Fan talk: Does Todd Grantham need to step it up?

Amarlo Herrera leads the conference in tackles. (Associated Press)

Amarlo Herrera leads the conference in tackles. (Associated Press)

Let’s get straight to some of this week’s Junkyard Mail …

Mike Darnell writes: Bill, I was at the [South Carolina] game and was relieved by the outcome. At halftime, I was texting some friends to lament my belief that Georgia’s problem is the defense coordinated by Todd Grantham. I decided to do some research and came up with the following: In Grantham’s 4 seasons, and including only SEC, Georgia Tech and bowl games, the scoring average against Georgia is 24.3 points/game. Compare this to Willie Martinez’s last 4 seasons at 21.5 points; Van Gorder’s 4 seasons at 17.8 points and Bill Lewis’s last 4 seasons at 17.6 points. I then compared these same 4 defensive coordinators average points/game/loss over those same 4 years. They are: Grantham at 33.2 points/loss; Martinez at 32 points/loss; Van Gorder at 21 points/loss; and Bill Lewis at 22.5 points/loss. My point is that our offense must score an ungodly amount of points in order to win, and especially the big games. I’m tired of hearing about how poorly Mark Richt and Mike Bobo are doing. Grantham needs to step it up.

Also concerned about the defense is Jack Turner, who writes: Bill, I know that despite our up and down offensive line we have one of the SEC’s and nation’s best offenses thanks to Aaron Murray, Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall, Justin Scott-Wesley and the rest. It’s a good thing, too, because don’t we have just about the worst defense in SEC? What do you think, can the Dogs continue to be successful having to outscore opponents in shootouts, or will we see some improvement on defense?

Mike, I’m not sure there’s any value in looking at defensive stats from the Bill Lewis days (different era with different offenses, different coaching staff), but the comparison with Willie Martinez’s numbers is fair. However, despite that I’m not sure you’d find many UGA fans willing to swap Todd Grantham for Martinez. Still, Grantham is one of the higher paid defensive coordinators and this season presents a great opportunity for him to show he’s worth the big bucks. I’m hopeful that once Georgia’s young defensive starters get some more experience, things will improve markedly. As for Jack’s question, yes, Georgia statistically is the conference’s worst defense after two games, ranking last in scoring defense, allowing an average 34 points per game; next to last in rushing defense, allowing 211.5 yards per game; 12th in pass defense, allowing 249.0 yards per game; and last in total defense, allowing 460.5 yards per game. I think we should keep in mind, though, that the Dogs are also the only SEC defense that has had to face two Top 10 teams in those first couple of games, and in the first one they weren’t at full-strength in addition to having to start a lot of inexperienced players. Yes, the secondary has looked pretty shaky, especially freshman Brendan Langley against South Carolina, but I think their lack of experience has been exacerbated the lack of success the defensive front has had getting to opponents’ quarterbacks, in addition to allowing way too many rushing yards. I realize run defense is not Grantham’s strong suit, but rushing the passer is supposed to be, and so far that’s been a disappointment. On the positive side, linebackers Amarlo Herrera (24 tackles) and Ramik Wilson (22 tackles) lead the conference, and that’s with Wilson not having played that well against the Gamecocks. Yes, Langley got burned on a couple of touchdowns by the Gamecocks, but on one of them he wasn’t backed up by safety Corey Moore like he should have been. Also, the Dogs’ defense held South Carolina to just 6 points in the second half and got a big goal-line stop. It may be too early to declare that a turning point, but it shows what they can do. Mainly what we’ve been seeing is defensive players out of position, taking bad angles and not wrapping up tackles. Those are the kinds of problems that should lessen considerably as the season progresses.

