One of the weirder things about Georgia, 2016 edition — not necessarily a short list, I know — is that in the opener, the defense held Mitch Trubisky, who is getting all sorts of wows from NFL talent evaluators these days, to his second lowest passer rating of the season.
Which isn’t to say the pass defense didn’t have its moments in other games, but generally speaking, the better passers it faced didn’t have off days against the Dawgs. Except Trubisky. Sure, there was a bit of luck involved, like a blown deep throw to a wide open receiver that should have been led to a touchdown, but overall, it was a very good day for the secondary.
What I can’t figure out is if that was a sign of things to come, or just a random blip signifying little. Georgia did finish fifth in the conference in defensive passer rating, but that was a slide from first the year before. And as well as the secondary performed in the opener, it wasn’t so hot in the end game.
Then again, maybe this is more of an issue of getting the right personnel in to run a good system.