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 25th, 2009
8:38 am

Maybe you guys should find a offensive coordinator that runs a “high school” offense like GT does.

Blah hahahaha


October 25th, 2009
8:45 am

Hey BullDawg,

Check the scores from last night. Miami lost to Clemson! Geez, diarrhia of the mouth (or should i say diarrhia of the keyboard or better yet – diarrhia of the brain)!

Dogs suck

October 25th, 2009
9:30 am

You guys have no chance

UGA 3-2 4-3 189 194 2-1 2-2
FLA 5-0 7-0 247 71 4-0 3-0

7-1 Jackets

October 25th, 2009
9:41 am

Top 10 today since the Canes lost.


October 25th, 2009
10:00 am

Come on dawg fans, keep the faith and support our team in good times and bad. Rebuilding is never pretty, but there’s talent on this years team, it just has to come together at the right time and place, hopefully against Florida.

Never say never!

Wishful thinking!

Tampa Gator

October 25th, 2009
11:52 am

Two things for sure…First, Georgia Tech IS a top 10 team and they would give any team from one week to the next a difficult challenge. Their backfield and their one WR are special. The defense is getting better. Watch out! Second, Florida is equal to Bama, but neither has a consistent, well-rounded offense. Bama and Gators fans are scared because of it. But those defenses give “us” a lot of comfort. In conclusion, Joe Cox better bring more than passion when he shows up next Saturday. Georgia is good enough to beat Florida, but they will have to play a nearly perfect game to do so. Florida 27-14.

Tampa Gator

October 25th, 2009
11:55 am

Just thinking…I think you could take all the pro prospects off of Florida and Bama defensive teams and put togethr a really good NFL defense to build for the future. There are some super studs on both of those defenses. My, My!!!! Only a few offensive prospects, however.


October 25th, 2009
12:07 pm

I cannot wait until Saturday is over so that all of the excuses will finally have been used by the fans of the pups ! Georgia , go ahead and tell us now how much better UGA will be next year. When you’re finished look at some of the others in the SEC and tell me you will be better than them. Tennessee has now played U and Alabama in the past 2 weeks with 2nd stringers and neither team could get into the end zone on offense. Tennessee has played the #1 ranked team twice this year and lost by a combined 12 points. Alabama will be better next year as will Auburn Tennessee and LSU. Looks like a few more years before the dogs will have a legit shot to brag about anything outside of gymnastics.

Dawg'em out!

October 25th, 2009
12:09 pm

Dawgs looking to shock the cfb world and the gata’s next sat in j’ville!

Let the Big Dawgs Eat!


October 25th, 2009
12:12 pm

Hey folks, Murray was the MVP of the elite 11 over Barkley. Funny how Barkley is good enough to start for USC and Murray can’t even get a snap at GA. Something is wrong with this picture.

jack bull

October 25th, 2009
12:15 pm

hmmm, UT scores 45 on the dawgs, 10 on UA…. nuff said, lets just hope CMR recognizes the same thing…


October 25th, 2009
12:23 pm

After the last coupla games UF has played you’d think the gaters around here just might want to back off…buuuttt noooooo. You see these folks have come to believe that they are entitled…that they are the masters of the universe…hell, that their crap don’t even stink. Well we’ll see what happens this Saturday and then we’ll see what happens for the remainder of the season. If changes need to be made, then we’ll make ‘em – coaches, players, whatever – and we’ll see what happens next year.

You see arrogance, while not officially one of the Seven Deadlies, is most closely linked to the worst of that Pride thing, and in it’s worst forms of hubris, narcissism, vanity – and arrogance. Florida fans have long since decided that they, they are ’superior’ to everyone else and love to rub others noses in it. Just remember, that when the time comes, and it will come, revenge will be sweet…of course finding you guys will be kinda tough cause you won’t be hanging around here much. You’ll be calling up your excuses for why ‘you got beat’. Then again it won’t take you long before you’re back showing the rest of us just how pleased you are with yourselves…you won’t deserve it but that’s never stopped you before. Kicking that crap out of you will be a pleasure – hell, even watching somebody else kick it out of you will. Of course that will mean the rest of us will be engaging in that ‘Deadly Sin’ of Wrath…Hell hath no fury like a Bulldog that you’ve tried to rub his nose in it once too often.

That goes you you techies too…it’ll be a pleasure.

Jacket Racket

October 25th, 2009
1:35 pm

hahahahahahahaha joe cox beats UF with passion… hahahahahahahahaha … he couldnt beat UF with an NFL team

Racine Dawg

October 25th, 2009
2:11 pm

With a few breaks, the dawgs can beat florida, which had lucky wins against Miss St and Lsu. Georgia gets in done in jax: Dawgs 31 FL 26


October 25th, 2009
2:33 pm

Big Jon I agree with you somewhat. I do get tired of the same old approach. I am as loyal a Dawg as you will find but I’m tired of the way so many of us will accept any exuce that’s tossed our way.

