Richt: ‘Two teams really fighting like mad … to show people we can play football’

Partial transcript of Mark Richt’s news conference on Tuesday:

Opening statement:

“We have two teams in very similar situations. Both are coming off heartbreaking losses. Both of them are looking for a Southeastern Conference victory. Both of them are teams that have tremendous fan bases and tremendous tradition and history of playing winning football so we are both, I would say, pretty desperate for a victory right now. Of course I don’t want to speak for Tennessee.

“Coach Derek Dooley is heading up the team as we all know. I would think it would have to be an emotional homecoming for him of some sorts, being in Athens so long. I think he’s doing a fine job. He’s a heck of a coach.

“I would think it’s going to be a highly-emotional game, a highly-charged game with two teams really fighting like mad for a victory and fighting like mad for the ability to show people we can play football. It ought to be a good one. Tennessee-Georgia, enough said I guess.”

On whether Aaron Murray is the bright spot for the Georgia offense:

“Aaron has done well. I think he’s thrown for over 60 percent. I don’t know exactly how many TD’s he’s thrown but his touchdown-interception ratio is very good. He’s making decisions that are very wise so far. He just hasn’t thrown the ball up for grabs. Even the pick last week, it was a situation where he might have held the ball a hair or two too long, but he was getting hit as he released it and didn’t see the guy coming. He’s overall made very good decisions on not throwing the ball up for grabs. I think his ability to run is even better than I thought it would be. His ability to avoid trouble and to actually cross the line of scrimmage and get some first downs, that’s been even better than I thought it would be. I knew he was a good athlete, but I didn’t know he would be able to make that many plays. There are times where he needs to get to his second receiver a little bit quicker, and he needs to be a little more accurate here and there like most guys. To wrap up what he’s done considering he’s a first-year starter and a freshman, he has done very well. I’ve been pretty proud of him.”

On whether he will take a more active role in the play calling:

“Right now that’s not the plan. Right now it’s not the plan. I have to be more assertive to let Mike (Bobo) know certain situations. Sometimes if a coach knows he has three downs to get two yards instead of two downs to get two yards, he may call that a little bit different. Or there may be times I’ll say, ‘Let’s run this thing’ or whatever it might be. I need to be a little more assertive in that way just to give him direction and help him know how to approach it. The bottom line is if we score enough points to win, we don’t have to worry about that.”

On whether Caleb King will start at tailback:

“We have not sat down and said who is going to start this week, but Caleb has certainly made a good case to be the starter. I’m not going to name him that right this minutes. A little bit later in the week we’ll decide. We need to practice first and make decisions based on that. I do think that Caleb had one of his better ballgames and certainly no one is happy about the last play of the game, but there were some circumstances there. It wasn’t just your normal fumble in my opinion. It was right in the middle of an exchange. It’s really tough to know exactly what happened even on TV copy.”

On who will return punts against Tennessee:

“Carlton Thomas is getting reps there. A.J. Green is getting reps there. Logan Gray of course has been getting reps there. I’m not even 100 percent sure on who would start the game but they are all capable.”

On his assessment of Georgia’s offensive line play this season:

“I would say not good enough at this point. From an offensive standpoint and a defensive standpoint and a special teams standpoint and a coaching standpoint, I’d say not good enough. I’d say across the board we just haven’t been good enough. There have been some bright spots, there have been some good things that have happened, but we just haven’t done it good enough as a team so I don’t really want to single out the O-line because they’re in the same boat everybody else is in, in my opinion.”

On what Washaun Ealey needs to do to become more of a factor in Georgia’s offense:

“I think he’s doing it. He ran with a lot of energy in the game. Even though he didn’t get as many reps as he would like to, he was in the game, he was excited. He practiced extremely well yesterday just as far as his energy level. I think he’s helped himself earn more time. I’m not saying he wouldn’t win the starting job either. I won’t rule that out either, but I do like the attitude that he had even though he didn’t get to play as much as he wanted to play. He had enough ball security issues that the other guys got the opportunity basically, but he’s still a good football player. The pass protection is important too. Whoever plays the most has the most issues. The more you play, the more chance you have of succeeding, but also maybe not getting the job done. That doesn’t necessarily mean the other guy can do it better, so we’re looking at that. He’ll definitely play. I like what he’s been doing the last few days.”

