Five games into the season, Georgia’s offense is much better than most of us expected, but Todd Grantham’s defense has yet to live up to its lofty preseason reputation.
Part of that, of course, was having two to four starters suspended during the first four games.
And while the defense was back to full strength against Tennessee, the last two returnees, Alec Ogletree and Bacarri Rambo, were still a bit rusty — Rambo especially when it came to pass coverage.
And, yes, the turnovers committed by the offense and Georgia’s generally poor special teams play put the defense at a disadvantage Saturday, frequently giving the Vols a short field to work with.
So up to a point I understand why Grantham said after the game, “I feel fine about the way we played on defense.”
But I’m hoping he doesn’t really feel fine about it, because