Notebook: Richt on players’ boasts; Spurrier on UGA, Bama schedules

(Updated 8:30 p.m.)

ATHENS – Georgia coach Mark Richt brushed off comments by two of his defensive players that figured to get a prominent place on the Alabama bulletin board.

Safety Bacarri Rambo told ESPN Radio, in an otherwise tame interview Saturday, that the Bulldogs “have better players” than Alabama “at each position, across the board, especially on defense.” And cornerback Sanders Commings told reporters Monday, “I think we’re the best defense in the country. … Everybody on this defense thinks we are.”

Richt was asked Tuesday about such brash statements.

“You know what? They’re all young and excited, and they say what they want to say sometimes,” Richt replied. “And I don’t think it’s going to matter much what everybody says before the game.

“I think it’s going to matter what happens when we kick it off. So I’m not too worried about that.”

The comments by Georgia’s defensive players have drawn attention because Alabama — the Bulldogs’ opponent in the SEC Championship game on Saturday — statistically ranks No. 1 in the nation in scoring defense (9.25 points allowed per game) and total defense (233.7 yards allowed per game).

Georgia ranks No. 16 nationally in scoring defense (17.7 points allowed per game) and No. 22 in total defense (337.8 yards allowed per game). But after a slow start this season, the Bulldogs’ defense has come on strong, holding its past five opponents to an average of 8.6 points.

Georgia linebacker Amarlo Herrera smiled when asked Tuesday about his teammates’ strong statements.

“I feel the same. … I back those guys up,” Herrera said. “I haven’t seen anyone play better than us the second half of the season.

“You can probably say we were lacking some confidence early in the year because we weren’t playing as well as we should have been. But now we have the swagger back, and we’re feeling like the best again.”

Commings said his and Rambo’s comments simply reflected their belief in themselves and their teammates.

“It’s good to play with confidence,” Commings said. “Confidence is just another word for swagger. We step on the field, and that swagger is turned all the way up. We feel like we can shut anybody down, shut anybody out. In order to play good, you have to be confident; you have to have swagger.”

Like Richt, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham seemed unconcerned about his players’ bravado.

“I think both teams have confidence. Our guys have confidence,” Grantham said. “It’s going to come down to who executes and plays on the field, and we all understand that. … It’s going to be a battle. (Alabama is) a talented team. We all understand that. And even the guys you’ve talked to understand that, too.”

Spurrier points to schedules

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier couldn’t resist noting that the two teams in the SEC Championship game enjoyed favorable regular-season schedules.

“Alabama had the easiest schedule in the West division side, and Georgia had the easiest on our side,” Spurrier told The State newspaper of Columbia, S.C., on Monday. “I find it very interesting, and I haven’t seen anybody really write about (it).

“Before the season started, you would say these guys have the favorable schedule(s). I guess that’s just the way life is sometimes.”

Georgia’s regular-season schedule did not include any of the top three Western Divisons teams (Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M), while Alabama’s did not include any of the top three East teams (Georgia, Florida and South Carolina).

Georgia defeated its two West opponents, Ole Miss and Auburn, while South Carolina lost to LSU and beat Arkansas.

This is the second consecutive season that Georgia won the SEC East despite losing to South Carolina. Spurrier proposed at the SEC meetings this past summer that cross-division games not count in the standings, but the idea went nowhere. Asked this week if he thought the proposal would ever gain traction, Spurrier told The State: “No, TV would never allow it.”

Injury report

Wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell (bruised left shoulder) and cornerback Damian Swann (neck strain) participated in Georgia’s practice on a limited, no-contact basis Tuesday. Both are expected to play Saturday.

“We’re very thin at the (receiver) position,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “We’re a little banged up going into the game. … We’ve just got to get through this week of practice and stay healthy and be smart with them during the game.”

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97 comments Add your comment

beanster

November 27th, 2012
5:48 pm

Not this time, Goldenrod.

DawginME

November 27th, 2012
5:50 pm

First for a first timer?

