Now he tells us.

I hope this doesn’t wind up being some sort of epitaph.

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UPDATE:  More obvious observations here.

“We definitely as an offense just need to give them momentum,” quarterback Aaron Murray said. “I think when your offense is doing well, your defense gets to rest. You’re putting points up on the board, your defense feels like it’s working for something. I know in the first quarter they were saving our butts, putting them three-and-out, making them punt every time we punted the ball. It’s just hard as a defense when your offense isn’t doing well. …

“We just needed to get more production to get them more rest, to encourage thme, to give them some motivation to keep chugging along and keep getting some three-and-outs for us.”

Awareness is good.  Doing is better.

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63 responses to “Now he tells us.

  1. Carolinadawg

    Whatever. I have zero interest in anything the players or coaches say right now. Just DO something.

    Finebaum just called Richt a “woman”. Pure class down there in Bama.

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    • Puffdawg

      Couldn’t agree more. I’ve been holding back on commenting because I’m still so frustrated from Saturday night. Honestly, I just wish at this point Richt would completely cut off all players from the press and severly coaches comments. They need to stop talking and start doing. That was one of the most poorly coached games I’ve seen in some time. The game plan stunk and the adjustements, well, they didn’t exist. Worse, the players poorly executed the game plan. EVERYBODY was at fault. I still believe they can recover and win this weekend, if only because I am the eternal optimist. I have no real reason to believe they’ll even be competitive this weekend, but I’m still going to Athens and I’m going to root my ass off because they are my Dawgs. But I sure as hell hope they can come up with a better product than last weekend. That was crap.

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      • Hayduke

        +1 Puffy. Is it “stunk” or “stank” though? I don’t have my OED handy.

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      • Im with you on that Puff..Is there anyone else out there that believes there is a good reason nobody has called Mike Bobo to offer him a position elsewhere??? I see no reason why he should still be the OC..It is very apparant that he cant make an offensive adjustment or for that matter even consistently plan for a game!

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      • Puffdawg

        After reading the update and chewing on the comments for a few days, I’ll add to my comment that while I agree the offense didn’t help the defense much, it shouldn’t really matter. Our offense struggled plenty during the early 2000s and that didn’t stop the D from completely dominating entire games. They need to step it up. Among other things, I am still baffled why we didn’t try to jam their receivers at the line of scrimmage. We would have had a better chance to beat Boise playing sandlot ball, running cover one free jamming their receivers and letting Murray scramble around on offense. Oh, and why, with a completely inept offense, did Brandon Boykin never play another offensive down after ripping off 80 yards on his only carry. I could go on and on but I might break my keyboard.

        Step it up Dawgs.

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        • Oh, and why, with a completely inept offense, did Brandon Boykin never play another offensive down after ripping off 80 yards on his only carry.

          Boykin was having hydration issues. Took two IV bags at halftime. Coaches needed him more on defense.

          I agree with you on coverage. Not sure why they stayed in zone the entire game when Moore was picking them apart.

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          • Puffdawg

            I saw he was having “hydration issues” in your other post on the call in show, but that doesn’t even really make sense. I’m not saying he wasn’t having problems. I’m saying if he was physically unable to perform outside of his defensive duties, why was he returning kicks? I’m not saying I wanted him to play every offensive play, but he could’ve played, say, 4 or 5 extra offensive plays and he would’ve commanded the focus of one or two more defenders than our RBs. At a bare minimum, we should have used him as a decoy. I just am not buying the hydration thing. I think it is a cop out.

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          • Texas Baller

            And B Smith’s foot was in pain – couldn’t play offensively – but handled punts and played in the secondary. His pick didn’t indicate any pain….or did it?

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            • Jim

              Good thing bsmith couldnt play offense b/c him and crowell could not have been on the field at the same time without a jersey change as they had the same number. Nothing like player egos about their numbers dictating offensive personnel packages. What have we become? Is this all a bad joke?

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              • ZDawg

                Yes, it is, like when my Auburn pal laughed at Jenkin’s #6. And Charles #7. I’m surprised we haven’t given #34 to the kicker.

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                • Anon

                  Neither of those numbers (6/7) prevent another player from being on the field at the same time as them. Unless you feel like walk on QB Michael Tamburo is not getting enough reps on D.

                  It’s the having two #1s that is the problem. And it seems like an easy fix.

