I planed on waiting to write this post, but with the announcement that the G-Day game will be played on ESPN and the comparison of the 09 Dawgs with the 05 Dawgs, I thought it might be a good time to do so.
I think the Joe Cox Georgia recruited is the Joe Cox that will start under center for the Dawgs. You know, the one that hasn’t lost a game he started since Jim Donnan was coaching Georgia. The two time MVP of the state championship game in NC. The one that was 261 of 736 for 8500+ yards, 109 TDs and 16 Ints, while starting two seasons. For those keeping track at home, that is pretty close to what Matt Stafford did in three seasons in HS.
I know, I know. If Cox was all of that, why didn’t he beat out Matt? Well, there are probably lots of reasons, two of which I can tell you is Matt was stronger and had better mechanics back when the job was open. Plus, Matt could handle his booze better (bada bing!).
Seriously, Matt was probably more mature than Joe at the time, and the coaches had a tough decision to make, one that could have gone the other way if Matt hadn’t had such a stellar G-Day game in 07. Upon seeing Joe’s presser after Matt announced his decision, I think Joe is in a great position and mindset to lead the team.
There is one bonus. Joe may be more patient and accurate than Matt. Hey, I didn’t say it, AJ Green did. According to David Hale:
Green worked with Cox regularly during practice and said Cox’s skills set doesn’t differ too much from the man he’s replacing even suggesting that Cox might be a tad more accurate than Stafford. At the very least, Green admitted, his hands should sting a bit less after hauling in a quick strike this season than they did with Stafford under center.
Stafford relied on pure talent at times to make throws that just didn’t seem to make sense. The first three series of the Citrus Capital One Bowl are good examples of his lapses in accuracy. If the trade off for more accuracy is the quick pass that might be more catchable, I’m there. I look for Bobo to call fewer quick pinpoint passes to the 10 yard seam as a result. The up side is the TE and fullbacks can hopefully become re-engaged in the passing game.
His best work as a Dawg came when it was least expected, leading two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter against Colorado while coming off the bench, sparing Georgia the embarrassment of joining Texas Tech and Iowa State as the only teams the Buffaloes beat that season.
Red, as he is called, is a man that can get things done.