Cox: Key to beating Florida is passion

Joe Cox says Mike Bobo brings energy to the sideline. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Joe Cox says Mike Bobo brings energy to the sideline. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

There wasn’t any real news coming out of today’s Touchdown Club of Athens luncheon with Mark Richt, with the coach saying the off week is mainly a time for the Dogs to work on fundamentals and get in some sustained time in the weight room. He expected his staff to begin implementing the Florida game plan in today’s practice, with most of the work on that to begin on Sunday.

Richt did say he really liked the way his team dealt with adversity the week after the loss to Tennessee and bounced back mentally and emotionally. “We probably had more emotion in that Vanderbilt game than any Vanderbilt game I’ve ever seen,” he said.

As is the tradition at the annual lunch meeting of the Touchdown Club, Richt brought along a couple of players, this time senior leaders Joe Cox and Jeff Owens.

Cox was asked by my brother Jon about how it was having Mike Bobo on the sideline instead of up in the booth and the quarterback said, “I really liked it,” especially the “energy” that Bobo brought. “He’s a competitor … he hates losing.”

Cox said it was quite different dealing with Bobo in person rather than on the phone, where “sometimes you can barely hear them.” Said Cox with a laugh: “If you messed up, he was right there on the sideline.”

He also cracked that when the 65-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green comes up in the future, “I’m not gonna tell everyone it was only a 1-yard pass.”

Talking about the upcoming Florida game, a club member jokingly asked Cox if the team had worked up any celebration plans in the event Georgia scores first. “No,” Cox said with a grin, “I don’t think we want to kick off from the 7 any more.”

But when asked the key to beating Florida, Cox immediately answered, “Passion. We need to get a couple of big plays as a spark and then keep it going.”

As for the best approach to tackling Tim Tebow, Owens agreed that it’s hitting him low. (He put it more colorfully than that, but since Richt was nervous about them providing bulletin board material for the Gators, I’ll leave it at that.)

Looking to the future, Cox took the opportunity to lobby Richt for a chance to be a graduate assistant next season and added, “I think I could be a pretty good coach one day.”

As for Owens, he hopes to play in the NFL but after that, he said, “hopefully one day I’ll be coaching like Joe. Or have a job like Larry Munson.”

The latter wouldn’t surprise me at all.

Now it’s back to vacation for me. I’ll be back on Monday.

397 comments Add your comment

GADAWG4EVER

October 22nd, 2009
1:56 pm

Kennesaw Dawg

October 22nd, 2009
1:58 pm

Hope the Dawgs are using this off-week to their best advantage to plan strategy and practice what they’ll need to do against Florida. Hope they’re not spending all of their ‘bonus’ time just lifting weights. I would hope they’re using every minute to put together some new plays on both offense and defense. Come on Dawgs! Don’t be wasting any valuable time! BEAT FLORIDA!

L-Dawg

October 22nd, 2009
2:00 pm

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!!

WHAT DO GEORGIA TECH “FANS” AND UGA FANS HAVE IN COMMMON?? THEY ARE BOTH OBSESSED WITH THEM DAWGS!!!!

GO DAWGS!!!

I WILL SUPPORT MY TEAM THROUGH THICK AND THIN, AND RESPECT AND SUPPORT MY COACHES SO LONG AS THEY ARE MY COACHES!!

9 DAYS TIL WE GIVE TEBOW ANOTHER SKULL-THUMPING!!!

Pissed off Bulldawg(2 years running)

October 22nd, 2009
2:04 pm

Joe Cox is terrible…Just another year down the tubes in the ‘Mark Richt’ era

Money

October 22nd, 2009
2:05 pm

Joe Cox has to find something to beat Florida…passion may be all he has since he has no talent…

Diamond Dave

October 22nd, 2009
2:08 pm

Practicing twice this week ought to get ‘em ready for Florida…

Pissed off Bulldawg(2 years running)

October 22nd, 2009
2:08 pm

Passion? Try an injury in the 1st so that LOGAN or Murray are called up

1eyedJack

October 22nd, 2009
2:08 pm

Tis the time to dust off the ol’ bag of tricks.

Seriously though if we can’t run the ball and stop UFs running game we’re toast.

Dale

October 22nd, 2009
2:12 pm

The Junkyard Blawg, by the King family

BankerDawg

October 22nd, 2009
2:12 pm

How about execution???

Richt said Joe Cox was the most accuarate passer in college football. Then let’t see it…

Bob Horner stayed hurt

October 22nd, 2009
2:16 pm

Joe is a fifth year senior…he’s paid his dues…..

McDawg

October 22nd, 2009
2:17 pm

i think a pass rush and a running game will be more important

GeoffDawg

October 22nd, 2009
2:19 pm

There’s no need to pile on Joe Cox. He may not be the most talented signal caller we’ve ever had but he’s far from being the biggest reason for our troubles this season. If he had even an average running game to support him, he’d probably look a lot more effective.

