Defense (still) wins championships.

Ask John Chavis.

Looks like he’s on to something there.

But by all means let’s keep screaming about Chaney needing to open up the offense.  Eyes on the prize, peeps.


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14 responses to “Defense (still) wins championships.

  1. Brandon

    Something we can agree on, lol.


  2. Derek

    If we score, we may win. If they never score, we’ll never lose.

    Erk Russell

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  3. Macallanlover

    Well, while not disputing the wisdom of needing a strong defense to be a great team, it is certainly a blend of both every one should aspire to. Had Chaney/Smart not put the offense in the deep freeze in that 2nd half against Bama, the confetti falling would have been red and black. We had almost 250 yards of offense in the 1st half, we could move the ball against the Tide when we used all our weapons. I realize Saban made some adjustments at half time, but we went extremely conservative and failed to even make first downs when we needed to run some clock (Wild Dawg anyone?) But yeah, having a strong defense is my preference but the two work hand and glove.


    • Derek

      If we start taking more shots in the second half we might not have made it to overtime. The lesson of that game, beyond the crooked ass refereeing, is that we weren’t good enough up front to protect a lead against a defense like Alabama’s.


      • Debby Balcer

        We also lost Wims which hurt us in getting those shots.


        • Derek

          Ridley and Mecole stepped up pretty good.

          As we saw the week before, it’s hard to hold a lead if you can’t run the ball. The lesson for Oklahoma is the same for us, you’ve got to run the ball when they don’t want you to run it if you want to win the big games.

          That OK and the Heisman winner were unable to just keep chucking it and win, should tell anyone all they need to know. Of course, I’ll allow for the fact that some people will never ever learn the lesson.


      • Macallanlover

        We had two difference makers on offense in the 1st half, Fromm and Sony. In the 2nd half we minimized their opportunities to keep us moving against Bama’s defense, that is why their defense looked better, and why the pathetic calls by the refs got Bama to OT. That said, we wouldn’t have been in Atlanta in January if Lincoln Riley hadn’t made the same dumb mistake against us in the Rose Bowl. The most important lesson: don’t change what is working and let your opponent off the mat. It cost us and Oklahoma the games, ours being the most painful because there was nothing left to win.


        • Derek

          I’m guessing you’re a Mike Leach fan?

          Liked what Shanahan did down the stretch vs. the Pats?

          Keep attacking right?

          The good news is that most people who think of football in this way don’t lose championship games because they ain’t in them.


  4. Russ

    What the hell happened in 2014?


  5. Bulldog Joe

    This must be how Chavis keeps pulling down those $1.5M gigs.


  6. sniffer

    If memory serves me, Auburn won it in ‘10 with a 60th something defense.

    And a pretty good free agent at qb…


  7. W Cobb Dawg

    Color me unimpressed. What Chavis said isn’t profound, it’s cfb 101. I’m pretty sure even the Pirate and sos want to be in the top 35 on D.

    I thought we had a pretty good D in 2016. But it didn’t even get us within sniffing distance of the sec title game. It took dramatic improvement in the offense and STs to make us sec champs.


  8. ApalachDawg

    The current coach at Carolina built a hell of a D before he was asked to leave uf. He will tell ya that you need some O too.