I’m tired of us getting outcoached. Yes CMR has brought us soe success and I really appreciate that. But he seems clueless that what he was doing from ‘02 to ‘05 is not working anymore. The SEC has changed and he either won’t or can’t change with it. There is absolotly no excuse for us being in this position in terms of qb play. Stafford started for three years. So there was plenty of time to get smebody else ready. But we didn’t learn from Joe T. and we still haven’t learned because Cox is gonna get all the snaps no matter what. I’m tired of the mealy mouthed “He waited his turn .” excuses. You know what? I don’t care that he waited his turn.

Watch as Garner and Jancek get promoted to co DC IF anything is done about WM after the season. CMR lives in fantasy land.


October 25th, 2009
3:20 pm

Knelson, of course UGA will be better next year. It can’t get much worse. The only W’s that you can put in the column are Tech(TN), Kentucky and Auburn. Auburn’s D is so bad I am at a loss how they won any games.


October 25th, 2009
4:51 pm

Well…. a LACK of passion will assure their demise! UGA has a shot, though it be a long one, to win this game! They have nothing to lose and everything to gain. UF has looked sluggish on offense and that could be enough to keep the dawgs in it…perhaps, passion will be what brings this team together! Good luck!

Saint Simons

October 25th, 2009
4:52 pm

I love GT football men. Especially the tight ends! they are so cute!


October 25th, 2009
5:18 pm

bugsquacher, thanks for the history lesson! Haven’t you heard, though; CPJ isn’t interested in history… he wasn’t here! He’s here now and he’s eliminating streaks one game at a time!


October 25th, 2009
5:24 pm

Hey dawg fans, ya may wanna hire Mike Vick.He knows how to make dogs fight.


October 25th, 2009
6:52 pm

Hey, “POSER” is pretty funny.

Dr M

October 25th, 2009
7:03 pm

Just a reminder to actual UGA fans that many posters are trolls (people posing as one thing while actually being something else). Ignore the smack talking intruders and the pseud-Dawgs who only try to stir up discontent. They love it when you react to them.

As for the upcoming game with the Ugly Force, on paper we have no reason for optimism. UF leads the SEC in numerous offensive and defensive stats while UGA ranks at the top of several undesirable ones. However, UF hasn’t looked invincible the past few games and the Dawgs have a long history of pulling the occasional unlikely upset. IF the refs pay attention to WR Nelson grabbing defenders’ shirts to get leverage and IF they call a fair game, we’ve got a chance. I agree with Joe Cox about the passion but a lot of things will have to go right…Finally, to all authentic JYDs, whatever happens next Saturday: “It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog!”


October 25th, 2009
8:48 pm

There is now way UGA even stays in the game with Cox at QB will be over at halftime….. It is so sad UGA has become so bad after being a preseason No. 1 last year. These coaches cannot motivate these players. If you think we have a chance in this game you are going to be so disappointed….. will be 4-4 after this one Cox is horrible……


October 25th, 2009
8:59 pm

For the bloggers who say Georgia will shock the nation with an upset over Florida. Are you the same ones who predicted a 3 TD win over Tennessee? Better yet even predicted a win over UT? Let the big dawg eat is funny seeing as how that dawg has been eaten and spit out once this season 45 to ? Next season and the second half of this one will be no better than the first 6. Get over yourself and face reality.

Mobile Dawg

October 25th, 2009
9:05 pm

As a Dawg and a fan (pass the kool aid) I would love to see us put it all together, play a complete game man to man as you said Oledawg and beat UF, we can.

As a football purist, how aggravating would it be to see the Dawgs play up to their potential and beat Florida as most of us know we could. If that happens after so many negative things the last couple of years it will validify the point of many here regarding the coaching unfortunately.

I need counseling, it’s been tough being a Dawg the last few years, but I can dream. I see Urban Meyer standing there after a 45 -10 loss Saturday with nothing to say, not CMR. His chin around his knees, mouth open, nothing coming out. I have high hopes, at least until Saturday afternoon….Go Dawgs….


October 25th, 2009
9:09 pm

Red Elephant

October 25th, 2009
9:17 pm

As an Alabama fan, I’ve always liked Georgia more than any other SEC school. I’ll pull for you Saturday, but you just don’t have the horses to run with Florida. Hell, after the UT(sic) game, I don’t think we do either.

You need passion and better COACHING. Richt is a great human being and a good coach……..but he won’t win a NC with a Bobby Bowden CEO approach this young in his career. Georgia does less with better talent than any other program I’ve ever seen………..that means piss poor COACHING. Period.


October 25th, 2009
10:38 pm

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October 25th, 2009
11:04 pm

According to my stat sheet there is no way that UGA can beat the Gators. So throw everything into the wind and play like it is the last game you will ever play. It worked for Washington against USC.

