Encouraging signs on Dogs defense

Demarcus Dobbs knows improvement is needed up front. (Georgiadogs.com)

Demarcus Dobbs knows improvement is needed up front. (Georgiadogs.com)

If talking the talk is at least half the battle toward improving, then I’m encouraged by some of the comments coming out of Athens about fixing Georgia’s defense.

First of all, at least the players appear to recognize some of the problems. David Hale of Bulldogs Blog talked to Demarcus Dobbs and Rennie Curran about why the Dogs have been successful against the run but unable to generate much pressure on the quarterback. Dobbs said the Dogs’ defensive line has been bad at getting off their blocks on passing plays because they were expecting run, and said the defense has been killed by play action. Curran said it comes down to needing more film study and being better at reading pass formations, while Dobbs said the linemen have to improve on reading the blocks of the offensive line.

Fundamentals, in other words.

At least there’s no question Georgia has a lot of talent up front on defense. They just need to get it done, as Jeff Owens noted in the Macon Telegraph: “For the front seven, we’ve got to get more pressure on the QB. We’ve got to rush more. That’s what our focus should be this week. We know Arizona State is going to throw the football, and as a defensive tackle, I’ve got to pin my ears back and try to get to the QB.”

Meanwhile, back in the secondary, where just about everyone had scorch marks on them after the Arkansas game, cornerback Bryan Evans admits most of the blame belongs with the players. He told Hale: “Some plays we’re in great position to make plays, we just didn’t make them. Other times, we’re just lackadaisical at getting to our positions where we’re supposed to be at.”

That sort of play calls for some bench time, so it’s good to see defensive coordinator Willie Martinez saying he’s going to “get some other guys some more opportunities” back there, specifically young safeties Bacarri Rambo and Sanders Commings. Martinez said Commings might even see some playing time at cornerback.

Meanwhile, in his Tuesday press conference the head man, Mark Richt, succinctly summed up Georgia’s problem on defense: “It’s always the same answer, a combination of pressure and coverage. Which comes first? What helps the other one the most? … If we put pressure on the quarterback he tends to throw the ball too soon or a little bit off balance, and that helps your coverage. It’s as simple as that. We have to cover better and we have to put more pressure. One area where I thought we might be putting a little more pressure on the quarterback where we really haven’t up to this point on a consistent basis is right up the middle. We need to get more from the inside push. If the quarterback does step up he’s got nowhere to be comfortable or no space and we’ve had too much of that.”

The Dogs have been “stout against the run,” Richt noted, but he doesn’t believe Georgia’s defensive front is only suited to doing that. “I’ve seen Jeffrey [Owens], Geno [Atkins], Kade [Weston], DeAngelo [Tyson], I’ve seen all those guys, and even young Abry [Jones], they all have the ability to rush the passer and push the pocket. We just haven’t done it well enough on a consistent basis. So that’s definitely a big point of contention for us.”

Like I said, at least they’re talking the talk. The bigger question remains: Can Georgia fix the problems on the field when it counts?

163 comments Add your comment

Cuz

September 23rd, 2009
10:42 am

Turn the turnover margin around. GATA DAWGS!

dtdawg09

September 23rd, 2009
10:44 am

Pressure on the QB and coverage. Yes we know what the problem is. Sounds like it’s easier said than done, as far as fixing it. Maybe our studs on the D line aren’t quite as studly as we thought they were.

True Dawg

September 23rd, 2009
10:44 am

I think our defense will get well against ASU and our offense will light it up again.Im telling you this could be a very good season,keep the faith we are 2-0 in conference and thats what matters right now.GO GEORGIA BULLDOGS…GATA!!!!!!

dawgdays

September 23rd, 2009
10:46 am

to EVERYTHING turn turn turn

TCDAWG

September 23rd, 2009
10:47 am

If or when these DAWGS get the defense turned around, looks l;ike the sky could be the limit.

L-Dawg

September 23rd, 2009
10:47 am

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!

WHEN THE (AZ STATE)DEVIL COMES DOWN TO GEORGIA…. THE OUTCOME DOES NOT CHANGE….

GO DAWGS!!!!

3 DAYS TIL THE GOOD LORD SMILES ON ATHENS!!!!!!

Johnny Test

September 23rd, 2009
10:49 am

I predict a better showing against Arizona State and our best showing ytd against LSU. However, if we don’t stop gift wrapping touchdowns with fumbles and penalties it will still make for high scoring nail biters.

Denver Dog

September 23rd, 2009
10:50 am

Let’s just see now!

Mirna from smyrna

September 23rd, 2009
10:50 am

It’s the same old talk. My gosh someone step up and make some plays. The defense and penalties have gotten worse over the past year and half. What the hell was going on all summer? Lackadaisical = poor coaching if you ask me. I am “all in” with this and every team we field but this “lackadaisical” attitude has got to stop this week!!!!!!

PMC

September 23rd, 2009
10:50 am

Yeah I think they can really improve.. Little things are killing them right now. They obviously have lots of raw talent. Jeff is still recovering from that knee injury. I still don’t like the scheme but nobody cares what I think anyway and I don’t make 300 grand a year to come up with one. I’d really love to see a turnover free weeknend for the Georgia offense and no mental penalties. If the defense could force a turnover or two that would be perfect.

If they play clean… they’ll be tough to beat.

Alabamadawg

September 23rd, 2009
10:52 am

Nice to hear they recognize the problems…but did our coach say anthing about those stupid directional kickoffs ????What are they thinking ??? Isn’t that why we used a scholarship to bring in a junior college player, because he could put the ball in the endzone ??? Although I was never sure we needed him…but am glad to have him…

Julius

September 23rd, 2009
10:57 am

Being a Sun Devil obviously I’d like to see our boys go in there and steal one. Our team however is extremely young. Our linebacker Burfick was ranked the top Linebacker in the country last year. We are forced to put him in as a true freshman. We’ve gone back to the old days of recruiting SoCal kids. Expect a decent game this week.

boots

September 23rd, 2009
10:57 am

This conversation was the same thing being said over the summer about how they would improve over 2008’s defense. While the players must execute, WM needs to have taken steps over the off-season to prepare them. Who is to blame? I don’t care. What we need to see is action: more pressure, better coverage, forcing turn-overs and fewer penalties. From the entire team, we need some focus, more discipline and fewer turn-overs. It comes down to having your head in the game, and THAT is something some of the players AND coaches need to improve upon. With that said, we have a good shot to clobber the Pac-10, so let’s do it. Go Dawgs!

ovadatop34

September 23rd, 2009
10:58 am

I like what I hear but not what I see.

sarfdawg

September 23rd, 2009
10:59 am

Let’s continue to treat Willie with kid gloves. Shocks me that Bradley, of all people, was calling for his head. Plain and simple, Willie needs to go.

Fleischman in Chattanooga

September 23rd, 2009
11:01 am

You guys are a bunch of Homo’s

godawgs

September 23rd, 2009
11:02 am

uummmm just a thought/quick question. Whose job is it to teach the fundamentals? To fix repeated problems? We were two missed quaterback reads from losing to SC and the same with Ark.

Sanford Drive

September 23rd, 2009
11:03 am

What a joke. Haven’t we been trying to “fix” the defense for a few years now? It’s not going to happen in a week.

UGA72

September 23rd, 2009
11:05 am

“Bryan Evans admits most of the blame belongs with the players. He told Hale: ‘Some plays we’re in great position to make plays, we just didn’t make them. Other times, we’re just lackadaisical at getting to our positions where we’re supposed to be at.’” The fact is, Evans is a big part of the problem. He was the worst corner we had when he played there, constantly out of position, constantly flagged, constantly getting beat. Now, we’ve moved him to safety and the same bad things are happening. Face it! Evans is a big part of the problem. The worst part is that CWM doesn’t seem to recognize that he is a fly in the ointment.

chbeyer

September 23rd, 2009
11:07 am

Mark Richt is a talented and outstanding top tier coach. Further, his integrity is unquestionable and it shows in the loyalty he shows to his staff. In this case, however, he needs to step up to the plate and make a coaching change (Martinez). Georgia clearly has a high octane offense but having to score 50 points to win is a daunting task that will be impossible with Florida, LSU and other high level programs. The Georgia Tech game should have been the icing on the cake (last year). Scoring 42 points and losing is a real indicator of a major defensive problem. Now its happening again this year. Where is the accountability on the part of Martinez. That is Coach Richt’s job. In that area he is not proving to be up the task. That said, he excels in so many other categories (recruiting, motivation, player respect).

