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’.