The ripple effect on defense

It’s no big secret that Georgia at times looked out of sync on the defensive side of the ball against Tennessee.  One reason for that is that the Dawgs had four players starting at their positions for the first time this season:  Rambo at safety, Commings at cornerback, Ogletree at the Sam linebacker position… and Herrera at the Mike linebacker position.

Grantham is a big believer in getting the best eleven guys on the field, and that’s great, but there was also a price for that last weekend.

“Amarlo’s earned that right because of the way he’s played in the first few games,” defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. “As a coach we tell players if you make plays, we’re going to find a way to get you on the field. He’s earned the right to play. …We’ll stick with it and continue to work it.”

Herrera, a 6-4, 245-pound sophomore, leads Georgia with 36 tackles.

At “Mike,” he’s asked now to signal the plays to the defense and identify formations.

“It was a little different at first trying to feel my way out,” Herrera said. “After a few minutes, I got in the flow of it.”

I’m certain things will improve as the defense adjusts to the moves.  The question is whether things will improve fast enough.  Like by this coming Saturday.


Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

46 responses to “The ripple effect on defense

  1. lindsay

    herreria, should not be asked to do anything except get to the ball

  2. Who was playing the “mike” before?

  3. Tim Rankine

    Has Amarlo grown three inches in the past year, or is that 6’4″ a generous estimate?

  4. Spike

    Hunker down one more time you guys… Hunker down!

  5. Scorpio Jones, III

    Folks…losing 82 is a bummer of the first degree.

    I am sure there is a thread of truth in the Senator’s supposition the defense will settle down. I noticed more looking around at the other folks on defense than I usually note, which is an indication there was some settling in going on.

    Yes, we have other receivers who may be able to take up the slack, but can Murray get comfortable with them in three days?

    I sure hope the answer to the above is positive, because this is a really big game.

    I am beginning to realize it may very well be only those of us who have the long view of things Dawg can fully appreciate the significance of the out come of this thing.

    The Bitches are hard at work…see 82 above…no shit folks, whether you actually believe the will and support of fans affects the outcome of a game or not, whether you understand the entertainment the Kharmic Bitches get from torturing us or not…at the end of the game will you be able to say you did everything you could do to help?

    It is time to Hunker the hell Down….Man (or woman) Up….

    for some of us, the little guys huddled around the radio on their knees, eyes closed, breath held…this is a time to stand as one Dawg Nation.

    You better believe it is that big.

    • Uglydawg

      Scorp, I’m one of the “little guys”. I will be hunkerd down in front of my TV in my camper. My wife will not disturb my “hunkering” and will excuse my outbursts, both positive and negative. My practical side tells me that my projected emotions will not help the Dawgs one bit, but since I’m going to have them anyway, why not strain to project them into the williamsbryceosphere where the Dawgs will be fighting for our way of life over South Carolina’s way of life? Yes, I will Scorpio, Yes I will sweat from every pore of my being to help the Dawgs. Wheather it helps them or not, I’ll strain to do this…I can’t help it because everything is at stake here.
      This is Good against Evil….Let the Big Dawg Eat some clucker meat!

      • Scorpio Jones, III

        Glad you understand how this is done…it is one of those things we would prefer not to believe, some even argue it is not possible.

        I am debating driving my old station wagon out into the orchard so I can overcome the Musburger Distraction.

        Around here that’s known as: “Uh oh, must be a close game, Dad has gone to the Wagon.”

        I just hope my knees hold up.

    • Chuck

      If Rantavious holds on to the ball we’ll be fine.

      • HahiraDawg

        I watched the replay of last year’s game last night. He dropped one early that would’ve given us either 6 or a close 1st & G. I can’t remember if it was either a made field goal or the missed one that came next but either way. It hurt.

  6. Mike not Gator Mike

    Nothing to do with the post, but, I’m starting to worry about the Dawgs coming out tight due to the hype of the game. God knows we’ve seen that before.

