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Mark Richt Should Feel Embarrassed
Posted By Brenden Hull On Apr 23 2011 @ 10:03 pm In Georgia | 2 Comments
Mark Richt has recently begun a spring speaking tour, traveling to different cities around the South and speaking about the upcoming football season. On Thursday night in Jacksonville, he made an interesting comment, saying that the team’s lack of effort last year was “embarrassing”.
He went on to tell the crowd, “It’s our shame and it’s my fault. We’re not going to let that happen again.”
Most likely, Richt doesn’t even know how right he was. Last year, five of the games Georgia lost could have been won easily if the Dawgs’ stupid mistakes were eliminated. Four of those games finished within eleven points, and two had a score differential of three points or fewer. Consider the following:
In short, Georgia was basically four plays away from having a 10-2 record during the 2010 season. And, as Richt said, all of the above plays were the result of poor coaching and uninspired playing. Ealey and King’s fumbles could have been easily prevented with more practice and discpline. Football coaches at all levels must teach their players to hold onto the ball, especially in key situations, and not try for a big play when it’s not there. As many Georgia fans can recall, Ealey tried to stretch the ball out to the goal line while he was falling down, which only resulted in a Gamecock defender knocking it loose.
Against Florida, Richt and Mike Bobo should have told Aaron Murray to be safe with the ball and not take risks, as the game was in overtime. It’s much safer to kick a field goal and trust your defense to stop the other team. Georgia went with the dangerous route of trusting the defensive coordinator’s choke sign to stop Florida.
Richt and the coaching staff hold the same responsibility for the other losses. Someone should have fired up the offense during that Mississippi State game. Also, Todd Grantham should have ensured that the deep routes were covered on the play against Arkansas (although some blame for that play does fall on the secondary).
During his speeches, Richt has guaranteed that he will discipline this team and inspire them to play hard. However, many of Richt’s “guarantees” have fallen short in the past. If he can’t keep this promise, his time at the University of Georgia may be nearing its end.
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