Which is Dogs’ bigger concern, QB or defense?

Washaun Ealey and the running game should take the pressure off Georgia's inexperienced quarterback. (Georgiadogs.com)

Washaun Ealey and the running game should take the pressure off Georgia's inexperienced quarterback. (Georgiadogs.com)

So the Dogs are not getting a lot of love in national media previews of the 2010 football season, aside from ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach putting them at No. 19 in his Way-Too-Early Top 25. Fellow ESPN.com writer Chris Low went so far as to put UGA in the second tier of his SEC power rankings, behind Auburn and South Carolina.

But this early lack of respect isn’t really a big surprise considering that Mark Richt’s program is coming off a mediocre (for Georgia) season and is facing the prospect of an inexperienced quarterback and the complete rehauling of a troubled defense.

Otherwise, the picture is pretty positive. Aside from QB, the Dogs return the rest of their offensive starters. The kickers are among the nation’s best. With Jon Fabris gone, special teams — particularly kickoff coverage — ought to improve (it certainly couldn’t get any worse). And the schedule isn’t as tough as in 2009.

But how the Dogs answer those two big question marks probably will define what sort of season they have.

We’ve seen before how inexperience at QB can hurt. It took Matthew Stafford most of his first season to figure out when to throw the ball and when not to. And even though Joe Cox was a fifth-year senior, you have to figure his lack of playing time before becoming the starter was at least partly responsible for the poor decisions he made on most of the many picks he threw last year.

And the past two seasons have shown all too clearly what havoc defensive problems can wreak on a program. Todd Grantham definitely looks like a major upgrade over Willie Martinez, but there are sure to be glitches in the transition to a different defensive alignment and philosophy. Plus he’ll be doing it minus players like Geno Atkins and Rennie Curran. By season’s end, Grantham likely will have the Dogs once again deserving the “Junkyard” sobriquet. But getting there could be painful.

As Cornelius Washington said this week, “I don’t feel like this season there is such a thing as a freshman player because everybody has an audition and I guess in a sense everybody is a freshman.”

Of course, what he was talking about was the defensive coaches having to figure out who will play where and the players battling for a position and playing time. But with new schemes, they’ll all be freshmen in a sense come game time, too, which makes me think the D might be the bigger question mark for the Dogs.

Yes, inexperience will be a big obstacle for the Dogs’ QB, whoever that is. But Aaron Murray made a salient point talking to reporters on Wednesday when he said, “I really don’t feel that whoever wins the job is going to have that much pressure on them. It’s not going to be like we’re going to go out there and throw the ball 40 times a game. We’re going to be able to hand the ball to our running backs most of the game and let them do the work.”

Assuming a rash of injuries doesn’t suddenly throw the offensive line or running back corps into disarray, he should be correct.

Which worries you more, starting a green QB or rebuilding the defense?

185 comments Add your comment

Without-a-clue

February 12th, 2010
4:05 pm

In golf the saying is “Drive for show, putt for dough.” In this analogy QBs are the show, and D is for dough.

poopdawg

February 12th, 2010
4:12 pm

Dawgs 2010, i also thought before the 2009 season that our linebackers would be great. I was way wrong. I also thought our D-line would be great, wrong there too. Other than the Dowtin kid i am not sure we have alot at LB, unless they didn’t play last year (redshirt.) Defense is Read,Run, Kill. In the UT game Martinez’s defense last year was still biting on the bootleg in the 4th qtr. PURE STUPIDITY! Smart players read the play quickly. I know Grantham will have them more prepared , and apply the killer attitude, but i don’t know how quickly the players will read and react(RUN?) Our QB will be better than Cox no doubt, maybe even outstanding !

patrick M Sulley

February 12th, 2010
4:26 pm

Mark Richt cant coach?

Hmmmmm……. 2008 for example….

1. UGA lost 18 scholly players to season ending injury PRIOR to game 3.

2. UGA then proceeded to merely win 10 games

3. UGA them merely proceeded to win a bowl

4. UGA then merely ended up ranked 10th in the coaches poll.

5. All of that with a SOS of 8

Now I challenge anyone to name a single team that lost that many scholly players that early in the season where a coach was able to be that successful. I will order pizza and hopefully by the time it arrives someone can point out that other team.

