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

Pipepimp

October 22nd, 2009
3:59 pm

UGADawg83, It Was a repeat of Lou Holtz the other night talking about Steve Berlien.

WildBill

October 22nd, 2009
4:00 pm

For what its worth, I bet you guys know that the SEC officiating team that blew two calls in the 4th qtr, LSU game, and the Alabama game, are suspended for 2 games. Wow, a hearing should be held.

L-Dawg

October 22nd, 2009
4:02 pm

If it’s not in all caps, then it’s like whispering… ;-) 9 days til we give Tivo a whippin. GO DAWGS!!!

Although BOWL and Dawg4Life have a point, we could go 6-6, or worse…

Will

October 22nd, 2009
4:02 pm

By the way Coach Fabris, I bet the UF coaches are licking their chops waiting to embarass you. Prepare your team for the fake kick this week. Get your head our of your ass! And please no pooch kicks.

Reality

October 22nd, 2009
4:03 pm

I sneered at Dawg4Life, but we really could beat Tennessee Tech and that’s it. 5-7. Ouch.

Reality???

October 22nd, 2009
4:04 pm

Hey – we are 4-3. We have a better chance of going 9-3 than 5-7. GO DAWGS!!!

Pipepimp

October 22nd, 2009
4:05 pm

The key to beating Florida this year is being an Alabama football team. ROLL TIDE!!!!!

Johnny DangerDawg

October 22nd, 2009
4:06 pm

Dear Haters,
Joe Cox still has the second-most passing yards in the SEC (despite not having a running game to keep defenses honest), so I guess we must have a whole lot of horrible coaches in the SEC who keep producing teams with talentless hack quarterbacks, right?

Mutley

October 22nd, 2009
4:07 pm

I had a great high school coach tell me once that prayer is very good but somehow God was always with the team that was bigger, faster and stronger. Passion won’t cut it. Gators in a romp BIG TIME.

Knockthis

October 22nd, 2009
4:08 pm

Passion is what gets those little yellow flags thrown at us after a touchdown.

Starring Henry Wilcoxon as Bishop Pickering

October 22nd, 2009
4:09 pm

Just because you had a bye week in 2007 & beat Florida does not mean you will this year. What happened the last time you had an open date?

georgiadawg1970

October 22nd, 2009
4:13 pm

Boycott Jacksonville

Joey

October 22nd, 2009
4:14 pm

Not a Cox hater here. Just don’t think he’s the best we have. And Cox should thank his maker every night for AJ Green catching balls no one else could catch…

Oledawg

October 22nd, 2009
4:17 pm

djawjuh- You need to get a game replay for the last 3 games with FU and look closely. Personally, I like Tebow. He was cut down by UGA in the early games by roll blocking at his legs. He didn’t run on us like he did other teams. Your reverence for Tebow is misplaced. His greatest affect on the team has been as a cheerleader getting the passion up for his team. That’s what this blog is about. Tebow isn’t the player the pros need(like Stafford), but he has cheered his team to 2 out of 3 wins. When his o-line was performing, he could run on most people, but he personnally hasn’t been UGA’s nemesis. Last 3 years it was Percy Harvin and a couple of years ago , Fasson(sic?). They did the damage that let FU feed off it. Demps is capable, but hasn’t been the big factor to take a game with us. We have fast players who can flat out move on Demps, but its the team effort that matters. Strong didn’t show up well until last year. The years before (and in your 4-loss year) he was in trouble. Has he been jammin’ offenses in the last few weeks? Not so. Willie has outperformed him. Your d-lone ain’t playing like last year at all…and you know it. Throw some player names out with a so-so coach and that’s supposed to impress us? You had better take a close look at what you have been against and how we have done with those same teams before you throw out the only names you know on your team. You have players this year that I rate better than those you named. Tebow, like any qb is only as good as his team performs. Take a close look at latest opponents vs ole’ Charlie’s d. You were lucky and helped by the refs in your last 2-3 games. We aren’t impressed, like we aren’t with your blog.

