Lack of improvement a hallmark of 2009 Dogs

Some thoughts and questions arising from the Dogs’ meltdown against Kentucky. …

The same problems plagued Georgia all season long, and while the players must take the blame for the turnovers and penalties, the fact that the Dogs never really could get a handle on either problem has to be seen as an indictment of Mark Richt’s coaching staff. Most of Georgia’s problems were a matter of sloppy or careless play, not lack of talent.

Looks like Joe Cox's eyes are closed when throwing this fourth-quarter incompletion. Maybe that explains those two interceptions. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Looks like Joe Cox's eyes are closed when throwing this fourth-quarter incompletion. Maybe that explains those two interceptions. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Early in the season when Joe Cox would make stupid mistakes, many of us gave him the benefit of the doubt by pointing out his relative inexperience despite being a fifth-year senior.

But the most damning statement that can be made about Cox (and his coach, Mike Bobo) is that the quarterback never got better as the season progressed. Saturday night, with nearly a full season under his belt, he was still panicking when pressured and making really dumb throws. His second-half interceptions were two of the most ill-advised passes I’ve ever seen a QB attempt.

Cox completed 12 of 30 passes for 291 yards, three touchdown passes and those two dismal interceptions. He threw some really pretty balls deep. On that two-pass scoring drive in the second half, I wrote down in my notebook: “Joe Cox at his best.” But he was hopeless at the 10- to 15-yard possession pass. And, like I said, his decision-making was just awful.

Was he coached at all this season?

On the fumble at the Kentucky 1-yard line in the fourth quarter: Everyone seems pretty sure now that freshman Washaun Ealey was too close to Cox on the pitch. You have to wonder, if Cox noticed that, why he went ahead and made the pitch anyway. More to the point, why were the Dogs trying a toss sweep in that key moment? Earlier in the game a toss sweep already had resulted in a fumble, and it’s a play that Georgia has had trouble with all season long. Was that really the wisest play call in that situation?

The Dogs fumbled four times, losing two of them. Is it lack of concentration? Poor fundamentals?

What’s left to say about Bryan Evans? I can’t recall a senior starter for the Dogs who I was more anxious to see move on to alumnus status. His tackling was typically poor. And what was he thinking with that blatant late hit out of bounds that helped set up Kentucky’s first score? I don’t blame him for that pass interference call in the end zone, though. He was clearly beaten by the receiver and really had no choice if he didn’t want to give up a touchdown on the play. It didn’t much matter, though, as the Cats did score on the drive with a receiver left wide open.

Georgia had 427 yards of offense, with 196 on the ground, but only 53 of those rushing yards came in the second half. Kentucky had just 63 yards of offense in the first half but ended up with 260. Which team does it appear made successful adjustments at halftime?

One of the officials should be credited with an assist on that first touchdown by the Cats for managing to insert himself into the play and screen the Georgia defender, basketball-style.

Third and short. Normally that’s good news for an offense, but more than once Saturday the Dogs were unable to convert. Kentucky dominated both sides of the line of scrimmage in the second half.

Can we finally agree that kickoff returns are not Branden Smith’s strong suit?

And on the flip side, kickoff coverage is such a train wreck at Georgia that the Dogs probably would be better off just deliberately kicking out of bounds every time and giving the opponent the ball at the 40. That wouldn’t be much different from what Kentucky got time after time Saturday night. That squib kick returned 20 yards by an up back just summed up how hopeless the Dogs are in this area of the game. And, again, that’s another problem that hasn’t improved as the season has progressed.

This is one year Richt and his staff definitely should back up to the pay window.

547 comments Add your comment

dbc

November 22nd, 2009
11:03 am

That about covers it…

dbc

November 22nd, 2009
11:05 am

I wonder… how big a raise will CMR give Willie and Bobo this year?

3rd

November 22nd, 2009
11:08 am

here’s a look at upcoming attractions!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8GuH9oDHrU

4th

November 22nd, 2009
11:09 am

there was a party going on the blogs until 3am with uga and gt fans going at it back and forth, it was funny

tjg

November 22nd, 2009
11:12 am

Bottom line(s):
the way your team plays in the second half is more important than the first half
when you have two downs to gain half a yard, pound it up the middle not toss sweep around the end
uga players looked like deer in headlights, coaches looked hysterical – just plain lost
supeior talent and inferior performance = time to make MAJOR changes in staff…fast!

Scott

November 22nd, 2009
11:13 am

Wow! What can one even say? This is season reminded me of the Ray Goof days when the coaching staff looked like they had no clue. It also reminds me of when Spurrier stated that “I don’t know what happens to Georgia – they get all the atheletes”. Between poor defense, poor special team (not counting Walsh) and poor offense – what do you fix first? In all honestly, I thought this would be a rebuilding year but never did I expect the program to take a step backwards. Next season will be interesting.

