It’s worth reminding ourselves that there are likely to be a few hair-pulling moments on defense in 2010. It’s not rational to expect otherwise when there are too many changes on that side of the ball that have to be integrated.
“Those first couple of practices, they’re yelling and screaming and running everywhere,” (Aaron) Murray said. “They’re not all the way installed yet, but they’re definitely more comfortable. They have guys checking, going to one spot, they don’t have guys bumping into each other, yelling, ‘You get down, you stand up.’ They definitely look more fluid out there.”
And that’s just as of today.
… More position changes could be ahead, depth remains a concern in several places, and new freshmen who have yet to spend a day working with Grantham will arrive in June, further complicating life for Georgia’s defense. It’s every bit a work in progress.
But the upside, Richt said, is progress has been made.
“Let’s face it, it’s just been 11 practices and an awful lot of installation,” Richt said. “We’re hoping to get a lot of things on film so we can make good cut-ups of it for the summer if the kids want to come in on their own and study it.”
Lots and lots of kinks to be worked out – which is why the defensive staff is so smart to hammer on fundamentals early on. Even if it takes a while to get the scheme down pat, if the tackling and pass coverage steps up, it’ll be a net gain as far as I’m concerned.
In that spirit, let me offer this as the 2010 defense’s theme song.