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
3:02 pm

The Ole’ Ball Coach: don’t worry. this will be a big week for you. Just like ole times. Big disapointment for UGA. I’m thinkin USC 42 UGA 17.

Johnny Test

September 7th, 2009
3:05 pm

Life Coach… you seem so angry… so in need to be heard. Yes we lost and Tech won.. so what. There are 11 more games. What is your obsession with no national championships since 1980? Teck hasn’t “split” a NC in 20 years. Georgia finished #2 in 2007. When was the lasdt time teck finished in the top 5? Or top 10 for that matter? If winning NCs was the only way you measured a coach or a program then every coach in the country would be turned over every 4 or 5 years. Your point is pointless. Georgia has had more overall football success than teck and is clearly the dominant program by any reliable measure.

NEXT#13

September 7th, 2009
3:07 pm

denver dawg,LOVER OF THE MASCOT THAT LICK’S HIMSELF…….ALL OF IT. PECKER, NUGGEY SAK & STARFISH!!! TELL IT CHUMP!!! CMR & THEM dawgs ARE ON THE WAY DOWN & THE TIDE & CNS ARE A RISING!!! BE GLAD VERY,VERY GLAD ugag ISN’T ON OUR SCHEDULE B/C WITH THAT TEAM I SAW IN STLLWATER…..OUCH!!!

GT Rocks

September 7th, 2009
3:08 pm

Jenny Test, lighten up on Army Vet. Sounds like a typical UGA fan to me – championship for sure all summer long and then jumping off the bandwagon after the first embarrassment on national TV. I sure hope you have tickets to the GT game in November, Jenny. You WILL witness a tremendous thumping and likely leave for the MARTA station early in the 3rd quarter. Don’t let the turnstile hit you in your arse at the station as you make your hurried exit towards your Athens trailer.

Denver Dog

September 7th, 2009
3:13 pm

#13 Dream on, go do some klan stuff, or water cannon stuff you red-neck hick. Toilet Paper, and Soap. Maybe you could use it wash out your mouth.

Johnny Test

September 7th, 2009
3:14 pm

GT Rocks… I suspect you and Army Vet have a lot in common. Your name calling is the first clue.. That is your way of trying to boost your self esteem. I am looking forward to the teck game. The first loss in 8 years was dissappointing but we got a lot of time left in this year to get better. You can rest assured we’ll have our issues figured out by then. Oh and I don’t live in a trailor either. But I bet you live in an apartment.

Atlanta Gator

September 7th, 2009
3:14 pm

Barkin’ Dawg—-Wiser words have never been written . . . well, at least not on this blog.

another Army vet here

September 7th, 2009
3:15 pm

Life Coach, your entry @2:43 bothers me (and probably many others). You tried to disrespect , degrade, make fun of, etc, some past service to this country…that allows guys like you to spout.
No place for that on a fun blog. You should apologize to all Vets!

Brian Jones TECH FAN

September 7th, 2009
3:25 pm

Everyone calm down specially UGA fans. I am a tech fan but yall need to calm down you have a good coach and tons of talent. Everyone was worried about the Defense but they looked pretty tough. I hate to hear about sturdivant also great player and his carrer may be over. CMR will find his best group to play. I do have one complaint though CMR and bobo need to run the damn ball till they are stopped. I understand that you have green but run the ball and the run agian. As for my yellow jackets was impressed with terrant dwyer nesbitt burnett the normal guys, but the defense and o line have to get better alot better. So tech guys on here we played a joke of a team and we played so bad our coach felt it neccessary to put nesbitt in the game in the 3rd qtr. So if your going to be an a hole keep your comments to yourself I love the change and our coach but we havent done anything close to what cmr has done in his first 9 years. So lets take it as a openng week and both teams will undoubtdly get alot better.

Rufus1

September 7th, 2009
3:32 pm

SEC Record

The Big Ten and the WAC don’t count…They SUCKS.

chuck

September 7th, 2009
3:42 pm

If Joe Cox was so sick he should not have even played. Richt should have played Logan Gray. A sick person will not play as good as a well person. Georgia desperaltly needs a running quarterback.

GT Rocks

September 7th, 2009
3:42 pm

I don’t recall any name-calling, Jenny Test (oooops).

Johnny Test

September 7th, 2009
3:42 pm

Brian Jones, now there is a mature post. That is the kind of Tech fan I know.

Barkin'Dog

September 7th, 2009
3:43 pm

Thanks for the kind words, TrueCrimson and Atlanta Gator – now that’s the kind of positive feedback true sports fans appreciate – especially coming from rival fans… not the rubbish people of low self-esteem seem to make while trying to make themselves feel bigger or better. BTW, I’m sitting here watching Mike Bobo and the 96 Dawgs play Ole Miss, and he lost 2 turnovers (INT & fumble) that both were returned for TDs. But he’s got a couple of throwing TDs as well (1 to Hines Ward). See, every dog can have a bad day and come back with better play. Now come on weekend football!!

