nice write up and analysis. when you reflect over GT football over the past 20 years or so, the storyline is that we have only been good on one side of the ball at a time. Give CPJ or GOL the D we had under CCG (& Tenuta). Or vice versa. The results would have been improved significantly imo. I think of this whenever we get to the old debate about our recruiting limitations. We have put national top 10 - 15 units on the field under the last 3 coaches (GOL had a MNC caliber offense). I don't think we have done this by funneling our top players to each coach's preferred unit (I could be wrong). I don't know why we cannot get all 3 phases in sync. until we do we will be at the 7-8 win level we have seen during this time frame.
Yeah, the numbers point to a trend, but they don't speak as to why this is happening. I think you're right, but it goes back further than the last 20 years. Aside from 1990, we've had this problem dating back to the late-60's.
For the most part, I think it really has to do with recruiting. We're able to get some pretty good athletes, but we just don't get a ton of them. During the O'Leary years I think we put most of these guys on the offensive side of the ball, while during the Gailey years I think we put most of these guys on the defensive side of the ball. However, after this I think my argument fails. If I were to continue this logic, it would point to us having our best players on the offensive side of the ball right now...but I'm not sure that our athletes on offense are noticeably better than our athletes on defense...in fact, it may be the other way around.
At any rate, while the offense hasn't been amazing, it has been performing well enough that we should be winning more games. I like the direction we're headed on defense, so let's see what Roof can do in year two.