“In little league, you’re just playing linebacker.”

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.

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10 responses to ““In little league, you’re just playing linebacker.”

  1. GirlDawg

    OH yea, 4-3 = Little League, 3-4 = Hot mess or a thing of beauty!! It is interesting, the Flats are downplaying the complexity of the 3-4, it will be interestng to see how they use it, and how successful both teams are in Yr 1 with the new D!

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  2. Brandon

    At least there’ll be an excuse for Keystone Cop-ish moments this year, the Lord knows we had plenty in the last several years with our grizzled veterans of Martinez’s “system”.

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  3. ConnGator

    The Georiga D will have it figured out by the time of the Florida game (which makes me nervous), but not by the time they play the Gamecocks.

    That will be an interesting test.

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  4. dboy

    As long as the opposing offenses / QBs have some doubt about what our Defense is going to do, I will be happy. I give the new Defensive staff a lot of slack in the first half of the season especially. I don’t want to see anymore performances like Crompton, Garcia, and Mallett from last year where they just sat back and picked us apart… almost like they knew exactly what Defensive plays we were running and what we were going to do, on any given play. Oh wait, they probably did. Bring on the stunting linemen and swarming LBs!!!

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  5. 69Dawg

    Wow college players that are being taught how it’s done at the next level, be still my heart.

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  6. joet

    I see some have already jumped on the “old system bad, new system good” train. Let me point out it was the same exact system we ran under Brian VanGorder. Our LB play fell off after he left and of course it was apparent. Oh he was the LB coach. There were other things that WM had to “live” with. It is a little more complicated than…CWM sucks. It was Btw BVG recommended Jancek, WM didn’t want him but was overruled by the head dawg…just an FYI.

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    • Dboy

      Not so much old system bad and new good, but more like old regime frustratingly ineffective- let’s hope new one is better! Everyone acknowleges the
      CBvG did well and the CWM did poorly over the past 2 yr. Let’s get back to stopping opponents! I don’t give a biscuit how we do it.

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  7. jferg

    the great news is…..if we don’t know what we’re doing or where we’re lining up…..the opposing OL and QB sure as heck won’t! hahaha

    at least they’ll be playing fast! (right?)

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