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Status Quo rolls on...and the concerns mount...
I've recently seen alot of comments elsewhere about things looking like Richt 2.0. Hard not to agree as we continue to under-develop talented athletes. Only difference is we pay our current HC nearly twice the money (6.7mm vs. 3.5mm+/-) and have dropped tens of millions on upgraded facilities, fancier recruiting lounges, bigger signs, flashier stadium lights and locker rooms with more bells and whistles etc. That formula is getting the big time wins CKS has set us up to expect.
I posted a comment months ago that expressed my concern for what appears to me to be CKS's stubbornness or maybe arrogance born of quick success in 2017, or maybe just a "loyalty to a fault" mindset. Such as, did he really give JF a legitimate chance to earn the starting QB job? It would have been a gutsy and difficult call, but we all watched how it worked out for Dabo Swinney and Clemson. In any event, that is the tough calls a CFB HC is paid millions to make.
It may be a combination of all of these things, but something is clearly amiss here. We have had excellent coaching and performance on defense. This is no surprise given Kirby's background. But we have no one on the Georgia coaching staff with either the apparent ability or maybe the unobstructed path (is it really Coley or are his hands tied?) to build an explosive offense that can compete with the elite teams in CFB (and no we are not elite yet). Granted, you must still have 1-2 excellent RB's, but more so we need to recruit an develop our own modern prototypical dual threat kids with accurate, rifle arms like OSU, BAMA, Clemson and more recently LSU. Otherwise the true elite high school receivers are never coming to GA to run ghost routes 20-30 times a game and finish the season with 30-40 catches for 400-600 yards.
In Kirby's SECCG post game presser he said you build your philosophy and schemes around the players you have. It seems to me that in the big picture, you endeavor to define your philosophy and schemes to what you need to win at the highest levels and let that drive your recruiting and coaching. Continuing to stay beholden to the aging "RBU" philosophy with game manager QB's and massive offensive/defensive fronts will continue to get us many wins against lesser and equal opponents, but it will never get us to a legitimate elite level where where we are truly good enough to compete for a NC. In other words, Richt era football. We are not close right now to where want to be. I'm concerned we may be entering the realm of the definition of insanity...doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results...