On how Georgia’s defense has adjusted to the new scheme:

“We’re getting there. I can’t sit there and say they are 100 percent certain on everything that shows up exactly what to do and how to do it. We’re at least to the point where they are comfortable doing it where they can really play with the speed that you need to play with. As you learn something, you just can’t cut it loose like you do once it’s yours. It’s not an indictment on the coaching or even the players. It’s just a fact of life that as you install things from scratch, there is a learning curve for them. There is a learning curve for our coaches. There are certain situations we put our guys in we thought they would handle and afterwards realized maybe they can’t handle that as well as we thought. You have to make sure you don’t do it again the next time around. The point I’ve made about some of these opening drives, some of these situations where maybe something new popped up that wasn’t prepped for. There is just no experience to draw from to say this is how we would handle that. We are having still a little bit of that from time to time. The thing about collegiate offenses is they are all so different. When you are in the NFL you have the same offense over and over and over pretty much. There is some variance, but you have people running the option, you have the quarterback run, everybody just has a little bit different style. We understand the style, we know how to prepare for the style, but it’s so different as you go. I guess it’s the first time through, and you play the next game and maybe game four, but it’s the first time through on this particular scheme. I think that’s hurt us some, but the bottom line is we have to line up and play football and play good assignment football and make tackles and make plays.”

On the suggestion made during his radio show of leading the team out onto the field:

“When the team runs on the field some coaches go first and some coaches carry up the rear. I’ve always let the boys go first. First of all I don’t want to get run over. Not even first of all, but for the most part I feel like it’s their day, it’s their game. Let’s go get it. The caller made a good point. You’re the leader of the pack, why don’t you lead the pack? That makes good sense to me. I think we’ll try that. I’ve been stretching and I’m a little concerned about puling a hamstring if I go too hard. I hope somebody reminds me to do it because old habits die hard. It’s been 10 years and I haven’t done it. I have to get out front and lead the pack, so I think it will be good.”

On whether the head coaching job is always fun:

“Is it always fun? Head coaching isn’t always fun. I can tell you that, even when you are winning. Anybody who has head coached long enough knows that everything you do in your job is not fun. The purest form of fun in coaching is coaching. Coaching your position and getting to know those kids really good and just being there to show them the way. To be able to focus just on the art of coaching the game and the strategy and all the things it entails, that’s the most fun. Head coaching, you have all kinds of stuff you get to do. I get to hang out with you guys a lot, that’s fun. That’s one of the fun parts. Is it as fun as it has always been? If you said as fun, yeah it’s as fun. I can’t say it’s off-the-chain fun, but it’s a responsibility that I enjoy and I know that I’m where God wants me to be and that’s very important to me, so that’s what gives me the peace.”

On how his spiritual side keeps him going:

“The bottom line is I have faith in the Lord. I basically submitted my life to Christ in 1986. From that day forward my goal was to, on a daily basis, try to love Him and obey Him and try to do things that will please Him. That’s been my motivation and my focus, so that hasn’t changed. God is the No. 1 focus of my life, period. I just happen to coach football. If I did something else then my relationship to the Lord wouldn’t change. I’m true to myself, I’m true to who I am, and if that’s attractive to anybody that’s good. If not, that’s OK too.”

