P.M. Roundup: SEC East prediction, defending triple option

SouthernPigskin.com picks the Dawgs to finish second to Florida in the SEC East this season, heaping praise on Georgia’s offensive front (”perhaps the top offensive line in college football”) and saying that “a defense filled with veterans has the potential to be very good” though it “badly needs a pass rusher to emerge.” Their conclusion: “Expectations are down a notch after Georgia was preseason number one entering last fall. All things considered, that may be a good thing. With a little less pressure on the team, the Bulldogs could surprise this fall.” 

Georgia Sports Blog links to a Navy football blog that examines Georgia’s failed defense of Tech’s triple option last year and concludes that Willie Martinez was using some antiquated defensive concepts designed to stop the old wishbone. However, the Georgia Sports blogger points out that film clips included with the piece show a bigger problem with the Dogs defense: terrible safety play and poor tackling. While I think the Navy blogger may have a point about some of the schemes Georgia used against Tech, I’ve felt all along that the Jackets weren’t doing anything that playing smart assignment football and good tackling fundamentals couldn’t handle. As LSU proved.

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uga_b

June 29th, 2009
4:33 pm

It is hard to evaluate schemes when people are both out of position and miss tackles. This seems to be a non-starter debate.

GT, where nerds get shot and robbed everyday

June 29th, 2009
4:33 pm

Blackberry Cobbler

June 29th, 2009
4:33 pm

First……………….

Dawgs should have a good year IF they can develop some type of offense. Offense worries me.

GT, where nerds get shot and robbed everyday

June 29th, 2009
4:33 pm

chad

June 29th, 2009
4:39 pm

LSU also had over a month to prepare for it dumb ass. You think that may have something to do with it. How bout this Tech ran the same play on the nontackling mutts 35 times in the game. This year will be totally different except for the outcome.

Red Foreman

June 29th, 2009
4:40 pm

Toooooo effn bad………….

08fx4

June 29th, 2009
4:42 pm

So I guess Georgia had less than a month to review the seasons worth of tape on the bugs ? I’m a UGA fan and totally blame the loss to GT on Willie.

PTC DAWG

June 29th, 2009
4:43 pm

And here come the GT fans….it’s flattering they care so much.

POOPONAdog

June 29th, 2009
4:49 pm

OH NO WE DON’T CARE ‘BOUT uga!!! WE ENJOY AGGREVATING IGNORANT dog fan’s!!!! 45-42!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Dink

June 29th, 2009
4:49 pm

And here come the GT fans….both of them

Yep; it's official

June 29th, 2009
4:51 pm

Chad could not resist. Dipsh*t. It does not matter how long you prepare if you are unable to tackle.

Chad

June 29th, 2009
4:52 pm

Take it to the LSU blog. Or the Tech blog; oh wait. Tech does not have a blog.

Cuz

June 29th, 2009
4:52 pm

A Navy blog links to a Georgia football blog describing the versatile F-35 fighter that will replace the antiquated F-18 Super Hornet. One Georgia fan is quoted as saying it is a no brainer. “It is like comparing a modern pro-style offense with it’s various forms of attack versus some old high school offense.”

Jacket since 1997

June 29th, 2009
4:54 pm

georgia will be lucky to win 8 games this year, especially if they lose the opener at okie state……THWG, GO JACKETS!!!!!

Otto

June 29th, 2009
4:57 pm

LSU has been known for the DL under Saban and Miles. The DL stuff the holes allowing LB to make the tackles if they did not tackle themself. UGA’s battered DL was allowing GT’s OL to get downfield and make blocks. It was not planning LSU’s defense played better and was better built to win the game than UGA.

ROLL TIDE!

June 29th, 2009
4:59 pm

RE: “Georgia could surprise.”

Yeah, Georgia could “SURPRISE,” all right!

SURPRISE! You are now on NCAA probation.

T-Dog

June 29th, 2009
4:59 pm

you tech mites will get a certified beat down this Nov. by UGA count on it. They may even stick a gold plated protractor in CPJ’s bung hole after the game.

Otto

June 29th, 2009
5:01 pm

…and before someone gets on the tangent of not rapping up, UGA’s LBs and DBs did not rap up allowing 5 yard gains (that were a given as GT won the line of scrimmage) to go for more.

Joey

June 29th, 2009
5:02 pm

All of you fellow Dawg lovers out there who put much of the blame of UGA’s failure to win a SEC or BCS title since Van Gorder’s departure directly on Willie Martinez, take satisfaction that this will his last year as DC. We know numbers don’t lie and they show our defenses are getting worse and worse. Take heart though, because our AD was quoted after last season saying, “…all coaches are accountable, even assistant coaches.” I took that to mean that he will override Richt’s head-in-the-sand love for Willie, his former college roommate. The evidence is not only in the numbers, but in the lack of interest in Willie by any major football program, even his alma mater Miami in an offseason when just about every other UGA assistant received offers.

Otto

June 29th, 2009
5:03 pm

Irony…a Bama fan talking smack about probation.

Is Bama above 500 for the decade after vacating wins?

