If you can’t put Kentucky away, that’s just sad

Joe Cox leaves the field after his second awful interception. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Joe Cox leaves the field after his second awful interception. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Wow, that was two really ugly quarters of football Georgia played in the second half Saturday night.

With the apparent focus of a 3-year-old child, the Dogs squandered a 20-6 halftime lead by turning the ball over four times.

How pathetic was it? When the Dogs got the ball back at midfield with just under 2 minutes left in order to tie up the game and Joe Cox proceeded to throw an interception on the very first play, nobody seemed surprised.

Which was uglier, his first interception or that second one? How’s that for a discussion point?

Longtime blog commenter Cuz, with whom I watched the game, summed it up pretty well when he said the second half was like a “greatest hits” of all the bad plays Mark Richt’s 2009 team has committed. Make that “greatest hurts.”

Special teams? Pretty awful, from Branden Smith’s fumble of the opening kickoff of the second half to the fact that Richt and Co. were so scared of giving up a long kickoff return that they routinely gave Kentucky the ball near midfield through a series of poorly covered pooch and squib kicks.

The offense? In the second half they acted like the ball was a hot potato. And when Kentucky made halftime adjustments to stuff the Dogs’ running game, Georgia seemed to be floundering. The Dogs had no sustained drive in the second half, with the only scoring drive consisting of two long passes. What happened to Orson Charles in the second half?

And while the defense was put in difficult short-field situations by the lousy kickoffs and offensive turnovers, the tackling at times was just horrendous. And on that dump screen pass that Kentucky turned into a long run down the sideline for a touchdown to tie the game at 27-27, Willie Martinez’s defense looked absolutely flat-footed.

It’s unfortunately been a hallmark of Richt teams that they have a tough time handling success, holding a lead and putting a team away. And that was even true with teams that were much more talented than this group.

There was plenty of blame to go around, but the bottom line is that this is a very poorly coached group of unmotivated players.

Remember the darkest days of the Goff and Donnan eras? It was that bad.

412 comments Add your comment

BuLLdawg

November 22nd, 2009
7:08 am

Tell me again how great they have been the 1st 9 years here now ? How mediocre we are. How poorly coached. How zero discipline on and off the field. And, don’t give me this crap that I dream up how many have been ARRESTED/SUSPENDED.

17-20 LOSING RECORD against Final AP Poll Top 25 teams the year we played them Coach Richt Era.

And, 7 LOSSES to teams who ended the season NOT in the Final AP Poll Top 25.

100 % of the fans BOO on 3rd and long with a run call. Hey Bulldog Blawg Bill King, sir, do you think the players thought we were all 100% of us booing the players on 3rd and long today with the game on the line, calling a damn running play ?

Who coaches the kickoff team ?

No one. We gave Kentucky the ball at mid-field all day long. Finally, it cost us.

Who coaches the punt team ?

We cannot cover punts or kickoffs and have not in years and years.

Who are the wide receivers on this team ? Go ahead, and tell me what a great coaching job this “coaching staff” has done with AJ Green, who is GONE after his sophomore year. We got to see him a year and a half. That’s it.

We don’t have another wide receiver.

If we gave this “coaching staff” one, they would not throw the ball to him.

Unless he is covered by 4 men, like AJ Green was against Florida when AJ Green got injured on the interception.

tennessee tom

November 22nd, 2009
7:08 am

this is a repeat of what happened in knoxville last yr,finally the fans quit showing up an the money quit coming in and they finally fired fulmers fat ass,better get brian kelly before notre dame does

Pah17

November 22nd, 2009
7:08 am

What is it with Coach Boo Boo he seems to forget what has been working. Example is OC in the second half.

It is painfully clear Mark Richt is NOT in the same class as Meyer, Saban, Carrol and others.

BuLLdawg

November 22nd, 2009
7:09 am

Quarterback. We have no quarterback. Right ? And, the one we will be using, has zero snaps. The one who will back him up has zero snaps. The one backing both of them up has zero snaps. The one behind him has zero snaps.

We don’t teach our quarterbacks a damned thing.

Our best hope for this season is Joe Cox.

B.S.

This “coaching staff” would not recognize a player on the roster, if we gave them one.

And, wouldn’t teach them a damn thing either way.

Defensive Tackle. We have 4 Senior Defensive Tackles this year. Did you know that ? All will probably be great in the NFL. So, who is the Defensive Tackle, just one now mind you is all I am asking for, who replace any one of those 4 ? There isn’t anyone that Rodney Garner has groomed to take over for 4 senior defensive tackles this year.

