The “L” word

As I mentioned the other day, it doesn’t seem like Richt has the kids with the mental toughness he needs to keep his team playing with focus when a game starts going south.  This might be part of the problem.

The secondary is the starkest example. Dominick Sanders, a sophomore, has already been put in a leadership role in a young secondary, which has already started two true freshmen and two other sophomores.

“We’re working on it,” Sanders said. “It’s not easy, but we all come together in the back end to work together in communication and executing.”

Another transfer, Ganus, is playing inside linebacker, a role that requires on-field leadership. Ganus was fiery at UAB and, as he continues to get comfortable, is trying to bring that to the Bulldogs.

“I tried to just slowly earn people’s respect, and as it went on, spring, summer and fall camp, now I’ve got myself in the role where I’m respected by everyone, and I can call people out, I can pick people up,” Ganus said. “It’s been fun. I’m glad I’m back in that role.”

Throw in a starting quarterback who parachuted into Athens just in time for August practice and it shouldn’t be much of a surprise at how discombobulated Georgia looks at times.



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29 responses to “The “L” word

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    I’d endorse the thought if this were the first season we’ve suffered brain fades, but it isn’t.


  2. Said it before and I’ll say it again – 2017 is going to be Richt’s best year or his Donnan 2000 year. I’m not sure he’ll make it that far if he leveraged everything this year and next to get to 2017.


  3. AusDawg85

    Leadership…another quality Hutson Mason displayed that too many “fans” discredited or ignored. We really seem to be missing the senior leadership from last year’s team who could call a locker room meeting and get some heads set straight. But if Texas can do it…


  4. NoAxeToGrind

    I wonder, since Richt has been hanging around 15 years as head coach, UGA in this position to start out with? After all, he did not assume the position of head coach two years ago.


  5. Chuck

    As much as folks want to lay the success of the early 2000s teams at BVG’s feet, I have 2 words for you: Tony Gilbert. I heard that D was more afraid of dealing with #42 than the coaches if they screwed up.


  6. Dawg19

    “Uh…well, Sir. We’re hoping that our midterm grades will really help our average.”


  7. CorpsDawg

    Human will, instilled through leadership, is the driving force of all action. There are no “natural” leaders on this team. Only players holding a position by de facto are leaders? Leaders will emerge when they respect those who lead them. CMR’s earlier years were successful because you had leaders on the D who respected BVG, not CMR.


  8. ugafidelis

    I’ve been thinking about this after reading a couple of the posts/comments after the UT game. It does seem that the “kick in the pants” or “come to Jesus” has had to come from a player in recent years. Where finally one of them gets tired of being called soft, unmotivated, undisciplined, etc…
    CMR did it once that I remember before the ’07 FU game with the end zone celebration thing, and I thought that was going to be the turning point; but afterwards he backed so far away from it and basically apologized to God and everybody for his brief display of pride that he went back into his shell. He must have made a humility covenant after that. And it showed in the next two meetings with FU where we got the brakes beat off of us by a combined 63 points.


  9. lakedawg

    Anxious to see how many of the bandwagon group or back on the wagon after Dawgs whack Missouri and the defense wins one in Ajax.


  10. Macallanlover

    I am anxious to see people who call our players “garbage”, or feel every single play, result, or move made on the football field is the total responsibility of the coaches leave UGA boards and go somewhere where that behavior is acceptable. Not really sure where that would be, probably an NFL team’s boards/blogs. Regardless of the subject, they take their cowardly, cheap shots from the safety of their parents’ basement. GT and FU fans are above them in my ranking.


    • Scorpio Jones, III

      Mac, I don’t always agree with everything you say, but By God, Sir…this and thank you.

      Young, new both coaches and players, how can any intelligent football fan look at this mix and predict national championships? I don’t know shit, but I know this.


    • paul

      Apparently the fact that a lot of folks, like myself, who’ve previously supported Richt without question have started to wonder out loud if we might be seeing the beginning of the end (which is not to say I don’t still support him), has emboldened various commentators whose only real reason for being here is to kick someone while they’re down. They shouldn’t mistake our angst for anger. Nor should they think we have a whole lot of tolerance for their verbal vomit. At the end of the day we are still alumni, Hartman contributors, season ticket holders and damn proud Bulldogs. The Senator himself has had to call us out for our lack of civility. So, if I may quote Mom, don’t make me stop this car.