Film Study - GT vs UGAg on Defense

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  1. Boomergump

    Boomergump Moderator Staff Member

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    Well I finally got around to watching all the defensive series in slo-mo. As always, it was pretty revealing. I have a ton of stuff I could write, but frankly, I am too darned tired right now so I will stick to a few major observations. Besides, I mostly do this thing to kind of catalog the season and see how things develop along the way. The season is now over and I must admit I lack the motivation.

    I felt the defense played well overall. With the exception of a couple busted assignments in the secondary, there really isn't that much to complain about. The kids tackled well and generally played quite hard. When the game started we pressed them in man coverage and crowded the line a little. It was obvious that we wanted to make an early statement and felt pressure to do so. The strategy worked, as this was our most effective period in the game. We played a lot of our base and some nickel. We faked the blitz a heck of a lot more than we actually ran it. I feel the game changed for the defense once we had a good lead. Like a lot of DCs do, CTR called off the pressure and played a little safer once we were up 20-0. We backed off on the edges ran a lot more zone coverage. It seemed we wanted to make them burn clock and go the long field to score. Predictably, they were able to move the ball, even if not explosively. We have not been a good zone defense all year, it would be crazy to expect it now. I understand why coaches make those kinds of decisions. Primarily, they probably don't want to answer the tough post game questions if they allow some big plays and an opponent back in the game as a result. However, I am just a little disappointed because if something is working, my first instinct is to stick with it. I am firm in my opinion that we are a much better man defense than zone defense and have been all year. We went man again after that Vad's pick in Q4 and got them stopped. The game was hanging in the balance then.

    The guys making the argument that we were gassed along the DL by games end and OT are probably closer to right than not. It was a war up front and it was a long second half for those guys without a lot of subbing. I probably would have done the same thing hoping to hold the lead.

    That was probably the most fair I have ever seen an SEC crew call a TECH-UGA game ever. However, there were a couple of missed BLATANT holding calls in the first drive of half 2 that extended the drive for the mutts and allowed them to get points on the board. Quite frankly, it changed the game for them. The first came on a second down scramble by their QB that was tackled a yard short of the sticks. Cummings had beaten his man and was right there to take down the QB around the LOS. #68 for the mutts left another man and basically bear hugged Cummings from behind right in front of the back judge ref. No call. The penalty would have backed them up to 2nd and 17 from inside the 10. Instead they get 2nd and 1 and convert. Later in the same drive a completion to move the sticks was made on 3rd down where a hold kept one of our guys off the QB. Most likely it would have been a sack if not totally disrupting the throw. 3rd and really long vs first and 10. It is totally sour grapes. I know. Every game I see holding calls let go and I don't mention it because it is so commonplace. However, IMHO, these were worse than normal.

    It is no secret, we are weak along the DL. I think our guys have improved as a run defense unit, but we still lack any consistency in the pass rush. Either JA makes a huge play and gets a sack, or we don't even get close. We didn't blitz much. When we did, we got stoned. You could tell, we were hyper-aware of their screen game and made it a priority to keep it in check. GT rushing only 4 right now is bad news for the secondary.

    Attaochu, played his best game as a Jacket, ever. Dieke actually made a play that wasn't steered into him. He beat his man and got a tackle for a loss on a sweep.

    Girly man looked like he was running trying not to get hurt. I am not sure what was up with him. He has a good burst when he gets a crease, but he ran a lot harder in traffic last year.

    What is the UGAg QB's name again, Mason? He is really a pretty good player. I would give him high marks for a first start. He throws better and sees the field better than most guys we have faced. I don't think there is a big let down after whats-his-face.
     
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  2. steebu

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    I think Gurley was injured, so we're lucky he wasn't 100% for the entire game. Toward the end he really owned us pretty good.

    PJ mentioned the lack of a pass rush in the second half, which is damming in a few different ways. UGA only had four possessions in the second half (the fifth was the end of the game) but they scored on all of them. Four drives isn't that many, but when you couple them with

    1. no DL depth (shawn green out, young guys like Kallon not ready)
    2. long drives by them (13 and 15 play drives)
    3. offense not capitalizing (missed FG, INT)

    it's a recipe for disaster against a talented team.

    It's very frustrating, moreso for the players and coaches since they were the ones actually doing it. My yelling at the TV doesn't mean much in the long run, but those guys are the ones who are going to think, "if I had just reached out a little further ... if I had just gotten to my drop a little faster ..." My hats off to them, and you're right Boomer, Jeremiah played the game of his life. If our entire D played like that every game we'd be 11-1. But that's the rub, isn't it?
     
  3. Sebastian GT

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    The switch from man pressure to zone was so frustrating to watch. Especially when it seemed we went to some kind of quasi prevent the last drive of the first half. Such a stupid move by Roof. I have generally been pleasantly surprised with Roof this season but that decision to let them back in the game to end the first half gave me flashbacks to the atrocious defense from 1999. The absolute worst thing you can do is give the other teams QB all day to throw and allow receivers to run free off the line. The lack of d-line substitution was another poor decision. I know we are thin talent wise there but just sub one guy in here and there to give the starters a rest. You don't have to do a wholesale change. I mean who here would rather have a half dead Dieke or Cummings rushing the passer vs a fresh and hungry Stargel or Kitchen for just a few plays?

