5 reasons Georgia might NOT have turned the corner

Bending but not breaking: Bryan Evans broke up this pass. (AJC photo by Brant Sandlerlin)

Bending, not breaking: Bryan Evans foiled this pass. (AJC photo by Brant Sandlerlin)

1. Joe Cox isn’t D.J. Shockley. Cox is a facilitator, not a playmaker. He has playmakers around him — A.J. Green, Richard Samuel, Orson Charles — but we still haven’t seen Cox make the tough throw or the third-down scramble.

2. This isn’t a shutdown defense. Georgia has one takeaway and two sacks in two games.  It held South Carolina without a first down only twice in 13 possessions. The Gamecocks punted twice. They gained 427 yards, or 171 more than they’d mustered in a 7-3 victory over North Carolina State.

3. The offensive line still isn’t road-grading. Granted, Trinton Sturdivant has again been lost to injury, but the running game hasn’t yet coalesced. The Bulldogs have rushed for a total of 202 yards in two games, and 61 of those have come on Branden Smith’s end-around.

4. The penalty monsoon returned at full force. Georgia was flagged 13 times for 108 yards Saturday night. It looked like 2008 all over again.

5. The special teams are the football equivalent of Dave Kingman. Meaning, home run or whiff. The good news: Georgia set a school record for kickoff return yardage in a game (and did it before halftime) and blocked what would have been the tying extra point. The bad: It fumbled away a kickoff, got fooled on a fake punt and sailed a punt snap out of the end zone for a safety.

(Earlier today we presented 5 reasons Georgia just might have turned ye olde corner in beating South Carolina. And now here are 5 reasons the Bulldogs will — repeat, will – beat Arkansas.)

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dawglover

September 15th, 2009
10:52 am

Not much to be encouraged about so far. A strong win in at Arkansas would go a long ways toward making me feel better. I see us laying a big old egg though.

HotDawg

September 15th, 2009
10:58 am

#2 is an understatement at the very least. The defense is pitiful. South Carolina could still be throwing to the tight end and underneath receivers. Can you say WIDE open over and over….

Hungry Dawg

September 15th, 2009
10:58 am

1. Cox showed some good scrambling ability in eluding SC tacklers on a couple of occasions. He will get better as the season progresses.
2. Defense looked good when it had to and didn’t allow a second half offensive touchdown. Plenty of talent, they just need to communicate better. Again they will improve as the season progresses.
3. In 2007 it took the offensive line a good 5 games before they really started taking charge. I think this years line will improve on that. They have the experience and the talent, they just need to gel.
4. This really does need to be addressed. Many of the penalties were totally unnecessary and could have been easily avoided.
5. The good outweighed the bad and the bad is easily fixable.

Go Dawgs, Sic em, Woof Woof Woof!!

Pi$$onaDawg

September 15th, 2009
10:58 am

what happened to my 9:20 post? Weak UGA D gave up 30+ points to a team that needed a weak ACC NCST team to fumble inside their own 10 yrd line to score 7. USC ain’t that good OSU ain’t that good but the Dawgs turne a corner? HAHAHA. Yea a corner 90 degrees to the south.

SimpleDawg

September 15th, 2009
10:59 am

I guess anyone can argue both sides of a topic…..seems like the pros outweigh the cons.

Sometimes you get in a game when your opponent just keeps on making plays and you have to respond….the Dawgs responded.

The Dawg’s return game shortened the field on their scoring drives, which gave Georgia fewer offensive plays while scoring…..which would indicate that the defense didn’t get much rest between possessions

The defense played waaaay too many plays. It takes a lot more energy to play defense than it does to play offense – ask anyone who has played on both sides of the ball.

The Dawgs really need to beat R can saw….and Booby Putrid.

SimpleDawg

September 15th, 2009
11:02 am

Oh by the way….P on a Dawg – STFU !

H-Town

September 15th, 2009
11:05 am

We SCORED 10 PTS ON OK STATE!!!!!! What else needs to be said. We have talent on offense, just no ability to adjust…. No coaching.
My only hope is that Cox was still very sick.. However, if he was, why play LG for ONE snap??? I hope I am wrong, but the OK state game looks like the statement game opposite of Veron Haynes and David Greene over Tenn………

nola dawg fan

September 15th, 2009
11:08 am

MB – I am still laughing at your Falcon post from yesterday… wait, I think I see Jeff George coming through the door with his hat on backwards, looking to yell at June Jones.

