What’s Georgia defense’s biggest problem?

Anyway you look at it, Georgia is lucky to have won its last two games considering that its defense ranks 112th nationally in pass defense, 108th in scoring defense, 97th in total defense and, as the Athens Banner-Herald points out, has given up the fourth most touchdown passes (nine) among 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams.

The undisciplined, unfocused play by the Georgia secondary has justifiably come in for a lot of criticism after its performance last week against Arkansas, especially covering the long ball.

Others have pointed to the lack of an effective pass rush as a major contributing factor, putting additional stress on the secondary.

Still others, including Mark Richt, have put most of the blame on turnovers and other mistakes (such as giving up long kick returns or kickoffs going out of bounds) that often have given the Dogs’ opponents a short field to work with. David Hale of Bulldogs Blog provides a detailed look at how costly Georgia’s mistakes have been, contributing to 70 percent of opponents’ scoring drives this season.

Which is the biggest problem for Georgia's defense?

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It’d be wonderful if all those problems could be rectified this week against Arizona State, but even improvement in just one of those areas would be a big step forward.

So which one do you think is the biggest problem for Georgia’s defense? The secondary, the pass rush or turnovers and mistakes? Share your views in the comments, vote in the poll or both.

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Kelly's a Dawg

September 25th, 2009
11:05 am

Folks, read this quote printed yesterday:

“I’ve got to do a better job as a coach and put our guys in a position to make plays,” said defensive coordinator Willie Martinez, whose unit has allowed 30 or more points seven times in the past 12 games dating back to last year.

I rest my case.


September 25th, 2009
11:50 am

Sooner or later there have to be results. You can apologize for Martinez all you want, but eventually it comes down to results. You can use the “just don’t have the talent” “it’s a product of bad field position” “it’s a scheme thing” “the players aren’t listening, following directions, doing what they’re told” etc. for a while. Sooner or later it’s about results.

How many times did you see the defenses come up big last night in the S.C. Ole Miss game????


September 25th, 2009
11:59 am

Don’t give the D a short field every time and we’ll be fine???? Not realistic. Never put a relief pitcher in when there are runners on base, that way they won’t have as much pressure.

Fact is we haven’t had anything close to a game changer on defense since Martinez has been the D-coordinator. Stop apologizing for him, we deserve better


September 25th, 2009
1:07 pm

Good Lord, all the whining on this blog would make me think we are 0-2 in the mighty SEC, but we are not, we are 2-0!! All you “Fire Willie” fellows need to go apply for his job since you know how to make the defense perform better than Willie. He hasn’t forgot how to coach. I trust Mark Richt, who has been a blessing for UGA and trust him to make the right decisions at the right time. All of you idiots stating that Mark Richt is blinded by his loyalty to Willie are part of the lunatic fringe referred to by meansonny. All of you asking for Damon Evans or Michael Adams to step in and make changes are insulting Mark Richt. How about supporting the team through good and bad times, and admitting that none of you could coach in the SEC. GO DAWGS


September 25th, 2009
1:57 pm

So according to SD we whould have been hapy with Ray and Jim too?

The Truth

September 25th, 2009
1:57 pm

Biggest problem on defense? They gave up 78 points in the last two games against average at best teams. You can’t compete with the elite with a defense like that.


September 25th, 2009
2:22 pm

Yes Dawg on it, that’s what you should do. You should not criticize anyone unless you can do a better job. Of course, in all the complaining about WM I don’t remember seeing anyone saying that they could do a better job, only that we are sure someone better could be hired.

Let me ask all of you WM apologists something. If one of your good friends worked under you and was not pulling their weight could you let them go???? Even it meant possibly damaging a friendship??? Didn’t think so. Richt’s a good coach, I just hope his loyalty to WM won’t end up affecting his own job.

True Bulldog Fan

September 25th, 2009
5:24 pm

Thanks Meansunny. We are badmouthing our own team. How do you think we sound to prospective recruits? Could a lot of the complaining be coming from the opposition? I know for sure a lot of it is intended to make Georgia look really bad and we have so much to be thankful for. Lets stop crying like babies and watch our team get a little better each week. Come on Dawgs get tough and support your team. Just because you attend games and donate money think before you run your mouth. Do you want recruits to read all this negative publicity? Hope we see improvement this week and remember the incoming class of 2010 has (so far) 13 defensive players and 5 on offense and they are outstanding players and many of these players praise CWM saying he is one of the main reasons they like Georgia so much.


September 25th, 2009
5:54 pm

I was talking to a season ticket holder this morning at the gym. I asked him how he was feeling about the upcoming games, what it costs to be a ticket holder, etc… He was up front about his opinion about the team performance, and his expectations for the remaining games. He was NOT optimistic, like everybody else. He did not say he was foregoing future ticket orders, but he is definitely mulling it over. The hierarchy at UGA should know that all alums are not brain dead about their sports programs. The status quo is NOT ACCEPTABLE and the very thought that $$$$$ may soon be spent on Sanford Stadium and Stegman riles up more than a few. Priorities might be to get the sports programs in order BEFORE spending money on the amenities that just might be empty if the current atheletic situation is not addressed.


September 26th, 2009
5:43 pm

The defense’s biggest problem? It wouldn’t be lack of playing time! Hint, hint!

Flowery branch Dawg

September 27th, 2009
11:22 am

Did anybody else notice that Bama held Mallett to only 165 yards offense,after Uga gave up over 400 yards!

Flowery branch Dawg

September 27th, 2009
12:06 pm

Meansonny has got it right! All the defensive coordinators at Texas, Alabama and Florida are former Bulldogs and their teams are in the top five! How come if we can turn out such good DC’s, how come one of them is not at Uga!

'Bama 1

September 29th, 2009
12:38 pm

I can sum this up in two words, Willie Martinez!