We all know the problem Georgia had keeping opponents out of the end zone last season after they crossed the 20-yard line. How to fix? Well, you can focus on the details.
“The major breakdown is execution,” defensive coordinator Mel Tucker said. “When we go back and look at the tape, on defense if one guy does not do what he is supposed to do, you’re going to lose the down, probably. There is a huge emphasis on execution. There are some scheme things that we’re looking at that we can do to help our players. Our goal is to be much improved in that area.”
… Georgia returns 10 starters and replenished the losses of two major contributors — Maurice Smith and Quincy Mauger — with a recruiting class that included seven defensive backs. With depth returning, Tucker has emphasized negative-yardage plays and pass rush as priorities.
While speaking of those areas, Smart circled back to the red-zone issues and reiterated the importance of limiting the opposition’s scoring.
“If you take 10 of those (scoring) opportunities and you hold them to a field goal, that is four points per those attempts — that’s 40 points,” Smart said. “It changes your entire complexion, so the red area is one of the most evident. We gave up less explosive plays, but we did not do what we needed to do in the red area. But the big thing for us is tackling in space, being able to affect the passer with our pass rush and then red area defense were the big areas we have to improve on.”
Then again, there is virtue in simplicity.
Natrez Patrick has been an advocate for the need of red-zone improvement as he said it needs to get “much, much better.”
Ray Goff is down with that sentiment. 110%.