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

T Dawgs

October 23rd, 2009
11:16 am

CMR told everybody we were going to rush for 2,400 yards this year with our 0- line we stink we can`t run block maybe the o-line coach is overrated? IF you can`t run in the sec its going to be along year. GO DAWGS BEAT FLA?

Larry

October 23rd, 2009
11:28 am

heck with FL this year. Start working on beating GT ….

Lee Corso

October 23rd, 2009
11:49 am

Recently heard Fresno State head coach Pat Hill, who has a lot of nfl coaching experience, say the main difference between coaching in college and the nfl is that in the pros you have to game plan for specific players while in college it’s more about game planning against your opponent’s scheme.
UGA gets out-schemed by smart coaching staffs like Florida’s and Georgia Tech’s and no amount of emotion can change that.

BallCoach

October 23rd, 2009
12:04 pm

The key to beating Florida.

1) If the Gators do not show up…we win.
2) If Tim Tebow and Urban Meyer get hit by a bus….we win.
3) If Matthew Stafford, Knowshown, Hines, Champ, and Seymour play…we win
4) If Hell freezes over next Friday…we win.

dawginduluth

October 23rd, 2009
12:05 pm

Poor kid is delusional. Passion could be the difference given all other factors are equal. Coaching is the problem, here. Richt is no Meyer, never will be.

Cuz

October 23rd, 2009
12:06 pm

Maybe the Seilers can get UGA VII a script for “Puppy Uppers”.

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October 23rd, 2009
12:20 pm

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Robert Daniell

October 23rd, 2009
12:21 pm

Hey Money….evidently you didn’t see Joe play against Arkansas…he was stellar…the whole game….shut up about him not having talent! He may not be who you want him to be….but he’s definitly talented almost 400 yards and five touchdown passes in one game! You’re an idiot!

RADLY DAWG…… Goooo Dawgs!!!!

KC

October 23rd, 2009
12:39 pm

Long time Gator fan here and I was a student-athlete. So, I know what it is like game in and game out. I am really puzzled by some of the UGA fans on this blog. If you have been awake during any SEC football season for any part of the last decade, you would know that each week is a battle. Too many great athletes and coaches. Look at all the games this year(with a few exceptions to certain teams). Anyone can beat anyone on any given day. Are you telling me that UGA should have beaten USC with your logic? Are you telling me that Arkansas should have given Florida a game with the butt beatings and crap defense they have played all year. I hope UF wins, but it is going to be a good game, just like most of the SEC games this year, past and present. Seems like most UGA fans on here have never worn a jock strap. Maybe sniffed one, but never worn one. Good luck the remainder of the year. Every game is going to be a battle.

takedowndawg

October 23rd, 2009
1:12 pm

PSI on fl’s backfield is not only needed but mandated. Tebow and his three scat backs must not be allowed to get in rhythm. Weston , Geno Akins and Jeff Owens need to have their best game.. Jeff Owens, has been extremely quiet all year. Not much action from him. Step up ,Jeff. You were the one that hurt Tebow’s shoulder two years ago when we beat them. NFL won’t be knocking on the door if you do not start going all out. I remember your weight lifting antics. Push some weight out of the way in front of you next Saturday and kick some gator butts for a change!

Matt Sturbate

October 23rd, 2009
1:12 pm

Oledawg – so you ain’t impressed by the Gators huh? How about Tennessee? Did they impress you? After your Masters lay about half a hun on you, you will be depressed! Bow to the Gator, boy!!!!!!!

CRYSTAL BALD

October 23rd, 2009
1:28 pm

In what coach richt called one of the most inspired defensive efforts he has ever seen Georgia dropped a heart breaker 2-0 to BYE week . BYE put up over 500 yards but was unable to crack the scoreboard on the stingy dog defense, the only score of the game came as time expired and the uga QB spiked the ball in his own endzone trying to stop the clock and set up a game winning 116 yard field goal attempt . It was later admitted that the spike was a mistake because uga had three timeouts remaining and it was a little out of field goal range. georgia now has to recover from this heartbreaking loss and prepare for the gators who also have a bye week this weekend they just happen to be traveling to the state of Miss to watch a group neutering of some dogs .

Jacket

October 23rd, 2009
1:47 pm

Brad- I’mm lifting my leg and popping one up your nostril, you butt smelling idiot.

Saint Simons Psychologist

October 23rd, 2009
1:48 pm

The Gayders suck this year. Deal with it losers. You will lose to an average UGA team. Then you will be embarrassed by a dominant AL team. You have been exposed for your piss poor run defense against the worst team in the SEC west (ARKY). Tebow is all you got. Sorry.