KC in Athens

September 23rd, 2009
11:10 am

Talking about studs on a football blog sounds gay dude. You might want to watch out for that. Sorry to point that out, but next time I turn around you’ll be talking about “Cox getting penetration.”

Class of '98

September 23rd, 2009
11:11 am

Why do our DB’s never seem to have any clue where the ball is? It’s so frustrating to see the ball fall directly over their shoulder right into the arms of the receiver.

Bill is the biggest Willie Martinez apologist in the world, but that is coaching. They are being taught to NOT LOOK FOR THE BALL, but instead wait for the moment it comes into the receiver’s arms and then knock it away.

I hate it, and it’s cost us about 2 touchdowns per game for the past couple of years.

red hill

September 23rd, 2009
11:16 am

If the coaches were going to fix any problems with the D they would have already done it by now. These are the same issues that have been cropping up for the last 4 years. Nothing new. In order to fix a problem one must know how do so. I don’t even want to get started, too much talk and not enough action.

big dawg 89

September 23rd, 2009
11:16 am

first of all, did you hear tech is playing on saturday?? welcome to the world of college football, ga. tech….how’s that 6-6 season gonna sit with ya?? and i swear i heard CPJ say nesbitt was going to have 3000 yds passing and 1000 yds rushing this year….or did he say 300??

anyway, i still say lets not panic YET? we’re not 0-3, and we do need to be positive, there’s still ALOT of recruiting to be done…wink,wink…high school players do read this stuff ya know…and what if win the SEC this year? then what? i still think we have a pretty good shot at playing for the championship…

and last, my source(who’s on the team) tells me that a lot of people should be excited to see Rambo play…lets hope he can create some TO’s…

Preston

September 23rd, 2009
11:17 am

I have to admit something. I didn’t get to watch the whole game Saturday because I was at my high school reunion and I passed judgement on UGA’s D based solely on the final score. I did DVR the game and after actually watching the whole thing last night the guys did a pretty damn good job most of the time. Yes we missed some assignments in the secondary but what made us look bad was the penalties and the turnovers. Until we get these two issues straightened out, the best coaches in the world won’t help.

Bibble

September 23rd, 2009
11:21 am

Lackadaisical? Why wouldn’t any player who admits to being that way not be buried on the depth chart? What’s wrong with this unit?

I wonder how many players in years past ever said this to coaches like Bear Bryant, Ara Parsegian, Darrell Royal, Tom Osborne, etc.:

“Gosh coach, thanks for your patience and understanding. I’ll try not to be out of position or lackadaisacal any more. We just need to TRY HARDER. Will work on that, don’t you worry!”

Any player who didn’t stick to assignments or appeared to give less than his full effort would need to see a proctologist to get the Bear’s shoe removed from his rear end, if an assistant didn’t get to him first.

Same for Lou Holtz. We like to dog him for his ESPN work, but as a coach the guy had absolutely no tolerance for careless play or stupid penalties. I can still see him grabbing some giant lineman’s face mask and giving him an earful after a stupid penalty cost Notre Dame.

As I said after a certain safety’s horrid play in last season’s Georgia Tech game, there’s no consequences for a bad or indifferent performance. Georgia trots the same players out on defense game after game after game, no matter how bad they stink up the place.

Richt needs to remind himself of the definition of insanity.

Dawgcatcher

September 23rd, 2009
11:22 am

WHAT!!! How in the hell can you be f*in off in the 3rd game of the year!! especially a conference game!! Evans should have his lack- of- play azz benched for even admitting such a thing! And shame on the coaches for not reconinzing such a thing and planting some azz’z on the bench before now!! What are these coaches being paid for? what’s going on here? And why are you expecting run when you’re getting torched for 300+ yds a game in passing!?

Folks I maybe over reaching here but these statements by coaches and players are frightening. It seems that our D woes are much deeper than expected.

Cuz

September 23rd, 2009
11:23 am

Well the players just through themselves on their swords for Willie. I think it is not just WM but a combination of players and WM. After three games all I know about our defense is that we cannot make sacks or grab interceptions. I thought by now I would have a good idea what we have. I am as confused as anyone. We give up yards until we get to the red zone. We stuff the run and make a QB look like a first round NFL pick. When the game is on the line, then we make big plays. You would think this is some kind of spaghetti Western. A cliffhanger til the end. Anybody else think Willie looks like Eli Wallach from “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”.

Ed

September 23rd, 2009
11:26 am

Preston, Georgia’s defense surrendered 485 yards total offense to Arkansas. Any way you spin it, that’s a lousy performance.

BAMA STAN

September 23rd, 2009
11:27 am

12 NATIONAL TITLES – 21 SEC TITLES!!!

Repeating myself from yesterday…..

Too much Matinez bashing will be bad for recruiting as a lot of recruits read these boards.

I realize that a lot of folks use these type of forums to be a head coach or to take out their frustrations or to tease another opponent.

No doubt – see a trend with discipline, points, yards, etc with the UGA defense – hold the coaches accountable at the end of the season.

BulldogHeroZero

September 23rd, 2009
11:28 am

They’re daydreaming about those loose women. Then, when something bad happens during the game, they regret it all game. They may become frozen, and have forgotten the game-plan with the nervousness that comes with not being prepared. I also question whether they are eating properly, and receiving the correct amount of rest during the week.

All of this from ball players who don’t appear to be as talented as previous UGA defenses (and those defenses could not stop Florida, Auburn, Tennessee, and Georgia Tech in one entire season). So, they cannot afford to be celebrated before they take a snap as Bulldogs. They are shocked at how bad they are on defense because everyone puffed them up and gave them everything before they actually put their minds to work. Players are out-of-position. If a player is dumb, or lost focus because of the lifestyle of being a major college ballplayer (Bars, women, celebrity, beer, or worse), then they won’t improve this season.

TN Jeff

September 23rd, 2009
11:28 am

“Can GA fix problems on field where it counts?” – NOPE

Talk is cheap & if it’s taken them this long to recognize the problem then doubt correction is coming overnight. IF they do fix it, sucks that they didn’t TALK about it and fix it last year before the AL, FL, GAtech games. Idiot at the helm on Defense – there’s your problem so why not FIX him.

ALSO, the other fixture to UGA teams these days – PENALTIES. Maybe they should TALK about that too. Though reports were that this was the focus of Spring Drills and Fall camp. WOW – TALKing about it has led to double digit flags each game.

SaintSimonsLover

September 23rd, 2009
11:35 am

Encouraging would be CMR giving Slick Willie an ultimatum to fix it or go home. Tell him to take Fabris and his directional kicking BS with him.

Sam

September 23rd, 2009
11:38 am

Love a player named “Rambo” especially as a safety.

BulldogHeroZero

September 23rd, 2009
11:38 am

Here is another problem that I see with UGA.

Their offense is not design to help their defense.

Cox is what I thought he was going to be: Smart, accurate, and a leader.

The Problem:

UGA cannot run their version of The Spread (that Florida uses)

The Spread on 1st down and 2nd down won’t beat Tennessee, Florida, and Georgia Tech in the same season to win a National Championship.

UGA has to do what these teams don’t do… What UGA is known for…

Using a great stable of RBs, and pounding the ball between the Tackles is the way they’ve won these big games. UGA has always had NFL-Caliber RBs, and good Offensive Lines.

