For Dogs, the colors were black … and blue

Is Joe Cox pointing to the next Gator he'll be throwing the ball to? (Bob Andres / AJC)

Is Joe Cox pointing to the next Gator he'll be throwing the ball to? (Bob Andres / AJC)

Florida defeated the Georgia Bulldogs again Saturday in Jacksonville with a large assist from … the Georgia Bulldogs.

After spotting the Gators two touchdowns in the first quarter, Georgia managed to pull back within four points. But the two bugaboos that have plagued the Dogs all season derailed any chance of staying in the game: penalties and turnovers.

The Dogs had eight penalties in the first half. They fixed that problem in the second half, drawing only one flag, but switched to their other favorite way of shooting themselves in the foot, turnovers, with four.

I don’t think that’s what they had in mind when Mark Richt and his staff have said the Dogs need to play “balanced” football.

Starter Joe Cox was lifted halfway through the fourth quarter after throwing his third pick of the half, and then we got the answer to the question of why we haven’t seen more of Logan Gray at QB this season. He is an absolutely terrible passer. The interception he threw from the Georgia end zone to Brandon Spikes, who literally walked in for a score, should become part of an instructional video on how not to play quarterback.

There were positives in the game for the Dogs, mainly in the second quarter when they showed their resiliency and threatened to make a game of it. While Florida looked on its first two drives like it was going to move the ball at will, the Georgia defense stiffened after that and was doing what it could to keep the game in hand, considering the Gators have Tim Tebow. But the second half giveaway staged by Cox and the Georgia offense put the defense in an untenable position, giving Florida a short field too many times. And Mike Bobo actually called a decent game, mixing up the run and pass and moving the ball … until a penalty or turnover would kill the drive.

Basically, the lack of discipline that has characterized recent Richt teams undercut everything good that they did. It’s tough enough to beat a team like Florida if you play your best football. Make that many mistakes and it’s impossible.

One last thought: I’m sure the idiot fringe of Dogs fandom will blame the loss on Georgia reviving the black britches for the first time in 11 years and breaking out black helmets for the first time in UGA history. That’s asinine. The color of what you’re wearing doesn’t cause you to commit penalties or turn the ball over.

Florida won because they’re the better team. But Georgia made it easy for them with too many stupid mistakes.

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Hmmmmm

October 31st, 2009
7:48 pm

The game was over as soon as the DAWGS needed the helmet gimmick to get motivated. I think I may be better suited to beat the Gayturs and I am a girl. Just yuch.

Barry Jay

October 31st, 2009
7:50 pm

I disagree with the comments about Logan Gray. He might not be the best passer but then, he has not been given a real opportunity to play either. I don’t think he is starter material, but this was not a fair test.

I agree that uniforms had nothing to do with this game. Turnovers and penalties killed us.

Sam

October 31st, 2009
7:50 pm

I was hoping for red pants; let’s never see the black helmets again. It has nothing to do with losing. I just hope UGA can get to a bowl game–any bowl game!

DaltonDawg

October 31st, 2009
7:51 pm

I’m not blaming the uniforms on the loss…but I am blaming the stupidity in putting emphasis on the uniforms instead of coaching and performance. We had more important things to focus on instead of gimmicks…really tired of the gimmicky Mark Richt.

Ford

October 31st, 2009
7:54 pm

Mike Bobo is the QB coach. That’s your answer on why Cox and Gray look like impotent HS freshmen.

SID

October 31st, 2009
7:54 pm

Yes, Mr. Richt’s little gimmick did nothing to help the hapless. Team is still very undisciplined, badly coached and just plain dumb. They seem to be better suited for street mugging or hot-dogging. Your down 14 in 4th quarter and finally make a tackle and celebrate like you really did something. This program is in a downward spiral and it is time for Mr. Richt to hit the road jack. Pack up the water-girl and aim for Talahassee.

jason

October 31st, 2009
7:56 pm

This is the most undiscplined and unintelligent team I have ever seen. I was calling for a close game, and would have been if UGA could get out of their own DAMN way. Is Cox truly the best QB we have. Every freaking pass to AJ was high and behind. He will get AJ hurt before the season is over.

