Here’s Mark Richt’s:
“I think there’s a lot of things that go into winning a championship,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “You could play a wide-open offense and score a lot of points, but also as you’re wide open, you may make a couple of more mistakes then you would if you’re a little more conservative. Not to say we’ll be a more conservative team. You win playing great defense and you win playing great on your special teams.
“You win because you’ve got great chemistry and you find a way to win the close games. … We can certainly do a whole lot better when it comes to penalties and things like that. There’s a lot of things that we can improve on as a football team that can give us an opportunity to win the (SEC) East.”
The smart ass response to this is that it sure would have been nice if the coaches and players had been paying more attention to this advice last season. That being said, I do believe that many of last year’s problems came as a result of falling in love with the talent level and being unduly swayed by the preseason hype. Last year’s team seemed to have lost a certain edge as a result, so if the losses of Stafford and Moreno bring back into focus the other factors that go into winning football, that’s a good trade off in my book.
Going forward towards next season, I suspect we’ll see more and more comparisons made between the ’05 Georgia squad and this year’s model. The similarities between Cox and Shockley make that almost inevitable. And in a way, that’s probably good; the staff has some confidence that it’s dealt successfully with that kind of adversity before. But it’s only fair to note that the Florida of 2009 is much, much better than the Florida of 2005. These Dawgs are going to have to step it up if they want to accomplish as much as Shockley’s team did.