FLA DAWG

September 7th, 2009
3:43 pm

24 points Tony. That’s 24 points! No excuses. The Offense needs to improve!? No kidding! The Defense Stunk Up The Field – OSU ran and passed through us like crazy. Did we watch the same game? Check the running and passing stats my friend.

EG

September 7th, 2009
3:43 pm

Dawgs favored by 7 over sc. think i will take the points in the 6-3 game

clickdawg44

September 7th, 2009
3:44 pm

nerds, lets say that we’re everything that you say we are, lousy, no good, losers and i really hope you all you claim to be, and we come to that dump dec 28th and spank that a–, it’s going to happen, count on it, goooo dawgs.

Sanford Drive

September 7th, 2009
3:47 pm

Well, I guess we should get comfortable here in bottom-dweller land. I’ll be at the SC game next week, but I don’t expect much. At least I’ll get a chance to hit up Resort for some black bean crepes and coconut cake. See y’all there.

GA Dawgs

September 7th, 2009
3:47 pm

Cox proved he’s not capable of winning at this level. Hopefully king will be back this week. We need to give some younger guys a shot at qb. This was not a conf loss so there’s still hope. But lose this week with cox, which we will playing like we did last week, and the season will be lost. Cause by then you have a freshman starting on the road and then playing lsu at home and tenn on the road. Horrible coaching job and slopping uninspired play. I want to see big changes this week.

GT Rocks

September 7th, 2009
3:48 pm

chuck, UGA does not need a running qb – heck, look what you guys were able to do with Green in 2002. Green was not mobile but made up for it with his fast reads and quick release. Green also did not telegraph his throws (something Cox really needs to work on). If I were Richt I’d start the big freshman (Metten-something?) because he is tall enough to see over the line and did some very impressive high school stuff down in Flordee. Just my 2 cents worth.

Sanford Drive

September 7th, 2009
3:50 pm

GT Rocks, the Mettenburger kid sucks…he can’t even complete a pass in practice.

FLA DAWG

September 7th, 2009
3:52 pm

DAWG NATION,
The problems are scattered on both sides of the ball. That means BoBo and Martinez have had yet another year to prepare top recruited talent and failed. Worse, Richt has not taken the brave steps to turn things around by finding proven Coordinators to DO THE JOB.

WhiteOut

September 7th, 2009
3:54 pm

WEAR WHITE ON THURSDAY NIGHT!!!

d. Pennywortth

September 7th, 2009
3:56 pm

It’s rare a first year starter at QB leads a team to many victories in Division One football regardless of which league it is. Get ready for a long season by GA standards.

Sad Dawg

September 7th, 2009
4:03 pm

It is the failure of the coaching staff, period. All other discussion is simply noise. When Richt first arrived on the scene in Athens and assembled his staff, evaluation of players, game plan, and fundamentals were stellar. I contribute this to his staff, not him. Since that time staff members have left and we now have Bobo/ Martinez rather than Richt calling offense and Vangorder managing the defense. This has allowed our program to digress each year with the only savior being stellar play by Marino and Stafford.

Mark better find a defensive coordinator quick and start calling plays again himself! We can not afford to train the existing staff on the job subjecting our program to a loosing season. Mark needs to step up and do what is best for the overall program rather than looking out for a couple of buddies by not hiring new staff members.

Smarter than you

September 7th, 2009
4:05 pm

FLADAWG inexplicably wrote: “24 points Tony. That’s 24 points! No excuses. The Offense needs to improve!? No kidding! The Defense Stunk Up The Field – OSU ran and passed through us like crazy. Did we watch the same game? Check the running and passing stats my friend.”

Yeah, their stats were way off, dummy. Turnovers, a 74-yard kick return and an awful call of Reshad Jones led to the Cowboy’s points. Maybe face the television next time the game’s on. You might get a more realistic idea of what’s going on that way.

Rod

September 7th, 2009
4:32 pm

Aaron Murray needs to start. Stop f$$king around and start the dude.

michael

September 7th, 2009
4:46 pm

it’s up to the coaching staff for g.t. and ga. the sky’s the limit! GO TECH!!!!!!!!!!

Stephen

September 7th, 2009
4:51 pm

jacketbuzz.com

fag watch

September 7th, 2009
4:52 pm

gt looked great against the whatever the school was . student section looks like a bunch of overweight nerds. no wonder the girls date uga and auburn guys

UGA 2 USC 0

September 7th, 2009
4:52 pm

I thought the Big 12 couldn’t play defense. I thought Joe Cox was DJ Shockley. I thought Stafford and Moreno were bad for the D-O-G-S (for the spelling impaired). What happened? Don’t worry dog fans. UGA will beat S Carolina. They have a high school offense too. The SEC, great D or bad O?

