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 23rd, 2009
8:23 pm

Dawgfan 4 life, I had tears in my eyes reading your comment. Of course I just cut up some onions for gumbo, but, you hit it in the bullseye, the head on the nail, and St. Simmons right across the jaw. Good take on a realistic situation. Keep it up.

Dawg Bone

October 23rd, 2009
8:44 pm

Florida’s got a lot of injuries and they have no deep receivers. Dawgs win in a big upset and ruin florida’s season!!! Dawgs 31 florida 26–I’ll be partying all night long Saturday night in St. Simons baby!!!


October 23rd, 2009
9:22 pm

You an’t nothing but a old ugly bulldog, you an’t never beat dem gators, you an’t never gonna beat dem jackets again, and YOU AN’T NEVER COUGHT NO RABBIT, so you an’t NO friend of mine!


October 23rd, 2009
9:31 pm

Win or lose I’m dang proud to be a DAWG fan and I’ll be pullin like heck against those Gators. If we lose then I’ll be right back again next week. It’s Rocky verse the Russian….well excpet for it ain’t scripted for a win hahahahahahahahaha

A great oppurtinuty to pull an upset for the ages. We’ll see how it goes

Richard Tardits

October 23rd, 2009
9:32 pm

But ees eet futbol?


October 23rd, 2009
9:46 pm


October 23rd, 2009
9:49 pm

Go Dawgs! Let’s celebrate in Jacksonville!


October 23rd, 2009
10:16 pm

After working for more hours than I would like to admit, the SEC DC Fantasy League is done. I am sorry for the “Free Willie” gang, he is not the worst DC in the SEC. Just the fifth worse. After seven games without a strength of schedule which would give Willie a better score, it comes down as follows:

1, Strong of Florida with 14.83 points. Look out Dawgs next weekend.
2. Smart of Bama with 15.165 points. A strong case for the Gators and the Elephants to play in the dome.
3. Monte “Lets make a deal” Kiffin with 16.67 points. My whole world lies waiting behind Door Number Three. Thank you James Buffett.
4. Ole Miss and whoever is their coordinator with 17.67 points. Hemmingway will now read something no one can understand.
5. Vandy with 17.27 points. Yeah they played Rice and a couple of others that you schedule for the wins.
6. The Dark Visor with 18.007 points. The Dark Side has been heard from today.
7. Chavis of LSU with 18.84 points. Gotta be the biggest rollercoaster per week. Yes more than Willie.
8,Coach Willie with 19.577 points. He beat several above him head to head but got blow out by Monte.
9. Arkansas with 20.28 points.
10. Miss State and Coach Mullen with 20.58 points. He still needs a signature win. Sign a football for Tebow?
11. Kentucky with 20.61 points. Maybe change from a Wildcat to a Catfish.
12. Auburn with 21.13 points. Everybody should beat Auburn. Okay, if you have a offense, you should beat Auburn.

I feel better now. Dawgs should win versus Tech (Tn), Kentucky and Auburn. Seven wins and we go bowling. Tech how is Boise in the winter?


October 23rd, 2009
10:29 pm

Good work Cuz – Oh the horror of a winter day on the blue field…..

2. Smart of Bama with 15.165 points. A strong case for the Gators and the Elephants to play in the dome.

And a strong reason why Damon should call Kirby Smart.


October 24th, 2009
12:05 am



October 24th, 2009
2:01 am

Bill, the reason I do not use my real name is because someone will steal it like they did in the past, and then if you google my name you get some idiot claiming to be me. I am looking for a job right now and that does not make a great recommendation. So thanks but no thanks, til the AJC changes their rules which of course will not happen.


October 24th, 2009
6:26 am

Tech fans continue to sit there and post the dumbest thoughts on National Championship Game.

Miami of Florida beat you soundly 33-17.

Tech has to be within 5 spots and have beat Miami of Florida head-to-head, which Tech did not.

Miami of Florida is also ahead of Georgia Tech by 3 positions in the BCS Rankings.

Neither team plays a single good team, except Tech plays UGA whom they will never beat, in the last game.