4WhatIt'sWorth

February 12th, 2010
4:36 pm

Excellent Remarks PM Sulley!

Barnacle Bill Bavasi

February 12th, 2010
4:41 pm

Let’s see, jellybean claims to have graduated in 1996, so that’d make him at least 35. Yet, he remains as immature as a middle schooler. You’re not a DGood Dawg, jellybean. Please switch your fairweather allegiance.

Spike

February 12th, 2010
4:42 pm

With all those starters returning with the veteran O line, Orson Charles, Ealy, Kris Durham, AJ Green, and others the defense is a bigger concern. We need some warriors on defense, especially in the secondary. Add a little easier schedule than alst year, and we will be better. But defense, please GATA!!

bruce mac

February 12th, 2010
4:46 pm

CMR can coach and he recruits cleanly and represents professionally in every way. I guess some folks will never be satisfied until Vince Lombardi returns from the grave.

Gatorbait 17-3

February 12th, 2010
4:51 pm

patrick M Sulley

this is the 3rd time I’ve read you same post pattyboy—–try something orginal.

Gatorbait 17-3

February 12th, 2010
4:52 pm

I’ve read your same post pattyboy (typo)

1eyedJack

February 12th, 2010
4:53 pm

Sulley, you’ve been eating pizza all day. If you’re not careful you’re gonna need some activia.

Jellybean, if you’re not careful you’re gonna start sounding like God and Greyhound.

Go Dawgs!!!

jellybeandawg

February 12th, 2010
4:54 pm

Close Barnacle Bill. I am actually 36 and just as your name suggests I bet you are a crusty old geezer so why don’t you tell me some more stories about Vince and Herschel??? That’ll make it all better..

Unfortunately while LSU, Bama, and UF are winning National Championships many dawg fans such as yourself and 4WhatIt’sWorth are obviously more then content with merely reliving the “glory years”, buying technicolor DVD’s of Herchel, and taking pictures with UGA.

That may be fine and dandy for you and your kind but its not for me and a growing majority of others.

4WhatIt'sWorth

February 12th, 2010
5:02 pm

Jellybeandawg,

Are you Saint Simons – reincarnated

DamnGoodDawg!

February 12th, 2010
5:04 pm

This s is gonna get old by fall kickoff.

Barnacle Bill Bavasi

February 12th, 2010
5:05 pm

I’m actually younger than you and a 2001 graduate of UGA. Your hyper, sky-is-falling view of UGA football is insanity by any stretch of the imagination and certainly not the majority view among alums. Now, again, please go support Ga. State or Shorter, or anyone else, fairweather Heather.

4WhatIt'sWorth

February 12th, 2010
5:07 pm

DamnGoodDawg! -

I don’t think we can wait until fall kickoff! Let’s all pack Sanford Stadium for the Spring Game!

jellybeandawg

February 12th, 2010
5:17 pm

I don’t think the sky is failing. I Just don’t think that Richt is a gift from the gods like many blind loyalists do. I like coach Richt as well as any coach we ever had, but his 3 million a year job is to compete with AL, LSU, and FL, they set the bar not any of us. I do appreciate the contributions that he has made to the program but he is in danger of becoming to UGA what B. Bowden and Fulmer become to FSU and UT,which is a liability. If he cant get it together in the next 2 years then its time for him to move on.

4WhatIt'sWorth

February 12th, 2010
5:35 pm

jellybean,

You say you like Coach Richt, yet he is on your Hot Seat. You’re either an Idiot or Saint Simons reincarnated!

jellybeandawg

February 12th, 2010
5:51 pm

I like him as a person but that doesn’t mean I have to like the direction he has been leading our Football program in over the last 4 years. As just one example of many, did you go the ASU game last year? It is in the 4th quarter, we are LOOSING to a horrible 4-8 team yet our defense is out on the field dancing ghetto “gangsta” style in between plays every chance they get!

jellybeandawg

February 12th, 2010
5:57 pm

However I doubt many of you saw that. It was raining pretty hard that game so you probably stayed at home because of the weather. Yet there was Jellybeandawg, right in Sanford stadium, wet tired, and dumbfounded that we could be dancing around on the field while loosing the game…. like it was an audition for Soul Train or something. Talk about fair weather fans:)

