As much as this offseason is likely to fill me with a sense of flatness and despair, it’s good to know that I can count on Mark Bradley for comedic relief. His utterly predictable take on Mark Richt’s worst season in Athens I won’t argue with, but, as usual, Bradley sees that merely as a starting point for singing the praises of the best in-state coach around.
Georgia and Georgia Tech each finished 6-7 after being ranked in the preseason Top 25, but that’s all the programs have in common. Tech lacks players. Georgia lacks coaching. All things considered, you’d rather be Tech.
There’s a chance Paul Johnson, stylized offense and all, can sign enough players to lift Tech to another ACC title.
Insert Dumb and Dumber clip here.
Richt, for all his flaws, is now 2-1 against the Genius of the Flats. To Bradley, that’s simply a confirmation of which program is in better shape.
… Tech’s issues are of a different sort. Johnson cannot simply seek to outflank everyone all the time. When you’re as clever as he is, you tend to rely on cleverness, but we saw Nov. 27 the limits of that approach: Johnson outcoached Richt all ends, but Johnson’s team lost…
I still get a kick out of the spin that Johnson’s maneuver to let Georgia score late so that his team could try to forge a tie with its 119th-ranked passing game was more an act of tactical brilliance than desperation, but I digress. It’s Bradley’s take on where the two programs presently stand that’s the really silly part.
… The trouble with Tech is that its talent base has slipped into the ACC’s lower half. The trouble with Georgia is that its coach has been rendered substandard. Would any updated ranking of SEC coaches put Richt in the upper half? The upper two-thirds? Add it up: Three of the coaches who lost to the Bulldogs in 2010 are no longer employed; the other three include two first-year men and Johnson. And now you’re saying, “Doesn’t that mean Tech is in worse shape than Georgia?”
Er, no. For Tech to rise again to the top of its conference, Johnson has only to find new players. For Georgia to rise again to the top of its league, it will have to find a new coach.
In the end, if Richt has to go, which do you think is more likely to happen – Greg McGarity makes a decent hire with a successor, or Paul Johnson suddenly discovers how to recruit successfully? Yeah. Me, too.