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Yeah, not a lot of comfort when one of your defensive starters comes out with a blanket statement like this:
Deandre Baker was asked when the last time he has gone against an offense similar to Georgia Tech’s.
Surely he faced an option-oriented offense back in high school, right?
“I’ve never faced a triple-option,” Baker said.
Troubling, sure, but he’s a defensive back, so you have to be as worried about not giving up on the deep pass on the rare attempts when Tech’s offense strikes that way as you do in run support. Maybe more so, considering how the Jackets nailed a few big plays to beat Virginia last week.
Pass defense is not the concern with Georgia’s defensive line, where there are plenty of true freshmen getting ready to face a steady stream of cut blocks while doing their best to jam the line of scrimmage.
Freshmen defensive lineman Julian Rochester, David Marshall and Tyler Clark will play the Yellow Jackets for the first time as will sophomore Jonathan Ledbetter.
“I do think that it’s tougher when you’ve got guys who have not played against this type of offense,” Smart said. “We’ve got several defenders who have not played against this type of offense.”
Even outside linebackers Davin Bellamy and Lorenzo Carter, Smart said, played in a more limited role last year behind Jordan Jenkins and Leonard Floyd.
“It’s key when you have got guys that have played this before that understand how fast it really comes; where our freshmen probably won’t know that unless we’re able to simulate it,” Smart said.
Good luck with that this week, Coach.
Meanwhile, Paul Johnson brings out the cute.
Opponents that go up against Johnson’s offense often have the mantra that it’s “assignment football,” something Johnson says he gets a kick out of hearing.
“I don’t know any team that you play that it’s not assignment football,” he said. “We’ll see. They’re talented. What we do is a little bit different. I know we’re stressing out on how to try to block them.”
Who knew cut block prep was stressful?
I admit it. I was being a little facetious yesterday when I questioned whether Kirby had the right mindset going into the Tech game. There’s no reason to think he’s any more ignorant of what the series history has meant to his predecessors than Mark Richt was, who, after all, had no contact with Georgia before Dooley hired him.
If you’re looking for clues about how seriously Smart is taking the rivalry game, start with bringing VanGorder in as a consultant primarily for preparation for the triple option. That’s hardly the first clue, though. This is:
Smart said the biggest obstacle in playing Georgia Tech is the preparation. Because of the rarity of the triple-option offense, this will be Georgia’s first time defending it in 2016. Georgia has dedicated time in the offseason and during the bye week for this game, as the coaches understand how unusual the matchup will be. [Emphasis added.]
Maybe that explains Florida. Okay, I keed, I keed. A little, anyway.
What that does tell us is that Smart’s been locked in on Tech from the get go. Maybe, then, hate isn’t so much passion gone amuck as it is a coldblooded determination to drive those guys into the dirt. Works for me.
Say what you will about Mark Richt, he absorbed one lesson early on: beat Georgia Tech’s ass. After all, his predecessor was canned in part for presiding over a three-game losing streak to the hated Jackets.
Tech never threatened Richt’s job, as he amassed a remarkable 13-2 record against the in-state rival. It’s Georgia’s best stretch in the history of the series.
But Mark Richt isn’t there now, and the question becomes what does his successor do?
Now Smart is a native of the state and played at Georgia, so you’d think hate would come easily. But the Process doesn’t have much time for that… um, shit.
“It’s a lot of people split down the line when it comes to this game, a lot of passion and energy goes into this game on both sides of it,” Smart said Monday. “We tell our kids all the time: You’re remembered by what your senior class does and what your record is against Georgia Tech. So I think the same case as any rivalry. You’ve got to keep it within the grasp of your emotions. You play with emotion, but you’ve got to play with controlled emotion. You’ve got to make good decisions on the field. You’ve got to prepare well.”
Sounds almost clinical. This sounds a little better.
“To me, it’s the next game,” Smart said. “It’s a large rivalry game. A lot of — especially our older fan base and the history of this rivalry is really important to a lot of people. It’s really important to me. It’s really important to this team. You could see it in the buzz they have for it.”
Lose Saturday and I bet it gets a lot more important to Kirby.
It’s Georgia Tech time, peeps. I don’t have time for any of you weenies who express the thought that this rivalry’s time has passed. Beating the Jackets has never lost its spice for me and if it ever did, that would be the time to plant my sorry ass in the ground.
In the meantime, to get things started, I’ll have a daily refresher on why my point of view about the game is the only proper one for a Georgia fan to have.
Today’s reminder is about the sorriest aspect of the genius’ offense.
The Bulldogs again are preparing for Tech’s triple-option offense, and all those cut blocks that come with it.
“I’m definitely not excited about playing against cut-blocking,” Bulldogs junior outside linebacker Davin Bellamy said after Saturday’s 35-21 victory against Louisiana-Lafayette. “Playing this offense is going to take a lot of discipline.”
The Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets are both 7-4 this season, with Georgia having won three straight games and Georgia Tech two.
Before their game two years ago in Athens, then-Bulldogs defensive lineman Ray Drew said he liked cut-blocking “as much as a cat likes a tub of water…”
They ain’t wrong. Neither was Jordan Jenkins.
“As a defensive player you can’t really get up and get excited to play a team like Georgia Tech,” Jenkins said. “That offense sucks for you. There’s a chance you might get hurt. There’s a chance you’re going to be bruised up, banged up afterward. It’s not a type of offense you get excited to play. That’s why it attributes to the hate a lot of Georgia players have for Tech.”
While you’re getting in the right mood, never forget charming moments like this one.