Has Mark Richt reached his peak at Georgia?

 

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The 2014 college football season had to be very upsetting if you are a Georgia Bulldog fan. After starting the season off 6-1, the Bulldogs were beat down by the worst Florida Gator team in the past decade. Before that game, many thought that Georgia could be a dark horse to make the College Football Playoffs. To end the season, the Bulldogs would lose to in-state rival Georgia Tech. but would beat Louisville to finish 10-3.

 

Going into the 2015 season, Georgia will open as a top ten team, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the results are the same because of one man. With that being said, has Mark Richt reached his peak as head coach at Georgia?

First off, I want to give Richt credit for bringing the Bulldogs program back to national relevance. But I believe that his window for winning a national championship is almost closed. I’m a firm believer that a head coach at a major school has his best chance at winning a national title in his first four to five years. Richt was close to achieving that goal by going to 52-13, two SEC championships, and two Sugar Bowl berths.¬†Many consider the his 2002 team that featured David Pollack and David Greene the best team that Richt has ever put together at Georgia. Their only lost that season came from a sub par Florida team coached by Ron Zook. But that wouldn’t be the last time Richt would lose to a team that he has no business losing too.

The Bulldogs would only make it to the SEC championships twice from 2006-2011, but his 2012 team had the makings of a championship team. Led by QB Aaron Murray, the 2012 Bulldogs roster was full of NFL talent and Richt dropped the ball once again. The Bulldogs lost what was basically a play in-game for the national championship to Alabama in the SEC Championship even though they were more talented. That defense had 6 or 7 guys that are in the NFL right now, but Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon ran all over them.

The 2014 season was the last straw for me with when it comes to Richt and the Bulldogs. Losing to a Will Muschamp led Florida Gator team that only threw four passes the whole game should be good enough to get you fired. The Gators have been down since Urban Meyer left and Georgia hasn’t been able to cash in on their mistakes. Before the Belk Bowl, there were rumors that Richt was stepping down¬†after the game. In my opinion, I think Richt should have resigned because he has reached his peak at Georgia.

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