No doubt it’s churlish of me to point this out as most of Dawgnation celebrates A.J.’s good fortune last night, but has anyone else considered what type of skill position talent the 2008 Georgia team trotted out on the field? There were studs all over the place: a #1 NFL draft pick (Stafford), a #4 (Green), a #12 (Moreno) and a #50 (Massaquoi). No wonder those Dawgs were a popular pick for preseason number one.
And yet that team (1) found itself on the embarrassing end of a 31-0 halftime score against Alabama; (2) lost by 39 points to Florida; (3) barely squeaked by a mediocre Kentucky team despite scoring 42 points; and (4) suffered the only loss to Georgia Tech in Richt’s career, again while scoring 42 points.
You would think that Richt’s extensive experience would have made it easy for him to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of that squad. But for some reason, Martinez, Jancek and Fabris were allowed to stay on board for the next season, with predictable results. Waiting one year too long to do the obvious is what leads to testy moments with the fan base, perhaps.
I think I’ll shut up now.