Good points above. Only having one takeaway and 2 sacks is the most troubling to me. Maybe J. Houston will make a difference

Evil Richt 2009 S.E.C. World Tour: "Banned in Columbus"

September 15th, 2009
11:08 am

Special teams are the canary in the coal mine to me that this team still isn’t being coached in a fundamentally sound manner. As much as the coaches and media like to ridicule the football knowledge of fans, I saw several posts on UGA boards and blogs this past week stating UGA was susceptible to a fake punt because the return team was immediately turning and running back to set up the return. And what happened? SC faked a punt and kept alive a drive which lead to a TD.

It’s disconcerting that something which was picked up on by fans (and by the South Carolina coaching staff) wasn’t caught by Georgia’s coaches.

Georgia has a lot of talent right now, but still has poor fundamentals and doesn’t seem to be doing the “little things” necessary to be a great team. And that is a reflection on the coaching staff.

Cuz

September 15th, 2009
11:09 am

Well tough to argue with those points. Of course to me, they looked improved over their game with Okie Stare. If we take steps forward instead of backward, then in the long run, cue the Eagles, they will be okay.

painful truth

September 15th, 2009
11:10 am

I said it on 680 the fan years ago….and I will say it again. UGA will never win a NC under Mark Richt.
Look at coaches who have won one….when they WIN, they are still not happy….talk about what the team did wrong and needs to improve (see Paul Johnson, Urban Meyer, Nick Saban, Steve Spurrier)
Mark Richt was ALL excited for the UGLY win against SC…as if he had won the NC. Urban Meyer
has won TWO NC’s in 4 years at Florida. UGA is getting further and further away from competing for one with every passing year. Willie Martinez’s job is safe…Nuff said

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Dolemite

September 15th, 2009
11:12 am

Please Coach! Joe Cox is not the answer. He does not have the arm nor the touch to hit a receiver in stride. Only their athleticism enables them to find the errant pass and reel it in. If Garcia was in red and Cox in white Saturday night, Dawgs would have won by 30. If we’re going to take some lumps, let’s take them, and get ready for a real championship run next season.

DawgNation

September 15th, 2009
11:15 am

hey little baby – your 9:20 post was removed because we don’t GIVE A CRAP WHAT YOU THINK OR SAY! What are you doing on a Bulldog board anyway? Get a life – or better yet, go play in the street

m

September 15th, 2009
11:19 am

Paul Johnson is going to give this pitiful ugag team an old time arse whoppin’ this November. It is going to be sad….funny as helle…but sad.

You dawgies just never realized how good you had it with chan gomer gailey….Thanks to God and Greyhound…he is gone forever.

45-42…glad it still hurts so bad….and it is only the beginning.

Mark Richts Gynocologist

September 15th, 2009
11:22 am

I would hope that the D-Fence improved. They went from playing a top ten team with arguably the best RB,QB,WR trio in the nation to playing a SC team that scored 7 in its first game again NCSTATE!…. Seriously.

Sign Mark and slick Willie to a longer contract! Roddy Jones is still Running!

coastla dawg

September 15th, 2009
11:24 am

Bottom line we won,period.We have played two quality opponents and should have won both but it didnt happen.Its early guys lets wait and see how the next couple of games turnout.Win, lose or draw its great to be a Georgia Bulldog!!!!!

M stands for moron

September 15th, 2009
11:29 am

I write “whoppin’” because I don’t know how to spell. have to go now, mommy’s calling me in for lunch…

Johnny Test

September 15th, 2009
11:29 am

Just goes to show that it is all about the final score. Everything else in between is just perspective and that constantly changes.

Johnny Test

September 15th, 2009
11:33 am

M really wants to be a part of the bulldog nation. He posts on UGA more than he does on teck. His “broken record” posts and denial of how bad the ACC is are good examples of his lack of touch with reality. But what can you expect from an overweight nerd posting from his momma’s basement.

