14 SEC teams in 2012 and 14 burning questions. Today we look at Georgia.
#4 – Will Mark Richt slide back onto the hot seat in 2012?
Last year I was on the money concerning Georgia. I picked the Bulldogs to go 10-2 in the regular season – losing the first two and then winning 10 straight. And it happened. A called shot.
Dawg fans – and the press – were howling after the 0-2 start and the seat was pretty hot. But 10 wins later, Richt earned himself a contract extension.
So it sounds ludicrous, to even mention it, but I will. I think the biggest question concerning the Bulldogs this year is whether or not 2011 was an aberration, and if it was, Richt’s seat could get warm.
Why this question and why now? Well, you see, the day before I wrote this piece, UGA sophomore running back Isaiah Crowell was kicked off of the team after being arrested. Yes, I know the Dawgs have a few running backs besides Crowell, including all-world recruit Keith Marshall.
I know, I know. Boys will be boys and with that comes the occasional arrest after being stopped at a check point at 3:00 a.m. in the morning. But despite Richt being one of my favorite coaches, I get the feeling that things aren’t all right in Athens. When teams are this close to a national title, you expect a little more intensity from the program. You expect the players to tow the line. You expect some self-policing.
Instead, with the Dawgs, you need a program to keep up with the suspensions. Bulldog defenders Baccari Rambo, Alec Ogletree and Branden Smith are each facing suspensions to start the 2012 season.
So while we could be discussing Aaron Murray and whether or not he’s the best quarterback in the league (he’ll be a third year starter and he’s only a junior!) or if the Bulldog defense could possibly be the best unit n the league, instead we’re left to scratch our heads and wonder when we’ll hear about the next stupid Bulldog trick.
This team’s only real weakness is an inexperienced offensive line and the schedule is very manageable. This could be a very special season for the Bulldogs, but I’m wondering if they have the leadership and character to pull it off.