I don’t want to hear crap about bogus flags. Every flag was legit. Once again a CMR coached team shows up unprepared. UF never stopped UGA the entire first half, UGA stopped themselves time and time again. Will this season ever end. Hopefully UGA will lose the rest of the games and CMR A$$ will be kicked to the curb along with his best bud, CWM. This team is beyond pathetic. They are so pathetic that I could say CUM and Tebow felt sorry for them.

Hmmmmm, I couldn’t agree more with your post.

jason

October 31st, 2009
7:57 pm

DaltonDawg, we now know what CMR and UGA was working on for the past 2 weeks, and it wasn’t UF.

TX Dawg Fan

October 31st, 2009
7:58 pm

Gray is not the future however the goaline against Florida is not the time to him a shot I’m really disappointed at the lack of effort and discpline. I expected a lot more with a week off. Time for WM to go screw up another team’s defense.

No name

October 31st, 2009
7:58 pm

UGA can replace all the coaches, however I just don’t think they have the players they have had in the past. But I’ll have to agree at this point, The defense is awfull. I don’t know if its the quality of personel or bad coaching.Most likely its both. But the bulldog nation is not going to put up with this much longer.

bsavdawg

October 31st, 2009
7:58 pm

UGA tradition is red helmets, silver britches and disciplined football teams. Richt is doing away with all three.

Gamike

October 31st, 2009
7:58 pm

It does not matter what they wear, I personally liked the uniforms, however this team is awful. How do you have two weeks to prepare and still look as lost as they did the first fifteen minutes of the game. Our coaching staff sucks bottomline. Our soft a$$ coverage in the secondary, linebackers who don’t know what to do, and that includes Curran, and defensive line that does not know how to contain the edge. I say try some new players on defense because JONES, EVANS, DOBBS, and MILLER suck. Why not give more freshman a try, the season is over anyway. We will be lucky to finish 6 and 6.

Cuz

October 31st, 2009
7:59 pm

We suk, the Gators win the NC. Tebow wins the Heisman. And Urban Meyer wins the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.

Dog Island Gator

October 31st, 2009
8:00 pm

Expressing deepest sympathy for your loss. Black helmets,thugs and all. You can’t even say waite until next year. 41-17 17 out of 20 UNREAL!

charlie

October 31st, 2009
8:00 pm

I don’t think the uniforms had anything to do with why we lost but i do think that they were incredibly ugly. We didn’t look like georgia we looked like prison inmates.
p.s. I am glad Willie seals his fate more and more with every game we play

SID

October 31st, 2009
8:01 pm

can anyone comment on the coaches at Boise, Cincy or TCU. I think these programs have been winning for a while and someone new and enthusiastic are badly needed instead of someone who looks like they took too much prozac.

Cuz

October 31st, 2009
8:01 pm

Time to bench the Ginger Avenger and go for Gray Pride as a starter, not a win this game now dammit.

Disappointed Dawg

October 31st, 2009
8:02 pm

Tired of the gimmicks. Tired of the penalties. Tired of the soft defenses. Just tired. I don’t mind losing to a better football team if we play with discipline and give a good effort. One out of two for the Dawgs on this one. When I saw the uniforms, I just rolled my eyes. I mean seriously…are you kidding me??? Enough of this crap. I understand we have holes this year, but that was embarrassing. Even the announcers looked a little embarrassed. Joe Cox…big heart and a great kid but he’s out of his league. The O line…breakdowns in blocking assignments put your QB in a bad spot. Show some pride and get your head out of your butt. Mr. Ealey…getting there. Looked good for a true freshman. Defense…hard to tell…your coach stinks and doesn’t seem to really understand the game of football. Time for change.

