“If Todd Grantham learned anything from Nick Saban though, it would be the need to stress fundamentals.”

No, this isn’t written in code.

UGA plays a mix of combination coverage and man/man coverage schemes, but is primarily a C2 zone defense with rolling C3 against spread formations in their Nickel package. Since the one-gap 3-4 is a pressuring defense like the Under 4-3, the man coverage is primarily based on man/man pressing packages using a single high safety and a “robber” underneath that is usually a linebacker. In any man/man scheme, the cover man is aligned with the correct leverage to funnel his receiver inside to the FS or to the boundary – i.e., towards the cover man’s best help. An alternative commonly used is 2 Man, with dual high safeties, that operates on the same concept.

It’s from Shakin the Southland‘s DrB’s exhaustive – and, boy, do I mean exhaustive – analysis of Georgia’s 3-4 defensive scheme.  It’ll take you a while to wade through it, but it’s worth the effort.

Oh, and bonus points awarded for the brief slap at Al Groh’s Georgia Tech run defense.


Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

7 responses to ““If Todd Grantham learned anything from Nick Saban though, it would be the need to stress fundamentals.”

  1. Bryant Denny

    I thought the emphasis was on causing turnovers. 🙂


  2. Dog in Fla

    “The line numbering system is an invention of Bear Bryant, and everyone in football uses it.”

    More Al Groh bonus points that don’t matter: Radioactive dating shows a reported early use of the numbers Bear invented (page 26 of 178)

    “Check out Bear Bryant’s 1958 Alabama playbook. Note that playbook designing technology did not advance beyond this pen and typewriter method until apparently around 2006.”



  3. Now they do that on a screen on the sidelines. The boys study this stuff on their lap tops. Everything at your fingertips. I love the 21st Century!


  4. IveyLeaguer

    Good stuff.


  5. Olddawg55

    I assume you mean “defensive line numbering” since offensive line numbering dates prior to the 1950’s, I know.