Re: Soft defense explanations
At the risk of seeming like I'm flaming you, I would like to point out there is not nearly enough evidence to suggest the defense (or any other part of the team) is soft, or great, or anything else. We've played two games. In the first, the defense performed very well [allowed 10 points (7 of which came on a drive that was wrongly extended by a penalty) and a little under 300 yards]. In the second, the defense struggled (41 points and around 550 yards). But the defense wasn't the only group that was inconsistent.
In the first game, our offense looked pretty good for a short while, then seemed like they couldn't even move the ball when we really needed them to do it. In the second game, the offense (overall) looked pretty good. If not for an unfortunate fumble, bad snap and hold on a PAT attempt, and a bad call on a 4th and goal, the group could have matched or exceeded the point total put up by UGA.
But wait, there's more! Let's talk about the special teams. In the first game, the kickoff team (specifically Ard) struggled mightily, yet he was booming kicks with regularity against UGA. On the flip side, the FG/PAT group was perfect in the first game, but we all saw how things broke down against UGA the one time.
My point is we are only two games in, so we need more data points, if you will, before we slap a label on any group for being soft, great, or anything else.
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