For the first time as a head coach, Georgia is 0-3 in the SEC under Mark Richt. Following the 24-12 loss at Mississippi State on Saturday night, Richt talked with the media.
“I never would have predicted it, but that’s where we’re at,” Richt said. “We’ve just got to make sure that everything we’re doing is the right thing to do and that we’re doing it well. I’ve just got to make sure—that’s just part of my job as head coach. I’m responsible for everything that happens. I’ve got to make sure that every part of our football program starts to do the things that we need to do to win.”
“We’re definitely in a position that I’ve never been in as a player or a coach. . . . It’s certainly not a good place to be, but we are where we are. We’ve got to stay together, and I’ve seen no signs of change in my mindset that we’re a close-knit family.But we’ve also got to look within, starting with me, as to the things that have kept us from having the success that we want. That’s what we’re going to do.”
“If you go by watching film down by down, you’d say we’re not as far off as some people might think, but if you look at the record, then we are pretty far off of where we want to be.”
Georgia outgained Mississippi State 387 to 314 total yards, but Richt's team had two critical fumbles.
Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said the return of AJ Green won't cure everything. Bobo stated, "I think he'll give us a confidence boost offensively, but we've got to fix a lot of things. It's not just A.J. Green missing that's why we're 0-3. We got beat on the field. We've got to go earn it and we haven't in the game."
Bobo added, "We moved the ball. I didn't think they slowed us down in the first half at all and to only get six points, that's disappointing. You can't turn the ball over and you can't have penalties. That's coaching."
Georgia plays on the road at Colorado this Saturday.