It seems like every year I say to my friends, “yes, but he is a really good guy.” Honestly, I am tired of saying it.
This year the Georgia Bulldogs lost three games to inferior teams. There is no reason that they are not undefeated and headed to Atlanta to compete for the SEC Championship and sitting in the driver’s seat for a National Championship birth.
Alas, they aren’t.
Every year we seem to lose games we should win. The latest, today to our in-state rival, Georgia Tech.
Once the game was over, I started noticing on my Facebook feed, the “I love my Dawgs” posts followed by Mark Richt is a good guy.
Yes, by all accounts, Mark Richt is a good guy, but I have never heard stories of Nick Saban, kicking kittens or Gus Malzahn, keeping food from children, or Mark Helfrich locking people in a basement. The difference is, these guys don’t hang their hats on “being a good guy.” They hang their hats on winning.
The Georgia Bulldogs under the leadership of Mark Richt, have won two SEC Championships. The last one was in 2005, Nick Chubb was 10 years old when Georgia won that title.
I’m not one of those who jumps on a bandwagon to fire a coach. I don’t think we are at that point, and people with much more influence than I must make those decisions. However, I do believe that when someone is being guaranteed compensation of $3.2 million per year, plus bonuses, it isn’t out of the question to expect victories.
A loss to South Carolina was hard to swallow. A loss to Florida was embarrassing and a loss to Georgia Tech was unforgivable. Something must change.
It seems as though every year our teams go on the field, in at least one game, and appear to lack motivation, have their heads in the game or have the killer instinct to put a game away.
This week, the excuse will be the letdown of not making it to the SEC Championship. If Georgia had not lost the two games earlier in the season, we would not have had to depend on another team to stamp our ticket to Atlanta, we would have done it convincingly on our own.
Somewhere along the line, things aren’t clicking. I don’t know if it is a lack of motivation, a lack of discipline, a lack of coaching, but the buck stops with Richt. Trips to Orlando every January aren’t enough and this year, a trip to Orlando is probably out of our reach.
Every year we hear about that the Dawgs had one of the best recruiting classes in the nation. Every year we are ranked with the elite and held up when we fall to a lesser team.
It’s time that the potential of a Mark Richt tenure meet an actuality. Nine years is too long to wait for an SEC Championship and with the caliber of players who sign on to his teams, 13 years without at least playing for a National Championship is too long too.
The way I see it, 2015 is a must year for Richt, it is time to make the changes needed and take the team to a promised land that the players, students and fans deserve.
Being a good guy is important, but so is winning!