Monte Kiffin compares A.J. Green to Terrell Owens, Randy Moss

Monte Kiffin, Tennessee’s defensive coordinator, reached for the stars when discussing Georgia’s A.J. Green with  reporters in Knoxville after practice Thursday.

“I’ll tell you what, Green is something else,” Kiffin was quoted as saying by the Knoxville News Sentinel and utsports.com.    “He’s special now.  I told our guys this:  ‘Terrell Owens in his heyday,  Randy Moss, that’s what this guy is.’  You just throw it up and he’ll go get it.”

Kiffin, the longtime NFL defensive mastermind and father of Tennessee’s head coach, added:  “I do believe you can double guys, but it’s hard to do against [Georgia].  We don’t plan on doing it, because they’ll just go to the other side.”

He cited Tavarres King as a receiver who has “really come along,” but apparently had not heard that King suffered a concussion last week. Mark Richt has said “it’s very unlikely [King] will travel” to Knoxville. Kiffin also praised the pass-catching abilities of Georgia’s tight ends, Aron White and Orson Charles.

Green, by the way, is well  ahead of his stellar 2008 pace.  He led the SEC last season with an average of 74.1 receiving yards per game –- and  is averaging a league-leading 105.4 yards per game this season. He caught eight touchdown passes last season and already has caught five this year.

–  I was talking with Brandon Boykin a couple of days ago about his upcoming first trip to Tennessee’s large, loud, 100,000-seat  Neyland Stadium.

“The only experience I’ve had with it is on  video game,” said Boykin, Georgia’s sophomore cornerback.. “It’s always, like, the loudest stadium in the video game. I’m sure it’ll be like that in real life. I’m looking forward to it.”

Boykin, by the way, minced no words in discussing his bad decision to run an interception out of the end zone in the first quarter last week. He was tackled, as you know, on the 2-yard line.

“I should have kneeled with it; that’s as simple as it gets,” he said. “Initially, I thought I saw an opening. A couple of my teammates were telling me to get down, which I didn’t see, and some of the LSU players were engaging on me. I shouldn’t have brought it out. I should have kneeled.

“That’s my fault, totally. I take responsibility for that. It’s a learning experience, and I’ll get better from that, I’m sure. . . . It might have made a difference in the game. Little things like that can help win the game.”

– And finally, a couple of stats that might prove pertinent on Saturday:

Tennessee is the least penalized team in the SEC at 28.8 yards per game. Georgia is the second most penalized team in the league (74.6 yards per game), having yielded last place in that category to Arkansas (77.5).

Georgia remains last in the league in turnover margin (minus-9) by a wide margin. Tennessee is ninth at minus-4.

143 comments Add your comment

DawgNation

October 9th, 2009
6:22 am

Brandon Boykin,
Thanks for standing up and being a man and taking responsibility for your own action. No excuses, no alibis just “I made the mistake and I’ll learn from it.” Thanks for doing what it seems your coaches are unable to do.
Take them to the wood shead Saturday.
Go Dogs

Big time?? Not

October 9th, 2009
6:37 am

Four tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes

Bryan G.

October 9th, 2009
6:49 am

Good to see that Boykin didn’t blame his mistake on the “wind”, the “angle of the bal”, or “too many young guys side-by-side.”

Wonder where he got the idea to just say the buck stops with him?

Bryan G.

October 9th, 2009
6:49 am

ugh..”ball”…not “bal” of course.

Stewart

October 9th, 2009
6:53 am

Fire Coach Fabris!

Lilburn Dawg

October 9th, 2009
7:02 am

I’m unsure as to why so many SEC teams seem to be having problems with their offense this year. We have our share but hopefully Tennessee having their share as well will help us pull out a victory.

carolina dawg

October 9th, 2009
7:25 am

1. it’s shed, not shead
2. I’m fine w/ calling out poor coaching, but c’mon! I’m fairly confident the reason he was so quick to own his mistake is it was such an obvious mistake that goes against what he’s been taught at any level!

JB

October 9th, 2009
7:58 am

I thought the LSU would be a measuring stick for us ( DAWGS) but us at home, them Number 4 ( that is a joke, maybe 15 th) but we played them pretty close. Look For a shaky Tennessee team to be a measuring stick, plus we have had multiple break downs in all phases of the game at different times this year. Willie, please, they can’t throw. Run man coverage and pressure their QB EVERY play. Do not sit back in a soft zone and let this guy get well on us like Garcia did. When you got after LSU in the 3rd quarter, you shut them down. Make them prove they can pass on us….GATA.