Don writes: Bill, Just a thought: I think the Dawgs saw 2 of the most explosive offenses outside of Oregon that you can play to start the season. Both teams had veteran, very good quarterbacks and a lot of players back on offense. Granted, the defense has to improve, but just seeing that quality of opponent has to make you better doesn’t it? I have been a UGA fan since the days of Matt Robinson and Willie McClendon and to me Todd Gurley reminds me a lot of Lars Tate, a big tough guy. Herschel was a once-in-a-lifetime talent, but guys like Tate, Hampton, Worley, Edwards and Hearst are pretty good to be compared to, and I think Gurley may be the best of that group. LSU is the key game to the season, if the Dawgs get that one, I think they are set to run the table. Just hope the defense learns from what they have seen so far and continues to get better.

Todd Gurley is a key component of Georgia's prolific offense. (Jason Getz / AJC)

Todd Gurley is a key component of Georgia's prolific offense. (Jason Getz / AJC)

Well said, Don. As I wrote after last Saturday’s game, I think Gurley is the best tailback in the nation.

Pete Talmadge, who last week was pretty down on Mike Bobo, writes this week: Bill, after taking our shots at Bobo and company last week, let’s give him (and the entire offense) credit for an imaginative, well executed game plan vs USC. The first TD pass to [Arthur] Lynch and especially the pass play to [Quayvon] Hicks at our goal line in the 4th quarter were impressive. Murray and company were able to keep USC’s vaunted defense on their heels. To gain over 500 yards of total offense and score over 40 points without a single turnover is a remarkable feat that should quiet Murray’s critics for a while. Finally, the most satisfying part for me was we ended the game with a bang — not a whimper, which is why we can crow about a beatdown over the Evil Genius.

You summed it up pretty nicely, Pete, and I’m glad you were willing to judge Bobo objectively. Offensively, it was a great day for him and the Dawgs.

Chad Moon writes: Hey Bill, this is from a huge Dawg fan living in Shreveport, LA. Do you think this upcoming game vs. North Texas and possibly any other games this season we will see [Hutson Mason] get some quality playing time to better get him game ready for next season much like Greene-Shockley? Thanks.

I don’t think you’ll ever see a Greene-Shockley-style rotation, but while Aaron Murray will start and no doubt play against North Texas, I’d be surprised if we didn’t see quite a bit of Mason in relief. After all, Greg McGarity said playing time for the bench is one of the reasons you schedule cupcakes!

Aaron Murray is most dangerous as a quarterback when he rolls out. (Associated Press)

Aaron Murray is most dangerous as a quarterback when he rolls out. (Associated Press)

Zackariah Craig writes: Longtime UGA fan and happy with the win. I think Murray was more game manager [against South Carolina], which allowed him to avoid mistakes. Do you agree? Also, I feel between Gurley and Marshall, UGA can ride them to an SEC title. Marshall is a matchup nightmare in the passing game and Gurley is Gurley. What do you think?

Um, did we watch the same game last Saturday? The quarterback in red wearing No. 11 who I saw extending plays by rolling out and directing receivers as he made some big-time plays was a heckuva lot more than a “game manager.” But I agree with you completely on Gurley and Marshall.

Jason Long writes: Bill, I agree that the crowd was louder than usual at the game last week against South Carolina, but let’s face it, the Dawgs were playing awesome, the players were already fired up, and the crowd had a lot to cheer about. In watching other games around the SEC and the country, our music selection played in Sanford Stadium for kickoffs and throughout the game is really quite lame for a football game. “Teenage Wasteland” is a great song to listen to riding down the road, but it sure doesn’t get my blood pumping, and most certainly not the players. How can we get some more current music played that the players would feed off of, and thus the fans? Even if it is not current, something that gets everyone more fired up. Who can we speak to about this? Thank you for your articles Bill, I enjoy reading your work!

