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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QT

September 7th, 2009
5:51 pm

GT won’t beat Clemson.

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
5:56 pm

UGA overated, Green overated, Cox well, Cox is Cox, Now Stud. out for season. Looking more and more like 7 & 5 or even 6 & 6 for UGA this season. Last season was last 10 win season for at least the next 5 or 10 years. Thirty years and counting, counting and still counting Richt out at end of season.

FLA DAWG

September 7th, 2009
5:57 pm

Smarter Than Who?,
Keep up with the lame excuses – any excuse, any excuse or change the subject………….who is the head coach of this team? Who hires and fires (or should fire)?
But before we digress, did you not see open receiver hands that merely had to close to catch passes from Cox – I did. Did you not lose count of the number of missed tackles and missed blocks? (By the way genius, that’s offense and defense – and for your info, some play special teams too).
Guess you were with your buddies playing your Pee Pee controlled scrimmage instead of watching The Dawgs get embarassed again.

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
5:57 pm

OT: Tech is going to run thru Clem’s Son like crap thru a fat lady with a double dose of colon cleanse. Market it down!

bob

September 7th, 2009
5:58 pm

This game proves that Richt’s loyalty will be his downfall, he has ignored the shortcomings of willie martinez for far too long because he is loyal, he is ignoring the fact that joe cox is just not a good QB because he is loyal. If he wants to go from a good coach to a great coach he has to realize that loyalty has its place but sometimes the coach has to make the tough calls and fire under performing coaches or bench under performing players.

Cox is an average at best QB and that is just not going to cut it in the SEC, willie is a DB/secondary coach at best, he has proven that hes just not up to the job as the head D-Coordinator. We can have all the talent in the world but if Richt does not realize those two points we will be lucky to only lose 4 games this year.

And tech fans better wait until they play a real team before talking smack, its easy to throw against DBs that werent good enough to make I-A teams, your QB is not very good, about on par with cox.

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
6:00 pm

Johnny Test: It’s trailer azzwipe!

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
6:04 pm

bob: Yea, our QB is so bad he waltzed thru your number one rated team last year in you house. BTW he had a nagging injury during that game. And Yes, Cox is bad, but he’s not laying down like Green and your other overhyped players.

jerry

September 7th, 2009
6:04 pm

I don’t know if Tennessee will be better than UGA this year or not but I do believe they will be in a year with what appears to be a coaching staff that is far superior to UGA’s.

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
6:06 pm

bob: what you do not realize is that Bobo and willie have some photos of richt for job security. Oh i can hear it now “I have sinned” says a tearful coach to the team. Get real. you have a bd team this year and you can’t admit it!

Frozen_Gator

September 7th, 2009
6:06 pm

Alabama fans are the best, both of my kids went there. I’m still having a little trouble with the way they analyse games. Last year The Tide was 12 minutes from the MNC game and the Gators couldn’t have done it w/o Tebow, it was luck.Frankly I thought the Gators were pulling away. Now this year in a close hard fought contest Alabama really blew them out, the score just doesn’t indicate that. Go figure

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
6:08 pm

joe taxpayer: Its because UGA is no good, overated, overhyped, and over the hill.

PMC

September 7th, 2009
6:10 pm

I was pretty disapointed really in Joe Cox though I get he was sick. The defense and most of the youngsters played very well for UGA. Really the OSU defense deserves the bulk of the credit for causing turnovers, but the soft nature of the attack is partly to blame as well as perhaps Richard Samuels inability to stay on his feet. He’s got the talent if he could stay upright. It’s a damn shame about Sturdivant’s knee although maybe he can parlay it into a masters degree or at least get started if he can get another year in healthy and go pro then.

QT

September 7th, 2009
6:11 pm

I think you nailed it Mort. A lot of these posts do sound like the typical Tech fan. But if they are legit UGA fans they need to stay off the bandwagon forever.

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
6:12 pm

Bama, LSU and UF fine schools all head and shoulders above UGA in sports and academics. The problems is that most of the UGA fans never attended UGA or any other college for that matter.

