The abandonment of a narrative

Well, it didn’t take very long for Mssrs. Bradley and Schultz to change their tune.

From Schultz (in a piece partially entitled “Richt’s fourth choice”, mind you), comes this keen observation:

Coaching hires never should be about winning the press conference. They’re about winning games.

And his colleague chimes in with this thought (after devoting a paragraph comparing the time frames surrounding the Groh and Grantham hires, of course):

But process isn’t our concern today. Product is.

How nice for that part of the Dawgnation that managed not to go off the deep end throughout the hiring process to have its sanity validated!  Don’t you feel better now?

Seriously, the continued focus on the process über alles – hopefully, abandoned for good now – has taken silly to a new level.  For all the bandwidth spilled, for all the wailing and gnashing of teeth, Tech and Georgia find themselves in the exact same place today, with new defensive coordinators each school can trot out to recruits before signing day and who can begin installing their new systems in time for spring practice.  (And, in any case, both are in a helluva lot better place than Tennessee is right now, no?)

So quit paying attention to the nonsense, Georgia fans.  If you’ve got to read something about the situation now, how about this quote from Grantham’s soon-to-be former boss?

“It’s been great to have Todd,” Phillips said. “He’s contributed a tremendous amount to the defense. He’s grossly overqualified to be a defensive line coach. I knew that he’d be a coordinator pretty quick or even a head coach. He has all those qualities. We appreciate all he’s done.”

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23 responses to “The abandonment of a narrative

  1. Mayor of Dawgtown

    This hire is what I advocated all along in multiple previous posts and I, for one, am extremely happy that it has come to pass. Todd was, in my mind, the absolute best hire we could have made. Now on to winning the SEC East, kicking the Tide’s ass in the SECCG and (hopefully) getting a shot at the BCSNC game.

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    • Puffdawg

      Well said, MoD.

      However, I take offense to Senator’s assertion that “Tech and Georgia find themselves in the exact same place today.” Despite my old pal Turd Ferguson’s contentions, Tech is not even in the same zip code as UGA. 8 wins in 9 tries. “I RUN THIS STATE”

      Go Dawgs!

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      • Turd Ferguson

        That’s odd. I don’t remember saying anything about Tech being “in the same zip code as UGA.” Although, I do think that Tech is now at least a more formidable opponent than they were in recent years. But that much seems obvious.

        And for the record, I’m glad to see that Mark Richt and I were in total agreement about significant changes being necessary for the sake of this football program. And I’m glad to see that he had the cojones to make them himself. There was a time there when I and many other faithful Georgia fans wondered. (Note: I said “wondered,” and not “were certain that he did not.”)

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        • Puffdawg

          Turd Ferguson
          November 1, 2009 at 8:39 pm

          “Richt’s been dominant against in-state rival Georgia Tech (until recently, that is)…”

          If you aren’t dominant, you’re either equal (in the same zip code) or weaker.

          On the other point, I’m glad to see you had figured out all along. How about in the future not bashing (or at least questioning) the man’s ability to do something before he actually has a chance to do it. Everybody knew something needed to be done. Most people just didn’t come to an internet message board and question the abilities of the winningest coach in our program’s history. You ever read where UGA fans are finicky and quick to turn on their players and coaches? Whether it’s unfounded or not, that’s from where that “reputation” comes.

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          • Turd Ferguson

            “If you aren’t dominant, you’re either equal (in the same zip code) or weaker.”

            This is just obviously false. Suppose team A has only a slight edge over team B. I’d hardly call that “dominance.” But nor are they equal. (And of course, nor is team A weaker than B.) You do realize that words have meanings, right?

            For the record, I think that, at this point in time, we certainly have an edge over Tech. A dominating one? No. But nor do I think we’re equals. I was just as happy as anyone else to see us win. But, at this point, you certainly won’t see me betting the mortgage on a “dominating” win this Fall.

            “How about in the future not bashing (or at least questioning) the man’s ability to do something before he actually has a chance to do it.”

            First of all, I’ll bash and question whoever the hell I want to bash and question. I’ve never been one to bend my behavior around the thin-skinnedness of strangers, and I don’t intend to start now.

            And second, I was questioning Richt’s willingness to fire a close friend of his “before he actually [had] a chance to do it”? Really? The end of the 2009 season was Richt’s first chance to get rid of Martinez and Co.?

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            • Puffdawg

              Took me a while to get back to this!

              “Suppose team A has only a slight edge over team B. I’d hardly call that “dominance.” ”

              But you would call it in the same zip code, right? Which is what this argument is based around. Score that one for the good guys.

              I totally respect your right to “bash and question whoever the hell I want to bash and question,” but that doesn’t mean it’s not embarassing to other UGA fans. I, too, reserve the right to speak my mind, and I think it reflects negatively on the University when its “supporters” take a chicken little approach to things and publically doubt the abilities of a coach who has the best winning percentage of any coach in the history of the school. When you are publically saying you would rather a loss to ensure a certain coach would be fired when you have absolutely no idea what the head coach is thinking, it reflects negatively the the school. In fact, I could shorten that to say, “When you publically hope for a loss, it embarrasses the school.

              As far as when to fire CWM, if you can do a better job then CMR, then why are you not the football coach for the University of Georgia?

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              • Turd Ferguson

                “But you would call it in the same zip code, right?”

                Depends upon how you’re defining “being in the same zip code.” You do realize that you’re the only one using that phrase, right? (And for the record, if “being in the same zip code” can include having a slight, but not dominant, edge over another team, then I’ll happily allow that UGA and Tech ARE “in the same zip code.” It’s not a phrase I’d use, though, since it could easily be taken to imply that the two teams are equals … which, again, I deny.)

