Meanwhile, on defense

Georgia’s fall practice starts later this week.  (And there was much rejoicing.)  Here’s hoping that it will herald a time when we can get back to some degree of normalcy at the blog and focus way less on conference realignment.

In that spirit, Seth Emerson has taken a stab at a defensive depth chart here ($$).  I wouldn’t say it’s full of surprising developments (the first name on the list is Jordan Davis at nose tackle); rather, it reinforces the general perception of the front seven’s stability and the secondary’s… uh… not so much stability.

More than that, though, what really comes across is the depth across the board, even in the backfield.  The vast majority of it is home grown, but make no mistake about Kendrick’s and Smith’s arrivals.  Maybe there’s a question about their starting chances (like Seth, I don’t believe that’s really in doubt), but there’s no question that Smart has done a good job of shoring up the number of bodies who can legitimately contribute in pass coverage.

Thoughts?

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16 responses to “Meanwhile, on defense

  1. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

    Given that the nickel is basically our base defense, you can’t really call Davis a nose tackle anymore.

    And it’s all the more reason I hope he keeps his weight down and conditioning up, because we need him to be an every down player regardless of the situation.

    It’s difficult to be the leader of a defense if they’re constantly taking you out of the game because who the other team had on the field (and not because of the normal Kirby rotation deal).

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    • Down Island Way

      They call him “Mr. Davis”…

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      • Anon

        I prefer the rotation if you have capable subs….as we appear to have. The article states when Davis missed games last year there wasn’t much of a drop off at that position. Subs are a year older now.

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      • Bulldawg Bill

        They sure as shit don’t call him late for dinner!

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    • 69Dawg

      It’s going to hard for him to go every down. He is quick for being that big but quick will take it out of a big fella. Our edge guys are going to have to set the edge and turn the runner/QB back into the middle. We’ll see how good the edge guys are at not getting taken out by over running a play. Fingers crossed.

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  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    Would it be accurate to say that the only way a defensive backfield can slow down a modern offense is to keep rotating in fresh, fast, hopefully skilled bodies?

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  3. RangerRuss

    “And there was much rejoicing.”
    WOOF !!

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  4. Proof that Alabama never holds?! 😳

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  5. jcdawg83

    I hope Kendrick helps. Last season he seemed to feast on weak Almost College Conference opponents and got scorched when he faced teams with legit WR talent.

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