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.

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November 22nd, 2009
10:46 am

more to come!

Abilene

November 22nd, 2009
10:47 am

Unmotivated, undisciplined, and uncoached. That about says it all.

Ulysses Everett McGill to the Bulldog Nation

November 22nd, 2009
10:47 am

Guys, the personal rancor reflected in these remarks I don’t intend to dignify with comment. But I would like to address your general attitude of hopeless negativism. Consider the lilies of the *damn field or… hell! Take at look at Delmar here as your paradigm of hope.

Delmar O'Donnell

November 22nd, 2009
10:47 am

Yeah, look at me.

4 jacks

November 22nd, 2009
10:48 am

Everything is ok, as CMR is set to sign another in a long list of top 10 recruiting classes. He doesn’t need to review CWM or BOO BOO, or any other coach for that matter. Just like last year when he didn’t feel it neccessary to review CWM and the job, or lack there of thats was done on the field. When are you CMR apologist going to wake up and understand that without Vangorder Richt is an average coach. Not a bad coach, just average. UGA deserves better. Who to get? I do not know, as I am not an expert, but it doesn’t take an expert to see we are constantly one of the most undisiplined teams in the country. But thats ok, let our players keep dancing and having there fun when your behind with 7 minutes to go in the game. Folks, the problems start at the top, not just with the coordinators. CMR should be put on notice by the administration to clean this mess up by next year, or we have no choice but to look elsewhere.

Harold

November 22nd, 2009
10:48 am

FIRE MARK RICHT DOT COM!

SOS Dawg

November 22nd, 2009
10:48 am

Blind homers = tools Go pet Willies bald head and get a Man Hug from CMR while you pick your nose!

Bubba

November 22nd, 2009
10:49 am

A caller on the post-game show claimed that Richt said on his radio show that Walsh could put every kick into the end zone if they wanted him to. Can anybody else confirm this? If so, that alone is a basis for firing Fabris. Our kickoff coverage is — no exaggeration — the worst I’ve ever seen at any level above Pop Warner.

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 22nd, 2009
10:50 am

GET YOU SOME MAN HUGS FROM REGGIE BALLLLLLLLLLLL

Sad Sad Dawg Fan

November 22nd, 2009
10:50 am

Wait a minute folks…we got what we wanted. Doesn’t everyone remember at the beginning of spring practice how all the players and coaches were saying what a “Vocal Leader” Joe Cox was as compared to Matthew Stafford? Well, I’m glad he’s vocal but he’s not the same class of quarterback as Stafford….I guess none of the players and coaching staff considered that.

What about Bryan Evans? His purpose is to commit late hits and pass interference penalties as often as possible. I realize that Rambo was hurt but we don’t have other safeties? It’s hard to believe that he stays in the game, regardless of the penalty committed and gets beat regularly on pass routes.

a goofy toothy dawg fan

November 22nd, 2009
10:50 am

Thanks for all the fans leaving early to help me pick up my trash last night. Those were real dawg fans!

Bubba

November 22nd, 2009
10:51 am

For the record: Games with more than 30 points scored– Van Gorder 1, Martinez 16

GaGator

November 22nd, 2009
10:51 am

This can’t be said too offen———and it was painful to watch Joe Cox, a good kid, but coached so poorly

“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.”

leftys34

November 22nd, 2009
10:52 am

Joe Cox is a “BRADY TIKI DOLL”
It is sad to think that he is the best option @ QB.
Next year is going to be a long year too.

Does anyone know what discipline is in Athens?

joe

November 22nd, 2009
10:53 am

Oy Veh,

3 losses for UGA in 1 weekend, first UGA 7, then spanked by UAB in hoops and finally KY last night. How can you execute a pitch play from the 1 yard line?? How many recruits will de-commit this week??

Bubba Gump

November 22nd, 2009
10:53 am

When Adams’ fat-cat cronies in the legislature speak, Adams will listen, and they are screaming. No Foundation-paid junkets to New Orleans this year. Are there VIP suites in Shreveport? I don’t think that Paul Johnson will be so friendly.

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 22nd, 2009
10:54 am

TO SOS(YEAH HES ON A SHINGLE,TYPICAL TICK FAN) ENJOY YOUR SELF NOW TAKE YOUR LITTLE NAP, DONT COUNT DAWGS OUT SATURDAY, YOU BETTER PAY ATTENTION TO LITTLE OLE CLEMSON

m

November 22nd, 2009
10:57 am

Y’all SUCK so bad that it is has taken a little fun out of this week’s Annual Stomping of the Dawgs in Atlanta.