Joey

October 22nd, 2009
4:19 pm

Actually Reality???, the TT game will be the only one we will be favored in. So according to Vegas, our chances are better at going 5-7. Just saying…
Go Dawgs.

Johnny DangerDawg

October 22nd, 2009
4:20 pm

Brad, I understand that you want blood and would like to see Coach Richt publicly blow his top and say how much he sucks and all his assistants suck and his whole program sucks. Although that would make *you* feel a lot better, it wouldn’t necessarily help the Dawgs to win more games. I don’t recall Urban Meyer flipping out when his team had a 4-loss season. I don’t recall ever seeing Texas Coach Mack Brown flip out all those years of losing to Oklahoma before he finally won a national title. Passionate speeches in the locker room can sometimes help a team win, but publicly throwing a temper tantrum only makes the media go crazy and makes people start to question if a coach has completely lost control.

Ferndolin

October 22nd, 2009
4:20 pm

Everyone seems to be passionate about passion. I’ll put it to you this way. FLA plays the way the played against ARK, DAWGS win, no discussion. Florida is not invincable. You’re probably right. The gators will likely win. The odds are in their favor. But let me tell you, if they do win out AL is going to have a field day with that bunch in the SEC champ game.

Johnny DangerDawg

October 22nd, 2009
4:24 pm

Brad,
For example, do you remember when Coach Mora (the elder) was coaching the struggling Saints and he gave his famous “diddly-poo” speech? That speech didn’t really do anything to help the Saints. Or Coach Mora.

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 22nd, 2009
4:26 pm

Herschel Talker likes men, who like men.

Johnny DangerDawg

October 22nd, 2009
4:26 pm

Ferndolin,
It’s weird that Alabama lost talent after last year and UF returned almost everybody, yet Alabama looks like a much better (and more complete) team right now.

Clay

October 22nd, 2009
4:27 pm

Oledawg, a little early for the Jack Daniels, eh? I’m not a fan of Teabow but cheerleader? Man you are crazy cause he will go in the first round of the NFL draft next year, barring injury. And Willie outperformed WHO?? WHEN??

dap01

October 22nd, 2009
4:29 pm

Saint Simmons: If you put a 52 after those first two numbers, you would have your mama’s measurements. Or it could be the score of the last video game you played, or it could be the attendance of your largest crowd this year, or it could be the channel that will be carrying your games on Thursdays, or it could be the number of days before you come out of your mom’s basement.

Ferndolin

October 22nd, 2009
4:30 pm

Johnny DangerDawg – Coaching my friend, and some over-rated Gators. Question: What position would Tebow most likely be the most useful in the NFL? Not QB.

mr. two bits

October 22nd, 2009
4:33 pm

there is hardly ever anything worth talking about in atlanta or the state of georgia, so people obsess over a mediocre football program in uga…so glad i don’t live in the south anymore. actually, i wish i had the last minute of my life back after writing this…

Brad

October 22nd, 2009
4:36 pm

Johnny DangerDawg. I agree. I was half serious and I certainly don’t want CMR to say that he sucks or that his team or staff sucks. As far as staff changes, he’s doing the right think by staying away from that topic. It was a sarcastic post meant patially in jest. i was making the point that I would like to see a little more “passion” from the man at the top. I don’t think that’s unreasonable. Now I stand by my orginal post 100%.

I just get tired of the same approach over and over. I get tired of seeing the camera pan to CMR on the sideline during a beat down like either of teh two Meltdowns In Knoxville or the Bama loss last year, and he has that sleepy half smile on his face.

You aren’t talking to a bandwagon fan here. You also aren’t talking to an overemotional hot head. I don’t think I have to like everything that CMR does to be a true Dawg.

Grandpa Peckinpah

October 22nd, 2009
4:36 pm

sheesh. It’s taken a down year for me to realize just how inflated a sense of entitlement so many of my fellow Dawg fans have. If you idiots knew how to coach better than ANYONE one the UGA staff (yes, including your convenient scapegoat CWM) then guess what, YOU WOULD BE COACHING. Not posting on the AJC blog with your comment preceded by an 11-year old Ga Tech and followed by an 11 year-old Florida fan.

