The Georgia Bulldogs experienced a disappointing 2009 season compelling head coach Mark Richt to make coaching changes on both sides of the ball.
New defensive coordinator Todd Grantham joins the Bulldogs via the Dallas Cowboys. He has 11 years of NFL and nine years of college coaching experience.
2009 defensive statistics:
Passing Defense: SEC - No. 9, NCAA - No. 51
Rushing Defense: SEC - No. 3, NCAA - No. 36
Scoring Defense: SEC - No. 10, NCAA - No. 63
Total Defense: SEC - No. 7, NCAA - No. 38
Clearly, the Dawgs struggled defending the pass in 2009. What does the 2010 defense bring to the table for DC Grantham?
First of all, Grantham is switching to a 3-4, and this alone will be a challenge. How will his recent stint with the Dallas Cowboys help him with the Georgia players? Will he be able to motivate and coach this group to make the necessary changes?
On the defensive line, DTs Jeff Owens, Kade Weston, second-team SEC Geno Atkins, DE Roderick Battle, Montez Robinson and Brandon Wheeling are history. All in all, Georgia has only one returning starter to their three-man defensive line.
For two years now Georgia's linebackers have been riddled with injuries. Gone is first-team SEC Rennie Curran, SLB Darius Dewberry, and MLB Marcus Washington. DE Justin Houston moves to LB as well as RB Richard Samuel to shore up the unit now that the 3-4 will be implemented.
The secondary loses CB Prince Miller, SS Reshad Jones, FS Bryan Evans, and Makiri Pugh. Clearly, the secondary is UGAs biggest concern going in to the 2010 season.
Georgia's D must gel quickly if they are to compete in the SEC East.