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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Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
1:37 pm

Several TV types suggested that BYU could pull it off. They won and losing Bradford was not the main reason. Does OK have more than one good player? This is great news for Miami.

dd

September 7th, 2009
1:38 pm

does anyone have the score of the tech LSU game handy?

Rufus1

September 7th, 2009
1:44 pm

The SEC has 2 Good teams Florida and Alabama, the rest are scrubs. They get credit for being a good conference because of Florida…Your just like the PAC 10, one elite team, one very good team and buch of scrubs. That is why you play a weak out of conference schdule, so you don’t get exposed(Georgia). Atleast Sabin and richt has the balls to play a good team…the results 1-1.

The rest of you scrubs play somebody!!!!!!!!!

this yr is trash

September 7th, 2009
1:47 pm

My whiney a$$ opinion.
Cox is no Stafford, why the hell did they go to the pass so much after the first series was so successful. ( the td that turned the game would have never happened if they would have run the ball 4 plays instead of passing. ) the clock would have run out.
Wtf with a 3 man rush on a pocket passer ( im just a fan and i know defense weakness is providing pressure ) prevent defense never wins a game unless your up by 21 with 2 min. to go. and hell sometimes that is scary

I blame the coaching staff for a piss poor game plan. Till the momentum was lost the D held up fine, the offence should have kept OU guessing after the first series, Cox gets majority of snaps but keep em guessing by bringing in the others.
How do you stop a 500+ avg. per game offense, ( DONT LET THEM HAVE THE BALL ) and don’t play prevent. Make them beat you with the 500 yrd. avg. offense
So i ask, how can guys that live and breathe 24/7 football, cant see the obvious.

Johnny Test

September 7th, 2009
1:47 pm

Life Coach, whose coat tail’s are you riding? Florida’s? Tech may lose but they’ll be trying… like they did against Jax State? It is a long season my friend and your mouth may over load you azz. Let’s see how the season turns out.

Matt

September 7th, 2009
1:47 pm

Many factors contributed to Georgia’s loss. One of the big reasons was a total lack of a pass rush and a largely vanilla schemed defense. The Okie State QB was comfortable all day and had short fields on all of their scoring drives.

smurley73

September 7th, 2009
1:50 pm

i am Vol fan and didnt watch all of Georgias game but that was one of the worst calls i have EVER seen. The personal foul for making a good hit is horrendous. Im not sure if it would have altered the game but im sure it played a role in their loss as it kept the drive alive.

Irishmafia

September 7th, 2009
1:51 pm

Georgia finally plays a non cupcake to open the season and gets their ass kicked. No surprise. When you continually schedule in 6 sure victories per year and call yourself championship caliber, it’s no surprises that you can’t deliver when you play tough teams.

DCB

September 7th, 2009
1:53 pm

To state that the Georgia quarterbacks have to get better begs the question. Granted – quarterbacks get the heat for a team only scoring 10 points. But the game was not lost at the quarterback slot. Dropped potential interceptions and a failing to down a punt on the one-yard line was just one example of shoddy defensive backfield and special teams play. And then for a team six-deep (I think one announcer said) at running back has to make one wonder why Samuels got as many touches as he did. Easier to see those openings upstairs than on the field, I agree. But it appeared there were many opportunities to break one that were not capitalized on in the first half. And with that many faces available for the running back to continue placing the ball in the same hands didn’t make a lot of sense to me.

Denver Dog

September 7th, 2009
1:55 pm

Smyna Man, Mabe you shoud read a little more before you write. Most of the others schools are not allowed to recruit at the juvenille prisons as UT is allowed to do. UT, Memphis and the remainder of the teams in UT from public schools were given a special exemption by that great Tennessean Al Gore, to recruit those places. He did that right before he invented the internet and solved global warming. UT needs about 20 more players like Bryce Brown and then they will be compeititve with similar teams, you know “mean machine” and other prison teams.

Phil didn’t leave an enpty cabinet, and Lane knows how to handle pay for play players. It is a great fit. I can’t believe how great your team looked against Western Kentucky. Almost as good as the Yellow Backets did against Jax State. UT reaching up to touch the bottom!