If they don’t have the defense to slow-down these high-powered SEC offenses, they can run the ball more, and control the clock. Every time that they have beaten Florida, they had a RB who ran out of the “I-Formation” and Pro Style Formation. The pass was more effective because of the play-action. Plus, the defense was not on the field as long during these games.

Ed

September 23rd, 2009
11:39 am

The problems on defense first appeared around the time of the ‘05 Auburn game. They flared up big-time during the Sugar Bowl after that season. I think almost 4 years is enough time to fix the problem.

In almost any other SEC or major college program, all of this would be academic. The underperforming assistants wouldn’t have made it past the ‘06 or ‘07 seasons, much less into this year. For reasons that remain a mystery, mediocrity is accepted at UGA.

Dawg

September 23rd, 2009
11:46 am

I agree with Ed. The performance of Martinez and Fabris wouldn’t have been tolerated for this long at many schools, especially schools in the SEC with top football programs.

Independent Thinker

September 23rd, 2009
11:55 am

From the AJC: “Tailgaters dumped about 70 tons of garbage and left mounds of tents, grills, coolers, chairs and bottles across the North Campus. They urinated on public buildings and defecated outside, UGA President Michael Adams said.”

And you wonder why U(sic)GA is called the “cesspool of the South?”

Tech sucks

September 23rd, 2009
12:02 pm

No one calls UGA that, nerd.

Independent Thinker

September 23rd, 2009
12:03 pm

Apparently I do, thus your statement is patently false.

Independent Thinker

September 23rd, 2009
12:04 pm

I love a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent!

Okefenokee Dawg

September 23rd, 2009
12:05 pm

Let’s see … the problem with our pass rush is that they block us and they run play action at us. Hum … we may have to deal with that all year.

dawgrific

September 23rd, 2009
12:07 pm

I am SO sure that other fans on other campuses leave an immaculate campus after heavy tailgating! Yeah Right!! Having said that, I find people purposely leaving a bunch of of garbage behind inexcusable, so, CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELVES!!
Go Dawgs!!!!!!!!!!!!

T.O

September 23rd, 2009
12:13 pm

Hate to say this as a UGA fan but the coaching appears to be extremely poor not only on the defensive side of the ball but as an entire unit. The Dawgs committed 14 penalties and a few of them were in clutch situations ie. 3rd and shorts, both 2 pt conversions. We kicked the ball out of bounds 2 or 3 times on kickoffs. Fumbled the ball 3 times. Bringing in and out Running backs during the same series and dissrupting the offense. This team does not pay close attention to detail and I think that falls on the head coach. If we were playing a decent opponnet, these mistakes would have had us blown out. This team has no discipline. We make too many mental errors. I don’t think the Dawgs have the makeup of a team that can be better than 9-3 this year. Al that talent on D, and we’re last in the conference. Unacceptable. I agree that we should be pounding the running game more and eating up the clock to keep the D off the field. Hope we get a win at home this weekend. I’ll be there to see it.

Dawgcatcher

September 23rd, 2009
12:17 pm

For years the history and tradition of the SEC and UGA has been defense. Fast, hard hitting, never back down defenses was the marquise of the SEC. At SC, Tn, and Bama it still is, but not here at UGA any longer. This defensive style is good for the PAC MAC WAC and yellow pretenders on North St. BUT NOT HERE!!

A D ranked 109 in the country is BS!! C’MON MAN!!

Wil Muschamp! play time is over….it’s time to come home!!

Steve McGarrett as Chin Ho's Leader

September 23rd, 2009
12:21 pm

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Steve McGarrett as Chin Ho's Leader

September 23rd, 2009
12:23 pm

Play action passes are one thing but not knowing passing downs? Like 3rd and more than 10 yds? That is a lame excuse and as normal, Bill King likes and agrees with it.

PNWDawg

September 23rd, 2009
12:31 pm

Our defense is as effective as the US/Mexico border. I saw about 5 Mexicans running past our defensive backs last Saturday. You can’t fix what’s dead.

Freud

September 23rd, 2009
12:36 pm

So how does all of this make you feel?

PeligroPero

September 23rd, 2009
12:38 pm

In Oct. ‘08, Coach Richt saw considerable improvement in the McCain Campaign. He said “just work harder at what you’re doing and success happens.”

JokeByCoke

September 23rd, 2009
12:38 pm

I’m almost embarrassed to be asking this but just what does the GATA acronym mean?

Hungry Dawg

September 23rd, 2009
12:39 pm

Then “Independent Thinker” you must really enjoy arguing with yourself!

SaintSimonsLover

September 23rd, 2009
12:47 pm

Get After That A$$!

ChuckWDawg

September 23rd, 2009
12:49 pm

Everybody knows the problems on defense. Even us ignorant fans that never played a down of Div 1 college football. Fix them or make big changes.

How2fish

September 23rd, 2009
12:50 pm

Independent Thinker from what I’ve read out of you so far….best arm yourself…your just another teenage troll trying to bother your elders…nice try but …YAWN! Or are you the new Ramble On??

ChuckWDawg

September 23rd, 2009
12:51 pm

Back in the days of Erk Russell he had fun with the acronym GTAA that stood for for Georgia Tech Atheletic Association and had t-shirts made up for the Dawgs that read GATA and stood for Get After Their A**. It’s been a rallying cry ever since.

dawgtreat

September 23rd, 2009
12:54 pm

You know I’m not going to beat the WM drum because it’s been beaten to death already, but Evans comments are quite telling.

“we’re just lackadaisical at getting to our positions”

If the players aren’t busting their ass in the game then it’s the coaches job to get in their face and take them out of the game. Can we at least put someone in who is going to play all out, even if they suck???? The dawgs might as well rotate in some of the younger players and let them get beat if the other guys aren’t going to play hard and still get burned.

Relief? Get rid of Willie!

September 23rd, 2009
12:59 pm

“Fundamentals” are a problem…and our defense setting up to defend the run when the offense is going to pass…sounds like bad coaching to me!

Gratefuldawghead

September 23rd, 2009
1:03 pm

Would love to see what Van Gorder could of done with all our talent on defense right now! Martinez trying diffrent players, but refuses to change scheme.

southgadawg88

September 23rd, 2009
1:04 pm

We have to get more physical in the secondary.If teams are going to go to 2-3 step drops against us it wouldn’t matter if we had Reggie White at DE we wont be able to get to the QB.Willie has to make some adjustments… teams know our Defensive scheme is based on pressure from the front 4 so we can drop LB’s back into pass coverage so they scheme to neutralize our pass rush.They go to short drops,roll outs,play action and shotgun formation when they want to pass and it’s catching on.Thing is you still need big receivers and either a strong armed or mobile QB to be effective.What could we do?I say go with a 4-4 look but instead of 4 LB’s use 2 safeties. something like Curran,Dowtin,Evans and Cummings or Rambo…then we would have speed and ht without giving up much tackling ability.Another option would be stay with our scheme but change up the lineup..Go big at corner with say Cummings and use a safety like Rambo or even Nick Williams as the nickel back.One thing to note is the rest of the teams on our schedule looks more run oriented than pass so wholesale changes may not be necessary.However I’m positive teams are going to have to pass to beat us and will employ those tactics.Willie is going to have to adjust to the way we are being attacked.I’m not a blind homer by anymeans..but I am not one for knee jerk reactions about our coaching staff either.The program is in the midst of a transformation of personnel over these next two seasons..I love the young kids we have on Offense and we definitely have a lot of help on the way on Defense next year but we can win THIS year if we make some adjustments and do some fine tuning on D.

Dawgcatcher

September 23rd, 2009
1:05 pm

If one of my employees made the statement that Evans just made, would be looking for a job tomorrow. This attitude and performance standard is unacceptable in any walk of life. Sports or Business, you never get out hustled by your competition.

That statement reflects a sad state of affairs on our D…..

