Today, in duh ($$):
The most overlooked effect of the changes to the offense is the way the transition is affecting the defense.
It’s a pretty simple concept really: For the past decade, Georgia Tech has been running an offense its defense rarely saw during a game on a Saturday in the fall. Georgia Tech’s identity was grounded in the option. So, what did this mean for the defense?
It means two things: 1) The defense probably got really good at defending the option; and 2) It made it somewhat difficult to test the defense against the specific offensive styles it faced most Saturdays…
“You spend all of spring and then half of the fall camp going against the triple-option, which we don’t see normally in the season,” linebacker David Curry said, “but now we are going against offenses that we will see every single week, and the reps add up.”
So, how lacking was the defensive prep work? This lacking:
According to Tariq Carpenter, by the spring game last season under first-year defensive coordinator Nate Woody, the defense had only four calls in place. The reasoning behind that was that the defense knew it would never see that specific offense outside of the spring, so why try to find multiple ways to stop it if this was only a month-long endeavor?
No wonder the genius kept blaming his defensive coordinators.