UGA fan’s 2009 wish: No more one-half efforts

 

Chris Davis with bowl trophy. (Georgiadogs.com)

Chris Davis with bowl trophy. (Georgiadogs.com)

I caught ESPN Classic’s replay of the Capitol One Bowl game between Georgia and Michigan State Thursday night and was struck again by a couple of things about the Dogs’ performance. 

One was, of course, how poorly the offense played in the first half, continually shooting itself in the foot. The turnovers. The penalties. Matthew Stafford’s inconsistency. 

Even if he doesn’t have near Stafford’s talent and can’t make some of the passes Stafford could, if Joe Cox can just maintain his level of play on an even keel this season, minus the peaks and valleys, I think it’ll be a big help.

The special teams play also was lousy — a subject we’ve covered here extensively.

The other notable aspect of the bowl game was how much better the defense performed compared with much of the rest of last season. 

Perhaps it was Mark Richt letting them go full-speed and tackle to the ground in practice before the bowl. Maybe they thought they were playing for Willie Martinez’s job. Whatever, they swarmed to the ball and kept the Dogs in the game until the offense finally got on track midway through the third quarter.  It helped that Georgia apparently felt comfortable covering the Spartans’ receivers man-to-man much of the time, allowing the Dogs to go after the quarterback more, resulting in six sacks. 

A definite highlight offensively was Michael Moore, who picked up the slack from an ailing A.J. Green and heavily covered MoMass and snagged six catches for 97 yards. I’m hoping he’ll step up big again this season when A.J. routinely will draw double-coverage. Tight end Aron White had a really nice TD catch, too.  

Still, watching that replay and the way the Dogs again failed to put together two good halves of play was disturbing. Yes, in many respects that was a different team from the one that will be fielded this year, but the failure to play an entire game at peak level has been a recurring problem for the Dogs in recent years. 

In fact, figuring out how to solve that problem may be the biggest challenge Richt and his staff face.

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July 31st, 2009
2:12 pm

(((7-1)))………(((38-3)))

L-Dawg

July 31st, 2009
2:13 pm

Free GT ticket with test drive!!! While supplies…..ummm….last

Cuz

July 31st, 2009
2:15 pm

I watched the same game. I thought Michigan State played better this time.

Mikey

July 31st, 2009
2:16 pm

cash for clunkers….ramblin wrecks now fetching $4500 each.

L-Dawg

July 31st, 2009
2:17 pm

UGA: 10-3, did not win EXPECTED National Championship….. Disappointing season

GT: 9-4, beats struggling rival for first time in 8 tries, gets DEMOLISHED in a weak bowl game 38-3….. Best Season EVER!!!!

Nuff Said??……..

Mikey

July 31st, 2009
2:19 pm

Coach Mark Richt in 8 seasons at UGA.

(((6))) 10 win seasons
(((5))) times finished in the top 10
(((2))) times finished in the top 3
(((3))) SEC Championship Appearances
(((2))) SEC Titles
(((3))) BCS Bowls
(((2))) Sugar Bowl wins
(((27-4))) on the road in the SEC over 8 seasons
(((82-22))) record over 8 seasons – 79% winning percentage
No Probations

We are in good hands and will stay that way.

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July 31st, 2009
2:19 pm

Free hot dog and medium size coca cola classic with purchase of GT ticket!!!!

BAMA STAN

July 31st, 2009
2:21 pm

12 NATIONAL TITLES – 21 SEC TITLES!!!

Good article recapping the UGA season last year. Balckout game against Bama – UGA was a complete no show first half – never witnessed a UGA team so ill prepared except when they played West Virginia in the Katrina Sugar Bowl at the GA Dome.

Defensively – this has been somewhat of a trend for UGA – another game that comes to mind is the TN game in 2007. Another No show.

However 2009 is a new year – if UGA has yeat another inconsistent year – especially on Defense – the Blogs will be on fire.

saint simons

July 31st, 2009
2:22 pm

(((38 3))) hahahahahahahahha

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July 31st, 2009
2:27 pm

There are 50 stars on the U.S. Flag. One of them is for Georgia. There is no star for Georgia Tech, Georgia State or Georgia Southern

uga_b

July 31st, 2009
2:29 pm

More Stafford bashing? Really?

Dogs just need 2 things intensity and focus.

L-Dawg

July 31st, 2009
2:29 pm

My friend has a dog, whom he claims does a back flip every time UGA beats Tech in back to back years. I asked him what the dog does when Tech beats UGA in back to back years, and he said “I don’t know, only had the dog for 9 years”.