And Gary Taylor writes: I have visited Clemson for 2 football games. Once last season for the South Carolina game following the GA/GA Tech game in Athens; one great day of football with my dad! Then again for the game last week.  A couple of things were pretty obvious in sitting through both games. The stadium gameday environment is loud and raucous. The fans were loud, but the PA system is definitely one of the loudest I have ever experienced! They pipe in band music through the PA system and the nonband music is loud and really seems to inspire the fans, which in turn pumps up the team. I know the complaint in Athens is that the crowd sits on its hands and we can’t hear music (especially the band), so why don’t we utilize a similar style? It seems foolish to not better us the “home field” advantage Sanford Stadium offers.

Meanwhile, Bin Minter has a little different view: My family has had season tickets to UGA home games since the sixties or seventies, and I grew up going. I can remember what it was like before the jumbotron and speakers, when it was just football, the band, a scoreboard, an announcer, and cheers. The 2007 Auburn game notwithstanding, I miss those times. While the opening montage is great, those in control of stadium “entertainment” do a horrible job with their song and video collection (drinking from a cleat?!?). I would posit that the music they blast actually saps crowd energy at times. Take the beginning to the second half, for instance. When the Dawgs came back on the field, that should have been a loud moment, but all I can remember is the urban song blowing my eardrums out. It’s as though they keep trying to recapture the Soulja Boy magic from six years ago. Surely I can’t be the only person with this complaint?

First of all, the song by The Who played before kickoff at the beginning of Georgia home games is called “Baba O’Riley,” not “Teenage Wasteland” (though that’s a common mistake). And, honestly, I love it as a pre-kickoff song. On the other hand, I’m not crazy about some of the country and hip-hop songs that do blare from the Sanford Stadium PA (and, Gary, UGA is playing quite a bit of music during games these days), but I also recognize that some of those tunes resonate with the players and students a lot more than songs I might prefer — anyone else for The Beatles’ “Hey Bulldog”? I’ve heard more than one under-30 UGA fan say they think the team needs a contemporary song (a la 2007’s Soulja Boy track) to get the players and students revved up. Whichever side of the musical divide you fall on, if you’d like to make suggestions on the PA music or anything else you’d like to see changed on game days, you might want to try emailing athletic director McGarity at ad@sports.uga.ed.

Smartt Dawg writes: There has been talk of declining attendance at SEC games and efforts to improve game day experience for fans that attend in person. I have season tickets (section 106) and at the South Carolina game, there was a camera crew with a large circular stand moving across the sideline. At times my view of the game was interfered with, particularly in goal line situations. I can’t remember a crew going across the sideline for the past several years. Will this continue or does it depend on whether the game is an ESPN, Fox Sports, SEC Network, or CBS? Though I love to be part of the game day atmosphere, this past week was the first time I can remember seriously considering staying at home because my view was not what I have been accustomed to.

I put your complaint/question to UGA Senior Associate Athletic Director Claude Felton, who responded: “This was a sideline cart camera that was used for reverse angle in this game. There is always one on the south side for every TV game; however, one on the north side we have had maybe once or twice in the last 20 years. So it would be rare, I would say.”

Matt Cafaro writes: Bill, In week 5, Athens will host what will be the ONLY Top 10 game that week between LSU and Georgia, and you, I, and every other faithful Dawg out there knows in our hearts that “ESPN College GameDay” will invent some excuse as to why Wisconsin-Ohio State in Columbus or Chokelahoma-Notre Lame in South Bend deserve their time instead of us. I mean, it’s not like they haven’t been to Columbus, OH 148 times in the last 20 years. I know it shouldn’t bother me, but it does. It’s not every year we play a home game worthy of “College GameDay,” but I think back to games like the UGA-Auburn Blackout, where instead of going to Athens, “GameDay” went to a DIVISION III game! It’s like they’re trying to offend us. With the expanded Tate Center, there’s plenty of grassy-places between Tate and the MLC they could set up close to the stadium. To me, if “College GameDay” goes to one of those other games in those other towns they’ve been dozens of times, it means they’re seriously only ever going to come to Athens when they’re forced to, as they were in the 2008 Bama-UGA game.

