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.”