                “Score that one for the good guys.”

                That’s adorable.

                “… but that doesn’t mean it’s not embarassing to other UGA fans.”

                I’m sure I find you AT LEAST as embarrassing as you find me, Puffdawg.

                And please, stop pretending that you speak for the entire fanbase. Or even a clear majority. I know of many, many faithful Georgia fans, not to mention people who’ve actually worked with Richt in the past, who, at one time or another, dared to speculate publicly [not “publically”] about Richt’s ability to make a decision as tough as firing a close friend. In fact, I bet if I cared enough to search through the archives of this very blog, I could find numerous others making comments in the very same spirit as mine. For whatever reason, though, my comments seem to have had quite a unique effect upon you …

                “As far as when to fire CWM, if you can do a better job then CMR, then why are you not the football coach for the University of Georgia?”

                I’ll take this as your (pathetic) admission that I did NOT, in fact, question Richt’s ability to make tough decisions “before he actually [had] a chance” to make them. And I accept your apology for making such a stupid accusation in the first place. Hopefully, next time, you’ll take the time to actually process thoughts before making such an ass of yourself.

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                • Puffdawg

                  “I’ll take this as your (pathetic) admission that I did NOT, in fact, question Richt’s ability to make tough decisions “before he actually [had] a chance” to make them.”

                  1- Turd Ferguson
                  October 10, 2009 at 2:50 pm
                  Logan Gray cannot handle the read. Stop doing it, Bobo.
                  I’m coming dangerously close to the point at which I almost kinda hope for a loss. What else will it take for Richt to realize that drastic changes need to be made?
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                  Turd Ferguson
                  October 11, 2009 at 1:01 pm
                  The hardest part about all of this for me is the faith that I’m losing in Richt. Since he came to UGA, I’ve been as big a supporter of Richt as anyone. I just love so many things about the guy. He’s a great man; a wonderful husband; and an outstanding father.
                  But as of right now, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t quickly losing faith in his ability to coach, part of which involves making whatever tough decisions are necessary for the good of the program. Surely he realizes what is involved in being a CEO-figure. I mean, … surely.
                  If you’d told me back in 2007 (the year of the emergence of Evil Richt) that I’d be thinking the sorts of thoughts that I am now, … I’d have said you were crazy. But if some sort of decisive changes are not made between now and Jacksonville, I’m afraid my days of Mark Richt apologia will be numbered.
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  2. mant

    The WWL is reporting that the Vols have hired Derek Dooley from La Tech…..

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  3. truck

    Sounds like a solid hire. Thanks to Coach Richt for the stability of the program. GATA.

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  4. Paul's Johnson

    Congratulations on your hire. Solid coach. But boy did ya’ll pay top dollar. Good luck learning the 3-4 defense. We’re in the same boat there. Let the spin games begin!

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    • Back at ‘ya, PJ (except for the $, of course).

      Just make sure Johnson doesn’t hire Mike Groh… great guy, terrible offensive coach.

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      • Paul's Johnson

        Evidently that won’t happen. I just saw an article where Charlie Strong hired him to coach QB’s in Louisville.

        As an aside, is this the greatest off-season ever, or what? No telling what will happen next, except that its bound to be astonishing.

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        • It’s been blogger heaven. 🙂

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        • NRBQ

          Hey Dickbrain –

          Why do you bring your smarmy little ass around real Dog fans?

          You had a whole different attitude over on Schultz’s blog, didn’t you?

          ” His AD gave Suntan a roomful of money–gave him the mission to go forth and don’t come back until he hires a “big name”. Suntan did as he was told and it didn’t work out so well. Once the big name splashy hires were exhausted, the Georgia coach probably caught a break and got to hire somebody who fit the profile, though at a very, very high price.”

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  5. Doubt it

    Wonder why Grantham was only Cowboys’ assistant without a contract for next season? Not trying to read too much into that, but it seemed a little odd.

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  6. Of all the early names that were bandied about, this was the one I was most excited about.

    Woo Hoo!

    GO DAWGS!

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  7. Hogbody Spradlin

    On Schultz and Bradley changing their tune: How CONVENIENT!

    Judging from the small picture on the AJC website, Grantham has a healthy case of Dunlap’s disease. He better not let his shirt tail come out on the sideline or he’s gonna look like the Maytag repairman.

    I’m sure he’ll be a great coach.

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  8. 69Dawg

    Dooley at UT. There is something just wrong about that. I wonder if they thought Vince’s boy might be able to convince the NCAA that the hold Kiffin thing was just a terrible mistake and we got a straight arrow now to show you.

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  9. Brandon

    Bradley is just one of the biggest bandwagon jumpers of all time, he’s the kind of guy who will flatter you incessantly when you are on top and then kick you when you’re down. I remember how he used to love Tech back in 98-2000, then Mark Richt came. If WWII had been a spectator sport he’d have been an Axis Power guy until Stalingrad and then he’d have turned coat, no one should get to excited about anything he says one way or another. Jeff Schultz is just a punk, truly a douche for all seasons.

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  10. JasonC

    It would be great to see someone create a video of one of those flip-flop political ads with Schultz and Bradley, e.g. “Bradley says Georgia can only win if they get Smart, now Bradley says Grantham was the best man all along. Which one is it, Mr. Bradley? Georgia doesn’t need another writer with the fickleness of a 14 year old school girl and Georgia doesn’t need you! Paid for by the Anti-Terrence Moore League.”

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