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Monday, October 31, 2011

Really Mark?

If Bogotay is as you say, "an outstanding kicker ... He’s got a lot of ability" then why are we wasting his scholarship to ride the bench? Blair Walsh has issues. Maybe it's technique, or his plant foot, maybe it's all mental. But whatever it is, the man ain't making kicks. And we've given someone a very valuable scholarship for the past 3 years, who's "an outstanding kicker" to not kick? Let Walsh get his head straight. Let him spend two weeks in the film room figuring out what he's doing differently from the last two years, and then working to get back to his old form. Do something, besides sit on your hands and "love" Walsh. We recall you "loved" Crowell too, and he sat. And one of those two was at least performing as expected.

On the injury note, we should be fine against New Mexico St without Malcolm Mitchell, especially if Troupe is back to give a little depth. Chris Conley started to step up, so he can fill some of that void until Auburn, when hopefully we can be at as close to full strength as we've been since the opening snap against Boise.

Dallas Lee's out until at least a bowl game, and that hurts. OL, unlike every other position besides QB, doesn't really rotate many players in and out. But again, if we jump on the Aggies like we should Saturday, we can give Watts Dantzler, Hunter Long, David Andrews, and some others plenty of reps to prepare them for possible duty against Auburn, Kentucky, or Tech.

As for kickoff issues that have plagued us seemingly since the directional nonsense, except when Walsh was able to boot it 8 yds deep in the end zone, “Well, we’ve got to figure something out, don’t we?" Um, yeah you do. Richt's really trying to kill the joy of a successful Party isn't he?

32 comments:

  1. no, but this predictable post is.

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  2. No kicker left behind.

    BTW, love this site.

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  3. Whats the worst thing that can happen to a quarterback? He loses his confidence.
    -Terry Bradshaw.
    I guess this could include kickers as well.

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  4. "no, but this predictable post is"=perfect...and it wasn't even "sissy writer" aka cc. rider.

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  5. I must say this is making me squirm a bit:

    "Richt said he's sticking with Walsh, who has made 13 of 23 attempts this season."

    "What do I do?" Richt asked. "I encourage him and keep loving him and as far as trying to make some kind of move or change or all that kind of stuff, it hasn't even crossed my mind."

    @anon 10:01
    Dude let it go. That meme is getting a little worn.
    just sayin'

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  6. This is why you have to love the man but he really does not need to be a head coach on a major SEC team. He is paid over $3M to win. If he does it in a nice way, great. If he can not make hard decisions then he needs to go. Perhaps, Blair needs a kick in the pants to get his head on straight. Sometimes that works in stead of being nice. JimDawginTexas

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  7. I can certainly understand trying to keep BW's confidence up but a little competition is not all bad. However, we don't see Bogotay kicking each day so we really don't know whether he could really help us that much or not.

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  8. From what I remember of Bogotay in his few attempts is that he is lackluster at best. I would assume the "outstanding kicker" quote from richt is being nice to Bogotay, but it is no contest in reality. Either way, what would it hurt to split the attempts in the NMSt game and see what happens.

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  9. Homer,
    Losing confidence? And continuing to trot him out to miss kicks instead of giving him a chance to fix whatever's ailing him won't hurt his confidence that is already pretty clearly shot to hell?

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  10. Anon,
    I'd give Bogotay New Mexico St in full. If you're worried about killing the kids confidence, tell Walsh he'll be right back in there against Auburn, but you're giving him this psuedo-bye week to rest, relax, clear his head, and spend most of his time not on the field, but in the film room figuring out what he's doing differently this year vs. the last two years. Let him figure it out, and spend next week getting back in to the form that made him an All American. But continuing to trot him out there for miss after miss isn't helping, and it's making Bogotay's scholarship 100% wasted.

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  11. How did I end up on this dumb page? Damn you Dawgbones, you give idiots a megaphone.

