Processing G Day

One of the many great things about living in Athens is that in the midst of a pretty busy weekend I can walk from home down to the stadium, take in a public practice game and be back home in just a little over two hours. Hale and the Senator have pretty good rundowns of what we saw and what we didn’t see. Without repeating too much of what they’ve already covered, here were some of my thoughts during and after the scrimmage Saturday.

Starting with the atmosphere it was a beautiful day to be at a football game. And the size of the crowd seemed to indicate that as popular opinion. I really didn’t expect a huge turnout for G Day this year, but over half of the lower bowl was full. And in a rather boring scrimmage that crowd stayed pretty engaged. The interest in the success of the QBs and defense really kept people’s attention, I think.

Sitting in the shade in Sanford Stadium sure is nice too. Yesterday was actually the first time I’ve ever sat on the side of the stadium behind the Georgia bench. I’ve taken in games from the other side, both end zones and even the 600s, but somehow never made it over there. Come the first weekend in September I’m sure I’ll wish I was back.

As for the two primary foci of the day- the defense was more bland than I could have ever imagined and the QBS looked strongest to weakest in the exact opposite order I would have expected.

I knew Grantham wasn’t going to debut any blitz packages in a televised scrimmage, but my goodness was that basic. There were actually four down lineman more often than not. And I won’t be surprised if we see only a bit more against UL-L in the first game of the fall. I’m sure the coaches will contain as much as possible for those early tests against South Carolina and Arkansas.

I REALLY wish Mettenberger had been given a series or two going against the first team defense. With the serious lack of depth at OLB Mett faced almost no pressure. But he does throw a beautiful ball. Any throw under 30 yards has almost no arc to its path. He really threaded the needle into tight spots too. We obviously didn’t see the other 14 practices, but I wonder if he wouldn’t be the clear No. 1 if not for the arrest.

If I could give any two players immunity to injury for this season it would be Justin Houston and Cornelius Washington. The immediate success of this defense may rely more on their production at OLB than anywhere else. Even in the watered down schemes we saw at G Day they were always in the backfield. And the cupboard is bare behind them. Don’t be surprised to see one of them as defensive MVP at the end of the 2010 season.

The DBs turned to find that ball!! I almost jumped out of my seat the first time I noticed it.

If Mett were to win the job for the fall during camp in August and hold the spot all season do you think Murray would stay at UGA? He’d still have two years to play after sitting a year out and you have to think he’d have decent options given his abilities. Just a thought…

As thin as we are at WR I hope Logan Gray willingly moves over there after he doesn’t win the QB race.

You could see noticeable change in the frames of Washaun Ealy, Orson Charles and especially Kwame Geathers. Big No. 99 was looking pretty good out there.

All in all the scrimmage was about what I expected. I probably would have predicted more points. It was a good appetizer. We got a taste of what this team could do. There’s still lots left to see. It doesn’t have the feel of a great team right now, but it appears to be a good one and a good team might win the division this year.

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3 responses to “Processing G Day

  1. Coach Richt’s problems are, were, have been, and continue to be his Coaching Staff.

    December 20, 2000 Vince Dooley hired Coach Richt as our Head Football Coach to replace Jim Donnan at 2 a.m. February rolled around and the Signing Date was imminent. Coach Richt wanted to go to an Assistant Coach’s Clinic. Vince Dooley had to put his foot down and tell Coach Richt that he could not, and that he had to finally show up here.

    We had suffered a rash a arrests / suspensions. There were very high profile cases. 6 of Coach Richt Rodney Garner Signed Recruits were DENIED ADMISSION to The University of Georgia. 4 Starters for Coach Richt’s 1st Game were suspended.

    He said he knocked the lid off this program by beating the vols that first year 2001 at Neyland Stadium. The vols would end up Number 4 in the nation in the Final AP Poll, as Verron Haynes caught the David Greene pass in the checkerboard end zone all alone, no vol in sight. 26-24. David Greene would not beat 1 single other Top 10 Final AP Poll team.

