Good news on pass defense: We be jammin’

Secondary coach Scott Lakatos is teaching a more aggressive style of pass defense. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Secondary coach Scott Lakatos is teaching a more aggressive style of pass defense. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

One by one, the new defensive staff at UGA appears to be addressing the most frequent complaints heard from fans over the past few seasons.

For those who thought Willie Martinez didn’t call enough blitzes (he actually called a fair number, they just weren’t successful all that often), Todd Grantham’s 3-4 scheme promises a blitz-your-brains-out approach.

If it drove you crazy the way the Dogs’ cornerbacks tended not to look back for the ball, we’ve already heard that new secondary coach Scott Lakatos is addressing that.

And then there’s probably the No. 1 lament about Georgia’s defense heard in the stands in recent seasons: that soft “prevent” or “bend but don’t break” zone that the Dogs played, with defenders often giving receivers a cushion of 10 yards or more at the line.

The results last year were less than stellar, with the Dogs ranking 10th in the SEC in pass defense, giving up an average of 200 yards per game.

Thankfully, the philosophy of playing back off the receivers apparently is history as well under Lakatos. Talking about the new approach in The Macon Telegraph, the secondary players say Lakatos believes in press coverage, something rarely done under Martinez. Basically, it means having the cornerbacks lining up closely on a wide receiver and “jamming” him at the snap.
The idea, Brandon Boykin says, is to “knock them off their timing and to frustrate them.”

Lakatos also is much more interception-minded, which will be a big change from last year, when the Dogs only snagged 10 picks.

The way the new coach teaches pass defense, cornerback Vance Cuff told the Telegraph, the defenders are going after the ball. “Coach Martinez wanted you to play the man, the hand and basket. … but Coach Lakatos, he wants the ball. Yeah, he wants the ball.”

There is, of course, a danger in such aggressive play that if you go for the ball and miss, you give up a big play. But under Martinez that still frequently happened, even with all that cushion his players allowed, due to poor positioning and tackling.

The key to this gambling kind of defense is execution, and it remains to be seen how it’ll work out.

But I like the more aggressive mentality being instilled in the defense now.

JUST HOW THIN IS THIN?

If there’s an aspect of the offense where a lack of depth could potentially be a big problem for the Dogs, it’s wide receiver. With nagging injuries this spring there’s often been just four healthy scholarship players practicing at that position.

Just how thin is it? When The Red and Black asked Tavares King which young wide receivers had impressed him in spring camp this far, he named two walk-ons: Taylor Bradberry and Rhett McGowan.

It’s a tough situation, A.J. Green says, “but it’s just going to prepare us for the fall. We don’t have [depth], so at this point we’re just going to have to push each other and give each other a break whenever you can.”

Those tight ends are going to be more important than ever.

177 comments Add your comment

38 Yardline Dawg

April 1st, 2010
10:57 am

Blitz your brains out…awesome!

How2fish

April 1st, 2010
10:58 am

Iraq Dawg....Hooah

April 1st, 2010
11:01 am

Let’s bring it Dawgs!…. Hooah!

Bremen Dawg

April 1st, 2010
11:10 am

Lets bring back the junkyard D.

TuckDAWG

April 1st, 2010
11:12 am

Can’t wait lets get reved up time for G-day see this new D GATA GATA GATA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

UGA_ALUMNI

April 1st, 2010
11:26 am

I don’t understand all of the depth concerns at WR…Most of the time we have 2 or 3 in the game at a time. We have AJ, Durham, Troupe, Brown, Wooten, King.

Plus we have 4 talented TEs in White, Charles, Figgins and Lynch. Charles could easily make the switch to WR.

So moving Charles to a slot WR and TE that gives us 7 WR, and three TEs. Now if any of them get hurt and miss significant time, then we might have some issues….

UGA_ALUMNI

April 1st, 2010
11:28 am

And most likely Logan Gray

unweaned lil pup

April 1st, 2010
11:30 am

I see the OL as even thinner than the receiving corp. Even with spring injuries, the receivers are two deep on both sides with players who have actually played some downs. Once the green jerseys come off they will be 3 deep.
The OL has a good starting 5, but the depth depends on:
1) Sturdivant’s return… which has to be considered no more than 50/50, as he is still on crutches and not available until August, and that he is seemingly prone to injury. (This represents the only depth with significant experience, now that Bean has moved to nose.)
2)Strickland as depth depends on return from injury also. He has also been injury prone and has little playing time experience, but he has been around long enough to know the system.
3) AJ Harmon sitting out the rest of the spring with high-ankle sprain. Should be good for August, but has very little experience.
4) Everyone else has very little experience, if any at all.

At least the receivers have experienced depth, can’t say same for OL. If anyone of them goes down, and Sturdivant not 100%, we gonna be scrambling to plug a hole once again.

dogsfan4life

April 1st, 2010
11:30 am

man they are telling me everything that i want to hear! cmr hit the bullseye with this defensive coaching staff! lets go dogs! april 10th cant get here fast enough

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

April 1st, 2010
11:39 am

this is great news, getting more excited about the new D. agreed with alumni- move Gray to WR and depth should be fine. Murray, Mett & Mason are your QBs, plain and simple.

UGA_ALUMNI

April 1st, 2010
11:42 am

I can’t wait to see CTG’s D take the field. GATA!!!!!

What about FB depth? We possibly have the best FB duo in the country but they are both seniors. Who will be the next great Southerland, Chappas, Muntzienmeir ????

UGA_ALUMNI

April 1st, 2010
11:46 am

We could also use Thomas and Jackson as in motion/quick screen type recievers b/c they are not going to get a lot of time at RB…

Hunting Dawg

April 1st, 2010
11:47 am

Unweanded lil pup, you just keep suckling at the teat of knowledge otherwise know a Bill King and you’ll learn quite a bit. That sounds so wrong on so many levels.

