“situated on a rich vein of football talent, is a plum SEC job. Half-empty: Richt has not won a conference title since 2005. Georgia always seems to drop the ball and not quite live up to its potential.”
“We’ll go the safe route and predict a very “Georgia” season. They pick off one of the Bama teams. They drop a division game or against a mediocre Florida/South Carolina.”
“No matter who starts the opener, the story won’t go away…every pass will be a referendum…And even when someone does grab the job — if they do — the debates won’t go away. Hutson Mason could tell you that from personal experience. Beyond the intrigue, however, lies the fact that quarterback play could dictate how far the Bulldogs go this season…then the passing game becomes the difference between a great and a disappointing season. Oh, and by the way, there’s this: Jacob Eason, perhaps the nation’s top quarterback recruit, is due to join the team in January. So this year’s quarterbacks have that hanging over their future too. Good luck.”
“Georgia fans don’t need to be reminded that their team hasn’t won the SEC in a decade…The fans are antsy for more, and finishing ranked No. 9 last season didn’t leave them with a great feeling. That means anything but a trip to Atlanta likely will be seen as a disappointment, and even if that’s achieved, ending the SEC title drought will be considered a must by many.”
With the Great Exodus of 20 of our top players after the season, Jacob Eason does not mean that Mark Richt will be able to stave us off with yet more inexplicable losses this season by hinting that we merely wait until next season.
Looking at the AP Poll voted on this week by Seth Emerson in the past, but apparently not this season joining the AJ-C, the Bulldogs face 6 teams listed in the voting in the regular season and at least 2 more after the season in the SEC Championship Game and bowl game. The fact that Mark Richt has lost 21 of the current latest 24 games against teams who in fact ended up higher ranked than him in the AP Poll Top 25, rachets-up the pressure on a coach who while a nice guy, is largely viewed nationally as not currently getting the job done any longer. The only 3 wins after 2007 over teams who were ranked higher in the Final AP Poll Top 25 by Mark Richt were all 3 when he was totally unranked in either the Final AP Poll Top 25 and totally unranked in the Final Coaches’ Poll.
All 20 of these are lost from Mark Richt’s teams after this season, and Alabama actually loses MORE than these 20 after this season as well, but Paul Feinbaum and Matt Stinchcomb both agree that Mark Richt will lose to Auburn and to the vols this regular season. That does NOT bode well for Mark Richt that he should lose to the vols and to Auburn this regular season because Alabama is ranked better than BOTH of those teams and we have to play them twice.
Mark Richt has to play this put up or shut up season along with having to play Alabama twice Auburn and the vols teams such as Florida, Georgie tek yellowjackets, South Carolina, Missouri, and whomever our opponent is in our bowl game.
There is only 1 assurance from Mark Richt and that is that whomever his bowl opponent will be, the bowl will be his 15th in a row meaningless bowl opponent – as he never has played in a meaningful bowl game, let alone won against a top bowl opponent in such a bowl game.
Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer who just last week said the job is Brice Ramsey’s to lose because he has such a great talent with his arm strength, is singing a different tune today and now says that there is no hurry whatsoever for Mark Richt to name a starter with all the cupcakes we face the entire month of September. Mark Richt said there was a fumble in an exchange on Offense yesterday. Duh.
August 25, 2015 kick-off Saturday week, and yesterday our # 1 and Starting QB still was not practicing with the ones. Today, he did. Two-thirds of the time all Spring and now ALL FALL camp, he has not. His leadership of the team has been undermined. His confidence and the team’s confidence in him has been obliterated. His timing with the ones, and their timing with him continues to be the biggest bone-headed coaching decision of Mark Richt 2015-2016, so far. The # 1 Center two-thirds of the time, has not worked with our # 1 QB and the # 1 Center is NEW. The all important Tight Ends 2015-2016 have not worked with our # 1 QB two-thirds of the time. Our wide receivers, whom we are relying on so many newcomers to come through for us this season, have not worked with our # 1 QB two-thirds of the time either. Our OL has not worked with our # 1 QB two-thirds of the time and yet they are expected to make him a success by knowing what his tendencies are and how to protect him. Our running backs, way too many of whom have put the ball on the carpet, are expected to have no exchange issues this season also having not practiced whatsoever with our # 1 QB two-thirds of the time.
And, now Logan M. Booker of ClassicCityToday.com says that he firmly believes : “it’s past time for whoever head coach Mark Richt declares the starter to be getting all of the first-team snaps.”
This all is a ruse by Mark Richt for the Mark Richt Apologists to have a built-in excuse for 2015-2016 so that we can all point to the # 1 QB for 2016 Jacob Eason, who will have to contend with The Great Exodus of 20 of our top players after this season, nearly every Starter.
