• Georgia Tech Defensive Analysis

    I watched the defensive series against Duke in slo-mo and, once again, I took a lot of notes, but will only post a bunch of random observations - otherwise this thing will be outrageously long.

    We all remember Duke's second drive, apparently imposing their will on GTs D and driving the field for a TD. Upon initial viewing live, I was under the impression that Roof made adjustments after that, like adding some manpower to the box to stop the gashing runs up the middle in order to right the ship. I couldn't have been more wrong. If anything, he did the opposite, and even simplified things a little.

    That drive looked ugly, for sure, especially live, but as things often do, it wasn't quite as bad as I thought when the action was slowed down. Duke did execute a few good plays off play action and we did try to tackle a little high a couple of times that resulted in a 5+ yard pile push, but there is more to the story. There were two crucial plays, that resulted in big yards up the middle and fueled the drive, that require a little extra explanation.

    On one play Hunt- Days crashes the middle on an inside run and absolutely flattens the guy blocking the important lane in question. JHD was in perfect position to hammer the runner when his blocker, who had just been crushed and was falling to the ground on his backside, reaches up and grabs JHD's face mask and pulled his head down to about 2 feet off the ground preventing him from making the tackle. No flag. Big gain. Would have been stuffed.

    There was another play where we were running a stunt and Attaochu was circling around to fill an inside gap where he tripped a little over Cummings feet and never got there, resulting in another big gain. These were not cases of PUKE imposing their will, but rather, just a little bad luck mixed in with some good offensive execution by the Dookies.

    We played very vanilla defense most of the way, rarely stunting or blitzing, with only a few exceptions. For the most part our kids did OK, but I am far from optimistic about our ability to stop potent offenses. PUKE's QB was a second stringer and from the film it is readily apparent why. Personally, I don't think he sees the field all that well and, just like our QBs sometimes do, he made some bad reads in the option. There were plays to be made against us that he simply didn't make. He isn't terrible, but he isn't anywhere near what we are about to see for the rest of the season either.

    At this point in time, I remain very concerned about our DL. I like what CTR is trying to do, but I am afraid we are just not very talented or physical up front. The two sacks we did get were coverage sacks and not the result of an OL getting beat in any way. We knifed into gaps better with the net result being that our LBs could make more plays, but we really did nothing to impose our will or whip the PUKE OL. Player observations:

    JA: I am not sure he is really a DE. He is pretty much taking it for the team because we need him there, but I feel sure he will never see the field in the NFL as a 4-3 DE. It is a shame because he works hard out there and he is a good LB. His lack of production is not because they are doubling him or keying on him. They weren't. Usually he had one OT to beat and just couldn't get it done.

    The other DE is just an abortion: Dieke looks like Tarzan, I will give him that, but the fact that we don't have anybody to push him to the bench is damning. He is getting nothing done. When Anthony Williams was out there he was getting stoned by a single RB assigned to block him in pass pro. Do you think that would ever happen with a guy like Clowney? Crenshaw got in position to make plays, but couldn't seem to finish tackles without giving up extra yards.

    Cummings made a few plays but was ineffective a lot of the time too. Ideally, he should be second string on a good team.

    Gotsis made some plays, but he is light in the pants and has this problem of sometimes playing too high. Once in a while he faced a double team and when he did he got pushed 5 yards into the secondary. To me, he looks like he has good feet and decent potential, but body-wise, he is more of a DE.

    Bottom line: we are fighting harder at DL but we need help here. We were not dominated like DUKE's DL was by our OL but we didn't win either.

    At LB, we are in good shape. Watts flies around. I chuckled a couple of plays when he ran down their WR from behind without an angle. He is a little short physically of the ideal NFL LB, but he is a really fast dude. He pushes out to the slot on the 4 WRs sets and makes the adjustments for the DC really easy. I like him. He can play. JHD is a better player. There were far less WTF moments. He is big and fast and hard to block.

    Nealy is Mr. Reliable and he is fast too. I like what I see in this group. Davis is going to be a phenom. He didn't play a lot, but when he did he flew around and affected pretty much every play even if he didn't make the tackle. He is as instinctive out there as Morgan Burnett. Love to see it. Drummond is clueless. He doesn't know what is going on around him. Sad.

    In the secondary we are good with coverage and speed, but besides the IPOD, the run support is a little light in the pants. Guys like Milton shrink the field but they don't pack a lot of punch when they arrive.

    I am a little nervous about the future over all. We will be better than 2012, but there are holes out there.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Defense vs Duke started by Boomergump View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. Boomergump's Avatar
      Boomergump -
      I just re-read my original post and I have to make an apology. My comments about the DE situation came across as if I was calling an individual a very demeaning word, abortion. What I meant to convey was the situation at that position was in that state. In either case, it is a poor choice of words. So, to all people involved, players and readers alike, I am sorry. While I have been pretty harsh, at times, characterizing player performance, I endeavor never to attack the person. Sadly, I fear, my words gave the opposite impression.
    1. Lee Reeves's Avatar
      Lee Reeves -
      Quote Originally Posted by Boomergump View Post
      I just re-read my original post and I have to make an apology. My comments about the DE situation came across as if I was calling an individual a very demeaning word, abortion. What I meant to convey was the situation at that position was in that state. In either case, it is a poor choice of words. So, to all people involved, players and readers alike, I am sorry. While I have been pretty harsh, at times, characterizing player performance, I endeavor never to attack the person. Sadly, I fear, my words gave the opposite impression.
      I didn't take it that way Boomer. We know you love tech and the players. Thanks for your insight!
    1. mack's Avatar
      mack -
      No problem boomer i am still luke warm on dl and sooner or later folks will run right at us and not so sure we stop them..