Georgia’s pass rush has questions? Derek Mason has answers.

For the head coach of a team that’s currently ranked 92nd in the country in sacks allowed, Derek Mason sure sounds like a cocky son-of-a-gun.

“What’s going to happen is this: We have answers for the zero (coverage) pressure. If they want to bring it, we will show them the answers and then they can decide if they still want to blitz us,” Mason said. “If they want to keep bringing it, then we will keep going through those answers. It’s not one answer. It’s three or four answers that we have.”

Mason doesn’t expect much from his true freshman quarterback.

“(Freebeck) sees it now though. The bottom line is you have to use the clock, which means as a quarterback you have to get the offense out of the huddle so you can flush out (the source of the blitz). Then all of a sudden you know where (the blitz) is coming from. So get us in the right protection, do what you need to do, and get it out of your hands. That’s something he has to grow into.”

He was sacked four times last week.  Must have been a terrific week of practice.

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33 responses to “Georgia’s pass rush has questions? Derek Mason has answers.

  1. Custer had a plan too.

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  2. Mayor

    Mason is a dope. He is living, breathing proof of the Peter Principle.

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    • Hogbody Spradlin

      Drop dead pissant.

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      • 202dawg

        Wrong Mason, HB

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      • Mayor

        HS, you hurt me to the quick! The subject of the thread was Derek Mason, the coach of the Commodes and how FOS he is. My point was that Derek Mason had been promoted to HC when he really shouldn’t be a HC–he’s not qualified. I’m Hutson Mason’s biggest supporter on this blog. But then, maybe I’m misunderstanding your post. Maybe you are Derek Mason’s brother-in-law. If so, I humbly beseech your (and Derek’s) forgiveness. Please don’t say anything bad about me to Derek at your next family reunion.

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        • stuckinred

          Who the hell are you to say who is qualified and who isn’t?

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          • uglydawg

            You guys all need to go back and get up on the other side of the bed.
            (Who the hell am I to tell people to go back to bed?)

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            • Scorpio Jones, III

              Translation of Derek Mason from the original West Coast: “When they blitz, we got some things we gonna try there. If they work, the things we are gonna try there, then Georgia will have to do something else…hopefully we will be ready for that, too.”

              I don’t see what the problem is…what do you expect him to say….”Ahhh shit, we just gonna let Georgia knock the shit outa us all day long, no point in trying to adjust anything to try to stop them knockin the shit outa us all day long.???

              It’s just coach talk…same as talking about Georgia’s long snappah.

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          • Mayor

            A guy who knows football. Who in the hell are you? I guess Mason is the second coming of Vince Lombardi in your eyes, eh?

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  3. 81Dog

    that whole interview reminds me of an old Jerry Clower routine. The punchline is “The little bull said, “I don’t want to FIGHT him. I just want to make sure he knows I’M a bull, too.”

    Of course, the whole unbearably cocky attitude worked, sort of, for James Franklin. Maybe Mason is just following The Plan.

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  4. Brandon

    Temple 37 Vanderbilt 7 is the answer he needs to keep in mind. That embarrassed ME and I’m not even a Vanderbilt fan much less the head coach. That’s the lawyer equivalent of going to court with no pants on.

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  5. Saw that. Couldn’t believe it. Would be shocking for any SEC coach, but one whose teams have played like Mason’s. And a TF QB? Geez.

    So now both Todd Gurley and our pass rush/defense have been called out by Vanderbilt. Still shaking my head. And it’s not like we’ve forgotten last year, either.
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  6. I know this is off-topic here, but I’m watching Louisville vs. Syracuse. I know the competition isn’t SEC, but I’m convinced that Grantham’s D is good this year. Devil’s Advocate: What if, just what if, the problem wasn’t Grantham?

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    • Anybody can scheme against Syracuse. They’re one of the worst Power 5 schools in the country.

      He also has Charlie Strong’s players, so he hasn’t had a chance to coach the fundamentals out of them.

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    • What if, just what if, the problem wasn’t Grantham?

      Don’t worry, Exile. It was.
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      • Mayor

        I thought that, too. I’m not as certain about that now, Ivey. The problem at Michigan isn’t Brady Hoke and it wasn’t Rich Rodriguez. Those guys are good coaches who have proven themselves at other schools (look at what Rodriguez has done at Arizona). The Michigan problem seems to stem from the Athletics Department and the crowd surrounding it that really controls things there. I have felt for quite some time that Georgia has a problem with not everybody at B-M being on the same page. I thought that really it came from the top–Mike Adams–but it filtered down through layers of bureaucracy all the way to the field. I was and am hopeful that Jere Morehead will get the administration to take its foot off the team’s neck. The jury is still out on that.

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        • Nice post. I get what you’re your saying. And I don’t discount it, not at all. But in terms of defense, there were three main problems, as I saw it:

          One – poor eval, targeting, and recruiting in general. Two – lack of attention to detail & poor teaching. And three – failure to address and fix the culture problem, which began and remained on defense.

          There were other things, of course, like entitlement, reluctance to sub, favoritism, stubbornness, and others that have been pointed our here. But all those are really related, directly or indirectly, to the main three.

          Well, Pruitt has fixed the first two already, and has taken measures to fix the culture problem (still somewhat of a work in progress.) Plus, we see things in games that are very good signs.

          So the problem you mention is likely real, based on what I’ve heard from you and others, here and elsewhere. If so, it’s in addition to the defensive problems we had before Pruitt, IMO.

          I’ve said before, IDK how Richt could totally fix the culture problem without the DC buying in and taking the lead, as Pruitt did. Because that’s where 90% of the problem was.

          But like you, I hope Jere Morehead is smart enough, and not so pulled by self-serving politics, to give the AA what it needs, whatever that is (IDK much about it). He should know that will benefit the University, in any number of ways.
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        • Athens Dog

          He’s Adams clone. No changes sadly.

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          • How do you know that? The IPF was a no go under Il Duce. It’s on the facilities plan now.

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            • Athens Dog is right …..Morehead is an Adams yes man who brings all Adam’s prejudices and predilections. He’s a lawyer who has never been in a courtroom and a man who has never been punched in the face or put on a jock strap. Academia rules baby. Same as the old boss.

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              • Scorpio Jones, III

                so the IPF is a feint…I was afraid of that. Something to get our minds right for the next round of contributions.

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              • Mayor

                I’ve met Jere Morehead and while I agree he was an Adams yes man in order to get the job, now that he’s the Prez himself I think he will be his own man. He appears (to me at least) to be cut from better cloth than his predecessor. I also agree he has never been punched in the face, punched anybody in the face, or put on a jock strap. But he is a Georgia guy (Adams wasn’t) and I believe Jere Morehead has the best interests of the University of Georgia at heart–unlike Adams who was just using Georgia to feather his own nest (I’m really glad that prick it no longer President).

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                • Scorpio Jones, III

                  “He appears (to me at least) to be cut from better cloth than his predecessor.” Kinda feint praise, there, Mayor.

                  How about “his predecessor will always remain a Dickhead in the minds of all good Georgia people, nobody could be that bad.”

                  Other folks have told me your assessment of Jere Morehead is accurate, that he wants Georgia to be the best it can be.

                  What we might want to understand here is that this does not necessarily translate into an Alabama-like support of the football program.

                  In fact, although the atmosphere is bound to be more collegial in meetings between athletics and administration, I will believe the reins are going to be loosened when I see it happen.

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