In any event, your concern for the offensive line is unwarranted. To have the 5 starters returning, puts the Dawgs at the top of the SEC in that category. CMR moved Anderson over to the D so he must feel confident in the players (starters and reserves) that are in place for the OL right now.

It always amusing how hope springs eternal in March and April just to whet our appetites for the fall. This will be an interesting year and will play a large role in how well the Dawgs can recruit top-flight talent for 2011.

Go Dawgs and THWGT!!!!!

JB

April 1st, 2010
11:49 am

Yes, we will get burned now and then playing press with DB’s, but the trade off is A LOT of drives will be stopped by tighter pass coverage…..AND, more pressure on the QB. I still can’t get the Carolina game out of my mind 2-3 years ago where the TE was open the whole game and kept moving the chains for them. We never adjusted. I don’t see Grantham & co. letting that happen over and over.

Hunting Dawg

April 1st, 2010
11:52 am

Wow, I did a terrible job with my grammar. Unweanded – Unweaned, know – known, a – as and there should be no comma after returning in the 2nd paragraph.

What the heck, that’s what a Georgia Tech education gets you!

Sam

April 1st, 2010
11:53 am

I think the bend don’t break pass defense is left over from when QBs were less accurate. Now QBs are so darn accurate that you cannot count on them missing an open receiver. (Likewise, the receivers are so good they do not drop as many passes).

Of course, I can’t wait to hear the fans scream when a player goes for the ball and gives up 6. In fact, some of the people who were screaming about the soft defense will be the ones screaming then. Just human nature.

UGA_ALUMNI

April 1st, 2010
11:58 am

Hunting….

You missed one

whet our appetites :)

Chip

April 1st, 2010
11:58 am

That defense sounds like it has been injected with rabies! CTG might need to walk them out of the tunnel on leashes. Sic ‘em boys!!

Dawg Park

April 1st, 2010
12:07 pm

With the depth and talent on the Dline and LBs, the Dbacks will be getting plenty of INTs with quick pressure from the 3-4, forcing the QB to dump the ball quick. This GA D will be unstoppable—mark it down—Dawgs in the BCS in 2010!!!!

Good Grief

April 1st, 2010
12:14 pm

“Hunting….

You missed one

whet our appetites”

whats wrong with that? am I missing something?

unweaned lil pup

April 1st, 2010
12:20 pm

Hunting .. I hope you are right… and that starting 5 on OL stay healthy, and that TS can go, and meanwhile Strickland and Harmon and all those underclassmen get experience and grow, becuz 2, maybe 3 of them will need to start next year. But hard to deny lack of experience at OL depth, which makes it an unknown at this time, even to CMR.
As of right now on receiver corp., AJ and Durham prob first team. Anything happens to both of them, and you can replace with Wooten and King. God forbid that happens, but both those guys are proven playmakers. And you still have Brown and Troupe behind them. Even Charles maybe.
On OL,, if you lose… say … Boling and Jones, and Sturdivant not 100% , we gonna have to plug holes with bodies far less experienced than what Wooten and King bring to the receivers.

reality

April 1st, 2010
12:21 pm

You’ll need to be jammin on D beacause your offense will suck!!!

JMart

April 1st, 2010
12:21 pm

I have a couple of BIG disagreements with this article. Its not about being a “blitz-your-brains-out approach”. Its blitzing more effectively by better disguising where its coming from and having the right balance between pass rush and coverage to put pressure on the QB even when not blitzing.

Secondly, Lakatos’ style of DB play is not a “gambling kind of defense” and going for interceptions on every play. Its just a different and I think more effective technique.

splain it to me pleaze

April 1st, 2010
12:30 pm

Now tell me again how Grantham did calling the signals for the cowboys last year?

Chip

April 1st, 2010
12:35 pm

Always gotta be some Haters on here. If you aint a fan, go follow your own team.

How2fish

April 1st, 2010
12:35 pm

reality we will stomp yet another mudhole in you guys again….

splain it to me pleaze

April 1st, 2010
12:40 pm

Has Grantham ever been a DC before?

Good Grief

April 1st, 2010
12:40 pm

the comments from the jealous tech fans make my day. The fact that you guys even come on to this blog to make snide remarks is proof enough that 30-24, 1-8 still hurts really bad. That’s reality. LOL

reality

April 1st, 2010
12:41 pm

How2BAidiot….You haven’t done that lately???

Jeffro Bodeen

April 1st, 2010
12:43 pm

McGowan has the best hands on the team. Wish he had Durhams height.

UGAAlumnus

April 1st, 2010
12:48 pm

@reality [12:21pm] Our offense sucked last year and we still managed to beat Tech.

Chip

April 1st, 2010
12:48 pm

Reality, that’s why willy is gone. Just be sure yall get your vaccines because yall gone get BIT!

Romeo Crennel

April 1st, 2010
12:48 pm

I fired Grantham for 3 reasons: #1 because he sucked as a corch.
#2 because he eats too much.
#3 because he stabbed me in the back

Minnesota Dawg

April 1st, 2010
12:49 pm

I’m ready for the season to begin! I’m already listening to the Red Coat Band. Go Dawgs! I’d rather be a Georgia Bulldogs than a Gator, Crimson Tide, etc. etc. fan!

fire hydrant running scared

April 1st, 2010
12:50 pm

they be jammin until we throwed it over their 5-9 heads.

DawgByte

April 1st, 2010
12:53 pm

I’m looking forward to watching Grantham’s D at the G-Day game. Everything I’m reading leads me to believe that this new look Dawg D will out perform previous defenses run under Martinez. All the complaints mentioned in this article were things I would complain about to my Dawg buddies. It’s good to know they’re being addressed. Heck if this team can turn around the tackling problem that’s worth 15 spots on a national level.

