UGA other than a scholarship and a means to the NFL. Could be the same with Green, we won’t know till next year (and don’t get me wrong I’m not knocking him right now). I’m just saying that being from the state, and growing up around the diehard fans of UGA, you care more about the program. And THAT is why Durham is still here. He is a TRUE Georgia Bulldog.

ChipperDoodle

September 21st, 2010
8:27 am

Richt has to go. That’s statement about “losing some” is the death knell.

Sabanish

September 21st, 2010
8:27 am

oh- and actually Mark its the first time to be 0 and 2 in 17 years, not 10 years. Ya’ll want me to give you my phone number up at the Lake House? Its a 706 area code, so you won’t have to call collect.

TazzDawg

September 21st, 2010
8:30 am

With a name like slawdog I wouldn’t be calling anybody out.

O.K. So Fl lost 5 games in 2004/2005. How many National Championships did they win in the last 20 years? How many SEC championships? How many Number 1 thru 5 rankings? How many beat downs did they administer to UGA? MR 2- 7 versus FL, about to be 2 – 8. But as long as we beat the little trade school off North Ave. all is forgiven. Lamers

And our vaunted dawgs under MR? 2 S.E.C. championships in 10 years, No N.C.’s. No hope of anything greater since Cryer and Saban came to SEC. Even Spurrier and SC have passed MR by. Also Petrino, who I dislike immensely is a better coach then MR.

Get a grip MR has to go! I’m a UGA fan, but I have never heard so many whining excuses from so many people in my life. Is this what UGA has become? Excuse central?

Hows that for spelling slawpup?

GOP

September 21st, 2010
8:31 am

This is a quote from a coach trying to build a championship program at Miss State, Dan Mullin

“What we’re trying to build here, one thing I’ve always said is you have to be able to win your home games in the Southeastern Conference,” said Mullen. “If you don’t win your home games, it’s hard to be successful and get your program to a championship level.”

And what has the great Mark Richt done lately:

Home loses, but we played hard——-BS ————-win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2010
Ark 24-31

2009
LSU 13-20
KY 27-34

2008
ALA 30-41
Ga Tech 42-45

REALIST

September 21st, 2010
8:33 am

Why don’t we just schedule Texas and finish the Barnyard Hat Trick…losing to the chickens, hogs and the cows….Seriously…” we’re doing those very same things”…therein lies the problem. An antiquated version of the Pro-I that you are trying to execute with non-athletic OLs attempting to block faster players with bizarre blocking schemes. Record a GA game sometime and look how many times the integrity of the guard -center box is compromised by not blocking inside gaps…this is not rocket science just Football 101. Combine that with poor coaching prep…no punt contain..again?….and middle school play selection and it’s a formula for disaster. I’m sure the “effort” is there but you are asking these players to cut down a redwood with a butter knife…great skills and ablity and desire but they just don’t have the right tools. Will this change with CMR? I hope so.

Inlet Dawg

September 21st, 2010
8:33 am

Don’t fall for this Oh Geeze we’ll get ‘em next time “stuff” CMR had the opportunity to hire a special teams coach,and he did not,and that is real sore spot on this team.He did after everybody else turned him down hire what proving to be a huge mistake at Def. Cord. (we are only ahead of Vandy on Def.and behind them in the SEC)Yet he keeps a guy that would make a great failed high school coach that draws up the slowest developing plays in the country and all of them want KEEP blaming the players and it clearly A COACHING PROBLEM.