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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GT Rules:

September 7th, 2009
7:15 pm

UGA: Your team is awful and your school is pathetic. Most bloggers can’t eben spellll mann. It;’s coz youu areeay UGA graddd. LMFAO! What a joke of a team and school. You better get on the gym mutts bandwagon cause your football team and basketball teams are sorry as chit. THWG!

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
7:17 pm

The GT male to female ratio is 4:1, yet another reason why The Flats is the greatest campus in America, we are loud and proud!

UGAALUM:

September 7th, 2009
7:19 pm

Man, we looked awesome against OSU. I think we sill still win the NC this year. LMFAO!

LifelongDawg

September 7th, 2009
7:20 pm

Ramble On, I think the play-calling was terrible, that UGA all too often abandons strength for balance, and that mind-set costs the team. Joe Cox was awful. You get no excuses from me on that. But if you don’t believe that those calls weren’t absolutely most detrimental to the Dawgs’ chances then there’s nothing I can say. You see it one way, I see it another. I’m glad you have something to hate, though.

Phallic For Heisman:

September 7th, 2009
7:21 pm

I think as the UGA QB, I am the best of all the QB’s in the country. Just wait till we play UF. I am going to throw at least 5 picks, if I can stand long enough to let go of the ball. I am the man, and I have the plan to watch our team be the worst in the land. THWG!

Ramble On:

September 7th, 2009
7:24 pm

Lifelongdog: I must admit, a few calls were bad and did not go UGA’s way. However, your team would not have won the game anyway. Your players had numerous chances for picks and could not hold on to the ball. I don’t hate UGA, I despise them. Your team is in for a long year. If your lucky, you will beat SC, but Arkansas, UF, LSU, TENN and GT will romp your team. Also, Vandy and Arizona State could beat you as well. I say UGA loses at least 5 games and probably more like 6 or 7. THWG!

LifelongDawg

September 7th, 2009
7:32 pm

Well then, I’m glad you found something to despise. Maybe when the Jackets have the ball GIVEN to their opponents inside their own 20 yard line (TWICE) you’ll see the damage such calls can cause. The only difference is I don’t hope it happens like that. I like the game to be decided by the players.

bob

September 7th, 2009
7:45 pm

“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?”

You need to check your math again, their stadium is full of mostly graduates and a few others that have been successful, its amazing that you kill your own argument since you call everyone blue collar yet a blue collar worker could never afford season tickets.

I have known plenty of GT grads, they are nothing to write home about and we understand where they get their disdain for UGA and love their usual losers in their empty home stadium, GT were the geeks that got picked on by people that had self confidence like those at UGA.

Also, UGA has people around the globe as well, I worked in germany, I had 5 people come up to me in the month I was there and talk to me about my georgia hat, and to be fair I had one tech fan sitting next to me on the plane ride home that said he hated my hat.

Tech is good at engineering, UGA is good at everything else, with one of the finest business schools, law schools, and veterinary medicine programs in the country.

Sad Dawg

September 7th, 2009
7:59 pm

You are all FULL OF Sh!T

tommy

September 7th, 2009
8:01 pm

I dissagree about the acc. Other than VT, the teams that got beat were at the bottom of the ACC anyway. I am a big GT fan, but I think everyone is underestimating North Carolina. They were really good last year til there QB got her. I hate to say it, but they dominated Tech. I hate Georgia bulldogs, but Mark R. needs to go back to calling plays. Bobo ain’t getting the job done. That just didn’t look like UGA of this era Saturday. Tierod Taylor looked like I thought he would. He sux. If he plays fast athletic defenses he is just like Vick. He can’t beat you with his arm.

tommy

September 7th, 2009
8:02 pm

Bob, what a waste of comments. LOL

David

September 7th, 2009
8:17 pm

Tony – It seems like UGA needs to hold open try outs for a kicker who can actually get a ball into the end zone on kickoffs…I don’t understand how a team like UGA cannot accomplish this? With all the soccer in the state of GA, I am certain there is a strong legged fellow running around on UGA’s campus that can boot it!

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
8:18 pm

Riddle me this, why don’t we see more male cheeleaders these days? This is an outrage that needs to be dealt with at a Congressional level if need be. Write your Congressman. At Tech, we are of a more Progressive stock, we embrace male flag corp participants, if only the rest of CFB was a forward thinking.

takedowndawg

September 7th, 2009
8:19 pm

Give Joe Cox one quarter, and if ineffective bring Grey or Murray in. Not making necessary adjustments during a given quarter is inexcusable whelther on defense, offense or special teams. Do not continue to let games get out of hand. We all see what the end result is when you keep on your “rail” game plan. If you game plan is not working, MAKE CHANGES!! Please for the sanity of your troops. Be a Patton(like gen.). coach Richt, rather than an elementary school administrator.

