The remaining juniors who were considering leaving school for the NFL are holding a press conference at Tech tomorrow.
Safety Morgan Burnett, defensive end Derrick Morgan and B-back Jonathan Dwyer will address the media at 1 p.m. tomorrow. People don’t usually hold press conferences to announce that they are staying, but it has happened before. And with the three players holding a conference at the same time, you never know.
More to come on this soon…
Regarding the search for a defensive coordinator, coach Paul Johnson, like hundreds of others, will be at the coaches’ convention in Orlando for the next couple of days. It’s natural to think that he will meet with candidates while there.
For the sake of fun, let’s assume that Al Groh, which may not be a solid assumption after speak to him Sunday night (more on that in print and on ajc.com) is hired as defensive coordinator and Tech installs a 3-4 scheme.
Who would fit where?
Because we’re doing this as a fun exericse, let’s assume that Derrick Morgan and Morgan Burnett have left for the NFL. We will also assume that all the injured players are healthy and can play, so Hall, Anderson, Taylor, Jackson, etc. are back.
All formations can be run differently, but in most 3-4s the defensive linemen are responsible for two gaps, compared to the one gaps that the linemen in the 4-3 are responsible for.
The linemen are usually bigger because they are there to get a push into the backfield, disrupt the blocking schemes and take up blockers and space so that the linebackers and safeties can make plays.
So, who would start on the line in Tech’s 3-4? If bigger is the model, some combination of T.J. Barnes, J.C. Lanier, Jason Peters, Izaan Cross and Ben Anderson would seem like a natural rotation. Robert Hall and Logan Walls, who weigh less than the others, would be in the scheme, as well. There’s really not a bonafide pass rusher in that group, though. But, that’s mostly ok because the linebackers are there for that.
Nose tackle is the key. the player has to be huge and active to control the gaps on either side of the center. Would that be Anderson? He’s not as big as Barnes or Lanier, so I’m not sure. He is strong at the point of attack, though.
In passing situations, Anthony Egbuniwe and Emmanuel Dieke could come in to rush the passer.
Tech’s linebackers would seem to be the strength of the defense next season, with Burnett, Jefferson, Jackson, Sylvester, Munroe and Edwards (who played safety this season) back. All are quick and can move sideline to sideline. Sylvester, in particular, really showed what he could do in the Orange Bowl. It’s not beyond possibility that Egbuniwe and Dieke could play some lb in certain situations.
Anyway, all that’s just fun conjecture. Tell me how you think they’d line up.