BankerDawg

June 29th, 2009
5:03 pm

I actually went to the Tech/LSU game with a Tech buddy of mine. It was more of a perfect storm situation than anything else.

LSU executed at a high level.
Tech basically did not execute at all.

Throw in some absolutely horrible special teams plays by Tech, and equates to the 38-3 beat down every saw.

I say all of this to make that point that I don’t think LSU and the rest of the football world have the blueprint to defend the spread option, or whatever it is CPJ runs at Tech.

Regarding the original paragraph in the blog, I think we finish behind UF in the East as well, and see us losing to LSU and Okie St. We just have too much of a gauntlet this year, but I do anticipate the D and O-Line being much better.

Go Dawgs!

Cuz

June 29th, 2009
5:10 pm

Otto if our problems are getting the LB’s and DB’s to “rap” up. What do you suggest. Some special work outs with Snoop Dog?

southgadawg88

June 29th, 2009
5:11 pm

…..10-2 season 11-2 after bowl game..no SEC title though…don’t think we get to SEC championship game..2 losses to AUB and TENN…I know…I know…But those are the two games I think we drop..It’s going to be a wild ride this year!

Cuz

June 29th, 2009
5:11 pm

Sorry Otto, I could not help myself.

Otto

June 29th, 2009
5:21 pm

no well done Cuz….4 hours of sleep is getting to me.

Rapping up would fit in at a GT half time show.

UGADawg16

June 29th, 2009
5:28 pm

southgadawg88 – if we make it through the rest of the schedule and lose to Auburn and UT then…I don’t even know. We play 5 to as many as 9 teams better than both Auburn and UT – down year for both. Wouldn’t surprise me to drop one of them but both…especially if you think we get over on Florida, Ok. St. and LSU – would be a serious case of “what if.”

Ron Roberts

June 29th, 2009
5:31 pm

Having enough healthy bodies and playing them in their correct positions and practicing in full-on drills from pre-season THROUGH the season would help, too.

tony

June 29th, 2009
5:33 pm

Start Aaron Murray at qb and we win the SEC the next 4 years.

This is the year dawg

June 29th, 2009
5:37 pm

All the elements are there. O line will dominate, DTs are as good as anyone’s. Yes, DBs have to prove themselves but I am certain the running and passing game will rise to the occasion. The schedule is tough (non conference, certainly) so if there’s a chance, this year is the one that can silence any critic. Let’s doit.

turkey

June 29th, 2009
5:43 pm

As long as Willie Martinez is DC Georgia will always be 2nd best.

Whopper Dawg

June 29th, 2009
5:46 pm

Willie had two weeks to prepare for Tech – the D is on Willie. There were 5 games last year that UGA gave up 38 or more points. In how many games did FLA, LSU and ALA give up that many points, COMBINED?

Only one game, LSU to the Dawgs.

You are not going to win squat with that type of D. Willie must go.

GO DAWGS!!!!

southgadawg88

June 29th, 2009
5:50 pm

…AUB is that rival game where the 0-10 team can beat the 10 team..They are due a win in this series..I can’t explain it from a matchup perspective it a gut feeling..coming off a big win over FLA and don’t be shocked if we get nipped in an upset.Tenn is also a real rival..I’m not getting caught up in the Kiffen blah..blah..They have a good ol…top notch running backs and should be good on Defense.Their kids have had success against UGA and I expect a tight close hard fought game same as with AUB.Thing is I expect going into both games we will be on a high and that makes these game a serious “trap” game.And NO I don’t think OK state is a serious threat.LSU has been favored to beat UGA 8 straight times and are a whooping 2-8..I’m just not feeling the LSU stuff..what exactly advantage do they have?They are LSU?The marque games I don’t worry about as much..it’s these expected wins against true rivals that worry me the most.

Cuz

June 29th, 2009
5:51 pm

Remember friends and neighbors, it is never too early to blame Willie Martinez for our troubles. Does anyone know Willie’s location when Michael Jackson started having breathing problems? And what about the failure of GM? I see Coach Willie’s fingerprints all over this one. So fire Willie today, think about your children’s and our Nation’s future.

jake

June 29th, 2009
5:55 pm

“schemes Georgia used against Tech, I’ve felt all along that the Jackets weren’t doing anything that playing smart assignment football and good tackling fundamentals couldn’t handle”

this bothers me because thats the whole point of techs offense, it exploits breakdowns in assignment football, it only takes one man to mess up, its like a deep pass on busted coverage or a linebacker making the wrong read on a guard on a counter play out of the I. Its not a gimmick offense, its a proven effective offense that when run correctly beats defenses. its football, kust like urban meyers spread or a shotgun passing based schem, when are people gonna relize this

SEC fan

June 29th, 2009
5:59 pm

It is a great day for fishing, the Nerd Turds are biting.

kneivel

June 29th, 2009
5:59 pm

Willie has alot to prove this year and I feel that if he doesn’t do his job that Damon Evans and Michael Adams need to move him just as they moved the sorry receivers coach last year. Looking forward to a great football season. GO DAWGS

Awwww Yeah

June 29th, 2009
6:04 pm

Few things are dumber than saying or typing BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! I feel affected by just copying and pasting it.
It is fact that last year’s D played poorly and the scheme was poor. Richt took the fall for Willie, but he won’t be able to do that again.

