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Old 11-06-2013, 06:43 PM   #1
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It is probably a small sample size (I will count the last three games) but I think the defense improved leaps and bounds from their play earlier this season.

Am I alone in thinking this?

It seems like the younger guys are finally coming around and will be alright. The upperclassmen are playing some of their best ball.

I hope what we saw the first few games this season was a combination of playing great offenses and also an adjustment period in losing Devin Taylor, DJ Swearinger, Byron Jerideaux, et al.

I don't want to speak to soon and I also realize that the secondary has still be burned bad a few times in these last three contests.

What I am seeing now that I did not see before are defenders close to receivers and in position to bat the balls down and fight for turnovers.

They almost look as good as they looked in fall and spring practices.



Or maybe I am imagining things...what say you?
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I fully agree, GH.

The freshman I've been the most impressed with on d has been Skai Moore. He reacted so quickly Saturday to intercept that tipped ball.

We are definitely making progress.

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Old 11-06-2013, 07:01 PM   #3
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My problem with this thinking is the defense hasn't really been "bad" all year. They definitely did have a bad game against UGA, and they've had some mental breakdowns late in games, but the stats are probably pretty similar. I only say probably because I haven't actually looked them up, but I remember Spurrier saying a few weeks ago how people can't be down on the defense too much because it was good statistically.

I believe the biggest difference is the way we're winning now vs the earlier part of the season. If the defense were to dominate most of a game then give up some big plays near the end of the game because of breakdowns that allow the other team to make the game closer, the perception is likely to be the defense is bad. If the defense gives up a couple of sustained drives early in the game (but no breakdowns or huge plays) the perception might be the defense made adjustments to correct problems, even if the final score in the two hypothetical situations ended up being the same.
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My problem with this thinking is the defense hasn't really been "bad" all year. They definitely did have a bad game against UGA, and they've had some mental breakdowns late in games, but the stats are probably pretty similar. I only say probably because I haven't actually looked them up, but I remember Spurrier saying a few weeks ago how people can't be down on the defense too much because it was good statistically.

I believe the biggest difference is the way we're winning now vs the earlier part of the season. If the defense were to dominate most of a game then give up some big plays near the end of the game because of breakdowns that allow the other team to make the game closer, the perception is likely to be the defense is bad. If the defense gives up a couple of sustained drives early in the game (but no breakdowns or huge plays) the perception might be the defense made adjustments to correct problems, even if the final score in the two hypothetical situations ended up being the same.
This is what gives me pause. Well that and commas.
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they are getting better every week
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:25 PM   #6
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This bye week should be a shot in the arm for the team... errr the good kind that is.

hopefully we hold UF to less than 20, we do that and there is hope.
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Our defense has been stellar all year, if anything the problem has been our offense or our special teams putting our defense in awkward positions.
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:30 PM   #8
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Those young linebackers that were a liability earlier are now up to speed they will be leaders on this defense by this time next year. Golightly has relearned how to finish tackles. That is huge. The secondary may get burned every once in a while, but whose's doesn't? The future looks bright for this defense. We'll have a brand new DL next year just about, but we'll have Surratt, and the Dixons, Dukes, Griffin, English, Harris, Johnson, Turner, and hopefully Washington if his head is going to be okay. Also, Jhaustin Thomas, if he gets in might be able to start right away.
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:33 PM   #9
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Our defense has been stellar all year, if anything the problem has been our offense or our special teams putting our defense in awkward positions.
We have had too many piss poor 3 and out drives, and are not doing well on 3rd down still. That is a little worrisome.
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:37 PM   #10
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My problem with this thinking is the defense hasn't really been "bad" all year.
Some of it's the eye test....people can see with their naked eyes when players look lost, suck at tackling, or are getting pushed around out there.

They stats may be similar, but if the defense looks better then likely it is.
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:43 PM   #11
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Our defense has been stellar all year, if anything the problem has been our offense or our special teams putting our defense in awkward positions.
I wouldn't go that far, but the rest of your statement I agree with.

Maybe the bye week will get everyone on track and we win in style from here on out.
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:46 PM   #12
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They are getting better every week.

The only reason UT didn't blow us out was the defense, and they kept us in the Mizzou game until Shaw came out the phone booth with his Superman shirt on.

Against MSU their turnovers was the only thing that kept that game from getting tight.

Now...if our offense can somehow remember to play the way they did early in the season we'll be unstoppable.
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The lbs have improved but they are still blowing it sometimes.

Roberts not containing the edge in ot vs mizzou.

Diggs jumping off the ground on a playground pump fake last week.

Lewis was lost several times last week.

They are playing much better though. Skai for sure.

The other thing that has helped the defense is Chaz Elder. We were getting nothing at free safety until he took over.
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:59 PM   #14
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This bye week should be a shot in the arm for the team... errr the good kind that is.

hopefully we hold UF to less than 20, we do that and there is hope.
We do this and we win. Our lowest output so far this year was 21.
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They are getting better every week.

The only reason UT didn't blow us out was the defense, and they kept us in the Mizzou game until Shaw came out the phone booth with his Superman shirt on.

Against MSU their turnovers was the only thing that kept that game from getting tight.

Now...if our offense can somehow remember to play the way they did early in the season we'll be unstoppable.
We really could be. If that were to happen and the ST's played average with no costly mistakes, we can go head to head with anyone in the country. Oregon might be our worst match-up, but I'd love to find out in the NCG would the outcome would be.
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:03 PM   #16
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I think the younger players are beginning to gel. That is resulting in them adapting cover schemes real time without blowing assignments.
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Our defense has been stellar all year, if anything the problem has been our offense or our special teams putting our defense in awkward positions.

The offense has had a few poorly timed turnovers but the D has performed poorly as such an inexperienced bunch SHOULD.
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The defense wasn't very good early in the year and it has steadily improved. The offense on the other hand, though good has stayed inconsistent, that has cost us.
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We do this and we win. Our lowest output so far this year was 21.
It will be interesting to see if that is the case Florida will be the best defense we have played by a mile.
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The only reason we didn't blow UT out was their defense and our offense.
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