David

July 31st, 2009
2:30 pm

You UGA fans are aware that you didn’t play in the game that was 38-3 right? We beat you, and LSU beat us, living through LSU is just dumb and every UGA fan knows it.

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July 31st, 2009
2:31 pm

who in the heck decided EVERY Tech game was going to be the “Singles Night” promo……………..

L-Dawg

July 31st, 2009
2:32 pm

Try Selling……

If they handed out a book of codes for World of Warcraft, the fans would come!!!!

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July 31st, 2009
2:34 pm

David…..

you realize you are not UGA. Stop trying to live through us going on a UGA blog. Go to your game instead of going to the bar next to an un-sold out Bobby Dudd crackerbox to root against UGA.

DawginLex

July 31st, 2009
2:35 pm

I watched the bowl replay also. I found myself:

1.) Counting the number of passes that MS threw in the 1st half that Cox could have completed. The count was 8 including the interception that Cox would have thrown about half as hard and completed it instead of it being a pick.

2.) Counting the number of running plays that KM got completely stuffed where a checkoff to a different play(like what happened in the 2nd half) would have resulted in a potential for yards gained.

3.) Watching Caleb King catch a screen pass for a 1st down and being less worried about him starting at tailback.

4.) Watching Michael Moore and Aron White and wondering why we have listened to the haters say “who else is going to catch a pass besides AJ?”

Now the bad:

We are going to miss Kris Durham
We are going to miss Brian Mimbs
I hope Boykin beats out one of the returning starters and is capable of covering Dez Bryant.

L-Dawg

July 31st, 2009
2:36 pm

BOOM!!!!

David…. You are such a NERD. Whats with the facination of UGA blogs?? Talk about living through somebody else

Long Dawg

July 31st, 2009
2:49 pm

David, you are aware that Tech has won once in the last 8 years and 5 times in the last 19 years and their fans act like they just won the lottery. Stay off Georgia blogs. I promise, if the nerd fans would stay off Ga blogs no Ga fan would go on a Tech blog. We just don’t care what is happening at Tech but you guys are obsessed with UGA.

JB

July 31st, 2009
2:51 pm

Only Tech people really care about Tech football. You read/hear very little about them in the NATIONAL PRESS. They had a pretty good team last year, but will never have the horses to win 10 games 8 years in a row. We will win about 7 or 8 of 10 with johnson there vs 9 or 10 of 10 without him.

49-10

July 31st, 2009
3:02 pm

Ldog, the Chikfila bowl is not a weak bowl number one…

and why are you dogs laughing at Tech for losing to LSU when Tech BEAT Georgia? That really makes no sense. Thats like a dog fan saying 31-30 talking about Ole Miss to UF…Who cares, UF still beat UGA and won a NC…do you see how stupid that looks?

49-10

July 31st, 2009
3:02 pm

I do like st simons style though…

49-10

July 31st, 2009
3:03 pm

Long Dog, you do realize that means Tech beats Ga more often than Ga Beats UF, right?

Huh?

July 31st, 2009
3:04 pm

Michigan State was overrated and had a one dimensional offense. I didn’t get a lot out of that game honestly. I don’t think it tells us much about ‘09.

Try watching the Tech game again if you can bear it. Georgia Tech’s first TD of the second half has to be one of the single worst defensive plays in UGA history. I mean really, what in the good holy crap were those boneheads doing? There were three guys standing there in position to make a tackle and Dwyer just runs right by them like they weren’t even there. Two of them just stood there with their thumbs up their butts and let him run right by. Ellerbe just kind of halfheartedly hurls his body at him and falls down, not even attempting to put his arms around him. Then Reshad Jones forgets everything you learn in “How To Play Safety For Dummies” and takes one of the worst angles I have ever seen. If I didn’t know any better I’d think those guys were trying to throw the game. It was THAT bad. Absolutely embarrassing.

Long Dawg

July 31st, 2009
3:04 pm

I have been a Dawg fan for 40 years and I have never been more frustrated than last year. The Michigan State game was a microcosm of the entire year; lousy special teams play, uninspired offense (1st half), mistakes and inconsistent quarterback play. The defense did look better, Michael Moore did look good as did Aaron White. It was if we were in a stupor we just couldn’t pull ourselves out of. That said…

I am very optimistic about 2009 because I think we are going to be better in all phases of the game than we were last year. We will only have two postions where the talent/experience will not be better than last year. We will have more depth than we had last year. We will have more speed than we had last year. We will have more leadership on the field than we had last year. We will have more to prove than we had to last year. The stars are aligned for a real comback season.