I am telling you, we are in a lot of trouble and have been in Recruiting.

They rank our recruiting classes in the Top 6 every single year, every single recruiting source, Rivals, Scout and ESPN. But, we have glaring holes on our roster and do the same thing every year when we do have glaring holes, and that is get no one to assist in the obvious needs of this football program.

We are a JOKE OF A FOOTBALL PROGRAM sitting here trying to talk about coming in Number 2 in the AP Poll 2007 getting as reward to play Hawaii for God’s sake; and coming in 3rd in the AP Poll 2002 getting to play 5-Loss Florida State as our reward. Sitting there and saying UGA has this many wins or this many 2nd places.

BuLLdawg

November 22nd, 2009
7:10 am

We cannot compete with Florida.

17-20 LOSING RECORD against Final AP Poll Top 25 teams the year we played them Coach Richt Era.

And, 7 LOSSES to teams who ended the season NOT in the Final AP Poll Top 25.

You think that is great ?

9 years and 17-20 against the Final AP Poll Top 25 with an additional 7 LOSSES to teams who did not end up in the Final AP Poll Top 25.

Don’t give me this last 2 years B.S. you are not happy about.

Why don’t you compare this UGA Football Program with the Ray Goof Era again for me ?

We have plenty of money to have a real “coaching staff.”

At least 1 guy with 1 minute of NFL experience.

We are Number 119 in turnover margin.

We are Number 119 in penalties.

We are Number 90 in Pass Efficiency Defense.

We are Number 67 in Kick-Off Returns.

We are Number 75 in Scoring Defense.

We are Number 73 in Total Offense.

We are a sorry football program in a state which finds only 3 others, Florida, California and Texas with more high school football players who go on to the NFL. There is no excuse for being 17-20 against Final AP Poll Top 25 teams and another 7 LOSSES to teams not in the Final AP Poll Top 25 with this “coaching staff” in the Coach Richt Era.

I’m fed up with it.

Pah17

November 22nd, 2009
7:13 am

Watching the game was a joke hearing the announcers love on Willie and Cox, wonder if they really believe the BS they were spewing. puke.

Chan Gaily

November 22nd, 2009
7:15 am

And the winner of this year’s Reggie Ball Award{MVP for the opposing team}goes to Joe Cox,,,,,,,P.S.remember Paul is doing this with MY players just like CMR did with Donnon’s

Pah17

November 22nd, 2009
7:18 am

Just like Willie M. living off Van Gorders sucess for awhile

clemkudtlhopr

November 22nd, 2009
7:19 am

A second half meltdown of epic proportion! One more thing 5 15 yard penalties defines my assessment of last year and this year.

BuLLdawg

November 22nd, 2009
7:26 am

17-27.

Coach Richt Era.

17-27.

17 wins 20 losses to teams who ended the season in the Final AP Poll Top 25.

7 LOSSES to teams who ended the season NOT in the Final AP Poll Top 25.

Tell me I dreamed that up too ?

GT Guy

November 22nd, 2009
7:27 am

Tough loss. Next week is not an automatic win for GT. Hopefully we are not overlooking you getting ready for Clemson. With that said, you mutts are so tiring in your endless dribble about how superior the SEC is over the ACC. Perhaps from top to bottom you get the edge, but doubt that you could beat GT, Clemson, VT, U, or NC. Any of the above teams could stay on the field with FL this year (which is way overated), Alabama too for that matter. In any respect enjoy your blue field bowl or whatever lower tier bowl you end up at. We held that honor for too many years and know how it feels, but the tide has turned and we will have a strong program as long as PJ is our coach. See ya Saturday

takedowndawg

November 22nd, 2009
7:28 am

Spot on NCDAWG, The basic fundamentals for football are not consistently performed by this football organization and the fault clearly lies on it’s coaching staff. Our town’s peewee league are much more consistent on fundamentals than this Georgia team. Plainly, it has a large compliment of talented players who are not properly coached. It is saddening. Fabris, and Martinez need to leave at seasons end. Since we did not stop the option last night against Kentucky’s two backs/runners, I have no hope of our stopping Tech’s much better backs next week. The season is done. I would hope that Mark Richt would refuse a bowl invitation even, if one is offerred. We don’t desire to be in one. With the performance of this season the remainder of coaches need to be placed on performance probation. One year to dramatically improve or else the door. Too much money and support is given to this organizaion and its coaches for team performance years like this. Go DAWGS!!!!

danbo

November 22nd, 2009
7:28 am

UK had an advantage, they allowed their coaches into the locker room at halftime.

dagnabit

November 22nd, 2009
7:33 am

CUZ: unlike all of the bulldoggies ,St. Simons can take it.

dagnabit

November 22nd, 2009
7:34 am

And leave Joe Cox alone. After all he is a student.