Calhoundawg

February 12th, 2010
6:03 pm

Anyone who thinks that Mark Richt is past his prime or is washed up is either a total fool or a Dawg’s fan imposter. Consider this “jelly-spine-dawg,” the revered Coach Vince Dooley won six SEC Championships and one National Championship in 25 years of coaching. His third SEC Championship came in his 13th year of coaching. Mark Richt has three years to match that mark and will probably beat it. Coach Dooley’s NC came in his 16th year as head coach at Georgia. Mark Richt has 6 years to match it and will likely beat it.

The nature of college football has changed dramatically in the BCS era. The drive to win at any cost has compelled universities to make some very bad choices for thier respective programs. Firing Phil Fulmer was premature and has cost Tennessee dearly. The firing of Tommy Tuberville was premature — look where Auburn is. Look what winning at Florida has cost Urban Meyer and his family. Mark Richt, the dean of SEC coaches with the longest tenure at the same school, with a winning percentage among the top five of active coaches in the country, represents the University of Georgia with a degree of competency and class which is unparalleled. There is not a finer man iin his profession in the nation. I would follow Mark Richt to hell and back and I’m Proud To Be A Georgia Bulldog. I believe the changes to our defensive staff — Grantham, Belin, and Lakatos, will take our program to the Promised Land. Who’s with me? Go Dawgs !!!!

1eyedJack

February 12th, 2010
6:23 pm

Calhoundawg, ;) Here’s your Attaboy Certificate!!!

Carl Spackler

February 12th, 2010
6:32 pm

If there is not a clear cut winner at the QB position coming out of the spring then UGA is in a world of hurt…not knocking Met, but more the way the QB rankings are put out there, Met’s HS stats, foot work, etc. just makes me wonder how he could have been the 9th or 11th best prospect in the country…was he that high before being signed by UGA…I think he has a lot going for him, but he is a work in progress…unless Bobo is a wonder worker, Met may not challange until next year…Murray would have to be a complete flop not to be the starter…Murray was up there w/ Barkley until he broke his leg, then he droped back behind the kid from Texas, and you saw how well he did in the NC game coming in cold off the bench…so, I guess what I’m trying to say is that Murray may have always been playing at his highest ability, and he may be great, however Met can improve greatly w/ the proper coaching and growing into a stable environment…

Now for the D…BIG DAWG 77 gave me a breakdown on another post about the talent that UGA has avialable to run the 3-4 and they have the play makers at every critical position (NT, DT, ILB, speedy Cover LB’s, Rambo crashing the party from the safety position to mix it up)…this should be a fun year all around for the DAWGS

The Lone Trumpeter

February 12th, 2010
6:34 pm

Grantham will have the d ready. Anyone notice who he hired as the db coach? Part of the staff that shut down sc with inferior talent in the bowl game with conn. QB is the real ?

Kanine King

February 12th, 2010
6:45 pm

WHO DO THINK WE’RE PLAYING, THE COLTS, THE SAINTS???THE SEC AS A WHOLE WILL TAKE A STEP BACK— RELAX THE DOGS ARE GETTING READY TO GO ON A HUGE RUN EITHER GET ON BOARD OR SSSHHHUUUTTT UP!!!

Bremen Dawg

February 12th, 2010
7:59 pm

Richt, see if this guy wants to play football.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Georgia sophomore Torrin Lawrence has run the fastest time in the world this year in the 400 meter dash, finishing his heat in 45.03 seconds at the Tyson Invitational at the University of Arkansas.

