This post has no title because it is about the game of which we do not speak. There are no words to describe a loss like that as a fan. As an opposing fan you could use the terms: woodshed, ass-kicking, drubbing, domination, etc.
I don't want to talk about the game. I don't have any inclination to talk about how utterly and completely wrong I was, but not because I was wrong, but because I could have been right had our team actually got on the bus leaving Athens.
I'm not one of those people that see my team lose and then scream for someone's head. I'm still on the fence about whether or not our Defensive coach is wrong, or whether or players are still not buying into said Defensive Coach's system. Richt said post-game that some personnel had to be changed on both sides of the ball because of players not executing. I can see that. I can see how CMR, CWM, or CMB really can't be blamed for poor tackling, poor blocking, offensive stagnation, and a complete loss of fundamentals.
However, The King nailed it in his "recap" of sorts
and I believe I nailed it last year in a diary I posted on King's site
. Here's what I figure is the most important excerpt from what I posted up in that diary:
Bluntly put, I just think we're not playing with heart.
I have said time and time again that I admire college football for the
pure fact that most of its participants will not make it to the NFL and they
play for the love of playing the game. Heart is what turns young men into men and then takes those men and transforms them into heroes. Heart is what wins championships. Heart brings you from behind in the 4th Quarter. Heart is what you play with at home to give the Number 10 team in the nation a scare when no one expected you to even show up for the game.
Our team has no heart. Currently it has no rallying force. Last year we
played for D.J. The year before we played for the Davids. The year before that, we played because no one expected us to.
Plain and simple, we need to find a spark because right now, we don't have it.Is it possible that Jeff Schultz got it right? Do our coaches not have enough fire to get the job done?
I've read a lot of what that guy's written over the past year and I have to say that nine times out of ten, he's flirting with being right. You may not like what he says or even agree with it, but there are grains of truth in every article. Is that one article the exception to the rule or was it more of the "well, he's got a point?"
Right now, I don't see a single blogger flat out calling for CWM's head. That's good, but the night's not over yet and I haven't checked them all. No one has made as good a decision as PWD, who posted a "we're not going there right now" article and then cut off his comments.
I don't believe we as fans have the right to call for someone's head on a platter after each and every loss. However, we as fans who support our team even in it's times of strife and mediocrity deserve answers to why things went wrong after a flat-out embarrassing loss like that. I'm not saying our players didn't try hard. I'm not saying that they're enjoying feeling as embarrassed as they should. All I'm saying is that when something is not working, and consistently not working IN EVERY GAME, why must we have "youth" as an excuse shoved down our throats?
We weren't young in 2005 and we weren't young in 2006. However, our Defense has given up more than they have in previous years. Why is that? I know Mark Richt is a good man who never wants to kick an employee out the door (see: Neil Calloway), but football is a game, and at Georgia it's about winning said game.
You don't grow "heart." You're either born with it or not. "Youth" does not equate to "no desire to win."
I'm tired of this "we're a second half team" bullshit, because it is exactly that...bullshit. If you can't play 60 minutes of football, don't put on the uniform. Also, if you can't coach 60 minutes of football, don't put on the headset.
I'm so frustrated right now I don't know what to do with myself. But I do know that if we don't get mean, ruin someone else's season, hurt someone's feelings, get nasty, get some swagger, embarrass someone else, and flat-out be feared by other teams from here on out, some changes need to be made. Plain and simple.
We need a heart surgeon worse than Seattle Grace
Until next time kids.
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