Evansvolunteer

September 7th, 2009
6:14 pm

Love Bama Stan’s comments. Does the loser tonight get first dibs on CMR?

Florida, Bama, LSU, and Tennessee have all seriously upgraded their programs.

UGA had their chance when these football programs were transitioning; that door is now closed.

Looks like thing are moving in the same direction on North Avenue.

Stay proud of your GymDawgs – they are awesome!!!

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
6:18 pm

PMC: You think UGA played well? Let me tell you, OKST is not that good. They are overated wait and see how they do in the comming weeks. I know UGA have talented players and I read about you recruiting classes. It all come down to UGA’s coaches. Willie did ok byt subpar for UGA, Bobo must have been paid off to go off of the running game. These guys won’t quit their dream job. Richt must fire them. Don’t expect so much from Cox as long as Bobo is coaching him.

Tech grad76 & 86

September 7th, 2009
6:22 pm

UGA losing is tough. GT knows all to well about it. Most GT fans are the diehard type that are with the team win, lose or draw. If you have fans that get all out whack over a poor showing and one loss in the begining of the season then you are better off without them. Let them become Clem or USC fans.

bob

September 7th, 2009
6:23 pm

Life Coach, are you serious? You were held to 100 yard of total offense the first half, then willie took over and fell back into his prevent defense and all of a sudden you had 350 yards in the second half. Your QB had nothing to do with it and you will find that out when another team slams your running game to the turf and your QB ends up not being able to hit an open receiver.

I still love how GT fans win one game in 8 years then all of a sudden think they are the best team in the country.

Super Coach

September 7th, 2009
6:24 pm

Will the real “Life Coach” please stand up and get your a$$ of this blog!

bob

September 7th, 2009
6:25 pm

“Most GT fans are the diehard type that are with the team win, lose or draw.”

Yeah thats why Tech sells out every game, even when they suck, right? Your stadium is a ghost town if you arent winning.

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
6:27 pm

Azzwipe I’m not a GT fan, not a UF fan, not a Bama fan, not a LSU fan. Get a little more creative and you might figure out that…………………………?

coolaid drinker

September 7th, 2009
6:33 pm

The question this Thursday is who will be the better QB, Cox or Garcia. As a SC fan, I worry that Garcia is going to be on the run,,,put a pinguin suit on him and he could audition for the movie “Happy Feets”. But, he can be very good at times.
SC offence may be better because of the game plan. They will pass 60/40. SC had 3 D-linemen suspended for NCSU and Nate Peppers has a bum knee. The game plan for NCSU was the run the clock w/ball control. Thus, they ran 2 out of 3 plays so the Defence did get tired. Looked ugly, but SC turned the ball over but only once. Will UGA force Garcia to have a bunch of TO’s?
With Green, and the home field, take the 7. (not enough cool aid for this SC fan). RobertNAlt the game is this Thusday if you want to watch it with the rest of us.

Tech grad76 & 86

September 7th, 2009
6:35 pm

To bob: GTech is about 1/10 the size of UGA. We have alums all over the world. UGA has aliums all over Georgia. Tech prides itself on real life achivements not entertaining sports play. We have a good football team as well. What’s UGA got? Oh, I heard that your gymnasts have several national championships how many does your football team have. Tech has at least 4 and as many as 5 depending on which pub you believe. We have many, many National Championship in other sports as well. So you have a full stadium each week how nice but consider this it’s full of people that have glomed on to UGA in order to get some kind of self estem in their blue collar lives. Got that?

joe

September 7th, 2009
6:36 pm

I thought the UGA would have trouble out west, but not like they did…where did the offense go? SC showed a REALLY good D, but even worse offense than UGA. UGA should win a low scoring game. However, Arky, LSU and Tenn all look impressive. If the pups don’t improve, they could be staring at 3-3 after 6 games. If SOS somehow beat CMR, the wheels might come off in Athens and a .500 or worse season is a very real possibility. Did anyone else notice Bryce Brown plowing over the defenders Sat? Reminded me a bit of Herschel…

Johnny Test

September 7th, 2009
6:36 pm

Life coach… thanks for the spelling lesson. You clearly have some hate going on for UGA. Wonder what caused that? You know hateing at that level will drive up your blood pressure and maybe even give you a stroke You are also big into name calling which tells me you are either very young or very immature or both. Bet you wouldn’t do it to people’s faces. It’s nice to be able to hide behind your computer isn’t it. Anyway we’ll see what you have to say as the season progresses. In the meantime if hate makes you feel bigger have at it.

