Richt talks following Tuesday's practice

Read on to see what new head coach Mark Richt was saying following Tuesday's practice.

On his level of concern regarding the offensive line after last Saturday's scrimmage...
"I'm not too concerned. Some of those sacks belong to the quarterback and getting rid of the ball when he is supposed to. Sometimes a back doesn't block like he should, or sometimes a guy runs a wrong route and a quarterback, instead of throwing it up for grabs, I'd rather him take a sack than throw a pick. There's a little bit of that going on.

"On the other hand, you've got some pretty good pass-rushers, which is good. You have to give them credit too. You want your defense to have some success as well, so I don't have a big concern right now with that."

On players who have developed since his accepting the job in December...
"I just think the whole group. Today we watched cut-ups of everything we've done to this point, by plays we've called the most, to the ones we've called the least. When you watch the first couple of days of practice, it's comical, for all of them. You could see how bad their footwork was, or a decision was, or a route was - so many things that weren't even close to being right. And then the tape went on, everyone got better and better.

"I just think as a unit, as a team, we're slowly getting where we need to get. It seemed like the second day in shoulder pads and helmets, we started to even resemble some kind of execution on offense to where it looked like the play we called was run. Early on, it didn't look good. And I'm sure the guys were wondering there for a minute if what we were putting in was any good. Over time, we've gotten better and better at executing. I just think it's a group thing."

On if improvement has been a result of players going from 'thinking' to 'playing'...
"It is. It's a learning curve. If you ride a bike - you're going to start trying to ride it - you're going to fall down a few times. You're going to mess up. Hopefully you don't get hurt bad enough that you don't want to try again, but that's the whole point - when you fail at something, as you're learning it, you have to get back on and try again, and just keep banging away. Over time, you start to master it. Then, before you know it, you gain confidence and then they play faster, like we're talking about, on both sides of the ball.

“But the good thing is we've installed a bunch - at least 80 percent of what we're going to give them, we've put in offensively. The rest will be little curveballs here and there off of something we create a tendency on. They'll have the experience of the great majority of the system, so from now until two-a-days start, they're going to have a chance to really become more and more familiar with it. Nowadays in the summer time, the guys stick around - they work out, they go do pass skeleton, seven-on-seven, they'll do stuff against each other in pass rushing and all that. All summer long they'll be doing things to help them get to the point where when we start camp, we install something on Day One, it will be so much different."

On the format of the Spring Game...
"We'll have two sides. We'll have an Orange team and a Green team and we'll be on different sidelines, and we'll run plays. We won't kick off. We'll spot the ball probably at the 25 [yard line] or something like that. We'll punt the ball, but we won't rush the punt. We'll punt them and field them and move the ball probably 40 yards - for a field goal, we'll do live, I think we've got enough work in that. We'll be able to do that."

On how he picks the Orange and Green teams...
"It'll be the No. 1 offense with the No. 2 and No. 3 defense versus the No. 1 defense with the No. 2 and No. 3 offense. But we'll split the coaching staffs - there will be some offensive on each sideline, some defensive coaches on each sideline, and we'll just play a game."


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