A fine sentiment

Shawn Williams speaks:

Georgia’s defense now has been back at full strength on the field for two games after safety Bacarri Rambo and linebacker Alec Ogletree returned from suspension.

“I guess it took those guys a little while to get in game shape and game mode, but now I think there’s no excuses,” he said. “We’ve got to go out and get the job done.”

Meaning there were excuses before?

Speaking of which, this is about as lame as it gets.

Bobo mentioned last week on Georgia’s call-in show that the Bulldogs prepared during the gameweek with plenty of crowd noise, but may have overdone it.

“Going back talking as a staff maybe we did a little bit too much crowd noise and maybe shouldn’t do crowd noise until Thursday,” Bobo said. “We didn’t get to teach as much as we wanted to with all of the crowd noise.”

Well, at least they got the silent snap count routine honed so that Clowney could follow along.

Seriously, after all these years of playing in hostile environments, these guys still haven’t figured out how much practice time needs to be devoted to it?  The mind, she is boggled by that.

None of that’s going to matter this week – not when Kentucky’s quarterback situation looks like this – but two things would be nice if Georgia’s defense does shut down the ‘Cats and the Dawgs romp.  One would be that they don’t read too much into putting a hurt on the nation’s 116th-ranked team in total offense.  The other would be that instead of wasting too much time worrying about the things they can’t control in Jacksonville, the staff actually sits down to formulate a game plan that goes after Florida.

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  1. X-Dawg

    I would prefer the coaches just say “We got our butts whooped by a better team, ’nuff said”. Everything else is embarrassing.

    • The other Doug

      I agree, but I’d like to hear “Our game plan on both sides of the ball was crap, and we have to do better.”

    • Go Dawgs!

      Thank you. I mean, come on, coach. The atmosphere in Williams-Brice was electric, but it wasn’t THAT electric. You’re telling me that the coaches thought that it would be louder than it always has been? Tennessee on a bad year is louder than that place was two weeks ago. Why in the world wouldn’t they just stick with what the hell has always worked for crowd noise? Between that and Richt and Co. admitting they coached scared when they scrapped everything that has worked up til this point, it just makes me mad enough to spit.

  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    Any excuse will do?

  3. JG Shellnutt

    I’m really not one of the negative guys out there, but honestly, I’m tired of all the talk and excuses. I feel like we just get a bunch of lip service but not enough results. I’m tired of it.

    • ETennDawg

      No one is making you take it. You should hold on to your own dignity. Being a UGA fan is quickly becoming beneath you. Where’s your sense of pride? Ga Southern is trending up! Or you could be one of the first fans of Ga State football. If you dont stand for something, you will fall for anything! Anyone know how much Valdosta State season tickets are?

    • gastr1

      This is why I was so bothered by Mark Richt’s comments after starting 2008 ranked number 1. He said he preferred not to start that high– something about the pressure and distractions and being a target being too much.

      I thought then that his comments were lame and still do now, and excuses like this just remind me of it. You don’t want to be number one? Are you saying that you don’t want the pressure and expectations of being a top program, then? You’re saying you don’t want the opportunity to teach the players to deal with being a target game on everybody’s schedule each week?

      Things like that, those are the things that make me think we’ll never get to the top. The attitude appears to be–please, correct me if I’m wrong–that we’re not prepared for and do not even want that kind of limelight.

      • Scorpio Jones, III

        Obviously Nick Saban has this shit all worked out…Don’t waste time trying to help the fans understand what went wrong…not that there are many opportunities to do that….maybe once a year. maybe.

        For those of us with little or no arena experience, and my sense is that applies to a whole lot more of us than not, I don’t have any problem with Richt ruminating publicly on what went wrong…first we are offended by his comments about experience in the arena, then when he tries to offer some actual observational evidence we bitch about that, too.

        Maybe we just like to bitch.

        • Ginny

          Exactly. It’s a lose/lose with Richt and fans. No matter what he says or doesn’t say, people are going to bitch about it.

          • Scorpio Jones, III

            I don’t have the energy to do the research, but I’d betcha the loudest bitching is coming from folks who did not worry enough about Carolina…even published they opinions here, talked about it around the water cooler and to they drinkin buddies.

