!@#%$()@^ passing game

Seth Emerson’s inference ($$) from the pending departure of Jermaine Johnson is worth a note.

The snaps have in fact gone down for outside linebackers because of the prevalence of passing attacks in the SEC, necessitating more nickel and dime formations by Georgia.

Kirby Smart is having to reckon with the offensive revolution overtaking the conference on both sides of the ball.  While he appears to be offloading the offensive restructuring onto Todd Monken’s shoulders, he and Dan Lanning have to face up to what that means on the defensive side.  And it looks like that starts with personnel decisions.

But the Bulldogs and defensive coordinator Dan Lanning, who coaches the outside linebackers, may be selling recruits on the idea of playing without much regard to position.

Sorey, in a first-person account he provided for Treasure Coast Newspapers, said Georgia plans to use him at both inside and outside linebacker.

It’s pretty interesting watching a coach who’s been successful as both a coordinator and leading a program retool on the fly like this.  We’d best hope he’s up to the task.

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  1. Granthams Replacement

    The best answer is more Roquan and Boss types playing linebacker.

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  2. MGW

    It’s worth noting our two new 5* OLB’s are 220 and 214lbs. Both 6’3” so pretty lean. Not exactly run stuffers.

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    • Morris Day

      I have the sneaky feeling someone is going to catch everyone flat-footed one season with a bruising FB and 2 workhorse running backs that no defense is going to be designed or have the personnel to stop… I’m sure CKS would love to be the guy to do it…

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      • Texas Dawg

        You’re probably right. The wishbone gave everyone fits when it first appeared. Eventually DC’s adjusted and now it is a chapter in the history books. Sooner or later DC’s will adjust or rule changes will happen that will again limit the current offenses potency (ie no linemen downfield on passing plays). Like you said, once the defense is designed to be pretty much all in on the pass, they will become very vulnerable to the run game and someone will take advantage.

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      • MGW

        It’s another reason quality depth on D is so valuable. You can put two or three different base packages on the field depending on who you play. Playing a Leach offense? Maybe one fat D lineman and an extra corner or two. Playing someone trying to smash mouth you? Two maybe three big fat D linemen and your bigger OLB has his hand in the dirt. It’s the teams that only have 11-12 players who can really go toe to toe with top talent who get beat by the really unique type offenses. They tend to hit a brick wall against super talented teams like UGA/Bama/Ohio State.

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    • Down Island Way

      Those weights were for dominating HS players, UGA’s S&C program should add some bulk here and there…didn’t Roquan play about 230ish

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      • MGW

        Exactly. I meant it as a good thing, as in gearing toward defending the more prevalent pass first offenses.

        Anyone remotely comparable to Roquan is fine by me!

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  3. argondawg

    His dad is not the he best resource for what JJ is going to do. I thinks its like 50/50 on whether he goes anywhere or not.

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  4. W Cobb Dawg

    IDK, Jermaine Johnson has all the tools as well as the ‘Leonard Floyd’ physique the nfl fawns over. And he’s a better pass rusher than all but 1 other guy on our D.

    I find it hard to accept we’ve got to keep him on the sideline to the extent we do. Can’t say I blame him for wanting to play more, even if it means moving on. Is there much doubt he’s a good nfl prospect?

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  5. PTC DAWG

    I read elsewhere that JJ was not in the portal any longer…

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  6. Scotty King

    Our outside LBs have been hybrid DEs, also.

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    • Yea, I think its all about the hybrid player now. Star position. Rover. etc etc. It just cuts into the pass rush. Interesting a game that could end 0-0 has now become a game where the offense outnumbers the defense.

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  7. MGW

    Exactly. I meant it as a good thing, as in gearing toward defending the more prevalent pass first offenses.

    Anyone remotely comparable to Roquan is fine by me!

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  8. Jack Klompus

    A D-Rob sighting!!!

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