padre

November 27th, 2012
5:51 pm

a ok the best

DawginME

November 27th, 2012
5:52 pm

Oh well. I’ll just sit back and read the usual derogatory posts…

WtfWruthnkn

November 27th, 2012
5:55 pm

Say what you want as long a you back it up

d

November 27th, 2012
6:31 pm

DAWG Fans:) Just a little side note because I just plan on enjoying the game saturday, its been nearly 32 years since I jumped up and down in the living room, when Lindsey ran 92 yards, Larry broke his chair, and the Notre Dame fans held a
sign that read “Who the He– is Herschel”…then he conquered the Irish with a broken hand. These are young men after winning 11 games in the toughest conference in the country taking jarring hits that would make most folks brain bleed, lol, Tickets are selling for a 500-800 dollars a piece and yeah most of these guys have a scholarship, but after all the hardwork, dedication, and death defying hits, I’d say they have earned the right to say what they want, let them be confident, and unless your ready to go hit head up with those Crimson helmets, dont sweat it, its why we love the game! Win or Lose, Go DAWGS!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp1lYCmmSRQ

zbulldawg

November 27th, 2012
6:35 pm

This ain’t A&M’s defense Bama toying with !! These guys are seasoned , hard nosed & very very HUNGRY !! If Bama needs any extra motivation to play in this game they better stay home !! You think you saw them whoop up on them Gators ? That ain’t nothing to compare to how insane they will be come saturday !! LET THE BIG DAWG EAT

MT

November 27th, 2012
7:02 pm

sign that read “Who the He– is Herschel”…then he conquered the Irish with a broken hand.

Hey d,
It was a dislocated shoulder, not a broke hand, pretty impressive nonetheless.Go Dawgs!Beat Bama

Moobs Johnson

November 27th, 2012
7:38 pm

A non-news story that is getting blown out of proportion. Do you expect them to say that Alabama is more talented than their own team?

jeff

November 27th, 2012
7:46 pm

yep– bullldogs are playin much better second half of season—– tide can be beat with qb like murray— tide needs to run ball at least 25–30 times—- none of that garbage like they had against texas a&m…..

Dawg_Mike

November 27th, 2012
7:46 pm

Nothing wrong with confidence. Just back it up.

Big Enos Burdette

November 27th, 2012
8:00 pm

I’m a dog fan, but Bama’s gonna line up and run it between the tackles over and over and over again

All the talk in the world doesn’t mean much when when the blood and sweat starts flowin’. Hope the dawgs are ready.

Big Enos Burdette

November 27th, 2012
8:03 pm

This game, like most, has aready been settled in the weight rooms last summer.

drbasic1

November 27th, 2012
8:50 pm

according to ESPN…..Alabama already won…..so there is no need to play the game…..and i was looking forward to watching it…..dang

kingdaddy

November 27th, 2012
9:02 pm

Big e
let them run while we pass it and score 7 times in the first half. It takes us about 1:30 to score, so go ahead, run Forest run…

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Neutral

November 27th, 2012
9:22 pm

Kingdaddy,
Aren’t you glad we were positive all season and never voted to bench Murray or fire the coaches. I love it when I’m right and loyal!!!

Steve the Whiner

November 27th, 2012
9:35 pm

It’s always a pleasure to hear the ol’ ball coach whining.

Tennessee Dawg

November 27th, 2012
9:37 pm

The game this week will be great if we bring our A game because you know Sabin and Alabama will bring theirs. It is good for Rambo, Williams, and Cummings to be hyped up but if they play with no discipline getting us dumb dead ball penalties for late hits, trash talking, excessive celebration, then we can be in trouble. They have to play as a team and not showboat. Williams has to know when to get down and not wait for the ball to be stripped. Rambo needs to know when to knock a ball away and not go for the interception when it is not there. We can beat anyone if we play to our capabilities. However, historically we have shown that we can also beat ourselves. I pray that is not the case this time. When the game is over I want to say we played a great game no matter the final outcome. Go Dawgs!

West Coast Dawg

November 27th, 2012
9:52 pm

I know it’s politically correct to be politically correct but you know what to hell with it! Bacarri, Sanders, and the rest of the boys prove ESPN and basically the whole nation besides the state of Georgia choke on their words, figuratively not literally, Saturday. All I hear is how it will be a throwback to yester year to have the Tide and the Irish play for it all. All eyes are on you fellas let’s show them what slobber knocker football is all about! Be aggressive on offense which includes the run game. Let the big boys up front eat and allow them to get their engine revved up to make some holes for Todd and Keith. Aaron play like you did at Tampa Plant let it all hang out just be smart with it! This is a game fellas have some damn fun and show the world what Georgia football is about!! I’m so amped for Saturday!! Let’s do it!! Jan. 7th Miami here we come baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kingdaddy

November 27th, 2012
10:28 pm

Neutral
Yeah bro., some of us were die-hards. We had to put up with a lot of shiz from the trolls and some our own idiot fans. Luckily, we were right this time, lol…

kingdaddy

November 27th, 2012
10:34 pm

I said it about the last 8-9 games. We will probably start slow or tight and those same UGAfans will cuss our coaches and players. I tell them wait until the middle of the 3rd before they giveup, but they dont listen until we go up by a couple. Just like babysitting a bunch of kids…

William G. Little

November 27th, 2012
10:42 pm

Georgia has a good team this year. Better overall than last year’s team, I think.