Top Dawg

October 22nd, 2009
2:19 pm

I have to get a job as an ajc writer. Those guys can hardly work for taking vacations. :-)

Saint Simons

October 22nd, 2009
2:21 pm

45 – 42 !!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahhahahahahahaha

Pipepimp

October 22nd, 2009
2:21 pm

If Cox was in a foot race with a pregnant woman, the best he would finish would be third!

LARRY

October 22nd, 2009
2:21 pm

L-Dawg….
Got anything new to say??? Your almost as annoying as Saint Simons is!!

john '90

October 22nd, 2009
2:26 pm

Go Dawgs! Reach down deep. Play to your ability. I was in Nashville and was within earshot of Michael Moore…but didn’t get the chance to tell him the REAL Bulldawg Nation is behind this team, 110%. Bulldawg players…pay NO attention to posters such as “pod.” That person’s heart is not beating in sync with the Bulldawg Nation. We’re here…as always and behind you all the way! Leave it all on the field next Saturday. We know you have it in you. It’s time to MAN up, HUNKER DOWN, and get JUNKYARD NASTY!

ryan

October 22nd, 2009
2:28 pm

I think the best way to beat Florida is to pray the whole team comes down with the Swine fluf the night before the game.

St. Augustine Dawg

October 22nd, 2009
2:28 pm

Mark it down: Georgia will be rested and ready, fired up to upset the dawgs next week in Jax!!! Florida’s banged up on the oline and dline already, and it will get worse this week after a physical game with Miss State. Dawgs 29 Fla 23!!!! Cox throws 3 TDS!!!

UGADawg83

October 22nd, 2009
2:29 pm

Hey Pipe when you are making inappropriate comments about college kids try to be original and not re-cycle Tommy Lasorda’a one liners.

ryan

October 22nd, 2009
2:30 pm

It might help if Joe Cox gets also gets Swine Flu the night before the game.

JP

October 22nd, 2009
2:34 pm

As a Gator fan I think it would be an upset if UGA won, but I wouldn’t be shocked. UGA has the talent to win – they just need to put it together. I think they’ll play their best game of the season and UF will definitely need to bring their A game to win.

Grind

October 22nd, 2009
2:37 pm

Ha Ha, if the power of the Dawgs defense can hold Florida to under 20 then they have a shot.

Body Tapped

October 22nd, 2009
2:40 pm

Cox is nothing. He is dead meat against the Florida D. He is going to have pressure on him all day. Passion? He is going to need a miracle to put of enough points against that D to beat the Gators. The Gators score at least 21 that will be enough.

FalconUGAFan

October 22nd, 2009
2:41 pm

Pissed off Bulldawg, Try to show a little class if you are capable of it.

UGA Pig Sty Supporter

October 22nd, 2009
2:41 pm

At least they won’t have to go back and look at the dumping ground known as Athens after a game. All Y’all’s just nasty!

Peggy Ledbetter

October 22nd, 2009
2:42 pm

Some perspective on UGA football: When Mark Richt came to UGA and turned our program around, winning an SEC Championship after a decade drought and putting UGA football back on the map of contenders every year for 8 years, we all loved CMR and he loved us. He even was willing to sign a contract extension making it financially unfeasible to be hired by FSU or Miami because he and his family felt they had found a home at UGA. During his 9 years of coaching, he has NEVER been fickle to UGA, but we, as fans, have been fickle to him. And this year is the worst I’ve ever seen. For now, we need to support Coach Mark Richt and the UGA football team. GO DAWGS!!!

confused

October 22nd, 2009
2:43 pm

key to beating florida: SCORE MORE POINTS THAN THEY DO!!!!!!!

Speaking of bad calls by referrees...

October 22nd, 2009
2:44 pm

…(not that anybody has brought it up today), but it was the same ref in both games that threw all the flags incorrectly, so why does the whole group get punished?

WildBill

October 22nd, 2009
2:45 pm

This weekend concerns me. What with the dawgs being off, I am concerned that a few players might “act up” and not behave in the manner expected of college atheletes. If BAD news comes out of Athens, or elsewhere, the tone will be set for the Fla. game, and it will be a big FLAT game.
In any event, I have changed my tone and call me blindly optimistic, BUT, I believe if the dawgs, and coaches go all out, and the SEC refs don’t hand it to the gators, we DO have a good chance of racking up the Gators. GO DAWGS!

Herschel Talker

October 22nd, 2009
2:46 pm

I think L-Dawg is a bigger tool than RAMBLE ON!!!. I never thought anyone would be a bigger tool than RAMBLE ON!!!, but I think L-Dawg takes the cake. We need far fewer blind homer idiot fans like him.

coach smith

October 22nd, 2009
2:47 pm

confused

Well I’ll tell ya…If UGA scores more points than Florida and get in the endzone more often than the Gators, they should win

LOL

Northern Songs, Ltd.

