Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Stafford and Moreno set to end the drama Wednesday

Athens Banner Herald reports that both will announce future intentions on Wednesday. UGASports.com ($$) indicates that both will jump to the NFL, although the ABH article seems to hint that Moreno hasn't hired an agent yet. None of this is really a surprise on any front.

Time to get on with the future. Cox or Gray, King or Samuel next season??? Should be interesting.

7 comments:

BayouDawg said...

Well now we shall see if Stafford is a "marginal" quarterback as stated numerous times by Bop. I have to say that I am a little disappointed that they are both leaving. I thought they might just stay for a second, however money talks, and until the NFL quits giving guarentee money of absurb amounts to unproven kids, then college football will suffer. I have said this a million times, and will until I die, but I firmly believe that if you want to play professional sports, then you must have a college degree. None of us have jobs without our degrees and such if these people are professionals, then they should have one as well.

Worm said...

There are a lot of good salesmen that dont have their degrees. Not sure where you are coming from with that one. But, I too was hoping to have them back next year. Next spring will be interesting to watch the position battles. There will be some at key positions.

Schlitz said...

Agreed Worm. Not sure where that one came from Bayou. If a team is willing to pay them that kind of money they must have proven themselves somewhere along the line. I mean they're only entertainers. Should pop singers and actors be required to have college degrees too? Perhaps another toke of the Golden Buddah will help clear things up.

VOLSFAN72 said...

Who do you all think will quarterback your team next year? After watching our debacle this year at the position I know it is something that you have to be somewhat worried about!

Worm said...

VolsFan72, I would think Cox has an edge going in but not sure. If Cox wins the job, it would not suprise me if he has a pretty good year. The bigger question to me is wether or not we can run the ball next year.

Schlitz said...

I honestly think our running game will be better than expected. It's all about the O Line and I can't help but think they will be improved with a year under their belt. Frankly, they weren't that bad this year. If they make holes, any of our backs will flourish. I think the real question will be the Defense.

JJ said...

I can't make any firm predictions on what Cox will do next year, but I can tell you that the offense will look much, much different than it did this year. (It is debatable by some whether or not that is actually a bad thing.) Cox simply cannot make the throws that Stafford could. Hell, not many QBs can that have ever lived, truth be told. That isn't a knock on Cox, just the truth. We'll be able to dink it down the field, but won't have the ability to hit the 3rd and long play when we need it like we could with #7. I have a feeling we've taken that for granted the last couple of years.

What I'm hearing right now about Cox heading into '09 is alot of the same stuff I was hearing heading into '06 with Joe T. That doesn't mean we'll get the same results (or that '06 was completely Joe T.'s fault), but there are alot of striking similarities. Alot of similarities across the board looking to '09 as there were in '06 for that matter. The defense was fairly pathetic at times that year as well, although not as consistently pathetic as they were this past season.

One thing Cox will have, is a 2-deep offensive line that almost any other program in the country will be envious of. Maybe that will neutralize the need for those 3rd and long conversions I spoke about earlier.

As for running back, somebody just needs to emerge as the solid #1 guy. I'm worried we're going to get into this RB by committee thing like we did back in....guess when???....2006. I have a feeling that if Dontavious Jackson can stay healthy, he might be the kind of back that Knowshon was coming out of his redshirt year in '07. We just need a solid #1. If that guy wants to carry the ball 25 times a game that would be great, it has been about 8 years now since we last had one of those.