Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham: Here's where we are...
Posted by: Pete Roussel on Wednesday October 09, 2013
Georgia is 4-1 despite very atypical statistics from the Bulldogs’ defense.
Consider the following:
32 points per game allowed (95th nationally)
Only 5 takeaways in five games (114th nationally)
Opponents have scored 13 touchdowns in 18 red zone opportunities (72%)
Opponents have converted 44% of third-down opportunities (99th nationally)
Fortunately, the Bulldogs have made critical stops in key situations against South Carolina, LSU, and Tennessee. And the only statistic that really matters is winning or losing.
Grantham said on Tuesday, “Because of our team, you’re going to have some fourth-down opportunities, so you’re going to have to stop them on four downs. They went for it three times on fourth-down. If we stop any of those, it’s less points. In fact, if we stop the two they went for it on our side, the game is probably over because we’re going to get a field goal and it’s (now) a two possession game. That’s the big thing: You’ve got to finish people off. To do that, it takes some dueling. That’s where we are. We’ve got to learn to finish people off.”
For Grantham’s sake, the abundance of youth that has scattered the defense to start the season now has plenty of experience and big-game experience. However, can the Bulldogs’ offense continue to score as they have due to a slew of injuries?
This is a complimentary game. The offense, defense, and special teams all work together to win.
Saturday’s test comes against Missouri at 12 pm ET on ESPN.