October 22nd, 2009
2:52 pm

how aboot recruiting a dozen or so players from the falcons??

PeligroPero

October 22nd, 2009
2:54 pm

It wasn’t the same Ref. The “excessive celebration” on A.J. was by the back judge and the Arky personal foul was by the Referee.

Jeff

October 22nd, 2009
2:55 pm

The key to Florida is simple: make St. Timothy of Gainesville eat every single blade of grass on the field in JAX. The more often he hits the ground, and the bigger the impact, the better.

timthebrave

October 22nd, 2009
2:55 pm

1. Win turnover battle
2. Win running game
3. Penalties
4. Block somebody
Go dawgs!!!!

Mississippi State is next

October 22nd, 2009
2:56 pm

If the power of the Georgia defense can hold Florida to under 20 then they have a shot. Stafford couldn’t put up a big number against the same defense, there is no way passion or not Cox will. In fact it will be a moral victory if they put up more than 10.

reebok

October 22nd, 2009
2:57 pm

tech fan here. the way the SEC, the media and apparently the whole known universe is pulling for an undefeated Florida vs. an undefeated Alabama in the SEC championship game, Georgia better be prepared for a slew of calls to go against them. i don’t think the zebras will let UGA win a close game. IMHO, of course, and as always.

see you on The Flats in November…got my tix yesterday!

DBalcer

October 22nd, 2009
2:59 pm

Thanks for the report. Was there any discussion about the ref crew getting suspended?

Call it Like It Is

October 22nd, 2009
3:01 pm

Give me a break!

It ain’t gonna happen dawg fans as FL loves to play in this one and will win BIG!

Enough Said!

lefty fielder

October 22nd, 2009
3:01 pm

L-Dawg . . . I’m with you, bud.
I hate losing as much as anybody, but I have confidence in the team and that whatever needs adjusting will get done.

Good Grief

October 22nd, 2009
3:02 pm

Whats with attacking a fan who is optimistic about the future? Who cares if they are delusional or not??? At least he’s not taking part in the pity party that some of you are throwing. Get a grip guys….we have the TEAM we have….we NEED to support them. Richt isnt perfect but my bet is he knows a lot more about the players capabilities and coaching than any of you!

read n black

October 22nd, 2009
3:03 pm

GeoffDawg is 100% right! Cox may not be the most prolific passer we have ever had but he plays with alot of heart. Aside from the OK State game, the passing the ball hasn’t been our achilles heal, even in Tennessee. Without a running game or a defense, we cannot win against most teams. Cox is a kid who is playing with a lot of heart and passion. Support him or find another team to pull for.

Good Grief

October 22nd, 2009
3:06 pm

“Miss State is next”……hey I dont think Tebow and company are capable of putting up the same numbers as last year either. If you dont mind, I think I’m still going to watch the game to see what happens. Dont be so bitter about rival fans getting excited for the game.

Big Al

October 22nd, 2009
3:06 pm

Passion is all they need? How about some blocking and tackling. I would think that with their record passion would be the last thing they need just man up.

ratherBgambling

October 22nd, 2009
3:06 pm

Nothing UGA does is going to matter October 31st. When I watch UGA is like looking at 10 pounds of crap in a 8 pound bag.

C from Marietta

October 22nd, 2009
3:07 pm

To ratherBgambling,

You are one class act! NOT!

Good Grief

October 22nd, 2009
3:08 pm

good for YOU “ratherBgambling”….no one give a crap about your gambling addiction.

Oledawg

October 22nd, 2009
3:08 pm

Cox is dead on the money! We match FU’s athleticism and coaching. The passion for winning affects game play tremendously in college games. That’s why we watch and prefer college ball over pros. These kids will realise experiences of their lifetime while we just observe. We get carried away and cheer lustily. The players get carried away and create great memories that last their lifetimes. The fans are powerless to affect the game except to scream louder than our adversaries, but those Dawgs in the trenches are screaming louder inside themselves.

Our Dawgs put on their unis the same as all teams. You never see what’s inside until their team passion shows. For all of you who are concerned that every minute isn’t occupied with a new trick play when they practice…..cool it! They are doing other game related activities when not on the field. Game film is important for the players to observe the weak moves by the opposing team and to understand the plays that the coaches have poneyed up to defeat them. They will understand the connection when pulling a tackle in a certain direction due to an observed weakness in the opposition. Less practice on the field is required when the players have the confidence of their coached moves. If you look at the players on each team, they match up. We can beat FU on a mam-to-man basis any game , but without that passion that gives confidence in game play, it won’t be translated as such. Joe is correct. The heart of college football is passion. GO DAWGS… and stick it to them with passion! We can only cheer vicariously as you perform with your heart.