Hmmmmm

November 22nd, 2009
11:14 am

Great thoughts. I hope the coaches are asking themselves the same things.

Coach Richt got us into this mess and he deserves the chance to get us out of it. If he decides to keep the staff as is, the goals should be clear. 1. Win SEC EAST 2. Beat FLA. 3. Win the SEC.

Nothing less for next year will be acceptable. CMR chose to go this year with the same staff…here we are again. He chose to try and win with a 5th year SR with an injury to his throwing arm. Even when all hopes were dashed, he chose not to get some other QB experience for next year. That is on CMR. I don’t want the excuses next year about our young QB’s with no experience. That will not cut it.

LydiasDad

November 22nd, 2009
11:15 am

I think UGA VII died of shame. It’s good he wasn’t around to see that one.

JDawg

November 22nd, 2009
11:17 am

Not so sure that the play at the 1 yard line was supposed to be a pitch. I think Cox screwed that one up also because both the FB and the TB were lined up tight like it was a hand-off play off tackle. Ealey made a pocket like it was a hand-off called. Richt didn’t comment on whose fault it was which tells me that it was probably Cox. If it would have been Ealey’s fault than he would have attributed it to being a “freshman” mistake.

1eyedJack

November 22nd, 2009
11:19 am

This season has been like watching a close family member suffer a lingering death.

Football Guy

November 22nd, 2009
11:20 am

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
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hahhahahahahahahahahahaha……………………..

Bryan Evan's dad

November 22nd, 2009
11:20 am

You are the biggest whiney crybaby of an adult I have ever seen. I know you are personally attached to a college football team so that they will make up for the fact that you are a complete wuss. Why don’t you throw a few more student athletes under the bus. Just hope you don’t meet any of them in an alley. Of course my son is taught not to hurt women, so you’d be safe around him.

navydawg

November 22nd, 2009
11:23 am

I am not a happy dawg! This was a garbage season!!! I have never seen so much talent on a Georgia team…and the fact that this talent is going to waste makes me sick! I for one have been all about CMR since he got here, but I’m really starting to feel that because of his lack of discipline instilled in these players, I’m beginning to question whether he is the man for the job. Bringing Slick Willie back (with a raise) and not trying to hold coaches more accountable is beyond me. I love all of our players (with the exception of Evans!)…and I just feel bad for the seniors that stuck with us to have to go out with a season like this. YES…this season is a HUGE dissapointment!….Until next year!

RNB

November 22nd, 2009
11:24 am

I see no way BoBo, Martinez, Jancek or Fabris should return. The only one I may give one more year is BoBo but his duties will not include coaching the QB’S. I am tired of the excuses from CMR. Man up or get out. This program deserves the best coaches available and right now that is not what we have.

dawgma

November 22nd, 2009
11:24 am

Dawgs r down and only a mircle at the flats will save this season from potentially years of recruiting losses.

Willie must go. Bobo needs to go back to “clowning” around.

H1022

November 22nd, 2009
11:24 am

Where is Johnny Griffiths when you need him. Tech fans don’t gloat too much; UGA has players and if they put it together they can beat anybody.

Go Gators!!

idiots in ohio

November 22nd, 2009
11:26 am

Bill that pretty much sums it up.

Cat Fan in Dawg Land

November 22nd, 2009
11:26 am

UK of the last 3 years is MILES more talented than the air raid Mumme teams that put 50 points on the board in 3 touchdown losses. And a serious portion of UK’s talent boost comes from Dawg-land.

Trevard Lindley, Hiram GA, will play cornerback on Sundays.

Randall Burden, LaGrange GA, is a sophomore on the other corner who has a chance to play on Sundays.

Sam Maxwell and Shane McCord, Hartwell GA, made the two interceptions that made Dawg Fans ill. Maxwell is the linebacker who clocked in with his 5th pick of the season, and is one of our best players on either side of the ball.

Matt Roark, Acworth GA, is a 6′5″ sophomore wide receiver who recovered the fumble on the 2nd half kickoff.

I know Dawg fans are upset with the season and with yesterday’s performance, but maybe y’all could find it in your hearts send some positive vibes our way for the UT game where 15 GA natives will take the field for the Cats. Lexington isn’t quite “Athens North,” but we’re nearly there. And Georgia football fans should know that the dramatic talent-level uptick for the Cats is Dawg-football inspired.

Go beat the bugs next week!

Denver Dawg

November 22nd, 2009
11:27 am

Pathetic season, hard to watch.. Changes
must happen otherwise the alum will
hold back $$$$

SOS Dawg

November 22nd, 2009
11:29 am

Its been a long trend you moronic blind homers. Go ahead and say keep CMR but hire new coordinators. CMR should be toast if you want a real championship program!