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

February 12th, 2010
8:03 pm

UGA is “fixin” (or gonna) kick some tail! CMR, AKA Coach February, is going to take UGA to a national title!!!

shane#1

February 12th, 2010
8:19 pm

There are two posistions where experence can be a real difference maker, O line and QB. If I had to choose one or the other, I would take the experenced O line and go with the rookie QB. Murray has a couple of advantages over Cox, he can move around in the pocket and he throws well after rolling out. Rolling out gives him a way to buy time for his recievers and avoid pressure. I also think he may see the field better than Joe but I am only basing that on HS videos so I may be wrong. IMO, Joe threw some ints because he simply didn’t see some D backs. Murray may not have Staffords arm but he will have the advantage of a red shirt year, He also threw the most with the first team when Cox had his day off every week. Murray will have some good backs in King and Ealey while Stafford had to deal with a Lumpkin that was playing hurt and Brown went down with an injury. Stafford didn’t have AJ Green in 2006 and UGA’s most experenced WR, Sean Bailey, missed the entire season with a knee injury. All in all I think the Dogs will have a good season.

Bubba King

February 12th, 2010
9:49 pm

As far as comparing Aaron Murray to Joe Cox, all I have heard anyone say is that he is more mobile…Well, His arm may not be Stafford/Mettenberger like, but it is a hell of a lot stronger than Joe Cox(3 ints this season just trying to throw it out of bounds and not having the strengh, Damn!!!)…He is an accurate guy and supposedly is a student of the game…To be an 18 year old kid and get tendonitis, you have to be overworking yourself to death…I like the kid and think he will be a great one!
He has better tools than McElroy of Alabama…sorry to say! And look what happens when you have an O-line and a hell of a RB…McElroy did not lose games because he was not asked to win them…Nick Saban would have buried his size 6.5(mens) up his arse if he had!!! Maybe that’s the difference…
As far as what Cornelius Washington said…Seeming like everyone is a freshman having to audition for a part…THAT SHOULD BE THE CASE EVERY YEAR!!!! Now that Willie Martinez is out and Kade, Jeff, Geno, Rashad, Rennie, Evans, and P.Miller are gone…we don’t have to worry about Seniority ruling the roost!!! We all know that Willie started seniors over more deserving/talented guys…(Evans/Rambo)The ones who have the best auditions win the Damn Job…that’s the way it is…Just because you started a game before doesn’t give you the right to become complacent…That has been UGA’s problem for the last few years…Including the coaching…

chazzo

February 12th, 2010
10:11 pm

It is kind of a silly question: one position, QB or the entire Defense. I am not worried about the Offense at all. There may be some wrinkles at QB. The D has all kinds of athletes. The D is key undoubtedly. Beyond that… fundamentals and don’t stop playing until after the clock runs out no matter what the score is. No Gatorade baths, no dance routines, no nothing until the clock says all zeros.

The SC game is crucial. Better be ready for it. Beyond that, it is time to put the sword between the shoulder blades of the F=Gators. This year had better be a quick and decisive KILL. No boasting, no celebrations, no tricks, no uniform changes… Just win. Otherwise, UF will put another four in a row on the dawgs.

FL Dawg

February 12th, 2010
10:56 pm

The d is the biggest concern. 5 or 6 new starters, new scheme and a new coaching staff leads to a whole bunch of concern.

AltamahaDawg

February 12th, 2010
10:59 pm

Looking at last year: If our offense had been just a litlle bit more consistant, we easily could have won 2/3 more games. I don’t think you can say that about the defense. Or at the very least….equally so. The defense needs to improve to win any more championships, but if you are looking for the immediate return to being a top SEC team, its the offense that we need to be at least as good as they were supposed to be last year. I think the good news is that we “should” have a chance to do that. The defense isn’t going to be outstanding, but it should be more exciting.

UGA Grad 09

February 12th, 2010
11:33 pm

My biggest concern is having an inexperienced UGA VIII

BS Patrol

February 13th, 2010
12:14 am

Did I just read where your QB said “we are just going to hand off to our RBs & let them do the work”? If so doggies are looking at a 3-9 season. Those guys are pathetic. They wouldn’t start at Vandy even if they could get admitted.

Spart,Tn DGD

February 13th, 2010
6:39 am

Have just read all the messages and wish you that are not DGD would leave us true dawgs to our business. We have a coach who cares for his players, coaches, school and family. I will take CMR over any coach in the country. We have had our problems the last four years, but the coaches can’t tackle
and lord knows the players couldn’t either. True the last 4 years have been a nightmare, but things will change. They have changed with 3 new hard nosed men that will put a stop to this silly can’t tackle, catch a ball, block, look like an SEC team. We will be fine this year and go to a BCS game. Us dawg fans take our licks like men…so don’t woory about us…WE SHALL RETURN!!!

