It’s been an interesting journey this weekend reading the blog comments both here and elsewhere and the message board posts in reaction to Saturday’s debacle. Once you get past the anger, sadness and frustration, there are plenty of armchair coaches with advice about how to turn the ship around – if not this year, then next.
Some of it’s sensible, some of it’s silly and some of it’s obvious. (I’m guessing that Coach Richt has already figured out that “coach better, play better” would help a lot from here on out.)
But there are a couple of specific names I’ve seen bandied about that I can’t help but react to.
- Aaron Murray. Dawgnation, what’s this kid ever done to you? Seriously, why toss a true freshman quarterback out there with no offensive line and no running game to protect him? The only experience he’s going to get right now is how fast SEC defensive linemen are chasing you and what it feels like to walk to the bench after your fourth three and out of the game. He would get to polish his throw-it-up-to-A.J.-and-see-what-happens skills, which might come in handy next year, so there’s that. I’m not saying it’s a totally ridiculous idea, but it’s waaay premature. If Georgia’s even deeper in the ditch after the next two games, maybe you could look at Murray against Tennessee Tech, but even so, it’s a stretch – unless you’re convinced by that time that Logan Gray’s a stiff at quarterback.
- Tommy Tuberville. He doesn’t want to be a defensive coordinator. Mark Richt doesn’t want to open the can of worms that having a former SEC head coach who has ambitions of being a head coach again sitting on his staff would open. Damon Evans doesn’t want to pay Tuberville the kind of money it would take to entice him and Evans isn’t interested in bringing Jimmy Sexton into his life. Other than that, he’s perfect. Well, except that even if Tubs came on board and it all worked out (with a pony!), he’d be gone in a year to the head coaching job that his resume polishing would get him and Richt would have to go through the whole process again. And, oh yeah, I can’t think of a more sure fire method of getting Rodney Garner to leave Athens than by saying, “Rodney, I think you know our new defensive coordinator, Tommy, here. “ Not gonna happen.