On Sanders Commings:

“I think he’s been one of the bright spots as far as a guy who maybe wasn’t sitting in a position where the coaches might have thought he was going to get a ton of playing time going into camp or even into game one. But he has steadily improved. He listens to what Coach (Scott) Lakatos says. He takes it to heart. He reps it everyday in practice and now he is starting to see more playing time. He’s earned it. That tackle he made out in the open field on that third down play, that was one of the finest open field tackles we’ve had here in a while. A guy out in space, a guy he had to get up on him, he had to wrap him and he had to run his feet and drive him back or it’s going to be a first down. That was just one play, but the other thing I think really helps Sanders is on this kickoff coverage team he really took off from game one making plays. That I think helped his confidence and it also helped our coaches’ confidence to watch him play and play physical and make plays. He’s done a really good job. I’m really happy for him.”

On the fourth quarter fumble against Colorado and whether Georgia’s defense is making enough disruptive plays:

“If they would just not block us I think we would make more plays like that. That’s what happened, we didn’t block him. We absolutely need more plays like that. I think there were three fumbles that they had. I think they had three fumbles and we got zero. I think that’s right. I hate to say it but it’s looking a little bit like a year ago. Fumbles are getting caused but they are landing next to their guy. Why? I don’t know. I wish they would land closer to us, because I do believe we’ve had enough reps at recovering fumbles that we would get it. Once we got it we wouldn’t let go, but the ball doesn’t always bounce to you. Most balls on the ground seem to be bouncing closer to the opponents than they are to us right now. But I think we are getting some of that, we are getting some of those balls getting knocked, but we have to get on it.”

On Branden Smith having two concussions:

“We do have to be very careful. (UGA Director of Sports Medicine) Ron Courson has been on some committees to even talk about on a national level how to handle concussions and what are the signs to say that a young man is concussed and what are the signs to say that a young man is ready to go back and play safely. There is no question we have to be careful. Ron has his procedures that he does and we are going to follow that protocol. When Ron says he is safe to play, then he’ll play. If he says he’s not, then he’s not. Right now we don’t think it’s going to be this week for sure and probably not any time soon. I can’t predict that. There are certain factors that are tested and gauged and whenever he meets that criteria to go play, then he’ll play.”

On whether he has talked to Vince Dooley about the Tennessee game:

“Once or twice. He did mention to me basically what he said publicly in that I think he said he was going to stay at home and watch this one. I’m sure he’ll probably see (Derek Dooley) the night before the game. I’m assuming he would. I don’t know what he’ll do, that’s their business. Coach (Vince) Dooley absolutely loves the University of Georgia. There is no doubt about that. It’s such a big part of his life, but I think he loves Derek more, which he should.”

On practicing the ones vs. ones and twos vs. twos in full pads on Monday:

“I’ve never done that. Monday is usually a day in shorts and we do a little running and lifting and meeting. We install a little bit just from a mental standpoint, almost a glorified walkthrough just to kind of mend up on all that. I decided that we just needed to put the pads on and we needed to go have a little spring ball, which is No. 1 vs. No. 1. We had a team run drill where each group had eight plays apiece and the team that won didn’t have to run and the team that lost had to run after practice. Then we had an 11-on-11, which is more of anything goes, 1st-and-10 type scrimmage where you can run or pass with the same criteria, winners and losers. Then we put the ball on the four-yard line and got in a goal line situation and said you have four downs to score a touchdown, but you have to stay in your goal line offense and defense and you can’t throw the ball. It has to be a physical confrontation. We did that and I thought the players responded beautifully. I thought it pumped some life into those guys. I think they had fun playing football and blocking and tackling. We haven’t been blocking and tackling good enough. I’m going back to my original philosophy when I came to Georgia and that’s when I would say it’s hard to get better blocking without blocking and tacking, so I went back to that philosophy. What got me off that philosophy? A lot of it had to do with the one season when we had 32 guys hurt going into the year. You start out with camp and another one goes and another one goes. There are different schools of thought. One is you have to block and tackle to block and tackle well. The other one is let’s get everybody to the gate healthy and let’s kind of play our way into this game and pick our shots when we do those types of things. We did the least amount of that in camp than we’ve ever done. Is it biting us in the rear end right now? Probably so. That’s a decision I made based on what I just told you. The only thing I know how to do is go back to the basics of blocking and tackling and make sure we do that well.”