Buster Meeks

November 22nd, 2009
11:30 am

To LydiasDad. Leave UGA VII out of this. He was a damn good dog. Say what you want tosay about the players and coaches. If he was still around the only thing in his heart would be love, but never shame.

Tell him Bryan's Dad!

November 22nd, 2009
11:30 am

I’m a Tech fan, but also a fan of student athletes. For a guy given the opportunity to write about his team to say that about a student athlete is disgraceful. Bill King, you should be embarrassed. Sitting behind your goofy white trash picture and trashing an extremely talented student athlete that’s been working his tail off for your school is much more embarrasing than losing to UK.

LowcountryDawg

November 22nd, 2009
11:31 am

This season has been tough to watch. I am not going to point out the obvious flaws in our program right now. They have been made painfully clear.

Times are tough right now, no doubt. As I watched the game last night, I was disgusted by some of our “fans” who were leaving with 2:30 left. The recruits see this stuff and it makes an impact on their decisions. I thought that was bad, then Cox threw the interception and our fans booed him. It has been argued on here that the players can tell if the crowd is booing the staff or the team. It was pretty damn obvious who they were booing. I am not defending Cox’s play this year, but to boo your own players was classless and not what I stand for as a proud UGA alumnus.

Go Dawgs. Beat the nerds.

MiltonDawg

November 22nd, 2009
11:31 am

Agreed- I cannot wait till Evans moves on. #3 is a moron who had 30 yds of penalties just to himself. And Cox?? Cox this was supposed to be your night and you choked..BIGTIME!! However, this is a fitting end to this season. UGA hasn’t lost to UK at home in 32 years but it came to an end last night. UGA VII had it easy and passed before he could witness this embarassing defeat. Next week we’ll be just as ugly. Defensive Line did ok as did some of the WRs- especially Orson Charles. Good Riddance Cox & Evans. Bring on 2010 now please!!!!

SOS Dawg

November 22nd, 2009
11:32 am

strength and conditioning coach is a joke too when UGA’s line of scrimmage gets man handled by teams like KY,Vandy and USC east…….

Hmmmmm

November 22nd, 2009
11:33 am

Cat Fan

I will root for KY to beat TN. If nothing else it is sad to think that AUB and UT with their brand new head coaches will have better records than UGA this year.

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 22nd, 2009
11:36 am

I AGREE WITH BILL KING……….BRYAN EVANS HAS BEEN LIABILITY FOR TWO YEARS..DAMMIT PULL A REDSHIRT IF YOU HAVE TO.IT COULDNT HURT………….AND CUT THE DAMN DREADLOCKS

SOS Dawg

November 22nd, 2009
11:36 am

Hey lowcountry dawg….. must be stupid recruits only to see fans leaving or booing.if the recruits cant see poor play and coaching UGA sure as hell dont need those recruits. You and the rest of blind homers need to go and support a little league or high school program.

Mark Richt

November 22nd, 2009
11:37 am

UGA VII died because his heart could not take anymore of the stress that my non-adjusting Coaching Staff, overly penalized/under-performing Players deal to the ever-duped fans week in, and week out. I remain loyal to every horrible Coach I have on staff, and to every Player that’s so under-talented he sits around 5 years so he can come out and prove it to you all.

Rick

November 22nd, 2009
11:37 am

A new AD and coaching staff is the only answer.

That will not happen. So the dawgies will suffer more of the same as they did with Ray Goff for 6 years…..

I have never seen a FB program fall so fast. CMR is done.

For those that defend him, you deserve no better than last night.

SOGADOG

November 22nd, 2009
11:38 am

Lets face it, Willie Martinez is not the only problem and firing him isnt going to solve the problem. The entire team is undisciplined and lacks focus. Penalties, turnovers, and lousy playcalling are symptoms of poor coaching in all facets of the game, offense, defense and special teams. It was obvious at the one game I attended this year, Arizona State. During the many lengthy tv timeouts, and at a point in the game where Az State was taking control, our players were laughing and dancing to rap music blasting over the speakers. No focus, no discipline, and it goes back to all the coaches, especially the head coach. I wont be driving all night back to So Ga after a game that ends at midnight so I can watch a team dance to rap music and play sloppy football. Lets get back to fundamentals and winning championships and get away from the hollywood production designed to turn out NFL players.CMR needs to sit down with CVD and take a few pointers on how to manage a team.

WildBill

November 22nd, 2009
11:39 am

The dawgs coaching staff and players, stick em with a fork, they’re done!