While ESPN’s choice of “GameDay” locations can be hard to figure at times, I don’t think they have anything against UGA. If they don’t come to Athens for this year’s LSU game, it might be because they just featured a Georgia game opening week (albeit, at Clemson). From a purely superstitious standpoint, though, a lot of fans would just as soon “GameDay” go elsewhere, as Georgia hasn’t performed all that well in games where Chris, Coach and Herbie were on hand in recent years.

Jason Aldean's Sanford Stadium concert is coming to DVD. (jasonaldean.com)

Jason Aldean's Sanford Stadium concert is coming to DVD. (jasonaldean.com)

Finally, the AJC’s music maven, Melissa Ruggieri, passes along word that Jason Aldean’s historic April concert at Sanford Stadium is coming to DVD next month. “Night Train to Georgia” will be released Oct. 15. “That day in Athens will always be one of my proudest accomplishments,” Macon native Aldean said in a statement. “I’ve been working my whole career to get to this point where I can go into a stadium like Sanford, which I’ve idolized my whole life, and leave a mark. I watch it back now to remember the details because it was all overwhelming and a pretty surreal moment for me.” More than 60,000 fans filled the stadium during the concert, which also featured Leesburg’s Luke Bryan opening and Atlanta’s Ludacris joining Aldean onstage. You can watch a trailer for the DVD here.

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368 comments Add your comment

P-Man

September 14th, 2013
9:59 am

Thanks, Bill! Great article. I think the offense is just fine, and the defense will come around.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

September 14th, 2013
10:00 am

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

September 14th, 2013
10:00 am

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

September 14th, 2013
10:05 am

No worries about the defense at the end of the season we will be having to wait and see if he goes to the NFL or not then our athletic dept will try to lure him back with another contract extension and a raise

All while we still give up 30+ to top 20 teams ;)

Strange Murphy

September 14th, 2013
10:10 am

Dawgs adjusted well the 2nd half of the Crackolina game. Could it be that the competition is higher than it was in the past? Too many points allowed for my taste though.

Bulldawg35

September 14th, 2013
10:10 am

I went back and did some work and under BVG we were 39-0 when our offense scored 20+ plus points…that’s incredible!!! I wish BVG would of stayed at UGA….I think we would of won 3 mnc’s by now! But he left to soon and the game has passed him by! I wouldn’t want him now! I do want Grantham gone…but I’m going to trust in Richt that he knows what he is doing by keeping him around!

dawgfan

September 14th, 2013
10:10 am

We had a defense full of veterans last year and they were middle of the pack SEC at best. It’s lost on me how age and the mere passage of time will somehow magically make this year’s unit better, but we’ll see I guess.

Bank on the rest of the teams on our schedule attempting to exploit the massive holes in our defense exposed by Clemson and SC. That’s the flip side of playing good teams. They can lay a blueprint for everyone else.

Thanks.

Iago's Yoda

September 14th, 2013
10:12 am

Giving up 90 points in the last three games should be of tremendous concern to any program, regardless of the competition, Bill.

Also, convenient omission on the Van Gorder stats.

Bulldawg35

September 14th, 2013
10:14 am

We will have to stop LSU’s rushing attack,,,,if we don’t then zack is going to light our secondary up! We don’t want hamburger to gain confidence! Our offense can’t score 40 every game! It’s to much pressure!!!

Bulldawg35

September 14th, 2013
10:17 am

Anyways I still have a smile on my face…beating SC was a major deal for me! I hate the chickens! They have the most arrogant and delusional fan base ever…..

libby purvis

September 14th, 2013
10:50 am

UGA’s defense is VERY young so the fact that we almost won the Clemson game and we did beat SC tells me the defense has game. With the bye week this weekend and the N. TX State game next week, it should give the defense another two weeks to solidify before LSU comes to town. UGA’s defense will be ready to “rock & roll” and as the season goes on will just get better (it always does!). We do need to do a much better job stopping the run and tackling but these two weeks will help us there practice that. UGA knows what is on the line with the LSU game and will be ready to play. I think UGA wins it which sets us up for an 11-1 season to take on the SEC West winner (hope its ALA) and go to the NC game which I hope is against OSU. We’ve unfinished business to do. GATA DAWGS!!!!!

