A chat with new linebackers coach Warren Belin

(Updated)

When Georgia recently hired Warren Belin as a linebackers coach, it didn’t specify whether he would be responsible for the inside or outside linebackers in the Bulldogs’ new 3-4 defense.

Inside, Belin said Friday.

New defensive coordinator Todd Grantham will coach the outside linebackers.

“Todd and I will be working really together with the linebacker corps, [but] I’ll be focusing on . . .  the inside linebackers,” Belin said.  “There may be times in certain drills I may have to work with the outside linebackers as well.”

Completing what he called a “whirlwind” first full week on the job in Athens, Belin spoke with reporters on a conference call, his first media availability since being hired to complete the Bulldogs’ revamped defensive coaching staff.

Although acknowledging that inside and outside linebackers are distinct positions in the 3-4 defense in terms of skill sets, Belin said the core philosophy for both groups will be the same: “doing a great job with fundamentals and . . . playing with speed, being great tacklers and being productive players.”

“The outside linebackers, obviously, will be coming off the edge and bring[ing] a lot of pressure,” Belin added. “But we’ll also be bringing pressure with inside linebackers as well.”

Belin is a 20-year coaching veteran who was Vanderbilt’s linebackers coach the past eight seasons.  He also served as the Commodores’ recruiting coordinator the past two years and  special-teams coordinator in 2006-07. He  said Georgia coach Mark Richt has talked with him and other assistants about “how  we’ll divide up” special-teams coaching duties.

“We are currently working on some of those details and getting everything worked out, what we’re all going to bring to the table in trying to get better in our special teams area,” Belin said.

Three of Georgia’s four defensive coaches are new, with Belin, Grantham and secondary coach Scott Lakatos joining the lone holdover from last year’s defensive staff, line coach Rodney Garner.

As for how he came to be hired by Georgia, Belin said:  “Coach Richt has been following my career for quite some time.  . . . A couple of people recommended me to Coach Richt, and he followed through with that. After recruiting season was over, he contacted [Vanderbilt] Coach [Bobby] Johnson to ask permission. I came on the interview — had a really good interview with Coach Richt and Coach Grantham –- and I’m fortunate to have a chance to be a part of this great program.”

Since he has been on the job –- his first day  was what he called the “whiteout,” the snow that hit Athens on Feb. 12 –- Belin has been busy.  “I’m learning,” he said. “We’ve been meeting defensively as a staff, getting to know our defense and the package that we’re installing.

And he has started to get to know his players.  “My philosophy for my players –- and I’ve sat down and told all of those guys the first day -– is: honesty No. 1, fairness No. 2, and then 100 percent effort and attitude on and off the field,” Belin said.  “If you do those things and do them right every day, you have a good chance to be successful.”

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229 comments Add your comment

11Dawg

February 19th, 2010
11:55 am

Whoever did special teams for the bowl game…that should be who does it next year.

jimmy

February 19th, 2010
12:01 pm

looking foward to yhe new d

Blindog

February 19th, 2010
12:02 pm

Who will coach special teams?

That Band Kid

February 19th, 2010
12:06 pm

It will probably be divided like it has been in years past… Hopefully CMR will take on some of that responsibility.

Gary

February 19th, 2010
12:12 pm

So who will be getting Samuels ready at linebacker. I would guess with his speed they would want him on the outside but I haven’t heard.

Tim Tucker

February 19th, 2010
12:15 pm

Blindog: Coach Belin indicated that the plan is for special-teams coaching duties to be divided up among the assistants..

Fletch

February 19th, 2010
12:16 pm

Good question Blindog…I think Belin coached ST at Vandy and they were always pretty good. I’m assuming he will take over the reigns. Whatever they choose it will have to be an upgrade over the past few years. A n*tless monkey could do a better job than what we’ve had.

And, Gary…really? It is SAMUEL…Singular!!!

Tim Tucker

February 19th, 2010
12:16 pm

Gary: Richard Samuel said last week that he doesn’t know yet if he’ll be inside or outside, but like you I’d think OLB.

toph

February 19th, 2010
12:27 pm

Bring on the D!!

Red Clay Hound

February 19th, 2010
12:34 pm

Thanks Fletchs for the correction.

Rickin' the 3-4

February 19th, 2010
12:38 pm

Belin will need to focus on shedding blockers at ILB. Think Ray Lewis.

Gratefuldawghead

February 19th, 2010
12:39 pm

You can tell how good a team is coached by watching the Special Teams. Richt get on them Now!

takedowndawg

February 19th, 2010
12:44 pm

Hope this arrangement brings major concern to our other SEC peers. Yes, fl, we do consider you a peer although you are convinced that you “float” above all the rest of us! Your balloon may be getting alittle thin or tattered to keep you Way Up There in the stratosphere! Hope we prove it this year. Remember, “what are you going to do with 3rd and 4 for the 1st dn..” Run Brantley for it, of course! NOT!!!! Go DAWGS!! We SECers are sure going to miss Tebow this year!

