If you thought for even a nano second that the Georgia Bulldogs defense would get big headed after holding the Florida Gators to less than 30 points—a feat the Bulldogs have managed to do only one other time this season—then you need only talk to Amarlo Herrera for confirmation…or the lack thereof.
“If we are, the corner’s not big because people are still scoring on us,”[emphasis added] Herrera said. “When we keep people from scoring so much on us, then we we’ll have turned the corner [emphasis added]. That would be a huge point.”
The Bulldogs still rank last in the SEC in scoring defense with 31.6 points per game. Georgia also ranks 12th in red zone defense as opponents are scoring 90 percent of the time (27-of-30).
“We need to get better at that,” Herrera said. “We need to get better at that. It seems like they’re always scoring on the first or second play. We talk about having to stop them all the time, but so far we haven’t.” (Anthony Dasher, Rivals)
As much as that Florida win was a sweet little nugget to go to bed with on Saturday night, the truth of the matter is this: the Gators rank near, or at, the bottom of the conference in nearly every offensive category; they’re averaging 21.0 points per game this season and couldn’t find a successful red zone offense with two flashlights, a map, and the opposing defense’s play sheet.
In short, they’re an “oh lawd” awful offensive team and, had Georgia lost to them, I might have been forced to kick Amelia off her own damn island.
Just being honest. Y’all know how I like to be that, right?
That said, the glorious smile Georgia fans walked away with Saturday was less about a defense being dominant than it was about a defense finally doing what it’s supposed to do when the opponent comes to the fight with considerably less weapons in its arsenal—beat them. Period.
The fact that Florida was even allowed to come back should have had Garrison Smith crying on the field because even he understood how badly Georgia needed to wake up and smell its own damn talent!
Talent, mind you, that sure as hell-fire should not have lost to Vanderbilt.
Talent that needs to be making it happen in a much more meaningful way, from this point on, if they’re even half as good as we were all sold on them to be.
Yes, a wake-up call was sorely needed on the part of the guys charged with stopping opposing offenses from making it into that 160 foot wide, 30 foot deep rectangular box called the end zone; and it seemed only fitting that former Georgia safety Shawn Williams would be on the field to see them do so, in its most dominating fashion, this year—that’s two on you, Mr. Williams.
But, make no mistake, there is still plenty of work left to do and, hopefully, the rest of the defense is on the same page as Herrera appears to be in recognizing that.
You beat Florida…fantastic.
One game down…four to go. Show us what you got.