Tokyo jacket

September 7th, 2009
8:34 pm

Review of my predictions:

Wrong – I thought VT would beat Alabama
Correct – UGA got beat by the third or fourth best team in the Big12
Correct – Tech beat Jax St
Correct – rumblings are starting and CMR will be on the hotseat by the end of the year

UGA fans, you need to face that you actually do have a good coach, but I’m thinking the Tech, UF, and LSU games are definite losses. Then, you’ve got to play Ark, SC, AU, Tenn, and ASU, which could all go either way. There’s a real chance that you might not make it to a bowl game this year. I’m not saying you’re a bad team, but you’re an average team and play a lot of really good teams. 8-4 will be a great year for UGA.

Does the ACC’s poor showing actually help the teams at the top? Parity was our downfall last year. It looks to me that FSU, GT, VT and UNC will not be losing to teams like Wake, Duke, UMD, and UVA this year. Each of those teams cost the four teams at the top a much higher ranking. Look for the ACC to have more teams ranked in the top 15 than they did last year.

Life Coach

September 7th, 2009
9:03 pm

People are lashing out at Joe Cox purely based on his last name. It is homophobic bigotry, pure and simple.

TrueCrimson

September 7th, 2009
9:07 pm

Georgia is going to feel the effect of losing players early to the NFL and to injury. This is going to be a tough year for the Dawgs, but I don’t see CMR leaving. I think that there’ll be a major shake-up in his staff instead.

An early loss to a good team is better than a late loss to anyone. There is still a lot of football to be played.

Joshua Barlowe

September 7th, 2009
9:13 pm

Morgan Burnett is an All- American. A real journalist would know how to spell his name.

4tix4dogs4cokes

September 7th, 2009
9:14 pm

TrueCrimson — How dare you introduce logic and reasoning to this message board, you are obviously out of step with the prevailing “wisdom” and insight on display here.

Denver Dog

September 7th, 2009
9:27 pm

Tokyo Joe, don’t go out on a limb there and pick any hard games. Why not try a few tough ones. Ok, I’ll give you credit, you did pick OSU the #5 team in the US to beat UGA. The rest of them were pretty much slam dunks. Good thoughts about parity though!

Gen Neyland, not sure about the season openers which you speak. Seems to me UGA lost to Ok State and UT beat WKU. This is about this year isn’t it. Looking forward to seeing more from the mean machine. I think they may be pretty good after all is said and done. As long as Kiffin doesn’t start calling time outs to do coaching.

Ramble on, who in the world knows what you are babbling about thses days. Most of what you do is cut and paste and put it on all of the blog sites. Must be somehting they are teaching over at North Ave these days.

GT rules terrorist! Just remember, living in the past as you seem to do by your academic references will leave you way behind. Where is Bill O’leary when you need him? The original academic fraud extraordinare’/

Gt4ever

September 7th, 2009
9:28 pm

It is going to be a long year……. If they play as well against Clemson, we will be run out of the stadium!

45ACP

September 7th, 2009
9:29 pm

Life Coach
September 6th, 2009
1:34 pm
A lackluster win. We looked like we were asleep. I think Jax St was better than last year and they are not a bad team in their league. I HOPE we were looking ahead to Clem. We will know a LOT more about our team Thursday night. THWG

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…………………………?

Well at the very least your credibility is gone.
So what else should we believe from you?

Nate

September 7th, 2009
9:35 pm

Denver Dog, please ignore my fellow Jacket, GT rules. As a Tech fan, yes we have a lot to be proud of with Paul Johnson here, but it’s just the first week and a lot can change over the season and we have no reason to go on the UGA pages to talk trash until our team produces. Georgia shouldn’t be alarmed, they will bounce back. I believe a Bama fan said you guys would go 6-6. I highly doubt this. That’s almost impossible. I see you guys finishing somewhere close to 9-3 probably the same as Tech.

TOP JACKET

September 7th, 2009
9:38 pm

ohhhh god!!!! you uga people crack me up, you always make excuses. things will not change in athens, you will always be overated and will never have the national championships we have at gt. get over it and move on. there is no whining in football….lmao

bob

September 7th, 2009
9:48 pm

I love GT fans talking about 8-4 being an average season, does anyone else see the humor in that?

If someone would have told a GT fan they were going to be 8-4, they would be thrilled, now they beat georgia once in 9 years and all of sudden they think they have a great team when they still didnt even win their conference last year and wont win it this year either.

And like it or not GT fans, you are going to lose to UGA this year, then all will be right with the world again.

