Georgia must get better play at quarterback

 

Happy Labor Day to everybody! A lot happened on this first weekend of college football. So what did we learn?

 

1. Georgia must get better play at quarterback.  It would be foolish to lay Georgia’s 24-10 loss at Oklahoma State at the feet of senior quarterback Joe Cox. It was a team loss if there ever was one. The kid was sick and deserves the benefit of the doubt. But here is the reality of playing in the SEC. The defensive coordinators around the league are going to look at that video tape. They will see Georgia’s first possession and how the Bulldogs just blew Oklahoma State off the ball. Then they will see the adjustments Oklahoma State made to put the pressure on the quarterback. At most SEC schools, if the defensive coordinator does not want you to run the ball, it is going to be difficult to run the ball. Ellis Johnson of South Carolina is one of the best defensive coordinators in college football. And trust me when I tell you that South Carolina’s defense is better than Oklahoma State’s. Somebody—Joe Cox, Logan Gray, somebody-is going to have to throw the ball down the field with consistency and find No. 8 (A.J. Green). Green is the best football player on the field. He has to get more touches.

 

2. The Sam Bradford injury changes a lot. Bradford suffered a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder during Saturday night’s 14-13 loss to BYU. He was scheduled to have an MRI on Sunday to determine the real extent of the damage.  He might get back for the Texas game on Oct. 17. Suddenly the national championship race, the Heisman Trophy race, and the Texas-OU game look completely different now. Now BYU (1-0) has to be in the national championship mix. The Cougars have Florida State, TCU, Air Force, and Utah at home. If BYU goes 12-0 against that schedule, they are going to be in the mix for the BCS national championship. And after such a ruckus was raised because undefeated Utah didn’t get a chance to play for the title last season, it might be hard for the voters to keep the Cougars out. Just keep it in mind.

 

3. We’ll find out about Tennessee this week. If I’m a Tennessee fan, I’m encouraged by the 63-7 win over Western Kentucky. It’s not just the final score that was impressive. It was the array of weapons that Tennessee showed on both offense and defense. We understand that Western Kentucky is not very good, but when Jonathan Crompton completes 21 of 28 for five touchdowns-after throwing only four TD passes all of last season-you have to be encouraged. With two running backs over 100 yards and 380 total yards of rushing, there is reason to be optimistic. We’ll learn a lot more about the Volunteers on Saturday when UCLA comes to town. The Bruins, who opened with a 33-14 win over San Diego State, are better than a year ago. But I will say this: The Tennessee-Florida game on Sept. 19 looks a little different right now.

 

4. It was not a good weekend for the ACC. Virginia Tech is really good. But the loss to Alabama was a bitter one for the ACC.  For three quarters Virginia Tech played toe-to-toe with Alabama. The Hokies were just as fast and hit just as hard. And quarterback Tyrod Taylor was playing pretty well. But Alabama just wore Virginia Tech down and dominated the fourth quarter to win 34-24. The ACC really, really, wanted this with win. The league certainly has balance because it sent 10 teams to bowls last season. But Virginia Tech, which was ranked No. 7, was probably the ACC’s best shot at a BCS championship contender. A lot can happen. Maybe Georgia Tech or Florida State plays their way into the discussion. But I think the ACC’s national championship hopes probably ended Saturday night at the Georgia Dome. FYI: Don’t be surprised if Virginia Tech wins the rest of its games if it can find a way to win at Georgia Tech on Oct. 17. With losses to Richmond (by Duke), William & Mary (by Virgnia), Baylor (by Wake Forest), California (by Maryland), South Carolina (by N.C. State), and to Alabama (by Virginia Tech) it was not a good weekend for the ACC.

 

5. Georgia Tech has a lot of weapons. They really do. Everybody knows about Jonathan Dwyer. Everybody knows about Josh Nesbitt and WR Bay-Bay Thomas. But you throw in Anthony Allen (26 yard TD catch), Jerrard Talent (68-yard punt return), Morgan Burnette (11th career interception) and you’ve still just scratched the surface on the guys who can make a difference. It’s going to be interesting to see how Clemson’s defense, with new coordinator Kevin Steele, tries to account for all of these weapons.

 

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chemdawg

September 7th, 2009
11:58 am

I think some people are reading too much into the opening game of the season. Cox looked fine on the scripted drives, so I’d have to imagine the play calling was suspect at other times. When he was asked to throw the ball downfield he hit receivers in the hands. A pro-style offense takes a few games to get going especially when you have new starters at the skill positions, but Bobo should have adapted. Secondly, Tennessee/Tech fans seem ready to annoint themselves king of football after what? Wins against Jacksonville State and Western Kentucky. I’m sure Marlon Brown’s dream was to catch 6 balls against Western Kentucky…

BAMMER

September 7th, 2009
11:59 am

Do we have to play out the season or can we just play Florida for the SEC championship this weekend?