  7. HVL Dawg

    It is time for the defense to score a touchdown.

    I want to see John Jenkins score a touchdown on a 30 yard fumble recovery. How long would that play take? Can you imagine how fun that would be to watch?

  8. Too Invested

    I wish Saturday would come and be over already. All his hype is giving me agita.

    • AthensHomerDawg

      Go on and start the Pepcid. It’s all hands on deck for this one. Sick or wounded everyone is gonna pull their share!

  9. JCB

    Excuses, excuses……

    Now, have fun with the Visor this weekend.

  10. Macallanlover

    Anyone besides me feel both the defense and offense now have great motivation and a reason for focus in this game adding to our edge? Not under any delusion this could be a tough game, nor that it could go against us, but I think the intangibles are sliding our way. As much as I hate giving the home team any edge by playing at night, I am really glad this is the nightcap/primetime slot for what is a very exciting SEC matchup. About time we were the spotlight team, and we are damned worthy of this.

    • Cosmic Dawg

      I do not feel the slide…but your hope gives me hope. I am just going to relax and not act like it’s the end of the world, for a change. We get so juiced up for this stuff we can’t even enjoy it.

    • Rebar

      I’m feeling the same thing Mac; I think we have a dominant defense ready to go Saturday night to compliment our chain moving offense, and we beat the tar out of the cocks.

  11. timphd

    When i read this my thought was”at least playing time is based on making plays,not seniority”. Have more faith in the 11 best players than the old system of playing upperclassmen when more talented players watched from the bench.

    I will be hunkered down by the TV despite Mushburger. Can’t get radio broadcast up here in Maine!

    • Cosmic Dawg

      Do an internet radio like Nobex or TuneIn. You can get ’em on your phone, too.

      My problem was that the TV and radio were sooo out of sync that it was just distracting to do the TV/radio thing. I am amazed the radio guys don’t make more of an effort to sync their delay to the tv pitcher, as more of us would tune in…maybe they can’t for some tech reason.

    • Cosmic Dawg

      ps – what part of Maine?

  12. Debby Balcer

    I am doing my share of worrying and I root at home like I do in the stands to to the amusement of my family. I will be wearing my lucky shirt for the game. My husband will have his GA quarter in his pocket. GO DAWGS!!!l

    • AthensHomerDawg

      I would wear my 1980 NC belt buckle but one of my sons as appropriated it and I haven’t seen it for a while now. Dang! I liked that buckle.

      • Scorpio Jones, III

        Maybe what you liked was what the buckle reminded you of….and please, no more conversation about this subject or about the last time we played South Carolina in October, or about having a running back tandem with the numbers 3 and 4.

        Oxygen, I need oxygen.

  13. Cojones

    There is only one thing that has to happen and that’s for the D to show up. They do, we win. They don’t, we lose. The D has to pull it out this Sat.

    • Cosmic Dawg

      Old pal, I think that is the most accurate, succinct statement I have heard about this game. Nicely done.

    • Macallanlover

      That is my thought as well, and I have a high degree of certainty it will happen. Defense has carried the O for almost every year of CMRs tenure, they and Grantham have to be very embarrassed about the performance this year. The band’s back together again, time to live up to that reputation, been humiliating for them this week. Plus, the offense could use a lift with a man down this late in the week. Confident we will see last year’s defense (Top 5) this weekend.

    • Dboy

      I am concerned about 3-4 turnovers in our own backfield / pick 6s compliments of clowney and Co. We have seen that formula lead to an L in similar situations as this before… Even when the defense played well. Offensive line play of UGA is also key here.

      • Macallanlover

        This Saturday will be very revealing about our OL. They have been getting lots of props nationally, and I think we are all very pleased with how they have performed versus expectations. I hope they are still getting praise on Sunday, if they are things look very good for the Dawgs in 2012.

  14. W Cobb Dawg

    I’m in full agreement with getting Herrera on the field. He has good instincts and he can tackle. Maybe even lock him on Lattimore all game.