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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354 comments Add your comment

UGA_2001

September 7th, 2009
6:14 am

The Dawgs will be back. Believe that, Teck.

In regards to the article, I really hope someone beats BYU and Bosie St. Non-BCS conference teams simply do not play tough enough schedules to be in the BCS title discussion. They should be relegated to the Liberty Bowl to play the 6th place SEC team- if they are undefeated.

The schedule they play in their respective conferences would be akin to UGA joining C-USA. Who cares if they win a big OOC because they are not challenged weekly by the schedule. It is not fair to BCS conf programs who play much tougher slates.

zino

September 7th, 2009
6:18 am

It’s hard to stretch the field when you don’t have the arm, and it’s hard to find AJ open when you don’t have the time.

#2 BAMA FAN

September 7th, 2009
6:19 am

If Bama’s special teams had played better than the game with the hokies would have been like the Clemson game last year in Atlanta a blowout!! BYU beating the sooners is crazy to believe, but any
thing is possible. Hope the seminoles plays light outs tonight against the hurricanes and maybe Bobby Bowden will retire with a great team playing in a major bowl game at the end of the season!!
ROLL TIDE!!

Chuck

September 7th, 2009
6:28 am

Don’t forget Roddy Jones and Derrick Morgan, and maybe the Coop as well

g

September 7th, 2009
6:46 am

bama whipped vt in the stats worse than they did clemson last year. VT was very fortunate to be in that game.

Saint Simons

September 7th, 2009
6:47 am

((((( 24 10 ))))) hahahahahahahaha

m

September 7th, 2009
6:55 am

The ACC will be just fine. They lost to South Carolina and Alabama last year in the first week of the season and still beat the sec 6 out of 10 in the regular season. The ACC will still beat the sec 4 out of 7 this year.

Besides, the sec didn’t look like they were all that anyway. Georgia got shut down by one of those big 12 defenses…Virginia Tech played alabammer toe to toe, South Carolina looked like the worst team that ever won a game….and the rest of the sec played patsies that couldn’t beat a high school game. So I wouldn’t beat my chest just yet.

Tony, you are plain stupid to rule out the ACC. Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Clemson, FSU, and others may be in the mix as well as anyone. Just because you BSBCS writers think you know everything in the first week of the season. Let me let you in on something…you don’t know…and you are stupid for thinking you know. Let the games decide the matter…not your IDIOTIC opinion.

And you left out Roddy Jones in Tech’s formidable offense. He is the one who averaged 16 yards a carry against that sec defense over at the cesspool in Athens.

Tech got 500 yards of offense and won by 20 over a RANKED FCS team…and Paul Johnson still wasn’t happy. He knows TECH is loaded and when they play their best they can and they will beat anybody…and anyone that doesn’t believe it now is going to be very surprised…especially you fool dawgs living in the past.

Reminder…Thanks to God and Greyhound, chan gomer gailey is gone forever…you dawgs are really going to miss him.

45-42….glad it still hurts so bad and it is only the beginning.

Steve Spurrier

September 7th, 2009
6:56 am

0-2. Hee hee.

god and greyhound

September 7th, 2009
6:58 am

Wait, but weren’t all the mutt fans saying that they didn’t need cox to be any good, that they were so loaded with talent that he merely needed to manage games? Wasn’t uog simply going to reload and win the national championship like UT after Peyton left? Didn’t they have the best O-Line in the country, as well as all these superstar freshmen that were all going to be the next AJ Green at their respective positions??

An ugly, pathetic effort by a group of overhyped knuckleheads against a very average OSU team. There are mutt fans who are trying to puff OSU up as a “top 5″ team now that they’ve dominated mighty uog. OSU will prove over the course of the season to be another 8-4/9-3 type squad that can’t beat the best teams in its league.

As for uog? 6-6, loss to TULSA in the independence bowl

god and greyhound

September 7th, 2009
7:04 am

Oh, and LMFAO at the mutt fans that, in the days leading up to the game, were offering comparisons between Richard Samuel, and YOU’LL NEVER GUESS WHO.

I guess the first thing he can do towards attaining this vaunted status is to break a tackle.

Da Coach

September 7th, 2009
7:16 am

As a Penn State graduate, I have no allegiance to either UGA or Tech. Outside looking in, my humble opinion is that UGA is in a world of trouble while Tech seems poised to make another national splash this year. Although you can’t compare the quality of the oppponents on Saturday, objectivity suggests there is no doubt Tech is the program headed in the right direction.

