Posted: 2:57 pm Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Tech defense showing deeper understanding of scheme 

By Ken Sugiura

In his second year, Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof has seen his players develop in their understanding of his defense. (Johnny Crawford/AJC)

In his second year, Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof has seen his players develop in their understanding of his defense. (Johnny Crawford/AJC)

A nugget from an interview with Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof last week that you may find insightful:

Roof was discussing the possibility of the small number of defensive linemen possibly necessitating a change in scheme, presumably to a three-man front. Roof acknowledged that a contingency plan is in place, but sounded loathe to ever adopt it.

“I think you’ve got to do what you believe,” he said.

He provided another reason that would bode well for his defense in his second year.

“We have a lot of reps invested in our package from last year, and it’s nice to walk in here, too, they’re asking good questions,” Roof said. “Like, Yeah, that’s a really good question. There’s no such thing as a bad question, but that’s a real good question.”

It would suggest, of course, a deeper understanding of his scheme. He went on to say that the players “get where the stress is,” meaning they know the weaknesses of a particular scheme and know not only their responsibility, but also how the defense operates as a whole. It helps that he has some bright players on that side of the ball, such as safeties Jamal Golden and Isaiah Johnson and linebacker Quayshawn Nealy.

It doesn’t necessarily mean the defense will on the whole improve – losing six starters is a pretty significant blow – but it would suggest the unit is advancing in the right direction.

20 comments
Guyon
Guyon

The defense will be better, and Roof is doing a good job recruiting. It will take a year or two more to find out if the improvement will help break the 7 win streak.

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

A 3 man line is an attempt by Roof to defend his ego from the Black Watch days when he had the leaky Roof defense that always dropped back to cover passes and couldn't prevent the pass completion leaks. Folks used to criticize his leaky Roof decision making, so now he appears to want to defend his ego. Linebackers are not thin like dbs and cannot cover receivers except 50%. The other 50% is used to cover rbs coming out of the backfield, perhaps with shovel pass receptions, a play Tech never runs, but gets burned by on defense. Roof apparently believes he needs to lose weight and become thin. He again appears to subconsciously look for his own image in his linebackers like he did in the Black Watch years. Tech's defense was not what I expected from Roof last year against Georgia's comeback and against Ole Miss. Georgia Southern might burn us this year like they did against Florida last year, so Roof will have to do better this year. Roof had that Auburn defense look good against Oregon, so I expect much more from him than last year.

charlestonian77
charlestonian77

sorry for the spam  ken. not sure how i double posted. my bad.

Yellerbug
Yellerbug

Yeah if more DLs get injured, the backup option is to move Shamire Devine to NT and run a 3-3-5 with a plethora of Tenuta-like blitz packages.  You heard it here first.

zengulliver
zengulliver

Hopefully, the running game will be able to grind out the clock a lot better than last year with the deer in the headlights running the offense.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

Roof seems to imply that the reps from last year will see them in good stead for this year.  Haven't they changed from 4-3-4 to 4-2-5?

fuzzybee78
fuzzybee78

Ken, any chance we see freshman Trey Klock given a shot at DE to shore up the numbers?

crackbaby
crackbaby

Pretty thin up front.  Gonna need everybody to stay healthy.  Jackets will have a hard time in the 4th quarter as starters wear down against VT, UM, Clemson & UGA. 


Tough road ahead but a fight that needs to be fought.  GO JACKETS!


Also want to throw in best wishes to Big Shaq and his girlfriend expecting a daughter any day now. 

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Paulie -- It's never worked!

A base nickel defense has never been successful at the Pro or Collegiate level.

Can't say I'm surprised PJ & Roof are giving it a shot! :(

fuzzybee78
fuzzybee78

@PaulinNH nickel is now the base, which we played 70% of the time on D last year. Now I suppose we flip back to a 4-3 in short yardage D.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Fuzz -- I think every kid on campus has a crack @ DE for the Jackets this year. :(

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@BigCrimson75 Interesting, because based on the starting lineup put out for the first preseason game, another team in Atlanta is also planning on running a nickel as its base package (though it's fair to say I have my doubts about both).

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@BigCrimson75 

Does it upset you that the last time Roof's D held your Tide in check after the first quarter in 2010?

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@BigCrimson75 

Not every kid - some of them are transferring to UGA so that they can play DB.

GTLee
GTLee

Speaking of crack, Blowhard75, go smoke some more.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

@GeorgeStein Yes & its a terrible idea. Same as it was 15+ years ago when Reeves had Ron George playing a Safety-baker combo.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

No.

Roof's D had nothing to do with the Tide losing that game.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@BigCrimson75

I thought the guy with the #1 on his chest had something to do with Alabama's loss.