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No coaching shakeup at Georgia

Posted on: November 29, 2010 1:27 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It's not often that an SEC team with an established coach goes 6-6 with a sub-.500 conference record and a loss to a wretched Colorado team winds up standing pat in the coaching department, but most SEC teams aren't as patient as Georgia and we've long since known that no coach in the league is as averse to change as Mark Richt . So it's not that much of a surprise that the moving vans may skip Athens entirely this offseason, at least if Richt has his way :
“Am I considering changes on the staff?” Richt said [Sunday]. “No" ...

Georgia has scored 30 or more points in seven straight games, something that Richt referred to when asked about fans’ criticism of offensive coordinator and play-caller Mike Bobo .

“All I can say, if I’m not mistaken, we broke some kind of school record of consecutive games of over 30 points and a lot of really good things happened offensively,” Richt said. “The bottom line is whoever calls plays is going to get critiqued, they’re going to get criticized. It’s just the nature of the beast.”

Richt has a point about Bobo, and you can make another one by making note of Bobo's quarterbacking-coaching duties and the wild success he had with redshirt freshman Aaron Murray , who wrapped up his regular season with a 15-of-19, 271-yard, 3 touchdown, zero interception masterpiece against Georgia Tech . Right now, Murray and the Bulldog passing game is the best thing the Dawgs have going; would replacing the quarterbacks' position coach and the architect of that passing game really be the best move?

We doubt it. Georgia's biggest problems this year were a nasty tendency to fumble at the worst possible time -- what coach do you blame for that? -- and a young defense that played lights-out against weaker competition but gave up 31 points to Arkansas , 34 to Florida , 49 to Auburn , etc. First-year coordinator Todd Grantham was installing a new 3-4 defense and wasn't given the prototypical defensive linemen needed for the scheme; firing him after a single season would be stunningly harsh and probably counter-productive.

With several other Georgia position coaches having been replaced just last offseason, Richt's best move probably is to stand pat. Given how perilously close he came to getting replaced himself after the Dawgs' 1-4 start (and how little margin for error he has entering 2011), that seems like a substantially larger gamble than looking for answers elsewhere in the coaching pool. But after a strange and often unlucky season, that's where Georgia stands.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 12:00 pm

No coaching shakeup at Georgia

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Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2010 9:38 am

No coaching shakeup at Georgia

So, atltig, the 3-4 won't work in the SEC?  How did Alabama win a National Championship with that scheme?  Also, Alambama had some issues on their D the first year or so after switching to that scheme, so having the right personell is key. In fact, Justin Houston went from a good player to one of the very best in the league....because he is a perfect fit for the scheme.  Not mentioned in the article is the secondary may be really talented, but they are very young.

Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2010 8:50 pm

No coaching shakeup at Georgia

I think uga's biggest weakness remains their D.  I just don't see a 3-4 scheme working in the SEC effectively.  There's no doubt that the Martinez wasn't working out, but a 3-4?  As they stated during the GT game, they played mostly nickel during the season for that fact.

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2010 2:28 pm

No coaching shakeup at Georgia

Yeah, Richt is amazing for Georgia.  He still has an unbelievable record.  Georgia caught a tough year and made the best of it.  Georgia is probably going to win by 28-31 with whoever they get matched in a bowl game.

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2010 2:11 pm

No coaching shakeup at Georgia

I'm going to hope that Georgia continues to be patient with Richt. He's the best idea for us right now since we have a new Defensive coordinator as well as two new RBs at the helm this year.

However, with Green probably gone after this year, it's hard to know who Murray will throw to as he's developed amazingly as a redshirted freshman. I hope to see him continue to progress as a QB later down the years.

Since: Apr 30, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2010 1:48 pm

No coaching shakeup at Georgia

Refreshing to see a big time progran show patience like this.  Richt is a class act and will have the program  fighting for championships again in no time.  As fan of the wretched Colorado team that beat Georgia I was secretly hoping Georgia would pull a boner and send Richt down the road so we could snap hin up.   

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