Coaching ‘em up, ctd.

When you put it like this,

The Bulldogs are third in the SEC in pass defense (174.7 yards per game), run defense (85.8 ypg), total defense (260.5 ypg) and scoring defense (19.2 points per game) and rank in the top 20 nationally in each category.

They posted those numbers despite having just five players — Abry Jones, Jarvis Jones, Brandon Boykin, Sanders Commings and Shawn Williams — who started all six games.

… yeah, I think you’ve got to give the coaching staff a little credit.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what they can do when Ogletree and Washington get back for Florida.  Man, when’s the last time you were eager to watch Georgia’s defense?

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19 responses to “Coaching ‘em up, ctd.

  1. Grafton

    07′ Sugar Bowl. Should have put money on that game.

  2. Red Blackman

    The last time I really wanted Georgia’s defense on the field was at the end of ’07.

    It was also the last time I felt sorry for an opposing QB. Marcus Howards last sack of Colt Brennan was as close to a felony as I’ve ever seen on a football field. I remember saying “They should get that kid out of there before he gets hurt.” It was too late.

    While I’m sure we will have a lapse or two the remainder of the year, things are definitely getting better. When Ray Drew masters a few techniques and learns to use his hands, he will be a monster. He has amazing speed for a guy his size.

    • Puffdawg

      The Rev plays awfully high, which would make sense given his physical advantage over most high schoolers. He’s got to learn to play lower before we expect big things from him.

  3. The other Doug

    The stats are good and they pass the eye test during the game. Somebody taught these kids how to tackle.

    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      Their HS coaches, no disrespect intended.

      • Macallanlover

        Dang Mayor. So when they do well, we give credit to everyone from the Pop Warner coach up through HS. When they jump off sides, fail to wrap up, or hit someone late it is our current coaches who have failed…or better yet, undid what those other coaches had taught them previously. Kind of like JAX, when we started losing close games, it is because of location of the game, but when we were winning, longitude and lattitude played no role at all.

  4. kckd

    The way it used to be. Remember how many starters we missed on defense in the opener against Clemson in 2003. Remember the final score? not to mention it was on the road.

  5. TennesseeDawg

    Florida is in the tank right now. We can’t go out and lay another egg this year.

    • Will (The Other One)

      If the Gators lose at the Barn, we might be favored. So I really hope we don’t pull another 2002 (lose to inferior Gator team in a new coach’s first year.)

  6. dean

    I’m definitely excited about the defense but I still hold my breath, close one eye and turn away slightly every time a pass is thrown against them. Can’t help it. It’s been ugly for so long. Although I’m getting better every week.

  7. Lrgk9

    It’s Red and Black and it’s coming down the track !

  8. Derek

    While making tackles, being in position, not allowing receivers to run unabated through the secondary are all welcome sites, I would have to say the ferocity of the hitting, especially from our db’s, has been my favorite development. We’ve come a long way from the “hit man” avoiding contact at all costs.

  9. Irishdawg

    “I remember saying “They should get that kid out of there before he gets hurt.” It was too late. ”

    I bet Colt Brennan had nightmares of being eaten by black jerseyed dragons for weeks after that game. I thought he would see how many former Bulldogs were in the NFL and decide to be a volcano tour guide in Maui.

  10. Joe

    The competition hasn’t been good past 4 games. We were 75th after 1st 2 games in def scoring.

    • W Cobb Dawg

      But Joe, you have to consider we played 2 top 20 teams. Whereas most other teams played patsies the first 2 games. We can cherry pick til the end of time. Yes, everyone knows our schedule is unusually easy this year, and we still have 6+ games to go. But I think the D has improved and they deserve credit for that.

      • Cojones

        Wow! Blaming the O for the way the D plays? Maybe you should have left that one home, W Cobb. Hell, I guess it’s progress since you only hinted it was Bobo’s fault. Jeez!

    • Will (The Other One)

      We’ve seen the two best QBs we’ll say all year and held both well below their average yards. We’ve also shown massive improvement on 3rd down and against spread offenses, and against the deep ball (that last bit could prove very useful against the Gators and NATS.)

  11. Keese

    What gets me excited about this defense is some of the offenses we will see later this year may be unprepared and/or unsure how to gameplan

  12. W Cobb Dawg

    I think they’re still learning, and I believe the D will get even better. I also think the O’s conservatism and screw-ups puts the D in difficult positions where they hesitate to bring maximum pressure.