Where's my crack pipe?

September 15th, 2009
11:37 am

My five reasons:

1. Willie
2. G*d
3. D**n
4. F**king
5. Martinez

reebok

September 15th, 2009
11:42 am

Too many penalties, too little discipline (lots of heart, though). Looking at losses to Alabama, LSU and one other…maybe Auburn or Tech. Figure 8-4 is about right.

goober

September 15th, 2009
11:44 am

OK all ye UGA football brethrens and sistrens, here is the solution to Georgia’s appaling lack of pass defense specifically, and overall defense generally: Put Willie Martinez in the coaches box upstairs with Mike Bobo. I know … this is so shockingly simple and revealing that you wonder why you didn’t already think of it — and I’m giving it to you for no charge!

Just think about it … why is it on almost EVERY college and pro football team in the country, the OFFENSIVE coordinator is in the press box? Hmmm … maybe it’s because from this prespective he can see his offense better, see the entire field better, the gaps, the flow of play, the continuity, the effectiveness of his players, AND how the opponent’s defense is responding to what he is trying to do on offense. Have you ever watched a football game from the sidelines? Man, you cain’t see diddly squat!

So, based on this incredible revelation of football logic, why not put the DEFENSIVE coordinator up in the box as well?! This is TOO easy! Put Willie up in the box, and maybe, JUST MAYBE, from this perspective he will able to see his defense better, see the entire field better, the gaps, the flow of play, the continuity, the effectiveness of his players, AND how the opponent’s offense is responding to what he is trying to do on defense. Kinda like they do on OFFENSE! DUH! Ya think!

So there is it, folks. To coaches Richt and Martinez … (we know you are reading this stuff), put Willie in the box, and he can see the field so much better! Will it work? Don’t know, but it can’t get any worse.

As always, the simplest solution is usually the best. We all get so blinded by the trees, we can’t see the lovely forest.

Yours truly and humbly, goober.

JaxDawg

September 15th, 2009
11:44 am

I’m man enough to admit I was too hard on the coaches and Cox after the OkSt game and for that I would like to sincerely apologize to them.
I admit I may have jumped the gun a bit after the OkSt loss, and things aren’t nearly as bad as I thought or many still think.

Also, I wouldn’t read too much into the fact that OkSt lost to Houston, I think they are still a pretty good football team, and that game shows how much they put emotionally and mentally into beating the Dawgs, and they had a let down, which can happen after a big win. They shot themselves in the foot several times in that loss, and it doesn’t mean we lost to a bad team. As for SC it was just a wierd game in a lot of ways, but let’s not forget they ALWAYS play us close, just don’t think anyone expected the explosion of points on either side. Cox played much better with the exception of the pick. As long as he continues to improve I think we will be okay (it was just his 2nd start in 3yrs).

After doing some analysis this is what I think will make the Dawgs better:
Overall I think the staff is doing a good job, but if they can just TRUST their own creativity and players and get more aggressive I think it would be the thing that would put us over the top.

Many have said our coaches don’t “coach em up” I respectfully disagree. I think they simply again coach “tight” and “play it safe” rather than turn them loose. I truly think if they just turn the players loose and trust them to execute we’d all be surprised at the positive results.

What message does conservative play calling send to the players? Players take on the persona of their coaches and if the coaches are coaching from a state of fear and conservative or “tight” then how can we expect the players to play otherwise? Just something to think about.

The sky is not falling, and I think we will put everythnig together against Arkansas this weekend. Would still like to see what Brown and Wooten can contribute to the offense, but I trust the coaches will get them in when the time is right.
Go Dawgs!

Yellow Fuzz

September 15th, 2009
11:45 am

Georgia has tuurned a corner alright. SOUTH. And since they have the most obnoxious fans in the country (ask any Bowl or Poll voter that doesn’t live in Georgia), I am loving every minute of it.

