5 reasons UGA shouldn’t be worried about Joe Cox

Joe Cox: A coat, a tie and a sense of leadership. (AP photo)

Georgia's Joe Cox: A coat, a tie and an innate sense of leadership. (AP photo by Butch Dill)

1. He  was considered the No. 1 QB from the day Matthew Stafford turned pro. When last Georgia went into a season without a holdover quarterback, Mark Richt threw the competition open to four candidates, Cox among them

2. He has the respect of his mates in a way few quarterbacks — D.J. Shockley would be an exception — ever do. Asked after spring practice to name the team leader, 107 of 110 Bulldogs famously voted for Cox. The other three voted for Ralph Nader.

3. He seems, as A.J. Green has said, to have “the complete confidence” of offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.  Three years ago, Joe Tereshinski III was considered just “a game manager.” The playbook seems more open now.

4. He has two hugely gifted receivers in Green and freshman Marlon Brown, which means every throw won’t have to be on the button.

5. He should be working behind a better offensive line than Stafford ever had. And if you don’t think a O-line can aid and abet a new quarterback, please consult Matt Ryan of Flowery Branch.

(Not to get all wishy-washy on you — too late, I fear — but here are 5 reasons Georgia should be concerned about Joe Cox. And, coming a bit later, I offer 5 reasons Matthew Stafford left Athens without a title.)

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August 25th, 2009
10:39 am




August 25th, 2009
10:46 am

Nader for heisman


August 25th, 2009
10:48 am

Can Nader read a cover 2?


August 25th, 2009
10:48 am

#4 There are a few more recievers on the team between AJ and Brown. Do not underestimate Michael Moore. He will be the #2 man this year. There are others, but he deserves a mention more then Brown.


August 25th, 2009
10:49 am

With a really good running back, Joe will do well….without a good running game, he has problems.

The O-Line will be able to open holes, but do we have a major talent at running back? I think Washaun will prove to be the best running back on the roster, but when will he be ready to contribute consistently, and without having to think too much?

The defense must hold up their end of the board….otherwise, all of this talk about Cox is for naught.

I say the Dawgs have a very successful year….say 11 wins…not too bad.


August 25th, 2009
10:50 am

No Knowshon…valid point. However, let’s not forget Richard Samuel and company. UGA has a stable of RB’s. Then as you mentioned, AJ Green and Marlon Brown. Plus UGA always has that go to guy for 3rd down completions.

Let’s not forget, coming out of High School, UGA signed a QB/WR combo out of Charlotte, NC. The WR was Mohammed Massaquoi, and the QB was….anybody….Joe Cox. Just saying. He’s a 5th yr senior, so he probably knows the playbook better than BOBO. He’s got a solid line that hopefully stays..(I’m not even gonna say it, at risk of jinxing us). He’ll be fine. The schedule’s as tough as they come, but he’ll be fine.

Willie Martinez is who I worry about!


August 25th, 2009
10:52 am

Where’s Aaron Murray in all of this…doesn’t he have the BIG arm?


August 25th, 2009
10:53 am

Everybody should be worried about Willie, to include Willie.


August 25th, 2009
10:57 am

Im a Bulldog fan..worrying is my job


August 25th, 2009
10:59 am

MB – You’re such a homer! Where is the journalistic integrity! Just kidding…was laughing at all the posts on the anti-Cox article :)


August 25th, 2009
10:59 am

Hopefully, Aaron Murray won’t have to play…a little PT wouldn’t bother me, but I think the Coaches would rather not rely on him.


August 25th, 2009
11:02 am

Kind of agree on the Bradley comment. I think the fact that he never lost a game as a starter in high school and Broke lots of Leaks records in Charlotte would have been #1.


August 25th, 2009
11:03 am

i’m going to say it just one more time. look out for richard samuel. the guys a beast. so young too.. if he holds on to the ball he could easily end up being the best back in the sec this year. you read it here first.


August 25th, 2009
11:04 am

Logan Gray being able to play and actually contribute will help Joe cox also. I am hoping we see both of them, kind of like Goff and Matt Robinson only in reverse since Goff was more the runner.


August 25th, 2009
11:06 am

I look for a big year out of Joe. He seems to have the intangibles and with a line we haven’t had since the Max Jean Gilles days we should be fine.

