Thoughts on the GA/FLA game...
The Dawgs really had nothing to lose. If we lost to the number #1 team in the nation, people would expect it, especially with the season we're having. I thought that was at least something to use as motivation, as if the '08 timeouts werent enough. After watching a majority of both the FLA/ARK game and the FLA/MissSt game - I found myself actually getting my hopes up b/c both of those teams kept every aspect of the Gators in check. Mainly they were stopping the offense, and the Florida defense gave up some huge drives. Putting it all together, Florida was not as good as they were last year and were absolutely beatable. But could our listless unorganized Dawgs do it? Obviously not.
Penalties absolutely killed us in the first half. Whether that was BS calls from the refs, or just plain undisciplined play - they took the legs out from under us. The one that hurt most was the holding call on Caleb's huge run near the end of the second quarter. We were down 17-10 at the time and were driving from inside our own 10. Caleb's run took it to midfield. If we could have come out of that with a touchdown or at least a fieldgoal, and run the clock down, we could have gone in at halftime at WORST down 4. Instead we go down 14. One other thing that just popped in my head - Blair Walsh might be the second best player on the entire fucking team. He is a god damned stud, and yes its fucking SAD as hell when you're talking about Georgia Football and the fucking kicker is the second best player on the team and the only one playing lights out.
I'm sorry for the dude, but Joe Cox had the worst game of his career dating back to Pop Warner on Saturday. At times he looked poised and calm, but the other 90% of the game he looked like a deer in the headlights. For every one perfect pass he makes (like the beautiful first touchdown), he makes 57 TERRIBLE passes. Laura and I left the game in the 4th quarter when he sailed that pass (like EVERY pass) and got AJ hurt. That was very difficult for me to watch. Very difficult. If AJ wasnt the best UGA player I have ever seen play in person, and he IS the BEST UGA PLAYER IVE EVER SEEN IN PERSON, Joe Cox probably would have been benched after the 4th game and the Dawgs would be 1-7. Time for Richt to get Murray some snaps.
Thorn said he watched Richt a lot during the game when things were going bad for our defense. He said that Richt did a lot of buzz-bys of Willie Martinez and would say something to him and Willie would turn around shrug his shoulders and not have answers. Sad when by every account 45,000 Dawgs fans could tell you what play was coming on 3rd and 2 when a stop would mean getting us a chanct to pull within 7.
What is scary is we could lose 3 more games this year. I think Kentucky will probably be a win, and Auburn is doable because i think they arent as good as their record shows. Thank GOD
those games are at home though b/c if not I'd be even more nervous. Dont get me started on Tech, they are on fire right now and as much as I would love to return the favor from last year - things arent looking good.
On the way out of the game I heard one Gators fan yell "we knew you guys were bad, but not THIS bad!
" Absolutely right. I get this feeling that the team is severely unorganized and big boss man needs to whip this shit back into shape. NOW. When was the last time you were nervous at every play other than when AJ has the ball or Blair is kicking a FG? We've lost our confidence in making plays.
One silver lining, although it might be faint, is that this game will hopefully be much different next year. Florida loses a lot more than we do, and if we get Murray some play this year in some BIG SEC/RIVALRY games - he could be more prepared than Cox was this year. Plus Florida will also lose assholes
on both sides of the ball. Lets quit puttin' on costumes and man up to this mental block we have against Florida.
All this being said Florida whipped our ass, again. Things need to change, and it needs to stop taking a fucking modern miracle for the Dawgs to win in Jax. Either way we had a blast down at the beach, gonna post some vids and pics sometime soon.
And oh yeah, GO DAWGS!