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Bring on the Kool Aid for the Defense

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    Bring on the Kool Aid for the Defense



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    The secondary was definitely the strength of the defense last year. I haven't seen anything to change that this season. Both Sweeting and Louis Young will play on Sundays. Jemea Thomas made some BIG plays last season, but I actually see Jamal Golden as the better long term CB prospect. Jamal has great size/speed ratio for a CB, and the guy is just a phenomenal athlete. Our safeties are the weak link, though I see Isaiah Johnson popping up on a lot of pre-season All-ACC teams. Go figure.

    As bad as our pass rush was last season, it would have been worse had we not had the secondary we had. I loved what I saw from the linebacking group during the spring, and hopefully an upgrade in athleticism and speed from that group can mask the deficiencies of our DL. Those linebackers gave our offense absolutely no time to breath. We'll see if it translates over against VT.

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    I think that our secondary is the strongest part of our team and are very talented
    After that I would say the following;
    Offensive line--gotta love them and their experience
    Running backs--loaded at AB and Sims & Perkins will do the job at BB
    Line backers--JA & QN are strong and I like platooning about 6 others that should be good
    Quarter backs--TW pitches the ball very well & makes good decisions, also excited to see Days & Lee play some
    Tight ends (even tough we don't employ this position they are better than the next two aspects of the team)
    Defensive line--no heart or drive & none of the 3 would be starters on any top 25 team
    Wide receivers--only cheating secondaries will make them look average at best

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    I'll take about a gallon of this!!!

    Sayin... Reck

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    Quote Originally Posted by GA TECH View Post
    I think that our secondary is the strongest part of our team and are very talented
    After that I would say the following;
    Offensive line--gotta love them and their experience
    Running backs--loaded at AB and Sims & Perkins will do the job at BB
    Line backers--JA & QN are strong and I like platooning about 6 others that should be good
    Quarter backs--TW pitches the ball very well & makes good decisions, also excited to see Days & Lee play some
    Tight ends (even tough we don't employ this position they are better than the next two aspects of the team)
    Defensive line--no heart or drive & none of the 3 would be starters on any top 25 team
    Wide receivers--only cheating secondaries will make them look average at best
    GaTech, agree with your assessment overall.

    For the DL, we know what they didn't do last year and can only hope this year. Other than the Clemson game, the DL was largely disappointing. Its a bit harsh to say they have no heart or drive. Until you have walked in their shoes its better not to say what's in their minds.

    As for the WRs, they are totally unknown. TW didn't throw hardly anything accurately to them last year, very few passes to other than Hill and even fewer that were good. I think you are right that with last year's TW throwing to them that they wouldn't do much other than block (and win games by blocking). Maybe TW {or Vad} will be better this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ga Tech Navy Nuke View Post
    GaTech, agree with your assessment overall.

    For the DL, we know what they didn't do last year and can only hope this year. Other than the Clemson game, the DL was largely disappointing. Its a bit harsh to say they have no heart or drive. Until you have walked in their shoes its better not to say what's in their minds.

    As for the WRs, they are totally unknown. TW didn't throw hardly anything accurately to them last year, very few passes to other than Hill and even fewer that were good. I think you are right that with last year's TW throwing to them that they wouldn't do much other than block (and win games by blocking). Maybe TW {or Vad} will be better this year.
    Wish TJ would show some anger and don't expect much out of him or Shawn Green
    I would like to see Izaan Cross moved to DT
    I would burn some red shirts at the DE positions using our big freshmen who could be rotated in to spell the tired DE starters--win now

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    Don't forget our ABs are a large part of our passing game. Our ABs are essentially slot receivers in our passing scheme. A breakdown of our passing distribution last year:

    WR: 50% of Receptions, 45.5% TD Receptions
    AB: 41.5% of Receptions, 45.5% of TD Receptions
    BB: 8.5% of Receptions, 9% of TD Receptions

    Orwin Smith was our 2nd leading receiver. He's going to be an absolute beast next year. I can see him having a 800 yard rushing and 500 yard receiving year. CPJ has pretty much already said he'll be highlighted a lot more. During the spring game, our ABs made the biggest plays in the passing game.

    Obviously, because of our scheme, we need our WRs to be a deep threat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllGT View Post
    The secondary was definitely the strength of the defense last year. I haven't seen anything to change that this season. Both Sweeting and Louis Young will play on Sundays. Jemea Thomas made some BIG plays last season, but I actually see Jamal Golden as the better long term CB prospect. Jamal has great size/speed ratio for a CB, and the guy is just a phenomenal athlete. Our safeties are the weak link, though I see Isaiah Johnson popping up on a lot of pre-season All-ACC teams. Go figure.

    As bad as our pass rush was last season, it would have been worse had we not had the secondary we had. I loved what I saw from the linebacking group during the spring, and hopefully an upgrade in athleticism and speed from that group can mask the deficiencies of our DL. Those linebackers gave our offense absolutely no time to breath. We'll see if it translates over against VT.
    I would love see us do something like Oregon's hybrid 3-4 attacking D when we get more things in place:

    Oregon’s Hybrid 3-4 Attacking Defense: The “Fire” Zone Blitz – Featured – FishDuck Oregon Ducks Football Analysis For The Casual Fan

    We have the secondary, and with our potential athletic speed in the LB's position we can maybe make up for those deficiencies. We just need more depth "SEC" size at the DL position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GA TECH View Post
    Wish TJ would show some anger and don't expect much out of him or Shawn Green
    I would like to see Izaan Cross moved to DT
    I would burn some red shirts at the DE positions using our big freshmen who could be rotated in to spell the tired DE starters--win now
    Yeah I agree, Win now, I understand redshirting at a position that has depth but why would you do it at a position that is struggling and could use more athletes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stinger90 View Post
    I would love see us do something like Oregon's hybrid 3-4 attacking D when we get more things in place:

    Oregon’s Hybrid 3-4 Attacking Defense: The “Fire” Zone Blitz Featured FishDuck Oregon Ducks Football Analysis For The Casual Fan

    We have the secondary, and with our potential athletic speed in the LB's position we can maybe make up for those deficiencies. We just need more depth "SEC" size at the DL position.
    Awesome! Thanks for the link, Stinger!

    It certainly explains why the 3-4 has its advantages in the college game, and also illustrates how there's more than one way to skin a cat. We don't have the attacking speed that Oregon has at LB yet, but we have some pretty nice pieces. Watts has sick speed, and he was absolutely blowing up plays this spring. Jerry is Jerry...All-ACC potential. I'm really excited by Jabari Hunt-Days...that kid can move, and he's extremely athletic. He's just young and inexperienced. The LB class we signed in 2011, which is one of the best to ever sign with GT, is starting to make their way into our 2-deep with Marcordes and Menocal already in the rotation.

    If our DL can provide just a little more pressure, and with the upgrade at LB this season, we have the potential to be a nightmare for opposing OLs and QBs. We'll have our answer very soon when we take on VT that's for sure.

    BTW...notice how how Oregon's attacking 3-4 befuddled one of the best QBs (Andrew Luck) to ever play the college game?

 

 
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