Denver Dog

September 7th, 2009
1:56 pm

Irish Mafia, look at your schedule before you run your mouth doofus! One game a year and you can’t even win that.

Chris

September 7th, 2009
1:57 pm

I was at the Georgia game and you may not blame Cox but he was a big part of that loss. I don’t want to hear about the flu. If he stepped on the field and played than no excuses. Cox stayed in the pocket way too long. Nobody’s offensive line can block as long as he camped out back there. The runningbacks were very disturbing. The holes were there to run through they just missed them. The freshmen looked like freshmen except Orson Charles. He is a beast in person. He would be my main tightend all year. Aron White was another Tripp Chandler in that game. Turnovers were the difference in the game more than anything because they made us pay on everyone. I notice that Cox’s arm strength was below average for a QB. He seemed to be lobbing the ball around. The receivers seemed like they had to wait forever to get the ball. I know he doesn’t have Stafford’s arm but my GOD Tony, you could throw harder han that. I would at least give Logan Gray a chance. The wild dog formation worked great first drive the we put it in our back pocket. I did not understand that. I thought if any Freshman was going to play it was going to be Marlon Brown. He looks like a great target opposite to A.J. If anything came good out of this is our Defense is back. They shut OSU high powered offense down. I felt sorry for them because they played against two offenses in the game. Georgia’s offense was OSU’s best friend. I saw we got great kickers. We will need them against South Carolina because it will come down to that. The personal fouls all weekend in all the games was horrible most were shoulder hits. I don’t want to watch sissy football. You have to let them hit some. It hurt some teams really bad. The holding call on Prince Miller’s run back was not a good call and it really was maybe the key point in the game. If that stands then the game is tied and momentum really shifts. I like Georgia to rebound and beat South Carolina beacause I can’t see them starting offf 0-2

uga~fan

September 7th, 2009
2:02 pm

Tony are you serious??? What do you mean you can’t lay the blame at the feet of Joe Cox?? He was the reason the dawgs lost. Last year we blamed the defense for failing us, but they played great football on Saturday holding that team to 24 points. Not to mention that the 2 turnovers and the long return that placed Okie state inside our 30. Joe Cox can’t cut it, sick or not!

He is no DJ Shockley because even when DJ wasn’t starting he was getting significant playing time. Joe couldn’t even see the field when Stafford was there. If UGA is serious about winning this year and keeping all of its targets committed then they better place the best 11 players on the field on both sides of the ball!

Golden Hand

September 7th, 2009
2:03 pm

While Jerrard Talent is an excellent nickname for the kid, who may have NFL potential as a corner, his name is actually Tarrant.

Army Vet

September 7th, 2009
2:07 pm

Didn’t take all you UGA “fans” long to turn on CMR and Cox. I was even called an idiot when I predicted that OSU would beat UGA several months ago. Some of you “fans” are pathetic. I predict a 6-6 season and one more year for CMR. By the way, I am a UGA graduate and UGA fan….I’m just realistic!

sccatfan1

September 7th, 2009
2:08 pm

I’m not one to argue ad nausem about relative conference strengths, however Dogtards and Rufus seem to be unhinged from reality. Dogtards compares UK with Duke and UVA….please. We’d be double digit favorites to smoke both of those patsies. Rufus conviently ignores the SEC’s stellar postseason record over the past decade…when it counts.
The ACC did have one good win this weekend….Clemson over MTSU. Way to go.

Good news...

September 7th, 2009
2:11 pm

“Typical UGA Fan” – you will see a big turn-around this week in the QB play and play-calling…don’t worry about that. That is a benefit of playing a high-caliber team in the first game – it really pinpoints all of your weaknesses and allows for corrections to be made early in the season.

And while UGA may only score 16 points next game…don’t look for any more than 6 points from an anemic USC offense against a tough Dawg defense. SEC Championship and National Championship are still attainable…don’t give up folks!!

