i expect the sec title game to be a good one. both tteams are aiming for a national title game. i also expect both teams to be well prepared for this game. we are well matched. so much concern for pressure on murray. well, what about pressure on aj from our strong off line. aj has not exactly been a bad qb either. once again it comes down to defense in the championship games. coach likes to stop other teams rush game first. good idea in this one as well. they have two good backs, but we have been there before. my concern is our secondary overall. we dont have much speed at the safety positon, and lester is spread pretty thin in all areas. their secondary is getting all the press, but, they have not faced a qb like aj this year. our offensive line will protect aj. we have a sound rush game. and i expect a victory, because of our overall coaching, and history.
Ga has 82 penalties vs our 48, they are 67th in rushing defense, 9th in pass defense, we are 2nd in run defense and 3rd in pass defense. I like our discipline. That is what beat us against TAMU, they were talented AND disciplined unlike the Georgia bunch. I like our chances. RTR !!
Hey guys, go look at Georgia's stats against Georgia Tech and tell me if you are still THAT concerned.......Tech had 426 YDS. Total yards and 306 yds RUSHING on Georgia's vaunted defense. I aint skeered.
I'm not concerned about our running or passing game; we will be fine in those areas. We will handle their running game, but their passing really concerns me. I don't know how many times we have sacked a QB this year, but it certainly is not very much. Although our defensive game plan is not to sack the QB, we have struggled this year to even put pressure on them. If Murray has time, he will find receivers; this is the only way they can win this one. Overall, if we find a way to limit his success, we will be fine. If not, it will be a long day.
With that said, we lead in all areas except possible one. I like our chances.
Last edited by Crimson Speed; November 25th, 2012 at 12:32 PM.
There really just isn't any carryover in scheme from what GT/GaSouthern does compared to our running attack. Florida is the most similar in scheme to our offense and Georgia really nullified their running game and completely short circuited the passing game with edge pressure all game. Of course, I think Alabama's jimmy and joes on the OL are better than Florida's but the Gators OL is no slouch. I'd argue that Florida's OL is the strength of their offense.
Defensively, I'm still seeing the same problems that nearly cost us the LSU game and ultimately cost us the TAMU game. Auburn was getting square-in type routes over the middle of the field all night but their QB simply couldn't execute. The defensive pressure was non-existent even by "mush rush" contain standards. We're faced with a big problem: rush four and put our secondary in situations where they have to cover longer than you'd like OR rush 5+ and immediately put guys on islands that they can't maintain until the pressure gets there.
This defense is really more like the 2008 unit than the 2010 unit. The 2008 unit didn't really have enough difference makers in the pass rush and consistency in the secondary to stand up to the best teams. They don't have the out-right busts that the 2010 unit experienced, they simply get beat by their man - whether it is a lineman or receiver - too much when playing quality offenses. Like the 2008 unit, they play with passion but they don't seem to have the talent in all the right places to be the defense Saban needs to win titles.
Offensively, we've got yet another team with a group of good edge rushers going against our young LT and an RT that has struggled in protection at times. They came up admirably against LSU's two rushers and TAMU's do-it-all LB/DE Moore, but this is the ultimate test. I think Jarvis Jones is the best individual defender in America...yes, better than Te'o. They're big up front, so Warmack and Jones are just going to seal these guys off with ease either.
To be effective on offense, we need the pass protection we saw in the LSU game but the staff has to create true offensive balance. We can't see offensive possessions that don't involve the running game. I'm a firm believer in being aggressive but too many times in the LSU and TAMU games the insistence on trying to pass led to 3 and outs. In each game, I felt the staff was trying to "shock and awe" the opponent for a quick score instead of establishing the physicality of our offense. Tempering "shock and awe" with "hammer meeting the nail" is a huge problem for this offensive staff. I don't think they've found it yet. With three 1st round caliber linemen, Alabama is doing the opponent a favor when we are telling them to take a step back in pass protection instead of letting these guys pound somebody.
I'm not being a chicken little, but the truthful analysis is that Alabama needs to play well above where they've shown to be able to achieve this season. Some of it is personnel problems (hard to fix at this juncture), some of it is schematic problems (easier to fix in concept but sometimes hard to execute).
Here is my 2 cents. I don't think pass rush is as big a deal as most. It looks good to get sacks, but Murray can run better than most people realize. He can buy time and gain yards with his legs.
The 2 areas of importance are turnovers and secondary coverage. In UGA's win over UF, Florida turned the ball over 6!!! times. Georgia does a great job of forcing fumbles and getting interceptions. They are very opportunistic defense. In the GT game, they stripped the RB on the 1 yd line and returned it to the 50. That changed momentum big time. What worries me is that Alabama has not been very good in the turnover margin the past 4 games. We lost fumbles against W. Carolina and the barn. Now, UGA is very capable of turning the ball over as well. Murray is still a gunslinger and Gurshel are freshmen still. I think UGA has to win the turnover margin by at least 2 to beat us.
As far as secondary coverage, our coverage has been very soft and undisciplined at times. We are not breaking on the ball or taking good angles. Getting to the receivers very late and giving them chances to make runs after the catch. Malcolm Mitchell and King can be very dangerous after the catch. Rome is a matchup nightmare against Vinnie, Haha or Lester. We have to be able to hit and tackle them at the catch.
I think we can move the ball on them running or throwing if we play like we're capable. Like others I think our pass rush and secondary weaknesses have been exposed here lately but their QB is on the short side so maybe just having those big lineman in his throwing lanes will affect him. Also, if he gets rattled he has a tendency to make bad decisions. I'm not sure they've had a game yet they didn't fumble at least once if not multiple times.