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


October 22nd, 2009
9:06 pm

My keys for a ugay victory: 1. UF doesn’t show up. 2. UF gets lost going to the game. Other than that the mutts are gator bait. THWG “Ain’t Life Grand” wsp

GT For You And Me

October 22nd, 2009
9:06 pm

Great tonight 45ACP! Thanks for asking….. The game Saturday will be a tough one. Just because you know the history of that game…… I will have a puckered bu++ the whole game. By the way: What’s up CUZ!


October 22nd, 2009
9:12 pm

Didn’t Bill and Mary beat Virginia earlier this year?
You guys will win big time.


October 22nd, 2009
9:12 pm

I think the 2 most important players in this game with UF is Walsh and Butler. STs will either keep us in the game or win it. Butler and Walsh both will need to pin UF deep. Nor directional KOs. Walsh needs to put it through the EZ every chance he gets. Butler needs to keep booming those 50+ yard punts. Look for Walsh to have a long (50+ Yrd) FG or 2. Boykin and Miller both will need to come up huger on returns. TDs will be nice but a 20 yrd Punt return avg to with field position at the 354 or better on KOs will aloow for field position to stay on UGA’s side and allow the offense to run the clock.

We need to control the clock. I know we we need to score when the chances present themselves, but eat the clock and keep the UF O off the field. Whether we run or not I don’t care. Short quick hitters will be fine. Just move the chains and eat the clock.

GT Joe

October 22nd, 2009
9:16 pm

UGA football… yawn.

UGA blogs are like a car wreck…. so hard to look away…

GT For You And Me

October 22nd, 2009
9:18 pm

I hope your right 45ACP. I truly hope the DAWG’s beat the SROTAG next week!


October 22nd, 2009
9:18 pm

A good dose of play action and screen passes with a decent running game should do it.

GT Joe

October 22nd, 2009
9:20 pm

Quick question, why are dog fans so surprised at that garbage team? Last year you had an NFL-caliber QB and RB, yet still underperformed. This is basically the same team with a lousy QB and RBs. Be happy at the MPC Computer Bowl (if that).

Oh yeah, GT has the 3rd longest bowl streak in the country. IF UGAy makes a bowl, we’ll be tied at 13… don’t count on it.

GT For You And Me

October 22nd, 2009
9:22 pm

Lighten up GT Joe….Hopefully we will have plenty to brag about at the end of the season. There are a some good DAWG’s on this blog that pull for GT……. Until we play them……


October 22nd, 2009
9:31 pm

Coach Johnson is doing a great job for the Jackets.
Reminds me of the early Coach Richt years.

You should be proud of the program and enjoy the season you are having.


October 22nd, 2009
9:33 pm

One fundamental difference. They expect to win and we hope to. As bad as I hate to admit it, Urban will motivate his players while Richt will be his usual calm, relaxed self. Belief in yourself is a game changer. Guess who has the upper hand?


October 22nd, 2009
9:37 pm

You should be proud and enjoy the season you are having.
Coach Johnson is doing a great job.
Reminds me of Coach Richt and the way he turned UGA around so fast.
Some years you are good, some years not so good.
That’s just the way it goes.

GT For You And Me

October 22nd, 2009
9:40 pm

I believe if Coach Richt would start calling the offensive plays. GA would revert back to the great team they were. When Richt turned the reins over to BoBo ,the decline started. For a coach making that much money,he should be calling the plays. I think that is the only way GA is going to get back to prominence in the SEC. Richt is an offensive genius!

GT For You And Me

October 22nd, 2009
9:43 pm

BoBo is not!


October 22nd, 2009
9:56 pm

Funny you should say that. From 2003 – 2006 so called Dawg fans were saying that Coach Richt should get an OC so he could focus on the team and other things a head coach should be doing.
So he did. Bobo was the OC for the bowl game in 2006 and still is. Now they want his head on a platter. You can’t make everyone happy all the time.
I trust Coach Richt to get it sorted out and make the right decissions.


October 22nd, 2009
9:58 pm

decisions, that is.


October 22nd, 2009
10:07 pm

God I hate Yellow Jacket queers.

Try winning a conference title in a weak ACC for once. Or how about even winning a bowl game that doesn’t reside in Idaho for a change. Have the kind of success that Mark Richt has had in an 8 year period then talk trash. Oh, but ya’ll beat a one dimensional Va Tech team!

As for UGA’s chances vs. Florida, well let’s just say that I’m keeping my expectations low. Yeah the Gators haven’t been great, but they’ll show up vs. the Dawgs. My Dawgs may not beat Tebow this year.But at least I can take solace in the fact that in 2007, for one game, we gave Tim Tebow the biggest ass kicking he has ever received in his career.! And if it only happens once, then I’ll be proud of it.