            Gettin the shit kicked outa you is bad enough, but to be hoisted by yer own petard whilst eating crow is …indescribable.

            • gastr1

              I don’t like to bitch about Richt, actually. I like to bitch about being 0-9 against the top 15 over three years. I think if you were to review my posting track record you’d find not so much bitching the last few years–even after losses.

              But I do get my hopes up, and then this. I love Mark Richt but I want to win these games on occasion too, and losing 35-7 in a game we were supposed to compete does bring out my complaining side, yes.

              I’m sure everyone is sick of the complaints. I get tired of that too. But I am also tired of excuses.

              • Scorpio Jones, III

                “Hope is a dangerous thing…it can make a grown man crazy”

                • AthensHomerDawg

                  “Remember Scorp, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”

                  • Scorpio Jones, III

                    I disagree your passage is applicable to football. I hope they win is easily confused with they will win.

                    My hope pretty much passed away about the end of the first quarter…that’s inaccurate….my hope was breathing raggedly at the end of Carolina’s first drive.

                    • AthensHomerDawg

                      If that feeling lasts, you won’t dare to hope of a victory against Florida. A week ago our Bulldogs were being denounced as pretenders and fiasco. You and I both know this can change on any given Saturday. Meh. I’ll go with the Dawgs against Kantucky. May not be an overwhelming victory. I don’t care. I’ll go with the Dawgs against the Muschomp. Perhaps we’ve been a little too self-deprecating as of late. I think the positives outweigh the negatives. ANYHOW…. I’m tired of moping. My bride is tired of me moping. She added that she needed to check my personals to make sure nothing has shrunk. I didn’t find any humor in that. So I am hunkering down. You would do well to do the same. ( I mean hunker down… not suggesting anything of yours has shrunk.)
                      “Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you’re not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. ‘Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That’s just the way it is.”

            • Cosmic Dawg

              The problem, as I believe the Senator sees it – and me, too – is that our coaches did not get our team ready for a fight, but rather hoping the bully would fail to show up.

        • Dog in Fla

          “Maybe we just like to bitch.”

          Absolutely! It’s just like being in the service except without the dancing

          http://www.military.com/video/forces/navy/gangnam-style-usna-spirit-spot/1845842268001/

        • j4k372

          I think the frustration is rooted in taking responsibility and being honest about the problems. People want to hear him vocalize the weaknesses and talk about how he intends to fix those problems.

          During the post-game presser he did not mention continual problems on special teams (for years now), a struggling defense which returned 9 starters, or how the offense craps their pants in big games. Oh and let’s not forget, how can we get “whipped” when we have a new and invigorated S&C program?

  4. Scott W.

    So which is worse, getting lit up like a Roman Candle or the litany of shitty excuses that follows?

  5. damn losses make everyone just cynical as hell don’t they. I assume a player who is actually out on the field has some idea of what he is talking about and that doing your job at game speed and under game conditions does take an adjustment period. If he and several others say there were communication issues I think I’ll just take him at his word.. I’m I the only one that thought Sanders Cumming and Vasser both look lost in space a couple times during the FAU and Tenn games but neither of those teams were capable of exploiting the rust….. the little pricks were.
    It does strike me that if the kids and the Coaches say something they’re making excuses and if they say nothing than we’ll label them as clueless. We’re 5-1 people and regardless of what you read from the naysayers we’re still in this thing. Sources out of Gainesville say that Boom is trying to time UF’s collapse so that it occurs against his alma mater …at least that’s what illumanati Dawg told me

    • I wanna Red Cup

      Well said. Get a grip people. We got out butts beat. The players and coaches get asked questions by the media and respond.
      If we go on and win out are you still going to critique every syllable of every word said in response to a media inquiry and roast the answerer? Others teams have players and coaches who want to win too. Ours aren’t always wrong or stupid and don’t always get out played. For god sakes we are not Auburn

      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        Or UK, or UT, or Arky, or………….

      • Carolinadawg

        No we’re not Auburn. Auburn has a national chapionship this decade. We don’t have one this century.

        Flame away, retards.

        • AthensHomerDawg

          Seriously, “DUDE” , you need to get laid. You’re constricted. Gotta get that O2 up to the ole gray matter. “Nothing but love for ya!”