There are no other even beginning to be reasonable opponents for either Georgia Tech nor Miami of Florida.

Nothing Georgia Tech can do to jump Miami of Florida, and if Georgia Tech did jump Miami of Florida and Miami of Florida is within 5 spots of Georgia Tech, Miami of Florida goes to the BCS Bowl Game representing this said sorry conference, the ACC.

This is because Georgia Tech LOST to Miami of Florida head-to-head 17-33.

Your season was over the nanosecond you LOST to Miami of Florida.

You will NOT beat UGA anyway, and will drop farther behind Miami of Florida.

You have run your mouth about how great you are in a sorry conference because instead of LOSING to UGA for the 60th time, you delayed that 60th LOSS to UGA until this season.

I hope that this clarifies just how absolutely void of any common sense you are at Georgia Tech.

National Championship, B.S. Tech has NEVER EVER been ranked Number 1 by the AP Poll ever. And, this year is obviously no different with you Number 13.

Now, run your mouth some more.

bill collins

October 24th, 2009
8:18 am

i am bill collins of the small caps world…there i used my real name, lol


October 24th, 2009
8:34 am

Note to bugsquacher and other Dawg fanatics: Yes, UGA beats Tech most years, but are you proud of UGA having players who are illiterate thugs who are enrolled for phony degrees and who never graduate anyway? But what the heck, it’s fun to see your former Dawg stars cooking up some hash browns at Waffle House in the morning.

And it’s fun to read about the UGA Player Arrest of the Week.


October 24th, 2009
8:36 am

BuLLdawg, I almost feel compassion for you, you’re so miserable. Poor thing, maybe Florida will take pity on you and only kill you by 50 points. HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!


October 24th, 2009
8:56 am

Are u kiddin Ga beat fla next week never happen unless Tebow gets swine flu are food poison…its not goin look pretty when cox is sacked 6 times n its 45-0 at half….in a 65-10 romp by gators in Jacksonville…and yes i adore dawgs but due to a lousy def coach n quarterback who is awful n has a certain name of a lousy manager u know who is…lol


October 24th, 2009
9:31 am

Florida will be ugly, you’re right about that.

The ugliest part will be the massive disillusionment by UGA fans who actually think they have a chance. When UGA is slaughtered, at least then they’ll realize they’re never going to contend for the SEC championship while Richt, Martinez, and Bozo are there. As Furman Bisher would say: Selah.

Adios, dawgies.


October 24th, 2009
10:16 am

If the players start playing like the poor mouth fans are acting The Dawgs won’t win another game. Dang people please show them the perfection in your lives so they won’t ever have a down year again. Just suck it up on the down times so the good times will be alot more fun.


October 24th, 2009
10:32 am

I thought is was talent and execution. UGA has one but not the other. One name will keep that from happening, Willie Martinez!!!!!

Slap That Dawg Around

October 24th, 2009
10:38 am

pwah pwah … here dawgy dawgy dawgy. I love it! Gonna get slapped around rest of season only to get propped up for a good ole bee-tch slapping @ the end

Florida Dawg

October 24th, 2009
11:01 am

Florida can be beat but as Arkansas proved, you can’t do it if the Refs are wearing Orange shirts.


October 24th, 2009
11:04 am

In the past anything can and has happened in the Gator Bowl and the Gators showed the last two weeks they have some chinks in their gator skin and are not the same team of last year. Play against the Dawgs like they did the Razorbacks and its might get real interesting


October 24th, 2009
11:34 am

The dawgs practiced twice this week. Who are they playing next? The #1 team in the country. Hunker down!


October 24th, 2009
11:36 am

The dawgs are missing Senior leadership. I hope they don’t give the DC job to Garner. His DL is not getting it done.


October 24th, 2009
11:37 am

Glad to see them refs are gone. Florida and LSU might miss them refs.

Pit Bull

October 24th, 2009
11:51 am

Dawgs can’t beat other teams with good Coaching. Kiffen was right when he said Dawgs will never beat Tenn. as long as his FATHER, is defensive coach! Plus he has a good Offensive Coach. Dawgs can only win when playing against inferior Coaching. Mark Richt is too stupid/hardheaded, too realize this simple FACT! He continues to stick his head in the sand. It is costing him his Legacy to win Nat. championships.


