Granted, it’s dangerous to psychoanalyze from a distance, but after reading this, I wonder how much the team’s psyche was affected by all the criticism lobbed Joe Cox’ way last season.
Richt’s quote about Aaron Murray, “Hopefully our fans will understand he’s a freshman,” and Kris Durham’s comment that “He can’t sit there and worry about outside critiques and that sort of stuff” have a whiff of sensitivity to them that make me think that those guys paid a lot more attention to Internet chatter than they let on (or denied, even). And I don’t believe it’s warranted in Murray’s case.
People were in Joe’s corner when last season started and confidence in him went sky-high after the Arkansas game. It’s simply that the support started bleeding away as it became apparent that Joe’s interest in avoiding turnovers was casual at times. Too many times, actually.
Richt’s done a good job of preaching game management with his new quarterback. If Murray listens, he’ll be fine.