  6. Krautdawg

    It’s a funny scenario. Richt says that they wanted to change schemes to help the Oline, then Bobo says that because of crowd noise simulation they weren’t able to teach as much as they wanted.

    The more I read, the more it seems like we outsmarted ourselves two weeks ago.

  7. SouthGa Dawg

    Blah. blah, blah…Excuses are like @ssholes, everybody’s got one and they all stink. I’m really starting to not like this team. Does this mean that it takes a couple of games for any team to get ready to play? It looked like Alabama was quite ready to play Michigan the first game of the season. I’m about ready for a media blackout for this team because every time somebody opens their mouth, stupid things come out. Shut up and play hard!

    • Ginny

      Wow. If you’re really “starting to not like this team” because they are answering questions honestly that reporters are asking them, then you have bigger issues to deal with.

      • SouthGa Dawg

        Where I’m from you keep your mouth shut and you GATA. Maybe you need to start dealing with your issues.

        • AthensHomerDawg

          Sir, I am sure Miss Ginny was not throwing a gauntlet down for you. Even if she were, perhaps a level of restraint is the wisest course of action here. That has been my experience in similar situations. I am sure we are from the same place. I do realize my advice was unsolicited and appreciate your good humor.

    • Dawgfan Will

      I could get behind the media blackout any time there is a loss. Pretty much nothing anyone says is going to make things better, so why bother?

      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        Actually, the way Saban handles the media is the correct way to do it. The HC is the mouthpiece and nobody else says anything–period.

  8. Castleberry

    one often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it

  9. Tom

    This team reminds me of the grammer school bully. Can really whip the little boys, but can’t take on the BIG boys. Then start making excuses when they get whupped. Grow up!

  10. Scorpio Jones, III

    I wonder how much of this vitriol is based on the absurd notion, planted by the bimbos who blather about teams before they touch the field, that this team was an obvious pre-season candidate for the national championship?

    When, pray, is it going to get through to us that the folks who write the pre-season crap are basing their assumptions on bullshit.

    The obvious offensive line depth and experience issue, the freshmen in the kicking game, the lack of experience of the skill players in the running game
    all indicated to me, after looking around the conference we had the slimmest chance to go back to Atlanta, other than to play Tech, and that a shot at a national championship was ridiculous…this year.

    Next season looked might good to me…at the beginning of this season.

    Sure, I’m just one of those bimbos, just like the rest of us, but I don’t ignore the obvious weak spots on this team, and neither did Steve Spurrier…not that I have Steve’s view of things, although I did play a lot of golf at one point in my life.

    We still have a chance to have a good season…second-tier, maybe but pretty good. Next year this oughta be a pretty good football team.
    (Do I get extra credit for repeating myself about this?)

    • Marshall

      That’s a very good point, SJ3. I know a lot of us were buying into the hype (I sure as hell was walking out of Sanford after the Vandy game), but there was no getting around the fact that we had major, major question marks. As you mentioned, inexperience and depth issues with the O-line and a freshmen punter and kicker.

      With that said, had we not “outsmarted” ourselves, as someone has previously said, we should have at least been competitive if not won against SCAR.

      It’s one game at a time now. If we play a strong game against Kentucky, I’ll feel pretty good about things…

      • AthensHomerDawg

        I thought Vandy was a better team than what they show today. Our victory over Vandy encouraged us all. The first quarter against UT- heck I thought we were overcoming so many short comings. Then there was the 2nd quarter and we are who we thought we were. Inadequate depth on the O line, POOR special teams play, under signing, suspensions of key players. Those are the things that make you pull your hair out. I can deal with the freshman kickers etc. It wasn’t the freshman kicker that caused the meltdown in Chickumbia. The problems that lead to the meltdown started some time ago. I admire CMR as much as anyone. I am puzzled by some of the mistakes we are making at this point in his career.

    • Haywood Jablome

      Next year? You mean the year the entire defense will basically be replaced? The year that 1/3 of the roster will likely be true freshman? Next year’s team will be considered successful if they can make it to Nashville or Memphis in December.