Alpharetta Dawg

September 7th, 2009
7:36 am

M & Greyhound the idiots!!!

Your right the the SEC is not very good…BTW what was the score the last time Yeck played an SEC team????? Oh yeah I think you lost by 4 TOUCHDOWNS!!!!! Yeck fans are really pumped up about beating JACKSONVILLE STATE (WO their starting QB) 37-17???? Are you kidding me???? Keep running your mouth because like almost every year we will shut it up in your high school stadium come Novemeber!!!!

RomeDawg

September 7th, 2009
7:39 am

It wouldn’t bother me if BYU got a chance to play for the NC if they go undefeated. They have done what you should do which is schedule some tough teams. Utah schedules no one out of conference and then gets pissed when they’re left out. Even their coach had them ranked #6 for the coaches poll before the bowl games. As far as the dawgs, look for them to make some adjustments. We will be ok. And Tech has taken the Utah way to a NC. Play know one out of conference that’s tough and win a WEAK conference. They looked great against Alabama High School.

#2 BAMA FAN

September 7th, 2009
7:41 am

god and greyhound and m, yellow fuzz who is funny and all the other crazy tech fans your team has not played anybody yet!! The hokies will beat you and the seminoles would beat you this year, so wait till you play somebody in the top 20. Bama’s defense would kick the dog crap out of tech if they played this year just like LSU did last year!! ROLL TIDE!!

Vincecomeback

September 7th, 2009
7:52 am

I’m sick of the Dawg Nation covering up and playing patty cake with this coaching staff. Mark Richt, you’re the Marion Campbell of college football. It’s pathetic we have the presitgious University of Georgia yet we don’t eveve have the best college head coach in the state of GA!

Michael Adams…do what it takes right now to hire Coach Paul Johnson. I don’t really care if Tech paid him 2.5 million a year. We can give him 4 million. Send Coach Richt back to FSU.

Atticus

September 7th, 2009
7:56 am

Tony, the QB needs a REAL offense, not a high school facsimile. That was a plain vanilla I have seen from Bobo. No motion, one or two wildcat plays, hardly any TE plays. You gotta move AJ all over and get him in mismatches. You are only as good as your assistants and in the SEC they better be elite (which means eventually they get HC offers—GA’s will not) and they aren’t believe me.

blackwatchdefense

September 7th, 2009
7:56 am

vincecomeback,

you’re an idiot. i agree johnson is the best coach in the state…but you’re crazy as hell thinking he’d leave to go to uga(g)

FloridaMike

September 7th, 2009
8:06 am

Tony – I agree with your take on UGA this weekend, but I still believe as bad as we played on offense on Sat., the pitiful ref calls cost us 14 points and I don’t care what anyone says, bad calls turn the momentum almost every time.

CharlotteGator

September 7th, 2009
8:07 am

Quarterback play clearly wasn’t what you need in a game like that, but I think the biggest problem I saw during the game was erratic play by the O-line and UGA getting away from what worked. Sturdivant going down for the year again was a real heartbreaker. He seems like a good kid and probably worked really hard to get back on the field for that game. Not to mention the shuffle it causes on the O-line (Vance seemed to do fine though). The first drive obviously was what everyone expected, but afterwards it was disheartening as I was pulling for the Dogs. OSU adjusted and moved men into the box to take away the run, and it seemed like Bobo didn’t have creative ways to move the ball through the air. And how did they forget about AJ Green? The ‘pro-style’ offense definitely needs to be expanded and some more threats have to develop on offense. A couple of plays on offense really hurt (i.e. the drop by Charles, a couple of Cox over/under throws). Defensively I thought UGA played fairly well. Only thing I had an issue with was moving to a soft zone on some crucial plays that ended up really costing them. Both of Dez’s touchdowns were against soft cover 2’s. It’s asking a lot for a safety to go from a dead squat/stop to keeping up with a quality receiver running a good route at full speed. I thought Miller and Boykins did a good job on what I think is a pretty overrated receiver and no one else seemed to be hurting them down field. I would have liked to see Bryant pressed the entire game as the corners matched him physically just fine. Overall the defense played well and I think will be just fine, there were just a few question marks. I thought Jeff Owens would have a bigger impact. Also, I didn’t see much of Owens and Geno Atkins on the field at the same time. Any UGA fans know why? Was something up w/ one or both of them?

