Amid all the first-day confusion, one certainty: Rambo!

Bacarri Rambo is locked and loaded. (University of Georgia)

Bacarri Rambo is locked and loaded. (University of Georgia)

Most of what went on during the first day of spring practice was pretty predictable. The new coaches were noticeably vocal, snaps were divided evenly between the three quarterbacks, the defensive players looked pretty tentative as they found out putting the new 3-4 scheme into practice isn’t as easy as the Dallas Cowboys made it look on film, and everyone talked about how excited they were to be back on the field and looking ahead to a new season.

But there were a few reports that caught my eye. The Dogs had only four healthy scholarship wide receivers, as Israel Troupe and Marlon Brown wore noncontact jerseys (due to hamstring problems from the mat drills, Rentavious Wooten told the Athens Banner-Herald). Last year it was having a thin tailback corps that complicated spring practice; this year looks like it’s going to be the receivers.

The new-look defense didn’t just confuse the defenders. Brandon Boykin told The Red and Black that QB Zach Mettenberger “was saying how he didn’t know what was going on with the movement, so that’s pretty fun being able to confuse people.” And Nick Williams told Bulldogs Blog’s David Hale that tailback Caleb King complained the 3-4 scheme was going to be tough to compete against in practice. Not bad, considering the defense doesn’t really know what it’s doing yet.

Or should we be concerned that a not fully installed defense was already causing confusion on the part of the offense? No, I don’t think I want to go there just yet.

Meanwhile, although a lot is up in the air this spring in Athens, there appears to be one certainty, at least according to Williams, who was pleased by his move back to safety from linebacker. He told The Red and Black he thinks everyone other than Bacarri Rambo is competing for one open safety spot because “Rambo has his locked … he’s ready to go.”

I like the sound of that.

NOT ALL ABOUT BLITZING

New defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has talked about the importance of going after the quarterback in his 3-4 defensive scheme, but he explained to ESPN.com’s Chris Low that it’s not all about blitzing. “We want to attack people,” Grantham said. “And when I say that, that doesn’t mean you’re always blitzing. You’re attacking them mentally and physically. … You have to stop the run, but you also have to affect the quarterback. You can do that multiple ways. One is with pressure and the next way is by disguise. The quarterback likes to get a pre-snap read and know where he’s going to throw the ball. You’d like to be able to show something and then take it away.”

Grantham told Low his other goal for the Dogs’ defense this spring is to become more physical. “Being physical is being a good tackling team, because what that does is eliminate big plays, which goes hand in hand with not giving up a lot of points. If you’re giving up points, then you’re probably giving up big plays. But if you make teams go the long, hard way and don’t give up big plays and make them earn it, then you can usually find a way to stop them.”

Like I’ve noted before, Grantham is saying all the right things. Now he’s just got to get his players to execute.

107 comments Add your comment

#1 total dog

March 5th, 2010
2:54 pm

ASgree with all here, Florida will struggle in 2010, finish 5-3 in the SEC of r the 3rd time in 6 years. No doubt. And UGA will go 14-0 in 2010 and 2011.

Will Dawg

March 5th, 2010
2:56 pm

Hey NERD! Touch our hedges and Russ the backup Dawg will take a hunk out of your urine yellow wearing beehind!
30-24, 73-66 WE RUN THIS STATE!!!

1eyedJack

March 5th, 2010
2:58 pm

JimDog, I like your take on the yin/yang thing.

Coach Grantham, give ‘em hell…give us your best impersonation of a Marine drill Sgt.!!! Adversity and shared suffering creates team chemistry. Us against the world. If you’re not with us…then you are whale dookey!!

Four scholarship wide receivers? Not a problem in spring practice…besides those hammy’s have two weeks to get better. Plus we got walkons. Nobody’s going to get too tired.

Of course they’re confused. They’re installing a completely new defense and a lot of guys are out of their comfort zone. How many 3-4s did we face last year? But it’s good they’re practicing against the 3-4 since UF, GT, and Bama(?) uses it. We got six months and 45-50 practices to get some cohesion before toe meets leather.

Rambo and the Hitman!!! BIG TODD and the MONSTERS!!!

I just tackled my ole lady…and she just gave me a forearm shiver…I smell blood in my nose.

GO DAWGS!!!

Jeff Dawg

March 5th, 2010
3:06 pm

Ok RAMBO At 1 saftey spot! Let Hitman, Nick williams ,and Sander Commings compete for the other saftety spot. B. Boykins at CB and rotate B. Smith and S. Cummings at the other CB. We now have a solid and exploxive LBS that are big, fast and athletic with Houston and Robinson swithing. And The D-Line combo should be decant if not good. I say GA should have one of the best and atleletic defefenses in the SEC this yr !

The offense should be explosive once they jell out this yr. We have the best TE’s in the nation and pretty solid RBS. AJ Green at Wr with M. Brown and R. wooten and T. King. The o-line should be one of the best in the SEC if not nation. So far with the youngsters getting alot of reps last yr and they should be bigger faster and stronger, Look out for GA BULLDOGS to go 10-2 with the a shot at making it to Atlanta this yr!

