December 2, 2009
Martinez, Fabris, and Janeck ... fired. Now what will we complain about?
The coaches are reportedly going to stay on through the bowl game, which appears to be in Shreveport. So, here we go. Will the defensive recruits stay on board? Who is next? Who should be next? Has Jimmy Johnson been spotted at the airport yet?
I admit I have defended Willie in the past, but there was just no arguing with a move at the coordinator level. It's very difficult to defend the simple math of the defense's steady decline. Just as difficult to defend is the inexplicable kickoff coverage of the past two years and the absurd quotes from Fabris about directional kickoffs. I'm sure these moves were painful for Coach Richt, both professionally and personally, but they had to be made. Again, it's hard to argue with math. Even if you say turnovers consistently put the defense in terrible spots, that's no excuse for the poor tackling and undisciplined play of our defense over the past several years.
Lastly, as difficult as these decisions must have been for Coach Richt, I hope they were Richt's decisions. I don't want Damon or anyone else forcing personel changes on the staff. We pay Richt a lot of cash to take responsibility for the program. The responsibility should be his.