It’s hard to see Georgia’s defense stopping Tech

What's the chance of Willie Martinez coming up with a game plan to upset Georgia Tech?

Any chance Willie Martinez comes up with a game plan to upset Tech?

In 2006, when a 7-4 and unranked Georgia team defeated a 9-2 and 16th ranked Georgia Tech team, it wasn’t difficult to figure out why. The Dogs’ defense rattled Reggie Ball, the oft-rattled quarterback, who went 6-for-22 with two interceptions and a fumble.

“That was our goal from Day 1,” defensive tackle Ray Gant said afterward. “As soon as we started game-planning Tech, shake Reggie.”

The biggest reason not to expect an upset next Saturday when Georgia goes to North Ave? The Dogs’ defense seldom rattles anybody any more.

If this is another indictment of defensive coordinator Willie Martinez, so be it. We watched Kentucky score four second-half touchdowns Saturday night, and even though two of those scores were set up by turnovers, the game illustrated Georgia’s lack of ability to make a play when it matters.

Question: Do you see Martinez putting together a game plan and inspiring a defense to the point that the Dogs can either: 1) rattle Jackets quarterback Josh Nesbitt into making mistakes, or, 2) slow an offense that is among the nation’s per-game leaders in yardage (449.6) and points (36)? I don’t.

Here’s a stat for you: If you throw out the Vanderbilt and Tennessee Tech games, Georgia has allowed an average of 31.4 points in its other nine games. Martinez might want to keep that off his resume.

Can Georgia put up points against Tech? Yes.  But as much as the Jackets’ defense has struggled this season, it also has shown an ability to make adjustments and make plays when it has had to. (Another stat: The Jackets have allowed only one second-half touchdown  in the last four games). The Dogs probably had a better defense a year ago, when Tech torched them for 409 rushing yards and five offensive TDs.

I suppose there’s something to be said for this being a rivalry game and Georgia players wanting to finish the season (pre-bowl) on a high note. But it’s hard to imagine any breakthrough coming now.

678 comments Add your comment

Frogger

November 22nd, 2009
4:29 pm

They won’t

Joe Not Dawg

November 22nd, 2009
4:32 pm

Wow! Football team loses. Basketball team loses. And then you dog dies. Bad weekend to be a Georgia fan. But hey, look at the bright side. At least there is a good football and basketball team in Georgia. Assuming you’re a Tech fan.

“I say its bad, to be, a Georgia Bulldog.” Hehehehehehe!

Gooooooooo VOLS!

Frogger

November 22nd, 2009
4:32 pm

Mr. Schultz,

I heard that the Mark Richt show was a rough one and that the people who called in pulled no punches. I also heard that Coach Richt said that,”if the administration at UGA wanted to fire him then they should,”. Any truth to this?

martin

November 22nd, 2009
4:33 pm

UGA isn’t beating tech! this is coming from a loyal Dawg fan. We are self imploding right before your eyes. We need a serious change of leadership within the coaching staff….if Richt won’t make the changes necessary for UGA to improve, he should go too!

dagtbuzzman

November 22nd, 2009
4:33 pm

When UGA loses to TECH, should the DAWGS go bowling ?

GT For You And Me

November 22nd, 2009
4:33 pm

Go Jackets!!!!!!!!!!

Savannah J

November 22nd, 2009
4:33 pm

Two teams going in opposite directions….

Tech 45
UGA 24

Frogger

November 22nd, 2009
4:33 pm

Joe, How many different blogs do you need to say the same thing on? I don’t think it’s so great to be a Vol thug either.

Matt

November 22nd, 2009
4:33 pm

Tech hasn’t played a bowl eligible team since mid-October. Not saying the Dawgs will win, but expect them to challenge what right now is a pretty cocky Tech team that needed overtime to beat Wake Forest at home.

bugsquacher

November 22nd, 2009
4:34 pm

tech your beatdown is coming, next saturday, get ready you trade school nerds!

74 Dawg

November 22nd, 2009
4:35 pm

Stranger things have happened. Maybe the ghost of Reggie Ball will possess Josh Nesbitt on the first series.

Dawghater

November 22nd, 2009
4:35 pm

Go Dawgs….

firemarkricht.net

November 22nd, 2009
4:36 pm

Mark Richt…a.k.a. Jim Donnagain.

I can’t believe you’re asking if Martinez can put together a game plan to stop Tech.