Matt Stafford

August 25th, 2009
11:10 am

“5 reasons Matthew Stafford left Athens without a title.”

1) Money
2) Money
3) Beer
4) Women
5) Money

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 25th, 2009
11:11 am

Candidly this is the reason why I am not at all worried about JC. Injurys, Pass Rush, Secondary, #2 option at wideout and a tailback who is going to get the ball 15-20 a game. Those are the concerns I have. JC with all the attention he is getting as MS replacment has handled this with the class that you would think the team leader would have. He will do just fine.


August 25th, 2009
11:13 am

“He doesn’t throw the deep ball like Matthew Stafford”

Stafford was never accurate on the deep ball, i always wondered why we kept trying it.

Dorsey Hill

August 25th, 2009
11:14 am

#6 reason to worry. Joe Cox’s last and only start. It was 3 years ago, but it was ugly and he got pulled. I’m pulling for him obviously, but I’ll believe it when I see it next Saturday afternoon. Hopefully Richard and Carlton will set the tone and make Joe’s first start a little less demanding.

Roll Dawgs

August 25th, 2009
11:14 am

I really had confidence in Joe till Mark Badly started prognosticating. Failure is upon us now.


August 25th, 2009
11:15 am

There’s no QB I’d rather have leading the offense than Joe Cox. He’s level-headed, smart, knowledgeable of the playbook, a good passer, and will lead the team when the times get tough. He’s been dedicated and loyal to UGA for 4+ years, he’s earned the position in more ways than one. Let’s all get behind him and support the Dawgs this season, win or lose.


August 25th, 2009
11:19 am

Joe Cox is about the last guy you should worry about on this team. This is going to be one great season. Hang on….

Got 12 but none in quite a long long time ....

August 25th, 2009
11:20 am

6. He does not have to play against Bama….


August 25th, 2009
11:25 am

Cox will be like Stafford…..The Lord with NO Rings II

KimZ's Package

August 25th, 2009
11:26 am

We will see. All this talk about how good Cox is has me worried. If he were that good, then he would have pushed Matt harder to get the job. The secondary ain’t that good and they will need to step-up or take the penality over as easy TD.


August 25th, 2009
11:28 am

I have more faith in Joe Cox than I did in Matthew Stafford. Matt has all that talent but seemed to lose concentration way too much and force the ball all the time. Joe is a better leader and will probably make better decisions. Its not all about pure talent and arm strength, esp at QB where you need to think and make the RIGHT dec. If the D and O lines stay healthy this will be a very good football team this year. Go DAWGS!!


August 25th, 2009
11:30 am

5 more reasons to like Joe Cox taking over for Matthew Stafford:

1. Chris Leak
2. Craig Krentzel
3. Jay Barker
4. Ken Dorsey
5. Charlie Ward

Do I have to go all the way back to Robbie Bosco to make the point?


August 25th, 2009
11:33 am

” He doesn’t throw the deep ball like Stafford “—-Hell, NOBODY throws the deep ball like Stafford so what’s you’re point?

Prince Harry

August 25th, 2009
11:34 am

Never trust a ginger to lead!

Tech girls smell like curry

August 25th, 2009
11:38 am

Cox doesn’t need to be a GREAT quarterback. Just be a good one. Stafford tried to break records with every ball he threw. Dogs don’t need that. Dominate the game on the line, control the clock, and manage the game one play at a time.

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August 25th, 2009
11:42 am

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Big Dan

August 25th, 2009
11:43 am

Hey doboy I guess if Cox had gone to tech he could have got his ring last year.

DC from Conyers

August 25th, 2009
11:49 am

Joe appears to be a leader, on the field and off. He has the confidence of teammates and Coaches. If he had not demonstrated certain qualities he would not have there support. The o-line is probably better than it ever was for Tech also except against Dawgs.


August 25th, 2009
11:54 am

haha Mark, like three dawgs know who Ralph Nader is?



August 25th, 2009
11:55 am

I hope Joe shocks the world but I seriously doubt it…with the line and RB talent we have.. I think we will be ok at QB with whoever plays.

Whopper Dawg

August 25th, 2009
11:55 am

Thanks Mark, I think the O will be fine. Please do the same analysis on Willie M. That is where most fans are worried with the DC or lack thereof. I would spot you one reason not to be worried about Willie M., but I can’t. LOL.