“Georgia hasn’t named a quarterback. The wide receiver corps is thin. And the defense, which should be improved, still lost some key members from last season’s team. Yet, many are predicting the Bulldogs to win the SEC East and some are even picking them to win the league.
Why are they such a popular pick?
Aside from Nick Chubb, arguably the best running back in college football, it has to be the schedule. Of all the College Football Playoff contenders in the SEC, Georgia has the easiest path to get there. They’re the clear-cut favorite in the East, and if they win the conference championship, they can even lose a game during the season and still make the playoff.
The other perk is the conference championship will be played in Atlanta, essentially Georgia’s backyard.
But let’s get back to the regular season. Unlike last season when they opened against Clemson, the Bulldogs won’t see a ranked team until the month of October. The first game against UL Monroe should be a breeze and will also allow the new quarterback to get acclimated. Then it’s on to Vanderbilt and South Carolina, two of the weaker conference foes they will face. Even if the Gamecocks are improved this season, Georgia gets them at home.
Needless to say, there’s a strong possibility this team will be undefeated when Alabama comes to town on Oct. 3. And just like Georgia, the Crimson Tide are breaking in a new quarterback. As you could have probably guessed, that quarterback’s first true road game will be between the hedges, which bodes well for the Bulldogs.
A loss to Alabama, and Georgia could still run the table and be a shoo-in for the playoff. A win, though, and they’re in the driver’s seat.
Following the Alabama game is a difficult stretch with back-to-back games at Tennessee and home against Missouri. Both teams are vying for the division crown and will present challenges for Georgia, but it still beats playing in the West where every week is a new Top-25 opponent.
Then, after a bye week, it’s on to Jacksonville for the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party and a matchup with rival Florida. This neutral-site game takes the place of a road game on Georgia’s schedule, which means the Bulldogs only have three true road games in the SEC.
One of those road games will be Week 11 at Auburn in what might be Georgia’s most difficult game all season. However, coach Mark Richt has had Auburn’s number over the years, winning eight of the past 10 games against the Tigers, and again, if Auburn is the only game Georgia loses all season, they still have a strong chance of making the playoffassuming the Bulldogs win the conference title game.
And of course, there’s the finale at Georgia Tech. But most coaches would rather play a difficult non-conference game like that at the end of the season as opposed to the beginning. By that time, you know your team and you know what to expect.
Ultimately, no path in the SEC is easy. But playing in the East, plus a soft early schedule, plus one less road game in conference, and it all adds up in Georgia’s favor.”
(1) Mark Richt is 5-9 vs our # 1 Rival Florida, most frequently to teams you figured he beat
(2) This “neutral” game in JAX, he is 5-9 at.
(3) Mark Richt is 2-9 as Visitor vs ranked teams for the seasons after 2007. These games this season would include vols, Auburn and Georgie tek all 3 teams voted on in yesterday’s release of the AP Poll sir.
(4) He is 28% win percentage after 2007 away from Sanford against teams ranked that season 6-15. These games this season for him include vols, Auburn, Georgie tek, Florida, Alabama in The SEC Championship Game, and one meaningless bowl game. He’s 54-29 after 2007, an average of MORE than 4 losses a season sir. If you figure he wins 28 % of those, that’s MORE than 4 losses RIGHT THERE Greg Ostendorf, sir.
(5) Mark Richt is 3-21 vs teams ranked higher for the season than him after 2007 and the 3 wins were when he was unranked that season in any poll whatsoever.
(6) He’s only won 54% of the games after 2007 against teams who played in a bowl game that season 34-28.
(7) “there’s something besides winning that’s important here” Mark Richt tells us repeatedly.
(8) He pulls a “Richt” EVERY year losing inexplicable losses
(9) Despite all the talent here, Mark Richt is a huge underachiever. He’s averaged the # 8 Scout.com recruiting ranking 2nd best nationally 2001-2015 and verified by the NFL with the 2nd most NFL Draft Picks nationally 2001-2015. Yet, while he starts his 15th season at the helm here with all this talent, 14 other coaches have been there at their school only 3 years on the average to win their national championship on Mark Richt’s watch head-to-head then with Mark Richt. They averaged all 14 national champions on the Mark Richt watch the # 8 Scout.com average recruiting ranking too.
(10) Coaching is getting more from less. Here, Mark Richt has done the complete absolute OPPOSITE, hasn’t he ?
(11) Mark Richt has NEVER played in a meaningful bowl game. Let alone win one.
(12) Mark Richt just does NOT beat the teams who are better than him after 2007.