KJ

September 7th, 2009
2:12 pm

“Your just like the PAC 10, one elite team, one very good team and buch (sic) of scrubs. That is why you play a weak out of conference schdule (sic), so you don’t get exposed(Georgia)”

Yeah, just like the PAC 10… only with a bunch of crystal footballs.

And UGA is now 10-3 against ranked opponents in their own stadium, so, yeah, you’re an idiot.

GT Rocks

September 7th, 2009
2:14 pm

Tony, the Jackets were definitely not showing all of their cards. GT will absolutely cream Clemson three days from now. I’m looking for GT to go all the way to the Orange Bowl this year as the rest of the schedule looks very soft to me. Just watch UM & FSU’s sloppy game tonight and you’ll agree. It’s great to be a Jacket fan!! THWG!!!!!

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Johnny Test

September 7th, 2009
2:17 pm

Army Vet, you are not a real UGA supporter. You are a fair weather fan who is on the bandwagon big when we win and are quick to say we suck when we lose. That is not a real fan. You don’t have the stomach to take the guff when we don’t win. It comes with the territory especially on these blogs. It is easy to be a winner but your real character shows thru when things aren’t going well.

world b

September 7th, 2009
2:17 pm

So, you’re saying that Cox didn’t play well, that Bradford is a pretty important piece to the Sooners, that UCLA will be a bigger test that W. Kentucky, so on, so on. Holy crap, Mr. College Football King of the Obvious. None of that would have occurred to anyone. You are stealing money, dude. Good work if you can get it, I guess.

GT4Ever

September 7th, 2009
2:19 pm

You dog fans kill me. Last week you were saying how great Cox was and how you’ll put up 40 on OSU. How did that work put for you? Granted there was a bad call on the Jones hit but you guys looked aweful out there. If you can’t muster up better play than that it WILL definitely be a long season. OSU seemed to be the only one making adjustments out there. Cox looked like crap and the rest of the offense didn’t look much better. Good luck guys, you’re going to need it.
GT did look uninspired at times against JSU but I think once they got up by 24 they put it in cruise control saving themselves for Clemson. Make no mistake CPJ will have them ready to play Thursday night. Clemson is our second biggest rival and we’re not going to hold anything back. Clemson and their new QB will be in for a long night. GT will be ready to play, count on that!!!!

Big B CH 99

September 7th, 2009
2:20 pm

Hey UGA 2001, U’re saying that a 12-0 Non BCS team shouldn’t play anybody over the SEC’s # 6 bowl team right. I guess your saying that b/c your afraid they might beat one of your precious SEC big boys:

Example:
Utah over ‘Bama last yr. Utah really showed that they didn’t belong there right?

Johnny Test

September 7th, 2009
2:20 pm

GT Rocks… You think Virginia Tech looked soft against Alabama? You either are kidding for effect or you really know nothing about football. Teck will not cream Clemson and the schedule is a lot tougher than you think.

Johnny Test

September 7th, 2009
2:24 pm

GT4EVER…. I guess the three fumbles were for effect? And CPJ really had them ready to play Jax St., huh? Clemson is coming in with a new coach and payback in mind. The teck illusion will be over after thursday.

bamabone

September 7th, 2009
2:28 pm

utah in 2008-09 was the greatest team ever to walk onto a football field. ever. ever. ever. now that we’ve all established ‘Bama was beaten by the best two teams last year, let’s quit livin’ in the past already. please, UGA fans, brace yourselves for a rough year, but keep cheerin’ for your guys and support your coaching staff. the rep is that UGA fans are more fair-weather than even ‘Bama fans (hard to imagine that) and you’re really letting it show.

chemdawg

September 7th, 2009
2:29 pm

No, the tech illusion will be over today. It’s the last day of Dragon Con.

Denver Dog

September 7th, 2009
2:29 pm

BAMA Stanky, TOILET PAPER AND SOAP. THAT IS A GREAT MASCOT.