Dawgie Bowser

April 1st, 2010
12:53 pm

I hope it works. If not, it won’t be long before we all become Lakatos intolerate. The hispanic guy couldn’t make it work. Let’s at least give the Greek guy a chance.

fire hydrant running scared

April 1st, 2010
12:54 pm

bowser and we all know what greeks are known for.

How2fish

April 1st, 2010
1:00 pm

reality wait for it son its coming…and you know it.

Classy

April 1st, 2010
1:00 pm

cantondawg

April 1st, 2010
1:02 pm

I think that’s its obvious with the excitement and comments from the db’s that they were ready for a change. It appears that they either didn’t like or feel comfortable in CWM scheme. That makes all the difference in the world. If a coach is teaching you a technique that you don’t like or feel comfortable with you won’t play your best football. Something was very wrong with the defense and it sounds like it was the teaching or lack thereof of basic fundamental aggressive defense. Defense should serve as a scoring weapon also by creating turnovers and interceptions for touchdowns. I was so sick of the passive defense that we played last year.

How2fish

April 1st, 2010
1:04 pm

Romeo Crennel no one had to stab you in the back fact is you SUXED as a head coach one winning season in 4 years and REALLY suxing 3 of those years.

reality

April 1st, 2010
1:11 pm

I love getting a rise out of all of you pitiful UGA fans.

BMDPD

April 1st, 2010
1:14 pm

fire hydrant running scared, do a little research. We have three DBs under 6 foot. Two are 5 11 the other 5 10 and that is Boykin. I think you have probably seen Boyking jump. So go crawl back into your hole.

Dawgie Bowser

April 1st, 2010
1:21 pm

Breaking sports news: Ben Roethlisberger returns to georgia to explain why he had the coed in the men’s restroom. He stated, ” I like to give young folks instruction. I was only trying to teach her how to pee standing up. Oh yeah….and also how to spell my name correctly.I guess the teacher in me just comes out- especially when I’m drinking.”

Les Grossman

April 1st, 2010
1:24 pm

Isn’t that cute. Blitz your brains out.

HanDAWG

April 1st, 2010
1:25 pm

chazzo

April 1st, 2010
1:32 pm

Any chance of Orson Charles or Branden Smith lining up at a receiver position occasionally?

SOUTH GA DAWG

April 1st, 2010
1:33 pm

If we have to depend on Isreal Troupe we’re in trouble. He stays hurt and is scared to go over the middle. Catches the out routes and deep balls okay, but watch what happens when he hears footsteps!!!

jack bull

April 1st, 2010
1:36 pm

the concern for being thin is injuries. yes we have 6 good receivers, but if, uh, should i say when, a couple of those go down, it’ll be interesting. remember, wide-outs are constantly running all over the field, that can be tiring, ya know. no i’m not jinxing us, it’s just a fact that receivers tend to get nicked up alot… i hope Brown has a big year, another i hope steps up, is Troupe.. we’ll be okay..

Willie Martinez

April 1st, 2010
1:41 pm

Was I really that bad? Wow.

I hope the OU boys aren’t reading this!

unweaned lil pup

April 1st, 2010
1:46 pm

Willie … if you were still here, it would solve the problem about how to get Carlton Thomas on the field. You’d have him getting reps at corner by now.

BlitzDawg

April 1st, 2010
1:47 pm

See there Wille M thats how you coach the secondary go for the ball. Blitz Your Brains Out thats how you do it. Nice Going Coach Lakatos and Coach Grantham. HUNKER DOWN DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!

meh

April 1st, 2010
1:48 pm

gonna be the all overest defense ever!

bigdawg88

April 1st, 2010
1:48 pm

Yes, Grantham has been a DC before, but politics (bad HC) got him fired. Defense (Browns) went downhill after he left.
He was good enough that Saban wanted him at Miami.

Big D Dawg

April 1st, 2010
1:56 pm

“reality” = 1-9 in last 10 years, 30-24 against the acc chumps
don’t forget a mediocre UGA and SC team beat the best in the acc

gt4ever

April 1st, 2010
1:56 pm

Hope the DC got his money up front……. Blitz your brains out, this is so funny…….

We_Run_This_Country

April 1st, 2010
2:06 pm

CPJ 1-0 @ Sanford Stadium(aka Cesspool of the South)….make that 2-0 in 2010…I’m calling it early 38-13 GT.

hut hut hut

April 1st, 2010
2:10 pm

Defense wins championships. by oct. 30, georgia’s 1st real test, the defense will be locked and loaded. might go 14-0 if get past south carolin and ark early in weeks 2 & 3. gonna be a huge improvement. can’t get worse.

force turnover u

April 1st, 2010
2:11 pm

the defense HAS TO preach forcing turnovers. the defense has to go from worst to first, in 1 season like the saints. the defense needs to turn into:

force turnover u

Delbert D.

April 1st, 2010
2:18 pm

“If it drove you crazy the way the Dogs’ cornerbacks tended not to look back for the ball”

It drove me crazy because they couldn’t even find the receivers.

Paddy

April 1st, 2010
2:21 pm

This defense of the Dawgs is sounding better with each passing day. If the offense will just not be so predictable as it has the past 3 years, Dawgs could really make some noise this fall!

SEC_Champion

April 1st, 2010
2:27 pm

SEC_Champion

April 1st, 2010
2:27 pm

SEC_Champion

April 1st, 2010
2:28 pm

reality

April 1st, 2010
2:30 pm

Gotta run, the Heretic is calling, gonna go get a “rise” out of a bunch of men of a different sort. Call me!

Thirty Points To Your Twenty-Four Points

April 1st, 2010
2:37 pm

Why does Georgia Tech have trouble selling tickets to their home games??

Thursday nights are “Salute to Shatner” nights on the SyFy Channel.

{{{{30-24}}}}} hahahahahahaha!

Thirty Points To Your Twenty-Four Points

April 1st, 2010
2:39 pm

My friend has a dog that does a backflip every time UGA beats Tech in back to back seasons.