(13) Mark Richt has lost to 10 teams after 2007 who have not been ranked in either the AP Poll or Coaches’ Poll either time of game or for the season.
(14) Mark Richt plays FAVORITES and always has, often controlling what is said or even known. Mark Richt lies to us repeatedly and feels vindicated in doing so to preserve his $ 3.5 million annually.
(15) He makes bone-headed in game decisions
(16) Mark Richt would rather a trophy for everyone, like Pop Warner teams, than play his best players, often benching his best players to play 3rd stringers, especially on Special Teams.
(17) Mark Richt says winning is not important to him and he would rather as his priority convert the boys to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. He says he is at peace knowing he either converted them to his religion, or tried to, WHATEVER happens here at Georgia. He does not care, as seen on the sidelines every game.
(18) Every time you figure Mark Richt might lose a game, you say oh he can lose that game and still make the damn play-offs. That is the way he figures it too. And, all our DISNEYdawgs.com rose-colored glasses fans who censor anything real for what a great guy Mark Richt is despite the obvious short comings he in fact has as our coach, they all figure losing the games you figure we lose as well, will not matter because he can still lose and make the play-offs. It has NOT worked out for him thinking like that. He needs to GATA, and have his team prepared. He has spent the entire Spring and now all Fall making sure our team is anything but prepared to beat 9 ranked teams 2015-2016 sir.
(19) He plays eight (8) games 2015-2016 against teams voted on in the AP Poll released yesterday : vols, Auburn, Florida, Alabama, Alabama again in The SEC Championship Game he’s NOT won after 2005, Georgie tek yellowjackets, Missouri, bowl game against ranked team and 8 assumes we lose that game or do NOT make the play-offs. To do what you’re saying Greg Ostendorf sir, he would be playing 9 ranked teams – wouldn’t he ?
Easiest path ? How about the most improbable most impossible most utterly preposterous path Mark Richt could possibly imagine instead ? What you think Greg Ostendorf, sir, or would you rather not be confused with the facts herein that he’d be beating 9 ranked teams to do so 2015-2016. So, what’s this bullshit then that he has the easiest path ? DISNEYdawgs.com This is EXACTLY the kind of unadulterated bullshit that has given Mark Richt such complacency and lead to our downfall every freaking off-season. Shut the hell up, boy. You do NOT know anything of which you speak. NOTHING. Nothing at ALL.
We have averaged either 5 losses or 4 losses per season the current latest 7-year period.
After this season, we have The Great Exodus, where we lose 20 of our top players – nearly every Starter.
We face 6 teams voted on in the AP Poll last night : vols, Florida, Missouri, Georgie tek, Auburn and Alabama. We play 2 more ranked teams this season in The SEC Championship Game and our Bowl game opponent. That is 8 ranked teams. We are especially poor winning the games away from Sanford vs teams ranked for the season. According to the AP Poll the teams voted on we play this season will be 8 if we play in The SEC Championship Game we’ve not won after 2005. This is 2015.
Pardon me for being plain about this ?
We have inexplicable losses every single season with Mark Richt – in addition.
We have lost every single game against any team ranked ahead of us for any season of the current latest 7 years, except for 3 games when Mark Richt that season was unranked in both the AP Poll and Coaches’ Poll where he beat a ranked team for that season. That is a 3-21 STREAK the latest 24 games against teams who in fact end up ranked ahead of us in the Top 25 of either the AP Poll or the Coaches’ Poll.
We hired a Special Teams’ Coordinator, Carter Blount, who is not allowed to tell Mark Richt that he must practice Special Teams in the Annual G-Day Game, who is not allowed to tell Mark Richt that he must play his very best 11 football players on Special Teams, who is not allowed to tell Mark Richt that he waited too long this pre-season again to practice Special Teams in even the damn scrimmages – waiting until Saturday to first do so when kick-off to this 2015-2016 season is now Saturday week, and who in addition is not allowed to coach the players AT ALL.
We have a plethora of guys who put the ball on the carpet on Special Teams, at Wide Receiver, and at Running Back positions.
We play the wrong guy all too often and bench the better player “behind” him on the Depth Chart, especially at Quarterback. This season sets up for more of the same with the damn secrecy about who the Starter will be. After telling us David Greene is the better quarterback than DJ Shockley in 2001 and redshirting DJ so he could not prove his worth, after telling us Joe Tereshinski III is the better quarterback than Matthew Stafford in 2006, after telling us Joe Cox with his chronic shoulder and flu would only play at Stillwater in 2009 and that he was a better quarterback than Zach Mettenberger whom he gave no snaps against Okie State even with the charter flight required for Joe Cox, and after last year telling us that Hutson Mason who ended the season the # 90 Passing Offense and never did throw a pass longer than 4 yards floating them ALL was a better quarterback than Brice Ramsey, Jacob Park and Faton Bauta – none of whom was he better than – is it really any wonder he is making the same mistake again this season ?