TallaDawg92

March 5th, 2010
3:10 pm

JB @ 2:11 PM

That is what I have been saying. Compare pluses and minuses of FU and UGa (and Bama) side by side with the names removed, and one would have to recognize that FU is in a world of trouble. One cannot say that Timmy T is SOOOOOOoooo valuable (which he was), and then discount his absence. Likewise with the defense (players and coaches) that carried them last year. Didn’t everyone tell us that it was not going to be easy to replace Stafford and Moreno? We did not believe them, but you see how that turned out.

BIG UGLIES WIN GAMES!

March 5th, 2010
3:11 pm

kydawg

March 5th, 2010
3:30 pm

Too much talk and not enough hitting…let’s play ball!!!

Bill

March 5th, 2010
3:39 pm

You gotta love ROADDAWG80. Never, in all the years I’ve been reading this nonsense, have I read a more deservedly humble acceptance for being FIRST. Whatever in the hell that means. It’s downright refreshing.

Hey, NerdCentral@NorthAve

March 5th, 2010
3:44 pm

Wake up and smell the acne medicine. Great showing in your BCS Bowl game this year. Let’s see gt beats UGA season before last (once in a Blue Moon) and your are still talking trash. BTW: Congrats on your DC hire. Nothing like plucking out a tired old / fired coach to turn around your pathetic D. At least the Dawgs have legitimate talent to work with.

After the Dawgs extend their winning streak next year and continue with their generational domination of you nerds…. what will you do? I suppose you can always put your stinger between your legs and troll for the “red dotted” ladies of the N. Avenue Trade School (Assuming you can get by the smell). On the plus side most of the “Red Dots” can get you all of the Ice Cream you can eat from their family DQ.

BadDog

March 5th, 2010
3:54 pm

Are any other colleges running the 3-4 defense? If so, how do their defenses rank every year?

Dawgs Fan

March 5th, 2010
4:12 pm

NerdCentral@NorthAve tech could not beat their way out of a wet paper bag full of razor blades. Hahanaahahahaha! 30-24 baby eat that.

War Eagle

March 5th, 2010
4:13 pm

LOL……..out loud!!! The new “D” confuses a high school quarterback and all of a sudden thet are the Pittsburgh Steelers. bwhahahahahahahahahahahahahah

Bill

March 5th, 2010
4:35 pm

I couldn’t be any happier if I was gay.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

March 5th, 2010
4:44 pm

War Eagle……..4 in a row…….working on 5 or 6 or 7. Most Aub fans I have met are good people, it’s obvious I have not met you

JMar

March 5th, 2010
4:55 pm

Is Kris Durham back to full health and practicing?

Midland Dog

March 5th, 2010
4:55 pm

Can’t believe Auburn would show up on our blog. I guess they’re making up for not showing up the last 4 games.

Boo Boo's boo's from Sanford.

March 5th, 2010
5:10 pm

Wow injury bug strikes again for WR’s and this just show there is something wrong in the strength and conditioning program at UGA. Offensive line havin a little trouble with the new defense already ehh????

Midland Dog

March 5th, 2010
5:19 pm

It’s just one practice, give me a break.

SMALL JOHNSON

March 5th, 2010
5:59 pm

Well it least we might see a defense that knows how to tackle.

Havent seen that since Van Gordor left

superDawg

March 5th, 2010
6:41 pm

Hunkerdown work hard,then show us what you have.

superDawg

March 5th, 2010
6:47 pm

Duh,rick meet rambo.

dawgy 2003

March 5th, 2010
6:55 pm

I really do not see what the problem is with being thin at wide receiver. Last I checked all we need are two….AJ and King/Wooten. We havefour tight ends who are all healthy. Just line up 2WR and 2TE with Orson Charles always being on the field. If you want 3 WR’s then just slide Mr. Charles into the flat and you have an instant problem for the defenses to cover. But I would rather have the 5 big boys up front and the 2TE’s and 1 Fullback blocking for Washaun Ealey. We are gonna run the ball this year right?? If not….I really don’t see a problem.

Bill King

March 5th, 2010
7:26 pm

BadDog:

Alabama runs the same 3-4.

Bill King

March 5th, 2010
7:30 pm

Slingblade:

The way Richt explained it, having one day of practice before spring break somehow bought them some more meeting time.

G

March 5th, 2010
7:36 pm

Rambo should sue Martinez for his lack of playing time last year. That still leaves me speachless.

G

March 5th, 2010
7:37 pm

Bad dog where have you been?

Vex Dawg

March 5th, 2010
8:14 pm

Grantham already has the D turned around with that creative 3-4 D!!! This D will shut down florida and tennessee–take it to the bank!!!

Dawg Stephen

March 5th, 2010
8:22 pm

As excited about the basketball teams progress as I am, I still got giddy thinking about how the football team was on the field yesterday. good to hear that Rambo is ready to go. Let’s get some others in the fold to help out, and lets GATA.

http://www.dawgstephen.blogspot.com/

$750K

March 5th, 2010
8:35 pm

Here’s a certainty. UGA is cutting staff and academics, but we have money to pay some football coach $750K.

