I apologize for not getting to this earlier yesterday, but I wanted to thank Sen. Blutarsky for raising an excellent point in his post An Innocent Question.
"...those of you who assert that Mark Richt is on some sort of a hot seat in 2010, what do you base that on exactly?"
I think we can all agree there was a massive sigh of relief when Willie Martinez was let go last year. We, as a fan-base, felt our defense wasn't up to par and this feeling extended back a few years. Coach Richt finally revamped our defensive coaching staff and now that all the pieces are in place (except 1 remaining coaching spot) we're all pretty pumped to see what 2010 holds with a fresh, young QB and a totally new 3-4 defense.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say this is "fake news" being pushed by sports writers who have no tap into the emotional vein of the Bulldog Nation. I'm critical of the AJC (All Junk Columns) and Paul Finebaum (who rivals Neal Boortz in pot-stirring) because they paint pictures with a broad, sweeping brush.
This is the reason my father-in-law (who is an Alabama resident) asks me "What do you think they'll do with Rich?" Once I figure out he's not talking about Coach Brooks, and has trouble pronouncing Mark's last name, I inform him Dawg fans are happy with the measure's he has taken to right the ship.
The majority of us are old enough to remember the 90's and how par-at-best they were. I like to believe Coach Richt will eventually be our own version of an old ass, brain-eating zombie like Joe Paterno. He's not perfect, but you'll be hard pressed to find a negative quality about the guy. In fact his worst quality has been his EXTREME LOYALTY, which I can think of a few inbred, mountain hillbillies who have that quality in their Help Wanted listing. ...not to point any big orange douches at anyone, but ...yeah.
But unless I'm out in left-field on this, let me know if there are any massive underlying issues we as Dawgs are in an uproar about regarding Coach Richt. I know we want to see the team get turned around but I'm thinking we'll have the patience this year to see a transformation. Hopefully, as the stars (and schedule) align in our favor in 2011 we'll have a legitimate shot at the MNC. Fingers crossed, Lane Kiffin finds a way to beat Stanford and Oregon State that year and we get to meet him for the big one...oh mercy, that could get ugly.