TrueCrimson

September 7th, 2009
9:56 pm

4tix4dogs4cokes

September 7th, 2009
9:14 pm
TrueCrimson — How dare you introduce logic and reasoning to this message board, you are obviously out of step with the prevailing “wisdom” and insight on display here.

Sorry ’bout that 4tix4dogs4cokes. Guess I’m just too old-school for this blog?

;-)

not a dog grad

September 7th, 2009
10:04 pm

dogs still flying under the RADAR?

4tix4dogs4cokes

September 7th, 2009
10:09 pm

BTW TrueCrimson, the Tide looked like a typical, hard nosed, hard hitting, fly around the field Bama team….looks like it will be you guys and LSU again…not buying the UM hype just yet….LSU looked underwhelming in Seattle thought, so we will see.

hugedawgfan

September 7th, 2009
10:17 pm

Striker, I couldn’t agree with your assessment any more. For all those homers who were comparing Cox to Shockley’s season(and Cox hadn’t even started his campaign) are totally oblivious-Way to go UGA fans, settle for mediocrity once again—not even sure we can be called second best in East, third best in SEC.

nochancedogs

September 7th, 2009
10:30 pm

Po little dog fans believed too much of their own hype, po little dog fans smoked a little too much pipe. Why am I so happy, why am I having so much fun, for the season dogs have one loss and wins, they have none

nochancedogs

September 7th, 2009
10:33 pm

Both Ga Tech and Clemson has won a NC since Ga has. That tells you all you need to know about Ga football. It sucks

Paul's Johnson

September 7th, 2009
10:40 pm

Techerheads, FSU’s qb Ponder is going to pick your B Team defense apart.
You might have an improved O but defense wins championships.
Everyone will have had ample time to study and and come up w/ a game plan for your offense and I think you will see that a few teams will be successful in slowing your scoring percentage down but your defense won’t be able counter the offense against several teams that have balanced offenses.
Like I’ve said all along, 4-5 losses.

iz4bama

September 7th, 2009
10:51 pm

How ya like them apples ACC fans? As for VT going toe to toe with Bama; Bama put 498 yards of offense on VT’s D with 3 new starters on the O-line and a new QB. If Bama had not hurt themselves many times in this game, it would have been a whipping on the scoreboard too, not just on the field.

I’m just going to say it right here, right now. By the time we play Florida for the SEC Championship, we will be a well oiled machine, and this time, WE WILL FINISH and beat the Gators and win the National Championship against Texas.

nochancedogs

September 7th, 2009
10:54 pm

Dogs will have 4 to 5 losses by early Oct. No bowl for dogs this year

GTman

September 7th, 2009
10:54 pm

1. UGA will be 7-5 this year at best with no hope of winning the SEC east. Play Murray now and take your lumps. You also might want to find someone who can teach all those 4 and 5 star players to tackle.

2. Oklahoma is done. BYU will lose to FSU. Forget about both of them.

3. Tennessee has great talent – they always have. Fulmer just lost control. The Vols will go 8-4 this year and will get killed by UF and Alabama. Kiffin and company will turn them around, but just like UGA will be playing for 2nd place in the SEC East.

4. The ACC is only a mediocre conference this year. Duke, Maryland, Wake, NC State, BC, and UVA are terrible. Clemson, Miami and North Carolina are good and coming. VT, GT, and FSU are solid programs. None of the ACC (or anyone else) can match the big four – UF, USC, Texas, Alabama. These programs are in a class by themselves this year.

5. There is no defense in the ACC that will be able to compete with GT offense this year. Our biggest question is DT play – can we stop the run and pressure the QB up the middle?? We have a chance to win every game, but will need some luck to go our way. UF will win every game despite luck. We will kill UGA. We will lose to UF in the NC game.

THWG! 45-42, only the beginning.

DOGGIE IN NC

September 7th, 2009
11:43 pm

So, does everyone think the flu bug did Joe in, OR maybe there is some truth to the rumor about his throwing arm having problems. Guess we will find out this weekend. GO DOGGIES!

stony

September 8th, 2009
12:02 am

FSU-Miami is over. Neither defense looked capable of stopping GT. If Wommack and company can come up with a couple of stops, Tech should win against both teams, although scoring could easily reach the 80’s.

macrotech

September 8th, 2009
12:45 am

Wow!!! After the first week of football, so many have it all figured out!!! For the first time in the history of ncaa football, the offense that Tech is running now will be figured out, the sec is superior to the acc, uga is out of the mix and has no hope, and ‘bama will win it all! Great season everyone! Better luck next year…..or, we could just continue to play the season out and see if there aren’t any surprises?!

TechBuzz

September 8th, 2009
1:41 am

With all their talent, facilities, fans, money, tradition……why does georgia have as many national titles in football in the last 30 years as Georgia Tech, which has little money, average facilities, fewer fans, etc., but 100 times better academic quality??????? UGA: university of football—home of developmental studies!