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          • JaxDawg

            Why was he having hydration issues? Was he out partying with the black gay pride parade folks the night before?

            Boykin should be one of the best conditioned athletes in the conference but yet he was dehydrated?

            WTF is going on?

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            • JaxDawg

              And FYI, it was black gay pride weekend in atl. I know because our hotel was littered with them. And no, I don’t think Boykin is gay.

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    • MauiDawg

      Well good news Dawg fans, Hershel in “Storied” will be aired on ESPN tomorrow. Much needed ….

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  2. Spike

    Drew.. We all saw that Saturday night. Quit talking and beat somebody, anybody.

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  3. 69Dawg

    WGAS what a punter has to say.

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  4. Bevo

    What will we say after losing to the Gamecocks?

    Will it be… “At least we only had three false starts this time.”?

    Will it be… “Hey, SC is a great football team. Top 20, that’s solid.”?

    Will it be… “Man, I really thought we were prepared. But I guess we weren’t.”?

    Will it be… “Gosh, I guess we just need another offseason for Joe T’s S&C to kick in.”?

    Will it be… “Coach Friend’s unit just needs more time to break all the bad habits Searles instilled.”?

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    • JBJ

      “Our season is not over. We only have one loss in the SEC. It is still all out there for us. South Carolina is a great team.” – CMR postgame presser

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    • Prov

      “Our goal of losing to a CUSA team in a bowl game is still intact.”

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    • Sep

      Damn, let us play them first. I’m as concerned as everyone else but let them at least play the friggin game.

      If we kick their ass will everyone say I told you so? I have had doubts about our program but Mark has made moves and I’m willing to wait past one game against a damn good team to ask for blood.

      And, to all the booers at the game last week, shame. We should never boo even if it is at the coaches. They catch hell later but the kids catch it then.

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  5. orlandodawg

    As a punter I am sure he was not prepared to punt so often and so quickly from the shadow of the goalposts.

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  6. The Life of Reilly

    Like I posted under a different thread, the defense gave up in the 2nd half because nothing in the game showed them that the offense was going get it together. Therefore the original idea to punt on the 4th and long on the BSU side of the field would have been the equivalent of throwing in the towel.

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    • A real defense, say BVG quality, doesn’t give up for that reason.

      They put the team up on their back and endeavor to score the points themselves.

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      • gastr1

        Or at least take pride in keeping the offense in the game.

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        • Mayor of Dawgtown

          I beg to differ. The UGA defense I saw did not “give up.” It got outplanned. It got outplayed. It got fatigued from being on the field for the entire damn game. But the UGA defense, its coaches and players, did not “give up.” I watched every single minute of that game more than once and on slow-motion replay, saw no “give up” in the defense and as a UGA alum take offense at that suggestion. You guys should know better than to say that and all of you should be ashamed. Criticize all you want but do not make sh!t up.

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  7. I’ve been telling you people for 3+ years that Mike Bobo sucked as an OC.

    Shoulda’ listened.

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  8. Derek

    The last time we got to the point that no amount of preparation could prevent us from figuring out a way to lose we needed a coaching change and a miracle in Knoxville. At this point I don’t think it’s preparation, game planning or play calling, we just have guys, especially on offense, who just aren’t winners right now and I’m not sure anyone or anything can change it. We are like a pro golfer with a wicked case of the shanks. The just KNOW the tee shot is headed for the woods and they are right everytime. It’s all about the space between these guy’s ears. We have a nutritionist now but we also need to add a psychologist.

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    • gastr1

      This was a very poorly-coached game. It is the job of the coaches to get players who want to win and teach them to prepare accordingly.

      This isn’t the NFL. Coaches still rule the roost. It all comes back to the ones in charge in this case, because there are no holdouts in this league. You don’t wanna play hard, you don’t wanna study the playbook, have a seat on the bench. Can’t get to the NFL from the bench.

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      • Derek

        Let me ask a question: PGA tour player A suddenly can’t make a 3 foot putt. No matter how much he practices and no matter how many times he makes them when it doesn’t matter, during the tournaments he can’t make it. He eventually loses his card and quits the game. PGA tour player B makes 3 foot putts at a 99.8% rate and wins millions of dollars and dozens of tournaments. Can you conceive of the possibilty that these players have the same coach? When a golfer has to put all if his practice and training to work and he chokes it do we say he has a bad coach? I’ll never understand why football is any different in that respect. Some guys perform and some don’t. I saw ogletree play 6-8 plays on a broke foot. You can win with that guy. Then I see our so called #1 receiver drop 2 easy ones and I wonder if we can win with that guy. I do note they have the same head coach. This is not to say that the coaching has been superb. I find fault with a lot, but I see greater issues with execution especially on offense.

