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

GT Joe

October 22nd, 2009
5:32 pm

Good news dogs! Tennessee Tech is an FCS team, so it will count towards bowl eligibility!

Only 1 problem, where will the other 2 wins come from?

Then again, who cares about UGA football.

GT Joe

October 22nd, 2009
5:33 pm

oops, I meant, where will the other win come from?

can’t believe I’m wasting my time talking about UGA football… there has to be a flag football blog somewhere on the internet…

45ACP

October 22nd, 2009
5:33 pm

I don’t care about UGA football yet I waste my time to post a comment about what a waste of time it is to post a comment on the Junkyard Blawg?

ARdawg

October 22nd, 2009
5:41 pm

My “IF” predictions

If we can find that offense we had against Arkansas
If we can find that defense we had against LSU

We can beat Florida with a good thump. Anything less and I’m afraid it will be another bad year. We need THIS game over all of the remaining schedule. Winning this game we cruise to a winning record and likely run the table on the remaining games.

C’mon Dawgs. Give us this game. We’ve asked for a lot already and have gotten very little of it. Give us this one. We know you can do it.

U-no

October 22nd, 2009
5:43 pm

This is copied directly from Schultz’s article about Paul Johnson and comments CPJ made showing his attitude about the games:

“We’ve played pretty good at times,” he said when asked if he ever has been fully satisfied after a game. “I remember winning the national championship [at Georgia Southern], 59-24, and gaining like 640 yards and they had about 240. We played pretty good. But you’re always striving for the perfect game. When you become satisfied and lower the standards, I don’t know if you’re doing the kids a service. You’re doing them a disservice. You have to keep raising the bar and pushing that this is what you’re looking for. If we had won every game this season, that would be different. But we haven’t.”

He considered for a moment that, “I probably need to do a better job of accentuating the positive sometimes.”

But seconds later, it was as if the Paul Johnson mini-me sitting on his shoulder slapped him on the head. “I don’t care if they think I’m never gonna be satisfied,” he said.

Not that it will happen, but I think CMR needs to take that approach as well if the Pups will ever improve. Talent is important, but awesome talent improperly coached can and will fall short of their potential. CMR came to UGA when it needed a new coach with a new drive and vision. He did well in the beginning. But, last year, when you Pups had more talent than you ever have had in a while altogether on one team, you failed to live up to expectations. That is not the kids fault, that is a failure to get in their heads and make them go beyond even what they think is possible. That falls directly on the coaches, not just CMR, but it starts with him.

CPJ is getting more out of less right now because he knows how to get into the kids heads and push them to go beyond their own expectations. Nesbitt is performing at a level he would have never realized under Chan Gailey, and it is all due to CPJ.

You guys still have some pretty good talent. Cox and Green make a pretty good combo, but are they performing beyond their own expectations? Probably not. Stafford was very good, and at times ws amazing. He should do well in the NFL with better coaching. It is just that when you watch the Puppies play this year, it just seems that something is not clicking.

Tech has not had success like they are enjoying for a while. They haven’t really taken a step up in the talent department, but the new coach and new approach to winning sure has made a difference on the field. It would be nice to see you Pups spank the Gators, I really am tired of hearing about them all the time. A UGA win in Gainseville would maybe shut some of their talk about being number one up for a while. But, I ain’t spreading the love too far. Us Fuzzy Bees are going to sting you real good in November.

Einsteindawg

October 22nd, 2009
5:45 pm

Joe(III, jr) Cox should be focused on UF. I’m pulling for us to quit making bone-headed mistakes and start using some innovative coaching, and win the game. Hopefully, the spotlight will still be on officiating and a fair game will be called. If we don’t win, I suggest we start looking to next year and bring in another QB, as well as younger players who will improve and need the experience (”hear that Evans and Miller?”). I just don’t care about going to the Poulan/Weedeater Bowl. Just a thought…when was the last time Delta Airlines actually made a profit? Peace.

Dan

October 22nd, 2009
5:52 pm

I thought the key to beating UF – or anyone else for that matter – was better coaching, better players, and better execution but what do I know….

SEC1

October 22nd, 2009
5:59 pm

GT Joe:

you are such an idiot. Your actions seem to suggest that you, in fact, do care. Now go somewhere else and prove to us that you don’t care!

Got it?

Neck Dawg

October 22nd, 2009
6:00 pm

Go Daaaaaaaawwwwwwgs! Put a whoopin
on UF.
Oh, sorry, think I’m delusional.

Kincade

October 22nd, 2009
6:02 pm

This just in: Tennessee scored again!
Go Daaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwgs

Rome Dawg

October 22nd, 2009
6:05 pm

Dawgs will win with passion, no offense, defense
or great coaching needed. We’re the dawgs.

