I have intentionally not posted thoughts regarding UGA football for several weeks. I wanted to take a step back and evaluate the Dawgs from a different perspective. I wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt after the SC game. After the FL game, I feel compelled to write and confirm my initial gut feeling regarding UGA football. Here goes…
The Dawgs are in trouble. Not the kind of trouble that will land you on probation for 10 years and cost you $40 million dollars but the trouble of false hope, and for two reasons.
(1) There is one key element to being successful in college football and UGA lacks it: COACHING. I know there are many of you that support Mark Richt and although I do not know him personally, I believe he is a great guy. However, I do not believe he is a great coach. The only consistencies of the Dawgs are how undisciplined and inconsistent they are as a team. There is no control over the players, week in and week out. I understand the emotional game against the sea creature from Gainesville, FL, but to have 14 penalties for 132 yards is terrible. It’s uncalled for and should not be tolerated. According to Chip Towers’ article in the AJC this morning, the coaching staff was not happy but they understood and justified the penalties. Unbelievable. So, tell me the last time Bama had 132 yds in penalties. Do they play emotional games during the year? Maybe, since everyone is gunning for them every week. What separates them from UGA? Plain and simple – COACHING. Not screaming at someone (Todd Grantham) until the shat their silver britches, coaching. Fundamental football. Smart football. The kind of football that allows you to score more than 17 points when the opposing team has 6 turnovers. The kind of football that doesn’t allow Kentucky to run on you like they are a dominant SEC running power. Consistent, fundamental, smart football.
(2) Motivation is non-existent. Why does it take a fellow teammate calling out other players for being “soft” before they start to play like they are capable? Isn’t this the job of the coaching staff and ultimately the job of the head coach? I say yes. The first 7 games showed no inspiration and if you look back at the performance it is evident of highly skilled underachievers. This lies solely on the shoulders of Mark Richt.
I have had several conversations with Auburn friends this week and have informed them of their fortune. They will have change long before UGA will have change. How can you fire a coach that ends up in the SEC championship game every other year but rarely wins? How many “big” games has he won since 2008? Maybe 1 or 2, depending on your definition of “big” (sorry GT).
Mark my word(s) – “false hope” is abound and a reality check is forthcoming. IF UGA makes the SEC championship game, look for a disheveled group of young men with a false sense of leadership and a host of excuses. Mediocre coaching leads to mediocre playing and if the bulldogs on the field are a reflection of the leadership then we have now what we will always have, a mediocre team. Live in reality and expect nothing more.