More of the Same

November 22nd, 2009
11:41 am

Hey SOS dawg…. God point about recruits….. if they can only see fan reaction then they must not be recruits UGA needs. Its big time football not pop warner or high school football. Classless is what the job these coaches are doing for the amount of money being poured in.

More of the Same

November 22nd, 2009
11:42 am

LowcountryDawg

November 22nd, 2009
11:43 am

SOSDawg-
You are calling me a blind homer for calling out some of the classless “fans” for booing our players? Let me guess, you were one of the ones booing? Figures.

Maddog

November 22nd, 2009
11:43 am

And just what will next year hold? Strong rumors from Athens that Logan Gray knows he will not be a starter and will be transferring. That means we will have just two QBs, Murray and Mettenberger. No matter how good either may turn out, both will be redshirt freshmen. Not very promising.

UGA fan

November 22nd, 2009
11:46 am

Mark Richt and the coaching staff should be shot in the face, with a bazooka. There should be no more redshirts allowed anymore, cause hell half the time the players dont stay. They dont give a S**t about loyalty. And it doesnt give them a year of experince just redshirting them hurts us by them leaving early. Reshad jones and rennie are probably gone. Damn can we find another safety to replace bryan evans, who can at least tackle and cover. Thank god we hav rambo coming back. Yea we are in some serious sh*t cause i dont see mark richt firing willie i see him getting demoted and that wont cut it for bulldog fans we want him gone. End of story we got “outclassed” “Outplayed” and “OutCOACHED”. Aaron murray the future next year.

SadDawg

November 22nd, 2009
11:48 am

Whew!! I glad the coaches worked so hard on the penalties, turnovers and special teams during the off-season! Imagine how bad the season coulda been! Thanks Coach Richt and Staff!!!!

SOS Dawg

November 22nd, 2009
11:48 am

hey Lowcountry…. I say they were booing the coaches for putting this crap on the field. I bet you would still like to have Ray Goof as your coach huh ?

toga

November 22nd, 2009
11:48 am

soft and weak. Richt is exposed for the wimp he really is. I hope he sticks around for a few more years. Enjoying the fair weather fans jumping ship.

ROLL TIDE.

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 22nd, 2009
11:50 am

SOS……..HES STILL ON A SHINGLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 22nd, 2009
11:51 am

I remember GT fumbling the ball 11 times in the Spring Game. Haha, you mutts seemed to think that was pretty funny.

Well, there is always Basketball Season. Oops, never mind.

I think the Dogs will rally against GT and score 2 TDs.

GT 49 UGAg 17.

Well, last I heard, you still have a top 10 recruiting class coming in.

Glory days are ahead though, Tim Teabow will be gone.

Man up DAWG

November 22nd, 2009
11:51 am

This was Kentucky people ,the sister program of Vandy. Yes the coaching should be booed and I turned off my TV early too after watching this horrific meltdown.

wasn't it bad about the dogs,

November 22nd, 2009
11:52 am

so, which QB will give georgie the best chance to win against Tech?

WilliamG

November 22nd, 2009
11:52 am

Blame the coaches all you want – even if you are wrong you are blaming professionals who make millions, so they’re fair game. But leave the kids alone. They are in the game because the coaches put them there and – tried at least – to teach them the fundamentals and then the game plan. If a kid consistently does a bad job, it’s on the coach – not the kid. After all the coach can watch the performance and, if needed, bench the kid. But these are youngsters who spend huge hunks of their time to be on the field, take the bumps and bruises … calling them out, or booing them from the stands, only adds insult to the pain.

SOS Dawg

November 22nd, 2009
11:53 am

Eat another booger Booger Man from cespool Hartwell…….

JH

November 22nd, 2009
11:55 am

I agree with one of the earlier posts. If Richt defends his staff and is not willing to make the changes needed, he should be told that if he does not beat Florida next year and win the SEC championship, then he will be fired as head coach. I can not imagine a new head coach retaining any of the incompentent coaches Richt has on his staff so the pressure should be on everyone on the staff that next year they have now choice but to put up or get lost.

HardTruth

November 22nd, 2009
11:56 am

This is a new level of mediocrity, this must not become the standard of Uga football. Bobo please leave, Willie (this one wasn’t your fault), but you to must go, John Fabris(special teams) that are nothing special, must go. Bring back coaches with experience, and get players who have a fire in your belly. We dont need athletes at UGA, we need football players. Passion,Love, Desire, Want, Determined, and Commited to being a champion, not an player.

Man up DAWG

November 22nd, 2009
11:57 am

I see the tender hearted fans are back. Boo the players too if they keep making thug headed mistakes. You fans are probably the same one who want to ban dogde ball. William G. its football not powder puff.

Man up DAWG

November 22nd, 2009
11:57 am

thats dodge ball