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What were you thinking in Jan. 2011 in the aftermath of the pitiful bowl loss to UCF about the state of the program? Did you think we would have a chance at back to back Eastern Division titles, an SEC Title, and National Championship in such a short amount of time?
I thought CMR could turn things around with the right defensive hire, but never dreamed we would be where we are today with what seems to be back to back to back stellar recruiting classes...
At that time, I still wasn't sure about Coach Grantham. I wasn't happy with the defense against GT. And although I liked many things about him, I was unsure of how good he could really be.
That said... I had a lot of confidence in the team going forward. We had a freshman QB in 2010. A very young defense that was just adjusting to the new defensive scheme.
I felt like we could compete for the SEC title in 2011 based off of the 2nd year rule (A lot of head coaches won the SEC in their second season as HC. 2010 was essentially a total overhaul of our program and I equated it as an opportunity for Richt to sneak up on some teams).
I feel like we will have this same opportunity next season if the coaching staff stays intact.
Honestly, I wasn't too surprised. I was disappointed, for sure, but I knew that we would have some trouble that year with the switch in defensive schemes and breaking in a new quarterback. I hoped it would serve as a wake-up call to Coach Richt, and he's definitely answered the bell.
Jenkins and Jones changed the entire identity of the defense.
Sonny...me too. I think people are underestimating what we will be capable of next year. Our offense should be better....and even though we lose a ton on D, our D has been underwhelming except for the last two or three games. We can out score people until CTG gets the young boys rolling on that side.
I think you are spot on AllHail....You can't have a dominant 3-4 without a run stuffing Nose that commands a double-team and a gamechanging OLB
You asked for it so here goes... I was thinking wow, this is all CMR's fault. Why? Because he neglected to make the necessary changes to the program when they initially needed to be made. Willie Martinez probably should have been fired 2 years before hand. The strength and conditioning program was basically a joke until the necessary changes were made. Do you see where I'm going with this? There were legitimate questions about how and why certain things were or were not happening inside the program and why they were not being addressed. The person responsible for answering these questions was and is still CMR. The very characteristics that make CMR a great man made him hang on to coaches who were under-performing for too long. The result was the downward spiral that culminated in that 6-7 season. Our record that year probably could've been worse if the negative momentum hadn't been met head on with the positive changes that were made at the time (pantygate, hiring or McGarity, Grantham, and assistants and other necessary changes that were made). That's my ugly truth and someone who reads this isn't going to like it. To CMR's credit, I think he has the prorgram very close to clicking on all cylinders. I still question his ability to have our guys where they need to be emotionally at times (ala the USCe game) but there used to be questions about CMR's ability to make the tough decisions. I think he's shown that he's not only capable of doing so, he's also capable of making the right decisions as far as his coaching staff is concerned. Who knew anything about Will Friend before he became what's looking like a pretty damn good OL coach for us?
we lost to a conference USA team and didn't seem to care. After being preseason number 1 the season before. I wanted Richt and Bobo gone.
I was thinking that this would be a make or break year for RIcht and he would have to beat Boise St a few weeks later when we found out that was our opener.
I felt Grantham was doing a good job and next year we would improve, but Bobo was lost.
Once a Dawg always a Dawg...How sweet it is!
Thanks, No problem with what you said at all, as I asked for honesty. I think 90% of fans felt that way and who knows how things turn out if Evans was still in charge as I believe he was to blame for some of it as well. I was and am a CMR supporter but that UCF game and the lack of fight against Boise really made me question whether he could get "it" back. The night and day difference in effort (even though we lost) against USCe restored some of that faith and eat me know his players still cared and would fight for him.
I was at the game and left so embarrassed. We were going to stay in Memphis a few days , but when they played the way they did , we drove home! I love my Dawgs but was very embarrassed. When i got over my negative feelings, I still believed that Richt would make the necessary changes to turn th program back to a winning one. I am a homer and always believe my Dawgs will win. I am thankful to those leaders in place in our program.
The players and coaches have learned again what it takes to be successful in the SEC. I believe that if the coaches and players due diligence in preparing for each and every game, we will be national contenders for years to come.
If we come to play saturday and take care of business, we will win without a doubt!
I believe we are more than capable of playing in the MNC on January 7th!
honestly, i was embarrassed by the loss but knew our coaches had pretty sunk a lot of time into recruiting guys like malcolm mitchell, jenkins, and crowell instead of gameplanning. there were problems in that locker room, and after the 1-4 start i was actually relatively happy that we hadn't quit on richt and that we had fought back to 6-6.
my thought was that we needed to land all those guys, and that the culture of the program needed to continue to change, but that we had talent, had some leadership, and weren't too far away. 2010 was a tough year, but i felt like grantham was a good hire, we were already in the process of getting things turned around, and that we had a chance to be pretty good in 2011 if we could find answers at OL and WR.
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