I asked him: “What does the dog do when Tech beats UGA in back to back seasons?”

He replied: “I dont know. I have only had the dog 10 years”

{{{{{30-24}}}}}

Thirty Points To Your Twenty-Four Points

April 1st, 2010
2:40 pm

Wha do Georgia Tech and Marijuana have in common??

Teey are both frequently SMOKED in bowls.

{{{{{30-24}}}}}

Hap Hines

April 1st, 2010
2:40 pm

GT is not going to score 38 against us in the next 10 years. The fluke win in 2008 only happens about once every 10 years.

GT’s last decent chance to beat UGA was last year, and we saw how that worked out.

Ed Oregeron's cleavage

April 1st, 2010
2:46 pm

“only snagged 10 picks”

snagged only 10 picks … only modifies picks, not snagged

A simple rule of thumb. Move the word “only” as far to the right as you can and have it still make sense, and that’s where it goes.

Ed Oregeron's cleavage

April 1st, 2010
2:47 pm

modifies 10 not snagged.

GT3O

April 1st, 2010
2:54 pm

Sounds like UGA just landed themselves a wannabe Jon Tenuta. A good QB will eat that “blitz your brains out” defense right up. Ask Matt Ryan.

Can’t wait to see the blitz your brains out against the 3O, UGA’s defense will be running past everything. Hope Grantham got his money up front.

GT3O

April 1st, 2010
2:56 pm

Hap Hines,

Remember there was a time when UGA only beat GT once in a decade. GT still owns the 8 in row win streak record.

Gotta love selective memory.

Its a gator world

April 1st, 2010
2:57 pm

Same ole nonsense. A bunch of red meat for the dawg fans thinking their going to have a great season. Just more delusions of granduer for the most underachieving program in the sec. What is it? 30 years and counting……. Make it 18 of 21 with yet another blowout WE OWN YOU! Losers!

LHarding Dawg

April 1st, 2010
3:01 pm

We have a new quarterback according to the Columbus Ledger. His name is Greg Bingham and he’s a senior at Columbus High School. Greg is 6′4″ tall and weights 225 lbs. He also has a great arm, has been to numerous quarterback camps and is very bright. His GPA is over 4.0. As of now, he is considered a preferred walk on, whatever that is.

Here’s wishing Greg a bright furure at UGA!!!

JB

April 1st, 2010
3:01 pm

Gator world, better be tending to grass in your own back yard, I see some crab grass growing in Gator world.

bruce mac

April 1st, 2010
3:01 pm

Dillusional Gator, where for art though. We know you are scared to death or you wouldn’t have made houly posts on Dawg Blawgs your life’s mission. It will be alright, we know what you really want.

Gatorbait

April 1st, 2010
3:02 pm

none of this will matter a bit. we still own you. own you dogs. not sure what all this we run this state is about, but it’s clear we run this state!

Dawg Mark

April 1st, 2010
3:03 pm

The Dawgs will blow out Tech in Athens—bank on it. That loss 2 years ago was a fluke of nature. Ga was flat, overconfident and didn’t even show up. Plus, Tech got every big call in the game from the refs. This year, Grantham’s D will shut down that mickey mouse triple option and win big!!! Tech will be lucky to win 7 games this year and go to a minor bowl somewhere cold.

DawgBuzz

April 1st, 2010
3:03 pm

“TOP 10 REASONS TO ATTEND A TECH FOOTBALL GAME”

10. You won’t have to worry about the crush of a crowd.
9. Bopping up and down to the Budweiser song is soooooooo cool.
8. When you look at the tech student body, you begin to feel pretty good about your own appearance.
7. You see guys who actually seem to be content WITHOUT having pretty women around.
6. Plenty of available parking close to the stadium.
5. Watching high school caliber football is such an American thing.
4. It’s a relatively safe refuge from the surrounding area in Atlanta.
3. Singing “helluva helluva…” all night long makes you feel like such a bada$$.
2. Those delicious free hot dogs and cokes.
1. It’s such a great way to spend a Thursday night.

CHDawg

April 1st, 2010
3:04 pm

I don’t get the wide receiver talk, either. IMO, this is the best receiving corps UGA has ever had! Plenty deep, too.

The Hangover

April 1st, 2010
3:09 pm

Classy,

The riders “hunkerdown” for the remainder of the cab ride. Classic!

Gator Teeth

April 1st, 2010
3:09 pm

Bring on the blitz. We’ll screen around you and the result will be the same.

UGADawg83

April 1st, 2010
3:11 pm

Gee Bill, I’m glad I subscribe to the Macon Telegraph. Now I’m as informed as you!!!

Boca Baby

April 1st, 2010
3:16 pm

The only defensive coach at UGA that could play a bend-but-don’t-break scheme was Erk Russell with his “Wide Tackle Six.” But when you got too close, look out! It was blitz your brains out. In addition he would give you a dose of the blitz if you had the ball inside your own twenty. I like coach Grantham’s approach, “One of the linebackers is coming on every down. You get to pick which one you think it is.”

Say What?

April 1st, 2010
3:18 pm

“TOP 10 REASONS TO ATTEND A TECH FOOTBALL GAME”

10. Tailgaiting cleanup gives your other alum a job to do after the game.
9. You don’t have to go far to meet a trailer salesman.
8. Everybody looks the same and acts the same. You are one!
7. You don’t have to worry about being out smarted. Everyone’s dumb.
6. Safe to drive to and from the game as all the players are busy and not driving.
5. Everyone can go cow tippin after the team gets waxed again.
4. If your car breaks down your alumnus buddy is a mechanic so, no worries.
3. Don’t have to worry about getting a date – all the girls are easy.
2. You still have a goal of winning your second NC in a zillion years.
1. You only play Florida once a year.

PHIL

April 1st, 2010
3:19 pm

After they give up a few long passes because they went for the ball and the blitz gets burned a time or two, all the rocket scientists here will be calling for the coaches heads just like always.