On whether he will carry that philosophy going forward:

“Yes I would. It’s hard not to flinch sometimes when you have your red cross looking pretty rough, but it’s part of football.”

On Garrison Smith and whether Georgia’s record impacts what freshmen might play:

“Not the record, no. It was just a matter of feeling like we needed a little more punch up front. He’s a very strong play, very powerful guy. He’s still playing too high as rookies tend to do. He has to learn that he’s in a different league and that he’s going against much bigger, stronger, more physical people. He has the ability, and it was good for him to get that under his belt and learn and I think he’ll get better in a hurry. There is a chance that other guys will play. There are some other freshmen we have looked at to do that.”

119 comments Add your comment

5150 P.O.A.D

October 6th, 2010
12:59 am

It is just by the # Tim. All these kids go to school and their parents should know this if their child doesn’t make it to the PORS in something other than Sports just like the NCAA commercial says. The SEC is not being fair to many of the population or the non White and non Athlete students. These colleges owe the student a well rounded college life and experience. Parents need to do the research and see what their money is buying or the scholarship is offering in all parts of campus life.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 6th, 2010
1:08 am

I would hate to be the Dooley House. There is just no win. Now that teams can’t play to a Tie it will hurt no matter the outcome. I think I will be harder om Barbara for sure. That is her “Baby Boy” out there having to fight the Dawgs she has loved for so long.

TheTaxJacket

October 6th, 2010
1:08 am

***** “Well, they’re losing a lot of games and have a lot of people getting arrested,” Crowell said of Georgia. “There’s just a lot of things going wrong. I do want to play right away but I also want to be where it’s disciplined and they win championships” *****

(((( 45 – 42 ))))

some guy.

October 6th, 2010
1:10 am

uga = lolz. can you make it halfway through a season without beating a D1 team? we’ll find out.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 6th, 2010
1:12 am

TAX do you know the score of the Tech v UGA game form 1952? Just wondering because it matters just about as much.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 6th, 2010
1:20 am

Richt leading the team on the field? Well I like what he says about it being the PLAYERS TIME. I like what he says about God being #1 too. I am not sure if he can’t seem more fired up on the sidelines and still love God and Jesus too. Richt is a very good and I would like my kids to learn from him Sunday-Friday, but on Saturday I want David to be ready to fight Goliath. I want G S PATTON talking to the troops before they go into battle.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 6th, 2010
1:22 am

DAWG players win one for the RUSS send him out 4-4 the white painted butt DAWG deserves at least that much.

cyberdawg

October 6th, 2010
2:52 am

Going back to the basics of blocking and tackling will definitely help. What most bloggers just don’t realize is that we could easily be 4 – 1 instead of 1 – 4. The difference in the two is just a handful of plays. In past years we have won the close ones but this year it’s just not going our way, but sooner or later that will change.

hop

October 6th, 2010
4:50 am

coach richt has his prioities in order and his faith will carry him through this very trying time.

dawgerbrown

October 6th, 2010
6:28 am

Yes, this all sounds good, but, shouldn’t all of this been in place prior to the season? It just seems the players don’t respect the coach, the game, the rules, others, and the opportunity they have. They play with a sense of entitlement. They need to develop a sense of urgency and maintain it from play to play.

Lilburn Dawg

October 6th, 2010
6:41 am

Richt’s comments speak volumes about the problems with the UGA football program. It’s very distressing. If I were McGarity and read this, it would make my mind up for me as to whether Richt needs to remain as head coach.