Artie

September 7th, 2009
11:59 am

Where are all the UGA trash-talkers now?!?! I recall there being predictions of a blowout because Okie State has never beaten a quality team (like UGA). Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Gonna be a loooooooong year with Cox at the QB!!!

bamabone

September 7th, 2009
12:01 pm

no more lectures: GO DAWGS!!!

BAMMER

September 7th, 2009
12:03 pm

Artie,

Let me know when you find them. I’m looking for the fans who said UGA would be better without “selfish” Stafford and “grandstanding” Moreno. Stafford and Morena are probably haven’t stopped laughing since halftime of the game.

Mikey

September 7th, 2009
12:04 pm

Are we still doing the pop up kickoffs?
We kicked off what – 3 times Sat and all 3 were around the 10 yard line.
I saw a lot of other kickers this weekend and most all of them went into the end zone. WTF ?

Worried Dawg

September 7th, 2009
12:08 pm

How much longer will Richt go with Cox at QB before making a change? Cox doesn’t look like he has what it takes to win big games. Plus, I thought UGA’s oline was supposed to be the best in the SEC this year. They looked average. I’m worried about the big games ahead, but not South Carolina—Ga can beat them with little problem. Their offense is terrible.

BAMMER

September 7th, 2009
12:08 pm

Mark Ingram, Bama RB, has been named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week. RTR!

I’m sure the Va Tech kick returner will be named the ACC special teams player of the week.

Alabama Jack

September 7th, 2009
12:09 pm

It is interesting how the Oklahoma State Cowboys converted so many dawg fans into Alabama supporters, Saturday night. If you want to watch college football, watch the ACC. If you want to watch pro football watch the AFC, NFC or SEC. They are all the same.

Seymore Hiney

September 7th, 2009
12:09 pm

SLOE Cox! Why does he spell his own name wrong??

dan

September 7th, 2009
12:13 pm

chemdawg,

I agree. People seem to forget that Oklahoma State WAS ranked ahead of UGA this year for the reasons that everyone is talking about. We have the weapons, they just haven’t had time to gel yet. Fans that were predicting 10-2 were basing that prediction off past history. They were comparing this team to the 2005 team with Shockley which really wasn’t an accurate comparison. That team in 2005 had 13 seniors on it and much better talent on defense. Shockley also got way more repetitions than Cox did. People forget that Cox hasn’t played in many games the past 2 years. Cox has some improvement to do for sure, but his receivers need to catch passes and the O’Line needs to do a better job passing blocking. I really thought Joe Cox does well in the shot gun/no huddle formation, which allows him to get rid of the ball quickly. He’s just not that great as a drop back passer. And for the record, Bobo is a terrible coordinator. He’s been under the radar the last couple years because he’s had the talent and because a lot of the focus has been on Willie. But I don’t have a lot of confidence in his play calling ability. If the Dawgs start off the season 0-3, Richt needs to take over the play calling duties again.

BAMMER

September 7th, 2009
12:27 pm

I wish we could open every season in the CFA Kickoff against the defending ACC champion–great exposure, easy win!

BAMMER

September 7th, 2009
12:32 pm

Just last week, UGA’s fans were saying this team would be better than last year’s and they would surprise everyone, including the Gators. After on loss, everyone wants to fire Richt (who, just last week, was tauted as one of the best coaches in the nation).

Stay classy, UGA fans.

I’m signing off, about to watch the Bama game again. RTR!

Big Chief

September 7th, 2009
12:32 pm

“We stunk! We SUCKED! We couldn’t throw it! We couldn’t run it (or simply didn’t)! We didn’t do DIDDLY POOO!!” We NEED this win over South Carolina.

SEC

September 7th, 2009
12:33 pm

SEC = 11 and Georgia

TrueCrimson

September 7th, 2009
12:34 pm

I just want to thank God, Greyhound, Chan Gailey, Paul Johnson, the Robots and the rest of the Georgia Tech Nation for Colin Peek. We’re happy to have him!

RTR!!!

kauai dawg

September 7th, 2009
12:37 pm

I think I have it figured out. It took us by surprise since Georgia, historically comes out hitting on all cylinders… example, Clemson, Boise State, Okie State last time, etc… I think Coach Richt could honestly get the state to count the days as a furlough day for the offensive coaches???? I don’t feel so bad realizing they just took the day off???? God DAWGS!

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
12:46 pm

UGA: You have got to dump Richt and begin the rebuilding program. Dump Cox and develop you QB of the future. Just like I predicted: Crap thru a goose. Thirty years and still counting!!

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
12:48 pm

kauai dawg: What is a God Dawg? I think all of the God dawgs left last year. Sorry.

