Monday, November 16, 2009

Willie in 2010

For the 1st time all year long, I think that Willie might be back as our DC next year. Check out this quote from Coach Richt when asked about the defense after the AU game......

"I think the thing that I really would have liked to have seen was what kind of defense would we have played all year long if we weren't constantly turning the ball over deep in our territory or throwing the pick six or having the kickoff returned for a touchdown. All of those things can deflate the energy of a team. So I think if we could magically take away all the very, very short fields we put them in, it would have been interesting to see how it all stacked up. But right this minute, they're playing very well."

As a good friend pointed out to me, it would have been nice to hear Richt say something along the lines of "I would like to see how different this season would have been if we had played with this discipline all year long." Instead, what I hear is a HC that is laying the groundwork for his talking points for the press conference in which he announces that there will not be any staff changes for 2010. I hope I am wrong and I hope I am reading into this too much - this is just a bad feeling that I have right now.

But, just for argument's sake, let's follow Richt's logic for a minute. If it isn't the fault of the defense, then the blame lies on the offense or special teams.... Who will be held accountable for those 2 phases of the game???? Someone is not doing their job somewhere. Either the D is not performing because they run bad schemes or because they are not being coached up OR the offense is screwing the defense over and over with turnovers and terrible time of possession OR our special teams continually give up huge momentum-killing returns OR A COMBINATION OF ALL OF THE ABOVE. Regardless, something needs to change somewhere - we are giving up way too many points right now to contend for any type of championship.


JJ said...

This just follows Richt's usual pattern of passing blame anywhere but himself or his staff.

That feeling you have it just reality. Willie will be back next year. If CMR couldn't find the justification to make a change after last season, he sure as hell isn't going to do it after this season.

Dog44 said...

I think your gut feeling about Willie is right on target... but how these next 2 games play out will determine a lot. If our D continues to play decently against KY & GT, then he'll definitely be back.

I agree what you're saying about the responsibility needing to fall SOMEWHERE (if not D, then offense or special teams). My biggest concern is that the mentality will be "this was an unusual year with a lot of bad breaks that can't really be pinned on any one phase of the game (and thus on any one particular coach). So let's just get this year behind us and move on to next year." (Implication... we're not going to aggressively treat the illness because we don't think we're really sick.) Yikes.

Sports Dawg said...

I agree all the way. I said Sat. night as soon as CWM got that sideline hug from CMR that he will never fire the guy. The defense did look better for 3 qtrs. vs AU, but I'm still not convinced. Get used to another year of that soft zone. There will be no coaching changes on the offensive side of the ball either. To go one step further, I believe he leaves the whole bunch in tact. Like Dog44 said, yikes!

Waldrup said...

I think that this offseason will tell us more about Damon Evans than Mark Richt.

I feel like it is a foregone conclusion that Richt will struggle to make changes.

Evans, as his boss, has 2 choices:

1. Let Richt make both of their beds by allowing him to do nothing.

2. Explain to him that management is about doing what is right for the organization with the understanding that sometimes that negatively impacts good, hardworking people that try their best and just don't get the job done.

If the first one happens we have the wrong AD.

There is a chance that Richt gets there on his own, but if he doesn't he isn't the right man for the job and needs to coach outside of the fishbowl that comes with coaching at (purportedly) one of the premier programs in the SEC. If Evans can't force his hand then it is up to Adams to force DE's hand, which seems more likely.

This will be our most interesting and telling offseason in recent memory - I just hope we handle the mgmt. part of this big business that is supposed to be all fun and games appropriately.

Sports Dawg said...

Waldrup makes two good points. I also think his #1 could be Richt making the bed for both he and Martinez if Damon is forced to say "you or him". But that call is probably a year away. About the off-season: it might be telling, but it won't be very interesting if everything remains status quo.