Sunday in the books

Georgia Tech safety Mario Edwards has a unique perspective on the new 3-4 defense.

Lined up in the secondary, with most of his teammates in front of him, Edwards says before the snap there is a lot of organized confusion, with his teammates darting back and forth as they try to confuse the offense.

And then at the snap, “everything comes together like a painting.”

To make the brush strokes disappear takes a lot of communication, Edwards said.

Middle linebacker Brad Jefferson relays the call, or calls, for the defense. One they see the offensive formation, Edwards said he may make some adjustments for the secondary players on his side of the field.

The defense is predicated on everyone knowing each other’s roles, but when the ball is snapped secondary coach Charles Kelly said everyone should focus only on what they are supposed to do.

Tech worked on installing the base plays during the spring. Defensive coordinator Al Groh has worked on fine-tuning those plays, and also working on some sub-packages for other formations, including the dime.

This is the third defense Edwards has learned since he began his collegiate career at Virginia Tech and then transferred to Georgia Tech.

He said this has been the most difficult to learn, but he is enjoying how aggressive it let’s him be.

“As a safety, I like to get to be the enforcer on defense,” Edwards said.


After doing some work with the kicking game on Sunday, the team will work out in full pads for the first time on Monday.

It’s a day the defense has been looking forward to.

“I’m a hitter,” Edwards says, “anytime I can put my hands on somebody I’m happy.”

30 comments Add your comment


August 8th, 2010
6:22 pm

First! Boom!


August 8th, 2010
6:22 pm

YES!!!!!!!! Suck on that!!!!!


August 8th, 2010
6:24 pm


August 8th, 2010
6:31 pm

Thanks for the update Doug. Can’t wait to see Mario and the D flying around in Groh’s 3-4. Sept 4 can’t come fast enough!

Dog kicker

August 8th, 2010
6:43 pm

All the x-perts think the D is going to be our downfall because of who left, but I think we did a little
addition by subtraction. I can’t wait till the season starts

Tokyo jacket

August 8th, 2010
7:31 pm

I like the organized confusion comment. Hopefully, our D will do to teams what our O has been doing for two years. On one side, you don’t know where the ball is coming from. On the other side, you don’t know where the hit is coming from. AWESOME!


August 8th, 2010
7:41 pm

It will be a great season if we focus and execute more on the organized part and leave the confusion to the opposing offenses. Lol. I like to hear all of the excitement coming out of camp. I believe in these young men and I pray they pull it together and have a season to remember. It is time to make some noise in the ATL and TECH has what it takes to beat that drum. Go Jackets.


August 8th, 2010
8:14 pm

Keep this good news coming. Can’t wait for September 4! Thanks, Doug, for keeping us updated.


August 8th, 2010
8:21 pm

I think the only 3-4 that will be recognized on the Flats is Georgia Tech’s record after the first seven games.


August 8th, 2010
8:28 pm

NIce update Doug, thanks!

Reality Strikes Back (just like the Empire did)

August 8th, 2010
8:45 pm

I cannot WAIT to see the D either…… I mean how awesome is it going to be to see the D that is put together bu our AWESOME new DC that was FIRED from…… Virginia!?!?!?

And for you idiots who want to act like he has a superbowl ring, be sure and know that the ring is while he was a linebackers coach, NOT a coordinator…….

To Hell With Georgia Tech!!!
We. Run. This. State.

(Enter your weak little thUGA, Arrests, or red panties comeback here_______________________________________________________________________

Buzz Me

August 8th, 2010
9:30 pm

Hey reality…you are a delusional sick dawg…you should be put to sleep


August 8th, 2010
10:23 pm

We don’t have to reality, you just did for us, butt munch.

Poor Dawg Nation

August 8th, 2010
10:30 pm

I wish I could be a UGA fan and lose to Florida every year, not win my division, not win my conference, and have so many players get busted for drinking, and so many players(including my starting quarterback) kicked off the team. Oh golly, I wish I could be a UGA fan and be the fifth or sixth best team in my conference but act like I win the National Championship every year, when in reality, I have not won it in 30 years. Oh, I wish I could be a UGA fan and have a mascot with a shorter half life than my head coaches. Oh, I wish I could be UGA, but then again, why?


August 8th, 2010
11:02 pm

Hey UGAG fans here – win your little division first, THEN talk smack. Otherwise, you are just punks. Why else are you on a Tech blog? Punks, that’s all you are.