Here’s a certainty: no money for education; 750K for a foot-damn-ball coach.

Woof. Woof. Woof.

Salty Dawg

March 5th, 2010
8:51 pm

Re: $750K

Here’s another certainty: the football program pays for itself, other athletics that don’t pay for themselves, and still leaves a chunk of change for the school to use as it sees fit. Like it or not, football is a business, even at the college level. And it is a very lucrative business for top schools.

$750K

March 5th, 2010
8:55 pm

Who cares if the school is gutted academically?

Woof. Woof. Woof.

Here’s a newsflash: the faculty loathes you Dawg fans.

Chipped Tires

March 5th, 2010
8:55 pm

Looks like Stacy Searles and Boo Boo needs to get in gear if that big offensive line is already havin problems.CMR should have cleaned house.

Salty Dawg

March 5th, 2010
8:55 pm

BadDog-”Are any other colleges running the 3-4 defense? If so, how do their defenses rank every year?”

I can think of at least one. Here’s a hint: they will be representing the SEC West for the championship again next year. Must be doing something right.

Tech Buzz

March 5th, 2010
9:16 pm

This overpaid D coordinator will not matter. Paul J’s O will put up big points in Athens in 2010—mark it it down. PJ already has the date of that game circled on this calendar and will be ready for another big win against the dawgs. That fluke loss against UGa last year will not matter! Tech’s winning the ACC again and going to the BCS. GA: another minor bowl in december, in cold weather.

SMALL JOHNSON

March 5th, 2010
9:35 pm

OOOOOOOOOOOOOhHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

There was a drunken wreck from Ga Tech he was a terrible engineer.

GoDOGS1

March 5th, 2010
9:39 pm

$750K- get better faculty=get more money. See how that works?

$750K

March 5th, 2010
9:48 pm

GoDOGS1,

Can you explain to me why the university is responsible for entertaining 80,000 inbred, drunken rednecks?

Todd - Dacula

March 5th, 2010
9:51 pm

If you bloggers are going to post being “first, second, thrid, fourth (you get the picture)”, please have something to say as well. It’s getting real old and wasting lot of space.

If you are concerned with posting quicker than anyone else, I am sure the AJC can create a blog just so you can have that race.

AND the Dawgs will be just fine; it takes time to install a new defense. It will come together.

Dawg Stephen

March 5th, 2010
10:15 pm

To Todd in the post above…..The AJC isnt interested in a real blog. If they were, we would have registration, and registered screen names with accountability. Instead its the open forum it is, with lots of crap. Unlike my blog, where there is moderator approval for all comments, and yet with those rules, i have never had to deny a single thing…when people see the rules and responsibility, only real posters bother commenting…..unlike this stupid AJC we read…because we love our team, and they know we will come for the news.

http://dawgstephen.blogspot.com/

RED DOG 77

March 6th, 2010
12:17 am

I can’t tell you how pumped I am about the new 3-4 defense, and Todd Granthham’s fire !! With our returning Oline [2deep] and Ealey and King, hell, all we need is a QB who can manage the game and protect the football !…………………Where Oh Where is “BuLLdawg” ? Please Mr. “BuLLdawg”……………….Bring me back down to earth with your brilliant statistics, Please?

Spike

March 6th, 2010
8:57 am

Throw the damn ball to Kris Durham!!

savannadawg

March 6th, 2010
10:41 am

Now we need to go and find a “great” play by play man for the radio!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BiggestUGAfan

March 6th, 2010
10:50 am

Wow- I would absolutely love to be the meat in a dawggie sandwich with Rambo and CTG! Can’t wait for the season so we can beat those gators and jackets! Oh, never mind, they own our azz.

dawggie Stevie

March 6th, 2010
10:53 am

Come to my blog! Directions to the next boy pile outside the stadium! I hear some of the players might stop by!

toddie

March 6th, 2010
10:56 am

Dawggie defense will be fine except when we play Tech, UF, UT, Kentucky, Auburn, and maybe USC! Otherwise we will rule!

dap01

March 6th, 2010
11:11 am

There are idiots on this blog. Get a life, get another blog.

amelia mike

March 6th, 2010
11:40 am

The receiver that jilted us to go to Tenn. Da-fector Rodgers could have started . His committing early kept us from getting Tailer Jones and possibly two more. Thanks again-Da -dick rodgers……

Dawg'em out!

March 6th, 2010
12:18 pm

the 3-4 is gonna make the offense better, IMO. the bama’s of the world are running it, and saban tried to recruit dc grantham when he was at miami. so, i expect the junkyard dawg defense to get back on track!

Coastal Dog

March 6th, 2010
1:12 pm

Bill, please use “among” rather than “between” when speaking of more that two. Thanks.

Dawg Olvinist

March 6th, 2010
3:56 pm

This UGA D will be scary good, with Grantham and the 3-4. They are loaded with experienced talent and playing florida and tennessee when they are way down! This is the year of the Dawg—bank on it!!! Dawgs win the SEC east!!!!!