Defense at UGA once meant that the QB of the opposing team knew he was going to get hit when he dropped back, RB’s once feared running between the tackles of the UGA D, Receivers would spend days treating sore ribs for going across the middle against UGA…..

Now, we ACCEPT half azz efforts from players and “AH Shucks” “Gosh darn it” excuses from coaches ……. Sad day.

Cuz

September 23rd, 2009
1:09 pm

A lady reporter was asked Erk what the GATA stood for on his shirt. He rubbed his bald head, smiled at her and said, “Get After Them Aggresively”. He was indeed a true gentleman.

HH

September 23rd, 2009
1:10 pm

A six year old kid knows UGA’s defense is sadly lacking. DOES RICHT? Or, more importantly for the future, does he CARE? If he does, then he ought to start showing it and to stop using the same tired, worn out platitudes that he drags out everytime he is asked about it. It’s time for him to ACT like a head coach and DO something about it. Hell, what is he being paid 2.8 million dollars a year for?

Whopper Dawg

September 23rd, 2009
1:14 pm

No encouraging signs, those are, however, encouraging words. If anyone thinks Willie is not a problem. look at the points per game average which have doubled since he has been DC, and the number of games over 30 points since he has been DC which is off the charts. We are last in defense now in the SEC and finished next to last in 2008. College players are always loyal to the coach and that is a good thing. Unfortunately, they are loyal in this instance to someone that hasn’t a clue. It is not even debatable.

shards1967

September 23rd, 2009
1:16 pm

Where are the top four SEC teams in the top 10 national poll and their defense, statistically. If they too are ranked 137th or whatver lousy number that UGA is, we are fine. If they are not, then, gulp Houston, we have a problem. This one stat will tell us if UGA is not coaching them up or that “D is lousyall over the USA due to powerhouse offenses”, which is Richt’s excuse.

Another reason is that we did not recruit good D players. If that is true or part of the truth, it is so easy to fix. After 8 or 9 yeas, we simply change the current coaching staff and problem solved. These coaches are very,very portable in their resumes and ultimate careers. They know it is produce now or else. Where in corporate America is a $200,000 job a job for life? I am speaking of the low level position coaches, my friends. They do the job ( top 4 / 5 ) D team in SEC or they are gone. Giive me a break ………….this long on the job and continued lousy D performances???

We are horrific on D and the Arizona State game will not prove much if they score 35 points on UGA. If we hold them to 17, that would be step in the right direction.

UGA, class of 73

JokeByCoke

September 23rd, 2009
1:19 pm

Speaking of defense, I just saw an article where CPJ is going to change his defensive scheme against NC this weekend. After getting severely torched by the Canes I guess that’s in order. The line in Lost Wages has GT a favorite but I don’t buy it. The bees have been exposed big time.

P.S — Where in the Yech are RAMBLE ON!!! & YellowFuzz??? I guess they’re still crying too hard to even see their keyboards. (((((((33 – 17))))))) Ha ha ha ha ha haaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FLA DAWG

September 23rd, 2009
1:21 pm

I think the comments from the players are repeats of what Martinez & Richt told them. Bottomline, we have talented D players that are not coached well and are now being used as the scapegoats.

No Way!

The problem IS and HAS BEEN Martinez. Lose him, hire a firebreather DC and we don’t get 40 points hung on us – Period!

Otto

September 23rd, 2009
1:30 pm

BulldogHeroZero, Yes UGA has been known for stable of RBs. UGA does not have those unless Caleb can step up. Samuel can not hold to the ball. Jackson is hurt. Samuel is not a power back so Bobo can’t find a way to get him in space. The OL has not been up to UGA stnadard since the Donnans recruits graduated out. However, UGA does have 4 Elite 11 QBs.

Otto

September 23rd, 2009
1:30 pm

*Thomas is not a powerback.

Sanford Drive

September 23rd, 2009
1:37 pm

I’ve enjoyed the week without seeing Yellow Fuzz on here.

Gratefuldawghead

September 23rd, 2009
1:39 pm

CUZ…Sports Illustrated was doing a story on Violence in Football and Showed ERK Russell a picture of 9 Georgia players tackling a Clemson player. They asked his reponse to the picture and he said “I want to know where my two other players are at”

The Central Scrutinizer

September 23rd, 2009
1:40 pm

In a way, it’s an unexpected surprise to see a college football athelete using a big word like “lackadaisical”.

I wonder, however, if he knows what the word means.

Apparently, his coaches don’t or his rear-end would be on the bench and not on the field.

The Ghost of Erk Russell

September 23rd, 2009
1:44 pm

Every now and then, I ran across a “lackadaisical” attitude among one of my former defensive players.

Note how I just said that….. A FORMER member of my defense.

Keep on treating these kids like they are entitled to everything, watch the team, and society, just go down the drain.

jaglaw

September 23rd, 2009
1:46 pm

Great Coaches get the most out of their players. Its obvious, based on the players statements, the “most” they can give is not comming out. Martinez is not doing the job he needs to. Yes, calling the right defense is one part of his job, but calling the right defense even 100% of the time does nothing if you cant get top performance from your players.
1. Replace the slackers ( its not like the backups will do any worse)
2. Loosen up and call some scheme blitzes (if u have any???)
3. Marinez…..take three weeks off, and then quit.

birddawg92

September 23rd, 2009
1:46 pm

Same old empty rationalizations and lame excuses. The defense needs “more film study.” Are you serious? “We need to get to the QB.” Well, DUH. And my absolute favorite: “Some plays we’re in great position to make plays, we just didn’t make them. Other times, we’re just lackadaisical at getting to our positions where we’re supposed to be at.” And CWM is still running Evans and others just like him making the same bonehead plays out there. UGA fans should be outraged. The very fact that a player seems to feel comfortable making such open admissions to a major newspaper says all that needs to be said about the level of discipline and expectations of the coaching staff of this football team. Unbelievable.

Cuz

September 23rd, 2009
1:47 pm

I love it Grateful, the Erkisms are just priceless.

My all time favorite, When asked by a reporter if hitting his head on the players helmets to fire them up was painful, He replied, “No they got helmets”. Not even thinking the question was about him.

David

September 23rd, 2009
1:49 pm

Bill–as always, appreciate the insight from the Dogs locker room. Will look forward to hearing more leading up to Arizona State kickoff. Hope you will check out some insight on http://pickinchickendinners.com/

jaglaw

September 23rd, 2009
1:51 pm

BirdDawg92, thanks for that comment. You save me the time and effort of typing it myself…….i guess i’m a little “lackadaisical”

jaglaw

September 23rd, 2009
1:54 pm

Title of article: “Encouraging signs on dogs defense” how is this encouraging? Bill, I love the article but you should have entitled it …..” Dogs Defense Sucks, and they know it”

birddawg92

September 23rd, 2009
2:01 pm

Right on, jaglaw. And happy to help. I should have concluded my post with another spin on your last one, “Encouraging signs, MY A$$!” But I corrected this oversight on my blog on the Dawgs, http://www.saturdayinathens.com.

DawginLex

September 23rd, 2009
2:02 pm

Don’t quite understand how scoring too many points and scoring too quickly hampers our defense. But that’s just me.

I’m hoping for a 42-0 blowout so Logan Gray can play a lot and we can see if he can actually help us.

WildBill

September 23rd, 2009
2:02 pm

Two points,
1. Too bad for us Bryan Evans didn’t learn to play football in high school. He looks like he came from JV straight to UGA.
2. This weekend game will be televised on ESPN-U. WHOO HOO!!!!! That channel is not carried on my cable by Windstream. I will tune in the radio, that is if the announcers decide to broadcast the game rather than run a coninuous stream of advertisements.

mcdaviddawg

September 23rd, 2009
2:05 pm

Nothing new about all the defensive problems. We haven’t rushed a quarterback in years. It’s not Georgia thing. Now we don’t cover either. Old problems now dominate. There is little coaching going on at all. It’s obvious that if Richt can’t or won’t fix it, the whole crowd will soon need to go. How can Richt let early success turn in to such a mess. Apparently no management skills and maybe work ethic. On another subject, bring the Ga/Fl game home. At least we souldn’t need to travel as much to get home after games like last year.

