Richt makes two changes, including one suggested by talk-show caller

Amid a four-game losing streak, Mark Richt decided on at least two changes Monday:

  • First, the Bulldogs practiced in full pads on a Monday during the season “for the first time since I’ve been at Georgia,” Richt said on his weekly radio show shortly after the practice ended.

In the past, the team has practiced in shorts and helmets on Mondays, focusing on conditioning and special-teams work. But Richt had the team don full pads because, as he put it on his radio show, “We’re not tackling good enough. We’re not blocking good enough. We’re not physical enough.”

The first-team offense went against the first-team defense, and the second-team offense vs. the second-team defense, in Monday’s practice. Richt called it “a  very high-spirited, high-contact scrimmage.”

  • The second change will come just before the start of Saturday’s game against Tennessee in Sanford Stadium. A caller on Richt’s radio show,  “Jill in Hoschton,” told the coach that she’d love to see him lead the team out on to the field “clapping and high-fiving our players like [Alabama coach Nick] Saban does.” She said she’s never seen Richt do that in 10 years.

Richt promised to follow the caller’s suggestion.

“The reason I’ve been the last one to go is I want the players to be able to have their moment hitting that field,” Richt said. “But you make a good point, and here’s what I’m going to do, Jill. I’m going to lead the pack coming out of that tunnel, OK? Now, I hope I don’t pull a hamstring and I hope they don’t run me over.

“But I think it’s a good suggestion. So just look for Coach Richt to lead the pack.”

Another caller, “Will in Sylvester,” had a change in mind, too, asking Richt if he plans to begin calling the offensive plays.

“Right now Mike Bobo is calling our plays,” Richt said. “And that’s the way it is right now.”

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hosay cosayco

October 4th, 2010
10:21 pm

do you think richt planned this so he could fall into FSU job/

jdawgs34

October 4th, 2010
10:24 pm

CMR is trying…it as Dooley said a mind game. I know we are deep in trouble, but hopefully, with a few back we can right the ship…After 40 plus years of going to the games, count me in again to be there Saturday….by the way…how many folks that comment even come to the game>>>>>

elvisaintdead

October 4th, 2010
10:27 pm

One good idea, and one more gimmick.
Maybe we can staple cute little curly tails on our uniforms for FL.

What else will stick to the walls of the Dawg Majal these days?

Dylan

October 4th, 2010
10:27 pm

Looking forward to Saturday. Living in North GA, you grow up hating Tennessee more than any other team!! Let’s get it Dawgs!! Beat Tennessee!!!

Carter Burger

October 4th, 2010
10:27 pm

Interesting. Yet doing something that will actually help the team, like taking back the play calling from Bobo, CMR refuses to do. Coach Richt, it’s been nice knowing you.

CONFEDERATE DAWG

October 4th, 2010
10:28 pm

LETS GET IT DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WHOOP THEM GAYTORS AND ALL IS FORGIVEN….

hosay cosayco

October 4th, 2010
10:28 pm

we should send bobbo back upstairs to the booth, that might help

FleshBomb

October 4th, 2010
10:28 pm

That’s what the problem has been for the last 2 years. Coach Richt hasn’t been leading the guys out on the field. Wow. I hope the AD has already made some calls to Boise, Idaho. What a train wreck UGA football is.

bwell

October 4th, 2010
10:30 pm

keep the faith and sound off at the stadium this weekend. We are going through soome ruff times but we will prevail and be a top 5 team next year.

Buzz29

October 4th, 2010
10:32 pm

What a novel idea Jill. Try not hurt your players palms with those high fives Bishop Mark. They already have a tough time holding on to the ball.

Talk about grasping for straws.

Heath

October 4th, 2010
10:33 pm

When they stopped doing two-a-days this year, everyone knew they were going to manhandle UGA on the field. This season is gone. CMR, if he is there next year better make sure he gets players in shape before, not during, the season.

Abel Playcaller

October 4th, 2010
10:35 pm

Anything that increases our on-field intensity is a good thing. Since it’s obvious that our 300 pound guys are NOT able to win the line of scrimmage on EITHER side of the ball, our strength and conditioning have to be questioned. It’s a joke these days for us to hold up 4 fingers at the beginning of the 4th Quarter. We should stop doing that until we are playing like Georgia did in the past. We used to be the team most likely to win the 4th Quarter because we refused to lose the close game. A tired, worn out team can’t do that often ….. A person in the strength/conditioning profession, who now works for a major football program elsewhere, stated privately in 2008 that our conditioning coach (DVH) chose NOT to participate in conferences and events where the newest approaches were being discussed. This man predicted that Georgia would suffer many major injuries as a result AND that we would not be as prepared as other teams that were passing us by. He was proven right…..