nuetral observer

September 7th, 2009
8:07 am

Richts loyalty will be his downfall, ala Fulmer. Could be a tough year if the dawg don’t bounce back vs USC. I bet Marlon Brown is 2nd guessing his choice after being buried on the bench and seeing a frosh lead the Vols in recieving, could have been you Marlon,

PT

September 7th, 2009
8:19 am

Look, yes UGA lost a game sat to a true top 10 team. OSU is without a doubt a top 10 team this year and probably have a legit shot in the big 12. There Defense has stepped up. UGA ’s offense is going to take several weeks to find itself. That is nothing new to most football people. If you thought UGA was going to hang 30 plus you do not know the game. This season goes in 2 directions. It goes either like 06 where we broke in a fresh QB and struggle the first half or it goes like 07 where we really pick it up a notch. Either way what you will see is improvement. Know team in college football fiels a title type team every year. What Florida has is special right now and in 2010 they will drop back. Its inevitable. To say that Georgias program is going in another direction is absolutly absurd and you dont know the game if you think other wise. We should be fielding a team with a legit SEC title shot about every 3rd yr and I believe we do.

CharlotteGator

September 7th, 2009
8:20 am

Not sure ACC fans should be beating their chests this week. The loss to William and Mary by an admittedly poor UVA squad really hurts. VaTech, put up a good fight, but still lost which was the conference’s best shot at making a statement. Wake Forest didn’t help matters either. Tech seems like the conferences only hope at a BCS title shot and it’ll take some good bounces for that to happen. If the ACC fans are honest, they know UNC, Miami, and FSU aren’t legitimate title contenders.

That said the SEC doesn’t have much more to brag about either. Obviously UGA didn’t perform like they wanted to. USCe got the W, but winning that game was like being the valedicatorian of summer school. LSU got all they wanted from Washington which really surprised me as I thought they could make a statement with that game. I know it was a rivalry game and the first game of the season, but Ole Miss didn’t look great. Even my Gators had a few kinks in the armor. Not all the starters played, but for the 3 drives the 1st team D got, CSU moved the ball more than I’d like to see. Similar to last year, we played that bend but don’t break style defense which only works if you make plays at crucial times. Not sure lightning can strike twice in a row. All the talk over the summer was of becoming a dominant defense that tried to get three and outs, and if I’m honest, I just didn’t see that. Next week’s game against Troy will be a stiffer test and hopefully bring a better performance out of the Gators. Not that they played bad or anything, but we out-athleted Charleston Southern, which to me is not the same as outplaying them. Next week’s UT vs. UCLA game is big as well. Hopefully UT can get the win, but for selfish reasons, I hope they come back to earth and have to open up the playbook and show their hand. They’re an unknown quantity right now and I’d like to see a little more from them so the Gators have an idea of what’s coming down to FL on Sept. 19th.

TechBuzz

September 7th, 2009
8:23 am

Georgia’s in for another mediocre season and a minor bowl, sponsored by some lawn tool or rental car company. How did a program like Georgia end up with Joe Cox as a starting QB? His arm may be weaker than mine! Ga Tech is the best team in the ACC and will be in the BCS—mark it down!

Striker

September 7th, 2009
8:33 am

The problem with giving Joe Cox the benefit of the doubt is that it completely ignores the fact that in the G Day game, he looked pretty much the same as he did Saturday. If you go back to his debacle of a start against Ole Miss you see the same things. You see a seriously weak arm, you see problems with accuracy, you see his slow release, you see him staring down receivers, etc.

Now unless this is a 3 year case of the flu, you have to come to the conclusion that a lot of what we saw Saturday was pure Joe Cox. Cox isn’t going to last long against South Carolina if he shows up with the same lollipop throws that just hang in the air. Unless he shows better arm strength and accuracy than he’s ever shown in his life, South Carolina’s going to sell out against the run, force Cox to throw, and then pick off the floaters he calls passes.

Dawgie Fan

September 7th, 2009
8:43 am

Hey UGA-2001: Mountain West deserves a BCS bid just as much as the Big Ten and Big East do. Quick, when is the last big win for a Big Ten or Big East team on the national stage? Yeah, I can’t think of one either. Meanwhile, the Mountain West can claim Utah over Bama (Sugar Bowl) and BYU over Oklahoma. And don’t blame the Bradford injury, as the game was only 10-7 at halftime, and Bradford played the whole half. Plus, the MWC has three teams in the Top 25. The Big East has ZERO. It’s about time to allow everyone the equal chance of playing for a championship.