      • Scorpio Jones, III

        Yeah, but that won’t keep us from the same national championship picture crap, because, assuming Murray comes back, we will have that great quarterback…which is all most of these goombahs look at anyway.

        The defense should be fine…most of the “new” players will have spent considerable time in the trenches.

        • ScoutDawg

          You know what sir, IF we can man up and regroup, and then beat FU university we will not be second tier in my mind. IF, we can regroup and do that we will smoke the rest of the schedule and at the least go Sugar Bowling. The day I think bowling in Naw Lens is second tier is the day I start betting on the Braves.

          • Scorpio Jones, III

            I am gonna wait till Saturday…see what Stone Cold Steve Spurrier and his boys do against the renewed Gaytorz…that’s gonna tell us something…sure there is always hope, and the second tier is mostly in the mind of our daddy, Bluto….it is, after all, his line I am hammering away at.

            Course I gotta tell ya, after about 15 minutes in Columbia I began to feel…well, kinda second tier (I really think that would be hyphenated) my very own self.

            Yep, I kinda get all goosebumpy thinking about the Superdome myself.

            It ain’t exactly chopped liver.

            • Mayor of Dawgtown

              I’m betting that FU beats ‘em, setting up a game of enormous proportions at the WLOCP.

              • paul

                Which, if recent history (last 3 years) repeats itself, we will be completely unprepared for. Our game plan will appear to have been drawn up by the proverbial random monkeys banging on typewriters and once again the Bulldawg nation will be totally dumbfounded and completely embarrassed. So here is Richt and HoneyBobo’s opportunity to prove us wrong. Please, dear God prove us wrong. I like Mark Richt. Please prove me wrong coach. No fake juice. No gimmicks. Otherwise, you may well be the only two-loss coach sitting on a hot seat. I’ve heard more vitriol in the last week than two years ago when we were losing fairly regularly. I get the feeling that another bad day in Jacksonville may turn large portions of the fan base against Richt. That would be unfortunate. But i think it may prove to be his first circle around the drain if he blows this one.

                • Random Monkey

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                  • Cosmic Dawg

                    Well, that didn’t work at ALL.

                    #/comicsockpuppetfail

                    • The Lone Stranger

                      I actually liked it well enough. I’ve just been computing if the Dawg D can do the unthinkable and hold the Mildcats to < 10 pts. Sat. This consideration is driving whether I gamble on 'em to make amends for my much ill-considered USCe bet.

    • gastr1

      Weren’t we supposed to have a great defense this year? One that would keep us in games the young offense struggled in?

      No team is without weaknesses. To most observers that watched last year’s team–pundits, Dawg fans, all of us– this looked like a pretty competitive year based on an outstanding defense and some weapons on offense.

      Can the defense get its act together? That, to me, is the key to the rest of the season.

      • Scorpio Jones, III

        Yessir, and you know what? I do not give a fat rat’s ass WHY they have not lived up to my expectations so far, I just want them the finish the fucking drill. Man UP Defense!!!!!

      • Will (the other one)

        They may be able to do it. Jarvis Jones was on exactly no one’s All-American lists prior to the Florida game last year (and had fewer sacks than he has through 5 games this season).

        That said, if they play him at anything less than 100% against Kentucky and he aggravates his groin or ankle, I’m going to be royally pissed.

    • Cosmic Dawg

      You know what, though? This team *should* have been a contender. I’m not saying necessarily go all the way – you get a bad break here and there – but we have NC talent on this team. This D should be top five in the country, at least, and we have seen an O that is top ten.

      Part of the reason I’m so pissed is not losing, but you just hate to see something go to waste, even if it’s not your own team…and you hate it for the kids and the coaches, too. There was just not enough effort and not enough smarts put in that equation somewhere, I don’t know who you hang it on, but if given a choice between 20-year olds and the men who are supposed to lead them, I think you have to blame the coaches.

      • Cosmic Dawg

        If they’d left it all on the field at South Carolina, they wouldn’t look back on that day 20 years from now and wonder “what if”. Richt keeps saying they just got beat, but I think it’s more correct to say they just let themselves get beat.

  11. Dog in Fla

    I blame Bobo for too much noise in the system

  12. + 1 SJIII. DIF Honey Bobo the Clown.

