“I like the preparation, but I don’t like the cut blocking at all.”

Interesting perspective on how much playing Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech back-to-back might help Georgia’s defense prepare here:

“Somewhat it will help them just because of the assignment,” said Georgia Southern coach Willie Fritz, whose team lost to Georgia Tech last season 42-38. “Someone on the dive, quarterback, pitch. Really, I don’t know all the background in scheduling. I’ve only been here a couple of years. I think originally it was intended for an under-center, triple-option like Georgia Tech runs and what we used to run before I got here. In that regard, there’s quite a bit of difference between the two teams.”

And Paul Johnson adds something to that.

“They really played three option teams in a row if you want to count,” he said. “That’s what Auburn is really. …You know, they’ve played against us. We’ve played against them. I don’t think there will be a whole lot of change. They played three fronts against us last year, that’s what they play against everybody. Nobody is going to reinvent the wheel in three days.”

Tactically, I think Johnson has the better argument.  Sure there are differences resulting from how the quarterback takes the ball, but in the end, Pruitt’s gonna do what Pruitt’s gonna do playing a run-oriented offense.  And Tech is likely to probe Georgia’s defense the same way Southern did.

“They stretch you from sideline to sideline and guys got to play off blocks on the perimeter and make some plays, so it’s got to help hopefully,” Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt said. “There are some things we can take away from it. We have to do a better job on the perimeter, we let some balls out on us. We were fortunate on a couple of others that were close to getting out on us.”

But I do think Fritz’ point about getting the repetitions from playing assignment football is the more important.  So maybe when Leonard Floyd says,

“It definitely gets us used to it,” said outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, who had a career-high 12 tackles and 3 1/2 for loss last Saturday. “As a defense, everybody has to do their job. You can’t do somebody else’s job. That’s how a lane opens up when you play those Wing-T type teams.”

… he and his teammates will be able to draw on their experience from their last two games to play like they talk.


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9 responses to ““I like the preparation, but I don’t like the cut blocking at all.”

  1. Russ

    I guess the keys are different for each team (Auburn, Southern, Tech), but the discipline to stick to just your assignment has to be the same. I think our improved defensive line will be a big help as we should slow down the inside stuff. I’m still worried about how we score.


    • Macallanlover

      We will score, just not prolific enough to expect us to be able to put the game away unless they make the big turnover mistakes. I expect the pass to be open to us if we just have the confidence to use it; I hope we do because it also opens up the running lanes.

      One level of of difference that our guys need to be very aware of: the intensity level will be much higher. GS just prays to be us but Tech really needs to this year.


  2. SouthGaDawg

    1) Assignments are the first line of defense in defending the option.
    2) Penetration is next because it destroys the option, no matter what formation you run it from.


  3. No Sean Moronic

    I have confidence that Tech’s offense is the second best option offense we’ve seen in the past three games, if their QB is healthy (remains to be seen how “healthy” he really is). If they have their third stringer in there, it’s a moot point and I’d be surprised if Tech could gain much momentum with a third string QB and banged up o-line. The one difference is that Tech’s cut blocking is more ruthless than any of the three opponents, so that’s a bit of an x-factor. I’m pretty sure Johnson has hung his hat on making his blocking schemes one in which defenders would rather watch their ankles than the flow of the ball.

    I don’t have a great deal of confidence in our offense, although it would seem, statistically, Georgia Southern’s defense was a stronger opponent that Auburn’s or Tech’s, and if we can play the field position game and get into the red zone, stats suggest that Tech is abysmal in that area and I’d hope we could eek out a score or too. I predict we’ll see a heavy dose of the Wild Dog formations in this game and I fully expect Godwin to throw the ball once, too.

    I’ll take an underwhelming win any day…a win against Tech in any form or fashion is the goal here.


  4. Russ

    We’ve officially descended to the 7th level of hell. Beth Mowrins (the current Pam Ward) is the announcer for our game tomorrow. I literally have no desire to watch the game.


    • Dog in Fla

      ”Beth Mowrins (the current Pam Ward) is the announcer for our game tomorrow.”

      Pam was so good that they retired the trophy after the 2013 season.


      Tomorrow could be a big game for Beth to show that she is 7th level worthy


    • AusDawg85

      UGA Gameday app is free with our radio broadcast. With your dvr, just hit pause right at the opening kick, then wait to hear the “Goooo Dawgs!” when toe meets leather to hit play. Almost like being there.


      • Russ

        Is the audio slightly delayed? Seems like Xfinity (or any TV broadcast other than OTA) is delayed slightly.

        Still, I’ll certainly try it. Last time I tried to listen to the Georgia announcers it was pay only and I was too cheap to cough it up, given that I could stream those same stations for free any other time.


        • AusDawg85

          Nope…I download the Georgia app on my phone and plug it into my stereo system (or wear your earplus, bluetooth speaker, etc.). It offers a “free” link which is the streaming broadcast which runs about a 60 – 90 second delay to my u-verse TV feed…thus the pause for the kick and then hit play and I’m synched-up.

          Only flaw is I can’t switch to other games during commercials…too much work to resynch so I wait until the half.