Rickin' the 3-4

February 19th, 2010
12:47 pm

Grantham will take thew OLB’s. These guys will be after the QB with hurries, knock downs, and sacks. Think Demarcus Ware. We need some guys that are a combo of strong and fast.

Rickin' the 3-4

February 19th, 2010
12:52 pm

I like this decision, and it’s the most natural choice. Belin loves focusing on tackling technique-wise. He’s known as the best in the SEC for tackles and shedding blockers with his MLB’s. ILB’s in the 3-4 serve the same purpose. The strong safety will also give some run support. It leaves Grantham to use his stunts to send a QB blitzer from different places on every play. This uncertainty and unpredictibility drives QB’s crazy. In the NFL at least, the OLB’s in the 3-4 lead the NFL in sacks. It’s a great scheme for getting to the QB.

Da Roun Circle

February 19th, 2010
12:55 pm

If the way Florida responded to the 3-4 against Alabama is any sign of how other SEC teams will respond, things are loooking up for Coach Grantham. It’s not a defense you’ll see a lot of, even with extra days to prepare, Florida had no answer for the 3-4 against Bama.

Frank Lane

February 19th, 2010
1:15 pm

think that there should be one coach specializing on each Kick Offs, Kick Off Returns, Punts, Punt returns, place kicking and kick blocking. Six separate jobs. do we have six coaches?

Sam

February 19th, 2010
1:16 pm

So Richard Samuels is for sure moving to LB? We may be looking at the next Ernie Simms folks.

observor

February 19th, 2010
1:18 pm

Great, another special teams by committee approach to coaching. I don’t understand Richt’s subborness and refusal to appoint a sole ST’s coach instead of this piece meal approach that he has been doing. It constitutes a third of the game, and can win and lose you games just like offense and defense, and it’s time Richt treat it the same.

DawgJax

February 19th, 2010
1:18 pm

Sam – Yes Sam it is a done deal. He is going to have a big impact at LB.

ga gator

February 19th, 2010
1:20 pm

Da Roun Circle, dont you think the way Florida responded to Bama’s 3-4 wasn’t because of the 3-4; it was because Bama had superior atheletes on D. Do you think Grantham will have the same quality of atheletes and besides UF is going to a version of the 3-4 so they might figure it out by then.

Bremen Dawg

February 19th, 2010
1:31 pm

I think you will see better players on special teams now. Thank goodness, no more pouch kicks.

proud dawg

February 19th, 2010
1:33 pm

We moved a little known FB to defensive line and then to D end and it worked our rather well. David 47 Pollack.

I think “the Sam” is going to be a beast of a baker with great coaching. That was refreshing to say… great defensive coaching.

I like all that new Coach Belin has to say. Things are looking UP!
Go DAWGS! 30-24 in case anyone forgot????

Bremen Dawg

February 19th, 2010
1:35 pm

Richard Samuel will be OLB, he is very fast and you want your fastest guys with his size at OLB rushing the QB and getting to the ball quick.

Ponce DeLeon

February 19th, 2010
1:37 pm

I do believe that when I explored the US in the 1500’s looking for the Fountain of Youth that he shouldn’t of looked near St.Augustine, he should have gone to Athens. I have never seen as big a group of fans that have hope that forever springs eternal. One year you blast Samuel and then all of a sudden he will be All-American. UGA will go 14-0, win championships and every year the same old underacheiving story.

AthensDAWG

February 19th, 2010
1:44 pm

Richard Samuel will be a better LB than he was a HB. He will actually have a chance to shine on defense unlike offense where we had CK4 and Washaun. Look for him to be a great LB in Granthams scheme. His Size and speed are gonna be what separates him from our other LBs. He will be getting off the edge and into the backfield with no problems at all.

BULLDOG MAN

February 19th, 2010
1:45 pm

GLAD TO HAVE YOU ON BOARD CAOCH. NOW LETS GO WIN THE SEC!!!!!

Mega Dawg

February 19th, 2010
1:46 pm

The Dawgs now have the best defensive coaching staff in the SEC and with florida way down, Ga should easily win the SEC east in 2010!!!! The Dawgs are back–mark it down!

Ponce Really???

February 19th, 2010
1:53 pm

This is a blog and people wirte quick comments as they are passing thru..Only haters as your self troll….you make me proud to be a DAWG FAN!!! Troll on haters..

Ponce DeLeon

February 19th, 2010
1:57 pm

Mega Dawg, thanks for proving my point above. CMR has the best job in the SEC, if he had gone 4-4, 2 out of the last 3 years in the SEC at Alabama or Florida, he would be gone before he could of fired Willie.

Ponce DeLeon

February 19th, 2010
1:57 pm

excuse me, 2 out of the last 4 years.

The Voice in the Desert

February 19th, 2010
1:58 pm

Ponce DeLeon, the US was not around in the 1500s. If you’re going to criticize people for being delusional, at least get your history right. Speaking of history, tell me what Florida ever did before Steve Spurrier. Georgia fans are delusional as they think too much about the past and Florida fans are delusional to think they had a football program before Steve Spurrier. Whats the lesson? Its SEC, every team’s fans are delusional.