David Granger

August 25th, 2009
11:58 am

I think Cox will be a good QB…though I still remain concerned about Mark Richt. Coach Richt has a tendency to freak a little too soon when a QB makes a mistake, and you end up with a QB who’s looking back over his shoulder and afraid to try anything. Stafford became a much better player when Richt finally just said “OK, you’re our quarterback” and didn’t get crazy when Stafford threw a few interceptions in a couple of games. One of those old football cliches is “take what they’ll give you”…but sometimes what the other team will give is not enough to win the game, and you’ve got to try to TAKE what you need, whether they give it to you or not. And if you do that, you’ll throw a bad pass now and again…but at least you go down trying to win the game. I do hope that if Cox throws a bad pass or two…or has a receiver drop a catchable ball now and then…that Richt won’t immediately yank him and start playing quarterback yo-yo.
I still remember that Florida game when Tereshinski threw several good passes early…only to have the receivers drop many of them, including a couple of key third-down passes. And by the end of the game, Richt had the team just running draw plays on third and long. Granted, Tereshinski may not have looked like a quarterback, but he was better than he ever got the chance to be.


August 25th, 2009
11:58 am

Joe you just show up at Okie State and play your game, lead your team and do your best to make the Bulldog Nation proud..son we are with you! And I certainly hope the Bulldog Nation that you have show so much loyalty to..returns that…best wishes..now..GATA!


August 25th, 2009
12:01 pm

Cox will :
spread the ball around more than stafford
have a better line to work behind
not force throws into coverage
be more accurate
have a much improved defense to keep pressure off the offense


August 25th, 2009
12:01 pm

No one should be worried about Joe Cox. He is going to do great. Sure, he might not have as big of an arm as Stafford, but who does. Plus if we do throw it deep more than likely Joe will throw it into the recievers hands, not 10 yards infront of the reciever. Plus he is more of a game manager, not like John Parker Wilson because JC can throw the ball a hell of a lot better and makes better decisions.


August 25th, 2009
12:02 pm

Seriously, what you have with carrot top is an average QB on an average football team.

Enjoy you 7-5 season.


August 25th, 2009
12:03 pm

Its a gator world

August 25th, 2009
12:04 pm

One reason he won’t succeed. He doesn’t look like a real qb. He looks like the proverbial red headed stephchild that we make jokes about. Could a guy possibly be any goofier looking?

On the other hand when he comes to the line of scrimmage it will take the opposing D off guard. They will relax and be lulled into a false sense of security because they won’t take Oppy seriously.

I’m trying to decide if he looks more like Oppy or Howdy doody. Or if he looks like the cousin of the banjo kid from the movie deliverance which was based in Georgia of all places. To think you guys call this Oppy look alike the leader of your team. Goodness! I’m LMAO.


August 25th, 2009
12:06 pm

I think when Richt “threw open the QB competition” Cox was beaten out first by Tereshinski (who couldn’t play college football)and later by Stafford, a freshman who had never played in college. So tell us again why Cox will be a good QB for uga. Could be because they have no one else who can even push him? Just asking.


August 25th, 2009
12:06 pm

Can’t wait for that average season to begin.


August 25th, 2009
12:08 pm

Let’s see, it is August. That means it is time for the Atlanta Journal Constipation to start trying to increase its circulation numbers and eyeballs on the website numbers by creating its annual UGA QB controversy.

No shame at the AJC. Anything to up the profits even if it means slighting a kid who is going to give his best for the Dogs this year.

I remember reading somewhere that Joe Cox has never lost a game he has started going back through all of his years in high school. Don’t know if it is true. If it is then it should count for something. But then that would have required MB to do some fact checking which is something AJC sports writers have never been noted for.

Joe Cox will be a better QB this year than MB will be a sports writer. Of course that is not saying much, is it?


August 25th, 2009
12:09 pm

I think there were actually about ten real posts with no idiotic nerd comments, that has to be a record.


August 25th, 2009
12:11 pm

IMO these 5 are much more accurate than the other 5. The OL and DL will take pressure off everyone else.

Bobo is what scares me.


August 25th, 2009
12:12 pm

crawl back in the swamp gator world. by the way, Florida started football in 1991. Ask ‘em, they’ll tell you.