GT For You And Me

October 22nd, 2009
10:08 pm

I agree. You should trust your coach. At some point that trust will wear thin if he doesn’t make changes soon. It all starts with the AD,who can be a very patient person when it comes to the head coach. You don’t want to go through the suffering we went through with Chan Gailey and our AD. Just saying,the changes for GA’s sake need to happen this year or suffer like we did for all those years……..

GT For You And Me

October 22nd, 2009
10:12 pm

Why all the hate Dan?


October 22nd, 2009
10:24 pm

Easy dan – There are Jacket fans that pull for the Dawgs also.
Most of us are from the great state of Georgia. We can pull for the other instate teams too.
We are all brothers and sisters except for game day. After that we are family once again.


October 22nd, 2009
10:28 pm

Really liked the video. The Dawgs need to get after Tebows a$$.

GT For You And Me

October 22nd, 2009
10:30 pm

Catch Ya later 45ACP! 5:00 am comes early. Go DAWG’S ! Go JACKETS!!!!!!!!

Dawgs R dead last in SEC in Total Defense

October 22nd, 2009
10:30 pm

Who knows Dawgs you might catch a miracle, three of the Gator starters on defense are hurt and won’t be playing Saturday so maybe you will luck out and they won’t play against you. It is not likely that they will miss your game but you might catch a break and score more than 10 points this year.

The North Avenue Trade School Songster

October 22nd, 2009
10:33 pm

(To the tune “Georgia On My Mind”)

Georgia, Georgia
You’ll get beat down
Much like Michael Vick’s pit bulls
Get put in the ground
Ground, oh beat down

Urban, Timmy
They’ll run up the score
Cause they’ve seen you dancin
In their end zone before

Then you’ll go blame referees
Joey Cox will whine a spree
Still, Saint Mark will look the part
Of a man who’s half asleep

Oh Georgia, Georgia
No peace you’ll find
When the Florida Gators
Hand you your behind.


Saint Simons of Florida

October 22nd, 2009
10:39 pm

49-10! Natonal Champions 2006, 2008! 49-10! hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

I'm Bill Kurtis and me and my Internet are on the go

October 22nd, 2009
10:45 pm

I have been over on the Tech blogs looking for a good subject to comment on.
Don’t bother. No one is there.

Hot Dawg

October 22nd, 2009
10:55 pm

The key to beating Florida is ability and coaching as well as passion.

Unfortunately the dawgs do not measure up-not even close. Look for the 17th beating in 20 years or whatever the hell it is-sorry, I lost count.

Thanks Jimmy Ray Richt!! Try to keep the margin of defeat under 30 points this year.

Matt Sterbation

October 22nd, 2009
11:06 pm

there are 3 keys to beating the Florida Gators:


Cobb Dawg

October 22nd, 2009
11:12 pm

Hey Coach Richt,

Maybe Coach Martinez could spend some practice time on tackling. I’m sure you already thought of that………………but just in case


October 22nd, 2009
11:17 pm

The Key to beating FLA….there is no such thing if FLA shows up and plays well.

UGA can’t hang with FLA for 4 quarters in this game.

Funny to see Tech fans on the UGA blogs….very entertaining. I wonder where you”ll be IF your JACKETS lose this weekend? I know….off the UGA blogs and hiding on your OWN blog where you BELONG in the first place.


October 23rd, 2009
12:11 am

I can;t believe that people keep complaining that we should play Murray. I think that would be stupiid this late in the season to play him…burning a whole yr. of eligibilty. I know Murray had an injury earlier in the season, & you guys haven;t even seen him practice. I mean…he just very well may not be ready yet. Cox hasn’t been that bad…I know he’s thrown some interceptions, but I’m sure that’s not all his fault…considering thet line hasn’t blocked all that well. It’s a team game people…just bc a QB appears to be inconsistent…doesn’t always mean it’s all his fault. Just look how well he played against SC & Ark. I mean, he was national player of the week against Ark. As far as yardage goes…I think he’s only had a couple of bad games. Stop complaining & get behind your team! People talk llike we have no chance against FL., but FL isn’t as great as they have been. I mean, Ark. should have beat them…if it wasn’t for the refs. I don’t know if we’ll win…you never know, but I think we have a chance.


October 23rd, 2009
1:15 am

Certainly don’t know for sure what Joe Cox really said about the best way to ‘take down’ Saint Timothy, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he used one of Jim Donnan’s favorite expressions – and one he ascribed to Champ Bailey on more than one occasion – ‘He’ll knock his d**k off’…that sorta sounds like ‘hitting him low’, don’t it?