HistoryofMatt

September 14th, 2013
10:52 am

We have to stop with this silly superstitious b.s. and ENJOY any national attention our beloved Dawgs can get!

Gameday goes to Columbus at least once a year, EVERY YEAR.

Do you think it’s a coincidence that although the Suckeyes lose bowl game after bowl game to SEC and Pac-12 teams, that no matter what, they ALWAYS start off the season ranked in the top-25, even though it’s obvious they play in a lame conference and can’t compete with the faster, stronger teams of the best two conferences in College Football?

Well, if you said yes to my question, I’m here to tell you NO. It’s not a coincidence. The Suckeyes are continuously overrated, EVERY YEAR, precisely because of their incessant presence on Gameday, which keeps them nationally relevant, even though they’ve won less games that matter in the last 50 years than the Dawgs have.

I’m sick of Georgia being seen as a “regional” power by B1G apologists like Northwestern graduate Stewart Mandel and other national College Football writers.

To get the respect the Dawgs deserve, we NEED more national exposure.

You know who else has a dismal record on Gameday? TAMU. They’re 0-3. But have you seen their fans all week? They’re EMBRACING the exposure they’re getting. They’ll most likely lose this game and go to 0-4 with Gameday in attendance, but I guarantee those same Aggie fans won’t take on this lame “woe is us” attitude I see from far too many Dawgs I know, and they’ll again embrace and love the national exposure Gameday brings.

You want better recruits? You want better national respect? You want more money flowing into the program (that McGarrity will never, ever use, hiding it away like a squirrel hoarding nuts for the winter, but I digress)?

Then we should ALL be bombarding @CollegeGameday with our demand that they show up to Athens for the Week 5 game against LSU, the ONLY top-10 match-up of the week, and a game that will help decide the balance of the SEC going forward.

EMBRACE the national exposure. DEMAND the respect.

Stop being a bunch of stupidstitious ninnies.

And be DAWGS, dammit!!!

HistoryofMatt

September 14th, 2013
10:53 am

*In the first paragraph, that should be top-10. The Suckeyes should be a top-25 team, but every year they start off in the top-10, even though they’re never actually a real top-10 team.

dawgfan

September 14th, 2013
11:07 am

Libby, on what planet does UGA’s defense get better as the season goes along? On planet Earth Grantham’s worst showings tend to be in the SECCG and bowl games at the end of the year.

I’m sorry but some of you are in Fantasy Land.

YellinDawg

September 14th, 2013
11:14 am

Grantham didn’t over a safety over the top to help Langley, that was a huge oversight.

At least bracket, with Langley playing underneath, since Langley tens to cheat towards the run and eye the backfield way too much.

This showed a lot of incompetence to me.

YellinDawg

September 14th, 2013
11:15 am

Willie Martinez was a lot better against ranked teams than Grantham has been in yards and scoring allowed.

YellinDawg

September 14th, 2013
11:17 am

I do think Grantham will be fired after this season, you simply have to, he’s proven he can’t stop any team.

Willie only let 4 teams rush for 200 yards on him, it’s an everyday thing with Grantham.

Question is, who can we get to replace Grantham that knows what they’re doing? I wonder if VanGorder might be the right guy, if not, I’d go to an NFL def asst with a LONG track record of stopping the run.

YellinDawg

September 14th, 2013
11:19 am

Here’s what you do, let Dawson shut down the No 1 wr.

Bracket the No 2 wr with Langley and a safety.

Leave someone in the middle.

Leave 8 in the box to stop the run.

how hard it that?

dawgfan

September 14th, 2013
11:33 am

We effed up royally not firing Willie a year earlier and going after John Chavis.