October 24th, 2009
12:59 pm

The AJC is NOT reporting Jeff Owens’ actual comment about Tebow because Mark Richt thinks it would be “bulletin board material”?? I guarantee you, if this were Urban Meyer and Brandon Spikes and involved targeting AJ Green, the entire Bulldog Nation would be livid — and so would the AJC. What did Owens say and why is it being covered up?? More proof that AJC editors are not “journalists” — they’re just homers….


October 24th, 2009
1:20 pm

I’ve run UGA-UFL through my game simulator twelve times, and Florida wins every time by an average score of 42-10. If it rains, UGA does a little better. In the extreme case, with Tebow only mediocre and Cox having a better than average game, the score is 32-17.

UGA’s time of possession is actual about even with UFL, but it’s because UFL scores quickly in all simulations.

In no simulation does UGA come closer than 14 points.


October 24th, 2009
1:21 pm

I’ll rerun the simulations toward the end of next week with updated data.


October 24th, 2009
1:24 pm

I always run twelve simulations for each game. When one team wins all twelve simulated games, with the average margin of victory more than 21 points, the simulator has never missed a game result. So it doesn’t look good for UGA next Saturday.


October 24th, 2009
2:02 pm

How are we focused on the Gator’s when they gave the players the weekend off. Doesn’t make sense to me go out of town the week before the biggest game of your life.


October 24th, 2009
2:09 pm

I’m sure this relaxation formula was what UF used to jump UGA during those seasons the Gators had open dates before Jax.. Clearly, that’s the only reason UF won those years. It couldn’t have been superior coaching, recruiting, game plan, etc. (In other words, dream on.)

Not Disappointed!

October 24th, 2009
3:12 pm

Okay Georgia go knock Floriduh off the throne!

A Ga Tech fan that is pulling for the Dawgs to beat Floriduh next week!

Ramblin Wreck!


October 24th, 2009
3:25 pm

Hey BuLLdawg. You seem like a pretty level headed guy. Tell me something…how’s that bulldawg thing working out for ya in Athens right now a$$hat. Florida is coming up next Saturday and it could be another beat down by Urban Meyer of biblical proportions on those puppys from Athens. Mark Richt has driven your precious program into the ground. You don’t play physical, you don’t play smart and you darn sure don’t play championship caliber football in the SEC. So what’s left for you? Well it seems like all you can muster is flame thrower attacks at Georgia Tech. Well you’ve got more fish to fry than that. What you’ve got is the problem of YOUR head coach. Look at the solid programs in college football right now. The head coach is the guy you think of because they are the leaders, the passionate head of their programs. You think of Urban Meyer, Pete Carrol, Nick Saban, heck Les Miles is more of a guy in charge than Mark Richt. He strolls along the sidelines looking so cool and calm as his team melts around him…..your even bigger problem is Paul Johnson. He is that kind of coach, he holds no play sheets in his hands but he calls every play. If a player makes a mistake he chews that same player out when he comes to the sidelines. He’s recruiting in Georgia like Georgia Tech hasn’t since the late 80’s and he’s not going anywhere. Good luck down there in Jax next week. Get drunk, enjoy the trip like you dawgs have for the last twenty years and only three times have you come back up I-95 a winner. Heck Georgia Tech, lowly, nerdy, trade school Georgia Tech have beat you, the great Georgia more times than that since 1990. You wanna talk facts mount up meat head, bring it on. You probably live in a trailer and beat your wife, drink Evan Williams and go to Athens on the weekends and spend everything you make working at the prison.

UH hoo

October 24th, 2009
5:13 pm

Wow this guy needs some counseling!! Thats a little creepy!!


October 24th, 2009
5:15 pm

Florida looks vulnerable, unfortunately, not to these Dawgs though.

