When I hear those words I immediately dismiss the speaker as someone that the State should have euthanized at birth not only for population control but also in an effort to de-muddy the gene pool. I have selected Gary Patterson as the answer to that non-sense statement. He is far superior to Mark Richt in all phases and measurable that one would apply to a Head Football Coach (and by measurable I mean things that actually apply to a football coach not crap like--He is such a good person).
Today's stop is all about Defense. You remember defense because we used to play it at Georgia. In fact we used to play it under Richt although through no fault of Richt. When BVG was roaming the sidelines in Athens we had defense, discipline, tenacity, aggression, etc. Since the departure of BVG (much like Tummy Bowden without Rich Rod) there has been a steady decline. Richt's first answer to that was to infect the program with Football AIDS, Willie Martinez. The new answer is to bring in one of a thousand former Saban ball-washers to install what we can only assume is supposed to be the Alabama Defense.
The other day your humble servants here at S&G, myself and SamDizel, were in Home Depot trying to give Big Arthur a little extra money for free-agency when ever free agency happens this year. As we turned the corner we passed by an older man and his adult son. The son was obviously an unfortunate soul that down here we refer to as a little "touched" in the head. Naturally the Dizel-Train was all decked out in his Georiga regalia and as we passed the two the man child said "Go Dawgs." Naturally the Dizel responded with a "Go Dawgs" but then the man child said one other thing--
"The bad thing about the Dawgs is they will never win a Super Bowl" from the mouths of babes huh.
That statement got me thinking.........
Where is the 3-4 defense most widely used?
Why do they use the 3-4 in the NFL?
The NFL is a glorified arena league that has rules crafted to favor offensive passing attacks because that is what the "casual" fan likes.
Why is the 3-4 beneficial?
In the NFL everyone is fast and everyone is good-- there are few true mismatches in the NFL and the 3-4 helps defenses match up against pass happy offenses.
You will note that the answer to all my questions revolve around the NFL. Remember, the Dawgs will never win a Super Bowl because Georgia is not a professional franchise but a college team. There will always be very clear mis-matches that can be exploited by superior teams in college. In college you have well over 100 D-1 teams (only 32 in the NFL)--that means there are lots of players that are not good enough to be on the field in college.
Everyone in the NFL runs essentially the same offense but in college there is the spread, spread option, pistol, fun and gun, and even the Big Unjun and his flexible boner attack. These variations are designed to exploit the weaker players that every team has. However, in his doctoral dissertation entitled "Multiplicity but Simplicity" (but should have been named "Yelling and Nut-Punching- A Definitive Guide to Molding Boys into Men Via the 4-2-5 Defense") Patterson describes how the 4-2-5 allows the DC the flexibility to conform to any offensive attack while keeping the play calling simple and allowing the defense to be what it should be-- all about instinct. The dissertation can be found and analyzed:
This flexibility also allows you to make the best use of the talent that you have on your team. Last year I was beaten into a comatose state by the statement "Well, you know....it is gonna take some time to establish the 3-4. We don't have the players for it yet and we need a huge NT." Let me tell you something. If you ask any NFL GM "What is the hardest position to fill?" They will most likely tell you to a man "Quarterback." There are 32 NFL teams but there are never 32 QBs to go around. There is always around 10 or 12 teams that need a QB. Now, if you ask one of the 14 teams that run the 3-4 defense that same question now I bet the answer would be something along the lines of-- "Quarterback but it is starting to get almost as hard to find a gigantic, space eating, agile, NT for our defense." There aren't 14 guys like that anywhere. Alabama had it working year before last but there ain't many Mt. Cody's out there.
What I am saying is we have now placed our program in a situation where we will have to scour the country to find one of the hardest type of player to find in order to have proper defensive personnel. This takes away from our in-state recruiting and our boarder state recruiting. However, under the 4-2-5 Georgia could be self-sufficient from in-state talent because there is enormous flexibility.
Most people don't really understand the 4-2-5 so they will google it and then post on here how the 4-2-5 "Is weak against the pro-style run and Big Unjuns flexeral bono." Erroneous! In case you missed the Rose Bowl last year TCU beat the prototype big set pro-style running team, Wiscaaannnsin. As far the Nerds go--I'll take Patterson over Big Unjun in a battle of wits any day.
The 4-2-5 is built on the one thing that we have in abundance down South...S-P-E-E-D!
Clayt Birmingham of the University of Wisconsin-Stout describes the 4-2-5 like this:
-It is a 4-3, 4-4 hybrid that allows for very easy formation and personnel adjustment for what ever offense it faces.
-It allots the defense superior blitz angles as well as superior angles to set the edge
-It is a gap control defense with the easiest defined run fits
-It allows for split coverage which allows the secondary to play as fast and aggressive as possible
-A coach may run the 4-3, 4-4, 3-4, and 3-3 with the exact same personnel. The coach may then align the defense to fit his strengths or to counter the offensive style.
Birmingham also notes that an over sized NT helps with this defense but unlike the 3-4 it is not a necessity. Birmingham also notes that the 4-2-5 allows you to get the most talented players on the field regardless of proto-type size:
-An over sized or stiff hip safety becomes a linebacker (Thomas Davis, Greg Blue)
-An over sized linebacker becomes an end (right now Ray Drew would fit that bill and could play his natural position as opposed to possibly being converted into a LB)
-Larger ends become DT's
Your 5'11 to 6'3 and 190 lbs to 225lb players with great speed (and we have these kids in spades right here in Georgia) are used in the most aggressive and disruptive manner possible.
"Patterson had been an assistant under defensive coordinator, Dick Bumpas at Navy and hired the solid DC.......Bumpas was a Broyles Award finalist the last 3 years and had the #1 rated defense in the NCAA in all three years."