    We had fired Jim Donnan for losing 13 games in the 4 years leading up to the deal made by Michael F. Adam$ to pay Jim Donnan millions of dollars to coach the Oahu Bowl against Virginia and just leave. Millions of Athletic Donations. Adam$ would go on to try to take over that budget, but failed. Now, all these years later, we have in our last 4 years of Coach Richt lost 14 games these last 4 years.

    I’ve been Baptized, sprinkled, dipped and dunked.

    Coach Richt’s coaching staff has continued to recruit the Montez Robinsons to The University of Georgia. You see a Christian believes in turning the other cheek. Core Values are praying for others and forgiving.

    I am not at all convinced that this will lead to all the bad guys ending up here representing The University of Georgia on the Field, in the Classroom, and in the Jails just because Coach Richt believes in Forgiveness.

    But the facts of the matter are and have been that Coach Richt’s Coaching Staff has sucked.

    What made Bobby Bowden good was his Coaching Staff.

    What has made The University of Georgia under Coach Richt not in the Top 8 since 20 December 2000, is his Coaching Staff.

    Sugar Bowl against Hawaii ? Hawaii is the Number 19 football team in America in the Final AP Poll.

    National Stage is not there. 1-3 vs the vols and 1-3 vs Florida the last 4 years leaves us unable to get out of our own Division of our own Conference.

    When there is no discipline and just Forgiveness, there is no Team Concept.

    You have to have Discipline. Discipline in hiring the best football coaches for his staff, discipline in the classrooms, Discipline on the Football Field and Discipline in Off-Field Arrests / Suspensions.

    I like Coach Richt. I like him as a Football Coach. I especially like him as a Quarterbacks Coach and Play Caller. I do not like his Coaching Staff, especially on Offense.

    We did not get the recruits in this Prime State of Georgia on Offense to Sign with us 2010. They signed with all the teams in The SEC who have BEAT US.

    You are kidding yourself if you think Mike Bobo is a sought after Offensive Coordinator. Likewise why is a Great Running Back coaching our wide receivers ? Why is our former Wide Receiver Coaching the running backs ? Why is a Quarterback coaching our Tight Ends ?

    5 fumbles yesterday. That is what we had. We lined up and had a WR in motion from the Right Side across the formation to the left, and at the same time, the Running Back took a step forward and then back. The WR never came set either. Our precious 5’ 11” and 198 lbs 4.7 speed Quarterback threw the only Interception of the G-Day Game. 5 deeper type throws by Aaron Murray were all overthrown. All 5 of the deeper type passes. His underneath passes were behind the receivers. He was sacked 4 times. And, we had 5 fumbles.

    Coach Richt and Rodney Garner get good press from going to Jail, soon prison, to see Montez Robinson, a convicted guilty man who beat up a girl. Every question is about not him since now he has thrown him off the team, but about Zach Mettenberger also arrested During Spring Practice.

    But, Montez Robinson beat up The University of Georgia coed October 20 slamming her into a dumpster.

    He was suspended for the Shreveport Bowl Game.

    Then November 30, Montez Robinson attacked her vehicle breaking the taillights which added up to a felony.

    For my Life Values, the Felony was October 20.

    Coach Richt then suspended Montez Robinson for the 1st 3 games of 2010 on November 30 for the taillights incident on top of beating up a girl 20 October.

    So Spring Practice, Friday before Good Friday, and Montez Robinson picks up the little coed at my alma mater, and throws her repeatedly to the floor at McWhorter Hall.

    Only then is he kicked off the team. The University of Georgia hasn’t had the chance to meet and kick him out of The University of Georgia, a foregone conclusion.

    This before the Summer starts when based upon years past now in his 10th year as our Head Coach, we can count on multiple Recruits of a sorry football Recruiting Class will be denied Admission to The University of Georgia. And, during the Summer based upon years past now in his 10th year as our Head Coach, we can count on multiple arrests / suspensions.