Talk Is Cheap

September 23rd, 2009
2:05 pm

Talk is cheap. How long have we been hearing that “things are gonna get better” or “we just have to make a few improvements”? This scoring fiasco has been going on since last year. Repeat…LAST YEAR. They’ve had the off season AND spring practice to figure this out.

You want a simple improvement? Get rid of Martinez.

toemeetsleather

September 23rd, 2009
2:06 pm

arena football lives…in athens/wait til we crush your silly defense again…..YELLOW FEVER

bulldogincairo

September 23rd, 2009
2:10 pm

we have to face it the talent is not there on defense…need to focus more on recruting defensive players…too much emphasis on offense…buddy ryan could not win with this bunch….maybe next year…RECRUIT RECRUIT RECRUIT

jaglaw

September 23rd, 2009
2:10 pm

1. Willie Martinez…. take three weeks off and quit
2. Reshad Jones…..wish you would have left last year, you will never make it as a safety in the pros. start plyaying like a veteran and u will get the respect
3. B Evans…..go with willie, he needs some “toast” with his jelly.

Top Dawg

September 23rd, 2009
2:13 pm

We’ll be having this same blog topic/conversation five years from now, if CWM is still in charge of the defense.

Get Real

September 23rd, 2009
2:15 pm

I agree, Top Dawg. In fact, we’ve been having this conversation for too long already!

Top Dawg

September 23rd, 2009
2:16 pm

READ MARK BRADLEY’S COLUMN YESTERDAY.

Saint Simons

September 23rd, 2009
2:18 pm

((((31-17))))) boohooohooo. And to make matters worse the Tar Heels are going to tear us a new one, wow, I just got excited. Did I mention that I am a gay man?

Just Wondering

September 23rd, 2009
2:21 pm

Could it be possible that the mess left from tail-gating is a reflection of fan frustration over the issues facing the coaches and the team?
I suggest a new gigantic recruiting action over this years’ crop of high school football seniors, bring them to Athens over the summer, and get them a uniform that fits and play them right out of the box.

NC Dawg

September 23rd, 2009
2:23 pm

It ain’t our players guys. We have plenty of talent.

CaliDogg

September 23rd, 2009
2:24 pm

For CMR and his man-love, CWM:

“What you do speaks so loudly that I can’t hear what you’re saying.”

MaconKnight

September 23rd, 2009
2:31 pm

I CWM HAS TO GO!..With the talent level we have at UGA there is no excuse for poor play, players being out positions, penalties, DB’s not making a jump for the ball while the ball is in the air or DB’s just getting plain beat is not an excuse. we haven’t had a good DE since Q moses and C johnson graduated at the of 2006 season. don’t give me M howard.. he was a converted LB. PLAN AND SIMPLE UGA COACHES GET OFF YOUR BUTTS AND RECRUIT BETTER DE’S AND YOU WILL GET A PASS RUSH.

GaCracker

September 23rd, 2009
2:34 pm

Still got to reduced the turnovers and penalties!

Spike

September 23rd, 2009
2:43 pm

And stop the ever loving false start and holding penalties!!!

Kelly's a Dawg

September 23rd, 2009
2:50 pm

If some of our D backs don’t know where to be on EVERY play…who’s fault is that? There’s no way our defensive talent isn’t as good or better than SC or ARK. They just require better coaching. So the question remains: how many games are going to go by before (1) defensive schemes and coverage improve and (2) needless penalties decline?

The Truth

September 23rd, 2009
2:51 pm

If UGA only had Florida’s defense they would have an excellent shot at the SEC title this year.

Vick=Dog killing thug

September 23rd, 2009
3:15 pm

Willie has to be putting in 18 hour days trying to fix this? Let’s hope we can ride it out !!!!!

GO DAWGS Love ya

southgadawg88

September 23rd, 2009
3:22 pm

Don’t see where Rashard Jones is playing poorly.Evans has issues not Jones.The guy played with a broken hand down the stretch last year so the whole “bump” thing is getting played out.

Sherlock Holmes

September 23rd, 2009
3:30 pm

A former player told me two years ago that the biggest difference in Willies D vs BVG D was the relationship the players have with the coach.BVG was not especially loved so to speak by his defense,he was feared.He demanded more and he got more.I don’t think the same relationship exists between Willie and his players and believe this may have an impact on defensive play.

dawgfan1911

September 23rd, 2009
3:36 pm

This is the same old bull crap from last year. Those defensive players have to step up and make some plays. i refuse to believe that the talent is not back in the secondary, however, They play like they are lost. Even on play action passes, I have never seen recievers as open as our opponents. The play is usually close. Except for our opponents the receivers are wide open by at least 10 yards. Let Commings and Rambo get ob the field if Rashad and Evan are fu***** up maybe they need to be benched so they can understand that if they dont play better, they will ride the bench. I am so sick of this loyalty crap with Rict and the rest of this coaching staff. Sit players who dont produce! Fire coaches who cant coach!

Jeff

September 23rd, 2009
3:50 pm

wonder when the defense will have a “revelation” like Joe and the offense did? Penalties and turnovers…same story different year.

Dawg Fan

September 23rd, 2009
3:54 pm

Willie Martinez has not built any confidence with the DawgNation that he can coach the defense into a better team.

TW

September 23rd, 2009
3:55 pm

Says a lot about CWM when he consistently puts his players out front to shield blame intended for him. He’s always done that. Absolutely pathetic that, once again, they are trying to hang this on player effort.

Too many years…too many players – IT AIN’T THE TALENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How2fish

September 23rd, 2009
4:08 pm

Love the Gator comments on our defense…yes we have problems but then we don’t get to post stats after 3 game where the Gators played the College of the Blind and followed with the North Alabama School of the the Lame..and then the creme de la creme played a UT team than can’t pass water with that QB…UGA’s defense may end the season at the bottom of the SEC D stat’s but damn…at least wait till most of the SEC has played a couple of good teams before you compare..its not apples to apples at this point of the season. Until proven otherwise the Gators are the yardstick in the SEC on D..with Bama coming close but damn..let them play a couple of teams before you start building

robodawg

September 23rd, 2009
4:13 pm

I’m optimistic we can coach our players up and turn the D around. I think it’s pretty obvious we had one of the best defenses in the land at the end of ‘07, and equally obvious that the ‘08 defense was lackluster and inconsistent. At least this team doesn’t lack for motivation. I believe they still have a chance to be pretty good. Hopefully the stout run defense and the playmakers on offense can keep us in the W column until we fix the pressure and coverage issues.

If the defense firms up, we start collapsing the pocket and chasing down the QB, and the secondary gets to where it can play aggressive and challenge passes in the air (like ‘07), CWM stays; if not, I expect CMR will find a new DC in the offseason.