Add poor offensive game plans to the mix, and we have big problems. We were less predictable against Colorado than we have been all season. If we continue to run on 2nd and 10 after an incomplete pass on 1st down, we will continue to have 3rd and 8 situations all game long. We need a Top-10 offensive coordinator to be a Top-10 team. We also need some quick-hitting running plays instead of runs that always take forever to develop. Gee, the list could go on and on…..

Right On Time

October 4th, 2010
10:37 pm

Well, he is trying some different things. I give him credit for that. I think hitting on Monday
will be a factor come Saturday, leading the team out… not so much. But, at least he is willing
to try something. That is a positive sign.

Now, teach some blocking and blocking skills. Show the rb’s how to hit the hole and hold on to the ball. Coach the db’s on what a correct angle looks like in order to make an open field tackle and we might win a game.

All that said, here is our (UGA fans and team) mindset: Circle the wagons and give the rest of the world a big “screw you”. Adversity builds character.

Last note: Don’t include AJ in any of the hitting…

srcdawg1

October 4th, 2010
10:43 pm

ms JILL if you can get cmr to run on the field with the team? can u plse get him to fire mike BOZO!!!!!!!! thank u…..

FleshBomb

October 4th, 2010
10:45 pm

Hey Jill, you should have suggested that they wear black jerseys or black helmets…wait…never mind.

acdc1996

October 4th, 2010
10:46 pm

This is my PROBLEM with Richt, he is SLOW, crock pot slow, to adjust and to react. I think it was suggested last year when we were having trouble tackling to bring out the pads during the week. NOW that is pants are flaming hot, he decides to make an adjustment.

tailgator

October 4th, 2010
10:47 pm

If memory serves me right, Vince Dooley, whom I love and admire as much as every hardcore Dawg fan did not have “great” seasons every year….Dooley is an institution at UGA and in the state of Georgia. Leave Richt alone…

Freedawg

October 4th, 2010
10:47 pm

I love all the UGA “fans” that scream for Richt’s head. You guys are idiots and probably the same “fans” that left the Arkansas game early!
Richt is a fine coach, and he will bring us back. If he gets the discipline in line because that will carry over to the field, and have two-a days next summer. I am encouraged by the hitting in practice this week, I think it is a good thing to have these boys hitting.
Bobo btw didn’t call a bad game the other night, except for having Thomas in there blocking on LBs on play action passes, otherwise as has been the case in other games the players have been put in a position to win.
Players still have to excute plays, or the coaches need to find players that will.

DCJohn

October 4th, 2010
10:48 pm

GATA. We need Michael Johnson and his “Man Enough” sign to come back out and challenge these boys to see if they are Man Enough to get after it. We shall see.

georgiagirl

October 4th, 2010
10:49 pm

Times are hard but I believe that the fans need to shut up all the negative and start showing some support for the team. If all goes well I will be there for the team, so GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And if any of you believe that you can do so good send your resume in please.

Maybe show a good example for your own kids, remember what it was like when their team lost.

Ed

October 4th, 2010
10:50 pm

A F Martin

October 4th, 2010
10:50 pm

Practicing in full pads for one day and running in a different location? Man. Richt sure knows how to shake things up.

Freedawg

October 4th, 2010
10:51 pm

“execute”, for the spelling police out there

Mike Leach

October 4th, 2010
10:52 pm

Oh boy…one step closer…can’t wait to get this UGA gig….

Old school

October 4th, 2010
10:52 pm

The dawgs started to peak after the end zone taunting fiasco in j-ville, which only served as a reminder to UF why they hate UGA. Then, we blackout Alabama the following season too show how “high school” gimmicks ba backfire when you play physical, directed and single-minded programs like Saban’s Tide. We are now a soft, gimmick team that cannot formulate a plan to use the talent we did have recruit to best serve the team and the schools fans! SEC football is not for the meak or gimmicky teams, you must be physical and single-minded to succeed!

extrapoint

October 4th, 2010
10:53 pm

I still say we take the black jerseys from the Alabama game and the black helmets from the Florida experiment, pile them in the middle of the field and burn them. A little voodoo might just be the trick.
What where the odds that just as AJ comes back after suspension, we lose Durham to an injury. With both in the game against Colorado it would have been a cake walk, but this team is snakebit. Burn Baby Burn.