    Montez Robinson is the best football player in his home state and the 8th best at his position in the nation.

    Zach Mettenberger clearly is the Best Quarterback on our Roster, and one of the Top 10 Best in the Nation at his Position, just like Montez Robinson is also one of the Top 10 Best in the Nation at his Position.

    We have good football players.

    We cannot get them on the field.

    2001 four (4) Starters suspended for Opening Game.

    Verron Haynes Starting Fullback, Charles Grant Starting Defensive End, Tim Wansley Starting Cornerback, and Randy McMichael Starting Tight End. 2 offense and 2 defense. Jermaine Phillips Safety was also suspended for the Opening Game 2001. .

    2001 was an off-season of barroom brawl arrests, drugs arrests and anything but Christian Values.

    Does it surprise anyone that 2001 we Lost to South Carolina, Florida, Auburn and Boston College ? At least those were good teams, but 4 Losses. Terreal Bierria was arrested for the 1st time in 2001.

    2002 was the year Brandon Williams was hiding naked in Tony Cole’s closet while he had consensual sex with a coed, then did the same.

    Just prior to that hitting the fan, and boy did it hit the fan, Odell Thurman was suspended twice, once for drugs. Odell Thurman was dismissed to Georgia Military Academy, as you recall only to come right back a year from now in 2003. See what happens with his Forgiveness in 2003, please.

    George Foster, you all recall 11 06 2002 George Foster personal foul bouncing on Bam Hardmon during the offensive drive which cost us at least a Field Goal against Florida. Repeatedly, George Foster on National TV just bounced up and down on Bam Hardmon. After the 15-yard penalty, we had to settle for a field goal try that was just too long. His penalty stalled the drive and we lost by the 7 points. Coach Richt would PUNISH George Foster both during the game taking him out and at Practice George Foster was also punished.

    2003 was more of the same with Bryan McClendon arrested and suspended 2 games for Drugs. Perhaps you remember this ? 4 were arrested and suspended 2 games for drugs. Bryan McClendon, Tim Jennings, DeMario Minter, and Mario Raley. Those were 4 of our stars. Randall Swoopes was also arrested for drugs and suspended for 2 games.

    2 days after that, Offensive Coordinator Neil Callaway was arrested for DUI and fined $11,000. Coach Callaway BACKED UP at the checkpoint.

    2003 Coach Richt suspended 5 players for 2 games for drugs, and Michael F. Adam$ was mad as Hell.

    Then, after that still in 2003, BJ Fields was suspended for drugs 1 game, Jamario Smith was suspended for drugs 1 game, Chris Hickman was suspended for drugs 1 game, and Tyson Browning was suspended 3 games for drugs.

    Right after that, still in 2003, nine (9) Georgia Bulldogs’ Football Players decided that since UGA had not had any SEC Championship in 2 decades that they should SELL THEIR SEC CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS on eBay, some for as much as $3,000.

    Tony Taylor, Tim Jennings, Darrius Swain, Fred Gibson, Bruce Thornton, Kenny Bailey, and Michael Johnson were all 8 Starters on our team who SOLD THEIR SEC CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS on eBay. Walk-on Tray Young also sold his SEC Championship Ring on eBay.

    20 years.

    No SEC Championship. Win 1 and instantly 9 players go SELL IT on eBay.

    God Almighty is all I can say.

    2003 Coach Richt suspended 8 Players from the Opening Day Game. 8.

    2003 Odell Thurman after a year at Georgia Military Academy, haven been dismissed from the team, is Forgiven by Coach Richt and re-admitted onto the team. Instantly, he is arrested again. He didn’t even get back on campus before his arrest, again.

    2003 Tyson Browning Wide Receiver / Running Back was suspended 2 games for drugs.

    2004 Coach Richt suspended 3 Starters for the Opening Game.

    2004 Odell Thurman Linebacker was suspended 3 games 2004.

    Gordon Ely-Kelso Punter suspended for 1 game 2004. Derrick White Linebacker was suspended also in 2004 for 2 games.