These players don’t owe any of you ANYTHING. They do not get paid to entertain any of you and most of them know they aren’t going to the next level. They’re here to play a game they enjoy playing and that we enjoy watching. In my humble opinion, lose the sense of entitlement or GTFO.

Harry Dawg 73

October 22nd, 2009
4:36 pm

Folks, no one loves UGA more than I have for the past 50 years. My entire family are UGA grads and small time but loyal $$$ financial contributors. I really get pumped up in the summer awaiting the footballs to be in the air around Sanford Stadium. Love my Dogs BUT the time has come for UGA Atheltic Department adminstrators to force richt into firing about 80-90% of his staff.

They do not present a top notch football team for 11-12 games a season and the Bama game and the tech game in 08 are two clear examples. We lost to one team ( Bama) that was superior and to another ( tech ) that was inferior. See the 3rd qtr in 08 vs Tech and that says it all. I knew then, that Richt needed to dump most of his staff for NEW and HUNGRY coaches. .

They are too upredictable in their style of play and their game day emotions. Yes, the kids are kids but can we not sustain a competitive spirit for 10-12 games per year and a bowl? Do we not have the caliber of SEC talent? Well, why are we as fair as we have been for the last 3 years? These kids are the ones that the current coaches have recruited and they are not stepping up.

The UT game this year and in 07 are two more clear examples of how UGA appears on game day with a mystery team and gets blown out. I am sick of it as 09 is in the tank.

This season is gonna be a 6-6 or maybe a 5-7 year. Time for a change.

UGA, class of 73

45ACP

October 22nd, 2009
4:36 pm

A fool proof plan with an air tight alibi.
We get out of Jacksonville with the win.

A good running game, a good defense and score 1 or more points than your opponent would work too.

Clay

October 22nd, 2009
4:37 pm

Pardon us mr two bits, would you like to discuss the economy on this football blog?

Cuz

October 22nd, 2009
4:40 pm

For those who wonder why the team is lifting weights instead of practicing the answer has already been given by Coach Richt. The coaches are alternating days this week with the state employee mandated furloughs. Also no sense in getting banged up, try and heal up and go after it starting Sunday.

laughing at you

October 22nd, 2009
4:40 pm

Where is the passion mutts? I mean darn you are the ugay bull mutts. Didn’t God create the moon and stars then he made ugay? Come on girls, you have to find the passion. Blahahahahahaha and you pricks have the nerve to crack on the Tech blog. This stuff is just plain funny I don’t care who you are.

Joey

October 22nd, 2009
4:41 pm

Amen, Harry Dawg 73, Amen.

Brad

October 22nd, 2009
4:42 pm

Grandpa, you don’t have to agree with us but it’s not your place to scold us. If you are satisfied with the program as it is then good for you. but that doesn’t mean we are wrong and you right.

Cuz

October 22nd, 2009
4:42 pm

Glad we could make your day laughing.

Johnny DangerDawg

October 22nd, 2009
4:44 pm

Ferndolin,
Tebow is an NFL fullback in an offense that lets the fullback run a lot. But he is so resistant to the idea of switching positions that I think he will be drafted by a team that wants to use him for select QB plays the way that Miami uses Pat White. But no NFL team is going to draft him as a future every-down starting QB.

Tide Man

October 22nd, 2009
4:46 pm

Florida’s offense is way down this year. They’ll beat Georgia, but will not stand a chance against the Crimson Tide, the best team in America, by far!!!

Tide 37 Fla 24!!!!!!

Joey

October 22nd, 2009
4:47 pm

Grandpa Peckinmouth, it’s true I’m probably an idiot, but at least I’ve got sense enough to know this is a UGA FOOTBALL BLOG. You don’t have to read this. You GTFO, moron!

