I’ve got a couple of well-reasoned summaries of what’s been an up-and-down season worth a look.
From David Ching…
There was a time not so long ago where Mark Richt was arguably having one of his better coaching seasons as Georgia’s head Bulldog in charge. Today, you won’t find anyone who would make that argument.
Not after Richt’s decision to squib kick with 18 seconds left in regulation against Georgia Tech – a call that he later ranked among his dumbest decisions as Georgia’s coach – gave the Yellow Jackets time to tie the game with a last-second field goal and then win in overtime.
Or after a consistently terrible Florida offense suddenly looked like the mid-90s Nebraska Cornhuskers by running all over Georgia’s defense in an enormous upset, following two road wins where the Bulldogs seemingly could do no wrong.
Such has been the peaks-and-valleys nature of this season for the Bulldogs — and that’s saying something at UGA, which frequently ranks among the nation’s most schizophrenic programs.
… and Seth Emerson:
For this team, it has been a year of great highs: Clemson, Auburn, Missouri two days after Gurley’s sudden suspension, and Arkansas the next week.
But the lows have been just as great: South Carolina and the first-and-goal fiasco; Georgia Tech and the squib kick decision; and worst of all, the egg-laying against a Florida team so bad it fired its head coach two weeks later.
It’s also a season that isn’t over. A good way for this Georgia program to feel better about itself would be to win a bowl game and have a 10-win season, the ninth in Mark Richt’s 14-year tenure.
I don’t think there’s even a slight possibility Mark Richt will be canned, even if the bowl game generates another loss, but after reading several days of comments here and elsewhere, there’s little doubt that the way the 2014 regular season ended has left a sour taste in plenty of Georgia fans’ mouths. And there is a segment of folks out there who clearly want the program to move on, coachingwise.
Which leads to today’s reader poll. It’s not just a simple should-he-stay-or-should-he-go temperature taking. A couple of your comments have made me wonder how much of my experience as someone who’s followed the program for the better part of four decades has factored into my attitude about the program. So this poll is constructed with a twist, as you’ll see.
As always, comments are appreciated. I think this is a subject that deserves thoughtful response. (Meaning it wouldn’t kill some of you to be a little bit more respectful of others as you express your opinions.) So have at it.