  13. DawgPhan

    this staff certainly is the first group of men to outsmart the room and do so with disastrous consequences.

  14. Putting coaching aside in an interview last August with ESPN, Richt recounted how he has always played second fiddle on somebody considered better, at Miami, NFL, he is even second fiddle at FSU to the HC. I wonder if this fate or luck still in play here. Playing second fiddle in the East, or the SEC, or the Nation blah, blah, blah, blah.

  15. This is a veteran staff at UGA, but they coach like rookies! The DAWGS were not prepared for SC and it showed! CMR can’t win the big game anymore! Win at KY and lose in JAX?

    • 69Dawg

      The 10 game run last year was the act of a staff that at last felt like they had better perform or their cushy jobs at UGA would be over. Once they made it to the SECC game they were sure thay were safe and returned to form. The MSU game only confirms this. We are who the entire SEC thinks we are a team that outmans the have nots and loses to the Big Boys. Sad but true and there is nothing we, the fans, can do about it.

      • Bulldog Joe

        I understand there are incentives in Coach Richt’s contract for the SEC ($200K) and BCS ($800K) championships, but they are rather small compared with a $2.8M base. I also understand Richt’s buyouts are:

        $4.8M if let go after this season;
        $2.4M if let go after the 2013 season;
        $1.6M if let go after the 2014 season; and
        $800K if let go after the 2015 season.

        It is also shaping up to be a sellers market in our region this year. UK, Ark, AU, UT, and possibly GT will be buyers who will likely pay top dollar on top of any buy-out.

        In short, he will be our coach next season.

        Any increased competitiveness we see will not likely be money-driven. It would be more likely be driven by reputation, life-style, or his ability to recruit players or keep members of the coaching staff. Best thing we can do is let our dissatisfaction with UGA’s recruiting and suspension policies be heard at the AD, (new) president, or board-level.

        • Will (the other one)

          Can’t speak for the health of Arkansas or UK, but UT and Tech certainly won’t have tons of money to spend (UT’s athletic budget is a surprising mess), and Chizick has a $7 million buyout (and ol’ Bobby L. is in no position to cut AU a check anymore).

      • Dawgfan Will

        So you’re saying our coaches stopped trying to win because they felt their jobs were safe?

  16. UGA football… we’ve been together for a while now. We’ve had good times and bad. Mostly good. Some, even great. But, when the bad comes… it just hurts all the more because I know you are better. I can tolerate the occasional mood swing or lack of performance when things get heated, but I just want so much more for you.

    But, I don’t know that I can just let all be forgotten this time. Fool me once, shame on you, you know? Fool me ten straight times, and I… I’m obviously the fool here. Just when I think you have turned the corner and won’t resort to your old ways, you go and take us back to square one. You may think it is cute to yell YOLO before jumping in front of a moving train Clowney, but YOLO is carpe diem for idiots, and then egg ends up on both our faces instead of our plates. NO ONE WANTS TO EAT EGGS OFF MY FACE, UGA FOOTBALL.

    You have to forgive me if I take little solace in you promising to “do better.” I’ve been burned on too many Saturday nights to believe that story again. This abused fan needs to be shown how much you care with actions and not mere words. Bury Kentucky, maybe beat Florida, take care of business in November. Those are the things I need. What I really want is to know that you won’t discharge your bowels on national television again.

    Show me. Show me you mean it, and I will come running back to you.

  17. Cosmic Dawg

    The issue here is not what CMR says or doesn’t say. It’s not in getting our asses kicked by ranked teams or not, or how often that happens, or when it started, or whatever. Despite eggings and negative comments, most of our fans do not live and die for national championships.

    There are ONLY two issues that really got our fans upset about SC game – actually probably these are the only two issues that will ever REALLY get our fans upset, save maybe off-field or ethical issues.

    First issue is, DANGIT, HOW ARE THESE KIDS NOT IN POSITION / HOW CAN AN ALL-SENIOR DEFENSE NOT KNOW THEIR ROLES IN YEAR THREE OF A SYSTEM?

    The second issue here is: NOBODY CARES IF YOU GET BEAT. BUT SHOW THE F UP AND FIGHT SOMEBODY.