DawgInMemphis

October 31st, 2009
8:02 pm

Richt needs a total come to Jesus (haha no pun intended for the reverend) at the end of this season. He has lost control. Penalties and discipline come back to coaching—and to be honest I’m worried about Aaron Murray—short QBs can cause disasterous plays as we saw today with Cox. But the personal fouls are just stupid—and the defensive ends need to learn to keep their outside arm free, they get hooked on every play to the outside. Thats 6th grade peewee football material. Come on coaches ! Time to clean house, Richt !

Dawgdad

October 31st, 2009
8:03 pm

The Black hats should be sent to the museum, never to be worn again. I do not know which side of the ball was most inept, the offense or defense. Glad we had the off week to work on our game, imagine how bad we would have been, with only a week to practice. The Tennessee Black uni’s look ludicrous as well, but they seem to be playing better each week inspite of their loud mouth coach. Hopefully someone live Damon or that nut job president, Adams will have a long talk with CMR and insist that changes be made or invite him to move along.

senoiadawgs

October 31st, 2009
8:05 pm

I also 100% disagree with the Logan Gray comment. Spikes eased over 20 yards and made a hell of play. Most importanly though the line quit blocking as the game was over, UF had their ears pinned back as there was no danger of losing. We cannot evaluate Gray until he starts or plays in a legit setting for an extended period. In what we saw in the spring all of us fans thought he was 1 or 2 and interchangeable with Murray. Cox looked 3rd or 4th and that isn’t questioned by the fans coming out of the spring game.

Next week has to start QB tryouts for next year. Murray, Gray and Mettenberg must be the only QB’s that set foot on the field for the remainder of the year unless all 4 get knocked out with injuries.

Hmmmmm

October 31st, 2009
8:06 pm

Charlie,

I agree about the prison look. Don’t be so sure about Willie leaving. Fulmer went down with his ship b/c he was too loyal to his assistants… is that a scenario we will see next year?

dan

October 31st, 2009
8:08 pm

Absolute embarrassment. The same problems every game receivers running wide open through the defense, poor tackling, moronic penalties. Things are going to get worse, Tennessee is coming back Auburn is getting better. But at least we are number one in penalties. This team has a lot of problems and I do not believe this coaching staff has a clue how to turn it around.

RedPantsDawg

October 31st, 2009
8:08 pm

The black helmet and pants were a brilliant idea is 87 degree heat. Donate the damn things to Goodwill.

Anytime you spot a team 14 points by the time you get the ball for the second time you are asking for trouble. Two weeks to prepare and this is the best they can do? There has to be changes made. Serious changes.

Cuz

October 31st, 2009
8:09 pm

Fornicate all who blame the uniforms on the game. What is wrong with a little changeup. If every team that changed their uniforms had to win, Oregon would never win. They have over 200 combinations. If you do not believe me, look it up. I loved the black helmets. I for one did not think the helmets and the pants would win the game. If you did, jump off the wagon and pull for someone else. You are too stupid to be a Dawg fan. You idiots, yes I mean you, who think we will win the National Championship every year, never, I repeat, never, attended UGA when we only wanted a winning season and we though Vince Dooley was our version of Bear Bryant.

browndog

October 31st, 2009
8:09 pm

UGA is just an average football team at best right now. Hopefully things will improve, but probably not for at least two more years. Expect more of the same next year. At least won’t have to worry about the team being overated. Back to the days of always being the underdog so maybe maybe can steal a win or two from better teams. Tenn looks good tonight, they just scored again. UGA used to look like they do.

senoiadawgs

October 31st, 2009
8:09 pm

Oh and I liked the uni’s. I think that type of thing should be reserved for a team that is playing well and giving there all. Maybe this was CMR rewarding the players for leading the nation in penalties and giveway/takeaway margin

CountryDawg

October 31st, 2009
8:10 pm

I am sick of this! UGA needs to get back to hard nosed football. Forget the gimmicks, forget exposing our brand to the nation. CMR needs to fire Martinez, demote Bobo and instill some discipline in these young men. UGA is fading into the SEC version of FSU at a rapid pace. Wait, thats wrong. FSU can play defense sometimes. Please coach start playing the most talented kids and realize loyalty is to the team, university, and yes the Dawg Nation. Loyalty is not to the individual. I don’t care if a player sat for 3 years instead of transferring. If he is not the best, then he shouldn’t play.