Dawg Fud

October 23rd, 2009
1:54 pm

Actually Joe, it is more than passion. It is not throwing into triple coverage or trying to throw the ball out of bounds after a fumble or any of the other bone-head maneuvers you do as a 5th year player…

Dawg Fud

October 23rd, 2009
1:55 pm

If you think passion alone will win this game, you might be Joe Cox.

Saint Simons Psychologist

October 23rd, 2009
2:04 pm

It will not take much more than passion. Just solid fundamental play will beat the Gayders this year. They are weak and overrated. Barely got by LSU, TENN, and ARKY. All the others were creampuffs. Gayders suck. Bring on a real team like tennessee tech.

THIS JUST IN....

October 23rd, 2009
2:10 pm

These news flashes just in…

Georgia has an actual chance to beat Florida…

Obama has lowered taxes and Congress has stopped spending money we don’t have…

UGA has replaced UGA Bulldog Legacy Caretaker Sonny Selier with Michael Vick…

Crime is down in Atlanta and no panhandlers are seen on the streets…

in OTHER NEWS…

Hell has frozen over.

Film at 11. Now back to the show.

Best News Ever!

October 23rd, 2009
2:22 pm

The Dawgs won’t lose this weekend!

Jefferson

October 23rd, 2009
2:26 pm

How can UGA beat the same defense without Moreno,Mo Mass and Stafford?

Saint Simons Psychologist

October 23rd, 2009
2:30 pm

THIS IN LAST WEEK. The salamanders had to eek one out with the help of the worst officiating crew ever to beat the worst team in the west at home. We beat them in Fayetteville badly. You will lose and you know it.

SOUTHGADAWG88

October 23rd, 2009
2:35 pm

Run the ball 40 plus times…drop the 4-3 and go with a 4-4 look with one LB’s job to mirror Tebow..hit Tebow in the mouth every time you get close to him.

Old School Gator

October 23rd, 2009
2:52 pm

I love it when the Dawgs have a bye week prior to playing the Gators. That way they will have nothing to whine about when they get beat. Although i’m sure that they will blame it on the ref’s, the weather or whatever else they can come up with. I say when they lose, for once Man up and blame it on the Gators being better.

Old School Gator

October 23rd, 2009
2:57 pm

I do like Cox though. He makes recievers out of our defense. You might want to see if anyone passes him a envelope with money in it after the game. His interceptions don’t look like mistakes.

rickINcalifornia

October 23rd, 2009
3:06 pm

Once again, we are ready to destroy Georgia. keep leaving your nonesense comments. Next day after the game, all of you will be hiding in the dark. Go Gators!!

Tbags

October 23rd, 2009
3:07 pm

The question is… can the Dawgs bring the passion and emotion they had for Vanderbilt to the Florida game, especially after two weeks off?

It’s tough to stay that fired up for too long.

Tbags

October 23rd, 2009
3:08 pm

Old School Gator, that’s way out of line.

Jacket

October 23rd, 2009
3:15 pm

L DAWG – your new name is D-BAG.

Dagny

October 23rd, 2009
3:16 pm

Yes, mercifully, the Dawgs will not lose this week. Be thankful for little favors.

Dagny

October 23rd, 2009
3:17 pm

On the other hand, not playing this week just prolongs the agony.

matt

October 23rd, 2009
3:18 pm

I’m going to have to disagree with you Bill. The running game is the key. The running game keeps the Florida offense off the field, gives our defense a breather and sets up the passing game. The running game, sir, is the key.

ugaaccountant

October 23rd, 2009
3:27 pm

One thing that’s bothered me twice this week is the implication that players can’t work out in the weight room on their own time. Why would we waste hours of our official 20 hours a week on weight training? Shouldn’t the kids be doing this on their own? I wonder if this is where we seem to fall behind other teams in having enough hours in the week to get it all practiced.

I know it’s asking a lot of a student-athlete to lift weights on their free time, but it seems like just one more thing that is expected of a football player in d1.

Breaking News

October 23rd, 2009
3:27 pm

Bye week just scored again against Willie’s boys. Ha,ha,ha.

takedowndawg

October 23rd, 2009
3:38 pm

Jason, I must say this was your best game preassessment. In the past, you have given our coaches a pass but I think that you finally recognize that changes must happen within or without this organization for us to go forward.. I do like Bobo on the sidelines. It will kept he and Richt eying each other on play calls and I think that is a good thing. Don’t want to see Richt w/o headphones. Someone tell Janeck his linebackers better learn to play the passing game a heck of a lot better. If that means stunting every play, then do it if you’re not fast enough to keep up with a TE or back out of the backfield. Worried about the tall receiver Moore for FL having a big game. He actually was critical in keeping FL in the game with Arkansas. He made several last quarter 1st downs. Corners must get in their face and stay with them. Don’t let them run by them on a roll out like they did in the Tennesee GAME!!!!!!!!! All linebackers and pass defenders better be within 3 yds of every FL receiver crossing the line.