Your team may squeak by North Texas, American Int, and UTC, but if I were you I would worry about that last game in Auburn. You don’t play anybody until then. At least according to what you say about UGA schedule. You plays some of the same teams dummy.

Tony, why are you not singing the praises of UT since they wore out a team better than what Tech played. Heck, Nebraska played a tougher team than Tech did.

Dogs are going to be fine, draw opinions after this weekend.

GT4Ever

September 7th, 2009
2:30 pm

You guys are right, the ACC isn’t that good. Hwo relly said they were. I only worry about GT. They are getting better and will be good for years to come with CPJ at the helm. Many have picked VT to win the ACC but the smart ones no that GT will whip them and go on to be ACC champs. You’ll see!!!!

Barkin'Dog

September 7th, 2009
2:30 pm

I’ve heard enough about Joe Cox. There is more to the game of football than just wins and losses, regardless of what some of you think. Joe Cox deserves his shot at starting QB, win or lose. He earned it. He stayed, as Stafford’s back-up, even coming through and winning for the Bulldog nation when we needed him most… TWICE. Do you not remember that?

So, Joe had an off day. He may have another bad game this week. If he does, then maybe a needed change is made. But, what if he doesn’t? What if he succeeds, like he has so many other times in his recent past. Then all of these vile comments, which only serve to tear down versus lift up a person/player, will have been uncalled for and hurtful. Players do read, you know.

As for Mark Richt, he’s one of the best leader’s of men in the country, at any level. His job is to get wins, yes. But at what price? In my opinion, CMR is after consistency and longevity, and that comes from recruiting the right players (remember Gramma?). He tells players like Cox that he will get his chance if he stays the course. If Richt doesn’t hold to that bargain, how many future QB prospects will want to come here and, more importantly wait his turn patiently, like DJ Shockley and Joe Cox? The soul of a leader, let alone any man, is only as good as his word. You know that.

Consistent 10-win seasons are a lot better than one great year and 2-3 mediocre years, aren’t they. That’s a tradition Georgia can live with, and CMR is striving for. Along they way, UGA will play for championships that are sure to come.

So, I suggest we all take a deep breath, show a little pride and consideration, and stay the course. There are better days ahead. Consistency proves that.

GT Rocks

September 7th, 2009
2:31 pm

Jennifer Test, VT has a few quick players but they have no depth as was evident when the 3rd best SEC team was able to wear them down. Try wearing down Roddy Jones or Jon Dwyer!! As I stated, the remaining games will be all Ws – especially against the inept pups. Chew on that, Jenny.

LSU #!

September 7th, 2009
2:32 pm

GT remember this score….((((38-3)))…. We broke the wish bone. Georgia on our mind.

Army Vet

September 7th, 2009
2:36 pm

Johnny Test…I tell it like it is! If YOU can’t handle the truth that’s your problem. Besides, to me it’s just a game. I have a life and it doesn’t revolve around UGA football. I don’t have the stomach to take the “guff”…two tours in a combat zone in Iraq “Little Man”. Don’t talk to me about “guts”. You are nothing more than another internet tough guy….LOL. Just make sure you are logged on after every game so I can rub your face in another UGA loss. If the truth hurts…DEAL WITH IT. What are you…some candy-ass Frat Boy?

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
2:40 pm

Johnny Test: GT won their game. You azzholes lost! So what is your point? That once again Richt lost the big one! Or as some UGA airhead said above that there is still a chance for a SEC or NAt Cahmpionship? My god it’s only been thrity years and counting since you won a NAT Champ. Get real this loss is just the first of at least four more. And you know who they will be!

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
2:43 pm

ARMY VET: You are full of it. LEt me guess you were a: navy seal or a green beret, or just special forces. Serving soup in the mess hall does not make you a combat vet.

BUZZ SAWYA

September 7th, 2009
2:44 pm

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Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
2:46 pm

LSU #!: Ya you won the game. We were playing a bowl game in a fun way. You were playing for your redemption. Yes, we pissed away our chance and weren’t ready to play. You can pays us back with the big beatdown you are going to give UGA. Say 63 to 10?

