OK, I have stayed out of a lot of the conversation that has been going on since the disappointment of last Saturday. Quite frankly, I did not want to be part of the problem. There is a BAD atmosphere in the Dawg Nation right now, and there is one thing I think Coach Richt can do, and NEEDS to do, in order to help fix it.
Tell everybody...players, coaches, water boys (and girls), training staff, cheerleaders, administrative workers...EEEEEE----VVVVERYBODY....to do one simple thing.
Seriously...stop talking. As bad as the game was, all of the aftermath has been worse. Coach Richt says one thing, and then Coach Bobo says something different. Coach Bobo says one thing, then Coach Richt says another, then Coach Ball comes along and says something else. Joe Cox thinks none of us know what we're talking about. A.J. Green talks about all these things we practiced, and then didn't use in the game for some reason. ARON WHITE, for God's sake, is talking about how we didn't use all the playmakers that we have. Talk, talk, talk, explain, explain, explain, spin, spin, spin....and meanwhile, the blogosphere is jumping on every word, as is our wont and nature.
Coach Richt needs to address the media and say one thing: Nobody else is talking to the media except ME until further notice. We need ONE voice for the program, and unless or until they all get on the same page that one voice must belong to the head man.
Everybody else needs to be under a gag order.
Unfortunately, I don't think Coach Richt will do this...it's not his nature. This is more like something Coach Saban would do, and I think Coach Gundy did something similar leading up to last week...I know he did for the players, not sure if it applied to the coaches as well or not.
Instead, in order to calm this storm, they have to do the one other thing that is under their control...beat the Gamecocks. If we don't, I shudder to think what the state of Dawg Nation will be next week. The lunatic fringe may be crazy, but they are also loud.