DawgFan

October 9th, 2009
8:17 am

I never thought that when Kiffin and Chizick’s hirings were announced that I’d prefer their coaching staff to ours by mid-season. Those penalty and turnover stats say it all. The UGA train has been careening for a couple years now – this may be the game that throws it off the tracks. You won’t find a bigger dawg fan than me, but I’m also realistic and can see this coaching staff for what it is – bad.

You people...

October 9th, 2009
9:09 am

make me sick. “The UGA train has been careening for a couple of years now.” Really? We were pre-ranked #1 last year and could’ve done something with that if not for all of the injuries…having to start 2 true freshman on the OL. We knew this was the hardest schedule in the nation and a few losses were definitely a possibility. We’ve been in position to win every single game. Amazing how when things are great you run your mouth on here like all get out….which also makes me sick….then, as soon as things don’t go our way, you cry like a little baby and scream like you actually know how to coach football.

Go somewhere else fair weather fan because you’re not wanted around here. Every last one of you should be ashamed of yourselves.

The Other St. Simons

October 9th, 2009
9:11 am

I bleed Red and Black, but I agree with you DawgFan….. I have seen it coming and wish I were wrong, but I do not think we will EVER win with this staff.

The Other St. Simons

October 9th, 2009
9:12 am

You people…. are Saint Richt apologists.

GeoffDawg

October 9th, 2009
9:23 am

I wonder if anyone’s started a firefabris.com yet?

takedowndawg

October 9th, 2009
9:26 am

Talented and undisciplined, sums up the Mark Richt football team for 2009. This is HIS team and HIS coaches whelther he claims direct ownership or not. We have serious coaching issues that most likely will not consistently improve. I expect one or two outstanding games with the remaining schedule this year that will be used for examples to leave all the coaches in place.. In my opinion, we are like a two wheel driven car driving on wet Georgia red clay attempting to go up a hill(SEC conference). Folks, the tires are spinning but were slipping backwards down the hill! Keep the heat on fellow Donors.

AJ Green, you are the primarly reason we are not 0-5. The Dawg nation recognizes this fact. You are appreciated by all.

Come on people!!!!!!!

October 9th, 2009
9:32 am

People like DawgFan are not true Dawg fans. Get behind the team and stop whining like a bunch of babies. Is Georgia perfect? Obviously not. There are many things that we can improve upon and I assure you the guys are working hard at doing just that. If you are not behind the Dawgs then we don’t need you as a fan. Go DAWGS! GATA!!

HBTD

October 9th, 2009
9:33 am

YOU PEOPLE – Right on! I’m in 100% agreement with you. To all those so called UGA fans who cannot support the team and coaching staff 100% in the tough times, you should hit the road and find a team more to your liking. I truly believe that our coaches who work 80 – 100 hours a week getting the kids ready to play, know a heck of alot more about what will and what will not work than any of us.

Bryan G.

October 9th, 2009
9:44 am

The people who say that we can’t criticize the team are as illogical as the ones who say you can’t question the President in times of war.

The Georgia Bulldogs are in trouble, people. We’re talented and undisciplined. Whose job is it to instill discipline? Coaches.

As a season ticket holder and alum, *MY MONEY* goes to pay the coaches’ salaries. Since I’m helping buy the groceries, I get to comment if the meal tastes like crap.

Right now, we’ve got great ingredients…but the meals aren’t coming out as well as they should. We don’t block well, we don’t tackle well, we don’t cover kicks well, we don’t return kicks well. I have no problem with anyone being a blind loyalist…that’s great.

I have no problem with our team going out, playing their butts off, and just losing because the other team was better. That’s not what happened Saturday in Athens or a month ago in Stillwater…or in 2 of the 3 losses last year. That’s on the coaches when the men in red and black underform and look lost.

YouPeople...IsADisneyDawg

October 9th, 2009
9:47 am

My parents went to Disney World today. I think they saw you at the Snow White Character Breakfast this morning. If you don’t see the issues in Athens then you are blind. I like the reference to the pre-season #1 ranking last year. We were bitch slapped by Bama and UF and lost to a pathetic Tech team. They ran the same play over and over and Willie didn’t adjust one bit. Our coaches aren’t getting the job done. I guess you liked the Goff years because they are well on there way back at this point you douche!

The Other St. Simons

October 9th, 2009
10:08 am

“You are right guys, we should really get behind him, he is our leader” -Overheard about Jim Jones or Mark Richt?

Kool-aid anyone?

Saint Simons

October 9th, 2009
10:08 am

20 – 13 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahaha

Bill W.

