Good Guys Are Expected to Win Too…. @UGAAthletics #BulldogNation @AJCSports

g-logoIt 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!

Dear Coach Richt @MarkRicht @UGAAthletics @TheUGAVault @BD_Illustrated @ajcuga

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Dear Coach Richt,

By the grace of God, I was born and raised a Georgia Bulldog.

For all of my 49 years on this earth I have been blessed to be a Bulldog fan.

In my younger years my parents took us to games, my brothers and I would watch Erk Russell get bloody on the sidelines motivating his guys, we watched Herschel and Buck and Lindsey and we were proud.

My best friend and I were fortunate enough to be part of the crowd that rushed the field in the SuperDome as Georgia won our only National Championship.

I cheered the Dawgs through the good and bad times and never, ever was embarrassed to wear my red and black.

Coach Richt, tonight I am embarrassed.

This isn’t about the play calls or hanging on by our finger nails for another, way too close, win in what should have been a blow-out.  Coach Richt, you will have your detractors calling for you head for those reasons…. this letter isn’t about that.

Coach Richt, tonight I am embarrassed to be a Georgia Bulldog because we acted like thugs today.

The Georgia Bulldogs are NOT thugs, but today our best and brightest acted that way and for that behaviour I do blame you.

For years I have complained that your teams were too penalized and lacked discipline.  Today you proved me right on national television.

Coach Richt, I have no doubt that you are a good man, but sir, you set the tone for the team, you set the moral compass and that moral compass embarrassed the Bulldog Nation today.

I moved to Florida almost 20 years ago and have continued to wear my Red and Black with pride.  I have celebrated and held my head up with dignity in defeat, what happened in Jacksonville today was worse than a loss by score, it was a loss by character. We won the game, but at what cost?

Sir you set the tone, you must instill discipline in these players.  We are a class program and cannot afford to let you drag our team to the depths of thuggery that was witnessed today.

I have not researched this, however I would bet that in today’s game there were as many Unsportsmanlike Conduct calls against the Dawgs as in any SEASON of a Vince Dooley coached team.

Coach Richt, you are better than what we saw today, our players are better than what we saw today and the Dawg Nation is DEFINITELY better than what we saw today.

A win is a win, but today it certainly doesn’t feel like anything worth celebrating.

Coach Richt, you must do better, the legacy of the Georgia Bulldogs is class, it is up to you to restore our reputation immediately or move on.