Reality check for some of you from Anthony Dasher:
As poorly as Georgia’s veteran-laden defense played down the stretch last year, to somehow project a group made up largely of young, unproven players to automatically improve overnight and stuff the likes of Clemson and South Carolina … was everyone truly expecting that?
If you look at the Bulldogs’ remaining SEC schedule, both Tajh Boyd of Clemson and Connor Shaw of South Carolina have started more games than any quarterback Georgia will see in conference play the rest of the year. In other words, for as inexperienced as the Bulldogs’ defense was (is) coming into the season, it’s not a surprise that two of the best teams and most experienced quarterbacks on their schedule would have some measure of success.
At the same time, improvements obviously have to be made.
Amarlo Herrera didn’t pull any punches when he said Tuesday that Georgia’s defense has to get better if it wants to win a championship, SEC or otherwise. He’s right about that.
Opponents have rushed for over 200 yards against the Bulldogs five times in the last six games and the one that didn’t – Clemson – ran for 197.
Getting a handle on that is Job 1 for defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and his staff, who at some point are going to HAVE to figure out a way to slow opposing teams down on the ground.
That’s about as good a way of putting things as they stand after the first two games as you can say. It was wishful thinking to expect this defense to walk out in the first game and shut Clemson down in any meaningful sense. That being said, Grantham had damned well figure out a way to slow down opponents’ rushing games, and soon. At this point, his rushing defense has been slashed by every offensive scheme known to man, so blaming high numbers on the triple-option is starting to border on the silly. Get to work, fellas.