I’ve knocked Ed Aschoff for missing a point before, so let me say that when he gets something right, credit should go where credit is due. And this is spot on.
It’s easy to call Richt out, but it’s been a collective collaboration by the Dawgs. Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, who appeared to have most of the holes on this defense sown up before Saturday, stood in front of the media and took the blame for the Gator gashing, but neither he nor Richt were out there getting thrown around by Florida linemen. They weren’t the ones missing tackle after tackle or getting pushed over with ease.
Richt isn’t the one limited in what he can do throwing the ball. Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo has been ridiculed for years by Georgia fans, both justly and unjustly, but neither he nor Richt got blown off the line by Florida’s pass rush. They are the ones developing these guys, and have to be held accountable, but there also comes a point where the players have to accept blame and outrage.
Remember, linebacker Ramik Wilson said players “underestimated” Florida. That’s on everybody.
The underachievement is real. Georgia is a top-10 job surrounded by platinum talent, but for whatever reason, this program has been held back from breaking through to achieve consistent championship success.
No matter who you point the finger at, it’s baffling.
The only thing I’d add is that we’re all tired of pointing fingers. We just want things to work, both on and off the field, as they should at a program that believes it’s a conference power. Is that too much to ask? Or are we simply not asking the right folks?