Original ATLien

September 14th, 2013
11:44 am

@YellinDawg – you’re such a DEF wizard! If we’re using Dawson and Langley on the #1 & #2 WRs, then what will we use Swann our #1 CB to do….numnuts??

dawgfan

September 14th, 2013
12:48 pm

At least YellinDawg is trying to think of something. Grantham is getting paid almost a million a year and he hasn’t thought of anything.

Truthiness

September 14th, 2013
1:41 pm

I think N Texas will be key to the maturity of our defense. If we’ve learned enough to improve, then we shouldn’t see them getting big chunks of yardage early. The danger is that happens, but by the 3rd quarter they run out of gas and depth, so we think our defense has once again turned the famous corner. LSU has SEC depth. What’s left is the likelihood of needing 40 offensive points to whip LSU. Not a good position to be in for every big game.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

September 14th, 2013
3:00 pm

dawgfan

Come on now; lets be fair

Grantham hasnt done much due to not having a decent pay raise or enough water troughs ;)

Original ATLien

September 14th, 2013
4:21 pm

@dawgfan – you’re going to defend that idiot YellinDawg and he’s recommending we play 12 DEF players? I might start thinking you’re just as nutty as him! (8 in the box + 2CBs + safety help + 1 in the middle = 12)

dawgfan

September 14th, 2013
4:45 pm

I’m just saying that he’s trying to come up with solutions. Grantham’s been here almost 4 years and we keep seeing the same crappy defense. YellinDawg isn’t collecting the fat paychecks so don’t be mad at him.

Eric C.

September 14th, 2013
5:45 pm

What still mystifies me about TG and the defense is what happened in 2012. The defense finished up 2011 rock-solid and held LSU to 12 yds in the first half of the SECCG before LSU’s depth took over. Look at all of the talent that came back for 2012…a lot of NFL-caliber players! I understand the suspensions early in the season, but the defensive performances against UT and SC were just really poor showings.

Overall, most would agree the defense really under-performed last year. So this year, the defense is young…well TG’s big challenge is to get them to show improvement.

Macclenny_dawg

September 14th, 2013
6:49 pm

The defense as all defenses will continue to get scored on. The hurry up and spread has had all the games scoring going up the last few years. We just have to get a few stops and hope we have the better offense. The days of getting a lead and depending on your defense is gone. The game right now is built for the offenses. Thats why Richt and Bobo has to come out of old school conservative ways. Go Dawgs!!!

ARdawg

September 14th, 2013
8:50 pm

Dudes, the defense is playing 8 new starters of which most are freshmen. How is that TG’s fault? Yes, the some Superstar Sunday player’s underperformed last year. That has nothing to do with what is transpiring this year. This defensive group is learning and part of that learning process will be mistakes. Get over it, get over yourselves. They are fast and they are physical. Give them a chance to mature as a unit

ARdawg

September 14th, 2013
8:53 pm

Even watching Langley get burned last week, I saw some tremendous plays he made. That kid will do good things, in time. I believe this is going to be a good defense. They are not there yet but it coming

RED DOG 77

September 14th, 2013
10:46 pm

Some points of college football can’t be measured by statistics, Todd Grantham helped turn a sinking ship around…………He changed the culture, he may soon have done all he can do at Georgia, but to date he’s been a damn good dawg…………….I want to see Grantham’s attack D eat Mettenberger’s lunch…………GO DAWGS……………………RED

HotDawg

September 14th, 2013
10:48 pm

Funny how it was conveniently left out of the readers statistics that Todd Grantham had a TOP 5 defense in the nation 2 years ago. That’s how he got the big contract.
Last years D was dissapointing, but I think more because players were reading their own press too much and being cautious with looming pro careers. This year they are young. Give it time people. Even Nick Saban can’t make a top defense in two games with a bunch of freshman.
They need experience, and fans need patience.