Carl Spackler

February 13th, 2010
8:34 am

People/fans need to just ignore the posts that you don’t like…some of you are too thin skinned…opinions are just that opinions, and you attacking a poster about his content is unnecessary…now, a good quality “back & forth” where info is exchanged is helpful for the stimulation and advancement of information/opinion sharing…attacking someone because they aren’t as big a “FAN” as you would like them to be will just rile up the minions…why not state your case, point out where you disagree, and drop the name calling…remember that they wouldn’t be on here if they didn’t somewhat care about UGA football, or they’re trolls looking for a reaction and you’re giving them exactly what they are seeking…

Minnesota Dawg

February 13th, 2010
9:04 am

If we can develope a great running game, it will help our quarterback to grow into the passing game. With Washaun Ealey and a returning line, it should be possible. So, I think the defense is our main focus. A good defense can give the offense less pressure to score a lot of points. We need quickness and a big time pass rush. If these things come into place, look out! Sugar Bowl here we come!

Gator Fan

February 13th, 2010
9:20 am

Both.

Bad QB means that there will be a lot of 3 and outs. Which puts the defense out on the field much longer than they are conditioned for.

Bad defense means more pressure is put on this young QB to go and win the game already down by two scores.

Its a lose lose situation.

Doggies better hope their defense is up to par this year, I mean lets face it, it can’t get much worse, lose to KY, get blown out by UT and UF.

Of that amazing defense last year, they lost basically their twos stud DT.

Gonna be a long season.

1eyedJack

February 13th, 2010
9:33 am

Had the Dawgs not recruited well the last four years I would be concerned…But they have.

One of the things that makes college football so unique and holds the fan’s interest so well is that every year brings a lot of questions and some pleasant surprises.

Every year each team loses some of their “stars” to graduation or leaving early and other assorted reasons and every year new faces step up to take their place.

I’m not so concerned about the talent level on this team as I’m concerned with the chemistry, attitude and what’s between the ears. That’s what separates great teams from good teams or bad teams.

Hungry?

February 13th, 2010
9:36 am

UGA has for years had the attitude that we are the UGA Dogs and therefore we are great. I am a UGA grad, so I know of what I speak here. Why they had that attitude? It is lost on me.

This year they will be hungry and will want to show all the nay sayers that they are wrong. TG will bring the necessary attitude of attack, attack and attack to the D.

The offense will need to me to jell and allow the QBs to settle in. Barring inuries, coupled with a new attitude and a few decent early season wins ………..the confidence will build.

Go Dogs

Mike

February 13th, 2010
9:45 am

All of these discussions are meaningless. Fact is – For this coming football season, Georgia needs to beat Florida and play for the conference championship. This program has had back to back subpar seasons. There always seems to be an excuse, and everyone is already coming up with excuses for the 2010 season – QB and the new defense. For me, it’s beat Florida and play for the conference championship OR I would expect EVERYONE connected to the football program, including the AD, to be let go.

AltamahaDawg

February 13th, 2010
9:45 am

Can we stop with the whole “Murray should have played more” business now? First of all, he was not the second string Qb, and appearantly is not even the official front-runner to start this year. If anyone should have played more, Gray obviously was the next in line, and Mett might have been physically more ready. Secondly, we are finding out now how Murray arm is just NOW gettting healed, and I really don’t think playing more actual live snaps in ball games would have really been part of that perscription. Lastly, where exactly was it that we had these ballgames in control that a true Frosh QB could have come in for no other reason than to get some experience?

SickandTired

February 13th, 2010
9:45 am

Somebody please take some of these Dawgs out of their cage for a walk so they don’t have to wallow in their own poop. You guys need some fresh air to clear your minds a little bit. You are what your record says you are against the elite teams in the SEC. Middle tier. Mark Richt is not Nick Saban or Urban Meyer. He’s a nice guy that’s been given the keys to a Ferrari and doesn’t know how to drive it. He goes fast, beats most of the competition but when it comes time to zig and zag through the turns, he just can’t drive it. The car alone gets him in the top 10. The driver (Mark Richt) is a hack. The sooner you Dawgs come to the realization that you need someone worthy of driving your car to get you into the winners circle the sooner you will come down off your meds. Mark Richt, nice guy, can’t win it all. Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, driven, intelligent, hard nosed and work harder, recruit better, evaluate talent better and coach better than Mark Richt.
Georgia: The Wisconsin of the SEC.