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  12. Vintage Richt. Stay with the same guy no matter what, even if he does not perform up to expectations and risks losing a game. Yeh. Saban would do the same thing. Come to think of it, so would Spurrier.

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  13. Have you ever seen Bogotay kick in pre-game warmups? I don't see how he could ever get a kick off without it being blocked. He kicks with a very low trajectory. Remember, he was brought in to handle kick-offs because Walsh didn't do that well his first year. The second year, Bogotay came in and Walsh beat him out for kick-offs too. This doesn't have anything to do with loyalty. It has to do with Richt thinking we have a better chance winning with Walsh than Bogotay. Fans were booing Massaquoi for his drops and Richt let him play through it and that worked out OK; Tripp Chandler, not so much, but this seems like the same philosophy.

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  14. Anon # 11:03

    So if Bogotay is an incapable K as you say, why didn't Richt inform him of the tremendous opportunity he'd have at Georgia Southern, or Montana, or any number of 1-AA schools, perhaps closer to his Cali home, where he could actually see the field? We've done it to several players in the past, so the precedent has been set by Richt on pushing kids out the door to more playing time.

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  15. Wow, this site is terrible. Shock jock statements to get responses out of uneducated fans. Try enjoying the WIN moron.

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  16. All right 11:48, I'll play along.
    What is "shock jock" about realistically evaluating Blair Walsh's continued under performance, and asking that a kid we thought well enough as a kicker to give a scholarship AFTER seeing Walsh's quality be given a chance?

    What is "shock jock" about expecting significant changes in how we handle special teams considering the massive failures there throughout the year?

    Got anything constructive to say other than the same old stupid drive by dismissals that ROPs love to make when they lack honest arguments and feel their prophet is being slighted?

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  17. You have a poll at the top of the page excluding the possibility of CMR coaching next year. Another poll asking how much better we'd be than 6-2 if Bobo was gone. You're intentions are clear. Have a little perspective. And I apologize, you're article regarding the place kicker controversy was quite well thought out and presented, but then again it is about the PLACE KICKER. Go Dawgs!

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  18. Can Bogotay kick the ball into the endzone? Walsh can't and it's hurting the kickoff team. Give any team the ball on the 8-10 yard line and a running start and they will hurt you! Richt can do whatever he so desires, but Walsh may end up costing Georgia a win. Not to say Bogotay's any better, but we've seen Walsh and it ain't been good so far.

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  19. "To the Field Goal Kicker in a Slump"
    It must be something
    like writer's block,
    when nothing will go
    between the margins,
    when language won't soar
    high enough,
    when you wake
    in the morning and know
    you've chosen
    the wrong game.


    I know that this Linda Pastan piece would be better appreciated at Dawg Sports. However, and I'm sure Mr. King would agree, there is nothing wrong with infusing a bit of culture here at Sports and Grits. That being said....get your game on!

    http://espn.go.com/free-online-games/sports/fgkicker

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  20. Yeah , and while you're at it , bench Butler. You guys aren't coming from some other perspective, you're coming from left field where the sun never shines and neither does your brain. If you were baseball fans I guess the greatest hitters would still be sitting on the bench. Walsh's 20/22 and 20/23 seasons don't amount to squat in your idea of loyalty and trying to help a guy through a mind problem. We all know he's about 50% for this season, but that's no call to call on an unknown entity that only Richt and staff can assess. Consider yourselves lucky that the Senator has a hangover, otherwise you would have your usual writer replies to each other only on here. You guys are a sick nonjoke.

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  21. Walsh has been money for too long to sit him. He'll turn it around, or not... we'll see.

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  22. So will you shut this site down at the end of the season?

    I think it is obvious now that Richt is not going anywhere.

    Nice poll on the left. Unfortunately, it doesn't list Richt.


    This site blows, and the Richt hate & nit-picking were horrible to see on Dawgbone everyday. I am so glad that Richt has made y'all look like fools.


