Georgia After Week Three: Offense Proven, Defense Dragging

Bill BrownellCorrespondent ISeptember 20, 2009

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Quarterback Joe Cox #14 of the Georgia Bulldogs directs the offense against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Sanford Stadium on September 12, 2009 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

I predicted a defensive struggle in Georgia's game versus Arkansas yesterday, for a final score of 30-17 UGA.


Joe Cox and the offense were clicking on all nine cylinders. They lit up the scoreboard. I'd mention a few outstanding players and plays, but this was a whole-offense effort, and I don't want to short anyone on that squad.

Except for just a few questionable offensive play calls, I have to say that Bobo called a very good game—mixing it up, keeping the Arkansas defense guessing, and adjusting throughout the game.

Against a pretty respectable Arkansas defense, putting up 52 points made a definite statement.

After a slow start in Stillwater, Joe Cox and this offense has answered the questions and critics over the past two games—they are REAL and they are dangerous.

But without taking anything away from yesterday's win or the offense, we will not be able to put up 52 points against the likes of LSU, Tennesse, and Florida.

That gets me to the defense. Our run defense did its job. Our inside five and LBs did their job.

But we got practically no pass pressure, and our defensive secondary was virtually non-existent.

Arkansas has a respectable offense with a quality QB at the helm. I underestimated how good they are. But there is no excuse for allowing 41 points in this game.

We can't expect to keep winning games if we keep allowing these kinds of points.

Last year DC Willie Martinez, with a banged up and patchwork defense, got crucified for allowing 312 yards and 24.5 points per game. We allowed 30+ points in five of those games.

So far this year—with a healthy D—we have allowed 367 yards and 30.5 points per game. This is unacceptable - especially in the SEC. And this is on Martinez, and ultimately on Coach Mark Richt (CMR) for neither correcting his coordinator's ineptitude nor pulling the plug on him.

Penalties have also been a major problem—and will kill games for the rest of the season if not corrected. In 2008 Georgia was 116th out of 120 teams in penalties, averaging 72.2 ypg. So far this year Georgia ranks 107th with 83 ypg.

We're killing ourselves. And this is all about coaching—bottom to top.

We've shown the SEC and the CFB world that Joe Cox and the Bulldawg offense is real. We cannot squander this offensive prowess with defensive deficiency.

Get it done defense; get it done Willie M; get it done CMR.

"Finish the Drill!!"