CATlanta

September 7th, 2009
8:45 am

First of all…

Dawg Fans,

You guys need to chill out. You played a talented team on the road for your opener (unlike many other schools that open with FCS schools, mid majors, etc). OSU had more weapons on offense than UGA, plain and simple. I don’t think that you can replace Stafford, Moreno, and Massaquoi and not have some sort of drop off. The offense definitely has some issues, but I have no doubt that most of that will be straightened out between now and when the evil genius comes to town next week. Your defense played very well against an offensive unit that has a lot of firepower and has been hyped up all of last year and this preseason. However, at least give your guys another week to see how things shake out before you throw your team and coaches under the bus and the season out the window.

As far as the article is concerned, here is my two cents worth…

1. See above. Yes the dawgs need more consistent QB play. I am interested to see if it was 1st game jitters combined with “flu like symptoms” or if we now know why Cox has been a back up for his entire collegiate career up until this point. I think Cox will settle down next week and have a much better showing having had one game under his belt.

2. Oklahoma needs to get a back up plan established and soon. Bradford was not only the center of the entire offense, but a leader of the entire team. The only reason BYU won that game was because of the Bradford injury. We’ll know more about them (BYU) as the season progresses and especially after FSU comes to town. And you thought UGA had quarterback issues…

3. WKU just made the jump to FBS (or whatever it is now) status a few years ago. They were supposed to get obliterated and did get obliterated against UT. No doubt Lane and the Vols wanted to send a message in their opener. However, we’ll see how they stack up against UCLA this week. I think that once UT plays a few teams that will actually hit them in the mouth the whole game we’ll see what they really have.

4. The ACC is in trouble in my opinion. If FSU or Miami doesn’t step up, this might be another ho-hum year for the conference. Somebody in the ACC needs to get it together and quick if you want to be held in the same regards as the big boy conferences. I think UNC might make some noise this year along with (obviously) VT and GT, but outside of that…nothing too spectacular.

5. GT has weapons, but lets see how they do against Clemson. I listened to the radio broadcast of the GT game on Saturday and it seemed to have an uninspired performance. Tech never really put the game away the way they should have, especially with the way Tech was turning the ball over. Not sure of CPJ was keeping a a few things up his sleeve until next week or not. My guess is yes.

Ramblin Rick

September 7th, 2009
8:45 am

Tony.. no mention of how the refs “stole” the win from UGA? C’mon… the mutts would of won 48-24 if the refs hadn’t stole it from them!

UGAy 2009 CHAMPS!!! undefeated sick them.

24-10

Fleischman in Chattanooga

September 7th, 2009
8:46 am

JOE COX FOR HEISMAN!

Suches Dawg

September 7th, 2009
8:49 am

I will never understand why Logan Gray did not get more playing time. Regardless of why Cox struggled , Bobo & company should have tried something different after the first drive. It seems as if the opposition makes all the adjustments during the game, not UGA. I wouldn’t throw Cox under the bus just yet , but if his problems continue vs USC, we will see if CMR can cast aside loyalty and make the tough call to pull Cox. Speaking of tough calls, can anyone explain why we still have our Not-So-Special Coach Fabris still making us miserable ?

Things probably are not as bad as they seem at this point , at least I hope not. Two questionable calls may have cost us 14 points vs OSU , but then this sounds like excuses from a marginal team , and I do not believe this is us. No time to panic , just to toughen up , make adjustments on the fly and trust the staff to use the considerable talent available.

Brad in Jasper

September 7th, 2009
8:52 am

Nice observations CGator. To the rest – I wouldn’t get too up or down right now based on week one, esp. with the poor quality of opponent most played on opening day.

I won’t make excuses for UGA, no doubt improvement and adjustments will have to be made. I am encouraged by the D showing overlooking the lost INT chances, and a little anxious about the O’s chances against a formidable SC D this week. Would like to see a little more of the WildDawg and Logan Gray, although I still believe Cox is our best option for now. Let’s hope OSU truly is that good.

I usually don’t respond to ribbing from the rivals, but TechBuzz – you may be right about UGA this year. However, I think it a bit premature for GT to look nose-down on the lower rung of bowls based on the last few years and last years showing in the esteemed upper tier Chik-Fil-A bowl. Get to, and win – a few of the big bowls and then bang on your chest all you like.

Toe Meets Leather

September 7th, 2009
8:59 am

gatordowneast

September 7th, 2009
9:03 am

Cox is undoubtedly a great kid and fine leader. And he may have been sick. But he wasn’t accurate and does not have much mobility. And if the Mutts O-line is not a strength (and losing Sturdivant is another hit), look for Logan Gray to have some packages installed for USC.

