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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Of the 3-4 and whether it's 'working'

Former Georgia defensive end Charles Johnson is no fan of the 3-4, at least as far as his alma mater is using it. The Carolina Panther (who also called losing to Colorado "a disgrace") said this week he thought the scheme was part of the problem.

“We ain't never a 3-4 defense. It's not looking like it's working out down there.”

Ironically, Bulldogs defensive coordinator Todd Grantham estimated Tuesday that his unit has only played out of 3-4 about 60 percent of the time. The rest of the time the Bulldogs have been in a 4-2-5, which Grantham said wasn’t unusual.

“If you watch Alabama, they play a 4-2-5. They probably have been in more 4-2-5 than we have, truthfully,” Grantham said. “It’s more just situations that come up in the game. Maybe the team that you’re playing this maybe fits better. Or it allows maybe a guy or two that you’ve got to do some things that he does well.

“It’s like I told you when I first came here, I think it’s important to build the system that you’ve got to best fit the players you have now. We’re always going to try to put those guys in position to make plays.”

Georgia currently ranks eighth in the SEC in scoring defense (21.6 points per game) and seventh in total defense (324.4 yards).

Last year the Bulldogs were 10th in scoring defense (25.9) and seventh in total defense (339.4).


Anonymous said...

In my opinion, criticism doesn't hold weight from someone that didn't stay 4 years. Obviously the NFL mattered more. I'm not blaming him for that choice, but UGA has 1 more victory than his team.

Give Grantham some time. We lost 3 defensive tackles to the NFL in the last draft. Along with a few other starters. The defense is still better than it would be under the old staff.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the first poster, when we get the right personnel, the defense will be better. We're expecting our young players to grow up too fast.

It would be helpful if our former players could offer support instead of divisive comments.

Eric said...

Dear Charles: I have two words for you-- Vanderbilt & Kentucky.

BCSAV said...

Was never a huge fan of CJ. But how long do we wait to get the right personnel? We're surely not going to start 11 freshman next year and I don't think you can go get some talented free agents in college football. If the defense performs this way next year, our record won't be much better and CMR along with CTG won't be in Athens anymore to finally have the right personnel.

Anonymous said...


It's actually going to take a year. Some players will slim down, while others need to beef up. You won't play 11 freshman, but the players we have will have to adjust their body size for their new positions. Some players just need experience. Our safeties are a great example. Rambo leads with experience and he only played part-time as a freshman. The secondary would be as inexperienced as it is whether we running a 4-3 or a 3-4.