Dreaming of a win in FLA

October 23rd, 2009
6:10 am

The best chance Georgia has of winning in Florida is to leave Willie Martinez at home. With Willie’s D we will have to score at least 55 points to win. Unranked, at the lowest level of all stats, will barely be bowl eligible and playing in a fourth tier bowl…. Does CMR realize there are problems at Georgia? Will he make any coaching changes? Probably not! It will be “give them one more year and they’ll get it all straightened out”. I’m sick of the spin and excuses out of Athens.
Take some action … make some changes … give out some pink slips and
let’s start over again the way it should be. I believe we will get beat by 35 points in Jacksonville with Willie’s D, soft d back play, no running game and poor coaching. Mark Richt will blame it on the fans for not being loud enough and say he thought he was too easy on the dawgs during their week off. Lifting weights isn’t what’s needed against Fla … it’s passion and fire and preparation and readiness.
I know CMR’s coaches don’t have this in them … I wonder if CMR does.
The Florida game will show us exactly where the UGA program has fallen to. I don’t think it’s going to be a pretty picture.


October 23rd, 2009
7:26 am

Only a dog would think beating Vandy means you are ready for Fl. The gators will embarress the dogs, word in Gainsville is Meyer is planning to leave the starters in the entire game regardless of the score. And use all his time outs. More punishment for 07 coming your way dogs


October 23rd, 2009
7:41 am




October 23rd, 2009
8:21 am

How can y’all beat anybody when you won’t quit crying about the refs?

The refs didn’t beat you….you lost because you SUCK.

And you will NEVER be any better if all you do is sit around and CRY.

Felix the Cat

October 23rd, 2009
8:27 am

dawgs win this hands down…..u heard it here first…


October 23rd, 2009
8:30 am

5 Keys to beating us this year
1. Put a man on Aaron Hernandez and leave him there.
2. No Stupid Penalties.
3. Don’t kick the ball to Brandon James
4. Control the clock
5. Don’t let the boys block a punt (UF always wins when they block a kick)
Do those 5 things and you’ll have a decent shot at beating us.


October 23rd, 2009
8:42 am

This team will go 6-6, and be bowl eligible, but be passed over for a bowl. 4 teams that were 6-6 were passed over last year. Stinks. The streak is over… FSU (27), Florida (18), VT (16), GT (12), UGA (12). FSU streak could be over too.


October 23rd, 2009
8:45 am

bring weapons to the game that’s about the only way you’ll have a shot at the defending national champs


October 23rd, 2009
8:49 am

Well Homers you have had a week off which is typically your excuse for Florida winning. You have seen the blueprint from Tennessee and Arkansas. If you get blown out in this one as you did by Tennessee can you prep us now with your excuses?

Call it Like It Is

October 23rd, 2009
9:11 am

Gators wait every year for this one, and will steamroll GA.

Enough Said!


October 23rd, 2009
9:24 am

Passion? That is an understatement. You saw what passion drove Timmy to do last year. There is nothing different from him to the other guys that put on that Big G helmet except at times Passion. I saw a controlled passion on the Dawg side when we took down the Urbanater, not just the stomp in the end zone.

All I want for Christmas is the Dawgs to bring it the rest of the year and leave it on the field!

Mean Dean

October 23rd, 2009
9:58 am

You UGA fans really are the worst. As the board on this “blawg” proves every day: you know nothing about football and you don’t want to learn. In normal years (when UGA is decent), it’s “Bama sucks!” “Tenn sucks!” “the refs suck!” “Meyer cheats!” “Spurrier sucks!” And when you’re having a down year (like now), it’s “fire Richt!” “the refs are out to get us!” “it’s a conspiracy!” “Joe Cox sucks!” “fire Martinez!” What a bunch of philosophers. No analysis. No discussion about actually playing the game. Just idiocy. You’re getting what you deserve.


October 23rd, 2009
10:02 am

Maybe he can coach up an endzone dance when GA scores their first field goal! Passion! Woo-hoo!


October 23rd, 2009
10:09 am

Guess I’ll leave the smart-ass comments to the Gators here – after all they’re good at it and, I suppose, have earned the right to ‘em for now. The problem is that regardless of the outcome of any given Florida game, they’ll still be skinnin’ their arrogant a**es for all to see. I mean if they could strut around after that beat-down they got in the BCS Championship game some year’s back at the hand of Nebraska and kept calling the rest of us names, they’re capable of anything.

What I do want to ask is: Do the Seilers have some other Bulldog they can have stand in for this one?…Preferably one that’ll get out from under the porch (or the DawgHouse) and bite somebody in the butt, or elsewhere? Does anybody else think that the lethargic fat-boy of a Bulldog could use some peppin’ up? Kinda like the bad-boy that went after the Auburn guy those years back? Maybe it’s just me, but perhaps if our UGA were to show a little more moxie…well, it was just a thought.


October 23rd, 2009
10:10 am

If Willie goes Garner will be the next DC.

Guess Who

October 23rd, 2009
10:16 am

Should Willie Martinez be arrested for impersonating a defensive coordinater?

Matt Sturbate

October 23rd, 2009
10:30 am

Passion? Maybe he meant”PASSING”, but just doesn’t know how to pronounce it. We know he doesn’t know how to do it.


October 23rd, 2009
10:55 am

When did a 5-7 record qualify for a bowl?