Boca Baby

April 1st, 2010
3:22 pm

GT30: When was that eight in a row streak? Could it be indicated by your call sign? Oh, yeah, 1930. Please move your argument into the modern era of college football. Otherwise we got Carlisle beating Notre Dame.

Florida Fan

April 1st, 2010
3:23 pm

I really enjoyed the winning times against UGA. To bad these days are over now for us since Richt will be working with offense again and Willie is gone.

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

April 1st, 2010
3:23 pm

Smith could probably line up at receiver in an emergency also , if for nothing else than to run a fly pattern .

DawgBuzz

April 1st, 2010
3:25 pm

Say What? I didn’t realize Tech played Florida once a year.

fire hydrant running scared

April 1st, 2010
3:26 pm

Grantham’s approach, “One of the linebackers is coming on every down. You get to pick which one you think it is.” UGAs only problem is the boys are so stupid, the wrong one or 2 will blitz and then toad head Todd will stroke out.

Ron Zook

April 1st, 2010
3:27 pm

Is Richt really going to start calling plays again? I want to schedule UGA with Illinois.

GO GATAH

April 1st, 2010
3:28 pm

I guess every team has it’s weaknesses, but it still amazes me that with a throw-happy offense and play-caller in ex-QB Bobo that UGA is short in the WR dept.

Boca Baby

April 1st, 2010
3:29 pm

All you UF fans have very short memories. I know that it has been a while but I remember UGA winning 12 of 13. There are trends in this series so be careful, you might have to eat all this banter. I know you had this tremendous recruiting class but I have yet to see a large number of incoming freshman come in compete at a high level in the SEC. And have you taken a good look at what you just lost to graduation and those leaving for the draft?

Ron Zook

April 1st, 2010
3:33 pm

We got short memories and big bawls but we dont stop on the 50 yard line and lick ours.

gtfanfrom1951

April 1st, 2010
3:35 pm

what brains? in a bulldawg no way! press coverage makes it easier to block them!

birddawg92

April 1st, 2010
3:36 pm

I have been optimistic about everything I’ve read about the new D coaches until today. When the Jalapeno took over 5 years ago, he said he wanted to “create more turnovers.” As I’ve said on this board and on my own blog incessantly, that was a red flag to me as soon as I read it. I’ve found that emphasis on TOs usually translates into poor fundamentals, resulting in big plays for the opponents’ O. If you EARHOLE somebody, the TOs will take care of themselves. I’m getting a sinking feeling.

http://www.saturdayinathens.com

Debose

April 1st, 2010
3:43 pm

“All you UF fans have very short memories. I know that it has been a while but I remember UGA winning 12 of 13.”

Can you give us some years on that one because we just don’t see it.

J Dog

April 1st, 2010
3:43 pm

There sure are a lot of Gator fans on this blog. Why would Gator fans follow a team like UGA? Why concern yourself?
Then again, if my head coach was found sobbing in the floor at 4 AM after loosing a GAME, then quit the team only to came back a few days later, I think I’d find something else to do as well. I wouldn’t want to follow that mess either.
Oh well, we welcome all football fans to the BULLDAWG NATION!
Even the obnoxious ones that have no class!

Joe

April 1st, 2010
3:44 pm

all sounds exciting…..hmmmm….if we blitzed so often with Martinez and it didnt work- why do we think it will now????????? hmmmm….could it be the players???????? wow- novel concept Guess it’s easier to blame the coaches for everything

We_Run_This_Country

April 1st, 2010
3:44 pm

Grantham: “Blitz!!!”
Richt: “Dad-gumm-it! There goes Anthony Allen for a TD!”
Grantham: “Blitz!!!”
Richt: “Dad-gumm-it! There goes Roddy Jones for a TD!”
Grantham: “Blitz!!!”
Richt: “Dad-gumm-it! There goes Stephen Hill for a TD!”
Grantham: “Blitz!!!”
Richt: “Dad-gumm-it! There goes Josh Nesbitt for a TD!”
Grantham: “Blitz!!!”
Richt: “Boo hoo…where’s my little Willie when I need him?!?”

UGA player in jail

April 1st, 2010
3:50 pm

Dawg 3/20

April 1st, 2010
3:50 pm

J Dog – How is Coach Mark “2-7″ Richt working out for you?

KJ

April 1st, 2010
3:52 pm

“There sure are a lot of Gator fans on this blog.”

No, there aren’t, the gnats have just reverted to their natural state (living vicariously through real football programs).

Jax Dawg

April 1st, 2010
3:54 pm

Its a gator world

April 1st, 2010
2:57 pm
Same ole nonsense. A bunch of red meat for the dawg fans thinking their going to have a great season. Just more delusions of granduer for the most underachieving program in the sec. What is it? 30 years and counting……. Make it 18 of 21 with yet another blowout WE OWN YOU! Losers!

I’m pretty sure that a loser would be defined as a rival fan posting something (see above) under an article about the opposing teams Spring practice. Go cruise the Hog town newspaper and write posts under Pat Dooley’s articles or spend the day reading about who and where Tim Tebow had dinner. Oh, it’s spelled “grandeur”. See what happens when you try to use too many dollar words. Work ‘em, Silly Gator.

Dawg Fud

April 1st, 2010
3:58 pm

If we have to be thin at a position, I would choose WR.

run the ball

April 1st, 2010
3:59 pm

This is very exciting. We really were a poor tackling team for the last 3-4 years. The lack of tackling contributed to our lack of turnovers. The lack of tackling contributed to way too many 3rd down conversions. We got killed in T.O.P. for the last 3 years. This is good stuff.

The Hangover

April 1st, 2010
4:01 pm

“None of us were particularly drunk,” witness to the incident Brent Borganmeister told The Red & Black Wednesday. “We got the cab more just out of convenience.”

Yeah, right. “particularly drunk” Classic!