UH hoo

October 24th, 2009
5:19 pm

How can someone have that much hate. Its ok sickandtiredof my daddy doing scary things to me. Call defacs. They will help you out of this problem. But vent, get it all out!! Thats part of the healing.

UH hoo

October 24th, 2009
5:24 pm

Hey sick and tired. If you guys can win the next 19 against us we will be all square. I’m just gonna go out on a limb and bet that doesn’t happen. But your right you guys have at worst a 20 percent chance of winning against us this year in front of our home crowd at your stadium. Nice game today against that beast UVA. They lost to William and Mary by the way.


October 24th, 2009
6:38 pm

You are right on Mean Dean, UGA fans are the WORST I’ve seen in over 50 years. All football fans are fickle, but these are the top of the pile.When they lose its ALWAYS some excuse. They NEVER admitt the other team was better. When a rival team WINS, its “they don’t play anybody”, Anybody could’ve beat that team. My nephew attended UGA. I loved going to the games but hearing all that BS going on around you was just more than I could stand.But to those nuts all other fans are the worst.This is exactly why all us rivals get on their blog and give em hell when they’re having a bad season. Be careful and watch your spelling. There’s some sharp cookie named “slobberknocker” that critiques these blogs and knows who you really are. No much gets by this guy, he’s shaaarp.


October 24th, 2009
7:48 pm

SickandTired is spot on. About the only thing Dawg fans will enjoy in Jacksonville is the booze, so take plenty of it with you. You need to drink it all before the game starts to be fully anesthesized.

Then the Georgia State Patrol can have a field day arresting you losing drunks as soon as you’re back in the state.


October 24th, 2009
8:30 pm

I’ve been out of the country for two weeks. Someone please tell me that Richt, Maetinez, and Bobo are gone. Do we have a new head coach yet?


October 24th, 2009
8:33 pm

A solid defensive effort and a new DC. Free Willie, now!!

UH hoo

October 24th, 2009
8:34 pm

whatever dagny I will fly back and get my pe to pick me up at the airport. I think he said he was your pe bff.


October 24th, 2009
9:16 pm

there ain’t no way in hell you idiots could beat a superior team like Florida or Georgia Tech.


October 24th, 2009
10:18 pm


If a buulfrog had wings!

October 25th, 2009
7:09 am

I pray this morning, that UGA does not go out on the field and jumping up down inciting Florida.
Florida please do not embarass us anymore than we already are with this years team.
Florida Please keep the score under a 100 points. We will be competitive once again.
UGA please remove the “G” off the helmuts, this team does not deserve the respect of UGA team’s in the past.

I should be excited but I am preparing myself for the disappontment to come once again!

Slim Pickens

October 25th, 2009
7:40 am

………..Josh Nesbitt for Heisman


October 25th, 2009
7:43 am

That “gimmick” ground attack Georgia Tech runs is the HIGHEST SCORING OFFENSE in the ACC.

Athens Jacket

October 25th, 2009
8:14 am

7-1 Georgia Tech has the #1 rushing team in the nation.

Big Jon

October 25th, 2009
8:37 am

You know what King Bill, No body gives a you know what about if Joe Cox shows up or not. We need to be building a solid Bull Dawg Future. The reason why we have only one NC. Look here people, one. Is that we keep making the same mistakes. Florida – Alabama 1 and 2. Many NC’s. Us one. We keep making small gods out of every head coach we hire and get nothing, because we spoil and elevated them to Jesus status when they have achieved nothing. We are idiots. Wake up Bull Dog Nation. I am for one tired of giving money to a program where we make a guy starting QB just because he has been there longer than anyone else and keep bad coaches because they would make a dad or sunday school teacher. If you want to get too Heaven in College Football aka-NC’s you got to raise a little hell. So to all my fellow Bulldogs I do not care if we whip FLa. 500-0 we need to get our heads out of the and wake up. Personally I get tired of only having Buck, Hershel, and Lindsey. I hate living in the past we are starting to soound like Techies and Bobby Damn Dodd stories all the time. We are better than this. Just a Thought. We hired CMR to win a NC not sunday school superintendant. Damn Dogs lets quit licking our nuts and get back in the ball game…