Desspite public criticism, Georgia coach Mark Richt says his defensive unit is fine
Georgia coach Mark Richt said this week that while he would have liked for the issue to remain private, he's not upset at some comments made by a key player publicly calling out the defense over its recent performance.
On Monday, senior safety Shawn Williams said the Bulldogs' defense has been playing "soft". He went even further by talking about which players he believes should be at the linebacker position, which didn't sit well with some teammates.
"I think it’s kind of healthy,'' Richt said. "I think sometimes a guy’s got to step up and say something. You know, I don’t think it’s right to necessarily make it as public as it was. A lot of times there’s meetings where players will get together and say, ‘You know what? We need to get better. And it starts with me.’ And I think that’s a good thing for a team. I think it’s better when it comes from players and not the coaches. So, do I think it was a catalyst to help jolt our guys a little bit? I think so, or at least we’ll see. We’ll see how the reaction is on Saturday. But I do think that the guys, they have an expectation, like everybody else. And they know they haven’t met the expectation. So they want to do better, they do care very much, and we do have a very good, unified group. Even though sometimes even in the family somebody might say something you don’t like, it might hurt your feelings but in the end it was done with the intention of making things better and that’s what I think everybody’s focusing on right now.''
Georgia has given up 103 points in the past three games - 44 vs. Tennessee, 35 vs. South Carolina and 24 vs. Kentucky.