Recipe for success

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.


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6 responses to “Recipe for success

  1. Aligator

    good article


  2. Macallanlover

    I really don’t think our 10-3 season was a result of over confidence, it may have been leadership/chemistry issues, but I think the injury situation was the real culprit. When you see what the loss of Smith did to the effectiveness of the Bama line for just one game of having to shuffle plaers around it is easy to see what happened to the UGA line, and the problems with the LBs and DL on the defensive side. We will never know of course, but it is hard to imagine any team having a better season with the number of personnel problems our staff faced.

    If we get our injured players back and have just average luck next season, I think Joe Cox will be very effective in replacing MS. Florida will be very tough if they don’t get hit with the injury bug, but having a bye the week before them makes me feel confident we can compete. At that time of the year, it has been a big difference maker to the team that has the rest. Way too early to call, but I wouldn’t bet against us. Look at the record of teams in this series after a week off.


    • I really don’t think our 10-3 season was a result of over confidence, it may have been leadership/chemistry issues…

      I wouldn’t characterize last year’s team as overconfident, either. I do think the staff and the team went into the season with the feeling that the talent level would be enough to see things through and, as a result, lacked an edge. They were just a little too comfortable.


  3. Hobnail_Boot


    What’s your current Ben Smith quote in reference to?


  4. Turd Ferguson

    I think it’s actually a quote from Ben JONES, referring to a recent swelling of senior leadership and camaraderie among the players.