We have totally ruined the timing of the new QB working with the new Center 2015. We have ripped the confidence of our Starting QB making him practice two-thirds of the time with either the 3rd or 2nd team. We have undermined the OL’s ability to learn the tendencies of the Starting QB by having him not practice with the OL the entire Spring and now all the Fall Practices, except 33 % of the time. We have shot the timing of the receivers and all important Tight Ends working with the # 1 QB – the Starting QB. We have not given the Starting Fullback or the Starting Tailback practice with the # 1 Starting QB two-thirds of the Spring and now all two-thirds of the Fall Camp too, so they do not have the timing and tendencies down with the Starting QB either, or the exchanges, or timing on pass patterns out of the backfield.
We have pulled a “Richt” at QB, on Special Teams, and at every Offensive Position all Spring and now all Fall Camp and continue to make dumb shit coaching decisions.
Our Coach has seen fit this off-season to make it crystal clear that he does not want to be known as a college football coach but as a Christian, and that he does not care about winning – that converting the boys to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior is more important to him than winning.
Our fan base is SATISFIED with 10-win season in 15-game seasons nowadays for the top teams, when in fact Mark Richt has averaged 9-5 or 9-4 over the latest current recent 7 years now and counting.
Our fan base has come more and more around to my way of thinking. We continue to recruit well and waste the talent. The same talent that at 14 other schools on Mark Richt’s WATCH have won national championships with, averaging these 14 years only 3 years at their school to win a national championship while we go into Mark Richt’s 15th with NO HOPE. The average # 8 Scout.com recruiting class 2001-2015 is verified as the 2nd best in the nation and is further verified by the NFL that Mark Richt has also put up the 2nd most NFL Draft Picks 2001-2015. Yet, he pulls a “Richt” and either loses a game no one figures we lose, or is blown-out by an opponent taking them too lightly and not GATA. Or, BOTH. The average Scout.com recruiting ranking for these 14 national championships on Mark Richt’s WATCH all averaged the average # 8 Scout.com recruiting ranking too. Coaching is getting MORE out of less. Here, we do the complete opposite, wasting talent. Don’t we ?
The DISNEYdawgs.com remain continuing to skirt the issue and duck the point that we have failed to win The SEC Championship Game after 2005. This is 2015. We have NO HOPE of doing so 2015-2016 season. And, they continue to remain steadfast on their view that no one should mention that Mark Richt has NEVER played in a meaningful bowl game.
Our Goals are quite clear.
While Mark Richt was once 81 % win percentage here 42-10, why are you not a malcontent at 68 % win percentage after 2007 – these latest current recent 7 years by stark contrast ?
We’re # 11 all-time in Wins for Major Colleges.
We have only a 54 % win percentage after 2007 against teams who even played in damn bowl games these most recent 7 years making up the entire 2nd half of the Mark Richt era after 2007.
This is the 2nd season of the new 4-team play-off. Mark Richt’s ONLY BCS Bowl wins were over # 23 FSU a 5-loss hapless team 2002 and over # 19 Hawai’i another hapless team.
He has FAILED to win or even play in a meaningful bowl game.
2-9 Mark Richt as Visitor vs teams ranked AP or Coaches’ for the seasons starting 2007 :
WON 34-0 at # 14 Missouri 2014
LOST 38-43 at Auburn 2013
LOST 27-31 at Vanderbilt 2013
LOST 35-38 at Clemson 2013
LOST 7-35 at South Carolina 2013
LOST 31-49 at Auburn 2010
LOST 12-24 at Mississippi State 2010
LOST 6-17 at South Carolina 2010
*WON 30-24 at Georgie tek 2009* would’ve VACATED win if they beat us too
LOST 10-24 at Okie State 2009
LOST 14-35 at Tennessee vols 2007
2-9 as Visitor vs teams ranked AP or Coaches’ for the seasons starting 2007
The Mark Richt Apologists can fill your head with bullshit that losing these 20 after this season – nearly every Starter – is no big deal with our sorry Junior Class this season by stark contrast, but the facts are that recruiting has not been our issue here with Mark Richt. It’s been his inexplicable losses every season after 2007, and his more than 4 losses per season average after 2007, and his 3 wins – all when Mark Richt went unranked that season – against teams ranked higher than us in the AP or Coaches’ Polls for the seasons after 2007 out of the 24 games against such teams.