AltamahaDawg

February 13th, 2010
9:56 am

What, no “we”? Not pretending to be a disgruntled UGA fan today sickandtired? It’s hard to keep that straight.

BuLLdawg

February 13th, 2010
10:05 am

Duh.

We have a great defense 2010 and the 2 best kickers on any team in America.

QUOTE :

AltamahaDawg

February 12th, 2010 10:13 am

“Joe Cox’ sore arm had ZERO to do with poor decisions. Or his lead on crossing patterns. He threw the ball as well as anybody, especially the long ball. And his arm had nothing to with not being able to run the football. THAT’S what we all saw how that worked out.”

END QUOTE

Joe Cox could not throw the ball as well as anybody, D.A.

Especially the long ball.

He had to take a day off every week because of his damn poor sore arm.

Aaron Murray is listed at 6 feet 198 lbs. He suffered a broken fibula and dislocated ankle near the end of the 2008 season. Then, he got here last year January 2009. Once he got here, I would not say he is particularly big, or tall. The SEC is particularly difficult when you are 100 percent, ask Caleb King who had the same exact type injury and to my way of thinking, it set Caleb King back quite a bit.

Aaron Murray enrolled early, as did Zach Mettenberger. Aaron Murray concentrated on his studies and it shows. Enrolling early did nothing for him in terms of being able to play last year 2009. By all accounts, Aaron Murray does not have the kind of arm that even Zach Mettenberger does.

Aaron Murray was not healthy 2009 here at UGA, and therefore missed practices. That is just not good.

By all accounts, Logan Gray has significantly more mobility than does Aaron Murray.

UGA’s Offense has been one of the Top 10 at throwing interceptions, every year, since DJ Shockley graduated with Honors at UGA in 2005.

2010 now, and we have zero quarterbacks ready to play. The 1 who we have had here now 5 years, they have asked to move to wide receiver, if he wants to.

He doesn’t want to. Logan Gray hasn’t had nearly the success of John Brantley at Florida.

John Brantley is 6 feet 3 inches, weighs 220 lbs. and is extremely tough.

John Brantley against SEC teams like UGA ?

3 of 4 including a Touchdown Pass against UGA in 2008. We gave up 42 consecutive points to start the game and lost 49-10 scoring a TD with the Florida players politely clapping on the sideline as the clock expired, after we had yanked Matthew Stafford. He did play against UGA again in 2009. They hardly needed him 41-17, you recall ? But, he played against UGA both years he was not redshirted at Florida.

# 3 Quarterback in the Nation, according to Rivals. Pardon me, that is John Brantley.

John Brantley has seen SEC action against Georgia twice, Vanderbilt twice, Kentucky twice, Arkansas, LSU, South Carolina and he has played against Florida State twice.

What the hell is this crap John Brantley is NOT READY ? B.S. He is very ready.

Whatever your dog dodo is about John Brantley, he is far BETTER PREPARED than ANY GEORGIA QUARTERBACK.

2007 redshirted. 2008 back-up to Heisman Trophy Tim Tebow and Florida won the National Championship. 2009 back-up to Tim Tebow and Florida ended up Number 3 in the nation, 1 loss.

104 yards rushing

54 of 76 passing

Only 1 Interception.

10 Touchdown Passes

645 Yards Passing

He played QB 61 plays last year. How many plays did you want him to have on the # 3 team in the Nation behind Tim Tebow, arguably one of the best college football players of all-time, who by the way played QB at Florida on 2 National Championship Teams before Alabama beat Florida last year as their only loss of the entire season.

This is John Brantley’s 4th year at Florida this season, and he is a Redshirt Junior as good as any Quarterback in America. Florida might lose a game this year. It will NOT be to Georgia.

Aaron Murray played shotgun only at Plant High School. He never not once got under center and took a snap.

