Monday, November 16, 2009
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.