Red is a man that can get things done.

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!).

"Dude, we are so on the Internet"

"Dude, we are so on the Internet"

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.


4 Responses to “Red is a man that can get things done.”

  1. 1 cousinwalter
    January 27, 2009 at 8:38 am

    I agree. Joe Cox appeared Calm, cool, and collected. Plus, the confidence of knowing that your first in line helps too. More reps, more opportunity.

  2. January 27, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Hard to believe I had almost forgotten about that picture…

    I’m excited about Joe leading the team. There’s a lot of reasons to believe in him. At the top of my list is the fact that he is a 5th year senior. As you pointed out, his maturity and mindset will help us when times get tough.

  3. 3 cousinwalter
    January 27, 2009 at 11:17 am

    I think it is going to turn out better than people think. I am not going to use the Tee Martin Tennessee comparison but its not like Joe Cox is some scrub. I think Cox might feel he has something to prove not to mention the whole team might feel they have something to prove. Listening to people ask you about last season or about Florida having a no end in sight dynasty is eventually going to piss you off. Hopefully they will be pissed off enough to be motivated to better.

    What is a fair estimation win total for next season? I am not even sure but I think if healthy, the Dawgs might surprise some of their critics. So much was made last off-season about not just Stafford and Moreno but the supporting cast; but, then the whole supporting cast got hurt.

    One more thing I will say- I bet next season will be much more enjoyable to watch especially without all the expectations of last season. The fact that the Georgia Football program has gotten to the point where some members of its fan base(myself included on this one)can complain about a 10 win season is amazing.

  4. January 28, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    We’re gonna be just fine with Joe Cox. I also think we’ll see the potential of Logan Gray. Both incoming freshmen will probably see a redshirt year unless thay want them to be on staggered years of eligibility. Good post!

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