Former Georgian

September 7th, 2009
12:48 pm

The athletic director bears at least half the responsibility for Saturday’s loss. What was he thinking, scheduling a real team for the first game of the season? Granted, he maybe didn’t realize Georgia would have a completely new offense this season, but still. A top ten team the first time your team plays with a new quarterback?

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
12:50 pm

TrueCrimson: I’m glad you like him. I don’t blame him for leaving GT under the conditions he was in. Good luck with him. RTR

ccc

September 7th, 2009
12:50 pm

Cox might have had a better day if his receivers had caught the balls that hit them in the hands and in the face

Hayseed Dixie

September 7th, 2009
12:52 pm

Joe Cox will get more confidence (especially with that O-line), the defense will shore it up, and the Bulldogs will play better. No one is denying that.

They just won’t beat Tech this year. Sorry puppies.

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
12:52 pm

Former Georgian: UGA needs the money to pay that sorry azz Richt. Money honey.

how2fish

September 7th, 2009
12:54 pm

Well it was a frustrating loss to say the least..good points the defense did a turn in a great effort..the kicking game needs some help..and I think we need to tweak the play calling..we could and should have won that game..but I’m not firing anyone or tuning on Cox after the first game..most teams…check Fla and the bugs won and played patsies they are 1-0 and we are 0-1 but I think we learned a lot before the Evil Visor comes calling..I do have a question WTF was the unnecessary roughness call on 3rd down in the 4th that lead to Okie State getting the 1st down and then scoring to go up 14 and seal the game?? ..there was no helmet to helmet contact..did they really give us a penalty for hitting too hard?? And Tony how is the game chickens defense better than Okie State? I rarely disagree with you but I watched the NCST game and I don’t see it…Go Dawgs!

Innocent Bystander

September 7th, 2009
12:54 pm

At least VT didn’t give up 31 first half points to Bama.

As for UGA, they could be in a bit of trouble. I’d count on at least 3 more losses this year, including Florida, LSU, Tech, and I’d watch out for other teams like SC next week, Tennessee in a few weeks, and definitely watch out for Vandy. Perhaps UGA is looking at more like a 7-5 (or 6-6) season.

Tech didn’t look so hot either. Coach Johnson hit it on the head when he said they played with no fire. They’d better get it together by Thursday, or they might see VT steal the ACC yet again.

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
12:55 pm

ccc: given his level of talent he did as well as could be expected. Every QB has dropped balls. Did you really think Cox could run your team in a top 10 matchup? The surprise was that OKST found some defense somewhere. I was predicting something like 28 to 31 OKST.

ReptilesRule

September 7th, 2009
1:00 pm

I think the best thing UGA can do is to slowly “weave” Aaron Murray into the starting QB position. The Dawgs aren’t going to any BCS bowls this year anyway, I think they will end up 8-4 and Outback Bowl bound (in Murrays home town). Why not build for the future???….I will admit that I did watch a good part of the Tennessee game and was impressed by their effort. Of course it was WKU, but still the Vols looked very good on D and Crompton was much sharper than I expected. UCLA will reveal a little more, althought I will still call it 30-14 for the Vols. The good thing is that they definitely got Florida’s attention and now I believe it could be a better game than originally expected. And other than UGA, the SEC ruled opening weekend…

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
1:00 pm

how2fish: NC ST was inproved and lost to USC. So you better jack up Cox or they will be picking pieces off of the hedges. You know ‘evil visor” just loves to beatdown on UGA. Yes, your defense look good at times but you must find a better offensive plan. This will be a tougher game than you expect.

ron

September 7th, 2009
1:01 pm

joe cox is another joe t.III,i’ve already gone on record that georgia will lose 5 games this season.before mid-season richt will pull the plug on cox and go into a rebuilding mode. tennesee will thrash georgia in addition to some other sec teams.

Nachos

September 7th, 2009
1:02 pm

Attention Eric and the rest of you pathetic BARNERS: go back to the cave you were hiding in and stay there. You beat a LOUSY football team woopey-de-damn-do. WDE is gay

collegeballfan

September 7th, 2009
1:05 pm

Just line up & run the football. Tell that big offensive line that you are going to pass max 10 times. The rest is behind them.

Maybe the coach needs to do a few Dooley “bloody Tuesdays” during practice.

The above applies to both GT & UGA after their 1st “game”.

Chess is a game; football is a war. We got to many coaches trying to play chess. You are who you are. If you can’t pass, then you can’t pass. If you can’t pass or run, then recruit like hell.

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
1:05 pm

ReptilesRule: UGA ain’t listening! I’m hoping to get tickets to the JAX beatdown. I thinking that Cox will not make past the half. Injured or jerked out. Either way UGA needs to plan for the future. A future without Cox and Richt. RTR, Go Gators, THWG

Bammers rule!