October 9th, 2009
10:18 am

Come on people & HBTD, we need folks like you guys on here. I’m not against a healthy debate about the team however the extremism on here about firings, etc. is almost comical. CMR has brought more success to this program since 1980 thru ‘83. How much different was Coach Dooley in 1980 versus some of the prior seasons when they did not have a great record? I wonder if folks think that maybe CVD’s staff was better during 80 – 83 than the previous days or after. There is potential talent level and talent level. If a player is unwilling or cannot execute how does a coach change that player other than not playing him? I think it really begins with recruiting and good or bad luck on who will flourish and who doesn’t. CMR has done a very good job in his tenure and am grateful that he and his staff are in Athens. I won’t stop supporting the Dawgs- good, bad, or indifferent. At the end of the day we’re actually debating about college children playing a competivie sport and earning a college degree to better society. Support these kids and the coaching staff regardless of your “opinions”. Besides who on this blog coaches in the SEC for a living?

Go Dawgs!! Get those pumpkins!

GATA!

monty

October 9th, 2009
10:24 am

We have a finesse’ football team, that simply can’t grind it out with the big boys. We may be faster than most teams and as talented if not more so at the skill positions than most but we will get beat in the trenches against the Vols. They will stop our run game, garaunteed. I suspect we get less than 80 yards rushing and that we won’t be able to sustain drives and keep the Vols running game off the field and our defense will wear down and by the 4th quarter, they will be gashing us pretty good. THis vol team was able to run on FLA who has everyone back on defense. THEy got behind early against Auburn(Auburn is physical and they can run it) and took away what they like to do offensively but came back and made it a ballgame late. Our best bet is to start strong on offense, perhaps throwing to loosen up the run game. But don’t think for a minute that we will run to loosen up the passing. I don’t like it but I see it Tenn 28-GA 14

Will

October 9th, 2009
10:28 am

I just read a quote from CMR regarding our kick-off team that disturbs me. He said the 10 guys on that team are not “getting after it”, I guess he means the kids are not playing are practicing hard.

Well how about this idea CMR. Sit all 10 of those players on the damn bench and put 10 more guys in who want to be on the field! Do you think the elite coaches in this country would put up with this crap??? How many games are we going to lose before he realizes what a joke Coach Fabris is? I’m scared to see what happens Sat.

Supported Enough

October 9th, 2009
10:29 am

I have been supporting, particularly Willie, for the last 3 years. Only he continues to put a mediocre and inconsistant defense on the field. Our Defense has issued statistics that go back to the 60’s, bad statistics at that.
I am not a bandwagon fan. I am a real fan. I really like CMR, but we do need a new DC. People who understand football from an X and O point of view , and can also see our lack of discipline. That starts with coaching. Our DC does not coach up these 4 and 5 star recruits to their full potential. Thats a fact. Just compare other 4 and 5 star recruited players around the SEC on other Defenses. Nuff Said!!

jaglaw

October 9th, 2009
10:35 am

Supported Enough,

YOU are correct. CMR is a good coach. Fabris and Willie are not. They need to go. IF CMR cant do that, eventually he will also.

I understand that you cant win every game….but you cant be a disciplined and prepared team each week. We have not been that for the past 2-3 years. If it werent for our recruits, we would average only 7-8 wins a year.

The point of good recruiting is to keep pace atheleticly with everyone else. And we are. We just are not being coached to the level of the better SEC teams. Anyone who has watched UGA football for as long as I have can see that.

Bill W.

October 9th, 2009
10:36 am

Supported Enough, I suggest you apply for the position then and “coach up” these recruits or for that fact you & I and some others can always go out there and play for the kids…Maybe that’s the answer. Maybe if some of these star recruits would stay at UGA instead of bolting to the NFL we could generate something….Just a thought.

Go Dawgs!

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Bill W.

October 9th, 2009
10:39 am

Jaglaw, when you say “We have not been that for the past 2-3 years.” Did you know that UGA finished #2 in the Nation 21 months ago?

jaglaw

October 9th, 2009
10:43 am

Bill W. Maybe if CMR would have recognized moreno before it was too late, we wouldnt worry about them goin to the NFL.

YOU ARE BLAMING OUR POOR PLAY BECAUSE A KIDS LEAVES EARLY? THATS SO WEAK.

If we could coach them, they would be playing sooner and leaving for the NFL would not be a problem. WEEEEEAAAAKKKKK!!!!!

jaglaw

October 9th, 2009
10:48 am

I am well aware of our ranking. But bieng unprepared against UT and horrible playcalling against S.Carl. cost us a NC. Teams we should have beat. dont forget a last second TD or we loose to Alabama.

