So… who’s playing linebacker?

The last third of Seth and Gentry’s latest podcast has an interesting discussion about the defense.  Estes, in particular, asks a good question that I wouldn’t be surprised to learn Pruitt might consider at some point:  if Georgia’s best four linebackers are all OLBs (Jenkins, Floyd, Carter and Bellamy), how tempting is it to get all four of them on the field at the same time at the cost of deploying a formation that doesn’t include any of the current ILBs?

Don’t get me wrong – this isn’t a suggestion to play the four all the time, or even a majority of the time.  But is it that much of a stretch to consider regularly occurring situations might exist where that configuration might be Pruitt’s best option?

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18 responses to “So… who’s playing linebacker?

  1. Will (The Other One)

    I could see that working great vs the likes of Auburn and Tech, but would worry about the lack of size vs. say Bama or even Arky.

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  2. The C

    Couldn’t one of them lineup as DE in that scenario and still have one true ILB on the field? Seems like a decent move in obvious passing situations.

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  3. Mayor

    I’m fine with that. I’m also fine with having 2 complete sets of LBs (2 sets of ILBs and 2 sets of OLBs) and running each set out at one time as substitutes, alternating them to keep all of them fresh for the end of the game. How many games did we lose during Grantham’s era because he left the starters out there on D all game long and the D was gassed in the 4th quarter?

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  4. mwo

    Do it on 3rd and long and you’re just about guaranteed a timeout will be called as soon as the OC or QB recognize it.

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    • Argondawg

      Yep. Who wants to call their protection with those 4 on the field? In 3rd and long that is scary. Then again I am not sure who is good a picking up tight ends and tailbacks in passing routes with those guys.

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    • The other Doug

      That’s a great point. All 4 of those guys on the field at the same time forces the OC to plan for it and it might cause the opposition to burn a time out.

      Not a bad wrinkle.

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  5. DawgFaithful

    Bellamy and Floyd inside. Carter and Jenkins on the edge.

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  6. W Cobb Dawg

    To say we’re loaded at OLB is an understatement. I was interested to see Natrez Patrick getting some reps at ILB. Kid can play. It wouldn’t surprise me if he challenged for a starting spot in the not-to-distant future. Depth and talent are really taking shape under CJP. No pussyfootin from that guy 😉

    Most importantly, is there any potential for adding ‘pussyfootin’ to the lexicon?

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  7. Lumpdawg

    I’m probably wrong because no one has commented on it, but I believe Floyd played some on the inside last year (the star position?) with Carter and Jenkins manning the outside LB

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    • Rugbydawg79

      you are correct sir

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    • Yeah I swear I remember seeing a few obvious passing situations last year where the 4 guys along the line of scrimmage were Floyd, Bellamy, Jenkins, and Carter. Can’t remember the game but I remember pointing it out it to my dad. Did not affect the ILB’s though, just the DL. I have no doubt we’ll see more variations of that this year.

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  8. Doubledawg09

    Gritz Blitz!!!

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    • Bazooka Joe

      Awesome… I am also a Falcon fan and had season tickets for decades – was there for the gritz blitz

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  9. hodgie

    Senator, having all four of those guys on the field sounds great in obvious passing downs but not at ILB. That position is tremendously different than OLB. If they’re all deployed at the same time they would all best best used as pass rushers. Obviously, two of them would bump inside To the normal DL spots. But training at OLB/ILB is so vastly different its like training at fullback and tail back. They’re totally different positions with totally different skill sets even though they’re both called backs. OLB is actually a fancy name for defensive lineman pass rusher who occasionally drops into coverage. ILBS gotta be able to do it all.

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