Thursday, January 6, 2011

Richt's public lack of fire

I'm not sure anything can really be said after a 6-7 season to sate a ticked-off fan base, at least half of which wants blood (that of Richt's and/or Bobo's, among others). However, somebody really needs to get in the head coach's ear about at least playing to the fans just a little bit.

I may be in the minority at this point, but despite Georgia's poor offensive effort in the Liberty Bowl, I'm not hell-bent on ditching Bobo (that's not to say I think he's doing a superb job, either). Outside of that, though, I think most fans' disgruntlement stems from a perceived lack of toughness throughout the program, and the inability to put away close games, or come from behind to win close games lately.

Richt did make the change on the strength and conditioning front, but he really didn't express the overall disgust with Georgia's "soft" play (particularly on both sides of the line) that I think most fans would have appreciated. He continually used words like "upset" and "disappointed." There's just something different there. I'm 'disappointed' when I ask for extra mayonnaise on my burger, but find that no mayonnaise has been added to the burger at all. I'm 'upset' when people tell me that Maggie Gyllenhaal is a beautiful leading woman, because she's just not.

Folks would have liked to hear Richt say something along the lines of "I'm ticked off about how the season went. We have not played with anywhere near the attitude, tenacity, and toughness it takes to win in this league, and it's our primary goal this off-season to get that back. That's how we won two SEC Championships, and that's how we're going to win again. We're going to take back the line of scrimmage, and start playing football the way Georgia teams should play. Hard."

Talk, as they say, is cheap. At the end of the day, Richt could have said he was thrilled with the way the season went; it doesn't really affect how next season will go. However, he could have saved himself some criticism and question-answering with just a few more well thought out words.

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