How2fish

September 23rd, 2009
4:17 pm

robodawg I agree all hope is not lost for the D or the dawgs.They must however make improvement week to week and I think they have a chance to be pretty DOG GONE GOOD…IMHO..

jaglaw

September 23rd, 2009
4:31 pm

Southgadawg88, Jones was beat on the first TD and was traggin his azzz to get over and cover on the 1st TD ARk scored, he blew his assignment on a slow route. He has too many penalties, most attributable to his innability to read routes, thus, he gets there late and is out of possition= penalties. He was a “equal” recruit to eric berry and he couldnt hold berry’s jock. He can make a big hit once in a while and thats it. he cant cover, cant tackle, cant read coverages. PERIOD!

shannon

September 23rd, 2009
4:34 pm

brian evans sucks

jaglaw

September 23rd, 2009
4:38 pm

DAWGFAN1911, PREACH ON BROTHER, RREACH ON…!

jaglaw

September 23rd, 2009
4:40 pm

ROBODAWG…..Thats a lot of ifs. Too many to correct. Willie sucks

shane#1

September 23rd, 2009
5:05 pm

I was hoping that UGA would go with a 3-4 this year since most of their DEs are converted linebackers anyway, after more thought I believe the Dogs lack a true nose tackle on their roster. The DTs are just too light to be a real nose tackle. Harmon has the size but I have heard that he lacks agression and so isn’t getting much pt. If he isn’t agressive enough for the O, no way he can play D. So I guess the Dogs are stuck with the 4-3. Houston coming back should help get some pressure on the QB and with a couple of LBs back maybe Washington can be moved back into the DE rotation. As for the secondary, well boys, maybe you should spend enough time in the filmroom so that you don’t get burned on the old crossing pattern all night. Also, When a TE burns you repeatedly the way USCe’s TE did one may consider assigning a man to him. What you call a “spy”. Think about that next time Willie.

southgadawg88

September 23rd, 2009
5:14 pm

jaglaw so what?Everybody get’s beat on occasion in the secondary it’s part of the game.Jones had a few bogus roughness flags but he has played played well at UGA…he was all SEC last year…so I guess the people who watch the film and pick these all conference teams don’t know much about football either huh?Evans is a different story true but what applies to one guy does not automatically apply to the other.On the penalties anybody notice that most of the penalties are on the Offense this year?The D has played with more discipline in that regard…we are not giving out as many automatic first downs like 08.

LOOK ALIVE There are buzzards overhead

September 23rd, 2009
5:41 pm

The defense can be fixed in one day. Use a five man line with the defensive ends lined-up outside (not heads up with) the tackles. Never rush less than five and on 3rd or 4th and long blizt the qb so he doesn’t have time to throw a 15 to 20 yard pass. So simple even a caveman can do it.

Blawgdawg

September 23rd, 2009
6:58 pm

Hey M, there’s a new sherriff in town. His name is Barnie Fife Johnson, and he thinks his highschool offense can fool opposing defenses !

It doesn’t, get used to it . Glad it hurts so much !

F. Sinkwich

September 23rd, 2009
7:38 pm

Look, folks, no way is CMR going to fire CWM this season. Who do you replace him with? A new defensive scheme in mid-season? Never happen. I’m guessing that we’ll be better than the Donnan years (wouldn’t take much, agreed). Let’s get through 2009 then make some decisions.

That70sGAdawg

September 23rd, 2009
8:09 pm

Wait until after the season- I heard that all last year. Why wait? He had ALL offseason to make improvements and it’s clear that it never happened.

beanuga

September 23rd, 2009
8:44 pm

WM is not a good DC. Point Blank. Every year the dog fans have to watch WM waste talent. He does not have a clue. Why does MR keep giving him another year? Does Alabama and Florida have these problems every year? NO!

Skip Jacobs

September 23rd, 2009
8:47 pm

Enter your comments here

Low Country Dawg

September 23rd, 2009
8:52 pm

Let’s see…. Our defense is getting killed by play action…… Demarcus-that’s why they call it play action.
“Lackadaisical Attitude”–You’ve got to be kidding me!!!!!!! I thought the attitude was supposed to be this team’s strength??????????
I have not been in the “Fire Willie Crowd”, but comments like this are putting me there real fast!!!

SamoanDawg

September 23rd, 2009
8:52 pm

We can do it! We can do it all night long! I BELIEVE!

Sic’em!

Dawg Tired

September 23rd, 2009
8:53 pm

No mention of problems with the defensive scheme! When was the last time you saw our defensive linemen do a stunt? Every other team does it, why don’t we? Obviously what we’ve been doing is not working! Change the strategy! Try something new! Why are we so seemingly afraid to do something differently? Are we worried it won’t work? Is what we are doing working? This is insane!

jaglaw

September 23rd, 2009
9:27 pm

southgadawg88, Jones played strong safety in 08 and delt more with run stopping, not reading routes. And why bring up last year, it is 09 and he is playing sloppy. he was burt twice against OSU, three times against SC and twice against Ark and missed a fairly easy tacke to give a first down. big penalties this year as well as well as last yr. YOu must be a close friend or family member to defend his play. truth hurts sometimes

santa cruz dawg

September 23rd, 2009
9:52 pm

Why do we have all of these haters from other teams on the UGA blog?
I wish they would stay away.
I owe Joe Cox an apology, he really proved me wrong last week.
GATA Defense, we have talent, but some great players don’t play with enough urgency on the D.

More of the Same

September 23rd, 2009
10:02 pm

This is the same crap we have been hearing for the last couple of years . The defense will get better. These guys are young and learning the system. We’ve had too many injuries . Offense TO’s is giving the defense a short field. To many penalties Bwah Bwah Bwah. Our defensive line looks like Captain Kangaroo’s Dancing Bear’s. These guys can not shed blocks if their life depended on it. These guys are simply not as good as forecasted along with the coaching staff. The excuses need to cease and its time to play fundamental football and hit some people with a damn attitude.

Larry Munson

September 23rd, 2009
10:07 pm

“Oh look at the Chikin sandwiches falling out of the sky”

GT Dog

September 23rd, 2009
10:20 pm

Humdedum, more drivel from the memory challenged today? I get so tired of hearing how the cuurent defensive staff can’t recruit or needs to learn how to “coach ‘em up” (wow, use a cool catch phrase, sound like an expert?).

Since the 2000 season, the dogs have employed 4 defensive coaches on the staff. The only change was in 2005 when Van Gorder left. Martinnez took over as DC and Jancek was hired to take over LBs from VG. The rest of the staff has been THE SAME 3 GUYS WHO COACHED IN THE FIRST FOUR YEARS OF THE RICHT ERA! Over the past 8 seasons, the coaches have been:
DL – Gardner (4 1st round DL picks, 10 overall NFL players)
DE- Fabris (6 former players on CURRENT NFL rosters, not to mention a guy named Pollack)
DB – Martinez (9 players drafted in 8 years…and, uhm…4 All-Americans)

Yes, the D is having problems. What they are, I don’t have a clue. I don’t have 8 hours a day to spend breaking down film and schemes (by the way, neither do you). So, can we please cut the DRAMA and try to sound a little more intelligent, or at least a little bit knowledgeable?

And please, please, PLEASE don’t do what a few of you have suggested on here! Please don’t boycott the program by holding up your contributions to the program! The loss of your T. Boone-esque support will surely spell bancruptcy for not only the football program, but also the entire athletic department and possibly the university as a whole!

Yeah, NFL scouts are drooling to sign a bunch of untalented thugs who have never been coached. Geez, at times reading this blog feels like having an argument with my 3 year old over the difference between the colors red and orange…

Good night, and God bless…

F. Sinkwich

September 23rd, 2009
10:20 pm

I realize we’re all defensive geniuses here and we should submit our resumes to CMR post haste, but who could reasonably take over for WM right now? Only three days to AZ St. Time to reassess is January 2010.

GT Dog

September 23rd, 2009
10:22 pm

Oh, by the way…the terrible Jancek? He’s had 4 of his players go to the NFL in the 4 years since he joined the staff. Another “bust hire” i guess…

PowerDawg

September 23rd, 2009
10:23 pm

Play the pass until they start gashing you with the run. The LB’s roam the underneath and the corners play man. One safety on the strong side and one to the wide or back side. They can support the corners or come up and stuff the screen. This version of the Cover 3 works as long as the offense uses at least one TE.

Very few empty backfields are a problem to defend pass wise. Against stuff like the spread-option or that junk the dirt-dobbers run, rush the DE’s straight ahead to prevent the pitch and make the QB hand it off or keep it. Either way, the action is funneled to the middle of the field where we are strongest

Now I am not paid six figures like some of these guys but I know this method or some version of it, is how some of the greatest defenses, both college and pro, have played. You do what works until your opponent adjusts and then you do the same. Anyone else have any thoughts? Hell, maybe I’ll apply for Willie’s job come January.