Bama is good too. Defense may not be quite as good as last year’s — offense is better than last year’s.

Vegas is probably right on the spread, but anything can happen.

The Dome could give one team a home field advantage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xA1HNa7rXf4&feature=fvwrel

Hunker down

November 27th, 2012
11:00 pm

What about Theus and Jenkins. But dinged in game. Any one wish to comment?

SatillaDawg

November 27th, 2012
11:24 pm

Go Dawgs!

Beat Bama!

Mr. Smith & Wesson: Sowhatyousayin'

November 27th, 2012
11:38 pm

UGA hasn’t won the SEC yet. The game still has to be played. The non-delusional fans and a player like #36 Williams had the nerve and balls enough to say Georgia coaching and playing in certain games was soft. And Georgia was soft and finesse. They didn’t get better until fans like myself started calling CMR out. We don’t kiss rear-ends like a lot of homer fans. Call it like you see it, hold people accountable, and get the problems fixed. Richt has listened to what he heard and made adjustments. Now Georgia is not soft and they are beating people up physically in games on offense and defense. Only corrective action got the Dogs in the position they are in and it would not have happened if people didn’t take a stand and call out people for being soft. The team and school comes first not individuals. HUNKERDOWN ! Go Dogs ! Beat Bama !

Matt

November 28th, 2012
12:25 am

Article is incorrect… Georgia did not play the top 4 teams from the West, not 3!

Whopper Dawg

November 28th, 2012
12:27 am

Glad they are confident, but no need to talk about it.

Unfortunately, I have visions of them getting blocked by Bama Oline. Carolina blocked them big time, and Bama is much better.

BjohnDawg

November 28th, 2012
1:15 am

Carolina still would not go. GA beat Fla, Fla beat Carolina, and Carolina beat UGA.
So three way tie. If the next deciding factor was win loses against West or highest ranked team…it still would be UGA.
So spurrier is just whining. All he had to do was beat either LSU or Fla and they were in….and they lost both.

7576DAWG

November 28th, 2012
1:32 am

The last two years was Spurriers best chance at winning the SEC or going to the National Championship but he found out he just could not recruit the depth needed for two deep like L.S.U. or Alabama has and Georgia looks to have this year when all those defensive stars decided to come back. Florida is close but needs a great running back and a great Quarterback.
I think Spurrier has taken South Carolina about as far as he can and if he can admit it will not stay more than two more years.

Dirty Dawg

November 28th, 2012
4:31 am

I know that ‘the kids’ shooting their mouths off sorta upset some of us, but Richt’s right…it won’t matter a bit after the game starts…and the worst that can happen is that they – Rambo and Commings – get burned sometime during te game and are embarrassed. The answer to that is, first, to not get burned, and second, if you do make up for it later and finally win the damn game…then it sure won’t matter at all…see?

poopdawg

November 28th, 2012
4:57 am

Saben , will try to sucker Rambo up and go over the top with a pass . If Rambo plays smart UGA wins. Coach Richt is right about these young men. UGA’s swagger and UA’s playing tight, i like GEORGIA. GO DAWGS!

Joe Namath

November 28th, 2012
5:41 am

A Bulldwag shooting his mouth off ?? Typical….Once a thug, always a thug….You can’t spell thug without the UG.

dewnsav

November 28th, 2012
6:20 am

Joe Willy, go have another bourbon…A Bama troll shooting his mouth off on a Georgia blog, typical..go dogs

We (did) Run The East

November 28th, 2012
6:23 am

One thing we know for sure, UGA is inferior to the SC football team for 3 years straight. Next year mavbe the Dawgs can really reach for the stars and try to COMPETE (not win, you gotta compete before your win) with the South carolina team, but i doubt it. UGA has no heartr and it will show before years end. Lucked up, yes, lucked up against FLA. UGA is 3rd best team in East and 5th best in SEC. Dawgs will be BLOWN OUT by Tide. UGA thinks they are good, but they are very weak, actually. Dawgs are the best team in Nation in a country where Obama is a gtreat president and deserves reelection. Neither are true, but Dawgs are closer to #1 than Obama is to being a good Pres. I know Dawg fans hate to be compared to Obama, but neither deserve the recognition they are getting.

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Planet Kolob

November 28th, 2012
7:15 am

It’s really surprising how many pundits are giving Notre Dame a legitimate chance of beating Alabama in the national championship game. If you look at it on paper, it would seem Alabama is the clear favorite. But a lot of folks think Notre Dame is the team of destiny and will find a way to win. I guess we’ll just have to see!

