As excited as we are about the changes on defense for Georgia, it’s wise to temper the enthusiasm a bit. There are going to be a few Keystone Cops-ish moments this season, judging by this article.
Take in a few choice comments and realize what we’re in store for, at least early on. Take the secondary, for example:
“Last year, we would have a coverage for the defensive backs to start off the whole formation,” Boykin said. “This year, they will say four things instead of just one coverage, so you’ve really got to listen to the play or you’ll really be lost. It gives everybody in the play what their responsibility is, instead of just one coverage, and everybody is supposed to know what they’re doing.”
Then, there are the linebackers.
“You’re kind of reading the same thing at either position, but if one person is playing the three receiver, the other guy might be playing quarter flats,” Dent said. “They’re basically two different positions. You’re almost reading the same thing, but as the play unfolds the guys are doing something different.
“It definitely can get confusing. In little league, you’re just playing linebacker.”
And we wouldn’t want to leave the linemen out.
“You have to know what your ‘backers are doing,” Dobbs said. “You have to know where they’re coming from and what gap you have to contain. Not all the calls are telling you where to go, so you have to know where to go.
“In the 4-3, you would line up in a gap and they would give you the call. In this defense, you have to know whether you’re going to stunt or go outside, and you’ve got to know where other people are coming from.”
Fall camp is going to be a challenge.