YellowFuzz

September 23rd, 2009
10:39 pm

The Jackets will kill the dawgs.

Pit Bull

September 23rd, 2009
10:43 pm

I believe in daydreaming also. Willies record since he took over is just that. A record. You can’t excuse it, ignore it, close your eyes and wish it away. The only thing that could change it would be 1. Willie give the job of actually running the defense to an sub. 2. Willie resign. 3. Willie goes back to coaching Def. backs position. Otherwise we can keep on daydreaming and making excuses. Nothing will change. Coach Richt wanted to be a CEO. Any good CEO will tell him you can’t let PERSONAL feelings enter into your job performance. You have to be TUFF to be a CEO! Richt is NOT a good CEO. He’s letting himself down and the team, and the Bulldawg nation. As for Willie, he could care less!

RAMBLE ON!!!

September 23rd, 2009
10:44 pm

I really hate that Miami team but we’ll beat the snot out of NC. Let’s just hope that Miami loses to VT this weekend. Go Jackets!!! Yeah!!! Yeah!!!! We can still win it all. We have rings from beating UGA. Yeah!!! Yeah!!! We have rings. Uh-huh. Yeah!! Yeah!!!!!!!

RAMBLE ON!!!

September 23rd, 2009
10:51 pm

Pit Bull, we’re looking forward to seeing you inept clowns on the field here in Atlanta. Have you ever been here? I’ve been to Athens and thought it was a hick town – bunch of NASCAR cheering butt wipes. Here in ATL we have class and you will soon find out how to lose with CLASS, dawg boy.

Pit Bull

September 23rd, 2009
10:52 pm

I have decided to stop all contributions to UGA. If Coach Richt doesn’t care. Why the heck should I.

PowerDawg

September 23rd, 2009
11:11 pm

Seriously-
I seriously doubt if one single contributor to this blog have ever coached at, played for or otherwise been affiliated with, a D-1 football program. (I’ll bet the majority of you have never coached a Pee-Wee football team)

But, I digress. It is probably safe to assume that most of you are like me…you love this football team and you want to see them succeed greatly. Everyone has an opinion on what is wrong with the defense, the special teams, the coaches, ect. I don’t have a clue how to truly fix whatever I percieve is wrong. But I know that sitting in my arm chair on Monday morning and bitching about it is not really accomplishing much.

I believe we may see a change on the staff and it may in fact, be Martinez that is let go. This is almost certain if the same problems continue even after benching some players and letting some younger kids have a shot at it. But either way, it won’t be until the end of the season.

And it is also entirely possible that we will lose some prospects because of it. Relationships that develop between players and their recruiters are sometimes all that keeps a kid on board when they are being courted from all different directions. But unless some type of drastic turn-around occurs in the next 3-4 weeks, I am pretty sure this is going to happen.

This is my opinion. I am and will always be a DAWG! I want them to play better than they do sometimes, but I am just not going to bash the coaches for the sake of venting. And I will never say ugly things about any student athlete, period. They work their tails off trying to balance class room responsibility and athletic training and performance. I have never walked in their shoes and I don’t think I could. Some of you should think about that.

Denver Dog

September 23rd, 2009
11:26 pm

Let em play, we will see, nothing any of us can do about it now except support the dogs.

Denver Dog

September 23rd, 2009
11:32 pm

To you Tech jerks

Last time I was down at Grunt Field, Dudd Stadium, the only D1 stadium that has fewer seats than it did 40 yeaars ago, i was acosted by a student with a needle stuck in his arm. I was panhandled by 3 beggars, and so 7 or drug deals going down. That was just on the Tech sideline, outside it looked like walking through a homeless disrtict in Philiadelphia.

Tech is in trouble, financially, academically, and of course athletically. They are now the number 5 school financially, in the state, the # 4 school academically, and of course last in athletics.

ButlerDawg

September 24th, 2009
12:27 am

I got through the first two or three paragraphs of this blog and this little voice inside of me started screaming: “BS!!!”
The D players are nothing more than good soldiers taught to obey their leader (in this case the leader, and I use the term lightly, being Martinez).
Enough with the trying to “pull the wool over the eyes” Georgia! This is eerily similar to what the Obama administration is trying to pull…the little people are getting the shaft and the people in charge just don’t care!

AZDawg5

September 24th, 2009
12:52 am

PowerDawg….Amen brother….you’ve hit the nail on the head throughout this blog…just wishful we can put that final nail in the coffin and send Willie Vanille packing…you got my vote for the interim…keep up the good work!!

rx-dawg

September 24th, 2009
1:08 am

Give me a break people. GO BACK AND WATCH THE GAMES!!!! All you guys harping that we can’t win with this soft zone, we can’t win with man coverage, our db’s just get burnt, we can’t win with our offense running the spread. Go back and actually watch the game and learn what we run. We don’t run the spread, we run a pro-set offense. We don’t play man coverage, we play a 2 deep zone defense quite similar to Tennessee’s. Here, read about it…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tampa_2

It is the same zone defense we have been running since 2001. It is meant to minimize the big pass, shut down the run and make the offense work to get the ball down the field hoping they make a mistake. It is meant to utilize our speed, tackling ability and attitude. The quote regarding our attitude is particularly telling in this circumstance. Our problem is Bryan Evans, no matter the coaching is our best safety and he is not a Thomas Davis or a Greg Blue (Greg Blue had his own problems). Reshad Jones is the same. They are our best players right now, so they play, but they aren’t what the defense needs. So go back and watch the games again and please, please, please don’t just spout off stuff to sound smart because to the majority of us, you just look stupid. BTW, I don’t want to hear about needing to blitz more. Watch the SC game and that is why our middle was open so much. Martinez dialed up the blitzes a few times and SC managed to block 5 and 6 with their front 5. Left us exposed in the middle of the field. Plain and simple, we don’t have the athletes y’all seem to think we do. We have them coming in (Smith, Boykin, Washington, Abry Jones), but we don’t have them yet.

Dalton Dawg

September 24th, 2009
6:12 am

All these comments and excuses lead to one word…discipline. Penalties, missed assignments, turnovers, personal fouls, off the field issues, etc., all lead to one characteristic that has been evident for the past three seasons…lack of discipline In my opinion, it’s not going to get any better until the players begin to “fear” the consequences of their actions. I appreciate that much of this coaching staff is made up of high character men, but based on the player’s actions off the field and on the field, it appears that the team needs discipline. Do you think players at Alabama and Florida could consistently have some of these same issues and get away with it…I don’t think so. Players have to respect their coaches and fear the consequences of their actions and this message can only be delivered by the coaching staff’s actions. If the coaches continue to deliver lip service only, expect to see our opponent’s scoring average (34 points per game) only increase through the rest of the season.

Brown Sugar

September 24th, 2009
6:22 am

Oh that Jeff Owens has the mmmm Moxie !

Robert Daniell

September 24th, 2009
6:41 am

Hey L Dawg….in case you haven’t noticed….the Good Lord smiles on Athens and the rest of us…..EVERY DAY….it’s up to us to recognize it.

Goooo Dawgs!!!!!!

Brown Sugar

September 24th, 2009
6:54 am

Reshad, he got tha Moxie witha brotha’s and sista’s too!

GTDog

September 24th, 2009
7:23 am

You see PITBULL’s comment above? That’s what I was afraid of. Now UGA won’t be able to get the new Indoor Practice Facility. Hopefully, however, PB will use the witheld funds to buy new tires for his home, thus saving the state’s economy.

Keeping my fingers crossed…

azdawg

September 24th, 2009
8:31 am

Too many penalties, too many mistakes, lack of discipline and focus, poor coaching decisions mainly on def, too many TO’s, etc.

ASU could be GA’s U of Washington so hope the coaches have them ready to play and that scares me.

Blackberry Cobbler

September 24th, 2009
8:43 am

Was watching a College Football show on ESPN last night– the one with David Pollack and Randy Cross. Pollack said he had talked to WM and that Martinez said the problem was that UGA has no pressure on the QB.

