On Second Thought, Maybe Joe Cox Is Like Joe Tereshinski
Saturday's game was supposed to be the coming-out party for Joe Cox. This was the year that he was meant to show the Bulldog Nation and the world that he was better than advertised—that he could be the leader of this Bulldog football team.
There were plenty of doubters—plenty who said that he was no Matthew Stafford. He wasn't the guy who could get the job done. If he could, then why did he have to wait so long for a shot to prove it?
The inevitable response was, remember how D.J. waited? David Greene wasn't exactly chopped liver. But D.J. Shockley had to wait too, and all he did was lead us to another SEC Championship and a BCS Bowl appearance.
The point in saying so was to say this: Georgia always has talent. Some get to play early; some play late. The talent is there.
Well, Joe Cox took one step in the wrong direction on Saturday. He didn't help his case one bit by playing with such mediocrity. He was painfully unimpressive and, clearly, didn't look like the man for the job.
Now, before my fellow Dawgs hop on me for piling onto the young senior, please understand that this is not an attempt to throw him under the bus...yet. Saturday's game presented a ton of questions about our offense, and all of it doesn't have to do with Joe at quarterback.
For one, our receivers were flat, dropping passes and failing to get open on routes—they simply weren't physical enough at the line of scrimmage. Two, Mike Bobo's playcalling was so mundane that all Cox seemed to do was throw the slant route over and over; really?
Once Oklahoma State figured out Cox wasn't capable or able to throw the ball deep, it was game over. All they had to do was blanket A.J. Green and Mike Moore and be sure to defend the middle of the field.
Those things aside, Cox still seemed lost or confused much of the day. He didn't make good decisions with the ball, either holding on too long or throwing into double coverage in an effort to make the play. Honestly, even the touchdown catch to Moore was a gamble; the ball was thrown short and could have been intercepted.
Credit Moore for making a big-time play at a crucial moment in the game. Too bad we couldn't build on that momentum the rest of the way.
Further, there were a few situations where it would have been prudent for him to try to run for a few yards as opposed to waiting for his receivers to get open, but he chose to either throw the ball away or take a sack.
Bottom line, Cox needs to do better. A 5.4 average for passing yards isn't bad—it's horrific, and that won't cut it in the SEC.
Is Joe Cox like Joe Tereshinski? At this point, the answer appears to be more "yes" than "no," but as we line up against South Carolina on Saturday, it is hoped that the Joe Cox we saw on Saturday was more fluke than fact.
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