    Running Back Kenny Bailey was suspended 2004 for 1 game. In all, there were 8 Georgia Bulldogs’ Football Players who stole a credit card and used it for calling long distance. That’s theft. Oh, I am entitled. I don’t have to pay that bill. I can just steal the credit card. Run up the bill, and never mind every number I call is recorded and the length of the call and the cost. Kenny Bailey RB, Richard Seymour DT, Robert Brannon TE, Decory Bryant CB and Kickoff Returner, Kendrell Bell LB, Tony Gilbert LB, and Charles Grant all 8 were suspended for 1 game.

    Jeremy Thomas Starting Fullback suspended 2 games 2004.

    2004 was the Michael Grant crap. Perhaps you recall him physically taking his cell phone back from the teacher ? It had evidence in it against Michael Grant, no one denies.

    2005, the Michael Grant was not enough for us. We have to in 2005 get into it with Admissions yet again. This time over Jamar Chaney, who took the SAT a multitude of times, but on one test, his answers matched another person also in the same exam and he scored considerably better. The NCAA ruled on this one. Coach Richt went public with his displeasure of the Admissions at UGA.

    2005 off-season saw Derrick White LB FB get arrested in a barroom brawl yet again, and he got a 2 game suspension.

    Kedric Golsten DT got a 1 game suspension for a barroom brawl.

    Darrius Swain OL DL got arrested and served 45 days in Jail for driving without a valid driver’s license not once or twice but 3 times.

    2005 also saw Offensive Lineman Michael Turner get arrested for the 1st time at UGA for drugs in his vehicle. Perhaps you recall Michael Turner ?

    Offensive Lineman Zeb McKinzey was arrested and suspended in 2005 as well for Public Drunkenness.

    Derrick White saw fit to get arrested yet again. This time for DUI and was dismissed.

    2005 only 13 freshmen showed up in the Fall from the 19 man Recruiting Class of Coach Richt Rodney Garner February 2005.

    We had had players in this state, criticize us for not even offering them. And, then 6 of the 19 we did offer and sign, are NOT EVEN THERE in the Fall of 2005.

    Fullback Chase Green arrested and suspended 2005.

    Antonio Sims arrested DUI suspended 1 game 2005.

    2006 got off to a rolling start in January with Dannell Ellerbe arrested and suspended for 3 games.

    Offensive Lineman Ian Smith then gave false statements to Police, was arrested and suspended for 1 game.

    Offensive Lineman Daniel Inman was then suspended for 2 games.

    We have made it up all the way to May 4, 2006 and we have 4 already suspended.

    After the Georgia tek game 2006, Ian Smith takes it upon himself to get arrested again. This time he is suspended for the Peach Bowl game and the first 5 games of 2007. Offensive Lineman. Don’t give me this crap that it was all defensive players who continue to get arrested / suspended.

    Right after that OL Seth Watts is suspended for the Peach Bowl Game too.

    2006 got off to a roaring start just after Signing Date with DT Marquis Elmore getting arrested.

    The very next day, Antonio Sims is arrested yet again too and suspended for all of 2006 and he is also kicked out of The University of Georgia.

    Thomas Flowers Punt Returner then is suspended for 2 games in 2006.

    Akeem Hebron is then arrested and suspended to start of 2007 on the right foot. The Christian Foot. The Forgiven Foot.

    Offensive Lineman Tanner Strickland is then arrested 2007.

    3 arrests after end of 2006 season, which by the way we LOST 4 games during, before Spring Practice.

    Tight End Tripp Chandler is then arrested and suspended for 1 game.

    We are the Christian School. We forgive everyone.

    Just send us your trouble-makers and we will fill our roster with them. Be damned with the value of my Diploma.

    Paul Oliver then in 2007 just before the Opening Game is kicked off of The University of Georgia Football Team, not by Coach Richt, by the NCAA. Maybe you remember this ?