Jeff Dorsey

October 6th, 2010
6:57 am

I remember when Coach Richt came to UGA & reading how many injuries they were having from the aggressive hitting & tackling in practice when Van Gorder was there. I remember going to the games & was astonished at how hard UGA hit in the games & was delighted that UGA had finally reached the elite in college football. Since that time coinciding with Van Gorder’s departure, Richts’ teams have not resembled that, not even close. After the Bama embarrassment in Athens, I awoke in Athens & made a comment to a friend that the only thing that would make me feel good about the Dawgs was if I walked out of Cont Ed & heard helments popping on the practice field. Low & behold, I read the paper later & Meyer has the Gaytors on the practice field on Sun morning after their embarrassment to Ole Miss. Rict can do all the gimics & ploys that he wants, but until he gets his teams’ attitude back to where it was when VG was there, UGA will continue to get its’ ass handed to them. I don’t care how many black jerseys, helments, prayers or whatever you have. the team that hits the hardest & has the nastiest attitude will win the game & championships. End of story.

AltamahaDawg

October 6th, 2010
7:16 am

All that God talk didn’t set well with you eh Lilburn?

MURPHY(not to be confused with poster under MURPH)

October 6th, 2010
7:38 am

We must our physical UT to win this came. I question if we have it in us.

Van Gorder is a stiff ...

October 6th, 2010
7:57 am

…sure wish you guys understood football so that you would know that he is just not that good of a coach, just ask Ga. Southern, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Falcons (Mike Smith is the leader of the D, just like Saban at AL). I will admit he is better than CWM, and I said so when CWM was named the coordinator when VG left, but he is no great shakes as a coach…

Douglas

October 6th, 2010
8:10 am

Disagree with you about van gorder..he may not be a great HC but he was a great DC at UGA. Concerning Mark Richt’s faith, he does have his priorities in order. However, that does not mean everything is going to go right for him…as a Christian myself, I am wondering if he is being tested right now as a coach or if maybe God is calling him to do something else other than coach.

NORRIS

October 6th, 2010
8:12 am

How can we be the favorite when we just lost to a team that isnt as good as Tennessee.

Cracker Jacket

October 6th, 2010
8:24 am

Worst Tech team since Bill Lewis! Johnson will jump ship faster than Bill Curry !

DJ Dawg

October 6th, 2010
8:24 am

Somethings wrong when he says he needs to give his OC more direction………….? Are you kidding me?

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

October 6th, 2010
8:37 am

hopefully the team will come out swinging on saturday. battle of the sec east worst. IMO, advantage DAWGS. maybe this will change crowell’s opinion of UGA.

Gainesville Dawg

October 6th, 2010
8:37 am

5150P’ Do you not get any sleep or have a job???????? You are totally obsessed with UGA. You need help to get a life.
I Have so much respect for Coach Richt. He will get the job done, maybe not in the time and way all of you coaches think, but he doesn’t report to you.
Give some healthy comments or criticism and support the Dawgs!!!!!

Some lame name here

October 6th, 2010
8:42 am

So many dumb@sses sp little time…….

jtdawg

October 6th, 2010
8:42 am

Van Gorder is a stiff…

Idiotic comment.

Ga Southern didn’t embrace him because he was dead set on rebuilding everything and his wife couldn’t keep her mouth shut. He didn’t embrace the tradition and wanted it all his way – had nothing to do with his coaching abilities

Van Gorder did an outstanding job with linebackers in Jacksonville. And even though Smitty does drive the philosophy, make no mistake, the fast and physical, ball hawking play the Falcons are adopting, quite nicely I might add, eerily resembles what he had going on in Athens.

Look at UGA 2000 – 2005 and then since. Georgia’s identity is directly related to Van Gorder and what he brought here.

Do you people even think before you post or just babble out loud?

JB

October 6th, 2010
8:42 am

Here’s hoping the economy get’s better so 5150 P O A D can get a job. Yesterday alone was 74 post, and i thought my 20 or so a day was obsessive.

jtdawg

October 6th, 2010
8:45 am

I have been a very harsh critic of Richt. There is no escaping the fact that he is very late to recognize defficiencies and address them.

However I very much like the introspective thought process he (being forced) is using. I think alot of us questioned the line of thinking when he decided to lay up on the spring and summer practice intensity. I remember all the injuries and it was devistating, but it’s a part of this league.

