I understand most of the grousing about how this season has gone. Some of it I agree with. But one thing I don’t get is the assertion made by more than a few that the defense hasn’t improved from last season. Seth Emerson notes a few statistical areas that have gotten better in 2010:
… Georgia ranks 28th in the nation in total defense. Through nine games, its average yards against the pass and run have each improved from last year.
After the run defense was embarrassed at South Carolina, the Bulldogs have managed to climb near the top of the SEC rankings in that category and rank 18th nationally.
In the final two seasons under Willie Martinez, Georgia gave up at least 40 points in five games. This year under Grantham, the best an opponent has done is last week when Florida got 34, helped by an overtime field goal.
Again, that’s with a new scheme, a new secondary philosophy and the attendant problems with fitting round personnel pegs into square 3-4 defense holes. Not to say that things are perfect, or can’t get better, but that certainly smells like progress to me (especially with regard to Emerson’s last point).