Tokyo jacket

September 8th, 2009
5:48 am

Nate, WAY OFF dude! UGA has games against UF, LSU and GT remaining. Which of those do you expect UGA to win? They have to win one of those three and EVERY other game against Ark, USC(e), Tenn, Vandy, Kentucky, ASU, and Aub. Do you really see that happening? If you do you’re either a complete moron or the greatest prognosticator since Nostradamus.

People really don’t understand that college football is much more about psyche than talent. If it weren’t, why on earth did Alabama lose to Utah last year? Why on earth did Oklahoma lose to BYU? Psyche. UGA has a very damaged psyche right now. They’ve also got a tough first four games that very realistically could put them in an 0-4 hole. I guarantee if that happens, someone will be fired.

People talked about the fear that Miami could go 0-4. Now, since beating FSU, I’m wondering if they could go 4-0. Oklahoma’s certainly beatable. We’re vulnerable.

snapshot

September 8th, 2009
6:57 am

Hmmmmmm, a lot of crazy talk here and only one game into the season. CPJ is a great coach and I agree with him about the JSU game. Tech looked like they were at a toga party from the second quarter on. I hope the players GOT HIS MESSAGE.
We are loaded with talent!!!!!
Go Jackets and pay attention.

Bill

September 8th, 2009
7:07 am

The ACC – wow – Just a few years ago they bring in BC, Florida State, and Miami – It looked like a power house conferance. Now, with losses to William and Mary, Baylor, and Richmond – this league should not be in the BCS.

LuvsMeSumKiffin

September 8th, 2009
8:23 am

Mark Richt: the new Phil Fulmer of the SEC. As a Vol fan, I know the signs and can definitely see them in the UGA program. Enjoy your ride down.

TommyJack

September 8th, 2009
8:23 am

typical over-hyped Richt team.

ramblinman

September 8th, 2009
8:46 am

TechBuzz…you have never been more right about UGA. They have EVERYTHING and yet have accomplished very little from a national perspective. You forgot to include they have a top 5 recruiting class EVERY year and what do they have to show for it? They definately do less with more while GT does more with less…plain and simple.

Go Jackets!

Die Hard Tech Fan

September 8th, 2009
9:33 am

For those of you that can’t wait for Thursday and Saturday. Here’s your scores on Tuesday. Tech 27 – Clemson 16. Georgia 20 – USC 10.

DawgByte

September 8th, 2009
10:01 am

Mr. Barnhart, your analysis could use the David Ching touch, because it’s rather thin. Although Cox is a SIGNIFICANT drop-off from Stafford, Joe wasn’t the problem on Sat. When Tony Ball our WR coach doesn’t have a clue that Wooten and Brown did not get on the field, you know there’s a serious problem. When you can engineer a TD drive using two QB’s and the wildcat formation and then completely forget what you were successful at, then you know you have a serious problem. When an OC and his staff have months to prepare for the 93rd best defense in Div. 1 and you can only muster 10 points, you know you have a serious problem. When you can’t figure out how to get the ball into your primetime WR’s hands, you know you have a serious problem. What I’ve enumerated above is just a quarter of the mistakes this offensive staff made this past Sat.

Not to pile on, BUT I’ve never seen a CMR team lay such a coaching egg. Special team foul-ups, defensive ends that are playing fundamentally unsound football. What part of the word “Contain” does coach Fabris not understand? Fabris’ DE’s continue to get sucked inside while QB’s go around them and gain big yards. This is been happening for years and nothing changes. How can they see the film and not realize how to fix it?

Make no mistake this is a transitional year for UGA. Like Mark Bradley, I also predicted a 8-4 season, but that is based on a rebuilt offense and not a rebuilt coaching staff. Mark Richt is going to have to change his philosophy about his assistants. They don’t run the show Coach Richt does. CMR needs to replace Fabris as Special Teams coach effective TODAY!

Otto

September 8th, 2009
10:11 am

DawgByte, I agree special teams was another great disappointment. UGA has plenty of weapons but did not use them. Pollack needs to be hired in a DL coach, CMR needs to take over as OC, and someone needs to take over as OC. Again no excuse for Wooten or Brown not to be on the field and it would not hurt to put Carlton Thomas in motion, get him in space and use him. I was hoping for 10-2 but it is down to 8-4. Hopefully we see some big improvement this week.

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Chris F

September 9th, 2009
5:43 am

<—————-Another pissed off vet.

Life Coach, You should not only apologize to army vet you should apologize to me. I have found your comments on this blog offensive more times than not. You attack anyone who has a different opinion than you. I didn’t like you a week ago, Now I sure as hell don’t care if you walk out in front of a moving bus.