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That's what I meant by my 'get it' comment above. The 'get it' factor may offer some surprises in who plays.
LWS, do you have any thoughts on which of our players "gets it", as tnbear says? We've all heard about Lathers' knowledge of the new system, would be interested on your take as to others.
"I'm like Wes." --Ryan Callahan
I don't really know that and I think the comments on Herm are more in tune with how hard he has studied tape this summer. I don't staff has determined at all who gets it and who doesn't. No one was getting it comnig out of spring IMO no matter what anyone says. Players are not going to get it down in 15 days. Staff will need to shuffle through in the next 2 weeks or so and decide who understands the most and then play them
I doubt the coaches will even be confident in their top 11 by the NC State game. They have to go up to 3 deep on the line to keep them fresh so surely they make it simple as they can for those guys. I would guess at LB and DB, front line guys will play a LOT early on.
they just haven't had enough time in pads on the practice field for many to "get it". That is still to come. Hopefully, by 8/31 a lot get it.
Do you think they do what they said early on and are multiple ie...flip to the 4/3 in some situations or are they now fully committed to the 3/4?
they may flip and move around some but I think what Sal believes is the 3-4. I don't think they do a lot of 4-3 unless they are really horrible in a 3-4. JMO
Good post. I believe the defense is practicing against a very good offense which I think helps in prepping for the season. Also the coaching staff is talented and experienced such that it will game plan to put the team in the best position to win. I believe that when you're installing a new scheme you add something each week to the base defense. So we should see improvement during the season. I believe the pieces are there. And yes I maybe wearing orange colored glasses. Can't help it!
This year's defense success is going to rely on the ability to get pressure on the qb. if we can force the qb to have to decide a lot quicker we will have the opportunity to capitalize on more mistakes. it will put us in a situation to make those "big plays" Dooley wants out of this D. i am cautiously optomistic which basically means im itching for the start of the season.
That's my feel also. We just aren't hearing any mention of the 4/3 and I know that's anecdotal but it feels right.
sal will take some knocks this year just to get the system in I believe. Besides, if they are poor on defense, flipping back and forth won't help them get better IMO
Like Spurrier trying to decide between two QB's.
Curious question comes to mind.
The reports are obviously saying that our recruiting is improving. If our offense goes out and plays great! but our defense struggles to adjust to the new system even with the talent we have... Does coach Sals credibility mean that Hart would be confident in keeping this staff together even with just say 6 wins and a bowl game this year if it is obvious that it is due to the change in defensive philosophy and with a second year under Sal our team would be tremendously better?
Because if we are lost on d this is a possibility. But I'd like to think our offense will be able to pull out some games and still win 7 or 8 even with a confused defense
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I think the absolute minimum is 7 wins. 6 wins means we lost to Bama, Georgia, Florida, USC, MSU, and either NC State or Missouri. That'd be a terrible season and Dooley would be out.
I agree that our offense should be good enough to get 7. We should get 8 if we can beat MSU, NC State, and Missouri. Doable with a crappy defense but it's gonna be tough. I think MSUs D is gonna surprise some folks
I think it comes down to Hart deciding, does he feel like Dooley can be successful in the future. if he believes Dooley can get Tennessee back, he keeps him. If he doesn't, he brings on Smart who would retain majority of the staff..that way, he doesn't have to buyout entire staff.
I do think they get 7 or 8 wins as long as they keep Bray, Hunter and Rogers healthy. Lose one of those might look like last year again.
I'm gonna throw out the intangible card. With all of the team unity activities this off season, the sense of a good comraderie among players, the getaway to Milligan for a week, and the emergence of some leadership, will the defense be able to overcome a few x's and o's just by playing as a team and having each others' backs? I think there's something to be said for team chemistry that can sometimes mask execution blips just by sheer determination and commitment to your teammates.Relevant or just?
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BUTCH IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. GO VOLS!
I think it would win the game in a close situation but we need our guys to have at least a 60% understanding of the package. Game planning by the coaches can get us a little more. It's going to be a close call D for the first part of the year.
It's nice to see that our fanbase is so excited about the season that we all overread into miscommunications on the first day of practice. Every team has mistakes and missed assignments on day 1, even the offense that returns everyone ran like day 10 and not mid-season.
Yes, there will be some bumps. But I guarantee that when the team comes back from Milligan, many more light bulbs on D will go on, and by the time we play NC State the package installed will be good enough for us to win.
the way i see it is survive the first game against NC state. sure it would be nice to hold them to 10 points or so and win convingly. however, i would take a win anyway possible over a good opponent in your first game with a new defense. you will see the strides for this defense occur between the second and third game.
Very true, former D-Coordinator Doug Matthews has said the same thing on the radio in Nashville. Switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4 is very difficult and we should expect a lot of growing pains in defense this season.
I think UGA's first year struggles with the 3-4 are a little overrated. Sure they were 5th in the nation last year and 30th or so their first year, but the schedule had a great deal to do with that. Cam Newton ran up and down the field on them the first year and they played a very weak schedule last year. I think most of their imporvement was illusory.
Illusory...I like that word...it is very illustrative. Seriously I do like it.
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