49-10

July 31st, 2009
3:04 pm

55k stadium guy…how old are you?

Herschel Talker

July 31st, 2009
3:09 pm

BAMA STAN likes men

Long Dawg

July 31st, 2009
3:09 pm

49 to 10- unfortunately it does but it doesn’t change the fact that we own Ga Tech. The worm is gonna turn with Fla and for the record I think you are a tech fan masquradeing as a FLA FAN.

Herschel Talker

July 31st, 2009
3:10 pm

49-10 – You’re data mining. In the entire series, UGA beats up on both the Nerds and the Turds. By the way, you like men.

LifelongDawg

July 31st, 2009
3:11 pm

For all you guys who Richt gone, let’s remember that Coach Dooley delivered in his 17th season. And Tom Osborne went around 20 years or so before Nebraska finally won for him. Richt has come close a couple of times. He’ll get his here at UGA.

uuugh.

July 31st, 2009
3:11 pm

David…didn’t we put up 50 on LSU? You got a fluke victory by a field goal. You would think you clowns beat the ‘85 bears by a hundred the way y’all talk. I guess Appalachian State has to beat Michigan sometime. Enjoy it while it lasts.

NewnanDawg

July 31st, 2009
3:12 pm

I watched part of that replay also, and DawginLex really nailed it, especially the part about Mimbs. That really scares me. He had a few shanks, but way more often I was thanking the stars for a 60 – 70 yard boot that got us out of a hole.

Also, these blogs have deteriorated significantly (a bunch of high school or younger morons throwing idiotic insults around with no knowledge of sports) – can’t wait til the season starts and we have real news. On that note, can we get a blog topic once in a while that is just for real UGA fans – like an update on all of the other sports? What’s Coach Fox up to? Are there any good recruits interested in UGA bball or is it a definate case of “show me the wins” first? How are the summer workouts going for bball? Is Marlon Brown going to be allowed to play bball and football? I asked one of the football coaches in June and he said that the decision had not been made. Will Jay Clark be able to attract the same caliber of gymnast that Suzanne Yoculan did? The lunatics on here don’t care about that stuff, so maybe they would go away for a while and let the rest of us have an intelligent discussion. (I know – just a dream)

Go Dawgs!

DawginLex

July 31st, 2009
3:12 pm

49-10,

How old are you? Spending all of your free time blogging on a UGA blog.

GT beats UGA more often than UGA beats florida?

Since 1980 UGA 21 GT 8
Since 1980 UGA 11 UF 18

football didn’t start in 1991, contrary to all the opinions of the florida faithful

getthepicturenow

July 31st, 2009
3:14 pm

another thing from that game, how about at the very begining, after we turned them away on their fake punt (great play by rennie by the way) but our O gets the ball and goes no huddle. we march the ball down inside the 10 yard line, then start huddling again, which gave msu a breather. i don’t think they recovered from that the rest of the half. should’ve stayed with the petal down.

David

July 31st, 2009
3:15 pm

Selling….

I do go to all the games have been since 99, I didn’t graduate from GT (Kennesaw St), and I’ll get off this blog as soon as UGA fans get off our blog. Did I answer everything, and trust me I’m happy I’m not UGA. UGA fans feel so threatened that a first year coach in Paul Johnson beat them.

Long Dawg….you don’t care what is happening at Tech??? Riiiiight keep on telling yourself that. You are very worried about Paul Johnson.

DawginLex

July 31st, 2009
3:19 pm

Newnandawg,

Unfortunately, it is just a dream. The m’s, saint simons, and 49-10’s of the world lurk and wait to pour out the hater venom. The problem I have that has made me upset with myself is I have found myself allowing some of the crapola to affect my outlook on the season.

That’s why I was encouraged after watching the replay of the bowl game. I saw talent with no fire from MS and I saw a defense play their guts out.

I say let’s give the kids a chance to prove themselves since we are healthier and deeper on both lines of scrimmage since maybe the 2002 or 2003 team. If you remember, the 2003 team was ranked 3rd or 4th in the country in total defense but still got smoked by LSU in the SECCG. All the BVG apologists forget that.

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July 31st, 2009
3:21 pm

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L-Dawg

July 31st, 2009
3:24 pm

HA!!!!!!!!!!

