Report: Georgia’s Defense is Trash
I turned 31 last week. Tough pill to swallow. Every year I feel a little bit older, but the LSU game really aged me. You see, I’m old enough to remember when Georgia was a nationally relevant football program. I’m something of a dying breed in that regard.
Kirby Smart, so it seems, has ruined Georgia football. Even among his true peers – programs who have changed coaches recently – he looks bad. He’s lost to Ole Miss, Tennessee, Florida and now LSU in his incredibly brief tenure. Not exactly a murderer’s row of quality opposition.
Frankly, the state of Georgia football is so dire heading into the annual tilt with Florida in Jacksonville that I can’t in good conscience preview the game itself. We already know how that’s going to end up. In lieu of a preview and a prediction, here’s a step-back look at the season so far.
Over the next few days I’m going to power rank the worst parts of the 2018 Georgia Bulldogs. As a word of disclaimer, Kirby Smart is clearly the worst facet of this program. As such, you could list him in every single one of these spots. But these are the single components that have been most disappointing thus far. Yesterday, I addressed Georgia’s deficiencies in the running game and the team’s Special Teams woes. Earlier today, I hit on the Passing Game. Now let’s address the defense.
Deandre Baker gets a pass here (because he never gets one thrown his way in real games…boom!), but literally no one else does.
It doesn’t matter who lines up at the other cornerback spot, he’s gonna get beat. Everyone seemed shocked when a true freshman couldn’t cover anybody against LSU. I wasn’t, because he couldn’t cover anyone in any other game either.
I would say that Georgia made LSU QB Joe Burrow look like a Heisman candidate, but I’m not sure that’s entirely true. It would be hard to give Burrow the Heisman over LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (a career high of 145 rushing yards on just 19 carries) or LSU receiver Justin Jefferson (a career-high of 108 receiving yards on a career-high six catches). Honestly, if LSU played Georgia every week we might have the first shared Heisman Trophy in college football history. Can you imagine? The Heisman Trust proudly presents this year’s Heisman Trophy to the quarterback, running back and receiver that got to play Kirby Smart’s defense every week!
But it’s not like Kirby’s defense was just bad for one game. The defense stays bad.
Some interesting stats:
- Georgia ranks 117th nationally and last in the SEC with just nine sacks.
- Georgia is even worst in sack yardage (122nd in the nation). Edging out only Akron, Bowling Green, Oregon State, Georgia State, Tulsa, Texas State and UConn.
- Georgia is 98th nationally in interceptions with four. Only Texas A&M trails Georgia within the SEC.
- Georgia is 71st nationally in fumbles recovered which propels the Bulldogs to 84th in the country in total turnovers forced.
- MTSU scored seven points against Georgia which is the most points scored by the Blue Raiders against a Power 5 opponent since October of 2016.
Don’t be surprised if the Dawgs make Dan Mullen look like a capable offensive mind tomorrow.
Until next time,
The Kirby Smart Hater