DUH!!!!!!!!! No $h*t Sherlock!

The REAL problem is UGA hasn’t been able to get pressure on the QB yet WM still has his defense back in that soft zone crap. The guy is a moron.

If you’re not getting pressure on the QB and you’re playing zone, you’re inviting the QB to just pick you apart. I really think WM doesn’t have a clue.

Dawgy Daddy

September 24th, 2009
9:19 am

We have the hosses on D but need to utilize better. 3 up front and keep them rotated. 5 behind them and sombody please cover the tightend.

georgiadawgg

September 24th, 2009
9:20 am

the coaches get paid whether they win or not.they just show up for a payday.willie is adeacon in cmr church.maybe we should get on the athletic director.oh, he is just there for a payday too.

toole

September 24th, 2009
9:47 am

Bryan Evans said they have been lackadisical. Rennie Curran said they need more film study. Richt says it is because of turnovers and penalties that the defense has had a short field to defend. Whats our next excuse? The moon was too bright?
Please just man-up and tell me we have problems on the defense and they will be corrected. When are we going to get that fire back this team had in Richt’s first few years? What player wants to be a leader on this team? Not just the quote man for the AJC! I know we don’t have a Tim Tebow type leader, but someone has to come close.

DAWGFANINMICH

September 24th, 2009
9:56 am

Where is Quinton Banks in this secondary? Wasn’t he cosidered a stud at one time?

SEC1

September 24th, 2009
11:09 am

Yes, and I need to fix the fact that I’m not married to Jennifer Aniston.

shards1967

September 24th, 2009
11:25 am

UGA’s D team has several pro prospects, believe it or not. This has been true for years. These kids “save” them selves and do not really hustle. UGA gets hustled and also the fans but they are the only ones that get “hustled.” The players want to jump to the NFL. Fine.

Take #9 and about 4 or 5 more on that side of the ball. They can play MUCH better but they do not in order to avoid injury. It takes a tough coaching staff to meld these kids into a solid unit. This is the root cause of the LETHARGY that we are witnessing at UGA on D.

This has become a very bad trend and last year it infected the entire team with jealousy,etc. We laid down in the tech game and the Florida game and to Bama. Not saying that we would have defeated Florida or Bama, just saying that we could have played far better. tech? We simply liad down in the 3rd qtr and they know it.

What and how to avoid this? I guess coaching is the answer because ALL OF THE GOOD SEC teams have NFL talent. The great coaches inspire these kids to win or else. UGA gets great talent but it does not go beyond that. They KNOW that they do not have to hustle. To bench the great players might cause a rift, so the tail wags the dog, so to speak. I would bench them and take my chances. If they do not play hard ………..their lousy attitudes and lack of work ethics will be well known come NFl draft day. THAT is how you get their attention. Tell them what the facts of life are. Work hard and move on or come NFL draft day ……………See Fred Gipson.

UGA, class of 73

Ed

September 24th, 2009
11:28 am

JokebyCoke, Georgia was playing Tech in Atlanta, sometime in the 70s, playing badly and behind at halftime. Erk pointed to the acronym “GTAA” (Georgia Tech Athletic Association) stamped on the locker room wall and suggested that the T and A in the middle should swith places to form “GATA” – Get After Their A$$es! Of course, Georgia rallied to beat Tech. Erk had a magic touch. What he did at GSU was beyond amazing. Erk was a master motivator and probably one of the all-time great college football coaches, even though he spent most of his career as an assistant.

lt crk

September 24th, 2009
11:46 am

bring back vangorder

Saint Simons

September 24th, 2009
12:33 pm

The dogs will lose to Arkansas st. Sat. and Tech will win. That goose flew over the stadium the other night and it was…an omen….yes an omen. Our problems have flown south for the winter and the great one says we’ll win the rest of our games as soon as those dad-blame aliens give Dwyer back his hat.

I’m glad you all lost…well you won at Arkansas, but you ant got no QB like ours….man he can run and he learns all those moves from watching Dora the Explorer…..anyway….it’s raining twix bars again…..m just showed up so we ahve to hav our tickle pile…..i;ll be back to gloat when yall get beat and…..did you see the size of that chicken?

Oledawg

September 24th, 2009
12:51 pm

Finally! I’ve called for some of you (sincere fans, not the rabblerousers) to analyze the D objectively. Looking close at the details of games allows rational blogging to defend your contentions. I confess that no attention is paid to any blog beginning with a rant toward a person and his ability to make a living. I do not have high-speed since I live too far away from booster stations, but a gentleman (and a fine Dawg fan) has done so(analyzed the data) by the name of Jim F. as ided in Hale’s column this morning. Hallelujah!! Go to Dawgbone.com and read his take on analyzed data(Digging Deeper on Defense). Those of you who don’t…Go to Hell!

The ranters against WM on here are not representative as 50% Bulldogs. True Bulldog Fans on here are split fairly evenly with detractors spraying invectives. If you truly are a fan who is sincere in your negative evaluation of our D coach, then you need to read the article. It reflects everything that I have urged you to do. Analyze the data before jumping on the negative bandwagon like Bradley did. Analyzing his bloggers demonstrates that a few people are not indicative of the Bulldog Nation. Posting score totals is NOT an analysis, folks. Finding out what accounted for those points IS analysis. Blog Bradley and tell him to quit giving dishonest and cheap-shot articles for rivals and highschool ranters to diss our coaches. Read David Hale and you can see the path you have been led down by anti-UGA people(like Bradley) who line up to hand out torches to the lynch mob. Bradley owes an apology to our program for intellectually dishonest data presentation that goes after a man’s job without even an attempt at introspection into his reason for publishing the article. Everyone should drop a note to Furman Bisher and ask him to judge Bradley with the same short-shrift he has used on a good coach and for having thrown fuel on a viscious football program pyre.

I’m demanding an apology from Bradley for not analyzing and presenting cogent evidence for his threat to our D coach’s job. The ONLY person hired to hire and fire coaches is Richt who answers to Evans who answers to Adams who answers to the Board of Regents. All of them are answerable to our University/Alumni probity. Not Bradley and not the AJC and not our rivals.

MobileDawg- Hope you see this and read Hale’s article. I think you are reaching for this data with your scientific background and could appreciate it more for the ammo it gives us to blast the interlopers and naysayers(they won’t read it). Alt, shane#1, atl-xmen, Cuz, DawgGirl32 and numerous other fans who think enough of your school and it’s programs to pridefully blog in defense….put Hale’s article in your files to come back with facts in the future. We know that fans and others have been sensitized toward judging every bad play with Martinez in mind. Trash thinking.

Thank you Jim F. and David Hale. SMART DAWGS! GOOD DAWGS!

Let’s kick some Sundevil butt this weekend. SIC’EM DAWGS!

Matt

September 24th, 2009
1:11 pm

I’ll believe it when I see it. Is ESPNU the only channel covering the game?? Isn’t that a package deal channel?? I might have to listen to a primetime home game on the radio???????

big dawg 89

September 24th, 2009
1:44 pm

i’ve said before and i’ll say it again, for all of you doubters who are unhappy with the dawgs, there’s a very simple solution,, if you don’t like the product,then don’t buy it!!! simple as that,,you don’t like the dawgs right now, well then, simply don’t watch em or go to the games..all of this hating you’re doing is not helping matters.. we all know the issue here, but we all really need to be supportive of our program. if not, then move on.. i for one, will continue to be very satisfied with winning 10 games every year with a chance each and every year that we may win the SEC.. and we know what happens to the winner of the SEC, they play for the NC.. unfortunately, florida has been a role, which i think will come to an end very soon..other than them, we’re as good as anybody…

GO DAWGS… UGA-41 ASU-17

The Ol Ball Coach

September 24th, 2009
1:45 pm

Funny how these Byrnes HS players (B. Evans) just get, well….Burned.