On the defensive side, something I mentioned previously as a good reason for Rodney Garner to stay in Athens – the opportunity to expand his coaching experience by learning to coach in a 3-4 scheme – appears to have some validity.
… Since Richt came on board in 2001, Garner has coached Georgia’s defensive tackles, but that job has changed quite a bit since Grantham came on board as the team’s new defensive coordinator.
In the 3-4 defense — which employs three down linemen and four linebackers — Garner’s coaching responsibilities have expanded from the two tackles he used to be responsible for to now include the entire line and, on many occasions, the rush linebackers, too.
“His responsibility has really grown,” Richt said. “When we do pass skeleton, Coach Grantham will still be there, but Rodney is handling the pass rush. So the outside linebackers who are working on their rush skills, Coach Garner is now teaching pass rush from inside and out. His responsibility has grown, but he’s excited about it.”
And on the other side of the ball, necessity – in this case, the numbers game at wide receiver and tight end – once again proves to be the mother of invention.
“It’s going to be good to have those guys just to confuse the defense, not knowing if we’re in a two-tight formation, or spread, or three receiver look,” quarterback Aaron Murray said.
Both White and Charles played tight end and receiver in high school. They have the size to hang in the trenches, blocking or catching passes over the middle, but also the quickness to flex out wide.
Playing the matchup game, Georgia can flex either Charles or White, or both, if a linebacker is trying to cover them.
The possibilities are endless.
“It’s going to pose a great threat,” Murray said. “It’s going to be pretty hard for the defense. You look at our defense now, we come out with two tight ends, and they think we’re going to be in a two-tight formation and we split one out, or we split two out and they’re in a base defense. They’re not ready to handle four receivers. It causes it a lot of confusion just because of their athleticism.”
Quibble if you like over Bobo’s occasional playcalling lapses. He does have a good grip on what he can do with his scheme overall.