Our defense should be exciting. I’m glad we have S. Carolina to start…. not that they are a push over by any means. However, it’ll give the defense a chance to fine tune.

I just don’t think our offense will skip a beat from last year. Yes, we lost two great players, but the offense is more about scheme. Plus, we added some very talented players on the starting line up as well.

This season will be better than most think.


Dawgtards ruin this state

August 8th, 2010
11:05 pm

Ha Ha – Dawgtards are now making fun of themselves!

Reality Strikes Back (just like the Empire did) just won the Dawgtard of the week contest. Which Dawgtard is next?


August 8th, 2010
11:31 pm

(Reality Strikes Back)just like the Empire did is just like your bro (Hairy Dawg)….mentally challenged, drunk and illiterate…tipical Dawg fans. You are wrong MOron. Groh should have 2 SB rings. One with the Giants and one with the Patriots…as a Def Cord.

puch your girl all the gt players are doing it

August 8th, 2010
11:35 pm

Wow. Not worried as we will get the guarantee win in november as always

Tokyo jacket

August 9th, 2010
1:04 am

Reality strikes back, oooh, you’re right, Groh did get fired from UVA. Holy crap, we didn’t know that!!!! Oh wait, I don’t care if he got fired for not being a good head coach. We hired him to be a defensive coordinator. While at UVA his defense was 30th in yards per play. That was with a HORRIBLE offense that couldn’t hang onto the ball. Ours was 100th. It’s an upgrade for us. Last time our guy was a defensive coordinator, he got promoted. Our guy turned down offers from Bill Parcells and Bill Bellichick to be their defensive coordinator (again) to come to Tech.

Last time your guy was a defensive coordinator, he coached the 30th and 31st ranked defense in the NFL for two years. He was then fired. I will SOOOOOOOOOO take Groh over what’s his name (aka 5th choice)!


August 9th, 2010
2:02 am

No reason to start this argument at a tech blog. We will see this season who is the better team. Uga fans need to keep their trash talk away from tech blog.

destin dawg

August 9th, 2010
5:53 am

the Dawgs and Jackets both should have good years…it would be nice to see both improve the DDDDEEEE… Tech should win their 1st 7… then VGT , Clemson and Miami.. could be interesting.. Dawgs need to beat SC.. then we;ll see… Good luck Tech in all but one game !!!!

Old Gold Britches

August 9th, 2010
8:12 am

Thanks destin dawg. I think both defenses will be improved. Tech offense should click without skipping a beat. The Jackets should see an improved passing game as well. Come on Sept. 4th!!!

Go Jackets!!!!!!! YELLOW…………….JACKETS…………………YELLOW…………….JACKETS!!!!!!!

Tokyo jacket

August 9th, 2010
8:18 am

Thanks Destin. Stay classy!


August 9th, 2010
8:47 am

@ Destin….since crude is not longer leaking/gushing, when will you be allowed to resume fishing?
Also, hopefully both D will be New and Improved!

David Green Sells Avon Products

August 9th, 2010
9:03 am

The double ugly mutts are facing the NCAA DEATH PENALTY for their continued LYING, CHEATING, AND STEALING. Five Long Years of No Football, how will the idiot mutt bloggers survive?


August 9th, 2010
11:40 am

The organized confusion sounds a lot like what the Pittsburgh Steelers do, and it brought them two Super Bowls in four years. Our D will be better than last year. We lost some guys, but we have a better scheme and some players coming back that sat out some or all of last year. Besides the scheme, we now have a DC who knows how to coach up talent and make adjustments. That was obviously not the case last year. To stop the pass we adjusted the defense to let people run the ball for 60 yards a clip right up the middle.

Let’s get back to the Orange Bowl and win it this year!!! GO JACKETS!!!

bumbler jacket

August 9th, 2010
2:19 pm

How many times have we beaten Fla St since we’ve been in the ACC?

bumbler jacket

August 9th, 2010
2:20 pm

David Green, what’s the violation… playing a high school team called ga tek.

William Casey

August 9th, 2010
3:10 pm

TO PROPHET: I have $10,000 that says GT’s record will be better than 3 wins and four losses. No? I didn’t think so. “Big hat, no cattle.”


August 9th, 2010
3:36 pm

UGA 30 – GT 24!!!!!

UGA 73 – GT 66!!!!!