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July 31st, 2009
3:25 pm

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getthepicturenow

July 31st, 2009
3:26 pm

can we get some more blog topics about OSU linebackers telling us to be scared?? That was Classic!! put the hutch pads away mr. sexton, you’ll need the big-boy pads!!!!!!! GO DAWGS

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July 31st, 2009
3:38 pm

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uuugh.

July 31st, 2009
3:39 pm

David…None of us care what is going on at Tech. That is why we are on the UGA blog genius. I am not worried about Paul Johnson or his antiquated offense. We will tackle better this November and our dawgs will play Tech with the embarrassment of losing to you clowns fresh on their minds. Do you think engraving the score on the rings will help the dawgs overlook Tech again? I’ll bet that will serve as even more motivation. November can’t get here soon enough and in this year’s game order will be restored and hopefully shut you clowns up.

ron mexico

July 31st, 2009
3:45 pm

49-10

you also realize we aren’t on a uf site right? you also realize we didn’t get rings for the team when we beat florida in 07? we are well aware we can’t talk smack to the gators b/c they have owned us for so long. hopefully that will change though.

chazzo

July 31st, 2009
3:47 pm

Believe it or not, I found myself defending Knowshon and Stafford some last season. Now, I am beginning to think maybe the naysayers were right. After reading that Knowshon didn’t show up for camp at Denver, I think maybe some of the people complaining about him taking himself out of games were right. Stafford for such a cannon sometimes couldn’t seem to connect on a long ball to save his life. I don’t know. They seemed like pretty cool kids to me. I don’t mean to run them down. I am just saying that maybe we are better off without them.

braveswin

July 31st, 2009
4:03 pm

David, Tech is about the 8th toughest team on Ga’s schedule in 2009, whereas Ga is THE toughest team GT will face this year. Most Ga fans appreciate the fact that CPJ has started the process of bringing GT back from being the biggest joke in the ACC. However Ga being worried about CPJ is a bit of a stretch. Just can’t compare Ga and GT. Two completely different type of programs. Ga is consistently top 10-15, Ga Tech consistently mid-pack or worse Almost Competitive Conference. But keep working, maybe big brother will let you play in his league if you continue to work real hard

shards1967

July 31st, 2009
4:07 pm

Joe Cox reminds me of John Lastinger when he followed Buck Belue. John was a fine QB and proved it by simply MANAGING that year’s game plan. Different era, I know but he did what he had to do to win.

He ran one in from about 25 yds out to defeat # 1 TEXAS in the 84? Cotton Bowl and as a result ……….it will always be 10-9 in Dallas.

Dogs ended up around # 4 at season’s end and we were 10-1? Not bad for a “journey” man QB. John Lastinger was greatin HS and college and proved it like Joe Cox has been waiting to do and will do.

Go Dogs

Dooley's Cardiologist

July 31st, 2009
4:10 pm

One thing I have realized over time is this: UF sees UGA like UGA sees Tech. Just a bothersome red-headed step child who always plays second fiddle. That is how it is and how it always will be. I definitely see Tech winning two straight over UGA before I see UGA winning two straight over UF. It’s that simple. It’s like backwards world at UGA. It’s where Five Stars go to die. UF is where Five Stars go to thrive. NUFF SAID

AltamahaDawg

July 31st, 2009
4:10 pm

chazzo, I think that had more to do with Knowshon’s agent than it does his desire to play football.

Hook Em Horns

July 31st, 2009
4:14 pm

UGA isn’t right mentally. They don’t know they are going to win, they want to win. That is a biggg difference. One of the reasons UF dominates them is because UF knows they can push UGA around because they have been doing so for decades. Until UGA gets a player that can lift everyone up and carry them to victory, the group loser mentality will always prevail. Sorry, dawgs, but it is true.

CharlotteGator

July 31st, 2009
4:16 pm

To the topic of the original post, I think UGA has a much better shot and team this season because they’re less likely to have a half of nothing followed up by a stellar performance. Everything I’ve seen or heard UGA related has pointed to this year’s team being more accountable to each other, more unified, and honestly more of a team threat than last years somewhat entitled bunch. I’ve said many times the UGA game is the biggest landmine on the UF schedule.

49-10,

I don’t imagine you’re a UF fan or grad, and while I appreciate you trying to defend our honor, there’s no need. It’s a new season and nothing in the past matters or affects the games on the field this season. Prior year scores, series records, etc. are all for trash talk and have nothing to do with the legitimate football conversations about this season that we’re trying to have on these blogs. If you are UF fan or grad, then sorry, but we really should have a better showing then that. Let’s not perpetuate stereotypes unnecessarily.

Wow, that soapbox was tall…sorry guys…