How2fish

April 1st, 2010
4:05 pm

We_Run_This_Country Caleb just scored again….

ga gator

April 1st, 2010
4:10 pm

Is it my imagination or are there a lot of bugs on here today?

chc4

April 1st, 2010
4:13 pm

Why are we always dangerously thin at one or more positions? I realize scholly limits explain some of it but it’s every year in Athens.

athdog

April 1st, 2010
4:19 pm

We have two tight ends, White and Charles, that can legitimately line up at wr and be effective. Talk about mismatches! Once the defense gets things figured out at game speed, probably three games or so, it should be fun.

BigTimeTECHFan

April 1st, 2010
4:23 pm

A 3/4 defense always blitz more then 4/3. thats part of the purpose of a 3/4 is so you don’t know where rush is comeing from.

Roc

April 1st, 2010
4:24 pm

I am so pumped for this season. I’m loving what I’m a readin but I want to be level headed about this too. I just hope the D clicks sooner rather than later because after all it is brand new.

AceDawg

April 1st, 2010
4:25 pm

When has UGA ever really had “depth” at wide receiver? Most years we have about two receivers that catch the majority of our passes. Maybe there is “depth” in that guys who are officially wide receivers are more plentiful, but I feel the opportunity for impact at the wide receiver position is GREATER, not less, than most years under Richt.

John "Blitzkrieg" Tenuta

April 1st, 2010
4:28 pm

Wow, that’s the same style of defense I run! I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll win about 7 game a season with that style D… Oh, and CPJ will have his way with your blitzes. His system even beat me with Navy’s talent!

I know you have zero experience as a college DC, so if you need any advice let me know… I’ve been doin it for a while now. Call me at NCSt, because that’s the type of school this type of defense will get you coachin at after you run those blitzes into the ground over in the SEC. That type of speed might actually be too fast for our style… Guess we’ll see!

Well Grantham, I’m with you bro… Keep bringin ‘em until someone finally gets to ‘em… no matter how good or bad the game is a goin’.

P.S – If it don’t work out in Athens, maybe we can team up at a Conf USA school and blitz the hell out of teams togeather!!!

WILLIE ROBINSON

April 1st, 2010
4:34 pm

I’M GLAD THAT WILLIE MARTNIEZ IS GONE.

I Hate Life

April 1st, 2010
5:06 pm

Live by the blitz, die by the blitz. UGA will still stink next year and the D will not be any better.

Florida has ugly school colors!

April 1st, 2010
5:10 pm

Todd Grantham has brought a much needed energy to UGA! Can’t wait to see how his defense performs. Red and Black > Orange and blue

Da'rick Rogers

April 1st, 2010
5:24 pm

Ugh! I think I’m gonna throw up… Damn you Nash Nance!

Da'rick Rogers

April 1st, 2010
5:25 pm

Ugh! I think I’m gonna throw up… Screw you Nash Nance!

BigHairyDawg69

April 1st, 2010
5:31 pm

I think the bulldogs should have made Mitch Doolittle the defensive coordinator. He may be young, but he knows how to run a defense!

we bomb this country

April 1st, 2010
5:36 pm

I love being a tech fan for three reasons. Number one my team sucks soo bad that I have to disguise myself as a fan of another team to have a legitimate argument against uga. Number two we’ve got the prettiest girls at our trade school. Number 3 we serve Allah.

Jimmy

April 1st, 2010
5:41 pm

To those who think our D will struggle next year:

It is very possible.
I hope everyone in the SEC thinks that too.

Jimmy

April 1st, 2010
5:45 pm

I don’t understand why UF fans come here.
If UGA is as bad as they claim…what sport is there in coming here?
Either we are better than you say…we must be a threat, or–
You guys are just total, classless jerks who are proving with every comment how
unsportsmanlike you are to pick on poor, hapless UGA.

Which is it?

bruce mac

April 1st, 2010
5:47 pm

WOW, CMR and CTG sure have everyones attention in Gatorville it appears. “Bama Rolls the Gators” coming to a town near you. Next Stop, Tuscaloosa 2010.

tidog

April 1st, 2010
5:58 pm

Smith and Boykins will be shut down corners and preseason all americans next season.

1eyedJack

April 1st, 2010
6:01 pm

Can some of you nerds help Coach Groh find his teeth? His gruel is ready.

Johnny DangerDawg

April 1st, 2010
6:02 pm

The term “Junkyard Dawgs” was coined for a group of UGA defenders who came to UGA without much fanfare or excitement. Their goal was to be meaner, nastier, and hungrier than the other guy even though the other guy had more raw talent. That’s not really the goal at UGA nowadays. Now the goal is to recruit the top players and to get them to live up to the hype.

gatorboy62

April 1st, 2010
6:16 pm

Can’t wait! Florida and Brantley are going to light up GA when the blitz. Most teams in the SEC will have the offensive line and scheme to neturalize the blitz. Also I doubt GA has the manpower to blitz consistantly. it is going to be a long season for the DWAGS. They’ll wish that M. Vick was their owner and put tehm out of their misery.

Dawg 39

April 1st, 2010
6:24 pm

About the O line. When fall camp opens 16 scholarship OL will be in attendance. Only 3 are seniors.
Lack of experience: Maybe. Lack of depth: No Way. If I was a HS OL, I would hesitate about committing to the Dawgs after looking at the depth chart. Offensively the same would hold true for TE &QB. RB; Maybe . FB & WR, particularly WR, are the only O positions of imediate need.

Dawg Stephen

April 1st, 2010
6:28 pm

We be jammin….isnt that Bill King’s motto on Nerd Loving night?