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        • Carolinadawg

          Major differences between an individual sport and a team sport. Really not comparable.

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          • Derek

            Could you be more conclusory? Anyway I’m pretty sure that golf is at least occasionally played as a team sport.

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          • Mayor of Dawgtown

            Derek’s right and his analogy is spot on. Golf IS a team sport in HS and college. The job of the golf coach, to borrow from Derek’s analogy, is to (1)Help the guy make the 3 footers and if that cannot be accomplished (2) Find someone else who can and play him instead. Same thing in football.

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            • Macallanlover

              It is an excellent point, coaching can only lead you to the water, the player still has to execute. Not saying coaches always do their job, but WVU is a good example where the coaches did their job aand the players didn’t execute. Many want to blame the coaches for every shortfall and give players a pass. Enough wrong to challenge everyone’s effort last Saturday, but we still got beat by a better team. We could have made it closer, but Boise beats us 9 out of 10, imo.

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              • gastr1

                i disagree. I think there is a very, very large difference between golf and football and between college and pro sports. Golf may be played as a team sport but it is not a matter of synchronized movements, tandem timing, and knowing plays, and you all know that. Even though, with all that said, in college THE COACH still takes the most responsibility for the team success and failure, even in college team golf (in the PGA individuals are their own teams…there is no one else being represented).

                In football, and in college golf, at no time is a player’s record with his team cited as an individual statistic the way a coach’s is (except perhaps for when QBs are cited for career wins, and even then everyone knows that’s not much of a reflection of performance). In college more than in the pros–because of recruiting and the players leaving after a short while (rather than being stuck with someone who’s untradeable) and the lack of free agent defections/GM/scouts/meddling owner who signs the paychecks– there simply is only one person who hires and fires all of the assistants, who oversees which recruits to go after, has the final say on who plays/stays/goes, who sets all practices, strategies, etc. within their sport. They choose when and whom to delegate to…I mean, it’s clear, right? If the college coach doesn’t like the way a player is playing he can find someone else who gets it done and the player has nothing at all to say about it–no contracts, no agents, no meddling owners, no players union, absolutely no leverage at all. There simply is no other individual who has the final say on so much of the operations of the team as the college coach–much more than in even in the pros, frankly.

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                • gastr1

                  Lastly, not playing in college the way a respected coach wants can end your football career almost completely (unlike in golf). You don’t do it the way Coach Saban wants and you end up on the bench, well, your chances of playing on Sundays just went down about 90%.

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  9. Dog in Fla

    “Can’t get to the NFL from the bench” is a corollary to the “can’t make the club from the tub” theorem

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    • Gravidy

      Terrell Davis got to the NFL from the bench. And he was pretty darn good when he got there.

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      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        I think the NFL scouts are pretty good at evaluating talent themselves and don’t really care that a dumbass college coach may mis-evaluated or misplayed someone. Terrell Davis is the perfect example.

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  10. DownSouth

    Why didn’t/don’t we stick Commings at DB some of the time to give Boykin a rest so Boykin can play some offense? Especially with Rambo back?

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  11. Skeeter

    Rambo was on super secret probation.

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  12. The Original Cynical in Athens

    “Even at kicker we’ve got good depth.”

    -Coach Mark Richt in today’s press conference.

    There was a time when a UGA coach would heap false praise on an opponent’s long-snapping prowess. Now, we are the butt of our own accidental jokes.

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  13. vincent

    This season’s over. We’re losing Saturday and many more times between now and December. Richt and Company have no idea what the problem is much less how to fix it. I hate to see this happen but Saturday was a summation of everything I was worried I would see out of this program again. Everything postive we heard this offseason was pure happy talk. We stink and we’re going to keep losing until we get a new head coach, that’s really all there is to it. I’ve wanted Richt to win but the past five, yes five (i count 2007 as a half season outlier) years have proven the guy has lost whatever it was that made him so successful the first five years.

