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Georgia LB: former teammates were "cancerous"

Posted on: March 10, 2011 12:58 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

A whole host of explanations have been floated over the past few months for Georgia's 6-7 disaster of a 2010 college football season, from a shoddy temporary weight room to bad fourth quarter luck to poor coaching from Mark Richt and his staff to plain ol' "not that good."

But few of those explanations have carried the kind of force that junior linebacker Christian Robinson's does. Speaking with Chris Low, Robinson blamed the 2010 collapse on a lack of leadership in no uncertain terms (emphasis added) :
“We’re holding each other accountable and have the right kind of attitude,” Robinson said. “I think we’ve eliminated some people maybe that were cancerous , whether it was people who graduated or might not be here anymore. We’ve become a team of guys that want to be here and want to do well for Georgia.”
Obviously, that's some awfully strong (and not particularly sensitive) language Robinson's wielding. But is he wrong? The reason there's been so much speculation regarding Georgia's season is because in some ways, it defied explanation; for a team with supreme talents like A.J. Green, Justin Houston and Clint Boling to go under .500 with their freshman quarterback generally excelling and the Bulldogs statistical profile perfectly intact (UGA finished fourth in the SEC in both yards per-play and yards per-play allowed) doesn't make much sense.

So the leadership void is as good an explanation as any. And if Robinson's correct that that void has been filled, Georgia could find themselves returning to the conference title conversation in a hurry.

Comments

Since: Mar 12, 2011
Posted on: March 12, 2011 11:43 am
 

Georgia LB: former teammates were "cancerous"

I've suspected there have been locker room issues for a while, so this news by Robinson does not surprise me. For a team to succeed on the field they need to feel like a family, the more bad apples you have in the barrel the more difficult it is to work together. 
To the jokers who think Richt is not inspired to coach, I have to ask you on what basis do you make such an accusation? Do you know the man? Richt is going on his 11 year as head coach, when he won 2 SEC championships he showed the same emotion on the sideline as he did last year. Mark Richt is not the type of person who wears his emotions on his sleeves, period. That does NOT mean he's any less passionate about coaching today, then he was 8 years ago.
Georgia's got some fine talent on offense and the front 7 will be much better on D in 2011. The biggest question mark for Georgia is going to be the secondary. Regardless, I expect UGA will significantly improve their performance this year, which will reflect in more wins.



Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 12:09 pm
 

Georgia LB: former teammates were "cancerous"

Leadership is certainly important. Mr Robinson has thrown down the gauntlet. His willingness to step up is more than I have seen or heard from a Ga player in years. I don't always advocate finger pointing. Sometimes it helps to clear the air. In the end it is in their hands to deliver better performances when it matters. They are likely too young to appreciate that these types opportunities will come around very few times in their lives. It is important to recognize them and not to cast any aside assuming others will come.



Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 12:08 pm
 

Georgia LB: former teammates were "cancerous"

Leadership is certainly important. Mr Robinson has thrown down the gauntlet. His willingness to step up is more than I have seen or heard from a Ga player in years. I don't always advocate finger pointing. Sometimes it helps to clear the air. In the end it is in their hands to deliver better performances when it matters. They are likely too young to appreciate that these types opportunities will come around very few times in their lives. It is important to recognize them and not to cast any aside assuming others will come.



Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: March 11, 2011 11:34 am
 

Georgia LB: former teammates were "cancerous"

Interesting insight. I will say, if people don't like his explanation, don't read it. It is telling and I feel for the Georgia Football gans. I have some friends who are huge fans and they are such a good team..The kid may be right- cancerous attitude, also Coach may have become a little tired, it may be time to let him go and get some new energy. I would like to see Georgia play awesome. Go Dawgs!



Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2011 11:20 am
 

Georgia LB: former teammates were "cancerous"

In general, placing blame and calling out others is kinda like showing bad leadership. In fairness, though, it could be really true. Cancerous attitude can really spread inside a locker room quickly.



Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 10:57 am
 

Georgia LB: former teammates were "cancerous"

Wow, another Bama or Auburn fan professing expertise on the Georgia football program.  Ealey will either step it up, toughen up and play smart otherwise he can get used to the cold aluminum seat.  The Crowell kid is a beast, the real deal.  This is not another Jasper Sanks.  Richt also has a truen NG now and the D will be significantly better, especially because of vastly improved linebacker play.  We may end up with the conference's best LB corps (yes, better than almight Nick Saban's group).



Since: Mar 31, 2010
Posted on: March 11, 2011 10:51 am
 

Georgia LB: former teammates were "cancerous"

Im predicting BAMA and GA in the SEC CG this year...GA will be much improved if Richt can start coaching like he cares..that was one thing i noticed was that whether they were winning or loosing he didn't seem to care either way...im hoping they do better bc as soon as Richt is gone GA is gonna snatch up Kirby Smart from us and he's a hell of a coach...hopefully this player's comments will hit hard to the players that need to hear it...there is only so much a coach can do b4 itsthe players and leaders on the team's responsibility to get it done...im from GA so even tho im a BAMA fan i pull for the dawgs as long as they're not playing us....hopefully both of us can improve from last season



Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2011 10:48 am
 

Georgia LB: former teammates were "cancerous"

Lack of leadership will kill any team......especially when you look at a lot of games lost in the 4th.....thats hen leadership comes into play the most...close games in the 4th....But I dont think that was the only reason UGAy finished 6-7...losing Green didnt help



Since: Dec 8, 2010
Posted on: March 11, 2011 10:28 am
 

Georgia LB: former teammates were "cancerous"

Cool   As a college coach I see my share of "whiners."  So what's one more.



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:30 am
 

Georgia LB: former teammates were "cancerous"

You're an Auburn fan. Scam was your QB. Enough said.


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