“Size doesn’t always equate to strength.”

For those of you concerned about the run defense, particularly the run defense up the middle, Mark Richt wants you to pay no attention to players’ weights.

Richt acknowledged Monday night that the Bulldogs have slimmed down as a team for the 2015 season. Georgia players generally will play lighter this season across the board.

“We have trimmed up; there’s no doubt about it,” Richt said. “That goes back to Coach (Mark) Hocke, our strength coach, and the amount of running these guys are doing. We are not a fat team at all. … We are lighter than we’ve been for a while.”

During the Q&A portion of Monday night’s event, a fan wondered if that might hurt Georgia at the point of attack, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.

“Just because you trim down doesn’t mean you lose strength,” Richt said. “Size doesn’t always equate to strength. Now it’s harder to move a bigger man, no doubt. But if the guy’s in greater condition and can play harder play-after-play, then you have a chance to sustain throughout the ball game.”

Sure hope there’s a lot more sustaining on the dive play this year, that’s for sure.  If I recall correctly, Herrera and Wilson had nineteen tackles apiece in the last Tech game.  Not exactly a recipe for stopping the run.

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31 responses to ““Size doesn’t always equate to strength.”

  1. JT (the other one)

    Meh. I have to disagree w/the Coach Richt. He is certainly correct that because you are lighter doesn’t=loss of strength, in fact you can get stronger. This isn’t the issue: the issue is that John Jenkins would NOT and DID NOT get moved by the nerds. Having the extra weight in the trenches is a plus due to the FACT its hard to move. Couple that with strength from that individual and you have something. Having beef in the trenches is typically a plus, simply because a feather will blow in the wind at the slightest breeze but a rock takes a lot of wind…kind of like this response I just gave!

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    • AthensHomerDawg

      Boise State begs to differ sir.

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      • JT (the other one)

        But the nerds didn’t…and as the season ground on…he wasn’t moved.

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        • AthensHomerDawg

          I wont post the video but Kentucky almost beat us…running up the middle in 2012. I think they would have if not for a walk on special teams player. And then there was that Alabama game. 350 yards rushing. The most they gained all season. Where? A lot of it right up the gut. The nerds and GA Southern rushed for over 300 yards on us that year.
          Just sayin’

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          • PTC DAWG

            GT and Georgia Southern run on everybody.

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            • AthensHomerDawg

              They don,t run on everybody it seems. Miami and VT have slowed them down. They ran a lot on Georgia in 2010. 77 attempts for over 400 yards, That’s a lot of chop blocks.
              2011Miami 24 Tech 7 (43 attempts 134 yds)
              2012 Brigham Young 41 Tech 17 (35 attempts 117 yds)
              2013 Virgina Tech 17 Tech 10 (42 attempts 129 yds)

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              • Will (The Other One)

                2010 can be chalked up to switching to the 3-4 with a 290 lb NT Grantham barely substituted.

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      • JT (the other one)

        But the NERDS didn’t. He got better as the year ground on…

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      • dawgtired

        AHD, I really appreciate the way you regularly post videos for our enjoyment…but I could have done without this one.

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    • diving duck

      He got pushed ten yards down the field every play by Alabama in the 3rd quarter of that sec championship game.

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    • The nerds aren’t going to move Trenton. Double T is going to break their dives.

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  2. JN

    I’d be curious to see the stats for tackles of other teams, particularly 3-4 teams, when playing the gnats. We played a couple teams in high school that ran triple option offenses, and we had a package for it as well. It’s always seemed to me that most folks don’t realize that it’s an entirely different blocking scheme. It’s primarily down blocking to play side except for the one guy you option off of. The option hits quick so the offensive linemen aren’t trying to hold their block like you do on an isolation, power, etc. I’d venture a guess that every team has an inflated number of tackles for their middle backers against tech. I don’t know if that is necessarily due to our linemen as much as their blocking scheme.

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    • Will (The Other One)

      I do know Bama gave up two TDs and 300+ rushing yards to Southern when they played them (and Southern was a year or two away from upsetting Florida).