Too bad it takes 1 & 4 and an upset DawgNation to figure it out..

hipdawg

October 6th, 2010
8:46 am

he is too nice.that was the question about cmr when he got the job.well it seems to be true.get somebody w/ some fire in da belly

CDAWG

October 6th, 2010
8:48 am

You want to see something that will get you fired up and excited? Watch this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a63wht7yA4w&feature=player_embedded#!

AltamahaDawg

October 6th, 2010
8:49 am

Hey Altamaha……It’s not his religion. It’s comments like these:

Re: Refferring to Murray: “I don’t know exactly how many TD’s he’s thrown….”, (Which means: Saban would be able to quote how many handoffs, passes, yards rushed, pass attempts, percent of completions, his birth date, his mother’s maiden name, his shoe size, etc…….but I don’t even know how many touchdowns he’s thrown)

Re: Referring to Bobo: “I need to be a little more assertive in that way just to give him direction…..” (What’s not said: I need to give him orders and demand he do what I say)

On Caleb King: “We have not sat down and said who is going to start this week…..” (I would think the coach would know this by now)

Re: Thomas, Greene, and Gray: “I’m not even 100 percent sure on who would start the game …..” (Translation: We’ve been evaluating our players since spring practice began and we, the coaches, don’t have a clue who to put into the game)

Re: The Offensive Line: “I’d say across the board we just haven’t been good enough…..” (Me: I’d say you were right)

Re: The Defensive Coaches: “There is a learning curve for our coaches…..” (Translation: The coaches don’t know what to do either)

Re: The Defensive Players: “There is just no experience to draw from to say this is how we would handle that….” (Just no experience after all this time??)

Re: Leading the Team: “It’s been 10 years and I haven’t done it. I have to get out front and lead the pack………” (UGA FANS: Yeh, I’d say it’s about time the head coach led his team)

Re: Coaching the Players: “I get to hang out with you guys a lot, that’s fun.” (Translation: I’d much rather go bowling and swimming instead of practicing football)

Re: Fumbles: “I think they had three fumbles and we got zero. I think that’s right. I hate to say it but it’s looking a little bit like a year ago.” (What it reveals: No improvement from last year on this??)

Re: Making Plays Against the Colorado Defense: ““If they would just not block us I think we would make more plays like that.” (Response: Sorry Coach, but blocking in football is what it’s all about….it’s going to happen…..we can’t ask them not to do it)

Re: Practicing: “I think they had fun playing football and blocking and tackling”. (I’m so glad they had fun too…….but did they put out enough effort to learn anything and get better?? I’d rather you said you made them practice till dark and they did not enjoy it one bit but it made them tougher!!!)

Re: Tackling: “We haven’t been blocking and tackling good enough. I’m going back to my original philosophy when I came to Georgia and that’s when I would say it’s hard to get better blocking without blocking and tackling….” (Seems rather obvious to everyone but apparently not to the coaches that you don’t learn how to block and tackle without actually doing it!!!)

So yeh, when you tease the real meaning out of these kinds of statements, it is very revealing. Any all of Richt’s comments in interviews are flowered with these kind of insightful self-revelations. And all I want them to do is play some good old-fashioned football like we used to see in years past.

Some lame name here

October 6th, 2010
8:49 am

Players have never shown a lack of respect for richt, and as soon as the black athletes start getting in trouble for anything outside of the same things as the rest of the white students I will be the first to call them thugs…. Butbrightnnow they r just kids being kids.
Stop using them to value your pathetic life.

jtdawg

October 6th, 2010
8:50 am

And by the way, on the Van Gorder note….

Although I am leary about how he handled the Georgia Southern gig, I truly believe Van Gorder simply wanted to put his stamp on the program to prove himself. And I know plenty of people from Statesboro that despise hiom for it… but NONE of them question his ability to coach.

If the decision is made to let Richt go at some point if there isn’t improvement in the outlook of the team, Brian Van Gorder would be the FIRST candidate I would call if I were McGarity.

