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Georgia needs to unleash its defensive line if it is to play to its 2021 strengths

SystemSystem Posts: 10,653 admin
edited March 2021 in Article commenting
imageGeorgia needs to unleash its defensive line if it is to play to its 2021 strengths

Georgia coach Kirby Smart knows the secondary is going to be a position of concern for Georgia in 2021. And the Georgia coach recently stressed how important it is for Georgia to play to its strengths and weaknesses. That means doing what it can to help the new-look group of defensive backs. "It doesn't matter if you

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    Ddavis0777Ddavis0777 Posts: 409 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    I feel like the these stats can be a bit misleading... don't Georgia's outside linebackers function basically like defensive ends would in other schemes. I recall Azeez Ojulari being in a 3/4 point stance a lot this year too. Just an observation.

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    David1David1 Posts: 736 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Shouldn’t sacks and negative plays be the goal of every defensive play?

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    Dawgbreath40Dawgbreath40 Posts: 54 ✭ Freshman
    edited March 2021

    Davis is a beast against the run and controlling the line, and that’s about it.

    I do not have any clue where it comes from that he is some massive pass-rushing DL that will get to the QB ten to twelve times a season.

    Is he good at what he does? Yes, of course. But stop attempting to make him out to be something he is not. He doesn’t have explosive DE speed and he is too heavy to have the energy to sustain that type of performance through a full SEC season.

    I mean, he has 4 total sacks in 3 full seasons of playing college football. He had zero regular season sacks in 2020. He had 6 solo tackles in 10 total football games last season (19 assists).

    That is not a lot, folks.

    Now if he steps his game up and can put up stats similar to another DT, say Derick Brown?

    D Brown’s stats when he decided to come back his senior year in 2019 and forego the NFL:

    2019 DT stats in 12 games: 32 solo tackles, 22 assists, 11.5 TFL, 2 FR, 2 FF.


    Now those are some stats to drool over at the DT position.

    Jordan Davis isn’t even coming close to those sort of numbers, even if you total all of his stats up over 3 seasons!

    But this article wants me to believe that Kirby Smart’s DL led by Jordan Davis is going to all of a sudden be expected to carry the responsibility of getting pressure on the QB’s to protect the inexperienced defensive secondary?

    Really?

    Connor, since when has Kirby Smart’s defense, at UGA or Alabama, ever operationally ran like that?

    So, keeping it real, the LB’s on this 2021 defense are going to have to step it up or the secondary for UGA is going to get eaten alive during the first part of the season until Lanning and company can get it figured out and see what they got during live game action.

    So Smith and Anderson are going to have to step it up a lot and get after that QB.

    Also, Nakobe Dean? Your article does not mention his name. Why? He had over 70 tackles last season and he has to be leaned on now that Monty Rice is gone. They both play the same position, ILB, correct?

    UGA’s defensive line is going to be great against the run, I have no doubt. But against the pass? They have three guys returning and they were below average against the pass, as we all saw against the three prolific passing teams that they played in 2020.

    They absolutely carved them up like a Tom turkey.

    I expect for our experienced and returning Offense to do the same to opposing defenses this coming season, just at a higher clip than they may do to us.

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    MontanaDawgMontanaDawg Posts: 1,881 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Amen. I've been saying this for weeks. Defensive havoc and disruption is going to be key against the better opponents, but I don't think you can depend on solely our D line to make it happen - the LBs will probably have to chip in. In any case, we've got to get pressure. All you have to do is look at the success the Bucs had against the all-powerful, all high scoring Chiefs in the Super Bowl to understand the effectiveness of havoc. In my opinion it's more important than having an A+ experienced secondary. Besides, look at how Florida and Bama carved up our experienced and "elite" secondary in 2020 !! They weren't up to the task by any means.

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    maconexpressmaconexpress Posts: 164 ✭✭✭ Junior

    My concern is not with the defense because Kirby is running the same defense he ran in tuscaloosa. As a matter of fact, the year Saban won his 1st nc at bama, Kirby's defense sacked* the qb only 31 times. This past season, our young men sacked the qb 32 times in just 10 games. 


    I think the way Kirby handles the offense will be key to him turning the corner and I hope he gives Todd Monken complete control of the offense.

    * Alabama Championship Seasons: Sacks 2009 (31), 2011 (30), 2012 (35), 2015 (52)

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    WayxATLdawg89WayxATLdawg89 Posts: 87 ✭✭ Sophomore
    edited March 2021

    @Dawgbreath40 , I think your approach on Davis is wrong when comparing him to Derrick Brown of Auburn. They played different positions on the D Line. Brown was a DT and Davis is a NT. Davis' primary responsibility is to take on the OC & OG which in turn frees up players like Brown to get after the QB. So in theory you are correct, Brown's numbers are higher and rightfully so because he had a good NT to help free him to get after the QB & RB....

    GO DAWGS!!!!

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    stonestone Posts: 399 ✭✭✭ Junior

    The game has changed. Today defenses must make a few stops, and hold the other team to field goals instead of touchdowns. It is up to the offense to score. Games are really becoming shootouts. It means offenses must score touchdowns on ever possession. In the first half of the NC game Alabama had 7 possessions. These resulted in 5 touchdowns, a fumble and a punt. OSU was done by halftime.

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    E_RocE_Roc Posts: 1,228 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
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