Dawg Stephen

April 1st, 2010
6:31 pm

Hey Bill, please change that picture. I have 6 nieces who all just ran in terror. Seriously man, you are scaring the kids.

gators are whack

April 1st, 2010
7:03 pm

I am concerned about the Gators Brantley. He has not had a good spring so far, went something like 13 out of 40 in the spring game and threw several interceptions, 1 or 2 were returned for touchdowns. Meyer should have played Brantley at least 1 quarter a game last year, and got our running backs some experience instead of giving the ball to Tebow every play. Believe me, we’re all concerned about an energized Georgia team, the Georgia offense looks great, and the defense will be much tougher, straight up—gonna be tough holding off the dogs this year, but Gators should be back on track in 11′.

More than likely, Georgia will commit interceptions and fumbles against us this year again. Until the head goons figure that out, we gonna keep using that “force turnover” plan to beat Georgia. Works every time.

gators are whack

April 1st, 2010
7:30 pm

Dawg Stephen- Dude, looks like Bill King has more hair than you, and he’s 15 year solder probably. I wouldn’t be criticisizng no pic’s man. I like Bill’s pic, kind of has that Kenny Rogers look going, looks like the kind of guy I’d like to have a beer with and talk football.

Dawg Tired

April 1st, 2010
8:00 pm

Folks we must be doing something right. We have fans of other teams reading our blogs. I can only imagine how pitiful my life would need to be in order to even think about commenting on another team’s blog.

Call It Like It Is

April 1st, 2010
8:12 pm

What a joke as the little screen pass will eat that s*^& up! Why not keep your mouth’s shut and win for a change instead of trying to GIN up your fan-base with gimmicks?

Gators win the East again in 2010!

Enough Said!

ga gator

April 1st, 2010
8:38 pm

gators are whack, they haven’t had the spring game yet, just practices.

Observer

April 1st, 2010
9:37 pm

Defense is definitely more aggressive. Attacking off the corners, getting hands up, knocking balls down, but still dropping some picks. Corners are covering well but need to finish. Safety play is looking nice.

Offensively, running game looks very strong. All 3 QB’s looked good. Murray’s the most agile and can throw well on the run. Receivers & TE’s were catching balls left and right in practice this afternoon.

Offense was getting the better of the D in skeleton but when it was 11 on 11, it was about even. Lots of flags thrown and CMR made the guys pay for the sloppiness. Not a pretty sight to see after a 2 hour practice in 85 degree weather!

Dawg Stephen

April 1st, 2010
9:58 pm

IM just saying. He scared the kids.

Pathetic

April 1st, 2010
10:00 pm

is FL, UT and GT fans trolling our blogs day in and day out. You have your own blogs, right? Don’t your teams have spring practice? Stop worrying, the crying will be over soon enough. Face it, our revamped defense and playmakers on offense intimidate the crap out of you. Otherwise, you’d be elsewhere. Now run along, you’re neither needed or wanted here. Dismissed!

Dixie

April 1st, 2010
10:28 pm

nice to see the uga convicts are in top off season form!!

mod's squad

April 1st, 2010
10:33 pm

Hey guys-

the gators had a scrimmage this past sat. brantley did horrible, 13 for 31, and had a pass intercepted in the red zone and returned for a touchdown.

Of course, instead of saying their offense stunk, meyer and the gator media spuin it as how great the defense was. seriously, tebow went 17 for 21 against charlie strong in the spring scrimmage. brantley’s no tebow. under 41% pass completion rate. I knew the drop at qb would be bad, but good grief, 41%?????

http://www.gatorcountry.com/football/article/day_6_spring_practice_defense_dominates/\

jazzy jeff

April 1st, 2010
10:53 pm

lakatos sounds like exactly what uga needs. belin always lead the sec in tackles, and grantham and gardner will get the d-line moving. it’s gonna be a big, fast, hard hitting defense. be patient guys, this is gonna be good.

Observer

April 1st, 2010
11:17 pm

Lakatos is also very calm & collected. He’ll call someone out if needed but he’s coaching up as well. Secondary doesn’t look lost like they did at times last year.

[...] Bill King on UGA’s Hopeful Defensive Improvements [...]

Dawggone

April 1st, 2010
11:47 pm

Dawg P

April 1st, 2010
11:48 pm

Brantley is nowhere near tebow—he’s just a finesse passer who can’t take a hit. Grantham’s 3-4 will be bringing pressure from all angles and brantley will be running for his life. Look for 2-3 INTs from the GA and maybe a pick 6. Dawgs win that game easy this year. Florida lost their 3 best players on O and D and the backups are nothing special. GA takes over the series this year—take it to the bank!

jazzy jeff

April 2nd, 2010
12:25 am

Alaska Dawg

April 2nd, 2010
12:30 am

I agree with you UGA Alumni. How many wide receivers do we need? Run the ball with Ealey and King, hit the big tight ends and then hit Green,Troup or King for a deep pass on play action. I am more worried about cutting back on penalties, rushing the passer and getting some turnovers than the receiver situation.

#2 BAMA FAN

April 2nd, 2010
6:18 am

Georgia and the gators both have had many players get in trouble with the law in the past few years. Saban’s first year at Bama they won the Fulmer Cup for getting kids in trouble with the law, but they
have slowly weeded out the bad apples. Bottom line every major college football power will have some
trouble with utes being utes!! Alabama Slag!!

ThreeSheets

April 2nd, 2010
8:03 am

Have not played one down against an opponent and this defense is the best in the nation. Yeah buddy.

hatfieldgeoff

April 2nd, 2010
9:06 am

Bill, I can’t help but notice that all the good stories about UGA are in the Macon Telegraph. Now that the AJC is just a front for a newspaper, I guess I just have to subscribe to the Macon Telegraph to get some good coverage on the Dawgs. Thanks for putting me on to a good sports page I been looking for one for years. Jesse Outlar must be spinning in his grave.

Dawg Hater

April 2nd, 2010
9:15 am

Overrated, nothing but hype and just another season of waster booster money and tickets.

kopper

April 2nd, 2010
9:19 am

The Macon Telegraph said this… the Telegraph said that. Why doesnt the AJC just employ David Hale and stop copying him.