Or SEC D coordinators will double Green and load the box.

Ga Got Hosed!

September 7th, 2009
9:04 am

The dawgs got totally hosed by the refs in that game! There were a bunch of terrible calls that caused the loss. Richt needs to file a protest with the league to stop this from happening all the time. Playing at home this week, the dawgs should get more calls and beat south carolina–which isn’t any good anyway.

tj

September 7th, 2009
9:06 am

the ref cost us that game
if a safety can’t hit a player trying to make a catch over the middle we should start playing two hand touch

Eric

September 7th, 2009
9:09 am

Issue 1 and 2, WGAS!. Issue 3, yeah, yeah, yeah. Issue 4, Va Tech sucks. Issue 5, they’re comin’ after you dogs.
The worst part of the weekend: Va Tech sucks and Ole Miss could be the real deal.
WDE !!!

Tide4u2c

September 7th, 2009
9:12 am

I was pulling for the Dawgs but they just did not put up the fight I thought they would.Sure Oklahoma St has talent but so do the Bulldogs if you look at recruiting. That was a bad call by the ref on that hit IMO. This is football not pattycake.I knew Oklahoma St could win this game but I pulled for the Dawgs anyway.

Miles

September 7th, 2009
9:13 am

Georgia played horribly…we won’t see the Sooners in the national championship…UT will beat the Bruins, but they’ll get crushed by Florida…the ACC’s debut was awful…Georgia Tech should remain tough…

Where have you gone jim Bob Cooter ?

September 7th, 2009
9:14 am

Wow ! Great first weekend.

The facts:

1) Georgia has a really good O-line ,a middling defense and a quarterback that should play in the Ohio Valley Conference.Pups had better find a way to get the ball to playmakers or it will be a long autumn in Athens.A loss to the roosters this weekend sets up the possibility of a 1-4 start (Arizona State only has about 4 on the two deep that could start for GA),and the old grads will be restless.

2) Sam Bradford was the engine of a potent Sooner attack. OU is finding out why superstars make plays ,but depth wins conference titles.The next 3 weeks should be layups (Idaho State,Tulsa and Open) ,but we will see tonight if the boomers need to worry about Miami on October 3rd.

3) Tennessee hasn’t played anybody yet. The Vols scout team could give the two deep a better game than WKU did on Saturday. The ‘Toppers looked like 11 red and silver traffic cones trying to stop the Vols running game.Jonathan crompton is still an unknown commodity as far as I can see.

4)The ACC is not there yet. Good conferences line up and win against FBS AND FCS teams (Don’t forget that Duke laid an egg against 1-AA Richmond). For the University of Virginia (85 scholarships) to lose to William and Mary (63 scholarships) is pathetic.Al Groh had better familiarize himself with the local franchise for Two Men and a Truck.The Cavvies may not taste victory until Halloween (Duke).

5) Tech has really changed. Coach Paul Johnson did not spend the post game kissing his players butt. It was an uninspired performance and he didn’t try to sugarcoat it.Clemson presents a much bigger challenge next wee. we will know more about this tam and its potential after Saturday.

GatorMan

September 7th, 2009
9:17 am

Tech fans are not living in the real world; Vtech will demolish you. As far as firing Mark Richt and hiring Paul Johnson, it would be a great thing for the rest of the SEC but not for Georgia. Mr. puffed face needs to stay in the ACC.

tim

September 7th, 2009
9:17 am

typical excuses from you sorry ass puppies.Face it girls your team is just average

tjg

September 7th, 2009
9:21 am

I heard all my Dawg fan neighbors bemoaning Cox’s “weak arm” and Samuel’s “easily knocked off his feet” running. Hey – you have had a couple of years of watching Stafford and Moreno! This team has average players at those positions, not bad ones. However…
Offensive play calling was horrible! Where was the play action,the motion, the run one play to set up another? Why not run that skinny post again and again to AJ? Missed assignments, missed blocks, uncreative scheming = no offense against a weak defense.
Also – why in the world does UGA have al its starters running up and down the field on punts and kick-offs? Why was opening second half kick off run back? Please look at who was on the field on that play! And who was in the locker room getting IVs? Good lord, Curren and Jones did not eve start the second half! I am baffled

Dennis

September 7th, 2009
9:23 am

My favorite call of the weekend, “Samuel trips over the 34 yard line and goes down” Come on guys, take off the sun glasses and look in the mirror. You will see fat old ugly barking drunk rednecks at the biggest mutual admiration society meeting in the world. The year 1980 was a long time ago.