HotDawg

September 14th, 2013
10:56 pm

That video of Aldean concert was impressive. They did a great job with Sanford Stadium. Although I still think it is too sacred a ground for anything but football and commencement exercises.

Creativity Dawg

September 14th, 2013
11:33 pm

Would Love for CMR to give Bday present to Grunthum! Opportunity for MISS St. job!

Creativity Dawg

September 14th, 2013
11:36 pm

ARDawg: No way to fault Todd…Langley will be awesome!!!! Picking on him is fine…Todd could do ZERO w NFL’ers!

Buzz-off

September 15th, 2013
6:42 am

Bill,

I am also worried about all the points our defense gives up, but I think it may have a lot to do with the improved offenses. Consider this, Kirby Smart and Saban are considered extraordinary defensive coordinators. In addition, they have recruited the BEST DEFENSIVE TALENT. In their last 2 SEC games (UGa and Texas A&M) they gave up approximately 80 points and 1000 yards. Heck, they let 1 player run and pass for almost 600 yards yesterday and the couldn’t slow down UGa at the end of the SEC CG. I’m not implying Bama has bad coaches…..I’m saying that Grantham seems to be similar to other well know coaches. P.S. Even the Clemson and SC defenses gave- up almost 80 combined points against UGa this season!!!

dawgfan

September 15th, 2013
7:20 am

The 2011 stats were built up on a steady diet of cupcakes. In our 4 losses that year we gave up 35, 45, 42 and 33 points. If you think that’s a Top 5 defense then I’m Elvis freaking Presley.

The only one conveniently omitting things is you.

mgdawg

September 15th, 2013
7:49 am

I do think Grantham has been overpraised and overpaid. Last year I knew anytime a team would get in the redzone is was an automatic touchdown. My biggest disappointment is with the tackling of Grantham’s defenses, I don’t think he teaches wrapping up. Having said all that, this year’s defense has performed better then I expected and I think better then last year’s defense already. Clemson is a top 10 team with a potent offense, they scored points but the defense stopped them multiple times also. I think the true reason UGA lost that game was because UGA’s offense couldn’t move the ball in the late part of the first half and the entire second half and the defense just wore out. Against USC the defense had a goal line stand, I don’t think UGA has had one of those since Vangorder. Many of the mistakes that lead to big plays against USC should be able to be fixed fairly easily, mainly taking better angles. I think also this year’s group is better at tackling then in the past.

As for music. I hated Clemson’s use of the speakers and pumping in radio music. To me a big part of the college gameday experience is the band. Even when the band would play and they pumped that in it was horrible because you barely hear yourself think it was so loud. As for UGA fans not being that loud, I think a lot of that has to do with restrictions UGA has put on the gameday experience. Every place I go has such a great tailgate experience and UGA has stripped that away, I think taking that away really hurts the overall atmosphere.

Vincent

September 15th, 2013
8:23 am

I mean, geez, if you’re Langley, and guys keep blowing by you

at least grab a jersey

a penalty is a lot better than a td

Muschamp’s corners do that a lot, Bama started doing it to T A/M

Grantham? Just the ole method.

Vincent

September 15th, 2013
8:24 am

Pressure up front forces bad throws.

WHERE’S THE PRESSURE? WHERE’S THE SACKS? WHERE’S THE INTERCEPTIONS?

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

September 15th, 2013
8:46 am

dawgfan

Factual statistics arent allowed on these blogs; obviously you didnt get the memo ;)

I-DOG

September 15th, 2013
9:49 am

The jury is still out on Grantham. I think he is a good D coordinator, much better than Martinez, but not as good as Van Gorder.

I don’t have statistics to back it up, but it does seem like SEC teams are scoring more points the last 5-6 years than they did previously. As someone already pointed out Bama’s last two SEC games they gave up over 80 points and Clemson and USC D’s didn’t look any better against Georgia than we did against them. Offenses seem to be scoring more points in the SEC.