Long Dawg

June 29th, 2009
6:04 pm

What an ugly reminder looking at that Navy blog. We sure made Tech look better than they were. Talk about poor defensive schemes and sleep walking safties….. Probably the worst effort by the coaches and players in CMRs time at Georgia.

How will we fare in 2009? Very good, maybe great offensive line, very good, potentially great receivers but big question marks at QB and running back. Very good interior defensive line but no pass rush. Good but not great linbackers and questionable defensive backs. Lots of ifs; if Cox is pretty good and Caleb lives up to his potential and the defensive backs learn how to cover and tackle we could win 10. If not it could be a long year.

We need Kiante Tripp and Rod Battle to step up at defensive end and Justin Houston to help when he is out of the dog house. We need Joe Cox to be the next D.J. Shockley and Caleb King and Carlton Thomas to run wild. We need Braden Smith to run back punts for touchdowns and A.J. Green and Marlon Brown to be uncoverable. We need Owens and Weston to plug the middle and Jones to live up to the 5 star status he came here with. We need BoBo to be less predictible and put in plays we can execute and Willie needs to prove he belongs in the job he has and he’ll have a chance against OK State.

Dawg man

June 29th, 2009
6:05 pm

Bill King,
If injuries don’t become an issue, even you could run thru the holes the offensive line will provide. Cox will do great at passing (fewer interceptions than Stafford). The whole season is gonna end up depending on the defense. Again, if injuries don’t rape the team, UGA should be very good this year. Should be interesting.

bank walker

June 29th, 2009
6:10 pm

Wow, LOL a knucklehead tide fan talking about someone being on probation. Your dad should have caught you in a rag. I’m sorry to hurt your feelings tide boy, but if Willie is ousted at Georgia, you know Kirby will be the new man.

cpdawg

June 29th, 2009
6:15 pm

With all the athletes absent for the Dawgs through-out the’09 season,it is a credit to our coaches that we won as many games as we did. All a coach can do is the best he can. And if our own fans can do their best, we can drown out the opposing team with some real barking. I DO believe I heard some barking at the Georgia Dome this past season during the CHICKEN FILET BOWL. Hey Joseph, you ever coach??

DirtyDawg

June 29th, 2009
6:16 pm

As Jim Donnan used to say, ‘all you gotta do is knock their d***s off’…that assume the Techies have d***s to begin with.

hmmmm.....

June 29th, 2009
6:16 pm

uga should be very good this year . the lines on both side will be healthy the questions are… Will they cut down on d flags, miscues in the secondary, getting a pass rush. and being ready to play they just come out flat sometimes or they come out get scored on quick and make mistake after mistake ie the alabama game. oh yeah and the dropped passes. Cox and Co should be solid

jj

June 29th, 2009
6:16 pm

Let’s see, Genius blogger figures out that the way to beat GT’s offense is to play better defense. Guess what? That’t the same way you beat ANY D1 offense.

UGA lost because Tech was better. You can study LSU tape until you are blue in the face, but GT was just BETTER than UGA so get over it mutts.

I suppose that Alabama’s first half against UGA gives everyone good game film on how to beat UGA?

It ain’t that simple folks. Football is move/counter move by the opposing coaches. GT may have lesser overall talent from top to bottom, but GT just has a better coach – period. UGA is loaded with talent and has been since 1980 and still doesn’t have a National Championship to show for it.

hmmmm.....

June 29th, 2009
6:17 pm

Did they get one of the best safeties in the country today??

haleydawg

June 29th, 2009
6:18 pm

south carolina may get us this year, coming back from ok st overconfidant, they will be tougher and meaner more than b/4 but not as talented as the dawgs and tech sux

Rebel Rouser

June 29th, 2009
6:19 pm

I got news for the bug fans….all preseason polls pick the bugs to finish no higher than fouth or fifth in the ACC. I predict they will lose five games and their fans will start the blame game….let’s face it your football program is irrelavent in the collge football world…Tech fans always have and always will have a major inferiority complex when it comes to Georgia. Your win last year was a fluke….and you know it. You will be pounded in this years game, order will be restored and you tech fans can go back to picking your boogers and playing with your slide rule. Go Dawgs!

FL DAWG

June 29th, 2009
6:20 pm

UGA has the potential to be a great team. Solid O-line and very strong up the middle on D. Look for UGA to be 10-2 or 11-1 for the year. I have said a number of times the real key for UGA is being prepared to play mentally for an entire season. The D is most worrisome as they seem to come out flat two or three games a year. This is why CMR will spend more time with the Defense this year to ensure they are prepared. CMR will also need to spend more time with the QB this year and making sure that they are coached up and ready to play. If UGA goes 11-1, it will be his best year coaching to date.

jj

June 29th, 2009
6:21 pm

Yep, one of the best safties according to Scout. However, he has a long way to go before he is near as good as Burnett or Berry.

chad

June 29th, 2009
6:21 pm

I’m a Tech tool and I like choade