For those of you who disagree with my assessment that Georgia’s defense was likely to struggle early because of the scheme change and were profoundly disappointed in the way the defense performed in Columbia, some of Mark Richt’s comments from today’s presser might be enlightening.
… Nose tackle DeAngelo Tyson, who played every snap at South Carolina, did so even after getting treatment during the game for a knee sprain. He also admitted he got tired.
The reason Justin Anderson and Kwame Geathers, two bigger nose tackles, didn’t play was because South Carolina was in a three-receiver set almost the entire game, and in Georgia’s nickel package, Tyson is the nose.
But Richt said they were working on changing their personnel package, so the bigger nose tackles will be in there.
Richt also said the defensive line has to “drop anchor” a bit more. There were too big a seam for the linebackers to try and make plays…
This is a work in progress, folks. Grantham is going to be feeling his way around personnel issues for at least the first third of the season.
One thing I like about what Richt has said after the loss is that there’s not just room for improvement, but that he and the staff expect it. That’s a definite step up from the “in the arena” talk we got after last year’s Tennessee debacle. This week, we’ll see where it leads. As Richt says, Arkansas is a big game – not simply in terms of wins and losses, but also in demonstrating that attitudes and expectations are changing for the better.