Georgia Football: What to Work on During the Bye Week
There's no doubt that the Bulldogs are still licking their wounds from the loss they took against South Carolina. Nothing went well for them, and it's time for them to get back to the drawing board.
The good thing is, they are 5-1, 3-1 in the SEC. So everything they want to accomplish this year is virtually still in front of them if they win the next six games.
But for that to happen, they have a lot of work to do to be a better team, and it starts with crisp workouts during the bye week.
Here's what the Bulldogs will work on during the time off.
The reason the offense struggled on Saturday was the play of the offensive line. They were constantly beat on the line of scrimmage, which led to Aaron Murray being pressured all night long, and the running backs could never get going.
The offensive line has been a work in progress all year long, and it will be something that Mark Richt and offensive line coach Will Friend take a look at during the bye week.
Individually, John Theus, Kenarious Gates, Dallas Lee, Chris Burnette and David Andrews are very talented and looked good the first four games. But for some reason, they could not gel in the South Carolina game, and that's going to be a major issue down the road if it's not fixed.
The defense is having issues this season because the defensive line is getting pushed around at the line of scrimmage.
John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers are playing solid football, but Abry Jones has been slowed by an ankle injury and Cornelius Washington is not having the season at defensive end like he had at outside linebacker last season.
There may have to be some changes moving forward because as important the linebackers are to the 3-4 scheme, the defensive line has to establish themselves at the line of scrimmage in order for the linebackers to make plays.
With the Bulldogs ranked eighth in passing defense, this, like the defensive line, is an area that Bulldogs defensive coordinator Todd Grantham needs to address.
To their defense, they have not been at full strength all season long because of the suspensions to Sanders Commings and Bacarri Rambo. But the unit has too much experience to get beat deep on a consistent basis.
Commings disappears in games, Rambo is still trying to get his feet wet and Shawn Williams is not the same player he was last year.
There's no telling what going to happen during the bye week, but it would not be a surprise if the younger players see more playing time to push the veterans.
The special teams for the Bulldogs needs to be addressed, which is something that has hurt this team the last two years.
They need to find a punt returner that can be aggressive and make the right decisions.
They also need to tighten up on punt coverage because they let South Carolina's Ace Sanders score on the punt return, which was huge for the Gamecocks.
And while Marshall Morgan is doing well kicking field goals, he needs to make sure he nails his extra points, because he has missed a few already.
The one thing that Georgia needs to learn is that it has to be aggressive the entire 60 minutes of play.
If it gets hit in the mouth, which happened numerous times against South Carolina, it has to hit them right back.
It has been a problem for the Bulldogs for awhile. If they get down big, they show no resolve and tend to get down on themselves.
A lot of things will happen in a football game. If they keep chipping away and continue to fight, they will win games where they are down by a big margin.
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