Can Tech pressure Murray?

Georgia Tech has one sack in its past four games.

“We haven’t gotten a lot of production in that area,” coach Paul Johnson said, his dissatisfaction evident.

In Al Groh’s 3-4 scheme, the linebackers are supposed to be the playmakers. One, backup Jeremiah Attaochu, has the lonely sack, which came against Duke last week.

Trying to protect his players, Johnson said that they substitute a lot and use a lot nickel- and dime-packages, so some of the starters don’t get chances in obvious passing downs to make plays.

But Tech must pressure redshirt freshman quarterback Aaron Murray if it hopes to slow down Georgia’s passing attack. Murray has passed for 2,580 yards and 21 touchdowns this season. Georgia’s signal-callers have been sacked 21 times. Murray has the skill to evade rushers and scramble.

Many teams this season have used the shotgun formation or short drops and quick releases to negate Tech’s pressure. Duke did so last week.

“There were a large number of passes the other day that, with the quickness of the passes … that you couldn’t sack the quarterback,” Tech defensive coordinator Al Groh said.

Against Virginia Tech, the Yellow Jackets seldom rushed more than four defenders to try and make sure that Tyrod Taylor couldn’t scramble for big plays. That tactic mostly worked. Taylor averaged 9.1 yards per completion. He was averaging 14.5 yards per completion.

“But in the last two we certainly would like to have had more than we did,” Groh said of the games against Miami and the Blue Devils.

Tech’s secondary players said they are prepared should the Yellow Jackets’ front seven not be able to consistently get to Murray.

“Just guard our guys,” cornerback Dominique Reese said. “Front seven gets sacks because we cover. We get interceptions because they get sacks.”

46 comments Add your comment

BC

November 26th, 2010
5:02 am

I know it is lame, but I have to key in “First”
BC

juvenal

November 26th, 2010
5:29 am

going to have to bring some DB pressure, or a long night of Murray to AJ…………….2

BC

November 26th, 2010
5:32 am

Tech has the same problem that UG has, the change in Defensive Coordinators, with the exit of some Pro players and existing personal that were recruited for a different scheme.
Sad to say that maybe the South Carolina Coach had a point when he said “You can recruit top ten talent,but……………..

juvenal

November 26th, 2010
5:37 am

Doug, have never seen you comment on the 3-4…………..or optimum # of strikers….

Stinger 2

November 26th, 2010
5:52 am

The answer to the question “will Tech be able to pressure Murray” is obviously no. Why? The stat of one sack in the last 4 games tells it all. The best single word to describe the defense this year is “confused”.

I am sorry to be negative about a team that I have been a fan of since 1952 but this 2010 team is just not good. I hope it will be much better next year.

destin dawg

November 26th, 2010
6:49 am

won’t pressure Murray…. RUN OVER “EM … til they come up to stop the RUN…. roll out short pass to TE’s.. RUN over ‘em some more…. THEN pass long to AJ and Durham… Grantham’s DDDD is getting better… will need to stop “em all 4 downs… because Johnson won’t punt… Go Dawgs !!!

the real Old Gold

November 26th, 2010
6:52 am

Johnson will be out-coached in this game!

Dave from GT

November 26th, 2010
7:03 am

One thing is for sure……. it’s gonna be cold!!

reality

November 26th, 2010
7:32 am

Murray throws it away on 4th down with 30 seconds left and GT wins by 4.

Bring Back Chan

November 26th, 2010
7:45 am

I will be shocked if we get a single sack. Besides the ineffectiveness of our pass rush, Murray is too slippery in the pocket.

We are going to get obliterated. Remember what they did to us last year? That was with Joe Cox at QB and no AJ Green!

Thanks PJ!

juvenal

November 26th, 2010
7:47 am

bbc, not like you are going to be there……….

Savannah Fan

November 26th, 2010
7:55 am

Dogs-45-GT-13

juvenal

November 26th, 2010
8:09 am

any truth to the rumor bbc is really m?…i predict we won’t forfeit……….

bob horner

November 26th, 2010
8:09 am

Sell everything you have house, car, etc., and bet it on the jackets. There will be no problems motivating this game, we will finally play a ball game this year and it will be too much for the puppies to handle. The odds will make you rich, and you will thank me for the info. final jackets 38 dogs 31 cold , wet, and trashey in athens. The good thing is we dont have to clean up after them in atlanta this year. TERRIBLE..

Lets not forget

November 26th, 2010
8:12 am

We are talking about a team that got man handled by Colorado. Never say never!

