I have to admit, I am baffled at Georgia's fan base right now. For ten years, we've been complaining that Coach Richt needs to show emotion or stop being such a nice guy. Well, he is showing that he has both of those tools in his shed now, yet we aren't happy with it.
Either we are fixating on him talking about his years coaching or that getting mad at Bulldog club events isn't the right place for him to direct his anger.
When did we become those fans? The purpose of this isn't to defend Mark Richt, although I feel for the guy. Any comment from him that indicates he knows more than us and we start railing on him for talking about being in the arena. For some reason, we think he has no right to mention his life's work any time his ability to do what he does for a living is questioned by someone who's life's work is something other than coaching college football.
You know what? He does know more than us and has the wins to prove it. That might not be a popular position to take, but that is a fact. Now, I fully agree that his teams have slipped the past few years. I also think that is a result of his leadership, something he has recently acknowledged at the Bulldog Club meetings. We as fans have the right to grouse and be unhappy. It is unrealistic for us to expect Mark Richt or anyone else to go night after night hearing how bad he is doing his job, then expect him to take it, then expect him to say some stock coach speak for us to get pissed that he is just using stock coach speak.
He should be held accountable for how his team performs on the field, and I believe he is accepting that responsibility based on recent events. He is showing emotion about it; when is the last time you have seen a public quote with him cussing twice in two sentences? Now we find fault in him getting frustrated at answering the same question he has been answering for five months because 'he aught to be that mad at Florida/opposing coaches'? Give me a break.
I don't know if this new, edgy Mark Richt will change anything. I sincerely hope it does. I also don't think we as fans have to be openly and blindly supportive of all he does. I do think we need to be a bit less willing to openly deride him for single thing the man does, especially when we have been calling on him to be exactly who he is being now for the majority of his tenure in Athens.
It was heartening to read Corbindawg's write up of the Macon meeting, especially reading about the crowd's ovation for very comments that I have seen others take him to task for. I was happy to see him call out Ealey for something that has been one of Ealey's issues his entire career at Georgia in Augusta. This is one good sign of a new approach, in my opinion. Hopefully, the new approach pays off.