Of course he can’t.

louisville slugger

November 22nd, 2009
4:36 pm

As much as the Dawgs usually scare me, I just don’t see that they have the fortitude this year. It’ll be close for a half, then watch for the 2nd half to be ugly, much like last year. Tech 49, UGA 31.

FLA DAWG

November 22nd, 2009
4:38 pm

PLEASE GT, BEAT US BY 50 POINTS!

YOU’LL BE DOING US A GREAT FAVOR!

Thanks in advance.

Wally Butts

November 22nd, 2009
4:38 pm

SEC vs. ACC. The Dogs have played one of the toughest schedules in the nation, Tech one of the weakest, ACC. Dogs are batterd mentally and physically, Tech is rested from a cream puff cake-walk. Tech should win but the SEC caliber of Georgia athletes will make it tough for Tech to win but Tech will overcome at home in a stadium that is mostly a sea of red. Go Dogs!

gt110215

November 22nd, 2009
4:38 pm

I dont think ga can stop Tech but I am looking forward to one helluva game Saturday! Go Jackets! Final score GT 42- Ga 27

DawgFan

November 22nd, 2009
4:40 pm

Frogger, the call in show is on Monday… so no that’s not true

GT For You And Me

November 22nd, 2009
4:40 pm

Bugsquacher:Smoke coming from your butt…Go get a drink of ice water…….

Steve

November 22nd, 2009
4:41 pm

Tech will score at least 38 next week. Willie will have the Dawgs playing well for at most a half – maybe not at all. 50-70+ would not surprise me that Tech hangs on Ga. next week. But don’t blame Willie for last night – it was all TO’s that killed us not Willie. I thought the lock of the year was take UK and the 8.5 – but I still thought UGA would win by 3 or 4. That was the worst meltdown in the 2nd half I have ever seen – worse than Tech-UGA last year. If UGA beats Tech this week, it will be because Nesbitt couldn’t play – or the biggest upset of the year by far. I wouldn’t take UGA and 30 even if it is a big rivalry game. Hope I’m wrong…

Lou

November 22nd, 2009
4:41 pm

Frogger..no truth to that bogus story..Richt’s call-in show isn’t until Monday night…real fans would know when that though.

ctim

November 22nd, 2009
4:42 pm

The Tech game is a foregone conclusion, probably Tech 49, UGA 24. The real question is, does CMR have the guts and fortitude to make the changes necessary to get the program back on track? Does Damon Evans have the toughness and fortitude to demand that he make those changes? First one being the obvious, fire W Martinez as def. coordinate. The man simply doesn’t have a clue how to coach defense in the SEC. If CMR and Damon Evans don’t have the guts to do what’s necessary, they’ll both be gone come 2011.

GT90

November 22nd, 2009
4:44 pm

According to Sagarin GT strength of schedule is 12, while UGA is 17. What’s your next excuse Wally Butts?

pj

November 22nd, 2009
4:48 pm

I will NEVER root for a uga loss like some dawg fans have suggested they would – so that the last nail in Willie’s coffin is nailed. But i’m gonna be honest… if I could magically determine the score it would be something like UGA – 48 Tech – 42… we have got to make a change.

When any of our favorite teams or people fail, we – as humans – try and make justifications for why its not so bad. I already saw a few on the blogs this morning (D didnt give up that many yards, we showed improvent against TENNESSEE TECH AND VANDERBILT).

Folks, numbers don’t lie. Look at the numbers our D has given up in the past 2 years. It has NEVER happened in the history of the program. 90 % of college programs would KILL for the atheleticism, size and speed we have on that end of the ball. The problem is the scheme. The problem is the lack of direction. The problem is the coaching.

I’m sure Willie is a good man and a good recruiter… but 6 losses while giving up THIRTY points a game is not even close to UGA football. If CMR isn’t able to pull the trigger, Damon Evans had better.

The gap is widening between us and the elite 2 teams. We have to stop it and stop it now, or we will be talking about 7-5 seasons for the next 4 years.

I love my Dawgs, but this just isn’t acceptable anymore

GT GRAD

November 22nd, 2009
4:48 pm

It is still a very tough rivalry game. Both teams will show up to play. I just hope GT can play hard nose football and limit mistakes………….if GT can play decent on D and run the ball consistently, I expect the Dawgs will eventually lay down resulting in a GT Victory!

Will we soon be 2 games into an 8 or 9 game winning streak against UGA?? Seems a little unrealistic, but with GT on the rise and UGA on a free-fall, we might very well be starting another long winning streak against UGA. GT already holds the longest streak at 8 games; I wonder if we can take it higher?

