Play what you mean.

No doubt it’s a fun week of preparation.

While players attempt to block out the outside noise, outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins acknowledged it’s tough to think about his coaches fighting for their jobs.

“If we don’t finish strong, one of the coaches might be fired. It might be a clean sweep like some of the other schools are doing,” Jenkins said. “Something like that is detrimental to the program. When you fire a whole staff, when you fire a coach, it sets back everything that was in motion. I’ve always thought badly about staffs that did that and fans that wanted that.”

Yes, but… it starts with the fans wanting more than they’re seeing on the field.  At some point, a calm, measured approach begins to feel more like whistling in the dark than keeping things under control.

Richt is under considerable pressure to fix what’s taken place over the past month. However, he hasn’t let it show to his team. Having been under fire before, Richt has approached the recent, and more intense, criticism as a part of the job.

“He’s still his cool, calm, collected self,” tight end Jeb Blazevich said. “He’s been doing it way too long, in the hot seat, too many years to be worried about it. He knows where we stand with him. We love coach Richt and we’re all behind him 100 percent. We’re not too worried about it and it doesn’t seem like he is either.”

It’s nice that you’ve got Richt’s back, guys.  But if you really want to help the cause, it might be time to step it up and show it on the field this Saturday.  Just sayin’.

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42 responses to “Play what you mean.

  1. The bad thing is, when you start seeing these types of quotes from players with coaches in these situations, they seem to almost always go out and lay an egg the next week, even though they just got done vowing to fight for their coaches. Happens all the time. Guess we’ll see on Saturday.

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    • Bobby Bowden Syndrome

      JJ just keep drinking the koo-aid the coaching staff is feeding you. Yup, its all the fans faults their jobs are on the line. Not a chance its the coaches lack of coaching and the players lack of making plays.

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  2. Bulldog Joe

    A healthy amount of love, respect, and fear motivates people to excel at the highest level.

    It’s human nature.

    At least one of these elements is missing here.

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  3. The first thing that came to mind (nsfw-language):

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  4. charlottedawg

    I have no doubt the players love Richt. But like all things in life all the motivation in the world doesn’t amount to a hill of beans if you don’t know what you’re doing. Contrary to the pithy little poster aptitude is way more important than attitude.

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  5. Merk

    JJ is pissed off that fans expect the team to not suck and if the teams sucks bad enough, then we are bad fans for wanting change? I think we might see part of the perception problem that is going on at UGA right there. The players upset that they suck, but do not seem to be very motivated to do anything about it.

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  6. Hogbody Spradlin

    I was never an athlete, and pardon me being faux intellectual, but Machiavelli disapproves. I don’t want the players to love the coaches. I want them to respect and fear the coaches. They can love them after the season’s over. Ever hear a Marine recruit say he loves his DI?

    After the loss to Miami (OH) at the end of the 6-6 1974 season, Vince walked into the locker room, said spring practice starts in a few weeks, and “there will be blood.”

    It’s possible to be tough without being an asshole.

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  7. W Cobb Dawg

    Richt is what, like 56? Am I wrong, or does it seem like everyone talks and acts as if he’s a 70+ grandpa. Or is that just the way he carries himself?

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  8. Bright Idea

    Cool and calm or complacent?

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  9. Will Trane

    Coaches are hired to coach and win.
    Players always feel that way about their coaches.
    But alums are not enamored with Richt anymore
    Five and dime against Florida in a career.
    Surprised anyone goes to jacksonville anymore
    Just remember players loved Russell, Goff, and Vince.
    And love does not win football games.

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  10. TennesseeDawg

    What JJ msy not understand is that most Georgia fans would aren’t angry about the record or even the future record as they are about the piss poor lack of preparation and attitude this team displays on the field. I could handle the same exact 5-3 record if the team looked like it fought it’s ass off in those loses. The problem is the team looks completely disinterested, unfocused and clueless on the field

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    • BMan

      They look like the only team that sticks to the 20-hour rule, and they probably are. I feel like we’ve taken this car to the shop for the last time. It’s time to stop making repairs and trade the thing in on a new model.