JIm Nichols

November 22nd, 2009
7:38 am

I have to wonder if the QB recruiters at UGA just took a holiday in The Stafford Years, and thought he’d be there forever? We now have a 5th year Senior at QB, and his “back-ups” are Freshmen…Hmmmm… Do I see an alarming GAP there? A huge, gaping hole? No other Senior QB? No Junior QB? What the hell? It is obvious to me, where the fault lies; right on the doorstep of the Coaching Staff.

For anyone who criticizes Joe Cox this morning, and I’m sure the AJC newspaper blogs will be full of them, from the usual “fair-weather fans”, I say:

“Before you feel qualified to condemn young Joe Cox, you need to meet a few criteria:
(1) You must have played real football, in high school or college.
(2) You must have endured some mental pain or anguish, in the process.
(3) You must be a graduate of the University of Georgia.

Unless you meet all those criteria, just shut up.”

JimDawg, UGA Class of ‘60

Pathetic

November 22nd, 2009
7:38 am

Joe Cox = Reggie Ball. Dawgs better be glad he is not a freshman…otherwise you would see him for the next 3 years.

Minnesota Dawg

November 22nd, 2009
7:39 am

We tend to react to this season like the old say, “Good shot I love golf, and bad shot, I hate golf!” Same with this Georgia team, Good win, I love them and bad loss, I hate them! I think we all know that Richt is not going to let this season go by without some changes. Le’t see what he will do in the face of adversity. Out of adversity comes positive things if you handle it right!

Pathetic

November 22nd, 2009
7:41 am

Good point Minnesota Dawg. Unfortunately, with my game, I hate golf most of the time.

secondguesser

November 22nd, 2009
7:42 am

See, here’s the thing, ya’ll are Kentucky.

Minnesota Dawg

November 22nd, 2009
7:47 am

Pathetic, I know what you mean! Only thing is, a few good shots keeps you coming back. Georgia always does enough good things to keep you coming back! It’s been a tradition to win at Georgia and I’m confident they will continue to do so. We just need a National Championship again to feel that pride we did in 1980!

BuLLdawg

November 22nd, 2009
7:47 am

No.

We are NOT Kentucky.

We LOST to Kentucky.

The senior class did NOT even have a Winning Record against Kentucky.

santa cruz dawg

November 22nd, 2009
7:48 am

What is it going to take for this team to become responceable and more disciplined in the future?
Maybe we need to go take a look at what Sabans doing at Bama and implament his plans and actions here.
Truly a disapointing loss.

BuLLdawg

November 22nd, 2009
7:48 am

We are a LONG WAY from a National Championship here in The UGA Football Program.

3 years ago, ESPN ran an article that GEORGIA IS NOT AN ELITE FOOTBALL PROGRAM.

Since then, we have STUNK.

godawgs

November 22nd, 2009
7:50 am

Bobo’s excuses are running out.

Bobo’s been saying the recent resurgence in the running game is because the newly re-configured line has been in there for 3 straight games. I’ve been saying that was a skoke screen/excuse because Ga’s had a 4+ ypc RB in every game from Game 1, and had 2 tonight. The problem is Bobo keeps rotating these backs, and he calls too many passing plays. He did it again Sat. His philosophy is too Charlie Weis—too pass-happy. Ealey got a 55 yard EXPLOSION run on his 8th carry. It got called back due to a a penalty. But if you asdd that 55 yard run, to his 77 yards, that’s a 6.94 ypc average. He needs to be the go-to back. Rotating backs cause ball delivery problems, like what happened on the goal line, the RB/QB guys don’t know each other well enough to be able to have that chemistry because Bobo’s been using the triple 3 triangle back rotation system. Take away the 4 turnovers, and Ga wins going away. In 4 out of 5 of our losses Bobo’s offense has committed 3 or 4 turnovers per game. You just won’t win too many games when that happens. Bobo can’t seem to figure out a way to call a 60% run play mix, get a 100 yard rusher, get an RB 25 touches, or even how to call 3 running plays in a row.

