Because of the weather, the team did its Monday conditioning and walk-thrus at the Georgia Dome.
As I wrote in the notebook already online (which is also linked to from my facebook GT page), Cooper Taylor was able to practice for the first time leaving the Miami game.
Coach Paul Johnson said “we’ll see” about the possibility of Taylor playing on Saturday against Virginia Tech.
Based upon the fact that Roddy Jones was held out a week after he was cleared, and that Jaybo Shaw didn’t return the week of the Mississippi State game when he was cleared, I would be surprised if Taylor played this week. But, what the heck do I know?
Some of you wrote on the facebook page that you would like to see Taylor back because GT will need all the speed it can get going against VT’s offense.
I don’t think speed’s been the issue. This is my rudimentary take on what I saw against FSU: GT tried to blitz but really could never get to Ponder in the first half. When coaches started moving Derrick Morgan around and changing looks it seemed to have some effect on FSU’s offense.
However, showing all the different looks again would seem to run counter to Johnson’s desire to simplify the defense.
Here’s a radical thought I had on the drive back to Tallahassee: go to a 3-4, instead of a 4-3, and zone blitz. Of course, that’s a lot simpler to write than to do.
So, what does Tech need to do to improve its pass defense:
Simplifying would be where Johnson wants to start;
Brad Jefferson said they need to keep to their assignments, and play with some more urgency;
Charles Kelly wants the dbs to take advantage of the plays that are there;
So there are three places.
A couple more thoughts: getting Egbuniwe back on the field would be a good start. FSU’s offense was tailor-made for his pass-rushing skills. Tongo was able to take advantage when he got in there.
But pinning their ears back and rushing up field will lead to big trouble against Virginia Tech, which can actually run the ball effectively.
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