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    • AthensHomerDawg

      I see what you did there. 😉
      Players like Jenkins, 6’3″, 359 pounds,are beginning to get phased out of football with the advent of multiplicative offenses.Teams these days,Georgia included, have the ability to throw a couple of versatile tight ends on the field and run everything from PowerO,out of“22 personnel,” to All-Verts from“10 personnel,”without substituting!

      So while these players were once thought to be a major factor in run defense, they’ve become a liabilityas teams are just doing a lot more from base-personnel groupings

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  3. Gravidy

    Judge me by my size, do you?

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  4. JCDAWG83

    We saw how great that lighter, stronger, faster defense looked against the run last season. I guess those of us who aren’t in the arena don’t really understand the nuances of the game like the coaches do?

    Apparently, it’s not possible to be big and in shape.

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    • Cousin Eddie

      Don’t see many fat marathon runners, except for in Adam Sandler’s That’s My Boy. 😉

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      • JCDAWG83

        Don’t want fat, but do need big. 350 is probably not going to work unless you have a couple of them to rotate in and out. Tackles do need to be 300 though to clog up the middle.

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    • Will (The Other One)

      Over 350 lbs. and able to play every snap? Yeah that’s probably not happening for 99% of players.
      But Bama hasn’t had anyone in the Mt. Cody/Big John Jenkins weight class in years yet stops the run very well (300 lb guys that squat 700+ are difficult to move too.)

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  5. Go Dawgs!

    I can definitely see what they’re going for with this strategy. We’re facing more teams that want to spread it out and hurry up and this will help us cover an entire field and deal with the HUNH. But looking at the schedule, having lighter bodies at the point of attack on the D-Line is going to cause problems against Alabama and Georgia Tech and probably Florida again. That’s a concern.

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  6. dudemankind

    Weren’t we lighter-stronger-faster the last time Alabama rolled into Athens?

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  7. Scorpio Jones, III

    Yeah, yeah, yeah…stronger, lighter, heavier, stronger blah, with all due respect, blah.

    Stop the power run, I could not care less how you do it.

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  8. RugbyDawg79

    Whoa–I think we still have several boys at 300 + lbs if they are fit-that should be big enough

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  9. Bright Idea

    Being lighter against the run won’t kill us nearly as bad as playing with only 6 in the box will. Even I have been in the arena enough to know that.

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    • Absolutely this – against tech you have to play a minimum of a 7-man front. I would also think you need to play closer to a 4-3 look to stop the dive. If you don’t stop the dive, you don’t stop the option.

      Against Florida, we needed to do something similar by playing closer to a classic 3-4 look with 4 DBs. Dare the QB to make plays with his arm. Don’t give a look that consistently encourages the offense to run power, and, please make sure you set the edge against the zone read.

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  10. 69Dawg

    The SECC games against LSU and Alabama should be instructive. As long as our front 7 were not Dawg tired we held our own with both teams. We got killed in the second half. Now a fat guy is hard to move but he can be pushed in the right direction if he is exhausted. We had either depth issues or coaching issues that caused us to not substitute to keep them from exhaustion. They were also not in the best shape. The thing that this new SC coach has added is a whole lotta running. Running accomplishes a couple of things. You will not get tired as fast and you will not be fat. The miracle of military basic training and all the running is that fat guys lose weight and skinny guys gain weight. I expect us to be able to be able to fly to the ball and be able to keep flying to the ball. Just a parting shot at Rodney Garner, he only knew how to teach bullrushing. If you are quick the best defense is to just ignore the OLineman and GATA of the guy with the ball. In the past our DLineman looked like they had been coached by Arthur Murray.

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  11. Force = mass X acceleration not strength X acceleration. Admittedly smaller and stronger might be faster (i.e. greater acceleration ) but it’s hard to be fast in half a step between the line of scrimmage. I’d like one or two >35o lbs”ers. O’ well people in Hell want ice water right?

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