The respect he commands in the SEC is unmistakable. He LOVES Athens and the University immensely, and unlike GaSo, he understands and respects the Bulldog Nation and the Dawg Tradition. And most importantly, he understands how to coach and demand big boy, physical, hard-nosed football, and that is UGA all the way…

GATA!!!

Lilburn Dawg

October 6th, 2010
8:52 am

Altamaha……..Sorry, the above comment was from me, Lilburn Dawg. Don’t know how your name got there instead of mine.

godoggo

October 6th, 2010
8:54 am

I agree with most of your comments 5150……and Yes, it would be interesting to “watch Vince, watch his Son, Coach against his former Team”….that’s a made for TV movie ? Can you imagine how animated it would look if Vince was “Velcro’d” to a chair watching the game ? He’d tear those bindings off like Lindsay Lohan going for a bottle of Belvedere : ) in her cell.

Say what some of you wanna say about Vince…..but I’d be mighty proud to have him as either a Coach, Father, or friend even though im a Gator!

Yes, a Gator. Im a closet Dawg fan though…even had my pic taken with Uga….I’ve also been fortunate to spend some quality time with his Daughter’s family, and they are just as classy and genuine. Great people ! For that matter, I had No idea who her Father was for the first year I knew her and the family ?

Im looking for UGA to prevail by 6…..with Mark leading them on the field !

Go Dogs (except in Jax), and Gators too !

icallbs

October 6th, 2010
8:55 am

Ahhhh…techsters can’t wait to hit the UGA blog topics. I do understand, though. GT will always have a ceiling and that must be incredibly frustrating. UGA will always have a shot at championships in a meaningful conference and on the national level, short-term dips in the program notwithstanding. Oh, and they will always own tech on the football field, regardless of how they may be playing against legitimate competition.

Frank Lane

October 6th, 2010
8:55 am

When Richt was hired I asked Jamie Dukes if he would be a good head coach. He said he would if he remembered that the SEC was a physical conference, not a finesse conference like the ACC. I guess we are seeing a loss of memory here.

RussDawg

October 6th, 2010
9:00 am

Some folks have a intersting outlook. This team could easily be 4-1 what are you smokin?
This team is an EPIC FAIL at all of the basics of pop warner football.
We don’t block, We don’t tackle. We don’t score 7’s against mediocre teams.
Unless CMR can pull off a hail mary and win out this will be a no bowl season and when is the last time that happened?

The Temporary Mascot formerly known as Russ

October 6th, 2010
9:06 am

Not a word about the mascot situation. I think that is telling. Not a word.

GRANDMA CROWELL

October 6th, 2010
9:07 am

I AM NOT GOING TO LET MY BABY COME OVER TO YOUR HELL HOLE.

MR. SABAN HAS PROMISED ME HE WILL BE VERY HAPPY IN TUSCALOOSA,

The Temporary Mascot formerly known as Russ

October 6th, 2010
9:12 am

I remember when Coach Bowden came out on the field holding his players’ hands. How did that work out for him? When I was just a pup, I wanted to be the next Uga. I watched as they picked around me and got dogs with bad hearts, weak bladders, and no teeth. Still, I held out hope though I have a brown a$$. Well, I finally get a shot as “temporary” mascot and what do they do? They paint my a$$! How humiliating! What kind of people paint a little dog’s a$$?

AltamahaDawg

October 6th, 2010
9:12 am

NP, I know nobody want’s the baggage of actually stealing my name in here.

But it is amazing to me how something as complicated as running a college football program , which involved hundreds of people, multiple sets of unforseen circumstances, years of recruiting, both players and staff, a list of other things stuff that the fans can’t even comprehend the complexity of, and somehow we can quickly access the issue by taking a look at a handful of comments and injecting your own personal opinion as to what he “meant” to say (some of which was just plain petty) carved out of a press conference. At the very least you have to understand that no coach is going to give anything but scripted coach-speak answer to predictably subjective questions where obviously he isn’t going to elaborate.