Bob

October 31st, 2009
8:10 pm

Bill, the uniforms did not cause them to lose. You are right. But the mere fact that those God awful uniforms were used says volumes. Maybe instead of fashion statements, we might just think a bit about basics…you know, penalties, turnovers, wrapping up on tackles. Is that too freakin much to ask for. Maybe we should come out in pink for Tennessee Tech.

Crusher Dawg

October 31st, 2009
8:11 pm

Please stop trying to win with gimics. Get back to playing hard nose football. The defense is pitiful and something must be done immediately to correct this problem. I cannot believe that the head coach and athletic director are so crazy that they cannot see the problem. On top of that if Coach Martinez is such a good friend to Coach Richt then he would take it upon himself to step down. Don’t bring down the entire program due to the negligence of one.

Vanderbilt is next.......for Florida

October 31st, 2009
8:11 pm

41-17, another year of bragging rights. Yesssssssssssss. Gator D has still yet to give up more than 20 points in a game and if they continue that trend the rest of the year they will not lose. 8 Games = 6 Touchdowns Allowed, 75 Points Allowed……..by the defense.

Bill King

October 31st, 2009
8:12 pm

I’m not just talking about the pick when I say Gray is a terrible passer. Look at every pass he threw. They were horrible. Admittedly, Richt and Bobo have done an extremely poor job of developing him. Too much time on special teams. The same is true with Cox. Had the guy gotten decent backup playing time the past three years, he might not be making the really dumb decisions that resulted in his interceptions. The fault lies with the coaching staff.

Sun Devil Dave

October 31st, 2009
8:13 pm

To the tune of Seinfelds ‘Soup Man’ – Hey Georgia, No bowl for you – no bowl for you – Pathetic boys simply pathetic.

dan

October 31st, 2009
8:14 pm

don’t think any gator fan shouldbe calling other team players thugs, you have one of the biggest thugs in spikes

SID

October 31st, 2009
8:15 pm

we can all accept losing a game. that’s sports. but to come out week after week and perform like that is inexcusable. Like em or not, Meyer, Saban, Carroll’s teams are always prepared, act like they care and give 100% to the end. When the players do stupid things those coaches do not tolerate it. Can you imagine Urban having to deal with this bunch of thugs! I love UGA but cannot watch this anymore until major changes are made. There some really good coaches out there who would love the opportunity to coach an SEC program like ours, even in it’s present mess.

chilicheesedawg

October 31st, 2009
8:16 pm

If Willie still has a job tomorrow morning, I will be royally pissed

LaDawg100

October 31st, 2009
8:17 pm

Hire Tommy Tubberville FAST!!

Give him this talent and we are national champs!!

senoiadawgs

October 31st, 2009
8:18 pm

I don’t disagree that Gray’s passes were not great, good bad or anything in between. I disagree with judging him playing in the 4th Qt of a blowout game when the rest of the team has quit and the opposing team has nothing to do but pin their ears back and play for the big play. UF had nothing to lose and they don’t quit whether winning or losing like we are accustomed to UGA playing. It’s not fair to Gray. I’m not saying he is the answer simplying saying there is no way to know based on the times he has played.

I want to hear the excuses and postgame info coming from Richt today. Anyone have that info. Is Willie still employed?