Evan 90

October 22nd, 2009
6:08 pm

Don’t see much evidence we can win
any of the big remaining games, we’ll beat
the sisters of Mary at home, but no shot
with Florida, GTech or Auburn.

JaxGator

October 22nd, 2009
6:12 pm

I thought that the Georgia fans were so nice and considerate last year. They were so nice about leaving so early; it really cut down on the traffic after the game. The game seemed so long; those two timeouts at the end seemed to take forever. The Georgia fans missed that because almost all of them had left. I hope that the Georgia fans will be as nice and considerate again this year.

Judge Judy

October 22nd, 2009
6:15 pm

Ga Tech Terrorists get a delay in their sentencing. Once they are sentenced in Dec then we’ll see which two of the GT posters disappears from our blogs.

http://www.ajc.com/news/terrorist-sentencing-delayed-169972.html

busted

October 22nd, 2009
6:19 pm

RAMBLE ON is SAINT SIMONS

Toooo easy. lmao

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 22nd, 2009
6:29 pm

busted, you’re not a detective are you?

Damon Dawg

October 22nd, 2009
6:31 pm

Techers be grateful I turned down an opportunity
for you to start next season with a loss at
the dome.
S it, we didn’t want to open with a loss playing
a real team like we did this year. Patsy’s for
our dawgs.

45ACP

October 22nd, 2009
6:32 pm

11-29-2009….Will be a great day for The Bulldawg Nation
There will be mucho Crow and Humble Pie for the masses.

Scout Dawg

October 22nd, 2009
6:33 pm

I remember two years ago when our season sucked we pulled it out. Hoping we can do it again. I think we can.

OBSESSION

October 22nd, 2009
6:39 pm

Absolutely priceless that GT nerd bloggers troll on this site ALL day long….and then they claim they are not obsessed with UGA. There are so many nerds commenting on this blog that I feel like I’m at a Dragon Con or Star Trek event!!

BTW, a week off = good results vs. Gayturds. The last 3 times UGA had a week off before the WLCP wre all vicxtories. Flahda had a week off every time during their win streak against us. I’m ready for the “Honk if you sacked Tebow” bumper stickers to come back out!!

G8RJim

October 22nd, 2009
6:42 pm

right now our focus is on mssy st, not jorgy. you folks enjoy your day dreaming while you can but be ready for a reality check on halloween. passion is over rated, talent is not. see you in jax, if you dare. go gators… if your not a gator then your gator bait!

U-no

October 22nd, 2009
6:43 pm

Obession,

Just returning all the love you Puppies leave all over the floor in our blogs. Hey, isn’t that what a rivalry is all about?!

Jugdish

October 22nd, 2009
6:43 pm

HELLLLLLLLLLLLO RAMBLE!!! I haven’t talked to you since Clayton’s dress up party. How’s it hanging? Hopefully better (or bigger) than that night. I will see you Rainbow lounge later this evening, OK?

[...] I guess. But it’s going to take a LOT of heart. And our fearless borderline-mediocre leader understands that. Passion. We need to get a couple of big plays as a spark and then keep it [...]

GR82BAG8R

October 22nd, 2009
6:45 pm

There are a few Florida fans trolling here as well. Not all day, but at night when we want some entertainment. Georgia has the talent to beat Florida – - it usually does. Does it have the coaching?

OBSESSION

October 22nd, 2009
6:45 pm

U-no,

you have been on this blog all day. Does your cubicle boss know how much company time you have wasted while obsessing over the Georgia Bulldogs? I bet you can’t stay off this blog.

45ACP

October 22nd, 2009
6:47 pm

I see a lot of G8R(name) on these blogs.
Well if G ate R, did H eat S?

OBSESSION

October 22nd, 2009
6:47 pm

Great 2B,

there is no entertainment on Gator blogs? Or in Gainesville? Sad, real sad.

GR82BAG8R

October 22nd, 2009
6:50 pm

No, it is just more enjoyable here with the usual suspects – - Ramble, St. Simons, Coach 45acp, etc., and all the “DAWGS” from around the nation (especially Denver).

U-no

October 22nd, 2009
6:52 pm

Hey, Obession, that’s funny! I own the company; I don’t work in a cubicle, I have my own office; and today was a slow day. So, if I want to spread some GT love around the AJC blogs I can and nobody can tell me to do any different. I can’t do this all the time, but when I can I enjoy it!

U-no

October 22nd, 2009
6:57 pm

I try not to be too obnoxious, give a little respect, and have some good laughs. Hey, in a way I do hope you skin the Gators next week. That would be quite a win.

GATOR CHOMP

October 22nd, 2009
6:57 pm

The Mighty Gators will win this one with ease “Book It” GATORS or DIE!!!!!!

45ACP

October 22nd, 2009
6:57 pm

Dang, GR ate 2 of them!