But make no mistake, Paul Johnson is still going to stomp your sorry arses.

It is not personal…it is just business.

Abilene

November 22nd, 2009
10:58 am

Face the facts, it’s real simple. UGA has gone from a #1 preseason ranking to 6-5 in only fifteen months. How did that happen?

The fault is with Mark Richt, and nothing is going to change while he’s the head coach.

Get used to bowling in Shreveport or Boise, if at all. That’s where the program is now.

War Eagle

November 22nd, 2009
10:58 am

UGA has same problems Auburn had last year. Coach Tuberville had too many “say yes” asst. coach buddies. CMR needs to overall his coaches and stop being so nice. “nice guys always finish second”, Bear Bryant.
The new boys on the block in SEC Saban, Miles, Myers are not nice guys, look out for Kitten,Chizik, they are mean.Good luck against Tech,

bill

November 22nd, 2009
10:58 am

Is no one else upset that Butler was laughing on the sideline after his stupid penalty that took away our first down after the blocked punt??? At least the announcers were upset.

Mark Richt

November 22nd, 2009
10:59 am

That was painful to watch

idiots in ohio

November 22nd, 2009
11:00 am

This was undoubtably the most pathetic 2nd half performance I have seen in years. I really don’t think G Tech will put up more than 77 against us this next weekend, with 42 of them via turnovers inside our 25, 14 on kickoff returns and the remainder on 50+ yard runs. I expect Cox to have a breakoout game – only 5 or 6 interceptions, with only 3 to a D lineman. Tommy Tuberville is looking for a job.

idiots in ohio

November 22nd, 2009
11:02 am

Richt is playing his cards right – he is headed back to FL State

U Ben Dover

November 22nd, 2009
11:03 am

How did you fans like that last night. CMR is such a tool!

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 22nd, 2009
11:03 am

TO SAD SAD DOG FAN………. I TOTALLY AGREE WIYH YOU ABOUT BRYAN EVANS……SAW IT LAST YEAR AND ALL OF THIS YEAR……..DAMMIT!….PULL A RED SHIRT OR SOMETHING…WHEN RAMBO WAS HEALTHY HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN STARTING……… EVANS CANT SEE BECAUSE OF THE LONG DREADLOCKS……..GO BACK TO 2001-2003 AND CHECK OUT HOW WE KEPT THE CRAP UNDER THEIR HATS

Paul Johnson's breaf stanks

November 22nd, 2009
11:05 am

Im out of Tums. I guess better go get a supply for next year.

Ulysses Everett McGill

November 22nd, 2009
11:05 am

Damn! We’re in a tight spot!

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 22nd, 2009
11:05 am

TO m…………… ANNUAL?

shawn

November 22nd, 2009
11:06 am

Why did Bobo change the play calling so much in the second half? Orson Charles had a big first half and we dont throw to him at all in the 2nd half. My Dawgs are so Jeckyl and Hyde.

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 22nd, 2009
11:07 am

SAW THAT TOO BILL …..YOURE RIGHT

JoeGa

November 22nd, 2009
11:07 am

Underperforming, undisciplined players, lack of imagination on offense, no defensive scheme, inability to adapt at halftime, mediocre QB who sat the bench for years gaining no experience to be a starter…we are fortunate to be 6-6. Richt has really dropped the ball this year…he’s an ok coach but is surrounded by sub-par assistants. My vote (like anyone at UGA could care)… Bobo= Gone, WM= Gone, Recruiting staff= gone. CMR has become too comfortable and complacent- get in a facemask or two Mark, don’t just stand there and watch the replay on the scoreboard….no way we would have won 10 games this year with our killer schedule, but this year was crazy….

Gary

November 22nd, 2009
11:08 am

if we were going to go a lousy 6-6 i would’ve rather started aaron murray or logan not a pathetic 5th year senior he looks like a deer stuck in the head lights most of the time don’t make his reads properly imop mark richt should be on the hot seat as well as the rest of the coaching staff.. that was just sad and disgraceful to watch next week we are going to get killed in the flats and i really hate tech…..

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 22nd, 2009
11:11 am

SHAWN……..I AGREE ABOUT CHARLES….WHERE HAS THE TIGHT END PLAY GONE? WE NEED TO USE THE T.E. MORE …….WATCH WHAT CLEMSON IS DOING, MIXING IT UP IN THEIR OFFENSE………. TECH WILL SEE IT SOON ENOUGH……….

