Now that I am somewhat recovered from the long weekend, I am going to do a small piece on the style that we can expect to see from the new defense that Coach Grantham is going to bring to UGA. The most exciting part of this new style of defense is the fact that we are going to attack the teams we play, and not just sit back on our heals waiting for the offense to make mistakes.
Todd Grantham's philoposphy is to create mistakes. Over the past few years, UGAs defenses have lacked that attacking attitude that produces big plays and turnovers. Rather, Martinez seemed to have that "bend, but don't break" mentality that scared Dawg fans to death, and raised my blood pressure more than a few times! I was thrilled to find out that Grantham will be involved with the linebackers, since that is maybe the heart and soul of what makes his 3-4 work.
With the athletes we have at UGA, there is no reason our defense shouldn't be dominate against most teams. Ending the season at or near the bottom of the nation in turnover margin is unacceptable. I fully expect to see a defense next season that teams fear. Grantham will have opposing quarterbacks nervous about the multiple blitzing schemes that we will throw at them.
That Junkyard Dawg defense of decades past will be back in Athens this fall, and I for one am eager to see what Todd Grantham will bring to the field. Existing and new players should thrive in this scheme, and the Decade of the Dawg is going to start off on the right foot; with a dominating defense and a playmaking offense!