One: 31-0 (Alabama)
Two: 49-3 (Florida 1st, 2nd and 3rd stings)
Three: 26-0 (3rd quarter beat down by TECH)
Four: 45-42 (2008 Georgia Bowl)
Five: 24-10 (Oklahoma State then lost to Houston?? LOL.)

how2fish

September 15th, 2009
12:10 pm

painful truth you Sir were a moron on 680 the fan years ago and things have not changed you are a model of consistency.

how2fish

September 15th, 2009
12:11 pm

Yellow Fuzz you think UGA fans are bad now..wait till Nov 28th Bug..Hells coming and he’s wearing red and black…

Big XII

September 15th, 2009
12:16 pm

HAHAHAHAHA……Yeah.

Dewey Cox

September 15th, 2009
12:22 pm

Yellow Fuzz, how many alter egos do you have on these blogs? YOure the MAN!!!!

Chris

September 15th, 2009
12:27 pm

You have Dave Kingman, I have Rob Deer.

DamntheButcher

September 15th, 2009
12:28 pm

FIRE WILLIE MARTENIZ…….FIRE WILLIE MARTENIZ……..FIRE WILLIE MARTENIZ…..FIRE WILLIE MARTENIZ…FIRE WILLIE MARTENIZ

Al Ciraldo

September 15th, 2009
12:29 pm

Where’s Munson?

KINGDAWG

September 15th, 2009
12:33 pm

Bradley…Quit riding the fence on the subject and stand for what you believe in. BE A MAN!!

AltamahaDawg

September 15th, 2009
12:38 pm

You know some bowl voters who think Georgia has the most obnoxious fans? Really. What Bowl committee would they be on, and why would they say that?

murfdawg

September 15th, 2009
12:38 pm

Mark,
I think the snap out of the end zone was on purpose. #13 can only kick the ball about 23 yards in tha air with a 2.3 hang time and then has to rely on a favorable roll to get the ball to go 50 yards. If he kicks the ball, SC gets it on our 35 and will probably knock it in for 6. As it was, they started on their 35. Frix deserves the secret dawg bone of the week!

Wise ol Dawg

September 15th, 2009
12:39 pm

I have accepted the fact that the bulldawg nation will just have to settle for less this football season. The high school playoffs aren’t too far in the future and I can look forward to that. There will be any number of h.s. quarterbacks that could make our #1 guy look like a rank amateur. There you have it, we have a team looking at a garbage bowl.

Villa Rica DAWG

September 15th, 2009
12:42 pm

HAHA Murfdawg! You ain’t wrong!

Dawgs 73

September 15th, 2009
12:43 pm

Mark, I hate to beat a dead horse but there is a reason for # 2 (This isn’t a shutdown defense)…WILLIE MARTINEZ. There is PLENTY OF TALENT/DEPTH on the defense to be much better than their sorry USC performance. UGA played a horrifficly soft zone for 80% of the game against a suspect offensive unit. The question I ask is WHY? Why does Willie choose to play a soft zone instead of some additional packages that include more man coverage. I understand that UGA needs to apply pressure in order to make man coverage effective, but it’s the DC job to find those “type of players” and put them in the best position to have success.

There is NO signature BRAND to Willie’s style, unless of course you think of CHARMIN…soft. I am objective enough to see when a coach is dealing with a limited hand (players/talent), but I can’t bring myself to that conclusion (with this team). He needs to step up or step out.

how2fish

September 15th, 2009
12:48 pm

Wise ol Dawg how many of those great h.s qb’s are 31-0 in there h.s careers ? Please just Please.

KNelson

September 15th, 2009
12:51 pm

Please UGA fans stop saying you lost to a top 10 team! Its like Boise State. OSU proved last week they are not even a top 20 team and the unranked Gamecocks scored on your defense easier than that all powerful OSU!!!!!!! Get out of dreamland and face reality , you are only a pwerhouse in your own mind. Look at the other SEC teams that have won a NC over the past 12 years. You’re not one of them. Im betting Lane Kiffin wins more SEC games this year than the pups. If that does happen, what will your excuses be?

Jonathan

September 15th, 2009
1:00 pm

Do you not understand that’s the way Willie schemed this defense? It was a “bend but don’t break” defensive scheme until the red zone. They wanted Garcia to throw dump passes and not have a shot at the long ball. If you watch GA football it’s willie’s standard defense usually.
The reason the middle was open all night was because Nick Williams LB didn’t play neither did Dewberry LB. We were thin and tired and they didn’t send LB’s off running with the SC TE every play.
For what it’s work the Defense actually played ok. SC only drove over 60 yards twice. SC didn’t score an offensive TD after the first quarter. I am fine with the performance. In the future we will have King and Samuel to feed off each other and eat the clock, to help our D. Also I am hoping we get our LB’s back to be better at middle coverage.