Fred

October 4th, 2010
10:53 pm

Idea number one is good. Idea number 2, who cares. When I read the headline, I was hoping for more. So, what we really got is one change.

I didn’t get to hear the call in show. Was there anything else of substance? Or was it just more coach speak?

DOG B GONE

October 4th, 2010
10:53 pm

I’m a GA grad, but I can’t help wondering if UGA VII saw the past 2 seasons coming and decided to take an early retirement to avoid the humiliation.

For the past 4-5 years, I’ve sensed with increasing intensity each year that CMR is more concerned with whether or not he has enough mousse in his locker than how his football program is performing. A total empty suit who has now lost all credibility with players, recruits, fans and our rivals. The AD and President don’t have enough testosterone to make the necessary decisions that need to be made NOW before the disease causes further damage it’ll take a decade to recover from.

CMR — if you have the integrity you profess to value – do the honorable thing now and hang it up. Right now, not at the end of the season.

Mountain Dawg

October 4th, 2010
10:54 pm

If Richt does lead the team on the field Saturday, it will be the first leadership he has shown this year.

Dbalcer

October 4th, 2010
10:55 pm

We need to stand behind our coach and team. Monday morning quarterbacking is really easy. I will be their loud and proud of my team. I hope that true fans show up and inspire the team by standing behind them.

Fred

October 4th, 2010
10:55 pm

Ed, yep. Sigh.

judge

October 4th, 2010
10:55 pm

he is right on track—-if somebody gets hurt—get em off the field and get the next guy in until practice is over—-repeat the next day—–work work work—–and more work– practice makes perfect.

Paul in RDU

October 4th, 2010
10:57 pm

Practicing in pads on Monday looks like a good move by CMR – changing things up in practice to try to get improvements on the field. Having said that, I hope “Jill in Hoschton” was a plant – either that, or CMR was just trying to be polite. The HC making decisions based on fans calling in to the weekly radio show doesn’t seem like the best way to show leadership to my mind.

BDAWG

October 4th, 2010
10:57 pm

Dooley is right, it is a lack of mental toughness as well as any other kind of toughness and it comes from the laid back attitude of Richt. Saban is intense and it shows on and off the field, in games and in recruiting. Richt needs to take a bigger interest in recuiting like Saban and Meyer. The HC has laid back too long and now it is time for him to assume more of a interest in the program to get it back on track and it will start with him taking over the playcalling duties and demoting Bobo to a lesser roll until the end of the season. At practice, nothing is good until it is right and the play is physical. We have been too laid back for the last four years. Nothing is acceptable unless it is done right. There are going to have to be some drastic changes in the offseason and the changes need to be made quickly, don’t let it take as long as it did last year. There are great OCs out there that would love to have that job at UGA and a new recruiting coordinator should not be out of the question. I feel we pass on too many talented players and we are not recruiting the right ones. We tell ourselves that the classes are great, now lets do some coaching to keep the recruits we have and to sign the ones we need.

JRW7

October 4th, 2010
10:58 pm

Jill, next time ask CMR to fire BOBO!

A.Nawlcex

October 4th, 2010
10:58 pm

Mr. Richt. The only constant is change. Until you understand that evolution is imperative for survival you will always be a victim of adaptive competition. Drop your “creationist” mantra, and embrace Darwin. Free Georgia Football from holy dawgmas !!

Mike Leach

October 4th, 2010
11:01 pm

Gotta slap your boys around if you want them to get after it… Richt is a woozie… high fives = 1-5. He needs to slap some heads, like I do. I’ll get your program turned around fast. See ya next year dawgies!

secbama

October 4th, 2010
11:02 pm

Isaiah Crowell…join Jadeveon Clowney in Tuscaloosa and win you a few rings and Heisman Trophies. We got an offensive line that busts heads. UGA has powderpuff line. We have jersey #1 reserved for you and a spot in the backfield with Trent Richardson. Come join the Saban Nation!