    UGA needs fan support, not someone who questions and bitches about every little thing they can.

    Your sensationalized blog titles may draw in a lot of suckers, but not me, not anymore.

    Go DAWGS sic em

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  23. Mr Sanchez,

    I'm Anon 11:03 checking back in. I don't think Bogotay is incapable, just not our best option vs Walsh, at least the coaches must think so. Also, I don't believe it is accurate to say Richt has a precedent for pushing people out the door. He seems to tell the kids the truth about their opportunities to play and let them make their own decision. He acts like he feels he is making a commitment to the kids he recruits to help them get a college degree from UGA so far as it depends on him. I think that is a principled stand and when there are 4 year scholarships offered, I believe it will serve him well in recruiting. He may have told Bogotay that he probably won't play unless Walsh is injured for instance. There is no way to know that. The reason I brought up Massaquoi earlier is because I thought he was terrible and should be benched when he was dropping pass after pass but I realized later that what the coaches did in his case, letting him play through his slump, was the right decision. Maybe this is the right decision also and we will find out as the year goes on.

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  24. The ONLY good thing about this site is the pictures of The Dream,Dusty Rhodes.

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  25. If I were you I'd also add Lou Holtz to your potential replacement coaches list. Lou's got as much chance of replacing Richt next year as anyone else on your list.

    Were you ever the host of Numberwang?

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  26. This site is an embarrassment to Dawg fans.. You just beat a team for roughly the fourth time in 20 years and you immediately run online to blog about you're all-american kicker almost losing you the game. Great win dawgs!

    How the hell did I end up on this site

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  27. Holtz and May were "interviewed" on ESPN yesterday about the Ga-Fla game and Holtz was silent for most of it. When he finally spoke he addressed the uninformed and ignorant fans that were a minority in the fanbase that had kept Richt "hot seat" talk ongoing. Paraphrasing his comments, he stated that he hoped the ignorant talk was now laid to rest and that no one could find a better coach nor finer man to coach college students. His body of work is well known to the nation and Holtz knew he would be back into the SEC hunt for many years. He lionized Richt for knowledge, coaching ability and the record he has achieved with the admonition that those criticizing were not UGA fans and knew nothing about college football. Still want to bring him in as a "replacement".

    Get over yourselves. You certainly aren't UGA alums nor do you have the Dawgs best interests at heart.

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  28. @3:30
    Do you know what the word "immediately" means? Because it doesn't seem like you do. This went up more than 24 hours after the win, and we have had several posts since then, including multiple yesterday with positive comments about the game. But good old anon's. Always coming here to bitch like little bitches. Whatever would y'all do with out us to cry about.

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  29. @ 4:26
    Nope, not alums at all. Wait, what's that degree over my shoulder say? Is it "University of Georgia" dated May 10, 2003 from the School of Public and International Relations? Why yes, yes it is.

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  30. -Anon @ 4:26

    A new all time low for even the most hardened Richt-O-Phile. You sir have quoted Lou Holtz and are therefore dismissed no matter how valid a point you ever make in the future.

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  31. It was all fun & games back when CMR was on the hot seat. Now that he's shown he's got way bigger stones than any d-bag associated with this site, you clowns are real quick to get your panties all wadded up. I only come here to check out the national enquirer-esque train wreck that is you 2 ass-monkeys in action.
    UGA is basically Placekicker U, but you 2 dumbasses think you know more about kicking & kickers than this coaching staff?

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  32. -88 Dawg

    Right on Bruh! I mean how are we not ranked in the top 5 right now? I can't wait to get to Atlanta and destroy Bama or LSU. We are so freaking awesome right now. I hate this website! I just read it ten times a day so I can see stupid stuff. I knew all along that the 6-7 season and the 0-2 start was all just a master plan by Richt to get us into the National Title game. I am so fired up right now! Extend Richt for 20 years! I love starting slow and then being disappointed because two early eggs will most likely put us in the Outback Bowl!

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