The future is still bright for Ga’s offense from a talent standpoint. Our TE Charles looked GREAT in the 1st half. Ealey on that 9 yard carry near the goal-line, and the 55 yard explosion carry looked amazing. Brandon had some great runs. Some of receivers looked sharp. New QB’s that will get to play for 4 years should be fun–really looking forward to Murray–who gives you that run/pass dual option threat. Marlon Brown and AJ Green at WR.

IF Bobo is the OC guy Richt goes with, Richt must take control of the INEPT triple 3 triangle back roation scheme and move to a 1-back system where 1 guy gets 25 touches and you get more explision runs and a 100 yard rusher every game, and the pass-heavy play call mix must be shifted to a run-heavy play call mix like Florida and Alabama run (60% run/ 40% pass).

Tonight’s lsesson against Kentucky:
You can’t pass your way out of trouble. 4 offensive turnovers–AGAIN!

BuLLdawg

November 22nd, 2009
7:50 am

Implement what Nick Saban does ?

We don’t have a Nick Saban. Our “coaching staff” is the dead last worst in the nation. If you cannot imitate, don’t emulate.

collegeballfan

November 22nd, 2009
7:53 am

The defense held UK to 260 yards total offense, 15 first downs & a 33% efficiency rate on 3rd down conversions. Damn good defense.

Offense did not play well. But that is what happens with really young players.

You Tech fans who are laying it on pretty heavy need to back off.
Next week is going to be a war. UGA will be focused. They will be playing not only a “Rival” but the #7 ranked team. Something to prove.

I would not bet a nickle.

secondguesser

November 22nd, 2009
7:55 am

Point taken. Okay ya’ll are Vanderbilt?

BuLLdawg

November 22nd, 2009
7:55 am

AJ Green at wide receiver next year.

B.S.

He is leaving just like half the team is leaving.

We have 32 Seniors or Ju niors of our 85 scholarships.

We lose the vast majority of our defensive line. We lose our only wide receiver. We have no QB with any experience and start a freshman.

Fun ?

Bright Future ?

B.S.

We have no running back.

We have no OL.

We have NO ONE on the “coaching staff.”

We don’t even have an UGA.

Gt4ever

November 22nd, 2009
7:56 am

Beware a wounded Dawg! I really hate to agree, but Coach Smith says it best… This team we are about to play is an elite program. Yes, we won last year on a good second half effort, but to win this year, it will take everything hitting on all cylinders. If our Defense comes to play, we win a close one. If on the other hand our defense plays like it has all year, we could lose. If our offense has a off day it could get ugly! Good luck to all the Dawg fans, it should be a special game!

BuLLdawg

November 22nd, 2009
7:58 am

And, who in the hell do we have who can cover a pass, who the “coaching staff” puts on the field ?

donster dawg

November 22nd, 2009
8:00 am

Snatched defeat right out of the jaws of victory. I heard my wife talking to one of her friends about this game,and I could tell that the she was responding to the comment that I was probably yelling and throwing things at the TV because of how the second half was being played…and she said “No,he’s just shaking his head and laughing.”

BuLLdawg

November 22nd, 2009
8:01 am

51-53.

Georgia Tech’s “opponent’s” record this entire season.

Every single game of Georgia Tech’s 1-loss season included, Tech’s opponents this 2009 regular season, are a combined

51 wins 53 losses.

You don’t know what it is to play a football team.

godawgs

November 22nd, 2009
8:01 am

I love the way Joe Cox led his team back 1 yard from going to Overtime. He had some clutch throws at times during the game. Made some bad plays. Didn’t get much play-call help from his coach at the end of the game (I would have liked to have seen a conservative call like a screen pass to Ealey instead of the pass at the end that got picked–you start out a drive with a play that will build some momentum and get the confidence up) and Cox wasn’t really put in a position to win most of the time. But I really like the way Cox didn’t give up. Cox fought hard to the end effort wise. Great effort from Cox. It’s not about wins and losses, it’s about effort, Cox was working his tail off out there to the bitter end. I will remember the long drive from Cox where he led his team at the end of the 4th qrtrt all the way to the 1 yardline.

zino

November 22nd, 2009
8:02 am

FIRE THEM ALL!!!!