TrueCrimson

September 7th, 2009
2:47 pm

You’re a damn fine football fan Barkin’Dog.

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
2:49 pm

LSU #!: And thanks for letting us know that we weren’t prepared. Johnson will not let that happen again. Our real bowl game was the beatdown we gave UGA in their house.

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
2:52 pm

Barkin’Dog : Yes, if you can’t win the big ones then they really don’t matter right? That’s why you still tolerate Richt. He can’t win the big ones so wins don’t matter. You losers won’t wake up until Richt screws up another season.

Willie is still there, and did a good job.

September 7th, 2009
2:53 pm

Will the dogs schedule a top 10 team to open next year? You guys probably still have time to get a date with Patsy.

Ahem

September 7th, 2009
2:54 pm

45 to 42 is not exactly what I would deem a ‘beatdown’, Newton. Now 51 to 7…..yup!!!!

BUZZ SAWYA

September 7th, 2009
2:54 pm

Man, I must say that ” I told them so!” ( Bulldawg Fans). I would like to know also, where is that idiot bulldawg fan “Reality Yeck” ? . Dawg fans mark it down Spurrier and Company are coming to the Pasture to hand you loss number 2 of this young season.Prediction S.Carolina 20 UGAG 10. “LICK ON THAT YOU STINKY-UGLY MUTTS!”

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
2:54 pm

When Shannon can’t win with all the talent at Miami, they’ll come for Richt because they are losers to!

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 7th, 2009
2:56 pm

Game Summary: AWFUL! We got our answer and it wasn’t pretty. Defense was better but not there yet. Special team kick coverage was pitiful – punting worked out due to “roll time”. Walsh did his job on the field goal but kick offs were still short – need to try the new guy you spent a scholarship on. Penalties at key times were a killer and two bad calls by the refs were potential game changers – but folks they were playing AT OKIE STATE and the refs weren’t going against Okie on close calls. Now we get to the offense – do we have to? The worst thing was Trinton Sturdivent, a really great player and a high quality man getting his ACL torn again – a tragedy. We pray and know that God is going to heal you Trinton. It’s hard but keep positive, keep working and know that you are going to return. Now for the o-line play….. talent is there but potential doesn’t mean squat if you don’t use it. Running back- jury is still out. QB? Now we may have the answer: Joe Terishinscke or D. J. Shockley ….. a Joe is a Joe – and Joe Cox is a Slow Joe. WR’s ? They were wide open all over the place but balls were going over their head, behind their back or to the wrong receiver. Logan Grey should be given a chance. Unfortunately UGA will play the best SEC defense this side of Bama next week. They need Logan’s mobility. Let’s hope that Richt chooses team over “loyalty”. Play Cox some – play Logan Grey more. Cox is slow to windup and throw and he locks on to one receiver without scanning the field and his passes looked like ducks headed south for the winter. QB play was the key ……. with Stafford UGA would have crushed this team. The good news is that UGA has a lot of talent – just need a QB.

Johnny Test

September 7th, 2009
2:56 pm

Army Vet… While I applaud your military service I can tell you have an inferiority complex. When you use words like little man and candy ass frat boy it shows you have some deep seeded feelings of self loathing about not going to college. I am neither a little man or candy ass frat boy. So there you have it. You are not a fan. Real fans don’t rub losses in other fans faces. You are like a lot of the people on these blogs who need the wins to build their self esteem. If you have such an interesting life then why bother with these blogs. My original point is you are not a real fan and your post just proved it.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 7th, 2009
2:57 pm

Saint Simons you are a real pansy!

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
2:57 pm

Ahem: Hell we spotted you 14 pts. And had subs in the fourth and you still couldn’t win. Yes you pull up a score from the past. that’s all you got because you know that UGA is done until Richt move on to Miami or ND.

The Ole' Ball Coach (aka The Evil "Genius")

September 7th, 2009
2:57 pm

If I upset Georgia this week, think the folks in Columbia will let me stick around for the end of the season? Gotta run – Ellis Johnson’s shoes need a good shining…