Trix Is For Kids

October 6th, 2010
9:29 am

So Richt admits soft practicing because he’s afraid of injuries. Awful. That’s why they aren’t ready to play. Tennesse ain’t gonna hit you softly.

So now we know Bobo is solely responsible for this vanilla offense.

Its great that Richt is a good religious man but UGA needs a good football coach that coaches with some passion.

Russ

October 6th, 2010
9:31 am

One would think that with all the cheating, recruiting of thug wannabes and morons, and a saintly coach who’s making $4 million a year, that the dawgturds could manage something better. So let’s summarize the current situation:

0 SEC wins

1 AD forced to resign in shame and 1 pair of red panties

1 win overall

4 losses

0-3 SEC record

10 arrests

But there is one bit of good news – you have a lock on the Fulmer/Richt Cup!  :-)

Mobile Dawg

October 6th, 2010
9:36 am

I saw that too DJ. Everytime CMR holds a press conference he sticks his foot in his mouth somewhere.

Alt, if you analyze CMR’s statements they never say anything, they beat around the bush. Maybe that’s his style, his skill level at communicating, I’m not sure. I listen to other coaches and hear statements, direct comments addressing or answering questions. Personally, I’ve had enough of CMR and the way the program is run. I’m ready for a change in Leadership, Direction, Intensity, Results ! ! !

I realize unfortuately he may get another year, as a result I’ve changed my Saturday schedule around. As much as I love the Dawgs, I have checked out, there are just to many other important things to do in life. I’m not invested into this CMR coached team at this point, I’m 53, been a Dawg follower, fan, supporter, for 42 of those years. I’ve seen enough of this once proud program sinking to bottom of the SEC. I love the Dawgs but just can’t bear to listen to the lame retoric any longer.

As a conservative southerner politically speaking, watching the Dawgs program sinking is kind of like watching our “Once Great Country” being eroded by high paid “carpet bagging” politicians. The only thing that can save us is change, beginning at the top. This country is now full of kool aid drinkers and the Bulldawg Nation has more than their fair share.

Good Day to the “Real Dawgs”

Trix Is For Kids

October 6th, 2010
9:36 am

Didn’t California (a weak PAC-10 team) beat Colorado like 58-14 earlier this year ? Tenn 34 UGA 21

In Shock

October 6th, 2010
9:37 am

CMR and the Dawgs find a way Saturday. I’m betting it want be pretty, but it will be a W. The man can coach. This season is over, but a win Saturday can be a building block for getting the swag back. You can do it coach, I beleive in you.

Trix Is For Kids

October 6th, 2010
9:39 am

I don’t plan on watching the Soft Dawgs game Saturday. Why waste 4 hours of my life on a team that doesn’t give 100 % ? I’d rather watch paint dry…

Trix Is For Kids

October 6th, 2010
9:40 am

If it was LSU playing UGA all of you would say LSU would win. Well Tenn just beat LSU (except for a dumb 13 man penalty). How can UGA be a 13 point favorite ?

Tide Roll

October 6th, 2010
9:41 am

Richt: God wants you to start A. J. Harmon at Right Guard.

Doubledawgs

October 6th, 2010
9:43 am

I just read that Paul Johnson is tired of excuses and he is going to be up the players behind until they play up to their potential. I wonder if CMR has ever been up the players behind. He certainly hasnt indicated that he has in any public comments. I think it is time for our players and coaches to “man up”!

Trix Is For Kids

October 6th, 2010
9:44 am

God wants him to put super glue on King’s & Ealey’s hands too.
As well as shown a little fire on the sideline when you’re getting beat by two touchdowns. Also when Vance Cuff makes a stupid unsportsmanlike penalty…

Trix Is For Kids

October 6th, 2010
9:46 am

Paul Johnson shows the fire and has told the public and players his team will get better or else. Richt just says he hopes his team gets better. Now who is the better coach here ? Johnson hands down !