…when I read this headline: Georgia’s lame-duck head coach? Maybe it’s my continued disdain for Bill Shanks. I mean, he’s pretty much spot on with everything in his post. So I don’t know why it bothers me.
I’m by no means waving the flag for Richt’s departure, but I’m not supporting him in his cause either. He is left with defending his record,and when a head coach has to defend himself, it can’t, and usually doesn’t, end well. If we were to find out tomorrow that he was dismissed, I don’t know how I’d react. I’ll still support him while he’s here, but the days of taking up and defending are over. I wish he could have had a 25 year successful run at UGA, but it just doesn’t work that way. I’ve said it before, and I’ll repeat it again…it is very hard to produce and perform at such a high level for over a decade. It’s why Urban is stepping down. It’s why Pastors and Governors and others have a hard time staying in one place for a long period of time.
Shanks hits the nail on the head- we have witnessed an uninspired team for the past 2 1/2 years. We’ve regressed rapidly, and 2011 doesn’t appear to set up really well for a bounce back.
One of my close friends put it best when he said “I’m an eternal optimist about the Dawgs. I can’t remember the last time we entered a season where I didn’t think we’d go undefeated. I just hope we go .500 in 2011.” That pretty much sums up the thoughts of most optimists.
So, why does the headline bother me so much? I don’t know.
I’ll make a new years resolution to not be so tough on you, Bill. Maybe you were right before everyone else.