Mark Richt Begins His 12th Season at the Georgia Helm
Don't get me wrong, Mark Richt is a great head coach. He boasts a 106-38 record in 11 seasons at UGA and has led the Dawgs to 2 SEC Titles. His one weakness though is getting his team ready for big matchups early in the season. Obviously, Georgia's 38-35 loss to Clemson on Saturday night comes to mind. Now, Clemson has a talented football team filled with a slew of offensive weapons in QB Tajh Boyd, WR Sammy Watkins, WR Charone Peake, WR Martavis Bryant, and RB Roderick McDowell. Their defense was also impressive against Georgia.
But Georgia's slow start still shouldn't have happened. Georgia has one of the most talented and experianced offensive lines in the SEC. They have a veteran QB in Aaron Murray and a RB in Todd Gurley who are both Heisman contenders. Clemson's defensive line continually put pressure on Murray and Georgia's running game. Georgia's offensive line and team as a whole played much better in the second half. But Georgia's slow start, mistakes, and penalties proved costly throughout this game.
Look at 2011, Georgia played Boise State in a marquee matchup in Week 1. The Bulldogs came out flat in this game. They lost to the Broncos, 35-21. It appeared as if Georgia was playing in a fall scrimmage. Georgia went on to lose a heartbreaker to South Carolina a week later, but then went on to win 10 straight games and reach the SEC Championship. Georgia had a very stingy defense that season, but Jarvis Jones and crew were nonexistent in the huge game in Week 1 at the Georgia Dome. Now granted Boise State was good, but Georgia arguably could have beaten the Broncos later in the season.
Go back to 2009, Georgia at Oklahoma State. The Cowboys jumped onto the national scene by defeating Georgia, 24-10 in Stillwater, OK. Georgia was ranked 13th in the country at that time but obviously struggled the rest of the season.
I am not even going to mention South Carolina games, the 1-4 start in 2010, etc. Mark Richt's a great coach. I am just bringing up a valid point.