Bo Joe the Clown

November 22nd, 2009
11:12 am

hey fellas watch this!

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 22nd, 2009
11:13 am

AGREE WITH JoeGa ALSO

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 22nd, 2009
11:14 am

BO JOE BLOWS

Bo Joe the Clown

November 22nd, 2009
11:15 am

Hey Booger man…. whats with the caps? Folks cant hear you anyway, just like the players and coaches cant hear ya!

Bo Joe the Clown

November 22nd, 2009
11:15 am

Enter your comments here

Will

November 22nd, 2009
11:17 am

Pathetic, dominating first half, and then you come out second half as if you were playing florida. How do you do that? Oh yeah thats right Cox is a choke artist, and our coaching staff is worried about whose going to win next years dancing with the stars. Seriously? I cannot believe this year has come down to this, and in all honesty who the hell thought that starting Joe Cox was a brilliant idea. What you did is you put an academic senior out there with freshmen football talent. Thats great that hes been sitting on the sidelines all these years and has been “studying” the game. But, honestly, did you really expect him to come out and play like a senior? Piss poor decisions = piss poor coaching.

Its CJ Spiller Time

November 22nd, 2009
11:17 am

Herschel Walker never scored a TD on Clemson. UGA SUX

War Eagle

November 22nd, 2009
11:17 am

BOOGIE MAN, Thanks for Ben Leard, Sam Maxwell from Hart County HS had a great night against Kentucky. How did he get away from UGA?

Bo Joe the Clown

November 22nd, 2009
11:20 am

Joe Cox spoons better in the daylight! He was Staffords whipppin boy along with the booger man from hartwell

Ken Jordan

November 22nd, 2009
11:26 am

Worst case of fan support I have witnessed in 60 years of watching sports . Ga fans need to realize that they are no longer going to dominate all teams and the glory days of H. Walker are gone. Get back to doing the things that make a good program. One bad season does not make or break a program just shows that it needs more work.

Don't Worry

November 22nd, 2009
11:30 am

I’m sure with all the 5 star players Ga Bulldogs has they will probably be preseason No 1 next year!!! CMR and staff are the greatest!!! Please keep entire staff!!

tjg

November 22nd, 2009
11:30 am

It’s not just losing,it’s HOW you lose. It’s not just winning,it’s HOW you win, UGA under Richt has had some great wins, but even in the good years, many games have been much closer than they should have been. And some of the loses, especially recently, have been blow outs. UGA gets great better atheletes than the players on the field – underachievers on the whole.
PS If you cannot punch the ball in from the half yard line with two downs to do it, with 2 min to play, you do not deserve to win. Why pitch toss around the end??? Bad call, bad confidence in your line play, bad execution = all too predicable result…another L.

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 22nd, 2009
11:45 am

WAR EAGLE……………YOU ARE RIGHT ABOUT HARTWELL BOYS(LEARD,MAXWELL) ALSO SHANE MC CORD MADE BIG INT LAST NIGHT ON OUR END OF THE FIELD…………WISH WE COULD HAVE TAKEN MAXWELL, HE WAS A BEAST LAST NIGHT ,BETTER THAN OUR LB PLAY………I REMEMBER LEARD..GOOD QB

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 22nd, 2009
11:47 am

TO BLO JOE….CAPS IS MY TRADEMARK……..WANT YOU TO FEEL ME….HAT

GaGator

November 22nd, 2009
11:48 am

Is anyone going to watch the Mark Richt show? It should be interesting to see his explanation of last nights debacle. Too many penalties, too many turnovers, very poor special teams play and too little coaching, I take full responsibility for all these problems. I’ll handle just like I did with the arrest of our players for driving without a license. Really?

The real fire works will be tonight on his call in show (if he shows up—he may have a family emergency). This loss was much worse than to the Vols or the Gators and after those losses he was read the riot act———-Richt just isn’t tough enough to be a head coach. Somebody said it earlier, without Van Gorder as the DC Richt is just an average coach.

Franklin Co.

November 22nd, 2009
11:49 am

Well, there is one positive thing to say about CMR, he has a good tan. Or, is there anything REALLY good about a tan? Ole Kentucky really lit up a bad UGA team, so bad UGA checked out early, leaving the fans to boo. I booed too in 1977, when it was just as bad. I can’t bear to watch the Tech game, what a boodshed it will be. The big question is, who will be the rap star(?) playing to the dawgs this week?