Bullgator

October 31st, 2009
8:19 pm

The uniforms sorta reminded me of the Burt reynold’s movie “Longest Yard”. guess that sums up the dawgs year. Funny that we recruit alot of the same thug mentality style players, but coaching obivisously makes a real difference.I hate it, as I hate to see the dawgs as down as this…

Cuz

October 31st, 2009
8:19 pm

If I had to bet, I would bet the players asked about playing in the black uiniforms. I bet it did fire them up to run out to play in the black. Let the kids have some fun. Quit being that old guy that whines we did not need gimmicks back when………….. Yeah back when we got beat 31-0 at Homecoming. Maybe black uniforms would have helped us then.

Look, Willie is done. CMR knows it. Damon knows it. Vince knows it and we know it. Quit riding that horse and let him graze til the end of the season. Posting Fire Willie is not going to make it happen any faster.

gator girl

October 31st, 2009
8:20 pm

You GA fans are the ones that are pathetic! Your QB is a joke and your recruits are going to Fla, Ala, and TN. You scream “Get rid of MR!” One bad year, and you stupid people want to ruin any future chance for a winning season. Face it, the SEC is the toughest conference in the nation and fortunately the Gator Nation is in its glory now. Soon to come of age, the Crimson Tide-the Tide is turnin’! UGA ruled several years ago and you aging boomers can’t stand it. Sorry losers, it will be a long time before the Dawgs see the sunshine again!!!! Go Gators!

RW

October 31st, 2009
8:21 pm

I seriously doubt CMR will fire WM.Even if he does i dont trust him to hire his replacement.WM is not the biggest problem this program has.How long is it going to take the Dawg Nation to realize we are not going to win big with CMR? CMR is not a NC coach. He is a nice guy and a decent coach. CMR would be a better fit at an ACC school. To win in the SEC we need a man with a take no prisoners attitude.

senoiadawgs

October 31st, 2009
8:22 pm

Cuz, I wish I could believe you. I personally do not think CMR will do it unless he is forced to.

LaDawg100

October 31st, 2009
8:22 pm

The defense is no worse than the offense!

browndog

October 31st, 2009
8:22 pm

Does UGA win 6 this year?

UGA72

October 31st, 2009
8:22 pm

UGA’s season was over when our offensive line allowed Okie State’s defense to look like the best of the Big 12. Didn’t see that one coming after all the talk in presason about how good we were up front. We just are not a very good team this year, and it’s EZ to see where our weaknesses are: QB, RB (although Ealey showed promise today), OL, LB, CB and Safety. AJ is the only bright spot we have, and the bad thing about that is the opposition knows they can double up on him, and not be hurt by anyone else when we have the ball.

Ditch the black helmets. They didn’t cause us to lose but they are ugly.

datdude912

October 31st, 2009
8:23 pm

CMR is to loyal to his staff and players! He has lost this team……we will lose him!!!!…..i do not want to see Joe Cox ever again…as a player or coach!!!!!!

SID

October 31st, 2009
8:23 pm

get back to the trailer park GATOR GIRL you white trash pos.

senoiadawgs

October 31st, 2009
8:25 pm

Doesn’t matter to me though. As I posed on Bradley’s board I will never support CMR again. I don’t mind losing however playing like a street gang I cannot support. Playing like street gang and getting thumped only makes it worse.

We were promised after last year the penalties would be solved. Hasn’t happened yet. Benching your QB in the 8th game of the year is a joke. We all knew after the first game he sucked why did it take the coaches so long to figure it out. I am a member of firecmr.com now.

Cuz

October 31st, 2009
8:25 pm

Before today, in seven games, the mighty Gators allowed “4″ offensive touchdowns. Today. Those awful Dawgs, scored half the touchdowns the Gators D had allowed in 7 weeks. I am not talking a moral victory, we lost. Just put it in a little perspective. Yep, we should have won. We should have played the game that stopped the Gators. We did not and Florida retains the number one and God bless them. But not as bad as one would think.