Statistically speaking, comparing to a former coach like Coach Cunningham (1910-1919) makes sense. Cunningham was at a high winning percentage in his early career, while the tail end of his days proved troubling. Of course the one difference would be that they had ties in those days, so that would throw off the winning percentage a bit, but I'm not sure if it would skew higher or lower?
We can't judge it based on winning a big game every year, we need to judge it based on consistency, effort, focus, tenacity, perseverance, words rarely used to describe the Dawgs these days.
Here's the real story on Richt: He does have offensive skill, which makes sense why he was a good OC at FSU. That gave them a great start when he started off with Donnan's and Rodney Garner's talent at UGA. Despite some stumbles in the early days, year after year, he kept getting good recruits, 18 year olds buying into a promise of success, yet he never stopped stumbling. Now remember 2012: SEC Championship Game, Alabama. A perfect testament to where the path could go. UGA undoubtedly had more talent than Alabama, and were motivated more by Safety Shawn Williams than by Richt. But they were poorly conditioned and couldn't play for 4Q and had poor mental toughness. I counted 15 critical mistakes Georgia made in that game, while Saban's only mistake was that he kept 2 timeouts going into halftime. UGA does not run their operation with strict military discipline. They are laggard, and weak, despite having some of the best talent in the country. "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward." Colossians 3:23 And as Jim Collins says, good is the opposite of great.