Shane

September 7th, 2009
4:54 pm

No major conference endured a more humiliating opening weekend than the ACC, which went 4-6 in non-conference play despite the fact six of those games came against I-AA opponents. The league lost all four of its BCS-conference matchups (NC State fell to South Carolina, Virginia Tech to Alabama, Wake Forest to Baylor and Maryland to Cal), while Virginia (to William and Mary) and Duke (to Richmond) fell to I-AA foes. Mind you, many of the victims were picked near the bottom of the conference anyway, but it doesn’t make the idiot who said the league could be “poised for prominence” look very smart.

whitehead geek

September 7th, 2009
4:55 pm

i went to school to be around other nerds and get tickled

FLA DAWG

September 7th, 2009
4:59 pm

Smarter Than You,
Cry Us A River – The Same Old Drivel.
You’re a leftover from last year’s excuses.

Simply the Truth

September 7th, 2009
5:00 pm

Some of the trouble with the UGA football program lies with “some” of its fans. I have to believe that all of the bickering and moaning has to have an effect of the minds of all of the players. Some of you “fans” just have absolutely no clue as to the mental aspects of game preparation. If you are so great at judging talent and play calling, then why aren’t you out on the field helping? Exactly! If the UGA program sucks as some of you “concerned” fans say it does then why don’t you do something constructive for a change?

Smarter than you

September 7th, 2009
5:02 pm

And you are, apparently, completely irrational and insane. Good luck with that.

Smarter than you

September 7th, 2009
5:04 pm

To ignore reality, under the guise of “not making excuses,” is to blind yourself to the path to improvement. Remember, face the television. And no hits of acid before the game.

Gen Neyland

September 7th, 2009
5:15 pm

Denver Dawg : Did Tennessee looks as good against WK as UGA looked against Georgia Southern AND Central Michigan in UGA’s 2 season openers last year..? Jus’ wondering…

Life Coach : m has to be glad you’re on board…

Some of my Tennessee brethren have told me I’m not energized enough about the 2009 season Atop Rocky. Yeah, I’m good with it…one game at a time. Go Vols

SatchelBuzz

September 7th, 2009
5:18 pm

We’ll be fine,…and that will take care of the ACC.

RobertNAtl

September 7th, 2009
5:20 pm

Georgia will easily dispose of SC this weekend and some of the griping will stop in Athens.

Tennessee will easily dispose of UCLA this weekend which will generate even more questions about how good they really are. Vol fans will then rate the Florida game as a success if we can just stay in the game through two and half or three quarters.

I am beginning to think Tech might breeze through the ACC except for VT. That league is seriously down this year and I think GT is going to be more consistent this year than their fans are used to.

Simply the Truth

September 7th, 2009
5:21 pm

Truth is my team is the defending National Champs and you’re still searching for something to fix your team’s problem.

Volaholic

September 7th, 2009
5:22 pm

You heard it hear first, UT beats UF. Crompton and the running game run all over the Gators. Monte and Eric Berry knock Tebow, Demps, et al into next week.

Get on the Lane Train, baby!

Lane KIffin

September 7th, 2009
5:24 pm

Am I just talk now?

BravesFan79

September 7th, 2009
5:27 pm

LoL… as a GT fan and UGA fan i love how all you UGA fans are jumping off the bandwagon. So now Richt sucks? Face it, Joe Cox paid his dues, and wed end up with the same # of wins regardless of if Murry or Cox starts. So let Cox have the job and take our lumps. UGA will be just fine a year or 2 from now. No need to get all worried about the long run. We just lost 2 players in the top 5 of the NFL draft… WTF did u expect!!

BravesFan79

September 7th, 2009
5:29 pm

Dont worry UGA fans, Florida will fall off as well for a few years after Tebow leaves. Happens to every program.
I hope BYU and GT go undefeated! Talk about messing up the BCS and making its supporters look like idiots…….. id LOVE it!!

FLA DAWG

September 7th, 2009
5:33 pm

Smarter Than You (Obviously This Guy Has A Real Problem Folks),
Missed tackles and an unprepared Special Teams on The Dawgs part were responsible for that high yardage kickoff return. The same is true for the other stats. Like an alcoholic Smarter, you must accept the truth before you can begin to fix the problem. You haven’t reached bottom yet. But hey, if you liked what you saw Sat. afternoon then you’ll be a Happy Dawg for much of the rest of the season.
Oh bad calls, the ball bounced the wrong way, a key injury, blah, blah, blah……………..just like last season. You’re a recording that most are bored hearing.

Smarter than you

September 7th, 2009
5:36 pm

Uh huh, and special teams is a separate unit from the defense. Maybe if you go over to your local rec. department fields when the pee wees are practicing, they will explain the difference between offense, defense and special teams.

Smarter than you

September 7th, 2009
5:37 pm

The kids, I mean. They will be able to explain it at your level.

joe taxpayer

September 7th, 2009
5:47 pm

The Tide hung 30 plus on Va. Tech UGA could only score 10 on OSU. Why?

BIG BEE

September 7th, 2009
5:51 pm

Whatcha ‘fraid of GATORMAN/