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      • So, IL Dawg

        you’re probably right. this team is mentally and physically soft. so, that’s why they get pushed around on the field and cannot tackle. then they lose focus and make mental mistakes. Davis has really played well this year; but he dropped a TD pass that would’ve tied the game vs UT. then he tries to catch a punt inside the 5. those are both mental errors because he wasn’t focused on the job. I don’t know how CMR can change this because it seems to be the recurring issue the past few years.

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    • In addition to the stuff you mentioned TD, I must confess, I’m pretty pissed about the record too.

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      • The Truth

        I don’t know, Twist, I tend to agree with Tenn Dawg. If our three losses were hard-fought, down-to-the-wire, where we got beat but didn’t beat ourselves, I wouldn’t like it, but it wouldn’t be as damning to the coaches.

        The defining characteristic of the Bama and Fla losses are playing them toe-to-toe throughout the first quarter, then absolutely folding the tent when we gave them a defensive and special teams TD. That’s what I can’t stand. The coaches have to know we don’t have any real leaders on this team to respond to the tent-folding, so they have to do it — and they haven’t and usually don’t in Richt’s worst years.

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    • Mike Cooley

      This. 1,000 times this Tennessee Dawg. Well said brother. That’s what the team moms either can not or do not want to understand. It ain’t the losses. The same record wouldn’t be nearly so bad if not for what you meantioned.

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  11. JasonC

    Honestly, if I was Richt, I would have shut down interviews this week. It would suck for journalist, bloggers and fans, but I’d rather put focus on preparation, that talking. Based on how things have been going, I’m not sure they would have succeed in being prepared, but hell, give it a chance.

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    • lakedawg

      Agree Jason anything coach says is going to get twisted into something negative by some twit. Right will train

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    • Dolly Llama

      My first thought was similar: Why in the HELL are they letting these players anywhere near a damn reporter now? Damn, how embarrassing and stupid.

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  12. …when you fire a coach, it sets back everything that was in motion.

    I think hiring Schottenheimer set back the offense at least one year. The nightmare scenario for me would be for Richt to get a vote of confidence, decide to stick it out with Schottenheimer, and for Pruitt to move on. Talk about setting back everything in motion.

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  13. It must be tough playing for an HC you love, and an OC that (reading between the lines because no one is singing his praises) you hate and want gone.

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  14. Macallanlover

    It is the “disinterested”, “complacent”, “unfocused” type adjectives that anger everyone, divide the fan base, and are the most ridiculous. It stops all rational discussion. We certainly have many issues but these are not legit.

    If you had told me we would not have Chubb for three of our toughest conference games, a hurt/absent Jordan Jenkins for all, or part of, those same games, an absent Lorenzo Carter, and a totally inept offensive line for the entire season, I would not have been surprised that we would be 5-3 at this point. Add to that an unresolved and dysfunctional QB situation and I might be surprised that we aren’t worse record wise.

    I clearly missed in my expectations of the OL, and that is the engine that drives a pro-style offense. I felt 10-2 or 9-3 going in, but never foresaw the calamities that have unfolded. It is all hands on deck time now, but there is division in the ranks and that makes it look unlikely this can work out for UGA in the short term, and the long term, being the next 5+ years, is now in jeopardy. Just an opinion, and I know others feel dramatic change can be the way to go, neither of us can be sure.

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  15. DawgPhan

    I know that the OC needs to be fired. The play calling is awful. The team is not prepped. Just cut the guy and move on. We can manage without him.

    None of it makes any sense. Marshall doesnt get carries when Sony breaks his hand. The running QB didnt run and threw a ton of passes. The punter touched the ball more than Marshall did.

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  16. TMC dawg

    if the team quits the last 4 games, then the coffin is just about shut on Richt. Rumor has it that a play is in the works for Kirby Smart if this happens. Anyone have any more info?

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    • Dolly Llama

      Everything I’ve heard says Kirby is Blacksburg-bound. They can have him, too. Kirby Smart isn’t the answer.

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      • Macallanlover

        Amen, he was even behind Boom when the haters were in an uproar a few years ago. But he has something in common with the haters though, they both use Richt’s projected demise to hurt UGA in recruiting. He might just be their boy anyway with that in common. I hope he is the one SC selects, he is the weakest of the “hot list” coaches, imo. Think he has burned too many bridges in Athens, Lord let’s hope so.

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