Let the defensive post-mortems begin.

If what Jeremy Lomax and Mark Richt had to say to David Hale is any indication, it sounds like the Dawg defense was woefully unprepared to handle what Alabama was running in the first half of last week’s game.

“You’ve just got to do more film study,” Lomax said. “That’s what it’s going to take. Get in the film room, watch more film, and I feel like us as a whole have been slacking at that. We need to be able to read stances more and know whether it s run or pass.”

Now whether that’s something to hang on the coaches, players or both, I can’t say.  But you have to hope it’s fixable.  It better be by the LSU game, because you’d expect that the Tigers are equipped to run much of the same stuff that ‘Bama did.

Along the same lines, here’s a quote Martinez gave the AB-H about one particular thing that Alabama was able to run quite successfully:

Martinez said Georgia was stung particularly by Alabama’s play-action passes on first and second down when the defense was geared up to stop a Crimson Tide running game that entered 14th in the nation in rushing.

“When you’re sitting there committed to the run and you run play-action, that hurt us,” Martinez said. “We’ve got to play better with the play-action because that’s what he hurt us with. They did a nice job of boots and screens and kept us off balance…”

Yes they did.  And everyone in the stadium kept wishing that the defense would adjust to it.  The play that stuck the final knife into Georgia was a fourth quarter screen pass that set up the field goal to put ‘Bama up 34-17, so you’d have to say that was a problem that never got solved.

Again, though, flawed schemes can be fixed.  We’ll get an indication soon enough of whether that’s happening.

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4 responses to “Let the defensive post-mortems begin.

  1. NebraskaDawg

    Wow WM, A team that likes to run the ball then use play action passing. Maybe we should practice against our own offense because isn’t that what we do? Sounds like WM isn’t preparing the troops and Lomax showed some of the frustration.

  2. Christian

    Two thoughts:

    1. Part of me just wishes we’d stop talking about Bama and just say “they whooped us” and moved on. Try to keep some form of confidence afloat as everyone catches someone on the wrong day.

    2. But if, as Lomax says, we’ve been “slack” at watching film – and then add CWM feeling we were “off balance” by what is a natural extension of preparing for the run (play action) – I think you get a bigger dilemma that isn’t solved in 1 or 2 weeks.

    I suspect that this problem will show its face again later this year. I can see us beating UT & Vandy, building up some momentum; and then going to Baton Rouge and get hurt the same way (as you point out) on DEF and hearing the same comments.

    Go Dawgs!

  3. dean

    Hopefully the coaches, players and fans alike are taking the Bama game as a big ol’ slap in the face to wake up. We needed a dose of reality and we got a hearty helping. This game could lead us in 2 different directions. It can turn out to be a catalysts to the SECC if the problems are identified and corrected. Or it could be cement boots that pull us to the Music City bowl if we don’t put it behind us.

  4. Robert

    We need to find some speed somewhere from the DE spot.

    Marcus Howard gave us a huge advantage last season by being able to pressure the QB with his speed. Our DE’s this year are having to rely on breakdowns at the o-line to apply pressure, and teams with solid fronts, like Bama’s, will give us fits.

    Watching Howard chase down a wayward QB and seeing him get deep inside the backfield from the snap allowed our defense last season to be dominant late down the stretch.

    We need some defensive speed.

    We need to GATA Dawgs!