There's not much question that the AutoZone Liberty Bowl pushed a majority of serious Dawg fans across the line into the ranks of rebellion against the program. But let's get real: Richt isn't going anywhere before next season; nor is Bobo. There is no quick fix in sight. Sure, next time Richt faces a fourth-and-inches on the opponent's two yard line, maybe he'll go for it. Maybe some of our eligible pro draftees will stick around. And maybe Richt will bring in some impact players, though I don't quite see how a staff that can't confidently assume it's going to be in Athens in 2012 is going to recruit a Dream Team.
So any improvements we see in 2011 will probably involve adjustments to this team by this staff. After we've all vented about the record of the last three years, what then? Is there anything constructive we can suggest or hope for, other than firings that aren't going to happen? Or do we go through the year like Vol fans did in the latter stages of the Fulmer regime, half supporting the team, half hoping for a level of disaster that produces an early clean sweep?
We'd better start asking ourselves this question pretty soon. It will be a long offseason.