Inlet Dawg

October 4th, 2010
11:05 pm

I do remember not long ago we had a slumping team and a big game was coming up and Pat Dye of all people gave us the inspiration by saying that Georgia was not MAN ENOUGH to beat Bama.We did and the team came around,so you never know where the fire comes from that makes every thing click I just hopes it hurries and gets lit.

Maddog

October 4th, 2010
11:08 pm

How bout putting Bobo back in the sky box.

marietta dawg

October 4th, 2010
11:09 pm

So, is Bobo still calling the plays? That is the only change that will matter.

Cuz

October 4th, 2010
11:12 pm

I will take anything from Coach Richt right now that is a change from business as usual.

RexDawg

October 4th, 2010
11:12 pm

Inlet Dawg -

You’re a complete moron with that kind of baffoon thought process. Geez.

Foster Brooks

October 4th, 2010
11:14 pm

I do hope Richt can get this thing turned around cause I really like the guy, but gimmicks are not going to work. Some good ole fashion 2 and 3 “star” recruits that are coachable, that will run through walls and fight like hell for UGA is what we need is what the junkyard Dawgs were all about. We need some high charcater kids that would be proud to wear that uniform on Saturdays. Moastky what we have now is 4 and 5 “star” atheletes more worried about dancing their hip hop on the sidelines when we are LOSING, cheap shot artist that could have ruined another kids career, a selfish player who thought it was a minor violation to sale his jersey and put self before team, not to mention all the stupid arrest. We need high character kids that will play for the team, be all about the team, instead of this being just a stop off place for the NFL. I could care less about the NFL. The only thing the NFL has it BVG, who it appears was about 80% responsible for Richt’s success. By the way, I apologize to some of the kids that are good kids and “get it”. Also, hate to make a quick judgement, but seems to me we have way overpaid for our new DC. Hope not, but new system or not the defense looks about the same to me. Does not matter what systwm you run when you can’t tackle and keep blowing coverages.

Red Brooks

October 4th, 2010
11:15 pm

Inlet,

Your UGA history course is off base. The year was 2002, the team was undefeated going to Tuscaloosa, and we went on to win the SEC. Not sure where you got this “slump” info.

Betsy Mae

October 4th, 2010
11:16 pm

Defensive Play Call
Defensive formations & blitzes will be called using hand
signals. Formations will be called first on coachís left hand.
1 – 4-3 Base
2 – 4-3 Attack
3 – 3-4 Attack
4 – 5-2 Attack
5 – Goal Line
Then, blitzes will be called. Multiple combinations will be
used.
1 – Left Linebacker (inside blitz), blitz between guard and tackle.
2 – Left Linebacker (outside blitz), Left End goes inside of tackle
and Left Linebacker takes outside path and keeps everything inside.
3 – Right Linebacker (inside blitz).
4 – Right Linebacker (outside blitz).
5 – Middle Linebacker.
6 – Free Safety.
7 – Right Cornerback.
8 – Left Cornerback.
When a cornerback blitzes, the free safety will cover that
receiver.

Party school

October 4th, 2010
11:21 pm

The Tennessee game will be very interesting in that both teams are coming off a tough loss and both are hungry, desparate even for a win. Throw in the fact that a Dooley will be on the visitors sideline and it should be very entertaining.

drbasic1

October 4th, 2010
11:21 pm

I am sick of all you morons talking about celebrating, and black outs. It charged up the team even with a loss to Alabama.. Big deal,…..high school antics my a$$, get over yourselves. Other teams do this, other teams have many different uniforms, doesn’t seem the “black-out” hurt Colorado now did it. If I was the coach, i would have suggested the celebration also, if others thought it were bad sportsmanship…which it is not….or refs or whomever thought bad of it, oh well, to bad so sad. Whatever it takes to fire up the team…I think it was a great call and loved it and still do.

PMC

October 4th, 2010
11:22 pm

Maybe some Red Bull or 5 hour energy?

boise bulldog

October 4th, 2010
11:24 pm

Have to have a coach that will kill kill kill like Saban. No wussies like Dungy. Bow in the direction of the west and bring in Saban. No more wussies wussies do not kill kill kill.
Make sure Richt stays in his office 24/7 and never comes out, bring in a porta potty.
That will take care of it.
God I love the smell of blood from football players in the morning.