Bill W. I appreciate your loyalty. But the difference in a contender and a Champion is coaching. We are not getting that. How do you defend our stats on Defense and Special Teams????

jaglaw

October 9th, 2009
10:49 am

#2 in the nation, and #1 in penalties.

BobDog

October 9th, 2009
10:55 am

Some of you people will never accept anything less than an undefeated season, and that rarely happens in the USA. Everybody talked about the tough schedule we had for the first five games and there was a chance we could lose 3 or 4 games. LSU is the #4 team and we played them tough. All is not lost. Get real.

Supported Enough

October 9th, 2009
10:57 am

Bill W. Now I should do the coaching??? Wow, that is the best response you have. You obviously are a staff member or family member of the coaching. Why dont these well paid caoches that just all got raises do their job. How bout that????
Bill W. Fans dont get made jsut because we loose,,,,,, they get made when we are undisciplined, lost on the field, and make stupid mistakes. You cant always be the most talented,you cant help injureis, but you cant be smart and disciplined. PERIOD.

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

October 9th, 2009
11:04 am

I am a huge DAWG fan and CMR supporter , I believe he is the best coach we can have long term , that being said I do not believe the Martinez experiment is going to work , and I am not that conviced that Bobo didn’t look so good early because CMR was more involved in the play calling early in his career. I have not problem giving someone time to prove themself , but if I didn’t produce at my job for even 1 year I would be fired and I truly doubt I make as much as a coordinator at UGA.
GO DAWGS !!!!!!!!!

Bryan G.

October 9th, 2009
11:05 am

So if you, yourself don’t want to be the coach you can’t criticize the coach? I hope Bill W. remembers that next time he goes out to eat and hates the meal or the service, or when he doesn’t find a TV show funny, or when he gets bad service from a lawyer or doctor.

That’s the most illogical argument that anyone can make.

I’ve seen enough football to know when a team is poorly coached. *WE* are poorly coached.

Bill W.

October 9th, 2009
11:24 am

Supported Enough & Jaglaw, I am not criticizing you guys. Just some of the comments. It is very easy to sit back and look at the weaknesses in the program especially when we are not in the meetings & on the field with the coaches and players. It is hard to tell if a freshman like Moreno or whomever will fourish. We don’t know all the info on how he may have even acted when he was a freshman. I am not saying b/c kids go pro is the reason the Dawgs will lose a few games. There are many things that attribute to that. Again, I think it begins with recruiting and making the best assessment of the kids coming in. It’s kind of hard to coach up a player that doesn’t want to be or relies on singular effort rather than team effort. It’s definitely a gamble sometimes. In 2002 when we won the SEC we could have very well lost to Auburn on the last second play Greene made with Johnson but ended up champs. Joe Cox is a mediocre QB and our receivers are very young. Caleb King and Samuel haven’t lived up to their High school hype, at least so far. On D, the secondary is young too. The CB’s are athletic but small. We do not have a DE that has blazing speed off the edge like we did when Howard played or even when Pollack was here. Special teams needs work also but again if you have read my comments you can see how recruiting and gambling plays the major role. Not every team in the SEC will win the champ. It’s a gamble sometimes. I believe the kids will gel better as the next few games come up and am predicting we may upset the Gators.

Go Dawgs!

Kendawg

October 9th, 2009
11:25 am

A J is truly amazing. Too bad we don’t have much of an offense without him.

Bill W.

October 9th, 2009
11:30 am

Bryan G., CMR, his staff and the UGA football team are supposed to service us? Is that what you are implying by your “apples to oranges” ananlogy? Too funny. Even using that analogy, If I eat at a restaurant or hire an attorney I will know what is happening b/c Im on the inside of things. As football fans we are not on the inside. We simply view what happens on the field once a week for 3 hours. Keep criticizing from your view and tell how that works out for ya…

Go Dawgs!

Bryan G.

October 9th, 2009
11:36 am

Okay, Bill…I mean, I done trying to explain the obvious to people with clear, simple logic. So, here it is:

1. It’s my right as a fan/season ticket holder/alumnus to criticize UGA football.
2. UGA football is clearly not where it should be right now based on our talent, facilities, fan base, tradition, etc.
3. The team is poorly coached. There is no logical counter to that argument.

That is all.

Bill W.

October 9th, 2009
11:41 am

Then execute your rights brother…

Go Dawgs!

MtnDawg

October 9th, 2009
11:57 am

Critical fans: fine–but I support CMR! Who would you replace him with?