    Center Jeff Henson is arrested and suspended for the Sugar Bowl Game, just before the game 2007.

    2007 Donavon Baldwin is suspended. NaDerris Ward Tight End is arrested. Caleb King Running Back is arrested.

    Fullback Fred Munzenmaier is arrested and suspended to get 2008 off to a great start.

    Defensive Players are the only ones to get arrested / suspended. B.S.

    Donavon Baldwin arrested suspended.

    Offensive Lineman LT Clint Boling arrested and suspended for 2 games.

    Jeremy Lomax arrested 2008.

    2 more OL Trinton Sturdivant and Justin Anderson are arrested.

    Michael Lemon, whom Coach Richt asked us all to set up a Trust Fund for asking us to Donate Money to him and his brother, is arrested for Felony 2008 because a guy at his apartment complex dared to talk to “his” girl. Coach Richt dismissed him. Too much bad publicity, I presume on this one.

    The very next day, Michael Lemon is arrested again, this time on alcohol charges.

    7 arrests the first 7 months of 2008.

    Tight End Bruce Figgins suspended for the Opening Day Game 2008.

    Donavan Baldwin AGAIN this time he is in a barroom brawl again for a Georgia Bulldogs’ Football Player and gets beat up in the fight.

    Coach Richt dismissed Donavan Baldwin.

    Marcus Dowtin also got beat up in the barroom brawl.

    Darius Dewberry then attacks the hospital, is arrested and suspended for 2 games.

    Jeff Henson the Center, is arrested and suspended for public urination and drunkenness.

    We were ranked # 1 in EVERY POLL for the 1st time in the history of UGA football, and 8 of the players were arrested AFTER being ranked # 1 and before our 1st game.

    6 of the 8 were suspended or either dismissed from the team.

    2008 we were Great I am told.

    2008 Brandon Wood arrested DUI and suspended for the LSU game.

    2009, last year, Coach Richt suspended 3 of his Players for Spring Practice.

    Tight End Bruce Figgins is suspended for 6 games of 2009.

    Our ONLY Defensive End Justin Houston is suspended for Oklahoma State and South Carolina 2008.

    Wide Receiver Tony Wilson is suspended in 2009.

    7-6 is our record over the last 13 games at this time, 2009. We were ranked # 1 in the Nation 2008 and now the next year, we are 7-6 over the last 13 games.


    Johnathan Owens is arrested 2009.

    Rennie Curran arrested 2009 bench warrant failure to appear.

    Offensive Tackle Vince Vance arrested 2009.

    And, now 2010 we have our Quarterback Zach Mettenberger arrested / suspended and Montez Robinson – both DURING SPRING PRACTICE – arrested and dismissed.

    10-10 vs SEC East the last 4 years. This is because we have averaged 21 fumbles a year the last 4 years in a row, averaged 14 interceptions a year the last 4 years in a row, have had 50 arrests / suspensions the last 4 years, and have averaged the # 96 worst team in the Nation in Penalties every year of the last 4 years in a row too.

    So, G-Day we have 5 fumbles and the Aaron Murray Interception and Penalties are NOT CALLED. We have our Starting QB prove he should have started vs Okie State last year and he is suspended at least for the Opening Day Game this year already and then Montez Robinson gets arrested for the 3rd time since Coach Richt Rodney Garner recruited him here. And, both of those arrests since Spring Practice started.

    9-4 or 10-3 in a 14-game season. Had Coach Richt fired his entire offensive coaching staff, I would not have posted this. But, the facts are that his coaching staff has let Coach Richt down, and make no mistake about it, he is on the hot seat and knows it.

  2. Thomas Brown – get a life dude. you just posted a comment that is longer than any blog post these guys have ever had and had nothing to do with this post. Why don’t you just go start your own “firemarkricht” blog…

  3. AthensHomerDawg

    WOW! Someone needs to get into some volunteer work and do some good with all that energy. Hands on Athens is a good place to start.

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