This has not been caused by lack of talent. On the contrary, we’ve stockpiled more talent here than any school in the nation as measured by average Scout.com recruiting rankings and as verified by NFL Draft Picks of which there will be another bumper crop after this season.
The answer, my friends, is that Mark Richt must win this season as his goal, and not converting these boys into his religion, as he says is his goal instead.
But, can he ?
Is he going to change his priority ?
Will converting the boys to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior all of a sudden cease to be his goal this season, and instead he will overnight become GATA, finding instead that there is nothing more important than winning here ?
Mark Richt, to answer that question, says that he has peace converting the boys to Jesus Christ as his primary goal so much so that he does not even want to be known as a college football coach – that that is not what defines him but Jesus Christ.
I do not have ANY doubts personally.
15-game season for the top teams, and I am absolutely certain we will go 9-4 or 9-5 if we play Alabama twice.
I read yesterday on one of our “approved Bulldog blogs” that he said that Alabama is weak this season. Excuse me, Alabama loses as much if not more after this season than we do, and will in fact have as many NFL Draft Picks after this season as we do, if not more.
In fact, talent has never been our issue here.
Coaching decisions, stubbornness and stupidity, along with complacency that well winning isn’t all that damn important anyway in the whole scheme of God’s Plan, remain our issues. Don’t they ?
Stubbornness is not a Christian trait; in fact, just the opposite, Christians are the antonym of adamant, headstrong, inflexible, ornery, persistent, relentless, tenacious, self-willed, and set in one’s ways.
Mark Richt says that coaching and winning is not what defines him, but that converting the boys over to Jesus Christ is.
All of us have all said this for years. That he looks asleep on the sidelines, disinterested, uncaring in the outcome, and all too frequently having his teams unprepared.
Perhaps this is the EXCUSE in a long steady stream of EXCUSES from him for this up-coming season. That we are to all focus on NOT HAVING A STARTING QUARTERBACK, and him with the nation’s # 1 QB coming in next season, Jacob Eason.
Whose damn fault is that that Mark Richt has not prepared a back-up QB for us since DJ Shockley in 2001, his first season at our helm ?
What the freaking hell was Mark Richt doing all last year with our # 80 Passing Offense, Starting a QB who by himself lost to 4 far less-talented teams than we gave Mark Richt to surround Hutson Mason with losing to Nebraska, South Carolina, Georgie tek and Florida as our Starting QB ?
Why did Brian Schottenheimer just last Thursday announce that he detests the term game manager ? To hear his head rattle ? Or, to take on Mark Richt head-on on our Starting QB 2015, unlike that he witnesses studying film of all our players this year who all were all here last season, riding the damn bench and never prepared ?
Our Starting QB is still not practicing with the ones, still not lining-up behind the new # 1 Center to get that down. Still not throwing to the ones. Our great OL still has no idea which QB they will be blocking for. Our receivers are still not getting their timing down with their QB because they are NOT practicing with him. We are preparing to be unprepared for 2015 so that we have a BUILT-IN EXCUSE for another mediocre 2015-2016 season.
We are going to drag this out all season, so we have a built-in excuse for 2015-2016 season.
That and to destroy the confidence and timing and make it self-fulfilling prophesy that our Starting QB 2015 is the only problem we have – fixed by # 1 QB nationally AGAIN next season.
I do not remember Matthew Stafford being named the Starter, either.
In fact, I recall specifically that Mark Richt told us all that Joe Tereshinski III was a BETTER QB than Matthew Stafford.
How in the name of God are we going to be prepared to play 6 regular season games against teams named by the VOTERS in the AP Poll last night : Florida, Georgie tek, Alabama, Auburn, vols and Missouri ?
Or, more importantly, for games after those 6 ? You know ? The SEC Championship Game we’ve not won after 2005. This is 2015. And, the play-offs ? You know, the new last year 4-team format replacing the previous 2-team BCS Bowl Games’ Play-Off Mark Richt won only 2 of beating hapless 5-loss # 23 FSU in 2002 and beating # 19 Hawai’i as his only BCS Bowl Wins ?
When the freaking hell are we going to play in Mark Richt’s 1st meaningful bowl game ?
When Hell friqin’ freezes over ?
“We’re never goofing off.” What have we been doing for 14 years ? Goofing-Off ?
“If we are going to hire a religious instructor let’s go to the Candler School of Theology…and get some of their people to come coach our football team.”
Do you know where you will be spending Eternity ?
Rooting for a football program with no strategy and no plan except to have me and everyone else accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Excuse me Mark Richt, that is NOT what we hired you for. Is it ?