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  14. JaxDawg

    All these comments, just plain deja-vu, same exact posts from 3,4,5 years ago.

    What more do you need to see? The proof is in the pudding and it tastes the same as it has for the past several years. It’s the same pudding Donnan made when he was at his end. Same with Goff. Same with Fulmer for that matter.

    The comes a time when patience turns south and becomes an inability to make a decision. Fortunately I have decided that Richt has shown me what he can do and what he cannot, so I don’t sit around and overanalyze this stuff anymore. I take comfort that uga football will be heading in a new direction after this season and McGarity will make the decision that will enable us to head back to the top.

    Gosh I like and respect Mark Richt, not a finer man in the world. But every manager runs their course and I believe his run it up. And I don’t need to see more to know this.

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    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      JD while I respect your opinion and often agree with you the above post by you is just plain wrong. There was no “manager’s course” for Ray Goff. Ray Goff failed as UGA HC because he simply wasn’t qualified in the first place. He got hired because multiple coaches had been offered the job and turned it down. A letter writing campaign got him hired because, frankly, the situation had gotten embarrassing publicly and the UGA President and AD Dooley felt that they had to act. Sure, he had 2 pretty good years (9-3 and 10-2 in ’91 and ’92) but in context they were flukes caused by a couple of remarkable signing classes jelling (Goff could recruit–it was all he could do) with a once in a generation talent at QB, Eric Zeier and a similar once in a generation talent at RB, Garrison Hearst. When Hearst left for the NFL there was no longer the same run threat and the opponents could all key on Zeier. Also some O-linemen didn’t pan out at the same time.The O simply fell apart and Goff was exposed for what he really was. Donnan, on the other hand, was an excellent coach for Xs and Os and even a good recruiter. His flaw was that he could piss off even a Sunday School class full of preachers telling each other to “love thy neighbor.” Donnan still gets credit in my book for turning the program around. It was him that got the Dawgs off the multiple 6 win season (sometimes less) bugaboo that Goff created. UGA had effectively become Kentucky under Goff. Donnan got fired because of (1) Quincy “Snort Up The Sideline” Carter and (2) Insubordination to the new UGA President Mike Adams when Adams gave him a direct order to replace his son as QB coach with someone who had (gasp!) actually played QB at a high level and Donnan refused. I have said many times privately that I firmly believe that everything that happened with UGA football in the early 2000s would still have happened if Donnan were the HC of the Dawgs then. The good teams of 2002-04 were made up of his players. Richt just reaped the rewards of Donnan’s work. I still don’t like the guy, though. Richt is a different animal, however. I think he just got too complacent–rich, fat and happy. Maybe it really was BVG all along (how good would Dooley have been without Erk?) and when BVG left the magic went with him. I think personally that Richt never had it to begin with and the assistant coaches early in his tenure really ran the show (yes, I include Callaway along with BVG), took what Donnan had left behind and made it work. Richt makes too many boneheaded decisions during games for me to believe he ever had “it.” His managerial tenure didn’t “run its course.” The emperor just never had any clothes, is all, and now everybody has finally figured that out. “You can fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” Abraham Lincoln

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      • JaxDawg

        Regardless of how you or I say it, Richt is done. Jeremy Foley would have terminated Richt after last year because he doesn’t tolerate average. Richt got lucky that Damon f*cked up and got what amounted to a year extension with McGarity. Had GM been the AD for the past few years, Richt would have been gone.

        This year will be another wasted year for Georgia football but we’ll be back. Other teams better get their shots in now.

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        • Mayor of Dawgtown

          It may be that the Boise game served its intended purpose all along, i.e. either CMR gets his act together or he’s on the road.

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  15. Scott

    We are 1win vs. 8 losses against Top 25 ranked teams since the start of 2009 season. Sole win against ranked team was GT. That is also are sole win against a top 10 team since the Hawaii game.

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    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      Actually Scott it’s even worse than that. Counting from the Bama loss in ’08 (which I will write about more fully in a future blog) forward to date UGA is 20-16 against ALL teams.

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  16. WarD Eagle

    Dear Georgia Fans,

    If it’s a race to the bottom, we’ve got you beat.

    Sincerely,

    Auburn Fans

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  17. You guys must have missed Blair Walsh’s tweet from earlier this week that said last Saturday would be the “first of two trips to the Dome” this season.

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