Old School Gator

October 23rd, 2009
3:40 pm

Tbag’s So is your screen name, so whats your point?

Delta Force One

October 23rd, 2009
3:49 pm

As some have helpfully noted, there are some scenarios by which UGA could beat Florida. I have a few ideas too.

1. A micro-black hole could open for a few milliseconds in Gainesville and swallow up the Gators, depositing them in an area of space-time far far away.

2. The UF team bus could be hijacked and driven around aimlessly for several hours.

3. All UGA players who have been arrested could be released on bond, and their ankle monitoring devices removed for the game (those things are heavy!).

4. The ugly mutt Uga could spring to life and bite Urban Meyer, forcing him to leave the game to get a rabies shot.

5. Tebow and 21 other Gators could have simultaneous concussions.

But most likely, UGA will just get killed by at least 40 points. :-)

TBags

October 23rd, 2009
4:01 pm

Old School Gator, there’s no point. I was just trying to be sensitive and kind to Dawg fans who are really hurting beyond belief with this wretched season being a seemingly endless string of heartbreaks and misery. We should have at least a semblace of compassion for these poor suffering wretches as they contemplate the crushing blow that the Gators will deliver in a few days, shattering all of their dreams and illusions and their very distant memories of past glory.

That was what I meant.

Old School Gator

October 23rd, 2009
4:11 pm

Well Heck, I guess I could have some compassion for the poor old Dawgs. Last year we had to put in our third string band. First string had chapped lips from playing the fight song so much after each TD.

Jacket

October 23rd, 2009
4:12 pm

matt – the running game keeps the Fla offense off of the field. Who’s running game? You do know that you have to make first downs or you have to give it to the other teams offense, right?

TBags

October 23rd, 2009
4:27 pm

Deep down, I knew Old School Gator was a sensitive guy.

Ford

October 23rd, 2009
4:37 pm

If Passion was the key to beating Florida then Florida would be winless right now.

The only way UGA wins this game is if half the FL team is in the dorm with the flu.

After Meyer puts in the 3d string, noodle arm will throw his first TD pass. At that point it will be something like 60-7

The good side of this whipping is that it’s one more nail in Bobo and Martinez coffins.

DamnGoodDawg

October 23rd, 2009
5:05 pm

The Dawgs need to do their best against Florida but they need to be also preparing to do their best against teams they have some hope of beating. Then maybe they will become bowl eligible. Finding 3 more victories is probably going to be pretty tough.

ugaaccountant

October 23rd, 2009
5:11 pm

2 more victories DGD – We are 4-3 and nowhere near as bad as the haters make us out to be. For instance, we’re not like Tennessee last year. We’re more on par with FL in 2007 which was a way worse team than they will admit, but they should check the scoreboards.

Florian

October 23rd, 2009
5:15 pm

Yes, the Dawgs could possibly become bowl-eligible, but it will be a mid-December bowl in a town that’s not known for excitement beyond a 24-hour bowling alley or an all-night Krystal. And it will be cold with white stuff blanketing everything. Pretty depressing, eh?

Gator Hater

October 23rd, 2009
5:42 pm

As anyone thought about T-Bag being one TD shy of tieing Herschels record and two from breaking it??? He was atthat point in the ARK game and didnt do it. I think it was on purpose. If he doesnt at least tie it this weekend, then they are for sure are saving it and are wanting to do it against us!!!! That in of itself should be a huge motivator for that idiot DC we have and the rest of our defense to step up and play the game of their lives!!!! I despise those people

ugaaccountant

October 23rd, 2009
5:45 pm

Florian – We’re projected for the Music City Bowl currently. That’s a fun game and city.

Florian

October 23rd, 2009
6:02 pm

You’re right, Nashville’s a fun town. At least it’s not the blue field that’s covered with snow most the year. Good luck.

bugsquacher

October 23rd, 2009
7:03 pm

Here let me give “st simon” a little history lesson…. Since 1964, the Jackets have managed just 12 wins against Georgia. Let me say that again for all of you Jacket fans out there…12 wins in 45 games. To say that Georgia has dominated this series in the past 45 seasons would be a slight understatement. During that stretch of dominance, Georgia has posted win streaks of five, six and seven (twice). Tech has won three straight once (1998-2000).

lynninsavannah

October 23rd, 2009
7:29 pm

anybody that has a offense like ours and a defense the same it will be a miracle to beat florida and I am a huge Ga fan

Dawgfan 4 life

October 23rd, 2009
7:31 pm

I don’t care about those who would call me a homer. I expect the Dawgs to win every game realistic or not. I can see some of the so-called fan saying ” well my team is going to lose so I’m not going to watch”. Now that my friends is not a true fan. I supported Joe T. and I support Joe C. And I most certainly support CMR. Go Dawgs!!