Georgia Football: After Bama Loss, You Aren’t Crazy if You Decide to Panic and Fire Everyone
The two groups that always seem to emerge after a loss like the one we endured last weekend have emerged in full force.
There are those who want to panic and burn everything to the ground. This includes some form of firing either head coaches, coordinators, athletic directors, ball boys, janitors, etc.
Then there is the other group that tends to come out in response to this former group. They preach patience. Their cause is usually helped by the fact that they seem to be more poised, collected, and calm. They’re also typically more sober than the Panics and are certainly better spoken.
We’ve already heard the preaching of patience from the Dude this weekend. And by all counts that post has very little you could or should object to in it.
But if you find yourself still panicking on this Monday Morning I want to tell you that it is ok. You have a point. And the Patience crowd is being far too dismissive of your argument.
Let’s take a look at this tweet from Logan Booker, a very good writer who I have no intentions of denigrating in this article:
It’s not that I don’t understand the logic behind this tweet. It is Patience logic 101. Sleep on it and you’ll see that the result is not as backbreaking as you think it is but follows logically from a number of mitigating factors. You can’t beat teams you don’t out-coach, out-recruit, and out-class. Well, that last one may not be true…
Either way what Booker has written here is a perfectly valid argument, temper your expectations to meet reality, otherwise you join the foolish rabble who find a woman they don’t like and immediately “discover” she’s a witch.
That’s one way to look at it.
There is another way, however. The other way has a very big problem with that *supposed to* and other clauses like it.
You see, that clause is exactly why you fire people.
If you reach a statement game like the one this past weekend and you find yourself not just getting beat, but getting run out of your own stadium then realizing that you were “supposed to” lose to a team like Bama is exactly the problem.
Bama is an elite, college football dynasty. UGA wants to become one of those. If you want to become one of those you have to beat one of those. UGA was shown in clearest possible terms on Saturday that they do not belong anywhere near that sort of team. Not that they won’t “one day” be there, but the Panics don’t handle “one day” very well nor should they.
UGA has elite recruits. UGA might have elite coaching. But UGA does not pass the eyeball test by any standard imaginable.
This means that, for the Panics, something must change and coaching is the natural first step.
So look, the Panic crowd doesn’t want to fire Mark Richt because he is too nice or too Christian or has lost control of something. The Panic crowd — at least the Panic crowd that have an actual argument — want to fire Richt (or someone) because that’s the only way you make a real qualitative change.
Now, the easy objection to the Panic crowd has always been that Panicking can have dire dire dire dire dire consequences. We’re talking Derek Dooley level consequences, a nightmarish limbo of “.com bowls,” two-star recruits, and fighting for a record above .500.
This is perfectly reasonable.
But if you look at the past decade of National Champions only two coaches have won National Championships after their 5th year as head coach. Nick Saban and Mack Brown. Other than that everyone else have been doing so by year 4 or less.
in short, college football is not an enterprise where playing the long-game is encouraged or rewarded. There are no points for career winning percentage, save in the Hall of Fame. College Football has become, like it or not, a win right now business. New coaches win championships, as much as we like to think they don’t.
As an aside, the last time a college coach with ten or more years in at his current institution won a National Title? Bobby Bowden in 1999. Mark Richt was that team’s offensive coordinator.
Let me make one final thing very clear: I’m not saying we fire Mark Richt.
I’m just saying that those proud few who are panicking right now have a point. And we need to listen to them.
Because as we speak Georgia has become the most fertile recruiting ground in the country and UGA has become, by most pundits, the highest ranked coaching job in the country. If you have a guy in that seat who can’t get it done then you have to move on. Mainly because there are significant factors that mitigate some of the risk involved in hiring a new coach. Money is no object. Homegrown recruits are no object. Fan patience is clearly also no object — the Fire Richt crowd has had no effect for over ten years.
I hope Richt stays and wins a National Title.
But we should all listen to the Panic crowd this week.
Because scared money has never ever made money.