Learning from the pros

Ordinarily I’d pass this off as part of the usual preseason happy talk/buzz…

Part of the reason the Bulldogs have decided to allocate more time focusing on these areas was after a meeting head coach Mark Richt had with Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith earlier this year.

“I followed up on a suggestion they had of looking at the season and looking at, percentage-wise, how many situations do you truly have in a game of redzone, goal-line, third-and-whatever, all of the different situations and one-minute drills,” he said, “and so we have scripted our practices to have the right amount of situations. Hopefully it will help us.”

… except that there’s a certain logic to it that appeals to me, especially in light of how porous Georgia’s third-down defense was last season.

Speaking of help, I wonder if Richt heard anything about this from Smith and his staff when they met:

Former Georgia and Westlake High standout Kiante Tripp, an undrafted rookie free agent defensive tackle, is off to a good start.

He’s had to make a major adjustment from Georgia’s read-and-react 3-4 to the Falcons’ attacking 4-3 defensive scheme.

“Whenever you come out of that system, you’re kind of reluctant,” Hamilton said. “You can see him improving a little bit each day. He’s still inconsistent, but he’s getting off the ball more.”

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23 responses to “Learning from the pros

  1. SCDawg

    I thought they switched Tripp to rover?

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  2. TennesseeDawg

    Gamble has been tearing it up in San Diego as well.

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  3. Billdawg

    This reminds me of the logic employed by really good golfers. The good one’s break down the percentage of shot types made in a round, and adjust practice to reflect such. While us weekend warriors spend most of our time with the big sticks, they practice more from the hole outward. Smart golf- smart football. I like it.

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  4. Mayor of Dawgtown

    “Read and react.” I seem to remember UGA tried that when Ray Goof…er…Goff was HC using “The Swamp Fox” Marion Campbell of Falcons fame as DC. Didn’t work.

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  5. 81Dog

    as much as Kiante Tripp bounced around from position to position for UGA, without a single complaint, I can only hope he has a long and successful NFL career. It’s easy to lose sight of the good kids who are willing to do whatever it takes to help the team, regardless of their HS clippings or personal expectations or friends and family telling them they’re being wasted or NFL dreams. That’s why I’ll always love Hines Ward, that’s why I pulled extra hard for DJ Shockley, and that’s why I appreciate Richard Samuel. Kiante Tripp deserves a spot on the list of solid young men who were team players who deserve some success.

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  6. Derek

    Unless informed otherwise I am going to assume the writer is incorrect in ascribing “read and react” to last years 3-4. I will assume the phrase correctly described CMW’s 4-3 that Tripp also played (or at least practiced) in.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      You must be correct. The article seems to say Falcon coaches believe they have to coach the mistakes out of Tripp. I find it hard to believe Tripp played enough while at UGA to develop any on-field habits – bad or good. Regardless, I hope Tripp has finally landed with somebody who can get practical use out of his talents.

      The only difference between coaches Richt and Smith recent successes is that one has BVG as DC, and the other doesn’t.

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      • Macallanlover

        I don’t follow the pros much but I don’t see the Falcons as having, or having had, a feared defense in many years. BVG’s last success was in Athens, imo.

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        • Scott

          Disagree with that assessment. Falcons have overachieved on defense, especially given the youth on that side of the ball. Falcons were a surprising 5th in scoring defense out of 32 NFL teams in 2010 (18.0 ppg). That unit was supposed to be the weak spot but outperformed the offense. This is the NFL and success isn’t as obvious as in college ranks. But the Falcons have improved significantly on defense since BVG arrived. He has turned Grimes (a journeymen) and William Moore into pro-bowlers. I don’t have any doubt that BVG would be a top DC if he were to return to the SEC.

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          • Macallanlover

            I am sure you are more likely correct than I. You certainly follow the NFL closer, and my opinion of BVG is, admittedly, clouded from his actions at UGA. During his time there, I was as big a fan as anyone of BVG but the way he left us (and the timing) put a bad taste in my mouth and I have never recovered. His actions following that at GSU and SC dropped his stock value much lower. I realize the Falcons aren’t terrible at defense, but they haven’t been a Raven/Jets shut down D either.

            And how much does Smith have to do with the Falcon defense? He did come from a defensive background, in a way it is like Saban and his contribution to make Smart look good. Time will tell if he becomes highly regarded outside the UGA fanbase, right now I never hear his praises being sung by those who are more objective than us Dawg fans. I am much more interested in Mr. Grantham’s results these days.

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            • Scott

              BVG can definitely be a flake when it comes to leaving a job. But his departure didn’t leave me as sore as Glen Mason.

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  7. AusDawg85

    Dawgs D situational practice allocation: 99% wheel route, 1% everything else.

    Special Teams: 99% CMR not looking while kicks are returned, 1% Blair kicking everything through the uprights…even kick-offs.

    Dawgs O: 99% 1st & Bomb, 1% CT dive up the middle (I keed, I keed!!)

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  8. Maybe this is that “studying the game of football” that Mark Richt said he was going to spend more time doing after McGarrity took a bunch of “stuff” off his plate. Let’s hope he is cramming like hell for the Boise State game ! Go Dawgs !

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  9. Scott

    “and so we have scripted our practices to have the right amount of situations. Hopefully it will help us.” –UH, WE WEREN’T ALREADY DOING THIS?

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  10. Scott

    So what’s the over/under on how many points we have taken off the board this season for excessive celebration?

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    • AusDawg85

      At least 1 vs. BSU when somebody flashes the new gloves together in the endzone. It’s like handing “funny cigars” to the gator players as they come out of the tunnel with instructions not to smoke ’em on the field.

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      • hailtogeorgia

        Luckily, as long as they flash the gloves after they score, we keep the points…aside from the fact that it would be extremely difficult to flash the gloves while holding a football in one hand…so I’m hoping it will never happen before someone enters the endzone.

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  11. Joe

    One correction. The 3-4 we run ISN’T a “read and react” defense. It IS an attacking styled defense. The truth is NO defense sits on its heels and reacts or completely attacks. Its a little of both.

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  12. Bobby

    This may sound great in theory but let’s be honest, what is harder to do? Gain five yards on a rush play when you are on your own 40 yard line or score a touchdown in the redzone? I bet stats would back this up. With that said, what would you practice more? Redzone!

    I guess I understand the point, but some areas need more focus than just breaking it down by percentage of occurance.

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