Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Random Musings on the Trouble in Athens

Okay Bulldog Nation, let's put this the current chaos emanating from Athens into perspective. Sadly, UGA is caught up in an avalanche of multiple negative things happening all at the same time. It's like quicksand, once you're caught in it, it is nearly impossible to get out.

You've got Damon Evans holding women's drawers & crying himself out of a job in Buckhead (bless his heart). You had a disaster of a DC in Willie Martinez run a legendary defense into the ground. Transitioning to a 3-4 defense is very difficult because now your linebackers have to be a lot more disciplined and from what I've seen, my son's pet rock is smarter than your whole linebacker corp. We all witnessed the basketball program jump off the mediocrity cliff into the valley of suck (although your new coach is killing it in recruiting).

From a football perspective, it seems to me that UGA has simply not maximized the recruiting window of opportunity they had when they were the pre-season number one team a few years back. Aside from Pay J. Green and Aaron Murray, UGA has whiffed on a lot of kids. The biggest misses have plauged the offensive line and defensive side of the ball with DL and secondary in particular. Dabo Swinney in Clemson has been out-recruiting UGA and a lot of schools have been poaching the Peach State for the past 3 years.

I agree with all the pundits that we need to see a new side of Mark Richt. Some of the prima donnas wearing the silver britches need to become acutely aware that they lack focus, desire, and discipline. Mark comes from the FSU family of non-discipline (e.g. Chuck Amato, Bobbeh Bowden, etc.) and it's blatantly obvious in games. When you combine lackluster recruiting with a lack of discipline, you get an 0-3 SEC record.

I'm still not willing to hang out Richt yet and call for his job. Luckily, you have some winnable games upcoming on the schedule (thank goodness for Colorado, Vanderbilt and Tennessee). With A.J. Green back, there is a reliable target for Murray to throw to and he will help open up other receivers. If you can improve the play of the offensive line. A mediocre bowl is still within reach. Make your reservations for Nashville or Shreveport.

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