Triceps tendonitis is what Aaron Murray has done at Georgia. This had prevented diminutive Aaron Murray from progressing at Georgia.

Aaron Murray will not be announced as The Georgia Bulldogs’ Quarterback any time soon, this according to Coach Richt.

He’s missed practices, just as Joe Cox did.

Joe Cox was here 5 years.

2005 he redshirted. 2006 he played against Colorado and won the game when we had to yank Matthew Stafford. He also played against UAB Western Kentucky and in game 4 against Ole Miss. He did not play 1 play the rest of the season. He had 17 completions total all season 2006. 2007 Joe Cox had 5 completions all season. We do not prepare Quarterbacks here like Urban Meyer does at Florida. D.A.

2008 Joe Cox completed all of 11 passes all season.

He was not prepared. He had a sore shoulder. Many practices he missed.

Last year, 2009, Joe Cox was starting his 5th season here and had completed a grand sum of 33 passes in his entire career.

Chronic Sore Shoulder Joe Cox had.

Constant.

Unceasing.

Unending.

Continual.

Persistent.

Unremitting.

Never-ending.

Ever-present sore shoulder.

It prevented him from practice every single week his 5th year senior year for UGA.

He has the flu to start the season, as you might recall the entire nation did; and, was flown to the game on a private flight.

Aaron Murray was NOT an option. And, speaking of option, his 4.7 speed in the 40-yard dash is not fast, either. His accuracy, with his weaker arm than Zach Mettenberger, may land him the job as everyone is hoping, but he is not ready and has had 2 injuries set him back already. Ask Caleb King about injuries. Caleb King missed the Oklahoma State game with not a broken leg but hamstring, remember ?

He also could not practice.

15 Interceptions by Joe Cox in only 13 games. His shoulder bothered him in EVERY GAME.

140 yards Tennessee Tech, 162 Oklahoma State, 146 Tennessee, 165 Florida, 76 Georgia tek, 158 Texas A&M, 173 yards Auburn. Consistently, he was unable to perform his duties as our QB, yet he was the ONLY OPTION. Surely, Logan Gray was NOT PREPARED. Zach Mettenberger has progressed MORE than Aaron Murray because Aaron Murray has missed practices. LSU we asked Joe Cox to throw the football 34 times and had 13 points to show for it. 13. The following week we asked Joe Cox to throw the football again 34 times, and we Lost by 26 points to the Tennessee vols. That’s 4 touchdowns we lost to the vols by. We asked Joe Cox to throw 30 passes against Kentucky, and we Lost at Home. His 20 passes against Florida didn’t turn out well 41-17, another 24-point loss another 4 touchdowns loss. And, his 30 passes against Oklahoma State netted us a grand total of 10 points for the game.

Don’t give me this B.S. Altamaha Dawg that Joe Cox did not have a chronic shoulder which prevented him from practicing every week and which resulted in us getting creamed on the damn field.

AltamahaDawg

February 12th, 2010 10:13 am

“Joe Cox’ sore arm had ZERO to do with… He threw the ball as well as anybody, especially the long ball. And his arm had nothing to with not being able to… THAT’S what we all saw how that worked out.”

B.S. Joe Cox threw the ball as well as ANYBODY, especially the long ball.

B.S.

chazzo

February 13th, 2010
10:09 am

SickandTired:

What I am sick and tired of is that Saban and Meyer are some Icons of coaching. Sure they are good coaches. But, they both walked into golden opportunities with special players. Many of the special players are gone now. NCs aside, the juries out. They haven’t been in their positions long enough. We’ll talk in another five years. I mean, Meyer just had a nervous breakdown.

In general, people who call others out for grammar and spelling on a blog should shampoo my crotch.

