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

Can'tWaitforGDay!

March 6th, 2010
7:54 pm

Is it GayDay yet? Can’t wait to spoon with you Bill! Last year was awesome you big dawg! That don’t call you junkyard for nuthin. Coast dog- you keep educating on that there grammer boy!

RED DOG 77

March 7th, 2010
1:06 am

The above post was written by “BuLLdawg’s” nephew………another genius in the crowd, such command of the written word……….so much so, I stand in awe.

DawgGoneTruth

March 7th, 2010
10:21 am

Well, UGA will better than last season for sure. Entire OL returns and Tech had no clue how to stop Ealey and King, both are back. Defense will be improved. Tech will be down because of the lost talent to the NFL. No way to replace Morgan on the line. Early prediction…..UGA 41 GT 17

UGA Grad 09

March 7th, 2010
10:28 am

To the poster that said “Tech owns us”: Do you live in an alternate Universe? Your so called great engineering school can’t even build parking garages that don’t collapse. You should stick to sword fighting nerd, because you little sissies don’t know squat about football! I bet in your alternate universe Coach Paul Johnson’s man boobs and hawg jowls are attractive and Tech students actually get laid. Come back and talk to us when you wake up and aren’t sleep typing!

DawgByte

March 7th, 2010
1:16 pm

I think Grantham’s 3-4 is going to make our starting QB a better, more prepared player by the time Fall rolls around. If our QB can handle reading a pro-style 3-4, they will be in much better shape to deal with a less complicated 4-3, which will be the majority of what they see during the regular season.

I’m very excited by what I”m hearing out of Athens. I think Richt has assembled an awesome defensive coaching staff. The pressure will now be on the offense to match the intensity and sophistication of the new D.

bobbydawg

March 7th, 2010
1:22 pm

Searles needs to get off his butt. Did you see the work Jacky Slater is doing wiyh Vince Vance? That kid is a major talent just like Kiante Tripp would have been on the ol. Richt and his staff are way overrated. They don’t put forth the effort of more successful programs and kids like Vance and Tripp get shortchanged.

AceDawg

March 9th, 2010
9:38 am

Grantham vs. Bobo – I think Richt will have to step in more if the UGA offense will thrive against the schemes Grantham is bringing from the NFL. While Bobo is probably great at Madden 2010 and NCAA 2010, as evidenced by his erratic playcalling that he tries in real UGA games, I feel like Grantham will give Bobo and the offensive players some good lessons.