    While concerned that we didn't get 6 when we settled for the field goal and went up 20-0 I allowed the words "we are kicking their asses" to come out of my mouth. Big mistake. As soon as the next drive began and I saw the change in the defense I almost wanted to puke and started praying for a miracle. I told my wife that if they score here before the half we are in deep trouble. She kind of laughed and said it's 20-0 relax. I said sorry honey I have seen this movie before. Especially against these jackwagons. I was in the stands at the cesspool in 1978 which was the last time we were up 20-0. Just one of numerous games we have found a way to lose to them. Oh well. Water under the bridge at this point. It's the life of a Tech fan and it sure as hell ain't easy. Great write up btw. You have more fortitude than I do. I can't bring myself to even think about watching a replay of that game anytime soon.
     
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    Thanks guys. You confirmed my take. I know it's kind of smh, but if you tell me we're going to be up 20 and hold them to 9 possessions for the game, I'm going to like my chances. Still, it's like our coaches didn't watch georgie's scoring burst in the 4th v. Aubie.
     
  5. augustabuzz

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    The refs seemed neutral because they were ACC. Next year UG will get the home cooking.
     
  6. AE 87

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    I think it's SEC refs at Tech and ACC refs ar the cesspool.
     
  7. dressedcheeseside

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    And we get the shaft both places because the ACC refs are intimidated by the crowd.
     
  8. Animal02

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    The away team brings refs from their conference.
     
  9. Animal02

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    The ACC refs are crap no matter where they are.
     
  10. awbuzz

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    As usual a good write up Boomer (thanks).
    Folks getting tired and then being picked apart as we played zone hurts. Granted it's a lot easier to see all of that looking back.

    Here's to looking forward to the bowl game and next season.
     
  11. Fatmike91

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    You could see that the game changed when we backed off on Defense (I suspect we all saw that when watching it live).

    The question is why did we do that? Was it really because CTR wanted to "play it safe", or do we just not have the depth in the secondary to play like we did for the first 25 minutes of the game? The interesting "what if" here is what happens if we stayed in the defense that we started the game with until they forced us to change.

    I feel like the D did enough to win this in regulation (they held GA to a field goal after the 4th Q interception) -- our offense had two possessions to put up a field goal which would have won.


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  12. awbuzz

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    Depth in the secondary (and DL) was a big issue IMO. Think CTR was hoping that they'd run out of time...
     
  13. Mack

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    Every post is correct about our demise vs Georgie.I felt the zone after the fy really hurt our pass rush since the only way we could be effective was with lbs shooting gaps etc. Sometimes you get indication that something is wrong and the ff putting us up by 20 made me feel we didn't have enough..In72 we missed extra point in region play off vs Aquinas and lost by a point and the feeling returnrd.Now if you have s decent pass rush andxsell out you may be able to run zone but we don't HSVE the rush.it hurt us.
     
  14. Boomergump

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    It is a really tough call and I get that. Can you imagine the weeping and gnashing of teeth around here if we pressed in man and they hit us with double moves over the top for two quick scores to get back in the game? When you are up 3 scores and your offense is moving the ball it seems like playing zone is the right thing to do to most people. We pretty much got what we expected from the defense. They didn't score quickly. We just sputtered some on offense and didn't score much after that. The missed FG was huge. They would have had to convert a 4th and 12 in the RZ on their last drive after the pick if we were up 6 instead of 3. This one hurts. No doubt about it. We have turned games around playing man defense after giving up scores early in zone many times. We are just better at it. Hind sight is always 20/20.
     
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  15. augustabuzz

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    It was ACC refs at Bobby Dodd this year.
     
  16. awbuzz

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    True 100%
     
  17. Goldisbest

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    Really enjoy reading a serious analysis. Thanks, Boomergump.
     
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  18. forensicbuzz

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    You have a reference for that? Visiting conference has historically provided the refs. Why the change this year?
     
  19. bke1984

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    I'm still really having a hard time digesting this loss. We had no business losing this game. If the defense keeps up the pressure we probably win...if we stop them on that 4th and 6 we probably win...if we get 5 more yards at the end of regulation we probably win...if Butker makes the FG we probably win...if Vad doesn't overthrow Godhigh at the end of the half we probably win...if we run up the middle in OT or run the counter to the pitch we probably win...if the ref calls the blatant pass interference in the end zone on the last play we probably win...

    It was awful man...total meltdown. 20-0, then 41-14...terrible.

    I've been positive all year, and I'm standing behind the team, but the thing that's making it tougher to get over is that the meltdowns have happened over and over in the past few years: 2011 Sun Bowl vs. Utah, 2012 @ VT, 2012 vs. Miami, 2013 vs. UGAg

    Tough to blame any one thing/player/coach, but we've got to stop this trend.

    One more thing to note: PJ is 1-5 in this series...probably should have won 2009 and 2013...that would put him at 3-3. If we were 3-3 against them in the last six years I'd be very happy with that. We have to find a way to win some of the close ones against them!
     
  20. augustabuzz

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    "Kickoff time: 3:36 pm End of Game: 7:18 Total elapsed time: 3:42
    Officials: Referee: Gary Patterson; Umpire: Michael Wooten; Linesman: Joe Griesser;
    Line judge: Richard Misner; Back judge: Barry Hendon; Field judge: Chris Brown;
    Side judge: Jim Corpora;
    Temperature: 55 Wind: E 8 Weather: Partly cloudy"

    This is from the Box Score on http://www.ramblinwreck.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/2013-2014/gtga13.html

    Also, I recognized several from previous ACC games. Apparently, this started this year, which would make sense since we went away from split crews in 1989 making last year the "even up" year.
     

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