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Adams and Tunsil period!
Tunsil and Adams
No brainer ... Tunsil and Adams
That is hard to disagree with. I just think we need Adams for quality depth on the DL. Now i am NOT saying I wouldn't take Foster at all cause we all know he is a special player but imo only I just think if I could only pick 2 it would be Tunsil and Adams.
I don't say much, because you usually cover it. You can't teach football online, but I commend you for trying. Tunsil and Foster (If he is as good as advertised). As you said that whole double team is more for defensive schemes. A good ILB is going to anticipate and react, but if he can't get off a block he will not be great no matter who is playing in front of him.
The point of your post was to prove your previous statement that it is the linebackers that make the 3-4 work, not the d-lineman. Have to disagree... for the most part.
In the 3-4, you want linebackers that can consistently make a tackle and shed one on one blocks. A 3-4 defense is really successful if you have such a LB. But even more so, you HAVE to have space eaters and you HAVE to have d-linemen that CREATE double teams for these linebackers to be effective and shed just one on one blocks... if even that.
You can have the best ILB in the country and have an ineffective defense if you don't have the appropriate linemen in a 3-4. With that said, you can have a decent ILB make all-SEC with stellar d-lineman in a 3-4.
When teams switch to a 3-4 from a 4-3, there is always a down season, not so much going from a 3-4 to a 4-3. UGA went 6-7 and Bama went 6-6 when swapping to the 3-4. The difference according to Saban and TG was not having a space-eating nose guard......
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by kiddynamite 15 months ago
We had 2 space eaters out there this season. How did that work out for us?
The problem with space eaters is that they aren't quick off the ball.
What does that mean? It means that a 200 pounder can chop block the big DL on the backside, and that is enough to make him ineffective on a play that is run through a different gap. 350 pound guys aren't agile enough to take a guy at their legs and cut through the line of scrimmage to stop anything on the backside.
That DL will never see a double-team. It would be pointless and stupid by an offensive coordinator to waste his blockers. And that's why the complaints about our DL make me shake my head this season.
So what does the offense do. They run a double-team at the point of attack (meaning that they only need one offensive lineman to cut the backside DL). And that leaves 4 other offensive linemen to handle 1 other DT (see Bama against us in the nickel look). How in the heck is that one other DT supposed to keep 4 OL off the linebackers?
He's not. The linebackers have to be able to beat their block by filling the gap quickly. We're living in a dream world if we think that an offensive line is going to forget to block an inside linebacker because he's worried about 2 D Linemen.
Not only are there 4 other OL to deal with. Many times, there is a tight end and/or HBack or fullback as well.
Our inside linebackers have to play like men. This is football. Not... blaming 2 DL because they both couldn't draw a double-team.
This post was edited by meansonny 15 months ago
Another quick point is that when the ILB fill the gaps and cut down on the free space for the RB, then the safeties are supposed to fill in behind them.
They are the guys who are often unblocked in this defense.
It's why Shawn Williams was our leading tackler when we had one of the nations best run defenses.
Quit expecting the ILB to be clean. They need to get read the plays quicker and get their noses closer to the line of scrimmage (or Grantham needs to creep them up on the line at the start of the play... which opens us up to other things, but at least makes it easier to clog up the middle).
In 2010 and 2007, UGA and Bama lacked a space eater where in 2011 and 2008, they had a big ass JUCO nose guard. Both TG and Saban pinpointed a nose guard as the missing link for their defense... who are they to know?
2010- first 3-4 year- 23rd ranked defense, 328.5 yards/game
2011- 2nd 3-4 year- 5th ranked defense, 277.2 yrds/gme
2007- first 3-4 year- 31st ranked defense, 345.5 yards/game
2008- 2nd 3-4 year- 4th ranked defense, 263.5 yards/game
Again, Saban and Grantham both said the missing piece was the nose guard.
The linebackers play their role just like the defensive backs, but the 3-4 is ineffective without the appropriate d-line. That is step one and a must.
We're not going to get much better on the DL than John Jenkins and Abry Jones.
We're not going to get much better on the DL than Kwame Geathers, John Jenkins and Garrison Smith.
The guys up front couldn't have done much more this season than they gave us.
Show me the game where they get pushed around. I'm not talking about 1 or 2 plays.
I'm talking about the game.
If you watch the games, it is the ILB who aren't fitting their gaps.
It's the safeties having to defend too much space because the ILB is stuck 4 yards beyond the line of scrimmage on a blocker (and my previous posts are trying to illustrate that there are too many blockers for 2 or 3 DTs to account for them all. Bama's 2 tight end set has 7 guys blocking with only our 3 DTs up front. At what point do we hold the ILBs accountable?).
Just watched the entire first half of the SECC. Bama ran a 2 TE set only 4 times, twice on goal line situations, once on 3rd and short. The 4th time was a screen pass.
To act like UGA's front seven is overwhelmed by too many blockers because of the offensive scheme is naive.
Too many blockers? Nope.
You watched the first half and you saw us in nickel most of the time. Again. 2 DTs against a 5 man front. and jenkins did get the doubleteam most of the half. We are going to be hard pressed to get better DT play than we got from Jenkins and Smith.
at what point do we hold the ILb accountable?
(Watch the second half where Bama puts in the 2 TE sets more often)
Just clicked on the SECC game 5 times while UGA was on defense, not once was UGA in the nickel.
We can argue back and forth all day if you want. But to me, the success of the 3-4 relies on having an appropriate nose tackle. IMO, if you have every piece of the puzzle on defense minus the nose tackle, you will come up short every time in a 3-4.
The key to a successful 3-4 is a stout nose tackle. If you think it is an ILB, then we shall agree to disagree.
Dawgs on Top!
LhB has a video on Johnathan Jenkins in the Bama game. And it is ball over the first portion of the highlight vid (nickel defense with Jenkins and Garrison at DT and 2 OLB up on the line.
We were in nickel about half of the time.
If it's a 4 man front, that's the nickel.
5 man defensive front, that's the base defense on the 3-4.
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