I saw a lot of improvement in 2011 with Grantham’s D, but 2012 was a major disappointment. Many fans thought we would be a top 10 defense with all that NFL talent and Grantham in the 3rd year of the 3-4 D. Most of us were expecting growing pains in the first two games with a young D, but it certainly hasn’t risen above low expectations so far this year.

Once concern I have in the first two games is that we didn’t seem to move players around pre-snap and bring pressure from different areas? That is the biggest advantage of the 3-4. Which fourth player will rush the passer? Will it be one of the outside linebackers?, the Mike? A safety or a corner? Will we bring a 5th rusher or only 3? Seems like we aren’t disguising things as well as we could by having the Mike run up to the line and fake the blitz and then drop back in coverage only to have a safety actually be the fourth rusher.

Hoping we see a lot of improvement against LSU in a couple of weeks.

Earl

September 15th, 2013
10:25 am

LSU will score 42 on this UGA defense.

UGA Offense must score 45 points to beat LSU.

Earl

September 15th, 2013
10:32 am

Todd Grantham’s defense is:
3rd worst nationally in sacks
8th worse in nation in tackles for loss
103rd in scoring
105 in rush defense
89th in pass defense

Folks it’s time to admit it:
UGA has the worst defensive coach in the nation.

The stats don’t lie.

Earl

September 15th, 2013
10:34 am

UGA is last nationally in defensive interceptions.

Earl

September 15th, 2013
10:35 am

UGA defense is next to last in 3rd down conversion rate:
44%

Can’t get the defense off the field.

Can’t stop anybody.

alpha and omega dawg

September 15th, 2013
11:11 am

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=nfl&id=3192143

please read the article ; I find it very intresting. Coach G has a history of not stopping the run. Lets hope he turns this around and history does not repeat it self

Bulldawg35

September 15th, 2013
11:26 am

Yeah we have to start forcing more turnovers…that’s what we have been good at under Grantham! It looks like we will have to score 40+ points on Lsu to win. It looks like Lsu and fla are the only teams in the sec that will play defense this year! I hope we can beat Lsu but don’t think we will….Odell beckam will have a career day against our secondary…we all better hope we win the turnover battle…only way we win this one.

7576DAWG

September 15th, 2013
11:39 am

Grantham was brought in to see if we could convert to the 3-4 because it is a big Recruiting tool if you can tell the Recruit’s that they will be learning what most Pro team run . What Georgia has found out is we may not have the Depth to be as successful as we need to be.Georgia lines up in the 4-2-5 most of the time. Can Grantham be successful at the College level is something that still need’s to be determined. I don’t now how good of a Recruiter he is but we are getting some pretty good Defensive Recruit’s to come to Georgia and I think we have better quality Depth than we have had in the past 15 or 20 year’s.
To build a top 10 program is not as easy as some would hope it is so I think the current Head Coach and entire staff need to be given 3 to 5 year’s together and let’s see what happen’s. The only Coach that I would be watching currently is Will Friend because we have missed out on so many great Defensive Line Recruit’s the last 2 year’s. If that changes this year and we actually sign the top target’s then the problem’s have been addressed by Richt and McGarity.

7576DAWG

September 15th, 2013
11:43 am

Sorry, I meant to say :because we have missed out on so many Offensive Line Recruit’s.

1969 Graduate

September 15th, 2013
11:59 am

The game has changed such that offenses have the advantage. This is true for all teams. Witness Alabama, a defensive powerhouse if ever there was one, and recent scores against their defense by offenses such as ours and that of Johnny Football.

Still, it pains me to see the Bulldogs make fundamental errors such as failing to wrap up the ball carrier. That sort of thing should be an embarrassment to a Pop Warner coach. Here we have a coach making megabucks who doesn’t seem to be able to teach football fundamentals.

Fundamentals – tacking and blocking and avoiding stupid penalties – these are always signs of good coaches.

I think our defense will improve as the year goes on, but so will the offenses of our opponents.

Go, Bulldogs.