All this time we've been worried about tackling, bump and run coverage, one gap technique...and the real issue is how funky our defense is. But really, MSU center J.C. Brignone puts it best as he and his linemates prepare for their first taste of the 3-4 scheme.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the ball MSU's defense is led by Manny Diaz. Diaz is in his first year in Starkville and likes to bring his own funk. However, the results have been sub-par so far this season, at least in his eyes.
Through three games, the maroon Bulldogs have yet to allow a passer to go for more than 200 yards, which is right at what Georgia's Murray is averaging.
But it seems Diaz has more respect for Murray than Auburn's Newton and LSUs Jefferson.
I don't know if we're making hay yet. But I get where Diaz is coming from on Murray. Meanwhile, Grantham is preparing for two quarterbacks in an option attack.
"They’re a little bit different style in the sense that systematically they’re a little bit different. This team is running more option stuff and doing things where you have to account for the quarterback in the run game. Whereas Arkansas was a little different there. They were doing runs but you didn’t really account for the quarterback, and then passing-wise they were different. There is a little more play-action pass with these guys than with Arkansas. A little bit different style offense."So which o-line can handle the funk best? If we can manage it I like our chances with Murray, especially with King coming back.
* from cfbstats.com