Anyone who has been around me in the last couple of days knows I was singing this song way before we lost to the perennial dormat of the SEC(also one of the worst teams in the nation BTW). While Cousin Pat has some stats on the coach that are impressive, I have a list of complaints that I feel are pretty damn legit, and anyone who has played NCAA Football on Playstation can understand. And you know what? I have all the confidence that Mr. Armstrong from Louisiana will actually agree with all my arguements here.
1.No clock Management- How many times can a coach burn through all his timeouts before switching fields for the second or fourth quarter. I'm not talking play-saving, wrong personnel for the situation timeouts. I'm just asking if we really need to hash it out on 4th and17 on our own 30. Should we punt, or shouldn't we? Let's talk it out and make sure we do the right thing. Never mind how many times we call it on the PAT to prevent a delay of game. Right there we're ill prepared for what to do, and in that situation, I'm just as confident in our kicker making a 22 yarder as a 17 yarder.
2.Atrocious Special Teams- I'm not talking kickers. They are always solid. I'm talking return teams. Did anyone else besides me catch on that our Elite 11 QB Logan Grey's only job for 2 years was to go out on punt returns and call a fair catch? The other side was actually scarier if we don't just kick the ball at the end zone and force a touchback. Who knew if we were going to allow a touchdown or commit a personal foul.
3.Play calling- OH MY FREAKING GOD!! Especially on third down. This is where I lose my mind. Between calling for Joe Tereshinski III draw plays on third and long all day against Florida, to the play-action pass on EVERY third and 8-or-more this year! This is a career-long habit. Down by 14 points against anybody in the fourth quarter, he just can't help but call for play-action, even when everybody in the world knows we're throwing. How about just calling a straight up pass so our 5-10 QB can actually look at the field before one of our overrated OL lets one in for an auto-sack. It worked once against UT with David Green at the helm, and he apparently just can't help himself anymore. I'm going to stop here, before I recap our entire season so far, and throw my computer out the window like so many remote controllers.
4.Lack of Discipline-You can say what you want about his high-end Christian values, but all you gotta do is take a look at our penalties on the field and the police blotter off it to see how tight a ship he runs.
5.Florida-This is an auto loss. No matter how good we are and how bad they are we lose every year. Our last win came to straight up shenanigans by charging the endzone. Any Dawgfan can agree on the amount of dread we all feel approaching that game.
6.Defense-In my opinion, our best coach in the last 15-20 years was Brian Van Gorder. He was the only one to show any consistent results. Considering we hired Richt for his offensive genius(ha,ha), Van Gorder produced defenses every year that could stop anybody, yet even paired with Richt's genius all we do is underachieve against all the teams around us.
These arguements are things most of us agreed on years ago when we liked Mark Richt. The hiring of Mike Bobo was directly to solve the problems of clock management and play calling(that's working out real well). All of our defensive successes are atributed to Van Gorder(not disputed). If it wasn't for having waaay above-average kickers(Billy Bennett, Blair Walsh, etc.) our special teams as a whole would be terrible. Zero discipline. Why is he here? What does he bring to the table? I used to think he was a good delegater. Between Martinez and Bobo that ain't it. He's got to go.
While yes I agree with Cousin Pat that we have seen some nice double digit win totals, they can't necessarily be attributed to quality UGA football. They all came with UT on a down cycle, and USC, Auburn and Tech all having relatively mediocre years. All these arguements tell me that we have seen the absolute best Mark Richt has to offer. After ten years as coach, he's been around long enough so we can now fire him and not look like a reactionary program on a down year, and we can get a head start on the hiring process before it's too late and start losing to the likes of Mississippi State(Ooops!! Too late!).