Go Dawgs! Can’t wait to watch what AJ does this week! Gonna be awesome!

murfdawg

October 9th, 2009
12:08 pm

kudos to Boykin for winning the “Mike Gundy I Am a Man Award”
AJ vs Berry will be worth watching.(I can’t believe UT thinks Crompton is a better qb than Berry. This kid would be the 2nd best qb in the conference, if they played him at qb)

Saint Simmons

October 9th, 2009
12:14 pm

I believe any one of us could go and do as good of a job coaching the defense as CWM with all the talent we have here. When are you so-called real uga fans going to realize that if these coaches are not getting the job done, then we need to get someone who can. So according to you guys, the REAL UGA FANS will support their coaches no matter how crappy they coach, or unprepared they are. That is stupid. A real UGA fan has higher standards than that.

St. Simons Daddy.....

October 9th, 2009
12:19 pm

Bulldawg nation, I would like to apoligize to all of ya’ll for having a baby with a street walker named Simone, which produced this little turd ha ha ha hahahaha named St. Simon, you see the St is really an abbreviation for Street as in Street Simone, his mother. He cheers so hard for the Yellow maggots because….. well his Momma walked 14th St for years. So please dawg nation please forgive me! I was in one of my Jim Beam moments, and forgot to call my buddy Trojan man and .. well…. things just spilled over.But hey it wasonly one time, and it lasted 45.42 seconds, and as you can see never happened again. Love ya’ll dawgs and my boy St Simon does to, that’s why he lives in your hood.

Buzzfan

October 9th, 2009
12:24 pm

Good luck against the Vols, Dawgs.

St. Simons Daddy.....

October 9th, 2009
12:26 pm

murfdawg, If berry would have been given the chance to play QB, he wouldn’t be the second best, he would be the best……. Gator fans, I was in detroit the other day and saw Stafford putting Tebows Heisman in his 600SEL benzo sitting on lorenzo’s!…. Oh and it was the Uk D.E. that wasrolling with him.

Sanford Drive

October 9th, 2009
12:39 pm

Mark Richt probably cancelled practice so they could spend a week at Dollywood instead.

takedowndawg

October 9th, 2009
12:50 pm

HBTD, are you a parent? If so, when a kid of yours doesn’t do what is expected of them and is stubborn to change their behavior I guess you would be in favor of letting them continue with that unacceptable behavior? That would very broad-minded and enlighted of you would it not? In other words, be supportive, right? How many sloppy games on both sides of the ball will it take, if ever, for you to say, “That’s enough”! If we go 4-8, or 3-9 or maybe 2-10 for the season. Where’s your threshold? Wearing rose colored glasses will not help our team. Sometimes, pressure can be a very constructive thing!

MtnDawg

October 9th, 2009
1:00 pm

You can criticize to destroy our team–or you can provide criticism that is helpful. Right now, we’ve got both!

Constructive = if you want to fire CMR, please give at least some positive direction forward!! Propose some replacements! If you notice specific things he is doing wrong–keep pointing out what he could do better! THAT type of criticism is helpful! (Not that he reads this junk.)

Example of constructive criticism for UGA =
1) Fire CMR. Hire Brian Kelly, he will bring a new voice to ignite the program. (I don’t agree with this, just giving an example)
2) Mark Richt needs to put better players covering kick-offs, make it a competition–don’t let walk-ons do it if they aren’t getting the job done.

Non-examples:
1) Fire Mark Richt! (He is too Christian! He sucks! etc…)
2) Our program is going down the tube! I’m returning my UGA t-shirt to Wal-mart.

SavNolaDawg

October 9th, 2009
1:01 pm

You people make me sick, Dooley was a great coach and he won either 6 or 7 games before the National Championship. What happened to sticking with a guy through ups and downs because you believe he will eventually do it. Everyone wanted to fire Mack Brown at Texas and then he won one. We have one of the most talented coaches in college football and you want to throw him out for the new thing. As a UGA alumnus and fan, I get so angry when people attack Richt so quickly. Sorry fellas, we wont win every year, there will be issues. Get over it. You can’t brag of the difficulty of the SEC out of one side of your mouth and then get angry when we lose a game. And despite any obvious reactions to this, yes, the games we have won are not pretty. Who cares, let our coaches coach them up. And for the individual that is going to say that our coaches don’t do that, just save it. Don’t be that naive as to say that our coaches don’t do anything and put their feet up during practices. What happens next year when we have a rusty start bc we will be starting a redshirt freshman? Fans on this board will make it look like we are the worst team in the country. Be informed fans and not bandwagon fans.