Thug Ville

April 2nd, 2010
9:21 am

Georgia has more football thugs in trouble for beating up people in a cab—it never ends. Richt is going to have to start holding practice in the yard at the Clarke County Jail!

BigGAdawg

April 2nd, 2010
9:33 am

The more I read about the new Defensive coaching staff and the way they are doing their jobs, the more I am convinced that CMR picked the right guys for the positions. Why would anyone coach it differently?
GATA! No games off, No plays off, full tilt aggressive knock you on your butt football–it’s the only way to go! Woof!

CDAWG

April 2nd, 2010
9:41 am

Way to go Lakatos!!!!! I have always been a fan of knocking the wee wee out of the receivers off the line. I have NEVER understood why you would let a tall fast receiver off the line unscathed. If he gets jammed every single time he will definitely be frustrated with less confidence through-out the game with less catches. I am freaking FIRED UP!!!!!

Im a jawja boy thru and thru

April 2nd, 2010
9:43 am

We are the greatest with our #1 Head Coach, #1 Defensive staff and #1 recruiting class. I will be stunned if we dont run the table and win the NC. Book it!!

Corch Mark

April 2nd, 2010
9:45 am

I am going to have those bad boys who hit those folks in the cab in church this sunday.

Robert Dunn

April 2nd, 2010
9:49 am

The whole coaching staff needs to be more aggressive. While he is teaching them to jam, he should also teach them to tackle. Give me some DBs that can stop the extra yards by making a tackle with more than a shoulder pad to the legs. Pretty, flashy head rags and sweat bands don’t mean anything. Look at pretty boy Deion Sanders. He could cover but if they ever did catch the ball, he couldn’t tackle them. BRING THE WOOD MEN!! PUT THEM BOYS ON THEIR BUTTS!!

Corch Mark

April 2nd, 2010
9:50 am

The more I read about the new Defensive coaching staff and the way they are doing their jobs, the more I am convinced that CMR picked the right guys for the positions. Why would anyone coach it differently?
GATA! No games off, No plays off, full tilt aggressive knock you on your butt football–it’s the only way to go! Woof!

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I guess its a good think my first 4 choices said no.

Robert Dunn

April 2nd, 2010
9:58 am

Due to the penalty problem, our Dawgs should be the most well conditioned football palyers in the country.

Robert Dunn

April 2nd, 2010
10:08 am

Jax Dawg! Get a life. You’re just like all the rest of Gator Nation. Haters! If ya’ll are so good, then why don’t ya’ll sit back and shut up. It’s because you can’t. Another thing, how bout scheduling some real games. All your Gator teeth are going to rot out from all of those cupcakes.

Will Dawg

April 2nd, 2010
10:21 am

Brantley will be just like Timmy T. Chrissy Leak and Doug Johnson. If you hit the $^&@ out of him he’ll fold like a cheap suit or Urban Crier after a loss. To quote PULPWOOD Smith after the first touchdown in Jax someone should run out of the stands and do a chicken dance or soulja boy in Urban’s face.

#1 hater

April 2nd, 2010
10:54 am

It wont matter what Brantley is like Will Dawg, if we can own you with the Zooker, we can own you with anyone.

David

April 2nd, 2010
11:16 am

Funny to see a column by an old, white haired, white guy with a semi-literate line derived from “ebonics” for a heading. But appropriate given that football players are third rate students coached by a vastly overpaid glorified PE teacher. Maybe one day after the US has fallen behind the rest of the Western and Eastern world with its increasingly poor math and science education and illiteracy you people will wake up and retire this silliness called “collegiate” football.

David

April 2nd, 2010
11:18 am

And I wonder how many of the semi-literate “Bulldogs” will be arrested this year? Any wagers on how well Richt, the bible thumper, covers up for them?

BurningRedBleedingBlack

April 2nd, 2010
11:45 am

I love all these GT fans have to get on here and disguise themselves as UF fans. How much of a loser do you have to be to do that. UF has enough of there own problems this year to worry about. That game in j-ville is 50-50 this year looking forward to it. As far as GT well we all know how that works out. We Run This State. GO DAWGS!!!!!! GATA

Will Dawg

April 2nd, 2010
1:19 pm

#1 hater put your jorts back on and go home to FLA

Race Dawg

April 2nd, 2010
2:09 pm

This could end up being the best GA team since the 1980s, based on everything I’ve read in the AJC. They are loaded on offense, the D may be the best in the SEC and they have the best kicking game in the country. Look for the Dawgs in the BCS this year—1 loss max in the regular season with all this talent. Florida and Tech–the party’s over—Ga’s back on top–take it to the bank.

CMRonthehotseat.com

April 2nd, 2010
3:40 pm

I agree with Dr. Kenneth Noisewater. Logan SHOULD BE moved to WR. The sooner the better. He’s herdly ever going to see time as a QB. He can be a Shipley type of player.

Dawg Tired

April 2nd, 2010
9:22 pm

Listen people we do nor even know whether the actual incident occurred, much less who did anything if it did occur. I live in North Carolina and most of the state had the Duke lacrosse players going to jail for the rest of their lives. Well, they were innocent. The accusations were false. How do we know this actually happened? How do we know football players were involved if it did happen? How do we know they were University of Georgia football players? Some of you people need a basic course in basic civics. CMR is exactly correct when he says, “Right now it’s all speculation.” Why can’t people wait and see whether it is true before going crazy?

Plus, I’m pretty sure it could not possibly be any of our players because the accusers state that the alleged culprits actually hit what they intended to hit. If that is happening, our new coaches have already performed a minor miracle.

christophorm

April 3rd, 2010
9:43 am

NOW if richt will go back to calling his own plays, like he did at FSU when charlie ward was QB…then we could take alabama next year.

Mark Richt

April 4th, 2010
10:15 am

Our pass defense looks good, but I have to admit it’s because we have no quarterbacks.