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September 18, 2005

UGA Offensive Line and Holding Penalties - a Proposal to Fix this Problem

Ok, it has been almost four and a half seasons, and one of the two things that never really seems to improve with Richt's teams are the holding penalties. We now have a team of veteran linemen in all 5 starting slots. Yet, we are still plagued with driving killing holding calls.

Everyone says that it's a "discipline" problem. Well, if Richt runs them for the penalties as much as he says, then maybe it isn't discipline. Maybe it's just poor teaching technique. Maybe the coaches are allowing bad habits to fester during practice.

Honestly, I don't know what it is, and I don't really care what the CAUSE is. Only the results.

So rather than just complain about it; I have a proposal. I would suggest that Mark Richt fine Offensive Line Coach Neil Calloway $100 for every holding call. Same with WR coach John Eason. Our WRs are some of the most holding penalty prone guys in the SEC. $100 isn't a ton of money, but it's enough to get their attention. At the pace we're on that's about $5,000-10,000 a year in lost salary between the two of them.

You can bet that if the coaches were losing money on the calls, then they would figure out the problem a helluva lot faster. Give the money to charity or whatever.

Honestly, I don't care what Richt does to change the holding and offsides (which is a player discipline issue). I just want it resolved. This has gone on long enough, and it's time for a new approach to fixing it. The old approach clearly isn't working.



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