MAYBE we should challenge Coach Paul Johnson and claim he is not good enough to win 10 games in a row against UGA while being the head coach at GT! (he is obviously motivated by people who claim he cannot accomplish specific feats!!)

Bryan G.

November 22nd, 2009
4:49 pm

Just let this season end. It’s been awful. Georgia really needs to reassess its whole program.

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 22nd, 2009
4:51 pm

GO DAWGS AND YES GO CLEMSON

Gravy Train

November 22nd, 2009
4:51 pm

If CMR leaves for one reason or the other, there will be a mass exodus of tallent that goes with him. Anyone who thinks CMR should leave is a moron and should hop on Bradley’s Johnson band wagon. Maybe Bobo called some decent plays last night, but we’ll never know because it had zero chance of success when Cox throws right to a defender. The defense played well for most of the game and as usual they were put in the redzone twice by the offense and special teams miscues.
Don’t get me wrong. I am just as disgusted by the losses as the next guy, but I will always beleive that things will get better. Perhaps some changes will be made his winter.
CMR should not be one of them. A mass exodus of fair weather fans, now that will be progress.

Jeff

November 22nd, 2009
4:53 pm

Wally Butts, your a joke. Most of the dog fans have made excuses all year. Wake up. Tech coaches up it’s 3-star players while Georgia does nothing too much with it’s 5-star players. I support Coach Richt. But Tech plays hard nose football. Georgia hasn’t since Dooly retired. Jackets 56, Dogs 13

gratefuldawghead

November 22nd, 2009
4:54 pm

Damon Evans…Fire Martinez before Richt gives him another BONUS and Hug!

BuzzGT

November 22nd, 2009
4:56 pm

How is UGA’s defense going to stop GT when they couldn’t stop UK? They only scored 30+ points this season against Miami of Ohio, Louisville, Louisana-Monroe and UGA in Athens.

pb

November 22nd, 2009
4:56 pm

wally butts,

Don’t make any excuses. UGA schedule may be a little tougher than Tech’s, but Georgia plays the same basic schedule every year. And they did a lot better last year. We have to face it: Tech is just a better team this year, you only have to look back at last night’s game to see what UGA’s problems are( mainly turnovers, bad QB decisions,etc- same thing all year). Georgia has some hard choices to make at end of this season. And I say all that as a Georgia grad and supporter.

Kentucky Blue!

November 22nd, 2009
4:56 pm

Thanks Georgia – this game made our season – and you guys did a great job of giving us this game.

As a Kentucky fan – we have always respected Georgia and their fans – we expect to give the football team a good game – but always feel that we will and should be the underdog…..knowing that payback is around the corner with basketball season underway!

However – this year – we had no fear coming into Athens.

I will not sugar coat it – this was two mediocre programs fighting for a better low to mid-level bowl position. And guess which team made the mistakes and choked when it mattered most – on your home field.

NOt sure what has happened to a once proud program – but this team has fallen from the nationally respected faster than any team I can remember in a long time.

UGA in the SEC east has been blown out by Florida and Tennesee – got beat by Kentucky (Ky was playing a true freshman with less talent around him – against a UGA team with a 5th year senior with national recruiting talent)and should have lost to South Carolina.

In head to head – I guess that makes UGA #4 in the SEC East.

Thanks again for giving us this game!

aarh

November 22nd, 2009
4:57 pm

GT90- I definitely agree GT has a better team this yr., but there’s no way anybody can say they’ve played a tougher schedule though. Unless they’re biased…that is. It won’t matter, bc if UGA plays as inconsistent & badly this week…it will be a blowout. I do believe anything can happen, & that UGA has the talent to win that game, but I just don’t have much hope at this point.

VolsNow

November 22nd, 2009
4:57 pm

The Vols will rule the SEC in 2010—mark it down. UGA and florida will have nothing, and UT should beat both teams easy. Look for the Vols to upset Bama for the SEC title next december in the Ga Dome. Kiffin—taking charge of the SEC in 2010—bank on it!!!!!

1985phone man

November 22nd, 2009
4:58 pm

I bet some of you morons belive the only reason Ga lost & the dog died was ( George Bush ) made it happen.

Pi$$onaDawg

November 22nd, 2009
4:59 pm

Does anybody now think the UGA fans will outnumber the Tech Fans Saturday. Bill Curry called Mark Richt and said they have an open date next year. If Coach Richt can come up with $100 bbucks Ga. State will be happy to play the Dawgs.

