Sorry, but I’m not buying the latest weekly coaching outrage inflaming the Intertubes in response to this remark:
“I had my chance to coach that up and didn’t do it,” Richt said.
Part of that is because they didn’t expect a bomb. Junior cornerback Damian Swann said the same thing on Monday, explaining that they thought Auburn would target the first-down marker, rather than heave a bomb.
But it was a bomb.
“I’m in there, Grantham’s in there, we’re all in there. I could have easily said, ‘Hey guys, if the ball’s launched deep, bat it down.’ I could have said that,” Richt said. “That’s a good reminder for a young bunch of guys back there. I, quite frankly, didn’t think it was enough time to move the chains, so we weren’t thinking that they were going to launch a bomb into super-deep coverage.”
Hindsight is always 20/20, but come on, people. Was it really necessary to say something that’s drilled into these kids on a weekly basis (“We bat it down every Thursday,” Richt said…)? As Amarlo Herrera observed, it should be second nature at this point: “I’m watching the ball in the air, just knowing it was about to get picked or knocked down.”
As for the coaches not anticipating a bomb in that situation, it’s hard to see how that matters either, as the coverage was there.
Two players had their hands on the ball and neither was in an Auburn jersey. That’s what you hope for in that situation. I can’t even say going for the interception was particularly unusual – if you’ll recall, that’s what the Hail Mary to end the Vanderbilt game ended with – and in any event, it’s just as likely as the ball gets fumbled to the ground as what in fact happened. Probably even more so.
Richt’s just trying to give a little cover to a couple of players who are hurting. That’s all. There’s nothing else to see here; move on.