Vincecomeback

September 7th, 2009
9:25 am

GatorMan

You’re an idiot. Paul Johnson is head and shoulders a better coach than CMR. You’re delusional to think otherwise, and not a real bright guy when it comes to football. In fact Urban Meyer runs a very similar type offense to Johnsons. Just shows you Florida fans are spoiled and dont know what you have.

collegeballfan

September 7th, 2009
9:25 am

Last week I predicted that UGA would line & run the ball down OSU’s throats, that folks out that way just did not play any defense.
Boy was I wrong.

In the same comment I said that FSU would win big over UM tonight.

If I am wrong again, I just might need to get in the rocking chair.

Saint Simons

September 7th, 2009
9:25 am

I wonder if we will get rings for our big win this weekend?

Vincecomeback

September 7th, 2009
9:26 am

Michael Adams-

Give CPJ 5 million for 8 years to come to UGA, now!!!!!

we had a great gameplan, but.....

September 7th, 2009
9:28 am

attention georgia idiots and tony barnhart.

Anyone who thinks joe cox was a world beater at QB is crazy. We have to come out and play ball control, punch them in the mouth football in order to win. Everyone who has a brain knows that is what we need to do this year to win.

Yes, SEC DC’s are going to line up to stop us from running….so what do we do, cry uncle and go to the bench or man up and play them?

But, instead, we slip on the lace panties and start throwing the ball like a freaking run and shoot team 80s. We are starting to look like the Galen Hall coached Gators with Wayne Peace at QB. I for one am getting tired of this feminization of georgia football that has been instituted by our beloved CMR and staff. They should be coaching in the lingere league.

Bobo says, “I should have spread the field.” Hello….you were averaging 4.7 yards a carry with your #1 running back. You should have given it to him more.

Mike Bobo/CMR have proven that they cannot take advantage of the talent that they have on the field. They have an idealized game plan and that’s what they stick to. They do not innovate.

Even Ray Goff knew when he lost eric zeier that he had to line up and run the ball. These guys opt for balance instead of doing what it takes to win.

We have a team 90 miles away that really dosen’t care what you do, they are going to run no matter what.

At least our D-Backs were laying the wood on people.

TDone

September 7th, 2009
9:29 am

It is a big week for both Tech and Georgia, against teams from South Carolina. I was not aware that JSU was ranked in the FCS. Tech could have put at least three more TDs on the board, but fumbled three times and had at least three dropped passes, one of which would have gone for a touchdown assuredly. In addition, JSU played their starters to the end, while Tech substituted freely, especially at the end. Last year when Tech played JSU, it had something to prove. This year when Tech play JSU, it was to get ready for Clemson on Thursday night.

As for UGA, I thought their defense played well, but OSU did not impress me either on offense. I don’t know if UGA’s offense was that bad, but something is missing. I do have one question of the Muttland Nation, how does it feel to lose to a team that has a stadium that is smaller than Tech’s?

As for the ACC, two bottom feeder teams lost to the class of the FCS. I am not worried. Maryland got drove by a top-tier team. Baylor has become good and as for VT, Alabama is good.

thrash223

September 7th, 2009
9:29 am

Now UGAy knows what it feels like to have a star WR and no one to get him them ball.

Tech fans have been there done that.

Richt is not stupid, he is also very loyal. There is a reason Cox is the starting QB. Unless he gets hurt he will play all season. Next year will be a new starter again. By the time the mutts find a real SEC QB and get him enough game reps to be good, Green will be in the draft.

dbc

September 7th, 2009
9:31 am

Unfortunately it’s like we’ve already had all these conversations last year. Richt and company will make the necessary adjustments. No. The play calling will get better. No. Special teams will improve. No. We have to force more turnovers. No. We can’t afford crucial penalties at the wrong times, and we’ll fix it. No. We’re really close. No. We have to play with more fire and intensity. No.

CMR says all the right things, but it doesn’t translate onto the field. This will be another year where Richt force feeds this vanilla offense down our throats. It didn’t look particularly great with Stafford and Moreno, and it will be far worse this year. All the other things mentioned above. Ditto. The D might be a little better, but if you can’t score any points, you’re dead. The point of all this is: UGA’s got the talent, but the coaches are the problem. When was the last time a Georgia team put together a complete game with offense, defense and special teams? Hard for me to remember.