Legge explains whether it was fair to blame Willie Martinez for Georgia's problems, or not.
ATHENS – It is easy to blame Willie Martinez for all of Georgia's problems over the last two years. It's easy, but it's not totally correct.
The more correct answer (and you can send your hate mail here: firstname.lastname@example.org) is that Georgia's poor recruiting from 2005 to 2007, 2005 and 2007 specifically, has killed this defense over the last few seasons. Recruiting matters – end of story.
I'm not suggesting Martinez shouldn't absorb most of the blame for the skyrocketing scoring average of the Georgia defense over the last few years. He should have – he was the guy in charge. In fact, Mark Richt and everyone else on staff should absorb that blame, too, and I think they are. I also think Georgia has a better understanding of just how important recruiting is after suffering through parts of the 2008 season and all of 2009.