OldDawg72

October 22nd, 2009
4:49 pm

OleDawg is right. Tebow may be the best college quarterback the nation has ever seen but a qb like Stafford is in much greater demand in the pros. The Dawgs are winning on talent only and loosing on lack of skills. Joe Cox is not a bad qb. His problem is never having a go to guy when AJ is covered up. Maybe having Charles as a receiver will help. When Cox gets into trouble, there is never a receiver open for him to go to for a 3 or 4 yard gain. Why not??? Martinez must develop a special defense for Tebow to stop his run and also cover his receivers. Bobo must have 3 receivers ready on each play. As far as the running game, tell the scouts to find a couple of running backs for next year. The Dawgs can win!! But, the coaches and cordinators must do their job for a change. If not, then, the game will be a blowout.

Johnny DangerDawg

October 22nd, 2009
4:57 pm

Brad,
I agree that you can question some of your coach’s actions and still be a true fan. I hope that Richt gets fired up in the locker room and/or on the practice field whenever it’s beneficial. If guys aren’t giving full effort in practice, I hope he chews them out. (And I acknowledge that maybe he’s failing to do that.) During the course of a game, I know if I were coaching and let myself get worked up about something, it might be hard for me to get my focus/concentration back when I need to be thinking about things like clock management or whether or not we should use a timeout right now. So, my opinion is that it’s probably best for a head coach to stay calm during a live game. If a lineman, for example, isn’t giving full effort during a game, pull him out and let his position coach yell at him.

45ACP

October 22nd, 2009
4:57 pm

Cuz – How is the DC Fantasy League going?
Did you get all of the equations/formula loaded in the computer?

George G.

October 22nd, 2009
4:58 pm

If young Mr. Cox thinks “passion” is the key to beating Florida, then he’s very misguided. A stable running game and a much better defense would be the more appropriate answer.

FLDAWG

October 22nd, 2009
5:01 pm

UGA will NOT beat FL this year.

BANDITDAWGG

October 22nd, 2009
5:03 pm

To win this game and belive me georgia can, all we need to do is establish a running game. But if cannot run the ball all fla will do is load the box and dare us to throw. So the passion needs to come from one of these herald runnig backs and o-line that was to be the strength of this team. sic em dawggs!!!!!

jack bull

October 22nd, 2009
5:13 pm

after watching the arkansas/florida game, it looks like the D-line will need to be dominate to have a chance. that’s what i got out of that game, arkansas’ d-line was all over the place making plays, especially stopping that dive play florida likes to run out of the shotgun.(i know, they run everything out of the shotgun, which is why tebow will be picked in the 4th round by oakland or cleveland). stop the run, and we have a chance..

Brad

October 22nd, 2009
5:20 pm

Johnny DangerDawg,

That’s how I feel for the most part. Although I don’t know how much good staying calm is helping CMR in terms of clock management and the use of time outs. Even when things were going great he drove me nuts in those two areas. As for the other stuff, I have long said that it isn’t essential for RICHT to be a firey motivator, after all niether Pete Caroll nor Bobby Bowden have evern been that type and have had plenty of success. however, you need a guy like that on staff or routinely play flat. Richt doesn’t have to be that guy, but he needs some guys to be ba cops to his good cop. And I think WM is way to laid back to be a DC besides just being incompetent.

GT Joe

October 22nd, 2009
5:21 pm

Seriously, who cares about UGA football. Waste of space…

2nd rate team…

Gov Clinton Tyree

October 22nd, 2009
5:23 pm

Gator fan here (obviously, if you get my handle). I think in order for Georgia to beat Florida, they need a few better players and way better coaching.

We’re fairly passionate, too, Joe might have noticed.

HouseDivided

October 22nd, 2009
5:23 pm

I’m GT, she’s UGA. I married up big time. I root for both. I have to say this discussion reminds me eerily of another one 2 years ago, where GT would win games they shouldn’t, then lose games they should win. 7-6 was normal, and there was a lack of passion in the head coach and the team. What a difference. Even if GT never wins ACC championship, it is so much more exciting to see them play now. I don’t see that happening without a coaching change. My dream year is two 11-0 teams playing on Thanksgiving weekend.

Dawg4Life

October 22nd, 2009
5:26 pm

Can anybody confirm if beating TT qualifies toward Bowl Eligibility? 6-6 with that win may not.

coolaid drinker

October 22nd, 2009
5:26 pm

The key to UGA beating UF is Tebow’s retiring.