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
6:38 pm

coolaid drinker: Don’t worry UGA has got problems and more problems. You will win by at least 10 if not more. Thanks to Dodo and Willie.

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
6:41 pm

Johnny Test: Why are so interested in the ole Life Coach. Do I remind you of your ole grandaddy who played “doctor” with you some years ago? Counseling can greatly help with that. I can help you with that and your low career performance. After all, that is what I do for a living.

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
6:43 pm

Sounds like your girls gym team is a lot more successful than your football team. At least UGA girls get it!

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
6:47 pm

What no more love for the ole Life coach? I’m off to see the Miami game, a real football team with 5 NC’s in the last 15 years.

Brent

September 7th, 2009
6:52 pm

Smarter than you really is smarter than him by a long shot.

Sean

September 7th, 2009
6:56 pm

The Dawgs are kings of playing cupcakes on opening day. Does the University of Louisiana Monroe bar and grill ring a bell? Who did UGA open up with 3 years ago when Tech was playing # 2 Notre Dame?

Paul's Johnson

September 7th, 2009
6:58 pm

Y’all need to get off of Life Cootch’s case. Like I said in a previous post this week, he lives next door to me and we also work together. He’s not really as ignorant as he comes across and I will say that he knows absolutely jacksh.t about football but he has achieved alot of success in life (hence the Life Cootch handle. He has the nicest singlewide in our mobile home community and has won the Employee of the Month plaque at the Micky D’s where we work three times. His wife’s a fat, smelly pig though and when she has too many PBR’s, she likes to take her dentures out and chase me around the park muttering something about ‘polishing the ole’ knob”, I easily out run her because she’s got about 300 lbs. on me.
Life Cootch also likes to brag about going to the club. The club he’s refering to is the North Avenue Circlejerks and he is co-captain and number one pivot man.
Cootch, I accidently backed over your wife’s dentures the other morning as I did’nt see em lying in the driveway when I left for work. Just put a little duct tape on them and they’ll probably work.

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
7:00 pm

What can I say? I like men.

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
7:01 pm

Happiness is the gentle touch of a man.

RAMBLE ON:

September 7th, 2009
7:02 pm

Alpharetta Dawg: UGAG suxs. I thought your almighty SEC garbage team would win. What a joke, as your team looks and smells like chitman. UGAG loses at least 5 -6 games. THWG!

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
7:04 pm

So what if my breath has the musky odor of man funk? Here I am world, love me.

RAMBLE ON:

September 7th, 2009
7:05 pm

Joe Phallic for Heisman. Man, he looked awesome. Also, you would think your players can’t spell coz they attend UGA, but they can’t catch either, which is a shocker. DAWGS GO DOWN IN 2009! THWG!

Paul's Johnson

September 7th, 2009
7:05 pm

On a serious note, all you Tech fans are drinking the koolaid just like the Dawg fans until reality set in which for you guys starts Thurday night when you lose to Clemson. I also predict two more definate losses in VT and NC.Then you have three more potential losses in FSU, Vandy and UGA.
It might turn out to be a long season for you too.

FRED

September 7th, 2009
7:05 pm

LOOK GUYS WEATHER COX TURNS IT AROUND OR NO BASED ON WHAT I SAW SATURDAY WE ARE LOOKING AT 5 LOSSES THIS YEAR.ALL COMING FROM THE OFFENCE. IF WE HAD THE FLORIDA OFFENCE THIS COACHING STAFF WOULD FIND A WAY TO LOOSE 3 GAMES. WE ARE DOOMED TO MEDIOCRTY AS LONG AS CMR IS THE TOP GUY. HOWEVER AS A MAN I ADMIRE HIM GREATLY. AS A COACH WELL …..