Ron Zook

February 19th, 2010
2:00 pm

The Voice in the Desert, I agree. They wanted to fire me before I ever stuttered at a news conference.

Gatorbait 17-3

February 19th, 2010
2:01 pm

“Da Roun Circle”

If the way Florida responded to the 3-4 against Alabama is any sign of how other SEC teams will respond, things are loooking up for Coach Grantham. It’s not a defense you’ll see a lot of, even with extra days to prepare, Florida had no answer for the 3-4 against Bama.

That’s the dumbest analysis I have ever heard. Do you mean to tell me that Bama
wasn’t running the 3-4 in 2008 when the Gators won.

I’ll give you a clue, players win games not schemes. You will sorely disappointed in the
fall when the Gators 40 + on the wonder coach

ga gator

February 19th, 2010
2:06 pm

The Gators basically can not be beat by the Bulldogs, period. What ever coaching moves Georgia makes will be trumped by Coach Meyer and the brand new Florida coaching staff.

ga gator

February 19th, 2010
2:09 pm

ga gator (imposter) why dont you have the balls to sign your handle as the auburn fan you are?

N.GA.DAWG

February 19th, 2010
2:10 pm

i dont know what record the gators will have at the end of the year. but i would be very surprised to see them in atlanta. my guess 9-3 or 8-4.

Ponce Really???

February 19th, 2010
2:10 pm

You need to look up your facts first…UGA has gone 6-2, two out of the last three years….last year was 4-4 and three defensive coachs were let go…The only years CMR has been 4-4 in the conference was 2006 and 2009…Thanks for shring…Haters make me proud to be a DAWG FAN!!!

Ponce DeLeon

February 19th, 2010
2:13 pm

N.GA.DAWG is just another who proves my point; he thinks UGA will win the east. Question boys, if Florida who has a coach in rehab, loses 5 starters on Defense, 5 on Offense still beats your beloved Dawgs will you still have confidence that CMR will turn things around?

Ponce DeLeon

February 19th, 2010
2:14 pm

Ponce Really???, if you could read, you would notice that I corrected myself by saying 2 out of the last 4.

Gatorbait Really???

February 19th, 2010
2:15 pm

Brantley is no Teebow…yall are way to young next year to be bragging this big…And we all know there is a big difference between a 18 year old and a 22 year old man playing on the line…I feel the order of 19 starting to swing…if you don’t then you are in denial..

Ponce DeLeon

February 19th, 2010
2:16 pm

Ponce Really???, who originally hired those 3 coaches that were fired at least 1 year too late?

N.GA.DAWG

February 19th, 2010
2:17 pm

did i say uga would da? you may beat everyone on your side of the conf. and still not make it.

DaddyDawg

February 19th, 2010
2:17 pm

Can’t wait for spring practice to see how our depth chart will shake out on defense. I think we’ll ultimately learn that the 1 gap 3-4 will give us more speed and quickness on the field to combat spread passing attacks like FL.

For those who post regularly on the Dawg Chat at UGASports.com, I’m sure you know by now that Steve Patterson, the owner of that site, has now made the Chat a subscription site when it has always been free. While I readily acknowledge that Steve has the absolute right to charge anything he desires for posting on, or using, his site, I also believe that his decision is akin to raising taxes in a recession!! Better to practice supply-side economics here and lower existing fees for everyone if you’re going to make the Dawg Chat a pay site to encourage more people to sign up, allowing you to raise more revenue with more members at a lower fee.

Steve, you admitted to me last fall at the beginning of the college football season on the DawgChat that college sports message boards had “jumped the shark.” To suddenly chop longtime Chatters off at the knees without prior notice and move to an “all or none” full subscription basis for use of the Dawg Chat shows that your college board has moved well beyond “jumping the shark” and borders on “screwing the pooch (pun intended!!),” causing longtime posters there to leave forever without hope of ever generating more revenue from them.

I would appreciate someone from the DawgChat cutting and pasting my post to the Chat, so that Steve knows how some long-standing posters there feel about his decision. Many thanks, and Go Dawgs!!

Ponce DeLeon

February 19th, 2010
2:17 pm

Gatorbait Really???, So you think UGA will really win the East? Let’s see, I would pick KY or SC before I would pick UGA.

ga gator

February 19th, 2010
2:17 pm

Can anybody explain why I feel almost obligated to interject my two cents regarding the Florida football team under every article written about the Georgia football program?

Ponce DeLeon

February 19th, 2010
2:18 pm

N.GA.DAWG, If you beat everyone on your side of the conference, then I would bet you might be going to Atlanta.

N.GA.DAWG

February 19th, 2010
2:19 pm

maybe not this year.

Pocnce Really???

February 19th, 2010
2:20 pm

LOL…Question, say CMR wins two in a row and a coach that has won you 2 MNC….does UF get of him…

N.GA.DAWG

February 19th, 2010
2:20 pm

if fla loses to lsu and bama.