Pete

November 28th, 2012
7:17 am

You DONT Run the east-See it is the team that wins the east that Runs the East and that is GA- “NOT bassackwards S.C”.- South Carolina is a total Crap hole with little whining bitches like you. From all the crap you write I am sure you voted for Obama and if we cared anything at all about S.C. your comments would mean something-They don’t. Can Alabama beat Ga-Yes as they are a well coached team that comes prepared to play most weeks. Georgia can definitely win the game by staying on assignment on defense and opening up the play-book on offense. It should be a very good game and definitely feel the Dawgs are playing better football now than is Alabama. Good luck to both teams and Go Dawgsss!!!!

Say Whut

November 28th, 2012
7:45 am

Steve Spurrier is a poor loser– always has been. He’s also a poor winner. I have a friend who used to live next door to him and said he was the same person off the field.

Florida 44, South Carolina 11. Spurrier went for a field goal down 37-8??????

Douglas

November 28th, 2012
7:47 am

To all of the SC fans: you know what you needed to do to play for the SEC championship — you failed to do it. UGA needed to do what they did and they are in. If you can’t beat the teams you need to, then you don’t deserve to play in the championship game. I mean, come on — Clemson from the ACC almost beat you. If you want to wine, let us know your mailing address — we will be glad to send you some diapers and pacifiers. Once Spurrier retires, you will go back to being a nobody in the SEC east.

tony

November 28th, 2012
7:48 am

We (did) Run The East

November 28th, 2012
6:23 am

One thing we know for sure, UGA is inferior to the SC football team for 3 years straight. Next year mavbe the Dawgs can really reach for the stars and try to COMPETE (not win, you gotta compete before your win) with the South carolina team, but i doubt it. UGA has no heartr and it will show before years end. Lucked up, yes, lucked up against FLA. UGA is 3rd best team in East and 5th best in SEC. Dawgs will be BLOWN OUT by Tide. UGA thinks they are good, but they are very weak, actually. Dawgs are the best team in Nation in a country where Obama is a gtreat president and deserves reelection. Neither are true, but Dawgs are closer to #1 than Obama is to being a good Pres. I know Dawg fans hate to be compared to Obama, but neither deserve the recognition they are getting.
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The state of ga voted republican so why are you slinging Obama’s name around on this message board?

SuperB

November 28th, 2012
7:48 am

Pete; I agree with your comments, but saying Spurrier voted for Obama is the worst thing you could say about ANY American president. Even Nixon wouldn’t ahve deserved that slam.

Chris

November 28th, 2012
7:53 am

Is Steve Spurrier’s whining really press-worthy? Every year USC doesn’t plan in the SEC Championship, Spurrier finds an excuse. What would be more interesting to me would be a reprint of the different excuses Spurrier has come up with each year.

USC Crying Towel

November 28th, 2012
7:53 am

Tony: You are just like all the other poor losers on this blog. Whine because the OTHER USC willl never be any better than they are and whine because you lost the election. All South Carolina does is whine, whine whine– a trait of poor losers– like Spurrier.

Right now– this week, not 2 months ago- either Alabama or Georgia would whup South Carolina.

Chris

November 28th, 2012
7:57 am

Joe Namath

November 28th, 2012
5:41 am

A Bulldwag shooting his mouth off ?? Typical….Once a thug, always a thug….You can’t spell thug without the UG.

… but the good folks of Alabama can spell traler park with an AL.

BILLY JACK

November 28th, 2012
8:05 am

COACH SPURRIER DOESNT GET IT -DONT GET STOMPED BY FLORIDA AND YOU GO-2011 DONT LOSE TO A BAD AUBURN TEAM AT HOME AND YOU ALSO GO TO THE SECCG-VERY SIMPLE.

William G. Little

November 28th, 2012
8:12 am

Coach Richt should check at the courthouse to see if Alabama paid their property taxes on the Georgia Dome this year. Getting the Tide locked out of the stadium would be UGA’s best possible game plan. ;)

Eisendawg

November 28th, 2012
8:13 am

Spurrier failed to mention that UGA beat Fla, while his team did not. Last year SC fell to Auburn, while UGA did not. Nobody really knows how strong teams are when they do the schedules.

DixieDawg

November 28th, 2012
8:15 am

Spurrier knows that the schedule will favor them some years & not Georgia. That’s the way it’s always been for every team. He’s just whining because it favored Georgia this year. Next year it will favor them (Ga gets LSU & SC doesn’t). I bet you won’t see Richt whining about that. Let’s see what Spurrier whines about next year when Ga wins the east again.

@Dixie Dawg

November 28th, 2012
8:18 am

Spurrier only has two modes, whine or gloat.