Savannah fan

November 22nd, 2009
5:00 pm

Fire Elam !!!!

GaCFB

November 22nd, 2009
5:00 pm

“Do you see Martinez putting together a game plan”

Nope, I heard he started a 500 piece puzzle today. No way he gets that done before saturday let alone trying to come up with some sort of “plan” (Willie’s slogan: If it’s to hard, I ain’t doing it! *And this puzzle is darn near close to being too hard!)

“and inspiring a defense”

They beat auburn last week and uga died this week. If they can’t get any “inspiration” from that, they’ll never get it.

aarh

November 22nd, 2009
5:01 pm

VolsNow- Tenn may be good in the future, but I just don’t expect it to be next yr. Check the depth chart…Tenn. is one of the few teams that’s actually loosing a lot of seniors of the team, & not to mention if Berry goes pro…which could happen. Who knows though…I could be wrong I guess, but I doubt it.

1985phone man

November 22nd, 2009
5:01 pm

Go Giants Great Game

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 22nd, 2009
5:03 pm

VOLS! CHRIST, HALF THE DAMN TEAM WILL BE IN JAIL BY SEPT……WHAT A JOKE

bali smith

November 22nd, 2009
5:04 pm

you might be right Jeff. Hard to see any team being able to shake off last nights loss. Something has got to happen to bring about changes. I allmost hope Tech really hangs a high score on the bulldogs so they will be forced to make changes, hopefully on offense and defense

Savannah fan

November 22nd, 2009
5:04 pm

Smith should have gone for 2 in regulation

Techster

November 22nd, 2009
5:05 pm

Man – is it going to get ugly at Bobby Dodd next week.

I fully expect the Dawgs to put up a fight – but this is two programs clearly heading in the opposite directions.

I was not so sure of the Paul Johnson hire – but in YEAR ONE – we beat UGA! In year TWO – it is clear who has the better football program – and the better head coach!

Don’t give me that SEC – ACC crap – UGA would be mediocre in the ACC – this is a team in serious trouble.

However, I will say this – the best thing UGA has going for is as follows:
– Cox and Bryan Evans will be leaving the team
– Your freshman skill players appear to be quite good

The unknowns for UGA?
– QB in 2010 – hindsight being 20/20 – Cox should have been an on the field QB for Murray – and Murray should have been the starter now.
– What DT’s are ready to step in and play next year?
– Just how bad can UGA’s defense be?

My guess is GT will really open it up and show no mercy next week. GT 54 – UGA 21. Yes, I will be disappointed if we do not hang 50 on the Dawgs?

What killed UGA VII – a bee sting of course!

HairyDawg

November 22nd, 2009
5:07 pm

Its is a rivalry game and throwing out records. Dawgs own state and will be unloading a whooping can on pestky bugs. So what if nerds won there chumpy high school ACCs. Them nerds hadnt yet had to facing a real team with the SEC speeds. Wear goning to show them how football playing really is.

The nerds is a bunch of stinkys teams with sorry players. Johnson is an arrogats mule backend who needs to bolt to Noter Dame when the come throwing the dollars. The final beating down is goning to be a blowout with the Dawgs winning 52 – 6.

Go DAWGS! Tech stinks and is a wussie school!

JB

November 22nd, 2009
5:07 pm

BOOGIE – I posted this on the other blog about Heather Dinich before this blog. You’re busted!!

Hey Boogie, I understand the dilemma. There’s nothing to do around Hartwell after summer and the two closest teams are Clemson and Georgia. My guess is that you pull for both teams and you’re probably having a rough day after the game between the hedges yesterday, so you’re singing the Tiger mantra today. All of that is completely understandable, which also makes your obvious bias toward Tech very understandable. But that doesn’t change the facts. UGA is unranked and 6-5 overall and 4-4 in the SEC. Clemson is #23 in the BCS with an 8-3 overall record and 6-2 in the ACC. Compare that with Tech which is #7 in the BCS with a 10-1 overall record and 7-1 in the ACC.

Techster

November 22nd, 2009
5:08 pm

Yes, I heard the same thing:

Bill Currey hoping to play UGA next year – but has decided to look elsewhere as he is hoping for better competition!

1985phone man

November 22nd, 2009
5:08 pm

Smith can’t count too 2 so how could he go for it?

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 22nd, 2009
5:11 pm

JB——POST THIS ,YOU HAT