Saint Simons

October 25th, 2009
11:06 pm

any tight ends on the Georgia bulldog team? I likes men. Those tight little uniforms, ooooh! so cute!


October 26th, 2009
12:19 am

Truth is our only hope is Tebow comming down with the Swine Flu or a Bus wreck on there way from Gainesville to J’Ville. Hell I dont even think we could beat the Gators with out Tebow. They dont ever look past us. We’re not Ark or Miss state, the way the gators played against those teams is not the Gators we will see on Saturday. This is a game they mark on there calender every year. They would love to blow us out and I’m afraid thats what will happen.

Dr. K

October 26th, 2009
1:12 am

Georgia will play their best game of the year to date in Jacksonville. It may not be enough because Florida plays very solid defense. Any morons posting that Florida is going to win by a huge margin are not creditable football observers. The Gators offense is staggering. They have not been able to replace Harvin and Murphy. Their running backs are small and quick not physical. Tebow is a great leader but is overrated by casual fans as an offensive weapon. Georgia is terrible in the Cover 2 but I don’t think Florida has the passing game this year to exploit them repeatedly. Georgia will do a decent job against the run and hang in. This will be a competitive game. Florida has been made a 16 point favorite. Morons please note..they were 25 point favorites against Arkansas (won by 3)..they were 23 point favorites against Mississippi State (won by 10). They are not the explosive offensive team they have been in recent years. I agree with Randy Galloway, former sportswriter and now Dallas ESPN radio talk show host. He says the problem with modern day football fans is they watch Sports Center and read headlines and think they are experts. His advice…before you comment…”Watch the Damn Games.” !!


October 26th, 2009
7:00 am

The cure for the anemic Florida offense?

A Willie Martinez D!


October 26th, 2009
8:21 am

News Flash….I agree you have to have passion but lets be very clear. The key to beating UF?? Let’s try no turnovers, no stupid penalties, great playcalling….great defense…great special teams…no stupid kicks to the 30 yard line…..that is the KEY to beating UF. It really scares me that our QB thinks its just passion…..we are in big trouble. Hopefully Coach will leave this game set on geting us ready for next season so we do have to go thru the same crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


October 26th, 2009
9:00 am

Florida’s D is the reason they are ranked where they are. Their offense is mediocre. Our D versus LSU graded out a 17. Florida’s a 12. Five points better.

The only way we win is to play mistake free football and when the turnover battle. Can it be done, sure. Will it be done, tune in to see.


October 26th, 2009
9:00 am

win, not when


October 26th, 2009
9:04 am

guys, if you haven’t read the post in the recruiting blog… apparently if it’s true, we just guaranteed a recruit in South Florida that Willie Martinez isn’t going anywhere! If that’s true, my season tickets will be for sale next year!


October 26th, 2009
9:11 am

UGA beats UF this weekend, unless of course if UF brings its own officials! Good grief the officiating in the SEC is terrible. Florida should have never been allowed the one defensive score against MSTATE. They even reviewed the tape on instant replay, totally absurd, blown call!


October 26th, 2009
9:14 am

Hal, don’t be a MORON! You have one of the best coaches in the country. CMR has one of the best records in the country. Good grief, get a life man!

jb kicks lil bulldog puppies

October 26th, 2009
9:40 am


jb kicks..... puppies

October 26th, 2009
10:09 am



October 26th, 2009
10:13 am

It’s time to FIRE KIFFIN !!!

Tony Poulos

October 26th, 2009
10:23 am

#1: Ole dawg thinks that dooley is your coach. #2: Gator offense is sputtering. So what Gators still score in the 30s going away and the dawgs hit 3 f.g. (thats 9 ). #3 Every year we hear about the great talent going to ATHENS, but where are they on saturday? #4: Keep Mark Richt asyour coach. Yo might beat the GATORS 1 in 5! #5: What is it now? 17 out of 20? #6: Enjoy your weekend at St. Simonds. Good luck!

Kenny G

October 26th, 2009
5:37 pm

Maybe Cox and the rest of the Dawgs,coach’s included,need to be more prepared than passionate.Im sure these guys play with passion every week but in my opinion they have not been prepared to win games in a very long time.


October 27th, 2009
1:46 pm

UGA offense lost it last year for the Dawgs against Florida, who capitalized on our mistakes – think how competitve UGA was when the offense was moving the ball and before it got tired of stalling in red zone and missing field goals.


October 28th, 2009
9:40 am

There is no key to beating Florida, notwithstanding Cox’s moronic statement. UGA has mediocre players, most of them are barely literate enough to read a playbook, the majority of them are thugs who have repeatedly been in trouble with the law, and to top things off, the coaching is third rate at best.

Florida 59, UGA 10, if Meyer takes pity of the Dawgs and doesn’t use all his timeouts.

Florida is going for BCS points and will show no mercy.