A.J. Green and Discipline: The Link To Georgia's On-Field Troubles

Jukabiea BarlowContributor ISeptember 29, 2010

ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 03:  A.J. Green #8 of the Georgia Bulldogs against the Louisiana State University Tigers at Sanford Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Much has been talked about with the return of Georgia’s superstar receiver A.J. Green.

The offense will be much better now that he’s back, a safety can finally leave the box to cover the deep threat, this will open the running game yada yada yada. We get it.

Unfortunately Georgia fans, A.J. Green won’t solve a thing for this football team. In fact, Green is just one of many pieces that uncover the main flaw of this team, discipline.

In fact, had Green had enough self-discipline and respect for his team, selling that jersey of his shouldn’t have crossed his mind. Green's an excellent young talent and respectable young man but he is just that—a young man. And with no true guidance and consequences in your program, young men will go astray.

Why is Georgia suffering on the field?

These same players that have off-field discipline problems carry that to the film sessions, practice sessions and their undisciplined efforts culminate each Saturday with performances to be forgotten.

Washaun Ealey has been receiving the majority of the starting snaps at running back this season, yet he alone changed the outcomes of not one, not two, but yes three games with his fumbles and missed blocks. Coincidence?

This same Ealey was charged with a hit-and-run and driving with a suspended license. Tavarres King was charged with under-age possession of alcohol yet he was supposed to be that other deep threat to stretch the field. Fans already know about Zach Mettenberger and Dontavius Jackson.

What does all this mean?

If the coaches can’t discipline and control the players off the field, there is no way players will be disciplined on the field. Coaches Richt, Bobo and Grantham preach discipline, knowing your job, and executing your assignments. The problem is the players they preach theses philosophies to are the same players who can’t follow basic rules off the field. Their lack of thought and self-disciplined shows up every Saturday with blown coverage’s, needless penalties and missed tackles.

Georgia has the talent to compete for a National Title every year and the coaching personnel—with exception of the offense—to prepare our players on the field. What the program doesn’t have is the structure of discipline needed to keep these young men focused on and off the field.

The summer where you hear minimal news about arrest coming out of Athens and players getting kicked off the team will be the summer the Bulldog program truly turns the corner.