Reality Bites

When a promising season starts with by far your best player being suspended. When you go to 0-2 in the SEC and have no real home field advantage. When poor protection, obvious play calling and quarterback inexperience leads to six sacks and the last one does real damage. When a defensive breakdown leads to a late score after a furious rally. When a catchable hail mary attempt fails due to lack of effort on the part of a one-time stud recruit. Things are not so great in the Classic City. Mike Bobo is firmly on the hot seat as offensive coordinator and Mark Richt is teetering on the edge of an abyss. And AJ Green will return to a multi-loss team for a brief foray on his way to an NFL payday. Justin Houston’s early NFL departure also looks definite, and we have a problem. The program that saw David Pollack push David Greene to set the then mark for most wins as a college quarterback and DJ get an SEC ring and Moreno romp to some near glory, glory is in trouble. We have done some firsts under Richt recently, since underperforming as a preseason number one two seasons ago: first five-loss season last year, first 0-2 SEC start this year. The teams that have beaten us are #10 and #12 in this week’s AP poll. But that doesn’t make us any better than what we are – the cellar-dweller in the SEC East, breaking in a new defense and new leader at quarterback.