Ed

October 22nd, 2009
7:04 pm

Ed

October 22nd, 2009
7:10 pm

I don’t know…on paper, Georgia has no business beating Florida this year. On the other hand, the Florida team I saw against LSU and Arkansas is very beatable. Florida would have to play poorly and Georgia would have to play its best game of the season, but it’s been known to happen before.

I’m convinced that Georgia is pretty bad this year. What I’m not convinced of is how good Florida is. They seem to have peaked early. Let’s GATA.

Buck

October 22nd, 2009
7:31 pm

Dawgs win 20-17!
Wait, maybe in vollyball LOL

Ponde Vedra Dawg

October 22nd, 2009
7:33 pm

Puppies will put up a fight for a while, then
richt will smirk, play with his hair and the 2nd
half will be uga-ly

Evans Dawg

October 22nd, 2009
7:40 pm

If you are not pleased with the play of a student athlete then find a way to express that to the coaches without saying thing like “Joe Cox is terrible” or “…he has no talent”. The coaches are paid handsomely for the decisions they make. Cox has made some great passes this year, along with some I wish he had not. To blame the team’s struggles on a player instead of the head coach demonstrates your limited understanding of sport. To say things like “Joe Cox is terrible” demonstrates your limited ability to be a functioning member of society.
Florida is not great because of Tebow, it is great because of Urban Meyer. With the talent we had last year Meyer or Saban probably would have been undefeated National Champions without any excuses for injuries needed. With Richt Georgia will always be decent to good, never great. But keep in mind Richt makes a fortune to take critisim like that. Cox, not so much.

GT For You And Me

October 22nd, 2009
7:48 pm

The Dawg’s will beat FLA! Bank on it!!! They will also get out of the cellar for a change.. If I’m wrong,just ignore this post…………

Macclenny_dawg

October 22nd, 2009
8:07 pm

Well Cox got it right they need to play with passion. This week they should be putting in some greyhound plays!!! Watching film of Florida’s offense and finding the passion!!! Players should watch so much film of Florida that when next Saturday comes the defense should play like they were in the huddle with Florida!!! Hint to the coaches when its 3rd down and less than 5 yards TEBONE is going to run it!!!! He will not throw it because he doesn’t trust his receivers!!!! Put Florida posters in the locker room, play there fight song all week everywhere!!! Then that should put some passion and hate toward the GAYTORS!!!!

Minnesota Dawg

October 22nd, 2009
8:17 pm

My keys to victory over Florida:

1. Penetration of the Defensive line.
2. Great play by our secondary
3. Tackling
4. Offense taking the opportunities when they are there. Make Florida play our game.
5. Win in the turnover margin

Sounds like good sound principles of Football! Be patient DAWGS, there will be opportunities. Flordia doesn’t look as good as last year.

insight

October 22nd, 2009
8:20 pm

everyone who thinks richt needs to go is as dumb as paint.your not true fans.we have a very young team, thats it.as far as coaches go he is about as consistent as you get in the sec.i agree cox isn’t stafford but he is our best shot short of pulling a redshirt.which would be stupid at this point.so shut the f### up and stand behind ur coach and team.or stand somewhere else!!!

Cuz

October 22nd, 2009
8:27 pm

45, you did not see the results of the DC Fanatasy League on the previous blog? Wommack beats Willie by .7 points.

ghost dawg

October 22nd, 2009
8:47 pm

St S isn’t annoying just boring

45ACP

October 22nd, 2009
8:53 pm

Cuz – after reading the current blog I went back and saw the stats from the previous blog.
Willie is bringing up the rear. We both know CMR will not make a change in mid-season.
Let’s hope Willie will “see the light” and make the necessary adjustments.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=estc8Zw3ZjU

DOGGIE IN NC

October 22nd, 2009
8:54 pm

Can the gators blow out the Dawgs? That is a given if the offense plays like they did in the Tennessee game. Can the Dawgs beat the gators? Talent wise, this team is quite capable of the upset, especially if the gators turn the ball over like last week. Dawgs keys to win:
NO turnovers!
Less than 40 yards in penalities!
Run for 150+ yards!
Stop Teaspoon from running for over 50 yards!
Great special teams play!
We can do it! GO DOGGIES!
PS – Screw Techmites!

GT For You And Me

October 22nd, 2009
8:57 pm

Thanks for the Hank Williams 45ACP. A perfect fit… Hope the DAWG’s see the light next weekend!!!

Carl Spackler

October 22nd, 2009
8:59 pm

How the SEC teams have done this year…take a look for your favorite team/player…

http://www.secsports.com/sport_stats/football/confldrs.htm

45ACP

October 22nd, 2009
9:01 pm

GT For You And Me – How are you tonight?
You guys have a big date in the State That is for Lovers.
I think the Jackets will win.

GT For You And Me

October 22nd, 2009
9:02 pm

Doggie In NC: Why all the hate?