Go DAWGS!

http://uganationblog.blogspot.com/

JaxDawg

September 15th, 2009
1:03 pm

I’m man enough to admit I was too hard on the coaches and Cox after the OkSt game and for that I’d like to sincerely apologize to them. I have to admit I may have jumped the gun a bit after the Okst loss, and things aren’t nearly as bad as I thought or many still think.

Also, I wouldn’t read too much into the fact that OkSt lost to Houston, I think they are still a pretty good team, and that game shows how much they put emotionally and mentally into beating the Dawgs, and they simply had a let down, which can happen after a big win. They shot themselves in the foot several times in that game, and it doesn’t mean we lost to a bad team. As for SC, it was just a wierd game in a lot of ways, but let’s not forget they ALWAYS play us close, just don’t think anyone expected the explosion of points on either side. Cox played much better with the exception of the pick. As long as he continues to improve I think we will be okay (it was just his 2nd start in 3yrs)

After doing some analysis this is what I think will make the Dawgs better:

Overall I think the staff is doing a good job, but if they can just TRUST their own creativity and players and get more aggressive, I think it would be the thing that would put us over the top.

Many have said our coaches don’t “coach em up”, I respectfully disagree. I think they simply coach “tight” and “play it safe” rather than turn the players loose. I truly think if they just turn them loose and trust them to execute we’d all be surprised at the positive results.

What message does tight, conservative play calling send to the players? players take on the persona of their coaches, and if the coaches are coaching “tight” and conservative then how can we expect the players to play otherwise? Just something to think about. (Look at USC & Pete C. he coaches in a very loose aggressive manner and look at how his players respond) They can still have discipline and play loose. Just something to think about.

The sky is not falling and I think we will put everything together against Arkansas this weekend. Would still like to see what Brown and Wooten can contribute to the offense, but I trust the coaches will get them in when the time is right.
B.Smith is an absolute stud and looks like he will have the kind of impact that AJ Green had last year as a freshman.

Go Dawgs!

Jonathan

September 15th, 2009
1:03 pm

Jonathan

September 15th, 2009
1:04 pm

UGA Nation blog….this blog sucks

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

September 15th, 2009
1:12 pm

reebok, it’ll be kinda hard to lose to Bama when Ga doesn’t play them. Go back to the hive Tichmite

JB

September 15th, 2009
1:21 pm

Ok Dawg fans…….willie is fired at year end………Who and what now…..Will Kirby Smart come home. I doubt it…..Charlie Strong…..you gotta be kidding me…..Not our boy Will M. at Texas, makes 950,000 a year with HC job in hand……. WHO…….gotta pay 600-800K….Adams gonna do that…..It is HIS call on pay………Winning 9-10 a year and making plenty of Money OK for Adams ? Who could put us OVER the top ? love to hear some ideas. Not ram rodding the blog, but getting rid of Willie takes up about 75% of the blog EVERYDAY.

MartinezIzDaMan

September 15th, 2009
1:21 pm

Great job so far Martinez!!! We held a team that just lost to Houston to 27 points and held a team averaging 7 points a game to over 30!!! Richt!!! Resign Martinez now before he gets away! I am sure some JV high school team is salivating at the opportunity to snag him up! Just watch how effective he is in Little Rock this week! Man oh man how great a coach he is!!!

shards1967

September 15th, 2009
1:22 pm

I want to see brandon boykin in the game more. is he a d back or o back? I say use him in tandem on offense with smith and aj and maybe orson charles in some wild, quickly developing pass/run play that hits em hard for 6. I know that boykin can throw the ball. hmmmmmmmmmm
Gooooooooooooooo dogs

shards1967

September 15th, 2009
1:23 pm

I also want to see logan take a punt or kick off and throw it back and across the field to brandon smith or boykin. TD !!!