BuLLdawg

November 22nd, 2009
8:03 am

Alabama is a better football team than Florida.

jacketnation

November 22nd, 2009
8:05 am

HEADLINE- UGA falls to national power house Kentucky. Dawgs lose a nail biter to highly ranked Kentucky. As close as the game was against such a strong team, this proves UGA is a much better team than Tech (who is second in the nation in rushing and leads the nation in time of possession). Due to their obvious superiority, UGA will not practice this week; Choosing instead to go horseback riding and play put-put golf.

BuLLdawg

November 22nd, 2009
8:07 am

I’ve heard enought about Joe Cox.

“Our entire “coaching staff” has met and we have decided that Joe Cox gives UGA the Best Chance for the remainder of 2009.

Coach Richt, once you made that statement, I knew we were in big trouble because your “coaching staff” of college roommates of yours and buddies of yours, includes NOT 1 GUY with ANY NFL experience. They and you have proved that you don’t recognize talent when you see it.

Palmetto State Dawg

November 22nd, 2009
8:08 am

Love how Richt was just like a robot on the sideline during the 2nd half collapse. Just emotionless! WTF! Can we get a whole new coaching staff, please. This is embarrassing.

BuLLdawg

November 22nd, 2009
8:08 am

Tech, when your opponents are 51-53 this season, I hardly think you can come in here bragging what your national number is at anything.

jacketnation

November 22nd, 2009
8:09 am

Women’s Lacrosse now number one sport in Athens; UGA cancels 2010 football season. Basketball team loses to UAB, 12 players found smoking pot after game. Georgia adopts roll of toilet paper to be mascot in season finale against Tech.

Gt4ever

November 22nd, 2009
8:09 am

I could only hope that uga plays putt putt golf all week…. :)

TommyJack

November 22nd, 2009
8:10 am

You dawg fans have far bigger problems than just Martinez.

dap01

November 22nd, 2009
8:12 am

CMR, you have a horrible collection of coaches. Special Teams: Why are we the only team that thinks that kicking short works? Is the 40 yard line a better place for the other offense to start than the 20?
Willie: You are the WORST in the United States. No other defensive coach has a much talent yet gets them to collectively SUCK as you.
Mike Bobo: You are much more suited for flag football.

UGA players are the least mentally tough players in college football. I guess that falls on CMR who favors coaching friendships more than his job.

godawgs

November 22nd, 2009
8:15 am

Our WR’s looked great tonight. AJ’s not going to the NFL, he needs to bulk up and show he’s not injury prone next year so he can go get the big bucks. No way he comes out and goes to the NFL this year.

2010 Line-Up:
Marlon Brown is the #2 ranked WR in the country. AJ Green to the other side (#1 WR in college football). Ealey running the ball. Charles at tight end. Murray at QB running a Tebow-like Offense as a dual threat to run/pass at QB. These guys are a YOUNG team. Give these offensive guys a couple of years and LOOK OUT!

Eastside Jacket

November 22nd, 2009
8:16 am

Sagarin Strength of Schedule Rankings:

Georgia Tech #12
UGA #15

However, Tech’s SOS will drop considerably after we play next weeks opponent.

Tito

November 22nd, 2009
8:16 am

One of the main problems I’m seeing is that Georgia fans are a little crazy. They had 3 outstanding years when Herschel Walker played for them and all of a sudden think they are an elite program on par with Notre Dame, USC, and Alabama. Take those 3 years out and UGA is a good program, at times an excellent program, but face it, they’re not now nor have they ever been a top program (except for those three years). You can blame (and have) Willie Martinez, Mike Bobo, Mark Richt, Ray Goff, Jan Kemp, UGA V, VI, or VII, but the truth is that UGA has never been great. At times they’ve been very good; others, not so much. Currently, they’re going through a tough patch–made worse because Georgia fans can’t look at a trophy for being pre-season #1 just last year. They point to having the #1 pick in the NFL draft and think they should have done better. But the problem is they have delusions of grandeur that make the current season seem much worse than it really is. Georgia is what it always has been: an above average program with fans that expect too much and then turn on the team when those expectations are not met.

UGA VIII Will Die Too

November 22nd, 2009
8:16 am

Kentucky is a basketball school. HHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!

dap01

November 22nd, 2009
8:17 am

Jim Nichols: You don’t know nearly as much as you think. Joe Cox is a week 3rd string QB. Unless you are a second rate team. Which we have become.

lagadawg

November 22nd, 2009
8:19 am

Richt always takes up for his sorry staff and the man is a Zombie.