From the Macon Telegraph: “It’s not about sacks, because sacks don’t win games,” Rice said. “We have to make sure the quarterback isn’t comfortable and get him moving on his feet.”
With the nation’s lowest sack total, I know this has been the mantra for Georgia’s coaches and players this week, and I get the defense there. There’s only one problem with that.
They’re not exactly overwhelming opponents with pressure.
Georgia is also 110th in tackles for loss, good for last in the SEC.
Yes, they’ve been vanilla through the first three games. Yes, they’ve faced offenses either dialed around a running attack, like Austin Peay, or passing schemes that don’t require the quarterback to keep the ball very long. Again, I get all that.
Here’s my question, though: assuming Missouri’s pass game is better suited to the kind of pressure Monty Rice talks about, is Georgia’s defense simply able to flip a switch and do something we haven’t seen much of after three games?
The answer would seem to be they’d better.