DirtyDawg

February 13th, 2010
10:15 am

The comments about how we fared in ‘08 following all those injuries are accurate. Sure, others will say we’re whining or making excuses but fact is the reason we didn’t do more to justify our pre-season ranking was those injuries to key players. So it happened. As for last year, one can never predict who will decide they’re ready to ‘cash in’ and turn pro, or who has just had enough of going to class, studying and taking tests..and try to turn pro. Well with us it ‘happened’ to be the two ‘best’ players – at least in terms of offensive production – on the team…so ‘09 was a disappointment. My point is that we’ve been denigrated for a ‘failure’ to live up to our billings and that represents our program going down the toilet – bull-hockey. Wins against Auburn and Tech late…what should have, and could have, been a win over LSU…a fundamental brain-lock on dealing with the basic of offensive play – bootleg, roll-out – by Coach Willie (a failure that in my opinion cost him his job) was the biggest disappointment of the season…but the performances, combined with the strong showing in that bowl game, showed me that we have what’s needed to win any game we play.

I believe that we have upgraded our coaching staff and that that staff will find that there’s more than enough talent on the team to turn us into a ‘force’ on defense. We may be rated, by some, as ’second tier’ in the SEC, but if memory serves, some of our best seasons came when we were picked to finish in the middle of the pack. Guess the thing with our being below South Carolina and Auburn must have to do with their experienced QBs and is understandable. What isn’t understandable is that Georgia has had better teams than both those guys over the past few years and there’s no reason in my mind to think that ‘our team’ won’t be better than those guys once again.

SickandTired

February 13th, 2010
10:20 am

Chazzo, man, I didn’t get on anyone for spelling errors or grammar. May God, this is a Georgia blog, it would be complete waste of time to try and correct all the posts on here…i mean really….now to the matter you posted, you just gave a wonderful description of Mark Richt when you were trying to downplay Saban and Meyer…….Richt inherited an abundance of talent and did quite well….now for the last 5 years he’s been stuck with the talent he recruited and…. no championships…..as I’ve said before he’s a good guy, a really good guy….he just sucks as a coach if you want to win championships….if you want to look good in the paper (get your teeth fixed)…want to look good in the eyes of the fan base (see mission trips) if you want to look good in the eyes of the referees (keep your team out of the endzone after scoring)….face it, he is done. You can agree with me now or agree with me later.
Georgia: The Wisconsin of the SEC (but deserves better)

1eyedJack

February 13th, 2010
10:29 am

CMR is just now catching his second wind.

jellybeandawg

February 13th, 2010
10:33 am

Very well put SickandTired. The truth in regards to Florida and Bama is that under the current leadership/ administration we we will NEVER catch them..

We can get the talent they get, we have the funds they have, and have the fan support they have. What we don’t have is the leadership and demand for excellence that they have. It’s not their fault that they are well coached and handle their business. Bama & Florida are to be applauded, Especially UF. Since 1990, they have held themselves to a higher standard than we have. They want to win. We want to sell techicolor DVD’s of Herchel, take pictures with Uga and talk about the “glory years”.

We’re the slackers. Even with goofy Zook, UGA only beat him once…and that was in his lame duck season. CMR is a good man, and a decent coach, but he’s not a great coach.

BuLLdawg

February 13th, 2010
10:38 am

Dirty

(1) strong showing in the bowl game just completed ? Texas A&M had a LOSING RECORD 6-7. Explain to me how that makes UGA great again ? I missed that.

(2) We handed the football 14 times per game to Knowshon Moreno in the games we LOST Alabama, Georgia tek and Florida. Explain to me how our Offensive Coordinator Whiz is going to figure out how to call plays in a big game, since he hasn’t beat an SEC Top 10 Final AP Poll team, and has a LOSING RECORD 5-6 against all Top 25 Final AP Poll teams ? Last year, Mike Bobo ripped the Redshirt he put on Washaun Ealey (our top running back 2009), off in the 3rd quarter of the 5th game – by which time the season was shot to hell in a hand basket. But, according to you, everything is rosy because you have some excuse for LAST SEASON because we did not have Knowshon Moreno and Matthew Stafford (Mr. fumble Mr. interception.)

(3) 2008 we had YOU SAID Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno.

(4) 2008 you came up with yet a DIFFERENT EXCUSE dirtydawg that waaah we had some OTHER EXCUSE.

(5) Specifically dirtydawg what we have done to not live up to YOUR BILLING YOUR HYPE dirtydawg is to go in fact 3 wins in 11 games against SEC Top 10 teams in the Final AP Polls in the entire Coach Richt Era.