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
7:06 pm

I support same sex marriage and so should you.

Johnny Test

September 7th, 2009
7:06 pm

Life Coach… That is the title someone gives themself when they can’t get a real job. Usually a warmed over HR or sales person. Your comments and insults are too juvenile for you to be old enough and mature enough to coach anyone on anything. You just want a reaction and you say what you have to to get it. Real mature. Hey by the way where did you go to school and who is your favorite team?

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
7:09 pm

Chica-wow-chicka-wow-wow….I have a milk mustache and I hate milk…go figure.

LifelongDawg

September 7th, 2009
7:09 pm

There’s no doubt the officiating was (again) atrocious. It’s not the amount of penalties, but the timing that hurt UGA. It didn’t help that some of the worst calls came at the most critical moments. The refs picked up the flag for the Cowboys in the first half on the very same call (leading with helmet) that gave OSU new life deep in Dawg territory. The worst call wasn’t a penalty, though, it was the placement of the ball near the UGA end zone. The officials GAVE the Cowboys a first down. Oh well, at least they didn’t invent a penalty like last year against Arizona State. And Cox was terrible.

RAMBLE ON:

September 7th, 2009
7:10 pm

Sanford Drive: HOW BOUT DEM CRAPPY SMELLY DAWGS! You guys suck azz! THWG!

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
7:10 pm

I loves me some man funk. Hey sailor, are you from around these parts?

Jeff Turner

September 7th, 2009
7:11 pm

Tony,
Love your insight… please spell these young men’s names correctly…Jerrard Tarrant and Morgan Burnett. Ga Tech will handle Va Tech and will win 10 games this season

Jeff Turner

RAMBLE ON:

September 7th, 2009
7:11 pm

Lifelongdog: Excuses, excuses, excuses. Just admit it! Your team suxs azz and so does your crappy QB! UGAG gets pounded this year! Bank on it! THWG!

LifelongDawg

September 7th, 2009
7:12 pm

And Sean, if ND was ever number 2 in the polls since 2000, it was a gift. Everyone knows they haven’t been worthy of ranking for almost a decade.

TrueCrimson

September 7th, 2009
7:12 pm

Frozen_Gator

September 7th, 2009
6:06 pm

Alabama fans are the best, both of my kids went there. I’m still having a little trouble with the way they analyse games. Last year The Tide was 12 minutes from the MNC game and the Gators couldn’t have done it w/o Tebow, it was luck.Frankly I thought the Gators were pulling away. Now this year in a close hard fought contest Alabama really blew them out, the score just doesn’t indicate that. Go figure

I watched a replay of last year’s SECCG last week. To be honest, I had forgotten how well Alabama played in that game. Bama lost and that’s about all that I had really remembered about it. Both teams played well and it was a close game.

The Bama – VT game was never really close. Both teams made mistakes and both played with great intensity, but Tech never had the upper hand, even though they did manage to take a 1 point lead at three different times in the first half. VA Tech has an impressive defense and their special team play is solid. I suspect that they will do well this season — but they were out-classed in this game.

The Tide lost two games last year. They lost to the eventual Nation Champions and to an undefeated team that never got to play for the Championship. The 2008 Crimson Tide was good — but not quite good enough. This year’s Crimson Tide has a depth of raw athletic talent the likes of which I haven’t seen at the Capstone since the 1990’s. Florida certainly deserves their Number 1 ranking, but if they meet the Tide in the Georgia Dome next December then they will be facing a football program that is on an equal footing with the Gators. Bama now has the kind of talent that places them in a small elite group among college football programs.

Anything can happen, just ask anyone who watched the Gators play Ole Miss last year — but I feel pretty good about Bama’s chances in any game that they play this season. They’re very good. They just may be good enough. Time will tell.

RTR!!!

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
7:14 pm

It’s raining men….hallelujah, it’s raining men