Honestly, and I’m just thinking out loud here, with Josh Harvey-Clemons talking about Todd Grantham potentially using him based on who the Bulldogs play from week-to-week, it made me wonder if we’ll be seeing any elements of the 3-3-5 to go along with Grantham’s 3-4 this season; with Georgia having lost some key personnel up front and in the secondary, using such a scheme, at the right time, would certainly give them the opportunity to use what they appear to have acquired in spades during the recruiting season: speed and versatility.
Now, before I get too far ahead of myself, let me briefly touch on what the 3-3-5 is, for those who might not remember or be too sure about it—and please keep in mind that this is a very elementary explanation of it, and someone whose actually played or coached it would do a far better job explaining it than me—but I’m giving it my best shot.
Essentially, it’s 3 down lineman, 3 linebackers, and 5 defensive backs (not unlike a nickel package) and it tends to favor teams that have speed and good tackling ability, but not necessarily size and experience. There’s a lot of movement of guys—particularly those playing the safety positions—and when executing plays out of this scheme it, it’s important to have “hybrid” type players who can drop down and work as member of the linebacker corps as well as man-up and play coverage against a receiver.
The bulk of the responsibility for controlling the gaps will still fall on the defensive tackles (and in Georgia’s case the nose will still bear a huge responsibility here) but blitz packages and quarterback pressure won’t be as easy to isolate to one guy (i.e. there isn’t necessarily a ‘Jarvis Jones’ to remove from the equation) because the pressure could come as easily from a player dropping down in coverage (like a Harvey-Clemons or maybe even a Tray Matthews) as it could from a traditional linebacker playing his role on the line.
You can find a bit more detail on the history and use of the 3-3-5 here as I didn’t want to get too much into x’ and o’s here, but my basic question remains: could we see a little of this from Georgia this season as a means of combatting the influx of inexperienced youth?
What say you?