Tony

November 26th, 2010
8:13 am

I’m afraid that Georgia will be ready for Tech’s offense. Bobo who is much maligned, always does his best calling against Tech, or so it seems. It easy to figure out that all you have to do to be our defense is to throw short passes before the defense gets to the quarterback. Plus there have been too many missed tackles after the catch. Tech needs a miracle against the Dawgs. Let’s pray!

gt45

November 26th, 2010
8:24 am

I’d love to see Tech jump on them early, and watch the gagger fans turn on Richt and his team. I assure you, it would happen!

astute observer

November 26th, 2010
8:27 am

I will be pulling for the jackets but I won’t be putting my house on the line. The matchup of their offense versus our defense scares the heck out of me. Tech’s defense will have to give the best effort of the year in order for us to have a chance.

Born2Buzz

November 26th, 2010
8:44 am

I thought the beauty of the 3-4 was that you always brought the extra pressure from different places. Groh doesn’t bring extra pressure ever. Maybe he will decide it doesn’t matter anymore and go all Tenuta on UGA, blitzing like crazy the entire game. It couldn’t hurt.
Oh, and the LB’s might want to find a red shirt and get close to them instead of just dropping in a zone and looking around. We’ve seen that a lot this season.
If we are to have any chance in this game our D has to play their best game of the year, maybe even save Groh’s job.

GT Rich

November 26th, 2010
8:56 am

Maybe GT can get one good, clean hard sack that sends Murray to the bench for some icy-hot. Also, maybe one of the Tech players can buy A.J.’s jersey during a timeout, thus rendering him inelligible for the remainder of the game. Or…maybe they’ll both be partying tonight with Damon Evans and get arrested while driving home drunk on mopeds, failing to yield to a patrol car with suspended licenses and stolen helmets. That’s about the best chance Tech will have considering how often they shoot themselves in the foot with fumbles and penalties. However, the underdog has won the last two of these….

GT Fan...

November 26th, 2010
9:18 am

Unless Groh has been sand-bagging his defensive scheme over the past 4 games then the answer to your headline is a big fat NO.

GT could hardly pressure Duke’s QBs, and I’m pretty sure GA’s O-line is better than Duke’s.

Miami & Duke gave GA a heckuva passiing blueprint for how to dissect the Tech D in the passsing game. Then add GA’s running game (better than UM’s & Duke’s), and it ain’t looking pretty for my Jackets.

I can’t even toss out a hope of a GT double-digit win b/c there’s no way that will happen based on the previous 11 games. I can only hope that the D comes up with the stop of the year should the Jackets be on top at the end in a tight game. Or that the O is close enough to paydirt that they can steal one between the hedges should GA be winning. If there is a blowout, it will be GA who gets it … just go back and see my comment about the previous 11 games.

PAUL SUCKS BIG JOHNSON!

November 26th, 2010
9:22 am

yes this is the battle of the bad, but you will soon find out just how bad your team is dawgs win by 21. ENJOY ATHENS!

Todd

November 26th, 2010
9:36 am

Another rivalry game. Not one to write home about. For 2 teams that started as pre-season top 25 ranked, tomorrows’ game features squads that are .500 or worse in conference play. The Jackets are heading to a bowl, the Dawgs need a win to go slumming. Sad to see the teams with sub-par seasons. The rabid UGA fans will make the contest unbearable and the teams play on the field could make it worse. Let’s wrap the season with some cold left-overs and hope 2011 may bring back some swagger to both programs. GT 30 UGA 28.

Sammy Dawg

November 26th, 2010
9:36 am

No pressure, no sacks, lost of yards for the Dawgs. Way more than last year. Dawgs 52 techies 14. Better luck next year. 9 out of 10.

T.O

November 26th, 2010
9:39 am

Dawgs win by 3 td’s. This Tech team is as bad as I’ve ever seen.

PAUL SUCKS BIG JOHNSON!

November 26th, 2010
9:39 am

PAUL SUCKS BIG JOHNSON!

November 26th, 2010
9:40 am

Spike

November 26th, 2010
9:43 am

Boy, what a difference a year makes for Tech. Last year all the smack talk and bragging about the “new sheriff in town” and the # 7 seven ranking has now given wat to all this. Wow.

Can Georgia Tech upset 5-6 UGA?

November 26th, 2010
10:07 am

The Dawgs will lose for the seventh time this season.

GTMD75

November 26th, 2010
10:08 am

Boy, what a difference two years make for UGA. UGA used to always be ranked and are no longer relevant in the SEC. Yet their fans still think they are some kind of dynasty. Wow.

Paul Johnson is UNDEFEATED in Athens

November 26th, 2010
10:09 am

`
Go Jackets !