September 7th, 2009
1:06 pm

HA HA HA HA you pathetic leg humpers! I kneww you losers would be crying about the refs. GET A LIFE YOUR TEAM IS AVERAGE AND YOU ARE PATHETIC! At least Alabama represented the SEC with a win.

Hey Dogtards

September 7th, 2009
1:07 pm

“I don’t blame him for leaving GT under the conditions he was in.”

I’m not sure what “conditions” means but Peek left GT because the offense they were putting in didn’t have a TE. No point in him staying to play A-back, offensive tackle, or defensive end. He IS the man, however.

murfdawg

September 7th, 2009
1:09 pm

Phil,
You are right. Looks like another Rashad Jones from a poor football high school. We need more players from good football programs. Athletes are great for intramurals, but you have to have football players who can make football plays to win in the sec.

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
1:09 pm

USC (pac 10) is going with a true freshman QB. With all of the talent that UGA has I’m sure there is a more talented QB than Cox. Suck it up and find this guy and develop him. You may get a real winner if you do.

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
1:14 pm

Hey Dogtards: Well, several guy left GT because of the rumors about the new offense. But Peek could have found a place if he waited. But, as I said, he made a good choice. I think I saw where one or two of the deserters wanted to come back to GT. Anyway, I don’t think Peek will be in a position to hurt GT this season.

Johnny Test

September 7th, 2009
1:14 pm

life Coach, what do you have against CMR? He is 7 and 1 against tech and even with our first game issues he’ll be 8 and 1 after this year. You best be worrying ablot Clemson after that stellar showing aginst Jax St.

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WildBill

September 7th, 2009
1:15 pm

So, “Georgia must get better play at quarterback”, no kidding! And better play at the entire coaching staff which has shown poorer decision making than the average high school coaching staff. I wager that the Warner Robbins High School coaching staff could have done at least an effective job in the game against the Pokes.

pd

September 7th, 2009
1:15 pm

This is exactly why I stopped liking college football as much as pro. The season is already over for me as a UGA fan. There is no possible way for the dogs to win the national championship. For me, there are two places. 1st place and last place. 2nd place is no better than last. So, season over.

The lack of a playoff system was college football’s cancer, but during this last weekend’s game I saw college football get a bullet to the dome.

“Roughing the receiver”?????

Game over. No reason to watch football now. You aren’t allowed to light up a receiver???? What the F?

This one's for m

September 7th, 2009
1:16 pm

SEC – 11-1
ACC – 5-7, with losses to Richmond and WILLIAM AND MARY

Time to replace the ACC with the Mountain West in the BCS.

Doosh Bag

September 7th, 2009
1:16 pm

Good call Life Coach. Fire Richt, drop Cox? Dude, are you a high school dropout or are you just that freaking stupid? I’ll assume the latter.

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
1:23 pm

Johnny Test: GT will be fine against Clem’s Son. They may lose the game, but they’ll be back trying five times harder. UGA on the otherhand , once again proved how overated they are and how Richt can’t win the big one. GT is headed up, UGA headed down. I’m picking USA to beat you not to mension LSU, UF, Vandy and GT. A trip to the tolet bowl and a loss there. If you are smart, and I know you arn’t, start rebuilding now and get something positive from a 7 and 5 season. Oh, I hear the Chan Gaily is available!

Jordan

September 7th, 2009
1:24 pm

I have been a Bulldog fan all my life and it has been so apparent for some time that the teams problem is coaching staff. The blow outs last year with the talented team we had it can only be coaching. Staffords drafted number one John Parker Wilson was not even drafted yet Alabama crushed us.You look at the Bama VA Tech game and tell me the Bulldogs staff is even close to that good. Loyalty has its place but if CMR thinks we are going to watch Cox run the team because its his turn hes in for a rude surprise.

richard cranium

September 7th, 2009
1:24 pm

(1) You have to play smart to win.

(2) Over 70% of UGA’s football players are “special admits”.

(3) Could numbers 1 and 2 be related… ??

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
1:28 pm

Doosh Bag: Your name says it all! Yes, fire Richt and drop Cox. I’m wondering what you will say when USC blows you guys out. You know that UGA will eventually fire Richt because he can’t take UGA where UGA thinks it is an “elite team. Richt can not win the big one. Thirty years and counting…………. and counting. MY God, jimmy Carter was president during the last UGA Nat Champ.

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Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
1:33 pm

Jorden: You have hit it on the head. The buck stops at the head coach. BoBo and Willy are doing their best and it is up to Richt to help them perform or to fire them. He will fire both at the end of this season to keep his job for another season, but he’ll be gone sone after that. Actually Willy’s guys did much better than expected. Bobo proved to be a dodo. Great success and then a brillant change of gameplan.