SMITTYSTHEMAN

November 26th, 2010
10:14 am

UGA’s D is getting better? Yeah they looked real good against Auburn.

Spike

November 26th, 2010
10:16 am

GTMD75.. We are some kind of dynasty over you. Eight out of nine and counting. UGA-30. ACC Champs-24.

BigdaddyJ

November 26th, 2010
10:21 am

Love the Techies and how bad we are. Excuse me, but isn’t it Tech also who is now dropping? Last year you thought Paul Johnson could do no wrong. Year three and you are heading to the same bowl this year we went to last year and you mocked us for. Chan’s kids are leaving and Paul’s in trouble already.

Gt4ever

November 26th, 2010
10:22 am

Rexx-NN-Fx

November 26th, 2010
10:25 am

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Dawgs are the best

November 26th, 2010
10:34 am

Hey, the UGA dawgs are the best. They have the low educational requirements to allow them to recruit the best, so they are expected to win. But don’t count out smarts and determination, the jackets may just beat them again in Athens.

Wrexx-N.Fx

November 26th, 2010
10:36 am

We won’t get pressure on Murray because of 2 names, TJ Barnes and JC Lanier, one is 6-7 330lbs.+ and the other is 6-4 330lbs.+, those guys are supposed to be our Nose Tackles that deamnd double Teams and free things up for other guys to make plays, yet both of them have been non-factors at this point in their College Careers.

Also, there’s is too much excuse making among the GT fanbase about not having the correct personnel to run the 3-4, otehr than the NT position the other positions are very similar to what is expected in a 3-4, these guys aren’t going against Manning or Brady, our LBs should be able to cover TEs and make tackles in space vs. RBs and they haven’t done that this season, that fact has nothing to do with them playing in a 3-4 or 4-3.

All the talk among the GT fanbase about CAG needing to get Recruits that are chosen “specifically for the 3-4″ is nothing more that a weak-@ss copout to defend CPJ, also the 2ndary slot play he same way whether you are playing a 3-4 or a 4-3.

In summary 9-10 of the positions on the field require the same skill-sets in order to be SUCCESSFUL as a Defense so the claims that GT doesn’t have the right guys to run the 3-4 are BOGUS, they are they right guys because they don’t have the right talent level, and they would still be poor Defenders even if they played in a 3-4 or “wide-tackle-6″, they just aren’t good BCS-Level Defenders.

Of all of this is function of CPJ not being a very good recruiter, once again you have to look to the top to find out where the problems really lie.

Taco

November 26th, 2010
10:37 am

No pressue will be applied and stopping the run. It could get very ugly. Please take a page from the UGA notebook when they hurt Nesbitt on purpose last year. HIT MURRAY LATE and rock his world. Take the penalty even the ejection if needed. Play two: HIT AJ late and rock his world. I am not saying hit them low high to permanently injure, I am saying a simply late decleating will get that Ole Yeller Streak back out for these Dawgs and give Tech a chance.Show some fire, both of these squads have played like girls all year.

Wrexx-N.Fx

November 26th, 2010
10:45 am

GDAWG

November 26th, 2010
10:56 am

The Dawgs biggest threat doesn’t even play for Tech – he’s the Dawg’s Offensive Coordinator – Mike “run ‘em up the middle” Bobo.
FIRE BOBO!!!!

GT alum in TX

November 26th, 2010
10:57 am

Anybody watch Texas A&M crush the last 4 opponentswhile running a 3-4 defense? That is the potential when all the players are up to speed. A&M had pressure coming from different locations all night and the UT QB had no idea what to do. A&M recruits at about the same level we do and with Groh we have someone who knows everything possible about how to use the 3-4. The defense will get better, the players will adjust. I would dearly love to keep the scum from athens at home this bowl season and if the defense plays as they did against VT then we have a shot at it. GO JACKETS, STING EM.

Dawgs are the best

November 26th, 2010
11:11 am

Wrexx-N.Fx , it’s not that CPJ is not a good recruiter. The reality is that the better athletes are more likely to go to UGA because of their program and their lower academic standards. CPJ should be credited for getting his players just to play competitively with the awesome, but slightly retarded, dawgs.

Dawgs are the best

November 26th, 2010
11:26 am

Playing the Dawgs will never be a fair fight for the Jackets. Tech should just take the financial hit and stop scheduling them. This annual ass kicking is not worth it.

roughrider

November 26th, 2010
12:16 pm

Why don’t we wait until the game is played before we talk trash?

reebok

November 26th, 2010
12:23 pm

we can’t pressure the QB, we can’t tackle, and we can’t cover. i see no reason to think UGA will ever have to punt tomorrow. i figure dogs 45-13